9.26.2013

PIA News Service - Thursday, September 26, 2013

ANHS, DENR-13 sign MOP on mangrove planting

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 26 (PIA) - The Agusan National High School (ANHS), in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Caraga signed the Memorandum of Partnership (MOP) on the conduct of Mangrove Planting/reforestation for a cause set on November 16,  in Barangay Lumbocan, this city.

"We are gathered here today to witness an important occasion which is the signing of a Memorandum of Partnership between the DENR and ANHS Class 1990 on the planting of mangrove for a cause in support to the National Greening Program of President Aquino," said Mr. Eric Herzon Gallego, Regional Information Officer of DENR-Caraga in his welcome message.

Gallego bared that the National Greening Program (NGP) aims to plant trees on some 1.5 million hectares starting in 2011 up to the year 2016.

"The DENR is off to a good start, having already planted million of seedlings in over 232,000 hectares nationwide. The President has promised that his six-year administration would meet a reforestation target that took the DENR 25 years to meet," he said.

Mr. Richard Recososa, Program Director of ANHS Class 1990, emphasized that taking care of our environment also means giving ourselves the chance to live longer. "We are contributors to what is happening in our environment today. We must also take responsibility by doing activities that will protect, rehabilitate our environment," he said.

Also, Ms. Cherry May Busa, ANHS Class 1990 Executive Director and Acting President, assured that after its conduct of the Mangrove Reforestation in Brgy. Lumbocan, Butuan City on November 16, 2013, the ANHS Class 1990 will be monitoring and protecting the area to ensure that the planted propagules will live and grow as desired by doing active coordination with DENR's Barangay Off Site Office. "We will visit the actual site twice a month," she added.

Brgy. Captain of Lumbocan Ms. Shirley Reyes recognized the efforts of the ANHS and the DENR for choosing their area as beneficiaries of said activity. She also promised to regularly monitor the planted propagules and its maintenance.

"In the implementation of the National Greening Program in Caraga region, the DENR-Caraga has targeted 100,000 hectares to be planted until 2016. We are confident to achieve this number through our concerted efforts with partner stakeholders," said Regional Executive Dir. Nonito Tamayo of DENR-Caraga.

Other officials who signed the MOP are the following: Agusan del Norte PENRO Paterno Olivera and LLUMPA chairman Eleazar Accompanado. Said activity was witnessed by local tri-media and representatives from government agencies. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


NCMB intensifies information drive on Batas Kasambahay

By Faith V. Piamonte

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 26 (PIA) - The National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) Regional Branch XIII officer-in-charge regional director Ligaya R. Lumbay, discussed Republic Act No. 10361, otherwise known as the “Domestic Workers Act or Batas Kasambahay” to the 86 Barangay Captains of the city.

Atty. Lumbay explained that the Batas Kasambahay was created in order to strengthen the respect and protection of the rights and welfare of our 'kasambahay''against abuse, harassment, violence, economic exploitation and performance of work that is hazardous to their physical and mental health.

The Batas Kasambahay covers household workers such as general househelp, nursemaid or yaya, cook, gardener, laundry person, or any person who regularly performs domestic work in a household on occupational basis whether or not on a live – in or live – out arrangement.

The law also provides a minimum wage of P2,500 for those employed in the National Capital Region; P2,000 for those employed in cities and first class municipalities; and P1,500 for those employed in other municipalities.

The 'kasambahay' is also entitled to the following rights and privileges: daily and weekly rest periods, Service Incentive Leave, 13th month pay, coverage under SSS, PhilHealth and Pag-ibig laws, board, lodging and medical assistance, privacy, access to outside communication, access to education and training, employment contract, freedom from employers’ interference in the disposal of wages, join, form or assist labor organization, and exercise their religious beliefs and cultural practices.

Atty. Lumbay also emphasized that Barangay Captains should maintain a Registry of Domestic Workers and a Registration/Kasambahay Desk in the Barangay Hall to accommodate registration by an employer of his/her 'kasambahay.'

The discussion was held during the 33rd Liga ng mga Barangay Meeting on September 18 at Colegio de Liga ng mga Barangay Conference Room, here. (NCLM/NCMB/PIA-Caraga)


DTI-Caraga to hold Diskwento Caravan this October

By Billy A. General

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 26 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry-Caraga Regional Office will hold a Diskwento Caravan this coming October 1-3 at the Provincial Capitol grounds, Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol, this city.

The activity aims to provide an opportunity for consumers to buy select commodities at very low prices with discounts varying from as low as three percent to as high as 30 percent.  This is made possible through the coordinative efforts of the agency and the major retailers and distributors in the region particularly those located in Butuan City.  These commodities include canned fish/sardines, canned meat such as corned beef, beef loaf and luncheon meat, toiletries, bath and toilet soaps, among others.

Food products from the CreateFood members, an association of food producers across the region, will also be displayed and sold during the said activity.  Consumers will be able to have a taste of local food delicacies that have been sold and are gaining attention in the various regional and national food fairs.

This activity is also part of the opening ceremony on October 1, 2013 for the month-long celebration of the 2013 Consumer Welfare Month this October. This year’s lead agency is the Department of Health and has the theme "Health Product Quality, Efficacy, Safety & Transparency – Everybody’s Concern".

This will be the 14th Diskwento Caravan activities conducted by the regional office and the provincial offices for this year across the region.  As of July 30, 2013, the said project has generated more than one million pesos in sales and has benefited more than 4,000 buyers/consumers. (NCLM/DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga tourism stakeholders meet to plan for the sector

By Arcily C. Gonzaga

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 26 - "Let's talk tourism, Caraga tourism."

This is what brought together some 55 participants from the five provinces of Caraga last September 18 and 19.

At the end of the two-day session, participants were able to provide further inputs to the draft provincial tourism roadmaps.  The outputs outlined the state of the sector, the identified strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, the industry's vision, mission, goals and targets as well as the proposed strategies and timelines to pursue these.

Collectively, the group was also able to validate and finalize the proposed Caraga Tourism Roadmap in support of the on-going review and localization initiatives for the National Tourism Development Plan 2013-2016.  As explained by the local office of Department of Tourism (DOT), the plan needs to be cascaded in the regions and requires the active and collaborative actions from the private sector.

The two-day activity was funded by the GIZ-Conflict Sensitive Resource Management (COSERAM) Program via its partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Caraga under the Industry Cluster Assistance for Regional Economic Development or ICARE.

GIZ-COSERAM sponsored a tourism value chain planning workshop earlier this year in Siargao Island where the first drafts were formulated.

The activity also allowed the stakeholders to enhance their plans with the inputs from the "Green Economic Development" and "Greening the Tourism Value Chain" – shared by another GIZ program currently being implemented in the Visayas – the GIZ-DTI Promotion of Green Economic Development (ProGED).

Participants to the activity, which was held at the Goat2geder Hotel and Restaurant, include private sector representatives from the accommodation, restaurants, health and wellness, tour operators and other tourism-related businesses or subsectors, business chambers, tourism officers from the local government units, and government functionaries from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, National Economic Development Authority, DOT and DTI. (NCLM/DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)