PIA News Service - Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010

RCMB trains OSCA heads in handling complaints

BUTUAN CITY - The Caraga’s Regional Coordinating and Monitoring Board (RCMB) chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development recently trained the local government units’ (LGUs) Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) heads. The training was aimed at capacitating the OSCA heads to handle complaints from senior citizens and others regarding the implementation of RA 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. 

The activity was in line with the observance of “Elderly Filipino Week” or “Linggo ng Nakakatandang Pilipino” on Oct. 1 to 7. Presidential Proclamation No. 470 issued on September 26, 1994, declared the observance of Elderly Filipino Week every first week of October.

This year’s theme “Nakakatanda: Tanglaw ng Bayan, Kaagapay sa Matuwid na Daan,” aims to promote the rights and well-being of older persons as well as recognize their valuable contributions in nation building. Today, most of them are still active in various home and community activities.

As provided for in the law, the OSCA shall have the following functions a) In consultation with the City or Municipal Social Work and Development Officer and duly registered senior citizen organizations, to plan, develop, implement, consolidate, and monitor yearly work programs in pursuance of the objectives of the Act and its Rules; b) To draw up a list of available and required services which can be provided by registered federations and associations of senior citizens; c) To maintain and regularly update on a quarterly basis the list of senior citizens and to issue national uniform individual identification cards and purchase booklets, free of charge, which shall be valid anywhere in the country; d) To serve as a general information and liaison center to serve the needs of the senior citizens; e) To monitor compliance of the provisions of the Act and its Rules particularly the grant of special discounts and privileges to senior citizens; f) To report to the Mayor, any person, natural or juridical; establishments, business entity, institution or agency found violating any provision of the Act and its Rules; g) To facilitate the creation of a city or municipality coordinating and monitoring board consisting of OSCA Head, the City or Municipal Social Work and Development Officer and the presidents of concerned duly registered senior citizens organizations to deliberate and act on the complaints; h) To assist senior citizens in filing complaints or charges against any person, natural or juridical; establishment, institution, or agency refusing to comply with the privileges under the Act before the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Provincial Prosecutor's Office, the regional or the municipal trial court, the municipal trial court in cities, or the municipal circuit trial court; i) To assist and coordinate with the concerned person, natural or juridical, establishment, institution or agency in investigating fraudulent practices and abuses of the discount and privileges exclusively granted to senior citizens; and j) To establish linkages and work together with accredited NGOs, people’s organizations, and the barangays in their respective areas.

Topics discussed in the training were the legal Bases (violations on the provision of RA 9994), RA 9994 of 2010, Consumers Rights and Responsibilities, 5% discount on Basic Commodities, Conflict Management, Handling Meetings, and Process in Handling Complaints. 

Before the training ended, the participants did a role playing in handling complaints and crafted their action plans.

Other activities conducted were hanging of streamer and radio guesting. (DSWD-13 Social Marketing Unit/PIA-Caraga)


POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Criselda Bulahao-Nalam

Stabbing incident involving PNP personnel

On October 31, 2010 around 4:30 in the morning at M. Ortiz Extension, Kaskag, Brgy Washington, Surigao City, one PO3 Ruel Mezo Logronio, 38 yrs old, married, PNP member presently assigned at San Francisco MPS, Surigao del Norte and a resident of Roxas St. Brgy Washington, Surigao City was stabbed by three (3) persons, one identified as Mark Lester aka “Tetes”. 

Initial investigation disclosed that before the incident took place and based on the testimony of a certain witness named Ganggang Parpan of Shan2 Videoke Bar. That at around 2:30 AM of same date, said police officer together with his companion were engaged in a drinking spree inside that said videoke bar, thereafter at about 4:30 am of same date, they went out from said establishment wherein his companion proceeded to nearby bakery to buy some bread leaving the victim alone. 

Apparently three (3) persons appeared in the scene then approached and asked the victim if the said videoke bar was already closed, without apparent reason one of the suspects pulled out his bladed instrument then stabbed the said victim twice hitting his forearm and abdomen. 

Said victim ran immediately from the crime scene wherein he was chased by the suspects but he was able to get onboard a tricycle that bring him to Caraga Regional Hospital for medical treatment. Surigao City PS is conducting manhunt operations for possible arrest of the suspects while appropriate case is being prepared for filing in court. Progress report follows.

On the other hand, another stabbing incident transpired at Purok Kasamahan, Brgy San Agustin, Tandag, Surigao del Sur on October 31, 2010 around 11:30 in the evening, one Junielito Lajera y Soylo, 42 yrs old, married and one Ronald Boiser y Orozco, 21 yrs old, single both residence of the abovementioned place were stabbed by certain Warren Toring y Inihao, 37 yrs old, married and a resident also of said place with the used of bladed weapon locally known as “sundangay”. Victims sustained stabbed wounds on the different parts of their body and were brought to Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center for medical treatment. While the suspect voluntarily surrendered and place under custody of Tandag MPS for proper disposition and filing appropriate charges.

Meanwhile, at around 7:00 in the evening of October 2010 at Sitio San Nicolas, Brgy San Roque, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, one Wenefredo Batausa y Pede. 35 yrs old, married, farmer and a resident of the abovementioned place was stabbed by certain Fernando Galano y Peligro, 54 yrs old, farmer and also residence of the aforesaid place. 

Initial investigation conducted by Bislig CPS disclosed that while victim (Wenefredo) under the influence of liquor mauled the suspect (Fernando) at his residence prompting the latter to retaliate by stabbing the victim (Wenefredo) with the used of a sharp bladed weapon locally known as “Sundangay”. 

Victim sustained multiple stabbed wounds on the different parts of his body and was brought to Andres Soriano Memorial Hospital for medical treatment. Suspect voluntarily surrendered to Purok officials and was turned over to Bislig CPS for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on illegal drugs

On October 31, 2010 around 11:30 in the evening at District 3, Bliss, Brgy SAcol, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Intel Operatives of Buenavista MPS arrested the following; Mark Perez y Biating, 21 yrs old, single and a resident of Brgy Rizal, 1st st. Guingona Subd, Butuan City, Bernie Vasquez y Felisco, 29 yrs old, single, a resident of Brgy Lawag, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, and Raymund Iting y Casandres, 27 yrs old, single and a resident of P-1, Brgy 4, Poblacion, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. 

Abovementioned suspects were reportedly engaging in illegal drug activity. Confiscated from their possession were one (1) heat sealed plastic sachet of Shabu and three (3) pieces aluminum foil. Suspects were brought to Buenavista MPS for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Recovery of stolen motorcycle

Elements of Sta. Josefa MPS, Agusan del Sur led by PO2 Nomer Nalam, while conducting mobile patrol at the vicinity of Brgy Poblacion, Sta Josefa, Agusan del Sur on October 31, 2010 at around 7:00 in the evening, a stolen Honda c70 single motorcycle under blotter entry number 1743 dated October 31,2010 around 3:30 in the afternoon was seen at Bobot motor parts located at P-8, Brgy Poblacion, Sta. Josefa, Agusan del Sur. 

The said motorcycle was allegedly stolen at the residence of one Jessie Alejandro y Sarabia, 28 yrs old, single and employee of Enterprise Bank and a resident of P-7, Public Market, Trento, Agusan del Sur. Initial investigation conducted revealed that subject motorcycle was brought by the suspects namely; Jeffry Maravilla y Alislag and Junrey Talaugon y Salingay and left the said motorcycle at the aforesaid shop for repair. 

Immediately the responding team conducted hot pursuit operation which resulted to the apprehension of the suspects and were brought to STa. Josefa MPS for documentation and further turned over to Trento MPS who took cognizance of the case. Progress report follows. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on robbery hold-up 

On November 01, 2010 at around 8:00 in the morning at Brgy 5, Cabadbaran City, one Lueza Lorenz y Simin, legal age, married, housewife and a resident of P-2, Brgy 5, Cabadbaran City reported to Cabadbaran MPS that she was robbed by three (3) unidentified suspects armed with cal .45 pistol, shotgun and a knife. Incident transpired at aboput 6:45 in the evening of October 31, 2010 inside her residence. 

Allegedly suspects carted a cash amounting to more or less Eight thousand pesos (Php 8, 000.00), eyeglasses, gold ring and necklace then fled to unknown direction. Initial investigation disclosed that while the victim was inside her house, suspects forcibly entered the main door and declared hold up. 

Upon receipt of the report, PNP elements of Cabadbaran MPS led by PSI ANDRIAN ANTONIO conducted follow-up investigation at the crime scene. Case under investigation for possible identification and arrest of the suspects. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Calaitan Elem. Sch. bawion gikan  sa DepEd-Butuan District

BUTUAN CITY - Gusto bawion sa kagamhanan sa Barangay Simbalan ang Calaitan Elementary School gikan sa Butuan District sa Department of Education (DepEd).

Sa Barangay Resolution No. 66, series of 2010, ang mga opisyal sa Barangay Simbalan nagkanayon nga ang tulunghaang elementary anaa nahimutang sa teritoryo sa Buenavista, busa, gikinahanglan nga ubos pud unta kini sa DepEd ning maong lungsod.

Matod pa sa samang resolusyon nga panahon sa martial law nahimo ang Calaitan nga “No man’s land” maoy hinungdan nga nahitabo ang pagkasakop sa naasoyng tulunghaan ubos sa Butuan.

Anaa karon ubos sa pagtuki ang maong reolusyon sa Committee of the Whole sa Sanguniang Bayan.
(Buena Monitor/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: VMLP Caraga nagpili mga bag-ong opisyal

BUTUAN CITY - Nagpili ang mga bise mayor sa Caraga og mga bag-ong opisyal sa regional chapter sa Vice Mayor’s League of the Philippines (VMLP).

Kini napahitabo kaniadtong Octobre 18 didto sa Dotties Place, Butuan City.

Ang mga napili: Chairman: VM Laurence Lemuel H. Fortun (Butuan City); Vice Chairman: VM Conrad C. Cejoco (Bislig City); Secretary General: VM Dulmar M. Raagas (Malimono, Surigao del Norte); Treasurer: VM Uldarico S. Uriarte, Jr. (Alegria, Surigao del Norte); Auditor: VM Frederick Mark P. Mellana (Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur); Press Relations Officer (PRO): VM Ramon A. G. Bungabong (Buenavista, Agusan del Norte); Board of Directors: 1) VM Felixberto F. Dumadag (Tubod, Surigao del Norte); 2) VM Robert M. Lala, Jr. (Lianga, Surigao del Sur); 3) VM Wilfredo T. Raglucop (Carmen, Agusan del Norte); 4) VM Symond O. Caguiat (Sta. Josefa, Agusan del Sur); 5) VM Mario D. Bagunag (San Jose, Dinagat Islands). (Buena Monitor/PIA-Caraga)
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STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN JOSE S. AQUINO II TO THE LATE FORMER MAYOR DEMOCRITO D. PLAZA II
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I deeply mourn the demise of Mayor Democrito “Boy Daku“ Plaza II. Nothing is devastating than the lost, at the most crucial moment, of a leader; a pillar; a mentor, a valued friend; and a ninong.

To the bereaved family, I, and my family, convey our condolence and join you in prayers that God, in His infinite goodness, bless and rest his soul.

His death comes at the most unexpected time. But while we cannot completely comprehend the divine design, we must submit to the divine will. For all its faults, we cannot fault death for its impartiality.

My personally debt of gratitude to him, and to the Almighty God for His never ending blessings and the power of His wisdom, for what and where I am today, is eternal and is immortalized.
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- (SGD) CONG. JOSE S. AQUINO II
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SILG Robredo graces the 100 Days Progress Report and Mass Oath-taking of newly-elected PBs of Surigao del Norte

SURIGAO CITY - DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo graced the 100 Days Progress Report of the newly-installed Provincial Governor of Surigao del Norte, Hon. Sol F. Matugas, and the mass oath-taking of newly-elected punong barangays of Surigao del Norte at the Provincial Convention Center, Surigao City.

Secretary Robredo was invited to the momentous affair to recommend policy options for more improved governance in the Province that focuses specifically on transparency accountability and people’s participation. The affair was also designed to update the Honorable Secretary on the socio-economic situation of the Province.  

SILG Robredo emphasized that some services of the government should be given to the private sector and not to the local government units alone. He made it clear that the LGUs and the non-government organizations should work together as a team to ensure efficiency in public service. He cited his success story in good governance when he was still a local chief executive of Naga City.  

“People are encouraged to pay taxes because people are satisfied sa binabalik na services ng LGU,” said SILG Robredo in his message during the activity.

Secretary Robredo also cited the significance of providing a Citizen’s Charter copy in every household to ensure transparency in local government transactions. He also stressed the importance of health, education and information as indispensable goals in achieving excellence in local governance.

Governor Sol F. Matugas presented her 100 days Progress Report which was aimed towards achieving HEALS until the end of her term. HEALS is an acronym for her program which means health, education and environment, agriculture and aquaculture, livelihood and tourism, spiritual renewal, social welfare and security.  

On the said occasion, the signing of the Memoranda of Agreement of the project BEST (Barangay Education Strategic Team) and the Business Permits and Licensing System (BPLS) project took place. Project BEST is a joint effort of the DepED and LGUs thru Barangay Council, aimed at addressing the existing GAPS between the current education status and the goals of the Education for All (EFA) of 2015, consistent with the Constitutional State policy to protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education. The Business Permits and Licensing System (BPLS), is a joint project of the DILG and DTI which is aimed at achieving through reforms the reduction of the cost of doing business in the localities and improving facilities and systems to address both local and national business concerns. 

 The awarding of certificates to 3 Best Performers on Revenue Collection of the municipalities of Surigao del Norte also took place during the affair.

A Press Conference and Consultation Meeting with SILG Robredo, Cong. Matugas, Cong. Romarate, Gov. Matugas, SP Members, City and Municipal Mayors and members of the DILG Regional Management Committee was conducted after the affair. (Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise, DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


MDGF 1919 Postcard making contest conducted in selected Agusan del Sur municipalities

AGUSAN DEL SUR
- With the themes “Water is Life to Me” and “Water for the Poor and By the Poor,” Municipalities of La Paz, Loreto and Sibagat conducted the MDGF 1919 Postcard making contest participated by elementary and secondary students of their respective towns. The contest was designed to promote children’s awareness on the importance of water and to provide them a venue to express their artistry to demonstrate the present water conditions of their municipalities.

The contest themes encourage young minds to do their share of responsibility to improve the present water condition of their areas. The contest was conducted primarily in waterless recipient-municipalities of the MDGF 1919 project.

Elementary and Secondary students showed their artistry using crayons, water colors and oil pastels as they painted their masterpieces in A4 size bond papers. Participants as young as seven compete with all other elementary levels in the contest.

The contest criteria include: impact, relevance and interpretation with regards to the theme, artistic merit, composition and originality. The panel of judges based their rating on how the students illustrated the importance of water in the lives of waterless communities.

A Waterless community is defined as “a community with more than 50 percent of its residents have no access to safe, clean and potable water”. La Paz and Sibagat, all of the province of Agusan del Sur, have been classified as waterless municipalities.  

Trento and Prosperidad are scheduled to conduct their postcard making contests on November 3 and 4, respectively.

MDGF 1919: Enhancing Access to and Provision of Water Services with the Active Participation of the Poor is a joint programme of the United Nations, the Government of the Philippines and the Government of Spain designed to provide capacity building components to projects under the Presidents Priority Program on Water (P3W) to recipient-waterless municipalities. (Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise, DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Moral Recovery Program ug CSWD mitunol sa hinabang

Butuan City - Gibisita ni Halandong Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. uban ang City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) ug Moral Recovery Program Team ang Bagong Silang, sakop sa Barangay San Mateo aron makapang-apod apod sa mga school T-shirts alang sa 50 ka benepisaryo ilalum sa Educational Research Development Assistance (ERDA).

Alayon niini ang makahatag suporta ang pangamhanan sa Syudad sa mga panginahanglan sa mga estudyante nga anaa sa malisod nga kahimtang.

Ug sa parehong adlaw giduaw usab ni Mayor Amante ang upat ka Barangay kauban gihapon ang Moral Recovery Program ug CSWD aron personal nga itunol ang upat ka wheelchair ngadto sa 4 ka baldado nga kaigsoonan. Ang mga recipient niini mao sila Madelyn Sarosal sa Barangay Bonbon, Kapt. Cristituto Rosales sa Brgy. Dulag, Arlyn Andaya sa Brgy. Sumile ug usa nga nagumikan sa Barangay Ambago.

Kini kabahin sa programa sa CSWD, ang Person’s with Disablity for Mobility/ Accessive -Decessive Program nga tumong mahatagan pagtagad ang ilang panginahanglanon.

Naggumikan ang pundo niini sa DSWD, pinaagi sa paningkamut sa atong pinanggang Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. (Jovelyn C. Mejorada, Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)
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Cebuano News: Mga Hepe sa City Hall sa Butuan City gitigom ni Mayor Amante

Butuan City - Nagmalampuson ang gipahigayon nga first sectoral working committee meeting ug election sa City Development Council (CDC) niadtong Octubre 20, 2010 nga nahitabo didto sa People’s Hall, City Hall, ni’ng dakbayan.

Gitabungan kini sa halandong Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr., mga stakeholders ug partners nga Non Government Organization (NGO)s ug mga hepe sa opisina sa City hall.

Ang tumong ug katuyuan sa maong meeting mao ang paghisgut sa mga musunod:

Discussion on CDC Resolution No. 02-2010
Election of Chairperson/ Co-Chairperson per Sectoral Committee.
Presentation of the 2011-2013 Executive & Legislative Agenda (Plenary Session) ug uban pa.

Positibo si Mayor Amante nga makab-ot ang maong mga katuyuan ug mga hisgutanan sa bag-ong administrasyon alang sa kalambuan sa dakbayan hilabi na sa mga kabarangayan. (Jovelyn C. Mejorada, Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Caraga Regional Tourism Council Foundation Inc. (CRTCFI), gimugna

Butuan City - Pinaagi sa City tourism Office Inubanan sa Department of Tourism-13, nagapahigayon ang panagtigom aron ma-reconstitute ang atong Caraga Regional Council Foundation Inc. (CRTCFI) niadtong Oktubre 26, 2010, didto sa Vicente Hall, Luciana Convention Center, ni’ng syudad.

Sa maong panagtigom nahitabo usab ang piniliay sa mga opisyales sa CRTCFI sulod sa tuig 2010-2013 diin napili si Atty. Rema E. Burdeos isip maoy Regional Chairperson.

Tumong niini nga meeting nga mahisgutan ang musunod: Recommendatory Amendments of its constitution and By Laws (CBL); National Tourism Congress sa November 25-26, 2010 Davao City; ug Wow Caraga sa February 23-26-2011.

Usa usab nga tumong sa maong meeting mao ang paghiusa sa Provincial ug City Tourism sa tibook Caraga.

Positibo si Halandong Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. nga pinaagi niining inisyatibo sa kahiusahan, makab-ot ang malambuon ug malampuson nga mga plano kabahin sa Turismo sa dakbayan sa Butuan isip sentro sa Caraga ug sa kinatibook-an niini. (Jovelyn C. Mejorada, Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)
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Cebuano News: Gipahigayon nga OPLAN KALULUWA

Butuan City - Ang programang OPLAN KALULUWA gipahigayon sa ahensya niining atong dakbayan ang Land Transportation & Traffic Management Office (LTTMO) ug ang Civil Security Unity (CSU) gilunsad panahon sa kalag-kalag o paghandum sa mga mahal sa kinabuhi nga mipanaw sa laing kalibotan. 

Giklaro ni Engr. Ferdinand Huqueriza ang tarung nga pagplano og paghan-ay sa dalan nga paga-agui-an sa mga katawhan aron dili gubot ug mamahimong husay ang pagpatigayun sa kasaulogan.

Matud ni Engr. Huqueriza nga nalatid ang plano para sa rerouting para maka-abot ang mga dumuduawng katawhan sa upat ka dagkung sementeryo sakop ni’ng dakbayan. Gibuhat ang plano sa maong Engineer aron malikayan ang kagubot ug matuman ang hapsay nga paghandum sa mga katawhan sa tibook rehiyon sa Caraga.

Gidugang niini ang pagpadayag nga masayun ug dali ang pagduaw sa sementeryu sa Golden Ribbon, Zamora, Libertad ug sementeryo dinhe sa syudad.

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Gibana-bana nga dunay 111 nga mga traffic enforcer ang gitahasan ubos sa kamandoan ug pagtugot ni Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., aron mopahigayon ug magalihok sa peace and order.

Si Engr. Huqueriza nagkanayon nga ang maong programa abagan sa nagkadaiyang ahensya.

Sa laing bahin ang budget sa pagkaon sa mga traffic enforcer gihatagan usab sa igong pundo aron matutukan ang OPLAN KALULUWA Program. Apil usab ang pagpangandam sa dagkong karatola o “sign board” aron magiyahan ang mga katawhan lakip na ang mga motorista. (Gerry Galgao Gabiana, Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Regional Population quiz, nagmalampuson

Butuan City - Malampuson nga gipahigayon ang Regional Population Quiz, dinhe sa People’s Hall, City Hall ni’ng dakbayan, niadtong October 27, 2010.

Kining maong aktibidades gadala sa temang : Everyone Counts” nga gipasiugdahan sa mga ahensya sa gobyerno kalakip ang POPCOM, DepEd ug City Tourism Office.

Ubay-ubay ang mga mitambong niining maong kalihokan nga gisalmotan usab sa mga kabatan-onan sa piling eskwelahan sakop sa rehiyon sa Caraga.

Kabahin sa maong kalihukan ang pagpasabot sa importansya may kalambigitan sa pagtaas sa populasyon ilabina sa mga sentro o syudad nga bahin sa kinatibuk-ang nasud.

Gipasabot ni Mr. Alexander A. Makinano, TSG Chief POPCOM, ang epekto sa pagdaghan sa mga tawo diin usa nga maapektuhan mao ang atong environment ug ang husto nga pagkaon.

Usa ka powerpoint presentation usab ang gihatag sa City Tourism Office diin gipakita ang mabulukong kaanyag ug kanindot sa dakbayan nga usa sa sekreto sa pag-uswag sa syudad.

Isip warm-up sa pop quiz, usa ka forum ang gipahigayon diin mga personahe sa print ug broadcast media maoy nangutana sa mga contestants kalabot sa issue sa populasyon.

Dinhe nga higayun maanindot ang mga tubag ug pangutana nga gisaw-an sa tanang mitambong. Maabtikon usab ang mga kabataang nagarepresentar sa ilang eskwelahan sa pagtubag sa mga pangutana.

Sa pagtapos sa maong programa, gipasabot sa mga nagpasiugda niini ang kriterya ug mga eksaktong pamaagi sa contest nga ilang paga-apilan.
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Adunay 9 ka mga eskwelahang misalmot sa maong gipahigayon nga contest nagarepresentar sila sa tagsa-tagsa ka probinsiya niining atong rehiyun sa Caraga sa gipahigayong Regional Population Quiz.

Gipahigayon ang pop quiz proper sa hapon nga bahin, diin ang indigay sa kahibalo sa populasyon maoy gitumbok. (Gerry Galgao Gabiana, Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)

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Project BEST launched in Surigao Norte

By Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO DEL NORTE (2 November) – The provincial government here in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd-XIII) successfully launched the Barangay Education Strategic Team or Project BEST. 

The project launching and signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was held during the 100 days report of Gov. Sol Matugas on October 28 at the provincial convention center with DepEd Superintendents Dr. Fidela Rosas of Surigao del Norte Division, Dr. Daylinda Tampus of Siargao Division, Ms. Teofila Cabatuan of Surigao City Division and Bacuag Mayor Sheila Mae Cebedo. Also witnessed by Gov. Matugas, DepEd Caraga Dir. Gloria Benigno, DILG Caraga Dir. Rene Burdeos and DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo.

Gov. Matugas said the primary objective of the project is to bring back a number of young Surigaonons back to school. “I have started this in Region 8 when I was still the Regional Director of DepEd and I would like to apply this in Surigao Norte.”
 
“Basta Edukasyon Siguraduhon Ta” or BEST as she coined it, mainly involved in ensuring quality teaching, learning and training in both the elementary and secondary levels and mobilizing all education stakeholders including the local government units (LGUs), the parents-teachers associations, the academe and business sectors, non-government organizations, the student/youth organizations and the religious community.

The lady governor said the 3 divisions in the province need to improve their participation rate, achievement rate, survival rate and lower, if not eliminate drop-outs. As for the LGU and its implementing arm, the barangay council is a strong force which can effectively support the school.

The guiding principle of the BEST project is anchored on five guiding principles. The first principle is to utilize proper existing structure of the barangay councils such as the social capital and networks in the construction, management and supervision of schools. The second principle is to foster high standard of responsibility, accountability, and integrity in responding to the needs of the school learners and other stakeholders.

The third principle is the use of systematic view and perspective in dealing with other schools’ stakeholders in order to promote corporate image. The fourth is the use of school-based working contract to ensure sustainability and sense of ownership of the project. The fifth principle is the holistic approach to problem-solving and management based on experiential mode of learning. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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Tribesman killed in gun battle with NPA rebels in Agusan del Sur

CAMP RAFAEL C. RODRIGUEZ, Butuan City – A member of a tribal group was killed while an undetermined number of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were believed either killed or wounded when the two groups engaged in a firefight Sunday afternoon at Sitio Daldalikan Creek, Barangay Kinamaybay, Esperanza town, Agusan del Sur province. 

Field reports received at the Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) regional headquarters here on Monday identified the slain tribesman as Tata Hulasan, a member of a tribal group led by a certain "Datu Bawang." 

The reports coming from Agusan del Sur Provincial Police Office (PPO) and Esperanza Municipal Police Station (MPS) stated that the tribesmen were on their way to their farmlands when they encountered the members of communist-Front Committee 88 of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP-NPA) Northeastern Mindanao Regional Party Committee (NEMRC). 

The gun battle started at 2 p.m. and lasted 15 minutes before the rebels withdrew to nearby forested mountain of Semuntana and Calabuan of the same town. 

A field report further stated that an undetermined number of rebels were believed killed or wounded severely during the firefight. 

Hot pursuit operation against the fleeing rebels is ongoing. 

Brig. Gen. Emiliano Gupana, commanding general of the Army’s 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, and Chief Supt. Reynaldo Rafal, regional director of PRO 13, already dispatched their respective field units to beef up pursuing forces in the battle area. 

On the other hand, elements of the Esperanza MPS also conducted chokepoints along the possible escape route of the rebels. (MUC/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Socio-civic nga kalihokan, gisuportahan

Butuan City - Gisuportahan ni Halandong Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. ang gipahigayon nga Medical Mission pinasiugdahan sa Butuan City Church of Christ nga gipahigayon didto sa Brgy. Bonbon, niining syudad.

Ang okasyon gipanguluhan ni Konsehal Virgilio G. Nery Jr. uban ang gipadalang Butuan City Medical Mission Team.

Ubay-ubay nga mga residente sa Brgy. Bonbon ang nakabenepisyo sa maong libreng Medical Mission diin ilang napahimuslan ang mga serbisyo sama sa Blood Typing, Blood Sugar Screening, Counseling, Tooth Extraction, Check-up sa mata ug sa mga kabataan.

Nakadawat usab ang mga residente sa mga gipang-apod apod nga mga libreng tambal gikan sa City Hall.

Nagmalampuson kini nga kalihokan ug mapasalamaton ang katawhan sa Barangay Bonbon sa atong pinanggang Mayor sa dakung suporta niini ug ngadto sa mga nagpasiugda. (Ritchelle F. Encabo, Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Medium Term-Agri Industrial Development Planning/ Workshop, gipahigayon

Butuan City
- Ang City Agriculturist Office nagpahigayon karon ug “Butuan City Medium Term-Agri Industrial Development Planning Workshop, sulod sa duha ka adlaw, gikan Oktubre 27-28, 2010, didto sa Baker’s Joy, Butuan City.

Gisuportahan kini ni Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. isip usa sa iyang programa alang sa kalambuan sa pagpatigayon sa kaumahan, uban sa pinanggang konsehal, Hon. Angelo S. Calo, Chairman Committee on Agriculture.

Sa maong workshop ang nagkalain-laing ahensya sa gobyerno sama sa DENR, DPWH, PCA, TESDA, NFA, DA, BFAR ug DTI nakighiusa sa dakbayan sa Butuan sa pagpresentar sa tagsa tagsa ka mga Programs and Thrusts aron makab-ot ang tinguha nga kaayuhan.

Ang tumong ug katuyuan niini mao ang pagpalambo sa mga produksyon ug anis a Agri-Industrial Development ni’ng syudad.

Mapasalamaton ang agricultural sector sa Butuan kang Mayor Amante sa iyang paghatag ug dakung pagtagad sa ilang kahimtang pinaagi niini nga programa. (Ritchelle F. Encabo, Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Agripinoy-livestock Program Review Workshop for CY 2010, gipahigayon sa Tandag

Butuan City - Ang Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit No. XIII uban ang City Veterinarian Office nagpahigayon ug “Agripinoy-Livestock Program Review Workshop for CY 2010 target setting” niadtong Octubre 27-28, 2010 didto sa Shacene Pension House & restaurant, Tandag, Surigao del Sur.

Ang tumong niini nga aktibidades mao ang paghisgut sa mga nahimung kalampusan ug mga kalihukan nga mamahimo pang buhaton sulod sa tuig 2010.

Kalakip usab nga nahisgutan mao ang pagpanday sa mga bag-ong programa ug proyekto alang sa musunod nga tuig CY-2011 Agripinoy-Livestock Program.

Kini nga programa hugot nga gisuportahan ni Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr., aron mahatagan ug dugang kahibalo ug pamaagi ang mga mag-uuma ug negosyante. (Ritchelle F. Encabo, Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Agusan del Norte midaog sa Regional Population Quiz

Butuan City - Mapahiyumon ang tanang midaug sa gipahigayon nga Regional Population Quiz niadtong Octubre 27, 2010, didto sa People’s Hall, ni’ng dakbayan diin migawas nga mananaog o champion ang representante gikan sa Probinsya sa Agusan del Norte nga si Reymar A. Dimaano, estudyante sa Carmen National High School nga giubanan sa iyang coach nga si Miss Mendalita S. Sodicta.

Ang ikaduhang mananaog gikan sa division sa Bislig City nga si Rennelbert P. Agopitac nga estudyante usab sa Tabon Maximino Estrella National High School uban ang iyang coach nga si Alma Fe A. Barreto.

Ug ang ikatulong mananaog nag-gikan sa division sa Agusan del Sur nga si Mark Lloyd G. Dapar representante gikan sa Bayugan Comprehensive National High School uban ang iyang maabtikon nga coach si Mrs. Daylinda C. Andres.

Ang ubang partisipanteng division nakadawat gihapon ug pahalipay susama sa musunod: Butuan City, Siargao, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur ug Probinsya sa Dinagat Islands.

Gipaabot ni Hon. Erwin Dano, SP Committee Chair on Education ang hagit sa tanan arun ma-kontrol ang pagtaas sa populasyon nganhi sa atong dakbayan, rehiyun ug ingun man sa kinatibuk-ang bahin sa atong nasud.

Ang konsehal nagkanayun nga kung kalidad nga edukasyon ang atong kab-uton, suporta gikan sa katawhan alang sa mga programa sa gobyerno nga tumong ang kaayuhan sa tanan. (Gerry Galgao Gabiana, Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)