By By Fernan A. Gianan
Child-friendly local government units
posted 27-Nov-2018  ·  
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Aside from winning the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance, with the municipality itself ranking 10th among 96 towns in Bicol, the administration of Virac Mayor Samuel Laynes continues to reap awards form its partner national agencies.

Last week, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office gave the capital town gave three awards in connection with the Supplemental Feeding Program 7th Cycle Implementation.

DSWD regional director Arnel Garcia gave the Laynes administration the Best Implementer Award for observing best practices and strategies, as well as the Early Bird Award for its early submission of complete required documents and the Best in Liquidation Award for its early submission of the Full Liquidation Report on the same feeding program.

The awards were given during the Nov. 8, 2018 Program Review and Evaluation Workshop held in Virac.


Incidentally, Virac was in the top 10 of the 2017 CFLG list with a rating of 92, the same score as that of Naga City and above Tabaco City and Iriga City.

The other eight towns from Catanduanes in the list, as well as their respective ratings, are as follows: Baras, 85%; Bagamanoc, 84%; San Andres, 84%; San Miguel, 82%; Gigmoto, 81%; Bato, 78%; Caramoran, 78%; and, Pandan, 75%.

Missing from the audit list are the towns of Viga and Panganiban, with the omission presumably due to their failure to enact or implement their own Children’s Code.


Two women this writer holds dear celebrate their birthdays this week: my dearest wife, Millie, who turned 47 on the 20th, and my mother, Zune, who turns 90 tomorrow.

May the Lord continue to shower them with the unending love and caring of their family and friends, the blessings of a life lived to the fullest, and the promise of happiness, peace and contentment with what God has given them as His reward. We all love you both with all our hearts!


The Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) candidate for congressman was in town recently not to touch base with his supporters but to attend to a very important family matter.

Joseph Aldea Santiago begged off from his high school class’ Manila get-together so he could be with his mother, Tia Nimfa Santiago, who celebrated her 90th birthday in advance at the Catanduanes Convention Center last Saturday, Nov. 17, with another party for family and close friends at the family residence last Monday evening.

JAS’ two children with wife Kathleen were with him. A cum laude graduate of business administration from the University of the Philippines, Camille Karla was on a break from her job as a member of the cast in the thrice-a-day parade at Hongkong Disneyland.

Apparently, the Santiago daughter is indulging in her passion as she has been a ballet dancer during her college years. On the other hand, John Philip is on his pre-med course also at UP.


AN SUV FOR THE WIFE. Two friends are sitting at a bar shooting the breeze over a couple of beers.

“I got my wife a diamond ring for her birthday,” says one guy.

“Didn’t you tell me she wanted an SUV?” asks his pal.

“Yeah, but I couldn’t find a fake Range Rover.”

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