1.27.2014

Freedom to launch ‘flag donation’ advocacy


BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA) – The Foundation for Rural Enterprise and Ecology Development of Mindanao (FREEDOM), Inc., a non-government organization based in Mindanao, is set to launch a flag donation advocacy dubbed “One Flag, One Country, One People, One Freedom” to the far-flung communities in the country.

FREEDOM executive director Antonio Peralta said that one of the components of the advocacy is that they will be giving several Philippine flags to the identified communities whose flags are already tattered, faded or worn-out.

“We wanted to create a nationalistic awareness to the community and that flag is not only a symbol but an expression of pride. Showing respect to our national flag is an act of patriotism as it is the fruit of our heroes’ sweat and blood,” he said.

Peralta said that FREEDOM shares in the belief that the Philippine flag should be viewed more than just embellishment but as a living symbol of our country and our freedom, an agent of nationalism and social transformation.

“We wanted them to be proud as Filipinos, no matter what because we only have one flag, one country, and one freedom,” he said.

Peralta said they have collaborated with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) - Caraga Regional Office in this advocacy. "Our group believed that through PIA's different platforms, we can effectively accomplish this advocacy," he said. 
 
Peralta said they will primarily focus the far-flung rural schools, sitios and barangays in Caraga region.  (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


DA -13 implements P1.18 Billion worth of MRDP2 sub-projects

By Emmylou T. Presilda

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA) - The 5-year Mindanao Rural Development Program 2 (MRDP2) is expected to end this June 2014, after a two-year extension was given to fully implement the project.

MRDP2 is a poverty alleviation program  jointly funded by the World Bank, the national government and the local government units with a total funding of US$123.9Million.  Covering 225 towns in 26 provinces throughout Mindanao, it sought to improve the rural incomes and achieve food security through various agri-fishery interventions.

In Caraga Region, a total of P1.18 Billion worth of projects was implemented where P890.7 Million was funded to Rural Infrastructure (RI), P250 Million to livelihood projects under the Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD), and P42 Million to Natural Resources Management (NRM).

“MRDP2 has greatly helped in augmenting the budget of the region in addressing the needs of our farmers in the different municipalities.  MRDP2 was able to address 687 livelihood subprojects catering 35,662 beneficiaries,” MRDP2 Regional Coordinator and Assistant Director Edgardo D. Dahino said.

According to Dahino, CFAD alone was implemented in 39 muncipalities covering the 5 provinces in the region.  The program was able to support subprojects on livestock production, fisheries and mariculture production, crops production, provision of pre and post harvest facilities and small infrastructure projects, integrated farming system, Community Managed Livelihood, and agroforestry.

Recognizing the need to develop rural infrastructure in support to agricultural productivity, MRDPs biggest part of the pie went to RI where around P900 Million was used to fund 197 kilometers of Farm-to-Market Roads amounting to a total of P454 Million, 473 linear meter of RCDG(Reinforced Concrete Deck Girder) Bridges amounting to P160 Million, P144 Million worth of Communal Irrigation Projects servicing 1,600 hectares, 13 units of Potable Water Systems (PWS) worth P128 Million, and other infrastructure projects totalling P3M.

“The difference between MRDP and DA regular funding is that in MRDP, amount per infra project is unlimited. LGU’s only limiting factor is their ability to counterpart because there is already sure funding in the program.  Unlike the regular fund which is very limited and evenly distributed to all the provinces and districts in the region, only a few can be addressed right away.  That is how MRDP was able to augment in addressing the infrastructure and irrigation needs of the region,”  RI Component Head Engr. Rene Morales said.

In addition, RI component also capacitates the LGUs in supervising and undertaking infrastructure projects to ensure that quality and design standards are met.

Adhering to a holistic standard of development, DA-MRDP also implemented projects that ensures protection and management of natural resources.  In Caraga Region, six municipalities were able to access P7 Million each and implemented NRM development and protection subprojects covering the upland, lowland, and coastal areas.  These include agroforestry, riverbank rehabilitation, mangroove rehabilitation, establishment of marine sanctuary, and fishery reserve.

Under the NRM component is the Global Environmental Faciltity (GEF) grant where funding support is intended for coastal marine biodiversity conservation efforts.  San Agustin and Marihatag, Surigao del Sur are specially selected as recipients of this grant noting that globally significant species of flora and fauna are still endemic in these areas.

Aside from providing funds on environmental protection, NRM component also provided funds for the Sustainable Income Generating Activities (SIGA) in support to the livelihood of the people.

According to DA Regional Director Edna M. Mabeza in her constant interaction with Local Chief Executives who enrolled in MRDP2, LGUs were grateful for the different interventions provided by the program since it brought significant changes and development in their communities and constituents.

“They are looking forward for the full implementation of PRDP and has readied their proposals for inclusion in the program,”  Mabeza added.

As 2014 starts and MRDP2 is about to end, DA ecourages its LGU counterparts to fast track the implementation of the remaining projects since the third phase of the program, the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP), is already on its first year of implementation where a total of P27 Billion pesos is programmed for implementation nationwide. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)


PopCom grants IT support to LGUs

By Angie Balen- Antonio

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA) - The Commission on Population (PopCom) awards a set of brand new IT equipment to local population office recently in a ceremony made in one of the establishments here in the city.

The turn-over ceremony in time of the Regional Assessment and Planning-Workshop is one of the concrete support of PopCom to local government units in the implementation of the Philippine Population Management Program.

PopCom Executive Director Juan Antonio A. Perez III represented PopCom in the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement with the  Local Population Offices.

The population program workers expressed their appreciation to PopCom for recognizing their contribution particularly in the implementation of Responsible Parenting-Family Planning Program (RP-FP), Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD)  and Population and Development (POPDEV) integration.

PopCom regional director Alexander A. Makinano pointed out that the IT equipment are just part of the supports extended by PopCom to the Local Population Office aside from the financial and technical assistance.

The official further mentioned that with the aid of the new sets of IT equipment, the conduct of various IEC/advocacy activities along RP-FP, AHYD and POPDEV from the province/city down to the barangay level will be more intensified.  (PopCom-13/PIA-Caraga)


DOST website is top government site

By Angelica A. de Leon

MANILA, Jan. 27 (PIA) - The website of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), www.dost.gov.ph, is the most popular government site in the Philippines, according to data by www.alexa.com, a leading provider of free web metrics which tracks 30 million sites all over the world.

As of January 23, 2014, www.dost.gov.ph ranked number 113 out of the top 500 sites in the country and number one among local government websites.

The top keywords driving traffic to the site from major search engines for the past six months are pagasa, pagasa weather forecast, pagasa weather update, phivolcs, and project noah. One of DOST’s frontline projects, NOAH stands for Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards for timely and accurate disaster prevention and mitigation. Of these five keywords or key phrases, pagasa sent the largest percentage of search traffic at 20.92 percent over the six-month period.

Of the website’s subdomains, pagasa.dost.gov.ph garnered the largest percentage of visitors over the past month at 75.83 percent, followed by phivolcs.dost.gov.ph at 12.65 percent. Other subdomains which attracted the most number of visitors include noah.dost.gov.ph, dost.gov.ph, pcaarrd.dost.gov.ph, and fnri.dost.gov.ph. The two latter subdomains are those of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development and the Food and Nutrition Research Institute respectively, both of which are agencies under the DOST system.

Aside from the Philippines, site visitors to www.dost.gov.ph also include those located in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada.

In February 13, 2013, www.dost.gov.ph ranked 288 in the Philippines, claiming the second spot in terms of popularity among local government sites.

According to www.alexa.com, “The rank by country is calculated using a combination of average daily visitors to this site and pageviews on this site from users from that country over the past month. The site with the highest combination of visitors and pageviews is ranked #1 in that country.”

DOST is the country’s main hub of science and technology activities including research, policy formulation, and program formulation for national development.

Aside from Project NOAH, the agency’s other flagship projects include Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program, the Advanced Device and Materials Testing (ADMATEL) Laboratory for local semiconductor and electronics firms, Smarter Philippines which leverages information and communications technology for better products and services, the Philippine Standard Time which synchronizes all timepieces in the country, the Mosquito Ovicidal-Larvicidal Trap (O/L trap) to fight dengue, and the Automated Guideway Transport or AGT – an elevated and automated transportation system currently at its pilot testing stage in University of the Philippines Diliman. (S&T Media Service, DOST-STII/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Kampanya ng pamahalaan para ipagtanggol ang mga peryodista patuloy, sabi ng isang opisyal

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Enero 27 (PIA) - Ang kasalukuyang administrasyon ay patuloy na nakipag-ugnayan ng kanilang pagsisikap sa mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan para matugunan ang mga pagpaslang sa mga mamamahayag sa bansa, isang opisyal ng palasyo ang nagsabi noong Huwebes.

“Patuloy kaming nagtatrabaho kasama ang iba pang ahensiya ng pamahalaan. Ang direktiba po sa kanila ay pag-ibayuhin ang pagsisiyasat at paghahanap sa mga gumawa ng mga krimeng ito, dahil hindi naman po natin mapapahintulutan ang paggawa ng karahasan laban sa mga journalists, at laban sa mga nagtatrabaho bilang mga peryodista at sa pag patupad ng kalayaan sa pagpahayag at kalayaan ng pamamahayag,” sabi ni Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr sa isang panayam sa Malakanyang noong Huwebes.

Kasama sa mga hakbang na ginagawa ay ang pagbago sa mga patakaran ng korte para mapabilis ang paglilitis lalo na sa mga malalaking kaso na kasama ang dahas laban sa mga mamamahayag – ang Maguindanao massacre.

Tatlong Regional Trial Court na mga hukom ang itinalaga para hawakan ang kaso, sabi ni Coloma.

At sa panahon na may maraming pagpaslang sa mga mamamahayag na nangyayari, sinabi ni Coloma na ang pulis at iba pang tagapagpatupad ng batas na mga ahensiya ay sumumpa para paigtingin ang kampanya para maaresto ang mga salarin.

“Kaya pag-iibayuhin ng ating pamahalaan ang pagsisikap na mabigyan ng katarungan ang karahasan laban sa mga journalists,” sabi ni Coloma.

Parte rin ng pangako ng pamahalaan na pangalagaan ang mga mamamahayag ay ang pag laganap ng mga ligaw na armas sa bansa, sabi ni Coloma.

Lumagda ang Pangulo ng bagong batas na nagpahintulot sa mga professionals na magdala ng baril para sa kan ilang proteksiyon at pagpataas ng termino sa kulungan ng hindi kumulang 30 taon para kanino man na mahuli na nagdadala ng baril na walang lisensiya. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Tagalog News: DSWD nanguna sa programang “Balik sa Bayan” para sa mga biktima ng ‘Yolanda’

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Enero 27 (PIA) - Isang pinagsamang grupo na pinangungunahan ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ay nag-alok ng pinagkaisang serbisyo para sa mga nakaligtas sa bagyong ‘Yolanda’ na nagkahanap ng temporaryong matirhan sa Metro Manila at mga karatig na probinsiya pero gusto nang bumalik sa kani-kanilang mga tirahan sa Eastern Visayas.

Tinawag na “Balik sa Bayan”, ang mga benepisaryo nito ay pagkalooban ng pinansiyal na tulong, tulong para sa transportasyon at tulong pangkalusugan. Binigyan din sila ng pabaon na pakete na naglalaman ng pantawid na gamit, kumot at banig, shelter kits, na may kasamang materyales para sa konstruksiyon at pangunahing gamit para sa pagkarpintero, starter kits at mobile phone. Sinabi ni DSWD Sec. Corazon Soliman na ang programa ay naglalayon na matulungan ang mga nakaligtas sa kanilang maagang pagbangon at pagbabalik sa kanilang mga komunidad.

Ang kasalukuyang pinuproseso para sa nasabing tulong ay iyong temporaryong nakatira sa iba’t ibang pasilidad ng pamahalaan na pinamamahalaan ng DSWD, mga local na pamahalaan (LGUs) at mga kupunan na hindi nakakabit sa pamahalaan at iyong hindi na kanyang pagbigyan ng mga kamag-anak dahil sa limitadong pagkakitaan.


Noong Enero 23, may kabuuang 77 pamilya na binubuo ng 212 ka tao na pinatira sa pinamamahalaan ng DSWD na Jose Fabella Center sa Lunsod ng Mandaluyong at sa Tent City sa Lunsod ng Pasay ay pinauwi na. Ang iba pang ahensiya ng pamahalaan na gumagawa sa pagpatupad ng naturang programa ay ang Department of Health (DOH), Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), Philippine Airforce, Salubong Movement, PLDT-Smart Foundation at ang iba’t ibang LGUs. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)