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Thursday, September 24, 2015

KALAHI CIDSS beneficiaries in CamSur get P2.2M funding for fish processing facility

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 24 (PIA) -- Residents of Barangay San Juan in Del Gallego, Camarines Sur will soon have their own bangus (milk fish) processing facility after the Department of Social Welfare and Development provided a funding of P2.2 million under its Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) program.

DSWD Bicol regional director Arnel Garcia said the program on bangus seeks to help improve the quality of life of stakeholders through community-driven development providing a farming village an alternative source of livelihood.

He added that some 75 out 100 DSWD’s family-beneficiaries are also Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries.

The project involves the construction of a fish processing facility with a floor area of 180 square meters, which is expected to be completed this year.

It is designed to provide an alternative source of livelihood to the farming village, whose 75 out 100 DSWD’s family-beneficiaries are also Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipinoogram beneficiaries.

"The same village also constructed a farm-to-market road and a water system sub-projects through Kalahi-CIDSS," Garcia said.

Maria Asila Cabangon, one of the resident-beneficiaries, said,“Napagkaisahan po ng barangay na magkaroon nito dahil meron kaming 80 hectares na bangus fishpond na p'wede namin pagkakitaan araw-araw (The village folk decided to have this (fish processing facility) because we have an 80-hectare bangus fishpond from where we can get our daily income)."

Cabangon also added that the facility will employ women of the target household-beneficiaries to augment their daily income.

The residents of San Juan get poor income, especially after typhoons wherein their crops are destroyed.  As a result, they decided to focus on bangus production and proposed the construction of a fish processing facility to the Kalahi-CIDSS.

The local government unit of Del Gallego, DSWD, Department of Science and Technology and Department of Agrarian Reform forged a memorandum of agreement to support Barangay San Juan for its bangus processing center.

DOST will provide the equipment and the DAR will provide the training to its beneficiaries.

“We would like to break the cycle of poverty with the support of the people to the national agencies’ programs,” Garcia said.  (MAL-PIA5/Albay)

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

DSWD completes Listahanan household assessment in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 22 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol has announced the completion of the second round of household assessment for the Listahanan or National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) program.

According to DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia a total of 1,056,722 households was assessed out of the 1,087, 720 target for Bicol region.

Some244, 245 households were assessed in Albay, 107, 549 in Camarines Norte,  339,860 Camarines Sur, 47,682 Catanduanes, 166,790 Masbate and 150,596 in Sorsogon.

“This does not include households visited, which have no qualified respondents, no respondent, or vacant at the time of visit” Garcia added.

Meanwhile, households not assessed during the regular enumeration will be given a chance to appeal and be assessed during the validation.

This will be scheduled from October to November before the finalization of the database.

It is in validation phase where the initial list of poor is posted in strategic places in the barangays. This is to let the community validate the list since they are more familiar with their neighbors.

“The validation is our mechanism to minimize the inclusion and exclusion error of the Proxy Means Test (PMT) that is why we need the involvement of the community because this phase is very crucial “said Garcia.

A Local Verification Committee (LVC) will be organized to resolve complaints and appeal received during the validation period.

The members of the LVC will include the Local Chief Executive, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer, Municipal Planning & Development Officer, Civil Society Organization representative and the Listahanan Area Supervisor.

Queries, appeals and complaints will be entertained 5 days after posting of the initial list of poor and will last for 15 days while resolving of complaints will be conducted in 20 days.

The agency encourages everyone to participate in the upcoming validation of poor households before they finalize the list.

Proxy Means Test is a statistical model that approximates family income based on the observable and verifiable non-income indicators of the family’s income.

It has been found to be a good way of targeting the in large informal sectors where actual incomes are difficult to be verified.

It has been proven to be an effective targeting mechanism in countries like Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico where the informal labor market is large.

Moreover, inclusion error refers to the error when a non-poor family was classified as poor whereas exclusion error happens when a true poor household was classified as non-poor using the PMT.

Implemented region wide, Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. It aims to establish a database of poor households that will become beneficiaries of social protection programs.(MAL/SAA/DSWD5/PIA5/Albay/)

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Bicol RDC approves feasibility study for rehab of Larap Airport in Cam Norte

By Rosalita B. Manlangit

DAET, Camarines Norte, Sept. 22 (PIA) – The Regional Development Council (RDC) in Bicol has approved the conduct of a feasibility study on the rehabilitation of Larap Airport in Jose Panganiban in Camarines Norte during its meeting held September 18 at Pineapple Island Resort here.

The conduct of feasibility study will be endorsed for fund support to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

The rehabilitation of Larap airport will provide alternative transport facility for tourists visiting the Bicol Triple C - Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes tourism area, and for businessmen transporting goods from the special economic zone at Larap, Jose Panganiban. It will also be an alternative hangar and aircraft maintenance site for private planes, and as staging facility for Philippine Air Force air assets.

The project involves the conduct of feasibility study (FS) to develop Larap Airport to Category 3C Aerodome Reference Code that can cater to AT72/Q400 aircraft with seating capacity of 70 passengers.

Jose Panganiban Mayor Ricarte Padilla said that they are eyeing for the Larap Airport more in terms of development into an international standards and will serve as an entry point for tourists to Triple C provinces and as well as to Almasor -Albay, Masbate, Sorsogon.

Daet Mayor Tito Sarion on the other hand said that he agreed to the additional airport aside from the development of the airport in the town which will also boost more tourists in the province.

It can be recalled that the RDC has already endorsed the provincial government allocation of P100 million for the rehabilitation and upgrading of the Daet airport.

The council has already passed a resolution and transmitted to Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) wherein the latter has informed that the Daet airport is capable of serving turbo-prop type of aircraft.

Earlier Governor Edgardo Tallado thanked the RDC for the support in the province wherein there are endorsed projects under the Convergence on Tourism Support Infrastructure Program in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Among these are the rehabilitation/improvement of 5 road sections along Pres. Cory Aquino Boulevard with P50 million each or a total of P250M; construction of 4 bridges along Pres. Cory Aquino Blvd. with P50M each bridge or a total of P200M;rehabilitation/improvement of Daet San Vicente Road of P50M; rehabilitation/improvement of 3 road sections along Mercedes-Basud Road with P50M each section or a total of P150M and the rehabilitation/improvement of 2 road sections along Daet-San Lorenzo Road with P50M each or a total of P100M.

Meanwhile the RDC gave a plaque of recognition to the awardees in Bicol for the 2015 Cities and Municipalities Index wherein Naga City received the most number of recognitions and emerges as the most competitive component city in 2015 and from third place in 2014, was also the first in all pillars of competitiveness.

Included in the top 50 competitive component cities in Bicol are: Legazpi City (15th), Tabaco City (33rd ), Ligao City (38th), Iriga City (41st ), and Sorsogon City (47th); and in top 50 competitive first to third municipalities are Polangui, Albay, (13th ), Daet, Camarines Norte (14th ) and Pili, Camarines Sur (29th ).

The RDC also commends Mr. Ronaldo C. Reyes of Tabaco National High School of Tabaco City as one of the four awardees for 2015 Outstanding Teachers under secondary competition and Senior Supt. Marlo S. Meneses of the Albay Police Provincial Office as one of the 2015 Outstanding Police Officers both of 2015 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos.

The province of Albay was also recognized as one of the recipients for 2015 Galing Pook Award for Good Governance in the field of humanitarian assistance mission.

Albay won its first Galing Pook award in 2008 for its Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Programs and its second Galing Pook award in 2011 for its health innovations and programs.

On the other hand, the revised Comprehensive Investment Programming Guidelines (CIPG) was also approved by the RDC. The CIPG provides the principles, processes and requirements of the Bicol RDC in the preparation of the Regional Development Investment Plan (RDIP) and Regional Budget Proposal (RBP).

Other topics which were approved and endorsed were the 2014 Regional Development Report, Matnog on effective queuing system, disaster mitigation projects in Catanduanes, inclusive partnership for agricultural competitiveness, Kinamaligan Resettlement Project Phase 3 and Abot-Alam Program. (MAL/RBM-PIA5/Camarines Norte)

Tourism, HRM studes learning visit in Albay's best practices, success on tourism industry

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 22 (PIA) -- Some 250 students taking up Tourism and Hotel and Restaurant Management courses from Arellano University in Manila were in this city to learn on the programs and initiatives, much as best practices and sucess on the tourism industry of the province of Albay.

Albay Provincial Tourism Officer Dorothy Colle welcomed the students in time for the opening of the one-day seminar also expressing her gratitude to them for choosing Albay as their primary destination in honing their craft.

Their two-day learning visit in Albay comprised of a one-day seminar held at THE ORIENTAL HOTEL LEGAZPI and another allotted for sorties in various tourist destinations in the province as well as treat of the delicious culinary fares that Albay is well-known for.

“We at the provincial government are very proud of what we have achieved in the past years in terms of our tourism industry, with the leadership of our beloved Governor Joey Salceda, the influx of tourists in Albay has grown tremendously, more foreign and local tourists are now choosing Albay as their primary destination, and for a myriad of good reasons too,” Colle said.

Albay has achieved such feat, according to Colle, by way of sheer passion, passion ignited by our governor in his most sincere dedication to uplift Albay in its every aspect, our collective passion has spawned multiple programs tailor made to highlight the numerous assets the province has to offer, from our ecological wonders, to our sumptuous local delicacies, and to the very soul of our culture and being, the Albayano themselves.

The series of learning visits to tourism showcase of Albay from different groups and organizations from other parts of the country and abroad manifest a testament to the achievements of the provincial government of Albay, through the leadership and innovations of Salceda, that has brought the province in the forefront of tourism not only in the Philippines but also in other parts of the world.

Touted as a phenomenal success by the Department of Tourism, the astonishing rise in the tourism sector of the Albay has made a remarkable impression in the industry which has garnered much praises from the different regions in the country, and eliciting such educational and visiting tours to learn the formula that the provincial government has implemented.

It can be recalled that Salceda was conferred last December by the DOT the very first Tourism Star Philippines Award for Local Chief Executive in recognition for his efforts in elevating the tourism industry in Albay. (MAL/PGAlbay-PIO/PIA5/Albay)

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Albay to unveil marker for best tourism advocacies and practices

By Sally Atento-Altea

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept 21 (PIA) -- The Provincial Government of Albay (PGA), through the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO), will be unveiling a tourism marker for the successful tourism initiatives and best practices of the province.

Albay provincial tourism officer Dorothy Colle said the marker is for the Tourism Star Philippines Award for local chief executive first conferred by the Department of Tourism (DOT) to Governor Joey Salceda last December 18, 2014.

Colle noted that such markers inside the provincial capitol will serve as a reminder of the success of the governor in promoting the tourism industry of Albay as well as the humanitarian efforts of the provincial government.

DOT has chosen Salceda for the said award for leading Albay’s phenomenal growth in tourism as it rose from the ruins of disasters that stunted the province for decades.

As former economic adviser to previous presidents, Salceda has successfully implemented a comprehensive tourism work program in Albay, bringing to the fore various regulations and investment projects to achieve significant tourism development.

Colle said the unveiling of the market at the Albay Capitol main lobby is set on October 26, 2015 in time for the governor’s birthday.

DOT’s Tourism Star Philippines is a new set of awards for individuals who have demonstrated strong and deep commitment to the country’s tourism through excellent customer service and investment in tourism development efforts.

The awards are divided into two categories.  The tourism front-liners and individuals who embody the true Filipino brand of warm hospitality, of going the extra mile in the service of tourists; and local chief executives (LCE), a mayor or a governor, whose projects contribute positively to the tourism industry.

The awards program also mark a significant milestone in the DOT, as it fully implements the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) which leverages on public-private sector partnerships to improve competitiveness of tourism facilities and services, capacitate local government units, ensure sustainable tourism development and initiate focused marketing and promotions.(MAL/SAA/PGAlbayPIA5/Albay)

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