PIA News Service - Friday, January 11, 2013


DSWD, Tesda launch cash-for-training project for victims of 'Pablo'

By David M. Suyao

BARANGAY ANGAS, Sta. Josefa, Agusan del Sur, Jan. 11 -- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) Caraga Region, Wednesday, January 9, launched the Cash for Training Project (C4TP) here with Tesda Regional Director Florencio Sunico Jr., Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza, Vice Gov. Santiago Cane Jr., Congresswoman Evelyn “Bebs” Plaza-Mellana with Sta. Josefa Mayor Glenn Plaza.

According to Emma de Villa of Tesda, the C4TP will be participated by the 40 victims of typhoon Pablo, where 16 will be recipients of carpentry training, 12 of masonry, and 12 of electrical. Trainees will be provided free tool kits and an allowance of P7,100 each for masonry and electrical while trainees of carpentry will receive P5,100 each for the whole duration of the 13-day training.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development finances the program while Tesda will be in charge of the training, tapping the technical personnel from the Agusan del Sur National School of Arts and Trades.

“This is government in action, bringing the government closer to the people. For the participants, I challenge you to maximize the use of this training for your own and your family’s welfare, development, and economic uplift. After rendering your services reconstructing the damaged houses of the typhoon victims, you can go abroad, and I am willing to help you process your documents so that you can fulfill your dreams for your families,” Mellana said.

According to Gov. Plaza, he sees the training as a very noble project and a great opportunity given by the government to the people, especially typhoon victims. The governor challenge the people attending the launching to exercise the Filipino bayanihan system in order that the construction of the damaged houses be early and easy.

“Let us thank President Noynoy Aquino for the funds and Tesda for the early implementation of the project. This is a very laudable and effective intervention of government and this is very timely because this is a great help for typhoon victims. I am therefore challenging you to be strong and determined in order to rise again because in every crises, there is always opportunities to come,” Plaza said.

The launching also included the construction of the two houses for Lilia Sendico, 74, and Cristita Albior, 68, whose houses were totally damaged by typhoon Pablo on December 4, 2012. The houses will be made of lumber and kalakat with G.I. sheets roofing with an estimated cost of P61,000, according to Norberto Dorado of Tesda. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Fortun pushes for forced evacuation

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 11 -- Vice Mayor Lawrence “Law” Fortun has instructed personnel involved in the Butuan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) to forcefully evacuate residents who are living within the danger zone in the Agusan River to cushion the possible impact of flash floods that may occur amidst the heavy rains being experienced by city.

In a radio interview, Fortun said that the City Government has increased its Alert Level to 3 when the water level at Agusan River rose to 3.2 meters over the past hours yesterday.

“With a water level of this high, this is something that we really need to take this seriously. It’s fortunate that the CDRRMO already has a contingency plan in place in cases of calamities and all we have to do is implement the said plan,” Fortun said.

Fortun also appealed to the people living in low lying areas especially those in the banks of Agusan River to follow the pre-empted evacuation that is currently being implemented.

Fortun, who is currently the Acting Mayor also supervised the preparation of the relief goods that will be distributed to the evacuation centers. After which, he also led local government officials in the distribution of relief goods to the different barangays.

Fortun will also do rounds in the different evacuation centers to check on their status and also distribute relief goods to the families who fell victims to the massive floods. (Vice Mayor’s Office/LGU-Butuan/PIA-Caraga)


Army conducts security awareness campaign to Gigaquit students

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Jan 11 (PIA) – The Speaker’s Bureau Team of the 30th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army has conducted a security awareness campaign for the students of Gigaquit National High School (GNHS) in Gigaquit, this province.

The activity was aimed to enhance the security awareness of the students and the teachers in connection with the present insurgency problem in the country and encouraged them to support and be an active partner in every peace and development activities in their respective communities.

It also aimed to inform them about their significant roles in the implementation of the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines called “Bayanihan.”

The security awareness campaign of the 30IB, PA through the conduct of school symposium in different public and private high schools in the province is part of the IPSP and peace development activities of the unit within its area of responsibility.

The peace development activities of the unit carry out the IPSP Bayanihan program of the AFP which advocates the collaboration of efforts of all the stakeholders in the society to include the teachers and the students in order to achieve a peaceful environment that is conducive for a sustainable development. (SDR/CMO 30IB/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano news: Pangulong Aquino nangulo sa seremonya pagpasidungog sa 2012 Outstanding Young Men

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 11 (PIA) -- Si Pangulong Aquino mipasidungog sa pito ka mga indibiduwal gipili nga The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) sa tuig 2012 pinaagi sa usa ka seremonya nga gipahigayon didto sa MalacaƱang kagahapon.

Ang TOYM maoy pinaka prestihiyosong pasidungog alang ngadto sa mga batang-ong mga kalalakin-an ug kababayen-an nga nag-edad 18 ngadto 40 anyos diin ang mahalangdong buhat ug dedikasyon ngadto sa ilang propesyon o bokasyon miresulta sa mahinungdanong kontribusyon alang sa kaayohan sa ilang isig-katawo lakip usab ang kauswagan sa ilang mga tagsa-tagsa ka paningkamot.

Gipangulohan sa Pangulo ang maong seremonya sa paghatag pasidungog ngadto sa mga TOYM awardees karong tuiga uban sa mga tigpasiugda sa TOYM nga mao sila TOYM Foundation vice chairman Lorenzo Tan; Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines president Randolf Ivan Ruste; ug Gerry Roxas Foundation chairperson Judy Roxas.

Ang 2012 TOYM awardess mao sila: Democratic Independent Workers’ Association (DIWA) Partylist Representative Emmeline Aglipay lang sa Public Service; Warren Baticados alang sa Veterinary Medicine; Emilio “Chiefly” Caligdog alang sa Sports; Abelardo David alang sa Community Occupational Rehabilitation; Ivan Anthony Henares alang sa Heritage Conservation; Rodrigo “Jiggy” Manicad Jr. alang sa Broadcast Journalism; ug si Allan “apl.de.ap” Pineda alang sa Contemporary Music.

Sa iyang mensahe, gidayeg ug gipasalamatan sa Pangulo ang mga awardess tungod sa ilang mga mahinungdanong kontribusyon aron mamahimong inspirasyon sa matag Filipino ug aron mapakita sa tibook kalibutan nga ang Filipino world class ug bisan asa ug unsa nay naabot anaa gyud gihapon kaniya ang diwa sa pagtinabangay. (FEA/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)