PIA News Service - Friday, November 16, 2012

NSO updates public on special civil registry

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 16 (PIA) – The National Statistics Office (NSO)-Caraga through the Civil Registrar has updated the public on the current situation of the special civil registry in the region.

In a press conference held recently here, NSO-Caraga Regional Director Rosalinda Celeste-Apura presented the performance indicator on the completion rate of those who requested civil registry documents in the region.

Apura said some 900 special civil registry transactions were recorded as of August 2012 and only 40.1 percent was recorded for the on-time completion rate while 210 feedback cases were recorded.

These special civil registry documents are those affected by the court decrees and legal instruments (CDLI) and Republic Act 9048 authorizing the city or the municipality civil registrar or the Consul-General to correct a clerical or typographical error, as well as Republic Act 9255, an act allowing illegitimate children to use the surname of their father.

“This happened because of the long turnaround time, high incident of feedback and or exemption notices and high incident of re-work cases or unsuccessful annotations,” Apura explained.

Because of this prevailing situation, the official said that NSO is doing everything to resolve this problem.

Apura said by implementing a measure through a project where the turnaround time will be reduced from 22 to 20 working days. She added this project which was piloted here in the region aimed to improve the completion rate from current level 40.1 percent in August 2012 to at least 56.6 percent by December 2012.

The official further said with the implementation of this project, incident of feedback notices were reduced. It also increased public awareness regarding the requirements and process flow in requesting the civil registry documents affected by CDLI and RA 9048, as well as strengthening the collaboration and networking with C/MCRs clerk of courts, Philippine Information Agency, and other line agencies.

She added to further systematize the flow of requesting special civil registry, implement preliminary screening and monitoring purposes and transmit the screened or evaluated documents to CRD-Manila for priority loading in the CRS database. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/FMGM)


Surigao Norte farmers to benefit local financing and risk insurance program

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Nov. 16 (PIA) – Local Rice and Corn Farmers in Surigao del Norte can soon avail the local financing and risk insurance program next year, through the Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP), said Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Arturo Cruje.

Cruje said that under the CCAP, farmers will have easy access to credit in support of the household’s crop production and alternative livelihood ventures, easy access to saving facilities and to formal and informal crop insurance, and further facilitates access to productive services including agri-technology training, related agri-support enterprise and business trainings.

The CCAP was funded by the Global Environment Facility through the United Nations Development Programme, an initiative which was developed and applied first to rice and corn farmers in areas vulnerable to natural disasters in Agusan del Norte.The project will soon expand to Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Norte by 2013, as part of its “Scaling Up Risk Transfer Mechanism.”

On her part, Governor Sol Matugas is optimistic that through this project “ we will be building disaster-resilient and safer farming communities in the province.” (SDR/FMGM PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Ex-rebels presented to LGU officials in Agusan del Sur

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Nov. 16 (PIA) - Seven former rebels who reportedly surrendered to 75IB, Philippine Army were presented to the LGU officials of the province of Agusan del Sur during the awarding ceremony of Reintegration Assistance to Former Rebels.

Lt. Jolito Borces, CMO officer bared that the said occasion were witnesses by the following: Vice Governor Santiago B Cane of Agusan Del Sur province, Maj. Gen Nestor Anoñuevo, 4th Infantry Division Commander, P/S Supt. Glenn Dechosa Dela Torre PNP Provincial Director, Col Romeo G Gan, 401ST Brigade Commander, Col Ronald N Albano, 402nd Brigade Commander and the local Tri-media practitioner held at Tannggapan ng Sanggunian Panlalawigan Session Hall, Agusan del Sur recently.

According to the report, the said FR were surrendered to 75th Infantry Battalion based in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur under the command of LTC Danilo D. Benavides on November 11 with high powered fire arms.

It was reportedly thru the coordination with Mrs Josefina V Bajade, Agusan Del Sur Province PAOPP Chairman.
LTC Benavides said, "I'm very glad to their decision to return within the government and in behalf of the Philippine Army we here in 75th Infantry Battalion are sincerely acknowledged to their choice”.

Commanding Officer also added, that he acknowledged with thanks the contribution of all persons without whom this effort would not have been possible. (NGBT/PIA Surigao del Sur/with reports from CMO 75IB)


Cantilan to host 5th Cantilan Nat'l Surfing Open Competition this November

By Anthony S. Arreo

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 16 (PIA) -- This municipality will hold the 5th Cantilan National Surfing Open Competition in cooperation with Cantilan Surfing Association (CSA) on November 19-23, 2012. The event will kick off on November 19, 2012, Monday at Baluarte, Baybay II, and in Sitio Ayoke - the undiscovered paradise surfing spots for surfing enthusiasts.

Accordingly, surfers from different places in the country will come to experience the world class surfing spots of Baybay II and Ayoke Island. It is unfortunate that these surfing sites have been kept in secret by some surfers so that they will have an exclusive enjoyment of the place.

This event is quietly distinct experience from the rest of surfing competitions organized all over the country because surfers, whether novice or veteran, will encounter a unique challenge as they glide with the whopping rolling waves breaking in the reef and sandy beach. Also, surfers will surely enjoy their stay while communing with nature as they visit and compete in the captivating waves of Bay-Bay II and Ayoke Island – an eco-tourism destinations in the town.

The five-day event will also feature acoustic bands and disco during night events. There will also be surf/skim clinic, photo contest, coastal clean-up and tree planting activities as part of the event. Everyone is enjoined to witness this surfing competition and explore the natural attractions of Cantilan, Surigao del Sur.

The staging of this national surfing event is made possible through the support of Mayor Genito B. Guardo, Surigao del Sur 1st District Congressman Philip A. Pichay, Gov. Johnny T. Pimentel, Vice Gov. Manuel Alameda, Provincial Board Members, Cantilan Bank, Department of Tourism, San Miguel Beer, Coca-Cola, Tanduay, Cobra, My Life on Board, Local Officials, Balwartees designs and prints and Cantilan Surfing Association. For more information, you may send email to cantilan_surf_association@yahoo.com (CSA), through its President Loanne G. Huelma, at 09194733108. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Butuan-LGU inks partnership with iHome, Inc.

By Maria Luisa Dianah Z. Generalao

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 16 (PIA) – The City Government here has entered into an agreement with iHome Butuan, Inc. to implement socialized land and housing projects during the memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing held recently at the City Mayor’s Office.

The MOA states that the city shall allocate, donate, and take charge of the development of the sites for its socialized housing projects with iHome. Also, the City shall be responsible for the development of the access road and shall cause the delivery of water and electric power supply services to the sites.

Further, the local government shall identify and recommend the community in need from which the home partners are to be selected by iHome according to its Family Selection Criteria.

For its part, iHome shall commence the construction of houses by fully implementing its Volunteer Program upon completion of land development and ensure the quality construction of decent and affordable houses, according to the specifications in the approved subdivision plans and development permit based on the standards of Batas Pambansa 220.

Home partners shall enter into a Lease-Purchase Agreement with iHome prior to occupancy of the assigned housing unit and shall be granted a Certificate of Ownership upon full payment of the house.

For and in behalf of the City Government of Butuan, Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. signed the MOA with iHome Butuan, Inc. President Jowena-Jan M. Hiponia, witnessed by Engr. Cedrick Butao of the City Housing and Development Office.

iHome Butuan, Inc. is a Christian humanitarian ministry concerned with the building of simple, decent, durable, and affordable houses through a self-help housing and community development program. (CMO-PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: Convergence equation; building inroads to peace through skills training initiative

By Gervacio Dauz Jr.

It was at the scenic Lantawan Eco-Park a month and a half ago where I first met and chatted with Mylen G. Mariano, 18, a Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) chair and resident of Brgy. San Isidro here.

At the time, she confided that she was aching to go back to school in order to learn something practical and applicable that she can make use of to earn something for a living.

At the time too, I could sense that she was disposed into believing what the movers and shakers of the Kasanayan Para sa Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran (KKK) Project – which is a skills development convergence for peace – were espousing something that was “too good to be true.” From the presenters on the stage, she heard what they were saying: “free skills training and even scholarship availment.”

The next time around, when our team of collaborators from the Philippine Army’s 3rd Special Forces Battalion (SFB), the Rotary Club of Central Butuan (RCCB), and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) of Agusan del Norte, and this time with representatives from the provincial government of Agusan del Norte and the host local government unit, converged on the municipal gym here, I again saw Mylen. I drew near her and saw the scholarship grant she’s holding, which contained the following entry: Commercial Cooking NC II with the amount of P8,500 to be availed of at the Tesda Provincial Training Center in Cabadbaran City.

After picture taking, I inquired from her: “How does it feel when you are holding now the proof and ticket of your opportunity to learn something practical?” With an infectious laughter, she replied: “I feel truly happy and gay and thankful because of this opportunity. Now I can go back to school. It’s tiresome and tedious doing nothing.”

I could sense through her response that the road to peace is beginning to open up through the skills training and harnessing the people’s potential and aspiration for growth and self-reliance.

Together with Mylen were eight out-of-school youth from this town who were fortunate enough to be chosen to undergo the Commercial Cooking NC II skills training, plus another two who will get training in Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II, for a total of P79,000 in scholarship grants courtesy of the provincial government under Governor Erlpe John M. Amante.

Under the KKK venture, another 30 others will get training in the rudiments of Food and Beverage Services for 10 days through the community-based training approach.

Furthermore, a group of 10 nationally certified welders from this place were also awarded with welding tool kits and paraphernalia composed of welding machine, portable grinders, gloves, gas masks, vests, etc. amounting to P62,000.00 under the Tesda Specialista Technopreneurship Program (TSTP). The TSTP is an ongoing program of Tesda under the leadership of Secretary Joel Villanueva, under a scheme of reaching out to those certified tech-voc graduates who would like to venture into entrepreneurial endeavors.

The scholarship awarding, the KKK venture and the TSTP roll out – all considered as a three-in-one event – made Vice Mayor Zenaida Lim, who represented Mayor Franklin D. Lim, happy, noting that the convergence support would make a dent in her municipality’s quest of helping its constituents help themselves.

“We have lots of out-of-school youth here and the parents could not afford to send them to a degree program,” she said. “But we thank the provincial government of Agusan del Norte, Tesda, RCCB and also the 3rd Special Forces Battalion for taking the initiative of being a blessing to our youth.”

She urged the youth not to be complacent, but instead try to be relevant and have a purpose in life, because “life is not a pointless venture . . . life is more than just existing.”

Said Provincial Director Florencio F. Sunico Jr.: “This is our way of giving our constituents the means to fight poverty. The reason why conflicts arise is because of lack of opportunity. Now we are giving you the opportunity.”

Rey Jamboy, member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in Agusan del Norte, who attended on behalf of Governor Amante, pointed out to the recipients: “You are very fortunate because out of the thousands, you were among the chosen few. Our purpose is to give you the opportunity and we will be happy if you can reciprocate by aspiring to learn and become successful later in life.”

Rotarian John Uy, president of the RCCB, for his part requested that the recipients be receptive and responsive enough to the opportunity given because the means of helping them is just meagre, though he hinted that his club could shell out more money depending on the warm response.

Gentorven Tac-on, who represented Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba of the 2nd Congressional District of Agusan del Norte, disclosed that the congresswoman is equally supportive of the province’s tech-voc initiatives and proof of this is the annual allocation by Matba of P3 million in scholarship support.

Underlying the convergent initiatives is the ever present concern about peace as revealed by Lt. Col. Potenciano C. Camba, Commanding Officer of the 3RD SFB. He pointed out that “Zapanta Valley (in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte) has always been a symbol of insurgency for several years already, not only in Agusan del Norte, but also for the whole region of Caraga.”

He pointed out that insurgency continued to be a challenge because “70 percent of the problem is socio-economic in nature.” But he remained hopeful that with the convergence working its way through giving opportunities for the out-of-school youth, peace would be attainable in the long run. (Tesda-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Caraga)


Center for street kids launched

By Maria Luisa Dianah Z. Generalao

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 16 (PIA) – The city government here recently launched the Center for Redirected Youth (CRY) in Butuan-by-the-River, Brgy. Leon Kilat to address the growing number of street children.

CRY offers a comprehensive program that primarily aims to encourage street children to go back to their own homes and parents. They are provided basic education that is seen to help improve their personal growth and alleviate their living conditions.

Workers from the City Social and Development Welfare (CSWD) perform regular teaching and character development for the street kids.

Aware that parents of these kids don’t have enough to spend for their families, a common reason why the children prefer to stay in the streets, the local government started to conduct regular livelihood trainings for the parents of the street children, for them to be able to start anew and provide for their own families.

Private individuals occasionally donate food for the street children and feeding sessions are done on weekends. CRY is equipped with a library and playground. (CMO-PIO/FMGM PIA-Caraga)


New Integrated Van Terminal offers better services to commuters

By Maria Luisa Dianah Z. Generalao

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 16 (PIA) – Fusing together the scattered local van posts around the city to come up with one accessible station, the local government here through the Land Transportation and Management Office (LTTMO) recently opened the Butuan City Integrated Van Terminal in Langihan area.

According to LTTMO Chief Alfredo Radaza, this development is being undertaken not only to integrate van stations, but also to closely monitor local van transport and to keep an eye on private vehicles that are illegally used for public transport.

This recent progress is also seen to ensure the safety of all commuters going in and out of the city. It is operating on a 24-hour schedule with a round-the-clock security workforce composed of policemen and security guards

The new van terminal is also ensured to offer comfort to the transporting public. It is completely furnished with modern facilities including an air-conditioned waiting area with benches, baggage lounge, and a toilet with assigned sanitation personnel.

The vans are travelling to and from several towns in Agusan and Surigao del Sur and also reach the cities of Davao and Cagayan de Oro on a daily basis.

Chief Radaza said that van operators have been given one week grace period to relocate from their previous van posts and transfer to the new van terminal. Appropriate legal sanctions will be carried out for those that would not follow the new regulation immediately after the grace period ends. (CMO/PIO/FMGM PIA-Caraga)


Barangay Food Terminal to benefit local entrepreneurs

By Maria Luisa Dianah Z. Generalao

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 16 (PIA) – The local government here through the Office of the City Agriculturist recently launched the Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) held at the Butuan City New Villages Cooperative (BCNVC) in Brgy. Mahay.

The BFT will ultimately serve as a market for local farmers and entrepreneurs to sell their harvest of fruits and vegetables, poultry, seafood, and meat to local consumers. This will offer the farmers the opportunity to a better livelihood that is seen to help them combat poverty.

However, the BFT will not only be open for the residents of the said barangay but also to farmers and entrepreneurs from other barangays in the city.

The BFT will be managed by the BCNVC, a group of 230 members who are residents of the said barangay and have been operating for some time now.

A Certificate of Award enabling the BCNVC to manage the BFT and a cash assistance amounting to P 100,000.00 for additional funding, all from the local government, was also presented during the launching. (CMO-PIO/FMGM PIA-Caraga)


Butuan-LGU readies for Light-Up Butuan 2012

By Maria Luisa Dianah Z. Generalao

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 16 (PIA) - As the season of merry-making once again fills the air, the Local Government here through the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) is preparing for the Simultaneous Switch-on and Launching of Light Up Butuan 2012.

Seven areas are now being prepared to be simultaneously lit up during the said launching. These areas include the City Hall Bldg., North and South Montilla Blvd., down the stretch of J.C. Aquino Ave., G. Flores Ave., the extension of South Montilla Blvd. going to the South Market, Macapagal and Magsaysay Bridges, and the Guingona Park.

Engr. Roy Rosales, City Development Administration Desk Officer, added that there will be some changes in this year’s Light Up Butuan. For one, meteor lights will be put up all over the City Hall Complex instead of the usual Christmas lights that were used during the previous celebrations. Along with these are loop lights that will also be put up for a more creative and decorative output. 70 pieces of 4x4 Pampanga lanterns have also been purchased and will be lined up along North and South Montilla Blvd.

The Guingona Park, where the launching will be held, is also being readied. The park will be adorned with meteor lights and Capiz lanterns will be hung in the surrounding Acacia trees.

Annual celebrations are usually launched December 01 of each year, but Engr. Rosales said that the Simultaneous Switch-on and Launching of Light Up Butuan 2012 will be done earlier on November 28.

Engr. Rosales reasoned that the early launching is because of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) National Convention which will be held here starting November 27 up until December 03, 2012, citing that it would be great if the city is already lit up when the 2,500 convention participants from all over the country arrive here.

This year’s Simultaneous Switch-on and Launching of Light-Up Butuan 2012 is themed “White Christmas” to symbolize peace, equality, and progress. Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. said this is because he wants to promote peace and equality amongst its people, and progress to continue the fast development of the city. Fireworks display and the flying of sky lanterns are expected to add excitement to the whole launching activity. (CMO/PIO/FMGM PIA-Caraga)


Country’s first-ever Liga ng mga Barangay College Institution Founded in Butuan

By Maria Luisa Dianah Z.Generalao

 BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 16 (PIA) -- A historic event took place as the first and only college institution founded by a Liga ng mga Barangay (league of villages) held thr blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony in Brgy. Pigdaulan here, Wednesday.

A brainchild of this city’s 86 punong barangays (village heads), the Colegio de Liga ng mga Barangay opened its doors to 13 pioneering instructors and 349 scholars June 18, 2012, with the ultimate goal of providing quality education to the less-fortunate but deserving students.

As per Resolution No. 171 Series of 2012, every barangay is required to contribute a certain percentage of their Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA), depending on the number of students from their community with which they want to enroll as scholars in the Colegio.

The city government, meanwhile, donated the government lot where the college now stands and contributed P 2,285,554 of the total P 5,815,194.61 construction cost.

The structure is yet to be completed, but it already has a library housing 1,100 books, and a computer laboratory furnished with 26 brand new computer units.

At the moment, the two-storey building has six classrooms, but is seen to increase with the addition of six more inside another two-storey building come 2013.

A conference room with an LCD projector and a computer set will also be added, among other new facilities expected to be completed next year.

It now offers two courses: Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Management (BSREM) and Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship (BS Entrep).

The blessing was attended by Bayan Muna Representative Teddy Casiño, who donated a laptop and projector set for the school last July, along with City Councilors Virgilio Nery, Angie Calo, Ramon Carampatana, and City Administrator Leah Mendoza.

The Punong Barangays were also present during the affair and were given Certificates of Recognition. (CMO-PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Workshop for youth development plan set in Cotabato City

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 15 (PIA) - The National Youth Commission (NYC) has formally started a series of regional action planning workshops to ensure the implementation and mainstreaming of the 2012-2016 Philippine Youth Development Plan (PYDP).

The conduct of PYDP Regional Action Planning Workshop will be on November 20, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Casablanca Restaurant, Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato City.

This will be participated by representatives from Regional Line Agencies, Youth Serving NGOs, local government units, SK Officials and representatives from the different youth sectors (In-school Youth, Out of School Youth, and Specific Youth Groups).

The workshop activities are geared towards establishing a common ground on how the PYDP will be appreciated and understood by the different stakeholders; and what type of strategies will be applied to translate the plan into concrete programs, projects, and activities that are aligned with the NYC advocacies like the establishment of the local youth development councils, addressing the concerns on youth employment and migration, adolescent reproductive health, among others

The workshop is co-sponsored by the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA).

For inquiry and coverage of the event, you may contact Ms. Sarah Grutas at 09053353990. (NYC/FMGM PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Presidente Aquino nanguna sa seremnoyal pagpasiga sa 97 ka sityo atol sa 62nd Founding Aniversary sa Mindoro

Ni Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Nob.16 (PIA) - Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III mipakita og dakong suporta ngadto sa programang Rural Electrification pinaagi sa pagpanguna sa seremonyal nga pagpasiga kon switch-on sa 97 ka sityo atol sa selebrasyon sa kasaulogan sa ika-62 nga founding anniversary sa Occidental Mindoro niadtong Huwebes.

Ang Chief Executive, kinsa maoy inilang bisita ug mamumulong atol sa selebrasyon, giasisteran sa mga local ng opisyales nga gipngunahan ni Mindoro Governor Josephine Y. Ramirez-Sato nga gihimo sa Provincial Capitol Compound. Ang Tema karong tuiga, “Matuwid na Daan Tungo sa Pagbabago.”

Siya giabe-abe ni Ocidental Governor Josephine Ramirez Sato, Occidental Mindoro Vice Goveror Mario Gene Mendiola ug Paluan (Occ. Mindoro) Mayor Abelardo Pangilinan.

Si Governor Sato miingon, nga si Presidente Aquino ang ika-duhang presidente nga mibisita sa Mamburao, human ang iyahang inahan nga si Pres. Corazon Aquino.

Ang 97 ka sityo narepresentar sa mga erya nga nakoberan sa Occidental Mindoro Electric Cooperative Inc. (OMECO) ug Lubang Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LUBELCO).

Sa dili pa motapos anng Diyembre 2012, ang OMECO ug ang LUBELCO milaraw nga mopasiga ug dugang 38 ka sityo sa probinsiya. 

Ang Aquino nga panggamhanan mibutang ug electrification una sa gilantaw nga nasudnong kauswagan pinaage sa Sitio Electrificatio Program (SEP) nga giemplementar sa National Electrification Administration (NEA) ug electric cooperative (ECs) sa tibuok nasud.

Ang programa milangkob sa electrification of grid and off-grid sitios pinaagi sa mga kooperatiba sa kurente.

Gawas pa sa seremonyal sa pagpasiga sa mga sityo, SI Presidente Aquino usab naguna sa seremonyal sa inagurasyo sa Mompong Yapang Bridge nga makaplagan sa Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. Siya giasisteran ni DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson ug mga opisyales sa Ocidental Mindoro. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: Education Caravan sa probinsya malampuson nga gipahigayon

Ni Mary Jul Escalante

SURIGAO CITY, Nob. 16 (PIA) – Malampuson nga gipahigayon ang Education Caravan sa probinsya bag-uhay pa lamang didto sa elementaryang eskwelahan sa Sitio Sumilom ug Brgy. Punta Bilar, ning syudad.

Atol sa maong kalihukan gipahigayon usab ang diyalogo sa mga opisyales sa brgy. Lipata ug Punta Bilar kalabot na sa ilang mga kahimtang ug mga gikinahanglang livelihood programs aron makatabang sa ilang panginabuhian ug ang pag-ayo sa mga Barangay Health Centers.
Mapasalamaton ug malipayon kaayo ang mga opisyales ug mga ginikanan sa maong duha ka barangay nga giduaw na usab sila sa gobernador uban ang team capitol dala ang serbisyo sa kapitolyo.

Sa mensahe sa gobernador, iyang gipasabot sa mga ginikanan ang sulod sa packbag nga mga gamit sa maayong panglawas, ug mga libro alang sa mga kabataan kay gusto gayod sa gobernador nga hatagan ug maayong edukasyon ug maayong panglawas ang mga kabataan kay sila ang ugma ug paglaom sa probinsya.

Mitambong sa maong kalihukan mao ang mga magtutudlo, opisyales sa maong mga barangay, barangay health workers, mga ginikanan ug mga estudyante. (PGO-PIC/PIA-Surigao del Norte)