Visayas Newsbits for September 13, 2013
Tacloban City, Leyte (PNA) — The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has allotted 20 scholarship vouchers for the “Train the Trainer” in English program in Eastern Visayas. TESDA has tapped the Expert Global Solutions, a business process outsourcing company operating in Leyte, in screening training program recipients. EGS site management and community relations assistant Kjell Daren D.C. Aboy said the aim is to use the vouchers before yearend or there would be a hard time requesting for the same next year. “Hopefully,” he said, “screening will be more regional so that the exponential effect is bigger and not limited to Leyte and Eastern Samar.” The training program training will last two months.
Bacolod City, Negros Occ. (PNA) — Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) officials led by assistant secretary for consular affairs and Philippine Ambassador to the Netherlands Victor Jaime Ledda were at the opening of the DFA Consular Office, third floor, Robinsons Place Bacolod last Wednesday. The new office makes it more convenient for passport applicants in this city and the rest of the province. Passport application procedures including processing, data capturing, and passport releasing has been simplified and cut from eight to five steps. Regular passport application costs P950 with a 20-day processing period while express service costs R1,200 and a 10-day processing period. The DFA Consular Office-Bacolod is headed by Joel Blas.
Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental (PIA) — The Philippine Army (PA)’s 11th Infantry Battalion’s Lapu-Lapu troopers in partnership with the National Bookstore Foundation, recently distributed over 4,000 school packs with notebooks, pencils, a ballpen, eraser and sharpener among public school pupils in hinterland Barangays Buenavista, Magsaysay, Nagsaha, Mandi-I, Hinakpan, Luz, Linantuyan in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental and Barangays Sikatuna, Sebucawan, Libas and San Agustin in neighboring Negros Occidental province. Civil military operations officer 1Lt Von Ryan Gomez said teachers, parents and barangay captains witnessed the event.
Cebu City, Cebu (PIA) — The Department of Education in Cebu (DepEd-Cebu) has been scheduling tree planting and greening day activities every month since June 2013. Such activities will continue until March 2014. Cebu schools division superintendent Dr. Arden Monisit issued a memo requesting students, teachers, school administrators, non-teaching personnel, and parents to participate in the activities. Fruit and forest tree seedlings will be maintained in school nurseries before tree planting and greening day set for August 31, September 28, October 26, November 30, December 14, 2013 and for January 25, February 22, and March 29 for 2014.
Samar (PNA) — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has released nearly P5 million to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Samar province’s first district with the bulk used to increase productivity of aquaculture farming, including bangus, prawn and mud crab polyculture through the Technology Application and Promotion Institute. DOST Samar provincial director Roselia Gopo said DOST-Samar has also installed automated rain gauges in North West Samar State University and Gandara Bridge alongside a water level monitoring system and in a bridge located in San Jorge town.