PIA News Service - Thursday, July 26, 2012


DOLE provides livelihood assistance to child-laborers’ parents

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, July 26 (PIA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) gave 13 carabaos to the parents of children known as “Batang Kalabaw” in Barangay Baleguian, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

Five carabaos came from DOLE-Caraga, three from Congresswoman Angelica Amante-Matba, and five from Governor Erlpe John Amante.

“Batang Kalabaw” is a description of a child who pulls a cut log to a designated place where it is hauled or loaded to a truck.

Batang Kalabaw is found to have thrived in Bagang, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

DOLE-Caraga Regional Director Ofelia Domingo said the DOLE's Child Labor-Free Barangay Campaign is central to the direction of the Philippine Program Against Child Labor, which aims to prevent and progressively eliminate child labor incidence in the country.

It is also part of the government’s initiative to contribute to the “Batang Malaya Campaign: A child labor-free Philippines by 2016.”

“DOLE intends to liberate the Batang Kalabaw from hauling logs for a fee of P50 or less, considered as a worst form of child labor; provide livelihood to parents of child laborers through provision of 13 carabaos; to bring back the child-laborers in school; to ensure that child laborers will remain in school through provision of school supplies and source of income in the long term to the parents; and to achieve a child labor-free brgy in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte,” said Domingo.

Mayor Glicerio Monton of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte also said the distribution of carabaos, bags with school supplies and educational assistance from DOLE will also serve as an eye-opener for other government agencies and stakeholders for them to attend to and do something for the child-laborers in the province.

He also urged parents to send their children to school and make use of the carabaos for their livelihood, transportation, and farming activities.

Domingo, together with Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns Director Chita Cilindro, Undersecretary Lourdes Transmonte of DOLE, International Labor Organization Country Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson, Mayor Glicerio Monton of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte, and some regional directors of government line agencies handed over the carabaos, bags with school supplies, and educational assistance to the 30 children and parents in the said barangay.

“Datu Biong,” one of the parent-beneficiaries expressed his happiness, saying, “Dako ang among kalipay nga mga ginikanan nga kami nahatagan sa DOLE niini nga kahigayonan nga makabaton ug trese ka kabaw para magamit namo sa among panginabuhian ug aron mapa-eskwela namo ang among mga anak na dili na usab sila kinahanglan pa nga maghago pa (We are very happy that DOLE has provided us 13 carabaos for us to use in our livelihood and with this, we can send our children to schools and they need not work for us),” he said.

Pastor Emmanuel Ansihagan, a community worker of said barangay, will guide and oversee the beneficiaries in their livelihood activities.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga will enroll the parent-beneficiaries to the department’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) so they will also take responsibility in ensuring basic educational attainment of their children while they will also receive the conditional cash transfer.

Transmonte asked the help of the local tri-media to promote its programs and services for the marginalized sector in the community and to raise awareness to the people in eliminating child labor in Caraga region. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Region 13 police undergo gun proficiency test

By SPO1 Philip Amer P Mazo

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, July 26 (PIA) -- Police officers of Region 13 have undergone a hand gun proficiency test to maintain their ability to shoot and hit specific targets with speed and accuracy.

PCSupt. Reynaldo Serrano of Police Regional Office in Region 13 (PRO-13) led the opening of Philippine National Police (PNP) Standard Hand Gun Qualification Marksmanship Test on July 21 at the Philippine Practical Shooting Association (PPSA) Firing Range in Bancasi, Libertad in Butuan City.

Shooters went through three stages of marksmanship tests as part of the skills enhancement program. The first stage comprises free style shooting, strong hand shooting and weak hand Shooting. Stage two includes shooting on the move where the shooters shoots targets while walking and the kneeling position shooting. Stage three is precision with reload shooting where the shooter uses two magazines shooting, three targets with mandatory reload and repeat shooting the targets in reverse.

PNP personnel of Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands are currently under the same training in their respective places.

Personnel of the Regional Headquarters, Butuan City Police Office, 13 Regional Public Safety Battalion and Agusan del Norte just finished the said test last week.

The test of marksmanship among the personnel is not only limited to males even female police officers were also tested on their ability to fire a gun.

PCSupt. Reynaldo S. Rafal, regional director of PRO-13 said he wanted every police officer in Caraga be more aware and responsible in gun handling and be more proficient with their firearms and perform responsibilities assigned to them. (NCLM/PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)


Filipina surfing sensation to compete in int’l tilts

By Roel N. Catoto

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island, July 26 (PIA) -- In tip-top shape, Filipina surfing sensation Nilbie Blancada is preparing herself to compete for upcoming international competitions this year and the following year in other parts of the world.

After she successfully captured the two international crowns in separate surfing tilts, Blancada has carved a name in the surfing circle as one of the more competitive surfers from the Philippines.

She won the international surfing competition last May in this town while she garnered her first outside-the-country surfing tournament in West Java, Indonesia in June.

Born and raised in this surfing mecca of the country, Blancada was spotted by this writer doing her usual routine in her home break in Cloud Nine. She was practicing difficult tricks which she was perfecting for her next competitions.

Before she bagged awards in past international tilts, the local lass also swept national competitions held last year like in Cantilan in Surigao del Sur; Baler in Aurora; Samar in Leyte; and in La Union province.

“I’m doing my constant practice as usual and do other tricks which I have not yet shown,” she said.

She will join the next international surfing competition in September this year in Thailand and in Bali, Indonesia.

Turning 20 this fourth of August, Blacanda said she is also preparing for the competition in Australia on February 2013.

“I will do everything for these upcoming competitions and hope for the best like I had shown in the past and recent competitions,” the petite lass said. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Caraga police participate in outreach program

By PO1 Ryan Cumahig Cagula

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, July 26 (PIA) -- Police Regional Office (PRO-13) participated in the community outreach program of government agencies held at Barangay Masao, Butuan City on July 25.

Among the activities were the joint clean up along the shoreline, bloodletting and medical and dental missions initiated by the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), local government of Butuan and PhilHealth-Caraga.

Presidential Proclamation No. 764 mandates the observance of July as Police Community Relations Month with the PNP as the lead agency. The celebration serves as a vehicle in soliciting community support and participation to various programs of the PNP.

PSSupt. Mario Soriano, deputy regional director for administration, said the PNP is grateful on the active involvement and cooperation of the community in deterring criminality across the region to continuously open brighter windows for peace and development.

“The community is of vital importance in the scheme of crime prevention. The PNP commends the public of its crucial role and significant contribution in the accomplishment of our operations,” he said. (NCLM/PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: Comelec may sapat na ipon para ipatuloy ang automated elections ayon sa palasyo

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

MANILA, Hulyo 26 (PIA) -- Kamakailan ay nagpalabas ng impormasyon ang Malacanan hinggil sa sapat na pondo ng Commission on Election (COMELEC) upang ipagpatuloy ang automated na eleksyon sa taong 2013.

Ito ay ayon sa tagapagsalita ng Pangulo na si Edwin Lacierda na ang ahensyang nangunguna sa eleksyon ay maaaring sumandal sa malaking ipon ng ahensya upang palakihin ang regular na budget at mapagpatuloy ang automated election return sa susunod na halalan.

“Sa palagay ko ang Comelec ay kailangan na tingnan ang kanilang ipon. Sa palagay ko sila ay may sapat na ipon sa kanilang budget,” ani Lacierda.

Idinagdag din nito na habang siya ay nakikipagdiskurso kay Budget Secretary Florencio Abad tungkol sa isyu, ayon naman daw kay Budget chief na ang COMELEC ay may sapat na ipon.

“Sila po ay may sapat na ipon. At ito po ay hindi problema. Ang automated na eleksyon sa sususnod na taon ay magpapatuloy,” ani Lacierda.

Hindi naman ikinatuwa ni COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillantes ang pagputol sa budget allocation ng commission at ito ay makakatanggap lang sa susunod na taon ng General Appropriations Act na bumaba mula P24 bilyon hanggang P8 bilyon.

Nagbabala naman si Brillantes na dahil sa pagputol sa budget allocation ng commission, ang COMELEC ay babalik sa dating mano-manong pagbilang ng balota sa susunod na taon. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)