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Vol I Issue 9 Published by: PIA 6, 7 & 8 October 24– 30, 2011 In this Issue WESTERN VISAYAS   NEDA 6 Regional Director Ro-Ann Bacal (inset) asks media practitioners and government information officers to help impart information to the public a b o u t e ffo rts b e i n g m a d e b y government to address priority issues and concerns in Western Visayas as laid down in the Regional Development Plan for 2011-2016, which was the main subject of the roundtable discussion held Oct. 25 in Iloilo City. (JSC/PIA6) More on Region 6, pages 2-3. Also CLICK Here… CENTRAL VISAYAS   What's in your bag? Pupils of the hinterland school Tayawan Elementary School in Bayawan City compare the school supplies stuffed inside their backpacks which were distributed to them recently for free, from the Sixth Country Programme for Children (CPC -6) and the provincial government of Negros Oriental. (LJD/RMN/PIA) More on Region 7, pages 4-5. Also CLICK Here… EASTERN VISAYAS   USec. Benito T. Ramos (L) receives the five inflatable rescue boats, donated by World Food Program (WFP), from WFP Philippines Deputy Country Dir. Mr. Asaka Nyangara (R) intended for the 8ID during the turn-over ceremony held Oct 27 at the Office of Civil Defense, Palo, Leyte. Looking on are (from L) MGen. Mario F. Chan of the 8ID, PA and OCD 8 Regional Director Rey Gozon. (PIA 8) More on Region 8, pages 6-7. Also CLICK Here... CEBU CITY, Oct. 26 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas and UNICEF-Philippines agreed to hire more licensed social workers who will focus on its "de-institutionalization" project. The project aims to link the children back to their families and communities. It also will develop a strategy whereby responsibility of caring for children will be shifted from the institution, such as DSWD, to the community. It will also establish comprehensive programs and services to empower the family and improve children's access to basic services. Almost 1,000 victims of human trafficking (247 minors and 751 adults) had been rescued and referred to the DSWD. At least 50 percent of the children are targeted to be re-integrated with their families. DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre said that using the premise “there is no place like home,” innovative interventions were developed by the Field Office-7 for children from the Haven and Home for Girls (HFG) and their families. Since 2007, the Home for Girls (HFG) had already served 637 children (below 18 years old) who were abused and neglected, including children in conflict with the law and victims of trafficking. (PIA-7/HFG/DSWD-7) HS stude invents alternative to charcoal NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Oct. 26 (PIA) -- A young Saraviahanon has found a solution to the problems of timber poaching and charcoal making within the North Negros Forest Reserve. Ydzan Franz Dongon, a senior student of Negros Occidental Science High School (NONSHS), was recently cited by both the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Department of Education (DepEd) in Region 6 for his creative research and invention of manually operated extruder machine, a medium he uses in producing leaf briquettes that will soon serve as charcoal alternatives. The invention won for Dongon first place in the Physical Sciences Cluster 2A-Individual Category during the 15th Regional Science and Technology Fair by the DepEd held in La Paz, Iloilo City on October 13-14, 2011. The DOST Region 6 also named him as a recipient of the “Sibol Award” for high school in the creative research category, also in the same fair. Dongon’s winning extruder machine invention Dongon, a consistent honor student since elementary and among the 16 Ugyonan scholars of the Municipality of E.B. Magalona, said the well-publicized environmental destruction around the world, including the rampant timber poaching and charcoal making in Barangay Canlusong inspired him to invent this extruder machine and leaf briquettes. Leaf briquettes, he explained, are only made of dried leaves, water and starch. Dongon said these leaf briquettes can really replace charcoal made of trees being cut in the forest.(JCM/EADPIA6/EB Magalona NDRRMC turns over 5 rescue boats to 8ID TACLOBAN CITY Leyte, Oct. 27 (PIA) – National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator, Undersecretary Benito T. Ramos acknowledged, on October 27, five inflatable rescue boats donated by the World Food Programme (WFP) to NDRRMC and handed them over to the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army in Eastern Visayas for use in disaster response and rescue operations in the Region. USec Ramos, in his message during the simple turn-over ceremony, acknowledged the World Food Programme of the United Nations’ deputy country director to the Philippines Mr. Asaka Nyangara and the WFP’s head of logistics, Mr. Dragoslav Djuraskovic who facilitated the local procurement of the inflatable rescue boats with paddles. The NDRRMC executive director said that he immediately thought of turning over the rescue boats for Eastern Visayas to the Philippine Army, knowing that the army and the PNP are always the first to respond in any disaster situation not only in Leyte but also in the island of Samar. In his response, Major General Mario F. Chan, commander of the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, said this is a “dream come true” and a “promise fulfilled”. He said this is the fulfillment of his dream to have more equipment to enhance the capability of the army rescue team to save more people of Eastern Visayas from the hazards that calamities bring to the Region which is disaster-prone. He added that he is still praying that the promise for two helicopters to be given to the Army in Eastern Visayas will come true in the near future. (PIA-8)

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