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Student's aspirations for persons with disabilities

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Teary-eyed, West Visayas State University Miss Education 2013 aspirant Mary Gail Buñol shares why she took up a course that will prepare her to a future of caring for persons with disabilities (PWDs). “I grew up in a family with members who have disabilities. My aunt had intellectual disability and my cousin has hearing impairment,” said Buñol, fourth year student taking up Bachelor of Science in Special Education with specialization in teaching children with mental retardation. “Since I was little, some family members had difficulty understanding what our PWD members wanted to say, what they wanted to eat or do. I consider this a gift that I can understand them even if what they’re saying is unclear,” she said. “Sadly, my aunt died last August. I was devastated because I took this course especially for her, so that I can teach her how to count from one to 10 or learn the alphabet at least. But what can I do, her life was cut off,” she lamented. “A special person in my life told me t…

Rehab fund totals P55.4 billion in 2014

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Senate President Franklin M. Drilon assured today, Nov. 25 that at least P55.4 billion will be made available to government in 2014 for its relief and long-term rehabilitation efforts on areas hit by recent calamities particularly super typhoon "Yolanda". "In view of the considerable loss of life and property in several disaster-stricken parts of the country, a calamity response fund amounting to a total of P55.4 billion will be handed at the government’s disposal to perk up its capacity to respond sufficiently and fast to immediate needs of victims of past disastrous events," said Drilon.

The proposed P55.4-billion rehabilitation fund will be sourced from the unobligated funds in the 2013 national budget, unused 2013 Priority Development Assistance Fund which was recently declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court and the 2014 national budget. Drilon explained the House and Senate agreed to pass a P14.6-billion supplemental budget where the source will be the…

Russian relief goods handed out

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CLOSE to 40,000 families in the calamity-stricken areas of Cebu and Leyte provinces have received the relief assistance extended by the government of the Russian Federation in the wake of supertyphoon Yolanda.
The nearly 60 tons of Russian relief goods were entirely released last Wednesday (Nov. 20) to the families affected by the supertyphoon in the Cebu northern towns of Sogod, Medellin, Malapascua, Daanbantayan, Tabogon, San Remigio, Tabuelan, and Borbon, the islands of Camotes and Bantayan, and the cities of Ormoc and Tacloban in Leyte.

The Russian relief aid arrived in Cebu on Nov. 14 aboard two Ilyushin-76 military freighter aircrafts which took off from the Ramenskoye airport in Moscow.
Including hundreds of boxes of canned goods and sacks of sugar, the relief goods were immediately repackaged for distribution and then transported without delay to the affected towns in Northern Cebu.
Russian Honorary Consul Armi L. Garcia said the relief goods came from the State Reserves of t…

Ilonggos fulfill poor students’ dreams to finish college

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* More students in need of sponsorsFor an 18-year-old student like Kristine Kate Villanueva who comes from a poor family, having an education and finishing a college degree is a luxury that she can’t afford. But because another individual chose to “adopt” her, this dream is now a reality. Villanueva is the youngest child in a brood of six. Their father left, so it was their mother who is taking care of their needs from the income she derives from cooking and selling “puto” and “bitso-bitso”. She helps her mother with their small business during her free time, including evenings. While making “puto” and “bitso-bitso”, she also opens her notes so that she can study at the same time. “During class, I am always tired because I help my mother,” Villanueva said. The family’s sleeping arrangement at their “little home” in the middle of the public market adds to the challenge. The family members sleep in shifts because their living space cannot accommodate them sleeping all at once. Despite her diff…

Who says senior citizens are not active?

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Here’s from one senior citizen to another: Remain active. Paul Castaneda, 69, and member of the Sto. Rosario Senior Citizens Association in Brgy. Rosario, Duran, Iloilo City advised his fellow senior citizens to continue being active. While those in their twilight years are already experiencing body pains and other ailments, he said that the best remedy to forget about these is through smiling and laughing.
“As a senior citizen, I feel better when I smile and laugh. I’m also used to hard work since I was young, so it’s the same until now. I clean the floors at home and then cook meals for my family,” he said. He added that he also does carpentry work and laundry. He’s also an artist, being good at lettering and drawing. “I was the official decorator of our office for 20 years during gatherings when I was working with WG &A,” he reminisced. “So, if you’re able, exercise and work. Keep yourself busy,” he said. “Also, whatever comes, accept but not to the point that you will have regrets. St…

Reformists turn forest guards

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) VI has intensified its forest protection efforts through the hiring of 85 Forest Guards (FGs) from the six different provinces in the region from September 2 to December 31, 2013.
DENR VI hired the services of former insurgents as forest protection officers as part of the compliance with the provisions of the peace agreement the group signed with the government in year 2000.


Under the DENR-Office of the Presidential Adviser for Peace Process Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2013-02, entitled, “Implementing Guidelines on Providing Employment Opportunities to Beneficiaries in Support for the Peace Process through the National Greening Program (NGP), Forest Protection and Other Forestry related Activities,” both agencies agreed to provide livelihood support to former combatants by creating viable partnerships through the implementation of NGP and forestry-related activities.
Upon hiring, the FGs shall undertake the following activities…

Pinoy icon: Support FORTEnors concert for ‘Yolanda’ victims and kids with cancer

Pinoy Icon 2013, Dr. Socorro Martinez is urging fellow Ilonggos to watch “FORTEnors sings for KKK and Yolanda Victims” on November 29, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the CPU University Church. Martinez, who is also the president of KKK (Mga Kaibigan ng mga Kabataang May Kanser) admitted that originally, the group organized the concert to raise funds for the chemotherapy of children with cancer. “But Yolanda changed everything. The destruction it has brought about may have spared most of us physically, but it has affected us all emotionally and socially,” Martinez said. “We were so touched that the FORTEnors, a group of their stature and fame, volunteered to do the show for free. They were very enthusiastic about doing it for the kids of KKK, and more so when it was decided that the show would also be for the typhoon victims,” she added. “During the wake of the storm, I was hearing about and watching in the television and internet the horror stories of how the victims lost their homes, churches, school…

TMX gives back to community on 5th anniversary

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TMX celebrated its 5th anniversary with a Grand Raffle draw for its promo tagged as TMX@5: Explore the world with free trips last November 14, 2013 in its office at Amigo Plaza Mall. The draw was supervised by DTI representative Demar Solinap. The winners for the Grand Raffle draw are the following: First prize, round trip ticket Iloilo-Singapore-Iloilo via Cebu Pacific, Rommel Castro; second prize, round trip ticket Iloilo-Manila-Iloilo, John Montinola; and third prize, round trip 2GO tickets Iloilo–Manila–Iloilo, Edcel Nacion, Noemely Dolar and Mary Ann Perbillo. Consolation prizes were: 2 nights room accommodation at Atrium Hotel, Manila, Emily Pasaporte; Silka products worth P2,000, Liezel Delgado, Anna Leah Millares amd John Michael torre; and Henry’s gift certificates worth P1,000,  Antonette Lirazan and Rayolo Ubod. Winners can claim their prizes at TMX Office, Amigo Plaza Mall, Iznart Street, Iloilo City between 9 am and 5 pm. TMX @ 5 raffle promo is in cooperation with The Daily G…

Uygongco Foundation Inc., Cargill work camp a success

By Victoria Anne Sullivan Uygongco Foundation Inc.
The Uygongco Foundation Inc. (UFI) has partnered with Cargill, Inc. and conducted a Work Camp for the benefit of Hibao-an Elementary School in Hibao-an, Mandurriao, Iloilo City on November 16 - 18, 2013.  In this Work Camp, the Cargill Team Asia, which is composed of different individuals from around the world, has willingly volunteered to provide Hibao-an Elementary School a non-flood vegetable garden and a furnished feeding room for the Uygongco scholars. They have agreed to team up with the parents and school administration to build these school facilities. On November 17, 2013, UFI and Cargill, Inc. went to deliver relief goods to the province of Capiz, specifically in Maayon, Pan-ay, Panit-an, Pilar, Pontevedra, Pres. Roxas, Dumalag and Dumarao to residents that are affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda. Numerous donations have been generously given to the UFI since the natural disaster struck and have started these relief operations to …

Aunty Terry receives support from Robina Agri Partners

Teresita Sajonia or better known as Aunty Terry never imagined her life could hug the limelight of a movie celebrity.
Aunty Terry is the inspiration behind Ilo ilo, a film that recently won the Camera d’Or in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this year and Singapore’s official entry to the Oscars 2014.
Aunty Terry worked for the Chen family in Singapore for eight years where she took care of her employers’ three children – Anthony, Justin and Christopher in the early 1990s. The film’s director, Anthony, is one of the boys that Aunty Terry took care of.
Universal Robina Corporation’s (URC) Robina Agri Partners (RAP) stays true to its vision of being the Kabalikat sa Pag-unlad by providing Aunty Terry a livelihood assistance which will help her with her farm in San Miguel, Iloilo which includes feeds, technical and veterinary assistance among others.
“Robina Agri Partners lives out the Kabalikat spirit by helping others in uplifting their lives however way we can. We believe in the Fiipi…

Gov’t soldiers share heart-warming stories during relief distribution

An old lady from Passi, Iloilo was jumping with joy upon seeing clothing inside a pack she received from Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Corporal Elmer Solis during their relief work recently. When Solis asked her why, she answered, “All of my clothes were gone after the typhoon. Thank you so much, you’re such a blessing.” Solis then told her that the goods did not come from him and that he just drove the M35 truck going to their place. “It doesn’t matter, you’re doing such an enormous service to the people like us,” replied the old lady. It somehow relieved the exhaustion that Solis felt due to continuous relief operations, seeing people so happy and thankful for the efforts of the Army. Meanwhile, Petty Officer 1 Samuel Arnaldo, Boat Captain of DF 352 of the Philippine Navy and his family were also adversely affected when typhoon Yolanda hit Roxas City, Capiz. However, he and his fellow sailors were the first responders in northern Panay, particularly in Estancia, Iloilo. Arnaldo recount…

AFP, Canadian team boost relief work in WV

International aid for super-typhoon Yolanda's victims in Western Visayas has arrived with the coming of the Canadian Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) last November 14 at the Iloilo International Airport. The DART personnel were onboard the military trucks of the Armed Forces of the Philippines when they left the airport bound for Capiz. Yesterday, the engineers conducted repair assessment in Pontevedra, Capiz with the assistance of Army personnel from the 552nd Engineering Construction Battalion, 31 Division Reconnaissance Company of 3rd Infantry Division, Philippine Army, and personnel of Headquarters, 3ID in digging latrines and road clearing on route from Roxas City to Pontevedra. The Canadian Mobile Medical Team (MMT) also conducted a medical mission in an evacuation center at Pontevedra, Capiz. A medical team from the 3rd Infantry Division also augmented the Canadian MMT. The team also assessed the health situation in Pilar Capiz for a medical mission. Additional personne…

Courage amid Yolanda havoc

(This article was written by Mr. Rodolfo Manuel Tamayo (HS Soc. Sci. Subject Area Coordinator), edited by Ms. Sharon Bibliotica (HS English Teacher), and delivered by Samantha Co (7-Courage) at the Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS High School Flag Ceremony,November 18, 2013.)

Ambrose Redmoon once said, “Courage is not the absence of fear; but rather, the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”
Fellow Ateneans, Super typhoon Yolanda had surely set most of us, if not all, scurrying from fear. But we overcame such fear because we remember. We remember that over the years we have fought different trials and threats to our vey living. We remember that in a year, not only 1 or 2 typhoons strike our country, but 20 or more. We remember that natural calamities like typhoons and earthquakes as well as other glitches like war and corruption threatened us not once but a number of times. We remember that none of these threats had taken away our will to survive and hope for a bettertomorrow.…

Westbridge School parents, students and teachers help 'Yolanda' victims

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Soon after the breakdown of power supply and communication lines after super-typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan)struck north Panay on November 8, Westbridge School’s parents, students and teachers travelled to the various towns throughout the province of Iloilo to check on those most affected by the typhoon.
After having made an ocular inspection of the province, the staff of the Jaro Archdiocesan Social Action Center (JASAC) observed that many towns, especially in the northern part of Iloilo, have been totally devastated by the super-typhoon. Among these, the most affected are the towns of Janiuay, Barotac Viejo, Carles, Batad, San Dionisio, San Rafael, Balasan, Sara, Estancia, Concepcion, and Ajuy.

In the towns of Estancia, Concepcion, and Ajuy, whole coastline communities have been completely wiped out by the super-typhoon. The islands off these towns were left isolated due to the almost total (90%) damage of the fishing boats.
“The people of these towns are in urgent need. Whatever form of he…

KALAHI school buildings withstand “Yolanda”

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Even the world’s strongest storm failed to topple the school building projects of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS).
Proof to this are the still intact KALAHI-CIDSS school buildings in the towns of Ajuy and Barotac Viejo, among the towns that were badly hit by Typhoon “Yolanda” in the northern part of Iloilo province.
Aside from the school buildings, it was also observed that the health centers in these towns that were built through the KALAHI-CIDSS were also not affected by the “super typhoon.”
“This is a strong proof that our KALAHI-CIDSS is indeed a world standard. You see, our school buildings are being made into evacuation centers because they are the only ones that are still intact and still have roofs,” said DSWD6 director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre.
The regional director credited this to the corruption-free implementation of the project and the strict monitoring an…

Core shelter: comfort and relief during a typhoon

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The purpose of the Core Shelter Assistance Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development was validated when Typhoon “Yolanda” ravaged the northern part of Iloilo province.
The housing units provided the beneficiaries more than just roofs above their heads; they also gave them with comfort and relief that even during a “super typhoon,” they are in a safe place.
Of the three core shelter projects of DSWD in the town of Ajuy, which was one of the areas badly hit by the recent typhoon, only one site was affected with minor damage on the roofs and windows of a few houses.
Recipients of the CSAP used to live in areas prone to flooding and in places that are often hit by calamities.
In Barangay Lanjagan, where 120 new housing units were recently finished and turned over to the beneficiaries, families were seen on their normal routine a day after Typhoon Yolanda caused massive destruction in the northern towns.
CSAP is a rehabilitation program which aims to provide structurally stro…

People’s bayanihan after ‘Yolanda’ likened to Bonifacio’s heroism

KADAMAY-Panay, expressed its admiration to people who are going out of their way to help victims of super typhoon Yolanda. The unexpected wave of generosity and volunteerism of the people in this time of crisis can be likened to Bonifacio’s heroism 150 years ago when he fought against Spanish colonizers. In Roxas City and Kalibo, partial results from NDRMMC showed the victims reaching to 10,000 comprise mostly of informal settlers along river banks and shorelines.  Members of Kadamay in Roxas city and Kalibo numbering to more than 1,300 are all victims. Their houses were submerged  by flood or destroyed by the winds.   What helped the victims tide over are the unselfish aid brought by fellow urban poor , people’s organizations, NGOs and the church. Kadamay is calling on their members , chapters and advocates  to hasten giving of goods and conducting relief operations  because after a week of  the disaster, another humanitarian crisis may erupt  if proper aid cannot reach the people.
Kad…

Nat’l Greening Program target in WV right on track – DENR VI

DENR VI ranks third in terms of accomplishment in the National Greening Program (NGP) from among the 16 DENR Regional Offices in the country, with a 98 percent accomplishment, said Livino B. Duran, Regional Technical Director (RTD) for Forest Management Service.
The regional office already able to cover 10,761.5 hectares of the 10,960 hectares target in Western Visayas, as of October 31, 2013, he added. “We could have succeeded reaching our target early, but the typhoons delayed us,” he said.
Last year, the regional office has accomplished 101 percent as it was able to cover 9,482 hectares of public lands, both upland and mangroves, with various forest and fruit tree species out of its 9,356 hectares target.
But, compared to last year, this year’s implementation is speedy.
This year, Duran said, seedlings for all sites have been prepared earlier; forest extension officers were assigned to NGP sites for monitoring and implementation; and, from social mobilization, the office shifted tappin…

DSWD relief assistance to disaster survivors reaches P10M

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The amount of relief assistance released by the Department of Social Welfare and Development regional office triples in just three days reaching to P10 million, covering the six provinces in Western Visayas. As of 6a.m (November 13), records of the DSWD show that 38,491 family packs amounting to P10,046,407 were already given to the provinces of Antique, Aklan, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental.

Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre assured assistance to typhoon affected families in the entire region though the number of affected families continues to increase. Director Macapobre along with with Iloilo Lone District Rep. Jerry Trenas, Capiz 1st District Rep. Antonio Del Rosario, and Negros Occidental 3rd District Rep. Alfredo Benitez conducted an aerial survey on Tuesday to assess the extent of damage caused by Typhoon “Yolanda.” Through the aerial survey, national government agencies would also be able to determine the needs of affected families and provide them with prop…