PIA News Service - Thursday, May 26, 2011

Armed men raided compound of former Surigao Norte town mayor, torched heavy equipment

by FEAbkilan

SURIGAO CITY, May 26 (PIA) – More than 30 unidentified armed men raided the compound of former Placer Mayor Charry Mangacop on Wednesday, May 25 in Km. 8, Brgy. Bonifacio, Surigao City, said a report from PNP-Surigao City.

It was around 7 pm--while the former mayor together with his wife, Luzviminda Sala Mangacop and his driver, Reynaldo Jaculba Madera were eating dinner--that some 30 armed men entered their compound. Six of them were armed with baby armalite and other high powered firearms.

The men asked for the family memebers' cellular phones and ordered Mangacop to surrender his firearms.

“They were only asking my firearms, sinabihan ko nalang yung asawa ko na ibigay nalang yung mga baril (I told my spouse to just give the fireams to them),” Mangacop said in an interview.

Mangacop is still clueless as to the motive of the incident.

The suspects took from him two Nokia cellphones, one infant baby armalite, one unit commando baby armalite, one caliber 45 with four extra magazines, two full packed bandoliers, four hand set radios, four base radios and one round armalite magazine.

The former mayor clarified that those are all licensed firearms.

“The suspects then brought them outside their residence (still inside the compound) and lined them together with the ex-mayor’s other employees and then after a while, they took them outside the compound to a nearby house owned by a certain Peter and Linda, but the owners were not in their residence,” said a report.

They were then brought to the national highway and some minutes later, they heard a gunshot and saw that their construction vehicles inside their compound were incinerated. Damaged vehicles were as follows: one unit Isuzu dump truck worth P1.6M; one unit Fuzo canter mini dam worth P400,000; one unit Fuzo canter storage worth P700,000; one unit Hitachi backhoe worth P1.5M; and one unit Komatso bulldozer worth P1M. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


GSIS officials, government information officers meet in Butuan

by Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, May 26 (PIA) – Top officials of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Manila will meet government information officers (IOs) of Caraga region in a forum on June 9, this city.

There are more than 39,000 GSIS members in Butuan City, according to agency records. The talks will focus on current initiatives of GSIS to provide better service to members.

Given the communication tools available to IOs, GSIS through its Public Relations Communications Office is strengthening its linkages with them as part of its pro-active communication program to reach all its members.

The forum with the IOs will discuss the new vision and mission of the GSIS under its new management and Board of Trustees, current policies and programs, as well as updates on IT enhancements.

Resource persons during the forum are Vice- President for Mindanao, Ms. Ludy Dorado; Ms. Ella Valencerina, Vice President, Public Relations and Communications Office; and Ms. Mamole Pangandaman, GSIS-Butuan regional office manager.

GSIS said that with the forum, it is expected that the agencies’ programs and services will be featured in government-published newsletters and government-sponsored TV, radio, programs; current issues related to GSIS will be clarified; and linkages of GSIS with regional communicators will be strengthened.

The GSIS is a social insurance institution created to secure the future of all employees of the Philippine government. (PIA-Caraga)


PPRV, OPAPP and FSUU inform stakeholders on the GPH-CPP/NDF/NPA Peace Negotiations

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 25 (PIA) – The People Power Volunteers for Reform (PPRV) Caraga thru Regional Chair Concepcion Asis, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) thru Mr. Enrico Dela Torre, and Ms. Jurgette Honculada, a member of the Government of the Philippines (GRP) Panel with Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Policy Center Executive Director Atty. Josefe Sorera-Ty conducted recently the Peace Forum with participants from the different sectors in Caraga region.

In her message, Asis relayed that the forum is part of the Caraga-wide Peace Roadshow, which is also in response to the call for every Filipino to be concerned and be involved in any way possible for the successful conclusion of the peace talks between the GRP and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and between GRP and the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

Also, Honculada bared that insurgency problem has been with us for 42 years, negotiations have spanned 24 years and four presidencies. This is the 5th panel to conduct the negotiations which over 40 rounds have been computed since 1992.

“Peace is not the business of the government alone; military actions alone cannot resolve armed conflict; strategic role of the public is keeping the parties at the table; and need to bring the “public voice” to the negotiating table are some of the lessons learned from the past negotiations,” said Honculada.

When asked what are the prospects for the peace negotiations, Honculada emphasized that the environment is conducive to negotiations under the Aquino government, resulting in the resumptions of the talks after a 7-year impasse; their desired periodic ceasefires while talks are ongoing should lower the level of violence on the ground; and the side mechanism should insulate the negotiation from undue disruptions.

Meanwhile, Asis revealed the action plans for the peace talks. She bared that the long term plan is to give focus on the educational programs which should be strengthened especially in the grass roots while for the short term plan is to conduct peace forum on the different provinces and get the issues and concerns of the residents especially in the grass roots.

“A continuing program should be strengthened so that people would understand what are the programs available for them while we will continue to conduct peace forum on the different provinces to know the issues, concerns and sentiments of the residents so that these will be brought out to the GRP panel and discuss it further during the peace negotiations with the CPP-NPA-NDF panels,” Asis stressed.

It was also learned that the joint forces of the PPRV, FSUU and OPAPP will convene multi-sectors in Caraga region on the months of June and July 2011 to gather their concerns. (PIA-Caraga)


Butuan crime rate goes down

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 26 (PIA) – Member agencies of the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) here convened recently to discuss issues and concerns that affects peace situation of the city.

During the meeting, PCINSP Reynante Sibayton of Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) said that crime incidence rate went down to 50 percent from May 3-24, 2011, compared to 103 percent during the same period in 2010.

“BCPO is strengthening its campaign against illegal drugs, illegal possession of firearms, illegal logging, and the like. Also, part of our significant accomplishments is the arrest of the 26 alleged undocumented Chinese and Taiwanese nationals in Brgy. Maibu, Butuan City… Butuan remains peaceful in celebration of the Balangay Festival 2011,” said Sibayton.

Sibayton further said that BCPO are conducting the “Luma Mo, Bago Ko”, where old things donated by the general public will be given to the less fortunate children in the city. ‘Operation Tuli’ was also conducted this summer while BCPO also facilitates the ongoing ‘Brigada Eskwela’.

Meanwhile, LtCol Erwin Rommel Lamzon, Commanding Officer of the 30IB, Philippine Amry revealed that they will be conducting several grand pulong-pulong (GPP) and a medical mission in Butuan City.

“We will conduct grand pulong-pulong and a medical/dental mission in the following barangays: Anticala and Pianing on May 31; Sumilihon and Los Angeles on June 1; Medical, dental mission in brgy. Anticala on June 2; and GPP in brgy. Antongalon, Butuan City on June 3,” Lamzon said.

Lamzon also said that through the GPP, they will be able to gather issues and concerns from the residents of the barangay and refer them to the right agencies so that in return, those issues and concerns will be properly addressed.

Also, City Councilor Ryan Culima recommended to BCPO to reinforce PNP visibility in the schools especially at night time to secure students who still have classes until 9pm, to prevent any crime involving students. (PIA-Caraga)


UNAP chair urges Caraga youths to take part in the 12th Int’l Youth Day

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) – United Nations Association of the Philippines (UNAP) Caraga Regional Chairman Rex Ybañez recently called on the youth in Caraga Region to take part in the 12th International Youth Day (IYD). The Philippines will be hosting the said international gathering of youths from around the globe on August 3 to 7 in Iloilo City.

In a press statement, Ybañez called all youth leaders and student leaders all over Caraga Region to take part in this high level youth gathering of their time.

“This is the time for us, Caraganon youths to showcase our talents and skills in this international gathering by participating in the achievement of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” Ybañez said.

The chairman of the youth organization in the region also encouraged youth groups in Caraga to conduct programs which are anchored on the MDGs.

The 12th International Youth Day is organized by UNAP in partnership with the National Youth Commission (NYC), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and UNESCO National Commission (UNESCO NatCom). (PIA-Caraga)


State security forces to undergo mandatory gender , dev’t, human rights training

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 26 (PIA) – Military and police personnel will undergo mandatory training on gender and development, and human rights. The module entitled “Comprehensive Pilot Intervention Plan against Gender Violence in Caraga (CoPIPAGV-13)” is aimed at upholding women’s welfare according to resource person Atty. Jose Fe Sorrera-Ty.

She pointed out that security forces in the government particularly the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) has to undergo such training.

Atty. Ty further related her experience in an encounter with a police officer where her attention was called when she park her car in an area downtown. However, she found out that other vehicles were also parked there; but because the owners of those vehicles are males, the police officer was hesitant to call their attention.

“What happened is already gender discrimination,” Ty said. “And this must be properly addressed by authorities,” she added.

Ty said she was hopeful that government security forces have already undergo the said trainings as required by Republic Act 9710 otherwise known as Magna Carta of Women. “But for those who were not able to undergo such trainings, they must submit to participate in the said trainings,” Ty added.

Magna Carta of Women is the national bill of rights of women just as CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) is the international bill of rights of women which mandates the government to eliminate discrimination against women in the military and police, among others. (PIA-Caraga)


NGCP readies contingency measures for incoming typhoon “Chedeng”

BUTUAN CITY, May 26 - In preparation for the incoming typhoon “Chedeng,” the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is set to activate its command centers in all areas within the typhoon’s path 24 hours before the estimated landfall of the typhoon. This is to ensure that all precautionary measures are implemented to minimize the impact of the said typhoon on NGCP operations and facilities.

According to its website, the NGCP operates 19,425 circuit-kilometers of high-voltage transmission and sub-transmission lines and 23,853 mega volt amperes of substation capacity in Luzon, Visayas, & Mindanao.

It’s Overall Command Center (OCmC) is located at its Head Office, Power Center, Diliman Quezon City.

The NGCP’s Integrated Typhoon Action Plan (ITAP) includes monitoring the typhoon using the NGCP’s Enterprise Geographic Information System (EGIS) Mapviewer . All maintenance works will be suspended 48 hours before the estimated typhoon landfall.

It will also ensure the availability of telecommunication facilities, equipment, tools and vehicles at all times while the typhoon is within the Philippine area of responsibility.

The availability of materials and supplies necessary for the repair of possible damage to facilities, as well as the positioning of line crews in strategic areas, is currently being coordinated to facilitate the immediate restoration of damaged facilities in affected areas. (NGCP/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: Breastfeeding alone for first six months of life: A sure way to good health

Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life has been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the healthiest way to feed newborns.

In the Philippines, while most infants (77.5%) were breastfed within the day after delivery, only 36 percent (%) of them received optimal breastfeeding up to six months, based on the results of the 7th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST).

In addition, the survey also revealed that majority (89.4%) of the mothers were able to give colostrum, the first thick yellowish fluid from breastmilk during the first few days after delivery. Colostrum is known to contain antibodies that give immunity to the newborn.

While most Filipino mothers heed breastfeeding recommendations to protect babies against life-threatening illnesses aside from its economic value, the survey also found that most can only breastfeed up to a little over than two months, instead of six months exclusively due to inadequate milk for 34.5% and work outside the home for 25.5% of the mothers.

Experts say that giving solid foods to infants before six months is a big concern to the child’s nutritional status where the risk of food allergies and digestive disorder is high, but starting them later than six months could also lead to higher risk to deficiency particularly in iron when breastmilk is inadequate to meet the child’s additional nutritional requirements for growth and development.

Anemia due to iron deficiency is a persistent public health problem among Filipino infants less than one year at about 56 % based on the 7th NNS of the FNRI-DOST.

Iron is a very big concern among infants where growth and development are highest during the first year of life, particularly for brain development.

This is why the diet of lactating moms should be balanced or well-rounded with adequate intake of iron-rich foods to produce iron-rich breastmilk for the prevention of iron deficiency anemia.

The Daily Nutritional Guide Pyramid for Filipino Lactating Women and Nutritionally-Adequate One-Day Menu flyers for lactating women based on the 2002 Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intakes (RENI) developed by the FNRI-DOST depicts variety, moderation, and proportions for healthy eating.

Mothers will know if they’re feeding their children well by regularly monitoring their growth based on the WHO growth chart pattern, as stated in the second message of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos developed by a team of experts led by the FNRI-DOST. If the child is within the growth standards, he/she is likely getting all the nutrients he/she needs.

Most of the semi-solid and solid foods, according to the 7th NNS, were regularly given at six to seven months of age, which is within the WHO recommendation to give the complementary foods starting six months.

The WHO’s advocacy on exclusive breastfeeding up to six months and giving complementary foods thereafter, is simple and straight forward. Human breastmilk is better for human babies than milk formula. Mothers should breastfeed their babies because it’s the best nourishment until the age of six months.

Semi-solid foods should be introduced after six months and should be as natural as possible, less processed, always fresh and with minimal condiments for optimum nutrition and health, as well as to promote good taste later in life.

“Mother still knows best” holds true until now. Mothers should use their maternal instincts and of course, common sense in feeding their young children.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Tel/Fax Num: 8372934 and 8373164; email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (Eva Abile-Goyena, FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: RH bill, hindi USAID deal ayon kay Sec. Coloma

ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 26 (PIA) - Mariiing tinututulan ni Presidential Communications Operations (PCOO) Seretary Hermino Coloma, Jr ang mga ulat na nagsasabing ang Reproductive Health (RH) bill ay isang bargaining chip ng pamahalaang Aquino at United States Agency for International Development (USAID) kapalit ang tulong galing US para sa Pilipinas.

"Wala akong impormasyon tungkol diyan. Doon sa mga nagsasabi, kailangan nilang i-specify kung saan nila ito nakita dahil wala akong malay kung anumang impormasyon na may kaugnayan dyan. Kung sino man ang nagmumungkahi nito, mangyaring tukuyin nila kung saan nila nakuha ang ganitong impormasyon," sabi ni Coloma.


Sa ginawang Communication and News Exchange (CNEX) forum noong nakaraang Lunes, inamin ni National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Sec. Cayetano Paderanga, Jr na ang “puso” ng RH bill ay ang mabuting pamamaraan ng pagiging magulang, kung saan ito ay bahagi ng Philippine Development Plan (PDP) para sa taong 2011-2016. Paliwanag ni Paderanga, hindi siya nakarinig ng anumang alok kaugnay nito.

Si Paderanga na noo’y panauhing pandangal ng CNEX na humarap sa media ay naglalayong makalikha ng pag-angat sa ekonomiya ng 7 hanggang 8 porsiyento bawat taon sa loob ng anim na taon. Naglalayon din itong mapalago ang ekonomiya sa pamamagitan ng pagbuo ng mass employment.

At base sa Philippine Development Plan ng kasalukuyang administrasyon, layunin din nitong mabawasan ang kahirapan at makamit ang Millennium Development Goals.

Ang pangunahing layunin ng PDP ay mabawasan ang kahirapan sa pamamagitan ng 16.6 porsyento sa 2015, mula 33.1 porsiyento sa 1991; lumikha ng isang milyong trabaho taon-taon; mabawasan ang kawalan ng trabaho sa pamamagitan ng 6.8-7.2 porsyento pero lalaki parin ang puwersa ng manggagawa sa pamamagitan ng 2.75 taun-taon; umaabot ang isang Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rate ng 7-8 porsiyento; pumapalit sa pamumuhunan sa bansa sa pamamagitan ng 22 porsiyento;. ipatupad at iba pang layunin ng MDG.

Dagdag ni Coloma na nabuo ang Philippine Development Plan sa pamamagitan ng kaniyang tinanatawag na “stakeholders approach” kung saan binigyan ng pagkakataon ang bawat stakeholders na makapagbigay ng ideya o inputs at nang sa gayon ay matutugunan ng husto sa nasabing plano ang mga pangangailangan ng taumbayan. (PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Tourist arrival sa Caraga Region, tumaas ng 13% ayon sa DOT-13

ni Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 26 (PIA) – Tumaas ng 13 porsyento ang bilang ng turistang nagsadya dito sa Caraga Region ngayong taon kung ikukumpara noong nakaraang taon. Ito’y dahil na rin sa ginagawang promotion ng Department of Tourism (DOT)-Caraga Region sa mga tourist destinations ng rehiyon.

Sinabi ni Jean Camarin ng DOT-Caraga gumawa ng iba’t-ibang estratehiya ang kanilang tanggapan upang mas lalong makilala ang mga tourist spots ng iba’t-ibang probinsya ng rehiyon.

Dagdag ni Camarin, nakikipag-coordinate din ang kanilang tanggapan sa lokal na pamahalaan ng rehiyon upang malaman ang mga kailangang gawin. Ito ay upang tukuyin ang mga hakbang kung paano makakagawa ng karagdagang trabaho ang mga residente sa pamamagitan ng turismo.

Samantala, sinusuportahan din ng DOT-Caraga ang pamahalaang lokal ng Butuan sa pagdiwang ng Balangay Festival ngayong taon. Tinataguyod ng nasabing festival ang mayamang kultura ng Butuan sa pamamagitan ng Balangay Boat--ang bangka na ginamit ng mga Butuanons sa pakikipag-negosyo noong unang panahon sa mga karatig bansa sa Asya.

Dahil dito, pinasimunuan ng lokal na pamahalaan ang river cruising sakay ng replica ng Balangay boat na pinangalanang “Sama Tawi-Tawi” kung saan ito ay kasalukuyang naglalakbay sa kahabaan ng Agusan river dito.

Para sa gustong makaranas ng pagsakay sa Balangay boat, maaring makipag-ugnayan sa City Tourism Office dito, sa mga numerong (085) 225-4041 para sa karagdagang detalye. (PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: People power volunteers sumali sa usapang pangkapayapaan sa Butuan

ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, May 26 (PIA) - Isang peace forum ang isinagawa kamakailan lamang upang ipaabot sa lahat ng mga volunteers at mga indibidwal sa probinsya, distrito, lungsod, munisipalidad na maging kaisa sa pagpalaganap sa reporma ng pamahalaan.

Ang nasabing forum ay pinangunahan ng People Power Volunteer for Reform (PPVR) kung saan ang mga volunteers ay nakikiisa sa pamahalaan na lumikha ng mas maraming oportunidad para sa partisipasyon ng mga tao upang labanan ang katiwalian at kahirapan.

Ayon kay PPVR Regional Chairman Concepcion Asis, ang grupo ang siyang tumulong kay PNoy sa panahon ng nakaraang halalan, at naglalayong ipalaganap ang sigaw ng administrasyong Aquino: "Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap”.

Ang organisasyon ang sumusubaybay sa mga gawain at proyekto ng pamahalaan. Ito rin ay nagdadala ng programang pangkabuhayan, at feeding activities.

Bukod dito, ang PPVR ang siyang nagpapabilis sa pagsasagawa ng mga pulong at konsultasyon sa pagitan ng tao at ng mga kinatawan ng mga tanggapan ng pamahalaan.

Ito rin ang nagpapalawak ng teknikal na tulong at nagbibigay ng kaalaman sa lokal na organisasyon na magsagawa ng kanilang sariling mga anti-corruption at anti-poverty drive. (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Probinsiya sa Surigao del Sur nagpabiling luwas sa red tide toxin

ni Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, May 26 (PIA) – Ang probinsiya sa Surigao del Sur nagpabiling luwas sa red tide toxin, sumala sa bag-ong resulta sa laboratoryo nga gipagawas sa Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

Ang tanang matang sa shellfishes nga nakolekta sa Hinatuan, Bislig ug Lianga bays, sa probinsiya sa Surigao del Sur luwas kaunon sa tao.

Ang ubang lugar nga pabiling luwas sa red tide toxin mao ang: coastal waters of Cavite, Las Pinas, Paranaque, Navotas, Bulacan and Bataan sa Manila Bay; coastal waters of Bolinao, Anda, Alaminos ug Bani sa Pangasinan; coastal waters sa Milagros ug Mandaon sa Masbate; Juag Lagoon sa Matnog ug Sorsogon Bay sa Sorsogon. Honda ug Puerto bays sa Puerto Princesa City, ug ang Inner Malampaya Sound sa Taytay, Palawan; coastal waters sa Pilar, President Roxas, Pontevedra, Panay, Roxas City, Ivisan ug Sapian sa Capiz; coastal waters of E. B. Magalona, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, Valladolid, Talisay City, Silay City, Bacolod City, Hinigaran, Cadiz City, Victorias City, Bago City ug San Enrique sa Negros Occidental; Irong-irong, Maqueda ug Villareal Bays sa Samar; Matarinao Bay sa Eastern Samar; Ormoc, San Pedro, Cancabato ug Carigara Bays sa Leyte; Biliran waters sa Biliran Province; Balite Bay sa Mati, Davao Oriental; coastal waters sa Kabasalan sa Sibuguey Bay, Zamboanga Sibugay; ug Tangines Lagoon sa Benoi Mahinog, Camiguin Island.

Ang BFAR nagpahimangno usab sa publiko sa mga lugar kung diin ang shellfish ug alamang dili luwas kaunon ug positibo sa red tide toxin sama sa: Dumanquillas Bay sa Zamboanga del Sur; Murcielagos Bay sa Zamboanga del Norte ug Misamis Occidental; ug Masinloc Bay sa Zambales. (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Kalinaw sa siyudad gihisgutan sa CPOC meeting

ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 26 (PIA) – Bag-ohay pa lamang nagkatigum ang mga miyembro sa City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) ning siyudad nga gipanguluhan ni Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. nga gipahigayon sa City Mayor’s Officce – Conference Room 2, ug didto nahisgutan ang kahimtang sa siyudad.

Gibutyag ni PCINSP Reynante Sibayton sa Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) ang ilang accomplishments ug ang kahimtan sa siyudad mahitungod sa kalinaw.

Sigun sa report ni Sibayton, gikan sa May 3-24, 2011, miubos ang crime incidence rate gikan 103 sa tuig 2010 ug karon nahimo nang 50 karong tuiga.

“Gipahingusgan sa BCPO ang kampanya kabahin sa illegal drugs, illegal possession of firearms, illegal logging, ug uban pa. Samtang isa usab sa mga na-accomplish sa buhatan mao ang pagsikop sa nasangpit nga 26 ka Chinese ug Taiwanese nationals nga walay sakto ug legal nga dokumento aron magtukod ug mga negosyo dri sa siyudad,” si Sibayton nagkanayon.

Dugang pa ni Sibayton nga ang BCPO nagapahigayon sa “Luma Mo, Bago Ko”, diin ang mga daan nga mga gamit sa publiko mahimong idonar sa ilang buhatan aron kini ihatag usab ug magamit sa mga batang kabus.

Nasayran usab nga nagpahigayon ang ilang buhatan sa ‘operation Tuli’ karong bakasyon ug kasamtangan usab nga misuporta sa ginapahigayon’g ‘Brigada Eskwela’ sa mga pampublikong tunghaan.

Sa laing bahin, gibutyag usab ni LtCol Erwin Rommel Lamzon, Commanding Officer sa 30IB, Philippine Army nga mupahigayon sila ug mga pulong-pulong ug medical/dental mission sa mga barangay ning siyudad.

“Ang 30IB mupahigayon ug mga pulong-pulong ug medical/dental mission niining mga barangay: Anticala ug Pianing karong Mayo 31; Sumilihon ug Los Angeles sa June 1; Medical, dental mission sa brgy. Anticala sa June 2; ug GPP sa brgy. Antongalon, Butuan City sa umaabot nga June 3,” sulti ni Lamzon.

Samtang, gipahinusgan ni City Councilor Ryan Culima ang pagbutang ug mga pulis sa mga eskwelahan aron mas ma-protektahan ang mga estudyante ug magtutudlo ilabi na sa mga nay klase hangtud sa alas nueve sa gabie. (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Aquino mobisita sa Thailand karong Mayo 26-27

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, May 26 (PIA) - Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III mopaingon ngadto sa Bangkok, karong adlawa, Huwebes, Mayo 26-27, 2011 alang sa duha-ka adlaw nga pagbisita opisyal, tungod sa imbitasyon ni Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Ang Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) miingon nga ang maong opisyal nga pagbisita sa Pangulo nagtinguha sa dugang pagpalig-on sa lawom ug kusgan nga nasodnong relasyon tali sa Pilipinas ug Thailand.

“The visit aims to further strengthen the Philippines’ deep and strong bilateral relations with Thailand, as well as cooperation within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in order to help build a secure and prosperous Asean community by 2015,” ang pamahayag sa DFA.

Atol sa maong pagbisita, si Pangulong Aquino ug PM Abhisit gitakda nga mohimo ug pagtuki sa mga importanteng isyu kalabot na ang pag sumpo sa pagpayuhot ug droga, kooperasyon sa agrikultura, kooperasyon sa regional ug multilateral porums ug ang pinaka importante nga paghibalag ug mga paagi aron dugang pagpalig-on sa relasyon sa duha ka mga nasod.

Ug usab gikatakda ang Pangulo nga mopahimulos niining maong higayon aron mohimo sa pag presentar sa Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program sa iyang administrasyon ngadto kang PM Abhisit ug sa Thai business community.

Kung kahinumduman sugod pa niadtong 1949, ang bilateral nga relasyon tali sa Pilipinas ug Thailand maoy usa sa pinaka sustenado ug lig-on sa intero Rehiyon sa Asia.

Ang DFA nagbutyag nga ang duha ka mga nasod dunay regular nga pagbayloay ug high-level government visits, healthy trade ug investment environments nga nakapa-aghat sa mga dagkong kumpanya sa Pilipinas ug Thailand nga mamuhunan sa isig ka nasod.

Siya usab makigkita sa mga Pilipinong nanimuyo ug nanarbaho didto sa Thailand aron siya personal nga magpasalamat sa ilang pagkugi ug abilidad sa pagsalmot sa ekonomikanhong pag-uswag ug kalamboan sa maong Kaharian. (PIA- Surigao del Norte)