PIA News Service - Tuesday, November 19, 2013

News Feature: Marcventures lend helping hand to Typhoon Yolanda relief efforts

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 19 (PIA) - In the wake of a tragedy, the human spirit often emerges as people put aside their differences and work together to overcome adversity. Everyday problems become less important as people place a greater focus on helping those less fortunate.

As the people in Samar-Leyte and other areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda slowly begin their recovery efforts, this human spirit has been demonstrated by several non-government organizations and companies in the country as people spend time repacking of relief goods and donating supplies and goods.

Just recently, Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation, a multi-million company engaged in the mining of nickel, copper and gold in Surigao del Sur, aided typhoon survivors in Tacloban City who still require food and supplies in the face of the storm’s devastation.

Lawyer Noel Anthony Libres, corporate secretary of Marcventures, said more than 300 volunteers stormed the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Surigao’s huge warehouse inside the port to help in the repacking of thousands of assorted relief goods stacked worth P10.1Million.

The donation consisted of 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, assorted medicines and many others.

“We distributed 8,000 t-shirts, 7,000 pails, 1,200 cellphones, 500 tents, 200 solar lights and 11 generator sets. These items were already sent to Tacloban last week,” Libres said.

The relief goods and supplies benefited at least 34,000 individuals and could help ease their suffering momentarily.

"On behalf of Marcventures, we express our sincere condolences to the families affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda," said Libres.

"Since, we have also employees whose relatives are living in the affected regions, we felt a special responsibility to lend a hand,” he added. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


RDC-GADCC Caraga discusses VAWC issues & concerns

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 19 (PIA) – In a recent press conference, the Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) under the Regional Development Council (RDC) discussed issues and concerns on Violence Against Women and Children (VWC), as well as updates on the activities set for this year’s 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women.   

PSI Charity Galvez of Philippine National Police (PNP)-Caraga, recognized the vital role of media in info-dissemination on the rights of women and their children against abusive men (husband/father). "The media is our constant partner. They help us gather reports from the VAWC victims in the community so we can also immediately respond to them," she said.

Galvez further encouraged abused married women not to tolerate what their husbands are doing to them. “Women should know their rights and should fight for it,” she said.

PSI Venus Nelmida of PNP-Caraga also bared that because of the electronic-blotter (e-blotter) system of the PNP, its recorded VAWC cases from the barangay up to the regional level are now synchronized and updated. “Unlike before, there are cases reported in the barangay level and are not forwarded in the municipal/city to regional headquarters but now, with the e-blotter, records from the barangay up to the regional are already synchronized. With this, we can easily monitor the cases and its trend,” she said.

Jessie Catherine Aranas of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga said the department has services for the VAWC victim-survivors as well as to their families which shall be provided in accordance to their needs. "These are the following but not limited to: Counseling or debriefing if necessary; Temporary shelter at Home for Girls; Financial assistance for the conduct of medical interventions/medical assistance; Referral for legal assistance; Educational assistance; and Livelihood and skills training," she said.

When asked if there is also a law protecting men against their abusive spouses, Mr. Leonor Ledesma of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Caraga stressed that “While there is a law that protects the welfare of the women and children, those said to be 'abused men' can also file a physical injury case against their spouses. But what usually happens, reports show that more women are abused than men".

Ledesma also emphasized that the CHR is open for individuals who want to raise their concerns that is related to human rights issues and concerns.

Meanwhile, GADCC-Caraga Co-chairperson Edna Hontiveros of FORWARD Filipina Inc., is calling on Caraganons to support the activities of men and women for this year's 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women set on November 25 to December 12.

The said campaign will kick-off with a joint/simultaneous Flag Raising Ceremony on Nov. 25 at the Agusan del Norte Capitol Covered Court, this city. Series of activities will then follow in different schedule.

With this year's theme of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women which is "End VAW Now! It's Our Duty!", the call will emphasize the importance of having a functional mechanism, operated by competent and capable duty-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)


Sursur guv allocates P6M for CRAM 2014

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Nov. 18 (PIA) – Governor Johnny Pimentel has allocated more than P6Million for the hosting of the Caraga Regional Athletic Meet (CRAM) to be held in Tandag City on February next year, said Provincial Treasurer’s Officer Wenifreda Perez.

"I am pleased to inform everyone that Governor Pimentel has already approved the P6,118,929.00 budget for the CRAM 2014," said Perez during the recently meeting with the committee members..

Education Program Supervisor Melba Ladroma said three major committees have been created for the event, to wit: the Host Executive (composed of the Provincial officials and local chief executives from two cities and 17 municipalities), the Steering (composed of DepEd officials, LGU officials, ex-officio members and Provincial School Board) and the Working Committee with 46 sub-committees.

Governor Pimentel reminded all the chairpersons assigned under the working committees to coordinate with their co-chair and members. “You have to closely coordinate with your members.”

Expected guests and delegates will be coming from the five provinces of Caraga Region to participate the annual event. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Guv bares Agsur products, potentials to foreign journalists

By David M. Suyao

PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 19 (PIA) - Given the choice what he wants Agusan del Sur to be five years from now, Governor Adolph Edward Plaza said he wants to see a prosperous Agusan del Sur with responsible investors and business men both enjoying their investment with contented and happy Agusanons.

This is the answer of Gov. Plaza when asked by Sarah Van Den Boogaard, a journalist of Asian Business Channel (ABC) from Netherlands who was given the chance to interview Gov. Plaza last week together with her fellow journalists also from ABC, Ante Matulic Table from Croatia and Thomas Leamy from Ireland.

Gov. Plaza also said while the province is known for its timber products before, he (Plaza) describes the province to be the same as of the present with planted tree species like falcata and rubber.

“But I prefer rubber more because when rubber became bearing, farmers will have long time constant income every day, unlike falcata where after harvest, farmers will again replant and wait for a long time until the trees will reach its prescribe size for harvest,” Gov. Plaza said.

Aside from tree plantation, Gov. Plaza said he also wants farmers to develop and push more rice and corn production using the organic farming.

“Presently, our top priority is the production of black rice variety so that we will have enough planting materials. We are also very proud to let the people know that I personally received the awards two weeks ago amounting to P3 million, because of our organic farming practice and corn production here in Agusan del Sur, where the amount will be flowed back to the farmers in order for them to have bigger production in return,” Gov. Plaza said.

It can be recalled that the Department of Agriculture has given recognition to the province having grown 96 percent of the oil palm and 79 percent of corn in Caraga Region. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DENR-13 raises funds for Typhoon Yolanda victims

By Angeaine Dela Torre

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 19 (PIA) - Officials and employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Caraga region have initiated fund raising project to contribute in the relief efforts of the government in the typhoon-devastated areas in the Western Visayas particularly in the hardest-hit Tacloban City in Leyte.      

DENR-13 Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo said he has initiated “pass the hat” to his top field officers in the five provinces including 13 Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers so that they can share their contributions to the typhoon victims in the Visayas.

“We are dismayed by what we are seeing over the news in television about the situation in the areas ravaged by the strongest typhoon ever in the history,” RED Tamayo said. “We want to help physically but the least we can do now is to contribute whatever we can donate to the victims,” he added.

The officials have started shelling out any amount they can raise since it was announced to the DENR employees during their Monday convocation program. The top field officials headed by PENR officer Roberto Oliveros, in similar way, have donated bills in various denominations during their Management Conference on Tuesday. “We want to be part of whatever help we can give to our fellow men,” PENRO Oliveros said.

The donation for typhoon victims will be sent to the Office of Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje for appropriate action. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Kuryente sa Eastern Samar mahibalik na sa Disyembre, sulti ni Energy Sec Petilla

Ni Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Nob. 19 (PIA) - Si Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla mibutyag sa iyahang target nga mahibalik na ang suplay sa kuryente sa rehiyon sa Visayas, diin gikatahong nangadaut sa bagyong Yolanda, sa Disyembre 24.

Sa pakighinabi kaniya didto sa Palo niadtong Lunes, si Petilla miingon nga siya malaomon nga mapabalik ang kuryente sa rehiyon sa Disyembre 24 pagkonsiderar sa trabahante ug mga ekwipo aron nga mapatapos ang pagtrabaho niini.

Siya miingon nga ang mga miboluntaryo gikan sa Mindanao electric cooperatives moabot aron lamang sa pagtabang sa rehiyon sa Visayas nga mapabalik ang elektrisidad. Duna na usab magamit nga mga materyales partikular na ang mga ekwipo nga gigamit alang sa sito electrification program sa gobyerno diin maoy gamiton para mahibalik ang mga nadaut nga linya ug mga poste.

Ang Manila Electric Corporation usab moabot aron nga motabang, sumala pa ni Petilla, diin matod pa niya dako kaayo nga tabang nga inisyatibo sanglit ang Meralco dunay mga ekwipo ug igong kaalam.

Kon ang Meralco moabot, si Petilla miingon nga siya modahom nga dunay dili momenos sa 200 ka tawo nga motrabaho nga mapaayo ang mga linya sa kuryente.

Mokabat sumala pa sa 160 ka tore ang nadaut sa bagyo, siya miingon. Ang pinakadaghan nga nadaut nga mga tore sa elektriidad mao ang Isla sa Panay diin mokabat sa 134 ka tore ang mga napukling.

Ang trabaho padayon sa pagka-karon nga mapabarog ang mga bag-o nga tore, siya miigon.

Kabahin sa pagpang-apod-apod, ang departamento sa enerhiya mi-target nga mapabalik ang enerhiya una sa Palo, siya miingon. Ang Palo duna nay suga sa mga kadalanan Lunes sa gabii, sumala pa ni Petilla.

Ang tumonng niini sumala pa niya mao ang pagkonekta sa mga dapit sa Palo human nga ang mga linya sa electrisidad sa matag barangay maayo na. Ang pagpabalik sa elektrisidad atol sa kapaskohan makahatag ug paglaum sa mga katawhan ug makapatukpaw sa ilahang mga kadasig, siya miingon.

“Itong pagpapa-ilaw ng mga street lights para lang merong signs of hope dito sa atin. Kasi kung walang ilaw, talagang walang pag-asa,” siya miingon.

Ang gikabalak-an ug maayo mao ang  kinabag-an sa mga kabalayan nga apektado bagyo nga mga dapit gikatahong nadaut ug posibleng makadelatar sa maong proseso sa elektrisidad.

Ang mga electricians gikan sa nagkadaiyang kooperatiba nga mobulontaryo maoy mohimo sa pasiunang pag-ayo sa gipang-apod-apod nga mga linya ug kon kini matapos na sa pagtrabaho, sila motabang sa pag-ayo kon pagtaod sa mga wiring sa matag panimalay. (PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)