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124 Couples Exchange Vows in City of Naga Mass Wedding

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At least 124 couples tied the knot during the free mass wedding ceremony sponsored by the City of Naga last Thursday, August 31.

After exchanging “I do’s” and putting on the wedding bands, the couples were treated to a sumptuous lunch hosted by the city government. Each pair also received a mini cake.

Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale, Jobel Angan-Davide, wife of Cebu Gov. Hilario P. Davide III, Congressman Samsam Gullas, Provincial Board Member Raul Bacaltos and City of Naga Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong stood as principal sponsors.

Chiong said more than 1,200 couples have already availed of the free mass wedding since the program began in 2011.

It was her father, the former City of Naga mayor Valdemar Chiong, who started the program as part of the activities of the city’s Charter Day celebration.

“Akong gipadayon ang programa kay nindot nga ang couple mabendisyonan gyud sa Ginoo. Nanghinaut ko na ang inyong pagpuyo malinawon ug magpabiling lig-on ang inyong pamilya,” Chiong said.

In her inspirational message, Magpale advised the couples not to give up easily when they encounter problems along the way.

The vice governor said that both husband and wife must endeavor to make the marriage work, adding that they should talk things out if they have a fight.

Among those who joined the mass wedding rites was Dwight Horton, an inmate of the Naga City Jail, who exchanged vows with Lowela Morales. Morales is pregnant with their fourth child.

“Dako gyud nakong pasalamat ni Mayor Chiong nga gitagan ko niya’g kahigayonan nga makapakasal bisan priniso ko,” Horton said.

Edwin, 47, and Agustina Latayada, 46, who have been living together for nearly 30 years, said that to have a church wedding is a fulfillment of their nine children’s dream.

Before the wedding ceremony had started, Edwin broke down in tears when her daughter abroad called over the phone asking for updates.

The couple received a reward from Congressman Gullas for having the most number of siblings.

Jocelyn Villarubin, who is 18 years younger than his groom Cornelio Cayago, 56, said that love transcends age gap.

“Marrying him is a testament of my love,” she said in Cebuano.

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10 Schools in Cebu Chosen for Japanese Disaster Management Program

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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.

Sinulog activities

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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