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Carmudi Philippines Holds First Financial Seminar as Part of CSR Roadshow

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To uplift and promote better financial awareness in the country, online car platform Carmudi conducted a financial literacy seminar in the Queen City of the South, Cebu.

Held last March 7 at the Sky Hall of SM Seaside, the event—which is part of the Carmudi Philippines’ CSR Road Show—is targeted to help and empower graduating students on how to secure their finances in the near future.

Attended by 1,500 students, Carmudi Philippines’ CSR Road Show-Cebu leg was made in partnership with the University of Cebu-Maritime Education and Training Center and SMX Sky Hall.

The main speaker for the day-long program was wealth and life coach Chinkee Tan. The financial literacy seminar for students is part of Carmudi Philippines way of helping every Filipino in making the most of their hard-earned money. The CSR Road Show, meanwhile, is a series of events that will be held in key areas around the country and tackle various issues that concern the public.

During the event, Tan discussed the importance of having a healthy financial mindset and how students can utilize their hard-earned money through savings and increasing its cashflow. According to Tan, good investments and the improvement of ones financial standing starts when they make the right decisions with their finances.

Meanwhile, Abhi Mohan, managing director of Carmudi Philippines, expressed optimism that the 1,500 students that attended the event learned to be more financially-literate.

Mohan said that they have shared their knowledge to future leaders and developers of the country so that they could maximize the potential of their hard-earned money.

As part of our role as a responsible corporate citizen, this is our way of helping improve the financial literacy of the future young overseas Filipino population. Seafarers are particularly vulnerable since, unlike the gradual rise in income (in relative terms) of traditional jobs in the Philippines, they experience a faster rise in their financial net worth. Financial literacy becomes critical to level out the lack of life experience in order to ensure they are able to retain most of what they have earned,” he said.

Further, Mohan said that the financial literacy program for students is just the start of their grand idea in making every Filipino financially-stable. He cited that in the Philippines, owning a motor vehicle is a sign of financial stability. We are in the Philippines for the long haul and when they are stable enough financially, they could tap us when they are ready to purchase their preferred vehicle that is within their budget, explained Mohan.

Late last year, the company made its debut CSR program in Manila with the Road Safety Caravan—with hundreds of students in attendance—that was successfully made in partnership with Turbo Zone. Students from STI-BGC came to listen and participate in the healthy discussions about road safety education. The seminar was led by award-winning journalist Jiggy Manicad and Oscar Oida.

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Capitol Launches Youth Reporters Corps

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Close to 80 youths from different towns and cities in Cebu province participated in a seminar-workshop organized by the Provincial Government that aims to empower the youth to take part in nation-building by learning how to be bearers of good news.

Dubbed as the Capitol Youth Reporters Corps seminar-workshop, the 3-day event organized by the Provincial Information Office, in partnership with the Provincial Youth Commission, was jam-packed with different activities.

Among the activities were discussions from speakers from the media industry who shared their expertise in their respective fields.

The speakers included Ainjeliz de la Torre-Orong for News Writing; DYAB’s Angelica Saniel for Radio Broadcasting; Vic Kintanar for photojournalism; ABS-CBN’s Joworski Alipon for TV Broadcasting; Max Limpag for Writing for Social Media; and Jason Baguia for Media Ethics.

Social media star Dave “Dodong Dave” Quirante also shared to the youth participants his experience in social media.

Marie Leolie Ursal, 18, from Barili town, said she learned a lot from the workshop, particularly on how to effectively make use of the broadcast medium.

Another participant, 20-year-old Alvin Duazo, said they hope to apply their learnings in the workshop as they look for different kinds of stories in their respective municipalities.

“We wish to replicate this in our town to level up awareness in multi-media communication,” said Duazo, vice president of the Consolacion Youth Organization (CYO).

Floreza Alpuerto, PIO’s supervising officer who represented the information office’s OIC Mark Tolentino, said the aim to have a Capitol Youth Reporters Corps is to build the capacity of the youth from the grassroots to gather, prepare, and report news according to journalistic standards.

Youth reporters who will show “exemplary diligence and commitment to delivering news about development in their localities” will be recognized monthly and in an awarding ceremony by the end of year, said Alpuerto.

In his message to the youth, Bhobby Nacorda, head of the Provincial Human Resource Management Office, urged the youth to make use of their talents and skills in the best way.

Nacorda quoted writer Ivern Ball, saying “Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch,” and encouraged the youth to find their sense of purpose, which in this case he said is to be guardians of the truth.

Anthony Dacalos, the Planning and Operations head of the Provincial Youth Commission, said that the activity with PIO is just one of their many partnerships with different offices and agencies to ensure that they can provide as many activities to the youth as possible.

Dacalos, who represented PYC’s head James Canoy during the workshop, assured that they have more projects in the pipeline for the youth of Cebu.

Just a week before the Capitol Youth Reporters Corps training, the PYC also launched a campaign on responsible use of social media.

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DepEd Receives Computer Equipment from BPOs

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Seven schools in Cebu received the initial batch of computer units from the business process outsourcing (BPO) companies based here in this city.

This is part of the Malasakit Tech2Teach program which provides computer units to public schools in far-flung areas to help implement the Department of Education (DepEd) computer education program.

According to Engr. Roberto Varquez, consultant of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV), these schools were pre-identified by DepEd.

He said this initiative came up after they learned that the BPO companies change their computer units from time to time and it ended up being unused.

“We found it sayangWorkable pa ang units. OPAV thought of utilizing this,” he told reporters in an interview.

DepEd has identified the end-users as those that are in Grade levels 4, 5, and 6 since computerization program of the department is limited only to high school.

Varquez revealed that elementary schools are only provided with six computer units for their use.

The seven schools in Central Visayas are among the 20 schools initially identified by OPAV to become recipients.

Varquez said they intend to give 1,000 units for the first phase and another 1,000 units for the following year.

On Monday afternoon, the DepEd Central Visayas Regional Director Juliet Jeruta received the initial computer units from companies Tech Mahindra, Qualfon, and Accenture in a ceremonial turnover done in the presence of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Cabinet officials including DepEd Sec. Leonor Briones.

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DSWD 7 jump-starts 2018 Adoption Consciousness Celebration

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD) Field Office 7 through its Adoption Resource and Referral Section (ARRS) held an opening salvo of the 2018 Adoption Consciousness Celebration with the theme “Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin!” (Spread unconditional love through Legal Adoption).

Around 200 individuals coming from different participating agencies and child caring agencies have attended the kick-off activity on Monday, February 13, 2018 which comprises a motorcade that started from Plaza Independencia on the way to SM City Cebu where the opening program was held.

During the program, there were also series of dance and song presentations of children from different partner child caring agencies such as the Asilo de la Milagrosa, Albert Schweitzer Familienwerk Foundation, Franciscan’s Children Home and NORFIL foundation.

Assistant Regional Director for Operations Shalaine Marie Lucero during her welcome remarks for the opening salvo of Adoption Consciousness Celebration 2018, encouraged all parents to start educating their children the value and importance of adoption. This is to help adopted children in school or in the community to be completely accepted and understood by other children.

“Many of the communities are still not able to accept and understand adoption. This is why it is important that parents should be advocates in promoting the value and importance of adoption to their children and other people in the community,” said ARDO Lucero.  

ARDO Lucero has also expressed gratitude to foster parents and adoptive parents who bravely took the challenge in providing a nurturing environment to adoptees conducive to their physical, mental, social and emotional health growth.

DSWD 7 have successfully placed a number of children into legal adoption, locally and internationally.

Two adoptees of the successful child placements that DSWD 7 have made had their inspiring testimonies during the short program of the opening salvo.

An adopted child also positively highlighted during her testimony that with the nurturing environment of adoptive families, being an adopted child doesn’t make you any less loved nor does it make you any different from those children living with their biological parents.

As DSWD VII celebrates Adoption Consciousness Week, the department strongly aims to encourage couples interested in adopting a child to visit the field office, undergo the legal process of adoption and avoid simulated birth adoption to stand with the theme: “Spread unconditional love through legal adoption.”

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New Digital Radio Equipment to Address Communication Problem in Cebu City Police Force

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Communication for police operations in the far-flung areas in Cebu City will no longer be a concern after the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) received a new set of digital radio system from a Chinese donor.

CCPO Director Senior Supt. Joel Doria told reporters in an interview that this will now address their problem in communicating with their police force assigned in the mountain barangays.

He specifically made mention of their detachments in Agsungot, Sudlon, and Busay, where they previously encountered difficulty in reaching them due to the absence of mobile signal in the said areas.

Considering po na wala tayong signal ng cellphone at saka yung mga radio natin hindi nila kaya, ito pong dinonate nila are digital radio Hytera, very effective kahit na nasa mountain barangay tayo at saka nasa city. Kaya yun (Considering that we don’t have any cellphone signal in the area and our existing radios do not have this capability, these donated digital radio with brand name Hytera, are very effective even if you are located in a mountain barangay and we are here in the city. It is capable to do that),” Doria said.

He added that this will help them in their internal security operation and monitoring in the mountain barangays.
He plans to give this to their mobile force company.
Doria together with Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Ronald dela Rosa received one set of the radio equipment from Winnie Chang of the Philippine Qi-Pao Cultural Association.
This consists of one digital trunking repeater, five units of digital mobile base terminal, and 20 units of digital portable terminal.
Doria said they have done a test on the equipment on Sunday and they were able to communicate their policemen at Barangay Agsungot.
“Before, nahirapan tayo considering meron tayong detachment sa mountain barangay. Kung kailangan natin reinforcement, mahirapan tayo. Kapag may complain at tumawag tayo, mahirap din silang tawagan.  Because of this communication, mapapabilis ang ating serbisyo ngayon,” he added.
The turnover of the equipment was done during the launching program of the Malasakit Center at the Vicento Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) on Monday afternoon.
The occasion was graced by no less than President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and other cabinet officials.
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