PIA News Service - Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Agusan del Norte has sufficient supply of relief goods

by Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 15 (PIA)
-- Agusan del Norte province has sufficient supply of relief goods for distribution in times of calamity.

This was the statement made by Agusan del Norte Provincial Welfare and Development Officer Gloria Pabillore.

She said that Republic Act No. 10121 otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 provides that appropriate funds should be allocated to buy relief goods in times emergency.

The official also said that the agency had given initial support like providing rice to the evacuees from the municipality of Kitcharao, which experienced flooding in the first quarter. (PIA-Caraga)

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PSWD continues to implement its various programs

by Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 15 (PIA)
-- The Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) Office in Agusan del Norte is continuing its efforts in implementing various programs.

PSWD Officer Gloria L. Pabellore revealed that one of their priority programs today is the launching of medical outreach into the far flung barangays of the province.

This initiative aims to promote a healthy life by giving free health services to the poor people.

The official added that the Agusan del Norte PSWD is also constantly giving financial assistance to the poverty-stricken residents of Agusan del Norte through the implementation of Integrated Social Development Assistance Program (ISDAP).

However, the official said that it is inevitable that some people who are not residents of Agusan del Norte will ask for assistance. But the Agusan del Norte PSWD cannot refer such cases to the DSWD Regional Office. (MRA with reports from RGE/PIA-Caraga)

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NEDA and Surigao del Norte LGU to hold area plan validation workshop

SURIGAO CITY, Nov. 15 (PIA)
-- The provincial government of Surigao del Norte and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga Regional Office are set to hold an Area Plan 2011-2016 validation workshop for Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands on Nov. 17, this city.

Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Arturo Cruje said the activity aims to solicit comments and suggestions from the Siargao Island local chief executives and planners to finalize the draft Area Plan.

“Their inputs to details or specifics on the targets, programs, projects and activities of the said plan are very important and crucial,” he said.

Cruje said they have invited the municipal mayors and Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators of Siargao Island to attend the said activity which will promptly start at 9:00a.m. at Guyam Function Room, Gateway Hotel.

He further revealed that the Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands Area Planning is a special project of NEDA through Director General Cayetano W. Paderanga and provincial government through Governor Sol Matugas. (PPDO/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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DAR turns over water system to Tubod

by Joie L. Ceballos

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 15 (PIA)
-- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) turned over Tuesday a potable water supply system to Brgy. San Isidro in Tubod, Surigao del Norte.

Costing P3.34 million, the project which includes installation of 34 units of communal faucets will provide clean drinking water to about 248 households of Tubod Agrarian Reform Community (ARC).

The project is under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project-Phase III (ARISP-III) of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Tubod, Surigao Norte.

DAR Regional Director Faisar Mambuay expressed his gratitude to all partners --- Hon. Congressman Guillermo Romarate Jr., Hon. Gov. Sol Matugas, Hon. Mayor Cristina Arcillas for the support in realizing this project for the agrarian reform beneficiaries. (DAR-13/PIA-Caraga)

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Tagalog News: Phil. Red Cross mangunguna sa gaganaping “Million Volunteer Run”

ni Danilo S. Makiling


BUTUAN CITY, Nob. 15 (PIA) -- Idadaos ng Philippine Red Cross (PRC) sa Disyembre 4, 2011 ang “Million Volunteer Run.” Ito ay gaganapin sa lahat ng siyudad at munisipalidad sa bansa.

Ang nasabing aktibidad tugon sa deklarasyon ng United Nation sa taong 2011 bilang pandaigdigang taon ng boluntarismo at ang selebrasyon ng internasyonal na araw ng mga boluntaryo kada 5th ng Disyembre.

“Ito ay ang pagtukoy sa kultura ng bolunterismo sa ating bansa – ang isang kultura na isasalba sa ating bansa at mga tao sa mga kalamidad,” ayon kay PRC chairman Richard J. Gordon.

Ang registration fee ay P500 para sa mga propesyonal at P350 para sa mga magaaral.

Ang perang malilikom ay gagamitin upang pondohan ang mga programa ng pagsasanay sa 143 na mga boluntaryo. Ang bawat kalahok ay bibigyan ng Milyon Volunteer Run t-shirt, 143 ID sa Disaster Preparation Guide, isang whistle, race number, at Red Cross Membership at Accident Insurance Benefits or coverage.

Sinabi ng PRC chairman na dahil sa ang Pilipinas ay binibisita ng natural na sakuna sa buong taon, ang mga tao ay dapat na mabigyan na sapat na lakas kaagapay ng mga sundalo handa sa mga kasanayan sa pagsagip ng buhay at pagtulong sa mga tao. Para sa kadahilanang ito, ang mga kalahok ng Run ay bibigyan ng training matapos ang aktibidad.

Dagdag pa ni Gordon, ang pinakamabuting preparasyon sa mga disasters ay ang pagbibigay kaalaman sa mga tao sa risk reduction management.

Ang Red Cross 143 volunteers ay punong programa na nag-recruit at nag-train ng 44 katao sa bawat barangay .

Samantala, si Teodoro Cairo, chapter administrator ng PRC Agusan del Norte-Butuan City chapter ay tumatawag sa lahat ng butuanons na lumahok sa aktibidad at gumawa ng kasaysayan. Para sa karangdagang detalye sa gaganaping Million Volunteer Run, bisitahin lamang ang PRC website: www.redcross.org.ph o ang Red Cross Chapter sa Capitol Site, o di kaya ay tumawag sa telephone numbers 342-8521 or 815-9977. (PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: GSIS ug Pag-IBIG mipirma og kasabotan alang sa mga empeyado sa gobyerno ug mga pensioners

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Nob. 15 (PIA)
-- Ang opisyales sa Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) ug ang Home Development Mutual Fund (MDMF), o gitawag nga PAG-IBIG Fund, mipirma kagahapon Lunes og usa ka credit facility agreement nga diin ang GSIS mohatag og P5 billion sa PAG-IBIG aron e-finance ang housing loans sa mga miyembro ug pensioners niini.

Ang maong kalihokan gipangulohan nila GSIS President ug General Manager Robert Vergara ug HDMF Chief Executive Officer Darlene Berberabe, diin kini subay sa desisyon sa GSIS niadtong Abril nga dili nalang niini ipadayon ang direct house lending program tungod sa kulang kaalam niini.

Si Vergara miingon ang desisyon nagtumong sa pag-usa sa ilang “efforts in the implementation of the government housing program and to avoid duplication with the KSA’s (key shelter agencies) functions.”

“More importantly, this agreement proves that the pension fund continues to be a vehicle for realizing the homeownership dream of our stakeholders in our role as a partner of Pag-IBIG,” siya namahayag.

Ang pagpirma sa Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) gisaksihan nila Vice President ug kasamtangang Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Chairman Jejomar Binay, GSIS Executive Vice President for Finance Sector Benedicto Jose Arcinas, ug HDMF Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Support Services Cluster Emma Linda B. Faria.

Ang GSIS sukad pa niadtong 1950’s nagatanyag na og housing loan sa mga miyembro niini, apan ang kasamtangan Board nagdesisyon nga tangtangon kini gikan sa pension fund operations sa gobyerno tungod sa kakulang sa kahanas paghimo niini.

Sa miaging tuig, ang GSIS nakapahulam lamang og P600 million sa housing loans sa mokabat 500 ka mga miyembro niini kumpara sa mokabat P5.5 billion nga napahulam sa PAG-IBIG fund sa mokabat 11,000 ka mga empleyado sa gobyerno.

Si Vergara usab mibutyag nga katunga sa ilang housing loan portfolio, nga mokabat 16,000 ka mga housing units, ang mamoro na o nakanselar.

“It has been a difficult decision for us to stop direct home lending for our members but we are, above all, obligated to them to ensure that their contributions are managed prudently for their greater benefit,” siya miingon.

Ang hepe sa GSIS midugang nga sila mihangyo na sa PAG-IBIG sa pagbutang og special lane alang sa mga miyembro sa GSIS ug mga pensioner aron pagproseso sa ilang housing loans. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)