2.05.2012

PIA News Service - Sunday, February 5, 2012

Caraga DRRMC issues general flood advisory today

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 5 (PIA) -- With continuous rains pouring in all provinces of Caraga Region since Saturday, Feb. 4, the Regional Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) issued flood advisory this afternoon.

In the last 24 hours, rainfall until 8am today in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur measured 60.5 mm while rainfall in Butuan City measured 0.1mm while Surigao del Norte posted 8.44 mm of rainfall.

Moderate to occasionally heavy rains for the next 24 hours is expected.

The region’s disaster risk reduction council said waterways still likely to be affected like rivers and streams, as well as its tributaries in Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte and Dinagat Islands.

With this latest development, people living near the mountain slopes and those in low-lying areas of the above-mentioned river systems and the local DRRMCs concerned are advised to be alert for possible flashfloods and landslides, as RDRRMC emphasized that the government is on proactive action which is evacuation rather than rescue.

As of 10:30 am today, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that a tail end of a cold front will bring mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in Visayas and Mindanao. It will be cloudy with widespread rains in Leyte, Bohol, Siquijor, Surigao provinces, Agusan provinces, Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon that may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

In a related development, the City DRRMC here reported that despite of the continuous rains, water level at Agusan River remains normal at 1.6 meters. For emergencies, the public is advised to call (085) 345-5940 or through mobile phone at 09298466767 or 09174109609. (PIA-Caraga)

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DepEd chief urges school officials to take care of donated armchairs

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 5 (PIA) -- Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Armin Luistro recently urged school officials and school children to take care of the donated armchairs under the PNoy Bayanihan Project.

Luistro said the production of these armchairs is a product of collaboration of government agencies, originally conceptualized by President Benigno S. Aquino III.

Because of this, Luistro said school officials should value these donations because DepEd is very fortunate to be beneficiaries of the project. He said of all the government agencies, they are the most who benefitted from this project.

“Pangalagaan natin ang biyaya ng Diyos na pinagpaguran ng tao para makarating sa inyo (We should take care God’s blessings which is considered fruit of labor of other people that is given to you),” Luistro said.

The DepEd chief also emphasized the PNoy Bayanihan project is not only of the Executive Branch. He said local government units also played important role in the realization of this project.

“Ang proyektong ito ay hindi lamang proyekto ng executive branch. Kasama po namin talaga dito ang ating local government units. Kaya po masayang-masaya kaming pumunta rito para makasama at maka-ugnayan ang mga lokal na opisyal dito. (This project is not only made by the executive branch. We are also supported by our local government units. That is why we are so happy to be here and discuss this matter with the local officials in the region),” Luistro said.

Further, the education secretary stressed that there is a need for the convergence of government agencies. He also underscored the important role of the legislative department in crafting laws that will benefit the majority.

He explained the joint efforts of the legislative and the executive departments will lead to the realization of projects, towards development of the country.

Meanwhile, Luistro thanked the legislative and executive departments for coming up with this project that will help in the transformation of development in the education sector. (PIA-Caraga)

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DepEd-Caraga chief thankful to stakeholders of PNoy Bayanihan project

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 5 (PIA) – Department of Education (DepEd)-Caraga Regional Director Dr. Gloria Benigno on Friday thanked all stakeholders of the PNoy Bayanihan project.

In her parting statement during the ceremonial turnover of armchairs to schools in Caraga Region, Benigno said the collaborative efforts of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is well appreciated especially for the part of DepEd.
Benigno added the project was also realized through the coordination of the local government units of Caraga Region. With this, she also expressed her gratitude to the local chief executives.

Although the armchairs came from illegally cut logs, DepEd, she is hoping that there will be no more such illegal activities to be conducted in the region as this will destroy the environment.

Benigno also accepted the request of DepEd Sec. Armin Luistro when the latter urged school officials to take care of the donated armchairs.

The DepEd chief of the region likewise vowed to value the donations, which the region has received in an effort to help provide quality education to school children through improved school infrastructures.

President Benigno S. Aquino III conceptualized the PNoy Bayanihan project through the implementing agencies composed of the DENR, PAGCOR, TESDA and the DepEd being the program beneficiary. (PIA-Caraga)

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PAGCOR chief vows to support PNoy Bayanihan project

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 5 (PIA) -- Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Chairman Cristino Naguiat, Jr. recently said the country’s amusement and gaming company would continue to support the PNoy Bayanihan project, as it aimed to promote human development.

During Friday’s ceremonial turnover of 6,096 armchairs to some schools here and in the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur, Chairman Naguiat said the PNoy Bayanihan project would only be realized if government and the people will go hand in hand.

Underscoring the importance of unity, Naguiat said with the name of the project itself, “Bayanihan” means helping each other towards a common goal.

Naguiat added a project in the country would never be realized without the support of all stakeholders and the people who will also benefit the end output.

With this, Naguiat urged the people to go hand in hand with the government in an effort to uphold transparency and good governance. He said if there’s transparency and good governance, this country will surely move forward.

Chairman Naguiat also said PAGCOR has initially allocated some P100 million for the PNoy Bayanihan project, for the conversion of illegal logs to armchairs.


The official added this is just one of the PAGCOR’s projects for education and more projects will still be realized. He added they were able to allocate, together with the Department of Education (DepEd), a budget amounting to some P1 billion for the construction of school buildings.

With this, Naguiat said the Aquino government was able to allocate these huge budgets in a right way. “Wala pong corruption kaya nakakapagbuo tayo ng proyekto na ganito kalaki (No corruption in all these transactions that is why we were able to come-up with such big projects),” Naguiat said.

Naguiat added that never in the history of PAGCOR that they were able to do such big project like the P100-billion school building projects.

Chairman Naguiat, together with DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Sec. Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, and Department of Environment and Natural Resources Assistant Sec. Michelle Angelica Go graced the activity held at the covered court of Butuan Central Elementary School. (PIA-Caraga)

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DILG urges AgNor province to pass anti-piracy measures

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Feb. 5 (PIA)
– All component municipalities and cities in the province are enjoined to pass an ordinance curtailing the sale, transfer, distribution, manufacture and/or production of pirated or fake goods, articles and services per Memorandum Circular No. 2011-89 issued last June 21, 2011 from the Office of the Secretary, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Quezon City.

DILG has issued the same circular way back in 2003 urging LGUs to enforce intellectual rights in support to the PNP, NBI and the Video Regulatory Board but there were only 12 LGUs as of 2008 who passed an ordinance on it.

The new circular seeks to reiterate to all local legislative bodies in the country to adopt an ordinance to curtail, if not eradicate, these fake goods and services to protect the intellectual rights of scientists, inventors and other gifted citizens.

Through Sanggunian Resolution No. 317-2011 authored by BM James T. Reserva, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Agusan del Norte approved the said resolution. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

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115 TESDA trainees in Agusan del Sur to receive Certificate of Competency

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Feb. 5 (PIA)
-- The 115 trainees who made the armchairs that were distributed to schools in Caraga Region on Friday under the PNoy Bayanihan Project will each receive certificate of competency.


Secretary Emmanuel Joel Villanueva of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) announced on Friday during the ceremonial turnover of some 6,096 armchairs to ten schools in Caraga Region held at the covered court of Butuan Central Elementary School (BCES) here.

Villanueva said he was given the opportunity to meet the 115 trainees when he visited the manufacturing site at the Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Trades (ASSAT) on Thursday.

The official further announced that said trainees would receive certificate of competency on furniture-making and operating furniture machines.

Villanueva also said the trainees will also receive livelihood component courtesy of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and training fee will be given to them.

“Sa halip na nakatambay lang sila, nakapag-aaral na sila, kumikita pa po sila. (Instead of being bystanders, they will learn and earn at the same time),” Villanueva said.

Furthermore, Villanueva said the end product of the project is the comfort given to the school children as they continue to learn and be the future leaders of the country.

Villanueva also acknowledged those in attendance, saying their presence means that they have strongly supported the thrusts, programs and projects of the national government. (PIA-Caraga)