(Legazpi City, October 23, 2022) Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) leads quarterly sectoral reports with Albay LSWDOs, discussing updates per municipality in the province, last October 20, 2022, at the Albay Capitol, Blue Room.
Led by PSWDO OIC Ms Maria Vivien Cea, Local Social Welfare and Development Officers (LSWDOs) from 18 municipalities in Albay shared updates on their ongoing programs and activities starting from the established Empowerment and Reaffirmation of Paternal Ability Training (ERPATs). Ms. Cea implores the representatives to inform their ERPATs of a follow-up meeting where they are to present their future projects and activities for 2023.
Meanwhile, PSWDO’s Emma Nisola, RSW and Mary Rose Refugia, RSW presented the upcoming plans and activities for different sectors under PSWDO.
For Albay Solo Parents Federation, an orientation on Expanded Solo Parents Welfare Act or R.A. 11861, training on beauty (nail care) for group 1, and training on basic dress-making for group 2 will be held at APAO. Then, there is the photo shoot for the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW.
Next, for the Albay KALIPI Federation, training on dishwashing liquid and detergent powder making, basic cake making, the photo shoot for the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW, and a year-end Activity of City/Municipal Presidents and Raffle Draw.
Concurrently, the Women’s Welfare Program includes training on Comprehensive Intervention Against Gender-based Violence (CIAGV), training on Counseling Services for Rehabilitation of Perpetrators of Domestic Violence (CSRPDV), and the photo shoot for the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW,
As for the Older Persons Welfare Program, it comprises the Social Pension, and Nonagenarian and Centenarian incentives which Ms. Cea emphasized as Albay Governor Noel Rosal’s priority projects for senior citizens.
Finally, the Child and Youth Program which covers training of trainers on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD), the Children’s Month Celebration, upgrading of Child Development Centers, the PYAP Organizational Meeting, and a fresh milk feeding.
LJLorejo, Albay PIO

Kiwanis Club Division 5B gives 280 schoolchildren a wholesome treat on weekend
The Kiwanis Club Division 5B gave 280 kids of Camalig North Central School something to remember in its One Day Child Day’s Out special treats on Saturday, October 22 at the school’s vicinity.
Dubbed Bata Ikaw ang Bida, the event was laden with exciting activities wherein all grade levels had their own activity to enjoy sponsored by each of the Kiwanis Clubs under Division 5B.
About 40 kindergarten kids were taught to render action song as facilitated by Kiwanis club of Cagsawa while Grade 1 children heard beautiful stories from the New Dynamic Builders with one of its members donning the costume of Disney character Rapunzel to the delight of the many kids who never missed the chance to have a photograph with her.
The Kiwanis Club of Legazpi facilitated the exciting Palarong Pinoy for Grade 2 pupils where the kids beat each other in sack race, coconut race, patintero and tumbang preso after which they were given a pack of school supplies.
The Kiwanis Oragons sponsored a poster and slogan making contests among the Grade 3 pupils where they were made to make drawings on a given theme about education.
The Kiwanis Daragang Magayon enjoyed doing the Brigada Eskwela while facilitating the Fun Games and Palarong Pinoy for Grade 4 pupils.
Selected Grade 5 pupils showcased their special talents in the essay writing and spelling bee contests facilitated by Kiwanis Club of Bitoon kan Albay while the Kiwanis Club of Mayon Albay conducted an acting workshop for Grade 6 pupils including performances in TikTok and Vlogging.
After the activities, all kids were given packed lunch while laughing out hard at the comedy and antics of two clowns who also performed some mesmerizing magical acts.
The activity culminated with a donation of several books and reading materials, which, Mam Marsha G. Sheeky, the school head, was so thankful for the good things the donation would bring to the school’s learners. She was also thankful for the generous Kiwanians who went out of their comfort zones to bring happiness to the schoolchildren.
For her part, Kiwanis Division 5B Lieutenant Governor Lilibeth M. Dimaculangan said that same outreach activities will also be conducted in other schools in the future even as she expressed appreciation for the generosity of all Kiwanis Club members.

City of Legazpi, headed by Mayor Geraldine Rosal, for securing LEGAZPI CITY AS THE MOST COMPETITIVE COMPONENT CITY ( 2nd rank overall) in the Philippines, 1st rank in Infrastructure Pillar among the component cities in the Philippines, , 3rd in Innovation, 3rd in Economic Dynamism and 5th ranked in Government Efficiency.

(Legazpi City, October 19, 2022) Gov. Noel E. Rosal graced the opening of the DZGB AM-led Environment, Agriculture, Resiliency, Tourism, And Health (E.A.R.T.H.) Forum and Expo, which were attended by local leaders and heads, at the Ayala Malls, Legazpi City, last Wednesday.
With the theme “Sustainable Development in light of Laudato Si, Climate Change Adaptation and COVID-19 Pandemic,” DZGB AM launched their first ever EARTH Forum and Expo, a four-day event, inspired by Pope Francis’ Laudato Si, ‘Care for our Common Home’ in celebration of the station’s 64th Founding Anniversary.
DZGB is supported by the joint partnership of the city and provincial government’s Agriculture Offices, the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, and other partner agencies and businesses, namely the Departments of Tourism and Health Region V, Laudato Si Farm, Energy Development Corp., Juboken Enterprises and Puree Hosanna Travel and Tours, each exhibiting their products and services open for Albayanos and tourists alike from October 19 to October 22, 2022 every one o’clock in the afternoon.
Ms. Brenda Bayona-Locsin, PBN Broadcasting Network’s President, and one of the guest speakers, commended DZGB’s initiative to call fellow Albayanos into action in caring for our environment—our common home.
Present in this forum and expo are key leaders and guest speakers like Albay Governor Noel Rosal, Legazpi City Mayor Geraldine Rosal, Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, Albay 3rd District Representative Congressman Fernando Cabredo, and Dr. Ferchito Avelino DOH RO-V Assistant Regional Director.
LJLorejo, AlbayPIO

(Legazpi City, October 19, 2022) Pursuant to the directives of Albay Governor Noel E. Rosal on giving the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Bacacay a month to dismantle excess fish cages across Sula Channel, the Sula Channel Fish Cage Operator’s Association (SUCFICOA) requested for an extension that calls for leniency and consideration to fisher folks in order for them to prepare economically.
According to Mario De Guzman, the president of the aforementioned association and the one who submitted the request, they have already taken down fish cages that do not have any fingerlings. However, they do not have the financial capacity or the inclination to dismantle those that already contained fingerlings at the time the directive was issued.
“Give us an extension until we can harvest the fish already introduced in the fish cages because we do not want to put to waste the harvest… until the last harvest is done, we will voluntarily dismantle our respective fish cages”. An excerpt from the letter request.
Based on the data presented by LGU Bacacay through Dr. John Paul Serrano, Municipal Agriculturist, 52 out of 204 fish cages were already dismantled. Wherein, only 55 fish cages are allowed to operate across the area, following the mandate of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
Therefore, Gov. Rosal has planned to form a task force to assist LGU Bacacay in dismantling fish cages without fingerlings. He said that they will consider all aspects in making their decisions based on humanitarian factors. But the purpose will be to protect the channel for the long-term. The welfare of the many will always prevail over the few.
Additionally, Atty. John Eric C. Tizon, Legal Chief of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources– Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) accentuated the significance of having the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) to regulate any potential environmental impacts that may cause by the activity being carried out across the mentioned area.
However, Gov. Rosal made it clear that ECC is not a right, but rather a privilege to the fisher folks. He also highlighted that the plan they have been crafting serves as a first step in restoring the vibrance of Sula Eco park.
RReodique, Albay PIO

Boy Scouts of the Philippines – MAYON Council conducted their Executive Board Election, yesterday at the Albay Capitol Red Room.
The following are the elected officers:
Chairman: Governor Noel E. Rosal
Vice Chairmen No.1: Vice Mayor Atty. Markgregor Edward Sayson
No.2: Vice Governor Atty. Edcel Grex Lagman
Council Treasurer: Hon. Ramon Ferdinand Velasco
Council Asst. Treas.: Froilan Tera
Auditor: Hon. Pem Imperial

JUST NOW | Board Member Vince Baltazar read the Provincial Resolution No. 0152-2022, commending Mr. Jeremy A. Cruz, Principal III of Legazpi City National High School (formerly Pagasa National High School) for bagging the Country Winner Award in the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), Special Education Innovation Award 2022, a truly praiseworthy achievement for teachers and other development workers alike.

Supporters of Albay Governor Noel E. Rosal and Legazpi City Mayor Geraldine Rosal flocked to the streets of Old Albay in a unified ‘walk for a cause,’ followed by a prayer rally to show support to the elected Governor and Mayor, today at the Peñaranda Park.
Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi also graced the event, leading the prayer rally as the loud voices of Albayanos were heard asking for protection and guidance for Gov. Rosal and Mayor Gie as they go through their disqualification cases.
A parade of banners and tarpaulins with messages of support were also seen carried by thousands of supporters from various barangays and municipalities.

LOOK | The Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Council conducted an Orientation/Refresher for the Child Development Teachers (CDTs), Provincial Social Welfare and Development Offices (PSWDOs), City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices (C/MWDOs) from different Local Government Units (LGUs) in Bicol Region regarding the utilization of the Enhanced National Child Development Center (NCDC) – Enrollment, Tracking, and Information System (NETIS), today at the Red Room, Albay Capitol Building.
This is to ensure that the CDTs, PSWDOs, C/MWDOs are capable of operating NETIS, a desktop application which will be used to input and access ECCD data of the enrolled pupils.
NBalgemino/RReodique, Albay PIO

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