5.17.2011

PIA News Service - Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Presence of 2 Phl Azkals football team members add color to Balangay Festival in Butuan

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 17 (PIA) – In time with the Balangay Festival celebration of this city, two members of the Philippines Azkals football team graced the opening of the Balangay Football League held Monday at the city’s Sports Complex in Barangay Libertad here.

Azkals Kim Relucio and Jerry Barbaso arrived in Bancasi Airport Monday (May 16) to grace the football sports competition, the first to be held in this city, which is also held in time with the annual feast of the city in honor of Patron Saint – Saint Joseph the worker on May 19.

According to Butuan City Vice Mayor Lawrence Lemuel Fortun, the first Balangay Football Festival aimed to promote football in Caraga Region as the said sports discipline is becoming popular here in the country because of the successful undertakings of the Philippines Azkals Team.

Fortun also said the league sponsored by the city government of Butuan and the Butuan-Agusan del Norte Football Association where he is the President has gathered around 50 participating football teams from other cities and provinces in Mindanao, including Davao, Bukidnon, Cagayan de oro City, and the host region-Caraga.

Further, the official said big cash prize awaits the winners which will be awarded tomorrow during the closing and awarding ceremonies.

Meanwhile, to promote the history and culture of the city, a river cruising on board “Sam Tawi-tawi,” a replica of the ancient boat balangay will be conducted daily at the famous Agusan River here, the longest river in Mindanao.

In an earlier press conference, the city tourism office said the river cruising is one way of promoting the rich culture and tradition of Butuan City by tracing the journey of the Balangay in Agusan River where according to local historians here, the river played significant symbol to the richness of culture and heritage of the city.

Further, tonight, nine candidates will vie for the title of Mutya Hong Butuan 2011 where according to Therese Fortun, Executive committee chairperson, the pageant will evolve on the history of the journey of Balangay.

The Balangay or Balanghai is the first wooden watercraft ever excavated in Southeast Asia. Also known as the Butuan boat, this artifact is evidence of early Filipino craftsmanship and their seamanship skills during pre-colonial times.

The Balanghai Festival is also a celebration in Butuan, Agusan del Norte to commemorate the coming of the early migrants from Borneo and Celebes, on board the Balangay boats.

When the first Spaniards arrived in the 16th century, they found the Filipinos having a civilization of their own and living in well-organized independent villages called barangays. The name barangay originated from balangay, the Austronesian word for "sailboat". (PIA-Caraga)


Surigao City to hold public hearing on trike’s fare hike

by FEAbkilan

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, May 17 (PIA) – The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Surigao City is set to hold a public hearing on the proposed P1 tricycle fare hike on Wednesday, May 18.

The city’s current minimum tricycle fare is P7.

Committee on Public Utilities chair SP member Jose Begil, Jr. said the public hearing will promptly start at 9 a.m. at the SP session hall.

The Surigao City Federation of Tricycle Drivers and Operators cited the incessant oil price hike and continuing increase of basic commodities in seeking a fare increase, not to mention how the prices of spare parts of their tricycles have doubled in the past few months. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


29IB conducts pulong-pulong in Tago for peace and progress

by CPT Ramiel Fugnit

ARAS-ASAN, Cagwait, Surigao del Sur May 17 (PIA) – In an effort to address peace and prosperity in the area, the 29th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army recently conducted “Pulong-Pulong” (dialogue) at Sitio Cabalawan, Barangay Anahao Daan, Tago, Surigao del Sur.

In his message before the residents in the area, Col. Henry A Robinson Jr. Battalion Commander stressed the importance of cooperation among local chief executives, non-government organizations, government agencies, and other stakeholders involved in promoting Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) as part of the National Program of the Aquino Administration.

The 29IB, LGU Tago, Dole (Stanfilco) and Technical Education and Skills

Development Authority (TESDA) in Surigao del Sur also participated the activity by informing those in attendance of the essence of advocacy.

The dialogue also aims to create good relationship among stakeholders, so that they may work together to improve the lives of people in the said barangay.

Col. Robinson further explained that the recent incident where lawless elements cut down banana trees of Dole (Stanfilco) resulted in damage worth P3.5 million. Also, this greatly affect the plight of many employees in the plantation and the local economy.

The government troops continue to initiate community development activities in collaboration with the local government units Surigao del Sur as part of the new campaign plan dubbed as “Bayanihan,” which focuses on a holistic approach to work for peace and pave the way for progress. (29IB/PIA Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News : EO 43 gipirmahan ni P’noy aron pagmugna sa Cabinet clusters

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, May 17 (PIA) – Aron segurohon ang kamaayo, kaepektibo ug pokus nga pagdumala sa mga programa ug palisiya sa gobyerno, si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III mipirma sa Executive Order nga maoy pormal nga moestablisar sa lima ka pungpong (cluster) sa gabinete nga mo-adres sa mga pinaka prayoridad nga erya, si Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. mibutyag niadtong Lunes.

Sulti ni Ochoa nga ubos sa Executive Order No. 43 nga gipirmahan sa Pangulo niadtong Mayo 13, 2011, ang lima ka pungpong (cluster) sa kabinete mao ang Good Governance and Anti-Corruption; Human Development and Poverty Reduction; Economic Development; Security, Justice and Peace; Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation.

Ang maong pungpong (cluster) binase sa plano nga gisumitir sa Executive Secretary ug mga Kabinete ngadto sa Pangulo atol sa gihimong workshop niadtong pagsugod sa tuig.

Ang sistema sa pungpong (cluster) gisunod lamang sa first Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) miting. Ug sunod niini daghan na ang gipahigayon nga mga Cabinet meetings, uyon sa palisiya sa Pangulo nga magpundok ang Kabinete pinaagi sa pungpong (cluster).

“The President believes it is more productive and efficient to meet Cabinet secretaries on specific concerns rather than have officials join meetings on concerns that do not involve their portfolios,” gipasabot ni Ochoa.

Matud ni Ochoa, ang mga miyembro sa official family ni Pangulo mi-uyon usab sa maong cluster system nga maoy epektibo ug maayo nga pamaagi aron pagdumala sa mga programa sa Pangulo.

“The cluster system will help the President in the effective implementation of the 2011-2016 Philippine Development Plan, which is essentially the blueprint we will use to guide us in hitting the development targets we have set based on the 16-point agenda of the President,” sulti ni Ochoa.

“The clusters will also serve as advisory committees for the President and shall recommend policies related to their respective cluster’s concerns,” dugang ni Ochoa.

Ang matag usa ka cluster paga-pangulohan sa usa ka Cabinet member, uban ang line agency o opisina nga gitudlo isip maoy secretariat. Ang Executive Secretary ug ang Presidential Management Staff motambong sa tanang cluster meetings, uban ang Executive Secretary nga mohimo ug superbisyon sa mga cluster system alang sa paghimo sa iyang “general monitoring and oversight functions”.

Ang Good Governance and Anti-Corruption cluster paga-pangulohan sa Pangulo uban ang Department of Budget and Management (DBM) isip maoy secretariat. Ang iyang mga miyembro mao ang mga secretaries of the Department of Finance (DOF), and Interior and Local Government (DILG) ug Justice (DOJ); ang hepe sa Presidential Legislative Liaison Office; ug ang Chief Presidential Legal Counsel.

Ang Human Development and Poverty Reduction cluster pagadumalahon sa secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development uban ang National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) isip maoy secretariat ug lead convenor. Ang mga miyembro mao ang hepe sa Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC); ang secretaries sa Departments of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Agriculture (DA), Environment and National Resources (DENR), Education (DepEd), Health (DOH), Labor and Employment (DOLE), DILG, DBM, ug ang National Economic Development Authority (NEDA); ug ang hepe sa Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Ang secretary sa DOF maoy mangulo sa Economic Development cluster ug NEDA isip secretariat. Ang mga miyembro niini naglakip sa secretaries of NEDA, DA,DBM, DILG ug ang Departments of Trade and Industry (DTI), Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Energy (DOE); Science and Technology (DOST), ug Tourism (DOT).

Ang Executive Secretary maoy mangulo sa Security, Justice ug Peace cluster uban ang National Security Council nga maoy magsilbing secretariat. Ang mga miyembro mao ang secretaries sa DILG, Foreign Affairs (DFA), National Defense (DND), ug DOJ; ug ang presidential adviser sa Peace Process.

Ang Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation cluster paga-pangulohan sa DENR Secretary uban ang Climate Change Commission nga maoy magsilbing secretariat. Ang mga miyembro niini mao ang Chairman sa HUDCC, secretaries of DOST, DILG, DPWH, DSWD, DA, DAR, DOE ug DND; ug ang hepe sa Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Training sa POPCOM Coordinators gipahigayon sa Surigao City

ni Anette Paulines

SURIGAO CITY, May 17 (PIA) - Ang City Population Development Office uban sa Commission on Population (POPCOM) mipahigayon karong adlawa ug Training of Trainers sa mga Division Coordinators on Population Education (Pop-Ed), District Supervisors ug School Pop-Ed Coordinators didto sa Mount Bagarabon Beach Hotel Mountain Resort, Brgy. Mabua ning dakbayan.

Sumala pa ni Jupiter J. Correos ang City Government Asistant Department Head –I, kining maong kalihukan gipahigayon aron matabangan ang mga partisipante sa pagpalambo sa ilang mga abilidad sa paghatag ug tingog o impormasyon sa usa ka responsable nga sekswalidad, mga diskarte sa kinabuhi ug ang kinatibuk-ang himsog nga panglawas.

Tungod sa maong kalihukan si Mayor Ernesto Matugas namahayag nga siya nalipay, tungod kay dili lamang kutob sa sulod sa opisina ang gihimo sa pipila ka mga departamento sa syudad kon dili sila mihimo gyud ug mga kalihokan nga makapalambo ug makahatag tabang sa tanang mga Surigaonon, aron maka-angkon ug maayong dagan sa kinabuhi ug aron usab molambo ang ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga kinabuhi. (PIO Surigao City/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Division Fun Run pagahimuon sa Surigao City

ni Anette Paulines

SURIGAO CITY, May 17 (PIA) - Gibutyag ni Councilor Penaflor Laxa nga karong umaabot nga Mayo 23 sa alas sais sa buntag adunay pagahimoon nga First Division Fun Run sa Surigao City kini magsugod sa Brgy. Taft National High School ug kini mahuman didto sa Surigao City National High School sa Brgy. San Juan ug mosunod dayon ang usa ka hamubo nga programa.

Kining maong kalihukan paga apilan sa mga kadagkuan sa Department of Education, mga magtutudlo ug lain lain nga Sectors sa Education aron pagsuporta sa Brigada Eskwela 2011.

Samtang, gibutyag usab ni Coun. Laxa sa iyang committee report bag-ohay pa lamang ang kakulang sa budget sa edukasyon tungod usab sa kadaghan sa mga estudyante labi na sa mga pampubliko nga tunghaan.

Nakita usab niya nga adunay dako nga tabang ang Republic Act 8525 nga diin kini mohatag sa mga pribadong kumpanya sa 150% nga tax incentive sa ilang obligasyon sa BIR kung sila mohatag ug assistance o donasyon o gitawag nga “adopt a school program”. (PIO Surigao City/PIA-Surigao del Norte)