Monday, December 16, 2013

Sorsogon Educators mentored on Leadership, Peace and Security Talk

Inspiring the Mentors.  During his lecture on AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) “Bayanihan”, Colonel Joselito E. Kakilala, Commander of the 903rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army exhorts the participants of the 2-day Training on Leadership Enhancement initiated by DepEd Sorsogon to collaborate and partner with the Army in working towards the attainment of lasting peace and development in Sorsogon. (BQCadungan, Phil Army/PIA-5/Sorsogon)
Mentoring the Mentors. Sorsogon Public and Elementary and Highschool Heads, Supervisors and Superintendents listen attentively as Colonel Joselito E. Kakilala, Commander of the 903rd Infantry Brigade lectures about Leadership Enhancement and AFP’s IPSP “Bayanihan”. (BQCadungan, Phil Army/PIA-5/Sorsogon)


SORSOGON CITY, Dec 16 (PIA) – A total of 600 public elementary and high school heads, teacher-in-charge, supervisors and superintendents from all over the Province of Sorsogon took the time out of their hectic schedule to participate in the 2-day Division Training on Leadership Enhancement.

Said training was conducted in four batches at the Department of Education (DepEd) Division Office Conference Hall, Sorsogon City on November 19-21, 22-23 and December 3-4, 5-6, this year.

According to Mrs. Ruby S. Abundanar, Sorsogon Schools Division Superintendent, the leadership training which was one of the Gender and Development (GAD) programs of DepEd Sorsogon aimed to impart additional leadership skills and knowledge to the participants from credible resource speakers who are classic examples of leadership themselves just like Colonel Joselito E. Kakilala, Commander of the 903rd Infantry (Fight and Defend) Brigade, Philippine Army.

She further added that they always look forward to working with the Armed Forces Philippines (AFP) in building community and livelihood projects. “I share with the AFP’s vision that a self-sustained community means an educated society with wise voters which will eventually bring about reformed justice system,” said Mrs. Abundabar.

Colonel Kakilala, who served as one of the resource speakers, said that he is always grateful to all stakeholders such as the academe who give the military the opportunity to be a part of their various training programs and activities as resource speakers.

“This is one of the opportunities that we would not want to miss because through this kind of engagement we are able to forge a strong partnership and collaboration with other stakeholders apart from being able to share with them our knowledge,” he added.

“This is also a chance for us to educate our teachers about the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) ‘Bayanihan’, in line with our continuing information awareness programs”, said Colonel Kakilala.

Mrs Annalyn F. Hibo-Gamboa, President/Founder Organization of Private Schools and Administrators of Sorsogon (OPSAS) said the lecture of Colonel Kakilala was very informative and inspiring. 

“It gave us, educators, a different perspective on leadership and he also reminded us of the crucial role that we play in our quest for a better Philippines,” she said.

“His lecture encouraged and challenged us to think outside the four corners of the classroom and that, through collaborative efforts, we can overcome developmental obstacles that we are now facing”, she further said. (BARecebido, PIA-5/Sorsogon/ BQCadungan, PA)

Sorsogon PNP, DSWD conducts ToT on Family Dev’t Session Crime Prevention

By: Bennie A. Recebido

SORSOGON CITY, Dec 16 (PIA) – To strengthen partnership of the local police and social welfare workers here especially in dealing with families under their respective areas of concern, a Training of Trainer’s (ToT) on the Family Development Session (FDS) Crime Prevention was recently conducted in this city.

Public Information Officer PCI Nonito F. Marquez of Sorsogon Police Provincial Office (SPPO) Police Community Relations said their office headed by PSSupt Raul Hebreo deemed it necessary to conduct FDS in order to establish cooperation and arrangement for the empowerment and strengthening of the capabilities of families in effecting their roles and responsibilities in advocating human rights and welfare among their members and the community as well.

“The FDS encourages active participation and involvement of family members to community activities making them empowered, thus, contributes to the crime reduction in their respective communities,” said PCI Marquez.

He also said that the modules discussed during the ToT provided various strategies that can be applied by the enforcers and those in the frontline in order to attain an effective crime prevention rate. 

Personnel from the Women and Children Protection Division (WCPD) and Family Juvenile Gender Advocacy and Development (FJGAD) coming from the different subordinate units of SPPO together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) municipal links of the province were the primary participants in the said training.

Participants were also given opportunity to raise queries and clarifications regarding their usual encounters in their respective fields through an open forum.

The ToT was organized by the SPPO in partnership with the DSWD 4Ps Provincial Office. (BARecebido, PIA-5/Sorsogon)

BFP ‘Oplan Paalala’ for 2013 Yuletide Season rolls-on

Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)

SORSOGON CITY, December 16 (PIA) – To ensure that Sorsoganons would enjoy this year’s celebration of the Yuletide Season, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Sorsogon City spearheaded by City Fire Marshal Senior Inspector Walter B. Marcial continues its fire safety inspection to all establishments selling Christmas lights and other Christmas decors.

According to SInsp Marcial, they have started their “Oplan Paalala” for this year’s Yuletide Season since December 4 especially in stores selling Christmas lights and other Christmas decors so as to avert occurrence of electrical combustion. “Aside from this, we also formed a team that conducts thorough inspection in establishments that deal with the manufacture, distribution and sale of pyrotechnics/firecrackers,” he added.

“Considering the distressing rate of fire incidents and accidents during this season due to the usage of Christmas lights and decors, the BFP is determined to really inspect all types of similar products,” SInsp Marcial said.
He also said that the BFP personnel conducts fire safety inspection to all establishments selling Christmas lights to make sure that their goods passed the standard set by the Department of Trade and industry (DTI) and that the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) seal are marked on their products.

“I have ordered our fire safety inspectors to make sure that the products being sold are absolutely safe, while the BFP operation duty personnel were assigned to conduct information drive within their respective area of responsibility through fire truck visibility and leaflets dissemination,” he further said.

Prior to the conduct of the inspection, Sorsogon City BFP coordinated with other government agencies to effectively carry out their “Oplan Paalala” which aims to promote public safety as well as to avoid any untoward incidents during the celebration of Christmas season.

The BFP, meanwhile, appeals to the public to be more cautious and vigilant in choosing Christmas decors. “In case of fire incidents or other related emergency situation, the BFP can be reach at their hotline nos. 421-6320; 211-7996/09072927215 or 160,” SInsp Marcial added. (BARecebido, PIA-5/Sorsogon/MGECorral, BFP)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

DA Secretary Alcala graced 1st Bicol Coop-NATCCO Consultative Meeting

DA Secretary Proceso Alcala (photo: Sorsogon City-LGU)

By: Bennie A. Recebido

SORSOGON CITY, Dec. 16 (PIA) – For the first time, organized agri-based cooperatives in Bicol region gathered together during the 1st Coop-NATCCO (National Confederation of Cooperatives) Regional Consultative Meeting held at the Sorsogon Provincial Gymnasium on Dec. 12, 2013.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala graced the occasion and encouraged farmers to try the intercropping scheme being pushed by the national government as a strategy to vastly increase the income of those in the agriculture sector.

It can be recalled that President Benigno Aquino III, in his fourth State of the Nation Address, underscored intercropping as a solution to the very low income of farmers especially those in the coco industry. “It only needs to foster a culture that truly encourages hard work and productivity,” the President said.

Intercropping is the practice of growing more than one crop in the same field, especially in an alternating rows or sections to produce a greater yield on a given piece of land by making use of resources that would otherwise not be utilized by a single crop.

The regional gathering was attended by cooperative members from across the Bicol region composed of farmers, fishermen, irrigators and other agriculture-based members of various associations.  Local Chief Executives of Sorsogon and of other Bicol provinces as well as head of agriculture-related government agencies were present and showed support to the said regional affair of the Coop NATCCO.

Secretary Alcala was personally invited by Coop-Natco Partylist Representative Anthony Bravo who also took the lead in order to realize the first regional meeting of members of the Coop-NATCCO in Bicol region.

During the consultation dialogue, Secretary Alcala suggested planting of coffee in their farm yard but the farmer-participants keyed up to venture instead on the production of cacao for their intercropping planting system as they have proven it to be more productive and provides better opportunity for a higher income.

Considering the farmer’s recommendation, Secretary Alcala assured the farmers that the Department of Agriculture will help them by providing the needed planting materials.

He likewise boost confidence of farmers and fishermen saying they have to take pride in what they do because they are the primary providers of foodstuff found on every man’s table.

Meanwhile, Secretary Alcala spearheaded the distribution of farming and fishing implements such as hand tractors, threshers, knapsack sprayer, gill nets and other fishing equipment, including hundred sacks of certified palay seeds. (BARecebido, PIA 5/SORSOGON)