12.04.2013

PIA News Service - Wednesday, December 4, 2013

PIA-Caraga assists private individuals in their donations to Typhoon Yolanda victims

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 4 (PIA) – Several private individuals have recently approached the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga and asked for assistance to deliver the tents as their donations that would greatly help the homeless Typhoon Yolanda victims in Tacloban City.

PIA-Caraga Regional Director Abner Caga, expressed gratitude to the private individuals who entrusted PIA in their donations.

“The homeless families in Tacloban City who will benefit from this will be very happy. For those who shared their blessings for our brethren, may you and your family receive a thousand fold of blessings too,” Caga said.

Through the initiative of Mrs. Nora Rama and Engr. Heddy Sumalpong, both involved in voluntary works of their private organization, the cash donations from their colleagues and friends were gathered to buy tents. The cash donation reached to more than P20,000.

Rama and Sumalpong, who are both good friends of Dir. Caga relayed how they were both surprised when their friends/acquaintances immediately decided to donate cash for the tents which will be used by the typhoon Yolanda victims.  

“We are touched by the immediate response of the people we approached not only here in Butuan City but also those in other municipalities. We were also glad to receive assistance from our friends in the Philippine Army in Camp Bancasi through Sgt Arleen Mordeno, who also volunteered to provide us gasoline for the vehicle that we used when we we’re gathering the cash donations from different people and institution,” shared Rama.

“Extend our sympathy to typhoon Yolanda victims in Tacloban and in other parts of the province of Leyte and Samar when you get back there to continue your operations. We will continue to gather more so others will also receive their own tent for their families,” added Sumalpong.

The PIA-Caraga team has left Butuan on November 22 for Tacloban City and arrived back in Butuan on Tuesday. The team will go back again in Tacloban on Monday after attending another activity in Tagum City this week. 

Other private individuals and institution that extended their donations include the following: Mr. Larry Sumalpong, Capt. & Mrs. Luisito Calo Montilla, Engr. Annie Sumastre, Dr. Manego, Mrs. Loida Jimenez Monasterial, Mr. & Mrs. Cherryle Mahinay, Butuan United Church Christian School/UCCP, and Balanghai Hotel & Convention Center. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Fortun puts forward grassroots dev’t agenda; renews strong partnership with Butuan City Mayor

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 4 (PIA) - Representative Lawrence Lemuel “Law” Fortun (1st District, Agusan del Norte) has put forward a comprehensive grassroots-based congressional development agenda that is seen to spur massive countryside development in a meeting with the newly-elected and re-elected Punong Barangays in this city recently.

During the meeting, the solon’s performance in the first 100 days in office was also reported highlighted by the filing of several important bills that is aimed to protect the environment. Fortun said that among the bills that he is hopeful that could be passed during his term is HB 00861 entitled an Act to Prevent and Control Pollution from Ships, Provide Penalties Therefor and for other Purposes which already hurdled committee deliberations and will now be up on second reading during the plenary session.

Despite the absence of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF), the solon was also able to source out funds that provided medical and hospitalization assistance to indigent constituents, scholarship grants to students enrolled at Caraga State University (CSU), technical trainings under the Training for Works program of the Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA), and a comprehensive outreach program offering medical, dental, optical, legal and job fair among others.

Fortun was also among the few legislators who called for the abolition of the PDAF and pushed for a more accountable and transparent system in implementing projects.

It was also in the meeting that Fortun revealed that several infrastructure projects proposed by the different barangays as well as the local government of Butuan are already included in the National Budget for 2014.

The first term solon revealed that the first district of Agusan del Norte that will have the biggest share of infrastructure projects in the whole Caraga Region.  This is on top of the various barangay infrastructure projects to be implemented in 2014.

The development of a housing project in Barangay Baan Km. 3 amounting to P22 million is now included in the national budget. There will also be a total of 171 classrooms that will be constructed in the different elementary and secondary schools on top of the additional teaching positions allocated for the district. Various irrigation projects are also in the pipeline.

Also budgeted are the scholarship grants to poor but deserving students as well as livelihood programs for the constituents. Among the big ticket items that the solon was able to successfully include in the national expenditures is the allocation of more than 700 hectares for reforestation of the Taguibo watershed under the National Greening Program (NGP) for 2014.

Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. also graced the said meeting upon the invitation of the solon where the mayor expressed his full support to Fortun’s congressional agenda. It was also during that meeting that the two leaders re-assured the barangay leaders of their strong partnership and commitment to pursue good governance to work for a common development agenda for the city.

The formidable partnership of Amante and Fortun has been one of the factors that stimulated growth in Butuan dating back during the latter’s term as Vice Mayor of the city. Moreover, the strong partnership is now again seen to play a vital role in the city’s development. (Lawig Katawhan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


6th CPDC Law Fortun Cup slated

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 4 (PIA) - A total of 39 teams have already confirmed to vie for the most coveted Law Fortun Cup as the 6th Caraga Parliamentary Debate Championship (CPDC) will again be staged on December 6-8, 2013 at the Saint Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT) this city.

A true battle of wits and eloquence, CPDC has been one of the most anticipated debate competition annually organized by the Caraga Parliamentary Debate Union in partnership with Rep. Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun. As of this writing, a total of 20 teams from the high school category and 19 teams from the college category have already confirmed participation in the competition which is considered the biggest so far in its sixth staging.

On its 6th leg, CPDC will tackle, on a most opportune time, issues deeply knitted on environmental governance, sustainability and resilience affecting the locality, the Filipino polity and the global community.

In the college category, Father Saturnino Urios University (Butuan City), CPDC’s previous champion, will once again face a tough challenge from other schools such as Caraga State University (Butuan City), Saint Joseph Institute of Technology (Butuan City), and Saint Paul University Surigao (Surigao City) as it will try to defend its title.

The competition will take a more thrilling stage in the high school category as constant rivals, Bayugan National Comprehensive High School (Bayugan City) and Agusan National High School (Butuan City) will face-off anew.

Registration starts at 8:00AM on December 6, 2013 to be followed by the opening program and debate briefing in the afternoon. The championship round is slated on the third day, December 8, 2013. (Lawig Katawha/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Tagalog News: DOE magsagawa ng workshop para sa biofuels database sa East Asia

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Nob. 11 (PIA) - Ang Departamento ng Enerhiya (DOE), na susuportahan ng Japan’s New Energy Foundation (NEF) ay maghohost ng isang workshop para isulong ang paggamit ng isang biofuel database sa rehiyon ng East Asia.

Ang pang-anim na Asia Biomass Energy Workshop, isa sa mga aktibidad sa ilalim ng proyekto ng Biofuels Database sa East Asian na mga bansa ay gagawin simula sa araw na ito, Disyembre 4 hanggang 6 sa Seda Hotel, Bonifacio Global City sa lunsod ng Taguig. Ang naturang pagkakataon ay magsisilbing lugal para sa mga bansang miyembro na nasasangkoy sa paggawa ng database para magpalitan ng teknikal na impormasyon, karanasan, at mga pinakamagaling na ginagawa sa paggamit at pagtaas ng enerhiya ng biomass (biofuels, biogas, atbp).

Noong taong 2009, ang Proyekto ng Biofuels Database na itinatag sa East Asian Biofuels Cooperation Website (http://www.asiabiomass.jp/biofuelDB/). Ang naturang proyekto ay isa sa mga gawain na kinilala sa ilalim ng Japan Cooperation Initiative for Clean Energy and Sustainable Growth at parte ng Energy Biofuels for Transport and Other Purposes work stream ng East Asia Summit Energy Cooperation Task Force (EAS-ECTF) sa kanyang layunin na itaguyod ang paghanda at pag kolekta ng impormasyon tungkol sa biofuels sa bawat EAS na bansang miyembro.

Sa kasalukuyan, labintatlong bansa ang nakibahagi ng mga ulat tungkol sa database sa naturang website na kinilalang bansa ng Australia, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand at Vietnam.


Ang Pilipinas ay siyang nangungulong bansa para sa proyekto na sinusuportahan ng NEF na siyang gumawa ng website. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)