PIA News Service - Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011

Balangay voyage unites Filipinos from all walks of life

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 9 (PIA) – “The Balangay boats, even before it started the voyage in some Southeast Asian countries, have united Filipinos from all walks of life from the time the project was conceptualized, to the construction of the three boats, to the voyage, until its homecoming,” thus said Prof. Jubail Muyong of Mindanao State University (MSU) Tawi-Tawi City during the press conference held recently in time with the crews’ homecoming and awarding ceremony here.

Prof. Muyong said, the greatest achievement which the Balangay project has accomplished is by uniting the Filipinos – Christians and Muslims alike.

“Remember, the crew members came from different walks of life and from other places in the country, regardless of trade and religious affiliations… but we were there as a team… we are united… we are a team,” Prof. Muyong said.

According to Muyong, the Balangay experience may serve as an eye opener to all Filipinos to be united in everything we will do. “Muslims and Christians alike must go hand in hand to face the challenges that the country may experience, whether floods or fire or any calamities… We should be altogether ready to face everything for the glory of our country,” Muyong disclosed.

The 42 men and women crew members of the Balangay Voyage arrived on January 31, 2011 on the height of the massive flooding which hit Caraga Region and Butuan City and on Friday, Feb. 4, the crew were given recognition by the city government here as a tribute to the gallant and valuable contribution that will surely mark another milestone in the country’s history and culture. (PIA-Caraga)

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Balangay boats seen to boost tourism industry in Butuan

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 9 (PIA) – With the success of the Voyage of the Balangay project, Secretary of the Butuan Global Forum, Inc. George Navarra recently said the boats “Masawa Hong Butuan” and “Sama Tawi-Tawi” will be utilized for river cruising to help boost the tourism industry of the city.

The announcement was made by the official during the homecoming of the 42 crew of the Balangay voyage held recently at the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), this city.

According to Navarra, the Butuan Global Forum Inc., in its effort to support and promote the rich culture and history of the country, is in all-out support to uplift the tourism industry of Butuan being the regional center of the Caraga Administrative Region.

Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. acknowledged the group for their concern in promoting the city not only in the country, but as well as in other Southeast Asian countries as evidenced by the six-months Voyage of the Balangay.

Mayor Amante said the crew and the Butuan Global Forum want that Balangay boats will be placed here and will be used actively in tourism as a piece of art and engineering that could navigate up and down the Agusan River to spur the tourism industry in the city. (PIA-Caraga)

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DBM donates medicines to Caraga flood victims

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 9 (PIA) – The Regional Office of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) here donated medicines worth P735,556.24 to victims of the recent massive flooding which hit Caraga Region due to a low pressure area affecting the Northeastern Mindanao region.

In an interview with DBM-Caraga Regional Director Joecel Obenza during the turn-over rites on Tuesday accepted by Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) Chairman and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Regional Director Dr. Blanche Gobenciong, the budget department regional chief said the medicines are stocks of the Procurement Service Depot of DBM-Caraga and through the directives of Budget Secretary Butch Abad, said medicines will be given to flood victims in the region.

The medicines are composed of 224 bottles Aluminum Hydroxide; 1,843 boxes of Amoxicillin; 948 boxes of Ascorbic Acid; 424 boxes Glibenclamide and; 1,278 boxes of Multivitamins for adults.

Dir. Obenza further said, RDRRMC-Caraga and the Regional Office of the Department of Health (DOH) is tasked to distribute the items to those who were greatly affected by the recent disaster.

The recent flooding is the second disaster which hit the region this year. The first deluge struck early in January, leaving at least 23 persons dead as reported by RDRRMC and displacing thousands of individuals and damaging agricultural crops, livestock and infrastructure. (PIA-Caraga)

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DOH-CHD Caraga to distribute DBM-donated medicines to Caraga flood victims

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 9 (PIA) – The Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga is set to distribute the 1,278 boxes of medicines donated by the Regional Office of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM)to flood-stricken areas in Caraga Region.

Mr. Richard Maniago, DOH-CHD Caraga Assistant Regional Health Emergency Management Staff (RHEMS) Coordinator, in an interview with PIA said the medicines is a joint effort of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) to extend health assistance to victims of the recent flood in the region.

Maniago also said the distribution will be conducted within the week and those evacuees who are still in the evacuation centers will be given priority, especially the evacuees from Mainit, Surigao del Norte.

Maniago further said the medicines will be distributed directly to the municipal local government units and the barangay rural health center staff will handle the distribution to be supervised by DOH-CHD Caraga specifically in getting the information as to specific medicine needed by individual evacuees. (PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Good deeds maoy topiko sa morning sharing

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Feb. 9 (PIA) - Nagmalampuson niadtong imaging adlaw ang Monday morning sharing nga gipahigayon sa Provincial Convention Center Capitol Compound human sa Flag Raising Ceremony sa may alas otso sa buntag.

Kini nga kalihukan gitambongan sa mga empleyado sa kapitolyo, mga department heads sa nagkalain- laing buhatan, uban nila Gov. Sol F. Matugas, Vice Gov. Carlos Egay, Hon. Mamerto Galanida, ug Hon. Regina Alaan.

Ang Provincial Budget Office mao ang nahimo nga host department, samtang si Hon. Mamerto Galanida usab ang nahimo nga mamumulong atol sa gipahigayon nga kalihukan. Ang gipaambit niini mahitungod sa “Good Deeds” o “Maayo nga Binuhatan” diin matud pa niini sa iyang hamubo nga sambingay kalabot na sa tigulang nga mapahitas-on.

Ang makuha nga pagtolon-an niini mao nga kung si kinsa kadtong anaa sa taas ang maadto sa ubos, tungod kay tanan tawo dili man permanente and estado sa kinabuhi. Mamahimo nga karon anaa ka sa ubos, apan muabot ang panahon nga ikaw ibayaw ra unya sa taas. (Surigao del Norte PGO-Prov’l Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: Pagpangandam sa kalamidad gituki sa gobernador

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Feb. 9 (PIA) - Atol sa Monday Morning Sharing sa kagamhanang probinsya nga gipahigayon sa Provincial Convention Center, namahayag si Gobernador Sol F. Matugas mahitngod na sa kalamidad na bag-ohay pa lamang nga nasinati sa atong lalawigan.

Gipaabot sa gobernador sa tanan nga mitambong sa kalihukan nga sa tanan natong nahiaguman nga kalamidad aduna gayud leksyon nga atong makat-unan.

Ang mga mosunod mao ang gustong ipahan-ay ni Gob. Matugas sa panahon nga adunay kalamidad: 1. Ang Siargao Island ang angayan na makabaton ug kaugalingon nga Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC); 2. Ang tanang ekwipo sa Isla ug Mainland ang andamon ng daan panahon kung kini gamiton dayon; 3. Ang tanan mga Barangay Kapitan kinahanglan gayod na mailhan sa Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), tumong niini para dili magsalig sa munisipyo ug probinsya ug gi kinahanglan nga ang tanan mga kapitanes aktibo gaud motubag panahon sa kalamidad isip sila maoy modelo sa ilang katilingban; 4. Government Communication nga abli sa tanan labina na gayud kon adunay dautan nga panahon ang modangat sa atong dapit. Ang cellphone usahay dili kasaligan sa komunikasyon tungod kay adunay mga lugar nga walay signal; 5. Pagtukod o paghan-ay sa pormal nga mga opisyales sa Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and management Council (PDRRMC) nga maoy mamahimong focal office.

Dugang pa ni Gob. Matugas nga sa iyang pag dumala sa probinsya, “Ang Bag-ong Surigao” aksyon ang gikinahanglan. Ang tanan danyos sa mga miagi nga kalamidad ang iyang gipaningkamutan sa pagpangayo, diin una niini na prayoridad mao ang inprastraktura, mga kadalanan ug tulay. Ang Jubgan Bridge ang preparado na sa plano alang sa pagtukod ug bag-o ug lig-on nga tulay aron dili kini madaling maguba. (Surigao del Norte PGO-Prov’l Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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DRRMC-Caraga grateful for DBM medicine donation

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 9 (PIA) – Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) Chair and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga Regional Director Dr. Blanche Gobenciong on Tuesday acknowledged the move of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for donating stocked medicines for flood victims in the region.

According to Dr. Gobenciong, the medicines will be distributed to areas where massive flooding occured during the three-day continuous rains resulting from a low pressure area affecting the northeastern Mindanao region.

Gobenciong added, medicines is one of the identified needs of those who were affected with flood especially those that are still in the evacuation centers. “So, this donation from DBM is just but timely,” she added.

“In behalf of the RDRRMC, we would like to thank DBM for coming up with this quick response in addressing the health needs of the affected population in flood-stricken areas in Caraga Region,” Gobenciong said.

Also, Gobenciong said the medicines will be distributed within the week to make sure that those evacuees in the evacuation centers can make use of the drugs. (PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: VMLP Agusan del Norte nagpahigayon og ika-limang panagtigum

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Feb. 9 (PIA) – Gipahigayon sa Vice Mayor’s League of the Philippines (VMLP), Agusan del Norte Chapter, ang ikalima nga tigum niini dili pa lang dugay didto sa Uncle Sam’s Burger & Steak, Butuan City.

Ang maong panagtigum gipangunahan ni Bise Mayor Ramon Bungabong, Chapter President. Mitambong sila VM Harris Glenn Puyot, VM Eleuterio Enriquez, VM Wilfredo Taglucop, VM Margarito Augis, VM Danny Moran ug VM Alfonso Young.

Pipila sa mga nahisgutan sa maong panagtigum mao ang pag-paynal sa eskedyuling sa Legal-Medical-Dental Mission; Educational tour sa laing nasud; pagpangandam sa National Convention karong Pebrero 24 sa Davao City og ang pag-gama sa resolusyon nga naghangyo ni Cong. Angel Amante og panabang pinansyal. (Buena Monitor/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: P-Noy gihangyo sa Akbayan Buenavista nga pundohan ang Bunaguit Road

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Feb. 9 (PIA) – Gihangyo sa Akbayan, ni’ng Lungsod, ang national council sa maong party-list nga ipadangat ngadto ni Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III ang resolusyon sa Sangguniang Bayan nga pundohan aron masemento ang Buenavista-Bunaguit Road sa kantidad nga P823,121,000.00.

Kini maoy unod sa Akbayan Section Resolution No. 01-2011 nga gipalabang atol sa tigom sa mga opisyal niining dili pa lang dugay nga gipangunahan ni Bise Mayor Ramon Bungabong.

Pangandoy sa Akbayan Buenavista nga ang maong sugyot-proyekto masukip sa national development plan para sa sunod tuig 2012.

Gipalabang sa Sangguniang Bayan sa Buenavista ang Sanggunian Resolution No. 19-2010 atol sa sesyon regular niini kaniadtong Agosto 26 alang sa maong katuyoan.

Ang Buenavista-Bunaguit Road nagtadlas sa pito ka barangay gikan sa Barangay 2 ngadto sa Barangay Simbalan.

Mga tigpaniid nag-ingon nga illegal logging maoy nakaguba sa maong dalan. (Buena Monitor/PIA-Caraga)