6.07.2011

PIA News Service - Monday, June 6, 2011

Caraga Region is free from fish kill - BFAR

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 6 (PIA) – With some provinces in Luzon affected with fishkill, the Regional Office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) confirmed recently that Caraga Region is free from the fish die off.

According to an official from BFAR-Caraga, as of press time, the coastal waters in the region are free from fish kill.

However, the official said, although the entire region is free from fish mortality, “we should not be complacent about it because like the other provinces in Luzon like Batangas and Pangasinan, there is still a possibility that it will affect Caraga Region and any region in the country,” the official said.

The official further said fishers should coordinate with their respective local government units so that they will be guided on what to do so that their marine products will not be put to waste especially the bangus, tilapia and shrimp products.

The official explained that all technological concepts on aquaculture is nothing without the coordination and cooperation among the stakeholders – public and private alike.

“It is more important that everybody should do their share so that we will be prepared for any problems in the production of these marine products,” the official said.

Report on Sunday revealed that a new fish kill has hit Taal Lake in two towns and a city in Batangas, just hours after authorities had cleared one side of Taal Lake of rotting fish.

At least 20 metric tons of “bangus” (milkfish) and tilapia, which were grown in fish cages, and a ton of fish varieties endemic to the lake were lost in the latest fishkill that hit the lake’s water along the towns of Mataas na Kahoy and Cuenca and the City of Lipa. (PIA-Caraga)


POEA-Caraga to hold series of jobs fair

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 6 (PIA) - In an effort to address the growing unemployment in the region, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)-Caraga will be conducting series of jobs fair regionwide.

According to POEA-Caraga Regional Director Marietta Bellotindos, the series of jobs fair will start on June 13 to 16 at Prosperidad in Agusan del Sur, in time for the celebration of the famous Naliyagan Festival of the province.

On June 18 to 19, the local government unit of Surigao del Sur through Governor Johnny Pimentel will host the said jobs fair at the provincial capitol, in time with the celebration of the province’s 51st founding anniversary.

Bellotindos added that same activity will be conducted on July 14 to 15 at Mangagoy in Bislig City highlighting the celebration of 21st anniversary of Araw ng Mangagoy.

Also, Dir. Bellotindos said those who are interested to avail of the services offered by foreign and domestic agencies during the jobs fair must bring their complete requirements.

Bellotindos said required documents must be photocopied for submission and original file must be kept by the applicants.

“So that the processing will be made fast and smooth, we are reminding the public especially those who are interested to apply to bring their necessary documents. Photocopied documents will be submitted to the agencies where they are applying. They must not submit the original one,” Bellotindos said.

Meanwhile, the official said job contracts are available for those who wish to work in Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Singapore, Hongkong, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Malaysia.

Bellotindos further said that aside from jobs fair, POEA is also willing to help issues and concerns of OFWs and their families.

With these developments, Bellotindos called on the OFWs to get in touch with their office during office hours so that proper action may be made. (PIA-Caraga)


BGen Plaza accorded arrival honors in today’s flag ceremony at PRO-13

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 6 (PIA) – Brigadier General Charito B. Plaza of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Reserved Force was accorded with an arrival honor during the regular flag ceremony held this morning at Police Regional Office (PRO)-13.

Prior to the flag ceremony, members of Police Regional Office-13 gave her military honor upon her arrival at the PRO-13 Grandstand.

In her speech, BGen Plaza enjoined the members of the police force to perform whatever tasks given to them by their superior to uphold peace and security in the region. She also reminded them to have coordination with their partner security forces of the government – the AFP.

Plaza also enjoined stakeholders particularly in the public sector to be vigilant for whatever threats of insurgency perpetrated by the leftists. “All government stakeholders must be one to serve the public with utmost dignity, dedication and commitment. After all, this is our job and our commitment – to serve the public,” she said.

Being the first lady general from Mindanao, Plaza hoped that the entire island will have a long-lasting peace.

Before serving the military reserved force, Plaza is the former Representative of the 1st District of Agusan del Norte to the 8th (1987-1992), 9th and 10th Congress of the Philippines.

One of her legacy to the Caraganons as a legislator is the creation of the Caraga Administrative Region under Republic Act 7901 which was signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos on February 23, 1995.

Because of this, Plaza was touted as the mother of Caraga Region being the principal author of the bill. President Benigno S. Aquino III appointed her recently to the position of Brigadier General. (PIA-Caraga)


ID’s, number coding for trisikads in Carmen okayed

by JA Corvera

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, June 6 (PIA) – ID’s and number policy coding will now be strictly implemented in the Municipality of Carmen for all its motorized and non-motorized trisikads or other vehicles of similar in nature or character as common carrier.

Based on Municipal Ordinance no.06 series of 2011 authored by Ho. Leobel Tomas S. Luis, motorized and non-motorized trisikads for hire operating in Carmen shall be marked and bear a black ID number written on 6x12 inches lawanit; Driver/operator is required to put-up an ID card inside the vehicle for their proper identity; and all motorized and non-motorized trisikads should have lights, side-mirror and reflector.

Minors are strictly not allowed to drive trisikads on any public street.

Any driver/operator found out violating the provision of this ordinance shall be subjected for suspensions of his/her business permit within 1 (one) month and the same will render a community service to be determined by municipal mayor. (Agusan del Norte Provincial Information Office/PIA-Caraga)


Magallanes to implement ID’s, stickers for drivers

by JA Corvera

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, June 6 (PIA) – The Municipality of Magallanes here will now require ID cards and stickers for operators and drivers of all motorized tricycles and trisikads (pedicabs) within the jurisdiction of the said municipality.

An ID card and sticker shall be issued to operators and drivers upon registration with the Office of Municipal Treasurer with the following rate: ID Card – Php 40.00; and Sticker – P 40.00.

The resolution was approved through the efforts of Hon. Lorito Q. Maragañas, chairman of the Committee on Energy, Transportation, Information and Communication. (Agusan del Norte Provincial Information Office/PIA-Caraga)


Akbayan inks MOA with provincial gov't

by Jay Vincent V. Demain

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, June 6 – The Akbayan Citizen's Action Party-list recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the provincial government of Agusan del Norte that would provide financial help to poor patients in the provincial hospital.

Akbayan pledged P200, 000 under its medical assistance program to help address the needs of patients in the provincial hospital who could not afford of medical treatments.

The medical assistance is for in-patients, out-patients, and emergency patients. It covers medicines, laboratory diagnostic procedures, therapeutic modalities, and professional fees.

Cash assistance to patients, however, is not allowed under this program.

According to local officials here, the party list group’s financial aid to the province is a welcome development since most of the patients admitted in its hospital belong to low income families relying only on discounts and privileges offered by the hospital. Assistance coming from any source would be very helpful especially that the number of patients who choose to be admitted in this 99 year-old hospital is increasing.

Founded in 1911, the hospital continues to fulfill its mission of providing affordable, equitable, accessible, and quality health care for all.

Board Member Ernie M. Ceniza, also Project Development Officer of Akbayan-Agusan del Norte, said that this endeavor is the group’s way of extending support to the people of Agusan.

Governor Erlpe John M. Amante in 2005 started a program dubbed as “Adopt-A-Hospital-Room Program” to further improve the hospital’s services to the public. Governor Amante’s effort paved the way for the present condition of its wards and facilities which have significantly improved.

In 2008, it also received P18 million-peso medical supplies and equipment from Medical Bridges, a non-government organization based in Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

And in the same year, a Mobile Hospital, a first in Caraga region, began to reach out to patients living in the outskirts of the province.

“With its Special allocation Release Order (SARO) No. G-10-05856, the said fund is intended to provide medical assistance especially for the underprivileged patients admitted or for admission at the ADNPH,” Board Member Ceniza stressed out.

Akbayan is a registered national political party representing marginalized sectors in the Philippines. The group seeks to intervene in the areas of governance, electoral exercise, advocacy and reform to pursue its main goal of instituting greater participation in public decision-making. (Agusan del Norte Provincial Information Officer/PIA-Caraga)


Cabadbaran establishes GAD Code

by JA Corvera

CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, June 6 – To protect its women and children from abuse of any form, the City of Cabadbaran has established its Gender and Development Code.

Authored by Hon. Raykito M. Kuttilstvidt, the Gender Code under City Ordinance No. 2011-007 is aimed at mainstreaming gender’s concern to create a wider arena for men and women’s active participation in the development process, and to protect their rights and to provide them with equal opportunities.

This ordinance ensures the protection of women against acts of lasciviousness, assault, coercion, commodification, discrimination slavery-like practices, and other forms of abuse.

Commodification is define in this ordinance as a practice which puts women in subordinated situation, which results in the treatment of women as both consumers and objects of consumption. As consumers, women are lured to buy beauty products to enhance their physical attractiveness. As objects of consumption, women are reduced to a sexual commodity for manipulation and utilization for one’s sexual desire or interest.

Children, on the other hand, are protected against sexual or physical abuse and force labor.

The city government will set up a Women and Children’s Protection Desk handled by women officers in the City Police Station and also the establishment of a Medico-Legal Desk for Women and Children at the City Health Office.

The ordinance was approved through Sangguniang Resolution No. 103-2011 sponsored by Board Member Rodulfo A. Pitogo, chairman of the Committee on Social Welfare and Population Development. (Agusan del Norte Provincial Information Office/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Public Market Ordinance sa Jabonga ipatuman

by JO Mellejor

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Hunyo 6 – Human gi-aprubahan sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa pagpangusog ni Bokal Rey G. Jamboy, ipatuman na sa lungsod sa Jabonga ang Public Market Ordinance ubos sa Municipal Ordinance No. 79 nga gipangunahan ni SB Member Mernalyn M. Alingato.

Kini nga ordinansa alang sa tanang stallholders o vendors ug uban pang business operators sa pampublikong merkado sa lungsod aron sa kahapsay sa pagserbisyo niini ngadto sa publiko.

Kini mopasiguro sa kanunay’ng kahinlo sa maong merkado ug ang pagpatuman sa mga obligasyon sa mga nagabaligya. (Agusan del Norte Provincial Information Center/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Aquino Mopirma sa GOCC Governance Act

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hunyo 6 (PIA) – Si Pangulo BenignoS. Aquino III mopirma sa balaod nga moduso sa espisipiko nga sumbanan aron pagpasiugda ug pinansyal nga kalig-on sa mga ahensya ug corporations nga gipanag-iya ug gidumala sa gobyerno kun Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) aron maseguro ang maayong serbisyo ngadto sa mga katawhang Pilipino.

Ang Pangulo gikatakdang mopirma didto sa President’s Hall sa Malacañang karong adlawa Lunes, Hunyo 6, sa Republic Act 10149 o gitawag usab nga GOCC Governance Act of 2011 nga mopalig-on usab sa papel sa gobyerno sa pangamhanan ug pagdumala sa GOCCs aron mahimo silang mahatagon sa mga panginahanglanon sa publiko.

Ang maong balaodnon gibuhat nila Repsentatives Joseph Amilio Aguinaldo Abaya, Neptali Gonzales II, Jocelyn Limkaichong, Romeo Acop, Susan Yap, Henedina Abad, Magtanggol Gunigundo I, Edcel Lagman ug Danilo Suarez uban nila Senador Franklin Drilon, Edgardo Angara, Ralph Recto, Sergio Osmeña III ug Alan Peter Cayetano sa Senado.

Ubos sa maong GOCC Governance Act of 2011, ang Governance Commission alang sa GOCCs (GCG) gimugna aron moatiman sa GOCCs ug government financial institutions (GFI) nga mokabat sa 156.

Ang GCG maoy responsable sa pag determina sa compensation, per diems, allowances, ug bonuses sa mga miyembrong board of directors o trustees sa GOCCs.

Ang GCG gilangkuban sa Budget Secretary isip chairman, ang Secretary of Finance, director-general sa National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) ug uban pang duha nga pinili sa naunang tulo. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Aquino mohurar sa mga bag-ong opisyales sa FFCCCII

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hunyo 6 (PIA) – Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III modumala paghurar o pagpanumpa sa ilang mga katungdanan sa mga bag-ong napiling mga opisyales sa Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Incorporated (FFCCCII) karong adlawa Lunes, Hunyo 6, 2011 didto sa Malacañang.

Ang Pangulo mo hurar sa 29 ka mga Board Members, upat ka chairmen, 79 ka Vice Chairmen sa 16 ka Working Committees ug 22 ka Regional Directors nga napili atol sa gipahigayong FFCCCII’s 28th Biennial Convention didto sa Marriot Hotel niadtong milabayng Marso 25.

Ang Pangulo mosaksi usab sa ceremonial turnover sa 454 units nga two-classroom school buildings nga nauna ng gisaad sa FFCCCII.

Ang FFCCCII gitukod niadtong Marso 29, 1954, isip usa ka non-stock, non-profit nga organisasyon.

Ang nag-unang katuyoan niini mao ang: pag-amuma ug pagdasig sa kalamboan ug kauswagan sa trade and industry sa Pilipinas; pag-ugmad ug pagpausbaw sa mahigalaon nga relasyon tali sa mga miyembro; pagbulig sa gobyernong Pilipinas sa pag-implementar sa mga national policies niini; pag-amuma ug suporta sa pagpalambo ug kauswagan sa ekonomiya ug uban pang mga programa nga magpasiugda ug kalamboan sa atong nasod. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)