2.06.2013

PIA News Service - Wednesday, February 6, 2013



RDC-DAC takes up developmental activities in Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 6 (PIA) -- Heads and representatives of government agencies convened Tuesday for the 1st quarter meeting of the Regional Development Council-Development Administration Committee (RDC-DAC) chaired by Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. at the Goat2geder Hotel and Restaurant, this city.

Among the agenda include the discussion on the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Projects for Caraga; 18th Caraga Anniversary celebration; and the proposal to include the attendance of the local chief executives to the RDC as criteria for the Awarding of Seal of Good Housekeeping (GOLD).

RDC-DAC chair Mayor Amante's proposal to include as part of the criteria for the Seal of Good Housekeeping (GOLD level) the attendance of local chief executives from provincial and city governments in RDC meetings was approved by the body.

The members also approved the endorsement to RDC the request for Revocation of Presidential Proclamation No. 249 s. 2000 and Conversion of the Site of Butuan City Multi-purpose Training Center into an Uptown Government and Commercial Complex.

Also, following the proposal of the private sector through Alfredo Baluyut Jr. to request the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to officially rename the Bancasi National Airport to Butuan National Airport, the said resolution was brought to the level of RDC-Caraga during its meeting on December 6, 2012 and was approved and endorsed through Resolution No. 62 series 2012.

Meanwhile, Amante announced that the RDC spearheads the annual commemoration of the establishment of Caraga region. This year's celebration bears the theme "Celebrating the Indigenous People's Culture in Caraga."

Said celebration is pursuant to Republic Act No. 7901 created the Caraga Region on February 23, 1995. It calls for the constitution of the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur and the cities of Butuan and Surigao to form Region 13 to be known as the Caraga Region. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


402nd Inf Brigade has new commander

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 6 (PIA) -- Regional directors of government agencies with the officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police and local tri-media witnessed on Wednesday the turn-over of command to the new Brigade Commander of 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army Col Cresente Maligmat replacing Col Ronald Albano at the Camp Bancasi, this city.

Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. also graced the said activity and welcomed the incoming commanding officer.

Col Albano, outgoing commanding officer expressed his profound gratitude to all his comrades for their support during his command of 14 months at Camp Bancasi. He also assured that he will pursue the Army's goals in his new area of responsibility.

Col Albano received the command plaque during the turn-over of command. “I am very proud to have helped this brigade and I am hoping for the continued partnership of our friends in the government and the media. Thank you for all your support,” he said.

Also, Col Maligmat gladly accepted his functions and responsibilities as the new acting commanding officer of the brigade. He also thanked former commanding officer Col Albano for his true service. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


PRC-Surigao urges residents to join Million Volunteer Run-2

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 6 (PIA) -- Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Surigao del Sur Chapter Administrator Abel de Guzman urges Surigao residents to join the nationwide Million Volunteer Run-2 on February 10.

De Guzman said in an interview, interested participants will have to register at the PRC office located at the Capitol Hills, Telaje, Tandag City with a corresponding registration fee of P100 for student runner; P200 for the rank and file employees; and P500 for department heads/businessmen.

According to him, a runner could get a finisher certificate; baller ID, folding fan, key chain and singlet, depending on the category a registrant belongs to.

For Surigao del Sur, the starting point of the activity will be at the Vicente L. Pimentel Sr City Boulevard at 6 a.m.

For more information, PRC-Surigao del Sur Chapter Office can be reached at telephone number: (086) 211 3191. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


4Ps successfully implemented in Caraga, study shows

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 6 (PIA) -- The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) was successfully implemented in Caraga Region based on its objective, as revealed by the study conducted by the Philippine Normal University (PNU)-Agusan Campus.

This is what Dr. Fabian Pontiveros of PNU said during the first quarter meeting of the Regional Development Council-Social Development Committee (RDC-SDC) held Tuesday in one of the local convention centers here.

Dr. Pontiveros said the PNU was commissioned by the RDC-SDC to conduct a study to determine the effect of the program at the household level of the first and second set of beneficiaries in the region.

Pontiveros also said the study also determined the level of achievement of the objectives of the program, as well as to provide policy recommendations related to the implementation of the program.

As of January 2013, the regional analysis and result of the study had already been consolidated by PNU-Agusan Campus, and was presented during the exit conference with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other stakeholders on February 1, 2013.

Further, Pontiveros said the study had also proposed recommendations for the improvement of the program.

It can be recalled that in 2011, RDC-Caraga Chairperson and Surigao del Norte Governor Sol F. Matugas proposed the conduct of the study on the effects of the 4Ps on beneficiaries in Caraga Region. During the third quarter RDC-SDC Meeting in 2011, the conduct of this study was discussed and was eventually endorsed to the RDC Full Council. The conduct of this study was approved by the RDC through a resolution.

The study team, as stipulated in the resolution, consisted of the state universities and colleges (SUCs) and selected regional line agencies in the region.

Pontiveros further said a cost-sharing scheme was applied for this study where SUCs contributed P40,000 each and a total of P246,400 was sourced from the RDC funds. “A memorandum of agreement signed by concerned agencies and SUCs bind stakeholders to this initiative,” he added.

The 4Ps is a poverty reduction and social development strategy of the national government. It provides conditional cash grants to extremely poor households, identified using the National Household Targeting System (NHTS), to improve their health, nutrition and education particularly of children aged 0-14.

The program has the following specific objectives: to improve preventive health care among pregnant women and young children; to increase the enrollment in and attendance rate of children in school; to reduce the incidence of child labor; to raise the average consumption rate in food expenditure of poor households; and to encourage parents to invest in their children’s (and their own) human capital through investments in their health and nutrition, education, and participation in community activities.

Aimed at providing social assistance and facilitating social development, it claims to fulfill the country’s commitment to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), namely: eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, achievement of universal primary education, promotion of gender equality, reduction of child mortality and improvement of maternal health. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Agusan Del Norte Veterinary Office wins national award

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Feb. 6 (PIA) -- The province of Agusan del Norte bagged the 2nd prize for the national poster making competition in the recently concluded Philippine Animal Health Information System (Phil-AHIS) National Conference held at Lancaster Hotel in Mandaluyong City last January 23-25.

The poster entry of Dr. Joseph P. Dargantes, Veterinarian IV of the Provincial Veterinary Office, depicts the Phil-AHIS Best Practices in the Province of Agusan del Norte.

Phil-AHIS is a functional animal health reporting system initiated by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) of the Department of Agriculture to improve the Animal Disease Information Management capability of the country.

The system integrates Geographical Information System (GIS).

Heading the Animal Health Division of the Provincial Veterinary Office, Dr. Dargantes also delivered a presentation on the impact of Phil-AHIS in Agusan del Norte during the said conference. (PVET Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Cebuano news: Presidente miawhag sa mga Filipino ayuhon gyud ang pagpili sa mosunod nga mga lideres karong piniliay sa Mayo

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Peb. 6 (PIA) -- Giawhag ni Presidente Aquino sa iyang mensahe kagahapon sa inagurasyon sa Andres Bonifacio College Graduate and Professional School building ang tanang mga Filipino nga hunahunaon gyud og maayo kinsa ang pillion nga mosunod nga mga lideres sa Pilipinas atol sa nasyunal ug lokal nga piniliay nga pagahimoon karong umaabot Mayo 2013.

Siya miingon nga pinaagi sa pagtangtang sa mga pekeng kandidato ug pagpili niadtong tinuod nga mohatag sa ilang kinabuhi aron moserbisyo sa katawhan, maseguro niini nga ang Pilipinas ug katawhang Filipino makahimo pagkab-ot sa gipangandoy niini nga tinuoray nga kabag-ohan.

Iya usab giawhag ang mga kabatan-onan sa pagduyog, pagbantay ug pagsuporta aron maseguro nga tinuoray ug patas nga piniliay. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)