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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Albay lass wins APEC 2015 video contest

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 20 (PIA) – “Anna’s Village” made by Christhelyn Siena Quides from Pio Duran, Albay won first place at the 2015 Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) video contest.

“I came up with Anna’s Village because it is important not only to enumerate what people and communities can get out from innovation, technology, and development, but also to actually tell their story,” Quides said.

She said the video shows the child Anna as representation of every Filipino child with dreams and hopes that future will be good while her parents are representation of every father and mother striving hard to secure their children’s future.

The video features how technology helped to spur innovation in a small, remote community and promote its development.

“The story of Anna’s village creatively shows how technology and innovation can make a positive difference to people’s lives and livelihoods,” said Alan Bollard, executive director of the APEC secretariat.

Bollard said the video provides not only a clear picture of APEC’s work and its potential benefits to people and society but also inspiration to leaders, ministers and senior officials in taking the region’s agenda forward.

The contestants made a three-minute video interpretations of the impact of trade and economic development on people’s lives in the Asia-Pacific, with particular focus on the benefits of technology and innovation for micro, small and medium enterprises.

“The APEC Video Contest is intended to provide the public with an opportunity to visually articulate the inclusive economies theme and priorities being taken forward through cooperation among member economies,” Bollard said.

The second and third place winners were “Bridging Creative Economies for a Better World” by Robert Cristobal of Singapore and “Technology Runs the Artery of our Society” by Michael Golez of the Philippines.(EAD/SAA-PIA5-Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571448007347/albay-lass-wins-apec-2015-video-contest#sthash.wPJqN1Qk.dpuf

Friday, November 20, 2015

Gov't gives cash aid to 9 ex-rebels in Albay

By Sally Atento-Altea

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 19 (PIA) –The government has awarded P585,000 in livelihood assistance to nine rebel returnees and their families living in Albay.

The former members of New People’s Army received P65,000 each during a ceremony at the headquarters of the Philippine Army’s 901st Infantry Brigade (IB) in Daraga, Albay on Nov. 9.

Brig. Gen. Ignacio A. Obligacion, 9th Infantry Division assistant commander, led the distribution of the checks to the rebel returnees under the government’s Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP).

Obligacion welcomed the rebel returnees back to society, urging them to “start living a normal life together with their families.”

“We, in the 9th Infantry Division, are very glad to welcome and assist rebels who have finally decided to lay down their arms and seek the assistance of the government,” Obligacion said.

“We know that they had difficult life while in the mountains as they were exploited to fight against the government. It is about time for them to give up their arms, embrace the government and start living a normal life together with their families,” he added.

A committee made up of various agencies and headed by Albay Governor Joey Salceda would advice the CLIP beneficiaries in investing the livelihood financing given to them by the government so as to help them find more sustainable sources of income.

Additional training and support such as health insurance and scholarships will also be accorded them and their dependents.

CLIP focuses on the integration of members of the NPA, Communist Party of the Philippines and National Democratic Front, who decide to abandon armed struggle and rejoin mainstream society.

Under CLIP, rebels who surrender to the government with their firearms are given monetary assistance of P15,000 and livelihood assistance of P50,000.

Implementation of CLIP is based on Joint Memorandum Circular dated May 15, 2014, between the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.

Col. Claudio Yucot, 901st IB commander, disclosed that 10 more rebels had surrendered to the government forces and will be given government assistance after the evaluation being undertaken by the CLIP committee.

“CLIP offers a great opportunity for our long lost brothers to start a new life with a positive future ahead for their families. It is a chance for them to pursue the right path and be part of building a better community to attain the desired lasting peace in Albay,” Yucot said. (EAD/SAA/PIA5-Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571447833559/gov-t-gives-cash-aid-to-9-ex-rebels-in-albay#sthash.fHNd6hkC.dpuf

Youths launch parol project to help Albay prisoners

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 20 (PIA)–Volunteers from the Team Albay Youth Organization (TAYO) will be lighting parol (holiday lanterns) along Capitol Annex at 6 p.m. today as it launches its “#BeTheLightShareAStar” Christmas project.

 In launching the #BeTheLightShareAStar Christmas project, TAYO aims to generate fund for the group’s livelihood projects and for “our brethren at the provincial jail,” TAYO chairperson Alfred Nimo said.

The lanterns are made by inmates of the Albay District Jail.

It is part of the livelihood project to provide inmates with a venue to use their time productively and help them become responsible persons.

Nimo calls for support to the project by sponsoring a star lantern worth P100 each.

 “Interested sponsors can submit the list of names that will be placed on each of the star lanterns to be displayed at the Acacia tree in front of TAYO Youth Center at the Population Management Division Office,” Nimo said.

More details can be obtained from Eden Gonzales at 09163038896 or Aubrey Mae Atos at 09359711448 or 742-2487. (EAD/SAA-PIA5-Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571448011505/youths-launch-parol-project-to-help-albay-prisoners-#sthash.DLG3lLvW.dpuf

Thursday, November 19, 2015

4 Catanduanes schools named best 'Brigada' implementers

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Nov. 19 (PIA)—At least four schools in this province are among the state-run schools in Bicol that have been honored by the Department of Education (DepEd) for their exemplary performance in mobilizing community participation in Brigada Eskwela—a pre-opening cleanup and maintenance activity.

These schools were formally recognized as this year’s “Best School Implementers” of Brigada Eskwela in ceremonies held on Oct. 29 at the Casablanca Hotel in Legazpi City.

Likewise, five individuals in each honored school were cited as “Best Stakeholders.”

 The annual Brigada Eskwela (“Brigada”) or the National Schools Maintenance Week is a school maintenance program that assembles a legion of volunteers both from the government and the private sectors to contribute their time, resources and effort to spruce up public schools before the opening of classes in June.

They paint classrooms, repaired furnitures and cleaned up the school grounds, with materials and supplies donated by the parents or by private businesses and foundations.

In his message to the winners, DepEd Regional Director Ramon Fiel Abcede cited the community’s endless commitment for Brigada.

This year, Brigada in Bicol generated some P230 million worth of repair, construction and maintenance support, as well as volunteer services.

Adjudged best implementers are Juan M. Alberto Memorial Elementary School (JMAMES) in Virac, Cobo Integrated School in Pandan, Panganiban National High School (PNHS) and Catanduanes National High School (CNHS).

Named best stakeholders were principal Ruth Sorrera, Brigada coordinator Irene Borja, Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) president Jose Navar Jr., Student Pupil Government (SPG) president Franz Henry dela Rosa, Virac Mayor Flerida Alberto;

Principal Arnold Valledor, Brigada coordinator Eddie Ogalesco, PTA president Teresita Robles, Supreme Student Government (SSG) president Christian Bajao, Panganiban Mayor Robert Fernandez;

Principal Amalia Domingo, Brigada coordinator Ma. Joan Samudio, PTA president Ines Fernandez, SPG president Cassandra Galicia, Cobo Mayor Joseph Al-Randie Wong;

Principal Rudy Tolentino, Brigada coordinator Teresa Camu, PTA president Fernan Gianan, SSG president Louise Grace Valeza and Alberto.

Also honored were Rep. Cesar Sarmiento, Governor Araceli Wong, Schools Division Superintendent Nympha Guemo, Brigada division coordinators Maria Imelda Abejo and Marife Brequillo and the JMAMES Alumni Association. (EAD/EAB/PIA- Catanduanes)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/841447813604/4-catanduanes-schools-named-best-brigada-implementers#sthash.ixUnV13M.dpuf

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Multi-agency team to help Bicolano overseas workers vs 'laglag bala' scam

By Sally Atento-Altea

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 18 (PIA)—The Department of Labor and Employment’s regional office here is spearheading the formation of a team that will help overseas workers from Bicol in the event they fall prey to the alleged “laglag-bala” racket at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) .

 “It’s a local-based response and assistance team specifically aimed to assist Bicolano (overseas workers) who may be victimized,” DOLE Regional Director Nathaniel Lacambra said.

Composing the team are DOLE, Overseas Workers and Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration,Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, National Reintegration Center for OFWs, National Labor Relations Commission, National Concilliation and Mediations Board and Professional Regulations Commission.

Lacambra, also chair of Regional Coordinating Council, said the major roles of the team will be relaying messages, information and assistance to relatives of victims who are in Bicol and coordinating with officials of Legazpi and Naga airports.

The specific functions of each member-agency will be crafted during its first meeting set for today, Nov. 18.

Lacambra said the team’s motto and code of engagement is “Laglag Bala, Sagip Biktima; DOLE Bicol’s OFW Asistensya.”

“So far, as per our assessment there is not much problem in our airports here. It may be a duplication if we deploy personnel to Naia since the DOLE central office team is already there. What we can do is to provide assistance to family members of victims who are here,” he said.

Lacambra’s office has made public service announcements in at least five radio stations in the region, calling on Bicolano migrant workers who will be leaving the country to double their luggage security and to look for DOLE’s help desk in Naia.

“We advise Bicolano (airline passengers to) make it a habit to check where the DOLE airport help desk is so that they will know where to seek assistance,” DOLE Assistant Regional Director Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla said.

As of this writing, records showed no Bicolano has fallen prey to the alleged extortion racket. (EAD/SAA/DOLE5/PIA5-Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571447727790/multi-agency-team-to-help-bicolano-overseas-workers-vs-laglag-bala-scam#sthash.zIlueRGX.dpuf