3.11.2011

PIA News Service - Friday, March 11, 2011

OWWA-Caraga extends relief assistance to OFW expats in Libya

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, March 11 (PIA) – The Regional Office here of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) revealed Thursday that some 22 Caraga OFW expatriates in Libya were already extended relief assistance.

In an interview with OWWA-Caraga Regional Director Dr. Marietta A. Lumawag, the official said their office was able to extend some P10,000 each to 22 Caraga OFWs who were repatriated from Libya due to the political crisis there.

Dr. Lumawag said OWWA has released some P100 million for the relief assistance program of the displaced workers. 

Because of the on-going crisis in Libya and with the calamity experienced in New Zealand where some Filipino workers were reportedly included in the roster of victims, Lumawag said OWWA-Caraga has been reporting 24 hours to cater to the needs of the families of OFWs specifically in their effort to contact family members who are working in Libya, New Zealand, Yemen, Bahrain, Egypt, among others.

Meanwhile, Lumawag stressed that as part of the standard operating procedures, displaced workers in Libya were required to undergo debriefing with the personnel of OWWA-Caraga serving as facilitators. 

“This may somehow ease the pain of our OFWs as some of them had traumatic experiences in the height of the earthquake in New Zealand and chaos in Libya,” Lumawag said. (PIA-Caraga)


Displaced OFWs in Caraga undergo debriefing

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, March 11 (PIA)
– “Displaced workers especially in New Zealand and Libya are required to undergo debriefing to restore their morale,” thus said Dr. Marietta A. Lumawag, Regional Director of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)-Caraga in an interview with PIA on Thursday.

According to the OWWA Director, the debriefing was also conducted to identify the pressing needs of the displaced workers. “In this case, we know where we will come in and where to start in restoring their morale,” Lumawag said.

During the debriefing, the displaced workers were informed of the initiatives undertaken by the government especially OWWA. “This is one way of informing them that the government is doing something for the welfare of the OFWs, considered as heroes of the modern times,” Lumawag said.
Moreover, the OWWA Director of the region said that aside from the P10,000 relief assistance, displaced workers in Caraga will also benefit the livelihood assistance. “This is also true to other regions,” she added.

To qualify, the official said displaced OFWs should have business plan and undergo seminar on business opportunities. “With that, OWWA-Caraga is planning to invite our social partners because some of our displaced workers want to be in business, instead of going back abroad,” Dr. Lumawag disclosed. (PIA-Caraga)


DepEd outlines importance of K+12 Basic Education Program

By: Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, March 11 (PIA)
–- Increased competencies and skills relevant to the job market is just one of the many benefits DepEd said students will get with the adoption of the K+ 12 Basic education program.

This was revealed by Dr. Rebecca Delapuz, Schools Division Superintendent of DepEd-Caraga during the regional consultation on the K+12 Basic Education program with the different sectors in Caraga region, held Friday at the DepEd-Caraga Regional Conference Room.

According to Delapuz, the K+ 12 program aims to give every student an opportunity to receive quality education based on an enhanced and decongested curriculum that is internationally recognized and comparable.

She added that graduates of the program will be better prepared for higher education; will be able to earn higher wages; and their education be recognized abroad.

“For the society and the economy, the K+12 will also contribute to the economic growth; will facilitate mutual recognition of Filipino graduates and professionals in other countries; and a better educated society will provide a sound foundation for long-term socio-economic development,” Delapuz added.

She further said that K + 12 program also seeks to change public perception that high school education is just a preparation for college, rather, it should allow one to take advantage of opportunities for gainful career or employment and/or self-employment in a rapidly changing and increasingly globalized environment.

Delapuz also stressed that if the K+12 Basic Education Program will be put into law, this will require parents to send their children to kindergarten school before they (children) can proceed to elementary and high school to complete the program.

K+12 means Kindergarten and the 12 years of elementary and secondary education. Kindergarten refers to the 5-year old cohort who undergoes a standardized kinder curriculum while elementary education refers to primary schooling that involves six to seven years of education, and secondary education refers to high school.

The enhanced curriculum will offer areas of specialization or electives such as science and technology, music and arts, agriculture and fisheries, sports, business and entrepreneurship, and subjects for advanced placement. (PIA-Caraga)


Surigao officials instruct public to evacuate, stay calm

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, March 11 (PIA)
–- Officials of the two provinces of Surigao in Caraga Region have advised the public to evacuate following the two tsunami alerts issued by the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) where said provinces were included in the 19 provinces that were likely to be affected with tsunami after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hits near the coast of Honshu, Japan Friday afternoon.

Officials of the said two provinces in Caraga also asked the public to stay calm and that “everything is under control”.

Meanwhile, In an interview with PIA this afternoon, Col Rodrigo T Diapana of 402nd Brigade Commander, 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army and the Regional Highway Patrol Unit through Regional Director PSSupt Jaime Macarilay, they are ready to respond to whatever emergency assistance that will happen.

Also, the Philippine Coast Guard advised all people whose houses are very near coastal areas facing the Pacific Ocean to go farther inland. Owners of boats in harbors, estuaries or shallow coastal water of the 19 provinces identified by Phivolcs are also advised to stay offshore in deep waters until further advised.

According to Phivolcs, other provinces who will be affected with at least one meter waves are Batanes Group of Islands, Cagayan, Northernmost areas of Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Quezon, Aurora, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur. (PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Anti- Malaria treated Mosquito Nets, Patuloy ang Pamamahagi sa Surigao del Sur

TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, March 11– Patuloy ang pamamahagi ng Anti-Malaria Treated Mosquito Nets sa Surigao del Sur, ayon kay Dr. Romeo de los Reyes, Provincial Health officer.

Ito ay nakatuon sa mga lugar na subok ng endemic sa kaso ng malaria. Aniya, may 40,000 piraso ng mga kulambo na dumating bago lang at tinatayang nagkakakahalaga ng may P20M na mula sa Global Funds Malaria Component na idinaan sa Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI).

Samantala, nabatid mula kay Dr. delos Reyes, malaking bahagi ng Surigao del Sur particular ang mula Tandag patungo hanggang sa pinakadulong bahagi ng Timog o 12 munisipyo at isang syudad ang endemic sa sakit na Malaria. (Greg Tataro, Jr./PIA- Surigao del Sur)


Tagalog News: Mga magsasaka sa Surigao del Sur, Higit na namulat sa pagsasaka

TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, March 11 – Higit na lumalawak ang kaalaman ng mga magsasaksa sa Surigao del Sur, ito ang sinabi ng Office of the Provincial of Agriculturist (OPAg) makaraang pormal na gawaran ng kani-kaniyang sertipiko sa isinagawang graduation kung saan benepisyaryo mismo ay mga magsasaka dito.

May 530 magsasaksa mula sa limang (5) magkaibang Kabayanan sa sentrong bahagi nitong lalawigan ang kamakailang lang napabalitang nakatanggap ng sertipiko kaugnay sa isinasagawang School-On-The Air na namayagpag sa loob ng 16 ng Linggo.

Sabi ni Mark Quico, Provincial Agriculturist dito at nagsilbing Anchor sa paid slot sa isang pribadong FM Station sa Tandag, Tanong-Sagot sa pamamagitan ng text messages ang naging ugnayan nila at ng mga magsasaksa. Bawat grupo ng mga ito sa kani-kanilang lugar ay may taga-pangasiwang personahe ng Department of Agriculture (DA) bawat tagpo sa panahon ng radio program sa madaling araw.

Pinaglaanan ng kabuuang P400,000.00, sagotang pag-aaral ng Agricultural Training institute (ATI) ng DA sa Caraga sa ilalim ng pangunguna ni Center Dir. Nenita Sumile. Sulit ang naging hakbang ayon kay Quico.

Samantala, lubos naman ang kagalakan ni Governor Johnny Pimentel na nagpapahayag sa graduation ceremony na prayuridad ng kanyang pamunuan ang programa sa larangan ng Agrikultura. Nabatid din na kinumbida ng Kapitolyo mismo si Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala para dumalaw dito. Sa pinakahuling impormasyon, sa Mayo umano ang commitment ni Alcala bagamat wala pa itong petsa.
(Greg Tataro, Jr./PIA- Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: Mga programang pang-agrikultura gisuportahan

BUTUAN CITY, Marso 11
-- Gipahingusgan sa City Agriculture Office ang pagpahigayon og nagkalain-laing programa ngadto sa mga kaigsoonang mga mag-uuma sa kabarangayan nga gisuportahan ni Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr.sugod niadtong Marso 8-11, 2011.

Ang nahisgut nga mga program mao ang musunod: Vermiculture Seminar - Brgy. Kinamlutan; Farmer’s Association Meeting – Brgy. Aupagan, San Mateo; Los Angeles, Florida; Taguibo; Farmer’s Assembly Meeting – Brgy. Amparo; Farmer’s Field School – Brgy Tagabaca, Sumilihon, Mahay.

Ang maong mga programa subay sa prioridad nga proyekto ni Mayor Amante aron mahatagan sa insaktong pamaagi og kahibalo ang mga mag-uuma dinhi sa kabarangayan sa Butuan aron usab mahatagan og ayuda ang tagsa-tagsa nga mga mulo kabahin sa mga problema sa pagpanguma. (Jovelyn Cataluna Mejorada, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Swat Simulation sa City Hall grounds nagmalampuson

BUTUAN CITY, Marso 11 -- Nagmalampuson ang gipahigayong Swat Simulation sa alas 4:00 sa hapon Marso 9, 2011 nga gitambungan ni Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. dinhi sa City Hall grounds og gisaksihan sa mga empleyado sa City Hall og nagkalain-laing media outlet sa dakbayan sa Butuan.

Gihimo ang maong aktibidad pinaagi sa atong mga Swat Team dinhi sa dakbayan nga nagpakita sa ilang abilidad kung unsaon pagpakgang ang mga muabot nga krimen/ trahedya sama sa hostage taking og uban pa.

Kini gipangunahan ni Col. Carillo sa BCPO uban sa iyang mga kaubang police nga nagpakita sa ilang sinserong serbisyo ngadto sa katawhan .

Dungan sa maong aktibidad gihimo usab ang pagguba og pagsunog sa illegal nga dulaan nga video karera(kulalong) agi’g pakita sa atong mga kabataan nga dili maayo ang maong bisyo.

Sigun ni Mayor Amante paningkamotan og magtinabangay aron maangkon ang kalinaw nga pamuyo og mahapsay nga komunidad.
(Jovelyn Cataluna Mejorada, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Bed Nets padayon nga gipang apod-apod sa Kabarangayan

BUTUAN CITY, Marso 11 -- Ipadayon karong bulana sa City Health Office (CHO) inabagan sa Department of Health (DOH) ang pag pang apod-apod og Bed Nets ngadto sa atong mga kaigsoonang kabus sa mga kabarangayan niining syudad sa Butuan. Karong umaabot Marso 14-15, ang barangay M.J Santos ug Bit-os ang makadawat, ug Barangay Pianing karong petsa 28 sa Marso 2011.

Tumong ug tingoha niini nga maprotektahan ang katawhan sa mga sakit nga dala sa mga lamok aron malikayan ang pagtaas sa ihap sa mga biktima sa sakit nga malaria, dengue ug uban pa, subay sa resulta sa gihimong survey sa mga health workers ning dakbayan ngadto sa katawhan.

Hinungdan niini, gimando ni Halangdong Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. sa maong buhatan ang pagpadayon niini nga programa agi’g suporta og mahilikay sa nahisgutang sakit ang katawhan.

Giawhag sa maong buhatan ang katawhan nga ipabilin ang kalimpyo sa atong palibot ug magmabinantayon sa ilang panglawas. (Jovelyn Cataluna Mejorada, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Bag-ong Medical Books nadawatan sa Butuan City Library

BUTUAN CITY, Marso 11
-- Adunay 100 ka volumes nga mga Medical books ang nadawatan sa atong Butuan City Library nga gihatag gikan sa atong igsoong Butuanon nga si Ms. Corazon Mortera sa Florida, USA, diin gipadala kini pinaagi sa Friends of the City Library.

Kini nga mga libro dako ang ikatabang sa atong mga estudyante ilabina kay nag-anam ka-mahal ang mga medical books, ug pinaagi sa mga ayuda sa atong mga kaigsoonan, makabaton og kahigayonan ang atong kabataan nga makakuha og dugang kaalam.

Sa laing bahin, sulod lamang sa 1st quarter niini nga tuig, ang City Library nakapahigayon na og pipila ka oryentasyon kalabot sa mga serbisyo sa nasangpit nga opisina sa tanang mga bisita ug mga nag-field trips, sama sa: Philippine Normal University; Baan Day Care Center; Baan Riverside Day Care Center; Doongan Day Care Center; Butuan City Mission Academy; Bading Day Care Center; Los Angeles Day Care Center; Rajah Soliman Day Care Center; Taguibo Day Care Center; Faith Baptist Church- Preschool; Faith Baptist Church –Nursery.

Tumong niini nga orientasyon nga mahatagan og giya ang mga kabataan ug madasig sila sa paggamit ug pagbasa sa mga libro para sa ilang pangtuon. 

Kini nga kalihokan alayon sa programa sa atong halandong Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. alang sa kausbawan sa edukasyon sa mga kabataan ug gipasalamatan kini sa mga ginikanan nga nakabenepisyo niini nga serbisyo. (Ritchelle Encabo, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)