PIA News Service - Friday, October 24, 2008


Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo presents the Most Outstanding Chamber in Mindanao for 2008 Award to Mr. Johann Jake Miranda, President of Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Ms. Elena Haw, Vice-President for PCCI Mindanao at the 34th Philippine Business Conference last October 21, 2008 at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel, City of Manila. From left are Ambassador Alfredo Yao, Chairperson of the 34th Philippine Business Conference, Mr. Edgardo Lacson, President of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Atty. Miguel Valera, Chairperson of the PBC Awards Committee.

Surigao Chamber wins prestigious award at the 34th Philippine Business Conference

SURIGAO CITY (October 24, 2008) - The Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (SCCI) was adjudged the Most Outstanding Chamber in Mindanao for 2008. The award was given by no less than Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, during the concluding plenary of the 34th Philippine Business Conference (PBC) held last October 21, 2008 at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel, City of Manila, the country’s largest and most important business gathering, attended by over 1,000 local and foreign businessmen and government officials.

The award came after thorough judging by a panel of judges from the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, academe and national agencies done last October 11, 2008 at Dusit Hotel, Makati City. On hand to defend the nomination of Surigao CCI was its president, Mr. Johann Jake B. Miranda, who presented Surigao CCI’s efforts to improve the business growth of the Surigao community. This year, the chamber’s win was based on its move to consolidate all social and non-government organizations into one united community, strengthening public sector-private business partnerships through such activities as the Surigao Boulevard Development Program, reviving the Kapihan Nan Surigao, a media forum for the city’s pressing issues, and its close work with the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The award is the first of its kind for the chamber leading the way for the other 32 chambers in Mindanao, the largest geographical group in the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Overall there are 106 chambers in the country representing more than 20,000 companies.
In the 2007 PBC, the Surigao CCI also received a special award for Membership Development and Entrepreneurship for its unique Surigao Young Business Alliance (SYBA) concept of recruiting the sons and daughters of its members as its second generation leaders as well as to pool young professionals and entrepreneurs in Surigao City.

The PBC awards are regarded as the highest recognition of achievements granted by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry to both business chambers and their corresponding local government units, and are seen to be important trophies of excellence that will attract more investors to their areas. The other regional winners are Paranaque CCI for National Capital Region, Pampanga CCI for Northern Luzon, Metro Naga CCI for Southern Luzon, and Mandaue CCI for Visayas. Metro Naga CCI won the national award following its triumph in 2006 as most outstanding chamber for Southern Luzon. (SCCI/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Support of LGUs to literacy programs reap results
by: Jose Jemuel B. Dael

PIA-Caraga

BUTUAN CITY (October 24) — Implementation of Literacy program in Caraga is getting better as good results are starting to show, says a high ranking official of the Alternative Learning System Division (ALSD) of the Department of Education.

Mrs. Nenita Gonzales, Chief of ALSD said that implementation of the program in the region is very high and added “all division, provinces and municipalities continue to implement the literacy programs.”

She added that this is possible due to the the commitment of local leaders to strongly support the program which reaches as high as 80%.

Mrs. Gonzales said the support of LGUs is vital to the success of the literacy program since out of the total budget of the DepEd, only about 1% is allocated for the ALS program.

Dr. Norma Salcedo, Head of Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) Secretariat said that she is hoping literacy program in Caraga will become a priority by the local leaders.

Surigao City Vice Mayor Rico Sering said that they are serious in the eliminating illiteracy in Surigao City.

“We are allocating P12-M for the local school board for the salaries of teachers in the city,” Vice Mayor Sering said.

The Local Government Units of Surigao City for component city, Municipality of Lapaz, Agusan del Sur for Class A and Municipality of Tubod, Surigao del Norte for Class B won 2nd place on the recently concluded 2008 National Literacy Awards under the Outstanding Local Government Unit Award Category.


Surigao del Sur hosted Mindanao Super Region's 11th inter–agency confab
by : Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

PIA-Surigao del Sur

TANDAG CITY (October 24) -- Surigao del Sur Provincial Government under the leadership of Governor Vicente T. Pimentel, Jr., successfully hosted the 11th Inter-Agency Conference on Super Regions convened by the Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCO) on October 21 held at the Provincial Capitol of this City.

It was participated by the key personalities from the Mindanao Super Region Team and Inter-Agency Technical Working Group (IA-TWG)

In 2006 State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo unveiled the concept of “Super Regions”, noting the importance of grouping selected regions and provinces by their economic strengths to stimulate economic growth and development and make the country in step with the rest of its Asian neighbors”.

The highlights of the event tackled the multi billion infra structure support to Mindanao of the present administration, which Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCo) agency oversee for the implementation of the Mindanao super region projects.

MEDCO Chairman Virgilio Leyretana, Sr. said the multi billion infrastructure support to Mindanao is composed of 30 on going projects on major roads and bridges, seaports, airports, irrigation, power and electrification and hospitals in which three (3) are already completed: Magsaysay Bridge in Butuan; Photovoltaic Power Plant in Cagayan de Oro City and the 210 megawatts Clean Coal-Fired power plant in Misamis Oriental.

“MEDCO acted as coordinator, consolidator, integrator, implementor, monitoring and evaluator in any social and economic program for the development of Mindanao. It also acted as spokesman, the advocacy agency for Mindanao by virtue of Executive Order 512,” Usec Leyretana, Sr., said during the press conference here.

Usec Leyretana added that the 27 on going projects will be competed as scheduled since these are already programmed and well-funded by the National Government.

Meanwhile, Usec Romeo Momo of Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) assured the Surigaonons of the completion of the San Agustin to Lianga road on June 2009, Gamut towards Bayabas by Mar 2009 which was according to him promised by the contractor, the Barobo- Lianga on March 2009 and Aras-asan-Tagmalinao-Tagbalidbid road will be accomplished early as 2010.



Surigao Norte and Dinagat Islands policemen arrest wanted persons

BUTUAN CITY (October 24) – On Wednesday (October 22) around 8:00 in the morning at Purok-3, Barangay Cuarenta, San Jose, Dinagat Islands, PNP elements of San Jose Municipal Police Station led by PINSP Dionelle Edep Brannon apprehended the suspect identified as Candelario Tampuyan Laurente, 70 years old and a resident of said place.

Suspects were arrested by virtue of Warrant of Arrest (WOA) issued by Hon Judge Evangeline Yuipco Bayana of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 32, Surigao City dated September 30, 2008 for the crime of rape with no recommended bailbond. Subject person is now under the custody of San Jose Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.

Meanwhile, at the Municipal Public Market, Gen Luna, Surigao del Norte, a certain Emmanuel Alipayo, 36 years old, driver of passenger single motorcycle (Habal-habal) and resident of Barangay 5, General Luna, Surigao del Norte was arrested by PNP elements of General Luna MPs led by PINSP Jeffrey N Fallar by virtue of WOA issued by Hon Judge Igancio Macarine of MCTC, General Luna, Surigao del Norte for the offense of reckless imprudence resulting to less seros physical injuries docketed under CC number 4226 with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 2,000.00. Suspect is now detained at Gen Luna Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.
(PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania, PNP-PRO-13/ PIA-Caraga)



Dapa, Surigao Norte officials arrest illegal fishing suspect

BUTUAN CITY (October 24) – On Wednesday (October 22) at around 10:00 in the evening at the Seawaters of Sitio Hono, Barangay Consolacion, Dapa, Surigao del Norte, Hon Peter Boy Ruaya, Municipal Mayor of Dapa, Surigao del Norte together with Hon Dionesio P Ruaya, ABC President and company apprehended the suspect identified as Ricky Espuerta alias “Bebot”, 34 years old, single, fisherman and resident of the said place while caught in the act possessing illegally caught fish at said place.

Confiscated from the suspect’s possession were one unit paddleboat, other fishing paraphernalia and dynamited fish locally known as “Atotay” and “Sili”. Suspect was brought to the Barangay Captain of Barangay Consolacion, Hon Rolly Consigna and subsequently turned over to Dapa Municipal Police Station for proper disposition and filing of appropriate charges in court.
(PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania, PNP-PRO-13/ PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte and Surigao Sur cops apprehend illegal gambling suspects

BUTUAN CITY (October 24) – On Tuesday (October 21) at around 5:00 in the afternoon at the Aras-asan Public Market, Cagwait, Surigao del Sur, a certain Daniel Salvalmi alias “Loloy”, of legal age and resident of said place was arrested by PNP elements of Cagwait Municipal Police Station led by PO2 Joseph Samontina while actually caught collecting and tallying bets for last-2 digits. Confiscated from his possession were one stub with bet numbers, one piece ballpen, one stub tally sheet and bet money amounting to Php 222.00. Arrested person is now detained at Cagwait Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.

Meanwhile, on the following day (October 22) at 7:30 in the evening in Barangay 12, Dapa, Surigao del Norte, PNP elements of Dapa Municipal Police Station led by PO1 Alamer apprehended the suspect identified as Teresita Porpayas, 50 years old, married and resident of said place while actually caught in illegal numbers game known as “swertres”. Confiscated from the suspect’s possession were one unit calculator, four pieces ballpen, two pads writing pad, 25 pieces “swertres” tips and bet money amounting to Php 865.50. Suspect is now detained at Dapa Municipal Police Station for proper disposition and filing of appropriate charges in court.
(PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania, PNP-PRO-13/ PIA-Caraga)