4.11.2012

PIA News Service - Wednesday, April 11, 2012

BIR personnel accept ITRs from Butuan banks

By by Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, April 11 (PIA)
-- Employees of Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) were assigned in different banks in Butuan City to help banks in filing their income tax returns.

In an interview over Radyo ng Bayan here, BIR Regional Director Norberto D. Vitug said BIR employees were assigned to different banks to help them file their income tax return and also for the immediate processing of the forms.

“Taxpayers were also allowed to file in the bank so they will no longer go to the BIR offices to file their income tax returns. We have also the Tax Payer Assistance Service Center in some barangays such as Ampayon, Libertad, and also in the City Hall, Gaisano Mal, and in the public market to help taxpayers concerning the income tax filing,” Vitug said.

There are commercial banks that are accredited by the BIR and under obligation to accept income tax return until 5:00 p.m. such as the Land Bank, Philippine National Bank, and other banks accredited by the regional office of the BIR.

The deadline for the filing of income tax is on April 15. The BIR director also advised the filers to pay ahead of the deadline. (RER/NCLM-PIA 13 CARAGA)

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DSWD Caraga earmarks P55.3M in development projects

By Keneath John Bolisay

BUTUAN CITY, April 11 (PIA)
-- In a continued effort to bring basic social services to people in the far-flung areas of the Caraga region, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga is allocating some P55,320,000 grant in development projects through its anti-poverty program Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS).

According to Asst. Regional Director Mita G. Lim, this new fund is still part of the expansion of the KALAHI-CIDSS project and the first loan agreement with World Bank.

The grant will be utilized for infrastructure projects and capacity-building activities as the program is expanding its coverage to nine new municipalities in the region.

“The project expansion will commence with simultaneous project launching in the respective areas and MOA (memorandum of agreement) signing with key partner stakeholders that will happen within the next two weeks,” Lim said.

The project will cover the areas of RTR and Kitcharao in Agusan del Norte; Alegria, Mainit, Tubod, Del Carmen, Burgos, and Sta. Monica in Surigao del Norte; and Lingig in Surigao del Sur.

Aside from the grant that will come from DSWD, the beneficiary municipalities will also provide their local counterpart contribution (LCC) of 30 percent in cash and in-kind.

“The KALAHI-CIDSS financial system works in a way that key development players are given roles in planning, budgeting and decision-making that make up half of the implementation process that ensures transparency and accountability; each contributing an impact in alleviating poverty,” Lim added.

Since its pilot implementation in 2003, KALAHI-CIDSS has disbursed a total grant of P357,786,439.20 in completing 490 sub-projects in 321 barangays in 22 municipalities in Caraga Region. (RER/NCLM/PIA-Caraga/DSWD-13)

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DSWD-Caraga renews KALAHI-CIDSS partnership with Gigaquit

By Keneath John O. Bolisay

BUTUAN CITY, April 11 (PIA)
-- For its second year of implementation, the government’s anti-poverty project Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), through the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Caraga renewed its engagement with the local government unit (LGU) of Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte with two development projects underway.

Through a memorandum of agreement signed recently, the LGU is set to implement two community-driven development projects. These are the “regular” three-year cycle of KALAHI-CIDSS and the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) for one year.

Both are community-driven development anti-poverty projects implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The financial mechanism of KALAHI-CIDSS comprises a local counterpart contribution (LCC) scheme for which the local government unit will receive a Kalahi-CIDSS grant of P5,850,000 and at the same time will provide a 30 percent LCC of P2,674,285.71 for infrastructure projects.

Three identified conflict-affected barangays in the municipality will also receive a grant of P900,000 from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process for peace and development projects aimed at building resilient communities. (RER/NCLM/KJB/PIA-Caraga/DSWD-13)

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Confiscated timber turned over in Butuan City

By Maria Luisa Dianah Z. Generalao

BUTUAN CITY, April 11 (PIA)
-- Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Rico E. Puno lead the formal turnover of confiscated logs to the Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Office and the Philippine National Police (PNP) officials held recently at the Police Regional Office (PRO) Regional Headquarters, Camp Rafael Rodriguez, this city.

The 1.1 million board feet of timber products, which the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional officials estimated to cost P14.9 million, were confiscated during the 159 separate Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) assisted joint operations of the DENR, PNP and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) anti-illegal logging teams in Caraga Region following the arrest of 85 suspected illegal logging violators.

In his message,Puno said the PAOCC will continue to support law enforcement action to prosecute all persons behind this wanton destruction of our forest cover here in Mindanao.

"The full might of the country’s law enforcement community represented by the PNP, AFP, DENR – backed by the supportive guidance of the PAOCC and the national leadership shall continue to wage war against environmental law violators and syndicates behind the destruction of our natural resources," he added.

The official also lauded officers and rank-and-file personnel of PRO 13 for their feat in terms of environmental protection and law enforcement in the region.Puno also added that PRO 13 has done so much in the past three months which indicates a positive outlook of things to come.

The turn-over ceremony was attended by Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., PNP-13 Director Reynaldo Rafal, DENR Regional Technical Director Virgilio dela Cruz, and members of the PAOCC.

The turned-over timbers will be utilized to make school desks for public schools in Caraga Region and for the construction of PNP shelters and outposts in the region. Mayor Amante also requested the undersecretary for a share of the wood products for the relocation of families affected by Task Force Likas. (RER/NCLM/PIA-Caraga/LGU-Butuan City)

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Lathalain: Wastong timbang para sa mahabang buhay

Ni Divorah V. Aguila

MANILA, Abril 11 (PIA)
-- Kung ang inyong anak ay lumalaki nang mas mabilis kaysa normal, kailangang bigyang pansin ito kaagad.

Ang tangkad at laki ng katawan ng bata ay may kinalaman kung siya ba ay obese o sobra ang timbang.

Ang bata ay obese kung 20 porsiyento o mahigit pa ang labis na timbang niya sa kanyang ideal body weight para sa kanyang edad at taas.

Kung may family history ng obesity, mas malaki ang tsansa na ang bata ay maging mataba rin, lalo na kung ang nanay at tatay ay parehong matataba.

Ang sobrang dami ng pagkain at kakulangan sa exercise ay malaking dahilan ng obesity sa mga bata. Ang matabang bata ay malamang maging mataba rin sa kanyang pagtanda.

Sa tulong ng inyong doktor, bantayan ang pagtangkad at pagbigat ng bata upang tiyakin na normal ang kanyang paglaki.

Kung kailangan ang mag-diet, planuhin ito kasama ang doktor o registered dietitian upang makagawa ng wastong nutritional guide na susundin nang pangmatagalan. Huwag kalimutan na dapat may exercise component rin ito.

Mapanganib sa kalusugan ang obesity. Kapansin-pansin sa mga dalubhasa na ang mga batang obese ay may panganib na magkaroon sa kanilang pagtanda ng matitinding sakit, katulad ng sakit sa puso at ugat, diabetes, arthritis at ilang uri ng cancer.

Upang maiwasan ang obesity at magkaroon ng healthy eating habits hindi lamang ang mga bata kung hindi pati na ang boung pamilya, bigyang pansin ang mga sumusunod:

• Tiyakin na ang inihahandang pagkain ay balance: may kanin, ulam, sapat na gulay at prutas;
• Isama ang mga bata kapag nag-exercise.
• Limitahan ang computer at tv time ng mga bata at ipagbawal ang pagkain sa tapat ng tv.
• Iwasan ang mga malalangis na pagkain at iwasan rin ang kumain sa mga mga kainan na ang menu ay nakakataba.

Tandaan, kung kayo’y nababagabag na ang inyong anak ay mukhang tumataba, huwag pagalitan ang inyong anak upang siya ay mag-dyeta.

Gamitin ang positive reinforcement. Hikayatin ang buong pamilya na mag-exercise at tiyakin na balanse ang pagkain para sa buong pamilya.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon sa pagkain at nutrisyon, sumulat o tumawag kay: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/Fax Nos.: 837-2934 or 837-3164; Direct Line: 839-1839; DOST Trunk Line: 837-2071 to 82 local 2296 or 2284; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or at mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano news: Aquino, Emir sa Qatar saksi sa pagpirma sa upat ka mga gikasabotan

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Abr. 11 (PIA)
-- Gisaksihan nila Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ug Haring Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, ang Emir sa Qatar ang pagpirma sa upat ka government to government nga mga gikasabotan kagahapon Martes didto sa MalacaƱang.

Ang Emir sa Qatar miabot dinhi sa Pilipinas Martes sa hapon alang sa duha ka-adlaw nga pagbisita dinhi sa nasod.

Selyado na sa duha ka mga nasod ang kasabotan kalabot na sa tourism, legal and justice, agriculture and fishery cooperation lakip usab ang mga pamuhunan. Gipirmahan usab ang kasabotan sa usa ka private sector alang sa pag-establisar sa joint business council tali sa Pilipinas ug Qatar.

Ang memorandum of understanding (MOU) sa turismo gikatakdang mohimo og paborableng mga kondisyones ngadto sa long-term ties sa industriya sa turismo nga makahatag benipisyo alang sa Pilipinas ug Qatar.

Kabahin sa legal front, ang MOU sa kooperasyon kalabot na sa legal field maoy mopasiugda sa panag-ambitay sa mga kasinatian ug maayong kahimoan sa mga mandato sa duha ka mga nasod sa mga tagsa-tagsa niini ka mga ministries of justice.

Ang MOU sa agrikultura ug kooperasyon sa pangisda, gikatakdang mogalam sa sectoral nga kalamboan ug mopauswag sa natad sa agrikutura tali sa duka mga nasod.

Pipila ka mga erya ang naapil niini mao ang crops technology, vegetable and fruit preservation, biotechnology, post harvest technology, livestock and fisheries, coastal and deep-sea fishing management, irrigation, water resources ug halal industry.

Ang duha ka mga nasod mipausbaw usab sa mga tie-ups sa kooperasyon sa pamuhunan pinaagi sa pagpirma og usa ka MOU tali sa Department of Trade and Industry ug sa Qatar Holdings Limited Liability Corporation.

Kining maong MOU palapdan ang mga oportunidad sa pamuhunan sa Pilipinas sa nagkalain-laing mga sector lakip ang natural resources, commodities, energy, agriculture and infrastructure.

Luyo sa mga government-to-government nga mga kasabotan , gipanday usab ang usa ka private sector tie up sa pag-establisar og usa ka joint business council tali sa Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry ug ang Qatari Chamber of Commerce and Industry. (RER/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano news: TESDA mipresentar sa unang grupo nga migradwar sa Siargao Island

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Apr. 11 (PIA)
-– Ang Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) sa Surigao del Norte gipresentar bag-ohay pa lamang ang pinaka-unang grupo nga migradwar didto sa Siargao Island sa usa ka simpleng commencement rites nga gipahigayon didto sa Women’s Center sa General Luna, ning maong probinsya.

Ang unang grupo naglakip sa 24 ka mga gradwado sa security services, 12 sa housekeeping, 24 sa healthcare, 10 sa massage, ug unom sa bartending.

Si Surigao del Norte 1st District Congressman Francisco Matugas maoy nahimong pinasidunggang mamumulong atol sa maong kalihukan nga nagdala sa tema nga, “Your gift of learning our tool for nation building.”

Mitambong usab sa maong kalihukan sila Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas, TESDA Provincial Director Rodrigo de Villa ug Gen. Luna Mayor Jaime Rusillo. (Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)