Inmates avail of AlkanSSSya
Thirty-four inmates at the Bacolod City District Jail Male Dormitory availed of the AlkanSSSya Program of the Social Security System in Region 6 recently, a press release from the BCDJ said.
The launching held at the jail station last week was highlighted by the signing of the memorandum of agreement between the SSS, represented by Manolito Tagalog, assistant vice president of the WV Cluster, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and Ruel Fernandez, president of the Association of Persons Deprived of Liberty at the district jail, the press release also said.
An AlkanSSSya box with coin slots was placed at the jail, where inmates can drop in from their monthly remittance.
Chief Insp. Gilbert Peremne, jail warden, said that by saving P10 to P12 a day from handicrafts and livelihood projects, inmates can avail of SSS benefits, loans and pension.
Senior Supt. Ignacio Panti, BJMP regional director, commended the BCDJ for being the first unit to comply with the directive to join the AlkanSSSya Program, the press release said.
At the San Carlos City jail in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, SSS personnel held an orientation on the program at the request of Senior Insp. Castle Masip, jail warden, recently, the press release said.
About 25 inmates attended a two-day seminar on silk screen printing, organized and facilitated by the Cooperatives and Livelihood Development Office, with Jonathan Cachila from Bacolod City as instructor.
The seminar is one of the many activities introduced jointly by the City Jail management and the local government to prepare inmates for a new and better life once they return to mainstream society, the press release added.*
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OFWs group inducted
Overseas Filipino Workers and their families in Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City, organized themselves into a group and elected officers who were inducted at the Bacolod Government Center recently, a press release from City Hall said.
They were inducted by Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya, who said that the millions of Filipinos who work abroad are the gems of the Philippine economy for their tax contributions, and deserve welfare assistance and empowerment from the government, the press release said.
The officers are Ninfa Toquillo – president, Myrna Zapanta - vice president, Ma. Riza Villaflor – secretary, Julie Atayde – treasurer, Mary Grace Britanico – auditor, Julie Tacusalme - public information officer, Merlita de Asis and Angeles Segodine - business managers. and Katherine Toquillo, Ma. Socorro Libongcogon, Wilma Columna, Noemy Subebe and Gloritta Lachica - members of the Board of Directors, the press release also said.
OFW groups have also been established in barangays Banago, Taculing, Tangub, Sum-ag, Cabug, 31, and Mansilingan, and are members of the Federation of OFW Negros Occidental, led by Salvacion Barrios, recipient of The Model OFW Family award from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in 2009.
An OFW in Lebanon and Bahrain for nine years, Barrios said the Federation has more than a hundred thousand OFW members, including sea and land-based overseas workers and members of their families, the press release added.*
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association to give gifts
The Extreme Trail Riders Association, or EXTRA Negros, held several activities in the last quarter of 2013, it said in a press release.
A tree-planting of more than 200 trees of narra and other varieties was held at the Mt. Kanlaon Forest Reserve Park where and around 300 mangroves planted along the CICM coastal area in Barangay 15, Talisay City, Negros Occidental recently, the press release also said.
The group will hold a gift-giving activity in Bacolod City on December 22, and is committed to build chapter organizations in far-flung towns and cities of Negros to spread its advocacy, the press release added.*
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DOH in Western Visayas
warns on firecrackers
The Department of Health in Western Visayas strongly advised parents to be on the lookout for their children aged 10 and below, who may be tempted to play with firecrackers during the Christmas and New Year holidays, a government press release said.
DOH regional director Marilyn Convocar said annual statistics show that 39 percent of those who got firecracker-related injuries belong to the 10-and-below age bracket due to limited know-how and unreliable handling of firecrackers and pyrotechnics.
She added that 34 percent of injuries belongs to the 11-20 years old bracket, the press release also said.
Convocar said children should stay away from triangulo, bilong-bilong, and piccolo, the press release added.*
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