2.21.2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

TREEDC visits Butuan City, encourages gov’t agencies to use renewable energy



By Jennifer P. Gaitano



BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 21 (PIA) – The officials of Tennessee Renewable Energy Development Council (TREEDC) visited this city on Thursday and encouraged government agencies to utilize renewable energy, during a press conference held at the Philippine Electronics and Communication Institute of Technology (PECIT) Conference Room.

"We're here to learn what your region needs and we want to hear from you on how we can contribute to help the region in terms of renewable energy. We offer various renewable energy products which may be of great help in your city and region," said Mary Shoffer Gill, TREEDC vice-president.

TREEDC president James Talley cited that renewable energy technologies are clean sources of energy that have a much lower environmental impact than conventional energy technologies. It also provides environmental benefits such as helping to improve local air quality and reducing the impact on the land, water and climate system. Increased use of renewable energy will also help boost local economies through job creation.

"Mindanao has vast potential in business and investments. Many foreign companies are also willing to engage business here. We are doing Educational Awareness Approach to establish trust among people and be able to develop them and its environment thru renewable energy," added Talley.

When asked why they chose Caraga region to offer their renewable energy projects, Warren Nevad, TREEDC executive director said that they wanted to establish a stable network from Luzon to Mindanao regions.

"Caraga region offers excellent opportunity for Tennessee resource energy providers and we have been coordinating with the local officials here since 2013," Nevad added.

Meanwhile, as one of the private entities utilizing solar energy, Engr. Romeo Zerrudo, PECIT president in Butuan City said with the use of renewable energy, it helped the company save funds intended for electricity.

"The light that we are using now in our school and office came from the solar energy. So even if the local energy provider will do rotational brownout, we are not affected because of this renewable energy," expressed Zerrudo.

Officials of TREEDC is also here in the city for the second Caraga Regional Conference on Renewable Energy from Feb. 20 to 22 at the Balanghai Hotel. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Red Cross Youth local chapter holds 10th Biennial Chapterwide Youth Assembly



By Venus L. Garcia



BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 21 (PIA) – The Red Cross Youth (RCY) of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Agusan del Norte-Butuan Chapter holds today until the 22nd of February 2014 its 10th Biennial Chapterwide Youth Assembly at the Caraga State University - Cabadbaran Campus, Cabadbaran City.

The celebration is anchored on the theme, “Stronger Red Cross Youth for stronger Chapter Youth Council” wherein more than 200 active senior and college RCY members of the chapter are identified delegates of the Congress.

The Biennial Chapterwide Youth Assembly as the Supreme Deliberative body of the Chapter Youth Council (CYC) primarily aims to draw attention of the young people in humanitarian work and strengthen youth cooperation in the implementation of the PRC programs.

It was learned that the congress has the objectives to develop new format for the implementation of similar youth gatherings at the school or community and associate leadership in capacity building and resiliency; and to provide venue for the youth members to discuss and plan for the relevance of the RCY programs in the years ahead.

“The highlight of the assembly will be the election of CYC officers whose president elect will be sitting as member of the board of directors,” said CYC President Mycl Angeli Sumalinog.

Agusan del Norte governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba is the keynote speaker during the opening of the event.

Also, Michelle Emee Pongao, area 8 coordinator and NYC assistant secretary will be the guest of honor and speaker on the 2nd day of the congress.

Part of its concluding activity is the oath taking ceremony of the newly elected CYC officers. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Jobs Fair set in Tandag City



By Nida Grace P. Barcena



SURIGAO DEL SUR, Feb 21 (PIA) - The Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU)-Main Campus in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) – Surigao del Sur Field Office will conduct a Jobs Fair for local and overseas recruitment Friday, Feb. 21 at SDSSU Gymnasium, Rosario, Tandag City.

According to Romelyn Bactol of DOLE SDS, a total of 16,448 overseas job orders are available coming from the 13 participating recruitment agencies accredited by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

She further said that there are also 17 job orders available coming from the local recruiters.

Job applicants are required to bring their pertinent documents like Personal Data Sheet, Transcript of Records, Employment Certificate, NC II Certificates, passport and other related documents for the possible qualification during the job interview. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Surigao Norte to conduct Provincial Tourism Summit



By Susil D. Ragas



SURIGAO CITY, Feb. 21 (PIA) – The provincial government of Surigao del Norte through the Provincial Tourism Office will conduct a one-day Provincial Tourism Summit on February 24, 2014 at Philippine Gateway Hotel, this city.

The summit with the theme, “Reshaping the Future of Tourism towards Bag-ong Surigao 2020” aims to define the tourism roadmap in the next six years (2015-2020) amid the initiatives implemented by the provincial government, sustaining the gains and redirecting focus of development that will reshape the new roadmap under the HEALS-PLUS (Health, Education, Agri-Aquaculture, Livelihood and Tourism, Social Services, Spirituality) agenda of the provincial administration.

Participants to the summit are various stakeholders in the tourism industry like the local government units, tourism related enterprises, national line agencies, non-government organizations and people’s organizations.

For more details, please contact the Provincial Tourism Office at tel. (086) 826-9017. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DOST-PHIVOLCS launches questionnaire for quake-safe house



By Angelica A. de Leon



MANILA, Feb. 21 (PIA) - Is your house ready for a strong earthquake?

To help owners of concrete hollow block (CHB) houses answer this question, the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), launched a 12-point questionnaire last February 19 at the PHIVOLCS Auditorium in Quezon City.

The questionnaire is designed to guide homewners in assessing whether their homes are strong enough to withstand a major earthquake.

The questionnaire, titled “How Safe is My House? Self-check for Earthquake Safety of CHB Houses in the Philippines”, has 12 questions, each with three possible answers. Each answer is equivalent to a point. The total number of points earned determines the strength or vulnerability of the structure.

Among the questions in the checklist are:  Who built or designed my house? How old is my house? What is the shape of my house?  Has my house been extended or expanded?

The rest deal with equally important information such as damage incurred from previous disasters, CHB thickness, soil condition, use of standard size steel bars, width of unsupported walls, among others.

“The solution is to recognize the problem. Where will this recognition start? It should start with the homeowner,” emphasized   PHIVOLCS  Director  Dr. Renato U. Solidum  Jr. during the launch.  Previously, Solidum explained that an earthquake resistant house will not collapse even if an Intensity 9 temblor strikes.

However, the questionnaire is not just useful for homeowners but also for local engineers, building officials, and local government unit authorities.
“This material can also be practically used to ensure safety before the construction of houses,” reminded Takahiro Sasaki, chief representative  of  JICA  Philippines, in his message. 

The questionnaire, which was tested on some damaged houses and structures in Bohol following the Oct. 15, 2013 tremor in the province, was derived from field verifications, quake damage surveys, and several experiments and tests.

Among these experiments were the full-scale Shaking Table Test of CHB Houses conducted by Filipino and Japanese experts at the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention in Tsukuba, Japan in February 2011. The experiment involved two houses, an engineered model that followed the Building Code, and a non-engineered one representing the more common CHB residence in the Philippines. Tests showed the latter incurring damage immediately , leading to the eventual collapse of certain parts during the earthquake simulation.

“Casualties from past earthquakes were caused by the collapse of buildings. And part of those are from damaged to collapsed non-engineered houses,” revealed Solidum. 

During the open forum, Engr. Ronaldo S. Ison of the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP), another project proponent, said that a strong earthquake may still cause debris to fall.  However, an eventual collapse will not take place if it is an engineered house.

"What we’re trying to do is to educate everybody, that even if you employ masons and carpenters, they should be following certain standards. It is the right time for us to inform the public that we should not just rely on masons and carpenters to build our houses,” declared Engr. Ison.

The PHIVOLCS director added that a safe house should be combined with appropriate response from people living in it to make them safer and further prevent damage and injury.

PHIVOLCS and its partners are currently preparing a Tagalog version of the 12-point questionnaire  and plan to come up with a similar checklist for wooden houses. Also in the pipeline is a computer simulation program to test the earthquake readiness of engineering and architectural designs.

Aside from PHIVOLCS, JICA, and ASEP, the Japan Science and Technology Agency is also involved in the project.

“How Safe is My House? Self-check for Earthquake Safety of CHB Houses in the Philippines” may be downloaded at http://www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph. (S&T Media Service, DOST-STII/PIA-Caraga)


TD Agaton victims in Caraga get aid from DA



By Rhea C. Abao



BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 21 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office XIII (DA-RFO XIII) has distributed a total of 4,500 bags of rehabilitation seeds to the local government units as support to Caraga rice farmers reeling from the aftermath of low pressure and tropical depression Agaton last January.

Regional Seed Coordinator June Anthony S. Ouano said that the 4,500 bags of palay seeds consist 2,000 bags certified seeds, 1,200 bags traditional varieties, and 1,300 bags registered seeds, which will be distributed among the affected cities and provinces of the region.

The Province of Agusan del Sur was one of the provinces who received an allocation of 2,000 bags of palay rehab seeds to be distributed to the 13 municipalities affected by the recent calamity.

According to Provincial Agriculture Office OIC Jessica G. Unson, they have already started the distribution as early as first week of February to catch up with the first cropping season of the year. The municipal agriculturists within the province followed the 1:1 distribution scheme, where 1 bag is entitled to 1 farmer corresponding to a 1 hectare production area.

Farmers in the municipality of Sta. Josefa now heaved a sigh of relief as palay seeds were distributed in their municipality. “We are happy from the assistance given to us, as we will make a fresh start in our areas devastated by the typhoon,” said Barangay Awao Chairman Arthur Gunban.

Municipal Agriculturist Josefa M. Santos also said that part of the distribution agreement is that farmers who have received registered seeds are encouraged to share their farm produce to other farmers for planting in the next cropping season.

The turn-over ceremony was graced by Sta. Josefa Municipal Mayor Jann Roby R. Otero. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Palasyo kinakatigan ang polisiya ng PNP tungkol sa pakipanayam sa mga mamamahayag



Ni David M. Suyao



AGUSAN DEL SUR, Peb. 21, 2014 (PIA) - Kinakatigan ng Malakanyang ang polisiya ng Philippine National Police na pagbawalan ang ordinaryong tauhan na makipanayam sa media tuwing magkaroon ng imbestigasyon para maiwasan ang maling impormasyon sa publiko.

Pinagbawalan ng PNP ang ordinaryong pulis na magbigay ng impormasyon sa mga mamamahayag maliban kung ipag-utos ng kanilang lider.

“Gusto lang nilang maging klaro na kapag sila ay nagbigay ng impormasyon sa publiko, ito ay tama para ito ay hindi makapagbigay ng  maling impormasyon na maidulot sa publiko,” sabi ni Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda sa isang press briefing sa Malakanyang noong Huwebes.

Hindi ito pagtatago ng ano man sa publiko. Ito ay para maseguro naming ano man ang mailabas namin sa publiko ay wasto.

Ang mga mamamahayag ay kailangang magbigay ng wastong ulat sa publiko para ang pulis ay makapagsiyasat ng masinsinan, sabi ni Lacierda.

Ayon sa PNP, ang ganoong pagkilos ay naglalayong mapigil anf pulis na magbigay ng maling impormasyon sa media at maging sa publiko.

Marami sa mga opisyal ng kapulisan ang naiimbistigahan sa pagbibigay ng hindi tama at sensitibong impormasyon sa media, ayon sa sinasabi. Ang iba naman ay nagbibigay ng personal na opinion sa nililitis na kaso kapag kinapanayam ng media, dagdag pa ng PNP. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Moral Recovery Program sa dakbayan mas gipakusgan pa



Ni Lyka Quinto



BUTUAN CITY, Peb. 21 (PIA) – Sa tumong nga mapalapdan sa nagkadaiyang serbisyo ug programa sa Moral Recovery Program sa lokal nga panggamhanan sa Butuan, ubay-ubay nga mga aktibidad ang nakahan-ay alang sa bulan sa Pebrero 2014.

Dugang niini aduna usab gipahigayon nga Values Formation Seminar matag adlaw alang sa mga emplyado sa city hall ingon man sa mga kapulisan sa nagkadaiyang Police Stations sa syudad.

Sa pagpanguna ni Moral Recovery officer Ptr. Charlie Prior, giawhag nini nga tanang katawhan sa Butuan sa pagsalmot sa maong panawagan sa pagpatuman ug pagmintina sa hisgutanang moralidad sa syudad.

Giawhag usab ang tanang buot musalmot alang sa personal counseling. Abli ang buhatan matag adlaw’ng Lunes hangtud Biyernes, alas 8:00 sa buntag hangtud alas 5:00 sa hapon. Mahimo usab matawagan sa 346-0375. (LGU-BC PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)