3.04.2014

Caraga GADCC helps victims of Human Rights violations during the Marcos regime

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 4 (PIA) – In time with the opening ceremony of this year’s Women’s Month celebration at the provincial capitol covered court, this city, the Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) through chairperson Atty. Marylin Pintor, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga regional director, vowed to help and assist Caraganons who were victims of Human Rights violations during the regime of the late president Ferdinand Marcos.

"Justice must be served to those victims of human rights violations. The GADCC Caraga is willing to help Caraganons who face the same concern," said Pintor.

Also, CHR chairperson Loretta Ann “Etta” Rosales, who served as keynote speaker during the opening program encouraged the Caraganons whom their rights were violated during Marcos time to come out and approach the regional GADCC for technical assistance.

“Let us not forget that pursuant to Republic Act (R.A.) 10368, the law recognizes the ordinary people and those who fought hard, tortured, and suffered must be given due compensation by the state,” bared Rosales.

Rosales further said that the last year’s approved R.A. 10368 also known as Human Rights Victims’ Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 declared the policy of the state to recognize the heroism and sacrifices of all Filipinos who were victims of summary execution, enforced or involuntary disappearance  and other gross committed during the Marcos regime.

“With GADCC-Caraga, we encourage the concerned Caraganons to approach the file a complaint that they were victims so the committee can assist them and help them get the due recognition and compensation from the state,” Rosales added. 

R.A. 10368 was signed into law by President Benigno S. Aquino III on February 2013 on the occasion of the anniversary of the historic People Power uprising that ousted the dictator president. (VLG/JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Talacogon fire station observes annual fire prevention celebration

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 4 (PIA) – The Talacogon Fire Station (TFS), on its second year of activation under the direct supervision of municipal fire marshal SFO3 Arcadio Sacol, paid adherence to the annual observance of the Bureau of Fire Protection Fire Prevention Month.

A unity walk commenced early morning on March 1, 2014 which confirms the unanimity of every participating citizen in promoting rational consciousness and involvement in fire prevention.

The municipal officials, Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members, head of offices, fire brigade volunteers, community organizations, teachers, students and other public servants also joined the caravan on Saturday to convey their support as this year’s banner theme bares, “Isulong ang Kaunlaran, Sunog ay Iwasan, Kaalaman at Pag-iingat ang Kailangan.”

Simultaneous sounding of fire truck sirens at noon hinted the entire community of the significance of said celebration wherein the promulgation of fire prevention programs deals greatly on the precautionary and safety measures which is focused on the avoidance of fire occurrences.

According to FO2 Karen Aceron, they also conducted a Fire Brigade Enhancement Training to some private wood companies and facilitated the fire suppression simulated exercises among the newly elected barangay officials of Talacogon, Agusan del Sur.

“The training will equip them with appropriate knowledge and techniques as to how to manage when fire strikes in their establishments,” said Aceron.

To effect a meaningful reduction of fire incidents and losses, FO2 Rosel Cardente, together with the fire volunteers and members of Masendo Rescue Team, distributed pamphlets on Fire Safety in different public areas within the municipality.

“Continuous endeavors on massive information dissemination and fire prevention education campaign, with full cooperation of all sectors of community, will surely pave the way to economic stability contrary to destruction of properties and natural environment caused by harmful fire,” bared Sacol.

SFO1 Lemuel Goloran said, “aside from fire prevention related campaigns, we also initiated a feeding activity to some 50 individuals as a way to express our concern to those who were badly affected by tropical depression Agaton in our area of responsibility.” (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Agusan Sur, San Francisco town receive Green Banner Award

By David M. Suyao

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 4 (PIA) - The province of Agusan del Sur and the municipality of San Francisco both receive Green Banner award from the National Nutrition Council Caraga Region (NNC- Caraga) for laudable performance in implementing the nutrition program from the municipal down to the barangay levels.

According to Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Laniebelle Angchangco, three municipalities namely, San Francisco, Bunawan and Rosario were lined up and nominated for the award-recognition but only San Francisco, for the second time, received the award together with the province of Agusan del Sur after some thorough evaluation done by the NNC-Caraga.

The criteria that both the awardees hurdle range from Program Planning and Implementation and the Program Management. Under the Program Planning, the involvement of agencies, local departments/ organizations in the formulation of Nutrition Action Plan, the Barangay Nutrition Action Plan, the Barangay and Municipal ordinances/resolutions supportive to the nutrition action program passed and the total number of agencies/local departments/organizations targeting nutritionally depressed barangays and families with underweight children were considered.

Another criteria that the evaluators considered is the setting of targets and outreach for interventions. This criteria considers the Home, Schools, and Community Food Production, the Micronutrient Supplementation, Food Fortification, Food Assistance, Nutrition Education, Nutrition in Essential Maternal and Child Health Services and Livelihood Assistance coming from various government livelihood programs like the SEA-K.

Under the Program Management, the Overall Planning, Coordination, Monitoring and Surveillance were also considered.

“There are other criteria that were also considered but they are all minors and bonuses where our awardees also smoothly hurdled. What we should be more proud of, is the existence of our Nutrition Village. Nationwide, we are unique because we are the only province who have sustained and maintained the nutrition village catering malnourished children, and even improved the buildings and facilities. Families who are recipients of the nutrition village are fed by the resources from the provincial government, and it exists for several years now,” Angchangco said.

This year, the provincial evaluation for the municipal and barangay levels will start on March 11 and will end on April 30, 2014. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Tandag City bares activities for International Women’s Day

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Mar. 4 (PIA) - The city government of Tandag is all set for the upcoming International Women’s Day celebration on March 8, 2014.

City Social Welfare and Development Officer Tessie Buniel said highlighting the celebration is the conduct of “Kalandrakas,” an activity where a one-stop-shop service will be set up to bring an array of government services in collaboration with the concerned government agencies and other sectoral groups.

Services include, legal aid/clinic facilitated by the City Legal Office and the Provincial Prosecutor Office; free health services like pre-natal, medical and dental check-up and bloodletting with the City Health Office and the Philippine Red Cross; free civil registration; and local and overseas employment facilitated by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Meanwhile, beauty care and make-up demonstration, massage and 'libreng gupit' (free hair cut) will also offered facilitated by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Bingo Socials.

The commemoration of the International Women’s Day is in line with the month-long celebration of the Women’s Month this March 2014 spearheaded by the city government. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


'Kapitolyo nan Siargao' inaugurated

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, March 4 (PIA) - The provincial government of Surigao del Norte  expands its services in Siargao Island with the opening of the newly completed "Kapitolyo nan Siargao" (Capitol of Siargao) building in the island.

The new capitol, which is a 2-storey building worth P18 million sourced from the 20 percent development fund of the province worth P15 million and additional P5 million from the Priority Development Fund of Congressman Francisco T. Matugas, is located at Barangay 12, Dapa, Surigao del Norte.

It was formally opened and inaugurated on Saturday, March 1, 2014 with Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Sec. Florencio “Butch” Abad, Jr., Surigao del Norte 1st District Representative Francisco T. Matugas, Governor Sol F. Matugas, Vice Gov. Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr and Surigao City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas and Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) President Jose Nuñes, Jr. as honored guests.

Abad, in his message, lauded the effort of Gov. Matugas and Cong. Matugas for bringing the government services closer to the people.

Abad also assured everyone that the national government will continue to support the projects of the province.

On her part, Governor Matugas said that the structure was conceived from the desire to bring out the best from an island with an infinite potential consistent with the goal of uplifting the lives of every constituents, all for the commitment of achieving “Ang Bag-ong Surigao.”

“Indeed the birth of Kapitolyo nan Siargao is the birth of new dawn that ushers in a new culture of service where people’s welfare matters most,” said Matugas.

Municipal mayors from different municipalities of the province, board members, heads and representatives of different national line agencies, provincial department heads, teachers, barangay captains and local government employees also witnessed the historic event. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DBM Sec visits Butuan

By Diana Lusia Generalao

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 4 (PIA) - Department of Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad recently graced the Caraga Regional Development Council Special Meeting in one of the convention centers here.

In his message, Sec. Abad emphasized the government’s aim for greater efficiency in budget implementation and improved transparency and accountability in the expenditure process.

The secretary added that starting this year, the agency will be implementing a General Appropriations Act (GAA)-as-Release-Document budget regime. Under this scheme, departments and agencies will no longer need to secure Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROs) to obligate funds — which involves entering into contracts and kick-starting the procurement process — for a particular project. Instead, an agency can begin obligating funds as soon as the 2014 GAA is implemented on the very first working day of the fiscal year. (Butuan City CMO-PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


CSU, IPOPHL launch first intellectual property advocacy office

By Ramil J. Leongas & Marson Jan S. Dolendo

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 4 (PIA) - Are you someone who has made some “intellectual creations” – be it it a song, artwork, literature, invention, design or business mark? Would you like to know how to get recognition and control over the commercialization of your creation, or do business with it? Are you interested to know what intellectual creations have already been registered by their owners?

An intellectual property (IP) advocacy office has just been opened recently here precisely to address those needs.

The Caraga State University (CSU) and Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) have launched the first IP advocacy office in the region at the CSU Campus, Ampayon, Butuan City last February 5, 2014.

Dubbed the Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO), the IP advocacy office will be an additional “go to” office on intellectual property concerns to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - Caraga Region’s own IP desk.

The launching of the ITSO was graced by Director of Documentation, Information and Technology Transfer Bureau (DITTB) - Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) Atty. Carmen G. Peralta, CSU President Dr. Joanna B. Cuenca and ITSO General Manager Dr. Thelma Montero-Galliguez.  Also present were Engr. Ramil A. Sanchez of CHED-Caraga, Ramil J. Leongas, Intellectual Property Account Person of DTI Caraga and representatives from higher education institutions (HEIs) all over the region.

The ITSO’s core functions revolve around three areas namely:

1.                      In support of Intellectual Property (IP) creation by facilitating access to global science and technology information:

•     Serves as a patent search facility and library patent information;
•     Provides skills training in patent searching;
•     Renders patent search services; and
•     Organizes a community of patent information users.

2.             In support of IP protection by promoting domestic and globally-recognized innovations:

•     Provides general information on patents and patenting;
•     Provides skills training in patent drafting and prosecution;
•     Renders patent drafting and prosecution services; and
•     Organizes a community of experts to participate in patent examination.

3.             In support of IP utilization by assisting the commercialization of globally-competitive innovations:

•     Renders IP audit and evaluation services;
•     Provides licensing support;
•     Provides advice on IP management & commercialization strategies; and
•     Be a depository of patent-related documents, papers and statistics.

The groundwork on the inclusion of CSU to the ITSO network started in 2012 when DTI-Caraga facilitated the participation of CSU to the High-Level Forum on Access to Technology for Innovation last March, 2012 at the Manila Peninsula Hotel, Ayala Ave., Makati City. Since then, CSU has worked closely with IPOPHL which eventually led to the signing of memorandum of agreement (MOA) last year between the two entities.

Last September 24-27, 2013, three technical staffs from CSU-Caraga attended the four-day ITSO Training on Patent Drafting as part of the capacity building component of the ITSO program.

ITSO is a project of Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) together with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to strengthen institutional capacity of universities and research-related institutions to access patent information and make use of the patent system. This is in line with the mandate of IPOPHL and more specifically, its 3D IP 2020 VISION as the ITSO network will demystify and democratized the patent system, use it as a tool for national development.

IPOPHL is an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry. (DTI-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Butuan nagpabiling kampeyon sa CRAM

Ni Sheila Mae Yatar

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 4 (PIA) - Nagpabiling madaugon ang delegasyon sa Butuan human madepensahan niini sa ika- upat nga sunod-sunod nga higayon ang kampeyonato sa bag-uhay pa lamang natapos nga 17th Caraga Regional Athletic Meet sa Tandag City, Pebrero 23- 27, 2014.

Human sa lima ka adlaw nga panagsangka sa 12 ka mga partisipante gikan sa nagkadaiyang dibisyon sa rehiyon sa Caraga, nag- una ang delegasyon sa Butuan sa opisyal nga gipagawas nga tali diin nakakuha kini ug 90 ka bulawan, 46 ka silver ug 36 ka bronse. Nasa ikaduhang puwesto ang Surigao City nga adunay 42 ka bulawan ug gisundan sa Agusan del Norte nga adunay 37 ka bulawan.

Mahinumdumang nag kampeyon ang delegasyon sa Butuan sa maong atletikang panagsangka sa tuig 2011, 2012, ug 2013. (Butuan City CMO-PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)