Monday, June 17, 2013

DSWD opens 103 job slots 
For NCDDP in Region VII
Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City, Bohol, June 17 (PIA)— Here’s good news to job seekers in Bohol. 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region VII opens some 103 new positions for interested job applicants joining the national social service delivery department in its community driven development (CDD) programs. 

And the best thing, according to Aileen Lariba, DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) information officer is that those who get accepted are set be hired before October 2013. 

The NCDDP is a scaled up Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social services implemented by the DSWD and uses the community-driven development approach to poverty reduction which has been proven to be effective in empowering communities to actively participate in governance by prioritizing their community needs, planning together, implementing and monitoring projects to dent on poverty issues together, the DSWD website states. 

Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA, aired live over DyTR last Thursday, June 13, Lariba said the department is now immediately hiring manpower to help implement the National Community Driven Development Program (NCDDP). 

While the items are also offered for Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor, 28 of these are set for deployment work in Bohol, as the program covers 70 local government units across the Central Visayas. 

Up for grabs are 18 positions for the DSWD’s Field Office Regional Project Management Office which comprise the Deputy Regional Project Manager, Regional Community Development Specialist, Community Development Specialist, Community Process Officer for special projects, Regional Financial Analyst, Financial Analyst 3 for finance planning and Budgeting, Regional Community Infrastructure Specialist, Regional infrastructure Officer for Community Procurement.

Research and Monitoring Specialist, Monitoring and Evaluation Grievance Officer, Data Base Management Officer, Regional Capability Building Specialist, regional Training Assistant, Regional Social Marketing Officer, Administrative Assistant and Driver.

Also needed for mainstream staffing is a Financial Analyst as Project Accountant, Procurement Assistant, Human Resource Assistant, Financial Analyst 1, regional Bookkeeper, Budget Assistant and Cash Clerk. 

For Sub-Regional Project management Office, DSWD also accepts applications for Sub Regional Head, Community process officer, Financial Analyst for Community Finance, Regional Infrastructure Officer, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer and an Administrative Assistant.

Also opened are positions for the Area Coordination Team where each of the 28 towns in Bohol would have one coordinator, according to Lariba. 

Details of the qualifications needed for the slot vacancies can be found at the DSWD 7 Regional Field Office at corner Mj Cuenco and General Maxilom Avenue in Cebu or the DSWD Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Office at the LTO Compound, here in Tagbilaran City. 

Applications are accepted until the end of July 2013, according to Lariba.

DSWD dangles financial capital 
To 4Ps micro-business starters 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 17, 2013 (PIA) –Social workers implementing of the government’s flagship conditional cash transfer program are now erecting the framework for sustainability as beneficiaries are expected to stand alone after the cash grants stop in 2015. 

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) information officer for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Aileen Lariba and project development officer Cherrie Merin said the cash grants for health and education to poor families in the 4Ps continue for five years before it bows out. 

Stared in 2009 in Danao town, the 4Ps then spread to set 3 areas in Alicia, Bien Unido, Buenavista, Carmen, Dagohoy, Inabanga, Getafe, Mabini, Pilar, CP Garcia, Trinidad and Ubay. 

Few months later, 4PS crossed over to Anda, Balilihan, Batuan, Calape, Catigbian, Danao, Loon, Sagbayan, San Miguel and then to Talibon. 

The national government appropriated assistance funds for a duration of five years, all for these families surviving below the economic threshold in the hopes of empowering them to work their way out of the mire, 4Ps provincial link Angelita Genil explained. 

The cash assistance goes to health services to children and pregnant women as well as to education for kids 0-14 years, said Lariba. 

Along with the cash transfer benefits are conditions which a beneficiary must comply to continue availing of the cash grants, according to the program mechanics which DSWD shared. 

But, after five years however, the families are expected to have increased their sorry lot, after they would have gained self-help modules and sessions included in the grant conditionalities. 

For these families, the government, through the DSWD is offering anew, two kinds of help, all to make sure they would not regress into that same sorry state from the past, Merin explained. 

In Bohol, beneficiaries from 16 towns included in the initial list of beneficiaries will have graduated, Genil added. 

Around 54,634 families would stop getting the cash grants by then, Merin said. 

To help these families finally claw their way out of poverty, the DSWD dangles its Sustainable Livelihood Program, (SLP) in micro-enterprise development and an Employment Facilitation Program that are both expected to help increase a family’s purchasing power, Merin said over at Kapihan sa PIA Thursday. 

To identify those families who can avail of the two packages, DSWD authorities bared that field enumerators are again on to the households to conduct social welfare indicator (SWI) assessments, she informed. 

4Ps beneficiary families are now categorized according to self sufficiency, subsistence or survival levels, to facilitate easy identification of beneficiaries for the government financed capital assistance program for communities. 

Patterned after the Self Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program, the government allows from P1,000 to P10,000 interest-free credit payable in a year, including technical assistance to basic business planning, bookkeeping and other skills necessary in running a micro business, Merin said.

Chatto: eat rice responsibly 
Help attain rice sufficiency 
Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol. June 17, 2013 (PIA) –Governor Edgar Chatto rallied Boholanos to act on a national advocacy to promote responsible rice consumption as the country celebrates the National Year of the Rice in 2013. 

During the Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPA) sponsored Convocation Activity at the Capitol June 10, 2013, Chatto led Boholanos to pledge into a campaign for less rice wastage and responsible rice consumption. 

It may be recalled that President Benigno Aquino III signed Proclamation 494 declaring 2013 as National Year of the Rice and enjoining Filipinos to help attain the country’s rice sufficiency by 2013. 

The declaration of the National year of the rice also sprouted various campaign activities geared towards national rice sufficiency, which includes a nationwide “Panatang Makapalay” pledge. 

“Maglung-ag ako sa igo lamang mahurot, ug tinuon nga sakto ang pagkaluto niini,” Chatto read from the translated oath, which Boholanos also recited. 

Magsukad ako sa igo lamang nga akong mahurot, aron sa akong plato, walay mahibilin nga kan-on ug makadaginot, Chatto intoned as the oath reverberated at the Acacia Gardens of the Capitol. 

At this, local agriculture officials heap high hopes of another golden harvest as Bohol has consistently increased its palay production volume since 2009. 

According to Assistant provincial Agriculturist Larry Pamugas, Bohol has breached the 3 metric tons per hectare of palay produce in 2012, a feat it attained despite a crippling drought that left most farms in the region cracking. 

Pamugas reported that since 2009, when Bohol pegged a 2.52 metric tons of palay in a hectare, the average yield has shown promising increases. 

“Agriculture authorities have relentlessly advocated for proper technologies, agricultural extension work and research for the eventual increase in productivity,” shared Engr. Eugene Cahiles of the Agricultural Promotion Center, in a separate interview. 

During the monthly activity at the Capitol, where agriculture officials bared OPA accomplishments, Pamugas showed that the average 2.52 metric tons of harvest in 2009 even increased to 2.55 in 2010. 

By 2011, the 2.52 metric tons per hectare average in 2009 has jumped to 2.97 metric tons two years later. 

Pamugas showed that in 2011, Bohol rice fields yielded an average of 2,970 kilos of palay, which translates to a 450 kilos more palay, enough for a hefty savings for the farmers family. 

Aggie authorities however shared their worries by the middle of 2012, because a drought severely threatened large parts of the vast rice fields of central and northeastern Bohol. 

With the help of the Bureau of Soils and Water Management which funded the P2.5 million cloud seeding operations to induce rain, farms started to rejuvenate by August, enough to salvage what was left of the midyear cropping, Pamugas said. 

Other than an estimated impact of agriculture in P4,043,212 for the palay, excluding livestock, fisheries and high value commercial crops, Pamugas also noted that the operation was instrumental in the 3.08 metric tons of palay harvest per hectare average Bohol attained by the end of the year.

Danajon Bank stakeholders take 
part in fishery laws enforcement 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 17, 2013 (PIA) – How do you reach out and put up a protective environmental mantle across 272 square kilometers of water, 699 kilometers of coastlines and 40 islands whose residents largely depend on fishing? 

Hardly possible, according to a handful of members of the Bohol Coastal Law Enforcement Council (CLEC), who face a daunting task of enforcing fishery laws inside the Danajon Double Barrier Reef, one that stretches from off north west to northeast of Bohol island. 

But after scouring rock bottom to find win-win solutions to the problems of fishery enforcement and coastal resource management, stakeholders sharing the Danajon Bank as their common fishing ground agree that collaboration is the key. 

Last week, coastal resource managers from as far as Tubigon, on the western end of the reef to Ubay, which faces the eastern side of the double barrier reefs, gathered to agree on common efforts to enforce applicable fishery laws here. 

Police Environment Desk Officers, fish wardens from the more than 60 community and marine protected areas in the region as well as legislators, local planning officers and government agency in the fishery laws enforcement gathered for three days at the Jjs Seafoods Village in Tagbilaran to better coordinate fishery laws enforcement. 

Participating in series of workshops, Danajon Bank stakeholders identified through GIS generated maps areas of enforcement concerns in their respective jurisdiction, to plan for more effective ways to restore the promise of Danajon. 

These are just some of the very few initial steps that the stakeholders and government ate crafting to make fisheries sustainable in Danajon, said Anita Gulayan, workshop facilitator for EcoFISH, who engaged communities to work out applicable solutions to arrest the fisheries decline here. 

The only double barrier reef in the Philippines and one in only three across the Indo pacific region, Danajon is also shared not just by Boholanos, but by Cebuanos, Leytenos and Southern Leytenos, having portions of it located within Region 7 and 8. 

In Region 7, 10 Bohol towns claim part of it while another 2 towns of Cebu enjoy jurisdiction over portions of the rare under-waterscape. 

In Region 8, Danajon, or at least portion of it is a fishing ground for 4 towns of Leyte and the marginal and commercial fishers with a base at a city in Southern Leyte. 

According to a Coastal Environment and Fisheries Profile of Danajon Bank, the marine resource has been subjected to intense fishing pressure largely from unsustainable, destructive and illegal fishing methods. 

The problem is even compounded by severely depleted fish stocks caused by poaching of commercial fisheries in the most productive areas where fish could recover from its depleted supply. 

With fisheries law enforcement and resource management as the only possible immediate solution to the problem, a project called Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (ECOFISH) assists coastal resource management and stakeholders of Bohol’s Danajon Bank to improve fisheries sustainability here. 

The Project is a five-year technical assistance project designed to protect and manage eight marine key biodiversity areas (MKBAs) in the country, namely, the Calamianes Group of Islands in Palawan, Lingayen Gulf in Pangasinan, Ticao Pass-Lagonoy Gulf-San Bernardino Strait in Bicol and Samar region, Danajon Double Barrier Reef in Bohol and Leyte, Southern Negros Occidental, Surigao provinces, the Sulu Archipelago and the Verde Island Passage in Batangas and Mindoro area, said Gulayan, of ECO-Fish Bohol.

Bohol folks celebrates 115th Independence Day

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 13 (PIA)-- The rains did not dampen the resolve of Boholanos to celebrate the 115th Independence Day. 

The celebration kicked-off with a Commemorative Independence Day mass at 7:15 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral officiated by Bishop Leonardo Medroso.

The simultaneous pealing of freedom bells and sirens across the Plaza Rizal immediately followed right after the mass ended at the Cathedral.

Bohol officials with police and military officials led by Gov. Edgar M. Chatto, Bohol Provincial Director PSSupt. Constantino Barot Jr., and 2nd Special Forces Battalion Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Julius Tomines participated in the floral offering at the foot of the Rizal Monument. 

The raising of the Philippine Flag and singing of the National Anthem highlighted the celebration at Plaza Rizal in Tagbilaran City. 

In his Independence Day message, Gov. Chatto assured the Boholanos that he would maximize his second term as a governor to further undertake measures that would cascade economic growth to the grassroots level.

The governor emphasized that the country’s economic growth could only be significant if it is felt by the poor sector.

One of the strategies that Gov. Chato started implementing during his first term as governor is the participative governance wherein the development framework of the province is being out to actions thru the collaborative efforts of the different sectors of the province. 

With this year's theme "Kalayaan 2013: Ambagan tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran,” Chatto recognized the role of the civil society in prosperity and development in his speech. 

The province’s Independence Day celebration ended with the releasing of doves as symbol of freedom. (PIA-Bohol/ecb)

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