Municipality of Bauang, La Union Philippines
New e-learning facility in Bauang provides Computer Literacy Training

A total of 67 Alternative Learning System (ALS) students from Bauang, La Union benefitted from the computer literacy training provided by the Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology (STUST) and Fil-Chi Love and Care Foundation.

The first batch commenced their four-day training recently. The trainees, divided into two batches, all received their certificates of completion in a graduation ceremony held on August 20.

Meanwhile, 60 units of computers were donated by Asus Foundation for the Alternative Learning Center in Bauang which will later be named Antonio O. Floirendo, Sr. Skills Training and Multi-Purpose Center.

Said computer units will be used not only during the duration of the training but also for the succeeding trainings to come.

Written by Joanne Namnama P. Dilim (MCA/JNPD PIA1-La Union)   

Of the more than 500 multicultural crewmembers, an Ilocana is one of two Filipino volunteers on board the world’s largest floating bookstore MV Logos Hope.Lyte Gatchalian from Bauang, La Union joined Jireh Diaz from Cebu City along with other crewmembers during the ship’s visit to La Union from July 9 to 22.During her one year stay on board, she has already met people from different cultures bringing them knowledge, help and hope.Before joining the crew, she was a successful wedding planner who earned a living by providing high quality services to her clients.But just like other volunteers, Gatchalian does not earn any centavo from working in the ship. They get financial support from their family, friends or church mates. However, what convinced her to be a volunteer is the ship’s mission.

Aside from offering a wide variety of low-priced books and on board events like film showing and cultural shows, the ship also conducts community based programs. “Before, all that I do was to please my clients and get their approval but my life changed when I became part of the team,” said Gatchalian.

Her first exposure to the ship was back in 2000 when she set foot on MV Doulos, an older ship operated by German charity group GBA (Good Books for All). When she learned about the Logos Hope community, she dreamt of being part of it. She then sent her intent to become a volunteer and with much faith in God, her dream came true. She committed to volunteer for a year.

Written by Joan Diaz-Sabado   

Another mobile and web based disaster management system allowing citizens to contribute and receive disaster related information , dubbed eBayanihan, was launched in Bauang July 21.

“One could use his/her own mobile to send SMS and submit Citizen Reports, through Mobile Applications with quick access to reporting and trough the Web,” Dr. Regina Justina Estuar, the Project Leader of eBayanihan. The eBayanihan Disaster Reporting System is a project of the Ateneo de Manila University, DOST, DILG along with other institutions. “We have partnered with several LGUs like Bauang which are also pilot LGUs for the eBayanihan,” she added.

Among the pilot barangays for the eBayanihan System who likewise attended the orientation were the coastal barangays of Baccuit Norte, Pugo, Parian Oeste, Pudoc, Payocpoc Sur, Pilar, Paringao and the upland barangays of Disso-or, Palugsi-Limmansangan and Acao.

Lopez: 20 years as Public Servant
Written by Joan Diaz Sabado   

SBM Wilmar Johnny A. Lopez started his stint as a public servant in 1995 as a Municipal Councilor and after three terms, was elected as Vice-Mayor in 2004. He was also elected as Punong Barangay of Acao serving one term and again as Councilor in 2010 and for his second term before his untimely death. He was 54 when he died last May 24 and survived by his wife Nancy and two sons namely Winard Kyzer and Winston Kevin.

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