Thursday, February 13, 2014

PRC Agusan Sur Chapter exceeds 2013 target on Disaster Management Program

By David M. Suyao
        
AGUSAN DEL SUR, Feb. 13 (PIA) - The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Agusan del Sur Chapter exceeded its 2013 target on Disaster Management Training (DMT) Program for its staff and active volunteers registering an average of 390.4 percent in 20 activities.

Thanking the Board of Directors for their assistance extended, PRC Chapter administrator Darwina Ligan proudly presented that the chapter registered a 700 percent accomplishment in its Vulnerability Capacity Assessment (VCA) facilitators trained while registering 1,400 percent for facilitators’ training conducted. The same percentage of accomplishment was registered on Disaster Management Instructors trained and Disaster Management Instructors’ training Course.

On Community Based Disaster Risk Management Program (CBDRMP) with Red Cross 143 in Barangays, four activities namely CBDR training on Communities with organised and trained 143 DMT, VCA Sessions Conducted (Number of Barangays) on communities that conducted VCA, Planning Sessions Conducted on Communities with developed Barangay Development Action Program and Flood Drill were targeted registering100 percent accomplishment. On CBDRMP with RC 143 in schools, CBDMT Training Conducted (Brgy. and Pax) also registered 100.

For  CBDRMP with Red Cross 143 in workplace, all three activities namely companies with organised RC 143 DMT, Company conducted VCA and Company developed SDAP also registered 100 percent.

For the Emergency Response Unit (ERU), two targets were also met namely Emergency Response Teams Organized and Daily ERU Duty Submitted to Operation Center also registered 100 percent each.

With five activities conducted for the Disaster Response and Recovery Program, the chapter registered 100 percent on persons provided with rescue services, 202 percent for families served with food items during disaster, 1, 917 percent for families served with non-food items and another 100 percent for livelihood assistance.

According to administrator Ligan, they have also accomplished with flying colors other activities mandated by the Red Cross, including specials projects. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Surigaonon PBA player to grace 17th CRAM

By Nida Grace P. Barcena
        
SURIGAO DEL SUR, Feb. 13 (PIA) - The pride of Surigaonons, Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player Joseph Evans “JVee” Durano Casio of the Alaska Aces team will light the urn during the opening of the 17th Caraga Regional Athletic Meet (CRAM) on February 23 in Tandag City.

This was confirmed by Manuel Acosta, chief of staff of the 1st Congressional District and official negotiator for JVees’s visit recently.

Acosta said JVee’s both parents are Tandaganons. “They were residing in Bongtud, Tandag City before,” he said. 

Acosta recalled that JVee started his sports career in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Juniors as a player of San Beda Red Clubs in San Beda College (SBC) in 2002 “and the NCAA Juniors Championship Crown went to the SBC Red Clubs, with JVee’s being named the MVP.”

Acosta said, in 2010 JVee did not immediately join the PBA because he directly opted to join the Philippine Basketball Squad in the FIBA Asia and in 2010 Asian Games Basketball Tournament.

In 2011, he joined the Smart Gilas in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup that competed in FIBA Asia Champions Cup, as one of the team’s standout.

“Recently, JVee has been traded to Alaska Aces where he stands to his name as the hard-hitting and shooting guard mainstay. Playing usually the whole four quarters, JVee is always in the first five players of Alaska,” said Acosta.

The 17th CRAM 2014 on February 23-27 is hosted by the provincial government of Surigao del Sur and the Department of Education Surigao del Sur Division. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DOE, MinDA set IEC public consultations

By Nora L. Molde
        
BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 13 (PIA) – The Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is set to conduct a series of information, education, and Communication (IEC) campaign through public consultation activities in the different areas in Mindanao.

In Butuan City, the IEC campaign is scheduled on February 19 in one of the convention centers of the city.

According to DOE Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, the event is pursuant to the overall thrust and direction of ensuring energy security, achieving optimal energy pricing and developing a sustainable energy system in Mindanao.

During the event, the government’s efforts in addressing pertinent issues and challenges on energy development in Mindanao will be presented.

Also, the DOE officials will present the Mindanao Energy Plan, the Mindanao Power Supply and Demand Outlook. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


PHL nets most no. of science, math medals in 2013

By Marco D. Melgar
        
MANILA, Feb. 13 (PIA) - The number of medals won from international science and mathematics competitions has skyrocketed in 2013 setting a new mark in Philippine history.

The Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) honored 447 elementary and high school students who have won gold, silver and bronze in international competitions held last year, topping the previous high of 308 recorded in 2012.

The winning students were given recognition by DOST with the Youth Excellence in Science (YES) Award, a DOST institutional award for exemplary achievement of the youth in the fields of science and mathematics and shall come in the form of a medal of distinction to be awarded by the Secretary of Science and Technology or the DOST Regional Director in a fitting ceremony toward the end of each year.

During the YES Awarding ceremony held at the University of the Philippines’ National Institute of Science and Mathematics Education Development in Diliman, Quezon City, DOST Secretary Mario Montejo lauded the batch for setting a whole new record of excellence in the international scene. This is the first time in the recognition program’s history that the number of YES Awardees reached over 400.
Saint Jude Catholic School and Grace Christian College had the most number of medalists with 20 apiece.

In his message, DOST Secretary Mario Montejo lauded the awardees and encouraged them to continue in pursuing excellence in the field of S&T.

“Our people definitely need your gifts in the creation of S&T-based solutions to address the pressing issues of this time. You are all capable to work on breakthroughs through research and development, and your creative minds will surely produce innovative technologies that can help boost our industries and the economy,” said Montejo.

“Join us in the Philippine science community and help propel the Philippines towards a better future,” he added.

Meanwhile, Undersecretary for S&T Services Prof. Fortunato dela Peña urged the awardees to maintain their “thirst for excellence” and reminded them of DOST’s Scholarship Program as a mechanism to help them achieve brighter things in the future.

“Let us prove to the world that we are achievers beyond competitions,” dela Peña remarked. (DOST STII/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao to host 1st Regional Tourism Summit

By Zenny Villejo
        
SURIGAO CITY, Feb. 13 (PIA) – The Surigao City Tourism Council, the city government of Surigao, provincial government of Surigao del Norte, and the Department of Tourism (DOT) Caraga Region will host the 1st Regional Tourism Summit on March 6 to 7, 2014 at Philippine Gateway Hotel, this city.

The two-day summit aims to provide a venue for key players and partners in the tourism industry to have a clear understanding of Republic Act 9593 otherwise known as the Tourism Act, its applicability at the grassroots and the role of the LGU and private tourism stakeholders in its implementation.

It also aims to bring together those who share the common objective to acquire new knowledge, broaden networks and discover new approaches and challenges of today’s Tourism industry.

Participants to the summit are government officials and employees from the different municipalities, cities and provinces of Caraga, representatives from the academe and operators of airlines, shipping, travel and tours, hotels and restaurants and private individuals who are actively engaged in tourism development and operations.

A registration fee of P2,150.00 for live-in participants and P1,650.00 for live-out will be collected from each participant.

The registration fee is inclusive of meals, kit and polo shirt. For further inquiries and confirmation, please call the City Tourism Office at tel. number (086) 826-8064. (SDR/City Tourism Office/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Tagalog News: Palasyo: Gobyerno gumagawa ng hakbang para maseguro ang pagkakaroon ng LPG at nasa tamang presyo

Ni David M. Suyao
        
AGUSAN DEL SUR, Peb. 13 (PIA) - Gumagawa ng hakbang ang pamahalaan para maseguro ang pagkakaroon ng liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) at ito ay nasa tamang presyo, panegurong muli ng pamahalaan sa publiko noong Miyerkoles.

Sinabi ni Presidential Communications Operations Office Head Herminio Coloma Jr. na may mga establisadong paraan para pakitunguhan ang galaw ng presyo sa ilalim ng deregulated na industriya.

"May prosesong sinusunod sa galaw ng presyo. Ang mahalaga ay tiyakin na maseguro ang pagkakaroon ng suplay sa tamang halaga na sumusunod sa batas,” sabi ni Coloma sa kanyang pakipanayam sa mga mamamahayag.

Dagdag pa ni Coloma na gawain ng gobyerno na kumuha ng klarong larawan ng situwasyon at mgakaroon ng tamang tugon.

Ang pagsegurong muli ni Coloma ay nagyari  dahil sa ulat na maaring tumaas hanggang P5.00 bawat kilo dahil sa decommissioning ng isang LPG import terminal sa Batangas.

Ayon sa mga naunang ulat, ang pagsasara ng terminal na sinasabi ay nagresulta sa pagkulang ng suplay ng LPG sa Southern Luzon. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)