PIA News Service - Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Team Mindanao to offer free cellphone charging

By: Venus L. Garcia

TACLOBAN CITY, Nov. 26 (PIA) - The team Mindanao will be setting up a free cellphone charging station during the film showing activity which is slated on November 27-28, 2013, this city.

Due to the ongoing restoration and limited access to electric power, many are in dire need to re-energize their batteries especially of communication units like cellular phones.

On Wednesday morning, during the DTI’s Diskwento Caravan in RTR Plaza, this city, the team will also be there to offer a free charging for those who will be there to buy commodities. At 6PM on the same day, the team will then proceed to Tacloban Astrodome for the evacuees to enjoy the free cellphone charging service.

The activity will continue at the Philippine Science High School Eastern Visayas Campus on the 28th.

Philippine Broadcasting System (PBS)-Radyo ng Bayan Director Tito Cruz said that his team will join and cover the activity.

“This is a concrete manifestation of our genuine concern to our fellow Fiipinos who are affected by Yolanda,” said PIA Caraga regional director  and Northern and Northeastern  Mindanao cluster head Abner Caga.

He added that “aside from free charging, the team will orient the people on how to utilize their cellphones as portable radio which is vital to get information and updates." (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Team Mindanao to hold film showing in Tacloban City

By Venus L. Garcia

TACLOBAN CITY, Nov. 26 (PIA) – Philippine Information Agency’s creative members of team Mindanao will have a film showing activity in two identified venues of this city.

The first venue will be at the Tacloban Convention Center and the other at the Philipine Science High School Eastern Visayas Campus (PSHSEVC) where evacuees are being temporarily housed.

This will be a good venue for all Taclobanon’s to experience a free viewing of funny video clips, movies, and educational films on disaster preparedness. Two projector screens will be put up to accomodate adults and children.

 “As much as possible, we want to create an atmosphere that will lessen the impact of trauma to Yolanda victims. Any medium that would aid in our information intervention efforts will be utilized to create a useful and meaningful effect in the lives of the people that we are serving,” said PIA Caraga regional director and Northern and Northeastern Mindanao cluster head Abner Caga.

PSHSEVC school director Rey Garnace was very thankful to team Mindanao for coming up an idea that would really provide entertainment to the victims after an exposure to a real-life tragedy brought about by storm Yolanda.

Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) officer Gil Francis Arevalo of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said they will join PIA in the conduct of film showing activity on November  27 and 28 for they will also be holding a Focus Group Discussion to the evacuees.

“This is our simple contribution but an effective intervention and somehow will make a difference. So I’m inviting the Taclobanon’s to watch, learn and enjoy,” said Caga. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


DOE, DTI to hold Consumers Awareness Forum on Energy Conservation & Downstream Oil Industry

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 26 (PIA) – The Department of Energy (DOE) in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga will be holding the Consumers Awareness Forum on Energy Conservation and Downstream Oil Industry on December 5, 2013 at the Karaga Hotel, this city.

DOE Director Manuel M. Llaneza said registration is free and will start at 8:00 a.m.

“This activity is primarily aimed at enhancing the level of awareness the consumers, industry stakeholders/players, and other concerned government agencies on the pertinent government rules and regulations, safety and standards, including other issues and concerns that are currently confronting the oil industry,” said Llaneza.

The forum is also aimed at providing the local government units and other government agencies with technical reference pertinent to the crafting of local ordinances, issuance and granting of permits/licenses to various gasoline and LPG establishments.


DOE is mandated by Republic Act 7638 (Department of Energy Act of 1992) to prepare, integrate, coordinate, supervise and control all plans, programs, projects and activities of the Government relative to energy exploration, development, utilization, distribution and conservation. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)