Bing to DWSD: Reinstate original number of subsidy beneficiaries

first_img“We protest this belated and untimelyadjustment in the strongest terms,” Leonardia lamented, pointing  out that the original quota was “alreadyshort of our need” and thousands of families had already been made tobelieve that they can expect assistance from the nationalgovernment.   The mayor further said that it was “madeclear to us previously that the quota of 103,658 families excludes thosealready enjoying their social amelioration grants” such as PantawidPamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries, and those receiving similar grantsfrom the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Labor and Employment. According to Leonardia, the change in thequota means barangay captains “will now have to eliminate” 5,515families from their lists which were prepared on the basis of the originalquota. BACOLOD City – The local government unit hereis urging the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to“reinstate” the original number of beneficiaries in this city eligible for thesocial amelioration program. Mayor Evelio Leonardia said he was “shocked”after being informed by local social services head Pacita Tero that the quotaof 103,658 beneficiary-families in Bacolod that were supposed to receive thegrants had been slashed. He requested for an immediate writtenexplanation from DSWD 6 director Evelyn Macapobre on why the quota was cutwithout any warning, and after the barangay captains had already identified thefamilies concerned who are, by now, naturally expecting their share. The local social services office initiallyprovided a target number of beneficiaries, but it was later reduced to 98,143,according to Tero. “This is excruciatingly painful to thebarangay officials who will have to make this cut and, more so, to thosefamilies whose expectations will be crushed,” stressed Leonardia. Under Republic Act No. 11469, or theBayanihan to Heal as One Act, 18 million low-income families willreceive a subsidy of P5,000 to P8,000, depending on the region. In MetroManila, low-income households will receive the maximum of P8,000 per month forApril and May, given the higher minimum wage in the region./PNlast_img read more

Max McCaffrey forges own path at Duke to become team-leading receiver

first_imgMax McCaffrey didn’t grow up in the typical athletic family. His father, Ed, spent 13 seasons in the NFL and his mother played three years of Division I soccer at Stanford. His grandfather and two uncles spent their college days at Duke playing sports such as baseball, track and field, basketball and football.When it came time to choose a school to play football, McCaffrey chose Duke over Stanford — his parents’ alma mater — and a host of other offers because he felt at home. He enjoyed the environment head coach David Cutcliffe was building.McCaffrey’s official visit to Durham, North Carolina allowed him to see Cutcliffe’s vision for the team and he knew Duke was a place where he could help mold a program on the rise, he said.For someone trying to build on his family’s legacy and forge his own, Duke provided the perfect opportunity.“I’m proud of my family and all the success they’ve had individually,” McCaffrey said. “… But I’m my own person and player. I enjoy being a part of something bigger than myself and building things up.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe senior leads the Blue Devils with 503 receiving yards on 42 receptions and three touchdowns, but wide receivers coach Jeffrey Faris said that McCaffrey’s off-field influence almost outweighs anything he does on the field.He leads weekly film sessions for the receivers and in the offseason, McCaffrey coordinated and ran training sessions each week where quarterback Thomas Sirk would throw passes as the receivers practiced running routes.“Max leads this team’s receivers by example and does so very well,” Faris said. “He wants to have the best group possible and he holds everyone accountable on his way to elevating the play of everyone around him.”McCaffrey’s knack for leading began growing up. The oldest of four boys, McCaffrey enjoyed a childhood of fishing, video games, basketball in the driveway and football games in the backyard with his brothers. He taught his brothers the right way to compete, Ed said, and it’s rooted in their backyard games.McCaffrey’s younger brother Christian, now a sophomore running back at Stanford, has stolen a good chunk of the national spotlight as his 241.8 all-purpose yards per game leads the Football Bowl Subdivision. McCaffery won’t take any credit for his brother’s success, but he did lend a helping hand as Christian started playing football — teaching his brother how to put on pads, mold a mouthpiece and properly lift weights.While McCaffrey’s time at Duke reflects similar guidance, Faris said most of the leadership happens by example. In a four-overtime win over Virginia Tech this season, McCaffrey  “outworked every other player” to make play after play, including the Duke’s first two touchdowns and plays to set up game-extending scores in overtime.Faris remembers finding his star receiver after the game amid the postgame scrum to tell McCaffrey just how proud he was of his effort and toughness throughout the game.Even playing high school basketball, McCaffrey found a way to win.With seconds remaining on the clock and his team down one point, McCaffrey stepped to the free-throw line to shoot once. The shot bounced off the front rim, his father recalled, and McCaffrey slipped by all five players in the paint. He leapt to catch his own rebound midair and followed with a put-back to win the game.“I think it was sheer will to win that allowed him to get to the ball and put it in,” Ed said. “He’s going to give his teammates and team everything that he’s got every single time he puts on a uniform.”Faris praised McCaffrey’s commitment to running cleaner routes, getting stronger to block on the outside and working on his ability to catch deep balls. As this season winds down, McCaffrey feels confident that he’s left his own distinct legacy with Duke football.“It would be easy for a kid whose father had success to feel entitled, but Max is the furthest thing from that,” Faris said. “He’s worked to become a very good receiver regardless of what his last name is.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 18, 2015 at 9:21 pm Contact Liam: [email protected]last_img read more

‘Liberia Losing a Lot’

first_imgThe Resident Representative of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group in Liberia has observed that the country is losing a lot because she is not prioritizing agriculture and spends too much on imported agricultural products. In order to make agriculture workable and transformative, Dr. Margaret Hilda Kilo pointed out that attention must be given to road networks, cross border security and women’s involvement in agriculture. The AfDB Executive made the statement recently when she held talks with the President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Armah Zolu Jallah, at his Capitol Building offices. Dr. Kilo, who has been in Liberia since 2011 and will retire in 2018, informed Pro Temp Jallah about her passion for agriculture, and disclosed that she already has 200 hectares of farmland in Cameroon. For his part, Pro Tempore Jallah underscored the significance of a sustainable agricultural program in Liberia and wants government to invest in oil palm production by simply strengthening smallholder farmers. Jallah told Dr. Kilo that he was constructing a nursery of palm seedlings and intends erecting a processing facility in Gbarpolu County to add value to agricultural products such as cassava, and wants government to work on a five-year agricultural program in the oil palm industry and empower at least 150 family heads in the industry. Since the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has growth impact and that agriculture is the bedrock of a country, Pro Temp Jallah said he thinks the budget of the Ministry of Agriculture should be increased to an appreciable amount to enable the MOA effectively support agriculture. Jallah, who hails from one of the country’s mineral rich counties, is suggesting that the government owns and operates government farms as encouragement to individual farmers and be able to give out seedlings, seed rice and other agriculture-related products and remove all stringent local laws that are intended to deny many farmers the right to farmland. The MOA’s 2016/2017 budget is US$9,428,260.00.Meanwhile, Jallah has promised to collaborate with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, J. Alex Tyler, to make appropriation in the National Budget as support to smallholder farmers and all agriculture-related projects. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more