PIA News Service - Friday, March 1, 2013



Women’s participation in governance now a reality – CHR 13 Director

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, March 1 (PIA) -- In line with this year's Women's Month celebration, the Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) chaired by Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Caraga Regional Director Marylin Pintor is spearheading various activities for the month-long celebration.

The 2013 Women's Month Celebration is pursuant to: 1) Proclamation No. 224 s. 1988 declaring the first week of March each year as Women's Week and March 8 as Women's Rights and International Peace Day; 2) Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988 providing for the observance of the Month of March as Women's Role in History Month; and 3) Republic Act 6949 s. 1990 declaring March 8 of every year as National Women's Day.

As the celebration kicked-off on Friday, members of the GADCC from the government agencies, non-government organizations, academe, and other stakeholders were grouped in four sub-committees wearing shirts colored green, purple, red, and pink during the Fun Walk activity. The subcommittees are: VAWC, Institutionalization of GAD and Gender and Governance, Gender and Health Environment, and Gender and Poverty.

Pintor expressed her warm thanks to all government agencies and partner-stakeholders for their full support and participation to Women's Month activities. She also said that President Aquino recently highlighted the milestones of women's participation in the Bangsamoro Agreement. "We are now assured that more women are already involved in the political arena and peace-making. Women’s participation in good governance is now a reality," she said.

Pintor also announced that the "Kalandrakas sa Kababaihan" is set on March 8 at the Balanghai Hotel, Butuan City, and the Candidates Forum on March 14. Other GAD-related activities will also be conducted by different government agencies for the month-long celebration.

This year's celebration is anchored on the theme, "Kababaihan: Gabay sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan (Women: Guide Towards Straight and Narrow Path)." It underscores the need to accelerate women's participation in governance and enhance gender perspective in upholding good governance. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


312 Surigaonons avail of medical mission

SURIGAO CITY, March 1 (PIA) -- Around 312 residents from Barangay Ombong in Alegria, Surigao del Norte benefited from the joint medical and dental mission conducted recently.

Of the total, 78 availed of tooth extraction while 15 underwent circumcision and 219 were given free medical consultation and medical treatment.

1LT Stephen Basco said the Medical and Dental Civic Action Program (Medcap) of the Philippine Army is a continuing program that provides free medical consultations and dental services, and free medicines to less fortunate living in depressed areas, where medical needs are often-times neglected.

“The activity also aims to promote good health and wellness in the communities which sometimes could not be extended due to the distance and critical security situation of the area and let the people understand the value of peace and development, and the commitment of the government in delivering the basic services,” Basco added.

The activity was made possible thru the collaboration of the Local Government Unit of Alegria, Surigao del Norte; Surigao del Norte Provincial Health Office; Dental Team from the Department of Education, Surigao del Norte; Barangay Council of Brgy. Ombong, Alegria, 1364th Dental Detachment, Military Treatment Facility, Camp Edilberto Evangelista Station Hospital, 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, Phil. Army; the 4th Forward Support Medical Company, Service Support Battalion, 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, PA; and the 30th Infantry (Python) Battalion, 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, PA. (SDR/30IB Phil. Army/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


2012 GPP Best School Implementers Awarded

BUTUAN CITY, March 1 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga awarded the 2012 Gulayan sa Paaralan Program (GPP) Best School Implementers with cash prizes, plaques and certificates in a ceremony held at the Goat2geder Hotel and Restaurant here recently.

The Gulayan sa Paaralan Project, one of the Agri-Pinoy Framework interventions, is a vegetable gardening project implemented among public schools, both elementary and high school. The project is a partnership between DA and DepEd and aims to promote self-help food production activities and values among the children.

To encourage the schools to actively participate and implement the program, a Search for Best School Implementers is conducted annually with cash prizes given away to the winners.

For the year 2012’s Search, there were five categories namely Central Schools, Non-Central Schools, Multi-Grade Schools, Rural Schools, and Urban Schools in which the schools in the region competed in.

The 1st prize winners received a cash prize of P30,000 with a plaque and certificate, the 2nd place winners received a cash prize of P20,000 with a plaque and certificate while the 3rd place winners received P10,000 with a plaque and certificate. Consolation prizes of P5,000 with certificates were also given out to non winners.

The following are the winners for each category: Central Schools – 1st prize-Guadalupe Central Elementary School, 2nd prize-Sison Central Elementary School, 3rd prize-Del Monte Central Elementary School; Non-Central Schools – 1st prize-Ser-Fel Mone Elementary School, 2nd prize-Cabugo Elementary School, 3rd prize-Sukailang Elementary School; Multi-Grade Schools-1st prize-Justiniana Elementary School, 2nd prize-Sta. Cruz Elementary School, 3rd prize-De Castro Elementary School; Rural Schools-1st prize-Maglambing Integrated School, 2nd prize-Sta. Irene National High School, 3rd prize-Marcelina National High School; Urban Schools-1st prize-Agusan del Sur National High School, 2nd prize-Tabon M. Estrella National High School, 3rd prize-Bayugan National Comprehensive High School.

DA Caraga OIC Regional Executive Director Edna M. Mabeza who graced the awarding ceremony said in her message that she is very happy that Dep Ed is willing to cooperate with DA in implementing GPP because the program is really a big help in encouraging the children to eat vegetables. She also encouraged the implementers to continue supporting the program because its benefits are not only for their schools and schoolchildren but also for the good of the whole nation. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Mga dagkong opisyales sa kumpanyang Accenture Philippines mibisita didto sa Malakanyang

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, March 1 (PIA) – Nahimong bisita ni Presidente Aquino kagahapon didto sa Malakanyang ang mga kadagkoan sa kumpanyang Accenture Philippines.

Mibisita didto sa Malakanyang si Accenture Chairman ug Chief Executive Officer Pierre Nanterme uban nila Chief Operating Officer Jo Deblaere ug Country Managing Director Manolito Tayag.

Ug mitambong usab didto si Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo.

Ang Accenture Philippines maoy usa sa nag-unang kumpanya sa management consulting, technology services ug outsourcing dinhi sa Pilipinas, uban ang mokabat 30,000 ka mga empleyado nga nagtrabaho sa sa ilang mga delivery centers sa Manila ug Cebu.

Ang Accenture Philippines nagtrabaho uban ang international client base niini sa Europe, Asia ug North America. Kini naghupot og dakong papel sa paglambo sa ASEAN Accenture.

Ang maong mga opisyales subling mipakita sa ilang pagsalig sa pakigtambayayong uban ang gobyerno sa adbokasiya niini aron paghatag og dugang mga trabaho ug aron molambo ang ekonomiya pinaagi sa pagbubo og pohunan niini dinhi sa Pilipinas. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)