PIA News Service - Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Agusan del Sur blessed with support after calamities

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Jan. 25 (PIA)
–- After calamities affected Agusan del Sur, people began to look for resources in order to recover what was lost.

Farmers rose and again prepared their fields for another agricultural challenge. The provincial government also did not waste time. Reports were submitted to concerned national government agencies seeking for assistance to recover.

Thus, a year ago, on January 2011, Department of Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala visited Agusan del Sur and handed over two farm tractors with an estimated cost of P4,800,000, four green houses worth P549,260, three computer with accessories worth P285,000, five pump engine sets worth P389,750, two open source pump worth P170,000, two power sprayers worth P80,000, 12 heads imported boer goats worth P936,000, 50 heads upgraded goats worth P400,000, 100 bags certified seeds worth P120,000, and 15 family drip irrigation worth P270,000.

Alcala also considered more than P800,000 for the soil survey and classification and land use assessment study for the agri-investment project in Agusan del Sur. Said amount will be subject for consideration also of DA-13 regional director Reinerio Belarmino.

The secretary also nodded when presented with the issue of funding support for the implementation of high value vegetables production worth P1 million. Another P6 million counterpart from DA for the establishment of liquid nitrogen plant was confirmed.

Specifically, for March 16 – September 15 2011 cropping season, Agusan del Sur received a 8,590 bags of certified seeds from Rapid Seeds Supply Financing Project phase 3, which were distributed to 5,448 rice farmers. The seeds were provided at 50:50 scheme where farmers would pay only P600.00 for each bag of certified seeds. The project was financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development through the Department of Agriculture.

On the other hand, the provincial government procured 3,740 bags of certified seeds purposely to rehabilitate damaged areas. The DA also funded another 3,740 bags as its counterpart for the rehabilitation program. A total of 7,480 bags were distributed to farmers.

Aside from certified seeds, Agusan del Sur also received inputs assistance under the DA’s Agri-Pinoy Rice Program. Among them are Well Grow Foliar Fertilizer, Zinc Sulphate and organic micronutrients. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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Feature: Public-Private Partnership gains ground in Butuan City

In July 2011, Toyo University first brought the idea to the Butuan LGU about conducting a study on possible Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects in Butuan City.

Today, six months after that initial contact, Butuan City is attracting more and more interest from foreign investors who are willing to undertake projects in Butuan City under the PPP scheme.

Butuan City was the first target of the studies of the Toyo University PPP Graduate School outside of Japan. This was an initial step to the establishment of the Asian PPP Institute (APPPI), launched in Tokyo on November 15, 2011.

APPPI Director and professor Sam Tabuchi, together with 10 PPP graduate students, came to Butuan City in September 2011 to conduct their intensive field study on possible PPP projects for the city.

For one week, Tabuchi’s team visited proposed project sites such as Masao Port, Butuan Medical Center, and Langihan Public Market. Interviews were also conducted with representatives from the City Government and Regional Line agencies, the private business sector and the academe. The team concluded their visit with the presentation of their initial report to city officials and other stakeholders.

The final report “PPP Possibilities for the Future of Butuan City” was presented in Tokyo, Japan on November 2011 and attended by representatives from the region.

The Toyo University final report presented several areas where PPP can be applied in Butuan City. The report included recommendations in the field of agriculture, recycling, waste conversion, economic enterprise, and tourism.

One such recommendation is the mechanization of the agriculture industry to improve rice production. According to the report, Butuan City can recycle unused farming equipment from Japan such as the ones used in the town of Itakura, Gunma-ken, Japan. The report also highlighted the need to establish an Agricultural Cooperative which will address the needs of the Butuanon farmers.

Another noteworthy recommendation is the conversion of waste to energy or organic fertilizer. The Toyo PPP Team lauded Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr.’s program on Solid Waste Management and the implementation of waste segregation at the household level through the “Clean Gorund, Zero Waste” program of the City Government. This particular field drew the interest of several Japanese companies and pushed them to pursue investment talks with Butuanon entities.

After the presentation, Toyo University signed a Memorandum of Understanding for future collaboration with Father Saturnino Urios University, Caraga State University and Saint Joseph Institute of Technology.



The Philippine Investment Environment Seminar also followed suit where investment opportunities in Butuan City were presented to representatives from the Japanese business sector.

Following the release of the report and as recommended by Toyo University, Mayor Amante signed Executive Order No. 51 on December 29, 2011, creating Butuan City’s PPP Executive Team.

This is the first major step so that the local PPP efforts can move forward. The PPP Executive Team is tasked to “initiate, catalyze, conceptualize, systematize, steer, coordinate, and oversee the dynamic pursuit of the economic agenda through PPP.”

And just last January 17-18, 2012, Tabuchi revisited Butuan City to check on the progress of the City Government in relation to the Toyo PPP report. He congratulated Mayor Amante on the creation of the PPP Executive Team, which made Butuan City the first LGU in the Philippines to do so.

To date, three Japanese companies have expressed interest to invest in Butuan City. A group of professors from Toyo University is also set to arrive on March 2012 to pursue the plans of offering a short course on PPP to local government workers and businessmen, in cooperation with FSUU, CSU, and SJIT.

With all these developments in Butuan City, Butuanons remain hopeful that Butuan can grow into a booming economic center in Mindanao and relive its glorious past as a vital trading port in Asia. (Butuan CMO-PIO)

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NYC urges youth to make their voices heard through the 9th Parliament of Youth Leaders

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 25 (PIA)
-- “We need your voice! Join us usher in change," said National Youth Commission (NYC) Commissioner Gio Tingson Thursday, marking the opening of the applications to the 9th Parliament of Youth Leaders.

With the theme “Revolutionizing Youth Development,” the parliament aims to formulate policy recommendations to address youth issues in the country. These recommendations are then lobbied to government leaders to be considered as proposed bills and administrative policies. It is important to note that during the event, participants also get to share ideas and gain valuable insights and networks to aid them in their youth development efforts.

Tingson, who heads this year’s National Youth Parliament (NYP) National Organizing Committee, said that this gathering is the perfect platform for all Filipino youth to get proactive.

“Ito na ang pagkakataon n’yo na makibahagi sa isa sa pinaka-importanteng proyektong pangkabataan ng pamahalaan kung saan ang boses natin ay maririnig sa paggawa ng mga policy recommendations para maging batas o polisiya. Ang Kabataang Filipino mula sa lahat ng rehiyon at sektor ay inaanyayahan ng NYC na sumali at makilahok (If you want change in the government – in our society – this is a great place to start. The Filipino youths of different religions and sector are enjoined to participate)," he said.

The Commission is also revamping the conduct of the parliament, making it more inclusive and youth-friendly. “We’ll do away with cosmetics like formal clothing and focus on the substance. You can show up in your jeans and rock star shirt, as long as active participation and involvement is there,” said Tingson.

Started in 1996, the NYP is slated to be held on the 1st week of May 2012. An estimate of two hundred (200) youth leaders representing different sectors and regions are expected to participate in this event.

Download the application forms at the NYC website (www.nyc.gov.ph) or get it from your nearest NYC area office. Following are the qualifications of NYP 9 applicants:

● Filipino citizen, aged 15 - 30 years old as of February 29, 2012;
● Residing at the place of representation for at least six (6) months at the time of submission;
● Must be a member of an organization;
● Of good moral character;
● Can contribute to the objectives of the 9th National Youth Parliament.

Deadline of sending of application is February 29, 2012. The NYC reminds that previous NYP delegates are no longer qualified to participate. Other details and requirements are posted on the NYP 9 application form, the NYC website and the NYC Facebook account. For more information, please e-mail nyp9@nyc.gov.ph or call (02) 416-2833, 416-3415, 413-5503 or 416-3570. (NYC/PIA-Caraga)

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Caraga police to promote 750 personnel

by Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 25 (PIA)
-- Police Regional Office 13 (Caraga) is set to promote 750 of its police commissioned, non-commissioned officers and personnel in a massive ceremonial pinning of ranks rites during the traditional flag retreat ceremonies at the regional headquarters parade grounds on Friday afternoon, a regional police spokesman said.

Police Supt. Martin M. Gamba, chief public information officer of Police Regional Office said this is intended to be a morale booster to the police ranks. He said the police now implement its so-called “merit system” wherein those who are deserving appropriately receive their due, awards and promotions. While those who will be found to be misfits or rank scalawags will also be meted with appropriate sanctions, he said.



This years promotion program, according to Gamba will include police officers and personnel coming from: the Regional Headquarters (43); Butuan City Police Office (100); Agusan del Norte PPO (82); Agusan del Sur PPO (104); Surigao del Norte PPO (133); Surigao del Sur PPO (158) ; Dinagat Island Province PPO (20) and from the Regional Public Safety Battalion (47) which will total to 687.

A slot for 63 was also allotted to the National Support Units such as the Aviation Security Group, Maritime Police, CIDG, RIU, Crime Laboratory and other NSUs, he said.

Based on ranks, Gamba said that two (2) will be promoted to become Police Superintendents (Lieutenant Colonels); eleven (11) Police Chief Inspectors (Major); sixty-three (63) Police Senior Inspectors (Captains); thirteen (13) Senior Police Officers 4 (Master Sergeants); Senior Police Officers 3 (127); Senior Police Officers 2(39); Senior Police Officers 1(180); Police Officers 3(203) and Police Officers 2 (112).

According to the official, the rise by a notch higher from their previous status to their present ranks may mean an upgrade of the salaries and benefits of those who will be promoted. However, this may also set off a higher degree of expectations as to the dispositions of their respective duties and responsibilities commensurate to their newly attained ranks from the community, Gamba said. (PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano news: Aquino gi-instalar si Tan isip bag-ong Philippine Coast Guard Commandant

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 25 (PIA)
–- Pormal nang gi-instalar ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III si Rear Admiral Edmund Castor Tan isip bag-ong Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant isip hulip kang Admiral Ramon C. Liwag atol sa seremonya nga gipahigayon didto sa PCG Headquarters sa Port Area, Manila kagahapong adlawa, Martes.

Sa iyang mensahe sa seremonya sa PCG Change of Command ug Retirement alang kang Admiral Liwag, ang Pangulo mipadayag sa iyang tim-os nga pagsalig sa abilidad, kaabtik ug dedikasyon sa bag-ong PCG Commandant nga ipadayon ang mga reporma nga gisugdan sa nag-una kaniya.

"Buo ang aking kumpyansa sa kakayahan, abilidad at dedikasyon sa serbisyo ni Admiral Tan at tiwala akong maitatawid niya ang Coast Guard sa isang maunlad at modernong daungan," ang Pangulo mingon.

Ang Pangulo, mipahinumdom kang Tan nga magpabiling porsigido sa paghimo sa iyang trabaho ug sa pagdumala sa iyang mga tawo.

"Kay Admiral Tan: huwag kang magpapahila sa tukso ng panlalamang. Naitalaga ka sa isang napakahalagang katungkulan dahil sa tiwalang kaya mong paglingkuran nang buong katapatan at dedikasyon ang sambayanang Pilipino. Huwag mo ring kakaligtaan ang kapakanan at pangangailangan ng iyong mga tauhan. Sila ang magiging katuwang mo sa pagtupad sa iyong sinumpaang tungkulin," siya miingon.

"Anumang ragasa ng pagsubok, mula man sa masasamang elemento hanggang sa mga sungit ng kalikasan, talagang hindi nagpatinag ang Coast Guard. Sa halip ang mga hamong ito ang nag-panday sa ating Tanod Baybayin upang maging mas matatag na sandigan ng kaligtasan at kapayapaan ng ating teritoryong pandagat," ang Pangulo miingon.

Si Pangulong Aquino miingon iyang gimando ang pagmugna og National Coast Watch Center aron motabang sa hintungdang mga ahensya aron abagan ang mga hagit sa maritime ug mga paghulga sa dagat.

"Ito mismo ang dahilan kung bakit sa tulong ng Philippine Navy matagumpay ang ating National Coast Watch Center at mas lalo pang umiigting ang ating mga operasyon laban sa mga banta ng terorismo, iligal na droga, pagpupuslit ng mga armas, human trafficking, iligal na pangingisda, pang-aabuso sa ating maritime environment, transnational crimes, at iba pang sumusubok sa seguridad ng ating bansa," siya miingon.

Sa iyang parte, si Tan misaad nga iyang palig-onon ang seguridad sa maritime, sa iyang pag-asumir sa iyang bag-ong puwesto isip ika 24th nga commandant sa PCG.

Sa iyang mensahe, si Tan miingon iyang sundon ang pasalig ni Pangulong Aquino nga iprayoridad ang seguridad sa maritime atubangan sa sa mga hagit ug mga hulga sa dagat.

"Time and again, our President has emphasized the government's firm commitment to prioritize maritime security in our country, especially in the face of maritime challenges and threats such as terrorism, transnational crimes, drug and firearms trafficking, smuggling, human trafficking, climate change, illegal fishing and marine environment degradation," si Tan miingon.

Si Tan misaad nga ang PCG mokoordinar sa Philippine National Police (PNP) ug sa Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) sa paghatag kalinaw ug prosperidad sa nasod.



Ang bag-ong instalar nga komandante usa ka gipasigarbong anak sa Dumaguete. Si Tan, nga gihimugso niadtong Disyembre 16, 1956, miyembro usab sa Philippine Military Academy “Mapitagan” Class of 1980.

Siya nakadawat na og ubay-ubay nga mga service ug national awards sama sa Coast Guard Legion of Honor, Coast Guard Outstanding Achievement Medal ug dili na maihap nga mga medalya sa katakos, mga pagdayeg ug mga plake. Siya gitugahan sa “2011 Ulirang Ama Award” sa National Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Foundation, Inc. alang ekselente niini sa Military ug Law Enforcement ug pagbaton sa mga ideyal sa modelong pagkaginikanan. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano news: Aquino gipangulohan ang ground breaking alang sa bag-ong aviation school

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 25 (PIA)
-– Gipangulohan ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang ground breaking ceremonies alang sa pagtukod sa bag-ong aviation training center didto sa Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga kagahapong adlawa, Martes.

Ang Philippine Academy for Aviation Training, Incorporated (PAAT) usa ka hiniusang paningkamot tali sa Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) ug Canadian Aviation Electronics (CAE).

Kung kini mahuman karong ikatulong kwarter sa 2012, kining maong $50-milyon nga PAAT adunay kapasidad nga mobansay sa mokabat 2,500 ka mga piloto matag tuig lakip usab ang lain pang mga aviation professionals alang sa CEB ug lain pang mga airlines sa rehiyon.

Sa iyang mensahe, gidayeg sa Pangulo ang hiniusang paningkamot sa CAE ug CEB uban sa pag-ingon nga ang maong patigayon sa makausa pa pagailhon ang talento, kahanas ug pagkamakugihon sa mga Filipino.

“It is always good to see the hard work and creativity of Filipinos being recognized by companies from in and out of the country; and today is further proof of the confidence companies like Cebu Pacific and CAE have in our people's talent and potential,” ang Pangulo miingon.

“You are expressing your confidence not just in words, but in dollars and cents—to the tune of forty to fifty million dollars,” siya midugang.

Ang Pangulo miingon nga human makumpleto ang maong pasilidad, ang mga Filipino mahatagan og tsansa aron mahasa ang ilang kahanas ug pagailhon isip usa sa pinaka maayong piloto sa tibuok kalibutan.

“Soon we will be able to train world-class pilots here; we will provide a whetstone that will hone yet another of our countrymen's many talents,” ang panglantaw sa Pangulo.



“They will come here and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with students from all over the world—effectively cementing our position as a hub for aviation training in the Asia-Pacific region,” sa iyang pagdugang.

Sa panapos nga mensahe sa Pangulo siya mikutlo sa bag-ong kampanya sa turismo sa Pilipinas ug miingon “In the spirit of the campaign recently launched by our Department of Tourism—we will soon be able to say that even aviation training is more fun in the Philippines.” (PIA-Surigao del Norte)




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Cebuano news: Tabang pinasyal alang sa Brgy. Marcos gi-approbahan

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Enero 25 (PIA)
-- Mi-uyon ug gi-aprobahan ni Gobernador Erlpe John Amante, Bise Gobernador Enrico Corvera ug mga bokal sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa Barangay Marcos, Magallanes, ning probinsya ang paghatag og tabang pinansyal sa maong barangay.

Ang suporta nga nagkantidad og P184,000.00 pesos gamiton alang sa paghimo og drainage canal sa nagkalain-laing purok sa Barangay Marcos.

Ang insaktong kanal gikinahanglan ilabi na sa mga lugar diin dali ra bahaon kun ting-ulan. (JVDemain/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

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Cebuano news: Permit fee alang sa videoke machine assemblers sa Cabadbaran gitakda

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Enero 25 (PIA)
-- Sukad karon gikinahanglan nang molokat og mayor’s permit ang tanang naga-assemble og videoke machine sulod sa syudad sa Cabadbaran ubos sa City Ordinance No. 2011-009.

Matud pa sa maong ordinansa nga gipangamahan ni SP Member Salutario B. Cuasito, usa ka libo ka pesos (P1,000.00) and permit fee aron legal kini’ng maghimo og videoke machine.

Pagamultahan kadtong dili magatuman niini.

Kini nga ordinansa gi-aprobahan sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa rekomendasyon ni Bokal James T. Reserva. (JOMellejor/PIA-Agusan del Norte)