PIA News Service - Friday, January 27, 2012

Agusan del Sur information network expanded

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Jan. 27 (PIA)
-- The Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur (PGAS) started to expand its information network with the conduct of a two-day training on basic communication skills with designated department information officers as participants in order to equip them with knowledge on how to communicate their respective programs and accomplishments to satisfy the need of the Agusanons to know what the provincial government is doing.

According to Provincial Public Information Officer Alfredo Plaza, the two-day seminar workshop aims to improve the performance of the various offices through effective, credible and attainable information programs. It will also ensure to provide timely, relevant and adequate development-oriented information to the media, local government units and the general public.

“Aside from those I mentioned, we believe the training will enable our department information officers establish a good media relations through information related activities among practicing journalists. The training will also equip the participants promote the provincial government’s development thrust through tri-media facilities and assist in the facilitation of the creation of PGAS information linkages with various sectors and NGO’s in the community, while maintaining linkages with media, municipal government offices and national government agencies,” Plaza said.

Not only data gathering as materials for information or news releases were taught to the participants. Demonstration on video production and camera handling were also introduced in order that the participants will have knowledge to produce raw materials to feed to NBN Agusan del Sur for television release. Together, basic news writing for radio, TV and print were also introduced in order to deliver comprehensive information to wider scope.

While skills on basic media practices were introduced, communication planning on specific communication problems within the participants’ offices were demonstrated so that specific solutions and messages can be applied to address the communication problem.

“This is just an initial move to expand the PGAS communication network. Following this will be almost the same training that we will conduct for the municipal and barangay information officers in order that we can maximize the delivery of information that our people are craving,” Plaza said. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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LGUs undergo Best Practices Documentation Writeshop for Ecological Tourism Roadmap

by Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA)
-- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga Regional Office, in partnership with the Local Government Academy and Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo, conducted a two-day workshop dubbed as “Best Practices Documentation Writeshop: Ecological Tourism Roadmap of Caraga in Focus” on January 25-26, 2012 at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

Seventy participants from 20 pre-identified local government units with potential best practices on ecotourism that are replicable attended the said workshop which consists of Designated LGU Best Documenters, LGU Tourism Officers/Designate, City /Municipal Local Government Operations Officers, partners from the Academe, representatives from partner CSOs and respresentatives from partner NGAs.

The purpose of the writeshop is to capacitate LGU documenters and equip them with necessary skills in the proper documentation of best practices using the GO-FAR template. It also aims to enhance the skills of LGU tourism officers/designate in the preparation of advocacy materials on ecotourism.

During her opening remarks, DILG Assistant Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion said that replication of best practices is considered an effective strategy of local government units in the area of good governance. It helps the LGUs achieve effective delivery of basic services as well as achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other national awards and recognitions.

“The substantivity of replication of best practices depends on the wealth of information the LGUs can give in their documentation,” she said.

The DILG is here to assist the LGUs come up with proper documentation of their Best Practices especially in the area of ecotourism,” she added.

During the writeshop, the participants were briefed on the Relevant Environmental Laws on EcoTourism and the Guidelines in Documenting Best Practices. They were also given inputs on the Preparation of Advocacy Materials particularly on Branding Guidelines and Using Catchy Tag Lines to give impact to their next best practices documentation.

Jimmy P. Abayon of the Tourism Office of Compostella Valley shared ComVal’s Best Practices on tourism projects. He shared tips on documenting and packaging best practices to make them more appealing to the readers.

Rommel M. Oribe of the Department of Trade and Industry discussed the topic on Technical Writing to guide the participants to use simple, direct but concise words in documenting best practices to be able to convey the message clearly to the targeted audiences like the general public. He said that the words used especially in documenting best practices should leave no room for imagination to the recipients so the language used must be plain and in layman’s terms.

The writeshop also paved the way for some LGUs to showcase their Best Practice Documents and Advocacy Materials through the Gallery Display and the LGU which bested the other contingents is the Municipality of Esperanza.

A number of LGUs in Caraga Region have already demonstrated good local governance performance particularly on ecological concerns. Replication among LGUs is a powerful tool for development and increase the popularization of good practices in ecological solid waste management and climate change adaptation as well as on replicable ecotourism practices. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)

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Caraganon OFWs confident to make well-informed decisions after attending PDOS

by Ritchel F. Molero

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA)
-- More than 200 Caraganon-Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), especially the Household Service Workers, are ready to make well-informed decisions and are equipped with skills necessary for their work abroad after joining the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration’s (OWWA) 4-day Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS).

According to OFW Emily Villarin, a PDOS participant under the 7th batch, she can not deny the fact that she felt fear after she learned the realities and hardships in working abroad. Nevertheless, it wouldn’t stop her from working in Dubai as Household Service Worker.

“For me, the learning I gained at PDOS is a double edged weapon. It causes me to fear but it also gives me confidence that in times of difficulties and problems I can make well-informed decisions,” Villarin stressed.

The Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar aims to guide, clarify and equip the Caraganon Household Service Workers abroad regarding but not limited to the following: reality check, values reintegration, basic understanding regarding contracts, knowing your rights, HIV, STI and STD prevention, OWWA’s programs and services, language and culture in the Middle East, saving for the future, what to bring, do’s and don’ts, among others.

During the past few years, it has been observed that most of the Caraganon-OFWs were obliged by their agencies to attend PDOS in the country’s key cities like Cebu, Davao and Manila which is very costly and hassle for the OFWs and their families.


In response, OWWA-Caraga headed by Officer-in-Charge Marieta A. Lumawag, lobbied to conduct PDOS in Butuan City and has officially produced 27 graduates from its First Batch of PDOS participants on September 9, 2011.

Meanwhile, on January 27, 2012 another Thirty-eight (38) HHSW are set to receive their Certificate of Completion from OWWA after finishing the 1-day Orientation Seminar and 3-day Language and Culture Training of the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar. (OWWA-13/PIA-Caraga)

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DPWH-Siargao pushes Osmeña-Dapa flood control completion

by Michael O. Conte

DAPA, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 27 (PIA)
-- The Department of Public Works and Highways-Siargao District Engineering Office (DPWH-SDEO) is pushing the completion of the 5.29-kilometer Osmeña-Dapa Flood Control project in Dapa, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte this year as part of the government’s effort to address flood prevention and disaster mitigation in the district.

In a statement, Assistant District Engineer Rodulfo A. Libay said that “the government has already allotted P15 million for the completion of the facility.”

DPWH has to construct the remaining 1.25-kilometer length of flood control to complete the project.

“Not only the travelling public, residents of Barangays Osmeña and Consuleo will benefit this project but also the national agency offices like the NFA, new TESDA-Siargao Livelihood Training Center, LTO, and DepEd,” said Libay.

The project is aimed to prevent flooding during heavy rains along kilometer 2-7 in Dapa-General Luna road and the villages nearby. (DPWH-Siargao/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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115 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Surigao Sur to get capital assistance from DSWD

by Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 27 (PIA)
-- Six Self-Employment Assistance sa Kaunlaran (SEA-K) associations consisting of 115 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Lingig town, this province are set to receive capital assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Region Field Office under Sustainable Livelihood Program/Self-employment Assistance sa Kaunlaran.

To be spearheaded by DSWD-Caraga Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat, the turn-over of check is scheduled on the first week of February at the municipal gymnasium. However, Jabagat did not indicate the worth of the cheque.

Also, Gov. Johnny Pimentel is expected to give his inspirational message on said event.
Both 2nd District Cong. Florencio Garay and Lingig Mayor Henry Dano, along with some local government officials are also expected to grace the occasion. (Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)

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Cebuano News: Aquino gipangunahan ang Arangkada Philippines Forum

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 27 (PIA)
-– Gipangunahan ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang Arangkada (accelerate) Philippines Forum kagahapong adlawa, Huwebes didto sa Grand Ballroom sa Mariott Hotel, Pasay City.

Ang Arangkada Philippines usa ka papel sa komprehensibong adbokasiya nga naghatag og rekomendasyon nga miresulta sa pagkamugna sa US$75 bilyones dolyares nga bag-ong langyaw’ng puhunan, 10 milyon nga mga trabaho ug mosobra sa P1-trilyon ka pesos nga buhis alang sa ekonomiya sa Pilipinas sulod karon nga dekada.

Gipasiugdahan sa Joint Foreign Chambers, ang Arangkada Philipines mibanabana nga, aron makab-ot kini nga mga resulta, ang nasod kinahanglan mopokus sa paspas nga kalamboan sa Seven Big Winner Sectors nga mao ang agribusiness, business process outsourcing, creative industries, infrasture, manufacturing and logistics, mining and tourism.

Sa iyang mensahe, ang Pangulo miingon nga bisan kining pito ka mga sector parte sa iyang plataporma niadtong kampanya Presidensyal 2010, ang iyang panggobyerno magapokus sa tulo – agribusiness, imprastruktura ug turismo – diin makabenipisyo niini ang katawhang Filipino.

“The Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines (JFCP), acting in solidarity with our agenda of national transformation, has graciously conducted a study on how to accelerate investments and economic growth, and create jobs in the country,” ang Pangulo miingon.

“The Arangkada study mentioned seven promising sectors. Some in the audience may recall that these same seven sectors were part of my platform during the 2010 election campaign. They represent the global competitive advantage of the Philippines. They are primary areas of growth that can create millions of jobs for our economy and potentially change the tragic paradigm of poverty afflicting too many of our citizens,” sa iyang pagpasabot.


Ang Pangulo mitumbok nga ang pagpokus ngadto sa kalamboan sa nasangpit nga tulo ka mga sektor nahisubay sa adbokasiya sa iyang pangagamhanan nga “ equitable progress and inclusive growth.”

“The driving principle behind my government has always been equitable progress and inclusive growth, and we believe that the success of these three sectors-- tourism, infrastructure, and agriculture-- redound to the benefit of the common Filipino,” ang Pangulo miingon.

“They offer immediate opportunities to those in the margins: those who live in poverty; who are in the rural areas; who, by a systemic neglect of their dignity, have been disallowed more active participation in the national economy. These are the same people who are being targeted by our investments in social services such as education, health, and community development,” siya midugang.

Ang Pangulo mipadayag og paglaom nga pinaagi niining sumbanan sa paglambo, ang mga Filipino maka “reap the profits of our efforts and become skilled, healthy, empowered individuals.”

“They will be the ones to spur the entire economy forward-- consumers who will allow businesses to thrive; experts who will fuel the growth of BPO companies; award-winners in our creative industries; not only production-line workers, but also engineers and managers,” matud pa sa Pangulo. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)