1.09.2013

PIA News Service - Wednesday, January 9, 2013



Butuan training center opens massage clinic at Bancasi Airport

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 9 (PIA) -- The Butuan City Manpower Training Center (BCMTC) on Tuesday opened a massage clinic at the departure area of the Bancasi Airport here.

In her welcome message during the grand opening ceremony, Ruth Jugao, (BCMTC) training director, said while passengers are still awaiting for their flight out, they can avail of massage for 15 to 30 minutes.

Jugao also said the massage clinic gives opportunity to the blind masseurs who are graduates of BCMTC for a livelihood. To date, there are five blind masseur graduates reporting to the clinic.

The official further said graduates of BCMTC are also holders of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) National Certificate (NC) II “which means that they are more than qualified to perform massage therapy.”

Meanwhile, Caraga Tourism Council Chairman Atty. Rema Erigbuagas-Burdeos said that this project is another milestone of the mayor, Ferdinand Amante, in an effort to provide job opportunities to his constituents, especially to persons with disabilities (PWDs).

Burdeos likewise enjoined the local government to provide massage therapy training not only to blind masseurs but also to PWDs who are deaf-mute.

Prior to the opening ceremony, Fr. Alfredo Sanchez officiated the blessing, attended by city hall employees, as well as officials in the region’s tourism industry, representatives of regional line agencies headed by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAA) through Airport Manager Emmanuel Costelo.

After the program, Costelo and Richard Atillo of Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Caraga were among those who were treated for a free sample massage. The massage service costs P200, it was learned.

Jugas also enjoins the public especially the airport passengers to come and experience the rejuvenating acupressure massage offered by blind massage therapists.

The massage clinic, dubbed as “Magic Touch Chair Massage Services,” is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Fortun pushes for establishment of seaport in Butuan

By Eldie N. David

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 9 – Congressional front runner and Vice Mayor Lawrence “Law” Fortun has vowed to push for the development of a sea port in Butuan City if elected in next year’s elections.

In a radio interview, Fortun revealed that the establishment of a sea port in Butuan will definitely spur economic development in the city as this will complement the on-going infrastructure projects being implemented in the city.

“If a sea port of international standard is established in Butuan City, this will complement the on-going upgrading of the Bancasi Airport and the development of the Butuan-Malaybalay road,” Fortun said.

“If this is realized, it will now be easy for the products coming from Bukidnon and from all over Caraga region to be transported to Visayas and Luzon which will result to a cheaper products being sold elsewhere”, Fortun added.

The local government of Butuan has been aggressively offering the development of Masao port for possible public-private partnership (PPP) project.

In support to this effort, Fortun authored the PPP Code of Butuan which laid down the guidelines and parameters for all joint venture projects that will be entered by the government and the private sector.

Apart from the sea port, Fortun also said that he will push for the completion of the farm-to-market roads especially in the Municipality of Las Nieves which has long been neglected in the past. This is just some of the priority programs that Fortun, who is seeking the First Congressional seat of Agusan del Norte (Butuan City and Las Nieves), that will push if elected in next year’s elections. (Vice Mayor’s Office/LGU-Butuan/PIA-Caraga)


P28.7M-worth of palay bought by NFA in 2012

By Fe Moreno

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 9 (PIA) -- National Food Authority (NFA) Caraga Regional Director Gil Pepito Paqueo has announced recently that NFA bought from the farmers of Caraga 33,262 bags of Palay worth P28.7 million from January to December 2012.

Paqueo said that for palay procurement in 2012 was higher by 20,720 bags or 165 percenr compared to the 12,542 bags procured in CY 2011.

Moreover, palay procurement for the second semester of 2012 totaling 28,094 bags was 5.4 times more than the 5,168 bags procured in the first semester of the same year.

Paqueo attributed the higher performance principally to the extensive preparations which NFA-Caraga region undertook in the third quarter of 2012 which included the series of “Ugnayan” with local government units, farmers and various farmer organizations, setting up of temporary buying stations and satellite collection centers especially in the rivertowns of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Surigao del Sur and augmentation of NFA’s mechanical-drying capability.

According to Paqueo, NFA Caraga region has started to prepare for the procurement of the March to June 2013 palay and corn harvests. He said that top priority is being assigned to the continuing build-up of NFA’s mechanical drying capability especially for the buying stations in the river towns. (NFA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan to commemorate 1st formal hoisting of the Philippine Flag

By Maria Luisa Dianah Z. Generalao

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 9 -- To commemorate the Anniversary of the First Formal Hoisting of the Philippine Flag in Mindanao more than 100 years ago, the local government of Butuan City will hold a simple yet noble Flag-Raising Ceremony at the Guingona Park on the early morning of January 17.

Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. and the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod will lead this year’s celebration to be participated by employees of this city’s local government unit.

Amante had already given directions to the facilitating local government offices that the celebration be simple and not extravagant, and that people should be able to observe the true meaning of the commemoration’s nobleness.

Butuan City, along with the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Surigao, all once claimed that the Philippine Flag was first hoisted in their respective cities. This was debated on by local historians from each city in a two-day round-table discussion with the distinguished members of the National Historical Institute (NHI).

In 2000, the NHI came up with a stand, based on the documents and arguments presented from each city, the Philippine Flag was first hoisted in Surigao City on Dec. 26, 1898.

The NHI made it clear that all hoisting in these cities were all official. It just so happened that the first one was done in Surigao City.

In the case of Cagayan de Oro (then de Misamis), the Phillipine Flag was raised by the five-man Concejo Provincial with then Municipal Head Toribio Chaves y Roa reciting the poem “Pinahanungod” on January 10, 1899.

However, the first “formal” hoisting was done in Butuan City on January 17, 1899 with then Gov. Wenceslao Gonzales presiding over the flag raising ceremony in full regalia. (CMO-PIO/PIA-Caraga)


NSO ready for the conduct of 2013 Labor Force Survey, Family Income & Expenditure Survey 2nd Visit

By Villa S. Bayotas

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 9 -- The National Statistics Office (NSO) Caraga will conduct the January 2013 Labor Force Survey together with the second visit of the 2012 Family Income and Expenditure Survey. The second round of the FIES will gather data on income and expenditure of families for the second semester, July 1 to December 31, 2012.

The Labor Force Survey (LFS) is a nationwide quarterly survey of households conducted by the NSO to gather data on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population.

The LFS aims to provide a quantitative framework for the preparations of plans and formulation of policies affecting the labor market.

Specifically, the LFS is designed to collect information on the following: 1) distribution of household population 15 years old and over, by employment status, by sex, and age group; 2) distribution of employed persons by major occupation group, major industry group, class of worker, number of hours worked, highest grade completed, nature of employment, and by sex; 3) distribution of underemployed persons by total hours worked, major occupation group, class of worker, and by sex; and 4) distribution of unemployed persons by age group, highest grade completed, by number of weeks looking for work , job search method, and by sex.

NSO-Caraga will also conduct the 2012 FIES as a rider to the LFS, this is a nationwide survey of households which is the main source of data on family income and expenditures. The 2012 FIES is the sixteenth survey on family income and expenditure conducted since 1957.

Like the previous FIES, this undertaking aims to accomplish the following objectives:1)to gather data on family income, sources of income, family expenditure and related information affecting family income and expenditure levels and patterns in the Philippines; 2) to determine the income distribution, levels of living and spending patterns, and the degree of inequality among families; 3) to provide benchmark information to update the weights used in the estimation of Consumer Price Index (CPI); and, 4) to provide inputs in the estimation of the country’s poverty threshold and incidence.

About 800 items are included in the FIES questionnaire. The survey involves an interview of a national sample of about 50,000 households. This sample size is deemed sufficient to provide reliable estimates of income and expenditure levels for each region, including Caraga region.

In Caraga, NSO field staff and selected trained statistical researchers will do a comprehensive door-to-door interview in sample households from January 14-31.

NSO would like to assure the respondents that all information furnished to the SRs are strictly confidential and shall not be used as evidence in court for purposes of taxation, regulation or investigation as provided for in Section 4 of Commonwealth Act No. 591. (NCLM/NSO-13/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte spearheads Program Review Workshop

By Arturo M. Cruje

SURIGAO CITY, Jan. 9 (PIA) -- The Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte will spearhead a one-day Program Review Workshop entitled, "Looking Back to Move Forward" today, January 9 at the Sagisi Function Room, Gateway Hotel, this city.

The one-day workshop aimed to assess the program accomplishments of the incumbent administration vis-a-vis the development goals of the province.

The activity will cover sectoral presentations, program review workshop and planning for the next steps.

Participants of the said workshop are the municipal mayors, municipal planning and development coordinators, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and provincial department heads. (FEA/PPDO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


RAFI joins 1st World Blogathon

By Sarina Joy Odivilas

CEBU CITY, Jan. 9 (PIA) -- To promote social advocacies through digital media, Cebu Bloggers Society (CBS) organized the first World Blogathon held recently at Andy Hotel in Mandaue City.

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) was one of the participating organizations that attended the offline event. Other groups were Island Rescue Organization (IRO), AIESEC, MIND7, Love Yourself, World Vision, and “Dok Buboy”.

Representatives from each organization introduced their respective advocacies.

Nancy Cudis, RAFI's communication specialist for media and public relations, presented the Foundation's different focus areas and programs, including Mega Cebu Project, where RAFI is the Research, Program, and Organizational Development (RPOD) unit of the Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board (MCDCB) for the said project.

Mega Cebu Project is a 30-year master plan program and framework for a long term and collaborative planning and action towards a more sustainable city-region.

IRO, an animal welfare organization, calls for responsible pet ownership. AISEC, an organization that develops youth through integrated learning experience. National Nutrition and Development 7, together with Kapisanan ng Brodkaster ng Pilipinas-Cebu Chapter and group of media practitioners, battle malnutrition through nutrition advocacy and promotion.

Love Yourself is a non-government organization that promotes awareness, prevention, education, and counseling on STI and HIV. A heightened human trafficking awareness and prevention is the mission of the International Justice Mission (IJM).

The World Vision is a community-based, Christian organization that works with children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.

“Dok Buboy”, the last speaker, is a microbiologist, blogger, media online auditor and a CBS member. Through his blogs, he has promoted his city and his advocacies for public health and social change.

Ruben Licera, president of the Cebu Bloggers Society announced that the World Blogathon will be held every quarter of the year and encouraged Cebu bloggers to blog about events and organizations that matters.

Jaysee John Pingkian, CBS Outreach Committee head, said that CBS will focus more on social responsibility on its third year. He added that CBS will hold on March of this year a National Social Summit that will tap the youth, business sector, and non-government organizations. (RAFI/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Pangulong Aquino, Foreign Minister sa Japan magtagbo didto sa Malacanang

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 9 (PIA) – Si Pangulong Aquino ug Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida magtagbo karong adlawa didto sa MalacaƱang diin gikatakda nilang tukion ang mga nagkalain-laing mga importanteng isyu, matud ni Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda kagahapon.

Matud pa ni Lacierda nga sumala sa gipagawas nga pamahayag sa DFA, ang pagbisita ni Kishida usa kini ka oportunidad sa duha ka nasod aron mapalambo pa ang Philippines-Japan Strategic Partnership ubos sa bag-ong Japanese administration, diin ang Japan maoy usa sa mga strategic partners sa Pilipinas ug usa sa pinaka importanteng economic partners sa nasod labi na sa patigayon, mga pamuhunan ug mga hinabang alang sa kalamboan.

Atol sa maong panagtagbo gikatakda usab nga tukion nila Kishida ug Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario ang mga bilateral ug regional isyu.

Gitumbok ni Lacierda nga hulaton usa nila nga mahuman ang mga pagtuki nila del Rosario ug Kishida sa mga gikatakdang pagatukion nga mga isyu una nila isingit ang isyu sa bikil sa West Philippine Sea.

Dugang pa ni Lacierda nga ang pagbisita ni Kishida maoy una niyang pagbisita dinhi sa nasod sugod sa paglingkod ni Prime Minister Shinzo Abe isip bag-ong Japanese premier niadtong Disyembre. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)