Energization of far-flung barangays continues
By David M. Suyao
AGUSAN DEL SUR, June 4 (PIA) -- Around 50 residents in the remote barangay of Odiong in Esperanza town now enjoys electricity after it was energized on Thursday, May 31, 2012.
Government aims to have all barangays nationwide energized by 2013. This policy direction was adopted by the provincial and municipal governments inn partnership with local electric cooperatives.
“This is the fifth remote barangay that we have energized, thru the subsidy of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) in cooperation with the Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative and it costs us some P1.14 million. In spite of the energy shortage that we are presently experiencing, we are doing our best to implement the President’s order so that every Agusanon will have the luxury that the electric power can give and become even more productive. We therefore believe that after we have energized this barangay, residents can extend their working hours even late at night because of the power and the help that electricity can give them,” ASELCO Gen. Manager Engr. Emmanuel Galarce said.
According to Barangay Captain Rogelio Precioso, he can imagine that every night, some residents of his barangay have to spend few kilometres walking just to watch television in the neighbouring barangays because radio and television are the only luxury multimedia appliances that people in remote areas can use to entertain them.
“I am very glad that at last, our wishes years ago become a reality today. Energizing our barangay means a lot to us. From now on, we can work at home doing handicrafts products during the night while we are in the farm during day time. And while doing the handicrafts, residents can view the television to see their favourite teleserye. Therefore, this means very great to us,” Precioso said. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)
Excavation of 4th balangay boat in Butuan is 1/3 complete
By Robert E. Roperos
BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, June 4 (PIA) -- Archaeologists of the National Museum of the Philippines have already finished 1/3 of the excavation of the fourth Balangay boat. Balangay boats were sturdy boats made from hard wood that were believed to have traversed from other Asian countries to trade with Pinoys thousands of years ago.
According to Alfredo Orogo, researcher of the National Museum of the Philippines, they were given until June 18 to expose the entire Balangay boat, without damaging any part.
Earlier reports said the exact location where the boat is buried is at 1.4 meters deep at the muddy site in Purok 5A, Brgy. Libertad here.
With the deadline set on June 18, Orogo said they are doing everything to expose and document the boat before it will be opened for public viewing on or before the stated deadline.
It can be recalled that last month, six archaeologists from the National Museum came here in the city to start the excavation after conducting the excavation mapping late last year.
Of the nine Balangay boats discovered here, the three had already been excavated in the late 1970s in the same site where the fourth balangay was excavated.
It was learned that the first Balangay, now preserved and displayed in the National Museum-Caraga established right at the excavation site in Purok Ambangan, Brgy. Libertad, was radiocarbon tested and was dated to year 320 AD.
The second boat was dated 1250 AD, and is now located at the Maritime Hall of the National Museum in Manila. The third Balangay was transferred to the Butuan Regional Museum and is still preserved.
The ancient boat is the first wooden watercraft excavated in Southeast Asia and is only found in the Philippines where a flotilla of such prehistoric wooden boats exists. Examination and extensive investigation reveals that the extant boats found in the excavation site date back to 320 AD, 90 AD, and 1250 AD. (RER/PIA-Caraga)
Butuanon kids participate in 2012 Patik-Kulay Exhibit
By Jennifer P. Gaitano
BUTUAN CITY, June 4 (PIA) -- To recognize Butuanon kids for their artworks skills, Renante “Kuya Dubz” Dublois, the organizer of "Patik-Kulay" spearheaded an art exhibition of their paintings at the Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center here.
The exhibit started May 31 and ended on June 3. Different colorful artworks using various media in painting were displayed at the lobby of said hotel. According to Dublois, the word ‘Patik’ means to draw and ‘Kulay’ means to color.
“It is my calling to teach the children how to paint and let them discover themselves the talent and skills that they have,” he said.
Dublois also bared that he and his group in Patik-Kulay have been doing this summer art workshop for kids for six years already at the same venue.
“I thank the parents of all the participants for their continued support to Patik-Kulay and for their efforts and time that despite financial crisis, parents still give their children the opportunity to enjoy the summer and discover their love for art,” stressed Dublois.
This year’s Patik-Kulay Summer Art Workshop started May 11-26 with a registration fee of P4,000 per participant which covers the art materials to be used during the workshop.
With this, Dublois is still encouraging the parents (old and new participants) to let their kids participate during next year’s Patik-Kulay Summer Art Workshop. (RER/JPG/PIA-Caraga)
Butuan police on alert for today’s opening of classes
By Robert E. Roperos
BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, June 4 (PIA) -- The police force of Butuan had been directed to be on heightened alert as classes open today.
Police had been deployed to different areas of assignments to ensure that peace and security as classes in the public schools will open today, according to Butuan City Police Director PSSupt. Pedro Obaldo.
As early as 6:45 a.m. today, all police officers were directed to be at their respective posts not only to insure peace and security, but also to help pupils, students, and parents in whatever problems they may have.
Also, in an earlier report with the Department of Education (DepEd), the department’s top officials said all schools were also directed to install information action centers that will help parents and students alike who need assistance, especially that volume of students are coming in their schools, as the implementation of the K to 12 program commences this school year.
Most of the heads and principals of public schools here said that so far, they have not encountered any problem yet in the implementation of the said program because they are all prepared for its implementation this year.
Dr. Aida Abad, principal of the Butuan City School of Arts and Trades (BCSAT) said their school facilities are already prepared for today’s opening of classes. She added all classrooms were already in place because of the conduct of Brigada Eskwela held two weeks ago.
However, Abad said they might need additional teachers to accommodate students in the K to 12 program. She added they are still finalizing the number of students officially enrolled so that the division office here can take action on the shortage of teachers and classrooms.
Also, Ricky Collado, school principal of Butuan Central Elementary School (BCES) shared the same sentiments with Abad. He said the school has a previous enrollment of some 5,000 students. To date, Collado said an increase of some five percent was noted this school year.
“With this, there is really a need to have additional classrooms and teachers in order to decongest the number of students we have in every classroom,” Collado said.
Meanwhile, Police Regional Office (PRO-13) Regional Director PCSupt. Reynaldo Rafal has also enforced all police officers in the region to uphold peace and security in the region. (RER/PIA-Caraga)
PDEA-Caraga intensifies partnership with stakeholders
By Robert E. Roperos
BUTUAN CITY, June 4 (PIA) –- To solve drug-related incidents, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Caraga intensified its partnership with stakeholders.
According to PDEA-Caraga Regional Director Joel Plaza, they have forged partnerships with local government units and non-government organizations (NGOs) to see to it that they can conduct intensified monitoring of drug-related activities in the region.
The official said to intensify monitoring, there is a need for them to coordinate and partner with different stakeholders in the region.
Plaza said, reports revealed that drug supply in the region has decreased because of the convergence of both public and private stakeholders.
He added they have been monitoring seaports and airports in the region to ensure that shipment of illegal drugs will be properly monitored.
According to him, they have been coordinating with port managers for this purpose.
Aside from this,Plaza said bus terminal managers were also asked to coordinate for this purpose, as well as local chief executives and heads of NGOs. (RER/PIA-Caraga)
More women want to plan pregnancy
By Rutchie C. Saluta
BUTUAN CITY, June 4 (PIA) -- A latest survey revealed that unmet need for family planning among married women in Caraga posted at 20.4 percent, which is higher than the national average of 19.3 percent.
Caraga remained on the top 6 rank among the regions with highest unmet need for family planning.
Regional Director Camilo S. Pangan of the Commission on Population explained that the unmet need for family planning refers to the proportion of currently married women who do not want any more children or prefer to space births but are not using any method of family planning.
Characteristics of women with high unmet need remain the same. Those women who are poor and with low education tend to fail in meeting their intention to plan their families as compared to non-poor women with higher educational attainment.
The 2011 Family Health Survey showed that out of the 20.4 percent women who have unmet need in Caraga, 11.2 percent are accounted for birth spacing and 9.2 percent for limiting births.
For this year, POPCOM is challenged to reduce the total FP unmet need by 50 percent.
Target group of women are those who are beneficiaries of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) or Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
POPCOM is working closely with the Department of Health in tracking down women with unmet need. Given the 50 percent target reduction, the two agencies pushes to address the family planning need of about 40,000 women in both 4Ps and non-4Ps areas.
Per national directive, POPCOM will focus in family planning demand generation activities which shall start in capacitating the Barangay Service Point Officers (BSPOs) to conduct Responsible Parenting-Family Planning classes through the 4Ps Family Development Session every month.
Other initiatives include capacity building and mobilization of the Parent Leaders and Link Officers who will be working closely with the Community Health Teams at the barangay level. The barangay-based activities shall be reinforced by tri-media campaign regionwide.
Recently, POPCOM initiated a planning-workshop with all local population officers and workers in mapping-out strategy to address the issue on high unmet need in the region. (RER/NCLM/POPCOM-13/PIA-Caraga)
CCT beneficiaries help community avail gov't health services
By Leah T. Quintana
BUTUAN CITY, June 2 (PIA) -- Beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program help their community avail of government health services right where they live. The group is led by a 36-year old woman named Evelyn M. Inocente in Sitio Bantolinao, Padiay, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur.
Right at the heart of Bantolinao, a structure stands where health services of the local government of Sibagat, Agusan del Sur are given to the community including the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya. They called the said structure Bantolinao Health Center.
As what they have known from the orientation and meetings, Pantawid Pamilya recipients are aware that to avail of the cash grants, beneficiaries should comply with the following conditions: 1. Pregnant women must avail of pre- and post-natal care and be attended during childbirth by a trained health professional; 2. Parents must attend family development sessions; 3. O-5 year old children must receive regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines; 4. 3-5 year old children must attend day care or pre-school classes at least 85 percent of the time.5. 6-14 year old children must enroll in elementary or high school and must attend at least 85 percent of the time. 6. 6-14 years old children must receive deworming pills twice a year.
So, in one of their meetings presided by Evelyn during the early stage of Pantawid Pamilya implementation in their community in September 2008, the beneficiaries had a serious discussion on the conditions of the program that they have to comply with in order to avail of the cash grants.
The beneficiaries singled out the health conditionalities as hard to comply with because Bantolinao is 10 kilometers away from Barangay Padiay where the health center is located and 45 kilometers away from the municipal center. They have to walk 3-4 hours in going to Padiay and another 3-4 hours going back to Bantolinao.
The Sitio is part of the ancestral domain land of Barangay Padiay with major production on agro-forestry such as abaca and rattan. The 98% of community members belong of Manobo tribe.
After thorough deliberation on the matter, the group decided to build a structure that they would later call Bantolinao Health Center so they would no longer go to Padiay to avail of the government’s health services. Instead, it’s the midwife now who comes to Bantolinao to provide the residents health services they needed. Every time she goes to the community, she would also bring all the necessary stuff like medicines, vaccines for immunization and vitamins for pregnant women.
Since they didn’t have money to buy the materials for the health station they planned to construct, the group members decided to contribute a minimal amount of P5.00 for their monthly dues. As soon as they got their first cash grant, each beneficiary shelled out P5.00 but the amount collected was not enough to start building the facility they needed to have.
Focus on their goal, the diligent and industrious Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries put up a vegetable garden. They planted string beans, okra and pechay. The first harvest from the vegetable garden yielded only P100. After the first harvest, the group did not pursue the vegetable garden but never stopped looking for ways to increase their capital.
With the P100 from the vegetable garden, they contributed P150 each when the next cash grant was released. The money was lent to a member who used it to buy abaca with 10% interest. The P 2,950 capital then became P4,600. During the 6th cash grant release that happened in 2009 they contributed anew with the amount of P500 each member – at that time only 18 were able to contribute because one member just died. The pooled resources amounted to P9,000 plus the P 4,600 from the amount they lent to one of their members, they had a total of P13,600 capital for a sari-sari store.
“Sa tulo ka bulan ni-boom na ang among tindahan (In three months’ time, our sari-sari store started earning),” said Evelyn Inocente. The group then started purchasing the materials for the health station using the store's profit.
The community members rendered “pahina” for the labor and donated locally-available materials such as lumber. Started in 2009, the health station, which costs P 70,000.00 was completed and inaugurated in November 2011. The local government assigned a midwife to regularly visit the station.
“As Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, this is our way of helping the community members of Sitio Bantolinao and their children avail of health services from the government. We need not travel far just to attend regular health consultations,” said Evelyn. (NCLM/DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)
Feature: Breastfed is best fed
By Marie T. Bugas
Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival.
It is the natural way of providing infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development.
Breast milk is safe, gives babies the nutrients they need and contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses.
Globally, it is estimated that around 35 percent of infants aged 0-6 months are exclusively breastfed today, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The WHO emphasizes that if all babies and young children are breastfed exclusively for their first six months of life and then given nutritious complementary food with continued breastfeeding up to two years of age, the lives of an additional 1.5 million children under five would be saved every year.
Thus, the WHO actively promotes breastfeeding as the best source of nourishment for infants and young children and it recommends to mothers worldwide to exclusively breastfeed infants for the child's first six months to achieve optimal growth, development and health.
After six months, babies should be given nutritious complementary foods and continue breastfeeding up to the age of two years or beyond.
The 7th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) in 2008 reported that among infants 0-5 months old, only 36 percent were exclusively breastfed; only 37 percent were breastfed at the same time given a complementary food, and as many as 27 percent of infants were given other milk and other foods.
The 36 percent exclusive breastfeeding in 2008 was significantly higher compared with 2003 where only 29.7 percent of 0-5 months old infants were exclusively breastfed.
However, the duration of exclusive breastfeeding decreased from 3 to 2.3 months in 2003 and 2008 respectively.
While breastfeeding gives babies a healthy start in life, it goes a long way, as an unknown author said “Breastfeeding is a gift that lasts a lifetime.”
For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Telefax: 837-2934 and 827-3164, or call: 8372071 local 2296 or visit our website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (RER/FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)
Tagalog news: NFA, city agriculturists tinuruan ang mga magsasaka ng organikong pagsasaka
Ni Danilo S. Makiling
BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 4 (PIA) -– Tinuruan ng National Food Authority (NFA), kaagapay ng City Agriculturists Office, ng organikong pagsasaka sa mga magsasaka sa iba't-ibang barangay ng siyudad.
Ito’y ginawa habang namimigay ng “Nitro-fix” organic bio-fertilizers sa mga magsasaka na pinamunuan ni NFA Administrator Lito Banayo.
Ayon kay Ernesto Abao ng City Agricuturist Office, ang organikong pagsasaka ay tutulong na mapaunlad ang dekalidad na palay na inaani ng mga magsasaka at hindi narin sila gagastos para sa synthetic fertilizers.
“Kinagailangan nating gumamit ng organikong pagsasaka sa kadahilanang patuloy ang pagtaas ng presyo ng synthetic fertilizers. Na obserbahan din na paliit ng paliit ang kita ng mga magsasaka pati na ang katabaan ng lupa, ang synthetic fertilizers ay nakakaapekto din sa kalusugan ng mga konsumador gayonman sa kontaminasyon nagtubig,” ani Abao.
Ayon din kay Abao, ang kanilang mga tanggapan ay patuloy na nagsasagawa ng bottom-to-top system na konsultasyon, planning, at implementation ng mga Purok, Barangay Level Irrigation Projects.
“Para makagawa nang maayos na relasyon sa mga magsasaka, kami ay regular na kumukonsulta sa kung ano ang pangangailangan ng mga magsasaka para mabigyan ng kaukulang tugon ng ahensya. Dinagdagan din namin ang kasanayan nila sa pamamagitan ng makabagon teknolohiya na maaari nilang gamitin sa pagsasaka,” sabi ni Abao.
Idinagdag din ni Abao na ang pamahalaan ng syudad sa pangunguna ni Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. ay nagbigay din ng suporta sa paggamit ng organikong pagsasaka na programa ng ahensya.
Dahil dito, ang NFA at ang City Agriculturists Office ay nananawagan sa mga magsasaka sa rehiyong Caraga sa paggamit ng organikong pagsasaka. (RER/PIA-Caraga)
Tagalog News: DepEd Surigao Sur handa na sa pagbubukas ng klase ngayong araw
Ni Nida Grace B. Tranquilan
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Hunyo 4 (PIA) -– Ang unang pagbubukas ng klase ngayong araw, Hunyo 4 ay ang unang araw rin ng pagpapatupad ng K to 12 program ng Department of Education.
Nauna nang naipahayag ni DepEd Surigao del Sur Division Superitendent Fe Cabatuan sa pakikipanayam sa Radyo ng Bayan Tandag na nakahanda na ang lahat para sa pagbubukas ng unang araw ng klase ngayong araw. Ito'y sa pamamagitan ng “Brigada Eskwela” at pinapatawag na Management Conference (ManCom) kung saan tampok ang usaping paghahanda sa pagpapatupad ng K to 12 program.
Ayon kay DepEd Information Officer Imelda Falcon noong Biyernes, nangangalahati pa raw ang populasyon na nagpapaenrol sa Jacinto P. Elpa National High School, ang may pinakamalaking populasyon ng mga mag-aaral dito sa siyudad. Naniniwala naman si Falcon na siyang punong guro ng nasabing paaralan na madadagdagan pa ang mga estudyante na magpapaenrol sa mga darating na mga araw.
Sinabi naman ni Supt. Cabatuan na patuloy pa ring tumatanggap ng mga estudyante na hindi nakapagpapaenrol nitong nakaraang linggo sa lahat ng mga pampublikong paaralan dito. Ito'y gagawin tuwing recess o di kaya pagkatapos ng klase upang hindi ito makakaabala. (RER/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
Tagalog news: Feature: Bilang ng mga nanay na eksklusibong nagpapasuso sa Pilipinas tumaas
Ni Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso
Di kaila na ang pagpapasuso ay maraming benipisyong naidudulot sa sanggol at ina.
Para sa sanggol, ang gatas ng ina o ang pinakamabuting pagkain sa unang anim na buwan para sa mabilis na paglusog at paglaki.
Para sa nanay, ang pagpapasuso ay nagpapababa ng pagkakataong magka-kanser sa suso at mainam para sa tamang pag-aagwat ng pagdadalantao.
Ilan lang ito sa mga benipisyong naidudulot ng pagpapasuso sa sanggol at nanay.
Ayon sa pinakahuling survey ng Food and Nutrition Research Institute ng Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), tumaas ang porsiyento ng mga ina na eksklusibong nagpapasuso pagkapanganak nito hanggang sa edad limang buwan, mula sa 35.9 porsiyento noong 2008 ay naging 48.2 porsiyento noong 2011.
Kung haba o duration ng eksklusibong nagpapasuso naman ang titingnan, mas mahaba o matagal ito noong 2011 kung saan halos apat na buwan eksklusibong nagpapasuso ang nanay kumpara noong 2003 na dalawang buwan lamang.
Ang pagtataguyod sa eksklusibong pagpapasuso mula pagkasilang ng sanggol hanggang anim buwan, at pagbibigay ng angkop na pagkain o complementary foods habang nagpapasuso o pinapasuso pa ang sanggol ay dapat pag-ibayuhin upang mas dumami pa ang mga nanay na magpapasuso.
Base sa ikalawang mensahe ng Gabay ng Wastong Nutrisyon para sa Pilipino o Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) na ginawa ng Technical Working Group sa pamumuno ng FNRI-DOST, tandaan na pasusuhin ang sanggol ng gatas ng ina lamang mula pagkasilang hanggang anim na buwan, at saka bigyan ng mga angkop na pagkain habang pinapasuso pa.
Para sa karagdagang impormasyon tungkol sa pagkain at nutrisyon, makipag-ugnayan kay Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Food and Nutrition Research Institute-DOST, Bicutan, Taguig, Metro Manila, Tel. No. 837-29-34 or 837-20-71 loc. 2287, FNRI-DOST, email: email@example.com; website:http//www.fnri.dost.gov.ph (RER/NCLM/FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)
Cebuano News: Malacañang gi-abisohan ang mga ekwelahan nga nagpabayad og mga illegal fees sa mga ginikanan
Ni Susil D. Ragas
SURIGAO CITY, Hunyo 4 (PIA) -- Ang Malacañang misubli kagahapon adlawng Domingo nga ang mga ginikanan sa mga estudyante sa kindergarten ngadto Grade IV dili gyud kinahanglan pabayaron og bisan unsa nga school fees base sa mandato sa Department of Education (DepEd).
Sa press briefing nga gipalanog sa kahanginan pinaagi sa estasyon sa radyo dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, si Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte miingon nga bisan kinsa nga personahe, bisag sa eskuylahan o sa Parent-Teachers Association, nga mapamatud-an nga nakasala batok niining maong department order pagasilotan.
“Wala pong fees na pwedeng hingin from schoolchildren in kinder up to Grade IV anytime during the entire school year,” matud ni Valte.
Apan siya miingon nga pipila ka mga school fees, sama niadtong alang sa Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Philippine National Red Cross, school publications, anti-TB fund drive ug PTA, ang pwede nga makolekta, apan sa boluntaryo nga paagi lamang, gikan sa mga estudyanteng kabataan sa Grade V ngadto Fourth Year high school.
Gipasabot usab ni Valte nga ang wala pagbayad sa mga estudyante sa nasagpit nga mga boluntaryong balayranan dili rason sa non-admission, non-promotion ug non-issuance sa mga clearances.
“‘Yung mga PTA po na magpipilit na ganito gawin ito ay mawawalan po ng kanilang recognition. At ang mga school personnel naman po na magpipilit na may hindi i-admit na bata dahil po sa pagbabayad ng mga nabanggit nating mga fees ay mapaparusahan po ng DepEd,” siya midugang. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)
Cebuano News: Lima ka adlaw nga training alang sa mga magtutudlo sa kindergarten gipahigayon
SURIGAO CITY, Hunyo 4 (PIA) -- Gipahigayon bag-ohay pa lamang ang lima ka adlaw nga tri-division training of trainors for kindergarten nga nagdala sa temang, "Honing Capabilities of Kindergarten Teachers Towards Excellence," didto sa Provincial Convention Center, ning syudad.
Ang maong kalihukan nagtumong paghatag og dugang kahibalo, ideya ug kasinatian alang sa pagpadagan ug paghatag og kalidad nga edukasyon sa kindergarten dinhi sa probinsya.
Ang nahimong mga resource persons mao sila Dr. Ophelia P. Veniegas ang training team leader sa Brain Connection Human Resource Development sa Quezon City, Marie Blanche Pimentel, Kathlyn Rubrico, Katrina Poliquit ug Sofia Veniegas nga pulos gikan sa Einstein School for Kids didto sa Quezon City.
Kini gitambongan sa mga magtutudlo sa kindergarten gikan sa school division sa Siargao, Surigao City ug Surigao del norte. (RER/FEA/Provincial Information Center/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
Cebuano News: LGU gihatagan ug katakos nga makadesisyon ug pagsuspende sa klase atol sa daot nga panahon - Malacanang
Ni Nida Grace B. Tranquilan
SURIGAO DEL SUR, Hunyo 4 (PIA) -- Ang Malacanang mibutyag kagahapon nga magdepende na sa apektadong Local Government Units (LGUs) ang pagdeklarar sa pagsuspende sa klase sulod sa erya nga gimanduan niini atol sa daot nga panahon.
Matud pa ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte sa usa ka press briefing nga gipasibya sa szRB Radyo ng Bayan, nga ang Department of Education nagpagawas ug Department Order sa paghatag ug diskresyon sa pagsuspende sa klase ngadto sa LGU bisan wala pa mopagawas ug typhoon signal warning ang Philipppine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Matud pa, ang matag LGU nga apektado pwede ng maka assess sa gidaghanon sa ulan ug pagbaha nga maka-apekto na sa kumunidad moepekto sa kalit nga pagkansela sa klase aron mapugngan ang dili angay nga mahitabo.
“… ang mga local government units na po ang in charge sa pagsususpindi ng klase sa kanilang mga lokalidad kapag walang typhoon signal from PAGASA,” sumala pa ni Valte.
“Kasi dati po ang ginagawa magre-report (ang PAGASA) sa DepEd, kukuha po ang DepEd ng report sa LGU, tapos ibabalik po sa DepEd who will in turn declare the cancellation of classes in certain areas. Ngayon po hindi na po ganoon, ‘yung local government units na po natin (maoy mohimo ug assessment ug modeklara sa pagkansela sa klase sa lugar),” Dugang pa niya.
Alang sa anus a madeclare ang pagkansela sa klase nga nagabase sa signal sa bagyo kon “typhoon signals”, si Valte miingon nga kini pinasikad sa kamanduan nga musonod: Signal No. 1 – walay klase sa pribado ug publikong pre-shool ug kindergarten; Signal No. 2 – walay klase ang pribado ug publikong pre-school, kindergarten, elementary ug sekondarya; Signal No. 3 – walay klase sa tanang hut-ong. (RER/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)