PIA News Service - Friday, June 22, 2012

Agusan del Norte institutionalizes welfare program for children

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 21 (PIA) -- The provincial government of Agusan del Norte has institutionalized the welfare programs for children as local officials acknowledged that the youth are the hope of the country.

This is what Governor Erlpe John Amante pointed out in his State of the Province Address in the 6th special session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan held recently at the provincial capitol covered court here.

The chief executive of the province emphasized that in order to ensure that children are attended well, the province strengthened the local council for the protection of children in the municipalities.

“We continued to implement our yearly commitment of providing workbooks to all children enrolled in the daycare service program. Last year, workbooks worth P1.5 million were given to these children numbering 9,382 all across the province,” Amante said.

Amante further said the provincial government did not just provide food for the brain but also embarked on endeavors aimed at molding children into physically healthy citizens.

He explained that the “Operation Timbang (Operation Weighing)” activities were conducted all over the province, serving a total of 44,920 preschoolers.

Amante added the food assistance programs through supplementary feeding activities were also implemented in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the province’s 10 municipalities and one city, resulting to the decrease of the rate of malnutrition in the province from 13.32 percent in 2009, 12.19 percent in 2010, to 10.18 percent in 2011.

Because of these efforts and based on the regional nutrition evaluation result, Amante said the province was deemed first place in the implementation of the nutrition program in Caraga for 2011.

Meanwhile, Amante bared that for those who might have had a wayward life, the province has a place where they can be rehabilitated, with the end view of guiding them back to a productive life. This is through the construction of a youth center or Bahay Pag-asa to house children in conflict with the law.

“This is how we institutionalized the children’s welfare program of the provincial government,” Amante said. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Kaliguan Festival 2012 kicks-off today

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, June 21 (PIA) -- The staging of this year's “16th Kaliguan Festival” kicked-off this morning in the municipality of Cagwait, 34.5 kilometers south of Tandag City, the province's capital city.

The festival is a yearly activity in honor of St. John the Baptist, every 24th day of June, highlighted by the Search for "Perlas ng Kaliguan" Beauty Pageant held at Cagwait Beach.

Community Development Information Officer Rogen Tabugoc revealed that part of today’s opening ceremonial program are the groundbreaking ceremonies for the creation of the DOH Training Center and the Balai Mindanao project with former Senator Ernesto Maceda as guest.

Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) projects like the drainage canals in four barangays, seawall in Brgy. Unidad, and a water system in Brgy. Laktudan, all in the municipality of Cagwait were also turned-over this morning.

As scheduled, today’s events include Pinoy games, cockfight, and sand art competition, followed by “Perlas ng Kaliguan” Swimsuit competition and talent showdown of the candidates. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Caraga RDRRMC to conduct earthquake, fire drills

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, June 22 (PIA) -- The Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) is set to conduct the 2nd quarter nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill on June 29 at Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU), this city.

Pursuant to Republic Act 10121, otherwise known as an act strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System of 2010, RDRRMC will conduct earthquake and fire drills to heighten public awareness and improve community preparedness and mitigation.

According to Dr. Blanche T. Gobenciong, Office of Civil Defense-Caraga Regional Director and RDRRMC Caraga chairperson, the conduct of this activity is a key strategy in reducing disaster risk in times of disaster especially in the schools and workplace.

The activity will be attended by the RDRRMC Technical Working Group Members from the different government agencies in Butuan City, where they are tasked to evaluate the performance of the drill participants.

Results of the evaluation will serve as basis to correct and give pertinent information to the participants on the proper way to implement drill steps in times of calamities and disasters. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


PDEA, PNP intensify anti drug operation

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, June 22 (PIA) -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have intensified their operation against drug trafficking and abuse while participating and conducting activities believed to reduce the demand of drugs by students and other illegal drug users.

In a report by the PDEA regional director Joel Plaza to the members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council on June 14 Plaza said they have conducted one operation per month since March until the end of May this year, and have apprehended six suspects and confiscated more or less 10 grams of Methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” and 360 grams of marijuana. In the same report, the PNP had also conducted five operations from January to May this year, arrested seven persons, and filed cases in court.

“On March 21, 2012, we conducted a buy-bust operation in Taglatawan, Bayugan City and confiscated more than eight grams of shabu and arrested an old woman (name withheld). Again, on April 30, through an arrest warrant, we arrested one person (name withheld), and confiscated three sachet of shabu and 360 grams of marijuana leaves, and the latest was on May 16, also in Taglatawan, Bayugan City through a buy-bust operation and arrested five men, and confiscated 0.8672 grams of shabu. For the arrested, cases are already filed in court,” Plaza said.

According to Plaza, PDEA also joined the Philippine Army and the civil society during the army’s outreach program and the Brigada Eskwela. Last May 4, 5, and 6 when the 401st Civil Military Operations Battalion conducted a youth leadership seminar in Bayugan City, PDEA lectured on the ill-effects of illegal drugs. On May 21-23 when the local government of Veruela, spearheaded by the municipal health office, conducted the Sangguniang Kabataan Health Congress, PDEA also lectured the same, and during the Brigada Eskwela activities in Trento, PDEA also participated and lectured on the ill-effects of illegal drugs. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Mining company empowers community thru training

By Gervacio Dauz, Jr.

MRL Gold Philippines, Inc. has provided training and helped people find jobs since it began operations in 2006, said Ms. Jesalyn A. Guingguing, Environmental Manager and OIC for Community Relations.

The company has organized training on solid waste management, coastal resource management, marketing, among others. Among the sectors that attended these were indigenous people, farmers, fisher folks, women, youth and children. The said trainings were conducted in partnership local government units, academe, and national government agencies.

As of 2012, at least 679 stakeholders have graduated from these trainings.

Of the total, at least 55 were employed by the company, 15 were employed in other establishments, 115 became entrepreneurs, and 6 took higher education courses with MRL support.

Among the beneficiaries were:

Bernie S. Nanoy, 29, and president of the DOLE-registered Coro Mamanwa Community Organization – said that with the help of MRL and the LGU, his group was able to secure a settlement area. They also availed of livelihood trainings and exposures, and started entrepreneurial activities like selling bags and slippers with the use of hyacinth and other indigenous materials, plus fishing and agricultural pursuits for a living.

Ms. Ailyn B. Lasutan of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte, was one of those who graduated in MRL’s Mobile Computer Literacy Program (MCLP). Shortly after graduation, she was absorbed by MRL as Assistant Trainer for MCLP. Ms. Zaiton N. Sumpo, Lead Trainer of MCLP, revealed that Ms. Lasutan was hired because she is diligent and a fast learner.

Mr. Avelino A. Buyo – another Assistant Trainer, 26 years of age, of pure Mamanwa descent, and who is on regency status as a seminary graduate – is not a product of MRL’s development intervention. But because of his capability and credentials, plus the fact that he is a native in the community, he was absorbed by MRL to help in mentoring trainees under the MCLP. (NCLM/TESDA-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Caraga)


Vice-mayors summit to push for environment laws

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, June 22 (PIA) – A meeting among vice-mayors in Mindanao country is being held here to achieve unity on stand on legislation that will protect the environment and promote ecological tourism.

“The very focus of this congress is to come up with a unified stand on the part of the vice-mayors in terms of pushing for important legislations in their (respective) localities to ensure protection of the environment and the promotion of ecotourism,” Butuan City Vice Mayor Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun said.

The 3rd Mindanao Island Congress of the Vice-Mayors’ League of the Philippines (VLMP) is being held here from June 20 to 22. s to ensure environmental protection and the promotion of ecotourism.

According to Domagoso, held also congruently with the congress is the VMLP National Executive Board 2nd Quarterly Meeting.

”We (in the league) adapt to the domestic tourism approach of the national government, and secondly, we are trying to equip in our own little way our vice mayors to preside properly and be well-versed of the parliamentary procedures,” said VLMP national chairman Francisco Domagoso (popularly known as “Isko Moreno”).

According to Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV, the theme of the congress which is ”Protect the Natural Environment, Preserve Nature’s Wonders, Promote Ecotourism” is timely in the light of what happened in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan during the “Sendong” incident and what is happening right now in some parts of our country.

“May the incidents be an eye-opener for all of us that negligence and abuse of our environment and our natural resources may cost lives and cause untold devastation,” he said. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: 21st Mindanao Business Conference gaganapin sa Butuan

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 22 (PIA) -- Ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Butuan sa pangunguna ni Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. at ang Butuan Chamber of Commerce ay naghahanda para sa gaganaping 21st Mindanao Business Conference ngayong Agosto 2-4 sa Almont Hotels’ Inland Resort.

Ang aktibidad ay may temang “Invest Mindanao: Towards a More Inclusive, Progressive and Greener Future.”

Ang nasabing aktibidad ay kasabay sa pagdiriwang ng Adlaw Hong Butuan (Butuan Charter Day) sa Agosto 2, kung saan ang selebrasyong ito ay nauukol sa pagiging siyudad ng Butuan pati na ang paggunita sa mga kontribusyon ng mga opisyal ng dating munisipyo ng Butuan, at mga mamamayan sa pagsisikap na maging syudad ang Butuan. Itinatampok din dito ang modernong kultura sa pamamagitan ng street parties, beauty pageants, at motorcades.

Ayon kay Marlon Libot, business support organization team leader ng Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM), ang nasabing aktibidad ay inaasahang dadaluhan ng mahigit 500 na mga partisipante galing sa sektor ng kalakalan sa Mindanao kasama ang mga magsasaka at mga mangingisda.

Ang GEM ay isang pribadong organisasyon na layuning palakasain ang pagtaas ng ekonomiya sa Mindanao at tumulong na masiguro na maraming tao ang magbebenepisyo sa paglaki ng ekonomiya.

Ang mga partisipante ay kailangang magbayad ng registration fee na P2,500 kasali na dito ang mga kagamitan para sa tatlong araw na aktibidad.

“Si US Ambassador sa Pilipinas na si H.E. Harry K. Thomas ay inaasahang dadalo upang magbigay ng mensahe sa unang araw ng aktibidad, kasama ang Ambassador ng Japan na si H.E. Toshinao Urabe, Ambassador ng China na si H.E. Liu Jianchao, at ang Ambassador ng Korea na si H.E. Hye-Min Lee. Samantala, dadalo rin si Senator Franklin Drilon ng Committee on Finance upang magbigay ng kanyang mensahe kasama ng mga nagtataasang opisyal ng bansa, at ang pangalawang pangulo na si Jejomar Binay na guest of honor sa Ambassador’s night,” aniya.

“Habang sinasagawa ang tatlong araw na aktibidad, iba't-ibang produkto naman na galing sa rehiyon ng Caraga ang itatampok sa mga mamumuhunan na galing sa ibat-ibang rehiyon sa Mindanao na may picturesque scenery,” dagdag pa niya.

Idinagdag din ni Libot na si Senator Teofisto Guingona III ay inaasahang dadalo sa pangalawang araw. Iba't ibang paksa rin ang tatalakayin ng mga eksperto sa larangan ng kalakalan.

Sa huling araw naman, si Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III ay sasali sa mga partisipante, kung saan itatampok ni Mindanao Development Authority Chairperson Luwalhati Antonino ang 2012 Mindanao Business Policy Agenda.

Napag-alaman din na si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ay inaasahang dadalo upang magbigay ng kaniyang mensahe sa culmination day.

Dahil ito, ang pamahalaan ng syudad at mga kaagapay nito ay inaanyayahan ang mga Mindanaons sa ibat-ibang sektor upang sumuporta sa aktibidad na ito. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: Reg’l consultative meeting para sa Networking ng Public Health Emergency Service, gaganapin

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hunyo 22 (PIA) -- Isasagawa ang regional consultative meeting on networking ng public health emergency service sa darating na Hunyo 26-27 sa Surigao City.

Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ni Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga Regional Director Ariel Valencia na ang dalawang araw na kaganapan ay layuning masiguro at mapalakas ang humanitarian response sa pamamagitan ng pagsiguro sa high standards of predictability, accountability, at partnership sa lahat ng sektor sa panahon ng kalamidad.

Sinabi rin ni Valencia na ang pangunahing agenda ng pagtitipon ay ang paghahanap ng kaagapay at makagawa ng isang kasunduan para sa rehiyon.

Ang DOH ang nanguna sa Health Cluster ng Medical and Trauma Management, Management of the Dead and Missing, Nutrition, Mental Health Psycho-social Service, at Water-Sanitation-Hygiene (WASH).

Sa ilalim ng Memorandum Circular No. 1, series of 2008 ng National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), nabanggit dito na kailangang ma-institutionalize ang Cluster Approach sa pag-manage ng sakuna sa Pilipinas.

Gumagana ang cluster approach sa dalawang antas. Sa pandaigdigang antas, ang layunin ay palakasin ang system-wide preparedness and technical capacity na rumesponde sa humanitarian emergencies sa pamamagitan ng global Cluster Leads at pagsiguro na mayroong maaasahan na pinuno at responsable sa lahat ng pangunahing sektor o lugar ng aktibidad.

Samantala, layunin naman ng pambansang antas na siguruhin ang agaran at epektibong pagtugon sa pamamagitan ng pagpapakilos sa mga grupo ng mga ahensya, organisasyon, at mga pribadong ahensya sa pamamagitan ng maayos na estratehiya sa loob ng lahat ng sektor at lugar ng aktibidad. Sa bawat sektor naman ay may malinaw na nakatokang pinuno, upang suportahan ang government coordination structure at emergency response mechanisms.

Dahil dito, inaanyayahan ang mga emergency/disaster focal point persons ng ahensya ng pamahalaang nasyonal na lumahok sa aktibidad na tugon sa disaster preparedness ng bansa. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Gobyerno misaad sa padayon nga pagpaningkamot aron masumpo ang human trafficking

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hunyo 22 (PIA) -– Ang State Department 12th Annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report sa Estados Unidos diin ang Pilipinas nahimutang sa Tier 2 Category usa ka idintipikasyon sa nagkalain-lain ug agresibo nga mga inisyatibo aron pagsumpo sa human trafficking dinhi sa nasod, ang opisyales sa Palasyo miingon kagahapon.

Si Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda mipagawas sa maong pamahayag human ang pagpagawas sa 12th Annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report sa US State Department nga midayeg sa pipila ka mga dagkong mga nahimo sa gobyernong Pilipinas sa paningkamot niini aron mawagtang ang human trafficking.

"We will continue to improve our efforts and we would like to be taken out from Tier 2," matud ni Lacierda miingon.

Matud pa niya, ang gobyerno kasamtangan karong gihugtan ang lakang batok sa mga illegal traffickers ug recruiter nga mobiktima niadtong inosenteng mga Filipino.

Ang Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking in Persons (IACAT) mihimo og mga programa aron maseguro nga ang human trafficking dinhi sa nasod mahunong na.

Ang uban pang mga pagdayeg nga gitumbok sa 12th Annual Trafficking in Persons Report lakip ang pagdakop ug pagpasaka og kriminal ug administrative charges batok sa mga empleyado sa gobyerno nga suspetsado nga nalambigit sa sindikato sa human trafficking o nagtabang sa mga operasyon niini.

Ang mga nasod ubos sa Tier 1 hugot ng nakatuman sa Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) minimum standards samtang ang Tier 2 nga mga nasod wala pa makatuman, apan mihimo og mahinungdanong mga paningkamot. (PIA- Surigao del Norte)