PIA News Service - Thursday, September 15, 2011

PRIME: Delivering education to IPs and Muslims

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Sept. 15 (PIA) -- Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Education (DepEd) officials, local government officials and the tribal leaders to jointly implement an education program for indigenous peoples (IPs) and Muslims in Agusan del Sur.

Plaza said that with the program dubbed Philippines’ Response to Indigenous Peoples’ and Muslim Education (PRIME),"education will be delivered to far flung IP communities, and I believe, when everybody will have better education, nobody will be taking advantage of other people’s ignorance.”

According Agusan del Sur Schools Division Supt. Crucita ZM-Taala, the program will be initially implemented in schools with a 100 percent IP student population in five municipalities. The program will cover the following areas: Barangay Sinakungan in Esperanza for the Higaonon, Barangay Sikat Mactan in Loreto for the Manobos, Barangay Olangoan in San Luis for the Banwaon, Talaandig and Manobo, Barangay Valentina in La Paz for the Manobos and Barangay CuliRam, Talacogon for the Manobos.

Officer-in-Charge and Assistant Schools Division Supt. Gemma de Paz said PRIME is an educational initiative of the DepEd to improve equitable access to and quality of basic education for children in disadvantaged indigenous peoples and Muslim communities. It is supported by the Government of Australia as a founding partner for an initial period of three years (2011-2014) through an Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) grant. It will provide DepEd with additional resources in the form of grants to school communities and to support activities for DepEd and targeted communities.

According to PRIME commitment, the program recognize that the right to basic education is fundamentally an enabling right which is essential in claiming other rights, exercising self determination and expanding opportunities and choices. It also recognize the urgency of responding to the need of the IPs and the Muslim communities for relevant and responsive basic education, one that removes barriers to meaningful participation in society and empowers learners to exercise their rights and duties as Filipino citizens. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)



Abducted Lingig Mayor to Surigao del Sur officials: “Stop military operations”

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 15 (PIA) -- “Stop military operations,” thus said abducted Mayor Henry Dano of Lingig, Surigao del Sur when he got a chance to talk with the local management crisis committee.

In an interview, Surigao del Sur Governor and crisis committee head Johnny T. Pimentel said he was able to talk to Mayor Dano. He said the mayor was doing fine.

Pimentel added that Mayor Dano reiterated his call for the suspension of military operations in the area in exchange for his freedom.

The New People’s Army, alleged abductors of the official, has demanded the cessation of military operations in five provinces, namely, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur, Compostella Valley Province, Davao Oriental and Bukidnon.

Pimentel, however, said that he can order the suspension of military operations only in his province. He said he cannot stop the military operations in provinces that are not under his jurisdiction.

But Pimentel stood firm in his position that military operations will cease only after Mayor Dano has been released by his captors.

It can be recalled that Mayor Dano, together with his two Army escorts, was abducted by suspected New People’s Amy rebels on August 6 in his residence at Lingig, Surigao del Sur. His abductors reportedly posed as government agents.

Pimentel said the local management crisis committee is doing everything to negotiate with the abductors for the safe release of Mayor Dano. (PIA-Caraga)


CHED-Caraga tells public, private HEIs to support peace activities on Sept. 21

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 15 (PIA) -- Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Caraga Regional Director Dr. Isabela L. Mahler directed all public and private higher education institutions (HEIs) in the region to support the peace activities initiated by the Caraga Youth Leaders Network (CYLN) in line with the celebration of the International Day of Peace on September 21, 2011.

In a memorandum signed by Dr. Mahler on September 8, CHED-Caraga endorsed the peace activities spearheaded by CYLN for the support and participation of all HEIs.

Meanwhile, Mr. Rex Ybañez, CYLN Chief Executive Officer and Chairman said the 5 – Minute Moment of Prayer for Peace (Singko Minutos na Pag-Ampo Alang sa Kalinaw) from 8: 00 AM – 8: 05 AM on September 21 will be conducted by both private and government offices, civic organizations, schools, local government units, youth organizations, and churches throughout Caraga Region.

“This can be done in just within the workplace or vicinity. All shall gather in one area wherein they can render the prayer for peace while holding a lighted candle. This is to open the day with blessing from the Creator to sustain peace and development for all of us,” Ybañez explained.

Ybañez also said the Signature Campaign for Peace (Pirma Alang sa Kalinaw) is a campaign for peace process in the Philippines and to all parts of the world to ending wars and desputes, and start peace for the rest of us. The signature signifies a strong meaning and is a tool to end any form of conflict or dispute.

“This can be done within the work place. A Sheet of Paper with a Peace Message on the top of it (ex. Ang Kalinaw Akong Katungod!, I Vote for Peace, I am a peacemaker),” Ybañez said.

The Peace Education Symposium gives concrete education on the nature of peace, level of peace and other relevant information regarding peace particularly on how to sustain peace in Mindanao and the whole world. No any particular module to be run for this initiative for the Peace Concept comes from various approaches. Any type of peace education lesson can be taught to the audience, and can be administered by a qualified person within the office.

Moreover, Ybañez stressed the Photo Petition for Peace although not included in the said memos can still be observed by those parties concerned in peace. A Photo Petition is an individual peace initiative by taking a personal photo with a personal message to advocate peace. This photo can be uploaded to Facebook Account: Give Peace A Shot: A Peace Photo Petition. “You can see thousands of individual photos advocating peace in our society in the given Facebook Account,” Ybañez said.

Meanwhile, Ybañez reminded the heads of offices that the documentation on the conduct of the Peace activities such as photos, accomplished signature campaign sheets, attendance sheets and activity reports shall be submitted either in soft or hard copy to: THE CARAGA YOUTH LEADERS’ NETWORK INC., 4/F, POPCOM 13, Balebria Bldg., Pili Drive St., Butuan City, Tel. 346 – 9842 Fax: 815-1361 Mobile: 0918-4795262, 0927-2323219.


NFA Surigao del Norte assures sufficient rice supply

by Dandy Lapura

SURIGAO CITY, September 15 (PIA) -- The National Food Authority (NFA) - Surigao del Norte assured the public of sufficient rice supply.

According to National Food Authority (NFA) Provincial Manager Cirilo A. Polinar, rice supply for the entire province can still sustain even until the first quarter of next year.

“The public has nothing to worry for our rice supply is still enough for the entire province of Surigao del Norte including Dinagat Islands,” said Polinar.

To date, NFA-Surigao del Norte has a total stockpile of 335,035 sacks of both local and imported rice.
Polinar disclosed that aside from NFA rice, substantial supplies of commercial rice are also sold in the market. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


RTWPB cancels public hearing on minimum wage adjustment in Surigao del Sur

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Sept. 15 (PIA) -- The public hearing/consultations on minimumm wage adjustment in Surigao del Sur, originally scheduled on September 14 in Bislig City and September 15 in Tandag City, have been cancelled.

Regional Tripartite Wages Productivity Board (RTWPB) Chair and DOLE Regional Director Offelia Domingo had made an announcement in an interview over Radio ng Bayan Tandag on September 14.

According to Dir. Domingo, the cancellation of the two public hearings on minimum wage adjustment petition was due to the advisory from Manila TWPB to reduce the number of Public Hearing in Caraga.

Accordingly, the Public/Consultation Hearing for Bislig will be held jointly with Butuan City on September 22 at Luciana Convention Center, Butuan City. The Tandag City hearing was reset on September 16, to be held in Hotel Tavern, Surigao City. (PIA SUrigao del Sur)


Agusan del Norte LGU, 2 agencies to ink MOA on KALAHI-CIDSS Makasamang Tugon Project

by Francisco R. Jayoma

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Sept. 15 (PIA) -- The province of Agusan del Norte and the towns of Jabonga and Carmen will sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for the implementation of the KALAHI-CIDSS Makamasang Tugon Project, CY 2011.

This is after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved Sanggunian Resolution No. 188-2011 authorizing Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante to sign the said MOA for and in behalf of this province.

The resolution is authored by Board Member Rodulfo A. Pitogo.

Pitogo believes that the said project will alleviate poverty in the province especially in the towns of Jabonga and Carmen, the project's pilot municipalities.

Based on the MOA, the provincial government shall (1) provide technical and other assistance as needed to the recipient-municipalities; and (2) assist in promoting efforts of the municipality for participation, transparency, accountability (PTA) in local government with other non-KALAHI-CIDSS municipalities in the province, among others.

KALAHI-CIDSS means Kapitbisig Laban sa Kahirapan (Linking Arms Against Poverty) and CIDSS is Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services.

Implemented in 2003, it is a driven development project that aims to empower communities through their enhanced participation in community projects that reduce poverty. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Army brigade warns executives vs NPAs

LIANGA, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 15 (PIA) -- Col Romeo G Gan, the Army’s Brigade Commander in Surigao del Sur warned local and business executives from giving in to the demands of the communist rebels in the area.

“You are just feeding a monster to become a bigger monster” Gan said. “Do not wait until they devour you as a whole,” he added.

The group led by the Communist Party of the Philippines had stepped up their extortion activities these past few months. Heavy equipment were burned belonging to the Bislig Ventures last September 6 in Lingig, Surigao del Sur. The group which includes the New People's Army and the National Democratic Front also burned equipment in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur last August 24.

According to military reports, the CPP-NPA-NDF had increased their collection rate which prompted the companies to fight and resist them. These alarmed the local communist that they resorted to make an example in order to instill fear among the businessmen.(Gabatin 41, 401st Brigade/PIA Surigao del Sur)


Former household service workers receive livelihood starter kits


by Ritchel M. Molero

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 15 (PIA) -- The Balik-Pinay, Balik-Hanapbuhay Program, a flagship of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is now fully implemented in Caraga Region.

Twenty-eight household service workers from Butuan City received the Pangkabuhayan Starter Kits on September 14, 2011.

Each starter kit is worth three thousand pesos and contains body towel, hand towel, lotion, baby powder, oil, manzanilla, alcohol, and liniment.

Fifty-five Household Service Workers from Bislig City and neighboring municipalities of Tagbina and Hinatuan completed the training on Massage Therapy and Technology Transfer Demonstration on Monday, 12 September 2011 at the TESDA Training Center, Poblacion, Bislig City. The workers learned how to make liquid dishwashing paste, fabric softener, Perfume and cologne.

After a 10-day intensive skills training, graduates of the 3rd Batch of the Galing Masahista received their livelihood starter kits. Said graduates already passed the NCII (National Certification) accreditation.

The training was spearheaded by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office-Caraga in partnership with the Technical and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). LGU Bislig Mayor Librado C. Navarro provided free use of training venue, while Surigao del Sur District II Representative Florencio C. Garay provided extra Pangkabuhayan Starter Kits.

The other 21 graduates received the starter kits for Liquid Dishwashing Paste Making, Fabric Softener Making, Perfume and Cologne Making.

Ms. Marieta A. Lumawag, OIC of RWO-Caraga in her graduation message challenged the OFWs to become successful business entrepreneurs using the “Balik-Pinay, Balik- Hanapbuhay” starter kit as starting capital.

With their newly acquired skills and start-up kits, the graduates are now ready to start their own livelihood undertaking in their own communities and augment their family income.

Sixty-two workers graduated under the 3rd Batch of the Galing Masahista program. The said program have already graduated more than a hundred recipients. (OWWA-Caraga/LCO)


Tagalog News: Programang pang edukasyon umani uli ng tagumpay


by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Sept. 15 (PIA) -- Dalawa na namang manggagamot ang nagbigay pitagan at nagpasalamat kay Gob. Adolph Edward Plaza ng Agusan del Sur pagkatapos ng mga itong pumasa sa pagsusulit bilang doktor at ngayon ay naninilbihan sa D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital (DOPMH) sa Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur. Ang dalawang ito ay mga eskolar ng panlalawigang pamahalaan.

Si Dr. Heide Mondejar na galing sa bayan ng Talacogon ay nagtapos ng kanyang pagka doctor sa Dr. Jose P. Rizal School of Medicine – Xavier University- Atenio de Cagayan habang si Dr. Kenneth Sagrado na taga prosperidad naman ay nagtapos sa Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) sa Iligan City.

“Ako ay nagagalak at umani na naman tayo ng bunga ng ating mga pagsisikap at pangarap. Maliban sa pagkakaroon natin ng dagdag na manggagamot, ramdam ko, akoy nasa ulap dahil ang ating panahon at pera ng pamahalaan ay hindi nasayang. Mapunan na natin ang ating kinakailangang manggagamot sa DOPMH na siyang maging daan para lubos nating maipatupad ang isa sa ating mga programa, ang maibigay ang hustong serbisyong pangkalusugan sa ating mga kababayan,” Sabi ni Gob. Plaza.

Si Dr. Joel Esparagoza, hepe ng DOPMH ay nagalak din na pumasa na ang dalawa sa pagiging doctor na siyang sasagot ng pangangailangan ng doctor sa DOPMH at nag-iisang tertiary na hospital sa probinsiya. Sinabi ni Dr. Esparagoza na nagbigay na siya ng request para sa posisyon na medical officers para sa dalawang bagong doktor.

Lumagda din and dalawang bagong doktor sa harap ni Gob. Plaza ng kasunduan na sila ang taos pusong magsilbi sa mga mamamayan ng lalawigan sa pamamagitan ng DOPMH sa loob ng walong taon para maipadama ang kanilang pasasalamat at nakamit nila ang kanilang mga mithiing maging doktor.

Sa kasalukuyan, ang pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Agusan del Sur ay mayroong 234 scholars para sa pasukan ng taong 2011-2012. Sa pamamagitan ng resolusyon bilang 465 series ng 2011 at ipinasa ng miyembro ng Sagguniang Panlalawigan na si Cesar Alonde, ang 207 na scholars ay kinilala at inaprobahan para sa unang semester ng pasukang 2011-2012, at ang pundo ay manggagaling sa non-office na appropriations na kasali sa naaprobahang pundo para sa taong 2011. Sa 207 na mga scholars, 97 ang purong katutubo estudyante na makakatanggap ng libreng tuition fee, libreng board at lodging at magkakaroon ng allowance at sila ay mag-aral sa Philippine Normal University at sa Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology. Ang 97 na scholars na ito ay galling sa buong lalawigan, kung saan, tig-dalawa bawat bayan.

Ang mga hindi katutubong scholars naman ay umabot sa 70 na estudyante na may parehong mga pribilihiyo kaysa mga katutubo. May 12 ang kumukuha ng pagka doktor at sila ay nakapag-enroll sa iba’t ibang paaralan sa buong bansa na kanilang pinili. Sampu naman ang kumukuha ng kursong nursing at walo ang mga may kapansanang scholars na kumukuha ng doctorate degree at lima ang kumuha ng masteral degree.

Para ma kompleto ang 234 na scholars, isa pang resolusyon numero 433, series ng 2011 na ipinasa rin ni SP Cesar Alonde, na nagkompirma sa 27 scholars ng Agusan del Sur distance learning scholarship program sa University of the Philippines Open University (UP-OU) simula sa pasukan ng taong 2011-2012 at pundo ay kinuha rin sa non-office appropriations. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)



Tagalog News: Youth Leaders network sinimulan ang programa para sa kapayapaan

ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 15 (PIA) -- Sinimulan na ng Caraga Youth Leaders’ Network (CYLN) ang iba’t-ibang gawain kaugnay sa pagdiriwang ng United Nations (UN) International Day of Peace na gaganapin sa Setyembre 21, 2011.

"Kalinaw Alang sa Tanan" (Kapayapaan para sa Lahat), ang hakbang para suportahan ang pagpapanatili ng kapayapaan at kaunlaran sa buong mundo.

Ito rin ay isang paraan upang itanim sa isip ng mga tao ang tunay na diwa ng kapayapaan at pagbibigayan sa komunidad. Ito ay isang pagdiriwang para sa kapayapaan sa pamamagitan ng mga organisasyon ng kabataan, pamahalaang ahensiya, NGOs, sectoral group upang ipakita ang suporta para sa kapayapaan sa rehiyon.

Kaugnay nito, isang memorandum ang inisyu ng Kagawaran ng Interyor at Lokal na pamahalaan (DILG) - Caraga Regional Office para sa lahat ng mga Chief executive na humihikayat na magsagawa ng mga aktibidad na kung saan ito ay binubuo ng mga gawain pangkapayapaan.

"Singko Minutos sa Pag-ampo Alang sa Kalinaw" ay ang limang minutong pagdarasal para sa kapayapaan na mag-sisimula sa alas 8:00 hanggang 8:05 ng umaga ngayong Septiyembre 21, na pangungunahan ng Sangguniang Kabataan, NGOs, organisasyon ng kabataan, mga opisina ng pamahalaan at iba pa. Ang nasabing aktibidad ay sasamahan ng dasal at pagsisindi ng kandila para sa kapayapaan.

Ang “Pirma Alang sa Kalinaw” ay naglalayong ipaabot sa rehiyon at sa buong mundo ang pagpapanaliti ng kapayapaan para makamit ang kapayapaan at seguridad. Ang kaganapang ito ay pangungunahan ng Sangguniang Kabataan.

Ang “Peace Education Symposium" naman ay isang gawaing naglalayong palakihin ang peace education na kampanya para sa mga tao sa kumunidad.

Ang CYLN ay isang rehiyong multi-sectoral at non-government na organisasyon (NGO) na naglalayong nakatutok sa pagsulong ng kaayusan para sa kabataang Caraganon sa rehiyong. (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Aquino mobiyahe sa Amerika karong Sept. 18 alang sa upat ka adlaw nga opisyal nga pagbisita

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 15 (PIA) -– Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III mobiyahe karong Dominggo paingon sa Amerika alang sa opisyal nga pag bisita ug tungod usab sa imbitasyon ni President Barack Obama sugod Septyembre 18 hangtod 22.

Ang Pangulo giimbitar ni President Obama ug Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, ang co-chairs sa Open Government Partnership (OGP), alang sa opisyal nga paglusad sa OGP didto sa New York karong Septyembre 20.

“The OGP is a new multilateral initiative to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance,” si Foreign Affairs Secretary for American Affairs Patricia Paez mingon atol sa press briefing didto sa Malacañang.

Sa ilang giluatang sulat nga gipadala kang Pangulong Aquino, si President Obama ug President Rousseff nagkanayon: “We appreciate the active engagement and leadership of your government in developing this effort, and look forward to standing with you as we launch this initiative in September.”

Ang Pilipinas usa sa duha lamang ka mga nasod sa Asia ang giimbitar nga mamahimong miyembro sa International Steering Committee sa OGP. Ang uban pang mga miyenbro sa Steering Committee mao ang United States, Brazil, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway ug South Africa.

Matud pa ni Paez, ang mga miyembro sa Steering Committee gipili binasehan sa mosunod nga kriterya: Fiscal Transparency, Access to Information, Disclosure Related to Elected Officials and Citizen Engagement.

“The selection of the Philippines as a Steering Committee member is an international acknowledgement of the Aquino government’s demonstrated commitment to and innovative practices in open governance and anti-corruption,” siya miingon.

Si Pangulong Aquino gikatakda usab nga mohatag sa iyang keynote remarks sa OGP- related forum nga adunay titulong “The Power Open: A Global Discussion” didto sa New York City. Ang Pangulo mao lamang ang pangulo sa nasod nga giimbitar aron mamulong sa maong porum.

Samtang atoa sa New York, ang Pangulo motambong usab sa roundtable meeting uban ang tulo ka mga organisasyon sa patigayon aron mopadayag sa ekonomikanhong katuyoan ug mga kahimoan human sa usa ka tuig niini isip pangulo.

Ang tulo ka mga organisasyon sa patigayon mao ang US-Asean Business Council, the US Chamber of Commerce and the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Aquino mitudlo kang Biazon isip bag-ong Customs Commissioner

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 15 (PIA) -– Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III mitudlo kang kanhi Representate sa Muntinlupa nga si Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Bunoan Biazon isip bag-ong Bureau of Customs (BoC) Commissioner, ang opisyales sa Palasyo miingon kagahapon Miyerkules.

Si Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte mianunsyo sa pagkatudlo kang Biazon nga mohulip kang hepe sa Customs Angelito Alvarez, atol sa sa regular press briefing didto sa Malacañang.

Si Valte usab mianunsyo sa pagkatudlo kang retired Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim isip BOC Deputy Commissioner sa Intelligence.

“Naniniwala po ang pangulo na kaya po i-implement at ipagpatuloy ni dating congressman Biazon iyong kinakailangan nating reporma sa Customs at ma-meet na rin po ang revenue targets ng ahensya.” Si Valte mingon.

Si Biazon nga natawo niadtong Marso 20, 1969, nagserbisyo isip kongresista sa distrito sa syudad sa Muntinlupa sulod sa tulo ka susunod nga termino sukad 2001 ug hangtod Hunyo 30, 2010. Siya maoy ika tulo ug kinamanghuran nga anak ni kanhi senador ug karon Representante sa Muntinlupa Rodolfo Gaspar Biazon ug Monserrat Biazon.

Siya mitungha sa Malate Catholic School sa elementary ug sekondarya ug migradwar sa sekondarya niadtong 1986. Siya mikuha sa kursong Medical Technology sa University of Sto. Tomas isip pre-med course tungod kay siya gusto man motungha sa medical school. Siya misulod sa serbisyo publiko human sa kolehiyo niadtong 1991. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Aquino mingtudlo kay Suratos isip miyembro sa BSP Monetary Board

ni Dandy Lapura

SURIGAO CITY, September 15 (PIA) -
Getudlo ni Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III si Armando L. Suratos isip bag-o nga miyembro sa Monetary Board sa Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) nga puli kay Juanita D. Amatong nga diin natapos ang termino kaniatong Hulyo 3 karong tuiga.

Ingon ni Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda nga maoy ming-anunsyo kaniadtong Martes, si Suratos magpadayon isip miyembro sa Monetary Board hangtud Hulyo 3, 2017. Si Suratos getudlo sa Pangulo kaniadtong Septembre 9, 2011

Si Suratos ang nagunit sa posisyon isip deputy governor kaniadtong Disyembre sa milabay nga tuig ug gepulihan ni BSP Assistant Governor ug General Counsel Juan de Zuñiga Jr. Nag-retiro si Suratos sa BSP kaniadtong Disyembre 5, 2010 human sa pagserbisyo ug 40 anyos sa central bank.

Si Suratos, nga natapos ug law degree gikan sa Ateneo de Manila University, nag-serbisyo isip technical assistant sa Supreme Court adisir mingsulod sa central bank.

Naangkon niya ang ika-walo nga pwesto sa bar examinations kaniadtong 1971. Natapos usab niya ang kursong Bachelor of Science in Business Administration sa University of the Philippines ug sa Georgetown University kaniadtong 1975 sa Washington. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)