PIA News Service - Monday, April 29, 2013



PIA-Caraga personnel avails absentee voting

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, April 29 (PIA) – Following the preparations for the midterm national and local elections, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga regional office’ personnel is first among other PIA regional offices nationwide to cast their votes through Absentee Voting.

In coordination with the city’s Commission on Elections (COMELEC), said agency is scheduled today, April 29 to be held at the PIA-Caraga regional office having 11 personnel.

The PIA-Caraga personnel in this case will be under the direct supervision and presence of the city election officer or his representative when voting.

According to PIA-Caraga Regional Director Abner Caga, as developmental information arm of the government and deputized agency by the COMELEC to ensure the conduct of a Secure and Fair elections, PIA’s role in disseminating relevant information especially during election day is very vital.

“Thus, we should all take advantage of the early voting so as not to hinder our operations, reporting during election day,” Caga said.

Caga added that all personnel should be ready, vigilant and seriously monitor the actual voting of the citizenry on the different precincts on May 13, 2013. “Despite our limited manpower, we should maximize our efforts and see to it that significant and factual information must be disseminated on real time,” he said.

It was also learned that April 28 started the Local Absentee Voting (LAV) for members of the Army, police, some government employees and media.

Those who will fail to vote on April 28, 29, and 30 LAV can still vote in their precincts on election day, which is an added advantage.

For the midterm election, that only covers 12 senators and one party-list group.

Absentee Voting is a voting method that involves voting on a day earlier than the actual election day, to which this year the national and local elections is on May 13. The Local Absentee Voting (LAV) is on manual mode, which means voters have to write by hand their votes on their ballots. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


We are ready for the May 13 elections - PIA-Caraga chief

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 29 (PIA) -- The Philippine Information Agency is now ready for the conduct of the 2013 midterm national and local elections said its director, Abner Caga. This, after the personnel here already availed themselves of the Local Absentee Voting (LAV) today at the PIA regional office.

Evelyn Gonzales and Flor Evangeline Japitan from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Butuan City supervised the PIA personnel during the said early voting.

Gonzales and Japitan lauded the agency for having availed the LAV and cast their votes as scheduled.

Caga said that the agency can now focus on the preparations for the coming elections since all personnel were able to cast their votes earlier.

“We are all ready for the May 13 elections and we hope to satisfy the people on the relevant information that we are to give them before, during, and after elections. We are the first among PIA regional offices to have availed of the LAV,” Caga said.

Caga also encouraged other government agencies and local media which also availed the LAV and are deputized by Comelec to ensure the conduct of a secure and fair elections, and to cast in their votes as scheduled.

Absentee voting is a voting method that involves voting earlier than the actual election day. LAV is done manually, which means voters have to write by hand their votes on their ballots. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


PIA-13 organizes rapid media reaction team

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, April 29 (PIA) – The regional office of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) here has organized a rapid media reaction team in an effort to provide uniform information to the public during the conduct of the 2013 national and local elections on May 13, 2013.

In a roundtable discussion during the regular meeting with the personnel of PIA-Caraga, Northern and Northeastern Mindanao Information Cluster Head and concurrent Regional Director Abner M. Caga pointed out that the organization of the team follows the concept of conducting rapid response during disasters where convergence of national and local media is highlighted.

“Whenever there is a need for the team to immediately disseminate the necessary information to the public, the PIA will lead the media team members from gathering the facts, writing the news, and air it,” Caga said.

He said each media outfit in the city are invited to join the team and will send one representative to have equal access to information. The media representative must be a permanent employee of the outfit or station, and are not supporting any candidate. “They must be non-partisan to avoid biases,” Caga said.

Caga also said that this effort of PIA-Caraga is the first of its kind, having gathered all the media outfits in the city which promotes unity among the local tri-media here, aside from instilling into the minds of the media practitioners the value of disseminating relevant information.

“This initiative of PIA-Caraga is the first in the entire PIA organization, where local tri-media are converged to act as one with the ultimate end of making a significant impact in the community,” Caga said.

As the lead agency of this convergence, it promotes unity, camaraderie, vibrant healthy relationship among the media outfits, thus, setting aside network rivalries in pursuit of common interest to serve the public.

The official is also optimistic that this effort will serve well for the benefit of the community considering that in the process, access and utilization of information are equally shared to all networks.

Caga added this is also part of PIA’s effort in connection with the conduct of “Hatol ng Bayan 2013”, the election coverage of the Media ng Bayan, through the convergence of PIA, Philippine News Agency (PNA), Radio ng Bayan, and the People's Television Network.

This development came after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has deputized PIA and other media and communication organizations to conduct regular information campaign on the proper use of any medium of communication.

“We are making one step forward in achieving the conduct of an honest, orderly, and peaceful election… A collective contribution of the government’s information arm and the media sector is made possible through PIA-Caraga,” Caga added.

Section 33 of Comelec Resolution No. 9615 deputizes the Philippine Information Agency, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas, Philippine Association of Private Telephone Companies, and the Telecommunication Operators of the Philippine to conduct, in coordination with the Education and Information Department, regular information campaign on the proper use of any medium of communication. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Forum Strengthens Local Water Governance in Caraga

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa 

BUTUAN CITY, April 29 (PIA) -- Spearheaded by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) – Caraga Regional Office and in partnership with the Center for Community Journalism and Development (CCJD), a regional forum entitled: “Meeting the Challenges of the Big Cs in Water: A Learning Event on Human Rights-Based Local Water and Sanitation Governance” was held at Samping Avenue, 2nd Floor of Bo’s Coffee, J.C. Aquino Ave., Butuan City on April 26, 2013.

DILG Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion said that knowledge products derived from good practices and experiences from human rights-based groups in water and insights from the participants in the forum will provide innovative strategies to ensure that the Big Challenges in Water.

RD Famacion said that that challenges in water, such as: (1) corruption, (2) climate change and disaster impacts, (3) conflicts, (4) issues in culture and indigenous practices, (5) gender challenges, and (6) capacity-development challenges and water financing will be addressed properly through human rights-based interventions.

The forum aims to share practices and knowledge products that can be adopted or replicated by the municipalities in implementing their water and sanitation programs, to know the challenges in local water governance and how these can be addressed, and for the participants to identify practices and knowledge products that they can use or replicate in their localities.

“The Human Rights-Based approach in water governance is developed to help local government units, water-service providers and communities to have access in safe water supply through water system infrastructures and the empowerment of communities to manage the project”, said Fe Crisilla Banluta, Project Manager of DILG – Water System and Sanitation Unit (WSSU).

Citizen-monitors organized in the Municipality of Sibagat, Agusan del Sur called the I-Watch Team (IWAG), which stand for Integrity-Watch for Water Anti-Corruption Group shared their experience in the conduct of constant monitoring in the finance process to prevent corruption in local water governance.

IWAG Board of Director Salvador Subla presented IWAG’s best practices and their milestones in ensuring that water services are readily available to the community and is free from corruption. Water associations in some invited LGUs wanted to replicate what the IWAG has been doing and said that they can have a local IWAG in their LGU so that the group will expand its organization and membership in some parts of the region. (NCLM/DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


Newly-Elected ACE Officers in Caraga Sworn Into Office

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa 

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 29 (PIA) -- The Association of Caraga Executives (ACE), Inc. has already elected the new set of officers for C.Y. 2013-2014 who took their oath of office during its General Assembly on April 22, 2013 at Almont Hotels Inland Resort, Butuan City.

This time, Engr. Danilo E. Versola, Regional Director of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) of this region was chosen as President. Together with him, the elected officers were: Mr. Faisar Mambuay, Regional Director of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) as Vice-President; Mr. Earl dela Victoria, Board Secretary of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) as Secretary; Mr. Jaime Nejune D. Seron, Branch Manager of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) as Treasurer; Mr. Roland A. Rey, Regional Director of the Commission on Audit (COA) as Auditor; and Ms. Lilibeth A. Famacion, Regional Director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as Public Information Officer.

Elected members of the Board were: Atty. Edgar Q. Balansag, Regional Prosecutor of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO); Ms. Minda B. Brigoli, Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD); Mr. Gerard Achilles Bravo, Regional Director of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM); Ms. Carmencita S. Cochingco, Regional Director of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA); and Mr. Sisinio S. Narisma, Regional Head of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).

To set the direction of the Association for this year, ACE will undertake the activities, to wit: (1) Amendment of ACE By-laws; (2) Updating of ACE directory; (3) Association Membership Drive; (4) Support Advocacy of Hope and Peaceful Election thru tri media; (5) Expansion Campaign for CESO membership in the region; (6) Continuance of capacity building for its member; (7) Conduct of 6th CEO Golf Tournament; and (8) Revival of ACE Communication and Linkage system.

ACE, as a grand fellowship of Caraga Executives aims to build a community of practice through strengthened support and capacity building for its members. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga envisions inclusive growth, begins to update its RDP 2011-2016

By Loyd C. Composo

BUTUAN CITY, April 29 (PIA) -- In pursuit of inclusive growth, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) recentlyhas conducted a series of activities to update and enhance the Caraga Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2011-2016. Members of the different sectoral committees of the Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) convened and participated in the different consultative activities.

On April 4-5, 2013, Technical Working Group (TWG) meetings were conducted to orient various stakeholders on the guidelines for the said activity and to jumpstart the revalidation of the RDP Results Matrices (RMs) and Situational Analyses (SA) of the various sectors of the region.

Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño, NEDA Caraga’s Assistant Regional Director and the Regional Development Council’s Secretary said that “explicitly, the plan’s updated version shall incorporate labor and employment strategies to draw the majority into the socio-economic mainstream”—a strategy that reduces poverty.

In the said activity, members perused and revalidated indicators in the RMs. They also added information which are deemed important in enhancing the Situational Analyses.

On April 12, 16, and 17, writing workshops by sector were likewise initiated to further enhance the situational analyses, formulate strategies, and set targets. The enhanced RMs were likewise presented during these writeshops.

In her message, Cariño said that the plan updating is “vital” as everybody dreams to improve Caraga’s socio-economic situation. She encouraged members of the sectoral committees to “further review and scrutinize” the presented enhanced RMs and SAs.

These efforts to update the RDP are in consonance with the national government’s thrust to update the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2011-2016, the country’s roadmap to development. (NEDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


RDC and GIZ collaborate to further develop Caraga’s Geographic Info System Network

By Loyd C. Composo

BUTUAN CITY, April 29 (PIA) -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) and the Deutsche Gessellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) joined forces to enhance the Caraga Regional Geographic Information System Network (RGISN).

Earlier, stakeholders in the region have participated in the RGISN Technical Working Group (TWG) Orientation-Workshop at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, this City.

In her message, Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño, NEDA’s Assistant Regional Director and RDC’s Secretary said the activity was conducted to enhance the network and to further strengthen the partnership of the different stakeholders in data sharing. She also shared that the activity is just one of the series of events to be conducted by the RDC and GIZ to further enhance the region’s hub of GIS-based data.

Cariño added that the RDC as the administrator of the RGISN will provide overall policy directions to the network, act on issues or problems that may arise from the conduct of activities of the network, provide logistical support, establish and update regional database, manage facilities, and facilitate the data sharing.

She also said anyone can be a member of the RGISN by opening an account through http://rgisn-caraga.neda.gov.ph.

During the workshop, members participated in a pre-test that evaluated the usability of the website and the functionality of its user manual. They also went through the processes and procedures to determine its applicability.

History of Caraga’s RGISN

The efforts on institutionalizing the Geographic Information System (GIS) in the region started way back in 1998. The RDC acknowledged the role of information technology through the use of GIS in integrating ideas and information at all levels of governance.

In 2005, the DENR in partnership with Conservation International (CI) – Philippines spearheaded the Eastern Mindanao Biodiversity Corridor (EMBC) Project, where the GIS technology was used in crafting the EMBC Conservation Framework. In 2006, the CI-Philippines shared with NEDA Caraga their experience in institutionalizing the Regional GIS Network in Region II.

Since then, NEDA Caraga persistently pursued the institutionalization of a similar GIS Network in the region. Due to the huge funding requirement, the project was implemented by phase. In 2008, a Project Proposal for the Establishment of GIS at NEDA was prepared and submitted to potential Donors. Congressman Jose S. Aquino II of the First Congressional District of Agusan del Norte – Las Nieves and Butuan City responded to the proposal of NEDA Caraga and provided funds amounting to P250, 000 for the procurement of one unit (1) GIS server.

In the same year, the NEDA Caraga submitted to KOICA a request for the service of a Korea Overseas Volunteer (KOV) on GIS and a project proposal. Two (2) Korean Overseas Volunteers with expertise on GIS and computer programming were deployed to NEDA Caraga. The Donor also provided funding support of approximately US$50,000 for the procurement of GIS Equipment such as one (1) unit plotter, one (1) unit large format scanner, one (1) unit Garmin GPS, one (1) unit Trimble GPS, one (1) unit server, two (2) units desktops and others. Moreover, another KOV assigned in Aurora State University was temporarily assigned to NEDA Caraga to develop a web-based geographic information system.

After almost two years since the Caraga RDC passed Resolution No. 23, Series of 2009, "A Resolution Establishing and Institutionalizing the Regional Geographic Information System Network (RGISN) under the Regional Development Council (RDC)", Mr. Kim Jinoh, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Resident Representative to the Philippines, graced the inauguration of the Regional GIS Center and the launching of the web-based RGISN v1.0 system on March 22, 2011.

In 2012, the GIZ granted Php 1.2 Million to NEDA for the enhancement of the Center and has deployed Wilfried Gebhardt, a German volunteer with Land Use Planning expertise to further develop the RGISN of the region.

With these developments, the RDC with its partners will continue to undertake actions to realize the RGISN’s vision which is to be “the premier provider of quality and up-to-date spatial information and GIS services in Caraga for effective planning, resource allocation and management”. This vision can only be achieved with the support of the regional line agencies, local government units, academe, and other stakeholders in providing accurate, consistent, accessible, affordable, and comprehensive GIS data and services to support the development needs of Caraga Region. (NEDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Presidente Aquino moduso ug dugang nga proyekto sa Mindanao aron mutukpaw sa krisis sa enerhiya; Panaad nga maresolba ang krisis sa kurente sa 2015 sa rehiyon

Ni Grace Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Abril 29 (PIA) -- Si Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III misaad niadtong Sabado nga ang kasamtangang administrasyon moresolba sa krisis sa enerhiya sa Mindanao sa tuig 2015 pinaage sa pag establisar ug mga planta sa kurente sa rehiyon.

Sa iyahang pakigpulong sa usa ka panagtigum uban ang mga lideres sa lokal ug ang kumunidad didto sa Misamis University Gym, ang Presidente miingon nga ang gobyerno nagaduso sa mga proyekto partikularmente ang sector sa enerhiya aron sa pagtukpaw sa “power sources” sa Mindanao.

Ang Presidente miingon nga ang gobyerno nagsugod na sa pag kuha ug kalkulasyon kon pagdeterminar aron epektibo sa pagsulbad sa krisis sa enerhiya sa Mindanao diin siya misaad nga ang planta makahimo ug igong enerhiya nga makasustenar sa gikinahanglan sa mga residente ug ang sector sa mga negosyante sa Mindanao sa tuig 2015.

Siya nagpasalamat sa mga katawhan sa Misamis Occidental kinsa tinood nga misuporta sa tahas sa administrasyon ngadto sa lakang nga mosubay sa tul-id ug eksaktong dalan sa pagpausab sa Pilipinas ngadto sa progresibo nga nasud.

"Madasigon nato nga itul-id ang sayop, ug iwakli ang mga binuhatang sayop. Ug kung ang kaniadto, mura ug dawat na sa kadaghanan ang mamahimong kulelat ang nasud tungod lamang sa hinay nga ekonomiya, karon giila na kita sa kalibutan sa atoang kakayahan nato nga motupong sa kauswagan,” (“Masigasig nating itinatama ang mali, at iwinawaksi ang mga gawaing tiwali. At kung dati, para bang tanggap na ng marami ang pagiging kulelat ng bansa dahil sa matamlay na ekonomiya, ngayon, kinikilala na tayo ng mundo sa kakayahan nating makipagsabayan sa kaunlaran,") sulti sa Presidente.

"Tanan niini tungod sa pagsalig ng atoang mga Boss – ang katawhang Pilipino – ang nagpugas, nagbisbis ug padayon sa pagpalambo ug matiud-anong kabag-ohan. Susama sa kanunay nako ng gina-ingon: Kamo ang nagbuhat niini,” ( Lahat po ng ito ay dahil sa pagtitiwala ng ating mga Boss – ang sambayanang Pilipino – ang nagpunla, nagdilig, at patuloy na nagpapalago ng makabuluhang pagbabago. Gaya ng lagi kong bukambibig: Kayo ang gumawa nito,") siya miingon.

Sumala sa pa sa Presidente, ang gobyerno nagpabilin sa pasalig sa pagpalig-on sa posisyon sa nasudnong piskalya, pakusgan pa ang pamuhunan sa imprastraktura ug ang pagpa-usbaw sa negosyo, agrikultura, ug turismo nga mga sector.

“Ang gusto lang nato: kung unsa ang mga pamalakad sa pagpa-usbaw sa mga lungsod sa Luzon, o sa Visayas, mao usab ang ikumpas, kung dili man molabaw pa, sa Midanao. Napataas na nato ug 268% ang pondo ng DSWD; 78% usab ang sa DOH; 44% sa DepEd; ug 23% sa DPWH – nahimo nato ang tanan niini nga wala motaas ang atoang buhis,” ("Ang hangad po natin: kung anong paghakbang pasulong ng mga lungsod sa Luzon o Visayas, ay ganoon din ang ikukumpas, kundi man higit pa, sa Mindanao. Naiangat na natin ng dalawandaan at animnapu’t walong porsiyento ang pondo ng DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development); pitumpu’t walong porsiyento naman sa DOH (Department of Health); apatnapu’t apat na porsiyento sa DepEd (Department of Education); at dalawampu’t tatlong porsiyento sa DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways)— ginawa po natin ang lahat ng ito nang hindi nagtataas ng buwis,") siya miingon.

Ang Presidente usab nagpahinungod nga ang “institutionalization” sa reporma sa edukasyon pabilin nga naa sa pinakataas nga prayoridad aron mapa-uswag ang sistema sa edukasyon sa nasud.

“karon atoa ng nabutangan ang mga kakulangon nato sa mga libro ug mga lingkoranan, ug tapuson na usab nato ang 66,800 nga kakulangon sa nga eskwelahan usa motapos ang tuig,” ("Ngayong napunuan na natin ang backlog sa mga aklat at upuan, at mawawakasan na rin natin ang 66,800 na kakulangan sa classroom bago matapos ang taon,") siya miingon..

Siya mipasalig sa mga katawhan nga ang iyahang administrasyon magapadayon sa paghatag ug pondo sa gobyerno alang sa nagkadaiyang proyektong infrastructure dugang pagpalambo sa industriya sa komersiyo ug torismo sa probinsiya.

“ Naa ang pagpalapad ug serbisyo nga gihatod sa inyoha ng Ozamiz ug Plaridel Port, lakip na ang Ozamiz Airport – nga labaw nga nagpausbaw sa inyohang komersiyo ug turismo. Naa usab ang papaayo sa inyohang Ozamis City Coastal Bypass Road ug ang Ozamis ug Oroquieta nga dalan, nga mosuporta usab sa mas maayong dagan sa inyohang negosyo ug sa pagdagsa sa inyo sa mga turista. Ang mga imprastaktura ug kining mga karsada maoy mohatag ug dalan sa mas daghang oportunidad sa pag-asenso ngadto sa mga katawhan nato nga mga Misamisnon,” ("Nariyan po ang pagpapalawak ng serbisyong hatid ng inyong Ozamis at Plaridel Port, pati na rin ng Ozamis Airport— na higit na magpapaunlad sa inyong komersiyo at turismo. Nariyan din ang pagsasaayos ng inyong Ozamis City Coastal Bypass Road at ng Ozamis-Oroquieta Road, na susuporta naman sa mas maginhawang daloy ng kalakal, at sa pagdagsa sa inyo ng mga turista. Ang mga imprastraktura’t kalsadang ito ay magbibigay-daan sa mas maraming pagkakataong umasenso para sa mga kababayan nating Misamisnon,") siya miingon.

Siya miingon nga ang Department of Agriculture (DA) pagtarok ug nagkadaiyang programa aron mapa-usbaw ang produksyon sa bugas sa nasud.

"Karon hapit na kita mahimo ug “self-sufficient” sa bugas, o kung palaron mamahimo ug exporter pa, usa motapos ning tuiga,” (Ngayong malapit na tayong maging self-sufficient sa bigas, o kung papalarin ay magiging exporter pa, bago rin matapos ang taong ito,") siya miingon..

Angkorahe sa prinsipyo nga Tul-id nga Dalan (Tuwid na Daan), ang Presidente mitumbok nga ang iyahang administrasyon makahimo sa paggama sa pagpatubo sa anti-corruption nga kampanya ug pagpakunhod sa kapobrehon.

Siya usab mibutyag sa paglaum nga ang iyahang kaalyado sa administrasyon sa local nga panggamhanan sa pagtugon nga sa kataposan maresolba ang problema sa pasipala kon violence sa probinsiya. (NGBT/PND/js/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: Gobyerno, katawhan kinahanglan magtambayayong aron maseguro ang kredible nga piniliay, sulti sa Palasyo

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Abril 29 (PIA) – Hugot nga koordinasyon tali sa mga ahensya sa gobyerno ug katawhan maoy gikinahanglan aron masumpo ang mga plano sa mga grupo nga gustong isabotahe ang mayo 13 nga piniliay, sulti sa Palasyo.

Gipahimangnoan sa mga awtoridad ang katawhan nga ang paggamit og mga signal jammers aron langanon ug gubton ang piniliay karong Mayo 13 usa ka criminal nga kalapasan ug kini silotan sa balaod.

Sa hiniusang press conference sa COMELEC ug DILG niadtong Huwebes si COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillantes miingon nga ang paggamit og mga signal jammers duol sa polling centers atol sa Mayo nga eleksyon pwede makadelatar sa transmisyon sa election returns.

Matud ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte ang maong press conference gitumong aron mapahibalo ug mapahimangnoan ang katawhan sa pekto sa mga signal jammers ug giawhag usab niini ang katawhan sa pagmatngon ug itaho gilayon sa mga awtoridad kon ugaling adunay mamatikdan nga naggamit sa mga nasangpit nga mga signal jammers.

Sumala ni Brillantes nga ang maong kalapasan adunay silot nga 12 ka tuig nga pagkapriso.

Matud sa National Telecommunications Commission ang mga signal jammers gikonsiderar nga illegal nga item ug giklaro niini walay silay gihatag nga pagtugot sa pagbaligya niini dinhi sa nasod. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)