PIA News Service - Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Nurse from Agusan del Sur to join 38th SSEAYP

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 7 (PIA)
-- A nurse from Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur will join the 28 other Filipino youth leaders in the country to the 38th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP).

Ed Anthony P. Lapay is a registered nurse and the lone representative of Caraga Region who qualified in the rigid screening of applicants throughout the country. He will join other youth leaders from the different regions in the Philippines.

Lapay is currently working as medical-surgical ward nurse, emergency room nurse, pediatric nurse, and Outpatient Department (OPD) nurse of Democrito O. Plaza Memorial Hospital in Agusan del Sur. He is also a part-time clinical instructor of Southway College of Technology (SCT) Nursing Department in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.

His leadership skill was honed starting in his basic education where he graduated class salutatorian in elementary at Philippine Normal University (PNU)-Agusan del Sur Campus and class valedictorian of Patin-ay National High School.

Among the recognitions he received were the PGMA Academic Excellence Award, Community Extension Service Award, PGMA Leadership Award, and Gerry Roxas Leadership Award, among others.

On top of it, he graduated Magna Cum Laude at San Pedro College with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing on March 2009

SSEAYP is a diplomatic and cultural exchange program among and between emerging youth leaders in Asia sponsored by the Government of Japan. 

More than 300 young delegates from Japan and the ten ASEAN member states are expected to participate in this program to promote and strengthen friendship and cultural understanding. 

For 52 days, the delegates will be on board the cruise liner MS Fuji Maru from October 26 to December 16, 2011, visiting Japan, Philippines (Manila), Brunei Darussalam (Muara), Indonesia (Jakarta), Malaysia (Port Klang) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh). 

This year’s SSEAYP itinerary is exceptional since the Philippines will be one of the ports of call and venue of the first Country Programme, presenting the Philippine contingent, “PintigPinoy,” with the unique opportunity of exemplifying the best of our Filipino values and showcasing our rich culture and heritage as well as by showing to the world especially our ASEAN neighbors the various Filipino individuals as well as corporations and institutions that have achieved global success.

In order to ensure that the Filipino participants are adequately prepared to participate and represent the country in this international undertaking, PintigPinoy is set to undergo a month-long series of seminars, trainings and preparatory activities focusing on diplomatic affairs, youth leadership, personal development and social decorum, culture and the arts. 

PintigPinoy will also prepare country papers to feature the best local practices in education, youth development and traditional culture, among other activities.

Official delegates of the Philippines, along with their National Leader, were selected by the Office of the President, through the National Youth Commission. (PIA-Caraga)

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AFP, PNP coordination, advantage vs. insurgency, says 4ID chief

by Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 7 (PIA)
-- Major General Victor A. Felix, the 4ID “Diamond” Division chief said during a press conference on Monday afternoon, that the smooth coordination between the military and the Philippine National Police has given the government an upper hand in its anti-insurgency campaign in the region.

Maj. Gen. Felix recently visited Camp Bancasi, the Division Support Area (DSA) on Monday to assess the ongoing military operations at the hinterlands of Agusan del Norte province.

Col. Jupiter Ando, Camp Bancasi , DSA 4ID PA OIC and Maj. Noli P. Kanashiro, 4ID spokesperson were also present during the forum.

He pointed out that a Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Council (JPSCC) was signed by him and the highest PNP Officer in the region Chief Superintendent Reynaldo S. Rafal, which was also replicated to the lower units between the military and the PNP counterparts in their respective areas of responsibility.

“We have a close coordination between the military and the Philippine National Police. In fact, we have signed a joint peace and security coordinating council, both at the regional level, down to the lower units,” Gen. Felix said.

According to him, the recent success of the government troops in its campaign against the insurgents here in this region is a clear manifestation that the joint peace and security agreement is working well. 

Maj. Kanashiro said that an encounter ensued at 3:00 P.M. on Friday between a company of Philippine Army Scout Rangers on their test mission and communist guerillas numbering more or less 30 at Kamalig, Sitio Lusong, Brgy. Puting Bato, Cabadbaran City.
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An NPA guerilla was slain and the government troopers also recovered three (3) M16 Armalite Rifles, an M14 Rifle, an AK47 Assault Rifle, a Caliber .45 Pistol, two (2) improvised, anti-tank landmines, detonating cords, assorted bullets, a handheld radio, a transistor radio, a telescope, assorted medicines, chalks, wallet containing some coins and residence certificate issued to a certain resident of Brgy. Calamba, Cabadbaran City and other personal belongings at the encounter site.

Another encounter, according to Kanashiro, occured at 10:00 A.M. the next day at Brgy. Zapanta Valley, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte, when the elements of the Division Reconnaissance Company met a group of an undetermined number of CPP/NPA guerillas in the area.

Government troopers aided by helicopter gunships are now hotly pursuing the fleeing enemies in the area. Gen. Felix confirmed that a military operation in the area is still ongoing. (PIA Caraga)
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Two lupons in Caraga chosen as nat’l finalists to the LTIA 2011

by Ray Gregory F. Jaranilla

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 7 (PIA)
-- Two Lupong Tagapamayapa in the region were chosen finalists to the Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards (LTIA) National Awards.

The Lupong Tagapamayapa of Brgy. Poblacion, Barobo, Surigao del Sur and Brgy. Quezon, Mainit, Surigao del Norte were selected by the LTIA National Awards Committee (NAC) as national finalists for the 1st to 3rd class municipalities category and 4th to 6th class municipalities category, respectively.

The national finalists were the top three lupons in their respective categories. 

“The national finalists will be sure winners of a Presidential and Cash Awards to be awarded in Malacañang come October 2011,” said Justice Abesamis.

The Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards (LTIA) was established since 1997 as a means to institutionalize a system of granting economic benefits and other incentives to the Lupong Tagapamayapa that demonstrates exemplary performance in settling disputes at the grassroots level. The assessment period for this year’s search covered the 3rd and 4th Quarters of CY 2009 and 1st to 4th Quarters of CY 2011.

On site validation visits to the said lupons were conducted by members of the LTIA National Board of Judges (NBOJ) and National Secretariat conducted on August 24, 2011 and September 6, 2011. 

The validating team that visited the Lupong Tagapamayapa of Brgy. Poblacion, Barobo, Surigao del Sur were composed of Hon. Bernardo P. Abesamis, former Justice of the Court of Appeals and now Chairman of the Board of the Career Service Executive Board (CESB), Asst. Director Mariano A. Gabito and Mr. Celso Batalla, both from DILG-BLGS. While the team that visited the Lupong Tagapamayapa of Brgy. Quezon, Mainit, Surigao del Norte were composed of Fiscal Rosalina P. Aquino of DOJ, Dir. Myrna Medina of NAPOLCOM and Ms. Estelita Brondial of DILG-BLGS. (DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

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Climate Change Commission inks MOA with Surigao Norte LGU for Ecotown Project

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Sept. 7 (PIA)
-- Climate Change Commission Secretary Mary Ann Lucille L. Sering signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Governor Sol Matugas recently initiating the demonstration of the Ecotown Framework in Siargao Island in the Province of Surigao del Norte.

The Commission will assist Local Government Units to roll out the Ecotown framework, which is an ecosystem – based approach where the Mangroves in Siargao will be protected by the communities through payment for ecological services. 

Vulnerability Assessment will also be conducted to incorporate not only disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) but also anticipatory adaptation that is based on climate projections. Possible impacts to the communities, their environment and the socio-economic development of Siargao due to climate change will also be identified. (Climate Change Commission/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: Aquino nanumpa sa bag-ong Tourism secretary, generals ug flag officers sa AFP

ni Dandy Lapura

SURIGAO CITY, September 7 (PIA)
-- Si Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III nangulo sa pagpanumpa sa maong grupo sa mga newly-appointed government officials nga gipangunahan ni Tourism Secretary Ramon Reyes Jimenez Jr. ug pipila ka mga Heneral ug Flag Officers sa Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Usa ka simple nga ceremonya ang nahitabo sa Rizal Ceremonial Hall ng Malacañang Palace niadtong buntag sa lunes diin si Secretary Jimenez nanumpa atubangan sa Presidente isip acting Secretary sa Department of Tourism (DOT) gesundan usab kini sa pipila ka newly-appointed nga opisyales sa gobyerno.

Lain usab nga mga opisyales ang nanumpa lakip sila Ambassador Leslie Gatan, Philippine Ambassador sa Canada-Department of Foreign Affairs; Eduardo Batac, Undersecretary ng Department of National Defense; Ibarra Gutierrez III, Undersecretary para sa Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs; Jose Mari Oquinena, Undersecretary para sa Special Concern-Presidential Communications Operations Office; Ernesto Ramel Jr., Assistant Secretary para sa Office of the Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs; Atty. Lesley Jeanne Cordero, Assistant Secretary- Presidential Communications Operations Office; Christian Robert Lim, Commissioner-Commission on Elections; Ma. Josefina dela Cruz, Postmaster General-Philpost; Ramon Liwag, Admiral, Philippine Coastguard-Department of Transportation and Communications; Gregorio Ramon Tingson, Commissioner-at-large-National Youth Commission under the Office of the President; Jennifer Lagbas, Commissioner representante sa Business and Industry Sector-Philippine Commission para sa Kababayenhan ubos sa Opisina sa Presidente; Atty. Abdullah Mangotara, Deputy Commissioner sa Bureau of Immigration-Department of Justice ug si Robert Nomar Leyretana, Acting Deputy Administrator, Land Registration Authority-Department of Justice.

Ang mga Generals ug Flag Officers nga nanumpa sa atubangan sa Chief Executive mao sila MGen. Anthony Alcantara, Lieutenant General; Commodore Honorio Balanon Jr., Rear Admiral; Commodore Armando Guzman, Rear Admiral; BGen. Joel Marayag, MajorGeneral; BGen. Noel Coballes, Major General; Col. Caesar Ronnie Ordoyo, Brigadier General; Col. Danilo Fabian, Brigadier General; Col. Reynaldo Torres, Brigadier General; Col. Teodoro Cirilo Torralba, Brigadier General; Capt. Jose Renan Suarez, Commodore; Capt. Jesus Millan, Commodore; Col. Edgar Fallorina, Brigadier General; Capt. Romeo Santiago Nebres, Commodore; Col. AugustoTolentino, Brigadier General; Col. Leonido Bongcawil, Brigadier General; Col.Leo Cresente Ferrer, Brigadier General and Capt. Rufino Tiangco, Commodore. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: Malacañang miingon Malaysian mediator moanhi sa nasod aron motabang sa peace process nga negosasyon tali gobyerno ug MILF

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 7 (PIA) -
– Ang Malacañang mianunsyo kagahapon Martes nga usa ka Malaysian mediator (tigpataliwala) ang moabot sa Pilipinas aron motabang sa gobyerno sa negosasyon niini tali sa Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) malaumon nga maabot gyud ang usa ka kasabotan tali sa grupong Muslim.

“We’re confident that with the arrival of the Malaysian mediator, these issues can be resolved and we can both go back to the negotiating table,” si Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) Secretary Ramon “Ricky” Carandang miingon atol sa press briefing didto sa Malacanang kagahapon Martes.

Samtang ang negosyador sa gobyerno mihatag na sa ilang tanyag ngadto sa MILF, ang panid sa MILF miingon sa ilang abiso ngadtro sa central committee nga kini isalikway.

Bisan pa niining maong panghitabo, si Carandang miingon ang gobyerno mopadayon gihapon pagduso sa proseso sa kalinaw ngadto sa unahan.

“This issue is not going to be resolved overnight. It will not be resolved because of one meeting -— it’s a long process,” si Carandang miingon, dugang pa nga “what’s important is that both sides are committed to pursuing these peace talks.”

Niadtong Katapusan sa Agosto, si Pangulong Aquino III nakigkita kang MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim didto sa Tokyo isip pagpakita sa sinseridad sa gobyerno aron paglihok sa proseso sa kalinaw padulong ngadto sa unahan.

Ang Pangulo ug si Murad nagkauyon nga ipadali ang negosasyon aron makab-ot ang patas ug malungtaron nga kalinaw sa Mindanao.

“We believe in the goodwill of the MILF Chairman Murad, when he met with the President. He also expressed their desire to come up with a peace agreement and we are going to pursue that despite the issues that have arisen,” si Carandang miingon. (Susil Ragas, PIA-Surigao del Norte)