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Visayas Newsbits for February 27, 2014

Medical Mission

Baybay City, Leyte – Some 3,000 residents from the various barangays of this city benfited from the one day medical and dental mission the other day held at the Baybay City gym and City Hall grounds. Mayor Carmen L. Cari said she conducted the medical and dental mission as part of her birthday celebration and gift to her constituents. Cari said it was the second medical mission conducted in the city after super typhoon Yolanda hit the city and the first one was conducted by doctors from Texas,US.A held at the Western Leyte Provincial Hospital. She said the patients were also given free medicines and soldiers from the 78th Battalion of the Philippine Army provided free haircuts.(NestorL.Abrematea)

Reviving Spirit

Iloilo City – The people must revive the spirit of Edsa, the bloodless revolution that ousted 14 years of Marcos dictatorship. This was the message of Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. as the nation commemorated the 28th anniversary of Edsa People Power last February 25. However, Defensor admitted that Edsa’s momentum has waned and no longer captures the hearts and minds of Filipinos, especially the younger generation. The governor also reminded Filipinos that Edsa was not about personalities, but about the collective power of the citizenry. “What we celebrated was the will, courage, determination, and patriotism of Filipinos,” he said. To continue the spirit of Edsa, Defensor said Filipinos must also push harder for genuine change in governance, especially in cleansing corruption. (Tara Yap)

New Graduates

Iloilo City – The Department of Labor and Employment is now on the process of hiring high school graduates or vocational-technological (voc-tech) graduates for its Government Internship Program intended to contribute to the overall thrust of the Aquino administration for inclusive growth through massive job generation and substantial poverty reduction. DOLE Regional Dir. Ponciano M. Ligutom, in a press conference on Wednesday, said that they have right now a budget of P3.5 million per congressional district in Western Visayas for the program implementation. DOLE will then be paying one hundred percent the salary of those to be hired, which is seventy-five percent of the existing P287 per day minimum wage in the region. (PNA)

Power Investments

Cebu City – The business sector in Cebu revealed that several investors in the power industry have been complaining of the delays in their application, prompting the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry suggest a one-stop shop for power generation investments. CCCI, the largest business organization in Cebu, wants the government to put up a one-stop shop for companies who want to invest in power generation. The scheme could attract more power investors, as the processing of requirements of putting up a power plant would be simplified. Such proposal was advanced amidst concerns that Cebu’s power reserve after typhoon Yolanda is critical. “Right now, investors are complaining. It takes one year, two years, or three years or sometimes never just to get the permit,” said CCCI Vice President Antonio Chiu. (Mars Mosqueda)

Satellite Phones

Cebu City – In a move to better improve communication lines during calamities and disaster-related phenomenon, wireless services leader Smart Communications Inc. introduced to Cebu its latest satellite communication service to a broader consumer market. Under the SmartSAT, the company now offers the SatSleeve, a portable dock that transforms a smartphone into an instant satellite device. The two versions of the SatSleeve is compatible with the iPhone 5 and 5s handsets, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S4 units. Smart also introduced the XT, a stand-alone satellite phone unit that is specially made to withstand tough environments. Both the SatSleeve and XT give users access to voice calls, emails, text messages and data services even in areas where cellular coverage is compromised. (Malou Mozo)