PIA News Service - Tuesday, January 10, 2012

BFAR-Caraga to intensify seaweeds dispersal, production

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 10 (PIA)
-– The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Caraga Region is intensifying seaweeds dispersal and production.

According to Rizalinda Abing, seaweeds has been doing well in the market and with the production here in the region, fisherfolks who are beneficiaries of the seaweeds dispersal and production program will now have the opportunity to earn income.

Because of this, the official said, BFAR is coordinating with local officials in the coastal provinces of the region whose areas are suitable for dispersing and producing seaweeds.

Abing said they have dryer to be used by these fisherfolk-beneficiaries to dry seaweeds, and therefore producing different seaweeds products.

“Aduna kita’y seaweeds dryer aron pagagamiton sa atong mga beneficiaries pagpa-uga sa mga seaweeds, ug mahimo na’ng produkto nga pwede na’ng ibaligya,” Abing said.

(We have seaweeds dryer to be used by our beneficiaries to dry seaweeds, and will be made into products for sale.)

Aside from this, Abing stressed they have been providing technical assistance to the beneficiaries particularly in conducting trainings and seminars for them to be given techniques and strategies on seaweeds dispersal and production. (PIA-Caraga)

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DA-Caraga urges parents to enroll children in agriculture courses

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 10 (PIA)
-– Citing the need to sustain good agricultural production in the region, the regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Caraga is calling the parents to enroll their children in agriculture courses.

DA-Caraga Regional Information Officer Rebecca Atega said they are promoting agriculture-related courses to instill into the minds of the students the importance of sustaining agriculture.

The official also said the Filipinos should consider the agriculture industry to be sustained for the future, especially more people think that agriculture is on plowing and tilting lands.

“Ang kasagaran ra ba gyud nga gihuna-huna sa atong mga ginikanan nga kung agriculture, magdaro-daro lang sa kaumahan mao nga kasagaran sa mga kabatan-onan karon nanguha og kurso nga pang-technical aron maka-abroad,” Atega said.

(Most parents are thinking that in agriculture, their children will just plow and tilt ricefields that is why more youths at present are taking up technical courses that are in demand abroad.)

The official said the country has more graduates in other courses but lesser in agriculture. With this, she said high school graduating students at present must know the value and importance of this course.

Atega said now is the right time for the students to be educated with the processes and techniques to develop agriculture in the country, resulting to a better future for the agriculture industry. (PIA-Caraga)

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City gov’t issues firearms to SCAA members in Butuan City

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 10 (PIA)
–- Some 124 members of the Special Civilian Active Auxiliary (SCAA) here have received their issued firearms from the city government after complying a series of military procedures.

According to City Councilor Ryan Anthony Culima, chairman on Committee of Police Matters and Public Safety, the issued firearms are composed of carbine rifles, A14 rifles, and garand rifles.

Culima said the city government, through the Sangguniang Panlungsod see to it that all firearms issued have corresponding documents for legality.

“Thus, necessary document were put in place first that is why the issuance of said firearms was done this time,” he added.

The official also said SCAA members must be issued with firearms to augment the police force in an effort to maintain peace and order, as well as to help in solving the prevailing crimes that is happening in the city.

Further, he stressed that with the issuance of firearms, SCAA members will now be deployed in crime-prone areas of the city.

Culima added the move was made by the city government after incidents reported that criminals tend not to respect the SCAA members because they know that they (SCAA) don’t have any firearms.

“With this, criminals will now have a second thought of doing such crime if they see the presence of our SCAA members,” he said.

With these developments, Culima urged the entire police force here to be at all times ready to respond to whatever crimes that is happening in the city. He also said police personnel should intensify their campaign against criminals.

It can be recalled that during the first week of this year, series of holdup-robbery incidents took place from January 1 to 3, and as of press time, suspects have not yet been identified. (PIA-Caraga)

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Lady cop is new BCPO station 2 Commander

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 10 (PIA)
-– A lady cop here has made history in leading the police force at the Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) Station 2.

PCInsp. Rowena Martinez was chosen to replace the former station commander, following the series of holdups that were taking place here on the first week of January, 2012.

In an interview with BCPO Director PSSupt. Pedro Obaldo after the simple turnover of command on Monday (Jan. 9), the official said Martinez is among the police officers who have good track of service record.

“Sa mga nagawang operations ng BCPO, isa si Insp. Martinez sa mga nagpakita ng tapang upang hulihin ang mga criminal… In spite of being a woman, siya ang isa sa pinakamatapang nating pulis sa ating hanay ngayon,” Obaldo said.

(In operations of BCPO, Insp. Martinez is one of the police officers who showed bravery to run after criminals… Inspite of being a woman, she is one of the most valiant police officers in our row today.)

Obaldo said with the designation of the new station commander, he has high hope that Martinez can give solution to the holdup incidents and other crimes in the station’s area of responsibility.

The city director here also said Insp. Martinez is the first lady cop who was assigned to lead the police force in station 2 here.

Accordingly, Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. requested the city director to replace the station 2 commander because of the unsolved crimes in Langihan, this city.

It was learned that businessmen in Langihan Public Market are dismayed over the slow proceedings implemented under the leadership of the former station commander to solve criminal cases specifically on the series of holdup incidents.

Meanwhile, Obaldo said all station commanders in the city are now being monitored and if they are not performing well, they will be subjected for investigation and even replacement. (PIA-Caraga)

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Illegal setllers inside government complex perimeter area to be removed

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Jan. 10 (PIA)
–- The Committee on Provincial Government Complex Illegal Settlers (PGCIS) Task Force convened the other day to discuss the strategies on the removal of illegal settlers who have constructed their shanties inside the provincial capitol area, while engaging in small businesses like carinderia, snack counter and other businesses.

The purpose of the removal is to give way for any improvements that the provincial government are set to implement for the government infrastructure and other development projects soonest.

Josefina Bajade, chairperson of PGCIZ called on a meeting with the committee members on the committee’s plan and strategy on how to remove the settlers from the area harmoniously and peacefully.

The meeting was attended by the representatives of DPWH 1st District Office, the Provincial Engineering Office, the Provincial Planning and Development Office, Provincial Informatio Office, Provincial Assessment Office, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, the PNP and the 52nd Engineering Brigade.

As the first move, the committee agreed that they send “notice to vacate” to those who will be affected and inform them that they are only given one month to prepare in order to leave the area.

Among the areas that will affected are found in the gate of the Provincial Health Office, shanties and houses in front of DADA radio station, those having their shanties occupying the area within the 52nd Engineering Brigade and those living around the area of the Provincial Jail, estimated to reached up to 64 illegal settlers.

The provincial government of Agusan del Sur will extend financial assistance to those affected families who are just relying their daily income by having small businesses inside the government center area. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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Caraga RDC chair creates Board of Economic Advisers

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Jan. 10 (PIA)
-- Governor Sol Matugas, chairperson of the Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region 13, has created the RDC Board Economic Advisers during a meeting held recently at Manila Hotel.

According to Matugas, the board is tasked to conduct development studies in the region and facilitate outsourcing of funds from foreign funding institutions.

“The challenge is to infuse more economic program packages to the local government units to make the regional economy robust and vibrant,” Matugas said.

Dr. Vicente B. Paqueo, Senior Economic Consultant of World Bank will head the RDC Economic Advisers. Pacqueo happens to be a Surigaonon.

Members with Surigaonon roots are Dr. Ruperto Majuca of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) - Central Office and Dr. Aniceto Orbita of the Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS). Another member is Dr. Danny Israel still from PIDS whose family is from Agusan del Sur.

The Board will be formally introduced during the RDC Full Council Meeting in March this year.

The meeting was attended by Cong. Francisco Matugas of the first Congressional District, Director Carmencita Cochingco of NEDA-13 and Mr. Arturo Cruje, Provincial Planning and Development Officer of Surigao del Norte. (Provincial Planning and Development Office/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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New Police Director pays courtesy call to Surigao del Sur Gov.

by Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 10 (PIA)
-– The new Police Provincial Director of Surigao del Sur has paid a courtesy call to Gov. Johnny Pimentel at the Capitol on Monday.

Pimentel welcomed P/SSupt. Arthur Sanchez, who came in full force with his staff at the Police Provincial Office (PPO).

The governor instructed Sanchez, who assumed post on January 6, to focus on two important matters: to give priority to the province’s campaign against illegal drugs through “JYes Kontra Droga” and; to double the intelligence effort to solve the “highway robbery” problem that, accordingly, already occurred thrice at Bgy. Hinayhayan, Cagwait linking “local boys”might be behind the crime.

Pimentel stressed, he expects Sanchez to live up to his expectation like what his predecessor, P/SSupt. Julito Diray, did during his more than two-year stint. (Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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DENR inks greening agreement with ARMM

by Eric Herzon F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 10 (PIA)
-- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao have joined hands in the reforestation of some 2,500 hectares of denuded and open forest lands in the region under the National Greening Program of President Benigno S. Aquino.

“This collaboration sets a critical milestone in ecological governance for the region and bodes well for addressing the social and economic challenges which the region undoubtedly faces,” Paje said following the signing of an agreement with ARMM Gov. Mujiv S. Hataman in a simple ceremony held at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City on Monday.

“The NGP collaboration between ARMM and the DENR was in compliance with President Aquino’s instruction to assist in the management of the region’s natural wealth, particularly its forest-based resources which he “considered as its foremost natural asset as yet,” Paje said.

Secretary Paje committed some P49.6 million in financial assistance to enable the ARMM government to carry out a massive tree planting program within its five provinces, to include Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-tawi.

Aside from financial assistance, the DENR shall also provide ARMM with technical assistance and ensure the timely provision of funds based on the approved work and financial program of ARMM.

“The fuel that powers ARMM’s economic engine is resource-based and we in the national government will assist our brothers and sisters in ARMM in the resource management of the region,” Paje said, adding that he plans to send his key senior officials there “for us to gain a front seat view of how resource management is undertaken there and how we can contribute in improving it.”

For his part, ARMM Gov. Hataman said the MOA signing marks his first collaborative undertaking with the national government.

“Typhoon Sendong struck exactly two days after I assumed office,” Hataman said, noting that NGP is now a major tool he can use in addressing illegal logging in ARMM since the program offers alternative livelihood to forest-based communities that are usually enticed to engage in illegal logging activities due to lack of livelihood opportunities in the uplands.

Hataman said priority will be given to upstream areas inside ARMM where the NGP activities will be implemented with guidance from the DENR-national government.

“Pipilitin naming maipatupad ang lahat ng expectations ni President Aquino for ARMM (We will implement all the expectations of President Aquino for ARMM),” Hataman stressed, noting that he already received “verbal commitments” from rebel groups involved in the peace negotiation to help in stopping illegal logging in ARMM and in the NGP implementation.

Under the agreement, ARMM will implement the NGP according to the guidelines set by the DENR central office. It shall also allow DENR personnel that will be designated to monitor and evaluate ARMM's implementation, including its financial management and utilization. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)

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Surigao Norte to build “Kapitolyo sa Siargao”

by Jun Parada

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Jan. 10 (PIA)
-- In an effort to bring the government closer to the people, the provincial government is set to construct a multi-million capitol building called “Kapitolyo sa Siargao” in Dapa, Siargao Island, this province.

Just recently, Gov. Sol Matugas and 1st District Representative Francisco Matugas along with the other local officials led the groundbreaking of 1,800 sq. m. two-storey Siargao capitol building worth P12 million at Brgy. 12 in Dapa.

The construction of the said building will officially commence on February up to July, this year.

Matugas said that it will now be easier for all Siargaonons to avail the basic social services offered by the provincial government.

Aside from serving the island folks in the 132 barangays and the nine island municipalities, Matugas said she has decided to construct another capitol building here because of the increasing tourists visiting the island. (Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano news: Aquino gikalipay ang plano sa international logistics group nga mamuhunan og $500-milyon dolyares

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 10 (PIA)
–- Gikalipay ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang plano sa international logistics group Kuwait ug Gulf Link, nga mamuhunan og dugang $500-milyon dolyares sa Pilipinas.

Si Saeed Dashti ang Chairman ug Managing Director sa KGL Group of Companies, uban kang Marsha Lazareva ang Vice Chairman sa KGL Group of Companies ug Investment Director Mark Williams, nakigkita sa Pangulo didto sa MalacaƱang kagahapon Lunes aron personal nga mapaabot ang plano sa kumpanya nga mamuhunan.

Ang grupo sa KGL namuhunan na og $200-milyon dolyares aron matukod ang Gateway Logistics Center, usa ka 177-hektarya nga proyektong kalamboan nga modumala sa mga patigayon ug operasyon sa aviation nga nahimutang sa Clark Export Processing Zone didto sa Pampanga.

Si Trade Undersecretary Cristino Panlilio mingon ang dugang nga $500-milyon gamiton alang sa imprastruktura sa logistics, sama sa Public-Private Partnership (PPP)nga mga programa ug uban pang potensyal nga mga pamuhunan.

Si Panlilio miingon nga ang Pangulo gusto nga masugdan na dayon kining maong mga plano apan mimando usab nga “everything wil have to bidded out transparently.”

“He (President Aquino) welcomes this (KGL Group investment). This is definitely what we need here but of course everything will have to be bidded out transparently,” matud pa ni Panlilio.

“We cannot give out extra or special favors but what we can offer you is a transparent bidding that will be done and will go straight to the departments and not to political patrons,” dugang pa niya. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano news: Opisyal sa Agusan del Norte nanghinaut nga mas magmalambuon pa ang probinsiya sa tuig 2012

ni Roselyn G. Exaure

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Enero 10 (PIA)
–- Daku ang panghinaut ni Agusan del Norte Provincial Administrator Percianita G. Racho nga mas magmalambuon pa ang lalawigan sa tuig 2012, uban ang panghinaut nga iiway ang tibuok probinsya sa mga katalagman sama sa nahitabo sa Cagayan de Oro ug Iligan City.

Gidugang pa sa opisyal nga luyo sa mga dagkung kalamidad nga nahitabo sa milabay nga tuig, bulahan pa gihapon ang lalawigan sa Agusan del Norte, tungod kay minimal ug manageable lamang nga mga kalamidad sama sa baha ang naangkon niini sa nakalabay nga tuig.

Subay niini, nanawagan si Racho sa katawhang Agusanon nga magbinantayon kanunay sa bisan unsa man nga kalamidad nga masinatian uban ang hugot nga pag-ampo sa labaw’ng makagagahom aron malikay kini sa bisan unsa man nga mga dagkung kadaut. (Agusan del Norte PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

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Cebuano news: Agusan del Norte prov’l. gov’t. naghatag tabang sa mga biktima sa bagyong Sendong

ni Roselyn G. Exaure

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Enero 10 (PIA)
–- Mukabat sa P200,00 nga mga relief goods ang gitunol sa Agusan del Norte Provincial Government ngadto sa mga nabiktima sa bagyong “SENDONG” sa Cagayan de Oro ug Iligan City, kini ang gibutyag ni Agusan del Norte Provincial Administrator Percianita G. Racho.

Gidugang sa maong opisyal nga mukabat usab sa 66 ka sako nga mga bugas, used cltohings, cash ug uban pang relief goods nga gikan sa mga empleyado sa probinsya ang gitunol ngadto na sa mga biktima.

Subay niini mipaabot usab si Racho sa iyang dakung pagpasalamat sa mga empleyado sa kapitolyo nga wala magpanuko sa paghatag ug hinabang ngadto na sa mga nabiktima sa maong kalamidad. (Agusan del Norte PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

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Cebuano news: PDRRMC sa Agusan del Norte, kanunay’ng andam sa bisan unsa nga kalamidad

ni Roselyn G. Exaure

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Enero 10 (PIA)
-– Andam kanunay ang Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) ni’ng lalawigan sa bisan unsa man nga kalamidad, kini ang giklaro ni Agusan del Norte Provincial Administrator Percianita G. Racho.

Sumala ni Racho nga dunay andam na nga mga pagkaon ug mga relief goods ang buhatan sa Provincial Social Welfare & Development Office (PSWDO), sama sa bugas, de lata ug uban pang nag-unang panginahanglanon.

Gidugang pa ni Racho nga gawas sa pagpangandam sa mga relief goods, gihingusgan usab karon sa lalawigan sa pagpanguna ni Agusan del Norte Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante nga madugangan pa ang mga equiptment alang sa rescue team sa lalawigan panahon sa kalamidad, hinungdan nga gikatakdang mopalet pa ang provincial government ug dugang nga mga rescue equiptment isip pagpangandam alang sa mas paspas unya nga rescue operation. (Agusan del Norte PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

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Cebuano news: Panudlanan sa probinsiya, apektado sa pagkunhod karon sa IRA


ni Roselyn G. Exaure

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Enero 10 (PIA)
–- Apektado ang panudlanan sa probinsyal nga panggamhanan sa pagkunhod karon sa Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) sa tibuok nasud, kini ang gibutyag ni Agusan del Norte Provincial Administrator Percianita G. Racho.

Sumala pa sa opisyal nga mokabat sa 4.8% kon P23M ang gikonhod karon sa IRA sa probinsya, hinungdan nga adunay gihimo karon nga mga lakang sa Finance Committee sa lalawigan aron ipaigo na lamang ang gikatakda nga budget alang karong tuiga.

Apan giklaro sa opisyal nga bisan pa man sa pagkonhod karon sa IRA magpabilin gihapon ang mga gipatumang Basic Services s ug mga Monthly Operating Expenses and Expenditures sa matag buhatan.

Giklaro pa ni Racho nga adunay igong pondo gihapon ang lalawigan gumikan usab sa mga savings niini nga maoy magamit sa uban pang mga galastuhanan. (Agusan del Norte PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)