PIA News Service - Wednesday, December 5, 2012


No major damage reported in Surigao Norte, Dinagat Islands after Tuesday’s typhoon- PDRMMC

By Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO CITY, Dec. 5 (PIA) -- No major damage has been reported as Typhoon Pablo struck Surigao del Norte and the province of Dinagat Islands on Tuesday.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) of Surigao del Norte said they received no reports of significant damage of infrastructure in the entire province as of 11 a.m. Wednesday.

“What we only have here is the report from Brgy. Consolacion, Dapa that six houses were totally damaged and only one in Mainit while 280 houses were partially damaged in San Isidro town,” said PDRRMC acting chairperson Vice Gov. Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr.

PDRRMC reported a minor landslide which occurred along Anao-aon – Malimono road in Brgy. Oslao, San Francisco town.

“But the road is still passable,” Egay said.

Also, PDRRMC said that 6,927 families or 31,837 individuals in 74 barangays all over the province have been affected by the typhoon.

No casualty was also reported.

Some 200 passengers and 40 rolling cargoes were stranded in Lipata port.

The power supply was cut off in some areas of the city after some electric posts were toppled down by strong winds yesterday. Water supply in the city was also temporarily cut off.

The PDRRMC also said that nine towns in Siargao Island experienced power blackout yesterday. But as of this report, power has been restored in almost all towns except for Socorro.

In Dinagat Islands, PDRRMC reported a total of 300 affected families or 1,274 individuals in 11 barangays of the province. No major damages were also reported.

The PDRRMC also said that the provincial government thru the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office has extended relief goods to the affected families. (FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


'Pablo' leaves 2 dead in Lingig, several houses totally damaged

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Dec. 5 (PIA) -- Typhoon Pablo leaves two casualties in Barangay Mansa-ilao, Lingig yesterday December 4, Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Officer Mayosito Dano said.

According to Dano the victims were identified as Fritzel Cortes, 48 years old and Jemark Acevedo, 15 years old who were reportedly hit by falling trees.

During the assessment conducted by Provincial DRRM council team yesterday in southern areas of this province, several houses were totally damaged by “Pablo” due to strong winds and storm surge along the coastal areas in Lianga, Hinatuan, Bislig City and Lingig.

As of this writing, power lines in the northern part here composed of the municipalities of Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen and Lanuza was already restored yesterday while in Tandag City, the electricity was restored this morning except in the municipalities of San Miguel and Cortes according to SURSECO II Information Officer Aguinaldo Jaluag.

SURSECO II covers 12 municipalities and one city in the 1st district in Surigao del Sur except Lianga which is under the coverage of SURSECO I.

The Provincial DRRM Office is currently consolidating data from the local DRRMOs here since the most affected areas power lines had been not restored as of this morning and no network communication specially in Lingig and Bislig City. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Adventure-based corporate training highlighted

CEBU, Dec. 5 (PIA) - Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Kool Adventure Camp (KAC) showcased its Professional Development Programs in this year’s 39th Asian Regional Training and Development Organization (ARTDO) International Leadership and HRD Conference held recently at the Radison Blu Hotel.

This year’s conference theme is “Creating a Culture of Excellence Through Workplace Learning and Performance” and its tagline is “Enriching Borderless Learnvironments”.

KAC creates powerful “Learnvironment” through its adventure-based training and development programs that are crafted through a holistic and collaborative consulting approach.

The word “Learnvironment” was coined to emphasize the importance of facilitating learning within the environment in which the learning will be applied.

KAC optimizes workplace learning and performance by allowing individuals to experience fun and engaging activities that reflect what they are actually dealing with back in the workplace.

Through the KAC adventure programs, team members are provided with avenues to have a greater appreciation and understanding of themselves and the bigger picture of the organization as they are faced with everyday challenges and obstacles.

Powerful life and workplace lessons are instilled through the metaphors of the adventure tools used that allow for easy learning transfer and continuous improvement.

KAC Professional Development Programs provides customized programs for Personal Development, Team Development, and Leadership Development. KAC-PDP team works closely with the company’s management and Human Resources Department to establish the desired learning outcomes and to ensure that the programs are fit to the current organizational context and culture. KAC Programs can be designed as a stand-alone program or part of a progression of learning and development initiatives.

KAC is one of the programs under RAFI’s Leadership & Citizenship focus area, where future leaders are nurtured to prepare them to take an active role in affecting change. RAFI’s other focus areas are Integrated Development, Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship, Culture & Heritage, and Education.

KAC is currently building the Philippines’ first outdoor experiential center at Barangay Cansomoroy, Balamban Cebu, which is set to open in 2013.

For more information about KAC, please contact 418-7234 local 407 and look for Althea May Santillan, or visit www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com.ph/rafi.org.ph. (RAFI/PIA-Caraga)


RAFI holds Pablo relief operations

CEBU, Dec. 5 (PIA) - The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) is conducting relief operations in response to super typhoon Pablo, which made landfall Tuesday early morning.

For donations in kind, you can bring them to either of the following drop-in centers: RAFI Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center (EADSC), 35 Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City and University of San Carlos (USC) Main Campus, Sanciangko gate.

For cash donations, you may deposit to Unionbank account number 00-278-000266-4 (Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.).

RAFI is also accepting donations for other affected areas in the Visayas and Mindanao.

To volunteer, please contact Mel Yan at 0917-324-4402 or Mileesa Lumanog at 0916-579-1703, or call 418-7234 loc. 101. (RAFI/PIA-Caraga)


RAFI Micro-finance joins Pilmico Expo

CEBU CITY, Dec. 5 (PIA) -- The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Micro-finance participated in the 1st Pilmico Expo, held recently at the SM Cebu Trade Hall, this city.

The event gave RAFI Micro-finance the opportunity to showcase its products and services, such as loans, capital build-up, and insurance.

More than 400 expo attendees visited the RAFI Micro-finance exhibit booth. They were given an orientation on the RAFI Micro-finance program and other programs of RAFI.

“Our exhibit gave us the chance to orient the people of our work in helping women micro-entrepreneurs and their families in their financial needs. It was also a great break to reach out to prospect clients,” Dominic Sencio, Cebu City Branch manager, said.

RAFI Micro-finance members, especially those who availed large amount of loans and are into hog raising, hog feeds selling, and bakery operations, were invited to the various symposia of the participating partners in hog & gamefowl raising and baking businesses.

“It was a good venue for our clients, even those not into hog raising business, to learn and get ideas and be inspired on alternative business options. RAFI Micro-finance personnel also had the chance to be more knowledgeable of the businesses presented during the expo,” Charen Rabasano, branch manager of Balamban Branch, shared.

Micro-finance is a program under the Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship focus area of RAFI, providing financial resources and know-how to women micro-entrepreneurs to nurture financial independence and entrepreneurship. Other focus areas of RAFI are Integrated Development, Culture & Heritage, Leadership & Citizenship, and Education.

For more information on RAFI Micro-finance, please contact 418-7234 loc. 707 and look for Val Gatchalian, or visit www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph. (RAFI/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: Pangulong Aquino nagbigay kautusan sa mga ahensya ng gobyerno na palakasin ang kanilang disaster mitigation and prevention strategies para sa bagyong ‘Pablo’ upang mapigilan ang pagkawala ng buhay at mga ar-arian

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Dis. 5 (PIA) -- Nagpalabas ng kautusan si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa mga ahensya ng gobyerno upang palakasin ang kanilang disaster mitigation and prevention strategies upang mapigilan ang pagkawala ng buhay at mga ari-arian habang nananatili pa sa Philippine Area of Responsibility ang bagyong ‘Pablo’, ayon sa Palasyo.

Ayon kay Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte sa isang press briefing na isinagawa sa Malacanang kahapon, ang Chief Executive ay walang tigil na nagmomonitor sa sitwasyon upang siguraduhin na nananatili ang pagiging handa sa pagdating ng bagyo.

"Ang utos lang po ng Pangulo ay ipagpatuloy ang ating koordinasyon, ---ang paglalabas ng mga assets na kinakailanga, at tinitingnan din po ng Pangulo kung sapat na ang ating mga preparasyon sa mga lugar na dapat daanan ng bagyong ‘Pablo'," ani Valte.

Ayon din kay Valte ang National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) ay nananatiling naka red alert status sa pagmonitor at paghahatid ng mga weather bulletin para sa bagyong “Pablo” sa lahat ng mga Office of the Civil Defense Regional Centers sa pamamagitan ng SMS at iba pa.

"Sa ngayon po, kami ay nakakatanggap ng balita hinggil sa power outages kung saan ito ay normal sa mga nadadaanan ng bagyo. Ang iba po kasi nagpapatay na sila ng kuryente in their areas para lang po siguraduhing walang hindi magandang pangyayari dahil dumadaan po ang bagyo at patuloy iyon," ani Valte.

Ayon din kay Valte, binigyan diin din ng Pangulo ang importansya ng pagiging handa sa panahon ng kalamidad at ang kooperasyon ng mga tao ay importante din para mabawasan ang masamang dulot ng bagyo.

"Gusto ko rin po sanang tulungan ang ating mga kasamahan sa Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) kasi may mga nagre-report po na kahit may public storm warning signal sa kanilang lugar ay maaraw naman daw at hindi naman daw umuulan. For the information of the public, ang PAGASA po kasi nagtataas ng tropical storm warning signal in advance—meron iyang lead time," dagdag ni Valte.

“Wag po tayong makontento. Meron po tayong sapat na oras upang siguradohin na ang ating mga paghahanda ay sapat," ani Valte.

Ang pamahalaan ay inihanda na lahat ng mga available resources kagaya ng manpower response teams, equipment, rescue assets, at mga relief goods sa pamamagitan ng ibat ibang ahensya.

"Alam nating nakapag-preposition na po ang DSWD mga food and non-food relief items. Ang DOH naman nakapagbigay na po sila ng information as to the basic medicines and the kits that are necessary," dagdag naming sinabi ni Valte na lokal na pamahalaan ay sinuspendi narin nang maaga ang mga klase sa paaralan sa lahat ng level.

Sinabi din ni Valte na maraming flights sa mga lugar na apektado ng bagyo ang nakansela upang siguruhin ang kaligtasan ng mga byahero.

"May mga cancellations na rin po tayo ng mga flights. Ang total affected population po natin for Region VIII, X, XI, and XIII sa ngayon ang impormasyon na nakalap po namin (as of) 6:00 a.m. po—8,283 families and that translates to 41,608 persons doon sa mga rehiyon na nabanggit ko po kanina,"

"Sa mga daungan naman po, ang mga stranded passengers natin nasa 3,406. So hinihingi lang po natin ang kanilang pasensya, doon po sa ating mga stranded na passengers, dahil mas minabuti po natin na hindi payagan ang paglalayag para hindi tayo magkaroon ng ‘di inaasahang aksidente," ani Valte. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Palasyo miingon Framework Agreement tali sa MILF konstitusyunal

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Dis. 5 (PIA) -- Ang Malacañang positibo nga mipadayag nga ang Framework Agreement nga gipirmahan sa gobyerno ug sa Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) mopasar sa konstitusyunal nga isyu niini.

Gipalanog sa Malacañang kining maong pamahayag tungod sa duha ka mga petisyon nga gipasaka ngadto sa Korte Suprema pagkwestyon sa legalidad sa maong Framework Agreement.

Usa sa petisyon ang gipasaka ni lawyer Ely Pamatong nga nag-awhag sa korte suprema sa pagpahunong sa implementasyon sa maong agreement. Gusto usab niya nga mohimog pagpasabot ang Pangulo mahitungod sa maong peace deal.

Sa regular press briefing didto sa Malacañang kagahapon, si Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte miingon nga ang peace panel negotiation sa gobyerno tali sa MILF gihimo human gikonsiderar ang napakyas nga memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain sa administrasyong Arroyo.

“The panel was very mindful of what had happened in the past, and that every step they took was mindful of the mistakes of the past. We are confident that it will pass constitutional scrutiny,”matud ni Valte.

Si Pamatong nga usa ka samokan nga kandidato niadtong 2004 presidential election, miingon nga ang peace panel sa gobyerno nakahimo og grabeng pag-abuso, ug kini milalis nga ang Konstitusyon nagtugot lamang alang sa Autonomous Region sa Muslim Mindanao ug wala kini magtugot sa pagmugna og “Bangsamoro.”

Giangkon ni Pamatong nga ang peace panel “usurped the power of Congress to enact, amend or repeal laws vested on it by the Constitution.”

Kon mahinumdoman, niadtong Oktubre 15, gipirmahan sa gobyerno ug MILF ang maong Framework Agreement. Kini gisaksihan nila Pangulong Aquino, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak ug MILF chair Murad Ebrahim didto sa Malacañang.

Niadtong tuig 2008, giwagtang sa Korte Suprema ug gideklarang dili konstitusyunal ang memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain. Ang maong desisyon sa taas nga korte nakapasuko sa pipila ka mga grupo sulod sa MILF, ug miatake sa mga kabaranggayan nga miresulta sa pipila ka mga pagka-angol. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)