PIA News Service - Tuesday, August 23, 2011

PIA-Caraga, RMN-Butuan to conduct bloodletting activity in Butuan on Sunday

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, August 23 (PIA) -- With the increasing number of dengue cases in many parts of the country, the regional office of the Philippine Information Agency in Caraga has partnered with Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) – dxBC Butuan in the conduct of bloodletting activity on Sunday. This is part of the corporate social responsibility of one of the oldest radio stations here in the city.

In a phone-patch interview with PIA, Sasie Abastas-Babar, News Director of RMN-dxBC Butuan said the activity is in time with the 59th anniversary celebration of RMN nationwide.

Abastas also said the medical-dental mission is also their way of thanking the people of Butuan and the neighboring provinces for making RMN one of the most-listened radio stations in the city.

Other services to be conducted in the whole-day activity include a jobs fair, blood sugar test, free massage, and giving of free medicines.

The activity is sponsored by Butuan City Vice-Mayor Lawrence Lemuel Fortun, 402nd Brigade of the Philippine Army, and Philippine National Police (PNP) PRO-13, among others.

Meanwhile, the region’s Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will also sponsor a mass feeding during the activity. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Gov. Amante graces Veterans Bank’s traveling exhibit

by Maria Rebecca Ayaton

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 23 (PIA) – Agusan del Norte Gov. Erlpe John Amante graced recently the traveling exhibit in an effort to instill awareness of the Butuanons of this generation the sacrifices and gallant deeds of our forefathers.

Anchored on the theme “War of Our Fathers…A Tribute to the Filipino Freedom Fighters", the activity is spearheaded by the Philippine Veterans Bank, a private commercial bank that is owned by Filipino World War II Veterans.

Gov. Amante, in his speech emphasized the bravery of the Filipino forefathers especially here in the city when they fought and risk their lives to protect and defend the region that was formerly composed of only two provinces: Agusan and Surigao.

The chief executive of the province cut the ceremonial ribbon signaling the opening the said exhibit together with high ranking officials of the Philippine Veterans Bank, Department of Education (DepEd), socio-civic organizations and other high ranking government officials.

Also, Mr. Ricardo A. Balbido Jr., President and CEO of the Philippine Veterans Bank expressed his thanks and appreciation to the efforts of the veterans after he witnessed the dramatic stories of the World War II heroes with their 42 panels’ display of wartime photos, artifacts, documents and video presentations.

The said exhibit was held at the Butuan National Museum, Brgy. Doongan, this city. (PIA-Caraga)


DPWH eyes better roadside management in Siargao Island

by Michael Conte

DAPA, Surigao del Norte, August 23 (PIA) -- In an effort to help prolong the service life of infrastructure facilities in Siargao Island, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has enhanced the currently implemented CY2011 roadside maintenance program for better roadside management.

Maintenance Section Chief Engineer Quintiniano C. Armendarez said the District Engineering Office has hired workers on job-order basis as augmentation workforce to the regular maintenance crew.

“Roadside workers are deployed in various national road sites that link the 8 municipalities of mainland Siargao to do the actual works,” Armendarez said.

Roadside and carriageway maintenance activities involve the cutting of vegetation along shoulders up to the road right-of-way, clearing of sidewalks, desilting of drainage canals, longitudinal pipes and cross drains, manual pothole patching and manual reshaping of gravel shoulders and carriageway. (DPWH-2nd Engineering District/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


1st Caraga Mining Sympo, safety competition, a resounding success

BUTUAN CITY, August 23 (PIA) -- The recently concluded 1st Caraga Mining Symposium and Safety Competition in Surigao City was a resounding success, according to a government agency. The symposium had for its theme “Responsible Mining: Key to Caraga’s Economic Growth and Sustainable Development.”

In a press statement Regional Office of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) said the safety competition on Friday showcased mine rescue, fire brigade, and the first aid competencies of the participating mining companies held at the Surigao City National High School.

Said competition exhibited the adeptness of the participants at responding to safety issues in anticipation of the unforeseen circumstances that may beset the mining operations.

Meanwhile, the Plenary and Technical Symposium featured substantial topics, issues, and discussions in relation to the manifold dimensions of mining and its significant contribution to economic growth.

Noted government officials as well as several partners and colleagues from the mining industry and society graced the event and delivered lectures.

At the Hotel Tavern, a variety of booth display and exhibits featuring several mining companies were launched for public viewing.

The singular event culminated in a recognition ceremony where winners of the Safety Competition were awarded.
Also, the ceremony recognized the invaluable contributions of the guests of honors, resource speakers, participants, and organizers to the success of the event.
(MGB-13/PIA-Caraga)


OWWA-Caraga launches “Operation Syria Libreng Tawag”

by Ritchel M. Molero

BUTUAN CITY, August 23 (PIA) -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Office 13 on Monday launched “Operation Syria Libreng Tawag” to provide immediate assistance to families of OFWs in Syria.

Per record, there are only five (5) Caraganon OFWs in Syria that are members of OWWA. However, to safeguard the welfare of all Overseas Filipino Workers, even those who are not members are to be given the access to avail the free call.

It is expected that through the Operation Syria Libreng Tawag concerns of families regarding the OFW’s whereabouts and condition will be easily made known giving instant relief to the affected families.

Moreover, OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon stated that the Philippine Embassy in Syria is having active communication with the Filipino community leaders of the said country. The embassy is also ready to assist OFWs who want to come home. The Philippine Government will provide for the repatriation cost, it was learned.

With these developments, OWWA-Caraga urges families of OFWs in Syria to come and visit their office, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, at Nimfa Tiu Building II, J. Rosales Avenue, this city. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Surigaonon News: Monday Morning Sharing sa Kapitolyo nagpadayon

SURIGAO CITY, August 23 (PIA) -- Kagahapon na adlaw Agosto 22, 2011, nagmalampuson na usab ang Monday Morning Sharing sa Kapitolyo nga gipahigayon sa Provincial Convention Center human sa Flag Raising Ceremony Office ug kini gipasiugdahan sa Provincial Veterinary and Cooperative Development Office ug gitambungan ni Governor Sol F. Matugas, Vice Governor Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr., mga miyembro sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan ug mga empleyado sa kapitolyo.

Ang pinasidunggang mamumulong mao si Board Member Mamerto Galanida, nga diin naghisgot mahitungod sa nationalism, patriotism ug love of country.

Namahayag usab ang Gobernador nga isip usa ka Surigaonon, magbaton, usab kita ug mga buhat nga magpaila sa paghigugma sa atong lugar. Gipalawom sa atong Gobernador ang kanta nga Martsa Surigao nga angay hatagan ug bili ug sabton ang mensahe niini.

Dugang sa Gobernador nga magbaton kita sa mga gawi sa pagkabayani nga mao ang pagkamatinud-anon, pagbaton ug responsibilidad, taas nga enerhiya sa trabaho, paglantaw sa positibo nga parte sa kinabuhi u gang pagkamalipayon sa trabaho.

Gipahayag usab sa Gobernador nga magmaampingon ug magmabinantayon kita ilabina sa kaso sa Dengue Fever. Kinahanglan nga magpadayon ang Kalimpyo ug Kahapsay aron malayo kita sa sakit nga Dengue.

Gusto sa Gobernador nga palapdan ang kampanya sa Dengue Alert sa tanang mga munisipyo ug barangay aron malikayan ang maong makamatay ug delikado nga sakit nga dala sa lamok. (Provincial Information Center/ PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Reg’l Advisory Council Meeting ipahigayon sa Butuan

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 23 (PIA) -- Ang mga miyembrong ahensiya sa Regional Advisory Council (RAC) sa rehiyon Caraga magtigum karong Agosto 26, 2011 sa ala-una sa hapon didto sa Conference Room sa buhatan sa Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga Regional Office, niining siyudad alayon sa RAC 3rd quarter meeting.

Gibutyag ni Regional Coordinator Salma Jayne Alonto Tamano sa buhatan sa National Youth Commission (NYC), nga ang RAC gilangkuban sa mga opisina sa gobyerno sa Caraga diin aduna kini mga programa ug serbisyo alang sa mga kabatan-onan.

“Ang tumong sa maong council mao ang pagpanagtigum sa mga miyembro niini kada semester aron mahisgutan ug mataga-ag solusyon o pulisiya ang mga nagkalain-laing issues and concerns kalabot sa kabatan-onan dinhi sa rehiyon,” sulti ni Tamano.

With this, member agencies are encouraged to gather recent issues and concerns related to youth that could be included for discussion during the meeting.

Alayon niini, gi-awhag ang tanang miyembro sa council nga mag-gather ug mga recent issues and concerns nga angay hisgutan sa nasangpit nga meeting. (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: 1st Kinilaw Festival, gisaulog

ni Roselyn Gangca-Exaure

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, August 23 (PIA) – Gisaulog sa Barangay del Pilar, Cabadbaran City ang 1st Kinilaw Festival dungan sa kasaulogan sa tinuig nga pangilin sa kapistahan ni Sr. San Roque.

Gibutyag ni Barangay Captain Judith P. Cueno nga kini ang unang higayon nga ilang gisaulog ang Kinlaw Festival kon diin naila ang ilang barangay nga puno sa mga natural resources sama sa bulawan (gold), kon diin mao kini ang nag-unang source of income o panginabuhian sa katawhan sa ilang barangay.

Ang Kinlaw Festival usa kini ka semanang selebrasyon kon diin pormal kini nga gi-ablihan niadtong Agosto 21 sa gabii pinaagi sa usa ka opening program uban ang fireworks display, ug gikatakdang mahuman sa adlaw’ng biyernes August 26, 2011 nga mao ang adlaw mismo sa ilang kapistahan. (Agusan del Norte PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Capitol park sa Agusan del Norte, paninduton

ni Roselyn Gangca-Exaure

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, August 23 (PIA) – Mokabat sa P1milyon nga pondo ang gigahin sa lokal nga panggamhanan alang sa pagpanindot sa Capitol Park atubangan mismo sa Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol Building, Capitol Compound, Butuan City, isip pagpangandam sa Christmas Season.

Gibutyag ni Agusan del Norte Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante nga ang maong pondo gamiton kini aron sa pagpanindot sapalibot sa Capitol Building labi na ang capitol park, lakip na niini ang landscaping, christmas lighting ug ang pag-ayo sa fountain niini.

Gidugang pa ni Gov. Amante nga laumang mamahimong nindot nga talan-awon ang palibut sa Capitol Building panahon sa Christmas Season aron mamahimo kini nga kasuruyan sa katawhang Agusanon ug Butuanon uban ang ilang mga pamilya paanahon sa kagabhi-on.

Matud pa, sugdan ang pagpanindot sa capitol park karong semanaha.
(Agusan del Norte PIO/PIA-Caraga)