(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 12 July 2024) Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to ITCZ. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from Southwest to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

PIA News Service - Friday, September 9, 2011

HR practioners - partners in development

by Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 9 (PIA) - Human Resource Practioners in Caraga region will convene to be updated on their area of expertise.

The Caraga Regional Council of Human Resource Managers, Incorporated (CRCHRMI) with the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Caraga regional office will conduct this year’s 8th Regional Convention of Human Resource Practitioners with the theme: “Transforming HR Practitioners as Strategic Partner for Good Governance” on September 27-28, 2011 in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.

CSC Caraga regional director Adams D. Torres said the convention aims to provide a continuing education to the CRCHRMI members and to promote among the government HR practitioners the need to transform its roles from personnelling to a more strategic role as partners in the development in their respective institutions.

Participants to the convention include: administrative officers, human resoure management officers, HRM assistants, HRM aides and those who are involved in personnel management administration from the different government agencies of the region.

The convention is a live-out activity with a registration fee of P2,400 inclusive of snacks and meals, kit, a lifetime membership fee to the Council of One Hundred pesos and other miscellaneous expenses.

The members of the Council have agreed that participants are to observe the color of attire of every chapter during the convention as follows: Agusan del Norte should wear blue; Agusan del Sur - black; Surigao del Norte – red; and Surigao del Sur – yellow.

Said convention is in line with the month-long celebration of the 111th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary with this year’s theme: “Championing R.A.C.E. (Responsive, Accessible, Courteous, and Effective): Excellent Public Service at Full Speed.” (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

Surigao City not to join in Cebu City’s Sinulog Festival 2012, tourism official says

by Robert E. Roperos

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 9 (PIA) - Senior Tourism Operations Officer Roselyn Merlin today said the famous Bonok-bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw contingent of this city will not participate in the 2012 Sinulog Festival in Cebu City.

In an interview at the city hall here, Merlin said joining in the prestigious Sinulog Festival in Cebu City next year is not practical considering the financial aspect the city and province will incur to organize a contingent.

Merlin said it was in 2004 where Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Contingent from Surigao City was last seen in the Sinulog Festival.

It can be recalled that the contingent from the Caraga Region has gain prestigious awards in the history of Sinulog Festival. They became champion for consecutive years in the 1980s and 1990s, thus bringing honor not only to the city but to the region, as well.

Meanwhile, in time with the fiesta celebration of the city today, ten contingents coming from the neighboring municipalities and barangays will vie for the top prize in the Bonok-Bonok based and Free Interpretation categories, as the city will once again stage this afternoon the 2011 Bonok-bonok Festival.

The tourism officer of the city said prizes last year were doubled to invite more contingents. She also said local government units in as far as Visayas were invited to the festival but unfortunately, only the neighboring municipalities have confirmed their participation aside from the contingents in the barangays.

Prizes for the free interpretation category are as follows: P200,000 plus trophy for the 1st prize; P150,000 plus trophy for the 2nd prize; P100,000 plus trophy for the 3rd prize; and P20,000 each for the consolation prize.

Special awards for Best in Street Dancing is P50,000 plus trophy; Best Choreographer is P20,000 plus trophy; and Best in Musicality is P20,000 plus trophy.

Winners in the Bonok-Bonok based category will receive the following prizes: P100,000 plus trophy for the 1st prize; P75,000 plus trophy for the 2nd prize; P50,000 plus trophy for the 3rd prize; and P20,000 each for the consolation prize. Special awards for Best in Street Dancing is P50,000 plus trophy; Best Choreographer is P20,000 plus trophy; and Best in Costume is P20,000 plus trophy. (PIA-Caraga)

Mindanao immigration bureau monitoring illegal aliens

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 9 (PIA) - Retired Col. Ace Guro, Bureau of Immigration (BI) Technical Assistant for Mindanao said foreign nationals in Mindanao are being monitored, and cases of illegal entry are being adressed.

He said their record showed that the immigration offices in all regions in Mindanao have already advised foreigners whose visas are already expired to apply for an extension. "For those who did not follow, they were advised to be deported," he said.

During the taping of Caraga in Focus Wednesday at the Regional Office of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) here, Guro also said the personnel of the bureau has already improved as they see to it that all issues and concerns are given proper action.

“Sinisiguro kasi ng bagong pamunuan ng BI na ang mga issues and concerns ay natutugunan base na rin sa direktiba ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III” (The new administraton of BI want to ensure that all issues and concerns are addressed based on the directive of President Benigno S. Aquino III), Guro said.

Guro also said that the agency received information from civilians that led to the resolution of cases involving foreign nationals.

With this, Guro urged the public to continuously support the bureau in an effort to uphold the thrusts and mandates of the agency. (PIA-Caraga)

Butuan City readies for “Clean Ground, Zero Waste” launching

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 9 (PIA) -- The city government headed by Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. with the working committees composed of regional and national line agencies including business sector and youth organizations have stepped up its preparations for the launching of the “Clean Ground, Zero Waste” Program on September 11, 2011.

Chief of offices of the city government with the representatives of the regional line agencies convened Thursday and finalized the preparations and sequence of activities during the said launching.

Ms. Ruth Jugao, City Economic Enterprise and Development Office (CEEDO) Manager and the over-all coordinator for the "Clean Ground, Zero Waste" Program stressed that the city government is serious in implementing the Solid Waste Management Program.

“The launching is not only the activity of the city government but also of its citizenry, this is why we should all do our part for this is everybody’s responsibility,” said Jugao.

Jugao further bared that attendance is a must for all government employees during the simultaneous clean-up which will start at 5:00 a.m. in the 38 barangays of the city and main streets, to be followed with the Caravan and program proper at the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Gym.

Also, City Administrator Leah Mendoza said that each employee should bring their own cleaning materials for it will complete their attendance. Thus, failure to bring said materials is considered absent while participants are also preferred to wear something colored-green.

“Let’s take the initiative. As government employees, let’s all serve as model to the people in our community,” Mendoza said.

Meanwhile, at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, a loud sound of siren will signal the start of the simultaneous clean-up by the expected 7,000 to 10,000 participants. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Philippine Army urges applicants to take Officer Candidate Course

by Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 9 (PIA) -- The Army Recruitment Office for Mindanao is now accepting applicants to fill-up the quota of Officer Candidate Course (OCC) Class 40 C.Y. 2012.

Successful applicants will undergo one full year of leadership training at Officer Candidate School, TRADOC, PA based in Camp O’Donnel, Sta. Lucia, Capas, Tarlac with a gross monthly compensation of P27,506 while on training. After graduation, they will be commissioned by the President as Second Lieutenant in the Regular Force, Armed Forces of the Philippines.

To qualify, an applicant must be a natural born Filipino citizen, between 21 and 24 years old on the date of admission; a baccalaureate degree holder; single, never been married, and has no legal obligation to support a child; must have no pending case in any court of law, must be at least 152.4 cm (5 feet) tall for both male and female, and lastly, must be physically, mentally, and psychologically fit for training.

Before undergoing Physical Fitness Test, Physical/Medical Examination, and Philippine Army Officer Selection and Admission Board (PAOSAB) interview, applicants must be able to pass first the required written examination for OCC to be conducted by the Army Testing Office.

The date and venue of the examination will be as follows: on Sept. 12-13 at Hqs 1003rd CDC, 10th RCDG, ARESCOM, PA, Camp Bahian, Impalambong, Malaybalay City, on Sept. 14-15 at Hqs Division Support Area, 4ID, PA, Bancasi, Butuan City, Sept. 16-17 at Surigao State College and Technology, Surigao City, and every Monday to Wednesday at Hqs Army Recruitment Office for Mindanao Camp Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City.

Upon taking the examination, the applicants must bring their NSO copy of Birth Certificate, Transcript of Records (TOR) or their College Diploma, 1pc of 2x2 colored ID picture with white background and Identification card (ID) for registration purposes.

Successful applicants will receive leadership and other skills trainings, opportunity for career advancement based on performance, opportunity for Post-graduate studies (both within the country and abroad), and an opportunity to lead in the Army. (MRA/Army Personnel Management Center, Philippine Army/PIA-Caraga)

Meat vendors assure sufficient supply for Surigao fiesta

by Dandy Lapura

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 9 (PIA) -- Surigao City Public Vendors Association Meat Section President Susan “Tata” G. Galinea confirmed today that supply of meat in the city are sufficient enough for the city’s fiesta celebration on September 10.

“Our meat supply here is sufficient. The public has nothing to worry about it,” Galinea said.

Galinea said meat prices are still at their normal range as of press time. “Prices of carabao meat range from P220-P240 while P270-P280 for beef meat,” Galinea added.

Galinea, however, said that she cannot give assurance whether or not there will be a price increase. “But if a shortage of meat will happen in the local market, our vendors will import meats coming from nearby cities like Butuan City, Gingoog City, Davao City and Bukidnon,” she added.

Meantime, the City Veterinarian Office along with Public Market Vendors urged the public to only buy in the registered meat vendors with complete license and documents to avoid double dead or unsafe meat. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Surigao Sur Gov sees “Dano Abduction” used in peace talks

by Greg Tataro Jr

TANDAG CITY, Sept. 9 (PIA) -- Surigao del Sur Gov. Johnny Pimentel, chair of the Provincial Crisis Management Committee and Task Force Dano, believes that handlers of Lingig Mayor Henry Dano are using the abduction issue as leverage on peace talks.

According to Gov. Pimentel, despite the negotiations made through short messaging systems (SMS) with his contact, whom he referred to as “legitimate emissary”, promises have not been kept.

Recently, he said, demands sought are getting harder and harder in exchange for Dano’s safe release citing the cessation of military operations in Davao Oriental, Compostella Valley province and even up to Bukidnon area, practically in almost half of Mindanao.

Earlier, Pimentel disclosed, they gave in to the demand to stop military operations, with the consent of Army 4th Infantry Division Commander Gen. Victor Felix, in the vicinity of Davao Oriental and Caraga where Dano, CPL. Alrey Desamparado, and PFC Rolan Saban where believed to be holed up.

It will be recalled that Dano and company were abducted in his residence by about 30 armed NPA men on board three (3) passenger vans on August 6. (Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Tagalog News: Agusan del Sur pinarangalan sa programang donasyon ng dugo

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Sept. 9 (PIA) -- Tatlong matataas na parangal ang tinamo mga nagpapatupad ng mga programang may kinalaman sa dugo bilang pagkilala sa kanilang pagsisikap na mapabuti pang lalo ang kalusugan ng mga Agusanon, pagtutulak ng mga repormang pangkalusugan, pagbutihing segurado ang kalidad ng serbisyo at mura at abot kayang gamutan para sa lahat.

Isang plake ng papuri na nilagdaan ni Dr. Leonita Gorgolon, Regional Director ng Department of Health sa Caraga Region a iginawad kay Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza sa kanyang lubosang suporta para sa “National Voluntary Blood Program” habang iginawad naman kay Julie Lapides, isang medical technologist ng Philippine Red Cross Agusan del Sur Chapter (PRC-AdS) ang parangal sa pagkilala sa kanyang lubos na pagpapatupad sa programang “Regular Mobile Blood Donations” sa buong lalawigan. Ang administrador ng PRC-AdS) na si Cristyll Basan naman ay tumanggap ng plake ng papuri para sa “Best Blood Station 2010 at Good Networking with Other Facilities”.

Kakaiba ang pagpatupad ng Agusan del Sur sa programang may kaugnayan sa dugo kung ikumpara sa ibang lalawigan sa buong bansa. Noong nakaraang taon, naglaan ang pamahalaang panlalawigan ng P1.5 Milyon na dinagdagan pa ng isa pang P1.5 Milyon galing sa supplementary funds para sagutin ang perang kinakailangang pambili ng re-agents na nagkakahalaga ng P1,500 bawat pagsusuri para masegurong ligtas ang mga nakolektang dugo sa ano mang sakit. Noong nakaraang taon, gumastos ang pamahalaang panlalawigan ng P2.3 Milyon para sa re-agents lamang, hindi pa kasali ang iba pang gastosin. Ang 13 bayan naman at ang nag-iisang lungsod ng Bayugan ay nagbibigay din ng tig P50,000 bawat taon na siya naming ginagastos para sa gasoline at langis ng mga sasakyan at iba pang gastos sa mga byahe ng grupong nangugulekta ng dugo sa buong lalawigan.

Para sa kasalukuyang taon, naglaan ang pamahalaang panlalawigan ng P2.3 Milyon para sa re-agents ng dugo. Noong Hulyo, nakapag-bill na ang PRC-AdS sa pamahalaang panlalawigan ng halagang P2.18 Million. Nagpulong din ang Provincial Blood Coordinating Council (PBCC) kamakailan para humingi ng karagdagang pundo para sa re-agents hanggang sa katapusan ng taong ito.

Sa kasalukuyan, ang PBCC, sa pamamagitan ng PRC-AdS at ng Provincial Health Office ay nakakolekta na ng 1,563 na supot ng dugo na naglalaman ng 500 cc, at ito ay 67 porsyento na kung ikompara sa taonang target na 2,300 bags. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Cebuano News: Pangulong Aquino mitudlo kang Bartolome isip bag-ong hepe sa PNP

SURIGAO CITY, September 9 (PIA) --
Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III mitudlo kang Deputy Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome kagahapon Huwebes isip bag-ong hepe sa Philippine National Police (PNP).

Si Bartolome mo asumir sa iyang bag-ong posisyon human si Director General Raul M. Bacalzo mobiya sa mando sa PNP karong adlawa Biyernes, una sa iyang kinahanglan nga pagretiro karong Septyembre 15, 2011, sa iyang ika 56th nga adlawng natawhan, nga motaklob sa iyang 38 anyos nga karera sa serbisyo sa pulisya.

Si Bacalzo miawhag sa officer corps ug rank-and-file mga miyembro sa PNP nga suportahan ang liderato sa PNP aron segurohon ang pagpadayon sa mando ug epektibo nga pagdumala sa 140,000- malig-on nga puwersa sa pulisya.

Si Bacalzo gusto nga siya mahinumdoman isip usa ka lider nga tigmatuto nga mipaila sa malungtaron ug malig-on nga mga inisyatibong reporma sa organisasyon aron magpadayon ang PNP nga mas makahimo, epektibo ug katuohan sa tanang higayon hangtod nga siya mipug-aw sa hilom ngadto sa pagretiro.

Usa ka tang-an nga abogado-imbestigador nga adunay ,limpyo ug impresibo nga kaagi ug nakakuha sa ika 12th nga puwesto sa 1984 Bar examinations, si Bacalzo maoy mimugna sa Eight Foundation Initiatives sa PNP nga naglangkob sa Training in the Basics, Procurement Review, Enhancement of Equipage, Police-Community Partnership, Doctrine Development, Reward and Punishment, Human Rights and Mentoring Leadership, lakip usab ang operational imperatives on the continuing campaign against street crimes, loose firearms, wanted persons, and enhancement of disaster-preparedness capability.

Si Bacalzo nagserbisyo isip ika 16th nga hepe sa PNP atol sa dihang ang organisasyon atoa sa taas sa ilang kaugalingong Integrated Tranformation Program, usa ka proseso sa reporma nga nagtinguha pag tul-id sa mga depekto sa sistema sa institusyon ug mga paagi nga mogiya sa pagkaplag sa tino nga dili epektibo nga paningkamot sa PNP, sistema sa recruitment ug pension, fiscal policy ug policy sa placement ug promotion.

Si Bacalzo nga maoy nagdumala, ang PNP nakahimo pagbalit-ad sa urog sa krimen sa 2011 nga mokabat sa 24 porsyento sa miaging tuig nga crime rate. Maoy labing mahinungdanong pag-usbaw nga natala sa kampanya sa pulisya batok carjacking, kidnapping ug illegal drugs.

Komo si Bacalzo mobiya na sa taas nga posisyon sa PNP, si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III opisyal nga mo estalar kang Bartolome isip ika 17th nga hepe sa PNP karong adlawa Biyernes, Septyembre 9, 2011. (Susil Ragas, PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Cebuano News: Pilipinas mimarka og pag-uswag sa competitiveness ranking ngadto sa 75 gikan sa 85

by Susil Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 9 (PIA) -- Ang competitiveness sa nasod uban ang 142 ka mga laing nasod mitala ug usa ka mahinungdanong pag-uswag ngadto sa 75, mitaas sa ika 10 nga puwesto gikan sa ika 85 sa niaging tuig, maoy pinakadakong pag-uswag sa karon nga tuiga nga paghan-ay sa Global Competitivenes Report nga gihimo sa World Economic Forum (WEF).

“Up 10 places to 75th, the Philippines posts one of the largest improvements in this year’s rankings. The vast majority of individual indicators composing the GCI (Global Competitiveness Index) improved, sometimes markedly,” ang WEF miingon.

Ang wala damha nga pagkaayo sa overall competitiveness ranking sa nasod nahimo tungod sa mga mosunod nga kategorya: institutions (misaka sa ika 8 nga puwesto), macroeconomic environment (misaka sa ika 14 nga puwesto), higher education and training (misaka sa 2 nga puwesto), goods market efficiency (misaka sa 12 nga puwesto), market size (misaka sa 1 ka puwesto), business sophistication (misaka sa 3 nga puwesto), ug innovation (misaka sa 3 nga puwesto).

Ang maong asoy naglista usab og 17 gawas sa 111 ka indicators isip competitive nga bentaha sa Pilipinas: available airline seat (No. 28), interest rate spread (No. 50), HIV prevalence (No. 1), extent of staff training (No. 34), intensify of local competition (No. 47), trade tariffs (No. 47), degree of customer orientation (No. 46), reliance on professional management (No. 50), availability of financial services (No. 50), affordability of financial services (No. 42), domestic market size (No. 31), foreign market size (No. 40), control of international distribution (No. 47), extent of marketing (No. 40), ug willingness to delegate authority (No. 33).

Ang nasod pwedeng mohimo niining maong mga bentaha ug paningkamot aron palapdan niini ang listahan sa mga positibong punterya.

Uban ang 12 ka mga haligi nga nag-umol sa basehan sa global competitiveness index, pero ang Makati Business Club (MBC) nagtumbok nga ang Pilipinas nalaray sa worst nga otso ka Southeast Asian nga mga nasod nga gilangkoban sa surbe kalabot na sa institutions ug labor market efficiency.

Lain pang espisipiko, ang asoy nagtumbok og dagkong eryas sa competitiveness nga kinahanglan atubangon sa Pilipinas, lakip na ang corruption (No. 127), physical security (No. 117), quality of seaport (No. 123), quality of airport infrastructure (No.115), inefficient labor market (No. 113), ug ang quality of primary education (No. 110).

Ang MBC ug ang WEF, miingon nga ilang giila ang kasamtangang mga programa sa National Competitiveness Council nga tumong ug tinguha niini nga maatubang kining mga hinungdanan sa maong mga problema. Uban ang dagkong komunidad sa negosyo, kami mikomiter na ug magpadayon sa pagsuporta sa tinguha sa NCC aron mahimo ang nasod nga globally competitive.
Si Makati Business Club chairman Ramon del Rosario Jr. nagbutyag sa mga paningkamot sa gobyerno aron wagtangon ang korupsyon ug atubangon ang mga isyu sa pagdumala isip maoy punoan sa hinungdan alang sa pag-uswag sa hanay. Ang MBC maoy partner sa WEF niining maong surbe.

“We are on track with our targets,” ingon ni National Competitiveness Council co-chairman Guillermo Luz, dugang pamahayag nga ang target niini makuha ang top 30 nga posisyon sa Global Competitiveness ranking sa mosunod nga lima ka tuig.

“Nobody stands still in this competition because everyone is working hard to keep their ranking,” ingon ni Luz.

“Notwithstanding these challenges, we are pleased with the progress made thus far and the significant jump in our ranking to No. 75. We have reorganized and revitalized 10 working groups or task forces who are concentrating on finding solutions to the challenges and we are confident that solutions can be delivered in our time,” si Luz miingon.

Ang maong survey gi-plano aron pagkuha sa halapad nga han-ay sa mga hinungdan nga maka-apektar sa klima sa ekonomiya sa negosyo.

Gawas sa 14,000 ka mga business leaders nga mipili tibuok kalibotan karon tuiga, mokabat sa 90 ka mga respondents nga miapil gikan sa Pilipinas.

Ang sample surbe sa nasod gikuha gikan sa mga miyembro sa Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines, Business Processing Association of the Philippines ug ang Semiconductor ug Electronics Industries in the Philippines Inc. gikan niadtong Marso hangtod Abril 2011. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)