(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 10 May 2021) Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Caraga Region will experience Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). Possible flash floods or landslides during moderate to at times heavy rains. Light to moderate winds coming from East to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas/(0.6 to 2.1 meters).

PIA News Dispatch - Friday, February 3, 2012

Meat inspection agency monitors Caraga entry and exit points

By Robert E. Roperos

-- To prevent possible entry of “double dead” meats, officials and personnel of the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) is closely monitoring all entrance and exit points in Caraga Region.

NMIS-Caraga Regional Director Desiderio Julaton directed all NMIS personnel to strengthen their monitoring so that such illegal transporting of “double dead” meats will not happen in the province.

Julaton said the situation is not alarming in Caraga considering that the region does not have big piggeries that may be a source of these “double dead” meats that might be sold in markets.

Through the monitoring, Julaton said, health of the consumers will be protected.

NMIS also reminded the public to be cautious in buying meat in the market as incidence of selling “double-dead” meats are already noted in some parts of Luzon.

NMIS Executive Director Atty. Jane Bacayo said it is safer to buy meat products and other processed foods in malls and groceries as they have passed the quality control requirements of NMIS.

However, report said that the NMIS chief reiterated that if buying in public markets cannot be avoided, Bacayo suggested it is necessary to ask dealers first for the NMIS certificates on their meat products.

This move of the NMIS is part of the good governance as promoted by the Aquino Administration that is highlighted in the Philippine Development Plan for 2011-2016. (PIA-Caraga)

DepEd-Butuan determined to defend Caraga Regional Athletic Meet championship title

By Robert E. Roperos

-- Officials and coaches of the Department of Education (DepEd) – Butuan City Division is determined to defend the championship title they won last year in the Caraga Regional Athletic Meet, as the region’s annual athletic event will take place on Feb. 5 to 9 at Patin-ay Grandstand in Agusan del Sur.

In an interview with a local radio station here, DepEd Butuan Division Assistant Athletic Manager Renato Latorre said athletes of this city are in good shape and has prepared for this event, showing their determination to grab the championship title for the second time around.

Latorre said among the sports contested during the five-day athletic meet include basketball, volleyball, track and field, swimming, among others.

The official added they are 80 percent confident that the city’s athletic delegation can defend the championship title.

Latorre further acknowledged the city government headed by Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. for giving support to the entire delegation. He said the city government spent for the expenses of the athletes’ uniforms, medicines and food through the local school board fund.

“With this, the city government has allocated enough budgets for the city’s delegation as it vied for another championship crown this year and Mayor Amante is hoping that the city’s athletes will again show their supremacy and bring home the beacon for the city,” Latorre said.

Meanwhile, archrival Agusan del Norte Athletic Delegation is also determined to grab the championship title from the defending champion Butuan City, as the team’s athletes have already undergone rigid trainings early last month.

It can be noted that the Agusan del Norte Athletic Delegation has been dominating the overall championship titles since the start of the Caraga Regional Athletic Meet way back in 1997, two years after Republic Act 7901 was approved by former President Fidel V. Ramos, creating the Caraga Administrative Region on Feb. 23, 1995.

Because of this, more fun, excitement and action is expected to take place in this year’s major sporting event in the region to be held in the region’s land of golden opportunities, Agusan del Sur.

This year’s 15th Caraga Regional Meet is anchored on the theme, “Athletes in the new millennium; Building borderless partnership through sports.” (PIA-Caraga)


SSS-Butuan to implement another loan condonation program to members

By Robert E. Roperos

-- The Social Security System (SSS) here is set to implement another loan condonation program to all its members who have current loans and yet, were not able to pay their obligations.

In an interview with SSS-Butuan Assistant Manager Ricky Habal, the program is intended for members who have delinquent payments of their loans.

The official added the program allows members to pay their obligations for the period of six months, to start on Apr. 2 until Sept. 2012.

According to Habal, the program is offered to give chance to SSS members who have delinquent short-term member loans. These may be either the salary, calamity, emergency, educational, study-now-pay-later plan, vocational and technical student, Y2K, stock investment and privatization fund (SI/PF) or the Members’ Assistance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE).

A 100 percent of penalty condoned will be granted to members whose employers deducted loan amortizations but did not remit to SSS. This is also open to beneficiaries of deceased member-borrowers with unpaid loans who will file for death claim within the availment period. However, said members must have paid at least three monthly contributions within six months prior to the month of filing the application. This can be availed from Apr. 2, 2012 to March 31, 2013.

Meanwhile, a 90 percent of penalty condoned will be granted to members who have paid at least three monthly loan amortizations, provided, if members will give full payment and 80 percent for those who will only pay installment, and is open from Apr. 2, to Sept. 30, 2012.

Further, members who will file for retirement or total disability claim within the availment period shall be granted 50 percent of penalty condoned, and availment period is also from Apr. 2 to Sept. 30, 2012.

To avail of the program, SSS said the borrower shall accomplish and submit the application form to the nearest SSS Branch.

Upon approval of the application, the borrower shall pay either to SSS Branch with Tellering facilities or SSS accredited bank and submit proof/s of payment SSS Form ML-1 or SS Form ML-1 with Special Bank Receipt (SBR), together with the application to the nearest SSS Branch.

With these developments, the SSS official urged SSS members to avail of the condonation program so that other members can also use the money when they will apply for any loans. He added that with such availment, loan records of the member-borrowers will be updated.

For details and additional information, visit the SSS website at www.sss.gov.ph where application forms can also be downloaded. (PIA-Caraga)

DSWD urges LGUs to create PWD offices

By Robert E. Roperos

-- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga urged all local chief executives in the region to establish a Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) in their respective Local Government Units (LGUs).

According to Golda Pocon of the Technical Services Division, only few LGUs in the region have adhered to the provisions set in Magna Carta for persons with disabilities (PWDs).

The official said the social welfare department has been conducting dialogues with the local chief executives regarding the provisions but unfortunately, only few have followed.

Pocon also said the LGUs should designate their respective focal persons who will lead in the implementation of programs and projects set for PWDs.

She added these focal persons will carry out activities intended for PWDs, and in this way, it is assured that these plans will be implemented and supported by the LGUs.

As per Memorandum Circular No. 2010-103 of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), all provincial governors, city and municipal mayors, and DILG Directors are directed to establish PDAO in every province, city and municipality pursuant to Republic Act No. 10070, an act establishing an institutional mechanism to ensure the implementation of programs and services for PWDs in every province, city and municipality, amending Section 40 of RA 7277, otherwise known as the “Magna Carta for Disabled Persons.”

Also, said memorandum stated that a PWD Affairs Officer or focal person shall be designated by the local chief executive, with the qualifications such as a Filipino citizen and resident of the city or municipality for at least one year, a registered voter of the concerned city or municipality, someone able to read and write and must be a bonafide member of a duly accredited PWD organization with a track record of at least three years.

The head of PDAO or focal person shall have a term of office of three years and shall be reappointed for another term based on the Sanggunian selection process. In case of death, the remaining term shall be served by the new appointee who has undergone the selection process.

The DILG memorandum circular also emphasized that the PDAO or focal person shall be lodged under the office of the local chief executive (LCE) and as such, they shall exercise supervision over the PDAO operations and activities. (PIA-Caraga)

Agusan del Sur tops rice production in 2011

By Nora L. Molde

-- The Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) Caraga region has identified Agusan del Sur as top rice-producing province in the region for 2011.

Based on BAS records, the province continue to top in producing rice followed by the provinces of Surigao del Sur then the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte.

Although the production of rice has decreased in 2011 because of the different calamities that hit the region, BAS regional agricultural statistics officer Melchor Bautista said the production of rice and rubber are still leading in the region.

Meanwhile, in an interview with a local station here, Bautista said their office is now preparing for the wet summer after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration warned the public that rainy season would be experienced in the country until the month of August this year.

Bautista further said that they are now studying the effects of the wet summer, especially that it might greatly affect rice production. (PIA-Caraga)

DSWD-Caraga campaigns for responsible adoption

By Robert E. Roperos

-- In time with the celebration of Adoption Consciousness Week, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Caraga Region, is campaigning for a responsible adoption of children.

According to Aldie May Andoy of DSWD-Caraga, this year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Isulong Legal na Pag-aampon (Campaign for Legal Adoption).”

Andoy added that the weeklong activity will commence with a thanksgiving mass at the Saint Joseph Cathedral, to be followed by a motorcade around the city to instill awareness to public on the importance of responsible adoption.

Adoption desks will also be installed in some government offices such as the National Statistics Office (NSO) and in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and in selected establishments in the city during the entire celebration period.

Andoy said more applicants have submitted their application in their quest to adopt children.

The DSWD said there are two ways of adopting a child. First is through domestic adoption and second by inter-country application, where accordingly, topping the list of the countries signifying their intention to adopt a Filipino child is the United States of America.

However, according to DSWD, for inter-country applicants, they will undergo tedious process to ensure that the child who will be adopted will be safe and secured, following reports of the rising number of children who are victims with illegal trafficking.

With this, the DSWD said these applicants must undergo series of physical and psychological evaluation.

As per DSWD’s website, Proclamation No. 72 dated Feb. 3, 1999, mandates the observance of Adoption Consciousness Day on the first Saturday of February. However, to enable a longer time to advocate issues on adoption, the National Organizing Committee chaired by the DSWD agreed to celebrate it from Feb. 5 to 11. (PIA-Caraga)

Top of FormSeries of energization activities set in Surigao del Sur

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 3 (PIA)
-- A series of ceremonial energization activities is set to happen in six far-flung areas in Surigao del Sur.

According to Agi Jaluag, Information Officer of Surigao del Sur Electric Cooperative II (SURSECO II), the energization program which covers a purok and five sitios started yesterday, Feb. 2 until Saturday, Feb. 4.

Jaluag said these include Sitio Palompon, Barangay Mahaba, Marihatag; Purok 5, Barangay Siagao, San Miguel; Sitio Awasan and Sitio Pag-Antan in Barangay Jubang, Tago; Sitio Bayabas, Barangay San Isidro, Tandag City; and Sitio Bayabay, Barangay Bugsukan, Cantilan.

Jaluag stressed that said energization program is part of the rural electrification program under President Benigno Aquino III’s administration.

Meanwhile, aside from the respective municipal and city officials, Governor Johnny Pimentel and First District Congressman Philip Pichay are also expected to grace the series of occasions. (Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)

Agusan del Sur receives national award as top 10 rice-performing provinces

By Jasmin J. Reyes

- The provincial government of Agusan del Sur has made it among the top 10 provinces in the Philippines which has laudable performance in rice production since 2008. This was confirmed after the recently-concluded national evaluation on Jan. 26 for the Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Awards.

The Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Awards program is launched by the Philippine Government through the Department of Agriculture in line with the vision of achieving Rice Self-Sufficiency in 2013. This would identify and give recognition to the highly performing provinces, cities, municipalities and agricultural extension workers in the production of rice. This is also to sustain awareness, encourage full participation, support and commitment to the program.

The sustained implementation of the BUGAS program or the Boosted Utilization of Grains in Agusan del Sur under the leadership of Governor Adolph Edward G. Plaza and with the all-out support of the Municipal Local Government Units, rice production in the province is very promising and continue to provide income opportunities to rice farmers.

Also, included in the recognition is the municipality of Trento who made it among the top 50 for municipality/city category, and Alfred A. Gimang of Trento who is one among the top 500 for Agricultural Extension Worker category.

Under the BUGAS program, technology and support programs to include provision of production inputs like seeds and fertilizers, small scale irrigation and pre- and post-harvest facilities, farm-to-market roads, providing more options through research studies and trainings on appropriate technology, increased use of organic fertilizers and marketing assistance to farmers are strengthened.

For the last decade, Agusan del Sur is self-sufficient in rice. In 2011, rice production posted 333,160 metric tons bringing an average production of 3.5 metric tons per hectare. Based on the 124 kilograms per capita consumption or a total of 73,387 metric ton-requirement (for projected population in 2011), a surplus of 139,835 metric tons of clean rice is attained. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

DA reclassifies Agusan del Norte’s new capitol building lot

By Brian Jay Ceballos

A parcel of land owned by the provincial government of Agusan del Norte has now been classified as a commercial and industrial land, different from its original classification as an agricultural land.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) certified the application of the provincial government of Agusan del Norte for the reclassification of its land in Barangay Sanghan, Cabadbaran City where a new provincial building will be constructed.

A certificate of eligibility was issued to Agusan del Norte. DA officials stressed that the certification is a not a Conversion Order, that only the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) can issue such order.

The reclassification or conversion of the land from agricultural to a commercial and industrial land is necessary in order for the construction of the new building be started.

Every detail and necessary requirement of the planned transfer is already accomplished by the province. The conversion order from DAR is the only thing lacking, but the order is expected to come out after a then the construction may start. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Agusan del Norte holds search for best barangay

In line with the 6-point agenda of Governor Erlpe John M. Amante to realize and promote the vision of the provincial government onwards a Progressive, Independent and Noteworthy Governance (PING) among the barangays, the Provincial Assessment Team (PAT) recently meet to formalized the guidelines and criteria for this year’s search for the Best Barangay 2012.

The province, with 167 barangays out of the 10 municipalities and a city, created the Provincial Assessment Team (PAT) which comprise of provincial employees as the only recognized body to conduct the assessment and evaluation of the barangays that will join.

The provincial search has two categories such as urban and rural. Each of the municipality or city shall select and nominate one barangay for each category as their official entry which will compete for the first, second and third places.

The criteria for this year’s search would be 30 percent for the executive, administrative and legislative function, 40 percent for the environmental protection and clean and green, 15 percent for the resourcefulness and initiative in programs, project, activities (PPA) implementation and 15 percent for the community mobilization.

Winners will be proclaimed and awarded in the upcoming foundation anniversary of Agusan del Norte in June 2012. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Cebuano News: TESDA mianunsyo sa mga programa aron madugangan ang panginabuhian ug kahanas sa mga Filipino

By Susil D. Ragas

– Subay sa direktiba ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III nga palapdan ang pagpaabot sa serbisyo ngadto sa katawhan, ang Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) mianunsyo nga kini mag-implementar sa pito ka bag-ong mga programa alang sa tuig 2012 aron mapalapdan ang panginabuhian ug kahanas sa mga Filipino.

Sa sulat alang ngadto sa Pangulo niadtong Enero 30, si TESDA Director General Emmanuel Joel Villanueva miingon kini nga pito ka mga programa kabahin sa parte sa bag-ong plataporma sa pagdumala sa TESDA nga gitawag og REAL DEAL TESD nga gitinguha aron “answer the what, where, when, who and how the agency will place itself to benefit the greater part of the community it serves.”

Ang REAL DEAL TESD (Reach the grassroots, Empower the reached. Assure quality training and lifelong education Development. Enable, and Actively-engage Labor force members in job opportunities thru employability and livelihood skills) maoy kinatibuk-ang tinguha sa ahensya aron mapalihok ang tibuok nga pundo sa TESDA ngadto subay sa panawagan sa Pangulo alang sa “Landas na Matuwid.”

Aron makab-ot kini, ang TESDA mopokus sa ilang pundo ngadto sa pagdumala sa technical and vocational education and training (TVET) dinhi sa Pilipinas uban ang giya sa mga prinsipyo niini.

Sa pito ka mga programa, lima ang training ug retooling nga mga programa samtang ang lain pang duha mao ang partnership with government and a private company alang sa sertipikasyon sa pampublikong mga drayber ug pagpagahom sa mga kababayen-an.

Kini nga mga programa naglakip sa : 1) IT-BPO Talent Investment Program pagbansay sa 65,000 ka mga eskolar aron mokwalipikar alang sa mga trabaho sa business process outsourcing industry; 2) TESDA-SEIPI (Semi-conductor and Electronics Industry of the Philippines) Pakigtambayayong alang sa Semi-Conductor Electronics Industry pagbansay sa mokapin 9,000 bag-o ug kasamtangan mga trabahante aron kanunay silang andam alang sa mga panginahanglanon sa industriya sa semi-conductor ug electronics; 3) Partnership with PLDT (Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. ) alang sa pagbansay sa 1,300 ka mga technicians; 4) TESDA-Holcim Partnership aron pagbansay sa mokabat 2,200 ka mga wala na magtungha nga mga kabatan-onon sa construction trades sama sa masonry, carpentry ug blueprint reading certification; 5) Partnership with LTFRB (Land Transportation Regulation and Franchising Bureau) alang sa sertipikasyon sa mga drayber sa PUV; 6) TESDA Specialista Technopreneurship Programs nga maoy mohiusa sa mga hintungdan aron silbihan ang nagkalain-laing panginahanglanong serbisyo sa mga panimalay ug gagmayng mga komunidad ug; 7) Updates on TESDA-Coke National Convergence Program on Empowering Women Retailers.

Si Villanueva miingon kini nga mga programa usab nahisubay sa public partnership nga tinguha sa pangagamhanang Aquino. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Cebuano News: Pagamit og helmet ipatuman sa Carmen

By MSMonoy

-- Ang tanang drivers ug riders sa single motorcycle sa lungsod sa Carmen gimandu-an na nga magsul-ob gayod og helmet kada mag-drive bisan pa duol ra o layo ang biyahi-an sumala sa Municipal Ordinance No. 21 niini.

Napasa ang maong ordinansa aron mapahimangno-an ang mga nagagamit og motor sa paglikay sa aksidente ug sa way hinungdan nga pagkakalas sa kinabuhi niini. Kini ha-om usab sa Republic Act No. 10054 o ang Motorcycle Helmet Act.

Multahan ang mga inidbidwal nga mosupak niini nga balaod.

Gi-aprobahan gilayon kini pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 301-2011 nga gipangamahan ni Bokal Lorito Q. MaragaƱas. (PGO-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)