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Visayas Newsbits for February 6,2014

Prioritizing Education

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo (PIA) — Iloilo Business Club (IBC) executive director Maria Lea Lara has announced that the IBC has prioritized education as its advocacy for 2014. In connection, she said the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) and the Iloilo Economic Development Foundation (ILEDF) has signed an accord to establish the Industry, Academe and Government (IAG) Council for Iloilo City and province. With noted members from industry and the academe, the Council aims to increase industry involvement in education. “We boast of 18,000 graduates annually but only 5,000 are hired since most of their qualifications do not match local industries’ needs,” said Lara. The Council’s immediate activities include curriculum review, a research agenda for schools, and career orientation caravans in education institutions.

More Machines

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occ. (PNA) — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) office here will request additional machines from its Manila central office to speed up clearance processing. NBI-Bacolod agent-in-charge Joseph Rigodon said he is set to go to Manila “to request for additional machines to hasten this process.” More applicants are expected by March with the influx of new graduates, he said. Rigodon said NBI- Bacolod office has only two machines to process 400 to 700 applications daily. He also said he has requested help from local government units (LGUs) in the province to augment manpower at the NBI local office as “we only have two persons assigned to man the clearance counter at the moment.”

DTI-7 Donation

DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental (PIA) — Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region VII director Asteria Caberte recently handed over a Brother PR620 computerized embroidery machine to the Little Children of the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (LPCPFI) to help increase its embroidery production this year. The donated equipment is part of DTI’s Shared Service Facility (SSF) program aimed at addressing production concerns of MSME owners by providing them with their equipment needs. DTI-7’s LCPFI partnership is “strategic” because of the latter’s links with MSMEs involved in the local embroidery industry. Caberte identified La Libertad and Bacong towns and Guihulngan City as areas known for embroidery production in the province.

Beach Soccer

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol (PIA) — Bohol Football Association (BOHFA) president Thaddeus Simpao said BOHFA is eyeing beach soccer tournaments in Panglao as one way to help Bohol recover from the devastating earthquake that struck the province last year.  Panglao’s “white sand beaches can be a fitting venue for a national or even international soccer event” said Simpao, who initially floated the idea on Facebook, and received avid responses from soccer lovers all over the country, urging Bohol to take the cue. BOHFA is exploring the possibility of converting a public area portion in on Panglao into a standard field so a beach soccer event could start here. BOHFA, the only official organization accredited by the Philippine Football League (PFF), has joined sports relief programs, partnering with other sports groups for sports relief programs and managed trauma debriefing through sports.

Leyte Projects

ORMOC CITY, Leyte (PIA) — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – Leyte Fourth Engineering District (4th LED)’s priority projects currently include installation of warning signs along the Ormoc-Baybay-Southern Leyte Road (Panilahan Bridge), and along Palo-Carigara-Ormoc Road as well as the rechanneling of flood control along the Palompon-Isabel-Merida-Ormoc Road even as the repair of scoured shoulders along the Libungao-Matag-ob-Palompon Road damaged by Typhoon Yolanda has already been completed. District Engineer Lino Francisco C. Gonzalez also said an ocular inspection on the ongoing rechanneling of the Panilahan River to divert the waterways and avoid further damage to the bridge in the area has already been conducted.