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Families get housing support from European NGO

By Lydia C. Pendon

URBAN poor families in Iloilo City will be taught how to construct their own houses by European non-government organization, Hilti Foundation.

Bruno Walt, managing director of Hilti Foundation, said they are building 20 duplex housing units for beneficiaries to be selected by the Homeless People Federation. Each unit will accommodate two families.

The houses are being built at the Uswag Subdivision and Relocation Site in the village of San Isidro, Jaro.

Walt said the project started in the country of Colombia by building houses made of local materials and resilient against strong winds.

He said the two year project was tested in Bicol last year and in Estancia, Iloilo early this year with 40 units.

Each two storey duplex unit will cost some P450,000 or roughly P220,000 per family.

A memorandum of agreement was already signed on Tuesday at the relocation site between Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Walt, Ofelia Botlog of the national HPFP and Villa Mae Libutaque of TAMPE in implementing urban poor housing construction with the use of bamboo.

City eyes houses made of bamboo

By Lydia C. Pendon

THE Iloilo City Government and three other groups have launched Bamboo Housing Site at the Uswag Subdivision, San Isidro Relocation Site in Jaro district.

Base on the memorandum of agreement signed Tuesday, October 21, Iloilo City, Homeless People’s Federation of the Philippines (HPFP), Technical Assistance Movement for People and Environment, and Hilti Foundation will implement urban poor housing construction with the use of local materials like bamboo.

HPFP regional coordinator Sonia Cadornigara said they were able to make another breakthrough in exploring the viability of locally available bamboo with assistance of experts from the University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños and treatment facility in UP Miagao for houses to withstand winds of up to 255 kilometers per hour.

The federation had built three demonstration housing units and the construction of 20 units is still ongoing at the relocation site in response to the city’s housing backlog.

Cadornigara said her federation had not only built houses using alternative technology of Interlocking Compressed Earth Blocks in the Uswag Subdivision, but also built more resilient communities.

Center rehabilitates juvenile delinquents


ILOILO City – There is hope for children in conflict with the law.

The Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras provides these children aged 15 years old and below 18 the ambience of home for their reformation.

Currently, the center has 33 residents from the various parts of the region. They have committed crimes such as against property and person, chastity, on special laws and other complex offenses, said center head Julian Ledesma.

Fourteen of them have attained elementary level education, three are elementary graduates, nine are high school graduates, and seven, high school level, he said.

RRCY aims to be the country’s first Center of Excellence in residential facility for children in conflict with law.

It is one of the three residential facilities of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 6 located at the five-hectare lot donated by the municipality of Nueva Valencia.

The RRCY is the only center out of the more than 30 nationwide that was conferred with a Level 2 accreditation by the Standards Bureau of the DSWD Central Office, said Ledesma.

Donations and support from local government units, academic institutions, non-government organizations and even international organizations like the United Nations Children’s Fund have brought lots of improvements to the center’s infrastructures and services benefiting residents, said Ledesma.

The center is now attracting not only local non-government organizations but also other countries. The Philippine government has recently recommended RRCY for visiting Malaysians for their studies as their government is also planning to put up a rehabilitation facility.

Ledesma said the center also boasts of the products made by the residents through their skills trainings, displayed in their showroom. Products include the center’s signature product, stone patch. Some of the precious stones used are from San Remigio, Antique.

At this time, RRCY residents are busy producing decors for the Christmas season. The products are sold and some of the proceeds generated are sent by the residents to their parents.

Ledesma said the livelihood program is part of the preparation for the reintegration of residents to their respective families or relatives and eventually, to become a productive member of the community.

Uy Gongco Corp. kicks off World Food Day in Iloilo


MANILA - The Uygongco Foundation, Inc. (UFI) has launched a school-based feeding program in Iloilo City in celebration of the World Food Day.

Hundreds of pupils in major public elementary schools in Iloilo City are beneficiaries of the program initiated by the UFI, a certified NGO and philanthropic arm of diversified conglomerate La Filipina Uy Gongco Corp.

The UFI has always been at the forefront of implementing education programs for school children. In the past, it had partnered with the Department of Education for its “Adopt-A-School” program.

It has also implemented teaching programs for teachers, school facilities improvement programs, alternative learning system programs, and technical and livelihood training for parents.

Athletes from 42 schools coming for 19th UniGames


SOME 2,300 athletes and coaches from 42 confirmed schools, and 360 technical officials, venue coordinators and utility personnel are expected to start arriving in Iloilo City this weekend for the 19th UniGames hosted by the University of San Agustin from October 21 to 28.

Participating schools are Adamson University, Ateneo de Davao University, Ateneo de Manila, Arellano University, Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion of Roxas City, Centro Escolar University-Manila, Cor Jesu College-Davao del Sur, Central Philippine University-Iloilo, De La Salle University (DLSU)-College of St. Benilde, DLSU-Cavite, DLSU-Manila, DMMA College of Southern Philippines, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Filamer Christian University, Fr. Saturnino Urios University-Butuan City, Foundation University-Dumaguete, Holy Angel University-Pampanga and Hercor College of Roxas City.

Also coming are contingents from Holy Cross of Davao, Iloilo Doctors’ College, John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University, Jose Maria College-Davao City, La Salle University-Ozamiz, Naga College Foundation, National University-Manila, Riverside College, Rizal Technological University-Mandaluyong, San Beda College, University of Mindanao-Davao City, University of Northern Philippines-Vigan City, University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta- Las Piñas City, University of San Jose-Recoletos of Cebu City, University of Immaculate Concepcion, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, and host USA-Iloilo.

From Bacolod are STI-West Negros University, Visayan Maritime Academy-Global College and University of St. La Salle.

Thirteen sports events tentatively scheduled for competition, including athletics, badminton, basketball, chess, football, karatedo, lawn tennis, sepak takraw, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball and beach volleyball.

In women’s basketball, Adamson University Lady Falcons begins its title bid with a face-off against University of Northern Philippines in Bracket A on October 22 while last year’s second runner-up De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (DLS-CSB) Lady Blazers face host-USA Iloilo in Bracket B.

Completing the opening day matches are the Ateneo de Davao facing Centro Escolar University-Manila in Bracket A while Rizal Technological University taking the Holy Cross of Davao in Bracket B.

Iloilo strengthens child protection efforts

By Lilibeth A. French (JCM/LAF/PIA-Iloilo)

ILOILO CITY, Oct. 17 (PIA6) - - The Iloilo provincial government through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) is strengthening its efforts on child protection through a number of activities as the country celebrates the National Children’s Month (NCM).

The PSWDO is set to hold a five-day training intended to strengthen the capacities of the Local Councils for the Protection of Children (LCPC) in the province in child protection in emergencies.

Judy Guadalupe, PSWDO Focal Person for Children, said the participants will include members of the Provincial Council for the Protection of Children and the MCPC of Ajuy, Carles, San Dionisio, Barotac Viejo and Calinog.

The training which will be held on October 27-31 is funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

On November 13 to 14, PSWDO will also convene the PCPC for a workshop on the assessment and updating of the Provincial Children’s Code which was passed in year 2007.

LGUs are mandated to establish their respective LCPC at the City, Municipal and Barangay Levels and allocate 1% of Internal Revenue Allotment for its strengthening and implementation of programs, projects and activities under Section 15 of Republic Act 9344, otherwise known as the “Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006" .

Guadalupe said the Children’s Congress on November 18 will culminate the children’s month celebration in the province.

The one-day event will showcase the talents and skills of day care pupils in competitions such as draw and tell, folk dance, recitation of poem or ‘tula’, and singing.

The yearly celebration pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 267, series of 1993 emphasizes the importance of the role of the child within the Filipino family and in nation building.

Pedestrianization program attracts visitors

By Lydia C. Pendon

THE Iloilo City’s pedestrianization program every Sunday afternoon at the Calle Real has attracted visitors and has showcased the Ilonggo cultural presentations of different schools.

The Sunday program started with a Zumba exercise and followed by the cultural presentations with the old heritage buildings as backdrop to the delight of revelers.

Businesses have also started to grow in Calle Real, especially for food and drinks when the commercial stores closed on Sundays.

City councilor Jason Gonzales said the pedestrianization program starting 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Sunday is something every Ilonggos must be proud of.

A rental fee of P200 allows business entrepreneurs to set up tents for food and drinks but definitely no selling of ukay-ukay products.

Gonzales said he is hoping Ilonggos will continue to support the program even if he may not be around anymore in 2016.

DTI-Iloilo gives consumer orgs energy saving tips

By Raymart Escopel With a report from PIA (PN)

ILOILO City – Various consumer organizations in the province were given tips on saving and conserving energy as part of the one-day capability building workshop recently conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Iloilo.

Energy saving and conservation has been one of DTI’s concentration in celebration of the 2014 Consumer Welfare Month this October in Iloilo.

Bearing the theme “Sapat na Impormasyon: Susi sa Wastong Paggamit ng Enerhiya,” DTI has partnered with the Department of Energy (DOE) in conducting various activities in line with the celebration.

The said theme also calls for consumers to choose best energy choices that will cater to their needs and requirements.

During the capability building workshop, Alexis Matel Carlos of DOE gave a talk to discuss matters of energy saving and conserving.

Likewise, Engr. Rey Maleza, EIMD supervisor of DOE-Visayas, talked about the use and safety concerns on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

After Iloilo City, DOE will head to Roxas City to conduct the same consumer advocacy campaign.

The recently conducted capability workshop was attended by consumer organizations from the towns of Tigbauan, Leon, Janiuay, New Lucena and cities of Passi and Iloilo.

Aside from the energy saving and conservation tips, the participants were also given updates about the Fair Trade Laws and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities.

DTI-Iloilo Trade and Development Division officer-in-charge Judith Degala said the workshop mainly aims to strengthen the partnership of DTI to the consumers by giving them aid implementing consumer welfare programs in their respective municipalities and stores.

Other activities to be held to highlight the 2014 Consumer Welfare Month celebration include Consumer Quiz Bee on Oct. 10 and the Diskwento Caravan which will be tentatively held on Oct. 27-28 in Calinog.

The Consumer Quiz Bee will be participated by students from public school which are beneficiaries of the Personal Computers for Public Schools program of DTI.

Meanwhile, the Diskwento Caravan in Calinog will give the consumers in the said municipality and in neighboring places to avail of products at discounted prices.

IMWG-VI to build capability to support DRRM

By Jaime S. Cabag, Jr. (JCM/JSC-PIA6)

ILOILO CITY, Oct. 14 (PIA6) – The Information Management Working Group in Region VI will embark on a series of trainings to build its capacity to establish and maintain a data repository that would support government disaster risk reduction and management operations in case of an emergency.

The first training that covers basic and advanced MS Excel and introduction of ArcGIS slated October 21-23, 2014. The other training on GIS using ArcGIS for government partners is scheduled for November 28-29.

The trainings were set during the second meeting of the group held today, October 14 at the Jalaur Conference Room of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) here.

The trainings will be participated in by representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Trade and Industry, Office of Civil Defense, and Philippine Information Agency.

The trainings will be supported by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), which has been in Western Visayas to coordinate the operations of UN organizations and other international groups in relation to typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), together with the Office of Civil Defense.

UN OCHA said information management seeks to aid DRRM authorities and stakeholders in making a good assessment of the situation and appropriate decisions.

Consumer orgs given updates

By Lilibeth A. French (JCM/LAF/PIA-Iloilo)

ILOILO CITY, Oct. 13 (PIA6) - - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)- Iloilo convened consumer organizations from the different local government units in the province and consumer welfare desks of the establishments in the city for a one-day capability building workshop.

DTI-Iloilo Trade and Development Division Officer-in-Charge Judith Degala said participants from the municipalities of Tigbauan, Leon, Janiuay, New Lucena and cities of Passi and Iloilo were updated on Fair Trade Laws and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities during the recent activity.

“Through this workshop we aim to strengthen our partnership with them by helping them in the implementation of their consumer welfare programs in their respective municipalities and stores”, Degala said.

Participants were also given tips on energy efficiency and conservation by Alexis Matel Carlos of the Department of Energy as the workshop is one of the activities prepared by DTI and DOE for the 2014 Consumer Welfare Month celebration this October in Iloilo.

Engr. Rey Maleza, EIMD Supervisor of DOE Visayas likewise briefed participants on the use and safety concerns on liquifed petroleum gas.

DOE spearheads this Consumer Welfare Month with the theme “Sapat na Impormasyon: Susi sa Wastong Paggamit ng Enerhiya” highlighting consumer education in choosing the best energy choices.

Maleza said DOE personnel are now out to conduct consumer advocacy campaign in the different places of the country. After Iloilo City they will proceed to Roxas City.

Degala said a Consumer Quiz Bee was also held on October 10 in line with the celebration. This was participated in by students from public schools that are beneficiaries of the Personal Computers for Public Schools program of the department.

Another activity slated is the Diskwento Caravan which is tentatively scheduled on October 27-28 in the municipality of Calinog in order that consumers in the area and nearby places could buy available products at discounted prices.

Traditional Iloilo fabrics revived through fashion

By Tara V. Yap

Iloilo City, Iloilo – Woven fabrics that have long been part of Iloilo’s history and culture are getting due appreciation, thanks to a recently-held fashion fair here.

“This promotes local talent by the use of local fibers. This weaves together the artisans, local designers, local fashion models, and the Ilonggo community,” said Bombette Golez Marin, Iloilo provincial tourism officer and founder of the annual fashion and trade fair.

Ilonggo fashion designers Lexter Badana, Ian Jorda, John Montinola, Joseph Aloysius Montelibano, and Binky Pitogo designed gowns and dresses made out of local fabrics.

The Iloilo Provincial Tourism Office facilitated the weavers from the towns of Miag-ao, Oton, Igbaras, Dueñas, and Badiangan to collaborate with the five designers in the infusion of local fabrics hablon, patadyong and polyhemp in their design.

Marin said the fashion and trade fair was also a way to boost the livelihood of local weavers.

Marin noted that Iloilo’s weaving industry almost died out during the late 1980s until the mid-1990s. However, the Iloilo provincial office and Western Visayas regional office Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) intervened.

“DTI taught the local weavers to use natural dyes and assist in obtaining looms and natural fibers,” said Marin.

It’s not too late to learn math


WHO says math is only for kids?

Now, with CMA Mental Arithmetic’s new program, even the oldies can enroll and improve their math skills for enhanced physical and mental health.

CMA Mental Arithmetic is an award-winning, global and fast-growing mental arithmetic education system. It offers unique learning programs which help develop one’s creativity, concentration, memory sensory, and visual math through the use of traditional abacus. Studies have shown that abacus benefits all sides of the brain making it more productive. By being productive, the brain can help avoid illnesses that usually prevail during senior year such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

With CMA Mental Arithmetic’s Adult program, even the retirees can enroll, improve their memory, prevent mental illnesses, and further learn mathematics in an unexpected fun way. The said program is available for students aging from 13 and up. However, this program also caters to young professionals, business-minded individuals and even retirees who wish to maintain a mentally fit condition despite the years spent.

It is a common fact that physical activities like walking, jogging, and running improves one’s physical conditions. As for mental health, it demands continuous learning for a more functional and healthier state. With the luxury of free time, one is encouraged to enroll at the adult program of CMA Mental Arithmetic for a productive and sociable learning. The program also involves interactive modules held in a small classroom set-up coupled with fun activities that are appropriate for the age it entertains.

The said program however, does not only focus on mental arithmetic or calculations, but centers more on its health benefits. In the end, learning how to handle math is just the tip of the iceberg.

The modules in all of CMA’s programs are the same. The pace of learning however, depends on the capability and age of the student. In addition, CMA Mental Arithmetic also boasts of its time flexibility to suit its clients’ preferred timetable demand.

Aside from its program intended for adults, CMA Mental Arithmetic offers a new program called Kindy. The said program is especially created for children aged 2 ½ to four years old and wants to experience schooling at such an early age.

Kindy offers learning in such a fun way minus the hassle of pressure. As a matter of fact, most of CMA’s activities develop each of its student’s focus, memory and skills. Moreover, it also teaches its students about the Chinese culture and heritage since they use traditional abacus as a main tool to its programs offered. Most importantly, it provides its students a venue where they can increase their speed and

accuracy in computation as well as in making right and sound decisions.

Other programs offered by CMA Mental Arithmetic include kinder aged four to seven years old and primary to those aging from seven to 13 years old.

Eight year-old Ella Parreño said that CMA made her more interested with mathematics.

“The use of the abacus made math easier for me to understand. I also learned how to focus and be patient because of CMA,” she furthered.

CMA’s benefits to its students were further testified by Melissa Salvador whose kids, Anton and Andrea, have been doing the CMA Mental Arithmetic program for six months now. She said that she has seen how much her kids enjoy mathematics lately. As a matter of fact, she noted that they always look forward to attend their classes every week and eager to share what games they played during the session as well as the things that they have learned in class.

“It helped them with their school work since they can already calculate much faster. Plus, they have been meeting new friends, too! I would highly recommend CMA to my friends,” she added.

Through CMA’s holistic mental arithmetic approach, indeed, every one of all ages can enjoy math in a different but fun ways.

For more inquiries, visit CMA Mental Arithmetic Iloilo at 2/F CBI Building, Treñas Blvd. corner Diversion Road, Mandurriao, Iloilo City. You may also contact them thru numbers (+63) 300 – 1818 and (+63) 933 – 677 – 7167.

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