Two leaders and 9 members of Komiteng Pang-organisa of the rebel movement in Sitio Jagna, Barangay Nagbalaye, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, have pledged support to the government as a result of the joint medical dental (MEDCAP) and Bayanihan activities of the 302nd Brigade Philippine Army, 703rd CDC, Registered Nurse HEALS volunteers, and the local government units opf Sta. Catalina and the province of Negros Oriental.
Undersecretary Atty. Maria Cleofe Gettie Sandoval of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) together with City Mayor Patrick Escalante and Congressman Rafael Cueva led the groundbreaking rites of Farm to Market Roads from Sitio Alimatoc to Hiyang-hiyang up to sitio Huwebesan, Brgy. Celestino Villacin in Cadiz City recently.
(Left) Brgy. Capt. Arlene Verbo,USEC Atty. Maria Cleofe Sandoval, Congressman Rafael Cueva cut the ribbon while City Mayor Patrick Escalante look on.*
Councilor Wilson "Jun" Gamboa, Jr. conducted the 2nd public hearing for his authored ordinance that will create a Drinking Water Supply and Quality Monitoring Council last December 12, 2013, at the Bacolod City Government Center Session Hall.
It was suggested during this hearing that water supply within the City of Bacolod should be classified into the BACIWA-serviced and non-BACIWA serviced areas. Since drinking water sources such as wells, jetmatic pumps, privately owned electric pumps, deep wells, commercial and barangay-based water refilling stations, water delivery tanks, it can already be gleaned that supply and quality monitoring task will be gargantuan.
Councilor Wilson "Jun" Gamboa, Jr., at the Bacolod City Government Center Session Hall, last December 12, 2013, pushing for the proposed ordinance creating the Bacolod City Drinking Water Supply and Quality Monitoring Council.*
The Chamber Fire Brigade recently responded to the call to help Typhoon "Yolanda" affected areas in Cadiz and Sagay cities and as far as Bantayan Island, Estancia, Iloilo City and Tacloban City. The volunteers coordinated with the respective DSWD and public officials of these cities to facilitate their relief operations.
Chamber volunteers in Sagay City with Mayor Afredo Marañon III
In the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, volunteers from the University of St. La Salle (USLS)-Bacolod were able to raise almost PhP1-million in its first five days of campaign via the online campus blog site of The Lead, their school publication. Volunteers composed of students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents, helped pack and distribute relief goods to Yolanda survivors in Panay, Bantayan Island, Iloilo and Capiz. Complemented by social media and on-ground organizing, the campaign showed how new media can be a powerful tool in helping spread news in the community.
High school students, parents and teachers were presented with a tour de force of adolescent health and pregnancy issues during the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Forum held in different public high schools in Bacolod City. The fora, organized by the Bacolod City Gender and Development (GAD) Council during the observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women last November 25-December 12 were conducted in Handumanan National High School, Domingo Lacson National High School and Luis Hervias National High School. Resource Speakers were Gilnena Flor M. Lozada, City Population Head; Victoria Villalva, Population Program Officer III-Responsible Parenting Coordinator; and Ernie Asoy, Population Program Officer III-Adolescent Youth and Health Coordinator. They presented the facts, statistics and testimonials on every aspect of sex and young adults, from sexual health to healthy sexuality, to sexting, adolescent health and responsible parenthood.
The City Government of Victorias, in support to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, will stage a benefit show dubbed as "Talento Ko, Halad Sa Inyo" on December 20, Friday at the Victorias City Public Plaza.
This activity will showcase local talents from the academe to government and non-government workers and different sectors in Victorias City to perform gratis et amore.
The University of St. La Salle (USLS) through the Institute for Negros Development (IND) and longtime development partner, the Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) are heading a Special School Feeding Program (SSFP) for 7 public schools in the cities of Cadiz and Sagay by January to March 2014.
During a disaster, children are considered as one of the most vulnerable groups due to their limited coping mechanism. In the wake of Typhoon Yolanda, the Jollibee Foods Corporation/Jollibee Group Foundation and USLS embark on the "Special School Feeding Program" to address hunger among school children. This initiative is inspired by the "Busog, Lusog, Talino" (BLT) School Feeding Program albeit with some modifications to cater to the scope and magnitude of the disaster’s impacts.
The local GMA Kapuso Network held a second batch of relief operation for victims of super typhoon "Yolanda" in Cadiz and Sagay cities, Negros Occidental recently.
Boxes and sacks of relief goods, bottled water and slippers donated by Bacoleños and Negrenses through GMA TV Western Visayas, were distributed to thousands of typhoon victims in Northern Negros, who thanked the donors from private, public and civic groups, the press release also said.
Cadiz City. GMA TV Station Head Cristina Magbojos turns over the relief goods to the victims of super typhoon "Yolanda".*
GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF), the socio-civic arm of broadcast company GMA Network Inc., recently held an early gift giving to the elementary schools in Bacolod City.
The foundation made its rounds in selected elementary schools in Bacolod thru the Kapuso team here in Western Visayas the Noche Buena package, different toys and anti-dengue aid kit were successfully distributed to them.
Close to two thousand pupils and parents benefited from gift giving program held in coordinatiom by ISLA Elementary School at Barangay Villamonte and Vista Alegre Relocation Site Elementary School at Brgy. Vista Alegre, respectively.
GMA ISYU SUBONG Host Katherine Valencia together with the ISYU Executive Producer Ashley Liza cheerfully gave the Noche Buena package for the beneficiaries of GIVE -A - GIFT at Vista Alegre Granada Relocation Site Elementary School recently.*
The people of ISLA AND VAGRES wholeheartedly thank the GMAKF as blessings to the pupils and the community. They were glad that their school was chosen to receive such blessings.