PIA News Service - Thursday, April 22, 2010-A

AdS Prov’l. Government Acted on “Hamon ng Panahon” – a Climate Change challenge
By: Dave M. Suyao  
   
The day at the provincial capitol of Agusan del Sur started unusual. Instead of the prescribe uniform for the day, officials and employees were clad in their casual attire, dominantly in green and black colours worn by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources personnel, both from the Local Government and the DENR who will spearhead the day’s major event. The “Grow-a-Tree”, a tree planting activity.
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At the lobby of the executive building of the provincial capitol stands a wide screen, showing the proper procedure in planting a tree. Starting at 7:30 in the morning, government employees from the local and national government agencies including the PNP and the AFP, began to gather as the schedule of tree planting come nearer. The atmosphere became joyful as exchange of greetings from friends and colleagues fill the air. Then a short program started.
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In his message, Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Allan Santiago who represents Gov. Maria Valentina Plaza said we are still lucky these days in our place in Agusan del Sur to enjoy the gifts that mother earth offers; the fresh air we breathe, the green leaves of trees that refreshes our sights, the crystal clear waters in rivers and streams that refresh us during very hot and dry seasons. SP member Santiago added it is therefore timely that we start today to repay our mother earth the bounty she give us and safeguard what is left for us and the generation to come.
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“And for those who were blinded by the wealth that only nature and mother earth can give, show your repentance of the abuses that you inflected, by joining us in the government in Agusan del Sur, to save mother earth and help mitigate the worsening climate change,” calls SP member Santiago.
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After discussing the assigned areas for every departments and offices, hundreds of government employees and officials scattered inside the land area of the government center, guided by the PENRO-LGU headed by Forester Ronulfo Paler and the DENR personnel in order to give their share by planting trees. 
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It can be recalled that environmental protection is one of the top priority programs of the Arroyo Administration, to counter the present threat of global warming. In fact, in every gathering that President Gloria Arroyo attended here and abroad, she seeks the support of every organization to take a collective actions to mitigate climate change.
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In Agusan del Sur, one of the eight programs of government that the administration of Gov. Tina Plaza has given weight is environmental protection. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)
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1,500 jobs during May 1 Labor Day celebration in Caraga region - DOLE
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BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Northern Mindanao (Caraga region) Thursday said at least 1,500 job openings will be offered during a job fair on May 1 Labor Day celebration here.
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DOLE Region information officer Annie Tangpos said at least 10 employment agencies from the cities of Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro and this capital city will participate in the job fair. 

The observance of Labor Day here will be spearheaded by DOLE Regional Director Romeo N. Cagas. 
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Aside from the mega jobs fair, Tangpos said there will also be a livelihood fair, where local products of farm growers being supported by the DOLE livelihood program will be sold at discounted prices. 
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A one-stop-shop processing for employment and medical services will also take place during the celebration, the region’s DOLE spokeswoman said. 
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The day-long Labor Day activities will be held at the DOLE regional grounds here. 
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There will also be a mass and motorcade around the city’s main thoroughfares before the whole day activities, Tangpos added. 
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The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will likewise have skills competition, demonstration, and training on Labor Day. (muc/PIA-Caraga) 
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6,055 Mindanao highlanders benefit from gov’t anti-poverty programs
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BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan del Sur - At least 6,055 indigenous people (IPs) in Mindanao benefited from agri-business opportunities and capacity building activities by the Department of Agriculture (DA) through its Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD). 
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A statement released by DA and Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) said IP beneficiaries comprise 43 percent of the 14,185 total beneficiaries of CFAD. 
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The DA-MRDP also reported that among the IPs, 2,640 were female and 3,415 were male. 
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This statistical record came out after a Mindanao-wide World Bank (WB) review mission of the DA's five-year program. 
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Most of the beneficiaries were from Northeastern Mindanao Caraga region (8 percent); Region 10 (28 percent); Region 11 (26 percent); Region 12 (22 percent); Autonomus Region in Muslim Mindanao (10 percent); and Region 9 (7 percent). Among the tribes which received the assistance were Ata Manobo, Mansaka, Teduray, T'boli, Subanen, and Higaonon from Northern Mindanao and Agusan provinces, the DA-MRDP report said. 
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These beneficiaries are engaged in production of high value crops like banana, vegetables, peanuts and fruits, cattle production and swine breeding, while other groups received farm implements. 
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The DA-MRDP statement said IPs are the majority beneficiaries of the livelihood projects of the anti-poverty program of the DA in Mindanao. 
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MRDP, now on its second phase, is a multi-million program jointly funded by the World Bank, the National government and the local government units. 
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For five years, the program has allotted close to U.S.$ 30 million for its livelihood component, the CFAD. 
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CFAD is a community driven development where the people themselves identify their own project based on the available resources of the community and skills of their members. This allows poor communities to take part in the decision-making process, establishing a sense of ownership and generating high level of participation. 
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"Empowering the marginalized sector through agribusiness activities expands the strength of rural economy since agriculture as is said as the mainstay of economic activities in rural areas," said DA-MRDP official Lealyn A. Ramos. 
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Ramos added that the program has exceeded its IP target beneficiaries. CFAD sets to target only 35 percent IPs among its beneficiaries. (muc/PIA-Caraga) 
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LGU eyes 34,956 households in Agusan del Sur to have potable water by 2015

PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur - The provincial government of Agusan del Sur is eyeing to provide sustainable, accessible and potable water by 2015 to at least 34,956 households spread all over the province. 
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The project aims to reduce cases and deaths from waterborne diseases. 
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To undertake the project, the provincial government led by Gov. Maria Valentina G. Plaza personally continue to distribute biosand filter under "Tubig Imnonon Natong Agusanon" (Drinking water for all Agusanons) or TINA project. 
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Based on the Provincial Planning Development Office (PPDO) under the Social Sector (SS), to date, 404 biosand filters were already delivered to Sibagat, Bayugan, Prosperidad, Esperanza, Talacogon, Sta. Josefa, and Veruela municipalities. 
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“This is one of our priority programs, to give potable water to our people, especially those living in far-flung municipalities,” said Gov. Plaza. 
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Data showed that many households in far-flung areas in the province have no access to potable water. 
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It is conceived that TINA will make potable water in the community always accessible. The project's pilot area is San Luis town. (muc/PIA-Caraga)
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DOLE Caraga steps up preparations for Labor Day

Butuan City - Preparations for the 2010 Labor Day is now underway as the Department of Labor and Employment spruce up activities for the one-day celebration. 

This year's theme "Manggagawang Pilipino, Kaagapay sa Pagbabago" will focus on the role of the Filipino workers in nation building. It will center on the value of jobs and employment in the economic development of the nation. 

This year's celebration also dubbed as ‘Jobs Live' will highlight the simultaneous jobs and livelihood fairs activities that will be conducted nationwide during the Labor Day celebration. 

In Caraga, the jobs and livelihood fairs will be conducted at the grounds of the DOLE-Caraga Regional Office, Nimfa Tiu Building, J.P. Rosales Avenue, Butuan Vity on May 1, 2010. 

The job fair will be participated by overseas recruitment agencies as well as several local employers. Qualified applicants will have a chance to be instantly hired as there will be on-the-spot-hiring to highlight the job recruitment activity during the celebration. As such, the region will be keeping scoreboards of on-the-spot hirees. 

Other activities that will be conducted during the Labor Day celebration are Promo Diskwento, DOLE-RCC Caravan, one-stop shop pre-employment processing, medical mission and employment counseling. (Lovely laudette D. Gamba, DOLE-13/PIA-Caraga)