PIA News Service - Friday, August 24, 2012

2nd ‘Bonok-Bonok sa Surigao’ Trade Expo to open on Saturday

By Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO CITY, Aug. 24 (PIA) -- The 2nd Bonok-Bonok sa Surigao Trade Expo (BOSSTEX) will formally open on Saturday, Aug. 25, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Director Ceelestino Negapatan said.

Negapatan said BOSSTEX aims to promote and showcase fresh and processed food products, gifts and housewares, furniture and furnishings, fashion accessories and novelty items, ornamental plants as well as agri-tourism related products and services.

Residents of Surigao and tourists are invited to see and buy an array of various products at affordable prices at the BOSSTEX.

It will run from August 25 until September 15, 2012.

Negapatan also said it is one of the highlights of the city’s charter day on August 31 and fiesta celebration on September 9-10.

The event, which will be held beside the Luneta Park, along Borromeo Street, is a joint project of the Surigao City Tourism Council and the DTI-Surigao del Norte Provincial Office. (RER/FEA/PIA 13-Surigao del Norte)


CSC leadership, coaching brand for Caraga launched

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 24 (PIA) -- Civil Service Commission (CSC) Assistant Commissioner David E. Cabanag, Jr. headed the launching of CSC Leadership and Coaching Brand for Caraga Regional Office, along with CSC Caraga Regional Director Adams D. Torres and Assistant Regional Director Noemi Rabe-Torres.

The launching was held at the CSC Caraga Human Resource Development Center and this was attended by majority of CSC regional and field operations’ personnel.

The CSC Leadership and Coaching Brand encapsulated by the phrase “Coaching for Integrity and Excellence” is supported with seven leadership brand attributes, such as thinking strategically, leading change, building commitment, partnering and networking, managing performance, developing people, and coaching for results.

Part of the launching activity was the symbolic Leadership and Coaching Pin which the respective CSC Caraga regional and assistant regional directors personally imposed upon the Corps of CSC Caraga Leaders for Field Operation, namely Director II Christopher C. Mabale of the Province of Agusan del Norte; Director II Harold P. Pareja of the Province of Agusan del Sur, who is likewise the concurrent field officer of the Province of Surigao del Sur; and Director II Meshach D. Dinhayan of the Province of Surigao del Norte.

Assistant Commissioner David E. Cabanag, Jr. administered their pledge of commitment to transformational leadership through upholding the leadership brand and living the seven attributes to fulfill the CSC’s vision of becoming the leading center of excellence in Asia for strategic human resource and organization development in the year 2030, with its core purpose of making every public servant a servant hero, or “Gawing Lingkod Bayani ang Bawat Kawani.”

Assistant Commissioner Cabanag, in his leadership message, said, “… this morning’s event is more than just a culmination of the previous months’ work. It signals the start of a new journey as we wield the CSC Leadership Branch in our everyday dealings with the staff, our partners, clients and stakeholders. The challenge now is to prove that we are able to embody, that we can live, that we are worth the leadership and coaching brand – Coaching for Integrity and Excellence!” (RER/NLM/CSC-13/PIA 13-Caraga)


Agusan del Sur to become coconut seed producer in Caraga Region

By Alexis Cabardo

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Aug. 24 (PIA) -- Coconut tree planters have gathered in Bayugan City of this province in order to formulate a plan that would improve the coconut industry in the province and to solve the problem of rhino beetle attack on coconut.

During the coconut farmers gathering, the launching of a 30-hectare coconut seed bank also took place at the Pagkain ng Bayan, a provincial government owned demo farm located in Barangay Mabuhay, Bayugan City.

According to Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Provincial Manager Ramon Barbosa, aside from Bayugan City, a 40-hectare seed garden was also launched in Barangay Sibulin, Trento, Agusan del Sur last August 10, 2012.

“Three to four years from now, the two seed gardens will be the suppliers of certified coconut seed, not only here in Agusan del Sur, but the entire region of Caraga. These coconut seeds will replace those old trees that are presently attacked by rhino beetles, due to the cutting down of African palm oil trees that are already old and are no longer productive. But I want you to know that the attack of the rhino beetles and the coconut disease called brontispa are already under control because we have deployed our coconut technicians to help the famers. Aside from deploying our technicians, PCA has also distributed 11,300 bags fertilizers to our 10,000 registered members,” Barbosa said.

Barbosa added that aside from the launching of two seed gardens in Barangay Mabuhay, Bayugan City and Barangay Sibulin in Trento, coconut farmers are presently maintaining more or less a thousand hectares of coconut seeds.

Barbosa made a call to all coconut farmers to become members of coconut farmers organizations so they can easily avail of the support given by the PCA. (DMS/LGU-PIO/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DENR-Caraga steps up requirements in NGP sites

By Eric Herson F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 24 (PIA) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) top management is prioritizing dipterocarp species in the choice of planting materials in its reforestation activities as it stepped up its standard requirements in all reforestation sites under a revived “Timber Corridor” management setting, a move that will ensure sustainable growth of quality trees.

“We want to ensure that dipterocarp species are also prioritized in the choice of species in the establishment of tree plantations” DENR Assistant Secretary Marlo D. Mendoza, who is also the Regional Executive Director for DENR 13 said during a Management Conference with the newly-assumed Provincial and Community Environment Officers of Caraga Region held at in this city on August 16, 2012.

This was first management meeting done by Mendoza since he assumed his new post in the DENR Regional Office 13 following a recent major shake-up of the middle management organization at the DENR 13 by Secretary Ramon JP Paje in June this year.

“ Henceforth, all planting materials for the National Greening Program (NGP) in all planting sites must either come from the DENR–accredited nurseries or Seed Production Areas ,” Mendoza stressed. He also discouraged the practice of “pwede na or bahala na” attitude in preparing planting materials for the NGP because it only result to poor growth and low productivity.

He said only indigenous tree species shall planted in the 339,963-hectare protection forest area, which is about 30 percent of the region's total land area of 1,913,842 hectares.

The production forest area is 991,528 hectares. This comprise 375,509 hectares of land classified as “without tenure” and 616,019 hectares with tenure.

He said that as part of the sustainable forest management practice under the NGP, dipterocarp wildlings or saplings of lauan, apitong, bagtikan, tangile, guijo, and yakal should not be allowed to be cut down even in reforestation undertakings n in production forest areas.

He said a guideline , sort of “commodity road map for 2013 to 2016 is being prepared during a planning workshop seminar to be held sometime in September this year to serve as a direction for the NGP in Caraga Region.

He said the commodity roadmap shall serve as a guide on what to plant in a specific geographical area considering the type of soil, climate and markets. “We are planning to establish 100,000 hectare area under the NGP,” Mendoza said.

“We see a reforestation area with a combination of bamboo and fast-growing trees and other shade-tolerant fruit tree species like langka, lansones, coffee, cacao and other in an upland community,” he added.

He said that the clonal nursery center being maintained by the Eco-System Research and Development at Barangay Buod, Butuan City should be strengthened.

He said all seedlings that are planted and maintained in a NGP site especially dipterocarp species shall be closely monitored, “geo tagged” and counted which are pre- requisites for harvest. He likewise encouraged the PENRO and CENRO officers to establish their respective 25-hectare model forest zone within the NGP production area of their choice in their respective jurisdiction which will showcase tree the application of appropriate technology in forest tree farming. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: NAPOLCOM Caraga mangunguna sa 18th Nat’l Crime Prevention Week sa lungsod ng Butuan

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Agosto 24 (PIA) -- Pangungunahan ng National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM)-Caraga region ang taunang pagdiriwang ng National Crime Prevention Week ng lungsod na may temang, “Sa Crime Prevention, May Magagawa Ako,” at gaganapin sa Setyembre 1 hanggang 7, 2012.

Sa isang mensahe galing sa NAPOLCOM-Caraga, sinabi nito na ang aktibidad ay hindi lang upang itaguyod ang social order at justice kundi pati na rin ang proteksyon ng ekonomiya ng bansa.

“Kahit anong sukatan na epektibo ay kailangan na sumailalim hindi lang sa criminal justice system pero pati narin ang komunidad o ilang sektor ng lipunan,” ani Napolcom-Caraga Regional Director atty. Remeneo Valenzuela.

Sinabi rin ng opisyal na sa pagsisikap nilang makagawa ng ligtas na komunidad, kinakailangang hawak-kamay ang komunidad sa mga aktibidad ng kaunlaran.

"Ang pagdiriwang ng 18th NCPW ay magbibigay kalakasan sa mga tao laban sa krimen pati na ang pagsali ng publiko sa mga proyekto ng gobyerno na naglalayong itigil ang mga krimen pati narin ang pagpapaigting sa kaalaman at pagpapaunlad ng komunidad,” ani Valenzuela.

Ang isang linggong pagdiriwang ng 18th NCPW ay magsasagawa din ng Fun Walk at Hataw sa pagbubukas ng aktibidad, na dadaluhan din ng iba't ibang ahensya ng gobyerno, nongovernment organizations, academe, at religious sector.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, maaari silang tumawag sa tanggapan ng NAPOLCOM Caraga region sa numerong (085) 342-8785. (RER/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Aquino mipirma aron mamahimong balaod ang People's Survival Fund Bill aron matubag ang problema sa Climate Change

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Agosto 24 (PIA) -- Gipirmahan na ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III aron mamahimong balaodnon ang People’s Survival Fund (PSF) Bill aron mahimo sa gobyerno ang epektibo nga pagtubag sa problema sa climate change.

Gipirmahan sa Pangulo ang Republic Act No. 10171, o naila nga “An Act Establishing the People’s Survival Fund to provide long-term finance streams to enable the government to effectively address the problem of Climate Change, Amending for the purpose Republic Act. No. 9729, otherwise known as the Climate Change Act of 2009,” and for the purposes” niadtong niaging Agosto 16, matud ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte atol sa regular press briefing didto sa MalacaƱang kagahapon.

Ang People’s Survival Fund Law maoy mi-amenda sa Climate Change Act of 2009 uban ang inisyal nga PSF fund nga mokabat P1 bilyon matag tuig.

"There will be a People’s Survival Fund board composed of nine members chaired by the secretary of Finance to provide policy and strategic guidance in the management and the use of the survival fund itself," sulti ni Valte.

Gibatbat ni Senadora Loren Legarda, ang chairman Senate Committee on Climate Change nga usa ka kadaugan alang sa katawhang Filipino ang paghimo ni Pangulong Aquino sa People’s Survival Fund Bill ug kini usa ka konkretong lakang paingon ngadto sa Pilipinas nga andam mosagubang sa katalagman.

"The enactment of amendments to the Climate Change Act of 2009, primarily the creation of the People's Survival Fund (PSF), strengthens the three-year-old law by helping achieve its objectives through the provision of funds to local governments and communities for their climate change adaptation programs," sulti niya.

"As we have seen clearly over the past few weeks, there is a pressing need to financially support disaster prevention efforts of local government units. The President's approval of the PSF affirms our nation's commitment to building communities' resilience to disasters," dugang pa niya.

Si Lacierda, nga maoy principal author ug sponsor sa Climate Change Act of 2009, ug principal sponsor sa pag-amendar sa climate change law, miingon nga giaprubahan sa Kongreso ang PSF bill niadtong niaging Hunyo. Ang maong balaodnon gihatag gilayon ngadto kang Pangulong Aquino kinsa mipirma sa maong balaodnon niadtong niaging Agosto 16.

Ang maong balaodnon nagkantar nga ang PSF usa ka special fund in the National Treasury – nga mokabat us aka bilyon ka pesos nga gahinan matag tuig ubos sa General Appropriations Act- alang sa financing sa mga programa ug mga proyekto binase sa National Strategic Framework on Climate Change. Ang maong pondo pwde usab madungan pinaagi sa mga donasyon, mga hinabang ug mga kontribusyon.

"The degradation of our environment, coupled with the effects of climate change, such as heavy monsoon rains, prolonged droughts, and other extreme weather events, places us on a highly precarious position and endangers the lives of our citizens. The PSF will help local governments' adaptation activities, such as in the areas of land and water resources management, agriculture and fisheries, health, infrastructure development, and natural ecosystems," pagpasabot ni Legarda.

"This will also support the improvement of the monitoring, controlling and prevention of diseases triggered by climate change, establishment of forecasting and early warning systems, and strengthening institutional development, for local governments, for preventive measures, planning, preparedness and management of impacts relating to climate change," dugang pa niya.

Ang maong amendatory law sa Climate Change Act of 2009, nga gipangunahan nila Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile ug Senadora Loren Legarda gimandoan usab ang Department of Budget and Management aron pangunahan ang paghimo og annual government budget aron sa ingon nga maseguro ang sakto nga paggahin ug alokasyon sa maong pondo aron suportahan ang mga programa ug mga proyekto kalabot na sa climate change. (RER/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)