PIA News Service - Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010

TLW Phils. promotes purity and sexual abstinence among youth

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The True Love Waits (TLW) Philippines Inc., a non-government organization is optimistic on its campaign to purity and sexual abstinence among youth. TLW annually holds conferences around the country called Unashamed, which provide a unique platform to interact with Filipino youth about love, sex and relationships in a fun and interactive setting.

In a press conference held recently, TLW Butuan Coordinator Ms. Odette Andaya calls on parents to help their children grow in a modest life, and guide them as they face different challenges.

“More than 20 million Filipino youth, ages 15-24 are confronted with love and sex-related problems everyday yet very few know how to go about it. What we know about love and sex – whether right or wrong, shapes the way we work our relationships within our society. The question is whether what we know about love and sex is right and beneficial for everyone,” Andaya stressed.

Also, TLW Butuan Publicity and Promotions Head - Ms. Leah Medado, said that TLW is transforming relationships using education, one at a time in unique settings. “From big conferences to down to small group talks the ideas of youth are being transformed. More than promoting sexual abstinence, TLW actively equips youth leaders to spread the message of purity,” she said.

Meanwhile, Ptr. Charlie Prior, head of the Moral Recovery and Spiritual Upliftment Office of the city government here, stressed that the city mayor – Dr. Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., is strongly supporting TLW on its campaign to youth.

“The Moral Recovery and Spiritual Upliftment Program, one of the prioritized programs by the city mayor has been institutionalized a day after his public oath-taking. The mayor really wants to see that families are intact and in good relationship with God. Progress in our infrastructure is useless if families are not intact or separated,” Ptr. Prior said.

The out-of-school-youth are also encouraged to participate in the said conference, and the city government will pay for those who cannot afford the Php 100.00 registration fee during the event.

TLW and the city government are hoping for the full support of the general public in this endeavor. (PIA-Caraga)

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TLW Phils. steps up preparations for the “Unashamed” youth conference

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The True Love Waits (TLW) Philippines Inc., a non-profit organization with the goal of connecting the Filipino youth with God and His ultimate plan for purity levels up its preparations for the first youth conference here dubbed as "Unashamed: Equipping Leaders Celebrating Purity" come November 13, 2010 at Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Gymnasium, this city.

In partnership with the local government of Butuan, regional and national agencies, the TLW targeted about 3,000 participants from various schools in this city and also from other provinces to the Unashamed youth conference.

Also, TLW volunteers appealed to the public especially to the parents to allow and encourage their children to participate in the said conference.

According to TLW Butuan Coordinator Ms. Odette Andaya, of the 3,000 tickets printed and distributed in different ticket outlets here, one-third of it was already sold.

Meanwhile, all the students in various schools here are encouraged to participate and be part of this nation-building.

The registration is only Php 100.00 while for the out-of-school-youth who would like to participate but cannot afford the registration fee, the city government will take part for their registration during the event. (PIA-Caraga)

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CCPD, gov’t agencies set activities for MWOP celeb

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) headed by Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos, and representatives from various government line agencies convened recently to finalize the set activities for the Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP) celebration come November 25-December 1, 2010 with this year’s theme: “Responsive and Responsible Governance: Key to Peace, Development and Sustainability”.

Butuan City Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos encourages everyone to participate in this celebration as way of promoting peace and order in the region.

Brothers and sisters from the lumads, muslim community, and other religious sectors in Caraga will also take part in the activities during the celebration.

With this celebration, CCPD and partner agencies are working hand-in-hand to sustain peace and development in the region by initiating various activities involving all sectors in the community. (PIA-Caraga)

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4ID’s MedCAP, 191 Lumad benefited

Camp Evangelista Cagayan de Oro City - One hundred ninety one (191) lumads in the hinter Barangays of Cagayan de Oro City benefited free medical and dental consultation and treatment.

The Medical and Dental (MedCAP) treatment was held in Barangay Dansolihon Gymnasium on 28 October 2010.

Assorted medicines and multi vitamins were distributed, while several children circumcised.

MedCAP is an Army’s initiative in partnership with different line agencies and Non Government Organization pooled resources together to respond temporarily the immediate needs of the Lumads.

The National Commission of Indigenous People (NCIP) Region X, led by Dr. Peter Bacoma, among the partner agency.

1st LT. Invinzor O. Meneses led the 4th Infantry Division Medical Team.

Mr. Rodolfo Tabudlong, Brgy. Chairman of Dansolihon expresses his thanks and appreciation to the 4th Infantry Division for their concern with the indigenous people. (4TH Infantry (Diamond) Division, Philippine Army/PIA-Caraga)

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Defenseless Lumad resist NPA attacks

Camp Evangelista Cagayan de Oro City - Fifteen fully armed local terrorist NPA of guerrilla front 88 NCMRC stormed the defenseless Alimaong group of Higaonon tribe in Barangay Kinamaybay, Esperanza, Agusan Del Sur Sunday at 11:00 AM.

The Aliomaong or the Holy warriors with improvised weapons defended their ancestral village. Fire fight lasted very shortly since the Alimaong fled the area due to inferior firepower.

An Alimaong warrior was killed Tata Hulasan while undetermined casualties from the attacking NPAs.

402nd Brigade, Philippine Army launched pursuit operation against the NPA and enhance security operations and other measures to protect the tribesmen from the cruelty of the rebels in the remote areas. (4TH Infantry (Diamond) Division, Philippine Army/PIA-Caraga)

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Butuan City Government supports Church of Christ’s Mission

Aiming to achieve long term healthy communities by providing basic healthcare, the Church of Christ together with the city government conducted a Medical Mission at Ampayon covered court, Ampayon, Butuan City last October 27, 2010 which the city government had strengthened to support.

Through the mandate of Honorable Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr., a medical team was deployed to the operation to help our religious brothers and sisters answer the humanitarian call with the following services: Dental service, blood sugar count service, blood typing service, eye check up service with free reading glasses, and counseling service.

Honorable Mayor urges the different sectors of the community to participate and extend help to the less fortunate community in answer to the poverty and health issues in the city and to engage in socio-economic activities that would cultivate cooperation, unity and goodwill among the townspeople. (Agnes B. Tumulak, PIO-Butuan City/PIA-Caraga)

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Butuan City hosts the 8th NYP

With this year’s theme KABATAANG PILIPINO: AKO ANG PAGBABAGO, the regional center of Caraga is this year’s venue for the 8th National Youth Parliament (NYP) on November 5-8, 2010 at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort.

In pursuant to Section 13 of the Youth in Nation Building Act (RA 8044), spearheaded by the National Youth Commission and in partnership with the City Government of Butuan, this event, held every two years, will be a gathering of more than 150 youth leader-delegates representing all sectors (in-school, working, with special needs) of the 17 regions of the Philippines together with the Sangguniang Kabataan members to formulate policy recommendations that will address youth issues and serve as the government’s guide in framing policy and program development.

A new set of officers for the NYP will also be elected during the convention.

This event will also be attended by various government agencies like the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd) as observers.

Honorable Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. is honored to host this years’ event as it promotes and protects the physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being of the youth with the end in view of realizing the youth’s potential for an improved quality of life. (Agnes B. Tumulak, PIO-Butuan City/PIA-Caraga)

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PYAP - Butuan opens youth showtime

In cooperation with the Butuan City Government through the City Social and Welfare Development (CSWD), the PAG-ASA Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP) - Butuan City Federation held an elimination round for the Youth Showtime! for Libertad District last October 30 at Libertad covered court, Libertad, this City.

43 organized PYA-Butuan participated in this event showcasing different talents and artistic capacities of its members and some out-of-school youths in the city.

The following is the schedule of other Youth Showtime elimination rounds of the remaining 2 districts and the grand finals:

Poblacion District (2 batches)- November 20, 2010 at Obrero covered court

- November 21, 2010 at J.P Rizal covered court

Ampayon District - December 18, 2010

Grand Finals - December 29, 2010 at City Hall Lobby

Honorable Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. extends his full support and promotes this activity as it develops and empowers the youth sector. (Agnes B. Tumulak, PIO-Butuan City/PIA-Caraga)

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OCEED Shows Promising Performance During The Last Three Months

The Office of the City Economic Enterprise & Development (OCEED) headed by its Chief of Office, Ms. Ruth Jugao has every right to be proud of the current performance of its entity since she assumed office last July, 2010.

OCEED generated a total collection of Php 8.082 Million for the period July to September 2010 as compared to Php 7.5 Million in 2009 which translates to 6.56 % increase or more or less Four Hundred Ninety Seven Three Hundred FortyThree and Thirty Seven Centavos (Php 497,343.37) with 79.47% collection efficiency from January to September 2010. The collections are taken from the following sectors namely:

1. Public Market Operations Php 4,179,083.39

2. Slaughterhouse & Livestock Market Operation 1,382,963.88

3. Land Transport Terminal Operation 2,508,860.51

4. Memorial Operation 11,850.00

Total Income Generated from July to Septembe r2010 Php 8,082.757.78

Though there was a decline in the Memorial Operations which is a mere minus 4.24. % only, however, the over-all operationf of OCEED is somehow satisfactory with Land Transport Operations listed as the highest earner among the four sectors with 13.24% collection efficiency, second on the list is the Slaughterhouse with 8.31% effiiciency, while Public Market Operations with 2.41% collection efficiency.

According to Ms. Jugao, there is so much to be done within the area especially prioritizing the small scale vendors’ dilemma who are the very first sector to be affected in terms of “changes” geared towards improvement and progress at Taboan. She assured taxpayers however, that good service to the public is their way of saying “thank you” .

At the moment, series of meetings with the different associations has been initiated by the city government to pave the way to a consultative and cooperative market administration involving stall owners, illegal vendors, police officials, and employees.

As an income generating outfit, OCEED’s collections is an integral part of the entire city government’s coffers which in turn goes back to its constituents in the form of infrastructure projects, road concreting, project rehabilitation, financial assistance and many others. (Malou C. Furia, PIO-Butuan City/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: MRP padayong gipalambo

Sa padayong pagpalambu sa Moral Recovery Program (MRP) dinhi sa City Hall nga gidumala ni Rev. Pastor Charlie Prior, MRPO- IV, malampusong gipahigayon ang pre-marriage counseling seminar ngadto sa mga nangandoy nga musulod sa talad sa kaminyoon.

Kini nga inisyatibo giubanan sa City Population Office ug City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) aron magiyahan ang atong mga katawhan sa pagplano sa ilang pamilya nga adunay kahadlok sa Dios.

Nagpahigayon usab ang MRP sa usa ka Counseling Session ug Consultation meeting ngadto sa mga Recovery Coordinators ug Moral Recovery Officers sa matag Departamento dinhi sa City Hall aron mahisgutan ang mga pamaagi ug isyu sa panerbisyo.

Ang maong mga programa gisuportahan ni Halandong Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. aron mapadayon ang positibo nga kinaiya diha sa pagserbisyo sa atong katawhan aron makab-ot ang malambuon nga Panggamhanan sa Dakbayan sa Butuan. (Jovelyn C. Mejorada, PIO-Butuan City/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Pre-marriage Seminar Gipahigayon

Biente-kwatro (24) ka-parisan ang mitambong sa gipahigayon nga Pre-Marriage Seminar didto sa Conference 2, City Hall niadtong Oktubre 29,2010 sa alas 9:00 sa buntag.

Kini gidumalahan sa City Population Office inubanan ni Pastor Charlie Prior, hepe sa Moral Recovery Program (MRPO).

Mahinungdanun kini nga seminar tungod kay tumong niini nga mahatagan ang mga bout mag-minyo ug giya sa ilang pagbaton ug pamilya.

Gipasabot ni Ptr Prior nga ang kaminyoon, matud pa sa Balaang Kasulatan, “ Marriage is an extension of God’s nature” (Genesis 1:27) buot pasabot, ang pagbaton niini nga butang usa ka sagrado nga panaghiusa ug kinahanglan nga planuhon aron maandaman ang umaabot nga panahon, ug ang Dios ang sentro sa ilang mamahimung pamilya.

Gipaabot ni Pastor Charlie Prior ang suporta sa Panggamhanan sa Butuan ubos ni Halandong Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. uban sa panghinaot sa usa ka malipayon nga pamilya nga giniyahan sa Atong Labawng Makagagahum. (Ritchelle Encabo, PIO-Butuan City/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Seminar ug training nga gipahigayun sa city cooperative nagmalampuson

Niadtong Oktubre 26-27, 2010 malampusong gipahigayun ang duha ka adlaw nga panagtigum para sa Seminar on Implementing Rules & Regulations (RA 9529) didto sa Budget Foods Convention Center, Imadejas Subdivision niining syudad.

Tumong niini nga mahibalo-an sa mga partisipante ang mga kapasikaran ug ang mapuslanon nga pagdumala sa mga kooperatiba.

Kining maong seminar giapilan sa halos tanang opisyales ug miyembro sa kooperatiba niining syudad ug may gibana-bana nga 300 ka participante, diin ang nahimung mamumulong niini ang mismong direktor sa Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Ms. Manuela E. Pelaez.

Kadaghanan sa mitambong nagakanayun nga dako ug gikatabang ang maong seminar sa ilang pagdumala ug kahibalo sa ilang mga kooperatiba.

Mao nga mapasalamatun ang tanan ngadto sa nagpasi-ugda niini pinaagi sa atong City Cooperative sa Dakbayan ubos sa mga pagpaningkamot ni Mr. Rey Piencenaves, ang hepe sa maong buhatan.

Sa laing bahin, nagmalampuson usab ang gipahigayun nga SKILLS TRAINING ON BANGUS DEBONING kabahin sa programang gitawag nga Alternative Livelihood Program ubos sa paggiya sa City Cooperative staff niadtong Obtubre 29, 2010 didto mismu sa City Cooperative Office.

Ang tumong sa maong training nga makadugang kini sa kinitaan, ug kahibalo sa empleyado ug ubang katawhan aron sila mas mamahimong produktibo nga lumulupyo sa kumunidad.

Gitambongan usab kini sa mga maestra gikan sa mga tulunghaan sa Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) ug Butuan Doctor’s College (BDC), nga gusto mamakat-on niini nga kahibalo. (Gerry G. Gabiano, PIO-Butuan City/PIA-Caraga)

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STATEMENT OF RDC

Caraga RDC Sympathizes with the Plaza Family on the Passing of Former Butuan City Mayor and RDC Chair, Boy Daku Plaza

The members of the Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) and the NEDA Caraga Secretariat offer their deepest sympathy to the Plaza Family on the untimely demise of former RDC Chairperson (CY 2004-2007) and Mayor of Butuan City (1992-2003 & 2007-2010), Democrito “Boy Daku” D. Plaza II.

The late Honorable Plaza had done so much as the RDC Chairperson for CY 2004-2007. He actively responded to the multi-sectoral concerns of the Region which were aimed to boost economic growth in the region, to improve infrastructure support facilities and to enhance the delivery of basic social services. He specifically resolved the accessibility issues along the main crossing across Agusan River through fast approval, strong influence and full support to the Second Magsaysay Bridge and Butuan City Bypass Road Project Phase II. The said project currently provides convenience to travelers from cities and provinces of Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan and Surigao as it widely connects the Agusan-Surigao Davao Road and the Butuan City-Iligan-Cagayan de Oro Highway. Around 50 percent of the RDC resolutions passed during his term were in line with projects for funding to enhance the socio-economic prospects of the region.

Being a pro-active leader, the former RDC Chair was selected as the alternate head/representative of the NEDA Board-Regional Development Committee for Mindanao (RDCOM-Mindanao) composed of the RDC officials of Regions 9, X, XI, XII, Caraga and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). He supported the updating of the Mindanao Investment Program (MIP) among other development undertakings for Mindanao. 

The late Honorable Plaza also devoted his time to programs responsive to the commitment of the government in the international community, e.g. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). While Butuan City during his leadership was chosen as one of the 14 cities in the Philippines to lead the localization of the MDGs, the Region, with him as the RDC Chair, also successfully supported the first MDG Progress Report CY 1990-2005 which specifically spelled-out priorities for actions of the region to attain the targets of the MDGs.

The late Honorable Plaza had always been a strong and influential leader in the Region, grounded in his dedication to public service. His legacy to accelerate the socio-economic development of the Caraga Region will always be remembered with deep gratefulness by the RDC members and its secretariat.

God bless his soul.