5.19.2012

PIA News Service - Saturday, May 19, 2012

EMB conducts planning workshop to adopt rivers, creeks in Caraga

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 19 (PIA) -- To instill awareness among public on the importance of cleaning the rivers and creeks in Caraga Region, the Environmental and Management Bureau (EMB) conducted recently a two-day strategic workshop planning on adopting rivers and creeks in the region.

According to For. Jay Managat, EMB-Caraga technical staff, the activity is aimed at informing the establishments how to mobilize the communities living along the riverbanks and creeks to clean their surroundings.

Managat also said local residents in the area are also taught on how to get water samples for the water analysis that is regularly conducted by EMB. Through this, people will know if said water systems are safe from bacteria or even risks that come from mining companies and other establishments.

“Ang katuyuan sa maong kalihukan mao ang paghatag og kahibalo sa mga establismento nga naga-operate duol sa maong mga water systems dinhi sa rehiyon. Gitudluan usab ang pipila sa mga residente kung usaon pagkuha sa water samples aron i-analisa sa EMB ug mahibalo-an kung ang maong tubig contaminado sa mga kemikal nga naghatag risgo sa panglawas sa katawhan sa komunidad, atong hatagan og tukmang legal nga aksyon ang maong mga establismento (The activity is aimed to give knowledge to the said establishments operating near the water system here in the region. Some local residents are also taught how to get water samples for EMB’s analysis, and if found that water is contaminated with chemicals that may risk the health of the people in the community, we will give appropriate legal action against these establishments)," Managat said.

The activity is participated by personnel of all gasoline stations, palm oil plantations from Agusan del Sur, and mining firms from Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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DAR-Caraga spearheads Tulay ng Pangulo para sa Agraryong Kaunlaran program

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 19 (PIA) -- To ensure fast mobilization of farm products in the region, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)-Caraga will spearhead the implementation of “Tulay ng Pangulo para sa Agraryong Kaunlaran” program.

DAR-Caraga Regional Director Faisar Mambuay said all provinces and key cities in the region are required to have bridges so that mobilization of products to and from the area will be made easy and fast.

The official stressed if products will be mobilized faster then economic development in the region will also surge high.

Because of this, the Dir. Mambuay said all congressmen in the provinces of the region will endorse two specific areas in their province to DAR. He added the DAR will study the endorsement and assess if the proposal is feasible for the construction of the said infrastructure or not.

To date, the official said they have already received proposals from some congressmen and is now on the process of evaluation in coordination with the regional office of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Dir. Mambuay explained further that the construction of these bridges must also serve the beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension for Reform (CARPER).

The project involves the construction, installation, and establishment of “universal bridges” (unibridges) in priority Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) and CARP covered areas. It will utilize permanent fabricated modular steel technology, which will be imported from France.

The project aims to promote rural development by linking the ARCs in the economic mainstream and open up development potentials in order to increase productivity and income. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Butuan police on full alert for Balangay Festival

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 19 (PIA) -- PSSupt. Pedro Obaldo, Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) Director said the local police is on full alert as the city is celebrating its Balangay Festival today.

According to Supt. Obaldo, with the celebration today of the festival, more people are expected to witness the activities prepared by the city government thus police officers are directed to be alert to ensure a peaceful and orderly celebration.

The official added the installation of police boxes within the vicinity of the city is one of the measures implemented by BCPO to uphold peace and security not only during the celebration today but also during regular days.

City Dir. Obaldo further said the region’s Philippine National Police (PNP) has augmented police officers and were deployed today in the city to help in maintaining peace and security.

This morning, a floral parade will be conducted right after the concelebrated mass to be officiated by Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos. Highlighting the parade is the float competition participated by national government agencies based here in the city.

After the parade the Balangay Theater Presentation will highlight the festival with artists from the different government agencies re-enact the coming of Balangay in the city, dubbed “The Ancient Kingom of Butuan”.

The Balangay Theater competition will be staged at the city sports complex in Barangay Libertad, some ten kilometers away from the city proper.

Meanwhile, Joanna Patricia Ong’s wish to wear the crown of Mutya Hong Butuan was realized when the 16 year-old Mass Communication student of Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) was declared the fairest by members of the board of judges during Thursday’s beauty pageant held at FSUU Gymnasium.

Model turned actor Daniel Matsunaga graced the affair who serenaded the candidates during their evening gown stint.

In a related development, Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III declared non-working day today here in the city to give time to Butuanons to celebrate the Balangay Festival. The President also declared August 2 here as non-working holiday in time with the celebration of Adlaw Hong Butuan, the city’s charter day. (RER/PIA-Caraga)