PIA News Service - Thursday, February 19, 2009

Global Financial Crisis Resiliency Planning Workshop conducted

About 125 representatives of the academe, private sector, line agencies, local government units and non-government units actively participated in the Global Financial Crisis Resiliency Planning Workshop held in one of the convention centers here in Butuan, recently. The workshop was aimed at formulating the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) Resiliency Agenda of Caraga Region.
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Participants and facilitators of NEDA 13 are shown here identifying the sectoral issues during the recently held workshop. (Melanie A. Maur/Ian G. Miculob, NRO XIII/ PIA-Caraga)

During the workshop, various sectoral and sub-sectoral inputs were synthesized and presented. The most urgent concern addressed was the protection of the vulnerable sectors, which include the households under poverty line, workers in the export sector, returning overseas Filipino workers and their families, and the children and youth.

The participants also discussed issues such as the absence of sustainable source of income, low prices of agricultural and forestry products, untimely implementation of the new real tax rate, displacement and retrenchment of workers due to slow down of mining activities, unemployment and tenurial issues.

Areas for collaboration among agencies were identified to synchronize programs, projects and activities in stimulating the region’s economy to soften the impact of the financial crisis.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) – Caraga Region hosted the said workshop to provide a venue for a multi-stakeholder consultation in drawing up concrete action plans to weather the economic crisis and prepare for the turnaround beyond 2010. (Melanie A. Maur/Ian G. Miculob, NRO XIII/ PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Mga ka munisipyohan nagpakadawat sa mga medical services ubos sa programa sa maayong panglawas ni Gob. Ace Barbers

Surigao del Norte (19 February) - Sa dakong tinguha ni Gob. Ace Barbers nga mahatagan og de kalidad nga panirbisyo ang tibuok katawhan sa natad sa pagpalambo ug pagmintiner sa saktong nutrisyon ug maayong panglawas sa probinsya, ubay-ubay nga mga medical services ang gipahigayon sa Provincial Health Office pinaagi na kang Dr. Audie Relliquette dili lamang ilawom sa ilang buhatan diha sa Kapitolyo kon dili pati na usab sa mga hilit nga barangay sa Surigao del Norte.

Sa kasamtangan, nagpadayon ang ilang Medical Consultation, Dental Services, Laboratory Examination u gang pang apud-apud ug mga libreng tambal sa pipila ka mga pasyente nga wala magdumili nga mag pa examine ka nila tungod sa hilabihang kalisud sa panahon.

Sa laing bahin, nagpadayon usab ang ilang Mass Urine Screening and Fasting/Random Blood Sugar Determination sa mga munisipyo dinhi sa probinsya diin daghan sa atong mga kaigsuonang Surigaonon ang nakapahimulos niini sama na sa pipila ka mga empleyado, mga estudyante ug mga magtutudlo nga kung atong madumduman, gisugdan na kini ngadto sa lungsod sa Mainit ug usab tulo ka mga tulungha-an sa Tubod ug ngani kini miabot na usab sa Lungsod sa San Francisco.

Sa ilang gipahigayon nga Blood Donation Activity sa Lungsod sa Mainit nga nahitabo dili pa lamang dugay, adunay ilang nakaplagan nga 29 ka mga donors nga boluntaryong mi donate sa ilang mga dugo. Ug sa sumunod nga adlaw, sila mipahigayon na usab sa ilang Medical/Dental ug Tuli Outreach Program ngadto sa Brgy. Poblacion, Alegria, Surigao del Norte.

Daghan ang nalipay ug nakadayeg sa maong mga kalihukan hilabi na kadtong nahatagan ug nadapatan sa maong mga serbisyo tungod ilang nakita ug nasinati nga bisag sila adto sa halaayong dapit ning atong probinsya, sa gihapon sila gihuna huna sa atong maalagarong gobernador, Robert Ace Barbers ug sila gituyo ug bisita sa atong mga medical practitioners diha sa buhatan sa Provincial Health Office aron sa paghatag importansya kanila ug sa ilang mga panginahanglanon. (SdN PGO-Media Bureau/ PIA-Surigao City)


Illegal operators slip off dragnet as DENR operatives seize 151 pieces of illegal lumber

BUNAWAN, AGUSAN DEL SUR -- Illegal operators have evaded a dragnet as the DENR operatives swooped down on a lair of illegal sawmills at a remote village in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur recently and confiscated about 151 pieces of lauan lumber with a total volume of 1,081 board feet.

Bunawan CENR Officer Ulpiano D.Dasilao said the operators of illegal small sawmills have scampered away to different directions after sensing the coming of the DENR operatives in Barangay Libertad in this town.

Reports said the operators have also brought with them the parts and portable apparatus that they have used in milling the logs.

It was the first major accomplishment of CENRO Dasilao over the past three weeks of anti-illegal logging and mining operation since he assumed his new assignment in that area.

Dasilao said that rounding up the illegal saw mill operators in his area may be a big challenge to consider but nevertheless, he is determined to take the risk of protecting and preserving the natural resources and the environment.

The DENR have so far dismantled at least 39 illegal operation of portable sawmills which were clandestinely operating in that town. These illegal operators usually serve as destination points of few pieces of logs being brought to them by poachers through the river.

Dasilao said the latest confiscation followed weeks of surveillance in the area by the military-supported DENR operatives in cooperation with the local government officials.

Using portable band-sawmill apparatus, these illegally-cut logs are sawn into lumber, squeezed into closed-vans and transported to the different major destination points which includes the cities of Davao, Butuan and Cagayan de Oro.

Reports from undisclosed sources also revealed that these group of operators are well-organized that they can easily detect DENR surveillance operation. These operators, the report said, could easily dismantle their portable apparatus and hide them from the authorities or go to other locations to set up another secret operation there.

Dasilao said the DENR operatives are finding it difficult to locate these group of illegal operators. Nevertheless, he said they “will continue their hot pursuit operation against them until these bunch of “criminals of our natural resources” are brought before the bars of justice.”

He said that the illegal operators are beginning to feel the pressure considering the “death notes” and warning that they are sending upon the DENR officials to “slow down on the campaign.”

Dasilao said the top management of the DENR is expecting results from the on-going operation in his area of responsibility.

DENR Regional Executive Director Edilberto S. Buiser has reshuffled some of his key officers at the front lines particularly in Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte early this month in his attempt to further boost the campaign on illegal logging , timber poaching and illegal small-scale mining . (Eric Herson F. Gallego, DENR-13/ PIA-Caraga)


58IB harassed by the NPA in Lianga SdS

Lianga, Surigao del Sur (Feb 19) – The local government of Lianga convened recently the 1st Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) meeting here after reorganizing thru EO 739.

Mayor Roy Higino Sarmen, MPOC Chairman was the presiding officer in the conference attended by Vice Mayor Robert Lala, MPOC Vice Chairman Col. Benjamin Pedralvez, Capt. Agapito Acebes of Philippine Army, PNP and other members of the MPOC.

During the meeting, Battalion Commander of 58IB Col. Benjamin S. Pedralvez reported that on February 1 at 11:45 am the checkpoint within the vicinity of Samilla Gym in Lianga was fired upon by the NPA. He said, “action taken on that matter is to conduct a pursuit operation, where again we have an encounter in Purok 5 of Brgy. San Isidro of this municipality last February 7.”

Col. Pedralvez said, “Insurgency is not only the AFPs concern, our concern is only the armed component, the NPA. The political, socio and economic factors is the LGUs concern”.

The recent skirmish between the 58IB and the NPA resulted to the mass evacuation of the residents of the area to the Municipal Gym in Lianga.

The Municipal Social Welfare Development Office (MSWDO) reported that 110 families and 478 dependents evacuees have already received food assistance and health services.

Other assistance were also provided by the Provincial Social Welfare Development Office (PSWDO), PNRC-Surigao del Sur chapter and Vice Mayor Robert Lala who personally give food and cash assistance. (Nida Grace B. Tranquilan, PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DPWH 13 to hold jobs fair on Monday

Butuan City – Following pronouncements of the forging of a memorandum of agreement between the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), National Constructors Association of the Philippines (NACAP) and the Philippine Construction Association (PCA), the Caraga Regional Office of DPWH through the efforts of Director Evelyn Barroso is set to hold a one-day jobs fair on Monday ( February 23) 8:00 am at the DPWH Regional Office 13.

The jobs fair is part of President Arroyo’s job generation program. This is a nationwide simultaneous activity of DPWH timed with the signing of the MOA that is expected to provide 500,000 jobs, the agency’s biggest job generation undertaking so far.

In 2007, some 300,00 were hired, while in 2008, less than 500,000 people were employed by the agency.

“The jobs fair aims to provide gainful employment to workers displaced or affected by the current global recession. The jobs fair is also expected to provide fiscal stimulus to spur economic growth in the locality as employment increases spending power and probable opportunity to save,” Director Barroso explains.

The department will be hiring civil engineers, foremen, laboratory technicians, steelmen, heavy equipment operator, masons, tinsmiths, laborers and other positions. Applicants must be 18 to 50 years old, physically and mentally fit.
According to Barroso, this is so far the agency’s biggest job generation undertaking. “In 2007, some 300,00 were hired, while in 2008, less than 500,000 people were employed by the agency,” said Director Barroso. (PIA-13)