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Siquijor vice governor: ‘Women empowerment is a Christian duty’ SIQUIJOR, March 13 (PIA) -- As the Lenten Season draws to a close, Siquijor Provincial Vice Governor Mei Ling Quezon couldn’t help but contemplate on “women empowerment” as a Christian call. “It is our duty to help empower women, not only because being in the government we are tasked to, or there are laws mandating us, but it is our Christian duty to do so. It is the right thing to do,” said Quezon at the Women’s Month kick-off ceremony of the Siquijor Police Provincial Office (SPPO) here. Discussing the theme “WE Make Change for Women,” she said the topic is close to her heart and challenged everyone, especially police officers, to become agents of change. These she explained in all her talking engagements in the province during the month-long celebration. “We need to empower women so they can protect and defend themselves from abuses and discrimination from society and break the bonds of inequality,” She said Women Empowerment (WE) means training young girls and women, providing the tools, resources, encouragement and motivation to develop their skills and potentials to make a meaningful contribution to society. She encouraged everyone to Make Change Work (MCW) with the Magna Carta for Women as the bible, a guide. It is a comprehensive human right that seeks to eliminate discrimination against women by recognizing, protecting, fulfilling and promoting the rights of Filipino women, especially those in the marginalized sector. CHANGE, she explained, means Compassionate and Harmonized Actions and Networks for Gender Equality. “We need to inspire and empower women and girls to be agents of change. Women inspiring women, women helping other women, not putting them down,” she said. Quezon, who is the first lady vicegovernor of the province, was the Guest of Honor and speaker during the SPPO’s

Siquijor Vice Governor Mei Ling Quezon at the Provincial Women’s Month celebration in Lazi, Siquijor. (rac/PIA-7/Siquijor) traditional Monday Flag Raising Ceremony where she also pointed out the the women in nation-building as stipulated in the laws on women and the series of declarations that give flesh to the mandate. She was also elected as the first lady mayor of the municipality of Siquijor in 2013 where she pushed her advocacies on Gender and Development (GAD), good governance, healthy lifestyle, healthy environment, among others. During her stint as the municipal mayor, she led the town to be the first local government unit in the province to implement programs and policies for a smoke-free municipality.

As an advocate of Good Governance, she was enlisted as a mentor by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Local Government Academy (LGA) under its mentoring for optimal leadership of newly elected officials (MOLD) program in 20162017. She was also given a recognition for being the only vice-governor to achieve a perfect score and one of the most improved students based on pre- and post-tests during the Foundation Course on Local Governance and Legislation geld art the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) in Tagaytay last February 16 to 18, 2017. (rac/ PIA7-Siquijor)



MORE ON WOMEN’S MONTH CELEBRATION IN SIQUIJOR: The province of #Siquijor joins the entire nation and the world in recognizing the special contributions of women from all walks of life with its provincial kick-off celebration at Lazi, Siquijor. Together let’s all celebrate Women’s Day today and Women’s Month for the whole March.


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PH trade growth exceeds gov’t expectations

Total merchandise trade for full year 2017 increased by 9.9 percent as imports and exports posted growth rates higher than government estimates. Imports and exports posted 10.2 percent and 9.5 percent growth rates, respectively, exceeding the Development Budget Coordinating Committee’s emerging estimates (as of December 2017) of 9.0 percent for imports and 8.0 percent for exports. The Philippine Statistics Authority reported that the country’s total trade grew by 8.6 percent in December 2017, pushing full-year trade growth to its current rate. This is better than the 5.8 percent full-year trade growth recorded in 2016. Imports in December 2017 posted a hefty growth of 17.6 percent as all commodity groups registered increases while exports declined by 4.9 percent, its only negative growth for 2017 and first decline since November 2016. The National Economic and Development Authority said that the government should continue to implement strategies that would heighten demand for Philippine-made products to sustain merchandise trade growth. “ We n e e d t o e f f e c t i v e l y respond to market trends and consumer preferences worldwide to drive more demand for Philippine-made products,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said. This can be done by gathering timely and relevant information on emerging demands in potential markets through the help of diplomatic posts and trade attachés, the Cabinet official added. Moreover, intensified market research and tighter linkages with businesses, malls and shopping centers abroad would help increase the visibility of Philippine export products. “To drive exports growth, we are also looking at maximizing trade agreements with countries in the region,” Pernia said. He noted that export volumes may increase especially for banana, coconut, and other agricultural produce

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by negotiating tariff structures and implementing free trade agreements to bring down tariffs levied on Philippine agricultural exports in major export markets. For its part, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has already targeted to increase the marketing for halal food, fashion and textiles by helping the local halal industry to consolidate and produce better-quality goods. “On the domestic front, the Philippine economy is also set to maintain

an upward momentum with higher infrastructure spending on account of the Build, Build, Build program. With improved infrastructure landscape, we could reduce the cost of doing business,” Pernia added. The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) and the Board of Investments (BOI) also expect expanding confidence and interest among investors this year, particularly in upstream industries like cement, steel, shipbuilding and petrochemicals, among others


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Mga estudyante, mo-trabaho bugti sa libreng tuition sa kolehiyo

Pa-trabahuon sa Commission on Higher Education (CHED) ang mga estudyanteng makadawat sa libreng tuition sa kolehiyo. Kini human gipagawas sa ahensiya kagahapon ang mga sumbanan sa mga kwalipikadong estudyante nga makadawat og benepisyo sa gi-apubahang Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017. Sigun pa ni CHED Officer in charge Prospero De Vera, isip recipient sa mga taxpayers, responsibilidad sa mga mahimong eskolar nga ibalik sa komunidad ang madawat nga benepisyo. “They are now being paid for by taxpayers’ money and it is their responsibility to give back to their

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community or give back to the nation,” matud pa ni De Vera. Apan giseguro sa opisyal nga dili bug-at ang trabahong ihatag sa mga estudyante aron dili kini maka-apekto sa ilang academic requirements. Mga trabaho sama lamang sa library assistance ug depende ra usab sa mga unibersidad kun unsang trabaho ang ihatag nila sa mga estudyante. P40 bilyon ang gigahin sa gobyerno alang

sa libreng tuition fee sa mga estudyante sa kolehiyo sa mga State Colleges and Universities ug CHED-recognized local universities and colleges alang sa academic year 2018-2019. Ubos niining balaod, libre na ang tuition fee ug miscellaneous fees sa mga estudyante nga makapasar sa admission ug retention policy sa unibersidad, wala pa’y undergraduate degree ug dili overstaying sa kolehiyo. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)

Learn more about the different kinds of burn injuries that we may experience during our lifetime. At the same time, know the first things to do if someone suffers from burns. March is #Burn Prevention Month per Proclamation No. 360, s. 1989, which coincides with Fire Prevention month. This observance intensifies the campaign in avoiding burns or minimize sufferings brought about by burn injuries. #PublicHealth | #EmpoweringCommunities

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malikayan ang ‘ghost projects’ (PIA) -- Kaanib batok korapsiyon ang gihimong hugot nga pagbantay karon sa mga proyekto ug programa sa gobyerno. Apil na niini ang mga dagkong proyektong imprastraktura ubos sa Build Build Build program. Kalabot niini, gilusad sa Department of Budget and Management (DBM) ug Department of Science and Technology (DOST) ang Digital Imaging for Monitoring and Evaluation (Project DIME). Sa maong project monitoring technology, mogamit ang ahensiya og nagkalain-laing teknolohiya sama sa lidar, geotagging, satellites ug drones aron makita ang dagan sa mga proyekto.

Karong 2018, 75 ka major projects ang i-monitor og maayo sa DBM. Apil na niini ang konstraksiyon ug pagayo sa mga nag-unang kadalanan paingon sa mga tugpahanan ug pantalan, mga itukod nga bag-ong pasilidad sa Health Department (DOH), railway projects, ug irigasyon.

Kun makitang wala kini naglihok, mahimong isumbong kini dayon kang Presidente Duterte. Matud pa sa DBM, pinaagi niining bag-ong monitoring system, makuhaan ang korapsiyon ug bisan ang mga tapolan nga mga opisyal sa gobyerno. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)

2018 08 march 2 11, 2018  

Snippets of information about Siquijor province, Central Visayas, and the Philippine government. The island of Siquijor's first electronic n...

2018 08 march 2 11, 2018  

Snippets of information about Siquijor province, Central Visayas, and the Philippine government. The island of Siquijor's first electronic n...