PIA News Service - Monday, January 16, 2012

Feature: Agusan del Sur receives farm inputs from DA as aid after calamities

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Jan. 16 (PIA)
-- The Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) recently received farm inputs from the Department of Agriculture (DA) as promised by Sec. Proceso Alcala during his visit here, after the January and February 2011 floods that claimed millions of pesos damaged both lives and properties.

According to a report presented by Yasmin Reyes of PAO, they received some 21,300 kilos of Zinc Sulfate fertilizer amounting to some P1,034,410, and another 5,000 liters of organic liquid fertilizer amounting to P625,000.

PAO also received some 3,740 bags of certified rice seeds from DA as part of Alcala’s commitment amounting to P4,488,000.

“For certified rice seeds, we budgeted one bag per hectare and as per our inventory, most affected areas all over the province of Agusan del Sur totalled to 3,740 hectares, where we also delivered the same figure of bags to farmer recipients,” Reyes said.


She added that for the fertilizer there were two batches. The first batch of 10,000 kilos of fertilizer was delivered to the 13 municipalities and the lone city of Bayugan. For the second batch, 11,300 kilos were distributed to the same municipalities.

On January 3, 2011, the whole Caraga Region was hit by floods, and one of the most affected was this province, leaving nine persons dead, with 32,598 families or 160,439 persons affected.

But another similar calamity came along after 26 days, hitting old and new victims. Although lesser families (20,926 or 110,489 persons) compared to the January 3 floods were affected, another millions of peso damages to agriculture and infrastructures were recorded, reaching up to more than P95 million.

This prompted Alcala to visit and evaluate the damages brought by floods, bringing along with him some P8 million worth of farm materials which he turned over to Gov. Plaza upon his arrival and pledged farm inputs that the PAO received recently, in order that farmers can recover immediately. (PIA-Caraga)

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Cebu-Bislig-Cebu flight to start on February 20

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 16 (PIA)
-- The Mid-Sea Express is set to start its regular Cebu-Bislig-Cebu flight on February 20. The said flight is scheduled every Monday and Thursday.


Bislig City Information Officer Carlito Abar recently said this development will put the city in limelight being one of the original cities in Caraga Region.

Accordingly, the Cebu-Bislig flight on February 20 will leave Cebu at 6:30am, while the estimated time of arrival in Bislig City is 7:30 a.m.

Estimated time of departure from Bislig is 8:00 a.m., and estimated time of arrival in Cebu is 8:50 a.m.

Regular fare is P2,800 while round trip fare is only P4,800. The promo fare takes effect from February 1 to March 15, 2012 with its lowest fare at P2,200. For more information, contact the City Tourism Office at City Hall Building, Poblacion Bislig City or contact this landline numbers (086) 853-628-2112. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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City dad takes Kahimunan Festival’s success a challenge to his admin

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 16 (PIA)
–- Mayor Ferdinand Amante said the success of the Kahimunan Festival 2012 has challenged his administration because of the coordination of the organizers, barangay and church officials of Barangay Libertad.

In an interview with a local radio here, Amante said the activity is well-coordinated despite financial constraints.

He added the scorching heat of the sun and the sudden heavy downpour did not stop the devotees of the holy child Santo Niño from going to Libertad Shrine to celebrate and attend mass.

“I would like to congratulate the organizers headed by Bishop Zacharias Jimenez and Barangay Captain Vincent Rizal Rosario for the successful conduct of Kahimunan Festival 2012 and I would also like to commend all the men and women behind the success of this activity,” Amante said.

The official said this is a challenge to his administration considering the city of Butuan will be celebrating the month-long Balangay Festival on May.

He stressed with his experience in Kahimunan Festival 2012, this will serve as an inspiration to all the officials and stakeholders in making Balangay Festival as successful as that of Kahimunan Festival.

Meanwhile, Amante is also grateful for the peaceful conduct of the whole day activity, and vowed that he will continue to give his full support to Kahimunan Festival in the years to come.

“I will continue to support the organizers and parishioners of Senior Santo Niño especially in the conduct of Kahimunan Festival next year,” Amante said. (PIA-Caraga)

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PNP entrance, promotional exams go online

by Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 16 (PIA)
-- Online application will soon be available for those who are already in the police service (promotional) and for those aspiring to enter the Philippine National Police (PNP) entrance examinations.

National Police commission (NAPOLCOM) regional director Atty. Remeneo Valenzuela said theiragency has adopted and will implement changes in the procedures of the entrance examinations application this year.

According to Valenzuela, their agency will no longer issue application forms to interested individuals instead they are directed to visit their website at www.napolcom.gov.ph and fill-up the application form online.

The applicants will then receive a letter reply and said document will then be presented to the NAPOLCOM office personally for proper verification and evaluation.

Once said documents are verified and evaluated and applicants are found qualified, the commission will then approve their application.

Online scheduling will be available on February 1 up to 13 and the examination schedule will be on the month of April, this year.

Meanwhile, PNP Caraga regional office is now open for attrition quota for Police Officer I (PO1) for CY 2012 in addition to their regular recruitment program for this year.

All interested applicants may call at (085) 815-3325; 815-1668; 342-4570 or visit their Public Information Office and/or look for SPO3 Nilo Dela Calzada of the Regional Personnel and Human Resource Development Division (R1) for more details. (PIA-Caraga)

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Libertad Nat’l High School wins Kahimunan Festival 2012

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 16 (PIA)
-– Crowd favorite Libertad National High School (LNHS) bested four other contingents to win the grand championship in the 2012 Kahimunan Festival in a breath-taking performance on Sunday, held at the city’s sports complex.


LNHS performance wowed the members of the Board of Judges and captured the attention of the crowd as the contingent performed a neo-ethnic inspired performance, winning all the special awards such as Best in Musicality, Best in Costume and Best in Streetdancing, winning P5,000 each.

The contingent received P50,000 for bagging the championship title, while contingent number two from a women’s organization in the said barangay received P30,000 as 2nd place winner. They also won the grand prize in the Higante (Giant) competition and Kiddie Kahimunan. Entry number 3, on the other hand was declared 3rd place and received P20,000.

Despite the heavy downpour just before the performance of the first contingent, it did not hinder the crowd at around 3,000 from witnessing the city’s only featured streetdancing competition, held annually in time with the feast of Brgy. Libertad here, in honor of patron saint – Senior Santo Niño.

The 2012 Kahimunan Festival was exclusively participated by the puroks and organizations in Barangay Libertad.

In an earlier interview, Barangay Captain Vincent Rizal Rosario said this year’s festival is exclusive for Barangay Libertad contingents only. He said this is because they experienced financial and time constraints in the preparation of the annual festival.

However, the official said the contingents can hire instrumentalists from the neighboring provinces and cities in the region so that performance will still be colorful, festive and entertaining to the crowd.

Kahimunan is the local version of Cebu City’s Sinulog Festival which is also held every 3rd Sunday of January.

Meanwhile, Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. expressed his elation over the success of the festival as police officers reported no violence during the whole day activity.

It was learned that barangay officials have requested the assistance of Police Regional Office (PRO)-13 to ensure peace and security during the celebration. PRO-13’s Camp Rafael Rodriguez is located near the Sto. Niño Shrine, Libertad, this city. (PIA-Caraga)

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Surigao Norte gov unveils 2012 priority projects

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Jan. 16 (PIA)
-– Governor Sol Matugas recently unveiled her 2012 priority agenda under her Health, Environment and Education, Agriculture and Aquaculture, Livelihood and Security (HEALS) program during a Barangay Development Forum held at Dapa Gymnasium.

Matugas said focus will be specifically on the immediate construction of more school buildings, the Provincial Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Bad-as, Placer; implementation of organic agriculture and Mari culture; and the construction of community learning center, women’s center and cooperatives.

Acknowledging the role of senior citizens in the society, the lady governor is also bent on implementing health day for senior citizens.

Also during the occasion, Cong. Francisco Matugas proudly reported the rapid growth and development of Siargao Island, especially in infrastructure projects. (Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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DILG-Caraga to conduct Business Planning Workshop for LGUs

by Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 16 (PIA)
-- The Regional Office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Caraga, in partnership with the Local Government Academy and Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo, will conduct a Business Planning Workshop on January 18-19, 2012 at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

Some 15 local government units are expected to participate in the said training, which will be attended by City/Municipal Economic Enterprises Development Officers, City/Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators, City/Municipal Accountants, Sangguniang Panlungsod Chairpersons of the Committee on Trade and Commerce and City /Municipal Local Government Operations Officers.

DILG Regional Director Atty. Rene K. Burdeos said that the workshop aims to assist the LGUs’ economic enterprises through the significant inputs to be given by speakers. This will help bridge gaps relative to management and development of their respective entrepreneurial activities.

He also said that the workshop will stress the importance and purpose of a business plan and will be an eye opener for LGUs to identify new business opportunities which will best suit them.

Lowell C. Brillante, economic enterprise manager of Tagum City, will share the City’s Best Practice on LGU Eco Enterprise Practices to inspire LGUs of Caraga Region.

At the end of the workshop, the participants are expected to craft and present action plans for the development of their economic activities. (DILG 13/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Palasyo nalipay sa surbe nga mitala sa Pilipinas isip ika-8 nga pinakamahigalaong nasod

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 16 (PIA)
-- Mipadayag og dakong kalipay ang Malacañang sa resulta sa HSBC Expat Explorer Survey, nga milaray sa Pilipinas isip ika otso nga pinakamahigalaong nasud sa kalibutan.

Bag-ohay pa lamang, ang 2012 Index Economic Freedom, gimantala sa Wall Street Journal ug ang Heritage Foundation mihatag sa Pilipinas sa eskor nga 57.1 alang sa economic freedom, nga nahimo ang ekonomiya niya isip ika 107th sa 2012 Index. Naka eskor sa 0.9 punto mas taas kaysa nilabay’ng tuig.

“We’re also happy to note that in one of the surveys conducted by HSBC, the Philippines ranked as one of the… the eighth friendliest country out of most of the countries rated in the world. And this is why we believe na talagang it really is more fun in the Philippines,” si Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte miingon sa radio interview sa dzRB Radyo ng Bayan niadtong Sabado.

“The administration will always promote what is good… what is good with the economy and people,” sa pamahayag ni Valte isip tubag sa mga kritisimo nga gipasangil batok sa administrasyong Aquino.

Matud sa Expat Explorer Survey sa HSBC nga gipagawas niadtong 2011, ang Pilipinas maoy ika-8 nga mahigalaong nasod sa kalibutan alang sa mga expatriates. Ang HSBC misurbe sa mokabat 3,385 expats sa 100 ka mga nasod tunga-tunga sa Mayo ug Hulyo tuig 2011.

Ang nasod nalaray binasehan sa upat ka mga kategorya: abilidad sa pakighigala sa mga local, kalamposan sa pagkat-on sa local nga lingguwahe, kapasidad alang sa pagsalmot ngadto sa komunidad, ug sayon nga pagsibo ngadto sa bag-ong kultura.

Forbes.com, citing the results of the HSBC survey, said the Philippines is a country “friendly on wallets,” Ang Forbes.com, mipasabot sa mga resulta sa surbe sa HSBC, miingon nga ang Pilipinas usa ka nasod nga “friendly on wallets,” uban ang dakong ihap sa mga langyaw’ng nga miingon nga sila adunay dugang akses sa mga luho, lakip ang local nga trabahante, swimming pools ug pagbaton ug mga propridad.

Ang New Zealand maoy una sa listahan sa mahigalaong nasod sa kalibutan, nga mitala og dagkong eskor sa tanang upat ka mga kategoriya. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: Kahimunan 2012 gipahigayon sa Butuan City

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 16 (PIA)
-- Gisu-ong sa mga deboto ni Sr. Sto. Niño ang ka-init sa panahon nga gisundan sa pag-ulan, makighi-usa lang sa kapistahan sa maong patron kagahapong adlawa sa Brgy. Libertad ning daskbayan ubos sa tinuig nang pagpahigayon sa Kahimunan.

Sa entiro nga ruta sa parada, usa ka entrante ang nakuyapan tungod sa sobrang ka-init sa silaw sa adlaw, pagtungod gyod dinhi sa sibyahan hinungdan nga gikarga gilayon kini sa usa ka sikad aron madala sa ospital og matabangan.

Nasayrang dihang mi-abot sa venue sa kompetisyon sa City Sports Complex ang tanang mga contingents adiser pa mibundak ang kusog nga ulan nga wala na gikakurat sa mga deboto tungod kay kini ang nagakahitabo kada-tuig.

Hugot nga seguridad ang gipatuman karon sa tibuok Brgy. Libertad gikan sa DBP area diin nagsugod ang ruta sa Kahimunan Grand Parade nga gitapos sa City Sports Complex, pinaagi sa gipangkatag nga mga nakasibilyan nga security personnel.

Sigon ni Kapitan Vincent Rizal Rosario, gituyo kini aron dili makalugar ang mga dautang elemento nga musakay sa pagdasok sa bagang duot sa katawhan.

Subay niini, nanawagan ang opisyal sa maong mga mapahimuslanon sa higayon nga mas maayong mamista na lang aron makatabang sa pagsa-ulog sa kapistahan sa malinawon og hapsay nga paagi. (BR/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: P300K na halaga ng suspected shabu, nasabat sa buy-bust operation sa Agusan del Norte

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 16 (PIA)
-- Unom ka sako sa suspected shabu nga gibana-banang nagkantidad og 300-mil pesos ang nakumpiska sa mga membro sa Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency kon PDEA-Caraga atol sa gilusad nilang buy-bust operation kagahapon sa alas-10:30 sa buntag.

Gihimo ang ronda sa may Jumao-as Beach Resort sa Purok 8, Sitio Tinago, Brgy. Matabao, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte kondiin upat ka mga suspected drug pushers ang nasikop apil na niini ang usa ka minor-de-edad nga runner.

Naila ang mga nadakpang sila Mile Dilinmogan Sarangani, 47-anyos, residente sa Brgy. 5, Brgy. Poblacion sakop sa maong lungsod; Wahid Mamaranggas Sarangani, 24-anyos, minyo, residente sa Brgy. 3 sa susamang lungsod, Shahira Abubakar Salik, 28-anyos, minyo og residente sa Brgy. 8 sa parehong lungsod og usa nga taga-Lanao del Sur.

Sigon ni PDEA-Caraga acting regional director Joel Plaza, usa ka buwan na nilang gi-surveillance ang mga suspek adiser gihimo ang operasyon human nakumpirmang sila ang tigdawat og supply sa shabu gikan sa Mawari City nga maoy gipangkatag sa nagkada-iyang bahin ning rehiyon. (BR/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Lugar nga gi-ulan og isda sa Agusan del Sur, nahimong tourist attraction

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 16 (PIA)
-- Hangtud karon, wala pa gihapon maila sa mga mangingisda sa Agusan del Sur kung unsa nga klase sa isda ang mi-uban sa pagbunok sa ulan kagahapon sa panimalay ni Kagawad Anselmo Eliseo Ong Jr. sa Brgy. Poblacion, lungsod sa Loreto, Agusan del Sur.

Sa eksklusibong pakighinabi ning sibyahan, gipadayag ni Kagawad Ong nga sulod sa 45 ka tuig niyang pagpuyo sa maong dapit, karon pa kini nahitabo sa ilang nasud og karon pa usab niya nakita ang maong isda nga susama kadako sa kumagko sa kamot og susama og porma sa haw-an apan itom ang ikog.

Bisan ang ilang mga katigulangan, wala maka-ila kung unsa kini nga klase .Gibutyag sa opisyal nga dihang midungan sa pagbunok sa uwan ang pagkahulog sa mga isda, naglumba og panguha niini ang mga bata og gidala sa ilang balay hinungdan nga sa kinatibuk-an, 80 ka buok ang ilang nakolekta nga duna'y managlahing gidak-on.

Gidugang pa sa konsehal nga sa ilang nakita kagahapon, pulos buhi ang tanang mga isda nga natagak og aktibo pa kining galangoy-langoy sa tubig-ulan.

Ang bugtong lamang nilang gikatingala kung asa kini nga dapit gikan tungod sa kamatu-urang karon pa nila kini nakita nga klase sa isda kansa ilang gi-display sa gawas nga bahin sa ilang tindahan aron makita sa mga tawong midugok na sa ilang panimalay. (BR/PIA-Caraga)