11.03.2013

PIA News Service - Wednesday, October 30, 3013

RPN Surigao launches 'Boses Tinig P-Noy'

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Oct. 30 (PIA) – The Radio Philippines Network (RPN) DXKS-Surigao has launched recently a singing competition dubbed “Boses Tinig P-Noy” to showcase talents from the different places in the province held at the Gaisano Capital Mall, this city.

The Boses Tinig P-Noy is open for all ages in a form of duet or trio in a capella hosted by roadshow hosts Center for Pop Coaches Aileen Papin and John Nite.

RPN-DXKS Station Manager Bienvenido Galeon, Jr. during the launching said that the semi-final winners for duet and trio categories will compete from among the winners of the 12 RPN branches stations nationwide for the grand finale this December and will have the chance to win a grand prize of P1 million pesos and other fabulous prizes.

Variety show host John Nite of GMA Network revealed during the launching that Boses Tinig P-Noy is the first singing competition in a capella launched in the Philippines and home grown talents will have the chance to shine through a recording contract with Universal Records and TV guesting with GMA network’s late night show, “Walang Tulugan.”

The Boses Tinig P-Noy is a nationwide search spearheaded by RPN and Pilipinas Ngayon Na Production in cooperation with Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Solar Entertainment Corporation, PolyEast Records-Universal Records, Center for Pop Music, Composite Technology, Zoomanity Group, Alabang Muntinlupa City and 4Life with full support from the City Government of Surigao, Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte, First and Second congressional districts of Surigao del Norte. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Congress gathers 800 Caraga Agri workers

By Vanessa P. Sanchez

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 30 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga hosted the 6th Agricultural Extension Workers’ (AEWs) Congress last on October 23, 2013 at the Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, this city with the theme, “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.”

Around 800 AEWs attended the activity from all over the region, representatives from DA line agencies and bureaus, farmers and other stakeholders and some DA personnel.

The AEW Congress is an annual event being held every month of October in timing of the World Food Day celebration. It is an opportune time where every  extension  worker gather and meet with  fellow technicians. Attending a congress, will refresh each one and be updated with the latest agricultural updates at the same time, to bond and strengthen camaraderie.

Dr. Virgilio Nery, SP Member-Committee on Health of Butuan City representing Mayor Amante gave his welcome address. Standing before the crowd, he felt very happy for the hosting of the 6th AEW Congress and congratulated this year’s regional and national awardees which include Butuan City as an outstanding organic agriculture implementer. He cited that it had opened opportunities for further development of the region’s farming industry.

Dr. Mechelle Acero Palma from the Remnant Institute of Alternative Medicine based in Iloilo City was the Guest Speaker.  Her topic about  Herb Utilization, Wellness and Nutrition aims to end hunger and decrease morbidity or mortality among populace.  She cited the importance of advocating about backyard gardening, organic farming, reducing food waste and healthy food choice including food  preparation and processing.  She also explained the importance of knowing the proper food intake to be healthy and to avoid illness and diseases.

On the other hand, a topic “Journey of the Heart”, was discussed by Rev. Charlie Prior of Butuan City.  He briefly discussed about the Moral Recovery Program of the government which he said is a movement which aims to mobilize all Filipinos for nation-building through the practical exercise of personal operative values in daily lives as citizens and to be awaken with the power of these values in achieving individual and national goals. Rev. Prior said that it is important to commit total submission and surrender to God and His authority.

The AEWs were then given time to conduct their business meeting as Mr. Marlon Medalla from Esperanza, Agusan del Sur presided. After the meeting, RTD Dahino raffled off some items that included 10 drum seeders, Collapsible Dryer and 3 Rice Cutters.

The awarding ceremony  then followed featuring Gawad Saka awardees, Rice Achievers, LGU-Organic Agriculture Awardees, Rural Woman , Corn Quality Search and On the Spot Mosaic Making Contest. (DA –RFU 13/PIA-Caraga)


550 farmers graduate from 'University on the Air' on White Corn Production in Caraga

By Aurell P. Arais

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 30 (PIA) - “Translate what you had learned on radio into more production in the field,” this was one of the challenges mentioned  by Governor Adolph Edward Plaza to the farmer-students who graduated on the three month-University on the Air on White Corn Production during the graduation rites held recently in the province of Agusan del Sur .

Plaza said that given the right technology and no matter how expert the resource person is, still, it would be futile if the participants will not apply their learning in their respective field.

“Hinaut unta nga pinaagi sa inyong nadungog sa radyo mosaka ang inyong abot” (I hope that your learning’s  while listening  to the radio would boost up your production), he said.

Data from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) indicated that Agusan del Sur for the past four years posted a 1.8 metric tons annual average yield of white corn. This figure, however, is expected to increase considering

Series of graduation ceremonies for participating LGUs where being held in the region namely,  Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur, a total  of 550 farmer-students successfully completed the course, noteworthy to mention were the outstanding farmer - students  who received  plaques of recognition and some prizes.

The UOA on White Corn Production was aired over DXBC RMN for Butuan City and Agusan del Norte,  DXSP One FM for Surigao del Norte and Surigao City,  DXVP Sure FM for Surigao del Sur and DXDA Radyo Agusan for Agusan del Sur farmer-students anchored by LGU farmcasters together with their respective corn coordinators and other resource persons who have expertise on corn production.

The UOA on White Corn Production was jointly undertaken by the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office Caraga thru the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division (RAFID), Caraga AgriPinoy Corn Program and the respective local government units.

The program is in support to the Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP) of the present administration aiming to promote white corn for health  and as one of the food staples aside from rice.

Other identified food staples are banana (saba), adlai and various rootcrops. (RAFID DA Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: DSWD nagpadala ng karagdagang tulong sa Bohol

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Okt. 30 (PIA) - Nagpadala kahapon ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ng mahigit-kumulang 24,000 pampamilyang food packs, 1,000 na lalagyan ng tubig inumin na may lamang tubig, 217 materyal na ginagang tolda at siyam na kahong kagamitan sa pagkumpuni na nagkahalaga ng P17.6 milyon na isinakay sa barko ng Philippine Navy.

Ganun din ang nangyari sa pakipagbakasan sa Air21, humigit kumulang 6,000 food packs  ang isinakay sa 2GO Forwarding Services para dalhin sa Lunsod ng Tagbilaran kahapon.

Hanggang sa panahong ito, ang kabuuang tulong na naibigay sa mga biktima ng lindol sa Central Visayas ay umabot na sa P37.75 milyon na nagmula sa pinagsamang pamaraan ng DSWD na may P24.82 milyon, lokal na pamahalaan na may P2.97 milyon, at non-government organizations na may P9.95 milyon.

Sinabi ni DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman na ang pag impake ng mga tulong sa DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC) sa Lunsod ng Pasay ay patuloy pa rin para maabot ang target na 50,000 food packs.

Sinabi ni Sec. Soliman na may kabuuang 40,170 food packs ang ngayon ay naihanda at binalot na ng mga volunteers hanggang alas 12:00 ng tanghali kahapon.

Pinasalamatan din ni Sec. Soliman and mga 1,011 na mga boluntaryo na pumunta sa NROC mula October 23 hanggang ngayon para tumulong sa pag impake ng mga gamit. Sila ay binibigyan ng pagkain ng 7- eleven sa pamagitan ng patuloy na pakipagbakasan sa pamamagitan ng convenience store chain at ng DSWD.

Hanggang 12 ng tanghali ng araw na ito, 303 evacuation centers ay bukas sa Cebu at Bohol.

Ang Bohol ay may 280 na evacuation center na siyang nagbibigay ng pansamantalang tirahan sa 18,387 pamilya o 94,624 ka tao. Ang Cebu ay may 23 na evacuation centers na nagsisilbi sa 923 pamilya o 5,009 katao.


Humigit-kumulang 50,372 ka pamilya o 255, 201 katao na nagpapatuloy na tumira sa kanikanilang bahay ay binibigyan din ng tulong. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano news: Katudluan sa NFA administrator 'subject for review' pa, matud sa Malakanyang

Ni Nida Grace P. Barcena

MANILA, Okt. 30 (PIA) - Ang pagtudlo kang National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Orlan A. Calayag kasamtangan karon anaa sa proseso aron ripasohon pag-ayo human sa pagtuhaw sa mga alegasyon nga siya usa ka American citizen, kini ang gibutyag ni PresIdential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr niadtong Martes.

“Dunay padayon nga pagrepaso ug beripikasyon nga mga proseso aron sa pagtugon sa ubang mga isyu nga dunay kalabotan sa maong pagtudlo There is an ongoing review and verification process to address other issues pertinent to this appointment)," sulti ni Coloma atol sa regular nga press briefing didto sa Malakanyang.

Gipasabot usab ni Coloma nga si Calayag mosilbe lamang sa wala pa matapos nga termino sa iyahang gisundan nga si Angelito Banayo kinsa miluwat aron mokandidato para pagka-congressman sa unang distrito sa Agusan del Norte sa miageng piniliay niadtong Mayo.

Sa hisgutanan sa pagpasulod nga gipitsahan ug Enero 17, 2013 gikan sa opisina ni Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, si Coloma miingon nga ang termino ni Calayag sa maong opisina hangtod Hunyo 30, 2012.

“Walay naunang pagmarka sa petsa sa maong pagtudlo. Ang mensahe sulod sa maong appointment mao lamang ang pagsubay sa orihinal nga termino sa opisina ni Mr. Banayo kinsa si Mr. Calayag ang gitudlo nga muhulip niini.. Pasabot lamang kini nga ang pagtudlo musakop lamang sa wala  mahuman nga termino ni Banayo, gikan sa pagtudlo niadtong Enero 17 hangtod Hunyo 2013 (There was no antedating of his appointment. The text of the appointment only refers to the original term of office of Mr. Banayo, who Mr. Calayag was appointed to replace. This means his appointment covers only the unexpired term of Banayo, beginning from the date of appointment, 17 January to June 2013)," matud pa niya.

Siya gitudlo ug usab niadtong Hunyo 12, 2013. Ang tanan niini pinasubay sa R.A. 101149 kon the Government Owned and Controlled Corporations, (GOCC) Governance Act 0f 2011 (He was reappointed on 12 July 2013. All of these are in accordance with R.A. 10149 or the Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCC) Governance Act of 2011)," sulti pa niya.

“Mokabat sa gatusan ka mga appointments ang gihimo nga moadto sa buhatan sa Presidente, ug matag-usa sa mga appointments muagi sa masusing pagrepaso ug makuting proseso. So mao kana ang ginabuhat sa maong kaso ug sa tanan uban pa nga mga gipangtudlo” ("There are hundreds of appointments being made that go to the Office of the President, and each one of those appointments goes through a vetting and screening process. So that is what was done in this case and in all other appointments,") sulti pa niya.

Una pa sa maong pagtudlo kaniya sa NFA, si Calayag nahimong Executive Director sa Progressive Community and Ecological Services Organization, ang non-government organization nga mitabang sa mga mag-uuma, mangingisda, mga kabatan-onan, mga kababaihan, ug uban pang mga sector sa katilingban pinaage sa livelihood, job generation ug pagpanalipod sa kinaiyahan. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)