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Join Maasin Bike and Wholeness Day today


ILOILO – We all desire to have a healthy body but that is not enough to feel whole.

If one chooses to feel complete, his or her physical, emotional and spiritual states have to be aligned. How do we align them? By exercising, managing stress and strengthening our spiritual practice.

With this aim in mind, the Movement for a Sustainable Maasin is inviting Ilonggos to join the Maasin Bike and Wholeness Day today in Iloilo’s “bamboo capital,” Maasin town.

The event will start with a Maasin-Santa Barbara-Maasin bike fun ride from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

The program at the municipal hall will start at 9 a.m.

To grace the occasion are Mayor Mariano Malones, who will welcome the participants and spectators; Dr. Elmer Hubero, who will share about homeopathy, a natural system of healing; Dada Dharmavenanda, an American yoga monk, who will talk about stress management and basic meditation techniques; and Ravi, who will hold a yoga demonstration.

Other activities today are as follows:

• 8 a.m. – medical mission, Maasin plaza (free) • 9 a.m. – Track Bike Competition, Delgado Street (with prizes; to join, register by texting your name to 09224279467) • 10 a.m. –Yoga Meditation and Stress Management, Maasin gym (free) • 10:30 a.m. – Trisikad Competition, Maasin plaza (with prizes) • 3 p.m. – Skateboard Competition, Maasin plaza (with prizes) • 4 p.m. – Yoga Asanas Workshop, Maasin gym (free)

For more information, contact 09224279467 or 09212606657.

SSS-Iloilo to ink agreement with LGU, NGA for e-AlkanSSSya program


ILOILO CITY, May 22 (PNA) -- The Social Security System (SSS) Iloilo Branch is slated to sign agreements with a local government unit (LGU) and the Department of Health (DOH) next week for its e-AlkanSSSya program.

Asia Lopez, information officer, said that a memorandum of agreement (MOA) will be signed together with the Treatment and Rehabilitation Center of the Department of Health (DOH) based in the town of Pototan on May 28 that would pave the way for the latter’s job hires and contractual workers to enroll with the e-AlkanSSSya.

The agreement would benefit more than 40 job hires and contractual workers of the center.

A similar agreement will be signed together with the municipality of Cabatuan the next day.

SSS earlier entered into an agreement with the Guimaras local government unit in May 21 and with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines-Iloilo last April 23 to benefit some 100 job hires and contract workers.

The e- AlkanSSSya program is opened to job hires and contractual workers of government offices. As job hires and contract workers, they don’t enjoy and employer-employee relationship thus they are not entitled to benefits under the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

Their monthly contribution, however, will be deducted from their salary by the agency where they work for.

Aside from this two government offices, SSS is also targeting to enroll the job hires and contractual workers of the city government here.

Reading program caters to city street children


ILOILO CITY, May 21 (PNA) -- A village in this city has provided street children venue to experience excitement and fun of reading.

The Brgy. Aduana reading activity and feeding program started wayback 2010 when Iloilo City Librarian IV Asuzena Fernandez happened to pass by the pier area one afternoon and saw some street children who are frequenting the place.

She talked to village head Teresita Conejar about the possibility of hosting a reading program and her job hires at the city library if they could spare time and volunteer their services.

With all agreeing to the noble intention, the reading activity and feeding program was born.

“This serves as an outreach activity of the city library,” she said.

They have chosen Aduana for their venue because it is closer to the city hall where access to the library is easier.

Fernandez disclosed that sessions were held either on a Saturday or a holiday.

The city librarian shared that she was overwhelmed with the attendance that ranges from 15 to 50 children per session.

One of their staff, Nestor Atinado, also does puppet show to the enjoyment of children, she added.

Meanwhile, her staff and the officials of Aduana also augment for the snacks of the participants.

Fernandez hoped to someday bring the same activity to other districts of the city. Currently, they could not due to limited manpower.

She took pride in saying that the city library has plenty of children’s books because Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog always sees to it that every year they acquire new reading materials.

DA 6 conducts AEC Awareness Campaign among Farmers’ Organization


ILOILO CITY, May 20 (PNA) -- The Department of Agriculture 6 through its Regulatory Division conducted an awareness campaign on ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) integration among farmers’ organizations in Western Visayas on Tuesday.

Dr. Jonic F. Natividad, Chief of Regulatory Division, said understanding AEC integration will equip farmer leaders of necessary information about its effects to the agriculture sector.

Natividad added that adopting organic agriculture technologies and strengthening good agricultural practices (GAP) among farmers’ organization will be a vital edge to gain competitive advantage among ASEAN member countries.

He encouraged the participants to emulate technologies and best practices of GAP-certified farms from other countries.

Felicitas M. Neturada, DA 6 Senior Science Research Specialist discussed the topic on Code of Conduct on Hygienic Practices for Herbs and Spices while Sonie S. Guanco, Agriculturist I talked on understanding GAP and its guiding principles.

The participants were expected to identify their needs and opportunities towards GAP certification of their respective farms in line with country’s AEC commitment.

The ASEAN Economic Community is an integrated economy of 10 ASEAN member countries. It is envisioned as a highly competitive economic region that is fully integrated into a global economy having equitable economic development and a single market and production base.

AEC 2015 heralds the establishment of the ASEAN economic community that will allow the free movement of goods, services, investments, skilled labor and capital flow in the region.

DTI allots P23.036M for 32 SSF projects in Western Visayas


ILOILO CITY, May 19 (PNA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is now gearing for the implementation of its shared service facilities (SSF) project with fund support worth P23.036 million.

DTI supervising trade and industry development specialist Ruby Melliza said that as of Tuesday they already have turned over 42 SSF facilities all over Western Visayas composed of 13 in 2013 and 29 in 2014.

“It is a major project of the DTI that provides tools and equipment to identified cooperators of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs),” Melliza said.

Its main purpose is to increase productivity, competitiveness and efficiency of MSMEs, she added.

Meanwhile, the 32 SSF will be provided to Aklan with six; Antique, four; Capiz, five; Guimaras, three and seven each for Negros Occidental and Iloilo.

City gov’t to build Ati village


ILOILO City – The city government here will establish a cultural village for the Ati community in Barangay Lanit, Jaro district.

Dubbed “Lanit sa Langit,” the project will be in collaboration with the civic organization JCI Ilang-Ilang.

It aims to provide huts and houses for the aetas, said Councilor Lady Ann Baronda, also a member of the organization.

The city government has long envisioned putting up such project, according to Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

The village will include an area for the locals’ livelihood, as well as huts for tourists who want to immerse in the aetas’ way of life.

Baronda said the site may become a cultural tourist destination.

University of San Agustin’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Interior Design will take charge of the village’s structures, interior design, gardening, and landscaping.

Western Institute of Technology’s College of Engineering, on the other hand, will handle plumbing, drainage and electrical connections.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the village was held yesterday.

Abot-Alam registration to determine number of OSYs

By Lilibeth A. French (JCM/LAF/PIA6)

ILOILO CITY, May 17 (PIA6) - - A desk will be set up in schools dedicated for Abot-Alam program registration during the conduct of Brigada Eskwela 2015 or the National Schools Maintenance Week which will start on May 18.

Dr. Eden Deriada, Chief, Education Support Services Division of the Department of Education 6 said Brigada Eskwela volunteers and Out of School Youths (OSYs) in the community, aged 15 to 30 years old, who have not yet finished basic or higher education, not in school, and not enrolled in the Alternative Learning System program are enjoined to register in the Abot-Alam registration desk.

Launched in March 2014, the Abot-Alam program is a convergence effort spearheaded by the DepEd and the National Youth Commission to provide target OSYs access to quality education and government’s programs and services. This is also to ensure that no Filipino gets left behind.

Deriada said since its launch, the program has already mapped more than 1.9 million OSYs nationwide of which 412,000 were given intervention and the 1.5 million have yet to be given intervention.

She said through the week-long registration they are hoping to map OSYs in the region this year to be able to have a captive knowledge of their number.

DepEd is also enjoining the participation of industry partners and private individuals to the Abot-Alam program. Industry partners are encouraged to provide education and employment opportunities in their areas and private individuals to identify and report OSYs they know of to the nearest DepEd office.

Iloilo to host Asean ‘smoke-free’ workshop


ILOILO City – This city will host a workshop on anti-smoking policies for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member-countries from May 20 to 21.

The workshop aims to discuss initiatives against tobacco and share best practices among delegates.

Hosting the 3rd Smoke-free Asean is an honor for the city, according to Iñigo Garingalao, director of the Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force (ICAST).

Garingalao believes Iloilo City was chosen as host due to the city government’s vision of making the city a smoke-free metropolis.

In February, the city government bagged its third Red Orchid Award from the Department of Health for having the “Best Anti-Smoking Initiatives” in the country.

It was already in the Health department’s Red Orchid Hall of Fame.

Governors, mayors, anti-smoking coordinators, health ministers, and other stakeholders from 10 Asean-member countries are expected to join the workshop.

The 3rd Smoke-free Asean workshop will focus on the theme, “Building the Alliance of Smoke-free Cities in the Asean Region.”

On Day 1, the participants will discuss anti-smoking laws based on the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, specifically “Protection from Exposure to Tobacco Smoke.”

Mayors and governors from cities, municipalities and provinces in the Asean will share their experiences in carrying out smoke-free initiatives during the “Smoke-free Leaders and Champions Summit” on the second day.

Aside from the Philippines, other Asean-member countries are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Site visits and a “Mayor’s Night” are also part of the two-day itinerary.

The workshop is organized by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance in collaboration with the World Health Organization in the Western Pacific and the Philippines’ Department of Health.

Iloilo Bridaga Eskwela kicks off with caravan

By Lilibeth A. French (JCM/LAF/PIA6)

ILOILO CITY, May 15 (PIA6) - - The Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Iloilo City will kick off the 2015 Brigada Eskwela on Monday, May 18, with a caravan which will start at 6:30 A.M. in Mabini Street here.

DepEd Division of Iloilo City Brigada Eskwela Coordinator Concillo Bonilla said the caravan will pass major streets of the city and stops at Arevalo Elementary School for the opening program.

The caravan and the program will be participated in by school heads and representatives of elementary and secondary schools of the different schools district offices in the city. Other national government agencies were also invited to join the kick-off ceremonies.

Meanwhile, the other 17 schools division offices in Western Visayas will have their own kick-off activity organized by their respective coordinators also during the first day of the Brigada Eskwela or National Schools Maintenance Week, said Dr. Eden Deriada, Chief of the Education Support Services Division of DepEd 6.

In 2014, Education Secretary Armin Luistro personally attended the national kick-off ceremony here in Western Visayas held in the province of Guimaras. This year, Region XIII or the Caraga Region will host the event.

Deriada solicited anew the cooperation and support not only of parents but the community and other stakeholders in the region to the week-long activity that espouses the spirit of volunteerism to ensure that schools are clean, conducive to learning and disaster-prepared in time for the opening of classes on June 1.

She noted that the participation of the education stakeholders in the region to the activity improves every year may it be in terms of labor, time and in-kind support offered.

The 2015 Brigada Eskwela is guided by the theme “Tayo Para Sa Kalinisan, Kaligtasan at Kahandaan ng Ating Paaralan”.

Restoration work for old Iloilo Rehabilitation Center starts


Iloilo City, May 14 (PNA) -- restoration work for the old Iloilo Rehabilitation Center (IRC) Has started with a budget of P15 million for the Phase I which would include the interior and exterior walls.

Iloilo Provincial Administrator Raul Banias, in an interview Thursday, said that the initial budget comes from the Provincial Government as its counterpart while awaiting the funding from the national museum which is P18 million for Phase I.

“Scope of work is to restore the old facility, “Banias said. He said that the walls of the old cells would be torn down to expand the space for the museum with the intent to convert the old jail into the Western Visayas Regional Museum.

The national museum's total budget for the restoration work is P80 million including the succeeding phases, with a time frame of more than a year.

The facility will be operated by the National Museum and will showcase artifacts from around the region.

New nutri guides for Pinoys out

By Leonard T. Pineda I (LTP/PIA-Iloilo)

ILOILO CITY, May 13 (PIA) --- The media can spur the improvement of the nutritional status and quality of life among residents here by helping disseminate the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) 2012.

In the Iloilo Nutrition Communication Network (NUTRICOMNET) media forum held Wednesday, Salvador Serrano, Special Research Specialist II of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), said that media can help promote and encourage the public to use the NGF 2012 for a healthier lifestyle.

“Nutritional guidelines are simple statements that give advice on the consumption of foods and food components for which there are public health concerns,” he said.

The Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos 2012 are as follows: 1. Eat a variety of foods everyday to get the nutrients needed by the body; 2. Breastfeed infants exclusively from birth up to six months and then give appropriate complementary foods while continuing breastfeeding for two years and beyond for optimum growth and development; 3. Eat more vegetables and fruits to get the essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber for regulation of body processes; 4. Consume fish, lean meat, poultry, egg, dried beans or nuts daily for growth and repair of body tissues; 5. Consume milk, milk products, and other calcium-rich food such as small fish and shellfish, everyday for healthy bones and teeth; 6. Consume safe foods and water to prevent diarrhea and other food-and water-borne diseases; 7. Use iodized salt to prevent Iodine Deficiency Disorders; 8. Limit intake of salty, fried, fatty, and sugar-rich foods to prevent cardiovascular diseases; 9. Attain normal body weight through proper diet and moderate physical activity to maintain good health and help prevent obesity; and 10. Be physically active, make healthy food choices, manage stress, avoid alcoholic beverage, and do not smoke to help prevent lifestyle-related non-communicable disease.

The first NGF released in 1990 was composed of five messages called “Dietary Guidelines for Filipinos."

In 2000, a revised nutritional guidelines composed of ten messages was released and it was called the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos.

In 2012, the Technical Working Group (TWG) for the revision of the NGF, led by the FNRI of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) developed a new set of the NGF, based on the 2000 edition.

The revisions were made based on the results of the 2008 National Nutrition Survey (NNS) conducted by FNRI-DOST.

Based on the said survey, the Filipino household diet fell below the recommended levels except for niacin, which is above the recommended. Furthermore, all nutrients and energy were below the 100 percent adequacy levels.

May 31 is 'World No Tobacco Day'

By Leonard T. Pineda I (JCM/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)

ILOILO CITY, May 12 (PIA) --- The Department of Health (DOH) in Western Visayas is strengthening its advocacy campaign against smoking, in line with the observance of “World No Tobacco Day” on May 31.

DOH-6 Senior Health Program Officer John Richard Lapascua said that local government units are gearing up on their respective anti-smoking campaign and promotion activities in support in support of the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD).

The World Health Organization has designated May 31 each year as the WNTD to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and diseases it causes.

Lapascua said that the DOH is pushing for stricter implementation of the national law which provides prohibited acts on smoking.

Among the prohibited acts are smoking in enclosed or partially enclosed public places, workplaces, public conveyances, or other public places; selling or distributing tobacco products in a school, public playground, or other facility frequented by minors, or within 100 meters from any point in the perimeter of these places; selling or distributing tobacco products to minors; and, purchasing tobacco products from minors.

Likewise, placing cinema and outdoor advertisements of tobacco products, and placing, posting or distributing advertising materials of tobacco products such as leaflets, posters and similar materials outside the premises of point-of-sale establishments are also forbidden.

Meanwhile, Lapascua said that the implementation of the Sin Tax law brought a decrease in smoking prevalence in the country.

He said that there has been data that showed a decline on the number of smokers particularly those who smoke “less than one pack a day”.

Among the youth, the sin tax law has brought down the ratio of smoking students in the country – from “1 in 5 students” to just “1 in 10 students”.

Local artists to perform during APEC ministerial meetings, welcome dinner in Iloilo


ILOILO CITY, May 11 (PNA) -- The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) will tap local artists to join the repertoire of performers during the welcome dinner for the delegates of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministerial meetings in Iloilo.

Junel Ann Divinagracia, executive director of the Iloilo Organizing Committee (IOC), said the National Organizing Council (NOC)-CCP, in charge of the welcome dinner, has already finalized their plan for the event.

Divinagracia said that CCP will utilize the city’s two famous festivals in welcoming the more than 600 delegates of the two meetings in September and October.

Thirty paraws (sailboat) docked at the Iloilo River with two dancers on board each boat as well as a Dinagyang tribe will provide a festive mood while the dinner is going on at the Royal Garden Hall.

Meanwhile, local designers and local singers and choirs will also be tapped during the cultural show dubbed as “Fused” that comes in four suites.

The welcome dinners that will be hosted by the NOC are slated September 24 and October 4 for the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Ministerial Meeting and the Food Security Week & High Level Policy Dialogue on Food Security & the Blue Economy and Related Meetings, respectively.

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