7.30.2012

PIA News Service - Monday, July 30, 2012

Ex-chamber of commerce prexy in Butuan backs mining law

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 30 (PIA) -- A former president of the Butuan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (BCCIFI) said the implementation of Executive Order (EO) 79, otherwise known as the Mining Law of the Philippines has acted on issues and concerns confronting the mining industry of the country.

Speaking before the local tri-media here during the recent press conference as a prelude to the city’s hosting of the 21st Mindanao Business Conference on August 2-4, Alfredo Baluyut, BCCIFI past president said leaders in Mindanao also welcomed the creation of this law as it helped the mining industry to be implemented in a proper way, with consideration on environmental protection.

He added that through this law, responsible mining will be pushed through, “as EO 79 is institutionalizing and implementing reforms in the country’s mining sector by providing policies and guidelines to ensure environmental protection and responsible mining in the utilization of mineral resources.”

Because of this development, Baluyut said, legal large- and small-scale miners will be reminded not only of their gains but as well as to protect the environment. “Protecting the environment means saving the lives of the people,” Baluyut added.

“Although there is no law which can be considered perfect, but somehow, the mining law addresses concerns of the people, especially the youths who are considered the future of the country, as well as the next generations to come,” he said.

The mining law pointed out that as recommended by the Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation and Economic Development Cabinet Clusters in a Joint Resolution dated 16 March 2012, a six-point agenda was adopted, which sets the direction and lays the foundation for the implementation of Responsible Mining Policies, foremost among which is to improve environmental mining standards and increase revenues to promote sustainable economic development and social growth, both at the national and local levels.

The Mining Act that was signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on July 6, prohibits applications for mineral contracts, concessions, and agreements in the protected areas categorized and established under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS).

Application is not also allowed in prime agricultural lands, in addition to lands covered by RA No. 6657 or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law of 1988, as amended, including plantations and areas devoted to valuable crops and strategic agriculture and fisheries development zones and fish refuge and sanctuaries declared as such by the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Further, it is prohibited in tourism development areas, as identified in the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) and other critical areas, island ecosystems, and impact areas of mining as determined by current and existing mapping technologies, that the DENR may hereafter identify pursuant to existing laws, rules, and regulations, such as, but not limited to, the NIPAS Act.

However, mining contracts, agreements, and concessions approved before the effectivity of this order shall continue to be valid, binding and enforceable so long as they strictly comply with existing laws, rules and regulations and the terms and conditions of the grant thereof. For this purpose, review and monitoring of such compliance shall be undertaken periodically. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


10th National Vegetable Congress opens in Butuan City

By Maria Luisa Dianah Z. Generalao

BUTUAN CITY, July 30 (PIA) -- The 10th National Vegetable Congress has opened at the Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center here with the theme “Strengthen and Sustain Safe and Quality Vegetable Production for Market Competitiveness Amidst Climate Change.”

Guest of honor and keynote speaker was Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, who approved majority of the resolutions presented including the enhanced access of farmers and fisher folks to credit, the conduct of trainers’ training, and the financial support of not less than P500,000 to the annual vegetable congress.

Butuan city Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr disclosed the plan to put up a 500-hectare organic farming village in Barangay Salvacion, and shared his vision of making Butuan as the "Green and Organic Capital in Mindanao."

More than 500 participants from all over the country gathered in Butuan City for the three-day congress, which was organized by the Philippine Vegetable Industry Development Board and the Caraga High Value Cluster, Inc. in coordination with DA-Caraga, headed by regional technical director Edna M. Mabeza.

Earlier that day, Alcala and National Irrigation Administration's Antonio S. Nangel inaugurated the Tagulahi Communal Irrigation System (Supplementary Dam 2) in Barangay Taguibo. It was followed by the Agri-Pinoy stakeholders’ forum with local farmers and fisherfolk. (NCLM/CMO-PIO/PIA-Caraga)


DILG chief shows commitment to end “Child Labor” in Agusan del Norte

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, July 30 (PIA) -- Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-13) Director Lilibeth A. Famacion has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to signify her firm commitment in putting an end to child labor activities, particularly in the province of Agusan del Norte in convergence with other regional line agencies (RLAs) in Caraga Region.

The MOA signing is an offshoot of the reported incident of child laborers in Brgy. Bagang, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte labeled as “Batang Kalabaw” characterized by a child or children who pulls or drags cut logs to a designated place where it is hauled or loaded to a truck.

The cut logs are dragged or pulled by strapping the end of a rope around the body of the child with the other end of the rope strapped around the log, a worse form of child labor.

Ten identified “Batang Kalabaws” in Brgy. Bagan received educational supplies on July 24 at Brgy. Baleguian, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

Famacion said that the prevalence of illegal logging in the region, notably in the province of Agusan del Norte where the hasty source of money is the hauling of illegal logs in the area contributes to the occurrence of pervasive child labor.

“Many children as young as seven years old regardless of gender were victims of this cruel activity and this will exacerbate the incidence of illiteracy, malnutrition and exploitation among children,” Famacion said.

“If these children are working and are not given proper education, they will grow-up to be delinquents and contribute to societal decay,” she added.

“Thus, there must be a convergence of initiatives to put a stop to child-labor activities in this region. As part of DILG’s commitment of promoting good governance in local government units (LGUs), the department will focus its support through the formulation of ordinances against child labor in the barangay and the creation and strengthening of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) with the primary aim to eliminate child laborers in the barangay as provided in the MOA,” Famacion said.

DOLE Undersecretary Lourdes M. Transmonte, Congresswoman Angelica Amante-Matba, International Labor Organization Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson, and Bureau of Workers in Special Concerns Undersecretary Chita de Guzman Celendro attended the MOA signing.

The parties to the MOA were the RLAs headed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) represented by their Regional Directors; the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Jabonga represented by Mayor Glicerio M. Monton; the Provincial LGU of Agusan del Norte represented by Governor Erlpe John M. Amante; the People’s Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP); and the Caraga Family Welfare Council Inc. (CFWCI) of Caraga represented by Tranquilino O. Cordova.

Meanwhile, the parents of the “batang kalabaw” signed a written agreement, translated into their own dialect, manifesting their commitment to send their children to school and to never again allow their children to engage in hazardous child labor. They received five carabaos from DOLE and another three carabaos from Congresswoman Angelica Amante-Matba on July 24.

Another set of carabaos is set to be released on August, five from Governor Erlpe John M. Amante and two from Congresswoman Angelica Amante-Matba.

The People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) and Caraga Family Welfare Council, Inc. (CFWCI) each released P5,000 to the children as educational assistance. (NCLM/DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Malacañang mihatag og hugot nga suporta ngadto sa mga Filipino athletes nga mokompetensya sa 2012 Summer Olympics didto sa London

By Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 30 (PIA) -- Mipadayag sa hugot nga suporta ang Malacañang ngadto sa mga Filipinong atleta nga mokompetensya sa nagkadaiyang mga paugnat sa kusog sa 2012 Summer Olympics didto sa London.

Sa interbyu sa DzRB Radyo ng Bayan niadtong Sabado, gipadayag ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte ang suporta sa administrasyong Aquino ngadto sa onse ka mga Filipino athletes nga makigkompetensya sa nuwebe ka mga nagkalain-laing mga dula didto sa 2012 London Olympics sugod karong Hulyo 27 ngadto Agosto 12.

“Buo po ang ating suporta sa inyo (Filipino athletes). Umaasa po tayong magiging maganda ang inyong performance sa Olympics, diyan po sa palakasang ‘yan. At talagang marami pong nanonood at marami ang sumusubaybay, at sana po maging maganda talaga ang performance ng ating mga atleta,” matud ni Valte.

Ang Team Philippines nga mosalmot sa 2012 Olympics mao sila Hidilyn Diaz (weightlifting, women’s 58 kg), Jasmine Alkhaldi (swimming, women’s 100m freestyle), Jessie Lacuna (swimming, men’s 200m freestyle), Brian Rosario (shooting, Skeet), Tomohiko Hoshina (judo, men’s +100kg), Daniel Caluag (cycling, men’s BMX), Mark Barriga (men’s boxing, light flyweight), Marestella Torres (athletics, women’s long jump), Rene Herrera (athletics, men’s 300m steeplechase), Rachelle Anne Cabral (archery,women’s individual) ug si Mark Javier (archery, men’s individual).

Ang flagbearer sa delegasyon sa Pilipinas atol sa opening ceremony mao si Hidilyn Diaz ang 24-anyos nga weightlifter gikan sa Zamboanga City, nga mosalmot sa ikaduhang higayon sa Olympics Games.

Ang delegasyon sa Pilipinas alang sa maong Olympiad maoy pinaka gamay nga delegasyon sa kasaysayan sa partisipasyon sa nasod sa maong quadrennial sporting event sukad niadtong tuig 1932.

Ang Olympic Games gikonsiderear isip maoy pinakadakong internasyunal nga kalihukan ug world’s foremost sports competition nga adunay summer ug winter sports diin liboan ka mga atleta gikan sa mokabat 200 ka mga nasod ang mopartisipar sa nagkalain-laing mga sports.

Ang maong Games kasamtangang gipahigayon matag duha ka tuig, uban ang Summer ug Winter Olympic Games, pasabot kini ipahigayon matag upat ka tuig sulod sa respective seasonal games niini. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)