PIA News Service - Sunday, October 16, 2011

Environmental Committee members strengthen R.A. 9512

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 16 (PIA)
-– Environmental Committee members led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) with other government agencies and partner stakeholders in the regional level expressed their commitments to further strengthen the Republic Act 9512 also known as the Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008 in Caraga.

In a meeting held recently at the DENR-Caraga Regional Conference Room here, the regional committee agreed to have regular coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and other relevant agencies in the formulation of strategies and action plan.

With this collaborative effort, the committee shall implement the integration of environmental education in all school curricula whether public or private, including barangay daycare, preschool, non-formal, technical vocational, professional level, indigenous learning and out-of-school youth courses or programs; and shall develop school curriculum, educational materials, training programs and IEC and advocacy schemes.

The committee also committed to do the following: 1) DENR, as lead agency shall periodically inform all agencies concerned on current environmental updates, including identifying priority environmental issues for national action; 2) Member-agencies are to provide strategic advice on environmental education activities; 3) Adopt a collaborative interagency and multi-sectoral effort in all levels in implementing public education and awareness programs on environmental protection and conservation; and 4) Organize a Secretariat to assist in administrative matters pertaining to the performance of its functions.

Also, Mr. Eric Herzon Gallego, DENR-Caraga Regional Public Affairs Officer emphasized that since this is a collaborative effort, committee members shall maximize and mobilize available resources and shall be authorized to call on other relevant offices/personnel to provide inputs and contribute to this endeavor.

Meanwhile, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Caraga Regional Director Ester Olavides stressed that all committee members shall submit regular reports on the status of the integration and implementation of environmental awareness programs to the Secretary. The Regional Committee shall likewise submit a regular report to the Chairperson of the National Environmental Education Committee.

With these developments, the DENR is optimistic that with unity among agencies and partner stakeholders in this campaign, aim to save the environment will be achieved. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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Insurance Commission assures trusted and reliable insurance and pre-need companies

by Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton

BUTUAN CITY, October 16 (PIA)
– “Microinsurance can help alleviate poverty rate in the Philippines yet people are still reluctant to avail insurance services that is why we are trying to gain the trust and confidence through educating them by conducting Financial Campaign.”

This was disclosed by Insurance Commissioner Emmanuel F. Dooc during the press conference on the Financial Literacy Roadshow on Microfinance Advocacy by the Department of Finance- National Credit Council (DOF-NCC) in partnership with the German International Cooperation – Microinsurance Innovations Program for Social Security (GIZ-MIPSS) and the Asian Development Bank-Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction which was conducted yesterday, October 14, 2011 at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

Dooc said it is understandable as to why the people are doubtful on insurance companies because for the past years, there were insurance and pre-need companies went bankrupt which in turn failed to provide their responsibilities to their clients.

Dooc added that the government and insurance sectors are trying hard to correct and change the negative impressions of the citizens especially the low-income sector about availing insurance services.

“Only duly licensed and with strong financial capitalization are allowed to engage in insurance business”, said Dooc.

Dooc further added that as of now, there are already 21 pre-need companies and 33 licensed insurance companies which passed the requirements set by the Insurance Commission. (MRA/PIA-Caraga)
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Cebuano News: Higanteng pawikan nga nagtimbang ug 200 kilos, nakit-an sa Brgy. Masao

BUTUAN CITY, Okt. 16 (PIA)
-- Usa ka dako nga pawikan ang midagsa sa baybayon sa Puok 1. Brgy. Masao syudad sa Butuan niadtong Oktubre 12, 2011, pasado alas 7:00 sa buntag.

Gikumpirma sa usa ka opisyal sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga nga ang maong pawikan, gibana bana nga duna kini gibug-aton nga 200 kilograms, dunay gitas-on nga 57 centimeters ug kalapdon nga 39 centimeters.

Matud pa ning miaging katuigan duna usay nakaplagan nga pawikan sa maong barangay, apan ang nakita sa niaging adlaw mao ang pinakadako.


Gidugang pa nga physically fit ang maong pawikan, wala kini samad ug walay tag, nga nagpamatuod nga ang iyang pagdagsa, mao ang pinaka-unang higayon kondiin siya nakaplagan, hinungdan nga gibutangan kini ug tag sa mga sakop sa DENR-Caraga.

Gibalik gilayon ang maong pawikan sa dagat human kini nabutangan ug tag aron nga dili ma dehydrate.

Sigun pa sa taga DENR-Caraga na ang Butuan Bay ang usa sa common habitat, hinungdan nga duna gyoy mga pawikan.

Gituhuan usab nga nakigtagbo ang maong babaeng pawikan sa mga laki nga pawikan nga anaa sa Butuan Bay tungod kay ang ‘Ber’-months mao man ang ilang mating season.


Samtang gipahayag ni Allan Malinao ang mangingisda nga nakakaplag sa pawikan nga nakuratan siya human kini misulod sa iyang bungsod.

Tungod matud pa sa kadako niini, walo sila ka mga mangingisda ang nagtinabangay sa pag-alsa sa maong pawikan.

Iya usab nga gisaysay nga wala misantop sa ilang huna-huna nga kaunon ang maong pawikan tungod kay ila mang nahibaluan nga gidili na kini tungod kay ang pawikan gikonsedera nga usa ka endangered species. (BR/PIA-Caraga)
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Cebuano News: Dinagat Island, balik normal na human sa bagyong ‘Ramon’

BUTUAN CITY, Okt. 16 (PIA)
-- Balik na sa normal ang kahimtang sa panahon sa Dinagat Island subay sa kompermasyon sa buhatan sa Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC).

Gipahayag ni Rosario Roxas, hepe sa PDRRMC Dinagat Island, nipakita na ang kahayag sa haring adlaw human gilibkas ang tanang storm signals sa probinsya.

Dugang ni Roxas, namalik na usab sa tagsa-tagsa ka pinuy-anan ang mga pamilyang nanghikling ngadto sa evacuation center tungod sa hulga sa ilang kinabuhi nga hatud sa bagyong Ramon.

Nagsugod na usab ang ilang personahe sa pagpanghatag sa mga relief goods ngadto sa mga apektadong pamilya. (BR/PIA-Caraga)
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Cebuano News: Mga bala ug mga communication equipment, narekober human ang engkwentro

BUTUAN CITY, Okt. 16 (PIA)
-- Nagakada-iyang klase sa mga bala, communication equipment ug kagamitan sa mga rebeldeng New People's Army (NPA) ang narekober sa mga sundalo human ang 10-minutos nga engkwentro kagahapon (Okt. 13) sa alas-7:15 sa buntag sa Sitio Pug-al, Brgy. Caman-onan, lungsod sa Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte.


Lakip sa mga narekober ang pito ka mga magazines sa AK 47 rifle nga loaded ng tag-30 ka rounds sa mga bala matag-usa, duha (2) ka rolyo sa detonating cords, napulo (10) ka buok sa dry cell battery, usa (1) ka ICOM radio nga walay baterya ug usa (1) ka backpack nga duna'y mga tambal, tulo (3) ka backpacks nga duna'y sulod nga personal nga kagamitan ug mga subersibong dokumento.

Nasayrang naglusad og combat operations ang duha ka sections sa Philippine Army nga nag-operate sa maong lalawiganag gipangunahan nila Lt. Guillermo og Lt. Florido, dihang ilang na-engkwentro sa wala pa matinong ihap sa mga rebelde.

Sa pagkakaron ang mga narekober nga kagamitan anaa sa kostudiya sa kasundaluhan alang sa tukmang disposisyon. (BR/PIA-Caraga)