PIA News Service - Friday, August 28, 2009

Deadline for the submission of entries to the 5th PopDev Media Awards extended

The Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development Foundation (PLCPD) announces the extension of the cut-off date and the deadline for the submission of entries to the 5th Popdev Media Awards.  

The new deadline for the submission of entries is on September 26, 2009. Entries should have been published, aired, or posted between August 16, 2008 and September 15, 2009 in a publication or network that has been in existence for at least one year, or in a blog site that has been created at least since January 1, 2008. 

The contest is open to all print, broadcast, online, photo, and citizen journalists nationwide. Entries must deal with population and human development issues such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), public health (especially reproductive health), reproductive health policy and governance, economic growth and poverty, climate change, housing and urban development, sustainable development, environment, education, gender, maternal health, adolescent reproductive health, family planning, food security, reproductive rights, migration, and population ageing.

For the Print and Online Category, awards will be given for Best News Reportage (should consist of a body of work or a series of at least three spot news reports); Best Opinion or Editorial Piece; Best Investigative Report, and Best Feature or Magazine Article.

For Television, awards will be given for Best TV Documentary and Best Magazine Program or Talk Show.

For Radio, awards will be given for Best Radio Program. Entries to this could be news, commentary (should consist of a series of at least three separate news reports or commentaries) or a special production of media agencies. 

For the Photojournalism category, awards will be given for Best Single Photo and Best Photo Essay. 

Citations will also be given for blog (text) and photo blogs (single photo and photo essay) in recognition of the significant contribution of citizen journalists in the discussion of population and human development issues. Entries from professional journalists may be considered as long as these were posted in their personal blogs.
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Interested parties may send as many entries in a chosen category. Winners will receive a cash prize, trophy, certificate, and a chance to go into a study trip to a PLCPD project area in the Philippines.

For more information, interested parties may contact PLCPD at (02) 9251800 or (02) 4362373 or visit http://www.plcpd.org.ph/Media%20Awards/default.asp. (Maida T. Ojeda, Philippine Legislators' Committee on Population and Development)
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RP Volleybal Team in Caraga for an exhibition game in preparation for the SEA Games 

BUTUAN CITY – It was truly a great night of volleyball as people watched and cheered a great game between RP Women’s National Volleyball Team and Visayas-Mindanao Gay Selection sponsored by Butuan City Volleyball Association at FSUU Gym, recently.

The game lasted a gruelling almost three hours close fight tying several times rendering a deciding set race to 15 score.

RP Women’s National Volleyball Team won scoring 3-2 in 5 sets with a tight score of 15-13 against their opponent during the deciding set.

A day before the exhibition game in Butuan, both teams had a match in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur garnering a score of 3-1 favouring the RP Women’s National Volleyball Team.

RP Women’s National Volleyball team’s Head Coach is Thelma Barina-Rojas the former SEA Games best spiker and Most Valuable Player and 1993 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist in Singapore. The Assistant Coach of the team is Norman Miguel from UST, Las Piñas.

“We are thankful that an invitation game was extended to us to play in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur and Butuan, we need this for our practice as part of the girls rigorous training in our preparation for the 25th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games slated on December 2009 in Vientiane, Laos,” said Head Coach Thelma Barina-Rojas.
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The national team who played in Butuan and San Agustin is composed of Mary Jean Balse, Danielle Michiko Castañeda, Dahlia Cruz, Rubie de Leon, Rhea Dimaculangan Saet, Suzanne Roces, Cindy Velasquez, Patricia Torres, Ivy Elaine Remulla, Michelle Pauline Datuin, and Marietta Carolino.
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The last time Philippines participated in indoor volleyball was in 2005 Manila Games. It was only in 2009 that a women volleyball team was reorganized after 4 years of being dormant due to the retirement of veteran players.
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Head Coach Rojas said, Thailand is still the strength to reckon with because they have years of preparation and have competed in some of the world’s prestigious tournaments.
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Rojas is optimistic the team can grab a medal for the Philippines in the SEA Games.
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Butuan City Volleyball Association President Arnold Razon meanwhile urged the youth of today’s generation to join their team and be active in volleyball. 
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Butuan has yet to organize a strong team to be able to compete in Mindanao wide competition. (Jocelyn E. Morano, dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan)
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Butuan getting ready to build Balanghai and in welcoming Diwata ng Lahi

BUTUAN CITY – The Butuan City Tourism Council is getting ready for the coming of Diwata ng Lahi sometime in November of this year and already created different committees to focus on several activities.

“First activity is the rehabilitation of Balanghai Shrine in Ambangan, Libertad by the Butuan Global Forum with an estimated funding of 500 thousand pesos,” said SP Tourism Committee Chairman Ramon Carampatana.

The Balanghai Shrine is the site of the 15 meter wooden balanghai boat excavated in the 1970’s, a proof that Philippines have a rich cultural past, and a tradition that is worth preserving.

The city government on the other hand will soon start a complete repair of the now dilapidated building of Butuan Regional Museum and appropriated 2 million peso budget.

Councillor Carampatana estimated 1.5 to 2 million funding cost in building the Balanghai. It is hoped that the City Tourism Council with the Butuan Historical Foundation and Butuan Global Forum can raise obtainable fund for the whole activity for the coming of Diwata ng Lahi that includes the holding of a cultural presentation for the welcome honours on the day of its arrival, medical mission, and the building of Balanghai.

It was earlier informed by Diwata ng Lahi Team Captain Art Valdez that the Balanghai will lead the voyage upon departure from Butuan to start another leg in going to Gingoog, Camiguin, Cagayan de Oro and other parts of the country.
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The Diwata ng Lahi tentatively will arrive in Butuan on November 16 if the weather continues to be in favourable condition.

However, Mr. Greg Hontiveros of the Butuan Historical Foundation is informing the public that there would be a delay in the procurement of the materials in building the Balanghai due to the required permits imposed by the DENR as they will be using Dungon Trees sourced out outside Butuan.

“There will be ample time because the construction of Balanghai Boat will only take a month but what we are more concerned of is the curing period of the dungon. That will take us a little more time but we’re confident we can finish it by the time Diwata ng Lahi arrives Butuan,” said Hontiveros.

The first Balanghai built in Manila now named Diwata ng Lahi officially sails on September 1 for its Phase I navigation within Philippine seas until February 26, 2010 having a grand total distance of 2,136 nautical miles or almost 4 kilometers.
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It is expected to arrive in Butuan on Novembre 16 from San Bernardo, Limasawa for its 5th leg after a short stop-over in Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte on November 14, 2009.
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Balanghai will be joining Diwata ng Lahi to start with the 6th leg from Butuan to Ozamis City and every port and stop-over, the “Kaya ng Pinoy” team manning the Balanghai expedition will hold environmental awareness campaigns, outreach programs and teach the youth about the country’s rich cultural tradition.

The “Kaya ng Pinoy” team led by the former Transportation and Communication Undersecretary Arturo Valdez hopes that with this undertaking, they can effectively showcase the character, culture, ingenuity and survival skills of the Filipino.

Greg Hontiveros of the Butuan Historical Foundation meanwhile urged the public to support the undertaking in building of the Balanghai in Butuan. (Jocelyn E. Morano, dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan)
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Advocates say, stop punishing our children

Amid reports that a large proportion of children around the world experiences physical and humiliating or degrading punishment, child rights advocates call on parents, guardians and other authorities to end corporal punishment.

In a media briefing on the Advocacy and Campaign for the Promotion of Positive Discipline and Prohibition of Corporal Punishment held today, Child Rights Network (CRN), highlighted the need for a law that will ban the corporal punishment of children in the homes, schools and other settings. 
According to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, Corporal Punishment are cases where physical force is used and intended to cause some degree of pain or discomfort, however light. It also includes other non-physical forms of punishment that are cruel and degrading. 

In the World Studies of Abuse in the Family Environment conducted by the World Health Organization presented by Ms. Hope Tura, CRN Co-Convenor, showed that severe physical punishment is commonly used as means of discipline in the Philippines. Said study cites “21% of children are hit with an object in other parts of their body, 6% are kicked, 3% are beaten, while 1% is threatened with a knife or a gun, and another 1% is choked.”

“Unfortunately, here in the Philippines, we learn to tolerate a not so child-friendly society,” lamented Ramon San Pascual, Executive Director of the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc. (PLCPD). “As a legislative advocacy institution, we put this challenge in legislation,” he added. “That is why we are pushing for the passage of a law that will institutionalize mechanisms to educate the general public on effective nonviolent forms of discipline and change the norms about the acceptability and use of corporal punishment.” 

House Bill 6699 or the “Anti-Corporal Punishment Act of 2009” now pending for plenary deliberation at the House of Representatives is authored by Rep. Nikki Prieto-Teodoro of the 1st District of Tarlac. 

Meanwhile, Child Rights Ambassador of PLAN International Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, expressed support for a law that will protect children. Reacting to a comment that corporal punishment is sometimes brought about by poverty, Ms. Jaworski said, “no amount of poverty is a justification for corporal punishment.” 

Meanwhile, Ms. Wilma Banaga of Save the Children offered positive discipline as an alternative approach to discipline children. She stressed that positive discipline is a process, takes time and needs family support.

Child Rights Network (CRN) is a network of organizations advocating for the passage of national laws that will protect and fulfill the rights of Filipino children. (Vigie Benosa-Llorin, Philippine Legislators' Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc.)
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PNPA administers the annual CADET admission test 

The Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), a constitutive institution of the Philippine Public Safety College, will administer the annual Cadet Admission Test for the Four-year Bachelor of Science in Public Safety (BSPS), full scholarship Cadetship Program. The deadline for application is on September 30, 2009 and the examination is scheduled on October 25, 2009 (Sunday)) 7:00 A.M – 12:00 noon in Twenty Six (26) test centers nationwide. Butuan City is the test center in Caraga. 

The following qualifications for admission are as follows: 

  1. A natural born Filipino citizen 

  2. A person of good moral character 

  3. Male or female, single and with no legal obligation to support a child or a children 

  4. 17 to 21 years old at the time of admission (Born between 5/2/1988 - 5/1/1993) 

5. At least 162.5 cm in height for male and 157.5 cm for female 

6. Weight not more nor less than five kilograms (5 kg) of the standard weight  

  measurement corresponding to his/her age, height and sex 

7. At least high school graduate 

8. Must be able to perform the following physical fitness exercise: pull-ups; full arms 

  hanging; 2 minute push-ups; 2 minute sit-ups; 100 meter dash; 1,000 meter run 

9. Physically and mentally fit for cadetship 

10. No criminal, administrative or civil case on file before any prosecutors Office or any 

  Court of Judgment and other derogatory record/s 

11. Not a former cadet of PNPA or other service academies 

Applicant must submit duly accomplished application together with a self-stamped WINDOW ENVELOPE to the Office of the Registrar or mail to: The Director, Philippine National Police Academy, Camp General Mariano Castaneda, Silang, Cavite 4129. No walk-in applicants will be allowed to take the examination. Notice of examination shall be sent through mail or visit: www.pnpa.edu.ph & www.ppsc..gov.ph for the list of examinees, place of examination, test requirements and for more information. Applicants can also call telephone numbers (049) 545-5939 or (02) 3964076. Application forms are available in Public Information Office, Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, Libertad, Butuan City. (PCI NELLY TABORNAL VILLAGARCIA, PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania

Voluntary surrender of loose firearm 

On August 22, 2009 at 11:20 in the morning, a certain Rodolfo Bual voluntarily surrendered one unit cal .9mm pistol with serial number 9335888 with one magazine and one live ammo to San Francisco Municipal Police Station, Surigao del Norte. Said firearm is now in the custody of San Francisco Municipal Police Station for documentation and proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga) 

PNP arrests wanted person 

On August 25, 2009 at 7:30 in the morning, PNP elements of Butuan City Police Station 1 led by SPO3 Alexander Morgadez apprehended one Joel Chan, 33 years old, married and resident of R Palma Street, Butuan City by virtue of warrant of arrest (WOA) issued by Hon James V Go of MTCC Branch 2, Libertad, Butuan City for the crime of grave threats docketed under CC no. 41721 with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 12,000.00.

Apprehension took place at Palma Street, Butuan City.  

At about 9:00 in the morning of same date, the same personnel proceeded to Barangay Mahay, Butuan City and arrested one Ike buniel, 43 years old, married and resident of said place by virtue of WOA dated August 10, 2009 issued by Hon Judge James V Go of MTCC Brnach 2, Libertad, Butuan City for the crime of theft docketed under CC no. 41552 and with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 12, 000.00.

Subject persons were subsequently turned over to the issuing court for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Report in non-fatal shooting incident 

On August 24, 2009 at 7:40 in the evening at Purok 1, Barangay Dacutan, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, a certain Luceno Villa Gonzalo, married, Barangay Kagawad of Barangay Dacutan, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur was shot by unidentified suspect using cal .38 revolver.

Victim sustained gun shot wound on his left breast and immediately brought to Butuan City Hospital for medical treatment and declared on stable condition. PNP members of Esperanza Municipal Police Station is now conducting thorough investigation and manhunt operation against the fleeing suspect. Progress report to follow. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Report on vehicular accident 

On August 25, 2009 at 5:30 in the morning at South Montilla Boulevard, Butuan City, a Fuso Truck bearing plate no. KVF 977, loaded with round logs with an estimated volume of 19.06 cubic meters, driven by one Cerilo Magnate, of legal age and resident of Bucag St, Gingoog City while on its way and maneuvering right turn from JC Aquino Avenue heading South Montilla Boulevard, Butuan City apparently the foot break malfunction.

The round logs subsequently hit to the traffic light posted at the center Island and Rotary marks and thereafter, the round logs rolled down to the opposite road and accidentally hit the street sweeper identified as Conchita Buynay, 47 years old, resident of Purok-13, San Vicente, Butuan City resulted to the injuries on the different parts of her body and immediately brought to MJ Santos Hospital for medical treatment. Progress report to follow. 

Also, on August 24, 2009 at 5:00 in the afternoon, one unit Isuzu pick-up with plate no. SHA 156 registered under the name of Department of Agriculture (DA) MRDPO, Kidapawan City, driven by Rene Gecalke, 34 years old, resident of Mintal, Davao City while traveling from Davao City and upon reaching at Purok 7, Barangay Bayugan 3, Rosario, Agusan del Sur, the left rare wheel was accidentally detached from its assembly and subsequently rolled away and bumped to the bystanders namely Dionesio Mansanades, 49 years old, Jessie Arasa, 64 years old, and Julian Makeng, 43 years old, all are residents of said place.

After the accident, said bystanders were rushed to Bunawan District Hospital for medical treatment. Unfortunately, Dionesio Mansanades was pronounced dead on arrival (DOA) by the attending physician.

The driver and vehicle were brought to Bunawan Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)