2.10.2010

PIA News Service - Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010

Surigaonon News: Pista nan Kapitolyo pagasaulogon karong adlawa

SURIGAO DEL NORTE (11 February)
- Sa tinu-ig nga pagsaulog sa kapistahan sa Our Lady of Lourdes, Gob. Ace Barbers uban sa mga empleyado sa kapitolyo mopahigayon ug ubay-ubay nga mga kalihukan ug kalingawan karong adlawa.

Sa milabay nga semana, gikan niadtong Pebrero 02 hangtud 10, gisugdan ang ubang kalihukan niini pinaagi na sa 9 ka adlaw nga novena matag alas 4 sa hapon didto mismo sa Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel sa likod nga bahin sa Kapitolyo.

Ug sa pagsaulog sa mismong adlaw sa Pista nan Kapitolyo, sa may alas 4 sa sayong kabuntagon ganina, gipahigayon ang Dawn Procession nga nagsugod sa Caraga Regional Hospital ug kini natapos didto sa Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel ug kini dayon gisundan sa pagsaulog sa misa sa alas 6 sa buntag. Pagkahuman sa maong Holy Mass, sa alas 7, adunay light breakfast para sa tanang mitambong gikan sa Dawn Procession. Ug sa alas 9 pagasugdan ang HATAW ilawom sa Provincial Convention Center ug dayon kini sundan sa mga parlor games sa alas 10 hangtud alas 12 sa ting-paniudto. Ug unyang hapon, gikan sa ala 1 hangtud ala 5, pagahimuon ang Volleyball Games alang na sa mga kababainhan sa Kapitolyo nga pagasalmutan sa matag cluster.

Nanghinaut ang atong buotang Gobernador, Robert Ace Barbers, luyo sa pagbantay sa Our Lady of Lourdes, ang maong kalihukan, magmalampuson unta sa tanang ipahigayong mga parlor games ug uban pang buluhaton, ang tanan magmabungahon ug kini halayo sa tanang disgrasya ug mga kakulian.
(PGO- Surigao del Norte Provincial Information Office)
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Cebuano News: Gov. Ace Barbers hugtanong misuporta sa tanang programa nga makapalambo sa probinsya

SURIGAO CITY (11 February) - Gikalipay sa tanang Dept. Heads ug mga Division Chiefs ang hugtanong pagsuporta ni Gov. Ace Barbers sa tanang mga bag-ong programa, plano ug mga proyekto nga maghatag ug kalambo-an sa tibuok probinsya sa Surigao del Norte pinaagi sa pag aprobar niini atol na sa Presentation of Output on Institutionalizing Change Outcomes nga gihimo kagahapong adlawa didto sa Provincial Convention Center, ning dakbayan.

Ang maong presentasyon nga gihatag sa pipila ka mga empleyado sa Kapitolyo nga mao sila Ms. Ivonnie Dumadag nga mihisgot sa mga bag-o ug makanunayong mga kalihukan ug mga programa kalabot na sa Solid Waste Management Program; sila Ms. Rebecca Bagnol ug Ms. Daisy Andit nga mihatag sa mga mahinungdanong punto sa pagpalambo sa panudlanan sa probinsya pinaagi sa pagpresentar sa ilang gihimo nga Strategic Financial Plan sa Economic Enterprise Program para sa tu-ig 2010 ug sa mga musunod pa nga mga katu-igan ug ang mihimo sa presentasyon kalabot na sa Training and Development Program, mao sila Ms. Gemma Cantilado ug Ms. Edna Note. Ang maong lima ka mga empleyado maoy mingsalmot sa gihimo nga Training on Institutionalizing Change Outcomes didto sa Tagaytay, Pampanga ug Naga City, dili palang dugay.

Sa mensahe nga gipaabotni Gov. Ace Barbers ngadto sa tanang Dept. Heads ug Div. Chiefs, siya mibutyag sa iyang dakong pagdayeg ug pasalamat sa tanang paningkamot nga gipakita sa mga empleyado sa Kapitolyo. Tungod niini, siya mipasalig sa pagsuporta usab sa tanan nilang mga kalihukan ug mga plano nga makahatag ug tiunay nga kalambo-an sa mga Surigaonon. Dugang pa niini, malipayon nga gipahibalo sa Gobernador, nga ang pangagamhanan sa probinsya, andam mogahin ug igong pundo alang na niining mga programa ug usa na niini mao ang gi-plano nga pagtukod ug usa ka Training Center sa probinsya.

“Kung gusto nato nga makab-ot ang tiunay nga kabag-ohan sa sistema sa pagserbisyo ug pagpanarabaho aron makahatag ug episyente ug epektibo nga pagpangalagad sa tanang katawhan, ato usa paninguha-on nga mabag-o ang atong mga kaugalingon. “Change should always begin with us…” Kay ang atong mga buhaton ngadto sa uban maoy salamin sa atong tinuod nga pagpakatawo,” nagkanayon si Gov. Ace Barbers. (PGO-Surigao del Norte Provincial Information office)


Cebuano News: Dakong Kahigayonan sa Sayon nga Pagkuha ug Pasaporte Pagahimuon sa Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (11 February) - Nagplano ka ba nga mo-adto sa gawas sa nasod ni-ining umaabot nga mga adlaw? Gusto mo ba nga masayon, madali ug dili gastoso ang imong pagkuha sa pasaporte?

Ang Supreme Student Council sa Surigao Education Center nakig alayon sa Department of Foreign Affairs sa dakbayan sa Butuan mahitungod sa Passport Processing karong Pebrero 12-13, 2010 diha sa amphitheater, Building 5 sa maong eskwelahan, ning dakbayan.

Kadtong interesado nga makakuha sa pasaporte sa madaling panahon moadto dayon sa buhatan sa Supreme Student Council sa Surigao Education Center alang sa porma nga pa fill apan ug magdala ni-ining mosunod:

1. NSO Birth Certificate
2. NSO Marriage Contract sa babaye nga menyo
3. Valid ID
4. School Service Record

Mao usab kining mosunod nga balayranan sa panahon sa pagproseso sa pasaporte!

- Php. 500.00 – Passport fee
- Php. 100.00 – Picture
- Php. 50.00 – Passport cover kon kinahanglan

Ang registration fee:

- Php. 100.00 kon tinun-an sa Surigao Education Center
- Php. 150.00 kon dili taga SEC

Dali kuha dayon ug porma kay basin mahutdan ka. (SEC/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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Agusan del Sur receives ECTA health, financial assistance

PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur (11 February) - The Provincial government of Agusan del Sur has received medicines and financial assistance, medical equipments and logistic supplies through the European Community Technical Assistance (ECTA).

The financial assistance will help the province in the delivery of quality health services to individuals.

Gov. Maria Valentina "Tina" Plaza said the ECTA was acquired through the assistance of His Excellency Alistair MacDonald and EU staff who visited the province.

"It is truly a very helpful, timely, and relevant intervention,” said the provincial chief executive.

“The provincial government will be steadfast and committed; our province will bear fruit and be translated to positive fruits; I wish much much stronger partnership with the EU," she added.

ECTA aims mainly to identify areas for assistance to help the Philippines meet the millennium goals of health.

“We want strong cooperation among and between inter local and health zones, to see improved public financial management and maximize the effectiveness of the resources," said MacDonald.

EU community assists in the implementation of Health Sector Reform (HSR) for achieving better health, more responsive health care reform and equitable health care financing.

Aside from Agusan del Sur, the ECTA is also identifying more areas in the country for health and other humanitarian assistance. (muc/PIA-Caraga)
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“Pangasius” investments reaching P200 million a year

ROSARIO, Agusan del Sur (11 February) - “Pangasius” catfish, locally known as “hito”, is now making big production and is fast becoming a big industry in Northeastern, Southern and Central Mindanao regions.

The Pangasius is recording investments breaching an estimated P200-million mark a year after its introduction in late 2007.
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The mass production is being noted in Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region), in Compostela Valley province and Sarangani in Southern Mindanao (Region Xl) in North and South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao in Central Mindanao
(Region 12).

Business group and individuals have already been promoting Pangasius hypopthalmus, also called “dory” or “sutchi fish” since late 2007 and their mass production was noted in the third quarter of 2008.

Originally, Pangasius thrives in Vietnam’s Mekong River.

There are now several hatchery ponds, nursery ponds, processing companies and fish ponds located at various areas in said provinces.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are now assisting these Pangasius business group or individuals in technology aspect and marketing.

“This new and progressing business is already making wave in the market,” observed Northeastern Mindanao DTI regional director Brielgo Pagaran.

He added a businessman in Agusan has started engaging in the catfish business, including “tilapia” and has 80,000 fingerlings as starter.

Pangasius is already being sold in several eateries and restaurants of P120 to P150 per kilo, he added.

Data gathered from the DTI and BFAR of the three regions disclosed that the Philippines imports around 600 metric tons of Pangasius fillet valued at $ 1.65 million from Vietnam every month.

Markets for this fish are also opening in Europe, US and other countries in Asia.

The DTI and BFAR projected the local market can generate sufficient supply to enter the international market by 2012.

Aside from the rising income of business group, farmers and individuals, the DTI and BFAR also noted big employment to local folks. (muc/PIA-Caraga)
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PRO 13 alerts Caraganons vs fake P1,000 bill

CAMP RAFAEL C. RODRIGUEZ, Butuan City (11 February) – The regional command of Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) on Thursday alerted Caraganons against fake P1,000 bill after a suspect was arrested in Agusan del Norte town.

The PRO 13 also ordered all city and provincial police directors and municipal chiefs of police to closely monitor and apprehend tose engaging in the nefarious activities.

The PRO 13 issued the warning Thursday after a 47-year old man was caught buying grocery items using eight pieces of fake P1,000 on Sunday afternoon at a grocery mart in Barangay Bangonay, Jabonga town, Agusan del Norte.

His identity is temporarily withheld pending the investigation on the origin of the fake money. (muc/PIA-Caraga)
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ABANTE Mindanao launches 2010 political salvo in Butuan City 

BUTUAN CITY (11 February) - The ABANTE Mindanao party list on Tuesday launched the opening salvo in their campaign in this region’s capital city for the May 2010 national and local elections. 

The ABANTE Mindanao party list officials, coordinators, sectoral leaders and their followers, with 25 all types of vehicles coming from the five provinces and six cities in the Caraga region converged here and conducted motorcade around the city’s main thoroughfares. 

The vehicles in the motorcade carried the party list's slogan for unity, peace, economic reform, jobs for all, youth and indigenous people’s (IPs) concern, environment preservation and protection and justice. 

After their motorcade, Caraga region ABANTE leaders conducted the first meeting at their regional headquarters here. 
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The Commission of Elections (Comelec) registered ABANTE Mindanao as party list last Nov. 23, 2009. It is representing farmers, urban poor, IPs, victims of injustices, victims of war conflict, out of school youth and other sectors of the society. (muc/PIA-Caraga)
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DENR lays out forest protection strategies to stop illegal logging activities

BUTUAN CITY (11 February ) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) laid down forest protection strategies to secure forest lands and watershed areas against timber poachers in the Caraga region.

In a Management Conference (Mancom) at the regional office here on Tuesday, the top regional, provincial, city and community forestry officials of the DENR led by Regional Executive Director Edilberto S. Buiser, mobilized all forest protection committees composed of all
sectors to strengthen the ongoing forest protection drive in identified “target areas”.

The no non-sense forest protection campaign of the DENR last year netted at least 7,000 pieces of illegally-cut logs and 3,500 pieces of them were already turned over to the Natural Resources and Development Corp. (NRDC), marketing arm of the DENR.

The Mancom, which was attended by top regional environment officials, five Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices and 13 Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENRO’s/CENRO’s) laid down strategies for massive forest protection campaign.

Included in the agenda is the forest protection of the expired 179,582 hectares forest land of Picop Resources Inc. (PRI) in Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur and part of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley and the expired 56,093.81 hectares of concession areas of Nasipit Lumber Company (NALCO) in Agusan del Norte and part of Agusan del Sur and Misamis Oriental.

The region’s environment officials also made an action plan for close forest supervision with the newly organized “Bantay Kabuhatan Alpha”, a 25-strong stakeholders group coming from various agencies of the government and non-government organizations purposely to help protect
and manage PRI concession area.

The DENR already inked a co-management sub-agreement with the local government units to help protect and manage in said areas. The management agreements were immediately forwarded to the central office Manila for approval.
In that Mancom meeting, the regional leadership of the DENR also directed all PENROs and CENROs to strengthen all key monitoring stations spread at various strategic areas in the region to avert the passing of illegally-cut forest products.

The legal division of the DENR Caraga, along with the legal team of the PENROs and CENROs also strengthened for the cases already filed in court against violators of the Forestry Code of the Philippines.

The officials also reviewed and made action strategies on the department’s Upland Development Program (UDP).

Meanwhile, at least 26,848 new employment and livelihood opportunities will be available in the land, mining and forestry services for the first half of the year which could be availed by upland families, including unemployed persons in the rural areas who lost jobs due to
the global financial crisis.

Acting Environment Secretary Eleazar P. Quinto is optimistic about what 2010 holds for the employment outlook in the natural resources management between January and June which was based on DENR’s six-year performance in its job-generation program in support to the Arroyo Administration’s commitment to create up to 10 million jobs.

Citing projections based on government’s continued policy on encouraging investments in responsible mining and sustainable forest resource management, Quinto said around 12,955 new jobs in the mining sector await those in communities that host mining projects with 1,860
and 455 jobs as laborers in land surveys and forest boundary delineation activities, respectively.

Secretary Quinto attributed the new employment opportunities in the mining sector to the government’s performance in attracting new investments.

The DENR expects to be given some P12.1 billion for its 2010 budget. (muc/PIA-Caraga)