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Visayas Newsbits for April 28, 2014

Aklan’s Piña Fest

Kalibo, Aklan (PIA) – The 15th Aklan Piña and Fiber Festival, a major yearly attraction marking Aklan’s anniversary as a separate province from Capiz saw over 60 exhibitors showcasing indigenous fibers and crafts, gifts, houseware and furnishings, processed food, health and wellness products and horticulture and hoping to exceed last year’s festival earnings of P5.089 million. This year’s exhibit, which ended yesterday, launched some 68 new product designs/prototypes as a result of market-led information sessions and workshops initiated by the Department of Trade and Industry’s Aklan office last March, 2014. Provincial officials led by Governor Florencio T. Miraflores, Congressman Teodorico T. Haresco and Vice Governor Gabrielle Calizo-Quimpo hailed the fiber industry’s economic contribution to Aklan, which they said, was pushed further by the holding of the annual Pina and Fiber Festival.

 

House-Building To Continue

Maasin City, Southern Leyte (PIA) – Gawad Kalinga (GK)’s five-day Bayani Challenge (BC) activities here have ended but Mayor Maloney Samaco said house building at Josefina II GK village in Brgy. Combado will continue every Friday afternoon. Samaco said instead of the regular Friday Hataw (physical) exercises of city employees, they will devote time to continue work on 10 unfinished houses at the GK village. During the BC last week, some 8,000 volunteers participated in building houses, repairing chapels, beautifying schools, painting bike lanes, planting mangroves, and conducting medical missions in the city. GK is the anti-poverty, nation-building movement aimed at ending poverty for four million families by 2024.