PIA News Service - Wednesday, March 21, 2012

12,874 households benefit electrification program in Mindanao

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 21 (PIA)
-- To date, the Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) project has already energized 545 far-flung and remotest sitios in Mindanao.

The SEP is a rural electrification program of the government aimed to energize far-flung areas throughout the country.

Late last year, the NEA, in partnership with 96 electric cooperatives nationwide had already energized 1, 520 sitios, benefiting some 33, 189 households.

For the Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative (ANECO) alone, 35 sitios were already energize, benefiting 2, 086 households.

This year, ANECO is targeting more than 2, 156 households.

The seven electric cooperatives in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region) have already energized more than 102 far-flung sitios and puroks.

“We are committed to energize more far-flung sitios and puroks in the coming months as part of our commitment to help the Aquino Administration’s SEP program,” ANECO general manager (GM) and president of the association of Caraga region electric cooperatives Architect Horacio T. Santos said.

There are 32,403 sitios all over the country without power. The bulk of the fund amounting to P116.9 million will go to Northern Mindanao to electrify 184 sitios. Bicol Region is allotted P84.8 million to energize 136 sitios while P74.4 million will go to the Caraga region to power up 103 sitios.

Meanwhile, in an effort to have uninterrupted power supply in the future, the ANECO on Saturday inked a 25-year Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for a 10 megawatt power supply from the Sarangani Energy Corporation, starting 2015.

The ceremonial signing of agreement was presented by Santos, ANECO board president Dioscoro P. Boco, Sarangani Vice President- Business department Joseph C. Nocos and Sarangani Head for Marketing Edgardo C. Calabio. (MUC/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

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Camiguin gears up for Lent 2012

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, Mar. 21 (PIA)
-- The local government of this province in Northern Mindanao is preparing for the “Panaad (Promise) Pilgrimage 2012” in an objective to ensure that devotees, tourists, and visitors will be properly accorded with their needs and safety while observing the Lenten Season on this island.

To make sure that it will be solemn, the provincial government also prepared plans for all government agencies and local officials to be a part of the Holy Week activities.

As this developed, Camiguin Gov. Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo organized a steering and working committee to oversee the preparation and implementation of the “Panaad Pilgrimage 2012” and to make it more meaningful – with no untoward incident.

Under their initial planning, all key areas like ports, town centers, and sacred places where devotees will congregate will have information counters to be manned by the members of the local disaster risk reduction and management council, barangay council, and the local tourism office.

Meanwhile, operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) together with members of the Tourist Police (TOPCOP), barangay councils, and all the village watchmen here, and other force multipliers are also set to mobilize to maintain peace and order during the week-long activities.

Another committee to oversee traffic flow, beautification, road maintenance, and garbage collection was also organized.

A medical team from the provincial and municipal health offices will also be mobilized to look after the health of the visitors, as devotees in some instances sometimes experience difficulties due to heat and exhaustion as they walk their way around the island.

It can be recalled that the penitent walk around the island has been going on for many years now and still continue to draw more devotees and tourists alike.

The pilgrims’ penitence walk and traditional “Visita Iglesia” is completed with an uphill climb to Mount Vulcan where the 14 Stations of the Cross are located. (MUC/NCLM/PIA-Caraga with a reports from Nonoy E. Lacson)

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Surigaonons set to join “Earth Hour 2012”

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 21 (PIA)
-- City Mayor Ernesto Matugas said other line agencies of the government, business community, all sectors of the society and Surigaonons are set to participate in switching off their respective lights and power supply from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The city Chief Executive further encouraged all Surigaonons to dim their non-essential lights,key monuments, landmarks and building signages on the said time.

This year’s celebration carries the theme, “Uniting People to Protect Planet”.

Matugas is also urging business establishments to hang streamers/posters/tarpaulin as an expression of their support for Earth Hour and display the same in highly visible locations and document their own Earth Hour event to showcase endeavors to celebrate earth hour 2012 around the country.

“We are ready to join this global concern,” said the mayor.

“Earth Hour” is an activity worldwide by World Wide Fun for Nature (WWF) which is the world’s largest conservation organization, operating in over 100 countries through the support of over 5 million people worldwide.

The event aims to help communities adapt to climate change, secure food and water sources, conserve local ecosystems and species, minimize ecological impacts development and promote renewable sources of clean energy. (MUC/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

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ITUC, ITUC-AP endorse Herrera’s constitutional succession as TUCP prexy

By Rafael E. Mapalo

ANILA, March 21 (PIA)
-- The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and its regional organization for Asia and the Pacific (ITUC-AP) formally extended unequivocal support to Former Senator Ernesto Herrera as constitutional president of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP).

During a TUCP Special Convention held at the historic Club Filipino, San Juan, Metro Manila, ITUC-AP General Secretary Noriyuki Suzuki said “on the basis of our analysis of the situation and in consultation with ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow, the ITUC and the ITUC-AP are happy to endorse your constitutional succession to the TUCP Presidency, along with the support of the ITUC-AP Regional Executive Bureau.”

Herrera, for his part, pledged a new dawn for TUCP, the Philippine labor movement, and international solidarity actions. Herrera, a former TUCP Gen. Secretary, succeded the presidency after Pres. Democrito Mendoza resigned from his post on Nov. 1, 2011.

In separate statements, the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (Solidarity Center), Union Network International (UNI-APRO), and Danish Trade Union Council (LO-FTF) expressed equal support for Herrera.

Jamie Davis, Solidarity Center Country Program Director for Indonesia and the Philippines, in a letter on behalf of the Solidarity Center and American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) to Herrera and delegates to the TUCP Special Convention said, “We applaud your efforts to seek ways to revitalize and strengthen the TUCP given the many challenges that workers face in this day and age of globalization.”

The Special Convention tackled urgent amendments to the TUCP Constitution, elected TUCP officers and members of the Executive Board, and welcomed seven new affiliates to the TUCP fold. (FEA/REM/TUCP/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Surigao del Sur gets recognition for CBMS implementation

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, March 21 (PIA)
-- The province of Surigao del Sur was awarded on Monday for what they had done on evidence-based policy making and program implementation at the 8th Community Based Monitoring System.

It was held at the SMX Convention Center at Seashell Lane, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

According to Marjorie Pagaran, staff of the provincial governor's office in Surigao del Sur, Gov. Johnny Pimentel received the plaque of recognition in one of the highlights of the 3-day affair- ceremonial launch of CBMS Publication, Many Dimensions of Poverty Volume 3, which featured the province.

The CBMS-Philippines National Conference, organized by the Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) Research Network under Dr. Celia Reyes, CBMS Network Leader and PEP-Asia Director, is an annual gathering of policymakers, program implementers, and development stakeholders aimed at sharing the best practices, recent developments and tackling of emerging issues in line with the implementation and use of the community-based monitoring system in the country.

CBMS is useful “for vulnerability mapping and disaster risk management, climate change adaptation and poverty reduction, program targeting and impact monitoring, meeting the millennium development goals, promoting children’s rights, and improving governance.” (Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA SUrigao del Sur)

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Cebuano news: Palasyo mipahimango sa mga opisina sa gobyerno nga magkonserbar og gasolina ug elekrisidad

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Mar. 21 (PIA)
-- Ang Malacañang mipahimangno sa mga opisinang gobyerno mahitungod sa kasamtangang energy conservation guidelines taliwala sa nagpadayon nga mga pagsaka sa mga presyo sa gasolina.

“There is a standing order Administrative Order 126 Series of 2005, the administrative order that manadates energy conservation among all government agencies,” si Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte miingon atol sa press briefing didto sa Malacañang kagahapon Martes.

Si Valte gipangutana sa mga reporter sa Palasyo kung adunay bay plano ang Malacañang nga mopagawas og kamandoan nga mopakunhod sa gasolina ug konsumo sa elektrisidad sa matag opisina sa gobyerno tungod sa nagkataas nga mga presyo sa petrolyo og kuryente.
“In fact, one of the measures taken in the AO is to implement a power-off scheme kapag lunch time ay dapat naka-off po yung mga aircon at mga ilaw para naman po makapag-conserve tayo ng kuryente,” siya miingon.

Apan sa pagkakaron, si Valte miingon mga opisina sa Malacañang mihimo na og sistema, aron nga sa ngadto makunhoran ang gamit sa gasoline ug elektrisidad.

Ang Administrative Order 126 o ang kamandoan nga “Srenghthening Measures to Address the Extraordinary Increase in World Prices, Directing the Enhanced Implementation of the Government’s Energy Conservation Program and for other Purposes” nga gipagawas sa nilabay’ng administrasyon niadtong tuig 2005.

Ang maong mando nag-awhag sa mga ahensya sa gobyerno, gipanag-iya ug gidumala nga mga korporasyon ug pinansyal nga institusyon aron mohimo og dugang mga lakang nga nagtumong paglimita sa paggamit og mga produktong petrolyo ug elektrisidad.

Lakip sa gitahasan sa Pangulo nga mohimo og stratehiya ug mopagawas sa maong kamandoan mao ang Department of Energy (DOE), ang Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ug ang Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). (PIA-Surigao del Norte)