3.01.2012

PIA News Service - Thursday, March 1, 2012

2012 Women’s Month celebration activities set in Surigao del Sur

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 29 (PIA)
-- The provincial government of Surigao del Sur has already lined-up several activities for the month of March in time of Women’s Month celebration this year.

The opening salvo of the celebration today started with a Holy Mass at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral at 6:00 a.m. followed by the motorcade around the city. It was participated by employees of different government afencies, stakeholders and non-government organizations (NGOs).

Anchored on the theme “Women Weathering Climate Change: Governance and Accountability, is Everyone’s Responsibility," a tree planting activity is set in time of the International Women’s day celebration on March 8. This will be held at the road side of the following barangays: Victoria, Dayo-an, Gamut, Cagdapao and Bahao all in Tago town of this province.

According to Fracisca Perez, DENR-CENRO administrative officer here, they are preparing three seedlings of Golden Shower tree to each participants who will join the said activity.

Meanwhile on March 29, the Philippine Red Cross in collaboration with the Philippine National Police (PNP) will be conducting a whole day Mass Blood Donation at Tandag City Plaza. The “Alay Lakad and Hataw” also set on the culmination day on the following day.

Meanwhile, every Friday of the whole month of March, a physical exercise will be conducted at the Tandag City Boulevard, afterwhich, the Free Blood Chemistry will be conducted at the Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center. (PIA Surigao del Sur)

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PRC-Agusan del Sur to transfer to its new building next month

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, March 1 (PIA)
-- The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Agusan del Sur Chapter is set to transfer its office next month to a new building within the provincial government center.

A 2,000 sq. m. lot was donated by the provincial government for their use. The building has a floor area of 134.17 sq. meters.

According to Provincial Engr. Pamela Yucosing, the construction of the PRC-AdS building is about 50 percent completed as of the end of February 2012.

She said they are speeding it up because the temporary office presently occupied by the PRC-AdS will be renovated and will be used by the Register of Deeds.

The donation of the lot and the new building started on September, 2010 when the DOP Government Center Board passed resolution No. 1, series of 2010 approving the request of the PRC-AdS for a Deed of Donation of 2,000 square meters lot for its new building.

In the said resolution, it was stated that the provincial government was planning to put up an expansion hospital in the location of the then existing PRC-AdS old building. In exchange of the vacated lot and building, the provincial government will relocate and construct a new building for the PRC-AdS in a lot near to the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital.

On the 54th regular session of the 13th Sangguniang Panlalawigan held on November 14, 2011, Resolution No. 620 was passed authorizing Provincial Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza to enter into a Deed of Donation with the Philippine Red Cross, represented by its chairman Richard Gordon.

Following the passing of the ordinance, the Deed of Donation was executed early February this year, stating that the donor is willing to transfer portion of Lot No. 2-27B-2 and where the PGAS shall also shoulder the expenses in the construction of the new PRC-AdS building with modern specifications.

During the meeting by the Board of Directors of the PRC-AdS recently, PRC-AdS administrator Christyll Basan also announced approval of the provincial government for the release of Agusan del Sur’s counterpart in the purchase of the new ambulance for the official use of the PRC-AdS.

“The ambulance costs P1.8 Million. While other chapters took the fund from its donors as counterpart, we are very lucky here in Agusan del Sur that the provincial government, thru Gov. Plaza, has approved to pay the counterpart cost, which is actually half of the total cost. We have now in our position the money to pay for our counterpart, while waiting for the vehicle to arrive,” Basan said.

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‘Paper town’ shifts to agri-tourism

By Eugenio Lira, Jr.

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 1 (PIA)
-- The once paper-producing town in the county is now embarking on a massive venture into tourism and agricultural production to prop up its declining economy as a result of the 2009 shut down of the Picop Resources, Inc., which used to produce paper and timber products and employed more than 3,000 workers.

Keynoting the Caraga Region Tri-Media Practitioners Association convention, Mayor Librado Navarro on Monday said the city’s top tourist attractions include the Tinuy-an Falls, the man-made Lake 77, Mud Skim Boarding, the pearl-shaped Hagonoy Island and bird-watching. It earned more than P30 million last year as compared to only P230,000 when tourism activity started in 2003.

“Normally, we recorded about 7,000 tourists monthly. But during peak seasons, it would reach more than 20,000. The three-tiered Tinuy-an Falls remains the top tourists-drawer and never fails to enchant visitors with its artistic grandeur of 55 meters in height with a bathing area of 95 meters which is considered the widest in the country and the reason it was christened as the ‘Niagara Falls of the Philippines’,” Navarro said.

Navarro added that tourists also took interest in bird-watching particularly for the ‘Sun Bird,’ which is considered as one of the smallest bird in the world, aside from rare species such as the Silvery Kingfisher and the Philippine Eagle, among others.

“For agri-production, the city has allocated 1,000 hectares for rice farming, 6,000 hectares for multi-crop farming and has intensified its program on livestock raising and other cottage industries for our constituents. In the process, we want our farmers to become entrepreneurs,” he said.

He said the city has also embarked on said project for sustainability to stop dependency on agricultural products from Davao and Cotabato areas. (FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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DPWH-Siargao to construct Katipunan-Maasin farm to market road in Pilar

By Michael O. Conte

SURIGAO CITY, Mar. 1 (PIA)
-- To improve the inter-barangay and inter-municipal linkages for better agro and aqua economic activities in Siargao Island, the government has earmarked P5 million for the construction of Katipunan-Maasin Farm to Market road in Pilar town to be undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) this year.

“When completed, the road will serve as faster alternate route for farmers and fisher folks from the villages of Katipunan, Maasin, Salvacion and Mabuhay in transporting their products to market centers in the nearby municipalities,” said District Engineer Salvador E. Montil, Jr.

The road project will connect the remote villages to Junction Osmeña-Pilar national highway via the village of Maasin that will facilitate better access and delivery of agricultural and marine products.

The project is funded by the Department of Agriculture (DA) through Surigao del Norte 1st District Rep. Francisco T. Matugas.

In Socorro town, the DPWH has implemented rehabilitation and repair of the San Roque-Nueva Estrella FMR, Navarro-Lobo FMR, and Nueva Estrella-Catansoy FMR (Phase 3) at a cost of P3 million sourced from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Cong. Matugas. (DPWH-Siargao/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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BCWD triumphs in PAWD national quiz show

By Ramil S. Barquin

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 1 (PIA)
-- The Philippine Association of Water Districts, Inc. (PAWD) conducted its 33rd Annual Convention last February 8-10, 2012 with the Metropolitan Cebu Water District as host.

Almost 1,500 participants from all over the Philippines joined in the annual confab which includes board of directors, general managers, WD Employees, exhibitors and sponsors.

Among the highlights of the annual convention was the conduct of the National Level Contests namely: Pipe Fitting Olympics for Water District Employees, Best Integrated Watershed Management Plan, and Best in Publication Award (Magazine and Newsletter) and the 1st PAWD National Science and Math Quiz for elementary and secondary students.

Overall champion for the 1st PAWD National Science and Math Quiz elementary level was Danica M. Astillero from Divine Seraphim Speech and Development Centre, Inc., representing Northern Mindanao Natural Resources Management Council (NorMin-NRMC) and Butuan City Water District (BCWD) while Miguel Lorenzo Ildesa from PAREF – Westbridge School of Iloilo representing Metro Iloilo Water District came in second place. There were a total of six participants representing six different regions of the Philippines who competed in for the elementary level.

For the secondary level, Jomel Maroma of Philippine Science High – Western Visayas, representing Metro Iloilo Water District and Ariel Vence Zafra of Tagum City National High School, representing Tagum City Water District were declared the champion and runner-up, respectively, for the secondary level. There were a total of seven participants for the secondary level wherein BCWD’s representative Francis El Bequilla was a Semi-finalist.

Acting as Board of Evaluators for the competition to verify the answers of the contestants were representatives from the Department of Science and Technology (DTI) Cebu and from the Department of Education (DepEd) Cebu City. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/BCWD)

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Cebuano news: Aquino giimbitar aron motambong sa deklarasyon kang Blessed Pedro Calungsod didto sa Roma

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Mar. 1 (PIA)
-- Ang Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) miimbitar kang Pangulo Benigno S. Aquino III aron motambong sa pagdeklara kang santo San Pedro Calungsod didto sa Italya karong Oktubre.

Sa press briefing didto sa Malacañang kagahapon Miyerkules, si Ricardo Cardinal Vidal ug CBCP President Jose Palma miingon nga gisultihan na nila si Pangulong Aquino kagahapon didto sa Casa Roces sa Malacañang Complex og giingnan siya nga mamahimong dakong kalipay gyod sa tanang nasod kung makaadto siya sa Roma alang sa deklarasyon ug sa national thanksgiving didto sa Cebu karong Nobyembre.

Sa dihang gipangutana sa mga reporter kung gidawat ba sa Pangulo ang maong imbitasyon, si Vidal miingon ang Pangulo maglisod pagtambong tungod kay basin usab kini nagpasabot nga usa ka state visit og nagkinahanglan og dugang oras.

Samtang ang Pangulo wala mohimo og bisan unsang pasalig, matud ni Vidal ang Pangulo misaad nga iyang tan-awon ang iyang mga eskedyul ug basin nga iyang masibog ang iyang mga nakaplano na nga mga biyahe. Siya midugang nga ikalipay gyod og dako sa Simbahang Katoliko kung makatambong ang Pangulo sa maong pagdeklarar lakip usab sa suporta nga iyang mahatag.

Kalabot na sa thanksgiving mass nga pagahimoon karong Nobyembre didto sa Cebu, si Vidal miingon, “The Filipino people would be grateful to God through the Mass that will be celebrated in the grounds of Cebu.”

Atol usab sa maong press conference, si Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda miingon nga ang pagdeklarar kang Calungsod usa ka mahinungdanong butang alang sa Simbahang Katoliko ug usab alang sa Pilipinas tungod kay ang nasod karon aduna nay ikaduha nga Filipinong santo.

Si Lacierda miingon nga ang Pangulo misaad sa CBCP nga siya motambong sa thanksgiving didto sa Cebu apan siya mipasabot nga ang eskedyul sa Roma dili pa segurado nga makatambong ang pangulo.

“So it’s pretty hard to fix the schedule. We already have a schedule for the visits of the President abroad. So more or less that was set already or agreed upon, so he will have to look into it,” siya miingon.

Apan si Lacierda miklaro nga ang Palasyo wala mag pabor sa bisan unsa nga grupong relihiyon sama sa Iglesia ni Cristo, protestants ug mga evangelicals.

Si Calungsod natawo didto sa Cebu, usa katekismo sa Panay Islands ug Mindanao Islands lakip usab ang Pacific island sa Guam.

Usa ka yanong katekismo, si Calungsod namatay didto sa Guam samtang gidepensahan ang iyang katrabahong misyonaryo, ang Jesuit nga pari ug karon Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores, niadtong Abril 2, 1672. Si Calungsod namatay sa edad nga 17 anyos.

Si Pope John Paul II miila kang Calungsod niadtong Marso 5, 2000, uban ang lain pang 43 ka mga martyrs sa seremonya nga gipahigayon didto sa St. Peter’s Square sa Roma.

Ang unang santo sa nasod mao si Lorenzo Ruiz, usa ka tigbantay sa kapilya ug kanhi altar boy nga natawo sa Manila ug nahimong martyr didto sa Japan niadtong 1637. Siya giisa pagkasanto niadtong 1967. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)