PIA News Service - Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010

City gov’t intensifies cleanliness drive in the barangays

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The city government here, in coordination with the private stakeholders, academe and partner agencies intensify cleanliness drive dubbed as “Butuan, Higugmaon Ta, Limpyohan Ta”, to bring back the cleanliness and beauty of this city.

Ms. Leah Amante-Mendoza, City Administrator expresses her thanks to the present administration for initiating this program especially to the barangays. She also mentioned the main problem in the city which includes solid waste management and drainage. 

“I challenge everybody to move. If other places in this country can do it, we can also do it because we are very much capable. Hope our dreams to fully clean Butuan would be realized thru the efforts of all the sectors and participation of the general public,” Mendoza said.

Also, City Economic Enterprise Department (CEED) Manager Ms. Maria Ruth Jugao, said that city mayor Dr. Ferdinand Amante Jr. has reviewed and studied the existing ordinances related to health and sanitation and urged enforcers to strictly implement it. Penalties/sanctions for those who will violate the ordinances such as “No Littering” imposed by the city government will be posted in every barangay so public will always be reminded.

“We do not only implement these ordinances but we will also look after its impact to the public so we can monitor and evaluate its effectivity,” Jugao added.

Jugao further said that her office will conduct forum with the punong barangays together with its constituents scheduled this month to discuss the matter.

The local tri-media will also take part in the information dissemination.

With this move, the city government is optimistic that Butuanons will soon experience a clean and green city. (PIA-Caraga)  


SJIT Graduate School officials sworn to office

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The graduate school organizational officers for the school year 2010-2011 of Saint Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT) took their oaths as sign of accepting its functions and responsibilities, during the orientation and induction program held recently at the SJIT Multi-Media Center here.

SJIT Graduate School Dean Dr. Clara Almendralejo, introduced and presented the faculty members and administrators to the doctorants and masterants during the orientation on the school’s programs.

Vice President for Academic Affairs – Dr. Jocelyn Hua also bared the curriculum and policies of the school, and challenges all the doctorants and masterants to pursue their studies and finish it with pride and honor.

“If some people would ask you – Why are you taking masteral or doctoral when you are not capable? Do not be discouraged; instead take it as a challenge. You study hard and work harder so you can fulfill your dreams,” Dr. Hua said.

Meanwhile, Quality Assurance Manager – Dr. Mansueto Atillo led the induction of the class officers and Dr. Jocelyn H. Hua for the program officers while on behalf of Senior Vice President Prof. Nicole Joy C. Salas, it was Dr. Clara Almendralejo who led the oath-taking of the general graduate school student organization.

Newly installed officers are expected to perform their duties and responsibilities especially in the upcoming activities of the school. (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Inagurasyon sa CSU University ug HITACHI laboratoryo, nagmalampuson

Ni Michael Imbo

BUTUAN CITY - Pormal nga gi-inagurahan sa Caraga State University (CSU) ang usa ka bag-ong Hitachi Regional Laboratory, niadtong Miyerkules (Aug 18, 2010), didto sa CSU-main campus, Brgy. Ampayon, ni’ng syudad.

Si Caraga State University President Dr. Joanna B. Cuenca ang mapasalamaton sa mga nitambong lakip na ang mipasabot sa ka-importansya sa kalidad sa edukasyon ngadto sa mga Caraganon’s ug kasikbit nga probinsya gumikan kay ang unibersidad ang motudlo sa kabataan aron kini mahimong globally competitive sa natang sa teknolohiya ug syensya.

Si Cuenca nagkanayon, “With the support given to CSU by Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Philippine Corporation (Hitachi GST), the dream of the university to mold the youths and prepare them for a globally-competitive environment will be realized,”

Atol sa gipahigayong press-conference si Mr. Chandramogan Anamirtham, President and Site Manager of HGST Philippines mitug-an nga magpadayon ang ilang suporta sa CSU ug sa tanan nga mga unibersidad ug kolehiyo ubos sa Integreted University program.

Gitambongan ang okasyon sa mga tag-as nga opisyal sa gobyerno, mga magtutudlo, estudyante ug representante sa nagkadaiyang ahensya.

Ang Hitachi GST Philippines Laguna ug Hitachi GST San Jose, California sa Amerika ang mipaabot sa donasyon isip partner sa CSU alang sa usa ka state-of the art-equipment.

Kahinumduman nga niadtong March 3, 2009 nagpadala sa donasyon ang Hitachi GST-Philippines didto sa Nasipit Port ug gihatod kini sa CSU.

Sumala ni Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Dr. Nona Ricafort nga ang Hitachi GST dakong suporta ug kaabag sa edukasyon, walo na ka state universities ug duha ka pribadong tunghaan sa nasud ang gisuportahan niini.

Gipahigayon ni Butuan City Bishop Most. Rev. Juan de Dios Pueblos ang inagurasyon sa landamarks apil na niana ang CSU faƧade nga nahimutang atubangan sa gate.

Gibuksan sab ang monumento ni Gov. Sir Francis Burton Harrison Cenotaph dapit sa Harrison Bridge, ang monumento ni Elisa R. Ochoa Cenotaph atubangan sa Ochoa Library. Kini ang magpabiling ilhanan sa dakong naabag ngadto sa CSU.

Gilauman sa Hitachi GST nga ang regional laboratory usa ka kalamposan aron makab-ot ang industriya sa teknolohiya, haom ang pagtuon nga mapasaka ang kalidad sa science ug engineering sa mga estudyante lakip na ang mga magtutudlo. (PIA-Caraga)


ICRC holds Davao media training on IHL and reporting conflict

About 30 journalists from print, radio, television based in Davao and one from the Caraga region attended the one-day workshop on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and conflict reporting recently. 
 
The event organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation in Manila and the ICRC Mindanao sub delegation, held at Apo View Hotel, Davao City; was one of the five similar media trainings conducted by the ICRC this year which targeted the cities of Tacloban and Bacolod in the Visayas, and the cities of Davao, General Santos and Zamboanga in Mindanao.
 
The training was aimed to equip journalists with the knowledge on international humanitarian law which may aid them in the development of their stories and reports during coverage of conflicts and humanitarian situations.
 
Topics discussed and tackled during the seminar-workshop included the “ICRC In The Philippines: Focus on Mindanao” by ICRC Communications Officer Albert Madrazo, and a “Briefing on International Humanitarian Law” by Ms. Anastasia Isyuk, ICRC Communications Coordinator during the morning session.
 
Also highlighted during the morning activities was the opening of the nomination for the “Red Cross Award for Humanitarian Reporting 2011.” The launching of the media contest in Metro Manila was aimed for the recognition of “the best peace and conflict reporting.” The competition seeks to recognize well-written, in-depth stories on the humanitarian consequences of armed conflicts. The results of the contest will be announced on the Red Cross Day in May 8, 2011.
 
During the afternoon sessions, a Presentation of 2009 Opinion Survey on civilians affected by armed conflict was presented by Ms. Allison Lopez, ICRC Communications Officer. It was followed by the topics “ICRC’s Relationship with the Media” and “Media’s Role In Reporting Conflict and Humanitarian Issues” by Dr. Rene Guioguio, ICRC Political and Communication Advisor.
 
Towards the closing part of the activity, veteran journalist Victor Redmond Batario, Executive Director of the International news Safety Institute (INSI) imparted useful tips and insights on how to avoid danger when covering conflict situations.
 
More similar activities will be conducted in some key cities of the country in the future, ICRC announced. (Noel B. Najarro, The Butuan Star/PIA-Caraga)  


SK reform measures needed --- Robredo

Secretary Jesse M. Robredo of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday underscored the need to introduce reform measures to the existing Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) system amid the forthcoming synchronized barangay and SK elections scheduled October 25 this year. 

This came after Robredo sat down with officials of the SK Reform Coalition, who presented their proposed SK reforms.  

SK Reform Coalition convenor Marlon Cornelio, its spokesperson John Tobit Cruz, and Student Council Alliance of the Philippines national executive board member Liza Dizon initiated the meeting. 

“We have agreed on the idea to reform the existing Sangguniang Kabataan by amending the Local Government Code of 1991 particularly the one creating SK, Katipunan ng mga Kabataan and its powers and duties,” Robredo said.

The SK Reform Coalition had agreed on the proposal of the DILG to elect only a youth representative to the barangay council instead of electing an SK council. 

Also, the DILG agreed on the proposal the youth coalition presented to widen the upper age limit of those considered “young persons” from 17 years old to 25 years old in order to broaden representation of the youth sector. 

Other proposals the coalition presented included the creation of a youth consultative body that would be composed of the different youth organizations in the barangay; and the anti-dynasty provision which would prohibit relatives of elected public officials within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity from being elected youth representative. 

Cornelio said their proposals were included in House Bill 468 entitled SK Reform and Empowerment Bill, introduced by Akbayan representatives Arlene Bag-ao and Walden Bello. (DILG-Office of Public Affairs/PIA-Caraga)


LGUs mobilized vs Dengue

With the reported rise in dengue fever cases in the country, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse M. Robredo on Wednesday called on all local chief executives to support the Department of Health (DOH) in its effort to contain the spread of the disease.

Robredo said there was a need for coordinated efforts among all concerned national government agencies and local government units to lessen the prevalence of the mosquito-borne disease.  

The National Epidemiology Center of the Department of Health has reported a total of 40,648 dengue cases in different sentinel hospitals nationwide from January 1 to July 31, 2010, which is 48% higher than the 27,472 cases recorded last year.

In a directive to all provincial governors, city and municipal mayors, and punong barangays, the DILG Secretary called for intensified information and education campaign on dengue fever and appropriate preventive and control measures.

He said local executives should enforce environmental sanitation such as dredging of clogged canals, esteros and other waterways; pruning thick bushes or tree branches; and removal or draining of receptacles containing stagnant water.

He also reminded local officials not to conduct indiscriminate fogging unless there was an outbreak of the disease in their areas.

“The public should undertake self-protection measures such as wearing long-sleeved shirts, and pants and using mosquito nets at night and repellants during daytime. They should immediately consult a doctor in case they are experiencing symptoms of the disease,” said Robredo.

Some of the symptoms of dengue are sudden onset of high fever which may last from 2 to 7 days; joint and muscle pains including pain behind the eyes; weakness; skin rashes; nosebleeding; abdominal pain; vomiting of coffee-colored matter ;and having
dark-colored stools.

There are currently no vaccines for Dengue fever, a severe flu-like illness also called as breakbone fever. (DILG-Office of Public Affairs/PIA-Caraga)


AFP security awareness campaign against NPAs strengthened in barangays

BUTUAN CITY – The 42nd CMO (Panaghiusa) Company of the 4th CMO Battalion, 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army based in New Leyte, Awa, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur conducted series of barangay assemblies in line with its National Security Awareness Campaign against the CPP/NPA/NDF.

The Pulong-Pulong on the National Security Awareness Campaign was held today at Barangay Basag in the governments’ effort to initiate through the AFP ways to address the ideological, political and organizational activities of the Communist Terrorist Movement who continuously used minors by recruiting them teaching these youths their ideologies.

People in the barangays were made to understand the unbridled oppression and exploitation of the youth by the NPA’s.

Similar activity was conducted on July 21 at Purok Gabi B and Purok Lubi A and D in Barangay Basag as requested by purok and barangay officials attended by almost 200 residents.

According to Charlie Company 30IB,4ID Commanding Officer 1Lt. Ramel Esparagosa, troops will also jointly provide free medical care to local communities. 

The Pulong Pulong will now be a continuing activity of the 42nd CMO (Panaghiusa) Company of the 4th CMO Battalion, 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army to also inform the community of the different development projects the AFP shall implement to promote peace in the region.  

This is in coordination with other national line agencies and the city government of Butuan. (Jocelyn E. Morano, dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/PIA-Caraga)