6.12.2012

PIA News Service - Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Butuan City commemorates 114th Philippine Independence Day

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 12 (PIA) -- The city government spearheaded the commemoration of the 114th Philippine Independence Day this morning with the flag-raising ceremony at the city hall grounds.

The simple ceremony, attended by local government officials, employees from the national government agencies and led by the Department of Education (DepEd) focused on commemorating the gallantry and patriotism shown by the Filipino ancestors as they fought for the country’s independence against the Spanish colonization.

Cultural presentations from three schools depicted the history and culture of the Filipinos, and ended with interpretation of dances to the tune of locally-produced music composed by local composers here.

In his message, Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. urged his constituents to fight the negative forces that keep on destroying the community, citing the negative effects of illegal logging activities, as well as graft and corruption.

Amante added we may be free from foreign oppression or political slavery but there are still forces that continue to threaten the people, resulting from illegal logging and mining activities.

“We may be free from foreign oppression or political slavery but there are still forces that continue to threaten us like floods and landslides that resulted from massive illegal logging and mining activities,” Amante said.

He also cited negative forces which resulted from drug addiction that continues to destroy the lives of the people, especially the youth. The mayor said this must be resolved because the future lies with this new breed of leaders and community.

The official emphasized that with freedom, comes the celebration of life and sweetness of peace.

“Freedom oppression is just like experiencing death, but with freedom, there comes the celebration of life and the sweetness of peace,” Amante said.

Mayor Amante also said the celebration of the country’s independence “is very much memorable not only to the Filipino veterans who have fought against their enemies, but also to the present generation as we have reaped the fruits of what our forefathers have done for the country.”

Also, Vice-Mayor Lawrence Lemuel Fortun emphasized that today’s celebration should be serve as a challenge to Filipinos. He added the Filipino leaders of today should operationalize everything that has been planned for the country to move forward.

The celebration culminated with the simultaneous release of red, blue and yellow balloons by the city officials and heads of offices of the local government unit. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


TESDA-Agusan del Norte awards scholarship certificates on Independence Day

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 12 (PIA) -- In time with the opening of the 45th Araw ng Agusan del Norte celebration today, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) awarded some 300 scholarship certificates to qualified beneficiaries in the province.

The program highlighted the celebration of the province’s charter day celebration, which is also in time with the celebration of the 114th Philippine Independence Day.

TESDA-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Florencio Sunico said that there are a total of 700 scholarship slots given to the province and out of this total slots, there were some 300 slots already given as of press time.

The official further said there are still available 400 slots to be given away. He added those who are interested to avail of the program may get in touch with their office for further details.

Also, some 150 TESDA Specialista received starter kits which were ceremonially awarded by Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John Amante and Dir. Sunico.

In an earlier report, according to TESDA, the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) is a facility to provide the necessary supply to address the skills demand of the industries.

Specifically, it aims to provide skills and competencies to job seekers through appropriate training programs that directly connects to existing jobs for immediate employment. It also seeks to empower private education and training institutions to offer relevant training programs that meet job requirements.

Also, Sunico, in earlier report pointed out that qualified scholars can only choose four courses as these are the only courses that are available or offered in the region. These are agro-forestry, hotel management, construction, and electronics.

He added that scholars must finish their chosen course on the specific period and must undergo assessment after finishing the course or training for free.

TESDA’s two scholarship programs –TWSP and the Private Education Student Fund Assistance (PESFA) – get P700 million and P200 million, respectively. (RER – PIA-Caraga)


City police reports a successful “Oplan Balik Eskwela” implementation

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, June 12 (PIA) -- The city police reported the successful implementation of “Oplan Balik Eskwela 2012” for the school opening last week.

“The city police would like to commend our officers as well as the rank and file, our education officials, the local government units as well as the community as there was no reported untoward incident related to the school opening this week,” city police director SSupt. Pedro Obaldo Jr said in the “Talakayan Sa Isyung Pulis” (TSIP) forum at the multipurpose hall of the Butuan City Police Office.

He added the operational plan, which will provide police assistance, security and traffic management in the areas near the schools, will continue after the week is over, not only for the month of June but all throughout the whole semester of this year’s school opening.

The TSIP was attended by top city police officials, the chiefs of the city police stations and local tri-media practitioners.

Obaldo pointed out during the forum that their operational plan will be implemented all throughout the semester. He also mentioned that their police visibility had been greatly enhanced by establishing more checkpoints and placement of police boxes at all strategic corners of the city in addition to their routine beat patrols and their mobile units.

The police boxes, a pioneer project of the city police, is manned by four personnel. According to him, two personnel station themselves at the designated police box while the other two companions do their rounds at the nearby vicinity on rotation basis.

Obaldo also emphasized that aside from enhancing their police visibility, they are also expanding their information and outreach program down to the barangay level, through their so-called police supervisors, which actually are police personnel assigned in the villages to augment police presence and supervise the force multipliers in the area.

Meantime in their respective stations, Obaldo said that officers and personnel were also provided values formation educations, skills enhancements and trainings. The latest of which were police family days, where each personnel and officers were given time to bond with their respective families; the purpose-driven life seminars conducted at the police stations; the target shooting proficiency; and the women personnel driving skills training. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

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Surigao City, Surigao Norte join in nationwide celebration of 114th Independence Day

By Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, June 12 (PIA) -- The city of Surigao and the province of Surigao del Norte joined today, June 12 the rest of the cities and provinces all over the country in observance of the 114th Independence Day Celebration with the theme “Kalayaan: Pananagutan ng Bayan para sa Tuwid na Daan.”

At exactly 7:00 a.m., the activity started with a short prayer followed by the singing of the national anthem and raising of the Philippine flag in front of the City Hall with City Vice Mayor Danilo Menor, Vice Gov. Arturo Carlos Egay, Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) and Sangguniang Panglusod (SP) Members.

City Mayor Ernesto Matugas through Vice Mayor Danilo Menor, in his Independence Day message, emphasized the fight is not anymore for colonialism but for poverty.

He, however, said today is quite different as the country is now riding on the wave of renewed investor confidence.

“Thanks to the no non-sense effort of our national government leaders in rebuilding the image of our country, creating environment conducive of doing business,” he said.

In behalf of Gov. Sol Matugas, Vice Gov. Egay said the past 114 years have been significant despite serious challenges and political issues on struggles,

“Yet, we were able to keep the flame of democracy burning,” he added.

Egay, further said the country today has achieved significant growth and developments in the field of sports, culture, arts, science and technology.

“Perhaps our biggest triumph is harmonizing our enviable cultural heritage and traditional values,” he said

Right after the speeches, students from Surigao City National High School showcased an interpretative dance depicting Filipinos’ struggle for freedom against the Spaniards.

The program ended with a community singing of “Ako ay Pilipino” led by the city chorale ensemble. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Police may tap churches to assist in street kids outreach

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, June 12 (PIA) -- The Butuan City Police may tap churches to assist them in their outreach program with the city’s street children.

Butuan City Police Director (OIC) PSSupt Pedro U. Obaldo said this during the Talakayan Sa Isyung Pulis (TSIP) forum at the Butuan City Police multi-purpose hall recently.

“The street children, we believed is mainly a family problem so we think the churches or religious sectors can greatly help assist us in this aspect,” Obaldo said.

The police director said the Butuan Evangelical Ministerial Association (BEMA), an interdenominational association of ministers and churches in the city, expressed their support for the program.

According to him. the police, together with the BEMA ministers, outlined a plan to adopt a family of street child in their own churches to provide the said family the moral and spiritual guidance as well as meeting the family’s needs, which the church can afford.

“This is at the same time a challenge to the churches or religious sectors which has the capability, the skills or the resource to address the problem to come out and help extend their assistance. We will be much willing to facilitate,” Obaldo said. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)