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Visayas newsbits for February 2, 2014

Trees Heal

Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental (PIA) – Non-government organization Gender Watch Against Violence and Exploitation (GWAVE) is promoting socio-economic healing for its clients by planting 33 premium, endangered native ‘BINHI-Tree for the Future’ seedlings with Ong Che Tee High School students and personnel and the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) in Barangay Sacsac, Bacong, Negros Oriental. “Planting mother trees allow violence and exploitation survivors to spend time with nature and with each other while helping to restore our forests and abate climate change effects,” said GWAVE Survivor Program Coordinator Letty Dayao. ‘BINHI-Tree for the Future’ is under EDC’s BINHI Greening Legacy program aimed at securing the gene pool of premium, endangered native tree species.

Traffic Training

San Jose, Antique (PIA) – Some 29 traffic enforcers here are undergoing a 15-day training course to improve their efficiency and effectiveness in traffic enforcement. Lecturers include Municipal Administrator Florante Moscoso to discuss values formation, courtesy and discipline, morality, transparency, and work ethics; Provincial Highway Patrol Group team leader SPO4 Noel Jauod on traffic direction and control, and hand signals in managing traffic; SB Member Felix Saldajeno, Public Order and Safety committee chair, to discuss the Municipal Ordinance Traffic Code; and the Land Transportation Office’s Mr. Gil Alian on Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.

Church Aid

Roxas City, Capiz (PIA) – Caritas Internationales and the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ National Secretariat for Social Action’s Emergency Appeal Program (EAP)’s are sending relief aid to some 5,500 households which survived typhoon Yolanda in the province, particularly to those which have yet to receive significant help. Each household beneficiary will receive either such non-food items as cooking utensils, mosquito nets, blankets, mats, toiletries and towels, a shelter kit comprised of rope, tarpaulin, shovel, saw, hammer and nails and food packs consisting of 10 kilograms of rice, and a kilogram of mongo beans or a combination of both. “We have reached households in as far as the mountainous areas of Tapaz and Dumalag towns and the coastal barangay of Casanayan in Manapao in Pilar town,” said Capiz Archdiocese’s Social Action Center staff Jane Valiente. Ten fishing boats will also be soon given to fishermen.

Reward System

Cebu City, Cebu (PIA) – Cordova, Cebu municipal councilor Angeles Gairanod said she is supporting the idea of a financial reward system to encourage town residents to report child cyber pornography cases. Cordova has the highest number of cybersex cases in the region from 2010 to 2013.  “I will raise this idea with Mayor (Adelino) Sitoy if that could stop cybersex operations in Cordova,” she said in a recent Association of Government Information Officers (AGIO-7) forum on child cyber pornography. Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas (DSWD-7) data shows 61 cyber pornography cases in Central Visayas from 2010-2013 pending in the courts. Cordova has 26 cases of the total figure, Cebu has 20 and Bohol, five.

Permits Renewal

Tacloban City, Leyte (PNA) – Local business establishments are being urged to renew their permits as businesses are starting to pick up amid the devastation caused by super-typhoon “Yolanda” in November, 2013. Atty. Lila Aquitania of the Tacloban city government said, “We heard comments of how quick the economy has bounced back; we are hopeful and working hard to make businesses open up again because once they open up everyone will come back.” However, she said the local government unit is cash-strapped and hopes that the national government will heed its appeal for fund augmentation.