PIA News Service - Friday, May 3, 2013

Google Map-Your-Precinct Project 2013 launched in Butuan

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, May 3 (PIA) -- Google Map-Your-Precinct Project 2013 was successfully launched at Saint Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT), this city.

The project aims to help Filipino voters find their precincts or voting centers using Google maps. The system entails the help of mapping volunteers which inputs details of the locations of precincts to Google mapmaker.

Through online, Head of Google Business Group Iloilo (GBG Iloilo) Bernardo Arellano gives his instructions to the volunteers on how to mapUp the precinct.

Arellano also said during the MapUp that the event is envisioned to help voters in Butuan City to find to their respective precinct by simply searching their Precinct number using Google map.

“This event would be a big help for the voters of Butuan where they can easily access their precinct using the internet,” Arellano said.

With 18 volunteers from Butuan City, the volunters mapped 50 Precinct in Butuan City, with a total of 84,057 voters, 25 Precinct in Nasipit with a total of 25,027 voters and 15 Precinct in Carmen with a total of 12, 754 voters all in Agusan del Norte.

Google volunteer/ Organizer Richard Atillo, emphasized during that "the event will prove to be most useful not just today but to the near future elections, this event will also open an opportunity not just for Butuanons but also in the entire Caraga region to build a group of google developers that will empower Caraga in terms of technology”.

Atillo also thanked all Google Philippines members headed Google head for outreach Southeast Asia Aileen Apolo De Jesus, Smart Communications, fellow volunteers for extending their support to this event.

Voters can visit www.findyourprecinct.ph to locate their precinct. (DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Military, police clash with NPAs in Agusan del Sur

By 1Lt Hazel A Tabago

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, May 3 (PIA) -- Soldiers from the 75th Infantry Battalion and policemen from the Special Action Force encountered more or less 10 fully armed rebels in Road 88, Brgy. Bunawan Brooks, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur, Monday evening

The soldiers and policemen were on a joint security patrol in the area when they encountered the armed group believed to be from Section Committee 14 of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee.

The encounter resulted to one wounded on the government side and undetermined casualty on the rebel side.

Col Gregory M Cayetano, Commander of 401st Infantry Brigade, has ordered the 75th Infantry Battalion to launch pursuit operations.

“Again, we thank concerned citizens in the area who have tipped us off about the enemy presence in their barangay. We highly appreciate their effort to help us round up these criminals the soonest possible time. We assure everyone that the information that the people will provide us will be treated with utmost confidentiality,” said LTC Danilo Benavides, commanding officer of 75th Infantry Battalion.

“We appeal to the families and loved ones of these rebels to help us encourage them to abandon the armed struggle and return to the folds of the law and to normalcy. For more than four decades now, we have all felt the pain and loss that the armed struggle has brought us. It has never been a solution to our country’s problem. in fact, it has been one of the deterrents to our development and progress. The AFP’s concept of Bayanihan is far better than the revolution’s idea of complete overthrow of our government. In Bayanihan, we are all benefitted, while in armed struggle we are all losers,” said Col Cayetano. (NCLM/4ID, PA/PIA-Caraga)


54 Agusan Norte farmers get land titles

By Joie L. Ceballos

CARMEN, Agusan del Norte, May 3 (PIA) -- A total of 54 farmers from Brgy. Manoligao, Carmen, Agusan del Norte received their individual certificates of land ownership award (CLOA) following the handing-over ceremony in the barangay multi-purpose building on Thursday.

Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Director Faisar Mambuay led the distribution with Carmen Vice Mayor Willy Taglocop and DAR Asst. Regional Director Andre Atega, covering 95 hectares of agricultural land.

Mambuay congratulated the recipients emphasizing the confidence it will bring if the name is printed in the title. “I hope this is just the start, as I intend to come back with more support services for the area,” said Mambuay in his message.

He also encouraged the beneficiaries to stay united in their cooperative as government projects are coursed through organizations.

Atega also emphasized the responsibilities a cloa-holder must always bear in mind.

Among the recipients was 88-year old Bernadita Regner, who became teary-eyed looking at her land title, with her daughter Judith who is now 62. The mother-daughter recipient, who have been farmers all their life, expressed thanks to DAR with hope that the land will improve their family’s and children’s lives. (NCLM/DAR-13/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Three rebels surrender to gov't force

By 1LT Krisnen Peter G Sarsagat

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, May 3 (PIA) -- Three rebels belonging to Guerrilla Front 88 of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee of the New People’s Army voluntarily surrendered to LTC Jose Leonard Gille, commanding officer of the 26th Infantry Battalion, Thursday morning.

The surrender of these rebels (names withheld for security reasons) was through the efforts of the soldiers and the mediation of concerned citizens who convinced the three to lay down their arms and return to the folds of the law.

The surrenderees brought along with them the following firearms: one M14 rifle with two magazines, one sub-machinegun Ingram pistol with one magazine, and one cal. 38 revolver.

As of this writing, the three are now undergoing custodial debriefing at 26IB’s headquarters. Based on initial interview, their reason for surrendering is that they got tired of running and evading government troops. They are also afraid that they would be killed in one of the encounters with government forces. Right now, they just would like to be reunited with their families and loved ones and live a peaceful life.

“We, your soldiers, are very happy to welcome back our three brothers who were once with the NPAs but have decided to leave the armed struggle and go back to the mainstream society. We know for sure that their families can sleep well tonight knowing that their sons, fathers and brothers are now safe and will soon be with them as they go back to the normal goings-on of their lives. For now, we are coordinating with other government agencies for assistance necessary for them to lead a peaceful and decent life.

“For our other brothers and sisters who are still with the rebel organization and are also contemplating on going back to the folds of the law and support our true and only government, our negotiating efforts are still continuing. They may always reach and contact us any time,” said Gille.

“The surrender of these three former rebels is not only the triumph of the soldiers but this is a triumph of the whole Filipino people. Over and over again, we have stressed that armed struggle and civil war is not the solution to our country’s problems, this is a lose-lose situation that leaves both parties farther apart and our kababayans in a more difficult situation. We can rehash the mistakes and pains of the past but we can all move forward and reconcile with one another. More are benefitted and nobody is left behind or hurt in the process,” said Col Gregory M Cayetano, commander of the 401st Infantry Brigade. (NCLM/(INF) PA/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: Caraga COMELEC handa na para sa May 13 polls

Ni Joan Yaesu Pepito

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Mayo 3 (PIA) -- Handa na ang tanggapan ng Commision on Elections (COMELEC) sa Caraga sa isasagawang eleksyon ngayong May 13, 2013.

Ito ang pahayag ni Regional Election Director Atty. Michael Abas sa pakikipanayam sa Radyo Ng Bayan kamakailan. Sinabi nitong naghihintay na lamang sila sa aktuwal na eleksiyon na isasagawa.

“Yes, we are very much ready! (Oo, kaming lahat ay handa na!) nabuo na lahat ang trabaho sa eleksiyon, nagkaroon na sila (personahe ng Comelec at BEIs) ng training, at hinihintay na lang natin ang aktuwal na eleksiyon,” deklara ni RED Abas.

Ayon sa opisyal, ang lahat ay umaayon sa plano at timetable. Dagdag nito na may “deployment” na para sa mga kakailanganin ngayong eleksiyon.

“As a matter of fact, (sa katunayan), dumating na yung mga PCOS machines, mga official ballots at ballot boxes,” pagtatapos ni Abas. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog news: ₱64.1-M proyektong imprastraktura ng DSWD sa Caraga, kumpleto na


Ni Mikee Joy Rodriguez

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Mayo 4 (PIA) -- Nakumpleto na ang proyektong imprastraktura sa Caraga ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) na nagkakahalaga ng ₱64.13 milyon sa pamamagitan ng anti-poverty project, ang Kalahi-CIDSS.

Pakikinabangan ng 53 barangay ang nasabing proyekto sa siyam na munisipalidad sa rehiyon. Kasama sa proyekto ang mga pasilidad para sa edukasyon at pangkalusugan, produksyon, ekonomiya at serbisyo, environmental protection structures at preservation projects, footbridges, sistema sa tubig at road projects.

Napag-alamang sinimulan na ang pag-implementa sa mga nasabing proyekto sa munisipalidad sa RTR at Kitcharao sa Agusan del Norte; Alegria, Mainit, Tubod, Sta. Maria, Del Carmen, at Burgos sa Surigao del Norte; at Lingig sa Surigao del Sur.

“We are very pleased to report that we have successfully completed 53 infrastracture projects in nine areas in the region that are now ready to be used by the communities built through our Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers” (Malugod naming iuulat na matagumpay ang 53 na mga proyektong pang-imprastraktura sa siyam na lugar sa rehiyon at ito’s maaari nang gamitin sa mga komunidad na ginawa sa pamamagitan ng aming Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers), sabi ni social welfare regional director Dr. Minda B. Brigoli.

Ang Kalahi-CIDSS o Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services ay isang proyekto ng Community-driven development (CDD) ng pamahalaan na naglalayong bigyang kapangyarihan ang mga komunidad sa pamamagitan ng pagpapalabong ng partisipasyon sa proyekyo ng departamento na nagpapababa ng kahirapan.

Ayon kay Brigoli, ang mga pasilidad ay magiging isang supply side sa iba pang anti-poverty program, ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

“The school buildings and day care centers in these areas are now ready for use by students in time for the opening of classes this June” (Ang mga gusaling paaralan at day care center sa nasabing lugar ay maaari nang gamitin ng mga mag-aaral sa pagbukas ng klase ngayong Huyno), sabi ni Brigoli. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: Gobyerno ng Australia suportado ang edukasyon sa Caraga kasama ang CDD Projects ng DSWD

Ni Hyazel Rose M. Ampo

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Mayo 3 (PIA) -- Pinangungunahan ng Australian government Overseas and Program katulong ang Australian Agency for International Development at Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)–Caraga ang isinagawang pagbibigay ng ahensya ng mga educational facilities sa probinsya ng Surigao del Norte na nagkakahalaga ng P9,588,285.

Kasabay nito, ang Comprehensive and Integrity Delivery of Social Services (CDD) ng DSWD na Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Service (KALAHI-CIDSS) na nagbigay din ng 10 educational facilities sa limang day care centers at tatlong pre-school buildings at dalawang eskwelahan sa elementarya sa munisipalidad ng Pilar, Surigao del Norte.

Ang nasabing programa ay isa sa mga proyekto ng pamahalaan na naglalayong makatulong sa kalagayan ng mga mahihirap na Pilipino sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay kaalaman at proyekto na makakatulong sa mga mamamayan na matustusan ang pangangailangan sa pang araw-araw.

Sa talumpati ni Pilar Mayor Lucio Gonzales, ipinahayag nito ang taos-pusong pasasalamat sa pamahalaan ng Australia katulong ang DSWD sa pagtugon sa problema sa pasilidad at kagamitan sa eskwelahan.

Sa isinagawang pagsisiyasat ng DSWD, matatandaan na nagpaalam ang nasabing tanggapan sa kakulangan ng eskwelahang pangkagamitan sa nasabing lugar.

Ani DSWD Caraga Regional Director Dr. Minda R. Brigoli, sa tulong ng AUSaid ito ay kaagapay ng ahensya sa pakikipagtulungan na masolusyunan ang problema sa kakulangan ng mga pasilidad.

Sa kasalukuyan, isinasagawa ng Kalahi-CIDDS-AusAID ang mga programa sa karatig-rehiyon, Gigaquit sa Surigao del Norte, Jabonga sa Agusan del Norte, Marihatag sa Surigao del Sur at Libjo at Cagdianao sa probinsya ng Dinagat Islands. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Trining sa pagdumala sa VAWC nga mga kaso gipahigayon sa Surigao del Sur

Ni Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 3 (PIA) -- Ang Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) sa Surigao del Sur mipahigayon ug duha ka adlaw nga trining sa pagdumala sa mga kaso sa Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC). Ang maong partisipante mga trabahante sa panlawas kon health personnel sa tibook probinsya.

Sa pakighinabi kang PSWD officer May Navidad Salinas, siya misulti nga ang trining giapilan sa mga health personnel gikan sa mga nagkadaiyang Community Hospital ug Rural Health Units gikan sa 1st ug 2nd District sa probinsiya. Nahibaloan nga ang maong trining nakatutuk sa unsaon pagdala sa mga VAWC nga sumbong kon kaso.

Sumala pa, ang mga tigpamaba gikan sa Regional Inter-Agency Council for Anti-Trafficking-VAWC mihisgot ug detalyadong sestema sa pagtala, pagtaho ug referral sa mga biktima sa VAWC.

Dugang pa ni Salinas ang maong aktibidad maoy pinaka-una nga gipahigayon sa probinsya nga gisuportahan sa United Nation Population Fund, ug usa matapos ning tuiga, ang mga membro sa Provincial-IACAT sa probinsiya magpahigayon sa pagsinati ug sestema sa VAWC referral. (RER/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: Butuan City COMELEC nakig-alayon sa PIA pagsabwag ug impormasyon sa eleksyon

Ni Joan Yaesu Pepito

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, May 3 (PIA) — Nakig-alayon ang city COMELEC sa rehiyonal nga buhatan sa Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Caraga aron masiguro ang tukmang pagpakalat og impormasyun ilabi na sa pagpahigayun sa midterm nga nasyunal ug lokal nga eleksyon karong Mayo 13.

Matud pa ni City Election Officer Ernie Palanan, ang dakong pagpaningkamot magdala ug kalambuan sa pagkab-ut sa maayung pamalakad ug pag promote og transparensiya sa katawhan pinaagi sa pagbalita og paghatag og impormasyun nga naggikan sa ilang buhatan ug kini dali nga isabwag sa kahanginan.

Samtang si PIA-Caraga Regional Director Abner Caga nag-ingon nga tungod sa kapasidad sa PIA-Caraga sa pagsabwag og mga relebanteng impormasyon sa tukmang panahon, ang katawhan dili na maulahi sa mga balita, ug nga sila aduna nay alamag sa mga panghitabo sa eleksyon.

Si Palanan ug Caga mao ang mga nahimong mamumulong sa gipahigayong roundtable nga pagdiskurso bag-ohay pa lang.

Gihisgutan ni Caga ang importansya sa text blast sa ahensya, lakip na ang paggamit sa web-based electronic communication channels pinaagi sa website, blogspot, social media, ug electronic newsmagazine. ”This is deemed useful to obtain fastest way of information dissemination” (Kini maggamit gayud aron mapadali ang pagsabwag og bisan unsang impormasyon), si Caga nagkanayon.

Dugang sa maong opisyal, isip information arm sa panggamhanan, tahas sa PIA ang paghatud og kalambuan nga balita ug impormasyon ngadto sa mga katawhan sa halapad nga aspeto.

“To disseminate the information in a wider perspective , we need to build networks coming from the pool of media personalities in the region.They will serve as information dissemination multipliers so that the public in their respective areas of responsibilities will receive such information on time” (Aron mas mapalapdan pa ang pagsabwag ug impormasyon, kinahanglan natong tukuron ang networks gikan sa mga personalidad sa media sa rehiyon. Sila magsilbing multipliers sa pagsabwag og impormasyun aron ang katawhan sa maong lugar makadawat og impormasyun sa saktung oras),” sulti niya.

Tungod sa maong kalambuan, positibo si Palanan nga ang tranparensiya sa resulta sa bugnong lugaynon daling ipaabot sa katawhan isip suporta sa maayong pamalakad ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III. (RER/PIA-Caraga)