11.14.2011

PIA News Service - Monday, November 14, 2011

PIA-Caraga chief urges gov’t info officers to join MindaComNet Congress

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 14 (PIA)
-- Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Northeastern Mindanao Information Cluster Head and concurrent Regional Director of PIA-Caraga Region Abner M. Caga is inviting all government information officers to participate in the 2011 Mindanao Communicators Network (MindaComNet) Congress on November 28-30 at the Family Country Hotel, General Santos City.

During Monday’s regular staff meeting with PIA-Caraga personnel, Dir. Caga emphasized the importance for information officers in the government agencies to participate in the three-day congress.

Caga said the activity will not only serve as a venue to boost the camaraderie among government information officers of Mindanao but most especially to enrich the knowledge of government communicators of the latest global trends, as well as the topics and issues to help them create the right communication advocacies in implementing government programs in the ground.

The head of the Northeastern Mindanao information cluster also pointed out that with the latest happenings putting the whole island of Mindanao in negative perspective, it is but necessary that as government communicators, “we need to counter those negative information which is broadcasted and printed in private media stations and outfits…This is our role as government information officers,” Caga stressed.

Meanwhile, those who are interested to participate may contact Sempa Coronado of PIA Central Mindanao through (083) 228-9739 or at cellphone numbers 09194775200 and 09152888955.

A registration fee of P3,600 will cover miscellaneous expenses such as kits, plaques, tokens for the resource speakers, mobilization and communication expenses, office supplies, among others. (PIA-Caraga)

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Skills training-workshop on HIV, AIDS set in Butuan

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 14 (PIA)
-- A Life Skills Training-Workshop on HIV and Aids in the Challenges of the New Era will be held on November 25-26, 2011 at the Prince Hotel, this city.

This will be sponsored by the Caraga Youth Leaders' Network Inc. (CYLN), Office of the Vice President for External Affairs of the United Nations Youth Association of the Philippines (UNYAP), and Institute for Youth Development Affairs of the Philippines in partnership with AIDS Society of the Philippines, Department of Health, and Commission on Higher Education.

The objectives of the training are: 1) To equip young leaders, educators, and advocates on the necessary skills to acquire in HIV & AIDS education; 2) To input new data on AIDS victims and on the progress of AIDS vaccine; and 3) To produce more advocates to fight the spread of HIV among the public particularly the youths.

Mr. Rex F. Ybanez , CEO of CYLN and Vice President for External Affairs emhasized that the local government units and the academe must take a serious step to fight the spread of the HIV. All regions of the country are reporting AIDS patient, which Caraga is not included.

"HIV/AIDS is a serious issue. The public must have appropriate education with regards to HIV and its particulars. The youth must be given focus by the Local Government Units for they are the most vulnerable or most at risk to the HIV," Ybañez stressed.

The participants of said training are the Sanguniang Kabataan, Supreme Student Government (SSG) officers, educators, nurses, and others.

CYLN, Inc. is the sole, largest and leading regional non-government organization (NGO) which focuses to the advancement of Caraganon youth development affairs in Caraga Region, Northern Mindanao, Philippines.

For more details, Ybañez encourages interested parties to call their office at the 4th Floor, Commission on Population (PopCom) Caraga Regional Office, Balebria Building, Pili Drive Street, this city at telephone number (085) 346-9842.

Others may also visit the CYLN blogspot at www.caragayouthleadersnetworkinc.blogspot.com or e-mail them at cyln_caraga@yahoo.com.ph. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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SEC to conduct seminar-workshop on campus journalism

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 14 (PIA)
– In an effort to develop the writing skills of its campus journalists, Surigao Education Center (SEC), the only school in Surigao City certified by the International Organization for Standardization, (ISO) will conduct a two-day seminar-workshop on campus journalism on November 17-18 in Surigao City.

In a statement, Prof. Joewaren Sulima, SEC training officer said the activity aims to make the editorial staff, school paper advisers and teachers from grade school to college departments become competent and responsible campus journalists--from news data gathering, writing, to releasing of school paper on time.

Prof. Sulima also said the teachers and school paper advisers shall be able to know the current trends and issues in campus journalism in order for them to uphold the value of integrity and responsibility in writing news, opinions and events.

Further, Sulima said pupils and students would be able to fully understand their role and responsibility in campus journalism as a reliable media in school.

The school’s training officer also said students and teachers would be able to enhance and refresh their writing ability through the workshop, as well as to improve the quality of the campus paper based on the new trends and update of journalism.

Invited speakers are Provincial Information Center Managers of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Caraga Region.

PIA Surigao del Norte Information Center Manager Fryan E. Abkilan will discuss on News Writing while David M. Suyao, Information Center Manager of Agusan del Sur Provincial Information Center will discuss on Editorial Writing, Feature Writing and Photojournalism.

To complete the journalism activities, the participants will be trained on a computer based Layouting using Adobe InDesign CS3 software. Afterwhich, the finished product will be uploaded in a web hosting for the electronic type of document. This is one of the latest innovations in as far as quad media is concerned, producing electronic newspapers, magazines, newsletters, campus papers, and the like.

With these developments, Sulima hoped that after the training, editorial staff school paper advisers will be able to produce quality school paper as they adhere in writing balanced news, issues, opinions and events in responsible campus journalism. (PIA-Caraga)

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Whirlwind hits Brgy. Victoria in Tago, Surigao del Sur

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Nov. 14 (PIA)
-- A whirlwind, locally known as “ipo-ipo” hit Barangay Victoria in Tago, this province at around 8:45 am on Sunday, the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) reported.

According to Norberto Lorente, Provincial DRRMC staff who conducted an ocular inspection after the incident, one waiting shed and an unfinished house made of light materials was reported totally damaged, while part of the roof of some houses were flown away due to strong wind.

According to Lorente, no injured was recorded during the phenomenon. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)



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Gordon ignites Filipinos’ sense of volunteerism

by Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 14 (PIA)
-- The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has set December 4, 2011 for the conduct of “Million Volunteer Run,” which will be held simultaneously in all key cities and municipalities in the country.

The activity is in line with the United Nations' declaration of 2011 as the International Year of Volunteers and the annual celebration of International Day of Volunteers every 5th of December.

PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon, who conceptualized the event, is also advocating the sense of volunteerism in the heart of every Filipino.

Gordon said the volunteer run will be seen as the unity of the nation’s volunteers by running together for the sake of humanity.

"It will be the defining moment for a culture of volunteerism in our country--a culture that will save our country and our people from the horrors of disasters,” Gordon said.

The registration fee is P500 for professionals and P350 for students. Proceeds of the Run will be used to fund the training program of the 143 volunteers. Each participant will be given Million Volunteer Run t-shirt, 143 ID with Disaster Preparedness Guide, a whistle, race number, and Red Cross Membership with Accident Insurance Benefits or coverage.

On the other hand, participants of the Million Run will also be registered as Red Cross 143 volunteers. They will be trained later on disaster management.

Meanwhile, the PRC chairman said that since the Philippines is visited with natural catastrophes all year-round, the people must be empowered with humanitarian soldiers equipped with life-saving skills to help others. For this reason, the participants of the Run will be given trainings after the event.

Gordon added that the best way to prepare for disasters is to train and immerse the people on risk reduction management.

The Red Cross 143 volunteers is a flagship volunteer program that recruits and trains 44 volunteers in every barangay on disaster management including disaster risk reduction and disaster response.

In a related development, Teodoro Cairo, Chapter Administrator of PRC Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter is calling all the Butuanons to participate in the said event and make a history.



For further details of the Run, visit PRC website: www.redcross.org.ph or visit the Red Cross Chapter at Capitol Site, Butuan City with telephone numbers 342-8521 or 815-9977. (PIA-Caraga)

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PDEA files cases against 21 illegal drug pushers in Agusan del Sur

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Nov. 14 (PIA)
-- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has filed cases of illegal drug-related crimes against 21 individuals from Agusan del Sur ending their third quarter operations here.

The arrested suspects whose cases are now filed in court came from the municipalities of Bayugan- 4; Bunawan-1; La Paz-3; Prosperidad-1; San Francisco-6, Sibagat-2; Talacogon- 1; Trento-2 and; Veruela-1.

Among the illegal drugs found in their possession were Methamphetamine hydrochloride or “Shabu” and marijuana, according to reports by PDEA.

“These offenders were arrested thru our buy-bust operations, inflagrante de licto, search warrant and during the conduct of checkpoints. But in our assessment, the situation is just moderate if we compare it in seriously affected areas where there is existence of drug laboratories, warehouse, den drive, resort, marijuana plantation or similar establishment," PDEA OIC-Regional Director Joel Plaza said.

"As per our surveillance also, the sources of drugs transported here came from Manila, Cebu, Marawi, Ozamis, Iligan, Cotabato and Davao, and the landing points of these ilegal drugs are in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Marawi, Ozamis and Cotabato,” he added.

According to Dir. Plaza, in just a matter of one month, they had two significant accomplishment recorded. On June 8, together with the joint elements of Regional Special Operations Task Group, 13th Regional Public Safety Management Battalion, La Paz Municipal Police Station, they uprooted Marijuana Plants at Sitio Umayam, Brgy Kasapa II, La Paz, Agusan del Sur approximately 532 fully grown marijuana plants and 1000 seedlings with a value of Php156,400.

“Again, on July 8, another 5,188 fully grown Marijuana plants were uprooted and immediately burned at the plantation site by joint elements of PDEA RO 13, RPSB 13, RSOTG 13, 26th IB PA, and 402nd Brigade PA at Sitio Mactan, Brgy. Kasapa I, Agusan del Sur with an estimated value of PhP 1,074,200.00,” Dir. Plaza said.

Presently, according to Dir. Plaza, his office is focusing on watch listed/target listed personalities, activation or reactivation of Anti-Drug Abuse Councils in the barangay, city, municipal and provincial levels in support of overall government efforts to address illegal drugs and intensifying info drive campaign/drug abuse prevention symposia by tapping other sectors of the society which would serve as one of our catalysts and partners in making Caraga a drug free region. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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DAR Surigao Norte to turn-over potable water supply system in Tubod

by Edilberto Odvina

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Nov. 14 (PIA)
-- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) - Surigao del Norte together with Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP) is set to turn-over a Potable Water Supply System Level II on Tuesday, November 15 at San Isidro Barangay Hall, Tubod, this province.

DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer PARO-II Teresita E. Depeñoso said the project costs around P3,345,004, “with the funding source from DAR-ARISP III costing around Php 1,674,764 and LGU of Tubod for Php 1,670,240 as equity.”

Depeñoso also said the Potable Water Supply System will be implemented by LGU Tubod and it is located in Barangay San Isidro, Tubod town.

“Soon to cater 220 households and being contracted with BILCO Construction in the amount of Php. 2,222,697.57 which scope of work was the construction of Intake Box and Ground Reservoir; Installation of Transmission and Distribution pipes and 34 units of communal faucets,” she added.

The ceremonial turn-over will start with the blessing of the completed PWS project and unveiling of project billboard and to follow the cutting of ribbon by Gov. Sol F. Matugas; 2nd district Rep. Congressman Guillermo A. Romarate Jr.; Tubod Mayor Cristina Hemady R. Arcillas; DAR Caraga Director Faisar A. Mambuay, CESO IV; National Project Manager - ARISP III Director Ma. Celerina G. Afable; ARISP III Technical Coordinator Engr. Mel Lamboon, and Team Leader Project Consultant Mr. Yukihiro Kawahara.

The second part is the ceremonial program proper in which the introduction of guest and participants will be conducted by MARO Venancia S. Signar of DARMO-Tubod; Presentation of project profile by Municipal Engineer Jocelyn Macarayo and follows the project Turn-over Key of Responsibility and Signing Certificate of Turn-Over and Acceptance with the Contractor, DAR, MLGU in the person of Mayor Arcillas and Barangay Captain Carmelito R. Arado of BLGU.

Inspirational Messages will also be given by Gov. Matugas; Cong. Romarate; Dir. Mambuay; Dir. Afable and Mr. Kahawar then lunch will follow after the program. (DAR-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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TUCP trains new breed of young CBA negotiators

MANILA, Nov. 14 (PIA)
-- With scores of anti-union actions happening all over the world, particularly assaults on security of tenure and collective bargaining, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) and Workers Development Foundation Inc, (WDFI), with assistance from the international labour movement, the International Trade Union Confederation-Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP), takes on the challenge of preparing young trade union leaders for their important roles in the labour movement.

“It’s very reassuring to see many young trade leaders get excited and ready over learning new things, building their negotiation and bargaining skills, taking on higher roles in their unions and the labour movement in general,” noted Bro. Ernesto Herrera, TUCP General Secretary.

TUCP and its affiliates get a boost of youthful energy as 25 promising young trade union leaders, industrial relations officers and collective bargaining negotiators from the academe, electronics, agriculture, services, public sector, transportation, and partner local media in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, get updated on collective bargaining developments, and trained on strategies and techniques in collective bargaining and negotiation.

“With many developments in industrial relations, challenges on union organizing and collective bargaining/negotiation, this training could not have come at a more perfect time!,” said Bro. Herrera.

The program, developed in partnership with the ITUC-AP, introduced the participants to the collective bargaining process, preparing for negotiations, collective bargaining methods and approaches, and understanding strategies, tactics and counter demands.



“This training taught us many things from the basics of industrial relations, bargaining realities, use and analyses of statistics and many more,” said Ferdinand Sornes, union vice president of an electronics company in Region IV.

“This will surely help my union improve, enrich and strengthen our bargaining position in years to come,” Sornes added.

Various hands-on exercises provided the participants with an opportunity to get familiar with and further build their working knowledge and skills in analysing company’s financial information; computing for wage increases and shares in gains in productivity; developing, costing and presenting bargaining proposals.

“Just as the actual negotiation is important, the focus on total preparation for negotiating has never been more important,” said Nicandro Borja, ALU-TUCP regional vice president, reminding the participants that the bargaining process, its outcomes and successes would primarily depend on how well the union prepared.

“It is important that unions know where to get financial documents and analyse them properly.” We were able to include in our CBA a provision regarding union’s right/access to information (such as financial statements), shared Vanessa Acenas, a local union auditor of a water district company in Mindanao.

In the mock negotiation, the participants practiced newly-acquired negotiation styles and techniques, effective communication skills and proper use of data and information in justifying their CBA proposals, under the guidance of veteran trade union leaders and negotiators.

Experts and resource persons from the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) and Bureau of Labour and Employment Statistics (BLES) provided information on trends and developments in collective bargaining negotiation and up-to-date analyses of (2009) negotiated CBAs. (TUCP/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: Aquino miingon kumpanya sa Estados Unidos mosugod pagdebelop sa natural gas sa aminahang bahin sa Pilipinas sunod tuig

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Nob. 14 (PIA)
-- Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III mianunsyo niadtong Biyernes nga usa ka kumpanya sa Estados Unidos ang magsugod sa pag debelop og natural gas didto sa aminahang bahin sa Pilipinas sunod tuig.

Si Pangulong Aquino mihimo niining maong anunsyo atol sa diskusyon sa panel sa commodity security for economic growth didto sa Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO summit nga gipahigayon didto sa Sheraton Waikiki Hotel sa Honolulu, Hawaii.

“In terms of energy, we are second to America in exploiting geothermal resources. We have managed to have several other countries sharing the expertise that we do already have,” ang Pangulo miingon sa iyang tubag sa dihang siya gipangutana atol sa maong diskusyon.

“There is a new field that is going to start next year by an American company in the northern portion of the Philippines. There’s substantial gas deposits that we believe are already on the proven scale that will dwarf the existing Malampaya oil fields,” siya midugang.

Ang Pangulo miingon nga pipila niini ka mga kayutaan ang parte pa sa giawayan nga mga erya ug nga ang Pilipinas sa pagkakaron mihimo na sa pagtino kon kini nahisubay ba sa United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Si Pangulong Aquino usab midayag sa iyang pagsalig nga ang tanang signatory-countries mosanong sa gitakda sa UNCLOS, nga ang usa ka nasod adunay exclusive economic zone nga 200 miles gikan sa continental shelf niini.
“We are hoping that all the signatories of the United Nations Convention will adhere to the stipulations of the convention and among them are the 200-mile exclusive economic zone,” siya miingon.

Ang Pangulo usab miingon nga aduna usab “various mechanisms” aron mahusay ang isyu sa giawayan nga mga erya “once and for all” ug aron maangkon ang resources nga makabenipisyo dili lamang sa Pilipinas apan lakip usab ang silingang mga nasod. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)