Visayas Newsbits for March 25, 2014
March 24, 2014
Tacloban City, Leyte (PIA) – Some P73.1 million has been released by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to nine local government units (LGUs) in Eastern Visayas to continue its cash-for-work program (CFW) for typhoon Yolanda survivors in the region. The amount covers the program’s second wave in Region VIII which starts this month. Targeted for hiring are some 37,000 individuals from Barugo, Burauen, Dulag, San Isidro, Santa Fe, Tabontabon and Tanauan towns in Leyte province; Guiuan in Eastern Samar; and Basey and Hinabangan, Western Samar. The first wave lasted November 9, 2013 to February 10, 2014 and with 16,234 individuals hired.
Iloilo City, Iloilo (PIA) – The National Youth Commission (NYC) will soon open an area office here, in an effort to bring its programs and services closer to young people in the region. NYC Visayas Commissioner Erwin Andaya said hopefully “by 2014 second semester, we will have an area office in Iloilo City to cater to the whole region.” Andaya said he hopes for more youth activities and programs to be implemented jointly by the NYC, local government units and regional line agencies with the opening of the NYC area office. The NYC was founded June, 1995 through Republic Act 8044 or the Youth in Nation Building Act as government’s sole policy-making and coordinating body for youth programs, projects and activities.
Negros Occidental (PIA) – Female artists, tourism officers, government workers, students and entrepreneurs mark International Women’s Month with an exhibit called Inspiring Change and the screening of Girl Rising, a documentary on girls overcoming challenges directed by Academy Award nominated film director Richard E. Robbins, at the Negros Museum through the involvement of The Dream Project PH, Arti Kuriti, Galleria Verde, Public Affairs Office, Provincial Tourism Office and the Museum, until March 27.
Cebu City, Cebu (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is urging shops in the region to participate in the “Bagwis” Seal of Excellence Awards 2014. DTI Central Visayas Regional Director Asteria Caberte says “a shop bearing the DTI Seal of Excellence is a certified responsible establishment upholding the rights and welfare of consumers.” The “Bagwis (local term for wings)” Seal of Excellence certification is one of the best practices of the country in consumer protection recognized by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Committee on Consumer Protection (ACCP).
Palo, Leyte (PIA) – Rehabilitation of typhoon Yolanda-devastated Palo municipal building, particularly its second floor, has been completed with a P6.7-million funding from President Benigno S. Aquino III, disclosed Mayor Remedios L. Petilla. Even before its rehabilitation, the municipal building was, and still is, the command center for relief operations in Palo. Petilla already holds office in the newly rehabilitated building but official municipal government transactions are still conducted at the town gym where most of the local government officials and employees are holding office. This is due to ongoing repair work being done in other parts of the new municipal building.