3.07.2011

PIA News Service - Monday, March 7, 2011

Agusan del Norte gov says FREEDOM is a catalyst to eradicate poverty

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, March 7 (PIA) –- Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John M. Amante on Monday said the initiatives of the Foundation for Rural Enterprise and Ecology Development of Mindanao(FREEDOM) served as a catalyst to eradicate poverty not only in the province but also in the whole region of Caraga.

In his welcome message delivered by Provincial Administrator Percianita Racho during the workshop on Micro Enterprise Development in Agusan del Norte held at the Provincial Training Center, Capitol, this city, Gov. Amante emphasized that poverty remains a serious problem in the country and the official is grateful to the organizers of FREEDOM of their endeavor to assist the poorest regions in the country in the establishment of micro-enterprise business. 

“Truly, FREEDOM will diminish rural poverty, establish jobs generation, among others and that many people will benefit from this program,” the Governor said commending the efforts of the organization.

Gov. Amante also said the partnership of government and stakeholders is crucial in the sustainabiity of the program. “Thus, I am calling the concerned agencies and stakeholders to do their share,” the official said.

Meanwhile, same activity was also conducted in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur on February 22, 2011 with the presentation of the proposed memorandum of agreement between the participating local government unit and DTI RuMEPP partnership, highlighted the workshop.

FREEDOM was organized in the Philippines in June 2009 whose purpose is to assist in the empowerment of the Indigenous Peoples communities in the Philippines for their sustainable growth and development and preserve their cultural traditions. (PIA-Caraga)


RuMEPP serves 19 provinces-cum-project beneficiaries

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, March 7 (PIA)
-– In its effort to uphold rural poverty reduction through increased economic development, the Rural Micro-Enterprise Promotion Programme (RuMEPP) has already served 19 targeted provinces for the program to be implemented, considered as the poor provinces of the country, thus revealed by Mr. Jonathan Tagalo Jr., RuMEPP Provincial Officer during the workshop on Micro Enterprise Development in Agusan del Norte held on Monday at the Provincial Training Center, Capitol, this city.

Of the 19 province beneficiaries, Tagalo said four of which come from Caraga Region, “thus, all provinces in the region are beneficiaries of this poverty alleviation program,” Tagalo added.

Caraga Region is composed of four provinces with six cities, four of which are component cities. Said provinces are Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.

RuMEPP is a seven-year poverty alleviation project of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) based in Rome, Italy and the Government of the Philippines with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as the lead agency and the United Nation Office for Project Services (UNOPS) as cooperating institution.

The project also aimed to create jobs creation and rural incomes for 200,000 poor rural households by increasing numbers of new and existing rural micro-enterprises that expand and operate profitability and sustainability.

RuMEPP has three components composed of Microfinance Credit and Support that aimed to increase the volume of finance available to micro-enterprises. The second component, Micro-Enterprise Promotion and Development will provide efficient, cost effective and demand-responsive business development services to rural micro-enterprises. Programme and Policy Coordination – the third component is aimed to obtain a well-managed programme operating in a positive policy/regulatory environment for micro-enterprises.

From 2005-2012, the projects implemented in the country already reached to some US$ 22.826 million with the first component posted the highest amounting to 18.108 which represents 79.33 percent of the total project cost, followed by the second component which represents 11.44 percent, and the third component with 9.22 percent.

Aside from the provinces of Caraga, other areas to benefit the project include: Abra, Ifugao, Kalinga, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogn, Masbate, Albay in Luzon. In Visayas, the provinces of Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Samar, Biliran, and Leyte also benefitted the project. To complete the list in the Mindanao region, the provinces of Saranggani, and South Cotabato also benefitted the project, Tagalo said. (PIA-Caraga)


Improve packaging to attract buyers, Agusan del Norte local producers told

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, March 7 (PIA) –- “It is not enough for the local producers to concentrate on the production of their products, they must also give concern on the quality of packaging they have for their products to attract buyers” thus said Mr. Tony Peralta, Executive Director of Foundation for Rural Enterprise and Ecology Development of Mindanao (FREEDOM).

Speaking before the local producers of the province of Agusan del Norte during Monday’s workshop on Micro Enterprise Development in the province held at the Provincial Training Center, Capitol, this city, Peralta said Caraga in general and Agusan del Norte in particular is rich with good products “but the problem falls on the type of packaging… We have to make sure that our packaging will attract the taste of the local and even foreign buyers,” he said.

Meanwhile, Peralta said the products of the region must also be supported by the programs of the tourism industry to ensure that there will be buyers of these products.

Peralta also said Caraganons should patronize the locally-produced products to at least help boost the income of the local producers in the region.

With these developments, Peralta enjoined the local producers to use technology to enhance the design of the packaging of their products. “Good packaging is one of the contributing factors for the buyers to patronize the product,” Peralta disclosed. (PIA-Caraga)


BFP-Surigao reveals activities for fire prevention month

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Mar. 7 (PIA) – The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Surigao City has lined up more activities for the Fire Prevention Month.

City Fire Marshall FS/Insp. Rey Bautista, said that they have just successfully conducted a “Fun Run” activity along with the BFP-Caraga Regional/Provincial Offices personnel at Brgy. Rizal last March 1.

“We also kicked off the celebration with a motorcade followed by a thanksgiving mass at the BFP Regional Office in Brgy. Luna on the same date,” Sr. Inspector Bautisa said.

“Our Fire Safety Inspection personnel have also supervised the business establishment owners in the hanging of Fire Prevention streamers within the premises of their business establishments,” Bautista added.

Bautista also said that last March 5, a Fire Safety Inspection was also conducted to a number of establishments in the city.

He also revealed that seminars and lectures on Fire Safety will be conducted to the faculty and students of St. Ignatius Computer College and the populace of barangays Taft and Washington starting March 8 onwards.

“On March 21-28, the Inspection Personnel will be conducting a Fire Fighting Training to San Francisco Search and Rescue Team in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur,” Bautista said.

He also said that by the last week of March, the Inspection Personnel will then conduct a Company Fire Fighting and Rescue Training at the Pacific Cement Company, Inc. (PACEMCO). These series of activities, according to Bautista, deal greatly on the precautionary measures mainly on the avoidance of fire occurrence.

“Said measures were formulated and adopted consequently to save billions worth of properties and significantly reduce losses of lives wrecked by fire occurrence through carelessness, negligence, and slipshod actions,” Bautista said.

The long-month celebration carries the theme, “Kahandaan sa Sunog, Tungo sa Kaunlaran.” (FEAbkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)


203 volunteers graduate in search and rescue training

By: David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, March 7 -- Two hundred three men and women volunteers graduated today from basic training on search and rescue conducted by the provincial government as part of its disaster preparedness program.

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Center chief Roberto Natividad said the volunteers came from the 13 municipalities and the lone city of Agusan del Sur. whose aim is to extend utmost assistance during disasters. 

It can be recalled that Agusan Del Sur was badly hit by floods during the early part of this year.

“For seven days since the first day of this month (March) and in time with the celebration of the Fire Prevention Month, we have designed four courses on basic disaster training. These four are the water search and rescue (WASAR), mountain search and rescue (MOSAR), the vehicular accident and medical first responder (MFR). In every course, we have solicited the expertise of trainers from the Department of National Defense in order to equip our participants of the skills they needed in times of emergency. Next month, we will have specialization training on fire management and control,” Natividad said.

According to Natividad, the provincial government have set aside some P400,000 from the local disaster risk reduction management fund for this training.

The training took place mostly at the D.O. Plaza sports complex where there is enough space to move. 

This is one of the most attended trainings, according to Natividad, because 26 of the participants are volunteer nurses. 

The PDRRMC had posted the notice of training only a month ago, but the positive response of the Agusanons are laudable having 203 participants willing to serve their fellow Agusanons in times of calamity.

Being one of the top priority programs of the provincial government, Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza has also planned to construct a PDRRMC building equipped with communications and other disaster facilities to make sure that no lives and properties will be lost in case disaster will hit Agusan del Sur. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Pagsiguro sa kaayuhan sa mga OFWs tumong sa pagbisita ni Aquino sa Singapore sumala sa Malakanyang

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Mar. 7 (PIA)
– Si Presidente Benigno Aquino III naniguro gayud nga ang kaayuhan sa mga Pilipino nga nagtrabaho sa Singapore maoy sentro sa iyang pagbisita karon nga semana didto. 

Ang Presidente mubiya karong Martes alang sa lima ka adlaw nga pagbisita sa estado ngadto sa nasod sa Indonesia ug Singapore. 

Sa usa ka interbyu sa sibyaanan sa dzRB niadtong Dominggo, si Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office secretary Ricky Carandang miingon nga ang Presidente muuna gayud sa pagpakisayod sa kondisyon sa mga trabahante nga mga Pilipino didto sa Singapore kaysa sa Indonesa tungod kay daghan man kanila ang nagtrabaho didto.

Gamay lang nga mga Pilipino ang nagtrabaho karon sa Indonesia ug kasagaran sa kanila mga nagadumala ug mga high ranking nga mga propesyonal ug mas maayo ang ilang kahimtang didto, segun pa ni Carandang.

“Gikinahanglan gayud ang pagpokus sa mga nagtrabaho karon sa Singapore tungod sa kadaghan nga mga trabahante didto ug ikaduha nagkinahanglan usab sila ug dugang nga pagtabang tungod kay kasagaran kanila usa lamang ka mga trabahante sa panimalay (domestic workers). So, ang isyu bahin kining pagsiguro sa kaayuhan sa mga OFWs mas nakasentro gayud sa Singapore kaysa Indonesia,” si Carandang namahayag.

Sigun pa sa Department of Foreign Affairs nga ang biyahe sa presidente nagatumong sa pagpalig-on sa pakigdugtong sa mga silingang nasod sa Pilipinas. Ang pagbisita usab sa presidente nagasunod sa tradisyun sa mga bag-o nga namuno sa nasod sa paghatag ug respeto sa mga lideres sa kaubang nasod nga miyembro sa ASEAN.

Human sa Indonesia, ang Presidente muderetso dayon pag-adto sa Singapore karong Marso 9 diin mupahigayon usab siya ug usa ka briefing didto sa Changi Reclamation Plant, Resorts World Setosa, Singapore Technologies Kinetics ug sa Changi International Airport. Ang Presidente mubiya dayon paingon sa Manila karong Marso 11.

Ang gobyerno sa Singapore mupresentar usab kang Presidente Aquino ug usa ka kadungganan diin gipangalan pa gyud kaniya ang usa ka breed sa bulak nga orchid, usa kini ka kortesiya nga gihatag lamang sa usa ka lider sa usa ka nasod.

Si Presidente Aquino makigkita gilayon sa mga Pilipino didto sa Singapore ug makighimamamat usab sa mga negosyanteng taipan ug mga kapunungan aron pag-aghat ug dugang nga mga mamuhunan sa nasod.
(FEAbkilan, PIA-Surigao Norte)


Cebuano News: Surigao BFP nangandam sa dugang kalihukan sa Fire prevention Month

SURIGAO CITY, Mar. 7 (PIA) -- Ang Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) sa syudad nagbutyag ug dugang nga mga kalihukan atol sa selebrasyon sa Fire Prevention Month karong bulan sa Marso.

Si City Fire Marshall FS/Insp. Rey Bautista, nagbutyag nga nagmalampuson ang ilang gipahigayon nga “Fun Run” activity dinuyugan sa BFP Caraga Regional/Provincial Offices personnel didto sa Brgy. Rizal, Surigao City niadtong nakalabay nga Marso 1.

“Isip pag-abli sa maong selebrasyon kami nagpahigayon usab ug Motorcade gisundan kini ug Thanksgiving Mass didto sa BFP Regional Office sa Barangay Luna sa parehong adlaw,” matud pa ni Sr. Inspector Bautista.

“Samtang ang among Fire Safety Inspection personnel nag giya ug nagtabang usab sa mga tag-iya sa mga business establishment sa pagpanaod ug mga Fire Prevention streamers sa ilang mga tagsa-tagsa ka mga establisyemento,” dugang pa ni Bautista.

Si Bautista nagkanayon usab nga niadtong Marso 5 ilang gipahigayon ang Fire Safety Inspection sa mga nagkalain-laing establisyemento.

Ug siya nagbutyag usab nga ang seminars ug lectures sa Fire Safety alang sa mga estudyante, ug faculty members sa St. Ignatius Computer College ug sa tanang mga katawhan nga sakop sa Barangay Taft ug Barangay Washington pagahimoon karong Marso 8 ug sunod pa nga mga adlaw.

“Sa Marso 21-28 ang Inspection personnel mopahigayon ug Fire Fighting Training sa San Francisco Search and Rescue Team didto sa San Francisco, Agusan del Sur,” matud ni Bautista.

Dugang pa ni Bautista nga sa mga ulahing semana sa Marso ang ilang Inspection personnel mopahigayon usab ug Company Fire Fighting and Rescue Training sa Pacific Cement Company, Inc. (PACEMCO). Kini nga mga programa, sumala pa ni Bautista, gihatagan nila ug dakong pagtagad tumong ug tinguha nga malikayan ang pang hitabo nga sunog.

“Ang maong programa ug pag pangandam gimugna ug gipahigayon aron gayod malikayan ang pang hitabo nga sunog nga resulta sa walay pag-amping, walay kahibalo ug walay pag pakabana nga mga buhat,” matud pa ni Bautista.

Kining maong usa ka bulan nga selebrasyon nagadala sa tema nga “Kahandaan sa Sunog, Tungo sa Kaunlaran.” (Susil Ragas, PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Third liga meeting gipahigayon

BUTUAN CITY, Marso 7 -- Gipahigayon ang ikatulong LIGA meeting dili palang dugay didto sa Imadejas Convention Center sa pagpanguna ni Hon. Nestor Amora, Presidente sa Association Of Barangay Captains (ABC). 

Usa sa mga Proposed Resolution nga nahisgutan mao ang:1.1 Proposed Resolution endorsing Hon. Samuel Allan M. Amante, Punong Barangay of Ampayon, as representative of Liga ng mga Punong Barangay to the Peoples’ Law Enforcement Board of the City of Butuan.

Ang maong programa sa ABC hugot nga gisuportahan sa 86 ka barangays diin girespetohan kini ni Hon. Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. uban sa paningkamot nga mas maserbisyohan ang Dakbayan sa Butuan.
(Ritchelle Encabo, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Women’s forum, nagmalampuson

BUTUAN CITY, March 7 -- Nadasig ang mga mitambong nga mga kababaihan sa nagkadaiyang barangay ug mga empleyado sa city hall human nabati ug nadungong ang mga bililhong mensahe ug pagbatbat sa Direktor sa Commision on Human Rights, Atty. Marlyn M. Pintor kalabot sa Magna Carta of Women.

Sa gipahigayong Women’s Forum niadtong March 3, 2011 didto sa City Hall lobby, gipasabot ni Atty Pintor ang unod sa maong magna carta diin nakalatid ang mga katungod sa kababaihan kabahin sa Discrimination against women, Equal participation in sport, Comprehensive health services ang health information and education, Equal rights in all relating to marriage and family relations, ug labaw sa tanan ang mga katungod sa kababaihan nga walay kapasidad nga makapanalipod sa ilang katungod sama sa mga mag-uuma, mangingisda ug uban pa.

Hugot nga misuporta ang atong Halandong Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., sa maong programa. (Amandalyn Gutierrez, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Kahimtang sa mga managtiayon gihatagan og pagtagad

BUTUAN CITY, March 7 -- Nagpahigayon karon og pagsusi ngadto sa kabarangayan ang Opisina sa Liga ng mga Punong Barangay ubos sa pagdumala ni Hon. Nestor Amora aron masuta ang listahan sa mga managtiayon nga nagtipon nga wala pay kasal ug ang mga kabataan nga wala pa marehistro.

Inabagan sa paningkamot ni Pastor Charlie Prior, nagdumala sa programa ni Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. kabahin sa Spiritual Upliftment ug Moral Recovery, ilang paninguhaon nga mahatagan og pagtagad ang maong kahimtang sa mga managtiayon aron mabasbasan ang ilang kaminyoon nga adunay proteksyon sa atong batakang balaod.

Tumong niining maong programa nga mabug-os ang panag-uban sa mga managtiayon ug arun makabaton og kamatuoran ang panagtiayon alang usab magamit sa pagparehistro sa ilang mga anak niining dakbayan. (Jovelyn CataluƱa Mejorada, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)