Saturday, February 18, 2012

News Update Dam Project

ILOILO CITY, Philippines (PNA) - Indigenous people (IP) in Calinog, Iloilo who will be displaced due to the construction of the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) will be provided with sustainable livelihood and resettlement area.

Regional irrigation manager Gerardo Corsiga said the provision of livelihood and resettlement for affected IP members is contained in their Resettlement Action Plan. More or less 600 IP households are residing within the area identified for the construction of the project in Calinog town. Corsiga said the project would bring benefits to the economy and the people.

Akbay Program

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar (PIA) - Some 209 farm household beneficiaries all over Samar received P10,000 checks Friday to help them pursue agri-business ventures.

This was part of a loan program under the Agrikultura: Kaagapay ng Bayang Pinoy (AKBAY), in coordination with the Provincial Agricultural and Fishery Council (PAFC).

According to provincial coordinator John Meniano, the beneficiaries were chosen from the fourth, fifth, and sixth class municipalities whose household income is not more than P9,512, which is considered the poverty threshold in Samar.

Sacadas' Assistance

ILOILO CITY (PNA) - Sacadas, also known as sugarcane plantation workers, received on Wednesday P382,000 cash assistance under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) cash for work program in Ilog, Negros Occidental.

The amount was received by 139 beneficiaries who are also recipients of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the national government's program which invests in children's future through provision of cash grants for their health and education.

Of the number of beneficiaries, 100 came from Barangay Balicotoc, 14 from Canlamay, both from Ilog; and 25 from Magballo, Kabankalan City. "This is the result of collaboration from DSWD, Department of Agriculture and the Local Government Unit (LGU).

Nursing Training

CEBU CITY - In line with the Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement And Local Service (RN-HEALS) program of the Department of Health (DoH), 634 nurses in Central Visayas completed their one-year training and were given certificate of competency and employment by the DoH, Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Professional Regulation Commission.

They are expected to be rehired, said Dr. Susana Madarieta, regional director of DoH7. Madarieta said starting next month the third batch of RN-HEALS will be deployed to the different parts of the region. (Phoebe Jen Indino)

More Classrooms

ILOILO CITY (PNA) - Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. has vowed to build more classrooms for school children who mostly belong to the Panay Bukidnon Tribe in Alimodian town, a fourth class municipality with 51 barangays and is 25 kilometers away from Iloilo City.

Alimodian Mayor Juanito T. Alipao, who is in the office of the governor last Thursday, said he is following up the support of the governor, who has pledged to give P2 million as the provincial government's counterpart for the construction of additional classrooms in the four local government unit (LGU) initiated high schools.