Visayas Newsbits for October 7, 2013
Tacloban City, Leyte (PIA) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Eastern Visayas has prepositioned family food packs in the region’s disaster-prone areas as Disaster Risk Reduction and Management augmentation support. Priority areas for such relief aid are Palo, Abuyog, La Paz, Mahaplag and MacArthur towns in Leyte province; Saint Bernard and San Juan in Southern Leyte; Santa Rita, Tarangnan and Pagsanjan in Samar; and Tacloban City. Each area is provided with 500 family food packs containing three kilos of rice, four tins of canned meat, three packs of noodles, and a box of 150 grams milk. Each food pack, worth P250, is exclusively for disaster victims and meant for a day’s consumption of a family of five.
Catbalogan City, Samar (PIA) — Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Consultant Ana Laylo is urging barangay chairmen to prioritize peace-promoting projects in their communities. She stressed this in a recent three-day skills training activity for Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan- Agrarian Reform Area (PAMANA-ARA) field personnel at Calbayog City’s Ciriaco Hotel. Thirteen barangays in San Jorge, Samar are identified for PAMANA-ARA, projects, five of which already received P300,000 each for livelihood projects.
Iloilo City, Iloilo (PIA6) — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Western Visayas (BFAR-6) is set to implement the municipal Fisherfolk Registration (FishR) project, as required by the 1998 Fisheries Code, in the region. BFAR-6 Director Drusila Esther Bayate said the agency seeks to register some 100,000 fisherfolk in the region. The project will enable BFAR to have a national database needed in designing programs to help municipalities.
Cebu City, Cebu (PNA) — The Court of Appeals’ 20th Division has denied Velez College’s motion for reconsideration on a May 20, 2013 decision favoring the city’s right to collect some P20.5 million in business taxes owed by the college since 2000. In the decision, the CA upheld the Regional Trial Court’s (RTC) Branch 58’s 2011 ruling ordering Velez College to pay said amount in back taxes from 2000 till 2010 to the city. “After thorough review of the records, this court finds no cogent reason to depart from its May 20 decision. The arguments relied upon by petitioner (Velez) in its motion for reconsideration deserve no consideration as they have been judiciously scrutinized and squarely ruled in said decision,” said Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando.
Kalibo, Aklan (PIA) — Without statistics, government will not be able to come up with sound plans, stressed Aklan Vice-Governor Gabrielle V. Quimpo during the recent Statistical Research and Utilization Forum at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Session Hall, Capitol Compound, here. The forum marks 24th National Statistics Month this October. Spearheaded by the Aklan provincial government, the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) and Aklan Rivers Development Council (ARDC), the forum was held to promote sharing and use of research outputs among government and private sector/academic institutions, local government units and the national government.