PIA-Caraga News Service - Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Butuan’s homegrown university, among the top universities in Asia for 2011

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 1 (PIA) – The Caraganons, particularly Butuanons, take pride in being the first in the region to have a homegrown university listed among the top universities in Asia today.

As per the website http://topuniversities.com, Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) here is among the 15 universities in the country included in the list of top universities in Asia.

Founded in 1901, Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU), formerly Urios College, is among the leading institutions is in the Northeastern part of Mindanao. It aims to continuously equip its students with knowledge, skills and competence in their chosen professions.

Its administrators, faculty and staff uphold its vision and mission as a Filipino, catholic, diocesan, educational institution. Educational enhancement, research development and community service are hallmarks of this university.

The university has been producing professionals who have made significant contributions in their respective fields of expertise, around the world. As a university that experienced exceptional growth, it has two campuses that serve as avenues for learning. These are the Archbishop Morelos Campus in Libertad for the Basic Education Department, and the Main Campus in the heart of Butuan Citys for the Higher Education.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) granted it a university status on July 10, 2006. All its curricular programs in the tertiary and graduate school are accredited by Philippine Association of Accredited Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) and the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities-Commission on Accreditation (PACU-COA).

Other universities in the country who made on the list of top universities in Asian Region include the University of the Philippines (UP) on the 62nd spot; Ateneo de Manila University (65th); University of Sto. Tomas (104th) and de La Salle University (107th).

Sharing the 101st spot are Xavier University (Cagayan de Oro City); University of Southeastern Philippines; Mapua Institute of Technology; Mindanao State University; University of San Carlos (Cebu City); Silliman University (Dumaguete City); Polytechnic University of the Philippines; St. Louis University; Father Saturnino Urios University (Butuan City); Adamson University; and Central Mindanao University (Bukidnon).

Meanwhile, the top ten universities for 2011 are: 1. The Hongkong University of Science and Technology; 2. University of Hongkong; 3. National University of Singapore; 4. The University of Tokyo; 5. The Chinese University of Hongkong; 6. Seoul National University; 7. Kyoto University; 8. Osaka University; 9. Tohoku University; and 10. Tokyo Institute of Technology.

The topuniversities.com is a website which features World University Ranking, Asian University Ranking, Top International Destinations, among others. (PIA-Caraga)


Prov govt offers constituents more access through texting service

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, June 1 (PIA) – The provincial government of Agusan del Sur is now just a text away.

Through the “Akong E-text si Gov Program” (AEGP) information needs and government support may be accessed simply by texting.

Various messages may be sent to 09286529056 for Smart subscribers; and 09176339133 for Globe subscribers using the following format:

1. To inquire about the cost of commodities in the market, text “PILA?"

2. For emergencies, text “TABANG?"

3. To seek an audience with Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza, “APPOINT” < date of appointment, the purpose and the sender

4. To send vital information, text “SUMBON” < issue>

The AEGP is an enhanced version of the information linkage system implemented since during the administration of former Gov. Maria Valentina Plaza, which was designed to transmit vital messages from the provincial government to a specific population group, among others.

The AEGP maximizes the utilization of the Information Technology Unit (ITU) under the office of the governor, according to Armand Gomez, Chief-of-Staff of the Governor’s Office.

According to Gomez, the AEGP has served thousands of Agusanons and have made the flow of information easier and cheaper. AEGP will also be enhancing by sending to Agusanons latest news and information few days from now. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


PRC Agusan Norte, Butuan City holds “Dinner for a Cause”

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 1 (PIA) – Philippine Red Cross’ (PRC) humanitarian mission continues with the holding of a fund raising campaign here.

The “Dinner for a Cause” was attended by around 500 people from all walks of life, most of them businessmen, government workers and private individuals.

A film showing, which explained the rationale for the gathering, preceeded the program.

In his speech, PRC Board Chair Felixberto Guiritan emphasized that the P500 meal ticket bought from the PRC means a lot in saving the lives of others. “You must be proud of what you did tonight… This means that you are determined to help others to live,” he said.

“Because of what you did tonight, you are now considered not only as one of PRC’s benefactors but as well as benefactors to other people,” Guiritan said.

Furthermore, Guiritan said the activity is only the beginning of its series of fund raising campaign to ensure that services of PRC will continue to benefit the people not only here in the region but for the country and even in the whole world as well.

The activity was made possible through the Agusan del Norte-Butuan City chapter of PRC. (PIA-Caraga)


Construction of new PRC building to start

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, June 1 (PIA) – The construction of the new Philippine Red Cross (PRC) building will soon start as the initial P1 million for the filling of the area is ready for release.

The construction of the new PRC building came after the provincial government ordered the demolition of the old building to give way for the expansion of the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital.

The provincial government has budgeted some P6 million for the construction of the PRC new building, including the filling of the area where it will be constructed.

The PRC Agusan del Sur chapter temporarily occupies the office that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office DENR-PENRO) has vacated at the provincial capitol.

The PRC-AdS has been a close partner of the provincial government in life saving and relief operations. Last year, the Provincial Blood Coordinating Council led by the PRC-AdS has exceeded its target on blood collection with 2,693 bags against the target of 2,500.

According to record by the PRC-AdS, the blood collection mostly came from field donation where a team of medical technologists from the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital (DOPMH) and PRC Agusan del Sur Chapter medical technologist Julie Lapides regularly conducting blood collection by municipality.

As of April, 2011 field donation already reached 1,055 bags, while replacement, walk-in donors and patients directed to produce the needed blood only totalled 39 bags.

This year, the provincial government has set aside funds amounting to P2.5 million for the re-agents in processing the blood. This made Agusan del Sur unique compared to other provinces nationwide, shouldering the financial requirements for blood processing. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DPWH trains agency’s information officers

by Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, June 1 (PIA) - The Regional Office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) here conducted a short course for their information officers aimed at improving their service to the public through communication, and equipping information officers with new techniques and trends in information dissemination.

In his welcome message, DPWH-Caraga Regional Director Danilo Versola said the information officers have a big role to inform the public on what the present administration is doing in terms of quality, responsiveness, and accountability to produce much more significant and reliable Information.

Dir. Versola also said that as communicators, government information officers must be equipped with the right skills and attitude in order to perform its duties and responsibilities.

“Thus, this training is very essential for our information officers considering that our department plays vital role in the development and civilization of the country particularly here in Caraga Region,” Versola said.

Versola further said the training also aimed to improve the standard of public service, and the proper dissemination of information, nurture and nourish the culture of professionalism, integrity and competence for transparency.

The training is divided into following modules: Duties and Responsibilities of IO, Personality Development, News and Feature Writing and Basic Photography. (PIA-Caraga)


3 wounded communist rebels confined in Bislig City

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, June 01 (PIA) - Three wounded suspected members of CPP/NPA/NDF (CNN) were reportedly confined at Bislig City District Hospital for medical treatment on May 31.

According to report, the three suspected communist rebels were identified as Vanessa Mercado delos Reyes, 26 years old, of Calinan, Davao City; Jason Lasttiva Casilum, 20 years old, resident of Brgy. Nabonga, Boston, Davao Oriental; and Ariel Libana Hadocana, 19 years old of Dinagat, Surigao del Norte.

According to Police Provincial Office (PPO) here, on or about 3:40 pm on May 29 at the vicinity of Carampel, Barangay Aliwagwag, Carteel, Davao Oriental, an encounter took place between the elements of 25IB, 10th Infantry Division, Philippine Army (PA), 6th Scout Ranger Company, 2SRB, SOCOM PA led by Captain Balansi and 1LT Bawat and undetermined number of NPA Guerilla Front 20, South Mindanao Regional Committee. The firefight lasted for three hours and 30 minutes.

Accordingly, a day after the encounter, reports had reached Bislig City Police Station that some wounded CNNs were brought to Bislig City for medical treatment.

At around 9:30 am of May 31, Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of Davao City arrived on board a helicopter together with Davao City Task Force Commander Col. Rey Guerero and proceeded to Bislig City District Hospital and visited the wounded CNNs who were treated at that time.

Also, Col. Romeo Gan, the newly installed 401st commander arrived at the hospital during that time.

Delos Reyes needed a thorough medical attention and was airlifted to Davao City at around 11:45 am yesterday, May 31 through the assistance of Vice Mayor Duterte.

The remaining wounded rebels were transferred to Andres Soriano Medical Hospital Cooperative and secured by joint elements of Bislig City. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Bislig City to celebrate nat’l flag day on June 12

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, June 1 (PIA) – The city government of Bislig is set to celebrate Flag Day on June 12.

According to city information officer Carlito Abar, the event is a double celebration where the opening of the inter-agency sportsfest will also be held on the same day.

Accordingly, the said sportsfest will be done every Friday after its opening program and the culmination will be on July 19, during the celebration of Araw ng Mangagoy and Annual Fiesta.

In a related development, the national government has lined-up activities for the celebration of the 113th Philippine Independence on June 12. This year’s theme is “Kalayaan: Paninindigan ng Bayan”. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Barangay visitation to bring basic services to consituents

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, June 1 (PIA) – A barangay visitation will be held in San Vicente, Bislig City on June 3, 2011 by the Sangguniang Panlungsod, together with Bislig City Mayor Librado Navarro.

In coordination with the different line agencies service provider, the whole day activity will give an opportunity to the local constituents of Barangay San Vicente to avail series of free basic services.

According to Mr. Carlito Abar, City information Officer, the City Government will render basic services such as medical and dental check-up with free medicines; birth and death registration; anti-rabies vaccination; PhilHealth card distribution; soil testing; solid waste awareness forum; and legal services.

The activity is in support with the efforts of the national government in bringing the government closer to the people, and the people closer to the government. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tagalog News: DSWD - nanguna sa Nat’l Day Care Workers Week

ni Imarc Verga

BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 1 (PIA) - Ang Department of Social Welfare and Development o DSWD Caraga na pinamumunuan ni Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat ang siyang mangunguna sa pagdiriwang ng National Day Care Workers' Week ngayong Hunyo 07-11, 2011. Ang tema ng selebrasyon ay "Day Care Worker: Kaagapay sa Pagpapaunlad ng Bata Tungo sa Tuwid na Daan."

Ayon kay Golda Pacon, namamahala ng DSWD-Caraga for the Regional Council for the Welfare of Children o RCWC, ang tema ay mula sa mga opisyal ng National Day Care Workers Federation noong National Day Care Workers’ Federation Consultation meeting na ginanap sa Marina de Bay, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan noong April 25-29, 2011.

Matatandaan na ang pagdiriwang ng National Day Care Workers’ Week taun-taon ay ayon sa Proclamation No. 404 series of 2003 na nagsasabing tuwing Hunyo 07-11 ng bawat taon ay ipagdiriwang ang National Day Care Workers' Week.

"Ang taunang pagdiriwang na ito ay simbolo ng paggunita at pagkilala sa mga kontribusyon ng ating mga "day care workers" na masipag sa pagtustos ng early childhood education sa mga bata sa loob ng government operated Day Care Centers sa buong bansa,” ayon kay Pocon.

Samantala, bahagi ng mga gawain na isasagawa sa lahat ng lokal na yunit ng pamahalaan para sa linggo ng pagdaraos para sa lahat ng mga Day Care Workers ay ang sumusunod: parada, tagisan ng galing, mga laro at iba pa. (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: 100 ka mga estudyante ang mamahimong eskolar sa syudad sa Surigao

ni Annette Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, Hunyo 1 (PIA) - Mokabat sa usa ka gatos (100) kabuok ang nahimong kwalipikado nga mga scholars ang makapahimulos sa City Government Scholarship Program sa syudad sa Surigao.

Ang nasampit nga 100 ka mga scholars ang mingpasar atol sa gipahigayon nga oral interview ug written examination nga gipahigayon sa City Cultural Center sa syudad dili palang dugay.

Ang maong estudyante makapahimulos sa full payment tuition fee sulod sa usa ka semester, apan gikinahanglan usab nga sila makamentinar sa 85% nga grado. Human sa usa ka semester anaa na usab pagahimoon nga renewal binasihan sa ilang grado ug kung sila dili makamentinar sa maong grado sila mawala na sa listahan sa mga eskolar.

Samtang si Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas nagkanayon nga siya hugot gyod nga misuporta niining maong programa tungod kay daku kini nga tabang alang na sa mga kabatan-onang walay igong ika-gasto ang ginikan apan determinado nga makahuman sa pagtungha. (Surigao City-PIO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: CHED miawhag sa mga tulunghaan nga likayan ang paggamit sa miscellaneous fees isip pasangil aron mutaas ang ilang kinitaan

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hunyo 1 (PIA) - Ang Commission on Higher Education (CHED) miawhag sa mga tulunghaan sa paglikay pag pabayad ug overcharging sa ilang miscellaneous fees taliwala sa nagkataas nga balayranan sa eskuwelahang kolehiyo sa atong nasud.

"We are not strict with miscellaneous fees, so I hope they cooperate," si CHED chairperson Dr. Patricia Licuanan miingon atol sa gipahigayong Communication and News Exchange (CNEX) Forum and "Talking Points" Program niadtong Martes, Mayo 31, 2011 didto sa Quezon City nga gipaluyuhan sa government's main media arm Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).

Siya miangkon, nga walay silot nga ikapahamtang sa mga eskuwelahan nga nag-overcharging sa ilang miscellaneous fees. “We just tell them to roll back to their old, reasonable rates.”

Siya miingon nga ang CHED mihatag sa mga eskuwelahan sa kagawasan pag determina kung pila ang miscellaneous fees nga ilang ipabayad sa mga estudyante kay ang maong mga charges lahi-lahi man depende sa panginahanglanon sa eskuwelahan ug sa mga kurso nga ilang gi-tanyag.

"Some require energy fee, laboratory fee, and as we know, on-the-job-training fees. We understand, though, it can be an area of abuse," siya mitumbok.
"These can be justified, but we have to be sure it is within acceptable rates," si Licuanan miingon.

Siya mibutyag nga adunay pipila ka mga eskuwelahan nga alisto sa order sa gobyerno nga no raise in tuition sa pag ligwat ug taas sa ilang miscellaneous fees, nga maoy nakapa-aghat sa mga estuyante nga moreklamo nga gani sila wala makagamit niini.

Siya miingon 70 porseyento niining maong miscellaneous fees kinahanglan gamiton alang sa suweldo sa mga empleyado, 20 porseyento kinahanglan magamit alang sa pagpalambo sa pasilidades. Ang nahabiling 10 porseyento mahimo isip kinitaan sa eskuylahan.

Adunay mokabat sa 2,280 ka mga kolehiyo ug unibersidad sulod sa nasod, ug 607 niini gidumala sa gobyerno.

Ang opisyales sa CHED mihagit sa mga eskuylahan nga nagpabayad ug hinobrang balayranan sa pagbuhat maayo, labina na gayod pagpakita sa dekalidad nga mga mamumuo, taliwala sa pagdagsang sa mga substandards schools nga nagtanyag ug nagpanobra “oversubscribed nga kurso sama sa nursing ug hotel and restaurant management kurikulum.

"We know that education is an investment; it is not cheap. Their students will dwindle if they run schools like mere business," siya miingon. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)