Senator seeks more modules for students affected by typhoon

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian has urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to produce more distance learning modules to help students who were affected by typhoon “Ulysses” cope with their studies despite the difficulty. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Though the situation maybe complicated for some students, Gatchalian said it is imperative for the government to strive to provide for the needs of these students who were forced to leave their homes abruptly as their homes were inundated during the typhoon. “’Yung mga pamilyang lumikas ay naiwan at hindi napo nadala ‘yung mga modules na ito. Malaking problema po para sa pamilya dahil itong modules na ito ay naka disenyo para makapag-aral po ng sarili ang mga bata (Many families who were forced to evacuate were unable to bring these modules. It’s going to be a big problem for the families since these modules are designed to enable these students to study by themselves),” said Gatchalian in a “Laging Handa” public briefing. “Kaya nakikita ko dito, una, magbigay ulit tayo ng mas maraming modules pa at mag imprinta at siguraduhin na tuloy-tuloy ang pagdi-distribute ng mga modules na ito sa mga estudyante (That’s why I believe, first, we should print and distribute more modules, and make sure that we will consistently be distributing these materials to the students),” said the senator who chairs the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts, and Culture. Gatchalian also reiterated the need for local government units (LGUs) to study the feasibility of allowing face-to-face learning in “purok” workshops especially in areas where there are no reports of COVID-19 transmission. He said allowing limited face-to-face learning while practicing social distancing may help students cope with their studies. “Eto, mga maliliit na workshops sa mga purok-purok at pupunta ang mga guro dun para magturo sa limitadong bilang ng mga estudyante (Teachers would be allowed to go in these small workshops in a certain locality to teach a limited number of students),” he said. “Napakahirap po sa isang bata na turuan kung walang modules at ‘yung ibang mga magulang natin, inaatupag din ‘yung kanilang kaligtasan (it’s difficult to teach a student without any modules, while some parents are concerned over their safety),” he said. “Kaya mas mahalaga po na magkaroon muna ng interaskyon sa pagitan n gating mga estudyante at sa ating mga guro (That’s why it’s more important for our students and teachers to have interaction),” the lawmaker said......»»

Category: newsSource: 12th, 2020

Kuya Bong sends help to hundreds of typhoon victims in Northern Samar

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go continued to provide aid to communities affected by natural disasters to help them recover and build back better. In a two-part distribution activity which was held on Tuesday, Go’s team extended assistance to 948 beneficiaries recovering from Typhoon Quinta in Barangay Sabang, Allen in Northern Samar. They distributed meals, food packs, […] The post Kuya Bong sends help to hundreds of typhoon victims in Northern Samar appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 27th, 2021

Kuya Bong provides aid to hundreds of families in Bagumbayan

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go provided assistance to the typhoon victims in Bagumbayan District, Quezon City on Tuesday, 19 January as part of the continuing efforts to support and help build back better communities affected by natural calamities, such as last year’s Typhoon Ulysses. A total of 720 families were given meals, food packs, vitamins, masks, […] The post Kuya Bong provides aid to hundreds of families in Bagumbayan appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2021

Go aid arrives for typhoon victims in Agusan Sur

As the town of Bunawan, Agusan del Sur prepares to welcome the new year, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go visited residents affected by Typhoon Vicky to extend assistance to help those recovering from the disaster, and give hope of a better year in 2021. On Tuesday, December 29, Go and his team initiated a distribution activity […] The post Go aid arrives for typhoon victims in Agusan Sur appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 31st, 2020

Gabay Guro ends year with star-studded benefit show

The destruction to life and property brought about by recent super typhoon Rolly and succeeding typhoon Ulysses in the last quarter of the year that ravaged the Bicol and Cagayan Valley regions and other places in the country prompted the big-hearted Gabay Guro prime movers of the PLDT-Smart Foundation to organize a fundraiser and extend help to affected teachers, students, and schools. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 30th, 2020

Environmental org seeks to raise funds for reusable diapers for typhoon-hit Bicol

A non-profit organization dedicated to understanding the world’s plastic addiction, promoting new material innovations, and acting against plastic waste recently launched a campaign that seeks to raise funds to provide reusable diaper kits to 300 affected families in Bicol region......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 21st, 2020

Kuya Bong Go sends assistance to more typhoon victims in Bulacan

The office of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go provided emergency assistance to the victims of typhoon Ulysses in Bocaue, Bulacan last 19 November. Early last week,  Go sent help in nearby towns of Calumpit and Marilao, which were also affected by flooding brought by the typhoon. Go’s outreach team led the distribution of much needed meals, […] The post Kuya Bong Go sends assistance to more typhoon victims in Bulacan appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 20th, 2020

Palay prices dip to P11/kg in some areas

Palay prices continued to go down, even dipping to as low as P11 per kilogram (/kg) as farmers approach the tail-end of the harvest season with a series of strong typhoons. Latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that the average farm-gate price of palay continued its downward movement, falling by 4.1 percent to P15.79/kg from the price level of P16.47/kg in the previous week. Year-on-year, the price increased by 0.2 percent from its average price of P15.76/kg in the same week of the previous year. Unfortunately, prices went down to as low as P11/kg in areas like Surigao del Sur and Cavite, which means some farmers were forced to sell their produce at a loss. In other areas like Agusan del Sur and Bulacan, farmers barely made money, with palay sold at exactly or just slightly above P12/kg. In the Philippines, the average production cost of rice farmers stood around P12.72/kg, which is higher or nearly double than what rice farmers in Vietnam and Thailand spend to produce the staple. This means that if prices fell below that amount, farmers would receive earnings that are lower than what they spent for. Some said that with the current production cost, the breakeven farmgate price of fresh harvest should be around P14.50/kg.  Meanwhile, highest palay prices were recorded in areas like Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Pampanga, Rizal, and Palawan wherein the commodity were sold at P18/kg to P21/kg, the same PSA data showed. Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) National Manager Raul Montemayor said that in the next few weeks, as farmers approach the tail-end of the harvest season, palay prices will definitely go down further. This, as palay, when damaged by storms, could yield to poor quality rice, which, among other reasons like the continuous entry of imported rice, could result in traders deciding not to buy at all.  “Rainy weather is also to blame since traders have to discount for grain deterioration due to lack of drying facilities,” he said. A data from the Department of Agriculture (DA) showed that as of October 29, Typhoon Quinta already destroyed 79,239 metric tons (MT) of palay worth P1.13 billion within 62,880 hectares of farms. Then there’s the threat of Typhoon Rolly, which is expected to make landfall in Quezon and Aurora provinces on Saturday (October 31) and become a super typhoon. Montemayor also thinks that the continuous decline in palay prices is already “not surprising” since government intervention is doing very little for farmers. According to him, the National Food Authority’s (NFA) palay procurement has had minimal impact despite pronouncements of DA, while the planned suspension of  sanitary and phytosanitary import clearances (SPS-ICs) on rice “came in too late, as in last year, to influence farmgate prices.” “Too little too late [actions] again by the DA,” Montemayor said. “At this time, [DA can do] very little. Damage was already done and most farmers have already harvested. Some typhoon-affected farmers (like those in Occidental Mindoro and Isabela) are asking NFA to buy storm-damaged palay but I doubt if they will do that since the agency itself doesn’t have dryers,” he added. Montemayor was particularly referring to Agriculture Secretary William Dar’s previous order for NFA to intensify its palay procurement in order to address decline in palay prices.  To recall, NFA, whose sole mandate now is to secure the government’s buffer stock, buys palay at P19/kg and is given P7 billion every year to do this. Also, more than a week ago, Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the senate agriculture committee, asked the DA to stop issuing SPS-ICs to rice importers during harvest time, which would probably take effect after the next planting season. Business Bulletin sought the reaction of DA Spokesperson Noel Reyes regarding the decline in palay prices, but he is yet to respond......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2020

Save the Children launches fund-raising drive Sunday

Believing that education will empower children, especially those who are in need, to look forward to a better future, a child rights group will launch “eSave Natin ang Pasko,” an online fund-raising campaign to support their learning needs Sunday. “This online fundraising campaign encourages everyone to unite in saving the Christmas spirit through a series of joyous and meaningful activities to provide joy and hope to children,” the group said. “Even if classes are conducted through distance learning or will resume via face-to-face, millions of children will still need our support as they continue to be deprived of their right to education since their families do not have the means to support their learning needs,” said SCP Chief Executive Officer Atty. Alberto Muyot. Muyot, a former Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary, said that education empowers children, especially those in dire situations. “Supporting their learning needs will save their lives and their future,” he added. When classes formally opened last Oct. 5 amid the COVID-19 situation in the country, SCP said that millions of students, especially in public schools, have been experiencing major challenges such as the lack of access to learning materials and Internet connection. To help the students who struggle to learn from home, SCP said that the proceeds of the Christmas fundraising campaign will support the learning needs of children in poor households in Metro Manila, typhoon-stricken places in Eastern Visayas, and the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao. “It will also support children with disabilities, those from indigenous communities and from hard to reach areas,” SCP added. SCP said that e-Save Natin ang Pasko also promotes the importance of a nurturing home through the “Mapagkalingang Tahanan” advocacy where every member of the family, especially children, receives the support they need so they learn, survive, and are protected. The “Mapagkalingang Tahanan” emphasizes the critical role of parents, guardians, and caregivers in the continued learning of children and aims to provide them the knowledge and skills to facilitate their children’s learning......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 24th, 2020

Congress, Senate ratify establishment of National Academy of Sports

Lawmakers have ratified a bicameral conference committee report to establish the National Academy of Sports. With this, the sports sector will get the much-needed boost as well as help to discover and develop world-class Filipino athletes. Both the House of Representatives and Senate reconciled differences in both chambers' proposals. The bicam agreement seeks the creation and establishment of NAS, which will institutionalize an educational system within the framework of a national sustainable sports program. Prior to its ratification, the bill has been pending in the Senate for about ten years. According to the bill, the NAS system shall offer, on full scholarship basis, secondary education to natural-born Filipino citizens with considerable potential in sports. The curriculum shall be designed to take into consideration the education and special training needs of the student-athletes and provide them with a holistic quality education to enable them to excel in their respective sports and likewise pursue their chosen profession or career. Senator Win Gatchalian, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture, headed the bicameral commitee. "Through the National Academy of Sports, we are institutionalizing mechanisms, fundamentals, and government support to instill excellence among our athletes, who are a source of both national pride and unity for our country. We want to support aspiring athletes at the earliest possible opportunities so we would look for those who have the potential and train them in world-class facilities," said Gatchalian. "We are also giving importance to how these aspiring athletes can achieve academic excellence while preparing them for stellar performances in the world stage," he added. Gatchalian also thanked the bill's co-authors and co-sponsors: Senators Sonny Angara, Bong Go, and Pia Cayetano for pushing the measure's passage. The bill eyes the establishment of the academy's main campus at the existing New Clark City Sports Complex in Capas, Tarlac, which will be constructed by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA). This will give the students priority access to facilities at the New Clark City Sports Complex. The proposal also mandates the organization of future nationally-funded regional high schools for sports. The NAS will be attached to the Department of Education (DepEd), in close coordination with the Philippine Sports Commission PSC). The incumbent Secretary will be the Chairperson of the academy's Board of Trustees. An Executive Director, as appointed by the DepEd Secretary, will head the NAS and will be responsible for the academy's administration and operation. The bill gives preference to an Executive Director who hails from the field of sports......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 11th, 2020

Sen. Bong Go visits Capiz, gives aid to typhoon-affected residents

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Dec. 29 (PIA) - Senator Christopher Laurence "Bong" Go pledged to serve the people.During his visit at the Pontevedra Civic Center, December 28, to see for himself the typ.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 30th, 2019

Sen. Bong Go visits Capiz, gives aid to typhoon-affected residents

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Dec. 29 (PIA) - Senator Christopher Laurence "Bong" Go pledged to serve the people.During his visit at the Pontevedra Civic Center, December 28, to see for himself the typ.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 30th, 2019

Red Cross aids Ursula victims

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is now mobilizing its staff and volunteers to provide assistance to families and communities affected and displaced by Typhoon Phanfone (Ursula) in the Visayas and MIMAROPA regions. In a statement, PRC chairman and Senator Richard Gordon said that the Red Cross is already gathering reports from their chapters and assessment […] The post Red Cross aids Ursula victims appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 27th, 2019

Go pushes for long-term housing plans

Following his visit to the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda in Brgy. Maribi, Tanauan, Leyte on Friday, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go shared that he has filed a bill in the Senate which seeks to provide a long-term socialized housing program to benefit all Filipinos, including disaster victims. “I filed Senate Bill (SB) 203. Maybe it […] The post Go pushes for long-term housing plans appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 8th, 2019

Gov’t urged to provide weather-trigged insurance for typhoon victims

MANILA -- A senator on Friday urged the government to adopt a weather-trigged insurance and a sustained release of food, farm input and financial grants to those affected by super typhoon “Lawin”......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 21st, 2016

Go aids typhoon-affected Bulacan residents

Sen. Bong Go reiterated the assurance of the government that it is doing its best to provide aid to residents affected by Typhoon Ulysses......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2021

Phl Coast Guard seeks help for ‘Auring’ victims

The Philippine Coast Guard has appealed to the public to lend a helping hand to victims of Typhoon Auring in Visayas and Mindanao. The PCG, through its Logistics Systems Command, mobilized its personnel and assets for the immediate conduct of relief operations in many parts of Mindanao, most especially in the Caraga and Davao regions, […] The post Phl Coast Guard seeks help for ‘Auring’ victims appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2021

Senator seeks safety nets for learners

Apart from the need to hasten learning recovery following the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, learners’ continued access to safety nets adds urgency to the safe reopening of schools, Senator Win Gatchalian said on Sunday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2021

Lumad community in MisOr gets needed aid

As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues its onslaught in the country, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go also continues to extend much-needed aid to the people who are affected by the pandemic. On Friday, the senator personally visited the coastal town of Lagonglong in Misamis Oriental to provide assistance to a Lumad community that is facing […] The post Lumad community in MisOr gets needed aid appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2021

Olango Island stores agree to provide goods to typhoon victims

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – The Lapu-Lapu City Government has made arrangements with some stores in Olango Island, to allow those who will be affected by Tropical Storm Auring to take goods worth P1,500 to be paid by the city. Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan said the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) has already identified […] The post Olango Island stores agree to provide goods to typhoon victims appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2021

Go lauds indemnification fund passage

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go lauded the move of President Rodrigo Duterte in certifying as urgent a measure which seeks to ensure availability of funds to compensate Filipinos who will experience adverse effects during Covid-19 vaccination. In a video message, Go said Senate Bill (sb) 2057 or “An Act Expediting the Procurement and Administration of […] The post Go lauds indemnification fund passage appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2021