2.11.2012

PIA News Service - Saturday, February 11, 2012

RDRRMC-Caraga chair warns public to be alert during earthquake

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (PIA)
-- Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) chairman and concurrent Regional Director of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Dr. Blanche Gobenciong recently warned public to be alert in times of disasters, especially during earthquake.

This developed after the 6.9-magnitue quake jolted Negros Oriental and some areas of the Visayas region Monday noon where according to reports from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), death toll rose to 26 as of Wednesday morning.

In a radio interview, Gobenciong said in case of strong earthquakes, one should hide under a strong table so that if the building collapsed, he may still have the chance to survive.

Gobenciong also said when inside the building, people should find a way to get out from it and look for a safer place to stay. A safer place means that the area must be spacious and open that is free from falling debris.

“We are advocating the people to take the basic precautions in case of earthquakes through the ‘duck, cover and hold’ position and at the same time, to look for a vacant space or open space where it is free from falling debris,” Gobenciong said.



The official added these are some of the basic things the people should know and do in case of earthquakes. However, she said most importantly, the people should not be panic so that they can think of doing the said basic things she mentioned.

During Monday’s earthquake, intensity 3 was felt in this city and in Agusan del Norte; Legaspi City, Albay; Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City; Tacloban City; Catbalogan; Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte; and Masbate. (PIA-Caraga)

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Mayor challenges police officers to resolve crimes in Butuan City

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY (PIA
) -- City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. challenged cops of the PNP Caraga Regional Office to do everything to resolve crimes.

In his message, Mayor Amante told the PNP to work beyond what is expected from them so the public would be convinced to give their full trust and cooperation.

Amante added that unity, peace, and good deeds must be seen among PNP personnel and that they should serve as models.

However, Amante did not deny the fact that he is receiving complaints against the local PNP personnel with the continuous existence of different crimes in the city.

With this, he stressed that PNP must work harder to put a stop on illegal gambling, illegal drugs, and other crimes to maintain peace and order situation in the city as well as protect the lives and properties of the public. (PIA-Caraga)


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Butuan City Hall employee to receive national award today

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 11 (PIA)
-- A city hall employee here will be one of the awardees of the Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers for Outstanding Provinces, Municipalities Irrigator’s Association, and Agricultural Extension Workers at a ceremony in Manila today.

Ms. Gertrudes Fortun, agricultural technologist of the city agriculture office here won the Aricultural Extension Workers category and joined with the othe 499 awardees who each received P20,000 cash prize today in Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Manila.

The awarding ceremony will be attended by President Benigno S. Aquino III where Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala will hand-in the cash prize to the winners.

This fete received by an employee of the city government here is a manifestation that the local officials of this city as well as in Trento, Agusan del Sur has pushed their employees to better serve the constituents in their localities which is in line with the good governance as the flagship program of the national government.

This also shows that the city government is serious in serving the people, particularly in the agriculture sector such as the farmers in an effort to alleviate poverty not only in the city, but also in the region, in general.

The annual Agri-Pinoy Roce Achievers Awards has four categories namely: Top 10 Outstanding Provinces, which will receive P4 million each; Top 50 Outstanding Municipalities/Cities, which will receive P1 million each; Top 10 Outstanding Irrigators' Associations, which will receive P1 million each and the Top 500 Outstanding Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) where winners each receive P20,000 cash.

For the cash award for the Outstnding AEWs, the rest will be in the form of projects to help increase rice production in the locality, it was gathered.

The main criteria for the selection are yield increment, production data on rice for 2010-2011, budget allocation for rice production, provincial Rice Self-Sufficiency Program roadmap and profile of the irrigators' associations. (PIA-Caraga)

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FEATURE: A construction workers association trailblazing its way in TSTP arena

By Gervacio C. Dauz, Jr.

They used to be a ragtag band of construction workers, who plied their trade like vagabond peddlers just to make a living. When they heard about the importance of acquiring a National Certification from TESDA, they talked it over among themselves and in the end resolved to pursue it.

Their enthusiasm enabled them to contract Rodrigo Aclon, a competent and highly qualified instructor, to train them on Carpentry and Masonry every weekend or 20 sessions for each qualification. With backing from TESDA and the barangay Local Government Unit (LGU) of Ampayon, they commenced their community-based skills training on November 7, 2009 and ended it on the January 10, 2010 with high hopes.

Afterwards, following a suggestion to register themselves as an association, the East Butuan Small Construction Workers Association (EBSCWA) was listed on September 2010 with the Department of Labor and Employment.

Gradually, their collective endeavor under EBSCWA gained momentum.

”People are taking notice of us now. They are beginning to be confident with us because ours is a TESDA standard. While a seasoned engineer would coach us with a mixture of 2:3:4 for a building foundation, we go for the ratio of 1:2:3, which is by far sturdier and within global standard,” Niven Collado, business manager of EBSCWA, said.

But TESDA saw it more fitting and proper to still enroll them under the TESDA Specialista Technopreneurship Program (TSTP).

The TSTP is primarily addressed to tech-voc graduates. It is designed to be an enterprise development model for communities with the mission to help TESDA certified graduates to get into productive undertakings to help themselves and their communities.

The Barangay LGU of Ampayon even went further in supporting the EBSCWA members through the TSTP scheme by allowing them to have a space and to hold office under the roof of its Barangay Hall, so that they can ply their trade swiftly, transparently and confidently.

Rolando B. Lopez, barangay secretary of Ampayon, emphasized that barangay captain Samuel Allan M. Amante is seriously bent in pursuing “Technopreneurial, Educational, and Corporate Haven for Vibrant Occupation and Change” (TECH-VOC) for Brgy. Ampayon.

Meanwhile, as of this writing, EBSCWA is busy rushing the completion of a two-storey commercial building in Ampayon. Collado revealed that the proprietor of said building insisted in getting EBSCWA’s services, because through word of mouth she heard that the workmanship is within quality standard as set by the construction industry.

The business manager also revealed that currently EBSCWA is offering the following services: carpentry, construction painting, electrical installation and maintenance, masonry, and plumbing.

In terms of future plans, EBSCWA members dream of putting up a hollow block-making factory and a small hardware to further augment their growing income.

“With forehead tilted high, we can say that, because of our National Certification and the help given by entities such as TESDA and the LGU, we are now being sought after,” Collado said. (TESDA-Agusan del Norte/NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

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4Ps beneficiaries get cash cards

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 11 (PIA)
– The national anti-poverty alleviation program, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps, continues to benefit thousands of poor people in far-flung villages in Mindanao, government officials said recently.

At this early, a total of 2,112 beneficiaries from Agusan del Norte town and Surigao City received their cash cards, officials from the Department of Social and Welfare and Development (DSWD) said.

Since last month, at least 1,112 recipients from Kitcharao town in Agusan del Norte and 1,000 beneficiaries from Surigao City have already received their cash cards, said Northeastern Mindanao regional social information officer Leah T. Quintana.

Quintana also said with the cash cards, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries can now draw their cash grants from the bank hassle-free.

Region Xlll DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat asked the beneficiaries to spend the money on its intended purposes, especially on health, nutrition, and their children’s education.

She also reminded the beneficiaries that Pantawid Pamilya is only a five-year program and they should judiciously manage the grants and make the most of it for them to get out of their present situation. (MUC/PIA-Caraga)

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AgSur chosen to receive Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Awards

PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, Feb. 11 (PIA)
-- The province of Agusan del Sur has been selected for the Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Awards in the Philippines for its distinguished performance in rice production since 2008.

The Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Awards program was launched by the government through the Department of Agriculture in line with the vision of achieving rice self-sufficiency by 2013.

The program identifies and gives recognition to high-performing provinces, cities, municipalities and agricultural extension workers in the production of rice.

The implementation of the Boosted Utilization of Grains program in Agusan del Sur is being supervised by Gov. Adolph Edward G. Plaza. (MUC/PIA-Caraga)


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Mindanao Centers for Development identified

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Feb. 11 (PIA)
-- Ten towns and one city in Northern Mindanao have been initially selected for the establishment of Centers for Development (CFDs).

The Regional Development Council (RDC-10) supported the establishment of CFDs in these localities, particularly in areas that have persistent and pronounced youth-related problems like teen-age pregnancy, increasing school drop-outs, drug and alcohol abuse, and other health and education-related issues.

The selected localities are Gitagum, Initao, Laguindingan and Lugait in Misamis Oriental; Linamon and Tubod in Lanao del Norte; Cabanglasan, Impasug-ong, Lantapan and San Fernando in Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro City.

The establishment of CFDs in these areas will be funded jointly by a grant from Global Fund for Women (GFW) and the Countrywide Development Fund of Rep. Yevgeny Vincent B. Emano of the Second District of Misamis Oriental and Rep. Florencio T. Flores Jr., of the Second District of Bukidnon. (MUC/PIA-Caraga)