PIA News Service - Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011

Creation of Local Crisis Management Committee pushed in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Feb. 19 (PIA) - The need to create a local Crisis Management Committee that would give a unified and proper response from all government agencies is seen as a serious need during the meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Meeting held yesterday.

DILG Provincial Director Domingo Bulabog said the idea came up after the Quirino grandstand incident killing eight tourists. “We need to ensure that the proper responses are made and quickly implemented,” said Bulabog.

Four teams will be established to fully constitute the Crisis Management Committee (CMC) to wit: (1) Initial Response Team composed of the AFP, PNP, other concerned groups and personalities that have the capability to provide initial emergency response in case of a crisis situation. (2) Negotiation Team consists of negotiation experts, NGOs and others concerned as members. (3) Operations Team composed of representatives from AFP, PNP and support medical and counseling units and (4) Public Affairs Team which shall be an attached unit of the local CMC for the purpose of serving as the repository and clearing house of all information on the crisis situation.

402nd Brigade Commander Col. Rodrigo Diapana has pledged to provide crisis intervention and management training to the members.

As suggested by Gov. Sol Matugas, the committee will be under the PPOC, to be chaired by 1st District Board Member Edgar Andanar with Human Resource Head Ramon Gotinga as vice chairman.

The PPOC will then establish a command center within its jurisdiction to oversee the conduct of operations during crisis or emergency situations. (FEAbkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Agsur Bantay konsumo group intensifies consumer rights watch

By: David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Feb. 19 (PIA) -- Agusan del Sur Bantay Konsumo group will be installing information materials in strategic places in order to trigger awareness among consumers and buying public of the rights of consumers and the prevailing prices of basic commodities.

Rev. Solomon Bilaoen, president of the Bantay Konsumo group said the tarpaulin billboard that will be installed at the entrance of San Francisco public market will be as big as one whole plywood (4’ X 8’) and will bear the most basic consumers’ rights while the other billboard will bear the suggested retail price of basic commodities and will be updated daily by the market supervisor of the LGU.

“We really need these materials in order to protect the consumers’ rights against unscrupulous businessmen who are taking advantage of the trust given to them by the consumers. The posting of these materials in San Francisco is just the beginning. Other municipalities all over the province will follow,” Rev. Bilaoen said.

Today. Bantay Konsumo will meet with the Departemtn of Trade and Industry in order to discuss the prevailing prices of electricity, water supply and consumption, agricultural products like rice, sugar, oil, and other basic necessities, price commodities and construction/ electrical materials.

The Bantay Konsumo group is a multi-sectoral organization, organized by the DTI in order to assist the consumers to avail of the right price for the right quality of goods they buy. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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FREEDOM to conduct workshop on micro enterprise dev’t in Surigao del Sur

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 19 (PIA) ­- The Foundation of Rural Enterprise and Ecology Development of Mindanao (FREEDOM) is set to conduct a workshop on micro enterprise development in Surigao del Sur on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the Provincial Conference Room, Tandag City.

FREEDOM is a non government organization which is designed to assist in the empowerment of the last frontier of the island’s development – the local Indigenous Peoples communities in Mindanao for their sustainable growth and development and preserve their cultural traditions.

The event is an important and strategic endeavour co-sponsored by the Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur and the Provincial Office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Rural Micro Enterprise Program (RuMEPP).

Engr. Epimaco Galero Jr., Team Leader of the DTI RuMEPP – LGU Partnership Project said, the trade and industry department through its RuMEPP program has engaged with FREEDOM to undertake the implementation of the DTI-RuMEPP-LGU Partnership project which is aimed towards the development of micro enterprises in the municipalities.

Highlighting the workshop is the presentation of the proposed memorandum of agreement between the participating local government unit and DTI RuMEPP partnership.

FREEDOM was organized in the Philippines in June 2009 with its headquarters located in Davao City, and a branch in Butuan City to support its projects in the Caraga region.

Earlier, the Foundation also signed a cooperation agreement with the Caraga Regional Office of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) to provide assistancein the dissemination of information of socio-economic projects initiated and implemented by FREEDOM in Caraga Region. (PIA-Caraga)

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Sen. Zubiri, a “man of honor” –- Gov. Amante

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 19 (PIA) -–“I only seldom see an official who fulfills his promises… that is what we call a man of honor,” thus said Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John Amante referring to Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri who personally came to the province and handed the Certificates of Special Allotment Relief Order (SARO) to the 10 municipalities and the lone city of Cabadbaran.

According to Gov. Amante, this gesture of Sen. Zubiro only showed that his heart is for the people of Mindanao being the son of this island.

During the awarding ceremonies in three separate municipalities: Buenavista, Jabonga, and Cabadbaran, Sen. Zubiri assures the people that the P500,000 SARO is just the first of its two releases. He said the remaining P500,000 is set to be released later this year or earlier next year.

This, according to Zubiri, is his way of serving the Filipino people by bringing the government and development closer to the people.

“As what Pres. Noynoy said, ‘Kayo ang Boss Ko’ (You are my boss), I will also say the same to you,” emphasizing that a public official must serve in the interest of the Filipino populace.

Zubiri further said that as of press time, only 31 out of 79 provinces have not yet received his SARO project but assured the public that by the end of his term, all provinces in the country will receive such assistance sourced from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). (PIA-Caraga)

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PIA-Caraga inks coop agreement with FREEDOM

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 19 (PIA) –- The Regional Office of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Caraga on Thursday signed a cooperation of agreement with the Foundation of Rural Enterprise and Ecology Development of Mindanao (FREEDOM).

With the signing of the agreement, PIA-Caraga committed to provide assistance on the dissemination of information of socio-economic projects initiated and implemented by FREEDOM in Caraga Region.

PIA-Caraga will also cover the inauguration and launching of socio-economic projects initiated by FREEDOM supporting the development of municipalities and the improvement of people’s livelihoods.

Also, the information arm of the government in the region will participate in workshops sponsored by FREEDOM with other government line agencies and private sector institutions. PIA-Caraga shall also work together with FREEDOM for the economic betterment of Caraga Region.

Meanwhile, FREEDOM will provide information on the projects that will be inaugurated and launched in certain communities in Caraga Region.

FREEDOM will likewise invite PIA to attend all the projects that will be launched and inaugurated with local government units and the private sector in the region.

FREEDOM should also invite PIA to attend major workshops and road shows that will be implemented by the foundation in the region.

FREEDOM is a foundation that is designed to assist in the empowerment of the last frontier of the island’s development – the local Indigenous Peoples communities in Mindanao for their sustainable growth and development and preserve their cultural traditions.

It was organized in the Philippines in June 2009 with its headquarters located in Davao City. The Foundation has also a branch in Butuan City to support its projects in the CARAGA region

Part of the Foundation’s program is to collaborate with Mindanao’s indigenous people initially in various programs related areas such as rural economic development, health and nutrition education and cultural preservation, infrastructure development.

FREEDOM seeks to enter into strategic alliances with the international donor community, local government agencies, other non-governmental organizations and other private sector partners.

It has established partnerships with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Dept. of Trade and Industry (CARAGA Region), University of the Philippines Mindanao (UPMin), SIDMA College Malaysia, Rural Bank of M'lang (RBM), and the Kapatagan Banana Growers Cooperative (KBGC).

With reputation for integrity and shared values, Freedom’s Trustees and Management Team has expertise in critical resource and agricultural technologies combined with experience in non-governmental organizations, private and public markets. The group has an extensive network of entrepreneurs, scientists, policy makers and strategic partners.

FREEDOM intends to alleviate poverty, provide health and wellness, functional and occupational literacy and secured homes and shelters for indigenous peoples communities. (PIA-Caraga)

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Ag Norte municipalities, city receive solon’s SARO

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 19 (PIA) --Ten municipalities and one city of the province of Agusan del Norte received recently P500,000 each as part of the Special Allotment Relief Order (SARO) of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri.

During the separate awarding ceremonies, the Senator from Mindanao personally handed in the SARO certificates to the local chief executives.

Upon arrival at the Bancasi Airport Thursday morning, the senator was met by the provincial officials of Agusan del Norte headed by Gov. Erlpe John Amante, and immediately proceeded to the municipality of Buenavista to award three SARO certificates to the municipalities of Carmen, Nasipit and Buenavista.

In the afternoon of that same day, in spite of heavy rains, the party immediately proceeded to Jabonga, Agusan del Norte where the Senator see for himself some barangays of the said municipality already submerged in flood water as Lake Mainit started to overflow.

While in Jabonga, Zubiri handed over SARO certificates to local chief executives of Sanitiago, Kitcharao and Jabonga.

Later in the afternoon, the party went to the newly-furnished Cabadbaran City Government Center Social Hall The municipalities of RTR, Tubay, Magallanes and Cabadbaran City received said certificates from Sen. Zubiri.

In his speech, Zubiri emphasized that being a Mindanaoan, he really feels the needs of the municipalities and it is his duty to at least help his fellow Mindanaoans uplift the economic situation by putting up noteworthy projects.

Meanwhile, Gov. Amante, in his speech expressed his gratitude to Zubiri as he said that in his almost seven years of serving the province, “this is the first time that a Senator visited and extended financial assistance through his SARO.

All local chief executives of the province also extended their wholehearted gratitude to Sen. Zubiri for his generosity. (PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Programa sa Nutrisyon gihatagan ug dakong pagtagad sa Gobernador

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Feb. 19 (PIA) - Gihatagan karon ug dakong pagtagad sa administrasyon ni Gobernador Sol Matugas ang Programa sa Nutrisyon.

Niadtong miaging adlaw atol sa department heads meeting, usa sa mga nahisgutan mao ang pag sulbad sa malnutrisyon sa lalawigan.

Si Gob. Sol Matugas nagtahas sa buhatan sa Local School Board sa pag pahigayon ug panagtigum sa mga departamento sama sa Department of Education (DepEd), Depatment of Agriculture (DA) lakip na usab ang Provincial Health Office (PHO) ug ang Provincial Social Services Office (PSSO) sa kapitolyo aron mapahingusgan ang programa sa nutrisyon.

Nag-awhag usab si Gobernador Matugas nga kinahanglan adunay mahitabong dinaliang panagtigum tale na sa Provincial Nutrition Council (PNC) aron paghatag aksyon sa nasampit nga programa.

Dugang niini, gitutukan usab ang programa sa mga tulunghaan, ang pagpananom sa mga gulay diin sumala pa ni Secretary Armin Luistro nga adunay 101 ka menu alang sa pagpreparar sa pagluto sa mga gulay nga haum sa mga kabataan.

Kalabot na niini gikinahanglan usab ang datos sa walo (8) ka munisipyo nga sakop sa probinsya nga nahuman na sa Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) aron mahimo kining basihan sa pagpahigayon sa pag han-ay ug pakisusi labina sa mga kabataan nga nag edad 4 – 5 anyos ang panuigon. Kini alang na sa preparasyon sa pag-abli sa klase karon umaabot nga Hunyo 2011. (Surigao Norte Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao Norte)

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Tagalog News: NFA Rice, matumal ang benta sa Surigao del Sur

TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 19 (PIA) - Matumal ang benta ng NFA rice sa Surigao del Sur, ito ang inamin ni NFA Provincial Manager Ramundo Cotinaco kamakailan lang.

Kaugnay nito, idinadahilan ng opisyal ang programang Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program ng pamahalaan. Ang CCT ay dating tanyag sa tawag na 4Ps o Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program.

Ayon kay Cotianco, karaniwan sa mga benepisyaryo ng CCT o 4Ps ay tinatangkilik na ang commercial rice.

Karugtong nito, iniugnay din ang pagpautang ng mga rice traders sa mga suki sa anyo ng 15-20 days credit. Una rito kumpirmado ni Cotianco halos magpang-abot ang presyo ng NFA Rice at Commercial rice.

Ang NFA rice ay nakapako na sa P27.00 kada kilo, habang ang pinakamababang uri ngunit de-kalidad na commercial rice ay may mabibili sa presyong P28.00 ang kilo. (Greg Tataro, Jr./PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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Tagalog News: Panibagong desisyon ng Korte Suprema sa Cityhood ng League of 16, ikinagagalak sa Surigao del Sur

TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, Feb, 19 (PIA) -- Lubhang ikinagalak sa Surigao del Sur ang panibagong desisyon ng Korte Suprema kaugnay ng masalimuot na Cityhood para sa League of 16 kabilang ang Tandag.

Kaugnay nito, bakas sa pananalita ni Tandag Mayor Alexander Pimentel ang buong tuwa’t galak ng makausap sa telepono mula mismo sa Manila. Limitado man ang mga datos na binanggit ng alkalde liban sa pagtumbok sa botohang “7-6” pabor sa League of 16 bilang tugon sa inihaing motion for reconsideration (MR) kung saan muli umanong kumatig si Justice Jose Mendoza.

Ayon sa ulat sinasabing hindi pa final at executory ang pasya. May pagkakataon pa na maghain ng MR ang League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP).

Magugunita na pang-apat na desisyon na ito ng kataas-taasang hukuman ukol sa usapin.

Samantala, oras na maging pinal ang desisyon, tatlong mga munisipyo sa Caraga Region ang maidagdag sa hanay ng pagiging ganap na Lungsod. Liban sa Tandag, Surigao del Sur, kabilang din ang Cabdbaran, Agusan del Norte at Bayugan, Agusan del Sur. (Greg Tataro, Jr./PIA-Surigao del Sur)