3.04.2011

PIA News Service - Friday, March 4, 2011

IPDP-Caraga conducts on-site VCA training, workshop in Butuan City

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, March 4 (PIA)
– The Indigenous Peoples Development Programme (IPDP)-Caraga recently conducted a two-day on-site Value Chain Analysis (VCA) training-workshop in Brgy. Pianing, this city.

The training is primarily aimed at enabling their respective livelihood activity not just as a resource of subsistence but also as micro-enterprise that could provide income and employment opportunities.

Also, the workshop enables the participants to increase their productivity and productivity and profitability by analyzing and identifying their comparative advantages such as crafting of a feasibility to put down cost, improve efficiency in the use of inputs for production and increase yield.

The training was participated by 32 members of the abaca production Self-Help Groups of Anticala, Butuan City under Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) No. 135.

The ILO is working with the indigenous peoples of Caraga and partners that include the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), a project funded through the Government of Spain to support community initiatives.

Same activity is also set to take place in Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte today, Friday until tomorrow, Saturday with 30 members of SHGs for abaca production participating. (PIA-Caraga)


Financial mngt. training for IPOs, SHGs set

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, March 4 (PIA)
– In its effort to develop the skills on Indigenous Peoples Organizations (IPOs) and IP Community Self-Help Groups (SHGs), The Indigenous Peoples Development Programme (IPDP)-Caraga on Wednesday conducted Financial Management Training at Prince Hotel, this city.

With 20 officers of the four SHGs and IPOs of Santiago, Agusan del Norte who belong to Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) No. 134, and five officers of the SHG for abaca production in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur belonging to CADT 093, the training is primarily aimed at helping the IPOs and SHGs enhance their knowledge in the conduct of IPO and SHG meetings and preparation of finance-related resolutions.

Also, the training will develop the participants’ skills in performing simple bookkeeping or records-keeping.

It is also expected that the participants will appreciate personal and collective values required in managing finances and resources.

Further, with the participants implementing what they’ve learned from the training, they will able to set up practical and sound financial management system and able to formulate a practical and effective internal financial control mechanism.

Another batch of participants will be scheduled to undergo same training on March 7 to 9, 2011 under CADT 089, composed of 15 officers of three Cabadbaran SHGs and five officers of the Cabadbaran IPO. Venue of the event will be at Kalahi Training Center, Veruela, Agusan del Sur.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) works with indigenous peoples through enabling policies that engage them in exercising a full range of rights, including those delineated in the Philippine Constitution, the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA) and the nation’s medium-term development plans. (PIA-Caraga)


5.7 earthquake hits Region X, Caraga Region - NDRRMC

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, March 4 (PIA)
– A 5.7 magnitude earthquake of tectonic origin occurred in Region 10 and in Caraga Region on Thursday (March 3) at around 11:11 p.m., the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported.

According to NDRRMC, the location of the quake is at 09.51 degrees North, 125.90 degrees East – 54 kilometers and 57 degrees East of Surigao City, with a depth of focus of 003 kilometers shallow.

The report said intensity six is felt in Carrascal and Cantilan in Surigao del Sur. Intensity five in Claver, Surigao del Norte; and intensity three in Butuan City, Buenavista in Agusan del Norte, Socorro and Mainit in Surigao del Norte.

Meanwhile, intensity two is recorded in Surigao City and in Bislig City while intensity one is felt in Cagayan de Oro City, Region 10.

Because of the tremor, municipalities of Cantilan and Carrascal in Surigao del Sur experienced a total blackout. However, power was restored at around 1:30 a.m. today (March 4), NDRRMC reported.

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) are closely monitoring the situation and any significant development will be immediately relayed to all concerned, the NDRRMC reported.

Meanwhile, Regional Centers of the Office of Civil Defense Region 10 and Caraga have been closely coordinating with concerned DRRMC in municipal levels and Civil Defense Deputized coordinators and advised them to be alert and to monitor and possible effects of the earthquake in their areas of responsibility.

Further, MDRRMC in Carrascal, Surigao del Sur conducted pre-emptive evacuation of people living along the coastal areas for fear of a tsunami occurrence while MDRRMC Cantillan in Surigao del Sur advised its residents to be on alert of call for evacuation is needed. (PIA-Caraga)


CDA conducts forum on “Understanding Electric Cooperatives”

By: Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 4 (PIA) –- The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Caraga extension office here recently conducted the “Understanding Electric Cooperatives Forum” with the general theme: “Key towards enhancing rural electrification and consumer-members empowerment”, at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

CDA-Caraga Regional Director Manuela Pelaez and PFCCO Butuan City & Agusan del Norte Manager Lancelot “Allan” Padla emphasized the forum was initiated so that the public could have a better understanding on the issue – whether or not the Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperatives (ANECO) be registered under the CDA from the National Electrification Administration (NEA).

Also, Mr. Angelito Sacro, Chief of the Cooperative Projects and Development Assistance Division (CPAD) based in central office discussed the procedural guidelines in the conduct of Referendum of Electric Cooperatives (EC’s) registered with the NEA under P.D. 269, as amended, which opt to register with the CDA as provided in Article 127, 128 and 134 (2) of Republic Act 9520 otherwise known as the Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008.

“The purpose of the guidelines is to facilitate the proper conduct of referendum among ECs registered with the NEA, as amended, which opt to register with CDA in Article 127, 128 and 134 (2) of the Code,” Sacro stressed.

ANECO supplies electricity power to Butuan City, and 11 municipalities of Agusan del Norte, namely: Las Nieves, Remedios Trinidad Romualdez (RTR), Cabadbaran, Santiago, Tubay, Magallanes, Jabonga, Kitcharao, Nasipit, Buenavista and Carmen. 

The forum was sponsored by the Philippine Federation of Credit Cooperatives (PFCCO) Butuan City and Agusan del Norte Chapter in coordination with the Regional Cooperative Development Council (RCDC) Caraga and People’s Movement for Sustainable Economic Development. (PIA-Caraga)


Tandag City Mayor to implement “Safety Hours”

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, March 4 (PIA) -- Tandag City Mayor Alexander Pimentel will implement curfew or “safety hours” to minors from 11:00 o’clock in the evening to 4:00 o’clock in the morning.

City Ordinance Number 032 “Imposing “Safety Hours” to Minors from 11:00p.m. to 4:00 a.m., will serve as a deterrent to the commission of crimes which usually happen during nighttime, thus, taking advantage of the dark, thereby causing minors to victimize or become victims.

According to Mayor Pimentel, the implementation aimed to keep away minors from drug addiction, abuse, violence from the commission of illegal and immoral activities and from dating in the night which causes teenage marriages leading to the deterioration and destruction of their mental, moral, physical, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being. 

Mayor Pimentel further said, parents of minors will be penalized by doing “community service” in order to remind all parents that they have a great role to their minor children whereabouts. First offense is 10 days community service, Second Offense 20 days community service and the Third Offense is a month community service respectively. (NGBTranquilan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


LTO 13 to forge partnership with LGU’s for the “No helmet, No Drive policy”

By: David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, March 4
-- The Land Transportation Office (LTO) 13 will forge partnership with the local government units all over the province in order to strictly implement the “no helmet, no drive” policy to motorcycle drivers especially during the night, and while plying the national highway.

LTO-Patin-ay District Office head Solaiman Pacasirang said partnership with the local government units and the deputation of local traffic enforcers will help in the enforcement of the wearing of helmets by motorcycle drivers plying the national highway especially during the night as LTO lacks personnel to do the task.

This was the response of the LTO chief, following Vice Gov. Santiago Cane’s observation during a meeting by the Provincial Peace and Order Council recently as to the seemingly non-implementation of the said policy by LTO.

The Vice Governor also observed several motorcycles without the proper lightings, like tail light and signal light during the night which is prone to accident and traffic hazards. 

Pacasirang said, they will enforce strictly the renewal of registration of motor vehicles. If said vehicle/s lack the necessary requirements such as proper lighting, they will not renew the vehicle unless the requirement is complied with. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Aquino mutudlo sa sunod nga AFP Chief karong PMA graduation

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Mar. 4 (PIA) – Ianunsyo na ni Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III ang muhulip sa Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Ricardo David karong Domingo, Marso 6 atol sa pagahimuong graduation rites sa Philippine Military Academy class 2011 didto sa Baguio City.

Si Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Edwin Lacierda maoy nagtug-an nini apan nagdumili usab kini ug paghatag ug pasambingay kung kinsa gayud ang mamahimong sunod nga AFP Chief of Staff.

“Siya (Aquino) na ang mubalita kaninyo sa bag-o nga chief of staff karong Domingo sa iyang pagahimuon nga pamulong ngadto sa mga PMA graduates,” pintok pa ni Lacierda sa gihimong ambush interview niadtong Huwebes.

Si David, usa ka miyembro sa PMA class 1977, nakaeskedyul na nga muretiro karong Marso 8 sa pag-abot niya sa mandatory age of retirement sa pangidaron nga 56 anyos.

Ang presidente nakahimo na ug pagpili kung kinsa gayud ang mamahimong sunod nga Chief of Staff ug enanunsyo nalang kini karong Domingo, sa pamahayag ni Lacierda ngadto sa mga magbabalita.

Ang gihungihong nga ginapilian karon nga mamahimong musunod nga AFP chief of staff magagikan kanila ni AFP deputy chief of staff for operations Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista ug 2nd Infantry Division chief Maj. Gen. Jessie Dellosa, AFP vice chief Lt. Gen. Reynaldo Mapagu (PMA 1978), AFP deputy chief Lt. Gen. Eduardo Oban (PMA 1979), Army chief Lt. Gen. Arturo Ortiz (PMA 1979), Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Oscar Rabena (PMA 1978), Western Command chief Lt. Gen. Juancho Sabban (PMA 1978), ug Western Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Raymundo Ferrer (PMA 1977). (FEAbkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Kusog nga linog nasinati sa Caraga ug uban pang bahin sa Mindanao
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By: Susil Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Mar. 4 (PIA) - Usa ka kusog nga linog ang nasinati sa mga lugar sa Surigao kaganihang kaadlawon, Marso 4, 2011, sumala pa sa report sa PHILVOCS.

Matud pa sa report, nakatagamtam usab ug pagkapalong dayon sa sugang dagitab ang mga lugar sa Carrascal, ug Cantilan sa Surigao del Sur diin gipahigayon usab ang pre-emptive evacuation sa mga katawhan nga nagpuyo dapit sa dagat.

Sumala pa sa PHILVOCS nga ang after shock nakarehistro sa may alas 11:11 kagabii ug kini adunay tectonic ang gigikanan. Dugang pa sa PHILVOCS ang epicenter sa maong linog nahimutang sa 54km amihanang bahin sa Surigao City ug kini nasinati didto sa Carrascal ug Cantilan sa kusog nga intensity VI.

Intensity V usab ang nasinati didto sa Claver, Surigao del Norte, intensity III sa Butuan City ug Buenavista, Agusan del Norte; Socorro ug Mainit, Surigao del Norte.

Intensity II sa mga syudad sa Surigao ug Bislig, samtang nasinati ang intensity I didto sa syudad sa Cagayan de Oro. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


FREEDOM implements projects in Mindanao

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, March 4 (PIA)
– With the team’s purpose to install deep-seated and self-reinforcing development system among the indigenous communities of Mindanao, the Foundation of Rural Enterprise and Ecology Development of Mindanao (FREEDOM) has already implemented a number of projects in Mindanao.

Of the eight projects the team has implemented, five were implemented in Caraga Region giving benefits to number of recipients in the region.

The IP Bank Partnership Project in the Province of Compostela Valley is the team’s first project which started out as request from the indigenous people communities to assist them with establishing an IP Bank. These IP communities will provide the financial equity for the formation of the IP Bank in partnership with the Rural Bank of M'lang and FREEDOM who will provide the technical expertise in running the bank. These efforts are supported by a resolution from the Provincial Council for Indigenous Peoples of Compostela Valley.

The second is the Resource mapping project, a strategic project which seeks to identify key landmarks in the country's ancestral domains. The maps provide information data inputs in terms of CADT (Certificate of Ancestral Domain Tile), CALT (Certificate of Ancestral Land Tile), CBMS (Community Based Management System), FPIC (Free and Prior Informed Consent), ADSDPP (Ancestral Domain Sustainable and Development Protection Plan). This effort supports the recently completed IP Master Plan.

The wet milling coffee project in Municipality of Tagbina, Surigao del Sur aims to increase the income of coffee growers through appropriate production technology, innovative post harvest processing, marketing assistance and organic certification complaint. It seeks to organize the coffee growers in target areas, provide training in production, embarking in wet milling and drying techniques, establishing sustainable market and secure accreditation on organic coffee with the Philippine Coffee Board. This is the third project of the team and accordingly, the project implementation it is on-going.

The Nipa Sugar Processing projects in Surigao del Sur, an ongoing project aims to increase the income of the tappers and sugar processors in Ipil, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur by organizing nipa sappers, providing training on how to process natural sugar in household and common facility level, and provide technical procedures in packaging and labelling in natural sugar as well as establishing sustainable markets for producers.

The RuMEPP and LGU promoting partnership project in Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Norte with FREEDOM intends to serve as a convergence mechanism for the development of micro enterprises in the localities of the three provinces. The Project undertaking seeks to harmonize policies in the LGU, Provincial and DTI offices on the development of micro enterprises. Memorandum of Agreements between the DTI RuMEPP, LGU and Provincial Government will be forged to implement the promotion of micro enterprises in their respective areas. 

The production and marketing study of Sago Palm for the Municipality of Veruela in Agusan del Sur will serve as the foundation on the development of the local sago industry. This also provides an opportunity for the IP Communities in Veruela to explore other products that can be manufactured from sago.

The team has also monitored and evaluated the 2010 Census on Population and Housing covering IP communities. The project monitored the process in which the 2010 CPH was undertaken in view of the ethnicity variable aspect which was included in the census. The 2010 CPH (Census on Population and Housing) was mainly undertaken by the National Statistics Office (NSO) in partnership with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and other government agencies. This is a strategic endeavor considering that the recent 2010 CPH has incorporated the ethnicity variable aspect in their census process. This seeks to narrow down the demographic data gap among indigenous peoples communities. The last comprehensive census which included indigenous peoples communities was taken in 1915.

Meanwhile, just recently, the team completed the productivity enhancement on seaweed operation project that aims to provide the seaweed farmers in Surigao Del Sur opportunities that will help them increase their income as well as improve their seaweed production practices. The project covers the three municipalities of Barobo, Hinatuan and Lianga which are main seaweed producing areas in the province.

With the ongoing implementation of the said projects, FREEDOM is slowly achieving its mission to provide viable economic and social programs to benefit indigenous peoples communities in Mindanao; Develop and improve the indigenous people’s education and literacy through training and technology transfer; Coordinate programs with local international donor communities and non-governmental organizations; Link the indigenous peoples communities with agribusiness private sectors in Mindanao and; Empower the indigenous people with sense of respect, dignity and dare to dream. (PIA-Caraga)