PIA News Service - Sunday, November 6, 2011

Earthquake rattles Surigao del Sur

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 6 (PIA)
-– A magnitude 3.7 earthquake rattled residents Surigao del Sur, early Saturday evening.

Office of Civil Defense (OCD-Caraga Region 13) reported no injuries or damage but various disaster councils in Surigao del Sur are still monitoring the effects of the tremor.

According to Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the earthquake was recorded at 5:57 p.m. Saturday.

The epicenter of the tremor was traced at 30 kilometers northeast of Lianga town, in Surigao del Sur province, Phivolcs Butuan advisory said.

Phivolcs also said intensity 2 was also recorded in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.

No after shocks and damages occurred as of press time, Phivolcs said.

Phivolcs added that the quake was tectonic in origin. (MUC/PIA-Caraga)

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Medical program for Agusanons continues

TRENTO, AGUSAN DEL SUR, Nov. 6 (PIA)
-- The medical program of the provincial government and the legislative constituency offices of the District 1 and District 2 has continuously benefited big number of Agusanons, especially those in far-flung village communities.

The residents received free medicines, medical consultations and other hospital needs.

In the recent culmination of the National Children’s Month Celebration, Agusan del Sur 2nd District Rep. Evelyn Plaza-Mellana led the distribution of free medicines to the children. Majority of the children came from Trento West Central Elementary School in Trento, Agusan del Sur.

“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.

During the health and medical program early this week, the children were treated to games and contests.

Rep. Mellana 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 early this year, the two Agusan del Sur lady solons, Rep. Maria Valentina Plaza of District I, and Rep. Mellana, and Gov. Adolph Edward G. Plaza, had been conducting medical outreach and giving medical and educational assistance to their constituents in their respective districts, prioritizing the children in Agusan del Sur.

The officials are currently focusing their health and medical program in far-flung communities in this landlocked province in Northeastern Mindanao. (MUC/PIA-Caraga)

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P17.4M worth of peace, dev’t projects alloted for Caraga's conflict-affected communities

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 6 (PIA)
-- At least P17.4 million worth of various peace and development projects are set to be implemented in conflict-affected communities in Northeastern Mindanao or Caraga Region in 2012.

It was learned on Friday that these government projects are under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan or PAMANA program of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

Initially, a total of 58 conflict-affected barangays will receive funding from the government for community-driven peace-building and development interventions.

The PAMANA program will be initially allocating some P300,000 for each of these barangays under Pillar 2 on peace and development efforts, said Regional Community Development Specialist Ester Villamor of KALAHI-CIDSS Caraga.

KALAHI-CIDSS stands for Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services.

Under Pillar 2, the implementation of PAMANA in these barangays will be tied up with the community-driven development processes of the KALAHI-CIDSS in which people are given control on how they would use the funds they will receive.

Community projects for PAMANA will be infrastructure, livelihood trainings, capability-building trainings and other peace-promoting activities such as dialogues and consultations among the volunteers.

Aside from the P300,000 grant for each barangay, another P2,000 will also be given to volunteers for the conduct of community trainings in preparation for the implementation of the projects in January of next year.

The municipalities that will be given grants for the implementation of their identified projects are Veruela and Esperanza in Agusan del Sur and Tagbina and San Miguel in Surigao del Sur. (MUC/PIA-Caraga)


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Cebuano News: Saddam truck, gisunog sa mga rebelde sa Surigao del Norte

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 6 (PIA)
-- Padayon ang gihimong follow-up investigation sa kapulisan sa Cagwait, Surigao del Norte aron masikop ug mapanubag ang mga responsable sa pagsunog sa usa ka Saddam truck nga kargado sa pinutol nga mga kahoy.

Nasayran nga pasado alas-8:30 adtong Huwebes sa buntag, gipusil sa armadong kalalakin-ang gitu-uhang mga rebeldeng New People's Army ang fuel tank sa sakyanan og gisunog ang unahang mga ligid niini.

Sama sa mga pulis, blangko pa ang tag-iya sa truck nga si Antobio Cubil, residente sa Brgy. Mararag, lungsod sa Marihatag, Surigao del Sur sa rason nganong gisunog kini. (BR/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Brgy. official kinahanglang dili mahadlok sa pagtaho kung dunay nahibalaun nga nagbaligya ug druga

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 6 (PIA)
-- Dili angayang mahadlok ang mga barangay officials sa paghatag og impormasyon ngadto sa buhatan sa Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency kon PDEA-Caraga kung dunay nahibaluan kalabot pagpayuhot ug druga diha sa barangay.

Kini ang giklaro ni PDEA Caraga acting regional director Joel Plaza.

Sigun ni Plaza, nga taho gilayon ngadto sa ahensya aron nga mahimuan gilayon og aksyon sa ingon masumpo usab ang paghitak sa druga diha sa barangay.

Gipanghinambog usab sa opisyal nga tungod sa koordinasyon ug suporta sa mga local officials, mas miubos karon ang rata sa pagpayuhot ug druga sa rehiyun ug mas mitaas ang ihap sa mga tawong nadakpan nga milambigit sa illegal nga druga. (BR/PIA-Caraga)