PIA News Service - Friday, October 19, 2012


RDC endorses the establishment of reg'l competitiveness committee

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Oct. 19 (PIA) -- The Caraga Regional Development Council endorsed last week the establishment of the Caraga Regional Competitiveness Committee (RCC) to raise the country’s overall competitiveness as compared with selected Asean cities.

Department of Trade and Industry regional director Brielgo Pagaran who endorsed the establishment of the RCC said the role of the RCC would be to work with the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) in improving the country’s competitiveness as a means to reduce poverty incidence through inclusive growth in 11 focus areas, namely education and human resource development, performance governance system, streamlined business permits and licensing system, Philippine business registry, customs/national single window, infrastructure, power and energy, transparency in budget delivery, anti-corruption, ICT governance, and judicial reform.

“The other roles of the RCC are to oversee the collection and tracking of regional competitiveness indicators, make policy recommendations to improve the competitiveness position of the region,” Pagaran said.

With regards to composition of the RCC membership, Pagaran said the composition may not be entirely drawn from the RDC. The RDC may invite others from outside to become members.

“As a public-private sector body, it should have one co-chair each from the public and private sectors. It should strive to have half of its members from the private sector including the academe. It should also appoint a project or executive director as focal point person to ensure efficient coordination and implementation,” Pagaran added.

The proposed composition of the Caraga RCC shall be six cities, four provinces, capital towns, state universities, the Department of Agriculture, Deapartment of Agrarian Reform, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Tourism, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Trade and Industry, Commission on Higher Education, National Economic Authority and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority for the public Sector.

For the private sector, Chamber of Commerce, private universities, industry cluster heads, CEOs of Caraga companies were identified.

In order to effect the endorsement, Pagaran moved for a resolution and was seconded by the body, where RDC was required to establish the RCC. (RER/DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


ConsumerNet, cellphone sellers’ dialogue & workshop set in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct 19 (PIA) -- Members of the Caraga Consumer Network (ConsumerNet) and consumer organizations in Agusan del Norte will be participating in the dialogue and workshop with cellphone sellers, as well as in the 7th ConsumerNet Meets the Public on October 31.

The said dialogue and workshop will be conducted in the morning session while the ConsumerNet Meets the Public will be in the afternoon session. Both will be held at the Barangay Imadejas Function Hall, this city.

The whole-day activity is the culmination of the month-long celebration of the Consumer Welfare Month with the theme “Get organized. Be Heard. Be Empowered.”

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga Regional Director Brielgo Pagaran said the objective of the dialogue is to inform cellphone sellers on the breach of warranty clause under existing laws, as well as enable them through the workshop to handle consumer complaints.

“Records show that majority of the cases lodged at the DTI-Caraga regional office were complaints concerning defective cellphone units. With this activity, this office aims to resolve consumer complaints at the store level with the establishment of consumer welfare desks,” said Pagaran.

Also, Pagaran said the objective of the forum in the afternoon session is to inform the public on the recent updates on matters affecting consumers.

“The specific topics that will be covered during the forum are the following: 1) Water Supply (no water during rainy days whether heavy or light and other water related concerns); 2) Electricity Supply (brownout schedule, power crisis, energy saving tips); 3) Report on helmet evaluation and issuance of ICC sticler; and 4) Helmet Act implementation on January 2013,” Pagaran added.

Presidential Proclamation No. 1098 declares October of every year as the Consumer Welfare Month. (RER/JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte is Gawad Pamana ng Lahi 2012 regional winner

By Arturo M. Cruje

SURIGAO CITY, Oct. 19 (PIA) -- The Province of Surigao del Norte will receive the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi 2012 award as regional winner for the provincial category during the Regional Forum of Local Governance held today in Butuan City.

Other winners who will receive the award are Surigao City for city category and Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur for municipality category.

The awarding of the 2012 regional winners will highlight the regional activity, with DILG Secretary Mar A. Roxas as guest of honor. Roxas will also present the “Call to Action” message of the national government.

Meanwhile, Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas was invited in the said forum and is expected to receive the award and to share the best practices of the province, which earned the award on good local governance. (SDR/Prov’l Planning Dev’t Coordinator/RER/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Tagalog news: Manggagawa ng gobyerno makikiisa sa 36th Milo Marathon

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Oktubre 19 (PIA) -– Inaanyayahan ng Milo organizers sa rehiyon ng Caraga sa pangunguna ni Benjamin Dacera ang mga manggagawa ng iba't ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan upang makilahok sa gaganaping 36th Milo Marathon sa lungsod sa Nobyembre 18.

Ayon kay Dacera ang assembly area ng marathon ay gaganapin sa Sa Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Gymnasium ng alas 4 ng madaling araw.

Ang mga kategorya ng marathon ay ang mga sumusunod: 3K Kiddie Run, 5K Fun Run, 10K Run, at 21K Half Run. Magkakaroon din ng cheer dance competition.

Para sa nais lumahok sa 3k kiddie run at 5k run para sa estudyante ay maaring magsumite ng isang photocopy ng birth certificate at school identification card kalakip ang registration form, 220-gram empty pack ng Milo, at registration fee na P50.

Para naman sa nais lumahok sa 5k run, ang mga lalahok ay kailangan din magsumite ng registration form at P100 registration fee, samantala ang 10k at 21k Half Run ay kailangan din magsumite ng registration form at registration fee na P500.

Ayon din kay Dacera ang registration fee ay "first come, first serve basis."

“Isang malaking parte ng tagumpay ng 35th National Milo Marathon Butuan City Regional Qualifying Race noong nakaraang taon ay dahil sa suporta na aming natanggap galing sa ibat ibang paaralan sa rehiyon, mga ahensya ng pamahalaan, pribadong sektor, at mga top runners ng bawat probinsya na nakilahok sa aktibidad,” ani Dacera.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, ang mga Milo organizers ay maaaring kontakin sa numerong (085) 225-0026 at 0929-858215. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Aquino gihurar sila Abaya, Cacdac didto sa MalacaƱang

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Okt. 19 (PIA) -- Gihurar ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III kagahapon sila kanhi Kongresista Joseph Emilio Abaya isip bag-ong Secretary sa Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) ug si Kanhi Philippine National Police Deputy Dir. Gen. Arturo Cacdac Jr. isip bag-ong hepe sa Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Si Abaya gitudlo sa Pangulo isip hepe sa DOTC sunod sa pagkamatay ni anhing Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo niadtong Agosto.

Si kanhi senador Manuel Roxas II mobalhin ngadto sa Department of the Interior and Local Government ug si Abaya maoy mohulip sa nabakanteng posisyon ni Roxas. Sila Roxas ug Abaya gikumpirmar sa Commission on Appointments niadtong Septeyembre 19.

Natawo niadtong Mayo 28, 1966, si Abaya apo sa tuhod sa pinakaunang Pangulo sa Pilipinas, nga si Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. Siya paryente usab sa rebolusyonaryong bayani nga si Isabelo Abaya. Ang iyang uyoan, si Gen. Narciso Abaya nagserbisyo isip chief of staff sa Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Si Abaya nagtuon og engineering sa University of the Philippines, Siya usab misulod sa Philippine Military Academy ug unya nagbansay didto sa United States Naval Academy sa Annapolis.

Siya napili isip representante sa unang distrito sa Cavite niadtong tuig 2004 unya tulo ka tuig ang milabay naangkon niya ang law degree gikan sa Ateneo de Manila University. Siya midaug og dugang duha ka mga termino sa kongreso, niadtong 2007 ug 2010. Siya maoy kasamtangang nangulo sa House committee on appropriations.

Samtang ang bag-ong hepe sa DOTC dili estranyo sa Palasyo. Siya nagserbisyo isip aide-de-camp kang kanhi Pangulo Corazon Aquino niadtong usa pa siya kabatan-ong tenyente sa Philippine Navy.

Gitudlo ni Pangulong Aquino si kanhi Philippine National Police Deputy Director General Arturo Cadac Jr. isip bag-ong hepe sa PDEA. Si Cacdac maoy mohulip kang Undersecretary Jose S. Gutierrez Jr.

Miyembro sa Philippine Military Class 1978, si Cacdac nahimong ikaduhang most senior official sa Philippine National Police. Siya miretiro sa serbisyo niadtong Octubre 11, nga nakapa-aghat og top-level nga revamp ngadto sa police force.

Siya Cacdac maoy deputy director general for administration sa PNP sa dihang siya miretiro. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano news: Inagurasyon sa bag-ong Women’s Training Center ug Education Caravan sa lungsod sa Sison malampuson nga gipahigayon

Ni Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO CITY, Okt. 19 (PIA) -- Malampuson nga gipahigayon ang inagurasyon sa bag-ong Women’s Training Center and Development ug education caravan niadtong miaging adlaw didto sa lungsod sa Sison, Surigao del Norte.

Ang maong kalihukan gipangulohan ni Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas inubanan nila Board member Victor Borja, Sison Mayor Lyceister Fetalvero, Surigao del Norte Schools Division Superintendent Evelyn Fetalvero, mga opisyales ug mga katawhan sa maong lungsod.

Atol sa maong inagurasyon sa bag-ong women’s training center, gipahigayon usab ang education caravan diin mokabat sa 708 ka mga school bags ang naapod-apod sa 14 ka mga eskuylahan sa maong lungsod. (SDR/PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)