PIA News Service - Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Agusan del Norte website named finalist in the 2009 Philippine Web Awards

By: Robert E. Roperos
PIA-Caraga

BUTUAN CITY (February 10) – The Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte was named one of the three finalists of the Philippine Web Awards (PWA) for this year.

In an email sent to Agusan del Norte provincial government, the PWA is cordially inviting the local officials to the awarding ceremonies where the winner will be finally revealed. The event will be held at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, 4th floor Podium RCBC Plaza in Makati City on February 27, 2009 at 7:00 in the evening.

The competition is composed of three elimination rounds evaluating the best website for each category. From the original seven entries in the past elimination rounds, three made it to the finals in the E-LGUs-Province category: The Official Website of the Provincial Government of Bataan, Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte – Official Website, and the Province of Cebu Website.

In a written statement sent to PIA, Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John Amante said that the scores from the previous rounds will be disregarded and scoring will start from scratch. “The PWA Committee has selected new panel of judges from the industry to evaluate the nominated site”, he said.

Moreover, Gov. Amante said the official PWA Finalists’ Badge is now posted on their website at
www.agusandelnorte.gov.ph to promote the site in the People’s Choice Awards and for the judges’ identification purposes.

The judges will rate the entries based on four criteria: Content, Design, Usability and Functionality. The awards organizers, after close consultations with Web Designers, Developers and Internet professionals, affirm that these four criteria are important in judging Web site excellence. Depending on the category, various weights for each criterion will be applied.

A flashy site has no real value if it has no content to offer. And by content, PWA don’t mean the texts or articles alone; it can be images, multimedia elements, or even a collection of tools, data or links. In considering content, judges are asked to determine if the content matches the goals and nature of the Web site. They are also tasked to look at the tone of writing, the frequency of updates, and the depth of information. Content should be informative, engaging, persuasive, useful and/or entertaining depending on the nature of the site. The articles should be well written , and with correct grammar and spelling.

Design refers to appearance. It includes the use of graphical elements, such as images, color, white space and typography. Visual design is important in grabbing visitors’ attention but it should not be at the expense of overall user experience. A flashy site may take too long to load fully that it defeats its purpose. The design can be restrained, even minimalist, and still be considered good if the nature of the site calls for it. Like with other media, consistency and appropriateness play a part in determining what good Web design is.

Usability means proper organization, layout and navigation. As in building a house, a great site’s blueprint sets the foundation. A well thought out information architecture – how content is organized and linked – enhances user experience, making it easy for visitors to navigate the site and find the needed information quickly and easily. A well-designed, uncluttered page layout leads users to the information they need.

Functionality enhances how a visitor uses the site. It includes optimized code, working scripts, and use of the interactivity. It means fast loading of pages, live links, working forms, relevant search results, and seamless transaction processing. It also pertains to the proper use of plug-ins and multi-media. Interactive features engage the user to participate, which can be in the form of forums, chat rooms, polls, games, and quizzes. Outstanding functionality is relevant and adds value; it is necessary that everything in the site works.

Aside from the judges’ ratings, testing and voting on-line are part of the critera. Casting of votes can be made at
www.philippinewebawards.com or by texting WEBBYSVOTE55 and send to 2955 for Smart and Talk and Text. For Globe and Touch Mobile subscribers however, just send to 2973.

Other categories featured this year are Arts and Portfolio; Blogs; Celebrities and Personalities; Community and Portal; Corporate; E-Commerce; E-Government; E-LGUs-City, Province and Municipality; E-services; Entertainment; Lifestyle and Leisure; Magazines and Zines; Organizations; Personal; Schools; and SMEs.

The Philippine Web Awards (PWA) is an award-giving body that annually recognizes the best Filipino-created web sites and honors the individuals and teams behind them.

PWA continues to attract participants here and abroad and gain support from main industry players. Over the years, the PWA remains true to its mission of honoring outstanding Filipino talent in the field of web design and development.

The finalists and winners not only garner appreciation from their peers, but also career growth and bigger business opportunities.


Cebuano News: Tungod sa dakong suporta ni Gob. Ace Barbers, ubay-ubayng mapuslanong mga programa sa Provincial Veterinary Office para sa tuig 2009 ipatuman

Surigao del Norte (10 February) - Dako ang kadasig ug suporta ang gipakita ni Gob. Ace Barbers sa mga programa nga ipatuman sa Provincial Veterinary Office para sa tuig 2009 agig pagtabang ug paghatag dugang panginabuhi-an sa pipila ka mga mag-uuma sa probinsya. Malampusong gipahigayon ang ilang Municipal Agricultutal Officers/Municipal Agriculturists and Agricultural Technicians Livestock Meeting sa milabayng Pebrero 04, 2009, didto sa Jakelou Function Room sa Narciso St. ning atong siyudad.

Sa maong tigum, gituki sa pipila ka mga municipal agriculturists ang mga programa ug proyekto nga kinahanglan nga i prayoridad, diin ang mga programa sa Animal Health Protection Program, Animal Production Program, Institutional Development nga naglangkob na sa Strenghthening Livestock and Poultry Raisers, ug ang regular nga pagpahigayon sa ilang meeting matag quarter, ug usab ang mga special programs sama sa pag mintinar sa Provincial Breeding Center sa Magpayang ug Mainit ug Jubgan Stock Farm sa Jubgan ug San Francisco, Surigao del Norte maoy hatagan ug gibug-aton.

Gidugang pa nga agig pagpangandam sa pagsaulog sa Livestock Farmer’s Week karong umaabot nga katapusan sa Abril, sila mopahigayon sa Search for Outstanding Brgy./Municipality LAPRA, Swine Raiser, Small Ruminant Raiser, Large Animal Raiser, Kabir/Duck Raiser ug Meat Processing sa tibuok probinsya.

Ang Provincial Veterinary Office, hugtanong mipatuman sa mga nagkadaiyang programa ubos sa liderato ni Gob. Ace Barbers diin ubay-ubay na sa mga mag-uuma ang nakaangkon sa dakong tabang niining sa ilang panginabuhian, Ubos sa maong programa, sila nagdugang pag awhag sa uban pang gusto mopatigayon sa pagbuhi ug mga kahayupan.

Si Gob. Ace Barbers nagkanayon nga andam kanunay siya sa paghatag ug hugot nga suporta tungod tumong ug tinguha sa iyang administrasyon ang paghatag ug tiunay nga tabang sa mga mag-uuma aron madungagan pa ang pagpalambo sa natad sa agikultura sa probinsya. (SdN PGO-Media Bureau)



Cebuano News: Gob. Ace Barbers hugtanong nag-awhag sa hugot nga pagpatuman sa maayong panglawas; PHO mipahigayon sa ilang mga nagkadaiyang health services sa tibuok probinsya

Surigao del Norte (10 February) - Agig pagsano sa awhag ni Gob. Ace Barbers sa hugtanong pagpatuman sa mga programa sa maayong panglawas, Provincial Health Office nagpadayon sa paghatag ug way puas nga de kalidad nga panirbisyo sa mga katawhan aron ang tanan maprotektahan ug layo sa mga sakit.

Sa milabayng semana, sila mipahigayon sa Mass Urine Screening for Elementary School children ug ang Fasting/Random Blood Sugar determination para sa tanang ginikanan ug mga magtutudlo didto sa duha ka tulungha-an sa Tubod, nga mao ang M.A. Dapar Elem. School, Cawilan ug Calang Custodio Elementary School Del Rosario.

Ang mga volunteer ug mga medical practitioner nga nanguna sa maong kalihukan, malipayon nga mibutyag nga sila adunay halos 420 ka pasyente nga gi atender ug gitambalan sa maong mga tulungha-an. Sa mga estudyanteng nahibaw-an nga adunay abnormal nga pagpangihi ug mga ginikanan ug magtutudlo nga tag-as ug blood pressure, sila dayon gidapatan sa maong mga tambal nga angay kanila.

Ang maong Mass Urine Screening ug Random Blood Sugar Determination usa ka joint activity sa Provincial Health Office ug Surigao del Norte Coalition for REDCOP. Sa milabay usab nga Bloodletting Activity niadtong Pebrero 6, 2009, adunay 25 ka mga donors ang nakuha gikan sa mga empleyado sa Kapitolyo.


Dako ang kalipay ug pasalamat ni Gob. Ace Barbers sa mga nanguna sa maong kalihukan nga naghatag ug tinuoray nga pagpanirbisyo. Siya midugang nga tungod sa ilang kakugi ug pagtinambayayungay, ang pangagamhanan sa probinsya nagmalampuson ug nagpabilin nga tinubdan sa paglaum sa mga katawhan ug kini namahimong inspirasyon sa tanan. (SdN PGO-Media Bureau)


POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Philip Amer Posas Mazo

Confiscation of loose firearm

On February 8, 2009 at 3:30 in the afternoon at Barangay Anahao-Daan, Tago, Surigao del Sur, Barangay Captain Pedro Lozada Olvis of Barangay Anahao-Daan, Tago, Surigao del Sur together with Policarpio Cahatian, Barangay Tanod of said barangay, confiscated one unit home made "pistolized" shotgun locally known as "Surit-surit" from the possession of a certain Jerry Arañez, 35 years old, farmer and a resident of Sitio Cabalawan, Barangay Anahao-Daan of same town.

Arañez and the confiscated firearm were turned-over to Tago Municipal Police Station by the said Barangay Official for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)


Report on illegal gambling

On February 9, 2009 around 8:00 in the evening at Purok-5 Del Pilar Street Barangay Datu Silongan, Butuan City, elements of Vice Control Section, Butuan City Police Station 1 led by PSI Ronaldo V Plaza conducted operation against illegal gambling which resulted to the confiscation of one unit Fruit Game machine with an undetermined amount of "one peso" coins inside the machine from the possession of a certain Alberto Daganato (caretaker), 45 years old, married and resident of aforesaid place.

Said item was brought to Vice Control Section Butuan City Police Station 1 for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)


PNP arrests wanted persons

On February 9, 2009 at 12:00 noon in Barangay Poblacion, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur, a certain Danilo Cularat, 44 years old, married, self-employed and resident of Purok-3 Barangay Piglawigan, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur was arrested by elements of Esperanza Municipal Police Station led by PO3 Dick Guidoman inside Rose Bakery of the above-mentioned place.

The arrest was made by virtue of warrant of arrest (WOA) issued by Hon Judge Hector Salise, Presiding Judge of Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 7, Bayugan City dated January 15, 2009 for the crime of Physical Injury in relation to RA 9262, docketed under Criminal Case number 2888, with bailbond recommended fixed at Php 2,000.00.

Suspect is now detained at Esperanza Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.

On same date, around 11:50 in the morning, PNP elements of Jabonga Municipal Police Station led by SPO4 Danilo Cabug-os arrested a certain Joseph Petallar.

The arrest was made by virtue of Alias WOA issued by Hon Judge Dax Gonzaga Xenos, Presiding Judge, RTC branch 34, Cabadbaran City for the crime of Slight Physical Injury under Criminal Case number 08-65 dated 16 January 2009.

Suspect is now detained at Jabonga Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)