PIA News Service - Thursday, July 21, 2011

Caraga to hold speech contest on disaster preparedness

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 21 (PIA)
–- In line with 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) will be holding the Regional Oratorical and Extemporaneous Speech Contest on July 27, 2011 at the Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga Regional Office.

RDRRMC Chairperson and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga Regional Director Blanche Gobenciong bared that there will be two fourth year students per school division as participants for the Oratorical Contest; other two fourth year students per school division for the Extemporaneous Speech Contest ; and only one teacher-coach per category of every division are allowed during the said contests.

It was learned that the Oratorical Contest will start at 8:00a.m and ends at 12:00nn while the Extemporaneous Speech Contest will start at 1:00pm and ends at 5:00p.m on July 27, 2011.

“The said contests are 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,” Gobenciong said.

For the mechanics of the Oratorical Speech Contest, Gobenciong revealed that the speech of the contestant must not exceed five minutes; one point deduction for every minute excess shall be deducted to the total points earned by the contestant; each contestant shall develop their own piece based on the contest NDCM theme this year. 

Meanwhile, for the Extemporaneous Speech Contest, each contestant will draw a question from the program host; he/she shall be given one minute period to prepare after reading his/her question; a maximum of two minutes for the delivery of the speech; and the decision of the board of judges is final and irrevocable.

Also, for both the Oratorical Speech and Extemporaneous Speech Contests, winners for the 1st prize will receive Php 5,000.00 plus plaque; Php 3,000.00 plus plaque for the 2nd prize; Php 2,000.00 plus plaque for the 3rd prize winners. All participants will also be given a certificate of participation. (PIA-Caraga)

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DOST-Caraga conducts briefing on doppler radar use to disaster management team

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 21 (PIA)
-– The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga Regional Office in coordination with the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) conducted recently an orientation briefing on weather status and doppler radar to the technical working group (TWG) of the council in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

The activity was of activities for the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM). This year’s theme is “Makialam. Makiisa. Sa Pagsugpo ng Panganib, may Maitulong Ka.” 

According to RDRRMC Action Officer of DOST-Caraga and Asst. Regional Director Dominga Mallonga, the purpose of the said orientation briefing are the following: (1) to gain knowledge on weather status of Caraga region in order to better prepare for probable calamities in the region; and (2) to orient the TWG members on how Doppler Radar is used in weather forecast and analysis.

Before going to Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, the TWG members also visited the office of the Philippine Rice (PhilRice) Caraga Regional Office in RTR, Agusan del Norte to know its updates and development on its services to the farmers and the public in general.

When the TWG members arrived at the station in Hinatuan, they were oriented by DOST personnel as well as personnel from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on the Doppler Radar, its use and functions.

With this initiative, RDRRMC TWG members are looking forward to learn more strategies and techniques on how to effectively prevent casualties during calamities by monitoring and updating weather status from time to time so the public will be informed and prepared. (PIA-Caraga)

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Multi-sectors participate in the Regional Consultation on Phil Youth Dev’t Plan 2011-2016 in Butuan

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 21 (PIA)
–- About 60 representatives from government line agencies, non-government organizations, Pag-Asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP), business sector, academe, religious, youth-serving organizations and among other youth sectors of the region participated in the Regional Consultation on the Philippine Youth Development Plan (PYDP) 2011-2016 in Caraga spearheaded by the National Youth Commission (NYC), held Wednesday, July 20, 2011.

It can be recalled that the NYC has formally started the process of formulating the PYDP 2011-2016 as a companion document of the recently approved Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2011-2016.

The formulation of the PYDP shall apply an inclusive process and identify (a) key issues facing the youth, (b) opportunities, enabling conditions and proposed strategies and policies which government, other duty bearers and other stakeholders further create and provide, and (c) the appropriate role and activities which the youth should perform in the economy, society and local community and their families.

Mr. Rex F. Ybañez, Chief Executive Officer of the Caraga Youth Leaders' Network Inc. said that Caraga is lucky to be part of the historic regional consultation hence the Caraganon youth leaders can explicitly and directly express their sentiments and youth program towards the Government. 

“The National Youth Commission officials under the Office of the President of the Philippines will also hear the Caraganon youth sentiments straight from them,” said Ybañez.

Also, NYC ASec. Earl Saavedra, Commissioner representing Mindanao discussed youth issues and concerns related to education, employment, environment, health and well-being, and others based on the 2010 national youth assessment study by the NYC.

“Youths in different places face different issues and concerns which really need to be addressed,” Saavedra stressed.

Saavedra also bared that based on the 2010 national youth assessment study, among the general findings in the study revealed that 91% of the 23% of the age bracket 25-30 think they are unemployed because they lack work skills; 12-15% of all ages claim to have experienced being abused or exploited; 53-60% of all ages brackets would prefer to work abroad because of higher pay; and 7-8% of all ages dropped out of school after becoming drug dependent.

Meanwhile, all the participants grouped themselves by sector and undergone workshop to identify and specify its programs and services intended for the youth that will also be intensified from 2011-2016.

One of the issues raised from the youth leaders is that they really want to get involved with the government’s policy making and that their voices will be heard. 

While the representatives from the government line agencies, non-government organizations, business sector and academe presented their programs and services for the youths, the youth leaders also actively participated by raising their issues and concerns and expressing their suggestions on how would these available programs and services from different sectors fit to their needs, and that would answer the youths’ existing problems. 

With this, NYC assured the youth leaders in Caraga that all their suggestions/recommendations will be brought up to Office of the President and be properly addressed. (PIA-Caraga)

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BCCCIFI to host 17th Caraga Business Confab

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 21 (PIA)
– The Butuan City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (BCCCIFI) will be hosting the 17th Caraga Business Conference on August 3-4 in one of the local convention centers here.

In a statement, Mr. Joseph Omar O. Andaya, BCCCIFI President, it is the intention of the conference to find solutions to the lingering issues affecting the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) by bringing it to the forefront during the event. 

Andaya also said, experts who will speak with authority on the different Business Opportunities in Caraga are invited.

The official further stressed a trade fair will be held just right within the venue of the Caraga Business Conference which will not only showcase some of the products of the region, but also highlight the economic potential that the region possess. 

Anchored on the theme “Pushing for a Progressive Caraga,” the two-day conference will bring together experts and prominent leaders in the local and national business environment.

Among them include Senator Franklin M. Drilon, Chairman of the Committee on Finance; Senator Ralph Recto of the Committee on Trade and Industry; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amado M. Tetangco, Jr.; Edgar Generoso, President/CEO of the People’s Credit and Finance Corporation; Ms. Gilda Pioco, President/CEO of the Land Bank of the Philippines and; Dr. Ramon Quesada, Chairman and CEO of Small Business Corporation.

Other highlights during the activity include the discussion of the development agenda for SMEs in Caraga Region, as well as the conduct of investment forums. (PIA-Caraga)

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Army’s 36th Valor Battalion gets new commanding officer

SURIGAO DEL SUR, July 21 –- The 36th Infantry “Valor” Battalion under 401st Infantry “Unite and Fight” Brigade has a new Commanding Officer in a change of command held on 19 July 2011 at 36IB Headquarters, Brgy Dayoan, Tago, Surigao del Sur.

The incoming officer LtCol Joseph Norwin Pasamonte replaced the outgoing Commanding Officer LtCol Rene Canete who led the battalion for a year in a simple turnover ceremony presided by BGEN Emiliano Gupana II, Asst. Division Commander of 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army.

LtCol Pasamonte in his message expressed his honor in assuming the command of 36th IB. He also mentioned that he will do his best to accomplish the mission in curbing the insurgency problem by adhering to the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Camplaign Plan “Bayanihan”, the protection and respect of Human Rights, linkages to stakeholders as well as by maintaining the high state of morale and welfare of his troops.

LtCol Canete relinquished his command with a message of thanks and pride to the unit he led, “I would like to say thank you to Valorian team for the untiring support and cooperation that lead to our mission accomplishment”.

BGen Emiliano Gupana personally knows both the outgoing and the incoming commanding officers of 36th IB for a long time in the service. He described LtCol Canete as trustworthy and industrious person that made him an effective leader, while, LtCol Pasamonte as a peace builder and who has a strong sense of responsibility in leading his troops without sacrificing the morale and welfare of his men.

Meanwhile, Bgen Gupana expressed his heartfelt congratulations to LtCol Canete as the outgoing Commander and to LtCol Pasamonte as the incoming Commander, “I congratulate and thank LtCol Canete for his commitment to service as Commanding Officer of 36th IB and for managing judiciously the resources of the unit, and to LtCol Pasamonte for his confidence and motivation to face another challenge of his career”. (401st IB, Philippine Army/PIA-Caraga)

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Vision 2020 launched in Surigao del Sur

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan


TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 21 (PIA)
-– The provincial government here successfully launched the Vision 2020 – Surigao del Sur – the Right to Sight program, in partnership with the Physicians for Peace-Seeing Clearly, a non-government organization based in USA.

Anchored on its theme: “Marajaw na Panan-aw Surigao”, the activity was highlighted with the cataract-squint surgical and eye care mission held at the Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC) to less fortunate or poorest of the poor residents of this province. The surgical mission will run until Friday, July 22.

Dr. Pyton Neatrour, renowned ophthalmologist of Beach Eye Care in Virginia, USA performed cataract surgeries along with volunteer ophthalmologists in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Physician for Peace-Seeing Clearly Program Director Dr. Chris Buniel also conducted series of eye examinations, refraction, as well as dispensing of prescription eyeglasses and reading glasses with other local optometrists.

In his message, Surigao del Sur Governor Pimentel assured that the provincial government will support this program aimed to minimize blindness by 2020. According to the Governor, thru private-public partnership, everyone is involved in this project.

Meanwhile, according to Dr. Noel Chua, Chair, DOH-National Committee for Sight Preservation (NCSP), Surigao del Sur is the first province in Mindanao to benefit the services of Seeing Clearly Program thru private-public partnership. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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Transport groups in Surigao Sur seek fare hike

by Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 21 (PIA)
–- The transport groups in Surigao del Sur are now poised to seek fare hike due to continuing rise in gas prices.

According to Atty. Gerry Maglinte, legal counsel of majority of the transport organizations in the province, they are already set to hold a meeting for the filing of their petition to concerned authorities before the end of this month.

Maglinte said they have good reasons to seek for a P1 increase as P7 has remained the minimum for jeepneys and tricycles here despite the series of oil price hike.

Also, Maglinte explained it’s a double whammy for the transport groups here as the Pantawid-Pasada Program has yet go full-swing beside the much higher cost of fuel in this locality as compared to highly urbanized areas.

The premium gasoline is sold here at P60.40, P40.50 diesel, and P53.90 for regular gas, it was gathered. (Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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Joint Agusan del Norte, Misamis Oriental PPOC meeting held in Butuan City

by Ellen Vee P. Chua

BUTUAN CITY, July 21
–- The Provincial Peace and Order Councils (PPOC) of Agusan del Norte and Misamis Oriental conducted a joint meeting recently here to present the results of the tasks undertaken by both committees as agreed during the joint PPOC meeting in Gingoog City.

In his message, Agusan del Norte Provincial Governor Erlpe John M. Amante assured the indigenous peoples from Sitio Sio-an that the Province of Agusan del Norte will help the IPs for their Certificate of Ancestral Claim (CADT) and in infrastructure and peace and order interventions. The National Commission of Indigenous Peoples of Agusan del Norte also committed to participate in all social preparations and the rest of the processes of their CADT claim.

Also, Governor Amante and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Clementino S. Pontillo gave inputs on the creation of tribal barangays based on the experience and procedures undertaken in the newly created IP barangay of the Province of Agusan del Norte-Barangay Pangaylan in the Municipality of Santiago. The inputs given gave the attendees a clear idea of how the barangay was created and how the creation was funded.

It was agreed during the meeting that a Memorandum of Agreement will be crafted which will embody the financial and technical support of the Provinces of Agusan del Norte and Misamis Oriental together with the City of Gingoog to the IPs in Sitio Sio-An.

The meeting was attended by DILG Region X OIC-Assistant Regional Director Nilo P. Castanares, PPOC officers and members, partner civil society organizations (CSOs) like the Balay Mindanaw, tribal leaders of Sitio Sio-an and neighboring areas. (DILG-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Caraga)

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DILG, DTI, AECID to conduct seminar-workshop on frontline service management

by Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise

BUTUAN CITY, July 21
– In line with the Streamlining of Business Permits and Licensing Systems (BPLS), the Department of the Interior and Local Government Region XIII and the Department of Trade and Industry Region XIII, in partnership with Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) under the latter’s Strengthening Local Governments in the Philippines (SLGP) Project will conduct a Seminar-Workshop on Frontline Service Management on July 28-29, 2011 at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

The activity, which is under the Component 3 (Improvements in Customer Relations) of the Streamlining of BPLS Project, will be attended by participants from the ten (10) priority/target LGUs in Region XIII, namely the cities of Butuan, Surigao, Bislig, Cabadbaran, Bayugan, Tandag and the municipalities of Mainit, Tubod and Claver in Surigao del Norte and San Francisco in Agusan del Sur. It will also be attended by the Regional Officers of the Organization of Caraga BPLOs.

DILG XIII Regional Director Rene K. Burdeos said that the two-day seminar-workshop will provide answers to effective frontline service management, client relations, communication and image-building skills which are critical in shaping the image of the LGUs in the business permits and licensing systems. 

The Business Permits and Licensing Systems (BPLS) is a joint Project of the DILG and DTI which is aimed at speeding up the issuance of business permits and licenses in cities and municipalities of the country. (DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

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OWWA-Caraga starts info drive on 2-billion reintegration program

by Ritchel M. Molero

BUTUAN CITY, July 21
– In response to the pressing issues and concerns of the OFWs, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Regional Welfare Office Caraga has officially started its month-long information drive themed “2 Billion OFW Reintegration Caravan” on July 13, 2011.

The 2 Billion Reintegration Program aims to provide economic opportunities for returning OFWs affected by political conflicts in the Middle East and other countries seriously stricken by natural and economic calamities.

Recently, OWWA-Caraga together with LBP-Butuan represented by Mr. Jimmy P. Arco, Head of LBP Butuan’s Lending Center and DBP-Butuan represented by Ms. Edina F. Mercado, Senior Manager launched the 2Billion OFW Reintegration Program at Balanghai Hotel, Butuan City.

More than 300 OFWs and dependents from Butuan City and the four provinces of Caraga Region attended the launching.

OWWA-Caraga is set to launch the 2 Billion Reintegration Program in the 70 municipalities of Caraga, including the far-flung provinces of Dinagat Island, Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur. OIC Marieta A. Lumawag herself will be hands-on throughout the launching of the program to ensure easy access to the information that would help the OFWs come up with well-informed decisions.

On July 20, 2011, RWO-Caraga will launch the program in Agusan del Sur that has 410 active OFWs in the Middle East. Surigao del Norte including Dinagat Island is set to be visited on the 25th to 30th of July 2011 that has 897 active OFWs. First week of August is scheduled for the launching of the 2 Billion Reintegration Program in Surigao del Sur with 744 active OFWs.

The 2 Billion Reintegration Program is greatly appreciated by the Caraganon OFWs. According to OFW Reynaldo Igbuta the 7.5 % per annum interest rate and loan repayment of 7 years are indicators that the said loan program is indeed pro-OFW welfare.

RWO-Caraga encourages all Caraganon OFWs to attend the ongoing “OFW 2 Billion Reintegration Program Caravan” at the dates stated above for an in depth understanding of the program. Daily briefings and small group orientation are also given by the technical personnel of the RWO to answer the growing need for information and guidance on the program. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Duha ka adlaw nga organization development workshop ipahigayon sa probinsya

SURIGAO CITY, July 21 (PIA)
-– Karon nga adlaw Huwebes, Hulyo 21, 2011 pagahimoon ang unang adlaw sa Organization Development (OD) Workshop sa probinsya nga ipahigayon didto sa Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City.

Ang maong kalihukan pagapangulohan nila Gobernador Sol Matugas, Vice Governor Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr. ug mga department heads sa kapitolyo.

Tumong ug tuyo sa maong duha ka adlaw nga workshop mao ang pagbansay-bansay ug pagtoon aron mapahapsay ang dagan sa usa ka departamento aron makab-ot ug matuman ang tinguha sa tagsa-tagsa ka mga departamento. (Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: Education Caravan sa probinsya nagpadayon

SURIGAO CITY, July 21 (PIA)
–- Nagpadayon ang education caravan sa probinsya sa Surigao del Norte sa pagpangulo ni Gobernador Sol Matugas inubanan nila Vice Governor Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr., 1st District Congressman Francisco Matugas, BM Sonny Andanar, pipila ka mga hepe sa departamento sa kapitolyo ug ang DepEd.

Niadtong adlawng Biyernes, Hulyo 15 ang education caravan gipahigayon didto sa Bagacay Primary School ug Jamoyaon Elem. School lungsod sa Del Carmen nga gitambongan ni Mayor Alfredo Coro II ug mga opisyales, ug ang Sto Nino Elem. School, Roxas Elem. School, San Isidro Elem. School ug Tigasao Elem. School sa lungsod sa San Isidro nga gitambongan usab ni Mayor Lamberto Dominos ug mga opisyales ug ang Caridad Elem. School, Pilar Central Elem. School, Dayaohao Elem. School, San Roque Elem. School, Datu Elem. School, Mabini Elem. School, ug Maasin Elem. School sa lungsod sa Pilar uban ni Mayor Lucio Gonzales ug mga opisyales niini.

Ug niadtong adlawng Lunes, Hulyo 18 and education caravan gipahigayon didto sa mga eskwelahan sa Wangkee, Tayawod, Lapinigan, Magallanes, Sabang, Cagdianao, Sapa, Hayanggabon ug Taganito sa lungsod sa Claver nga gipanguluhan ni Vice Gov. Egay, uban nila BM Andanar, Mayor Rosemarie Gokiangkee ug mga opisyales niini ug ang mga opisyales sa departamento sa DepEd Claver district.

Atol usab sa maong okasyon gipahigayon ang turn- over sa mga ekwipo sama sa 1 unit photo copier, 1 unit laptop ug 1 unit LCD projector with tripod sa Taganito Elem. School gikan sa Taganito Mining Corporation, ang maong mga ekwipo malipayon ug mapasalamaton nga gidawat ni Mrs. Elena Navallo ang District Supervisor sa DepED sa Claver.

Sa adlawng Martes, Hulyo 19, ang education caravan gipahigayon didto sa Anibongan primary School, Camboayon, Villafranca, Villaflor, San Antonio, Nagubat ug Ipil Elem. School sa Lungsod sa Gigaquit nga gipanguluhan ni Vice Governor Egay, uban nila BM Myrna Romarate, Provincial DepED Schools Division Superintendent Fidela Rosas, pipila ka mga hepe sa departamento sa kapitolyo ug mga opisyales sa maong lungsod.

Ang education caravan Kagahapong adlawa Miyerkules, Hulyo 20, didto gipahigayon sa mga eskwelahan sa Bitaog, Cabugao, Pautao, Pongtud, Dugsangan, Payapag, Camboayon ug Hinatigan Elem. School sa lungsod sa Bacuag nga gitambongan sa ni Mayor Sheila Mae O. Cebedo ug mga opisyales.

Malipayon ug mapasalamaton ug dako ang mga katawhan sa maong mga lungsod kang Gobernador Sol Matugas tungod sa mg programa nga gihimpo niini kay sa ingon niini Makita ug masinati gayud sa atong mga lideres sa lalawigan ang kahimtang sa tagsa-tagsa ka mga eskwelahan ug mahatagan ug solusyon ang mga problema niini alang na sa kaayuhan ug kaugmaon sa mga kabataan. (Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)