7.31.2012

PIA News Service - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Agusan del Sur Red Cross elects Board of Directors

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, July 31 (PIA) -- Members of the Philippine Red Cross Agusan del Sur Chapter (PRC-AdS) have re-elect five, and elected two new members to the 14-member board of directors (BOD) during the 7th Biennial Chapter Assembly and election conducted last July 28 at the Provincial Training Center, Government Center, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

In his welcome address, PRC-AdS Vice Chairman of the Board and provincial administrator Jesusimo Ronquillo said, PRC-AdS has been one of the very active partner of the provincial government in times of calamities and disaster in the relief operation. Being a flood prone area, PRC-AdS has reached even the most remote areas in Agusan del Sur conducting delivery of relief goods to flood victims while feeding hungry victims who cannot cook their food in the absence of safe drinking water and cooking utensils.

“Because of the active role of the PRC-AdS before, during and after calamities in the province, the provincial government is giving its full support to the Red Cross, by donating a lot and a new building designed to meet the Red Cross need, while shouldering the cost of re-agents every year in our blood program. These are just few that I can mention with regards to the assistance extended by the provincial government to Red Cross,” Dir. Ronquillo said.

In his message, PRC member of the Board of Governors Andrew Nocon said, people in Agusan del Sur are very lucky to have a governor like Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza because of his genuine spirit of volunteerism. Gov. Nocon added, that never in the entire country that a provincial government has donated a lot and a building to Red Cross, while extending financial and technical assistance.

“I want to tell you that when I retired from service, like your governor, I chose to engage myself as volunteer in order to expand the delivery of services that I missed when I was with the Philippine Air Force. When I became a volunteer of the Red Cross, I feel deep joy, very different from that when I was in my job and was paid for it. And I want to tell you, that when you are already filled with that spirit of volunteerism, you will be longing for it the rest of your life, and without you knowing, it is a spirit that influence many people. That is why, I am very happy to see young and old faces of volunteers here in Agusan del Sur, ready to serve their fellow men,” Gov. Nocon said.

In 2008, PRC-AdS conducted chapter assembly and election in order to re-structure the members of the board who have been inactive for several years due to no election conducted. PRC-AdS voting members elected the 14 members of the board, with mandate that the first seven elected members (1-7) will serve for four years and the second seven elected members (8-14) will serve for only two years.

In 2010, another assembly and election was held for the second seven members whose term expired after two years, and will serve for another four years as members of the board. This year, 2012, the posts of the first seven elected members of the board during the 2008 election expired and the new re-elected and elected members will again serve for the next four years. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


PNoy declares August 2 as non-working holiday in Butuan

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 31 (PIA) -- President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared Thursday, August 2, 2012 as a special non-working holiday in this city.

The President, through Proclamation No. 383 said on this day, the City of Butuan will mark the celebration of its 62nd Charter Day, dubbed “Adlaw Hong Butuan”.

The proclamation provides residents the opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.

Meanwhile, highlighting the charter day celebration is the opening of the 21st Mindanao Business Conference where the city government plays host to this annual gathering of business tycoons and entrepreneurs in Mindanao.

The event is also hosted in cooperation with the provincial government of Agusan del Norte and the Butuan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (BCCIFI).

The charter day celebration kicked-off Sunday where a fluvial parade was conducted at the Agusan River, in time with the feast of Santa Ana, patron saint of Brgy. Leon Kilat, a barangay located at the riverbank here where the opening ceremony and fluvial parade was conducted.

Also, a dragon boat demonstration was conducted by students and faculty members of Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU), Butuan Doctors’ College (BDC) and Agusan Colleges (AC).

Part of the kick-off activity was the ceremonial turnover of the lot owned by the Guingona family to the city government for the establishment of the Philippine Science High School in Barangay Ampayon, this city. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Biz summit to highlight transparency in governance

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 31 (PIA) -- The 21st Mindanao Business Conference which will be held in this city on August 2-4, 2012 will highlight the promotion of transparency in governance, said City Councilor Ryan Anthony Culima.

Culima, who is the chairman of the Committee on Trade and Industry, emphasized the event does not only help in boosting the economic condition of the city but also in promoting transparency in governance among local chief executives in Mindanao, which is also the flagship program of City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr.

Culima said local officials must practice transparency in implementing infrastructures projects.

He said transparency involves following procedures set by the Commission on Audit (COA).

The 21st Mindanao Business Conference serves as the official business conference of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) for the Mindanao area. Among participants expected to attend are senior business leaders, members of chambers of commerce, government policymakers, investors and foreign trading partners.

Participants have the chance to network and exchange ideas on enhancing the business climate and strengthening competitiveness, in addition to marketing products, services and investment destinations.

Since 1991, the MinBizCon was hosted by local chambers of commerce from across Mindanao. Among past hosts of this annual event are local chambers of commerce and industry of Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Surigao, Butuan, Cotabato, Dipolog, Koronadal, Zamboanga, General Santos and Pagadian. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Malacañang gipasabot ang importansya sa pagsukit sa issuances of mining permits

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 31 (PIA) -- Gipasabot sa Malacañang ang importansya sa pagsukit sa tanang mga mining permit applications una tugtan ang mga kumpanya sa mina nga mosugod sa ilang mga mining operations aron maseguro nga sila nakahimo pagsunod sa mga regulasyon nga gitakda sa bag-ong mining policy ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III.

Sa press briefing didto sa Malacañang kagahapon Lunes, si Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda miingon nga ang bag-ong mining policy, nga gilatag sa Executive Order No. 79, motugot pagsulod sa dugang mga mining investments apan sa saktong paagi lamang ug asa ug unsa kadaghan sa atong mga resources ang makuha.

“The administration recognizes any investment and therefore it behooves the administration to study these issues properly, especially in the light of the new EO and the light of investments in mining,” matud ni Lacierda.

Sa iyang bahin si Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. miingon nga ang bag-ong direktiba nga gipirmahan sa Pangulo niadtong Hulyo 6, naglantaw sa paghiusa sa mga mining policies ug mga regulasyon dinhi sa nasod ug himoon nga transparent ug accountable ang industriya sa mina.

Giila sa direktiba ni Pangulong Aquino ang mga lugar nga dili pwede sa mining applications- bisan pa kung kini alang sa contracts, concessions o agreements- lakip na ang mga erya nga nahisakop sa National Tourism Development Plan, critical nga mga erya ug island eco-systems, prime agricultural lands nga nahilakip sa RA 6657, strategic agriculture ug fisheries development zones ug fish refuge ug mga sanctuaries nga deklarado sa Department of Agriculture.

Dili tugtan ang pagmina sa mga erya nga naila ubos sa kasamtangan balaod sa pagmina, sa agrarian ug protected nga mga erya, lakip usab kadtong mga lugar nga giila sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Ang mga mining contracts, concessions ug agreements nga aprubado na una ang issuance sa bag-ong direktiba magpabilin gihapon apan kinahanglang ang maong mga kumpanya mosunod sa maong mga balaodnon, rules ug regulasyon, ug sa mga terms ug mga conditions sa maong pagtugot. (RER/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)