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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Tree planting held in Talisay

Close to 100 volunteers joined the second phase of the third district participation in the National Greening Program in Sitio Campuestohan, Barangay Cabatangan in Talisay City, Negros Occidental recently, a press release from organizers said.

Organized by the Office of Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District), the tree-planting activity gathered participants from the Talisay Elementary School, Boy Scouts Negros Occidental Council, Bureau of Jail and Management Penology of Talisay, Alternative Learning System Talisay group, Talisay DepEd, and the Betty Bantug Benitez Foundation.

The day-long activity was led by Warren Paduano of the Talisay Solid Waste Management Office, Bantay Bukid representative Alex Buzon, and Lagrimas Silvestre, who heads the Programs and Services Group of the Congressional District Office.

Benitez's office launched the NGP tree growing project across the third district February 2014, with an initial target of 3,000 fruit-bearing seedlings for planting in strategic sites. The project implementation is closely coordinated with the National Greening Program lead agency, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the press release added.*

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DICT pilots GAD forum

The Visayas Cluster 1 of the newly-created Department of Information and Communications Technology, or DICT, held its first set of gender and development training in Bacolod City Monday and Tuesday.

Former Bacolod councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, ICT and GAD advocate, served as resource speaker on Republic Act No. 10175, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act, and discussed RA 10627, or the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013, with emphasis on cyber-bullying, a press release from her office said.

Former associate prosecutor and executive director Arnel Sigue of the National Bureau of Investigation gave a lecture on Republic Act No. 9208, or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, RA 10364 or the Expanded TIP Law, and RA 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Law of 2009, with emphasis on cybersex and child online pornography.

The first day was attended by barangay officials in Bacolod and the second day by teachers and supervisors from all the divisions of the Department of Education in Bacolod and Negros Occidental, the press release said.

The DICT was created by virtue of Republic Act No. 10844, which took effect June 9, 2016. DICT Visayas Cluster head Frederick Amores said a similar workshop will be held in Siquijor, Capiz, Aklan and Iloilo in the coming months.

It was suggested during the workshop the need for continuous training and capacity development activities for barangay officials and members of the academe on cybercrimes since these are contained in new laws, the press release added.*

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