Visayas Newsbits for May 6, 2013

LIST PURGED

Tacloban City, Leyte (PNA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Eastern Visayas, after an eligibility check routine, struck out 4,477 names from its list of conditional cash transfer beneficiaries. Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) regional coordinator Marichu E. Bustillos said the agency has validating its CCT beneficiary list with its municipal linkages. She said 1,913 were delisted as a result of the routine check; 128 due to inclusive error; seven for fraud; 59 waived; 197 because of duplication; 1,217 for having no children aged 0-14; and 956 transferred to non-4P areas.

O.S.Y. SCHOLARS

Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental (PIA) - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) is offering more scholarship slots for out-of-school youth (OSY) beneficiaries under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Cash for Training Project (C4TP) in Negros Oriental. Tesda Director General Joel Villanueva, who was here recently said the P1.3-billion national project is in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development's Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program. Some 65,000 scholars are to benefit in the program by acquiring world-class technical-vocational skills. Each scholar will receive P20,000 cash allowance from DSWD-identified beneficiary of C4TP participating in the free technical-vocational education and skills training.

CHILD PROTECTION

Tagbilaran City, Bohol (PIA) - Bohol province recently hosted two events on child protection against sexual exploitation. Launched last month was the Child Wise Tourism program with Child Wise Tourism advocates giving decal stickers espousing a "Children are National Treasures" message to participants. Also hosted here was the 2nd Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) Conference on Working Toward Cyber Pornography- and Cyber Prostitution-Free Southeast Asia at Bohol Tropics. Welfare services, law enforcement, and information technology representatives from Asean member-nations projected unified concern for children and women in vulnerable situations due to poverty and the lure of easy money.

D.A.-7 INSURANCE

Cebu City, Cebu (PIA) - Over 300 Cebu rice farmers recently received Department of Agriculture in Region 7 (DA-7) insurance coverage. At the International Year of Rice launch, Certificates of Insurance Cover and Accident Dismemberment Scheme Cards were given to 331 Cebu rice farmers. DA Regional Field Unit (RFU-7) officer Angel Enriquez said such insurance covers death and dismemberment of both farmer and their insured animal or crops.

ABSENTEE VOTING

Tacloban City, Leyte (PIA) - Only 41 percent or 147 of Police Regional Office 8 (PRO-8)'s 355 personnel registered as absentee voters cast their votes during the two-day local absentee voting period this week ahead of the May 13 elections. Voting by said registered absentee voters was held at a designated polling center at PRO-8's Matapat Hall in Camp Kangleon, Palo, Leyte. PRO-8 Chief, Supt. Elmer Ragadio Soria said majority or 116 of the absentee voters were Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel assigned with the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB8), followed by those in Leyte Police Stations with 12 voters.

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