6.22.2011

PIA News Service - Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Agusan del Sur Gov distributes financial assistance as Naliyagan Festival ends

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, June 22 (PIA)
-– Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza here released more than P16 Million cash assistance and classroom desks during the 44th founding anniversary of Agusan del Sur and the closing of the 19th Naliyagan Festival.

Every mayor of the 13 towns and the lone city of Bayugan received P1 Million each as cash assistance for their priority municipal development projects while a total of P1,537,000 were given to 25 barangay captains of six municipalities and Bayugan City.

“We are very fortunate here in Agusan del Sur because every year, Gov. Plaza give us P1 Million for our priority projects. Added to this, Gov. Plaza also give counterpart funds on foreign funded projects that are introduced in Agusan del Sur and that is the reason why we, the mayors, are doing our best in order to become empowered so that we will be together in our quest for united development,” Veruela Mayor and President of the League of municipal mayors Salimar Mondejar said

On the same occasion, Gov. Plaza also handed over to Agusan del Sur Schools Division Supt. Cruzita ZM Taala 2,000 school desks for ten high schools and another 10 elementary schools identified by the Department of Education (DepEd). This is the third batch of school desks distribution with 2,000 desks every batch since Gov. Plaza assume office as governor for the second time.

The materials used in making the desks came from confiscated logs donated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to DepEd, but because of lack of funds, the provincial government paid for the labor amounting to P400.00 per desks, excluding the transport cost. 

The desks are fabricated by Safra Adap Cooperative, a furniture shop organized by disabled persons but with skills in making furniture.

On the same occasion, Gov. Plaza also signed contracts with University of the Philippines Open University for provincial scholars this school year. He also ordered his executive assistant Paul Salinas to conduct evaluation on his program “Pagtoon alang sa masanag nga kaugmaon” program for academic awards that he will extend. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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Regional Outstanding Lupon 2011 winners bared

by Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise

BUTUAN CITY, June 22
– The Regional Search Committee bared the winners of the Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa in Region XIII after an assessment to determine those that excel best in the administration of barangay justice in different categories covering the periods of 3rd to 4th quarters of 2009 and 1st to 4th quarters of 2010.

The following were chosen as winners to the different categories: for the Highly Urbanized City- Barangay San Vicente, Butuan City; Component City-Barangay Telaje, Tandag City; 1st-3rd Class Municipality- Barangay Poblacion, Barobo, Surigao del Sur; 4th-6th Municipality- Barangay Quezon, Mainit, Surigao del Norte. 

DILG XIII Regional Director Rene K. Burdeos said that the winners showed their exceptional service delivery performance as lupons which have significantly contributed to the attainment of the objectives of the Katarungang Pambarangay. They were chosen after the conduct of the regional performance evaluation by the Regional Trial Court, the Department of the Interior and Local Government Region XIII, the Department of Justice Region XIII, the Philippine National Police Regional Office XIII, and two civil society organizations. 

The committees organized at the regional, provincial and municipal levels evaluated the performance and accomplishments of the said lupons on the basis of their efficiency of operations; effectiveness in securing the katarungang pambarangay objectives and the creativity and resourcefulness of the mediators in their respective lupons.

The LTIA was established in 1997 as a means to institutionalize a system of granting economic benefits and other incentives to the Lupong Tagapamayapa that demonstrates exemplary performance of settling disputes at the grassroots level. (DILG-XIII/PIA-Caraga)

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DPWH-Siargao goes biometrics

by Michael Conte

DAPA, Surigao del Norte, June 22
-- As part of the ongoing reforms in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in support to President Aquino's battle cry for a “daang matuwid” (straight path), DPWH 2nd Surigao del Norte Engineering District Office (DPWH 2nd SDN-EDO) employees have recently started using biometric machine for logging in daily time records.

Administrative Officer III Juana Betty P. Porpayas said that “the method will help a lot in monitoring the absences and tardiness of the employees.”

“For those DPWH personnel who will be on travel/field must ask first for a travel order/gatepass approved by the district head before travelling to avoid absences,” Porpayas added. 

Security guards were directed to oversee the proper time implementation of queuing at biometric machine to avoid waste of government time.

For the past years since the establishment of the district office, log books were used to record the daily time records of the employees.

With the implementation of the biometric machine, District Engineer Salvador E. Montil, Jr. expects the improvement of the performance of the district office. (Michael Conte, DPWH-2nd Engineering District/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Coco pest invades Surigao Sur

by Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, June 22 (PIA)
–- The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has confirmed coconut pest invasion in Surigao del Sur.

However, according to PCA Caraga Regional Manager Robert Manlunas, his office has since taken biological measures to control the Brontispa Longissima or Coconut Leef Beatle infestation.

It was learned that said Leaf Beetle infests the unopened coconut fronds.

In Surigao del Sur, five (5) municipalities have already been affected by Brontispa since the latter part of the 1st quarter of this year.

Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala immediately ordered close monitoring and report the progress of the action take by the PCA. (Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)

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DILG - CARAGA personnel participate in National Fun Run for Education

by Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise

BUTUAN CITY, June 22
-– In line with the celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of the Philippines’ national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, personnel of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region XIII participated in the National Fun Run for Education spearheaded by the Department of Education (DepEd)

Dubbed as “Every Runner, a Winner, Every Winner, a Finisher,” the nationwide fun run is aimed to gather stakeholders and ask them to donate school supplies to DepEd for the use of school children in public schools who cannot afford to buy their school needs.

The activity is also aimed at raising awareness on the importance of education in the lives of the Filipino people. It also underscored the aim of the Aquino administration of providing education for all in which no Filipino child should be left behind uneducated. 

The said fun run also provided an opportunity for Filipinos to unite and manifest their love for country through the concern for provision of education especially to those belonging to the marginalized sectors of the society.

The activity, which started at around 6:00 A.M., was participated in by government agencies and different organizations region wide, which showed and manifested their strong support to combat illiteracy.

A short program followed suit after the fun run with Vice Mayor Lawrence Lemuel Fortun as guest of honor. (DILG-XIII/PIA-Caraga)

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DOH, PHIC talk on “PhilHealth Sabado II”

by Ernie Y. Gultiano

BUTUAN CITY, June 22
– In preparation for the Nationwide PhilHealth Registration Day II (NPRD), the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), together with its partner agencies, conducted recently a Province-wide Orientation at Shacene Pension House and Restaurant in Tandag City.

The activity is aimed at updating the stakeholders and ensuring their participation to the impending NPRD on June 25, 2011 dubbed as "PhilHealth Sabado. Magseguro. Magparehistro." 

Some 55 participants composed of the League of Mayors President, Liga ng mga Barangay Presidents, Sangguniang Kabataan Presidents, Sangguniang Bayan Chairs on Health, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers, and Municipal Health Officers attended the orientation.

The assembly identified two major venues on Saturday to cater the huge number of targeted registrants and to guarantee the smooth conduct of the activity. One venue is at Mangagoy Central Elementary School in Bislig City; the other is at the City Gymnasium of Tandag City.

“This activity will be implemented through synergy of the involved agencies. It will be an activity that is DOH/PHIC-led, DepEd-focused, and DSWD, DILG, NAPC, NGAs-supported,” said Juliet A. Golez, Social Insurance Chief Officer of Bislig City as she spoke of NPRD.

The NPRD this time is a follow-up to the previous NPRD conducted last October 2, 2010. Apart from registering new members, it aims to educate them about the benefits under the National Health Insurance Program, and ensure their access to quality health care services. (DILG-XIII/PIA-Caraga)

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PNGOC to conduct policy forum on RH Bill

by Erma S. Dabalos

BUTUAN CITY, June 22
-- The Philippine NGO on Population, Health and Welfare Inc. (PNGOC) in cooperation with the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) Foundation will conduct a “Policy Forum on the Responsible Parenthood-Reproductive Health Bill” at Hotel Tavern, Borromeo St., Surigao City on June 24, 2011. 

The policy forum aims to share the current status of the RP-RH and in the process hopes to garner the support of the participants to campaign for the passage of the RP-RH bill.

The forum will be joined by Congressman Angelo Palmones of AGHAM Partylist, Congressman Luz Ilagan of GABRIELA Partylist, Eden Divinagracia of the Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health and Welfare Inc. and, Mr. Tomas Osias of the Commission on Population (POPCOM).

Meanwhile, PNGOC will organize a meeting with media practitioners on Thursday with key speakers Cong. Palmones, Cong. Ilagan, and Dr. Divinagracia to discuss the RP-RH bill.

The activity is also made possible through the Forum for Family Planning and Development (FORUM), Reproductive Health Advocacy Network (RHAN), and the Commission on Population (POPCOM). (PIA-Caraga)

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29IB, 4ID, PA conducts skills for peace and development program in Marihatag

MARIHATAG, Surigao del Sur, June 22
-- The 29th Infantry (MATATAG) Battalion, Philippine Army led by commanding officer Col. Henry A Robinson Jr. FA (GSC) PA successfully implemented recently the Bayanihan Program after conducting the Community Organizing for Peace and Development Program (COPD) under the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) of the Aquino Administration. 

Under the IPSP, the present administration thru the Philippine Army aims to bring the basic and relevant services of the government direct to the people particularly in problematic and remote areas.

The first Bayanihan recipients of the program implemented by the troops of the 29IB, 4ID, PA were the three barangays located at the foot of the Andap Valley such as: Bayan, San Isidro and Mahaba all in Marihatag. 

During the culmination program in Barangay San Isidro on June 17, 2011, a total of 154 trainees graduated from three different Skills training composed of the following: Culinary Arts (37); Cosmetology (25) and Driving (92). 

In his message, Col. Robinson said the program was realized thru the support and cooperation of Surigao del Sur Gov. Johnny T. Pimentel anchored on his program “Jobs through Tec-voc Program (JTP),” Congressman Philip A. Pichay of the First District, Vice Governor Manuel O Alameda, Sr., Sr. Board Member Eleonor D. Momo, Mayor Leo C. Navarro, Brgy. Captains Hon. Felicito Banas of Bayan, Hon. Nelson Malazarte of San Isidro and Hon. Bernardita Abis of Mahaba.

Moreover, the official said the undertaking was also made possible in partnership with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Surigao del Sur Provincial Office headed by Provincial Director Rey M. Cueva under its Kasanayan para sa Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran (KKK) Program, as one of the strategies to respond the agency’s REAL DEAL TESD flatform of governance.

Inspite of the risk in the area and the hectic schedules, Governor Johnny T. Pimentel attended the said culmination program and in his speech, he said, to win peace and hasten development in the countryside, his administration remains steadfast in delivering the social services through technical vocational trainings as a viable option for poverty alleviation and he encourage every Surigaonon to become productive in all undertakings and to actively involved in all government developmental activities even in the far flung and insurgency challenge areas in partnership with various government and non-government organizations. (TESDA-Surigao del Sur /PIA Surigao del Sur)

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NFA assures ample rice supply in Surigao del Sur

by Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, June 22 (PIA)
-– The National Food Authority (NFA) assures sufficient rice supply in the province.

According to National Food Authority (NFA) Provicnial Manager Raymundo Cotiangco, apart from Commercial Rice stocks in Market places, the Agency’s inventory of Rice still stands at 116,000 bags.

Cotiangco added, such stocks in their warehouse will be sufficient for some 26 days security requirements at a daily consumption rate of 4,460 bags.

Meanwhile, Cotiangco stressed, NFA rice is still pegged at P25 per kilo.
(Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)

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Surigao Sur gov't fight against malnutrition shows modest gain

by Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, June 22
-– The efforts of the provincial government to reduce the prevalence of malnutrition among pre-schoolers here has showed a modest gain.

Mrs. Ermelinda Ascarez, provincial nutrition officer attributed this to the intensified advocacy campaign on breastfeeding and the continuous supplementary feeding through Nutri-pak.

In 2009, Ascarez bared, the province had posted malnutrition problem at 20.7% among children from zero (0) to five (5) years old but in 2010, its prevalence had already been reduced to only 15.9%. 

Meanwhile, the Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur through its Nutrition Office (PNO) here is busy preparing for the month-long nutrition celebration in July.

Ascarez said a joint provincial nutrition meeting in her office was conducted at 8:30am today, Wednesday, June 22.

Ascarez said, updates on the nutrition program and the preparation for the Nutrition Month celebration will be taken up as she also disclosed the theme for the celebration: "Isulong ang Breasfeeding-Tama, Sapat, at Ekslusibo".(Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)

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Cebuano News: Aquino mipirma sa upat ka bag-ong balaodnon sa energy, labor ug healthcare

by Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hunyo 22 (PIA)
– Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III mipirma sa upat ka balaodnong may kalabotan sa energy, labor ug healthcare nga may dakong kalabotan sa social reform agenda sa administrasyong Aquino.

Sa iyang pamulong atol sa gihimong signing ceremonies didto sa Rizal Hall sa Malacanang Palace niadtong adlaw sa Martes, Hunyo 21, 2011, ang Pangulo miingon nga ang maong bag-ong upat ka balaodnon maoy timaan sa sinugdanan sa dugang pang buluhaton, dugang mga diskusyon ug argumento, dugang mga programa ug pagsuporta sa balaodnon aron kini mapatuman alang sa kaayuhan sa mga katawhan.

“These bills are only part of the foundation of the Philippines we want to build… I know these issues are only few problems out of the many, but they serve as reminders of the small road bumps we will undoubtedly encounter as we tread the straight path for the next five, ten or even twenty years,” ang Pangulo miingon.

Ang upat ka balaodnon naglakip sa Republic Act (RA) 10150, usa ka balaodnon nga mihatag sa ten-year extension sa gitawag nga “lifeline rate implementation” ubos sa Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) isip usa ka socialized pricing mechanism nga maghatag benipisyo sa mga yanong konsumante sa kuryente.

Ang RA 10150 gimugna nila House Representatives Henedina Abad, Rufus Rodriguez ug Ben Evardone, samtang giduso kini sa Senado nila Senators Francis Escudero, Sergio Osmena III ug Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.

“The extension of this measure will allow the less fortunate among us to put more of their resources into feeding themselves or into saving enough to pay hospitals or medicine bills. In short, extending this lifeline rate allows those shackled by poverty to focus more of their resources into keeping themselves and their families alive while giving them access to electricity,” pamahayag ni Aquino.

Uban usab sa gipirmahan nga balaodon ang Joint Resolution No. 1 – nga nagtinguha sa ten-year extension alang sa Joint Congressional Power Commission (JCPC) aron maseguro ang padayon nga pagdumala sa oversight function niini paingon ngadto sa hingpit nga katumanan sa tumong ug tinguha sa EPIRA ug Renewable Energy Act.

Kini gimugna nila Representatives Arnulfo Fuentebella ug Henedina sa Kongreso uban nila Senators Sergio Osmena III ug Francis Escudero sa Senado.

“The JCPC was tasked to make sure that reforms took place and to foster an environment for healthy competition in the sector,” ang Pangulo miingon.

Ang Pangulo mipirma usab sa Republic Act 10151, ang balaodnon nga nagtugot sa pagtrabaho sa mga pang-gabiing trabahante, hulip usab sa articles 130 ug 131 sa Presidential Decree (PD) Number 442, o ang gitawag nga Labor Code of the Philippines. Kini usab moseguro sa mandatory provision nga dugang health ug social services labi na usab ang usbaw nga suweldo sa mga night-shift workers

Ang RA 10151 napili isip priority bill sa uwahing gipahigayong Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC).

Si Pangulong Aquino mipasalamat nila Representaives Rufus Rodriguez ug Emil Ong ug Senators Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada ug Francis Pangilinan alang sa maong balaodnon.

“The signing of this act is also an economic measure because many women in the BPO sector have been unduly prejudiced by this legal accident. We must also do everything we can to protect our position as industry leaders.” Ang Pangulo miingon.
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Ang ulahi nga pirmahan sa Pangulo mao ang Republic Act 10152 o ang balaodnon nga mohatag og mandatory basic immunization services alang sa mga infants ug children nga moabag sa Presidential Decree No. 996.

Kini nga balaodnon maghatag og mandatory Hepatitis-B immunization alang sa mga infants sulod sa 24 ka oras nga pagkahimugso niini.

“It is not fair that the vaccine against Hepatitis-B can only be afforded by a privileged few. We are doing this to give these children and their families more access to health care, which the more privileged among us often take for granted,” dugang pamahayag sa Pangulo.

Ang maong balaodnon gimugna nila Representatives Susan Yap ug Joseph Emilio Abaya lakip usab sila Senator Pia Cayetano ug Francis Escudero.

Ang Pangulo usab miingon nga ang pagpirma sa bag-ong upat ka mga balaod dili gyud dayon makawagtang sa kapobrehon ug kawad-on- apan sa gagmayng paagi niini, ang maong balaodnon makahatag og maayong kinabuhi sa mga katawhang Pilipino. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Tagalog News: 29IB nagdaos ng peace, dev’t program sa Marihatag

ni Imarc Verga

BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 22 (PIA)
-– Ang 29th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army na pinamumunuan ni commanding officer Col. Henry Robinson Jr. ay matagumpay na naisagawa ang 1st Community Organizing for Peace and Development Program (COPD) sa ilalim ng Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) ng Administrasyong Aquino.

Sa isang panayam kay Col. Robinson, sinabi nya na ang pagpapatupad sa programa ay naisakatuparan sa pamamagitan ng suporta ni Surigao del Sur Gov. Johnny T. Pimentel na idinuong sa kanyang programa na “Jobs through Tec-Voc Program (JTP)-Goes to Municipality.”

Dagdag pa ni Robinson na kung wala ang suporta ni Governor Pimentel, hindi magtatagumpay ang programa.

Bukod pa rito, sinabi rin ng opisyal na naging posible ang trabaho sa pakikipagtulungan sa Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) na pinamumunuan ni Provincial Director Rey Cueva sa pamamagitan ng pagsasagawa ng skills training sa tatlong malalayong barangay na matatagpuan sa Andap Valley: Bayan; San Isidro and Mahaba.

Sa culmination program, sinabi ni Cueva na may 152 trainees na ang nagtapos galing sa tatlong iba-ibang training skills na binubuo ng mga sumusunod: Commercial Cooking (37); Cosmetology (25) and Driving (90). Sinabi rin ni Cueva na silang lahat ay karapat-dapat na makatanggap ng certificate.

Sa ilalim ng IPSP, ang kasalukuyang administrasyon sa pamamagitan ng Philippine Army ay naglalayong dalhin ang pangunahing mga serbisyo sa mga tao lalo na sa remote areas at ang tatlong baragay sa Marihatag ang tatlong unang recipients ng programa na isinakatuparan ng tropa ng 29IB. (PIA-Caraga)