BACOLODCity – Two volunteer rescue groups in this region have separately signed anagreement with the Office of Civil Defense in Western Visayas (OCD-6) for theuse of P300,000 cash incentive each received as among the winners of the 21stGawad Kalasag. Therecipient would also be needed to submit a project proposal, including otherpertinent documents needed for infrastructure projects or procurement ofvehicle or equipment, as well as maintain a separate book of accounts for thefund, issue an official receipt, and create a team responsible for the projectimplementation. The GawadKalasag (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan,SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan), organized by the Department of NationalDefense-OCD and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council,recognizes the exemplary efforts in empowering communities to be capacitatedand disaster-resilient.(With a reportfrom PNA/PN) The otherMOA inked by Nuñez was with Kami Sunoi Inc. forefounder Patrick Mabag at theNegros Occidental Provincial Capitol Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson acted as thewitness.The Amity group was named as the Western Visayas’ top winner and Hall of Fameawardee under the Volunteer Organization category, while the Kami Sunoi Inc.was the winner of the Best People’s Organization during the national awardingceremony held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay Citylast December. “Therecipient shall utilize the incentive only for the implementation of programs,activities, and projects aligned with the National Disaster Risk Reduction andManagement Plan, Local Climate Action Plan, Philippine Development Plan, SendaiFramework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development Goals,” theMOA said. OCD-6regional director Jose Roberto Nuñez signed the MOA on behalf of the agencywith AVFB fire chief Mike Gorne in rites held at the Bacolod City GovernmentCenter, in the presence of Mayor Evelio Leonardia on Feb18. A copy ofthe uniform memorandum of agreement (MOA) obtained by the Philippine NewsAgency from the OCD-6 on Feb. 20 showed the two groups as the Amity VolunteerFire Brigade (AVFB) of this city and the Kami Sunoi (Kami ang Mabulig sa Inyo Saligan Utod Ninyo sa Oras sang Ital-ItalInc.) from Binalbagan, Negros Occidental.
The 13th Chinese Medical Brigade has donated to the Ministry of Public Health (MPH) a quantity of medical equipment and supplies valued at over million, specifically for use at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC).Some of the equipment handed over for use at the two hospitalsAt a simple handing over ceremony at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Friday, Head of the Chinese Medical Brigade, Dr Lui Yi, said the team of 16 doctors would be in Guyana for one year, and the donation is a part of its regular gift to the Government.He noted that the brigade has 11 doctors stationed at the GPHC, while the remaining five are at the Linden Hospital Complex. Apart from working at the hospitals, the team is aiming to host medical outreaches in remote villages to provide health care in hard-to-reach places.Chief Executive Officer of the GPHC, ret’d Brigadier George Lewis, underscored the importance of the timely donation and lauded the Chinese Government for its contribution to the local health sector.He noted that Guyana and China began health cooperation in 1993, when the first batch of doctors came to Guyana.“The equipment donated will be distributed between Georgetown, the Linden Hospital… We at the Georgetown Hospital are extremely grateful for the contribution of the Chinese Medical Brigade, and we hope it continues to last,” he said.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, who attended the simple ceremony, noted that the larger portion of the donation would go to the GPHC to aid in bridging gaps in the health care system. She noted that apart from collaboration resulting in physical results, the two Governments have also been collaborating in the education sector.“We also have very good exchange in terms of education. We have been able to benefit through scholarships and through exchange visits by several staff in the Ministry of Public Health, to visit with your hospitals across China so that they can become more aware and have a more hands-on insight into where the medical services are at your level,” Lawrence stated.Economic and Commercial Consul at the Chinese Embassy, Shen Huiyong, said the Chinese Government is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate in the various sectors. He noted that his Government recently sent an expert team to assist Guyana’s disease control unit with the hope of further establishing cooperation in that field.“Every year the Chinese Government donates equipment to the hospitals in Guyana; and they also provide opportunities for training, which is funded by the Chinese Government,” Huiyong noted.A team of Chinese engineers would be in Guyana for two weeks, to assemble the equipment and train staffers in their utilization. Among the equipment donated are electro surgical pencils, examination lights, ophthalmoscopes, patient monitors, slit lamps and syringe pumps, among other things.
One of the most highly-anticipated games of the summer is the very ambitious adventure survival game No Man’s Sky from Hello Games. The game has you exploring, trading, fighting, and hopefully surviving in a procedurally generated world that you have no chance of ever exploring completely.The game is expected to launch on June 21, but there are signs appearing that we will be kept waiting a month or two longer to play it. Those signs come in the form of GameStop store staff being told to cover up the June 21 release date printed on No Man’s Sky posters. The sticker to use is “coming soon” as you can see below:The note received by GameStop reads, “The Release Date for No Man’s Sky has changed since the provided posters were printed. Please use a coming soon pop-on to cover up the date and communicate as needed to your guest about the change of release.”Sony and Hello Games have yet to say anything publicly regarding a potential release date change. Another source Kotaku claims is reliable has suggested the new release date could be as late as August. Any later than that, and No Man’s Sky would start bumping up against the big holiday releases, something I’m sure everyone involved in the game’s development will want to avoid.A delay of one or two months is typically used in order to spend more time polishing the game rather than some core feature having gone seriously over schedule. I remain confident No Man’s Sky isn’t going to become another The Last Guardian, which is also apparently releasing this year.