PIA News Service - Sunday, August 5, 2012


Good governance lead to lasting growth-PNoy

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 5 (PIA) -- President Aquino pointed out that good and conscientious governance will lead to inclusive and lasting growth for the country.

During Saturday’s culmination ceremony of the 21st Mindanao Business Conference held in one of the local hotels here, the President’s speech, delivered by Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chair Sec. Luwalhati Antonino emphasized that good governance affects the lives of the people for the better, and empowers them to fulfill their deepest aspirations.

Sec. Antonino said more than a week ago, the President spoke before his Bosses, the Filipino people, and before the world, saying “Posible na ang imposible (The impossible becomes possible).”

“What was once thought impossible is turning into tangible realities for our countrymen. Our Conditional Cash Transfer program which has kept three million Filipino families from starvation and abject poverty and which has kept 4.57 poor Filipino children in school, to peace and development throughout Mindanao,” she said.

Antonino further said the country’s roadmap for peace, progress, and prosperity for Mindanao is laid out in the Mindanao 2020 Peace and Development Framework, which seeks to ensure sustainable economic development by protecting Mindanao’s natural resources for its people and safeguarding interdependence and cooperation among communities.

Also, the MinDA chief said as a result, the positive work done leads to stability and economic advancement, igniting a virtuous cycle where empowered communities strengthen its members and other communities in the economic, social, and political fronts.

Clearly, Antonino added, the stability and development of Mindanao is a vital cornerstone of our nation-building agenda.

The President, through Sec. Antonino also said finding ways to attain reliable and sustainable power supply for Mindanao, the government is determined to address the need of a growing Mindanao economy.

“As more students and more families in Mindanao gain access to electricity, we see a Mindanao reaching its fullest potential: a land of luminous dreams fulfilled, where the darkness of strife and instability is only but a shadowy memory,” Antonino said.

This year’s Mindanao Business Conference is anchored on the theme: “Invest Mindanao: Towards a more inclusive, progressive and greener future.” The event is hosted by the local government units of this city and the province of Agusan del Norte, as well as the Butuan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (BCCIFI). (RER/PIA-Caraga)


17th PCR month affirms police,community partnership toward peaceful community

By PO1 Ryan C Cagula

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 5 (PIA) -- As the month-long celebration of Police Community Relations concluded, personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other sectors were recognized for their exceptional dedication in harnessing public cooperation towards the attainment of a peaceful and orderly community on July 30, 2012.

This year’s theme, “Matatag Na Ugnayan Ng Mamamayan At Kapulisan Tungo Sa Mapayapa At Ligtas Na Pamayanan,” affirms the importance of partnership between the police and community in the overall scheme of crime prevention. Leading the celebration was the National Police Commission (NaPolCom) with the PNP as the implementing agency.

Among the awardees were DXBC-Radio Mindanao Network, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Agusan del Norte, Bislig City Police Station, Nasipit Police Station, Rey Brangan of PNP Press Corps , PInsp Philip Abapo, SPO1 Francisco Florinosos, PO3 Jennifer Ometer, PO1 Genco Popera, and PO1 Ramil Diaz.

On her message, the guest of honor and speaker, OIC-Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), emphasized that cooperation between the PNP and the public is vital in deterring criminality to continuously achieve a stable and peaceful society.

“The partnership between the police and the community plays a truly critical role in the total effort of the Philippine National Police to reduce the incidence of crimes,” she said.

The celebration has ended but Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 and people from Caraga continue working on the same advocacy of making a safer and more progressive Caraga region. (NCLM/PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)


DILG 13 to host reg'l forum on DRR-CCA river basin collaboration

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 5 (PIA) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 13 will host the “Regional Forum on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)” for the Agusan River Basin Collaborative Workshop on August 23 at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, Butuan City.

The topic will be on how to build disaster-free and resilient local government units (LGUs) along the major river basin (MRB).

Through the Local Government Academy (LGA) in partnership with Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID), the workshop will provide a venue to build proactive communities focused on harmonized efforts and ladderized initiatives to effectively address the threats of disasters and climate change.

This regional forum is spearheaded by Senator Loren Legarda in connection to her proposed Philippine River Basin System Administration Act of 2012, which would operationalize the efforts of LGUs along the Agusan River Basin to initiate efforts in climate change adaptation and disaster readiness.

Senator Legarda will be coming to Butuan City to discuss the purpose of LGU convergence and river basin management in Agusan River with waters flowing from identified LGUs in Region 11.

Lilibeth A. Famacion, vice-chairperson for Disaster Preparedness of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) said that the regional forum will pave the way for cooperation among LGUs to prepare communities for disasters.

Participating in this workshop are local chief executives of selected LGUs in Region 13 and Region 11, Sangguniang Bayan/Panlungsod/Panlalawigan – Chair on Environment, Provincial/City/Municipal Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) federation presidents, P/C/M Liga ng mga barangay presidents, disaster risk reduction and management officers, Regional Development Council (RDC) members, and the private sectors composed of the non-government organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, church representatives, and the business sectors.

In Region 13, the LGUs included are the municipalities of Bunawan, Esperanza, La Paz, Loreto, Prosperidad, Rosario, San Francisco, San Luis, Sibagat, Talacogon, Trento, and Bayugan City of Agusan del Sur province; and the Municipalities of Buenavista and Las Nieves, including Butuan City of Agusan del Norte province.

While in Region 11, the identified LGUs are the municipalities of Compostella, Monkayo, Montevista, Nabunturan, New Bataan, Pantukan, San Mariano, and San Vicente of Compostella Valley province and the municipalities of Boston and Cateel of Davao Oriental province.

The above-mentioned target participants are those that already have working knowledge on the basics of DRR and CCA.

They will converge to arrive at a common action agenda in crafting a roadmap for creating a dynamic river basin, which will mitigate and prevent disasters and at the same time protect the communities living in those affected areas. (NCLM/DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)