9.08.2011

PIA News Service - Thursday, September 8, 2011

Agusan del Sur education program reap another success

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Sept. 8 (PIA) -- Two new doctors paid a courtesy call and thanked Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza for the invaluable help they have received from the provincial government. Recently passing the doctor of medicine board examination, they are now rendering medical services at the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital (DOPMH) in Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur. The two were recipients of the scholarship grant of Agusan del Sur provincial government.

Dr. Heide Mondejar from the municipality of Talacogon graduated from the Dr. Jose P. Rizal School of Medicine – Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan while Dr. Kenneth Sagrado from Prosperidad graduated from the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) in Iligan City.

“I am very glad and proud that we reap another fruit of our struggles and dreams. Aside from having another two new doctors, I feel very elated because our time and efforts and the resources of the government were not wasted. We can now fill up the need of doctors in the DOPMH who will address one of our thrust in government service which is the delivery of quality health services,” Gov. Plaza said.

Dr. Joel Esparagoza, chief of the DOPMH was also glad that the two passed the doctor’s board. He said the two doctors will be a big help to DOPMH, the lone tertiary hospital in the province. Dr. Esparagoza said he already passed requests for the position of Medical Officers for the two new doctors.

The two new doctors also signed contract of service in front of Gov. Plaza, signifying their sincere willingness to serve the people of Agusan del Sur by working at the DOPMH for eight years.

At present, the provincial government of Agusan del Sur has 234 scholars for the school year 2011-2012. Under resolution No. 465 series of 2011, authored by Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Cesar Alonde, 207 scholars were confirmed and approved for the first semester of school year 2011- 2012. The budget will be taken from non-office appropriations in the approved annual budget for the year 2011. Of the 207 scholars, 97 are full blooded indigenous students who will avail of free, full tuition fee, free board and lodging with allowances and they must be enrolled in Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology, and the Philippine Normal University. These 97 scholars came from all over the province, with two scholars per municipality.

Non-natives 70 scholars will have the same privileges as that of the 97 indigenous scholars. Another 12 are taking medicine enrolled in different medicine schools all of their choice all over the country. Another ten are nursing scholars, eight are persons with disability, five are taking up doctorate degree and another five, masteral degree.

In order to complete the 234 scholars, Resolution No. 433 authored by SP member Cesar Alonde was passed. It is a resolution confirming the 27 scholarship grantees of the Agusan del Sur distance learning scholarship program at the University of the Philippines Open University (UP-OU) effective school year 2011-2012 whose budget will also be taken from non-office appropriations in the approved annual budget for 2011. Courses for the distance learning ranges from Master of Development Communication, Master of Arts in Education, Diploma in Mathematics Teaching, Master of Arts in Nursing, Diploma in Computer Science, Diploma in Science Teaching, Diploma in Language and Literature Education, Diploma in Social Work and Master in Social Work, to Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DepED Caraga celebrates Teacher’s Month Campaign

by Maria Rebecca Ayaton

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 8 (PIA) -- In line with the celebration of the World Teacher’s Day (WTD) on October 5, the Department of Education (DepED) Caraga fetes the Teacher’s Month Campaign (TMC) starting September until October 5.

The campaign with the theme “My Teacher, My Hero,” aims to show the important role of teachers and the service and commitment they render to the students and to the community.

In addition, the activity also promotes respect for the teachers by letting the people know the significance of educators in the country.

TMC activity also aims to call the attention of the students to take a teaching course so that they could add up in the workforce and help in giving quality education to the youth.(MRA with reports from DepED-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


1st Siargao Adventure Race set

by Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 8 (PIA) -- It’s more than a race, it’s an adventure!

In line with Surigao del Norte Governor Sol F. Matugas' thrust to promote Siargao as a Sports Tourism destination, the municipality of Santa Monica will be hosting the 1st Siargao Adventure Race on October 4 to 6.

According to Santa Monica Mayor Rosalinda Penera, the race will be a one-day racing series of various disciplines such as mountain biking, off-road/trail running, trekking and fishermen’s boat paddling which will take the participants to the different tourist spots of the town.

The race is expected to gather 60 competitors. They will have the opportunity to enjoy the scenic view of the town, passing through its coastal areas, mangrove forest, hills, caves, and white sand beaches.

Also according to Mayor Penera, as a highlight of this year’s ‘Araw ng Santa Monica” celebration, the race aims to promote Santa Monica as an alternative tourist destination in Siargao Island. It also aims to develop responsible ethics among outdoor enthusiasts and cultivate a spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship. Conservation of the coastal environment is also given emphasis through a unified effort of coastal clean-up and mangrove planting, Penera added.

Winners of the race will receive a total prize of Php100,000 and medals while non-winning participants who clock-in before the designated cut-off time for each category (beginner/master’s) will also receive Finisher’s medals for conquering the race course.

It will be a 3-man team with a registration fee of P1,000, inclusive of full-board meals, events shirts, and transfers within the island.

The race will start from the town’s port area and end at Alegria white beach.

Other highlights of the 3-day event also include Budols Fight, Sapao-Sapao Festival, Agri-Aqua Fair, Coastal Clean-Up, mangrove Planting, Launching of Life Saving Games, and Santa Monica Discovery Tour.

The event is organized by the municipality of Santa Monica, Surigao del Norte, provincial government of Surigao del Norte, First district of Surigao del Norte, Philippine Surfing Federation in partnership with the Department of Tourism and sponsored by the San Miguel Corporation. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


First batch of OFWs from Libya receives NRCO livelihood grant

by Ritchel M. Molero

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 8 (PIA) -- Twelve OFWs repatriated from Libya, and four distressed OFWs from Middle East received checks worth 10,000 pesos each as a livelihood grant of the National Reintegration Center for OFWs. This was done in coordination with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and Department of Labor and Employment and was held September 5 at the OWWA-Caraga Training Hall.

To date, OWWA-Caraga had released a total of 160,000 pesos to 16 Caraganon OFWs under the NRCO Livelihood Grant. By the coming months the agency is expected to release another 240,000 pesos for the remaining 15 Repatriated OFWs from Libya and 9 distressed workers from Middle East.

OWWA-Caraga OIC Marieta A. Lumawag said the 10,000 livelihood grant will allow the OFWs to finance their preferred business enterprise and will augment their income.

Prior to the awarding of the check, Regional Welfare Office- Caraga in partnership with TESDA, DTI, DA-ATI, and with full support from DOLE Regional Director Ofelia B. Domingo, conducted series of Enterprise Development Training and Business Livelihood Skills Training such as Mushroom Culture, Lemon Grass Farming, Pangasius Production, Modern Swine and Native Chicken Raising, etc. for the recipients of the grant.

Technological Demonstration on Cologne and Perfume Making, Detergent Powder Making, Dishwashing Liquid, Fabric Softener Making and others were also conducted to produce well-informed and well-equipped OFWs before starting a business.

The first batch of the NRCO Livelihood Grant was thankful to the Philippine Government for its continuous support for the OFWs. One of them was Mr. Oliver T. Plaza, who expressed his deep gratitude to DOLE & OWWA for the help he received during his repatriation and even in his struggle to establish his construction business.

“This ten thousand will be of great help in my endeavor of raising bigger capital for my newly established construction business,” Plaza said.

OWWA-Caraga also distributed Certificate of Participation to 42 OFWs who successfully completed the 3-day Entrepreneurial Development Training on August 10. The Certificate of Participation is one of the primary requirements of the Landbank of the Philippines and Development Bank of the Philippines in processing the 2 Billion Reintegration Loan Program of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao to celebrate Bonok-Bonok Festival 2011

by Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO CITY, Sep. 8 (PIA) -- Tourists, neighboring townsfolk and covering journalists will once again be treated to a cultural festivity as Surigaonons will showcase not only their rich culture but also their unique rhythm through the staging of the Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival 2011 on Friday, Sep. 9.

The Bonok-Bonok is a ritual dance originated from the Mamanwa tribe which has passed down through the generations and still being practiced today in honor of their patron Saint San Nicolas de Tolentino.

Ten contingents from various barangays, schools and towns in the province have confirmed their participation in the two categories- the Bonok-Bonok based and Free Interpretation.

The participants confirmed to join the Bonok-Bonok based category include R.C. Ouano Memorial Elementary School-Barangay Cagniog, Barangay Washington, Barangay Mat-I, Barangay Manjagao, and Barangay Rizal in cooperation with B. Vasquez Central Elementary School and Rizal National High School. For the Free Interpretation category, the participants include Surigao Norte National High School, Municipality of Tagana-an, Municipality of Alegria, Barangay Lipata, and Barangay Buenavista.

Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., the event guest speaker, is expected to grace the opening rites of the festival along with other local officials headed by City Mayor Ernesto Matugas and Gov. Sol Matugas. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Immigration monitors foreign nationals in Caraga

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, September 8 (PIA) -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) assured that foreign nationals residing in Caraga Region are monitored, not only to make sure they are following the laws of the country but also to ensure their protection.

During Wednesday’s airing of Caraga in Focus, a regular TV program of PIA-Caraga, Pastor Oran, Jr., Alien Control Officer of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said his office is monitoring the activities of these foreign nationals to ensure that everything is placed in order.

Hundreds of Chinese nationals are in Caraga Region at present and they have been extending their visas monthly, while few Indian nationals are recorded because most of them are already having a Temporary Residence Visa (TRV), Oran said.

He said a foreign national can be a holder of a TRV if they have married to Filipino or Filipina.

Like the American, Japanese and other foreign nationals, if they are married to a Filipino national, they can also apply for a permanent residence. “We call them immigrant… Non-quota immigrant by marriage, that’s the precise visa name of these kinds of nationals,” Oran said.

However, the immigration official of the city said those who are extending their visas can only apply for a minimum of one month and a maximum of two months. “Thus, if their visas are already expired and they were not able to apply for an extension, they will be considered as illegal stay or unauthorized stay… but I believe that most of the foreigners here especially the Chinese are coming to our office to extend their visas,” Oran said.

Meanwhile, Col. Efraim Oropel, BI Technical Assistant for Intelligence said the immigration bureau is strengthening its information and advocacy campaign addressed to foreign nationals telling them of their responsibilities while they are in the country. “We are not scaring them but we are just telling them these things for their own protection,” Oropel said. (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: KANAMI Health Insurance program planong ipatuman sa probinsya sa Agusan del Norte

ni Roselyn Gangca-Exaure

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Sept. 8 (PIA) -- Gikatakdang ipatuman sa Agusan del Norte Provincial Government sa pagpanguna ni Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante, ang KANAMI Health Insurance Program, kon diin una kini nga gipatuman sa Bislig City Government nga gidumala sa City Health Office.

Gibutyag ni Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante nga ubos sa maong programa mas mapalapdan pa ang paghatag ug tukmang serbisyo sa maayong panglawas ang katawhang Agusanon.

Kahinumduman nga una ng gipatuman sa Proivincial Govermnet ang Multi-Payors Scheme sa Philhealth, kon diin ang lalawigan sa Agusan del Norte lamang ang bugtong probinsya sa tibook nasud ang nagpatuman niini nga programa, aron mahatagan ug libreng Philhealth Card ang mga kabus nga mga residente sa tibook probinsya.

Ang KANAMI Health Insurance Program usa kini ka alternatibong programa sa maayong panglawas nga adunay susama nga benipisyo nga gitanyag sa Philhealth, apan walay limitasyon sa bout mopamyembro niini.

Ubos sa maong programa kinahanglan nga mo-contribute lamang ang matag pamilya ug P200 matag tuig aron kini mamahimong myembro ug mamahimo na dayon kini nga maka-avail sa nagkalain-laing tanyag alang sa maayong panglawas, sama sa hospitalization, operation, transplant ug uban pa nga dili na kinahanglan pangitaan pa ug usa ka quarter nga contribution adiser maka-avail niini.

Sa kasamtangan gitun-an na pag-ayo ang sistema sa maong programa sa mga kadagkuang opisyal sa probinsya aron hingpit kini nga mapatuman dinhi na sa lalawigan sa Agusan del Norte. (Agusan del Norte-PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Cebuano News: Aquino gitakda ug duha pa ka biyahe sa gawas sa nasod

ni Dandy Lapura

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 8 (PIA) -- Si Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III gikatakda ug duha pa ka biyahe pagawas sa nasod nga Pilipinas karon umaabot na mga semana nga nag-laom sa pagpausbaw sa atong nasod para sa posibilidad nga bag-ong investments nga mutabang sa pagpaningkamot sa atong gobyerno sa pag-bag-o ug pagpalambo sa atong nasod ug sa Pilipinhong katawhan.

Sa usa ka ambush nga pakighinabi pagkatapos sa seremonyas sa pagpanumpa sa mga newly-appointed government officials, generals, ug flag officers ng Armadong Kusog sa Pilipinas sa Rizal Ceremonial Hall ng MalacaƱang Palace, Lunes, gekumpirma ni Presidente Aquino ang iyang skedyul na biyahe sa United States ug Japan sa dihang sya naglaom sa katawhan sa pagdala ug lain usab nga grupo sa “maayong balita” na may kalabotan sa pagpalambo sa ekonomiya sa atong nasod.

Ang Chief Executive miasoy nga una sa lista sa iyang itineraryo mao ang biyahe sa Washington ug New York kalabot sa pag-imbitar ni US Presidente Barrack Obama para sa pakigtambayayong sa open governance.

“Naay duha, Amerika ug Japan. Una ang Amerika…Sa Washington ug New York. Muadto kami sa imbitason ni Presidente Obama para sa pakigtambayayong sa open governance. Seguro, mamulong usab ako didto atubangan sa World Bank,” dugang sa President.

Gipamulong usab ni Presidente Aquino na ang kalihokan sa US may kalabot usab ang sa12 ka participante nga mga nasod sa nagkalain-lain nga parte sa kalibotan ug duha mag-gikan sa Asya – Indonesia u gang Pilipinas.
Sa dihang gepangutana siya bahin sa Japan trip, miingon ang Presidente na kini usa ka opisyal na pag-bisita.

Si Presidente Aquino miuli kaniadtong Sabado na gabie gikan sa malamposon na lima ka adlaw na State Visit didto sa People’s Republic of China nga nagdala sa ubay-ubay nga bilyones ka dolyares nga kantidad sa bag-o na mga investments, bag-o nga penermahan kabahin sa developmental agreements tali sa duha ka nasod ug ang resolusyon nga malinawon kalabot sa mga isyu sa West Philippine Sea. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Tagalog News: Gawad sa Kaunlaran ipinagkaloob ng AFP kay Gob. Plaza

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Sept. 8 (PIA) -- Ipinagkaloob kay Agusan del Sur Gob. Adolph Edward Plaza ang pangalawang pinakamataas na parangal sa pagtataguyod ng kaunlaran o Gawad sa Kaunlaran Award ng Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas (AFP) para sa mga sibilyan at opisyal ng pamahalaan ng bansa.

Ibinigay ni Col. Rodrigo Diapana, Brigade Commander ng 402nd Infantry Brigade, na tumanggap din ng parangal kamakailan bilang pinaka magaling na hukbo ng 4th Infantry Division kay Gob. Plaza ang plake ng parangal bilang pagkilala sa kanyang mga natatanging programa para maiangat ang kabuhayan ng mga tao sa Agusan del Sur.

“Ang aming batayan na bigyan ng parangal si Gob. Plaza ay ang kanyang mga taos-pusong pagsisikap sa pagpapatupad ng mga programang pantao ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Agusan del Sur gaya ng “Baka alang sa Kalambuan sa Agusan del Sur (BAKAS) ang kambingan sa Agusan (AGP) ISAD, PRUTAS, ang tinatawag na Boosted Utilization of Grains in Agusan del Sur (BUGAS) at iba pang pangkabuhayang programa na siyang pinakikinabangan ngayon ng mga mamamayan ng Agusan del Sur,” sabi ni Diapana.

Dagdag ni Col. Diapana na ang mga pagsisikap ni Gob. Plaza sa pagpagawa ng daan mula ng Hawilian, Esperanza papuntang Bukidnon na siyang naging daan para maibyahe ng mga magsasaka sa mga naturang lugar ang kanilang produkto ng mas madali at matipid ay isang makabuluhang gawain ng opisyal ng lalawigan.

Ayon sa opisyal ng AFP, ang pagpapagawa ng Agusan-Davao Maharlika highway, at ang suportang ibinigay sa mga kasundaluhan sa kanilang pinag-isang pagsisikap para makamit ang kapayapaan ay nagpapatunay ng walang humpay na suporta ng opisyal ng probinsiya.

Inisa-isa rin ni Col. Diapana ang iba’t-ibang pagsasanay ng mga civilian auxiliary forces geographical units (CAFGU) na ginawa ng kanyang mga tauhan na ngayon ay nakatalaga na sa mga bayan ng Agusan del Sur kung saan ang pamahalaang panlalawigan ang gumastos para sa pagkain at iba pang gastusin ng mga ito.

“Gusto rin naming ipaalam ang mga tulong na binigay ng pamahalaang panlalawigan, hindi lamang sa mga biktimang sibilyan na tinatamaan kapag may labanan kundi pati na rin sa mga miyembro ng militar na nasusugatan at namatay. Maliban diyan, hindi rin nagkulang sa pagtulong ang pamahalaang panlalawigan kapag gumawa kami ng mga medical outreach kasama ang ibang ahensiya ng gobyerno sa tuwina,” dagdag pa ni Col. Diapana.

Kung matatandaan, noong kaarawan ni Gob. Plaza,nagkaisa at bumuo ng grupo ang iba’t ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan kasama na ang Philippine Red Cross Agusan del Sur Chapter at nagsagawa ng medical outreach sa mga bayan ng San Francisco at lungsod ng Bayugan kung saan daan-daang mamamayan ang napagsilbihan. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Tagalog News: Panlalawigang tanggapan ng kalusugan sa Agusan del Sur, pinagkalooban ng mga parangal

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Sept. 8 (PIA) -- Nakamit ng Agusan del Sur Provincial Health Office (PHO-AdS) ang matataas na parangal na iginawad ng Kagawaran ng Kalusugan (DOH).

Napag-alamang tinanggap ni Dr. Joel Esparagoza, hepe ng pangkalusugang tanggapan ng lalawigan at ng D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital ang pagkilala sa kanyang tanggapan na siyang may pinakamataas na naabot sa pagbakuna sa buong rehiyon ng Caraga sa Measles Rubella Supplemental Immunization Activity (MRSIA) para sa taong 2011 na may 98.12 porsyento.

Bago ang pagkilalang iyon, ang Caraga Center for Health and Development ay kinilala muna na nangunguna sa buong bansa, at ang Agusan del Sur ay siyang probinsiya na may pinakamaraming nabigyan ng bakuna sa buong rehiyon.

Kinilala rin ang PHO Agusan del Sur na siyang may pinakamataas na parangal na iyan mula pa noong taong 2004 sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng serbisyong pangkalusugan.

Isa pang parangal na natanggap ng PHO ay ang plake ng pagkilala ng kanilang mahusay na pamamahala ng pondo na kung tawagin ay revolving trust fund na sinimulan noong taong 2003 na kung tawagin ay local health system development fund o LHSD.

Pinundohan ng inter-local health zone ng DOH ang sector ng pangkalusugang reporma (HRS) at ng pangkalusugan tanggapan ng lalawigan na pinundohan naman ng pamahalaang probinsiyal.

Ang LSD ay nabuo sa pamamagitan ng District Health Board Resolution Blg. 01, serye ng 2002, na humiling ng limang miyembrong mga pamahalaang bayan para magbigay ng pundo para sa mga gamot at kagamitan ng mga miyembro ng Philhealth, kasama na ang tinatawag na medicare sa masa na na-hospital sa D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital.

Ang naturang seed capital ay umabot sa P1.8 milyon kung saan P205,000 ang inabot ng perang ibinigay ng lokal na mga pamahalaang bayan, P100,000 ang galing sa Center for Health and Development share, P1 milyon ang galing sa HRS at P500,000 galing sa pamahalaang probinsya ng Agusan del Sur.

Ang P500,000 ay kukunin galing sa kita ng hospital taon-taon pagkatapos magbigay ang pamahalaang probinsya ng seed money.

Isa pang parangal na natanggap ng tanggapan ay ang halagang P997,400 na ibinigay kay Dr. Esparagoza galing sa DOH-Caraga at ito ay para sa pagpa miyembro ng 1,629 na mga kapos palad na mga pamilya na kinilala sa pamamagitan ng Community-based Management System (CBMS). Kinilala rin DOH ang PHO-AdS na nangunguna sa Renal Disease implementers kasama ang mga lokal na pamahalaan.

Sa kasalukuyan, ang Agusan del Sur ay kinilala na siyang umabot ng universal coverage na kinakailangan ng Philhealth kung saan malaki ang nagawang tulong ng programang Philhealth Sabado. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: 246 ka mga residente sa RTR nakaphimulos sa medical ug dental mission

ni Roselyn Gangca-Exaure

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Sept. 8 (PIA) -- Mokabat sa 246 ka mga pasyente ang nakapahimulos sa libre nga Medical ug Dental Mission nga gilusad sa lungsod sa RTR Agusan del Norte kagahapong adlawa, Setyembre 7, 2011 nga gipasiugdahan sa Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office ug Provincial Health Office.

Gibutyag ni SB Member Guia F. Paeste ang Chairman sa Committee On Health sa Sanggunian Bayan sa RTR nga daku ang iyang pagpasalamat sa Agusan del Norte Provincial Government sa pagpanguna ni Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante, nga nagmugna ug maayong programa alang sa Health Services sama sa Medical ug Dental Mission alang sa katawhang Agusanon.

Alayon niini napahimuslan sa mga residente sa mga nagkadaiyang barangay sa RTR ang libre nga ibot sa ngipon, medical check-up ug libre nga mga tambal.

Mipaabot usab si SB Member Paeste sa iyang pasalamat ngadto na sa mga Barangay Captains sa ilang lungsod nga mipaabot usab sa maong kasayuran ngadto na sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga barangay aron makapahimulos kini sa libre nga tanyag atol sa gipahigayon nga Medical ug Dental Mission. (Agusan del Norte PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Cebuano News: Tawotawo Festival sa RTR gilusad

ni Roselyn Gangca-Exaure

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Sept. 8 (PIA) -- Gisaulog sa lungsod sa Remedios T Romualdez (RTR), Agusan del Norte ang Tawotawo Festival karong adlawa, Setyember 8.

Gibutyag ni Sanggunian Bayan Member Guia F. Paeste nga kagahapong adlawa gisugdan ang ilang Agro Fair kon diin indigay kini kon kinsa ang mamahimong mananaug.

Gidugang pa ni SB Member Paeste nga karong adlawa adunay ipahigayon nga thanks giving mass sa buntag, ug pagasundan kini sa usa ka parade dayon ang usa ka hamubong programa, ug pagka-gabii mao ang Barangay Night nga pagatambungan sa tanang mga Barangay Officials sa lungsod sa RTR, Agusan del Norte. (Agusan del Norte PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)