11.03.2011

PIA News Service - Thursday, November 3, 2011

GSIS partners with LandBank to respond to the needs of pensioners

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 3 (PIA)
-- The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), in its goal to be more responsive to the needs of the pensioners, has partnered with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) as its alternate servicing bank for payment of pensions and loan proceeds.

In a press statement, GSIS-Caraga Regional Manager Mamole Pangandaman said that GSIS has arranged with LandBank to provide members with an ATM savings account where their monthly pension can be credited.

“The GSIS is expanding its partnership with LandBank to give not only our pensioners, but also our 1.4 million members the option to avail of LandBank’s banking services,” Pangandaman stressed.

Thus, members who will choose to avail themselves of LandBank’s services will be issued a Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) eCard where loan proceeds and other benefits such as cash dividends will be credited.

Members who want to avail of the option to be served by LandBank may proceed to the nearest LandBank branch near them and claim their ATM card not later than November 30 and should bring the following: GSIS eCard and one (1) government-issued ID (such as: Postal ID, Senior Citizen’s ID, Passport, Voter’s ID, etc).

Pangandaman also emphasized that having a LandBank UMID eCard entitles one to the following benefits: 1) No maintaining balance required for savings account; 2) No service fee on withdrawal and balance inquiry from any of LandBank’s more than 900 ATMs nationwide; 3) As a debit card in more than 20,000 accredited merchants nationwide; 4) As a discount card for selected Pfizer medicines and when enrolling children/relatives in any STI campus nationwide; and 5) Can withdraw from any Expressnet, Bancnet or Megalink ATM network.

Also, members who wish to transfer their account to LandBank, may register through any of the following means: EMAIL to eservices@gsis.gov.ph their 1) Name, 2) Date of Birth, 3) UMID Common Reference Number (CRN) and 4) Preferred LANDBANK branch; or Log in to GSIS eCard online transactions facility at www.gsis.gov.ph using their 11-digit GSIS ID Number.

Once logged in, click on the icon [Choose LANDBANK as your Servicing Bank] and indicate their preferred Land Bank Branch via a drop-down list menu; or they may visit any GSIS Field Office near them to signify their intent to transfer their bank account.

However, if a member decides to continue receiving his/her pension through UnionBank, it will still be credited in their GSIS eCard account with the bank.


Regardless of their choice of servicing bank, the GSIS eCard remains as their GSIS identification and transaction card for availment of their pension loan through the GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GW@PS) kiosk, and may continue to be entitled to the discounts extended to GSIS eCardholders for Pfizer medicines and tuition fees with any STI campus nationwide.

With this, Pangandaman assures its pensioners and members that GSIS will continue to serve them and satisfy their loan needs. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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Liga ng mga Barangay in Butuan propose checkpoints

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 3 (PIA)
–- Liga ng mga Punong Barangay president Nestor Amora of Brgy. Banza has proposed for the implementation of checkpoints in every barangay of the city.

The proposal was made after it was observed that crime incidents in the city have increased as the Yuletide Season is fast approaching.

Amora said if all the 86 barangays of the city will cooperate, faster resolution of crimes that have been happening lately will be achieved.

The barangay captains’ association prexy of the city said force multipliers of each barangay will be used to man the checkpoints to ensure that they can really monitor the people who will be coming in and out of the area.

These Civilian Volunteer Officers (CVOs) and barangay tanods should coordinate with the local police force of the city.

“Aside from this, the checkpoint will also help to refrain the lawless elements from coming in the city,” Amora added.

With this, Amora said he will include this plan as soon as possible so that budget will be allocated for this purpose.

It can be recalled that series of shooting and robbery incidents happened these past days which caused alarm to Butuanons safety and security. The latest of which is the shooting incident happened in a downtown area here where the victim was reportedly shot in front of his family while walking.

However, the law enforcers as well as the government troops vow to double their efforts to counter the problem. (PIA-Caraga)

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Esperanza tribal leaders to receive CADT soon

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, November 3 (PIA)
-- Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza told tribal leaders in Barangay Tagbalili that their Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title will be given to them soon, since the process is nearing its completion.

Plaza said this during the cross country tour “Malungon Mountain Trail” with members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and other local officials

“The objective of this mountain trail is to bring along the message of peace all over the province of Agusan del Sur and to let our lumad (natives) brothers and sisters know that their long awaited CADT will soon be in their hands. I want you to know that the provincial government had set aside P5 Million for the processing of the CADT all over the province for speedy and efficient processing,” Plaza said.

In Tagbalili alone, the identified CADT of the Higaonon tribe reached to 104,000 hectares of land, and this area is the last of the nine clusters for the social preparation done by the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Agusan del Sur provincial office.

“Our dream is for us to be given the authority to manage our ancestral lands, where we get mostly our way of living. Because of what the governor said, words can not express how we feel, because this is a great help for us and the future of the Higaonon tribe,” Tagbalili Barangay Captain Erick Dumaguing said.

NCIP representative Adelaida Buyog said after this last cluster of social preparation activity they are conducting, documents will already be forwarded to Central Office for evaluation and the release of the CADT will follow.

During the visit of the German Bundestag (Parliament) in Esparanza last August, Plaza presented to them the LGUs efforts in processing the CADT so that the lumads will have security of tenure over their ancestral land. The provincial government have also conducted series of consultations and referrals to both the lumads and the national government in order to speed up the issuance of the CADT to the lumads in the entire Agusan del Sur. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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Municipality in Agusan del Norte to enforce newborn screening

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 3 (PIA)
­–- The municipality of Carmen in Agusan del Norte is now enforcing the conduct of screening to all newly-born babies in the area.

As per Municipal Order No. 13 authored by Sangguniang Bayan member Raul Aparicio, the conduct of new born screening is mandatory to protect the babies from metabolic disorders.

Municipal officials said this is one way of helping the parents to determine at the early stage if their newly-born babies are free from these diseases or not.

Meanwhile, according to the Department of Health (DOH), most babies with metabolic disorders look normal at birth. One will never know that the baby has the disorder until the onset of signs and symptoms and more often ill effects are already irreversible.

The DOH also advised that newborn screening is ideally done on the 48th hour or at least 24 hours from birth. Some disorders are not detected if the test is done earlier than 24 hours. The baby must be screened again after 2 weeks for more accurate results.

Some of the disorders included in the newborn screening package are Congenital Hypothyroidism, Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Galactosemia , Phenylketonuria, and Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency.

Babies with positive results should be referred at once to the nearest hospital or specialist for confirmatory testing and further management.

Should there be no specialist in the area, the NBS secretariat office will assist its attending physician, the DOH said. (PIA-Caraga)

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Cooperatives in the Phils to converge for the Cooperative Peace Forum

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 3 (PIA)
–- Some 5,000 cooperative leaders from all over the country with stakeholders representing the local government units, non-government organizations, Lumads, Muslims, academe, and the civic organizations will converge on November 11, 2011 to bring to all and sundry the Cooperative Declaration of Peace at the Atrium, Lim Ket Kai Center, Cagayan de Oro City.

According to Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Caraga Regional Director Manuela Pelaez, through this forum, the cooperatives are taking part in advancing the crusade to exemplify that cooperativism can be up to the task of becoming not only an instrument of social justice, empowerment and development but also a vehicle for peace-building to address the root causes of war, poverty and social injustices.

“Dubbed as the 11-11-11, cooperatives nationwide will converge to collectively advance what they believe is their inherent right to live in peace founded on social justice, equity and sustainable development,” Pelaez said.

It is in this light that more than 20,000 active cooperatives over the country with some seven million members are standing up to the call to advance their agenda of peace.

It was also learned that during the forum, the following topics will be discussed: 1) Peace through Sustainable Agriculture; 2) Peace through Protection, Rehabilitation, Conservation and Preferential Use Rights of Natural Pesources; 3) Peace through Rights-based Management of Utilities; 4) Peace through Good Governance and people Empowerment; 5) Peace through Human Resource Development; 6) Peace through Conflict Transformation, Management and Resolution; 7) Peace through Promotion of Halal Food; 8) Peace through International Cooperation and Integration of Foreign Peace-making Initiatives; and 9) Peace through Recognition and Acceptance of Cultural Diversity and Integrity.

Meanwhile, Pelaez also bared that a registration fee of Php200 will be charged per participant to cover the cost of metals to include two snacks and lunch, kit and handout materials.

With this, Pelaez calls on all the cooperative members in Caraga to participate and support its agenda of peace for sustainable development. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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Tagalog news: Pamahalaang Aquino pursigidong makipagsundo sa mga rebelde alang-alang sa kapayapaan

ni Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton

BUTUAN CITY, Nob. 3 (PIA)
–- Ayon sa Malacañang, pursigido ang administrasyon ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III na ipasagawa ang ganap na kasunduang pang kapayapaan sa pagitan ng Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa Pilipinas-Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPMP-RPA-ABB) at maglalabas ng pondo para sa nasabing rebeldeng grupo.

Binanggit kahapon ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson na si Abigail Valte na ang administrasyong Aquino ay desididong ipagpatupad ang limang pakikipagsundong talahalayan na nagtataguyod ng makatarungan at matagalang kapayapaan.

Sinabi rin ni Valte na ang gobyerno ay maglalabas ng pundo sa mga lokal na pamahalaan bilang tulong para sa pag-unlad ng komunidad at tulong pangkabuhayan.

Nasa kasunduan na nilagdaan ni dating Pangulong Joseph Estrada noong taong 2000 na ang pamahalaan ay magbibigay ng pundo para sa reintegrasyon at proyektong pang-unlad ng grupong rebelde.

Kasama dito ang proyektong pangkabuhayan, pabahay na tulong, edukasyon at pagsasanay, pangangalaga sa kalusugan, agrikultura at kagamitan sa irigasyon, lansangan, microfinance at iba pa.

Idinagdag pa ni Valte na ipinahayag ng mga military ang kanilang suporta sa mga “peace process” sa pagitan ng RPMP-RPA-ABB at pagkilala sa dulot nito sa seguridad sa lugar.

Plano ng administrasyong Aquino na bigyan ng P31 milyon ang RPMP-RPA-ABB na kukunin mula sa Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan o Pamana, na may P329 milyong pundo na pinangangasiwaan naman ng Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process o OPPAP.

Ang RPMP-RPA-ABB ay isang organisasyong kumalas sa “mainstream” na grupo ni Jose Maria Sison. (MRA/PIA-Caraga)

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Tagalog news: Aktibidades ng DepEd sa selebrasyon ng Nat'l Reading Month, suportado ng Malacañang

ni Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton

BUTUAN CITY, Nob. 3 (PIA)
–- Suportado ng Malacañang ang Department of Education (DepEd) sa kanilang mga gawain sa selebrasyon ng National Reading Month ngayong Nobyembre na naglalayong humimok sa mga kabataan na maging kagawian ang pagbabasa.

Ayon kay Abigail Valte, ang Deputy Presidential Spokesperson, ang buwan ng Nobyembre ay idiniklara ng DepEd bilang National Reading Month kung saan nagtakda na ang nasabing kagawaran ng mga gawain at inutusan naman ang mga paaralan at mga learning center na sumali.

Ani ni Valte, susuportahan ng pamahalaan ang kampanya ng DepEd sa paghimok sa mga kabataan na sumali sa mga aktibidades sa pagbabasa gaya ng read-a-thons, storytelling, shared readings, at reading camps.

Nakapag bigay ang DepEd ng deklarasyon noong Oktubre 25 sa bisa ng Memorandum No. 244 na nagsasaad na bawat taon, sa buwan ng Nobyembre ay ipagdiriwang ang National Reading Month at ang Nobyembre 25, 2011 bilang Nationwide Araw ng Pagbasa.

Ang mga nasabing kaganapan ay naayon sa 10-point Basic Education Agenda ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III at ang pag-institusyonalisasyon sa programang “Every Child a Reader” ng DepEd.

Ang pagdiriwang ng National Reading Month ay magkasang-ayon sa selebrasyon ng National Book Development Month (Proclamation 1436 series of 2007) at sa ika-4 na linggo ng Nobyembre ay ang National Book Week (Proclamation 109 series of 1936), dagdag pa ni Valte. (MRA, ulat mula PCOO/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Pilipinas hugot ang pagsuporta sa UNESCO sa baroganan niini sa press freedom

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Nobyembre 3 (PIA)
–- Ang Pilipinas misuporta sa United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sa baroganan niini mahitungod sa press freedom ingon nga kini miangay usab sa panaad ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa katawhang Filipino.

Sa iyang mensahe atol sa opening ceremonies sa CI (Communication and Information) Commission meeting gihimo atol usab sa 36th UNESCO Conference didto sa Paris, France niadtong Lunes, Oktubre 31, 2011, si Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. miingon ang gobyernong Pilipinas misaad sa pagprotektar sa katawhan labi na gyod ang mga piryudista, sa pagpraktis sa ilang propesyon.

“…the Philippines wishes to express its strong support for the CI sector’s vigorous promotion of freedom of the press, freedom of expression, and freedom of information as these freedoms are hallmarks of our government’s Social Contract with the Filipino people under the leadership of President Benigno S. Aquino III,” si Coloma miingon.

“We wish to particularly underline our support for IPDC’s (International Programme for the Development of Communication – a multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries) function as an oversight body on the safety of journalists. Our government is fully committed to the creation of an environment that will ensure the safety and protection of journalists in the practice of their profession,” sa iyang pagdugang.

Siya miingon ang gobyerno milihok paingon pagbalaod sa Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act nga nagtinguha sa pagpalig-on sa proteksyon niining pundamental nga katungod.

Si Coloma miingon ang gobyerno mipahaom sa communication for development (C4D) framework sa UNESCO nga naglaom pag “create a community of citizens and strategic guide of the different communication and information agencies of government towards an authentic two-way dialogue between the people and the state.”

Si Secretary Coloma usab misubli pagkumpirma sa pasalig sa nasod pagpasiugda sa lima ka dagkong programa sa Organization’s Information for All Programme (IFAP), labi na gyod ang programa sa Media ug Information Literacy.

Ang Kinatibuk-ang tumong sa IFAP mao ang pagtabang sa mga Miyembrong Estado sa UNESCO pagpalambo ug pag-implementar og national information policies ug knowledge strategies sa kalibutan nga nagkadaghan sa paggamit og information and communication technologies (ICT).

Aron makab-ot kini nga mga tumong, ang maong Programa nagkonsentrar sa lima ka prayoridad nga mga erya: 1) Information for Development nga mag pokus sa balor sa impormasyon ug pagtubag sa kalamboan nga mga isyu; 2) Information Literacy nga maoy mopagahom sa katawhan sa pagpangita, pagsukod, paggamit ug paghimog impormasyon nga epektibo aron makab-ot nila ang ilang personal, sosyal, serbisyo ug matulun-anon nga tumong; 3) Information Preservation nga maoy kanunay’ng pagahimoon aron pagpalig-on sa mga pundamental nga mga prinsipyo sa maong programa; 4) Information Ethics nga naglangkob sa ethical, legal ug societal nga aspeto sa aplikasyon sa ICT ug pagkuha gikan sa Universal Declaration of Human Rights; ug 5) Information Accessibilty nga maoy modirekta sa daghang mga isyu nanaglibot sa availability, accessibility ug affordability of information, lakip usab ang espesyal nga mga panginahanglan sa mga katawhang adunay disabilities.

Si Coloma miingon ang gobyerno nakigtambayayong sa Philippine Social Science Council ug Commission on Information and Communications Technology aron pag-ugmad og electronic science hub nga maoy magsilbing open access repository sa Philippine social science publications and materials.

“This project seeks to attain the full potentials of digital technologies in building the research capability of academic institutions, so that these may contribute more significantly to knowledge creation,” matud pa ni Coloma. (PIA- Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: Supplemental Feeding Program ug MOA signing gipahigayon uban ni Gov. Sol Matugas

SURIGAO CITY, Nobyembre 3 (PIA)
–- Malampuson nga gipahigayon ang Supplemental Feeding Program Orientation ug MOA signing niadtong miaging semana didto sa Gateway Hotel, Surigao City.

Ang maong kalihukan gipangulohan ni Governor Sol Matugas, Vice Governor Carlos Egay Jr., BM Myrna Romarate, Mamerto Galanida ug kini gitabogan sa mga mayore sa lungsod sa Gigaquit, Claver, Placer, Taganaan, Mainit, Alegria, Malimono, San Isidro, Sta. Monica, Burgos ug San Benito uban usab ang mga municipal action officers, municipal social welfare officers, mga federated president of day care workers, representante sa DSWD Caraga region ug ang pipila ka mga empleyado sa Provincial Social Services Office nga gipangulohan ni Antonio Tiu.

Ang Supplemental Feeding Program (SPF) usa ka programa sa DSWD pinaagi sa probinsya ngadto na sa mga LGU diin adunay pagahimoon nga pagpakaon sa mga kabataan sa day care center matag buntag og hapon sulod sa 120 ka adlaw gikan sa Adlawng Lunes hangtod Biyernes.

Ang maong programa gituyo aron malingkawas ang mga kabataan sa malnutrisyon ug aron mahatagan og pagtagad ang ilang maayong panglawas pinaagi na sakto nga nutrisyon ug balanse nga pagkaon.

Sa pamahayag ni Governor Sol Matugas, iya gayod hatagan ug prayoridad ang maayong panglawas sa mga kabataan aron sila makatungha sa sakto ug walay sakit kay sila importante sa katilingban isip sumusunod nga ugma sa atong lalawigan. (Surigao del Norte Provincial Information Center/ PIA-Surigao del Norte)