PIA News Service - Tuesday, July 2, 2013

DOST-Caraga bares readiness in times of disaster

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, July 2 (PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology - Caraga (DOST-13) bared their readiness in the event of disaster that may occur in Caraga region.

In a press conference held in line with the celebration of the National Disaster Consciousness Month, DOST-Caraga Regional Director Dominga Mallonga revealed that the department has institutionalized its disaster risk reduction management system in the region composed of its attached agencies like the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).

Mallonga said that one of the significant devices that the DOST help disaster risk reduction is the full operation of project Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) where applications like flood maps, weather conditions and other critical information relative to disaster management are simply available in the internet and can be disseminated even by using mobile phones from the national level down to any communities at any time.

“The project NOAH has installed 63 units of Automatic Rain Gauge (ARG) and Automatic Water Level Management Sensor (AWLMS) throughout 18 priority river basin in the region to catch and record information about the rainfall level and the water level, which are very important data that need to be gathered from critical areas to mitigate flooding,” she added.

Mallonga said that the DOST-Caraga has also launched another project in cooperation with University of the Philippines called Light Detection and Ranging or LiDAR which creates topographic datasets of Caraga to map-out flood hazard areas in the region. “The DOST-Caraga has also established Doppler Radar in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur that help improved the timeliness and accuracy in the delivery of weather forecasts of PAGASA to the public.”

Meanwhile, Mallonga emphasized that disaster mitigation is not only the role of the government but it is also the concern of everybody especially in balancing the environmental and economic factors of the society.

“It is very vital that the environmental considerations should be balance and harmonize with the economic activities since these two indispensable aspects must go together so that people will not suffer on whatever negative impacts if one of these aspects will be abused,” Mallonga said. (FEA/JSN/PIA-Caraga)


PNP-13 reports decrease of crime volume in Caraga

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, July 2 (PIA) -- The Philippine National Police - Police Regional Office Caraga (PNP-PRO 13) reported a decrease in crime volume in the region.

It was revealed during a recent meeting of Caraga Conference for Peace and Development that a 6.82 percent reduction of crime volume from January-May 2013 was recorded throughout the region compared to the same period of 2012 crime statistics.

“The criminality situation in the Caraga region showed a decrease by 112 cases from January to May 2013,” a PNP report said.

The PNP also documented a total of 1,643 crime volume from January-May 2012 which consists of 1,107 index crime and 536 non-index crime. Within January-May 2013, they recorded 1,531 crime volume, which involves 954 index crime and 577 non-index crimes.

The crime reduction rate in the region was believed to have positive effect of PRO-13’s efficiency in terms of crime clearance and crime solution. “It posted 47.62% increase in crime clearance efficiency in January-May 2013 from 46.14% in January-May 2012 while documented 33.38% increase of crime solution efficiency from 29.82% in the same period. The Average Monthly Crime Rate (AMCR) went down by 2.39 incidents due to the increase in the crime clearance efficiency and crime solution efficiency,” the report said.

The report said continuous Crime Prevention and Suppression Programs have also facilitated the crime drop rate in the region.

“These programs include the establishment of Police Boxes in Butuan City and Surigao City, the conduct of checkpoint / chokepoint, the intensified Police Visible Presence, utilization of SOCO Team, Intelligence Highway Monitoring, Deployment of Motorcycle Cops One Police per Barangay, Mobilization of Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPATs)/Force Multipliers, Utilization of Field Training Program (FTP) personnel, 100% Training/ Fill-up of Investigators in Police Stations, Crime Mapping/ Analysis, E-Blotter, E-Warrant of Arrest and E-Rogue Gallery Installed in Butuan City Police Office and other PPOs, Installation of CCT, and the Project T.I.P.S.T.E.R or Text Information to the Police for Speedy and Timely Emergency Response,” it said. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


DAR-Agusan Norte surpasses this year’s land distribution target

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, July 2 (PIA) -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan del Norte has set a record breaking 160 percent performance in land distribution from the annual projection of 1,370 hectares, this time earlier before the 1st semester ends.

As early as June 15, 2013, records show that the office distributed a total of 2,198 hectares of agricultural lands to 1,248 farmer beneficiaries against this year’s target of 1,370 hectares.

The remaining 15 days of the 1st semester is focused on the delivery of the additional 1,500 hectares for distribution. Second semester will focus on Private Agricultural Lands (PAL) for distribution within the year and the issuance of Notices of Coverage, (NOC) for Phase 3-B landholding.

This year’s land distribution pace is the fastest so far – a feat that keep processing quality intact. This milestone is the first since this year’s PARO II Andre B. Atega became the Caraga’s Assistant Regional Director for Operation and the fourth record breaking milestone since he became a full pledge Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II in 2007.

This is believed to be the province’s best year in performance as it surpassed any recorded performance in land distribution for the past ten years.

For 25 years of CARP implementation, the province has already distributed a total of 33,219 hectares of agricultural lands representing 74 percent of the revised scope of 45,174 hectares. Total number of agrarian reform beneficiaries have now reached to 18,614 as of December, 2012.

ARDO Atega is thankful to DAR employees who directly contributed the attainment of such level of performance despite its meager DAR resources. He cited Land Tenure Improvement workforce both Land Acquisition and Distribution (LAD) and Survey Teams who contributed much in delivering its target. Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (PMEU) has also been active in monitoring the process to keep in check the progress.

This intensifying efforts of the province to fast track the land distribution is in response to the DAR Secretary’s Virgilio De Los Reyes, directives to finish the job before the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER) LAD directive is completed in June 2014. (FEA/DAR-ADN/PIA-Caraga)


TESDA-Caraga to confer 368 C4TP graduates on Wednesday in Surigao del Norte

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 2 (PIA) – A total of 368 Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) trainees in Surigao del Norte have completed a program under the Cash for Training Project (C4TP). They will be honored in a ceremony tomorrow at the Provincial Convention Center, Surigao City.

The graduates represent 84.01 percent of the total number of beneficiaries in the province. “There is a total of 438 beneficiaries in Surigao del Norte with a total budget of Php 8,760,000,” TESDA-Caraga Regional Director Dr. Florencio F. Sunico Jr. said.

The program is in support of government’s thrust to empower the youth through skills training and assistance for them to have gainful employment or engage in entrepreneurial activities.

The project is implemented in two independent components, namely: 1) training for wage employment (Trabaho) and; 2) training for self-employment (Hanapbuhay).

Sunico said the Tesda graduates will also undergo jobs-bridging activities to facilitate their entry to jobs. He said the self-employment program may be conducted on-site, school-supervised or thru partner non-government organizations (NGOs).

He further stressed the project provides youth with skills training opportunities and job facilitation or entrepreneurship support so they can earn and participate in community building.

Sunico said Tesda will provide P20,000 cash per beneficiary, training voucher, and toolkits (for Training for Self-employment). (NCLM/TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


DOST-Caraga now accepts 2014 undergraduate scholarship application

By Norma B. Alli

BUTUAN CITY, July 2 (PIA) - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga Region is now accepting applicants to the 2014 DOST-SEI (Science Education Institute) Undergraduate Scholarships.

The DOST undergraduate scholarship Program A, which is known as Republic Act 7687, is designed for poor but deserving students whose family’s combined gross annual income does not exceed P156,600. Those who have higher family income can apply under Merit Scholarship.

The selection of DOST scholars is through a written examination which will be held on September 22, 2013 in the seven test centers in Caraga Region. Deadline in submission of application form is on August 23, 2013.

To be eligible to take the scholarship examination, applicant must have the following qualifications: high school graduating student (or high school graduate who have not enrolled in college) who belong to the upper 5% of the graduating class; natural-born Filipino citizen and resident of the municipality/district/barangay for the last four years and no application for immigrant status in USA or any other foreign country, with good moral conduct and behavior and in good health and have not earned units in any post-secondary/undergraduate course.

Application forms are available at the DOST Caraga Regional office, CSU Compound, Ampayon, Butuan City and DOST Provincial Offices in Patin-ay, Agusan del Sur, Surigao City and Tandag City and can be downloaded at this site: http//www.sei.dost.gov.ph.

For more inquiries, they may visit or call the DOST-Caraga at 341-9551. (FEA/DOST-13/PIA-Caraga)


CHD Caraga set for ISO 9001:2008 certification

BUTUAN CITY, July 2 (PIA) -- The Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga has adopted ISO 9001:2008, a model for setting up standards related to Quality Management Systems (QMS) to ensure stakeholder satisfaction.

Standardization in compliance with international standards has become the goal of most government institutions. The Department of Health is one of them having been certified in 2012. Global competitiveness among nations has been the trend for better and continuously improving government services. The institutionalization of the Government Quality Management Program will direct the department to adopt the ISO – Quality Management System which will equivocally lead to an enhanced public sector performance.

The primary benefit of this standardization is the more transparent and systematized delivery of health-related services for the satisfaction of stakeholders, internal and external clients and most of all, the Filipino citizens.

Together with standardization is the ever continuing change that every institution must adapt to, ISO standards are continually assessed and updated to better meet the needs of an ever changing trend in customer satisfaction. ISO focuses on the systematic delivery of services as to maximize outcomes with minimal time and cost. Thus, all Centers for Health Development nationwide committed to this undertaking by applying for the said certification.

The DOH – CHD Caraga is tackling the roadmap to its ISO 9001:2008 certification with its continuing internal audits to seek out gaps in the system and correct these gaps to create a more dynamic and effective process for the efficient delivery of its different services to both internal and external customers. Internal Quality Auditors are continually assessing every process owner to aide them in the identification of these gaps.

DOH-CHD Caraga Director Ariel Valencia said CHD Caraga is continually improving its processes to better meet customer satisfaction from both internal and external customers. "We aim to better deliver our services with less time and resources but with maximum outcomes. We are on the road to better guarantee equitable, accessible and quality health services for all Filipinos.” (FEA/DOH-CHD 13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Pres Aquino misaad ug suporta sa mga piloto sa Philippine Air Force nga nahagsa sa Palawan

Ni Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

CLARK AIR BASE, Pampanga, Hulyo 2 (PIA) -- Si Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III misaad nga mohatag sa suporta ug hinabang ngadto sa mga pamilya sa duha ka piloto sa Philippine Air Force kinsa ang eroplano, usa ka light attack OV-10 Bronco gikataho nga nahagsa didto sa kadagatan sa Puerto Prinsesa City sa Palawan sa miaging bulan.

Sa iyahang panguna nga pakigpulong sa 66th Founding anniversary sa PAF niadtong Lunes, si Presidente miingon nga siya higpit nga nagsubay sa progreso sa search and retrieval nga operasyon sa mga nagpakabana nga mga ahensiya.

“Bag-ohay pa lamang, nahagsa ang OV-10630 Bronco Bomber sakay ang duha sa atoang mga sundalo. Sa kasamtangan pa gihapon gihimo ang search and retrieval operations, ug makaasa ang mga pamilya sa mga piloto sa tukmang hinabang ug suporta sa gobyerno,” ("Kamakailan lang, bumagsak ang OV-10 630 Bronco bomber lulan ang dalawa sa ating mga kawal. Kasalukuyan pa rin pong nagaganap ang search and retrieval operations, at makakaasa po ang pamilya ng mga piloto sa karampatang tulong at suporta ng gobyerno," ) sulti sa Presidente.

“Ang susamang mga panghitabo nga mismo ang gilikayan na nato sugod pa sa una, mao nga nakatutok kita sa modernisasyon sa atoang nasudnong tig-depensa” ( "Ang ganitong mga pangyayari nga mismo ang iniiwasan natin simula't sapul pa, kaya naman, nakatutok tayo sa modernisasyon ng ating pambansang tanggulan,") dugang pa niya.

Si Col Miguel Okol, tigpamaba sa PAF miingon nga ang light attack aircraft nga nagdala sa numero R630 gikataho nga nawala human kini mi-take-off banda alas 6:37 sa gabie niadtong Hunyo 23 aron mohimo ug night flying proficiency training mission. (NGBT/RPND/rck-PIA Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano news: Presidente Aquino manguna sa pag- apod-apod sa bag-ong pistola atol sa PNP rites

Ni Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

MANILA, Hulyo 2 (PIA) -- Si Presidente Benigno Aquino III gikataho nga manguna sa pagpang-apod-apod sa mga bag-ong Glock 17 nga pistola ngadto sa mga pinili nga personahe sa Philippine National Police (PNP) sa sermonyas nga ipahigayon didto sa PNP multi-purpose Center sa Camp Crame, Quezon City karong adlawa, Hulyo 2.

Sumala pa sa taho, ang mga bag-ong pistola kabahin sa 60,000 nga mga “handguns” nga napalit sa PNP pinaage sa P1.2-bilyones nga badyet alokasyon sa PNP subay sa modernization nga programa.

Sumala pa sa pahimangno sa kapulisan, mokabat sa 600 ka indibidwal gigambalayan sa mga opisyales sa Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), PNP, ug National Police Commission maoy makadawat sa Glock 17 nga pistola.

Usab, gikataho nga moduyog kang Presidente Aquino sa seremonyas sila DILG Secretary Manuel Roxas II ug PNP Director General Alan Purisima. (NGBT/rck/PIA Surigao del Sur)