2.04.2012

PIA News Service - Saturday, February 4, 2012

Agusan del Norte PDRRMC enhances its 5-year plan to ensure 0-casualty during calamities

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 4 (PIA)
-- Stakeholders of the Agusan del Norte Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) chaired by Governor Erlpe John M. Amante convened Friday to enhance further its 5-year DRRM Plan from 2012 to 2017.

On behalf of Gov. Amante, Provincial Administrator Ms. Percianita Racho presided the meeting and solicited further suggestions from the members to come up with a unified and organized DRRM plan for the province.

Provincial Planning and Development Officer Erma R. Suyo bared that PDRRMC’s goal for this plan is to institutionalize and implement measures and mechanisms to effectively reduce the risks and impacts of disasters and climate change for sustainable growth, poverty reduction and environmental balance.

“We visualize our province to be a disaster prepared and responsive with communities that are resilient to climate change,” Suyo expressed.

Suyo further said that the PDRRMC has established DRM teams at all levels – the barangay, city/municipal LGus. These teams are continuously being trained on planning, program implementation, monitoring, early warning and alert systems.

Also, Provincial Administrator Racho also stressed that simulation drills and exercises for safe evacuation due to fire, flooding, typhoon, earthquake and storm surge should be conducted periodically by the Agusan del Norte Emergency Response Team. Technical assistance from the Office of Civil Defense, PAGASA, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Health (DOH) and other entities implementing disaster risk reduction initiatives shall be sought.

It was also learned that monitoring and evaluation will start once the implementation of the DRRMP is in full swing. Monitoring and evaluation will be instrumental in identifying problems, impacts and benefits, as well as in ensuring the effectivity and sustainability of the plan.

With this 5-year plan, PDRRMC hoped to achieve its goals and reduce risks in times of disasters. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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TESDA chief optimistic Caraga Region first to address “zero backlog” in armchair production

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 4 (PIA)
-- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director-General Emmanuel Joel Villanueva on Friday said he is optimistic that Caraga Region will be the first region to address zero backlog in armchairs production under the PNoy Bayanihan Project.

Speaking before the officials and members of the Caraga Region’s Department of Education, TESDA, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), including some of the local officials of Butuan City, Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur during the school armchair turn-over ceremony at the covered court of Butuan Central Elementary School (BCES) here, Sec. Villanueva emphasized that with the reports he received from authorities, Caraga Region will be the first region to address the backlog by April or May this year.

“We will be able to address the problem of backlogs of Caraga Region by April or May but I am glad to announce to all Caraganons that based on the report from concerned agencies here, I am sure that Caraga Region will be the first region to address the backlogs of armchair production,” Villanueva said.

The TESDA chief stressed through this project, schoolchildren will be given the opportunity to experience convenience while they are studying. In this way, he said this can really contribute to the learning development of the pupils.

In a separate interview, Villanueva said the project will last for a year, depending on the supply of wood to be provided by DENR for Caraga Region.

Villanueva said the PNoy Bayanihan Project does not only promote anti-corruption as highlighted in the Philippine Development Plan of the Aquino Administration. He said this is also one of the strategies of the national government towards strengthening human development.

He said providing schools with necessary infrastructures means preparing for the future as these schoolchildren will be the future leaders of the country. (PIA-Caraga)

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10 schools in Caraga region receive armchairs through PNoy Bayanihan project

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 4 (PIA)
-- A total of 10 schools in Caraga Region have received armchairs through the PNoy Bayanihan project.

Dept. of Education (DepEd) Sec. Armin Luistro, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director-General Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Chairman Cristino Naguiat Jr., and Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Asec. Michelle Go personally presented the 6,096 armchairs to DepEd-Caraga Regional Director Dr. Gloria
Benigno in a ceremony held Friday at the Butuan Central Elementary School (BCES) covered court.

Witnessed by local officials of the province of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Butuan City, Agusan National High School (ANHS) received 2,000 armchairs that were personally handed-over to school officials at the ANHS covered court, which is a walking distance from BCES.

According to Braulio Dela Peña, Jr. of TESDA-Caraga, other school-beneficiaries of the program include the BCES with 1,900 armchairs; Butuan City School of Arts and Trades (BCSAT) with 800 chairs; Libertad National High School – 186; La Trinidad Elem. School – 450; Villa Kanangga Elem. School – 260; San Vicente Elem. School – 350; Kinamlutan Elem. School – 50 and; Ong Yiu Central Elem. School – 100.

Also, Agusan del Sur National High School received some 300 armchairs, and the province’s First District Congresswoman Tina Plaza was present during the turn-over ceremony.

In her short message, she acknowledged President Benigno S. Aquino II for coming up with this noble project that will benefit the schoolchildren. She also thanked the country’s chief executive for choosing Caraga Region as one of the beneficiaries of the PNoy Bayanihan project.

Further, Agusan del Norte First District Congressman Jose Aquino II is grateful to the Aquino administration for the project, making his constituents the major beneficiaries. Out of 10schools in Caraga, eight are from this city, one from Agusan del Norte, and another one for Agusan del Sur.

Meanwhile, PAGCOR Chairman Cristino Naguiat, Jr. vowed to support projects of the Aquino administration which aimed to promote human development. Among those are the education infrastructures and sports development of the youths. (PIA-Caraga)

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Caraga Region officials grateful to PNoy Bayanihan Project

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 4 (PIA)
-- Following the ceremonial turnover of school armchairs Friday morning at the covered court of Butuan Central Elementary School (BCES) here, local officials of the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Sur, as well from this city are thankful to the Aquino administration for coming up with the “PNoy Bayanihan Project."

In their short messages during the ceremony proper, Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John Amante, Agusan del Sur First District Congresswoman Tina Plaza, and Butuan City-Las Nieves Congressman Jose Aquino III are one in expressing thanks and gratitude to the national government for the realization of the project.
According to Plaza, she is thankful for the opportunity given to the schoolchildren in Caraga Region. She added schoolchildren must be properly nurtured so that they can get quality education.

“...And one way of doing this is to make sure that they will be comfortable as they listen to their teachers,” Plaza said.

Plaza further said the armchairs are gifts from the country’s chief executive and that she urged the school recipients through the respective school administrations to take care of these gifts because these are fruits of labor from the national government.

Also, Aquino said he is happy to know that government agencies have joined hands in providing help to schools in Caraga Region.

The good congressman also said BCES is close to his heart because his mother and three brothers have graduated in this school. He also said the area where BCES was established is donated by his father, the late Gov. Jose Aquino of the then province of Agusan. “Whoever will be in the government position, my heart will still be with Butuan Central as the memories of my family will always linger in this school,” Aquino said.

Meanwhile, Agusan del Norte Gov. Erlpe John Amante said this is the first time in his three-term as provincial governor of the province that dignitaries have visited the city of Butuan.

He added this shows how serious the present administration in implementing the thrusts and programs for the benefit of the Filipino populace.

The official also stressed he is thankful that a very unfortunate activity resulted into something good and will be perpetually used by schoolchildren in schools in Caraga Region.

However, Gov. Amante said he is not hoping that more chairs will be donated “because if this will be the case, this means more illegal logging activities are expected to happen”.

According to TESDA-Caraga, 6,096 chairs are distributed to eight schools in Butuan City, one school in Agusan del Norte, and another school in Agusan del Sur.

The armchairs is under the PNoy Bayanihan Project, funded by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), and was made possible through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Dept. of Education (DepEd).

The turnover ceremony on Friday was graced by DepEd Sec. Armin Luistro, TESDA Director-General Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, PAGCOR Chairman Cristino Naguiat, Jr. and DENR Asec. Michelle Angelica Go who is also a Butuanon. (PIA-Caraga)

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PNoy Bayanihan, not only an anti-corruption campaign of the present admin, also a campaign for education – TESDA chief

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 4 (PIA)
-- Emmanuel Joel Villanueva of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on Friday pointed out that the PNoy Bayanihan project is not only anti-corruption campaign of the Aquino administration but also a campaign for education.

According to Villanueva, the project was conceptualized after Sec. Ramon Paje of the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) presented a report during a cabinet meeting in Malacañan Palace on the seized illegal logs in the country.

He said Paje reported that the biggest volume of illegally-cut logs came from Caraga Region. Because of this incident, President Benigno S. Aquino III called on the DENR, TESDA, Dept. of Education (DepEd), and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to do something about it.

Villanueva said it was the President’s idea to make the illegally-cut logs useful by converting it to armchairs. With this, the President directed them, especially DepEd to identify areas where school armchairs are needed.

The TESDA chief said it is good to note that the illegally-cut logs are already transformed into lumbers and now into armchairs which will be used by schoolchildren.

To date, Sec. Villanueva said 6,096 armchairs will be distributed to some schools in Caraga Region. He added the DepEd has identified these school-beneficiaries for the initial distribution.

Villanueva further said other schools in the region will benefit on the next set of armchairs for which he is optimistic, it will be distributed within this year.

Believing that the region will be the first in the country to address armchair backlogs, he said Caraga Region will be given priority in armchairs distribution.

Villanueva was here in the city to grace the turnover of school armchairs to DepEd-Caraga regional director Dr. Gloria Benigno for use in schools in the city, Agusan del Norte, and Agusan del Sur. (PIA-Caraga)

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Agusan del Norte New Capitol Building good to go

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Feb. 4 (PIA)
-- After the Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte attain the reclassification of their land conducted by the Dept. of Agriculture (DA) in Brgy. Sanghan, Cabadbaran City where the new Capitol building will be constructed, the land conversion by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will soon follow.

DAR promised that they will fast track the land conversion of the said land from an agricultural to an industrial land in month’s time for the construction to start. March is set to be the target month for the construction of the said building.

According to Gov. Amante, the budget for the construction is ready. It will feature a modern design with lots of new things to look forward to.

The Governor added that there will be an employees village at the back of the new building intended for the provincial employees.

For the old capitol building located in Capitol Compound, Butuan City, there are options on what to make out of it. It could be turned into a school, heritage hotel or a government office.

But according to Gov. Amante, the Guingona’s, who donated the lot to the province, expressed their desire and prefer to see the old capitol building be turned into a good decent school instead of the other options to maintain its perpetual relevance and contribute to the improvement of education in the whole region. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)