PIA News Service - Monday, August 13, 2012


DPWH orders district engr to pass proposal for Surigao Sur's unpaved roads

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug 13 (PIA) -- Usec. Romeo Momo of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) instructed Surigao del Sur 1st Engineering District Officer Engr. Joseph Calderon to pass a project proposal to address the unpaved roads in his area of responsibility in Surigao del Sur.

DPWH Information Officer Josephine Moselina said the instruction was made during the inspection of the on-going projects in the municipality of Tago, San Miguel and part of CarCanMadCarLan (Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen & Lanuza) areas recently with Usec. Momo.

Moselina said that Usec. Momo cited in his instruction to Calderon to include the remaining gravel road in Tandag-Carrascal and Tandag-San Miguel Roads, which are not part in this year’s budget.

Meanwhile, Momo also instructed the project contractor to fast track the construction of the bridge and to complete the project if possible before the rainy season.

The project inspection was conducted on Thursday in San Miguel Bridge that was reportedly damaged by flood; the Tago La Paz Bridge; Katupgas Bridge 1 and 2; Cabanahan Bridge and Badjang Bridge, all in 1st District this province. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


RACE to Serve Fun Run to kick-off 112th Civil Service anniversary in Butuan City

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Aug 13 (PIA) -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC)-Caraga Region will host a fun run as part of the 112th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA) here on September 7, 2012.

The 112th PCSA's theme is “Kawani, Ikaw ay Isang Lingkod Bayani.” CSC-Caraga Regional Director Adams Torres said the activity will be participated in by different line agencies of the government in Caraga region.

The official further said the assembly area is at the provincial capitol grounds, Capitol Compound, Butuan City and to end at the Butuan City Sports Complex. "The fun run will start at exactly 5 a.m. Therefore, all participants are requested to be at the assembly area at 4:30 a.m. in their running attire, or they may also use their agency shirt," Torres said.

A Dance for Health (HATAW) and the ceremonial releasing of balloons will also take place to signal the opening of the celebration.

All agencies are encouraged to bring their own streamer and a minimum of 10 flying balloons to be used during the activity, Torres said.

The official also explained that as pursuant to CSC Memorandum Circular 11, series of 2012, all participating agencies are granted to a compensatory time off during the conduct of the activity.

Those who want to know more of the activity may contact Mr. Ross Francis L. Atillo at (085) 342-6089 or 815-3370 of CSC Caraga Management Service Division, Torres said. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte Gov Matugas survives assassination attempt; 2 escorts hurt

By Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO CITY, Aug. 13 (PIA) -- Gov. Sol Matugas this morning survived an assassination attempt allegedly perpetrated by a former barangay official. Her two security escorts and court security guard were wounded in the incident, a police report said.

Police Senior Inspector Diomedes Cudra said around 8:15 this morning in front of Bulwagan ng Katarungan at the provincial capitol grounds while the flag ceremony was about to end, Samuel Lapac, 69, a former barangay captain, armed with .45 caliber pistol fired towards the direction where the provincial governor was sitting. Immediately, one of her escorts, PO2 Ronie Goles, shielded her and safely vacated from the said place and fired back towards the suspect.

Goles was hit in the right upper back portion, right upper arm and left side of the neck. His fellow security escort, PO2 Jerson Camingue Guidulman was hit in the leg, while court security guard Raymar Quinonez, was hit in the right shoulder. They were rushed at the Surigao Medical Center.

The suspect also sustained two gunshot wounds on his right upper back and right upper arm and was taken to the hospital but was discharged around noon time and is now detained at the Surigao City police office.

The police recovered eight pieces of empty shells of .45 caliber together with one piece metal jacket and one piece of live ammos of same caliber firearm. Filing of appropriate case against the suspect is now being prepared for filing in court.

Although unharmed, the lady governor has already recovered from shock as of press time. (FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Mindanao biz group urged to ‘give back’ for the environment

BUTUAN CITY, Aug 13 (PIA) -- Delegates to the recently-concluded largest annual gathering of business leaders from across Mindanao were urged to take active stance in helping save the island-region’s environment from further degradation.

At the closing of the 21st Mindanao Business Conference held here recently, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chair Secretary Luwalhati Antonino sought the active participation of the business sector in setting industry standards for green technology.

Antonino also asked Mindanao's key business players to sustain efforts for environmental initiatives through their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, during her speech at the concluding day of the conference,

“Mindanao is host to eight of the major river basins in the country,” said Antonino, adding that major industries in Mindanao rely on these bodies of water for commercial and other purposes.

She said that Mindanao’s environment is now facing serious challenges over decades of wanton logging, unregulated mining activities, illegal fishing practices, and unsustainable manufacturing activities by extractive industries.

“Damage brought on Mindanao’s rich natural environment range from moderate to severe, some of which are irreparable,” said Antonino, citing data from the Mindanao 2020 Peace and Development Framework Plan (Mindanao 2020), Mindanao’s long-term peace and development roadmap formulated by MinDA in partnership with key line government agencies, private sector, and civil society groups across the island-region.

Furthermore, Antonino said that Mindanao suffers from rotating brownouts owing to the critical condition of watersheds in Lanao del Norte and Bukidnon where the Agus and Pulangi hydro power plants are located.

With only 23% forest cover left as of 2003, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) disclosed earlier that Mindanao has already lost two thirds of its total forest cover over the years.

This problem has long been neglected, according to Antonino, pushing MinDA to put together the MindaNOW Nurturing Our Waters (MindaNOW) Program that seeks to integrate and harmonize a ridge-to-reef approach in managing and developing the island-region’s watersheds and river basins.

“The MindaNOW Program provides platforms for public-private convergence and this is where multi-national companies and local business players can come in,” said Antonino.

Antonino added that MindaNOW stakeholders all over Mindanao have started to plant trees in support to the National Greening Program of President Benigno S. Aquino III being led by DENR.

The program aims to plant 1.5-billion trees covering about 1.5-million hectares nationwide by 2016.

“Here in Mindanao we don’t just plant the trees; we make sure they grow,” she said, citing tree-growing and adoption of watershed or mangrove areas as some of the activities that the Mindanao business sector can support.

Antonino said that the environment is everybody’s concern, calling also local government units (LGUs) and civil society organizations to get involved.

“There’s a need for shared responsibility and accountability to protect and rehabilitate Mindanao’s heavily degraded environment. We need to do something now before it’s too late,” she said.

In 2011, approximately forty-one percent (41%) of Mindanao’s land area was devoted to agriculture and one-third or close to thirty-five percent (35%) of its labor force is employed in agro-industry, fishery, and forestry sectors in 2010.

The island-region contributes more than one-third to the national food requirements, producing many of the country’s top export commodities such as coconut, banana, pineapple, tuna, and other marine, aquaculture, and inland fish products.

Among the island-region’s top export destinations are the United States, Netherlands, Japan, China, South Korea and Singapore. (NCLM/MinDA/PIA-Caraga)


News Feature: TEN Moves built schools for Sendong-hit CdO and Iligan

By Danny Escabarte

MANILA, Aug 13 (PIA) -- Many were surprised and caught unprepared when typhoon Sendong hit the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. The typhoon destroyed vital infrastructures, sources of livelihood, not to mention precious lives lost in the tragedy.

However, Sendong failed to extinguish people’s hope and determination of moving on. After the series of relief operations has been launched, rehabilitation efforts commenced. Damaged schools have been repaired while new classrooms were built.

In Indahag National High School, Cagayan de Oro city, a two-storey, four-classroom school building is about to be finished.

TEN Moves! (The Entire Nation Moves) and various donors built the school in Indahag to accommodate additional students displaced by Typhoon Sendong. In Balulang Elementary School, Sendong’s ground zero in Cagayan de Oro, another two-storey, four-classroom school building is ongoing construction. The new school building is being funded by Filipino-American rap icon Apl.de.ap through his “We Can Be Anything Campaign,” and the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF). Both are active partners of TEN Moves.

TEN Moves will also conduct a groundbreaking for two-storey, four-classroom school building at Angelico Medina Memorial Elementary School in Iligan City. CLSA, a US-based company will fund the new school building. A campaign to raise enough resources to build 10,000 classrooms all over the Philippines, TEN Moves’ main strategy is to involve two million people to donate P10 per day for 10 months. The target is to raise P6Billion by October 2012 to build the 10,000 classrooms.

The classroom construction effort of TEN Moves is being implemented by the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City. TEN Moves is part of Bayanihang Pampaaralan of the 57-75 Education Reform Movement, an alliance of organizations composed of the: PBSP, Ateneo Center for Educational Development, Eugenia Apostol Foundation, League of Corporate Foundations, Philippine Business for Education and Synergia Foundation.

TEN Moves’ fundraising campaign is being managed by Ayala Foundation, Inc., and will turn over all donations to PBSP, who will oversee the implementation of classroom construction on behalf of the 57-75 Education Reform Movement. (NCLM/PBSP-MRO/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: Reg’l convention para HR Practitioners inihanda sa Butuan

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Agosto 13 (PIA) -- Ang 9th Regional Convention para sa lahat ng human resource practitioners ay gaganapin dito ngayong Setyembre 19 hanggang 20 sa Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, sa pangunguna ng Caraga Regional Council of Human Resource Managers, Incorporated (CRCHRMI), sa pakikipagtulungan ng Civil Service Commission (CSC).

Ang convention sa taong ito ay pangungunahan ng Council of HRM – Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter.

Sa kanyang mensahe, sinabi ni Luz Dumanon, CRCHRMI Agusan del Norte-Butuan City chapter president na ang dalawang araw na convention ay may temang “Revitalizing Human Resource Practitioners towards Global Challenges.”

“Ito ay may layuning magbigay ng tugon sa pangangailangan ng maayos na serbisyo publiko. Ito ay dadaluhan din ng pangalawang pangulo Jejomar “Jojo” Binay Sr. bilang keynote speaker,” ani Dumanon.

Ang mga partisipante ay kailangang magbayad ng P2,500 para sa kanilang registration fee para sa kanilang snack, tanghalian at mga training materials.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, maaari silang tumawag CRCHRMI Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter sa numerong: (085) 342-3574 o 342-3522. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: CSC magsasagawa ng sunod-sunod na seminar sa buwan ng Agosto

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Agosto 13 (PIA) -- Pangungunahan ng Civil Service Commission (CSC) ang sunod-sunod na seminar para sa supervisory development course (Module 1) enhancing personal effectiveness ngayong Agosto 16 hanggang 17 at revised rules on administrative cases in the civil service (RRACCS) na gaganapin naman ngayong Agosto 23 hanggang 24 sa CSC Human Resource Development Center, Doongan Road, sa lungsod na ito.

Ayon kay CSC-Caraga Regional Director Adams Torres, ang unang seminar ay inihanda para sa mga division chiefs at mga opisyales na siyang gumagawa ng critical mass sa operasyon ng kanilang mga plano at programa sa kani-kanilang mga organisasyon.

Aniya, ang seminar ay magbibigay ng kaalaman sa mga partisipante sa managerial supervision at administrative skills at techniques.

Idinagdag din ni Torress na ang pangalawang seminar (RRACCS) ay inihanda upang madagdagan ang pagiging epektibo ng mga partisipante sa pagbibigay ng administrative justice sa kanilang ahensya; paglalagay ng panibagong alitun-tunin (RRACCS) sa parihong disciplinary at non-disciplinary cases na ilalagak sa ahensya; pag-unawa at pagbibigay halaga sa procedural guidelines na siyang namamahala sa disposition ng civil service cases.

Ang registration fee para sa unang seminar ay P2, 500 kasama dito ang lunch/snack at training kit samantala, ang RRACCS ay P2,700 kasama narin ang lunch/snack at training kit.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, maaari silang magpunta sa CSC-Caraga regional office o maaari din silang tumawag sa mga sumusunod na numero: (085) 225-6097 0 342-6089. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Aquino mapasalamaton sa mga volunteers sa gihimo niini nga pagtabang pagpreparar og family food packs alang sa mga biktima

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Agosto 13 (PIA) –Gipadayag ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III kagahapon Domingo ang iyang dakong pasalamat ngadto sa liboan ka mga estudyante ug mga propesyunal nga miboluntaryo sa ilang oras aron morepake ug moapod-apod sa mga family packs aron matabangan ang mga pamilya nga naapektuhan sa mga pagbaha.

Atubangan sa mokabat 700 ka mga volunteers nga busy nagrepake sa mga nagkalain-laing mga produkto sa pagkaon nga sa dili madugay ipang-apod-apod ngadto sa mga biktima didto sa National Resource Operation Center sa Department of Social Welfare and Development didto sa Pasay City, matud pa sa Pangulo nga panahon na aron mapasalamatan ang maong mga volunteers, diin pinaagi sa ilang mga paningkamot, aron maipakita sa ilang isig ka Filipino ang pagmahal ug pagbate nga wala sila mag-inusara.

“‘Yung lahat ng natulungan nating mga kababayan…‘pag natatanggap po itong mga relief packs na hinanda niyo, nadarama nila ang pagmamahal ng kapwa nila Pilipino. Nadarama nilang hindi sila nag-iisa, may kadamay sila sa trahedyang ito,” matud pa sa Pangulo.

“Ako naman po, sa mga volunteers, gusto ko lang i-acknowledge kayong lahat,” dugang pa niya.

Pipila sa mga volunteers ang mga miyembro sa nagkalain-laing mgaorganisasyon sama sa Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines: University of Perpetual Help, Las Piñas campus; Samahan ng mga Kababaihan ng Antipolo City; Federation of Student Government of Makati; Asian Institute of Management; Philippine Star; Gatos and Reyes family; Philippine Air Force; Union Transport Incorporated Shared Services;

Camp Crame Police Community Relations; University of Makati; Globe; Kababaihan Truly Cares; Our Lady of Airways Parish Church; Life Faith in Jesus Ministry; Office of Pasay City Hall; Civil Defense Action Group ug ang I-Serve Quezon City; Calixto Forever Movement; Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries sa Barangay 196 Parañaque; Salsatrends Urdaneta Makati; Don Bosco, Muntinlupa; ug 7-11.
Ang Pangulo miingon nga matud DSWD, ang mga volunteers nakarepake na og mokabat 129,170 ka mga food packs uban ang 101,338 nga naapod-apod na ngadto sa mga biktima.

“Sa ngalan ng sambayanan, maraming-maraming salamat po. Kapag may trahedya doon natin nakikita ang kagalingan ng Pilipino...kung saan ang kapwa nagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Ulit, sa ngalan po ng bansa, sa ngalan po ng ating mga kababayan, talagang malaking-malaking pasasalamat po sa bawat isa sa inyo,” sa iyang panapos nga pamahayag. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)