(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 29 May 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "AGHON" {EWINIAR} was estimated based on all available data at 850 km East Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon (23.1°N, 129.7°E) with maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 160 km/h. It is moving Northeastward at 20 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western section of the country. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

PIA News Service - Thursday, June 16, 2011

SSS Butuan branch starts UMID ID data capture

by Nora CL Molde

-– Data capture of UMID IDs for qualified Social Security system (SSS) members have started in the city’s branch office.

According to Butuan City SSS branch head Engr. Ma. Raine L. Jamero, the data capture of UMID IDs (formerly SSS digitized ID) started Monday, June 13 in their office.

Jamero said, applicants and/or members who will apply for the UMID ID must bring at least two valid and unexpired IDs, e.g. for primary IDs – local/international driver’s license, PRC card, Passport and Seaman’s Book; for secondary IDs – Company ID, GSIS card, Philhealth card, Pag-ibig card, Senior Citizens card, Postal ID and Voter’s ID.

In case a member wants to replace his/her old SSS Digitized ID, the applicant shall surrender the old one & pay P150.00 as replacement fee using SSS Form R6, Jamero said.

Jamero added that in case of loss, in addition to the payment, the applicant should attach an Affidavit of Loss.

Any member can replace his/her ID only with the reasons: if it is already damaged, lost, member’s change of status & correction of entry/ies are needed.

The data capture of UMID IDs requires that middle name shall be spelled out. In cases that only the middle initial is indicated or none at all, the applicant has first to fill up SSS Form E-4 & attach an NSO certified copy of birth certificate or Baptismal Certificate

UMID stands for the Unified Multi-Purpose ID. The UMID will be the single ID card of all SSS, GSIS, PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG members. (PIA-Caraga)

Gov. Matugas acknowledges BGen. Plaza’s legacy in the creation of Caraga Region

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 16 (PIA) –
- Regional Development Council (RDC) and Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol F. Matugas acknowledged the efforts of former Butuan City and Las Nieves Congresswoman and now BGen Charito B Plaza of the AFP Reserved Force, as well as former Cong. Mario Serra-Ty of Surigao delSur for the creation of Caraga Administrative Region, during the RDC Special Full Council Meeting held on Tuesday in one of the local convention centers here.

According to Gov. Matugas, the two former officials of the region played an important role in the creation of the Caraga Region being the author and co-author, respectively of Republic Act 7901 creating the Caraga Administrative Region, which was signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos on February 23, 1995.

“Looking back from among us here, I think I was one of the few who saw the birth of the region in 1995… Thanks to the proactive and dynamic leadership of former Cong. Charito B. Plaza and former Cong. Mario Serra Ty of Surigao del Sur who left this legacy, making us proud to lead our own lives, nurturing and sustaining our common dreams and aspirations,” Matugas said.

The RDC chair of the region also pointed out that the pillars of good governance set by the two officials “have remained strong and unshaken.”

“Today, the dawning of the new day deepens us to continue the journey to set our focus to one common vision by making Caraga a region where people meet in unity, peace and prosperity… and the people would fully enjoy the benefits of development,” Matugas added.

With these developments, Gov. Matugas enjoins the RDC members to help her and the council, in general to map out possibilities on how to provide necessary service delivery to achieve access, equity and quality.

This is the first special full council meeting where Gov. Matugas was formally introduced and presided the agenda. For almost three years, the members were not able to conduct election to lead the council.

Gov. Matugas is the personal choice of His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III who also administered her oath-taking in a ceremony held on June 10, 2011 at MalacaΓ±ang Palace. (PIA-Caraga)

GSIS revises survivorship policy

by Robert E. Roperos

–- Surviving spouses of members and pensioners of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) can now receive their monthly pension benefits even if they are gainfully employed and receiving income.

This is the announcement made by Ms. Ammor Taccad, Corporate Services Officer II of the GSIS Public Relations and Communications Office during the information officers’ forum held here recently.

During the forum, the GSIS official said that they will begin treating an application for funeral benefit as a constructive notice of an application for survivorship pension.

Taccad added the four-year prescription period will no longer apply for as long as the surviving heir or beneficiary of a member has filed for a funeral benefit.

Meanwhile, Nanay Adela (not her real name), a surviving wife of a GSIS member here and working in the convention center where the forum was held, could only thank God upon hearing the pronouncement of Ms.Taccad.

“Ito na siguro ang pinakamagandang balita ng GSIS sa lahat ng mga surviving spouses ng kanilang mga miyembrong namayapa na,” (This is probably the good news the GSIS has given to all surviving spouses of their members who had passed away).

Nanay Adela admitted that after the news erupted in the previous years informing the surviving heirs that they cannot anymore receive monthly pension benefits if the spouse is receiving income, the whole family got worried considering that she has still two children in college and one in high school.

“Malaki talaga ang kawalan kung mahinto ang pagbibigay ng pensyon sa amin” (It’s a big loss for us if our pension will be stopped), said teary-eyed Nanay Adela.

“Paano na lang ang pag-aaral ng mga anak ko? Saan na lang kami kukuha upang maitaguyod ko ang kanilang pag-aaral?” (How can my children finish their studies, Where will we get money for them to finish their college education?), Nanay Adela added.

“Mabuti na lang at ni-rebisa ng bagong pamunuan ng GSIS ang nasabing palisiya… Maraming salamat po sa lahat ng bumubuo ng GSIS” (Good that the new GSIS management has revised the policy… To all the personnel of GSIS, thank you), Nanay Adela said.

Truly, Nanay Adela is one of so many surviving spouses whose dreams of allowing her children to finish their education will now be realized through the revision of the GSIS survivorship policy. (PIA-Caraga)

Naliyagan Festival kicks off on Independence Day

by Rena L. Naguita

-- With the festival theme: “ Padadun Kayamboan tu Mapajag nu Agusan del Sur (Moving forward towards a shining Agusan del Sur),” the Province of Agusan del Sur opened the Naliyagan Festival, back to back with the observance of the 113th Independence Day Celebration, on June 12, 2011 at the Naliyagan Plaza, Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

Provincial/City/Municipal/Barangay Officials and employees, CSOs, Tribal Groups, Religious Leaders, and National Government officials and employees attended the said activity wearing Filipiniana attire and Barong Tagalog pursuant to the Unnumbered Memorandum of the Provincial Governor dated May 31, 2011 enjoining all officials and employees of the Provincial Government to wear costumes appropriate to the Independence Day Celebration.

Among the highlights of the opening activity were: the simultaneous – province wide Holy Mass; Wreath Laying ceremony at the Jose Rizal Monument inside the Naliyagan Plaza; Concelebrated Mass; Hoisting of the National flag, along with the singing of the National Anthem, by Hon. Evelyn P. Mellana, Hon. Adolph Edward G. Plaza, DepEd Division Superintendent Cruzita ZM Taala, DILG-ADS Provincial Director Arleen Ann. R. Sanchez, and Col. Rodrigo T. Diapana; Simultaneous hoisting of the Provincial Flag by Hon. Santiago B. Cane Jr. and City/Municipal Flags by the mayors, then followed by the simultaneous hoisting of the Naliyagan Flag by Hon. Maria Valentina G. Plaza, Provincial Tourism Council Chairwoman Dina B. Billanes, Hon. Jose C. Bunilla, Provincial Administrator Jesusimo L. Ronquillo, and Atty. Francisco G.Pobe and the 314 Barangay Flags by the respective Punong Barangay; Ecumenical Prayer by the Religious Leaders of Agusan del Sur; and Tribal dance presentation by the Philippine Normal University students.

At the start of the program, all Agusan del Sur officials released balloons and doves signaling the formal opening of the Naliyagan Festival which was declared by Governor Plaza.

The Opening Program was hosted by LGOO II Jason Ryan R. Lam of the DILG Agusan del Sur and Ms Cecile S. Pagar of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Office of the said Province.

After the preliminaries, various activities took place as part of the “Serbisyo Publiko Sa Naliyagan” such as: Operation Tuli and Dental Mission, Philhealth Services, CBMS ID Generation, distribution of seedlings for the Arbor Day Celebration, NBI and NSO Clearance/Certification, demonstration of Emergency and Rescue Drill, Red Cross (Blood Letting) and the Basura Banting Contest whose judges cane from selected National Agency Heads including DILG Agusan del Sur Provincial Director Arleen Ann R. Sanchez.

Naliyagan Festival is a weeklong Agusan celebration held every 12-17th day of June. It depicts the Agusanon culture and heritage. Natives from far flung places of the province are expected to come and display skills and grace in tribal dances and rituals. Cultural show, Bauto race, prestigious beauty pageant “BAE NALIYAGAN”, Mountain Climbing, and trade fair displaying the province’s own products are among the exciting activities which will happen within the week. (DILG-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Caraga)

NEDA chief lauds organizers of 1st Surigao Norte Economic Summit

by FEAbkilan

-- National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Director-General Cayetano Paderanga, Jr. commended the leadership of Gov. Sol Matugas for mounting the first ever Provincial Economic Summit in Surigao City.

“I would really like to commend you for mounting this very important event and I cannot over-emphasize that,” said Paderanga who was the keynote speaker of the 1-day summit held Wednesday, June 15 at the Provincial Convention Center, Surigao City.

Paderanga described the event as the time to get together and really worked for the betterment of Surigao del Norte and the entire Caraga. “Your summit manifests what should happen in the ground as you implement your own development plan although it will be in harmony with the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) for 2011-2016.”

The PDP serves as the country’s road map for development.

As the province embarked in pursuing the Provincial Development Plan, Paderanga also encouraged the provincial government to look into the area based planning that will complement the national, regional and local development plans.

“We believe in the appropriateness of area planning as this crossed regional or local border. This plan is based on the natural and economic units and not political boundaries and this allows a greater complementation of the resources among the LGUs, provides for a more strategic investments and enable social services to the most needed individuals,” said Paderanga. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Smoke-free Veruela wins Red Orchid Award

by Jocelyn E. Morano

-– The Municipality of Veruela in Agusan del Sur was accorded with the highest award in its campaign against smoking by the Department of Health.

For successfully implementing 100 percent compliance with tobacco free environment, Veruela received the Red Orchid Award in a ceremony held on May 31, 2011, World Tobacco Day, at the Crown Plaza Galleria in Ortigas, Pasig in Metro Manila.

As winner, Veruela received a trophy, a certificate, and P100,000 worth of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patches/medicines to aid smokers to quit.

Only 34 government offices, hospitals and local government units (LGUs) were chosen from among 89 nominees of the Red Orchid Award in the entire Philippines.

The Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao City won 1st place, the Pink Orchid Award, in the government hospital category.

The cities of Butuan, Cabadbaran and Bislig, and the Civil Service Commission Caraga regional office were given certificates of participation. 

Among the criteria for the awards are enforcement of tobacco control policies, provision of information and education to warn people about the hazards of smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke, and delivery of smoking cessation services, among others.

Unlike last year when the search for the Red Orchid Awards was limited to DOH offices and hospitals only, now it covers LGU hospitals and the whole government bureaucracy. (Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/PIA-Caraga)

8 LGUs in Caraga pass 2nd phase of seal of good housekeeping test

by Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise

– Eight municipalities in Surigao del Sur passed the second phase of seal of good housekeeping assessment for local government units implemented by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

The award is in keeping with the Aquino administration’s battle cry, “Tapat na Palakad, Bayang Maunlad.”

The assessment focused on the following measures: sound fiscal management that highlights the absence of adverse Commission on Audit (COA) opinion on LGU financial statements; and transparent and accountable governance that puts value on the full disclosure policy of local budget and finances, bids and public offerings as stipulated in Memorandum Circular Nos. 2010-83 and 2011-08.

The eight municipalities are: San Agustin, Madrid, Cagwait, Bayabas, Cortes, Lanuza, Carmen, and Carrascal.

The seal of good housekeeping for LGUs is in line with the Department’s commitment to aggressively scale up interventions to elevate the practice of governance that values transparency, participation and performance into an institutionalized status.

It aims to recognize the 4th to 6th class cities and municipalities with above benchmark performance in internal housekeeping. (DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Dengue cases in Caraga drop by 70%

by Noel B. Najarro

-– Dengue cases in the Caraga region had declined based on the latest disease surveillance report released by the Department of Health, Center for Health and Development-Caraga Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.

In a news conference held at the DOH Caraga Regional Office on Wednesday, Dr. Gerna Manatad, Regional Epidemiologist said that a total of 397 suspected dengue cases were admitted to the different disease reporting units region wide from January 1-June 11, 2011. According to her this is 70 percent lower compared to last year of the same period which had reached 1,303 cases. There was also no clustering of cases detected.

DOH data on dengue cases by province and city show that Surigao City had exceeded Butuan City at the top place with 83 cases. Butuan City followed with (72); Surigao del Norte (65); Surigao del Sur (57); Agusan del Sur (50); Agusan del Norte (35); Tandag City (13); Cabadbaran City (12); Bislig City (5); Bayugan City (4) and Dinagat Islands (1).

The ages of the cases ranged from less than 4 months to 83.24 years old. Majority of the cases were males. Thirty-nine percent of the cases belonged to 0 to 10 years age group.

One recorded death came from the municipality of Sibagat in Agusan del Sur and another one from Surigao City.

Fatality rate is 0.50 percent for the whole region. (PIA-Caraga)

3 reg’l police junior officials top NAPOLCOM exam

by Noel B. Najarro

–- Top officials of the Police Regional Office 13 pinned the “Medalya Ng Kasanayan” to three of its outstanding junior police commissioned officials for topping the recent National Police Commission Examinations.

The junior police officials were cited during the Monday flag raising, held at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez parade grounds, for garnering exceptionally high ratings during the NAPOLCOM examinations conducted on April 17, 2011.

Police Inspector Alex D. Tura, who took the NAPOLCOM Superintendents examination whereby ranked no. 5 with a rating grade of 76.53 %, was then awarded the “Medalya Ng Kasanayan” in pursuant to General Orders No. 397, dated June 11, 2011 duly signed by CSupt. Reynaldo S. Rafal.

The two other junior officers who were also recipients of the similar medals were Police Inspector Elmer DV Ligalig, who took the NAPOLCOM Police Inspectors examination and ranked no.1 with a rating grade of 78.75 % and Police Inspector Joel D. Cabanes, who took the same examination and ranked No. 6 with a rating grade of 76.53 % were each awarded the “Medalya Ng Kasanayan” in pursuant to General Orders Nos. 396 and 398 respectively, also signed by Gen. Rafal on June 11, 2011.

The three police officials were also cited for possessing the right attitude, diligence and professional upbringing and for demonstrating intellectual capabilities that shows forth an exemplary performance in the academic field of endeavor.

According to the same citation that by doing so, the three police officers have sustained the idea of noble excellence in human resource development. This accordingly earned them not only the respect from their peers but also honor and prestige particularly to the Police Regional Office 13 and generally to the entire Philippine National Police.

Caraga PNP Director Reynaldo S. Rafal, PSSupt. Isagani Genabe, Jr. OIC Chief of the Directorial Staff and PSSupt. Eugenio Paguirigan, Chief of the Personnel and Human Resource Development Division pinned the medals to the deserving police junior officers. (PIA-Caraga)

191 new police officers take oath

by PSupt Martin M Gamba

–- Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 inducted recently 191 new recruits into the police service to beef-up manpower requirements for police operations.

The oath-taking ceremony held at the PRO 13 grandstand was graced by Caraga Police Director PCSupt Reynaldo Rafal as the guest of honor and speaker. 

The new PNP recruits in the region, 31 of which are female, will undergo six months training on Public Safety Basic Recruit Course in Camp George T. Barbers, Lipata, Surigao City. 

The manner of the training is designed to make the trainees withstand all pressures at extreme conditions and do the police work well. The standard set forth for them is aimed at coming up with highly disciplined, effective and efficient PNP member. They will prove their competence by performing well in the training.

With the new police officers taking their oath, Gen. Rafal is optimistic that the new police recruits can surely withstand the challenges in the training and survive and prove its competence.

In his inspirational message, Rafal encouraged the new recruits to always put the institution above all else, especially in making crucial decisions, and to always abide by the Constitution that they have vowed to uphold as a police officer and public servant. 

Rafal said that government career with the PNP will mean: opportunity to make a real difference to the people in the community; variety of work and assignments; satisfaction with the career; and, pride in being part of one of the noble professional organization. He also emphasized the Chief of PNP’s call to do their job well, should be the guiding principle and everyone’s marching order, to preserve the integrity of the PNP. (PRO-13/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog News: PAMANA ipapatupad sa tatlong bayan at sa lungsod ng Bayugan

AGUSAN DEL SUR, June 16 (PIA) -– Ipapatupad sa tatlong bayan at sa nag-iisang lungsod ng Bayugan sa taong ito ang programang Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) kung saan bibigyang diin ang pagtatanim at pagpaparami ng abaca, cacao at mga kagamitang gawa sa pamayanan na may kasamang inprastraktura at patubig.

Ito ay gagastusan ng pinagsanib na mga pundo galing sa PAMANA, sa local na pamahalaan, at sa mga benepisaryo.

Ang bayan ng San Francisco ang magsagawa ng pataniman ng goma kung saan ito ay hahaloan ng pananim na saging at mga prutas. Ang PAMANA ay mag-aambag ng halagang P2,300,000. 

Ang San Francisco ay papasok din sa paggawa ng mga pamayanang produkto sa apat na mga barangay kung saan, ang PAMANA ay mag-aambag din P500,000, habang aayusin naman ang mga daan galing sa Barangay Bitan-agan papuntang Barangay Lucac na magkakahalaga ng P2,250,000. 

Ayon sa ulat ng Provincial Planning and Development Office, ang lokal na pamahalaan ng San Francisco ay mag-aambag halagang P89,600, habang ang mga benepisaryo naman ay P268,800. Para sa mga pamayanang product, ang mga benepisaryo lamang ang gagastos ng halagang aabot sa P135,000.

Ang bayan ng Sibagat naman ay magsagawa ng taniman ng abaca para lalong lumago ang mga dati na nilang industriya ng abaca. Magbibigay ang PAMANA ng halagang P1 Million para sa mga Barangay ng Padiay at Perez kung saan, mag-aambag ang local na pamahalaan ng halagang P24,300 samantalang mg-aambag naman ang benepisaryo ng halagang P80,000.00. Para naman sa Barangay Kolambogan at New Tubigon, ang PAMANA ay magbibigay ng halagang P800,000, at ang local na pamahalaan naman ay mag-aambag ng P32,300.00.

Ang bayan ng Prosperidad, pagtatanim at pagpapalago ng goma naman ang kanilang napiling proyekto na hahaloan ng pananim na saging. Ang proyektong ito ay isasagawa sa mga barangay ng La Purisima, Mabuhay, San Martin, San Lorenzo at Magsaysay. Ang proyektong ito ay bibigyan ng PAMANA ng halagang P1.7 Milyon, kkung saan, ang local na pamahalaan ng Prosperidad ay mag-aambag ng halagang PP200,000, at ang benepisaryo naman ay P725,000.00

Para sa lungsod ng Bayugan, cacao naman ang kanilang napiling palalaguin. Ito ay gagawin sa barangay Magkiangkang, Grace Estate, Mt. Olive, Mt. Carmel, Claitan at Mt. Ararat. Ang PAMANA ay mag-aambag ng P2.5 Milyon habang ang local na pamahalaan ng Bayugan ay ang halagang P35,000, at ang benepisaryo naman ay ang halagang P570,000.00. (PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Aquino nalipay sa suporta sa Amerika

ni Susil D. Ragas

–- Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III mipadayag sa iyang dakong kalipay sa pamahayag ni United States Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas sa ilang suporta sa nasod kabahin sa isyu sa South China Sea ug Spratlys Islands. “Siyempre ikinatuwa natin iyon (support from the United States Ambassador) lalo na yung pagpapaalala na strategic partner nila tayo,” ang Pangulo miingon atol sa press conference niadtong adlaw’ng Martes, Hunyo 14, 2011 didto sa MalacaΓ±ang.

Atol sa gihimong seremonyas paglusad sa government’s National Renewable Energy Program didto sa Shangri-la Hotel sa Makati City, si Thomas mipasalig sa katawhang Pilipino nga ang Amerika mosuporta sa Pilipinas.

“I assure you that on all subjects, the U. S. is with the Philippines. The Philippines and the United States are strategic allies. We are long standing treaty partners. We will continue to consult and work with each other on all issues, including the South China Sea and Spratlys,” si Thomas miingon.

Ang Pilipinas miprotesta sa pagsulod sa mga Chinese vessels bag-ohay pa lamang sa areas nga giangkon sa Pilipinas sa Spratlys, pipila ka mga grupo sa islands didto sa South China Sea ang gitohoang nag kubot og mahinungdanon ug dakong oil ug gas deposits. Ang maong erya nga naghupot usab ug daghang fishing grounds ug busy sea lane, gi-angkon usab sa Vietnam, Brunei, Taiwan ug Malaysia. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)