Quake infra damage: P1.9M in Surigao Norte
By Fryan E. Abkilan
SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 3 (PIA) -- The 7.7 earthquake that jolted some parts of the Visayas and Mindanao on Friday night has caused around P1.9 million damage to infrastructure and property in Surigao del Norte, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.
In its 6 a.m. Monday damage report, NDRRMC said a small house collapsed at Barangay Punta Bilar, three tension rods at the ceiling of the provincial gym were destroyed although no structural damage occurred, while several cracks were seen in a wall near the stairs of a hotel, all in Surigao City.
In Socorro town, two houses were partially damaged. Socorro Municipal Agriculturist Edilito Sangco also reported that although there was a stampede at the municipal gym where the opening night of the Siargao Division Math Festival was held, he said there were “no injuries so far.”
A public market in the municipality of San Isidro was declared “not safe for regular operations” after six of its columns were damaged. Several cracks in the flooring of their municipal gym were visible.
In Tagana-an, three houses collapsed and the town’s municipal and multi-purpose buildings developed several cracks. Also, although the Taganan-Libas concrete road showed cracks, it is still passable.
NDRRMC also reported that the boat landing at Barangay Alipao in Alegria was damaged and its riprap collapsed.
In Gigaquit, cracks were seen on the walls of the municipal town house and the entire wall of the rural health unit.
A column and a beam of a reservoir at Gigaquit Central Elementary School also developed several cracks.
Cracks were also observed on the walls of seven residential buildings, municipal, barangay, and school buildings in Tubod town. There were also cracks at the national bridge at Barangay Del Rosario, still in Tubod.
In Sta. Monica town, the NDRRMC said the walls and floors of the municipal hall and gym have developed cracks. Seawalls in Placer and Gen. Luna also developed several cracks.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines reported no damages in Siargao Airport, but they have requested the Department of Transportation and Communications to conduct further assessment to ensure the stability of the runway. Siargao Airport is located at the town of Del Carmen. (RER/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
DTI-Caraga briefs tri-media on the Helmet Law
By Jennifer P. Gaitano
BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 3 (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga headed by Regional Director Brielgo Pagaran briefed the local tri-media on Republic Act No. 10054 known as the “Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009,” held Monday at the DTI-Caraga conference room, this city.
Atty. Maria Aurora Curaza-Maquiling of DTI-Caraga, in coordination with the Land Transportation Office/Department of Transportation and Communications (LTO/DOTC) said, starting January 1, 2013, they will strictly implement the Motorcycle Helmet Act with corresponding penalties to motorists who will violate this law.
Maquiling also clarified that said law does not exempt "habal-habal" (motorcycles with more than five passengers) drivers/riders, but only tricycle drivers.
“Drivers of tricycles are exempted from complying with the mandatory wearing of motorcycle helmets as provided in this Act,” said Maquiling.
Also, DTI-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Gay Tidalgo said private motorists with surnames that start with letters “A – F” will now be accommodated in the whole month of September for the free stick-on of ICC stickers to helmets; “G – O” on October; and “P – Z” on November, while on December, DTI will be busy for the corporate requests for ICC stickers.
DTI also relayed that with this law, any person caught not wearing the standard protective motorcycle helmet in violation of this Act will be punished with a fine of P1,500 for the first offense; P3,000 for the second offense; P5,000 for the third offense; and P10,000 plus confiscation of the driver’s license for the fourth and succeeding offenses.
A fine of not less than P10,000 but not more than P20,000 will be charged to any seller and/or dealer who violates Section 5 of this Act while any person who uses, sells and distributes substandard motorcycle helmets or those that do not bear the Philippine Standard (PS) mark or the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) certificate will be punished with a fine of not less than P3,000 for the first offense and P5,000 for the second offense, without prejudice to other penalties imposed in Republic Act No. 7394 or the “Consumer Act of the Philippines.”
DTI also said tampering, alteration, forgery, and imitation of the PS mark and ICC certificates on helmets will be punished with a fine of not less than P10,000 but not more than P20,000, without prejudice to other penalties imposed in Republic Act No. 7394 or the “Consumer Act of the Philippines.”
It was also learned that only those previously used helmets are to be sticked-on by the DTI provincial offices while those helmets purchased on August 1, 2012 onwards must have already the ICC stickers from the supplier.
With this, DTI-Caraga is calling on the motorists to comply with the law for their own safety. (RER/JPG/PIA-Caraga)
Opapp holds series of activities for Peace Month
By Jennifer P. Gaitano
BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Sept 3 (PIA) -- The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp) will hold a series of activities with government agencies, non-government organizations, and private stakeholders this September with the observance of Peace Month.
The observance is anchored on the theme, “Ako. Ikaw. Tayo. Magkakaiba, Nagkakaisa sa Kapayapaan.”
The announcement was made during the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) Meeting chaired by Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr.
Eric Dela Torre, Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) Mindanao Director of Opapp said that in partnership with the People Power Volunteers for Reform and the Philippine Football Federation, a football clinic was held by the Philippine Azkals team members, as well as an opening ceremony with children from various localities in National Capital Region held in the morning, and Football Peace Cup exhibition game in the afternoon at the UP Diliman Football Field and Sunken Garden or Philippine Army Field at the Fort Bonifacio, as the observance of the Peace Month kicked-off on September 2.
A photo exhibit featuring the peace gains under the Aquino administration and Opapp’s milestones will also be displayed on the following schedules: September 2 to 8, SM Megamall; September 7 to 9, Robinson’s Galleria; September 9 to 15, SM Mall of Asia; Sept. 14 to 16, Shangri-la Mall; September 16 to 22, SM City North Edsa; September 23 to 29, SM Fairview; and September 28 to 30 at Glorietta.
On September 14, a campaign dubbed “I am for Peace” will also be launched. The campaign aims to build a new and wider network of constituency supporting the government’s efforts on peace. This will be launched in a simple ceremony with the various partners of Opapp.
The different components of the campaign will also be launched, namely: peace ambassadors; champions for peace; business partners for peace; I choose peace (i am for peace); and product peace.
Also, a festive celebration of the International Day of Peace dubbed, “Ka-peace-tahan” is also set on September 21 at the SM The Block North Edsa, Quezon City.
With this, the following will be conducted: job fair by the Department of Labor and Employment; Serbisyong Bayan booths for Bureau of Internal Revenue, Technical Education Skills Development Authority, Department of Health, National Bureau of Investigation, Department of Foreign Affairs, National Statistics Office, Philippine Health (PhilHealth) Insurance Corporation, Government Service Insurance System, Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or known as Pag-IBIG Fund, Land Transportation Office, and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) recruitment; and cultural performances and presentations during the opening program.
The “Team-Up for Peace” is set on September 23 at the Tagaytay Highlands, where a golf fundraising event targeted for Pamana areas in Bicol Region is to be organized.
Culminating the observance of the Peace Month is the holding of four simultaneous Peace Concerts in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and NCR. The concerts are organized in partnership with Rock Ed Philippines featuring local bands and artists in the country. A special feature also includes the participation of Peace Ambassadors.
With this development, Opapp also encouraged the local government units to initiate their own activities in line with the said observance. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)
PNPA cadets from the region calls on more youth to enter academy
By Noel B. Najarro
BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Sept 3 (PIA) -- Two female cadets from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) visited Caraga Region to promote the country’s premiere public safety institution for more prospective scholars for the opening of the school year.
The 21-year-old Cadet First Class Breccia Ruth Deloso of Lauraville Subd., Ochoa Ave., Butuan City and her classmate Cadet First Class Meldith Love Duero Almeda, of Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, both members of the PNPA’s “Tagapamagitan Class 2013” arrived at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, Brgy. Libertad, this city, Friday afternoon, to conduct information and promotional tour to some universities and other local learning institutions here, to encourage more prospective youths to enter the academy.
Deloso said that those who enter Philippine National Police Academy are considered government residential scholars. They will be staying at the academy until the completion of their course, receiving benefits and allowances befitting a government scholar.
The PNPA is under the oversight of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and is run under the auspices of Philippine Public Safety College. It offers the Bachelor of Science in Public Safety, offering course of instructions or subjects similar to those which were offered in typical colleges or universities.
During summers however according to her, they have to undergo specialized trainings like for example the “Special Weapons and Tactics” (SWAT), PNP Scout Trainings, Special Counter Insurgency, Waterborne, Air-to-Ground Seminar or the Jungle and Environmental Survival Training.
During their third Class cadetship, they will undergo the police intervention course and character development program. They are also privileged while in the academy, to have their regular Sunday worship based on their respective religious affiliations and trainings on society building, she added.
She said, as government scholars, they receive P24,000 per month while on training, P7,000 of which they can spend on whatever expenses during their studies. The rest of the amount are kept and can be withdrawn upon graduation from the academy.
Upon graduation, one will receive the rank of an “Inspector” (Lieutenant) and may choose to serve any of the tri-bureau services under the DILG; the PNP, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) or the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
To qualify for PNPA scholarship, a male or female applicant has to be a natural-born Filipino citizen, of good moral character, no financial obligations, single and no parental obligation, between 17-21 years old at the time of admission, preferably 5’4” in height for males and 5’2” for females except for indigenous people. The weight must not be more than or less than five kilograms of the standard weight corresponding to height, age and sex, and at least high school graduate. He or she must be able to pass the minimum required physical fitness exercises, must be physically and mentally fit for cadetship training, have no criminal, administrative or civil case and other derogatory record(s) and must not be a former PNPA cadet or the other services academies.
The application for Cadet Admission Test can be requested from any municipal, city, provincial or regional police offices or can be downloaded at the www.pnpa.edu.ph. Accomplished application together with a self-stamped window envelope can also be sent to the: The Director, (Attention Registrar) Philippine National Police Academy, Camp General Mariano N. Castaneda, 4129 Silang, Cavite.
The deadline for the submission of all application will be on September 24, 2012 and the PNPA Cadet Admission Test will be on October 28, 2012. Here in Butuan City the venue will be at the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU). (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)
Tagalog news: 3 proyekto magdadala nang pagbabago sa isang barangay
Ni Alexis Cabardo
AGUSAN DEL SUR, Sept 3 (PIA) -- Tatlong proyekto ang isasakatuparan sa Barangay Zilovia, Talacogon na magpapabago sa pamumuhay ng mga residente duon.
Ang mga proyektong ito ay ang nakonkretong 100 metrong barangay roads, mga ilaw sa kalsada, at isang day care center.
Sabi ni Barangay Kapitan Ermesto Napao, ang mga proyekto ay siyang pinakamahalaga para sa mga residente dahil ang Barangay Zilovia ay isa sa pinakamaunlad na barangay sa bayan ng Talacogon kung saan isang malaking kumpanya, ang Provident Tree Farms Inc. (PTFI) ay matatagpuan na gumagawa at nagpoproseso ng posporo.
“Alam nating lahat na ang Barangay Zilovia ay madaling bahain sa tuwing malakas ang ulan at bago marating ang sentro ng barangay, maraming parte ng kalsada ay binabaha. Kami ay talagang natutuwa at ang parting iyon ng kalsada ay nasemento na. Masaya rin ang mga residente rito dahil nalagyan ng ilaw ang mga madidilim na kalye at ang lahat ng ito ay gumagana. Kadalasan, para sa mga mauunlad na lugar gaya ng Zilovia, maraming magnanakaw ang gumagawa ng kanilang krimen lalo na pag walang ilaw ang mga kalye,” sabi ni Napao.
Sa kanyang maikling mensahe, sinabi ni Governor Adolph Edward Plaza na ang 100 metro konkreto na daan ay simula pa lamang at maraming proyekto pa ang darating sa Barangay Zilovia.
Hinamon din ni Plaza ang mga miyembro ng konseho ng Barangay Zilovia na magsumite ng maraming panukala dahil ang pamahalaang panlalawigan ay nagtabi ng pundo para sa mga nangungunang proyekto ng mga batangay sa buong lalawigan bawat taon.
“Ako ay natutuwa sa sinabi ni Barangay Kapitan Ernesto Napao na dahil sa proyektong pailaw sa mga lansangan, ang suliranin ng pagnanakaw at panghoholdap ay nalutas na, at ako’y naniniwala na marami pang kalseng krimen ang mabigyan ng lunas tulad ng walang pakundangang pagpatay sa kapwa. Dahil sa pagpailaw sa mga kalye, hindi na masyadong matakot mag lakad papunta sa kanilang trabaho an gating mga kababayan. At ang isa pang importanteng proyekto na aking naisalin sa araw na ito ay ang day care center, para sa mga batang mag-aaral para ma bigyan natin ng pagkakataon na matuto bago pumasok sa isang pormal na pag-aaral,” sabi ni Plaza.
Sabi ni Barangay Kapitan Napao ang tatlong proyekto ay nagkahalaga ng P2.2 million.
Ang pagsalin ng mga proyekto ay siyang nagbigay kulay sa pagdiwang ng kanilang kapistahan sa Barangay Zilovia. (DMS/LGU-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)
Tagalog news: Kooperasyon ang kinakailangan ng mga pangunahing lungsod laban sa lindol
Ni Danilo S. Makiling
BUTUAN CITY, Set. 3 (PIA) -- Kailangang tulung-tulong ang bawat pamilya, komunidad, at ng mga ahensya ng pamahalaan ng Metro Manila para sa paghahanda sa mga lindol, ayon sa opisyal ng palasyo, matapos ang malakas na lindol na naganap sa gitnang bahagi ng bansa noong Biyernes.
Sinabi ni Abigail Valte na ang kahandaan ng Metro Manila para sa isang malakas na lindol ay nakadepende sa kooperasyon ng bawat pamilya, dagdag pa ang importansya ng disaster preparedness drills.
Sinabi din niya sa publiko na tignan ang kanilang mga bahay at mga estraktura ng mga tanggapan upang malaman ang katatagan ng mga ito.
Sinabi rin ni Valte na sinumulan nang i-evaluate ng Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) ang structural integrity ng mga gusali ng pamahalaan matapos ang malakas na lindol na tumama sa Japan.
Matapos din ang lindol na ito, ang mga lokal na pamahalaan ay naatasan ding tignan ang kanilang mga gusali upang siguruhing sila ay handa sa malalakas na lindol.
“Huwag nating kalimutan ang mga natutunan natin mula din sa Japan pagkatapos noong naging trahedya sa kanila. Sana hindi matigil ang preparedness awareness, hindi kung kalian lang nagkaroon ng ganitong pangyayari. Sana tuluy-tuloy ‘yan,” aniya.
Hinggil naman sa naging responde ng pamahalaan sa lindol na nangyari noong biyernes, ang mga ahensya ng pamahalaan ay madaling nakakuha ng impormasyon sa mga apektadong lugar, ani Valte.
Nakipag-ugnayan din ang pamahalaan sa regional na tanggapan ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) upang siguruhin ang madaliang pagresponde sa oras na humingi ng tulong ang LGUs.
Isang lindol na may lakas na 7.6 ang tumama sa Samar coast noong nakaraang biyernes, kung saan isang tao ang patay matapos madaganan ng lupa ang kanilang bahay sa isang landslide. Nawala din ang kuryente sa ilang lungsod.
Inilikas ang mga residenteng nakatira sa mga coastal area kasabay ng malakas na lindol ngunit ilang residente ang bumalik rin sa kani-kanilang mga bahay pagkatapos ng lindol, habang karamihan naman ay nanatili sa evacuation centers. (RER/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)
Cebuano news: Aquino gipasabot ang importansya sa edukasyon aron makab-ot ang national progress
Ni Susil D. Ragas
SURIGAO CITY, Sept 3 (PIA) -- Gipasabot ni Pangulong Aquino ang pagkamahinungdanon sa edukasyon ug adunay igong-kahibalo nga katawhan sa pagmentinar sa kauswagan ug kalamboan sa nasod nga maoy unod sa saad sa gobyernong Aquino ngadto sa katawhang Filipino.
Sa iyang mensahe sa ngadto sa Children’s Museum and Library Inc. sa ilang ika-33rd Annual National Grade School Convention of (High School) Junior Members and Teacher Advisers, niadtong Sabado, gibatbat ni Pangulong Aquino ang pagkamahinungdanon sa kanunay nga paghatag og advanced methods nga kahibalo ug bag-ong mga pamaagi aron iseguro ang ilang kahibalo.
“Education is one of the cornerstones of our society, and an educated citizenry is the pillar of our institutions. Now, in this globalized milieu, it is important that we keep our people abreast of new technologies and modern pedagogical approaches, to be at par with the rest of the world. Your two conventions serve as a venue for your students and teachers to uphold the responsibilities that go with availing yourself of our increasingly interconnected global milieu,” matud sa Pangulo.
“May your participants continue to demonstrate their passion and excellence in their endeavors, and may they be able to nurture their creativity and critical thinking as they take part in our shared task of maintaining our country’s pride in the community of nations,” matud pa niya.
Giseguro ni Pangulong Aquino ang walay puas nga mga paningkamot sa gobyerno aron makab-ot ang nasyunal nga kalamboan, samtang iya usab giawhagan ang katawhan sa paghimo sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga responsibilidad aron maabot kining maong tumong.
“We in government remain steadfast in fulfilling our objective of positive national transformation. Let us pursue our collective dreams and embody the ideals of hope, confidence, excellence, and integrity—values that will serve as our tools in securing a globally competitive Philippines,” dugang pamahayag ni Pangulong Aquino. (RER/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte/PCOO)