Visayas Newsbits for September 28,2013
Catbalogan City, Samar — The P11-million farm-to-market road leading to the interior villages of Peña and Lagundi, here, is already due for completion within this month, a top official of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) revealed yesterday. The 4.8-kilometer road project, funded through the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Samar 2nd District Rep. Milagrosa T. Tan, involves making it an all-weather road that can be used by farmers in bringing in their farm produce to Catbalogan City and to Tacloban City. (Nestor L. Abrematea)
GROUP SEEKING P132 WAGE HIKE
CEBU CITY – A newly-formed labor organization, which claimed to have more than 2,000 members, said the other day that it was filling a petition to increase the minimum daily wage by P132 at the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) 7. The Living Wage Coalition Cebu, a coalition of 50 labor groups in Cebu and Central Visayas, was formed after labor leaders said their voices could become stronger if all labor unions and federations will come together. Included in the coalition is the Cebu of the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL). (Mars W. Mosqueda, Jr.)
ILOILO CITY, Iloilo — A total of four have been nominated to co-chair the Regional Development Council of Western Visayas (RDC-6). Governors Victor Tanco Sr. of Capiz and Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. of Negros Occidental are the nominees to represent local chief executives at the RDC-6 during its reorganizational meeting in Iloilo City last Thursday. For the private sector, the nominees are Jesraff Palmares of the Iloilo Foundation on Information Technology and Franklin Carbon of Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The nominees were selected by representatives of local governments, government agencies and the private sector from the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental. (Tara Yap)
C.V. RANKS 3RD FOR H.I.V.
CEBU CITY, Cebu — With over 50 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Central Visayas ranks third with the most number of positive cases in country based on the Department of Health (DoH) National Epidemiology Center data. Of the 449 new cases for the month of July this year the National Capital Region (NCR) registered the highest number at 42 percent followed by Region 4A which consists of five provinces that include Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon at 14 percent. (Phoebe Jen Indino)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte — In line with its effort to inform the public of its advocacies and programs, the regional Department of Health conducted a Consultative Workshop for Health Education Officers (HEPO) last September 24-26 at the Leyte Park Hotel, here. Dr. Ma. Sol Villones, DOH health promotion section head, disclosed that the activity is a venue where the programs and advocacies of the health department can be presented to the HEPOs as its main role is to disseminate the information to the people and other workers in the institution or community of origin. Villones said gathering the HEPOs from around the region will ventilate the officers concerns and problems encountered relative to their work so that an action plan can be pursued. (PIA)