DSWD sets up database to address poverty

By Jennifer C. Tilos

 

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4Ps Provincial Link Asela Bella Tse (with microphone) in a briefing with Negros Oriental Public Information Officers (File Photo)

 

 

The Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD) here has established a baseline data to determine the contributory factors why some recipients of Pantawid Pamilya program still remain poor.

Pantawid Pamilya Provincial Link Asela Bella Tse said the gathering of information is very important to set up a baseline data to pinpoint the actual reasons why they are still poor or waht are the causes of poverty so that we can identify the appropriate interventions.

Under Pantawid program, the province has more or less 65,000 household-beneficiaries

The Pantawid intends to keep the poor children in school or continue schooling, however, based on records some 22, 231 children have not continued schooling or are always absent, thus, have not complied with the conditions on 85 percent required attendance in school, said Tse.

The data also showed that 936 children are working as house or farm helpers even at their young age and 56 taking care of their young siblings.

It is also recorded that 35 kids get pregnant early and 30 are living-in as husband and wife.

Some 908 children listed, have discontinued or stopped schooling due to distance of the schools from their house.

The top reasons for discontinuing schooling, Tse said some children walked four hours going up and down hills to reach the school that made them too tiresome or difficult to continue schooling.

With this, the DSWD enhances convergence strategies among national government agencies and local government units to address some challenges for poverty alleviation and social protection in the province.

In a convergence meeting, Tse said with the data available as evidence, it is possible to provide policy or implement projects of different convergence initiatives to address poverty in the province.

For now some LGUs have started the interventions especially on the sanitation advocacy to provide access of sanitary toilet in each household like Mabinay, Manjuyod, Tayasan, Jimalalud, La Libertad, Siaton, Tanjay City, and Pamplona, said Tse.

The rest are stepping up to be zero open defecation to address health problems and reduce medical expenses among the households.

Tse said poverty is a complex challenge that needs convergence strategies to improve the well-being of the people in the province.

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QR markers to be installed in Dgte parish churches

By Jennifer C. Tilos

 

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Most Rev. Julito Cortes (left), bishop of Diocese of Dumaguete, scanning the QR marker thru his mobile device to open the web link. (PIA Negros Oriental)

 

Leading to the celebration of the 500-year anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021, the Diocese of Dumaguete has partnered with a telecommunications company to set Quick Response (QR) interactive markers to make way for a digital tourism experience.

Bishop Julito Cortes of Diocese of Dumaguete said this is part of the preparations for 2021, which marks the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the country, with March 2020 to March 2021 as a Holy Year.

Smart Communications Visayas-Mindanao Public Affairs Head Maria Jane Paredes recently turned over the initial seven QR code markers to Cortes which will be installed in parish churches.

Using the QR code markers, pilgrims, tourists, and students can access accurate information and explore heritage churches and monuments using their mobile phones.

The digital tourism program harnesses technology to deliver cultural, historical, and travel information to mobile users.

Under the program, the QR codes and near field communication chips will be installed in every church heritage structure and when scanned through a mobile device, it will open a web link on the user’s smartphone.

Paredes said through these markers, the tourist and the pilgrims can get information on a particular site right away.

The information provided has been carefully curated and validated by the Diocese and Commission on Cultural Heritage.

“This is to help also catechize the pilgrims especially the young ones because mobile technology is their arena, so we also hope to draw attention on the youth sector,” added Paredes.

“The Rome will allow us in the Philippines to declare thru the CBCP that 13 churches in every Diocese can grant plenary indulgences, like in the Diocese of Dumaguete my hope we can declare the following churches to receive indulgence Cathedral, Bacong, Dauin, Zamboanguita, Siaton, and Bayawan in the south and then Sibulan, Amlan, San Jose, Tanjay, Bais, Manjuyod and Jimalalud,” the bishop said.

With this, Cortes wants the seven churches to start the QR markers that also link to a prayer and other spiritual exercises, and expand eventually to all the churches that will be declared to receive indulgences in 2020-2021.

“This is to help also catechize the pilgrims especially the young ones because mobile technology is their arena, so we also hope to draw attention on the youth sector,” added Paredes.

“The Rome will allow us in the Philippines to declare thru the CBCP that 13 churches in every Diocese can grant plenary indulgences, like in the Diocese of Dumaguete my hope we can declare the following churches to receive indulgence Cathedral, Bacong, Dauin, Zamboanguita, Siaton, and Bayawan in the south and then Sibulan, Amlan, San Jose, Tanjay, Bais, Manjuyod and Jimalalud,” the bishop said.

With this, Cortes wants the seven churches to start the QR markers that also link to a prayer and other spiritual exercises, and expand eventually to all the churches that will be declared to receive indulgences in 2020-2021.

Dumaguete Cathedral, Bacong, Dauin , Francis of Asisi of Siquijor, San Juan, Lazi, Maria, Larena, and Talingting while church heritage QR markers are in various stages of completion.

Digital tourism involves the creation of apps, mobile guides, and interactive materials that give tourists and locals comprehensive and localized information about various destinations in the country, including heritage sites, nature parks, historic cities, and churches.

Cebuano News: Turista sa Apo Island giawhag pag-amping sa kinaiyahan

By Leandria Pagunsan

Ang Apo Island Protected Landscape and Seascape Protected Area Management Board ubos sa pagdumala sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sa Negros Oriental mi awhag sa mga “tour guides ug mga langyaw nga turista nga ampingan ang kinaiyahan, kabaybayonan ug kadagatan sa maong isla.

Bagohay lang gipahigayon sa DENR ang social marketing meeting uban sa mga stakeholders, Provincial Tourism Office, dive guides ug tour guides sa Apo Island tumong nga makab-ot ang mga pamaagi pag panalipod sa coral reefs, marine turtles ug ang tibook kinaiyahan sa Apo Island.

Atol sa maong tigom pinangulohan ni Theresa Quijano sa DENR, iyang gipasabot nga ang pagka daot sa reefs sa Apo Island gumikan sa mga turista ug pumboats nga motunob ug mosanglad sa mga gasang (corals).

Gibatbat usab ni Quijano nga ang paglabay  sa mga plastics sa dagat ug mga turista nga molangoy ug mohikap sa mga binuhi nga pawikan nakahatag dugang kadaot sa lugar.

Gi klaro sa mga dive guides nga nitambong sa maong tigom, tungod sa “language barrier” ilabi na sa mga langyaw nga Insik (Chinese nationals) ang usa sa mga hinungdan nga maglisod sila pagpasabot sa angayan ug dili angayan nga buhaton sa ilang pagduaw sa isla.

Aron malikay sa kadaot ang Apo island reefs, gihan-ay sa gihimong tigom ang mga pamaagi kon “interventions” sama sa pagbutang ug mga sign boards nga magpahibalo nga “guinadili ang paglabay ug plastic sa dagat, “ginadili ang pagtunob sa mga corals,” ginadili ang paghikap sa pawikan” ug magbutang ug photo booth nga barogan sa mga turista ang: “I will not step on the corals.”

Labi usab nga hatagan ug importansya ang pagbansay sa mga “tour guides” sa ilang katungdanan nga makapasabot sa mga dayong turista sa “rules and regulations” sa ilang pag suroy suroy sa isla.

Subay niini  giawhag nga magplano ug ubang kalihokan nga kalingawan sa mga turista sama sa trekking aron dili lamang snorkeling ang ilang kalingawan ug palapdan ang lugar nga makahalubilo sa mga pawikan sa dagat.