PIA News Service - Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Surigaonon named 3rd outstanding Alternative Learning System implementer

SURIGAO CITY, Mar. 9 (PIA) - Elizabeth Sering-Larase, a Surigaonon, from the DepEd Surigao City Division was recently awarded as the Third Place Winner of the Search for the 2010 Most Outstanding Implementer Award for Alternative Learning System (ALS), a program of the Department of Education that provides alternative mode of education to learners outside the formal school system.

The prestigious award was recently given at the Teacher’s Camp in Baguio City.

A unique ALS implementation to the Out of School Youth/Adult learners and IPs (Indigenous People) of Sitio Tagbasingan, Barangay Mat-I, Surigao City made Larase a winner.

Larase is so thankful to the former city officials for the full support that they have accorded to the programs and projects of ALS in Surigao City during their term. “I would like to thank the former Mayor Alfonso Casurra for his support – for giving honoraria to our facilitators, school supplies, staff development including construction and repair of ALS Community Learning Resource Centers.”

The search for the Most Outstanding ALS Implementers aimed to support the professional growth and development of the ALS supervisor, coordinator and mobile teacher nationwide. It was first launched in 2003 and has since awarded 35 ALS workers. (FEAbkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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PIA-Caraga intensifies Anti-Drug Courier campaign in Butuan City

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, March 9 (PIA) -– In its effort to promote the nationwide Anti-Drug Courier Campaign of the government, Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Caraga Region distributed anti-drug courier posters to some elementary and secondary schools in Butuan City recently.

Said posters were produced by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in collaboration with PIA.

According to one of the secondary teachers here, the poster is a good type of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material that will educate the young citizens on the negative effects of being a drug courier.

Meanwhile, Compact Discs containing audio-visual production entitled “OPLAN: HOMERUN” were distributed by region’s information arm of the government to colleges and universities, and in big secondary schools in Butuan City, to be shown in their respective programs and gatherings, especially this coming graduation exercises.

“Operation: HOMERUN” is a government’s initiative conducted by PDEA in Mary 7-31 last year, which led to the apprehension of members of the West African Drug Syndicates (WADS), an international operation covering Malaysia, Thailand, China, and the Philippines.

The PDEA-headed operation was able to arrest nine Nigerians, one Thai national, one Chinese, two Filipinos and one Malaysian drug couriers.

Also, PIA-Caraga coordinated with the regional offices of the national government agencies here to show the said video production whenever meetings, trainings, and workshops will be conducted. Video-showing will be conducted before the activity starts and during breaktime. (PIA-Caraga)

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GADCC-Caraga chair calls stakeholders to respect, fulfill, perfect women’s rights

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, March 9 (PIA) -- Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) Chairperson and Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Caraga Regional Director Atty. Marilyn Pintor on Tuesday called on private and public stakeholders to respect, fulfill and perfect the rights of women.

According to Atty. Pintor, gender equality must at all times be practiced as embodied in Republic Act 9262, an act defining violence against women and their children, providing for protective measures for victims, prescribing penalties therefore, and for other purposes.

The call of GADCC Chair is in time with the Women’s Month Celebration which is currently celebrated nationwide with the theme: “Magna Carta of Women, Philippine CEDAW: In support to Millennium Development Goals.”

Meanwhile, one of the highlights of the month-long celebration in the region is the gathering of all public and private stakeholders dubbed as “Kalandrakas VII” (anything goes) held Tuesday in one of the local convention centers here.

Now on its seventh year, “Kalandrakas” served as venue for technology transfer for livelihood opportunities and skills development, trade fair, bingo game, Gender and Development (GAD) film showing, beauty and massage parlors, parlor games, and created a venue for information dissemination on GAD issues and concerns.

The activity also featured song solo and dance competitions participated by representatives from the national line agencies, as well as “Ukay-ukay” of old clothing, and selling of products of local producers in the region.

Pintor said this year’s celebration is anchored on the importance of Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women, the national translation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women to the achievement of the eight millennium development goals. (PIA-Caraga)

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DA 13–AMAD fast tracks implementation of brgy. food terminals

BUTUAN CITY, March 9 -- The Agribusiness, Marketing and Assistance Division (AMAD) of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 13 beefed up its efforts to heave farmers from a mere land tillers to agribusiness enthusiasts through fast tracking the implementation of Barangay Food Terminals (BFTs).

Last February, AMAD devoted its time in launching three BFT sites formerly known as Barangay Bagsakan bringing a total of 45 BFT existing sites to date.

First to launch was in Barangay Aclan, Nasipit Agusan del Norte through Aclan Coconut Farmers’ Cooperative as project cooperator and followed by in Sta. Teresita, Bayugan City , Agusan del Sur with JCA Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multipurpose Cooperative as project cooperator last February 9, 2011.

On February 15, another BFT site was launched in Brgy. Don Ruben, San Jose, Dinagat Islands through Don Ruben Multipurpose Cooperative as project cooperator.

Each of the BFT cooperators were given various equipments such as plastic crates, plastic trays, push cart, freezer, chiller, electronic cash register, digital weighing scale, platform weighing scale, mechanical table scale, ice box, and P100,000.00 capitalization as grant from the Department of Agriculture aside from funding and or technical support from its respective local government units.

In an interview, AMAD Officer in Charge Servilla D. Balaan said for the first quarter of the current year, seven new BFT sites will be set in place in different areas in the region.

BFT serves as a consolidation area wherein farmers and fisher folks alike as well as consumers or buyers could meet thereby sparking economic activities.

BFT is a component of the Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program (AHMP) aimed to suppress hunger and malnutrition in the countryside through access of affordable and nutritious food supply. (Aurell P. Arais/RAFID DA CARAGA)

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PNP Surigao del Sur apprehends drug pusher

SURIGAO DEL SUR, March 9 (PIA) - Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office successfully apprehended suspected drug pushers on March 8 in Purok 6, Brgy. Union, Madrid this province.

Police Operatives led by PCI Arvin Montenegro of Intelligence Detective Management Officer together with Madrid Police Station personnel, DOJ representative, one Media and Brgy Capt. Materna Naragas reportedly apprehended two suspects during the conduct of operation based on search warrant issued by Hon Rufo Naragas, presiding judge of Municipal Trial Court 11th Judicial Region.

The suspects were identified as Leomario A. Plaza and Richard L. Huerta. Confiscated during their arrest were- the following items: 68 Plastic Heat Sealed cellophane of Shabu; One (1) Pack (sako) of Plastic heat sealed cellophane of Shabu; two (2) heat sealer; one (1) digital weighing scale; two (2) rolls aluminum foils; one (1) sachet of dried marijuana leaves; Assorted shabu paraphernalia; one (1) caliber 45 pistol home made marked colt MKIV; one(10 caliber .38 revolver home made; one (1) .22 revolver home made marked Black Widow; 20 pcs. Live ammo. Of 22 revolver; 12 pcs. Live ammo. Of caliber 45 pistol; three (3) pcs. Magazine of caliber 45 pistol; two pcs. Holster of Caliber 45 pistol; cash Philippine currency amounting to P40,000.00 and three pcs. Scissors.

The suspects are considered among the “big fishes” involved in illegal drugs operating in this province for about 15 years now.

Police Provincial Office disclosed the said operation was their fourth successful operation against Anti-Illegal Drug Campaign for the 1st quarter of 2011. (NGBTranquilan/PIA Surigao del Sur)

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Garage sale, videoke highlight “Kalandrakas” in Surigao del Sur

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, March 8, (PIA) – Garage sale and videoke are two of the activities during the conduct of “Kalandrakas VII” which highlights the women’s month celebration and the centenary of the “International Women’s Day”, held Tuesday, this province.

Anchored on the theme, “Magna Carta of Women, Philippine CEDAW: In Support to the Millennium Development Goals”, all offices were encouraged to solicit slightly used clothing, shoes, bags, and other items including handicraft products of women, homemade delicacies for the garage sale. Other services like cosmetology, physical therapy and cooking demonstration were also held at the Tandag Mega Gymnasium.

The women's day celebration honors the work of the “Suffragettes” (derived from the word "suffrage" meaning the right to vote), celebrates women's success, and is a reminder for the continued call to address gender inequities.

The celebration is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation Numbers 224 and 227, and Republic Act 6949 designating the month of March as National Women’s Month. (NGBTRanquilan/PIA Surigao del Sur)

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RDC-GADCC member-agencies honors outstanding women in 7th Kalandrakas

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 8 (PIA) – The Regional Development Council – Gender and Development Coordinating Council (RDC-GADCC) Caraga celebrates Women’s month with its 7th Kalandrakas, honoring outstanding women in their respective fields, as one of its major activities.

Awarded plaques of recognition were Ms. Zenaida P. Mansiliohan of the Department of Agriculture; Ms. Prescilla A. Asis of the National Commission on Indigeneous Peoples (NCIP) and PCINSP Nelly T Villagarcia of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga Regional Office (both retirees/GAD Focal Persons); and the Mabua Fish Vendors and Housekeepers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (women’s group).

In her speech, PCINSP Nelly T Villagarcia, Information Officer PNP-Caraga Regional Office thanked all her colleagues in the PNP for their efforts and cooperation especially in maintaining the peace and order situation in the city, and in the region in general.

Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga Regional Director and GADCC Chairperson Atty. Marilyn Pintor, congratulated the awardees for their invaluable contribution to the service.

Pintor also stressed that GADCC aims to work hand-in-hand with multi-sectors to make this year’s Womens’s Month celebration a substantive beginning of highlighting the important role of women in achieving and engendering the Millennium Development Goals.

Kalandrakas serves as a venue for technology transfer for livelihood opportunities and skills development; trade fair; ukay-ukay; GAD film showing; beauty and massage parlors, parlor games; and creates a venue for information dissemination on GAD issues and concerns. (PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano news: Malakanyang nagmintina kontrobersyal nga balay dili kay ES Ochoa

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Mar. 9 (PIA) - Ang Malakanyang natagbaw gayud sa katin-awan nga gihimo ni Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa kabahin sa isyu sa gipanag-iyahan sa gitawag nga “glass mansion” sa Quezon City ug namasin nga sa gihimong pagsaysay niini matuldokan na gayud kini nga kontrobersya.

Si Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda nag-ingon nga basi sa mga dokumento, klaro ug tataw gayud nga dili kini kay Ochoa.

“Base sa mga dokumento, wala gayud sa rehistro ang iyang pangalan. Ako nasabtan nga wala gayud siya maapil isip usa sa mga stockholders sa maong korporasyon. Kadto nga mga dokumento klaro na kaayo ug wala gyuy rason nga dili kami musulti ug tinuod,” si Lacierda nag-ingon sa mga mamahayag kahapon.

Si Lacierda hugot kayo ang pagtuo nga ang Executive Secretary nakahimo na gayud ug klaro nga katin-awan sa isyu.

“Amo nang gitugyan kang Executive Secretary ang paghukom kung unsa gayuy iyang pagahimuon nga aksyon niini pero amo lang iklaro nga nuhimo na kini ug usa ka pamahayag niadto pa ug iya usab gisaysay nga mao na gayud kadto ang katapusan niya nga pagtubag sa maong isyu,” pintok pa ni Lacierda. (FEAbkilan, Surigao del Norte)