7.09.2012

PIA News Service - Monday, July 9, 2012


Bislig City LGU intensifies local DRRMC


By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, July 9 (PIA) -- In response to the threat brought about by Climate Change or Global Warming, Bislig City Mayor Librado Navarro said the local government has strengthened the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC) down to barangay level.

In his welcome message during the 2nd quarterly conference of the DRRM officers in the province, the local chief executive said the LDRRMC members are directly in contact with residents and barangay officials in its effort to mitigate the negative impact brought about by calamities and disasters.

Also, PDRRMC Executive Officer Florencio Pimentel said the activity is conducted once in every quarter in order to discuss issues and concerns met by different municipalities and cities provincewide and evaluate or assess the implementation of RA 10121, an Act Strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction & management System, Providing for the NDRRM Framework and Institutionalizing the NDRRM Plan, apropriating Funds therefore and for other purposes.

Meanwhile, LGOO Olivia Bagasbas of DILG discussed Executive Order 66 series of 2012 issued by President Benigno S Aquino III, otherwise known as the “Prescribing Rules on the Cancellation or Suspension of Classes and Work in Government Offices Due to Typhoons, Flooding, other Weather Disturbances and Calamities”.

Bagasbas emphasized EO # 66 under Section 2, the Localized Cancellation or Suspension of Classes and Work of the government Offices in the absence of the typhoon or storm signal warning from the PAGASA and Section 3, the Cancellation or Suspension of Classes and Work in the During Other Calamities. (RER/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


PhilHealth benefit package launched in Bislig City

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 9 (PIA) – To upgrade the health care benefits of members, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) on Thursday launched its Primary Care Benefit 1 (PCB1) Package at Bislig City, Surigao del Sur.

An estimated crowd of 500 convened at the Bislig City Gymnasium and witnessed the event with the presence of Bislig City Mayor Librado Navarro, other officials and guests.

In her speech, Local Health Insurance Office Chief Ms. Juliet Golez of PhilHealth Bislig City said that Bisliganons are lucky enough that PhilHealth has chosen this city, where said program is first launched in Caraga region.

“Bisliganons especially the marginalized should be ready, informed and empowered right before any sickness hit them, and PhilHealth will be there to assist them,” emphasized Golez.

"Health program should be one of the most priority programs of all the local government units in the country because with good health, we can all enjoy life and perform our jobs well, along also with a quality education" Navarro said.

Navarro added that one of his priorities is to have all Bisliganons registered and be members of the PhilHealth. He also congratulated the City Health Office for the well implementation of the Health Care programs.

Based on PhilHealth records, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur has 40,208 total members registered to PhilHealth.

Also, Dr. Leizel Lagrada, Primary Care Benefit 1 Team Leader of PhilHealth briefed the Bisliganons on the 'Primary Care Benefit 1 Package’. She said that this is one of the priority programs of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III which is aimed to achieve universal health care to all Filipino people who are members of PhilHealth.

"PCB 1 Package is the new set of benefits entitles members to basic, quality health care services through accredited public health care providers nationwide. It allows primary health care providers greater flexibility in the range of services they can offer to their enlisted PhilHealth clients," said Lagrada.

Included in the PCB 1 Package are primary benefits such as consultations, regular blood pressure monitoring and helath promotion like education on breastfeeding, counseling on lifestyle modification and smoking cessation. Medicines for common diseases like asthma and acute gastroenteritis (AGE) with no or mild dehydration, upper respiratory tract infection/pneumonia and urinary tract infection are also included and expected to be provided by the providers of this package.

Meanwhile, Dr. Banzon with Regl Vice Pres. Sychua and other PhilHealth officials handed over the PhilHealth Capitation Fund Checks to gocal government units of Bislig City and Lingig, Surigao del Sur. Bislig City received the amount of P915,600.00 for the 4th quarter of 2011 to fund its health services while Lingig received P927,600.00.

A ceremonial performance commitment & memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing between PhilHealth and the institutional health care providers in Bislig City, and nearby municipalities in Surigao del Sur was also held. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


News feature: PAMANA – DILG fund covers 34 LGUs in Caraga Region

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, July 9 (PIA) -- The PAMANA – “Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan” - Program was launched to complement government’s peace negotiation efforts.

This is to strengthen peace building, reconstruction, and development in conflict-affected areas, and is embodied in the Philippine Development Plan for 2011 to 2016.

For the year 2012, P958 million has been appropriated under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) budget, to be provided to local government units (LGUs) in the form of fund subsidy under the PAMANA-DILG Fund. The fund covers seven geographical zones in the Philippines, which are vulnerable areas.

In Caraga Region, 34 LGUs composed of two cities and 32 municipalities are covered by PAMANA. These identified areas are those affected by the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army, and National Democratic Front.

The priority programs and projects covered by PAMANA-DILG for 2012 implementation are the municipalities of Prosperidad, Sibagat, Sta. Josefa, and Veruela of the province of Agusan del Sur; municipalities of Buenavista, Carmen, Jabonga, Kitcharao, Las Nieves, Magallanes, Nasipit, RTR, Santiago, and Tubay of the province of Agusan del Norte; municipalities of Bayabas, Hinatuan, Marihatag, San Agustin, Tagbina, Tandag, and the City of Bislig of the province of Surigao del Sur; municipalities of Alegria, Mainit, Malimono, and the City of Surigao of the province of Surigao del Norte, including the municipalities of Burgos, Dapa, Del Carmen, General Luna, Pilar, San Benito, San Isidro, Sta. Monica, and Socorro of Siargao Islands.

The PAMANA as a framework for intervention in vulnerable areas is anchored on three complementary strategic pillars that define core interventions to achieve lasting peace. Pillar 1 focuses on interventions that support the establishment of the foundations of peace and the building of resilient communities through policy reform and development. Pillar 2 targets micro-level interventions to promote the convergent delivery of services and goods focused on households and communities by both national and local projects, and Pillar 3 provides for meso-level interventions that address regional and sub-regional development challenges, which will contribute to peace building.

Pillars 1 and 2 are implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Agrarian Reform. Pillar 3 is implemented through a partnership between DILG and the Office of Presidential Adviser for Peace Process (OPAPP).

The DILG – OPAPP collaboration is focused on addressing regional development under PAMANA Pillar 3, while projects and activities under Pillar 1 aim at building the foundation for peace and Pillar 2 for the establishment of resilient communities.

PAMANA Program has the following objectives: (1) Reduce poverty and vulnerability in conflict-affected areas, (2) Improve Governance and (3) Empower communities and strengthen their capacities to address issues of conflict and peace through activities that promote social cohesion. (RER/NCLM/PIA-Caraga/DILG-13)


NSO to conduct July Labor Force, 2012 Family Income and Expenditure surveys

By Villa S. Bayotas

BUTUAN CITY, July 9 (PIA) -- The National Statistics Office (NSO) Caraga will conduct the July 2012 Labor Force Survey (LFS) and the two rounds of the 2012 Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES).

The first round of the FIES will gather data on income and expenditure of families for the first semester, January 1 to June 30, 2012.

The LFS is a nationwide quarterly survey of households conducted by the NSO to gather data on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population.

The LFS aims to provide a quantitative framework for the preparations of plans and formulation of policies affecting the labor market.

NSO-Caraga will also conduct the 2012 FIES as a rider to the LFS; this is a nationwide survey of households which is the main source of data on family income and expenditures. The 2012 FIES is the 16th survey on family income and expenditure conducted since 1957.

Like the previous FIES, this undertaking aims to accomplish the following objectives: a) To gather data on family income, sources of income, family expenditure and related information affecting family income and expenditure levels and patterns in the Philippines; b) To determine the income distribution, levels of living and spending patterns, and the degree of inequality among families; c) To provide benchmark information to update the weights used in the estimation of Consumer Price Index (CPI) and d) To provide inputs in the estimation of the country’s poverty threshold and incidence.

About 800 items are included in the FIES questionnaire. The survey involves an interview of a national sample of about 50,000 households. This sample size is deemed sufficient to provide reliable estimates of income and expenditure levels for each region, including Caraga region.

In Caraga, NSO Field Staff and selected trained Statistical Researchers (SR) will do a comprehensive door-to-door interview to the sample households from July 9 - 31. NSO would like to assure the respondents that all information furnished to the SRs are strictly confidential and shall not be used as evidence in court for purposes of taxation, regulation or investigation as provided for in Section 4 of Commonwealth Act No. 591. (RER/NCLM/PIA-Caraga/NSO-13)


Tagalog News: Bagong opisyal ng DENR-Caraga pormal na ipinakilala sa mga miyembro ng RDC

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 9 (PIA) -- Pormal ng ipinakilala sa mga miyembro ng Regional Development Council (RDC) ang bagong regional executive director (RED) ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sa rehiyon ng Caraga kasabay ng 71st RDC meeting na isinagawa sa isa sa mga lokal na convention centers dito.

Si RDC Chairperson at Surigao del Norte Governor Sol F. Matugas ang pormal na nagpakilala kay Marlo Mendoza na siya ring assistant secretary ng ahensiya, at sinabing dahil isyung knikaharap ngayon ng pangrehiyong tanggapan ng DENR sa kampanya ng gobyerno para sa anti-illegal logging sa rehiyon, si Mendoza ay nandito para sa isang mahalagang misyon.

Binigyang diin ni RED Mendoza na ang kanyang papel sa kautusan ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ay makipag-ugnayan sa RDC at kung paano baguhin ang wood industry.

"Sa totoo lang, isa sa mga kautusan ng Pangulo sa akin ay ang maghanap ng estratehiya upang baguhin ang wood industry dito sa rehiyon ng Caraga dahil sa isyu ng talamak na operasyon ng illegal logging sa rehiyon," ani Mendoza.

Dahil dito, binigyang diin ni RED Mendoza na ang implementasyon ng EO 23, na nagdedeklara ng moratorium sa pagpuputol ng mga kahoy sa natural at residual forest at ang pagbuo ng anti-illegal logging task force, simula Hunyo 2012, ang DENR at LGU-Butuan ay naka-dismantle na ng 14 na maliliit na sawmills at nakahuli na rin ito ng mga illegally-cut logs.

Dagdag ni Mendoza na ang mga nakuhang illegally-cut logs ay ipamimigay sa Department of Education (DepEd) para gawing karagdagang upuan sa mga paaralan.

Bilang tugod sa sitwasyon ng enerhiya sa Mindanao, sinabi rin ni RED Mendoza na ang mga forest-based industry ay naka depende sa elektrisidad. Dahil dito, aniya, ang DENR ay gagawa ng aksyon kasama and mga publiko at pribadong ahensya para sa posibleng pagtatayo ng mini-hydropower plants sa rehiyon.

Samantala, ipinahayag din ni Mendoza na ang Anti-Illegal Task Force na naka base sa Manila ay nilipat na dito sa rehiyon bilang tugon sa kautusan ng Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III upang palakasin ang kampanya ng pamahalaan laban sa illegal logging.

Idinagdag din ni Mendoza na ang administrasyong Aquino ay seryoso sa kautusan sa ilalim ng EO 23. Dahil dito, si Mendoza ay nananawagan sa suporta ng RDC upang estriktong ma-implementa ang anti-illegal campaign ng pamahalaang nasyonal. (RER/DMS/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: Pamahalaang probinsya naghanda ng disaster protocol

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 9 (PIA) -- Ang provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) ng Agusan del Norte kamakailan ay nagtipun-tipon kasama ng iba't ibang ahensya ng gobyerno at pribadong sektor upang ipresenta ang Operation Center Protocol ng council.

Ang layunin ng pagtitipon ay paunlarin ang kaugnayan ng iba't ibang ahensya para sa pagresponde sa komunidad sa panahon ng kalamidad at palawakin ang alert and verification protocol, protocol and issuance code alert and activation memorandum, at response protocol.

Ang mga sumusunod ay ang code alert system: code white ay para sa low pressure area/tropical depression o public storm signal #1; code blue para sa public storm signal #2 na may lima pataas na casualties/mass injuries/fire; at code red naman para sa public storm signal #3 na may 100 pataas na casualties/mass injuries.

Ayon kay Governor Erlpe John Amante, ang pamahalaang probinsya ay nakabili na ng emergency and rescue equipment na nagkakahalaga ng P8.4 milyon. Ang mga ito ay gagamitin sa mga coastal municipalities na may posibilidad ng baha at pagguho ng lupa.

Binigyang diin din ni Amante na ang pinakamaayos na paraan upang harapin ang kalamidad ay ang pagiging handa. Aniya, isa sa paraan ay ang pagbibigay ng mga kagamitan sa mga lokal na pamahalaan ng iba't ibang munisipalidad upang makaresponde ng maayos sa mga kalamidad.

Samantala, iminungkahi din ng PDRRMC ang infra-project na popondohan sa ilalim ng 5 percent local disaster risk reduction and management fund na gagamitin sa apat na aspeto, ang preparedness, prevention and mitigation, response and rehabilitation.

Muling binangit ni Amante ang importansya ng mga kasaping ahensya sa pagtulong sa mga komunidad sa kanilang ginagawang preparasyon para sa kalamidad, lalo na sa aktwal na sitwasyon. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Turnover sa bag-ong eskuylahan sa lungsod sa Placer malampuson nga gipahigayon

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 9 (PIA) -- Malampuson nga gipahigayon bag-ohay palamang ang turnover ceremony sa duha ka bag-ong mga eskuylahan nga gipondohan sa Silangan Mindanao Mining Company, Inc. ug Philex Mining Company nga giabagan sa 544th Philippine Army Engineer Brigade didto sa Anislagan Elementary School lungsod sa Placer, Surigao del Norte.

Ang maong kalihukan gipangulohan ni Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas inubanan nila Vice Governor Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr., President ug Chief Operating Officer sa Philex Mining Corp. Engr. Eulalio B. Austin, Jr., 544th Engineer Brigade PA Commanding Officer Ltc. Honorio M. Abenojar ug Surigao del Norte DepEd Schools Division Superintendent Evelyn Fetalvero ug gitambongan usab sa mga opisyales ug mga katawhan sa maong mga barangay.

Atol sa maong turn-over sa duha ka bag-ong mga eskuylahan didto sa Borongan Elementray School, gipahigayon usab ang thanksgiving sa bag-ong repair nga lima ka eskuylahan sa Anislagan Elementary School ug unom sa Macaya Elementary School, Placer, Surigao del Norte. (SDR/Provincial Information Center/RER/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano news: Malacanang mianunsyo executive order on mining ipagawas na sunod semana

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 9 (PIA) -- Pirmado na ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang executive order (EO) sa mining nga gitumong aron mohimo og dugang kinitaan alang sa gobyerno ug matubag ang mga kabalaka sa industriya sa mina ug kinaiyahan, matud sa opisyales sa Palasyo niadtong Sabado.

Si Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda miingon atol sa interbyu sa DZRB Radyo ng Bayan niadtong Sabado nga si Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. gikatakdang mopagawas sa bag-ong mining policy sunod semana.

Si Lacierda miingon nga si Environmental and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje gikatakda usab nga mopahigayon og usa ka press briefing aron ipasabot ang maong executive order.

Dugang pa ni Lacierda, nga ang administrasyon mipahigayon og masusing mga konsultasyon tali sa mga mining stakeholders una ang paghimo og pinal nga bag-ong polisiya.

Gihimo sa gobyerno ang bag-ong mining policy nga parehong makabenisyo sa gobyerno ug sa mining investors.

Sa paghimo sa bag-ong mining policy, ang administrasyong Aquino naglaom nga ang maong bag-ong mga polisiya makakuha og dugang kinitaan alang sa gobyerno sa kasamtangang taas nga panginahanglanon alang sa metallic resources. Ang bag-ong EO nagtumong usab aron ibalanse ang kabalaka sa environment protection ug economic gains. (RER/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)