PIA News Service - Friday, December 14, 2012


Comelec-Caraga updates law enforcement agencies on May 2013 Elections

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 14 (PIA) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) - Caraga thru Regional Director Atty. Francisco Pobe updated members of the Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (RLECC) on the upcoming May 2013 national and local elections (NLE), held recently at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga Regional Office, this city.

Pobe said that based on regional statistics, there are 1,445,724 total registered voters for this year, an increased of 7.5 percent from the 1,344,622 registered voters in 2010.

“The 2010 first automated NLE was generally a success. There were only few technical and administrative glitches which have not been proven to have affected the integrity and accuracy of the results. Improvements and innovations for the whole system will be a necessary part of the next automated elections in the country,” said Pobe.

There will be 2,302 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines delivered in the region with 9,457 established precincts and 1,445,724 total registered voters.

Pobe also reiterated poll lawyer Romulo Macalintal’s statement that only the Comelec has the constitutional mandate to enforce and employ all means necessary to ensure a clean and honest election. It has the recognized expertise on matters relating to the use of machines and instruments to carry out its functions which the Supreme Court or any other agency can not intervene.

“With the use of PICOS machines, the voting, counting and canvassing makes less human intervention, fast, reliable, and no more pre-proclamation controversies,” stressed Pobe.

It was learned that the voting on May 13, 2013 will start on 7a.m. and will end on 6 p.m.

Pobe also cited that candidates must not engage in early campaign. Also on Holy Thursday, Good Friday Eve of May 12, and during the day of election.

 The RLECC is chaired by PNP-Caraga Regional Director PCSupt Carmelo Valmoria. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


2012 Outstanding Teachers of Surigao Norte

By Arturo M. Cruje

SURIGAO CITY, Dec. 14 (PIA) -- The Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte has awarded the winners of this year's Search for Outstanding Teachers of Surigao del Norte on December 13 at the Provincial Sports Complex, this city.

The winners for the elementary level are Honey R. Tagalo of Don Enrique Navarro Memorial Elementary School (Dapa, Siargao Island), Janette G. Tupal of Surigao West Central Elementary School (Surigao City) and Daisy Donasco of Anao-aon Central Elementary School (San Francisco).

For the secondary level winners are Alban M. Yamson of Socorro National High School (Socorro), Venus M. Alboruto of Surigao City National High School (Surigao City), Lydia F. Lavares of Surigao del Norte National High School (Surigao City) and for Mobile School Teacher winners are Marissa L. Cuaresma from Siargao Island Division, Hermiette F. Lerog from Surigao City Division and Anefil L. Loayon from Surigao del Norte Division.

Each winner received a cash prize worth P30,000, a plaque of recognition and scholarship grant on graduate course in a local university.

The winners were chosen based on their qualifications and series of thorough document assessment, background check and final interview.

Cong. Juan Edgardo Angara of Aurora Province and Climate Change Commission Secretary Lucille L. Sering led the awarding ceremony. (SDR/PPDO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


6 strife-torn municipalities in Caraga to benefit of peace project

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 14 (PIA) - The Regional Office XIII (Caraga) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will extend its peace and development project to six strife-torn municipalities in the region, a senior regional social welfare official said.

The KC-Pamana integrates peace and social framework of the DSWD’s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), Ester V. Villamor, regional community development specialist of the Kalahi-CIDSS, said.

The project is funded by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (Opapp) under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) funds.

Villamor said that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) implements the “Pillar 2” of the Pamana program. This may refer to the “micro-level interventions to promote the convergent delivery of services and goods focused on households and communities by both national and local agencies.”

The project started in 2011 and may extend until 2015.

The peace and development project will cover the 6 municipalities of San Miguel and its 4 barangays; Tagbina and its 8 barangays and Gigaquit and its 3 barangays, all in the province of Surigao del Sur as well as the municipalities of Esperanza and its 28 barangays; Veruela and its 18 barangays and Lapaz and its 3 barangays, all in the province of Agusan del Sur.

The municipalities were identified by the Opapp as conflict-affected areas (CAAs) and their respective barangays sa Conflict-affected barangays (CABs) because of the sightings, influence or presence of the Maoist guerillas in the area. (PIA-Caraga)


Cooperative movement in Caraga region is ‘vibrant,’ says CDA Director

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 14 (PIA) -- With more than 100,000 members, the cooperative movement in the Caraga region is vibrant.

Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Caraga Regional Director Manuela Pelaez said this Tuesday in a press conference here.

After delisting inactive cooperatives last November, the CDA identified 1,102 re-registered and active cooperatives (out of 2,000 cooperatives in its list).

This number can be broken down per province, thus: Agusan del Norte, 295; Agusan del Sur, 251; Surigao del Norte, 189; Dinagat Islands, 124 and Surigao del Sur lists 243.

Pelaez said the delisting of the inactive cooperatives began two years ago by virtue of RA 9520 (otherwise known as the Philippine Cooperative Code), which mandated the CDA to require all existing cooperatives at that time to re-submit their reports to show whether they are still in operation. Out of the more than 2,000 originally registered cooperatives in the region, only 1,000 cooperatives submitted their reports.

She also said only 50 percent of the co-ops complied with all the necessary legal requirements. But their office, she said is determined to help the others who had exerted their best efforts to comply. "The CDA is not only a regulatory body, but we are also developmental." (PIA-Caraga)


Police to forego yuletide revelries in favor of “Pablo” victim donations

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 14 (PIA) -- Police personnel in Caraga region may miss their Christmas revelries this year but they may carve a memory in the hearts of the recent typhoon “Pablo” victims.

Caraga Police Director CSupt Carmelo Valmoria issued a memorandum this morning for strict compliance and for wide dissemination to all police provincial and city offices, municipal police stations and units “to cancel all Christmas parties.”

Their parties are supposed to be simultaneously held this coming December 20.

Instead of the usual revelries, the police officers are mandated to offer masses to the victims, use the amount to be spent for their parties to buy items/goods for donations and to raise additional funds for the same purpose.

The lower police units up to the regional headquarters had already gathered and solicited some items for donations to the typhoon victims. But sources from the information office of the police regional headquarters here said that these will be reinforced still with the incoming donations.

The medico-legal officer of the Crime Laboratory 13 is now in Compostela Valley Province to volunteer his services, the same source said.

Accordingly, the donated goods along with the other solicited items will be brought at the same time to the intended beneficiaries.

During the typhoon “Sendong” the police regional headquarters here sent some donated goods and a search and rescue team to Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City. (PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: DepEd bibigyang tugon ang mga pangangailangan ng mga paaralan na sinalanta ng bagyong ‘Pablo’

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Dis. 14 (PIA) -- Ang Department of Education (DepEd) ay nagsasagawa ng mga hakbang upang bigyang tugon ang mga pangangailangan ng mga paaralang sinalanta ng bagyong "Pablo" sa probinsya ng Davao Oriental at Compostela Valley noong nakaraang linggo, ito ay ayon sa Pangulo.

Sinabi ng Pangulo sa harap ng mga mamamahayag sa isang panayan matapos ang ginanap na 79th Foundation Anniversary ng Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) sa SMX Convention Center, lungsod ng Pasay, na ang DepEd ay kasalukuyang ding nagbibigay ng tulong sa mga residente na sinalanta ng bagyo.

“Yung mga paaralan, kung alam po ninyo, (Education Secretary) Bro. Armin (Luistro) ay nag-promise po sa atin na wala na tayong eskwelahan na shortage by next year at sigurado po ako na sila ay nagtatrabaho upang mabigyan ito ng tugon hindi lang sa mga paaralan pati na mga bahay,” ayon sa Pangulo

Sinabi din ng Pangulo na isang diskusyon ang isinagawa upang mabigyan ng madaliang tugon ang mga pangangailangan.

“Kami ay nag-uusap po ...ang mga kinakailangan para magkaroon ng assistance sa lahat, yung totally damaged ang bahay... at pati na rin ang mga partially damaged,” dagdag ng Pangulo. (NCLM/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Presidente Aquino miapila sa mga Kritiko: usisaa sa ang inyo mga data adeser mohimo ug mga akusasyon

Ni Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Dis. 14 (PIA) -- Si Presidente Benigno Aquino III miapela sa mga kritiko nga ebripika ang katinuoran sa ilahang mga impormasyon adeser mohimo ug bisan unsa nga mga akusasyon batok sa gobyerno.

Sa usa ka interbyu human sa manguna sa 79th Founding Anniversary sa Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) nga gipatigayon sa SMX Convention Center didto sa Pasay, Huwebes, ang Presidente miingon nga ang impormasyon sa bisan unsa sa tanang transaksyon sa gobyerno makita kon magamit na “online”.

“… Basin pwede mo-apela bisan kanus-a musulti kami sa bisan unsa, (mahimo) kami mohimo kana nga punto sa pagseguro nga kung unsa amoang giingon mao ang beripikado ug sakto? (baka puwedeng mag-appeal --- whenever we say something, (can) we make it a point to ensure that what we’re saying is verified and correct?”), sulti sa Presidente.

Siya nanawagan sa kadtog na-ay bisan unsa nga maisulti batok sa gobyerno nga “mohatag sa amoa ug kortesiya” sa pag usisa sa mga “magamit nga data” online adeser mohimo ug mga akusasyon.

“Nan sa kami makapangayo sa bisan kinsa nga mohimo sa sama ug mohatag kanato ug kortesiya sa/ni… usa muakosar (kang/ sa) tarong nga usisaon ang available nga data,” (“So may we ask anybody to do likewise and give us the courtesy of... before accusing (to) just check on the available data,”0 sulti pa niya. (RER/NGBT/PIA- Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano news: Aquino mitudlo kang Vice Admiral Alano aron mangulo sa Philippine Navy

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Dis. 14 (PIA) -- Gitudlo ni Pangulong Aquino si Armed Forces Central Command chief Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano aron maoy mamahimong officer command sa Philippine Navy, isip hulip kang Vice Admiral Alexander Pama nga moretiro na karong bulana.

Sa kasamtangan si Alano, maoy nangulo sa pipila ka importanteng mga units sa navy lakip na ang Philippine Fleet, Opisina sa Chief of Naval Staff, Naval Forces sa Northern Luzon, Service Force Command ug Naval Air Group.

Sulod sa iyang pagserbisyo sa Philippine Navy ubay-ubay na usab nga mga pasidungog ang iyang nadawat lakip na niini ang award sa Distinguished Service Star, Command at Sea Plaque, Military Medal Award, ang Philippine Navy Surface Warfare Operation Badge, ug ang People Power II Ribbon. (RER/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano news: Aquino gipangulohan ang paghatag sa 15th Quality Award didto sa MalacaƱang

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Dis. 14 (PIA) -- Gipangulohan ni Pangulong Aquino ang pagpanghatag og pasidungog ngadto sa pipila ka mga organisasyon ug kumpanya atol sa kalihukan sa 15th Philippine Quality Award (PQA) kagahapon didto sa Malacanang ug mihangyo usab sa mga pribadong sektor sa paghatag og hinabang ngadto sa mga biktima sa bagyong Pablo.

Ang maong award gipahigayon aron paghatag og kadungganan ngadto sa mga organisasyon nga nakahatag og dakong kontribusyon ug suporta sa kalamboan sa nasod.

Ang mga kumpanya nga nakadawat sa award nga Recognition of Commitment to Quality Management mao ang Don Bosco Technical College, Lyceum of the Philippines, University Batangas Inc., Optodev Inc. ug Thompson Reuters Corp. Pte. Ltd Philippines branch.

Samtang ang San Miguel Yamamura Asia Corp. (SMYAC), maoy nakadawat sa Recognition for Proficiency in Quality Management.

Ang Philippine Quality Award gitukod niadtong tuig 1997 pinaagi sa Executive Order 448 ug namugna ubos sa Republic Act 9013 o pinaagi sa Philippine Quality Award Act niadtong Pebrero 2001.

Established in 1997 through Executive Order 448, the Philippine Quality Award was institutionalized under Republic Act 9013 or the Philippine Quality Award Act on February 2001. (RER/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)