The National Nutrition Commission (NNC) and the Department of Health of Central Visayas (DOH-7) ensured the public that the government is prepared in case a man-made or a natural calamity will arise.
Dr. Shelbay Blanco of the DOH-7 and Dr. Parolita Mission, NNC coordinator guaranteed that the local government of Central Visayas has done extreme efforts in capacitating the residents not just for disaster consciousness but as well as resilience.
During the weekly media forum of the Association of Government Information Officers (AGIO-7), Blanco said that since the inauguration of the National Resilience Month in July, DOH has been active in the shift from making the public aware to gearing them towards resistance in times of calamities.
To capacitate all individuals is the focus of the DOH while to attain resiliency, DOH has done promotional and advocacy activities to make sure that local government units, down to the barangay level employ health emergency management plans.
The DOH has also conducted and inspected fire and earthquake drills to ensure that proper execution of emergency operations are done.
According to Blanco, apart from rescue preparedness of the DOH, they are also ready to send mobilized teams that specialize on mental health and Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP), a team that deals with reproductive health and in handling gender sensitive issues.
Meanwhile, Dr. Mission stressed that nutrition should not be compromised in times of calamities.
According to her, it is important to make sure that clean and safe food and shelter are provided to those who are victims of calamities. Mission highlights that NNC gives more attention to more vulnerable places and people who are more at risk, like infants (aged 0-2 years), pregnant and lactating women, senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
The NNC has also coordinated with evacuation camp managers of the LGUs in Central Visayas to ensure a mother-baby friendly area. Mission also added that they have required evacuation centers to set up community kitchens to ensure that healthy and nutritious food is given to evacuees.
Mission said the lessons from past calamities made the country readier. But on top of that, through constant trainings and reminders of key concepts during emergencies, government personnel are well equipped to respond in case of emergency situations, Mission added. (fcr/Carmel Loise Matus/PIA7)
C. Visayas No. 3 with Most Number of Drug-Infested Barangays
Central Visayas came up third in the list of regions in the country with the most number of barangays heavily affected by illegal drugs.
This was confirmed by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency – Central Visayas (PDEA-7) Director Emerson Margate on Thursday.
Margate said that according to the list furnished them by the PDEA Central Office, the National Capital Region is on top, followed by Region 9 or the Zamboanga Peninsula.
Central Visayas has 3,003 barangays and 2,229 of these are drug-affected, which is why the PDEA-7 is intensifying its operations, Margate said.
The PDEA-7 director said they are now doing every possible means to rid the region of the drug menace and asked the public to give them enough time to complete their mission, considering that they have to cover 800 barangays per year until the term of President Rodrigo Duterte ends in 2022.
Aside from their aggressive operations in apprehending suspected drug traffickers, pushers and users, Margate said they are also intensifying their proactive approaches and demand-reduction campaigns by conducting information drives and meetings or “pulong-pulong” in the barangays.
Despite the shortage in manpower, Margate said they have been able to apprehend several drug pushers. In fact, the PDEA-7 seized a total of PHP8 million worth of drugs last month, he added.
Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director Sr. Supt. Joel Doria said this is also a big challenge for the CCPO even as the different police stations, the Drug Enforcement Unit, and the City Intelligence Branch have been making arrests every day with no let up.
Police Regional Office-7 or PRO-7 (Central Visayas) Director Robert Quenery, for his part, said the drug problem in the region has really been a huge challenge in his leadership.
Based on the feedback of his intelligence personnel, Quenery said they have already identified all the drug dealers in Central Visayas and they would likewise intensify Oplan Tokhang.
Cebu City Turns 81 Next Week
Cebu City, dubbed the “Queen City of the South”, will celebrate its 81st Charter Day Anniversary on February 24.
Greggy Senados, of the Cebu City Public Information Office, said on Saturday that several activities have been lined up for this year’s celebration with the theme: “Cebu City @ 81: Tomorrow must be Better than Today”.
Ushering in the celebration is the observance of “Arts Week” on February 19-22 at the historical Plaza Independencia.
“Arts Week” is spearheaded by the Cebu City Cultural and Historical Affairs Office (CCCHAO).
The Cebu City Agriculture Department will also hold an awarding for Outstanding Farmers on February 21 at the Crown Regency Hotel as part of the Charter Day Anniversary celebration.
The “Serbisyong Sugbuanon” program, which brings the services of the Cebu city government closer to the people, will be held every last Friday of the month. On Feb. 23, it will be at the Plaza Sugbo fronting the Cebu City Hall.
The program is regularly held in the different barangays of Cebu City, but Mayor Tomas Osmeña decided to make it one of the highlights of the celebration and hold it in front of the City Hall this Friday, Senados said.
On the big day on February 24, there will be a thanksgiving mass, flag-raising ceremony, and parade and review in the morning at the Cebu City Hall.
The recognition of Young Sugbuanon Exemplary and Action-Driven Leaders (YOUSEAL) Awardees 2018 and Outstanding Cebu City Government Employees will immediately follow after the ceremonial activities at Plaza Sugbo.
The recognition program is being facilitated by the Cebu City Youth Affairs Office.
In the evening of February 24, the Awarding of Outstanding Individuals and Institutions as well as Posthumous Awardees with Testimonial Dinner will be hosted by the City at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Barangay Lahug.
The 81st Charter Day Anniversary celebration, which will be observed as a holiday in Cebu City, is spearheaded by the Office of the Mayor, CCCHAO, and the Department of Manpower Development and Placement.
The Municipality of Cebu, which was then under the Cebu Provincial Government, became an independent Chartered City known as “Cebu City” on February 24, 1937 by virtue of Commonwealth Act No. 58.
Cebu was already considered a city during the Galleon Trade as it was then called “La Ciudad de Santissimo Nombre de Jesus,” or “The City of the Most Holy Name of Jesus,” making Cebu as the oldest city in the Philippines.
Capitol Launches Youth Reporters Corps
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.
DepEd Receives Computer Equipment from BPOs
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 sayang. Workable 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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