Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan election registration in Mabinay, NegOr

Barangay residents in Mabinay, Negros Oriental have registered for the Barangay Elections
Barangay residents in Mabinay, Negros Oriental have registered for the Barangay Elections
Teenage residents of the different barangays in Mabinay have registered  for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections
Teenage residents of the different barangays in Mabinay have registered for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections


Young and old residents in the different barangays in Mabinay, Negros Oriental flocked their Municipal Hall and their Municipal Covered court to register for the upcoming barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections. (PIANEGOR)


PHL, US, Microsoft partnership to improve Fisherfolk Registration in Bohol

By Jennifer C. Tilos

DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental, July 31 (PIA)– A TV White technology will be established to facilitate mobile fisherfolk registration in Panglao, Bohol.

The Department of Science and Technology’s Information and Communication Technology Office (DOST-ICT Office), Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR), the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Microsoft Philippines officials entered into a partnership that will help improve fisherfolk registration for municipalities located in the Danajon Reef Marine Key Biodiversity Area in Bohol early in July.

The partnership will use TV White Space – unused TV broadcast channels—to establish connectivity that functions similar to a Wi-Fi in remote areas and facilitate mobile fisherfolk registration in the municipalities of Talibon, Trinidad, Bien Unido, Ubay and Carlos P Garcia.

This supports DOST-ICT Office’s Smarter Philippines Program and DA-BFAR’s National Program for Municipal Fisherfolk Registration or FishR.

The registration, supported by USAID’s Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (ECOFISH) Project, will support the Philippine government’s economic assistance to the fisheries sector that is suited to the local needs and sustainable in terms of restoring the health of ecosystems to produce more fish, to feed more people, and generate more jobs.

DOST-ICT Office’s Executive Director Louis Napoleon Casambre said, “This partnership will help the Philippine government to identify and implement targeted programs for fisherfolk communities based on the information that they will provide. We are glad that USAID and Microsoft Philippines are working with us to use this technology to further enhance the delivery of public services.”

USAID Mission Director Gloria Steele said in a message, “The U.S. government is pleased to continue our collaboration with the Philippine government and the private sector as part of our shared vision of broad-based and inclusive growth for the Philippines. This groundbreaking initiative demonstrates how win-win solutions for the environment and the business sector can be both profitable and sustainable.”

The initiative will allow local government units to access BFAR’s Fisherfolk Registration System (FRS) directly from the field, eliminating the tedious process of completing the forms on paper and encoding of entries back in the municipal hall, hence enabling municipalities to immediately distribute critical IDs, certificates and licenses to fisherfolk especially in remote areas.

Additionally, field operatives from the Philippine National Police, Bantay Dagat, and BFAR can immediately access and connect to a central database to monitor compliance in gear and vessels.

The partnership will also provide internet access for the target municipalities. Public institutions such as clinics, public schools and barangay halls will be transformed to e-knowledge hubs and will also serve as mobile registration centers especially for fishermen located in remote or traditionally low turn-out areas.

BFAR-7 Director Andres Bojos commended the partnership for its potential to “increase registrants from hard-to-reach areas in the Danajon Reef area and give a much needed focus to the plight of small scale, subsistence fisherfolk as primary beneficiaries of the government’s poverty alleviation programs.”

Microsoft Philippines will be providing Windows 8-powered tablets to aid mobility for the registration. In reiterating Microsoft Philippines’
commitment of support, Karrie Ilagan, managing director of Microsoft Philippines, underscored the role of technology to better serve communities around the country.

“The TV White Space technology is an example of how untapped resources such as unused television channels can be leveraged to empower people’s lives like our fisherfolk with a better and convenient registration system,” Ilagan said.

Ilagan added that the TV White Space technology can reinforce the replication of registration efforts like this in other underserved areas to transform more communities.

The technology trial of TV White Space-supported fisherfolk registration is targeted for full implementation in September of this year. Results will be gathered and considered for potential expansion in 2014. (mbcn/JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)

DOLE7 briefs businesses on labor standards in Dumaguete City

DUMAGUETE CITY, July 31 (PIA)–The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) has briefed some 65 business store owners in the public market of Dumaguete City under its expanded technical advisory visit (TAV) at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the market in the city.

The agency kicked off a series of TAV orientation in Dumaguete City for owners and workers in public market stores to monitor and document the improvement of businesses in the area as well as their compliance with the general labor standards, said Emmanuel Ferrer, DOLE-7 information officer.

In his message during the opening ceremony, City Administrator William Ablong lauded the activity of DOLE in helping the businessmen in the city to be observant and compliant with the law as they geared in to be successful in their respective businesses.

Aside from the orientation from DOLE, participants were able to grasp the updated information pertaining to programs, projects and services of Social Security System (SSS) with branch head Lelanie Benedian and Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) for Visayas Region with Engrid Zafra.

The DOLE schedule another orientation on July 30 and 31 in the city with around 100 participants expected to attend coming from the meat and fish vendors group. (mbcn/JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)