PIA News Service - Monday, September 12, 2011

Clean Ground, Zero Waste program, a demonstration of Butuanons’ unity for environmental protection, says official

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 12 (PIA) – Citing the importance of environmental protection, Vice Mayor Atty. Lawrence Lemuel Fortun on Sunday said the Clean Ground, Zero Waste program of the local government is a demonstration of Butuanons’ unity.

In his speech before the jam-packed 3,000-seater Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) gymnasium during the launching of the program, Vice Mayor Fortun said the activity is a demonstration of the Butuanon’s capacity to unite and work together for a common cause.

“We must be able to sustain that unity and cooperation to be successful of what we are doing,” Fortun said.

Vice Mayor Fortun also negates the notion that the forefathers have popularized. He added it is not true that the Filipino people are fond of practicing “ningas kugon” or mañana habit mentality.

“It is not true that we Filipinos are fond of this habit. Looking back at the history when our forefathers fought and risk their lives to achieve freedom and democracy, they have achieved it after a long period of war and were able to sustain their momentum until they have achieved it,” Fortun said.

He added, the Filipinos have the capacity to fought hard, work together and sustain unity.

The Clean Ground, Zero Waste program aims to facilitate social transformation processes among residents to manifest the desired behavior of segregating waste at source, cleaning the surroundings and converting wastes into money.

It also aimed to achieve massive conversion of waste into organic fertilizers (biodegradables) by the organic fertilizer production facilities and useful materials (non-biodegradables).

The framework for change involves the integration of social transformation strategies with economic transformation strategies. This entails continuing community education, reinforcing and recognizing good behavior, intensifying enforcement of ordinances and mobilization of eco-marshals and community volunteers. It also includes the establishment and operations of organic fertilizer production facilities to convert waste into organic fertilizers. (PIA-Caraga)


City dad envisions Butuan to be one of Phl’s cleanest cities

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 12 (PIA) – City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. asked Butuanons’ support in its quest to be one of the cleanest cities in the country.

During the launching of Clean Ground, Zero Waste program of the city government on Sunday, Mayor Amante pointed out the significance of having an environment that is conducive to obtain good health.

Amante said if Butuanons will give their all-out support to the program, the city government can save in as far as budgeting for health and social concerns of its people.

“Instead of putting up big budget for our medical facilities in our government hospital and investing too much for our constituents’ health, we should solve first the causes of health problems… and that is by ensuring a clean environment,” Amante said.

With this, the chief executive of the city said, “by sustaining this program, we may be able to be included in the list of the cleanest cities in the Philippines”.

True to its mission to seriously implement the program, awarding of “Clean Seals” as a behavior change strategy to households, puroks, barangays, classrooms, stall, and business establishments will be conducted regularly.

The city government will also be deploying 38 Eco Marshals to different barangays, as well as to mobilize of existing community volunteers and employ strategies.

The program also entails waste conversion to organic fertilizers (with national, regional and local policy and financial back-up) by setting up community-based organic fertilizer production facilities.

Meanwhile, the program will serve as a venue for the convergence and multi-sector mobilization such as barangays, regional line agencies, national government agencies, businesses, academe, provincial government, media, and the like.

Moreover, the program is integrating with other community “felt” concerns such as dengue and anti-rabies campaign. It also encouraged meaningful community participation and massive community actions. (PIA-Caraga)


8 LGUs complete 2-day orientation on disaster risk reduction mngt, climate change adaptation

by Ray Gregory F. Jaranilla

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 12 (PIA) – Eight local government units (LGUs) in Caraga Region have completed the two-day Basic Orientation on Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Climate Change Adaptation for LGUs recently at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

The eight LGUs were the city of Surigao and the municipalities of Dapa, Gigaquit and Socorro in the province of Surigao del Norte, the city of Bislig and the municipalities of San Agustin and Barobo in the province of Surigao del Sur and the municipality of San Jose in the province of Dinagat Islands.

Participants from each LGU were composed of the Mayor, Administrator, Planning and Development Coordinator, Social Welfare and Development Officer, Health Officer, Agriculturist, Engineer, Budget Officer, Liga President, NGO representative, DepEd Supervisor and the Local Government Operations Officer.

The activity was conducted by the Local Government Academy (LGA) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) under the project “Strengthening Local Governments in the Philippines” funded by the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID).

It aimed to enhance LGU’s capacity to better understand the concept of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. It also aimed to familiarize DRRM Act of 2010 (RA 10121) and CCA Act of 2009 (RA 9729) including the different local and international frameworks, tools and techniques to facilitate planning and developing local DRR/CCA actions. (DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

KAP Medical Assistance Program reaches Surigao Norte

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Sept. 12 (PIA) -- In line with his advocacy to improve public health nationwide, Senator Ramon Bong Revilla, Jr. today provided help to the indigent patients of the province through his Kalusugan Ating Pangalagaan (KAP) medical assistance program.

From his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), Revilla allocated half a million pesos as medical assistance fund for the needy patients in the province. The granting of medical aid was formalized through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) which was signed by the senator and Dr. Ponciano Limcangco, medical director of the CARAGA Regional Hospital in Surigao City in a simple ceremony held on Friday, September 9 at the said hospital.

Surigao del Norte 1st District Representative Francisco Matugas, Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Guillermo Romarate, Jr., Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas and Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas witnessed the signing.

According to the senator, Filipino families usually ignore their health needs due to financial problems, which leads to worsening of ailments. "This is the reason why I see to it that a significant portion of my Priority Development Assistance Fund or PDAF will go to medicnal assistance," he said.

To avail of the medical assistance, indigent patients in the province can go or send a representative to the Office of Congressman Matugas or Congressman Romarate, Provincial Capitol of Surigao del Norte or Office of the Surigao City Mayor.

The medical assistance will be given as a guarantee letter where the amount that the patient can avail under the program is indicated. "Nandito lang ang ating mga guarantee letters. Inaalay ko ito sa mga mamamayan ng Surigao; nakahanda para makatulong sa kanila," Revilla said.

Aside from the medical aid program, Revilla also regularly conducts medical-dental missions and blood letting activities. These are all under his KAP medical assistance program.

He also filed health-related bills which include the institutionalization of a pre-hospital emergency care system, the establishment of a special hospital for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents, and the granting of compensation, reimbursement for hospitalization expenses, and other benefits to civilians caught in the crossfire between rebels and the military. (Office of Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Cebuano News: Mga grupo sa relihiyon misuporta sa CASER draft framework sa gobyernong Pilipinas nga isumiter ngadto sa NDF

SURIGAO CITY, September 12 (PIA) -- Ang mga nagkalain-laing grupo sa relihiyon sa nasod mipadayag sa ilang hugot nga pagsuporta sa sumbanan sa Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER) nga gihimo sa gobyerno nga isumiter ngadto sa komunistang National Democratic Front (NFD) atol sa peace talks nga gitakda karong sunod bulan didto sa Norway.

Si Ednar Dayanghirang, miyembro sa peace panel sa gobyerno nga nakig negosasyon sa NDF, mihimo sa pagbutyag kagahapong adlawa human sa iyang pakigpulong sa mga Obispo, mga kaparian, mga pastor ug mga madre atol sa Ecumenical Bishops Forum of Northern Luzon nga gipahigayon didto sa Baguio City.

Si Dayanghirang mipasabot ngadto sa mga sector sa relihiyon sa framework and principles sa maong CASER, usa sa tulo ka mga mahinungdanong gikasabotan sa maong katuyoan sa gobyerno ug sa NDF. Ang lain pang duha mao ang Agreement on Polital and Constitutional Reforms (CAPCR), ug ang draft treaty on end of hostilities and disposition of forces (EoH/DoF).

Bisan pa sa pagkadilatar sa pagbalik sa peace talks tali sa NDF, ang gobyerno nagpadayon sa pag himo ug mga pakigpulong sa mga nagkalain-laing sector sa katilingban, labi na gyod ang pagpasabot sa CASER aron pagpakita sa sinseridad ug determinasyon sa gobyernong Aquino aron pagpanday og tinud-anay ug malungtaron nga kasabotan tali sa rebeldeng komunista.

Ang New People’s Army (NPA) , ang armadong grupo sa Communist party of the Philippines (CPP) ug ang NDF, naghatag og insurhensya sa nasod sulod sa 40 ka tuig na.

Ang gobyerno ug ang NDF mohisgot didto sa Oslo, Norway sa unom ka mga haligi sa socio-economic framework sa gobyerno, labi na gyod ang kabtangan sa reporma ug kalamboan sa human resource base (agrarian, fishery and urban land reform) ug agricultural development; ug private sector-led industrialization nga nagtinguha pagmugna og panginabuhian ug kalidad nga trabaho.

Atol sa pulong didto sa Baguio, si Dayanghirang mihatag sa mga religious leaders sa background sa 24 ka tuig nga kaagi sa gobyerno ug NDF negosasyon lakip na ang kabag-ohan ug pagklaro sa bag-ong mga hagit nga giatubang sa mga peace panels, lakip usab ang isyu sa pagpagawas sa 13 kono ka mga NDF consultants nga gidetiner sa gobyerno.

Ug sa maong porum, usa ka Obispo mipadayag sa gikinahanglan nga waly pre-condition policy sa maong pagtuki aron makab-ot ang pinal nga peace agreement, samtang ang uban mipadayag sa ilang makanunayong suporta alang sa proseso sa kalinaw,

Si Dayanghirang nagtumbok nga ang panel sa gobyerno moadto sa Norway alang sa pagpadayon sa negosasyon nga walay mga pasiunang kondisyon.

Ang Norway maoy ikatulong nasod nga mitabang pinaagi sa ilang sinugo sa Pilipinas nga si Ture Lundh, nga nakatabang og dako sa pagpadayon sa pagtuki tali sa duha ka mga partido human sa nahitabong negosasyon niadtong Hunyo karong tuiga. (Susil Ragas, PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: PCOO, Ad group nakigtambayayong para sa pagsibya sa ‘maayong balita’

ni Dandy Lapura

SURIGAO CITY, September 12 (PIA) -- Ang pagkutlo sa importansya sa padayon nga pakisayran sa katawhan nga may kalabotan sa panghitabo sa gobyerno, ang Presidential Communications and Operations Office nakigtambayayong sa Outdoor Advertising Association of the Philippines para sa pagsibya sa maayong balita sa mga katawhan.

Ang duha ka ahensya, gi-representahan ni PCOO Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. ug OAAP chairman Jose Vale, mingpirma sa usa ka Memorandum of Agreement sa seremonya nga nahitabo didto sa Bahay Ugnayan duol sa Malacañang Complex kaniadtong miaging semana.

Ubos sa MOA, ang OAAP miuyon na motabang sa PCOO para sa pagtuman sa ilang mandatong tahas isip usa ka premiro na sangay sa gobyernong komunikasyon para sa pagsibya sa maayong balita pinaage sa pag-gamit ug ad group’s LED (light emitting diode) advertisement boards nga mahimutang subay sa dagko na agihanan sa Metro Manila ug walay bayad.

Ang maayong balita ipasibya pinaage niining klase na media, sa pormang running text, photos ug mga videos.

Gedayeg ni Coloma ang OAAP ug miingon nga kining pagtambayayong makatabang sa pagpataas sa kaamgohan sa katawhan sa tanang klase nga actibidadis, mga plano ug program sa gobyerno.

“There are so many good things that the Aquino administration has been doing to help uplift the lives of our people and these we have to bring to our people’s awareness so they may be encouraged to extend their all-out support and participation in nation building,” geasoy ni Sec. Coloma. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: PCOO, Ad group nakigtambayayong para sa pagsibya sa ‘maayong balita’

ni Dandy Lapura

SURIGAO CITY, September 12 (PIA) -- Ang pagkutlo sa importansya sa padayon nga pakisayran sa katawhan nga may kalabotan sa panghitabo sa gobyerno, ang Presidential Communications and Operations Office nakigtambayayong sa Outdoor Advertising Association of the Philippines para sa pagsibya sa maayong balita sa mga katawhan.

Ang duha ka ahensya, gi-representahan ni PCOO Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. ug OAAP chairman Jose Vale, mingpirma sa usa ka Memorandum of Agreement sa seremonya nga nahitabo didto sa Bahay Ugnayan duol sa Malacañang Complex kaniadtong miaging semana.

Ubos sa MOA, ang OAAP miuyon na motabang sa PCOO para sa pagtuman sa ilang mandatong tahas isip usa ka premiro na sangay sa gobyernong komunikasyon para sa pagsibya sa maayong balita pinaage sa pag-gamit ug ad group’s LED (light emitting diode) advertisement boards nga mahimutang subay sa dagko na agihanan sa Metro Manila ug walay bayad.

Ang maayong balita ipasibya pinaage niining klase na media, sa pormang running text, photos ug mga videos.

Gedayeg ni Coloma ang OAAP ug miingon nga kining pagtambayayong makatabang sa pagpataas sa kaamgohan sa katawhan sa tanang klase nga actibidadis, mga plano ug program sa gobyerno.

“There are so many good things that the Aquino administration has been doing to help uplift the lives of our people and these we have to bring to our people’s awareness so they may be encouraged to extend their all-out support and participation in nation building,” geasoy ni Sec. Coloma.
(PIA-Surigao del Norte)