1.06.2013

PIA News Service - Friday, January 4, 2013


PAO lawyers receive raise in monthly honorarium

By Junesther Jean S. Iway and Eldie N. David

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 4 (PIA) – Lawyers from the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) got a post-Christmas treat as the Sangguniang Panlungsod has approved the increase in their monthly honorarium from the City government of Butuan.

The monthly honorarium of PAO lawyers was increased from P2,500 to P4,000.

Fortun, who is also a lawyer, said the increase in honorarium was justified as PAO lawyers absorb much of the cases of people who cannot afford to hire a private-practicing lawyer. The pay increase is a gesture of gratitude on the part of the of the city government for PAO lawyers. (Vice Mayor’s Office/LGU-Butuan/PIA-Caraga)


Top 10 2012 news highlights featured in Pagtuki

CEBU, Jan. 4 (PIA) - The December 30 episode of “Pagtuki,” the official radio program of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), wraps up the top ten news makers of 2012―from big political names, current events to weather forecast, among others.

The suspension of Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia tops the list. Garcia asked the Court of Appeals to stop the suspension order against her that stemmed from an administrative case in 2010.

Garcia said that police could only stop her if they will physically drag her out from her office. The Cebu police, however, said they would not physically remove Garcia from her office unless ordered.

Garcia still continues to “hole up” in her office from December until now.

Second is the canonization of Pedro Calungsod. Filipinos followed the journey to sainthood of Blessed Pedro Calungsod, who officially became a saint last Oct. 20 in a ceremony officiated by Pope Benedict XVI in Vatican, Rome. Saint Pedro Calungsod is a Visayan teenage Catholic missionary who died a martyr in Guam.

Third, super typhoon Pablo caused havoc in areas in Mindanao. Based on the records of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), typhoon Pablo has destroyed P36.95 billion worth of infrastructure, agricultural products and private properties. The death toll from the typhoon stayed at 1, 067 while 834 persons are still missing.

Thousands of people remain homeless after Pablo brought flash floods that wiped out the affected areas.

In Cebu City, classes and work were suspended on Dec. 4 and 5 in all school levels and government offices. The mayor also held a meeting with the Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Council.

The earthquake and the false tsunami alert in Cebu last February 2 ranks fourth. People ran to the streets, cars were abandoned, and traffic was jammed after reports of rising seawater in the coastal areas of Cebu City.

The panic was due to a tsunami scare brought about by the 6.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu and Negros islands.

The passage of the Reproductive Health Bill places fifth. The House of Representatives approved the bill last December, which had been certified as “urgent” by President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino Jr.

The church continues its futile campaign against the move since it has now been made in a law.

On sixth spot is the death of then Department of Local and Interior Government Secretary Jesse Robredo. His lifeless body was recovered at the crash site off the coast of Masbate City last Aug. 18.

Pilot Captain Jessup Bahinting and co-pilot, Nepalese flight student Kshitiz Chand, were also confirmed dead. From August 21 until his interment, all government buildings and installations around the country lowered the national flag to half-staff in compliance with the President’s proclamation declaring the national days of mourning for Robredo.

Seventh on the list is the implementation of the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 even after its provisions were questioned before the Supreme Court last October. But the High Tribunal issued a temporary restraining order (TRO), which lasts for 120 days, thus oral arguments on the case will be held on Jan. 15.

On May 29, 2012, Corona was found guilty of Article II of the Articles of Impeachment filed against him pertaining to his failure to disclose to the public his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth.

Corona was appointed Chief Justice on May 12, 2010. He was the most senior Supreme Court justice among the four nominees from the Judicial and Bar Council.

Second to the last is the feeding of whale sharks in Oslob. The practice was questioned after Dr. Lemnuel Aragones, a marine mammal expert, said that feeding whale sharks is an “irresponsible use of natural resources, which could easily be mismanaged and abused.”

Oslob officials still continue to raise awareness and education about marine life among its locals.

Completing the list is the formation of Mega Cebu. Cebu’s private sector is determined to lead in pushing for the realization of the Mega Cebu project, a move to create a 30-year master plan that will put Cebu at par with key metropolitan destinations in the world.

The Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board (MCDCB) is the proponent of the Mega Cebu master plan led by the Cebu Provincial Government, RAFI, and six large private sector groups like Cebu Business Club (CBC), Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) and Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), among others.

"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)


Youth org, LGU facilitate gift-giving activity for IPs

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Jan 4 – The Propelling Our Inherited Nation Through our Youth Incorporated (Pointy Inc), a newly organized youth leader’s organization in Northern Mindanao, has partnered with the local government of Kitcharao, ADN and the 402nd Infantry Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, for its gift-giving activity at Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte dubbed as “Bagong Taon, Bagong Pag-Asa Para Sa Atong Mga Igsoong IP” held recently.

More than 500 Indigenous People (IP) from barangays Canaway, Hinimbangan, Bangayan, and Mahayahay, all of Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte and Brgy Ombong, Alegria, Surigao del Norte, benefited from the said gift-giving activity.

Last December 26, 2012, POINTY Inc also conducted a simultaneous gift-giving activity in Regions 10 and 13. The activity was covered by both local and national media outlets and was able to reach out to different organizations that later offered to give support for the advocacy. Upon receipt of these supports, POINTY Inc. in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte scheduled the second round of the gift-giving activity for the IPs.

Hon Jenry Montante, Municipal Mayor of Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte extended his deepest gratitude to the people behind the successful gift-giving activity to the IPs in his municipality and even approved the budget for the expansion of the youth leaders organization within his municipality so that they will be able to carry on the peace advocacy that the government is promoting.

The Pointy Inc. is set to expand its organization this year and for the following years to come through series of municipal youth leadership seminars that will be conducted by the LGUs, LGAs, PNP, and the AFP in Northern Mindanao. (4CMOBn, 4ID, PA)


Assembly gathers businesswomen

CEBU CITY, Jan. 4 (PIA) - "Starting small is not a hindrance to improve the business if you are prepared to accept help from others."

This was the statement made by Virgilia A. Bonghanoy, Most Outstanding Client of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. Micro-finance (RAFI Micro-finance) Client Awards 2012, said in her inspirational speech during the 9th General Assembly held recently at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex, this city.

Bonghanoy said that her family’s prayers is the most important thing that helped her through in growing her business. She thanked RAFI Micro-finance for the financial opportunities and support for her to expand her business. She received Php 25,000 and a plaque.

The event, with the theme “RAFI Micro-finance: Kaabag sa Responsableng Patigayon alang sa Kalamboan”, gathered more than 2,000 women micro-entrepreneurs from various RAFI Micro-finance branches of Cebu.

During the assembly, client nanays were recognized for the Most Outstanding Chairwoman, Most Outstanding Group Secretary, Best Group, and Best Center Meeting Place awards. The winners of the first two awards mentioned were Espelita Sordilla and Rosario Bacaling, respectively. Solid Rock won the last two awards.

There were also special awards given such as Most Conscientious Saver, Most Improved Client, Most Improved Chairwoman, Most Improved Center Meeting Place, and an award to the client who has been dedicating herself in preserving a tradition. The winners, respectively, were Emma Atis, Guillerma Geronimo, Ma. Theresa Egos, Solid Rock, and Josefina Magallones.

Donato Busa, general manager of Busa Printers; Melanie Ng, vice president of Ng Khai Development Corp.; and Glenn Anthony Soco, president of GA Satellite Ventures, imparted business experiences and insights to the participants.

“If you dream, dream big and work on it,” Soco urged.

 There was also a trade fair in front of the gymnasium, where various products―from local delicacies, seafood, to garments―from all over Cebu Province were displayed.

A medical mission, in collaboration with the Eduardo Aboitiz Cancer Center (EJACC), was held in the afternoon, benefitting around 600 people. Medical services included free adult consultations and cervical screening. Vitamins and sample medications were also given.

The Mantawi Integrated Dance Company and Cebu Gays Diva, performed dance numbers and comical skits.

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)


Feasibility Study on Solar Energy System for Butuan to be undertaken

By Junesther Jean S. Iway

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 4 (PIA) – The Belgian firm Enfinity, a developer of renewable energy, through its local firm Enfinity Philippines Renewable Resources Inc. (EPRRI) will enter into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Butuan City Government for the creation of a feasibility study in putting up of a solar energy system project in this city.

The Sangguniang Panlungsod has seen the need to commit to such noteworthy project to bring about effective solutions to different issues of pollution particularly in Butuan City as well as ensure reliable supply of electricity at affordable rates basically to promote holistic development with the passage of a resolution of the said purpose.

As stated in the resolution, it is in pursuance of Republic Act 9513, a declared policy of the government to develop and utilize renewable energy sources and promote its efficient and cost-effective commercial applications by providing fiscal and non-fiscal incentives. This is where solar energy system comes.

Vice Mayor Law Fortun said the use of solar energy is timely as it is one of the best options available.

An energy coming from nature is one of the cleanest, harmless and cheapest ways to have a cleaner and safer environment. Knowing its financial benefits and constructive and helpful impact on every individual and on the environment as a whole, it is safe to say that having a solar energy system means having a more productive and stronger economy, Fortun said. (Vice Mayor’s Office/LGU-Butuan/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: 7 bayan ng Agusan del Sur nagkaroon na ng maiinom na tubig

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Enero 4 (PIA) -- Labing siyam na barangay mula sa pitong bayan ng Agusan del Sur ay nagkaroon na ng malinis na maiinom na tubig matapos ang simpleng seremonya ng pagsasalin ng mga pasilidad sa mga punong barangay noong Disyembre 14, 2012.

Ayon kay Kag. Allan Santiago, miyembro ng Sangguninag Panlalawigan at siya ring nanguna sa proyekto na kung tawagin ay “Tubig Imnonon Natong Agusanon” (TINA), ang naturang proyekto na isang bio-sand water filter facility, ay siyang pinakamagaling na paraan upang matugunan ang kawalan ng mapagkukunan ng malinis na maiinom na tubig ng mga residente sa malalayong lugar sa Agusan del Sur kaya't sa mga sapang marurumi at dumadaloy kung saan-saan na nagdudulot ng sakit sila kumukuha ng tubig.

Sinabi ni Engr. Pamela Yucosing, ang provincial engineer ng lalawigan, bago ipatupad ang naturang proyekto, ang kanilang tanggapan ay nagsagawa ng pagsasanay sa mga benepisyaryo ng kanikanilang responsibilidad upang mapanatiling malinis at nasa mabuting kalagayan ang proyekto.

“Bago maisakatuparan ang naturang proyekto, ang mga residente sa mga napiling lugar na ito ay kumukuha lamang ng tubig na kanilang iniinom at pangangailangan sa hindi ligtas na pinanggalingan tulad ng sapa at balon na kanilang hinukay malapit sa kanikanilang mga bahay, habang ang iba ay naglalakad ng kung ilang kilometro para makakuha ng ligtas na tubig na mainom,” Sabi ni Yucosing.

Bawat bio-sand water filter ay nagkahalaga ng P140,000. Sa taong 2012, ang pamahalaang panlalawigan ay naglaan ng P2.9 milyon para sa naturang proyekto.

Ang mga mapalad na barangay na nagkaroon ng patubig ay ang barangay Mapaga, Lan Caridad, Napo, New Maug at Purok 5 ng Patin-ay na sakop ng bayan ng Prosperidad para sa Distrito 1. Para naman sa Distrito 2, Barangay 1, Borbon, Rizal at Tagapua ng San Francisco; Tagbayagan, Maligaya, San Roque at Manat sa Trento; Mambalili at Poblacion sa Bunawan; Aurora at Tapas ng Sta. Josefa; Panagangan at Sagunto ng La Paz at Buena Gracia ng Talacogon.

Malaki ang pasasalamat ng mga residente na nabigyan ng patubig dahil ito ay sagot sa kanilang panalangin na magkaroon ng malinis na tubig na mainom. Bilang ganti, sila ay nangakong aalagaan mabuti ang naturang proyekto upang ito ay maging panghabang buhay.

Ayon kay Yucosing, ipinag-utos ni Gob. Adolph Edward Plaza na sa taong ito ng 2013, ang ilalaan na pondo ay aabot sa P3.5 milyones na kukunin sa 20 porsyentong Provincial Development Fund. (RER/DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano news: Palasyo mitimbaya sa “re-extension sa ceasefire sa mga kumunistang insurhente

Ni Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

MANILA, Enero 4 (PIA) -- Gitimbaya sa Malakanyang ang re-extension sa ceasefire sa kumunistang rebelde hangtod sa Enero 15 ning tuiga ginotahan nga kini makabenpisyo sa mga manggugubat sa kabukiran.

“Ang Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) ang mideklarar sa re-extension sa ceasefire ngadto sa Enero 15, 2013. Ang gobyerno mitimbaya sa maong kabag-ohan nga kinasingkasing gikan sa bag-ohay pang posisyon niini. Kini makahatag sa among mga kasundalohan ug mga membro sa mga CPP-NPA-NDF nga dugang oras kaubann ang ilahang mga minahal sa kinabuhi, nga mamahimong makuli atol sa oras nga dunay kasamok,” (“The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has declared a re-extension of the ceasefire to January 15, 2013. The government welcomes this change of heart from their earlier position. This gives our soldiers and members of the CPP-NPA-NDF more time with their loved ones, which becomes difficult in times of conflict,”) si Presidential Edwin Lacierda miingon atol sa iyahang pamahayag sa adlaw’ng Huwebes.

“Bisan pa sa unilateral nga pamahayag ngadto sa suhi, ang gobyerno hingpit nga misaad sa pagtahod sa maong ceasefire – tataw nga indikasyon sa amoang sensiro ug determinasyon nga mapadayon ang pagpalig-on sa kalinaw.”

Ang mga representante sa gobyernno ug sa CPP-NPA-NDF nagtagbo didto sa Hague, Netherlands sa miageng bulan ug miuyon sa “holiday ceasefire” nga ipatuman gikan Disyembre 20,2012 hangtod sa Enero 15, 2013.

Si Lacierdda usab miingon, nga ang administrasyon sa Aquino milantaw padulong ngadto sa mabungahon nga dayalogo uban ang CPP-NPA-NDF, uban ang panlantaw sa pag amuma sa tinood ug malahutayong kalinaw sa nasud.

Ang rebeldeng grupo gipamub-an ang deklaradong ceasefire diha sa gobyerno karon nga semana. Imbes Enero 15, ang maong ceasefire gipatuman nga natapos sa adlaw’ng Miyerkules.

Ang CPP-NPA-NDF miingon nga gipamub-an ang durasyon sa ceasefire tungod kay si President Benigno Aquino napakyas sa pag- isyu ug matugbanong deklarasyon paila sa nahisgutang ceasefire nga motapos sa Enero 15. (EOT/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: Siyudad sa Surigao gibuksan ang One-Stop Shop sa pagpang-isyu og permits

Ni Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO CITY, Jan 4 (PIA) -- Gibuksan na gyud niadtong miaging adlaw ang One-Stop Shop sa pagpang-isyu sa mga business permits ug lisensya nga gipasiugdahan sa dakbayan sa Surigao didto sa City Gym, ning syudad.

Si City Mayor Ernesto Matugas kauban ang ubang opisyales sa syudad ug mga myembro sa Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry kun SSCI maoy nangulo sa pagbukas sa maong programa.

Sumala pa sa nangulo sa SCCI nga si Willy Gan nga ang one-stop shop abri sa Lunes hangtud sa Sabado sa alas-8 sa buntag hangtud sa alas-10 sa gabie. Kini nga aktibidad mulungtad hangtud sa Enero 20, ning tuiga.

Siya midugang nga ang ilang organisasyon muhatag ug pipila ka mga houseware items sa kung kinsa kadtong unang-napulo nga mga aplikante mi-apply atol sa pagahimuong raffle draw karong adlawa, Enero 4.

Samtang, ang buhatan sa Business Permits and Licensing Office miahwag sa mga negosyante sa pagparenew na gyud dayon aron dili na sila malangan pa.

Ang pagbaton ug usa ka one-stop shop usa kini ka padayong suporta sa dakbayan sa Surigao sa paghatag ug paspas ug episyente nga serbisyo sa mga negosyante sa ilang pag-apply ug pagrenew sa ilang business permits sa usa lamang ka lugar. (FEA/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)