PIA News Service - Thursday, December 6, 2012



Butuan back to normal after Typhoon “Pablo” hits city

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 6 (PIA) –Life is back to normal in Butuan as Typhoon “Pablo” leaves the Philippine area of Responsibility. Air and land travel have been restored in the region.

As of this posting, Pablo was located 370 km West of Coron, Palawan.

The Province of Surigao del Sur in Caraga region, however, has been declared under the “State of Calamity.”

In an interview, Surigao del Sur Provincial Governor Johnny Pimentel said some of the evacuees are now returning to their homes.

Regional Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) Caraga reported that the Typhoon had affected 37 provinces, 4 cities, 163 barangays, 18,099 fFamilies and 15,645 family evacuees. Three houses were also reported as badly damaged and some 332 house were partly damaged.

With this, the local government units (LGUs), concerned agencies, Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Armed Force of the Philippine (AFP) are united to help the Region back to its normal life. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Nat'l Competitiveness Council conducts roadshow in Butuan

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 6 (PIA) -- In line with the establishment of the Regional Competitiveness Council (RCC) the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) of the Philippines in cooperation of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga region conducted recently a roadshow, this City.

The NCC Roadshow is anchored on the theme, “Boosting Regional Competitiveness through Public-Private Partnership.”

During the roadshow, Guillermo Luz of the Makati Business Club and the current co-chair of NCC, discussed the Building the Regional Competitiveness and 2012 below Poverty Line Survey (BPLS) results.

Luz presented the World Economic Forum (WEF) were the country is on No. 65 out of 144 or No. 6 of 8 in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) based on the Global Competitiveness Report; No. 138 out of 185 or No 8 of 8 in Asean for the International Financial Corporation (IFC) doing Business Survey; No 43 out of 59 0r No. 5 of 5 IN Asean for the International Institute for the Management Development (IMD) World Competitiveness Report; and No. 78 out of 113 or No. 15 of 20 in Asian Pacific for Future Brand’s Country Brand Index.

The creation of the RCC is championed by the NCC – a public-private sector body that was formed in 2006 thru Executive Order 571 and amended by Executive Order 44 in 2011, which is tasked to improve the country’s global competitiveness ranking, Luz explained.

Meanwhile, Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. welcomed the participants of the roadshow from the government line agencies, non-government organization, local government units, and the academe.

Amante also said that based on the 2011 National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) findings, Caraga Region is on its full economic growth reaching 9.6 percent from 7.4 percent of the recent years.

With this development, Luz said that the NCC believes that in order to raise the country’s over-all competitiveness – the country needs to build the competitiveness of the region. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Death toll left by typhoon Pablo in Agusan del Sur rises to four, damages to properties, infra and agriculture also increase

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Dec. 6 (PIA) -- Typhoon "Pablo" death toll in Agusan del Sur has risen to four, as another casualty was identified, a report by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said.

The casualty was identified as Edgardo Gargar from San Vicente, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur who was killed inside his house when it collapsed due to a falling tree.

Totally and partially damaged houses increased by more than 900 percent to 9,409 houses, from 1,737 houses reported yesterday. Total damage was estimated at P105,142,000.

The municipalities of Rosario, Sta. Josefa, Veruela and Esperanza, including their component barangays, have no electricity.

After thorough inventory of evacuees at the identified evacuation centers province-wide, the number also increased from 22,615 persons or 4,470 families presented on previous report to 30,305 persons or 6,346 families in the present report.

As of this posting, three municipalities namely Sibagat, Prosperidad and Talacogon have declared partial damages in agriculture totaling to almost P5 million, with a total of 191 hectares agricultural lands damaged.

Early this morning, Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza ordered a team composed of technical personnel from the Provincial Agriculture Office, the Provincial Planning and Development Office, the Provincial Veterinary Office, the Provincial Engineering Office, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office and other offices to conduct actual inspection of the extent of damages in the municipalities of Rosario, Bunawan, Trento, Sta. Josefa and Veruela which were heavily affected and have a meeting with the local officials regarding the help that the local government could immediately extend to the victims.

Yesterday, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan also conducted a special session in order to pass Resolution No. 461 series of 2012, declaring the entire province of Agusan del Sur in State of Calamity. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


News Feature: Philippines, Japanese unions making ‘Progress’ in pioneering productivity initiative

MANILA, Dec. 6 (PIA) – After 17 years of partnership, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP-ITUC) and Japanese unions through the Japan International Labor Foundation (JILAF) are preparing again for another round of national capacity programs to scale up productivity efforts at the workplace.

The Program on the Role of Trade Unions in Empowerment and Strategic Steps to Decent Work (Progrress) is an action-oriented model initiative which integrates industrial relations, corporate social responsibility and productivity-enhancing methods through 5S, Kaizen and collective bargaining into one package. It was piloted and formally introduced in the Philippines in 2011.

A high level delegation of five officials and experts of Japan Productivity Center (JPC) and JILAF headed by its Executive Director, Mr. Hisashige Danno, will lead the conduct of the five-day program which will run from December 9 to 13, 2012.

“We are very excited about this program. Implementing this new initiative in the country, now in its second year, shows that considerable progress has been made towards improving working conditions and productivity at the workplace,” said TUCP President Ernesto Herrera.

Herrera expresses pride at hearing the positive reviews of all joint TUCP and JILAF programs. He shares that TUCP members and partners always look forward to attending JILAF programs which are known to be always dynamic and participatory-oriented with practical applications to any type of workplace.

"We are very proud to be part of and the key implementing partner of JILAF in so many pioneering efforts. This year, the TUCP is proud to be jointly implementing yet another equally relevant and timely program on productivity," he added.

Herrera notes that this program could not have come at a better time. "Filipino workers and their families are faced with many challenges and opportunities which make it even more important to get our productivity performance up to speed. But rather than waiting for the government to do something, unions and workers are taking productivity matters into their own hands," he added.

"I am certain that unions, workers and their families have the capability and commitment to take up this productivity challenge and succeed," concludes Herrera.

This year’s module which has been expanded to five days, will further emphasize strategies and actions by which workers and their unions, and jointly with government and employers, can participate and make meaningful contributions to improving productivity at the workplace.

Around 40 trade union leaders from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao coming from sectors identified as key employment generators such as BPOs, services (e.g., hotels and restaurants) and transportation and other major industries will attend the program. (FEA/TUCP/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Feature: Guarding museums, heritage sites

It is a growing challenge to museums and heritage sites to safeguard precious artifacts while allowing visitors a chance to see valuable pieces of history.

The recent burglary in Fort San Pedro Museum raised questions in the public mind about the security of museums and heritage sites.

During the Nov. 24 episode of “Pagtuki,” the official radio program of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), SPO4 Romeo Cabrera, deputy chief of Cebu City Tourist Police, revealed there is a shortage of policemen guarding museums and local sites.

“Our tourist policemen are only on duty during office hours (8 a.m.- 5 p.m.). When the museum closes, blue guards assume their posts. This absence of round-the-clock duty is because of the number of tourist policemen available,” he added.

The tourist police program was created by the Philippine National Police in 2010 to regain foreign visitors' trust and confidence in the law.

Cabrera said the installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in museums help museum administrators monitor activities inside the building.

“Tourist policemen are doing the best they can in their service. When a crowd of visitors are drawn to one heritage site alone, our focus is on that site. Our concern is the lack of policemen who will respond to the problems of other museums and heritage sites,” he said.

At present, there are only 22 policemen deployed in Cebu City's heritage sites. Cabrera said they do not respond to tourist problems alone but also to problems concerning the whole community.

For Florencio Moreño II, curator of Casa Gorordo Museum, safeguarding cultural properties and archaeological artifacts is a joint responsibility of the community and not just of the tourist policemen.

“Museums and heritage sites are important because they help us understand our own history. They give us an idea of the life of our forefathers. Also, this is our basis of our identity as Cebuanos,” Moreño said.

“Museum burglary is a silent destruction of our cultural properties. It’s a good idea to install modern technologies like CCTV. But most importantly, the community must understand and value these artifacts as well,” he added.

Casa Gorordo Museum will display the traditional Belen of the Gorordo family on December 2.

"Pagtuki” is aired over dyLA every Saturday at 10-11 a.m. The program, 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)


Cebuano News: Pangulong Aquino mianunsyo pagpili kang Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Erlinda Basilio isip bag-ong Ambassador ngadto sa China

Ni Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO CITY, Dis. 6 (PIA) – Gianunsyo kagahapon ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang iyang pagpili kang Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Erlinda Basilio isip bag-ong Ambassador ngadto sa China hulip kang kanhi Ambassador Sonia Brady nga nahiagom sa strok niadtong Agosto didto sa Beijing.

Sa interbyu human sa iyang diskurso atol sa League of Municipalities General Assembly didto sa Manila Hotel, ang Pangulo miingon nga iya ng isumiter ang pangalan ni Basilio ngadto sa Commission on Appointments isip iyang napili ngadto sa maong sensitibo nga puwesto. Si Basilio sa kasamtangang nagserbisyo isip senior official sa Department of Foreign Affairs.

“…We will submit her name to the Commission on Appointments (and) once they confirm (her), therefore, we can seek the—the French term is ‘agrément’—parang the agreement for the designation of Usec. Basilio as our new ambassador to China,” matud sa Pangulo.

Matud pa sa Pangulo nga iyang gibase ang iyang desisyon pagpili kang Basilio gikan sa rekomendasyon ni Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario, dugang pa nga si Basilio adunay “wealth of experience” nga maipakita ngadto sa China “how important” ang atong relasyon ngadto kanila.

“Basically the high recommendations by our Secretary of Foreign Affairs, given her wealth of experience; given that she’s already a senior undersecretary sends a signal of how important our relations are with China and how serious we are in trying to achieve an understanding with them,” dugang pa sa Pangulo. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)