7.19.2010

PIA News Service - Monday, July 19, 2010

Surigao solon receives 3.4M equipment from TESDA

By Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO DEL NORTE - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Caraga Region turned-over P3.4 Million worth of equipments to 1st District Cong. Francisco Matugas.

In a ceremonial turn-over held Monday, July 19 at the Philippine Gateway Hotel, TESDA Reg’l Director Florencio Sunico, Jr. said these equipments which were donated from TESDA Central Office are intended for enrollees in the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and Automotive in Siargao Island.

“This is not an ordinary equipment, it’s quite advanced,” said Sunico.

Sunico said that the equipments were already in Butuan City, “the equipment is with us na.”

The said equipments are set to be delivered to Siargao after the completion of the Siargao Manpower Training Center. “Since Siargao Manpower is not yet fully operational, we’ll just use it at the Provincial Manpower Training Center,” he said.

Meantime, Cong. Matugas bared that it was actually his friend from TESDA Central Office who gave him an idea. “I also ask Jun (Sunico) as to what equipment is needed for Siargao,” Matugas said. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Surigao Mayor meets with farm managers

SURIGAO CITY (July 19) - The Honorable City Mayor Ernesto “Nitoy” T. Matugas was warmly welcomed by farmers of the four (4) mainland districts during his first scheduled meeting with farm managers on July 14, 2010.

Very shortly after his arrival, Mayor Nitoy in his message told the enrollees of the University on the Air on High Breed Rice Production (UAHBRP) that he is serious about his plan to realign the budgetary expenditures of the 20% Development Fund.

Mayor Nitoy said, he intends to give bigger slice from the Development Fund’s pie of about 70% in order to realize food sufficiency in the locality. The mayor will only give 30% share for infrastructure development.

At the latter part of the launching attended by hundreds of farmers, Mayor Nitoy distributed High Breed seeds to include rat poisoning chemicals.

Recipients are organized farmers from Arellano District – Orok, Capalayan, Nabago and Cabongbongan; Highway District – Luna, Bonifacio, Quezon, Trinidad, Anomar and Sukailang; Rizal District – Rizal, Ipil & Danao; and Mat-i District- Togbongon, San Roque, Poctoy, Serna, Mat-i & Mabini.

The University on the Air on High Breed Rice Production will be held every Saturday at the Togbongon covered court this city. (Flor Pacleb, PIO-Surigao City/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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Cebuano News: Ikatulong Balangay Boat (Sama Tawi-Tawi) molawig sa Asya

Ni Michael Imbo

BUTUAN CITY – Natukod ang ikatulong Balangay Boat nga malaumong molawig na pod sa Asya. Naila ang Balangay Boat nga nagikan sa hinulma sa kamot sa mga inilang mananagat sa Sibutu Tawi-Tawi.

Ang ikatulo nga Balangay Boat ang giila sa pangalan nga “Sama Tawi-Tawi” desinyo sa paglawig sa Asya century na ang nakalabay.

Una na ang duha ka desinyo sa Balangay Boat ang “Mazawa Hong Butuan ug Diwata ng Lahi”.

Ang mga gisukit-sukit nga mga baroto ang magtug-an sa kaniadtong destinasyon sa mga lumadnong kagikan nga milawig gawas sa Pilipinas.

Sa giluwatang mensahe ni Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, kini misaysay sa kahinungdanon sa kagikan lakip na ang simbolo sa kausa sa pagtukod sa ikatulong Balangay Boat (Sama Tawi-Tawi) sa pagpadayon sa paglawig dala ang damgo sa pagpa-ila sa kalibutanong history sa dakbayan.

“In the beginning there was no Philippines but there was Butuan, Filipino is rich in ancient history”, sulti sa Mayor.

Nahimong mabungahon ang programa pinaagi sa mga pasundayag ug pagpasalamat ngadto sa kahitas-an sa pagtukod sa ikatulong paglawig nga gipangunahan ni Most. Rev. Carmelo Morelos, D.D.

Gisaksihan sa nagkadaiyang opisyales sa gobyerno, empleyado, mga lokal nga media apil na mga foreign media, bisita gikan sa laing nasud, ug mga kabataan sa kumunidad ug tulunghaan

Ang launching usa ka hugpong proyekto sa Butuan Global Forum Inc, “Kaya ng Pinoy Foundation’s, Mt. Everest Team, Balangay Journey sa Department of City Tourism. (PIA-Caraga)


AFP to prioritize human rights

As the AFP Chief of Staff Lt Gen Ricardo David Jr vowed to prioritize promotion of human rights, the units up to the Battalion level highly supports his declaration and are willing to strengthen the AFP Human Rights Office (AFPHRO). The AFP believes that "We can win the insurgency war without violating human rights" as stated by LGen David. Likewise, all military movements will be guided by the rule of law and rights-based rules of engagement.

According to AFP-Civil Relations Service (CRS) chief, BGen Francisco Cruz Jr, the strengthening of human rights offices was aimed to improving the military units' understanding of issues concerning human rights. "The setting up of these human rights desks is to give voice to those who may have human rights concern, both civilian and military; to create a network of support; to act as swiftly as possible on cases, or to undertake human rights advocacy through these human rights desks, AFP endeavors to improve each of its unit's understanding and observance of human rights," he said.

Cruz said among the steps to be undertaken is the setting up of comprehensive human rights program intended for the soldiers, including trainees and cadets, to further learn respect for human rights principles. The adherence to human rights as an integral element to command responsibility will be inculcated to the soldiers through this program, he noted. Corresponding to this lastest human rights campaign, the AFP has reached out to other human rights groups and advocates by communicating prevalent issues and its human rights initiatives. Cruz and other AFP officers met with representatives of various human rights institutions, such as the International Federation for Human Rights based in Paris, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, the Redress Organization, which is based in London; and the Philippine Alliance for Human Rights Advocates to discuss human rights issues relevant to the military organization. 

We have long realized that having the monopoly of the legitimate use of force as an instrument of national policy comes with heavy responsibilities in our soldiers. As such, we shall continue to strengthen these human rights efforts by inculcating in our men and women in all ranks and all levels prior to their entry to the military service. (Lt. Gabatin, 36IB/PIA Surigao del Sur)