4.08.2011

PIA News Service - Friday, April 8, 2011

Communication Workshop on Biotech set in Cagayan de Oro city

by Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, April 8 (PIA)
–- The Department of Agriculture Biotech Program Implementation Unit (DA Biotech PIU) will conduct a “Communication Workshop: Enhancing Skills in Addressing Issues About Crop Biotechnology” on April 26-27 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The workshop is aimed to equip the information officers/participants with the communication skills to enable them to respond proactively to high concerns, controversial situations and the ability to communicate science-based information that will help stakeholders in their decision-making process.

Topics for discussion during the 2-day workshop include: Biotechnology Concepts and Biosafety; DA Initiatives in Biotechnology; Beyond Information: Effective Science Communication; Risk Communication; and Principles and Applications for the first day session. 

On the second day, topics on Responding to Challenging Issues on Crop Biotech: the Media Article and Responding to Challenging Issues on Crop Biotech: the Media Interview and Public Engagement.

Also, during the workshop, exercises will be given to participants in order to put into application the learnings during the workshop.

The conduct of the workshop is in partnership with the International Service for Acquisition of AgriBiotech Applications (ISAA), SEARCA-BIC, ABSPII, and ASFARNET-Philippines. (PIA-Caraga)


DSWD supports Surigao Norte Gov’s programs through 4P’s, KALAHI-CIDSS

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Apr. 8 (PIA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the Aquino administration is maximizing its effort in delivering social services to comprehensively address poverty through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P’s) and the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehesive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), said Sec. Corazon Soliman.

In her recent visit to Surigao del Norte to grace the Daycare Workers Convention and Convergence on Social Protection Services on Thursday, Apr. 7, Sec. Soliman vowed to help the HEALS (Health, Environment, Agriculture and Aquaculture, Livelihood and Social Services) program of the provincial government through their 4P’s and KALAHI-CIDSS programs.

“We will help the HEALS program of Gov. Sol Matugas through our 4P’s and KALAHI-CIDSS programs.”

These two programs according to Sec. Soliman will hopefully help the poorest of the poor of the province. She said that aside from the existing 20,697 4P’s beneficiaries of the province, the agency will be adding 2,000 more to include those in the tribal communities and communities who were affected by the total log ban recently imposed by President Benigno S. Aquino III.

“The agency though our KALAHI-CIDSS program will also provide additional technical and financial assistance to Surigao del Norte for the construction of social infrastructure projects such as roads and day care centers to the far flung barangays of the province,” Soliman added.

Right after her keynote speech, the secretary witnessed the MOA signing on “Convergence of Social Protection Services” and the implementation of Social Pension Program in the province along with Gov. Matugas, all 20 mayors and the regional directors of DSWD, DOLE, DOH, DILG, DepED, DENR, DA & TESDA. (FEAbkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Butuan City readies for 2011 NSPC

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, April 8 (PIA)
-- The city government here, in cooperation with the Regional Office of the Department of Education (DepEd) as well as the Division Office of the city is on its final stage of preparation for the 2011 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC)slated on April 11 to 15, 2011 as the city plays host to the annual gathering of campus journalists in the country.

In an interview with Dr. Isidro Biol, DepEd-Caraga information officer, the activity will be participated by around 3,740 delegates in the elementary and secondary level.

Campus journalists from all over the country will be competing in news writing, sports writing, editorial writing, radio broadcasting, and online writing on desktop publishing.

Dr. Biol said aside from the contestants, DepEd officials in the national level as well as the coaches will compose the total number of delegates, coming from the 17 regions of the country.

Biol further said, some delegates have already arrived as early as today since the registration of participants will be held this Sunday, April 10, 2011.

Some schools in the city proper here are also on their final preparations since they will be utilized as billeting quarters of the delegates. (PIA-Caraga)


DENR-13 continuous to monitor forest products in the region

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, April 8 (PIA)
– The Regional Office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Caraga Region in its effort to uphold Executive Order No. 23 declaring a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in natural and residual forests nationwide, and creating the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force, is continuously monitoring the forest products in the region.

In an interview with a local radio station here this morning, Forester Greg Bayotas of DENR-Caraga said the agency together with the Task Force created by DENR Central Office is jointly monitoring illegal activities that are allegedly happening in the region. Evidence of which are the series of apprehensions made by DENR personnel during these previous days, the official said.

The official also said, because of the implementation of E.O. 23, more number of sawmills in the region who did not comply the necessary requirements were ordered closed.

Forester Bayotas also said DENR is currently preparing closure orders for the other sawmills that are still operating but cannot present the required documents. The official further assured that the closure order will be issued and served to the proprietors as soon as possible. (PIA-Caraga)


DSWD Sec visits Mainit, Surigao Norte

by Susil Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, April 8 (PIA)
- Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky “ Soliman paid a visit to the municipality of Mainit, Surigao del Norte yesterday, April 7, 2011 to inaugurate the newly constructed Daycare Center in Brgy. Tapi-an.

Prior to the inauguration, Sec. Soliman along with Governor Sol Matugas and regional directors of different line agencies witnessed the “Panambay sa Barangay” Medical Mission at the poblacion of Mainit.

She then proceeded to the ground breaking ceremony and MOA signing of the newly constructed 35 unit houses worth P70, 000 each for the resident of Brgy. Tapi-an under the Core Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP), a program of the agency which provides for a typhoon resistant low cost housing / shelter units for disaster-affected families.
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She then led the inauguration and ribbon cutting of the Daycare Center amounted to P400,000. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


OWWA-Caraga’s business opportunity forum: turning overseas filipino workers into entrepreneurs

BUTUAN CITY, April 8 — The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga Regional Office in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry recently held a 1-day Business Opportunity Forum for more than 100 OFWs and their immediate families at the OWWA Training Hall, this city.

Some of the business ventures discussed were the Pangasius Breeding, Lemon Grass planting and selling, Water Lily handicrafts making, Castor beans production, and Mushroom Culture. These are business opportunities that require very low capital build-up and promise high percentage of net profit.

The Business Opportunity Forum was participated by 127 Caraganon OFWs, 25 of them were repatriated from Libya. After losing their jobs abroad and with no other source of income, they are now very eager to start their own business. 

During the open forum most of them requested the immediate conduct of the comprehensive skills training of the earlier discussed business opportunities. OFWs wanted to start their own business while they still have sufficient savings to be used for capital build-up. 

A former OFW, Mrs. Elisa Moran expressed her appreciation to OWWA-Caraga for facilitating the business opportunity forum. According to her, because of the learning she acquired in the forum, she is now unafraid to invest and go into business. After the forum, she decided to attend the 3-day seminar on Mushroom Culture. She also believed it is the most feasible, manageable and profitable business for her. 

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Caraga Regional Office on the same activity released checks amounting to 360,000 pesos as life insurance to the families of the three (3) OFWs who died abroad due to natural death.

Each family of the three (3) deceased OFWs received check amounting toP120,000. The widows now plan to start a small business as a primary source of income and save a percentage of the monetary benefit for the education of their children. (Ritchel M. Molero, OWWA-13/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Gobyernong Aquino hatagan ug pagtagad ang problema sa child-labor

By: Susil Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, April 8 (PIA) - Ang gobyerno nakigtambayayong sa international community aron mahatagan ug pagtagad ang panginahanglan sa under-aged laborers sa gitawag nga child labor intensive “industries.”

Atol sa press briefing niadtong adlawng Miyerkules, Abril 6, 2011 didto sa Malakanyang Si Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte miingon nga ang Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) ug ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) nakigtambayayong sa International labor Organization (ILO) aron pagsiguro sa mga katungod sa mga kabataan.

“We are cognizant of the solution and we understand from the Department of Labor and Employment who are now working with the ILO that they are addressing the situation to (confirm) the number of underage children who are working,” asoy ni Valte.

Dugang pa ni valte nga ang pag suta sa kadaghanon sa mga kabataan nga nagtrabaho lakip na ang klase sa ilang trabaho maoy ilang mamahimong sumbanan aron paghatag ug alternatibo aron sila dili ma-abuso.

Ang gobyerno naglihok uban sa ILO pinaagi sa US-government funded program nga gitatawag ug International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) nga maoy mihatag sa katuyu-an nga Child Labor-Free Philippines, pagmugna sa positibong lakang ug pag-atubang sa nagpadayong aghat.

Ang ILO-EPIC nagtinguha sa pagpalambo ug paghatag dugang kahibalo mahitungod sa child labor, aron mapalig-on usab ang pagtambayayungay sa lokal nga mga katimbayayong ug ang pag sustenir sa maong programa.

Ang gobyerno sa Pilipinas mipadayag na ug suporta sa pag sumpo sa child labor pinaagi na sa Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL) nga nagtinguha sa pagkunhod sa pinaka-dautang matang sa child labor ngadto sa 75 porsiyento sa 2011. Ang ILO, pinaagi na sa IPEC, misuporta sa nasodnong paninguha aron makab-ot ang tinguha sa PPACL.

Niadtong 2001 nga survey sa mga kabataan, ang National Statistics Office (NSO) nag asoy nga adunay mokabat 4.18 million nagtrabahong kabataan nga nag edad singko ngadto syete ang panuigon, nga 16.2 porseyento sa kinatibuk-ang populasyon sa mga kabataan sulod sa maong edad.

Ang maong survey nagtimaan nga 60 porseyento o 2.4 million sa mga kabataan ang anaa sa trabahong delikado ang kundisyon. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)