Visayas Newsbits for September 16, 2013
Borongan City, Eastern Samar (PIA) – Men should be involved in formulating Gender and Development (GAD) Codes, said United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Area Programme Officer, Mr. Roy Dimayuga in a two-day workshop on the Convergence of Voices and Efforts in Enhancing Gender and Development Code of Eastern Samar at the Doña Vicenta Hotel here. The workshop reviewed and updated the 2008 Provincial GAD Code. Dimayuga’s view was affirmed by TriDev Executive Director Mr. Toti Uysingco who said previous councils for women and children’s protection did not give men tasks in health care or in preventing violence against women and children nor asked them to help control the sex industry as some of them are its market.
Iloilo City, Iloilo (PIA) — The 2013 National Family Week celebration here will kick off September 21 with a Fun Walk from the West Visayas State University in La Paz district to Jaro Plaza Gym, Jaro District. Local and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) officials and the family of Danilo and Sally Miaque of Brgy. Dungon B, Jaro, Iloilo City, this year’s Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya in Western Visayas, will be at the opening program after the Fun Walk. The celebration is spearheaded by the Regional Inter-Agency Committee for the Filipino Family in Western Visayas chaired by the DSWD in Region 6.
Mandaue City, Cebu (PNA) — The Mandaue City Government has launched telephone number 161 as the city’s emergency hotline for paramedics with the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation (Eruf), Bureau of Fire Protection and Mandaue’s Traffic Enforcement Agency. The city government, with Eruf, BFP and the Association of Barangay Captains also inaugurated last Friday the Bantay Mandaue Command Center where designated personnel can take emergency calls and monitor road traffic reported through 161. The command center will enable firefighters and rescuers to respond more quickly to accidents and disasters, Mayor Jonas Cortes said.
Maasin City, Southern Leyte (PIA) — The government’s tax collecting agency will soon have a building of its own here, to rise on a site granted by the city government. Structure construction budget cost is P50 million for a two-story building, with space reserved for a third floor, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) District Office 90’s Revenue District Officer Alexander Laroza told media. “We have the funds, the bidding notice already posted in our website, and work may start anytime this year,” Laroza said, adding that a 1,700 square meter site was designated at the reclaimed area by the sea in Brgy. Combado to serve as the agency’s permanent office location in the city.
Roxas City, Capiz (PIA) — Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) – Capiz head Jeffrey delos Reyes was recently cited by Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala for his “innovative efforts and selfless dedication” in the development of the Capiz Small Coconut Farmers’ Marketing Cooperative (CASCOFAMCO). CASCOFAMCO, which has evolved from copra trading in 1994 to production of coco oil and other coconut – based products and by-products at Brgy. Ondoy, Ivisan town, has an organized group of over 3,000 small coconut farmers in Capiz’s 16 towns and Roxas City.