6.05.2012

PIA News Service - Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Applicants for CHED scholarship increases in Caraga

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 5 (PIA) -- The number of scholarship applicants in Caraga Region increased this year, an official of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)-Caraga today said.

According to Dr. Julius Sol Jamero, Chief Administrative Officer of CHED-Caraga, the entire region has a total of 878 applicants for the scholarship programs offered by CHED, however, only 140 slots were given to the region.

Dr. Jamero added the problem was solved, however, through the initiatives of Agusan del Norte 1st District Congressman Jose Aquino III who have extended his Priority Development Assistance Fund for this purpose.

The official said the assistance given by Cong. Aquino will be of great help to accommodate more number of scholarship applicants, who wish to finish college education.

Under the CHED Student Financial Assistance Programs, qualified applicants must be a Filipino citizen of good moral character.

It is also emphasized that the combined annual gross income of parents or guardians must not exceed P300,000. They must also be a high school graduate or a candidate for graduation from high school.

Applicants must also have an 80 percent minimum general weighted average (GWA) based on Form 138 or high school card. Applicants to full merit scholarship must have 90 percent and above, half merit scholars must have 85-89 percent GWA, and 80-84 percent for applicants to grant-in-aid and students loans.

Also, they (applicants) must not be over 30 years of age at the time of application, except for applicants to OPAPP-CHED-SGRR, entering freshmen and/or college students in any year level, and has not availed of any government scholarship and/or grant.

Full merit scholars will receive P15,000 benefits per semester, as well as the One-Town One-Scholar, while half-merit scholars will receive P7,500 per semester.

CHED priority courses for the scholarship program are as follows: Agriculture and related fields, Engineering, Information Technology, Teacher Education, Science and Mathematics, Health Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Atmospheric Sciences, and Environmental Science. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Classes of Liga College to start on June 13

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 5 (PIA) -- Classes of Kolehiyo de Liga ng mga Barangay (Liga College) will start on June 13 as confirmed by Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) President and Banza Brgy. Captain Nestor Amora.

Amora said with classes in the higher education institutions are set to open next week; the Liga College will initially open with BS in Entrepreneurship and BS in Real Estate Management.

Amora said a total of 180 students have already enrolled in the school, the first to be established by an organization of barangay captains in the country.

The official further said the two-storey building is composed of six classrooms that was constructed early this year.

The Liga College, constructed in a two-hectare lot in Barangay Pigdaulan here was established through the initiatives of the 86 barangays in the city through the Liga ng mga Barangay.

The Liga College is the first education institution in the country established through a Liga ng Barangay, which aims to help poor but deserving students to receive college education with scholarship grants given to those who will qualify.

In an early interview with a local radio station here, Brgy. Capt. Amora said the school will offer scholarship to more than 600 students in the city where each barangay is required to send scholars.

The Liga College also houses a dormitory for students and teachers who cannot afford to spend daily transportation expenses. Aside from this, Amora said, laboratories and canteen are also housed in the two-hectare lot.

The project is supported by the city government through Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. who approved the allocation of P2 million for its construction.

Also, Abante Mindanao (ABAMIN) Party-list Representative Maximo Rodriguez has also extended P1 million when the latter visited the city early this year. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Dengue cases drop by 19% in Caraga

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 5 (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) in Caraga Region is continuously monitoring dengue cases in the region as rainy season is fast approaching.

According to Sunshine Alipayo, DOH Center for Health Development (CHD)-Caraga regional information officer, to date, dengue cases in the region have decreased by 19 percent compared to the same period last year.

Alipayo said since January 1 to June 2 this year, the health department here recorded 372 dengue cases in the region, as compared to 461 cases last year.

The official said this may well be because of the intensified monitoring of DOH-Caraga, as well as with the cooperation of other government agencies and even non-government organizations.

Alipayo said of the total number of cases this year, Surigao City was recorded to have the highest number having 94 dengue cases. This is followed by Surigao del Norte with 78 cases, Agusan del Sur – 51, Butuan City – 46, Surigao del Sur – 38, Agusan del Norte – 17, Bislig City – 11, Tandag City – 11, Bayugan City – nine, Province of Dinagat Islands – nine, and Cabadbaran City – eight cases.

Of the number of cases, Alipayo said 43 percent are children aged 1-10 years old and 60 percent of them, males.

Alipayo further said there is also a need to strengthen the “Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue” (ABKD) program of the national government. She added if people in all barangays will do their share by implementing programs and actions against dengue, “time will come there will be no more cases of dengue that will be recorded.”

As per memorandum circular 2012-16 of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) dated January 30, 2012, every city mayor or municipal mayor is enjoined to cause the enactment of an ordinance embodying measures on dengue prevention, and allocate funds to the dengue prevention and control subject to national and local rules and regulations.

ABKD is an inter-agency cooperation strategy which is the government’s response to intensify the fight against dengue outbreak in order to reduce dengue cases and control dengue transmission.

One of the key initiatives is the installation of the Ovicidal/Larvicidal Trap System (OL-Trap) for Aedes Mosquito. It is a device consisting of a tumbler, strips of plywood, and pellets. This OL trap can detect Aedes mosquito population and acts as an early warning signal to pre-empt any impending dengue outbreaks.

In support to the ABKD program, batch 1970 of Agusan National High School (ANHS) here has implemented a drive to combat dengue.

Carlito Kho, class president and Mindanao Regional Operations Manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said this is their share in helping the national government in its drive to fight dengue.

He added that majority of their batchmates participated in distributing anti-dengue spray chemicals to two of the biggest public schools here: ANHS and the Butuan Central Elementary School (BCES) on Saturday, as part of the school’s preparation during Monday’s opening of classes.

Dubbed “Brigada 70 Kontra Dengue,” the program is part of the community extension services of Class 1970 of the premier public high school here in the region. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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NEDA submits Siargao's P610M ADP investment to MalacaƱang

By Arturo M. Cruje Jr.

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, June 5 (PIA) – The office of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) has finally submitted the Area Development Plan (ADP) of Siargao Island worth P610 million for approval to the office of President Benigno S. Aquino III.

NEDA-13 Regional Director Carmencita Cochingco confirmed this to Governor Sol Matugas during a meeting held recently at the Governor’s Office, Provincial Capitol, Surigao City.

The ADP of Siargao Island was formulated with technical and financial assistance from NEDA during the visit of NEDA’s Director General Cayetano Paderanga to the province last year.

The ADP total enabling investment worth P610 million is part of the six growth areas identified in the country, under the Growth Area Program (GAP) of the National Government.

The GAP facilitates the achievement of the President’s national goal of inclusive growth and poverty reduction by advancing less developed but resources rich areas and transforming them into globally competitive tourism, agro-industrial and financial economies.

Under the GAP, a Program Management Office will be established in all six program areas identified. (FEA/PPDO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Tagalog News: Pagtatayo ng int’l port sa Magallanes pinaplano

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 5 (PIA) -- Mariing pinagpaplanuhan ngayon ng mga opisyal ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Agusan del Norte ang pagtatayo ng isang international port sa munisipalidad ng Magallanes.

Napag-alamang ang Andres Y. Narvasa (AYN) Resource Management Group ay magsasagawa ng isang pag-aaral sa master planning ng isang idustriyal at eco-tourism na magbibigay daan sa katuparan ng pagtatayo ng nasabing international port bilang isang major passenger at cargo destination sa ilalim ng public-private partnership program (PPP).

Ang AYN Resource Management Group ay isang pribadong kumpanya na nasasaloob sa development project, project financing, at financial advisory. Ito ay binubuo ng mga indibidwal na may mataas na karanasan at may patunay sa larangan ng international investment kagaya ng banking, treasury operations, project development at law.

Ito rin ay tumutulong sa mga LGU at ibang ahensya ng gobyerno at ibang establisimiento na naglalayong makagawa ng income- generating projects in utilities, waste management, housing education, at recreation.

Sa ngayon, napag-alaman na ang AYN ay nakikipagtulungan sa mga opisyal ng probinsya upang maisakatuparan ang kanilang plano na gumawa ng isang pag-aaral kung saan ang probinsya ay hindi na gagastos. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Kampanya sa Turismo nga 'It's more fun in the Philippines' mainiton nga gidawat didto sa London

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hunyo 5 (PIA) -- Ipasiugda ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang Pilipinas isip nag-unang tourist destination pinaagi sa kampanya sa Department of Tourism nga “Its more fun in the Philippines” atol sa iyang opisyal nga pagbisita didto sa United Kingdom sa Great Britain ug Northern Ireland.

Si Pangulong Aquino, nga gikatakdang moabot didto sa UK mga 9:00 sa gabii Lunes (oras sa London), adunay photoshoot uban ang mga opisyales sa DOT/DFA nga nakabase didto sa London nga maoy nangamot sa programa nga Its More in the Philippines isip parte sa iyang bisi nga eskedyul didto.

Mouban sa Pangulo ang walo ka mga opisyales sa Kabinete ug pipila ka mga Filipinong negosyante nga motan-aw ngadto sa mga oportunidad kalabot na sa pamuhunan, patigayon ug turismo tali sa Pilipinas ug UK.

Matud sa DOT, ang kampanya sa turismo sa nasod mainiton nga gidawat didto sa UK. Kini usab miingon nga gihatag gyud sa London ang dakong suporta niini alang sa turismo sa Pilipinas sa pagtukod og iconic double-decker buses, taxi cabs ug underground stations uban ang nagkalain-laing hulagway sa Pilipinas.

“Now, 25 double-decker buses and 50 black cabs sporting a uniform design of the slogan, logo, and different faces of the Philippines are now spotted around the bustling streets of London (while) images of the world-famous Ifugao Rice Terraces and the Puerto Princesa Underground River, both proclaimed as World Heritage Sites, are also found at the subway stations,” matud pa sa DOT.

Ang Philippine DOT, maoy pinakaunang national tourism organization nga nag advertise pinaagi sa platform sa mga taxis nga gipanag-iya sa Verifone Media. Ang mga taxi sa London adunay 30 minuto nga digital ad nga naghulagway sa 30-segundo nga It’s more fun in the Philippines TVC (television commercial) u gang 15-segundo nga tarsier TVC nga gilusad worldwide bag-ohay pa lamang pinaagi sa CNN.

Ang Media hype pinaagi sa London cabs magpadayon hangtod sunod tuig, sa tinguha nga makuha niini ang liboan ka mga bisita ug mga manan-away sa Quenn’s Jubilee, London 2012 Olympics, u gang season 2012-2013 sa Fullham Football Club of the English Premier League.

“The world will now start to see that ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines’ is not just a bunch of words on a streamer. It is a competitive argument for choosing the Philippines as one of the world’s top tourist destinations. Philippine tourism is poised to surge forward as we launch more aggressive initiatives to reinvigorate the industry and work towards achieving our 10M target by 2016,” si Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez miingon.

Atol sa iyang pagbisita didto, ang Pangulo gikatakda nga makigtagbo sa mga top British investors sama sa Rolls Royce ug Cebu Pacific, Aboitiz Equity Ventures Gas Project, Shell and Nestle.

Ang Pangulo makigtagbo usab sa Duke of York Prince Andrew didto sa Buckingham Palace, ug kang Prime Minister David Cameron didto sa 10 Downing Street.

Usa usab ka paniudto ang giandam sa gobyerno ni Queen Elizabeth alang sa Pangulo nga pagapangulohan nila Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Jeremy Browne ug Lord Mayor of London Alderman David Wootton didto sa Lancaster House. (RER/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)