PIA News Service - Monday, February 11, 2013

Caraga youths turn-over proposed Butuan City Youth Code to vice mayor

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 11 (PIA) -- The Butuan City Youth Code, crafted and proposed by the Caraga Youth Leaders' Network (CYLN) through its CEO and chairperson Rex F. Ybanez, was formally turned-over to Vice Mayor Atty. Lawrence Fortun on Monday at the latter's office here.

Ybanez said that should the Youth Code pass, the local government of Butuan City will be the first local government in Mindanao to have such legislative mandate to provide sustainable services and programs for the youth.

The Youth Code is crafted with the following purposes: 1) to provide city-wide comprehensive legislative mandate for the implementation of services and programs on youth development of the city government of Butuan; 2) to fulfill its duties and obligations to the youth to ensure full development of the youth under the law; 3) to serve as guiding principles in developing, enhancing, and promoting the welfare and protection of the youth; 4) to create a concrete and viable avenue for the youth to fully enjoy their rights, and attain their development and protection with the national and international laws; 5) to model any other youth development services and programs by institutions and parties within the jurisdiction of Butuan City; and 6) to avert many future problems such as school drop-outs, juvenile delinquency, high rate of teen-age pregnancy, drug abuse and crime, etc.

Ybanez further said the Youth Code is a product of a two-year research, consultation, and planning with youth-related concerns and organization.

“The final draft went to a thorough process like technical editing, technical deliberation, and proof reading,” said Ybanez.

Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Fortun will author the said Code at the Butuan City Legislative Council.

It is estimated that before the May elections, the Code will be passed.

With this development, Ybanez hoped for the passage of the Code to ensure the sustainability of youth services and programs by the local government of Butuan. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Gov. Pimentel joins in the simultaneous Million Volunteer Run-2 in Surigao del Sur

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 11 (PIA) -- The Philippine Red Cross – Surigao del Sur Chapter led here Sunday the Million Volunteer Run-2 activity, which was also held simultaneously nationwide.

It can be recalled that the first nationwide Million Volunteer Run was held on December 4, 2011 in time for the celebration of the United Nations Declaration of the year 2011 as the International Year of Volunteers.

More than 1,200 volunteers joined the event, according to PRC officials.

In his message, Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel thanked the Philippine Red Cross because it was the first non-governmental organization that immediately provided assistance to victims here of Typhoon Pablo. He also thanked the people who participated in the fun run.

Among those who attended the Million Volunteer Run-2 were Tandag City Mayor Alexander Pimentel, PNP Provincial Director Arthur Sanchez, 29IB Battalion Commander Col Luna, provincial officials, government employees and students. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano news: Palasyo nalipay sa taho sa DOT nga adunay bag-ong mga trabaho gikan sa sektor sa turismo

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Peb. 11 (PIA) -- Gikalipay sa Malakanyang ang taho sa Department of Tourism (DOT) nga ang sektor sa industiya sa turismo gikatakdang mohimo og pito ka milyon nga bag-ong mga trabaho sa dili pa matapos ang termino ni Presidente Aquino.

Sumala ni Deputy Presidential Abigail Valte kagahapon nga ang sektor sa turismo maoy usa sa gikonsiderar nga makahatag og daghang trabaho luyo sa sektor sa manufacturing.

Matud pa niya nga kung daghang mga turista ang moanhi dinhi sa nasod pasabot modaghan pud ang trabaho alang sa mga porters, drayber, ug mga tigpamaligya sa mga souvenir item ug lain pang uban.

Samtang sa iyang bahin si Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. miingon nga kung magmalamposon ang implementasyon sa National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) makahimo gyud kini ug daghang bag-ong trabaho sa tuig 2016.

Ang DOT milusad niaging tuig sa ilang P265-bilyon nga program nga gitumong aron kab-oton ang 10 milyon nga international tourist arrivals sa pagtapos sa administrasyong Aquino sa tuig 2016.

Ubos sa maong programa gilusad usab sa DOTang kampanya niini nga “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” aron makab-ot ang gilantaw niini nga modani og dugang mga turista aron mobisita dinhi sa Pilipinas.

Subay niini ang gobyerno makigtambayayong usab sa mga pribadong sektor pinaagi sa public-private partnership (PPP) aron matigayon ang maong NTDP, ibubo ang mga puhunan aron magtukod og bag-ong mga hotel, shopping malls, mga pasilidad kalulinghayawan ug kalingawan, mga resorts, health ug wellness lakip usab ang cruise ug pasilidad sa transportasyon.

Sa maong kalamboan gikatakdang mopahigayon og travel tour expo karong semanaha ang Philippine Travel Agencies Association. (RER/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)