PIA News Service - Friday, March 8, 2013



Policy Framework of RA 10354 set today in Surigao del Sur

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, March 8 (PIA) -- The provincial government of Surigao del Sur under Governor Johnny Pimentel through the Provincial Gender and Development (GAD) focal person led today, Friday, a Policy Forum on Legal and Policy Framework of RA 10354 held at Seminar Hall, Capitol Hills, this city.

The activity commemorates International Women’s Day and Women’s Month Celebration with the Legislator’s Committee on Population and Development – Local Advocacy team as facilitator.

The forum tackles issues and challenges at the level of the local government unit (LGU) implementation after RA 10354, otherwise known as Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012, was signed last December 2012.

Participants are employees of the LGUs (Provincial & Municipal representatives) & national government line agencies within the province, women’s group representatives from different CSOs and stakeholders.

Meanwhile, the Blood Donations & Free Blood Typing activity of the Philippine Red Cross and the Free Medical and Dental Consultation in coordination with the Philippines Medical Association & Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center were successfully conducted Thursday. The provincial office of Tesda also extended free services on beauty care like hair cut, manicure/pedicure and massage on the same day. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Agusan del Sur, recipients of COSERAM program

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, March 8 (PIA) –- This province became one of the recipients of the Conflict Sensitive Resources and Asset Management (Coseram) program that supports an integrated approach of poverty reduction and peace building in Caraga Region.

Started in October last year, the joint program of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Philippine government will end on June 2014 with German contributing EUR 1,750,000, through the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

According to Dirk Euler, German representative of Coseram, the program will adapt indigenous knowledge and practice recognized and used for the conservation of biodiversity and are oriented towards a peaceful and sustainable governance of the natural resources in the Agusan Marsh.

“The reason for this is because Agusan Marsh has gained an official status through Presidential Proclamation No. 913 and has been named the Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary," Euler said.

The official further said they will be focusing on the conservation and protection of Agusan Marsh, and will partner with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in planning that will focus on capacity development on the individual and also on constitutional and organizational level.

"It will support the intersectoral dialogue and cooperation processes to strengthen and enhance the political and legal framework conditions for a culture and conflict sensitive use of indigenous practices for biodiversity conservation,” he said.

Presently, Coseram supports in participatory land use planning and rationalization of different plans that contributes to the efforts in conservation and enhancement of the management of protected areas.

According to Euler, after initial community organizing to be undertaken by the NCIP, he and his non-government organization counterpart represented by Mae Carla Sharon Buico will frequently visit the areas covered by the Coseram in order that implementation be seriously implemented and monitored. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


News feature: The rise of women

With more women in the boardroom and increased visibility of women as impressive role models in every aspect of life, women indeed have come a long way from the past.

In the past, women were hindered from using their capabilities and knowledge because they were expected to just be in the house, said Heddah V. Largo, Gender and Development (GAD) focal person of Provincial Women and Children’s Commission (PWCC).

During the March 2 episode of “Pagtuki,” the official radio program of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), Largo shared that in the past, women had no voice in economics and political decisions. They even had no right to vote not until 1935.

She added that the issue concerning women's suffrage in the Philippines was settled in a special plebiscite held on April 30, 1937. In compliance with the 1935 Constitution, the National Assembly passed a law that extended right of suffrage to women.

“Women play active roles in our society. We now have women leaders who continue to campaign for women’s rights. In economic aspect, women have looked for ways to be economically sustainable and dependent through micro-enterprises,” Val Gatchalian, executive assistant of RAFI Micro-finance, said.

For Ma. Lydia Jamora, nanay-client of RAFI Micro-finance, both husband and wife should work to provide the needs of the family. This is especially for husbands who only earn little.

“Our meat business started only with P10, 000 capital. We did our best to rotate the money. For three years now, we were able to sufficiently meet the needs of our family, send our children to school, and also help some relatives. From a small capital, our life slowly changed for the better,” she shared.

She added that she also shares her blessings to others through annual feeding programs, which the family conducts for 20 years now.

Based on data, there are 63 million women-clients availing the services of micro-finance institutions (MFIs) around the world. One of the attributes of women that makes MFIs open to them, is that they are responsible clients, data reveal.

Gatchalian added that they see empowered women among their nanay-clients in Leyte, Bohol, and Cebu branches.

“In RAFI Micro-finance, we give our nanays productive opportunity to help not just themselves but also their families. Now, they can send their children to school and put food on their plates,” she said.

Rhodora Bucoy, an associate professor of Political Science in University of Philippines Visayas-Cebu College and vice president of Women Studies Association of the Philippines, shared that women have greatly contributed to economics and politics, among others.

“Groups and other institutions will still continue to educate women not just about their rights but also to give them leadership trainings. In our education system, we also incorporated the contributions of women in history and in the present society,” Bucoy added.

Largo disclosed that in PWCC, they do not just give economic opportunities to women but also conduct program interventions on morality. She said that technology poses a challenge to women.

March is Women’s Month, which serves as a nationally recognized period to celebrate the accomplishments, contributions, and histories of women.

Pagtuki is aired over DyLA every Saturday at 10-11am. The program, which is one of the Knowledge Sharing & Advocacy capabilities of RAFI, tackles timely and relevant issues on community development, politics and governance, micro-financing, education, environment, early childhood care and development, and culture and heritage that affect the Cebuano community.

For more information about RAFI’s radio program, please contact Chrisley Hinayas at 418-7234 loc. 540, or visit www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph. (RAFI/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Presidente Aquino mianunsyo sa duha ka bag-ong mga miyembro sa COMELEC

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, March 8 (PIA) -- Duha ka mga bag-ong miyembro sa Commision on Elections (Comelec) ang gitudlo ni Presidente Aquino kagahapon aron mohulip sa bakanteng mga posisyon nga gibiyaan sa duha niini ka mga commissioners niadtong niaging bulan.

Si kanhe ambassador Macabangkit Lanto ug election lawyer Bernadette Sardillo maoy mohulip nila Rene Sarmiento ug Armando Velasco nga pareho ng meretiro isip commissioners niadtong Pebrero 2.

tulo ka mga nominado nga gi-interbyu sa Presidente bag-ohay pa lamang si Lanto ug Sardillo maoy iyang napili ug pirmado na niini ang ilang appointment papers ug kini ipadala ngadto sa Kongreso alang sa ilang opisyal nga kumpirmasyon.

Matud sa Presidente si Lanto nagserbisyo isip diplomat sa Egypt ug lain pang mga nasod sa Middle East, siya usab naghupot og pipila ka mga portfolio sa gobyerno lakip na niini ang puwesto sa Department of Justice isip undersecretary.

Sa laing bahin, si Sardillo usa ka eksperensyado nga election lawyer diin naila usab sa iyang pagdepender sa mga katungod sa katawhan sa pipila ka mga election protest. (RER/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)