7.27.2012

PIA News Service - Friday, July 27, 2012

AgNor disaster council assures personnel, equipment preparedness

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, July 27 (PIA) -- The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) of Agusan del Norte assured the readiness of its personnel and equipment in cases of contingencies or calamities, a chief provincial official said.

In an interview, Erma Suyo, PDRRM Officer, expressed the council’s readiness as a team of evaluators from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in implementing the department’s seal of disaster preparedness and response came to conduct evaluation and ocular inspection of the council’s personnel, capabilities and equipment.

The team of evaluators led by Sheila Jaramillo of DILG-Agusan del Sur, is composed of Fr. Stephen Brongcano of the Social Action Center (SAC), Butuan Diocese; Lauro Hinaloc, Environment and Natural Resources Officer of the province; and Ellen Chua of DILG-Agusan del Norte.

Suyo said the evaluation was in line with the seal of disaster and preparedness which is also an initiative of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo for the local government units of the country.

Suyo said that during this morning’s briefing a form was handed to them by the evaluators with means of verifications. Evaluation was based on what was declared in terms of the province disaster preparations and disaster response. The ocular inspection and verification followed, according to the official.

Suyo also said that the DILG team may report their findings and make their recommendations to the governor who also is the chairman of the PDRRMC.

During the briefing, Suyo said, the evaluators assessed the strength and weaknesses of the province risk reduction program and its climate change adaptation initiatives. The team then proposed some suggestions or recommendations to hone the program.

Suyo said the PDRRM’s 53-strong personnel and its P9-million worth of equipment has now the capability to respond to any contingencies. The disaster council has two “Saddam Type Vehicles,” which can operate even on tough weather conditions; an ambulance; a rubber boat, no on display at the provincial capitol; an upcoming motorboat; and the United States-made top of the line personal protective gears acquired this year through the initiative of Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John M. Amante. The province according to her had plans to procure more equipment for the PDRRMC.

Jack Billy Bahian, a training staff of the PDRRMC also said that the 53-strong personnel of the Agusan del Norte Emergency Response Team (Adnert) have passed the required search and rescue training and were now undergoing their water, search and rescue (Wasar) training as well. They are now capable of responding to any height and water rescue, he said.

Bahian said the personnel and equipment of Cabadbaran City Search and Rescue Contingent and trained personnel from the municipality of Magallanes can augment the provincial rescue contingent.

Other municipalities of the province may soon conduct their own search and rescue trainings, Bahian said. (RER/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Football clinic goes to a barangay in Butuan

By Eldie N. David

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, July 27 (PIA) -- A football clinic dubbed, “Kasibulan Football Grassroots Festival will be staged on July 29 at the rural area in Maguinda National High School Football grounds in Brgy. Maguinda in Butuan City.

The Butuan-Agusan Norte Football Association (Banfa) and the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) organized the football clinic.

It is the first time that a football clinic, which is offered for free to all participants, of this magnitude will be staged in Butuan City, more so in the rural area like Brgy. Maguinda.

Now on its third leg of staging, the football clinic aims to introduce the game of football to more than 3,000 children aged six to 12 years old from all walks of life.

Around 600 children have already registered to participate in the clinic. The kids are mostly from schools in Brgy. Maguinda and in the neighboring barangays such Tungao, San Mateo, Sumile, Maibu, Dangkias, Amparo, among others.

The first two editions of the said clinic attracted around 1,000 kids held at the Butuan City Sports Complex in Brgy. Libertad in Butuan City.

Butuan City Vice Mayor and Banfa President Lawrence “Law” Fortun said he feels ecstatic that they will be able to bring this clinic to the rural area.

“We should take advantage of this opportunity as not all the major cities in the country is given the chance to host this clinic which is patterned after the successful grassroots development program of Germany,” Fortun said.

Football has become popular after the Philippine Team Azkals romped with several wins in international tournaments during the past years when most Filipinos were engrossed on basketball.

The clinic, which is also held in several key cities, is also aimed at discovering new talents who could be part of the Team Azkals who will be competing in the 2018 Asian Football Cup.

To date, the program has produced a member of Team Azkals in the person of Chiffy Caligdong who is a product of the program in the late 1990s.

There will also be basic training on coaching in the first two days of the clinic on July 27 to 28 at the same venue.

The Philippine Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) and the Department of Education (DepEd) in Butuan support the clinic. (RER/NCLM/BC-VMO/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: DOLE nabigay ng tulong pangkabuhayan sa mga magulang ng mga batang manggagawa

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 27 (PIA) -- Namahagi kamakailan ang Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) ng 13 kalabaw sa mga magulang ng mga “Batang kalabaw” sa Barangay Baleguian, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

Limang kalabaw ang galing sa DOLE-Caraga, tatlo ang galing sa kongresista na si Angelica Amante-Matba, at lima naman ang galing kay Gov. Erlpe John Amante.

Ang ibig sabihin ng “Batang kalabaw” ay mga batang naghahakot ng mga pinutol na kahoy papunta sa mga lugar kung saan isinasakay ang mga kahoy sa sasakyan.

Napag-alaman na ang batang kalabaw ay lumaganap sa Bagang, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

Ayon kay DOLE-Caraga Regional Director Ofelia Domingo, ang kampanya ng DOLE sa Child Labor-Free Barangay ay nangungunang tugon sa Philippine Program Against Child Labor, na naglalayong mapigilan ang child labor sa bansa.

Parte rin ito ng inisiyatibong ginagawa ng pamahalaan para sa “Batang Malaya Campaign: A child Labor-free Philippines by 2016.”

“Layunin ng programang ito ng DOLE na pigilan ang mga Batang Kalabaw sa paghahakot ng mga kahoy sa halagang P50 o mas mababa pa, na tinuturing na pinakamalalang kaso ng child labor. Sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng pangkabuhayan sa mga magulang ng mga child laborers sila ay bibigyan ng labing-tatlong kalabaw, upang ibalik ang mga bata sa pag-aaral at ang pagpapanatili sa kanila sa paaralan sa pamamagitan naman ng pagbibigay sa kanila ng mga school supplies pati na ang pagkamit ng child labor-free brgy sa Jabonga, Agusan del Norte,” ani Domingo.

Sinabi naman ni Mayor Glicerio Monton ng Jabonga, Agusan del Norte na ang pagbibigay ng mga kalabaw, bag na may lamang school supplies at tulong pag-edukasyon galing sa DOLE ay magsisilbing pangpukaw sa ibang ahensya ng gobyerno upang sila ay magsagawa ng aksyon higil sa child-laborers ng probinsya.

Nakiusap din sila sa mga magulang na papag-aralin ang kanilang mga anak at gamitin ang mga kalabaw bilang pangkabuhayan, transportasyon, at sa pagsasaka.

Si Domingo, kasama ni Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns Director Chita Cilindro, Undersecretary Lourdes Transmote ng DOLE, International Labor Organization Country Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson, Mayor Glicerio Monton ng Jabonga, Agusan del Norte, at ilang regional directors galing sa ibat-ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan ay kabilang sa mga namahagi ng kalabaw, mga bags na may school supplies, at tulong pang-edukasyon sa 30 kabataan at mga magulang sa nasabing barangay.

Si “Datu Biong,’ isa sa mga benepisyaryo ay nagpahayag ng kanyang tuwa.“Malaki ang aming kagalakan at pasasalamat dahil kami na mga magulang ay nabigyan ng DOLE ng pagkakataon na magkaroon ng labing-tatlong kalabaw upang may magamit kami sa aming pangkabuhayan upang mapag-aral namin ang mga anak, hindi narin sila maghihirap sa pagtratrabaho,” aniya.

Sinabi naman ni Pastor Emmanuel Ansihagan, isang community worker ng barangay na gagabayan nila ang mga benepisaryo sa kanilang pangkabuhayan.

Ipapasok din ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga ang mga benepisaryo sa programang Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) at pangungunahan din nila ang pagsiguro sa batayang edukasyon ng mga kabataan kung saan sila ay makakatanggap din ng conditional cash transfer.

Humingi din ng tulong si Transmonte sa lokal na mamamhayag upang itaguyod ang programa at serbisyo para sa mga mahihirap na sektor sa komunidad at palakasin ang kaalaman ng mga tao hingil sa pagsasawata ng child labor sa rehiyong Caraga. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Comelec adunay igong tinogom aron ipadayon ang automated elections, sulti sa Palasyo

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 27 (PIA) -- Ang MalacaƱang nagpabilin nga miingon kagahapon Miyerkules nga ang Commission on Elections adunay igong pondo aron ipadyon ang automated elections karong umaabot 2013.

Si Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda miingon nga ang election-governing body pwede nga mokuha ngadto sa ilang dakong pondo aron mapatas-an niini ang regular budget ug ipahigayon ang automated counting sa mga election returns sa midterm elections sunod tuig.

“I think Comelec should look into their savings. I think they have substantial savings in their budget,” matud ni Lacierda.

Dugang pa niya nga atol sa ilang diskusyon ni Budget Secretary Florencio Abad mahitungod sa maong isyu bag-ohay pa lamang, si Budget Secretary mipahibalo kaniya nga ang Comelec adunay igong pondo.

“They have enough savings. That should not be a problem. The automated elections (in 2013) will continue,” matud pa ni Lacierda.

Si Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes miprotesta mahitungod sa kalit nga pagputol sa budget allocation sa Commission nga madawat satuig 2013 nga General Appropriations Act kini gitapyasan gikan sa P24- bilyon ngadto sa P8-bilyon na lamang.

Si Brillantes mipina nga tungod sa maong tapyas, ang Comelec mobalik na lamang ngadto sa manual nga pag-ihap sa mga balota sa election sunod tuig. (RER/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)