PIA News Service - Thursday, April 26, 2012

PH not to deploy OFWs to countries not protecting workers’ rights – POEA

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, April 26 (PIA) – The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration emphasized that the Philippine government will not allow migrant workers to countries that do not uphold the improved rights of workers.

According to POEA-Caraga Regional Dir. Marietta Bellotindos, more countries are not giving value to the rights of workers, thus the rights of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are not protected.

She added the Philippine Embassies and Philippine Missions have certified that the following host countries are not compliant with the guarantees provided under the law: Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Chad, Croatia, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea/North Korea, Dominica, East Timor/Timor Leste, Eritrea, Haiti, India, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan/Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Montenegro, Mozambique, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Palestine, Serbia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tonga, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, US Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, and Zimbabwe.

With this, the official said the POEA continues to implement the employment ban of OFWs to these countries to protect the Filipino workers from future problems.

“Dili magpadala og mga workers ang atong gobyerno tungod kay ang katungod sa atong mamumuo wala mapahimutang, butang nga angayan lang gayud nga dili kita magpadala og mga migrant workers niining mga nasura aron malikayan ang umaabot nga mga problema,” Bellotindos said.

(Our government will not send workers because the rights of our workers are not put in place, thus, it is practical for us not to send immigrant workers in these countries to avoid problems in the future).

Republic Act 10022 provides that the State shall allow the deployment of OFWs only in countries where the rights of Filipino migrant workers are protected.

The law also states that the government recognizes any of the following as a guarantee on the part of the receiving country for the protection of the rights of migrant workers: 1) it has existing labor laws and social laws protecting the rights of workers, including migrant workers; 2) it is a signatory to and/or ratifier of multilateral conventions, declarations or resolutions relating to the protection of workers, including migrant workers; and 3) it has concluded a bilateral agreement or arrangement on the protection of the rights of OFWs.

Bellotindos also stressed the government has been intensifying its anti-illegal recruitment and human trafficking campaign since according to reports, illegal recruiters and traffickers continue to recruit applicants to work in the said countries.

POEA has reported that the number of illegal recruitment cases last year dropped by 52 percent from the previous year. POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said the drop in illegal recruitment — from 468 complaints in 2010 dropped to only 224 in 2011, and it can be attributed to the POEA's campaign against it.

Bellotindos is hopeful that number of illegal recruitment cases will continue to drop this year as the government has doubled its efforts to solve the problem. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

DOLE set to release livelihood grant to coco farmers in Surigao del Norte

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, April 26 (PIA) –- Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Surigao del Norte Field Office is set to release coco coir livelihood grant to members of the Claver Coconut Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative (CLACOFARMCO) on Friday at the multi-purpose hall of Taganito Mining Corporation in Claver, Surigao del Norte.

In a phone-patch interview with PIA, Gloria Varquez, DOLE-Surigao del Norte field office head said this is the second release of the said cooperative after they have received the P230,000 grant in 2009.

She added CLACOFARMCO management has just liquidated the amount they received two years ago and that they are now qualified to receive the remaining grant amounting to P170,000. “All in all, they are receiving a total of P400,000 livelihood grant from DOLE,” Varquez added.

The official further said the activity is part of the Labor Day celebration in the region on May 1, 2012, anchored on the theme: “Pagtutulungan, Pagbabago, Disenteng Trabaho.”

Coco coir is an organic tiny particle which is obtained from coconut husk while separating fiber from husk. It is also known as Coco peat which is used in Horticulture and Floriculture environments.

Coco peat provides with an organic alternative to rock wool and perlite media without the environmental disposal issues. Hydroponic crop production using Coco peat makes the opportunity to consistently maximize yield and provide better quality. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Malaria cases in Agusan del Norte down by 0.04% - Prov’l Health Office

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, April 26 (PIA) -- In observance of this year’s World Malaria Day, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Agusan del Norte bared during a press conference on Wednesday here that Malaria cases in the province from 2003 has decreased in 2011 by 0.04 percent.

Based on the report on the trend in Malaria Infection released by PHO, in 2003 there were 443 cases or 3.15 percent while in 2011 there were only 13 Malaria cases or 0.04 percent recorded.

According to Agusan del Norte Provincial Malaria Coordinator Jimmy Egay, their office together with the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga, Butuan City government, Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte, Global Fund for Malaria Component (non-government organization), and other partner agencies are continuously advocating for a Malaria-free municipality through constant information campaign on the prevention of said disease in the barangays.

Said advocacy is also in support to the Philippine Millennium Development Goal No. 6, which is to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

Egay also said that in Agusan del Norte, there are 10 municipalities which are considered commonly-affected areas except for Magallanes.

“The municipality of Buenavista used to have the highest number of cases but for two years now, we have recorded zero case already… From January to March 2012, there are two cases of malaria in the municipality of Santiago specifically in the barangays of La Paz and Poblacion I,” Egay said.

According to Dr. Casmerlita Yu, regional Malaria coordinator of the Center for Health Development (CHD) Caraga, Malaria is an infectious disease caused by a parasite, plasmodium, which infects red blood cells. Malaria is characterized by cycles of chills, fever, pain, and sweating.

“Humans develop malaria when infected with one of the four protazoan parasites from the genus Plasmodium. The four species include: Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium vivax, Plasmodium ovale, Plasmodium malaria. P. falciparum is the most widespread and dangerous of the four,” Yu stressed.

She also encouraged people in the rural barangays to make use of the insecticide bed nets at their homes provided by DOH to prevent them from mosquito bites and Malaria disease.

The DOH official added that in 2011, their office has distributed a total of 24,969 bed nets to the municipalities of Buenavista, Cabadbaran, Carmen, Jabonga, Kitcharao, Las Nieves, Nasipit, RT Romualdez, Santiago, and Tubay.

For this year, DOH has partially distributed a total of 721 bed nets to the municipalities of Jabonga, Santiago, and Butuan City.

With this, the DOH, PHO, and other concerned agencies are hoping for the full support of the general public and cooperation for this health campaign. (RER/JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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TESDA, PRO 13 team up to capacitate 30 policewomen in driving skills

By Gervacio C. Dauz Jr.

BUTUAN CITY, April 26 (PIA) -- For Senior Police Officer 1 Jean A. Virtudazo, 32, of the Surigao del Norte Provincial Police Office, the “red alert” message seems already a regular routine.

But her husband Junie, who works daytime at the Department of Science and Technology - Surigao del Norte, could still feel off at times for being tugged away from his sound sleep to drive her to the place of action or the scene of the crime.

This situation motivated her more to learn the ropes of basic driving, after the Community Relations Division (CRD) of the Police Regional Office 13 ordered her to proceed to Camp Rodriguez and undergo a four-day short course dubbed Basic Driving Skills Training (BDST) for Policewomen.

Prior to the training, she dreamed that she will be more effective in response to her duty once she acquires driving skills.

The training program, participated by 30 policewomen, was conducted from April 24 to 27.

“The acquisition of driving skills is a must for response and rescue purposes, and even for personal convenience, particularly for those who owns or would like to buy a car,” Police Senior Inspector and training particent Charity S. Galvez said.

James Calinga, a professor at Caraga State University and a competent and qualified trainer cum assessor for driving, shared with the participants theoretical fundamentals of coordinating and manipulating the brake, clutch and accelerator, including shifting the lever and steering the wheel.

Aside from this, he also lectured about basic traffic rules and regulations as mandated under R.A. 4136 or Land Transportation and Traffic Code.

Sr. Police Officer 3 Cristina F. Bayeta, PRO 13’s focal person for the training program, revealed that the objective so far for the first batch was achieved with flying colors and that she expects that the succeeding four more batches would be as stirring.

TESDA Provincial Director Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. desires that more policewomen would become proficient drivers so that they can easily respond to the call of service.

He desires further that PNP will incorporate proficiency in driving as a must for all their officials, uniformed and non-uniformed personnel, because in this world of fast lane, the one who got the knack is way ahead of the pack. (RER/NCLM/PIA-Caraga/TESDA-Agusan del Norte)

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Mindanaons urged to share responsibility on environment

DAVAO CITY, April 26 (PIA) -- Speaking to delegates of the 1st Mindanaonon Environment Summit last Friday, Secretary Luwalhati R. Antonino, chairperson of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), called on Mindanawons to convene and harmonize all environmental advocacies for Mindanao.

“In the same way that we successfully held the power summit last April 13, I hope we can once more gather our collective stand and unite to resolve issues on the environment,” Antonino said.

Antonino pointed the need for shared responsibility and accountability in undertaking development initiatives to protect and rehabilitate watershed areas across Mindanao to ensure environmental sustainability and food security in the island region.

She also underscored the significant role of LGUs in advancing key strategies on public-private partnership to promote harmonized efforts for sustainable development, citing opportunities for grassroots collaboration in organic farming, eco-friendly production processes, and reforestation efforts pursuant to the National Greening Program (NGP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The summit aimed to shed light on climate change impacts on food security and the environment of Mindanao and to elicit recommendations from various sectors. It also shared best practices on organic farming, reforestation, and waste management that could serve as benchmark for LGUs and multi-sector civic groups.

“We need to re-evaluate our current agriculture development approaches where ‘going back to the basics’ is among the workable solutions to sustainable agriculture and food security,” she said.

Antonino also pitched MinDA’s banner program, MindaNOW: Nurturing Our Waters, that anchors on river basins and watersheds as key platforms for planning for sustainable development in Mindanao.

As a testament to national support to local efforts , Antonino stated that the national government is allocating P1.93 billion for the rehabilitation of the watersheds and river basins of the headwater province Bukidnon which also hosts the Pulangi hydropower plants. Some P900 million is allocated for rehabilitation of Lake Lanao.

The 1st Mindanaonon Environment Summit was spearheaded by Andry Lim, Environment Zone Director for Zone 4 (Davao Provinces, Compostela Valley, and Davao City) and Board Secretary Ed Cejar of EarthSoul Solutions, a non-government organization based in Mindanao that promotes environmental advocacies, in collaboration with DENR, Department of Agriculture, Deparment of Agrarian Reform, Department of Interior and Local Government, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and the City of Davao. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/MinDA)

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3 LGUs ink commitment to 4Ps

By Stella Maris V. Barcelon

BUTUAN CITY, April 26 (PIA) -- Three mayors from Caraga region inked their commitment to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) through a Joint Regional Ceremonial Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region XI and Caraga region with Local Chief Executives (LCEs) on April 16, 2012 at Apo View Hotel, Davao City.

The main objective of the activity is to ensure continued commitment of partner Local Government Units (LGUs) to the program implementation in set 5 areas.

The activity also emphasized the joint effort of the national and local government in fighting poverty by meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): eradicate extreme poverty and Hunger; Achieving Universal Primary Education; Promoting Gender Equality and Empowering Women; Reducing Child Mortality and Improving Maternal Health through the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Caraga region has three set 5 municipalities represented by Mayor Demostheneses Arabaca of Magallanes, Agusan del Norte; Mayor Roscoe Democrito Plaza of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte and Mayor Librado Navarro of Bislig City, Surigao del Sur.

In her speech, DSWD-Caraga Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat emphasized that the MOA is a written understanding of cooperation, collaboration and partnership. It is also considered as a symbol that communicates a meaning-a meaning that exudes a sense of responsiveness.

“Let this be a truly living symbol, because when it is alive, it has a power to influence and make something different,” Jabagat added.

Other delegates from Caraga region who witnessed the said activity include: DepEd Caraga Regional Director Dr. Gloria D. Benigno; DILG OIC Assistant Regional Director Donald Seronay; Ms. Purisima Polinar, ES-II; Lucia S. Castro, Division School Superintendent of Surigao del Sur, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers (MSWDOs) namely Ms. Letecia M. Yu of Bislig City, Surigao del Sur; Ms. Estrella M. Lerion of Magallanes, Agusan del Norte and Ms. Crecencia A. Bermudez of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, and some members of Pantawid Pamilya Regional Project Management Team.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Caraga region has been implemented in 70 municipalities and 3 cities, it has a total number of 148,817 registered beneficiaries, and 12,587 of these are set 5 beneficiaries. (DSWD/RER/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

City dad elated over PCSO’s P2M medical assistance

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, April 26 (PIA) -- City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. expressed his gratitude to the management of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on the P2-million medical assistance which the city government received from PCSO Regional Operations Manager Carlito Kho, in a ceremony held recently at the city hall here.

According to Mayor Amante, Butuanons are very fortunate because of the endowment fund given are to accommodate the people in erms of their health care needs.

Amante added that the medical assistance will give the indigent patients of the city the opportunity to avail health and medical needs, especially in the payment of the patients’ hospital bills.

“Dako na kaayo ni og tabang alang sa atong mga kabus nga kaigsuonan sa dakbayan (This is a big help for our poor brothers and sisters here in the city),” Amante said.

The official further said based on the memorandum of agreement signed between him and Kho, it is stipulated that the city government should implement social conference with the hospitals where the beneficiaries can avail the assistance.

“This is to ensure that these medical establishments have served the public well,” Mayor Amante added.

For the past years, PCSO in Caraga Region has been active in addressing the needs of the people by providing medical assistance to include the hospital bills of indigent patients that are confined in hospitals throughout the region.

PCSO’s Endowment Fund Program (EFP) allocates funding assistance to government and private hospitals assistance to indigent patients in need of medical care, medicines, drugs, medical and surgical supplies, and diagnostic procedures for the management and treatment of various illnesses.

The program aimed to grant fund to hospitals and other health facilities making health or medical services accessible to PCSO-authorized indigent patients. Specifically, it enables charity patients’ access to medicines, drugs, medical supplies, implants, blood, diagnostic and laboratory procedures. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Agusan del Norte farmers prefer organic farming

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, April 26 (PIA) -- “Farmers in the province of Agusan del Norte now prefer to use organic farming,” an official of the Department of Agriculture (DA) today said.

In an interview with a local radio here recently, Alvin Aclan, supervising agriculturist of DA-Agusan del Norte, farmers choose organic fertilizer instead of commercially sold fertilizer because it is cheaper.

The official added the farmers can easily make an organic fertilizer since this can be made in a compost pit and that materials such as rotting fruits and vegetables can be used in making such fertilizer.

Aclan also said that aside from easy access to the materials used for the composition of the fertilizer, this can help in sustaining good health for everybody. “Those who can take agriculture products that are grown through organic fertilizer is assured of healthy products,” he said.

When asked on the effects of organic farming in the environment, Aclan said this can contribute in mitigating the impact of climate change since farmers will no longer use chemical products that harm the environment.

Meanwhile, Kim Leslie of eHow.com said organic fertilizers offer time-released nutrients with the aid of microbes already in the soil, making maintenance of the garden easier and more cost effective.

She added organic fertilizer usually refers to fertilizers that have been made from, or are by-products of, organisms. These may include manure, compost, corn gluten, bone meal, cottonseed meal, blood meal, fish emulsion, and sewage sludge. One exception is urea. This is considered a synthetic organic fertilizer because it is derived from inorganic materials. (PIA-Caraga)

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News Feature: Measures being done to stop schistosomiasis in Agusan del Sur town

By William U. Andres

AGUSAN DEL SUR, April 26 (PIA) -- Local residents are strictly forbidden to fetch water, wash clothes, or bathe at the irrigation canal in Barangay Manat, Trento, Agusan del Sur. Those who fail to do so will be penalized. Despite these warnings, residents admitted many of them violate the order because of lack of water supply for their daily use.

This is the scenario and the statement of the local residents when the team of the National Broadcasting Network (NBN) visited the area after a report from a national television bared that local government units have done nothing to stop the spread of the dreaded schistosomiasis disease in the community. But this is not true, government had taken a number of steps regarding the problem.

According to Barangay Captain Bienvenido Bagaipo, they have posted several billboards prohibiting contact with the irrigation canals traversing Barangay Manat going to the rice fields but this is not followed. Because of this, they have also secured the area by putting up fences so that nobody could go near, but still many failed to follow. They have also referred the case to the Department of Health (DOH), and they were provided with medicines for schistosomiasis but many do not even take the medicines for their protection and treatment.

“Very few of us here religiously abide by the barangay ordinances but sad to say, plenty are violating. If you look around, many residents living near the irrigation canals are even putting up a makeshift bridge going to the canal so that it will be easier for them to have access to the canal for their laundry and bath,” Evelyn Ferrer, a resident of Barangay Manat said.

According to Barangay Kagawad Felipe Lepit and barangay health worker (BHW) Wilia Plaza-Otaza, every resident is required to visit the health center every month for a check up and if found to have been inflicted with the disease, they are provided with medicines for treatment.

“But sad to note, many do not take the medicines and others even throw them away,” BHW Otaza said.

Because of the situation, Barangay Captain Bagaipo says that the solution is to provide the residents with enough water for their daily needs. The first solution that Bagaipo presented is the repair of the damaged water system - the Manat Rural Water Users Association Another is the putting up of a water reservoir that will store the spring water from a spring some eight kilometers from Barangay Manat.

“I have presented these plans to Mayor Glenn Plaza and he promised to help us. We will also present these plans to Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza so that our problem can be addressed earliest possible time,” Barangay Capt. Bagaipo said. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Agusan Norte embraces plan vs disasters

By Jay Vincent Demain

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, April 26 (PIA) -- The province of Agusan del Norte now has its own management plan to reduce the impact of disasters when it occurs in the area.

This, by virtue of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan (DRPMP) that was recently approved by Sangguniang Panlalawigan covering the years 2012-2016.

The plan serves as guide for the adoption and implementation of viable mechanisms and measures devise to ensure the reduction of community vulnerabilities from disasters and the ill-effects of climate change in the province.

“For the past few years, we saw the world and our country experiencing calamities and disasters never seen before. Climate change and global warming have indeed unleashed their ill-effects in their most damaging and deadliest form. These phenomena have brought up us extremely and severe floods and deluge that caused death and destruction which were unimaginable a decade ago. But it did happen and it is province," Governor Erlpe John M. Amante said as the major objective in coming up with this plan.

Agusan del Norte, which has an approximate land area of 273,024 hectares, is said to be vulnerable to hazards like floods, rain-induced landslides, storm surges and earthquakes. Northern Mindanao or the neighboring provinces, the lower areas of the province is greatly affected by heavy rains that overflow the banks of the Agusan Rivers. Flooding is considered as the most frequent hazard that affects the province.

Reports show that from January 2007 to February 2011, floods had caused six deaths, affected 5,318 farmers, and caused damage to infrastructure and agriculture totaling P178,788,462.50.

But the floods in November 1980 to March 1981 was the most severe with damages estimated at P57 million.

A study also reveals that 39 barangays are identified as susceptible for storm surge with 31 rural barangays and eight are urban. These barangays are from Buenavista, Cabadbaran City, Carmen, Jabonga, Magallanes, Nasipit, and Tubay.

Moreover, the fault line that lies to the west of Lake Mainit area is an extension of the Philippines Maser Fault which starts from northern Luzon through Bondoc Peninsula, Camarines, Masbate, Leyte, and Surigao which ends in the Davao Gulf.

Kitcharao has been identified to be within the seismic spicenter. The city of Cabadbaran and the towns of Tubay, Santiago, and Jabonga are within the active or probable active fault zone.

The study concludes that all component LGUs in the provinces of Agusan del Norte are at risked of being exposed to natural disasters.

With this place, this would make the province achieve a unified effort in adoption and implementation of necessary measures to counter various situations affecting climate change, disasters and calamities, and to create and transform all sectors in the province into a ready-disaster and climate change-resilient communities.

“In the event that the force of Mother Nature should bear upon us, then we would have been ready for the worst, “the Governor said. (RER/NCLM/PIA-Caraga/LGU-Agusan del Norte)

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Cebuano news: NSO gi-update ang mga establismento sa nasud

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Abril 26 (PIA) -– Pagasugdan na sa National Statistics Office (NSO), Caraga Region ang pag-update sa mga listahan sa mga establismento sa nasud dili na mahuman ang usa ka bulan.

Kini usa ka regular nga kalihukan sa ahensya nga gipahigayon alang sa pauna nga paghatag sa update sa masaligan nga sampling frame alang sa census ug survey sa establismento.

Ang list of establishment usa ka database sa tanang establismento sa Pilipinas. Niadtong 2011, ang NSO database adunay impormasyon nga kapin kun kulang 800,000 ka mga establismento lakip ang pag-pangempleyo sa 17 ka geographic region sa nasud.

Lakip niini ang capture ug listing sa mga characteristics sa mga bag-o nga establismento, update sa status ug characteristics sa daan nga establismento o kadtong apil na daan sa database, pagtanggal sa listahan niadtong sirado na nga mga establismento, ug identification sa out-of-scope units.

Usa ka update database sa establishment nga maghatag sa NSO ug masaligon nga sampling frame para sa mga negosyo ug industriya nga census ug survey. Ang data nga kolektahon mao'y mamahimong giya sa paghimo og government planning, policy-making and monitoring; basis sa marketing plans, opportunities ug prospects; ingon man input sa evaluation, marketing research ug comparative studies.

Sa ingon niini, ang ahensya manglantaw sa kooperasyon ug suporta alang sa pagsulay dili lang sa nasyonal ug lokal nga panggamhanan nga ahensya apan lakip na usab sa pribado nga sektor, labi na sa natad sa negosyo.

Sa Caraga, adunay NSO field staff ug pinili nga mga interviewers ang magahimo og door-to-door nga canvassing sa mga establismento sugod karong Mayo 2, 2012. Ang NSO gusto nga mahatagan ug kasiguruhan ang mga respondents nga ang tanan impormasyong makuha sa mga enumerators/listing sheet usa ka mamahimong confidential ug dili angay gamiton alang sa bisan unsang ebidensya sa korte alang sa katuyuan sa taxation, regulasyon o imbestigasyon nga giandam alang sa section 4 sa Commonwealth Act No. 591.

Ang NSO muhatag lang og summary information sa listahan sa mga establismento sama sa ihap sa establismento nga adunay disaggregation sa industriya, employment size, region, ug sa pinili nga lugar ngadto sa mga barangay levels pinaagi sa paghangyo sa government ug public users. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano news: Gobyerno gitrabaho na ang katapusan og bag-ong mining policy, sulti ni Aquino

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Abril 26 (PIA) –- Ang gitanyag nga Executive Order alang sa bag-ong mining policy niagi na sa MalacaƱang ug ang maong proposal gipresentar na ngadto sa nagkalain-lain nga mga mining stakeholders adisir ang paynal nga pag-aprubar, si Pangulomg Benigno S. Aquino III miingon.

“Dumaan po sa akin ‘yung proposed executive order. I understand this is being run through the various stakeholders,” ang Pangulo miingon atol sa book launching sa People Power Volunteers for Reform (PPVR) didto sa Greenhills, San Juan niadtong Martes.
Matud sa Pangulo, pipila ka mga isyu nga gituki uban ang mga stakeholders mao ang ecology, ang papel sa mga kumpanya sa mina ug ang local nga mga komunidad.

Siya miingon nga iyang gihulatan ang resulta sa mga konsultasyon apan siya mipadayag sa iyang pagdumili sa pipila ka mga unod sa bag-ong polisiya sa mina.

“We get something like two percent of the proceeds… And in a very simplistic way of looking at it, 100 percent of the problem, if there becomes a problem, is our problem. But of the proceeds only two percent is ours to take care of the 100 percent of the problem. Hindi yata fair,” siya miingon.

Kinahanglan adunay pag-uswag sa kung unsay mga makuha sa gobyerno gikan sa mga operasyon sa pagmina dinhi sa nasod, ang Pangulo miingon.

Siya usab mibutyag nga adunay mokabat sa 78 ka mga dapit ang gitudlo isip tourism sites nga dili pwede sa mga aktibedades pagmina. Usab, pipila ka mga probinsya ang kanhi naapektuhan sa dili maayo nga mga operasyon sa pagmina ang dili na gyud pwede alang sa bisan unsa nga mga pagmina.

Ang industriya sa minahan naghulat na sa gilayon nga pagpagawas sa new mining policy dinhi sa nasod ug nagpatuo nga ang industriya nawad-an sa dakong kita niaging tuig tungod kay walay bag-ong mining policy.

Ang gobyerno miangkon nga ang dili parehas nga mining policy maoy problema dinhi sa nasod sa milabay nga pipila ka mga katuigan, ug ang administrasyong Aquino gusto nga adunay definitive mining guidelines nga maoy mopausbaw sa local mining industry ug modani dugang mga puhunan. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Cebuano news: Provincial Agriculture Office mibisita sa Provincial Farm sa Ipil

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Abril 26 (PIA) –- Ang buhatan sa Provincial Agriculture Office mibisita bag-ohay pa lang didto sa Provincial Farm sa Barangay Ipil, ni'ng siyudad sa Surigao.

Si Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas mao'y nangulo sa maong pagbisita inubanan nila Provincial Agriculturist Gromyko Geraldino, Provincial Accountant Myrla Padayhag, Provincial Engineer Alwin Pono, Tourism Officer Ivonnie Dumadag, Teresita Ajoc sa General Services ug pipila ka mga empleyado sa kapitolyo.

Ang tumong ug tinguha sa maong pagbisita mao ang pa-asister sa sitwasyon sa maong farm aron mahatagan sa maayong atensyon ug proseso ang pagpalambo niini gamit ang teknolohiya sa organic farming.

Moabot na sa usa ka hektarya ang natikad sa maong luna nga adunay tanom sa nagkalain-laing klase sa gulay sama sa pechay, talong, okra, sitao, ampalaya, repolyo, kalabasa, upo, kangkong ug uban pang mga gulay ubos sa pagdumala sa opisina sa provincial agriculture. (Provincial Information Office/SDR/PIA- Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano news: Butuan padayon sa pag-usab sa local natil roads

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Abril 26 (PIA) –- Ang Sangguniang Panlungsod dili lang dugay nagpasa og usa ka resolusyon sa pag-endorso sa Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) pinaagi sa Caraga Regional office alang sa pag-convert sa lokal nga kalsada ngadto na sa nasyunal nga kalsada.

Kini human nga nagpadala og sulat si City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., gipetsahan Pebrero 1, 2012 ngadto kang Vice Mayor Lawrence Fortun sa pag-endorso sa sulat nga gipadala ni Engr. Nicolas O. Alameda, District Engineer sa Butuan City District Engineering Office – DPWH nga naghangyo sa Sangguniang Panlungsod sa pagpasa og resolusyon kalabot niini.

Ang komitiba sa Sangguniang Panlungsod sa Human Settlement and Land Use nga gipanguluhan ni Councilor Jaime M. Cembrano, Jr. sa iyang hearing niadtong Marso 9, siya nituo nga ang pag-convert sa mga local roads ngadto sa national roads usa ka dakong benepisyo sa siyudad sa Butuan City ilabi na sa mga residente niini.

Ang mga mosunod nga lokal nga kalsada nga gi-endorso mao ang: Tiniwisan-Maguinda-Las Nieves Road ngadto sa NRJ-Butuan City-Cagayan de Oro –Iligan Road (gikan sa national road junction sa may Butuan City-Caraga de Oro-Iligan road, ang starting Station 1235 + 175, nga muagi sa Barangay Tiniwisan, Lemon, Pigdaulan, Mandamo, Municipality of Las Nieves Barangay Malicato ug Marcos Calo, nga mahuman sa Station 1282 + 300 boundary sa probensya sa Agusan del Sur, nga suma total sa lente nga 47.125 kilometers).

Samtang ang kalsada sa Tiniwisan-Cabcabon-Taod-oy-Caloc-an-Magallanes Road ngato sa Butuan City-Cagayan de Oro-iligan Road (gikan sa national primary road junction sa Butuan City-Cagayan de Oro-iligan road, sugod sa station 1235 + 175 nga muagi sa Barangay Tiniwisan, Cabcabon, Tod-oy ug Caloc-an, nga mahuman sa 1242 + 900 boundary sa Munisipalidad sa Magallanes, Agusan del Norte nga adunay suma total 7.725 kilometers) lakip usab sa nahisgutang endorsement. (RER/PIA-Caraga)