6.14.2010

PIA News Service - Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Gov. Tina Plaza: Give meaning to Philippine Independence Day and the Naliyagan Festival celebrations

By Dave M. Suyao

Agusan del Sur Governor Maria Valentina “Tina” Plaza displayed her joy and concerns as the province celebrate the 112th Independence Day and the opening of the 18th Naliyagan Festival as thousands of Agusanons gather at the Naliyagan Plaza to hear the holy mass as the opening salvo of the joint celebration.

In her message, Gov. Tina said Agusanons must be proud enough that after several years of insurgency threats and various trials, Agusanons have fairly fought with dignity and courage to maintain peace and withhold the true meaning of democracy in the province.

“As we gather here to celebrate the 112th Philippine Independence Day, let us recall how our forefathers fought courageously against our country’s aggressors in order to defend our rights as Filipinos and the democracy and freedom that we enjoy until now. For all we know, this is one of the most precious gifts that our forefathers left us. It is therefore our solemn duty to protect these gifts in order that we can preserve the legacy that we inherit, and for our children to enjoy as time goes by,” Gov. Tina Plaza said.

According to Gov. Tina, the joint celebration of the Philippine Independence Day and the opening of the Naliyagan Festival every 12th of June are very meaningful because they represent the same meaning, and they are the love of country and culture. She therefore calls on all the lumads to participate in every activity designed for the Naliyagan Festival celebration because they are purely Agusanons and must be proudly exercised and displayed in order for the world to see and at the same time, preserve the unique, colourful culture and arts of true Agusanons.

/And as conclusion to the celebration of the 112th Independence Day Celebration and the opening of the five-day Naliyagan Festival started, Gov. Tina led the provincial, municipal and other officials in releasing the 112 balloons and the doves in the air, symbolizing the 112 peaceful years of Philippine Independence in Agusan del Sur and the country as a whole. The cutting of the ribbon followed, signalling the opening of the Naliyagan Trade fair depicting the Agusan del Sur’s bests.

The six-day Naliyagan Festival portrays the Agusan del Sur’s best products, practices and traditions, colourful costumes, foods, drinks, and the Agusanon’s hospitality. For six days, various modern and tribal and cultural presentations and competitions that include boat rowing, carabao race, singing competition and the search for Miss Agusan del Sur 2010 can be witnessed. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)
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Surigao Mayor presents Etrike to Surigaonons

Surigao City (15 June) – With the growing concern over noise and air pollution, City Mayor Alfonso Casurra presented recently the eco-friendly electric tricycle or Etrike to the Surigaonons in time for the celebration of the 112th Independence Day here.

Speaking before hundreds of attendees at the City Hall grounds, Casurra said that Surigao is the very first city in the country to use this alternative mode of environment-friendly, economical and sustainable transport, the battery-operated Etrike.

“It runs 80 kms. in just one (1) charge, so it’s very cheap,” said Casurra.

Casurra said that the Etrike can accomodate 8 people, more than the usual capacity of the regular motorized tricycle.

He also said that this new technology was recently turned over by the British embassy in Manila to the city government of Surigao City as part of a project by the Islas Ecology Development Advocacy (ISDA) Foundation to push for an alternative mode of public transport that is not only eco-friendly but also economically viable. British embassy representative and Climate Change Attaché Angela Ibay personally handed over the keys of the Etrike to the Mayor.

It was learned that an ordinary tricycle driver or operator can avail of the Etrike thru an affordable micro-financing in one of the local banks in the city. 

The said Etrike has already been used as one of the public transport systems of the city government. (Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Business and military goes along

With the bright weather and the challenging terrain, the Multi-partite Community HealthCare Program (MpCHCP) participants of DOLE Stanfilco Phil and 36th Infantry “Valor” Bn went to Anahao-Daan to give free Medical, Dental, Circumcision and Feeding to all its residents and those from nearby barangays. The activity was supported by the local government of Tago, Surigao del Sur, Philippine Medical Association, 401st Bde Medical and Dental Team and various stakeholders.

The medical mission was a success giving free medical services to 412 persons, dental aid to 78 persons, circumcision to 38 kids and 209 packs of food to all children present and more than 700 individuals received medicines for free. The sacrifice of all volunteers was rewarded by the overwhelming and contented smiles of gratitude from all the beneficiaries. It was an activity that promotes the coordination between the business sector and the local government unit. It was highlighted by the performance of the “Valor Band” who gave music for everybody’s afternoon delight. Even the children danced with the band’s top rated music which warmed the hearts of all doctors and patients who were able to witness this special presentation.

This begins another chapter for community development and health awareness in the area of Surigao del Sur where it only goes to show that multi-sectoral activities can be benefitted by the majority. The cooperation by various sectors only promotes that through peace and security, progress and development follows where the future and security of our children are part of everybody’s concern.
(36IB 1Lt Charlynne C Gabatin/ PIA-Surigao del Sur)
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DENR Sec. Horace Ramos meets Caraga folk at the people’s hour in Surigao City

Surigao City - The DENR Secretary Horacio C. Ramos is expected to hold a “one-on-one” dialogue with the different clients of the DENR during the People’s Hour on June 16, 2010 at the Surigao City Cultural Center in this City.

“Secretary Ramos wants to know the issues and concerns of the people about the environment in Caraga Region as he would try to find solutions on his level about their problems concerning its state,” DENR Regional Executive Director Edilberto S. Buiser said. “We thought there are some issues which only the Secretary of the Department could solve and this is the right opportunity for the people to meet our Secretary,” Director Buiser added.

The “Peoples Hour” is a regular activity of the DENR Secretary, who, as part of his commitment, would often go out from his office to visit the provinces and meet the people with unresolved issues concerning the environment. This include unsettled land problems resulting to bureaucratic “red tape” system of the government, mining, forestry, environmental management problems due to policies and other related concerns.

This is the fifth time that a DENR Secretary has visited the provinces since the People’s Hour was introduced by then Secretary Lito Atienza in 2008. The last time that a DENR Secretary had visited a province at a People’s Hour was at Puerto Princesa in Palawan.

Secretary Ramos is expected to arrive at the Surigao City Airport direct from Manila via the Air Philippines flight at 11:45 am on Wednesday. He will be accompanied by a team of his technical staff including a legal team that will work hand-in-hand with him during the People’s Hour forum.

Also at hand to assist Secretary Ramos are the top officials from the DENR Regional Office headed by Regional Executive Director Edilberto S. Buiser, and Regional Technical Directors Ali M. Bari of the Forest Management Services; Atty. Paquito R. Rosal of the Land Management Services; Mario A. Eludo of the Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services; and the Ecosystems Research and Development Services under Virgilio C. Dela Cruz. Regional Directors Engr. Ester Olavidez and Engr. Alilo Ensomo of the Environmental Management and the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureaus, respectively, are also assisting.

The Secretary is likewise expected to meet the entire rank and file of the DENR Regional and field offices including five Provincial and 13 Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices, EMB and MGB in Caraga Region to share and exchange notes with them about their work experiences at the DENR Regional Office in Butuan City before he goes back to Manila on the next day. (Ronnel LMV G. Calo, DENR-13/ PIA-Caraga)