PIA News Service - Monday, December 5, 2011

Global media forum, 16th nat’l press congress set in Boracay

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 5 (PIA) -- The biggest global media event this year will be held at the world-class Boracay Island in Aklan on December 8-10, 2011.

The event, Global Media Forum and 16th National Press Congress is a convergence of around 500 journalists and other media-related personalities from different parts of the world.

Dubbed "Boracay Island Global Media Convention," the consolidated media event is under the auspices of the Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI) and the Boracay Global Press Corps (BGPC), pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1187 which declares December as “National Press Congress Month” and the Month of the Community Press.

“These are equally-important events that journalists and media advocates cannot afford to miss,” said PAPI president Juan Dayang in a press statement.

Dayang added the event will provide opportunities to media to participate, discuss and learn from experts and thinkers from and outside the industry on the insights, ideas, strategies, measures and innovations required to keep the publishing industry moving forward to the next level.

With the centerpiece theme, “The changing face of Asian Media,” the global media island convention will feature roundtable discussions, commission group sessions and plenary sessions wherein relevant issues centering on media development, viability and sustainability, among others, will be brought to the fore.

The conference will revolve around some of the main levers required to move the industry forward, including repositioning and branding, new business and revenue models, digital platforms and revenues, investments, modern leadership, technology and sustainability.

Dayang further said noted speakers from the United Nations, and other knowledgeable and forward-thinking resource persons from established institutions have been invited to discuss key issues and share their views and expertise to the delegates.

For further inquiries, please contact the conference secretariat at Unit 103, Intramuros Corporate Plaza, Intramuros, Manila. Email address: papi_secretariat@yahoo.com; Tel.: 527-9507; Mobile No. 09491294777; 09297164675; 09166122277; 09185081607. (PIA-Caraga with report from PAPI)

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2 brgys in Agusan del Norte to get cash incentives after receiving Seal of Good Housekeeping from DILG

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 5 (PIA) -- Two barangays from Agusan del Norte will receive cash incentives after receiving the Seal of Good Housekeeping from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga Region.

This, after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has approved the release of P25,000 each for Barangay Poblacion 1 in the municipality of Tubay, and Brgy. Poblacion in Carmen, as cash incentives being the first two barangays of the province to receiving the seal.

Accordingly, the cash incentive will be used to put up an artesian well in Purok Sulyakan that will augment in supplying water to the residents in Barangay Poblacion 1 in Tubay.

Also, barangay officials of Barangay Poblacion, Carmen, Agusan del Norte have decided to use the money for the procurement of concrete park culvert to mitigate the impact brought about by massive floodings in the area.

According to DILG, the Seal of Good Housekeeping for local government units (LGUs) is in line with DILG’s commitment to aggressively scale up interventions to elevate the practice of governance that values transparency, accountability, participation and performance into an institutionalized status.

It aims to recognize LGUs with good performance in internal housekeeping focusing in four areas, such as good planning, sound fiscal management, transparency and accountability, and valuing of performance information.

LGUs with the Seal of Good Housekeeping will be entitled to the Performance Challenge Fund for LGUs. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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More than 500 volunteers run for a cause in Agusan del Sur

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Dec. 5 (PIA) -- More than 500 volunteers who joined the “Million Volunteers Fun Run” had made it to the finish line during the five-kilometer run that started at the Naliyagan Plaza in Patin-ay, Prosperidad and ended up in San Francisco, this province.

The fun run was organized by the Philippine Red Cross Agusan del Sur Chapter.

Christyll Basan, PRC Agusan del Sur administrator, said that Red Cross only expected 200 volunteers, but Agusan del Sur PRC chapter have registered 461 adult volunteers and another more or less 60 children volunteers, including the sponsors.

“In order to cope up with the participation requirement, our Board of Directors headed by Rev. Solomon Bilaoen conducted personal solicitations to our friends here in Agusan del Sur for three consecutive Sundays,” Basan said. Among the groups tapped were the business sector, local government units and individuals.

“For the sponsors alone, we have listed 53 business establishment, people’s organizations, private and government offices and generous individuals. All the municipal governments that our BOD visited have also given their share,” Basan said.

The fun run showed that people in Agusan del Sur are united in times of calamity and disaster, said provincial administrator Jesusimo Roquillo. It also gave the message that “we are willing to give…to others without hesitation so that in times of calamity, everyone are equal, and can rely on his fellowmen for help.”

The short program at the finish venue ended up with the drawing of the raffle.

The Philippine Red Cross is known for its seven fundamental principles for humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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NFA Caraga to stay at PNP military reservation says Ochoa

by Christine Solano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 5 (PIA) -- Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. directed Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Police Director-General Nicanor A. Bartolome to maintain the status quo regarding the occupancy of NFA of the 1.644 hectares of the military reservation in Libertad, Butuan City.

A petition was filed in July 2011 by local government leaders urging President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III to confirm NFA’s continued use of the site where the grains facilities are situated.

The said petition was signed by Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr, Agusan del Norte Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante, Rep. Jose S. Aquino II (1st Dist.) and Rep. Angelica Rosedelle A. Matba (2nd Dist.).

According to the petitioners, the eviction of NFA warehouses in Libertad, Butuan City will disrupt the food security program in Butuan City and Agusan del Norte and adversely affect peace and order.

The petition arose after the local PNP authorities demanded of NFA to vacate the area. The PNP asserted the claim saying that it is included in the seven-hectare site allegedly allocated to it.

The request for status quo was originally requested by the Provincial Agricultural and Fisheries Council (PAFC) and the Confederation of Grains Retailers Association (GRECON).

Under Proclamation No. 725 issued in 1960 it was the defunct Philippine Constabulary, then an organic part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines that was given the portion of the military reservation that was previously created under Proclamation No. 526. In 1979, the AFP granted NFA permission to use a portion of the military reservation comprising 16,448 square meters for its operations.

On the basis of the permit, NFA constructed two warehouses, each with a capacity of 100,000 bags of rice and since then NFA has been in continuous possession. The AFP has not revoked the permit up to this time.

Military reservations pertain to the patrimonial property of the State and are absolutely under the control of the President of the Philippines being lands of the public domain. (NFA-Butuan/PIA-Caraga)

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Surigao del Sur tops local tax collection in Caraga

by Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Dec. 5 (PIA) -- The province of Surigao del Sur is set to receive an award after topping the collection of business taxes fees, charges, and economic enterprise for calendar year 2010.

Bureau of Local Government Finance Caraga OIC Regional Director Adolfo Llagas invited Surigao del Sur Gov. Johnny Pimentel to attend the fitting ceremony on Wednesday, December 7, at Balanghai Hotel in Butuan City.

The said occasion is part of the highlights of the four-day quarterly Regional Conference-Workshop that will be held on December 5-8.

Meanwhile, regional top performers and collection efficiency achievers among assessors and treasurers, respectively, will likewise be given due recognition. (Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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DAR-Surigao Sur Legal Division hits more than 100% accomplishment for 2011

by Myra Quijada-Yu

TANDAG CITY, Dec. 5 (PIA) - In less than a year, the legal division of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Surigao del Sur has reached more than 100 percent in terms of accomplishment, acting chief Roselyn Y. Rendon announced on Monday convocation.

One of the major components of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) is the delivery of agrarian justice or legal assistance to the farmer beneficiaries in the province of Surigao del Sur.

According to Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) Benjamin Mataksil, the office has provided and conducted several services such as mediation, consultation, hearings, preparation of resolution and petitions to the different cases handled involving the agrarian reform beneficiaries.

With the joint efforts of the legal officers, they were able to hit the benchmark target ahead of time.

Based on the report as of November 25, 2011 all indicators were more than 100 in percentage. For judicial, the accomplishment rate of the office reached to 166.6 percent; Quasi – 248 percent; Ali – 110.35 percent; and Mediation – 102.70 percent.

With this, PARO Mataksil is grateful for the cooperation and efforts of the staff of the Legal Division for the early accomplishment of their targets and hoping for the same level of performance next year and for the coming years. (DAR-Surigao del Sur/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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BIR hits 2011 tax goal in Surigao del Sur early

by Greg Tataro

TANDAG, Dec. 5 (PIA) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) District Office 106 here has already hit its tax collection target for 2011 earlier.

According to Revenue District Officer Amanoding Esmail, they have even exceeded the target amount of P534,108,000.

Esmail noted that as of November, actual collection has already reached up to P543,463,683, posting an excess of P9,355,683 or equivalent to 1.75 percent increase.

Meanwhile, he said as compared to last year, their office has attained a marked increase of P56,464,326 or equivalent to 11.60 percent rise in collection performance. Last year’s actual collection was recorded at P486,999,357.

Since there is a month to go, Esmail is optimistic to get as high as P50million more this December. (Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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Cebuano news: Aquino maoy pinasidunggang mamumulong sa 1st Criminal Justice Summit

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Dis. 5 (PIA) –- Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III maoy pinasidunggang bisita ug mamumulong sa pinakaunang National Summit on Criminal Justice (NSCJ) nga gipahigayon didto sa Manila Hotel karong adlawa, Lunes, Disyembre 5.

Ang 1st NSCJ nitapok sa mga stakeholders sa justice system aron pagrepaso sa mga isyu sa institutional criminal justice ug pagpanday sa mga stratehiya pagpausbaw sa paghatod og hustisya.

Usa sa mga highlights sa maong kalihukan ang pag-abli sa unang libro (Book 1) sa bag-ong criminal code nga gimando sa Pangulo sa iyang unang State-of-the-Nation Address.

Ang maong bag-ong libro usa ka kongkreto abot sa Criminal Code Committee (CCC) nga gimugna aron mohimo og simple ug Filipino nga bersyon sa penal code.

Mokabat sa 500 ka mga delegado, nga gikan sa civil society groups, development partners, foreign missions ug core justice sector agencies ang gikatakdang moatambong sa duha ka adlaw nga kalihukan. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: Mga magtutudlo sa tibuok nasud, nagkatigum sa dakbayan sa Butuan

BUTUAN CITY, Dis. 5 (PIA) -- Nagkatigum ang mga magtutudlo sa tibuok nasud gikan sa mga tulunghaan sa sekundarya alang sa gipahigayong ika – 22 nga Pambansang Komperensya sa Kasaysayan at Kalinangan, nga gipahigayon sa Red Palm Convention Hall ni’ng dakbayan bag-ohay pa lamang.

Tumong niini nga mapaabot ang pakigtambayayung sa mga magtutudlo ngadto sa lokal nga panggamhanan alang sa mga proyekto nga maoy makahatag sa kalambuan sa dakbayan.

Samtang gihangyo usab ang ubang ahensya sa pagpananum sa indigenous species nga gikan sa Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation, sama sa Kupang, narra, white lauan, lusikan, kalumpit, banaba, tuai, kamagong, hawili, bagtikan, amigos, antipolo, palosapis, dungon, guijo, rimas, angkal, makopa, binunga, tibig, ug kube.

Gipasalamatan sa lokal nga panggamhanan sa Butuan ang mga organisasyon tungod sa pagsanong sa panawagan nga Grow a Million Tree nga gilusad sa dakbayan. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Presensiya sa sakit nga AIDS sa dakbayan, kumpirmado na

ni Christopher Simogan

BUTUAN CITY, Dis. 5 (PIA) – Kumpirmado nga adunay presensya sa makalilisang nga sakit nga Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome o mas nailang AIDS sa rehiyon sa Caraga, mao kini ang pinakaulahing datus nga nahagpat gikan mismo sa City Health Office ni’ng dakbayan.

Pinasubay sa dokumento nga nakuha, duha na ang nataptan niini sa dakbayan sa Butuan, tulo sa Surigao del Sur diin usa niini ang babae, ug tulo sa Agusan del Sur. Nahibaloan nga ang maong mga indibidwal nipailawum karon sa pagpatambal pinaagi sa ARV o Anti-Retroviral Drugs.

Ang ARV, usa ka tambal nga maoy mupahinay sa virus nga mupatay sa Immune System ug gitohoan nga pinaagi sa maong tambal, malugwayan pa ang kinabuhi sa mga biktima.

Dugang pa nga, aduna nay duha ang kumpirmadong namatay sa maong sakit dinhi sa dakbayan sa Butuan, isa sa Surigao del Sur, isa sa may Agusan del Sur ug duha sa Agusan del Norte.

Matod pa nga hugtanon karong gimonitor sa grupong Alagad Mindanao Incorporated ug nagkalain laing Health Providers lakip na ang City Health Office ug Butuan City Medical Center arun mapugngan ang pagkalat sa maong sakit.

Adunay gitaganang mga counselings (moral and spiritual), mga pagkukabildo ug mga home visits arun mahatagan sa mga positibong panlantaw ug dili magpakawala sa paglaum ang mga biktima.

Padayon usab ang ginahimong AIDS Awareness Seminar sa mga kaestudyantehan,mga professionals ug nagkalain-laing hut-ong sa katilingban kalabot na sa gikaintapang sakit nga aids nga nipatay na sa minilyon ka mga katawhan sa tibuok kalibotan.

Nagpahimangno usab ang maong buhatan sa publiko nga makanunayong magmatinud-anon sa ilang kapikas sa kinabuhi arun dili mahitumpawak sa kaalaotan.

Alang sa dugang detalye, mamahimong makig-alayon sa Butuan City Public Information Office pinaagi sa telepono (085) 815-3325. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)