3.23.2010

PIA News Service - Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cebuano News: KALANDRAKAS gisaulog sa kababaihan
By Michael A. Imbo

BUTUAN CITY – Malampusong gisaulog ang selebrasyon sa Women’s Month, apil na niana ang pagpangandam sa nagkalain-laing aktibidades nga nag-sentro sa mga kalihukan sa kababayen-an alang sa bulan sa Marso, dinhe sa dakbayan.

Pinaagi sa Regional Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) gihan-ay ang mga kalihukan nga gisuportahan sa lokal nga kagamhanan, probinsyal apil na ang ahensya sa gobyerno.

Niadtong Lunes ( Marso 1) gilusad ang “walk for a cause” nga gisalmotan sa nagkalain-laing ahensya ug lokal nga kagamhanan, padulong didto sa Libertad Sports Complex ning syudad. Gisundan kini sa “plant for a cause” niadtong (Marso 5) sa may Ambago Elementary School.

Ang Kalandrakas sa Kababaihan VI gibuhat sab didto sa Balanghai Hotel, aron ablihan ang pagtutok sa kahinungdanon sa teknolohiya, opurtunidad sa livelihood ug pag-padevelop sa skills, trade fair, ukay-ukay ug uban pa.

Dunay padula ug mga pa-premyo, gitudlo sab ang talento sa parlors ug pagpamasahe, gituki ang mga isyu ug pagpasalida sa mga nahimong papel sa kababayen-an sa kumunidad. 

Si Atty. Marylin M. Pintor, Chairperson sa GADCC ang mipahayag nga ang highlights sa kababayen-an mao ang mga achievement ug empowerment nga naipakita sa kababayen-an sa pakig-lambigit sa katilingban.

Dugang ni Atty. Pintor nga luyo sa mga pagpangabuso nga gi-atubang sa kababayen-an sama sa kasong pangpandagmal, pagpanakit, pagpanglugos, apil na ang mga sektor sa kabataan ang aduna na’y proteksyon sa gobyerno.

Ang Republic Act 9262 kon “Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004". Ang mipanalipod sa katungod sa kababayen-an ug kabataan.

Gihisgutan sab ang mga nahimong commitment nga nagsusi sa patas nga panlantaw sa katungod sa kababayen-an ang Magna Carta of Women ((a comprehensive women’s human rights law which serves as the national translation of the UN CEDAW, the International Bill of Rights for Women). 

Sa laing bahin ang GADCC nagsugod niadtong tuig 1998 subay sa gipagawas nga Resolution No. 38, Series of 1998 nga gi-aprobahan sa komitiba ubos sa Regional Development Council (RDC).

Katuyuan sa programa sa kababayen-an mao ang pagpasaka sa micro-entrepreneurs, pakig-alyansa sa ahensya sa gobyerno, Non Government Organizations, academe, pribadong sektor ug uban pa.

Gisaysay pod ang lambigit sa micro-enterprise development diin ang programa mahatagan sa pagtagad ang kababayen-an, lakip na ang mga concerns niini.

Sa katapusang bahin, ang pagtuki sa himoong “Candidates’ Forum on their agenda for women/GAD”, nga naglambigit kabahin sa eleksyon sa nasud nga pagasalmotan sa mga kandidato sa Butuan City ug Agusan del Norte aron masayran ang ilang plata-porma nga maghatag ug interes sa kababayen-an sa kinatibuk-an.

Ipadayon ang mga nasugdan nga nahimong tipik sa kalamboan ug kalampusan sa pagsaulog sa selebrasyon sa Women’s Month nga naglawig sa temang : Babae, Tagumpay ka ng Bayan”. (PIA-Caraga)

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6,334 pass civil service exams

Career Service Examinations held November 15 last year yielded a total of 6,334 passers, representing 10.15% of the 62,389 individuals who took the examinations, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) reported.

Of the said figure, 4,681 passed the Professional Examination level, and the remaining 1,653 the Sub-Professional level, representing 9.25% and 14.01%, respectively, of the total number of examinees for each level of the career service examination.

They will be conferred the Professional and Sub-Professional Eligibility, respectively, which may qualify them for permanent appointment to vacant positions in the government career service, provided they also meet the education, experience and training requirements of the position being applied for.

According to the CSC, collective figures show that the National Capital Region (NCR) got the highest passing rate at 14.92% or 1,669 out of 11,186 examinees. Other top performing regions of the country in terms of passing rate include Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) at 13.83%, Region VII (Central Visayas) at 11.64%, Region III (Central Luzon) at 11.12%, and Region IV (Southern Tagalog) at 10.59%.

Further, the CSC reported that the highest passing rate of 14.45% or 1,244 passers out of 8,611 examinees for the Professional level was posted by the NCR. For the Sub-Professional level, the CAR emerged with the highest passing rate from among the regions, registering a passing rate of 20% or 99 out of 495 examinees.

The new Professional and Sub-Professional eligibles are advised to coordinate with the CSC Regional Office in their area on the requirements and procedure for claiming their Certificate of Eligibility (COE).

Meanwhile, those who failed may secure a copy of their Report of Rating also through the CSC website. Should they be interested in taking the test again, they may apply for the Career Service Examination-Paper and Pencil Test (CSE-PPT) which will be conducted on April 25, 2010. CSC Regional and Field Offices nationwide are accepting examination applications only until March 10. Interested applicants are advised to visit the CSC website for the application form, requirements, filing procedure, and other information regarding the April 25 CSE-PPT.

The CSC, however, reminds retakers of the rule on the frequency of taking the Career Service Examination, which is once every three months and up to four times only for the same level of examination, regardless of the mode (Paper and Pencil Test or Computer Assisted Test). Those who have failed the same level of examination for four times can only apply for the same level after two years from the date the fourth failed examination was taken. For example, an applicant who has failed the Professional test for four times already, the last of which was taken in November 15, 2009, may only retake the same level of exam from November 15, 2011 and beyond.

The CSC clarified that the frequency rule does not apply between and across the two levels of the examination, meaning, should an individual meet the limit of frequency rule for the Professional level, he/she can still take the Sub-Professional level and vice versa.

The complete list of passers of the November 15, 2009 Career Service Professional and Sub-Professional Examinations can be accessed at the CSC website at www.csc.gov.ph. (CSC-13/ PIA-Caraga)

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FSUU Policy Center bares 1st Poll Survey Result

BUTUAN CITY - With the presidential elections three months away, Senators Benigno Aquino and Mar Roxas lead in the presidential and vice presidential bid as expressed by the Butuan City voters. However, there is no significant single candidate preference for the local elective positions. The respondents preferred a candidate unstained by corruption and with a clean public service record. They also cited their need for a candidate who has a preference for the poor.

In the non-commissioned February 2010 survey conducted by the Father Saturnino Urios University Policy Center (FSUUPC) covering 27 urban and 59 rural barangays of the city involving 396 voter-respondents using face to face interviews, Aquino is preferred by 31.3% of the respondents. The 10.8% lead of Senator Aquino over Villar and 18.9% over Teodoro are significant at .05 level of signifance. This lead is seen from votes coming from voters across all ages and income brackets.

Senator Roxas leads in the Vice presidential seat with 47% followed by Senator Legarda (11.1%) and Mayor Binay with 9.1% Senator Roxas bested Senator Legarda by a margin of 35.9%. Voter preference for Roxas is essentially the same across income bracket and age groups.

Congressman Aquino showed a big margin of lead over Jimenez with 57.1% of the voter respondents preferring him over Jimenez with only 7.6%.

There is no statistical difference in the voting preference of the respondents, at the time of the survey, for the mayoralty and vice mayoralty positions. For evry 10 respondents, about 3 of them reported to vote for Amante, 3 of them are still undecided. While Sanchez leads in the Vice Mayor Position with 34.6%, this lead over Fortun, with 27.8%, is not statistically significant.

The respondents do not still have the complete set of ten candidates for the city councilor seats. As of the time of the survey, the local campaign period had not yet started which can account for the respondent’s low knowledge of who to vote for the city councilors’ seats. However, the re-electionists dominate the top ten ranks with the following percentages for each: Plaza-8.3%, Amoc-8.1%, Marticion-7.6%, Calo A-6.6%, Dano-5.8%, Culima-5.1%, Carampatana-4.5%, Brnabe-2.3%, Bunol-1.8%, and Cembrano-1.3%. These candidates are ethier incumbent, and/or former councilors.

Apprehensions for the coming election abound primarily on cheating in the election results, on the process of the automated voting system, effects of power outrages, vote buying, and possible election-related violence. (FSUU-PC/PIA-Caraga)

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BIMP-EAGA Task Force on CIQS beefs up initiatives

BUTUAN CITY (March 24) - The Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Task Force on Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security (CIQS) has beefed up its plan of action in the four CIQS areas through various initiatives this year. 

In a press statement sent to Philippine News Agency on Monday, Customs Commissioner Napoleon Morales said CIQS emphasized the need to strengthen institutional consultative and coordination mechanisms and continued conduct of dialogues among CIQS agencies and private sector at the port and sub-regional levels. 

"Government cannot do trade facilitation alone. We need to maintain relations and alliances with public and private sector stakeholders, both from the local and international arena," said Morales, who chaired the 5th BIMP-EAGA CIQS Task Force meeting last weekend. 

Morales also noted that CIQS standard operating procedures (SOPs) have been formulated by each EAGA member country that will be implemented at each and between entry points (or ports) across BIMP-EAGA, in support to the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on CIQS Harmonization. 

The CIQS task force reported the establishment of One-Stop CIQS facilities at various designated entry points in EAGA. These include General Santos City Fish Port Complex, Glan, Sarangani, and Brookes Point, Palawan in the Philippines, while new CIQS facilities are expected to be set up in Zamboanga. 

One-stop CIQS facilities are also established in Entikong-Tebedu (Malaysia) border crossing, Muara Port (Brunei), Labuan Port (Malaysia), and Sandakan Port (Malaysia). 

The CIQS task force also proposed capacity building programs for their respective sectors. 

For customs, training on Post Clearance Audit (PCA) Techniques, Ship Search and Goods were identified. 

The immigration sector proposed for the conduct of a Training of Trainers capacity building program, while the quarantine sector proposed for the Pest Risk Analysis/Import Risk Analysis and a development program for joint pest surveillance. 

The security sector proposed the updating on new International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) regulation and Maritime Security Council Circulars. 
The capacity building proposals have been proposed for funding by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other BIMP-EAGA development partners such as China and Japan, but no commitments have been finalized yet. 

For its part, the ADB presented during the meeting the results and recommendations Time-Released Study (TRS) which analyzed and identified constraints in import clearance processes. 

The TRS was completed in seven EAGA entry points which are Muara Port (Brunei), Brunei International Airport, Labuan (Malaysia) Port, Sandakan Port, Tebedu (Malaysia) Port, General Santos Port, and Zamboanga Port. 

Each entry point proposed local measures to address the identified constraints in order to improve the import clearance process which includes simplification and fast-tracking of the clearance process, enhanced Customs and coordination with other government agencies (OGA), among others. 

ADB also recommended the conduct of regular TRS every two years to monitor the impact of the trade facilitation measures in terms of reduction in clearance time and standard deviation. 

At least 88 delegates representing BIMP-EAGA attended the BIMP-EAGA meeting in General Santos City, including officials from CIQS agencies of the four member countries, and representatives from BIMP-EAGA Facilitation Center (BIMP-FC) and ADB. (muc/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan Survey: Noynoy-Mar leads but local LP bets beaten by Lakas bets as Gibo lands third

BUTUAN CITY (March 24) - The non-commissioned February 2010 survey conducted by local Roman Catholic school, Fr. Saturnino Urios University’s Policy Center (FSUU-PC) among 27 urban and 59 rural barangays of Butuan City showed Liberal Party bets Nonoy Aquino and running mate Mar Roxas topped the survey by garnering 30.30 percent, followed by Villar with 20.45 percent and administration bet Gilbert Teodoro with 12.88 percent. 

Surprisingly, presidential bet JC Delos Ryes endorsed recently by some Roman Catholic Bishops got zero vote in the power point presentation by the FSUU Policy Center presented Monday at the University’s audio-visual room. 

Ranked number four in a Roman Catholic school sponsored survey is former President Joseph Estrada with 3.79 percent followed by evangelist Bro. Eddie Villanueva with 1.52 percent and Gordon with 0.76 percent. 

Like JC Delos Reyes, presidential bet Jamby Madrigal got zero vote. It was not explained in the power point presentation why. The undecided, however, is 28.79 percent. 

In the VP race, Mar Roxas got 48.50 percent while closest rival Senator Loren Legarda only got 15.20 percent followed by Binay, 5.30 percent, Bayani Fernando, 1.52 percent and Edu Manzano of Lakas got 0.76 percent. 

The undecided is 28.79 percent. 

Surprisingly the local LP bets here supporting the Noynoy-Mar tandem were beaten by their local counterpart except in the mayoralty race where LP mayoralty bet Dr. Ferdinand Amante, got 37.10 percent while wife of incumbent Butuan City Mayor, former Butuan Mayor Leonides Theresa Borja Plaza got 31.06 percent. 

Other independent Mayoralty bet, devoted local Roman Catholic lay leader, President of Boholanos Association in Caraga Region and former Butuan City Councilor Atty. Teodoro Emboy got 1.52 percent. 

Independent Mayoralty bets Roberto Rosales got zero in the power point presentation while Romeo Buyan got .0.76 percent. 

Local Lakas congressional bet incumbent Butuan City Rep. Jose “Joboy” Aquino, II got 56.80 percent while local LP bet former OWWA deputy administrator Angelo Jimenez only got 10.60 percent. 

From Vice Mayoralty bet to City Councilor bets, local Lakas-KAMPI was dominating the survey. 

According to FSUU-PC officials the February 17-24 survey was conducted in a face to face interview covering 27 urban and 59 rural barangays involving 396 respondents. 

According to the officials, the purpose of the survey was to provide correct, transparent and credible information based on accurate and high-quality research for policy and decision makers, the media and the general public. 

Another purpose was to conduct public education on issues of national and regional interest; and undertake capability building activities for citizenship. 

The survey also revealed almost all of the respondents expressed their intention to vote this May 2010 election. 

Senator Aquino leads over Senator Villar from voters across ages and income bracket. 

In his reaction to the survey, local LP bet for Congressman former OWWA deputy administrator Angelo Jimenez in a text message to PNA “Ben, I’ve heard about that survey weeks ago, I congratulate Urios for coming out with one, Am not aware about the methodology used”. 

PNA tried to reach former Butuan City Mayor Leonides Theresa Plaza for comment but to no avail. 

PNA also tried to reach former Butuan City Councilor Atty. Teodoro Emboy who is running independent for Butuan City Mayor but his law office staff claimed Emboy is attending a Catholic Church Mass. 

Although classified as highly urbanized, Butuan Cty has only a total 157, 536 registered voters for May 2010 elections according to the Comelec. 

In past elections it only had an average of 72.35 percent of registered voters who actually voted or cast their votes. (Ben Serrano/ PIA-Caraga)
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Suspected NPAs burn heavy equipment in Agusan del Sur 

BUTUAN CITY (March 24) - Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels burned the heavy equipments of a construction firm constructing irrigation project in sitio Baclesi, Barangay Angas, Sta Josefa, Agusan del Sur Tuesday evening, reports from the police and military here said. 

The area is more than 100 kilometers away from this city, Caraga's regional center. 

Official report from the Caraga Police Regional Information Office here said three backhoe and one bulldozer owned by construction firm Mark Built Corporation were burned by the rebels. The firm is working in a construction project of National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in the area. 

According to police and military investigations, the construction firm received an extortion letter from the suspected NPA rebels, demanding P4 million. The construction firm refused to give in to the alleged NPAs' demand. 

This is the fourth heavy equipment burning in the first quarter of this year alone. 

Sta. Josefa Municipal Police Office in Agusan del Sur said they are now coordinating with personnel of the 26th IB Charlie Company, Philippine Army assigned in the area for investigation and hot pursuit operations. (BS/PIA-Caraga)


2 Army soldiers, 1 civilian killed, another civilian wounded in bar shooting in CDO 

CAMP ALAGAR, Cagayan de Oro City (March 24) - Two Army soldiers and a civilian were killed in a bar rumble in Cagayan de Oro City before dawn Wednesday, a flash report reaching the police regional command and tactical operation center here stated. 

As this developed, the higher command of the Army’s Fourth Infantry (Diamond) Division (ID) did not issue any statement as they are still conducting a separate investigation about the incident. 

Chief Supt. Danilo Empedrad, regional director of Police Regional Office 10 (PRO 10), identified the slain soldiers as Cpl. Roque Tagalongan and Sgt. Michael Seno, both assigned at the 4th ID 

The civilian fatality was also identified as certain Leo Acedo. 

The injured civilian was only identified as certain Junjun Sabala. He is currently recuperating in undisclosed hospital in the city. 
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The three victims were killed by two unidentified suspects whom they reportedly engaged in a shootout inside the C @ N Videoke Bar on Agora Road, Barangay Lapasan, this city at about 2:45 a.m. after a heated argument. 

Authorities are conducting a city-wide manhunt operation against the suspects. (muc/PIA-Caraga)