PIA News Service - Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Gov't troops planted 200 trees on their 38 founding anniv

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, August 7 (PIA) -- The Valorian troops of 36th Infantry Battalion (36IB), Philippine Army under the command of LTC Joseph Norwin Pasamonte spearheaded the “Tree Growing” activity in celebration of their 38th Founding Anniversary.

Capt. Rowel Caacbay, Civil Military Operation Officer said the activity held at the newly created Ecopark located in Barangay San Jose, Tandag City, successfully planted a total of 200 assorted fruit bearing trees in coordination with the Philippine National Police, Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPAg), Tandag Inter Fraternity and Sorority Association (TIFSA) and the barangay Council of Dayo-an, Tago.

The activity is in support to the National Greening Program of the Aquino administration aimed to plant 1.5 billion trees by 2016.

Meanwhile, Caacbay also said that prior to their 38th founding anniversary activities, the troops conducted mass feeding and free haircut services to Tabon-tabon Elementary School and Dayo-an Elementary School as well as to the local residents. A total of 368 elementary pupils and some civilian residents in the area availed the free hair cut services.

Also, in time of the celebration, 247 soldiers and their dependents received a certification from TESDA for completing their trainings on the following short courses: Meat processing; Defensive Driving; Coconut by products; Automotive Servicing and Personal Computer operations. (RER/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Eligibilities of the May 27, 2012 CSC Carga CSE passers conferred

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 7 (PIA) -- The passers of Career Service Examination Paper and Pencil Test (CSE-PPT) held on May 27, 2012 here in Caraga attended the Conferment of Eligibilities to successful passers on Monday, August 6, 2012 at the CSC Caraga HRDC Center, Doongan Road, Butuan City.

162 passers were conferred for the CSE-PPT Professional eligibility and 19 passers for the Sub-Professional.

The Examination Services Division (ESD) spearheaded the conferment program, which included an orientation on the different eligibilities under special laws. (RER/NLM/CSC/PIA-Caraga)


Hospital in Agusan del Sur receives new donated medical facilities

By Icey Mercado

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Aug. 7 (PIA) -- The D. O. Plaza Memorial Hospital (DOPMH) received some 438,000 U.S. dollars worth of medical facilities and supplies yesterday, August 6, 2012, from a foreign donor to augment the existing facilities of the hospital while the expansion is going on.

The medical facilities that include three X-ray machines, 20 hospital beds and medical supplies were donated by the World Medical Relief through the intervention of Agusan del Sur Governor Adolph Edward Plaza.

Provincial Health Officer and Head of the DOPMH, Dr. Joel Esparagoza said the provincial hospital has only 100 beds capacity but admittance of patients reach up to 160, the reason why DOPMH is presently expanding its building with around 50 beds capacity.

“Every now and then, patients from all over the province and other neighboring provinces reached up to 160 to 170, and we are committed to extend medical services to them. And with that number of patients, our facilities are very lacking and our governor know this situation. That is the reason why he did his best so that we can acquire additional facilities to augment the facilities we have at the DOPMH especially that the construction of the hospital building is on-going. We really need additional equipments and facilities,” Dr. Esparagoza said.

Dr. Joel Esparagoza said DOPMH is a certified secondary hospital (100 beds capacity). Early last year, the construction of a P75 million extension started with 50 beds capacity, excluding the costs of its modern medical facilities. This will address the increasing needs of the people in Agusan del Sur and the neighboring provinces. With its present set up, DOPMH is also serving patients from Surigao del Sur and Compostela Valley province. (RER/DMS/Prov'l. Info. Office/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Tagalog news: Administrasyong Aquino determinadong palakasin ang pundasyon ng agrikultura sa bansa

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Agosto 7 (PIA) -- Ang pamahalaan ay determinadong palakasin ang pundasyon ng agricultura sa bansa ani Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa kanyang mensahe na inihatid ni Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chair Sec. Luwalhati Antonino.

Ito ay sinabi ng Pangulo sa mensaheng binasa ni Sec. Antonino sa pagtatapos ng 21st Mindanao Business Conference na ginanap kamakailan sa isa sa mga lokal na hotel dito.

Ayon sa Pangulo, ang Mindanao ay pangunahing pinagmumulan ng mga produktong pang-angrikultura at ang karagdagang pagpapalawak ng produksyon ng agrikultura ay magiging daan upang tumaas at maging dekalidad ang mga produkto, at mas competitive agri-business, mas malawakang pinagmumulan ng agrikulturang produkto, at sa huli masisiguro natin ang seguridad ng pagkain ng mga Pilipino.

“Kaugnay nito, kami ay determinadong palakasin ang proteksyon na kinakailangan ng kalikasan at integridad ng lupain,” ani Aquino.

Samantala, binigyang diin din ng Pangulo ang Executive Order 79 na susuporta sa sustainable growth ng sektor ng pagmimina. Aniya, ang kautusan ay naglalayong magtayo ng gabay at reporma na sumisiguro sa proteksyon ng kalikasan, at nag-uutos sa responsableng pagmimina sa lahat ng mining enterprises.

“Ang proseso na ating natamo ay maisasakatuparan lang kung ang ating mamamayan at ang mga sumusunod na henerasyon ng Pilipino ay aani sa mga benepisyo na ginawa natin ngayon,” ani Pangulong Aquino.

Dagdag din ng Pangulo na sa paglalagay ng flagship program, aniya, ang pamahalaan ay pinagtitibay din ang kanilang pangako: “on the straight and righteous path, and no one is left behind.”

Sa katotohanan nito, sinabi ni Pangulong Aquino na ang pamahalaan ay patuloy na nililinis ang burukrasya upang mawala ang kurapsyon at ang mga hindi makatotohanan sa pamahalaan at komunidad. Idinagdag din ng Pangulo na ito ay nakamit sa pamamagitan ng pagsisikap ng pamahalaan sa pagtatayo ng mga negosyo “upang masiguro ang social justice, security, at market stability na maging negosyo.”

"Ang pagsisikap ninyo na gumawa ng lugar para sa trade, commerce, at ang kaalaman na maging maunlad ay nagpapahiwatig sa pananaw ng makatotohanang paglago ng ekonomiya at kaunlaran, hindi lang para sa business players at enterprises, kundi pati na ang pagkapantay-pantay ng mga tao sa Mindanao,” ani Pangulong Aquino.

Dahil dito, ang chief executive ng bansa ay nananawagan sa lahat ng partisipante, kahit ano man ang kanilang mga trabaho o mga paniniwala, political affiliation at economic stance, religion o race na tumayo at magkakapit-bisig kung saan sila ay hahakbang diretso sa tamang landas patungong pantay na paglago.

“Tayong lahat ay nakikipagsapalaran sa Mindanao, at sa Pilipinas na mas patas, payapa, at mas progresibo. Binubuksan na po namin ang kawalan ng pag-asa na minsan ay humahati sa ating bansa. Ngayon, hinaharap po natin ang araw ng oportunidad, ang kaayusan sa ipinangakong lugar,” ani Pangulo.

Ang Mindanao Business Conference ay isang oportunidad para sa mga ahensya na magsalita sa iisang boses sa pinaka importanteng economic policy concerns kung saan itatampok ang aktibidad sa pormal na presentasyon ng Mindanao Business Policy Agenda sa tanggapan ng Pangulo ng Pilipinas.

Ito ay magsisilbi rin na official business conference ng Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) para sa Mindanao at isa sa pinakamalaking PCCI business conference na naaayon sa numero ng mga partisipante, senior business leaders, miyembro ng chambers of commerce, government policymakers, investors at foreign trading partners. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Malacañang gipasabot ang adbokasiya ni Pangulo Aquino alang sa responsible parenthood, ug supak siya sa aborsyon

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Agosto 7 (PIA) -- Supak si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa aborsyon sukwahi sa giingon sa mga grupo sa anti-Reproductive Health (RH) bill nga siya walay pagkabili sa kinabuhi ug dignidad sa matag isig katawo, matud sa opisyales sa Palasyo kagahapon Lunes.

"The President is against abortion. There has been disinformation going around that the President is for abortion,"matud ni Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda atol sa regular press briefing didto sa Malacañang kagahapon.

Gipasiugdahan sa Pangulo ang sugyot sa responsible parenthood aron mahatagan ang katawhan sa saktong impormasyon mahitungod sa family planning aron sila makadesisyon og maayo sa kadaghanon sa ilang pamilya, matud ni Lacierda.

Dugang pa ni Lacierda nga gibutyag na sa Pangulo ang iyang five-point position mahitungod sa responsible parenthood.

"President Aquino wants natural family planning centers (to be) established just to allay the fears that the President has taken a position one way.... It is again a decision on us, on the parents to choose—number one, that you will be informed of the manner and method of family planning and that we will provide you help along that way. In that manner, the President has advocated the establishment of natural family planning centers," matud pa niya.

"Para lang ipaalam sa publiko na wala pong preference po ang Presidente one way or the other. It’s the fact that we need to inform the public of an information campaign, as to the manner of family planning," si Lacierda miingon.

Giseguro usab ni Lacierda ngadto sa publiko nga ang gikonsiderar ni Pangulong Aquino ang mga kabalaka sa mga Katolikong Obispo sa dihang iyang giduso ang balaodnon sa Responsible Parenthood Bill ngadto sa Kongreso. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)