6.23.2010

PIA News Service - Wednesday, June 23, 2010

3,000 pupils to receive school supplies from NGCP’s “Balik Eskwela” program

BUTUAN CITY (June 23) – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is set to serve an estimated 3,000 pupils in their initial salvo of their "Balik Eskwela" program on Friday in Northeastern and Northern Mindanao regions. 

The simultaneous launching of the NGCP’s “Balik Eskwela” program will take place at this region’s capital city and at the Jasaan Central School, Jasaan town, Misamis Oriental in Northern Mindanao region. 

An estimated 3,000 pupils from Grade 1 to 6 will initially receive NGCP School Kits consisting of bags, pencils and 10 pieces notebooks with specially printed transmission line safety tips, said NGCP, in a statement. 

Some local officials, along with the Department of Education (DepEd), will grace the launching, it said. 

Lawyer Jude Erwin U. Alaba, head of NGCP’s Human Resource Department, will spearhead the activity and other heads for operations and maintenance divisions. 

The “Balik Eskwela” program of the NGCP is part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program wherein one of the pillars is on education, NGCP’s statement added. 

NGCP further added the program is part of its effort to raise awareness to the students on the importance of transmission lines and line safety and security through partnership with the schools and communities where its power facilities are located. 

The NGCP’s “Balik Eskwela” program will also take place in other parts of the country where NGCP stations are located. (muc/PIA-Caraga)


Multi-million “Kalayaan Barangays Program” to benefit 11 Lanao del Norte villages

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte (June 23) – At least 11 far-flung villages in Lanao del Norte province are the latest to be included in the priority list of beneficiary-barangays for the Kalayaan Barangays Program or KBP of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) through the National Development Support Command (NADESCOM). 

The KBP is a government program designed to transform conflict-affected communities into peace and development areas through the implementation of accelerated barangay-focused rehabilitation and development projects. 

“Through these programs, people will come to see that the AFP is our custodians of peace," stressed Gov. Khalid Q. Dimaporo. 

Among the barangays benefited of the KBP project are: Barangay Matampay of Munai town; Barangays Pantaon and Maliwanag of Poona Piagapo town; Barangay Paiton of Kauswagan town; Barangay Poblacion of Tangkal town; Barangay Lumbac of Magsaysay town; Barangays Mabuhay, Capucao, Maguindanao, Mamagum and Sigayan all of Sultan Naga Dimaporo town. 

Each of the KBP beneficiary-barangay is allotted P4.5 million for their priority infrastructure projects such as farm-to-market roads, school buildings, health centers, electrification systems and water systems. 

Lt. Col. Gerardo Catindoy, commanding officer of the Army’s 547th Engineering Construction Battalion, said 11 barangays belonging to different municipalities of the province are beneficiaries of the program this year. 

On Tuesday, a Rapid Needs Assessment (RNA) was conducted by 547th Engineering Battalion and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office at the Farmer’s Training Center, Tubod, this province. 

The RNA was held to orient stakeholders of the KBP, identify and prioritize the KBP projects in accordance with the core infrastructure needs of each of the barangay and enhance local participation in the program through direct consultations with local barangay officials. 

“I would like to congratulate the Armed Forces of the Philippines, our barangay leaders, and our municipal leaders for a very successful program and projects in 2009, now in 2010, I hope we can continue this very good partnership” concluded Gov. Dimaporo. 

The new identified KBP projects will start anytime next month. (muc/PIA-Caraga)


P7.4-M medical ward building opens in Northern Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (June 23) – In its effort to serve more patients in Northern Mindanao region, a newly constructed P7.4 million Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) medical ward was opened recently. 

Top officials of the Department of Health (DoH) in the region and the city attended the opening of the newly built medical ward that can accommodate at least 70 patients. 

The new medical ward is located at the third floor of NMMC’s phase one building. 

The medical ward with two nurses stations manned by up to 30 medical and nursing staff will cater to the medical needs of both private and charity patients as it has pay and service wards. 

With the opening of the new medical ward, the NMMC can accommodate now more patients coming from various cities and provinces in the region. 

Medical staff said being a level four tertiary hospitals, NMMC caters to referred patients whose cases needed specialized health care from across the region and nearby cities and municipalities. 

Such cases may include but not limited to complicated stages of communicable and non-communicable diseases, life threatening heart conditions and cases of high-risk pregnancy deliveries. 

“Will try our best to serve more patients,” said NMMC chief of hospital Dr. Jose Chan. 

The construction of the medical ward started late Feb. this year. (muc/PIA-Caraga)


DTI Caraga steps up monitoring on flour manipulators 

BUTUAN CITY (June 23) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region) on Tuesday is intensifying its monitoring activities region wide on alleged manipulation of flour prices. 

DTI Region 13 Regional Director Brielgo O. Pagaran said that intensified price monitoring efforts are being done in order to ensure that the retail price of flour in the four provinces and six cities in the Caraga region is within the price cap. 

"We have to protect our consumers,” Director Pagaran said. 

The current price is P630 to P680 per 25-kilogram bag, he said. 

Director Pagaran said that “if the office will discover that some retailers are selling flour beyond the price cap, they will be dealt with accordingly.” 

However, the region’s DTI chief has assured all millers that the legal process will be observed in accordance with DTI Administrative Order No. 7 series of 2006 regarding administrative investigation. 

In another development, the DTI chief said the consultation on wage hike filed by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines before the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (RTWPB)in Region 13 will continue on July 5 to 8, this year. 

The Caraga workers filed P60 additional wage hike before the RTWPB. 

However, the wage consultation since early this month up to last week was at “deadlock” as business firms is still thoroughly studying the proposed wage increase, especially in view of the impact of the lingering Mindanao power crisis, oil and prime commodities hike. 

The business sector is not opposing the adjustment in the region's wage rates but is cautious that the increase should be reasonable, equitable and timely and must consider the conditions of the enterprises and companies in the area, said Director Pagaran. (muc/PIA-Caraga)
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Army conducts Medical – Dental – Relief Operations
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Bancasi, Agusan del Norte - The Fourth Infantry (Diamond) Division through the supervision of the 402nd (Stingers) Infantry Brigade and the initiative of the 30th (Python) Infantry Brigade conducted a Medical – Dental Mission in Barangay Camamam-onan ,Friday, June 18, 2010.
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In their thrust to bring government services closer to the people, said military units and the local government of Surigao del Norte, in cooperation with the Phililippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and the CARAGA Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) facilitated a Medical and Dental Mission with over one hundred (140) families as beneficiaries, to include forty (40) Mamanwa families. 
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The need for such undertaking was identified after the evacuation of over forty (40) Mamanwa families (as recorded by the Barangay Officials) from Sitio Omao to Camam – onan Centro following the series of encounters between troops from the 30th Infantry (Python) Battalion and the Communist Terrorists in the area of Sitio Oman, Barangay Camam - onan. “We thank God there were no civilians caught in the cross fire.” Hon. Elias T. Borja, Sr., the Barangay Captain of Barangay Camam – onan remarked.
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In an open forum held simultaneously with the Medical/Dental/Relief Operations, a Mamanwa woman expressed her sentiment that they voluntarily fled their homes in fear of being caught in the middle of encounters between the said troops. 
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“You are welcome to stay here if you fear that you might get caught up in such encounter. I encourage you to approach me for assistance, so as we may seek the help of other government agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the 30IB through LtCol Valencia.” Borja said.
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According Lt Col Roberto Valencia, Battalion Commander of the 30 IB, This unit, with the help of its mother units, the 4th Infantry Diamond Division led by MGen Mario F Chan AFP and the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade under BGen Emiliano R Gupana II AFP, envisioned this project to be another step towards attaining its vision to take the leap from effectiveness to greatness. “We knew it was difficult to get here, but after those encounters and the evacuation of these families, this is the least we can do.” He remarked. “I hope we could ease difficulties that you might be experiencing through these type of activities, rest assured we only have your best interest at hand.” He ended, delivering his remarks during the open forum.
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All in all an estimated 525 residents benefited from the undertaking, 250 for the medical consultation, 33 for dental check up and tooth extraction and 28 for Operation Tuli.
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Camamam – onan is one of the (13) barangays of the Municipality of Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte, generally classified as a fourth class income municipality by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB). It has an estimated population of 1, 607. The Municipality is currently under the chairmanship of re - elected Municipal Mayor, Atty. Carlos Egay. (Katrina Paula Cruz, 30IB,402nd Bde,4ID PA/ PIA-Caraga)