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CAPIZ TOLL PACKAGING CENTER. DTI Sec. Adrian Cristobal, Jr. (2nd from right) looks at a newly packed dried fish shown by Capiz Toll Packaging Center manager Rene Esteban as DTI Provincial Office employees led by director Ermelinda Pollentes joined him during the short stopover last Feb. 9 at the Center in the Villareal Stadium in Roxas City. (DTI/PIA Capiz photo/A. Lumaque)

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Dr. Raul Migriño Veterinarian of Department of Agriculture (DA 7) discuss the Newcastle Disease and its preventive measure specially on commercial and native chicken in the region during the recent AGIO-PIA7 Forum on Newcastle Disease. (PIA7)

February 15-21, 2016

Published by: PIA 6, 7 & 8

BFAR-7: Satellite tracker system to address illegal fishing Fayette C. Riñen CEBU, Feb. 12 (PIA) -- Incidence of illegal fishing and other illegal activities at sea will be minimized once the establishment of a satellite tracker system is done with extensive monitoring capability of the entire Visayan Sea. Dr. Allan Poquita, assistant regional director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-7), said the satellite tracker system will be placed at the Philippine Coast Guard - Cebu near the pier terminal overlooking the sea. “The area is now being cemented to pave the way for the establishment of the satellite tracker system which will hopefully be completed before the year ends,” said Poquita, relaying the good news to member-agencies of the Coastal Law Enforcement Alliance in Region 7 (CLEAR-7) during its 1st quarterly meeting. Poquita said the satellite device is not limited to monitoring illegal fishing alone but all illegal activities at sea including smuggling, human trafficking and terrorism. “The device’s monitoring capability is far and wide-reaching encompassing the entire Visayan Sea,” said Poquita. Issues on illegal fishing continue to hound the Central Visayas Region especially in the seven major fishing grounds as discussed during the recent CLEAR-7 meeting. The identified major fishing grounds are the Visayan Sea,

Camotes Sea, Danajon Bank, Tañon Strait Protected Seascape, Cebu/Bohol Strait, Bohol Sea and the East Sulu Sea. The top five common violations cited in the major fishing grounds are the intrusion of commercial fishing vessels in municipal waters, dynamite fishing, use of compressor, selling of dynamited fish and land-based pollution. Strategies mapped out to address the top five issues were on policy and procedural review and research including the total banning of commercial fishing within municipal waters; monitoring, control and surveillance and; capability building where information and education drive on fishery-related laws is strengthened. Last year, BFAR-7 confiscated various assorted fish positive of blast fishing in some public markets and pier areas in the cities of Cebu and Mandaue in coordination with the Cebu City Bantay Dagat Commission and other law enforcement agencies. Likewise, in late October of last year, 5,170 kilos of frozen tuna were also seized at Pasil Fish Port in Cebu City. On separated occasions, four fishing vessels were apprehended and 54 individuals arrested during the conduct of a seaborne patrol within the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape in coordination with Department of Environment and Natural Resources and other government agencies. (rmn/fcr/PIA7)

DILG gets ready for barangay level implementation of BuB Bong Pedalino MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Feb. 17 (PIA) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is preparing for the eventual cascading of the Bottoms-Up Budgeting (BuB) down to the barangay, sending one of its key staff on a week-long orientation on the subject in Subic last week. Loren Aniciete, Information Officer of the DILG provincial office, said she learned that for this year, some 12,000 barangays nationwide will be pilot-tested for the barangay-based BuB, and by next year this will cover all the more than 42,000 barangays nationwide. At the DYDM/DYSL Kapihan sa PIA Friday, Aniciete could not say if there will be barangays anywhere in Southern Leyte province or all over Region 8 included in this first batch of recipients. BuB, an innovative, participatory budget planning process that involved various stakeholders in a town or city, particularly the civil society organizations (CSOs), has been ongoing in the province since 2014, in which over P 600,000.00 worth of prioritized and selected projects have been implemented in the 18 municipalities and one city, Aniciete said. This was based on the Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP), its budget separate from an LGUs Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA), and coursed through concerned government

offices, she said, adding that DILG is just one of the implementing agencies, along with other national line agencies. Projects on access roads, potable water systems, and structures for evacuation centers were common, as well as livelihood projects, although these are handled by agencies other than the DILG, such as the Department of Agriculture or the Department of Tourism, among others, said Engr. Henry Glenn Layam, who oversees DILG-monitored projects. On Thursday last week, President Benigno Aquino III announced during the gathering of the League of Barangays of the Philippines that henceforth BuB will be expanded to cover all the country’s over 42,000 barangay LGUs, allocating a budget of P 100 Billion for this purpose. This translates to a pro-rata share of P 2.3 Million per barangay, well over its IRA, and can certainly provide for any public works projects without need for resolutions seeking financial assistance to higher LGUs. Southern Leyte province has a total of 500 barangays, and for Maasin City, 70. Aniciete said details and mechanics of the barangay-based BuB implementation are expected to be extensively discussed during the Subic training for DILG field personnel. (mmp/PIA8 -Southern Leyte)

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Asia Development Bank Country Director Richard Bolt (center) leads the unveiling of Bayani Ka! Photo Exhibit with (l-r) PIA-8 OIC Regional Director Alicia Nicart, (left) Laoang Northern Samar mayor Madeleine Mendoza Ong and DSWD-8 OIC Director Restituto Macuto held at the Robinsons Place Tacloban, January 25. (Raul S. Tiozon, Jr./PIA-8)

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Nationwide science road show to open Feb. 22 in WV By Lilibeth A. French ILOILO CITY, Feb. 16 (PIA6) - - The Department of Science and Technology 6 (DOST 6) is now in the thick of preparations for the upcoming Science Nation Tour which is set to open on February 22 here. The Western Visayas leg of the nationwide road show will take place in this city until February 24. It will showcase the various notable S&T programs and projects of DOST that contribute to inclusive growth and national development. It also aims to engage Ilonggos to the advantages of science, technology and innovation and their impacts on their daily lives. DOST Secretary Mario Montejo is expected to lead the three-day event which will kick off with a motorcade around Iloilo City at 2 P.M. of February 22. This will be followed by the opening of the Tek-Tienda MSME Product Fair, Philippine Science High School (PSHS) – Western Visayas Campus Mini-Science Exhibits at SM City Iloilo and Sci-Night: S&T Stakeholders’ Night. The Tek-Tienda MSME Product Fair will feature the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP)-assisted products in the region while the PSHS science exhibits hope to capture the interests of students in S&T and research. The fair and exhibits will be held for three days. Before the motorcade, two forums will be held starting at 9 A.M. These are the Science Forum with

National Scientists and Academicians at Diversion 21 Hotel in Mandurriao district and Health Research Forum at Eon Centennial Hotel at Jalandoni Street. Project visits on SETUP beneficiaries were also organized to underscore DOST’s high-impact technologies and S&T interventions geared towards MSMEs’ empowerment in the countryside. The second day (February 23) of the Science Nation Tour-Western Visayas will be highlighted by the inauguration of the Iloilo Doppler Radar and Synoptic Station in Hamungaya, Jaro and the Regional Development Council 6 Forum on S&T. Other activities during the day are Sci-Fit: Science and Fitness Mix at the Iloilo Esplanade starting at 5:30 A.M.; Sci-Trip: Visit to S&T Centers like PSHS Planetarium and Iloilo Doppler Radar and Synoptic Station; Symposium for the Youth with National Scientists and Academicians; and a press conference. Activities for February 24 include Project Visit to SEAFDEC Marine Station, Trappist Monastic Food Products, PSHS-Western Visayas Planetarium and inauguration of Western Visayas Food Innovation Center at Guimaras State College in Guimaras. “Ang Sci-Ya Sci-Ya sa West V!” is the theme of the Science Nation Tour-Western Visayas. (JCM/LAF-PIA6 Iloilo)



San Carlos City is Eco-champ NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Feb. 17 (PIA6)- -Green Convergence Philippines named San Carlos City thru the City Environment Management Office (CEMO) as one of the National Local Government Unit (LGU) Eco Champions in the country. an Carlos City was awarded for its CEMO received a set of solar panel with environmental laws compliant in the country unyielding compliance of the Philippine complete accessories and a book entitled based on their answers in a questionnaire given Environmental Laws during the 3-day 1st Philippine Native Trees published by Green to them and eventually validating them through Philippine Environment Summit (PES1) at the Convergence Philippines, a its prize. a site visit. SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Feb. San Carlos City was awarded together Green Convergence is a coalition of 9-11, 2016, the release from the City with other national LGU Eco champions networks, organizations and individuals Information Office said. including municipalities of Bacolod (Lanao del working for a development paradigm CEM Officer Engr. Arthur Batomalaque Norte), Lucban (Quezon) and San Mateo that addresses the need for social together with other employees of CEMO (Rizal); cities of Ligao (Albay), San Fernando (La and economic uplift while preserving presented the plaque to City Mayor Gerardo Union), Makati, Parañaque, Pasig and Quezon nature’s life-support system, including air, Valmayor, Jr. after the flag raising ceremony, and the provinces of Negros Occidental, Albay water and land, for generations to come. * before other city officials and employees of the and Aurora. (J CM/E AD - PI A6/ San C ar los N egr os local government. These LGUs were chosen to be the top Occidental)


P7.7M Evacuation & Livelihood Center up in Barbaza By Pilar S. Mabaquiao SAN JOSE, Antique, Feb. 16 (PIA6) - - The local community in Barangay Baghari, Barbaza, Antique inaugurated on Friday the P7.7 million Evacuation and Livelihood Center supported by the Caritas International (Caritas Italiana and Caritas Belgium) in partnership with Diocesan Social Action Center (DSAC).


r. Edione Febrero, Director DSAC said the establishment of the Evacuation and Livelihood Center was a response to the need for a disaster resilient facility that could provide shelter to the residents of the said barangay and 10 other neighboring villages in times of disaster or calamities. It is part of the rehabilitation program of DSAC for communities hardly hit by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 wherein the town of Barbaza is one among those who suffered the devastation in northern Antique. The inauguration and blessing ceremony was officiated by Most Rev. Jose Romeo O. Lazo, Bishop Diocese of San Jose de Antique with Xavier Leblanc, Counselor and Deputy Head of Mission, Belgian Embassy to the Phil; Ann Van der Veken Phil Country Representative Caritas Belgium and Matteo

Amigoni, Country Representative Caritas Italiana. Xavier Leblanc in his keynote address admired the Filipino spirit of being resilient. “They know how to stand up in difficult times,” he said. The center is a gift of your brothers and sisters from Belgium and Italy. Make this a part of your daily life where you can learn new skills and become agent of change for the entire community, he said. The center is a two-story building that could accommodate 200 persons. Among the facilities of the building include holding area, multi-purpose hall, clinic and treatment room, stockroom, kitchen, laundry area, toilets and bathrooms and water tanks. In normal days the center could be used as Rural Health Clinic and Day Care Center. It

could also be a venue for skills training and other community activities. Febrero emphasized that the center hopes to promote connectivity among people, local officials, church and institutions and the environment with the mission of making the community productive, self-reliant and sustainable. Connected with the center are different agricultural technologies that could help augment the income of the families such as organic fertilizer production, odorless pigpen, nursery, sloping agricultural land technology and vegetable garden. Mayor Gerry Necor expressed his gratitude to the donors of the project. He assured that the people of Barbaza will maximize the use of the center to uplift their living conditions. (JCM/psm/pia6Antique)

DOST’s STARBOOKS is now accessible in Kalibo By Sheila Q. Patoza KALIBO, AKLAN, Feb. 15 (PIA6) – Digital access to scientific information through the Science and Technology Academic and Research Based Openly-Operated Kiosk Station (STARBOOKS) is now available and can be readily used at the Municipal Library of Kalibo.


ecently, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed among the Local Government Unit of Kalibo, Department of Science and Technology, and Science and Technology Information Institute, represented by Mayor William Lachicha, Engineer RowenGelonga, and Assistant Secretary Raymond Loboro, respectively, to promote and implement the STARBOOKS. DOST-6 Regional Director, Rowen R. Gelonga, said that STARBOOKS is a computer software and a one-stop repository for science and technology information and it intends to serve as an information access portal in key areas in the Philippines.

He added that it contains with over 500,000 titles of digitized journals, serial publications, reference materials, annual theses and dissertations, technical and project reports, and directories of DOST-STII’s library materials; and over 170 videos from the different DOST agencies, such as “TamangDOSTkarte Livelihood Videos” for aspiring entrepreneurs. Meanwhile, Maria Mylene N. Villaruel, Municipal Librarian II of Local Government of Kalibo cited that the STARBOOKS is indeed significant to students and researchers coming in the library because of the latest and newest information it

provides. “STARBOOKS is somewhat the compilation of the many latest editions of science and technology books, which is very easy to access and definitely saves space in our library,” Villaruelsaid. She likewise said that STARBOOKS is a standalone information kiosk so it still can be used even without the internet connection. The STARBOOKS is a DOST-STII project in connection with its campaign in building back libraries for the Yolanda-stricken areas. (JSC/SQP-PIA6 Aklan).



Iloilo farmers learn control of Rice Black Bugs Elsa S. Subong ILOILO CITY, Feb. 18 (PIA6) — A farmer in Bgy. Central, Ajuy, Iloilo said that use of Metarhizium anisopliae given by the Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC) has helped control rice black bugs (RBB) in his farm.

It has effectively protected my rice farm in its early vegetative stage,” farmer Juanito Biclar, Jr. said. He said that early detection, proper application of Metarhizium anisopliae, water management, field sanitation and light trapping are important in preventing rice burn damage caused by RBB. “My five-hectare rice farm planted with RC 10 variety now on its dough stage is bearing more grains, and was saved from RBB infestation which is rampant during dry season,” Biclar said. Rene B. Famoso, RCPC chief, said that for 2015, the center had distributed a total of 2,192 packs of 500 grams per pack of Metarhizium anisopliae in the provinces of Iloilo, Capiz

and Negros Occidental which were infested by RBB due to El Niño. The towns affected in Iloilo were Ajuy, Calinog, Sara, Sta. Barbara, Bingawan, Banate, Zarraga, San Enrique, Passi, New Lucena, Dumangas, Cabatuan, Dingle and Jaro, Iloilo City. In Capiz, the towns affected were Tapaz, Dumalag, Mambusao, Cuartero, Maayon, Dao and Dumarao. The cities of Cadiz and Kabankalan in Negros Occidental were identified to be affected. Famoso said he encouraged the famers to use Metarhizium anisopliae as it was given free and he told them to make have their request for the biological control agent, signed by their

municipal agriculture officer or agricultural technicians. “Farmers should also practice fallow periods, or not seeding them for a certain period of time to break the cycle of pests and diseases in the area,” Famoso said. As per monitoring the RCPC has not monitored any other pest and diseases outbreak in the region, aside from the RBB, in spite of the continuing dry spell. Meanwhile, farmer Biclar said he was optimistic that he will have a good harvest this cropping season. “I plan not to cultivate my farm after, to stop the cycle of RBB until the wet season comes in,” Biclar said. (JCM/ESS/PIA-Iloilo)

New PhilHEALTH policy on hospital confinement up By Jemin B. Guillermo ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Feb. 17 (PIA6) – The minimum hospital confinement for patients having Urinary Tract Infection starting this month will be four days, for them to claim with PHILHEALTH.


apiz PhilHealth Information Officer Mary Jane Amigo said PhilHealth Circular No. 002 series of 2016 provides that patients who are diagnosed with urinary tract infection (UTI) must have a minimum hospital confinement of four days for them to avail of their PhilHealth claim, The recommended length of stay for uncomplicated UTI should be minimum of 96 hours (72 hours of IV antibiotics and 24 hours switch to oral) to provide sufficient time for proper evaluation of patients’ response to therapy. This is to ensure quality of care service to

the patients and in compliance also to the clinical practice guidelines as one of the best strategies in the implementation of quality assurance standards, Amigo said. Through this policy, doctors, hospitals and patients will be provided with guidance as to what tests, medicines or procedures will be recommended to manage the case, she said, adding that it also provides indications for admission Per PhilHealth record, Urinary tract Infection (UTI) is considered one of the top illnesses in claims reimbursements. On the other hand, patients who are

diagnosed with Acute Gastro Enteritis (AGE) are also required to have three days minimum confinement as per PhilHealth Circular 2016-001. She said that AGE is also one of the top illnesses reimbursed by PhilHealth. Amigo explained that the PhilHealth guideline was likewise based on the new recommendations of the World Health Organizations. She also reminded the PhilHealth members and their beneficiaries to abide by the new guidelines in order that their claims will not be denied. (JCM/JBG/PIA6)

PopCom-6 cites need for local migration database By Leonard T. Pineda I ILOILO CITY, Feb. 16 (PIA6) --- The Commission on Population (PopCom)-6 said that the establishment of internal migration database at the provincial and city levels is necessary for development planning in Region 6.


ccording to PopCom-6, provinces, cities, and capital towns need to establish, maintain, and strengthen internal migration database which shall serve as a central unit of database management at the barangay level. Local government units are tasked to provide services and conduct programs on population and migration to better manage development problems, as per Philippine Government Code of 1991. Popcom-6 said development and implementation of effective and functional mechanisms to monitor and generate data on population and demographic

events such as migration, births, and deaths is directed at the local level in order to establish knowledge and information on population and development (POPDEV). Republic Act 7279 known as “Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992” requires local governments to monitor trends in the movement of people, identify measures to balance urban capabilities and population, create livelihood opportunities, and ultimately contribute to national growth. According to Census on Population and Housing in 2010, there were 2.86 million total

number of movers in the Philippines to which 50.4 percent were long distance movers, 45.4 percent were short distance movers, and 4.2 percent were immigrants. Data from Philippine Statistics Authority revealed that the trend of urban population is increasing from 30.33 percent in 2000, 32.30 percent in 2007, and 34.78 percent in 2010. The massive movement of rural population to urban areas caught local government units unprepared for its negative effects such as overcrowding, congestion, traffic, flooding, peace and order issues, and environmental degradation. (JCM/LTP/ PIA-Iloilo)



Cebu sinkholes closely monitored - DENR Ferliza Calizar-Contratista CEBU CITY, Feb. 12 (PIA) – More than 100 sinkholes are being monitored by the Cebu province. n this week’s Kapihan sa PIA-Cebu, MGB and Lapulapu wherein collapse, suffusion, and officials revealed there are plenty of solution types of sinkholes were noted. sinkholes and probable sinkhole sites Ma. Elena Lupo, Supervising Geologist which are monitored by their office. of MGB-7, said the assessment in Al Emil Berador, MGB-7 Chief said areas conclude d that these Geologist, when asked by reporters, said the LGUs are made up of massive presence of sinkholes is the focus of the limestone which are also characterized by Subsidence Mapping which they started late last presence of solution cavities, sinkholes and year after the completion of the Geohazard caves. mapping among all local government units in “These features make limestone underCentral Visayas. lain areas susceptible to ground subsidence So far, subsidence hazard mapping and hazards and could be triggered by earthquakes assessment were already conducted in the and the like,” Lupo said. towns of Oslob, Santa Fe, and cities of Bogo In Cebu City, he said there are sinkholes


Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in in Barangay Guadalupe which are closely monitored. They advise local chief executives to be on alert and implement the conducted subsidence map. MGB targets finishing the subsidence hazard mapping by next year. Meanwhile, MGB reported the completion of geohazard mapping in all LGUs in Central Visayas. They urged local chief executives to put these maps into good use in crafting their Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plans. (rmn/fcc/PIA7-Cebu)

DTI-NegOr spearheads Dumaguete photo exhibit launch Roi Anthoni B. Lomotan DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb. 15 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here spearheaded the launch of Vivid Photo Exhibit at Paseo Perdices, Rizal Boulevard here in observance of the National Arts Month this February.

Today’s photo exhibit is an introduction to the other side of creativity and innovation,” said DTI Provincial Director Javier Fortunato Jr. at the opening of said exhibit which also seeks to promote creativity and artistry among Dumagueteños. The exhibit showcases the works of four noted photographers from Dumaguete City namely, Hersley-Ven Casero, Charlie Sindiong, Randy Bandiola, and Luigi Borromeo. Casero, a visual artist based in this city, has works published in international publications like Jaipur India Informedia Magazine, Lonely Planet, Cebu Pacific Smile Magazine, View Magazine in Germany, National Publication in Denmark, Long Angeles Times, and Stern Magazine. Sindiong, who is the production manager of their family-owned business Dumaguete Asian Printer, is a self-taught photographer and won several photography contests and joined

other photo exhibitions namely, My Negros Oriental (2009 and 201), One Day Photo Safari in Bayawan City (2010), One life, Many Moments (2010) and Images of Faith (2012). Bandiola, on the other hand, is an information and communications technology specialist and photographer by accident. This after his wife gave him a point and shoot camera. His photos are his expressions of how simple everyday things and encounters that are taken for granted can subconsciously stir emotions and convey messages. Meanwhile, Luigi Borromeo developed his talent in photography while studying in Silliman University. After graduating in college, he put more focus on photography and joined and won several photo contests. He was then chosen as top photographer for Amir Sali’s Search for Next Top Model and his coverage of typhoon Sending was featured

in National Geographic Online. He has established his photo studio Creative Stills and continues to be one of the sought after wedding, fashion, and portrait photographers in Negros. “We hope that this very exhibit which will be running until the 29th will whet your appetite for creative arts and craft,” said Fortunato. Vivid Photo Exhibit is done in cooperation with the Provincial Tourism Office and Dumaguete City Tourism Office. Provincial Tourism Officer Myla Abellana and Dumaguete City Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling Jr. were present in said launch. Meanwhile, Fortunato also disclosed that DTI will hold an Arts and Crafts Fair on February 25 to 27 in Dumaguete which is also in observance of National Arts Month. (rmn/ ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)

Bohol claims third best at CVRAA Rey Anthony H. Chiu CORTES, Bohol, Feb. 13 (PIA)—Bohol elementary athletes strained for their final ounces of strength which pushed them second place but it was not enough to tug the whole team of Bohol up the medal tally boards in the recently completed Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA) sports meet in the City of Naga, Cebu. t the end of the seven-day sports fest whose athletes packed home 47 gold medal and 14 bronze medals. held February 7 to 13, Bohol finishes, 42 silver medals, and 47 bronze medals Overall, Tagbilaran City athletes went elementary covered for the medal to be ranked second best. home with eight gold medals, 20 silver, and 20 deficit of Bohol’s secondary athletes which only In its third over-all rank, Bohol harvested bronze to rank 8th among 13 teams. mustered 11 gold medals to prop up the 31 gold medals, 40 silver, and 65 bronze medal OVERALL elementary athlete’s 20 gold medals for a sum of finishes. The overall ranking are the following: 31 for Bohol. TAGBILARAN CITY First - Cebu City (113-71-59); But this effort was only good enough for a On the other hand, Tagbilaran Second - Mandaue City (47-42-47); Third third over-all rank among 13 participating City improved its performance when, - Bohol (31-40-65); Fourth - Cebu delegations at the athletic competitions held at from the 13th position, it steadily moved up the Province (28-36-45); Fifth - Lapulapu the Teodoro Doring Meniola Sr. Sports Oval in competitive ladder to settle for 8th from the (21-30-36); Sixth - Talisay City (19-15-16); Naga. 11th place on Day 2 and 13th on Day 4 of Seventh - Danao City (15-19-24); Eighth Cebu City's Ninos finished with a total of competitions. - Tagbilaran City (8-20-20); Ninth - City of Naga 113 gold medal finishes, 71 silver medals and 59 Tagbilaran Elementary delegates earned (3-3-14); Tenth - Siquijor (2-4-6); Eleventh bronze medals to be declared overall champions four gold medals, ten silver medals and six - Carcar City (2-3-5); Twelfth - Toledo City in the sports meet. bronze while its secondary athletes delegation (1-4-10); and Thirteenth - Bogo City (0-5-8). Second to the Ninos is Mandaue City, also picked four gold medal finishes, 10 silver, (rmn/rac/PIA-7/Bohol)




DENR to mayors, brgy chiefs: Implement geo-hazard maps Ferliza Calizar-Contratista CEBU CITY, Feb. 12 (PIA) – Environment officials are calling on local chief executives to implement the geohazard maps for disaster management. n the recent Kapihan sa PIA held at the “The 1:10000 scale is more accurate and conferences are conducted upon the furnishing of Department of Environment and Natural specific compared with the 1:50000 scale we the geo-hazard maps. Resources (DENR-7), t h e released in 2014,” Lupo said. As of press time, MGB-7 already made IEC department's geologists announced that they had On the other hand, Al Emil Berador, Chief activities in 375 barangays in the municipalities already completed geo-hazard maps of all local Geologist of Mines and Geosciences Bureau including the 19 Yolanda-affected towns in Cebu. government units (LGUs) in Central Visayas. (MGB-7), said they are also starting IEC include the exit conference and the It is now up to the mayors and barangay with the Coastal and Subsidence Coastal distribution of collateral such as brochures, captains to put these into use as reference on Mapping. posters and videos. their disaster risk reduction management Coastal Geo-hazard mapping include In 2010, President Benigno Aquino III signed program, said Ma. Elena Lupo, Supervising close assessment of terrains and land into law the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction Geologist of the Mines and Geo Sciences formations within the coasts while subsidence and Management Act which include the conduct Bureau of DENR-7. maps determines presence and degrees of and completion of hazard maps in all “We call on them to use these for sinkholes. LGUs. disaster mitigation other than their “The local chief executives are already The geo-hazard maps are now accessible and Comprehensive Land Use Plan,” Lupo said. informed about the hazard areas, so it is now up downloadable from four government websites, She said they are already done with all the to them to disseminate and implement these,” n a m e l y : D E N R ( w w w . d e n r . g o v . p h ) , landslide and flood hazard maps of LGUs down Berador said. MGB (, Philippine to the barangay level in Region 7. In fact, they said that part of the program is Information Agency (, and She said these maps are already detailed in also the Information, Education, and Environmental Science for Social Change the 1:1000 scale. Communication (IEC) campaign where exit ( (rmn/fcc/PIA7-Cebu)


Bohol PHO recommends budget increase for anti-rabies vaccines Rey Anthony H. Chiu TAGBILARAN CITY, Feb. 12 (PIA) — The Provincial Health Office (PHO) recommended to the provincial government here to pour additional funds for the effective operation of animal bite treatment centers (ABTCs) if Bohol wants a successful anti-rabies program. ecords from heath authorities show and the dire need for immediate medical vaccines in animal bite treatment centers and that in 2014, a total of 6,506 animal bite attention for victims. shall coordinate with other implementing cases among humans have been reportWith this, health authorities noticed an agencies for this purpose. ed, with over 90% of them by dogs. annual rise in bite cases, which also increased the The problem, however, is that ABTCs in By 2015, the number increased to 7,812 need for vaccines. Bohol often do not have ready vaccines, said Dr. victims. In agreement with DOH, Bohol set up in its Cabagnot. In 2014, PHO reported two deaths hospitals some ABTCs and trained staff to "If there are arriving supplies, nobody can possibly due to rabies. This increased by 60% in handle rabies patients. This as DOH also tell when and how much is available that we have 2015 with five suspected rabies cases in assured the supply of vaccines. patients forced to default treatment due to the humans. According to a joint administrative order unavailability of the vaccines and On the increase, Dr. Reymoses Cabagnot from Department of Agriculture, Department of immunoglobulins," he told radio listeners at the of PHO said the increase can be an indication Health, Department of Education and forum. that bite victims are now coming out to report Department of Interior and Local Government "It is either we increase the budget to covtheir cases unlike before. implementing rules and regulation for er the additional cost of vaccines or we allow a The Bohol Rabies Prevention and Anti-Rabies Act of 2007, it is DOH's private company to supply us with the Elimination program pushed the anti-rabies responsibility to ensure availability and adequate vaccines," Cabagnot suggested. (rmn/rac/ council to spread the word about the disease supply of pre-qualified human anti-rabies PIA7-Bohol)


DSWD-FO7 marks 65th Founding Anniversary Juju M. Empuerto CEBU CITY, Feb. 11 (PIA) --- Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-7) is celebrating the agency’s 65th Founding Anniversary this month.


ccording to Kerwin Macopia, Information Officer for DSWD-7 Listahanan, the week-long celebration kicked off on February 9 with a Holy Mass at DSWD-FO7 grounds and an opening salvo which was attended by the employees from various programs, as well as from its support personnel. Assistant Regional Direc tor for Administration (ARDA) Marcial Fernandez, in his welcome remarks, recounted the historical background of the agency: “Before we were known as the Social Welfare and Administration or SWA. Even jeepney drivers already knew the location of SWA office here in Cebu.” Fernandez added that on May 1, 1968 SWA became the Department of Social Welfare

(DSW) with the passage of Republic Act 5416 or the Social Welfare Act of 1968, elevating the Social Welfare Administration to a Department which meant greater autonomy, increased personnel, expanded program and coverage and more clients served. It was in 1976 that DSW was renamed Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD) to underscore the shift in image of the Department from dole-out to development, from hand-out of relief to productivity and eventually to self-actualization, according to Fernandez. “When I entered DSSD in 1978, it was changed to Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD) under the Marcos administration,” he said.

According to Fernandez, when Pres. Corazon Aquino came to power after the People Power Revolution in 1986, she reorganized the bureaucracy including MSSD. “In 1987, President Aquino issued an Executive Order 123 that reorganized the MSSD and renamed it as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD),” said Fernandez. On February 12, DSWD-7 will honor Local Government Units (LGUs), Non-Government Organizations, private individuals, partner-beneficiaries and its model employees who have been instrumental in achieving the goals of the department, Macopia concluded. (rmn/jsme/PIA7-Cebu with DSWD7 report)



4Ps carves better Maasinhon families in 4 years Erna S. Gorne MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Feb. 12 (PIA) – Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, one of the anti-poverty programs of Pres. Benigno Aquino III, has started to carve positive impact in the lives of the less disadvantaged families particularly among the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya in Maasin City.


aasin City Pantawid Pamilya Link Paul Retana said during the Action Center Cable TV program last Tuesday," since it was introduced four years ago in the city, the families benefitting from the program obviously are now getting better in educating their children, religiously observing pre-natal check-ups for pregnant benefiaciaries and dropping vices, among the positive outcome of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program." Retana also said Maasin City has enlisted 2,651 households benefitting the Pantawid Pamilya program as of press time,

He reported that most parents of the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya in the city were no longer engaged in gambling for fear of being delisted from the program as they were made to choose between gambling or staying with the program. He also noted an increase among the schoolchildren being enrolled at schools from high school down to elementary levels when parents beneficiaries themselves will see to it that their children are attending schools during classes. The Pantawid Pamilya program requires 85% attendance in schools for their children throughout the entire school year, he

added. I t w a s a l s o m on i t or e d t h a t mother-beneficiaries who are pregnant religiously underwent pre-natal check ups at the City Health Units in Maasin City in compliance with the conditions set by the program, Retana reported. Aside from the monthly financial assistance to each family-beneficiaries, some of them also availed of the Sustainable Livelihood Program in order for these families to have opportunities to engage in generating income for themselves, he added. (mmp/esg/ PIA8 SoLeyte)

DOE-OIMB conducts advocacy campaign in Samar Consuelo B. Alarcon CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, Feb. 16 (PIA) – In a bid to increase public awareness in the oil industry sector, the Department of Energy-Oil Industry Management Bureau conducted a three-day multi-sector advocacy campaign on downstream oil industry at New Maqueda Bay Hotel, Catbalogan, Samar.


n her presentation, DOE-OIMB OIC Director Rodela I. Romero discussed in detail how the downstream oil industry works, the energy situation, the origin of petroleum imports-the volume and the price at which they are bought and the factors affecting oil prices as well as the prohibited acts in selling petroleum products and the hazards it bring. Amid repeated calls to repeal or amend the oil deregulation law otherwise known as the Republic Act 8479 for allegedly failing to

bring down oil prices in the country, Romero believes that such law is not the real cause for high prices. “It is not the oil deregulation law that causes high prices in the oil industry but many factors such as the fundamentals of supply and demand; the geo-political factors, the climate change or other weather disturbances; the mixed economic signals to the market and even mere speculation in the international market, “ Romero said. Our country is considered one of the

most import-dependent for petroleum products. From the time of the importation of the raw material in the Middle East and the finished product up to the distribution to the end-users, takes a complicated process. However, because of the oil deregulation law, it brings down oil prices by encouraging competition among industry players. Hence, it is the market forces that ultimately dictate oil prices in the country. (ajc/ PIA-8)

CSC-Biliran announces search for outstanding public officials and employees Mary Lailani Pitao-Tupaz NAVAL, Biliran, 17 Feb. (PIA) — The Civil Service Commission – Biliran Provincial Office through Pharida Aurelia, provincial director, announced the 2016 Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees under the Honor Awards Program (HAP).


he informed that heads of agencies and state workers in the province of Biliran may start submitting their nominations not later than March 31, 2016. The search is aimed at giving recognition to dedicated public servants not only in Biliran province but in the whole country as well. The search, under HAP covers three categories, namely: the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award, the Outstanding Public Officials and employees Award or the Dangal ng Bayan Award, and the Civil Service Commission Pagasa Award. The Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award is conferred to an individual or group for extraordinary contributions such as suggestions, innovations, inventions, or superior accomplishment that had a nationwide impact on public interest, security, and patrimony. The Outstanding Public Officials and

Employees Award or the Dangal ng Bayan Award is conferred to an individual for its extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior as provided under Republic Act No. 6713 or the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and employees. The Civil Service Commission Pagasa Award is conferred to an individual or group of individuals for outstanding contributions resulting from an idea or performance that directly benefit more than one department of the government. In Eastern Visayas, Professor Pablo U. Amascual III of Leyte Normal University is one of the past awardees for the Outstanding Public Officials and Employees Award or the Dangal ng Bayan Award, said Aurelia. Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Flordeliza Trani is eyeing to nominate the Bahay Pag-Asa under the

Responsible Youth and Family Program which is undertaken by the barangay and municipal governments to address the need of disadvantaged children and to prepare them for family reunification and community reintegration. Meanwhile, Aurelia announced that acceptance of applications for the Biliran applicants to the Career Service Examination -Paper and Pencil Test (CSE-PPT) on April 17, 2016 has already been closed. Instead of the February 15, 2016 deadline in the acceptance of applications, it was cut short to February 11 because the maximum number of applicants for the province of Biliran has already been met. Director Aurelia also announced that the second CSE-PPT for 2016 on October 23. Acceptance of applications for Biliran starts on May 9, 2016. (FJ/mlt/an PIA 8 Biliran)



New batch of TESDA-8 scholars complete 2-year training Consuelo B. Alarcon TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Feb. 16 (PIA) – A new batch of scholar/trainees has completed Monday a 2-year training program at TESDA Auto Mechanic Training Center, Abucay, Tacloban, City.


he graduates composed of 17 scholars, 15 males and two females, come from the less fortunate families in various places in Eastern Visayas. TESDA regional director Cleta Omega expressed optimism that the graduates will be successful upon leaving the training center. “They have been a part of us for the last two years, they have been a member of TESDA-8 family. We hope they carry with them the values, knowledge and skills that they learned from us,” Omega said. In his inspirational message, Isuzu Motors Limited Senior Counselor Yoshinori Ida who

was one of the guests during the graduation ceremony asked the graduates to live a structured life, work with supervisors and colleagues in the spirit of team work, learn new techniques and knowledge. It was learned from Ida that graduates of TESDA are now working at a wide range in various places and are producing results. “Overseas, they are working in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Oman and Qatar. In the Philippines, they are working at Isuzu Global Service Corporation established in November last year, at Isuzu

dealers and dealers of other brands like Toyota, Ford, Hyundai and so forth,” Ida said. A couple of them participated in Isuzu World Technical Competition in Japan representing the Philippines for two years and they accomplished something remarkable where they won at the competition. “I expect you to do the things I asked you to do and quickly catch up with the successful graduates before you. I have high hopes for you,” Ida added. Scholars of TESDA acquire an NCIV certification upon graduation.(ajc/PIA-8)

BFAR-8 releases P18M for mariculture industry upgrade in Sogod Bay Erna S. Gorne MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Feb. 16 (PIA) - One mariculture park is now operating at Tomas Oppus in 2015, and the provincial government of Southern Leyte is bent to enhance the mariculture industry along the six municipalities in the Sogod Bay Area this year.


ccording to the proposal of Governor Roger Mercado in close coordination with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Management Office (PENRMO), some municipalities that lay along the Sogod Bay area will be recipient to the establishment of fish cages and seaweeds production to increase fish production and generate employment in their communities. With the funding support from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-8, the procurement of 36 HPDE fish cage units is now included among the Pre-procurement conference set by the local bids and

awards committee at the Provincial Capitol last week. The province stands to benefit a total allocation of P18M for the fisheries program, PENRMO Provincial Head Dr. Eva Abad said in the proposal. The province need to procure 36 units of fish cages more for the following municipalities, namely Maasin City – 5, Padre Burgos - 5, Malitbog- 5, Bontoc- 5, Sogod- 5, Libagon - 6 and Lilo-an-6 to the tune of P5.2 M. Included in the mariculture development is the procurement of Bangus fingerlings in the amount of P1.8M and its conditioning hapa and harvesting facilities to the tune of P600,000, it

was learned. Abad earlier reported that a mariculture park was already established in the municipality of Tomas Oppus in 2015 and distributed to 24 fish cage beneficiaries while 5 seaweed production projects were also launched in the municipalities of Malitbog, Tomas Oppus, Bontoc, Hinunangan and Silago, all of Southern Leyte. Southern Leyte is one of the recipient of the rehabilitation efforts spearheaded by President Benigno Aquino III to affected areas of typhoon Yolanda through aqua culture development program in Eastern Visayas region, she said. (mmp/esg/PIA8 SoLeyte)

22 NSamar school heads pass nat’l qualifying exam CATARMAN, Northern Samar, Feb. 17 (PIA) – Some 22 school heads in the different elementary and secondary public schools in Northern Samar successfully hurdled the National Qualifying Examination for School Heads (NQESH) which was conducted by National Education Educator’s Academy of the Philippines on September 2015.


r. Julito E. Lagrimas, education program supervisor of DepEd North Samar said that the division was happy about the result because for many years there were unfilled principal positions due to lack of qualified school heads to be promoted as school principals. Lagrimas informed that the examination serves as a mechanism for selecting competent school heads in the public basic education sector that will perform their function upon assumption to duty. The aspirant, to take the examination must have an experience of at least five years in the aggregate as head teacher, teacher-in-charge, master teacher and teacher III, consistent with the DepEd order no. 40

series of 2019 entitled Corrigendum to DepEd Memorandum no. 97 series of 2009, he added. The NQESH examinations cover the following dimensions of school leadership such as school leadership, instructional leadership, creating a learning climate, professional human resource development, parent involvement and building community, school management and daily operations, personal integrity and interpersonal sensitivity, english language proficiency and reading comprehension. The list of successful examinees are Garry Bacunawa, Cabacungan National High School, Allen, rank 1st nationwide; Nestor Ada of Laoang Technical High School, ranked 4th nationwide; Jessa Adlawan, Gamay District; Amado Alcayde,Jr., Catarman 3 District; Glenn Patrick

Catucod, Capul District; Janette Cernito, Laoang 3 District; Rosalyn Cerujano, Laong District; Riza Erenia, Allen District; Rodel estrellado, Laoang District; Mario Floralde, Jr., San Isidro District; Albert Nestor Flores, Catubig Valley National High School; Dennis Gallego, Laoang 2 District; Pedro Jagonoy, Gamay District; Ricky Longcop, La Perla National High School; Benjamin Macmurray, Jr., Palapag District; Lilia Majistrado, Victoria District; Rita Magpayo, Lope de Vega National High School; Ostianito OngSotto, Catarman National High School; Elsa Pinca, Laoang District; Mary Ann Tacmo, Laoang District and Sylvia Villanueva, EPS, Division of Northern Samar.(TC/an/ PIA-8-North Samar)

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