(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 24 April 2024) Easterlies affecting the country. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Easterlies/Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from East to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

PIA News Service - Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ex-nat’l defense chief graces symposium for peace in Butuan

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (30 November) – “We should preserve our culture for the future generations”. This is what former Dept. of Nat’l. Defense (DND) and National Security Council (NSC) Sec. Norberto Gonzales said highlighting his keynote speech today (Nov. 30) during the “Symposium for Peace” as part of the celebration of the 2010 Mindanao Week of Peace, with a theme: “Responsive and Responsible Governance: Key to Peace, Development and Sustainability.

Mr. Gonzales said Filipinos have restored religion’s faith in the world. He recalled one of his experiences where he was able to visit a church in Paris and found out that the church was full with people of all ages attending the mass. He also said, OFWs abroad should preserve the Filipino culture of being a religious “because our culture is one of a kind,” he said.

Moreover, he said, our embassies worldwide should also utilize their vicinities as worship grounds for OFWs to continuously pray and be able to preserve our culture as religious citizens. (PIA-Caraga)

Former security adviser cites importance of Pinoys abroad

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (30 November) - “The world needs us,” thus said former Dept. of Nat’l. Defense (DND) and National Security Council (NSC) Sec. Norberto Gonzales in his keynote speech today (Nov. 30) during the “Symposium for Peace” as part of the celebration of the 2010 Mindanao Week of Peace, with a theme: “Responsive and Responsible Governance: Key to Peace, Development and Sustainability.

Gonzales recalled his experience when former Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo asked the Kuwait Emir for the release of some 50 OFWs who are in jail.

Fortunately, the Kuwaiti official said he will release not only 50 Filipinos but all Pinoys that are imprisoned, telling that Filipinos are special to them (Kuwaitis) since some of their princes’ nannies are pinays.

“This shows how important are Filipinos to the world,” Gonzales said. With this, Gonzales stressed “we have to be proud of our race”. (PIA-Caraga)

Medical doctor opposes RH Bill

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (30 November) – Following the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Bill which is now seeking for approval at the House of Representatives, Dr. Rene Joseph Bullecer, a medical doctor and Director for Human Life International presented salient points why there’s a need to oppose the RH bill during the peace forum held Tuesday (Nov. 30) as part of the Mindanao Week of Peace celebration.

According to Dr. Bullecer, originally, RH bill is not written by any Filipino lawmakers but crafted by the UNFPA and USAID. Also, he said, it is against our constitution as the highest law of the land promotes a pro-life.

Bullecer also said RH Bill promotes immorality as it implies fornification. It is also anti-child and anti-parent bill because it promotes abortion.

Bullecer added the bill is against one’s religious freedom and “against our Catholic faith as it destroys our demography,” he said.

He further said poverty is an economic problem which needs economic solution and the approval of the reproductive health bill is definitely not a solution.

Meanwhile, the young medical doctor from Camiguin province said the true cause of the so-called overpopulation is the increase of the human lifespan and curbing the infant mortality rate.

When asked why the country remained to be poor, he presented six reasons. He said the country is very poor in agricultural advancement, there is an uncontrolled massive urbanization, uneven or unequal distribution of wealth, bad politics, graft and corruption and the very reason whey we are still below poverty line is “because of our mega heavy foreign debt servicing,” he said.

“We deserve to become a better nation. Politics decide what kind of life we can have. So, we must take politics seriously,” Bullecer disclosed. (PIA-Caraga)

Butuan Bishop gives stand on reproductive health law

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (30 November) – Most Rev. Juan de Dios Pueblos, Butuan City Bishop and lead convenor of Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) emphasized the importance of promoting pro-life which signifies its resistance to reproductive health (RH) bill.

The bishop said, life is holy and we should be responsible in preserving it. Bishop Pueblos made his closing remarks during the “Symposium for Peace” held Tuesday, November 30 at Saint Peter’s Seminary College Social Hall, as part of the celebration of the 2010 Mindanao Week of Peace in Butuan City.

The forum indirectly aims to inform the church leaders and clergies of its stand against the controversial RH Bill which is now seeking its approval from the legislators at the House of Representatives.

This year’s Mindanao Week of Peace celebration is anchored on the theme: “Responsive and Responsible Governance: Key to Peace, Development and Sustainability. (PIA-Caraga)
Butuan City gov’t to hold Christmas parol contest

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The city government here invites all the residents of this city to witness the entries of Butuanons for the Christmas parol contest on December 2010.

City tourism bared that the Christmas parol entry shall be designed with lights as its main element. It must look attractive and presentable in daylight and spectacularly lighted at night.

It was learned that the size of the parol entry shall be no less than four (4) feet in diameter. Any materials can be used as long as it can endure open weather condition. It must be provided with lighting effects. Music or sound effects is optional (electric current will be provided by the city government), and the maximum load must not exceed 100 watts (CFL) for the over-all lights and sounds of each entry.

City Tourism emphasized that numbering of entries by the participants will be on a “first come first serve” basis. Participants are also required to display their designated number in front of their entry on a 2x3 feet placard, and all entries must not bear the name of the participant except their assigned number.

 Criteria for the Christmas parol contest are as follows: originality – 40%; presentation – 25%; craftmanship – 20%; design impact – 25%, a total of 100%.

The first place will receive Php 10,000.00; second place – Php 7,000.00; third place – Php 5,000.00; and consolation prize (for seven entries only) – Php 2,000.00.

Judging shall start on December 6-10, 2010, the decision of the board of judges is final and irrevocable.

The last submission of entries was held on November 22, 2010. Installation of entries was started right after the final briefing of the participants held November 19, 2010 at the City Mayor’s Office, this city. (PIA-Caraga with reports from City Tourism Office)

Butuan City gov’t invites organizations, school choirs to join in the Christmas Daygon contest

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The city government here invites all the organizations, school choirs to participate in the Christmas Daygon contest to be held on December 10, 2010 at the City Hall Lobby, this city.

City Tourism revealed that choir members must not be less than 20 and not more than 30 singers, one instrumentalist and one conductor. All contestants must come to the contest proper venue without any identifying marks, sotumes and props are encouraged.
It was learned that contestants will perform two Christmas songs, which may be in English, all Filipino, all bisaya, or combination of two/mix (there will be no contest piece required). And choreography will only be done during the second song.

Important reminders for the participants: 1) singing time for each choir is limited only to 12 minutes; 2) performance may be choreographed; 3) no soloist is allowed; 4) trainer may conduct or not; 5) sequencing of presentation will be drawn by lot basis.

Criteria for the Christmas Daygon contest are as follows: Technique – 45%; Interpretation – 30%; Choreography – 15%; and Stage Deportation – 10%, a total of 100%.

The first place will receive Php 10,000.00; second place – Php 7,000.00; third place – Php 5,000.00; and consolation prize (for seven entries only) – Php 2,000.00.

City government with City Tourism Office is hoping for the full support and participation of the general public in all the Christmas activities. (PIA-Caraga with reports from City Tourism Office)

Butuan City gov’t sets up Christmas belen contest

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The city government here sets up Christmas Belen contest. The said contest is open to all barangays in this city.

City Tourism Office here bared that only one entry per Barangay Cluster is allowed (5 barangays/cluster = 17 barangay clusters). All entries shall occupy a floor plan area of not more than 3x3 meters with the height of not lesser than four feet and not more than six feet.

The participants can use any materials as long as it can endure open weather condition. It must be provided with lighting effects. Music or sound effects is optional while electrical current will be provided by the city government. The maximum load must not exceed 100 watts (CFL) for the overall lights and sounds of each entry.

Criteria for the Christmas Belen contest are as follows: Creativity – 50%; Concept and Design – 30%; and Over-all impact – 20%, a total of 100%.

The first place will receive Php 20,000.00; second place – Php 15,000.00; third place – Php 10,000.00; and winners for consolation prize will receive Php 3,000.00 each.

Also, the awarding of prizes will be held during the City Employees’ Christmas Party. 

Meanwhile, judging will start on December 6-10, 2010. Viewing time will also start on December 1-31, 2010 at 8:00 am to 11:00 pm. 

The city government with the City Tourism Office is optimistic that this activity will also add to the tourism promotion. (PIA-Caraga with reports from City Tourism Office)

Butuan City gov’t to award ‘Best lighted establishment’

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The city government here will award prizes to the chosen best lighted establishment. 

The said contest is open to all business establishments along J.C Aquino Avenue, this city. 

The establishment must decorate its facade with Christmas symbols and lights. Judging shall start on December 6-10, 2010.

Also, criteria for the said contest are as follows: Lighting effects – 40%; Presentation – 25%; Materials used – 20%; Design impact – 15%, a total of 100%.

Winner for the first place will receive Php 10,000.00; second place – Php 7,000.00; third place – Php 5,000.00; and a consolation prize of Php 2,000.00.

 Meanwhile, some of the establishments along J.C Aquino Avenue already installed their Christmas decoration with attractive lights earlier than November 25, 2010 in preparation for the December 1 ceremonial lighting-up of Butuan at the Rizal Park. (PIA-Caraga with reports from City Tourism Office)

Cebuano News: Opisyales sa Friends of the Butuan City Library nanumpa

Butuan City - Nanumpa kang Halandong Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. ang mga bag-ong opisyales sa Friends of the Butuan City Library nga gitambongan usab ni City Administrator Leah A. Mendoza, ug mga kabataan ug ilang mga ginikanan, mga magtutudlo sa nagkadaiyang Day Care Centers diin gipahigayon didto sa City Library ning dakbayan, karong adlawa Nobyembre 24, 2010.

Ang maong pagpanumpa subay sa selebrasyon sa National Book Week diin gipahigayon karon Nobyembre 24-30, 2010 nga ang tema: Pangdaigdigang Pakikipag-ugnayan sa Pamamagitan ng mga Aklat at Impormasyong Teknolohiya at Komunikasyon.

“A fitting challenge for all of us to strengthen communication links awakening our interest over events in this world through books and information technology” usa kini sa gikutlo sa mensahe ni Mayor Jun Amante. Sumala usab ni Mayor nga dili lamang sa pagbasa kun dili sa pagsabot niini ug paggamit sa maong kaalam ngadto sa pang adlaw-adlaw nga bulohaton. (Rio Connie Leah M. Flores, PIO-Butuan City/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: CHO Nagapahigayon sa Blood Sugar Count, Cholesterol Check-up ug blood Pressure Screening

Butuan City - Malampuson ang gipahigayon nga Blood Sugar Count, Cholesterol Check-up ug Blood Pressure (BP) nga gipasi-ugdahan sa City Health Office (CHO) ubos sa pagdumala ni Dr. Jospehine Chua niadtong Nobyembre 18, 2010 didto mismo sa maong opisina.

Kini nga aktibidad gisugdan sa alas 8:00 sa buntag hangtod sa alas 12:00 sa udto diin mikabat ngadto sa 150 ka hingtungdang katawhan gikan sa nagkalain-laing barangay ang nakapahimulos niini nga libreng serbisyo alang sa tanan.

Mahinungdanon ug importante kining maong pagpatsek-up aron malikayan ang mga negatibong epekto nga dala niini nga sakit, susama sa high blood pressure, stroke ug diabetes.

Gipasabot ni Dra. Chua ngadto sa katawhan nga padayong magbinantayon sa lawas ug paningkamutan ang makanunayong pagpatsek-up gayud aron malikayan ang pagtaas sa asukal, ug cholesterol sa lawas, ug iyang gihangyo ang makanunayong pagpakonsulta aron magpabilin ang maayong panglawas.

Gipasidan-an ang tanang katawhan nga sayo palang dapat magpatsek-up ug magpakonsulta dili masugamak sa kakuli-an sa lawas. (Gerry Galgao Gabiana, PIO-Butuan City/PIA-Caraga)

By PO2 Darlin Cabalinan-Migullas  

Report on robbery incident 

Around 7:00 O’clock in the morning of Novemeber 28, 2010, a certain Rhea Morales y Lagitao, 25 years old, single, manager of Kinghim Commercial Store and a resident of P-2, Brgy. Bay-ang, Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte reported to Cabadbaran MPS that said establishment was ransacked by unidentified persons, who took the steel vault containing assorted cellular phones with estimated total value of one hundred seventy three thousand seventy three Pesos (P173, 073.00). 

After receiving said report, elements of Cabadbaran MPS conducted crime scene investigation. Initial investigation disclosed that the suspects gained entry into the said establishment by forcibly destroying the padlock of the main door. Said steel vault was recovered later, by the Brgy Tanod at Brgy Mabini of the said municipality, which were damaged and empty near the Padanon Bridge. Elements of Cabadbaran MPS are still conducting follow-up investigation for possible identification and apprehension of the suspects. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Illegal discharge of firearm and grave threat

A certain Datu Leonardo Galbo y Tauwon, 48 year old, married, Tribal Chieftain, and a resident of P-7, Barangay Amparo, Butuan City was allegedly shot by the suspect identified as Ronald Milflores y Hemarangan alias “Boobie”, 32 years old and a resident of P-2, Barangay Baan, Butuan City using undetermined caliber of firearm around 1:00 O’clock in the afternoon of November 28, 2010 at P-1, Brgy. Amparo, Butuan City. Investigation disclosed that prior to the incident, said suspect and victim were having a confrontation when the suspect forcibly towed the round logs using a motorized banka owned by the victim that were docked beside Agusan river. 

After the said incident, the victim reported to Brgy. Chairman, Segundo Cabudlan of the said Barangay and asked for assistance but the suspect threatend them using his gun, which prompted the Barangay Chairman and the victim to asked Police assistance from the outpost at the said place. Immediately, PO3 Robert Capa and PO3 Jonas Cale responded on board a motorized banka enroute to the towed logs but the suspect immediately fled on board a pump boat and fired his gun towards the responding PNP personnel but fortunately missed his targets. 

Said suspect also believed to be collecting money from the small scale loggers passing Agusan river particularly at Barangay Amparo. At around 3:00 O’clock of same date, personnel of BCPS 5 led by Police Inspector Salvador Duncano Cagadas together with Butuan City Public Safety Company conducted manhunt operation, which resuted to the arrest of the said suspect. Arrested suspect is now temporarily detained at BCPS 1 Detention Cell, while appropriate charges are being prepared for inquest proceedings. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)  

Buenavista, AdN cops arrest wanted person 

Elements of Buenavista MPS led by PO3 Helbert Laput Guzman, Warrant PNCO arrested one Edmundo Sayas y Binculado, 30 years old, married and Elpedio Ruiz y Satorre, 44 years old, single, both residents of P-4, Barangay 3, Poblacion, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, around 9:30 in the morning of November 28, 2010 at the said place. 

Said persons were arrested by virtue of Warrant of Arrest issued by Hon. Gael P. Paderanga, Municipal Trial Court, 10th Judicial Region, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, charged for the crime of Attempted Homicide docketed under criminal case number 3944 with recommended bail bond of P12, 000.00. Arrested suspects are now detained at the said Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on illegal gambling

One Armando Coldora Polangco, 30 years old, married, bet collector of illegal gambling and a resident of Brgy. Katipunan, Pilar, Surigao del Norte was apprehended by elements of Pilar MPS led by Police Inspector Elvie Verano Dedicatoria, OIC, during the conduct of operation against all forms of illegal gambling on November 28, 2010, around 6:10 in the evening along Provincial Road of Brgy. Mabuhay of the said municipality. 

Said person was caught in the act, engaging in illegal gambling activity. Confiscated from his possession were one (1) unit unregistered single motorcycle Yamaha STX color blue with engine number 5RE1071572, one (1) unit Nokia cellular phone, gambling paraphernalia nad bet money amounting to P1,570.00. 

Apprehended suspect and confiscated items were brought to Pilar MPS for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on shooting incident

Unidentified person armed with unknown caliber of firearm shot a certain Josephine Estrada y Abao, male, 28 years old, driver and a resident of Brgy. Nurcia, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur, around 7:00 O’clock in the evening of November 28, 2010 at the National Highway, Brgy. Pag-antayan, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur. 

Investigation disclosed that while the said victim was walking alone going to the restaurant infront of Shell gasoline station, said suspect wearing jacket, on board a single motorcycle Honda Wave, color white immediately shot the victim. Said victim sustained gunshot wounds at the left side of his head and at the back portion of his body and was brought to Madrid District Hospital for medical treatment. 

Suspect fled to unknown direction after the incident. Cantilan MPS is still conducting follow-up investigation for possible identification and apprehension of the suspect. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)
PH’s Mission: Help find lasting peace in Korean Peninsula - Legarda
Expressing grave concern over the rising tension in the Korean peninsula, Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, today said that the Philippines’ main obligation is to support the United Nation’s (UN) mission of peace and reconciliation in Korea.
Legarda explained that as one of the 12 countries currently accredited as UN Command (UNC) member nations, the Philippines remains committed to helping achieve a political and lasting settlement of the challenges facing North and South Korea.
“This responsibility emanates not just from our membership in the United Nations, but from a law that provides for the continued assignment of Philippine personnel to the UN Command Liaison Staff in South Korea,” she said. 
“The UNC’s mission is to help ensure the fulfilment by all parties of the provisions of the Armistice Agreement. Our objective is to help diffuse the tension given our role in the UNC,” she added. 
Republic Act 573, the Philippine Military Aid to the United Nations Act signed in September 1950, authorized the sending of the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea, and the subsequent detail of Philippine personnel to the UNC Liaison Group. 
The Philippines is one of 16 UN member states whose troops saw combat in the Korean War. Other UN member states – Denmark, India, Norway, and Sweden – provided medical and humanitarian aid during the war.  
“The presence of more than 50,000 Filipinos in South Korea underscores the need to find a permanent solution to the problems facing the Korean Peninsula” Legarda stressed. 
“We do not have winners in wars, only losers. And those who suffer the most are the civilians.” (Office of Senator Loren Legarda/PIA-Caraga)
Cebuano News: Self – Employment Assistance Program Review and Evaluation Workshop, gimugna sa CSWD

Aron makakaplag ug mga solusyon para sa epektibong paghatag ug serbisyo sa mga programa sa panginabuhian, nagmugna ang City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) ug Self – Employment Assistance Program Review and Evaluation Workshop kaniadtong Nobyembre 18-19, 2010 sa Luciana Inn, Butuan City.

Gilangkuban kini nga kalihukan sa mga opisyales sa Social Welfare ug ang mga assistants sa maong opisina.

Tumong usab niini nga aktibidad ang pag-update sa mga niaging kalihokan ug mga proyekto sa panginabuhian sulod sa tuig 2006 hangtud 2010 arun mahibal-an ang mga aktibong serbisyo nga angay ipadayon hilabi na ang mga proyekto nga makatabang gayud sa mga katawhan sama sa Socialized credit, Buy and Sell, Handicraft ug Food Production.

Nanghinaot ang atong Halandong Mayor Ferdinad M. Amante Jr nga mapangusgan pa ang maong kalihukan kay kini mahinungdanun man ug dakong tabang sa katawhan hilabi na sa mga wala’y permanengteng trabaho ug kadtong mga nanginahanglan ug dugang nga panginabuhian. (Agnes B. Tumulak, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Sports Summit para sa mga SK, gipahigayon

Usa sa mga lakang sa atong Halandong Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr aron mapakusog ang Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) sa mga kabarangayan dinhi sa Dakbayan, ang pagmugna ug mga aktibidadis nga kun diin sila ang sentro sama sa gipahigayon nga 2nd Sports Summit – Part III (Brgy. Level) kaniadtong petsa 19 sa Nobyembre didto sa Conference No. 2, Butuan City Hall.

Gilangkuban kini sa mga bag-ong napili nga mga opisyales sa SK sa nagkadaiyang barangay sa Butuan arun hatagan ug kasayuran ang atong lokal nga panggamhanan sa kahimtang sa sektor sa kabataan sa mga nagkadaiyang problema nga ilang gisagubang apil usab ang pagmugna ug mga kasulbaran niini hilabi na mahitungod sa pagdumala sa paugnat sa kusog.

Nanghinaot si Mayor Jun nga ang mga aktibidad susama niini makatabang mahilikay ang atong mga kabatan-unan sa nagkadaiyang kahilayan ug bisyo sama sa druga hilabi na sa pagpalambu sa ilang abilidad sa paugnat sa kusog. (Agnes B. Tumulak, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: CSU-LTTMO nagtambayayong sa Milo Marathon

Ang pagbantay ug pagmintinar sa seguridad sa City Hall sa bisan unsang aktividad, ang kanunay nga gihatagan sa dakong bili ug alertong gibuhat sa atong Civil Security Unit (CSU) uban ang hapsay nga pamaagi sa pagpamalakad trapiko sa Syudad sa matag okasyon nga gipanghingusgan usab sa atong Land Transportation and Traffic Management Office (LTTMO), duha ka opisina ilalum sa Opisina sa Mayor niining Dakbayan nga nagtambayayong para makab-ot ang kahusay ug kalinaw sa Dakbayan.

Mahinumdumang dihang gipatigayon ang malampusong Milo Marathon sa sayo sa buntag niadtong Domingo, Nobyembre 21, 2010, kini nga aktibidad nihagit sa katakus sa atong CSU ug LTTMO diin bagang duot sa katawhan ang misalmot niini, alang sa hapsay nga pag-implementar sa maong kalihokan.

Matud pa ni Mr Fred Radaza, hepe sa LTTMO, duha ka adlaw adesir ang maong marathΓ³n, sila nakigtambayayong sa media aron mapahibalo ang katawhan kabahin sa maapektohang dalan nga maagian sa maong marathΓ³n, aron sila mahilikay sa kahasol sa dalan.

Gipasabot usab sa maong hepe ang dakung sakripisyo nga gigahin sa atong mga Traffic Enforcers ug Civil Security Units sa pag-alalay sa maong aktibidad aron masiguro ang luwas ug hapsay nga pagbaton sa maong programa, taliwala sa kadaghan sa participante, sa sayong kabuntagon.
Masigarbohong gihatagan ug recognition ni Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. atol sa Flag Ceremony niadtong Lunes, Nobyembre 22, 2010 ang mga Traffic Enforcers ug Security Unit sa ilang maabtik ug responsableng pagpatigayon sa ilang mga trabaho alang sa kaayuhan sa Dakbayan, uban sa pag-aghat sa tanang empleyado sa sinsero nga panerbisyo sa katawhan. (Gerry G. Gabiana, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Library Hubs to serve Elementary and Secondary Schools in Butuan

Spearheaded by Honorable Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., the ground breaking ceremony last November 22, 2010 for a Library Hub in Ampayon Central Elementary School (ACES) here in Butuan City was a success.

Mayor Amante believes that the putting up and construction of the Library Hub in Butuan City is a key factor in improving the performance of elementary and secondary schools, especially in the National Achievement Test (NAT), where CARAGA emerges first place for 2009, and substantiate the Philippine Informal Reading Inventory (Phil- IRI) requirement being two of the many priorities under DepEd thrusts and goals identified in the MDGs- EFA 2015.

Library Hubs, also known as the “warehouse and wholesale” libraries, houses books and other reading materials, can be accessed for free by public elementary and high school students for them to develop and hone their skills and love for reading. 

These hubs also provide supplementary reading materials, story and children’s books which could also be used as teaching aids, sorted by subject area or theme for ready use.

Mayor Amante stressed that education is his primary program as he believes that knowledge and education defines the quality of citizenry, and this ground breaking ceremony is indicative of his commitment to better the education system, in partnership with the Department of Education together with the support of the Honorable Councilor Erwin L. Dano, Committee Chair on Education.

The school, students, teachers and Barangay officials convey their deep gratitude for the full force of our City official and leaders in facilitating to make this project into a reality, responding to the reading needs of the students to better school performances in their academic endeavor.

Libertad Central Elementary School in the West District is also a beneficiary of a new Library Hub funded from the Congressional Fund of Cong. Jose S. Aquino II of the First District. (Agnes B. Tumulak, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)

Butuan City Government runs for Children’s Running Shoes

The City Government of Butuan, for the first time joins the annual Milo Marathon last November 21, 2010 at Rizal Park, Butuan City, spearheaded by Honorable Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, together with Mr Jay Rivero of the City Sports Committee as commitment to contribute in financing the events’ thrust of providing running shoes for the poor children around the country.

Mayor Amante believes in the advocacy of the Milo Event and declares his support by enjoining around 100 employees to run in the 3k, 5k, 10k and 21k of this year’s 34th Milo Marathon.

Honorable Amante assures that this would be the start of the partnership of Butuan City Government and Milo Marathon Organizers in nation building through participation of activities that would help fight poverty promoting health of the citizens. (Agnes B. Tumulak, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: POP’DEV 2010 gipahigayon

Malampusong napahigayon ang Search for Ms. Pop’Dev 2010 & Variety Show subay sa celebration sa “Population & Development Week” Nobyembre 23, 2010 dinhi sa City Hall Lobby, Butuan City sa alas 8 ngadto 5 sa hapon. Gitambungan ni Ms. Leah A. Mendoza, City Administrator, Mr. Jerry Gupit, Regional POPCOM ug Mr. Renato Latorre, DEP-ED Division Supervisor inubanan kini sa nagkalain-laing lokal ug pribado nga sekondarya sa dakbayan sa Butuan.

Ang nidaug sa POP Jingle Category sa unang pwesto mao ang San Vicente, National High School (SNHS), ikaduhang pwesto ang Taligaman National High School (TNHS) ug ikatulong pwesto ang Pigdaulan, National High School (PNHS). Samtang sa Ethnic Dance Category ang nakakuha sa unang pwesto Butuan City School of Arts and Trade( BCSAT), ikaduhang pwesto:Pigdaulan National High School (PNHS) ug ang ikatulong pwesto: North Eastern Mindanao Academy. Sa laing bahin ang nahimong kampion sa Ms. Pop’Dev 2010 mao si Ms. Maria A. Baguhin sa Agusan National High School (ANHS).

Tumong ug tinguha niini aron ipakita sa mga katawhan ang kahalangdanon sa Pop’Dev hilabi na sa mga kabataan na aron mahilayo sa mga dautang impluwensya.

Dakung mapasalamaton si Halandong Mayor Ferdinand M. hugot nga gisuportahan. (Ritchelle Encabo, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Agri’Pinoy Program, gipahigayon

Usa sa Programa sa atong Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. mao ang Agri’Pinoy. Diin ang buhatan sa City Agriculture office nga gidumalaan ni Engr. Alberto B. Buca nagpahigayon ug training sa trainer’s niadtong Nobyembre 23,24,25, 2010 sa Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit No. XIII.

Ang tumong ug katuyuan niini mao ang pagpalambo sa mga produksyon ug ani kabahin sa Agri – Industrial Development niiing atong syudad. Diin makahatag ug dakung tabang sa atong mga katawhan nga mag-uuma.

Mapasalamaton ang mga hingtungdang mag-uuma isip benepisyaryo niining maong programa ngadto sa atong Halandong Mayor Amante sa dugang nga kaalam. (Ritchelle Encabo, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Local Aids Council meeting gipahigayon

Nagmalampuson ang gipahigayon nga Local AIDS Council meeting reactivation and inclusion of new members niadtong hapon sa Martes, Nobyembre 23, 2010 didto sa Prince Hotel niining Syudad.

Gitambungan kini sa atong Halandong Mayor, Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. diin gihagit niya ang mga mitambong sa maong meeting hilabi na ang paghatag ug dakong bili ngadto sa mga biktima sa Human Immunodeficiency Virus- Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV-AIDS) ug midugang si Mayor pagkanayon nga tungod kay tawo sila nagkinahanglan usab sila sa dakong respito ug pagsabot. 

Kini nga sosyal isyu mitumaw tungod kay dili ikalimod ang kawad-on sa tawo busa agi ug panimpalad sa pagpangita ug panginabuhian kining mga biktima nahisugamak sila sa trabahong prostitusyon. 

Ang atong mamumuno usab sa City Health Office (CHO) niining Dakbayan gihangyo sa atong Mayor sa pag-train ug mga personahe arun maoy mu-amoma alang niani nga masakiton ug ingon man sa nataptan sa maong sakit.

Alang sa mga mitambong sa forum, sila nagkanayon nga mahinungdanon kini nga panagpulong sa tanan tungod kay ilang nasabtan ug nahibaw-an ang naga-usbaw nga porsento sa gidaghanon sa mga biktima sa HIV-AIDS dinhi sa atong Syudad ug pinaagi ani nahimong eye-opener kini sa wala pa makahibalo. (Gerry G. Gabiana, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Nagkalain-laing Programa gipahigayon

Ang City Tourism Office sa dakbayan sa Butuan nga giabagan sa Department of Tourism, National Commission for Indigenous People 13 (NCIP-13) Non Government Organization (NGOs) ug uban pang ahensya nagpahigayon ug mga nagkalain-laing aktibidades sama sa musunod:

*Cultural Festival Management Seminar- Workshop- sa Luciana Convention Center, niadtong Nov. 22-23, 2010

*Gawad Kalinga Preliminary Judging- Sa Gawad kalinga Villages, Butuan City Niadtong Nov.24,2010

*Follow-up to National on Cultural Mapping- Sa Manila National Museum niadtong Nov. 24,2010

*Multi Convergence of Manobo Ancestral Domain at Anticala- Sa Prince Hotel, Butuan City niadtong Nov.24,2010 

*Butuan Waterways & Historic Sites Photo Documentation- Sa Lumbocan River ug Masao, Butuan City Niadtong Nov.24,2010

*2nd General Assembly National Tourism Congress- Sa Traders Hotel Manila niadtong Nov. 25-26,2010

Ang target benepisyares niini mao ang: Choreographers & Tourism Offices, Gawad Kalinga Residents: Butuan City Tourism, Butuan City Promotions.

Ang maong mga programa hugot nga gisuportahan sa administrasyon ni Halangdong Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. aron mapadayon ug mas mapalambu ang Turismo sa dakbayan sa Butuan alang sa kabag-uhan ug kahiusahan sa katawhan isip sentro sa Caraga ug sa kinatibuk-an niini. (Jovelyn Mejorada, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Pagbisita sa City Nutrition Office sa Kabarangayan gipadayon

Ang City Nutrition Office pinaagi sa mando sa Halangdong Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. padayon sa paghatag sa ilang serbisyo ngadto sa kabarangayan tumong ug tinguha nga maalagaran ug mahatagan sa insaktong nutrisyon pinaagi sa pagpanghatag sa freshmilk feeding sa mga kabataan ug mga inahan nga nagbreastfeeding .

Usa sa mga programa mao ang Multi Sectoral Meeting on Maternal, Newborn child Health and Nutrition ug didto kini gipahigayon sa Luciana Convention Center niadtong Nobyembre 23,2010 ug sa mismong adlaw didto usab ang staff sa maong buhatan sa Barangay De Oro alang sa feeding sa mga kabataan nga kulang sa timbang.

Kini nga mga programa hugot nga gisuportahan ni Mayor Amante ug gipaningkamutan nga mapalig- on ang pag-implimentar alang sa insaktong nutrisyon nga mapalambu ug mapadayon pa kini alang sa katawhan sa kabarangayan.

Ug alang sa kasayuran sa tanan adunay kabag-uhan sa nutrisyunal status dinhi sa dakbayan sa Butuan gikan sa 7% sa niaging tuig, ug niubos kini sa 5% nalang ang nahitalang malnutrisyon sa kabarangayan karon nga tuig ug kini tungod sa edukasyon ug probisyon sa livelihood nga gihatag sa maong buhatan ug ingon man freshmilk feeding. (Jovelyn Mejorada, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Anti Rabies Immunization gipahigayon

Isip kabahin sa Community Service sa mga studyante sa Father Saturnino Urios University kaabag ang opisina sa City Veterinarian nga gidumalaan ni Dr. Mancio Danilo A. Alegado uban sa iyang staff, magpahigayon ug Anti Rabies Immunization didto sa Barangay Baoboan, sa dakbayan sa Butuan karong umaabot nga Disyembre 2, 2010.

Mapasalamaton atong Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante,Jr. niini mahalikay sa peligro sa Rabies ang mga lumulopyo sa dakbayan diin hugot siya nagsuporta niini nga programa. (Ritchelle Encabo, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)