January 23, 2010

JOIN THE PHILIPPINE SCHOOLS CYBERFAIR 2010: BELIEVE & UNITE!


Join the Philippine Schools Cyberfair 2010: Believe & Unite!

After taking a break in 2008, I have decided to resume with the Philippines Schools CyberFair advocacy with the 2010 theme "Believe and Unite!"

Engage your students in performance-based collaborative, project-design competition this school year 2009-2010!

* Support standards-based, authentic learning
* Connect students to their local communities
* Increase global awareness
* Increase real-world, transferable skills
* Involve students in the assessment
* Teach students 21st century learning skills (research, project management, content creation, publishing, digital media)



DigitalFilipino.com is launching the 8th Philippines School CyberFair Project with the theme, "Believe and Unite". Youth are challenged to publish original research projects that focus on how the positive beliefs, behaviors and contributions of their local citizens have the power to improve, preserve and unite their community.
This CyberFair competition/exhibition requires participants to complete three tasks - publish, reflect, evaluate. Student-produced projects will spotlight people, places, businesses and other things in their local community.
CyberFair is an opportunity to engage businesses, schools, and other youth organizations in educational activities that contribute to heightened mutual awareness and understanding of their community history, leaders, issues and needs. Students are encouraged to think about their own future plans, the conditions that will affect the future of their community, and issues of global importance.
All Philippine entries are encouraged to join the International School CyberFair. On its 15th year, it has been described as the largest educational event of its kind ever held on the Internet. This program has brought together more than one million students from over 115 countries.
It is also an authentic learning program used by schools and youth organizations around the world. Youth conduct research and publish their findings on the Web. Recognition is given to the best projects in each of eight categories: local leaders, businesses, community organizations, historical landmarks, environment, music, art, and local specialties. This program encourages youth to become community ambassadors by working collaboratively and using technology to share what they have learned. Students evaluate each other's projects by using a unique online evaluation tool.
CyberFair encourages youth to connect the knowledge they learn in school to real world applications. It also supports current education subjects such as Filipino, English, Computer, Social Studies, Science, Music, Practical Arts, Character Education, among others.

This year, schools can submit multiple entries. However, it should only be limited to one entry, per category, per division (elementary / high school). All entries must be written and presented in English.
Filipino is also encouraged and there's a special recognition as well for the best Filipino entry.


Now on its 8th year, DigitalFilipino.com is continuing the local CyberFair counterpart to promote literacy and meet the challenges of the digital divide. DigitalFilipino.com is an e-commerce research site founded by Philippine Schools Cyberfair Ambassador Janette Toral.
Prizes this year includes:
  1. Trophy or certificate for the school
  2. Tokens for students
  3. Special prizes for the team's teacher/coach

Legarda calls for safer hospitals, buildings

IN AFTERMATH OF HAITI EARTHQUAKE
Sen. Loren Legarda today called on the government to protect public and private hospitals against earthquakes in the aftermath of the strong temblor that rocked Haiti and caused widespread devastation and loss of lives in the Central America nation.


Hospitals and other health facilities are critical public infrastructures especially when disaster strikes and victims need emergency services and medical care.  Therefore, they should be disaster-proof and disaster-resilient,” said Loren, the chairperson of the Senate committee on demography and health.

“The country should have learned lessons from the 1990 Luzon earthquake.  We saw how the earthquake ruined the City of Baguio.  We saw how Baguio General Hospital, along with other hospitals in nearby provinces, crumbled from its impact and failed to perform its role as a refuge and haven for the injured victims,” Loren said.

“Hospitals should not only be structurally sound but also capable of dealing with all types of disasters. Health facilities and all health workers able to function fully, efficiently, and effectively during emergencies,” Loern asserted.

Loren pointed out that based on international studies, disaster-proofing a hospital or health facility would add only 4 percent to the cost of construction.  “This cost is nothing compared to the risk of destruction of infrastructure and property and death of patients and staff during a disaster, and the equally high health, economic and development impacts in the aftermath,” she said.

Building the resilience of the health sector to disasters, Loren said, “brings the double benefit of saving lives and achieving our development goals.” The national government, local governments and the private sector, who have invested much resources in the country’s health care system, should therefore share common responsibilities in running it.

Loren urged Congress to do its part in making the country’s health sector able to withstand any natural catastrophe. “The fiscal policies of government should also be geared towards helping private-run hospitals improve their structural integrity and their facilities. The government can grant tax incentives to hospitals that invest in risk reduction-related structures, equipment and facilities,” she said. 

Loren also suggested that Congress revisit the National Building Code to determine whether there is a need to update its provisions to meet the requirements of effective disaster risk reduction.
  

22ND FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE PHILIPPINE COUNCIL FOR AQUATIC AND MARINE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (PCAMRD)

     LOS BAÑOS, Laguna – With Science Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro as principal guest and main speaker, the 22nd Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development (PCAMRD) will be commemorated this coming January 28 – 29, 2010 at their headquarters at Barangay Timugan here according to OIC Executive Director Cesario R. Pagdilao.


     The theme of this year celebration is “Sustaining Quality Management in Aquatic and Marine Resources Research and Development.”


     On the first day, the entries to the Fifth Aquatic Technology Competition and Marketplace (ATCOM) 2010 will be presented to the public at the AQUAMART Showroom at the basement of the building, where products developed by the participating agencies to the program of the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development System (NARRDS) Zonal Center will also be on display and for sale. The Science and Technology Road Map Validation Workshop  for Aquatic and Marine Sectors will also be held.


      On the second day, at the program to be attended by the various stakeholders of the aquatic and marine resources sectors, from academe, government, industry, and media, Director Cesario R. Pagdilao said the highlights  will be the presentation of their accomplishment reports for Calendar Year 2009, as well as the approved plans and programs that form part of the council’s agenda for 2010.


      Winners in the Aquatic Technology Competition, and in the NARRDS Best Papers in Research and Development for 2009 will be announced, and Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro will be invited to present the awards and rewards.


      Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development is one of the five sectoral councils in the Department of Science and Technology whose concern is to help uplift the status of aquatic and marine resources  research and developments in the Philippines. (Ruben E. Taningco)

New City Schools Superintendent


Thru a memorandum dated January 7, 2010 issued by Education Secretary Jesli A. Lapus, Mr. Enric Tala Sanchez was designated as Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Schools Division Superintendent in the Division of San Pablo City, vice Miss Ester Capiña Lozada who  earlier moved to Santa Cruz to assume the position of Provincial Schools Division Superindent of Laguna. A native of Dinalupihan, Bataan, he started his teaching career has a secondary school teacher in Balanga (Bataan) National High School in School Year 1986-1987. He moved to CALABARZON Region in April 20, 2007 after being designated as Assistant Schools Division Superintendent station in the Division of Batangas City. (Ruben E. Taningco)

LIBRENG PAG-AARAL SA PAGGAMIT NG COMPUTER


    Sa pakikipag-ugnayan nina Congresswoman Ma. Evita R. Arago,  Alkalde Vicente B. Amante, at Concejala Angelita “Angie” E. Yang, ang  Ai-Hu Foundation, Inc. na pinamamahalaan nina Chairman Billy Huang at Director Bella Huang, ay itatalaga sa lunsod na ito ang kanilang Van Aralan upang magkaloob ng walang bayad na pagtuturo sa wastong paggamit ng computer sa mga kabataan ng lunsod. Ang pag-aaral ay kinikilala ng Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), at ang lahat ng mga makakatapos ay pagkakaloob ng katibayan ng kasanayan na magagamit sa paghahanap ng gawain.


     Sang-ayon kay Congresswoman Ivy Arago, ang pangunahing ituturo ay Computer theory, MS Windows, MS Words, MS Excel, at MS Power Point. Ang mga kalahok ay gagabayan din na magkaroon ng tamang value formation at wastong paghahanda sa sarili kung lalahok sa isang jobs fair, o tamang pamamaraan ng pamamasukan.


     Nabanggit naman ni Konsehal Angie Yang na ang Ai Hu Foundation, Inc. ay isang non-profit organization na itinatag upang makatulong sa pagkakaloob ng karunungan sa mga kabataang hindi na nagsisipag-aral, at maging sa mga may gawain na na nagnanaisa na magkaroon ng kamalayan sa wastong paggamit ng computer upang sila ay higit na maging epektibo sa paglilingkod sa pamayanan.


     Ang magsisilbing silid-aralan ay isang 40-foot container van na may 21 yunit ng personal computer, o 21 mag-aaral bubuo ng bawa’t seksyon o grupong sabay-sabay na tuturuan. Ang Ai Hu ay hango sa salitang Mandarin (o opisyal na wika ng Tsina) na ang kahulugan pag-ibig at pangangalaga (love and care).


     Ang pagtuturo ay sa loob  ng 18 araw, na dalawang oras at kalahati ang itatagal ng pagtuturo bawa’t araw.


    Ang training team na maglilipat ng kasanayan at karanasan ay binubuo nina Wendell A. Edu, training supervisor; at Arman Castillo, Jazmine Anzures, at Maria Anica Adriano. Trainors/teachers. (CIO-San Pablo City)

MAG-AARAL SA PAGPAPALAKI NG TILAPIANG TABSING, MAGTATAPOS NA


    Sa pakikipanayam ni Farm Broadcaster Louie Tabing ng Palatuntunang Sa Kabukiran na isinasahimpapawid ng Radyo DZMM kay Dr. Wesley Rosario ng National Integrated Fisheries Development Center noong Sabado ng umaga, napag-alamang ang palatuntunan ng pagtatapos ng mga nagsipag-aral ng pagkukultura ng Tilapiang Tabsing ay gaganapin sa darating na Sabado, Pebrero 6, 2010 sa Asian Fisheries Academy Campus sa Bonuan-Binloc sa Dagupan City.


     Ang pagsasanay ay sa pamamagitan ng School-On-The-Air na bahagi ng Palatuntunang “Bago ‘Yan Ah” sa Radyo DZMM (630 Khz on AM) na pinamamatnugutan ni Anchorman Angelo Palmones, Pambansang Pangulo ng Philippine Science Journalists Association (PsciJourn), sa tulong ng Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development (PCAMRD) ng Department of Science and Technology, at ng National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center (NIFTDC) ng Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 


     Sang-ayon kay Dr. Wesley Rosario, lubhang mahalaga na magkaroon ng pambansang pagsasakit na mapalawak ang kamalayan sa pagkukultura ng Tilapiang Tabsing o lahi ng tilapia na angkop alagaan sa tubig na magkahalong tabang at alat o brackish water dahilan sa bunga ng nagaganap na pagbabago ng panahon o climate change, marami ng paligawan ng tilapiang tabang ang nagiging maalat, kaya ang may 125,000 ektaryang katubigang nauukol sa pag-aalaga ng tilapiang tabang ay unti-unting nababawasan na, sa kabila ng katotohanang lumalaki ang bilang ng populasyong kumakain nito.


     Sang-ayon sa pag-aaral ng Philippine Council for Aquatice and Marine Research and Development na naka-base sa Los Baños, iniulat ni Dr. Rosario na higit na kapakipakinabang para sa mga magsasaka ang magpalaki ng tilapiang tabsing kaysa bangus, sapagka’t sa isang ektaryang palaisdaan, kung bangus ang aalagaan, ay makakapag-ani lamang ng isang tonelada, samantala apat (4) na toneladang isda kung tilapiang tabsing ang aalagaan.
     Bilang export product, napag-alamang tilapiang tabsing ang nagugustuhan at hinahanap  sa Singapore, at iba pang bansa dito sa Dulong Silangan


     Sa pag-uusap nina  Tabing at Rosario, napag-alamang ang Asian Fisheries Acadeny ay nagtuturo rin ng siyentipikong pagpaparami, pag-aalaga, at tamang pagbibili ng tahong, talaba, hipon, at iba pang kamalayang maaaring pagkakitaan ng mga naninirahan sa tabi o baybayin ng dagat,


     Katunayan nito, may mga ulat na tinanggap ang pahayagang ito mula sa PCAMRD na bago natapos ang Taong 2009, ang NIFTDC, sa tulong ng PCAMRD, ay nataguyod ng isang serye ng sampong-araw na pagsasanay sa pagkukultura ng talaba o oyster na itinaguyod ng isang private foundation para sa mga mangingisda sa sakop ng Autononous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) na isinagawang lahat sa Asian Fisheries Academy sa Dagupan City. (Ruben E. Taningco)  

MOUNTS BANAHAW AND SAN CRISTOBAL ARE NOW A PROTECTED LANDSCAPE

MANILA, Dec. 29 (PNA) -- A ranking leader at the House of Representatives has welcomed the signing of Republic Act 9847, declaring Mt. Banahaw and Mt. San Cristobal in Quezon Province as protected areas, saying it will institutionalize and ensure the protection of both mountains.


     Quezon Rep. Proceso J. Alcala, author of the proposed measure, said RA 9847, which was signed into law on Dec. 11 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, could be replicated in the various regions and provinces of the country.


     The new law features a sustainable conservation and management system for the rich biodiversity found in Mts. Banahaw and San Cristobal, their eco-tourism potentials, and the rich cultural and religious heritage found in their periphery, he said.


     "This is another triumph for our environment. I encourage fellow policymakers and environmentalists alike to join hands in saving our environment, especially our rain forests. This is just one of the many ways we can contribute to worldwide efforts to save our planet," he said.
     Alcala also thanked but humbly declined the proposal that he be appointed head of the body that will supervise the two mountains.


     "To the President, and my colleagues in the House and the Senate, my part as lawmaker has been played. And as one of its proponents, I think, if offered, it’s improper to accept such position. But, as a citizen, it is my duty to help in any which way I can," the Quezon congressman said.


     "I feel honored, but being the author of Banahaw bill I think disqualifies me for such a job as it would appear self-serving," he said.
     Hobart Dator Jr., president of the 'Save Quezon Province Movement,' has recommended to the President to appoint Alcala as head of the body following the latter’s announcement that he would return to public life.


     Alcala said the law granted to the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) the management of the area.
     "The challenge is now passed not only onto the PAMB, but more so onto the shoulders of the stakeholders who stand to benefit from the bounty of a well-safeguarded ecological treasure," he said.


     Mts. Banahaw and San Cristobal serve as home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, as a water source of the different communities surrounding it, and as a shield against storms constantly hitting the province yearly. (PNA/Lilybeth G. Ison)

SAN AGUSTIN GARBAGE TRUCK

Sang-ayon sa isang Registration Officer ng Land Transportation Office dito sa Laguna, sa 257 government vehicle na pag-aari ng local government unit, mula sa antas ng lalawigan, ng munisipal, at ng barangay,  na ang pagtatala ay kanyang naproseso, ay tanging ang garbage dump truck na ipinatala ng Sangguniang Barangay ng San Agustin sa Alaminos ang hindi nakalimbag ang pangalan ng punong barangay o ng punong tagapagpaganap na nanunungkulan ng ma-acquire ang  behikulo. Sang-ayon sa record, ang behikulo ay nabili mula sa sariling pondo ng pangasiwaang barangay sa pamamatnugot ni Punong Barangay Rustico D. Danta noong Nobyembre 2008 para ipanghakot ng basura, na sa kabila ng ito ay mahigit na sa isang taong ginagamit, ay wala pa itong nakikitang kasiraan, na nagpapatunay na maayos na ito ay napangangalagaan. Ang Barangay San Agustin ay pangalawang pinakamalaking barangay sa 15 barangay sa Alaminos  na nasa kahabaan ng Maharlika Highway (Ruben E. Taningco)

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