8.19.2011

PIA News Service - Friday, August 19, 2011

OWWA to conduct probe on recent killing of OFW in Kuwait

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, August 19 (PIA) -- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will conduct investigation on the recent incident where a certain Juvy Montesoso, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) from Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur died on August 5, 2011 when she allegedly jumped from the sixth floor of the building.

In a recent interview with PIA, OWWA-Caraga Regional Director Dr. Marietta Lumawag said OWWA will conduct an investigation into the case.

Dr. Lumawag also said that authorities in Kuwait are already conducting investigation “and we are dependent of the rules and policies of the host country,” she said.

Meanwhile, the OWWA chief of the region said the Philippine Overseas Labor Office where OWWA-Kuwait is located will see to it that the remains of the victim will be transported to Manila.

Furthermore, Lumawag said OWWA will provide a half-way home in OWWA Manila to her family who will meet her in Manila.

She said upon arrival in Bancasi Airport here, OWWA-Caraga will provide assistance in transporting the remains to her hometown. “We will also be providing counseling to members of her family," she said.

Also, OWWA-Caraga will brief the victim’s family on the things to prepare “so that her insurance claims will be processed quickly,” Lumawag said. (PIA-Caraga)


Out-of-School Youth Web Portal of the Phils’ turn-over ceremony set in Butuan

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 19 (PIA) – The Caraga Youth Leaders’ Network (CYLN) Inc. with Honorable Representative Juan Ponce Enrile, Jr. is currently working out its project entitled “Out-of-School Youth (OSY) Web Portal of the Philippines.” The online project will provide information out-of-school youth issues and concerns.

According to CYLN Chief Executive Officer Rex Ybañez, the OSY Web Portal is the first of its kind in the Philippines.

“The project provides services like online training course on skills enhancement, online counseling, online English proficiency course, online youth group link all over the country, focus group education discussions on adolescent health, premarital sex and others, and linkage to other partners and supporters on youth development affairs,” Ybañez said.

The turn-over ceremony of the said project will be on August 28, 9am at the CYLN’s office in this city.

Government line agencies are invited to attend the ceremony as well as private stakeholders and partners in media. (PIA-Caraga)


GSIS G-WAPS to be installed in Agusan del Norte capitol

by Maria Rebecca Ayaton


AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Aug. 19 (PIA) -- Employees of the provincial capitol here may soon not have to go to a Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Branch Office to transact business.

Recently, personnel of the IT Division of GSIS visited the provincial capitol offices to assess where a GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (G-WAPS) kiosk may be installed.

With the G-WAPS, employees of the provincial capitol will be able to transact their remittances, loans, and other transactions in GSIS using the GSIS electronic card.

The kiosk will be installed within this week.

Meanwhile, employees of the capitol are very thankful for the said project because this would make the monitoring of the GSIS transactions much easier and convenient.
(with reports from Agusan del Norte PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao del Sur SP reports semi-annual accomplishment


by Greg Tataro, Jr.


TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, August 19 (PIA) -- The office of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Surigao del Sur has enacted 284 resolutions and 20 ordinances in all the 26 sessions conducted during the first 1st half of 2011.

This was stated in a report that covered the total sessions conducted and legislations enacted by the body, according to Reynilda Cosare, Secretary to the Sagguniang Panlalawigan.

Cosare clarified that the said report also covers the accomplishment of all its employees.
(Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)


Socorro CeC launches wifi access

by Melody Cocon

BUTUAN CITY, August 19 (PIA) --
The Community eCenter (CeC) of Socorro recently launched its wireless internet access installations for households and institutions. This development comes on the heels of the establishment of Socorro's CeC, one of the eleven Year 1 CeC pilots in the Caraga region.

"Kahit mahirap pipiliting magsusumikap para sa kapakanan ng mamamayan. Yan ang alay ng Socorro CeC (It's hard, but we are compelled to strive even harder for the sake of the people. That is what Socorro CeC offers and commits to)," said Zenith Rivas, Socorro CeC manager of the wifi access which is now being enjoyed by a school, a rural bank, two Internet cafes and two households in the municipality.

Aside from providing residents with access to the internet, the wifi access is also an income-generating project which will contribute to the sustainability of the CeC. Residents and institutions who subscribes need only to pay one thousand pesos (P1,000) each month to the CeC.

The CeC also facilitates improved and convenient services to the residents. It offers basic Internet and business services, and capability building projects such as computer literacy. It also assists job seekers who do not have personal computers at home to access employment opportunities via the Internet from 5:00pm to 2:00am.

“This service enriches the lives of Socorronhons. May Socorro CeC continue improving citizen experience by adapting to the fast pace of technology," remarked Melody Cocon, the Regional I.T. Coordinator for Caraga Region. (NCC Field Office/PIA-Caraga)


Dengue cases in Surigao Sur under control, says PHO

by Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, August 19 (PIA) -- The Provincial Health Office here said dengue cases in Surigao del Sur is under control.

According to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Romeo de los Reyes, despite the reported dengue cases in Region 1, 3, and Metro Manila, there were no significant number of dengue cases province-wide.

However, based on the data released by the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga Regional Office, Surigao del Sur had ranked 4th among the provinces here during the 1st semester including the row of cities.

Surigao del Sur had recorded 57 cases during the said period but no casualty had been reported. (Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)


Surigao del Sur launches anti-TB campaign

by Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur August 19 (PIA) -- The provincial government of Surigao del Sur through the Provincial Health Office (PHO) headed by PHO chief Dr. Romeo de los Reyes has successfully launched the provincewide Anti-TB campaign recently.

Dubbed Public-Private Mixed D.O.T.S. (Directly Observed Treatment Short Course Chemotherapy), a program was held at 8:00 o’clock in the morning at the Capitol Seminar Hall here after the motorcade.

With the theme, “We care For TB patients, their families and community,” the campaign aims to allocate 10 sets of complete doze of anti-TB drugs for each local and national offices’ for the treatment any employee found to be sputum positive.

The province-wide anti-TB campaign is a joint undertaking of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Coalition Against Tuberculosis (PCAP).
(Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)


LMP nat’l prexy, 15 Cavite mayors to visit Surigao Sur

by Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, August 19 (PIA) -- Bacoor Mayor Strike Revilla, President of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, along with 15 mayors of his home province of Cavite visit Surigao del Sur on August 24-26.

Engr. Merlyn Baure, Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) chief in Surigao del Sur announced recently that Revilla and company will have meet with mayors of the province, and will visit scenic spots.

Revilla and company will practically travel the whole stretch of the province from North to South except for the southernmost tip municipality of Lingig and some interior municipalities.

Stopovers will be at Cortes, Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen, Lanuza, Tandag City, Bislig City, Hinatuan, and Britania, San Agustin due to pre-arrange appointments. (Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)


Malacañang okays P200-M road concreting project in Surigao del Sur

by Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, August 19 (PIA)- Gov. Johnny Pimentel got the nod from Malacañang for the release of P200 million fund intended for the initial concreting of the unpaved roads section between Cortes and Lanuza towns stretching to more than 10 kilometers.

The said road section is one of the two remaining unpaved portion left behind during the massive concreting of more than 200-kilometrs stretch of National Highway in the province known as Surigao del Sur-Davao Coastal Road (SDCR).

Pimentel told Radyo ng Bayan, he took advantage of the 3-minute audience he had with Pres. Noynoy Aquino to follow-up said amount during the meeting with fellow governors in Manila a week ago.

Gov. added, he also approached Budget Secretary Florencio Abad on the matter.

District Engr. Joseph Calderon of DPWH 1st District Engineering Office said the other unpaved portion has a span of about 12-kilometers. It is located at the northernmost town of Carrascal, which also needs a considerable funding allocation. (
Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)


Surigaonon News: 1st Caraga Mining Symposium, Safety Competition pagabuksan karong adlawa sa Surigao City

ni Dandy Lapura

SURIGAO CITY, Agosto 19 (PIA) -- Ang syudad sa Surigao City maoy host karon sa pinaka-unang Caraga Mining Symposium and Mining Safety Competition nga sugdan karong adlawa, Agosto 19 ug mulungtad kini hangtud sa Agosto 20, 2011nga gipasiugdahan sa Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB) Caraga regional office.

Ang maong aktibidad nagdala sa tema nga, “Responsible Mining: Key to Caraga’s Economic Growth and Sustainable Development”

Gikatakda nga ubay-ubay ang mamahimong mamumulong gikan sa pribado ug gobyerno na sektor na maoy eksperto sa minahan, lumad na katawhan ug environmental issues. Ang maong simposyo mo-hanyag ug porum na pagahisgutan ang mga bag-o na isyu na gikalambigitan na sa aktibidadis labina sa large-scale nga minahan sa rehiyon sa Caraga.

Giktakda nga muhatag sa pangunang mensahe mao si House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman and First District Surigao del Norte Rep. Francisco Matugas diin mohisgot siya sa Legislative Agenda sa House of Representatives kabanay sa Mining Industry.

Samtang si Rep. Guillermo Romarate, Jr sa segundo distrito sa Surigao del Norte ang mohatag usab ug mensahe mahitungod sa Congressional Initiatives to Support the Mining Industry sa Caraga Region ug sa tibook nasod usab.

Si Cong. Romarate myembro usab kini sa House Committee on Natural Resources samtang siya usab ang Vice Chairman sa Committee on the Indigenous People.

Samtang si Secretary Luwalhati Antonino nga maoy Secretary sa Mindanao Development Authority gikatakda usab nga muhatag sa mensahe bahin sa impak sa mga minahan sa kalambo-an sa Mindanao. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Malacañang gusto og dugang pang konsultasyon sa FOI bill

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, August 19 (PIA) -- Si Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) Secretary Ricky Carandang namahayag niadtong Huwebes nga gikinahanglan pa mohimo og dugang konsultasyon sa mga nagkadaiyang sektor sa Freedom of Information bill adisir ang Malacañang mosumitir sa kaugalingong bersyon sa maong balaodnon didto sa Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC).

”Malacanang has yet to submit a well-studied FOI bill because we are still doing more consultations with various sectors, including civil society and other groups,” si Carandang miingon atol sa public hearing sa Senate versions sa FOI bill.

Si Carandang miingon nga si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III mi komiter sa pagpasa ngadto sa balaodnon sa FOI alang sa transparency nga maoy pinaka importanteng hinungdan aron mawagtang ang pagpangawkaw ug korupsyon sa gobyerno.

”But there are more sectors that have to be consulted like the civil society and other NGOs (non-governmental organizations) as well as government agencies which have concerns regarding the release of information and documents so as not to compromise the work of the government,” dugang pa niya.

Sa iyang parte, si Undersecretary Manolo Quezon miingon nga bisan pa ang FOI bill wala mahilakip sa 13 priority measures nga gisumitir atol sa uwahing LEDAC meeting, ang Pangulong Aquino mikomitir sa pagpasa sa maong balaodnon sulod sa nahabiling lima ka tuig sa iyang administrasyon.

”As you can see right now, the President is mentioning that we have to broaden the discussions on the FOI bill and the President is transparent in his concerns” si Quezon miingon.

Si Senator Gregorio Honasan miingon siya misuporta sa tinguha sa Malacañang sa pagpahigayon og dugang pang mga konsultasyon usa pa ang FOI bill mamahimong sertipikahan sa Pangulo isip dinalian.

Pero, si Honasan nag-awhag sa Malacañang sa pag takda og tagal kon anus-a ang FOI bill mahisumitir alang sa angay nga mga pagtuki.

Si Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano nag-awhag sa Malacañang sa pagdali pagsumitir sa FOI bill diin kini “essential in good governance.” (Susil Ragas, PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: DepED naghisgot sa mga mahinungdanong kauswagan ubos sa gobyernong Aquino

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Agosto 19 (PIA) - Ang Department of Education (DepED) miingon nga nakab-ot nila ang mahinungdanong mga kabag-ohan ubos sa administrasyon ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sukad siya milingkod sa iyang katungdanan niadtong Hunyo niaging tuig.

Ang DepED mipagawas sa maong pamahayag isip tubag sa usa ka panid nga binayrang pahinumdom “Ganito tayo noon, bakit nagkaganito tayo ngayon?” nga nagkumpara sa mga nahimo sa miaging administrasyong Arroyo og sa gobyernong Aquino.

Sukwahi sa pahinumdom/propaganda nga gimantala niadtong Agosto 16 sa duha ka mga mantalaan, ang departamento sa Edukasyon miingon nga mahimo nila ang 1:1 textbook –to-student ratio sa tanang lebel karong Disyembre ning tuiga sa tanang core subjects.

“Mahimo nato pagkab-ot ang 1:1 textbook-to-student nga ratio sa tanang mga lebel karong Disyembre para sa tanang lima ka core subjects—English, Science, Math, Social Studies ug Filipino,” ingon pa nila, dugang pa nga ila ng nasugdan ang delivery sa mga textbooks.

Kalabot na sa suweldo sa mga magtutudlo, ang DepED mitaho nga sukad Hulyo karong tuiga, ang basic salary sa Teacher 1 karon anaa na sa P17,099, og kung kahinumdoman adunay 2, 807 ka mga magtutudlo sa kindergarten nga adunay regular nga posisyon nga nagadawat og basic monthly salary nga P17,099.

Dugang pa nga adunay 25,868 boluntaryong mga magtutudlo nga adunay kinitaan nga P3,000/bulan/session hangtod P6,000/bulan para sa duha ka session. “Among these, Licensure Examination for Teachers passers may apply for regular items that will be opened once the Universal Kindergarten law is signed,” ang pamahayag nag-ingon.

Ang DepEd usab nagtaho nga 22,015 klasroms ang natukod sulod sa unang tuig sa administrasyong Aquino lakip ang 4,155 nga natukod gikan Hulyo 2011 ngadto Mayo 2011, 169 ang alang sa kahumanan sulod karong tuiga ug 6,691 klasroms ang napaayo.

Ubos sa administrasyong Aquino, ang klasroms-ngadto-estudyante nga ratio 1:39 sa elementary ug 1:53 sa High School, kumpara sa miaging administrasyon nga 1:39(Elementary) ug 1:55 (HighSchool).

Aduna usab 691,494 Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) ang mga benipisyaryo modawat og P10,000 matag usa alang sa National Capital Region ug P5,000 matag usa gawas sa Metro Manila gikan 2010 hangtod 2011.

“This was increased to 757,000 beneficiaries under GASTPE education service contracting scheme for SY 2011-2012,” ingon pa, og dugang niini ang mga benipisyaryo gawas sa Metro Manila makadawat og dugang nga P500.

Ug sa ilang Food for School Program, ang DepED miingon nga ang maong kahimoan gibalhin ngadto sa conditional cash transfer (CCT) program ubos sa administrasyon ni Pangulong Aquino.

“Under the Aquino administration, the effort was shifted to the conditional cash transfer program, however, there are local schools feeding programs implemented in poor provinces initiated by DepEd or the LGU. We also have feeding programs in select areas in partnership with the private sector such as NutriAsia,” ang pamahayag nagtumbok.
(PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Cong. Matba, pabor sa RH Bill

ni Roselyn Gangca-Exaure

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Agosto 19 (PIA) -- Pabor si Agusan del Norte 2nd District Congresswoman Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba sa Reproductive Health kon RH Bill nga gidebatihan karon sa kongreso.

Sumala pa sa kongresista nga obligasyon matud pa niya ang paghatag ug kaayuhan sa katawhan nga iyang gialagaran, hinungdan nga iyang gilantaw ang kaayuhan nga iyang mahatag niini.

Gipasabot sa opisyal nga ang iyang pag-uyon sa RH Bill sa tumong nga mamahimong responsible ang matag ginikanan sa pag-plano sa ilang pamilya, ug wala matud pa nagpasabot nga ang RH Bill mag-insister sa pag-gamit sa artificial method.

Nakalatid matud pa sa RH Bill ang paghatag ug kahigayunan sa katawhan nga makahibalo sa natural nga pamaagi ug artificial nga pamaagi ug ang magtiayon na matud pa ang bahala kung unsa nga method o pamaagi ang ilang sundon. (Agusan del Norte PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Cong. Matba, admitado nga ang paspas nga pagsaka sa populasyon usa sa hinungdan sa kapobrehon

ni Roselyn Gangca-Exaure

BUTUAN CITY, Agosto 19 (PIA) -- Admitado si Agusan del Norte 2nd District Comngresswoman Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante Matba nga usa sa mga rason sa kapobrihon sa nasud mao ang paspas nga pagsaka sa populasyon.

Gipasabot ni Cong. Matba nga kung ang usa ka komunidad paspas ang pagsaka sa populasyon, nanginahanglan na usab kini ug dugang attention sa gobyerno sama sa usa ka barangay nga manginahanglan na usab ug dugang setio, dugang tulunghaan ug uban pang pasilidad alang sa komonidad.

Gidugang pa sa opisyal nga ang populasyon adunay direktang ipekto sa panginahanglanon sa tibook nasud, tungod kay sa panahon nga magkadaghan ang populasyon sa nasud magkadaku usab ang panginahanglanon niini, hinungdan nga walay laing madaganan ang katawhan mao ang gobyerno, apan limitado matud pa ang pondo sa gobyerno.

Alayon niini kinahanglan matud pa nga mopili ang katawhan sa maayong leader nga mobati sa kawad-on sa tawo ug adunay kakapas sa pagsulbad sa problema sa katawhan ug dili kay ang ila lamang kaugalingon nga problema ang sulbaron. (Agusan del Norte PIO/PIA-Caraga)