LCCians among topnotchers
in foreign exam for architects
Two graduates of La Consolacion College Bacolod were among the topnotchers in the architect licensure examinations given by the Professional Regulation Board of Architecture in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Jeddah and Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and in Doha, Qatar this year, a press release from the school said.
Charles Demigillo III ranked ninth in the October examinations and Christopher Rodrigo Alipalo Delgado Jr., fourth, in similar licensure administered earlier this year. Clint Deroca and Arnaldo Mueda also passed last month’s exam, the press release also said.
The Foreign Licensure Examination for Architects is an extension program of the PRC to graduates from the Philippines who are now based in Middle East countries, and is a component test of the 2011 Special Professional Licensure Board Examinations. Others include the licensure exams for accountants and civil, electronics and mechanical engineers.
Successful examinees of LCC this academic year will be recognized in the baccalaureate commencement exercises of the school in March 2013, the press release added.*
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planted in Murcia
Around 1,500 seedlings of narra, acacia and fruit-bearing trees were planted by members of the Negros Press Club, Smart Communications and 303rd Army Brigade at the latter’s newly-developed nursery in Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia town, Negros Occidental Saturday, a press release from the club said.
The activity was led by NPC president Arman Toga, Col. Oscar Lactao of the 303rd IB, Nova Concepcion, NN Navarro and Joyce Panaligan of Smart, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Joan Gerangaya, and participated in by past presidents and other NPC members, telecomm engineers, soldiers and Minoyan brgy. officials, the press release also said.
Toga said he is grateful that many have cooperated and supported the tree-planting activity. “We thanked Smart for always supporting the NPC in most of our activities...and for making the Negros Media Center, Wi-Fi ready. Also the 303rd Brigade for providing us with the site and venue for our social. NPC is the first to plant in the Brigade's nursery,” he added.
Concepcion said the company has been conducting tree planting activities since 2005. She said that, last year alone, around 99,995 trees were planted in various sites in the country, adding that the activity addresses reforestation and climate change concerns.
Lactao said the Army is tasked to plant a million trees by the national government, under the Philippine Greening Program. He thanked the NPC and Smart for initiating the project, the press release said.
Meanwhile, local stand-up comedians Pork and Bean entertained the group in the lunch and fellowship sponsored by the telecommunication company. NPC past president Modesto Sa-onoy also won a phone kit in the raffle draw, the press release added.*
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assists HIV victims
The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. is providing members and dependents living with the human immunodeficiency virus additional financial support, should they acquire tuberculosis and other ailments on account of their damaged immune system.
PhilHealth issued the statement as it prepares to observe the World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, amid a rash of new HIV cases.
“We will pay simultaneously for the anti-retroviral therapy as well as TB treatment of HIV-positive members and dependents. If they are hospitalized due to any other secondary illnesses, they will also be provided the regular inpatient benefits,” PhilHealth president and chief executive officer, Dr. Eduardo Banzon, said in the press release.
He said that because of their impaired immune system, Filipinos living with HIV are extremely vulnerable to TB, and other opportunistic diseases, like pneumonia, or even vicious fungal infections.
Worldwide, TB is the leading cause of death among persons with HIV infection, almost one in four deaths, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
PhilHealth said there were 2,466 new HIV infections from January to September this year, up 48 percent from the 1,669 cases in the same period in 2011. The National HIV and AIDS Registry, which began passive surveillance in 1984, also listed a cumulative 10,830 cases, of which 6,406 were detected from 2010 onward, the press release said.
Up to 46,000 Filipinos could be diagnosed with HIV by 2015, unless the spread of the highly-contagious disease is effectively checked, the Philippine National AIDS Council has warned.
Nine of 10 cases in the registry were infected through sexual contact, and around 2,761 Filipinos living with HIV are undergoing anti-retroviral therapy.
The present Outpatient HIV/AIDS Treatment package of PhilHealth pays P30,000 every year, or P7,500 per quarter, for the anti-retroviral therapy of members and dependents living with HIV, the press release added.*
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Disaster training conducted
A two-day disaster preparedness training was conducted by the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor, and participated in by housing association leaders, at the MassKara Hall of the Bacolod Government Center recently, a press release from the city said.
The participants included around 30 leaders of the Homeowners Association of Tangub, Purity Homeowners Association, Magkaruha and Kabalaka associations, representing residents of barangays Sum-ag, Singcang, Tangub and Mansilingan.
PCUP assistant regional director, Victor Saril, said the activity, in cooperation with the Bacolod City government, was aimed for the urban poor who are almost always victimized by disasters and calamities, the press release also said.
They can protect themselves from disasters if they are trained and prepared. Saril added that qualified association members living near the shorelines, or danger zones, may also be entitled to loans to construct their homes, the press release added.*
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