Thursday, February 20, 2014

PIA Caraga set to launch an emergency broadcasting system

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA) – An Advance Forward Emergency Broadcasting System (AFEBS) is set to be launched soon by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga as a unique, creative and innovative strategy to intensify its services and to effect a more helpful information and communication scheme.

AFEBS, a Community-based broadcasting system designed for disaster response, was conceptualized under the ingenuity of PIA Caraga regional director and Northern and northeastern Mindanao cluster head Abner Caga, in his genuine pursuit to give substance to PIA’s mandate.

“It is set up for serving the needs of a specific community or for a specific purpose, in effect providing them with appropriate information intervention thereby putting substance to our mandate,” said Caga.

Accordingly, AFEBS is considered the most effective communication tool when it comes to assisting people in disaster-prone communities as it reaches into the homes of the far-flung barangays and is one of the most effective vehicles for helping seriously disadvantaged communities share vital information.

In no time, the project will be implemented in Surigao City where disasters most significantly occur in this part of the region.

AFEBS will be installed in the city’s vital locations such as bus, ferry, airport terminals, parks/luneta and other public places.

Caga also assured that due to its low energy requirement, “it can be powered by a small generator set or solar power thus ensuring operational sustainability even during worst disasters and when power is certainly scarce.”

Other functions of AFEBS include public paging system, feedback mechanism and serves as platform for all forms of advocacies. It can also be utilized for surveys and even for purpose of entertainment.

“Though disasters cannot be completely prevented, its effects can be mitigated through effective communication and timely, accurate and relevant information. AFEBS is one unique solution worthy of implementation,” said Caga. (VLG/FEA/PIA-Caraga)


PIA Caraga promotes emergency broadcasting system innovation

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA) – A communication system dubbed as Advance Forward Emergency Broadcasting System (AFEBS), under the lone and direct management of Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga, is a distinct innovation that puts forward for a real constructive impact in the community.

As disaster and calamity downright threatens human lives, the agency crafted the AFEBS to contribute in protecting lives and properties through delivery of information and updates powered by its communication system.

Following the existing PIA Caraga’s Power FM platform, AFEBS is another special system conceptualized to widen the reach of vital information particularly in remote locations.

“Our office wants to establish the practical relevance of utilizing the advance communication facility and how people can benefit best from this,” said PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga.

The operational capability of AFEBS equipment has been tested and proven to be functional 24/7 in all weather conditions; compact and highly mobile which can be transferred anytime, anywhere in just an hour or two; user friendly (plug and play); can be remotely managed thru the internet; and highly reliable, long life design.

“AFEBS will soon be fully operational in Surigao City and we intend to extend our services by installing this communication system to some other cities and provinces in the region who are willing to partner with PIA in order to serve the best for their constituents,” bared Caga. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga RDRRMC to hold 2-Day Training on Earthquake Evacuation Drill in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA) – The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) Caraga is set to hold the Two-Day Training of Regional Pool of Evaluators on Earthquake Evacuation Drill on February 27-28, 2014 at Goat2geder Hotel and Restaurant, this city.

“This activity aims to build resiliency and strong foundation in providing effective evaluation during earthquake drills and simulation exercises,” said Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga regional director and RDRRMC chair Liza Mazo.

Mazo added that said activity will be participated in by selected focal officers of the RDRRMC member-agencies, provincial/city DRRM officers, structural engineers, personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) stations, accredited responders and representatives from private sectors in the region.

On Day-1, participants will learn more on the earthquake-induced landslides, faults and trenches in Caraga, as well as the rain-induced landslides and updates on the distribution of faults and trenches in the region. These will be tackled by the representatives from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhiVolcs) and Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB).

How to establish Building Emergency Evacuation Plan (BEEP) and Earthquake Drill Evacuation Tool will be presented by Marc Gil Calang from OCD-Caraga.

On Day-2, Dir. Mazo with the pool of evaluators will conduct the actual Earthquake Drill and Evaluation at the Celebes Coconut Corporation in Butuan City.

Critiquing of the participants’ performance during drill evacuation will then follow. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DOST, partners hold 3-day Reg’l Conference on Renewable Energy in Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA) - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga Foundation, Philippine Electronics and Communication Institute of Technology (PECIT) and officials of Tennessee Renewable Energy Development Council (TREEDC) with other partner stakeholders are conducting the Three-day Regional Conference on Renewable Energy starting today until the 22nd at the Balanghai Hotel here.

DOST-Caraga regional director Dominga Mallonga bared the conference is intended to identify and prioritize geographic areas where renewable energy projects will be developed and showcased to encourage businesses and people to adopt and implement such technologies and eventually bringing about benefits for the communities in the region.

“The conference is also aimed to offer a venue where people will be encouraged to shape and advance socio-economic developments in the region by looking at ways on how they can deploy and integrate renewable energy technologies/sources into the existing energy system,” said Engr. Romeo Zerrudo, president of PECIT, this city.

Zerrudo added that this year’s regional conference will strengthen and facilitate renewable energy networks for advocacy, research and funding collaboration among stakeholders such as those from the academe, policy makers, researchers, the business communities, students, foreign and local non-government organizations, neighborhood communities, and others. 

The participants of today's conference (Day-1) learned more about the Policy, Regulation, Governance and Financing on Renewable Energy Programs/Projects, as well as the Foreign and Local Partnerships in Renewable Energy.

Meanwhile, Manpower Development through Education/Training and Job Creation; Concepts, Challenges and Opportunities on Renewable Energy; and Solar and Wind Energy Systems For Rural Communities are among the salient topics that will be discussed by the invited guest speakers on Day-2.

This year’s conference is anchored on the theme "Renewable Energy Prospects in the Region: Exploring Available and Potential Resource and Capabilities for Rural Development." (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga Culinary Show and Live Competition opens today in Surigao City

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA) - The two-day Caraga Culinary Show and Live Competition opens today, Feb. 20, 2014 at the Saint Paul University-Main Campus Gym, this city. The event is in line with the 19th anniversary celebration of Caraga Region.

The activity kicked-off with a grand dance presentation by the Sadjao Surigao Dance Theater followed by a grand entrance of participants from the different colleges, universities and catering establishments all over the region.

In behalf of governor Sol Matugas, vice governor Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr. formally declared the opening of the event.

A total of seven participants will compete for student category, they are: Butuan Doctors College (BDC); Caraga State University (CSU)-Cabadbaran Campus; Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU); Saint Paul University (SPUS) -Surigao; Surigao State College of Technology (SSCT); STI College and Saint Theresa College-Tandag.

While four participants namely, SSCT (teachers) , Narciso’s Cake and Catering Services-Surigao City, Saint Theresa College (teachers) and Randy Discarten (individual) will compete for professional category.

Today's scheduled activities include, cake decorating (professional category), dessert buffet (student category), fruit and vegetable carving (student category), table setting (student category), dessert buffet (professional category) and chef wars (professional category).

On Friday, activities include, mini-cake decorating (student category), chef wars (student category), salads and sandwiches (professional category), and dual flair tending. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DILG asks village officials to conduct barangay assembly

By Melody de Vera

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Feb. 20 (PIA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Agusan del Sur provincial office required all barangays to participate in the synchronized barangay assembly in order to gain knowledge on how they can inform the public on the status of funds of on-going and upcoming projects in the barangay.

Citing Memorandum Circular No.2014-19 dated January 28, 2014, DILG provincial director Arlene Ann Sanchez said Barangay Chairmen are mandated to render the State of Barangay Address in order that they can update their constituents on the services they have rendered in 2013 as well as appraise them on the status of the on-going programs and projects.

The assembly will also include disaster preparedness symposium for citizen’s awareness to mitigate possible loss of lives and damage to properties during calamities and report on the peace and order condition in the community.

Sanchez added that the barangay assembly will provide transparency in governance and will provide stakeholders venue for participation by expressing their feeling, comments and suggestions on the programs projects being implemented in their barangays that would greatly benefit them and the whole community.

In the DILG memorandum, it is stipulated that the barangay assembly must be conducted every March and October every year and non-compliance of barangay officials can become ground in filing administrative cases against them.

Sanchez also urged the people to participate in the assembly and to report either to the Sangguniang Bayan or Panlunsod if there will be no assembly conducted in their respective barangays. (DMS/PPIO-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DENR closes transport of logs on Agusan River

By Eric F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has closed the transport of all types of logs through the Agusan River and its tributaries effective February 10, 2014.

This means that the DENR would no longer issue a transport permit for all types of logs that would use the Agusan river and its tributaries as waterways to move the forest products to the various wood processing plants along riverbanks in Butuan City and some parts in Agusan del Sur.

DENR Undersecretary for Operations Demetrio L. Ignacio, Jr. has issued the “restriction of log movements order” by authority of Secretary Ramon JP Paje through a memorandum sent to all DENR Regional Executive Directors on that date.

The order was immediately relayed to all PENROs and CENRO by DENR Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo during a brief conference at DENR Regional Training Center in Barangay Ambago, Butuan City on Tuesday.

USec. Ignacio cited wanton disregard of regulations imposed under Executive 23 by some people as reasons for the issuance of restriction order by the DENR.

DENR 13 Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo said it was also cited in the memorandum that “rafting and towing of logs on Agusan river have contributed to the inundation and scouring of the river banks further exacerbated during heavy rains.” He said “this has significantly contributed to the siltation of the river.”  The other reason is the observation of the danger pose by rafted logs in barangays downstream when the river is heavily flooded.

Director Tamayo said he has directed all the DENR field officials in Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte to effect the closure to traffic of all types of logs using the Agusan river. He has also asked the PENRO and CENRO officials to conduct an immediate inventory of all on-going transport of logs while moving to their respective destinations through the river and tributaries.

“After reaching their destinations, there shall be no more logs to be allowed to travel on the waterways including its tributaries of the Agusan river.

Director Tamayo has likewise relayed the warning of USec. Ignacio that appropriate sanction shall be imposed upon PENROs and CENROs and other field officials who issue transport permit in violation of that order. (DENR-13 RPAO/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Presidente Aquino: Hindi ibig sabihin na ang Anti-Cybercrime Law ay pigilan ang kalayaang magpahayag

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Pebrero 20, 2014 (PIA) - Sa kabila ng kontrobersiya sa mga probisyon kasama na ang nasa linyang libelo, ang Anti-Cybercrime Law ay hindi naglalayon na pigilan ang kalayaang magpahayag, sabi ni Pangulong Aquino noong Miyerkoles.

Sa pakipanayam sa mga mamamahayag sa Sampaloc, Manila, sinabi ng Pangulo na ang mga mamamayan ay walang dapat ikatakot kung sila ay magsasabi ng katotohanan.

"Ngayon, ‘yung pipigilin ba ang freedom of expression? Hindi naman yata ‘yon ang layunin. Pero, kayo, bilang mga responsableng mamamahayag meron ding mga—may karapatan kayo, at meron rin namang hangganan ang karapatan ng lahat, di ho ba?”  sabi ng Pangulo.

Sabi pa niya na hindi patas kung ang hindi segurado o maling pahayag ay inuulit-ulit sa iba’t ibang porma ng pamamahayag.

Sa ibang banda, sabi ng Pangulo na ang taong nagsasabi ng katotohanan ay walang dapat ikatakot.

"Kung tama naman ang sinasabi mo, bakit ka kakabahan doon sa libel na isyu?” sabi ng Pangulo. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)