8.13.2013

PIA News Service - Tuesday, August 13, 2013

BFAR to launch Municipal Fisherfolk Registration in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 13 (PIA) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Caraga is set to launch the Municipal Fisherfolk Registration (FishR) on August 19-20 at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

The bureau is currently implementing the Municipal Fisherfolk Registration throughout the country to meet the requirement under the Fisheries Code of the Philippines.

BFAR-Caraga Regional Director Nerio Casil bared that the bureau will develop and implement said program nationwide in close partnership with the local government units, particularly all the coastal cities and municipalities.

“FishR will make use of the database of fishers collected by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) through the National Statistics Office (NSO) as part of the Registry System for Basic Sector in Agriculture (RSBSA),” said Casil.

Also, the data will be used by the local government units and BFAR to design programs for sustainable fisheries production, conservation of biodiversity, and improvement of the lives of municipal fisherfolks.

It was also learned that Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr, Agusan del Norte Provincial Governor Ma. Angelica Amante-Matba, and Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Executive Director Edna Mabeza will deliver their messages during the event.

Along with the regional launching of said program is the conduct of press conference with local media partners in the region, to be held at the same venue.

For more information, BFAR can be reached at telephone number: (086) 826-1814. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


ATI Caraga, NGOs, media crafts communication, advocacy plan for farmers

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 13 (PIA) -- The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Caraga, non-government organizations (NGOs) with farmers’ rural-based organizations (RBOs), and local media are formulating communication and advocacy plan for the Farmers Contact Center (FCC).

During the Consultation Workshop on Maximizing the Services of the FCC through the Development of a Communication and Advocacy Plan on August 12, Antonieta Arceo, the OIC Chief on Knowledge Products Management Division of ATI Central Office revealed that there is a need to develop a communication and advocacy plan for the FCC to amplify its services to client farmers and fisherfolk.

The FCC is the alternative delivery channel of Department of Agriculture (DA) in providing timely information and extension services to farmers and fisherfolk that include technical advisory on agriculture and fisheries technologies and agricultural marketing assistance.

Arceo bared that the FCC has generated an average of 764 queries per month or a total of 27,525 inquiries since its operational inception in 2010. However, only seven percent of these queries are related for agricultural technology, which the FCC is focusing about.

Seventy percent of the queries are related to e-learning concerns; 22% for program and services of the DA; and one percent for the marketing related concerns.

“With the status of FCC operations, we found out in our evaluation that there was a failure of maximizing the FCC services primarily because the client/stakeholders do not know the FCC roles and services and they do not avail of the services,” Arceo emphasized.

She added the lack of promotion and absence of communication plan for the FCC are some significant factors that were identified during the evaluation that need to be addressed.

“The support and participation of the different stakeholders coming from DA attached agencies, RBOs, NGOs, state universities and colleges, local media, TelCo, extension workers, and farmers in developing a communication and advocacy plan for the FCC are very essential to realize our aim to maximize the services of the FCC so that more farmers and extension workers will access information needs on farm and business advisory services to make farming profitable enterprise,” she said. (FEA/JSN/PIA-Caraga)


Workshop scheduled on strengthening ‘Protection of Children’ in Tandag City

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 13 (PIA) -- An orientation workshop is scheduled in this city to the members of the City Council for the Protection of Children (CCPC) on further strengthening children’s protection.

City Social Welfare and Development officer Tessie Buniel said the activity is spearheaded by the City Government of Tandag City thru the office of the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) Office on August 22 at the Season’s Park Apartelle.

The activity aims to strengthen the council as the new administration under city mayor Roxanne Pimentel has just assumed into office more than a month ago. The event also seeks to come-up a comprehensive plan for the protection of children in collaboration with the council members.

Roles and functions of the CCPC are also expected to be discussed by the speakers from the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Caraga Region and other protected laws for children by the Department of Justice.

In a related development, the construction of “Bahay Pag-asa”, a transition and rehabilitation home for disadvantage children in Tandag City is about to be completed, according to Buniel. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Agusan Norte legislator files environmental bill anew
Renews call for prevention of pollution from ships

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 13 (PIA) -- Agusan del Norte first district representative Lawrence ”Law” Fortun sought to protect marine and coastal resources from pollution of ships as he files another key environmental legislation.

House bill 861 entitled, “An Act to Prevent and Control Pollution from Ships, Provide Penalties Therefor and Other Purposes” aims to remedy the shortcomings of the 1976 Presidential Decree 979 and more significantly, seeks to implement the provision of the MARPOL 73/78, otherwise known as the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 1973, as amended by the Protocol of 1978.

While the Presidential Decree 979, or the Marine Pollution Decree of 1976, was promulgated in 1976 to address the calls for protecting marine and coastal resources from ship’s pollution, the decree has become too general in its implementing regulation or standard and no longer responsive to the prevalent threat of pollution from ships.

Renewed calls for strengthening the marine and coastal protection from pollution of ships was made anew after the confirmed dumping of toxic wastes in Subic by a US Navy contractor and the many incidents of oil spills just this year.

Fortun, through this bill, wants to implement provisions of MARPOL 73/78, a convention entered into by the Philippines in 1973 and was subsequently ratified by the Senate in 2001.

“One of the highlights of the said measure is to establish guidelines for the identification of harmful substances,” Fortun said. It also seeks to set emission standards for ship plying Philippine seas.

The Senate ratified five of the six annexes of the said treaty, these are: Annex I prohibits discharge of oil tankers or any ship carrying oil as cargo and by all ships with respect to oily waste coming from machinery spaces; Annex II prohibits the discharge of noxious liquid substances by chemical tankers or any ships that carries noxious liquid substances in bulk; Annex III prohibits the carriage of harmful substances by ships carrying harmful substances in package form except in accordance with the requirement on packaging, marking, labeling, documentation, stowage, quantity limitations, exceptions and notification for preventing or minimizing pollution of the marine environment by harmful substances in accordance with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code); Annex IV prohibits the discharge of sewage by all ships except those under 200 grt carrying 10 persons or fewer; and Annex V prohibits the discharge of garbage (or rubbish or trash) by all ships.

HB 861 will also make a clear and definite delineation of roles, duties and responsibilities of various government instrumentalities related to marine and coastal management such as the Department of Transportation and Communication, Maritime Industry Authority , Philippine Coast Guard , Philippine Ports Authority , Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Local Government Units. Another salient provision of the measure that the lawmaker emphasized is that, the bill likewise seeks to establish a Marine Pollution Adjudication Board under the DOTC, which has quasi-judicial powers and executive jurisdiction over all marine pollution cases. (FEA/JBSabado/PIA-Caraga)


DENR 13 adjudged Best Performing Agency in 2012

By Eric F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 13 (PIA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Caraga Region headed by OIC, Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo has been adjudged best region performer in 2012 following a performance evaluation conducted early this year by the DENR Project Management Group led by Undersecretary Manuel D. Gorochi.

The other members of the group are DENR Undersecretary and Chief of Staff Analiza Rebuelta. The Assistant Secretary Corazon C. Davis, Assistant Secretary Marcial C Amaro, Jr., Assistant Secretary Roberto V. Oliva, Assistant Secretary Anselmo C Abungan and Director Ma. Sabrina R. Cruz.

With this achievement, the personnel of the DENR 2013 is guaranteed to receive their Performance Based Bonus (PBB) ranging from P5,000 to P35,000 depending on the ratings on their Performance Evaluation System (PES) conducted by their respective supervisors and reviewed by the Regional Project Management Group headed by Director Tamayo.

Director Tamayo said he was happy about the outcome of the selection of the DENR 13 Regional Office as the best performer among several other agencies vying for the top plum.

"The entire personnel of the DENR including those at the PENRO and CENRO have done their best efforts to reach their performance goals in 2012," he said.

With the ratings as “Best Performer”, the DENR Region 13 office was able to achieve 90 percent in each of the major final output given which included the completion of the number of provinces with maps (under the forestland boundary delineation program), the number of approved plans completion based on requirements (works and financial plan and budget proposal), number of personnel who submitted Statement of Assets and Liabilities.

It has also achieved 100 percent compliance to Good Governance Condition Transparency Seal posted at the website which included the DENR’s mandate and functions, annual reports for the last three years, annual procurement plan, posting of the citizen's charter, and cash advance liquidation.

The Performance Based Incentive System (PBIS) is a mechanism installed by the government to motivate higher performance and accountability in the public sector. The system also ensured that the accomplishment of commitments and target under the five key results areas of the Aquino Administration laid out in Executive Order 43 and the Philippine Development Plant 2011-2016 shall be met.

Employees with a rating of “Below Satisfactory” and those found guilty of administrative and/or criminal cases filed against them and meted penalty in the incentive bonus. (FEA/DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Presidente Aquino mihatag pagtugot alang sa negosasyon sa increased rotational presence pinaagi sa framework agreement

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Agosto 13 (PIA) – Mihatag na sa iyang pagtugot si Presidente Aquino aron sugdan na sa Pilipinas karong semanaha ang negosasyon tali ngadto sa Estados Unidos aron mugnaon ang polisiya sa dugang rotational presence pinaagi sa framework agreement, matud sa Palasyo kagahapon.

Si Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda mibutyag sa pagkamugna sa usa ka panel nga gilangkoban sa mga representante gikan sa Department of Justice, Department of National Defense ug Department of Foreign Affairs aron maoy mohawid sa komunikasyon alang sa dugang presensya sa pwersa sa Amerika dinhi sa nasod.

Sumala ni Lacierda dili manghilabot ang Presidente kalabot na sa maong negosasyon ug gitahasan niini si Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Carlos Sorreta isip maoy tigpamaba sa panel sa Pilipinas.

Sumala pa ni Lacierda nga ang pagmugna og maong framework agreement tali sa Estados Unidos aron maseguro ang dugang pwersa sa tropa sa Amerikano nahisubay ug sulod kini sa Konstitusyon ug mga balaod sa Pilipinas.

Dugang pa ni Lacierda nga ang maong rotational presence dili lamang makapauswag sa atong depensa apan makatabang usab kini ngadto sa atong humanitarian ug disaster response. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)