9.11.2012

PIA News Service - Tuesday, September 11, 2012


112th Phl Civil Service anniv kicks off in Butuan City

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Sept 11 (PIA) -- The 112th Philippine Civil Service month-long anniversary has kicked off with a fun run. Personnel of government agencies, state colleges and universities, and local government units of the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Butuan City took part in the activities.

As early as 4:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, government entities led by the Philippine National Police (PNP) gathered at the Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol to start the opening of the month-long celebration through an about three-kilometer fun run that ended at the city’s sports complex in Brgy. Libertad.

In his message delivered by Board Member atty. Aquino Gambe, Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John Amante extended his congratulations to the Civil Service Commission (CSC)-Caraga on the celebration of the 112th Philippine Civil Service this month.

Amante said for over a century and a decade, CSC has served as an icon of quality public service, citing how state workers and officials manned their respective workplaces. “This is of course made possible because of the frontliners and decision-makers manning our different government agencies,” Amante said.

The official lauded government employees who continually show passion and commitment in dealing with public concerns. “Indeed, you are heroes and worthy of commendation,” he said.

Amante further said that despite of the seemingly routinary tasks state workers have performed, their role in the development of the country is encompassing, adding that they remain to be resilient amidst the trials of a public servant.

Amante said the state workers' participation in the fun run manifests their commitment to abide with the programs of the CSC and at the same time showcases the physical capability of government employees.

Amante also enjoined public servants to remain steadfast in promoting and upholding the high standard in public service imbued with utmost responsibility, integrity, competence, patriotism, and self-emptying performance of public duties. “Continue to be heroes in your own little but special way,” Amante said.

A simultaneous flag ceremony was conducted on Monday morning in all government offices in the city as part of the month-long celebration.

This year’s celebration anchored on the theme “Kawani, Ikaw ay Isang Lingkod Bayani,” which underscores civil servants’ potentials to be heroes in their own right. Lingkod Bayani is a play on the Filipino words lingkod bayan, public servant, and bayani, hero. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Social Dev’t Committee approves creation of special committee for IP concerns

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept 11 (PIA) -- The Social Development Committee (SDC) of the Regional Development Council (RDC) has approved the creation of a special committee for Indigenous Peoples (IPs), which will directly address their issues and concerns.

This was announced during its meeting held recently at the Goat2geder Hotel, this city.

Elvie Ato of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga said the creation is in support to Republic Act 8371, known as the “Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) of 1997,” which declares that the state shall recognize and promote all the rights of Indigenous Cultural Communities/IPs.

“The IPRA law specifies that the state shall take measures, with the participation of the ICCs/IPs concerned, to protect their rights and guarantee respect for their cultural integrity, and to ensure that members of the ICCs/IPs benefit on an equal footing from the rights and opportunities which national laws and regulations grant to other members of the population. The state shall also institute and establish the necessary mechanisms to enforce and guarantee the realization of these rights, taking into consideration their customs, traditions, values, beliefs, their rights to their ancestral domains,” said Ato.

It was also learned that Caraga region is home to five major ethnic tribes, namely the Manobo, Higa-onon, Mamanwa, Banwaon and Mandaya (Kamayo).

National Commission on Indigenous Peoples said the following are the key challenges among IPs/ICCs in Caraga that may affect investment and business endeavors among investors: 1) low income/economic productivity; 2) commercial exploitation of natural resources; 3) nonparticipation/nonconsent for development activities within the ancestral domains; 4) low agricultural production; 5) poor delivery of basic services: health, shelter, education, nutrition, etc.); 6) no access to communication and transportation; 7) insurgency; 8) bio-piracy; 9) family displacements; and 10) misrepresentation of IPs either by fellow IPs on non-IPs.

With these issues and concerns, the SDC saw the need for the creation of a special committee on IP concerns and therefore approved and endorsed it to RDC for confirmation.

Ato also said the committee will have the following functions: 1) coordinate the integration of IP concerns and issues in the short- and long-term development plans at the local and regional level; 2) together with the RDC Sectoral Committees, review, prioritize and endorse to the RDC Executive Committee and/or Full Council local development plans of the local government units, regional line agencies, nongovernment organizations/private organizations or associations and other development bodies and ensure that issues and concerns of IPs are embodied in their respective plans; 3) initiate project for development, fund sourcing and implementation of special projects for the IPs; and 4) work for the adoption and operationalization of the Caraga IP’s agenda. (RER/JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DA-RFU 13 address irrigators' worry

By Jahzeel C. Tubal

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept 11 (PIA) -- “My plan is to rehab every system need of irrigators,” said Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Unit-13 Executive Director Dr. Edna M. Mabeza.

Speaking before the participants during the recent General Assembly, Reorganization meeting and Irrigators Association review and planning session of Surigao del Sur Irrigator’s Federation, Inc. at Muyco’s Resort here, Mabeza discussed the problems of the farmers in the province. Issues with regard to the price of harvested products, farm damage and farm cultivation situation of Cantilan, Carrascal, Madrid, Carmen, and Lanuza (Cancarmadcarlan) area were brought up.

Cancarmadcarlan has an estimated irrigated rice area of 5,000 hectares. “DA Sec. Proseso Alcala is serious in the implementation of agricultural programs of the government,” said Mabeza. She said the secretary is also implementing the establishment of warehouse, starter seeds and pre- and post-harvest facilities to help the farmers in their production.

Problems on mining generated in the area were also raised by the farmers. Mabeza said it is really a struggle in protecting watersheds, but she encouraged concerned farmers to help together to pass a resolution to the President to address the problem at Carak-an river affected by mining, considering it is the primary source of water irrigation for farming in the Cancarmadcarlan area.

Linkages to other concerned agencies will also be made to answer these problems. “The government is always willing to listen sincerely to the concern of the farmers,” Mabeza added. (RER/NGBT/PARO-SDS/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Canada assists Filipino children affected by flood, conflict

MANILA, Sept. 11 (PIA) -- Emergency food assistance donated by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), has boosted government-led emergency relief efforts in flood-affected areas in Central Luzon and conflict-affected areas in Central Mindanao.

“WFP is grateful to CIDA for its steadfast commitment in responding to humanitarian needs in the Philippines when they arise, which has enabled WFP to be an effective partner to the Philippine Government,” said WFP Philippines Representative and Country Director Stephen Anderson.

Plumpy’Doz, a nutritious ready-to-use supplementary food product, is currently being distributed to flood- and conflict-affected children aged six to 36 months. Beneficiary identification and distribution is being done in close partnership with the Department of Health and local governments.

“Canada has a long record of providing assistance to those who are most in need," said Canadian Ambassador Christopher Thornely.
He added that "Canada's long standing partnership with the WFP has served to help many people around the world, including with the delivery of rapid and effective humanitarian assistance in the Philippines.”

In Central Mindanao, where tens of thousands of people were displaced in August following a series of armed clashes, almost 2.7 metric tons of the nutritious ready-to-use supplementary food has been provided to over 2,000 children, complementing the local and regional government’s emergency relief assistance for the displaced.

For Central Luzon, in the wake of massive flooding caused by the Southwest monsoon in early August, over 33 metric tons of Plumpy’Doz have already been distributed to about 26,000 flood-affected children from the National Capital Region, Region III, and Region IV-A. A total of 60 tons, enough for more than 92,000 children for two weeks, will be provided.

Specialized nutritious foods are an effective form of relief assistance for young children, who are more vulnerable to malnutrition, particularly in the early stages of a crisis when the quality and quantity of food available is often inadequate.

The Canadian Government has been one of the top donors to WFP globally, becoming the second largest donor to the organization in 2011. In the Philippines, CIDA contributions have supported WFP nutrition and livelihood support programmes in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao, as well as emergency relief programs following Tropical Storm Sendong. (RER/DMS/World Food Program/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: APEC member-economies gidawat ang tanyag sa Pilipinas aron pasiugdahan ang APEC Summit sa 2015

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Sep. 11 (PIA) –Gidawat sa mga member-economies sa Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ang tanyag sa Pilipinas nga pasiugdahan ang APEC Summit sa tuig 2015.

Ang anunsyo sa Pilipinas nga maoy mopasiugda sa APEC karong tuig 2015 nasulod na sa joint declaration nga gipagawas sa 21 ka mga lideres sa APEC, lakip na si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III, human sa pagtapos sa APEC Meeting inubanan sa temang “Integrate to Grow, Innovate to Prosper” nga gipahigayon didto sa Far Eastern Federal University sa Russkiy Island.

Ang nasod maoy mopasiugda sa APEC 2015 human sa Indonesia ug China.

"We welcome the offer of the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines and Peru to host APEC in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively," matud sa deklarasyon.

"We welcome the invitation from the President of Indonesia to meet again in Bali in 2013," dugang niini.

Nalakip usab didto sa maong deklarasyon ang pagtoo sa mga lideres sa APEC nga nahimo nila ang ilang angay nga himoon atol sa maong APEC meeting aron matukod ang mas lig-on nga katilingban ug seguro nga innovation-based growth “will contribute to our common goal of achieving prosperity for APEC economies.”

Gisuportahan usab nila ang nagkataas nga panagsinabtanay sa APEC Business Advisory Council nga maoy nakahatag pagkamahinungdanon ngadto sa dakong pagtambayayungay tali sa public ug pribadong mga sector.

"We remain fully committed to facilitate the role of APEC’s business community and to provide more opportunities for its participation in APEC’s work," matud sa mga lideres sa APEC.

Ila usab gisubli ang ilang saad paghatag og effective economic ug technical cooperation activities nga nakadesenyo sa Osaka Action Agenda ug tabangan ang mga miyembro sa APEC subay sa Manila Framework.

Ang mga lideres sa APEC mopadayon usab paghimo sa gikinahanglan ug konkretong mga aksyon aron malikayan ang mga negatibong epektibo ug paghimo og bag-ong mga kalamboan sa rehiyon. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)