3.22.2011

PIA News Service - Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2011

KOICA vows continuous support to Caraga Region

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, March 22 (PIA) – Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Resident Representative to the Philippines Mr. Jinoh Kim on Tuesday vowed to continuously support Caraga Region in its effort to uplift the economic condition of the poorest region of the country.

Speaking before government stakeholders during the launching of the Regional Geographic Information System (RGIS) held at the ground of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Office here, Mr. Kim said with the partnership of the Republic of Korea and the Republic of the Philippines, KOICA will be supporting those regions in the country which needs to be assisted.

The KOICA official also said the launching of the RGIS is a result of the partnership of the two countries whose aim is to promote greater cooperation through information sharing by establishing such project.

“The RGIS Center in Caraga Region creates a significant step towards the achievement of Caraga’s development goals,” Kim said.

Kim added the establishment of the center is a result of the spirit of cooperation. He said that with the center’s goal of information-sharing, all stakeholders should also cooperate by sharing information of their respective agencies, all for the benefit of the Filipino people.

This RGIS further strengthen the linkage between NEDA-Caraga, regional line agencies, academe, local government units and other stakeholders through data and information exchange.

The establishment was made possible through the assistance of Korea Overseas Volunteers (KOVs) and equipment support from KOICA.

The RGIS is a regional repository for all GIS-based data and information. It also served as a venue for coordination of data access and distribution, and houses the Regional GIS Technical Working Group (TWG). (PIA-Caraga)

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LGUs cooperative BIR says

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, March 22 (PIA) – Bureau of Internal Revenue District Officers reported that local government units in the entire Caraga Region are very cooperative especially on their collection remittance.

This was the reaction of all the revenue office’s district officers in a discussion with the local tri-media held recently at the BIR Revenue Office 17 based in this city.

According to Tandag City, Surigao del Sur Revenue District Officer Amanoding Esmail, LGUs in Surigao del Sur has promptly remitted their collections. This is also true to Agusan del Sur according to Revenue District Officer Satar Laguindab.

However, Laguindab said remittance are delayed, “ because the salaries of the employees are also delayed… But this seldom happens.”

When asked on the sanctions imposed to the employers whose contributions were remitted delayed, Vitug said a surcharge of 25% and an interest of 20% will be imposed to be shouldered by the heads of the agencies. “In the case of the LGUs, the municipal mayors, the provincial governors and the accountants or treasurers,” Vitug said.

The BIR in the region reminded all taxpayers especially the employers to remit the contribution of their employees on time to avoid penalties. (PIA-Caraga)

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Consumers’ rights and prevailing market prices bill boards posted in San Francisco

By: David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, March 22 (PIA) – The “Bantay Konsumo” Task Force has posted two of the most important billboards that will protect the consumers against deceptive, unfair and unconscionable sale acts or practices of the business sector.

Strategically posted at the entrance of San Francisco public market is the billboard bearing the eight rights of consumers, while at the entrance of the wet market and vegetable section stands the billboard bearing the prevailing prices of common commodities.

“Our objective in posting these billboards is to promote and encourage fair, honest and equitable relations among parties in customer transactions. Hence, during our meeting with “Bantay Konsumo” task force, we prioritized the posting of these billboards in strategic places at the San Francisco public market for other municipalities to follow, and we hope these projects will harmonize the relationship between the consumers and the business sector,” Cherry dela Pena, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) “Bantay Konsumo” focal person said.

The eight consumers’ rights written in the first billboard are first: The right to basic needs, where everyone should have enough food, clothing, shelter, good health and education in order to have a good life. Second, the right to have good food, that consumers be protected against harmful food, destructive to the body; third, the right to know, that consumers must be knowledgeable in order to be protected against wrong information brought by advertisements; fourth, the right to choose, that consumers must have the right to chose the products and the services they need; fifth, the right to be heard, that consumers have the right to express their thoughts, and be included in formulating and implementing the policies of the government in line with the rights of consumers; sixth, the right to put in place the needed products or services, so that defective products can be repaired or returned to the supplier if needed; seventh, the right to be taught as buyers, so that they will be knowledgeable of the products and their quality and the eighth, the right to live in a healthy environment, where a customer should know they have the right to live in a safe, clean and peaceful community.

On the other billboard, posted are prices of basic commodities, daily updated by the market supervisor. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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Surigao Norte PENRO joins celebration of World’s Forest Day

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Mar. 22 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Provincial Office here will conduct a simultaneous tree planting on March 29, 2011 at the Provincial Forest Park, Brgy. Ipil, surigao City.

This is in line with the celebration of the World Forest Day on March 29-30, 2011 and to strengthened the implementation of National Greening Program (NGP) pursuant to Executive Order No. 26, series of 2011, as the government priority program in sustaining environmental protection and climate change adaptation and being the primary agency responsible for the protection, preservation, management and utilization of the country’s natural resources.

Other activities to be led by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) include a hanging of streamers at the DENR Compound, City Hall, Provincial Capitol, and Municipal Halls; Thanksgiving Mass from 6:00 am to 7:00 at the City Cathedral.

A Kapihan sa DENR will also be conducted at DENR-PENRO office, Brgy. San Juan, Surigao City on March 28 and a church bell ringing on March 29.

PENRO Officer in Charge Teodoro B. Abucejo and CENRO Officer in Charge Mamerto V. Valbares called on all local government units, national line agencies, non-government organizations and socio-civic organizations to support and cooperate the programs and projects of the government particularly environmental protection for sustainable development and better quality of life. (Loreta Romanillos, PENRO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Butuan’s 19 barangays receive multicabs

BUTUAN CITY, March 22 --Nineteen (19) Multicab Utility Vehicles were recently distributed to 19 barangays of Butuan City during its blessing and turn-over ceremony at the DILG Regional Office XIII. The multicabs were given under the Priority Development Assistance Fund of Congressman Jose “Joboy” S. Aquino II.

The multicabs were given due to lack of mobilization facilities of the barangays in far-flung areas and outskirt communities which hamper their effective delivery and implementation of social services and reform agenda especially during emergency situations.

The vehicles will also facilitate smooth coordination and ensure sustainability of implementing programs among barangay and local officials during the conduct of regular barangay inspection and other related activities.

In his speech, Cong. Aquino advised the barangay captains of recipient-barangays to use the vehicles to further public service regardless of their political affiliations.

The recipient barangays are: Agusan Pequeno, Ambago, Amparo, Antongalon, Bancasi, Banza, Bilay, Bitan-Agan, Cabcabon, Dulag, Kinamlutan, Mandamo, Pianing, Tagabaca, Tiniwisan, Ampayon, Limaha, Ong Yiu, Villa Kananga. (Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise, DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)

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PNP Caraga accorded with honors in the performance of duty

BUTUAN CITY, March 22 - Eight (8) brave men of Police Regional Office 13 were honored for their exemplary feats in a ceremony held at Camp Rafael Rodriguez on March 21, 2011.

Police Director Jaime Milla, Police Directorate for Personnel and Records Division of the PNP gave the medals during his visit to the region with Police Regional Director Reynaldo Rafal.

Police Chief Inspector Warren Dablo received a Medalya ng Kadakilaan for heroic performance displayed during the successful arrest of Pedro Codaste alyas Gonyong, one of the wanted persons in Caraga Region on December 17, 2010 at Barangay Fili, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur.

Codaste has a warrant of arrest for the crime of multiple murder and double frustrated murder issued by Judge Pelagio Estopia of RTC Branch 8, 10th Judicial Region of Malaybaly City in Bukidnon, dated November 4, 2009 with no bail bond recommended.

Aside from PCI Dablo, same award was also given to SPO4 Lito Libres, SPO1 Rodrigo Coton and PO3 Marc Marcera.

Police Supt. Adolph Almendra, SPO1 Alexander Maghanoy and PO3 Nicolas Esma were also awarded with a Medalya ng Kagalingan for the successful conduct of operation against illegal drugs which resulted to the apprehension of Allan Mamarinta and confiscation of three (3) large sachets of shabu with a total net weight of 11.7552 grams and estimated market value of 150,000 pesos.

Meanwhile, SPO1 Ramon Daig was awarded with a Medalya ng Kagalingan for his decisive action and presence of mind in maneuvering the vehicle he was driving to evade the killing zone set up by the Communist Terrorist during the ambush staged on March 15, 2011 at Barangay San Vicente in Barobo, Surigao del Sur while having their routinely mobile patrol. (Jocelyn E. Morano/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Escudero nalipay sa bag-ong mall sa Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY, Mar. 22 (PIA) - Gikalipay og dako ni Senador “Chiz” Escudero ang pag tukod og mall sa Gaisano Capital Corporation sa dakbayan human niini gihimo ang usa ka ground breaking ceremony niadtong Marso 17, 2011.

Si Escudero nagpadayag sa iyang dakong kalipay ug pasalamat sa kumpanya sa Gaisano Capital Corp sa ilang pagsalig pagtukod ug duha ka andana nga mall sa dakbayan sa Surigao.

Ang maong 3.4 hektarya nga mall tukuron didto sa may national highway sa Brgy. Luna duol sa may St. Paul University og sa Surigao Bus and Jeepney terminal.

Si Escudero naglaom nga unta daghan pang mga negosyante ang mosunod sa pagtukod sa ilang mga negosyo aron ang kalamboan matagamtaman usab sa Mindanao dili lamang sa Metro Manila og Luzon.

Nahibaloan usab nga gibana-banang mokabat sa 600 ngadto sa 800 ka mga Surigaonon ang mahatagan og trabaho kon ugaling kini mamahimo na kining operasyunal.(Susil Ragas, PIA-Surigao del Norte)