Friday, February 7, 2014

TD Agaton victims benefit from Team Balangay relief operation



By Venus L. Garcia



BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 7 (PIA) - Close to 500 families who are living in Brgy. Maug, Butuan City demonstrated much joy for the relief operation spearheaded by Team Balangay and United Sentinels Search and Rescue Team, in cooperation with Samahang Magdalo Balangay Chapter, Project Michaelangelo, Rotary Club Raha Sulayman, and other private partners.

Every family received a relief pack containing canned goods, rice, biscuits, noodles, medicines, and slippers.

The elderlies also received a “malong” (tubular Muslim fabric used as a blanket) and each recipient was given a brand new shirt.

“Through the concerted efforts with our benevolent partners, we hope that our endeavor to reach out our fellow Butuanons who were affected by flooding during the onslaught of tropical depression Agaton will surely help by providing them with some of the basic necessities contained in the family packs,” said Eugenio Boco, operations head of Team Balangay.

Imelda Mantilla, one of the recipients, said that “we are truly overwhelmed that there are those who also felt and willingly respond to our plight. The disastrous effects of TD Agaton really devastated us but with the donations from good-hearted benefactors, it lessened the burden of inadequacy after the loss of some of our properties.”

Meanwhile, hot bread and hot cereal drink were served as the process of distribution continued.

Samahang Magdalo Balangay chapter coordinator Michael Torralba bared that “this is not the first time that our organization extends assistance to disaster victims and we want everyone to know that our service will always be made available in the spirit of true volunteerism and compassion to one another.” 

“I verily appreciate the efforts of the donors for bringing the goods to us. It is a great consolation on my part. These will help sustain my family’s day to day needs. I thank you sincerely from my heart,” expressed Geraldin Sales, another relief goods recipient. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan CSOs extend help to TD Agaton victims in Brgy. Maug



By Jennifer P. Gaitano



BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 7 (PIA) – Various civil society organizations here have extended their needed assistance for the victims of tropical depression Agaton in one of the most-affected barangays in the city.

The Team Balangay and United Sentinels Search and Rescue Team with Samahang Magdalo Balangay Chapter, Project Michaelangelo, Wilderness Search Rescue, Center for Disaster and Emergency Management, Rotary Club Raha Sulayman, and other partners visited Barangay Maug on Friday for the distribution of relief goods to the TD Agaton flood victims.

“Among other barangays in the city, we are so thankful that we have been chosen by these various donors. Your efforts and assistance mean so much to us,” bared Barangay Captain William Macuno.

To maintain a systematic and peaceful distribution of relief goods to some 500 recipients of said barangay, Macuno personally appealed to his constituents to patiently queue as requested also by the organizing donors.

"We opted to have this relief distribution to be in a smooth and peaceful process that each family will really receive the relief goods from the donors," said Macuno.

The relief goods contained canned goods, biscuits, noodles, medicines, slippers, and "malongs", among others.

"I am happy that we have with us today our relief donors from the private organizations to give us relief goods as their way of helping us. Thank you very much to the Team Balangay and partners. Other organizations who will be willing to share their blessings are very welcome to visit us here in our barangay," expressed Macuno.

Also, Rufina Ego-ogan, 53 years old, married and one of the recipients of the relief distribution said that they will never forget the people who dared to care for them and continue to extend any kind of help for the Agaton-survivors.

"Another help is extended to us today from a group of donors and I am very thankful that we received the assorted relief goods from them. We survived TD Agaton and with the help of these private donors, they give us a hope to continue to live," Ego-ogan stressed.

Aside from the relief goods, hot bread with coffee and cereals were also served as snacks for the recipients which include the children. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Member agencies to submit to ASESDC mandates related to environment protection



By David M. Suyao



PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, Feb. 7 (PIA) – The Agusan del Sur Environment and Sustainable Development Council (ASESDC) required member-agencies to submit their mandates related to environmental protection in line with the harmonization of the council’s functions as the extension arm on environmental protection of this province.

In a workshop conducted on February 4-5, 2014, Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member and chairperson of committee on environment Hazel del Rosario said it is very important that each agency member must submit the required mandate in order for the council to determine the correct agency to give suggestions and recommendations to applicants for clearance from the provincial government before they will be issued permits by the regulating national government agency.

“As observed, many member-agencies are absent or hesitant to attend during meetings or deliberations by the ASESDC because they are confused whether they are the concerned agency to give advises and recommendation to  applicants for clearance from the provincial government to operate, whether a plantation, quarrying, mining and other business operation that involve environmental issues. That is why, it is very important that we define our responsibilities mandates so that in any way we can contribute to the effort of the government to protect our environment,” SP del Rosario said.

The deadline for submission of the required mandates will be next week as scheduled by the ASESDC in order that review and finalization will also be earlier and early implementation of the ASESDC function will also be earlier and smooth.

“After our functions are well defined and identified, there will be no more duplication of functions from among us and I am very confident that with our agreement that each member agency will sign a memorandum of agreement and commitment, our council will surely function harmoniously and of course, we can expect productive discharge of our responsibilities,” SP del Rosario said. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


CHED Caraga accepts StuFAPs application



BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 7 (PIA) – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Caraga region is now accepting applications for the CHED Student Financial Assistance Programs (CHED StuFAPs) for academic year 2014-2015, says CHED education program specialist.

According to Engr. Ramil A. Sanchez, OIC Chief Education Program Specialist of CHED Caraga, their office is mandated as provided for in Article XIV, Section 1 of the Philippine Constitution “to protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education and make such education accessible to all.”

Thus, according to Sanchez, CHED is continuously providing poor and deserving Filipinos opportunities to quality higher education as articulated in its Long Term Development Plan.

CHED StuFAPs available programs include: 1) Scholarship Programs (Full and Half Merit) ; 2) Grant-in-Aid Programs (CHED Senate Study Grant Program  or CSSGP, CHED Special Study Grant Program for Congressional Districts  or CSSGP-CD, DND-CHED-PASUC Study Grant Program, and OPAPP-CHED Study Grant Program); 3) Student Loan Programs (Study-Now-Pay-Later or SNPLP; and 4) Special Programs to include the a) Sajahatra Bangsamoro Study Grant Program or SBGP, b) Student Agribusiness Enterprise Loan Fund  or SALF, c) Study Grant Program for Poverty Alleviation or SGP-PA, and d) Study Grant Program under the PAyapa at MAsaganang PAmayanan (PAMANA).

Sanchez further said, interested applicants can secure their Application Forms with list of requirements at the CHED regional office and it can also be downloaded at www.ched.gov.ph or at http://scholars.chedcaraga.com. Application will be received until March 31, 2014. Incomplete applications will not be accepted, he added.

For clarification, interested individuals may call the CHED Caraga Scholarship Coordinator, Dr. Elsie E. Calo at (085) 342-2064 or visit the Scholarship Unit, Technical Services division, CHED Caraga, CSU Campus, Ampayon, this city. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)



DENR warns WPP not to accept illegal logs



By Eric Herzon F. Gallego



BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 7 (PIA) - The operators of the Wood Processing Plants (WPP) in Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte have been asked by DENR 13 Regional Executive Director (RED) Nonito M. Tamayo recently to refrain from accepting undocumented logs.

RED Tamayo gave the warning in the midst of the heavy flooding’s of Agusan River caused by a slow-moving Low Pressure Area (LPA) and Typhoon Agaton near the region.

Tamayo also likewise ordered all field offices to suspend the issuance of the Self Monitor Form (SMF) particularly Falcata logs being travelled through the flooded Agusan River to prevent possible accidents along the river.

He said that the “rafted (falcata) logs carried by strong river currents are uncontrollable and dangerous.”

"The transport of these logs in the midst of strong river currents may aggravate the conditions of the already flooded houses along the riverbanks because these logs can smash the houses since they are difficult to be maneuvered," he added.       

RED Tamayo has instructed the Forest Management Services (FMS) Regional Technical Director Maritess M. Ocampo to conduct regular visits in all wood processing plants to determine the operators who took advantage and defied his order at the height of the calamities.

Caraga Region and the provinces in Compostela and Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte were among the areas that suffered severe flooding due to continuous downpour over from January 10 to 22.

LPA which later developed into tropical depression “Agaton” has affected 86,455 families, 56 persons dead, 27 injured and five missing and about P3,946,600 worth of infrastructure damages in Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur due to landslide and floodings. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


DOST’s F-House eyed as emergency shelter



By Apple Jean C. Martin and Framelia V. Anonas



MANILA, Feb. 7 (PIA) - It’s called the “F-House” – a fast-build, firm, and fold-away shelter that can be highly useful in times of emergency.  It can be assembled as quickly as a tent to house people during disasters, and can also serve as a depot for emergency supplies or distribution center for food, medicine and other supplies.

It’s very versatile, and it is locally available because it is made by Filipino experts.

Developed at the Department of Science and Technology - Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI), the F-House comes very handy in times of emergency.

“Like tents, the F-house can be folded, packed, stored and used repeatedly,” said Dr. Florence Soriano, project leader and former DPST-FPRDI director. “Unlike tents, however, the F-house has a floor that can be mounted on specially designed prefabricated footings.”

According to Dr. Soriano, the height of the footings of the F-House can be adjusted when the terrain is not flat.

With regard to security, the F-House can be well-secured just like the regular house. It also offers the same indoor comfort and amenity of a permanent house because its structural design allows it to be resistant to weathering, extreme temperatures, winds, and other harmful natural forces.

The F-House is also stable during storms as tension cables tied to ground anchors secure the roof.

The shelter can also be easily transported. It can be put in a rigid case and placed at the back of a trailer or in a low-bed truck, in case of multiple deliveries. When dismounted from the trailer or truck, the F-House can be wheeled to destined location through prefabricated footings previously positioned and leveled.

“The rigid case can be unfolded and erected into a house in just one hour or less,” assured Dr. Soriano. “This can be easily done by four medium-built unskilled workers, using only simple carpenter's tools and gadgets.”

Built to comfortably house a family of five, the prototype shelter can be very handy when not in use.

“It can be stored in a space approximately five times smaller than its actual service size,” informed Soriano.

Because it is highly compact when not in use, several units can be stored in a small warehouse.

The walls, floor, and roof are sheathed with weather-, termite-, fungi-, and fire-resistant wood wool cement board panels that are fixed and fastened using specially designed light-weight metal sections.

The prototype F-Houseis already integrated with provisions for power supply.

Soriano also revealed that that the cost of fabricating one prototype with double walls was P75,000 or roughly P6,500 per square meter. The cost can still be lowered when mass-produced or when the walls are singly sheated.

In contrast to site-built low-cost houses that typically takes three to four months to build from planning to construction, the F-House can be acquired and erected instantly.

“We assure end-users that the fabrication of the F-House was adequately supervised in the shop using only quality-tested materials,” said Soriano. “The method of erecting the shelter was well planned and engineered. Hence, buying the F-house is like buying time when a safe and comfortable refuge is needed most.”

Currently, Soriano and her team as working on for more improvements on the F-House, including its size, features, materials, and transportability, among others. (S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Beyond Monitoring: DILG Caraga provides relief assistance to flood-affected Butuan barangay



By Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio



BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 7 (PIA) - In response to the overwhelming aftermath of Tropical Depression Agaton in the city in which 83 of its 86 barangays are affected, the Department of the Interior and Local Government Caraga Region (DILG 13), together with DILG Butuan City, mobilized, repacked and distributed 263 packs of relief goods in the form of food packs and used clothing to Barangay Bobon, a church-turned-evacuation center in Barangay Doongan, and to some affected DILG personnel recently.

Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. expressed the need for support from the various sectors in Butuan to supplement the City Government’s relief assistance to a staggering 20,000 families in need.

The DILG 13 is among those who responded and have allocated funds and even collected among themselves financial and in-kind donations last January 22, 2014. All of those collected were repacked and distributed to a barangay identified by the city government, in coordination with the DILG Butuan.

On January 24, 2014, DILG personnel from the regional office and Butuan City office, headed by Assistant Regional Director Donald A. Seronay, accompanied by City Director Romeo A. Solis, distributed 210 food packs and used clothing to Barangay Bobon, Butuan City. The food packs contained 3 kilos of Rice, canned goods and noodles. The distribution was done in coordination with the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CDRRM) Officer Gracia O. Burdeos-Espere and accommodated by Bobon Punong Barangay Leonila G. Loayon and her Sangguniang Barangay.

Some 20 food packs were also distributed to residents of Barangay Baan Riverside who found shelter in  Butuan City Alliance Chuch, Doongan Butuan City and the remainder for some DILG personnel who were also affected by the calamity.

The DILG 13 acts as Vice Chair for Preparedness to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) by virtue of Republic Act 101-21, or the Philippine DRRM Act of 2010. As such, despite government offices being called-off along with schools in different levels during calamities, the DILG have a team of personnel who manage to brave the inclement weather conditions to report to the office to disseminate important weather advisories to Local Chief Executives; to monitor the effects of the calamity in region by collecting and consolidating reports from field personnel on situations and responses of their respective Local Government Units; and reporting to the DILG central office and other DRRM agencies.

As such, from the onset of the weather disturbance on January 17 up to the remaining effects on January 21, DILG personnel from the regional office down to the field offices have personnel on duty monitoring and coordinating disaster-related activities.

But this time around, the DILG did not settle for just monitoring and really took the initiative to go beyond it in order to help those who are in need. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


RPRAT of Caraga Grassroots Participatory Budgeting in full swing



By Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio



BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 7 (PIA) - The Caraga implementation of the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (formerly known as Bottom-Up Budgeting) is in full swing after 30 members of the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) of Caraga Region coming from 13 agencies of the government met recently at the DILG Caraga Regional Office, Libertad, this city, setting their eyes on the Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP) provincial validation for Fiscal year 2015 spread out in the months of January and February this year, 2014.

What was once referred to as the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) is now called Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) through the Joint Memorandum Circular Number 4 (JMC No.4) issued by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), to emphasize the role and significance of the local communities in uplifting their situation towards inclusive growth and development.

Among the provisos of the JMC No. 4 is the composition and functions of the RPRAT which includes the conduct of validation of project proposals. These proposals are to be consolidated and submitted to NAPC by March 2014.

The provincial validation was the main agendum for the January 24 RPRAT meeting. It’s objectives are: to validate the project proposals for GPB 2015; to orient the LPRAT and all personnel involved in the GPB at the provincial level about the State of Good Local Governance (SGLG)—the evolved form of the Seal of Good Housekeeping—and the new Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS); to assess the status of GPB implementation in 2013; and to conduct preliminary discussions to start the implementation of GPB projects for 2014.

The schedules for the validation are: January 29 for Butuan City; January 30 for Surigao del Sur; February 5 for Agusan del Sur; February 7 for Agusan del Norte; February 11 for Surigao del Norte; and February 12 for the Province of Dinagat Islands.

With this, the RPRAT-13 members, spearheaded by the DILG Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion as RPRAT Chairperson, come to full-swing implementation of GPB activities for this year. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Pamahalaan gumagawa ng hakbang para masegurong mayroong kuryente sa darating na tag-araw



Ni David M. Suyao



AGUSAN DEL SUR, Peb. 7 (PIA) - Nagbigay ng kasegurohan ang Malakanyang noong Huwebes na gumagawa ng hakbang ang pamahalaan para masuguro ang tuloy-tuloy na suplay ng kuryente sa darating na tag-araw, kung kalian ang pangangailangan ng kuryente ay inaasahang tataas.

Sinabi ni Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. na tinitiyak ni Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla na handa ang pamahalaan na patakbuhin ang Malaya Thermal Plant hanggang 70 araw.

“Ang pamahalaan ay ay gumagawa ng kaukulang hakbang para maseguro ang patuloy ng suplay ng kuryente sa panahon ng tag-araw. Ayon kay Petilla, ang pamahalaan ay nakahandang patakbuhin ang Malaya thermal power plant hanggang 70 araw para pasiglahin ang suplay sa panahon ng tag-araw kung ang pangangailangan ay inaasahang tataas lalo na sa Luzon,” sabi ni Coloma noong nagkaroon ng pakipanayam sa mga mamamahayag.

Pero sinabi rin niya na nagbigay payo rin ang Department of Energy sa mga planta ng koryente na magsagawa ng pagpigil at regular na maintenance sa kanilang mga pasilidad para sila ay mapalakad ng maayos ang kanilang mga planta kung kalian ang pangangailangan ay tumaas.

Ang pangangailangan ng kuryente ay inaasahang tumaas sa panahon ng mainit na tag-araw habang ang mga kabahayan at mga establisamiyento ay magpatakbo ng kanilang mga kagamitan para maibsan ang init. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: MOA, PPA agreement tali sa syudad sa Surigao gilagdaaan



Ni Annie Abis



SURIGAO CITY, Peb. 7 (PIA) - Malamposong gipahigayon bag-ohay a lamang ang usa ka Launching of Service Delivery Network ug Signing of Public- Private Partnership Agreement alang sa Surigao City Family Health didto sa Gateway Hotel, ning dakbayan.

Milagda sa maong MOA signing ug Pledge of Commitment mao si City Mayor Ernesto Matugas ug Michelle Gardner ang representante sa Private Sector Mobilization for Family Health.

Sa iyang mensahe si Mayor Matugas mihatag sa iyang dakong pasalamat sa Private Sector Mobilization tungod sa maong Public Private Partnership kalabot na sa maayong panglawas tungod dako gyud kono nga mahatag nga tabang sa mga katawhang surigaonon labina gyud ang mga kabus.

Ang maong kalihukan gipangulohan sa buhatan sa City Healath Office ubos sa pagdumala ni Dr. Emmanuel Plandano ug gitambongan kini sa mga representante sa mga nagkalain-laing ahensya sa gobyerno. (SDR/Surigao Central Media Information & Communication/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Gobyerno dunay lakang aron sa pagsiguro sa supply sa kuryente atol sa ting-init, Palasyo mipasalig



Ni Nida Grace P. Barcena



SURIGAO DEL SUR, Peb 7 (PIA) - Ang MalacaƱang nagpasalig sa publiko kagahapon (Huwebes) nga ang gobyerno dunay mga lakang aron sa pagsiguro sa padayon nga supply sa kuryente sa panahon sa bulan sa  ting-init, diin ang panginahanglan sa kuryente gilauman nga motaas.

Si Presidential Communication operations Office secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma jr miingon nga si Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla nagpasalig sa gobyerno nga andam sa pagpadagan sa Malaya thermal plant ngadto sa 70 ka adlaw.

“Ang gobyerno mikuha na ug gikinahanglan nga mga lakang aron sa pagsiguro sa pagpadayon sa supply sa kuryente sa panahon sa ting-init. Sumala pa ni Secretary Petilla, ang gobyerno andam sa pagpadagan sa Malaya thermal plant ngadto sa 70 ka adlaw sa pagpausbaw sa suplay atol sa mga bulan nga tag-init, diin ang panginahanglan gilauman nga motaas ilabi na sa Luzon (Government is taking necessary steps to ensure continuity of power supply during the summer season. According to Secretary Petilla, the government is prepared to run the Malaya thermal power plant up to 70 days to boost supply during the summer months, when demand is expected to rise especially in Luzon)," si Coloma miingon sa usa ka media briefing.

Apan siya usab miingon nga ang Department of Energy mitambag sa mga power plant sa pagpahigayon ug regular nga preventive maintenance sa ilang mga pasilidad alang sa pagpadagan atol sa mga panahon nga ang panginahanglan sa kurente motaas.

Ang panginahanglan sa kuryente sumala pa gilauman nga motaas sa panahon sa mga bulan sa ting-init diin ang matag panimalay ug mga mga establistamento mopaandar sa ilahang mga gamit isip panagang sa kainit. (NGBT/PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)