7.16.2013

PIA News Service - Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Butuan CSWD spearheads 2013 Nat’l Disability Prevention & Rehabilitation Week

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 16 (PIA) – The City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) Office here is spearheading this year’s National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week from July 17-23, 2013 with lined-up activities for the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

In this celebration, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga regional office together with the member-agencies of the Regional Council on Disability Affairs (RCDA) will be participating in the week-long activities.

During the kick-off ceremony on Wednesday, a Thanksgiving Mass will be celebrated at the St. Joseph Cathedral at 7:00am. Motorcade will then follow, as well as the program at the Butuan Central Elementary School (BCES) Quadrangle, this city.

Mr. Rico Canales, Vice President of the Butuan Association of Persons with Disabilities (BAPWD) will give his welcome remarks during the program while DSWD-Caraga Regional Director Minda Brigoli, and City Councilor and chairman of the Committee on Social Services Ferdinand Nalcot will deliver their messages.

Also, the inspirational talk will be given by the city mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr.

To show their talents, the Butuan Blind Association and Butuan City Special Education Center will present their intermission number during the program.

Meanwhile, CSWDO chief Aldeberan Mordeno will give her closing remarks.

With this, the general public is encouraged to join in the celebration and support the rights and welfare of the PWDs. Other government agencies and private stakeholders will also conduct its own-initiated activities on this week.

This year’s NDPR week celebration is anchored on the theme “Building an inclusive and non-handicapping environment for persons with disabilities.” (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DOH Caraga to host Pneumococcal Vaccine natl launching in Butuan

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, July 16 (PIA) -- The Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga region will be hosting in this city the national launching of the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) and its incorporation to the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) on Wednesday, July 17.

DOH regional director doctor Ariel I. Valencia said this is another historical milestone of the agency’s EPI. Thus, the national event will be graced by Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona and other DOH personalities nationwide.

Valencia also bared that Caraga and Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) were chosen as the first recipient of the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine.

The Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine is to complement the current rotavirus vaccination and to address pneumococcal pneumonia among under 5 year-old children, Dr. Valencia said. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


DTI to launch SME Roving Academy

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 16 (PIA) – In line with the upcoming “Adlaw Hong Butuan” (Butuan City Charter Day) celebration on August 2, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga will be launching the Small-Medium Enterprise (SME) Roving Academy on July 20 at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

DTI-Caraga Regional Director Brielgo Pagaran, said the SME Roving Academy is this year’s DTI flagship program that will be undertaken nationwide and conceptualized on the following premises: 1) a continuous breeding ground for start-up enterprises; 2) an institutionalized provision of business development services (BDS) to the identified micro enterprises and SMEs, which will make them competitive in the domestic and export markets; and 4) an established National, Regional and Provincial Entrepreneurship Development Networks.

“The target beneficiaries of this SME Roving Academy will be coming from the start-up groups of the youth, women, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and other informal sectors,” said Pagaran.

USec. Zenaida Malaya of DTI-Regional Operations and Development Group will grace the activity and is set to deliver her message during the program.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and PWDs for the AVP Mobile Store will also be held, as well as the Tourism stakeholders’ MOA for AVP Display Cart.

On the same day, the DTI will also conduct seminars/trainings and technology demonstrations on pricing/costing and packaging/labeling of products. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte launches 'Heals on Wheels'

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, July 16 (PIA) -- The provincial government of Surigao del Norte has launched the “Heals on Wheels” or “Kapitolyo sa Barangay” under the Heals (Health, Education and Environment, Agri-Aquaculture, Livelihood and Social Services, Security, Spirituality) Plus agenda of Governor Sol F. Matugas held at the Provincial Convention Center, this city.

The Heals Plus Agenda is a program of the local government where existing services are strengthened, new structures are created, reforms are sustained, barangays are empowered, a people renewed and more committed towards change and transformation.

Governor Sol F. Matugas said during the launching that "heals on wheels" or kapitolyo sa barangay is a manifestation of her administration’s sincere commitment to bring the government and basic services closer to the people for inclusive and sustainable growth of the province.

A mobile capitol will speed on with a 4x4 truck which will visit the barangays to deliver services that include, education caravan, panambay sa barangay (Barangay Medical Mission), agri & aqua culture program, tourism, livelihood, legal assistance, environmental protection and among others, Matugas said.

Other services will be delivered by other government agencies participating in the "Heals on Wheels" or Kapitoyo sa Barangay program of the provincial government, she added. (FEA/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DSWD preps partners for BuB implementation

By Keneath John O. Bolisay

BUTUAN CITY, July 16 – Twelve local government units (LGUs) in Caraga region recently underwent a workshop as part of the preparation for the P24.7-million infrastructure projects under the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Kalahi-CIDSS Bottom-up Budgeting and Planning (BuB) implementation for this year.

LGU staff from Butuan City, Cabadbaran City, and Jabonga in Agusan del Norte; Bayugan City and Loreto in Agusan del Sur; Basilisa and Dinagat in the Province of Dinagat Islands; Gigaquit and Surigao City in Surigao del Norte; and Barobo, Bislig City, and Tagbina in Surigao del Sur were in attendance in enhancing the formulation of their respective project proposals.

Kalahi-CIDSS BuB may be implemented in one of two ways: through the use of the CDD learning for LGUs that are currently implementing and had implemented Kalahi-CIDSS and through a DSWD-assisted, LGU-facilitated implementation of community projects using the CDD approach.

CDD or the community-driven development approach is the strategy employed by DSWD in its implementation of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) for an inclusive participation of all stakeholders in local governance by identifying community needs, planning, implementing, and monitoring projects to address local poverty issues.

The areas were identified through criteria set in a Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) by DSWD, the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). The JMC stipulated that in order to qualify for the BuB, the LGU must be a recipient of the Seal of Good Housekeeping for 2011 and 2012, must have completed assessment of the LGU’s Public Financial Management (PFM) system, and the municipality must have no unliquidated cash advances from DSWD, regardless of program or project. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: DILG aalisin ang sistemang bata-bata o padrino at korapsyon sa pagtanggap ng pulis

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Hulyo 16 (PIA) -- Sinabi ni Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas noong Huwebes, Hulyo 11 na konkretong paraan ng reporma ay isinasagawa na Philippine National Police para linisin ang hanay ng kapulisan sa nakitang korapsyon, partikular na sa pagsisimula ng pagtanggap ng mga bagong kawani.

Sinabi ni Sec. Roxas na isang malaking hamon para sa Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) at Philippine National Police (PNP) at ng National Police Commission na bigyang halaga ang balita na lumabas dahil sa survey na ginawa ng Transparency International (TI) na ang mga pulis ay siyang pinaka-corupt sa Pilipinas. Sa hanay ng 1 hanggang 5, ang mga respondiyente na sinurvey ng TI ay binigyan ng iskor na 4 ang mga pulis sa kabuuan.

“Tanggap natin ito bilang napakalaking hamon at tutugunan natin itong hamon na ito sa pamamagitan ng mga konkretong hakbang na sa ngayon pa lang ay isinasagawa na natin… isang malaking hakbang na gagawin natin ay yung pagbabago sa pamamaraan ng pagpili kung sino yung magiging pulis o hindi,” sabi ni Roxas.

Sinabi ni Roxas na ang mga bagong aplikante sa pagkapulis, kahit nakapasa na sa lahat ng mga kinakailangan at pagsulit para pumasok sa pwersa ng pulisya ay naging lantad sa korapsyon dahil sila mismo ay maghahanap ng pondo o kaya ng padrino sa halos lahat ng rehiyon para lang makapasok sa serbisyo.

“Papalitan natin ito, babaguhin natin ito. Lahat ng kwalipikado ngayon ipapasok yung pangalan nila sa isang tambyolo at pagpili ay pantay pantay ang laban para sa lahat, hindi na kailangan ng padrino, kakilala. Hindi kailangan ng insider na tutulong, hindi kailangan na manuhol at sa ganung paraan ay makakapagsimula ang ating 'PO1s' sa kanilang karera na hindi sila gumawa ng panunuhol sa pagiging pulis,” sabi ni Sec. Roxas.

“Dahil ano ang unang gagawin nyan eh di maghahanap ng ibang pagkakakitaan para mabawi yung sinuhol. So, ito sa utos ko sa Napolcom, I-finalize na yung implementing rules nito at sa darating na mga linggo ay implement na ito. So, ito ay isang malinaw at konkretong hakbang para yung ating mga pulis lalong lalo na yung recruits na PO1 makakapag-simula ng pagiging pulis sa malinis na paraan,” dagdag pa ni Sec. Roxas.

Ayon kay Roxas, ang pinaka-unang bibigyang pansin ay ang pagharap sa suliranin na tatangapin ng mga bagong pulis at burahin ang negatibong pag-iisip na dala ng pagrerecruit, kasama na ang ibang kaso sa ibang lugar, kung saan may “anecdotal evidence” na nagsasabing nagkaroon ng “3 para sa 1 o tatlong pulis para sa P1 milyon.”

Sa isyu ng posibleng pagpasok muli ng Philippine Military Academy sa pwersa ng pulisya sa pamamagitan ng mungkahing Executive Order na siyang iminungkahi ng mga nagtapos sa PMA mula sa Cebu na nagsasabing nagkaroon ng hidwaan sa pagitan ng taga PMA at taga PNPA, sinabi ng kalihim ng DILG.

“Sa aking anim o pitong buwan sa aking panunungkulan dito ay hindi ko naman nararamdaman itong rift (hidwaan) na ito. Ang pinakamaganda, patibayin natin yung areas of cooperation at malinaw yung orders (utos) para sa ganun ay hindi magkakaroon ng bata bata ng barkadahan system dito sa pagitan ng PMA at ng PNPA.” (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Tagalog news: Container van na kargado ng saging mula sa Dole, sinunog ng mga rebelde

Ni Greg Tataro

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Hulyo 16 (PIA) -- Isang container van na kargado ng produktong saging na pag-aari ng kinilalang si Allan Bernal, hauler-contractor ng DOLE, ang sinunog dakong alas-5 ng hapon kahapon, Hulyo 15, sa Brgy Javier, Bayan ng Barobo, 105 kilometro Timog ng lungsod ng Tandag.

Batay sa spot report ng Barobo Police station, pinara ang van ng may 30 armadong kalalakihan na pinaniwalaang mga kasapi ng New People’s Army (NPA), Guerrilla Front 14, habang binabagtas ang kahabaan ng daan sa Barangay Javier ng nasabing bayan.

Ayon kay Provincial Director Police Sr. Supt. Antonio Taylan Jr., pangingikil ng "revolutionary taxes" ang tinitignang motibo sa insidente.

Samantala, tinutugis na umano ang naturang mga armado ng kasundaluhan ng 75 infantry Battalion ng Philippine Army (PA) sa ilalim ng pamumuno ni LTC Noman Alcovindas. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)


Surigaonon news: World Population Day giselebrar sa syudad

Ni Annette Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 16 (PIA) -- Gipangulohan sa buhatan sa Surigao City Population ang pagselebrar sa World Population Day na nagdaya sa tema na, “Adolescent Pregnancy” bag-ohay pa lamang dinhi sa syudad.

Sumala ni City Population Officer Jupiter Correos an ila buhatan hugtanon na nangampanya batok sa sajo na pagminyo ug sa nagkabata na edad sa mga babayeng mamabdos.

Sumala pa ni Correos nga sila mipahigayon nan mga adbokasiya para sa mga kabataan, briefing para sa mga ginikanan ug pag-edukar kanila aron malikayan an amo na sitwasyon.

Tumong ug tinguha niini aron magpadayon an amo na mga programa ug mas mapalapdan pa an mga adbokasiya sa pagpakatap og mga seminars para paghatag ug dugang kasayuran kabahin sa mga nasangpit na sitwasyon sa mga kabataan, dugang pa niya. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)