PIA News Serivce - Wednesday, November 2, 2011

All Saints’ Day commemoration in Caraga region generally peaceful – PNP

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 2 (PIA)
-- The commemoration of All Saints’ Day in Caraga Region is generally peaceful, said Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga Regional Director PCSupt Reynaldo Rafal.

In an interview with a local radio station here, the region’s PNP chief said no major incidents have been reported in time with the nationwide commemoration on Tuesday.

Rafal said this can be attributed to the joint efforts of government troops and agencies who have played important roles to ensure peace and security.

He added the people have also cooperated which contributed to the peaceful outcome of the commemoration of All Saints’ Day.

In Butuan City, the Land Transportation and Traffic Management Office (LTTMO) implemented a traffic re-routing of all motor vehicles. Signages were also installed serving as guide to the motorists where to go.

“It’s good that LTTMO and other government agencies have worked hand-in-hand in implementing a peaceful commemoration of All Saints’ Day,” said Tatay Miguel in Cebuano dialect. He added the public are properly directed where to go and be reminded of what are the things to do inside the cemetery.

Today, Nov. 2, the whole nation is commemorating the All Souls’ Day. (PIA-Caraga)

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Free medicines distributed during Children’s month celebration

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Nov. 2 (PIA)
-- The culmination of the National Children’s month celebration with the special children of Trento West Central Elementary School in Trento, Agusan del Sur was highlighted with the distribution of medicines.

Congresswoman Evelyn Plaza-Mellana, who led the distribution, also shared advices to teachers and parents on preparing the children for their future.

“For the parents, with the tender age of your children, I suggest you let them enjoy playing and train them to be interested in sports because sports help develop the personality of a child,” Mellana said.

The children, on the other hand, were treated to games and contests. Attention-catchers were the special children that enjoyed playing and participating.


“I therefore call on the local government units that we invest for our children as one of our gifts for them, so that they will grow to be loving, concerned and responsible citizens in the future,” she said.

Aside from her message, Mellana also asked pre-school teachers, if they received the play station set given by the UNICEF and to list down the most needed section of the play set so that she can complement them.

Since the start of the year 2011, the two lady solons, Cong. Maria Valentina Plaza of District I, and Cong. Evelyn Plaza – Mellana of District II, have been conducting medical outreach and giving medical and educational assistance to their constituents in their respective districts, prioritizing the children in Agusan del Sur. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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DA promotes healthy diet

by Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 2 (PIA)
-- Kung naa kay malunggay, mura naka ug naay parmasya (if you have malunggay, it is like that you already have a pharmacy).

Antonio Moreno, an agriculturist at the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division (RAFID) of the Department of Agriculture said this during the recently conducted 5th “ConsumerNET Meets the Public” Forum.

He said that the sad reality today is that while people consume less healthy foods like fruits and vegetabes, they are eating more unhealthy stuff like instant noodles and canned goods.

“We can get very very little nutrition from these kinds of foods. In fact, it is close to nothing. And if this will continue, it could lead to malnutrition," Moreno said. "As we all know, malnutrition will lead to poor mental health and a low-fiber diet may result into colon cancer.”

"However, if we look at our backyards, there are indigenous vegetables that are readily available, vegetables that are very nutritious and very affordable”, said Moreno.

He added that “in our country, we are blessed to have many indigenous vegetables that are highly nutritious most especially the horseradish tree (malunggay).”

Moreno reminded the participants during the forum that the DA in partnership with other government agencies, non-government organizations, state universities and colleges, faith-based groups and etc., created a program called “Gulayan sa Paaralan Project” to teach the youth in planting vegetables and as well as to encourage them to eat such kind of foods. (MRA/PIA-Caraga)

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GIZ to implement project in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY, Nov. 2 (PIA)
-- The GIZ, a German International Development Cooperation Fund, will implement a major program, focusing on poverty reduction and preservation of the environment in the province.

A joint undertaking of the German and Philippine governments, the Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management Program supports an integrated approach to poverty reduction and peace building in the province.

The program aims to ensure that governance of natural resources and assets is implemented in a peaceful and sustainable manner benefiting the community.

The target groups of the program are the disadvantaged poor population, people affected by land-based resource conflicts, indigenous people and women.

In Surigao del Norte, the program supports the endeavor of civil society and state actors to develop a conflict sensitive ecosystem approach from upland watershed to coastal areas.

Multi-stakeholder dialogues, participatory land use planning, strengthening of community –based “wardens” and empowerment of marginalized are the priority activities. (Arturo M. Cruje-PPDO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: Malacañang miingon determinado ang gobyerno pagsikop sa mga bandidong element didto sa Basilan

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Nob. 2 (PIA)
-- Ang Malacañang misubli kagahapon Martes nga ang administrasyong Aquino mopadayon paggukod sa tanang mga dakponon ug bandidong elemento sa Mindanao, ug mipahimangno nga kadtong nagaprotektar kanila mamahimong manubag usab.

Atol sa phone patch interview niadtong Martes didto sa Malacañang, si Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte miingon nga ang gobyerno determinado sa pagpadayon pagsikop sa mga dakponong elemento apan dili ang Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) isip “usa ka entidad.”

“We have made it clear from the start na yung pagtugis sa mga lawless elements hindi po ito laban sa MILF as an entity but against the lawless elements,” si Valte miingon.


“So dalawang bagay po yan: either the MILF cooperates or stand aside and allow the law enforcers do their jobs,” ang Deputy Spokesperson miingon.

Si Valte usab namahayag nga ang MILF gidid-an sa pagprotektar og mga pugante, partikularmente kang Dan “Laksaw” Asnawi, ang ikaduhang pinakataas nga rebeldeng kumander sa Basilan province.

“It is strictly prohibited under the ceasefire agreement to provide safe havens for fugitives,” si Valte miingon. Si Asnawi gipangita tungod sa paglunggo sa ulo sa 14 ka mga sundalong Marine didto sa Basilan niadtong 2007.

“There is no other recourse but to defend himself (Asnawi) in court. Kung mayroon po silang depensa, then the proper venue to ventilate that would be the courts,” dugang ni Valte.

Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III mimando sa pursuit operations batok sa bandidong elemento human sa engkwentro sa Basilan niadtong Oktubre 18 nga mipatay sa 19 ka mga sundalo sa gobyerno ug daghan usab nga mga nasamdan. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: School Building Projects sa probinsya gihisgutan

SURIGAO CITY, Nob. 2 (PIA)
-- Ang mga mayores sa lungsod sa Malimono, San Isidro, Pilar, Alegria, Claver, Del Carmen, Bacuag, Sison, Placer ug San Benito nagkatigum niadtong Oktubre 25, 2011 didto sa Governor’s Office Conference Room, Capitol Compound, Surigao City.

Ang maong panagtigum gituyo aron pagtuki sa giplanohan nga proyektong school building nga mokabat sa P53 milyones gikan sa Department of Education (DepEd) pinaagi kang Secretary Armin Luistro tugod sa pagpaningkamot ni Governor Sol Matugas alang sa kaayohan sa probinsya.

Gipresenta ni Provincial Engineer Alwin Pono ang mga duties ug responsibilities sa Municipal Local Government Unit ugsa probinsya aron masabtan ang mga kondisyon niini.

Ang mga mayores isip benipisyaryo niinin maong proyekto kinahanglan gayod modumala niini pag-ayo og kini paga monitoron sa Surigao del Norte Division Office.

Sa maong panagtigum si Governor Matugas namahayag nga kinahanglan ang pagatukoron nga mga lawak tulunghaan adunay pasilidad alang sa “hand washing ug toothbrushing”, aduna usab soil treatment ug labaw sa tanan kinahanglan gayod nga magamit sa sakto ang pondo ug nga matapos gayod ang maong proyekto subay sa time table niini.

Sa samang higayon mipadayag usab sa ilang dakong kalipay ang mga mayores kay tungod niining maong proyekto madasig ang mga kabataan sa pagtungha ug mahatagan gayod og pagtagad ang edukasyon kay kini lamang ang solusyon nga mahaw-as ang atong probinsya sa kalisod. (Surigao del Norte Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)