PIA News Service - Tuesday, January 22, 2013



NSO-Caraga launches 2012 agri, fisheries census

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) -- The National Statistics Office (NSO)-Caraga Region on Tuesday launched the conduct of the 2012 Census for Agriculture and Fisheries (CAF).

In a press conference which formally kicked-off the activity, NSO-Caraga Regional Director Dr. Rosalinda Celeste-Apura pointed out that their agency is mandated by Commonwealth Act 591 and Executive Order 121, to reorganize and strengthen the Philippine Statistical System.

Apura explained that NSO is the sole agency to undertake the CAF. She also said Executive Order 352 (Designation of Statistical Activities that will generate critical data for decision-making of the government and the private sector) provides for the conduct of CAF every 10 years.

The official further said the collection of data on agriculture and fisheries establishments was included in the Census of Establishments (CE) in 1903, 1918, 1939, and 1948. However, she added that in 1960, the Census of Agriculture was undertaken separately from CE.

Apura elaborated that since 1970, Census of Agriculture has been conducted together with the Census of Fisheries. These two census activities are collectively known as the CAF. “The 2012 CAF will be the sixth of a series of decennial census of agriculture and the fifth on fisheries in the country."

When asked what are the basic uses of statistics that are derived from the census, the NSO’s top official of the region said that in the government sector, this makes more meaningful decisions with respect to the use of the country’s agricultural and fisheries resources.

Apura added it also provides framework for the country’s development programs for agriculture and fisheries, as well as in local area planning, and measuring progress in agriculture and fisheries sectors.

In business and industry, the census makes projections on productions, and plans the quantity and types of commodities that should be produced. While in the field of research, information produced in this census will be used in conducting further research on agriculture and fisheries, as well as to provide sampling frame for the various surveys in agriculture and fisheries.

The 2012 CAF, according to Apura, is a large-scale government undertaking that is geared towards the collection and completion of basic information on the agriculture and fishery sectors in the country. The collected data will constitute the bases from which the country’s policy-makers and planners will evolve plans for the country’s development.

“It determines the structural characteristics of agriculture and fishery sectors. It also provides sampling frame for the conduct of census supplementary modules on irrigation and cropping pattern, livestock and poultry, aquaculture and fisheries, and other statistical undertakings,” Apura said.

The official added the census also provides basic data for use in national as well as sub-national development planning, as well as to provide data on agriculture, agricultural, and fishery facilities and services in the barangay.

In Caraga Region, Apura said the census will be conducted from February 25 to April 10. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Women’s Month celeb set in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) -- This year's Women's Month celebration will kick-off on March 1, with a "Hataw" exercise and Fun Walk activity that will start at 5:30 a.m. at the Agusan del Norte covered court, this city.

This is headed by the Regional Development Council – Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) chaired by Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga Regional Director Atty. Marylin Pintor.

During the short program, members will conduct a ritual right before the releasing of the symbolic doves as a sign of a peaceful region with progressive women.

As part of the month-long activities, the GADCC will also hold the 'Kalandrakas IX' on March 8 at the Balanghai Hotel, Butuan City. The Kalandrakas is an avenue for trade fair, ukay, massage and spa, medical mission, parlor games, and other leisure activities. It is also time with the International Women’s Day celebration.

Along with it is the honoring of retirees and outstanding women from GADCC members.

On March 14, the GADCC is set to hold a half-day Candidates' Forum at the Luciana Convention Center here with participants coming from the different schools’ student leaders, barangay GAD focal, women's groups, persons with disabilities, senior citizens, media, and indigenous peoples.

Pintor said that the Candidates' Forum will give comprehensive idea to the participants in choosing the right candidate for the upcoming elections in May 2013 and for them to know the local candidates' commitment to women's agenda. There will also be a mock election during this activity.

The Women's Month celebration will culminate on March 22, 2013 with an exercise, program, games, singing contest, and awarding ceremonies. It will be held at the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Grounds, Butuan City. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: NEDA Board miaprubar sa lima ka development projects

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 22 (PIA) -- Giparubahan sa National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) ubos sa pagpangulo ni Pangulong Aquino ang pipila ka mga dagkong proyekto sa imprastruktura ug anti-poverty niadtong Biyernes.

Lakip sa mga aprubadong proyekto mao ang Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX Project), nga mokabat P35.57 bilyon; NLEX-SLEX Connector Road Project, mokabat P25.55 bilyon; ug ang proyekto nga Adapting to Climate Change pinaagi sa pagtukod og Water Impounding Facilities nga gitawag og Pasa Reservoir Irrigation Project (Pasa SRIP).

Ang maong mga proyekto pagapondohan pinaagi sa official development assistance nga mokabat P935.6 milyon ug ang local government fund nga mokabat P93.41 milyon sa kinatibuk-an mokabat kini og P1.029 bilyon

Ang uban pang aprubadong proyekto mao ang Proposed Change in Scope of Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resources Management Project (CHARMP II) nga mokabat P2.94 bilyon, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delievry of Social Service (KALAHI-CIDSS) National Community Driven Development Project mokabat P81.9 bilyon. (RER/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano news: Pangulong Aquino mimando og aktibo nga koordinasyon tali sa Pilipinas ug US navies ug uban pang mga ahensya nga moluwas sa USS Guardian

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 22 (PIA) –- Gusto ni Pangulong Aquino og usa ka hiniusa ug aktibo nga lihok tali sa Navy sa Pilipinas ug mga ahensya sa gobyerno uban niini ang susamang ahensya sa Estados Unidos aron maluwas ug makuha ang USS Guardian-U.S Navy Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship nga nasangad didto sa Tubbataha Reef sa Sulu sea niadtong Huwebes (Enero 17) matud ni Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio “Jun” Aguinaldo Abaya kagahapon.

Sumala ni Abaya, gimandoan na ni Pangulong Aquino ang Task Force aron sutaon ang hinungdan sa pagkasangad sa maong barko aron maseguro nga wala nay dugang pang kadaot nga mahitabo sa maong kapansilan nga gikonsiderar isip nasodnong bahandi, ug dili usab tugotan ang mga Amerikano nga sila-sila lamang ang mohimo sa salvage operation.

Ang Task Force nga gimandoan gilangkoban sa mga representate gikan sa Coast Guard, Philippine Navy, Philippine National Police ug Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command ug ang DOTC.

Sumala pa ni Abaya nga sila DOTC undersecretary Eduardo Oban Jr. ug Philippine Navy Admiral Jose Luis gikatakdang makigtagbo kang Rear Adm. Thomas Carney, ang commander sa Logistics Group sa Western Pacific aron tukion ang operasyon sa pagluwas ug pagkuha sa USS Guardian.

Dugang pa niya nga pipila ka mga lakang ang pagahimoon aron makuha ang barko ug maprotektahan gikan sa dugang kadaut ang kapansilan mao ang ang pag-asister, tangtangon una ang krudo, ipalutaw ang maong barko ug butangan og oil-spill booms ang palibot sa maong erya aron malikayan ang pagkaylap sa oil ug krudo. (RER/SDR/PIA-Caraga)