(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 02 June 2023) Southwest Monsoon affecting the country. ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONE AS OF 3:00 AM TODAY SEVERE TROPICAL STORM MAWAR {2302} (FORMERLY "BETTY") LOCATION: 945 KM NORTHEAST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (26.9°N, 128.3°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 95 KM/H GUSTINESS: UP TO 145 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTHEASTWARD AT 25 KM/H FOR. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Moderate to Strong winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with Moderate to Rough seas (1.2 to 2.8 meters).

PIA News Service - Monday, June 11, 2012

Kolehiyo de Liga is a “dream come true” for brgy. captains in Butuan

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) -- The establishment of the Kolehiyo de Liga (Liga College) is a dream come true for all the 86 barangay captains here in the city. It is the first academic institution in the country that is established through the efforts of the Liga ng mga Punong Barangay.

During Saturday’s organizational meeting with the faculty members, staff, and school administrators of the newly established school here, Liga ng mga Punong Barangay (Association of Barangay Captains) President Nestor Amora stressed that the Liga College was made possible after the barangay captains were alarmed on the barangay statistics here that out of 100 pupils who graduated in the elementary, only 12 were able to finish college education, leaving 88 who cannot even finish in high school.

“ This adds burden to the republic because we producing poor people because they are not educated,” Amora said.

Amora said that it is important to provide quality education to the youths of this city “as they may be the future leaders not only here in the city, but as well as in the region, and even in the country.”

The Liga chief of the city also emphasized that the Liga College is a way of barangay captains' service to the people in the city as the barangays are required to give one percent of their Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for the school operations. With this, Amora said that some P1.5 million will be accumulated to sustain the operational cost of the school.

He added that next year, barangays will allocate two percent of the IRAs, while three percent will be allocated in 2014, and four percent in 2015. “Thus, by 2016, four percent of the barangay’s IRA will now be allocated for this purpose,” he said.

Though the official admitted that these resources are limited, he assured that the Liga “will allocate every amount usefully without waste …. We have to see to it that although we have less resources, we still have big impact and output, by means of producing quality graduates in the fields of entrepreneurship and real estate management.”

To date, the Liga was able to construct two-storey six-classroom building where at least 500 scholars from the different barangays here are already enrolled this semester in the BS in Entrepreneurship and BS in Real Estate Management courses. (RER – PIA-Caraga)

Caraga RDRRMC crafts Reg’l Risk Profile

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) -- The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) initiated the crafting of the regional risk profile to support the council’s strategic planning and apply specific measures that will lessen the risks during disasters.

According to OCD Regional Dir. Blanche Gobenciong, the disaster risk profile will provide information on the number of risks, type of risks and potential effects of risks in the region.

“We really have to work out this regional risk profile, complete all the data needed and have it finalized within this year so we have specific measures that will lessen the risks in different areas of the region,” Gobenciong stressed.

The regional risk profile is an inventory and analysis of the risks in a region, including relevant risks from neighboring regions. The risk inventory contains an overview of all high-risk situations and the types of incidents that may occur as a result.

It was also learned that the risk map forms the basis for the regional risk profile. In the risk analysis, the data listed is further assessed, compared and interpreted. The regional risk profile also provides the basis for risk communication with respect to citizens.

Meanwhile, the members of the council agreed to have a writeshop for the crafting of the regional risk profile on July 11-12, 2012 but the venue is still to be finalized.

With this development, Gobenciong is optimistic that the council could finally utilize the risk profile next year. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Caraga RDRRMC gears up for the NDCM celeb

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) -– The Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) will once again spearhead this year’s National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) celebration in July.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme: “Ligtas na Bayan, Maunlad na Pamayanan.”

According to RDRRMC chairperson and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga Regional Director Blanche Gobenciong, the celebration will start on July 3 (Tuesday) with a Fun Walk and Hataw Exercise at 6 a.m., which will start from the city hall grounds going to the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) grounds here.

At the PPA, government employees and partners from the academe, non-government organizations, and private sector will then be participating in the "jingle and cheer" competition.

“We will be giving plaques and cash prices to the chosen 1st to 3rd price winners of the ‘jingle and cheer’ competition in two categories – Government/Private and Academe,” Gobenciong added.

Other activities like regional convergence of government responders, civic actions and advocacy on DRR-Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), earthquake drill, and quiz bowl will also be conducted during the month-long celebration.

Gobenciong is calling on the public to give their full support and participate in the activities set for this celebration. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Sec. Robredo investigates illegal logging in Butuan today

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) –- Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo is here in the city today to conduct an investigation on the confiscation of logs last June 3, 2012.

Earlier report from the city government said elements from the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC), Philippine National Police (PNP), Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the city government here intercepted Sunday night, a large volume of illegal logs which were being towed by 14 pumpboats along Agusan River in the vicinity of Barangays Maguinda and MJ Santos.

On Monday morning, June 4, Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. inspected the seized logs before they were transported further for proper turnover.

Meanwhile, in the press release of DENR-Caraga, they reported that the joint operatives were able to intercept about 3,000 pieces of illegally-cut logs being towed down the Agusan River at Barangay Maguinda, this city, possibly to conceal them through the tributaries to evade confiscation and sell them at opportune time.

DENR-Caraga Regional Executive Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca said this could be the largest volume of illegal logs of lauan species intercepted by the government operatives on Agusan River over the past five months of intensive operations by the DENR this year.

With this development, Sibbaluca commended Mayor Amante for extending his all-out support to the operations.

A press conference is scheduled this afternoon at the City Mayor’s Conference Room where Sec. Robredo will be the guest panel with officials of the city and DENR-Caraga, it was learned.

This morning, the officials were in the area for an ocular inspection where the illegally-cut logs were apprehended.

The moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in natural and residual forest under Executive Order No. 23 issued by President Benigno S. Aquino II on February 2, 2011 is still in effect, the DENR here said. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

DOLE-Caraga chief urges stakeholders’ support to promote OSH in Butuan City

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) -- Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga Regional Director Ofelia Domingo has urged private and public stakeholders to support occupational safety and health (OSH).

During Friday’s meeting with the technical working group member-agencies composed of national government agencies, the local government unit in this city, and the Butuan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), Domingo emphasized that through the creation of OSH convergence, the public will be informed of their duties and responsibilities in an effort to uphold safe and healthy as occupants of establishments here.

Domingo also pointed out that it is not enough for the government sector to look for a solution and implement it. She added that there is also a need for the private sector and the general public to do their share so that incidents like what happened in the Novo Jeans and Shirts establishment where a fire killed 17 of its employees will not happen again.

“To find solution to any problem, the government should work hand in hand with the private sector to ensure its smooth implementation,” Domingo said.

The official also stressed that the agreement between the members of the technical working group on May 18, 2012, is just the beginning of implementing strategies to solve problems and uphold OSH in the city.

Members of the technical working group should create a plan of action to obtain the convergence’s objective, she said.

Domingo further said last Friday’s activity aimed to craft a plan of action that would realize the memorandum of agreement (MOA) in the field. It also aimed to form a body that would orchestrate, evaluate, and review the implementation of the MOA and the plan.

Further, she hoped that the action plan created will serve as a blueprint for every agency to be successful in the conduct of activities of OSH. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

PRC chair leads turnover of basic disaster response equipment, first aid kits to Surigao Norte

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY June 11 (PIA) –- Philippine Red Cross (PRC) chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Gordon on Saturday led the turn-over of basic disaster response equipment and first aid kits to six barangays in Surigao del Norte.

The event was held at Andres G. Acelo Gym in Claver town attended by the barangay officials of Quezon, Mansayao and Tagbuyawan of Mainit and barangays Tayaga, Magallanes and Urbiztondo of Claver as part of the Partners Resilience (PfR) Program of Philippine Red Cross.

The PRC’s Basic Disaster Response Equipment include AM/FM transistor radio, raincoats, vests, rubber boots, search light, mega phone, hand gloves, shovel, pick mattock, whistle, medical supplies and trauma jump kits.

In his message during the turn-over ceremonies, Gordon emphasized the importance of having a basic disaster response equipment and first aid kits in every barangay, wherein PRC trained barangay volunteers can immediately respond during disasters.

Gordon said that environmental studies conducted by PRC’s international partner agencies revealed that Surigao del Norte is one of the most disaster affected areas in the country, "that is why you were chosen as one of the pilot beneficiaries of PrF project." (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Surigao Norte gov increases pay of local teachers

By Eugenio Lira Jr.

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, June 11 (PIA) -- Governor Sol Matugas recently ordered a second-round increase on mentors’ honorarium that will benefit 172 elementary and secondary volunteer-educators in the province.

In an interview, Matugas said the school board teachers will receive a monthly honorarium of P7,000 effective June this year – or an increase of P1,000 from its current pay of P6,000 per month.

“The pay increase which takes effect beginning this school year, although minimal, can help alleviate the plight of our local teachers vis-à-vis our present economic condition,” Matugas said.

A retired DepEd regional director prior to her election as provincial governor in 2010, Matugas earned the appreciation of the education community when, shortly after she assumed office, she ordered an increase in the honorarium of local school board teachers which doubled up their monthly take from P3,000 to P6,000 and provided for an annual ‘chalk allowance’ of P1,000.

Banking on her previous credential as one of the noted educators in the country, Matugas made waves in the local scene with an education program, which saw a dramatic increase in the number of school board teachers from only 88 in 2010 to 172 at the present, budget increase in the local school board fund from P4 million to P8.6 million, intensification of professional trainings for school administrators and public school teachers, integration of ‘day care centers’ into mainstream elementary schools, establishment of secondary schools in far-flung areas, establishment of school libraries in Siargao and Surigao del Norte DepEd Divisions, and college scholarships for deserving poor students, among others.

She also lobbied before the Secretary of Education for the allocation of additional teacher-positions or ‘teaching items’ in the province. (RER/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Feature: The science of losing weight
“Biggest Loser” coach gives tips on trimming down

By Gervacio C. Dauz, Jr.

There is a science to losing weight and staying fit. And, like in most other things, its quality not quantity that matters.

This was the inspiring words from Coach Jim Saret, one of Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition’s fitness coach, in a lecture and workout session last June 2.

Saret is a fitness instructor who shot to fame during the Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition and was the man behind the winning Blue Team.

His qualifications are impressive. A pre-med from UP Manila, he went on to grab a master’s degree in Sports Medicine from the Brigham Young University in U.S., and became the youngest professor in the UP College of Bio-Kinetics. He got a stint as a training consultant of the Philippine Olympic Committee, and is a long-standing Fitness Coach of the Philippine Basketball Association. And, as if these were not enough, he writes for the Men’s Health Magazine.

In the session, Coach Jim narrated that during the Biggest Loser opening day, he knew that his work was not going to be easy. The opposing Red Team was composed of younger and single competitors; while Saret’s Blue Team had contenders who were older and married. His team members weighed at least 250 (for men) and 200 lbs. (for women), and could be likely candidates for diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressures, not to mention lethargy. “So, how do I train them safely and effectively?” he pondered.

In the first three weeks of the more than four months of competition, he said that he only treated them to a five-minute daily workout. While the Red Team competitors were sweating it out for at least two hours per day, he seemed to be taking his own sweet time with them. While the Red Team was doing four to six hours of solid workout, he was conducting no more than 45 minutes per day of pummeling his team into shape.

During the reckoning day, Blue Team won all the physical challenges. In addition, statistics showed that 60% of his team lost a hundred and more pounds, while only 40% from the Red Team managed to shed off the same poundage. Further, he revealed that based on a tracer study, many in the Red Team gradually regressed to their former routine, while many in the Blue Team went on to sustain their new-found fit and healthy status by joining triathlons and running competitions like 21K.

“Now, what was the secret?” he asked. “Why do we have short workouts and yet come up with splendid results and even sustain them?”

As a fitness instructor armed with a scientific approach, he revealed that he did not prescribe the cardio workout right away, but instead addressed the metabolism concern of the contenders. “At 25 years of age,” he noted, “our metabolism starts to slow down. To address such age-related creeps, I developed a workout dub as ‘metabolic fitness’ or ‘meta-fit’ for short.”

His meta-fit is a 5-minute-a-day program that significantly improves one’s metabolism on the assumption that one does not increase his usual food intake. As per research conducted, he found out that fellows who religiously follow his regimental workout lose about 10 lbs. in five weeks. For easy recall, he referred to it as “5 by 5 towards 10” or five minutes per day of workout for five straight weeks equals 10 lbs. shed more or less.

Preferably, he would like to be called as motivational trainer rather than a “weight lost” trainer. The term weight lost,” he argued, “connotes something negative as one shakes off excess weight but not necessarily become fit. My goal, on the other hand, is to inspire people to be fitter, and to do it in a short period of time. I termed it as Fit-Fil, which is short for Fit Filipinos.” He then shared that Fit-Fil Program was launched three weeks ago in Ayala Center, Cebu City.

By using his meta-fit approach, he was able to address the myriads of alibis given by people – like lack of motivation, having no time, money, equipment, workout attire, etc. The meta-fit approach is taking the winds out of one’s alibis. The meta-fit approach is doing each of the five workouts – (a) jumping jacks, (b) squats, (c) push-ups, (d) left lunge, and (e) right lunge at 10 times each – in swift succession or cycle done repeatedly until five minutes is over. “Your goal,” he urged the participants of the session, “is to do as many rounds in five minutes.”

He pointed out that starters or greenhorns could only do at least three to five cycles in five minutes. “One medical doctor in Iloilo swiftly employed the meta-fit by garnering at least seven cycles in five minutes,” he shared. “However, his excessive effort resulted in dizziness and temporary collapse. But, the interesting thing is that he was able to lose at least 175 calories in that span of time as shown by a calorie-meter equipment attached to his body.” (In a regular treadmill exercise, one sheds about 100 calories in an hour.) He advised the participants to “do it in moderation and to build up gradually, because the secret in shedding poundage is in gradually challenging the body, going beyond one’s comfort zone ... until one can do more than five minutes per day.”

At the end of the workshop, he urged the participants to change their manner of losing weight. He also reminded them that one can lose weight “and at the same time still become fit.” (TESDA-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog news: Pagtitipon para sa OSH itinampok ang action planning ng mga kasaping ahensya

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 11 (PIA) -- Ang Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) technical working group ay nagtipon para gumawa ng action plan, matapos ang 20 araw buhat ng mapirmahan ang memorandum of agreement (MOA) kaagapay ang mga pribado at publikong ahensya.

Sa isang press statement, sinabi ni Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Caraga Regional Director Ofelia Domingo na maliban sa action plan, layunin din ng aktibidad na bumuo ng grupo na mag-paplano, mag-e-evaluate, at mag-re-review sa implementasyon ng MOA at maging ng plano.

Umaasa din si Domingo na ang action plan na gagawin ay magsisilbing blueprint ng bawat ahensya sa pagsisikap na maging matagumpay sa pagsasagawa ng aktibidad ang OSH.

Samantala, prinisenta rin ni DOLE-Caraga Assistant Regional Director Joel Gonzales ang OSH mechanisms at plan of action upang isagawa ang OSH-MOA sa rehiyon ng Caraga. Idinagdag din niya na upang magbigay ng value of safety at health sa mga tao, kinakailangang ipaintindi sa publiko ang kahalagahan ng dependability, breadth of selection, at availability ng programa.

Nilinaw din ni Gonzales na dapat maramdaman ng publiko na ang safety at health programs ay hindi magastos, kinakailangan ng tamang pagdadala, karagdagang kahusayan sa transaksyon, mahusay na pagbabalik, respeto, at pagkilala.

Ayon kay Dr. Teresita Cocueco, Executive Director ng OSH sa Quezon City, ang isang establishimento na nag-o-operate sa isang lugar ay kailangan na mag-comply sa mga requirements na hinihingi sa kanila ayon sa standard.

Idinagdag din ni Cocueco na kung ang establishimento ay naka-comply ayon sa standard, isang parte ng kaunlaran ang kailangang ma-implementa upang sa gayon ay wala nang problema na sasalubungin sa auditing o assessing.

Sinabi rin ng opisyal na kung ang pag-uusapan ay tungkol sa safety at health, aniya, ang ibig sabihin nito ay pag-iwas sa mga aksidente na maaaring mangyari.

Ayon pa kay Cocueco, kailangang may maayos na sistema sa pag-uulat sa lahat ng ahensya. Aniya, ang system of notification ay kailangang maayos na ma-implementa upang ang lahat ng makukuhang datos ay tama. Sa paraang ito, ayon kay Cocueco, ang maayos na sistema ay mapapaunlad.

Ang aktibidad ay nagtapos sa paghahati-hati sa technical working group member-agencies sa mga committees at pagbibgay ng kaukulang responsibilidad sa kanila na magsagawa ng mga programa. Ang mga committee ay ang mga sumusunod: Committee on Promotion and Training, Committee on Monitoring and Enforcement, and Committee on Recognition and Rewards.

Sa ilalim ng komitiba ng promosyon at pagsasanay, papanguluhan ng Philippine Information Agency (PIA) ang Information and Communication subcommittee, kasama ng Department of Trade and Industry bilang vice chair. Sa subcommittee, lahat ng aktibidad ay iaayon sa information and communication na siyang suporta ng PIA bilang information arm ng pamahalaan.

Ang Organization of Safety and Health Network-Caraga naman sa pangunguna ni Engr. Ricardo Roferos ng Butuan City Hall Engineering Department ang mangungulo sa sub-committee para sa training kung saan napagkasunduang lahat ng mga establismento sa syudad ay kailangan dumaan sa isang training para sa occupational safety at health.

Inimungkahi din ni Roferos na ang training ay kailangan isagawa kahit isang beses sa isang buwan, na magsisimula ngayong buwan para siguruhin na ang mga may-ari ng establishimento at ang mga nakatira ay may alam sa programa.

Sa ibang dako, ang Committee on Monitoring and Enforcement ay pangungunahan naman ng Department of the Interior and Local Government kasama ng Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) bilang kasapi.

Dahil dito, sinabi ni BFP Regional Director F/SSupt Mario Socorro Timonera na ang Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) ay kailangan dumalo sa pagtitipon dahil ang mga ito ay responsable sa pag-enforce ng building code. Napag-alamang ang DPWH ay hindi kasapi sa nasabing convergence. (RER/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog news: Pangulo ng Liga nangakong susuporta sa brgy scholars sa Butuan

 Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 11 (PIA) -- Nangako ang pangulo ng Liga ng mga Punong Barangay ng syudad na susuportahan ang mga 500 barangay scholars na kasalukuyang naka-enrol sa Kolehiyo de Liga (Liga College).

Nilinaw ni Brgy. Capt. Nestor Amora sa harap ng mga bagong miyembro ng faculty, mga tauhan at mga school administrators ng Liga College na ang pagtatayo ng Liga College ay naging posible sa pamamagitan ng pagsisikap ng 86 barangay captains ng syudad.

Binigyang diin din nito na ang pagbibigay ng libre at dekalidad na edukasyon para sa mga scholars ay isang magandang oportunidad hindi lang sa mga scholars pero pati na rin sa kani-kanilang mga komunidad kung saan ang mga opisyal ng barangay at mga residente ay umaasa ng lubos sa kanila.

Binigyang diin din ni Amora na ang Liga College ay una na naitayo sa bansa, sa inisyatibo ng grupo ng barangay captains, na naglalayong nagbibigay ng scholarship programs sa mga scholar ng iba’t-ibang barangay.

Sinabi rin ng opisyal na ang pagsasakatuparan ng programa ay dahil sa resolusyon na ginawa ng Association of Barangay Captains noong 2011.

“Ang pagsakatuparan ng pangarap na ito ay dahil sa pagsisikap ng lahat ng barangay captains ng syudad ng Butuan upang makapagbigay ng libreng edukasyon sa kolehiyo sa mga scholar ng bawat barangay,” ayon kay Amora.

Sinabi rin ni Amora na para mapanatili ang operasyon ng paaralan, nakasaad din sa barangay resolution na ang bawat barangay ay magbibigay ng isang porsyento sa kanilang Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) ngayong taon upang pondohan ang operasyon lalo na ang mga sweldo ng mga guro at ibang tauhan nito.

Dalawang programa ang inisyal na inalok ng eskwelahan ngayong school year. Ito ay ang Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship at Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Management.

Sinabi ng opisyal na bago mag 2016, pinaplano nilang ipatayo ang mga natitirang pasilidad ng paaralan at imprastraktura kagaya ng two-storey twenty-classroom school building kung saan inaasahan na kada taon parami ng parami ang mga scholars na magkokolehiyo, kung saan ang lahat ng barangay dito ay kinakailangang magpadala ng kanilang mga scholars.

Dahil dito, hinihimok ni Amora ang mga miyembro, tauhan at school administrators na gawin ang lahat upang mabigyan ang mga estudyante ng maayos at dekalidad na edukasyon.

Bilang pasimula, ang guro ng paaralan ay binubuo ng 11 master’s degree holder at apat na doctorate degree holders sa larangan ng edukasyon at management. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Populasyon sa Surigo del Sur mitaaas og 1.12%

Ni Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SYUDAD NG TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, Hunyo 11 (PIA) -- Ang ihap sa populasyon sa tuig 2000-2010 sa Surigao del Sur mitaas og 1.12 porsyento, sumala sa buhatan sa National Statistics Office (NSO) sa probinsya.

Sumala pa sa gipagawas nga sulat pamahayag gikan sa NSO-Suriao del Sur provincial office, adunay usa ka tawo ang nahidugang kada tuig sa kada 100 ka tawo nga populasyon.

Sa May 1, 2010 nga Census sa Populasyon ug Housing, ang total populasyon sa Surigao del Sur mukabat og 561,219. Mitaas kini ug 59,411 kumpara sa ihap sa populasyon nga natala sa tuig 2000.

Sumala pa sa record sa NSO, ang total nga populasyon sa tuig 1990 mukabat sa 452,098, samtang 501,808 usab sa tuig 2000 nga census report.

Sa laing bahin, ang NSO miasoy nga dunay kapin kon kulang 123 ka tao ang mi-ukopar sa kada square kilometer area sa kasagaran, kon ang kinauwahian nga total populasyon ang parehason gg pa-occupy sa provincial total land area nga 4,552.2 square kilometer. Kini sumala pa, mitaas ug 13 ka tao kon ikumpara sa datus nga nareport sa tuig 2000. (RER/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Cebuano news: Pangulong Aquino miabot gikan UK, US nga biyahe uban ang gisaad nga $2.5-billion para sa investment

Ni Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Hunyo 11 (PIA) -- Si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III mianunsyo kagahapon (Dominggo) nga siya nakuha ug $2.5-bilyon for investment nga gisaad gikan sa mga negosyante nga iyahang gipakigkitaan atol sa iyahang usa ka semana nga biyahe sa United Kingdom ug United States niadtong milabay nga semana.

Ang Presidente mibutyag niini atol sa iyahang pag abot didto sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport sa Pasay City, Dominggo sa buntag.

Matud pa sa president, katunga sa total nga gisaad naggikan sa Rolls-Royce, Asea Gaz Asia Ltd ug commodities trading giant Glencore, nga tag iya sa Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corporation (PASAR), nga tanan nakabase sa UK.

Ang Glencores miplano ug pagpalapad sa ilahang smelting nga kapasidad pinaagi sa pag-invest ug $600 milyon; Gaz Asia maoy magtrabaho uban ang Aboitiz Equity ug mo-invest ug $150-milyon aron sa pag develop sa planta nga mokumbertir sa orgnic waste materials ngadto sa liquid bio methane; ug ang Rolls-Royce milagda sa P280-milyon service contract uban ang Cebu Pacific para sa pagpalit ug serbisyo sa bag-ong eroplano nga makina.

Ang laing tunga sa investment nga gipanaad nga moabot gikan sa US-based nga mga negosyante ginganlan ug: GN Power Limited, nga miplano ug butang ug duha ka 300 megawatt coal plants sa Bataan nga mokantidad ug $1-bilyon; Underwriters Laboratories Inc. nga mo-invest sa global technology research center sa Manila; ug Citigroup ug USAid nga naghanyag sa mobile financial inclusion program nga makahatag ug mga benepisyo sa mobile banking ngadto sa mga rural areas.

“Sa kabuoan po, ang halaga ng kalakal na papasok mula sa mga kumpanyang nakapulong natin, sa Britanya at sa Amerika: Hindi bababa sa dalawa't kalahating bilyong dolyar, o humigit-kumulang 100 billion pesos,” (Sa kinatibuk-an, ang kantidad sa negosyo nga musulod gikan sa nga kumpaniyang nakasulti nato, sa Britanya ug sa Amerika: Dili muobus sa duha ug tunga ka bilyong dolyar, o musubra kon kulang sa P100 bilyon)," matud pa sa President.

Dugang pa niya, nga gawas sa pagpalig-on sa ekonomiya sa Pilipnas pinaage sa pagsangkap sa trabaho ug panginabuhian kini nga investments dugang pagpalig-on sa relasyon sa Pilipinas uban ang UK ug US.

“Trabaho po ang katumbas ng mga numerong ito; trabahong magdadala ng pagkain sa mesa ng Pilipino. At kasabay po ng magandang balitang ekonomiko, nagbunga rin ng mas malalim pang pakikipagkaibigan ang ating pagbiyahe sa UK at sa Estados Unidos,” Sulti sa president. (RER/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)