12.13.2011

PIA News Service - Tuesday, December 13, 2011

11 Caraga studes qualify for 2012 Phil. Science High School scholarship

by Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 13 (PIA)
-- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga Regional Office here announced that 11 students from the region passed the Philippine Science High School System (PSHSS) scholarship.

According to Norma Alli, senior science research specialist of DOST Caraga, of the 571 graduating elementary pupils from the region who took the PSHS scholarship qualifying test, only 11 passed.

Of the 11 successful qualifiers, eight came from the Butuan City Special Education to include: Arlyn Jave Bongo Adlawon, Lora Noreen Saubon Domingo, Pauline Shean Lim Garcia, Jon Edilpert Jamero Arano, Pia Juneea Cerna Nebrada, Pamela Ann Unabia Ngo, Junifer Rosales Sombilon Jr., and Faith Daplin Villahermosa; one from Butuan Central Elementary School – John Alfred Limas Lugo; one from Bayugan Central Elementary School, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur – Eljay Salon Rugas; and one from Father Saturnino Urios University, Butuan City – Maria Angeli R. Baygan.

The qualifiers are entitled to scholarship privileges such as free tuition fee, free loan of text books, monthly stipend, uniform, transportation and living allowances for low income groups.

Meanwhile, DOST Secretary and Chair of the PSHSS Board of Trustees Mario G. Montejo announced that 1,096 out of 19,925 examinees successfully hurdled the nationwide one-step screening on PSHSS Search for Scholars for the year 2012 administered on September 10, 2011.

The qualifiers have to immediately contact the Registrar or the Campus Director of the PSHSS Campus where they are qualified to enroll in, or visit the following websites:www.pshs.edu.ph or www.dost.gov.ph, for more information on early enrolment. Last day for pre-enrolment of principal qualifiers is on February 10, 2012. Specific schedule of other enrolment activities shall be announced by the respective campuses.

The PSHS System is an attached agency of the DOST. The highest policy making body of the PSHS System is the Board of Trustees with the DOST Secretary as Chairman. (PIA-Caraga)

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City gov’t celebrates Butuan by the River’s 1st Anniversary

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 13 (PIA)
-- The city government here, led by City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr with other city officials ,celebrated the 1st year anniversary of ‘Butuan by the River’ Saturday in Barangay Leon Kilat.

‘Butuan by the River’ is a venue where Butuanons enjoy trade fair, ukay-ukay, film showing, videoke and other entertainment. This place is also being managed by the City Economic and Enterprise Development Office (CEEDO) through Manager Ma. Ruth Jugao.

During the night’s program, Jugao proudly expressed her appreciation to the support of stall owners who continuously serve Butuanons with their foods and services placed in the area.

Also, Amante expressed his appreciation to the one-year functionality of the different recreational activities.

“Several investors are now engaging business in Butuan which is a great manifestation that the city's economic status is really booming… We would further promote this place so tourists from the different regions will discover themselves the beauty and scenic places here especially the ‘Butuan by the River’ and meet Butuanon people,” said Amante.

Right after the short program, Amante led the releasing of sky lanterns being witnessed by an estimated crowd of 300. It was then followed by the salo-salo of all the participants and city officials.

Further, Amante hopes that ‘Butuan by the River’ will continue to provide entertainment to Butuanons and invites tourists to visit the lounging area. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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BFP urges establishment owners to undergo fire drill

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 13 (PIA)
-– To ensure safety of people occupying establishments here, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is urging building owners to conduct fire drill at least once a year.

According to City Fire Marshall F/Insp. Aldrick Gomez, owners of establishments in the city should undergo fire drill so that their employees or personnel occupying the building will be safe in times of disasters such as fire or earthquake.

“At least once a year, ang mga may-ari ng mga establismento ay mag-co-conduct ng fire drill sa kanilang mga empleyado o personahe upang sa gayon ay magiging safe ang mga ito sakaling may disaster na mangyayari tulad na lamang ng sunog o hindi kaya’y lindol at iba pang mga sakuna,” Gomez said.

(At least once a year, establishment owners must conduct fire drill to be participated by their employees and personnel to ensure safety in case disaster happens like fire, earthquake and any other form of disasters.)

The official also said that aside from being one of the requirements in applying for business permit, there is really a need for these establishment owners to conduct such activity for the safe of the people.

“This is part of disaster preparedness that the government is advocating, thus, everybody should adhere to this requirement,” Gomez added.

Gomez further said this requirement will benefit the majority as part of mitigating the impact brought about by these disasters.

This call of the city’s Fire Marshall is part of the mandate of the present administration to uphold good governance which is also the flagship program stipulated in the Philippine Development Plan. (PIA-Caraga)

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Butuan City Jail inmates to celebrate with family on Christmas, New Year’s Days

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 13 (PIA)
-- In time with Christmas and New Year’s Days, family members of the inmates are given the opportunity to celebrate with them inside their cells.

This was learned from Jail Supt. Neil Avisado, jail warden of the city jail here, in an interview with a local radio station recently.

According to Supt. Avisado, they have been regularly conducting this every year so that the inmates will be united with their families during the celebration of Christmas and New Year.

Avisado added this is one way of allowing the inmates to personally communicate with their families and relatives during this time of the year.

The official further said from December 26 to January 1, legally-married couples and those who are living-in for quite some time are given the opportunity for an overnight stay for bonding.

“After Christmas day, ang mga legal na asawa ng mga preso ay bibigyan ng pagkakataon na makapag-stay-in para maka-selebrar ng pasko,” Avisado said.

(After Christmas day, legal spouses of the inmates are given the chance to stay inside the jail for them to celebrate Christmas.)

Furthermore, the jail warden said this activity is conducted to boost the morale of the inmates who were separated from their families for serving the sentence imposed on them by the court for violating the law.

However, Avisado assured that security measures will be more tightened during these days to avoid any untoward incidents to happen.

This undertaking is a manifestation of good governance that is being implemented by the management of the city jail here which also supports the Human Development Agenda of the present administration as presented in the Philippine Development Plan. (PIA-Caraga)

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Agusan del Norte Prov’l Fishery Office to distribute 3 patrol boats in 2012

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 13 (PIA)
-– Some three patrol boats are set to be distributed in 2012 by the Agusan del Norte Provincial Fishery Office in different coastal municipalities of the province.

According to Provincial Fishery Officer Ernesto Jamero, although there are only three patrol boats that were included in their budget and projects for 2012, he assured the public that their office is determined to watch over the coastlines of the province after reports revealed that the number of fishermen who are still conducting illegal fishing is increasing.

Jamero also said that with these patrol boats, they can be able to run after these illegal fishermen, thus aiming to protect the nature from illegal fishing activities, in support to the Philippine Development Plan of the Aquino administration, particularly in the conservation, protection and rehabilitation of the environment and natural resources.


Accordingly, there are still fishermen who are using improvised explosives to catch fish that destroys more coral reefs.

“In this way, we could be able to stop illegal fishing activities and protect the nature,” Jamero said in Cebuano dialect.

The official further said the patrol boats will be cruising along the coastal areas of the province starting next year. He also sees to it that these water transportations sail fast that could really run after fishermen who are conducting illegal fishing and are using pump boats, and motor bancas. (PIA-Caraga)

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Esperanza conducts enforcers’ training on smoke–free ordinance

by Pauline D. Jaramillo and David M. Suyao

ESPERANZA, Agusan del Sur, Dec. 13 (PIA)
-- The municipal government here recently conducted the enforcers’ training on smoke-free ordinance in its quest of pushing the implementation of a tobacco-free environment.

Esperanza is known to be environmental champion in the province of Agusan del Sur and in the entire region because of its environmental protection programs specifically on its Ecological Solid Waste Management Program (ESWMP).

The enforcers’ training is spearheaded by the Municipal Health Office and the Sangguniang Bayan Office with Delma Legaspi, a nurse, assigned as coordinator on healthy lifestyle of the Department of Heath (DOH), Cagara Region, as speaker.


Chief Health Program Officer and concurrent in-charge of the Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau (HPDPB) of DOH central office Dr. Ma. Soledad Antonio gave her impression to the local government for its interest to go into smoke-free environment and promote healthy lifestyle community.

Esperanza has been implementing the Anti-Smoking Ordinance for several years and is recognized as “White Orchid Awardee” by DOH last May 31, 2011 during the tobacco day, at Crowne Plaza Galleria, Pasig City.

Esperanza garnered a total score within the range of 85-100 percent based on the department’s criteria set for implementing a 100 percent tobacco-free environment and following the World Health Organization’s framework, where the Municipality of Veruela also became the “Red Orchid Awardee”, one among the top awardees in the country.

During the training recently, Municipal Vice Mayor Apolonio Layugan thoroughly discussed Municipal Ordinance No.113-2011, otherwise known as “The Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur”.

According to Vice Mayor Layugan, the ordinance covers any person smoking or allowing smoking in the public utility vehicles, government-owned vehicles or any other means of public transport for passengers, accommodation and entertainment establishments, public buildings, public places, or any enclosed areas outside of one’s private residence, private places of work within the jurisdiction of the Municipality.

The official added that prohibited acts include the following: smoking in any of the places enumerated; smoking while inside a government-owned or public utility vehicle whether moving or stationery or while soliciting passengers is on-going or while the vehicle is waiting for passengers.

Layugan also said selling of cigarettes or tobacco products by piece or more commonly referred to in vernacular as “menudo” that is not from the typical suggested retail or packages of cigarette or tobacco product manufacturer; knowingly, allowing, abetting or tolerating smoking in establishments; selling or distributing tobacco products in school, public playground or other facility frequented by minors; selling or distributing tobacco products to minors; purchasing or obtaining tobacco products from minors; placing cinema and outdoor advertisements of tobacco products and; placing, posting, or distributing advertising materials of tobacco products, are also prohibited.

According to Municipal Health Officer – Dr. Ma. Theresa Cacal, next year’s target is to garner the Red Orchid Award. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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DAR hands CLOAS to Dinagat farmers

by Joie L. Ceballos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 13 (PIA)
-- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) handed over Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOA) composed of 95 hectares to some 94 farmers in the Province of Dinagat Islands recently.

Of the 94 beneficiaries, 36 farmers are from Cagdianao, 29 from San Jose and another 29 from Dinagat.

Provincial Administrator Ben Glen Ecleo, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) Jamil Amatonding, Jr. and Dinagat Vice Mayor Lilibeth Edradan led the distribution of the land titles.

In her message, Ecleo thanked DAR for its Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), which paved way for the distribution of these titles and many other development opportunities for the said province. He also challenged the beneficiaries to pay their taxes in order to augment the income of the province, and make their lands as productive as possible.

PARO Amatonding, on the other hand, said that more lands and opportunities are coming to the province. He also urged the farmers to continue uniting its efforts with the LGU to support CARP. (DAR-13/PIA-Caraga)

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JICA to turnover P13.7M farm-to-market road project to Carrascal, Surigao del Sur

by Myra Q. Yu

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Dec. 13 (PIA)
–- Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Benjamin Mataksil confirmed that the P13.7 million farm-to-market road project funded by Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP III) through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in association with the Local Government Unit of Carrascal, is set to be given before the year ends at Barangay Adlay, Carrascal Surigao del Sur.

Said project involved 1.702 kilometers rehabilitation/improvement of barangay Adlay farm to market road with box culvert. The implementation started on June 23, 2011 and will end by December 20, 2011 but it was completed ahead of the schedule on November 25, 2011.

This accomplishment is another milestone for the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) being the lead agency of this project, in partnership with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as the implementing agency.

With this partnership the government was able to assist in the development of Adlay ARC (Agrarian Reform Community) that provided convenience and comfort for the residents and the local farmers especially in the delivery of their farm products to the nearby barangays and municipalities. (DAR-Surigao del Sur)

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CHR spearheads Human Rights Consciousness Week celebration in Caraga

by Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Dec. 13 (PIA)
-– The Regional Office of the Commission on Human Rights successfully spearheaded the conduct of Human Rights Consciousness Week celebration in Caraga Region.

With the theme “End impunity: Make human rights our way of life,” Seldio Pilonggo, CHR Protection and Monitoring Division chief said the commission, through Regional Director Atty. Marylin Pintor was able to conduct series of activities.

Pilonggo cited among others the continuation of on-site investigation and ocular inspections, referral and monitoring of cases investigated/resolved for filing in court or other quasi-judicial bodies, legal aid and counseling services, issuance of human rights (HR) certification of cases and jail visitation.

Earlier, Pilonggo reported human rights violations in Caraga have decreased compared last year.

The Human Rights Consciousness Week Celebration which kicked off December 4 culminated in time of 63rd Anniversary of International Human Rights Day celebration on December 10. (Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)

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MindaComNet inducts new officers

by Myra Q. Yu

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Dec. 13 (PIA)
-- Mindanao Communicators Network (MindaComNet) recently elected and inducted its new set of officers held recently, in time with the government communicators’ congress at Family Country Hotel, General Santos City.

The new set of officers will supervise and look into the well-being of the MindaComNet as an organization of government information officers in Mindanao.

Elected officials who took their oath of office are as follows: President - Efren Elbanbuena, Vice President - Abner Caga, Secretary - Romulo Taglao, Treasurer - Michelle Divinagracia, Auditor - Jorie Valcorza, Bus. Mgr - Teresita Baluyog, PRO - Jo Henry, Sgt. at Arms - Joie Ceballos, and Board Members: Ali Macabalang, Fe Maestre, Olivia Sudaria, Teresa Quimsing, Milfrance Capulong, Noemi Edaga and Protacio Elmidulan Jr.

Aside from the election, the activity boosted camaraderie among information officers and has imparted knowledge among government communicators on the latest global trends on social media to help create the right communication advocacies in implementing the government programs of the respective agencies.

The congress was also graced by Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), as keynote speaker. (DAR-Surigao del Sur)

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Cebuano news: Aquino gipangulohan ang nationwide gift-giving project sa PAGCOR

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Dis. 13 (PIA)
–- Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III niadtong Lunes miuban sa Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) sa pagpanghatag sa mokabat P4.515-milyones ka pesos nga tabang pinansyal ngadto sa Army General Hospital sa Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City nga gamiton alang sa pagpamalit og dugang ekwipo medikal alang sa tulo ka mga Philippine Army hospitals niini.

Ang maong kalihukan usa ka parte sa nagpadayon nga nationwide gift-giving sa PAGCOR sa pagselebrar niini sa ilang 25th anniversary, nga gisugdan niadtong Nobyembre 25 ug mahuman sa Disyembre 19. Sa ilang ika-18 nga adlaw, ang PAGCOR mipili sa Army General Hospital isip benipisyaryo niini.

Nahimutang sa McKinley, Fort Bonifacio, ang 10-division Army General Hospital nag-estimar sa mokabat 200 ka mga pasyente nga mipailawom sa treatment ug rehabilitation, walay pay labot kadtong natala nga mga kaso sa outpatient nga gidumala matag adlaw sa maong healthcare facility.

Ang PAGCOR mitaho nga ang ilang mokabat sa P4.515 milyones kantidad nga hinabang pinansyal igamit pagpalit og ultrasound machine alang sa Kuta Major Cesar Sang-an Hospital didto sa Zamboanga del Sur; usa ka defilbrillator ug portable respirator with battery alang sa Camp Siongco Station Hospital sa Maguindanao; ug usa ka accelerated photoplethy synograph heart rate machine alang sa Army General Hospital sa Fort Bonifacio.

Uban kang Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, si Pangulong Aquino usab malipayon nga miapod-apod sa mga regalo gikan sa PAGCOR ngadto sa ubay-ubayng mga sundalo nga kasamtangang gitambalan didto sa Army General Hospital, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Ang “Pamaskong Handog 2011: 25 days of Christmas, 25 Years of PAGCOR” project sa PAGCOR nagtinguha sa pagtabang sa 25 ka mga nagkalain-laing hospital institutions ug charitable non-government organizations nga nagtabang sa mga adunay diperensya, pobre, napasagdan ug masakiton nga mga tawo.

“Instead of spending for a lavish party to celebrate PAGCOR’s silver anniversary, we decided to allot a P25-million budget for a gift-giving project that would reach out to the less privileged sectors of our society for 25 days,” si PACGOR chairman and CEO Cristino Naguiat, Jr. miingon sa iyang mensahe.

Si Naguiat miingon ang PAGCOR estriktong nagsubay sa “matuwid na daan” o “tul-id nga dalan” nga pilosopiya ni Pangulong Aquino pinaagi sa sakto nga paggamit sa pundo nga makapahimo kanila paggahin og mga pundo alang sa dugang mahinungdanon mga proyekto sa gobyerno.

“Dahil sa tamang paggastos, ang PAGCOR ay mayroong malaking savings na nailalaan para sa mga makabuluhang proyekto ng ating pamahalaan katulad ng isang bilyong funding para sa construction ng isanlibong classrooms sa buong kapuluan,” Naguiat shared.

Sa iyang parte, si Army General Hospital Commanding Officer Col. Mariano Mejia miingon ang bag-ong hospital equipment nga pagapaliton gamit ang hinabang sa PAGCOR makahatag og dakong pag-improb sa paghatag og serbisyong panglawas alang sa mga personahe sa Philippine Army.

“Sa station hospitals kasi unang dinadala ang mga battle casualties, mga sundalong nagkaroon ng vehicular accidents at mga dependents ng military personnel na nasa malalayong probinsya. Mayroon naman kaming mga gamit pero luma na at kailangan nang palitan ‘yung iba,” si Mejia nipasabot sa iyang mensahe. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano news: Provincial Agri-Fishery Forum on Organic Agriculture malampuson

SURIGAO CITY, Dis. 13 (PIA)
-- Malampuson nga gipahigayon ang Provincial Agri-Fishery Forum on Organic Agriculture uban sa temang “ Asenso sa Organikong Pagpanguma, Asenso nan Probinsya.” Kagahapong adlawa Lunes, Disyembre 12, 2011 didto sa Provincial Convention Center.

Ang maong kalihukan gitambungan nila Governor Sol F. Matugas, Congressman Francisco Matugas, Vice Governor Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr. mga Board Members, mga Mayores sa mga munisipyo sa Siargao ug Mainland uban sa ilang mga mag uuma ug mananagat.

Ang mga bisitang mamumulong mao sila Director Edna M. Mabeza sa Agriculture, Mr. Benjamin Lao, CEO sa Lao Integrated Farm Inc. Bansalan, Davao del Sur nga diin mipadayag sa iyang kasinatian isip usa ka malampuson nga Organic Agriculture Farmer, Mr. Arsenio G. Barcelona ang Presidente sa Harbest Agribusiness Corporation nga mihatag sa iyang mensahe mahitungod sa Organic Vegetable Production, Mr. John E. Gamboa ang Caraga Regional Livestock Chief, nga mipadayag mahitungod sa naturally Grown Swine and Poultry Production, Mr. Gil J, Lumasag ang Professor sa MSU-Naawan, Misamis Oriental nga mipasabot mahitungod sa Ecosystem-Based Approach Towards Sustainable Aquaculture ug si Rebecca R. Atega ang Caraga Regional Organic Agriculture Focal Person, nga mipadayag sa Implementing Rules and Regulations on Organic Agriculture and Philippine National Standards on Organic Agriculture.

Gipahigayon usab atol sa maong kalihukan ang Oath Taking of the Provincial Organic Agricultural Technical Committee; Launching of the Organic Vegetable Production project in Siargao Island with Harbest Agribisuness Corporation nga mao ang “Pagkaon sa Siargao Program; “ Awarding of Certificates of Turn-over of Agriclutural Equipment ngadto sa mga benipisyaryong mga Munisipyo; Awarding of Certificates of Recognition for Exemplary Farmers in Organic Agriculture in Surigao del Norte sama nila Mr. Edgar Copalla sa iyang Organic Rice Farming. Mr. Cresencio Avino sa iyang Organic Vegetables ug Rev. Fr. Almario Ramada, DCS sa Social Action Center Diocese of Surigao del Norte.

Samtang ang Agricultural Training Institute mihatag sa pundo nga mokabat ug P50,000 sa Munisipyo sa Taganaan alang sa ilang Organic Hug Project.

Sa mensahe ni Gov. Sol Matugas siya miingon nga ang Agriculture ug Aquaculture maoy sentro sa iyang HEALS program, kinahanglan tutukan kini nga mga programa kay kini ang makatabang sa kapubrihon sa probinsya.

Ang Food Security mao ang programa nga pagatutukan sa pangagamhanang probinsya sa tuig 2012 ug ang pagsuporta sa Republic Act 1068 nga mao ang Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 kay mao kini ang gikinahanglan sa katawhan ug sa kinaiyahan. (Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)