11.21.2011

PIA News Service - Monday, November 21, 2011

PIA-Caraga trains young writers on e-magazine layouting, campus journalism

SURIGAO CITY, Nov. 21 (PIA)
-– Members of campus publication teams and editorial advisers from grade school, high school and college of Surigao Education Center (SEC) recently learned the basics of electronic magazine layouting and campus journalism on Nov. 17-18, 2011.

Facilitated by Philippine Information Agency–Caraga Regional Office with the full support of SEC Administration, the two-day training attracted some 30 participants composed of students and advisers in the following publications: The Cruisers for the Montessori, The Anchor/Ankla for the grade school and high school, and The Beacon for the college.

During the training, the participants were able to enhance and refresh their writing ability through the workshop, as well as improve the quality of the campus paper based on the new trends such as the use of issuu.com for online publication.

On hand to speak on the fundamentals of communication, editorial writing, feature writing and photojournalism was David Suyao, Information Center Manager of Agusan del Sur.

Fryan Abkilan, Information Center Manager of Surigao del Norte spoke on news writing and the basics of journalism while Robert Roperos, One Mindanao E-Magazine Copy Editor and concurrent Information Center Manager of Surigao del Sur trained the participants on computer-based layouting using Adobe InDesign CS3 software.

Roperos then shared how their school publications will be able to maximize online publication through the use issuu.com. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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City Population Office spearheads Population & Development Week celeb in Butuan

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 21 (PIA)
-– The City Population Office here will be spearheading this year’s Population and Development (PopDev) Week with the theme “Population, Poverty and Governance” on November 23-29.

In line with this, there will be a Search for Ms. PopDev 2011 and Variety Show on November 25, wherein students from both public and private high schools of Butuan City will be showcasing their talents on the competition.

According to Marietta Pajo, officer-in-charge of City Population Office, the activity aims to sustain awareness and interest in population issues and matters among in-school youth and the general public.


“To convey population and development concepts and messages to students such as responsible parenthood, poverty, adolescent reproductive health, rights, gender and development; to promote values supportive to population and development education among in-school youth; and to identify and organize youth leaders to serve as Adolescent Reproductive Health advocates are among the purposes of said activity,” stressed Pajo.

With this, Pajo encourages the public especially the youths to participate and support this weeklong celebration. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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CFO visits Caraga

by Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 21 (PIA)
–- The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) has recently visited some places in Caraga region to implement its Community Education Program on Migration through the conduct of symposia and radio interviews in various radio stations and schools in the region.

The program was especially fashioned to enhance the awareness of the people concerning migration, intermarriages and human trafficking, CFO’s existing programs and among others.

On November 14-16, the said agency visited the province of Surigao del Norte and conducted a Pulong-Pulong at Surigao City Auditorium. And on November 17-18, the CFO visited the city and conducted Pulong-Pulong, symposium and radio interviews.


During the interview at dxBR-Radyo Bombo, in this city, Paul Vincent Avencilla, CFO’s Emigrant Services Officer II said that CFO personnel have been visiting cities and municipalities all over the country especially to places where there are many emigrants.


“Based on our database, there are a total of 3,606 emigrants from Agusan del Norte in the year 1998-2009," said Avencilla.

According to him, most of these emigrants were Filipinos who married foreigners and have settled abroad and some of them have petitioned their family to migrate as well.


Avencilla revealed that they have visited Caraga to brief those who wanted to settle abroad about migration and human trafficking. The human trafficking issue was also addressed to the public so that they would know if they have become victims of such crime because most victims of human trafficking were not even aware that they are already being violated. (MRA/PIA-Caraga)

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CFO promotes 1343 Actionline Against Human Trafficking Hotline Program

by Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 21 (PIA)
–- In line with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)'s Community Education Program on Migration, CFO also tackled the issue on human trafficking during their visit in the city recently.

Ariel Cruz of the CFO’s Migrant Integration and Education Division said “some foreigners do human trafficking in a guise of marriage."

“We do not prevent the Filipino women to marry a foreigner. It is their right to marry. Nevertheless, we warn them to know very well their future husband”, Cruz said.

However, the CFO has a program called 1343 Actionline Against Human Trafficking. This program aims to provide assistance to the victims of human trafficking. People may report to CFO through the hotline numbers (02) 1343, if calling from the Philippines and (632) 1343, if calling from abroad.

Moreover, the CFO has tapped other government agencies and NGOs as its partners in monitoring and solving human trafficking cases that were reported to their office.

Paul Vincent U. Avencilla said the CFO has solved 54 cases of human trafficking since March 15, 2011.

“1343 hotline is a 24/7 hour action hotline”, said Avencilla.

He added that aside from the CFO’s hotline program, they have also conducted a symposium in Butuan, during their visit recently to give the Butuan City Police information on how to deal with human trafficking cases and educating the public about the Republic Act No. 9208 otherwise known as “Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003." (MRA/PIA-Caraga)

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Turn-over of new PNP station at San Agustin, SurSur conducted

by PSUPT Martin M Gamba

CAMP RAFAEL C RODRIGUEZ, Libertad, Butuan City, Nov. 21 (PIA)
-– The Police Regional Office XIII is again upgrading its physical facilities and equipment in support to field operations.

Caraga Police Director PCSUPT Reynaldo Serrano Rafal said the Philippine National Police has risen from to the various challenges in the organization and have initiated reforms and improved capabilities to better respond to the concerns of the community.


The new modern two-storey station building in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur is in accordance with the Integrated Transformation Program (ITP), particularly giving emphasis on the "Quick Response" in providing the PNP of a modern Police Station.

The blessing, turn-over and acceptance of the new San Agustin Municipal Police Station (MPS) in Surigao del Sur was personally graced by PCSUPT Isagani F Genabe Jr, Deputy Regional Director for Administration, together with Hon. Johnny T. Pimentel, Provincial Governor of Surigao del Sur; Hon. Manuel O. Alameda, Provincial Vice-Governor; Hon. Honolulu C. Go, Municipal Mayor; and other Police Commissioned Officers from Police Regional Office 13 and Heads of Offices of said municipality, held recently.

The construction of San Agustin MPS was financed under the PNP Engineering Service, PRO-13 with counterpart from LGU-San Agustin.

PRO-13 wants to focus on addressing the current demands of the various places particularly in far-flung areas. Rafal also aimed that every police officer commits himself completely to the Filipino people through maintaining peace in their area of responsibility.

Meanwhile, according to census on 2000, San Agustin is a 4th class municipality of Surigao del Sur with one poblacion and 13 rural barangays with a total population of 14,845 people in 2,751 households. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

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Groups team up for Anti-TB Campaign is Surigao Sur

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Nov. 21 (PIA)
-- The 401st Infantry “Unite N’ Fight” Brigade, Philippine Army in partnership with Philippine Ambulatory Pediatric Association, Municipal Health Office and Philippine National Police of Lianga, Surigao del Sur had successfully conducted the three-day Anti-Tuberculosis (TB) Program for children.

According to Col Romeo G Gan, Commander 401st Bde that the activity was highlighted with a theme of “Bayanihan Sagip Baga sa Lianga”, a massive campaign against TB in children.

Dr. Leo Alfonso G. Sarmen, municipal heath O=officer of Lianga explained that kids are very vulnerable to the said infection especially to those who have close contacts with their parents who have tuberculosis.

"As early as possible, we should save our children from this killer disease and they deserve to be provided with a healthy way of life," Sarmen added.

In the implementation of the said program, the team came up with a strong advocacy to save lives in Lianga where they conducted series of activities to include: training for Barangay Health Workers; Purified Protein Derivative Screening for children; Bayanihan fun run; and poster making contest for students.

"We are very happy because the 401st Brigade, Department of Education, PHO, and the PNP gave their utmost support to make this bayanihan for anti-TB program very successful," expressed by Dr Sarmen.

MHO report said the PAPA provided the training and gave a TB screening orientation to 72 BHWs on November 15 in Lianga Gymnasium and subsequently executed the PPD Test to more or less 495 children.

Meanwhile, the 401st Brigade had successfully organized at least more than 500 participants coming from the Army, PNP, DepEd, LGUs, NGOs and other stakeholders to join the three Kilometer “Bayanihan Fun Run” at the said municipality on November 16 support to the Anti-TB Campaign.

On the activity culminated with PPD reading on November 17 where 210 children were found positive in the said skin test.

"These children will be possibly treated if they are found positive in TB. They will be provided complete and free medication for six months," Dr. Sarmen added. (CMO, 401st Brigade, PA/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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Cebuano news: Palasyo midayeg sa performance sa Filipino nga mga atleta 2011 Southeast Asian Games didto sa Indonesia

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Nob. 21 (PIA)
-– MalacaƱang Kagahapon Dominggo gipahalipayan ang Filipinong mga atleta tungod sa ilang maayong performance sa 2011 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) nga gipahigayon didto sa Indonesia.

Atol sa interbyo sa dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, gidayeg ni Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte ang Filipinong mga atleta nga nagrepresentar sa Pilipinas didto sa SEA Games tungod sa ilang dala nga garbo ug kadungganan sa nasod.

“Congratulations doon po sa ating mga atleta na nanalo na po ng medalya sa SEA Games. Maraming salamat sa inyong pagsasakripisyo at sa inyong pagdadala na naman ng karangalan sa ating bayan,” si Valte miingon.

Ang Pilipinas sa kasamtangan anaa sa ika 6th nga puwesto sa 26thSEA Games kompetisyon didto sa Jakarta ug Palembang, Indonesia, uban ang 24 gold, 42 silver ug 60 bronze nga mga medalya.

Si Valte miingon nga ang gobyerno mangita og mga pamaagi aron matabangan ang mga atleta nga ma-improb ang ilang performance.

“There’s always a way to improve. Siguro po tingnan natin kung ano ang puwedeng gawin para naman mai-akyat pa natin ang antas at maalagaan ang ating mga atleta,” ang deputy spokesperson miingon.

Niadtong milabay’ng semana, si Filipino boxing icon ug Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao gipildi si Manuel Marquez ug nagpabilin ang iyang WBO welterweight nga titulo.

Si Beauty Queen Gwendoline Ruais napili nga first runner-up sa 2011 Miss World pageant didto sa London samtang si Binibining Pilipinas-International Dianne Necio nakasulod sa Top 15 sa Miss International contest didto sa China bag-ohay pa lamang karon nga bulan.

“Ang dami na po niyan in the past few weeks--from our beauty queens to our math students to our athletes,” si Valte miingon. “Lingo-linggo ang paalala sa ordinaryong Pilipino that we really can make it on the global stage on any front if we put our minds to it.” (PIA-Surigao del Norte)