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Monday, April 20, 2015

DOST opens nominations for International Publications and Awards for Granted Patents and Registered Utility Model

LEGAZPI CITY, April 20 (PIA) -- The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has announced the commencement and opening for nominations for the Search International Publications and Awards for Granted Patents and Registered Utility Models.

DOST Bicol regional director Tomas B. Briñas encouraged qualified researchers and/or professors with worthwhile Research and Development (R&D) work to join in this DOST competition.

Likewise, the member-agencies of Sicence and Technology (S&T) networks [Bicol Consortium for Agriculture Resources Research and Development (BCARRD); Bicol Consortium for Industry and Engineering Research and Development (BCIERD) and Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD)] are requested to disseminate this information in the region.

The awards program pursues “Evaluation and Improvement of the Research Publication and IP Productivity of the DOST R&D Institutes”

Nominees should submit two (2) reprints or photocopies of the publication, duly accomplished application form and the printed copy of the screenshot of page from Thomson Reuters and/or Scopus Master List of Accredited Journals for the year in which the paper was published to DOST-NAST, Philippine Science Heritage Center, DOST Complex, Bicutan, Taguig City.

Also required is an electronic copy of said application in pdf format through email at secretariat@nast.ph or nastrpeawards@gmail.com. Deadline for the submission of entries/nominations is not later than 25 September 2015.

For more queries, interested staff/network members may coordinate with Niño B. Rodil, Science Research Specialist I of the NAST,  at telephone nos. (02) 838-7766 and at mentioned email addresses. (MAL/POL-DOST5/PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/771429500961/dost-opens-nominations-for-international-publications-and-awards-for-granted-patents-and-registered-utility-model#sthash.NqRQSfHe.dpuf

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sorsogon City inaugurates Rompeolas Food Court; other developments soon to rise

By:  Bennie A. Recebido

SORSOGON CITY, April 18, 2015 (PIA) – A cleaner,  more orderly and systematic Baywalk is now what the visitors and city folks could see in the newly face-lifted Rompeolas located at the Pier Site, this City.

The place was further enhanced by the establishment of the Rompeolas Food Court and the Fishball Stalls, inaugurated on April 14, with Mayor Sally A. Lee taking the lead in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

In her message, Mayor Lee said it was her long dream to establish a place in the city that would offer a perfect place for family bonding and prevent lethargy among adolescents and seniors. The establishment of the Food Court and provision of systematic procedures for the Fishball Vendors at the Baywalk is one of her granted wish list for Sorsoganons.

“Before, whenever I am asked what Sorsogon City can offer to tourists and visitors aside from its natural beauty and attractions, I cannot give concrete answer, but now I can already boast to anyone that we have our Rompeolas or the City Baywalk with a boulevard that serves as promenade, a venue that offers spectacular views of sunrise and sunset, and food courts to stuff hungry stomachs as thus, ideal for cooling down and family bonding,” Mayor Lee said.

The blessing and inauguration were attended by representatives from the business sector, city government, National Government Agencies, media and other sectors of Sorsogon City community.

Five stalls in duplex form were provided by LGU Sorsogon City to 10 members of the Rompeolas Fishball Vendors Association as part of the city’s livelihood assistance program for Sorsoganons. The stalls are now lined up in a more systematic way while centralized tables and chairs were provided for food-trippers.

Two open self-service restaurants that will offer variety of seafoods and other foods native of Sorsogon will also soon be operational.

Jennifer Pareja, President of the Rompeolas Fishball Vendors Association said they are grateful to the city government of Sorsogon through Mayor Lee and the city council for the livelihood opportunity given to them.

“The stalls were awarded to us by the City-LGU for free. Our counterpart here is to maintain the stalls and give P5.00 for the daily cleanliness and maintenance of the area. There is another P5-peso contribution of members which is remitted to our association to be used as our contingency fund,” said Pareja.

Stall owner Mr. Edgar Camacho, on the other hand, said “now, we do not just depend on fishing as our major source of livelihood, we have this stall that helps us augment our daily income”.  Camacho is one among the 200 relocated families who were previously exposed to typhoon hazards at the Pier Site in Sorsogon City.

The partakers who witnessed the inauguration were unanimous in expressing appreciation to the move of the city government to offer a wholesome hang-out for the people of all walks of life in Sorsogon.

The Baywalk is open to the public. It has a viewdeck where visitors can have a look of the mountains around the Rompeolas and the magnificent Bulusan Volcano as background of the bay’s view.

Visitors who want to have additional relaxation can avail of reflexology services from the members of the association of 4Ps Women Reflexologists who were also provided a space at the Baywalk.

Meanwhile, aside from the new amenities that were introduced, there are also on-going developments for the Rompeolas to cater to the needs of increasing tourists in the city.

The construction of the coastal highway which Senator Francis Escudero and Sorsogon 1st District Representative Evelina Escudero had pledged is now underway.  The 22-hectare coastal highway will help decongest the city traffic once completed and provide an additional space for a walkway.

For water activities at the bay, according to Lee, new kayaks will be added to the existing twelve kayaks that are available for free to visitors. Floating cottages will also be placed in the lagoon at the breakwater. Leisure Park for elders and children will also soon be established at the entrance of the Rompeolas.

“We will also make the entire Rompeolas a wi-fi area,” she added.

Currently, there are five existing gazebos and ten shades at the Baywalk area. (LSM, BARecebido, PIA-5/Sorsogon)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/801429309855/sorsogon-city-inaugurates-rompeolas-food-court-other-developments-soon-to-rise#sthash.ROcpX6dc.dpuf

Sorsogon City inaugurates Rompeolas Food Court; other developments soon to rise

By:  Bennie A. Recebido

SORSOGON CITY, April 18, 2015 (PIA) – A cleaner,  more orderly and systematic Baywalk is now what the visitors and city folks could see in the newly face-lifted Rompeolas located at the Pier Site, this City.

The place was further enhanced by the establishment of the Rompeolas Food Court and the Fishball Stalls, inaugurated on April 14, with Mayor Sally A. Lee taking the lead in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

In her message, Mayor Lee said it was her long dream to establish a place in the city that would offer a perfect place for family bonding and prevent lethargy among adolescents and seniors. The establishment of the Food Court and provision of systematic procedures for the Fishball Vendors at the Baywalk is one of her granted wish list for Sorsoganons.

“Before, whenever I am asked what Sorsogon City can offer to tourists and visitors aside from its natural beauty and attractions, I cannot give concrete answer, but now I can already boast to anyone that we have our Rompeolas or the City Baywalk with a boulevard that serves as promenade, a venue that offers spectacular views of sunrise and sunset, and food courts to stuff hungry stomachs as thus, ideal for cooling down and family bonding,” Mayor Lee said.

The blessing and inauguration were attended by representatives from the business sector, city government, National Government Agencies, media and other sectors of Sorsogon City community.

Five stalls in duplex form were provided by LGU Sorsogon City to 10 members of the Rompeolas Fishball Vendors Association as part of the city’s livelihood assistance program for Sorsoganons. The stalls are now lined up in a more systematic way while centralized tables and chairs were provided for food-trippers.

Two open self-service restaurants that will offer variety of seafoods and other foods native of Sorsogon will also soon be operational.

Jennifer Pareja, President of the Rompeolas Fishball Vendors Association said they are grateful to the city government of Sorsogon through Mayor Lee and the city council for the livelihood opportunity given to them.

“The stalls were awarded to us by the City-LGU for free. Our counterpart here is to maintain the stalls and give P5.00 for the daily cleanliness and maintenance of the area. There is another P5-peso contribution of members which is remitted to our association to be used as our contingency fund,” said Pareja.

Stall owner Mr. Edgar Camacho, on the other hand, said “now, we do not just depend on fishing as our major source of livelihood, we have this stall that helps us augment our daily income”.  Camacho is one among the 200 relocated families who were previously exposed to typhoon hazards at the Pier Site in Sorsogon City.

The partakers who witnessed the inauguration were unanimous in expressing appreciation to the move of the city government to offer a wholesome hang-out for the people of all walks of life in Sorsogon.

The Baywalk is open to the public. It has a viewdeck where visitors can have a look of the mountains around the Rompeolas and the magnificent Bulusan Volcano as background of the bay’s view.

Visitors who want to have additional relaxation can avail of reflexology services from the members of the association of 4Ps Women Reflexologists who were also provided a space at the Baywalk.

Meanwhile, aside from the new amenities that were introduced, there are also on-going developments for the Rompeolas to cater to the needs of increasing tourists in the city.

The construction of the coastal highway which Senator Francis Escudero and Sorsogon 1st District Representative Evelina Escudero had pledged is now underway.  The 22-hectare coastal highway will help decongest the city traffic once completed and provide an additional space for a walkway.

For water activities at the bay, according to Lee, new kayaks will be added to the existing twelve kayaks that are available for free to visitors. Floating cottages will also be placed in the lagoon at the breakwater. Leisure Park for elders and children will also soon be established at the entrance of the Rompeolas.

“We will also make the entire Rompeolas a wi-fi area,” she added.

Currently, there are five existing gazebos and ten shades at the Baywalk area. (LSM, BARecebido, PIA-5/Sorsogon)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/801429309855/sorsogon-city-inaugurates-rompeolas-food-court-other-developments-soon-to-rise#sthash.ROcpX6dc.dpuf

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Naga City Youth Officials take oath

By: Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, April 15 (PIA) --- An old adage that says that the youth is the hope of the Fatherland still holds true, at least for the city government of this city as they continue to promote the youth’s ideals and open windows of opportunities to aspiring young leaders.

Last Monday, the new set of City Youth Officials (CYO) took their oath of office as the newly sworn young frontrunners who will take the reign of the city’s governance until May 31. They will be handling the city’s operations except in areas which are policy determining and areas that would require financial disbursements.

This City Youth program is pursuant to SP Ordinance No. 2007-008 as amended by Ordinance No. 2009-017 institutionalizing the celebration of the City Youth month. Under the given term or duration of office, the city youth officials, mainly composed of City Youth Mayors, Vice-Mayors, Youth Councilors and Department Heads will have a hands-on experience on how to run a city government.

Mayor John Bongat lauded the young leader’s persistence and passion to be part of the city’s governance and take part in the promotion of the good practices that the city has been doing for the past decades.

 “In this program, we are opening the door of the City to the youth for them to learn what we mean by good governance. We want them to learn transparency. At a young age, we are giving the youth the opportunity to be part of our government.  This is what our former Mayor, the late Jesse M. Robredo called “inclusive and participating governance as transparency seal,” Bongat added.

 Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Leni Robredo also graced the oath-taking ceremony and challenged the young leaders to pursue the good deeds that they have started even after their term is over- to retain the good values and keep a humble spirit in spite of the great power under their sleeves.

 “My challenge to the CYOs is the maintenance because I think, like me, the Barangay Officials, the City Officials, the Naga City employees, that’s the most difficult thing to do.  All of us started in the service with the right intention. But the question is, how many of us ends and still clean? I think, every day we have to look at it, every day we have to pray that in the middle of all the temptations, we can remember the reason why we are in this service.”

Newly-sworn in City Youth Mayor Ruby Jane L. Bandola accepted the challenge.

“Hopefully, our involvement and empowerment will not stop with City Youth Officials alone. Hopefully, it will not stop with the Youth Month alone.  It will be a continuous journey, that needs the collected effort of all citizens of Naga, but as for the challenge of being the frontliners for this change, CYO 2015 gladly accepts it.”

City Councilor Ray-An Cydrick Rentoy, the youngest and one of the most active Councilors of the City, also crafted the Naga City Code through Ordinance No. 2012-035. The resolution has been acknowledged by the National Youth Commission (NYC) through a resolution en banc lauding the initiative of the city’s local officials in coming up with such a comprehensive code for the Naga City youth. (LSMacatangay, PIAV/Camarines Sur)



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Implementation of Integrated Bicol River Basin Master Plan underway

LEGAZPI CITY, Apr 14 (PIA) – The Bicol Regional Development Council (RDC) has formally approved the Integrated Bicol River Basin (BRB) Management and Development Master Plan in a meeting recently held by stakeholders and institutions pushing for its protection.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol director and BRB Management Council chair Gilbert Gonzales said the BRB Master Plan includes the programs and strategies to be implemented under three components.

 The first component aims to prepare the ecosystem and community in facing the risk of climate change including protection of forests and rehabilitation of mangrove plantations.

The second component involves encouragement of investors in production areas through construction of new irrigation systems, sanitary landfill and other needed structures.

The last component stresses the need to strengthen management of the BRB which includes establishment of a Sub-basin Management Council, conduct of information education campaign, capability enhancement training and many others.

Gonzales added that the implementation of the Integrated BRP master plan has a total budget allocation of P31 million.

“Government agencies including PAGASA, DTI, DPWH, NIA, DA, BFAR, DOT, DILG and DENR will be helping each other to allocate fund for the 15-year term implementation of the plan,” he said.

The special order for the establishment of the BRB Coordination Office was issued in 2012 to render technical and administrative support to the BRB Management Council under the RDC and its technical working group. It is also under the EO 816-2009 and EO 510-2006 directing the creation of River Basin Control Office to be managed by the DENR.

 The Bicol River Basin is the eighth largest basin in the country with a total of 317,103 hectares covering the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte.

Among the challenges it is currently facing are flooding which affects agriculture and settlements, destruction of forest covers, dwindling fish catch due to illegal fishing, conversion of mangrove areas, pollution and many others. It is also inside the typhoon belt area thus affected by strong typhoons every year.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)