PIA News Service - Friday, May 24, 2013



KKS Cinemobile Project successfully launch in Surigao del Sur

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 24 (PIA) – The launching of the “Fight Against Sex Trafficking of Children & Women thru Awareness Racing, Mindanao, Philippines” under Karl Kubel Stiftung Cinemobile Phase-2 Project was successfully conducted in Surigao del Sur.

Cinemobile is a software project that brings a massive Information Education Campaign (IEC) as an awareness raising of the Civil Society against Sex trafficking to the identified barangays of Tandag City & Bislig City, as well as the municipality of Barobo and Cantilan.

The program implementation is in support with the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation- Integrated Development Center (JPIC-IDC) in cooperation with the partner-agencies/stakeholders aimed to prevent people becoming a victim on human trafficking.

The launching was graced by stakeholders from the different sectors who play a vital role to address the quandary on human trafficking. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


16 schools in Surigao del Sur receive arm chairs

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, May 24 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Surigao del Sur provincial Office in cooperation with the Valorian Troopers under 36 Infantry Battalion delivered arm chairs to 16 selected schools of the 1st district of this province.

A total of 1,200 arm chairs were reportedly hauled from Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Trade (ASSAT) were transported in time of the “Brigada Eskwela” activity in preparation for the opening of classes this June 2013.

Meanwhile, Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Joseph Norwin Pasamonte expressed the willingness to support the activity. He said several programs were already implemented in active participation of the Valorian troopers tied-up with the DepEd and TESDA in strengthening IP education, feeding and reading programs, hygeine and sanitation drives, among others.

“We readily welcomed participation by the time DepEd coordinated with us... Each time we go to barangays and interact with the populace mostly students, we leave communities with inspiration in our hearts.” Lt. Col Pasamonte said.

The official also added that the soldiers will not only participate in the activities in schools such as “Brigada Eskwela” but also in giving aid to evaluate education programs within its area of responsibilities. (NGBT with reports from CMO 36IB/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Gov Pimentel fully support the Cinemobile project in Surigao del Sur

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 24 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel has expressed support for the KKS Cinemobile Phase-2 project spearheaded by Peace and Integrity of Creation- Integrated Development Center (JPIC-IDC).

During the launching of the project held here recently, Pimentel said, “I will give my 100 percent commitment to abide of what has been stated on the Cooperation of Agreement.”

On same day, the Cooperation of Agreement was successfully signed between the provincial government represented by Gov. Pimentel and the JPIC-IDC Inc., with its Executive Director, Fr. Anthony S. Salas.

The signing was witnessed by Fr. Felicito Borres (JPIC-IDC Area Director); PSWD Officer May Navidad Salinas; DILG ProvlDir. Pedrito Alacaba; DOLE Provl Director Luth Longos; Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Provincial Coordinator and representatives from the Department of Education; Surigao del Sur Provincial Police Office; Department of Justice; Department of Health and Provincial Health Office.

It was stated in a COA that both parties agreed and willing to help make the Provincial Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (PIACAT), Barangay Council of Protection for Children (BCPC) and Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) be functional. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Agusan Sur blood services program exceeded against need in 2012

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, May 24 (PIA) -- Blood collected by the Agusan del Sur blood service program was greater than blood used, according to the Provincial Blood Coordinating Council report as of December 31, 2012.

In a presentation by the Philippine Red Cross medical technologist Regene Gail Casido, said the mobile blood donation (MBD) team collected a total of 2,892 bags of blood in 2012 where field donation totaled from different municipalities and barangays reached up to 2,757 bags of 500cc.

Being the biggest and the center of medical services province-wide, the D. O. Plaza Memorial Hospital (DOPMH), has the highest number of blood usage, with a total of 2,216 bags, followed by the Bunawan District Hospital with 90 and the Butuan Medical Center in Butuan City with 36 bags. Blood usage out of the collection from Agusan del Sur reached up to Davao Medical Center with three bags and Andres Soriano Hospital in Bislig with two bags. The highest number of usage of blood by private hospital was the Butuan Doctors Hospital with 47 bags and Manuel J. Santos Hospital also in Butuan City with 13 bags. All who became recipient patients were coming from Agusan del Sur.

Even with reactive blood (those that were examined positive with Hepa B, Syphilis, Hepa C, Malaria, expired blood, spoiled chylous and unsuccessful bleed) which totaled to 314 bags, blood collection last year still exceed by 142 bags.

This year, as the first quarter closed last March, the mobile blood collection team was able to collect 782 bags of 500 cc blood while the usage was only almost half of the collected which is 495 bags. Reactive blood positive with Hepa B, syphilis and heap C reached 45 bags.

Last year, the provincial government of Agusan del Sur has released the full P1.8 million budget for the reagents, which is unique compared to any province nationwide. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


PENRO Agusan del Sur to reforest 8,294 hectares

By Eric F. Gallego

PATIN-AY, Agusan del Sur, May 24 (PIA) -- The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources ( PENRO) in Agusan del Sur will reforest about 8,294 hectares of denuded forestland in the province under the National Greening Program.

“We have set our goals for NGP this year and we are on track, “ PENR Officer Roberto Oliveros said during a Provincial Management Conference held at the PENRO Office here.

The CENR officers said the target for NGP sites include CENRO Bayugan 3,115 hectares prepared for tree planting, CENRO Talacogon , 675 hectares, CENRO San Franz, 1,579 hectares, CENRO Loreto, 2,012 hectares and CENRO Bunawan, 913 hectares.

“We have already mobilized the different groups and stakeholders in the various areas of the province” PENRO Oliveros said. He said several groups including the private and non-government offices, Community-Based Forest Management Project holders, academe, local government officials, other private organizations have been asked to join the PENRO in the massive tree planting activities that are scheduled to be conducted in separate occasions particularly during the Environment Month in June.

PENRO Oliveros also commended his CENRO officers for doing well in their jobs particularly about their efforts to convince the barangay officials to participate in the NGP through the Barangay Forestry Program (BFP). PENRO Oliveros said he got positive response from several community leaders to participate in the NGP.

He also asked the CENR Officers to formulate the mechanics of the Memorandum of Agreement with the barangay officials to ensure that the funds for NGP are utilized wisely. (NCLM/DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)