12.16.2009

PIA News Service - Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009

Mayor Casurra leads blessing, turnover ceremony of 5 classrooms in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (17 December) - Mayor Alfonso Casurra of this city, together with SP Committee Chairperson on Education Hon. Peñaflor Laxa, City Schools Division Supt. Ms. Teofila Cabatuan, and Assistant City Schools District Supervisor Evelyn Fetalvero, led the formal blessing and turnover ceremony of the 5 unit-classrooms at Sabang Elementary School recently.

Mayor Casurra in his message enjoined the pupils and teachers to help in the maintenance of said classrooms since they are the primary beneficiaries of the said infrastructure project.

Also, Casurra distributed insurance cards to the Tanods and members of the Lupong Tagapamaya of the said barangay.

With the presence of a number of DepEd officials composed of education supervisors, school administrators, District In-charge Mrs. Maridel Edera, Sabang ES Principal Mrs. Pompia Baliña and teaching staff, PTA officials and barangay residents, the handover and blessing ceremony was a success with Rev. Fr. Gil Espuelas officiating. (Karen T. Acero, LGU-Surigao City/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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Surigao City LGU spearheads skills training program

SURIGAO CITY (17 December) - The city government here once again showed its commitment to help its constituents alleviate from poverty through a skills training program.

December 11 marked the culmination of the three months training of the 34th batch consisting of 294 trainees of the Livelihood Training and Productivity Center (LTPC) managed and operated by the city government of Surigao. Given recognition during the graduation ceremony are the 32 NC II passers. Mr. Rodrigo de Villa, Provincial Director of TESDA explained the relevance of the National Certification (NC) II in terms of security of employment and as an entrepreneur.

Meanwhile, City Mayor Alfonso Casurra, in his commencement address, underscored the role of LTPC in the lives of the trainees composed of out of school youths, as well as unemployed college graduates and even former LGU officials. He acknowledged that the center still needs to upgrade its facilities to better serve the people. The limited resources of the city government did not pause any hindrance in delivering these types of services to the community. Mayor Casurra likewise encouraged whoever becomes the Mayor in 2010 to maintain and sustain the operation of the LTPC because of the significant role the center is playing in the lives of those who are in need of different livelihood skills.

Since the start of the operation of the training center in 1998, in partnership with the Helping Foundation Inc., around 10,200 have already graduated and a number are already engaged in their own businesses, while the others are already employed abroad.

Courses offered in the center are: basic and advance computer education, basic micro-computer repair/servicing, Shield Metal & Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten and Arc Welding, Gas Welding, Building Wiring Installation, Food Technology, Beauty Care, Sewing, Art and Sign, Handicraft and Basic Electronics, among others. (Percy O. Lapus, LTPC Administrative Head-LGU Surigao City/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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DOH-Caraga strengthens implementation of RIACEH in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY (17 December) – To safeguard and make the environment conducive to the improvement and maintenance of the health of the people, the member agencies of the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Environmental Health (RIACEH) chaired by the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga strengthens its implementation of its new functions and responsibilities in coordination with the non-government organizations and academe.

Since the government recognizes that the problem on environmental pollution and its adverse impact cut across the mandate of various agencies, its proper management requires close coordination and linkage of various concerned government and non-government sectors.

During the recently held RIACEH 3rd meeting, Mr. Dioscoro Navarro of the DOH-Caraga bared that an Inter-Agency Committee on Environmental Health was created under Cabinet Resolution No. 3 series of 1987 and institutionalized by an Executive Order No. 489 known as “Institutionalizing the Inter-Agency Committee on Environmental Health” dated 22 November, 1991, signed by President Corazon C. Aquino.

Mr. Navarro further said that pursuant to Department Memorandum 0113s 2007 or the Amendment to the Function of the RIACEH, new functions were made to be done by its member agencies.

According to Navarro, the new functions of its members are to oversee the implementation of national policies, guidelines and programs relative to environmental health protection at the regional level; Coordinate, monitor and evaluate environmental health programs and development projects initiated by the government and private agencies to achieve environmental health protection; Disseminate public information and issue advisories on environmental health hazards and their prevention and control; Coordinate, assist and/or support in the conduct of researches and relevant studies for environmental maintenance and protection; Provide technical assistance to LGU’s on environmental health concerns particularly during emergency situation; Issue resolution to direct/facilitate/recommend actions to be undertaken that required multi-agency participation and cooperation concerning environmental health problems; and Perform other tasks as may be necessary to carry out the purpose for which the committee has been established.

With all these new functions and responsibilities, there is also a need to strengthen its sub-sectors namely: Solid Wastes, Water, Air, Toxic Substances, Occupational Health, Food Safety and Sanitation (SWATOFS) in order to make the committee capable of addressing issues and problems related to environmental health.

The members of RIACEH will meet again next year in 2010 for their 1st quarterly meeting to express their commitment on the said sub-sectors and to finally decide who will be its chairmen and its vice chairmen. (Jennifer P. Gaitano, PIA-Caraga)
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Ma’am Ema’s first Christmas encounter with 36IB
By 36IB GABATIN

SITIO BINCONGAN, BRGY BIGAAN, HINATUAN SURIGAO DEL SUR (11 December) - 36IB was able to put a smile in every child’s lips when the troops gave away gifts and presents for the eighty (80) day care students of both Sitio Bincongan and Sitio San Agustin Day Care Centers.

Ma’am Ema M. Bartolazo is a day care worker in Sitio Bingcongan who has been in the area as the teacher of the day care pupils for 13 years. She said that this was her first time to have a Christmas party sponsored by the troops of the Philippine Army, despite the fact that there were lots of Infantry Battalions which was assigned in Surigao del Sur for the past years.

36IB was the first one to have a Christmas party benefited by her young pupils to include her appreciation on the Santa hat almost every trooper wore. She even said that they won’t be having any parlour games because she doesn’t have the fund for prices but this dilemma was gone now with the Army present because they have prepared games and prizes to let the children enjoy their last day of school for this calendar year.

Parlor games such as banana eating contest, trip to Jerusalem and the like were played by the children, and since the venue was in the sitio’s basketball court, there were children who were not day care students but would like to play, were also included. This activity brought the children to realize that they shouldn’t be afraid of the military because all of them are good and child-friendly individuals.

Bincongan Sitio Chairman Nicasio C Ybañez was very pleased with the activity because his place was the first beneficiary of Pamaskong Handog ng 36IB with the theme “Diwa ng Kapaskohan susi sa kaunlaran at kapayapaan.”

Army believes that the true essence of Christmas is making the children smile. In our world where all kinds of disasters are happening, let’s give the Hope of our country a time to enjoy their childhood with no fear, anger, nor danger in the places where they live. The things we can do for them, no matter how small it is will always leave a mark for them to remember that the Philippine Army will continue preserving the peace that they are entitled to enjoy.
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Cebuano News: RIACEH gitukod sa CARAGA

BUTUAN CITY (17 December)
– Gipangunahan sa Department of Health (DOH)-Caraga ang pagtukod sa Regional Inter Agency Committee on Environmental Health (RIACEH) atol sa gipatawag nga pangtigum didto sa usa ka Convention Center, ni’ng dakbayan dili pa lang dugay.

Atol sa maong panagtigum, gimugna ang komitiba alang sa pagpanalipod sa kinaiyahan ug katawhan sulod sa rehiyon sa Caraga ug lukop nasud.

Gitambongan ang panagtigom sa nagkalain-laing mga representante sa mga ahensya sa gobyerno nga gipamunuan sa mga Regional Directors gikan sa Department of Health (DOH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Agriculture (DA), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Bureau of Foods and Drugs (BFAD), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Education (DepED), NGO’s, Academe ug and Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

Si Mr. Dioscoro Navarro sa DOH-Environmental Health nagkanayon nga gikinahanglan ang kooperasyon sa gihulma nga komitiba aron ma-proteksyunan ug matagaan sa pagtagad ang kinaiyahan lakip na ang luwas nga komunidad.

Ang kamandoan subay sa mandato nga nagbutyag “An Inter-Agency Committee on Environmental Health was created under Cabinet Resolution No. 3 series of 1987 and institutionalized by an Executive Order No. 489 known as “Institutionalizing the Inter-Agency Committee on Environmental Health” dated 22 November, 1991, signed by President Corazon C. Aquino”.

Dugang ni Navarro nga ang katuyuan ug tumong sa maong meeting ang pagtutok sa nag-unang isyu sa rehiyon sa Caraga lambigit sa mga apektadong problema sa kinaiyahan. Gikinahanglan ang pag-protehir sa panglawas sa katawhan ug lakip na ang kinaiyahan nga dili angaya’ng abusohan.

Gilaoman nga makahimo’g askyon ang grupo kalabot sa mga isyung gitun-an sa rehiyon sa Caraga apil na ang gikasabotan nga himoo’ng Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) o Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) sa sunod nga panagtigom kansang pagahimuon matag tulo ka bulan o “quarterly”. (Mike A. Imbo, PIA-Caraga)

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More PAL flights for the holidays
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Philippine Airlines (PAL) adjusted its schedule, flights and frequencies to accommodate the traditional influx of holiday travelers.

Weekly frequencies on certain trans-Pacific and two domestic routes were increased while flights to Australia, Guam and several regional destinations were upgraded to bigger aircraft.

A total of eight charter and two extra flights are also scheduled on various dates.

The frequencies to Vancouver, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Sydney and Melbourne have been increased by one to two more flights per week, while two to three weekly flights were added to Singapore and Bangkok.

Meanwhile, Boracay-bound passengers will find the thrice-a-day flights to Kalibo increased to 29 flights a week. PAL also hiked the daily service to Butuan to 11 times a week.

Due to heavy passenger demand, PAL is launching special charter flights on the following routes and dates:Taipei-Kalibo-Taipei : Dec. 16, 2009 to March 27, 2010Cebu-Incheon (South Korea) – Cebu : Dec. 24, 2009 onwardsManila-Kansai (Japan) – Cebu-Manila : Dec. 30, 2009Manila-Cebu-Kansai-Manila : Jan. 3, 2010Manila-Haneda (Japan) – Cebu : Dec. 30, 2009-12-16Cebu-Haneda-Manila : Dec. Jan 2, 2010Cebu-Narita-Cebu : Jan. 4, 2010Cebu-Narita-Manila : Jan. 8, 2010.

To accommodate more passengers, PAL will use bigger aircraft on the following flights:Melbourne-Sydney on Dec. 18-19 (B747-400)Guam on Dec. 18-19, Jan. 2-3 (A330)Singapore on Jan. 2 & 3 (A330)Hong Kong on Dec. 20, 26, Jan. 2 & 3 (B747, A330 & B777-300ER)Macau on Dec. 20 & Jan. 3 (A330)Bangkok on Dec 26, 29, 30 & Jan. 3 (B747-400).

For details, passengers may check the revised flight schedules online at www.philippineairlines.com or call PAL Reservations at 855-8888. (PAL)

People’s Assembly set in Carmen

BUTUAN CITY (17 December ) – The Peace and Development Assistance Team under 402nd Infantry Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army is set to hold a People’s Assembly on Friday, December 18, 2009 at Rama Gym, Poblacion, Carmen, Agusan del Norte.

In a written statement by the Philippine Army, various government agencies will be supporting the activity by putting up desks and will accept services concerning their respective offices.

Among those who will be participating the activity 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).

2nd Lt. Alvin Reyes, Ground Commander of the Philippine Army emphasized the role of the different agencies of the government by delivering services through information dissemination.

Reyes also said that the above-mentioned agencies will also attending the activities from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 o clock in the morning with a grand pulong-pulong to be presented by the punong barangays of the municipality of Carmen together with their constituents and the different sectors. The gathering is to address the different concern and issues of the populace in Carmen.

During the activity, discussions will form part of the achievement of peace and prosperity in the area. “Kitang tanan Maghiusa alang sa kalinaw ug Kalamboan” (Let’s be united for peace and prosperity), the officer said. (Mike A. Imbo, PIA-Caraga)