PIA-Caraga News Service - Sunday, June 12, 2011

Butuan dad cites youth’s role to preserve country’s freedom, independence

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 12 (PIA) - Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. today enjoined parents to teach their children to value the freedom and independence that the Filipino people are enjoying at present.

In his speech during this morning’s commemoration of the 113th Philippine Independence Day here, Mayor Amante urged parents to educate their children on the importance of freedom and independence “so that they will respect the sacrifices of Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, and all of the unnamed Filipino heroes who came after.”

The city’s chief executive added that by educating these children, the Filipinos will “avoid the day when all the toils are squandered by the ignorant youths.”

With this, Amante said that the parents should never allow them (children) to forget the lessons of the country’s history “bcause the future of this nation lies in our children,” he said.

Amante further said as Dr. Jose Rizal once said, “Ang Kabataan ang pag-asa ng ating Bayan.” (The youths are the future of our nation.)

“By Educating our children, we also protect our freedom and independence and assured for a stronger nation and a brighter future,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Amante stressed the importance of the country’s foreign relations as this is also needed for the Philippines to survive globally. “We continue our good relations with foreigners while maintaining our independence and making agreements with them that are equally beneficial to all.”

However, Amante said this does not mean that the Filipinos can be too complacent. “We must continue to be vigilant so that we will not go back to the days when we became slaves in our own native land... Let us guard ourselves and protect our nation’s independence for which our beloved national heroes shed their blood in their fight for freedom and independence,” Amante said.

Attended by regional heads of offices, government employees and some local officials in Caraga Region, the commemoration of the 113th celebration of Philippine Independence here was made simple but memorable. (PIA-Caraga)


Butuan official takes challenge to achieve freedom

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 12 (PIA) - Accepting the challenge that faces their administration at present, Butuan City Vice-Mayor Atty. Lawrence Lemuel Fortun today said “freedom is not begged for, it is won.”

In today’s commemoration of the 13th Philippine Independence here, Vice-Mayor Fortun said Independence Day should be a daily and constant reminder for the Filipinos because of the enormous love of our country and sacrifice of our heroes.

He said, “By heroes, I refer not only to those familiar names we read from the books but also those nameless and faceless Filipinos who fought and put their lives on the line for the freedom and independence that we all enjoy today,” he added.

Speaking before some 750 people from all walks of life at the Rizal Park this morning, the official cited the importance of our ancestors’ bravery. He said the historical fact remains that Filipinos hundreds of years ago did not accept foreign domination and abuse. Thousands of them fought hard and have risked and sacrificed their lives to liberate the Filipino people from colonial rule.

“We may have achieved independence many years ago yet the preservation of its freedom is a continuing struggle,” Fortun said. “This is the challenge that we have to face and respond to.”

He said these challenges include the struggle for freedom for poverty, hunger and want; the struggle for freedom from corruption and abuse of power; and the struggle for freedom from undue interference of powerful countries in our domestic affairs.

The short program was organized by the city government of Butuan in cooperation with the regional offices based in this city. Heads of government regional offices also joined the celebration and offered wreath at the statue of Dr. Jose Rizal. They also joined the releasing of balloons which signifies the freedom of the Filipino people. (PIA-Caraga)


PNP adopts schools in Butuan City

BUTUAN CITY, June 12 - The Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) has expanded the number of school beneficiaries of its Adopt-a-School Program being sponsored by the police stations in their locality. This is in response to the national government’s for groups to help provide the pupil’s school needs, particularly, school supplies.

According to PSupt Joseph Boquiren, BCPO Station 1 Commander, who initiated the project three years ago, their station is maintaining San Roque Elementary School in Brgy Bit-os and Maug Elementary School in Brgy Maug.

Boquiren added that Butuan City Police Station 3 adopted Bancasi Elementary School while Butuan City Police Station 4 selected Camayahan Elementary School as their first beneficiary. The Butuan City Public Safety Company returned to Danapa Elementary school on its second year of being a beneficiary.

The concept of adoption is for the PNP to extend assistance to the chosen schools for the pupils of low income parents and are suffering from abject poverty. The activity has been cascaded by all BCPO Stations last year which is now being observed and being done annually.

A total of 1,153 pupils benefited this program, including in the pre-school. Among the school supplies distributed by the personnel were the following: school back packs/bags, notebooks, pencil, eraser, sharpener, crayons, ballpens, papers and plastic envelops. Likewise, these PNP personnel prepared something for snack, either a Lugaw (pospas) or Siopao.

In less than half a year of holding the position as BCPO Director, PSupt Jose Carillo showed to the Butuanons that he is serious on his remarks, saying “I am a Bicolano but I want to show my sincerity in serving the Butuanons”.

The simultaneous conduct of the Adopt-a-School Program is in close supervision with the “Balik Eskwela” Program gaining positive response from parents and school officials. The implementation of the two programs created a greater impact on the projects and its effects to the recipients and the people, as well. (BCPO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Waterlily Livelihood Program gipahigayon sa Brgy Mahay

ni Jovelyn Cataluna Mejorada

BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 12 – Gihingusgan sa City Housing and Development Office (CHDO) ang paghatag og usa ka Livelihood Training sa mga lumulupyo sa barangay Mahay nga nagsugod niadtong adlaw’ng Sabado ug matapos ugmang adlawa, Lunes, Hunyo 13.

Ang maong programa kabahin sa paggama og mga nagkalain-laing mga handicrafts sama sa bag, kalo, tsinelas ug uban pang produkto gamit nga materyales ang waterlily nga gikuha sa bisan asang dapit nga adunay tubig.

Nahibalo-ang musobra sa 30 ka partisipante ang ni-partisipar sa maong kalihukan tumong nga makadugang sa ilang inadlaw-adlaw nga galastusan sa matag pamilya.

Nasayran nga ang finish product nga gihimo sa mga partisipanti maoy mamahimong pandugang nilang abot kay paliton kini mismo sa trainor ug usab siyay mangunay pagbaligya dinhi sa sulod ug gawas sa atong nasud. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: PMES Seminar sa Barangay Lumbocan gipahigayon sa city cooperative

ni Gerry G. Gabiana

BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 12 - Gipahigayon ang usa ka adlaw nga Pre-Membership Education Seminar (PMES) ang City Cooperative and Enterprise Development Office (CCEDO) sa Purok 12 Center, Barangay Lumbocan, Butuan City dili pa lang dugay.

Ubay-ubay nga mga molupyo sa Barangay Lumbocan ang mitambong sa maong panagtigum gikan sa organisasyong gitawag “Nagkahiusang Banay Association”diin napiling Chairman si Mr. Armando Malaki.

Tumong niini nga matudlo-an ang mga partisipante sa proseso kung unsaon nga mapakusog ang tiunay nga partisipasyon ug padayong panaghugpong para makab-ot ang kalambo-an sa tanan nga katawhan ug miyembro niini nga asosasyon.

Ang maong programa suportado sa City Treaurer’s Office og lokal nga panggamhanan sa syudad sa Butuan ubos sa kadumalaan ni Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: 64th Araw ng Pinamangculan gisaulog

ni Christopher E. Simogan

BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 12 – Gisaulog sa Brgy. Pinamangculan ang ika-64 nga kasumaran sa “Adlaw Hong Pinamanculan” pinaagi sa temang “Kauswagan, kaayohan sa katawhan Hong Pinamanculan. Nahimong pinasidunggang dinapit si Hon. Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr., ug ubang mga membro sa Sangguniang Panglunsod sama ni Hon. Dodo Cembrano ug Hon. Ryan Culima.

Gisaksihan sa mabagang doot sa katawhan ang gipahigayong Re-Enactment sa mga kaestudyantehan sa kasaysayan sa Pinamanculan adiser pa nahimugso ang dakbayan sa Butuan.

Sa pahayag ni Mayor Amante, iyang gisaysay ang mga plano ug mga proyekto sa iyang kadumalahan sa nasangpit nga baranggay ug sa mga kasikbit niini.

Matod pa sa maong opisyal nga sa umaabot bulan sa Hulyo, pagasugdan na pagkubkub ang nahibiling balangay boat sa Brgy. Libertad ug ideklara ang maong dapit lakip na ang Bood Promontory nga pinakaunang Archaeological Park diin idisenyo kini nga kumpleto sa mga amenities sama sa function hall, coffee shop ug uban pa diin gilaumang makatabang kini sa turismo sa Dakbayan. Gipasalig usab sa Mayor nga pipila ka adlaw gikan karon mahatod na sa buhatan sa BCWD ang linya sa ilimnong tubig alang sa mga katawhan ingun man ang pagkonkreto sa Brgy. Road.

Nang-apod-apod usab ang pamuno lungsod sa 100 ka Philhealth Cards ngadto sa mga kabus nga mga katawhan sa maong dapit.

Subay niini, nanawagan ang opisyal sa tanang katawhan sa pagpananum sa mga kahoy isip pag abag sa nagusbat ng kinaiyahan sanglit sa umaabot June 25 ipahigayon ang paglusad sa Synchonized three planting activities pinasubay kini sa “Plant a Billion Tree” ni Pangulong PNoy, nanawagan usab siya sa hugot nga suporta sa mga katawhan ilawom sa iyang kadumalahan. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)