2.07.2012

PIA News Service - Tuesday, February 7, 2012

CDA-Caraga urged coop owners to register

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 7 (PIA)
-- Despite reports of closure of some cooperatives, Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) urged those who are planning to establish cooperatives to have it registered.

CDA-Caraga Regional Director Manuela Pelaez recently said closure of some cooperatives is due to mismanagement.

However, Pelaez said coop owners should register to CDA so that they can be assisted on how to improve the transactions undertaken by the cooperative.

“Bisan og aduna’y mga cooperatives nga na-dissolve niadtong miaging tuig tungod sa sayop nga pag-manage, mas maayo guihapon nga magpa-rehistro ang mga nanag-iya’g cooperative sa buhatan sa CDA aron mahatagan sila og giya ug estratehiya kung unsaon pag-palambo og pag-sustiner sa maong kooperatiba,” Pelaez said.

(Although there are cooperatives that were dissolved or closed last year because of mismanagement, it is still advised that owners of cooperatives must register in CDA so that they will be given guides and strategies how to develop and sustain their cooperative.)

Pelaez said if coop owners are registered, CDA will teach them strategies on how to run and sustain the cooperative.

The official added, to date, some 80 cooperatives in the region have already registered in CDA this year. (PIA-Caraga)

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BJMP to strengthen management strategy

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 7 (PIA)
-- The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Caraga is strengthening management strategy to improve their services.

BJMP-Caraga Assistant Regional Director Dario Campos said through this, they can find ways to increase its budget particularly in the improvement of facilities in the jails here in the region.

Specifically, ARD Campos said basic necessities of inmates such as foods and medicines are among that are given priority in allocating budget.

The official further said aside from improving their services to the inmates, they must also strengthen their manpower complement, through skills enhancement trainings and seminars.

Campos further admitted that in terms of security inside the jails, there is still a need for improvement. “With this, our personnel must undergo series of trainings for this matter,” Campos said. (PIA-Caraga)

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POPCOM urges youth to make responsible decisions

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 7 (PIA)
-- Officials of Caraga Region’s Commission on Population (POPCOM) recently urged teenagers to decide responsibly on the matter of going into serious relationships.

Through their advocacy program dubbed “Pag-aaral ay para sa hinaharap, huwag ipagpalit sa sandaling sarap,” POPCOM-Caraga Information Officer Angie Antonio said.

Antonio said this program was conceptualized after it was observed that more families are experiencing poverty because of the untimely marriage brought about by early teenage pregnancy.

The official added that at present, going into serious relationships is not that easy if both or even one of the party is not yet ready to take any responsibilities.

Because of this, Antonio said some will resort to abortion that will put the health of the mother at risk.

She added building a family must be properly planned first, so that it will result to successful marriage. In this way, it is also assured that the health of all members of the family is properly taken cared of. (PIA-Caraga)

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TESDA to conduct massive trainings of tech-voc courses in Caraga schools

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 7 (PIA)
-- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Caraga Region is set to conduct massive trainings of technical-vocational courses in public and private schools in Caraga Region this year.

TESDA-Caraga Regional Director Edwin Gatinao recently said in a radio interview that they are focusing on giving trainings to personnel and faculty members in schools in the region as this can be of help to students who are enrolled in tech-voc courses.

The region’s TESDA chief also said that aside from the massive training, they are strictly regulating and supervising the schools to pass in the competency level accreditation for which all TESDA-accredited schools are required to undergo.

Gatinao added through this, they are helping the schools to uplift quality education especially in TESDA-accredited technical vocational courses and students will pass in any competency examinations set by TESDA national office. (PIA-Caraga)

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FEATURE: Regional Police 13 fetes “21st PNP Foundation Day”

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 7 (PIA) --
The early morning rain and the threatening thick dark clouds did not dampen down the festive ambiance as the Police Regional Office 13 feted its “21st PNP Foundation Day” at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, Brgy. Libertad, this city.

The activities started with a Mass at 6:30 a.m. with PCInsp (Fr.) Marlou N. Labares the PRO 13 regional Chaplain as the celebrant. It was followed with foyer honors an hour later.

A wreath-laying rite at the monument of Col. Rafael C. Rodriguez and a 21-gun salute followed, led by Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. as the guest of honor and speaker of the occasion, assisted by PRO 13 Regional Director CSupt. Reynaldo S. Rafal. Attending the activity were the regional and provincial police dignitaries and personnel.

The peak of the celebration was held synchronously with the camp’s traditional Monday flag-raising ceremony highlighted by the recognition and pinning of medals to this year’s celebration awardees. Recipients of this year’s award were the150-strong composite disaster, rescue, retrieval and rehabilitation contingent of the “Task Force Tabang Iligan” which was sent by the police regional office here to the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City to assist the residents during the heights of fury and flash floods brought about by Typhoon Sendong on December 2011.

The awardees pursuant to General Orders No. 2, dated January 4, 2012 and No. 33 dated January 19, 2012 were pinned the “Medalya Ng Ugnayang Pampulisiya” and “Medalya Ng Pagtulong Sa Nasasalanta” which was awarded to the entire task force and to PSSupt. Eugenio B. Paguirigan, who led the contingent.

The awards, Rafal said, are in line with the CPNP’s policy and ten-point program, part of which is to award the deserving and to duly sanction the non-performers.

In his message, Mayor Amante congratulated the regional PNP and commended them for their accomplishments and for keeping the city as well as the region peaceful and orderly. He reminded the police force be true always to their vision statement.

He pointed out though that act of protecting life and property against bad elements is an obligation which must be shared by every citizen. He said that the LGU cannot do it by itself. The citizenry and the police must also do their share.

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2011 Surigao Sur TSP accomplishment report for release

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, 7 Feb. (PIA)
-- The official release of 2011 accomplishment report of the Tanggapan ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan (TSP) of Surigao del Sur will depend on the schedule of the State of the Province Address (SOPA) of Governor Johnny Pimentel.

According to Reynilda Cosare, Provincial Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the entire accomplishment report of the legislative body headed by Vice-Governor Manuel Alameda, Sr. is now ready.

In fact, during the TSP hosting of flag ceremony program recently, Cosare has already made a capsulized report of it.

Cosare bared, their office got an “above average” adjectival rating.

However, Governor Johnny Pimentel is toying with the idea of resetting the schedule of SOPA in time for the start of the fiscal year instead of the calendar year as normally practiced here. (Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)

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Surigao Sur gets Agri-Pinoy Award; P4M reward

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, 7 Feb. (PIA)
-- Surigao del Sur is one of the top 10 provinces in the country that will receive P4,000,000 reward being an Agri-Pinoy Awardee on Friday, February 10, at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

According to Governor Johnny Pimentel, this was due to the “good performance” through the implementation of programs and projects that contributed to the increase in rice production in the province.

Pimentel told Capitol employees during the flag ceremony program on Monday, 40 provinces were nominated for the Agri-Pinoy Award but only 10 among the 16 finalists have made it — one of which is Surigao del Sur.

He stressed, he is set to leave along with Provincial Agriculturist Marcos Quico for said occasion of which Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala will give the award.

He clarified the financial reward will be allocated for projects that will enhance rice productivity such as dryer, multi-purpose pavement, sprayers, and the like.

Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga Regional Director Edna Mabesa already congratulated the province for yet another feat. (Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)