Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Bol-anon Top Notcher in Teachers Board Exam

Bohol Philippines - Topping the 2008 national board exam for teachers was farthest from his mind. He did not even expect to pass.

"But I prayed so hard for Divine help and did the best that I could to pass the exam. So when I was informed that I landed in top 10, I could hardly believe it," Jessie Auxilio said.

Auxilio, a 2006-2007 Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED) graduate of BIT-Talibon landed 6th place in this year's successful board passers.

The Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) released the result last Thursday.

Following its publication in national dailies, Bohol Governor Erico Aumentado was the first to extend congratulations to lawyer Dionisio Balite, Chairman of the Board and President-Emeritus of the BIT International College.

A top official of Cebu Normal University (CNU) in Cebu City also congratulated the administration and teaching staff of the Teachers College for the accomplishment.

Aida Dela Serna of CNU told BIT officials that BIT is the only school in Central Visayas that landed in the top 10.

Auxilio, sixth child in a brood of seven, is a consistent honour student since the elementary and high school years.

He took the exam and qualified for the President Carlos P. Garcia Scholarship Program.

The semestral and monthly stipend that he received from the program provided the means to complete his BEED degree at BIT-Talibon in Talibon town.- The Bohol Chronicle

Attend Forum on Reproductive Health of Mothers

Save the Children through its Advocacy for Improved Maternal & Child Health and Family Planning project is launching two policy briefs: (1) Children Having Children: Protecting Filipino Adolescents from the Dangers of Early Pregnancies" and (2) Health of our Heroes: Ensuring the Reproductive Health of Filipina Overseas Workers in a forum on May 6, 2008 entitled "Mothers, Migrants and Youth: A forum on the Reproductive Health of Mothers."

This afternoon's forum will be held at 1:00PM at the House of Representatives, Batasan Complex, Quezon City, Philippines

Please find attached copies of the program and press releases on the two policy briefs.

If you want to know more about the event and the policy brief, please contact Dr. Stephanie Sison, Adolescent Health Specialist of the Save the Children : 02-8523059 0r 64 loc 204; +6391786550491.

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Deal or No Deal Philippines Shown Abroad

Deal or No Deal, a widely popular show in the Philippines and in many parts of the world, will rock the Philippines as its top host will co-host with a Philippine actress, Kris Aquino. Here's the report of BuddyTV.Com:

At present, there are at least 40 versions of Deal or No Deal that are produced worldwide, and most have variations in their rules, staging and game play.  In attempt to come up with new ideas to keep the game show fresh, NBC has decided to visit and play on foreign-based production sets, starting off with the Philippines.

On tonight's episode, host Howie Mandel and contestants from the United States will be playing the game according to the rules of the Philippine version of Deal or No Deal.

The two-hour episode follows Mike Levy of Baltimore, Maryland and Patrick Hook of Roberts, Wisconsin as they try their luck at becoming millionaires with host Mandel and Philippine counterpart Kris Aquino at their side explaining the rules of the game.

Philippines: World's Biggest Rice Consumer?

By Liza Ann Javier
Bloomberg Asia

The Philippines, the world's biggest rice importer, canceled a tender to buy 675,000 metric tons after only one company submitted an offer amid limited global supplies. Grain futures rebounded in Chicago.

Vietnam Southern Food Corp. was the only company to offer the grain, National Food Authority Deputy Administrator Vic Jarina said. The authority will wait until the ``market softens'' before holding another tender, possibly in the second half, he said today.

The Philippines failed to fill a tender last month, helping rice prices rise to a record in Chicago on April 24. Philippine Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said on May 2 that today's planned purchase was intended to boost stockpiles and the country was prepared to reject offers if it deemed prices were too high.

``Global supply until the end of the year will remain tight,'' Chookiat Ophaswongse, president of the Thai Rice Exporters Association, said in a telephone interview. The Philippines ``will probably need to issue another tender.''

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