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'TreeVolution' Online FM Radio

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga in partnership with Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) install the 'TreeVolution' online FM radio that can be accessed at www.treevolutionradio.caster.fm.

PressCon on CSC-COMEX

Civil Service Commission (CSC)commissioner Robert Martinez, CSC Caraga regional director Resurreccion Pueyo and CSC Examination, Recruitment and Placement Officer (ERPO) director Fernando Porio during the launching of the Computerized Examination (COMEX) System held in Butuan City on August 14, 2014.

NCPW 2014:Technical Working Group Meeting

Members of the National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) technical working group discussing plans during their meeting at the NAPOLCOM Office on August 12, 2014.

Butuan Sillimanian Tree Planting Activity

Butuan Sillimanians unite together for a tree planting activity along Macapagal Highway in Butuan City on August 9, 2014 in support to the city's greening program.

Regional Awarding of Gawad Kalasag 2014

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga regional director Abner Caga receives the certificate of commendation for the agency's invaluable support to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council's undertakings during the Regional Awarding of Gawad Kalasag 2014 in Butuan City on July 31, 2014.

PopCom Caraga's Reg'l Dissemination Forum on 2013 YAFSS4

Commission on Population (POPCOM) Caraga regional director Alexander Makinano responds to the queries of media audience during the Reg'l Dissemination Forum on 2013 YAFSS4 held in Butuan City on August 1, 2014.

GADCC Full Committee Meeting

Commission on Human Rights Caraga regional director Atty. Marylin Pintor, together with National Economic and Development Authority Caraga regional director Mylah Faye Aurora Carino, presiding the Gender and Development Coodinating Committee Full Committee Meeting on August 5, 2014 in Butuan City.

Regional Forum on BINDS Project by Oxfam Phils.

OXFAM Mindanao Coordinator Dante Dalabajan in an interview with media men expresses high hopes on the People’s Survival Fund as a finance mechanism that would help LGUs during a Forum on BINDS Project Good Practices in Butuan City on July 30, 2014.

Regional Forum on BINDS Project by Oxfam Phils.

Local government unit and non-government organization representatives gather during a Forum on BINDS Project Good Practices held in Butuan City on July 30, 2014 to connect and work together and link local initiatives to any similar programs on building adaptive capacities in the local level.

Agents of Change Forum

Information officers from government agencies and local government units join the Agents of Change Forum which highlights the presentation of Revised Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2013-2016 held at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort on July 30, 2014.

PRC AgNor-BXU Chapter BODs' Courtesy Call to Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba

Red Cross Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter board of directors pay courtesy to Agusan del Norte Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba on July 28, 2014 in Butuan City.

Release Operation-4 PNP Captives by NPA

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas interfaces with the media corps during the release operation of the four police captives by the New Peoples Army (NPA) on July 29, 2014 at Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte.

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PIA News Service - Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

NSO-Caraga spearheads stat seminar in Surigao City today

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (20 October) – The Regional Office of the National Statistics Office (NSO) here spearheads the conduct of a statistics seminar and its crucial role in governance, in line with the World Statistics Day which is celebrated today, October 20, 2010 as directed by the United Nations General Assembly.

According to Carmelita N. Ericta, NSO Administrator, the seminar seeks to inform stakeholders, specifically planning officers, on the available data from NSO in commemoration of World Statistics Day. 

Also, the activity builds capacities in NSO Provincial and Regional Offices for data dissemination, and demonstrates the use of public-use files.

In Caraga Region, the activity takes place at Barton’s Restaurant in Ceniza Heights, Surigao City. Simultaneously, 19 provinces nationwide will also conduct the said seminar. (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Philippine CeC Program, gipasidunggan

Ni Michael Imbo

BUTUAN CITY - Ang Commission on Information and Communication Technology’s (CICT) Philippine Community eCenter Program ang mitumaw nga top winner ubos sa Digital Inclusion Category sulod sa 22 ka categories ilalom sa FutureGov Awards ning tuiga.

Ang awards ug annual nga selebrasyon sa sector sa publiko nga gilusad sa Asya gipahigayon didto sa FutureGov Awards Gala Dinner sa Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, niadtong miaging October 15.

Sa impormasyon nga nakutlo, ang Philippine CeC program usa ka National digital inclusion program nga naghatag kahigayonan sa mga Pilipino nga makadawat sa serbisyong Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Sumala sa taho nga daghan nga mga opurtunidad ang gipaagi sa Community eCenters (CeCs) aron masuta ang 869 nga nominations gikan sa organisasyon sa public sectors sulod sa 16 ka mga nasud.

Buot nga ipaabot sa Digital Inclusion ang pagpasidungog sa mga programang nagamit sa teknolohiya isip tulay sa kalamboan nga naglambigit sa globalisasyon.

Gawas nga gipasidunggan ang Philippine CeC program, ang Digital Inclusion migahin usab ug award nga gidag-an niini kabahin sa CICT nga mitumbok sa mga nagkadaiyang school projects sa miaging tuig 2009.

Ang FutureGov awards gihandum nga organisasyon kini sa FutureGov Asia Pacific Magazine usa ka independente nga trade journal nga naglantaw sa sector sa publiko aron kini matudloan sa modernisasyon.

Ang pasidungog gipamunuan sa senior panel civil servants lukop Asya nga gidumalaan ni Chairman Laurence Millar, Editor-at-Large of the FutureGov Asia Pacific magazine ug kanhi Government Chief Information Officer sa New Zealand. (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: DOLE-RCC 13 nagregalo’g jobs-fair, panginabuhian ug techno -transfer

Ni Michael Imbo

BUTUAN CITY - Naglunsad ang Department of Labor and Employement-Regional Coordinating Council (DOLE-RCC 13) sa usa ka One Stop Shop Unlad Kabuhayan: Usapang Negosyo, mga jobs fair, panginabuhian ug techno-transfer, didto sa City Cultural Center, Surigao City.

Si Regional Coordinating Council Chairperson Ofelia Domingo misaysay nga ang “one stop shop” ang magsentro sa jobs-fair, apil na ang skill assessment/ profiling, promo diskwento, operation pawis, mga itudlo nga financial literacy para sa Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s) ug abilidad sa panginabuhian.

Kini nga programa sa DOLE ang nagmugna sa prosesong direktang nagtudlo sa mga overseas work aron pagpresentar sa 22 ka point-agenda sa labor and employment ilalom sa administrasyon ni Presidente Benigno Noynoy Aquino III.

Sa gituki nga Pangkabuhayan-Techno ang departamento migahin ug training aron tudloan sa abilidad nga magtuon kabahin sa pagbuhat ug hand sanitizer making, pahumot (perfume), cologne, dishwashing liquid, fabric softener ug trendy balloon. 

Gitinguha sa ahensya nga mapakunhod ang kalisud ug mapasaka ang kalidad sa panginabuhian sa katawhan lakip na dinhe sa rehiyon sa Caraga. (PIA-Caraga)


Nestle’ Phils distributes books for South Cotabato school kids 

“Books hasten the learning process. The more we read, the more knowledge we gain and better pupils we become”, says Anthony John Bercades, Grade VI student, as he received the books handed to him by Dennis Llovido, Nestle’ Philippines AVP for Transport Operation and Connie Deligero, CSR Officer from Ramcar-Motolite, Inc. 
With funds generated from used recycled batteries under the Balik-Baterya Program, Nestle’ and Motolite purchased textbooks for school children of Teresita Elementary School and Ambalgan Elementary School all of Sto. Niño Town in South Cotabato. Both schools have a total enrolment of 209 and 572 students respectively. 

As member company of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), Nestle’ and Motolite has been in the forefront of addressing shortage of textbooks among target public schools in Mindanao and other parts of the country as an expression of corporate social responsibility for depressed communities. (Danny Escabarte, PBSP-MRO/PIA-Caraga)


PopCom stages PopQuiz a new

Butuan City – Nine schools division contestants will compete for the mind-boggling quiz show and vie for the title in the Regional Population Quiz on October 27, 2010, at the Butuan City People’s Hall with the theme “Everyone Counts.”

The contest is designed by the Commission on Population and the Department of Education to promote values supportive of population and development and sustain awareness and interest among in-school youth and the general public.

Just like in the previous years, participants are fourth year high school students coming from the different divisions, to wit: 1) Reymar A. Dimaano, Agusan del Norte; 2) Mark Lloyd G. Dapar, Agusan del Sur; 3) Rennelbert P. Agopitac, Bislig City; 4) Rexbelle Mae A. Caliguid, Butuan City; 5) Jumar D. Cruzada, Province of Dinagat Islands; 6) Krixia V. Llanto, Siargao; 7) Bryan Allan M. Talisay, Surigao City; 8) Csarina V. Apa, Surigao del Norte; 9) Genadel M. Palacio, Surigao del Sur.

20 questions are framed for the Regional Population Quiz classified into three categories: easy, average and difficult. The questions are framed based on family life & responsible parenthood, gender & development, population and reproductive health, environment & sustainable development.

Winner in the regional competition shall represent the region to the national contest at Tarlac City on February 2011. (Angie Balen, POPCOM-13/PIA-Caraga)
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Surigao rescue community reassess disaster preparedness

SURIGAO DEL NORTE (October 20) - To prepare the province from possible calamities now that the country is entering the typhoon season, the Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) took the initiative of gathering members of the rescue community to an informal luncheon meeting last Monday, October 18, 2010 at Hotel Tavern Surigao, to update everyone on the current preparedness of the province in response to air and maritime disasters. 

SCCI President Jake Miranda saw the need for the members of the Provincial and City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management councils to be proactive and identify pre-emptive measures rather than just assign committees. 

Quick Action Response Team (QART) representative Ralph Rowan gave a briefer on the preparedness of the agencies responsible in case of an airplane disaster. The need for an ambulance at the airport was stressed and a community-wide fire drill was scheduled. It was also known during the meeting that there were only between six to nine ambulances available at any one time in Surigao City, making it difficult to quickly ferry patients and casualties from a plane crash site since the Bombardier Q400 and the ATR-72 aircraft that fly to Surigao carry almost 70 passengers each.

Caraga Regional Hospital’s Dr. Panfilo Tremedal was tasked to head the airplane disaster drill which will involve the CRH, QART, private hospitals and the Bureau of Fire Protection. The PNP representative also committed to crowd control and traffic management during the drill and the actual disaster. It was also learned that the nearest Philippine Air Force asset is located in Cebu, to come to Surigao in case of the need for complicated rescue that the PAF can provide. The Philippine Coast Guard’s nearest stationed asset is six hours away at Cagayan de Oro.

PCG Commander Nestor Torre likewise presented the preparedness of the Coast Guard in case a typhoon like Typhoon Juan would hit the province. Several measures were identified including the need of every wooden passenger vessel to have maritime broadband radio, fire drill aboard ships, permanent stationing of the Coast Guard at the City Boulevard, and dissemination of safety information through AM and FM radio. 

The city government through its representative, Engr. Elmer Tecson, committed to seeking assistance from the city council on requiring wooden ferry pumpboats to carry marine band radios, and allocating a permanent space at the boulevard for the Coast Guard.

The provincial government through Provincial Administrator Romy Cal will study the viability of purchasing a steel-hulled ferry to become the province’s logistics and rescue vessel. The provincial government would procure the vessel while the Philippine Coast Guard would commit to maintain it and spend for its fuel during rescue operations.

Radio manager Jun Galeon also committed to disseminating information to fishermen to always wear orange or bright-colored clothing at sea and to bring with them AM radios and flashlights when going on fishing trips.

The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, Quick Action Response Team, Miranda Hospital, and the PNP. (SCCI/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Sagunson nga pagpangatake sa Surigao Sur, gikondena ni Gov. Pimentel

Ni Michael Imbo

Butuan City - Gikabalak-an karon ni Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel ang matud pa sagunson nga pagpangatake sa mga killer nga mitala sa 14 ka mga insidente sugod sa bulan sa Hulyo hangtod Septembre ni’ng tuiga.

Ang probinsya sa Surigao del Sur ang usa sa giilang baga sa kinaiyahan ug puno sa bahandi sa kabukiran ug kadagatan nga nakapa-agni sa turismo ug ekonomiya.

Ang maong insidente ang nakapahadlok sa Gobernador sanglit nakaapekto kini sa turismo sa probinsya.

Kahinumduman nga niadtong milabayng October 15, ni’ng tuiga gipatay ang Barangay Kapitan Eligorio Cuartero sa Barangay Esperanza, Carmen, Surigao del Sur.

Lain pang insidente mao ang pagpanigbas sa mga sagingan didto sa usa ka Banana plantation nga gipanag-iyahan sa DOLE-Estanfilco sa lungsod sa Tago niadtong October 26.

Misaka ang tensyon sa dihang nahitabo ang giyera sa tropa sa kasundalohang 75 Infantry Battalion (IB) batok sa rebeldeng grupo nga gituhuang mga sakop sa New Peoples Army (NPA) didto sa Sitio Mabog, San Roque, Bislig City.

Sumala sa taho tulo ang patay sa maong insidente diin duha ka sibilyan ug usa ka rebelde ang nakabsan sa ilang kinabuhi.

Si Gov. Pimentel mimando kang Police Provincial Director Julito Diray aron pa-imbestigahan ang mga nasangpit nga krimen apil na ang kamatayon ni Barangay Kapitan Cuartero.

Hugtanong gituohan ni Pimentel nga ang kamatayon sa Barangay Kapitan dili lambigit sa politika. (PIA-Caraga)
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Cebuano News: Aquino gi-aksyunan ang tukmang pagpakunhod sa kapobrehon  

Ni Michael Imbo

Butuan City - Giplanohan sa administrasyon ni Presidente Benigno Noynoy Aquino III ang tukma ug kompletong aksyon aron mapakunhod ang problema sa kapobrehon sa nasud.

Sa gipahigayong press-briefing sa Malakanyang, si Presidential Spokeperson Edwin Lacierda misulti nga si Presidente Aquino nagpatawag og panagtigom sa anti-poverty group niadtong Lunes alang sa pagtuki sa poverty-alleviation.

Sumala ni Lacierda nga gimandoan na sa Presidente ang tanan nga multi-agency cluster sa nasud aron pagbuhat sa master-plan aron mapatuman ang himoong plano nga masulosyunan ang problema sa kapobrehon sulod sa lima ka tuig.

Gidugang niini nga gusto sa Chief Executive nga ipadayon ang speedier benchmark system aron makab-ot ang kausaban sa nasud sa maong programa.

Kini ang usa sa gitutokan sa programa sa administrasyon nga mapasaka ang panginabuhian sa katawhang Pilipino.

Gi-presentar usab sa mga cabinet secretaries ang ilang framework sa programang poverty reduction.

Gisaksihan ang panagtigom sa mga sakop sa Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Budget and Management and the Department of Health (DOH) ug uban pa.

Gitambongan usab kini ni Presidential Adviser on Peace Process Teresita “Ging” Deles diin misugyot nga ang isyu sa proseso sa kalinaw ang usa sa hinungdan sa kapobrehon sa nasud.

Ang United Nations bag-ohay lang nag-obserbar sa International Day para sa Eradication poverty sa tanan nga nasud apil na niana ang kalamboan sa nasyon. (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Bislig City luwas sa red tide toxin

Ni Michael Imbo

BUTUAN CITY - Giingon nga luwas ang Bislig Bay sa Surigao del Sur sa mikalat nga red tide toxin diin gikabalak-an kini gumikan sa mikalat nga hilo sa nagkadaiyang parte sa Pilipinas.

Sumala sa impormasyon nga gipagawas sa Regional Office of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) mibutyag nga negatibo sa red tide toxin ang maong lugar.

Gipamatud-an nga luwas ang mga shellfish sa Bislig City ug walay angayan nga kabalak-an ang mga katawhan niini.

Base sa resulta sa laboratory sa BFAR gikataho nga ang baybayon sa Bislig, Hinatuan ug Lianga sa Surigao del Sur luwas kini sa nasangpit nga red-tides ug uban pang dapit sa Luzon ug Visayas.

Apan matud pa sa BFAR nga sa talaan sa Shellfish Bulletin ang mga shellfish nga nakolekta sa pipila ka baybayon sa Dumaquillas, Zamboanga del Sur, Matarinao, Eastern Samar, Murcielagos, Zamboanga del Norte ug Misamis Occidental, Sorsogon ug sa Carigara sa Leyte adunay listahan nga nag-positibo pa gihapon kini sa paralytic shellfish poison apan kontrolado na kini sa ahensya nga nagdumala niini. (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: NSO CARAGA mipahigayon og seminar sa Surigao City

Ni Michael Imbo

BUTUAN CITY - Gipahimuslan sa National Statistic Office (NSO) ang kahigayonan sa paglusad og seminar lambigit sa importansya nga batonan sa panggamhanan subay sa selebrasyon sa World Statistics Day, karong adlawa (October 20, 2010).

Ang kalihukan subay sa kamandoan sa United Nations General Assembly nga hatagan sa pagtuon ug mga hisgutanan nga mamahimong mabungahon ang maong aktibidades pinaagi sa himoong seminar.

Si National Statistic Office Administrator Carmelita N. Ericta, mitug-an nga ang maong seminar nagpahibalo sa mga katawhan ug sa organisasyon aron mapalapdan ang impormasyon gikan sa NSO agi’g pagsuporta sa World Statistics Day.

Gidugang niini nga ang kalihukan magtukod sa kapasidad sa mga buhatan sa probinsya ug apil na niana ang mga Regional offices aron mas-madali ug paspas ang pagpakatag sa mga serbisyo sa pagamit sa publiko sa ilang mga talaan kabahin sa NSO.

Dinhe sa rehiyon sa Caraga gihimo ang seminar didto sa Barton’s restaurant sa Ceniza Heights, Surigao City.

Nagpadayon nga gilusad ang parehong seminar sa 19 ka probinsya sa nagakalain-laing dapit sa nasud. ( PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: ConsumerNet Caraga nagpatawag og public forum
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Ni Michael Imbo

BUTUAN CITY (October 20) - Ang Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ang nangulo sa Consumer Network (ConsumerNet) Caraga ang nitakdang nagpatawag og tigom karong Miyerkules (October 27, 2010), didto sa Funtion Hall, Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative (ANECO), Inc., ni’ng dakbayan.

Gilauman nga tambongan kini sa mga representante gikan sa nagkadaiyang sector sa mga kunsumador sa rehiyon sa Caraga, mga senior citizens, non-government organizations, empleyado sa kagamhanan, transport groups, estudyante ug uban pa.


Gikataho nga ang forum magtuki sa mga serbisyong pampubliko, mga hisgutanan kabahin sa kina-iyahan ug isyu lambigit sa negosyo apil na ang mga updates sa ConsumerNet.

Dugang gisaysay nga tutokan ang isyu lambigit sa mga kunsumador ug ang pormal nga pasidunggan ang bag-ong mga establisemento nga nakarehistro sa DTI-Caraga.

Human sa forum adunay ipahigayong 5th Regional Quiz Show didto sa ANECO Conference Room ug isunod ang awarding sa mga mananaug.

Nasayran nga ang kasaulogan sa kalihukan subay sa selebrasyon sa “Consumer Welfare Month” ni’ng bulan sa Oktubre ubos sa Presidential Proclamation Number 1098 pinetsahan September 26, 1997.

Gipaluyohan kini sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources ilalom sa temang “Consumers: Green Multipliers”. (PIA-Caraga)


Barangays get P51-billion IRA shares this year

The country’s more than 42,000 barangays have a total of P51-billion in Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) at their disposal for development programs and projects at the grassroots level this year, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Citing reports from the National Barangay Operations Office (NBOO), DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo said that based on the National Summary of IRA for Barangays, a total of P51,865,195,577.00 has been allocated for 42,025 barangays nationwide this year.  

The Local Government Code defines the IRA as the share of local government units (LGUs) from the national internal revenue taxes, 60 percent of which goes to the national government and 40 percent is allocated to LGUs as IRA. Barangays get a share of 20 percent of the IRA, while provinces and cities receive 23% each, and municipalities, 34%. 

Section 286 of the Code also provides that the share of each LGU shall be released, without need of any further action, directly to the provincial, city, municipal or barangay treasurer on a quarterly basis.

Robredo said punong barangays have a great responsibility and accountability to ensure that their IRA is fully utilized to support local development projects.

“They should make sure that barangay funds and the IRA up to last centavo are channeled to projects that will somehow better the lives of their constituents,” he said.

Based on the same NBOO report, barangays in Calabarzon got the highest total IRA with P6,051,123,993.00; followed by Central Luzon with P4,868,985,120.00; the National Capital Region with P4,706,042,169.00; Western Visayas with P4,459,770,152.00; and Eastern Visayas with P3,676,933,919.00. 

The DILG Chief stressed that “barangays must not be dependent on IRA,” and should exercise their taxing power to generate more revenues to fund their development projects.

“Barangay officials have an obligation to judiciously utilize their resources, including IRA, and report the same to their constituents,” he said.

In a related development, Robredo said that the Department will propose to Congress several legislative measures to provide LGUs greater flexibility in revenue generation and to raise their fiscal and financial resources. 

One of these proposed legislations involves the provision of a five percent adjustment fund for LGUs with a negative transfer or where their current IRA does not cover the cost of devolved services, and another five percent performance-based grant to support LGUs which exhibit good performance in fiscal management and local service delivery. (DILG-Office of Public Affairs/PIA-Caraga)


Legarda to Retailers: Recycle, Reuse Plastic Bags

Senator Loren Legarda today asked retailers all over the country to establish a recycling mechanism for plastic bags and reuse plastic bags.

“Our urban areas are crowded with malls, supermarkets, grocery stores,palengkes, tiangges, and other sales outlets. Purchases in these stores are concluded with customers walking out of the mall or store carrying several plastic bags.”

“Some of these plastic bags are reused while others are dumped either properly or improperly. In instances where these bags are dumped improperly, they end up clogging drainages, polluting waterways and even endangering marine animals and ecosystems,” the Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Climate Change asserted.  

“What people don’t know is that the production of plastic bags requires considerable amounts of crude oil and natural gas, “ 

“A plastic bag reuse-recycle program will provide an opportunity for the public to return to the store clean plastic bags that originated from the store or from any store of a chain of five or more retail establishments.”

Legarda’s bill specifies that the recycling program provided by the operator of a store shall require:

1. A plastic bag collection bin to be placed at or near the entrance to each store, and such bin shall be highly visible and indicate that the bin is intended for the reusing of plastic bags and not for the discarding of garbage. Such collection bin shall be easily accessible to the costumer; and such collection bin shall be clearly marked that the collection bin is available for the purpose of collecting and recycling plastic bags only.

2. That all plastic bags collected by the store are to be collected, handled and recycled in a manner consistent with all applicable laws or any pertinent rule or regulation.

3. That the operator of the store shall direct store personnel to reuse plastic bags collected through the program as container for purchases of customers instead of using new plastic bags until the collected bags in abatch of collection were used.

4. That costumers making subsequent purchases from the same store or from any store of a chain of five or more retail establishments who reuse the plastic bags from the same shall be provided with a discount or given a promotional item, details of which shall be made by the establishment or chain of establishments.
(Office of Senator Loren Legarda/PIA-Caraga)


Efficient early warning and early action are crucial in reducing disaster losses, disaster – resilient cities must be continuous goal – Legarda

Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change reminded that, “The early warning system, to be effective, must translate into public alertness, preparedness and responsiveness. It is encouraging to note that as typhoon 'Juan" raged through significantly, less lives were lost compared to the previous storms and typhoons because of heightened public awareness and action.”

“Typhoon Juan, the strongest storm the Philippines has experienced in four years, is consistent with the trend that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) identified in its 4th Assessment Report which stated that there is more than 90% chance that things will get worse in the future – with stronger typhoons, heavy rainfall and other weather extremes.”
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“In reducing disaster risks and adapting to climate change, effective early warning system and early action must be at the heart of our efforts. Reducing disaster risks is a matter of utmost importance to the country, where calamities abound and are most likely to worsen.”

Legarda urged that making disaster resilient cities, towns and municipalities ought to be the continuous goal, where the whole populations live in homes and neighborhoods served by good infrastructure (piped water, good sanitation and drainage, all weather roads, electricity), provided with efficient services (health care, schools, garbage collection, emergency services), and provided with structures that meet sensible building codes where there are no informal settlements on flooded plains or steep slopes.

“The local government units must be supported with the necessary resources and have the capability to organize itself before, during and after a natural disaster. Ideally, the people participate, decide and plan for their city together with the local government authorities.”

“The central campaign of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) for this year, ‘Making Cities Resilient,’ enjoins cities and local governments to get ready, reduce the risks and become resilient to disasters.”

“Rising urban populations and increased density, weak urban governance, unplanned urban development, inappropriate construction and disregard for the environment all put cities at risk.”

“The challenge is to help make cities resilient to hazards because losses due to disasters are always greatly felt in the local level. There must be competent and accountable local governments that cater to sustainable urbanization, with active participation from all stakeholders.”

Concerned about the farmers and losses in their crops, Legarda also recommended that “Focus must also be on the socio-economic development of the community. Not only do we want to protect human lives, but also socio-economic gains and opportunities. We must extend better support for our farmers, whose livelihoods are at the mercy of weather fluctuations.” 

“The country's agricultural adaptation program must ensure more investments in agricultural research and infrastructure, improved water governance and land use policies, a strengthened extension system that will assist farmers to achieve economic diversification and access to credit,” Legarda concluded. (Office of Senator Loren Legarda/PIA-Caraga)

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