6.08.2010

PIA News Service - Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Thousands walk together to fight hunger with WFP
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Manila - Thousands of people yesterday took to the streets in cities around the world to show their support for the work of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in the fight against global hunger.

(From left to right) Ceremonial tearing of the Hunger Banner by WFP Country Director Stephen Anderson, TNT Express Philippines Country General Manager Cetin Yalcin, Unilever Managing Director for Foods Carl Cruz.

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The annual ‘End Hunger: Walk the World’ initiative mobilised an estimated 150,000 people to raise awareness and funds for WFP’s school meals programmes. At least 153 walks took place in 70 countries across all 24 time zones, raising enough money to provide a whole year of meals for 10,000 schoolchildren.

Now in its eighth year, Walk the World is sponsored by three of WFP’s global private sector partners: global mail service TNT, consumer goods company Unilever, and nutrition and life-science specialists DSM.

“In an incredible wave of solidarity, the world came forward to say that child hunger is totally unacceptable,” said Josette Sheeran, WFP’s Executive Director, adding that Walk the World is an excellent example of how global partnerships, including those with the private sector, can make a huge impact in the fight against hunger.

Using the local theme, “Isang Hakbang! Pilipinas 2010,” (or “One Step!”), about 8,000 walkers and runners, together with WFP National Ambassador against Hunger Miss KC Concepcion, gathered at the Bonifacio Global City to take a concrete step against hunger in the Philippines. Proceeds raised from the event will go directly to support about 70,000 school children in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao through WFP’s emergency school meals programme.

“WFP in the Philippines is extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from government, private sector and many individuals who have contributed to the success of this year’s Walk the World. We are also overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and active participation of the Filipino people who walked with us. Most significantly, this event has increased awareness about the critical issue of hunger and its importance to attaining the Millennium Development Goals.” said WFP Country Director, Stephen Anderson.
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The program was hosted by local basketball star Vince Hizon, together with his wife and TV host Patricia Hizon. The event was made more festive by performances from Ibon-Ebun Dancers from Candaba, Pampanga, the Gawad Kalinga SIGA Dancers, Higantes from Angono, Rizal, and the PNP Marching Band. There were also performances by the rock bands Rockalyt, Overtone and Stories of Now. To show their support for the project, all performers and celebrities participated on pro bono basis.
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The walk was supported by other local companies and organizations such as Knorr, Primer Group of Companies, KFC, Pizza Hut, Malayan Towage, Pocari Sweat, HP, Macoda Logistics, and Pair Cargo.

Event partners include: ANC (official media partner), NGP Integrated Marketing Communications, Inc. (public relations), Bonifacio Global City and Forward Taguig (venue), the Philippine National Police (security), and the Philippine National Red Cross (medical services).

Many people also showed their support for the event through the online community at wfp.org/walktheworld, where fans can post pictures and videos, as well as participating in a virtual walk by making a donation. A photo competition for the best pictures from walks around the world is running until 11 June. (WFP/ PIA-Agusan del Sur)
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PDEA to ink MOA with Butuan LGUs, concerned groups intensifying anti-drug campaign

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (June 09) – In its effort to intensify anti-drug campaign in the city and the whole region of Caraga, the Regional Office of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is set to conduct MOA signing with partner local agencies and concerned groups that have pledged their commitment to support the agency’s campaign.

Gracing the momentous occasion to be held on Thursday, June 10, 2010 is Gen. Dionisio R. Santiago, Senior Undersecretary and Director-General of PDEA.

Among the invited guests are local chief executives of Butuan City and Agusan del Norte composed of Butuan City-Las Nieves 1st District Congressman Jose S. Aquino II, Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John M. Amante, and newly-elected City Mayor of Butuan – Dr. Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr.

Prior to MOA signing, PDEA-Caraga will also launch the Iskolar ng PDEA at Barangay Ong Yiu here.

Anchored on the theme “Education: A chance for a better future,” the project is aimed at supporting less privileged but deserving students to pursue education in line with the ten-point legacy program of the Arroyo Administration which is Education for All. Gen. Santiago will lead the ceremonial distribution of bags and school supplies to recipients.

Meanwhile, feeding program and press conference are also scheduled to take place right after the launching.

With the aforementioned activities, PDEA once again proved its worth as the agency is seriously implementing measures to eradicate drug-related activities that destruct the future especially the youths. (PIA-Caraga)


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DepEd challenges teachers thru Division Seminar Workshop on Environmental Education

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY (June 09) – The Department of Education (DepEd) Butuan City Division conducted a 2-day Division Seminar Workshop on Environmental Education to all public teachers in this city on June 8-9, 2010 at the Division Training Center, here.

During its first day of workshop on Tuesday, June 8, Ms. Juliet Paler, City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Environmental Management Specialist discussed the “State of the Philippines’ Environment: Challenges and Opportunities in the next 100 years” highlighting the Solid Waste Management.

Paler said that there is a link between garbage and global warming. “60% of greenhouse gases are result of individual consumers worldwide…we are the collective case of anthropogenic (human-produced) global warming,” she said.

Paler also emphasized that the society should act now by planning and preparing for the future.

Paler further said that that people should not depend on what the government can do; it must come from building social discipline, harnessing our communities, and inputs from the concerned sectors.

Also, DepEd Butuan City Education Supervisor for Science - Dr. Lidwina Calo, tackled the “Ecological Waste Management”.

Dr. Calo cited examples on how to recycle materials that can still be sold out to the market.

“We can always make our city the cleanest among other cities if we will just move and act on it,” said Calo.

Dr. Calo ended her discussion by saying – “Let us be the change agents in our city, our very own Butuan City”.

Meanwhile, PIA-Caraga shared a 63-minutes video presentation on the impact of Climate Change to people and environment.

On its second day of workshop, a resource speaker from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga is expected to discuss the topic - “Road to Copenhagen to Mexico: Speaking Global Agreement to Address the Impact of Climate Change”, while Butuan City Vice Mayor Dino Claudio Sanchez will discuss the “Good Practices in Environmental Planning”.
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With this initiative, DepEd is optimistic that all teachers as information agents to its students will share the information and discuss it thoroughly especially that classes will start this month. (PIA-Caraga)

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ANECO, DTI conduct public forum on power rate hike

By Michael A. Imbo

BUTUAN CITY (June 09) – The Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ANECO) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conducted public forum held recently in one of the local convention centers here.

ANECO General Manager Horacio Santos said the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) imposed rate increase, which is the reason of power increase imposed by the cooperative starting April.

Arch. Santos explained that since ANECO and other power cooperatives in Mindanao were already billed higher that what is expected, a total of 33 power cooperatives had to start collecting from millions of power consumers in Mindanao the new power rate increase starting April 2010 billing period.

The power cooperative is the only source of electricity for 86 rural and urban barangays of Butuan City as well as the 10 municipalities and one component city of Agusan del Norte.

This actually puts ANECO’s over-all per kilowatt hour charges to consumers at some percent increase as stated on the table of estimated kilowatt consumption.

Also, Engr. Noli Namocatcat, Corporate Plan (CORPLAN) Manager said the 25 other power cooperatives in Mindanao are waiting for the decision of the Energy Regulations Commission (ERC) for its petition on the NPC and NGCP’s imposition of increase power rate charges.

“There is really a need for NGCP and NAPOCOR to explain all these sudden imposition to us in order to appease possible public outrage considering that power coops are in the forefront and subject to public outrage once collection on higher rates start” Namocatcat said.

Meanwhile, some ordinary household consumers present revealed that they are surprise to their power rates compared to the regular rate consumption they paid previously.

They appeal that rotating brownouts had already affected their businesses and some offices that includes high power rates and the power crisis.
Participating the forum are representatives of the business sector, employees from different line agencies, Barangay officials, stakeholders and consumers from different provinces. (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: ANECO mipahigayon og Public Forum kabahin sa pagsaka sa bayranan sa kuryente

By Michael A. Imbo

BUTUAN CITY (Hunyo 09) – Ang Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ANECO), inabagan sa Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) mipatawag ug public forum alang sa pagpasabot sa dili kapugngan nga pagsaka sa bayranan sa kuryente, dili pa lang dugay sa usa sa mga convention centers ni’ng dakbayan.

Si ANECO General Manager Horacio Santos mibutyag nga ang dagkong kumpanya sa National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) ug National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) ang mipahamtang sa ilang rate increase.

Samtang, gikumpirma ni Engr. Noli Namocatcat - Corporate Planning Manager sa maong kooperatiba nga misaka og dul-an 50 porsiento ang ilang electricity rate. Gitumbok nga ang Iligan og Pulangi ang hinungdan sa krisis ug tungod sa kakulang sa produksyon sa kuryente gikan sa hydro-electric power plant niini.

Si Namocatcat ang mituki sa mga pamaagi ug mga nahitabong isyu human nga nadawat ang mga reklamo gikan sa mga konsumidor sa halos midoble nilang bayronon sa bill sa kuryente bulan sa Abril.

Nasayran nga migamit og mga makinaryas ang National Grid Corporation of the Philippines kon NGCP og ang National Power Corporation kon NAPOCOR nga mokaon og bunker fuel ug diesel.

Tungod niini, misaka ang rata sa matag-kilowatt hour sa ilang kuryente gikan sa ubos nga koleksyon niadtong Enero tungod kay gipatong na dinhi ang ilang gipatumang usbaw niadtong bulan sa Pebrero og Marso.

Dugang ni Namocatcat, ang maong usbaw susama usab sa usbaw nga gipatuman sa uban pang electric cooperatives sa tibuok Mindanao og kini magpadayon hangtud pa sa bulan sa Hulyo.

Hinuon giplano na sa kooperatiba sa ANECO ang mga alternatibong lakang aron masulbad ang krisis sa kuryente sa Mindanao.

Gikunsulta ang mga sector ug uban pang kooperatiba alang sa himoon nga desisyon nga makab-ot ang kalamposan sa proyektong mapadayon ang serbisyo sa paghatag ug kuryente sa syudad ug probinsya gumikan kay kini ang apil na sa panginabuhian sa komunidad. (PIA-Caraga)
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PGMA to host lunch for newly-elected Vis-Min Mayors

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo invites all newly-elected mayors from Visayas and Mindanao to a luncheon meeting which will be held on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at the Malacanang sa Sugbu, Cebu City.

Over 54 participants from Region XIII have confirmed their attendance to the said luncheon meeting. For the newly-elected mayors, the luncheon meeting is an opportunity for them to meet the President face to face and personally extend their gratitude for the support their local government units received during her administration. This will also give them a chance to hear the parting words of PGMA, who will step down as President of the Republic of the Philippines on June 30, 2010, but will start a fresh mandate as representative of Pampanga.

Visayas and Mindanao Regional Directors from the Department of the Interior and Local Government are also invited to the said luncheon meeting together with the delegates from their respective regions.

The luncheon meeting will serve as a thanksgiving party for the new officials in their unwavering support to the Arroyo administration.

In a related development, the Local Government Academy which is the training arm of the DILG for Local Officials will conduct a two-day capacity development for newly-minted local chief executives on June 14-15 in Davao City. 22 municipal mayors will join their counterparts from Regions XI & XII on said activity. The seminar dubbed as “My 100 Days” will keep the newly-minted mayors busy in preparing their roadmap for their respective LGUs. City Mayors and Governors will have a separate seminar on June 24-25 in Manila. (Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise, DILG-13/PIA-13)