Reg'l Skills Competition winners to represent in Manila next year
By Jennifer P. Gaitano
BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 14 (PIA) – The winners of the different trade areas for this year's Regional Skills Competition on November 18-19, 2013 at Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte will represent the region in the National Skills Competition slated on the first quarter of 2014 in Metro Manila.
Said competition is spearheaded by the Caraga Association of Technical Vocational Institutions, Incorporation (CATVII), in cooperation with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Caraga.
It was learned that participants will compete in Food and Beverage Servicing, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Visual Graphics Design, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, PC Operations, and Commercial Cooking.
“Winners of the different featured skills/qualifications will serve as the region’s representatives to the Philippine National Skills Competition on the first quarter of 2014. TESDA Deputy Director General for Operations Atty. Teodoro C. Pascua will grace the activity,” said TESDA-Caraga Regional Director Florencio Sunico Jr.
Meanwhile, the local tri-media will also be briefed on the said competition on November 19 which will be held at the same venue. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)
Mindanao S & T exhibition propels smart innovations, inventions
By Venus L. Garcia
BUTUAN CITY, Nov 14 (PIA) - The recently concluded 2013 Mindanao Cluster Science and Technology (S&T) Fair 2013 hosted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga serves as an avenue for local inventors and innovators from across Mindanao to exhibit their ingenuity and technological discoveries.
DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo said that “the use of S & T is always a sound development model for the improvement of the individual and society in terms of improved processes, products and services.”
He expressed his trust in local technology which affirms the creativity of Filipinos particularly the Philippine scientific community.
The event also has showcased the various programs and services of the DOST Councils and Institutes and products of DOST-assisted projects. “It prepares the country for global competitiveness. Smarter Philippines program in farming; disaster mitigation; health care; small, micro and medium businesses; and industries will boost the growth of our economy,” said Montejo.
RxBox is one among the DOST’s effort for a “Smarter Philippines”. It is a multi-component program designed to provide better access to life saving healthcare services in isolated and disadvantaged communities nationwide. It reduces unnecessary travels and hospitalizations of patients through telemedicine systems. The program’s core systems are training, eHealth tools, and a diagnostic sensor package.
There is also an eHealth Tablet, a technology which serves as local messaging system for more efficient and transparent communication system between the mayor (executive office) and the local health officers in the community. It serves as local electronic medical record (EMR) system that provide simple but efficient patient record system to better address local patient needs.
“Our concept of development is 'adaptation' in the sense of putting system that will encourage communities to be resilient especially in preparation for calamities and climate change,” said DOST-XI regional director Anthony Sales.
The nationwide Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) program taps on state-of-the-art tools of science for flood hazard modeling. The program will generate high resolution, detailed, and up-to-date national elevation maps and data sets for 19 critical river basins in the Philippines including the Agusan river.
DOST Advanced Science and Technology Institute has introduced the Automated Weather Stations (AWS) equipped with different sensors capable of measuring air humidity, pressure, temperature; wind speed and direction; rain amount, duration and intensity. The Advanced Remote Data-Acquisition Unit (arQ), the core of the system, is a device that can store, record, acquire, and process data gathered from various sensors.
Apart from these, the agency is also developing technologies that will help address the poorest communities in the country. “We initiated livelihood projects to local communities by utilizing the abundant local resources available in their area,” bared DOST-IX regional director Minda Manzano.
Officer-in-charge Dominga Mallonga of DOST Caraga hoped that through Mindanao S & T Fair, which is anchored with the theme, “Science, Technology and Innovation: The Road to a Smarter Philippines,” more citizens will be inspired to engage in scientific breakthroughs that spur socio-economic developments not just in Mindanao but the entire country. (VLG/ PIA-Caraga)
3 NPA fighters in AgSur surrendered
By Major Noli P Kanashiro
TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 14 (PIA) - Three New People's Army (NPA) fighters brought along their high powered firearms have surrendered to the 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion, 4ID, Philippine Army under Lieutenant Colonel Jose Leonard Gille, Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
These young rebels two of them were minors have decided to leave the underground movement because they smell something not good hanging in the air being NPA fighters.
The cousins Librado Salintao AKA FREDIE 17 years old, MEDICS of Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda 1, Guerilla Front 34, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC) together with Ryan Salintao Agsubo, 20 years Old and a certain Rongie Tawide Salintao AKA RONGIE. 17 years old belongs to the same Guerilla Unit operating in Kasapa 1, Lapaz, this province.
According to Librado Salinatao he has convinced his two cousins to left the movement and surrender because he got nothing but empty promises since the time he entered on December 22, 2011. The three brought along with them their high powered firearms personally turned over to Ltc Gille, one M16 rifle, a Garrand rifle and an AK 47 rifle with ammunitions on November 13, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Headquarters 26IB, San Nicolas, Talacogon, this province.
Ltc Gille echoing his appeal to the NPA leadership in the province of Agusan del Sur to spare the minors from recruitment instead, revisiting the provisions of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). The said officer appreciated the strong support and commitment of LGU, Loreto, Agusan del Sur led by Mayor Dario Otaza and other partners in "helping us to build peace by removing the main tools for violence (firearms) while assuring that economic packages which these former rebels are entitled, will be given on time." (26IB, PA/PIA-Caraga)
Cabadbaran City student tops 8th Regional Consumer Quiz Bowl
By Atty. Maria Aurora R. Curaza-Maquiling/Marson Jan S. Dolendo
BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 14 (PIA) - Kimberly Jhil Mae C. Perang, a fourth-year high school student of Cabadbaran City National High School, won this year’s edition of the Regional Consumer Quiz Bowl last October 31, 2013 held at DTI-Caraga Regional Office, J.C. Aquino Avenue, this city.
She was coached by Jester Ceballos of Cabadbaran City National High School.
The regional quiz bowl is an annual activity organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - Caraga as part of the Consumer Welfare Month celebration in the month of October. The activity aims to raise awareness among senior high school students about consumer welfare and protection, and on current and pressing concerns affecting consumers and the general public.
Meanwhile, Ruth Mae P. Sango of De La Salle John Bosco College, Bislig City and Andrew Philip R. Sur of Banza National High School, Butuan City won 2nd and 3rd places, respectively.
Winners from division-level competitions represent their respective schools division in the regional level. This year’s competition was participated by seven schools divisions, namely Agusan del Norte, Butuan City, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao City and Bislig City. (ORD Info Service, DTI-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)
Hundreds respond on PPA’s call to help Marcventures relief operation
By Eugenio Lira, Jr.
PORT OF LIPATA, Surigao City, Nov. 14 (PIA) - Hundreds of volunteers, mostly students, trooped to this premier port of Caraga Region on Wednesday, November 13, in response to the Philippine Ports Authority’s call for help in the repacking of Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation’s P10.1-million relief goods to be sent to Tacloban City.
Port Manager Engr. Isidro Butaslac, Jr. said more than three hundred volunteers turned out and helped in the repacking of thousands of assorted relief goods stacked inside the port’s huge warehouse.
“Majority of these volunteers are students from Surigao Education Center and Saint Paul University. Other volunteers come from Marcventures, Boy Scouts of the Philippines- Surigao del Norte Chapter, Badminton Addicts of Surigao, dockworkers and some PPA employees. Their love to help is really overwhelming and contagious,” said Engr Butaslac.
Engr. Jegie Pereda, Marcventures’ vice-president for operation, thanked PPA-Surigao for providing the free usage of its warehouse and for spearheading the repacking of the said relief goods.
“We’re really touched by the Bayanihan spirit of Surigaonons. We see every volunteer wants to do his share to help the hapless victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City and Samar province,” said Engr. Pereda, saying “PPA's accommodation of their relief goods was under the auspices of DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Jr., through PPA General Manager Juan C. Sta. Ana.”
PP/Supt Froilan Caturla, port police commander, disclosed that he and a Marcventures representative will lead in the distribution of the said relief goods in Tacloban City on Friday, November 15.
“We’re bringing about 330,000 assorted canned goods, 180,000 powdered milk packs, 150,000 bottled mineral water, 120,000 Biogesic, tens of thousands of instant noodles, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, Diatabs and many others,” PP/Supt Caturla disclosed.
He said they will also distribute 8,000 t-shirts, 7,000 pails, 1,200 cellphones, 500 tents, 200 solar lights and 11 generator sets.
“These relief goods would benefit at least 34,000 persons and could help ease their suffering momentarily,” the port police chief added.
Members of Caturla’s team bound for Tacloban City include PP/Insp Elvis Daguman, Roger Montilla, Freddie Romero, Jubert Mantilla, Andres Patosa, Ruel Pelares, Tata Diaz and Frisco Ramires, Jr. of PPA-Surigao, as well as Engr. Carlos Gimena and Alvin Dacoron, resident mine manager and administrative manager of Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation, respectively.
Marcventures is a multi-million company engaged in the mining of nickel, copper and gold in Surigao del Sur. (PIA-Caraga)
Tagalog news: Pangulong Aquino pinuri ang mga neurologists ng bansa sa kanilang taos pusong paghangad ng kagalingan November 14, 2013
Ni David M. Suyao
AGUSAN DEL SUR, Nov. 14 (PIA) - Pinuri ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang mga neurologists ng bansa sa kanilang taos-pusong paghangad ng kagalingan sa kanilang paghatid ng serbisyo sa larangan ng 'neurological care' para maseguro ang kalusugan ng publiko at maiahon ang de-kalidad na buhay ng mga Pilipino.
“Ang utak ay nanatiling isa sa dakilang prontera sa medisina, at sa simula pa, ito ay naging misteryo, at ngayon pa lamang natin ito mabuksan ng lubusan sa tulong ng makabagong siyensya at teknolohiya,” sabi ni Pangulong Aquino sa kanyang mensahe para sa Philippine Neurological Association (PNA) sa kanilang ika 35 na taong kombensyon.
Binuksan ng PNA ang kanilang kombinsiyon na may temang, “Issues and Controversies in Neurology," na idinaos sa Crown Plaza Manila Gallera, Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City. Ang apat na araw na kombinsiyon ay magtatapos sa Sabado.
“Ang ating pamahalaan ay tumitingin sa yaman ng kaalaman na lalabas sa pagtitipong ito lalo na sa kanilang posibleng pagpatupad sa pagseseguro ng pampublikong kalusugan at pagpagaling ng pangkalahatang kalidad ng buhay ng ating mamamayan,” sabi ng Presidente.
Umaasa ang Pangulo na ang pagdaraos ng naturang kombinsiyon ay gagabay sa mga neurologists para mapabuti ang kanilang gawain at mapaunlad ang neurology sa ating bansa.
“Habang ang ating bansa ay patuloy sa paglalakbay patungo sa tamang daan, tayo mismo ang saksi kung papano pinakikilos ng reporma an gating bansa patungo sa maliwanag na kinabukasan na siya nating hinahangad para sa mamamayang Pilipino,” sabi ng Pangulo.
“Inaasahan namin na ipahiram para sa kapakanan ng ating pambansang agenda; hangad naming na ipagpatuloy ninyo ang inyong propesyon ng buong puso at damdamin, at maiambag sa kasalukuyang pagsigla ng ating bansa,” Dagdag ng Pangulo. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)
Cebuano news: Lima ka mga barangay sa AgNor nakadawat og premyo
Ni Ronie P. Gerona
BUTUAN CITY, Nob. 13 (PIA) - Atol sa gipahigayong awarding ceremony sa Most Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa, Best Performing Barangay Peace and Order Committee (BPOC) ug ang Most Child Friendly Local Government Unit (LGU) niadtong Oktubre 30, ubos sa programang Accelerating New Dimensions on Good Governance and Excellence in Local Leadership kung A.N.G.E.L. ni Gobernador Amante-Matba, lima ka mga barangay ning probinsya ang nahimong nagmadaugon ug nakadawat og premyo gikan sa panggamhanang probinsyal.
Nahimong Most Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa ang Barangay Mabini sa Cabadbaran alang sa Component City/Category A; Barangay Macalang sa Buenavista alang sa 1st – 3rd class/ Category B; ug Barangay Poblacion sa Carmen alang sa 4th – 6th class/ Category C. Silang tanan nakadawat og P10,000.00 nga cash incentive og plake.
Alang sa Best Performing BPOC, nagmadaugon ang Barangay Mabini sa Cabadbaran sa Category A; Barangay San Isidro sa Las Nieves alang sa Category B; Barangay Jaliobong sa Kitcharao alang sa Category C. Nidawat sila og P10,000.00 nga ganti ug plake.
Ang kadaugan sa mga nasangpit nga mga barangay nakahatag og kadasig ilabina sa mga piniling opisyal sa ilang mapadayonong pagserbisyo ngadto sa mga katawhan ug naka-aghat sa ubang mga barangay nga mohatag usab sa ilang pagserbisyong tim-os ug way pag-utlan. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)