Amidst the stiff local and global market competition and growing trade liberalization, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) continues to push for smarter micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) through its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).
“We make our MSMEs smarter by creating platforms for innovation and assisting them the direct innovation process; from ideas to market”, said Dr. Carol Yorobe, DOST Undersecretary for regional operations during an International Conference on Smarter Cities held in Pasay. (more…)
By THELMA C. BICARME
CABARROGUIS, Quirino — The Department of Trade and Industry 2 is set to award Bronze Seal of Excellence (Bagwis Award) to some 13 business firms in the province on Dec. 5, 2014.
Susan Janer of DTI Quirino Provincial Office said the award aims to promote and foster the highest level of business ethics and uphold a fair and honest marketplace through voluntary self-regulation and service excellence, (more…)
MANILA – Regional director Ofelia Domingo of the DOLE Regional Office No. 12 has reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that 56 parents of child laborers in Kematu, T’boli, South Cotabato are now engaged in income-generating home businesses after the DOLE regional office had awarded them livelihood starter kits worth P10,000 each.
“We have identified 56 parents in Kematu, T’boli whose children are working as magbabanlas in a nearby mining site. We have determined that one of the best ways to relieve these children of the burden of earning a living to contribute to their family’s income is to empower the parents themselves to earn. We have given them the livelihood they know best,” said Domingo in her report. (more…)
ALEOSAN, North Cotabato – The North Cotabato Electric Cooperative (Cotelco) in the province’s first district announced today the electrification of about 40 households in this town’s remotest community.
In a statement, Cotelco said the Sitio Electrification program of the cooperative has provided electricity to residents of Sitio Mangga, Barangay New Leon, Aleosan, North Cotabato. (more…)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) chapters here and nearby South Cotabato province will temporarily suspend their relief campaigns for survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” in parts of the Visayas region.
Dixie Villar, PRC South Cotabato chapter administrator, said Friday they will momentarily stop their relief drive starting next week to pave the way for an ongoing assessment of the agency’s relief operations in the affected areas. (more…)
By FAYETTE C. RIÑEN
BOHOL – President Benigno S. Aquino III assured affected families in severely quake-hit towns of Bohol that they will be given the assistance they need to rebuild back their homes by December during a visit here last Thursday.
During a speech at the inauguration of the temporary Abatan Bridge that connects the towns of Cortes and Maribojoc, Pres. Aquino said families in identified priority areas whose houses collapsed or rendered unfit to live in after the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake on October 15 would be given housing aid under the Housing Materials Assistance Program (HMAP) of the National Housing Authority (NHA). (more…)
KIDAPAWAN CITY – Police here said the awareness of women victims of violence has increased that many of them now seek assistance from the police.
Due to an intensified information campaign, many women victims of violence have come out and seek police assistance. (more…)
DUMAGUETE CITY – An appeal has been made to the public to help the city government curb the perceived rise in the number of people living off the streets through begging or relying on charitable donations.
This, even as the city government on Friday rounded up a total of 16 families, 47 individuals and mostly the nomadic Badjaos, 23 mendicants and eight street children for documentation and profiling in what is the first of a series of temporary solutions to a growing problem.
Carola Alquero, OIC of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, noted that the problem is aggravated by the public’s charitable practice of giving alms to beggars and street people.
She cited a law against vagrancy but people still persist to give to these people who make a living out of begging.
Alquero admitted, though, that even with Friday’s round up of mendicants, the city government does not yet have a more permanent solution to vagrancy and similar problems, more particularly with providing these people with a roof over their heads.
Many of those begging off the streets are found to be not from Dumaguete but have flocked to this capital city where they could eke a living from charitable donors, she said.
As an example, Alquero pointed to the Badjaos who are nomads by nature and are “seasonal” in coming to Dumaguete.
These Badjaos and even beggars and street children have been asked to return to their hometowns or provinces but they refuse and continue to hang out in the streets, she added.
Alquero clarified that those who were rounded up and brought to the Dumaguete City High School gymnasium were not forced but “invited”.
Several teams were plying the city streets Friday morning to pick up these people with a good number of them, to include some mentally challenged individuals, refusing to cooperate.
At the gymnasium, at least two interpreters who spoke Tausug and Samal were on hand to help social workers document the Badjaos.
The city government provided them food but they were later allowed to leave around 3 p.m.
Alquero disclosed that another meeting is set with key offices and city officials to extensively discuss further ways on how to rid the streets of beggars and perhaps provide them with an alternate means of livelihood. (PNA)
By ROEL CATOTO
SURIGAO CITY – All is set for the “run-for-a-cause” this Sunday here for the victims of super typhoon “Yolanda,” an event organized by the Surigao Runners’ Club (SRC).
All proceeds of the event, dubbed “Red Tie Run 2,” will go to the typhoon-stricken areas in the Visayas. (more…)
By GENE V. BAQUIRAN
TUGUEGARAO CITY – Law students of the Cagayan State University here had spearheaded the conduct of Environmental Forum as support of the institution in the advocacy to protect and preserve the environment.
Atty. Placido Sabban, Dean of the College of Law said there is an immediate need to move for the conservation and preservation of the environment “or else everyone will vanish in this earth. (more…)