PIA News Service - Monday, October 17, 2011

Lumad PWDs receive wheelchairs, crutches from ALLUMAD

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 17 (PIA)
-- Some members of the Differently-abled Entry Pinoy, an organization of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) here received today four wheelchairs and 13 crutches from the Alyansang Lumad Mindanao (ALLUMAD) as part of the organization’s Corporate Social Responsibility.

In a simple ceremony held at the ALLUMAD office, chairperson Julius Mabandos a.k.a. Datu Mamakow Makapandong personally distributed the wheelchairs and crutches to the beneficiaries.

ALLUMAD is a lumad group based in Caraga Region representing 31 tribes in Mindanao, particularly in Region 9, Region 10-Northern Mindanao, Region 11-Southern Mindanao and Region 13 – the Caraga Administrative Region.

In his speech, Mabandos said ALLUMAD understands that lumad PWDS needs be able to continue their routinary activities, especially in performing their livelihood activities.


Mabandos added the PWDs must be supported so that they can also feel their importance in the society.

Mabandos further acknowledged the efforts of the private sectors which also played important role in the realization of the activity.

Meanwhile, Celso Dinalo from Brgy. Buhangin of this city is thankful to ALLUMAD for the wheelchair he received.

The teary-eyed Dinalo said he has been longing to have the said gadgets which is a big help for him and his family. He added, he is grateful to ALLUMAD for the concern given to PWDs like him.

“Mapasalamaton ko sa ALLUMAD tungod sa ilang concern alang sa mga PWDs sama kanako. Ang maong mga kahimanan dako gyud og ikatabang sa among pang adlaw-adlaw ng buluhaton” (I’m thankful to ALLUMAD for their concerns to PWDs like me. The gadgets given to us is a big help to our daily activities), Dinalo said.

Also, Differently-abled Entry Pinoy President Ranita Noya also extended her gratitude to ALLUMAD for the donation. She added the organization will treasure the assistance given by ALLUMAD.

Moreover, Mabandos said another set of PWD beneficiaries will receive same gadgets on Friday.

The group is the first from Caraga Region to be recognized by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to be included in the party-list nominations during the 2010 national elections. (PIA-Caraga)

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TUCP, WDFI to train youths on CBA negotiation

by FEAbkilan

SURIGAO CITY, Oct. 17 (PIA)
-- Some 25 young trade union leaders and advocates from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will converge in Cagayan de Oro City for a seminar on Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

The workshop, entitled “Introduction to Collective Bargaining for Young Trade Union Leaders,” will be held on Oct. 19-20, 2011 at Pearlmont Inn, Cagayan de Oro City with the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), and Workers Development Foundation Inc. (WDFI) spearheading.

Former Senator and TUCP Gen. Secretary Ernesto Herrera said the training aims to provide young trade union officers and members with appropriate guidance, information and skills to help them bargain effectively.

“The activity also aims to develop a pool of trained and oriented young CBA negotiators and further improve the TUCP’s CBA program for the young people,” Herrera added.

The said activity is also assisted by the International Trade Union Confederation-Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP). (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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DOLE-Caraga approves P15 wage increase

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 17 (PIA)
-- The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Caraga has approved a P15 wage hike increase.

“After the conduct of public consultations and hearings, the Board immediately deliberated the petition on minimum wage adjustment and unanimously approved the issuance of Wage Order No. 11 on Sept. 22, 2011 which provides Php 15.00 increase, 11.00 to basic wage and 4.00 to Cost of Living Allowance (COLA),” said Ofelia Domingo, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga Regional Director.

She said that the RTWPB has conducted a series of public consultations/hearings in the provinces of Caraga region in the month of September 2011.

Domingo also recalled that last Sept. 23, the public consultation on wage was conducted in SanFrancisco, Agusan del Sur; Sept. 16 in Surigao City; and Sept. 22 in Agusan del Norte.


For Agriculture, the daily minimum wage rate for the Plantation is Php 248.00 (231.00 basic wage; 17.00 COLA); Non-plantation is Php 228.00 (211.00 basic wage; 17.00 COLA).

For Non-Agriculture, daily minimum wage rate is Php 258.00 (241.00 basic wage; 17.00 COLA) while for the Retail and Service employing 10 or less is Php 228.00 (211.00 basic wage; 17.00 COLA), and Php 258.00 (241.00 basic wage; 17.00 COLA) for those employing more than 10 workers.

Meanwhile, Domingo also said that in line with the ‘Clean Ground, Zero Waste’ of the city government, RTWPB is currently providing 5S (Sort, Systematized, Sweep, Sanitize, Self-Discipline) for Good Housekeeping Seminar to different offices/departments of Butuan City Hall as part of the Productivity Month celebration. The seminar started on October 3 and will end on November 9, 2011.

It was also learned that as its partial accomplishment, eight offices/departments were already given the 5S Training with 391 total numbers of beneficiaries/trained LGU-Butuan employees, and 12 pending offices/departments. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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Maternal mortality rate down by 50% in Surigao del Sur, says Gov. Pimentel

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Oct. 17 (PIA)
-- Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel said in a recent TV interview that the maternal mortality rate in Surigao del Sur has been reduced to 50 percent after a three-year implementation of the Women’s Health and Safe Motherhood (WHSM) program in the province.

Pimentel said the provincial government invested P50 million to upgrade hospitals and facilities, with municipal and city governments sharing operation expenses.

Several halfway houses near the birthing clinics were also established in selected municipalities where pregnant mothers can stay in a short period of time while waiting for their due date to give birth.

The Provincial Health Office also said it also undertook a campaign to inform the public about a provincial ordinance banning traditional healers or "hilot" from delivering a baby at home.

With these developments, the province was one of those who received the National Galing Pook Awards in the previous years. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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News Feature: PHO Marks 100 Years of Service

by Brian Jay Ceballos

The Provincial Hospital in Agusan del Norte recently celebrated its centennial year, marking years of proven and tested medical services especially to the needy.

The hospital started as Butuan Hospital in 1911 with just six beds. Later, the hospital was transferred to Brgy. Libertad and became a Provincial Hospital with a 100-bed capacity. It now provides services not only to patients from Agusan del Norte but also from other neighboring provinces.

The celebration kicked-off with a Fun Run last October 9, 2011 in Butuan City Sports Complex. Runners 7 years old and up from government employees, nurses, hospital staff, families and students from different schools participated in a 2 category race: the 3-kilometer and the 5-kilometer run. Prizes to Early Finishers and Raffle Prizes to Lucky Runners were given.

The following day, provincial officials and employees of the hospital held a thanksgiving mass and a motorcade.

Governor Erlpe John M. Amante together with Provincial Health Officer Dr. Elizabeth N. Campado led the ribbon cutting to formally open the celebration. (PIA-Agusan del Norte)

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Butuan cops seize truckloads of ‘hot logs’

by SPO4 Rey V. Poloyapoy

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 17 (PIA)
-- Elements of Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) recently seized an abandoned truckload of 66 suspected ‘hot logs’ of unknown species.


Initial investigation indicated that early Friday morning, PInsp. Rodolfo C. Ledesma, Officer of the Day, received a report from a concerned citizen of the presence of a suspicious truckload of sawn logs at Purok 6 Barangay Banza, this city.

Acting on the said report, PI Ledesma coordinated with Police Chief Inspector Ferdinand B. Dacillo, Company Commander, Butuan City Public Safety Company of BCPO.

PCI Dacillo immediately dispatched a team of PNP personnel to the said area and, while approaching, the responding lawmen saw from a distance a a slighted tilted Saddam-type truck beside the barangay road loaded with sawn logs.

They also noticed that some laborers were working to reload scattered fletches believed to have been accidentally unloaded when the truck tilted on one of its sides. But as the lawmen came closer to the truck, the workers scampered away and left nobody to answer verifications from them.

The police immediately coordinated with the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Office at Baan Km. 3, which sent them personnel and equipment to load the scattered fletches and to bring the six-wheeler truck for proper disposition.

The truck and its cargoes were brought by the DENR to the Butuan City Police headquarters while waiting for any claimants. Further investigation is being conducted to determine its legality and to file possible charges to its owner if the situation warranted. (BCPO/PIA-Caraga)

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Tagalog News: Kagawaran ng Enerhiya, nagmamatyag sa presyo ng langis at iba pang produkto

ni Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton

BUTUAN CITY, Oktubre 17 (PIA)
-- Tiniyak ng Malacañang sa publiko kahapon na patuloy na binabantayan ng Department of Energy (DOE) ang presyo ng langis sa bansa.


Ayon kay Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, ang pamahalaan ay patuloy na nagsisikap sa pagsusubaybay sa presyo ng langis at ang pag-asikaso ng mga deliverables na napagkasunduan sa huling pulong ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III at ng iba’t ibang transport groups.

Binanggit din ni Valte sa Radyo ng Bayan na tinawag ng DOE ang atensyon ng mga kumpanya ng langis at tinanong kung bakit maliit ang kanilang ni-rollback sa presyo ng langis.

Samantala, nag-react si Valte nang magbabala at hinimok ni Secretary General George San Mateo ng Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III na gumawa ng paraan tungkol sa pagtaas ng presyo ng langis sa susunod na linggo na magdudulot rin ng pagtaas ng presyo sa gasoline sa halos isang piso at halos 30 sentimos na dagdag bawat isang litro ng krudo.

Dinagdag din ni San Mateo na mapipilitan silang maglunsad ng protesta kung mabibigo ang gobyerno sa pagtupad ng kanilang pangako na maimbistigahan ang pagtaas ng presyo ng langis at ang pagsusuri sa Oil Deregulation Law.

Bilang tugon, sinabi ni Valte na tinuloy lang ng gobyerno ang kanilang mga tungkulin upang mabawasan ang epekto ng pagtaas at pagbaba ng mga presyo at patuloy pa rin ang pakikipag-usap ng pamahalaan sa mga pinuno ng mga transport groups upang malaman kung ano pa ang maaring gawin at para magawan ng paraan ang problema tungkol sa pagtaas ng presyo ng langis. (MRA, ulat mula sa PCOO/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: DOE nagbantay pag-ayo sa mga presyo sa petroleum products

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Okt. 17 (PIA)
-- Si Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte miingon nga ang gobyerno padayon sa pag monitor sa mga presyo sa lana ug uban pang mga produktong petrolyo sa nasod, ang Malacañang misaad kagahapon Dominggo, sa tunga sa gikatahong bag-ong pag saka na usab sa presyo sa gasolina ug krudo.

Si Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte miingon nga ang gobyerno nagpadayon sa pag monitor sa mga presyo ug gitrabaho na ang mga butang nga gikasabotan atol sa ulahing miting ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III tali sa mga nagkadaiyang grupo sa transportasyon.

“Tuloy naman po ‘yung efforts natin when it comes to monitoring the prices. If you remember recently, the DOE (Department of Energy) asked the oil companies kung bakit daw po maliit [lang] ‘yung [presyong] ni-rollback and the DOE called the attention of the oil companies [because of that] and we continue to monitor,” si Valte miingon sa Radyo ng Bayan.

Si Valte mi-reak sa pamahayag nga gihimo sa secretary general sa Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) nga si George San Mateo, nga nag-awhag kang Pangulong Aquino sa pagpakabana mahitungod sa pagsaka sa presyo sa lana sunod semana nga mopasaka sa presyo sa mga gasolina nga moabot halos usa ka peso ug mga 30 sentimos alang sa krudo kada litro.

Ang opisyal sa Palasyo mipahibalo sa mga grupo sa transportasyon nga pipila ka mga butang, diin si Pangulong Aquino mihisgot uban kanila atol sa ilang miting niadtong milabay’ng Septyembre “gitikad na sa mga nagkalain-laing ahensya” ug ang kahumanan niini ngalihok na.

Si Valte usab mitubag sa sayo ng abiso gikan sa transport sektors, nga gi-deklarar ni San Mateo, nga basin sila mapugos sa paglusad og laing serye protesta kon ugaling ang gobyerno mapakyas sa pagtuman sa saad niini nga imbestigaran ang pagtaas sa mga presyo sa lana ug ripasohon ang Oil Deregulation Law.

“Tinutuloy lang naman po natin ‘yung ating mga ginagawa para mabawasan ang impact nitong mga pagtaas at pagbaba ng mga presyong ito at patuloy naman tayong nakikipag-usap doon sa mga lider ng mga transport groups para makita kung ano pa ang pwede pa nating ibang gawin para ma-address naman ang mga problema tungkol dito,” siya miingon. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: Libreng medical ug dental mission ilusad sa barangay Tagcatong

ni Roselyn G. Exaure

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Okt. 17 (PIA)
-- Gikatakdang ipahigayon ugmang adlawa October 18, 2011 ang libre nga Medical ug Dental Mission nga gipasiugdahan sa Agusan del Norte provincial government pinaagi sa Provincial Social Welfare & Development (PSWD) ug Provincial Health Office (PHO), ngadto na sa Barangay Tagcatong, Carmen, Agusan del Norte.


Subay niini gitawagan ang tanang mga residente sa maong barangay nga mopahimulos sa libre nga tanyag sama sa free medical check-up, ingon man usab ang libre nga ibot sa ngipon ug tambal.

Ang maong kalihukan kabahin kini sa gipatumang 6-Point Executive Agenda ni Agusan del Norte Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante pinaagi sa paghatud ug tukmang serbisyo alang sa maayong panglawas ngadto na sa katawhang Agusanon. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

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Cebuano News: 11th Lisagan Festival nagmalampuson

ni Roselyn G. Exaure

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Okt. 17 (PIA)
-- Malampusong gipahigayon ang 11th Lisagan Festival sa lungsod sa Magallanes, Agusan del Norte niadtong adlaw nga Biyernes October 14, 2011.

Gibutyag ni SB Member Leah Amodia, Chairman sa Committee On Tourism sa Sanggunian Bayan sa Magallanes nga upat ka mga contingents ang nag-indigay alang sa maong competition, ug nasakmit sa lungsod sa RTR ang 1st prize pinaagi sa Barangay Humilog nga adunay ganti nga P70,000, ang 2nd prize nakuha sa lungsod sa Carmen pinaagi sa Barangay Vinapor nga adunay ganti nga P50,000, samtang ang 3rd prize naangkon usab sa lungsod sa Magallanes pinaagi sa Magallanes National High School nga adunay ganti nga P30,000, ug nakadawat usab ug consolation prize nga P10,000 ang Butuan City pinaagi sa Barangay Mahogany.

Gidugang pa ni Amodia nga gisaulug usab niadtong adlaw nga Sabado October 15, 2011 ang usa ka tuig nga kapistahan sa ilang patron Nuestra Seniora del Rosario, kon diin gidugok kini sa bagang duot sa katawhan nga mga devotees sa mahal nga birhin ang ilang simbahan, ingon man ang gipahigayon nga fluvial parade kagahapong adlawa.

Alayon niini mapasalamaton ang opisyal sa kalampusan sa ilang kasaulugan nga giduyugan usab sa daghan nga mga sponsors ug ang maayo nga panahon. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

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Cebuano News: Centennial night celebration sa Provincial hospital nagmalampuson

ni Roselyn G. Exaure

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Okt. 17 (PIA)
-- Nagmalampuson ang gipahigayon nga Centennial Night Celebration sa Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital isip kabahin sa Cetennial Anniversary niadtong adlaw nga biyernes October 14, 2011, sa Doties Place ning syudad sa Butuan.


Nahimong garboso ang maong kalihukan kon diin ang tanang empleyado, retirees ug mga bisita nga mitambong sa maong Centennial Night, pareho kining nakasul-ob ug formal attire nunot usab sa pagsaulog sa Centennial Clebration sa maong balay tambalanan.

Samtang ang mga bisita sila si Agusan del Norte 2nd District Cong. Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante- Matba, Agusan del Norte Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante ug Vice Gov. Enrico R. Corvera, Agusan del Norte 1st District Cong. Jose “Joeboy” Aquino, Philhealth Caraga Regional Manager Jhonny Sychua, DOH Regional Director Leonita P. Gorgolon, Butuan City Councilor Angelo “Angie” Calo, mga Sanggunian Panlalawigan Members, Chief of Offices sa Agusan del Norte Provincial ug Butuan City Government ug uban pang mga pinasidunggang dinapit.

Gipang-apod-apod usab ang nagkadaiya nga mga awards alang sa mga empleyado ug mga retirees sa Provincial Hospital ug ang mga nahimong mananaug sa nagkadaiyang dula atol sa week-long celebration sa ilang Centennial Anniverary, ug ang nahimong Darling of the Night mao sila si Dra. Flordeliza Averion ug Dr. Eduardo Tan.

Kahinumduman nga namugna ang Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital niadtong October 14, 1911 nga kanhi naila nga Butuan Hospital. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)