8.14.2013

PIA News Service - Wednesday, August 14, 2013

DOST-ICTO, LGU-Butuan to host the “Next Wave Cities ICT Roadshow 2nd Edition”

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 13 (PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology – Information and Communications Technology (DOST-ICTO), Caraga ICT Council, and the city government here will be hosting the second edition of the “Next Wave Cities ICT Roadshow” on September 19-20, 2013.

This activity is in partnership with the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) and the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP).

City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr bared there has been a dramatic surge in the development of Information Technology – Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry in the country as seen in its exponential growth in revenues and in employment generation.

It was also learned that the event will be attended by ICT professionals both from the private sector and government agencies, together with students, parents, local leaders and businessmen.

Along with this activity is the conduct of ICT Presentation and Coordination Meeting on August 15, 2013 at the City Mayor’s Conference Room here.

Said activity is anchored on the theme “Bringing ICT Opportunities to Countryside Filipino Talents”. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao City bares contingents for Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival 2013

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, August 14 (PIA) – The Surigao City Tourism Office has released its final listing of contingents for the Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival 2013 set on September 9, 2013 with the this year’s theme, “Pasalamat! Isinggit. Isadjaw. (Thanksgiving! Shout. Dance.)"

Thirteen contingents from the different city barangays and schools and neighboring city and province have already confirmed their participation.

The confirmed contingents for the Bonok-Bonok Based Category include the Anomar High School and Anomar Elementary School from Barangay Anomar, B. Vasquez Memorial Central Elementary School of Brgy. Rizal, Rafols National High School of Brgy. Poctoy, Sabang Elementary School and Mat-I Elementary School of Brgy. Mat-I.

For the Free Interpretation Category, confirmed contingents are Mabini National High School of Bgy. Mabini, Municipality of Talaingod of Davao del Norte, Bayugan City, Navarro Memorial Central Elementary School, Surigao City, Caraga Regional Science High School, Surigao City, Barangay Buenavista, Lipata National High School of Brgy. Lipata and Cantiasay National High School of Brgy. Cantiasay, Surigao City.

The 29th Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival is a festival of thanksgiving and invocation to the Almighty through the intercession of the city's patron saint Señor San Nicolas de Tolentino for the bountiful blessings of peace and good health. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Schools, companies, volunteers capacitated on Family Planning

By Angie Balen-Antonio

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 14 -- Effort of the Commission on Population to popularize family planning program has been fruitful when representatives from the private companies, faculty members and guidance counselors of the different colleges and universities in Butuan and Agusan provinces completed the three-day Family Planning Technology and Interpersonal Communication and Counseling Training recently.

As part of the program thrusts along Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning, POPCOM capacitated the participants on the different natural and artificial Family Planning Methods.

In the closing ceremonies, one of the participants expressed her appreciation to POPCOM for the new knowledge on family planning. She assured that a re-echo to her co-teachers will be conducted soonest.

Mr. Alexander A. Makinano, the Officer-In-Charge of POPCOM, underscored that aside from the family planning, participants were also trained on the interpersonal communication and counseling in facilitating behavioral change on family planning.

The Center for Health Development extended the financial support to POPCOM in capacitating the different stakeholders of the program region-wide.

The same training will be conducted in Surigao City on August 28 – 30 to be attended by the guidance counselors and private companies in the Provinces of Surigao and Dinagat Islands, including Surigao City.

Meanwhile, the second batch of convention for Barangay Service Point Officers (BSPOs) will be conducted in Surigao City this coming on August 16. It can be recalled that the BSPOs for Butuan City and Agusan Provinces convened on July 9,2013 at Provincial Training Center of Agusan del Norte. (POPCOM-13/PIA-Caraga)


Government intensifies Family Planning

By Angie Balen-Antonio

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 14 -- The government’s goal to achieve a better quality of life for every Filipino family may reach another height as the country celebrates this August the Family Planning Month.

This year’s theme “Planuhin ang Pamilya Para sa Magandang Kinabukasan” is the focus of the campaign done through the Responsible Parenting - Family Planning (RP-FP) classes at the grassroots.

As reported by the Provincial/City Population Officers in the region, there are already 164,031 couples who attended the RP-FP classes since its inception in 2007.

“RP - FP is now integrated in the Family Development Session of the Pantawid Pamilya of Department of Social Welfare & Development (DSWD)”, said Mr. Alexander A. Makinano, Officer-In-Charge of POPCOM-Caraga.

Mr. Makinano further mentioned that planning the size and number of children in the family is a shared responsibility between husband and wife.

In another development, the Commission on Population together with the Department of Health and the Local Government Units unified their efforts to provide couples with the comprehensive family planning information and services particularly to women with unmet need for family planning – or those currently married women 15 – 49 years old who do not want any more children or want to space births but are not using any family planning method.

In Caraga, 20 in every 100 married women of reproductive age or 20.4% have unmet need for family planning as revealed in the 2011 Family Health Survey.

This group of women is the priority target of the government’s Family Planning Program to help them achieve their desired number of children. (POPCOM-13/PIA-Caraga)