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.

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Cebuano News: Mga parokya gibansay batok sa katalagman

By Leandria Pagunsan

 

 

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Dr. Cedric Daep

 

Mga 100 ka parishioners gikan sa 5 ka parokya nga sakop sa Diocese sa Dumaguete ang mitambong sa gipahigayong disaster” preparedness training” pinagulohan sa Smart Communications.

KIni matud ni Public Affairs Junior Manager NN Navarro sa Smart Communications, Inc., ikatulo na ka higayon nga gihimo alang sa mga “clergy” aron mahanas ug bansay sila pag responde panahon sa kalamidad.

Ang training gipunting sa northern Negros nga bahin tungod kay “prone to earthquake” kini base  sa nahitabong 6.9 magnitude earthquake niadtong tuig 2012.

Ang Smart mikuha ni Dr. Cedric Daep, pangulo sa Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) nga  experto sa “disaster preparedness” ilabi na sa linog ug bagyo.

Matud ni Daep mahinungdanon nga mabansay ang katawhan ug komunidad  “before, during and after the calamity” aron malikay sa mas dagko nga kadaot.

Ang linog matud ni Daep usa ka “sudden natural hazard nga mahitabo bisan unsang orasa nga walay “warning” ug importante kaayo nga andam sa kanunay ang katawhan.

Ang mga mitambong nga “lay people” ug BEC (basic ecclesial communities) gibansay usab sa Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), expected time of landfall, wind strength, possible storm surge ug uban pa.

Gitumbok ni Daep nga ang local government units (LGUs) ug simbahan daku ug kaakohan sa “disaster preparedness, cimate change mitigation ug pag-amping sa kinaiyahan apan mas mahinungdanon usab nga andam ug bansay  ang komunidad sa ilang buhaton.

Pinaagi niini nga training, ang Diocese sa Dumaguete mabansay sa ilang pagpangandam panahon sa kalamidad.

Diocese of Dumaguete undergoes disaster preparedness with SmartComm

By: Jennifer C. Tilos

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DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb. 4 (PIA) — About 100 clergy and parish pastoral leaders of the Diocese of Dumaguete are taking an active role in disaster risk reduction management by undergoing a disaster preparedness training today sponsored by the Smart Communications.

Bishop Julito Cortes of Diocese of Dumaguete said there’s a need to boost efforts to help ensure the safety and readiness of the community- parishioners during calamities by applying disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation programs.

In a press conference, Bishop Cortes called on the parish priests from the south municipality of Basay to Jimalalud town of the north of Negros Oriental and Siquijor provinces as part of the coverage of the Diocese, to actively participate in the training to help prepare the vulnerable communities before the calamity occurs.

For her part, Atty. Maria Jane Paredes of Smart Communications said that “as part of our social responsibility we support Diocese’ move to train the priests on disaster preparedness, since the church is an effective medium to achieve an effective information dissemination.”

While the church is the refuge of the community during disaster, it might as well provide them some awareness to mitigate the impact of the disaster, said Atty. Paredes.

However, Bishop Cortes said there is still a need to collaborate with local government in other aspect of disaster response management.

The training underscores the importance of identifying the risks or hazards and threats and mitigating them appropriately.

Dr. Cedric Daep, a consultant from the United Nations Development Programme and Japan International Cooperation Agency, said this is for the priest- participants to also educate and prepare the would be victims in the community, not just the disaster responders.

“Preparedness is always better than response, when it comes to disaster,” said Dr. Daep. (rmn/JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)