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Republic Cement Launches Project HARVEST to Support DepEd’s “Gulayan Sa Paaralan” Program

Health and nutrition continue to be a major problem in the Philippines with chronic malnutrition rate at 26.2% Project HARVEST to address malnutrition through sustainable gardening solutions that support DepEd’s school-based feeding program The program aims to enhance nutrition in the school by helping secure consistent water supply for the vegetable crops and setting up […].....»»

Category: newsSource: metrocebu metrocebuJul 16th, 2018

DepEd sumablay sa 20B PPP classroom project — COA

BUKOD sa P25 milyong halaga ng mga textbook na nabulok sa bodega ng contractor, sinita rin ng Commission on Audit (COA) ang Department of Education (DepEd) sa implementasyon nito sa higit P20 bilyong Public-Private Partnership (PPP) classroom project na layu­ning tugunan ang shor­tage o kakulangan ng mga silid-aralan sa mga pampublikong paaralan. May 9,303 silid-aralan ang target sa ilalim ng PPP for School Infrastructure Program (PSIP) I habang 4,371 sa PSIP II. Pero 9,296 silid-aralan lang ang nagawa para sa PSIP I habang 1,337 sa PSIP II ang hindi pa nagagawa o natatapos gawin makalipas… link: DepEd sumablay sa 20B PPP classroom project — COA.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

The Mindanao Trust Fund: Supporting Reconstruction and Development in Conflict-affected areas in Mindanao

MAGUINDANAO – Conflict-affected communities in Mindanao are among the poorest in the Philippines suffering from poor infrastructure and lack of basic services, including education and health, weak local governance, and minimal private sector investment, according to a report by the World Bank. It said insecurity has been a major challenge. Frequent armed clashes driven by multiple and inter-related forms of conflict—insurgent groups, clan disputes, and quasi-ideological criminal banditry—have created severe economic dislocation and displacement of people. Armed conflict and poverty are inextricably linked. The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), one of the most heavily conflict-affected regions, has poverty incidence of 52.9 percent, almost double the national average. Based on the peace deal with the Philippine government in 2012, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is expected to transition into a social and political movement. One of the key challenges for a successful transition is to help the MILF build development planning, budgeting, and public administration skills within its ranks. The Mindanao Trust Fund or MTF works to enhance access to services and economic opportunities and build social cohesion while enhancing the capacity of local institutions in conflict-affected areas. It supports the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), the development arm of the MILF. Based on a 2001 agreement between the Government of the Philippines and the MILF, the BDA is tasked to determine, lead, and manage relief, rehabilitation, and development projects in the conflict-affected areas. It’s a unique project that enables various stakeholders—government, the World Bank, and other development partners—to work with a revolutionary movement in delivering development results even before the signing of a final peace agreement. With an enhanced role of women, the program helps the BDA to deliver community development and income-generating subprojects in communities. This enhances access to basic services such as clean water, roads and day care centers. BDA also works to strengthen community enterprises for employment and income generation. The community-based approach brings people from different groups—Muslims, Christians, and Indigenous Peoples—together for the common good, building social cohesion and trust. Over time the program has expanded beyond community development to assist the BDA to develop skills in macro-development planning. A broad package of engagement complements the MTF promoting inclusive growth across Mindanao. For example, US$121 million for farm-to-market roads in Mindanao is included in the nation-wide PRDP while the National Community Driven Development Project is financing US$190 million for CDD activities in Mindanao. Over a decade, 650,000 people (52% of whom are women) in 284 villages have benefitted from 641 subprojects financed by the MTF. The subprojects have included water systems, community centers, sanitation facilities, access roads, post-harvest facilities, and farming and fishing equipment. Eighty-six percent of the beneficiaries say that the project reflected their needs. The subprojects have reduced travel time to market, increased agricultural productivity, reduced post-harvest costs, and increased access to basic services such as clean water. Beneficiaries of income-generating subprojects reported a 10 to 20 percent increase in incomes. About 330,383 women beneficiaries learned skills in community planning and implementation. And 42 community enterprises in 11 villages have been trained in business development to generate sustainable employment and income. The Bangsamoro Development Agency has evolved from a small group of volunteers with no development experience to a leading development agency in Mindanao with 300 staff across seven regional management offices. BDA cooperates with multiple national and international partners, including JICA, WFP, and UNICEF. Bangsamoro Development Plan: the MTF provided technical assistance to help the BDA formulate the first comprehensive economic development blueprint prepared by a non-state armed group. Under the Alternative Learning System project, about 1,832 former combatants, housewives and out-of-school youth reported increased confidence because of improved reading, writing and numeracy abilities. These contributed to their more active participation in community meetings, stronger support for their children’s schoolwork, and better fair farm pricing transactions in city markets. The MTF has remained an important mechanism for consolidating peace and development in Mindanao. Beyond the impact of subprojects at the community level, the program’s ability to converge government and international support to empower Bangsamoro people and institutions to lead in community development seeks to lay the foundation for future sustainable and inclusive development in the Bangsamoro. The program fostered social cohesion by creating spaces for dialogue between Muslims, Christians, and Indigenous Peoples, as well as a diverse mix of local, regional, and national institutional actors. In many remote locations, the project provided the only opportunity for different groups to interact. The increased familiarity built mutual understanding—the basis of trust. Project policies also ensured active and meaningful participation of indigenous peoples and women, who are often otherwise marginalized from decision-making processes at the village level. The participative approach fostered social unity and built trust among stakeholders. In tri-people communities, minority groups shared better understanding and more harmonious relations with Muslims due to the consensus-building nature of CDD/CDR. While residents of remote communities—who had had little to no government access—disclosed growing trust towards government institutions at the end of the project due to the assistance provided by officials. The Bank’s technical and analytical support through the MTF and other engagements supporting peace and development in Mindanao have produced a significant body of literature that helps inform policy dialogues among various stakeholders. For instance, the Land Conflict study prepared for the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission provides short- and medium-term recommendations that can help address land conflict in Mindanao. Also, the Public Expenditure Review in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 26th, 2018

PBSP, DepEd launch Year 2 of educational assistance to Olango SHS scholars

PBSP, Olango Challenge corporate donors, and DepEd officially launched a one-year educational assistance project that will support 100 junior and senior high school scholars of Sta. Rosa National High School......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

Zarraga town farmers receive rice transplanter

A FARMER association in an Agrarian Reform Community in Zarraga, Iloilo received a rice transplanter worth at least Php1.5 million from the Climate Resiliency Farm Productivity Support Project of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). Implemented through the DAR’s support services program component, the CRFPSP aims to improve farm productivity and increase the net income […] The post Zarraga town farmers receive rice transplanter appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 27th, 2018

Access road leading to Ulan-ulan Falls in Almeria town on-going

DPWH Biliran District Engineering Office (DEO) is currently implementing the P43.163M construction/ improvement of access road project under the Special Convergence Support Program of DPWH and the Department of Tourism (DOT)......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2018

Aetas take part in Allianz Conquer Challenger

Allianz is doing something that has never been done before. The global insurer is celebrating the strength of indigenous people, particularly the Aetas of Porac, Pampanga, by introducing them to the rising sport of obstacle course racing (OCR). Last December 9, Sunday, the third leg of the Allianz Conquer Challenge was held in Clark Global City in Pampanga, where 20 Aetas, between 16 to 21 years old, raced together with 20 Allianz employees in the pairs category.  The Aeta participants are students of Villa Maria Integrated School, an adopted public school of Allianz PNB Life, atop the mountains in Porac, Pampanga. “We recognize the strength of the Aetas. So, aside from educating them with the basics of personal finance through our financial literacy program, we would like to impart to them the value of committing to achieve goals that they have to set. We want to give them a fair chance of having employment opportunities in the future,” explained Gae Martinez, chief marketing officer, Allianz PNB Life. Sunday’s race was a 10km-race composed of 25 obstacles, which was the same trail tackled by professional racers who competed for a slot in the upcoming South East Asian (SEA) Games. Just last month, OCR was announced a new addition to the SEA Games to be held in Clark, Pampanga.  Some of the obstacles during the race were hurdles, taho carry, tirador, spider web, monkey bars, wall of tire, slip wall, commando climb, among others. Those who incurred penalties for not being able to perform an obstacle had to carry a 30-pound sand bag. “OCR is an up and coming sport. It is gaining popularity in the Philippines. Allianz as a company uses sports to connect with communities. The Aetas from Villa Maria is one of the communities that Allianz here in the Philippines has chosen to support.  This is, in line with our advocacy to promote social inclusion, one of the pillars of our company’s Corporate Citizenship Strategy,” Martinez further said. One of the Aeta participants, Reyna Baclay, was thankful to be given the opportunity and to discover the sport that she said is closely similar to the activities they do in everyday life. “They carry sand bags here. In the mountains, we carry 50 kilos of camote or ube that we bring to the lowlands. If we sell, our families will have money to spend. By joining the race, I can tell people, I have a dream, too. I want to work in IT (information technology). I hope I can continue after I graduate,” said Baclay, who at age 18 is still a grade nine student. Another Aeta youth, Miracle Lansang, 20, grade 12, is dreaming of someday working for the air force. “I want to work for the air force. But they say I will not qualify because of my height. I have not lost my hope that it can still come true,” he said. Renz dela Cruz, 21, was a graduate of the same school. However, he had to stop and work giving a ride on his motorcycle, because his parents cannot afford to send him to college. “I dream of becoming a civil engineer. My family needs me now. I have brothers and sisters, who are studying,” he said. With the project “Sanlahi” of Allianz in the Philippines, there is hope for these Aeta youth. “Allianz is here to provide the courage to move forward, the courage to overcome life’s obstacles, for them to have better life,” Martinez said, ”As our tag line goes - we dare you to, because we’re with you.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

DepEd recognizes best SHS implementers in Iloilo

ILOILO CITY – Twenty-four implementers of the Senior High School (SHS) program received a gold award during the 2018 Harvest of Excellence of the Division of Iloilo of the Department of Education (DepEd) held in this city Tuesday night. “It is our initiative at the Schools Division of Iloilo to have a policy and then […] The post DepEd recognizes best SHS implementers in Iloilo appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2018

1st Harvest Day of Oslob Fishers Held

The proof of the pudding is in the eating. This old adage holds true for the first batch of the Fishermen Scientist Training Program (FishSTP) in Oslob town, southern Cebu, as they witnessed their labor bear fruit during the Harvest Day of the Capitol’s aqua-culture project on Monday, Nov. 12. With their experimental offshore cage […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

BDO, DepEd, BSP deploy financial literacy program

As part of joint efforts to promote financial inclusion, BDO Foundation, the Department of Education (DepEd) and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) began the regional launches of a financial literacy program tailored for learners, teachers and DepEd’s non-teaching personnel......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 31st, 2018

DA revives Gulayan sa Paaralan Program in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY (PIA) - A total of 725 public schools in Albay will establish vegetable gardens under the Gulayan sa Paaralan Program (GPP) of the Department of Agriculture in Bicol (DA 5)."The.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

DA revives Gulayan sa Paaralan Program in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY (PIA) - A total of 725 public schools in Albay will establish vegetable gardens under the Gulayan sa Paaralan Program (GPP) of the Department of Agriculture in Bicol (DA 5)."The.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

Anticrime leaflet warns vs rallies

SAN PEDRO CITY --- A propaganda campaign by police and military in Batangas against criminality appeared to lump protest organizers with hardened criminals, as shown by leaflets distributed in villages in several towns in the province. The printing and distribution of the leaflets was part of community support program for Task Force Ugnay, a project of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the police's Regional Mobile Force Battalion. The task force holds "immersions" and disseminates information on crime prevention measures in the towns of Lian, Lemery, Balayan and Calaca. These were areas where communist rebels continued to be active despite military and police operations, a...Keep on reading: Anticrime leaflet warns vs rallies.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 7th, 2018

Comprehensive Central Luzon flood control program pushed

SAN ANTONIO, Nueva Ecija: Central Luzon legislators and local officials have thrown their support to a P54-billion flood mitigation project which seeks to control flooding in Pampanga and Bulacan. House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo presided over a meeting upon receiving information that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to bid out the… link: Comprehensive Central Luzon flood control program pushed.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

DBP launches P500-million scholarship program

State-run Development Bank of the Philippines launched yesterday a P500 million scholarship program to provide financial support to underprivileged college students in the country......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

DAR-NegOcc launches farm business school

BACOLOD City – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) – Negros Occidental II has launched another farm business school (FBS) project in southern Negros. The agency formalized its partnership with La Carlota’s city government and the Estela Agrarian Reform Cooperative based in Barangay San Miguel for the project implementation on Tuesday. Provincial Agrarian Reform Program […] The post DAR-NegOcc launches farm business school appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

COA flags setbacks in DepEd’s P20-billion classroom PPP project

The Commission on Audit (COA) has called out the Department of Education over various "setbacks" in the implementation of the P20.14-billion public-private partnership projects meant to address the shortage in public school classrooms. The COA also found that an astounding 99 percent of the beneficiary schools under the DepEd Computerization Program had not received the information and communications technology packages. In its 2017 annual audit report, the COA said DepEd should look into the possibility of imposing "necessarily and appropriate penalty" on the contractors because delays in the PPP for School Infrastructure Program had defeated its purpose. A total of 1,327, or 3...Keep on reading: COA flags setbacks in DepEd’s P20-billion classroom PPP project.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

Aquino: 3-month financial assistance for endo workers, included in End Endo bill

August 8, 2018. Sen. Bam Aquino’s “Pantawid Endo” proposal to give financial assistance to workers hired by subcontracting companies who are waiting for their next project was incorporated in Security of Tenure and End of Endo Act of 2018. Under the Transition Support Program, Sen. Bam’s “Pantawid Endo” proposal… Source link link: Aquino: 3-month financial assistance for endo workers, included in 'End Endo' bill.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Chris Paul donates $2.5M to Wake Forest basketball program

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. --- NBA All-Star and former Wake Forest guard Chris Paul is donating $2.5 million in support of the Demon Deacons' basketball team. The donation announced Tuesday is the school's largest by a former Wake Forest basketball player. School officials say it will assist a project to expand and enhance the men's and women's locker rooms, and the men's locker room will be named for him. Paul says the locker room project "inspired me, because that's where players build relationships and create a unifying camaraderie." The Houston Rockets guard and Winston-Salem native led Wake Forest to its first No. 1 ranking in 2004-05 before becoming a nine-time All-Star...Keep on reading: Chris Paul donates $2.5M to Wake Forest basketball program.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Germany hiring Filipino nurses

THE Department of Labor and Employment yesterday announced that applications for nurses for deployment to Germany are now being accepted under the Triple Win Project, a government-to-government program with the German Federal Republic supervised by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. Applicants must be a Filipino citizen and permanent resident of… Source link link: Germany hiring Filipino nurses.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

Germany hiring Filipino nurses

THE Department of Labor and Employment yesterday announced that applications for nurses for deployment to Germany are now being accepted under the Triple Win Project, a government-to-government program with the German Federal Republic supervised by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. Applicants must be a Filipino citizen and permanent resident of….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018