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Municipal Scholarship Program
Like anywhere else, Dalaguete has its own share of intelligent but destitute students who aspire to continue their studies despite their financial constraints. To this end, the Sangguniang Bayan ratified Municipal Ordinance 96-20, which created the Dalaguete Municipal Scholarship Program. As of March, 2010, the program has produced 16 full-pledged college graduates, (three of whom graduated as magna cum laude and six of whom graduated as cum laude), from seven colleges and universities.
Dalaguete STAR Center
DALAGUETE STAR CENTER
Education is one of the major components of the SILAW Program. One municipal undertaking established to complement this education initiative is the Dalaguete Skills Training and Resource (STAR) Center, a locally-funded training institution offering vocational courses, (Defensive Driving, Commercial Cooking, Dressmaking, Building Wiring Installation, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Consumer Electronics Servicing, Automotive Servicing, Basic Computer Literacy, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning) to provide a better job opportunity to out-of-school youths through technical skills enhancement.
In its almost a decade of operations, the TESDA-accredited STAR Center is along the way spearheaded by the following people – Imeldo Bacon (June 2002-March 2005), Bonifacio Villagracia, Jr. (April 2005-July 2005), Philip Flores (August 2005-March 2006), and Patrocinio Gamboa (August 2006-present). It was initially housed at the second floor area of the Old Municipal Legislative Hall way back in 2002, however, to give way to the equally important Museo sa Dalaguete, the office and instruction rooms for both the Dressmaking and Commercial Cooking classes are presently transferred at the second floor of the Dalaguete Commercial Center. Other classes cum work areas are situated in one of the buildings at the Dalaguete National High School. Despite its limited working space and resources, the program has turned out no less than 2,075 graduates on highly in-demand technical skills. Anticipating the need for the program’s expansion due to its steadily rising enrolment, (the program is now broadened to include all out-of-school constituents of the second congressional district of Cebu), blueprints are now underway for the construction of a more spacious and more conducive two-storey STAR Center on a 2,000 square meter municipal lot at the back of the UV-Dalaguete Campus in Barangay Poblacion.
DALAKIT FOR DALAGUETE: AN AGRICUTURAL DEVELOPMENT BLUEPRINT
Conceptualized and brought into realization at the eve of the second millennium, the program, Developing Agriculture and Livelihood through Attitude, Knowledge and Institutional Transformation (DALAKIT) is a grand umbrella project that deals with almost everything connected to agricultural development.
Aptly introduced as the Agricultural Sector Modernization Plan of the Municipal Government of Dalaguete, the program’s twin thrusts involve the Coastal Resource Management Program and the efficient, cost-effective yet healthy yield of high value commercial crops, livestock, and staple food.
Coastal Resource Management Program
Coastal Resource Management Program
With the end-objective of sustaining, protecting and preserving the town’s natural resources while at the same time establish aqua-based and marine culture livelihood projects, the Sangguniang Bayan of Dalaguete ratified three separate resolutions declaring the Balud-Consolacion and Casay coastal areas (in 2002), and the Cawayan coastal area (in 2006) as marine protected areas. A marine protected area is an identified portion of land and water set aside by reason of their physical and biological significance, being managed to enhance its biological diversity and being protected from destructive human exploitation, thus, fishing or other forms of activities which may damage the ecosystem of the declared marine protected area and even the mere human access into it may be restricted.
The Coastal Resource Management Program has brought forth sometime in 2003, among others, two of the important municipal agencies that are in the forefront of its biodiversity campaign, namely, the Municipal Agriculture and Natural Resources Office (MANRO) and the Dalaguete Coastal Police (DACOP).
And after almost a decade of implementation, on-site physical inspection will reveal that indeed, the combined 27-hectare Dalaguete marine protected areas are becoming an underwater spectacle to behold.
SILAW PROGRAM: TOWARDS A SELF-SUFFICIENT CONSTITUENCY
The Social Integration of the Low and Weak (SILAW) program, initiated way back in June of 1999, is a multi-faceted outreach project extended to the town’s poorest of the poor, that they may become economically self sufficient in terms of their basic needs, like food, shelter, clothing, medicine, and education. It initially started way back in June of 1999 with 72 families from six pilot barangays, (namely, Catolohan, Coro, Sacsac, Jolomaynon, Ablayan and Lumbang), and has eventually covered the entire 33 barangays of Dalaguete, extending assistance and alleviating the economic condition of least 735 families. Recently, some 166 family-beneficiaries that showed marked improvement in terms of their present livelihood were given their respective “Diploma sa Kalambuan” (Diploma of Improvement) during the recognition and gift-giving ceremonies held on December 16, 2010 at the San Isidro Labrador Parish in Mantalongon, and on December 17 and December 20, 2010 at the San Guillermo de Aquitania Parish in Poblacion. Earlier this year, the Office of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) which is the main implementer of the SILAW Program, has identified a new batch of qualified family-recipients.