PIA News Service - Thursday, January 9, 2014

PIA, DENR ink MOA for climate change adaptation & mitigation advocacy

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 9 (PIA) – The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) through regional director Abner Caga and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) represented by regional executive director Nonito Tamayo, signed on Thursday the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the implementation of local campaign on Climate Change adaptation and mitigation advocacy at the DENR regional office here.

Both parties intent to implement activities and mitigation measures that will help minimize the effects of climate change and global warming to various sectors of society.

Pursuant to Republic Act 9779 otherwise known as the Climate Change Act of 2009 and being the chair of the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change, the DENR is tasked to promote public awareness on Climate Change adaptation and mitigation.

The main role of PIA in this endeavor is to implement advocacy campaigns which include the production and dissemination of information materials using multi-media, including social media platforms.

Among the general provisions stipulated on the MOA include the following: 1) both parties shall agree to closely coordinate and/or consult in the performance of their respective responsibilities; 2) any amendments and modifications to the scope of work or matter concerning the MOA shall be undertaken jointly by both parties.

PIA-Caraga regional director Abner Caga said that the agency will do its best to perform its functions and responsibilities as stated in the MOA. “We will not fail you with your expectations. Rest assured that PIA-Caraga will provide all the services needed in the full implementation of this MOA,” he remarked.

Meanwhile, DENR-Caraga regional executive director Nonito Tamayo expressed that he is looking forward to a strengthened partnership with PIA especially in this commitment. “We believe in your technical expertise, network and capability in implementing the advocacy campaigns needed to be disseminated. Let us work hand in hand to accomplish our common aim to promote public awareness on climate change adaptation and mitigation in the community and be able to minimize its effects,” he said.

It can be recalled that the central office of DENR and PIA had entered into MOA on November 27, 2013 to implement the same. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


New PNP Surigao City chief assumes office

By Darryl P. Pinabacdao

SURIGAO CITY, Jan 9 (PIA) — The Surigao City Police Office has a new chief effective Thursday in the person of Police Chief Insp. Rudy Elandag.

Elandag replaces P/Supt. Joseph Nohara who is promoted to higher position.

The turn-over of command was graced by PNP Surigao del Norte provincial director P/SSupt. Julito Diray, P/SInsp. Renato Badajos, P/SInsp. Rommel Sobrido and Sangguniang Panlungsod Peace and Order, Public Safety Committee chair Perfecto Consigo.

Nojara extended his gratitude to his subordinates for the support and loyalty they gave during his service.

During the ceremony, Elandag asked his new team to be more supportive and cooperative. He also gave emphasis on readiness among themselves, "readiness as to personnel, as to trainings, as to facilities, as to support to LGUs and essentially, as to gaining love by the people."

On his part, Consigo challenged as well the PNP to continue striving in achieving its goal and at the same time to ensure at all times the agency's moral stability. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Surigao City PNP to conduct Peacekeeping Action Team training

By Darryl P. Pinabacdao

SURIGAO CITY, Jan 9 (PIA) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) will conduct a Peacekeeping Action Team training to the different city barangays on Friday, January 10, 2014 at the Barangay Hall of Brgy San Juan, this city.

The said training aims to employ the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) as force multiplier. PNP Surigao City chief P/CInsp. Rudy Elandag and P/Insp. Tessiel Moleta will serve as training officers/facilitators of the activity.

The BPAT is composed of different organized sectors in the community such as tanods (barangay police), youth, purok officials, transport, elders, homeowners, and public health workers.

The BPAT will assist in the law enforcement, community organization, disaster management, environmental protection and barangay conflict resolution in the barangay. (DPP/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DAR, PCIC to provide crop insurance protection to Surigao Sur ARBs

By Myra Yu

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Jan. 9 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) here has partnered with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) to provide a crop insurance protection to around 1,827 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) of this province.

The protection plan is contained in the joint program called the “Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries-Agricultural Insurance Program (ARB-AIP).”

The partnership aims to promote security and stability not only on the lives of the ARBs but as well as on their “fruits of labor” that came from the awarded agricultural lands under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). It also caters to the economic activities of the farmers and a continued initiative of the department in extending support services to the beneficiaries.

Moreover, the top management had aligned with PCIC to avail an insurance that will protect the high valued crops and livestock of the farmers in times of natural calamity or if damage will occur and at the same time a life insurance of the farmers. Thereby, the production cost spent by the farmers and their products will not be wasted.

It was learned that there are ARBs particularly in the municipalities of Carmen and Madrid whose crops were affected by a plant disease and rat infestation. Right then, PCIC agreed to pay the prescribe amount to the affected farmers.

This program is 100 percent subsidized by the national government thru the Department of Agrarian Reform for a period of one year and in accordance with the poverty alleviation agenda of the present administration. (NGBT/DAR-SDS/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


NGCP welcomes 2014 with more lines restored

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 9 (PIA) - The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) capped 2013 with the restoration of two transmission backbones damaged by Typhoon Yolanda in the island of Leyte.

On December 30, 2013, NGCP energized the Ormoc-Isabel and Isabel-PASAR 138-kilovolt (kV) lines, the latter being the direct link of the Philippine Associated Smelting and Refinery Corporation (PASAR), the only copper smelter and refinery in the country, to the main Visayas transmission grid.

This development follows the Christmas day announcement of NGCP when it completely restored all transmission lines directly connected to Visayas distribution utilities.

“The two transmission lines finished after Christmas are considered 2nd priority restorations, which are the lines that are for looping or redundancy purposes, or whose load customer is not a DU and is not ready to receive power. We prioritized the restoration of lines directly connected to distribution utilities as that was our commitment to the DOE,” explained Atty. Cynthia D. Perez-Alabanza, NGCP Spokesperson.

There are five more 69-kV lines undergoing repair in Samar and Leyte but NGCP clarified that these lines will only provide N-1 contingency to the grid once energized. N-1 contingency is a Philippine Grid Code requirement to ensure that the transmission services of NGCP remain stable despite an abnormality or malfunction of one of its components, such as a transmission line or segment.

NGCP also appeals to the public to spare the transmission tower parts damaged by the typhoon from theft. According to NGCP, three pilferage incidents in Leyte were already reported from the field.

“Due to the on-going restoration activities, we have yet to haul and recover the transmission tower parts and materials toppled by Typhoon Yolanda, but that is on top of our list now that we are about to finish the repairs. In the meantime, we appeal to the public to report any incident of pilferage of tower parts including those felled by Yolanda,” requested Atty. Alabanza.

NGCP is in coordination with the Department of Energy, National Electrification Administration, and other concerned agencies, in bringing back the power in the Visayas region. (NGCP/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Seryoso ang gobyerno sa pagtugon sa hinungdan sa rebelyon sa Mindanao - Palasyo

Ni Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Enero 9 (PIA) - Ang palasyo mibutyag nga magpabilin ang pagkomiter nga padayon sa pagtugon sa kinatibuk-an ug sa institusyonal nga hinungdan sa rebelyon tumong niini nga makab-ot ang malahutayong kalinaw sa Mindanao.

Sa usa ka press briefing nga gipahigayon didto sa Malakanyang niadtong Martes, si Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. miingon nga ang administrasyo’ng  Aquino magpadayon sa pagtrabaho aron matugonan ang mga sentimento sa mga katawhan ilabina na didto sa Zamboanga Peninsula, diin gikataho ang madugong kasamok sa milabay’ng  tuig.

Sa pagpangutana kang Coloma kon ang gobyerno nahupay sa gikatahong pagkamatay sa Moro National Liberation front (MNLF) kumander Haier Malik, gikonsederar nga pinakaisog nga mang-gugubat sa MNLF-Misuari nga paksyon. “Ang tinitingnan po natin ay iyong kabuuan ng peace process, and we are looking at institutions or organizations, hindi lang naman sa mga indibidwal,” sulti ni Coloma.

“Kasi kung meron pa ring dahilan na mag-himagsik o mag-rebelde ang mga mamamayan ay hindi po ito affected ng buhay o pagkamatay ng iisang indibidwal lamang. Padayon kami sa pagtugon sa systematic ug institutional nga hinungdan sa pagtaas sa rebelyon ug dissatisfaction sa gobyerno (We have to continue addressing the systemic and institutional causes that give rise to rebellion and to disgruntlement or dissatisfaction with government),” dugang pa niya.

Sumala pa ni Coloma nga ang peace process aron mamahimong epektibo, ang gobyerno kinahanglan matumbok ang giluwatan unsa ang wala kauyoni sa mga katawhan sa Mindanao.

Kabahin sa kaso sa MNLF chairman nga si Nur Misuari, ang gobyerno sa Pilipinas nagpabilin sa paggukod sa MNLF human mi-isyu ug warrant of arrest ang korte batok kaniya, siya miigon.

Ang kasamok sa Zamboanga City niadtong Setyembre 9 sa miageng tuig nga ang mga armadong rebelde gikan sa paksiyon ni Misuari miabot sakay sa sakyanang pandagat gikan sa mga isla sa maong dakbayan apan kini napugngan sa mga sundalo ug  kapolisan

Sumala pa, si Presidente S. Aquino III gilayon mimando sa opensiba human ang mga rebelde nagdumili sa pagsurender ug pagbuhi sa mga gipang-pagan.

Ang MNLF mipirma sa autonomiya nga kasabutan (autonomy deal) uban ang gobyerno sa Pilipinas niadtong 1996, apan ang gerilya nga kawsa ni Misuari wala mosurender sa ilahang armas ug miakusar sa gobyerno sa pagsalikway sa saad nga palamboon ang Mindanao. (PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)