PIA News Service - Tuesday, February 12, 2013



Local gov’t aims to transform Butuan a “green city”

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 12 (PIA) -- The local government here is aiming to transform Butuan into a green city where Butuanons live peacefully in resilient communities by 2020.

This is what Mr. Pierre Anthony Joven of the city’s Economic Development Cluster said during Monday’s launching of “Kukabildo,” a regular press forum where different clusters organized by the city government are featured as the cluster team members will give their report to the city government and the local media on their accomplishments, as well as their plans and programs.

In his presentation, Mr. Joven said in order to develop human capital, infrastructure and competitiveness, as well as to generate employment, increase household income, and ensures environmental sustainability, there is a need for the city government to institutionalize economic fundamentals by developing transportation, infrastructures, policies, and ease of doing business.

Joven also said the economic development cluster optimizes resource utilization through agro forestry development and develop forests, rivers, and the metropolis to promote and stimulate inland economy.

To achieve environmental sustainability, Joven said adoption of green technology and best practices must also be implemented. He explained that massive growing of trees, industrial crops, and organic gulayan sa barangay (vegetable for barangay) also ensure food security, diversify and increase farmers’ income, and optimize land utilization thru agro forestry.

Joven further said the rehabilitation of Agusan River enhances climate change adaptation and disaster risk resiliency. “It can also lower transport cost of farm products, maintenance cost of road networks, and stimulate inland economic activities,” he said.

The official also stressed the city government will pursue the Public Private Partnership (PPP) and the Public-Private Academe Partnership (PPAP) to attract foreign direct investment.

Sub-titled “Hugoy-hugoy ug Balita sa Pamahaw” (Discussion and news in breakfast), the launching of “Kukabildo” featured the Economic Development Cluster, as well as the signing of Memorandum of Agreement between the city government and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to support the Ivory .07 Arts and Crafts Association, a non-government organization that is producing handicrafts made by dried water hyacinth, popularly known as water lily.

Patterned after the Aquino administration where the Philippine Development Plan are clustered among government agencies according to their roles in the community, the city government here has created four clusters that will focus on the different development aspects of this city. These clusters include: Development Administration, Social Services, Infrastructure Development, and Economic Development. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Peace covenant signing for a secure, fair elections 2013 conducted in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 12 (PIA) -- In line with the preparations and conduct of the May 2013 elections, the Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) in partnership with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) conducted on Tuesday the Peace Covenant Signing of the local officials, candidates, and partner stakeholders held at the Agusan del Norte Provincial Covered Court, this city.

Students of Agusan National High School also witnessed the activity and participated in the signing of the Peace Covenant.

BCPO chief PSSupt. Nerio Bermudo, called on all local candidates to obey and adhere to all laws and resolutions promulgated by the COMELEC and sign in the Peace Covenant to attain Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) 2013.

“The Philippine National Police with the Philippine Army and partner stakeholders are working together for the attainment of our goal to have a clean and safe elections this coming May 13, 2013. We hoped for your support and commitment for this endeavor,” said Bermudo.

COMELEC-Butuan City Director Atty. Ernie Palanan also encouraged the students to be vigilant and not to tolerate any misconduct observed during the May elections by any local candidate.

Meanwhile, representatives from the local media also signed in the Peace Covenant to show support and commitment to uphold and promote the ideals of secure and fair elections. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DILG-Caraga joins Red Cross’ Million Volunteer Run-2

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 12 -- Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga joined several other government, non-government agencies, academic institutions and other sectors in Butuan City and the Province of Agusan del Norte in the Million Volunteer Run-2 launched by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on February 10.

With the theme “I Choose to Run to Save Lives”, the Million Volunteer Run is a fun run to demonstrate that our country leads in championing the spirit of volunteerism as a means of saving lives.

The run kicked-off from Libertad Sports Complex going to Agusan del Norte Provincial Covered Court. It was a simultaneous event held at strategic areas all throughout the country.

The proceeds of the funds will go to PRC’s critical humanitarian services. This is to support the country’s need to address disaster preparedness and response, health and welfare, and voluntary blood donation.

City Prosecutor Felixberto L.Guiritan, chairperson of PRC Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter said that the Million Volunteer Run-2 will establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with different sectors in order build a strong community fueled with the fire of volunteerism.

An awarding ceremony to top ten runners who reached the finish line culminated the event. The PNRC-Butuan City and Agusan del Norte Chapter also awarded the agencies, sectors and outstanding individuals who regularly volunteered in donating blood the Red Cross with plaques and certificates. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Presidente Aquino gipangulohan ang paglusad sa Sajahatra Bangsamoro didto sa Maguindanao

Ni Susil D. Ragas

MANILA, Peb. 12 (PIA) -- Gipangulohan ni Presidente Aquino ang pormal nga paglusad sa proyektong Sajahatra Bangsamoro kagahapon diin gituyo kini aron mapadali ang transisyon sa apektadong mga lugar aron mahimo kining produktibo samtang plastaron pa sa gobyerno ug Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) ang mga pinal nga kasabotan niini.

Sa iyang mensahe atol sa maong kalihukan, ang Presidente miingon nga gituyo ang maong programa aron paghatag og edukasyon, health care ug edukasyon ngadto sa kabus nga mga komunidad sa Muslim aron sila makabarug paingon ngadto sa tul-id nga dalan sa iyang administrasyon.

Iyang gitumbok nga ang kalinaw maoy maghatag og kalamboan alang sa katawhan ug iya usab giangkon nga dili kini masayon alang sa mga lideres sa MILF nga mosalig dayon sa gobyerno pagsugod pa lamang sa negosasyon tungod sa giyera sa dugay ng mga katuigan.

Ug iyang gipasabot nga ang pagpirma sa Framework Agreement nahimong posible human sa ilang panagtagbo ni MILF Chair Al Haj Murad didto sa Japan niadtong Agosto 2011.

Lakip sa mga miuban sa Presidente kagahapon mao sila DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro, Transportation and Communication Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Mindanao Development Authority head Lou Antonino, Commission on Higher Education chief Patricia Licuanan, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Health Secretary Enrique Ona ug Budget Secretary Florencio Abad. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)