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K9, comics to deepen anti-drug campaign (PIA)--Comic books about drug abuse prevention and education and additional 7 K9 units are some of the measures the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has in place in its continuous effort to counter illegal drugs. Entitled Run, Totoy, the comic book tackles about how children can unknowingly become drug peddlers and gives the public, especially parents, the knowledge on what to do when instances like this happen. In his message written in the comic book, PDEA Director-General Aaron N. Aquino said that ‘drug abuse prevention and education are effective methods in information dissemination as it creates awareness on the ill-effects of illegal drugs to our family, loved ones, and community.’ He added that the first Drug Abuse Prevention Comics is meant to educate children and other sectors of the society about the prevalence of illegal drugs. It aims to build selfesteem, problem-solving skills, and communication. In Central Visayas, PDEA has already apprehended 30,635.95 grams of shabu in January to February, a big leap from the 3,623.95 grams on the same period last year. With this, PDEA-7 is set to deploy additional 7 K9 units or drugsniffing dogs throughout the region, of which 2 each for Cebu, Bohol, and Negros Oriental and 1 for Siquijor. The dogs will be assigned in airports and seaports of the provinces. PDEA-7 Acting Regional Director Wardley Getalla said that they are also inviting dog owners to train their dogs with the agency. Preferred dog breeds are Belgian Malinois, German Shepherd, Labrador and other large breed. For their part, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) continuously conduct trainings to strengthen Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council or BADACs. “We, at the DILG, strongly believe that the anti-illegal drug campaign is everybody’s concern, hence, it requires strong synergy,” DILG 7 Anti-Illegal Drug Focal Person Shara Dalogdog said as she calls on the local government units or LGUs to relentlessly support and actively take part in anti-illegal drug campaign. The Philippine National Police is also one with PDEA in calling on the community to cooperate and act as informants in apprehending drug personalities. (Bridgette May Bayhon/ PIA7)

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DOLE SPES employs 595 student

SIQUIJOR, FEB 6 (PIA)--The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)- Siquijor Field Office has employed 595 students under its Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) last year. DOLE Labor and Information Officer, Edisa Christine Bendijo said that poor and deserving students can take advantage of SPES every summer and Christmas vacation. Covering their employment for 20 to 52 days, SPES aims to help high school, technical or vocational and tertiary students aged 15 to 24 finish their studies, explained Bendijo. The payment scheme is that 60% of the prevailing minimum wage will be shouldered by the employer and the 40% by DOLE. Bendijo also emphasized that part of the employer’s responsibility is to ensure that the students are not subjected to hazardous working conditions and child labor. Interested students are advised to proceed to the nearest Public Employment Office (PESO) of the respective municipalities and bring the following: photocopy of their NSO birth certificate, latest report card 2 x 2 ID picture and certificate of indigence to be requested from their respective barangay offices. SPES implementation is under Republic Act 7323 of 1992 and was amended and strengthened under Republic Act 95471 in 2009 (rac/PIA7-Siquijor/I.A. Abatayo/ST)

Siquijor Department of Labor and Employment Officer in Charge (left) with the PESO Managers at the Regional Association of PESO Managers (RAPESOM) Year-End Planning and Assessment and SPES Pledging 2019 in Cebu City. (rac/PIA7-Siquijor with DOLE-Siquijor photo)

LGU-Larena entices athletes with cash awards

“Be inspired.” These were the words Larena Mayor Dean Villa conveyed to the medalists from the municipality of Larena during the awarding ceremony held recently of Larena SB Session Hall. Forty-nine elementary and secondary athletes were rewarded with cash as motivation for their hard work and for bringing honor to

the town of Larena. Larena Mayor Dean Villa, ViceMayor Cyrus Vincent Calibo, Councilor Dindo Larot and Department of Education District Supervisor Dr. Enrico Zerna congratulated the athletes and applauded them for bringing pride to Siquijor most especially to the town of Larena. Mayor Villa expressed his joy for the

Larena Municipal Mayor Dean S. Villa (4th from left) gave his all-out support to the Division of Siquijor CVRAA Meet officials and delegates led by Schools Division Superintendent Ronald G. Gutay (3rd from left) by attending the opening in Dumaguete City. (rac/PIA7Siquijor w/DepEd Siquijor photo)

athletes and he promised support and prayers for their future competitions. He also lectured therein to be disciplined in every way so they will succeed in their chosen sports. Moreover, he promised to give additional rewards to those athletes who can bring home medal/s from the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA) in Dumaguete City. “Go straight to my office and get rewarded. One gold medal is equivalent to P5,000, P3,000 for silver and P2,000 for bronze,” he said. “For team sports, P10,000 for gold, P7,000 for silver and P5,000 for bronze,” he added. Likewise, Vice-Mayor Calibo also congratulated the athletes and encouraged them to do their best. Larena District Supervisor Dr. Enrico Serna also thanked the local government unit (LGU) of Larena for the support and motivated the local athletes to further develop their skills. “I hope you will bring this news to your fellow athletes and inspire them to engage into sports, too,” Zerna said. Coaches were also recognized for going an extra mile helping and supporting the athletes during trainings and competitions. (rac/PIA7Siquijor/mjb-LGU Larena)


Siquijor PENRO sees convergence as key to environmental protection by Rizalie Anding Calibo

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Moreno Tagra of DENR-Siquijor calls for support to the the government’s environmental programs at the Kapihan sa PIA. (rac/PIA-Siquijor)

SIQUIJOR, February 4 (PIA)-”Convergence is the key to dealing with some environmental issues and concerns in the province.” This is the point of his discussion as Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Moreno Tagra talked about various environmental problems in the province of Siquijor, at the Kapihan sa PIA earlier. From the revitalization of rivers, to the protection and conservation of seas, water, timberland, and other natural resources, all it takes is convergence to address the problems, that he said. Convergence has been here for so many years, and that people may not even be aware it existed. “Kinahanglan ta magtinabangay so that everybody will be happy especially the Siquijor community,” Tagra said while discussing foremost the R.I.V.E.R.S (Recognizing Individuals/Institutions towards Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers for Life program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). This aims to raise awareness of the need to protect and conserve the rivers in the country. Tagra said, DENR-Siquijor has identified three rivers in the province for the R.I.V.E.R.S for Life Award. These are the rivers in the towns of Lazi, Maria, and Larena, but first in the list is Senora River in Lazi considering that it is an existing tourism destination with its famous Cambugahay Waterfalls. To be considered in the award, the river should meet the following criteria: Aesthetic and Water Quality Improvement, Solid Waste Management, Partnership and Community Mobilization, Information and Education Campaign (IEC) and other activities interventions and innovations.

He said, Senora River is classified as [Category] B which means that people can still swim without treatment even with some pollutants from agricultural or domestic activities. “To be eligible, we have to revitalize and free it from pollution and other threats and upgrade it to Class A with the help of our sponsors and the community,” Tagra said. The DENR, he said, has set third week of every month, beginning January, for the river clean-up in three municipalities, initially with the Cocogrove Beach Resort and the Lazi Bay Development Resources Development Inc. (LBRDI) as the major sponsors for Senora River. The local government units (LGUs) of each municipality and some agencies like the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) also signified their support to the program.

“We hope to get more support from other institutions, offices and the communities, create pubic awareness and eventually inspire further protection and conservation not only for our rivers but for all our natural resources ” he said. In that same forum, Tagra also mentioned about some issues and concerns prevailing in the coastal areas of San Juan town particularly issues between resort users and fishermen, improper waste management and sewerage system, that he said has contaminated parts of the coastal waters using two barangays as the baseline data. We have more than nine kilometers of white sand in San Juan pero wala pay remedyo sa daghang basura (but there is no remedy yet to the wastes) — natural wastes from seagrass (locally known as lusay), pakapinan pa sa (plus the) liquid wastes from Talipapa (small fish market), ug uban gikan sa CR (and some from the comfort rooms). “We cannot do anything if we do not know the beginning of the prevailing concerns and issues. There has to be baseline data so that we will know if we have improved or degraded into a more polluted condition,” said Tagra while explaining the need to discuss the status of the coastal waters. At least we have this kind of information, he said. Tagra said Siquijor must learn from Boracay and other places in the country being rehabilitated, and not wait for the government to run after and start demolishing because it would mean great losses for the resort owners and the province as well. “If and when we are ready, mosamot kadaghan ang bisita sa Siquijor (tourist unflux would be great) particularly with the establishment of the international airport in Bohol,” Tagra said. (rac/PIA7-Siquijor)

The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Larena with Municipal Health Officer Dr. Suzan Jojie Villa joined the river in clean up in Helen, Larena, Siquijor. (Larena Review/LGU photo)


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DepEd: Padayon ang graduation sa mga motapos og Grade 6

(PIA)--Gitataw sa Department of Education (DepEd) nga padayon ang graduation ceremony alang sa mga motapos og Grade 6 alang sa School Year 2018-2019. Sa gipagawas nga DepEd Memoramdun Number 025, gi-klaro ni DepEd Kalihim Leonor Briones nga hatagan og diploma ang mga “completers” o makatapos sa Grade 6. Kini isip pagklaro sa unang memorandum order sa buhatan nga nag-ingong “moving up” ceremony lamang ang ihatag sa mga motapos sa elementarya. Sa maong memo, miingon si Briones nga ‘under discussion pa’ sa mga miyembro sa

executive committee ang maong plano tungod sa implementasyon sa K to 12 program sa DepEd. Matud pa sa DepEd Memorandum Number 025, ang mga motapos sa kindergarten hatagan og Kindergarten certificate dungan sa moving-up ceremony. Ang mga makahuman sa Grade 10 hatagan og Junior High School certificate atol sa ilang moving-up ceremony samtang ang mga maka-kumpleto sa requirements ug makapasar sa Grade 12 hatagan og diploma isip Senior High School completers dungan sa ipahigayong graduation ceremony. Matud pa nga ang mga gasto sa

moving-up ug graduation ceremonies alang sa mga pampublikong tunghaan angay kuhaon sa pondo gikan sa maintenance and other operating expenses sa tunghaan ug dili angay maningil sa mga estudyante alang sa maong seremonya. Gidili usab sa DepEd ang pagpahigayon og Junior-Senior promenade, field trips ug film showing isip alternatibong paagi aron makapasar ang usa ka tinun-an sa iyang mga kakulangan sa assignment. Si Briones nagkanayon usab nga ang School Year 2018-2019 angay mahuman sa dili mas sayo pa sa Abril 1 ug dili usab molapas sa Abril 5. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)

DSWD-7, nipahinumdom sa 4Ps nga magbinantayon karong eleksyon (PIA)--Ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII nipahinumdom sa mga Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program o 4Ps partnerbeneficiaries nga magbinantayon ug mahimong aktibong lungsoranon karong nagsugod na ang kalihokan alang sa umaabot eleksyon. “Atong program partner-beneficiary gawasnong makadesider, makapili ug makapadayag sa ilang pagtuo ug katungod kalabot sa mga isyu sa ilang kinabuhi ” matud pa ni OIC DSWD Regional Director Rebecca Geamala. “Gidasig [nato] sila sa pagbansay sa ilang katungod sa pagbotar ug pagpanalipod sa kabalaanon sa boto kay ang kaugmaon sa komunidad ug nasud nagdepende niini,” dugang pa ni Geamala. Matud pa sa Director nga ang mga 4Ps beneficiaries mga ‘empowered individuals’ ug nasayod na sa ilang mga katungod isip lungsoranon ug gawasnon silang makapili sa bisan kinsang ilang gituhoan nga mohaum sa ilang prinsipyo. Giingon’g ang Pantawid Pamilya nagpadayon sa pag-implementar sa ilang election-related campaign nga nagtinguha sa pagdasig ug pagpalig-on sa aktibong pagsalmot sa katawhan. Gitataw usab ni Geamala nga ang mga programa ug serbisyo sa DSWD dili direkta o indirektementeng gipaagi sa mga lokal nga opisyal o sa ilang mga buhatan. N anawagan kini sa tanan sa paglikay sa pagbotar sa mga kandidatong nagpakatap sa dili tinuod nga impormasyon sama pananglit sa pagtangtang o de-list gikan sa 4Ps o gikan sa uban pang programa ug serbisyo sa DSWD. Gitumbok niini nga ang DSWD lamang ang maka-rekomendar og dugang benepisyaryo sa maong programa base sa Listahanan database diin sa pagkakaron wala pa’y expansion sa maong programa. Gipasabot ni Geamala nga walay dugang benepisyaryo sa 4Ps sukad sa moratorium nga gi-isyu niadtong tuig 2016 ug wala pa kini gilibkas sa pagkakaron. Dugang pa, ang 4Ps household matangtang lamang gikan sa programa kun dili kini mosunod sa mga kondisyon sa maong programa o wala nay anak nga eligible para monitoring.

Peace Covenant signing for secure and fair elections spearheaded by the Siquijor Police Provincil Office (SPPO) in cooperation with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Philippine Army, Religious Sector and other government and private institutions. (PIA-Siquijor Gawas pa niini, ang mga kawani sa DSWD sama sa City ug Municipal Links nga nasakop sa Civil Service rules gidid-an is the sa pagkampanya o pag-impluwensya sa 4Ps beneficiaries kun kinsa ang ilang botaran o Island of Siquijor’s first electronic suportahan sa eleksyon. newsletter produced by the Gimando usab ni DSWD Kalihim Rolando Joselito Bautista ang pagpahigayon Philippine Information Agencyog payouts ug ubang kalihokan sa DSWD Siquijor Information Center and sa mga neutral grounds ug lugar aron malikayan ang political campaigning atol sa the DOST - Provincial Science and mga kalihokan sa DSWD sa pakig-alayon Technology Center. sa Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP) ug Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). It contains snippets of information Ang 4P’s usa ka programa sa about Siquijor, Central Visayas and nasudnong kagamhanan nga namuhunan sa panglawas ug edukasyon sa mga kabos nga the Philippine Government. pamilya ilabi na sa mga bata nga nag-edad og 18 anyos paubos.   THERE IS GOOD NEWS EVERYDAY. Naghatag kini og cash grants ngadto sa mga compliant household beneficiaries nga may tabang pinansiyal alang sa panglawas nga P500 ug educational grants nga nagkantidad og P300 ug P500.00 matag bata nga nagtungha /Pia Siquijor sa elementarya ug high school. /PIA Siquijor Ang mga benepisyaryo nagdawat usab og rice subsidy pinaagi sa salapi nga @PiaSiquijor P600.00. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol/DSWD-7)


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