5.30.2012

PIA News Service - Wednesday, May 30, 2012


DSWD intensifies monitoring of livelihood programs implemented in Caraga Region

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 30 (PIA) -– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has intensified its monitoring of all the programs implemented in Caraga region particularly the livelihood assistance programs.

Citing the need to monitor the status of the programs implemented, DSWD-Caraga Livelihood Unit Chief Roy Serdeña said the social welfare department does not only concern with the distribution of livelihood assistance to qualified beneficiaries, it should also monitor the status of how the beneficiaries used the amount granted to them.

The official explained that beneficiaries of the Self Employment Assistance – Kaunlaran (SEA-K) are among those who were monitored to ensure that the livelihood assistance granted to them will be used in its purpose.

The SEA-K is a capability building program of the DSWD and local government units which aims to enhance the socio-economic skills of poor families through the organization of community-based associations for entrepreneurial development.

In Caraga region, beneficiaries from the provinces of the region have already received livelihood assistance from this program.

Late last year, seven SEA-K associations from the three municipalities in Agusan del Sur received a total of P945,000 to support their livelihood programs. The funds, according to DSWD-Caraga Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat, financed mostly the women’s livelihood program to help improve their family income.

Meanwhile, on February 1, 2012, a total of eight organizations, composed of 165 beneficiaries from Lingig town in Surigao del Sur received livelihood assistance amounting to some P1.6 million.

According to Jerrybelle Gonzales, DSWD-Caraga Project Development Officer Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat personally handed over the check to the beneficiaries who are also the recipients of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) or the 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) under the first phase of implementation that will set to end in 2013.

Also, on February 16, 2012, the social welfare department awarde some P2.9 million check to beneficiaries in the three towns of Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte. Serdeña said some 16 organizations from Dapa, del Carmen, and Pilar towns in Siargao Island benefited from this financial assistance, composed of some 325 members. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

DepEd warns school administrators, teachers not to collect fees during enrollment

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 30 (PIA) -– The Department of Education (DepEd) - Caraga region warned school administrators and teachers not to collect fees during enrollment.

DepEd emphasized that school principals, heads and teachers who will be reported on having collected fees during enrollment will be called for investigation.

This developed after DepEd-Caraga received reports during the previous years informing the office that allegedly, there were school principals and teachers collecting miscellaneous fees from the students and parents during the enrollment period.

Also, officials of DepEd-Caraga called on officials of the Parents Teachers Community Association (PTCA) not to collect any form of fees on the same period, or to force the parents to pay any fees.

The regional office here reiterated DepEd Order No. 65, series of 2010, signed by then Secretary Mona Valisno on the General Guidelines on the opening of classes, collection of school contributions, enrollment, student uniforms, and release of MOOE.

Based on DepEd order, no fees shall be collected from schoolchildren enrolling in preschool up to Grade 4 during the enrollment period and at any time during the school year. This prohibition shall cover the authorized but voluntary contributions such as Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP), Red Cross, Anti-Tuberculosis (TB) Fund, and PTCA.

For grade and year levels beyond Grade 4, no collection of any type should be undertaken during the enrolment period and the first month of classes. Starting on the second month of every school year, contributions may be collected, but only on a voluntary basis.

The order also emphasized that the PTCA may start their collection only after presenting a report on the utilization of the previous schoolyear’s collections to their members and to the school administration. The amount of contributions to the PTA shall be agreed upon in a general assembly of the PTCA, as per DepEd Order No. 54, series of 2009.

Likewise, it was stated in the order that the school publication fee shall be set at the school level but it shall not be more than P60.00 per elementary school pupil and P90.00 per secondary school student, as indicated in DepEd Order No. 19, series of 2008. The publication of a school newspaper, while not mandatory, is strongly encouraged in line with the campus journalism program both at elementary and secondary levels.

Meanwhile, membership fees for student organizations shall be set by the organization subject to existing school policies on student organizations.

With these developments, DepEd-Caraga officials urged parents to get in touch with their office or at their respective division offices should they find school principals and teachers violated the order. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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DAR-Caraga prepares for 24th CARP anniversary

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 30 (PIA) –- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Caraga Region is now preparing for the 24th anniversary celebration of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

According to DAR-Caraga information officer Joie Ceballos, this year’s celebration will focus on the success stories, development and triumphs of CARP beneficiaries in the region.

Ceballos further said the month-long commemoration will kickoff on June 15 with a motorcade showcasing developmental activities that have been implemented by DAR’s regional office here.

On the evening of that same day, a media fusion will take place where the department will be presenting their accomplishment report to the local tri-media in Butuan City.

CARP is a Philippine state policy that ensures and promotes welfare of landless farmers and farm workers, as well as elevation of social justice and equity among rural areas. CARP was established by Republic Act No. 6657, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law of 1988 which aimed for a nation with equitable land ownership and empowered agrarian reform beneficiaries while, at least, improving social lives.

The law was outlined by former President Corazon C. Aquino through Presidential Proclamation 131 and Executive Order 229 on June 22, 1987. The law was finally enacted by the 8th Congress of the Philippines and signed by Aquino on June 10, 1988.

Under RA 6657, it is emphasized that it is the policy of the State to pursue CARP. The welfare of the landless farmers and farm workers will receive the highest consideration to promote social justice and to move the nation towards sound rural development and industrialization, and the establishment of owner cultivatorship of economic-sized farms as the basis of Philippine agriculture.

The law also pointed out that the State shall recognize the right of farmers, farm workers and landowners, as well as cooperatives and other independent farmers' organization, to participate in the planning, organization, and management of the program, and shall provide support to agriculture through appropriate technology and research, and adequate financial, production, marketing and other support services.

Further, the law stipulated that the State shall provide incentives to landowners to invest the proceeds of the agrarian reform program to promote industrialization, employment and privatization of public sector enterprises. Financial instruments used as payment for lands shall contain features that shall enhance negotiability and acceptability in the marketplace.

Wrapping up the day’s kick-off activities is a fellowship night to be conducted in time with the Media Fusion, with broadcasters and journalists in the city joining the celebration in a party.

This is the second media fusion sponsored by DAR-Caraga in an effort to acknowledge the contribution of the local tri-media here in disseminating news and information of DAR-Caraga to the public. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Senior citizens to receive 2nd quarter pensions’ subsidy in June

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 30 (PIA) -- Indigent senior citizen beneficiaries in Caraga will receive their second quarter pension’s subsidy by June.

According to Jane Amil, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga Social Pension Unit chief, the national government’s allocation of the 1,993 senior citizens-beneficiaries will be distributed by next month, citing that this is the second round of payout given to the beneficiaries here in the region for the second quarter.

The official said of the 1,993 beneficiaries, 85 are from the municipality of Remedios T. Romualdez (RTR), 102 in Santiago, 110 in Tubay, 98 in Kitcharao, all in the province of Agusan del Norte.

Beneficiaries from the province of Surigao del Norte are 97 from the municipality of Alegria and 122 from Tubod.

In Agusan del Sur, 153 beneficiaries come from Sibagat, 213 from Esperanza, 190 in San Francisco, 372 in Prosperidad, 132 in Rosario, and 319 in Bayugan City will also receive their pension subsidy.

The national government has allocated some P2,989,500 for this program alone in Caraga region.

Based on article five, paragraph six of Republic Act 9257, the government was directed to provide subsidy and social pension to all indigent senior citizens of the country.

In an earlier report, Amil said, qualified beneficiaries are those senior citizens aged 77 and above, and are not receiving any pension funds from any government institutions. Also, they must not regularly receive any financial support from their family, children and relatives.

Qualified indigent senior citizens are receiving P500 per month and can be withdrawn quarterly at their respective provincial DSWD offices. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

DepEd-Caraga launches all-in-one programs

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, May 30 (PIA) –- The Department of Education (DepEd)-Caraga Administrative Region launched their all in one program through the inauguration of the newly-constructed Regional Education Learning Center (RELC), Learning Resource Materials Development Center (LRMDC), and DepEd-Caraga Dormitory.

During the program, DepEd-Caraga Regional Director Gloria Benigno emphasized that the LRMDC is funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

She also said that the signing of memorandum of agreement aims to strengthen the different divisions of the region.

Benigno also said the awarding of the different schools, who were accredited by Accreditation Program for Public Elementary Schools (APPES) of the school year 2011-2012, are to be represented by the school principals together with the superintendents and the supervisors.

In his statement, Forum ZFD – Country Director, Program Manager Daniel Jaeger expressed his gratitude that DepEd-Caraga was able to join the Peace Education Program.

“I was Very impressed because when they presented their evaluation it turnout that schools in Caraga is the last one to join that program, and when it come to the result the DepEd-Caraga is the one who preceded most,” Jaeger said.

Meanwhile, the newly APPES Accredited schools are as follows: Agusan del Norte: Bayabas ES, Buhang ES, Buenavista Special Education Integrated School, Calamba ES, Cogon CES, Del Pilar ES, Talisay ES SPED Center, Buenavista CES, Carmen CES, Kitcharao CES. Agusan del Sur: Del Monte CES, Guadalupe CES, East Bayugan CES, East Prosperidad CES, Esperanza CES, Lampinigan CES, San Jose CES, Talacogon CES, Vereula CES, Agusan del Sur Pilot Laboratory School, Bayugan CES, San Francisco Pilot CES, Trento CES.

Accredited schools in Bislig City are as follows: Balingan ES, Bislig City Division SPED Center, Isabelo Landeta ES,Lawigan ES, Mangagoy East ES, Mangagoy Hilltop ES, Mangagoy South ES, Requina ES, San Vicente ES, SER-FEL MONE, Bislig Central ES, Mangagoy CES, Plaza Central ES, San Fernando ES, San Roque CES. Butuan City: Ampayon CES, Florencio R. Sibayan CES, Obrero ES, Dapa Central ES & SPED Center, Socorro CES, Mat-I ES, Surigao West Central ES, Surigao City Pilot School. Surigao del Norte: Alegria CES, Claver CES, Mabuhay ES, Matin-ao CES, Tagana-an CES, Tubod Central ES. Surigao del Sur: Cagwait CES, Sta. Juana CES, Sto. Niño ES.

In his speech, Center Director – SEAMEO, Innotech Ramon C. Bacani emphasized that the primary goal of the school is to continuously improve the school for a better education.

“We are very much aware of our school base program the primarily goal is continuously school improvement and every school should continuously perform better and that’s the reason why we engage in our internal and external skateholders so that all of us can work together for the development of our schools,” he said.

The event wass graced by the Center Director – SEAMEO, Innotech Hon. Ramon C. Bacani, Forum ZFD – Country Director, Program Manager Daniel Jaeger, Forum ZFD – Project Manager Tania Hoerler Perrinet, Butuan City Vice Mayor Law Fortun, DepEd Caraga Regional Director Gloria D. Benigno, the different stakeholders, School principals, superintendent, and supervisor from different school localities. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

DENR celebrates silver anniversary in June

By Eric F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, May 30 (PIA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Caraga region is gearing up for the celebration of the Environment Month in June.

With the theme “Living Green: The DENR and its 25 years of Protecting the Philippines’ Natural Wealth,” the department has also lined up several related activities to highlight its 25th anniversary on June 10.

DENR - Caraga regional executive firector (RED) Leonardo R. Sibbaluca said he has instructed the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) officers throughout the region to hang tarpaulins and streamers on strategic places, followed by the holding of religious mass rites in churches of all denominations with inspirational messages that would relate to the successful efforts of the DENR in the “protection of natural wealth” in the country.

Sibbaluca said the DENR made lots of good and tangible accomplishments since it was created by virtue of Executive Order 192 or the "Reorganization Act of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources" on June 10, 1987 by then President Corazon C. Aquino.

“At the center stage of this celebration lies the sacrifices of our fallen comrades who were killed violently for holding on to the principles of the DENR” Sibbaluca said.

He said they have left unforgettable memories that will continue inspiring the DENR employees on its missions and mandate.

Sibbaluca said the DENR also “takes pride in congratulating all the people who in their simple way, had extended their support and cooperation to achieve the goals of the agency over the last 25 years of its existence.”

Among the activities that have been prepared for the environment month celebration are the awarding of certificates of appreciation to several persons and organizations who extended their whole-heart efforts to the DENR, coastal clean-up, tree planting, family day at Britanica Island in Lianga, Surigao del Sur, holding of “ukay-ukay and tiange sale, blood-letting, and three-day sports festivals hosted by PENRO Agusan del Sur and its four CENR offices. (RER/NCLM/DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog news: Ika-112th anibersaryo ng Philippine Civil Service itataguyod ang pagkabayani sa serbisyong publiko

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 30 (PIA) –- Ang ika-112th anibersaryo ng Philippine Civil Service Commission (CSC) ay naglalayong ihanda ang pagtataguyod ng pagkabayani sa serbisyong publiko at bigyang pansin ang mga kuwento ng tagumpay at sakripisyo ng mga kawani sa pamahalaan.

Sa isang press statement, sinabi ni CSC chairman Francisco Duque III na ang isang buwang selebrasyon na may temang “Kawani, Ikaw Ay Isang Lingkod Bayani,” ay magtatampok ng anim na kaganapan na sasalihan ng lahat ng ahensya ng pamahalaan.

Nangunguna sa listahan ay ang R.A.C.E to Serve II Fun Run na gaganapin sa Setyembre 8, bandang alas-5:00 ng umaga sa Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Manila. Ang aktibidad ay opisyal na mag-uumpisa sa selebrasyon ng 2012 anibersaryo.

Dahil naging matagumpay ang Fun Run ng nakaraang taon, gagawin muli ng CSC ang Fun Run ngayong taon na mas malaki at mas maayos. Ang Fun Run ay bukas na para sa lahat ng mga empleyado ng gobyerno at pribadong mga indibidwal na Filipino citizens, ayon sa CSC.

Ang kategorya ay para sa panlalake't pambabae na tatlo-, lima-, at sampung kilometrong takbuhan. Ang mananalo sa unang puwesto ay makakatanggap ng P3,000, P4,000 at P5,000 sa bawat kategorya. Ang second placers ay makakatanggap din ng P2,000, P3,000, at P4,000 bawat kategorya, samantalang P1,000, P2,000 at P3,000 naman ang tatanggapin ng ika-tatlong puwesto sa bawat kategorya.

Ang registration period ay magsisimula ngayong Hunyo hanggang Agosto sa CSC National Capital Region at sa lahat ng field offices at empleyado sa buong bansa.

Ang premyo, na naaayon sa batas at kinumpirma ng Pangulo ay ibibigay sa mga magsisipagwagi ngayong Setyembre sa Palasyo ng Malacañang. Inaasahang dadalo sa seremonya ang mga head ng ibat-ibang ahensya ng gobyerno pati na rin ang 2012 winners ng mga paligsahan.

Para suportahan ang Filipino culture and the Arts, ang CSC ay muling ilulunsad ang government choral competition na kasunod sa ginawang choral competition noong nakaraang taon. Ang bawat choral group ay kailangang may 20 to 30 na miyembro na mga manggagawa ng estado, at hindi sa ilalim ng job orders at contracts of service lang.

Ang mananalo ay makakakuha ng P100,000 samantalang and first, second, at third runners-up ay makakakuha naman ng P70,000, P50,000 at P30,000 cash prizes. Ang apat na finalist ay makakakuha rin ng P15,000 bawat isa. Ang katapusan ng registration ay i-aanunsyo sa CSC website at sa Philippine Civil Service Anniversary Blog sa www.celebratepcsa.wordpress.com.

Ang “Give it Your Best Shot” National Photography Contest para sa mga empleyado ng pamahalaan ay denisinyo upang itaguyod ang konseptong Lingkod Bayani para sa mga civil servants sa pamamagitan ng pagkuha ng isang litrato ng pang araw-araw na serbisyo sa publiko ng mga manggagawa.

Ang photography contest ay bukas para sa lahat ng mga public servants o empleyado ng gobyerno, maliban sa mga empleyado ng CSC at sa lahat ng empleyado ng gobyerno na miyembro ng National Press Club (NPC) at Press Photographers of the Philippines (PPP).

Ang mananalo sa una, pangalawa at pangatlong puwesto ay makakatanggap ng P20,000, P10,000 at P5,000 cash prize at consolation prize naman na P1,000 ang ibibigay sa top 100 na finalists.

Ang winning photos ay gagamitin sa ibat-ibang publikasyon at marketing collateral ng CSC pati na rin ang exhibit sa mga piling government galleries. Bilang insentibo ng mga partisipante, lahat ng mga lalahok ay mabibigyan ng tsansa na itampok ang kanilang iba't-ibang materyal sa CSC at ahensya ng gobyerno.

Bilang alinsunod sa mga aktibidad, ang essay writing contest ngayong taon ay layuning magbigay ng malalim na pag-unawa sa mga civil servants at magbibigay ng hamon sa serbisyong publiko na maging gender responsive, accessible, courteous and effective public service sa kanilang mga trabaho.

Ang kumpetisyon ay may layunin ding gumawa ng halaga sa pamamagitan ng pagrereplika ng reyalidad sa mga kababaihan at kalalakihan sa sosyalidad ng Pilipinas, sa parehong mga kalahok at mga mambabasa sa mananalong essay.

Para maging eligible sa paligsahan, ang mga partisipante ay kailangang mga manggagawa ng gobyerno maliban na lang sa mga job orders at contracts of service lamang. Ang mga manggagawa din ng CSC at ang kanilang malapit na kamag-anak ay hindi pinahihintulutang sumali. Ang top winning entries ay may cash prize na P30,000, P20,000 at P10,000 para sa una, pangalawa at pangatlong puwesto.

Para naman sa espesyal na paanyaya sa mga manggagawa ng gobyerno, ang CSC ay kakasanggain ulit ang mga ahensya ng gobyerno at mga pribadong kumpanya para magbigay ng espesyal na paanyaya sa mga manggagawa ng gobyerno katulad ng libreng sakay sa mga pambublikong sasakyan at discounts sa mga department stores.

Sinabi rin ni Duque na ang lahat ng CSC Regional at Field Offices kasama ng mga ahensya ng gobyerno ay maaaring gumawa ng sarili nilang bersyon ng Fun Run. Ang lahat ng nationwide na palaro ay nangangailangan ng tulong ng CSC Regional Offices at Field Offices.

Para sa impormasyon at mga katanungan, maaring kontakin ang Public Assistance and Information Office sa pamamagitan ng telepono sa numerong 931-4180, ang mga katanungan ay maari ring i-email sa csc_pr@yahoo.com, o i-text sa pamamagitan ng TEXTCSC_ at isend sa 0917-8398272. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Tagalog News: DTI magmomonitor sa mga presyo ng school supplies sa Caraga

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Mayo 30 (PIA) -- Sinimulan nang imonitor ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Caraga ang presyo ng mga school supplies bilang paghahanda sa papalapit na pasukan.

Maliban sa pagmomonitor, sinabi rin ni DTI-Caraga Consumer Welfare Chief Billy General na ang ahensya ay naglabas din ng guidelines na tinatawag na “Gabay sa Pamimili ng School Supplies,” na layuning magbigay impormasyon sa publiko ng mga bagay na kailangan nilang tandaan kung sila ay namimili ng mga gamit pang-eskuwela.

Ipinaliwanag din ng opisyal na ang guidelines na ibinigay sa mga establisimyento ay dapat na idikit sa loob ng kanilang tindahan upang makita ng publiko. Inilabas ng DTI ang Gabay sa Pamimili ng School Supplies sa buong bansa noong Mayo 5, 2012.

Idinagdag din ni General na ang DTI ay nagrerekomenda na ilagay ang suggested retail price (SRP) sa mga items upang maging gabay sa mga mamimili ng school supplies.

Gayunman, sinabi niya na hindi lahat ng school supplies ay nabigyan ng SRPs, sa halip, ang mga pangunahing supplies lang ang napagbigyan, gaya ng notebook, papel, lapis, ballpen, krayola, envelope, ruler, at iba pa.

Ang departamento, sa pamamagitan ng regional at provincial offices, ay regular na nagmomonitor sa mga presyo hindi lang sa mga gamit pang-eskuwela, kundi pati narin ang mga pang-araw araw na pangangailangan, ayon sa opisyal.

Ipinagbigay alam din ng DTI sa publiko na maaaring tumawag at bumisita sa regional at provincial offices nila kung may mga reklamo sa dekalidad at presyo ng mga school supplies. Maaari din silang tumawag sa DTI Direct Hotline na may numerong 751-3330. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Tagalog news: Mga 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 misalmot sa Youth Summit 2012 sa Kristiyanong Kabataan para sa Bayan

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Mayo 30 (PIA) -– Si Pangulong Benigno Aquino S. Aquino III misalmot sa liboan ka mga kabataang Filipino nga mga miyembro sa Kristiyanong Kabataan para sa Bayan (KKB) atol sa gipahigayong Youth Summit 2012 didto sa Smart Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City kagahapon Martes.

Ang mapahiyomong Pangulong Aquino, nakasinina sa iyang trademark yellow polo shirt ug dark-colored slacks, malipayon nga mikaway sa mga partisepante, nga kadaghanan mga kabatan-onan nga mga babaye ug lalake, nga misugat kaniya uban sa masigabong palakpakan ug kasadya.

Sa iyang mensahe, gipasalamatan ni Pangulong Aquino ang KKB, ang mga miyembrong kabataan sa Jesus is Lord (JIL) movement, tungod sa paghatag kaniya sa oportunidad nga mosalmot sa ilang kongregasyon sa pagselebrar uban ang kabataan, diin siya miingon dili lamang adunay lig-on nga pundasyon sa ginuo apan usab adunay tinud-anay nga gugma alang sa nasod.

“Taos-puso po akong nagpapasalamat sa Jesus is Lord Church Worldwide, at sa Kristiyanong Kabataan Para sa Bayan (KKB), sa paanyaya ninyong makasalo ko kayo ngayong umaga. Nagagalak po akong makaharap ang isang grupo ng mga kabataang Pinoy—na bukod sa matibay na pundasyon sa mga aral ng Panginoon—ay taglay din ang wagas na pagmamahal sa ating Inang Bayan,” matud niya.

Gidayeg usab niya ang KBB tungod sa ilang mga programa ug mga proyekto, sama sa School Outreach Ministry, youth camps ug leadership trainings ug mga conferences, nga nakatabang paggiya sa mga kabatana-onan paingon ngadto sa tul-id nga dalan ug nakatabang nga masabtan nila ang tinuod nga katuyoan sa kinabuhi.

“Hindi po matatawaran ang naging partisipasyon at kontribusyon ng KKB Movement sa lipunan sa loob ng mahigit dalawang dekada. Sa pamamagitan ng inyong School Outreach Ministry sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa, naipapalaganap ninyo ang salita ng Diyos—ang halaga ng Kanyang mga aral sa kasalukuyang panahon. Sa inyong youth camps, leadership trainings at conferences, nabibigyan ninyo ng pagkakataon ang kabataang Pinoy upang higit nilang maintindihan ang mga usaping nakakaapekto sa kanilang hanay. Ito rin ang nagsisilbing tulay upang sila mismo ay makilahok sa paghahatid ng makabuluhang pagbabago sa kalakhang lipunan, at sa mga kapwa nila—mali ho pala ito—kapwa “nating” kabataan,” matud pa sa Pangulo.

Siya miawhag ngadto sa mga partisepante nga dili gyud unta nila hikalimtan ang mga pagtulon-an nga ilang nakat-onan atol sa maong duha ka adlaw nga kalihokan ug himoong sumbanan ngadto sa ilang mga tagsa-tagsa ka mga kinabuhi ang leksyon sa pagbuhat og maayo.

“Sa mga panahong pong ito, huwag sana kayong magpapalinlang, huwag sana kayong bibitiw sa liwanag ng kabutihang naikintal sa inyo ng inyong simbahan, huwag kayong maliligaw sa tuwid na daan,” sulti niya.

“Patuloy po nating patunayan sa buong mundo na sa kapit-kamay nating pagtahak sa tuwid na landas, walang balakid ang sa atin ay magpapahinto—mananatiling nagniningas ang apoy ng pag-asang sinindihan natin noong simula; hindi magmamaliw ang tiwala at sigasig nating makamit ang liwanag ng pagbabago sa atin pong bansa. Katuwang ang buong puwersa ng kabataang Pilipino, sama-sama nating abutin ang Pilipinas na matagal na nating pinapangarap,” dugang pa niya.

Ang KKB movement namugna niadtong tuig 1989 isip usa ka youth arm sa JIL movement, ang kinadak-ang independente nga simbahan sa born-again evangelical church dinhi sa Pilipinas.

Sa kasamtangan, ang KBB adunay 185 ka mga central chapters, 932 ka mga national chapters, ug 17 ka mga Christian Youth for Nation (international chapters). (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano news: 5th Eco-Sports Festival, gitakda na sa Tandag City

Ni Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 30 (PIA) -- Ang ikalimang Eco-Sports Festival sa dakbayan sa Tandag gitakda nga pagasaulogon sulod sa tulo ka adlaw nga pagalangkuban sa sunod sunod nga mga nagkadaiyang kalihukan.

Gisugdan niadtong 2008, ang tinuig nga pagsaulog gipasiugdahan sa City Government Office pinaagi sa City Tourism Council nga gipangunahan ni Roxanne Pimentel, uban sa kooperasyon sa opisina sa Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation, ug ang Pangulo sa Philippine Councilors League - Surigao del Sur Chapter nga si Christopher Pimentel, ug ingon man ang San Miguel Beer.

Sumala ni City Tourism Officer Florence Abis, ang Eco-Sports Festival karong tuiga ipahigayon karong Mayo 31 hangtod sa Hunyo 2, sa Parola, Mabua Beach.

Ubos sa temang “Buhay Dagat, Buhay Natin”, nagkadaiyang kalihukan ang ipahigayon sama sa mosunod: IEC on Tourism and Environment Concerns; Tandag Urban adventure Race; Beach Volleyball exhibition/Contest; Skim boarding Competition; Frisbee Exhibition/Contest; Sand Castle Sculpture; ug Pinoy Games.

Sa susamang higayon, atol sa kasaulogan, gitakda usab nga ipahigayon sa hapon karong Hunyo 1 ang 3rd Tandag Summer Kite Festival nga pagasundan sa tinuig nga kumpetisyon sa “Body Shots” nga ipahigayong sa gabii niini. (RER/NGBT /PIA-Surigao del Sur)