3.29.2011

PIA News Service - Tuesday, March 29, 2011

“Operation: Homerun” video shown to local media in Butuan

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, March 29 (PIA) – As part of the intensified anti-drug courier campaign, the Regional Office of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) here invited local media of the city recently for a video showing of PIA-produced video “Operation: Homerun”.

During the roundtable discussion, personnel from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Caraga Region also joined the group of media and explained the details of the Operation: Homerun, an operation of PDEA conducted in March 7-31, 2010 and apprehended members of the West African Drug Syndicates (WADS).

Operation: Homerun is an international operation covering Malaysia, Thailand, China, and the Philippines. Members of the operation team were able to arrest nine Nigerians, one Thai, one Chinese, two Filipinos, and one Malaysian. In this operation, one Filipina drug courier was rescued.

In related development, said video was already shown in some higher education institutions in Butuan City during classes. Personnel from PIA-Caraga coordinated with the faculty members to allocate five minutes in their class for the video showing, drawing positive feedbacks from the students. (PIA-Caraga)

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Caraga is free from drug mules, PDEA says

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, March 29 (PIA) – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) recently said there have been no reports of drug mules or any involvement to international drug trafficking in Caraga Region.

“Thus, Caraga Region is free from drug couriers,” said Christine Silvan, Deputy Officer-in-charge of PDEA-Caraga during the recent interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

Silvan said PDEA report shows that as of press time, majority of those who were victimized by seasoned drug courier recruiters are from Luzon. She also said Davao City is among those that included in the list for Mindanao.

“We are fortunate since we don’t receive any report that our region has been included in the list of those who were recruited as drug mules,” Silvan said.

Silvan added that because of the reported increasing number of drug couriers arrested abroad with some are already in the death row, the official calls on the public especially those who are constantly going abroad and those who are still planning to go abroad to be vigilant so that they may not be included in the increasing number of Filipinos victimized by international drug syndicates.

It can be recalled that on Wednesday, March 23, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported the three Filipinos who were convicted by the Chinese court for serious crime of drug trafficking is scheduled to be executed on March 30, 2011.

This, according to Silvan, may serve as an eye opener to all Filipinos to be careful and not to engage in any drug courier transactions. “After all, we know that drug trafficking is a serious crime, so we must also know the consequences if ever perpetrators are apprehended,” Silvan dislcosed. (PIA-Caraga)

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A twin win for Surigao del Sur

SURIGAO DEL SUR, March 29 -- The Province of Surigao del Sur and the Municipality of Cagwait won in this year’s Galing Pook Awards for promoting positive impact, people’s participation and empowerment, innovation, efficiency on service delivery, and sustainability in local governance.

President Benigno S. Aquino III himself handed out the Galing Pook Awards at the Malacañang Palace to Hon. Johnny T. Pimentel, Governor of the Province of Surigao del Sur and Hon. Bonifacio G. Ondona, Mayor of the Municipality of Cagwait.

In an interview, Governor Pimentel said, “this prestigious award is indeed very inspiring for all the local officials and the people of Surigao del Sur, for it motivates us to continuously move forward in our journey towards progress.”

Surigao del Sur’s “Good Health through Good Governance” centers on the delivery of health services, particularly on Maternal Health and Deliveries. It employs the Local Area Health Development Zones (LAHDZ), which are organized to deliver health services within clustered municipalities by sharing expertise and resources. By 2009, the Maternal Mortality Ratio had gone down to 0.99 from 2.69 in 2005.

Meanwhile, the Cagwait’s Best Program is a search instituted by the municipality for model home, purok, or barangay in the areas of clean and green, solid waste management, community involvement, peace and order, education, health, nutrition and sanitation, food production, livelihood initiatives and tourism development.

The Galing Pook Awards is an annual search for innovative practices in the local government units. It is co-participated by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Local Government Academy, Landbank of the Philippines, Development Bank of the Philippines, and Ford Foundation. (Ernie Y. Gultiano, DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)

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11M Budget proposed for Surigao Norte School Board

SURIGAO CITY, Mar. 29 (PIA) - The province of Surigao del Norte has allotted P11 million proposed budget for the Provincial Local School Board during the Local School Board meeting held recently at the Governor’s Conference Room, Capitol Compound, Surigao City.

The proposed budget is intended for the personnel services such as honoraria and chalk allowance of school board teachers, maintenance and other operating expenses, teacher development and leadership capability program, and the flagship programs of the local school board namely the K+12, Project BEST and Fit for School Program.

Governor Sol Matugas is contemplating to issue an executive order to put Kindergarten classes in all barangays. Matugas said this is the first step in the K+12 program in which an standardized kindergarten curriculum is a felt need to enrich basic education.

“Let’s make education our weapon to alleviate hunger and poverty to our school children. Education is the best solution,” Matugas said.

As suggested during the meeting, to let the stakeholders be well informed about this advocacy, there should be a radio program and fliers about K+12, Project BEST, Fit for School programs, among others.

Also present during the meeting were Board Member Mamerto Galanida, Schools Division Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, PTA President, Provincial Treasurer, Provincial Budget Officer, and the members of the local school board. (Surigao Norte Prov’l Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Tax Campaign Caravan in Surigao del Sur, ongoing

TANDAG CITY, March 29 (PIA) -- The Revenue District office (RDO) number 106 of Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Surigao del Sur led by Revenue District Officer Amanoding Esmail spearheads the ongoing tax campaign/motorcade.

The caravan with the theme, “Buwis na Binabayaran, Taong-Bayan ang Nakikinabang” is part of this year’s intensified campaign for the annual income tax filing until April 15.

The road show/motorcade was launched on March 17 in the Northern part of the province comprising the towns of Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen, and Lanuza. It was followed on March 24 in Tandag at the Central part with the municipalities of Marihatag, Cagwait, Bayabas, Tago, San Miguel, and Cortes.

Meanwhile, the same activity is already set on March 31 in the South Central area in the municipalities of San Agustin, Lianga, Barobo and Tagbina.

The fourth and last leg will end up April 7 in the province’s southernmost portion consisting of Bislig City and the municipalities of Hinatuan and Lingig as well. (Greg Tataro, Jr./PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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TESDA conducts NATCAC in Surigao del Sur

TANDAG, March 29 (PIA) – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Surigao del Sur provincial office conducted the National TVET Competency Assessment and Certification (NATCAC) in collaboration with the Provincial Government thru Governor Johnny T. Pimentel, held recently at the Social Hall, Capitol Hills Telaje this city.

According to TESDA Assistant Provincial Director Mr. Allan Millan, NATCAC is a nationwide synchronized conduct of competency assessment and certification in identified key qualifications that are critical, hard to find and with high industry demand.

The project aimed to sustain continuous people’s awareness and acceptance of the assessment and certification program; promote industry acceptance and recognition of the value of certification in quality assuring the competencies of their workers; upgrade the qualification of existing workers, trainers and assessors to a higher level of qualification; and enhance the competitiveness and employability of workers.

Accordingly, the activity is the first batch of assessment until April 1 that covers to assess the qualification with promulgated Training Regulations on Automotive and Land Transport; Construction; Electronics; Information and Communication Technology; and Tourism. Second batch will be held on June 27 to July 21 and August 22-26 this year for the third batch.

The release of the National Certificate or Certificate of Competency (NC/COC) to the successful candidates will be on the last day of the assessment week. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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Cebuano News: Pasidungog sa Women with Disability, gipahigayon

BUTUAN CITy, March 29 -- Nagsaulog sa unang higayon ang grupo sa Butuan Women with Disability alayon sa selebrasyon sa Women with Disability Day, niining Marso 28, 2011, sa City Hall Lobby.

Sa temang “Magna Carta of Women, Philippine Cedaw in Support of the Millennium Development Goals ( MDG’s)” kini nga kalihokan gipangunahan ni Atty. Josephine Marticion Salise, SP Member, Chairman Committee on Women, inubanan nila Ms. Ma. Deane Tahil, OIC-CSWD Office, Pastor Charlie Prior, MRP IV ug Dir. Mercedita P. Jabagat, DSWD Caraga Region.

Tumong niini nga mahatagan og importansya ang mga kababainhan o mga kabataan nga mapaambit ang ilang talagsaong talento taliwala sa ilang kapansanan.

Dako ang tinguha sa atong Halandong Mayor Jun Amante, nga mahatagan og kaayuhan ug mapalapdan pa ang mga programa nga makahatag og importansya sa mga kabataan pinaagi sa paghatag sa iyang kinatibok-ang suporta niini nga programa. (Richelle O. Encabo, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Free Silip Bacilli Gipahigayon sa CHO

BUTUAN CITY, March 29 -- Ubay-ubay ang naka-aninaw sa Free Silip Bacilli nga gipasundayag sa City Health Office niadtong Marso 24, 2011 didto sa tulo (3) ka dapit; sa Crown Thrifty Mart, Langihan Public Market ug dinhi sa City Hall Lobby.

Tumong niini nga makabaton og kahiibalo ang katawhan kalabot sa maong sakit aron malikayan ug masugpo ang pagtaas sa kaso niini nga sakit. Nasayran nga ang Bacilli mao kini ang bacteria nga nagdala sa sakit nga tuberculosis (TB) nga gikahadlokan nga motakboy sa lawas sa tao.

Sigun ni Dr. Teodofreda C. Sarabosing, MD, MHA hepe sa DOH –Local Health Assistance Division, ang maong sakit dali nga makuha pinaagi sa pag-hanggab sa hatsing (sneezing) sa usa ka masakiton.

Hinungdan, gipaningkamutan ni Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. nga masugpo kining maong sakit dinhi sa dakbayan sa Butuan og giawhag niini ang katawhan nga mupartisipar niini nga programa. (Jovelyn Cataluña Mejorada, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)