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Kalahi-CIDSS wins Public
Sector Projects award

The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 6 won in the 4th Best Public Sector Projects Award National Government Agencies category recently, a press release from the DSWD said.

The DSWD will receive a trophy and P50,000 in cash for winning one of the three categories of the Best Public Sector Projects Awards initiated by the Regional Development Council in 2006. The other two are local government units and state universities and colleges.

The winning entry was a documentation of a barangay trail with foot bridge project of the Kalahi-CIDSS, in the island-barangay of Macatunao in Concepcion town, Iloilo. It highlighted the collaborative effort of the community and the town government, with supervision from the Regional Project Management Office that made the construction of the community project, worth about P1.1 million, possible, the press release also said.

The project serves 200 households and 149 indirect beneficiaries from the other sitios and neighboring barangays. Its implementation was led by the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee chairperson, Vivian Dolor, of Barangay Macatunao, whose story of pawning her wedding ring to buy the materials for the presentation of the project concept, was featured in the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Rated K of ABS-CBN.

The RDC, composed of the governors of the six provinces in the Western Visayas, 16 mayors, 18 private sector representatives, and 22 regional directors of national government agencies conceptualized the awards to promote and reward good-performing organizations. It aims to identify and recognize good practices in the public sector, enhance the public image of government, identify good practices for possible replication in other areas, and develop social accountability, transparency and good governance, the press release also said.

The awarding ceremony will be held on April 1 after the RDC 6 first quarter full council meeting at the Smallville 21 Hotel in Iloilo, with Department of Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad as guest of honor, the press release added.*

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Preparations underway
for St. Teresa centenary

This year's celebration of the feast day of St. Joseph on March 19 will also focus on Carmelite foundress, St. Teresa of Avila, whose fifth birth centenary will be marked by the Catholic world next year, a press release from organizers said.

The feast day mass for St. Joseph is set Wednesday, 6:30 a.m., to be celebrated by Rev. Reynaldo Sotelo at the Carmel in Bacolod. “As we enter the 5th centenary of the birth of St Teresa of Avila on March 28, 2015, she inspires us to renew our devotion to St. Joseph, who has never failed her,” the Carmelites said.

A triduum of masses, in preparation for the feast day, began yesterday with a mass celebrated by Fr. Segundo Chua III on “St. Joseph, Protector of the Holy Family”, the press release also said.

Today, the 6:30 a.m. mass will revolve around the theme, “St Joseph, humble and silent”, and will be celebrated by Fr. Romeo Tumonong.

Tomorrow, the mass will be on “St Joseph sought God’s will in Prayer”, to be celebrated by Fr. Richard Escoto.

The 5th birth centenary celebration of St. Teresa of Avila will officially open on March 28, 2014 with a concelebrated mass at 7 a.m., also at the Carmel of St. Joseph, with Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra as main celebrant, and Fr. Paulo Gamboa, as homilist, the press release added.*

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SIFI holds
outreach mission

The Sugar Industry Foundation Inc. held its 142nd medical dental mission in coordination with the Capiz Sugar Central at the Agloway Health Center in Panitan, Capiz recently, that benefited 253 sugar workers and their families, its press release said.

It was led by Personnel supervisor Diane dela Flor, Maria Xandria Samson and nurse Janice Arellano; Brgy. Agloway Captain Eliseo Dorado and local heath workers; the Panitan government, led by Mayor Generoso Deramas, and the Pag-Ulikid Mission Team of Gov. Vic Tanco, the press release said.

Volunteer were doctors Ramon Nolasco, Evelyn Sicad, Zenaida Villareal, Obdulia Gloria, Christy Nelly Advincula, Maria Venus Loretizo, Nonina Destor, Belinda Reyes and Arly Erada.

Dentists Mark Pajarillo, Heide Legazpi, and Vivian Corros; and dental aide Susan Estafia assisted 207 residents, who availed of free consultations and medicines, 46 had dental extractions, and more than 200 children and some adults were fed, the press release said.

Prevalent sicknesses were upper respiratory tract infection, abdominal pain, severe cough and colds, fever and first degree malnutrition among children, hypertension, hyperacidity, LBM, gastritis, arthritis and anemia for adults, the press release said. The mission is part of the thrust of SIFI to regularly provide medical and dental services and health education to sugar workers and their families, the press release added*

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Preparations underway for St. Teresa centenary
SIFI holds outreach mission

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