7.24.2011

PIA News Service - Friday, July 22, 2011

402nd Brigade celebrates 38th founding anniversary

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 22 (PIA) - The 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade of the Philippine Army celebrated its 38th foundation anniversary in a simple yet memorable ceremony held recently at Camp D.O. Plaza in New Leyte, Awa, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

In his speech, Agusan del Sur Governor Adolph Edward Plaza represented by Vice Governor Santiago Cane emphasized the important role of the government troops in securing all the provinces in Caraga Region, particularly in Agusan del Sur where peace and order is of priority concern of the provincial government.

Vice Governor Cane said, through the able and gallant leadership of Col. Rodrigo Diapana, the Brigade’s Commander, peace and security in Agusan del Sur is already stabled and will continue to be stable as the government troops see to it that the people will at all times be secured.

“The presence of the 402nd Brigade of our Philippine Army always gives the whole of Caraga Region particularly in Agusan del Sur in a state of calm and peace. As a matter of fact, Agusan del Sur and Caraga Region is declared as one of the peaceful regions of the country,” Cane said.

The official also lauded the gallantry and heroism shown by the men and women of the 402nd Brigade for risking their lives in order to achieve long-lasting peace and development in Caraga Region.

“My thanks and endless gratitude to our soldiers of the 402nd Infantry Brigade for doing your mandate in ensuring that in Caraga Region, peace and stability shall be the menu of everyday operations,” he added.

Cane further said “we understand that many soldiers from this brigade have already sacrificed their own lives just to ensure that all Filipinos in this part of the country will be able to experience peace”.

With these developments, the vice governor urged the communities in the province to support all the undertakings of the government troops as this will lead to a peaceful undertakings towards the development of the province. (PIA-Caraga)


Agusan del Sur official says presence of gov’t troops means more investment opportunities

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 22 (PIA) – Citing the important role of the government troops in the province of Agusan del Sur, Vice-Governor Santiago Cane recently said the presence of the 402nd Brigade in the province means more investment opportunities.

Speaking before the government troops of the brigade and guests from different sectors of society, Vice-Gov. Cane underscored the gallantry and sacrifices made by the soldiers in upholding peace and security in the province.

The official said if peace and security is present, then investors will likely our in investments that will help the spur the economic condition of the Agusanons. “If there is already an assurance that there is already peace and that we could already give security to investors, then investments will likely pour in the province, which is known for its richness in agricultural products,” Cane said.

The official further said if investments are already in, “then jobs generation will likely follow, thus, will help in the poverty alleviation program of the provincial government,” he added.

It may be recalled that during the Regional Development Council Meeting held recently in Surigao del Sur, the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) reported that Caraga Region still remains to be on top of the list of the poorest regions in the country with Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Norte as among the poorest provinces.

However, Cane said, this will serve as a challenge not only to the provincial government of the said provinces but as well as to all the people in Caraga Region to strive hard and bring the development in the region.

Vice Governor Cane represented Governor Adolph Edward Plaza who was invited by the 402nd Brigade during the celebration of their 38th founding anniversary held recently at the D.O. Plaza Camp, New Leyte, Awa, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur. (PIA-Caraga)


Government allocates P2 B for OFW capital

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, July 22 (PIA) – The government has set aside P2 Billion for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who want to engage in business, thus sending message that there are opportunities to earn here in the country.

In time with the celebration of the Micro-Small-Medium Enterprise (MSME) week, Annette Lovete, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) head of program and services said, the P2 billion is a reintegration program fund of OWWA in partnership with the Land Bank of the Philippines and the Development Bank of the Philippines, in order to offer option to OFWs the opportunity to engage in business aside from their dreams to go and work abroad.

“The loan that each OFW can avail ranges from P300,000 to P2 Million, with only 7.5 percent interest per annum. All the OFW will do is to plan a business project, secure certificate from OWWA that he is really an OWWA member. The project is also open not only to immediate OWWA member whether he is active or in-active, but also to their immediate beneficiary. The second requirement is that, he has completed the entrepreneurship development training in order for him to be ready to engage in business and if he or she has all these documents, we will immediately endorse her to our partner bank of his choice. The bank will also require them to submit a project study and if found to be capable, a 20 percent equity of the total cost of the project. The equity need not to be in a form of cash only but also can be facilities, equipment or labor. Short term loan is one year and long term loan is five years, with two years grace period,” Lovete said.

According to Divina Lagumbay, Public Employment Service Office (PESO) provincial supervisor, there are more or less 4,000 OFWs in Agusan del Sur. They are partners with OWWA because they are the front liners in the province so that those who would like to engage in business can be entertained immediately and given the skills they need in order that they can start.

Irene Machica, Trade and Industry Development Specialist of the Department of Trade and Industry also said, they conduct trainings so that those who are interested in acquiring skills in business could immediately start even with small capital.

“Aside from conducting trainings as one of the requirements in applying for a loan with OWWA, we also link the entrepreneurs to suppliers of raw materials if they are not available in the province. And the caravan that we conduct for one week here in celebration of the MSME week will continue and will be conducted in the municipalities who needed the training most.,” Machica said.

During the conduct of the week-long MSME celebration, more or less 60 would-be entrepreneurs attended the trainings conducted by DTI daily. But on the last day, more than the expected attended because of the OFWs. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Surigao City health advocates reiterate call for RH Bill passage

by Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, July 22 (PIA) - With the recent turn of events regarding the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill, the Surigao Civil Society Alliance for RH, Surigao del Norte NGO Coalition for Development (SUNGCOD), The Forum for Family Planning & Development, Inc. and Catholic for Reproductive Health (C4RH) once more, reiterated their stand and support for its passage.

During the consultative meeting on RH advocacy challenges in Surigao City, on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, C4RH Executive Director Luz Frances Chua said that based on the latest national survey, 68% of Filipino Catholics across the country agree that there should be a law that requires government to distribute legal contraceptives such as pills, IUD and condoms.

“71 percent are in favor of the Reproductive Health Bill, while only 8 percent are in not favor,” she said.

With the passage of the law, Chua said RH policies and programs will be implemented and these will avert needless deaths especially of women and children from pregnancy and childbirth-related causes, re-establish RH as a basic health service and human right, achieve economic and gender equity, and ensure the health of the present and succeeding generations.

The sentiment was also shared by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Surigao del Norte Area Project Coordinator Roy Dimayuga.

“We believe that RH bill will only protect and provide choices to the people especially the women and there is no curtailment or any attempt to regulate what really is a miracle of life,” he said.

On the other hand, Chi Laigo Vallido, Program Director of C4RH discussed the local RH advocacy challenges, she said that as advocates, “we need to recognize the need to reclaimed our faith and defend our conscience, build a strong fellowship among catholic RH advocates and clarify misinformation and misconception on RH and RH Bill.”

Last month, a multi-sectoral policy forum was also conducted by the Surigao Civil Society Alliance for RH and SUNGCOD to discuss the substance of the bill and provide updates on the ongoing floor debate in the lower house. Among the resource persons were Dr. Eden Divinagracia of Phil. NGO Council on Population, Health and Welfare, Inc. and Director Tomas Osias of POPCOM-Manila.

GABRIELA Rep. Luz Ilagan and AGHAM Rep. Angelo Palmones, co-authors of the bill were also present during the said forum. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Mobile passporting set in Surigao City

by Annette Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, July 22 – Surigaonons need not go to Butuan City to get a passport as the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) passport services will be conducting its mobile passporting system in the city on Aug. 13-14, 2011 at the City Cultural Center.

Public Employment Services Office (PESO) Manager Rolando Uyan said residents who are interested to avail of the service need to bring the required documents and application fee.

For first time applicants, they should have birth certificate in security paper (Secpa) or certified true copy of their birth certificate duly authenticated by the National Statistics Office (NSO), marriage certificate in Secpa or marriage contract from local civil registrar duly authenticated by the NSO, proper IDs expired or valid, and at least three copies of passport-sized photo with royal blue background and with a collar attire.

Those who will be renewing their passport need only to bring their old passport with photocopy of pages 1, 2 and last, at least three copies of passport size photo and with royal blue background and with a collar attire.

Uyan reminded that personal appearance is a must for all applicants, first time or renewal, except when applicant is eight years old and below or mentally physically incapacitated.

An application fee of P1,350 will be charged per applicant.

The mobile passporting service is sponsored by the city government of Surigao in cooperation with the Public Employment Service Office (PESO). (Surigao City PIO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DAR to distribute CLOA to Surigao Norte ARB beneficiaries

by Boyet Odvina

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, July 22 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Surigao del Norte Provincial Office will distribute today a total of 268 Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) of the province.

The distribution will be held at Tolingon Covered Court, Barangay Tolingon, Mainit.

The said distribution covers around 299 ARBs composed of 21 CLOAs for the municipality of Malimono, seven (7) CLOAs for the municipality of Placer, one (1) CLOA for Tubod and 269 CLOAs for the municipality of Mainit with a total area of 389.4947.

The activity will be graced by some local government officials with DAR-Caraga Regional Director Faisar A. Mambuay, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II (PARO-II) Teresita E. DepeƱoso of DAR Provincial Office, and DAR provincial staffs.

The said CLOA distribution will be one of the highlights of the agency’s celebration marking the 23rd CARP anniversary. (DAR-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Construction of 13,000 armchairs for public schools being rushed

by Eric F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, July 22 – Skilled workers are rushing up the manufacture of more than 13,000 armchairs in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur to satisfy the needs of several public elementary schools in Mindanao.

The move came after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) had turned-over on Thursday about 1,598 cubic meters of confiscated logs to the Department of Education and Culture and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in a simple ceremony held at the Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Trade ( ASSAT) in Barangay Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

The donated logs was accepted by Nardo C. Mariano, ASSAT Vocational School Administrator from DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo, Jr.who was represented by Director IV Sammy Carpio and witnessed by the DENR-13 Regional Executive Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca, TESDA Regional Director Edwin C. Gatinao and the Director of DepED Caraga Gloria D.Benigno.

DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje said that as part of the agreement, the confiscated forest products which run up to about 1.37 million board feet of flitches and lumber that came mostly from Caraga Region , were being donated to the DepED for the construction of school buildings, chairs, and desks to meet the shortages of school facilities of public schools in the rural areas.

The TESDA would provide the necessary skills to manufacture the armchairs and other school facilities while the Philippine Amusement and Game Corporation (PAGCOR) will provide fund for the purchase of the needed tools and equipment by the TESDA.

Paje said that “ this is the commitment of the President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III to meet the shortages of facilities like armchairs in public schools particularly in the rural areas. “ Gustong makita ni Presidente Aquino na wala ng batang mag-aaral na walang upuan o desk” he said.

The DENR Regional Executive Directors in Mindanao were ordered earlier to inventory all confiscated wood products in line with the directive that all seized illegal forest products be donated to the DepEd.

DENR-13 RED Sibbaluca said the DENR has confiscated a total of 19,207 pieces of logs with a total volume of 6,850.92 cu.meters that are deposited at the different military and PNP camps for safekeeping.

He said the school site where these armchairs are being manufactured could not contain the entire confiscated logs therefore its turn-over would depend on the production capacity of the workers.

Initially, he said, the DENR has turned over about 1,598.715 cubic meters of mixed dipterocarp which were confiscated in Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur. ‘ We hope that the TESDA could accelerate its production capacity considering the deterioration factor of the stored logs brought about by the elements of weather.

According to TESDA Production Supervisor Florilo Logonio, PAGCOR has committed to deliver 22 pieces of equipment before the end of this year to augment its present equipment and facilities which could only produce at least 120 pieces of armchairs per week.

“We need additional 100 workers to work on 13,000 arm chairs over a period of 12 weeks granting that the equipment from PAGCOR will be made available” he said.

DepEd-13 Regional Director Gloria D. Benigno said the Provincial Governor of Agusan del Sur has also promised to donate 1,000 chairs to the DepEd.

Meanwhile, RED Sibbaluca has reported that during the recent meeting the Chairperson of the Regional Development Council and Governor of Surigao del Norte Dr. Sol F. Matugas has asked the support of all provincial governors in the five provinces of Region 13 to donate chairs to the DepEd similar to donation made by Governor Plaza of Agusan del Sur where a total of 4,000 arm chairs were distributed to the different public schools in Agusan del Sur. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Pagsasanay ginawa ng DTI para sa madaliang pangkabuhayan

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, July 22 (PIA) – Nagsagawa ng mga pagsasanay ang Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) sa paggawa at pagpreserba ng pagkain kasama na ang mga produktong hindi makain sa gymnasium ng San Francisco, Agusan del Sur sa loob ng apat na araw kasabay ng boung linggong pagdiwang ng micro-small-medium enterprise (MSME), na may temeang “Magnegosyo aron moasenso”.

Ayon kay panlalawigan DTI Director Lolita Dorado, nagkaroon ng walong tema ang pagsasanay para sa produktong pagkain at walo rin ang tema para sa produksyon ng mga hindi makain sa loob ng apat na araw ng pagsasanay.

“Ito ay hindi basta pagsasanay lamang. Ipinapakita rin ditto ang aktual na paggawa at pag preserba ng mga produktong pagkain at ng hindi makain ng mga eksperto sa loob ng buong apat na araw. Magkaroon ng hindi kumulang mga 30 ang mga lalahok sa bawat kurso para maseguro natin na talagang matuto ang lahat ng lalahok, at ito ay kanilang mabigyan ng halaga,” sabi ni Dir. Dorado.

Kasali sa mga pagsasanay gamit ang buko para sa paggawa ng produktong makain at hindi makain ay ang coco leaves weaving, coco beads accessories, coco vinegar, coco midribs weaving, bukayo, buko strips, buko pancit, buko yema, coco lumpia buko macaroons, coco burger and buko tuyo. Para sa aktual demonstrasyon ay ang paggawa ng sabong pang hugas pinggan, paggawa ng fabric conditioner at ang tinatawag na basic trendy balloons.

Maliban sa mga pagsasanay, nagkaroon din ng tuloy-tuloy na pasalida para sa mga gustong matuto sa pamamagitan ng pagpanood sa television. Kasali sa mga maaring panoorin ay ang paggawa ng charcoal briquettes, pag-alaga ng broiler,, produkto mula sa mani, pag-alaga ng pugo at deboned bangus.

Ayon kay Dir. Dorado, ang MSME caravan ay inaasahang makapagbigay ng agarang kita na makakatulong sa lahat ng mga lalahok para lumaki ang kaniknilang kita, na sa kalaunan ay magkaroon ng epekto sa pangmalawakang pananaw na umasenso. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Duha ka adlaw nga kalihukan sa mga mabdos nga inahan, gipahigayon

ni Amandalyn R. Gutierrez

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 22 – Gibana–banang mukabat sa 50 kapin ka mga inahan sa duha ka mga barangay ni’ng dakbayan ang nitambong sa gipahigayon nga Pulong–pulong nga gidumala sa City Nutrition’s Office ni’ng nakalabay’ng Hulyo 18 ug 19 ning tuiga.

Ang maong kalihukan gipatuman sa buhatan sa nutrisyon aron nga mapasabot ngadto sa mga inahan sa barangay Doongan ug Golden Ribbon ang kamahinungdanon sa ilang papel hilabi na ang pag-amuma sa ilang mga kabataan, kini alayon usab sa programa sa City Nutrition Office nga gibansagang “Gatas mo Ipadudo mo”.

Gipasabot ang tanan nga ni apil sa maong pulong-pulong sa insaktong pagkaon sa mga nagapasuso ug mga mabdos nga inahan nga sundon ang mga pamaagi sa pagpili ug insaktong mga pagkaon susama ning musunod: 1. Mga pagkaong maghatag ug kusog ug enerhiya; 2. Mga Pagkaong makatabang sa pagpalig-on sa panglawas ug; 3. Mga pagkaong makahatag ug kahapsay sa kalawasan.

Subay niini mapasalamaton ang mga mitambong nga mga inahan sa nahisgutang mga barangay sa paghatag og pagtagad sa lokal nga panggamhanan pinaagi sa pagpahigayon sa managlahing kalihukan. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Barangay exhibit sa Butuan, ipahigayon sa city hall ground

ni Jovelyn C. Mejorada

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 22 – Gitakdang pagabuksan sa publiko karong Hulyo 25, 2011 ang Barangay Exhibit Trade Fair subay sa kasaulogan sa ika 61nga kasumaran sa Adlaw Hong Butuan nga ipahigayon sa city hall ground ni’ng dakbayan.

Ang maong kalihukan pagasalmutan kini sa 86 ka mga barangay kansa ipailalom sa clustering aron hingpit nga mahatagan og kahigayonan ang matag barangay nga mapakita ang ilang mga produkto.

Dumalahan ang maong kalihukan pinaagi sa liga ng mga punong barangay ilawom sa pagpangulo ni Punong Barangay Nestor D. Amora ug ni Ms. Agnes Carlos nga mao ang hepe sa Public Affairs Information Assistance Division kun PAIAD.

Ipasundayag sa maong Tabo kon exhibit ang mga produkto nga mao’y naghatag og panginabuhian sa mga lumulupyo sa mga kabarangayan.

Tungod niini giawhag ang tanang katawhan sa pagsalmut sa maong kalihokan. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: 80 milyones supplemental budget, aprobado na

ni Christopher Simogan

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 22 - Gi-aprobahan bag-ohay pa lamang sa Sangguniang Panlungsod atol sa ika-27 nga regular sesyon ang ikaduhang Supplemental Budget alang karong tuiga.

Ang maong supplemental budget nagkantidad sa P80,012,292.00. Ang S.P. Ordinance No. 3760-2011, nagtugot sa kagamhanang lokal sa pag-gahin sa nasangpit nga kantidad alang sa “Supplementary Expenditures” sa panggamhan ilawom kini sa General Fund.

Ang maong kantidad gikan sa kabahinan sa lokal nga panggamhanan sa Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) ug ang nahibiling tinipigan gikan sa nakalabay’ng tuig.

Usa sa gipondohan mao ang mga proyektong pang inprastraktura sama sa pagpasemento sa Dumalagan Road – Dumpsite (Landfill) nga nagkantidad sa P5.4M, Rehabilitation sa Bonbon – Nongnong Road P2M, School Buildings sa nagkadaiyang barangay P1M, pag patukod sa usa ka Treatment Facility P3.5, construction sa mga Stalls sa bag-ong Van Terminal P 2.5 M.

Samtang ang sobra niining maong supplementary budget pagagamiton alang sa mga galastuhan sa mga nagkadaiyang buhatan sa lokal nga panggamhanan. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)