PIA News Service - Monday, May 14, 2012


DSWD warns 4Ps beneficiaries not to pawn cash cards

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 14 (PIA) -- Beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Caraga Region were warned not to pawn their cash cards.

This, after reports reached the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that some cash card holders in the country have sold or pawned their cards.

According to Alma Patron, regional focal person of the program, reports have reached their office that some beneficiaries of the program in Caraga have pawned the cash cards to people they know and redeemed it whenever the social welfare office conducts inspection as part of the agency’s monitoring.

Because of this, the official warned the beneficiaries that if they get caught doing this, they will be subjected to investigation and if found guilty, they may be delisted from the program, and their slots given to others..

Meanwhile, Patron said those beneficiaries who are currently withdrawing the cash assistance over the counter should not worry because as soon as processing of their cash cards are done, they will just withdraw the said assistance over the automated teller machines (ATMS).

The 4Ps is a poverty reduction strategy that provides grants to extremely poor households to improve their health, nutrition, and education particularly of children aged 0-14. It is patterned after the successful Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Programs in Latin America and Africa.

CCT has been cited as one of the key factors behind the positive cosi-economic outcomes achieved by Brazil where 11 million families are currently enrolled in the program, and other countries.

In January 2012, a total of 2,112 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Caraga region have received their cash cards in January 2012.

The 2011 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Accomplishment Report of Caraga Region showed that compliance rate of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries to the conditions on health, education and Family Development Session (FDS) has increased from January 2011 to October 2011. (RER-PIA 13 Caraga)

DepEd-Agusan del Norte all set for Brigada Eskwela 2012

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 14 (PIA) –- The Department of Education (DepEd) - Agusan del Norte Division is all set for the conduct of the nationwide “Brigada Eskwela 2012,” which will be held on May 21-25, 2012.

According to Florante More, Jr. of DepEd-Agusan del Norte, the activity will be participated by parents of schoolchildren who are enrolled in public elementary and high schools in the country.

The five-day “Brigada Eskwela” will be spearheaded by all public school teachers and school administrators.

The official said during the activity, participants are required to conduct beautification of the school premises, as well as to repair school facilities and equipment such as chairs, desks, blackboards, and the like.

Moreover, the activity is one way of preparing the school facilities in the upcoming opening of classes in June so that pupils will no longer use their time in cleaning, beautifying and repairing the said facilities, thus, regular classes will immediately start.

Brigada Eskwela, also known as the “Bayanihan Para sa Paaralan (Working together for the school)," is a nationwide voluntary effort of teachers, parents, students, community members, and other organizations to do minor repairs and clean-ups on their schools in preparation for the start of the school year.

It encourages volunteers to give a part of their time, effort, and even donate materials such as paint, cement, lumber, and other materials, which could be used for minor repairs and building. Donations from local corporations and businesses are given in kind.

In 2011, DepEd-Caraga Region reported that all the nine divisions in the region have successfully complied the “Brigada Eskwela” last year. With this, the department hoped to duplicate what they have achieved in 2011. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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‘Panginabuhian sa Tagana-an’ Festival declared Sajaw Surigao champ

SURIGAO CITY, May 14 (PIA) -- The ‘Panginabuhi-an sa Tagana-an’ Festival (Livelihood/source of living in Tagana-an town) outwit other eight contingents and walked away victorious in the first Sajaw Surigao Festival held Sunday, May 13 at the Provincial Sports Complex, this city.

The event is one of the highlights in celebration of the 111th Founding Anniversary of Surigao on May 15, showcasing the unique culture, colorful history and convergence of festivals in the province of Surigao del Norte.

Also named winner is the Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival of Surigao City who placed second. The Kajawan Festival of the municipality of San Francisco was also named third place winner.

Special awards for Best in Choreography and Musicality all went to the municipality of Tagana-an while the Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw contingent was awarded Best in Costume.

Other participating contingents who received special awards were the Mabuyoc Festival of the municipality of Mainit, Ungguyan Festival of the municipality of Malimono, Sani Festival of the municipality of San Isidro, Kabibo Festival of the municipality of Alegria, Jinawa Festival of the municipality of Gigaquit and Tinaga Festival of the municipality of Claver. Sison’s Kuradang Festival also performed as guest contingent.

The festival was graced by Sen. Loren Legarda along with other local officials led by Gov. Sol Matugas and 1st District Rep. Francisco Matugas. (FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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200 kilos of spoiled fish seized in Surigao City

by Annette P. Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, May 14 (PIA) -- Authorities seized hundreds of kilograms of spoiled fish during an inspection at the city public market recently.

Confiscated during the operation were 200 kilos of longnose trevally, popularly known as langog in Surigaonon dialect, from stall # 541.

The Surigao City Hall-Office of the City Market Supervisor and the City Health Office Sanitary Division made a surprise visit following several complaints from the consumers of the influx of spoiled fish at the city public market.

Sanitary Inspector Cupertino Corro warned the public from eating spoiled fish as this is already unfit for human consumption and possibly carries the salmonella bacteria that could cause stomach pains and diarrhea. (FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Tagalog news: BFAR-Caraga patuloy sa pag-implementa sa Fisherfolk Directorship program

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 14 (PIA) -- Kasabay ng pagdiriwang ng Farmers and Fisherfolk Month sa buwang ito, nagpatuloy ang tanggapan sa rehiyon sa pag-implementa ng Fisherfolk Director’s program.

Sinabi ni Shane Abeguel Eviota, Information officer ng Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) na si Fisherfolk Director Marcelito Monato ay okupado ang iskedyul sa pagbisita sa komunidad ng fisherfolk sa rehiyon.

Dagdag ni Eviota na ang bagong fisherfolk director ay personal na bibisita sa mga komunidad upang personal na tingnan ang programa at proyektong na-implementa ng BFAR-Caraga, na layuning magbigay ng tulong sa pagpapanatili ng pag-unlad ng ekonomiya ng mangingisda sa pamamagitan ng pagpapanatili ng kanilang kabuhayan.

Sinabi ng opisyal na si Dir. Monato ay mangunguna sa hands-on training ng tilapia culture sa Santa Josefa, Agusan del Sur, bago pa matapos ang kaniyang termino sa katapusan ng buwan.

Idinagdag din niya na ang training ay magsisilbing lugar upang mabigyan ng tulong ang komunidad ng mga mangingisda sa nasabing lugar sa pagsisikap na mabigyan ng ideya at estratehiya kung paano mapapanatili ang kabuhayan sa pamamagitan ng tilapia culture.

Kabilang sa programa ay ang pagkilala ng ibat-ibang uri ng tilapia sa komunidad. Ang tilapia ay isang fish pens na kadalasang makikita sa ilog at lawa sa ibat-ibang bahagi ng bansa.

Ang katubigan ng Agusan del Sur ay mayaman dahil sa Agusan River na dumadaloy patungong Butuan City kung saan ang ilog ay mainam na lugar upang mag-alaga ng tilapia. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Awhag sa Malacañang: Limpyuhon ang palibot aron malikayan ang dengue

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Mayo 14 (PIA) -- Ang Malacañang subling mi-awhag sa mga Filipino sa paghimo sa ilang parte aron malikayan ang pagkatap sa delikadong dengue virus sa makanunayong pagmentinar sa kahinlo ug walay mga naipon nga tubig sa palibot, nga maoy balay itloganan sa mga lamok nga nagdala sa maong virus.

Sa press briefing nga gisibya sa dzRB Radyo ng Bayan kagahapon Domingo, si Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte miingon kinahanglan nga ang mga Filipino maghinlo gyud sa ilang mga palibot matag adlaw.

Matud niya nga ang pagkanap sa dengue virus dili lamang atol sa panahon sa ting-ulan apan atol usab sa panahon sa mga bulan sa ting-init.

“Kahit mainit ang panahon na nararamdaman natin ngayon, dapat patuloy ang ating paghahanda para maiwasan ang dengue. Sana ipatupad pa rin natin ang ating paglilinis sa ating kapiligiran dahil nagsisimula naman sa atin yan,” si Valte miingon.

Dugang pa niya nga gipakusgan na sa Department of Health ang ilang koordinasyon sa ilang kampanya batok dengue uban ang mga local health units, labi na didto sa Zamboanga City, diin bag-ohay pa lamang adunay usa ka outbreak ang gikataho.
“Nakikipagtulungan na po ang ating Department of Health doon sa local health units diyan para naman po maapula ang pagkalat ng sinasabi nga po nilang dengue outbreak,” matud niya.

“Hindi lang po kasi ‘pag tag-ulan nagiging delikado tayo sa dengue. Kahit tag-araw, kahit medyo tag-init ay kailangan tuloy-tuloy ang ating paghahanda at siguraduhing ang ating kapaligiran ay hindi pagbabahayan ng mga dengue-carrying mosquitoes,” dugang pa niya. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)