9.21.2012

PIA News Service - Friday, September 21, 2012

Surigao del Sur free from Red Tide Toxin, BFAR says

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 21 (PIA) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Caraga has released the latest Shellfish Bulletin No. 22 dated September 14, 2012, baring that Surigao del Sur is negative from red tide toxin.

According to BFAR, based on laboratory results, all shellfish around the area of Surigao del Sur is safe for human consumption.

However, shellfish from the waters of Dumanquillas Bay, Zamboanga del Sur; Murchelagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte; Misamis Occidental and coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison, and all kinds of shellfish are not safe for consumption.

With these developments, BFAR reminded the people to beware from consuming shellfish from the infected areas. They also said fish, squid, shrimps and crabs are safe to eat but must be properly prepared and provided that the fish is fresh and washed thoroughly. Internal organs, gills and its intestines must also be removed before cooking.

The country's fish bureau said that people must be vigilant in buying seafood in the market to avoid any complications. (RER/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Elderly Filipino Week celeb set in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept 21 (PIA) -- The Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) here is once again spearheading this year’s Elderly Filipino Week celebration on October 1-6.

OSCA Chief Imelda Mupas-Nonan said this is celebrated nationwide under Proclamation No. 470, declaring the first week of October of every year as Linggo ng Katandaang Pilipino (Elderly Filipino Week).

Said celebration will kick off on October 1 with “Jog for Health” activity from the Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol’s covered court to the Guingona Park, where the "Hataw" exercise and a short program will follow.

In the afternoon of the same day, senior citizens will be participating in the "Elderlympics" and "Pabibo Day."

Games and sports are prepared for them. These will be held at the Butuan-by-the-River area for indoor games and at the fire department’s basketball court for the outdoor games.

On October 2, a medical mission will be held at the Guingona Park, this city, which will start at 7 a.m.

On October 3, the general public is encouraged to witness the senior citizens’ table setting/food presentation/food-carving contest at the provincial capitol’s covered court here.

On October 4, a cultural show by the senior citizens will be presented at the multipurpose hall/sports center in Barangay Doongan, this city.

Meanwhile, the celebration will culminate with a motorcade within the city thoroughfares and will convene at the provincial capitol’s covered court for a short program. (RER/JPG/PIA-Caraga)



Caraga Region Institute of Peace to be launched on Sept. 21

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 21 (PIA) -- The Caraga Region Institute of Peace (CRIP) will be launched on September 21 at the Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU) Cantilan Campus, in line with the observance of the International Day of the United Nations.

Said launching will be attended by almost 2,000 students of the SDSSU, sectoral leaders, guests and local government unit officials.

The CRIP is a nonprofit institution aimed to create and establish civic engagement, education and leadership development opportunities for the people of Caraga, to support peace initiatives at the grassroots level, and advocate for policies that support peace and unity.

Its mission is to uphold and advocate learning; develop leadership and service; cultivate political awareness, human rights; and bring about a more peaceful Caraga region in the context of cultural identity and understanding through technological advancement.

CRIP Chairperson and Executive Director Rex Ybañez said the CRIP intends to improve the people’s leadership, cooperative problem solving and critical thinking skills that will aid them become future leaders through peace and human rights education.

“CRIP also aims to improve people’s understanding of cultural differences and similarities and increase their respect and appreciation of diversity, help people develop trusting relationships and begin friendships across and beyond their ethnicity, and assist people explore their role in fostering positive change in their community,” said Ybañez.

Each year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. (RER/JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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DILG provides water system in Veruela, AgSur under SALINTUBIG Program

By Engr. Renelou F. Jaranilla

BUTUAN CITY, Sept 21 (PIA) -- The groundbreaking ceremony of the Water Supply System project under the 2012 Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG) Program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga was held in Barangay Poblacion, Veruela, Agusan del Sur.

The SALINTUBIG program is designed to provide water supply systems for waterless municipalities.

It is also intended to enhance capacities of local government units (LGUs) and water service providers in planning, implementation, operation and management of water supply facilities in a sustainable manner. The program is a joint undertaking of the DILG, Department of Health (DOH) and the National Anti-Poverty Commission.

DILG’s grant amounted to P7 million, with counterparts from DOH and the local government of Veruela, Agusan del Sur.

This is a grant given to LGUs awarded with the Department’s Seal of Good Housekeeping, being one of the requirements to be considered as beneficiary of the project. DILG applauded the Municipality of Veruela, Agusan del Sur for the implementation of the project which is a presidential priority project on water.

The groundbreaking ceremony was graced by Veruela Municipal Mayor Salimar T. Mondejar and DILG Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion.

In his message, Mayor Mondejar said the water system project will be successfully sustained to ensure provision of water in Brgy. Poblacion. Mondejar also expressed high hopes that other barangays will also be recipients of the SALINTUBIG program. He assured his constituents that all transactions done on the said project passed through public bidding so that there is transparency.

Once completed, the project will provide clean water supply for domestic use of residents in barangays Sampaguita and Poblacion, which have 810 households beneficiaries. This will also ensure safe potable water for all.

Director Lilibeth A. Famacion said in her message that the DILG is always pleased to see that it had contributed something for the development of the LGUs and that the water supply system project would bring convenience and good health to the people of Veruela. (DILG-13/RER/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: Apat na day-care centers, nakahandang isalin sa mga barangay sa buwang ito

Ni David M. Suyao

PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, Set 21 (PIA) -- Apat na "day care centers" ang nakahandang isalin sa iba't ibang barangay sa buwang ito bilang bahagi ng 30 centers na ginagawa at tatapusin sa taong ito para maisalin sa mga barangay sa anim na bayan sa unang distrito ng lalawigan.

Ang proyektong ito ay galing sa pinagsamang pondo ng pamahalaang panlalawigan, kay Cong. Maria Valentina Plaza, ng mga bayan kung saan matatagpuan ang mga barangay na ginawan ng day-care centers, at ng "Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation-Integrated Development Center (JPIC-IDC)."

Ayon sa ulat ni Melvin Osorio, representante ng JPIC-IDC, ang mga day-care centers na ito ay matatagpuan sa Barangay Sto. Nino at Mt. Olive sa lungsod ng Bayugan, Batohon, sa bayan ng Esperanza, at Kauswagan sa bayan ng Talacogon.

Noong nakaraang buwan, tatlong day-care centers ang naisalin sa Barangay Tag-oyango sa bayan ng Sibagat at Barangay Gamao at Mabuhay sa lungsod ng Bayugan.

Bilang proyekto ng pinagsama-samang pondo, ang pagpagawa ng 30 na day-care centers ay galing sa priority development fund ni Cong. Maria Valentina Plaza na nagkahalaga ng P17 milyon o 67 porsyento, sa pamahalaang panlalawigan na 12 porsyento o P3 milyon, sa pamahalaang bayan na 10 porsyento o P2.5 milyon at sa JPIC-IDC na 12 porsyento rin o P3 milyon.

“Ang pagpapintura ng gusali ay hindi kasali sa kontrata na ginawa ng Department of Public Works and Highways kaya kami ay nakikiusap na lamang sa mga konseho ng barangay na sila na mismo ang gumastos para sa pagpapintura na kanikanilang mga day- care centers,” sabi ni Osorio.

Ang limang bayan at mga barangay kung saan itinatayo kabuuan ng mga day care center na ito ay matatagpuan sa bayan ng Sibagat na may tatlong barangay, Esperanza na may lima, lungsod ng Bayugan na may lima rin, Prosperidad na may anim, Talacogon na may lima at San Luis na may anim na barangay. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano news: Palasyo kompiyansado sa pagresolba sa mga isyu sa bag-ong mining policy

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Sept 21 (PIA) -- Ang Malacañang mipadayag og kumpiyansa nga maresolba niini ang migawas nga mga isyu gikan sa mining stakeholder mahitungod sa mga implementing rules and regulations (IRR) sa bag-ong mining policy sa administrasyong Aquino.

Sa press conference didto sa Malacañang kagahapon, si Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ramon Carandang miingon nga ilang gitan-aw og maayo ang mga kasibot nga gipadayag sa Chamber of Mines of the Philippines nga ang Section 99 sa IRR usa ka illegal ug posibleng makaapekto unya sa mga plano nga mga pamuhunan sa maong industriya.

Gipahimangnoan sa Chamber of Mines ang gobyerno nga posible kining mawad-an sa P16-bilyon investment target alang sa industriya sa mina tungod sa pipila ka mga probisyon sa maong bag-ong kamandoan sa pagmina.

Sa iyang pagpasabot sa habig sa gobyerno sa maong isyu, si Carandang miingon, “Once these issues are ironed out, we believe that we will have a clear set of rules with little ambiguity that will encourage mining companies to come in.”

“We’re aware of the concerns and we’re discussing it in the MICC Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) as to whether or not those concerns may have some basis.”

Matud pa sa opisyales sa Palasyo nga ang rason ngano ang mga puhunan wala mahiadto sa sektor sa mina tungod sa dili klaro nga mga patakaran ug regulasyon sa mining sector.

Matud ni Carandang nga naningkamot ang gobyerno aron makahimo og usa ka plastado nga mga patakaran ubos sa Executive Order 79, nga maghatag dugang ka productibo ug responsableng mining operation dinhi sa nasod.

Matud pa ni Carandang nga ang Chamber of Mines gi-evaluate na sa mga miyembro sa MICC ug ang komunikasyon abli kanunay tali sa gobyerno ug sa mining sector.

“So I don’t see any need for the MICC as a whole to meet with the Chamber of Mines at this point. Give us time to look over the concerns that they have expressed and we will do what we can to address them,” dugang pa niya.

Matud pa usab ni Carandang nga ang pagpa-abot ngadto sa korte sa maong isyu dili makatabang,dugang pa niya nga ang pinakamaayong paagi aron mapadali ang pag-abante mao ang paglikay sa korte. (RER/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)