PIA News Service - Monday, March 18, 2013



Pamana: Beyond delivery of basic services

By Robert E. Roperos

DAVAO CITY, March 18 (PIA) – “The people should know that the gains of Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) [Peaceful and Resilient Communities” is beyond the delivery of basic services to the community,” an official of the Pamana said.

Speaking before the information officers during the training held in one of the local hotels here today, Mr. Johnnel Raneses, Pamana Central Mindanao Manager pointed out that the government, through the designated information officers should let the people understand that the program is the national government’s peace and development framework to respond and strengthen peace building, reconstruction and development in conflict-affected areas (CAAs).

“This is not only a matter of delivering the basic services to the people, but more importantly, this is the government’s peace strategy aimed to bring all armed conflict to a permanent closure through peaceful means,” Raneses said.

In a related development, Ms. Imelda Bonifacio, Project Development Officer of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and concurrent Area Manager of Pamana in Samar Island sited three pillars of the program, as follows: 1) Building foundation for peace; 2) Establishing resilient communities; and 3) Addressing regional developments.

Bonifacio said Pamana regularly conducts dialogues, policy and program interventions to address peace issues. She also said the program addresses environment and mining issues thru policy institutions reforms.

To establish resilient communities, Bonifacio said program also gives priority to community-driven development program and conduct Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programs and support to individual in need.

The official further said Pamana is supporting sustainable livelihood and employment generation by implementation of peace and development projects.

In addressing regional development, Bonifacio stressed the program initiates the conduct of sub-regional economic development, connection and integration, as well as providing support services for farmers and farm workers.

The three-day training dubbed “Communicating the gains of Pamana: Capacity Building for Government Information Officers,” will serve as a venue for government information officers to learn how to communicate the progress and results of the program through the strategic use of different media communication channels or distribution networks.

As an output, the participants will craft communications plan together with the trainers and undergo a three-month of supervised implementation or coaching thereafter. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


GADCC Caraga recognizes partners, GAD advocates

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, March 18 (PIA) – The Regional Development Council – Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) Caraga region will recognize its partners and GAD advocates during the 2013 Women’s Month Celebration culmination program on March 22, this city.

The scheduled program is a venue where men and women from regional line agencies, local government units, academe and the private sector will meet and have fun, lawyer Marylin Pintor, GADCC chairperson and Commission on Human Rights regional director, said.

One of the major activities that will be conducted during the whole-day activity at the PPA grounds is the recognition of GADCC partners and GAD advocates. Inspirational messages from GAD advocates will also be listened and delivered, Pintor added.

Also, the dance “Break the Chain” of the One Billion Rising Movement will also be jointly performed by the advocates, be it men or women. It is an advocacy for women seeks to prevent and address the abuse and exploitation of migrant women workers through holistic direct services, leadership training, community engagement and survivor-driven outreach and training.

During the whole-day activity, friendly games like the Laro ng Lahi, Volleyball, Singing Contest and Badminton will also take place. It is also a venue to connect and strengthen partnership among members, establish networks with fellow partners in Gender and Development.

Just recently, the ninth "Kalandrakas sa Kababaihan" was also held in the city where men and women enjoyed the trade fair, ukay-ukay, massage and spa, medical mission, legal counseling, parlor games, and other leisure activities. A Candidates Forum was also held, candidates where able to present their platform for women.

This year's women’s month 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. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


 NSO readies 2012 CPBI in Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, March 18 (PIA) – National Statistics Office (NSO) Caraga has geared-up preparations for the conduct of the 2012 Census of Philippine Business and Industry (CPBI) in the region in the month of April this year.

The NSO is mandated by law as the sole agency to undertake economic census, among others, Director Estela de Guzman of the NSO-Industry and Trade Statistics Department said.

De Guzman also said that the objectives of the 2012 Census of Philippine Business and Industry (CPBI) are as follows: 1) to collect information on the levels, structure and trends of economic activities of the formal sector of the economy; and 2) to gather data on employment, compensation, income, expense, total assets, capital expenditures and inventories and produce indicators from these variables.

When asked what are the uses of the 2012 Census of the Philippine Business and Industry (CPBI), Dir. De Guzman pointed-out that the data collected from the CPBI will constitute bases upon which the government and the private sector can formulate policies and economic development plans.

“Specifically, the census results are used in: 1) Measuring and comparing national, regional and provincial economic growth; 2) Planning and policy formulation; 3) Determining performance and contribution of MSMEs; 4) Providing benchmark data on trade in services; and 5) Market research, industry studies and other economic analysis,” said De Guzman.

NSO Regional Director Rosalinda Celeste said the questionnaires for the 2012 CPBI will be delivered personally to sample establishments and enterprises by the NSO field men during the period April 1-30, 2013.

“Collection of the questionnaires will start 10 days after the distribution. Establishments and enterprises can also respond through web-based questionnaire at www.census.gov.ph/itsd,” explained Celeste.

Celeste further emphasized that the respondents in the 2012 CPBI are assured by Sec. 4 of Commonwealth Act No. 591 that all information provided are kept strictly confidential and shall not be used as evidence in court for purposes of taxation, regulation or investigation; nor shall such data or information be divulged to any person except authorized employees of the NSO, acting in the performance of their duties; nor shall data be published except in the form of summaries or statistical tables in which no reference to an individual, corporation, association, partnership, institution or business enterprise shall appear.

The 2012 CPBI is one of the designated statistical activities undertaken by the NSO which aims to collect and generate information on the performance, levels, structure and trends of economic activities of the formal sector in the entire country for reference year 2012.

The 2012 CPBI is the 15th in the series of economic censuses conducted in the Philippines. The last economic census was the 2006 CPBI conducted in 2007. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Candidates’ Forum in Butuan conducted

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 18 (PIA) - The Gender and Development Coordinating Committee chaired by Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga Regional Director Atty. Marylin Pintor conducted recently the Candidates' Forum at the Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, this city.

The activity is part of the Women's Month celebration with the theme "Kababaihan: Gabay sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan (Women: Guide to A Straight and Narrow Path)."

The following respective local candidates were present during the said forum: Congressional Representative - Atty. Lawrence Lemuel Fortun; Mayor – Dr. Ferdinand Amante Jr.; Vice Mayor – Hon. Angelo Calo, Hon. Randolph Plaza, and Hon. Josephine Marticion-Salise. Meanwhile, Hon. Roan Libarios, candidate for Congress is represented by Ms. Athel Ijos of Gabriela (women organization).

According to Atty. Pintor, through the conduct of the Candidates’ Forum, the public is giving accountability to the part of the candidates who will win after election to really implement their platforms of governance for the women.

During the forum, each candidate delivered their seven-minute platform of governance for women while issues and concerns affecting gender equality and women empowerment were also raised by different sectors during the open forum which the candidates also addressed.

Also, each candidate submitted their signed written platform for women to GADCC-Caraga for follow-up and monitoring of said platform whenever respective candidates win in the May 13, 2013 election.

The students from different schools here were able to asked questions to the candidates, commonly citing issues on the Reproductive Health Law, displacement affecting women and children concerns, and availability of scholarship program for the youths.

Meanwhile, the GADCC also distributed survey questionnaires to all the participants. This is to know their views whether the candidates’ agenda for women are relative and responsive to the needs of the women, and to know what other concerns of women that were not included in their agenda. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DOLE releases P577, 000 to Pablo victims in Agusan del Sur

By Melody E. de Vera

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, March 18 - Typhoon Pablo victims received another donation from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) .

Regional Director Ofelia Domingo of DOLE Caraga handed over recently to Governor Adolph Edward Plaza a check worth P577, 000 as livelihood assistance at the Provincial Governor’s Office here.

Domingo said the amount is intended for Trento, Sta. Josefa, Veruela and Loreto towns as they were identified as the worst-affected municipalities in the province.

She added the fund will serve as emergency employment assistance for more than 500 workers with a minimum daily wage of P193.00 for ten working days.

“We hope they use the money judiciously to cope up with their needs. This is a short term intervention which will help them through the hard times,” the Dir. Domingo said.

In an interview with Domingo, she said DOLE had already extended a long-term livelihood assistance of P1.2 million to Veruela last month for the rehabilitation of rubber plantations in the town heavily ravaged by Pablo. Aside from that, they will also provide rubber seedlings to farmers.

Rubber plantation is one of the major sources of income in the town.

According to Dir. Domingo, Trento, Sta. Josefa and Loreto can also have access to the grant by identifying the livelihood assistance they need and submit proposals to their provincial field office for processing.

She said their office had already aligned their programs to be able to assist in the rehabilitation of the areas affected by Pablo.

In the final report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), 42,272 persons were affected in Trento, 27,184 in Sta. Josefa, 40,500 in Veruela; and 28,293 Loreto. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


 PDEA-Caraga conducts buy-bust operation, arrested drug-suspect

By Erwin S. Ogario

BUTUAN CITY, March 18 - At about 1:30 p.m. on March 13, 2013, Special Enforcement Team of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga conducted a buy-bust operation at Purok-3, Barangay Doongan, this city that resulted in the arrest of a 38-year old suspect. Confiscated from him was one (1) heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing suspected “shabu”.

Confiscated drug evidence and urine specimen of the apprehended suspect were submitted at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory Caraga Regional Office here for laboratory examination and drug testing.

The suspect is detained at PDEA-Caraga detention cell while a case for violation of Sec. 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Article II, RA 9165 is being prepared for filing in court. (PDEA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Palasyo nalipay sa desisyon sa Germany nga mo-hire og mga Filipino nurses

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Marso 18 (PIA) – Gikalipay sa Palasyo ang plano sa nasod sa Germany nga mo-hire og mga Filipino nurses ingon nga makahimo kini og dugang kapilian sa atong mga narses nga nangita og trabaho sa abroad.

Sumala ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte niadtong Sabado, maayong balita gyud kini alang niadtong mga narses nga nangita og trabaho tungod kay modaghan gyud ang ilang kapilian

Ang Germany mamahimo ng bag-ong destinayon alang sa atong mga Filipino nurses isip dugang ngadto sa naandan nga mga destinasyon sama sa US, Britain, Australia ug Middle East.

Sumala pa ni Valte nga sa maong kalamboan ang administrasyong Aquino magpadayon pagpaningkamot aron mapun-an ang kakakulangon sa mga nurses dinhi sa nasod pinaagi sa nagkalain-laing mga programa sama sa RN Heals Program alang niadtong mga bag-ong gradwar nga mga nurses nga maoy magsilbing training ground aron sila mamakuha og kahanas.

Dugang pa ni Valte nga ang gobyerno sa Germany ug Pilipinas gikatakdang mopirma og kasundoan nga maoy mag-abli alang sa deployment sa atong mga Filipino health workers og aron magarantiyahan ang propesyunal nga pagbansay ug maseguro usab ang healthy work environment sa atong mga Filipino nurses didto sa maong nasod. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)