Saturday, March 2, 2013

DENR Bicol targets 1.2 million native trees for 2013 greening program


LEGAZPI CITY, March 2 (PIA) – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales has tasked the Ecosystem Research and Development Service (ERDS) to produce some 1.2 million indigenous tree seedlings for the National Greening Program’s (NGP) thereby complementing on the national target of 25 million native trees.
“We are abiding with the directive of Environment Sec. Ramon Paje to up the ante on shifting to indigenous or native species instead of exotic ones to give the program a truly Filipino Character,” RED Gonzales averred.

Director Gonzales emphasized that this pivotal role that the ERDS is now taking would be beneficial to Bicol forests to reinstate it, wherein native tree species thrive in it.

Based on the regional target 750,000 indigenous tree seedlings will be allotted to protection forests, 113,000 native species allocated to protected areas, and 337,000 seedlings to timberlands.

An ERDS report stated that indigenous species of seedlings may include any of the following species sambulauan, kupang, bagras, kalumpit, bagalunga, malapapaya, banaba, molave, bitaog, narra, batino, dao, lamio, akleng parang, lumbang, baguilumbang, white lauan, bagtikan, red lauan, almon, mayapis species and other dipterocarps/indigenous  species whose seeds are available for collection.

Last year, native trees raised by DENR-ERDS totaled 807,000 indigenous species, a significant part of the NGP accomplishment pegged at 5,901,432 seedlings. (Ruby Mendones, DENR-RPAO/PIA Sorsogon)

Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP): Gear Up and Let’s Sail!


NAGA CITY, March 2 (PIA) – The National Youth Commission is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP), now on its 40th year
The SSEAYP is an annual cultural exchange program aims to promote and strengthen friendship among the young people of the participating ASEAN countries and Japan by providing them the opportunity to live together on board the luxury vessel M/S Fuji Maru, visit participating countries and engage in various activities such as institutional visits and goodwill exchanges with local youth.

Participating youth should be: Filipino citizen, single, between 18-30 years old as of April 1, 2013; of good moral character; residing for at least 2 years in the region to be represented; physically and mentally fit to travel; preferably a first time traveler and not a recipient of NYC or Japanese government funded international program; with strong background of Philippines history, geography, culture and arts; knowledgeable of the current issues of the Philippines, Japan and ASEAN countries; must have been serving the youth sector as an active officer/member of any youth or youth organization for at least 2 years and must be willing to be an NYC volunteer after the program.

Interested applicants must also be willing to take a leave of absence from school or work and complete the trainings and activities before, during and after the program on the following schedules: Pre-Departure Training – July 16-25; Pre-Departure Activities – Sept 28-Oct 27; Cruise – Oct 28-Dec 16; and Post Program Evaluation – Dec 17-19, 2013.

The Japanese government as the primary sponsor of the program, shoulders the round trip airfare of the participants, expenses for meals and accommodation on-board the ship, transportation and admission fees required for the study tours.

Application requirement includes the following documents: one copy of application form with passport sized photo (photo should have a white background, original and not scanned); one copy of the applicant’s resume (max of 3 pages only & no other attachment); one original copy of the certificate of residency issued by punong barangay where the applicant is residing; and one original copy of a certification from the organization that he/she is an active member for at least two years.

The deadline for application is on April 12, 2013 at the NYC offices. Application form could be download at the NYC website: For more information, please contact the SSEAYP secretariat at (02) 416-2833 or the NYC Naga Area office (054) 8115804/4730435.

A total of 28 youth delegates from around the country and one (1) National Leader will represent the Philippines in this year’s program. Be one of the Ambassador of Goodwill to represent our country on the 40th SSEAYP, Apply now! (NPDelfin, NYC/PIA Sorsogon)

Reference: NYDIA P. Delfin
Contact No: (054) 8115804 / 09175800538


SORSOGON CITY, March 2 – A group of Sorsoganon Artists will be launching the KURITon Series: A Community Arts Project in Sorsogon City on April 6-7 2013 (at the Sorsogon State College Main Campus) through a Kuriton Forum as part of their advocacy in educating less-privileged children in various barangays to help and encourage them to engage in artistic activities to cultivate their innate or emergent potentials in the field of arts.The art group called Kurit-Lagting, is a collective artistic collaboration of individual artists and interdisciplinary writers’ organization that incorporates almost all artistic disciplines in teaching both the theories and production of art. Capitalizing on the idea to come up with a community art project to reflect the conditions of an ever-changing Bicolano society through movements of the people in their own cultural landscapes and the places or communities they help shape as they leave and settle in, is best exemplified through the concept of bayanihan and mobility of art in this activity.

The words KURIT and KARITON when combined as KURITon give a more solid grasp on the mobility and bayanihan of art education. It represents mainly the ability for art to move around, to go to places and to reach its destination in healing people and touching lives by making it available to its target audience for a certain period of time, and develops – often in collaboration with local artists – a community project.  In KURITon Series, the mobility of art in different forms is the main objective in reaching communities and engaging its members in social activities that advocates in educating children call for the development of relationships between artists, community and environment to help shape initiatives in community development to ensure and establish foundations on which the people can build and develop themselves through collaborative unity and effort. 

In partnership with Childfund Philippines, an organization with a firm belief that advocacy work and community education programs help promote the rights of children and youth so that they can lead the families of tomorrow, this KURITon Series: A Community Arts Project indeed advocates social awareness with regards to children/youth protection in making art education accessible to them in their community. ChildFund is partnered with the Federation of Associations for Communities and Children’s Empowerment, Inc., a federation composed of three parent Associations primarily organized to respond to community’s broad and varied concerns of child poverty aiming for a greater impact by implementing programs and services that will aid in the in the improvement of these youth and children.

The main activity under the Kuriton Series dubbed as KURIT KAN SARADIT, is a one month actual community work from April 9-May 3, 2013 travelling to selected barangays as a Pilot Project including Brgy. Sampaloc ,Brgy.Piot, Brgy.Talisay and Brgy.Bitan-o to encourage children to go to school, help parents understand the need for child protection and raise awareness in recognizing both the problems and responsibilities of the youth and their potential to play key roles in becoming productive members of their families and communities.As art educators,Kurit-Lagting members believe that it is important to understand the key concepts of community welfare and development through the examination of the role of Art in shaping communities as an important mobilizing agent in the social, economic, and communal sphere of the people in Sorsogon

This community arts project is composed of volunteers, artists and cultural workers with the aim to developing the youth’s artistic capabilities and hones their skills in improving their community’s way of life by teaching awareness and rehabilitation through different disciplines in arts and crafts in their own cultural landscape.

For further information about the KURITon Series Community-based Art Workshopplease email or visit and Kurit-Lagting’s Facebook page at (GMCarretero, KL/PIA Sorsogon))

Contact Details:
Mr.Geri Matthew Carretero
Position/Title: Art Director,Kurit Lagting
Contact address: Sto. Nino Compound Bibincahan, Sorsogon City
Telephone Number: 09158779491

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Selebrasyon ng Buwan ng Kababihan opisyal nang sisimulan bukas

PGAD Council TWG Members

Ni: Bennie A. Recebido

LUNGSOD NG SORSOGON, Pebrero 28 (PIA) – Simula bukas ay muli na namang ipagdiriwang ang Buwan ng mga Kababaihan kung saan tema nito ngayong taon ang “Kababaihan: Gabay sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan”.

Ang Buwan ng Kababihan ay taunang ipinagdiriwang sa bansa alinsunod sa Presidential Proclamation No. 224 s. 1988 na nagdedeklara sa unang linggo ng Marso bawat taon bilang “Women’s Week” at tuwing ika-8 ng Marso bawat taon bilang “Women’s Rights and International Peace Day”; Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988 para sa obserbasyon ng buwan ng Marso bilang “Women’s Role in History Month; at sa Republic Act (RA) 6949 s. 1990 na nagdedeklara sa ika-8 ng Marso bawat taon bilang “National Women’s Day”.

Pangungunahan ng Provincial Gender Advocacy and Development Council (PGADC) ang simpleng mga aktibidad na gagawin ngayong Marso.

Sinabi ni PGADC Vice Chair at Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Women and Family Relations Hon. Rebecca Aquino na sa pagbubukas ng selebrasyon bukas, isang banal na misa ang gagawin sa Provincial Gymnasium, Sorsogon City.

Susundan ito ng Zumba Exercise kung saan inaanyayahan din ang publiko anuman ang kasarian nito na makilahok sa healthy lifestyle activity na ito na gagawin din sa kaparehong lugar. Maging ang mga kasapi ng media ay inaasahang aktibo ring makikihataw.

Sa darating na Marso 14, 2013, gaganapin naman ang “Patiribayan Sa Bulan Nin Kababayihan” na pangungunahan ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Layunin nitong maipakita ang natatnging galing ng mga kababaihan sa iba’t-ibang larangan ng kasanayang pangkabuhayan.

May mga pagbisita din sa radyo na gagawin upang talakayin ang ilang mga mahahalagang isyu ukol sa mga kababaihan at relasyon sa kani-kanilang mga partner. (BARecebido, PIA Sorsogon)



SORSOGON WOMEN PROMOTES HEALTHY LIFESTYLE BY DOING THE ZUMBA EXERCISE held during the Opening of the Women's Month Celebration on March 1, 2013 at the Provincial Gymnasium, Sorsogon City: