PIA News Service - Wednesday, September 5, 2012


All systems go for 28th Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival

By Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO CITY, Sep. 5 (PIA) -- It’s all systems go for the region’s most colorful event, the Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival here on Sunday, September 9, Senior Tourism Operations Officer Roselyn Armida Merlin said today.

Now on its 28 years, Merlin said all are now ready, including the traffic, police and military personnel who are tasked to secure a peaceful and orderly event.

Merlin said 13 contingents from the different city barangays and schools and municipalities of the province have already confirmed their participation.

Among those who confirmed for the Free Interpretation Category include the Tribu Lumad Maglalawod ug Mag-uuma from Barangay Buenavista, Panginabuhian Festival in Tagana-an of the municipality of Tagan-an, W.D. Rafols Memorial National High School in partnership with Barangay Council of Poctoy and the municipality of Mainit.

For the Bonok-Bonok Based Category, confirmed participants are Simbada Festival of Barangay Libuac, Capalayan National High School of Barangay Capalayan, Barangay Mat-i, Cantiasay National High School of Barangay Cantiasay, Barangay Nonoc, Barangay Washington, Barangay San Juan, and RC Ouano Memorial Elementary School of Barangay Cagniog.

St. Paul University Surigao will join as non-competing contingent.

She also said that there will be minor changes during the opening ceremony of the festival.

“As agreed during the Surigao City Tourism Council meeting, Mamanwa dance ritual will now be done at the Provincial Sports Complex not during the opening salvo,” Merlin said.

This year’s festivity will start with a celebration of a holy mass at the City Cathedral at 1pm, she said.

Merlin also said that there are added interests prior to the festival day, which will definitely add excitement to every Surigaonons, as well as to the visitors coming from the various parts of the country like the holding of Bonok-Bonok Festival Queen on September 8 at the Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw 2012 Photo Contest.

“Last Sunday, September 2, we have just launched the Battle of the Bands in partnership with other private companies and other nightly affairs at Gaisano Capital Surigao car park,” she added.

The 28th Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival on September 9 is a festival of thanksgiving and invocation to the Almighty through the intercession of the city's patron saint Señor San Nicolas de Tolentino for the bountiful blessings of peace and good health. (FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DOH spearheads Generics Month celebration

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 5 (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga is spearheading this year’s 24th Anniversary of the Generics Law and Generics Month celebration this September.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme: “Generics Na Dekalidad, Para sa Kalusugan ng Komunidad.”

In a press statement, DOH Caraga Regional Director Dr. Ariel Valencia said that this year’s celebration is aimed to emphasize achieving better health outcomes and improving quality of lives through continuing promotion of quality generic medicines and rational use among consumers.

“We are enjoining everyone in this advocacy campaign to disseminate rational use of quality, safe and low-cost generic medicines to the public and other stakeholders, such as physicians and pharmacists,” said Valencia.

This campaign also aims to convince health workers especially doctors to prescribe generic medicines.

DOH hoped for the public’s support and cooperation to use generic medicines and contribute to the reduction of out-of-pocket payments for health care toward Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (Universal Health Care). (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DepEd to host celebration of Literacy Week 2012

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 5 (PIA) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) will host the celebration of the annual Literacy Week slated every September 2-8 as stipulated in the Presidential Proclamation No. 239.

DepEd in a statement said that the priority agenda of the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD) for 2011-2012 is Literacy and Peace.

In line with this priority agenda of the UNLD, the National Literacy Conference will anchor to the theme, “Literacy for life and a Sustainable Future: Learning Together for the 21st Century.

The DepEd will also hold the 2012 National Literacy Conference and Awards on September 17-21, 2012 through the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) in cooperation with the government organization (GOs), local government units (LGUs), private organization (POs), and non-government organization (NGOs).

The conference and awards aims to share good practice in universalization of literacy programs and in reaching out to the unreached and marginalized members of the community.

It also aims to discuss innovations and practices in promoting literacy for sustainable development; promote peace concepts and good models of conflict-resolution, disaster management and climate change; and recognize the best practices for implementing literacy programs or projects that alleviate poverty, provide livelihood, address welfare needs, promote freedom and make education facilities accessible.

Expected participants of the conference are bureau and regional directors, regional chiefs, regional supervisors of ALS, formal school, schools division, city superintendents, division supervisor of ALS, district supervisors and principals/head teachers of elementary and secondary public and private schools, ALS coordinators and mobile teachers from 5th and 6th class municipalities/district and provinces. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: 6 unibersidad at kolehiyo sa rehiyong Caraga nakatanggap ng blood pressure monitors

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Setyembre 5 (PIA) -- Kamailan ay nagbigay ang bansang Japan ng Blood Pressure Monitors (Terumo Digital Sphygmomanometer P3000) sa bansa bilang tanda ng pagkakaibigan ng dalawang bansa sa pangunguna ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Caraga.

Ang Blood Pressure Monitors ay ibinahagi sa piling unibersidad at kolehiyo sa loob ng rehiyong Caraga basin narin sa kriterya na inihanda ng Terumo Corporation.

Ang mga paaralan na nakatanggap ay ang Caraga State University, CSU-Cabadbaran, Agusan del Sur State College of Science & Technology, Philippine Normal University, Surigao del Sur State University at Surigao State College of Technology, kung saan ay nabigyan ng tigdadalawang monitors.

Ayon naman sa Teruma corporation, sila ay naniniwalang mapapaunlad ang healthcare facilities sa komunidad at magiging malaking bersiyon ng pagiging progresibo sa tulong ng mga donasyon na ibinigay nila sa mga paaralan.

Ang pagbibigay ng donasyon sa pamahalaan ay kaalinsabay ng pagbisita ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa bansang Japan noong nakaraang taon subali't ito ay kamakailan lang natanngap ng mga benepisaryo. (NLCM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: House committee giaprobahan ang P2.7-B OP budget alang sa 2013

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 5 (PIA) – Aprubado na sa House Committtee on Appropriations kagahapon ang P2.7 bilyon nga spending plan ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III alang sa Office of the President (OP) alang sa tuig 2013.

Gipresentar ni Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. ang proposed budget sa OP ngadto sa House Committee on Appropriations ug dayon giaprobahan kini sa mga miyembro sa komitiba pinaagi sa inter-parliamentary courtesy.

Tungod niini gipasalamatan ni Ochoa ang mga miyembro sa House Appropriations Committee for “extending this courtesy and immediately approving the OP budget”, matud pa niya.

Ang 2013 nga budget sa OP mitaas og 4.26 porsyento kaysa appropriation karong tuiga nga P2.7 bilyon, dakong parte sa maong pagtaas mahiadto sa pondo sa gikinahanglang salary adjustments ubos sa ika upat nga bahin sa Salary Standardization Law (SSL), lakip usab ang dagkong mga pagrepair, rehabilitation ug improvements sa mga nagkalain-laing mga buildings ug pasilidad sulod sa Malacañang Complex.

Ang P111-milyon nga pagtaas sa proposed spending package sa OP alang sa sunod tuig ang mahiadto sa Personal Services (PS), nga moabot sa P39 milyon ngadto P552.9 milyon ug Capital Outlays (CO), nga gikan sa P150.6 milyon ngadto sa P300.4 milyon.

Gitapyasan sa OP ang alokasyon sa Maintenance ang Other Operating Expenses (MOE) og P77 milyon ngadto sa P1.88 bilyon, gikan sa kasamtangan nga P1.96 bilyon.

Ang appropriation alang sa Capital Outlays ubos sa proposed budget measure sa OP ang gipataasan aron pondohan ang mga improvements sa nagkalain-laing mga buildings ug mga pasilidad sulod sa Malacañang Complex, tungod kay pipila niini ang sobra na sa usa ka gatos katuig. Mga presidential residences gawas sa Malacañang Complex ang mopailawom usab sa mga pagrepair sama sa, Mansion House sa Baguio City; Malacañang Park sa Nagtahan, Maynila; ug ang Malacañang sa Sugbu sa Cebu City.

Ang budget sa OP matud pa ni Executive Secretary Ochoa “guided by the principles of fiscal discipline, principles the OP applies by defining specific objectives and priorities in terms of projects and activities, efficiency by observing the best value for money in the allocation and use of resources, and transparency and accountability by assigning delivery units as cost centers.” (PIA-Surigao del Norte)