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Danao City LGU Conducts Drug Awareness YLS to 84 Participants



The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Danao City has just concluded the 1ST Drug Awareness Youth Leadership Summit 2017 (DAYLS) to 84 youth-participants coming from the 42 barangays of the City which was conducted at Danasan Eco-Adventure Park, Danasan, Danao City from March 03 to 05, 2017 with the theme, “Nagkahiusang Kabatan-onang Danawanon”.

The DAYLS was facilitated by the 31DRC led by Lt Paul Richard Gobway of TF Cebu under the 302nd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army and Youth For Peace Philippines led by the National President-Mr. John Patrick Onggao with the full cooperation and support of the City Government through the able leadership of City Mayor Hon. Ramon “ Nito” D. Durano III and Hon. Kristine C. Gorre, Chairman on Committee on Anti-Drug ,who provided all the necessary requirements that made the 3-day Drug Awareness/YLS Seminar-Workshop a resounding success. No less than the active Honorable Mayor graced the opening ceremonies, who was accompanied by Col Noel T Baluyan- the Deputy Bde Commander of 302IBde, PA and Task Force Cebu Commander and the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod at the said venue.

In his message, Mayor Nito Durano III inspired and urged the youth participants to take advantage of the said endeavor to enrich their knowledge and hone their leadership potentials as they play critical roles in nation building and for the welfare of the society.
The DAYLS, through a series of lectures from invited Subject Matter Experts (SME) and Team-Building Activities, aimed to develop self-confidence, teamwork, discipline and leadership skills and enhance awareness on the ill-effects of illegal drugs, criminality prevention and environmental issues. It is also designed to promote positive and healthy self-image, critical thinking, love of country, social responsibility and spirit of volunteerism among the youth.

The 3-day live-in seminar/workshop has been successfully undertaken with the series of SME lectures and workshops from the following heads or representatives of government and non-government agencies: CPADAO Executive Director- Ms. Carmen Remedios D. Meca, CPADAO Consulant- Mr. Manuel “Pocholo” De los Santos, PNP Danao OIC-PSI Alejandro Batobalonos, Mega Cebu Representatives-Mr. Rosendo Bonghanoy Jr. and Mr. Mhike Jelord Rollo, CSWDO-PYAP President- Mr. Zaldy Jayme, SP Member Chair. Committee on Peace and Order- Hon. Jose Thaddeus Roble Jr., Youth for Peace Philippines President- Mr. John Patrick Onggao and Philippine Army TF Cebu – Col Baluyan and 31st DRC Troops led by Lt Gobway.

In his impression, Christian, a young out-of-school participant who just finished Grade 2, expressed his overwhelming feeling when he said, “Akong naexperience kay unique. I just finished Grade 2 and still fighting now. Thankful kaayu ko nga naapil ko aning DAYLS kay nainspire ko nga molambo sa akong kinabuhi isip usa aka batan-on bisan pa man ug wala koy naeskwelahan.”

The youth were also inspired with the meaningful closing remarks from Hon. Kristine Gorre as she said, “We will show to the people that the youth are not losers but leaders, not menaces but ministers. You are who you are based on your actions, not on how you look.” It also served as a challenge to the youth who are considered as “the pillars and fibers of nation building”.

The event ended with a heartfelt rendition of the Danawanon Youth of the nationalistic song, “Pilipinas Kong Mahal”.

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10 Schools in Cebu Chosen for Japanese Disaster Management Program




Ten schools in Cebu Province will benefit from a Japanese disaster management program.

SEEDS Asia, a Japan-based non-government organization, partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the school-based disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) program.

There are 10 pilot schools in Cebu province under the program of SEEDS Asia.

The schools will receive trainings, equipment and manuals on disaster management.

The 10 schools are found in the cities of Bogo, Carcar, Danao, Lapulapu, Mandaue, Naga, Toledo and Cebu Province –Daanbantayan.

Dr. Theron Aranas, Division DRRM Coordinator of DepEd Cebu City, said the program, which started in March last year, had made significant reformations in the disaster management of Cebu City Central School.

The teachers at the City Central School underwent trainings and other capacity building workshops.

“The school initially had only one exit gate, after the initial trainings they now have a specific plan and another alternative exit,” Aranas said.

This April, there will be 120 teachers who will undergo a five-day training on DRRM in schools.

Yo Kunieda, Philippine Country Representative of SEEDS Asia, said the program covers preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.

“Management is very important because it is a matter of life and death. We want to impart what we know in Japan here in the Philippines,” Kunieda said.

She mentioned that three tiers are needed to achieve comprehensive safety: safety building, school disaster risk reduction management, and risk reduction education.

SEEDS Asia received the project funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-Kansai International Center.

The other schools include Beatriz D. Durano Memorial National High School in Danao City, Daanbantayan Central Elementary School, Marigondon National High School in Lapulapu City, City of Bogo Science and Arts Academy, Uling Elementary School in Naga City, Paknaan National High School in Mandaue City, Carcar City Central Elementary School, Talavera Elementary School in Toledo City, and Tabunoc Central School in Talisay City. (fcc/PIA7-Cebu)

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DOH Opens Slots for Medical Scholarship in the Visayas




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The New Year brings good news to the Cebuanos as the Department of Health (DOH) reopened its scholarship program for would-be doctors and midwives.

In today’s Kapihan sa PIA Cebu, Mario Natividad, Nurse II, DOH 7 said the scholarship program for medical courses are now being offered in partner schools in Cebu and Visayas.

“This means that DOH is offering all in free education, the scholar will not pay for anything while enrolled in the program,” Natividad said.

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Initially, two courses are open for the scholarship program – medicine and midwifery – and so far, these are offered in three partner schools in the Visayas.

For medicine course, two slots are available at the University of Cebu Medical Center (UCMED) in Mandaue City and four slots at the Southwestern University in Urgello, Cebu City.

For midwifery, it is offered at the University of Bohol in Tagbilaran City.

The requirements to avail of the scholarship, Natividad said, will depend on those set by the partner schools.

For those who are accepted in the Medicine scholarship program, they are entitled to receive more than P30,000 package which include allowances for books, uniform, miscellaneous, transportation, lodging, living subsidy, and an annual premium for PhilHealth.

For midwifery, the scholar is entitled to a book allowance worth P10,000 for every semester and uniform allowance at P2,500 annually.

Aspiring scholars will have to apply directly to the partner school which has their own set of requirements.

After graduation, the scholars will have to take the Professional Licensure Examination within the year.

If they fail to pass, the scholar will have to shoulder the expenses for the succeeding licensing exam.

Furthermore, Natividad said the scholars are also required to render a “return of service.

“For every year of the scholarship program, multiply that by two and that is the required return of service obligation years,” Natividad said.

They shall render first three years in Public Health Care Services through the Doctors to the Barrio Program.

The remaining years shall be in government service, either in national or local public health institution, academe, residency training, and research and development.

The aim of the program is to draw more medical professionals to work in the public health sector to address the inequitable access to quality health care services prioritizing the depressed, hard to reach communities, the marginalized, and vulnerable population in the country. (fcc/PIA7-Cebu)

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Cebu Province Gives P500,000 for Devotee City




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For the first time, the Provincial Government of Cebu budgeted P500,000 for the mounting and operations of the Devotee City for this year’s Sinulog season.

Baltazar Tribunalo, Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer (PDRRMO), said Governor Hilario Davide ordered the assistance considering that majority of the beneficiaries of the Devotee City are from the province and nearby islands.

The Devotee City caters to revelers and devotees from Carcar City and beyond in the south and Danao City and beyond in the north as well as those from other provinces.

All they have to do is to present a boat or a bus ticket to be accommodated in the Devotee City.

Tribunalo said that other than the budget, members of the disaster teams from the different local government units are also around to augment the emergency responders of Cebu City.

Last year, the PDRRMO participated for the first time as responders in the Sinulog festivities and church observances.

Cebu City Councilor Roberto Cabarubias, who had been assigned to oversee the Devotee City in the last 10 years, said this year the facility can accommodate lesser number of people after a portion is already designated as a commercial area.

“From 120 container vans, there are now just 88, but they still have the basic amenities such as cooking area, washing and bathing area, plus the 10 gig Wifi offered by PLDT,” Cabarubias said.

“There is also an assigned house parent for every container to ensure safety and order in the facility,” Cabarubias added.

There are also policemen assigned 24/7 in the area.

The Devotee City started during the time of the late Cebu City Councilor Fe Mantua Ruiz.

It was then called as “Tent City” set up at the Plaza Independencia.

In the olden times, revelers and devotees from far-flung areas would bring with them pigs and chickens and other food which they will cook for everybody after paying homage to Señor Santo Niño. (fcc/PIA-Cebu)

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Fiesta Señor and Sinulog 2018 Goes Digital



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Amid the digital era, organizers of the Sinulog festival have decided to tap social media to help deliver the message on the real essence of the celebration, which is the devotion and gratitude to the Holy Child Jesus, Sto. Niño.

Sinulog Foundation Inc. has launched the Sinulog 2018 app, where users can plot their own Sinulog route and schedule, as well as take a good look at various Sinulog activities, parade contingents, and the official route maps.

The app also enables the user to vote for this year’s Sinulog festival queen of their choice.

“One of the goals for the Sinulog 2018 is to bring back the essence of Sinulog to the Sto. Niño, especially to the younger generation who generally just wants to party,” said Stephanie Villarica, Sinulog Foundation Inc. Marketing and Promotions head.

In coordination with the social media teams of the Cebu Provincial Government and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the organizers are also exerting efforts in expanding social media presence.

Both government institutions will serve as reliable sources and will provide real-time updates during the celebration.

Aside from downloading the Sinulog 2018 app, Sinulog head secretariat Fr. Ric Anthony Reyes also encourages the public to download prayer apps.

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Dubbed as “Kalingawan sa Plaza,” nightly activities are held at the Plaza Independencia for free. Fresh farm produce are also sold around the area.

The organizers also stressed that there will no longer be booths and Sinulog activities held along the Fuente Osmeña circle.

The Cebu City Government recently banned all parties and sale of liquor within 300 meters of the route.

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