12.09.2009

PIA News Service - Thursday, December 10, 2009

FSUU, LRC-KSK/FoE to spearhead forum on Watershed Agenda

BUTUAN CITY (10 December) - The Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) College of Law in cooperation with Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Kasama sa Kalikasan/ Friends of the Earth (LRC-KSK/FoE) Cagayan de Oro City Regional Office will be spearheading a forum dubbed as “Watershed Agenda” on Monday, December 14, 2009, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. at FSUU AVR, this city.

In a written statement, FSUU College of Law Dean, Atty. Josefe Sorrera-Ty said, the protection and preservation of the watershed is of vital importance to the people especially in the Caraga Region, especially in the Taguibo watershed, in which it is gravely endangered by mining companies.

College of Law Dean Atty. Josefe Sorrera-Ty, together with Mr. Carl Cesar Rebuta, Team Leader Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Kasama sa Kalikasan/ Friends of the Earth fully supports the protection of the city’s watershed, community and Butuanon’s lives, it was learned.

“Water is the source of life and energy. It nourishes and cleanses ones body, soothes the soul and helps provides food and life in all living things. Yet, it can destroy thousands of lives in a single onslaught as evidenced by the recent floods our country has experienced and deaths caused by toxicity from varius chemical wastes,” Atty. Sorrera-Ty said.

Atty. Ty also said, “the need to protect our water source is essential as ever. With the worsening environmental degradation brought about by massive industrialization and chaotic development aggression such as the effects of mining industries, our source of life and food is fast becoming a source of toxicity which would cause endless harm to humanity.”

The forum will serve as a venue for discussion of the environmental impact and the scientific and economic implications of mining activities on watersheds and the community as a whole.

With these developments, the organizers are hoping that through the forum, the public may be able to depict a concrete situation of the affected watershed as well as to provide a strong framework for its protection.

The activity will also feature a discussion on related watershed of Anislagan, which is also facing a similar situation with the Taguibo watershed. (Mike A. Imbo, PIA-Caraga)


Symposium to downstream oil industry set

BUTUAN CITY (10 December) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Caraga Regional Office will hold a symposium to Downstream Oil Industry on Friday, December 11, 2009 in one of the local hotels in the city.

The activity is aimed at enhancing the level of awareness of the participants on the various issues and concerns in the downstream Oil Industry particularly on the rules and regulations governing the business of LPG and Liquid Petroleum Products (LPP), including consumer safety and energy conservations tips.

Likewise, it is designated to provide other concerned government agencies and local government units with a technical reference in the regulation and granting of permits and licenses to gasoline stations and LPG establishments.

The one-day symposium is in line with the celebration of the National Energy Conciusness Month with the theme “Enerhiya… Kalikasan… Kinabukasan.” (Mike A. Imbo, PIA-Caraga)



CEB increases frequency for Cebu-Surigao flights

Leading domestic carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) will increase its Cebu-Surigao flights from four to five times weekly, starting January 13, 2010, to further stimulate the travel market in the area.

The current schedule leaves Cebu at 10:40am and the return flight departs Surigao at 11:45am every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Soon, passengers can have more options with an additional Wednesday frequency.

The lowest possible year-round ‘Go Lite’ fare for the Cebu-Surigao route is P788. Those with check-in luggage will just add P100 upon booking.

“We are very happy to be able to add more flights to our Surigao route, since this can help stimulate tourism and economy in the area. Our guests now have more options for their Cebu Pacific flights, and can maximize our extensive domestic network and schedule to connect to other destinations after Cebu,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution, Candice Iyog.

CEB flies to a total of 32 domestic (including Surigao) and 14 international destinations. This includes direct flights from Cebu to Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Clark and Kalibo (Boracay).

“We encourage our guests to take advantage of our payment center option in the website
www.cebupacificair.com for convenient booking of flights. Now, even those without a credit card can book flights online and pay via CEB partner banks,” she added.

For more information on CEB flight schedules and trademark low fares, check out the website or call the reservations hotlines (02) 7020-888 or (032) 230-8888.

Asia’s third largest low-cost carrier, CEB has flown over 36 million passengers since its inception in 1996.


Cebuano News: Forum sa watershed agenda, ipatigayon sa Butuan

BUTUAN CITY (10 December) - Ang Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) College of Law uban sa pakig-alayon sa Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Kasama sa Kalikasan/ Friends of the Earth (LRC-Ksk/KoE) Cagayan de Oro City Regional Office, magpatigayon ug panagtigom alang sa himoong forum kabahin sa Watershed Agenda, karong Biyernes, Desyembre 14, 2009 didto sa FSUU AVR-1, sa may ala 1:00 hangtod alas 4:00 ang takna sa hapon, ni’ng dakbayan.

Tumong sa maong forum nga hatagan og pagtagad ang ka-importansya alang sa pagprotehir ug ang pag-preserba sa nahitabong kadaot sa watershed lakip na gyud dinhe sa Rehiyon sa Caraga, diin nahimutang ang Taguibo watershed nga nameligro tungod sa dagkong kompanya sa mina.

Si College Dean Atty. Josefa-Ty, uban si Mr. Carl Cesar Rebuta, Team Leader Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Kasama sa Kalikasan/Friends of the Earth ang hugot nga misuporta nga proteksyunan ang watershed, komunidad ug ang kinabuhi sa matag usa.

“Ang tubig ang tinubdan sa kinabuhi ug enerhiya. Naghinlo sa atong lawas, kini usab ang tinubdan sa pagkaon ug kinabuhi sa tanang butang sa kalibotan,” kini ang gibutyag ni Atty. Sorrera-Ty sa usa ka press statement nga gipadala sa PIA.

Gibutyag usab ni Sorrera-Ty nga mamahimong delikado kung abusohan sa katawhan ang kinaiyahan gumikan kay liboan ka kabtangan ug kinabuhi na ang nakalas panahon sa baha sa nasud nga nasinati tungod pod sa toxicity nga hatod sa hugaw nga kemikal.

“Ang proteksyun sa tinubdan sa tubig ang mas prayoridad karon. Ang grabeng kadaot sa kina-iyahan nga may hinungdan sa massive industrialization, epekto sa kalamboan sama sa industriya sa mina, ang pagkaon nga nagikan sa toxicity nga miresulta sa kadaot sa katawhan,” dugang ni Sorrera-Ty.

Ang panagtigom magsentro sa pagtuki sa kinaiyahan diin masuta ang resulta sa siyentipikong katikaran ug ekonomikanhong implikasyon nga nagikan sa dagkong kompanya sa mina apil na ang epekto niini sa komunidad.
Nanghinaot ang grupo nga ang konkretong masabotan sa sitwasyon kalabot sa proteksyon sa watershed ang mahimong resulta sa epektibong pagpalig-on sa framework.

Dugang niana nga tukion sab ang watershed sa Anislagan nga may parehong hulagway sa sitwasyon sa kontrobersyal nga Taguibo watershed. (Mike A. Imbo, PIA Caraga)


Cebuano News: Symposium sa downstream oil industry, ilusad sa DTI-Caraga

BUTUAN CITY (10 December) – Ang Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Caraga Regional Office ang maghupot sa usa ka “Symposium on Downstream Oil Industry” ugmang adlawa, Biyernes, Disyembre 11, 2009 gikan sa alas 8:30 sa buntag hangtod alas 2:00 ang takna sa hapon didto sa may Hotel Karaga, Montilla Boulevard, ni’ng siyudad.

Sa gikatakdang selebrasyon sa National Energy Consciousness Month nga may temang: “Enerhiya…Kalikasan…Kinabukasan” buksan ang nagkadaiyang aktibidades nga may kalabutan sa pagprotehir sa kinaiyahan ug ang epekto sa climate change.

Kini ang mahimong pabilo sa pagpasabot sa mga partisipante lambigit sa mga isyu ug concerns kalabot sa downstream Oil Industry apil na niana ang regulasyon ilalom sa negosyo sa LPG ug Liquid Petroleum Products (LPP).

Apil sab nga hisgutan ang seguridad sa konsumante ug ang tip sa konserbasyon.

Dugang niana, ang ahensya sa gobyerno ug ang lokal nga kagamhanan ang makig-alayon sa pagbutyag sa mga technical reference kabahin sa ipagawas nga regulasyon lambigit sa permits ug lisensya ngadto sa mga gasolinaha’ng establisemento sa LPG. (Mike A. Imbo, PIA-Caraga)