6.14.2011

PIA News Service - Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Feature: 113th Independence Day Celebration with colours of Naliyagan Festival

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, June 14 (PIA) -– A hundred and thirteen colourful balloons, and doves were released in the sky as Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza announced the formal opening of the 19th Naliyagan Festival. The balloons also symbolized the 113th Independence Day anniversary.

Not even a heavy downpour could keep local officials led by Gov. Adolp Edward Plaza from marching towards the monument of the country’s National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal for the wreath-laying ceremony.

This was followed by a 21 gun salute by the Philippine Army.

The people then proceeded to the church just across the road where Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos officiated the holy mass.

During the program that followed at Naliyagan Plaza, Cong. Maria Valentina Plaza said, “We must not forget that the independence that we enjoy at present is the product of the struggles of our forefathers. How sweet it is to inherit freedom filled with love behind it from our forefathers. For the Naliyagan Festival, we must not also forget that the spirit behind it is our culture and tradition as Agusanons and Filipinos.”

Gov. Eddiebong Plaza said the Naliyagan Festival is the venue for the natives of Agusan to gather, and show to the world their rich culture and heritage.

A trade fair was held featuring the best and known products of 13 municipalities and the lone city of Agusan del Sur.

“As we celebrate the 113th Independence Day, please bear in mind, that the true meaning of independence is the share we give for the development of our fellow Filipino and the country,” Gov. Eddiebong Plaza said. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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113 years of freedom celebrated in Surigao City

by Susil D. Ragas and FEAbkilan

SURIGAO CITY, June 14 (PIA) -– Top local government officials urged Surigaonons to keep the spirit of freedom and democracy alive, during the 113th Independence Day celebration in front of the city hall on June 12.

City Mayor Ernesto Matugas said the fight for freedom does not end with the commemoration of the Independence Day for the country is still under the bondage of poverty.

Meanwhile, Gov. Sol Matugas has committed to uphold the ideals of democracy and freedom. She vowed that under her watch, “Every Surigaonon can live in dignity caring for one another in a free, peaceful, progressive, and environment-friendly Surigao del Norte, anchored on our faith in the Divine Providence.”

2nd district Rep. Guillermo Romarate reminded every Filipinos how our forefathers launched the revolution and the role of Surigao City in the history of revolution.

“When President Aguinaldo declared our independence in Kawit, Cavite, the Philippine flag was first hoisted in Surigao, which was then the cabisera or seat of government of the former province of Caraga. It was then that freedom was also felt in Mindanao.”

Attended by the employees and heads of line agencies, private sectors, and NGOs, the celebration culminated with a tableau presentation on the life of Dr. Jose Rizal by the pupils of Bonifacio Elementary School. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Surigao City mulls LGU bond offering

by Uriel Eugenio S. Correos

MAKATI CITY, June 14 (PIA) -– In a recently concluded meeting here in the country’s financial capital, Surigao City officials led by City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas and Vice Mayor Danilo C. Menor discussed with the officials of PNB Capital & Investment Corporation (PNB-CIC) and Investment & Capital Corporation of the Philippines (ICCP) the possibility of selling LGU bonds to finance various income-generating development projects.

Conrado A. Gloria, Jr. ICCP President and Chief Operating Officer said during his presentation that the process of floating bonds takes a lot of sophistication thus creating a certain level of investor confidence and enhancing the LGU’s attractiveness. Manuel C. San Diego, Senior Vice President of PNB Capital and Investment Corporation for his part pointed out the advantage of floating bonds in terms of having a much lower effective interest rate against contracting direct loans from government financial institutions (GFI’s) or commercial banks.

The topics discussed during the meeting focused on the intricate phases of the bond flotation process from the pre-selling stages of ensuring the feasibility of the projects to be funded from its proceeds, the whole bond concept including the terms, conditions and other pertinent information. ICCP and PNB-CIC will play a critical role as underwriters and/or financial advisers should the city proceeds with the decision to go into bond flotation.

Initially, the amount being considered to be generated from the LGU bonds is about P500 million with the proceeds intended to finance the long proposed Surigao City Fishing Port complex, and/or a socialized housing project to solve the city’s burgeoning housing backlog and informal settlers.

Other officials who joined the meeting included City Councilors Kent Yuipco, Baltazar Abian, Jose Begil Jr., Bienvenido Zabala, Jr., Acting City Engineer Gil Menor, City Tourism Officer Roselyn Merlin and Executive Assistant Ernesto Kang. Also present was Emmanuel Santos, the President of PIMCO Business Solutions Company. (LGU-Surigao City/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Council urges LGUs to follow magna carta for persons with disability

by Imarc Verga

BUTUAN CITY, June 14 (PIA) -- The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) have examined how LGUs in four (4) regions have implemented the provisions of the Accessibility Law (or, the Magna Carta for Persons with Disability).

NCDA Regional Program Coordinator Flerida Labanon said they are not only inspecting the government institutions but also the private establishments that have been used for public service such as hospitals, clinics, cinemas, schools, and malls.

The NCDA will make a recommendation to Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. on the facility that needs to be improved in the City Hall so that the building will comply to the Accessibility Law.

The City Administrator’s Office earlier requested the NCDA to look into the implementation of the said law in the province.

The NCDA is an attached agency of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

To accomplish the aim of the provision of the Accessibility Law through Republic Act 7277, otherwise known as the Magna Carta for Persons with Disability, the City Administrators Office here formally addressed the Regional Program Coordinator for National Council on Disability Affairs Flerida Labanon for the implementation of the said provision. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)

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DA Sec. Alcala allocates P15M for Surigao Sur, urges development of aggie masterplan

by Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, June 14 (PIA) -- Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proseso Alcala’s visit to Surigao del Sur over the weekend was a success as the Secretary allocated a total of P15 million in agricultural aid for various projects.

He also requested the provincial officials to plot a roadmap or agricultural master plan in both the provincial and municipal level in order to determine the kind of intervention the national government can do in the next years to come.

Alcala said he will be back when the master plan has already been drawn up.

According to Gov. Johnny Pimentel, Alcala made it in spite of the hectic schedule from having a dialogue with the farmers and fisherfolks at the farmer’s forum; meeting with provincial, city and municipal officials; holding a conference with local press, apart from going out to specific sites in Tandag, Tago and Barobo to see for himself completed farm to market roads (FMRs), potable water project and other agricultural related endeavors. (Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)

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TESDA goes to municipality with 29th IB to conduct skills trainings

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, June 14 (PIA) -- The provincial office of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) here headed by Provincial Director Rey Cueva will conduct a skills training in the municipality of Marihatag under the “Jobs thru Tech-Voc Program (JTP)-Goes to Municipality” of Governor Johnny T. Pimentel dubbed as KKK or “Kasanayan para sa Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran” (Training for Peace and Development).

The program is in coordination with the 29th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army under the command of LtCol Henry Robinson thru its “Bayanihan” program.

As per information revealed by Mr. Allan Millan of TESDA Provincial office, the training for Driving of Heavy Equipment (dumptruck) will start this morning, June 14 at Barangay Bayan, Marihatag.

The training offered by TESDA-JTP are the following: driving–heavy equipment; culinary arts and cosmetology.

Also, 1st District Provincial Board Member Eleonor Momo will be giving away starter kits to all the students/graduates of the Culinary and Cosmetology under the said program. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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DOT-Caraga chief vows to support Magallanes’ centennial celebration

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 14 (PIA) -– Department of Tourism (DOT) Caraga Regional Director Leticia Tan on Monday vowed to support the centennial celebration when the town’s patron saint – Nuestra Señora del Rosario was brought in the area.

In a press conference held at the town’s parish, Tan said that with the big celebration on September 8 to October 16, 2011, the tourism department is supporting the parish and the local government unit's target of attracting more tourists for the event.

However, Tan explained that they will only be supporting the tourism aspect of the celebration since the organizers, both the parishioners and LGU of Magallanes will be directly organizing these activities.

Tan also said through DOT, they will also help in the promotion of the celebration so that more tourists will be coming over for the activity.

“With this centennial celebration, we are hoping that we could be able to attract and invite more tourists to boost the tourism industry not only of Magallanes but as well as entire region, in general,” Tan said.

The centennial celebration of the town is anchored on the theme: “100 years of pious devotion to the Nuestra Señora del Rosario.” (PIA-Caraga)

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Butuan solon cites importance of Independence Day to Phl history

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 14 (PIA) -– Agusan del Norte 1st Congressional District Representative Jose Aquino III on Sunday, during the celebration of the 113th Philippine Independence Day commemoration held in Rizal Park here, said in spite of so many trials that are currently experienced in the country, the Filipinos remained to be strong and face the challenges.

The official also said this must be the attitude of every Filipino to fight in the global perspective. “We must always remember that for over 100 years, we are always ready to succeed. We should continue this outlook in our lives so that in the end, we remained to be victorious,” Aquino said in tagalog.

“These legacies may serve as our pillars, giving us the strength to continue to fight and be among the bests in the world,” he said.

Aquino added the experiences of our ancestors and forefathers in fighting for our freedom will serve as legacy to our new and future generations as they risked and sacrifice their lives for the welfare of the country.

The city’s legislator further enjoined the Filipino people to give value to the freedom and independence that our forefathers have fought for and which has led the Filipinos to achieve true democracy.

“Our freedom is the result of a long struggle founded on the blood of martyrs, the sweat and tears of our heroes, and the aspirations from generations to generations,” Aquino said.

The 113th celebration of the country’s independence is anchored on the theme: “Kalayaan, Paninindigan ng Bayan”. (PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Mayor Matugas nagpasalamat sa mga mitambong sa anibersaryo sa 113th Philippine Independence Day

ni Annette Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, June 14 (PIA) – Si Surigao City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas mipahayag sa iyang pasalamat sa mga mitambong sa ika-113 nga anibersaryo sa kagawasan nan nasod.

Atol sa Flag Raising Ceremony kagahapon nga adlaw Lunes, Hunyo 13, 2011, si Mayor Matugas mipa-abot gyud sa iyang pasalamat sa tanang mingtambong sa ika-113 nga anibersaryo sa kagawasan sa atong nasod, diin bisan paman ang panahon medyo nagdaut sa katapusan nga bahin, pero nagpabilin gihapon ang presensiya sa tanan.

Nagpasalamat kini una kang Governor Sol Matugas, kang Congressman Jun Rumarate, ug sa tanan nga mga opisyales sa syudad ug sa probinsya, lakip usab sa mga department heads sa mga nagkalain-laing ahensya, mga magtutudlo ug private sectors.

Dugang pa niini, siya nalipay labina gayud nga iyang nalantaw ang daghan nga mga Surigaonon nga miduyog sa maong selebrasyon. (Surigao City PIO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: Turn-over sa GWAPS Kiosk sa GSIS ug mga libro sa Philippine Army gipahigayon atol sa Monday morning sharing sa kapitolyo

SURIGAO CITY, June 14 (PIA) – Malampusong gipahigayon ang turn-over sa GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GWAPS) kagahapong adlawa Hunyo 13, 2011 atol sa Monday morning sharing didto sa Provincial Convention Center.

Ang maong turn-over gipangulohan sa Provincial Economic Enterprise Development Office-Culture and Arts ug sa GSIS pinaagi sa ilang Assistant Regional Manager Belen Talita ug Branch head Eldie Lozarie.

Ang na asoy nga GWAPS Kiosk adto ipahimutang sa opisina sa Human Resource Management. Usa kini ka pamaagi nga mapadali ug mapasayon ang serbisyo alang sa mga miyembro sa GSIS.

Atol sa maong okasyon, gipahigayon usab ang turn-over sa mga libyo nga gikan sa Bato Balani Foundation pinaagi sa Philippine Army 4th Infantry Division nga gipangulohan ni 30IB Col. Erwin Rommel Lamzon.

Adunay 2,450 ka textbooks alang sa elementary ug 800 textbooks alang sa sekondarya, ug aduna usab mga libro alang sa mga igsoong Lumad nga Mamanwa.

Mapasalamaton kaayo ang mga benipiyaryo nga mga eskwelahan sama sa Tugunan ug Bubunaon elementary school sa Mainit ug Sico- sico elementary school sa Gigaquit pinaagi sa ilang mga principal ug ni Surigao del Norte Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Fidela M. Rosas.

Atol usab sa maong okasyon si Gov. Sol Matugas namahayag nga siya mapasalamaton sa mga grasya nga gibubo sa kahitas-an pinaagi sa mga tawo nga may malomong kasing-kasing nga adunay hunahuna usab sa pagtabang sa mga kabus ug pagsuporta sa iyang mga programa ilabina ang programa nga HEALS alang na sa pagkab-ot sa bag-ong Surigao. (Surigao del Norte Provincial Information Office/PIA-Surigao del Norte)