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PIA News Service - Friday, June 7, 2013

PRC- PTCF to conduct fun walk-run on second day of Naliyagan Festival

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, June 7 (PIA) -- Some 2,500 volunteers from all walks of life are expected to take part in the fun walk-run dubbed as “I run to save lives” on June 13, which will become the opening salvo of the second day of the Naliyagan Festival slated on June 12-17, 2013.

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Agusan del Sur Chapter administrator Cristyll Basan said the plan to conduct the fun walk-run came about last week during the preparation of the program of activities of the Naliyagan Festival. Basan added that as agreed upon with the Provincial Tourism Council Foundation (PTCF), the registration fee will be P500 and P300 for adults and P100 for students.

“For those who will register under the P500 registration, they will be covered with a bronze membership and insurance card, a t-shirt, towel and a cap. For the P300 registration fee, the donor will receive the same items with that of the P500, except for the bronze membership and insurance card. The proceeds of the P500 and P300 registration fee will be divided by the PRC and the PTCF as part of the fund-raising program of both organizations. For the P100 registration by the students, the proceeds will be solely for PRC,” Baan said.

Josefina Bajade, chief of the provincial civil security unit and the provincial warden, said she expects some 1,000 youth and students to participate. She will be looking for a sponsor of the said sector to ensure that the fun walk-run will surely be fun.

As agreed upon by the Board of Directors during Thursday's meeting, chiefs of offices of the different departments of the provincial government will be in-charge of listing the participants from their personnel, and only one receipt will be issued per department. The BOD also listed some 10 private organizations and business sector groups to be sent invitation and solicitation letter, including the 13 municipalities and the lone city of Bayugan.

Two years ago, the PRC also conducted the same fun walk-run that was participated in by about 3,000 volunteer participants from all walks of life. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Tech-savvy Japs in Siargao for "platinum" anniversary

By Eugenio Lira, Jr.

DAPA, SURIGAO DEL NORTE, June 7 (PIA) -- Lured by the growing popularity of Siargao Island as one of Asia-Pacific region’s major tourism destinations, a contingent of 300 information technology experts from Japan will be treated to a 4-day blowout in this “paradise island” in connection with their company’s twentieth anniversary.

The all-expense paid holiday scheduled on June 7 – 10, 2013 is sponsored by AWS Group of Companies, a multi-million Japanese IT firm known as one of the major players in the global market.

Lizabeth Ong-Coro, vice-president and director, said the company’s top Japanese executives will be arriving on June 7 at Sayak Airport in Del Carmen town while the rest of company delegates will be arriving at the Port of Dapa on board a chartered fastcraft from Cebu City. She identified the corporate honchos as Masayuki Aoki, Akira Konishi and Tadashi Ishikawa.

“Our company has chosen Siargao as venue to hold our 20th anniversary because the island has plenty to offer such as the world-famous surfing spot of Cloud 9, the world-famous Dedon Island, crystal-clear waters for snorkeling, kayaking, the country’s largest mangrove forest, fresh seafoods and many others,” Coro disclosed.

She said that during the 4-day period, the tech-savvy Japanese group will have a “team-building” workshop wherein they will be assisted by municipal officials of Del Carmen as well as by key personalities of Siargao Tourism Council and Siargao Adventures. The activity has the support also of Gov. Sol Matugas, Congressman Francisco Matugas, entrepreneur Elizabeth M. Abejo and Meluth Abejo of Siargao Blue Resort.

“The advent of these IT experts from Japan will truly translate to boundless promotion of Siargao Island and will surely benefit our local economy as more foreign tourists and investors will become interested in our place,” Coro added.

As a leading offshore IT outsourcing services provider in Asia, the AWS Group of Companies was established in 1993 and had specialized on software development and testing services with key offices in Manila, Cebu, Tokyo, Osaka and Beijing (China). Among its clienteles are blue-chip multi-national companies such as Sanyo, Lenovo, Sharp, Toshiba TEC Corp., IBM, Sumito Heavy Industries, Ltd., JICA, Konica Minolta, M-Systems, NTC Newtech, IMES and many others.

Lizabeth Ong-Coro is the wife of Del Carmen Mayor Alfredo Coro, Jr. (RER/PIA-Caraga)