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PIA News Service - Friday, June 8, 2012

Surigao del Sur population up by 1.12%

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 8 (PIA) -- The population count for the period of 2000 to 2010 in Surigao del Sur increased by 1.12 percent, the National Statistics Office (NSO) here said.

In a written statement released by the NSO-Surigao del Sur provincial office, there is one person added per year for every 100 persons in the population.

As of the May 1, 2010 Census of Population and Housing, Surigao del Sur has a total population of 561,219. It was higher by 59,411 than the population count reported in year 2000.

According to NSO records, the total population in 1990 was 452,098, while it was 501,808 in 2000 census report.

Meanwhile, the NSO reported that there are approximately 123 persons occupying every square kilometer area on the average, if the latest total population were equally distributed to a provincial total land area of 4,552.2 square kilometer. This is higher by 13 persons compared to the figure reported in 2000. (RER/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


OSH convergence highlights agencies’ action planning

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 8 (PIA) -- After 20 days of forging memorandum of agreement with private and public stakeholders, the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) technical working group converged today, highlighting the crafting of action plan for the 12 member-agencies.

In a press statement, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Caraga Regional Director Ofelia Domingo said the activity is aimed to craft plan of action that would realize the memorandum of agreement in the field. It also aimed to form a body that would orchestrate, evaluate, and review the implementation of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) and the plan.

Also, in her opening statement this morning, Dir. Domingo emphasized that the MOA signing conducted 20 days ago started partnership with private and public stakeholders.

The labor chief of the region also hoped that the action plan to be crafted will serve as blueprint of every agency in an effort to be successful in the conduct of activities of the OSH.

Further, DOLE-Caraga Assistant Regional Director Joel Gonzales introduced the OSH Mechanisms and Plan of Action to operationalize OSH-MOA in Caraga Region. He added to give value of safety and health to the citizenry it must be emphasized to the public of the program’s dependability, breadth of selection, and availability.

Dir. Gonzales also stressed the public should also feel that the safety and health programs are not costly, there must be prompt deliveries, more efficient transaction, better returns, and respect and recognition.

Meanwhile, Dr. Teresita Cocueco, Executive Director of OSH in Quezon City pointed out that establishments operating in the area must comply requirements required of them according to the standards set and not just for complying purpose only.

Dr. Cocueco added that if these establishments have complied according to standards, then a developmental component must be implemented and that there will be no problem encountered upon auditing/assessing.

She added talking about safety and health, it means preventing work accidents, fatalities to happen.

Also, Cocueco stressed that there must be a good system of reporting from all stakeholders. She added to achieve this, a system of notification must be properly implemented so that all data that will be gathered are correct. With this, Cocueco said proper system must be developed.

The activity ended with technical working group member-agencies divided into committees and were given responsibilities to carry out the programs: Committee on Promotion and Training, Committee on Monitoring and Enforcement, and Committee on Recognition and Rewards.

Under the committee on promotion and training, the Philippine Information Agency heads the Information and Communication sub-committee with the Department of Trade and Industry as vice chair. In this subcommittee, all activities are patterned with the information and communication support of PIA as an information arm of the government.

OSHNET-Caraga, on the other hand chaired by Engr. Ricardo Roferos of the Butuan City Hall Engineering Department, heads the sub-committee on training where it was agreed that all establishments in the city must undergo training on occupational safety and health.

Engr. Roferos suggested that a training must be conducted at least once a month starting this month to ensure that establishment owners and occupants must have knowledge on the program.

Meanwhile, the Committee on Monitoring and Enforcement will be chaired by the Department of the Interior and Local Government with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) as member.

With this, BFP Regional Director F/SSupt Mario Socorro Timonero said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) must be invited to join the convergence since they are responsible in enforcing building code. To date, the DPWH is not a member of the convergence.

The aforementioned dimensions/committees could be accounted in laying down specific directions towards occupational safety and health in the region, Dir. Domingo said. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


DILG 13 to push disaster preparedness activity on June 26

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, June 8 (PIA) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region XIII-Caraga will conduct a region-wide TAPATAN on Disaster Preparedness on June 26, at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, Butuan City with the presence of Secretary Jesse M. Robredo.

Invited to this region-wide activity are the local chief executives (LCEs) in the region, regional line agencies (RLAs), disaster risk reduction and management officers, local government information officers, quad-media, academe, regional stakeholders, and the DILG family.

The highlights of TAPATAN are Secretary Robredo’s call to action - to be prepared in times of disasters, and the signing of the pledge of commitment of the participants to manifest their firm resolve to place priority for their local disaster risk reduction management and climate change adaptation plans and initiatives. This includes the awarding of Performance Challenge Funds checks to recipient local government units (LGUs) and the memorandum of agreement signing of SALINTUBIG Project to Waterless Municipalities and Waterless Barangays in the region.

The region-wide activity also aims to develop a culture of preparedness among LGUs and local communities so that we will be able to respond more effectively to disasters and mitigate the adverse impacts of every calamity that may occur in our midst.

This is pursuant to Republic Act 10121, otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, which emphasizes the urgency and significance of placing disaster preparedness on top of the priority development agenda of LGUs and Memorandum Circular 2010-143 dated December 9, 2010, which directs the strengthening of LGU capability, particularly the disaster risk reduction and management councils to prepare for disasters.

This is one of the series of the nationwide activities of the Department to promote disaster preparedness in the local level. (NCLM/DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Basura sa Butuan City kumonti, ayon sa DILG

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 8 (PIA) -- Kumonti ang dami ng basura na nakokolekta sa siyudad ng Butuan ayon kay City Director Romeo Solis ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Sinabi ni Dir. Solis na ito'y dahil sa matagumpay na kampanya ng lokal na pamahalaan, lalo na sa implementasyon ng solid waste management system, sa pamamagitan ng “Clean Ground, Zero Waste" program ng administrasyon ni Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr.

Kabilang sa programa ang regular na pagkolekta ng basura ng lokal na pamahalaan sa lahat ng barangay, kung saan ang mga residente ay inaabisuhan na paghihiwalayin ang nabubulok sa hindi nabubulok na basura.

Sinabi rin ni Solis na ang proyekto ay nakakuha ng suporta sa mga barangay kung saan ang mga barangay health workers ay tumulong sa adbokasiyang ito.

Maliban sa mga barangay health workers, tumulong din ang mga day care workers sa paghahatid ng impormasyon sa mga magulang at mga estudyante kaugnay ng proyekto.

Idinagdag din ni Solis na ang pamahalaang lokal ay nag-organisa ng Barangay Ecological Solid Waste Committee upang magmonitor ng aktibidad na ginagawa ng bawat barangay para sa implementasyon ng nasabing programa.

Matatandaang inilunsad ng pamahalaang lokal ang Clean Ground, Zero Waste Program noong Setiyembre 11, 2011, kasabay sa pagdiriwang ng ika-10 taong anibersaryo ng 9-11 terror attack sa World Trade Center, USA, na kumitil sa buhay ng humigit-kumulang 3,000 katao.

Ang programa ay inisyatibo upang isagawa ang social transformation processes sa mga residente upang maipahayag ang tamang pagbubukod at paglilinis ng kapaligiran at pagpalit ng basura sa pera.

Ito rin ay nagsasagawa ng malawakang pagbabago sa mga basura na maaaring gawing organic fertilizers.

Ang programa sinusuportahan ng lahat ng ahensya ng gobyerno na nakabase dito sa syudad sa pangunguna ng National Economic Development Authority bilang Secretariat ng Regional Development Council sa Caraga. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Tagalog News: OWWA-Caraga handang resolbahin ang mga problema ng OFW

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN, Hunyo 8 (PIA) -- Upang mabigyang kaukulang pansin ang mga hinaing ng mga Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) sa rehiyon, sinabi ng opisyal ng Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA)- Caraga na ito'y handang tumugon sa kanilang mga problema.

Sinabi ni Ritchel Molero, public information officer ng tanggapan, na nakaantabay ang 24/7 office center sa lahat ng regional welfare offices sa bansa upang siguruhin na ang OFWs at ang kani-kanilang pamilya ay mabibigyan ng kaukulang serbisyo.

Idinagdag din niya na ang 24/7 Operation (OP Center) ay inatasang mag-monitor sa lahat ng bansa sa mundo kung saan may mga OFWs.

“Ang mga tauhan ng dibisyon ay nakatutok sa pagmomonitor sa employment status at sa pangangailangan ng mga OFWs lalo na sa panahon ng krisis politikal, kagaya ng nangyari sa Lybia at Syria," turan pa ng opisyal ukol sa pagtatayo ng mga center.

Ipinaliwanag din ni Molero na sa tuwing may mangyayaring krisis, sila ay agad-agad pinamo-monitor bilang kautusan ng OWWA Central Office, lalo na kung ang manggagawa ay galing sa rehiyon na napunta sa apektadong bansa.

Aniya sila ay nagpapatuloy na palawakin ang 24/7 (OP Center) upang maabot ang iba pang mga OFWs pati na ang kanilang mga pamilya.

Sa isang press statement, sinabi ni OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon na ang OWWA OP Center ay isang text, o kaya'y isang tawag lang para sa gustong makakuha ng serbisyo kaugnay sa mga problema at pangangailangan ng OFWs.

Ang mga tauhan ng tanggapan na may karanasan at mabuting kasanayan ay itatalaga sa ibang bansa bilang Agency Quick Response Desk.

Isa sa mga pangunahing itatampok sa center ay ang “Feedback 24” kung saan ang mga kaso na kumuha sa atensyon ay kinakailangan bigyan ng kaukulang aksyon sa loob ng 24 oras o kahit man lang mabigyan ang kliyente na OFW o kapamilya ng OFW ng progreso sa kaso.

Sa puntong makuha ng OWWA ang impormasyon, ang mga opisyales kasama ng tanggapan ng OWWA sa lahat ng rehiyon ay kaagad aaksyon sa loob ng 24 oras.

Nilinaw din ni Dimzon na pinapaabot ng Team OP Center ang kanilang tulong sa pamamagitan ng e-mails, fax, SMS, phone calls, at walk-ins, at karaniwan hanggang 1,000-1,500 na kliyente ang napagsilbihan na nito kada buwan.

Nilinaw din ng hepe ng ahensya na ang kadalasang sumbong sa kanila ay ang insurance, E-Card/OEC, Livelihood, Training and Scholarship, consultation on case, breach or contract substitution, maltreatment/stranded/distressed/overstaying/finish contract, case monitoring, at iba pa. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Palasyo naglaum, Pilipinas mupasar sa Financial Action Task Force scrutiny

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hunyo 8 (PIA) -- Ang MalacaƱang naglaom nga ang pagpasar sa duha ka mga balaodnon kalabot na sa money laundering didto sa Senado igo na nga compliance ngadto sa Financial Action Task Force (FATF) aron malikay ang nasod nga mahimong blacklisted sa international body.

Giaprubahan sa Senado niadtong Miyerkules sa ikatulo ug pinal nga pagbasa ang usa sa mga balaodnon, kini mao ang Senate Bill 3127 o ang Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012, nga motugot sa mga awtoridad nga motan-aw ngadto sa natanggong nga mga bank accounts sa suspetsadong mga terrorist groups bisag walay court order.

Ang SB 3127 nag-amendyar sa Republic Act 9160 o ang gitawag nga Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001 nga nag-ingon nga ang Anti-Money Laundering Council awtorisado nga mopatanggong sa bisan unsa nga account human ang pagkumpirma nga adunay igong rason pagbuhat niini.

Ang Senado kinahanglan nga mopasa niining maong mga balaodnon aron ang Pilipinas dili mablacklisted sa Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Ang FATF, usa ka inter-governmental body nga nakabase sa Paris nga nagpasiugdag mga polisiya batok money laundering ug terrorist financing, ilang asisteran ang fight against money laundering sa nasod sugod karong Hunyo 18 hangtod 22.

“We hope that this would be considered by the FATF as substantial compliance. There’s a deadline set by the FATF, June 18... and the executive director of the Anti-Money Laundering Council Vicente Aquino will be going to Paris to explain our position,” sulti ni Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda atol sa press conference didto sa Malacanang kagahapon.

Pagatukion usab ni Pangulong Aquino ang proseso sa pagpasa sa duha ka mga balaodnon ug ipasabot ang kalabotan niini sa bag-ohay pa nga impeachment trial sa Supreme Court chief justice.

“And in spite of the length of time that the trial took place, we were able to pass two out of the three bills. And hopefully that will be appreciated by the FATF as substantial compliance. We hope to pass the third bill sometime around…until October. So we leave it to the AMLC to explain it to FATF,” dugang ni Lacierda.

Tugotan sa maong balaodnon ang gobyerno aron gukdon kadtong nalambigit sa mga international terrorist-financing activities. Hatagan usab niini ang gobyerno sa Pilipinas og gahum, “subject to the principle of reciprocity, consider the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism as a legal basis for requesting or granting extradition in respect of the offenses set forth under the Act.” (PIA-Surigao del Norte)