(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, May 20, 2015) Ridge of High Pressure Area (HPA) affecting Luzon. Forecast: Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening. Light to moderate winds coming from the Southeast to south will prevail with slight to moderate seas. PAGASA Mindanao


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

DTI, GIZ conduct follow-up on PROGED workshop in Surigao Norte

By Rodrigo R. Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Aug. 25 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and GIZ (Gesselschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) in behalf of the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany in its continuing advocacy effort on the Promotion of Green Economic Development (PROGED) conducted on Monday a follow-up workshop for the Tourism Sector at Parkway Hotel, this city.

The activity was conducted to monitor the progress of the implementation of greening measures and strategies of some tourism establishments to improve their overall competitiveness, while reducing cost and generating savings in their business operation.

It is expected to provide a venue for assessing projects implementation at the firm level as well as looking into various concerns and issues on the overall efforts of adapting climate smart and green economic development strategies industry wide.

Similar activity will also be conducted on August 26, 2015 at Ocean 101 Resort in General Luna, Siargao Island for the Siargao Island and Bucas Grande Islands tourism establishments and stakeholders.

DTI Surigao del Norte provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan encouraged the participation of all concerned stakeholders to be able to come up with a workable action plans for the remaining months of 2015 and the succeeding year. (SDR/DTI-SdN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

PNP bares peace and order situation in Agusan Sur

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del  Sur, Aug. 25 (PIA) - The Philippine National Police (PNP) provincial headquarters bares the peace and order situation of the province during the Peace and Order Council meeting here held on August 20, 2015 saying the province is peaceful.

According to the report of PNP provincial director P/SSupt. Joseph Plaza, the total crime volume ending August 15 this year has reduced by 142 incidents compared to the same period last year (2014) with 1,660 incidents.

“Province-wide, we have recorded 645 index crime since January to August 15 this year while our record shows 791 on the same period last year. On non-index crime, we have a very minimal increase of only five incidents this year with 874 incidents compared to 869 last year,” P/SSupt. Plaza said.

Reports also show that physical injury ranks first on the crime committed with 278 incidents followed by murder with 102 incidents. Ranking third is theft with 95 incidents, robbery with 55, homicide with 52, rape with 37, carnapping with 22 and cattle rustling with four incidents.

“Of the 13 municipalities and one city, Bayugan City got the highest number of crime committed with 497 incidents, followed by Prosperidad with 228. Ranking third is San Francisco with 201 crime incidents and Bunawan with 127, Trento with 80 and La Paz with 60. The lowest is Veruela with 13 crime incidents,” P/SSupt. Plaza said.

“We have also conducted operations against illegal drugs. In fact, from January to August 19 this year, we have conducted 163 operations resulting to the arrest of 242 persons and confiscating 1,384.9157 grams of shabu and 825.1821 grams of marijuana with a total cost of P14,492,274.15 for both shabu and marijuana,” P/SSupt. Plaza added.

P/SSupt. Plaza said they are in close coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the quest to control the illegal trade and use in the province, which they believe is one of the major causes of criminality not only in Agusan del Sur but in the whole world. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

TESDA to mark 21st anniversary celebration in Caraga

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 25 (PIA) – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) here is set to join the 21st Anniversary Celebration activities to be spearheaded by its Caraga Regional Office under Regional Director Florencio Sunico, Jr. on August 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. to be held at Almond Inland Resort in Butuan City.

According to Rey Cueva, TESDA provincial director here, “One of the highlights of the activity shall be the giving of recognition to the TESDA’s partners of their contributions to technical education and skills development.”

However, the program of invitation is yet to be sent out along with the official list of awardees, said Nancy De Guzman, administrative officer V of TESDA in the province.

Meantime, TESDA here has continued to carry out its mandate under the vision of “leading partner in the development of Filipino workforce with world-class competence and positive work values” and mission to provide “direction, policies, programs, and standards towards quality technical education and skill development.”

Also, TESDA Provincial Office here was among the top agencies cited by Governor Johnny Pimentel in his State of the Province Address (SOPA) delivered on August 18 owing to its “relentless efforts… exerted for the advancement of technical-vocational education and training through ‘Jobs Tech-Voc Program.’”

To date, according to Governor Pimentel, a total number of 2,030 persons have been profiled under Youth Profiling for Starring Careers (YP4SC) in the entire province;  13,863 trained in various skills/qualifications; 13,143 have graduated in various skills/qualifications; and 3,869 are now currently employed here and abroad, making special mention of Director Cueva. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Cebuano News: DepEd Siargao nagsaulog sa ika-48th anniversary

Ni Mary Jul E. Escalante

SIARGAO ISLAND, Surigao del Norte, Agosto 25 (PIA) – Malampuson ug mabibong gisaulog ang Ika-48th nga Founding Anniversary sa Department of Education (DepEd) Siargao Division kagahapon nga adlaw, Agosto 24,2015 didto sa Dapa Gym, ning probinsya.

Ang maong selebrasyon nagdala sa temang, "DepEd Siargao @ 48: Reminiscing the Past.. Celebrating the Gains...and Moving Forward with Excellence..."

Mismo si Gobernador Sol F. Matugas ang pinasidunggang mamumulong ug kini gitambungan sa syento porsento nga attendance sa mga magtutudlo ug school administrators sa maong isla.

Nagpasalamat ug nalipay ang mga magtutudlo sa gasa nga gihatag sa gobernador sa matag distreto nga tag 20,000 mil ka pesos apil na ang Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) ug 100,000 mil ka pesos alang sa ilang division office. (SDR/PIC-SdN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Monday, August 24, 2015

DTI Caraga delivers SME programs to Marihatag residents

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

SAN ISIDRO, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 24 (PIA) – In time with the Peace Caravan (Serbisyo Caravan) spearheaded by the Association of Caraga Executives (ACE), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga extended its Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Programs to the residents of Barangay San Isidro, this municipality.

Jorge Silaga, PAyapa at MAsaganang PAmayanan (PAMANA) Focal Person of DTI-Caraga relayed that the SME Development Programs of the department focuses on the following: Design and Development Assistance; Entrepreneurial and Product Development Trainings; Trademark Registration; Export assistance; Investment Consultancy; Shared Service Facility; Host to loan facility of small business guarantee fund for financial assistance to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; and other programs such as Buttoms-Up-Budgeting (BuB), and Go Negosyo Center.

“With our aim to promote the welfare of our consumers and entrepreneurs, we are always ready to extend help and assistance to them. And this time, we would like to improve the lives of the marginalized and most vulnerable sector in this barangay here in Marihatag, as well as in other barangays to let them know that the government is doing all its best to provide the services and programs for them. We hoped to see them starting to put up their own businesses and livelihood not only for their family but for the community,” expressed Silaga.

She further relayed that the department has just recently launched the Go Negosyo Centers that features locally-made products of the different residents in the provinces of Caraga.

Silaga also disclosed that for the local business, DTI provides repair shop accreditation; construction industry; product standards; and product development.

“For us also to be effective as consumers and at the same time entrepreneurs, it is also very important to know well how to handle complaints; be well-aware of the ‘No Return, No Exchange’ Policy; as well as the Price Tag Law; Deceptive Sales Acts and Practices; Warranties; Credit Cards Policy; Sales Promotion; Senior Citizens privileges; Balikbayan Boxes; Exports; Investments; and Patents and Trademarks,” added Silaga. 

The said DTI representative also encouraged the local residents to know their rights as consumers and prevent themselves from being a victim of any scam by the different groups illegally circulating and operating in the region.  

“We will conduct orientation-seminars and trainings that will enhance their business skills and will help them sustain whatever business they would like to indulge into. We have partners in the government who will also provide you with your other needs. Distance may separate us but we will always find ways to reach you,” stressed Silaga. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

DOH brings ‘High Impact Five’ scheme to Marihatag local residents

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

SAN ISIDRO, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 24 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga joined in the Peace Caravan (Serbisyo Caravan) on Monday spearheaded by the Association of Caraga Executives (ACE) together with other government agencies bringing their newest scheme dubbed as “High Impact Five.”

“In pursuit of peace, justice and sincere commitment to the provision of direct and improved health services to target areas in the region, the Department of Health is here participating in the Peace Caravan for the benefit of our locals in Marihatag today and Lianga, Surigao del Sur by tomorrow,” said Dr. Jose Llacuna Jr, regional director of DOH-Caraga.

Llacuna stressed that the Peace Caravan is only a segment of the Whole of Nation Initiative which is a wide-scope strategy to maintain peace and order to target communities while giving them proper services related to livelihood, agricultural, educational and most of all their health needs.

“The continued dynamism of the department has improved with our newest scheme – the ‘High Impact Five.’ This scheme supports the Whole of Nation Initiative to allay the effects of armed conflict areas, specifically in some municipalities of the region. This mechanism also aims to provide specific, direct and enhanced health services in terms of Maternal, Infant and Child Care, HIV Counseling and Testing and a finer Service Delivery System,” disclosed Llacuna.

Llacuna added that the services groomed does not only revolve in these areas because the locals in target communities deserve a broader coverage of health and health-related services, “which is why notwithstanding from the five main services declared, the DOH regional office will cater medical consultation, dental services, blood donation services, immunization for senior citizens, and distribution of family and hygiene kits, toilet bowls, Jerycans, visual aids and advocacy materials."

“We will never stop giving you (residents) the services you deserve. As we promote peace and order, we also promote good health and healthy living. Continue to support us and make use of our free services in the Peace Caravan today,” Llacuna added.

The good director further emphasized that to further bring and emphasize the accessibility of these services, instead of the people going to health facilities, the DOH will also bring these services to the people by means of a customized bus called “Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan Bus,” that will serve as multi-channeled tool and health services in congruent to the government’s health reform agenda of universal access to health care.

“As a whole, the DOH led by Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin is expanding all opportunities and all our best efforts to maintain and improve mediocre health status and health care system especially to the farthest areas of local communities. With the intensified programs of the agency and the helpful hands from partners, a better quality life is envisioned not just by Caraganons but for all Filipinos,” Llacuna underscored.

The DOH has a vision of a global leader for attaining better health outcomes, competitive and responsive health care system, and equitable health financing. Its mission is to guarantee equitable, sustainable and quality health for all Filipinos, especially the poor, and to lead the quest for excellence in health. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

108 Tagbina farmers get land titles from DAR

By Joie L. Ceballos

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 24 (PIA) – A total of 108 farmers from Brgy. Quezon in Tagbina, Surigao del Sur received land titles from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) covering 214 hectares last August 19, 2015.

Margarita Caindoy, 67, one of the recipients, expressed so much joy receiving her parcel, along with eight other members of her family. “I have been a farmer all my life. Thanks to DAR, now I have a land I will call my own,” she added.

The distribution ceremony, which was attended by Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel, Tagbina Mayor Generoso Naraiso, DAR Caraga regional director Julita Ragandang and Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Benjamin Mataksil, is part of the 1st Araw ng Brgy. Quezon celebration.

Governor Johhny Pimentel said that this distribution of land title is a proof that the government under the Aquino administration is doing its job.

Tagbina Mayor Generoso Naraiso said, that indeed, the 1st celebration of the Araw ng Brgy. Quezon in Tagbina is a celebration of joy. (DAR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

SurSur vice-gov bares feat in 2014 Annual Legislative Accomplishment Report

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 24 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur Vice-Governor Manuel Alameda, Sr. has brought the best out in the 17th Sangguniang Panlalawigan in his 2014 Annual Legislative Accomplishment Report (ALAR) delivered during the opening of the 102nd Regular Session on August 18 held at the Capitol Seminar Hall.

Addressing everybody from the highest official of the province down to the marginalized sector, Vice-Governor Alameda took pride in saying that “The year 2014 was another momentous year for the Legislative Department as new initiatives were positioned to improve service delivery and bring about far-reaching and significant changes not just during the year in review but for the years ahead.”

“It is therefore noteworthy to say that this Annual Legislative Accomplishment Report is a salute to the hard work, commitment, honesty and integrity of the Provincial Governor who showed his sincere efforts and sense of unity by spearheading the Legislators in order to have an authentic public service without politics and self-serving interest,” he pointed out.

He split his 14-page ALAR into three main parts:  The Vice Governor’s Report alongside his accomplishments plus other programs he had engaged in; the accomplishments of Sangguniang Panlalawigan members, starting off from individual and then as a collegial body; and finally, the accomplishments of the Tanggapan ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan (TSP) Officers, Staff and Employees plus other related tasks.

The vice-governor stressed that “Development had been our major agenda for every action we took to alleviate the conditions of the community and most of all to the people we are serving.”

Being the vice-governor and presiding officer, he cited that as a lawmaking body, “the 17th Sangguniang Panlalawigan chalked up a record of 48 Regular Sessions in 2014 held alternately in the Cities of Tandag and Bislig as mandated by Ordinance No. 1 series of 2013.”

“In the second legislative year of the present set of lawmakers, a total of 515 Resolutions and 31 Ordinances were passed and approved,” he added.

However, being composite member of the august body and chair of the Committee on Agriculture, Alameda said he was able to pass four vital legislations, citing Resolution Nos. 549; 550; and 570; aside from Ordinance No. 28.

His ALAR culminated with a vow to “deliver legislations that matter and promote welfare.” (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)