PIA News Service - Wednesday, July 31, 2013

DTI launches SME Roving Academy, signs MOA with partners

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 31 (PIA) -- Some 300 people, comprising representatives from government agencies, local government units of Caraga, business sector, and persons with disabilities (PWDs) gathered on Tuesday at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort here and witnessed the launching of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Roving Academy (SRA) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Jerry Clavesillas of DTI, representing DTI USec. Zenaida Maglaya, along with DTI-Caraga officials led by Regional Director Brielgo Pagaran and partners from different sectors signed the memorandum of agreement (MOA).

The MOA will provide the four SME "Bizniz" kiosks to each of the following: 1) PWDs Regional Association through its president Delfin Antallan; 2) Dinagat Islands through provincial administrator Atty. Millard Tawakal; 3) Butuan ProFood through its head, Roderico Cane; and 4) Tourism Industry Cluster through its officers.

Clavesillas said the DTI, in partnership with the local government units, chamber of commerce, academe, financial institutions, trade and industry associations and other government and non-government organizations facilitates not only the learning stages but also other support services to assist SMEs to grow from micro into small to medium and large should they desire to do so.

“The DTI's Small and Medium Enterprise Roving Academy is a continuous learning program for the development of micro, small and medium enterprise to become competitive in the domestic and international (global) markets,” said Clavesillas.

The SRA has seven learning stages namely: 1) start-up and capability building; 2) market awareness; 3) market readiness; 4) export readiness; 5) export market entry; 6) export sustainability; and 7) export expansion.

Clavesillas added that this program is an integration of different government agencies’ services to enhance and sustain the entrepreneurs’ businesses and provide them the necessary specific skills training. “The department has a database of all the registered SMEs in the provinces nationwide and the department will track them to assess their progress after having availed any services from our partners,” he said.

Meanwhile, Pagaran called on to Caraganons who are into business to take this opportunity to have their businesses registered at the DTI’s SME Roving Academy and be part of the growing economy of the country. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


PWDs avail SME Roving Academy’s technology demonstrations, specialized trainings of DTI

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 31 (PIA) – Some 35 persons with disabilities (PWDs) have attended a series of technology demonstrations and specialized trainings by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga as the first enrolees under the agency’s Small and Medium Enterprise Roving Academy (SRA) program.

The three-part training is conducted in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and San Miguel Mills, Inc.

The sessions include the following: 1) Skills Training on Baking (Black Forest Bread, Cheese Stick Bread, Sweet Savory Bread and Ube Loaf); 2) Product Pricing and Costing to allow participants to effectively compute the costs of their products and come up with the reasonable and competitive prices; and 3) Product Packaging and Labeling to teach participants the market trends in packaging and labeling that they can apply on their own products.

DTI-Caraga Regional Director Brielgo Pagaran, said the activity was also in support to the 35th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week celebration this month of July with the theme “Building and Inclusive and Non-Handicapping Environment for Persons with Disabilities” which aims for the effective integration of PWDs into the mainstream of society.

The SRA is one of the flagship programs of the department, conceptualized to be a continuous learning program for the development of micro, small and medium enterprises to become competitive in the domestic and international (global) markets. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DTI to launch ‘Shared Service Facilities’ Project in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 31 (PIA) -- In time for the 63rd Adlaw Hong Butuan celebration, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga will be launching the "Shared Service Facilities" (SSF) Project on August 2 at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

The project, according to DTI-Caraga Regional Director Brielgo Pagaran, aims to improve the quality and productivity of microenterprises and small- and medium-scale enterprises (SMSEs) by addressing the gaps and bottlenecks in the value chain of priority industry clusters through the provision of processing machines/equipment for their common use.

“The Shared Service Facilities Project will enhance the competitiveness of the priority industry clusters through the use of quality and productivity enhancing machinery and equipment and will develop priority and market-driven industries in support to the National Industry Cluster Capacity Enhancement Program,” Pagaran said.

In this project, the department will provide machines/equipment to microenterprises and SMEs in identified industry clusters to give them access to technologies needed to improve productivity and product quality. Machines/equipment will include, but not limited to, packaging machines, retort, kiln driers, dye vats, slicers, thickness planners, and hand blooms.

Pagaran also relayed that as to the monitoring and evaluation of the project, an assessment of its impact will be undertaken using the following indicators: 1) number of microenterprises and SMEs assisted; 2) number of jobs generated; 3) sales generated; and 4) investments generated.

Among the criteria for identification of SSF, the proposed facility must address processing and manufacturing gaps or bottlenecks of the industry cluster brought about by any of the following: absence of the needed facility; lack of capacity of an existing facility; and cost of services of an existing facility is not afforfable. It also has an eligible cooperator.

Some local officials, government employees, and partner stakeholders from the non-government organizations and business sector are expected to grace the launching. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DENR Caraga reports reduction of illegal logging in the region

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, July 31 (PIA) -- Illegal logging activities in Caraga region had declined with identified hot spots down to 17 from 34, an official of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 13 said.

DENR Caraga Regional Executive Director Nonito Tamayo said this may be attributed to the agency's intensive anti-illegal campaign as mandated in Executive Order 23.

“The Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF) has acknowledged and congratulated the DENR Caraga in its anti-illegal logging campaign during an evaluation recently made this year for reducing the illegal logging incident by 70 percent in the region,” Tamayo told the Butuan City Peace and Order Council in a meeting on July 26.

Tamayo added that the Philippine National Policed and the military forces had provided support for the DENR's intensive anti-illegal logging campaign.

Confiscated forest products are available for utilization by any interested government agencies upon formal request to the DENR, Tamayo said.

He said that the DENR Caraga had donated to Butuan City government 138,211.72 board feet of confiscated lumber worth some P3.5 million. (FEA/JSN/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan to prohibit overloaded trucks in the city

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, July 31 (PIA) -- The Butuan City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) recently passed a resolution requesting the Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) to adopt an ordinance discouraging and forbidding overloaded vehicles of forest and agriculture products in major thoroughfares of the city.

The said resolution also aims to regulate transportation of agricultural and forest products within the city to ensure the safety of the general public.

Councilor Jaime M. Cembrano Jr., chairman of the Police and Public Order Committee, disclosed that there are cases where transport of products had caused major accidents.

He added that overloaded vehicles is a major factor in the early deterioration of national highways.

“The DPWH in partnership with DOTC through LTO and PNP implements the provision of RA 8794 with weighbridge stations and portable weighing machines at strategic locations along national roads to verify overloaded vehicles and impose the corresponding penalty for violators to regulate overloading,” DPWH Caraga assistant chief for Maintenance Division Nemelardo Bariquit.

The council approved the passage of said resolution to be furnished to the 13th Sangguniang Panglungsod for ratification or amendment of related existing city ordinance. (PIA-Caraga)


Caraga RPOC formulates roadmap for peace

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, July 31 (PIA) -- The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) of Caraga is crafting a peace road map for the region.

RPOC Chair and Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr, during the RPOC meeting held July 30, said there is a need to create a peace road map for the region so that development programs the region had already attained can be secured.

“We must establish peace and security in our region. We hope the progress our region has presently achieved will not be affected by the recent terrorist attack in Cagayan de Oro and nearby regions,” Amante said.

It was learned that the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Society for International Cooperation or GIZ) of the German Federal Government through its Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management (Coseram) has been assisting the formulation of the Caraga peace road map.

During the meeting, GIZ senior advisor Irene dela Torre presented the overall objective and rationale of the role of GIZ and RPOC on the formulation of the region’s peace road map, “to enable the RPOC to give meaning to its mandate and to do beyond it.”

GIZ consultant Diosita Andot who talked on “Peace and Order beyond Crime and Insurgency” said the council needs to expose to relevant lenses for them to properly reflect about the region’s peace and order condition.

Andot held the proposition that, “the POC may enhance their mandate and functions towards achievement of peace and development and fulfillment of human security.”

Meanwhile, GIZ consultant Rolando Asunsion revealed that a preliminary result of the Caraga Regional Situational Analysis was already conducted which aimed to gather information and generate in-depth assessment on the current conditions pertaining to peace and order and security in the region and its component province and city. “It also intended to assess the internal organizational arrangement of the RPOC and the administrative hierarchy of POCs from the national down to the community level,” he said.

Asuncion said that the regional situational analysis is part of the preparatory step towards the development of a regional peace and development framework and strategic plan. (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Presidente Aquino mimando sa mga awtorisadong ahensya nga makig-alayon sa COMELEC sa pagseguro sa malinawon nga piniliay sa Barangay ug SK

Ni Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

MANILA, Hulyo 31 (PIA) – Si Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III mimando sa mga ahensyang tigpahamtang sa balaod ug laing mga ahensya nga dunay kalambigitan nga makig-alayon ug mokooperar sa Commission on Election (COMELEC) sa pagseguro sa gawasnon, hapsay, ligdong, malinawon ug katohuan nga gidungan nga piniliay sa Barangay ug Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) sa Oktubre 28.

Sumala pa sa taho, ang deriktiba gipagawas ubos sa kaligdong sa Memorandum Order numero 56 nga gilagdaan ni Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. niadtong Hulyo 23.

Ang COMELEC, pinaage sa Resolusyon Numero 9731 (s.2013), mipalig-on sa pag-hangyo sa consensus ni Presidente sa pagpadala sa mga Armadong Kusog sa Pilipinas (Armed Forces of the Philippines), Philippine National Police (PNP), ug uban pang awtorisadong ahensya, pagkonekta sa gidungan nga piniliay sa Barangay ug Sangguniang Kabataan.

“Pinasubay sa Section 2(4), Artikulo IX-C sa Konstitusyon, ang COMELEC dunay gahum sa pag-deputize, uban sa kasabutan sa Presidente, mga ahensya nga tigpahamtang sa balaod ug mga instrumentalites sa gobyerno, lakip na ang Armadong Kusog sa Pilipinas, sa ekslusibong katuyoan nga maseguro ang gawasnon, hapsay, ligdong, malinawon ug katohuan nga gidungan nga piniliay,” ("Pursuant to Section 2 (4), Article IX-C of the Constitution, the Comelec is empowered to deputize, with the concurrence of the President, law enforcement agencies and instrumentalities of the Government, including the Armed Forces of the Philippines, for the exclusive purpose of ensuring free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible elections,") kini sumala pa sa nahitala memorandum.

Ang Chief Executive miuyon sa COMELEC Resolution No. 9731, nga mi-deputize sa AFP, PNP ug uban pang tigpahamtang sa balaod nga mga ahensiya, sa pag asister sa COMELEC nga maseguro ang gawasnon, hapsay, ligdong, malinawon ug katohuan ang pagpahigayon sa piniliay sa Oktubre.

Kani nga nga kamanduan sumala pa sa taho, gilayon i-emposar na. (NGBT/PND/PIA Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano news: DSWD migahin P12.7-M pondo sa emerhensiyang paghumpay alang sa mga biktima sa baha sa Mindanao

Ni Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

MANILA, Hulyo 31 (PIA) - Ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) migahin ug P12.7 milyones kantidad nga pondo alang sa emerhensiyang pagpahumpay sa mga biktima sa baha nga miigo sa Mindanao gumikan sa kusog nga ulan, kini ang gibutyag nga pamahayag sa Malakanyang niadtong Martes.

Sa usa ka press-briefing nga gipahigayon didto sa Malakanyang, si Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte miingon nga ang DSWD usab mihimo na ug pakig-alayon sa lokal nga panggamhanan kaabag sa Mindanao sa pagdugang sa technical assistance and resource augmentation (TARA) nga gikinahanglan sa mga biktima.

Sumala pa sa taho nga ang kusog nga ulan nga mibuhos sa mga probinsiya sa Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat ug Cotabato City bag-ohay pa lamang ug miresulta sa baha ug hinungdan sa pagpamakwit mokabat sa gibanabana nga 50,000 ka mga residente gikan sa ilahang tagsa tagsa ka mga panimalay.

“Sumala sa impormasyon namo, nga ang bando sa DSWD nakig-alayon na sa ilahang mga kaabag sa lokal nga panggamhanan sa mga unsang paghangyo alang sa teknikal nga hinabang ug pundo dugang kon ginatawag nga TARA,” (“The information that we have is that all DSWD teams are already in close coordination with their local counterparts for any request for technical assistance and resource augmentation or what we call the TARA,”), sulti ni Valte.

“Ang DSWD duna nay pangdugtongan nga P12.7 milyones kantidad sa emerhensiyang pagpahumpay nga pundo sinakop sa standby funds, family food packs ug uban pang mga gi-itemang mga pagkaon ug dili- pagkaon nga butang,” (“The DSWD has already prepositioned P12.70-million worth of emergency relief resources consisting of standby funds, of family food packs, and other food items and other non-food items,”) dugang pa niya.

Si Valte mitumbok sa nasyonal nga panggamhanan nga milihok na isip pagdugang sa DSWD ug lokal nga panggamhanan sa pag-andam ug dugang nga mga pagkaon nga gibangan kon “food packs” alang sa mga residente sa apektadong lugar.

“Ang nasyonal nga panggamhanan miandam sa pagdugang ug 6,000 ka mga pagkaon nga gibangan kon “food packs” alang sa DSWD-ARMM ug si DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman nitugot sa pag pagawas sa dugang 30,000 ka mga pagkaon ng gibangan alang sa Maguindanao ug sa Sarangani,” (“The national government has provided an augmentation of 6,000 food packs for DSWD-ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) and that DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman has approved the release of additional 30,000 food packs for Maguindanao and for Sarangani,”) sumala pa ni Valte. (NGBT/ PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)