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Visayas newsbits for May 2, 2014

LeadCom program launched

Bacolod City, Negros Occ. (PNA) – The Ayala Foundation recently launched here its Leadership Communities (LeadCom) program for youth organizations involving leadership, personal growth and realization through community service. Youth groups in the seven-month project are Bacolod Volunteer Youth Leaders, a group of youth leaders from various barangays and schools organized earlier this year to provide channels for youth development in the city; Project Binhi, a youth-initiated storytelling movement for young deaf individuals; Seed, a group of active student leaders in school and community organizations; Colegio San Agustin’s Bugkus Agustino; Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers of West Negros University; Rotaract Marapara; University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos; and the SMC Student Leaders, a mix of young professionals and student leaders who innovate indigenous materials from communities into items for possible social enterprise start-ups.

 

Irrigation dams re-open

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo (PIA) – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) re-opened its national irrigation systems (NIS) dams in Iloilo yesterday after over two months of closure for regular and routine maintenance work. There are four NIS maintained and operated by the NIA and the Irrigators Associations in Iloilo: Barotac Viejo NIS, Jalaur-Suage NIS, Aganan-Sta. Barbara NIS, and Sibalom-Tigbauan NIS, all covering a combined total service area of 23,000 hectares. Barotac Viejo NIS covers 2,000 has., Jalaur-Suage NIS, 12,000 has.; Aganan-Sta. Barbara NIS, 7,000; and Sibalom-Tigbauan NIS, 2,000 has., benefiting a total of some 12,000 farmers. NIS maintenance work expenses are funded by irrigation service fees (ISFs) collected from farmer beneficiaries for using the water from the irrigation systems.

 

Cadiz Earth Day

CADIZ CITY, Negros Occ. (PIA) – Some 300 environment crusaders paraded, danced and pledged protection and rehabilitation of Mother Earth during the recent Earth Day celebration here. Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) head, Edgardo M. Rostata and staff led the celebration which started with a parade around the major thoroughfares in Cadiz City. A Zumba Dance party for 30 minutes was participated in by those who joined the parade. Local government officials led by Vice Mayor Samson Mirhan, representatives of national government agencies, religious organizations and non-government organizations also took their oath to take up the cause of environment protection.

 

Battle of Mactan re-enacted

CEBU CITY, Cebu (PNA) – History came alive as actors recently re-enacted the Battle of Mactan which saw the victory of Mactan chieftain Datu Lapu-Lapu against Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan who led the Spanish invading forces in the shores of Mactan on April 27, 1521. The re-enactment, dubbed “Kadaugan sa Mactan” (Victory in Mactan) had Miss Universe 2010 fourth-runner up Venus Raj in the role of Reyna Bulakna, Lapu-Lapu’s wife, Japanese-Brazilian model Daniel Matsunaga playing Lapu-Lapu, and actor Carlos Agassi in the role of Magellan. The first reenactment was staged in April 27, 1979 by the then Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in the Marcos administration. For the past 10 years, the Lapu-Lapu City government has tapped celebrities from Manila to play the roles of Datu Lapu-Lapu, Reyna Bulakna and Magellan with boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao the most prominent celebrity to play the role of Lapu-Lapu.