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Sex ed modules to be uploaded on DepEd website

The Department of Education (DepEd) clarified on Thursday, June 24, 2010, that it is not distributing illustrated comics on sex education in public high schools contrary to what the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) claims. DepEd also plans to upload the modules which will be used for the pilot-testing of sex education program in 159 elementary and high schools to give everyone the chance to scrutinize it.

According to Education Secretary Mona Valisno, the comics which were shown on television by members of the CBCP were never part of the modules which will be used for the sex education program. “They may have obtained it from other sources but definitely it is not part of our learning modules on sex education,” she stressed.

Valisno emphasized that the fear of some —parents, teachers, and other stakeholders— that DepEd will teach the act of sex in school is not true. “Why would we do that? I believe that discussion on sex should be the responsibility of the parents who should draw guidance from the moral teaching of the Catholic Church. Both are our partners in educating our children,” she explained.

She said that DepEd is not insensitive to the students’ state of mind as what some critics allege the DepEd to be. “I believe it is grossly unfair to make public such document without really checking the source of the said sex education materials,” she lamented.

Meanwhile, to give the public the chance to review the contents of the modules, Valisno said electronic copies will be uploaded to the DepEd website. “Once the modules (are) uploaded, we would leave it to the public to judge if the critics of sex education are right in claiming that the materials are only about sex and condoms,” she said.

Valisno said that the modules to be uploaded are the same ones that have been used for the past three years in teaching students about hygiene, practice healthy behavior, and looking at the consequences of their actions. The materials also aim to enable young adults to plan parenthood.

She also maintained that the modules of DepEd that will guide the teachers on integrating sex education in various subjects were carefully prepared to suit the understanding level of students from Grade 5 to 4th year high school.

“We assure you that child psychologists were part of the team that developed these modules and we are careful that what is contained in the learning modules are age-appropriate,” said Valisno.

She clarified that the sex education program and the use of the modules are still in its pilot-testing stage and have not yet been implemented nationwide.

Valisno agrees that parents still have the primary roles of molding their children but there is also a need to complement this with proper teaching that will help strengthen the child’s values. “With topics on sex and sexuality circulating on all medium, the parents believe that teachers, who spend more time with their children, play an important role in building the character of the child,” she ended.



Filed under: Department of Education, Education, Sorsogon News Updates,


SORSOGON PROVINCE (June 25) – Inihayag ni Provincial Health Officer Dr. Edgar Garcia na nananatiling isa sa sampung kadahilanan ng pagkakamatay sa Sorsogon mula taong 2004 hanggang 2009 ang sakit sa bato o kidney disease.

Aniya, maging sa buong rehiyon ng Bikol at sa buong bansa ay nananatiling pangunahing suliranin din sa pampublikong kalusugan ang sakit sa bato.

Kaugnay nito, patuloy ang kanilang kampanya katuwang ang Philippine Information Agency at iba pang mga ahensya ng pamahalaan ukol sa wastong pangangalaga ng kidney partikular ngayong Hunyo kung saan taunang ipinagdiriwang ang National Kidney Month sa bisa ng Presidential Proclamation 184.

“On-going din ang aming pagsasagawa urinalysis, blood glucose at total cholesterol testing at iba pang mga aktibidad na mahalaga upang mapukaw ang kamalayan ng publiko ukol sa pag-iwas sa pagkakaroon ng sakit sa bato,” pahayag pa niya.

Kasama rin sa kanilang kampanya ang pagpapabot sa publiko ng mga mahahalagang impormasyon ukol sa hakbang sa paggamot sa mga may sakit sa bato at ng organ donation program sa ilalim ng REDCOP o Renal Disease Control Program ng Department of Health at National Kidney and Transplant Institute o NKTI.

Samantala, isang libreng dialysis machine mula sa Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) ang tinanggap ng Provincial Health Office nito lamang nakaraang linggo.

Ang dialysis machine ay handog ng PCSO mula sa presidential fund na naisakatuparan sa pagsisikap na rin ni Sorsogon Governor Sally A. Lee.

Ayon sa gobernador, bahagi ito ng limang milyong pisong halaga ng mga kagamitang kinabibilangan ng isang dialysis machine at anim na karagdagang mga ambulansya.

Dagdag din niya na sa pamamagitan nito ay maiibsan din ang bigat ng alalahanin ng mga pasyenteng dina-dialysis at kapamilya nito lalo pa’t malaki ang gastos na ginugugol ng mga sumasailalim sa dialysis. Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)

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Filed under: Department of Health, Health Tips, Healthy Living, Sorsogon News Updates,

DAR Sorsogon in cyberspace

SORSOGON PROVINCE – LATEST issues about the DAR (Department of Agrarian Reform) Sorsogon could be found in DAR’s newest site

This webpage was created to facilitate the students and researchers with their studies especially in information and data gathering, so that, they don’t need to travel just to get these in the DAR’s Office at Brgy. Balogo, Sorsogon City.

DAR Sorsogon’s website was officially launched by Roseller R. Olayres, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II on October 20, 2009 along with the launching of other DAR Regional and Provincial Offices’ websites nationwide. The creation of these websites happened in response to the fast changing technology of the present generation.

Available data/information that can be obtained in includes: history of the organization of DAR Sorsogon; its organizational structure; the provincial officers; the three major components of CARP; accomplishment reports; DAR Ladies Association; Gender and Development; Human Resource Development; DAR Employees Association; PDMASP (President Diosdado Macapagal Agrarian Scholarship Program); Foreign Assisted Projects; Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ Stories; news; and many more will be added in the coming days.

The presence of website is very helpful to Sorsogueños in many ways: there is no need for the students and other clientele to travel far just to obtain information because they can get it from the site through the internet; the media can pick the latest issue from news corner of the DAR Sorsogon website; the courage of farmers in fighting poverty are being featured and read even international which inspires them; the status of accomplishments are made transparent to the public for their monitoring; and for those who have queries, they can send their messages to the email provided in the site and the webteam assures that every mail they received will surely reach the hand of the PARO II or any concerned personnel.

Although the website is not yet a year old since its creation, the very first DAR WEB Assessment and Strategic Planning Workshop was held in Cebu City in order to review and evaluate its performance. Said planning workshop was conducted by DAR Central Office – National Web Team chaired by Atty. Jim G. Coleto.

The event was attended by 31 provinces from Luzon including Sorsogon. Each province has its own DAR Web Team Structure.

In Sorsogon it is composed of only three personnel that will maintain its operation: the Chairperson – Roseller R. Olayres, PARO II; and 2 members – Gilbert Goingo and Alura Arbolente.

Goingo is assigned in uploading and posting of the latest reports from PMEU (Provincial Monitoring and Evaluation Unit), while Arbolente is assigned in the writing and provision of news and other valuable information.

As to the design and colors, Arbolente serves as the “drafter” while Goingo is the “finalizer”. Finished designs will still pass through the approval of Olayres.

“Now that DAR Sorsogon is already in the cyberspace, we invite everyone to visit the site to learn more about our office and its programs,” said Olayres. [ajarbolente, DAR Sorsogon]


Filed under: Agriculture, Department of Agriculture,

9 rescued from capsized boat off Sorsogon

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines—Nine excursionists were rescued Thursday night after their motorized banca capsized in rough waters between Samar and Sorsogon provinces, the Philippine Coast Guard here said Friday.

Honorio Mangaoang, duty officer of the PCG-Legazpi, said the unnamed motorboat with nine persons onboard overturned Thursday in the San Bernardino Strait—known to be dangerous to small vessels—off Juag Island, Matnog town, Sorsogon.

He said that initially, only four boat passengers were rescued by the Coast Guard that received the report about the distressed boat at 6:47 p.m. Thursday from the MV Grand Star Roro 3 of Philippine Harbor Shipping.

The first four rescued were identified as Jay Ann Veterbo, 19; Jean Veterbo, 18; Rolando Bacodjo, 29; and Randy Gillego, 30.

Mangaoang added that the Coast Guard in Matnog Port was able to rescue the other five passengers. They were identified as Argie Neblazo, 27; Joneal Veterbo, 21; Julius Esoren, 34; Alvin Gardoque, 28; and Godofredo Veterbo, 51.

Mangaoang said the nine passengers, who were all accounted for around 7:30 p.m., were residents of Barangay Sta. Isabel, Sta. Magdalena, Sorsogon who went swimming off Tikling Island.

“The group was on its way back to Sta. Isabel when their boat encountered a very strong current that caused it to overturn and drift toward Juag Island,” he added.

All nine were in good physical condition and able to return home safely Friday morning, the coast guard said.

By Rey M. Nasol
Inquirer Southern Luzon

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Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates,

DOLE, POEA Failed to Curb Rampant Cases of OFWs Contract Substitution


An alliance of Filipino migrant workers group in the Middle East today said the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) under the out-going Arroyo administration failed to curb the rampant cases of OFWs contract substitution victimizing thousands of OFWs especially those deployed in the Middle East.

“Cases of contract substitution are still rampant among OFWs deployed in the Middle East; it is about 3 to 5 cases out of the average 7-10 daily cases we have been receiving from troubled OFWs,” John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional director.

Monterona said despite that plenty of the cases lodge by distress and repatriated OFWs in POEA Adjudication unit are mostly cases of contract substitution and labor malpractices committed by their erring employers, the DoLE-POEA failed to curb it or much less to totally solve the prevailing problem of contract substitution.

“It appears that the employment contract signed by the hired OFW facilitated by its recruitment agency is not been honored by most of the foreign employers as many hired OFWs have been asked or even forced to sign a new contract upon arrival at their job site,” Monterona added.

Monterona revealed that based on the accounts of OFWs victims of contract substitution, their recruitment agency will let them sign a new set of contract, different from the one they have signed during processing of their formalities, upon their departure only to find out that the stipulated salary has been reduced, and other terms and conditions such as medical insurance and housing provision have been omitted.

“Many have told us that they have been forced to sign a new set of contracts before their departure at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, while others said upon their arrival on the job site facilitated by the counterpart agency of the deploying agency in the Philippines,” Monterona revealed.

Monterona added in such a situation, if you are the departing OFW, you will be forced to sign the new employment contract that you have not read fully because you are already departing in an hour or sign it because you have already incurred much opting to proceed for your deployment.

“Contract substitution is made possible in collaboration of recruitment agencies and foreign employers, and that the DoLE-POEA doing nothing about it; it is a mockery of the original employment contract signed by the OFWs while they are still in the Philippines,” Monterona averred.

Monterona added the original employment contract is intended to protect OFWs labor rights as set forth in the terms and conditions of employment, but the moment a new contract with different terms and conditions unfavorable to the OFWs has been forged without the knowledge of the OFWs or by force they have been told to sign it, then it is putting OFWs employment at risks even before their deployment.

“Thus, Instead of simply ‘dropping’ the probationary period provision on OFW contracts, the POEA must instead focus on curbing contract substitution and violations committed by foreign employers which we believed would not be possible without the collaboration of the deploying recruitment agencies,” Monterona.

“Recruitment agencies and foreign employers that are party to such labor malpractice must be banned from deploying and recruitment,” he added.

Migrante-Middle East is calling the incoming Aquino government through its soon-to-appoint Labor department Secretary to look at this problem and investigate so that a new system will be developed with the objective of curbing the rampant cases of contract substitution victimizing thousands of OFWs.

John Leonard Monterona
Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator


Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, POEA-Advisory,

Apple iPhone 4 – 32GB – black

Product summary

THE GOOD: The iPhone 4 offers enhanced performance, a lovely new display, and an improved design. It also adds a ton of sorely needed features, both by itself and through the iOS 4 update.

THE BAD: Multitasking entails some trade-offs, and home screen folders are limited to 12 apps. AT&T reception continues to be spotty.

THE BOTTOM LINE: With iPhone 4, Apple again shows that it is a powerful player in the smartphone wars. It won’t be for everyone, and AT&T remains a sticking point, but the handset’s striking design, loaded feature set, and satisfying performance make it the best iPhone yet.

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POEA to drop probationary period on OFW contracts, but allow similar setups

The term “probationary period” will be removed, but not really.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) clarified Thursday that while it is disallowing the use of the term “probationary period” in overseas employment contracts, recruitment agencies may still retain the concept “in essence”.

POEA deputy administrator Hans Leo Cacdac told GMANews.TV in a phone interview that agencies will no longer be allowed to include a probationary period in their contracts. He however added that they may still specify a certain period for foreign employers to assess overseas Filipino workers (OFW).

“It’s just the term ‘probationary period’ that we’re disallowing, but in essence, it will still be there,” Cacdac admitted.

Recruitment agencies had earlier slammed the POEA’s plan to remove the probationary period in overseas employment contracts, threatening that they will stop processing papers for new workers unless the implementation of the new policy is put on hold.

In a press release, recruitment consultant Emmanuel Geslani said the POEA has not consulted recruitment agencies and foreign employers on the new policy.

“A probationary period of three to six months is standard in most countries of destinations in Asia, Middle East, and Europe which the POEA and recruitment agencies adopted many decades ago since the private sectors took over the recruitment industry in the early 80’s,” Geslani stated.

He added the period differs according to country, and is sometimes part of a country’s labor laws.

New workers are usually placed on probationary status for a definite period, during which companies assess the workers’ performance and decide whether to retain them or discontinue their employment.

If the provision is removed from the contracts, Geslani explained, “almost all agencies will be subject to illegal dismissal cases filed by workers who did not pass the probationary period or qualify.”

Foreign employers will object to the new policy, which may thus lead to a decline in the hiring of new workers, he added.

Cacdac, however, said agencies will still be allowed to indicate a specific period in contracts when employees may be removed, but only under standards agreed upon by the employer and the employee.

“The probationary period gives the employer a free hand in terminating employees. Contracts must ensure that Filipino workers will be terminated only for just causes,” Cacdac explained.

He admitted, though, that employers may still dismiss their employees during the specified period, provided that just causes for termination are enumerated in the contract, to which the employees agreed.

“The situation will be similar to the probationary set-up,” Cacdac added.

The term “probationary period” is misleading, he further explained, because in the context of Philippine labor, the period is immediately followed by either termination or permanent employment.

OFWs are usually on a fixed-term employment contract of one or two years.

Despite the criticism, the POEA will issue a resolution on the new policy on a yet unspecified date, which will take full effect following its publication on major newspapers as required by the law, Cacdac said.

By Jerrie M. Abella/JV, GMANews.TV


Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, Overseas Jobs, POEA-Advisory,

7 Habits of Business Success

The elusive dream of business success captures the imagination of aspiring and existing business owners everywhere. A vision of flowing profits, industry respect, thrilled customers, and a balanced life. This vision is only possible by developing habits that drive business success. Take the time to learn the 7 habits of business success.

The 7 Habits of Business Success

Habit 1. Cultivate Inner Networks: Entrepreneurs practicing the art of business success know the power of networks. They take the time to identify and build relationships with key peers, mentors, and advisors. This inner network provides support, direction, and an increased number of people to assist. Having an inner network of five people who have a network of five more, grows the network exponentially.

Habit 2. Customer Centric: Business success requires an unwavering commitment to the customer. This commitment encompasses a mindset of understanding the customers’ world. Understanding the customers wants and needs provides the business with a greater opportunity to earn a loyal customer base. Focus away from business and profits, and toward what you can do to improve the life of your customers.

Habit 3. Humble Honesty: Business success requires the ability to know your strengths and weaknesses. Being open and honest about yourself and your business creates growth as an individual and as a company. Don’t spend time developing weaknesses. Find help for weak areas, enabling you to focus on strengths. In the book, “Now, Discover Your Strengths”, Gallup Organization reveals that building our strengths instead of fixing our weakness is the path to mastery and success. Take the time to know yourself and business.

Habit 4. Adaptability: Business success requires the ability to adapt to changing situations. Nothing ever goes as planned. The world of business is full of surprises and unforeseen events. Using the habit of adaptability allows business owners to respond to circumstances with the ability to change course and act without complete information. Being flexible allows us to respond to changes without being paralyzed with fear and uncertainty.

Habit 5. Opportunity Focused: Problems are a regular part of business life. Staff issues, customer misunderstandings, cash crunches- the list is endless. To achieve business success, look at both sides of the coin. Every problem has an opportunity. Being opportunity focused makes the game of business fun and energizing.

Habit 6. Finding A Better Way: Productivity is the cornerstone of business success. Formulate the habit of finding a better way to make your business more productive. This will create more time to focus on the critical issues that drive sales and profit. Productivity can be enhanced by technology, automation, outsourcing, and improving business processes.

Habit 7. Balanced Lifestyle Management: A business can consume an owner’s time and energy. It’s easy to allow the business to take control of your life. Business success requires the habit of balancing all aspects of your life. Separating time for daily business tasks, profit driven tasks, and free time is a habit that will make your business and life more enjoyable. Take the time to plan each week.

Learning and instilling new habits in your daily business life can have a dramatic effect on your level of success. Review each of the 7 habits. Choose one habit to focus on for a month or until you achieve mastery. Gradually incorporate each of the 7 habits of business success into your life and attain your business dreams.

Filed under: Business, Entrepreneurs, Financial Literacy,

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