Monday, March 2, 2015

DSWD allots P110 million 
Budget for SLP in Bohol 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 25 (PIA)—The Department of Social Welfare and Development allocates over P110 million for its Sustainable Livelihood Program it would be implementing in Bohol in 2015, according to the Regional Program Coordinator. 

During the recent Convergence Strategy Orientation to the Media, DSWD’s SLP Bohol coordinator Cherry Merin revealed this to Bohol media gathered at the Reynas Garden and Haven, February 24. 

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is a community-based capacity building program that seeks to improve the program beneficiaries’ socio-economic status, implemented through a two-pronged program, according to DSWD. 

SLP pours focus on microenterprise development, where it empowers communities into micro-enterprises development by capacity building people in small venture organizations to become organizationally and economically viable. 

On the other hand, it also peeks into job facilitation, when it helps community members access appropriate employment opportunities. 

As the DSWD empowers through template called community driven development, it implements its SLP by an approach called Community-Driven Enterprise Development (CDED), with the end goal of creating 2.3 million self-sufficient Conditional cash Transfer families in 2016. 

This trains and capacitates the program beneficiaries to actively contribute to production and labor markets by looking where these workers are necessary, where markets and employment chances are open. 

For its SLP, DSWD puts in Self Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K), which provides entrepreneurship trainings, facilitates access to business service providers, provides start-up capital and increase business portfolio through mentoring and coaching, Merin points out. 

For SEA-K, DSWD allocates as much as P25, 470, 000 capital seed fund for Bohol in its 2015 budget. 

This however pales in comparison to the P77, 940, 000 for technical-vocational trainings, which should get family member beneficiaries the right skills to land in jobs. 

In fact, another allotment for pre-employment assistance at DSWD SLP reaches P1,945,000, according to DSWD. 

Again, DSWD allots Cash for Building Livelihood Assets (CBLA) at P1,683,000. This would be in form of compensation to members who work to build communal or privately owned livelihood assets from DSWD assistance. 

Project community mobilization fund sums up as a locally counter parted amount of P3, 225, 960.00 from the DSWD and P32,000 from Local Government Units. 

Over all, the SLP budget runs to P110, 305, 960.0, DSWDs Merin said. (RAC/PIABohol) 

PSA braces for 2015
mid-decade PopCen

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 27 (PIA)—The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) braces for another crucial census year, one that will determine demographic changes in Bohol since its last census of 2010. 

PSA, formerly National Statistics Office, is now a bigger and meaner organization integrating all census gathering government bodies as the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES), and the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) since December 29, 2013 via Republic Act 10625 otherwise known as the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013. 

PSA Bohol statistician and caretaker Jessamyn Anne Alcazaren, said this year’s mid-decade census on population (POPCEN) is not as exhaustive as the census on population and housing, which happens once in a decade.

And like the previous census enumeration should be carefully done so that good data can be obtained, explains Alcazaren at the recent Kapihan sa PIA, which was aired live through DyTR. 

Apart from the usual demographic data, this year’s census uses new procedures, methodologies and instruments which authorities hope to provide data that will measure the impacts of typhoon Yolanda in terms of people and socio-economic profiles and the effects of displaced households, according to the PSA National Statistician Liza Grace Bersales. 

For this, the PSA uses a different set of questionnaire containing questions on the relocation site (i.e., residence in a temporary relocation, usual place of and intention to live in previous residence) will be administered Bohol and elsewhere in Region 7 and 8. 

Also, households in the non-Yolanda-affected areas which have begun residing in their new areas since August 2011 will be asked if the transfer or movement was due to natural calamities or disaster.

In Bohol, the actual 2015 POPCEN is in August 1-31, 2015 and would be primarily an updating of the population count gathered from the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), adds Alcazaren during the forum attended by Emmanuel Galab and Venus Gloria, of PSA Bohol. 

To be assured of such, the 2015 POPCEN Census questionnaires have been reviewed and assigned clearance numbers through the Statistical Survey and Review and Clearance System (SSRCS). 

The SSRCS is a mechanism implemented the PSA by virtue of Rule 28 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA No. 10625 (The Philippine Statistical Act of 2013) to ensure sound design for data collection, minimize the burden placed upon respondents, effect economy in statistical data collection, eliminate unnecessary duplication of statistical data collection, and achieve better coordination of government statistical activities.

“Garbage in, garbage out,” Alcazaren intoned, when asked about how crucial the requirements for the enumerators are. 

We’re hiring and were looking for college graduates at least who could be physically fit, we look at younger aspirants a premium, and they should be able to work independently with minimal supervision, hints PSA Bohol statistician. (RAC/PIABohol)

Bohol mulls P13M dairy 
development program

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 27 (PIA)—Bohol local officials are now coordinating with concerned agencies in the implementation of the dairy development program in the province. 

Bohol is looking at not just developing high-bred carabao scions which could be the farmers’ best friends, but a dairy development program which would be the onset of processing raw milk and its by-products for economic profits and nutrition. 

At his recent State of the province Address, Governor Edgar Chatto reported to the Boholanos of the current move to coordinate with the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) and the National Dairy Authority (NDA) for the implementation of a provincial dairy development program. 

Bohol has been a gracious host of the PCC and the NDA at the Ubay Stock Farm and allocated thousands of hectares of pasture lands and building spaces so the Department of Agriculture offices could make their presence here, according to PCC sources. 

In fact, the governor told thousands of Boholanos glued to their radio sets February 20, that Bohol has facilitated the preparation of a business plan to the Philippine Rural Development program (PRDP) entitled Bohol Carabao Dairy Processing Marketing Enterprise. 

He also added that in to handle the operation is a group of dairy producers, managing the P13, 069,004.40. 

The business viability could be based on the promising increase in raw milk production in the last two years. 

“Under our Dairy Development Program, we have seen an impressive 15% increase in the production of raw milk, amounting to P11.575 million,” Chatto pointed out. 

This has also led to an 81% increase in the sales of dairy products, amounting to P9.425 million in 2014, the governor continued. 

Moreover, the governor also shared the move in coordination with the PCC on the move to implement the Gatas sa Eskwelahan para sa Kabataan ug Katawhan project to supplement the fight against malnutrition. 

The governor however did not detail what this project was all about. (RAC/PIABohol) 

PIA Bohol speaks of 
social media at HNU 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 27 (PIA)—True to its mandate of information dissemination and empowering the people to make informed decisions, the Philippine Information Agency in Bohol responds to a request for a talk on Social Media Use in social issues generation, at the Holy Name University, February 24. 

Anne Bethany Basilio invited the PIA for the social science class, considering that it would lend to them the necessary skills to learn more. 

A popular tool for people to explore nowadays is facebook, twitter and youtube, and such is because communities have embraced these socal media technology to inter-act with people from distant places in practically cost efficient ways, the PIA said. 

The age of the computers has practically overhauled the science of research, the PIA said, sharing how it was when issue gathering was done old school: by clipping from newspapers. 

The advent of the computers revitalized research when the internet opened its doors to efficient research and search engines, the PIA said. 

While google is an awesome search engine, the unfiltered data available is so much that narrowing the search could take considerable amount of time, which social scientists may not have. 

PIA then talked about the Really Simple Syndication (RSS) which has been among the most recent innovations in wed search engines. 

In twitter for example, PIA points out that the use of hashtags put in the right commands for a topic to be stored and retrieved quick, for researchers and writers to easily pull up anytime. 

Aside from social media in general, PIA Bohol also talked about social media ethics, one that is more honored in breach in today’s social media world. 

A cursory look at your wall on ordinary traffic days, you would see how facebook or twitter has become an emotional trashbin of people who are in anger. 

While this is good, the implications of the whole world looking at a pitiful person pouring sentiments on social media is simply incredible, PIA points out. 

We think, PIA intones, social media practitioners should start considering the immense power of the social media being abused and debased. It is high time people should understand responsibilities when using the social media, PIA summed. (RAC/PIABohol)

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