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ARFIEN forms alliance
with PUM Netherlands

The La Consolacion College School of Architecture, Fine Arts and Interior Design or ARFIEN in Bacolod City recently linked up with the PUM Netherlands Senior Experts  in the Netherlands, an organization which provides assistance to  developing countries by way of tapping the services of Dutch experts to provide training in various fields, a press release from LCCB said.

ARFIEN Dean Rialino Alisbo sought the assistance of PUM in capacitating the ARFIEN’s faculty and staff through Nancy Pestaño, a PUM representative in Bacolod, whose assistance paved the way for the visit of  Jan de Lijster - a Dutch, country manager of PUM in the Philippines – who came to conduct an assessment of the school.

Alisbo’s requests included training in the topic areas  of development of the architecture curriculum; new trends in architecture education; upgrading of architectural design subjects; green architecture and sustainable design; and urban design and city planning, the press release said.

PUM sent architect/professor Andre Thomsen from the Delft University in the Netherlands to the Philippines in response to the request of  Alisbo.

  Thomsen’s assistance included a series of working sessions combining market and self-analysis with the acquaintance and practice of contemporary educational approaches, methods and skills in the field of architecture and applied arts, the press release said.

The first half of the project involved a SWOT analysis in a participative workshop attended by the ARFIEN faculty and administrators. 

The second half of the project were participative seminar-workshops on Problem Based Learning, the press release said.

The seminar-workshop series also included cultural tours to some destinations in Negros Occidental.

The assistance that was given by PUM to the ARFIEN resulted in a gradual pedagogical migration from traditional to a more learner-centered approach in the delivery of instruction, according to  Alisbo in a message he sent to  Thomsen, the press release said.

He added that the ARFIEN has communicated with the Commission on Higher Education its desire to offer a Master Course in Architecture majoring in Planning and Design and Digital Arts, as additional majoring course of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program;  as well as the introduction of topics like housing,  sustainable design and environmental protection, maintenance, reuse and transformation to the new architecture curriculum as specialization subjects, the press release said. 

He said that the teachers have revised their syllabi to cover the topics.

 Alisbo said that the PUM Project has brought renewed vigor to our school.*

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Silay City pilots
CADRE training

The government of Silay City, Negros Occidental under, Mayor Jose Montelibano hosted a Community Action Disaster Response Course at Richmond Inn, in Silay recently.

It was in partnership with the Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response-Asia Disaster Preparedness Center, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Philippine Red Cross, Bureau of Fire Protection and Amity Public Safety Academy, a Silay press release said.

Thirty-two participants from 16 barangays of Silay, the  City Health Office, Silay City Rescue Group, BFP-Silay, and Silay City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council represented by Jesus Oppus and Councilor Ireneo Celis, chairman, Committee on Peace and Order and Public Safety, took part in the first CADRE community level training in the Philippines.

The three-day training opened with Vice Mayor Mark Andrew Golez, administrator Raul Garganera of PRC-Negros Occidental Chapter, Celis, and Oppus among those present.

The CADRE Corps of instructors was led by Romulo Fernando Villavecer, ADPC training manager based in Bangkok, Thailand; course monitor – Aurora dela Rosa from Office of Civil Defense-Manila; course coordinator – Charlie Magne Coronel from APSA; fire marshal of Talisay City S/Insp. Kim Celisio; Insp. Vencie Jojo Aldeguer, SFO1 Junnel Uberas and FO2 Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian from the Silay City fire station; Insp. Jenny Mae Masip – Bacolod City fire station; FO3 Jessie Dequilato – Office of the Provincial Fire Marshal; and Enrique Toda Jr. and Jasie Mae Baloyo from PRC-Negros Occidental Chapter.  

The training will conclude today, the press release added.*

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Private foresters
advised on permits

The issuance of documents to accompany the transport of forest products from private or titled properties by private foresters was suspended and the responsibility was referred back to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, a Philippine Information Agency press release said.

Effective Jan. 24, 2011, the DENR Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, suspended Administrative Order 2004-04, on orders of DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations  Ernesto Adobo Jr.

Arvi Fernando of CENRO called on all private foresters and permit holders within his jurisdiction to be guided by the new policy, especially in private plantations that are supposed to be registered with CENRO, before they can be allowed to harvest or cut trees, the press release said.

Lot owners are also advised to have a written request to harvest their plantation and must issue a special power of attorney to their authorized representative  duly notarized, and attached to the transport documents for every shipment.

The transport documents should clearly indicate the total volume transported, the press release said.

Previous and current balances should be duly checked and noted at the place of destination before another transport documents be issued to lot owners.

Fernando stressed that transport documents will be issued from Mondays through Wednesdays only, and no shipment will be made on weekends, and that field inspection or verification will be made Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the press release said.

Landowners were also advised to properly coordinate with their respective local government units and barangay officials, as to payment of taxes and arkabalas imposed, the press release added.*

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Visitors laud urban
dev’t of Bacolod

Sorsogon City Mayor Leovic Dioneda said he was impressed by the approaches to urban development of Bacolod City, following a joint meeting of the Sorsogon City Legislators and the United Nations Habitat at the MassKara Hall of the Government Center, recently.

Dioneda said he  observed that the urban planning and development in Bacolod was well visualized by the local government, adding that their constituents are planning to imitate some of Bacolod's urban development policies, in order to formulate a comprehensive land use plan in Sorsogon, a Bacolod City Hall press release said.

Upon their return to Sorsogon, they will conduct a Lakbay Aral and invite some local tourists in their province to visit Bacolod.

Rep. Chris Rollo of the United Nations Habitat said that Sorsogon City is far behind in terms of urban development. They are now finding ways to have a spatial plan in order to develop climate resilient human settlements in their community, and that, they are very interested in having a partnership with Bacolod, the press release said.

The 30 delegates from Sorsogon were welcomed by Bacolod Administrator Dr. Roger Balo, Bacolod City Planning and Development officer-in-charge Gloria Arguilles, and Bacolod Tourism head Imogene Kanaan, the press release added.*

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UNO-R holds sportfest,
symposia on human life

The University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Sports Department, in cooperation with the Supreme Student Government, is holding its annual sportsfest which will end today, on the theme “Together We Stand,” a press release from UNO-R in Bacolod City said.

The event started with a motorcade of the players, together with the faculty members, students and Recollect priests.  The opening remarks were given by Fr. Dexter Palagtiosa, Sports Office head and vice president for Student Welfare, followed by the lighting of torch and the declaration of the opening of sportsfest by Fr. Dionisio Cachero, university president.

Sports coordinator Ericson Rios said the sportsfest aims to gather  Uno-Rians to join different sports events as well as to give the students the opportunity to enjoy the different activities, the press release said.

Meanwhile, UNO-R Bacolod held a series of symposia about human life.  Invited speakers from the Citizen Alliance for the Protection of Human Life were Frs. Gregorio Patino, Felix Pasquin, Ireneo Gordoncillo and Ronald Quijano, Rose Tan, Anne Marie Palermo, Modesto Sa-onoy, and representatives from the Couples for Christ. Discussed were the rigors and effects of the Reproductive Health Bill, the press release added.*

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People & Events
Silay City pilots CADRE training
Private foresters advised on permits
Visitors laud urban dev’t of Bacolod
UNO-R holds sportfest, symposia on human life

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