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May 3, 2014


Daily E-Newsletter of Philippine Information Agency - 8


May 3, 2014

DOLE 8 releases over P10M worth of livelihood assistance in EV on Labor Day I

n an effort to help improve the plight of the people in Eastern Visayas after the disaster, over P10 M worth of livelihood assistance was released on Labor Day Celebration in the region. This involves ten (10) livelihood grants to various local government units in Leyte, Southern Leyte and Biliran for 1, 227 beneficiaries. Southern Leyte got a total of P2, 237,500.00 for the following projects: livelihood formation & restoration projects of displaced fisherfolks at St. Bernard, Southern Leyte, livelihood formation & restoration projects for displaced & semi-skilled workers in same town, livelihood assistance at Brgy. Minoyho, livelihood formation and restoration projects for displaced and semi-skilled workers of Brgy. Ahayag, St.Bernard, Southern Leyte. Some 25 beneficiaries from the local government unit of Baybay City will benefit the P928,764.00 livelihood assistance for the enhancement of a Cassava Processing Project. Furthermore, the

municipality of Cabucgayan, Biliran got the big bulk which is totaled to P6.4M. These will be used in the provision of raw materials, equipments and establishment of fiber glass boat production, acquisition of tools, equipments & materials for the establishment of small enterprise in support to rural workers/families affected by typhoon Yolanda, establishment of small enterprise in support to the development of rural families in Cabucgayan, Biliran as well as in the implementation of Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged ( TUPAD) workers. Meanwhile, the Municipality of Palo, Leyte was also a recipient of a livelihood assistance for the establishment of Cassava Flour Processing Project amounting to P1,262, 250.00 with 22 beneficiaries. The release of livelihood assistance was one of the highlights during the Mega Jobs Fair at St. Paul School of Business and Law, Brgy. Campetic, Palo, Leyte in time of the Labor Day Celebration. (PIA-8)

DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz (Photo from

DOLE chief impressed by the way Leytenos recover from Yolanda BY: CONSUELO B. ALARCON


epartment of Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz was very pleased upon knowing that Leyte is recovering fast as the government continues to provide the needed support to the CONTINUED ON PAGE 3


May 3, 2014

Tolosa, Dulag hollow-block makers vow to no longer extract beach materials along their coastlines


s a result of the consultation meeting held last April 23, 2014 attended by the hollow-block makers from Tolosa and Dulag, Leyte together with their respective local officials, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Director Alilo Ensomo, and representatives from the Depar tment of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the hollow-makers vowed to no longer extract beach materials along their respective coastlines. According to MGB, the consultation meeting was conducted due to the ongoing illegal extraction of beach materials by the hollow-block makers in

Tolosa and Dulag, and as a result of the letter complaint sent by the DPWH relative to the matter. The hollow-block makers were informed during the meeting that they will be apprehended and penalized if illegal extraction of beach materials along the coastlines will still take place. Dir. Ensomo also told the group that they are planning to hire private individuals who will dredge from some par ticular rivers in the concerned areas wherein the coarse sand will be extracted and supplied to the hollow-block makers as an alternative to the beach sand for a fee equivalent to

diesel or fuel used, and this was received by a favorable reaction from the majority. Before the consultation meeting was ended, MGB disclosed that the group unanimously agreed that DPWH will put guard drills all over the prohibited areas and that MGB will put up signs explaining such prohibition as guided by law. Likewise, the hollow-block makers once again gave their word that that they will abide with the prohibition of extracting beach materials along their respective coastlines. (PIA-8)

LGUS must request MGB to assess proposed permanent relocation sites


ocal Government Units must first request the Mines and Geo Science Bureau to assess before setting up permanent relocation sites for the Yolanda displaced families in their respective areas of responsibility. Engineer Nonita Caguiwa made the statement during the recently held Harampang Ha PIA at the Leyte Sports Center Conference Hall. Engr. Caguiwa said this move will prevent disasters that may happen if the relocation sites are not properly assessed on geohazards such as flooding and landslides. The MGB has been conducted Geohazard survey and assessments for the resettlement area at Barangay Barayong, Palo, Leyte; the proposed resettlement site at Barangay Macabahug, Ormoc City; the proposed relocation site at Barangay Anonang in Burauen, Leyte; and the proposed subdivision site at Barangay 93, Bagacay, Tacloban City. Engr. Caguiwa said in line with the Build Back Better scheme of the National Government, MGB

has also been conducting geohazard survey and assessment of relocation sites of schools and hospitals like the relocation site for the Biliran Provincial Hospital; and the geohazard assessment and site inspection of the Manlilid National High School in Javier,Leyte. Moreover, the MGB in Eastern

Visayas has assessed the relocation of evacuation sites in Villaba, Matag-ob, Palompon, and Capoocan, all in the province of Leyte. Geohazard summary exit report has been completed for the said LGUs, Engr. Caguiwa added. (PIA 8)

President Benigno S. Aquino inspects the permanent relocation site in Brgy. Pago, Tanauan, Leyte, February 25. The President was met by (l-r) Gawad Kalinga executive director Louis Oqui単ena, National Housing Authority general manager Chito Cruz and Tanauan mayor Pelagio Tecson. (Vino R. Cuayzon)


May 3, 2014

Summer health tips to beat the heat


ealth practitioners suggest several measures which are easy to follow in order to handle the onslaught of heat that summer brings. These measures will also ensure that the body is as cool as it possibly can. Eat light, small, frequent meals. Start the morning with a sweet, juicy fruit at breakfast. Ripe summer fruits peaches, plums, melons and pears, are exactly what your skin craves for in the hot season. Citrus fruits are also very cooling. Eat whole or extract their juice, store in the refrigerator and sip often throughout the day. Include salads in the diet. Consuming leafy lettuce and summer greens, corn on cob and cucumbers, in salads are delicious ways to stay cool. These foods contain a significant amount of water and can actually thin the blood, which has a cooling effect. Onions too are great in the summer, because of their ability to beat the

heat and provide relief from summer ailments. So, throw in some washed onion slices onto a sandwich, or in the salad. If one is a non-vegetarian, limit red meat and instead go for fish and oysters. If one gets burnt (sun stroke or heat stroke), seek relief by sipping on green tea or take a spoon of onion juice. They are potent antioxidants that can neutralize cellular damage caused by the sun’s rays. Avoid extreme cold foods and drinks - most of us normally pick these and they are actually known to interfere with digestion and sweating, thereby interfering with the body’s natural cooling mechanisms. So, however tempting it may be to sit on your porch licking an ice cream cone or sipping a cool glass of tea, try a wedge of watermelon instead. To cool the body through sweating, add small amounts of hot

spices to food while cooking. Hot peppers, fresh ginger, and black pepper are all great spices to make it really hot and then to cool one down. Hydrate the body by drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water a day. Water is the best drink as it doesn’t contain any sugars that can add up to unnecessary calories. For a change, a lemon and honey drink can also instantly replenish the body’s lost fluids and work as an energizer. Drink fluids even if one is not yet thirsty. Once one has the feeling of being thirsty, this means he or she is already dehydrated. Wear loose, full-sleeved cotton clothes to protect the body from the sun and to aid evaporation of sweat. When going out, use a hat to protect the head from the sun. Stay indoors. Restrict outdoor activities to the cooler parts of the day, early mornings before 10.30am or late evenings after 530pm. (PIA 8)

DOLE CHIEF...FROM PAGE 1 devastated areas in the Province and other parts of region 8. This was conveyed by the Secretary to the Leytenos in her message during the celebration of the Labor Day on May 1 which was read by DOLE Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad III. Baldoz said, she was impressed the way Leytenos are moving on considering the huge impact of the super typhoon to the people’s lives, properties and even their livelihood. This only shows the good traits of the Filipinos especially the Warays. “Indeed tayong mga Pilipino ay kinikilala bilang sikat na manggagawa lalo na an mga Waray. You are known to be flexible, masipag, matalino. Kahit saan kayo magpunta you are able to adapt to the new environment thereby making you, easy to deal with and in a way you become competitive then,” Baldoz said. “As we celebrate Labor Day we made it a point that delivery of services when most needed is assured,” Baldoz

added. Hence, job fairs were conducted all over the country. Yesterday’s jobs fair in Palo and Ormoc City was the 5th jobs fair since Yolanda wrought havoc in the region. The first was held in Ormoc City on December 14, 2013 barely over a month after the disaster with the support of May Bukas Pa Foundation headed by its President Ms. Marcia G. Sadicon and Manager of M and M Placement International Incorporated, an international agency. The second was done in Tacloban City on January 22, 2014 at Leyte Normal University and the third was at DOLE Regional Office, this city last February 22, 2014. Driven by the desire to facilitate employment opportunities in Yolanda affected areas, DOLE has also led another jobs fair at Guiuan Eastern Samar on April 2, 2014. Aside from this, just three weeks

after the typhoon the Department of Labor and Employment has initiated the emergency employment program in Yolanda-stricken areas where the immediate needs of displaced workers were responded. It was learned that the Department rolled out a total of P98 million including the International Labor Organization’s P8 million which benefitted 28, 000 workers for the said program. In said occasion, Secretary Baldoz also recognized the efforts made by the local government executives, the DOLE attached agencies headed by Region 8 Director Exequiel Sarcauga, other national government agencies, the employers, international organizations, industries, local groups, and the jobseekers who join the Labor Day celebration to be meaningful and who in one way, or another, help in their goal to make life a better one, if not the best that one could be proud of. (PIA-8)


May 3, 2014


Mga piniling tunghaan sa So. Leyte maglakip na sa DRR, CCA sa curriculum


ugod karong tuig tingtungha 2014-2015, pipila ka mga eskuylahan sa lalawigan ug ning siyudad, gikan sa elementarya, high school, ug kolehiyo, maglakip na sa ilang mga major subjects sa mga leksyon kabahin sa disaster risk reduction (DRR) ug Climate Change Adaptation (CCA). Kini tipik ug kabahin sa school safety measures nga gipatuman sa

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) subay sa Republic Act 10121 ug uban sa hugot nga pagtambayayong sa mga lain-laing stakeholders, sama sa mga local government units, department of education, nongovernment organizations, ug lain pang mga community-based groups. Ang giplano nga DRR ug CCR integration ngadto na sa

school curriculum ning siyudad ug lalawigan maoy resulta sa workshop nga gihimo di pa lang dugay, diin may steering committee ang gitahasan pag-monitor ug paglantaw sa mga gilaumang mga konkretong aksyon sa mga piniling tunghaan, nagkanayon si Danilo Atienza, pangu sa provincial disaster body. Sa interbyu diha sa Action Center Cable TV program pagka Miyerkoles, si Atienza miingon ang balaod sa disaster risk reduction management nagsugo paghiusa sa naasoy nga hilisgutan diha sa mga secondary ug mga tertiary schools, apan dinhi sa probinsiya ug sa dakbayan nakita niya ang panginahanglan paglakip sa mga elementary schools. Nagtoo si Atienza nga ang mga kabataan magsilbing mga ahente sa kausaban, makakat-on sa mga kasayuran labot sa safety precautions sa dili pa, sa diha na, ug human sa trahedya, ug mo-istorya niini sa ilang mga ginikanan. “Know disasters, no disasters,” si Atienza miingon, nga nagpasabot nga kon masayod sa trahedya, kuli sab mahitaboan sa trahedya. Gawas sa leksyon diha sa lawak tunghaan, si Atienza miingon uban pang mga kalihokan gilantaw para malagsik ang mga leksyon sa DRR ug CCA mao ang pag-adto sa mga dapit sa lalawigan nga nailhan nang maayo ang pagdumala sa environment preservation. Kini naglakip sa MolopoloSta. Cruz Marine Fish Sanctuary sa Macrohon ug sa forest plantation sa barangay Lunas, Maasin City, nga gidumala sa Young Innovators for Sustainable Economic Development Association ( YISEDA), usa ka People’s Organization, ug uban pa. (mmp, PIA-Southern Leyte)

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