7.29.2011

PIA News Service - Friday, July 29, 2011

PRC exceeds mid-year targets

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, July 29 (PIA) – The Philippine Red Cross Agusan del Sur Chapter (PRC-AdS) has exceeded most of its targets for this year.

During the regular meeting held at the PRC-AdS office at the provincial capitol in Patin-ay, Prosperidad, PRC-AdS administrator Christyll Basan they have exceeded their training targets by as much as 139 percent. These training activities include basic disaster management, standard disaster management, disaster response and community-based disaster management.

The mobilization of disaster response team has also exceeded 50 percent of the target.

Because of floods that hit Agusan del Sur in the first 3 days of 2011, PRC-AdS has extended relief operation twice, and served 155,475 people against the target of only 20,000.

Individual repeat blood donors already reached 111 percent of target, while new donors is on tract, with 52 percent as of midyear. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Agusan Sur now has 22 'model of excellence' schools

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, July 29 (PIA) – The Model of Excellence schools in Agusan del Sur now reached to 22, while another six are scheduled to be launched until the end of August this year.

Among these are the Sinobong Elementary School and Sayon Elementary School in the Municipality of Veruela, East Bayugan Central Elementary School in Bayugan City, and the Esperanza Central Elementary School in Esperanza town and the Bunawan West Central Elementary School in the Municipality of Bunawan.

The recognition of various elementary schools as model of excellence schools in Agusan del Sur is part of the “Pagtoon Alang sa Masanag ng Kaugmaon Program of the provincial government o Agusan del Sur (PGAS) in partnership with the Department of Education.

The program is an intervention of raising and enhancing the academic performance of the pupils, thus, making them highly performing individuals, according to the local government website.

“Preparation of the future is only part of our main thrust in this Pagtoon program. What we are preparing most here are our children for the future in order for them to be strong, self reliant and empowered. There is no more precious thing we can give our children but the best education. That is why we have this Pagtoon program” Gov. Plaza said.
Aside from upgrading the education system in Agusan del Sur, the provincial government also offers scholarship program. Provincial government scholars has reached 234 for this first semester of school year 2011-2012. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Business summit to provide opportunities for businessmen, entrepreneurs

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 29 (PIA) – Butuan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (BCCIFI) President Joseph Omar Andaya on Thursday said the 17th Caraga Business Conference will provide opportunities for businessmen and entrepreneurs in developing the business industry in the region.

During the press conference, Andaya said several groups who could offer access to finance without collateral were invited to the the two-day conference.

The 17th Caraga Business Conference is anchored on the theme: “Pushing for a Progressive Caraga” and will be held on August 3-4 at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

The conference will tackle concerns of the mining and wood industry in the region, and familiarize participants with the regulatory environment.

Among them is the presentation of existing laws which affects the business industry, but are not known to stakeholders. This includes, "micro-insurance initiatives which will provide social protection for poor people,” Andaya said.

Andaya further said the Caraga Business Conference aims to bring together stakeholders such as legislators, the Central Bank representatives, and institutions that provide access to finance such as the Land Bank of the Philippines, People’s Credit and Finance Corporation, and the National Livelihood Development Corporation.

Furthermore, the chamber prexy of the host city said most of the businessmen participating the conference will be coming from Caraga Region, especially the members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in all the provinces of Caraga, “but there are also businessmen who have operations here and are based in Manila, as well as businessmen whose market is not in Caraga but they are into export in Europe and US.”

Among the speakers in the conference are Cong. Lorenzo TaƱada III, Liberal Party spokesperson and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives; Head of the Blue Ribbon committee of the Senate – Senator Teofisto “TG” Guingona III; Sen. Ralph Recto; and Central Bank Governor Armando Tetangco, Jr. (PIA-Caraga)


Reg’l winners of speech contest revealed

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 29 (PIA) – As part of the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) with this year’s theme: “Makialam. Makiisa. Sa Pagsugpo ng Panganib, May Maitulong Ka,” the Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) recently held the Regional Oratorical and Extemporaneous Speech Contest at the Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga Regional Office, this city.

RDRRMC Chairperson and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga Regional Director Blanche Gobenciong bared that said contests were initiated for the following purposes: “to increase and enhance the importance of DRR and climate change concepts; and to increase students’ awareness on the observance of the NDCM”.

There were 14 4th year high school students from both public & private schools from the different divisions of Caraga region competed for the Oratorical Speech Contest while there were 13 4th year high school students from both public & private schools in Caraga participating in the Extemporaneous Speech Contest.

For the oratorical speech contest, the winners were: Ms. Marilou C. Jabines from Dapa National High School, Siargao division, 3rd place with P2,000.00 cash; Mr. Jobin Sabalo of Surigao Norte, 2nd place with P3,000 cash, which was given to National High School from the division of Surigao Norte; and Ms. Hannah Tricia Castilla from Nasipit National Vocational School - Agusan Norte division, 1st place with P5,000.00 cash. Winners all received plaques of appreciation.

Meanwhile, winners of the Regional Extemporaneous Speech Contest are as follows: Ms. Rouithers Perez of Trento National High School, Agusan del Sur received the 3rd Prize with P2,000.00 cash and plaque of appreciation; Ms. Lizel Gulfo of Bislig City National High School, Surigao del Sur received 2nd Prize with P3,000.00 and plaque; and Ms. Quenee Lavern Pongcol of the Caraga Regional Science High School, Surigao City received the 1st Prize with P5,000.00 and plaque.

All contestants also received certificates of appreciation. (PIA-Caraga)


Butuan dad formally opens “Biangon Hong Kamadyawan”

by Malou C. Furia

BUTUAN CITY, July 29 – The recent ribbon cutting and official opening of the Barangay’s Best Agro Products Exhibition signaled the week long celebration of the 61st Adlaw Hong Butuan with “Biangon Hong Kamadyawan” (Pillar of Success), as this year’s theme.

Before a crowd of government workers & officials from the 86 participating barangays, Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. officially opened to the public the agro fair stalls at the city hall grounds. Various products from the 86 barangays of this city were displayed and sold at a cheaper price compared to the currect existing market price.

Mayor Amante said he strongly believes that through agriculture as the backbone of economic prosperity, Butuan will attain abundant food supply thus minimizing poverty in the 86 barangays.

The national government's “One Town, One Product” advocacy was extended even further by the local government through the “One Barangay, One Product”. Among the support extended by the city government to the agricultural sector is regularl subsidy of organic fertilizer and palay seeds, techno-demo farming, seminars, rehabilitation and construction of farm to market road, financial assistance and etc.

Meantime, the 86 barangays here were divided into ten (10) clusters with more or less six (6) barangays per cluster. Each cluster presented/diplayed their products ranging from fresh agricultural products like fresh buco, eggplant, yellow corn @ 2.50 each, handicrafts made from buri such as shoulder bags, mats and many more. Assorted Butuanon delicacies abound like palagsing, suman, rice cake, yema, cocunot candies, and lots more till late in the afternoon.

Mayor Amante is thankd the participating barangays for their support in making their products, skills, and expertise available for the people. He added that the event also aimed to promote their products.

Adding glitter and merriment to the activity were the tribal /native dances rendered by ANHS, FSUU, and Caraga State University, while the Senior Citizen Pangabugan Chapter awed the spectarors with their rendition of old time and original favorites of Butuanon songs.

The Barangays Best Agro Products Exhibition will run for one week at the City Hall Grounds, Doongon Road, and will be opened to the public from 8:00 A.M to 5:00P.M. The event was made possible through the joint efforts of Liga Ng Mga Punong Barangay through ABC President Hon. Nestor Amora and Ms. Agnes Carlos, Chief, Public Affairs information & Assistance Division (PAIAD). (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)


DPWH assures tourists of reliable access road Siargao surfing site

by Michael Conte

DAPA, Siargao Island, Jul. 29 (PIA) – Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Siargao District Engineer Salvador E. Montil, Jr. has ordered the removal of illegal structures along the General Luna (GL) - Catangnan road, which leads to the surfing site in the municipality of General Luna so as not to delay the improvement road project.

The improvement of the GL-Catangnan road will cost P9.8 million.

“The DPWH assured the tourists of a reliable access road going to prime beaches, resorts and surfing area where the international surfing competitions will be held in September,” Montil said.

“Once the bidding process of the project is completed, the district office will start right away the implementation and complete the project ahead of schedule,” Montil added.

The road improvement project involves widening and gravelling. (DPWH 2nd Engineering District/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


BCPO bats for “Discipline Zone”

by PSupt Joseph B Boquiren

BUTUAN CITY, July 29 (PIA) - In a bid to decongest traffic especially during rush hour, a top police official has proposed to implement a "discipline zone" in specific areas in the city.

Police Senior Superintendent Jose V. Carillo, city director of the Butuan City Police Office, convened local officials on Wednesday to discuss his office’s proposed plan.

“I intend to solve this problem by way of institutionalizing a Discipline Zone utilizing all available personnel and material resources and instilling in the minds of the people of Butuan the values of discipline coupled with the enforcement of laws and ordinances with zero tolerance,” Carillo stated.

The plan is designed to bring significant changes in the enforcement of traffic laws, illegal peddling, garbage problem, anti-littering, and other related ordinances within the “Discipline Zone.”

Traffic decongestion will focus along AD Curato, T. Sanchez, San Francisco Streets, and JC Aquino Avenue, where influx of pedestrians and motorists alike are more pronounced during peak hours on school days.

Ryan Anthony B. Culima, chairperson on police matters of the Sangguniang Panglungsod, motioned for the inclusion of the remaining part of JC Aquino Avenue (from Montilla Boulevard to the foot of Magsaysay Bridge) and was subsequently approved.

He also promised to request from the city government for city-paid security guards if the San Francisco Street gate of Butuan Central Elementary School be opened for purposes of the project’s implementation.

The implementation of “Discipline Zone” is divided into five different phases. First Phase: Preparatory – includes drafting of the proposal, actual survey and pictorials of the situation of the affected areas.

Second Phase: Dialogue with Stakeholders – includes dialogues and coordination with the different agencies involved like LGU, drivers and operators association, business establishments, vendors, PTA and school authorities, and others.

Third Phase: Massive Info Campaign – includes holding of press conference with the tri-media and conduct of public info campaigns, and utilizing the PNP patrol cars with megaphones.

Fourth Phase: Dry Run – covers the implementation of the Discipline Zone on a trial mode including the giving of warning to violators without penalizing them.

Fifth Phase: Full Implementation – is the last and actual phase of the project which covers the issuance of citation tickets to violators with “zero tolerance.”

When implemented, it is expected that areas around the vicinity of Butuan Central Elementary School, Agusan National High School, Sacred Heart Kindergarten School and Father Saturnino Urios University would be decongested and thousands of motorists, students, and citizens will benefit from it.

Carillo is optimistic over the success of its full implementation.

“This project will not only benefit the people of Butuan in terms of safety to their children in going to school. It will also instill in their minds the values of discipline. And lastly, this will greatly enhance the prevailing peace and order in the City of Butuan because I believe that when there is order, peace will reign,” Carillo concluded. (Butuan City Police Office/PIA-Caraga)


Surigaonon News: Lukay-Lukay Festival sa lungsod nan Burgos malampuson

ni Jun Parada

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 29 – Nagmalampuson na tagpahigayon an tinuig na "Lukay-Lukay Festival" atol sa ika-44 na katuig na kapistahan sa lungsod nan Burgos, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte niadtong Hulyo 26, 2011.

Ang mga contingents taglangkuban sa unom ka mga clustered barangays sa Poblacion Uno, Dos ug Brgy. Bitaog, samtang laing hut-ong usab sa gikan sa Brgy. Matin-ao, Baybay, San Mateo ug ang Burgos National High School.

Tulo ka mga contingents ang nagpresentar ug tagpakita ang ka-importante sa ilang kinaiyahan na mao ang "lukay" na makita sa ilang palibot og hamok ang kagamitan niini nga nakahatag sa ilang panginabuhian ug labaw sa tanan ang ilang sayaw pahinungod sa mahal na patron Senyora Sta.Ana.

Atol sa maong kapistahan gipahigayon usab ang barangay basketball tournament, municipality basketball tournament, Burgos Got Talent nga gisuportahan sa mga balikbayan ug mga opisyales sa maong lungsod ug ang pa-boxing ni Gobernador Sol Matugas ug Congressman Francisco Matugas.

Ug sa gabii sa Hulyo26 agig pagtak-op sa maong selebrasyon gipahigayon ang Alumni Night Elementary sa Batch 1994 uban sa ilang alumni President former DOLE Regional Director Romeo Cagas.

Si Mayor Rolito Nogaliza nagpasalamat sa mga katawhan ug mga balikbayan ilabina gajud sa dakong suporta nga gihatag nila Gobernador Sol Matugas ug Congressman Matugas sa maong lungsod.

Ug siya mapasalamaton usab sa financial assistance nga P100,000 para sa festival ug P20,000 para sa pa-boxing apil na ang mga proyekto sama sa P2.4 milyon Birthing Clinic and Health Center, P1 milyon nga Women’s Building, rehabilitasyon sa Luneta Park ni Gobernador Matugas ug ang P5 milyon road construction ni Congressman Matugas.

Matud pa ni Mayor Nogaliza iyang ipakita ang tinuod na serbisyo sa lungsod subay sa programang “HEALS” sa gobernador ug tinguha nija na moangat ang bag-ong Burgos ubos sa iyang adminstrasyon kauban ang mga sakop nan Sangguniang Bayan sa pagpanguna ni Vice Mayor Franklin Macaldo. (Surigao del Norte Provincial Information Center/PIA- Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Trainor’s training sa pang-agrikultura, gipalapdan

ni Ritchelle F. Encabo

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 29 – Tulo (3) ka kawani sa City Agriculture Office ang mupailawom sa usa ka Trainor’s Training kabahin sa mga utanon ug mga lagotmon sulod sa lima (5) ka adlaw nga didto sa may Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Los Angeles, ni’ng dakbayan.

Tumong niini nga maedukar ang mga trainor arun masangkapan pa sa dugang kahibalo sa pagpalambo sa mga utanon nga maoy ilang pagagamiton sa pagbansay ngadto sa mga mag-uuma, pinaagi niini gilauman nga mas mutaas ang produksyon sa mga lagotmon diin gawas sa barato kining mapalit sa mga konsyumante taas pa gayud ang nutritional value niini.

Kini nga programa gipanghingusgan ubos sa pagdumala sa buhatan sa City Agriculture pinaagi ni Engr. Alberto B. Buca, pinasubay usab sa kamanduan sa Lokal nga Panggamhanan aron mas mapalambo pa ang matang sa programang pang-agrikultura sa atong dakbayan. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Barangay Best Agro & Product Exhibit, gibuksan na

ni Jovelyn C. Mejorada

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 29 – Gibuksan na dili pa lang dugay ang Barangay Best Agro & Product Exhibit sa temang “Biangon Hong Kamadyawan” diin makita ug mapalit ang nagkalain-laing mga produkto gikan sa mga kabarangayan kon One Barangay One Product (OBOP) nga mao’y naghatag kanila ug panginabuhian.

Alayon kini sa kasaulogan sa ika-61st selebrasyon sa Adlaw Hong Butuan diin gitambungan kini ni Rev. John Smithwick isip pinasidunggang bisita ug mga kaubanang misyonaryo gikan sa Power of Life Festival ug ila gayod nasaksihan ang panaghiusa ug pagtambayayungay kon Convergence sa matag Butuanon nga mamahimong magmalampuson ang maong kalihokan sa kabarangayan.

Mipaabot ug mga pahibalo si Leah Amante-Mendoza, City Administrator nga kung gusto mopalit dinhi lang sa OBOP kay sobra ka barato ang paninda dinhi, dihang nag-Welcome remarks kini sa mga bisita.

Sa hamubong mensahe ni Butuan Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr., gisaysay niini ang importansiya sa panawagang Convergence kon panaghiusa sa tanan alang sa kaayuhan ug kalambo-an sa dakbayan.

Tubag usab ni Ampayon Brgy. Capt. Samuel Amante, mapasalamaton kini ngadto sa mga nagpasi-ugda niini nga programa kay matabangan ang tagsa-tagsa ka kabarangayan nga madugangan ang ilang panalapia-anong bahin ug ma-promote ang produkto sa matag barangay. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Monthly income report sa City Architecture Office, nitaas sulod lamang sa 6 ka bulan

ni Christopher E. Simogan

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 29 – Adunay pagtaas sa koleksyon sa buhatan sa City Architect pinasubay kini sa Monthly Income Report karong tuiga, sa kasamtangan niabot na sa P6,842,000 pesos ang income sa maong buhatan sulod lamang sa unom ka bulan gikan sa Enero hangtod Hunyo kumpara niadtong nakalabay’ng tuig nga aduna lamang kinatibuk ang suma-total nga P8,626,000.

Sa pakighinabi kang Engr. Welfedo Sagusay nga gilaumang makab-ot nila ang target nga P15 million nga income pinakataas kini kumpara sa nakalabayng katuigan.

Matod pa sa opisyal, nga ang maong pagtaas sa koleksyon resulta kini sa mga daghang nga mga bag ong struktura nga gimugna sa dakbayan ug tungud niini daghan nga mga kliyente ang mudoul sa maong buhatan arun sa pagkuha ug pirmeso sa pagpatukod sa maong mga gambalay ingun man ang pag inspeksyon niini kung nakasubay ba sa ensaktong sumbanan sa National Building Code (PD 1096 2005 REVISED EDITION) ang maong mga estruktura.

Tungod sa kakulang sa ilang mga personahe, nanawagan ang maong hepe sa mga kapitan sa 86 ka barangay ning dakbayan sa pag ayuda sa maong buhatan pinaagi sa pag monitor sa mga illegal structures sa ilang ginsakupan.

Ang maong mga Punong Barangay pagabansayon sa Implementing Rules and Regulations sa National Building Code of the Philippines sa maong paagi pagatudloon sila isip mga Designated Deputy Building Inspectors diin maoy mangunay sa pagpa emplementar sa Notices of Violation sa ingun niana mahatagan sa insaktong pagpatuman ang maong balaod ug mapahamtangan sa tukmang silot ang bisan si kinsang makalapas niini. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)