2.13.2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Info Summit gathers 150 IOs in Surigao City

By Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO CITY, Feb. 11 (PIA) – Around 150 information officers from the line agencies, municipalities, barangays, department heads, and NGOs of this city and Surigao del Norte trooped on Tuesday for the first-ever Information Officers’ Summit.

The summit, held at Hotel Tavern, aimed to empower the information officers through timely, accurate and reliable information and highlight government initiatives, programs and projects for the benefit of the people.

City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas, in his speech delivered by city councilor Ernest Matugas, Jr. expressed his profound gratitude for the conduct of the summit.

“The summit will bring together people who have been designated as the ‘faces’ of their respective offices and soon become the so-called ‘messengers’ of our local government units,” Matugas said.

Matugas also emphasized the role of the information officers in today’s generation. “In this present age where people have instantaneous access to information through inventions like the internet and the cellphone which is, undoubtedly, a major information supplier, the role of information officers in the public cannot be undermined,” he said.

Meantime, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) deputy Director-General Virgilio DC Galvez commended the provincial government of Surigao del Norte and city government of  Surigao "for coming up this unique activity involving the information officers in the barangay level - this is the first in PIA,” Galvez said.

 He also wants to replicate this activity in Calabarzon.

In her message, Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas congratulated the lead coordinators of the event. She also highlighted the roles and functions of information “as it goes beyond the call to action, wherein the promulgation, dissemination, propagation and transmission of news reports must be based on accurate, factual and concrete data.”

PIA regional directors from Mindanao and region 7 also served as lecturers of the event.

This year’s activity is organized by the city government of Surigao in partnership with the PIA Caraga and provincial government of Surigao del Norte. (PIA-Caraga)


2 Agnor towns avail Free Medical-Dental Services

By Jay V. Demain

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 11 (PIA) - A total of 2,719 residents in the municipalities of Jabonga and Kitcharao in the province of Agusan del Norte received free medical and dental services from the provincial government last January 28 and 30, 2014 under the Medical/Dental Outreach Program of Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba.

Governor Matba personally visited the area together with the Provincial Social Welfare Population and Nutrition Office (PSWPNO) Staff, doctors, dentists, nurses, midwifes and x-ray technician from the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and the Rural Health Units (RHU) of the said municipalities.

The services provided include check-ups, tooth extraction, RBS and X-ray. Medicines were also given for free.

According to PSWPNSO Head Daisybel O. Demavivas people availed free medicines, free consultation and other health services form the team which aims to reach the farthest areas of the province that badly needed their services. (LGU-Agusan del Norte PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Agnor solon calls for an investigation over bus accidents

QUEZON CITY, Feb. 11 (PIA) - Agusan del Norte First District Representative Lawrence “Law” Fortun has filed House Resolution No. 794 seeking to investigate the failure of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to enforce passenger safety regulations citing the spate of tragic bus accidents in the country, including the recent one which involved the Florida Bus Line that killed activist-artist Arvin “Tado” Jimenez due to poor maintenance of public land transportation utilities.

In filing the resolution, the solon also cited the accident over a month ago at the Metro Manila Skyway where a bus fell and left at least 20 people dead. Investigations on the said accident showed that the bus was running with worn-out tires and was driven by a driver who tested positive for drugs. He also cited in the resolution reports from the media that there were at least eight tragic bus accidents in Metro Manila alone in 2013.

Fortun further stated in his resolution that these accidents are “only a few of the numerous accidents that have already caused hundreds, if not thousands, of senseless deaths due to the wanton and unrestrained failure of many public land transportation utilities to take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the lives and properties of their passengers.”

Also, Fortun added that this unabated spate of accidents demonstrate an obvious failure on the part of the LTFRB to put in place effective measures and mechanisms by which strict compliance by public land transportation utilities with passenger safety standards and regulations are ensured.

The agency is primarily tasked  “to formulate, promulgate, administer, implement and enforce rules and regulations on land transportation public utilities, standards of measurements and/or design, and rules and regulations requiring operators of any public land transportation service to equip, install and provide in their utilities and in their stations such devices, equipment facilities and operating procedures and techniques as may promote safety, protection, comfort and convenience to persons and property in their charges as well as the safety of persons and property within their areas of operations.” (NCLM/LAWig Katawhan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Tagalog News: Palasyo: Ang ginawang pambobomba sa tore ng NGCP ay hindi makadiskaril sa pagsisikap para sa kapayapaan

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Peb. 11 (PIA) - Ang pambobomba sa tore ng National Grid Corporation sa Maguindanao noong nakaraang linggo ay hindi dapat makadiskaril sa pagsisikap ng pamahalaan para makamit ang kapayapaan sa Mindanao, ito ang paninindigan ng Malakanyang noong Lunes.

Sinabi ni Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda na ang military ay nasa itaas ng sitwasyon at gagawa ng kaukulang pagkikilos para ipagtanggol ang mga nangungunang instalasyon tulad ng koryente at komunikasyon.

“Palaging may mga taong gustong subukan na ilaglag ang pamahalaan, lalo na ngayon na ang usapang pangkapayapaan kasama ang Bangsamoro ay lalagdaan. Handa tayo para seguruhing maitulak natin ang ating hangarin para makamit ang tuluyang kapayapaan sa Mindanao,” sabi ni Lacierda sa kanyang pakipanayam sa mga mamamahayag.

Ang pambobomba noong nakaraang linggo ay nangyari mga ilang araw  bago dumalo si Pangulong Aquino sa isang pagpupulong ng Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) sa Lunsod ng Davao.

Si Pangulong Aquino ay kailangang pumunta sa Mindanao at mauna sa pagpanday ng usapang pangkapayapaan, sabi ni Lacierda.

“Pumunta na ang Pangulo sa (Moro Islamic Liberation Front headquarters sa Campo Darapanan). Ang Pangulo ay hindi ilag sa pagpunta sa mga lugar kung saan siya kailangan,” sabi ni Lacierda. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Tagalog News: Pangulong Aquino pinasigla ang lahat ng ahensiya ng pamahalaan na suportahan and ‘Kabisig Expo 2014’

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Peb. 11 (PIA) - Pinasigla ang lahat ng ahensiya ng pamahalaan at mga sangay nito ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III para palawakin ang kanilang suporta at sumali sa “Kabisig Philippine Expo and Trade Fair 2014.”

Ang direktiba ay inilabas sa bias ng Memorandum Circular No. 2 at nilagdaan ni Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. noong Enero 2, 2014.

Ang kilusan ng mamamayang KABISIG ay nilikha sa bisa ng Proklamasyon No. 650 (s. 1990) para padaliin, pakipag-ugnayan at mamonitor ang pagpatupad ng mga programa at proyekto ng pamahalaan at para rin mabigyan ng ugnayan ang mga pribadong sector at ang mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan.

Para maipatupad ang kautusan, ang KABISIG ay magsasagawa ng “KABISIG Philippine Government Expo and Trade Fair 2014 ” at ito ay may temang “Matuwid na Daan, Susi sa Tagumpay at Kaunlaran.”

Ang layunin ng proyektong ito ay para dalhin ang lahat ng ahensiya at mga sangay nito sa iisang pook na nakakasaklaw, kasama na ang mga pag-aari at pinamamahalaan ng gobyerno na mga korporasyon, (GOCCs) at local na pamahalaan (KGUs) para maitampok ang kanilang profiles, mga pasilidad para magbigay serbisyo, programa, proyekto, produkto at mga nagawa. Ito ay isa ring oportunidad na magbigay daan sa pamahalaan na maipadama ang nalalaman at partisipasyon ng pambansang pamahalaan.

“Lahat ng pinuno ng mga departamento, ahensiya at mga sangay ng pambansang pamahalaan, kasama na ang GOCCs at ang LGUs ay hinihikayat na magbigay ng kanilang suporta at pagsali sa nasabing expo at trade fair, kapag sila ay may pundo, at naaayon sa accounting at auditing na patakaran,” sabi ng Pangulo.

Ang naturang Memorandum Circular ay magkabisa agad-agad. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)