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Guv Leads Groundbreaking of Water Systems in Alegria, Argao



Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III, along with Capitol officials, led the ground-breaking ceremony of the P95.6 million Alegria Integrated Potable Water Supply Project and the P2.2 million water system in Argao last July 12.

“Providing potable water to the remote areas of Cebu is the embodiment of our commitment, Kalambuan sa matag Sugbuanon,” said Davide.

The potable water project in Alegria, funded by World Bank through Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP), will benefit eight of the nine barangays of the town namely Compostela, Guadalupe, Legaspi, Madridejos, Montpeller, Poblacion, Santa Filomena and Valencia.

Barangay Lepanto already has an existing water system located in the highest level among all barangays.

The Level III water system in Sitio Kabulihan, Barangay Gutlang, Argao is funded by the provincial government and supplies potable water in the said barangay as well as its neighboring communities.

“Importante kaayo ning tubig mao nang usa ni sa priority sa inyong provincial government,” said Davide.

He even urged Cebu mayors at the start of his administration to put water supply project on top of their priority list.

Fund sources

Alegria will not spend a single centavo for the P95.6 million water project as P76.48 million portion is covered by the Philippine Government’s soft loan from the World Bank.

The P9.56 million is the counterpart fund of the national government while the remaining P9.56 million is the counterpart fund of Cebu province.

“In behalf of the people of Alegria, I would like to extend our warmest and sincere thanks to our Lord God Almighty and to all the people behind the realization of this very much needed project of ours,” said Magallon.

She also thanked the administration of Davide and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale for helping them realize the project.

The town’s 3,187 households, living in eight of the town’s nine barangays, will benefit from the safe water next year, according to the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) study.

“It’s a dream come true for Alegrianhon that potable water supply can already be available in their respective homes,” Magallon said.

Water sources

Water will be sourced from three natural springs, capable of giving out 2,972 cubic meters of water daily, to fill up four water reservoirs.

The 63-kilometer Level II water system has communal faucet endings, each shared by five to six households, said Alegria Municipal Planning and Development officer (MPDO) Engr. Tito Cavalida.

To ensure efficiency and quality of the project, PEO waterworks supervisor Engr. Panfi Añana said they will be conducting regular hydro-testing to detect water leaks in the pipeline network, and material testing to ensure the quality of concrete and pipes.

The governor saw the need to provide an efficient and safe water system in Alegria which was repeatedly hit by typhoid fever in previous years because of its poor water system.

In November 2007, typhoid fever downed more than a 100 residents in Sitio Inghoy, Barangay Valencia and in December 2010, more than 300 residents in barangays Sta. Filomena and Poblacion got hit by typhoid fever.

Again on July 2011, DOH attended to 142 typhoid cases in barangays Madridejos and Valencia while in March 19, 2012, local news reported 13 typhoid patients in barangays Legaspi and Poblacion.

This prompted local government to seek the help of the national government through PRDP.

PRDP is a six-year project designed to establish the government platform for a modern, climate-smart and market-oriented agri-fishery sector.

PRDP partners with the LGUs and the private sector in providing key infrastructure, facilities, technology, and information that will raise incomes, productivity, and competitiveness in the countryside.

Financial assistance

Aside from the Alegria water system ground-breaking ceremony, Davide also turned over two checks worth P12.6 million to Mayor Verna Magallon with Cebu 7th district congressman Peter John Calderon, and Provincial Board members Christopher Baricuatro and Jerome Librando.

The first check worth P5.5 million was given to provide assistance in the improvement of its tourism infrastructure set up as the town hosts the famous canyoneering river adventure.

The other P7.1 million-worth check will be used to finish the town hall which includes the chief executive and legislative offices.

Before the ceremony, the governor turned over 695 plastic armchairs for the towns’ six elementary schools in a simple ceremony at Alegria Central School. OCP

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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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