4.01.2013

PIA News Service - Monday, April 1, 2013



Surigao del Sur gov't info officers group revived

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, April 01 (PIA) – The Council Of Government Information Officers (COGIO) in Surigao del Sur has been revived with the election of new set of officers held at the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg).

The council has been inactive for several years after Mr. Primo Martho Oyan, former Infocen Manager of Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Surigao del Sur Infocen retired from service in 2007.

Last January 25, the council's original members, together with Oyan convened and urged new information officers to revive the organization.

The following are the newly-elected officers: President - Nerissa Espinosa of Radyo ng Bayan; Vice President- Bernesita Rojas of PFARO; Secretary-Nida Grace Tranquilan of PIA; Treasurer- Josephine Moselina of DPWH; Auditor- Marcel Peteros of BIR; PIO- Engr. Redgy Panilan of the DILG and Atty Gerardo Maglinte as legal adviser of the council.

COGIO was originally organized and managed by the former PIA-Surigao del Sur Information Center Manager Primo Martho Oyan and has first released its COGIO Bulletin newsletter in 1993. The members and staff were composed mainly of the government information officers from the different government offices, including an original and honorary member Atty Gerry Maglinte. The council has also gained support from the non-government organizations and later became regular members and contributor of the publication.

The reorganization of the council aimed to help the government in terms of information dissemination on government programs, projects and activities on economic, social, political and other vital issues affecting the people of this province as well as in the countryside. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


AgNor conducts provl policy forum on RA 10354

By Bryan Ceballos

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 1 (PIA) -- The provincial government of Agusan del Norte thru the Provincial Social Welfare Development Office (PSWD) in partnership with the Phil. Legislators’ Committee On Population and Development Foundation Inc. (PLCPD) launched a provincial policy forum tackling the key features of RA 10354 (Reproductive Health Law), recently at the Provincial Training Center, Capitol Compound, this city.

The forum was participated in by different Local government Units (LGUs) of the province, Dept. of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Dept. of Health (DOH), stakeholders and other concerned agencies.

PLCPD is a non-stock, non-profit organization established in 1989 by a group of progressive legislators from the Senate and House of Representative. It primarily works within the hall of Congress, developing policy champions and generating viable, responsive, and people public policies on population and human development.

PLCPD Local Project Assistant Mr. Noel U. Sandigan presented the rationale of the activity. It was followed by the sharing to the stakeholders/participants the opportunities, program and policy solutions that will translate the national law into goals that are relevant, applicable and attainable at the local level especially in addressing gender issues, child mortality, maternal mortality, safe motherhood and increasing number of HIV/AIDS cases.

According to Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante, “the signing into law of Republic Act 10354 is another victory for women’s rights advocates especially on the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women. And this initiative of holding a provincial policy forum in line with the 25th year of the International Women’s Month is a concrete manifestation that the Province indeed recognizes women’s role in social development.”

The forum also highlighted various presentations, discussion and sharing of Maternal, Child Health Situations of the Province, Current Gender and VAW Issues, Key Features and Issues in the implementation of RA 10354, Challenges at the LGU-level and the Implementation of the National Law.

The activity concluded with an open forum and response from various stakeholders facilitated by Ms. Gloria L. Pabillore, head of the PSWD, followed by a closing remarks made by DILG Prov. Director Romeo A. Solis to formally end the forum. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)