8.03.2012

PIA News Service - Friday, August 3, 2012

6th MinDA board meeting set in Butuan

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 3 (PIA) -- The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) conducted today its 6th board meeting in the city.

In a statement, MinDA officials said the board meeting is held for the first time here, to coincide with the largest annual gathering of Mindanao business leaders, the 21st Mindanao Business Conference.

MinDA said, on the back of the country’s growth momentum highlighted in the State of the Nation Address of President Aquino last month, the board will assess Mindanao’s recent socio-economic performance and provide direction and guidance for the authority’s work and thrusts for Mindanao onward to the second-half of the year.

The conduct of the board meeting is also to ensure that goals and policies of MinDA are consistent with the overall national development goals and objectives as well as complement the regional and local development plans, programs and projects through better integration and coordination.

In its pursuit for lasting peace and sustainable development in Mindanao, the board is also set to lay groundwork for identifying concrete, doable, and measurable actions, including policy initiatives that shall provide and pave way for the success of various Mindanao programs and projects.

During the meeting, the board revisited Mindanao’s 2011 socio-economic performance in coming up with the Mindanao Development Report, which shall provide a year-end analysis of the island-region’s performance in areas of peace and security, governance, economy and environment, human development and social cohesion, and enabling conditions such as policy environment and infrastructure.

The board also discussed the implementation of Mindanao Nurturing Our Waters Program (MindaNOW), MinDA’s flagship program on development and management of Mindanao’s river basins and watersheds.

Also discussed during the event is the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA’s) cooperation on Enhancing Connectivity which includes transport and logistics, power, trade facilitation and information and communications technology development in the sub-region.

Finally, the meeting tackled MinDA’s partnership program on renewable energy advocacy and development in Mindanao.

Participating in the board meeting are chairpersons of the Regional Development Councils of Regions 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 and the Regional Economic Development and Planning Board of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona.

Other participants of the MinDA Board meeting are Rep. Arnulfo Go, chairperson of the House Committee on Mindanao Affairs and key officials of public and private organizations. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


21st MinBizCon opens in Butuan City

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 3 (PIA) -- The 21st Mindanao Business Conference (MiBizCon) opened Thursday in one of the local hotels here.

Anchored on the theme “Invest Mindanao: Towards a more inclusive, progressive and greener future,” the conference highlighted undertakings of local government units and its partner stakeholders through the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program of the Aquino administration.

In his keynote speech, Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona III underscored the importance of peace to achieve lasting peace in Mindanao, saying that if peace will be achieved in the island, then progress and development come next.

“When it comes to Mindanao, I am guided by a long-standing belief: Walay kalambuan kung walay kalinaw sa Mindanao (There would be no progress if there is no peace in Mindanao),” Guingona said.

Guingona added that the Filipino people need to have a government that can be trusted. “Trust is the fundamental ingredient for long-term peace,” he added.

He said there will be no peace if the people do not trust the government to do their job, may it be in the conduct of the peace talks, political challenges, and in economic decision-making.

“To foster peace, we must foster trust… to foster trust, we must have good governance,” Guingona said.

Guingona stressed good governance is achieved through transparency, accountability, and people’s participation.

Prior to his speaking engagement, Sen. Guingona together with his father, former Vice President Teofisto Guingona, Jr., her mother Gingoog City Mayor Ruth Guingona and their family graced the inauguration of the Guingona Park, the newly-renovated Rizal Park of Butuan City.

The park, through a resolution from the Sangguniang Panlungsod, was named after the Guingonas because of the family’s contribution to the city where they donated lots for the establishment of important infrastructures in the city.

One of their latest donations is the five-hectare lot in Brgy. Ampayon here, which was turned over to the city government on Wednesday for the establishment of the Philippine Science High School in this city.

Meanwhile, the annual MinBizCon serves as the official business conference of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) for the Mindanao area and is the biggest PCCI business conference in scope and number of participants.

Among the participants are senior business leaders, members of chambers of commerce, government policymakers, investors and foreign trading partners.

The conference will end on Saturday, August 4, 2012. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


247 graduates receive certification from TESDA

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 3 (PIA) -- A total of 247 graduates received certificates from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) during the closing ceremony of the Kasanayan para sa Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran (KKK) on August 1 at the 36th Infantry Battalion Headquarters, Dayoan, Tago this province.

Spearheaded by TESDA, the said training is under the flagship program of Gov. Johnny Pimentel through the Jobs thru Tech-voc Program, aimed to reduce out-of-school youth and unemployment in the province.

KKK, through JTP, was initiated by the Philippine Army and was first implemented by the 29IB in identified conflict areas under their area of responsibility.

This time, beneficiaries are members of the 36IB Philippine Army and some of them were troop wives.

For meat processing, 28 graduates were conferred, 93 for defensive driving, 28 for coconut by products, 70 for automotive servicing and 28 for personal computer operations.

Lieutenant Col. Joseph Pasamonte expressed his gratitude to the governor.

He said the skills acquired by his troop are a big help to their operation especially in the field of Driving and Automotive skills.

The activity was in line with the celebration of the 38th founding anniversary of the 36IB, where series of activities were already conducted since July 25. (RER/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Surigaonon cop competes for 2012 Search for Model PNP Families

By Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO CITY, Aug. 3 (PIA) -- A Surigaonon police officer is a finalist in the Search for the Model Philippine National Police (PNP) Families.

Organized by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) in cooperation with the Department of the Interior and Local Government and PNP, the model family search was first launched last year to highlight policemen as family men.

Police Insp. Elsa Montenegro, public information officer and chief of Police Community Relations (PCR), was chosen as one of the top six finalists in the solo parent category.

Despite being a single mother and active in her police duties, Montenegro is also doing community outreach and enrichment activities.

She was nominated by Willie Gan, president of Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the only contender from Surigao del Norte and entire Mindanao. Other finalists are from Bulacan, Baguio, Eastern Samar, National Capital Region and Iloilo.

On Wednesday, the validation team for the search arrived in the city to conduct an onsite visitation of the finalist, interview the nominator and individuals associated with the finalist.

The validation team is led by Ellen Gran of Crusade Against Violence with Ma. Theresa Santiago of Foundation for Crime Prevention, Donna Lyn Caparas of NAPOLCOM, Police Chief Insp. Ely Lumbao of PNP Directorate for PCR as members.

“The team is here in Surigao to validate if the documents submitted to NAPOLCOM are authentic and accurate,” Gran said.

Gran said the winners will be awarded with a plaque of recognition and cash incentives during the kickoff ceremony of the National Crime Prevention Week on September 3. (FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Butuan vice mayor urges businessmen to invest in Butuan

By Eldie N. David

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Aug 3 (PIA) -- The vice mayor of Butuan City has urged delegates of the 21st Mindanao Business Conference to invest in Butuan through the public-private partnership (PPP).

Butuan City has already put in place all the policies and the necessary legislation that would cater to PPP projects, vice mayor Lawrence Fortun said during the opening ceremonies of the conference on August 2 to 4 in a hotel and convention center in this city.

One of the major aspects in the city government’s preparation is the passage of the ordinance laying down the guidelines for PPP projects dubbed the “PPP Code of Butuan City,” which was authored by Fortun.

Fortun said Butuan City became the first city in the Philippines to craft such ordinance and is now ready to accommodate PPP projects in the city.

“Contained in the ordinance are the guidelines as well as the 16 modalities of PPP projects and the eligible projects that are offered to the private investors,” Fortun said.

Fortun added that these initiatives of laying down the foundation of PPP projects and joint venture undertakings is a clear manifestation of the cohesive and healthy partnership within the local government of Butuan under the leadership of Mayor Ferdinand “Jun” Amante.

He also mentioned in his speech the several projects in the pre-implementation stage for which some of these projects is expected to be implemented within the year such as the mini-hydro power plant and the biomass fuel generation which will be undertaken between a local company Equi-Parco Construction Co. and Japanese investors.

It is expected that the coming in of investors that would be willing to partner with the local government and invest in several projects would redound to the benefit of the people of Butuan in terms of jobs and other indirect livelihood. (NCLM/BC-VMO/PIA-Caraga)


Malnourished cases down in San Francisco, targets zero case

By Alexis Cabardo

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Aug 3 (PIA) -- Malnutrition went down by an average of nine percent in the municipality of San Francisco in the past three years, according to the record by the municipal nutrition office.

According to Malyn Bugawan, San Francisco municipal nutrition action officer, record shows that in 2009, malnutrition in San Francisco went down by 14 percent and has continued to decrease, by another 5.8 percent this year.

But according to Bugawan, although the reduction of malnourished children is remarkable, they are still aiming for a zero number of cases in San Francisco.

“One of our strategies in order to reach our goal of eradicating malnutrition in the municipality is to launch vegetable gardening in all elementary schools so that we can use our produce in our feeding program,” Bugawan said.

Bugawan also said that together with the municipal nutrition council, her office is taking steps to monitor that all school canteens must not sell junk foods to children, in line with the order of the Department of Education (DepEd) to ban the selling of junk foods to school canteens nationwide.

“The DepEd has issued Order No. 8, series of 2007 ordering that all school canteens must only sell nutritious foods, especially those rich in protein, like food derived from root crops, noodles and other foods made of rice and corn, and also fruits and vegetables,” Bugawan said.

Bugawan did not spare the role of teachers in schools in solving the malnutrition. Bugawan said teachers should always educate the children the value of good nutrition so that children will refrain from eating junk foods and instead take nutritious foods, fruits and vegetables.

In line with the culmination of the nutrition month celebration, various activities were undertaken in the municipality of San Francisco in order to enhance the children’s knowledge about good nutrition. Among the activities that highlighted the celebration is a cooking contest participated by students and parents. There was also a fruit carving contest, “tula” and jingle singing competition, in the context of the nutrition month. (DMS/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Malacañang gibutyag ang kusog nga kampanya sa gobyerno batok smuggling

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Agosto 3, (PIA) – Gibutyag sa Malacañang ang gipanghingusgan nga mga paningkamot sa administrasyong Aquino batok smuggling o pagpayuhot aron maseguro ang dugang kinitaan alang sa gobyerno pinaagi sa walay puas nga mga inisyatibo sa Bureau of Customs (BoC) aron masumpo niini ang giingon nga illegal nga kalihukan dinhi sa nasud.

Sa regular press briefing didto sa Malacañang kagahapon Miyerkules, si Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda miingon nga gimandoan na ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III si BoC Commissioner Ruffy Biazon aron sumpoon ang problema sa smuggling ug dakpon kadtong dautang mga grupo ug mga indibidwal nga nalambigit sa maong illegal nga buhat.

“The instructions given by the President to Commissioner Ruffy Biazon was to ensure that smuggling should stop and this is another instance where the commissioner has stepped up to ensure that we exert all efforts in curbing smuggling in this country,” matud ni Lacierda.

Gibutyag ni Lacierda nga gipokus usab sa BoC ang mga paningkamot niini sa uban pa nga mga klase sa smuggling sama sa technical smuggling.

“It is very well taken note that there were smuggled rice in Subic and we certainly commend the efforts of Commissioner Biazon in curbing smuggling there, and we note for instance that there are a number of apprehensions that were made in the past few weeks, and we certainly commend the stepped up efforts of Commissioner Biazon. Not only blatant smuggling but also technical smuggling where you under-value your goods,” matud pa ni Lacierda.

“This robs the country of revenue, and therefore the explicit instruction of the President for Commissioner Biazon is to ensure that we curb smuggling... We are able to generate revenues as we curb smuggling,” dugang pa niya.

Samtang, gikalipay ni Lacierda ang imbestigasyon karon nga gihimo sa Senado mahitungod sa isyu sa smuggling ug iyang gisaad ang pagdakop niadtong mapamatud-an nga nalambigit sa illegal nga mga kalihukan.

“We welcome the investigation of the Senate and we hope that the whole investigation on rice smuggling be resolved to a clearly-defined delineation of liability, and that’s what we’re after... we are going against corrupt officials and so we will not brook on any corruption in our government,” sulti ni Lacierda.

Gibutyag sa mga taho nga pormal na nga gisikop sa BoC ang gitawag nga “biggest smuggled rice haul” nga adunay mokabat sa 420,000,50 – kilos nga mga sako sa Indian white rice nga giabandona didto sa Subic, niadtong bulan sa Abril.

Sa dihang gi-inspeksyon ang maong mga smuggled rice, ang BoC miingon nga ang maong haul adunay market value gibana-bana nga moabot sa P450 milyon.

Giseguro ni Commissioner Biazon nga ang gobyerno “never allow unscrupulous traders to expoloit the privileges offered by the country’s various free port zones like the Port of Subic to be their staging points for smuggling.” (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano news: Presidente Aquino misaad nga kapin sa 6,000 sityos ang mahatagan ug elektrisidad sa 2012

Ni Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Aug. 3 (PIA) -- Ang mga residente sa pinakahilit nga dapit sa rehiyon sa Pilipinas puhon mahiapil na sa mga nalipay nga nakabenepisyo o nakatagamtam ug elektrisidad sa ilang panimalay human si Ppresident Benigno S. Aquino III misaad sa 6,007 ka sityos sa mga hilit nga mga barangay sa nasud ang mahatagan ug elektrisidad usa matapos ang 2012.

Ang Presidente mihatag ug kasigurohan atol sa iyahang pakigpulong sa 33rd Annual General membership Meeting sa Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Associations Inc., (Philreca) nga gipahigayon didto sa Philippine Trade training Center sa Pasay City niadtong Huwebes.

He said that after two years in office, his administration, with the help of the Department of Energy, National Electrification Administration and stakeholders like Philreca, have been slowly but surely bringing the benefits of electrification to more and more Filipinos.

Matud pa niya, nga human sa duha ka tuig sa pagpangatungdanan, ang iyahang administrasyon uban sa tabang sa Department of Energy, National Electrification Administration ug mga stakeholders sama sa Philreca, hinay hinay pero sinigurong mihatag ug benepisyo sa electrification ngadto sa mga Pilipino.

Dugang pa niya, nga gikan sa Oktubre 2011 hangtod sa hulyo karong tuiga, 2,400 ka sityos ang duna nay kurente.

Ang Presidente mitumbok nga kini nga katakos nahimong possible pinaage sa “good governance” ug kabubut-on sa nga katawhang Pilipino.

“Sa loob ng dalawang taon, pinatunayan natin sa harap ng samu’t saring problema, tapat na pamamahala, ugnayan at pakikilahok ng taumbayan ang solusyon para gawing posible ang tila dati’y imposible talaga,” sulti sa Presidente.

Ganito mismo ang ginawa natin upang mula Oktubre 2011 hanggang Hulyo ng taong ito, napailawan natin ang halos 2,400 na mga sitio. Kumpyansa tayong sa undak pa niya.

The President acknowledged that while there are more needs to be done in order to bring the benefits of electricity to all, with the help of the energy sector, its stakeholders and the Filipino people, this gargantuan task can be done.

Ang Presidente miila nga bisan pa nga naa pay laing gikinahanglan nga buhatonon aron mahatag ang mga benepisyo sa elektrisidad sa tanan, dinuyugan sa tabang sa mga sector sa enerhiya, mga stakeholders ug sa mga katawhang Pilipino, kining pinakadako nga tahas mamahimo.

“Opo, sa loob lamang ng dalawang taon marami na tayong nagawa. Subalit hindi dito nagtatapos ang tungkulin natin. Mas marami pa tayong kayang gawin, mas marami pa tayong dapat gawin. Hangga’t may isang paslit na gasera pa rin ang ilaw sa pagsagot ng asignatura; hangga’t may bahay pa ring kandila ang bumbilya; hangga’t may barangay o sitio pa ring ni walang posteng ilaw sa kanilang kalsada, patuloy tayong maghahanap ng paraan upang sa lalong madaling panahon maging fully electrified na ang buong bansa,” matud sa presidente.

“Sa pakikiisa ng Philreca at sa lakas na kaloob ng taumbayan, tiwala akong magagawa natin ito,” dugang pa niya. (RER/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano news: President Aquino miaprubar sa pagmugna og Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Agosto 3 (PIA) -- Gipagawas ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang Executive Order No. 81 aron mugnaon ang Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC) nga maoy molihok sa tanang mga inisyatibo nga gitumong aron mapalambo ang suplay sa enerhiya sa southern region o habagatang bahin sa nasod.

Matud ni Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. kagahapon Huwebes nga ubos sa maong EO 81 nga gipirmahan ni Pangulong Aquino niadtong Hulyo 30, ang MPMC maoy magmonitor, maghiusa ug mag-apil sa mga rekomendasyon nga gisugyot aron matubag ang mga problema sa sektor sa industriya sa enerhiya sa Mindanao.

“The President approved the formation of the MPMC since there is a need for a team or a body that will study the feasibility of recommendations to address the power situation in Mindanao,” matud pa ni Ochoa. “It will ensure that coordination and monitoring are in place to better the power situation in Mindanao.”

Ang Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), diin naestablisar ubos sa Republic Act No. 9996 ug kasamtangang gipangulohan ni Luwalhati Antonino, maoy modumala sa MPMC ug usab maoy magsilbing secretariat.

Ang uban pang mga miyembro sa MPMC mao ang Department of Energy, Energy Regulatory Commission, National Electrification Administration, National Power Corporation ug ang Power Sector Assets ug Liabilities Management Corp. Ang mga representante gikan sa Mindanao Electric Power Alliance ug Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives giawhagan ug gidasig usab nga mamahimong mga miyembro sa komitiba.

Gihatagan og direktiba ni Pangulong Aquino ang MPMC aron mougmad og database kalabot na sa impormasyon mahitungod sa sector sa enerhiya sa Mindanao, abagan ang sitwasyon sa enerhiya sa rehiyon ug tan-awon ang posibilidad sa mga rekomendasyon nga gisugyot human sa Mindanao power summit, ug lain pang uban.

Ang mga ahensya sa gobyerno, lakip na ang state-owned ug controlled nga mga korporasyon, gimandoan usab aron abagan ang MPMC sa paghimo sa mandato niini.

Matud ni Ochoa, ang inisyal nga pondo sa MPMC magagikan sa contingent fund ug uban pang mga tinubdan nga sotaon sa Deparment of Budget and Management. Ang sunod nga budget sa MPMC mahiusa na sa regular appropriation sa MinDA.

Ang EO No. 81 epektibo gyud dayon human kini nga mapublisar sa mantalaan libot dinhi sa nasod. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)