ILOILO CITY, Iloilo (PIA) - To strengthen efficiency and functionality of its Library Hub project, the Department of Education (Dep-Ed-6) Regional Office 6, through its Resource Mobilization Special Program and Projects (RMSPPD),will conduct a three-day training for library hub coordinators, librarians and staff from January 9-11, 2013 at Balay Kauswagan, Sagay City. Activity participants will undergo training workshops on barcoding, indexing, cataloguing, and on-site visits to the new library hub in Cadiz City, and the model hub in Bacolod City, said Dep-Ed 6 Education Program Supervisor Amelita C. Pitalgo.


SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) - A seven-year-old boy suffered a corneal injury after he slammed a "triangulo" with a stone. Thelma Bandoja of San Isidro, Antique, mother of the seven-year-old boy rushed her son, who was crying, with his right eye bloodied after the triangulo blast, to a hospital in Culasi town, at 1:30 a.m. of January 1, 2013, and later to the Delegate Angel Salazar Memorial Hospital (DASMH) in Antique's capital town, San Jose, some 92 kilometers away. She is aware of government's Iwas Paputok campaign, she said, but "everything happened so fast, it ended with my child's right eye hurt." A Department of Health sentinel site, DASHM reported three other fireworks-related injuries in Antique.


TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol (PIA) - Panglao town put up a R1.1 million starting fund to restore its heritage sites, among which is the restoration of the "old municipio" or municipal hall abandoned in the 1980s, now set to be restored after government listed the old Panglao stone watchtower, arguably the tallest Spanish stone tower in the province, as an important historical treasure. Believed to be constructed even before Panglao Church, the hexagonal tower could have been erected before 1850. The two important heritage sites are attracting attention, reason enough for government funding to finally salvage pieces of history that the current generation from Panglao may not be aware about.


CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar (PIA) - Police authorities and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) with LGUs worked round-the-clock to ensure that Samarnons met 2013 safely. Police Provincial Director Eusebio Mejos said no crime incident was reported as Samar met the new year, and no firecrackers or stray bullet victims were reported. "Our PNP personnel was intact and prepared for any eventuality," he said. Two weeks earlier, police and fire officials nspected firecracker stalls in two areas in downtown Catbalogan, Samar's capital city. "We also sent the firetrucks around the downtown area so that the public will feel secure as regards fire prevention," Catbalogan City Fire Inspector Agustin Bello said.


TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol (PNA) - Local government units (LGUs) and the private sector in Bohol recently extended financial assistance and relief goods to typhoon Pablo victims in Mindanao, while the provincial government appropriated R1.5 million, particularly for victims in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley. The Bohol Medical Society (BMS), headed by Dr. Mary Ann Reyes, together with other doctors, canceled its Christmas party to provide medical services in Loreto, Agusan del Sur. BMS doctor-volunteers distributed the medicines worth R1.2 million courtesy of the Gift of Life through its president Mrs. Fancy Baluyot.