Due to the alarming reports on teen age pregnancy, Councilor Em Ang authored an ordinance institutionalizing a teenage pregnancy prevention program in the City of Bacolod, which was approved for its first reading during the mid week session of the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod.
According to Coun. Ang, there is increasing number of teen age pregnancies in the country, and that, Philippines ranks number 3 in Southeast Asia.
In a span of 10 years, records show that teenage pregnancies in the Philippines ballooned from 114,205 in 1999 to 195,662 in 2009, which is equivalent to 70%.
Data shows that 9.5% of women aged 15 to 19 in the Philippines have begun childbearing, where 7.4 percent are already mothers and 2.1percent are pregnant with their first child.
Bacolod City is not spared from this situation, because as per record in the Department of Education (DEPED), Bacolod City Health Office, and the Population Office,there are three barangays where teenage pregnancy is alarming.
The Custom Immigration Quarantine (CIQ) System is ready for installation at the Bacolod-Silay Airport to accommodate international flights.
The problem, however is the availability of airline. The supposed flights of Hannah Tours for Korean tourists has deferred the schedule for December.
Zest Air is not available, while Cebu Pacific cannot agree with the price.
Atty. John N. Orola, Jr, chairman, Western Visayas Tourism Council, also said, "Supposedly, groups of Korean tourists, business-men and golfers are coming over as arranged by Hannah Tours through its representative Mr. Choy last year yet. They are yet to start De.r 19, and will run until February or even until summer.
Ratchaburi, Thailand. Filipinos teaching English subject in Thailand are respected of their excellent performance, not only in teaching but conducting cultural activities as well.
According to Bryan Berba, a cum laude graduate of Bacolod City College, the Filipinos always show ingenuity in any school undertakings.
At Daruna Ratchaburi School (elementary and high school) in Thailand, during the Academic days celebration in November 21-22, 2013, he said the Filipino teachers have shown their ingenuity by showing glimpses of Filipino culture in the 2-day exhibits. Considering the heartbreaking situation of the Filipino teachers here, and their countrymen brought about by typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, the Filipino teachers worked together and upheld expectations that Daruna English Program is one of the most admired English Programs in the Diocese of Ratchaburi. The exhibit included major beauty spots from the three (3) regions - Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, in a two-dimensional framework pictures designed by Miss Sharon Besiata. It was a fun-filled activity. The Thai students really enjoyed and showed undivided attention towards their fellow Thai students as they performed the Tinikling or "Bamboo Jumping", the national dance of the Philippines. The students also loved listening to songs which were sang by "Jer hom", a High School Student band. "Jer hom" means smells good in Thai. "Jer hom" beautifully rendered the songs "Ang Bandila" and "Pinoy Ako".
Bacolod City College (BCC) has maintained its identity as one of the leading schools in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental in the result of Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).
Due to inadequacy of classrooms, review classes of BCC students scheduled to take the teachers’ examination are conducted by Dr. Elias Alias, (center), College Department Head, under the shade of a tree. The review class is offered to the students for free. A gesture of commitment and sincerity to help the students fulfill their dreams.* (EBColmo)
As per result of LET conducted in September 29, 2013, BCC Teacher Education students ranked number 2 in the Elementary level, with total average of 69.22%, following the University of St. La Salle (USLS) which has 92.11% passing rate.
Running 3rd is University of Negros Occidental Recoletos (UNO-R) with 60% passing rate; then La Consolation College-Bacolod with 58.82%;
Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod has 50%; and West Negros University has 42.31% passing rate.
The national passing rate for elementary level is 31.18%.
Members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Bacolod city approved the supplemental budget requested by Mayor Monico Puentevella amounting to P94,990,800.00.
According to Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya, this is a compilation of all the appropriation ordinances passed by the SP since July as required by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). They are no longer appropriating the amount but just authorizing the supplemental budget which had already been approved by the SP, he said.
Gasataya said the appropriation ordinances include those they had passed amounting to P50 million, P40 million, P4.8 million and P123,000.
This means that the city has money left because the total appropriation ordinances passed by the SP has reached P94.9 million. This is aside from the recent appropriation ordinance they had approved the other day for the Performance Enhancement Incentive (PEI) of regular and plantilla casuals of the city.
(L-R photos) Police security and students of VMA Global College watch the candidates of Miss Earth 2013 as they observe the Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) demonstration of VMA students. They were amazed by the techniques of VMAers in saving life at sea.*(Edith B. Colmo photos)
First time in the history of VMA Global College that the provincial government of Negros Occidental has forged an agreement for a study now pay later project benefitting the students from far flung areas of the province. The project is a tripartite endeavor between VMA Global College, Negros Occidental provincial government, and the management of Marlow Navigation, Inc. There are 54 students presently benefitting the program.
Through the memorandum of agreement (MOA) that the representatives of each organization have signed, they committing to extend assistance to the students. On the part of the Negros Occidental government represented by Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr., he committed to pay the tuition and other school fees of the students. VMA shall provide the necessary educational inputs to the scholars, while Marlow Navigation committed to handle the cadetship training onboard their vessels, and hire them after graduation.
tting 54 students in BS Maritime courses at VMA Global College, three agencies agreed. (left photo) Marlow Navigation, Inc. represented by Capt. Rolando Ormas, manager, Cadet Development Department, and company president Capt. Leopoldo Tenorio; Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Sr., and Atty. John N. Orola, Jr, president, VMA Global College. Witnesses are student scholars and Orola sisters, and other school officials (center photo).*(EBColmo)
By EDITH B. COLMO & CLAUDEN MAE GENANDA
Employees of the Bacolod City Hall have reason to rejoice, because members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod approved during yesterday’s special session the P7,944,000 for the Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) and other bonuses for qualified employees, or simply put: P30,000 the P4,000 of which was already received by employees earlier this year.
The City Treasurer and the City Accountant certified the availability of fund for this purpose.
MS. EARTH 2013 CANDIDATES pose with Campuestuhan Highland Resort owner Ricardo "Cano" Tan during the international beauties’ visit to the resort in the upper Talisay City area yesterday morning. They planted trees at the resort’s "Miss Earth 2013 orchard," held pictorials at the sprawling beauty spot, and enjoyed the food and sceneries.* (Edith B. Colmo photo)
There is nothing wrong with PDAF if it used in good intentions benefiting the people. The government should have ran after and punish those who abused it.
Thus said Bacolod Congressman Evelio Leonardia yesterday shortly after the visit of Ms. Earth 2013 candidates at the Campuestuhan Highland Resort in Talisay City.
He said, payment of allocation of PDAF-funded projects goes to the project recipients directly. If infrastructure, it goes to the contracted engineer through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH); if medical assistance, the money goes directly to the hospital; and for scholarship assistance, the money goes to the school administration.