5.26.2010

PIA News Service - Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Cebuano News: Pag-proklamar sa bag-ong Presidente sa dili pa ang Hunyo 12, gilauman sa Malakanyang
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Ni Michael A. Imbo
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BUTUAN CITY (May 26) – Gilauman nga mahuman gilayon ang canvassing aron ma-proklamar na ang bag-ong Pangulo sa nasud sa dili pa muabot ang Hunyo 12, ning tuiga.
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Sa gipahigayong media briefing didto sa Angeles University Foundation, Angeles City, si Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Rogelio Peyuan namahayag nga angayan tapuson na sa kongreso ang canvassing ar0n masayran sa publiko ang midaog sa pagka-Pangulo og uban pang mga kandidato.
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Giduso sa Kongreso nga sugdan na ang canvassing sa pagka-Presidente ug Bise-Presidente karong Hunyo 4.
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Naghugpong ang kongreso sa pagmugna sa hiniusang National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) nga may katungdanan sa pormal ballot canvassing.
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Samtang gipaniguro ni Deputy Peyuan nga ang kongreso ug senado makahatag na sa resulta aron maproklamar na ang bag-ong Presidente karong Hunyo 10 o kaha 11.
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Matud ni Peyuan nga nagpadayon sa gimbuhaton ang administrasyon apil na niana ang mga ahensya sa gobyerno.
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Dugang niini nga gimugna sa Presidente ang transition committees aron tukma ang pagtunol sa mga obligasyon sa musunod nga administrasyon. (PIA-Caraga)

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Surigao City, 3 Surigao del Norte towns piloted for disaster mitigation project

SURIGAO CITY (May 26) - The nickel city of Surigao and three municipalities of Surigao del Norte province in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region) were chosen as pilot areas in identifying possible disaster risks and mitigation projects. 

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) along with the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) are already preparing for a project that would help local government units (LGUs) identify disaster risks and incorporate mitigating measures into their local development plans. 

The integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA) in Local Development Planning and Decision-Making Process, aims to provide high-risk LGUs a guide in identifying options for collective responses to common risks. 

Surigao del Norte was chosen as a pilot area following its formulation of a DRR-enhanced Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP). 

Under the plan, the provincial government has identified Surigao City and Claver, Gigaquit and Bacuag towns, all of Surigao del Norte province cluster as high priority areas for DRR interventions. 

Anytime from now, the OCD, NEDA, HLURB and local disaster councils will conduct field inspections to validate hazard risks identified by the LGUs and generate their support for the project. 

The team, led by Regional Development Coordination staff director Susan Rachel G. Jose, was able to identify an eroded riverbank in Bacuag and several rain-induced landslides along the newly constructed highway from Surigao City to Claver, Surigao del Norte. 

The Integrating DRR-CCA project is expected to produce a Reference Manual that would showcase a risk assessment methodology and suggest entry points for mainstreaming disaster and climate risks reduction in land-use plans. 

The project is being implemented by NEDA, with support from the United Nations Development Programme and the Australian Agency for International Development. 

Meanwhile, Northeastern Mindanao OCD Regional Director Blanche T. Gobenciong said the DRR-CCA pilot projects in Surigao City and in the Surigao del Norte's three towns will make “positive” mitigating measures in times of calamities. 

“This is a big help to our local communities,” added Director Gobenciong. (muc/PIA-Caraga)

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P10-M 'bangus' processing plant to rise in Northern Mindanao town

BALINGASAG, Misamis Oriental (May 26) - A P10 million “bangus” (milkfish) processing plant is set to rise in Northern Mindanao town. 

With this new development, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Northern Mindanao are offering their services in providing technological assistance to the mariculture community in Balingasag, including bangus deboning and bangus processing to sardines. 

The groundwork for the construction of the fish processing plant in Balingasag town, Misamis Oriental province is already underway. 

Provincial and municipal government officials led by Gov. Oscar Moreno and Balingasag town Mayor Alexis Quina are looking forward to export bangus (milkfish) to other countries. 

“We are now globally competitive and this will add more income to our local coffers and town folks,” said Mayor Quina. 

He added that they can now see full range of bangus production in their progressive town as the Balingasag Mariculture Part Investors Association (BMPIA) wants to keep the price of bangus at affordable price to their consumers. 

For her part, Marietta Abogado, president of the Balingasag Mariculture Investors Association, said the new structure will also generate more jobs. 

She said there are currently 285 fish cages erected at the 195-hectare Balingasag Mariculture Park. 

Currently, each kilo of bangus is sold from P92 to P95 as farm gate price. 

Balingasag town is known as the bangus capital in Northern Mindanao. 

Meanwhile, Gov. Moreno has assured that the provincial government of Misamis Oriental will extend more support to the officials in Balingasag town and BMPI to help find more market for the bangus industry. (muc/PIA-Caraga)

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P9.5-B infra projects on way to completion in Mindanao 

BUTUAN CITY (May 26) - Several big infrastructure projects worth more than P9.5 billion are under construction or nearing completion in Northeastern, Northern and Central Mindanao, officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Wednesday. 

These mega infrastructure projects that are being undertaken and closely supervised by the DPWH regional directors and district engineers are all under the Mindanao Super Region projects and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) commitments. 

Region XIII Regional Director Dr. Evelyn T. Barroso has vowed to complete in its target time limit the P1.7-billion Surigao-Davao Coastal Road, along with the Lianga (Surigao del Sur)-Prosperidad (Agusan del Sur) Section and Adlay-Bon-ot (Surigao del Sur) Section. 

The Package 13 Tagasaka-Bislig Section, Package 14 Bislig-Lingig Section and Package 15 Lingig-Boundary Boston (Davao Oriental) road projects are nearing completion. 

Five Surigao-Davao Coastal Road SONA projects –- Package 1 Amontay-Sto. Nino Section, Package 2 Marihatag-San Agustin-Lianga Section, Package 3 Tandag-Marihatag Section, Package 10 Boston-Bislig Section and Package 11 Bislig-Manay Section have been finished ahead of schedule, Barroso said. 

The Surigao del Sur-Davao Oriental Coastal Road forms part of the country’s arterial road network and is classified as one of the roads with vital strategic importance. 

It also serves as the trunk line for the coastal municipalities of three provinces that leads to the main Pan Philippine Highway as its terminal point. This road traverses the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga Region) and Davao Oriental in Southern Mindanao (Region 11). 

“We are trying to complete these big projects before the end of this year,” Barroso said. 

Early this year, President Arroyo inspected the completed infrastructure projects, particularly those in Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur. 

The tourism industry also continues to flourish in the so-called “paradise island” of Siargao in Surigao del Norte in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga Region) as Mrs. Arroyo inspected and inaugurated the completed P152-million Sayak Airport Development Project (SADP) at Dapa town, Siargao Island last May 14. 

Meanwhile, the DPWH reported that the construction of the P7.853-billion Laguindingan Airport Development Project (LADP) in Laguindingan town, Misamis Oriental, particularly the civil works and buildings, was already 65 percent complete as of May 14, 2010. 

Access road to the airport was completed in January 2010. Land acquisition for the main airport area is 99.24 percent complete, with 390.95 hectares already acquired of the 393.94-hectare requirement, DPWH said. 

The LADP is one of the SONA commitments of President Arroyo for Northern Mindanao, according to Region 10 DPWH Regional Director Jerome M. Dela Rosa. 

He said that the civil works are expected to be at least 72 percent complete when President Arroyo's term ends on June 30. The project will be made operational in January 2012. 

In a related development, Central Mindanao (Region XII) Regional Director Sinaolan Macarambon also reported that the ground works of the P412.4-million road project that will connect Maguindanao with Sultan Kudarat Province also nears completion, particularly the Package 1 of the Junction Awang-North Upi Road Project. 

To date, the contractors have accomplished 94 percent of the project, Macarambon said. 

“If completed, this road project will reduce travel time from two hours to 45 minutes which in turn will reduce the transport cost of agricultural products from the high land farmers in Maguindanao,” he added. 

He also said that this project will also boost the government's peace and order program as the new access road will improve the delivery of basic services such as health and education to far-flung barangays in the area. 

The project includes the concreting of 6.8 kilometers of gravel road and re-blocking of 23.2 kilometers of existing concrete pavement, rehabilitation of road shoulders, construction of drainage and slope protection works and improvement of three existing bridges. 

Macarambon added that because the project will also serve as an access road going to the mountainous and forest areas of Maguindanao, it will also enable environmental groups and organizations to monitor the bio-diversity and wildlife protection in the province. (muc/PIA-Caraga)

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PNP forms 'Task Force Bravo' to arrest ambushers of DPWH executive 

CAMP ALAGAR, Cagayan de Oro City (May 26) - The regional command of Police Regional Office 10 (PRO 10) on Tuesday formed “Task Force Bravo” in an effort to identify and arrest the gunmen who carried out the ambush of regional official of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Macanhan area, Barangay Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City last Monday. 

Chief Supt. Conrado E. Laza, regional director of PRO 10, called an emergency command conference on Tuesday at Camp Alagar among various law enforcement groups and map out tactical operation against the suspects. 

“Everybody must move to identify and arrest the suspects,” ordered Chief Supt. Laza. 

The task force is composed of law enforcers from regional command of PRO 10 at Camp Alagar, Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG). 

Each of the law enforcement groups under “Task Force Bravo” were given specific task during emergency command conference. 

The members of the task force were given up to Thursday to submit their initial report and possibly, identity of the suspects. 

Task Force Bravo is a special group that would closely look into the attempt on the life of Engr. Mauro D. Bravo, Jr., DPWH assistant regional director (ARD) for Region 10 on Monday morning. 

Bravo’s driver, Avaise Sombreo, was killed in the ambush. 

Meanwhile, the CIDG on Wednesday has released an artist’s sketch of the gunmen based on the description given by witnesses. 

As this developed, the task force have kept secret Bravo’s whereabouts. 

Government authorities brought Engr. Bravo to a safehouse where he is recuperating from six bullet wounds. 

A police official, who requested anonymity, said members of Task Force Bravo were looking into six possible motives. On top of the list of possibilities is that the attack was work-related. 

Currently, ARD Engr. Bravo is the chairperson of the Public Bidding and Awards Committee (PBAC) of the DPWH in Northern Mindanao. (muc/PIA-Caraga)