PIA News Service - Tuesday, February 21, 2012

26th EDSA People Power Revolution celebration to honor volunteers in CdO, Iligan City

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 21 (PIA)
-- The celebration of the 26th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution will be highlighted by honoring volunteers’ efforts in rebuilding the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan after tropical storm Sendong devastated the two cities in Northern Mindanao.

In a press statement, the EDSA People Power Commission, in partnership with Pilipinas Natin! will hold a series of events celebrating the 26th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution from February 14 to 25, 2012.

The commission also said the school forums will be held in 26 schools and universities in Metro Manila. These forums will discuss the relevance of the People Power Revolution among the youth, especially those who were born after 1986.

The various forums will run for three weeks preceding EDSA Day to culminate in a large symposium to be held on February 23. This activity will be undertaken in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and Yes Pinoy Foundation.

To encourage volunteerism and to highlight the importance of doing service for our country, a Service Day called EDSA Service Day will be held on February 24 in partnership with the Boys and Girls Scouts of the Philippines. On this day, the boy scouts will do acts of public service around Metro Manila such as directing traffic, helping people cross the street and others.

With this, a concert in Cagayan de Oro City will be held in the evening of February 24 featuring OPM artists and local artists to acknowledge the volunteers' efforts in rebuilding their city.

On February 25, 2012, more than 226 homes will also be turned over to Sendong victims in Iligan City. The Vice President will be invited to grace the event. The Vice President, together with Commissioner Ogie Alcasid of the EDSAPeop'lePower Commission will lead the turn over. This event will highlight the government's and the people's response to the plight of those affected by Typhoon Sendonq.

The EDSA Day will be capped with a concert in Iligan City featuring OPM artists who have willingly volunteered their talents to give joy to the victims of Typhoon Sendong and to honor the volunteers-who have come from all over the Philippines to help their fellow Filipinos in need.

The theme of this year's celebrations is: "Anong Taya Mo Para sa Pilipinas Natin?” which is a call to action for all Filipinos to participate in nation-building. The events for the celebration will highlight new manifestations of People Power including volunteerism and will also rekindle inherent Filipino values like Bayanihan. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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PyD to brief stakeholders in Caraga Region

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 21 (PIA)
-- Paz y Desarrollo (PyD), a Spanish International Non-Government Organization is scheduled to brief stakeholders in Caraga Region for the continuation of its program implementation this year in the region.

In a statement, Noelia Monge Vega, PyD country representative to the Philippines said the briefing cum-workshop will be conducted on March 7, 2012 at the regional office of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) here.

Vega said the activity aims to promote accountability and transparency, and disclose levels of program actions and expected results; provide government partners with program directions especially for the period March – December 2012; and draw out points of partnership.

Created in 1991, PyD works toward the improvement of the living conditions of the communities in the most vulnerable countries through international cooperation.

PyD is currently working in more than 16 countries spanning 3 continents, PyD aims at fostering economic and social changes through four main strategies: 1) Civil Society Empowerment; 2) Institutional Strengthening; 3) Development of Productive Sectors; and 4) Enhancing Gender Equity and Equality.

In the Philippines, PyD started in 2008 with the project “Strengthening the Productive Sector in the Rural Areas & Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Regions of Bicol (V) and Caraga (XIII)” (Convenio AECID 07-C01-034 FILIPINAS) covering the provinces of Albay in Bicol Region; and Agusan del Sur and del Norte; and Surigao del Sur and del Norte in Caraga.

To date, PyD with the Partners is implementing the 4-year program dubbed “Regional Program to Promote Gender Equality in Political Participation in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Philippines, East Timor and Vietnam” (Convenio AECID Code 10-CO1-029).

Both the programs contribute to the Spanish Agency’s (AECID) overall development framework of democratic governance, citizens’ participation and institutional development, coverage of social needs and the promotion of economic and business network.

With the second project, PyD has been involved in partnership with PILIPINA (Ang Kilusan ng Kababaihang Pilpino), Miriam College-Women and Gender Institute (WAGÎ), academe and government institutions in Agusan del Norte and Lanao del Sur with the women participation in political governance activities for the last 2 quarters of 2011.

These activities form part of PyD’s commitment to contribute in the realization of women’s political and civil rights by supporting initiatives that promote good governance and democracy based on gender-equitable political participation. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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GSIS explains policy revision in granting survivorship benefits

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 21 (PIA)
-- The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) explained why they revised the existing policy on the grant of survivorship benefits.

During Monday’s stakeholders’ dialogue with top officials of the country’s premier state insurer, President and General Manager (PGM) Robert G. Vergara emphasized that the existing policies on the grant of survivorship benefits were revised by the management with the end in view of granting equitable benefits to survivorship pensioners.

Given the said revisions, Vergara added the members and pensioners are secured of their future benefits in the GSIS without compromising the financial viability of the Social Insurance Fund (SIF).

Vergara also explained under the new policy, all primary and secondary beneficiaries residing in the Philippines or abroad who are existing survivorship pensioners or claiming for survivorship benefits.

The official added those who were receiving survivorship benefits but the payment of which was suspended when the policy on the same was amended and implemented in August 2009 are also covered in this new policy.

Further, Vergara stressed those who applied for survivorship benefits but whose applications were disapproved due to the issuance/approval of Management Implementing Guidelines (MIG) 01-2009 dated October 22, 2009, which took effect as early as August 2009, and MIG 04-2010 dated April 26, 2010.

The GSIS chief clarified that when a member or pensioner dies, the primary beneficiaries or the surviving legal spouse and dependent children, or the secondary beneficiaries, as the case may be, shall be entitled to the applicable survivorship benefits.

According to the official, primary beneficiaries are the legitimate spouse, until he/she re-marries, cohabits, or engages in a common-law relationship. He also said dependent legitimate, legally adopted or legitimated children, including the illegitimate children, who have not reached the age of majority, or have reached the age of majority but incapacitated and incapable of self support due to a mental or physical defect acquired prior to age of majority.

Meanwhile, secondary beneficiaries shall be the dependent parents and, subject to the restrictions on dependent children, the legitimate descendants. He added the secondary beneficiaries shall only be entitled to survivorship benefits if there are no primary beneficiaries.

Vergara said when then surviving spouse remarries, cohabits, or engages in a common-law relationship or when the dependent children reach the age of majority, they will be disqualified from receiving the survivorship pension. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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TESDA continues to conduct trainings in Surigao Sur

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 21 (PIA)
-- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Surigao del Sur headed by Provincial Director Rey Cueva has continued to do conduct more trainings here.

According to Nancy De Guzman, TESDA Administrative Officer V, 12 trainings have already been started since the beginning of the year saying six of which were completed while the rest are still on-going.

De Guzman certified that trainings being offered include commercial cooking, coco processing, driving, food and beverage services, English language proficiency, consumer electronics services, personal computer operations, and shielded metal arc wielding (SMAW).

She reported that a total of 357 individuals have already benefited under said activities – 181 of which are males, 176 are females.

Earlier, Cueva bared their notable accomplishment for 2011 on massive training, assessment and certification, scholarships, employment, and other joint undertakings with the Local Government Units (LGUs), Congressional Offices, PNP and the AFP. (Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)

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Surigao Norte gov distributes relief goods to flashflood victims

SURIGAO CITY, Feb. 21 (PIA)
-- Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas together with her team capitol personally handed-out relief supplies to some 185 families in Puroks Rosal and Bliss in Brgy Quezon, Mainit recently.

Some barangays in the town of Mainit were flooded after heavy rains were experienced and the water level at Lake Mainit rose due to the low pressure area.

Around 48 families were being evacuated at Brgy. Quezon Gym, 67 families in Pastoral House and 70 families in Quezon Elementary School, it was learned.
Matugas revealed her plan to relocate the informal settlers living near the lakeside of Mainit.

“So that they will be safe and will not always be displaced during heavy rains and other weather disturbances,” Matugas said.

Evacuees expressed their heartfelt gratitude to Matugas for the assistance they received and hopeful that they can be relocated soon. (Provincial Information Center/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Flooding affects 655 families in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY, Feb. 21 (PIA)
-- The intermittent to continuous rains brought by the low pressure area and tail end of a cold front last week has affected around 655 families in 10 barangays in the three municipalities of Surigao del Norte, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said.

An initial report from the PDRMMO sent to PIA revealed that the municipality of Mainit accounted for 354 families or 2,124 individuals, which were evacuated in five barangays due to the overflowing of Lake Mainit.

In Tubod, around 139 families or 526 individuals were evacuated from the four barangays while, in the municipality of Alegria, 162 families or 972 individuals were evacuated from only one barangay due to flooding.

Vice Governor Arturo Carlos Egay Jr. spearheaded the relief operations and the initial distribution of food packs to the evacuees of Mainit and Alegria.

“A total of 400 food packs were distributed to the families,” the report added. (FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Tagalog news: Ugnayan sa pamamagitan ng impormasyon pinalawak sa Agusan del Sur

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Peb. 21 (PIA)
-- Sinimulan ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Agusan del Sur ang pagpapalawak ng ugnayan nito sa impormasyon sa ginawang dalawang araw na pagsasanay ng basic communication skills sa lahat ng information officers ng iba’t-ibang kagawaran.

Ito ay upang mabigyan ang mga kawani ng kaalaman kung papano nila maiparating sa mamamayan kung ano ang kanilang ginagawa at mga nagawa na.

Ayon kay Provincial Public Information Officer Alfredo Plaza, ang dalawang araw na pagsasanay ay naglalayong maiangat ang mga ginagawa ng iba’t ibang tanggapan sa pamamagitan ng epektibo, kapani-paniwala at maaabot na programa sa impormasyon. Ito rin ang magsisigurong makapaghatid ng maaga, makaugnayan at tamang impormasyon patungo sa mga mamamahayag, mga local na pamahalaan at sa publiko.

“Maliban sa aking mga nabanggit, kami ay naniniwalang ang pagsasanay na ito ang makapagbigay daan sa mga information officers para makakaroon sila ng mabuting ugnayan sa media sa pamamagitan ng mga impormasyon sa mga pinaggagawa ng pamahalaan na kaugnayan sa pagpaunlad ng kabuhayan. Sa pamamagitan ng pagsasanay na ito, maiparating din natin sa mga mamamayan kung ano ang mga programa ng pamahalaang panlalawigan sa pamamagitan ng mga pasilidad ng quad-media, at makakatulong din ito sa pagpalawak ng ugnayan ng lalawigan sa iba’t ibang sector at mga NGOs sa ating komunidad, habang patuloy ang pakipag ugnayan sa media, mga lokal at pambansang mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan,” sabi ni Plaza.

Hindi lamang pangangalap ng materyales para sa impormasyon o balita ang itinuro sa mga nagsidalo kung hindi pati na ang paggamit ng camera at video production para magkaroon ng ideya ang mga kalahok kung ano ang mga materyales na kanilang dapat makuha at maihatid sa NBN Agusan del Sur at maipakita sa publiko. Tinuruan din ang mga kalahok ng basic news writing para sa radio, telebisyon at diyaryo para makapghatid ng kompleto at tamang impormasyon sa madla.

Hindi lamang ang pagsulat ng balita at paggamit ng camera ang itinuro, kundi pati na rin ang communication planning para deretsong matugunan ang iba’t ibang problema sa komunikasyon pati na ang mensaheng dapat gamitain ng bawat tanggapan na naayon sa kanilang problema sa komunikasyon.

“Ito ay pasimula lamang para mapalawak ang ugnayan ng lokal na pamahalaan sa hanay ng komunikasyon. Sa susunod ng ganitong pagsasanay, mga information officers naman ng bawat bayan at barangay an gating sasanayin para lalong lumawak an gating ugnayan sa komunikasyon ditto sa buong lalawigan,” sabi ni Plaza. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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Cebuano news: Aquino mimando sa departamento sa Energy nga lodan og P1,200 matag Pantawid Pasada kard aron maabagan ang epekto sa nagtaas nga mga presyo sa gasolina

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Peb. 21 (PIA)
-- Gimanduan ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang Department of Energy (DOE) nga lodan matag maghuhupot og Pantawid Pasada Program kard kantidad P1,200 aron maabagan ang epekto sa nagkataas nga mga presyo sa gasolina.

"Inatasan po ni Presidente Aquino ang DOE na magbigay ng 1,200 pesos reload para sa isandaang libong benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pasada Program. Para po ito maibsan ang epekto ng napipintong pagtataas ng presyo ng langis na mangyayari ngayong gabi," si Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda miingon atol sa regular press briefing didto sa Malacanang kagahapon Lunes.

Ang programang Pantawid Pasada sa gobyerno gimugna aron mahatagan og sudsidiya ang sektor sa pangpublikong transportasyon uban ang nagtaas nga mga presyo sa mga produktong lana.

Si Lacierda miingon ang DOE mosugod pagpang-apod-apod sa maong mga kards ngadto sa mga drayber sa public utility vehicles (PUV) nga mga benipisyaryo sa programang Pantawid Pasada.

Siya usab mianunsyo nga ang mga benipisyaryo makapahimulos usab sa mga diskwento sa pagpalit og mga ligid, baterya ug uban pang mga piyesa.

"Sa tulong din po ng Office of Transport Cooperatives sa ilalim ng DOTC (Department of Transporation and Communications) at ng Philippine International Trading Corporation sa ilalim ng Department of Trade and Industry, pinatibay ang ugnayan sa pagitan ng mga kooperatiba at manufacturer ng gulong, baterya, at iba pang spare parts," si Lacierda miingon.

Ang gobyerno usab nagsugod na pag-implementar og mga sumbanan aron makunhoran ang mga presyo sa ligid, baterya ug uban pang mga piyesa sa hangyo nga matabangan ang sektor sa transportasyon nga makasugakod sa nagtaas nga presyo sa gasolina.

"Maaari pong makakuha ng tax exemption ang mga coop, maliban pa sa dealers' discount; direkta nitong mapapamura ang gastusin para sa maintenance ng mga sasakyan ng ating mga operator at tsuper ng jeep, bus, AUV, at taxi. Bukas po mismo ay maghaharap na ang mga kooperatiba at manufacturer upang magsimula ng pag-order ng mga kagamitan," siya miingon.

"Nagmamahal ang presyo ng langis dahil lumalakas din ang pag-angkat ng mga bansa sa Europa, kung saan mayroong di inaasahang taglamig sa mga panahong ito. Hindi rin nakatulong ang tensyon sa pagitan ng Iran at ilang Kanluraning bansa," matud pa niya.

Si Lacierda mipasalig nga ang pangagamhanang Aquino magpadayon sa paghulma og mga sumbanan aron hupayon ang palas-unon sa sektor sa transportasyon. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: Mga biktima sa baha sa Brgy. Quezon, Mainit gibisitahan ni Gov. Matugas

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Peb. 21, (PIA)
– Gibisitahan ni Governor Sol Matugas ang mga biktima sa baha sa Purok Rosal ug Bliss, sa Brgy. Quezon, Mainit, Surigao del Norte uban ang Team Capitol niadtong Sabado, Pebrero 18, 2012.

Adunay mokabat sa 48 ka mga pamilya ang mibakwit ngadto sa Brgy. Quezon gym, 67 ka pamilya didto sa Pastoral House ug 70 ka pamilya didto sa Quezon Elementary School.

Si Governor Matugas miapod-apod og mga hinabang ug plano usab niya nga erelocate ang mga katawhan nga nanimuyo duol sa Lake Mainit aron malikay sila sa peligro ug dili na sila mahasol sa pagbakwit panahon sa makusog nga ulan ug baha nga masinati matag karon ug unya.

Mapasalamaton ug dako ang mga biktima tungod sa pagbisita sa Gobernador ug sa ilang nadawat nga hinabang og sila naglaom nga unta matuman ang saad niini nga sila marelokar ug mahatagan og kapuy-an nga luwas sa peligro ug mga katalagman. (Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Surigao Norte gov visits flasflood victims in Brgy. Quezon, Mainit

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Feb. 21, (PIA)
– Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas together with the team capitol visited the flasflood victims at Purok Rosal and Blisss in Brgy Quezon, Mainit, Surigao del Norte.

Around 48 families were being evacuated at Brgy. Quezon Gym, 67 families in Pastoral House and 70 families in Quezon Elementary School.

During the said visit, Governor Matugas also distributed relief goods and revealed her plans to relocate the informal settlers living near the lakeside of Mainit. “So that they will we safe and will not always be displaced during heavy rains and other weather disturbances,” Matugas said.

Evacuess expressed their heartfelt gratitude to Gov. Matugas for the assistance they received and hopeful that they can be relocated soon. (Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)