PIA News Service - Wednesday, July 4, 2012

POEA-Caraga chief reiterates call vs illegal recruiters

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 4 (PIA) -- The chief of Caraga Region’s Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has reiterated her call for vigilance against illegal recruiters.

This developed as POEA continued to receive reports that there are alleged illegal recruiters roaming around, especially in remote barangays in the region, recruiting individuals to work abroad.

Director Marietta Bellotindos said the POEA has come up with tips to prevent illegal recruitment.

First, applicants should not apply at recruitment agencies not licensed by POEA.

Second, they should not deal with licensed agencies without job orders nor transact business with unauthorized persons or representative of a licensed agency. They should also not transact business outside the registered address of the agency. If recruitment is conducted in the province, check if the agency has a provincial recruitment authority.

The POEA chief of the region also pointed out that the recruit should not pay more than the allowed placement fee. It should be equivalent to one-month salary, exclusive of documentation and processing costs.

Also, applicants are advised not to pay any placement fee unless they have a valid employment contract and official receipt. Further, the agency advised applicants not to be enticed by ads or brochures requiring you to reply to a Post Office Box and to enclose payment for processing of papers.

Furthermore, POEA reminded applicants not to deal with training centers and travel agencies that promise overseas employment, not to accept a tourist visa, and not to deal with fixers. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Bislig Bay in Surigao del Sur is negative from red tide toxin, BFAR says

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 4 (PIA) -- Caraga Region’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) today said the Bislig Bay in Surigao del Sur is negative from red tide toxin, and shellfish from this area are safe for human consumption.

Based on the bureau’s shellfish bulletin, latest laboratory results by BFAR and local government units showed that shellfish collected in Bislig Bay and other areas are red tide toxin-free.

However, BFAR said shellfish collected at Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur, Murcialagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental, Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar, and Balite Bay in Mati Davao Oriental are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

Moreover, the coastal water of Milagros in Masbate is now positive for red tide toxin, the BFAR said.

Because of this, all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the areas mentioned are not safe for human consumption.

The fisheries and aquatic resources bureau also reminded the public that fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe from human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly and that internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

Aside from Bislig Bay, the BFAR said the following coastal waters continue to be free from toxic red tides: Cavite, Las Piñas, Parañaque, Navotas, and Bulacan in Manila Bay.

The coastal waters of Bolinao, Anda, Alaminos and Wawa, Bani in Pangasinan, as well as the Masinloc Bay in Zambales, Mandaon in Masbate, Juag Lagoon in Matnog, and Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon are also free from the said toxin.

Further, Honda and Puerto Bays in Puerto Princesa City, and Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay, Palawan; Pilar, President Roxas, Panay, Roxas City, Ivisan and Sapian in Capiz completed the list in the Luzon area.

In the Visayas region, the following coastal areas are also free from red tide toxin: E.B. Magalona, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, Valladolid, Talisay City, Silay City, Bacolod City, Hinigaran, Cadiz City, Victorias City, Bago City, Binalbagan and San Enrique in Negros Occidental; Irong-irong, Maqueda, amd Villareal Bays in Samar; Ormoc, San Pedro, Cancabato and Carigara Bays in Leyte; and Biliran waters in Biliran province.

Coastal waters of Hinatuan, and Lianga Bays in Surigao del Sur along with Taguines Lagoon in Benoni, Mahinog, Camiguin Island are also free from the toxin.

Bataan coastal waters composed of Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal is now free of the toxic red tides, the BFAR said. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


P500,000 worth of logs seized in Agusan del Norte

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, July 4 (PIA) -- The campaign against illegal logging waged by the police provincial office of Agusan del Norte paid off as its personnel led by Director PSSupt. Eugenio B Paguirigan chanced upon a sizable pile of what was believed to be illegally cut logs in one of their recent police operations.

Reports from the said police office had it that Paguirigan’s team who were doing anti-illegal operations along Agusan River, particularly at the vicinity of Brgy. Ambacon, Las Nieves town of the said province 7:30 on Sunday morning, found and confiscated a total of 343 pieces of round logs in different sizes and miscellaneous species of hardwood.

The confiscated forest products has an approximate volume of 120 cubic meters and was believed to be valued at P500,000.

The confiscated round logs were turned over to the custody of the personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources based at Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte for proper disposition. (RER/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


149 police recruits sworn-in for basic training

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, July 4 (PIA) -- A total of 149 police recruits took their oath before Caraga Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Directof CSupt Reynaldo Rafal at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez on Monday morning in a simple, yet solemn ceremony to commence their basic police training.

The recruits comprises 123 males and 26 females.

The would-be police trainees were accepted upon the recommendation of PSSupt Pedro U Obaldo, Jr, chief of the Regional Personnel Human Resource Doctrine and Development (RPHRDD) to CSupt Rafal, the official who administered the oath by virtue of Special Order Nos. 444, 445 and 446 (for the regular) and Special Order Nos. 447, 448 and 449 (for the attrition) as Police Officers 1 (in temporary status), where they will be receiving a salary of P14,834.00 while on training effective July 2, 2012.

Also attending the said mass oath-taking rites were top officials of the Police Regional Office 13, the NAPOLCOM personnel led by their Regional Director Atty. Remeneo D. Valenzuela, members of the 1st Semester Regular and Attrition Quota Screening Committee, LGU Butuan represented by Councilor Ryan Anthony Culima who is the Chairman of the City Council Committee on Peace and Order, family, loved ones and friends of the recruits.

In his opening message of the occasion, PSSupt Mario O Soriano, Deputy Regional Director for Administration (DRDA) of PRO 13 who headed the Regional Screening Committee, reminded this year’s batch of soon-to-be police personnel that they were chosen by the screening committee as they were found to have possessed the necessary qualifications for police recruits, passed the process of selection which according to him “was based on their competence, decisiveness, practicality and high standards of morality.”

Soriano mentioned that this year’s number of batch was chosen from among the more or less 300 applicants. Their background he said were also diversified having amongst them licensed criminologists, computer science graduates, nurses, call center agents, financial manager, broadcasters and even a former nun, whom he said “had chosen to leave her congregation to join the PNP ranks.”

He also pointed out that PNP records show that most of the police scalawags who were involved in irregularities, violating police rules and regulations and worst becoming parties themselves in the commission of crimes came from the ranks of the police beginners. He challenged this year’s batch to “make a difference.”

CSupt Rafal for his part admonished the police neophytes during his inspirational message that their primary responsibility “is to serve and protect the people.” He said that they had just sworn their sacred oath of office before God, the constitution and the people. They were from now on, he said, “been entrusted with that responsibility and had to live up with that expectation.”

He posed the challenge in them as well, that to achieve that end, they have to be always on the alert, be pro-active and innovative.

Right after the oath-taking rites, the would-be law enforcers were transported on board three buses towards the police regional training school at Camp George Barbers, Lipata, Surigao City, to commence their Public Safety Basic Recruits Course for six months. (RER/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Bayugan folks want more Diskwento Caravan

By Cirila P. Inson

BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan del Sur, July 4 (PIA) -- Residents in this city and from nearby towns benefited from the mobile Diskwento Caravan and are looking forward to more caravans. Nine hundred ten consumers got more for less as they were able to buy more items for less pesos.

The caravan was organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in coordination with the local government unit of Bayugan City, as well as the distributors in Butuan City and food producers of Agusan del Sur in order to address the rising prices of basic commodities.

Diskwento Caravan is a project designed to provide discount on the basic commodities. The caravan is the private sector’s opportunity to achieve effective corporate social responsibility through discounts.

Products offered during the caravan were bath soap, detergent bar and powder, canned goods, noodles, biscuits, frozen products, iron-fortified rice, distilled lemon grass, school supplies, and kakanin produced by Agusan del Sur producers. The discount ranged from five to 30 percent. The caravan generated sales of P143,422.

For the Agusan del Sur consumers, two caravans are lined up on October and December. DTI provincial office will give updates for the final dates and venue. (RER/DMS/Agusan del Sur LGU/PIA-13)


Feature: SGP-PA sends CCT beneficiaries to college

By Stella Maris V. Barcelon

“Nalipay kaayo ko pagkabalo nga naay scholarship kay pwede na ko mo eskwela og college nga mag focus ra gyud sa pag eskwela (I was very happy when I knew about the scholarship, because I could focus on my studies),” said Barbie with a smile.

Barbie Retchie Felisidad, 18, is a high school graduate from barangay Simbalan, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. She is second among the twelve siblings.

Barbie believes that education and hard work are the key factors in achieving her dream of becoming a teacher someday. “Gusto gayud ko mo eskwela ma’am mao kada adlaw sa high school sa una maski wala’y baon mo sulod gayud ko kay dili ko ganahan mo absent (I really wanted to go to school. When I was in high school even if I don’t have provision either money or food, I still attended classes),” Barbie said. She also shared that everyday she had to walk 30 minutes from their house to Simbalan National High School. “I love numbers, I want to be a math teacher,” Barbie declared while perusing her high school card.

Looking back in 2011, Barbie’s perseverance and determination in her studies paid off when she graduated second honorable mention in her class. She excelled in Math, English and Science subjects. “My parents were so proud and happy, but somehow sad because we knew that I would not be able to go to college. You see, we are twelve siblings in the family,” explained Barbie.

Barbie's world crushed when her father told her one night, “Bam, kung gusto ka mo eskwela og college dili gayud ka namo kaya nga mapa eskwela sa imong mama (Bam, your mother and I cannot afford to send you to college)."

Her mother Jovy Felisidad is a plain housewife, and her father is a farmer. Much as she wanted to go straight to college after high school graduation, the family's income could not support it. The situation, however, didn’t discourage her; instead, it makes her even more determined to reach her goal.

One day, Barbie's aunt in Manila called up and encouraged her to enroll in the six-month course offered by TESDA, Barbie grabbed the opportunity. “Ako to gikuha nga oportunidad aron dili masayang ang pila ka bulan nga dili ko maka eskwela, unom ra siya ka bulan pero daghan gihapon ko’y mahibaluan (I took my aunt’s offer because I don’t want to waste my time of not going to school, it may be only for six months but I will still learn from it),” said Barbie. enrolled Barbie in TESDA’s dress making class.

Barbie enrolled in the dress making course offered by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and she finished the course. She then planned to work and have a part time job for her to pursue a four-year college education. “I know it’s going to be hard, having a part time job at the same time studying, but I really want to achieve something so I have to do everything to have it,” Barbie said with full determination.

Her desire to study further slowly come to reality. One day, one the Pantawid Pamilya Municipal Link Officers (MLO) assigned in Buenavista announced that the government is implementing a scholarship program for the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who finished high school and want to pursue college education.

Barbie’s dream of becoming a teacher is not far from reach because of the government’s Student’s Grants-in-Aid Program Alleviation (SGP-PA).

SGP-PA aims to contribute to the National Government’s thrusts in effectively addressing poverty alleviation by the increasing of graduates in higher education among poor households and get these graduates employed in high-value occupations in order to lift their families out of poverty and contribute to national development. SGP-PA is in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The program has already identified State Universities/Colleges (SUCs) that are approved by CHED’s Commission en Banc, other SUCs may be considered provided that programs are either Level III or II accredited by a CHED recognized accrediting agency.

Pantawid beneficiary applicants need to present the duly accomplished SGP-PA application, certification from DSWD declaring as a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary, birth certificate by NSO or Local Civil Registrar (LCR), health certificate issued by any government physician, forms 138 or has passed PEPT exam and certificate of grades for the last semester attended for continuing college students.

With the help of SGP-PA, Barbie and other scholars will receive a total of 60,000.00 annually or 20,000.00 per year for her tuition based on the average national tuition fees of SCUs 5,000.00 for per year for textbook/other learning materials and 35,000.00 per year for her board and lodging, transportation, health/medical needs, basic school supplies and other needed costs.

In return, scholars have to carry a full load per semester as prescribed in the curriculum and finish within the required period of the program, maintain a satisfactory academic performance in accordance with the policies and standards of SCUs, render a return of service for two years after graduation in the Philippines except for highly critical courses demanded by local industry and government services and adhere to the terms and conditions as stipulated in the contract.

“When I finish college and get a job, I promised my parents that I will help them send my younger siblings to school. I want our lives to be different this time; I’ve seen many of our neighbors reach college but were not able to finish it. I want to be different, I am going to finish college, make my parents proud, help my siblings and be a math teacher someday,” said Barbie.

Barbie is one of the 163 potential Pantawid Pamilya scholars in Caraga region for the SGP-PA who, despite of the difficult situation, did not allow poverty to stop her from becoming a good educator in the future. (NCLM/DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Pilipinas magpabilin nga resulbahon ang West Philippine Sea dispute sa malinawon nga paagi sulti sa Palasyo

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 4 (PIA) -- Ang Malacañang misubli nga ang Pilipinas magpabilin sa pagresulbar sa away sa West Philippines Sea sa malinawon nga paagi ug ingon nga gihatagan lamang og laing pagsabot ang pamahayag ni Pangulong Aquino mahitungod sa US spy planes nga nagmonitor sa borders.

Matud sa taho nga ang Chinese Foreign Ministry mipagawas og pamahayag pag-awhag sa gobyerno sa Pilipinas nga dili na mopagawas og dugang isyu nga makapaaghat og mga tension.

Gitudlo sa opisyales sa China ang pamahayag ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III mahitungod sa posible nga pagtabang sa US pinaagi sa paggamit sa American spy planes didto sa West Philippine Sea aron magmonitor sa mga borders sa nasod.

Si Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) Secretary Ramon Carandang atol sa press briefing didto sa Malacañang kagahapon Martes miingon nga mitubag lamang ang Pangulo sa espisipikong mga pangutana sa Thomson Reuters karong semanaha.

Usa sa mga pangutana mao ang aprubahan ba o dili sa Pilipinas ang paglupad sa mga US surveillance planes nga gitawag Orions, ug aprubahan o dili sa gobyerno ang paglupad aron magmonitor sa teritoryo sa Pilipinas, siya miingon

“The President said that was one of the options. Remember that we have a responsibility to monitor our territory to make sure that there are no incursions for one reason or another and our capabilities are rather limited,” matud ni Carandang.

“The President was responding in the context of saying that it’s one of the options being considered to enable us to enhance our ability to monitor our territory. Now, he reiterated that there have been no decisions and that the primary responsibility belongs to the Philippine government.”

Kung ang gobyernong Pilipinas motugot sa mga surveillance flights gamit ang US spy planes, kini dili aron manghagit, si Carandang mipasabot, nga kini magmonitor lamang sa teritoryo sa Pilipinas
“There’s no offensive capability here. So this should not be viewed as a provocative statement,” dugang pa niya.

Gipasabot usab ni Carandang nga bisan unsa nga US spy plane ang molupad didto sa West Philippine Sea dili na kini magkinahanglan og treaty o agreement tali sa US kay kini adunay kasamtangang military agreements tali sa gobyerno sa America.

Naglaom usab ang opisyales sa Palasyo nga kining bag-ong bikil tali sa People’s Republic of China ug Pilipinas maresulbar sa madaling panahon samtang ang duha ka mga nasod padayon pa sa pagtuki pinaagi sa diplomatic channels. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Tagalog news: Disaster council ng Caraga pinangunahan ang pagdiriwang ng Disaster Consciousness Month

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 4 (PIA) -- Pinangunahan ng Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) sa rehiyon ng Caraga ang pagdiriwang ng National Disaster Consciousness Month.

Mahigit sa 200 manggagawa mula sa mga ahensya ng gobyerno at lokal na pamahalaan ang nagtipon-tipon sa city hall Martes ng umaga para sa fun run papuntang Philippine Ports Authority ground kung saan isinagawa ang pagbubukas ng programa.

Sa kanyang mensahe, sinabi ni Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Caraga Regional Director at RDRRMC Caraga Chairperson Dr. Blanche Gobenciong na siya ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng mga dumalo sa aktibidad.

Ang aktibidad sa taong ito ay naaayon sa temang, “Ligtas na Bayan, Maunlad na Pamayanan” na mariing tinututukan ang masamang dulot ng mga kalamidad, at relasyon nito sa kaunlaran ng ekonomiya. Dahil dito, nakiusap si Gobenciong sa lahat ng ahensya na itaguyod ang tamang aksyon para sa kapakanan ng lipunan, seguridad ng tao, at seguridad ng kapaligiran kaugnay ng mga kalamidad na sanhi ng tao.

Idinagdag din ng opisyal na ang isang buwang selebrasyon ay magbibigay ng oportunidad upang palawakin ang kaalaman at pag-unawa ng mga tao sa mga kalamidad at kung ano ang pinakamaayos na paraan upang maghanda at umiwas dito.

Dahil sa aktibong pagresponde ng ahensyang miyembro ng konseho, sinabi ni Gobenciong na sila ay umaasa na marami pang miyembro ang makikiisa sa pagsali sa lahat ng aktibidad.

Alinsunod sa Executive Order No. 137, ang buwan ng Hulyo ay itinilaga para sa National Disaster Consciousness Month. Ang RDRRMC Caraga ay naghanda ng mga aktibidad upang itampok ang kahalagahan ng disaster risk reduction and management na naaayon sa Republic Act No. 10121. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Kapitolyo sa Surigao Norte gisaulog ang bulan sa Nutrisyon

Ni Mary Jul E. Escalante

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 4 (PIA) -- Pormal nga gibuksan niadtong miaging adlaw ang kasaulogan sa Nutrition Month uban sa tema nga “Pagkain ng Gulay Ugaliin, Araw-araw itong Ihain” nga gipangulohan sa pangamhanan sa probinsya didto sa Provincial Convention Center, Surigao City.

Atol sa maong okasyon malampuson nga gipahigayon ang tabo sa kapitolyo, supplemental feeding, cooking demo contest ug press conference sa pagpanguna ni Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas, Vice Governor Arturo Carlos Egay Jr., ug pipila ka mga board members.

Sa gipahigayon nga cooking demo contest high school category, ang unang dapit nakuha ni Ma. Luisa Orillaneda nga gikan sa Surigao City High School sa iyang giluto nga Curried Rice Shrimps, ikaduhang dapit nakuha nila Niel Figuron ug Jayzel may Mejong sa Dapa National High School sa ilanhg giluto nga Ginataang Kalabasa with Malunggay, ikatulong dapit nakuha ni Mae Palma sa San Francisco High School sa iyang luto nga Ginataang Gulay ug ang consolation prizes nakuha sa Surigao del Norte National High School.

Sa fruit/vegetable shake contest elementary category, ang unang dapit nakuha ni Lhendross Kyle Navarro gikan sa Dapa Central Elementary School pinaagi sa iyang Healthy Shake with Vegetables, ikaduhang dapit nakuha ni Katherine Mae Zerda sa C.V Diez Elementary School sa iyang gihimo nga Squash-Mango-Shake, ang ikatulo mao si Roselou Laid sa San Francisco Elem. School sa iyang Tropicana ug ang ikaupat nakuha ni Julia Leila Cosmiano sa Surigao City Pilot School sa iyang Antioxi Vege Fruit Shake. (RER/FEA/SDR/PGO-PIC/PIA-Surigao del Norte)