9.10.2013

PIA News Service - Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Butuan City govt celebrates 2nd anniv of its Clean Ground Zero Waste Movement

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 10 (PIA) -- The city government here will be celebrating the second anniversary of its Clean Ground Zero Waste Movement on September 11, 2013 with a program and awarding ceremony at the city hall grounds.

During the program, City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr, together with Zita Duran, English Department head of Agusan National High School (ANHS) will be presenting the members of the Youth for Environment in Schools (YES) for Zero Waste Butuan, who has been active in environmental activities in their respective schools.

As chair of the Committee on Environment, city councilor Dr. Virgilio Nery Jr. will deliver his message and share updates on the ongoing committee activities.

Mayor Amante will hand-over the plaques and certificates for the Best Barangay Implementors; Best Regional Line Agencies; Best City Hall Office Implementors; Best School Implementers and participating schools.

The YES-Zero Waste Butuan Volunteers will also be awarded with bar pins.

Awardees will then take their oaths as pledge of commitment to be led by the chairman of the Committee on Education, Science and Technology Ramon Carampatana.

Moreover, parade of gowns made out of recycled materials will be held at the same venue by the selected ANHS students.

The CGWZ Movement/Program is aimed to facilitate a social transformation processes among residents to manifest the desired behavior of segregating waste at source, cleaning the surroundings and converting wastes into money; and massive conversion of waste into organic fertilizers (biodegradables) by the organic fertilizer production facilities and useful materials (non-biodegradables). (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


KBP Butuan members unite for the Urban Greening activity

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 10 (PIA) -- Members of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas (KBP) Butuan City Chapter from different radio stations, together with various sectors, re-united during a tree planting activity dubbed, "Urban Greening" held recently in Barangay Masao.

The event is also in partnership with the barangay officials, Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the local government unit here.

Some 250 KBP members with partners participated in the "hataw exercise" and tree planting activity.

KBP Butuan City Chapter President and dxMB-Love Radio Station Manager Israel Palero said the tree planting activity is conducted simultaneously by the KBP chapters nationwide.

“Despite the busy schedule of our partner-media in the field, we are here united and sharing the concern for our environment. Let’s sustain life… let’s plant more trees,” said Palero.

Moreover, street children being taken-cared of by the city government and the Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) also participated during the activity, accompanied by city councilor Atty. Rema Burdeos and BCPO deputy police director PSupt Romy Palgue.

In October last year, the chapter also conducted similar activity in Mount Mayapay, Barangay Bonbon, this city.

The “Oplan Broadcastreeing” is in support to the National Greening Program (NGP), a priority program of President Benigno S. Aquino III. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao del Sur to be declared as Filaria-Free province

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 10 (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) will award next week the “Filaria-Free” province recognition to Surigao del Sur.

DOH-Provincial Health Team Leader Dr. Helen Cano said the awarding will be on Thursday, September 19 at Shacene Pension House this city and expected to be witnessed by top officials of the province, representatives from World Health Organization and health officials from central office of DOH.

Accordingly, the province was declared Filaria-Free by the DOH through a memorandum signed by Assistant Secretary Enrique Tayag early this year.

Filariasis is a parasitic infection and the second leading cause of permanent and long-term disability. It was first to discovered in the Philippines in 1907 by foreign workers. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


CRSH, BVMCES champion in Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival 2013

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 10 (PIA) -- The contingents of Caraga Regional Science High School (CRHS) and B. Vasquez Memorial Central Elementary School were declared as champions in the 29th Bonok-bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival on Monday in the Free Interpretation and Bonok-Bonok Based category, respectively.

In this year's competition, the winning contingents received P200,000 each plus trophy.

The Lumad Bayuganon Cultural Group of Bayugan City and Barangay Anomar placed second in the Free Interpretation and Bonok-Bonok Based category, respectively, with P150,000 cash prize each plus trophy.

Third place went to Magallanes Elementary School Dance Troupe of Davao City for the Free Interpretation category and W.D. Rafols Memorial National High School of Barangay Poctoy for the Bonok-Bonok Based category. They all received P100,000 cash prize each plus trophy.

?The special awards for Best in Choreography, Best in Choreographer and Best in Costume in the Free Interpretation Category all went to CRSH contingent and for Best in Street Dancing to Lumad Bayuganon Cultural Group of Bayugan City. In the Bonok-Bonok based category, Best in Choreography, Best in Choreographer, Best in Costume and Best in Street Dancing, all went to B. Vasquez Memorial Central Elementary School of Barangay Rizal.?

City Mayor Ernesto Matugas, in his message, conveyed his heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to all the participants with special mention to contingents of Bayugan City, Davao City and Davao del Norte, and sponsors who contributed much to the success of the said event. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DSWD-13 releases P3M to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries

By Leah T. Quintana

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 10 (PIA) -- The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Regional Office released on Monday around P3 Million to some 300 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte.

The financial support will help these beneficiaries who will be graduating from the Pantawid Program next year to have another source of livelihood so that education, good health and nutritional condition of children are ensured.

DSWD Caraga assistant regional director for operations Mita G. Lim and Las Nieves mayor Avelina S. Rosales distributed the checks to the beneficiaries.  Vice mayor Avelino N. Biong together with the members of the Sangguniang Bayan witnessed the activity.

Mayor Rosales and ARD Lim were one in exhorting the beneficiaries to use the funds given to them for the intended projects that they proposed.  The two lady leaders also enjoined them in managing the projects well and make it grow.

The beneficiaries through the three group leaders, namely: Wilma Calaga, Nenian Silao and Nelia Obita, expressed their gratitude to the government for the support given them.  The three women leaders also appealed to their co-beneficiaries for cooperation and support to each other to be able to make their projects succeed in augmenting their family income and make their lives a lot better. (DSWD-13/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Fruit seedlings ready for Siargao greening

By Eugenio Lira, Jr.

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 10 (PIA) -- More than 14,000 pieces of various fruit seedlings arrived on Tuesday, September 10, for subsequent distribution to recipient towns for the 'greening' of Siargao Island.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Zaldy Perater said the fruit seedlings will be distributed to eight municipalities comprising Siargao Island, namely, Dapa, Socorro, Del Carmen, San Benito, Pilar, Burgos, San Isidro and Santa Monica, in line with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' National Greening Program (NGP) and the provincial government's thrust in providing alternative livelihood activities for indigent families.

"This is the first batch of three batches of fruit seedlings ready for distribution to eight towns of Siargao Island. We have four varieties, namely, mangosteen, jackfruit, lanzones and guyabano. Once fully grown, these fruit trees can also help enhance the island’s forest stock to absorb carbon dioxide which is largely blamed for global warming," Perater said.

He said the National Greening Program (NGP) was launched in 2011 by virtue of Executive Order No. 26 issued by President Benigno Aquino III as it targeted to grow 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares nationwide within a period of six years, from 2011 to 2006.

"Aside from livelihood purposes, NGP is a climate change mitigation strategy through reforestation. We’re glad the provincial government is very receptive and has identified Siargao Island as our pilot area," Perater stressed.

Governor Sol Matugas said that aside from livelihood purposes, the fruit seedlings will be planted as part of the beautification program and landmark of every town in Siargao in line with her administration's initiative to promote the island as one of the major tourism destinations in Asia.

"These fruit seedlings will be planted on the roadsides and each town would only choose one kind of variety they want to grow and they want to be identified with. It’s just like the OTOP or 'One Town, One Product' program which the provincial government is promoting as part of our livelihood and tourism campaigns," the governor concluded.

Perater has turned-over the fruit seedlings to Siargao community environment officer Iñigo Collantes. He was assisted by forest ranger Almond Edera and environment officer Lopercio Bentoso. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


ADNERT conducts Rescuelympics

By Brian Jay Ceballos

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 10 (PIA) -- The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) of the province of Agusan del Norte conducted the first ever Disaster Rescue Olympics, a province-wide competition participated in by LGU-created Emergency Response Teams at the Provincial Capitol Grounds, recently.

Agusan del Norte Emergency Response Team (Adnert) headed by OIC Erma R. Suyo led and facilitated the activity together with the Adnert staff and volunteers from different offices of the provincial government.

Comprising the LGU-created Emergency Response Teams are: Jabonga Emergency Response Team, Tubay Emergency Response Team, Cabadbaran City Emergency Response Team, Magallanes Emergency Response Team, RTR Emergency Response Team, Las Nieves Emergency Response Team and the first ever barangay emergency response team of the province – Brgy. del Pilar of Cabadbaran City.

The two-day team-building activity was intended to develop and strengthen partnership, foster camaraderie and enhance the capacities of the participants thru competitive and friendly competition.

Gracing the Rescuelympics are guests from the Philippine National Police (PNP) led by Agusan del Norte PPO PSSUPT. Eugenio B. Paguirigan, guests from the Philippine Army led by Lt. Colonel Virgilio S. Luna, Battalion Commander of the Army’s 29th Infantry Battalion and Percianita G. Racho, Provincial Administrator of the Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte, representing the governor.

A refresher course was conducted on the following topics: Basic Life Support (infant and adult), Patient Lifting and Moving, Bandaging and Splinting, and other Rescue Scenarios and was followed by the actual Rescuelympics conducted by the Adnert team on the courses that were discussed.

The Cabadbaran City Emergency Response Team proved to be the most resilient and was proclaimed overall champion.

The Rescuelympics ended with positive vibe from the participants, each hoping it will become a yearly activity for the PDRRMC to bond ever year. (NCLM/LGU-and/PIA-Agusan del Norte)