(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 19 July 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 135 km West Southwest of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro (13.1°N, 120.0°E). Meanwhile, another LPA was estimated based on all available data at 880 km East of Eastern Visayas (11.1°N, 133.8°E). 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 cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains. 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 2.5 meters).

PIA News Service - Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Agusan del Norte prov'l hospital celebrates centennial anniversary

by Nora CL Molde

-- The provincial hospital here will be celebrating its 100 years of providing quality health services to the Agusanons and nearby provinces of Caraga region in October, this year.

The said hospital will celebrate with the theme, AdNPH @ 100: “Withstanding and Meeting the Challenges of Time.”

For the past 100 years, the hospital stood the test of time and surpassed the challenges in giving the quality health services to the community.

The centennial celebration, according to Mr. Dave P. Luison, vice chairman on the centennial celebrations, will start on October 9 and will end on the 14th. Thus, according to him, the management has prepared a week-long celebration where different activities has been lined-up which is just fitting for the stakeholders and partners to celebrate.

According to Luison the celebration will provide a free medical and dental services (medical consultations and digital rectal examinations for male 40 years and above); free diabetic, hypertension and cholesterol screening which is open to the public.

Aside from the health-related services, the celebration is also inviting the public to join the fun run which serves as a kick-off activity on the first day of the celebration on the 9th of October. Entry fee for 3K races is one hundred seventy pesos and one hundred eighty pesos for the 5K races inclusive of t-shirt and race kit.

Other activities lined-up are as follows: the opening of the health fair on October 10 (health booths will be opened on October 10-13 from 8 o’clock in the morning until 5:00 in the afternoon; Larong Pinoy and other games exclusive for the hospital staff/employees, retirees, partners and stakeholders. (PIA-Agusan del Norte)

DSWD-Caraga prepares reports on social protection and development

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Regional Office has asked for the support of local government units of Caraga and government agencies in data gathering as it prepares the Social Protection and Development Report (SPDR).

Mr. Jean Paul Parajes, DSWD-Caraga Planning Officer said that part of DSWD Reform Agenda (RA 1) is engaging and leading the sector on Social Protection (SP).

“The SPDR serves as a tool for effective planning and budgeting process as well as for policy formulation and program development,” Parajes said.

It was also learned that the SPDR contains the General Information such as the Geographical, Ddemographic Characteristics, Poverty Profile, Source of Income, and Welfare Profile; and the Risks and Vulnerability Assessment through Identification of Risks and Prevalence of Risk, Identification of Vulnerable Groups and Prevalence of Vulnerability, SP Programs/Projects Responding to Risks and Vulnerability, and Gaps on Existing SP Programs/Projects Responding to Risks/Vulnerability. (PIA-Caraga)

Literacy Coordinating Council to hold Annual Literacy Conference

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

-- The Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) of the Department of Education (DepEd) will once again spearhead this year’s Annual National Literacy Conference on Sept. 27-29, 2011 at the Imperial Palace Suites, Quezon City with the theme: “Pursuing Community Development through Peace Literacy.”

DepEd Undersecretary and LCC Chairperson Rizalino Rivera said the celebration of the annual Literacy Week will be held on September 2 to 8. Among particpants are national government agencies, local government units, private organizations and non-government organizations.

The objectives of the conference are to: 1) raise awareness on literacy for peace and sustainable future among the participants; 2) share good practices on peace literacy for good governance; 3) reflect on peace situations and identify appropriate strategies and community intervention; and 4) develop Peace and Literacy Action Agenda: Programs, projects and Activities for Community Development.

Undersecretary Rivera also bared that one of the highlights of the conference is the presentation of the National Literacy Hall of Fame to Tagum City for being a three-time first place winner in the Outstanding Local Government Unit (Component City Level) category in the National Literacy Awards.

Tagum City is also an awardee in the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes 2011 for its exemplary accomplishments in literacy development through peace literacy.

Rivera added that participants will have to pay the registration fee of P5,000 to cover the expenses for board and lodging, handouts, kits, among others.

Also, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, Committee Chair on Education Arts and Culture Sen. Edgardo Angara, Committee Chair on Basic Education and Culture Cong. Salvador Escudero III are expected to deliver their messages to all the participants while during the Literacy Hall of Fame Awarding Ceremony, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director-General and LCC Member Atty. Jose A. Fabia will also give his message. (PIA-Caraga)

DENR13 commends 32 police officers in anti-illegal logging drive

by Herzon F. Gallego

-- Officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Caraga region have commended 32 police officers under the PNP Regional Office 13 on Monday for exemplary services in giving their full support that led to the successful implementation of the anti-illegal logging campaign carried out though Executive Order 23 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on February 1, 2011.

The citations were given by the DENR Regional Executive Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca during the Monday Convocation program at the DENR Regional Compound in Barangay Ambago, Butuan City.

RED Sibbaluca said the citations were recognition of their “invaluable support extended to DENR Caraga in the implementation of EO 23 which declared the moratorium on the cutting and harvesting in the natural and residual forest.

He said “such exemplary support and those extended by the other Chiefs of Police of Caraga Region have resulted to apprehension/seizure /confiscation of a sizeable volume of illegal forest products and several units of conveyances between January and September this year.”

The anti-illegal logging drive of the DENR even in critical areas of Caraga Region have been always successful because of police and military assistance given by the PNP under Police Chief Superintendent Reynaldo Rafal and 4th Philippine Army Infantry Division.

The PNP officers who were commended are Police Senior Inspector Ruben Guanzon, Chief of PNP Station in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur and his personnel Police Chief Inspector Romeo Villalobos, the Deputy Chief of PNP Trento, Agusan del Sur, Senior Police Office 4 Francis A. Portillo, PO3 Bernaldo D. Dumaguit and PO1 Gilbert Navarro, the Chief of PNP Station in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, Police Senior Inspector Joel A. BeΓ±as, the Chief of PNP Station in Rosario, Agusan del Sur Police Inspector Nelven T. Rufon, the Chief of PNP Station in Bayugan, Agusan del Sur Police Inspector Gerry O. Ratunil, the Chief of Police Station of Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur Police Senior Inspector Joel Solomon Mendez, the Chief of Police Station of Lanuza, Surigao del Sur Police Inspector Renars L. Salubre, the Chief of Carmen Police Station, Surigao del Sur Police Inspector Dominador A. Plaza, the Chief of Police of Madrid PNP Station Police Inspector Lyndon I. Sugian, the Chief of Carrascal Police Station, Surigao del Sur Police Inspector Isagane D. YbaΓ±ez, the Chief of Cantilan Police Station, Police Senior Inspector Emmanuel Guillermo, the OIC Chief of Lianga Police Station Police Inspector Joy Allan D. Blasco, the Chief of Cagwait Police Station Police Inspector Rey D. Morcillo, the Chief of Marihatag Police Station Police Inspector Charles U. Trugillo, the Chief of San Agustin PNP Station Police Inspector Ray S. Sorreda, the Chief of Barobo PNP Station Police Chief Inspector Arvin B. Montenegro , the Provincial PNP Director if Surigao del Sur Police Senior Superintendent Julito M. Diray, the Chief of Bayabas PNP Station Police Inspector Edgardo Dico, the Chief of San Miguel PNP Police Senior Inspector Edwin C. Noguerra, the Chief of PNP Station of Tago, Surigao del Sur Mario A. Tebero, the Chief Tandag PNP Station Gregie L. Pimentel, the Chief of Cortes PNP Station Police Inspector Roldan C. Almaden, Police Officer 3 Edwin Neo, Police Office 1 Christopher Plamos, and Police Office 1 James Aquino of Tandag PNP Station in Surigao del Sur , the Chief of PNP Station in Bislig City Police Superintendent Ronel D. Jaurigue , the Chief of Police of Hinatuan PNP Station Police Senior Inspector Jesus B. Aranco , the Chief of Police of Lingig PNP Station Police Inspector Ignacio L. Serrano and the Chief of Police of Tagbina PNP Station , Surigao del Sur Police Senior Inspector Wilfredo Tremplanza. (PIA-Caraga)

Surigao Norte to join Mindanao ONE trade expo

-- The province of Surigao del Norte is joining the Mindanao ONE trade expo on 14-17 October 2011 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, Gov. Sol Matugas confirmed recently.

The 4-day trade expo will showcase products of the island in the fields of agriculture-aquaculture, trade, investment and tourism.

“A business forum and business matching will also be conducted to highlight the potentials of Mindanao and its ASEAN neighbors in the context of the BIMP-EAGA sub-regional economic cooperation,” said Matugas, who is currently the Regional Development Council (RDC) chairperson of Caraga Region.

Matugas further said that Mindanao ONE will help launch Mindanao from its prevailing image as a conflict-affected area to ONE island that is modern but deep in its cultural richness; a paradise for those who seek the pleasures of ecological balance; and a destination for those looking for business prospects in the midst of the sumptuousness of its natural environment.

“The Provincial Government is putting its best foot forward to bring Surigao’s products to the markets in Metro Manila,” said Matugas.

Matugas also said that reparations are now going-on for the said event.

The event is co-organized by the Mindanao Trade Expo Foundation, Inc. (MTEFI) and PHILEXPORT Davao in partnership with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Local Government Units (LGUs), Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Institutions, the Departments of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Tourism, Trade and Industry, and its attached agency, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Mindanao Business Council (MinBC), and USAID’s Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) Program. (PPDO-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Creation of digital map for Butuan City pushed

by Eldie David

-- The City Government of Butuan is set to enter into an agreement with the Caraga State University (CSU) for the creation of a digital map of Butuan City simultaneous to the updating of the city's Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) and the Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP).

This was the content of the resolution approved recently by the Sangguniang Panlungsod, which authorizes City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante to enter into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with CSU. The MOA pertains to the technical assistance on geo-referencing-orthorectification of the Butuan City map and on the operation of the survey equipment like the total station (TS), among others.

The CSU has committed to join efforts with the city government in conducting ground survey, evaluation, and validation. The results will be reflected in a paper map utilizing updated technology surveying instruments and electronic programs such as the TS, GPS survey grade and ESRI's ARC geographical information system.

The satellite imagery of the topography of the City of Butuan, including its corresponding data and documentations, remained raw and unprocessed since its acquisition in 2005. It is stored in 32 compact discs that the CSU will be given the right to collate, process or assemble. (Butuan City V-Mayor’s Office/PIA-Caraga)

SP to urge Sen. Guingona for additional P2 million funding

by Eldie N. David

-- The Sanggnuniang Panlungsod here, in its regular session has unanimously approved a resolution requesting Sen. Teofisto TG. Guingona III to allocate P2 million from his priority development assistance fund (PDAF) for the livelihood projects of the different barangays in the city.

The resolution, which was authored by Councilor Angelo S. Calo, said the City government of Butuan needs financial support for its livelihood program such as vegetable production. It was revealed that local production of vegetables can supply only 15 percent of the province's consumption needs.

The resolution, which was endorsed by all the members of the SP, said livelihood projects for the basic means of alleviating poverty given that Caraga Region ranks among the poorest in the country. (Butuan City V-Mayor’s Office/PIA-Caraga)

Program to promote gender equality in political participation in Butuan City

by Gloria Theresa R. Cutab

– Paz y Desarrollo (PyD), a Spanish non-government organization supported by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation Development (AECID), together with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), PILIPINA and Miriam College-Women and Gender Institute (WAGI), will be launching its Regional Program to Promote Gender Equality in Political Participation on September 22-23, 2011 at the Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, Butuan City.

This regional program is being implemented in five countries, namely, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Cambodia, East Timor and Vietnam.

Aside from the launching of the Regional Program, the event will also be a venue to consult the target areas of Agusan del Norte (Butuan City and the Municipalities of Kitcharao, Santiago, Tubay) and Lanao del Sur (Marawi City and the Municipality of Balindong) on the strategies for program implementation.

More than 70 participants from the target areas composed of elected local government officials and staff, civil society organizations, community members composed of women, indigenous peoples and youth as well as line agencies and the academe will be present in this activity.

The Caraga State University (CSU) also serves as an implementing partner for this event. (PIA-Caraga)

Flavor enhancers may increase food intake of elderly

by Celina Ann Z. Javier

As people reach the age of 60 and above, their sense of taste and smell generally weaken, lessening their appetite for food.

As as result, older persons tend to eat less, resulting in malnutrition.

Prompt intervention can prevent older persons from having poor nutrition, because at this stage they are very susceptible to illnesses.

A study by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) determined the effect of flavor enhancers on the dietary intake of older persons.

Sixty seven (67) persons aged 60 years old and above joined the study. Before the start and during the study, 24-hour food intake, anthropometric and clinical data were obtained from the subjects.

One group was given 0.5 grams flavor enhancer while the other group given with 0.5 grams iodized salt. These were added to lunch and supper of the subjects for two months. The subjects tolerated the addition of flavor enhancer and iodized salt.

The study revealed that both interventions increased the energy and all the nutrient intake of the subjects. In addition, body weight and body mass index (BMI) also increased significantly with flavor enhancer use, but not with iodized salt.

The blood pressure was also normal for both interventions. Furthermore, sodium in the blood of the subjects was also within the normal levels.

Thus adding of 0.5 grams of flavor enhancer and iodized salt to the food of the older persons did not have a significant effect on their blood pressure and serum sodium levels.

This study is a scientific proof that addition of said flavor enhancers will not increase the blood pressure of older persons as long as these are used in moderation.

Addition of flavor enhancers may also be a good strategy in increasing the food intake of older persons to increase appetite and improve nutritional status.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City. E-mail: MVC@fnri.dost.gov.phThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Telefax: 837-2934 and 827-3164, or call: 8372071 local 2296 or visit our website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST/PIA-Caraga)

Filipino infants and young children poorly breastfed

by Mildred O. Guindola

Only 8.6 percent of Filipino infants are exclusive breastfed, while 29.9 percent are breastfed complementary foods.

This is according to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology’s (FNRI-DOST) survey on infant feeding practices of Filipino children 0-23 months old, which was part of the 7th National Nutrition Survey in 2008.

This is far from the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recommendation that infants receive only breastmilk from birth to six months and given appropriate complementary foods with continued breastfeeding for up to two years of age and beyond.

The survey revealed that even if the percentage of infants and young children exclusively breastfed is combined with that of breastfeeding with complementary feeding, the percentage is lower than those fed with infant formula and other milk alone or in combination with other foods at 55.4 percent.

In addition, average duration of exclusive breastfeeding is only 2.3 months and breastfeeding in general is only 4.9 months which is far from the ideal six months exclusive breastfeeding and up to two years of continued breastfeeding.

The low proportion of breastfeeding among infants and young children and the short duration of breastfeeding can be the causes of the high prevalence of undernutrition among 0-5 year-old children. Underweight and stunting among these children are 20.7 and 32.3 percent, respectively.

The survey results pose a challenge to the government and all breastfeeding promoters to intensify advocacy and training to empower mothers to choose breastfeeding over formula feeding. It is also imperative to create a friendly working environment to help nursing mothers continue breastfeeding even while working.

For more information on food and nutrition, you may write or call: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Gen. Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telefax: 837-3164; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.phThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it,
mar_v_c@yahoo.com, FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST/PIA-Caraga)

Only 3 out of 10 households met recommended energy intake from food

by Ma. Adrianne S. Constantino

In a nationwide survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) in 2008, only 3 out of 10 households met the recommended energy intake, while about 5-6 out of 10 households met the estimated average requirement for protein which is 80 percent of the recommendation.

The Filipino diet consists mainly of rice-fish-vegetables, where cereals and cereal products make up the main bulk of food at 42 percent of the total intake. Fish and vegetables contributed about 13 percent each. Rice, which is cereal and cereal products, is the main contributor of energy, protein and iron in the diet of Filipino households.

The nutritional adequacy of a diet can be roughly evaluated from its caloric and protein content when compared with the Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intake (RENI).

Dietary energy is an indicator of quantity since it is derived from carbohydrates, protein and fats which are all important.

Protein from animal sources is an indicator of quality because aside from its function as building blocks for body tissues, enzymes and hormones, animal protein foods are also a source of vitamins and minerals.

Lack of carbohydrates in the diet would result to low weight, weakness and poor physical performance. Protein, aside from being used as building blocks, repairs worn-out tissues. Fats are the concentrated form of energy and serve as carriers of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.

There is a need to decrease the proportion of households who are energy and protein deficient.

Rich sources of energy, aside from cereals and cereal products, are sugars and syrups like preserves, jams and jellies and starchy roots and tubers like camote, gabi, cassava and potatoes.

Protein from animal sources are meat, chicken, milk and milk products, while protein from plant sources are dried beans, monggo, tokwa and nuts. Information on the rich on the rich sources of nutrients will help Filipinos fight against malnutrition.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Tel/Fax Num: 8372934 and 8373164; email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST/PIA-Caraga)

Guilt-free ice cream out in the market

by Victor J. Alfonso, Jr.

Dairyman ice cream, an ice cream maker for generations recently, adopted the refreshing but healthy low-fat, low-sugar ice cream developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST).

A memorandum of agreement, through the Provincial Science and Technology Office of Bulacan was signed between the DOST 3 Regional Director, Dr. Conrado J. Oliveros, Dairymna Ice Cream owner, Mr. Rufina Agustin and FNRI Director, Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, on November 26, 2009 to formally transfer the technology to Dairyman.

This innovative ice cream lessens the guilt in eating desserts that are usually loaded with sugar and fat. Even people who have hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes can have some of this yummy treat.

Lessening the consumption of food rich in sugar and fat can help avoid developing lifestyle-related diseases, which fits to food manufacturing trends of a healthy food.

The ice cream is initially in classic vanilla flavor. It contains 2 grams of protein and energy of 60 kilocalories per 50-gram serving, which is much lower than regular ice cream.

The fat content of the low-fat ice cream is 0 grams per 50 grams serving, much less compared to regular ice cream. This ice cream is very enticing with its milky color and appearance, creamy texture and delicious taste.

Dairyman is open for distributorship. Soon, low-fat, low-sugar ice cream will be available at your local grocery ice cream parlor.

For more information about food and nutrition, you may contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Bicutan, Taguig City; Trunkline: 837-2071 local 2296 or 2287; Telephone/Fax No.: 837-3164; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or mar_v_c@yahoo.com; Website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog News: PGAS gumawa ng hakbang para sa mas mabuting serbisyo publiko

by David M. Suyao

-- Ipinakita ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Agusan del Sur (PGAS) ang ginawang strategy map at balanced scorecard (SM-BS) sa iba’t ibang sektor at mga pribadong tanggapan at ng mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan para kumuha ng mga opinyon at mabigyan ng kahalagahan upang siyang magiging makabagong gabay sa pagpapatakbo ng pamahalaan.

Ayon kay Jesusimo Ronquillo, administrador ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Agusan del Sur, ang ipinakitang SM-BS ay resulta ng mga isinagawang SM-BS ng iba’t-ibang departamento sa PGAS, pagkatapos makapagsanay ang lahat ng mga hepe ng mga departamento ng pamahalaang panlalawigan mula kay Prof. Edel Guiza ng Asian Institute of Management AIM).

Ang balanced scorecard, ayon kay Prof. Guiza, ay isang plano ng stratehiya at pamaraan ng pamamahala na ginagamit sa negosyo at industriya, ng pamahalaan at ng iba’t-ibang organisasyon sa buong mundo. Ang layunin nito ay upang mapag-isa sa iisang hanay ang mga programa, proyekto at stratehiya ng mga organisasyon, pagbutihin ang kanilang panloob at panlabas na komunikasyon at masinsinang pagtuunan ang mga ginagawa ng organisasyon ayon sa kanilang layunin, at ito ay gagamitin ng pinagkaisang pamamahala ng mga lokal na pamahalaan sa buong lalawigan.

Bilang bahagi ng workshop na gagawin, may apat na tanong ang ipinukol sa lahat ng mga hepe ng pamahalaang national upang maihanay ang kanilang mga mandates sa mga programa ng pamahalaang panlalawigan na nakatutok sa pagpababa ng insidente ng kahirapan tulad ng. . . sa pananaw ng mga pamahalaang national, bakit naihanay ang Agusan del Sur na isa sa mga mahihirap na lalawigan sa buong bansa? Ano-ano ang mga sanhi ng pagiging mahirap ng lalawigan? Ano ang mgagawang tulong ng mga pambansang tanggapan upang makahanap ng yaman na pangkalahatan para maibaba ang kahirapan? At ano-ano ang gagawin kapag pinagsama ang mga pambansang mga tanggapan at ang pamahalaan ng lalawigan para sa isang manigong lalawigan?

Matapos maipakita ng grupo ng mga pambansang tanggapan ang kanilang isinagawang sagot sa apat na mga tanong, lumalabas na ang mga ugat ng mga problema ay nagmumula sa pag-uugali, na dapat pag-tuonan at bigyan ng halaga para mabago ang pananaw at pag-uugali, ang pagkulang sa kooperasyon ng lahat ng mga stakeholders at mga benepisaryo, na pwedeng sagutin ng tama, at may kaugnayang impormasyon, edukasyon at komunikasyon na siyang maaring makapagbago ng paniniwala at pananaw na makapag bigay ng lakas para kumilos ang buong sambayanan, at bawasan ang mga hindi importanteng gastosin ng mga mamamayan, na maaring maisakatuparan sa pamamagitan ng wasto at lokal na pagplano, lokal na capital at paggamit ng lokal na yaman at produksiyon, ayon kay Prof. Guiza.

Kung matandaan, naitalang pangalawa ang Agusan del Sur sa mga pinakamahirap na lalawigan sa buong bansa ayon sa isinagawang survey. Marami ang nagtaka at nagtanong kung bakit, na kung tutuusin, malapit lamang ang Agusan del Sur sa mga lalawigan ng Agusan del Norte at Surigao del Norte. Malapit din ito sa mga lungsod ng Butuan at Surigao, na may mga matataas na antas ng ekonomiya. Ito ang nagtulak kay Agusan del Sur Gob. Adolph Edward Plaza para kunin ang tulong ng AIM sa pamamagitan ni Prof. Edel Guiza. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Tagalog News: Surigao del Sur Gob. Palalayain si Lingig Mayor Dano, escorts ngayong buwan

ni Robert E. Roperos

-- Naniniwala si Surigao del Sur Gov. Johnny Pimentel na palalayain ng mga rebeldeng New People’s Army (NPA) si Lingig Mayor Henry Dano bago matapos ang kasalukuyang buwan.

Sa panayam sa opisyal sa isa sa mga pribadong himpilan ng radio dito, sinabi ni Pimentel na bagama’t hindi madaling kausapin ang mga bumihag kay Mayor Dano, kumpiyansa pa rin siya na palalayain sina Dano sa lalong madaling panahon.

Sinabi pa ni Pimentel maaring ibigay ang hiling ng mga rebelde na itigil ang military operations sa limang probinsiya kasama na ang mga probinsiya ng Bukidnon, Compostella Valley, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental at Surigao del Sur.

Ayon kay Pimentel, hindi niya sakop ang ibang probinsiyang nabanggit kaya maaari daw nitong pakiusapan ang Battalion Commanders ng kaniyang probinsiya at maging ng Davao Oriental para nga itigil na muna pansamantala ang military operations.

Ngunit binigyang diin ng opisyal na wala siyang magagawa sa ibang probinsiya. “Ilang beses ko nang sinabi sa kanila (rebelde) na ang puwede ko lang pakiusapan ay ang sakop ng aking probinsiya at maging ang Davao Oriental pero ‘yung sa ibang probinsiya, hindi ko na sakop iyon kaya hindi ko maipapangako sa kanila na maibigay ng buo ang kanilang hinihiling sa ngayon,” sabi ni Pimentel.

Sinabi rin ni Pimentel na maaaring itigil ng mga sundalo ang kanilang operasyon kung pakakawalan na ng mga rebelde si Mayor Dano at ang dalawa pa nitong security escorts.

Matatandaang dinukot ang tatlo noong Agosto 6, bandang alas 5:30 ng umaga sa loob mismo ng tahanan ni Mayor Dano sa Lingig, Surigao del Sur.

Ayon sa ulat, nagpakilalang mga personahe ng National Bureau of Investigation ang mga suspetsado. (PIA-Caraga)

Surigaonon News: PRC-License Renewal sa Surigao City malampuson

ni Annette Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, September 20 (PIA)
- Malampuson nga gipahigayon ang Renewal of Professional License niadtong miaging adlaw Septyembre 17, 2011 diha na sa may City Hall lobby.

Adunay mokabat sa 359 ka mga aplikante ang miduso sa ilang mga lisensya aron magparenew. Matud pa sa gihimong attendance sa buhatan sa City Personnel, kadaghanan sa mga aplikante nag gikan pa sa mga isla sa Surigao o Island Barangays lakip sab sa Dinagat.

Ang maong kalihukan gipanguluhan sa mga miyembro sa Philippine Regulation Commission- Region 10 Cagayan de Oro ubos sa pagpangulo ni Regional Director Estrella O. Malik uban nila Milagros A. Solis, Donna T. Gorgon, Rotilo B. Cabugsa, Richfield G. Dublas, lakip usab sa buhatan ni Surigao City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas pina-agi sa City Personnel Office.

Ang mga nasangpit nga mga aplikante, mohimo sa paghulat na lamang sa ipadala nga confirmation letter nan PRC-Region 10 kon pwede na nila makuha ang ila mga lisensya didto sa opisina sa Butuan City. (Surigao City PIO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Cebuano News: DepEd nagtinguha pagtukod og 41,000 lawak tulunghaan sa 2012

by Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, September 20 (PIA)
– Si Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Armin Luistro miingon kagahapong adlawa Lunes nga ang administrasyon ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III mipasalig nga masulbad ang problema sa kakulangon sa mga lawak tunghaan dinhi sa nasod sa pagtukod ug 41,000 ka mga lawak sa 2012.

"We are to address increment of shortages in the year-to-year and for the 2012 budget, we intend to construct 41,000 classrooms,” si Luistro miingon atol sa Senate hearing kalabot na sa tanyag nga P191-billion nga budget sa DepEd alang sa sunod nga tuig.

Si Luistro miingon nga sa P18.2-billion nga gigahin alang sa pagtukod ug pag pang-ayo sa mga lawak tulunghaan sa tuig 2012, adunay P5 billion nga nahimo pinaagi sa public ug private nga pagtambayayungay o PPP program.

Niadtong milabay’ng tuig nga budget hearing, ang DepEd mipadayag nga matubag ang lima ka importanteng mga kakulangan nga naglakip usab sa magtutudlo, textbook, mga lingkuranan ug tubig ug mga pasilidad sa sanitasyon.

”By December 2012, majority of the shortages of the past years should have been addressed. Every year, there are classrooms repair. What we are catching is years of neglect,” si Luistro miingon.

Siya miingon nga ang departamento determinado nga masolusyunan ang mga kakulangan sa lingkuranan, uban sa pag-ingon nga ang pag deliver sa dugang nga 2.5 million nga mga bangko magsugod una mahuman ang tuig 2011.

Si Luistro usab mipahibalo sa panel sa Senado nga ang departamento nag tinguha sa pag butang og internet connectivity sa mga mokabat 27,000 ka mga public secondary schools sa libot sulod sa nasod.

”Right now, 68 percent of the high schools have internet connectivity,” si Luistro miingon.

Ang DepEd usab nagtinguha nga masolusyonan ang kakulang sa elektrisidad sa halos 9,000 nga pang publikong eskuylahan sulod sa nasod. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Cebuano News: MalacaΓ±ang nagpabilin sa iyang pasalig sa responsableng pag-mina sa nasod

ni Dandy Lapura

SURIGAO CITY, September 20 (PIA)
–- Gipadayag kaniadtong Lunes sa MalacaΓ±ang ang ilang tumong para sa responsableng pag-mina bisan pa sa mingkanat nga independenteng surbe nga gipakita sa mga Pilipino ang ubos nga kompiyansa sa tanang minahang industriya sa nasod.

Sa maong regular nga press briefing sa MalacaΓ±ang kaniadtong lunes, si Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda mipayahag nga si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III minghimo ug gilapdon nga pasalig para sa responsableng pag-mina luyo sa kadaotang epekto sa kalikoman kung ang mga industriya mahimong iresponsable.

“If the community would favor mining then he (the President) has offered it really depends on the community,” ingon ni Lacierda luyo sa kalabotan sa ubos na kompiyansa sa mga kompanya ng minahan ug basin dili na mamuhunan ang taga laing nasod dinhi sa pilipinas.

Sa maong 500 ka katawhan nga ge-surbe sa PR firm EON Inc. para sa permerong Philippine Trust Index, adunay 22 porsiyento nagikan sa National Capital Region ug sa mga syudad sa Cebu ug Davao sa gikataho ug giingon nila sila misalig sa mga minahan gikan sa 19 ka nagkalain-laing sektor.

Gidugang ni Lacierda nga ang Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje “nga adunay dakong baruganan para sa pag-implementar sa balaod ug regulasyon sa pag-mina” sa nasod maski luyo sa kadaghanon sa balaod kalabot sa minahan.

Ingon niya nga ang gobyerno pinaagi sa DENR nagpadayon sa pagtuon kung unsaon pagdumala sa abundansyang pondo sa minerals sa nasod ug si Secretary Paje wala pay napirmahan na mining permits sa mga kompanyang nagpasa sa ilang aplikasyon.

“The only directive that we can give mining companies is for them to follow our rules and regulations strictly. We would like to ensure that the community and the environment [are] maintained after mining is done,” ingon ni Lacierda.

Gitumbok ni Lacierda ang pagkutlo sa katalagmang nahitabo sa Marcopper didto sa Marinduque kaniadtong Marso 24, 1996 nga maoy ‘ngilngig’ nga epekto sa iresponsableng pag-mina nga diin gusto sa administrasyong Aquino dili mausab nga mahitabo ubos sa iyang administrasyon.

“Responsible mining has happened in several countries. There’s no reason why it could not happen here in the Philippines,” ingon ni Lacierda. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Cebuano News: Tourism Usec mangulo sa pag-abli sa Billabong Pro Junior Asia sa Siargao Island karong adlawa

ni Dandy Lapura

– Usa ka dakong opisyal nagikan sa Department of Tourism (DOT) ang mangulo sa pag-abri sa Billabong Pro Junior Asia diha sa Cloud 9, Gen. Luna didto sa Siargao Island karong adlaw, Sept. 20, kini gikumpermar ni Provincial Toursim Officer Ivonnie Dumadag kahapon.

Gipadayag ni Dumadag nga si DOT Undersecretary Atty. Ma. Victoria V. Jasmin maoy mangulo sa ceremonial breaking sa surf board karong adlaw sa alas 3 sa hapon didto sa Cloud 9, Siargao Island kauban sa mga lokal nga opisyales gepanguluhan ni Gob. Sol F. Matugas; 1st District Congressman Francisco Matugas; General Luna Mayor Jaime Rusillon para sa Billabong Pro Junior Asia karong tuiga.

“Kini usa lamang sa mga highlights sulod sa duha ka semana nga aktibidades na getawag ug 2nd Siargao Surfing Festival,” ingon ni Dumadag.

Gikumpermar usab ni Dumadag ang pag-bisita ni Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Rod Smith kauban sa mga dagkong opisyales nga nagikan sa Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid) aron pag-saksi sa pag-abri sa maong kalihokan.

Sa nasayran, adunay otsenta ka mga surfers nagikan sa Australia, Japan, Hawaii, Europe, Brazil, South America, Indonesia, Malaysia, United States of America ug ang Pilipinas ang magsangka sa Cloud 9 para sa pinaka-permerong 5-star nga gradong kalihokan sa Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) nga ge-ila isip Billabong Pro Junior Asia.

“Sa walay pag-duhaduha, kini mao ang pinakadakong kalihokan sa surfing sa atong nasod nga mokabat ug US$25,000 o kapin kun kulang 1.075 Milyones ka pesos ug mga tropeyo," si Dumadag miingon.

Ang mga sumasalmot sa Billabong Pro Junior Asia nagpangidaron ug 17-21 ug diin ang mamahimong mananaog sa karong tuigang kalihokan mahimong mailado sa tibuok kalibotan.

Gepadayag ni Dumadag nga ang wireless services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (SMART) mo-sponsor sa Billabong Pro Junior Asia para makahimo sa paglantaw ang katawhan sa tibuok kalibotan pinaagi sa live video-streaming ubos sa pagpangulo ng SMART.

Pagkatapos sa seremonyas, usa ka panihapon ang gepreparar isip pag-hininangop sa mga sumasalmot ug mga bisita para sa karong tuig nga kalihokan sa surfing.

Gawas sa top-level nga surfing competition, ubay-ubay usab nga mga aktibidades ang pagahimuon pa gyud sama sa street dancing festival, agri-aqua trade fair and exhibits, sports competitions, cultural shows, ug ang search para sa Miss Siargao 2011 ug street parties. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)