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Sunday, November 23, 2014

CSU grad, 4th place in Midwifery licensure exam

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Nov. 23 (PIA) - Ma. Luz Vitalicio-Obin of Catanduanes State University landed 4th  (90.05%) in the November 2014 Midwifery Licensure Examination.

Luz considers her success as an early birthday gift. She will turn 19 this November 25. "Thanks, Lord, bongga ang birthday gift mo ha.Love you." she quipped in her Facebook account.

Luz is fourth in a brood of eight of Adelfo and Luzviminda Obin of Rizal, Viga Catanduanes. She finished her basic education at Rizal Elementary School and Viga Rural Development High School. Last March 2014, she earned her Midwifery course diploma at CSU.

The CSU CHS School of Midwifery garnered a 100% passing rate for first takers and 93% overall passing rate in this year's edition of MLE examination.

Obin is now the 17th MLE topnotcher of CSU School of Midwfery.

The previous MLE topnotchers from CSC/CSU were: 2nd placers - Jellie Jane R. Vargas - 2013; Kathleen Shiela B. Ramirez - 2010; Erica B. Obogne - 2009; and Maria Rosario T. Rodriguez - 2006;

4th placers - Lila Ann T. Alonzo - 2013; Erlinda Frondozo - Tabor - 1990; and Kristel Mae V. Cervantes - 2007; 6th Placer - Chique S. Santos - 2007; 7th Placers - Nirvana Josabel G. Ortiz - 2011 Roselyn O. Abines - 2010; Jonna Mae A. Quintal - 2009; and Marilyn Idanan-Lucero - 1979.

8th placer - Jacqueline P. Laroya - 2008; 9th Placer - Agnes F. Trinidad - 2007 10th Placers - Cheyserr Kate R. Villegas - 2010, and Janessa M. Medrana - 2007.

Obin's feat will be added in the newly-inaugurated CSU the Wall of Topnotchers.

Recently, three graduates of CSU were also among the topnotchers of the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) conducted by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) last August 17, 2014.(MAL/EAB/GSR-CSU-PRIS/PIA5

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/841416742859/csu-grad-4th-place-in-midwifery-licensure-exam#sthash.20tg4PHu.dpuf

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DAR to implement P10M worth of agrarian reform projects in Albay towns

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 18 (PIA) -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will soon implement various agrarian projects worth P10-million in the province of Albay after the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released the allocated budget under the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB).

Albay Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Office chief Romulo Britanico said the projects include the construction of the 100 linear meter Spillway in Bgy Aurora-White Deer, Jovellar, the 1.5-kilometer Marayag-San Isidro farm-to-market road in Libon, and the 35 linear meter concrete footbridge in Sitio Lagsingan, Rapu-Rapu.

Britanico said that the GPB also calls for the development of coco-cased processing and farming system in Guinobatan town.

Britanico said the project would benefit 10,400 farmers, of which 527 are agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Preparatory activities for these projects are now being undertaken by the DAR Albay with the help of concerned Municipal Mayors.

Guinobatan Mayor Ann Gemma Ongjoco expressed her gratitude to the DAR for helping them boost the economic lives of Albayanons.

For his part, Mayor Ronald Galecia of Rapu-Rapu said he is looking forward for bigger projects through DAR to sustain the development the government has initiated in their community.

The GPB, previously called Bottoms-Up Planning and Budgeting (BUB), was adopted as a strategy  to identify various programs and projects that address the development needs of poorest cities and municipalities in the country.  (MAL/PAMRS-DAR/PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/771416275468/dar-to-implement-p10m-worth-of-agrarian-reform-projects-in-albay-towns#sthash.2L9r7gEF.dpuf

Monday, November 17, 2014

Naga hosts 1st Regional PWD Summit

NAGA CITY, Nov.17 (PIA) --- A disability-inclusive development geared towards making the lives of persons with disability (PWDs) easier, capped the 2-day 1st Regional PWD Summit held at Eurotel here over the weekend.

With focus on inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM), partakers representing various PWD and Older person organizations were given lectures and added insights on the various laws regarding their rights, specifically practical strategy in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This is also contained in the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific, particularly citing Goal 7 which focuses on DRRM. It was anchored on the premise that PWDs belong to those vulnerable groups with a higher risk of being injured and neglected during the occurrence of natural calamities and similar catastrophes.

Pursuant to this, agencies with related work on DRRM were invited to share their programs for DRRM. Naga City DRRM officer Ernesto Elcamel was one of the invited discussants during the plenary session with the PWDs and older persons. The discussion is geared towards the attainment of the core values of the Incheon Strategy which aims to have availability of disability-inclusive disaster reduction plans for the said sector.

City Mayor John Bongat during his brief but significant interaction with the group expressed his full support to the idea of working together to solidify the Region V PWD Federation and vowed to pursue mechanisms that will ensure the implementation of programs and services for the PWDs.

“The city government of Naga has its full support and backing to all the programs for the PWDs. We have the PDAO office that will cater to their needs and we are slowly renovating our facilities inside the city hall for greater ease and comfort of our PWDs and older persons. Rest assured that the city will continue with this efforts until we become compliant of the accessibility law for this sector,” Bongat stated.

National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) Technical Cooperation Division Chief Nelia R. De Jesus, lauded the city’s untiring effort in pushing for laws and programs that will lift the PWD and Older persons sector as one of priorities.

“Naga is the first LGU to hold the first federation election and we are happy that they already have an organized PWD sector here and are really pushing for the compliance of the laws for our PWDs and older persons. Naga has already reached milestones when it comes to initiatives concerning this sector and this has inspired and motivated the federation to pursue other programs that will lift their way of life towards a better society.”  (MAL/LSM-PIA5/CamSur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861416194592/naga-hosts-1st-regional-pwd-summit#sthash.yEJvwipA.dpuf

CamSur LGUs, schools, communities join simultaneous earthquake drill

PILI, Camarines Sur, Nov.17 (PIA) --- Local governments officials and employees, academe and other sectors of the community in Camarines Sur took part in the recently concluded Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill on Friday last week putting into test the measures and validate the efficiency of warning dissemination and the effectiveness of the response of the community in times of earthquake and similar disasters.

Bicol director Bernardo Alejandro IV of office of Office of Civil Defense (OCD), also chair of the Bicol Regional DIsaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), stated that this preparation also served as the government’s response to combat the possibilities of earthquake with the recent movement of West Valley Fault and Manila trench.

He added that the conduct of earthquake drills will strengthen the preparedness of the community.

In Camarines Sur, the Pili Municipal Police Station, led by Fire C/Insp. Benjamin B. SpaƱa, led the drill USI Campus, in Barangay San  Agustin, Pili, Camarines Sur participated in by personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philipines (AFP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and Pili Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC).

Army units under the 9th Infantry (SPEAR) Division in the Bicol Region also positively responded to the call by joining the simultaneous earthquake drill in line with the AFP’s commitment to effectively and immediately respond to emergencies, disasters and calamities.

In a report of the 9th ID, Major General Yerson Depayso stated that the Disaster Rescue and Response Units of 9ID, are always ready to respond to any call of emergencies.

"They Army personnel are trained for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) Operations and were in fact part of the first group to respond to our fellowmen after Super Typhoon Yolanda ravaged the entire country, particularly the Samar area," he said.

In Goa, Camarines Sur, Bureau of Fire (BFP) oa headquarters spearheded the “Oplan Pagyanig” enjoining the students of Partido State University (PSU)-Goa Campus, Partido College and employees of other establishments to partake in the drill. A fire safety seminar was also conducted to enhance the know-how of the students on what to do when earthquake strikes.

A Barangay Disaster Response Seminar held at Barangay Salog of Goa was also spearheaded by BFP-Goa Station and participated by local barangay officials, tanods and volunteers.


0The government emphasizes the need for disaster preparedness to reduce the community’s vulnerability to disaster and direct them into making alternative plans to decrease the impact and ill-effects of disaster.  (MAL/LSM-PIA5/CamSur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861416210825/camsur-lgus-schools-communities-join-simultaneous-earthquake-drill#sthash.Tk4dgQUD.dpuf

Naga City councilor pushes initiatives to make the right real for PWDs

NAGA CITY, Nov. 17 (PIA) -- Councilor David Casper Nathan Sergio of this city has assured the sector of persons with disabilities (PWDs) with the support of the legislative body and the city government here by pursing legislative and administrative measures that will ensure protection or rights and welfare of the sector.

Sergio, chair of the Committee on Persons with Disabilities in Sangguniang Panglungsod, earlier authored a legislative measure and latter passed by the body creating the Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) in Naga City by virtue of City Ordinance No. 2010-039.

The ordinance is in consonace with the provisions of Republic Act No. 10070 or an “Act establishing an institutional mechanism to ensure implementation of programs and services for persons with disabilities in every province, city and municipality, amending Republic Act No. 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons.”

Christopher Molin currently heads the PDAO.

“We will develop policies and additional initiatives that will ensure disability-inclusive and enabling environment for PWDs to fully exercise their rights as mandated.  We will strengthen the PDAO and we are hopeful that there will be concrete actions concerning benefits, like scholarships and livelihood opportunities for this sector. We have laws but we need to put more attention to it to realize its worth to the PWDs,” Sergio added.

Sergio also stated that the city government, under the headship of Mayor John Bongat, is already spearheading changes in the structures and buildings inside the city hall. This, he said is a positive move that signals the full realization and compliance of BP 344 or the National Building Code of the Philippines otherwise known as an “An Act to Enhance the Mobility of Disabled Persons by Requiring Certain Buildings, Institutions, Establishments and Public Utilities to Install Facilities and Other devices”.

Sergio was a 26th Apolinario Mabini awardee and received the honor as Disabled Filipino of the Year for his exemplary contribution in uplifting the lives of his fellowmen despite his disability.

Aside from hearing lectures and discussions related to Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) during the 1st Regional PWD Summit, the participants took the opportunity to elect their Regional PWD Federation officers.

Elected President for the Regional PWD Federation is Engr. Jovencio B. Claveria (Naga City), Professor Rex Bernardo from Daet, Camarines Norte as Vice President and Ferdinand Arche from Naga City as Secretary.

Other set of officers include:  Concepcion Mea Samson from Camarines Sur as Assistant Secretary; Celinia Tayoyo from Ligao City as Treasurer; Alex Almazan from Camarines Norte as Auditor and Clemente Nava from Sorsogon as PIO.

The new set of officers will carry forward the development of a Region 5 PWD Federation to network to multi-sectoral groups.

These efforts are pursuant to the pronouncement made by President Benigno Aquino III, declaring the period 2013-2022 as the Philippine Decade of “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in support of the 3rd Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabiliities. (MAL/LSM-PIA5/CamSur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861416203206/naga-city-councilor-pushes-initiatives-to-make-the-right-real-for-pwds#sthash.6qpIopKH.dpuf