8.16.2011

PIA News Service - Tuesday, August 16, 2011

PAMANA: More than the usual development process

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, August 16 (PIA) --
The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) handed over to Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza two checks worth P14,216,000 for projects in three municipalities and in the city of Bayugan. The initial fund release will be used in projects ranging from infrastructure repairs to livelihood, which will benefit some 44,000 residents.

Assistant Secretary Howard Cafugauan said, the amount is part of the P18 ,illion worth of projects intended for the rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads in San Francisco, Bayugan and Prosperidad, rehabilitation of Andanan Baily bridge in Sibagat, livelihood projects like rubber-based farming (rubber plus banana plus fruit tress), abaca production, cacao production, handicraft production and the part of the water supply system particularly in Sibagat town.

“The initial release of the funds is the result of the 2009 survey and study that your provincial government together with the four municipal government technical working group and the OPAPP have undergone," Cafugauan said. "Just like what your governor said, let us use the fund for its real purpose and if we see the difference as what the OPAPP expects, we will surely continue to support your province with DILG where the fund will be channeled because they will be in-charge in building the capacity of the recipients together with other agencies.”

According to Asec Cafugauan, PAMANA is different from other usual development projects like farm to market roads, bridges and livelihood, implemented by other agencies because it deals with challenges especially with peace and order issue, in order to get the projects moving.

“The reason why we want to empower the communities and strengthen their capacities is because we want to address issues of vulnerability and peace through activities that promote social cohesion. As per result of our survey, there are so many resources and potentials in areas that has peace and order issues and the President said he want that people in these areas should feel the presence and care of the government so that their resources and potentials will be put in action for development of themselves and the area, and will soon forget the peace and order issues,” Asec Cafugauan said.

According to Asec Cafugauan, the present administration is expecting that the product of the PAMANA projects will promote peace and development by building peace in the community. It will also mainstream the framework of all government agencies as stakeholders while strengthening their convergence for peace building.

“As we all observed, what happened before was, we wait for the peace agreement before the services and help from government will flow to the communities. But now, we will not wait for that peace agreement to be signed. Government’s services and help will be extended to the communities we called the PAMANA zones even if the peace agreement is yet on process,” Asec Cafugauan said. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Butuan tourist arrivals up – Mayor Amante

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, August 16 (PIA) – Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. of this city recently said the number of tourist arrivals this year has increased compared to last year.

The city’s chief executive said that from July to December of 2010, some 208,520 tourists have visited the city. He said this figure showed an increase of 11 percent compared to the same period in 2009.

He added that tourist arrivals this year have reached 107,553 from January to June.

“Kining maong gidaghanon sa mga turista, gibana-bana nga nagdala og P8.7 billion alang sa atong lokal nga ekonomiya sulod lamang sa usa ka tuig” (The tourist arrivals has brought some P8.7 billion to the local economy in one year), Amante said.

“Said amount benefitted employees in hotels and restaurants, drivers of jeepneys, multi-cabs and pedicabs, as well as businessmen of our public market,” Amante said.

To date, Amante said the city has 2,400 hotel beds and 1,300 hotel rooms that can accommodate participants to any regional and national conventions, making it as the destination of meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibits in the region. (PIA-Caraga)



Thousands avail of mobile passport service

by Dandy Lapura

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, August 16 (PIA) -- Some 1,000 Surigaonons flocked to Surigao City to search for jobs and apply for passport during the jobs fair and mobile passporting service on Aug. 13-14, 2011.

The two-day jobs fair and mobile passporting service was initiated by the city government of Surigao in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

Dozens of private companies joined the jobs fair in an effort to provide jobs to those who wanted to work such as Toyota Davao City Inc., Taganito Mining Corporation, Cagdianao Mining Corporation, Pacific Cement Philippines, Inc. (PCPI), Southern Arms Corporation, and Taytay sa Kauswagan Inc.

Registered job applicants also sought employment with agencies that joined the Fair such as M & M Placement Int’l, Inc., LNS Int’l Manpower Services Corp., PHILQUEST Int’l. Management & Services Contractor, Kabayan Ko Overseas Manpower Placement, Maanyag Int’l Manpower Corp., and Online Hiring Corp.

According to PESO Manager Rolando H. Uyan, among the 783 applicants only 349 of them were successfully interviewed.

“132 of them were qualified applicants but only 8 applicants got hired on the spot,” he said.
For mobile passporting, Uyan said around 434 pass ports were successfully processed. He said the releasing of passport will be on October 9, 2011 at the City PESO Office.

Mayor Ernesto Matugas acknowledged the role of the officials of DFA, DOLE, OWWA, City PESO and business establishments for the success of the event. He said that he wants that the jobs fair be held again soon his constituents in Surigao City. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)



NATCAC – 2nd Run is set in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 16 (PIA) -- The second run of the National Technical – Vocational Education and Training Competency Assessment and Certification (NATCAC) will be held in the months of August to November 2011.

According to Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) Caraga Regional Director Edwin Gatinao, the NATCAC is a synchronized conduct of competency assessment and certification in identified key qualifications that are hard to find but with high industry demand. The NATCAC will be conducted every week starting August to November 2011.

One important features of the NATCAC is the issuance of the National Certificate (NC) or the Certificate of Competency (COC) to successful candidates on the same day of the assessment.

Target candidates for NATCAC are the following: trainers of private & public technical vocational institutions including TESDA Technology Institutes, LGUs and other government agencies providing TVET programs and other private enterprises with registered TVET programs; workers/industry practitioners/professional/career shifters who want to undergo competency assessment; and returning OFWs/Filipino expatriates with relevant experience who want to undergo competency assessment.

Also, interested applicants for the free assessment and certification will have to comply with the following requirements: 1) Duly accomplished application form; & 2) three passport size pictures in white background with name written at the back.

The second run of the NATCAC in Caraga region opens on August 8 and ends on November 18, 2011. Interested applicants are enjoined to visit TESDA Provincial Office near them.
(TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Surigaonon News: Consultative Meeting sa mga Municipal Health
Officers ug mga Chief of Hospitals sa probinsya gipahigayon

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Aug. 16 (PIA) --
Pagkatapos sa Monday Morning Sharing sa Kapitolyo kagahapon nga adlaw Agosto 15, 2011, mitambong si Governor Sol F. Matugas kauban ni Vice Governor Arturo Carlos Egay Jr. ug mga Board members sa usa ka Consultative Meeting with the Municipal Health Officers and Chief of Hospitals uban si Dra. Leonita Gorgolon ang Regional Director sa Department of Health didto sa Gateway Hotel, Surigao City.

Sa maong panagtigom, gihisgutan ang mga indicators sa maayong panglawas, mga issues mahitungod sa birthing clinics, maternal health care, maternal death, ug gihatagan usab ug importansya ang mga kaakuhan ug papel sa mga barangay health workers ug uban pang mga problema ug concerns sa maayong panglawas.

Sa pamahayag sa atong Gobernador nga pinaagi sa giya sa Millenium Development Goals, kinahanglan nga mahisubay ang mga programa sa panglawas sa maong goals ug mahatod gayod ang mga serbisyo medico sa mga katawhan nga nagkinahanglan sama na sa gipahigayon nga mga panambay sa barangay, ug ang pagset-up ug mga adbokasiya aron kita makahimo ug kumunidad nga self-reliant in terms sa maayong panglawas.

Atol sa maong okasyon, gipahigayon ang pagturn-over sa Philhealth Capital Fund worth Php 3,106,197.50 ni Mr. Rodrigo Ariar ang manager sa Philhealth Surigao nga gilangkuban sa 10,441 Indigent Household, Philhealth Medicare para sa Masa ngadto sa probinsya sa Surigao del Norte nga gipanguluhan ni Governor Sol F. Matugas.
(Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Surigaonon News: 2011 Sports Fest nan syudad nagmalamposon

SURIGAO CITY, August 16 (PIA) --
Malamposon nga gisaulog kagahapon na adlaw ang 2011 Sport Fest didto sa City Auditorium sa alas 8:00 nan buntag. Kini isip pag-abli sa ika 41st charter day celebration nan Surigao City.

Gisugdan ang maong programa sa usa ka parade, misunod ang flag raising ceremony atubangan sa city hall.

Ang maong selebrasyon gipanguluhan ni Surigao City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas, Vice Mayor Danilo C. Menor, Hon. Jose Bejil Jr. nga maoy chairman sa technical committee, city officials, city department heads ug lakip na an mga empleyado nan syudad.

Sa buntag nga bahin, nahimong aktibidad mao ang pagrampa sa unom ka mga muses sa kada unit diin si Ms. Rapunzelle Sunshine S. Villalba nan City Agriculture Office sa unit 6 ang napili isip Sports Fest Queen 2011.

Samtang sa cheerdance competition usab nahimong kampyon ang unit 6 nga gepanguyuhan ni Mr. Isaias Elumba isip ilang Unit Manager. Samtang 1st runner-up ang unit 5 nga gepanguluhan ni Engr. Gil Rufino Menor ug second runner-up usab ang Unit 4 nga gepanguluhan ni Engr. Elmer Tecson. Nakadawat usab ug consolation prizes ang unit 1,2, ug 3.

Sa hapon mao na ang duwa sa basketball ug dart nga gilangkuban sa nagkalain-laing units ug partisipante.

Ang maong mga aktibidad magpadajun pa hangtud na sa ika 31 karon nga bulan isip pagselebrar sa ika 41 ka tuig nga anibersaryo nan syudad.
(Surigao City Media Office/ PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Sunud-sunod nga executive budget hearing gipahigayon

ni Roselyn Gangca-Exaure

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Agosto 16 (PIA) --
Gipahigayon kagahapong adlawa ang Executive Budget Hearing sa nagkadaiyang buhatan sa Provincial Government sa Agusan del Norte aron hisgutan ug tukion ang nagkadaiyang gahin sa matag buhatan alang sa pagpadagan niini.

Una nga nagtigum kagahapon sa buntag ang mga representante sa buhatan sa Provincial Assessor’s Office (PASSO) sa pagpanguna ni Mr. Pepito N. Conde, Provincial Engeneering Office (PEO) sa pagpanguna ni Engr. George T. Tan ug Provincial Agriculture’s Office(PAO) sa pagpanguna ni Ms. Maria H. Abastillas.

Pagkahapon gisunod dayon sa pagtigum ang mga representante sa Provincial Veterenary Office (PVET) sa pagpanguna ni Dr. Belen M. Aruelo, Provincial Social Welfare & development (PSWD) sa pagpanguna ni Ms. Gloria L. Pabillore ug Provincial General Services Office (PGSO) sa pagpanguna ni Ms. Nemia D. Alegarbes.

Karong buntag gikatakdang magtigum na usab para sa Executive Budget Hearing ang buhatan sa Management Information System (MIS) sa pagpanguna ni Mr. Jessem O. Cardona, Community Affairs Divission (CAD) sa pagpanguna ni Mr. Daniel Calo, Personnels Office sa pagpanguna ni Ms. Efefania Latonero ug Environment & Natural Resources Office (ENRO) sa pagpanguna ni Mr. Larry Hinaloc ug unyang hapon mao ang Provincial Jail sa pagpanguna ni Mr. Tito Azura ug Provincial Planning & Development Office (PPDO) sa pagpanguna ni Mr. Rofil C. Cabaltera.

Mitambong sa maong Budget Hearing sila si Agusan del Norte Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante, Provincial Administrator Percianita G. Racho ug uban pang mga kadagkuang opisyal sa probinsya. (PIA-Agusan del Norte)