PIA News Service - Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Caraga execs, Rotary Club of Butuan turnover check to Por Cristo Foundation

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 20 (PIA) -- The Association of Caraga Executives (ACE) and Rotary Club of Butuan turned a check worth P200,000 to Por Cristo Foundation (Home for the Abandoned Elderly) as beneficiary, held Tuesday at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Caraga Regional Conference Room, this city.

DPWH-Caraga Regional Director Danilo Versola, who sponsored the said turnover ceremony, commended the efforts of all the ACE members as well as the Rotary Club of Butuan in their intention to help the needy especially the abandoned children and elderly.

Atty. Francisco Pobe, ACE President and Regional Director of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Caraga said he hopes that all ACE members will continue to support, extend help and do volunteerism works to the marginalized sector in the society.

Johnny Sychua, Rotary Club of Butuan president and Regional Vice President of Philippine Health (PhilHealth) Insurance Corporation Caraga said that they will continue to conduct of Golf Tournament so its proceeds could help other socio-civic organizations in the city.

“We hoped to conduct the next Golf Tournament next year before the national and local elections,” Sychua said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Lito Cabebe, a representative of Por Cristo Foundation also expressed his thanks to all the ACE members and Rotary Club of Butuan for choosing their foundation to benefit the proceeds from the recently concluded 5th Golf Tournament held in Cagayan de Oro City.

"With your help, we will be able to improve our facilities to address the special needs of our abandoned elderly," said Cabebe.

The ACE is an organization of heads of offices from different government agencies in Caraga region which aims to further professionalize the corps of CESOs and eligibles. ACE members not only provide financial assistance through the members’ contributions to civic groups’ programs but also undertake outreach programs for the marginalized sector in the society. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


MinDA chair to keynote 1st Surigao Norte Bizcon

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Nov. 20 (PIA) - The 1st Surigao del Norte Business Conference will be held on November 22-23, 2012 at the Provincial Convention Center, Surigao City with Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Sec. Lualhati Antonino as keynote speaker. The theme of conference is, “Responsive Governance, Green Enterprises and Productive People: Onwards to a Bag-ong Surigao.”

The provincial government of Surigao del Norte and the Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry enjoined workers and officials of local governments, national agencies, provincial departments and business establishments to join the two-day event.

Provincial Economic Enterprise Development and Management Office chief Graciela Mante said the conference, which includes an exhibit and trade fair, aims to harness efforts of public and private sectors in encouraging a vibrant business atmosphere in the province and accessing new economic opportunities for a more sustainable and inclusive development.

Registration for the event is at P1,500.00 which covers the meals and snacks, conference materials, and souvenir photo of the participants.

Those interested to join the conference may call Lala at 826-73814/ 0917-7232237 and Cresol at 826-7716/0939-9069600. (FEA/LGU-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Fortun elected anew as BANFA prexy

By Eldie N. David and Glenn C. Amarille

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 20 (PIA) – Vice Mayor Lawrence “Law” Fortun was elected anew as President of the Butuan-Agusan Norte Football Association (BANFA) during the general assembly and election of officers held recently by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF).

Fortun was elected by consensus as there were no other contenders for the post during the election supervised by Mr. Eric M. Pacon, General Secretary of Agusan del Sur Football Association who was also the official representative of the PFF. During the elections, the Board of Directors of BANFA was also elected composed of the following: Constancio “Gigi” Napana (KJB FC); Gil Cabanas (DSFC); Rey Pagapulaan (Cuartel FC); Freddie Dacera (Cabadbaran FC); Norman Daruco (Nasipit FC); Marwenito Zambrano (Looban FC); and Joel Villanueva (Malditos FC).

According to BANFA General Secretary Robby Roluna the leadership of Vice Mayor Law Fortun has been a very big help in providing a “facelift” of the football community in Butuan City and Agusan del Norte. “Beacause of his leadership, a lot of reforms and programs were realized which renewed interest in the game of football in our area which has died down over the years,” Roluna added.

For his part, Fortun thanked the presidents of the different football clubs for their support and vowed to continue the programs that he has started in coordination with the PFF and he hoped that this will all be successful with the cooperation of all the members of the association. In the coming days, Fortun is set to appoint the Vice President, General Secretary and Treasurer pursuant to the provisions of the association’s constitution and by-laws. (Vice Mayor’s Office/LGU-Butuan/PIA-Caraga)


1st LAWig Grassroots Football Cup slated

By Eldie N. David

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 20 (PIA) – Following the election of Vice Mayor Lawrence “Law” Fortun as President of the Butuan-Agusan Norte Football Association (BANFA), he announced that the 1st LAWig Grassroots Football Cup will be held on December 8-9, 2012 at the Butuan City Sports Complex in Brgy. Libertad, this City.

The tournament is an offshoot to the Kasibulan Grassroots Football Festival, a grassroots football program jointly organized by BANFA and the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) held on four occasions aimed at introducing the game of football to as young as 6 years old. More than 2,000 children have participated in the said football clinic which was conducted for free.

More than 100 teams are expected to participate in the said tournament coming from the different public and private elementary schools in Butuan City who are also graduates of the Kasibulan football clinics.

The football tournament which is the first ever will be exclusively for children ages 6-12 years old. There will be three categories in the tournament, namely: 6-8 years old, 9-10 years old and 11-12 years old.

At the conclusion of the tournament, it is hoped that children with potential to excel in the game of football will be discovered which will be put in a training development and hopefully will become future members of the Philippine Team Azkals.

The tournament is also in collaboration with the PFF, the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga Regional Office. Media partners of the tournament are 103.9 Radyo Trumpeta, Bombo Radyo Butuan and 95.1 Love Radio Butuan. (Vice Mayor’s Office/LGU-Butuan/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: Quality education in K to12 system

Along with the introduction of Kto12 education system in the country are public speculations on the readiness of teachers for this new format.

“We are trying our best to capacitate teachers for them to become effective, efficient, and excellent in the delivery of their lessons,” Dr. Carmensita Dinampo, head of the Curriculum and Learning Management Division of Department of Education (DepEd) VII, said.

During the Nov. 10 episode of “Pagtuki”, the official radio program of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), Dinampo said that some teachers have already joined divisional, regional, and national trainings. She stressed that most of the teacher-participants have showed strong commitment in facing the challenge posed by the newly-adapted education system.

According to her, these trainings for the elementary and secondary teachers aimed to maximize their skills in handling the Kto12 system.

Kto12 is the new curricula of DepEd for the primary and secondary education public schools. With K to 12, an additional two more years is added before students can proceed to college.

“Those school administrators who have undergone trainings will train those untrained teachers in their division. There is a need to retool and re-engineer particular areas of instruction,” she added.

She stressed that the excess money from the Kto12 budget allocated for Central Visayas is being cascaded to its provinces for the provision of instructional materials.

“In the K to12 program, we provide teachers lesson guides aligned to the new system. The new design of instruction, the spiral progression approach, is arranged in a way that teachers can easily follow through. Teachers can also modify this guide in order to fit the needs of their students,” she said.

Dinampo acknowledges that there are still those who are doubtful towards the Kto12 system. Believing that the system had the best intentions for Philippine education, DepEd reaches out to other stakeholders and institutions.

“We also check our relationship with our local government units and non-government organizations. Providing quality education cannot be done by schools alone. We need partners,” she said.

“The goal of the Kto12 system is communicative competence. However, we need further researches and studies on the new program in order to address certain problems in the education system,” she stressed.

The Kto12 program has also introduced the use of mother tongue as medium of instruction. The Mother Tongue-based Multi-lingual education (MTB-MLE) shall be applied from kindergarten to Grade 3 in both public and private schools.

"Pagtuki” is aired over dyLA every Saturday at 10-11 a.m. The program, which is one of the Knowledge Sharing & Advocacy capabilities of RAFI, tackles timely and relevant issues affecting the Cebuano community.

For more information about RAFI’s radio program, please contact Fatrick Tabada at 418-7234 loc. 542, or visit www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph. (RAFI/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: GADCC pinaghahandaan ang 18-araw na kampanya laban sa VAW

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Nob. 20 (PIA) – Naghahanda na ang mga kasaping ahensya ng Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) para sa 18-araw na kampanya laban sa violence against women (VAW) na gaganapin ngayong Nobyembre 25 hanggang Disyembre 12, ng lungsod.

Ang GADCC ay sumasailalim sa Regional Development Council (RDC) na pinangungunahan ni Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga Regional Director Atty. Marylin Pintor.

Ayon kay Atty. Pintor ang pagbubukas na seremonya ay gaganapin ngayong Nobyembre 26, na sisimulan sa isang parade at pagpapakawala ng Floating Lights at Advocacy Prayers.

“Matapos ang pagtitipon sa Guingona Park, ang mga partisipante ay maglalakad patungo sa Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) grounds daladala ang kanilang advocacy slogans sa mini-tarps. Ang programa sa PPA ay magsisimula 5:30, kung saan isang ecumenical advocacy prayers ay gaganapin kasabay ng pagpapakawala ng mga floating lights sa Agusan River,” ani Pintor.

Bilang parte na aktibidad ng nasabing kampanya, ang GADCC ay magsasagawa ng isang forum para sa lokalisasyon ng United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) 1325 at 1820 na gaganapin ngayong Nobyembre 27, 2012 sa Ericka’s Pasta Story, ng lungsod.

Ang nasabing forum ay dadaluhan ng local legislators galing sa lokal na pamahalaan ng Agusan del Norte at lungsod ng Butuan.

Kasabay rin sa pagdiriwang ng World AIDS Day sa taong ito, ang Department of Health (DOH) Caraga ay magsasagawa ng isang forum hinggil sa Male’s Involvement in Reproductive Health na gaganapin ngayong Disyembre 1, sa lungsod ng Surigao.

Samantala, ang pagtatapos na selebrasyon ng 18-Day campaign to End VAW ay gaganapin ngayong Disyembre 13 kasabay ng pagsasagawa ng isang forum higgil sa Women Empowerment in Health Development and Gender Equity (WEHDGE), at isang Full Committee Meeting cum Christmas Party, na gaganapin sa Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Caraga Training Center, Butuan City.

Ang Kampanya sa taong ito ay may temang ‘VAW-Free Society in Times of Peace, Conflict, and Calamity.” (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Pres Aquino mimando sa DFA nga mohimo ug lakang aron maseguro ang kaluwasan sa mga Pilipino ngadto sa Gaza Strip ug Israel

Ni Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Nob. 20 (PIA) - Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III mimando sa Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) aron sa paghimo ug lakang nga maseguro ang kaluwasan sa mga Pilipino dungan sa pagtaas sa tensyo sa Gaza Strips ug Israel, ang opisyal sa Malacanyang miingon.

Si Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda miingon atol sa naandan nga press briefing sa Malakanyang matag Lunes nga ang Chief Executive mimando sa DFA nga mohatag og update kaniya sa mga panghitabo sa Gaza Strip ug Israel ug paghatag sa hinabang ngadto sa mga Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) ug sa mga Pilipino nga namuyo na didto.

“Si (DFA Spokesman) Assistant Secretary Raul Hernadez miestorya na. Magpadala ang DFA ug grupo didto aron sa pagmonitor. Gimanduan na kami sa Pangulo nga mohatag ug update sa iyaha bisan pa man tua pa siya sa Cambodia. Kaniadto sa wala pa siya makalakaw, siya nangutana na ug nangayo sa kanunay sa mga update kung unsa na ang mga panghitabo didto, (“Si (DFA Spokesman) Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez nagsalita na po. Magpapadala po ang DFA ng teams po doon to monitor. Inatasan po kami ng Pangulo to update him kahit na nasa Cambodia siya. Noong bago pa po siya umalis, he already asked us to update him on a regular basis kung ano ang nangyayari doon”) sulti ni Lacierda.

“Ang gikabalak-an ni Presidente Aquino mao ang kaluwasan sa mga Pilipino ngadto sa Gaza Strip ug sa Israel. So, kadto mao ang rason, nganong magpadala ang DFA ug grupo aron sa pag monitor sa kaluwasan sa mga Pilipino didto,” ("Ang concern po ni Pangulong Aquino is for the safety of the Filipinos in the Gaza Strip and also in Israel. So, that’s the reason why the DFA is sending teams to monitor the safety of the Filipinos there,") matud pa niya.

Ang DFA walay taho nga dunay Pilipino nga naangol sa miigong komplikto ngadto sa Gaza Strip.

Ang embahada sa Pilipinas didto sa Tel Aviv hugtanong nagamoitor sa sitwasyon sa mga Pilipino human sa bayolenteng kasamok sa Israel ug mga grupo sa militanteng Palestinian sa Gaza Strip.

Ang DFA mibutyag nga dunay mokabat sa gatusan ka mga Pilipino ang naa sa Gaza, samtang mokabat sa 41,000 ang nanarbaho sa mainland sa Israel.

Ang embahada sa Pilipinas sa Tel Aviv miabiso sa tanang mga kumuidad sa Pilipino ngadto sa Gaza ug Israel nga magpabili nga mamatyagon ug alerto. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)