PIA News Service - Tuesday, May 29, 2012


DSWD calls support to the 34th NDPR Week celebration

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 29 (PIA) –- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has called on all government entities to support the 34th National Disabilities Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week celebration, slated on July 17 to 23 by virtue of Proclamation No. 361, series of 2000, as amended by Administrative Order No. 35, series of 2002.

In a press statement, DSWD Undersecretary Alicia Bala enjoined all government agencies to extend full support in the observance of the week-long event by hanging streamers in conspicuous places, and by conducting activities that are fitting and appropriate to their settings such as but not limited to the activities of the national working committee.

Anchored on the theme, “Mainstreaming Persons with Disabilities in Economic Development,” the celebration aims to stimulate public awareness on disability and encourage every citizen to take active responsibility in uplifting the economic and social conditions of persons with disabilities (PWDS) in the society.

The theme was conceptualized to contribute and promote the full employment of persons with disabilities and to tackle barriers and gaps, facilitate stakeholders’ cooperation, develop innovative approaches and support human rights-based initiatives for the economic development of persons with disabilities.

Also, the DSWD reiterated that in order to strengthen the advocacy efforts in promoting their rights as provided for under various mandates and statutes with the prospective stakeholders, duty bearers and claimholders, disability events and activities are being organized by the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) to increase public awareness.

This year, the DSWD said the government’s efforts towards the promotion of skills and development and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities based on the principles of equal opportunity, equal treatment, and integration into the community will be showcased, highlighting the celebration.

Now on its 34th year of commemoration, the NDPR Week celebration has greatly influenced various stakeholders in both the government and private sectors including civil society organizations and the sector of persons with disabilities itself, DSWD said.

The social welfare department also said that on the part of the government, it re-affirmed its support to the sector when Proclamation No. 361 was issued in August 2000 by then President Joseph E. Estrada. It amends Proclamation No. 1870 issued in June 22, 1978 by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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DTI-Caraga to hold “Diskwento Caravan” in June

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 29 (PIA) -– As opening of classes for school year 2012-2013 nears, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - Caraga Region is set to hold four rounds of “Diskwento Caravan” in some provinces of the region, selling school supplies in affordable prices.

DTI-Caraga Consumer Welfare Division chief, Billy General, said the caravan’s first round will be held on June 12 to 15 at the Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol Covered Court here in time for the celebration of Araw ng Agusan del Norte.

General added that the second round of the caravan will be held on June 16-17 in Claver, Surigao del Norte, while on June 19-20, the caravan will be conducted in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur, and on June 21-22 in Cagwait, Surigao del Sur during the staging of this year’s Kaliguan Festival.

With this caravan schedule, the official invites the public to take this opportunity and avail of the discounted school supplies.

General said the caravan was made possible through the initiatives of DTI to sell school supplies at lower prices.

Prior to this schedule, a “Diskwento Caravan” was also conducted on May 17 in time for the Balangay Festival which was celebrated in this city on May 19. During the caravan, grocery, food items, and school supplies were among the items sold at lower prices.

Diskwento Caravan is a nationwide undertaking of the national government led by the DTI and is conducted in different regions to provide quality goods and products to Filipino consumers at affordable price. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


DTI monitors prices of school supplies in Caraga

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 29 (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Caraga fielded their personnel to monitor the prices of school supplies as the opening of classes near.

Aside from monitoring, DTI-Caraga Consumer Welfare Chief Billy General said the agency also released guidelines dubbed “Gabay sa Pamimili ng School Supplies (Guidelines in Buying School Supplies),” aimed at informing the consuming public on the things to remember when buying school supplies.

The official explained that these guidelines were given to different establishments for posting, visible to the consuming public. The DTI has released Gabay sa Pamimili ng School Supplies nationwide since May 5, 2012.

General further said DTI has recommended the suggested retail price (SRP) for the school supplies to guide consumer.

However, she said not all school supplies were given SRPs, only the basic ones, such as notebooks, paper, pencils, ballpens, crayons, envelopes, rulers, and among others.

The department, through the regional and provincial offices, is regularly monitoring the prices not only school supplies but basic commodities as well, the official said.

DTI also informed the public to call or visit the regional and provincial offices should they have complaints on the quality and/or prices of school supplies. They may also call DTI Direct Hotline number 751-3330. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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5th Eco-Sports Festival set in Tandag City

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 29 (PIA) -- The 5th eco-sports festival in this city is all set with this year’s three-day series of activities.

Started in 2008, the annual activity is spearheaded by the city government, through the City Tourism Council led by Roxanne Pimentel in cooperation with the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) City Federation Office, San Miguel Beer and Philippine Councilors League President Christopher Pimentel.

Florence Abis, City Tourism Officer said this year’s eco-sports festival will be held on May 31 to June 2 at Parola, Mabua Beach here.

Anchored on the theme: “Buhay Dagat, Buhay Natin," series of events to be conducted are as follows: IEC on Tourism and Environment Concerns; Tandag Urban adventure Race; Beach Volleyball exhibition/Contest; Skim boarding Competition; Frisbee Exhibition/Contest; Sand Castle Sculpture; & Pinoy Games.

On the other hand, the 3rd Tandag Summer Kite Festival is also set on the afternoon of June 1 to be followed by the staging of this year's “Body Shots” at night, a beauty, body and personality search which is held annually here. (RER/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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POPCOM, DOH push for right family planning method

BUTUAN CITY, May 29 (PIA) -– The regional office of the Commission on Population (POPCOM), in cooperation with the Department of Health (DOH) in Caraga, is pushing for the use of correct family planning method.

According to Alex Makinano, POPCOM-Caraga Technical Services Division chief, they have agreed with DOH to divide the strategies to be implemented so that couples will use correct family planning method.

Makinano said the demand generation drive teaches women how to implement the natural family planning or even the artificial family planning method.

He added the other strategy that is being introduced is by giving right services in family planning, by providing family planning supplies and logistics through the DOH, which is expected to be realized before the year ends.

The official said that based on survey, about 23,000 women here in the region, aged 15-49 years old are planning to stop conceiving, or to conceive again at the right time after giving birth, however, they are not using any family planning method.

“Thus, there is no assurance if they can achieve their plan,” he added.

Because of this, Makinano said POPCOM is coordinating with DOH and other concerned government agencies to help in identifying these women so that they will be given trainings where strategies in family planning will be introduced and expected to implement the right family planning method.

With this knowledge transfer, couples can easily implement family planning with the assurance of obtaining proper health as correct family planning method is now being practiced.

The move of POPCOM and DOH regional offices support the promotion of healthy lifestyle as the government is also promoting for family planning especially here in Caraga region where population was noted to have been increasing annually.

In the latest report of NSO-Caraga, an increase of 1.49 percent annually from 2000-2010, was noted in the region’s population. Based on the 2010 census of population and housing, the total population of Caraga as of May 1, 2010 is 2,429,224, which is higher by 333,857 compared to the 2000 population of 2,095,367. In 1990, the total population was 1,764,297.

Among the provinces in the region, Agusan del Sur posted the highest population with 656,418. Surigao del Sur ranked second with 561,219 and Surigao del Norte had the third largest population count with 442,588. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Join physical activities, Caraga police urged

BUTUAN CITY, May 29 (PIA) -– With the healthy lifestyle campaign of the regional office of the Philippine National Police (PNP) here in Caraga, the management of Police Regional Office (PRO)-13 urged all police officers to actively participate in whatever physical activities the PNP is undertaking.

PSupt. Martin Gamba, PRO-13 regional information officer, said policemen and women are encouraged to participate in physical activities such as the regular conduct of fun run to keep them physically fit.

The official explained that police officers must be healthy and physically fit so that it’s easy for them to run after criminals. “With this, peace and security can also be attained,” he said.

Gamba further said through this campaign, police officers will be more productive in giving service to the public.

“If they (police officers) are in good shape, they will be more productive as they can really implement security measures against criminals, thus, ensuring public safety," Gamba said.

In an earlier report, Gamba said the general public as well should know the importance of living a healthy lifestyle by getting involved in exercises, sports, and even “fun run” for which the PNP is regularly conducting.

The regular conduct of a fun run is aimed to encourage and urge PNP personnel and citizens in the region to take on the fitness project and exercise a national culture of fitness, leading to the vision of a healthier country.

The most recent is the nationwide conduct of “Takbong Maharlika, Tungo sa Pagkakaisa,” initiated by PNP which was held early this year.

Also, during the conduct of PhilHealth Run in February here, PNP personnel were seen to have been actively participated, along with other government employees in the region and in the city. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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DILG Caraga holds training on ARTA Report Card Survey

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, May 29 (PIA) -- In pursuing excellence in local governance, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region XIII recently concluded the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) Report Card Survey (RCS) Roll-out on May 24-25 at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

The Report Card Survey (RCS) is a participatory survey that provides quantitative feedback on user perceptions on the quality, adequacy, and efficiency of public services, particularly in the delivery of frontline services, which exacts public accountability.

The conduct of RCS is in adherence to Republic Act 9485, otherwise known as the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007, Section 10, which provides: “All offices and agencies providing frontline services shall be subjected to a Report Card Survey (RCS)… to obtain feedback on how provisions in the Citizens Charter are being followed and how the agency is performing.”

The survey will also obtain a feedback on the existence and effectiveness of local government units (LGUs) of their compliance to Citizen’s Charter.

All the provincial and city directors, program and outcome managers, City and Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (C/MLGOOs) and the technical personnel assigned in the Regional, Provincial and City Offices were trained to serve as ARTA – RCS Researchers for data collection in the Report Card Survey.

A simulation exercise was made in answering the Inspection Checklist and the Survey Questionnaires to provide the trainees with the mechanisms on the conduct of the field survey.

Moreover, a workshop was conducted by LGOO V Mary Ann S. Tomate on the use of the Encoding Tool where data is stored after the data collection. This was done on an individual hands-on exercise by the participants to ensure that every ARTA – RCS Researcher is knowledgeable and capacitated to perform the survey as well as the data encoding RCS software.

Data collection will be administered in all cities and municipalities of this region through a cross-posting scheme of deployment for reliability and validity of the results by the DILG Field Personnel within the month of June, 2012.

The Report Card Survey will specifically focus on the following areas of assessment, to wit: (1) Posting of the Citizen’s Charter, (2) Existence of an Anti-fixer Campaign, (3) Wearing of Identification Cards, (4) Establishment of a Public Assistance and Complaints Desk (PACD), (5) Adherence to the “No Lunch Break” Policy, (6) Personal disposition of an employee directly involved in a frontline service, (7) Quality of the frontline service, and the (8) Physical working condition in the frontline service area.

“We should walk the extra mile and think out of the box. We need to be change agents,” remarked DILG OIC-Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion.

She said the ARTA implementation is part of the upscale of the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) so that LGUs will qualify for the Silver SGH.

For this reason, Famacion calls to action the DILG personnel to monitor, assist and equip LGUs to be recipients of the Silver Seal of Good Housekeeping, which will open the access to obtain funds as incentive for good performance in local governance.

Part of the conduct of the training was the presentation on Continuing Legal Education of Atty. Anthony P. Vitor, Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) 2012 of LGOO V Lolita Savaria, Gawad Pamana ng Lahi, Scaled-up Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) and Seal of Disaster Preparedness (SDP) of LGMED Chief LGOO V Ray Gregory Jaranilla. This is in line with the Department’s advocacy to popularize the projects implemented by the DILG. (RER/NCLM/DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)

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Tagalog news: Agusan Sur Prov'l environmental mngt planning pinasinayaan ng AusAID

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Mayo 29 (PIA) -- Walong kasapi ng provincial environmental management planning team (PEMP) ang nakatanggap ng Certificate of Merit mula sa Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) kamakailan lang dahil sa pagbuo at paggawa ng plano para sa maayos na pamamahala ng kalikasan at iba pang mga proyekto na ipapatupad dito.

Nilagdaan nina Manuel Jamonir, road engineering coordinator at Graham Johnson Jones, pinuno ng AusAID – Philippine Road Management Facility (PPRMF), ang sertipikong natanggap ay nagpapatunay na kinilala ng AusAID ang walo kataong miyembro ng kuponan sa kanilang pagpapahalaga ng bawat oras, ang kanilang matapat na suporta noong sila ay bumisita sa lugar na paglagyan ng proyekto, sa pakipanayam at pagsaayos ng mga gawain na siyang dahilan at nagawa ng maayos ang plano sa pamamahala ng kalikasan at para maisaayos ang national road junction (NRJ) Bayugan City – San Luis; NRJ San Sibagat Esperanza na daan at; NRJ Sibagat – Esperanza (San Vicente-Ilihan-Taglibas road).

Ayon sa kinatawan ng AusAID, nakuha ng walong miyembro ng koponan ang mas malalim na pang unawa at kagalingan sa pagpapatupad ng pamamahala ng kapaligiran na naaayon sa obligasyong legal at polisiya ng AusAID at ng pamahalaan ng Pilipinas.

Ang walong mga kasapi ng koponan ay sina: For. Ronolfo Paler, Hepe ng Provincial Environment at Natural Resources ng pamahalaang panlalawigan; For. Zeneveve Longaquit, Supervising Environmental Management Specialist (EMS); Marjories sa Tereso, EMS II; Albert Parba, EMS II; Dennis Manglicmot, CDA I; Ricardo Caldeo, Senior EMS; Shane, Macaylas, Provincial Engineering Office at; Alex Coreos, PENRO municipal government.

Ang mga parangal ay tinanggap ni Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza sa Makati, Manila at siya na mismo ang nagbigay nito sa mga miyembro PEMP noong Mayo 23, na siyang sinaksihan ng ibang opisyales ng pamahalaang panlalawigan. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Tagalog news: Mga executives ng Caraga maglulunsad ng golf tournament

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 29 (PIA) –- Isang open golf tournament ang pangungunahan ng Association of Caraga Executives (ACE), isang organisasyon ng mga regional directors ng iba't-ibang tanggapan ng pamahalaan sa rehiyon, na gaganapin sa Hunyo 6-8 sa Pueblo De Oro Golf and Country Club (PDOGCC) sa Cagayan de Oro City.

Napag-alaman na ang malilipon na pondo ng Caraga Executives Open (CEO) Golf Tournament ay mapupunta sa Por Cristo Foundation, Inc., na bahay ng mga napabayaang matatanda sa region.

Ayon kay Atty. Francisco Pobe, Caraga Regional Elections director at pangulo ng ACE, ang tournament ay gagamit ng 36-hole modified stable ford competition 75 percent of handicap; 2 days to play (36 holes); best 18 score for two days to count.

Idinagdag din ni Pobe na ang StableFord points ay naaayon sa net score ng mga manglalaro na ayon sa mga sumusunod: one point para sa one over par, two points para sa par, three points para sa one under par. Four points para sa two under par, five points para sa three par, six points para sa four under par at negative six points para naman sa legitimate hole-in-one.

Sinabi rin ni Pobe na ang tournament ay bukas para sa lahat ng amateur golfers na mayroong June 2012 “handicap” (HDCP) na may patunay ng kanilang club. Ang mga manglalaro ay kailangan din magpakita ng kanilang kategorya bilang men’s seniors, o ladies habang sila ay nagpaparehistro. Ang senior naman ay kailangan may edad na 55 years pataas ang gulang. Ang isang kategorya kada parehistro ay kinakailangan.

Ani Pobe, ang mga manglalaro ay kinakailangan kunin ang kanilang bola matapos ilagay ang one over par, para mapadali ang paglalaro at para rin maiwasan ang disqualification. Kinakailangan din ilang gumamit ng blue tees para sa mga lalaki, white tees para sa mga senior at Red tees naman para sa mga babae.

Ang June 2012 official handicap ng kani-kanilang club ay kailangan gamitin nila. Sa Mga hindi kasapi ng POGCC at kailangan mag-submit ng handicaps/index na may patunay ng kanilang Club Secretary of Manager. Ang mga manglalaro na hindi maka-submit ng kanilang handicap ay atomatikong mapupunta sa “zero” handicap.

Ang tournament committee ay may nakareserbang karapatan na isaayos ang handicap ng manglalaro para gawing angkop sa tournament. Lower handicap ay kailangan gamitin ng mga manglalaro na miyembro ng dalawa o mahigit na clubs, maliban sa miyembro ng POGCC.

Ang mananalo sa iba't-ibang kategorya ay makakakuha ng tropiyo, kagaya ng mga manglalaro na may lowest gross, lowest net; Class A,B,C at D Champions; at Senior and ladies sa runner-up. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Tagalog news: 237 Agusanons nagtapos sa alternative learning system ng DepEd

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 29 (PIA) -– Kabuuang 237 na mga estudyante ng Alternative Learning System (ALS) ng Department of Education (DepEd) na galing sa probinsya ng Agusan del Norte ang nagsipagtapos sa ginanap na seremonya sa Nasipit National Vocational School (NNVS) kamakailan lang.

Ayon kay Leonisa Lavapez, DepEd-Agusan del Norte Division ALS coordinator, mayroong 37 high school na mga estudyante ang nagtapos galing sa Cabadbaran City, ang capital city ng probinsya.

Samantalang 35 na mga estudyante naman sa elementary at high school ng Buenavista District I at II ang nagsipagtapos.

Ang breakdown ng mga nagsisipagtapos sa ibang mga munisipalidad ng probisnya ay ang mga sumusunod: Remedios T. Romualdez – 14; Jabonga – 32; Las Nieves – 19; Carmen - 15; Tubay – 11; Nasipit – 34; Magallanes – 7; Kitcharao – 13; at Santiago – 20.

Sinabi rin ni Lavapez na ang graduation ceremony ay dinaluhan ng mga matataas na opisyal ng DepEd-Agusan del Norte Division na pinangunahan ni Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Ponciano Joven.

Nagbigay din ng impormasyon si Lavapez sa publiko lalo na sa mga interesadong sumali sa programa na sumangguni lang sa DepEd dahil sila ay tumatanggap na ng panibagong batch ng mga estudyante na magsisimula ngayong Hunyo para sa school year 2012-2013.

Ang Senate Bill 1636 o ang Alternative Learning System Act na sumasangguni sa parallel learning system upang magbigay ng isang praktikal at alternatibong pormal na edukasyon. Ito ay binubuo ng parehong non-formal at informal na pinagmumulan ng kaalaman at kasanayan.

Ang ALS ay alinsunod din sa Republic Act 9155, o kilala bilang the Governance of Basic Education Act of 2001 na nag-uutos sa estado na bigyang karapatan ng mga taumbayan sa dekalidad na edukasyon at gawin ang basic education na madaling abutin ng lahat sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay sa lahat ng Pilipinong kabataan ng libreng edukasyon sa elementarya at high school kasama ng alternative learning education system para sa mga out-of-school youths at adults.

Sa rehiyon ng Caraga, ang implementasyon ng ALS ay naging matagumpay dahil sa dami ng mga estudyanteng nakasama sa programa at nagsipagtapos sa kanilang basic education. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Tagalog news: P99.4M na pondo susuporta sa mga proyekto ng Agusan del Norte

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 29 (PIA) –- Inulat ng probinsya ng Agusan del Norte kamakailan lang na ang Development Fund (DF) ng probinsiya ay tumaas sa higit na P99.4 milyon ngayong taon upang pondohan ang social development, economic development, at environmental management na proyekto ng pamahalaang lokal.

Napag-alaman na ang proyekto ng probinsya ay nakahanda na upang masuportahan ng nasabing pondo ang alokasyon ng executive at legislative departments.

Sa ilalim ng Social Development Project, P1.1 milyon ang ibinigay upang pondohan ang proyektong portable water supply; P8.5 milyon para sa pagsasa-ayos ng mga Health Centers, Hospitals, at bagong kagamitan; P25.6 naman ang gagamitin upang magtayo ng Manpower and Human Resources Development and Productivity Enhancement Centers; at P1.2 milyon na ibibili ng lupa para sa mga informal settlers na biktima ng kalamidad sa probinsya.

Para sa economic development, P3.2 milyon naman ang inihanda para sa proyektong livelihood and entrepreneurship; P46 milyon naman para sa inprastraktura; at sa ilalim naman ng environmental management, P2.4 milyon ang inihanda para sa pagtatayo ng drainage, canals, flood controls at shore protection; samantala ang reforestation naman ay nakakuha ng P1.1 milyon.

Dahil dito, sinabi ng provincial government na gagamitin nila ang pondo ayon sa batas ng 20 porsyentong Development Fund. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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TAGALOG NEWS: Archeologists huhukayin ang mga natitirang Balangay Boats sa Butuan

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 29 (PIA) -– Sisimulan na muli ang paghuhukay ng anim na archeologists galing sa National Museum of the Philippines ng Metro Manila ang natitirang anim sa siyam na Balangay boats sa Ambangan, Barangay Libertad, ng siyudad, kung saan tatlo sa mga ito ang nahukay na.

Ayon kay Erlisa Magdale, museum guide at curator ng national museum sa rehiyon na ang mga archeologists ay binigyan lang ng isang buwan upang tapusin ang paghuhukay sa mga natitirang balangay boats sa Barangay Libertad na pinaniniwalaan na dating ilog ng Butuan kung saan dito rin dumadaan ang mga balangay boats noon na ginagamit sa pangangalakal ng mga dayuhan na pumupunta dito.

Ang paghuhukay ay sinimulan sa unang buwan ng taong ito matapos gawin ang excavation mapping na ginanap noong Disyembre ng kanaraang taon sa pangunguna ng mga tauhan ng National Museum, ayon kay Magdale.

Ang katuparan ng nasabing proyekto ay naging posible dahil dito sa rehiyon ng Asya, tanging sa Pilipinas lang nadiskubre at nahukay ang balangay boats.

Siyam na balangay boats ang natagpuan ngunit tatlo pa lang dito ang nahukay. Ang unang balangay ay kasalukuyang nakahimlay sa National Museum-Caraga na itinayo sa mismong excavation site sa Purok Ambangan, Barangay Libertad at dumaan na sa radiocarbon tested at napag-alamang ito ay gawa noong 320 AD.

Ang pangalawang balangay boat naman ay ginawa noong 1250 AD, at kasalukuyang nakalagay sa Maritime Hall ng National Museum sa Manila. Ang pangatlo naman ay inilipat sa Butuan Regional Museum at kasalukuyang naka-preserba.

Ang anim naman ay nakatakdang huhukayin pa lang at nananatili sa kanilang orihinal na kondisyon na nakababad sa tubig na napag-alamang mabisang paraan upang mapreserba ito. Ito rin ang mga balangay boats na huhukayin ng mga nasabing archeologists.

Ang Balangay boats ang unang sasakyang pantubig na gawa sa kahoy sa Southeast Asia at sa Pilipinas lang din matatagpuan ang prehistorikong kahoy na bangka. Dala ng isang masusing pagsisiyasat dito, napag-alaman na ang mga nahukay na bangka ay ginawa pa noong 320 AD, 90 AD at 1250 AD.

Ang pagkadiskubre sa balangay boats ang nagtulak sa mga Butuanong para sabihin na “In the beginning, there was no Philippines but there was already Butuan,” na nagbigay sa syudad ng Butuan sa titulong “The Ancient Kingdom of Butuan.”

Dahil dito, inilunsad ng pamahalaang lokal ang Balangay Festival upang ipakilala ang historikong syudad sa Northeastern Mindanao Region, at ito ay ginagawa sa buwan ng Mayo, kasabay ng taunang selebrasyon ng kapistahan ng syudad.

Sa taong ito, idineklara ng pamahalaang lokal ang “Balangay Festival Silver Year” matapos idiklara ng dating Pangulong Corazon C. Aquino ang mga balangay ng Butuan bilang National Culture Treasure sa pamamagitan ng Presidential Proclamation No. 86, noong Marso 9, 1987.

Batay sa Proclamation No. 1, series of 2012 na pinirmahan ni Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr., ang Marso 9, 2012 hanggang Marso 8, 2012 ay idineklarang Balangay Festival Silver Year. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano news: Aquino mianunsyo sa P25-billion nga GSIS investment fund alang sa infrastructure projects

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Mayo 29 (PIA) -- Gianunsyo ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III kagahapon Lunes ang paghimo sa P25-bilyon nga investment fund diin ang ahensya sa Government Service Insurance System maoy moalaokar sa maong pundo aron palig-onon ang mga proyekto sa imprastruktura dinhi sa Pilipinas.

Ang Pangulo mihimo sa maong pag-anunsyo sa iyang pamulong atol sa selebrasyon sa ika 75th Founding Anniversary sa GSIS nga gipahigayon didto sa GSIS headquarters, Pasay City.

Matud sa Pangulo kining maong programa gitawag nga Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure (PInAI), kini maoy pinakadako nga single investment sa imprastruktura, ug kini usab pormal nga ilusad karong umaabot nga bulan sa Hulyo niining tuiga ug gikatakdang mopauswag sa ekonomiya ug maghatag dugang mga trabaho.

“Sa Hulyo nga po ay ilulunsad na ang Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure o PInAI. Dalawampu’t limang bilyong pisong pondo po ang nakataya rito; ito ang pinakamalaking pondong ilalaan para sa imprastraktura ng bansa,” matud pa sa Pangulo.

Siya midugang nga ang GSIS hugot nga makigtambayayong sa Grupo sa Macquarie, usa ka global provider of banking, financial advisory, investment and funds management services diin adunay mosobra sa 70 ka mga opisina sa 28 ka mga nasod nga nagseguro nga magmalampuson ang mga proyekto.

“Ang GSIS ang nanguna sa pagtataguyod ng pondong ito na pangangasiwaan naman ng Macquarie Group. Bukod sa ihahatid nitong serbisyo, magbubunsod pa ito ng lalo pang pagginhawa ng ekonomiya, at manganganak ng maraming trabaho,” dugang pa niya. (FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano news: 60 ka mga barangays mipailawom sa e-CBMS training

Ni Susil D. Ragas

BASILISA, Dinagat Islands, Mayo 29 (PIA) -– Mukabat sa 60 ka mga barangay sa Dinagat Islands ang naka benipisyo sa walo ka adlaw nga trining ug workshop mahitungod sa e-Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) updating Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR/CCA) nga gipahigayon sa Surigao City bag-ohay pa lamang.

Ang maong kalihukan gipahigayon subay sa comprehensive program, enhancing local government unit’s capacity on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Management sa Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). Ang maong programa nagtinguha aron madayagnos, malantaw ug masuta ang kapasidad ug resources sa LGUs kalabot na sa disaster preparedness, institutional capacity-orientation-briefing on DRR/CCA, mainstreaming DRR/CCA ngadto sa Local Processes and Systems; ug Infrastructre Audit ug Financial Resources.

Ang maong kalihukan gitambongan usab sa pipila ka mga personahe sa Provincial Planning and Development Office, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators, ug technical staff sa lima ka mga munisipyo sa probinsya sama sa Basilisa, San Jose, Dinagat, Loreto ug Cagdianao uban ang mga enumerators gikan sa ilang mga tagsa tagsa ka mga barangay.

Ang maong trining gipangulohan sa e-CBMS technical team nga gikan sa Probinsya sa Agusan del Sur. (FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)