During his message in
the inauguration Rep Noel announced that he will add another one
million pesos to have another building to accommodate more trainees
Basey Mayor Wilfredo
Estorninos said that it was An Waray through Noel that provided the
equipments and materials for the training center.
Noel also said that
like Estorninos, he was willing to sponsor the training of some more
workers for another P 100,000.00 scholarship grant from the Partylist.
received applause from the barangay officials of Basey gathered to
witness the inauguration in time for Basey’s Pagbungto Rites on
September 19, 2008.
In his message, Noel
congratulated the LGU of Basey for a good job – that of providing job
opportunities for the people.
He also explained that
while he accepts Resolutions from barangays, he is trying to apportion
his funds to all 143 towns and cities of the whole Region 8. He added
that his case is different from the District Representatives because
assistance is concentrated.
Noel also gave cash
assistance to Basey LGU for the numerous socio-civic and religious
affairs the town is set to do this coming fiesta in honor of St.
Michael de Arcangel on September 28-29, 2008.
Typhoon Nina leaves 1
dead in Samar
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Aside from bringing strong winds and heavy rains to Eastern
Visayas on September 20 and 21, typhoon Nina left one person dead in
Reports received at
the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council Operations Center indicated
that the dead body of a certain Rodrigo Duena, 29 years old, a
fisherman from Barangay Mercedes, Catbalogan City was found floating
on September 22, 2008 along
Antiao River in
Catbalogan City. It was learned that Duena went fishing at the heights
of the heavy rains.
No sea-going vessels
were allowed to travel on September 20 which left about 1000
passengers were left stranded at the Looc Ferry Terminal and Dapdap
Ferry in Allen, Northern Samar as typhoon signal number 2 was raised
at Catanduanes while signal number 1 was raised at the three provinces
of Samar Island, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Legaspi,
Sorsogon, Northern Quezon including Polilio Island, Arora, Isabela and
Cagayan, the RDCC Operations Center reported.
All terminals in
Northern Samar resumed their operations on September 21, at
when the storm signal in Samar provinces was lifted. As of 8:00
o’clock in the morning of September 22, there are no more stranded
passengers, OCD 8 Regional Director Angel D. Gaviola, RDCC8 Executive
Director Gaviola said
that the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council in Eastern Visayas
disseminated weather and flood advisories to all concerned Disaster
Coordinating Councils and to media outlets; and advised those
concerned to take appropriate actions, in the wake of typhoon Nina.
In Region 8 the river
systems and streams which were critical as they may be affected by the
heavy rains were Cabuyan, Bato and Pajo Rivers in Eastern Samar;
Catarman, Bugko, Pambukhan, Catubig and Palapag Rivers in Northern
Samar; and Basey, Calbiga and Silaga in Samar.
RDCC 8 also
coordinated with the Rescue Teams and other volunteer groups in
Region8 in preparation for Typhoon Nina, Director Gaviola said.
Talks on federalism
opened to governors
Media Relations Center (PMRC Leyte)
September 23, 2008
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla disclosed talks on dividing
the country into federal states has already been opened in the tables
of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) with governors
seeking to be educated and see the different types of federalism.
In a recent gathering
of the league in Cebu, he said, the pros and cons in adapting
federalism has been presented to the different governor where the
foremost question was whether this system of government would enhance
local autonomy and promote peace.
The objective of the
forum, it was learned, was to bring together local chief executives
and advocates of federalism in a “scholarly discussion” on the basic
principles of a federal government.
“The league has yet to
make a final stand though. The league wanted to start the discussion
and the free flow of information coming from different sectors of
society,” said Gov. Petilla who is the league’s current Public
Information Officer for the Visayas.
Personally he said,
the basic question of economic growth could lie in the equity among
regions and among households and regional representations in the
national government. Given the Philippine context, it is said that
federalism will enhance the autonomy of local governments and the
right to chart one’s development path.
Although, the governor
said, other aspects also have to be highly considered.
It was cited that the
present form of government is a “highly centralized unitary system”
which is one weakness that needed to be solved.
On the one hand, the
governor said, Leyte can stand to benefit in terms of taxes and
revenues, where local companies can directly remit their taxes to the
It was learned that
depending on the needs and negotiations between the federal and state
governments, there will be responsibilities that will belong
exclusively to the federal government such as foreign affairs, defense
and currency; powers that will belong exclusively to state governments
such as social services, agriculture and health; as well as shared
responsibilities such as environment, education and trade.
Although the LPP
has yet to make a collective stand, Gov. Petilla said, the more or
less 20 governors who attended the said forum provided an open
response to talks of federalism.
youth lead clean up of Laguna de Bay
September 20, 2008
Philippines – Around five hundred Greenpeace Water Patrol volunteers
and youth from Laguna Province led a clean up of floating trash in and
around Laguna de Bay on World Coastal Clean Up Day today. The clean
up was conducted even as the volunteers called on concerned government
agencies to also protect Laguna Lake from less visible but more
dangerous chemical and organic pollutants.
"Laguna de Bay is
perhaps the country’s most important freshwater body and should be
protected to meet the needs of future generations. Besides the visible
garbage and rubbish from our daily lives that is indiscriminately
dumped here, Laguna lake is also under severe threat from less visible
but more dangerous toxic pollutants from the industrial sector," said
Beau Baconguis, Campaign Manager, Greenpeace Southeast Asia.
"Increasing demand combined with the vagaries of hydrological patterns
due to climate change a global fresh water crisis is looming ahead of
us, as it is experts have predicted the death of Laguna in next five
years if we do not implement measures to protect it now," she added.
More than 16 million
people rely on Laguna Lake for food, water and livelihood, but its
water quality is severely compromised by pollution. Industrial
pollution from factories, domestic and municipal sewage, agricultural
runoff and waste dumps are among the lake’s most blatant sources of
"Laguna Lake is a
treasure of the province of Laguna that is why our youth saw the need
to help protect it, starting with their participation in today’s
global clean up. We want this to be the beginning of a longer term
engagement of Laguna's youth, as part of the Water Patrol to conserve
said Fatima Villaseñor, Head of the Youth Development Affairs Office
of the Province of Laguna.
The clean up, which
marks the start of a partnership between the Greenpeace Water Patrol
and the Youth Development Affairs Office of the Provincial Government
of Laguna, was conducted in the towns of Siniloan, Sta. Cruz, and
Calamba, Laguna. Greenpeace Water Patrol activists onboard rubber
boats and kayaks collected floating trash in the water while Laguna
youth gathered waste on the shore.
disposable plastics are expected to be the main culprit. An audit of
the collected waste will be conducted by the EcoWaste Coalition to
determine the amount and kinds of plastic which end up in Laguna de
Bay. After auditing, the waste will be delivered to the Materials
Recovery Facility (MRF) of the City of Calamba.
Laguna Lake is
currently the focus of Greenpeace's 'Project Clean Water.' In April
and August this year, Greenpeace Water Patrol exposed how Laguna Lake
has been turning into a rubbish bin with waste dumps reclaiming the
'Project Clean Water' in October 2007 with the aim to bring people
together toward a common goal of safeguarding our water sources, and
to catalyze much-needed action to reverse the continuing decline of
our country’s water resources.
Greenpeace is an
independent, global campaigning organization that acts to change
attitudes and behavior, to protect and conserve the environment, and
to promote peace.
Basey LGU to start off
fiesta celebration with religious, socio-civic and livelihood
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– Basey LGU will start its fiesta celebration with different
activities that caters to religious, socio-civic and livelihood
activities as it is bound to start its first novena day on September
Estorninos in a phone interview bared that on September 19, there will
be a hectic schedule for his Basey folks.
Early on, his Basey
constituents being devotees of Patron Saint Michael Archangel will
celebrate the Pagbungto (coming to settlement) Rites.
A motorcade is
scheduled from Basey to Barangay Binungtuan Chapel where a Eucharistic
celebration will take place. From Barangay Binungtuan, the Basey
devotees will conduct the image of the Patron Saint in a fluvial
parade to terminate in the municipal wharf. Then, the image will be
conducted to Barangay Buscada Chapel through a procession.
After the procession,
the faithful and devotees will conduct St. Michael to Basey Gym where
a scheduled vigil will last until the morning of the following day.
While the faithful
Basaynons will take turns in the vigil, barangay officials and
municipal officials will hold a Municipal Development Council Meeting
organizations (POs), Non-government Organizations (NGOs), and the two
educational districts of Basey according to Val Estorninos, the
As to pursuing
livelihood activities, Basey LGU will inaugurate the Basey Manpower
Training Center with TESDA.
The P1.5M building
will house would be trainees to livelihood skills acquisition. Advance
information received by PIA said bosses of TESDA, Overseas Workers
Welfare Administration (OWWA), Department of Labor and Employment
(DOLE) and Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) will attend
the much awaited event.
All the activities
will wind up at the Basey Municipal Gym in celebration of the ABC and
Basey has lined up
several festivities to highlight with the longest Banig on September
28. Basaynons claim that Guiness Book of World Records will be setting
a new record for this and said the event will be covered by major
networks from Manila.
September 29 is the
eve of the feast of St. Michael Arcangel, the centuries old Basey
Church will be the center of all religious festivities.
According to writer
Chito dela Torre, one of the oldest and earliest pueblos (towns) in
the Philippine Islands, Basey is populated today by 43,809, most of
whom are Roman Catholics who follow the teachings of Lord Jesus Christ
and the practices of the Catholic Church.
Basey parish church
and settlement are believed to have existed since 1591. The word Basey,
history reveals is taken from the word bay-say (meaning beautiful).
Per PGMA instruction,
DPWH fast-tracks infra projects in Eastern Visayas
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The Department of Public Works and Highways is now fast-tracking
the implementation of the big infrastructure projects in
per instruction from no less than President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
One of the vital road
network in Eastern Visayas because it serves as access road to
agricultural areas as well as tourist destinations, is the
Gatanguit-Calbiga Road Project which was reported in June, 2008 to be
In his report to DPWH
Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr., recently, Undersecretary Rafael C.
Yabut disclosed that the road project is now 45.6% complete, ahead of
scheduled accomplishment rating by 11.18%.
USec. Yabut who
inspected the Project in July together with ASec. Jaime Pacanan and
the DPWH Region 8 personnel, said that despite the frequent rains in
the area, the accomplishment is beyond target because the contractor
implemented measures such as overtime works especially in the
production of sub-base and base course materials when the weather is
Road Section which is under Phase !V of the Arterial Road Link
Development Project, calls for the improvement and upgrading of about
59.53 kilometers of existing road. The Project commenced on January
16, 2007 and is scheduled to be completed in December of 2009.
On the other hand, the
Department of Public Works and Highways reported that the
Calbayog-Gatanguit Road Section which is included in Package III of
the Arterial Road Links Development Project under the DPWH-Philippine
Japan Highway Loan Project Management Office, is already 47.24%
complete as of June 2008.
Road Section under Package III of the Arterial Road Link Development
Project, entails the improvement and upgrading of about 52.7
kilometers of existing road. The project started in November of 2006
and is scheduled to be completed by August of 2009.
Agas-Agas Viaduct Project was reported to be 52.93% complete as of
June 2008. The Agas-Agas Viaduct extends 350 meters, its structure a
mixture of steel and concrete, supported by two piers from the ground,
and has a height of approximately 1000 feet from the ground.
Construction of the
bridge was seen as a permanent solution to the perennial problem of
unpassable road due to landslides which block the highway and sometime
cause loss of lives and properties, especially during rainy season.
School of Health Sciences among this year's 7 CSC Presidential Lingkod
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The School of Health Sciences, the distance unit of the University
of the Philippines-Manila which is based at Palo, Leyte, is one of
this year’s seven Presidential Lingkod Bayan Awardees under the Civil
Service Commission’s 2008 Honor Awards Program.
The UP School of
Health Sciences-Manila which was formerly called UP Institute of
Health, is being cited for pioneering the development and
implementation of the ladderized education in the Philippines and for
its “Doktor para sa Bayan” project.
It is being cited for
producing world-class medical workers and ensuring quality and
accessible health care for the country.
It pioneered the use
of ladderized education through its step ladder curriculum, granted
scholarships to 200 students yearly, and provided quality education in
health profession, all of which have contributed to the pool of
competent health workers, serving the medical needs of the Filipinos,
especially the underprivileged.
curriculum is the main feature of the SHS academic program. Here,
instead of the usual fragmented approach to health sciences education,
the training of a broad range of health manpower from Barangay Health
Worker to Doctor of Medicine is integrated into a single, sequential
and continuous curriculum.
In the past five
years, the group has maintained above average performance of its
midwifery, nursing and medical students in the National Licensure
Examinations. Moreover, it has successfully inculcated patriotism
among its graduates such that 100% of its midwifery and nursing
alumni, and 99.6% of its doctors, have remained working in the
The UP SHS-Manila has
been called a unique school of medicine was set up at the University
of the Philippines in Palo, Leyte. It was deliberately designed to
produce health professionals who would eventually serve their
communities. The concept for this medical school was designed by a
leading psychologist. Students who are admitted would only come from
the rural areas of the country. Their psychological make-up would be
that of rural folk who would not look for the amenities of
sophisticated city life. Subjects were heavy on community medicine and
The team members who
will receive the award at the Rizal Hall of the Malacanan Palace on
September 19, 2008 are Ms. Jusie Lydia J. Siega-Sur, Ramon Arcadio,
Alan P. Baltazar, Romeo O. Ceniza, Amabel A. Ganzo, Evangeline C.
Pasagui, Loreta C. Soledad, and Zenaida C. Varona.
The other 2008
Presidential Lingkod Bayan awardees are Mayor Roberto C. Agcaoile of
San Mateo, Isabela; Warren L. Ambat, Teacher II of the Baguio City
National High School; Dr. Celia Flor Brillantes of the Health Services
Office of the Baguio City government; Mayor Ricardo Revita of Rosales,
Pangasinan; Dr. Ceasar Saloma of the College of Sciences, University
of the Philippines; and the Joint Department of Loans and Credit and
Information Technology sub-Sector Teams for the development of the
electronic rediscounting system of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
Leyte signs MOA with
LGUs for creation of Inter-local Health Zones
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The Provincial Government of
Leyte is scheduled to enter into an agreement with the
municipalities in the province for the creation of inter local health
zones, to work together more closely in addressing the health
situation of the community.
The LGUs in Leyte will
organize themselves into Inter-Local Health Zones that will integrate
the implementation of the Department of Health’s Fourmula One health
reform strategies or Four-in-One Convergence sites with the support of
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho L. Petilla said that the signing of the agreement will be on
September 15-16, 2008 in Manila where the local chief executives will
visit an LGU facility with an exemplary health practice so they will
gain some insights.
In the MOA signing
program, DOH Region 8 Director Teogenes Baluma will welcome the
participants while Undersecretary of Health Mario Villaverde,
Undersecretary of Health David Lozada, Dr. Michael Adelheart, program
manager of GTZ Health, and Governor Petilla will deliver their
Short presentations on
Local Health System, Inter-Local Health Zones Region 8 Experience and
Provincial LGU Scoring System will be done by Director Juanito Taleon,
Dr. Paula Paz Sydiongco and Dr. Edgardo E. Daya, respectively.
Dr. Lesmes Lumen, the
Chairman of SP Leyte Committee on Health, will present the Memorandum
of Agreement, afterwhich, the Inter-Local Health Zones MOA signing
will be done by Governor Petilla, the participating LCEs, Director
Baluma and the representative of the Philippine Health Insurance
Tanauan Mayor Roque A.
Tiu, the president of the Provincial League of Mayors will deliver the
pledge of commitment, in behalf of the participating local chief
Zones, managed by a governing board and technical management
committee, is an inter-LGU cooperation that improves and coordinates
all local health systems. It is where health reform initiatives are
planned, developed and implemented.
Within the framework
of the Philippine health sector reform initiative “FOURmula ONE for
Health,” the Department of Health is working with its partner, the
GTZ, towards establishing a functional infrastructure with local
health care services, including continuous assessment of their work;
introducing and implementing programmes for sustainable population
management, along with fair and transparent programme financing;
supplying affordable pharmaceutical products, in particular to the
poor; and advancing the national social health insurance scheme.
The Fourmula One
for Health program has five components, support for local and national
health care policy; pharmaceutical products; population management and
reproductive health; further development of local health care systems;
and national social health insurance.
Borongan bishop holds
forum for peace, development
By ALICE NICART (PIA Eastern
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – “Realizing the current realities in the province, vis-à-vis,
natural calamities, inflation, surge in prices of prime commodities”,
His Excellency Bishop Crispin B. Varquez of Borongan Diocese invited
to a forum on Friday (Sept. 12) some stakeholders, leaders and
The forum was not
however in any manner held, for the purpose of fault-finding but
rather for the group to discuss what the people have longed for which
is real peace and development, Bishop Varquez underscored in his
As Fr. Cyrain Cabuenas
put it in his rationale, the invitation was primarily for the
concerned leaders and agencies to shade lights on peace and
development efforts, to prioritize higher values and sacrifice for the
Considering peace as
the main ingredient for total development, it was deemed necessary for
the military and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to update the
forum with the current situations in regard to peace initiatives.
On the whole, Col.
Alex Albano of the 801st Battalion claimed that since 2006 up to 2008,
the insurgency problem went on downtrend, barangay affectation went
negative and their engineering battalion has turned busy in
implementing assigned infrastructure projects.
Asked if they are on
track with the Department of National Defense’ (DND) target to zero in
on insurgency in 2010, Albano replied in the affirmative, and added
that they are adopting the national strategy while they link their
initiatives with those of the LGUs and other national agencies.
Prudencio de la Cruz of the PNP for his part reported of some
successful police operations against illegal drugs, wanted persons,
and crimes against persons and properties. He said that, despite
limited mobility and financial resources they still try to manage
through. However, de la Cruz admitted in the Open Forum that their
intelligence network is rather weak which he said can be attributed to
the reluctance of witnesses who can help in pursuing cases against
The presentation on
Infrastructure Development projects was quite incomplete thus,
Engineer Tili Sabulao of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
promised to give the full and exact data of other important projects
in the next Forum which is scheduled for October. It was also noted
that, unknown to them, sometimes, some infra projects in the province
are implemented by the regional office. Thus, in the next forum, it
is also expected that more concerns as well as recommendations will
surface “for the common good of Eastern Samareños”.
In closing, Fr. Euly
Belizar, summarized and synthesized the reports and remarks of the
forum. It is also believed that whatever came out will contribute or
are good entry points to future plans and strategies that are geared
Eastern Samar a better place to live in. He concluded that as a
whole, there is a need for better communication, a need for
prioritizing values, need for a team that will monitor projects, need
for consultation and the need for openness to other issues involved.
Church-initiated Peace and Development Forum was first to be held
since Borongan Diocese welcomed a new bishop last November 8, 2007.
Writs of amparo vs NPA
killers part of Sept. 12 joint peace, justice forum in Basey
By CHITO DELA TORRE
BASEY, Samar – A
still yet undetermined number of families of individuals in this town
who were killed by members of the New People’s Army since the first
day of their operation in Basey until their last murderous flings are
expected to start filing cases against the killers, including
petitioning for writs of amparo, when they converge Friday morning
(September 12) in sitio Rawis, a big progressive village of barrio
Guirang, which is home of the town’s newest international tourist
attraction known as Balantac Falls.
The event, expected to
be big and significant enough, is known as the Joint Peace and Justice
Rally organized by the 62nd and 34th infantry battalions of the 8th
Infantry Division, Philippine Army, to which all the 51 punong
barangay of Basey have committed attendance and active participation.
Milagrosa Tee Tan and Colonel Francis B. Lanuza, commander of the
801st Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army, will lend credence to the
occasion that will open with an invocation from St. Michael Archangel
Parish Church priest Reverend Father Niceas Abejuela, followed by
welcome remarks from mayor Wilfredo O. Estorninos and the opening
statement by lieutenant colonel Alberto C. Desoyo, 62IB commanding
A few days after Lt.
Col. Desoyo assumed command of 62IB following the mid-August turnover
of leadership from Lt. Col. Jonathan G. Ponce, there have been
families of victims of NPA atrocities that have come out to avail of
the assistance of the military and the Philippine Commission on Human
Rights in the filing of appropriate cases against the killers of their
loved ones. The survivors from the violent, senseless and unjust
killings were able to identify some of the members of the NPA.
At Friday’s (September
5) meeting of the association of barangay councils of Basey, a
military executive, including first lieutenant Alsiyao, company
commander of 62IB’s Alpha unit in Rawis, urged the barrio chiefs to
seek out the affected families and encourage them to avail of this
Gov. Tan will lead the
symbolic burning of the flags and effigies of the Communist Party of
the Philippines, NPA and National Democratic Front, after the message
of Col. Lanuza. After that, she will give the closing remarks, to be
followed by the mass singing of “Pagkaurusa” to be led by
non-government organizations leader Anita Ogrimen.
In the interaction
portion, Gov. Tan, mayor Estorninos and the Army officers will listen
and respond to every concern and issue that will be expressed by the
town and barangay officials and their constituents, even as the
government executives themselves will make their own appeals to the
people and all sectors who have stakes in securing the peace and
justice presently enjoyed in Basey.
Tuba-tuba planting in
Basey will be discussed by Teodorico Dadale Porbus, president of the
Baktas Kabub’wason Rural Workers Association, while agrarian matters
will be the subject of the message of municipal agrarian reform
officer Chito D. Dela Torre, immediately after the message of police
inspector Marianito P. Malibago, chief of police of Basey in the early
part of the program.
barangay Ignacio Guimbaolibot and all his barangay officials will lead
the barrio folk in attending to their guests for the half-day affair,
the first ever to be initiated by Lt. Col. Desoyo.
Theme for the event
is: “Ungod nga pagkaurusa an kinahanglan para makab-ot an hinihingyap
nga kamurayawan ngan kauswagan.”
Maasin City welcomes
Catbalogan “Lakbay Aral” delegation
By REBECCA CADAVOS (PIA Southern
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – At least twenty delegates from the City of Catbalogan
visited Maasin City to learn how the local government officials
implement successfully the Healthy City Program, City Mayor Maloney
Samaco disclosed over radio station DyDM Thursday here. The team
headed by their City Mayor Coefredo “Tekwa” Uy arrived Wednesday
afternoon, September 10.
The City of Maasin
consistently won the Healthy City Initiatives throughout Region 8
since the leadership of then City Mayor Damian Mercado, Southern
Leyte’s Governor and this year, a nominee for the national level
Hon. Samaco said that
the visitors from the newly converted city will be toured around
particularly to those areas that earn awards from the healthy city
initiatives like the Healthy College – Saint Joseph College; Healthy
Hotel – Villa Romana Hotel; Healthy Restaurant – Kinamot Sa Abgao,
which was a consistent winner; Healthy Barangays from Tagnipa and
Ibarra, also a consistent winner and they will also visit Danao – the
Maasin City Forest Park at Barangay Matin-ao, among others.
Maasin Team consisting
of the Healthy City Technical Working Group chaired by City Planning
and Development Officer Engr. Othelo Rich conducted a one-day
workshop-seminar to impart the knowledge on how they implement the
Healthy City Initiatives successfully to the Catabalogan City
The enforcement of
health ordinances in restaurants, schools, collection and segregation
of wastes, impounding of stray dogs, among others, are some of the
health ordinances implemented in the city, Mayor Samaco shared.
While, the study
tour team will replicate what they have learned and observed here.
Mayor Tekwa Uy was accompanied by his Vice Mayor Van Torevillas, City
Budget Officer, City Accountant, City Social Welfare Officer, City
Agriculturist, City Veterinarian, City Engineer, City Planning and
Development Officer, Provincial PIA Manager Ninfa Quirante,
representatives from selected non-government organizations, a
Councilor and a few Barangay Captains.
7 British students
volunteer in Basey barangay
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Seven British college students from the Imperial College in
London, England are now on a week-long educational mission at Barangay
Balud in Basey,
Ms. Bonavie Robinio,
Information Assistant of the Basey LGU informed that the seven
volunteers are sharing their expertise in Math and Science to the
elementary pupils of Barangay Balud Elementary School.
The outreach mission
is part of the Imperial College London’s centennial anniversary
celebration, the volunteers informed.
The seven volunteers,
Steven Chambers, Lisa Carter, Emma Thompson, Kristina Ostman, Adam
Asiz, Neha Obrai and Ambarish Dash were the qualifiers among 150
students who competed for the global outreach program organized for
the centennial anniversary of the school.
The volunteers will be
teaching Math and Science subjects to the elementary pupils of
Barangay Balud, from September 8 to 12. The emphasis is on inspiring
the pupils in Science and Math, raising aspirations and providing a
positive role model for both science and higher education.
The volunteers said,
they are committed to raising aspirations of school children to
encourage them to consider higher education.
Chambers, the group
leader disclosed that they have chosen Barangay Balud as the
pioneering model among the 51 barangays in the
because they feel that assistance is needed there, in terms of pupil
learning, school equipment and environment.
After one week, the
volunteers will go back to
London but they promised that they will come back to the
Philippines again to
extend the same assistance to other barangays in the municipality.
London is a university of world class scholarship, education and
research in science, engineering and medicine, with particular regard
to their application in industry, commerce and healthcare. Established
in 1907, it is located in the heart of London. It is consistently
rated among the United Kingdom’s top three universities, and was
ranked 5th in the world by the Times Higher Education Supplement in