Region 8 agencies prepare for Pamaskong Handog ng Pangulo caravan in Biliran, Samar

Tacloban City (December 21) — The Region 8 participating agencies in the Pamaskong Handog ng Pangulo Caravan which is scheduled on December 28 in Biliran and Samar, will conduct a coordination meeting on December 26, 2007.

This was learned from DSWD Director Leticia Corillo who said that the meeting will be held at the DSWD Reg 8 Office at 10:00 o’clock in the morning.

More than 30,000 families from six municipalities in Biliran and 10 municipalities of Samar, are the target recipients of the President’s Pamaskong Handog or gift giving activities.

The President instructed the Cabinet to conduct the distribution of packages in Priority 1 and Priority 2 provinces including the National Capital Region.

At each distribution event, all of or majority of the suggested activities will accompany the Caravan. Among the suggested activities are rural electrification through NEA; Water (Presidents Priority Program on Water) through the DPWH and NAPC; Tindahan Natin through the National Food Authority; and TESDA Training Programs. Continue reading “Region 8 agencies prepare for Pamaskong Handog ng Pangulo caravan in Biliran, Samar”

Biliran’s goal: “No more hunger”

Jack C. Gadaingan
Manila Bulletin

NAVAL, Biliran – “Let there be no more hunger in Biliran.”

Although these words from Biliran Governor Rogelio “Roger” J. Espina sounds like a magical wish, the provincial executive’s goal can be achieved through determination, a correct approach, and disciplined consumption, among others.

The most important aspect of the program is conservation.

The province’s program to eradicate hunger includes free food to the poorest of the poor, the jobless, and others whose survival depends on provisions from nature, and everything else that is free.

Espina found it prudent to restore the bounty of fish in inland or freshwater bodies of water like rivers, streams, brooks, and ponds, lakes, and other water impoundments.

When these are available, it would seem that survival methods, especially hunting, would become part of the poor’s food sourcing activities. Continue reading “Biliran’s goal: “No more hunger””

Youth peer counsellors in Biliran attend first general assembly

By: Rodrigo S. Victoria

Naval, Biliran (11 December) – This could be the biggest gathering so far among the youth peer counsellors in the province of Biliran as more than 200 members of the Biliran Peer Counselors Organization (BIPCO) attended the group’s first general assembly held at the MacArthur Park Beach Resort in Tacloban City on December 9-10, 2007.

From its 41 original members since BIPCO was formally organized in the later part of August 2007 in the same venue where they are holding the general assembly, its membership expanded as more and more youth from age 14 to 27 years coming from the eight towns comprising Biliran province have voluntarily joined the group.
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Enterprising farmers group in Almeria town receives financial assistance from NAFC

By: Rodrigo S. Victoria

Naval, Biliran (7 December) – After three long years of waiting for the release of fund for their project proposal, finally the Sampao Entrepreneurial Association (SEA) received a financial assistance amounting to P415, 889 from the National Agricultural and Fishery Council (NAFC).
SEA is a duly registered association with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The association which is composed of more than 40 farmer-entrepreneurs was organized in 1999. All of its members are residents of Barangay Sampao, an upland agricultural barangay in the municipality of Almeria.
The ceremonial turn-over of the mock check bearing the amount given was held during the year-end meeting of the officers and members of the Provincial Agricultural and Fishery Council (PAFC) in the province of Biliran yesterday at the Riverside Grill of the Biliran Garden Resort.
Rogelio Almonte, president of SEA said that the proposal that the group submitted has passed through the close scrutiny and evaluation of the agricultural and fishery councils in the municipality of Almeria and the province of Biliran before the same was finally approved by NAFC. Continue reading “Enterprising farmers group in Almeria town receives financial assistance from NAFC”

More married women in Biliran use traditional family planning method

By Lanie Pitao-Tupaz

Naval, Biliran (5 December) – The 2006 Family Planning Survey conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO) shows five in ten currently married women in Biliran aging 15-49 years old are practicing family planning where majority are using the traditional family planning method at 29.8% against the 24.0% for those who are using the modern family planning method
This result opposes the entire result for region 8 which shows 50.3% for those who are not using any contraceptive method, and whose preference for the modern family planning method is at 31.3% against 18.7% for the traditional family planning method. Continue reading “More married women in Biliran use traditional family planning method”