8.05.2011

PIA News Service - Friday, August 5, 2011

City gov’t urges economic sector to strengthen partnership

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, August 5 (PIA) –- Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. of this city reiterated his call to the economic sector to strengthen partnership in an effort towards poverty alleviation.

The call was made by the city’s chief executive during his report to the city held recently here saying that the local government should have strengthened partnership with the economic sector and to double their efforts together with the private sector, people’s organizations and the non-government organizations to achieve such goal.

However, Mayor Amante said because of the joint efforts of the concerned organizations, “indicators show that progress and development that we have achieved increases.”

Amante added because of the partnership with the key organizations, the city has become the destination of MICE (Meetings, Incentives and Exhibits) in the whole region of Caraga.

The city’s chief executive also stressed that the city has a total of 2,400 hotel beds and 1,300 hotel rooms.

“Because of this, there’s no reason that we cannot host a regional or national conference monthly,” Amante said.

The report of Mayor Amante drew positive feedback from the general public, it was learned. (PIA-Caraga)


Senator Guingona praises Zubiri

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, August 5 (PIA) –- Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chair Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona today praised the move of former Senator Miguel Zubiri who recently resigned due to the alleged poll fraud in 2004 and 2007 Senatorial elections where Zubiri won over Atty. Coco Pimentel in a controversial result from the Commission on Elections.

In an interview with a local radio station here this morning, Sen. Guingona said the entire Senate also praised Zubiri for what he did. “He is just showing a gesture of being a gentlemen who values integrity and honor,” Guingona said.

Guingona also said he has nothing against Zubiri as they both come from Mindanao. “Sen Zubiri and I have a common vision for the development of Mindanao… with his resignation, I will do everything to continue that vision because Mindanaoans are too close to us,” Guingona added.

When asked on his opinion of the alleged election fraud, he said the Senate is on the process of conducting investigation. “Sooner or later, everything will be cleared,” Guingona said.
(PIA-Caraga)


DILG conducts training for tanods in Agusan del Sur


by Rena L. Naguita

BUTUAN CITY, August 5 –- the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) recently conducted a whole day training of 183 barangay tanods of La Paz, Agusan del Sur in an effort to strengthen the civilian volunteers or tanods of the 15 barangays of La Paz and make them effective in the discharge of their duties, functions, and responsibilities.

During the training, barangay tanods were given role playing exercises and actual display of skills. The activity also involved lecture/discussions on the Roles and Responsibilities of Barangay Tanods, Basics on First Responders, Arrest and Handcuffing Techniques, Internal Security Operations (ISO) and other values formation topics.

In his message, Mayor Ambrocio Lim stressed the importance of barangay tanods in governance and in the maintenance of peace and order and public safety in the entire municipality of La Paz, where threat of lawless elements is present. He also encouraged the participants to do their duties and functions despite minimal honorarium received every month.

Mayor Lim distributed vest to each tanod and promised to provide one handcuff per barangay before the month ends.

The training was jointly conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) of La Paz, Agusan del Sur; Municipal Local Government of La Paz; Liga ng mga Barangay-La Paz Chapter; Philippine National Police (PNP); Armed Forces of the Philippines (26th IB, 41ID, PA), and National Auxiliary Chaplaincy of the Philippines. (DIL-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Caraga)


Aurora farmers now proud land-owners

by David M. Suyao

AURORA, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur (August 5) –- Some 125 farmers here are now proud to be called land owners of the land they till, after receiving their official land titles from Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza as concrete proof of ownership.

Gov. Plaza was met by Barangay Captain Rodolfo Obguia and hundreds of Barangay Aurora officials and residents. But what caught the Governor’s attention was the number of children who cheered when they saw the governor.

“As I recall, the last time I visited you here in Barangay Aurora was in 2006. But I only see a little number of children. Now, I can’t believe the number of children I saw here! I have been in almost all barangays in the province but your barangay is one of the most children-populated barangays in Agusan del Sur,” Gov. Plaza said.

According to Gov. Plaza, it is normal that remote rural areas are expected to bear more children compared to urban areas, but couples should control themselves in order control the population.
“It is not a joke to have plenty of children to nurture and prepare their bright future. So I appeal to all of the couples here to control yourselves in order to control the rapid population of children in your barangay. For those children who are in school, do your best to excel in you studies, because your provincial government is granting scholarship to deserving students. What you have to do is pass the requirements, and you will enjoy free college education for a better future,” Gov. Plaza said.

Going back to the distribution of land titles, Gov. Plaza said he did not made a second thought when Barangay Captain Obguia approach him in his office and ask for help for the titling of their farm lands.

“You will now have peace of mind because the land you are working is already yours. Make the best out of your property so that all our efforts will not be wasted. I do not want to hear that after you hold your land titles, you will use them for collaterals for loans in the banks. The tendency is they will never return to you, and again, the same problem both of us will confront someday,” Gov. Plaza said.

Not only the distribution of land titles were enjoyed by the Aurora farmers. Gov. Plaza also ordered the rehabilitation of the road from the highway to Aurora. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


News Feature: BCPO Inaugurates Quality Service Lane

Complaints filed at the Butuan City Police office used to be processed at makeshift tables marked "Complaint Desk." But now, the city police can boast of Quality Service Lane facility, which was inaugurated on August 2.

The change started a few months back with a series of plans and commitments not only from the rank-and-file of the PNP personnel but from the local government of Butuan under the leadership of Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. as well.

Police Senior Superintendent Jose V. Carillo, ordered his station commanders to speed up the construction or renovation of the Quality Service Lane of the police stations.

Carillo did not only envision for the mere establishment or creation of a simple QSL to five offices of his police stations in the different parts of the City of Butuan but he also aimed for an impressive one putting into consideration that Butuan City is the seat of government of the Caraga Region. As a result, he began the construction and renovation of the QSL facilities of the Butuan City Police Station 1, which is co-located with Butuan City Police Office where he is the city director.

Changes within the compound of Butuan City Police Office began to take shape as the days passed by. The transformation of the old Complaint Desk into a new Quality Service Lane was started at a separate building that housed the Guardhouse. Expansion and modifications took place to accommodate the receiving room together with other facilities like chairs, tables, and others.

Reconstruction of the parking lot within the compound to fit the new requirement was considered a challenge due to the limited space of the compound. But ingenuity prevailed and finally, a new parking lot emerged to accommodate complainants and walk-in clients guided by signs and billboard markers. A separate comfort room for male and female clients was also constructed for the purpose.

“We are proud to tell the people of Butuan that a standard Quality Service Lane is finally constructed in this part of the country to meet the people’s demands for a service-oriented and client-friendly police office, Police Senior Superintendent Jose Carillo stated.
(PNP-PRO 13/PIA-Caraga)


DPWH Surigao Norte recipient of Road Board Project

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Aug. 5 (PIA) -– District Engineer Linda A. Uypala of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Surigao del Norte 1st Engineering District said today that her office is a recipient of a number of projects from the Road Board program under the Motor Vehicle User's Charge (MVUC) funded projects.

According to Uypala the fund for this program was intended to maintain and keep the national and secondary road in good condition.

She said that a P10 Million worth of project was already downloaded for the repair and rehabilitation and asphalt overlay of Daang Maharlika (Surigao-Agusan Road Section).

“It involves rehabilitation of 11.1 km. damaged paved road and asphalt overlay of 0.6205 km. with exception,” she said.

Uypala said the purpose of road maintenance is to reduce the rate of deterioration and prolong the service life of roads, provide the riding public with more convenient and safe road travel and to effectively cut costs in the wear and tear on roads. (DPWH 1st Engineering District/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Coloma gipangulohan ang unang anibersaryo sa Presidential Communications Operations Office

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, August 5 (PIA) -- Si Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. mipahimangno sa mga empleyado nga nahisakop sa communications department to be always FIT—faithful with integrity and working as a team.

Si Coloma mipalanog niini atol sa gipahigayong Misa kagahapong adlawa Huwebes, Agosto 4, 2011 didto sa New Executive Building sa Malacanang atol sa selebrasyon sa unang anibersaryo sa PCOO.

Sunod sa iyang pag asumir, si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III mipirma sa Executive Order No. 4 niadtong Hulyo 30,2010, mihinganlan pag usab sa opisina sa Press Secretary isip PCOO ug gibuhat ang Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office.

Ang PCOO, nga gipangulohan ni Secretary Coloma, maoy gitasan sa pag apod-apod sa mga mensahe sa gobyerno ngadto sa pribadong mga media companies ug mag superbisar sa mga gipanag-iya sa gobyerno nga mga media entities.

“Itong kinabibilangan natin ay may mahabang kasaysayan na,” Coloma said in his short speech following the Mass. “We are inheritors of an entire thread of history. At yung thread na yun ang sentro dun yung vocation natin,” dugang pa niya.

Sa ilang pag selebrar sa unang aniberasryo sa PCOO, si Secreatry Coloma mipahimangno sa mga empleyado sa gobyerno nga dili kalimtan ang pulong nga FIT o faith, integrity and teamwork.

“Yung faith may pananampalataya tayo at yun ang pinanggagalingan ng ating lakas, ng ating inspirasyon ng ating dunong at ng ating enthusiasm,” pamahayag ni Coloma.

“Sana po habang sinasariwa natin ang ating didikasyon, ang ating commitment sa ating calling, tandaan po natin we must always be FIT--faithful with integrity and working as a team,” dugang pa niya.

Uban kang Coloma, mitambong usab sa maong Misa sila Undersecretary for Operations George Syliangco, Undersecretary for Finance and Administration Eduardo Visperas, Assistant Secretary Rey Marfil, ug si Assistant Secretary Elizardo de Layola. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Surigaonon News: Surigao del Norte, Liga sa Mayores mupasiugda sa ikaduhang Market Day

ni Dandy Lapura


SURIGAO DEL NORTE, August 5 (PIA) – Pagkatapos sa kalamposan sa permiro na Market Day niadtong Hulyo 22, 2011, ang mga lokal nga producers ug suppliers sa nagkalain-lain nga munisipyo sa Surigao del Norte nagkahi-usa na sad sa paghimo ug ikaduha na Market Day karong adlawa August 5.

Malaumon karon si Bacuag Mayor Sheila-Mae Orquina Cebedo, presidente sa League of the Mayors of the Philippines (LMP) Surigao del Norte chapter, ubay-bay gyud karon ang muapil nga mga suppliers kumpara sa niadtong una.

Gipamahayag usab ni Mayor Cebedo nga kining maong kalihokan gi-suportahan gyud kini sa mga myembro sa LMP Surigao del Norte chapter ug ilang gitinguha na mailhan sa mga katawhan ang lokal na produktong Surigaonon nga pwedegyud ipasigarbo sa ubang probinsya.

Ibandera sa maong kalihokan ang tanang lokal nga produkto sama sa panapton, agrikultura ug sa uban pang delikasiya sa Surigao.(PIA-Surigao del Norte)