2.23.2012

PIA News Service - Thursday, February 23, 2012

ANTRECCO orients gov’t agencies on the advantages of cooperatives

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 23 (PIA)
-- As way of giving opportunities to Agusanons to avail the benefits they can get from a cooperative, the Agusan del Norte Teachers, Retirees, Employees and Community Cooperative (ANTRECCO) continuously conducts orientation to government employees on the advantages of being a coop member.

According to ANTRECCO Marketing Officer Liezel Aspe, out of the 340,000 cooperatives of the country, ANTRECCO is one of the 10 nominees of the Philippine Federation of Credit Cooperatives (PFCCO) to become an ACCESS Brand.

ACCESS stands for A-1 Competitive Choice for Excellence in Service and Soundness which is the Cooperative’s Global Standards for Excellence.

“This recognition from the PFCCO deepened our commitment to obtain the main principle of the cooperative movement which is “People Helping People Especially the Have less Ones,” said Aspe.

Also, it was learned that recently, ANTRECCO is the 3rd place awardee of the Gawad Parangal conducted by Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) as Outstanding Cooperative for large scale category – Mindanao Island.

ANTRECCO is adding new services to its members which are the ANTRECCO Medical Assistance, Mortuary Aid System, Residential Fire Assistance, and among others.

Aspe also expressed that ANTRECCO would like to reach the grassroots of our society through the assistance of highly educated individuals like the teachers and other professionals who can explicitly share the benefits one can derive of being a coop member.

Meanwhile, Aspe clarified that they conduct the orientation as per approval and availability of the government agency/office.

For inquiries, information on ANTRECCO’s services, they can be reached at telephone numbers: (085) 342-8176; 341-2408; 341-2675. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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Forum on environmental protection, sustainable dev't set in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 23 (PIA)
-- To continuously protect the environment here, Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU), Save Taguibo Watershed Network (STWN) and People Power Volunteers for Reform (PPVR) Caraga, in coordination with ABS-CBN Foundation and the Save Palawan Movement (SPM) will be holding a forum on Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development.

It will be on February 29, 2012, 9:00 a.m. at the FSUU Archbishop Morelos Campus Gym, Libertad, this city.

Gina Lopez, managing director of the ABS-CBN Foundation and SPM lead convenor is the guest speaker on the said forum.

The activity is in support to the Philippine Millennium Development Goal No. 7 on ensuring environmental sustainability.

Rev. Fr. John Christian U. Young, FSUU president, said the aftermath of tropical storm Sendong and other extreme weather events in our country have highlighted the urgent need to take care of our environment.

“Our region has not been spared from environmental and health hazards due to logging and mining activities… Environmental protection and sustainable development is not just a concern reserved to our policy makers and public officials. Our students, who will be greatly affected by the deteriorating environmental condition, need to be part of the discourse on environmental protection and sustainable development,” said Young.

Also, Fr. Young encouraged the public to support and participate in activities like this to gain more knowledge and could contribute on the development of our environment.

For more information on said activity, you may contact the forum secretariat c/o Dr. Mary Grace M. Brongcano, FSUU Community Extension Services (CES) Director at cellphone number: 09088847154 or call CES Office No. (085) 342-1830 (local) 1908. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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OPAPP turns over bridge to Agusan del Sur

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Feb. 23 (PIA)
-- A P2 million-worth bridge was turned over to the provincial, municipal and barangay officials by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process yesterday after its completion.

The bridge, made mostly of light materials, can only accommodate light vehicles like motorcycles and carts. It connects Barangay New Tubigon of Sibagat and Barangay San Juan of Bayugan City, crossing the wide Andanan River.

According to New Tubigon Brgy. Captain Librado Felizilda, the route from New Tubigon via San Juan using the new bridge in going to Bayugan City reduces their travelling distance by more or less 30 kilometers compared to the original route they used before.

“The new bridge is very precious to us because it makes our travel to Bayugan City and other developed areas easier and comfortable. This means, our expenses in bringing our farm products to the market will really reduce, which will also mean bigger income for us,” Felizilda said.

Nestor Banguiran, head teacher of New Tubigon Elementary School also said, it will no longer be a problem for them to transport school needs to improve the quality of educationthey can give to the children of New Tubigon. He also recalled that because of the unsafe bamboo bridge used before, one student fell to the river but survived.

The PAMANA, a flagship program of the Aquino administration Aquino deals with challenges, especially on the peace and order issue, to get the projects moving. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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MinDA, PCCI collaborate on Mindanao policy agenda



DAVAO CITY, Feb. 23 (PIA)
-- Seeing the need to mainstream Mindanao policy issues in national level discussions, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI) signed an agreement yesterday stipulating their joint commitment to promote investments in Mindanao and formulate the Mindanao Business Policy Agenda. 



The policy agenda shall seek to address immediate and recurring issues of the business sector in the island-region to enhance its competitiveness and ensure a more conducive environment for business. The MOA was signed during the PCCI Strategic Planning Session at the PCCI Board Room at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig. 



The policy agenda shall also bring to the attention of concerned national government agencies sectoral issues that affect Mindanao’s economic competitiveness on energy, mineral development, agriculture and fishery, transport and logistics, human resource and development, micro and small & medium enterprises (MSME), tourism, and peace and order. 



"MinDA is firmly committed to continue working in close partnership with PCCI in pushing for business growth in Mindanao," MinDA chair Luwalhati R. Antonino told members of the PCCI Board which include the country's top business leaders.



"We have always endeavored to move along this direction, fully cognizant of the critical role of the business sector in addressing our peace and development imperatives in Mindanao," she added.



The Mindanao Business Policy Agenda, which will come out from series of round table discussions, shall contain proposed actions for the government and the private sector’s commitment to achieve the desired outcome. 



Sectoral issues had been identified during a series of regional consultations last year in the cities of Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, and General Santos, attended by representatives of business groups, industry associations, local chambers, regional government agencies, and other stakeholders. 



The policy agenda is expected to achieve energy sufficiency for the island-region by addressing barriers to facilitate new investments in power generation and reforms in competitive rate setting. 



It will also sustain growth in agriculture by creating a favourable environment for production, processing, and marketing. 



For the education sector, the policy promotes education programs that elevate the competitiveness of Mindanao’s workforce to meet the global demand for quality service. 




Tourism will be given a boost by prioritizing the development and implementation of a Tourism Master Plan for Mindanao. Transport connectivity to support Mindanao’s economy is also identified for enhancement. 


The policy will bring forth issues facing the minerals industry even as it advocates for socially and environmentally responsible mineral enterprises. It also seeks to implement the BMBE Law to encourage the growth of barangay micro business enterprise. 



“Attaining the goals of the Mindanao Business Policy Agenda will lead to social and economic progress, and ultimately will engender lasting peace in Mindanao,” added Antonino. 



Government agencies that participated in the discussions were the Departments of Energy through the Electric Power Industry Management Bureau (DOE-EPIMB), Agriculture (DA), Interior and Local Government (DILG), Environment and Natural Resources through the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG).



“I personally commend efforts of the business groups in Mindanao for keeping its economy dynamic and resilient to both domestic and global challenges. Their commitment and dedication have ramped up the level of Mindanao’s competitiveness over the years,” added Antonino. 



This policy agenda initiative is a collaboration of MinDA, PCCI, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) Program. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/MinDA)

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BCWD conducts 38th anniversary raffle promo

By Ramil Barquin

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 23 (PIA)
-- As a treat to its concessionaires after 38 years of serving potable water to the city, the Butuan City Water District (BCWD) will conduct a raffle promo starting February 24 and will end on March 27, 2012, as part of its 38th Grand Anniversary celebration.

BCWD will be giving away big cash prizes on its anniversary raffle draw for concessionaires who have been paying their water bill on time and in full.

The raffle draw will take place on Wednesday, March 28, 10:00 a.m., at the BCWD Collection Lobby. A DTI representative will be present during the draw to validate the result.

Prizes for this year include P9,000 cash for the first prize, P6,500 for the second prize, P5,000 for the third prize, and 38 consolation winners to bring home P 1,000 each.

The BCWD Management is inviting all concessionaires to pay their water bill on or before March 27, 2012 for them to avail of the chance to win the prizes at stake.

To join, concessionaires must secure raffle coupons from BCWD Tellers and fill-up the required information. Drop the coupon at the designated drop box located at the Butuan City Water District Administration Building, Gov. J. A. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City and collecting banks such as DBP or Veterans Bank.

Winners will be announced through the local media (Radio, TV and Newspapers) and will also be posted at the BCWD Bulletin Board. Winners will also be informed through mail and by phone. (NCLM/BCWD)

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Cebuano news: Aquino gipapanumpa ang bag-ong mga opisyales sa Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Peb. 23 (PIA)
-- Gipangunahan ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang pagpanumpa sa bag-ong mga opisyales sa Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (Association of Broadcasters of the Philipines) sa usa ka seremonya kagahapon Miyerkules didto sa Malacañang.

Gipapanumpa ni Pangulong Aquino ang mga opisyales sa KBP Board of Directors ug ang 2011 KBP Standards Authority didto sa President Hall sa Malacañang.

Ang board sa KBP nga nanumpa sa ilang mga katungdanan mao sila; Herman Basbaño, chairman; Butch Canoy, vice chair; Ruperto Nicdao, Jr., president; Francis Cardona, executive vice president; Joselito Yabut, corporate secretary; Erwin Galang, Rosario Bartolome ug Philip Rama isip mga directors.

Ang 2011 KBP Standards Authority, nga nanumpa usab atubangan sa Pangulo mao sila: Rafael V. Barreiro, Noel C. Galvez, Orly L. Pangcog, George M. Salabao, Msgr. Rufino B. Suplido, Carlo M. Diño, Fr. Ilde T. Dimaano, Waldemar M. Tarray, ug Wilhelm Dabu Soriano.

Miuban sa Pangulo sila Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma, Jr., Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ramon Carandang ug National Telecommunications Commissioner Gamaliel Cordova. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano news: Panambay sa Brgy. Poctoy, San Roque ug San Juan gidagsa

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Peb. 23 (PIA)
-- Gidagsa sa bagang doot sa katawhan ang gipahigayon nga Panambay sa Barangay niadtong Sabado, Pebrero 18, 2012 didto sa Brgy. Poctoy, San Roque ug Brgy. San Juan, Surigao City.

Ang maong kalihukan gipangulohan ni Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas uban sa pakigtambayayong ni Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas ug mga opisyales.

Atol sa maong kalihukan gipahigayon ang pag turn-over sa mga educational materials ngadto sa mga pre-school children nga makatabang og dako sa ilang pag-eskuyla.

Gihatagan usab ni Gov. Matugas ang matag barangay og Day Care Center kantidad P400,000 ug Speech Laboratory sa Caraga Science High School kantidad P1.2 milyon nga gikan sa mga mining companies sa Surigao del Norte.

Si Punong Baranagy Josephine Patan sa Brgy. Poctoy nagpasalamat og dako kang Gobernador Matugas tungod sa mga programa niini sa maayong panglawas kay kini nakatabang gyud og dako sa mga katawhan nga dili makaadto sa syudad aron magpatambal tungod sa kawad-on.

Samtang giawhagan ni Governor Matugas ang mga kababayen-an nga mag-organisa og kooperatiba alang sa ilang kapanginabuhian. (Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)