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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesThursday, August 8, 2013
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DSWD reports 43,000 4Ps beneficiaries
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DENR collects P6M
protected areas user’s fees

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 7 said it has collected around P6.2 million in resource user’s fees, or RUFs, from 24 protected areas in Central Visayas in the first quarter of 2013.

Cebu, with six protected areas, posted the highest collection at P4,095,406.33, or 66.27; followed by Negros Oriental, with two protected areas, with P1,866,890.00, or 30.21 percent; and Bohol, with P217,360, or 3.52 percent.

Regional executive director Isabelo Montejo of DENR-7 said that the RUF will be pooled as an integrated protected area fund and will be used to sustain the financial assistance for protected areas.

SU preparing for
‘Tipon’, Founder’s Day


Silliman University in Dumaguete City is preparing to host the international “Tipon Silliman” 2013 celebration from August 21-25, and its 112th Founder’s Day, Aug. 26-29.

Betsy Merto-Engle, co-chair of Tipon International, said this will be the first time that the gathering will be held at SU, and around 200 alumni from the United States and Canada are expected to attend it.

The number could still rise as other alumni may fly in on their own and not avail of the tour packages, Engle said. Local-based alumni coming for the Founders’ Day activities are also expected to join the “Tipon”, she added.

DSWD reports
43,000 4Ps beneficiaries

Around 43,000 households in Central Visayas are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino conditional cash transfer program of the national government, the Department of Social Welfare and Development said yesterday.

Aileen Lariba of the DSWD in Region 7 said another 1,731 households will be registered this month, including 723 beneficiaries from 18 towns and cities of Negros Oriental, 123 from the four towns of Siquijor province, 708 from 50 local government units in Cebu, and 177 households from 43 towns in Bohol.

This is the seventh set of beneficiaries to be covered by the program since it started in 2008, Lariba said, adding that around 25,000 beneficiaries, who are expected to graduate from the 4Ps will undergo the transition process to the DSWD sustainable livelihood program.

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