PIA News Service - Thursday, October 23, 2008

Peace body cites DENR’s role in development of Caraga Region

BUTUAN CITY - The DENR’s participation in the local peace and security assembly in Caraga Region has been acknowledged by the participants at the 2nd Founding Anniversary celebration of the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) held at a convention hall in Butuan City over the weekend.

The conference which is headed by Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos of the Butuan City Diocese Center is also participated in by multiple sector representatives from the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, different national government agencies, local government units, indigenous people, non-government organizations, academe and other sectors.

The celebration also recognized the achievements made by the CCPD over the past two year with the theme “Empowering and Mobilizing Local Communities towards Genuine Peace and Holistic Development”.

It’s main guest of honor was National Security Adviser Secretary Norberto Gonzales who represented President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The other honored guests who came to join the celebration were Archbishop Fernando Capalla of Davao City, Maj.Gen. Ricardo David, Commanding General of the 4th Philippine Army Infantry Division, PNP Regional Director for Caraga Region Police Chief Superintendent Jaime E. Milla, Agusan del Sur Provincial Governor Valentina G. Plaza, and Surigao del Sur Governor Vicente Pimentel.

The DENR was recognized for its major contribution in “Caraga Action Agenda” of the CCDP notably in the sustainable and judicious use of natural resources.

The delivery of basic services by DENR along this category is actually one of the top priority programs being pursued by the DENR Secretary Jose Lito Atienza, Jr. in the provinces.

DENR Regional Executive Director for Caraga Region Edilberto S. Buiser said the agency has been active in the reforestation and the anti-illegal logging campaign in the region.

The CCPD has cited the contributions of the DENR in the following.

1. To ensure that logging, large scale mono-crop plantations, commercial fishing and mining operations do not affect the watershed areas, the appropriate forestry practices consistent with the Sustainable Forest Management Concept has been applied. This included the conduct of timber resource inventory within Gibong Watershed in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur to determine the existing forest vegetation, the rehabilitation activities of different watersheds in the region resulting to the accomplishment of 1,363 hectares agro-forestry; reforestation of 581 hectares of denuded portions of watershed using different tree species; the conduct of assessment to determine the present status of eight watersheds namely Mt. Mayapay in Butuan City, Lake Mainit in Surigao del Norte , Ihaoan , Maasam , and Agdawan in Agusand del Sur and Del Carmen and Ihawan Springs in Surigao City.

2. The CCPD has also looked into the alleged illegal or irresponsible mining and logging operation in the region. However, RED Buiser in his report said the DENR has conducted regular monitoring of timber harvesting operations of TLA, IFMA and CBFMA holders, reactivated 38 multi-sectoral forest protection committees at the provincial and municipal levels and confiscated a total of 7,753.87 cubic meters of old cut logs and 768,021.70 board feet of lumber products.

The DENR has also conducted operations, which resulted to the closure of 96 illegally-installed mini-sawmill factories. (Herzon F. Gallego, DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)




Filing of applications for fire, penology officer exams extended

The filing of applications for the Fire Officer and Penology Officer examinations has been extended to October 27, 2008, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced. The filing period, which supposedly should run until October 22 only, is extended in the light of requests from parties concerned.

The Fire Officer Examination (FOE) and the Penology Officer Examination (POE) will be simultaneously conducted on November 9, 2008.

Qualified to take the FOE are incumbent personnel only of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) who have not yet acquired any second level eligibility. The POE, on the other hand, is open to incumbent personnel of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) who have not yet acquired any second level eligibility, as well as to non-BJMP personnel who are interested to join the jail and penology service.

Applicants for both examinations must be Filipino citizens; physically and mentally fit; of good moral character; have not been convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude; and have not been dishonorably discharged from military service or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government. In addition, applicants who are non-BJMP personnel should be Bachelor's degree holders, not more than 30 years old, at least 5'4" in height for male and 5'2" for female, and have not yet been granted any second level eligibility or its equivalent.

Application requirements are: Properly accomplished application form (CS Form No. 100-F, Revised 2008); four pieces of latest and identical 1.5" x 2" I.D. pictures with full name tag; and original and photocopy of two valid I.D. cards. Examination fee is P350. Application forms may be secured from the BFP, BJMP, any CSC Regional or Field Office, or from the CSC website www.csc.gov.ph.

Applications may be correspondingly filed at the BFP and BJMP head offices or at any of their respective regional offices. The CSC Regional Offices concerned shall accept applications only of non-BJMP personnel. The CSC Central Office in Batasan Hills, Quezon City is not accepting applications for both examinations. (CSC-13/PIA-Caraga)


2008 Consumer month celebration winds up with ConsumerNet meets the public

With the month of October coming to a close, the consumer welfare month winds up with a consumers’ forum dubbed “ConsumerNet meets the Public” on October 29, 2008 at the Luciana Convention Center, Butuan City.

ConsumerNet is a network of consumer-oriented government agencies and service utility companies that facilitates the flow of information and speedy resolution of consumer complaints.

The forum will have these agencies discussing topics not only limited to energy conservation tips in line with this year’s theme of “Leading the Consumers Toward Efficient Lighting for a Brighter Future” but other consumer issues as well.

Other topics for discussion include the new LTO guidelines for the use and operation of motorcycles on highways; new Pag-ibig services, Palit Ilaw, NFA rice and contaminated milk products.

More importantly, the consumers and general public will have the opportunity to directly ask these agencies their other pressing concerns.

The forum is a culmination activity of this year’s consumer welfare month celebration, which have as other highlights the awarding of the 2008 Regional Consumer Quiz Bowl winners, the awarding of three bronze-level DTI Certified Establishments and the destruction of substandard construction materials confiscated from hardware in this city.

Caraga ConsumerNet was established last 1998 and is one of the more active consumer networks in the country today. Its membership include thirty one [31] committed member-agencies, namely Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative (ANECO), Bayan Telecommunications, BFAR-RFU XIII, BIR-Caraga, Butuan City Water District, Cruztelco-Butuan, DA-RFU XIII, DepEd-XIII, DENR – Caraga, DILG – Caraga, DOH – Caraga, DOJ – Caraga, DOTC – Caraga, Fil-Products Service Television, HLURB – Caraga, National Food Authority, NMIS – Caraga, National Telecommunications Office, PCA-Caraga, PECBC, PHILCOM – Butuan, PIA – Caraga, Phil. Postal Office - Butuan Branch, Commission on Information and Communications Technology, Commission on Higher Education, PAGIBIG Fund, PHILHEALTH, TRANSCO, Department of Tourism, Department of Trade and Industry and Station DXBN. (Lorijane D. Sacote and Grace S. Tocmo, DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga GADCC to organize MOVE
by: Lovely Laudette D. Gamba

PIA-Caraga

In line with the celebration of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women or VAW, the Caraga Regional Development Council- Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) is set to organize the Caraga MOVE or Men Opposed to Violence Everywhere.

The organization of the Caraga MOVE will be one of the highlights of the 18-day celebration in the region. It is expected that groundwork for the organization of the Caraga MOVE will be done during this time.

Initial activities includes a Gender Sensitivity Training (GST) for active and potential male GAD advocates from the government, private sector, academe and non-government organizations (NGOs) to form the core MOVE in Caraga.

The organization of Caraga MOVE is expected to increase men’s sense of ownership over new initiatives that promote gender equity, equality and women empowerment. It is meant to increase men’s comfort with seeing themselves as responsible, caring and non-violent partners.

The organization of the MOVE is based on a research cited by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) showing a growing interest among men to get involved in the issue of gender equality.

MOVE is an organization of principled men whose members have dedicated themselves to be actively involved in eliminating all forms of discrimination against women particularly VAW.

MOVE recognizes that gender roles and relations are dependent on social contexts in which cultural, religious, economic, political and social circumstances are intertwined.



Caraga GADCC to commemorate 18-day campaign to end VAW

by: Lovely Laudette D. Gamba
PIA-Caraga


The Regional Development Council-Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) meets recently to discuss as well as plan activities to commemorate the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW).

Proposed activities for the 18-day campaign in the region includes walk for a cause, hanging of streamers, press conference, film showing cum forum on violence against women, and jail and home for girls visitation. The culmination of the 18-day campaign will also serve as a Christmas party of the GADCC focal persons.

The 18-day campaign is a commemorative event marking the International Day for the Elimination of VAW on November 25, the International Human Rights Day on December 10 and the signing of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime including the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children on December 12.

This year’s theme is “CEDAW ng Bayan: ReMOVE VAW!”.

The 18-day campaign to end Violence Against Women (VAW) starts on November 25 to December 12 of every year.



Cebuano News: 5 ka SK kagawad ug usa ka Brgy. Kagawad nanumpa

Lima ka napili nga SK Kagawad sa Brgy. Sikatuna ning dakbayan ang nanumpa niadtong adlaw nga Miyerkules (Oktubre 21) atubangan ni Hon. City Mayor Democrito Plaza II, didto mismo sa iyang buhatan. Ang lima ka opisyal sa Barangay ang napili atol sa gipahigayon nga special election bag-uhay pa lang.

Sigun ni Punong Barangay Melix M. Monta sa naasoy nga dapit nga niadtong piniliay sa tuig 2007 walay piniliay sa SK Kagawad nga nahitabo gawas sa SK Chairman. Maoy hinungdan nga sa tuig 2008 natigayon ang special election.

Gawas sa pito nga napili, lima ang nanumpa ug mipasilong sa administration ni Mayor Plaza. Ang mga miyembro sa Sangguniang Kabataan nga sila, Jade Monta, Devine Gonzales, Mark Joseph Garrido, Michelle Melleza ug Cecille Liso, nanumpa ug misaad nga mosuporta sa administration ni Mayor Plaza.

Samtang sa susamang higayon, nanumpa usab ang bag-ong mihulip nga Brgy. Kagawad nga gitudlo ni Punong Barangay Raul Carampatana, sa Brgy. San Vicente ning dakbayan. Si Kagawad Vicente Pitogo maoy mihulip sa me-resign nga opisyal kinsa mibalhin ngadto sa laing lugar. (Romy B. Peña, PIO-Butuan City/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: P50-M gihangyo sa Buenavista LGU kang PGMA

Kantidad nga P50 million ang gihangyo ni Mayor Francisco Chan, Jr. sa munisipyo sa Buenavista kang Presidente Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo gikan sa iyang discretionary fund para pag-implementar sa tulo ka mga dagkong proyekto.

Kini nga mga proyekto mao ang pagtukod ug pagrehab sa Farm-to-Market Road gikan sa Barangay Rizal ngadto sa Sitio Dalao-an nga nagkantidad ug P10 milyones.

Ang laing proyekto mao ang pagtukod sa Tinago Seawall and Braker nga nagkantidad ug P25 milyones, ug ang ikatulo mao ang pagtukod ug pagrehab sa Sitio Dumurog paingon Navintalan paingon Talag-anahaw Farm-to-Market Road nga nagkantidad ug P15 milyones.

Giaprobahan sa Sangguniang Bayan ang Proposed Sanggunian Resolution No. 0270 ni Konsehal Hernando Vasquez nga nagsuporta ug nag-indosar sa sulat-hangyo ni Mayor Francisco Chan ngadto kang Presidente Arroyo. (Buena Monitor/PIA-Caraga)



Cebuano News: 1st Gov. Robert Ace Barbers Award for the Cleanest and Greenest Municipality ilusad

Ang pangagamhanan sa probinsya sa Surigao del Norte, pinaagi sa departamento sa Provincial Environment and Management Office, malipayon nga magpahibalo sa tanang Surigaonon, nga magsugod na ang pagpatigayon sa Municipal Evaluations para sa 1st Governor Robert Ace S. Barbers Award for the Cleanest and Greenest Municipality, sugod niadtong Oktubre 21 hangtod sa Nobyembre 18, 2008. Ania and mga skedyul sa pagbisita ug pagevaluate sa matag munisipyo:

Sa bulan sa Oktubre sugod karong 21 sa munisipyo sa Dapa, 22 sa General Luna, 23 sa Pilar, 24 sa San Isidro, 25 sa Sta. Monica, 26 sa Burgos, 27 sa San Benito, 28 sa Del Carmen ug 29 sa Socorro.

Samtang sa bulan sa Nobyembre ang skedyul mao ang mosunod. Nobyembre 4 sa munisipyo sa Sison sa buntag ug sa munisipyo sa Tubod sa hapon, 5 sa Mainit sa buntag ug Alegria sa hapon, 6 sa Placer sa buntag ug Bacuag sa hapon, 7 sa munisipyo sa Tagana-an, 10 sa munisipyo sa Gigacuit sa buntag ug Claver sa hapon, ug sa 11 sa munisipyo sa San Francisco sa buntag ug Malimono sa hapon.

Ang 1st Gov. Robert Ace S. Barbers Award for the Cleanest and Greenest Municipality usa ka proyekto ubos sa Advocacy for Clean Environment and its Sustainability or ACES Program, ang integrated environmental management program sa probinsya sa maalagarong pagdumala ni Gov. Ace Barbers. (PGO-Media Bureau/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: RESCUE 44 nga programa ni Gov. Ace Barbers dako ug tabang sa mga katawhan

Tungod sa dakong suporta ni Gov. Ace Barbers sa RESCUE 44, daghan ang nahimong mga tabang sa mga miembro sa RESCUE 44 sa tibuok probinsya labi na sa pag-asister sa mga katawhan sa panahon sa peligro ug kalisod.

Dili palang dugay mipahigayon sila sa duha ka semana nga pagbansaybansay sa taga Bureau of Fire mahitungod sa Water Safety. Miasister usab sila sa gihimong reception sa 140 trainees sa Philippine National Police nga gihimo sa Camp George Barbers Reional Training School isip mga medical responders.

Dako usab ang kalipay sa ARESCOM diin ang RESCUE 44 mipaambit sa ilang mga kahibalo sa gipahigayon nga lima ka adlaw nga Disaster Management Training didto sa 10th Regional Community Defense Group sa Bad-as, Placer.

Ubay-ubay usab ang serbisyo medical ang ilang narespondihan dinhi sa mainland sa pagtransport sa mga pasyente sa balay tambalanan, pagsugat sa pantalan ug paghatud sa panimalay sa mga pasyente.

Matud pa ni Al Lumapas ang Team Leader sa RESCUE 44 sa probinsya, daghan pa ang mga nakahan-ay nga mga programa nga ila karong gipangandaman aron sa paghatag ug kalidad nga panirbisyo sa mga katawhan nga maoy kanunay gitinguha sa maalagarong Gobernador Robert Ace Barbers. (PGO-Media Bureau/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Kahiusahan ug pagtabang sa mga katawhan kanunay gitinguha ni Gov. Ace Barbers

Ang pagpangalagad ni Gov. Ace Barbers pinaagi sa mga nagkadaiyang mga programa ug proyekto nga anaa kasamtangang gipatuman karon sa probinsya, kanunayng gipangalantawan sa batan-ong gobernador nga ipakita sa kanunay ang panaghiusa ug dili ang pamulitika, aron ang katawhan mahatagan sa eksakto nga tabang nga ilang gilauman gikan sa ilang mga lideres labi na sa local nga pangagamhanan.

Nagkanayon si Gov. Barbers nga dako ang iyang kalipay sa panahon nga masinati sa mga katawhan ang mga serbisyo ug daghan pang mga kaayuhan nga angay kanila. Nakita ug nasinati ni Gov. Barbers ang mga nagkadaiyang panginahanglanon sa mga katawhan sa iyang mga gihimong regular nga pagkunsulta sa mga lungsod labi na ang sa mga kabaryohan.

Ang mga nagkadaiyang mga hepe sa departamento ug ahensya sa lalawigan nakadayeg sa makanunayun nga pag-abag ug pagsuporta ni Gov. Barbers, sa iyang pagbisita sa mga opisina diha sa Kapitolyo, aron iyang masusi personal ang mga panginahanglanon niini ug paghimamat sa uban pang mga empleyado.

Nanghinaut si Gov. Ace Barbers nga ang mga programang gihan-ay para sa mga kawani sa gobyerno, labi na ang gihimong mga trainings nga gipasiugdahan sa Human Resource and Management Office, makahatag gayud ug tinuod nga kabag-uhan pinaagi sa usa ka kalidad nga panirbisyo sa mga katawhan aron magmakanunayon ang kalamboan na natagamtaman karon sa tibuok lalawigan. (PGO-Media Bureau/PIA-Surigao del Norte)