Visayas Newsbits for September 18, 2013
Iloilo City, Iloilo (PIA) — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Environmental Management Bureau in Region 6 (DENR-EMB-6) will mark Ozone Month this September by campaigning for ozone layer protection, and with such activities as a coastal clean-up at the John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation area in Villa Beach, Arevalo district and clean-up at the Iloilo Batiano River on Sept. 21. There will also be a random Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC) testing of vehicles at SM City Iloilo and a roadside anti-smoking belching drive by the Land Transportation Office (LTO)’s Region VI office on Sept. 24.
Negros Occidental (PIA) — For the past three years since 2011, Negros Occidental has been getting the biggest chunk of the budget for supplementary feeding in Western Visayas. Salvacion Gayoma, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)’s Supplemental Feeding Program focal person for Region VI says the province “has the highest budget with the most number of children beneficiaries.” This year, for instance, Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, has 69,909 children beneficiaries with a total budget of P109,058,040 compared to Iloilo province and city’s P88,311,600 budget for 56,609 children benefitting from DSWD’s Supplemental Feeding program.
Roxas City, Capiz (PIA) — A Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) portal has been put up by the Police Regional Office in Region VI (PRO-6), allowing the public to convey concerns to local police and government officials online. “Online registration of BPAT members in the region is underway,” PRO–6 director C/Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. told media here recently. PRO–6 has trained police personnel of various police stations in the provinces to assist and supervise BPAT members’ online registration. Cruz said the portal,www.bpatportal.org, provides online electronic learning experience not only for BPAT members but also for Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel and other barangay stakeholders.
Siquijor (PIA) — The Siquijor provincial government recently held a forum on the Siquijor Comprehensive Agriculture and Fisheries Development Plan (SCAFDP) with some 80 participants from both government and private sectors at the Tan Bongco Complex, North Poblacion, Larena town. Issues raised in the forum included government projects, programs and services for agriculture and economic development, farm production and marketing strategies to help farmers improve production, environmental protection, and prices of agricultural products.
Tacloban City, Leyte (PIA) — The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) leads this year’s National Maritime Week celebration from September 23-29 themed “Sustainable Development: IMO’s Contribution Beyond R10 + 20.” In connection, the Philippine Ports Authority recently hosted a meeting at the PPA Tacloban Conference Room at the Port Area here to plan for the ceremonies and programs during the event. Among the activities to be conducted is advocacy and promotions of the celebration through tri-media. National Maritime Week is marked pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 556, mandating the promotion of the maritime sector and seafarers’ welfare.