PIA News Service - Friday, June 25, 2010

BGF steps up preparations to launch 3rd Balangay Boat, 2-day river cruise

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – Members of Butuan Global Forum (BGF), Inc. steps up preparations for the launching of the 3rd Balangay Boat on July 9, and the 2-day rivercruise scheduled on July 10-11, 2010. The 3rd Balangay boat is set to be in placed on July 8 at Luna Compound, Brgy. Bading, this city. This was learned during the coordinative meeting with Butuan Global Forum and its partner agencies in the government and private stakeholders. 

According to Ms. Agnes Andaya, Project Overall Chairperson – “The Continuing Balangay Journey” of BGF, Inc., the Kaya ng Pinoy Foundation led by Former DOTC Undersecretary Art Valdez will launch the 3rd Balangay boat (with on-board engine) on July 9 which is a fund-raising project.

“The purpose of which is to raise funds in order to augment the monthly allowances/expenses of the Butuan Crew manning the Balangay “Masawa Hong Butuan” during their sea expedition to Southeast Asia,” Andaya stressed.

Andaya also said that the project called “The Continuing Balangay Journey” shall conduct a Balangay Cruise for a fee on Saturday and Sunday (July 10-11) at the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) here. This will treat the prospective Sponsor-passengers to a day of balangay ride to various historical landmarks along Agusan River as well as Masao and Magallanes, Agusan del Norte.

“During the launching of the 3rd Balangay boat, we would not only like to showcase Butuan’s heritage but also Butuan’s unity in its diversity as inspired by the Balangay code of all the team to work as one,” Andaya added.

Starting on July 9 at the PPA grounds, various activities are set to be conducted by the private stakeholders, along with it is a free mini-concert by the local bands.

With this most-awaited event, BGF with its partners are encouraging the public to participate and support the Butuan Balangay Boat team as they journey with pride. This would show to the whole world that there is no impossible with the Filipino people working together as one. (PIA-Caraga)


RCWC discusses plans for the Children’s Month Celebration

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga discussed plans for the Children’s Month celebration come October 2010 with this year’s theme: “Kung bright child ang gusto, mundo ay ingatan mo”, during its 2nd Quarter Meeting held Friday, June 25, at DSWD-Caraga Conference Room here.

As planned by RCWC, the Children’s Month celebration will kick-off on October 1 with a mass, to be followed with a motorcade and a program. Venue is still to be finalized by DSWD.

On its 2nd week celebration, RCWC will be conducting a forum on Cyber Pornography to be participated by parents with their children while on its 3rd week will be a symposium for pregnant women to be conducted by the Department of Health (DOH) in time with the Newborn Screening month celebration.

On the 3rd week of October, Palarong Pambata Week will also be celebrated with various activities for the week.

Meanwhile, RCWC will operate a uniformed system in data banking with data from the member agencies. National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) will be the lead agency in designing the system for the in-depth data banking to be used by the RCWC. 

RCWC then planned to have a Workshop on Data Banking on Children with resource speaker from NEDA. Participants will be required to bring their own laptops during the training/workshop.

According to Ms. Golda Pocon, DSWD Focal Person for RCWC that the Quick Response Team (QRT) composed of government agencies and is designed to monitor and rescue abused children in the region will be needing enough budget to sustain its operation especially when the team will have to travel outside Butuan for a rescue operation.

Pocon then suggested that for the QRT to be operationalized, RCWC will have to draft a resolution signed by DSWD-Caraga Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat as the chairperson and pass the resolution to the Regional Development Council (RDC) for approval in time with the RDC’s next meeting set on August 2010.

With these plans of activities and developments for the children, RCWC is encouraging all the parents and their children to participate and help disseminate the information to the community. (PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte solon declares all out war vs. illegal activities 

SURIGAO CITY - For his second mandate as a legislator, re-elected Congressman Guillermo “Jun” Romarate, Jr. (2nd District, Surigao del Norte) will strongly campaign against the rampant proliferation of illegal activities in the city and the entire province of Surigao del Norte. 
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This was the message he conveyed to the local media after he was proclaimed a winner along with his party mates by the Comelec in the recently-concluded elections. 
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The solon said he will ask for assistance from the Philippine National Police to form a Task Force aimed at dismantling all illegal activities in the city as well as in the province. 
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“We will be creating a task force in the city and I will finance it so these illegal activities will be slowly dismantled,” Romarate assured the local media. 
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He said he was alarmed on the high rise of cases involving illegal gambling, illegal drugs, illegal mining, illegal logging especially on kidnapping and theft incidents in the city and province. 
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Romarate appealed for speedy solutions of kidnapping and carnapping incidents. 
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The representative calls for an all out war against these criminalities purposely to get rid of it or, at the least, to serve as a deterrent. (Roel Catoto, The Agusan-Surigao Enquirer/PIA-Surigao del Norte)