Visayas Newsbits for May 1, 2013


Kalibo, Aklan (PIA) - Aklan hosted the first-ever Investment Conference or I-CON in the province at the Gov. Corazon L. Cabagnot Tourism and Training Center in Old Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan yesterday. Themed "Building Alliances for Competitive Industries", the I-CON, said Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 6 Regional Director Dominic P. Abad, was aimed at jump-starting local investment opportunities and projects to perk up Aklan's economy. Investment areas identified in Aklan include abaca plantation and fiber processing, coco coir, processed food and agri-aqua products particularly fish (pangasius), fruits and vegetables, and meat and poultry.


Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental (PIA) - A coastal and waterways clean up activity was held here recently on orders of Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria for all city government offices to help unclog water and rid seashores of waste materials. Environment and Natural Resources Officer Lumjod Roy said the clean-up included not only the city's coastal area but also river banks. The activity covered internal waterways, rivers, creeks and streams and city departments were clustered into groups then assigned to clean up specific areas.


Iloilo City, Iloilo (PIA) - Some 150 members of indigenous people (IP) communities affected by the Jalaur River Multipurpose Project (JRMP II) will be given skills training starting this month. Said IPs are mostly from Calinog, Iloilo, the seat of the project and are part of the 2,000 prioritized for training by the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) at the National Irrigation Administration in Tacas, Jaro in preparation for the P11.2 billion Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project Stage 2 (JRMP II) which will be the biggest dam outside beyond Luzon.


Hinigaran, Negros Occidental (PIA) - The Hinigaran Multisectoral People's Assembly (HMPA) was recently launched and its officers inducted. The HMPA is composed of such multi-sectoral grassroots groups as small fishers and farmers, rural women, farm workers, youth and students, and faith-based groups in partnership with the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) in this town. Over 1,000 leaders and members from over 25 sectoral and community-based organizations joined the event with Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. and Rep. Alejandro Mirasol (5th District, Negros Occidental) delivering messages. PRRM-Negros chapter chair Isagani Fernandez said formation of the HMPA is "a big step towards real people empowerment, good governance and sustainable development in Hinigaran."

2,500 JOBS

Tacloban City, Leyte (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said some 2,500 job vacancies will be posted during a jobs fair to be held here at the Tacloban City Convention Center on May 1. At least 35 local employers offering 1, 000 vacancies and five overseas manning agencies with 1, 500 approved job orders have already confirmed participation in said jobs fair. Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) regional coordinator Rose P. Jervosa said, per directive of DOLE Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz, jobs available will not include household service workers or domestic helpers.

"We do not allow participation of agencies with job orders for merely domestic workers," said Jervosa. Jobs available overseas include professional, technical and service workers, construction and heavy equipment operations, among others, she said.


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