SIQUIJOR, Dec. 2 (PIA) -- After seven months of calling off its monthly meetings due to the restrictions against mass gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Siquijor Association of Information Disseminators (SAID) has recently conducted its Pulong-Pulong/Info Sharing in Lazi, Siquijor.
The association of information officers from the national offices and local government gathered on Oct. 29, 2020 at the SB Session Hall in Lazi to give updates of the different programs and services of government.
Highlights of the information sharing include the project proposals of the Philippine Ports Authority for the improvement of the ports of Larena, Lazi and Siquijor; the Abot Lahat Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs and other services of the Technical Educations and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) offered to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and other sectors of society affected by the pandemic; and the education/learning service delivery of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Siquijor State College.
The Philippine Statistics Authority also discussed the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) which is set to start in January next year for Siquijor province, while the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) gave updates on its Bayanihan response to COVID-19, Project Angel, and other support services.
The Siquijor Police Provincial Office (SPPO) talked about their best practices in response to COVID-19, as well as the new logistical equipment supplies of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to enhance the services of the SPPO.
The National Food Authority (NFA) gave updates on its rice stock position and reorganization structure at the Siquijor field office, being now under the NFA-Negros Oriental.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) shared about the launching and MOA signing of the Shared Service Facilities (SSF) for the wooden handicraft of the Olang Farmers Association in Olang, Maria; the Processed Beef Production project of the Catulayan Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CCMPC); and other regular projects and interventions under the new normal.
On the other hand, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Department of Agriarian Reform (DAR) and Department of Agriculture-PATCO also discussed about their respective interventions, programs, and services.
Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Information Center Manager Rizalie Calibo also discussed the Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) program as the priority agenda of the current administration to attain lasting peace.
She said the issuance of Executive Order No. 70 has institutionalized the whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace by creating a national task force to end local communist armed conflict, and directed the adoption of a national peace framework which is proof of this resolve.
She appealed to the information officers and LGUs to support the advocacy. (rac/PIA7-Siquijor/EFCalibo/SAID)