PIA News Service - Monday, September 26, 2011


The 2nd Humayanon street dancing competition set tomorrow

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Sept. 26 (PIA) –- The 2nd Humayanon Festival street dancing competition, sponsored by the Local Government of San Miguel, Surigao del Sur is set tomorrow in celebration of the 49th Araw ng San Miguel.

According to the CDIO Nancy Elizalde, the participants in the competition include San Miguel National Comprehensive High School Annex (SMNCHSA)-Poblacion, SMNCHA-Magroyong, SMNCHA-Bolhoon, and SMNCHSA-Sagbayan.

The final showdown will be held 2:00 P.M. in front of the Municipal Gym. The winner will receive a cash prize of P55,000.

Anchored from its theme: “Kalambuan sa Mag-uuma Kuyog sa Pakigdait ug Panaghiusa,” the celebration is also in line with its annual fiesta celebration of their patron saint San Miguel Arcanghel every 29th day of September.

Humayanon comes from the word “humay” which means rice grains. The Festival is a thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest of grains in the municipality. (NGBT/PIA Surigao del Sur)


Surigao City celebrates Nat’l Tourism Week, World Tourism Day

by Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 26 (PIA) –- After successfully attracting more tourists and visitors to visit Surigao City, the city government celebrates National Tourism Week on Sept. 25-30 and World Tourism Day on Sept. 28, with this year’s theme “Tourism Linking Cultures.”

This morning, a motorcade in the major thoroughfares of the city marked the beginning of the celebration spearheaded by the City Tourism Office and Surigao City Tourism Council. It was followed by a short presentation of Tourism Excellence Award to several tourism enterprises of the city and the awarding of Special Thanks and Recognition (STAR) Award to the Bonok-Bonok Festival 2011 working committees.

The simple ceremony was held in front of the city hall building and was graced by Department of Tourism-13 Regional Director Leticia Tan, City Vice-Mayor Danilo Menor and Councilor Jose Begil, Jr.

Sr. Tourism Operations Officer Roselyn Armida Merlin said part of the series of activities is a video showing of city’s tourism attractions to the different schools starting on Sept. 27.
On Sept. 28-29, Merlin said a planning workshop will be conducted for the formulation of the city’s Tourism Development Plan. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


GSIS updates members of their benefits

by Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton

BUTUAN CITY, September 25 (PIA) -- The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) conducted recently a seminar-cum dialogue on the updates on GSIS benefits and programs, and pre-retirement counseling.

GSIS Regional Manager Mamole A. Pangandaman informed the Agency Authorize Officers (AAO) and other participants that GSIS has made ways to make their transactions easier and faster for the convenience of their members such as deployment of additional GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GW@PS) in all major government offices, city halls, and provincial capitols nationwide.

Aside from installing additional GW@PS Kiosk, GSIS partners with Land Bank of the Philippines(LBP) as an additional servicing bank for its members.

GSIS and LBP signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to accommodate services to GSIS pensioners like opening a savings account and providing an automated teller machine (ATM) services to GSIS members.

Mamole clarified that GSIS members do not necessarily need to transfer from Union Bank of the Philippines (UBP) to LBP. Having LBP is just an option for the members to choose from the two banks (LBP and Union Bank) that offers services to the pensioners.

Those pensioners who keep their existing savings account with the UBP can still use the GSIS eCard to transact business with GSIS. (MRA/PIA-Caraga)


Revived Surigao media club elects new sets of officers

by Vanessa L. Almeda

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 26 (PIA) -- After several years in hiatus, the Surigao Press and Radio Club (SPRC) is back and rearing to go forward.

On Sept. 24, Saturday, veteran broadcasters and journalists in the city gathered to elect the new set of officers for the revival of one of the oldest press clubs in Mindanao at the BG & C coffee shop, a local coffee shop here.

The new roster of officers are: President Nathaniel “Natz” C. Corbeta, editor and publisher of Karaga News Central; vice president for Broadcast Mario “Mar” Semorlan; VP for Print Eugenio “Jun” Lira; Secretary Jamar Gavino; Treasurer Cheryl “Pinky” Visenio; Auditor Joselito “Jun” Ramirez; PIO Vanessa L. Almeda; Board of Directors Rolando “Lando” Sindo, Romy Remion, Carl Lafuente and Prudencio “Boy Power” Portuguese.

SPRC President Natz Corbeta said it’s really high time to revitalize the once respected media group in the province.

“This is our time to take the cudgel of responsibility as professional journalists in our beloved Surigao. Responsible journalism is a must dictum for all of us practicing media’," said Corbeta.

“We are going to project and establish a non-partisan, non-political approach in order for us to be more credible in bringing true and unbiased news and information to the Surigaonons and to our country,” Corbeta added.

The group has also designated local historian and journalist Fernando A. Almeda Jr., Nonoy Lerio of Goldstar Daily and Rodrigo Catoto of Agusan Surigao Enquirer as its advisers.

The Surigao media club is already on its 43rd year having been established on April 1968. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DSWD-Caraga gears up for Elderly Filipino Week celebration

by Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton

BUTUAN CITY, Set. 26 (PIA) –- In line with Proclamation No. 470 declaring every first week of October as “Linggo ng Nakatatandang Pilipino” or Elderly Filipino Week, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga has lined-up activities for the elderly citizens of the city.

During the special meeting of the Regional Inter-Agency Committee for Senior Citizens (RIAC-SC), Golda V. Pocon, DSWD-Caraga SWO IV/Head of the Standards Unit said the DSWD and its partner agencies will join the Hataw Exercise. It will be spearheaded by the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA)as part of the opening ceremony and it will be conducted at the Butuan City Hall Grounds.

Pocon also said joining with OSCA’s opening ceremony for the Elderly Filipino Week celebration is a way of getting other agencies involved in the celebration. “Why don’t we converge with OSCA’s Hataw? Anyway we are celebrating the same celebration,” said Pocon.

Moreover, DSWD-Caraga and RIAC-SC members will spearhead an activity called “DalawKalinga and Visit to the Visitorless, Indigent, Sick Older Prisoners (VISO)” on October 5.

Pocon said they are going to visit senior citizens at Por Cristo Home for the Abandoned Elderly which is situated at Barangay Abilan, Buenavista, Agusandel Norte.

This year’s Elderly Filipino Week celebration theme is “Nakatatanda: Gabay, Tulay, Kaagapay at BantayTungosaKaunlaran.” (MRA/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Mga lolo’t lola sa Butuan City handa na para sa Senior Citizens Week

ni Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Set. 26 (PIA) -– Handa na ang mga lolo’t lola ng siyudad para sa gagawing selebrasyon ng Senior Citizens Week ngayong darating na Oktubre 3 hanggang 9.

Ayon sa pinuno ng Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) ng siyudad na si Imelda B. Mupas-Nonan, may mga nakahanda ng aktibidad para sa isang linggong selebrasyon.

Upang mas maging makahulugan at masaya ang selebrasyon, magkakaroon ng Hataw (low grade exercise), jog for health at medical check-up sa unang araw ng selebrasyon sa Oktubre 3. Ang pagbubukas ng selebrasyon ay gagawin sa city hall compound na dadaluhan ng mga senior citizens mula sa 86 na barangay ng siyudad.

Sa Oktubre 4, gaganapin din sa city hall lobby ang isang paligsahang pangkultura sa umaga at ang Search for King and Queen Senior Citizens 2011 naman sa hapon.

Isang paligsahan sa Food Preparation and Table Setting ay gaganapin din sa hapon ng Oktubre 5.

Maliban sa serbisyong medical at paligsahan, magaganap din sa isang buong araw ang “Pabibo” para sa matatanda. Ito ay gaganapin sa gusali OSCA sa ika-apat na araw ng selebrasyon.

Ang isang linggong selebrasyon ay naaayon sa Proclamation No. 470 na nagdedeklara sa unang linggo ng Oktubre bilang Linggo ng Katandaang Pilipino o Elderly Week. (PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Namatay na OFW sa Kuwait, inilibing na

ni Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Set. 26 (PIA) –- Inilibing na sa Bayugan Cemetery noong Linggo ang namatay na OFW sa Kuwait na si Jovie Montesoso.

Sa pakikipanayam sa nakatatanda nitong kapatid na si Evelyn ng isa sa mga himpilan ng radio dito, ipinaaabot nito ang pasasalamat sa lahat ng mga tumulong at dumamay sa kanilang pamilya.

Pinasasalamatan nito ang mga opisyal ng probinsiya ng Agusan del Sur dahil sa pagtulong nito upang maibalik sa bansa ang bangkay ng kapatid. Nagpapasalamat din ito sa alkalde ng Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur sa pinansiyal na suporta nito.

Sinabi nito na kahit wala na ang kanilang kapatid ay pagtutulungan nilang mapabuti ang kalagayan ng pamangkin at sisikapin nilang lumaki ito bilang isang mabuting mamamayan.

Samantala, nangako naman si Senador Manny Villar na bibigyan nito ng scholarship ang anak ng biktima hanggang sa makatapos ito sa kolehiyo, na siyang pangarap ng nasirang ina.

Si Jovie Montesoso ay namatay noong Agosto 5 at ayon sa ulat, ito raw ay tumalon sa ika-walong palapag ng gusaling pinapasukan bilang isang receptionist sa Kuwait.

Dumating ang kaniyang bangkay dito sa Pilipinas noong Setyembre 20 matapos ang imbestigasyong ginawa sa Kuwait. Noong Setyembre 21, dumating ang bangkay ng biktima dito lulan ng Philippine Airlines Flight PR 477.

Pagkalapag ng eroplano sa Bancasi Airport, dinala agad ito sa isa sa mga punerarya dito upang tingnan ng pamilyang sumalubong nito sa paliparan. Dinala agad ito ng pamilya sa kanilang lugar sa Barangay Verdo, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur at kahapon nga ay inihatid na ito sa kaniyang huling hantungan. (PIA-Caraga)