4.24.2013

PIA News Service - Wednesday, April 24, 2013



“BATA MUNA” encourages public to vote for candidates who have programs for children

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, April 24 (PIA) -- The Foundation for the Development of Agusanons, Inc. (ADFI) launched last Friday the “Bata Muna” campaign to influence voters to consider children when voting and to vote for candidates who stand up for children’s rights come May 13 elections.

Bata Muna is a non political, non partisan movement endorsed by the Commission on Elections and is implemented by various organizations, most notably Save the Children and Caraga Emergency Resource Group (CERG) that will awaken both the candidates/ politicians and voters to know, and stand up for children’s rights, Dr. Rex Linao, Executive Director of ADFI.

During the launching, Dr. Linao candidates to be voted can provide children with safe place where they can play, funds for the projects for children, can put up street lights in order to avoid accidents and criminality, programs for the rights of children especially those who are impaired, programs that children can overcome fear, stress and bad experience because of disaster and man-made calamities, free medical services like counseling and correct information on reproductive health, alternative learning and back-to-school program for children who quit schooling, chances so that children can have participation in formulating laws, program on positive discipline and child labor and work for parents so that they can address the needs of their children.

“Our aim here is to make parents and voters know the platforms of the candidate and scrutinizing their platforms. Second, they should select candidates using the criteria for determining pro-children candidates, and hold them accountable after elections, or remind them of their promises,” Dr. Linao said.

According to Dr. Linao, organized youth, parents and other stakeholders of the Bata Muna should see to it that they participate or organize public dialogues, interact children with candidates and voters, provide political candidates and parties with policy and position papers, Bata Muna poster and campaign materials, engage political candidates through social media (e.g. twitter), document and share political promises, share relevant studies, draft policy papers, or be a spokesperson and volunteer to help the campaign.

“With this campaign, we cannot only ensure honest, orderly and peaceful election but we can also help voters to become responsible for the future,” Dr. Linao said. (DMS, PIA-Agusan del Sur)


TESDA extends support to Labor Day celebration in Caraga

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, April 24 (PIA) – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has extended its full support for the conduct of the 2013 Labor Day Celebration on May 1, 2013.

Speaking before the local tri-media during the press conference on Tuesday in one of the local hotels here, TESDA Butuan City-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Randy Devilla said that as attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), TESDA has been regularly coordinating with DOLE officials in the region to ensure that the annual Labor Day celebration will succeed.

Devilla said they are doing this not only during Labor Day celebrations since it is their mandate to provide the people with technical education and skills development.

“It is our mandate to provide technical education and skills development of the people especially the youths so we are regularly educating them and developing their skills to become better citizens of our country,” Devilla said.

When asked what the agency has been doing to solve job mismatch in the region, Dir. Devilla stressed that they have been constantly coordinating with the concerned agencies and industries to know their latest needs in as far as manpower is concerned.

The official further explained it is not only TESDA’s duty to educate and develop the skills of the youths but also to assist them in facilitating their employment needs after graduation. “We do not only educate and develop the skills of the students or youths, we are also mandated to help them to be positioned in companies or industries that need their skills,” Devilla said.

With this, Devilla said that during the Jobs Fair on May 1, 2013, they will assist those who are holders of National Certification (NC) by recommending them to the companies who were invited during the activity. Accordingly, 40 local and 12 overseas companies have signified their participation in the said jobs fair.

This year’s Labor Day celebration is anchored on the theme: “Manggagawang Pilipino: Handa sa Hamon ng Makabagong Panahon” (Filipino Workers: Prepared for the challenges of the present times). (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Forest protection committee intensifies anti-illegal logging campaign thru checkpoints

By Hannah Cheen P. Osin

BUTUAN CITY, April 24 (PIA) – In an effort to curb illegal logging activities in this city, members of Regional Multi-Sectoral Forest Protection Committee (RMFPC) has intensified the conduct of checkpoint operations in the entrance and exit points here.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Technical Director Maritess Ocampo said the proposed establishment of checkpoint is a way to curb the transporting of illegally-cut forest products in Caraga Region.

During the RMFPC special meeting held recently here, the member-agencies were made to identify their permanent and alternate representatives in the committee in order to have smooth coordination and performance of their functions.

Earlier reports revealed that transporting of undocumented forest product concealed in containerized vans/closed conveyances is still happening in the region.

“Though our security forces are conducting check points, there is still a need for the council to assist our police and soldiers to ensure that those violators will be apprehended,” Ocampo said.

With these developments, the council members agreed to request the Department of Justice (DOJ) through the Regional Development Council to create green prosecutors/officers to address environmental cases in the region. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga stakeholders to convene for reg'l consultation on PDP updating

BUTUAN CITY, April 24 (PIA) – More than 100 stakeholders from the regional line agencies (RLAs), Local Government Units (LGUs), private and business sectors and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) will convene for a regional consultation on the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) Midterm Updating and Revalidation of Results Matrix on April 25, 2013 at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

This regional consultation is aimed at ensuring that regional concerns and priorities are reflected in the updated PDP. Moreover, regional consultations are done nationwide to promote wider participation and ownership of the Plan.

President Benigno S. Aquino III through Memorandum Circular 43, dated February 2013, directed the updating of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) and its accompanying documents such as the Results Matrix (RM) and the Philippine Investment Program (PIP).

The PDP serves as a roadmap for the realization of inclusive growth - high growth that is sustained and growth which generates job opportunities and reduces poverty.

As the country’s socio-economic planning agency, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) will facilitate the updating of the PDP.

At the regional level, the Regional Development Council (RDC) with the NEDA as Secretariat shall spearhead the crafting of the updated Regional Development Plan (RDP).

The RDP contains specific strategies and targets to boost regional productivity and promote inclusive growth. (NEDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Presidente Aquino mipirma sa Republic Act No. 10515 o naila nga ‘Anti-Cable Television and Cable Internet Tapping Act of 2013’

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Abril 24 (PIA) – Gipirmahan na ni Presidente Aquino ang Republic Act No. 10515 o naila nga “Anti-Cable Television and Cable Internet Tapping Act of 2013" nga nagtinguha sa pagprotekta sa industriya sa cable television ug cable internet.

Si Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte maoy mianunyo atol sa regular press briefing didto sa Malakanyang kagahapon nga gipirmahan na sa Presidente ang maong balaodnon niadtong Abril 17, 2013.

Sumala ni Valte gidilisa maong balaodnon ang cable television ug internet tapping ug silotan niini ang mga molapas uban ang pagkapriso duha ngadto lima ka tuig o pagbayad og P50,000 ngadto P100,000 o pareho, depende sa mando sa korte.

Sumala pa ni Valte kung ang makalapas usa ka korporasyon o asosasyon, ang president, manager, managing partner o bisan kinsa nga opisyales sa maong korporasyon diin adunay direktang partisipasyon sa maong paglapas ang maoy manubag.

Ang maong balaodnon nagdili sa illegal tapping sa mga signal sa cable television (CATV) o cable internet system ug tinuyo nga pagtangtang ug pag-guba sa bisan unsa nga pasilidad sa CATV o cable internet.

Gidili usab niini ang recording, reproducing, distributing, importing o pagbaligya sa intercepted o nadawat nga CATV signal/network signal alang sa commercial nga katuyoan nga walay pagtugot gikan sa hingtungdan nga CATV o internet service provider. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)