PIA News Service - Friday, October 21, 2011



LGU-Butuan holds campaign on waste segregation

by Malou Furia

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 21 (PIA)
-- A series of workshops and information campaign on waste segregation was jointly facilitated by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and the City Economic Enterprise and Development Office (CEEDO) at the Caraga State University (CSU), in this city.

Butuan City generates an approximately at 95 tons daily.

The first day was attended by an estimated composed of Ecological Solid Waste Management Committee members, the eco marshalls, chairmen of the barangay Committee on Sanitation and Environment, Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) Presidents and Principals of public schools of the 38 Barangays (27 urban and 11 rural bgys), Purok officials, NGOs and private organizations.

Dr. Almer M. Alfonso Sr., SP Member, Valencia City, illustrated the effective and eco- friendly way of disposing garbage starting from waste segregation to producing an organic fertilizer and finally crafting some products from waste materials. With waste segregation, the government will save almost 75% from its original budget covering fuel and costs of manpower not to mention the cost of the dump truck and its daily maintenance while the volume of garbage is reduced.

Public School Teachers that totals to almost 300 led by Department of Education (DepEd) Education Program Specialist (Science) Ms. Lidwina Calo joined the workshop on the 2nd day while on the 3rd day Barangay Health workers, Day Care Workers, Staff from the Health Centers, CVOS, and Barangay Nutrition Scholars filled the area to learn the ABC’s of waste segregation.

According to some teachers from Bonbon Integrated School, they will immediately implement and practice to segregate waste not only in schools but most specially in their homes, and they added that they are elated to know that the idea of waste segregation reached the professional sector like them. They promised to disseminate the news and inculcate the habit of waste reduction to their students.

Hon. Mayor Ferdinand Amante strongly advocated a clean city and healthy people, this being the foundation of a strong community. According to him, a progressive city must have its proper waste disposal just like a home.

Meantime, the mayor urged everyone to support the Clean Ground Zero Waste program as its kick-off to realizing a dream of having a clean city. (Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)

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LGU-Butuan prepares for full implementation of waste segregation and collection

by Malou C. Furia

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 21 (PIA)
-- 11 Committees of the Clean Ground Zero Waste Program recently presented their specific plans and operations. This was in preparation of the official implementation of “No Segregation, No Collection Policy” of garbage scheduled on November 11, 2011.

The city government’s, together with various stakeholders like the academe, offices, transport groups, business establishments, villages, public utilities among others have agreed to reduce the volume of garbage generated at 95 tons daily.

Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr is bent on instituting reforms and easy-to-follow techniques on waste segregation at source specifically at homes, offices, schools (public/private), business establishments, hospitals (private/public), villages, barangays, and streets among others.

Also, to ensure effectiveness of the program, series of seminars were undertaken by the different committees with one aim: Educate, Inform and Strictly Enforce Clean Ground Zero Waste where a “No Segregation, No Collection Policy" will be imposed by the city government.

The Mayor also started with the greening of the city through Grow A Million Tree Project which todate, 300,000 trees are planted in the 86 barangays. (Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)

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Sangguniang Kabataan holds anti-illegal drugs activities

by Ezhraim Jon C. Maymay

BISLIG CITY, Oct. 21 (PIA)
-- The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) City Federation, in coordination with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), conducted recently the orientation training and planning workshop cum symposium on the effects of illegal drugs.

The event was held in Florland Ventures, San Vicente, Bislig City and was participated by 138 SK Officials from the 24 Barangays of the City.

The activity aimed to ensure proper implementation of youth development programs and to enhance the competencies of the members of the Sangguniang Kabataan on the basics of barangay governance and administration and be fully aware of their tasks and responsibilities.

A briefing on the basic information on Katipunan ng Kabataan (KK) and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) by LGOO V Julius R. Carrido commenced the activity. SK officials were reminded of the structure and Organization of the KK and SK; the roles, duties, responsibilities and benefits of the SK officials; and the SK constitution and by-laws.

Provincial Director Pedrito P. Alacaba geared the participants on The Call for Righteous SK Leadership, which emphasizes on the significance of leadership towards success. He also brought to light that strong moral values are the foundation of servant leadership and new politics.

SK Operations Planning and Budgeting was facilitated and coached by LGOO VI Joseph G. Porgatorio. Through the workshop, the participants were able to craft the CY 2012 SK Operations Plan and Budget for the utilization of their 10% SK fund in line with the provisions of the LGC and their Constitution and By-laws.

The Basic Parliamentary Procedures and Local Legislation was discussed by City Local Government Operations Officer Olivia P. Bagasbas to guide and equip the SK Officials on the appropriate method on holding SK session.

Illegal Drugs and its Effects - Role of the SK in the Anti-Drug Abuse Campaign via P/C/BADAC was discussed by P/Supt Ronelo D Jaurigue, Bislig City Chief of Police (COP). The COP illustrated the detrimental effects of illegal drugs on the welfare of the youth, the warfare of the government through policies, legislations and enforcement, and more importantly, the role of the youth to attain a drug-free community. (DILG-Surigao del Sur/PIA-Caraga)

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LGUs should use rationalized planning system, says DILG

by Ernie Y. Gultiano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 21 (PIA)
-- Local officials should make use of the rationalized planning system (RPS) in crafting their respective local development plans.

This was the message of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) regional director Rene K. Burdeos to local executives during the 69th Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) meeting held recently in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.

The RPS consists of systems and procedures that will harmonize existing guides to rationalize local planning. It integrates national line agencies’ sectoral concerns into the comprehensive development plan (CDP) and comprehensive land use plan (CLUP) of LGUs.

Thus, it strengthens the links of planning, budgeting, investment programming and expenditure management. It also reinforces the complementation of the province and its component LGUs on planning and budgeting.



Despite the "limitation" of the Caraga Regional Development Plan due to lack of data from local government units (LGUs) and national line agencies, the said plan was endorsed by the Council, nonetheless.

“This [Regional Development Plan] can be updated every year, anyway,” said National Economic and Development Authority regional director Carmencita Cochingco. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)

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FSUU debating team triumphs in BCWD’s 2nd Parliamentary Debate

by Ramil S. Barquin

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 21 (PIA)
-- The members of Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) debating team out-argued their opponents, emerging triumphant as champion of Butuan City Water District’s (BCWD) 2nd Parliamentary Debate held recently at the BCWD Training Hall.

Six teams from four tertiary level schools participated in the said contest. These schools were Balite Institute of Technology (BIT), Caraga State University (CSU), with FSUU and St. Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT) sending two teams each to compete.



It was a hard fought battle between the Team A of FSUU, consisting of Mr. Edward Chan, Mr. Sean Khe and Mr. Alfonso Manalastas, and Team A of SJIT with members Ms. Angelica I. Daraman, Mr. Jose Nikko M. Mencidor and Mr. Jayrold T. Villarta, during the Championship Match discussing with the motion: “This house believes that in the natural resources utilization, the rights of the indigenous peoples should prevail over the interest of the state.”

The adjudicators of the said contest were: Mr. Ian G. Miculob, Mr. Bernabe L. Linog and Mr. Henry Jay D. Catarman as the Chief adjudicator.

After two days of competition, the winners were: FSUU Team A with members - Edward Chan, Sean Khe, and Alfonso Manalastas who won Champion with P6,000.00 cash prize, gold medals and Certificate of Commendation.

Runner-up is the SJIT Team A with members: Angelica I. Daraman, Jose Nikko M. Mencidor, and Jayrold T. Villarta who got P4,000.00 cash prize, silver medals and Certificate of Commendation.

Also, Special Awards of P1,000.00 each and a medal were given to Alfonso Manalastas of FSUU Team A as Tournament Best Speaker; and Finals Best Speaker - Edward Chan of FSUU Team A. (BCWD/PIA-Caraga)

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NYC calls for peace, mourns loss of lives in Basilan encounter

by Sarah Grutas

MANILA, Oct. 21 (PIA)
-- In light of the recent incident in Basilan involving government soldiers and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the National Youth Commission (NYC) expresses its sympathy to the families of those who died during the prolonged encounter that claimed at least 20 lives.

NYC Commissioner Representing Mindanao Earl P. Saavedra, who also hails from Basilan, said it was imperative to promote lasting peace in Mindanao.

“To address this concern, the NYC together with the local government agencies regularly holds a series of peace advocacy activities involving young people in Mindanao. We recently celebrated the Peace Month, culminating in a Peace Parade and a Commitment Activity on September 29, 2011 in Butuan City, where Mindanao stakeholders signed a manifesto for Peace calling for support in the peace process as part of social development,” Commissioner Saavedra adds.

NYC called for a culture of peace and tolerance among the Filipinos, especially the youth, as part of its new peace and development banner called the Mindanao 2020 youth agenda.

NYC also pledged its support to government efforts in establishing peace in Mindanao and at the same time in championing the voice of young Mindanaoans.

“It is important that we value the voice of the youth in Mindanao. The youth plays a vital role in ensuring a peaceful and developed society in the future where principles, beliefs, and cultures are respected. Les us ensure that this incident will not compromise the welfare of our people in Basilan and in Mindanao,” Commissioner Saavedra said. (NYC/PIA-Caraga)

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DTI Diskwento Caravan set in Surigao City anew

SURIGAO CITY, October 21 (PIA)
-- In line with the celebration of the Consumer Welfare Month, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte Provincial Office will be conducting once again a "Diskwento Caravan" on October 22-25, 2011 at Barangay Washington Gym, this city.

According to DTI Provincial Director Celestino Negapatan, the activity will start on October 22 and will end on October 25.

"The selling time is from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m daily, product prices offered will be at distributor’s and discounted prices," Negapatan announced.

He said that some products available will be manufactured products from distributors of Procter and Gamble, Unilever, Mega sardines, Sunpride, Holiday, Nissin-Monde and Nestle products; Rumepp assisted products; Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) products like vinegar, banana chips, Gigaquit rum from Gigaquit town and salted fish; OTOP products like corn coffee; Bakery products; Agricultural products, NFA-I Rice; and Kitchen wares.

Negapatan is inviting all Surigaonon consumers to visit the Diskwentro Caravan and avail of the discounted prices of the said activities.

The event carries the theme, "Sapat, Ligtas at Abot-Kayang Pagkain para sa Lahat ng Pilipino." (DTI-Surigao del Norte Provincial Office/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: Aquino mimando sa environmental group aron pagmugna og mining policy

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Oktubre 21 (PIA)
– Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III midirekta sa grupo sa iyang mga environmental advisers pagmugna og palisiya nga magregular sa pagpahigayon og minahan nga dili makadaot sa natural nga kinaiyahang tinubdan sa nasod.

Atol sa interbyu human sa pagsaulog sa ika-67th Anibersaryo sa Leyte Gulf Landing didto sa Palo, Leyte niadtong Huwebes , si Pangulong Aquino miingon nga iyang ng gitahasan ang pipila ka mga miyembro sa iyang kabinete sa pagmugna og mga paliya kalabot na sa industriya sa mina.

Ang maong mga grupo naglakip nila Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje, Climate Change Commissioner Mary Ann Lucille Sering, Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) Administrator Nereus Acosta ug si Presidential Assistant for Climate Change Elisea Gozun.

“Inatasan ko si Secretary Paje, si LLDA administrator Neric Acosta na siya pong eksperto sa environment ng ating partido., si Sering ng climate change at saka si Bebet Gozun, ating adviser on ecological matters, to sit down, craft the mining policy that will merge two things,” ang Pangulo miingon.

“Number one, ma-regulate para mabantayan ang kalikasan, ma-maximize iyong pupunta sa gobyerno at sa bayan… pangalawa, i-preserve iyong ating potentials lalo na sa eco-tourism at talaga naman pangalagaan iyong ating kalikasan,” siya midugang.

Luyo sa palisiya nga pagamugnaon, ang Pangulo miingon nga paga-konsultahon usab ang mga hintungdan sa industriya sa mina aron maabot ang hiniusang kasabotan alang sa saktong pagpahigayon dinhi sa nasod.



“So, sila ang in-charge na maglalabas ng policy at tatawagin lahat ng stakeholders, idadaan sa kanila para meron tayong consensus kung paano nga ba natin patatakbuhin iyong mining industry ng Pilipinas,” ang Pangulo miingon.

Ang Pangulo mitumbok sa dili maayong epekto sa gagmay’ng minahan ug ang nag-uban nga epekto niini sa kinaiyahan ug sa katawhan nga nagpuyo sa erya sa operasyon niini.



Siya usab nagtumbok nga ang dagkong minahan pwedeng ma-regular ug i-obserbar ang striktong pagsanong sa mga palisiya nga i-implementar sa gobyerno.

“Pag-binan (ban) natin iyong mining ang maiiwan small scale mining napakaraming tao na ang hirap i-regulate. Pagmahirap i-regulate ibig sabihin nun tulad ng nangyari sa Romblon ang dami na nung mercury na pumapasok sa ating water sources,” ang Pangulo miingon.

“Ang solusyon dapat talaga diyan, okay iyong large scale (mining) may kakayahan na itama iyong damage sa kalikasan pero iwasan na magka-damage to begin with,” siya midugang. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)