12.07.2013

PIA News Service - Saturday, December 7, 2013

PIA Mindanao RDs to visit typhoon-hit areas

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 7 (PIA) – The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) regional directors of Mindanao cluster will visit Tacloban City and its neighboring towns in Leyte to personally convey the Mindanao’s solidarity to the people in Eastern Visayas.

“We, Mindanaoans stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the people in the Visayas in this very difficult time,” said Western, Central and Southern Mindanao cluster head and PIA-XI regional director Efren Elbanbuena. Mindanao cluster is composed of the regions IX, X, XI, XII and XIII.

“We have been mobilizing support from our regions. Just recently, we have launched ‘A Tent for A Family’ drive, hopefully, we will bring some tents to our brethren in Tacloban,” said Northern and Northeastern Mindanao cluster head and Caraga regional director Abner Caga.

Caga said they are also set to visit the affected PIA employees in region 8.

“There is also a plan to visit other affected communities in Samar,” said Elbanbuena.

It can be recalled that on Nov. 24, a team composed of personnel from Caraga Region led by Dir. Caga representing all the regions in Mindanao was dispatched to Tacloban City to operationalize the information infrastructure in the region, as the PIA-8 regional office was devastated. They stayed there for almost two weeks. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


MindaComNet elects new officers

TAGUM CITY, Dec. 7 (PIA) - The Mindanao Communicators Network (MindaComNet) elected recently its new set of officers held in time with the government communicators’ congress at Big 8 Corporate Hotel, this city.

The new set of officers will serve for two years and they will look into the well-being of the MindaComNet as an organization of government information officers in Mindanao.

Elected officials who took their oath of office are as follows: President – Efren Elbanbuena, regional director of PIA-XI; Vice President - Abner Caga, regional director of PIA Caraga Region; Secretary - Teresita Baluyos of DOST-10, Treasurer – Romulo Tagalo of Davao del Norte; Bus. Managers – Daniel dela Cena of Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative (ANECO) and Annette P. Villaces of Surigao City; PRO – Noemi Edaga, regional director of PIA-IX; Sgt.  At Arms - Frutos Sumagaysay of South Cotabato and Board Members: Olivia Sudaria, regional director of PIA-XII; Thelma B. Oliver, regional director of PIA-X; Joehar Salahuddin of ARMM; Baintan Abdula of ARMM; Fe Maestre of Compostela Valley; Decius Esmedalla of DOT-10; and Lowell Vallecer of DTI-IX.

This year’s congress is anchored on the theme, “Communicating PNoy’s Social Contracts with the Mindanaoans.”

During the event, Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario highlighted the province’s experience on disaster preparedness and adaptation to Climate Change. Updates on the Bangsamoro framework agreement, MinDA’s Norturing Our Watersheds and Overcoming Poverty through IPs were also shared and discussed. The activity also boosted camaraderie among information officers in Mindanao.

The congress was also graced by Usec Jose Mari Oquinena, Director-General of the Philippine Information Agency as the keynote speaker. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)