PIA News Service - Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Various activities set in Butuan for this year’s 18-Day Campaign to End VAW

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 12 (PIA) – In line with this year’s 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) on November 25 to December 12, the Regional Development Council - Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) chaired by Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga Regional Director Atty. Maylin Pintor has lined-up several activities for Butuanons and Caraganons to celebrate.

As kick-off activity, GADCC will be holding the joint/simultaneous flag raising ceremony at the Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol Covered Court, this city on November 25.

Participating agencies will be wearing their 18-Day Campaign t-shirts using different colors that will also represent their respective sub-committees, namely: Institutionalization of GAD and Gendered Governance (Fuchsia); Violence Against Women and Children (Purple); Gender and Poverty (Red); and Gender and Health and Environment (Green).

On December 9, GADCC members will be conducting the Regional Judging on VAWC Advocacy Contests with students of Agusan National High School (ANHS) who joined the On-the-Spot Slogan and Poster Making on VAWC Contest, and inmates from Butuan City Jail who participated in the Feature Story Writing on VAWC Contest whose pieces were chosen among other participants in their respective school and jail center. Both will be held at the ANHS building.

On December 12, students in the tertiary level will be participating in the Oratorical Contest on VAWC to be held at the Luciana Convention Center here.

On the same date, GADCC members will also hold the culminating activity of the 18-Day Campaign cum 4th Quarter Meeting to be held at the same venue.

It was also learned that GADCC Speakers’ Bureau will be spearheading VAWC-related seminars and fora with topics on the Expanded Trafficking Law, Anti-VAWC Law, Magna Carta of Women, as well as training on Gender Sensitivity within the 18-Day Campaign period.

With the theme “End VAW Now! It’s our Duty!” the call will emphasize the importance of having a functional mechanism, operated by competent and capable dury-bearers with a sense of responsibility and accountability originating from a deep understanding of the fundamental principles of gender-based violence and the provisions of VAW laws. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


New 30IB commander assumes post

By Susil D. Ragas

PLACER, Surigao del Norte, Nov. 11 (PIA) – The Philippine Army's 30th Infantry Battalion (IB), 4th Infantry Division based here has a new commander, Lieutenant Colonel Arsenio Sadural.

Sadural assumed his new post in a turn over ceremony held recently at the 30th IB Headquarters in Barangay Sta. Cruz, here. He took over the post from Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Iringan.

4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army Commander Brig. Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya, facilitated the ceremony.

In his message, outgoing commanding officer LTC Vincent B. Iringan said he is proud of having had the opportunity to be in command of 30IB, 4ID and working with the gallant troops of army.

On his part, incoming commanding officer LTC Arsenio Sadural said that it is an honor and privilege to serve and be the commanding officer of the 30IB, 4ID.

“I hope that our journey together will be full of meaningful developments for our people and I enjoined our brothers and sisters up there to return to the mainstream of the straight path so that together we can achieved sustainable peace and development in our province,” Sadural said.

The change of command ceremony was graced by Surigao del Norte second district representative Guillermo Romarate, Jr., officials and employees from local government units, national line agencies, civil-society, non-government organizations and members of the media. (FEA/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


NGCP prepares for Tropical Depression Zoraida

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 12 (PIA) - As it continues restoration work on facilities damaged by Typhoon Yolanda, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has also implemented the necessary preparations and precautions to minimize the impact of Tropical Depression Zoraida on transmission operations and facilities.

Preparations included ensuring the reliability of communications equipment, availability of hardware materials and supplies necessary for the repair of damages to facilities, as well as the positioning of line crews in strategic areas, to facilitate immediate restoration work.

NGCP’s Integrated Disaster Action Plan (IDAP) prescribes these and other procedures to ensure the readiness of all power transmission facilities expected to b be affected by the passage of the weather disturbance.

Tropical Depression Zoraida, carrying maximum sustained winds of 55kph and moving northwest at 30kph speed, has made landfall over CARAGA, Davao Oriental around 9AM today.

NGCP’s Overall Disaster Command Center monitors all power restoration activities, reports, and updates from the Regional Command Centers in North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, whichever is directly affected by the weather disturbance. (NGCP/PIA-Caraga)


DSWD Caraga augments staff to Southern Leyte

By Stella Maris V. Barcelon

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 12 (PIA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Field Office augments 15 staff to 18 municipalities in Southern Leyte affected by super typhoon Yolanda to conduct rapid damage and needs assessment in order to provide all possible support.

The staff will be divided into three teams; each team is composed of one team leader, three members and one driver. From November 11-13, 2013, the teams will assess what are the immediate relief needs of the victims and the road conditions. After the teams’ assessment of the extent of the damage brought by super typhoon Yolanda, the teams will communicate with the Relief Operation Center located in Surigao City in order to immediately send out relief goods to the concerned areas.

The 18 municipalities in Southern Leyte that will be assessed are the following; Maasin City, Macrahon, Padre Burgos, Malitbog, Tomas Oppus, Bontoc, Sogod, Libagon, Liloan, San Francisco, Pintuyan, San Ricardo, Silago, Hinunangan, Hinundayan, Anahawan, San Juan and St. Bernard.

DSWD Caraga has 5,000 family packs ready for distribution to Southern Leyte, while DSWD volunteers are now preparing additional 50,000 family packs. Each family pack contains six kilos of rice, six pieces noodles, six assorted canned goods and six pieces of coffee. DSWD will directly distribute the relief goods to the affected municipalities.

The Field Office is also accepting food and non-food donations. Groups or individuals can drop their donations at DSWD Field Office Caraga, Pili Drive Butuan City. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


Filipino students see benefits of studying in the U.S.

MANILA, Nov. 8 (PIA) - In a globalized economy, international experience is coveted.  A degree from a high-quality college or university sets the stage for a successful career.  This is why hundreds of young Filipinos flocked to the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati on October 25 to visit the first-ever EducationUSA Student Fair hosted by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce.  U.S. Embassy Chargé d’ Affaires Brian L. Goldbeck, along with two eager students drawn from the crowd, cut the ribbon and welcomed students to the event where representatives of 29 different U.S. colleges and universities discussed the exceptional educational possibilities of the United States.

Hoping to distinguish themselves with an American degree, the visitors toured exhibits, collected information, and asked questions of the representatives from the U.S. who were visiting the Philippines as part of an Education trade mission.  They discussed two- and four-year undergraduate programs, as well as graduate programs in a variety of disciplines.  The schools offered information on scholarships, internship, and financial aid opportunities.  Representatives from the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy answered questions on the student visa process, and advisors from EducationUSA, and the U.S. Embassy and the Philippine American Educational Foundation, offered free guidance services to interested students.

“Studying in the U.S. provides not only a high quality education, but valuable international and cultural experience,” said Jim McCarthy, Commercial Counselor of the U.S. Commercial Service Philippines, which organized the School Fair and the other Education Trade Mission Activities.  “Our universities offer a wide variety of disciplines and unparalleled diversity, which makes education one of our top U.S. service exports.”

Judging from the turn-out at the event, many Filipinos understand the value of in a U.S. university education.  Several universities present expressed their delight at the crowds,  And students rushed in to begin their first-hand discovery of U.S. higher education.  The interest kept up all day, as did the quality of the potential students.  According to Andre Cordon, the delegation member from Pace University in New York City, the numbers and the seriousness of the potential students exceeded his expectations and warranted exploring the possibility of a more frequent presence for Pace in the Philippines.  In addition to meeting prospective students, universities met with representatives of key local universities, colleges, and high schools to explore possible partnerships.  The schools were impressed at the quality of the students’ knowledge of U.S. programs and indicated they would return to promote their schools in the coming months and future School Fairs.

Two additional receptions with representatives from local schools, Philippine government, Filipino alumni of U.S. universities, local U.S. education services and equipment firms, alumni of U.S. Embassy-sponsored exchange programs, and U.S. Embassy officials highlighted the importance of using education as a bridge between the two countries.  Chargé d’Affaires Goldbeck stated, “Starting with the Thomasites, and continuing with U.S. Peace Corps Education Volunteers, Americans have worked here in the Philippines to strengthen educational capacity by first teaching, and then later training and mentoring teachers; and by helping to establish several of the great universities in the Philippines.  Today, our binational Fulbright Commission, the oldest in the world, continues to provide exceptional educational and teaching opportunities to Americans and Filipinos to further strengthen educational linkages between our two peoples.”

EducationUSA is a network of hundreds of advising centers in 170 countries, where millions of international students each year find accurate comprehensive and current information about how to apply to accredited U.S. colleges and universities.  It is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).  In the Philippines, EducationUSA is administered by the Philippine American Educational Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Embassy.

Interested students can follow EducationUSA’s “five steps to study in a U.S. college or university” online at https://www.educationusa.info/about.php.  And on November 13, during International Education Week, the EducationUSA is hosting an online virtual Education Fair entitled “College Week Live – International Students Day,” that provides a venue for Filipino students to explore study options in the United States.  (For more information visit: http://international.collegeweeklive.com/International-Students-Day.html). (U.S. Embassy Manila - Information Office/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: Palasyo sinegurong muli na ang pamahalaan ay handing tumulong sa mga OFW na nasa Saudi Arabia

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Nob. 12 (PIA) - Sinegurong muli ng pamahalaan, noong linggo, sa mga Pilipinong nagtatrabaho sa Saudi Arabia na handa ang pamahalaan na tumulong sa kanila sa gitna ng nangyayaring crackdown doon tungkol sa mga ilegal na mga manggagawa.

Ibinigay ang naturang paniniguro ni Deputy Presidential Spokeperson Abigail Valte sa gitna ng ulat na 15 OFWs ang inaresto ng mga otoridad sa ika-anim na araw ng crackdown.

“Kung totoo man ito, ang ating mga katrabaho sa (Philippine) Embassy ay higit pa sa handa para magbigay ng tulong kung kinakailangan,” sabi ni Valte sa DzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Isang grupo ng mga migrante trabahador ay nagsabi na may 15 OFWs na hindi dokumentado ang naaresto.

Ang mga otoridad ng Saudi noong lunes ay sinimulan ang paghahanap ng mga ilegal na trabahador na hindi naiayos ang kanilang kalagayan o kaya umalis sa Saudi bago dumating ang Nobyembre 3 na palugit. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Tagalog News: 2.1 milyong pamilya, apektado ng bagyong “YOLANDA” – DSWD

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Nob. 12 (PIA) - Iniulat ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) kahapon na umabot na sa 2 milyon ang mga pamilyang apektado ng bagyong “YOLANDA” na binubuo ng 9.53 milyon ka tao habang ang mga lokal na pamahalaan mula sa Rehiyon IV-A at B, V, VI, VII, VIII at Caraga ay patuloy na nag aassess ng lawak ng sakuna.

Humigit kumulang 96,039 na pamilya na may bilang na 449,416 ka tao ang ang naninirahan sa 1,790 evacuation centers habang 36,627 iba pang pamilya na may na 182,379 ka tao ang temporaryong nakitira sa tahanan ng kanilang mga kaibigan at kamag-anak.

Nakapagbigay na ang DSWD ng paunang tulong na nagkahalaga ng P10.6 milyon sa Rehiyon ng Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao at Caraga.

Sa Lunsod ng Tacloban, ang DSWD, sa pakipag koordinasyon sa local na pamahalaan, ay nagkabit ng satellite na serbisyong internet sa mismong bahay pamahalaan ng lunsod para maka-ugnayan ang publiko sa kani-kanilang mga kamag-anak.

Si kalihim ng DSWD Corazon Soliman mismo ang nangunang nag aabot ng pakepaketeng tulong sa lunsod kahapon.

"Ang mga tulong ay naantala dahil sa kulang ang komunikasyon at di maabot ng mga lubhang nasalantang bayan, lunsod at barangays pero kami sa DSWD at iba pang mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan ay ginagawa ang lahat ng aming makakaya para maabot ang mga apektadong populasyon,” sabi ni Soliman.

Pinasalamatan din ni Sec. Soliman ang 1,906 na boluntaryo mula sa iba’t ibang sector na pumunta sa DSWD- National Resource Operation Center NROC) para tumulong sa pag impake ng mga relief na kagamitan at pagkain mula Nobyembre 7.

"Inaasahan namin na mas marami pang mga boluntaryo ang darating tuwing katapusan ng linggo kapag walang pasok sa eskwela o trabaho. Ang iba ay regular na na mga boluntaryo na tumutulong sa NROC sa tuwing mayroong sakuna,” sabi ni Sec. Soliman.

Ang pag-impakeng muli ng mga relief goods ay 24 oras na shifting schedule. Pa isa-isa o kaya grupo na interesadong mag boluntaryo ay pwedeng tumawag sa numero ng telepono na 851-2681 at 511-1259 para sa shifting schedule.

Ang mga boluntaryo mula sa Visayas ay maaring pumunta sa DSWD Field Offices sa Iloilo at Cebu at kung maari ay sa araw. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: State of National Calamity gideklara ni President Aquino

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Nob. 12 (PIA) – Gideklara ni Presidente Aquino ang state of national calamity kagahapong adlawa, Nobyembre 11 tungod sa dakong kadaot nga resulta sa Bagyong “Yolanda” aron mapadali ang pagluwas ug rehabilitasyon, pagkontrolar sa mga presyo sa nag-unang mga panaliton ug aron maseguro ang kalinaw ug kahapsay.

Sa iyang pag-anunsyo sa maong deklarasyon pinaagi sa telebisyon, iyang gipasabot nga dako gyud ang nahimong danyos ug kadaut sa bagyong Yolanda partikular na ang rehiyon sa Visayas ug probinsya sa Palawan.

Dugang pa niya, nga ang maong deklarasyon epektibong mo kontrolar sa presyo sa mga nag-unang panaliton ug epekto sa mga apektadong lugar, ug tugotan niini ang gobyerno nga mogamit sa mga pondo alang sa relief ug rehabilitasyon.

Ubos sa maong proklamasyon, ang tanang mga departamento ug uban pa nga mga hintungdang ahensya  sa gobyerno gimandoan sa pagpartisipar sa kinatibuk-ang pag rescue, recovery, relief ug rehabilitasyon.

Samtang sa ilang bahin, ang law enforcement agencies uban ang suporta sa Armed Forces of the Philippines sila mohimo sa tanang gikinahanglang sumbanan aron seguroon ang kalinaw ug kahapsay sa apektadong mga lugar.

Matud pa sa Presidente nga ang maong state of national calamity magpabiling epektibo hangtod dili kini niya walaon. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)