PIA News Service - Saturday, September 15, 2012

City mayor supports S&T for responsible mining in Mindanao

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Sept 15 (PIA) -- The city mayor here has expressed support to science and technology (S&T) for responsible mining in Mindanao, which was formally launched Thursday through the initiatives of state universities and colleges (SUCs) in Mindanao.

Speaking before the participants from the public and private sectors, Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr emphasized that the key to a sustainable environment should come from each individual.

“This administration has been battling for a sustainable environment in order to protect our surroundings and the great number of people in the low-lying areas who are effected with flood caused by illegal mining in the uplands,” Amante said.

Amante also said that the government is continuously finding ways for alternative livelihoods for the people who are involved in illegal mining activities.

“As we continue to implement the anti-illegal mining laws, we also continue to find ways to give the people who are involved in illegal mining alternative livelihoods,” Amante said.

The launching of S&T program for responsible mining in Mindanao convened different line agencies of the government, non-government organization, local government units and leaders of SUCs who also participated in the open forum. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan City gov’t launches CCTV surveillance system
               
By Maria Luisa Dianah Z. Generalao

BUTUAN CITY, Sept 15 (PIA) -- The mayor here has led the launching of Butuan CCTV Surveillance System at the Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) to advance the area's security measures to better maintain peace and order.

Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr emphasized the necessity of having modernized and efficient surveillance cameras installed in the different major streets in the city, as these will speed up crime investigations.

These CCTV cameras will be mounted in high–risk areas all over the city, with every movement closely monitored inside the BCPO control room for prompt response in crime situations.

The eight initially installed CCTV cameras have auto-tracking, panning and tilting capacities, as well as a zooming capability of up to 250 meters. Additional features include night vision, all are weather resistance, and up to two months' worth of recording memory.

Joining Amante in the control room blessing and equipment ceremonial switch–on were BCPO officer-in-charge PSSupt Nerio Bermudo and the men and women of the PNP-BCPO. (CMO-PIO/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Malacanang naglaom nga i-respeto sa uban nga mga nasod nga miangkon sa South China Sea ang Administrative Order No. 29 ni Pangulong Aquino o gitawag nga 'naming the West Philippine Sea of the Republic of the Phl

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Set 15 (PIA) -- Ang Malacañang miingon nga dili angay tan-awon sa uban nga nag-angkon nga mga nasod sa giawayan nga West Philippine Sea nga hulga ang administrative order nga gipirmahan ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III tungod kay ang Pilipinas walay man nag-angkon sa kinatibuk-ang teritoryo.

Sayo karong bulana, gipirmahan ni Pangulong Aquino ang Administrative Order No. 29 nga dunay titulo nga “Naming the West Philppine Sea of the Republic of the Philippines, and for other purposes.”

Ang maong kamandoan mihinganlan sa South China Sea waters nga nahisulod sa exclusive economic zone (EEZ) sa nasod isip West Philipine Sea.

Gikontra sa Taiwan ang maong lakang, ug matud sa mga tigpaniid basin ang uban nga mga nag-angkon tan-awon usab kini nga usa ka antipatikong lakang sa Pilipinas.

“They shouldn’t be,” sulti ni Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda sa regular press conference didto sa Malacañang kagahapon sa dihang gipanguta sa mga reporters mahitungod sa posibleng mga implikasyon sa maong bag-ong kamandoanon.

“The terming of the West Philippine Sea covers those parts of the exclusive economic zone. I am certain that those who are signatories of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea would recognize that the portions only covered by the EEZ were called the West Philippine Sea. We are not claiming the entire South China Sea as the West Philippine Sea. That was made very, very clear yesterday and also in the AO itself.”

Ang laing mga nag-angkong mga nasod dili angay mahadlok, matud ni Lacierda, tungod kay ang Pilipinas nanalipod lamang sa katungod niini sa exclusive economic zone nga gihatag ubos sa United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea o UNCLOS.

Matud pa ni Lacierda nga ang laing nag-angkon nga mga nasod sama sa Vietnam mingalan sa ubang parte sa South China Sea isip East Sea.

Sa dihang gipangutana sa mga repoprters unsay nakapa-aghat sa gobyerno nga mopagawas sa maong AO, si Lacierda miingon nga tungod kay ang termino nga West Philippine Sea maoy kanunay gamiton sa mga pagtuki didto sa Kabinete ug foreign affairs, nalantaw sa Malacañang nga kinahanglan kini mamahimong pormal pinaagi sa AO.

Matud pa usab sa opisyales sa Palsyo nga ang Malacañang nagtoo nga ang pag-usab sa ngalan sa South China Sea wala na magkinahanglan og legislative action ug igo na ang AO aron tawgon nga West Philippinen Sea ang parte sa exclusive economic zone sa Pilipinas.

Ang parte o kinatibuk-ang South China Sea ang kasamtangang giangkon sa pipila ka mga nasod sama sa Pilipinas, China, Taiwan, Vietnam ug uban pang mga miyembrong nasod sa ASEAN. Ang maong lugar maoy pinakadakong sea lane alang sa international trade and commerce ug gituohan nga abunda sa tinubdan sa mineral ug oil. (RER/FEA/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)