6.16.2010

PIA News Service - Thursday, June 17, 2010

Evolution of nat’l flag highlights 112th Anniversary of Philippine Independence
By Michael A. Imbo

BUTUAN CITY – The celebration of 112th Anniversary of Philippine Independence was highlighted with the evolution of Philippine flag and local dignitaries spearheaded by local officials of this city headed by outgoing Vice Mayor Dino M. Sanchez who represented outgoing Mayor Democrito Plaza II.

The activity took place at the heart of this city located at Rizal Park in front of St. Joseph Cathedral, attended by different government line agencies, employees of local government unit, veterans of World War II, educators and students of Agusan National High School.

The program started at 8:00 o’ clock in the morning with symbolic flag raising ceremony hoisted by the city’s police officers headed by PSUPT Joseph D Plaza, City Director.

Vice Mayor Sanchez, in his speech stressed that our country has already proven its worth to be independent from foreign countries for 112 years. Throughout this time, it has witnessed a lot challenges to its existence: the World War II, the Martial law, the military rebellions, and the coup attempts, among others.

“These contemporary days, the Filipino is caught in a vast scope of temporal affairs. Food and water, clothing and shelter, education and health, insurances and investments; providing for the current needs of the family, and the anticipated ones in the future,” Sanchez said.

Sanches further said that in his service as vice mayor, he had fathomed the depth of suffering poverty hurls into Filipinos’ lives… “And I have realized that to substantially address this seemingly perpetual problem, the positive change must arise from each and every Filipino: saying Yes to people empowerment, defending their rights, clamoring for their desires, and challenging the malpractices. Moreover, the new leaders elected to rule this country must be no less than a representation of these qualities of Filipino citizenship,” he said.

Meanwhile, the government officials release the white balloons symbolizing the continuing enjoyment of freedom, tirelessly fighting for integrity and price of sacrifices of democratic sovereignty.

The event marked the fruitful and successful celebration for exemplary passion to sustain the day of independence. (PIA-Caraga)

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Agusan del Norte opens 43rd Araw celebration
By Michael A. Imbo

BUTUAN CITY – Governor Erlpe John Amante formally opened the celebration of the province of Agusan del Norte on its 43rd year of its existence having separated from the Surigao and Agusan Provinces, held recently at Capitol Covered Court, this city.

The four-day celebration which started Tuesday, June 15 will highlight the State of the Province Address of Governor Amante on Thursday June 17.

A thanksgiving mass was officiated by Rev. Fr. Severino S. Diamante, Jr. attended by employees of the province, government line agencies, and officers of different municipalities was celebrated as part of the kick-off activities.

Gov. Amante in his message emphasized the importance of supports and public service of his fellow government employees and leaders.

Amante said year 1967 Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur was separated into two provinces.

Agusan del Norte reminds the progress and developments from former governors, congressman and employees until the time of his term the development and public service continued.

Gov. Amante stressed out his warmest thanksgiving to all sectors of the province down to barangay officials who have shown their dedication and support as a public servant.

Also, the young governor asked cooperation and another full support from leaders to perform to the best of their abilities.

Meanwhile, the cutting of ribbon was conducted by Gov. Amante, Vice Governor Enrico Corvera and SP members to signal the opening of Agro-Industrial Fair featuring Agusan del Norte’s products.

The activity is showcasing the viewing of exhibits, presyo diskwento, techno demo, film showing, parlor games and laro ng lahi.

Meanwhile, oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected local officials of the province was conducted.

The 43rd Araw ng Lalawing sa Agusan del Norte is anchored on the “Ang kakugi sa pagpanerbisyo naghatag iwag sa pag-asenso”. (PIA-Caraga)

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Surigao del Sur to celebrate Golden Anniversary on June 19
By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

Tandag City, Surigao del Sur – 50 years had passed when the Province of Surigao del Sur was separated from its mother province of Surigao del Norte by virtue of RA 2786.

This year’s theme: “Surigao del Sur… 5oth year celebration of rich and diverse heritage”, caters various developments of the present administration as it speaks out more on how this province transformed from a poor province before.

The Grand opening of the Agri-Trade Fair on Thursday, June 17 will highlight the celebration, joined by the 2 cities and 17 municipalities of the province, including the private sectors and stakeholders.

Provincial Agriculturist Marc Quico revealed earlier that all 19 Local Government Units (LGUs) will join the contest to exhibit their products in the Agri-Trade fair. The winners will receive the following prizes: 1st – P50,000.00; second- P40,000.00; third- P30,000.00 and P20,000 as consolation prizes for non-winners.

The One Stop Shop will also be opened on that same day at the Capitol Lobby that offers the following services: Processing of NBI Clearance, Job Fair and Passport processing on June 18 until June 20.

In the afternoon, an opening Parade will be conducted that will start at Tandag Town Plaza and will go around the thoroughfares of this city going to Gregorio P. Murillo Sports Center where the Opening Program will be held.

On June 18, Sportsfest will continue while the Mutya ng Surigao del Sur will be staged at Tandag City Gymnasium in the evening participated by municipalities and cities from the South to North of this province with some stakeholders.

Meanwhile, a thanksgiving mass at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral followed by the “Kinilaw Festival” is set at the provincial Capitol Grounds where the Agri-Trade Fair Booths are situated joined by municipalities and cities situated along the coastal areas of the province.

On its finale, the culmination and awarding of prizes to the winners of the Sportsfest at the GPM Sports Center will be held followed by the fellowship/Socials in the evening to be conducted at the front of the provincial Seminar House to be participated by the Provincial Government Officials (PGO) headed by Gov. Vicente T. Pimentel and Newly Elect Gov. Johnny Pimentel, PGO Employees, LGU Officials, National Line Agencies, Non Government Organizations and Stakeholders. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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Cebuano News: 500 ka tuig nga centennial tree makita sa Magallanes
Ni Michael A. Imbo

BUTUAN CITY – Gideklarang 500 na ka tuig ang pinaka-karaang kahoy ang nagbarog karon didto sa Magallanes, Agusan del Norte.

Giilang “Calophyllum inophyllum,” ang maong Bitaug tree diin saksi kini sa daghanan na nga mga history sa Pilipinas.

Ang Bitaug Tree ang nasayod sa mga panghitabo panahon sa kolonisasyon sa mga kastila lakip na ang pag-abot ni Ferdinand Magellan kinsa naka-diskobre sa Pilipinas.

Ang Magallanes ang nailang baga sa bahandi sa bulawan ug kinaiyahan.

Gisaysay ni Mr. Florante A. More usa ka historian nga ang Bitaug Tree ang usa sa inila sa kalibutan nga pinaka-karaang kahoy lukop kalibutan. Dugang niini nga ang lungsod sa Magallanes gibunyagan gikan sa pangalan ni Ferdinand Magellan.

Sumala sa report nga niadtong April 8, 1521 gibuhat ang unang misa sa Romano katoliko didto sa Magallanes ug matud pa dili sa Limasawa. Apan hangtud karon wala pay konkreto nga pamahayag sa pagdeklara sa gipahigayong “first mass” diin gi-proklama kini sa nagkalain-laing bersyon.

Hinuon si 2nd District Congressman Edelmiro A. Amante ang misulti sa iyang mensahe nga ang rehiyon sa Caraga lakip na ang lungsod sa Magallanes ang abunda sa bahandi sa kinaiyahan ug bulawan.

Luyo niini mapasigarbohon ang probinsya sa Agusan del Norte gumikan kay gipasidunggan ang punuan sa Bitaug nga naapil sa Centennial tree diin gi-aprobahan sa paghimo niini’g commemorative stamp ubos sa liderato ni Post Master General Hector R.R. Villanueva.

Si Villanueva kinsa taga Dumaguete City og first cousin ni Cong. Amante ang mipahigayon sa selebrasyon atubangan sa punuan sa Bitaug daplin sa highway.

Ang aktibidades ug presentasyon gipanguluhan ni Magallanes Mayor Carlito C. Cumba ug uban pang mga opisyales sa lungsod. Mapasalamaton ang alkalde sa lungsod tungod sa dakong suporta ug pagpaningkamot nga natuman ang ilang mga damgo nga mailhan ang lungsod sa Magallanes lukop nasud ug kalibotan. (PIA-Caraga)

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DSWD gives victims of violence a voice on the airwaves
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BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga has recently launched its Nasayud Ka Ba radio program to give women and children who are victims of violence, a voice on the airwaves.
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“Our objective is to promote the rights of women and children and to generate public awareness and understanding of the issues on gender-based violence,” says DSWD Caraga Director Mercedita P. Jabagat. She said the radio program that is being implemented through the project Comprehensive Pilot Intervention Plan Against Gender-Based Violence (CoPIPAGV) also tackles the laws that protect women and children against gender-based violence (GBV).
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The CoPIPAGV is funded by Agencia Española Cooperacion Internacional Para El Desarollo (AECID).
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According to Director Jabagat, the resource persons for the radio program include social workers and lawyers. It is hoped that Nasayod Ka Ba radio program would encourage and motivate the public to be always vigilant and immediately report cases of violence to concerned agencies.
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Aired over DXBR-Bombo Radyo Butuan every Saturday at 9:00-9:25 in the morning since May 15, the radio program has already gained a following. It uses a format that provides a two-way communication between the resource person/s and the listener/s by accommodating and answering phone-in questions or questions sent through text message or even reports on cases of violence.
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During the broadcast the public can ask questions, report cases of violence or ask assistance by calling Bombo Radyo’s landline numbers 8152432 and 8152426 or by sending a text message using the format BOMBO BR MESSAGE and SEND to 29765.
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“We encourage the public to be active listeners of the program Nasayod Ka Ba. Please tune in to 981 Khz in your radio dial,” says Jabagat. (Leah T. Quintana, DSWD-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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1,284 4Ps Beneficiaries of Taganaan, Surigao del Norte Receive Cash Cards

Taganaan, Surigao del Norte – The government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) that is being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) distributed the 4Ps cash cards to 1,284 beneficiaries of Taganaan, Surigao del Norte on June 9, 2010.
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Luz California, 47, and a 4Ps beneficiary from barangay Opong was the first one to receive the cash card during the launching ceremony. The distribution of cash cards led by Landbank Surigao City Branch Manager Jaime Nejune Seron followed.
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Taganaan Mayor Cesar A. Diaz in his speech exhorted the beneficiaries to cooperate with the program by complying the 4Ps conditions, while Ms. Leah T. Quintana, DSWD Regional Information Officer encouraged them to spend the cash grants on its intended purposes.
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MSWDO Nenita Plaza, Ingrid Lim, 4Ps Financial Analyst II and some Sangguniang Bayan Board members and Barangay Captains witnessed the distribution.
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Held at the municipal gym, the activity was covered by ABS-CBN Caraga.
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The municipality of Taganaan has been a 4Ps recipient since 2009; it has a total of 1,359 4Ps beneficiaries. (Stella Maris V. Barcelon, DSWD-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Six former NPA rebels get P271,000 assistance 

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (June 17) - Six heavily armed communist-New People’s Army (NPA) rebels recently voluntarily surrendered to military authorities early this week and received P271,000 Social Integration Program (SIP) Firearms Remuneration, a top official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Mindanao reported Thursday. 

Maj. Gen. Romeo D. Lustestica, commanding general of the Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division (ID), said the rebel returnees received the cash assistance from Fidel T. Ebillo, SIP action officer, who facilitated its release from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace process (OPAPP). 

Col. Aldred Limoso, chief of staff of the 1st ID, facilitated the turnover of the SIP. 

The six former rebels belong to the Regional Sentro De Gravidad II (RSDG2) of the Regional Operations Command (ROC), Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC), Gen. Lustestica said. 

They yielded eight high powered firearms to the 1st “Tabak” Division. 

Col. Limoso, identified the NPA surrenderors as Ronald T. Templado, alias “Ka Benjie”, alleged former ZDS Political Guide of Squad 2, RSDG2, ROC, WMRPC operating in the province of Misamis Occidental. He surrendered one M16 and one M14, and received an additional amount of P64,000; Unrico U. Simbulan, alias “Ka Kulafo/Mundo”, alleged former vice commanding officer of RSDG2 who turned over one M16 rifle with attached M203 Grenade Launcher who got P65,000; Dondon G. Baganday, alias “Ka Bunso”, alleged former member of RSDG2 surrendered one M14 rifle. He received the amount of P50,000; Gecel C. Samuran, alias “Ka Mary”, alleged former member of RSDG2, who surrendered one M16 rifle received P50,000; Melbert B. Bukida, alias "Ka Jok-Jok”, alleged former political officer of RSDG2 who surrendered one Garand Rifle gotd an additional P10,000; and Bienvenido A. Fabillar, alias “Ka Winnie”, alleged member of Front Committee Feliciano, WMRPC, operating in Leon Postigo, Zamboanga del Norte who surrendered to 55th Infantry Battalion with his M16 rifle and received an additional P32,000. 

The 1st Tabak Division chief expressed thanks to the former rebels for heeding the call of the government and laying down their arms and avail the government’s peace and development program in Mindanao. 

Gen. Lustestica called upon the brothers and sisters whom he considered as victims of the communist terrorists' deception, to lay down their arms, and return to the main stream society so that genuine peace and democracy will prevail and will bring peace and more development in the southern island. (muc/PIA-Caraga)


Gov. Amante delivers 6th SOPA
 
BUTUAN CITY (17 June) – Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John M. Amante delivered today, Thursday, June 17 his 6th State of the Province Address (SOPA) during the 7th Special Session of the 14th Sangguniang Panlalawigan, held at the Capitol Covered Court, this city.
 
Highlighting his administration’s poverty reduction through efficient delivery of basic services, economic growth, peace and order, fiscal capability and self-reliance, environmental protection and rehabilitation, dynamic and responsive administrative mechanism, the young governor, clad in a piña cloth barong tagalong, acknowledged the people of Agusan del Norte who have entrusted his administration the leadership and management of the province.
 
Also, Gov. Amante thanked the Agusanons for once again giving him a resounding support during the May 10, 2010 local election as he gained landslide victory in all the ten municipalities and one city of the province. 
 
“The people have once again spoken, overwhelmingly. With God’s grace and guidance and your continued support, I am confident that we can doubly do what we have done even when times are hard and perilous. There are more reasons to step up the pace. With a renewed sense of verve and vigor, we will press on so that the hopes and aspirations of the people for a better future are realized,” Gov. Amante said.
 
Further, Amante stressed that the universal objective of wiping out poverty from the face of the earth is also the challenge that his administration has been trying hard to address since day one of his assumption to office. 
 
“This is why our Executive Agenda places Poverty Reduction as the number one Agenda of our governance. All our efforts are geared towards our vision of transforming Agusan del Norte into a Life Enhancing Agri-forest Industry Haven Managed by God-fearing and Empowered People,” he said.
 
Furthermore, the governor pointed out that in order to make significant impact on the lives of his constituents, his administration has been focusing on meager resources on programs and projects along delivery of basic services, notably on health, education, and employment generation and other economic pump priming and support activities. 
 
“We also placed greater efforts in improving our fiscal capability so that we can implement programs without relying so much on outside sources. We are nonetheless always cognizant that all our efforts will not over stain our natural resources; hence we have always taken careful consideration on the carrying capacity of our environment… To make these thrusts operational, we have continued to fine-tune our administrative response mechanism. All of these have always been our guiding framework in pursuing our vision,” the governor said.
 
The 6th SOPA of Governor Amante highlighted the 3rd day of the four-day celebration of the 43rd Araw ng Agusan del Norte, anchoring on the theme: “Ang Kakugi sa Pagpanerbisyo, Iwag sa Pag-asenso.” (Robert E. Roperos, PIA-Caraga)