12.20.2009

PIA News Service - Monday, Dec. 21, 2009

Peace, dev’t program conducted in Carmen

BUTUAN CITY (18 December) - The Peace and Development Assistance Team under 402nd Infantry Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army conducted recently a People's Assembly and grand pulong-pulong held at Rama Gym, Poblacion, Carmen, Agusan del Norte. 

In his message to the constituents of the Municipality of Carmen, Lt Col Cristobal N Zaragoza, Commanding officer, 30 Infantry Battalion,402BDE, 4ID, emphasized the objective of the activity. He said, the People’s Assembly and Grand Pulong-Pulong is in line with the services and programs offered by various government agencies in building up community livelihood programs.

The program was opened by an invocation by Carmen Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Santiago R. YbaƱez. In his opening prayer, he said, the people in Carmen are thankful to the national government for the best opportunities brought by the different government agencies in the region.

Meanwhile, Major Simon Cempron (INF) Philippine Army emphasized the role of the different agencies of the government in delivering services through information dissemination.

Also, different presentations and livelihood opportunities were presented by representatives of some government agencies who joined the activity. Among those government agencies are: Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The said agencies encouraged the people to organize their respective groups and pass a proposal to avail the “Starter kit livelihood program” and financial services as per capital.  

A rebel returnee, Eddie Ampiyawan testified the negative effect of war and conflicts between government troops and the New Peoples Army (NPA) in some of the remote areas in Carmen. He said, a grand pulong-pulong is a gathering of people from all sectors to address the different concerns and issues of the populace in Carmen. 

It was noted that Carmen is the main source of agricultural and fisheries where mango is the main source of livelihood for most people in the said area.

Col Zaragoza, on the other hand said, that in spirit of Christmas, it is the main duty of all mankind to build peace, love and unity. “Bilang mga sundalo, hindi kami makapagbibigay ng isda pero isang bingwit ang puwede naming maibigay.” (We, as soldier can’t give fish but a fish net). "Kitang tanan Maghiusa alang sa kalinaw ug Kalamboan" (Let's be united for peace and prosperity), the officer said. (Mike A. Imbo, PIA-Caraga)

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CSC seeks stronger protection for civil servants against sexual harassment 

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) called for the strengthening of the Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI) in all government agencies to protect civil servants against work-related sexual harassment. 

Acting Chair Cesar D. Buenaflor said that an active CODI will bring swift justice to victims and deter offenders. “We should assure government workers who are or may have been victims of sexual harassment that they can turn to the law for recourse.” 

Buenaflor stressed that sexual harassment and other forms of violence in the public sector weaken the morale and productivity of victim-employees and, thus, are a deterrent to the smooth and timely delivery of government services. 

From 1994 to 2009, the CSC’s Office for Legal Affairs has recorded a total of 132 sexual harassment cases where 61% or 81 have been resolved. Of the resolved cases, 73% or 59 were decided in favor of the complainant. 

Republic Act No. 7877, otherwise known as the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995, mandates the creation of a CODI in all work, educational or training institutions. The committee shall be tasked to increase understanding and prevent incidents of sexual harassments, as well as conduct investigation of alleged cases. 

In 2001, the CSC issued the Administrative Disciplinary Rules on Sexual Harassment or Resolution No. 01-0940 that directed all national and local agencies, state universities and colleges, and government-owned or controlled corporations with original charter to create a CODI that will receive and investigate complaints of sexual harassment, make recommendations to the disciplining authority, and lead efforts to protect employees from sexual harassment. 

In a work-related environment, the Committee shall be composed of at least one representative each from the management, the accredited union (if any), the second level employees, and the first level employees, duly selected by the unit concerned. 

In an educational or training institution, at least one representative each from the administration, the faculty, and the student body, duly selected by the level concerned, should make up the CODI. 

The said Resolution defines sexual harassment as “an act, or a series of acts, involving any unwelcome sexual advance, request or demand for a sexual favor, or other verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature, committed by a government employee or official in a work-related, training or education related environment of the person complained of.” 

The act may come in the form of malicious touching, overt sexual advances and gestures with lewd insinuation (physical); requests or demands for sexual favors and lurid remarks (verbal); and use of objects, pictures or graphics, letters or writing notes with sexual underpinnings. 

After due investigation and legal process, an employee who is found guilty of sexual harassment shall be meted administrative penalty ranging from reprimand to dismissal, depending on the gravity and seriousness of offense. 

The CSC, as the central personnel agency of government, initiates and supports efforts to ensure that sexual harassment has no place in government offices and activities/operations. In line with its participation in the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW), which runs from November 25 to December 12, the CSC will undertake a series of discussions on VAW- and gender-related topics that aims to prevent violence and promote gender equality and awareness in the public sector. (CSC)
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Cebu Pacific offers peak season travel tips to passengers

Cebu Pacific (CEB) gives travel reminders to its passengers for the holiday season.

“Now that we are in the peak of peak of travel seasons, we have a few friendly reminders and travel tips for our guests to ensure a stress-free and truly enjoyable trip on board Cebu Pacific,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.

At the check-in counter, 1. check in for the flight as early as possible. CEB counters will close 45 minutes before the estimated time of departure so please be at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight; 2. In case the passenger arrives at Terminal 3 one hour before the flight, immediately inform CEB personnel. It will always be recommended to check in as early as possible to avoid the stress this may cause. Remember, there will be a lot of people traveling and security checks will take longer; 3. Those with no check-in luggage for domestic flights can fall in line at the Express Counter; 4. Be at the boarding gate 30 minutes before the flight’s published time of departure; 5. Guests on international flights will still have to clear immigration, so please make sure to check-in early, even earlier than the suggested 2 hours before the flight’s departure time.

For airport and security, 1.Bring in advance the exact amount of the terminal fee in the airport of origin; 2. Refrain from wrapping gifts in metallic foil since this makes the gift appear solid during security screening and can cause delays due to security checks; 3. The final security check will require guests to remove shoes, belts with metal buckles, and coins, among others. So wear shoes that are easy to remove, and, if possible, refrain from wearing belts.

For luggage, 1. Remember that CEB allows only one hand carry bag (maximum weight is 7 kilos) and gives passengers free 15 kilos baggage allowance (except for Clark which gives 30 kilos). Weigh the luggage in advance so there will be no surprises. If the passenger intends to bring more than 15kgs, remember to bring extra pocket money to settle excess baggage fees; 2. Fix loose straps and broken locks to avoid luggage problems; 3. Place identifying markers on the bag to easily differentiate it from everyone else’s.

For connecting flights, allot at least two hours between connecting flights so there is more time to get the luggage and check it in again.

CEB flies to 32 domestic and 14 international destinations, using the youngest aircraft fleet in the country. (Cebu Pacific/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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Cebuano News: Kalinaw ug kalamboan gilusad sa Carmen

BUTUAN CITY (21 December) – Gilusad sa Lungsod sa Carmen ang Asembliya sa katawhan ug pakig pulong-pulong alang sa kalinaw ug kalamboan nga gipasiugdahan ubos sa koordinasyon sa Peace and Development Assistance Team sa pakig-alayon sa 402nd Infantry Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army didto sa Rama Gym, Poblacion, Carmen, Agusan del Norte, dili pa lang dugay.

Si Lt. Col. Cristobal N. Zaragoza, Commanding Officer, 30 Infantry Battalion, 402 BDE, 4ID ang mipasabot sa katawhan nga daghang ahensya sa gobyerno ang dakong gikatabang ug makahatag sa dugang serbisyo aron mausab ang panginabuhian.

Gilangkuban ang asembliya sa pagtapok sa mga nagkalain-laing sektor gikan sa simbahan, mag-uuma, mangingisda ug kababayen-an pinanguluhan sa mga opisyales sa barangay.

Gipresentar ang nagkadaiyang mga livelihood program ug opurtunidad nga mabatonan sa kumunidad. Giduso usab ang mga pinansyal ug suporta nga nagikan sa mga ahensya sa gobyerno nga gipangunahan sa libreng edukasyon ug scholarship sa Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OWWA) ug and Department of Agriculture (DA).

Samtang subling gigahin sa mga nagkadaiyang representante sa mga line agencies nga ipaabot ang ilang mga programa ngadto sa katawhan pinaagi sa pagpadala sa organisadong grupo sa ilang mga proposal ug plano nga livelihood aron mahatagan kini sa puhunan.

Gitagaan sa kahigayunan sa pagpadayag ang usa ka rebel returnee nga naila sa pangalan nga Eddie Ampiyawan kinsa misugyot sa dakong epekto sa giyera batok sa tropang sundalo ug rebeldeng grupo sa New Peoples Army (NPA) sa maong lugar. Dugang ni Ampiyawan nga duha ka higayon niadtong tuig Marso 15, 2003 ug Enero 26, 2006 gisulong sa NPA ang Munisipyo sa Carmen.

Buot sa Administrasyon ni Pangulong Gloria Macapagal Arroyo nga wagtangon na ang kalihukan sa rebeldeng grupo ug maghiusa na ang pilipinhon sa dili pa mahuman ang iyang termino.

Si Col. Zaragoza ang mipasabot nga kung dunay panginabuhian ug kalamboan walay gubot ug kasamok sa matag lugar. Giimbetahan sa tropang sundalo ang mga ahensya sa gobyerno sa katuyuan nga makab-ot ang kalinaw ug kalamboan sa pangabuhian sa mga katawhan.

“Bilang mga sundalo, hindi kami nakapagbibigay nga isda pero isang bingwit ang puwede naming maibigay” dugang sulti sa opisyal. (Mike A. Imbo, PIA-Caraga)