PIA News Service - Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Agusan del Sur Nutrition Council convenes for a month-long celebration

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, June 6 (PIA) -- The Provincial Nutrition Council has convened today in preparation for a month-long celebration of the nutrition month celebration on July. This is to insure that nutrition programs and activities will gain support for its full implementation from all sectors and benefit those on the grassroots level.

Provincial nutrition service officer Laniebelle Angchangco said the celebration will remind the people that nutrition is one of the main factors why people should be well nourished in order to have healthy and productive life. The messages and the activities hope to convey that good nutrition must become part of every Agusanons.

“Last year, we challenged all the barangay nutrition scholars to encourage all the purok leaders to establish communal gardens in their respective puroks. These meant easy and sufficient supply of vegetables and other planted food products within their reach. This year, we will start the evaluation and will give rewards to those who had religiously implemented the challenge we posted. They will be recognized for their meaningful contribution in producing food for the community and their share in making the community conscious of good nutrition,” Angchangco said.

According to Angchangco, the provincial evaluation team have identified 11 barangays from nine municipalities who became automatic entries to the monitoring and evaluation of local plan implementation 2012, regional level.

Among the activities lined up for this year’s celebration of the nutrition month in the municipal are: hanging of streamers before the month of July starts; the kick-off of the 2012 nutrition month celebration during the municipal and lone city of Bayugan during flag raising ceremony; demo kitchen in a garden; evaluation of the communal garden, hot lunch for kindergarten and grade II pupils; simultaneous nutrition month celebration and conduct of special events per municipality and; barangay nutrition scholars summit.

For the provincial level, during the flag raising ceremony on July 2, “Oh my Gulay” program will be launched and planting materials will be distributed to the government employees in order to encourage them to have backyard gardens. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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POEA-Caraga warns public vs illegal recruiters

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 6 (PIA) – The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in Caraga region has reiterated their call to the public against illegal recruiters.

According to POEA-Caraga Regional Director Marietta Bellotindos, illegal recruitment is still proliferating at present.

She thus reminded those who wish to work abroad to be vigilant on the actions undertaken by these illegal recruiters.

The official also said should they have knowledge of illegal recruiters in any place in the region; they should get in touch with their office.

Bellotindos assured that government authorities will do everything to stop these illegal activities.

She further stressed that to avoid being victimized by these recruiters, interested applicants must verify the legality of the recruitment agencies’ operation through their office.

The director said they have a complete list of legal recruitment agencies for reference.

Meanwhile, POEA has come up with other tips to prevent illegal recruitment.

First, the agency emphasized not to apply at recruitment agencies not licensed by POEA.

Second, the public is also urged not to deal with licensed agencies without job orders, with any person who is not an authorized representative of a licensed agency, and not to transact business outside the registered address of the agency. If recruitment is conducted in the province, check if the agency has a provincial recruitment authority.

POEA also pointed out not pay more than the allowed placement fee. It should be equivalent to one-month salary, exclusive of documentation and processing costs.

Also, applicants are advised not pay any placement fee unless they have a valid employment contract and an official receipt. Further, the agency advised them (applicant) not to be enticed by ads or brochures requiring you to reply to a Post Office (P.O.) Box, and to enclose payment for processing of papers.

Furthermore, POEA reminded the applicants not to deal with training centers and travel agencies, which promise overseas employment; not to accept a tourist visa, and not to deal with fixers. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Garbage volume in Butuan City decreases significantly

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 6 (PIA) -– Interior and Local Government City Director Romeo Solis today reported that garbage collection here has decreased significantly.

The DILG chief of the city said this is the result of the successful massive campaign of the city government, especially in the implementation of its solid waste management system, through the “Clean Ground, Zero Waste” program under the leadership of Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr.

Part of the routine activity of the program is the regular garbage collection conducted by the city government in every barangay, where residents are advised to segregate the biodegradable from the non-biodegradable garbage.

Solis also said the project has drawn support from the barangay level where barangay health workers helped in the advocacy of segregating biodegradable from non-biodegradable garbage.

Aside from the barangay health workers, the official day care workers also helped in disseminating to parents and schoolchildren pertinent information related to the project.

Solis added the city government has installed a Barangay Ecological Solid Waste Committee to monitor the activities conducted by each barangay on the implementation of the said program.

The city government formally launched the Clean Ground, Zero Waste Program on September 11, 2011, in time for the tenth year anniversary celebration of the 9-11 terror attack at the World Trade Center, USA, killing at least 3,000 people.

The program was initiated to facilitate social transformation processes among residents to manifest the desired behavior of segregating waste at source, cleaning the surroundings and converting wastes into money.

It also facilitates massive conversion of waste into organic fertilizers (biodegradables) by the organic fertilizer production facilities and useful materials (non-biodegradables).

The program elements and approaches include: a) Awarding of Clean Seals as a behavior change strategy to households, puroks, barangay, classrooms, stall, business establishments; b) Deployment of Eco Marshalls to barangays; c) Mobilization of existing community volunteers and employ CD strategies; d) Waste conversion to organic fertilizers (with national, regional and local policy and financial back-up). Setting up of CB Organic Fertilizer Production Facilities and Faith gardens; e) Convergence and multi-sector mobilization; f) Integration with other community “felt” concerns (dengue, anti-rabies campaign); and g) Meaningful community participation and massive community actions.

The program is fully supported by all government regional offices based in this city spearheaded by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) as the Secretariat of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in Caraga. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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OWWA-Caraga is ready to address OFW problems, official says

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 6 (PIA) –- To better serve the concerns of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA)-Caraga informed the public that their office is ready to address them.

Ritchel Molero, OWWA-Caraga public information officer, said 24/7 office centers have been setup in all regional welfare offices in the country to ensure that OFWs and their families will be properly served.

Molero added that the 24/7 Operation (OP Center) is tasked to monitor all the countries where OFWs are deployed.

The official said through the establishment of the center, “personnel of this division is focused on monitoring the employment status and needs of OFWs especially in times of political crisis, like what happened in Lybia and Syria.”

Molero explained whenever such a crisis happens, they are immediately mandated by OWWA Central Office to do 24/7 monitoring, especially if there are workers from the region who are deployed in the affected countries.

The OWWA information officer reiterated that they continue to intensify its 24/7 (OP Center) to reach out to more OFWs and their families.

In a press statement, OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon said the OWWA OP Center is just a text, email and phone call away to those who wish to avail of its services related to OFW issues and concerns.
Manned by experienced and well-trained senior/duty officers, many of whom have been assigned overseas, it acts as the Agency’s Quick Response Desk.

One of the main features of the center is the “Feedback 24” where cases brought to its attention are required to be acted upon within 24 hours or at least provide the OFW client or OFW relative update or progress of the case.

Upon receipt of communication, OWWA overseas Posts and OWWA Regional Offices nationwide, which are automatically linked to the system, are required to act on the case within the prescribed 24 hour period.

Dimzon stressed that the Team OP Center extends assistance through e-mails, fax, SMS, phone calls and walk-ins, and averages at least 1,000-1,500 clients per month.

The OWWA chief emphasized that common complaints or queries range from OFW whereabouts or non-communication; insurance, E-Card/OEC, Livelihood, Training and Scholarship, Consultation on case, breach or contract substitution; maltreatment/stranded/distressed/overstaying/finish contract, case monitoring, among others. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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DENR, LGU seize illegal logs at Agusan River

By Eric Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, June 6 (PIA) -- Joint operatives from the city government of Butuan, Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO), Environment Law Enforcement Team and the police on Monday intercepted 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.

“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,” DENR Regional Executive Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca.

He said these illegally-cut logs have reportedly came from the forest areas of San Luis and La Paz towns in Agusan del Sur.

“We are still looking into unverified information that the undocumented logs are owned by several people who are trying to find means to raise money for the enrolment of their children.”

He said that the DENR likewise is checking reports that these illegal logs were bought at cheap price from individual indigenous people by the log smugglers in that area.

Nevertheless, Sibbaluca said the DENR operatives, following a tip from a concerned individual, have made a two-week surveillance operations in that river towns until the “hot logs” were seized at the Agusan River.

He said that 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 very much in effect.

The DENR top official commended City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. for extending his all-out support to the operations.

Sibbaluca said that this was the result of a previous arrangement made between the local executive and the DENR top officials that they will join hands to stop the illegal logging activities in the region.

OIC PENR Officer Belo Udarbe and CENR Officer Vicente S. Sembrano of CENRO Nasipit, Agusan del Norte have supervised the scaling of the confiscated logs to determine the volume. (NCLM/DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog news: Mga aplikante sa CHED scholarship tumaas sa Caraga

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 6 (PIA) -- Sinabi ng opisyal ng Commission on Higher Education (CHED)-Caraga na bahagyang tumaas ang bilang ng mga aplikante sa scholarship ngayong taon.

Ayon kay Dr. Julius Sol Jamero, chief administrative officer ng CHED-Caraga, ang kalakhang rehiyon ay mayroong 878 na aplikante para sa 140 scholarship na ipapamigay sa rehiyon ng CHED.

Dagdag ni Dr. Jamero, ang problem ay naresolba dahil sa inisyatibo ni Agusan del Norte 1st District Congressman Jose Aquino III sa pagbibigay ng kaniyang Priority Development Assistance Fund.

Sinabi ng opisyal na ang ibinigay ni Cong. Aquino ay isang malaking tulong sa maraming aplikante para sa scholarship na gustong makatapos ng kolehiyo.

Sa ilalim ng CHED Student Financial Assistance Programs, ang mga kwalipikadong aplikante ay isang Filipino citizen na may good moral character.

Nilinaw din na ang kombinasyon ng taunang kita ng mga magulang ay kailangang hindi lumagpas sa P300,000. Sila rin ay dapat high school graduate o kandidato sa pagtatapos sa high school.

Ang mga aplikante rin ay kailangang mayroong 80 porsyento na minimum general weighted average (GWA) base sa Form 138 o high school card. Ang mga aplikante na may full merit scholarship ay kailangan mayroong 90 porsyento pataas, ang half merit scholarship ay kailangang may 85-89 porsyento na GWA, at 80-84 porsyento para sa mga aplikante para sa grant-in-aid at student loans.

Kinakailangan din na ang mga aplikante ay hindi lalagpas sa edad na 30 taon sa panahon ng aplikasyon, maliban na lang sa mga aplikante ng OPAPP-CHED-SGRR, para sa mga freshmen o college student sa kahit anong year level, at hindi pa nakakasali sa kahit anong scholarship sa gobyerno.

Ang full merit scholar ay makakakuha ng P15,000 na benepisyo kada semester, pati na ang One-Town One-Scholar, samantala, ang half-merit scholarship ay makakatanggap ng P7,500 kada semester.

Ang mga prioridad na mga kurso ng CHED scholarship ay ang mga sumusunod: Agriculture at mga kalapit nitong korso, Engineering, Information Technology, Teacher Education, Science at Mathematics, Health Science, Arts and Humanities, Atmospheric Sciences, at Environmental Science. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Tagalog news: PDEA-Caraga pinaigting ang pakikipag-ugnayan sa ibang ahensya

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 6 (PIA) -- Pinaigting ngayon ng Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) sa rehiyon ang pakikipag-ugnayan sa ibang ahensya upang iresolba ang mga insidenteng kaugnay sa droga.

Ani PDEA-Caraga Regional Director Joel Plaza, sila ay nakikipag-ugnayan sa local government units at non-government organizations (NGOs) upang mapag-alaman na sila ay gumagawa ng hakbang para sa malawakang pag-monitor sa mga aktibidad na sangkot ang droga sa rehiyon.

Ayon sa opisyal, sila ay maghahanda ng malawakang pag-momonitor kaya't nangangailangan ito ng koordinasyon ng iba't-ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan sa rehiyon.

Sinabi rin ni Plaza, na kamakailan ay lumabas sa isang ulat na ang supply ng droga sa rehiyon ay bumaba dahil sa pag-uugnay ng publiko at pribadong ahensya sa rehiyon.

Idinagdag din niya na sila ay nag-momonitor sa mga pantalan at paliparan sa rehiyon upang siguruhin na ang shipment ng illegal na druga ay mababantayan.

Aniya, sila ay nakikipag-ugnayan sa mga namamahala ng mga pantalan at paliparan para sa katuparan ng kanilang layunin.

Maliban dito, sinabi rin ni Plaza na nakikipag-ugnayan din ito sa mga namamahala ng mga bus terminal pati na ang mga pangulo ng NGOs. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Tagalog news: Agusan del Sur isasalin ang bagong gusali sa prov'l Red Cross

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Hunyo 6 (PIA) -- Isasalin ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Agusan del Sur (PGAS) ang bagong gusali ng Philippine Red Cross, Agusan del Sur (PRC-AdS) Chapter sa darating na Hunyo 10, pagkatapos na ito ay maisalin ng kontratista sa PGAS.

Ang bagong gusali na may sukat ang sahig na 134.17 sq. meters at nagkahalaga ng P7 milyon kasali na ang pag abono ng lote na may sukat ding 2,000 sq. m. ay donasyon din ng panlalawigan pamahalaan sa PRC-AdS na siyang ipinalit sa dati nilang lote at gusali na siya naman ngayong pinatatayuan ng dagdag na gusali ng D. O. Plaza Memorial Hospital.

Kasabay ng okasyong binanggit sa itaas, ang chairman at chief executive officer ng Philippine Red Cross na si Richard Gordon at ang secretary general na si Gwendolyn Pang, kasama si Agusan del Sur Gob. Adolph Edward Plaza ay magsasalin din ng mga light rescue materials na nagkakahalaga ng kalahating milyon pesos sa mga boluntaryo ng Red Cross 143 sa mga napiling lugar sa mga bayan ng Esperanza at Bunawan.

"Ang mga light rescue materials na binubuo ng mga gomang botas, kapote, flash light, megaphones, radyo, first aid kit na may lamang supplies, palakol at marami pang iba na ang pondo ay galing sa kagandahang-loob ng Netherlands Red Cross ay lubhang mahalaga sa ating lalawigan dahil alam nating lahat na magagamit ang lahat ng iyon pag bumaha at ito ay madalas mangyari ditto sa ating lalawigan,” sabi ni PRC-AdS administrator Cristyll Basan.

Sinabi rin ni Basan na malaki ang pasasalamat ng PRC-AdS at buong ipinagmamalaki ang mga suporta na ibinibigay ng pamahalaang panlalawigan sa buong panahong inilagi ng PRC sa lalawigan. Bilang ganti, dahil sa mga tulong na iyon, buong pusong pinagmalaki rin ni Basan ang mga parangal na natanggap ng PRC-AdS kasama ang mga miyembro at opisyales ng board at ang pinaka bago rito ay yung natanggap noong Disyembre, 2011, na kumikilala sa PRC-AdS sa kanyang walang kapalit ng kontribusyon na sa pagtaas ng mga nagboluntaryong magbigay ng dugo mula 80 persyento papuntang 100 porsyento sa pamamagitan ng mobile blood donation. Ang pangalawang parangal ay tinanggap ni Basan mga tatlong lingo pa lamang ang lumipas na naglalaman ng “surpassing all expectation and overachieving its fund campaign targets for the year 2011."

Bawat taon, ang PGAS ay nagtatabi ng badyet sa halagang P2.5 milyon para sa mga re-agents sa programa ng dugo, siyang bumili ng blood refrigerator na nagkahalaga ng P450, 000. Ang PGAS din ang nagbayad ng kalahati ng presyo ng ambulansiya na nagkahalaga ng P1.8 milyon na binayaran para sa kalahati ang presyo ng isang ambulansiya na mayisang kabuuang gastos ng P1.8 milyon, maliban pa sa pagtalaga ng tauhan sa tanggapan ng Red Cross. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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Cebuano news: Gobyerno padayon ang suporta alang sa K+12 nga programa sa DepEd

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hunyo 6 (PIA) -– Gidepensahan sa administrasyong Aquino ang lakang niini aron pag-implementar sa K+12 nga programa sa edukasyon sa Department of Education karong tuiga ingon nga ang bag-ong inisyatibo makatabang nga makunhoran ang unemployment rate sa nasod, matud sa opisyales sa Palasyo.

Si Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda mipagawas sa maong pamahayag atol sa regular press briefing didto sa MalacaƱang kagahapon taliwala sa mga taho nga pipila ka mga grupo ang miawhag kang Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III nga erekonsiderar ug dili usa ipa-implementar ang K+12 program.

Si Lacierda miingon nga nakasabot ang gobyerno sa reaksyon sa pipila ka mga grupo. “There have always been resistance to something new. But as we go along, we will able to adjust to that,” sulti ni Lacierda.

Ang administrasyon positibo nga sa ngadto-ngadto suportahan sa publiko ang bag-ong inisyatibo nga nagtinguha sa pagpauswag sa sistema sa edukasyon sa nasod, matud ni Lacierda.

Ang K+12, nga gilantaw sa DepEd, nagtinguha usab aron moprodyus og mga gradwadong high school nga adunay igong abilidad aron makakuha og trabaho ug aron sila mapreparar alang sa kolehiyo.

"Should these highschool graduates decide not to pursue college studies, they will still be able to find employment opportunities after highschool," sulti ni Lacierda.

Ang pag-abli sa mga klase karong tuiga maoy unang implementasyon sa programa sa K+12. Atol sa pag-abli sa mga klase kagahapon Hunyo 4, moabot sa 21.49 milyon ka mga estudyante sa mga pampublikong eskuylahan ang gidawat sa DepEd.

Si Lacierda usab mipasalig nga ang gobyerno naningkamot aron matubag ang problema sa kakulangon sa mga klasroms. Sa paglingkod ni Pangulong Aquino niadtong tuig 2010, aduna nay kakulangon nga mosobra sa 60,000 ka mga klasroms dinhi sa nasod.
Ubos sa administrasyong Aquino, ang gobyerno nakahimo na sa pagtukod og 10,000 ka mga klasroms ug dugang pang 30,000 klasroms karong tuiga uban ang tabang sa nagkalain-laing mga sector.

Si Lacierda miingon ang gobyerno mihimo sa tanan aron mapadali ang pagtukod og dugang mga klasroms aron matubag ang kakulangon. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano news: PPDO mibutyag sa ilang upat ka bulan nga accomplishment report

SURIGAO CITY, Hunyo 6 (PIA) -– Ang buhatan sa Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) Surigao del Norte mibutyag sa ilang upat ka bulan nga accomplishment report niadtong miaging adlaw, Lunes, Hunyo 4, 2012 atol sa gipahigayon nga Monday Morning Sharing didto sa Provincial Convention Center, ning dakbayan.

Si Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Arturo M. Cruje maoy mipresentar sa upat ka bulan nga accomplishment sa maong buhatan nga naglangkob sa mga mosunod: finalization DRR-CCA Plan (Disaster Risk Reduction-Climate Change Adaptation), finalization sa 2013 Provincial Investment Plan, preparasyon sa Disaster Risk Assessment Plan, regional and provincial monitoring and evaluation of foreign and national funded projects, conducted community impact sa mga PRMF projects ug submitted the local governance performance management system (LGPMS) report alang sa tuig 2011.

Gipresentar usab ni Cruje ang ilang kahimoan kalabot na sa mga kalihukan sa Provincial Development Council nga mao ang pagcoordinate ug pagdocument sa mga PDC full council meeting lakip na ang upat ka mga sectoral committees niini nga development administration, social development, economic development and infrastructure development. (Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano news: JBC hatagan og panahon nga makasumite og listahan sa mga kandidato sa mosunod pagka Chief justice, sulti sa Malacanang

Ni Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Hunyo 6 (PIA) -- Ang Malacanang nagpadayon nga ang Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) kinahanglan nga hatagan ug tukmang panahon nga maka-deliberate ug makapili sa ilahang mga nominado para sa musunod nga Punong Mahistrado, sa ingon man ang JBC ang bugtong judicial body nga gimando sa balaod nga mohimo ug metikuloso ug igong oras nga konsumohon sa pagproseso.

Sa press conference kagahapon sa Malacanang, si Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda miingon nga luyo sa mituhaw nga mga pangalan nila ni Justice Secretary Leila De Lima ug Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares nga posibleng mga nominado, ang JBC gikinahanglan nga hatagan ug kagawasan nga mohimo sa ilang obligasyon kon katungdanan.

Matud pa ni Lacierda, “both officials were “qualified to be the next Chief Justice,” it was still up to them if they wanted to accept the nomination. (bisan pa ang parehong mga opisyales mga kuwalipikado nga mamahimong musunod sa pagka Chief Justice, kini magadepende kung gustohon nila nga dawaton ang nominasyon.)

“I think the decision whether to be included in the nomination list will be up to Secretary De Lima and Commissioner Henares”. Among gimentenar nga ang parehong personahe pulos mga kuwalipikado nga musnod pagka Chief Justice, pero, ang desisyon dili magagikan sa amoa gikan pa sa sinugdan, kana gikan sa JBC, matud pa ni Lacierda)

Ug kon ugaling masumite na ang ilahang mga pangalan sa nominasyon, wala kami masayod kon si Secretary De Lima kon Commissioner Henares mo-aksiptar, Dugang pa niya.

Siya mitumbok sa pag ingon nga ang duruha ka opisyales “have performed very well in their respective positions.”


“They are very knowledgeable in the field of law and nobody can question their competence, integrity and probity,” si Lacierda nagkanayon. (RER/NGBT /PIA-Surigao del Sur)