Visayas Newsbits for June 26, 2013

NUTRITION MONTH

Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental (PNA) - The Dumaguete city government's Nutrition Month celebration starts on July 7 with a Nutri-Fit walk at 5:30 a.m. along city streets up to the Freedom Park grounds, said Nutrition Officer Lourdes Taburaza. Other highlights include a Nutrition Caravan on July 11, 16 and 18; a Well Baby Contest on July 19; Inter-High School Oratorical Contest on July 26; Food Fair (Inter-Barangay Booth Contest, Cooking Contest); Day Care Nutrition Corner Contest on July 25; Healthy Blood Pressure forum on July 25; and Day Care School Garden Contest on July 26, among others.

ADMISSION EXAM

Iloilo City, Iloilo (PNA) - Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Western Visayas district commander, Commodore Othello Ybanez has announced the holding of PCG admission tests on June 29 at the St. Therese MTC Compound Student Activity Center, Magdalo Street, Lapaz, Iloilo City. Physically and mentally-fit natural born Filipinos (at least 5'4 tall for males, 5'2 for females; 21-26 years old for commissionship; 18-26 years old for enlistment), with a degree preferably on marine-related courses like Marine Engineering, Marine Transportation and Naval Architecture, may apply. Biologists and chemists are also welcome to help the PCG in its marine life environment protection advocacy.

SUFFICIENT RICE

Roxas City, Capiz (PIA) - Capiz has sufficient supply of rice for the lean months based on the province's 5,500 daily rice requirements. "NFA Capiz has sufficient buffer stock for distribution and ready to provide rice even during calamities," Capiz NFA Information Officer Rose Andalecio said, adding that the province currently holds a total of 300,400 bags of rice including commercial, household and government stocks, lasting 55 days. Some 57 percent of the agency's rice stock is stored at its Dumalag town warehouse, 22 percent in its warehouse in Sigma town, and 21 percent in the NFA warehouse in Bolo, Roxas City. NFA is maintaining its palay-buying price at almost P18 per kilogram and selling price from P23 to P25 per kilogram, Andalecio said.

HOSPITAL AUDIT

Jordan, Guimaras (PNA) - Among the first official acts of Governor-elect Samuel Gumarin once he assumes his post will be to audit funds earmarked for the Dr. Catalino Nava Provincial Hospital here. Gumarin, replacing Felipe Hilan Nava as Guimaras governor, has vowed to get to the bottom of allegations that the ill-equipped hospital is almost without funds despite the fact that it is a recipient of provincial government financial aid and has reported latest earnings of at least P10 million.

PLAN FORUM

Borongan City, Eastern Samar (PIA) - One of the world's largest child-centered community development organizations, PLAN International Inc., recently held an Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Summit at the Hernani municipal covered court, this province. The activity was aimed at addressing the fundamental needs of early childhood including health, nutrition, early education and social services. Among those who attended the Summit were pregnant mothers, parents of three-to-five year old children-beneficiaries of the government's conditional cash transfer program, and officials who head their barangay's health and education committees.

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