9.02.2012

PIA News Service - Sunday, September 2, 2012


JYes Kontra Droga turns 1 on Sept. 3

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 2 (PIA) -- The JohnnyYes or “JYes Kontra Droga” program of the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) in Surigao del Sur chaired by Gov. Johnny Pimentel turns one year on Monday, September 3.

The simple celebration will start with a "Fun Run for a Drug-Free Surigao del Sur" with Philippine Basketball Association's (PBA) Vince Hizon and four other PBA players, to be followed by a thanksgiving mass to be participated by local officials and employees of the different government agencies, Community Social Organizations (CSOs), stakeholders and students.

A motorcade will immediately follow and is set to end at the social hall in the provincial capitol where the formal anniversary program will be conducted with speakers from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to give advocacy campaign on the anti-illegal drug operations of the government.

Also, a symposium will be held in two separate venues here and to be participated by secondary students from Jacinto P. Elpa National High School as well as students of Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU).

To wrap up the day's activity, a culmination program is set in the evening with a "Konsiyerto ng Bayan" (Provincial Concert) highlighting the activity will be held at the Vicente L. Pimentel Sr. Boulevard.

Meanwhile, to strengthen the campaign against illegal drugs, during the assessment and evaluation of program implemented, members of PADAC identified that the council need to have their own funds for the program implementation against illegal drugs. PADAC members is set to pass a resolution requesting the legislative body to allocate funds for the council in order to better implement the programs set which is aimed to uphold a drug-free province. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Butuan LGU partners with regional agencies for Oplan logging: Likas, Lunas, Lakas implementation

By Maria Luisa Dianah Z. Generalao

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 2 (PIA) -- The local government here signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with several government agencies to intensify campaign to stop illegal logging activities.

Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. signed the MOU with the different participating line agencies represented by its regional directors for Oplan Logging: Likas, Lunas, Lakas on August 23 at the Indigay Hall of Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort.

The local government of Butuan LGU partners with the regional offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), along with the National Anti-Poverty Commision - Butuan and the Department of Education – Butuan City Division to develop and implement a continuous solution specifically designed to address the issue on displaced timber workers and their affected families.

In his message, Mayor Amante shared that Butuan LGU and the participating line agencies have previously undergone numerous brainstorming sessions and workshops that have led to the identification of its key activities and initial set of programs including time frame and budget allocation, and agreements and commitments.

Mayor Amante added that DBM Sec. Butch Abad already committed to fund the scholarship of 2,000 students from the affected families. The tagging for the actual number of families affected is still ongoing and will be completed on September 15.

President Aquino’s declaration of E.O. 23 or the “Moratorium on the Cutting and Harvesting of Timber in the Natural and Residual Forests and Creating the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force” has since led to the apprehension of tons of illegal logs floating in the Agusan River which resulted to the closure of several wood processing plants in the city, subsequently displacing timber workers and affecting their families.

Oplan Logging: Likas, Lunas, Lakas MOU Signing was attended by Vice Mayor Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun, Butuan LGU technical staff, and the local media. (NCLM/LGU-BC/PIA-Caraga)