PIA News Service - Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Children took the reign of governance in the provincial government of Agusan del Sur today



By David M. Suyao



PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, Oct. 16 (PIA) -- Children took over the reign of the provincial government on Monday after the election last Saturday during the annual conduct of the Children’s Congress on Saturday and Sunday.



In a message of Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza read by Vice Gov. Santiago Cane Jr, Gov. Plaza said his administration is very glad and proud that children are given the opportunity to reign the provincial government every year as mandated in the Provincial Ordinance No. 16, series of 2002 otherwise known as the Children’s Code of Agusan del Sur.



“For almost decade now, we have been practicing this children’s governance in Agusan del Sur and I am very elated and proud that as young they are, these children are sincere and honest in rendering services to the people, and I feel, they will become good and effective leaders in the future,” the message of Gov. Plaza said as read.



Vice Gov. Santiago Cane Jr. also relinquish his post as presiding officer of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) in favor of the elected young Vice Governor, who presided the SP session today, with elected members of the young SP members.



“Upon assumption of her office, I invited the young Vice Governor in my office and gave her the briefing of the things she saw inside, and the things she should do when she preside the session. I vacated my seat in her favor and I and the members of the SP sat at the sala set in front of the young Vice Gov. as I introduced them to her. I am very glad, that when I looked at her, she feels very confident reading the topics that I prepared that they will take up during the session. How proud I am to see a very young Agusanon young lady carrying in her shoulder my responsibility for the day,” Vice Gov. Santigao Cane said.



Elected young Governor was Adrian Carmona from Lapaz while Hannah Maries Telia Mate Tuso from Bayugan City was the young Vice Governor.



Elected members of the Sangguaniang Panlalawigan District 1 are: Tierney Jane Poliga from Talacogon, April Krishna Cueno from Bayugan City, Angel Baybayon from San Luis and Mary Joy Buhoy from Esperanza. For the second District, elected SP members are: Rodel Ramos from Bunawan, Joy Noval from Trento, Xianne Faye Dacula from Trento, Christine Jean Tablo from Veruela and Carl Sanchez from San Francisco.



Elected PCL Provincial President is Harold Paler while the Liga ng mga Brangay President is Daffodil Pepito and Jacquiline Ildefonso took the seat of the SK Provincial Federation President.



Not only the elected officials were replaced for one day but also the 57 chiefs of offices. The replaced officers only act as observers and supervisors. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)





ICRC, PRC Butuan to conduct Media Workshop



By Jennifer P. Gaitano



BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 16 (PIA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), with the support of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Butuan City-Agusan del Norte Chapter, will be holding the Media Workshop on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Humanitarian Reporting on October 20, 2012 at the Dotties Place Hotel, this city.



Reporter or correspondent per media outfit in Caraga region covering issues related to the armed conflict will be participating in this one-day event.



In a press statement, ICRC Head of Mindanao sub-delegation - Mr. Philippe Beauverd said that the objectives of said workshop are the following: 1) to increase awareness of IHL and ICRC activities in the Philippines, including its partnership with the PRC; 2) to enhance knowledge of humanitarian reporting; 3) to increase awareness among journalists on basic first-aid; and 4) to establish and strengthen the professional relationship between ICRC and media practitioners in Caraga.



“Since 2010, the ICRC has done eight media workshops in the National Capital Region, Visayas and Mindanao, to increase, among journalists, awareness of international humanitarian law or the law of armed conflict, and to promote responsible reporting of the humanitarian consequences of armed conflict,” said Beauverd.



The ICRC is a neutral and independent humanitarian organization that aims to assist and protect victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. It has been working in the Philippines for over 60 years. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)





DILG-Caraga to hold Reg’l Forum on Local Governance in Butuan



By Jennifer P. Gaitano



BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 16 (PIA) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga will conduct a Regional Forum on Local Governance slated on October 19, 2012 at the Dotties Place Hotel here with the presence of Secretary Mar Roxas.



DILG-Caraga Regional Director Lilibeth Famacion said the regional forum is in commemoration of the two decades of local autonomy in the Philippines pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 63 declaring the month of October as the Local Government Month.



“Invited to this activity are the Local Chief Executives in the region, Regional Line Agencies, Civil Society organizations, Academe, and the quad-media,” said Famacion.



The highlights of said region-wide activity are Sec. Mar Roxas’ Call to Action and the Awarding of 2012 Gawad Pamana ng Lahi (GPL) regional winners.



Also, part of this event are the presentation of the Regional State of Local Governance Report (SLGR) and the region’s scheme on Sustainable Development, along with the sharing of best local practices in the aspects of social transformation, environmental integrity and economic viability.



The Regional Forum is anchored on the theme “Awtonomiyang Lokal: Reporma sa Pag-unlad ng Ekonomiya ng Pamayanan at Pagsulong ng Kapakanan ng Taong Bayan.” (JPG/PIA-Caraga)





PhilHealth to conduct Nationwide Simultaneous Run



By Jennifer P. Gaitano



BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 16 (PIA) – The Philippine Health (PhilHealth) Insurance Corporation will be celebrating its 18th year of dedicated service on February 2013 with its vision “Bawat Pilipino Miyembro, Bawat Miyembro Protektado, Kalusugan Natin Segurado.”



PhilHealth Caraga Regional Vice President Johnny Sychua said that as part of its month-long anniversary celebration, PhilHealth will hold a nationwide simultaneous run dubbed “PhilHealth Run 2013: Run for Mother and Child Protection.”



“This historic event will be held simultaneously in 18 sites nationwide on February 17, 2013,” he said.



Proceeds of the run will be given to the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) as the National Beneficiary, and to local beneficiaries – Bethany Home, a home by the Missionary Sisters of mary at Baan Km. 4; and Gesu Eucaristico Children’s Inc. (GECI) at Manapa, Buenavista, both for physically and sexually abused young women.



Also, PhilHealth will be scheduling a press conference for the said activity.



For more information, PhilHealth Caraga Regional Office can be reached at telephone number: (085) 341-6488; 815-6115; 341-1159. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)





TESDA, LGU empower youth affected by declining wood industry in Caraga



By Danilo S. Makiling



BUTUAN CITY, Oct 16 (PIA) -- Young people from families who are affected by the declining wood industry in Caraga Region where provided opportunity to gain skills that would help them to be gainfully employed.



A total of 75 scholars will be undergoing training on the course of Shield Metal Arc Welding NC II and 20 scholars will take the course of Gas Tungsten Arc Welding. Each scholar will be given P10,500 to fund their 34 days of training at Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).



Scholars will also receive National Certification of National Competency Assessment and they will also undergo through a Registry System under PESO for them to qualify for the local and overseas employment.



Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. and the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) held an orientation for the participants of the Training-for-Work Scholarship, in line with the program of local government of Butuan to address the needs of the families affected by the declining wood industry in region.



With the initiative of Amante, through Tesda Secretary Joel Villanueva, the national government has released P3.8 million to fund the program.



Meanwhile, the rest of the fund will be used for the second batch of scholars under the course of heavy equipment operator, masonry and electricity. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)





DILG-Caraga holds TOT & Contingency Planning for DRRMOs



By Florian Fiath Jr. P. Bayawa



BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 16 (PIA) – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga held a "Training of Trainers and Contingency Planning for Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (LDRRMOs)" aimed at building disaster-resilient and safe communities in the Agusan River Basin areas of the provinces of Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte and Butuan City.



The training was held at Goat2geder Hotel and Restaurant, Butuan City on October 12, 2012.



The Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CBDRRM) Contingency Planning aims to capacitate the local government units and communities lying along the Agusan River Basin (ARB) in the two (2) cities of Butuan and Bayugan, two (2) municipalities of Buenavista and Nasipit of the Province of Agusan del Norte and eleven (11) municipalities of Bunawan, Esperanza, La Paz, Loreto, Prosperidad, Rosario, San Luis, San Francisco, Talacogon, Trento and Veruela of the Province of Agusan del Sur.



DILG Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion, in her message, is calling out to the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (LDRRMOs) to make a contingency plan for the barangays within their area which are easy to follow, easy to understand and is doable.



“Our goal is to save lives. This is why we always join efforts to ensure the security and safety in our areas. This we can achieve by being prepared and by planning ahead. Thus, this activity is very important so that we avoid the dangers and perils of disaster and climate changes,” said RD Famacion.



The training session has the end goal of formulating the Barangay Contingency Plan for flood because flood is the identified hazard in these areas. Part of the contingency planning was the DRRMOs establishment and institutionalization of their different adapted protocols and early warning systems, information dissemination and the mobilization of their emergency response team. During the activity, the DRRMOs and the Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs) of the identified LGUs were capacitated in order to strongly create community awareness and response before, during and after disaster. (DILG-13/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)





Tagalog News: Pangulong Aquino naglaan ng P8.59 bilyones para sa Framework Agreement transition program



Ni Danilo S. Makiling



BUTUAN CITY, Oktubre 16 (PIA) -- Naglaan ng P8.59 bilyones na pundo si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III para sa transition processes na nakalaan para sa pagtatayo ng Bangsamoro political entity matapos nilagdaan ang Framework Agreement sa pagitan ng pamahalaan ng bansa at ng Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).



Sa kanyang mensahe bago paman ang pormal na paglagda sa kasunduan sa Malacanang sinabi ng Pangulo na ang karagdagang pundo na nilaan para sa Transition Investment Support Plan na kabilang sa P12.93 milyones na naibahagi na sa General Appropriations Act.



“Sa taong ito, ang pamahalaan ay naglaan ng 8.59 bilyones para sa Transition Investment Support Plan, na kabilang sa 12.93 bilyones na naibahagi na sa pamamagitan ng ating budget,” ayon sa Pangulo.



Idinagdag din ng Pangulo na ang pundo ay gagamitin para sa “detalyadong mapa ng mga hakbang, detalyadong paglalaan ng mga programa na magdadala sa atin sa katuparan ng ating pangmatagalang layunin.”



“Tayo ay nakatalaga na tumulong sa ating kasamahan na baguhin ang kanilang sarili sa pagiging tunay na political party na tutulong sa rehiyon na magbago patungo sa tunay na kapayapaan at pagiging progresibo ng lugar. Tayo ay nakatalaga din na bigyan ang rehiyon ng tamang bahagi, na may kompyansa na makakarating ang benepisyo sa lahat ng mamamayan, at hindi lang mapupunta sa mga bulsa ng iilang tao,” ayon sa Pangulo.



Ang Framework Agreement ay kilala bilang natural na lakas ng politika na tatawaging Bangsamoro na siyang papalit sa Autonomous Region ng mga Muslim sa Mindanao. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)





Cebuano News: Aquino giawhag ang mga opisyales ug empleyado sa gobyerno ug prebado, GOCCs ug LGUs nga aktibong suportahan ang pagsaulog sa Climate Change Consciousness Week sa Nobyembre



Ni Susil D. Ragas



SURIGAO CITY, Okt. 16 (PIA) -- Giawhag ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang tanang mga opisyales ug empleyado sa panggobyernong mga ahensya ug lakip na ang Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs), ug local government units (LGUs), aron suportahan ang pagsaulog sa Climate Change Consciousness Week gikan Nobyembre 19 ngadto 25, karong tuiga.



Subay niini, gipagawas ni Pangulong Aquino ang Memorandum Circular No. 35 (series of 2012) nga pinirmahan ni Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. niadtong Agusto 14.



Ang Proclamation No. 1667 (s. 2008) maoy nagdeklara nga ang Nobyembre 19-25, 2008 ug matag tuig human niini isip Global Warming and Cimate Change Consciousness Week.



Ang maong Proklamasyon nagtumong aron magmugna og kaamgohan mahitungod sa global warming ug climate change pinaagi sa halapad ug intensibong impormasyon ug matulun-anonng mga kampanya.



Tumong usab sa nasangpit nga proklamasyon ang “seeks to secure the collective cooperation of all citizens as well as the collective action of the private and public sectors at all levels in finding solutions to the threats of a changing climate.”



Samtang ang Climate Change Commission (CCC) maoy mangulo sa pagsunod sa Climate Change Consciousness Week uban ang pakigtambayayong sa Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CCAM).



"All officials and employees of government agencies and instrumentalities, including the GOCCs and LGUs, are hereby enjoined to actively participate and support the awareness campaign," matud sa Pangulo.



Gimandoan ni Pangulong Aquino ang Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) ug Philippine Information Agency (PIA) aron mohatag sa gikinahanglang suporta ngadto sa media alang sa maong kalihukan.



Giawhagan usab ang mga opisina sa gobyerno nga mopahigyon og susamang mga aktibidades atol sa maong semana.



Sa laing bahin, niadtong niaging Agosto, gipirmahan ni Pangulong Aquino aron ipabalaod ang People’s Survival Fund Bill aron ang gobyerno makahimo sa epektibong pagtubag sa problema sa Climate Change.



Ang People’s Survival Fund Law maoy mihulip sa Climate Change Act of 2009 pinaagi sa pag-establisar sa People’s Survival Fund uban ang inisyal nga P1 bilyon pondo matag tuig. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)