PIA News Service - Friday, Nov. 5, 2010

DENR-MGB 13 joins Executive and Legislative Agenda Formulation in Surigao Norte

Surigao del Norte (November 5) – The province has been known for its rich mineral endowment and it is for this reason that this province had become a popular destination for small scale and large scale mining investors. In the province, a large track of land was also identified as Mineral Reservation areas, which minerals are owned and managed by the State.

Considering the active presence of mining in the province, it is significant to the province that mining shall be given primary attention by the Chief Executive of the Province and by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan through legislation of laws.

Just recently at the Gateway Hotel, Surigao City, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-13) met with the various representatives of several agencies, NGOs, POs, LGUs to formulate the Executive and Legislative Agenda of the Province. The agenda for Surigao del Norte focuses on the HEALS program of the Governor. The acronym HEALS stands for Health, Environment/Education, Agricuture, Llivelihood, Senior Citizen/Security among others.

According to the Governor, Hon. Sol F. Matugas, the province is on the right track as far as mining is concern. It is notable in the province that when Gov. Matugas assumed the post, she has been very particular on the environmental compliances of quarry, sand and gravel operators, including mining.

During the executive and legislative agenda formulation, MGB-13 is one of the agencies comprising the Environment Group to which the office participated in identifying issues and concerns on the environment and developing strategies to achieve the program of the Governor on environmental protection.

The activity is also aimed to establish and strengthen alliances of various groups for a consolidated action towards the betterment of the province.

Governor Matugas enjoined everyone to be involved and help the province set –up a system. She stressed on collection and generation of revenues for Surigao del Norte. (MGB-13/PIA-SDN)


Cebuano News: 8th National Youth Parliament, karon na 

BUTUAN CITY - Pormal nang sugdan karong adlawa ang tulo ka adlaw'ng 8th National Youth Parliament nga ipahigayon dinhi sa dakbayan sa Butuan hangtud sa petsa 7 adlaw'ng Dominggo nga himuon sa usa ka pribadong hotel.

Nasayrang gikan sa kapin 400 ka mga batan-ong nagtinguha pag-apil niini kinsa gipa-ilalom sa application process og screening apan katunga lang ang nakapasar.

Sigon ni Steve Lawrence Arquiza-commissioner at large sa National Youth Commission kon NYC, tumong niini nga matudluan ang mga batan-ong magbabalaud paghimo og resolusyon alang sa mga nag-unang isyu sa katilingban ilabina sa hisgutanang panglawas, kina-iyahan, edukasyon og uban nga duna'y impact sa ilang kaugmaon.

Gidugang sa opisyal nga sa tanang siyudad sa Pilipinas, mas napili sa komisyon nga dinhi sa Butuan kini himuon tungod kay kampante silang kaya kining i-host sa kabatan-unan ning siyudad.

Ang nasangpit nga kalihukan suportado ni Butuan City Mayor Dr. Ferdinand Amante Jr. ingon man sa probinsyal nga panggamhanan sa Agusan del Norte. (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Puganteng killer, subling nadakpan sa Agusan del Sur 


BUTUAN CITY - Gidala na sa National Bureau og Investigation kon NBI-headquarters ning siyudad sa Butuan ang puganteng duna'y tulo ka kasong pagpatay nga gi-atubang human kini subling nadakpan pasado alas-nueve ning mi-aging gabii didto sa Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.

Naila ang suspek nga si Rundy Banao Mandag, hingkod ang edad og mulupyo sa Brgy. Ampayon ning siyudad kinsa nag-atubang og duha ka ihap sa kasong pagpatay sa sala ni Judge Teodora Gonzales sa RTC, Branch 14 nga nakabase sa Malolos, Bulacan og laong kasong pagpatay usab nga nakomitar niya sa Sibagat, Agusan del Sur.

Ang iyang pagkasikop base na sa hini-usang follow-up operation sa kapulisan sa Esperanza og sa NBI agent nga si Benjie Magtoto. (PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: 8th nat’l. youth parliament, binuksan na
 
Ni: Robert E. Roperos

Pormal na’ng binuksan ngayong araw ang tatlong araw na 8th National Youth Parliament na ginanap sa isa sa mga convention centers dito sa siyudad ng Butuan kung saan ito’y magtatapos ngayong Linggo, Nobyembre 7.

Napag-alamang sa higit 400 na mga kabataang nagpasa ng applications para makasali sa nasabing aktibidad, kalahati lang sa mga ito ang pumasa sa ginanap na application process.

Sinabi ni Steve Lawrence Arquiza, commissioner at large ng National Youth Commission (NYC), layunin nito na maturuan ang mga kabataang mambabatas na gumawa ng mga resolusyon kaugnay sa mga nangungunang isyu sa komunidad lalo na ang tungkol sa kalusugan, kapaligiran, edukasyon, at iba pang may impact sa hinanaharap.
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Dagdag ng opisyal na sa dami ng siyudad sa bansa, mas napili diumano ng komisyon na dito sa Butuan gaganapin ang malaking pagtitipon na ito ng mga kabataan sa buong bansa dahil naniniwala silang kaya ng mga kabataan dito na i-host ang nasabing aktibidades.

Ang 8th national youth parliament ay suportado ni Butuan City Mayor Dr. Ferdinand Amante Jr. at ng probinsiyal na pamahalaan ng Agusan del Norte. (PIA-Caraga)


270 PNP scout graduated with competence

Camp Rafael C Rodriguez, Libertad, Butuan City - Two Hundred Seventy (270) strong policemen-newly graduate from Modified PNP SCOUT Training will prove its competence by doing the job well. 

 The closing ceremony of the Modified PNP SCOUT Class 24-2010 held in the Regional Special Training Unit located in Santiago, Agusan del Norte was personally graced by Caraga Police Director PCSUPT REYNALDO SERRANO RAFAL, Ph.D. CEO VI as the Guest of Honor and Speaker. 

The newly graduate PNP SCOUT, 54 of which are female underwent the 45 days rigid training particularly on Internal Security Operations through the untiring effort of PSUPT ADOLPH CANO ALMENDRA, Training Manager together with PCINSP REYNANTE NGOHO SIBAYTON, Course Director and the training staff of RSTU 13- the Home of the Transformers.  

The manner of the PNP SCOUT is not designed to develop killing machines, but to make the trainees withstand all pressures at extreme conditions. The standard set forth for them is aimed to come up with highly disciplined, effective and efficient PNP member.

The graduation rites started with an invocation by PCI MARLOU NERICUA LABARES, Regional Chaplain, followed by the singing of the Philippine National Anthem. PINSP ANTHONY JESS ALCANTARA PUNZALAN, Company Commander, 133rd RPSC/ Tactical Officer gave his Welcome Remarks, subsequently followed by the presentation of the graduates by PCINSP REYNANTE NGOHO SIBAYTON, Course Director.  

The Declaration of Graduates was made by PSUPT ALMENDRA followed by the distribution of certificates and awards by RD RAFAL assisted by PSUPT EUGENIO BELARMINO PAGUIRIGAN, Acting Chief HRDD. RD RAFAL gave his inspirational message to the graduates and was given with a plaque of appreciation immediately after his speech. 

The blessing and donning of beret was made by Regional Chaplain and RD RAFAL respectively. Demonstrations like rifle and pistol exercise; rope exhibition; immediate action drill; close quarter battle; confidence firing and rappelling was skillfully made by the graduates. 

RD RAFAL is optimistic that the newly graduates and the police force in the region as a whole, can surely do the sworn tasks and prove its competence, time and again despite the challenges, through the CPNP’s Eight (8) Foundation Initiatives and Operational Imperatives which are: Doing and Training in the Basics; Procurement Review; Equipage; Police Community Partnership; Doctrine Development; Reward and Punishment; Human Rights and Mentoring Leadership. 

He emphasized that the priority actions should start with Good Manners and Right Performance of Duty. He firmly believed that the Eight Policing Foundation Priorities identified can be understood, can be implemented and can be put in motion immediately.  

The priority actions are all intended to push the reform agenda and strengthen the police service in real-time; meant to strengthen the institution and help to withstand the challenges confronting the PNP. (PCI Nelly Tabornal Villagarcia, PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)


DAR-Caraga booth wins “People’s Choice” award

Showcasing the best products of the communities supported by the Northern Mindanao Communities Initiatives and Resource Management (NMCIREMP) – a project funded by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the NMICEREMP Booth brought by DAR-Caraga won the People’s Choice Award during the recently concluded IFAD Knowledge and Learning Market held at the SM Mega Trade Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City last 11-13 October 2010.

“We placed in our booth all the necessary information and have them backed up with real stories from the beneficiaries”, says DAR-Regional Information Officer Joie Ceballos.

The booth also offers free-taste and touch to the products. “ We want to make them feel and taste our products. This is our way of sharing our culture and our stories”, says DAR Regional Investment and Marketing Officer Jehan Ozoa.

“Sold Out”

Best-seller products run out of supply during the 2-day fair. Among them is the Farmers Pride Vinegar of the Cabugao First Farmers Consumers Coop in Bacuag, Surigao Norte, which was awarded Best Product in the 9th Agraryo Trade Fair last June.

Also proving its worth in the market is the TsokoBest Tableya, made from pure cacao seeds from Bayugan, Agusan del Sur.

While the fashion accessories made of Agsam vine, of ARB Norma de Lara from Lanuza, Surigao Sur has always been the buyer’s favorite.

Other products that became a favorite are the cassava chips of the banal na Kaharian ng Diyos na Buhay of Sta. Fe, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, assisted by DAR-IFAD-NMCIREMP. The chips now come in two flavors--- cheesy and sweetened.

DAR hopes that with the activity, the office will be able to tie up with investors and buyers for the ARB manufacturers. (Joie L. Ceballos, DAR-13/PIA-Caraga)