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Visayas Newsbits for June 11, 2014

‘CAR-LESS FRIDAYS’ LAUNCHED

Bacolod City, Negros Occ. (PIA) —The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) here is urging Negrenses to go car-less on Fridays even as it launched its “TGIF, Its Car Less Day. Save Gas, Save the Environment” campaign which aims to mitigate the effects of climate change, a major cause of which is the emission of such harmful gases as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxide from vehicle exhausts. PENR Officer Andres Untal said, “This is an uphill battle against car makers and fuel providers but walking, car pooling and biking not only saves gas and the environment, it also stimulates blood circulation and burns fat.” The PENRO has also partnered with SM City Bacolod in the latter’s launch of its corporate program on environment and sustainability focused on energy and resource efficiency, air quality, solid waste management and compliance with international and local environmental laws.

BE CALAMITY PREPARED — NUTRITION COUNCIL

Iloilo City, Iloilo (PIA) — The National Nutrition Council (NNC) said the theme “Kalamidad Paghandaan, Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan (Prepare for Calamity, Prevent Malnutrition)” for Nutrition Month in July is to promote awareness of the importance of nutrition and of keeping people, especially children, the elderly and pregnant women healthy enough to withstand effects of calamities. NNC Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Nona Tad-y said in instances of calamities, malnutrition is a common experience, with the vulnerable sector usually severely affected.

 SIBALOM MOUNTAIN PLANTED WITH 3,000 TREE SEEDLINGS

Sibalom, Antique (PIA) – Some 3,000 tree seedlings were recently planted  in Sibalom mountain, Brgy. Lagdo, this town in Antique’s observance of Environment Month. Laila Butiong, Forest Management Sector Specialist of provincial capital town San Jose’s Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) said the planting site covers six hectares. Representatives from the National Irrigation Administration, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Lagdo Integrated Social Forestry Program Upland Farmer Association joined the NIA tree-planting activity. “Other tree-planting activities will continue to be conducted under the Aquino government’s National Greening Project,” Butiong said, adding that tree-planting is part of the program designed to address climate change and address poverty as “this could help farmers earn extra income for their family especially in planting fruit trees.”

DOLE HOLDS TACLOBAN KALAYAAN JOB FAIR

Tacloban City, Leyte (PNA) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is urging jobseekers to avail of pre-registration for its Kalayaan job fair at the regional office of DOLE-Eastern Visayas at Trece Martires Street, Tacloban City this Thursday, June 12. DOLE 8 Technical Support Services Division head Bernardita M. Navarra said pre-registration is now going on at the regional office. Those interested can also approach Public Employment Services Office (PESO) managers in their respective local government units (LGUs). She said they are looking forward to some 3,000 jobs available for overseas placement even as the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is trying its best to bring at least 20 placement agencies from Eastern Visayas, Cebu and Manila for the fair. At the local level, nine employers have already confirmed participation with more than 200 vacancies.