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PIA News Service - Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011

Butuan City coop receives Php 4-M worth of agro-industrial assistance from Aquino Administration

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 20 (PIA)
– The Aquino Administration continue its commitment in extending assistance to Caraga region farmers, and this time a Php 4 million worth of cassava processing center was turned over to Manila de Bugabus Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) at this region’s capital city, it was learned Thursday.

This project materialized through the effort of the Department of Agriculture (DA-Caraga region), in coordination with the local government of Butuan, in an effort to strengthen the agro-industrial sector in the Caraga region.

The turn over ceremony was held at the project site of MPC and was attended by Butuan City Councilor Angelo Calo, City Agriculturist Engr. Alberto Buca, Region Xlll Regional Executive Director (RED) Reinerio B. Belarmino, Jr., and Agencia Espanola Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarollo (aecid) Regional Technical Officer Nielo Tingzon.

In his message, RED Belarmino congratulated the Manila de Bugabus MPC for being one of the lucky five cooperatives in the Caraga region that engages in cassava business to receive government assistance.

“Because of this new government assistance, it is better for you (MPC) to further put up piggery production so that the cassava granules be used for feeds instead of selling it,” he said.

He added: “It can also help increase the swine production which the region lacks in supply”.

On the other hand, the region’s agriculture official commended Butuan cooperative for its huge impact on the farmers and further added “ that hopefully the project will have an extension of Phase 2”.

At the same time, Mr. Tingzon said that the project through the AECID wants to see that the beneficiaries put to good use the assistance given to them and be able to realize their objectives.

The project which is worth over Php 4 million include facilities and equipments such as cassava processing center, mechanical flatbed dryer, chipping machine, granulator, multi-purpose drying pavement, hauling truck and farm tractor.

The program is a bilateral project implemented by the Philippine government through the DA and the Spanish government’s AECID, in an effort to promote the agri-business in the Caraga region.


The MPC cooperative at Manila de Bugabus has been engaged into cassava business since 2003 with cassava chips and cassava granules as its main products. With the assistance they received, the cooperative is expected to boost their production and expand it for the benefits of its members. (MUC/PIA-Caraga)


RTWPB opens Search for 2011 Productivity Olympics

By: Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, January 20 (PIA)
- The National Wages and Productivity Commission through the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) opens the search for 2011 Productivity Olympics.

In a statement, RTWPB-Caraga Board Secretary Earl dela Victoria said, the Productivity Olympics is a national competition of best productivity practices of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) nationwide.

It aims to intensify national awareness and commitment to quality and productivity and to showcase the best productivity improvement practices.

The Olympics is open to all MSMEs duly registered with the appropriate government agency and with existing productivity improvement programs in place.

Any interested establishment who underwent productivity programs initiated by the Wage Board and productivity practitioners are invited to join the search.

Productivity Olympics was launched in 2008 and now on its third year.

For information and queries, visit RTWPB-Caraga, Nimfa Tiu Bldg., J. P. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City and look for the focal person, Cornelius B. Mahinay or you may call (085) 342-9987 or email at rtwpb13@yahoo.com. (PIA-Caraga)


Female gov’t workers who undergo surgery entitled to special leave

MANILA, Jan. 20 - Women employees in government who will undergo surgery due to gynecological disorders are now entitled to avail of special leave.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC), through Resolution No. 1000432 promulgated on November 22, 2010, has issued the guidelines for the availment of special leave benefit granted under Section 18 of Republic Act No. 9710, otherwise known as the Magna Carta of Women (MCW).


Covered by the special leave benefit are female employees in the public sector, regardless of age and civil status, who have rendered at least six months aggregate service for the last 12 months prior to undergoing surgery for gynecological disorders.

Under the CSC guidelines, the special leave shall be for a maximum period of two months per year with full pay based on her gross monthly compensation (monthly basic pay plus mandatory allowances). It may be used for the period covering the surgery until recuperation. Absence incurred from the pre-surgery period, as well as those in excess of the two months allowed under the special leave benefit, may be charged against the employee’s earned leave credits.

The benefit covers procedures provided in the List of Surgical Operations for Gynecological Disorders formulated by a Technical Working Committee composed of obstetrician-gynecologists, surgeons and medical doctors.

Further, the CSC guidelines state that “the special leave benefit is non-cumulative and not convertible to cash.”

The guidelines shall be implemented retroactively starting September 15, 2009 or the day the MCW took effect. This means that employees covered by the said guidelines who have undergone surgery and recuperation due to gynecological disorders from the said date onwards are allowed to avail of the special leave.

Those who used their sick or vacation leave credits for surgery and recuperation that occurred between September 15, 2009 and November 21, 2010, the day prior to issuance of the CSC guidelines, can have their leave credits restored. 

For a full copy of CSC Resolution No. 1000432, log on to www.csc.gov.ph. (CSC-13/PIA-Caraga)


Long-term protective measure against natural disaster
Chiz wants total log ban in danger areas
 
Severe flooding that engulfed different parts of the country has prompted Senator Chiz Escudero to call for the immediate imposition of the total log ban in areas identified as disaster-prone by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
 
Records from the environment and natural resources agency show there are 1,618 municipalities across the country which are considered disaster hotspots.
 
Escudero explained the total halt to all logging activities should also include natural forests regardless of logging concessions issued by the government to certain companies to prevent environmental tragedies.
 
“This must be executed now to avoid further destruction of our environment and the senseless lose of lives and properties. It would be a shame on our part to watch lives flicker out before us when we can very well do something to prevent this,” Escudero said.
 
The senator acknowledged that while the imposition of the total log ban would affect some livelihood as indigenous people and other communities rely on forest resources, the banning should be coupled with alternative sources of income for affected entities.
 
“This is now or never. Aside from the loss of lives, the country is stepping back further from development as we incur an annual average of P6.6 billion in economic losses based on the study of the United Nations,” he added.
(Office of Senator Chiz Escudero/PIA-Caraga)


Chiz wants LGUs audited for compliance with disaster risk management plan
 
Senator Chiz Escudero wants an immediate audit of all local government units (LGUs) on their compliance with the mandated disaster risk management plan as the onslaught of La Niňa continues to inflict damage on different parts of the country.
 
Escudero, chairman of the Senate national defense committee, has put to task the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to check all LGUs if they have established possible evacuation centers and if they keep a map of the danger and risk areas in their localities.
 
“The amount of water that strange torrential rains bring to different parts of the country is already alarmingly dangerous. Rains have been wreaking havoc even to provinces that are usually spared by typhoons,” Escudero said. “All localities must brace themselves for any eventualities. There must be no single local unit caught unprepared anymore.”
 
The senator reminded local officials that under Republic Act No. 10121 or the Disaster Management Act of 2010, all LGUs were mandated to establish disaster management offices and maintain local disaster risk information such as danger and risk areas.
 
Escudero said the last time a report was submitted to him only 15 percent of the LGUs had complied with the law.
 
“It may have changed already because that was last year. If the audit finds a 100-percent compliance, that’s good news and calming for us. Otherwise, the DILG should prod each single locality to institutionalize the policies and programs on disaster risk reduction than be sorry,” Escudero said.
 
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned that the country had already entered the La Niňa period last October which would continue until May, bringing strong and frequent storms that may trigger flashfloods and landslides. (Office of Senator Chiz Escudero/PIA-Caraga)


Include alternative livelihood for affected fisherfolk in disaster management plan – Chiz 
 
With at least 20 typhoons expected to hit the Philippines this year, Senator Chiz Escudero called on government agencies to design a comprehensive plan that will address both disaster risk management and alternative livelihood for affected fisherfolk.
 
According to Escudero, typhoon warnings do little to discourage fisherfolk from venturing out to the seas despite the danger they are facing due to economic reasons.
 
“It’s a sad reality that after every storm, we still have in our statistics drowned or missing fishermen. Even if advisories were already released beforehand, some would tend to ignore these and still go out to fish because if they don’t, their families won’t eat,” Escudero pointed out.
 
To address this, Escudero said, the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Trade and Industry and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority should come up with livelihood programs specifically intended for the fishing community – the first to be displaced and affected in times of weather disturbances.
 
“Government efforts should cover all fronts to really manage and avoid disaster risks. Let’s task each member of the NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) to really contribute their worth in ensuring risk reduction and management. As with institutionalizing response, relief and rehabilitation, so must livelihood programs be. No one would be willing to risk his life for food if he has other options,” Escudero said. (Office of Senator Chiz Escudero/PIA-Caraga)
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Pres. Aquino Turns-over Farm Implements to LGUs in Caraga

By: Aurell P. Arais

Butuan City, Jan. 20 (PIA) – His Excellency President Benigno Simeon Aquino III turned-over various farm machineries and inputs to four provinces and one city in Caraga region that was recently ravaged by flood during his visit last January 14, 2011 at Bancasi Airpot, this city.

Together with DA Caraga Regional Director Reinerio B. Belarmino, Jr., President Aquino handed the certificates of turn-over to Butuan City through City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr., Province of Agusan del Norte received by Governor Erlpe John Amante, Agusan del Sur through Governor Adolph Edward Plaza, Surigao del Sur through Governor Johnny Pimentel and Surigao del Norte through Vice Governor Arturo Carlos Egay.

Each recipient local government unit received the agricultural inputs that include three pump and engine sets, 200 bags of certified seeds and two boxes assorted vegetable seeds.

The said inputs will augment the effort of each LGU to help its constituent particularly farmers to start anew after affected by flood. 

Aside from agricultural inputs, the president also turned over medicines and relief goods.

Aquino visited Caraga Region to see for himself the extent of damaged brought by the recent flood. However, due to limited time the president just stay at the closed door presidential briefing done by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council at Civil Aviation Authority Office at Bancasi Airport.

Based on the said presidential briefing presented by Regional Director Blanche Gobenciong of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga, the damaged done by recent flood on the agriculture sector are the following: cereal crops which are rice and corn has a total estimated cost of P72,493,282.00; for other crop like vegetables, banana, rootcrops, including all other crops which are not cereal crops the total estimated cost of damaged was P14,806,543.00.

In livestock the total value of losses reached to P3,426,710.00 while on fisheries the total value of losses recorded P16,725,000.00 and in irrigation system the cost of damaged was P58 million.

Agusan del Sur is the hardest hit in terms of damaged to agriculture with an estimated cost of P105,595,224.00 followed by Agusan del Norte with P27,850,186.00; Surigao del Sur recorded 21,327,350.00; Surigao del Norte reached to P10,501,875.00 and Dinagat Islands recorded P346,100.00.  

In summary as per OCD report, the cost of damage to agriculture in the whole region reached to P165,620,535.00. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Pres. Aquino turns-over farm implements to LGUs in Caraga
 
BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 20 (PIA) - His Excellency President Benigno Simeon Aquino III turned-over various farm machineries and inputs to four provinces and one city in Caraga region that was recently ravaged by flood during his visit last January 14, 2011 at Bancasi Airpot, this city.
 
Together with DA Caraga Regional Director Reinerio B. Belarmino, Jr., President Aquino handed the certificates of turn-over to Butuan City through City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr., Province of Agusan del Norte received by Governor Erlpe John Amante, Agusan del Sur through Governor Adolph Edward Plaza, Surigao del Sur through Governor Johnny Pimentel and Surigao del Norte through Vice Governor Arturo Carlos Egay.
 
Each recipient local government unit received the agricultural inputs that include three pump and engine sets, 200 bags of certified seeds and two boxes assorted vegetable seeds.
 
The said inputs will augment the effort of each LGU to help its constituent particularly farmers to start anew after affected by flood. 
 
Aside from agricultural inputs, the president also turned over medicines and relief goods.
 
Aquino visited Caraga Region to see for himself the extent of damaged brought by the recent flood. However, due to limited time the president just stay at the closed door presidential briefing done by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council at Civil Aviation Authority Office at Bancasi Airport.
 
Based on the said presidential briefing presented by Regional Director Blanche Gobenciong of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga, the damaged done by recent flood on the agriculture sector are the following: cereal crops which are rice and corn has a total estimated cost of P72,493,282.00; for other crop like vegetables, banana, root crops, including all other crops which are not cereal crops the total estimated cost of damaged was P14,806,543.00.
 
In livestock the total value of losses reached to P3,426,710.00 while on fisheries the total value of losses recorded P16,725,000.00 and in irrigation system the cost of damaged was P58 million.
 
Agusan del Sur is the hardest hit in terms of damaged to agriculture with an estimated cost of P105,595,224.00 followed by Agusan del Norte with P27,850,186.00; Surigao del Sur recorded 21,327,350.00; Surigao del Norte reached to P10,501,875.00 and Dinagat Islands recorded P346,100.00.  
 
In summary as per OCD report, the cost of damage to agriculture in the whole region reached to P165,620,535.00. (Aurell P. Arais/RAFID DA-Caraga)
 
 
DOLE accept applicants for RNheals program
 
By: Nida Grace B. Tranquilan
 
TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 20 (PIA) - The Department of Labor and Employment started to accept applicants for Registered Nurse Health Enhancement and Local Service (RNheals) program of the National Government, where 157 slots are allotted for this province.
 
In an interview with DOLE Provincial Director Hermie Daytoc, at least six to 11 Registered Nurses will be employed in each municipality and city under RNHeals program who will receive a monthly allowance of Php 8, 000.00.
 
RNheals program is open to all unemployed registered nurses who are physically and mentally fit and willing to serve in their hometowns and meet the following requirements: valid PRC license; resident of the identified Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) area/s; medical certificate issued by government hospitals stating that the applicant is fit to work; and NARS Project drop-outs will not be considered. 
 
Daytoc further said interested applicants may file their online application to www.nars.dole.gov.ph from January 17 to February 4, 2011and wait for the confirmation slip. 
 
Daytoc said the printout confirmation slip will support and must be attached to the requirements submitted at the DOLE Provincial office here, and schedule for an interview will follow. (PIA Surigao del Sur)
 
 
Cebuano News: Mayor Amante aktibong mipartisipar sa 65th anibersaryo sa Liberal party
 
BUTUAN CITY, Enero 20 (PIA) - Karon nga adlaw, Enero 20, 2011 muabot si Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. human mipartisipar sa gihimong panagtigum dungan sa ika-65 anibersaryo sa partido Liberal (LP) niadtong Enero 17, 2011 nga gipahigayon didto sa Club Filipino, San Juan, Metro Manila.
 
Importante kini nga pag-atendir ni Mayor Amante didto sa Manila diin atong nahibalo-an nga ang nahimong Presidente sa partido niining higayuna mao si kanhi Senador Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, ug nahimong chairman sa partido karun ang atong Presidente, His Excellency Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
 
Sa laing bahin, mao usab kini ang oportunidad sa atong mayor nga mahinabi ang kanhi bise-Presidente nga si Hon. Teofisto Guingona aron mapaabot ngadto sa pamilya Guingona ang kahimtang sa dakung luna sa yuta nga gipanag-iyahan niini nga di momenus 40 ektarya nga didto mahimutang sa Barangay Ampayon, diin mao kini ang nakita nga lugar aron matukod ang dugay na nga gipangandoy nga Philippine Science High School para sa Caraga.
 
Kini nga gimbuhaton sa atong Mayor Amante subay sa mga priority projects alang sa kalambuan sa atong dakbayan. (Gerry G. Gabiana, Butuan City PIO/PIA) 


5 Caraga pupils qualify in PSHS scholarship program
 
Mr. Lyndo G. Villacorta, Regional Director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Caraga Region announced the names of the successful qualifiers to the Philippine Science High School System Search for Scholars for School Year 2011-2012.
 
Five graduating grade six pupils in Caraga Region were among the 20,233 applicants who successfully hurdled the National Competitive Examination ad ministered on November 6, 2010 in various test centers throughout the country. T he qualifiers must immediately contact the Registrar or the Campus Director of the PSHS Campus where they are qualified to enroll in the schedule for pre-enrolment of the qualifiers is on February 10, 2011. For more information, visit www.pshs.edu.ph.
 
The five qualifiers in Caraga Region are as follows: 1. Aala, Anjila Bianca (Butuan City SPED Center, Butuan City; 2. Garcia, Christine Mae (Butuan City SPED Center, Butuan City; 3. Ong Yiu, Vincent John (Butuan City SPED Center, Butuan City; 4. Radaza, Patricia (Butuan C ity SPED Center) Butuan City; 5. Yparraguirre, Petroj Oritz (Tandag Pilot Elem. School, Tandag, Surigao del Sur). (Norma B. Alli, DOST-13/PIA-13)
 
 
Rehabilitasyon sa drainage system sa mga city subdivision, pagahimuon
 
BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 20 (PIA) – Ang City Housing Development Office nga gipangulohan ni Engr. Lorden G. Vismanos, nagpahigayon ug usa ka meeting didto sa Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) niadtong Enero 18. Kabahin kini sa planong rehabilitasyon sa mga drainage sa nagkalain-laing resettlement sites ni’ng dakbayan.
 
Mga tumong nga gilusad sa Project Implementation Office-Resettlement Office (PIO-RO) nga: 1. Nag-organisa ug meeting para resettlement planning para sa partners (FSUU, City Government Offices, Punong Barangay of the affected areas) dinhi sa syudad; 2. Pagkuha sa mga pangalan sa mga Project Affected Families (PAFs) ug mga nanag-iya ug propryidad alang sa PIO-RO enumerator’s reference; ug 3. Pagpahigayon ug asembliya sa mga kabarangayan alang sa Project briefing ug ingon usab sa Census and Tagging Operation niini.
 
Basi sa pagtuki, adunay 12 ka mga barangay ang ha-om sa mga tumong sa Resettlement Plan Development. Kini mao ang mga barangay sa Agao, Bading, Dagohoy, diego silang, Holy Redeemer, Humabon, J. P. Rizal, Leon Kilat, Obrero, San Ignacio, Tandang Sora ug apil usab ang Villa Kanangga.
 
Subay niini, ang PIO-RO niining syudad naningkamot nga matubag ang mga panginahanglanon sa pabalay arun makab-ot ang tinguha sa panggamhanan sa dakbayan nga kauswagan .
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Niini na higayon mipaabot sa iyang pasalamat ang mga katawhang lumolupyo ngadto sa pamuno-an pinaagi ni Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, jr. sa pagtuman sa isa sa mga priority nga proyekto nga ilunsad sa syudad. (Ritchelle F. Encabo, Butuan City/PIA-Caraga) 


Surigao Norte gov’t extends assistance to flood victims
 
SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Jan. 20 (PIA) – The provincial government here has provided relief assistance to some 80,000 individuals affected by flashfloods on Jan. 1-3, 2011 due to torrential rains. 
 
Latest report from the Provincial Social Services Office (PSSO) revealed that five sacks of rice were given by the Congressional Office of District II to the 100 affected families or 500 affected individuals of the municipality of Alegria. While 200 food packs were given by the provincial government to 2,415 affected individuals or 695 families of Claver.
 
In Gigaquit, a total of 4,688 individuals were given food assistance from the provincial government and DSWD regional office aside from the P100, 000 worth of rice and goods which were purchased by the local government. 
 
“Food distributions are still going on in almost all barangays (of Gigaquit) because people’s lives were greatly disrupted due to flooding of rice fields and roads are not passable especially in LASICAM (Lahi, Sico-sico, Camam-onan) areas,” said Rosemarie Catelo, Provincial Social Welfare chief.
 
In Malimono, 300 food packs were initially given to some 2,000 affected families. As of press time, some of the barangays are still isolated because some of the road networks were damaged.
 
Also, 105 food packs, five sacks of rice and five boxes of noodles and sardines were given to some 400 affected families of Placer.
 
On the other hand, the local government of Tagana-an was able to purchase 500 sacks of rice, 101 boxes of sardines, 140 boxes of noodles for their relief operations to some 2,000 affected families. The DSWD regional office also augmented 700 food packs to the flood victims.
 
In Surigao City, about 60 families were given one sack of rice, one box of sardines and two boxes of noodles by the provincial government.
 
In Siargao Island, 10 sacks of rice were given to 276 affected families of Burgos. Five sacks of rice were initially given to some 300 affected families of Dapa. The municipality of Del Carmen was also initially provided with 10 sacks of rice to some 3,000 affected families. In San Benito, some 100 affected families were also given 5 sacks of rice. Another 5 sacks of rice were given to the 36 affected families of San Isidro. 
 
In Sta. Monica, about 400 families were given 10 sacks of rice. A report also revealed that 18 houses in barangay Rizal and Libertad were partially damaged and 20 houses were underwater in barangay Mabini.
 
Finally, 19 affected families in the municipality of Socorro were also provided with seven sacks of rice from the provincial government. (Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)
 
 
Cebuano News: Indigenous Peoples Development Program (IPDP) planning workshop gipahigayon
 
SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Jan. 18 (PIA)
- Ang Indigenous Peoples Development Program (IPDP) Caraga uban sa National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Provincial Office, naggahin ug panahon sa mga kadagkuan nga nagagikan sa nagkalain-laing buhatan aron sa pagtuki mga butang nga buott kab-uton sa Indigenous People o lumad sa probinsyang mga Mamanwa labi na sa ilang yutang kabilin. Kini nga panagtigom ang gisugdan niadtong Enero 17, 2011 ug natapos niadtong Enero 18. Ang gihisgotang panagtigom gipahigayon sa Hotel Tavern, ning dakbayan sa Surigao.
 
Ang Mamanwa Ancestral Domain ang makita kini sa lugar sama na sa Malimono, Mainit, San Francisco, Sison ug Surigao City. Diin aduna kini 8 ka pilot areas dire na sa Caraga, Agusan Sur tulo (3), Surigao Sur duha (2), Surigao del Norte isa (1) ug Agusan Norte duha (2).
 
Adunay lima ka panglantaw ang gisentro sa mga Convenor nga gikan gayod sa mga lumad sa Malimono, Mainit, San Francisco, Sison ug Surigao City kon MAMASANSISU. Ang panglantaw mao kining musunod : 1. Malambuon ug Mauswagon nga ekononomiya 2. Panggamhanan 3. Kahapsay ug kalinaw 4. Integridad ug Kultura 5. Kinaiyahan. Tumong niini mao ang kinatibuk-ang panglantaw alang sa mahimong malambuon ug mauswagon ang yutang kabilin.
 
Nasabutan usab sa mao nga panagtigum nga ang maglangkob sa Convenor mao ang National Council for Indigenous People (NCIP) samtang ang Economic ang ubos kini sa Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) panggamhanan ang adto kini sa Provincial Planning and Development Office, Kahapsay ug kalinaw ubos kine sa Provincial Social Services Office (PSSO) samtang ang kinaiyahan ang adto kine sa Department of Environment al and Natural Resources (DENR) ug MGB 13 ug ang Integridad ug kultura mao ang Department of Education (DEP-ED) provincial division.
 
Namahayag pa si Mr. Domingo Nayahangan ang Program Manager, IPDP Caraga International Labor Organization (ILO) na adunay responsibilidad ug kaakuhan ang matag Local Government Units (LGU) labi na kung adunay mga lumad sa ilang dapit ug uban pang mga ahensya sa panggamhanan ug uban pang adunay kalambigitan alang sa ilang panginahanglan. (Surigao del Norte PGO-Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)