PIA conducts 2nd Ugnayan Forum in NegOr

By PIA-Negros Oriental

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The second Ugnayan forum in Negros Oriental was attended by members of the farmer-fisherfolks’ association, women’s groups, barangay captains and other local officials in Sibulan town. Photo Shows Mayor Jose Abiera giving his speech. (PIA7-NegOr)


Philippine Information Agency (PIA) – 7 holds an Ugnayan: A Dialogue for Progress Multi-Sectoral Forum in Negros Oriental for the second time.

The Ugnayan Forum was held on June 29, 2017 at Municipal Multi-Purpose Hall in Sibulan town attended by members of farmers and fisherfolks’ association, women’s group, barangay captains, members of the Sangguniang Bayan and other local officials of Sibulan.

Unlike in the first Ugnayan Forum that was held last April at Silliman University which featured lectures about ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), Freedom of Information (FOI) and NEDA’s Ambisyon Natin 2040, this time, the discussions were focused on livelihood programs for the aforementioned sectors and disaster preparedness in the barangays.


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The panel of resource speakers and guests for the Ugnayan Forum


The panel of speakers who delivered lectures on government’s livelihood programs are Department of Agriculture (DA) Provincial Coordinator for its Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Negros Oriental Rico Sienes, DA  Program for Unified Lending to Agriculture (PUNLA) Provincial Coordinator for Negros Oriental and Siquijor Maria Korraine Tobias and Department of Social Welfare and Development – Negros Island Region (DSWD-NIR) Assistant Program Coordinator for Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Glenuel Joyce Nuñez and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Executive Officer Adrian Sedillo.



The programs presented during the forum are DA’s Special Area for Agricultural Development Program and the Program for Unified Lending for Agriculture, DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.


Also giving their messages during the event were PIA-7 OIC-Regional Director Fayette Riñen, Assistant Provincial Administrator Atty. Froilan Pinili, Sibulan Mayor Jose Abiera and Sibulan Vice-Mayor Marcela Bartoces.


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PIA-Negros Infocen Manager gives a message



PIA-Negros Oriental Information Manager Jenny Tilos gave the closing message for the event. She thanked the guests for sharing their programs to the participants of the forum she also expressed her gratitude to the  participants for coming to the event.


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PAO: No agricultural crops damage from El Niño

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) –  As early as second semester of last year, Provincial Agriculture Office urged the farmers to plant drought tolerant and early maturing crops to offset the effects of El Niño, “Thus for now the office has not received any damage reports,”  agri researcher Charito Catarata of PAO reported in a Kapihan forum recently.

Catarata said, so far the occurrence of El Niño has brought very minimal effect to most palay and corn  farmers in the province since they already harvested their crops as early as September 2014 for the first crop and February this year  for the second cropping.

As an advocate and practicing organic farming, Negros Oriental may outlive the intense hot weather since the soil is filled with organic matter and carbon, the agriculture official said.

Other set of contingency prepared to mitigate the adverse effects of the weather phenomenon El Niño, the farmers have been advised to access drought-tolerant varieties of crops or rice which thrive even limited water supply.

In the same forum, National Irrigation Administration (NIA) division chief Engr. Joseph Naparota said more than 5,000 farmer-members from 60 irrigator famer associations did not feel much the El Niño weather event.

NIA has set its water crisis management plan to equally distribute the availability of the water supply in the irrigations.

The water level of the three impounding reservoirs in Calango, Zamboanguita and Dauin towns is still normal where water supplies of the irrigation systems are taken from the rivers, said Engr. Naparota.

However, the Nasig-id, Zamboanguita reservoir has very low supply of water thus temporarily closed to be able to collect more water.

El Niño is the unusual warming of sea surface temperatures along the equatorial Pacific that is usually characterized by below-average rainfall, which leads to a dry spell. However, PAGASA chief Neptune Catarata said, this year’s El Niño is likely moderate. (mbcn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental with reports from Sheena Mae Diongco, SU intern/This article was first published at PIA Website on April 20, 2015 )

Cebuano News: TESDA adunay P65M training fund alang sa IT-BPO industry

By Leandria Pagunsan

MANILA (PIA)–Ang Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) migahin ug badget sa himoong training sa mga trabahante sa Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM).

Ang TESDA mopagawas ug P65 milyon nga  scholarship vouchers alang sa pre-employment training ug retooling sa mga trabahante sa maong industriya pinaagi sa nilagadaan nga  Memorandum of Agreements (MOAs) ni TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva ug sa Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines (HIMOAP) ug sa Animation Council of the Philippines (ACPI).

Ang himoong training ipaubos sa TESDA’s Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP)

Namahayag si Villanueva usa kini ka maayong oportunidad nga mapalambo pa ug dugang ang IT-BPO industry sa nasud.

Dugang ni Villanueva nga padayon ang paghatag sa TESDA sa de kalidad nga edukasyon ug training aron mahimong hanas ug bansay ang atong kabataan sa maong trabaho.

Base sa duha ka MOA, ang HIMOAP makakuha ug 50 milyon nga scholarship vouchers samtang ang ACPI makakuha ug laing 15 milyon.

Ang kasabutan tali sa HIMOAP mo punting pagbansay sa Medical Transcription Finishing Course NC ll, Medical Transcription NC ll ug Medical Coding and Billing NC ll.

Mi lagda sa duha ka kasabutan sila si Villanueva sa TESDA, Myla Rose Reyes sa HIMOAP ug Juan Miguel del Rosario sa ACPI.

Ang HIMOAP usa ka non-stock ug non-profit organization nga mituboy sa Pilipinas isip usa sa piniling lugar alang sa mga  outsourced healthcare information management services (HIMS).

Ang ACPI sa laing bahin usa ka organisasyon nga gi-ila sa gobyerno sa Pilipinas nga mopalambo ug mapatugbaw sa animation industry sa tibook kalibutan diin ang atong nasud napili nga usa sa makahatag ug maayong serbisyo sa maong industriya.

Ang MOAs gikasabutan aron makiglambigit ang TESDA sa duha ka pundok paghatag ug training sa mga trabahante sa IT-BPM industry. (mbcn/ lpp/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on April 14, 2015)