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Official Publication of Cabadbaran South Central Elementary School Member: National Schools Press Assocoiation

Vol. 35

No. 2

Govt has enough resources to help typhoon, flood victims - Abad When the President visited Government has enough money ing tax collection in the country to help typhoon and flood victims as a result of a more efficient fiscal management. This was the assurance of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Saturday in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan. He said that because of a better economy under the Aquino administration, the government was able to cut the interest for its debts enabling it to have more fund for different programs. He added that because of a stronger economy under the President’s stewardship, the country’s need to borrow decreases. There is also an increas-

making the national government have more money to fund wide array of social projects, he added. “Ang ibig sabihin nito, ang ating pamahalaan sa ngayon ay nag-

Laguna this week, he announced the construction of dikes and flood control structures to mitigate the flooding in Laguna, Abad said. “Kung makikita ninyo ngayon sa Metro Manila, maski na bumabaha, mabilis mawala ang tubig dahil nga ito sa mga ginagawang flood control projects,” he added. The government has a remaining P 6.8 billion calamity fund at the middle of this year with a separate P 680 million as contingency fund, the budget chief said. Different departments, which are frontliners during calamities, also have huge quick reaction funds in their coffers, he said. Among these agencies include the Dept. of National Defense and the Office of Civil Defense. Because of the quick reaction fund, these agencies could immediately react and help communities during disasters even without direct supervision of the President. kakaroon ng lumalaking fiscal space “Ito ang kalagayan at sitwasyon o pondo na puwedeng gamitin sa natin ngayon. Kaya huwag maniba’t ibang programa, "Abad noted. gangamba ang ating mga kaba For instance, Abad said bayan dahil may sapat na pondo that for next year, the admin- ang ating mga ahensiya at ating istration allocated P 27 bil- mga calamity fund para tulungan lion for flood control initiatives. sila,” Abad said.(PCOO/PND/as)


Feature: Keep your family safe: Don't refill butane canisters with LPG

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gas stoves are becoming more and more popular in households across Visayas. This is particularly true for butane camping stoves which are designed for use during outdoor activities like camping. Due to its portability, these camping stoves are now becoming a fixture in many kitchens in the region. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), butane camping stoves use butane gas as fuel that is sold in 250-gram net capacity. The gas is sold in canisters made of tin metal sheet with no welded joints. Pure butane gas is similar to the gas content that you can find in disposable lighters. Using the butane camping stove pose no threat to one’s safety. However, using butane canisters that are refilled with LPG make it dangerous. The Department of Energy (DOE) here has received reports that used butane canisters are now being refilled with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and sold in the market. The cheaper price of LPG-refilled canisters compared to buying a new one is attracting many butane gas stove users for economic reasons. But DOE-7 Regional 2

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Dir. Antonio Labios explained that butane canisters refilled with LPG are in danger of causing an explosion because LPG does not have the same characteristics with that of butane. Butane canisters are not designed and suited to the gas

“These canisters are non-refillable,” he said. DOE has also received reports of individuals resorting to backyard refilling facilities which are now mushrooming around Cebu province. “We have yet to pinpoint the exact location of these illegal activities,” he said. He warned that these activities do not have business permits from the government nor do they have fire safety certificates from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

To keep your homes safe from fire accidents, do not forsake your family’s safety in exchange for saving a few pesos.Although you can save money by resorting to refilling your butane canisters with LPG instead of buying original butane canisters, it also puts your and your family’s lives at risk. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

pressures of LPG. In closed containers, butane gas produces pressures that are lower than that of LPG, thus the canisters are manufactured to withstand this minimum pressure. On the other hand, LPG - which is a combination of butane and propane – has a higher pressure than that of butane, needing a much stronger type of material to contain it. Labios added that most of the butane canisters sold in the market are imported Korea and are manufactured to be sold for one-time use only.

Keep

safe!


Eastern Visayas prepares for

In support to the National Greening Program (NGP) of the government, the regional Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will lead again in this year’s tree planting activity dubbed as

“OplanBroadcastreeing:

The Urban Greening Project.”

In a meeting held Fri-

day, DILG-8 information of-

OplanBroadcastreeing

ficer Myles Joseph Colasito total of 6,300 saplings were said that the activity will be planted regionwide with the simultaneously done nation- combined efforts of some wide on September 7, 2013. 3,500 volunteers from differ

In

Tacloban

the

tree

planting

City, ent sectors, Colasito reported. activity NGP seeks to plant 1.5 bil-

will be conducted in Brgy. lion trees in 1.5 million hectBagacay, one of the identi- ares nationwide for the pefied NGP sites in the region. riod 2011 to 2016. (PIA-8)

Assembly time at the

area

will

be

at

5:30 AM and a short program will start at 6 o’clock in

the

morning.

Last year, a

Editorial Staff Hazel M. Mejias Editor in chief Jefrey L. Pegoron Associate Editor Jinky M. Guadalquiver Writer Algine Vinatero Contributor Marietta U. Bautista Adviser

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TESDA, Yokohama ink MOA on Dual Training System Technical

Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Yokohama Tire Philippines, Inc. (YTPI) for support in the implementation its Dual Training System (DTS). Under the MOA TESDA Provincial Training Center (PTC) Tarlac will supply welding trainees to the YPTI. “We believe that the program is the most appropriate and effective mode of delivery training wherein the public and private technical vocational institutions can directly address the needs of the industries by training and producing skilled workers with positive work at-

titude,” TESDA Regional Director TeodoroGatchalian said. He added that this will be a big boost in the agency’s efforts to develop and nurture stronger ties with the private sector and the industries. Meanwhile, YTPI vice president Angelina Casasola said that this partnership is very timely since they have just completed their expansion program, requiring them to hire additional workers for the next two to three years. “We are very happy about this partnership with TESDA because it is inclined towards the achievement of our company’s objectives, and also with our pursuit to relevance thru our corporate social responsibil-

ity projects,” Casasola added. DTS, which is anchored on RA 7686, otherwise known as the Dual Training System Act of 1994, has been one of the flagship programs of TESDA nationwide today. “We have been rejuvenating the DTS in the region so that the schools and the industries are able to avail of and optimize its benefits,” Gatchalian explained. Under the program, the companies are assured of an adequate supply of competent manpower with positive work values while the schools are able to produce graduates whose skills and competence directly match the needs of the industries. (CLJD/MJLS-PIA 3)

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