Drop Down MenusCSS Drop Down MenuPure CSS Dropdown Menu

(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, October 23, 2014) SYNOPSIS:Easterlies affecting Luzon and Visayas. Forecast: The whole country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly over the eastern section. Moderate to occasionally strong winds blowing from the northeast to east will prevail over Luzon and Eastern Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast to north with slight to moderate seas

'TreeVolution' Online FM Radio

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga in partnership with Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) install the 'TreeVolution' online FM radio that can be accessed at www.treevolutionradio.caster.fm.

PressCon on CSC-COMEX

Civil Service Commission (CSC)commissioner Robert Martinez, CSC Caraga regional director Resurreccion Pueyo and CSC Examination, Recruitment and Placement Officer (ERPO) director Fernando Porio during the launching of the Computerized Examination (COMEX) System held in Butuan City on August 14, 2014.

NCPW 2014:Technical Working Group Meeting

Members of the National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) technical working group discussing plans during their meeting at the NAPOLCOM Office on August 12, 2014.

Butuan Sillimanian Tree Planting Activity

Butuan Sillimanians unite together for a tree planting activity along Macapagal Highway in Butuan City on August 9, 2014 in support to the city's greening program.

Regional Awarding of Gawad Kalasag 2014

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga regional director Abner Caga receives the certificate of commendation for the agency's invaluable support to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council's undertakings during the Regional Awarding of Gawad Kalasag 2014 in Butuan City on July 31, 2014.

PopCom Caraga's Reg'l Dissemination Forum on 2013 YAFSS4

Commission on Population (POPCOM) Caraga regional director Alexander Makinano responds to the queries of media audience during the Reg'l Dissemination Forum on 2013 YAFSS4 held in Butuan City on August 1, 2014.

GADCC Full Committee Meeting

Commission on Human Rights Caraga regional director Atty. Marylin Pintor, together with National Economic and Development Authority Caraga regional director Mylah Faye Aurora Carino, presiding the Gender and Development Coodinating Committee Full Committee Meeting on August 5, 2014 in Butuan City.

Regional Forum on BINDS Project by Oxfam Phils.

OXFAM Mindanao Coordinator Dante Dalabajan in an interview with media men expresses high hopes on the People’s Survival Fund as a finance mechanism that would help LGUs during a Forum on BINDS Project Good Practices in Butuan City on July 30, 2014.

Regional Forum on BINDS Project by Oxfam Phils.

Local government unit and non-government organization representatives gather during a Forum on BINDS Project Good Practices held in Butuan City on July 30, 2014 to connect and work together and link local initiatives to any similar programs on building adaptive capacities in the local level.

Agents of Change Forum

Information officers from government agencies and local government units join the Agents of Change Forum which highlights the presentation of Revised Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2013-2016 held at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort on July 30, 2014.

PRC AgNor-BXU Chapter BODs' Courtesy Call to Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba

Red Cross Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter board of directors pay courtesy to Agusan del Norte Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba on July 28, 2014 in Butuan City.

Release Operation-4 PNP Captives by NPA

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas interfaces with the media corps during the release operation of the four police captives by the New Peoples Army (NPA) on July 29, 2014 at Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

PSA-Caraga to hold Regl Data Dissemination Forum on 2013 NDHS in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 22 (PIA) – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Caraga will be holding the Regional Data Dissemination Forum on 2013 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) on October 29, 2014 at Luciana Convention Center, this city.

“The objective of this forum is to raise the awareness of the stakeholders and data users on the importance of the survey data especially in the formulation of plans, policies and programs,” disclosed PSA-Caraga interim regional director Rosalinda Celeste-Apura.

Apura added that said forum will be participated by the government agencies, civil societies/non-government organizations, women’s group, academe, media and the local government units.

The 2013 NDHS covered topics on fertility, maternal and child health, marriage and sexual behavior, health facility utilization and financing, and women’s status and empowerment. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

SurSur TESDA leads 2014 accomplishment in Caraga

By Greg tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 22 (PIA) – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Surigao del Sur headed by provincial director Rey Cueva has continued to keep the lead in their 2014 latest accomplishment in Caraga region.

Based on the “Key Result Areas (KRAs),” that goes with the acronym PEGACE (Profiling, Enrolled, Graduates, Assessment, Certification, and Employment) dated October 15, 2014, TESDA here remains at the forefront of almost all KRAs except for Enrolled and Graduates in Massive Training, according to Nancy De Guzman, Administrative Officer V of said office.

Among the five TESDA provincial offices in Caraga region (Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and Dinagat Islands), the TESDA office here ranked first in Profiling—115 percent or equivalent to 2,030 out of the 1,762 target; Assessment—48 percent or equivalent to 5,028 out of the 10,538 target; Certification—49 percent or equivalent to 4,171 out of the 8,557 target; and Employment—40 percent or equivalent to 3,073 out of the 7,733 target, she pointed out.

However, under Massive Training, which beneficiaries are classified into two—Enrolled and Graduates, only 64 percent or equivalent to 8,580 out of the 13,415 target and 66 percent or equivalent to 8,064 out of the 12,192 target have been attained, respectively, De Guzman admitted.

Meanwhile, quoting TESDA’s mandate, Cueva stressed that their agency, which seeks to “provide direction, policies, programs and standards towards quality technical education and skills development for the Filipino workforce,” will always stand by their mission and vision. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

120 civilians graduated from CAFGU training

By 1LT Magno F Ausente IV

STA. CRUZ, Placer, Surigao del Norte, Oct. 22 (PIA) - Some 120 civilian volunteers had successfully graduated after 45 days of training in CAFGU (Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit) Active Auxiliary (CAA) Basic Citizen Military Training (BCMT) conducted by the 3rd Special Forces Battalion, Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) Special Operation Command, Philippine Army at Kalayaan Hall, Headquarters 402nd Brigade, Brgy Bancasi, Butuan City on October 15.

The training opened on September 1, 2014 composed of civilian volunteers coming from different barangays of Surigao del Norte.

The CAFGU recruitment was a product of the continuing Community Organizing for Peace and Development program of 30th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, through the support of the local government units, which aims to instill to the civilian volunteers the importance of strengthening the Territorial Defense System in their communities. The graduates will be deployed in their respective communities to form part of security elements of the government currently supporting the implementation of the government's delivery of basic services, socio-economic projects and other developmental programs.

Surely, the collaborative efforts in the success of the recruitment and training will contribute much for the betterment of the lives of the Surigaonons as peace and development in the area are continuously being pursued. (30IB, PA/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog News: Palasyo nagtatrabaho kasama ang kongreso para maseguro ang matatag na suplay ng kuryente sa susunod na taon

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Okt. 22 (PIA) - Sinabi ng Malakanyang na patuloy itong magtatrabaho kasama ang Kongreso para makapag palabas ng katanggap-tanggap na solusyon sa nakabinbing kakulangan sa kuryente sa panahon ng tagtuyot sa susunod na taon.

“Gusto ng pamahalaan na maseguro ang sapat na suplay at tamang presyo ng kuryente para sa mga mamamayan sa panahon ng tagtuyot sa taong 2015,” sabi ni Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. sa isang panayam sa media sa Palasyo noong Martes.

“Patuloy kaming magtatrabaho kasama ang Kongreso para makapagbigay ng tamang kasagutan at isang kasiyasiyang solusyon: matatag at mapagkatiwalaang suplay at presyo na makatuwiran at hindi sobra o abusado,” dagdag pa niya.

Ayon kay Secretary Coloma ang Department of Energy (DOE) ay nakapagsabi kahit wala pang aktuwal na kakulangan sa kuryente sa tagtuyot ng taong 2015, ang reserba ay manipis pa rin.

Kung sakaling magkaroon ng hindi inaasahang pagkasira o hindi nakatakdang pagsaayos ng mga planta ng kuryente, ang manipis na reserba ay malulusaw at ang magiging resulta ay painog na mga brownout, paliwanag niya.

Ang Kongreso ay kasalukuyang pinag-uusapan ang tinatangkang pinagsamang congressional resolution na magbigay sa Pangulo ng emerhensiyang kapangyarihan para harapin ang inaasahang kakulangan sa susunod na taon. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Tagalog News: Pangulong Aquino nangako ng napakahigpit na pagtugis sa grupong Abu Sayyaf

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Okt. 22 (PIA) - Sinabi ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III noong Lunes na magiging mahigpit ang pamahalaan sa pagtugis sa grupong Abu Sayyaf (ASG) dahil sa pagsala ng relasyon ng bansa sa kanyang mga kalapit bansa.

"Wala nang safe area (mula sa Abu Sayyaf); talagang kailangan walang tigil ang paghahabol sa kanila. At ‘yan ang nagaganap ngayon," sabi ng Pangulo sa pakipanayam sa media sa Palo, Leyte kung saan ipinagdiwang niya ang ika 70 anibersaryo ng pagdaung sa lalawigan ng Allied forces na pinanguluhan ni Gen. Douglas MacArthur noong ikalawang digmaan sa mundo.

"Masyadong matagal nang problema itong Abu Sayyaf na ito… Naapektohan nito ang ating relasyon sa iba’t ibang kalapit bansa, na wala silang humpay at palagay ko naman dapat rin tapatan ng estado na walang humpay ang pagtugis sa kanila," sabi niya.

Ang mga dayuhang Aleman na sina Vikto Stefan Okonec, 71, at Henrike Dieter, 55 ay bunihag ng grupo noong Abril ng masira ang kanilang sinasakyang yate malapit sa isla ng Palawan habang patungo sa sa Sabah na nasa silangang bahagi ng Malaysia.

Ang mag-asawa ay pinakawalan noong Biyernes, Oktobre 17 pagkatapos maiulat na binayaran ang ransom sa ASG.

Nang tanungin ng mga mamamahayag kung may parte ng pundo ng pamahalaan ay bahagi ng ibinayad na ransom para pakawalan ang mag-asawang aleman, sumagot ang Pangulo na “walang nagmula sa Tanggapan ng Pangulo.  Sineseguro ko yan sa inyo. Hindi ko pinahintulutan ang kahit anuman na nagmula sa Tanggapan ng Pangulo."

"Ang pukos ko doon ay yung Abu Sayyaf at hindi yung ransom. ‘Yon ang tinatrabaho ko kasama ang  (Armed Forces) Chief of Staff, ang Hepe ng Philippine National Police (PNP) ang SND (Secretary of National Defense), and the SILG (Secretary of Interior and Local Government)," dagdag pa niya. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Cebuano News: Palasyo milihok uban sa Kongreso aron sa pagsiguro sa malungtaron nga suplay sa kuryente sa sunod tuig

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Oktubre 22 (PIA) – Ang Malakanyang miingon nga kini padayon nga nagtrabaho kauban sa Kongreso aron makab-ot ang  solusyon sa kakulang sa suplay sa kuryente sa pag-abot sa panahon sa ting-init sa sunod nga tuig.

"Ang gobyerno buot nga masigurado ang malungtarong supply ug makatarunganon nga presyo sa elektrisidad alang sa atong mga katawhan sa panahon sa ting-init sa tuig 2015 (The government wants to ensure a stable supply and reasonably priced electricity for our people during the summer months of 2015)," kini ang gibutyag ni Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. sa usa ka press briefing sa Palasyo kagahapon.

"Kita ang magpadayon sa pagtrabaho uban sa Kongreso sa paghatag og usa ka tukma nga tubag ug makatagbaw nga solusyon: malungtaron ug kasaligan nga suplay sa makatarunganon nga taripa ug dili sobra o maabusohon (We will continue working with Congress in providing an appropriate response and a satisfactory solution: stable and reliable supply at rates that are reasonable and not excessive or abusive)," dugang pa niya.

Sumala pa ni Secretary Coloma, ang Department of Energy (DOE) nag-ingon nga bisan pa kon walay aktuwal nga kakulangon sa kuryente sa panahon sa ting-init sa tuig 2015, ang reserba lagmit nga mahilang.

Kinahanglan ba nga adunay wala damha nga pagkunhod o sa wala matakda nga pagmentenar sa planta sa elektrisidad, ang hagpis nga reserba mahimong mahutdan og moresulta sa pagkapalong sugang dagitabnon kon “rotational brownout,” dugang pa pagpasabot ni Secretary Coloma.

Sumala pa sa taho nga ang House of Representatives kasamtangan nga mihisgot sa gisugyot nga joint congressional resolution nga mohatag sa Presidente ug emergency powers aron nga matubag ang gilaraw nga kakulang sa elektrisidad sa sunod tuig. (NGBT/PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SurSur Human Resource office bares 2015 in-house training plan

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 21 (PIA) – The Human Resource (HR) office in Surigao del Sur bared on Monday its plan to implement “in-house training” for 2015.

Theresa Burgos, HR chief here, said the “Human Resource Development Program” has already been “included in the Annual Investment Plan (AIP) of this year but is still unfunded.”

With the plan still hanging in the balance, she appealed to Governor Johnny Pimentel for “financial support,” citing the need for a complete set of training equipment such as LCD projector, laptop, and sound system for acquisition.”

In addition, Burgos also requested for a training room where HR activities can be held.

However, she claimed that concerned employees of the provincial government have sufficient live-out training in human resource development, indicating a joint undertaking, especially with the Civil Service Commission (CSC), or purely as participant/s. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

News Feature: The truth behind 'Angelica' rice

By Ginalyn V. Arbutante

As the country’s leading institution for rice research, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) develops technologies that will make rice farming truly reviving and rewarding. With its goal of achieving rice self-sufficiency through research and development in rice industry, the Institute keeps on studying and discovering new technologies and breeding new rice varieties that would cater farmers’ needs with concern to climate change. One of the excellent varieties discovered and approved is the gorgeous NSIC Rc122.

NSIC Rc122, popularly known as 'Angelica' rice whom was named after the stunning beauty of the governor of Agusan del Norte, Ma. Angelica Rosedell M.  Amante-Matba was finally approved in 2003 by the National Seed Industry Council (NSIC) from the line designation IR61979-138-1-3-2-3.

In terms of agronomic characteristics, “Angelica” rice has an average yield of 4.7t/ha and a maximum yield of 8.9t/ha.  It matures within 121 days after seeding (DAS), can attain a height of 106 cm, and can produce up to 14 tillers.

NSIC Rc122 “Angelica” rice is resistant to the attacks of blast and stem borer and has an intermediate reaction to bacterial leaf blight (BLB),  tungro, brown plant hopper (BPH) and to green leafhopper (GLH). This variety has long grain and has a milling recovery of up to 65.4%.

When it comes to eating quality it rates medium that means quite good or even excellent that passed the standards considering the Filipino taste and other criteria before it became a variety.

It started to attract attention in the field after it was released in the year 2003.

Seeds of these varieties, along with other cultivars, were requested by and distributed in the dry season of 2005 to members of the Rice Seed Production Network (SeedNet) situated in the provinces of at least ten different regions.

For NSIC Rc122 alone, more than 800 kilos of breeder seeds were disposed by PhilRice-CES between January and September of 2004.

The National Seed Quality Control Services  (NSQCS), released the status of NSIC Rc122 (Angelica) rice seed production in the year 2013 dry season covering the whole Caraga region. As of March 26, 2014  data shows that in terms of area there were 0.08ha planted with NSIC Rc122  breeder seeds,  6.5ha planted with foundatio  and 8ha planted with registered seeds.

In previous year’s first cropping season, it is noted that there are seven hectares of land planted with NSIC Rc122 (Angelica) registered seeds and it doubled to 14 hectares in the cropping season in that same year 2013.

Meanwhile, the beauty and popularity of “Angelica” rice still linger in the heart, mind and field of the rice farmers especially in Caraga because to them it’s not an ordinary rice variety as it is but the persona behind is worthy to be named and remembered as such. (PhilRice Agusan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

CAO-Bislig promotes vermi-culture for sustainable agriculture

By Rhea C. Abao

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 21 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture (DA) 13 through its organic agriculture (OA) Program poured in P30 million fund allocation for this year in which P9.6 million is allocated for extension support, education and training services, to equip practitioners with sufficient tools to firm up stakeholders’ knowledge and skills on OA.

“We made sure that we are funding the eligible partners with qualified project proposals to further promote, propagate, develop and implement the program,” regional organic griculture Focal Person Rebecca R. Atega said.

Bislig City, as one of the local government units (LGUs) who participated in the program to encourage the farmers discover for themselves the benefits of organic farming, has initiated the establishment of Vermi-culture Center with OA funding of P221,776 from the DA, with labor and land as LGU's counterpart.

The funding was used to construct for additional vermi beds to expand their existing vermiculture area which also include bio-fertilizer processing.

Bislig City OA Focal Person Lolit P. Sayman said that the project has twin goals for sustainability. “First is to contribute in attaining sustainable farming locally and serve as a techno-demo for farmers who want to emulate the organic technology; Second, is that vermi- composting and bio-fertilizer production should sustain itself as an income generating activity,” Sayman said.

To attain these goals, City Agriculturist Office (CAO) Bislig conducted hands-on trainings to 300 organic farmer practitioners who were receptive of the said change for their farming endeavor. To emphasize the importance of organic farming, farmers were encouraged to engage in vermi-culture and produce their own organic fertilizers from identified leguminous plants rich in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium like madre the agua, madre de cacao, ipil-ipil, flamengia and the like. Vermi-compost and NFTS concoctions made by individual farmers are then used for fruit trees, cereal crops and vegetables. Such endeavors eventually produces positive results.

“Despite of heavy nutrient extraction by repeated harvests, I have been able to sustain my production of cucumber (pipino) since last year. In fact, I can harvest 360 kilos of organically grown pipino every month and can sell my produce at P15 per kilo in the local market.  As I have observed, the fertility of the soil was gradually improving because of the continuous application of vermicompost and organic fertilizers,” Vicente Macapili, one of the famers, said.

Vermi-composting and bio-fertilizer processing of CAO Bislig has become an income-generating activity for the past two years.

Presently, the total vermin-cast production has increased to 3000 kg/cycle compared to the 300 kg/cycle in 2012.

On the other hand, the bio-fertilizer processing also produces 5,000 kg/cycle and they were able to sell it at P500/sack of 50 kilos. Proceeds from the sale of the bio-fertilizer will be deposited in the LGU Organic Agriculture Trust Fund. As of June 2014, they were able to save up an amount of P122,745.

City Agriculturist Primacar Subibi said that the trust fund will be used for the next in line project and activities for the organic agriculture program. They will be also training youths, housewives and other stakeholders on organic farming technologies, for those who are willing to learn and be an advocate of organic agriculture practices, she added. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)

DSWD Caraga chief commends PNP for partnership in children protection

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 21 (PIA) - Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga regional director Minda Brigoli commended the regional Philippine National Police (PNP) for the partnership in promoting children’s welfare and protection.

Brigoli was the guest of honor and speaker during the Monday flag raising-rites at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, Brgy. Libertad, this city.

According to Brigoli, as the country celebrates October being the “Children’s Month,” it is also timely that she was given the chance to be invited for the occasion, as her agency was among those which were tasked to promote and implement children welfare and protection.

Brigoli was greatful that they have strong allies such as the PNP in the implementation of their mandated task. She then called the PNP as “one of the greatest pillars and duty bearers in the promotion of children’s welfare and the protector of children’s rights.”

“I’m sure that the Philippine National Police is not doing this only in October because it is the month for the children. Our police are doing it all the days of every year as part of their mandated duty,” Brigoli added.

This year's theme is “Bata, Kasali Ka, Ikaw Ay Mahalaga.” She pointed out that the program of the police on helping build or repair school buildings and classrooms, feeding programs, medical and dental outreach programs aside from children protection are part of the tangible expressions of the theme.

Brigoli also pointed out during her message that though children poverty remains to be among the top problems of the region, the various government poverty alleviation programs and interventions however, were properly implemented and in place. She also said that the crime against children such as child-trafficking, child-abuse, child-labor, bullying and others were appropriately addressed and prevented by the law enforcement and concerned government agencies. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)

Police Officers 1 in PRO 13 to receive new guns

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 21 (PIA) - Police Regional Office 13 may soon achieve the “one-firearm-per-police-personnel” ratio as far as their Police Officers 1 will be concerned.

Sources from the PRO 13 regional headquarters said that the regional police leadership here will prioritize the new police personnel in the issuance of service firearms, as most of them were assigned at the Regional Public Safety Battalion, the Regional Public Safety Companies and on combat or patrol assignments.

Recently, some 338 Glock 17 Generation 4, 9mm pistols were ceremonially turned-over to the regional headquarters personnel, Regional Public Safety Battalion, 131st ,132nd and 133rd Regional Public Safety Companies during the first week of this month.

On Saturday, the chief PNP police director-general Alan LM Purisima was supposed to turned over more than a thousand similar firearms to regional director CSupt. Dominador E. Aquino, Jr. but due to some developments in Zamboanga, the Chief PNP’s visit was deferred to some future date.

The same source said that this is in line with the program of the Philippine National Police to attain the 1:1 police to pistol ratio in every police units here in the region. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)