Tagalog news: CSC magsasagawa ng nationwide photo contest

LUNGSOD NG SAN FERNANDO, La Union, Hunyo 27 (PIA) — Ang Civil Service Commission (CSC) ay magsasagawa ng photography contest para sa lahat ng manggagawa sa gobyerno bilang parte ng kanilang selebrasyon para sa 112th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary ngayong darating na Setyembre.

Ang aktibidad na ito ay pinamagatang “Give it your best shot” at may layong bigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga photography enthusiasts sa gobyerno anuman ang katayuan o posisyon na kanilang pinanghahawakan upang maipakita ang kanilang talento, maliban sa mga manggagawang kasapi sa National Press Club at Press Photographers of the Philippines, ayon sa CSC.

Ang mga entries ay kinakailangang sumasalamin sa tema ng patimpalak na “Kawani, Ikaw ay Isang Lingkod Bayani,” sa pamamagitan ng pagkuha ng mga larawang nagpapakita ng kahalagahan ng pampublikong serbisyo sa mga Pilipino sa pang araw-araw na buhay.

Ang mga larawan ay kailangan ding nakuha kamakailan o simula 2011 hanggang ngayon at hindi dapat napahusay o nabago para sa mas malikhaing anyo.

Bukod dito, menor na adjustments o pagkakaayos tulad ng sharpening, contrast, o slight color adjustment lamang ang maaaring gawin. Ang mga larawang naisumite na nanalo sa ibang kompetisyon na nailathala at lumalabag sa karapatan ng isang tao ay hindi mapapabilang.

Gayundin, bawat kalahok ay kailangang magpasa ng isang larawan na may sukat na 8R, colored at unmounted, kasama ang natapos na entry form na maaaring makita sa celebratepcsa.wordpress.com at CD na naglalaman ng soft copy ng kanilang larawan.

Ang huling pagpapasa ng mga litrato ay nakatakda sa Hulyo 16, hanggang 5:00 n.h. sa anumang opisina ng CSC sa buong Pilipinas.

Ang mananalo sa unang puwesto ay makapag-uuwi ng P20,000; sa ikalawang puwesto naman ay P10,000; habang ang ikatlong puwesto ay makakakuha ng P5,000.

Ang iba pang sampung kalahok ay makakatanggap naman ng premyong konsolasyon na P1000 bawat isa. Ang mga entries ay mahuhusgahan ayon sa kahalagahan ng tema, pagkamalikhain, technique or pagkakagamit ng elemento ng potograpiya at maging ang kabuuang epekto o impact nito.

Hinikayat ni CSC1 Regional Director Engelbert Anthony Unite, noong nakaraang “Danggayan” radio program rito ang mga empleyado ng gobyerno na may hilig sa photography na sumali sa kanilang gaganaping photo contest. (ANL/MHH-PIA1 La Union,may kaakibat na ulat mula sa CSC)

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150 poor students in Region I get scholarships

DAGUPAN CITY, June 22 (PIA) — A total of 150 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) recipients qualified as scholars for the Students Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (SGPPA), the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 1 reported.

Information Officer Allan Lulu said that SGPPA is a program which provides scholarship assistance to 4Ps recipients.

In partnership with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), it aims to contribute to the national government’s desire to alleviate poverty.

This will increase the number of graduates of higher education and ensure employment in high-value added occupations among poor households.

SGPPA scholars are those who are willing to attend school, have completed high school and/or equivalent, not more than 30 years old, and have passed the entrance exam and academic requirements set by the leading state universities and colleges.

They are entitled to a maximum of P60,000 financial assistance per school year or P30,000 per semester for tuition fees, including miscellaneous expenses and cash allowances to sustain their completion of the degree program in exchange for a maintained satisfactory grade.

In Region I, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) and Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) were the recognized schools to provide priority degree programs.

Scholars are only limited to select one of these priority courses namely information technology, agriculture and related arts, education, engineering, health and sciences, arts and humanities, atmospheric science, and environmental science.

Aiza Manis, 24, from Agno, Pangasinan said that she is very lucky to be chosen as one of the scholars after stopping for six years. “Mag-aaral po akong mabuti para guminhawa ang buhay ng aming pamilya…Iba po kasi ang may pinag-aralan,” (I will do my best in school to give a better life for my family…It is an advantage finishing school,) she added. (JCR/AMM-PIA 1, Pangasinan with reports from DSWD)

DSWD releases P20.6-M for 13,748 senior citizens in Ilocos Region

VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur, June 27 (PIA) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently released P20.6 million in social pension to 13,748 senior citizens in Region 1 for the second quarter of the year.

Each of the beneficiaries received P1,500 or a monthly stipend of P500, said DSWD Region 1 Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo. Recipients are senior citizens are at least 77 years old, who have no regular support or pension.

He also said that automatic replacement during pay-out is no longer accepted. Rather, the list of waiting eligible senior citizens is to be assessed and verified for submission to the regional office for approval and funding. Number of social pensioners accommodated per municipality is based on the poverty incidence and National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

The Social Pension Program is based on the Expanded Senior Citizens Act or RA 9994. (ANL/FGL-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)

Pag-IBIG hikes housing loan to P6-M

DAGUPAN CITY, June 27 — Employees now have more leeway on their housing preferences as the Pag-IBIG Fund is increasing the maximum amount that can be loaned for housing.

Susan de Vera of the Pag-IBIG Fund Dagupan City said that the ceiling for housing loan will be increased from P3 million to P6 million starting July 2.

Members who can qualify for the loan must have at least 24 months contribution, she said during the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of the Philippine Information Agency over DZMQ Radyo ng Bayan on Tuesday.

New members, however, can also avail of the loan if they can pay in full the equivalent 24-month contribution, she added.

Required contribution for those who can qualify to loan the ceiling amount is P2,950 per month.

Housing loan, she said, is not limited only to purchase of house and lots but also includes, renovation, improvement and lot expansion.

She noted that members from the National Capital Region and Metro Manila have been requesting for the increase because they deemed that previous ceiling is already inadequate for the purpose by today’s standard.

For more inquiries log on at http://www.pagibigfund.gov.ph or call 523-3048.

Interested members may also visit the new office here at Rodel Building, Perez Blvd., cor. Guilig St., where the Central Bank was previously located. (ANL/ARRF-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

Barangay women undergo candle-making training in Laoag

LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte, June 27 (PIA) — Women from barangays in Laoag City may soon be the city’s candle producers after attending a livelihood training on candle-making to help them earn additional income.

City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) Officer Aurora Corpuz said 43 women from Barangays 5, 21, Nangalisan A, Nangalisan B and Nalbo attended the two-day livelihood training at the CSWDO.

“This is part of the continuous program of the city government under mayor Michael Farinas through the CSWDO to help the people of Laoag, particularly the women, have an additional source of income by providing them with skills,” Corpuz said.

During the training, Lourdes Punzalan of the Ticanocah Livelihood Training Center in Quezon City taught the participants how to make different types of candles like decorative, gel, aroma and therapeutic.

Edna Yapo, one of the participants, said the training will definitely help her and many women earn extra income. “Many people buy candles as gifts or for their use and decoration,” she said.

With additional creative skills in their hands, Yapo and the rest of the trainees will then become trainers to other women groups in the city’s 80 barangays.

Corpuz said the city government could provide funds for these women to start their business as candle producers of Laoag City.

“We hope that our people will be more productive and their living conditions improve as a result of our livelihood training programs,” Corpuz said. (ANL/CPC-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)

PENRO pursues tree planting to address global warming, climate change

LAOAG CITY, June 27 (PIA) — The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Ilocos Norte pursues extensive tree planting to address continuing problem on global warming and climate change.

According to PENRO Chief Juan de los Reyes Jr, their office is determined to undertake aggressive tree planting in Ilocos Norte in compliance with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) campaign.

Last year, PENRO achieved the National Greening Program (NGP) target in the province, which is to plant 675,000 seedlings covering 1,350 hectares.

The seedlings were composed of assorted forest and fruit tree species.

For this year’s target, PENRO Ilocos Norte has projected at least 1.4 million seedlings to be planted covering 3,903 hectares in different identified sites in the province. And they are now on the process of site development and validation of municipalities and town for the massive tree planting for the NGP target.

Target municipalities involved are Nueva Era, Marcos, Paoay, Dingras, Carasi, Piddig, Banna, Batac, Solsona, Pagudpud, Adams, Burgos, Pasuquin and Vintar, which covers the largest area of the NGP with 1,490 hectares.

Various people’s organization, local government units, national government agencies based in the province are participating for the achievement of the said project. (ANL/CDG-PIA1 Ilocos Norte)

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2012 Nutrition month celeb focuses on vegetable-NNC

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, June 27 (PIA) — This year’s nutrition month will focus on vegetables. This is to address micronutrient deficiencies; prevent noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes; and increase demand of veggies to help local farmers for their additional income.

This was emphasized by National Nutrition Council 1 (NNC-1) Officer I Emmarose C. Pineda during “Tugtugan at Talakayan” over HotFm in Agoo town recently.

Pineda explained that last year, the nutrition month celebration centered on breastfeeding, but this year on vegetables as less Filipinos are seen eating this food, based on the research conducted by the Department of Science and Technology in 2008.

As highlight of said celebration, the NNC 1 tied up with the Department of Education Division 1 on its launching of a “seedling turnover” on July 2, in Dagupan City.

A ceremonial seed planting from various grade schools that have school gardens in the region will also be undertaken on said day, Pineda added.

Likewise, NNC 1 is mandated to hang its streamers from the different government agencies here depicting the theme “Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin, araw-araw itong ihain” for their awareness of said activity.

“We should practice eating vegetables a day not only for this nutrition month celebration, since there are many benefits that we can get from it such as nutrients and minerals to avoid obesity or even diseases common today,” she further said. (ANL/MHH/PIA 1-La Union)