DILG 13 releases P36.6M PAMANA checks

By Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 14 (PIA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga Region released a total of P30.8 Million worth of checks for the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) 2013 projects and P5.8 Million worth of checks for PAMANA 2012 projects for the first quarter of 2014.

These releases were the second tranches for each project comprising the residual 20 percent of the total project cost. The first tranche of 80 percent was released upon approval of the project and the second tranche was withheld until the project is completed and the first tranche liquidated.

Of the P30.8 Million, P27 Million was given to the province of Surigao del Norte on February 20, 2014. This is broken down to P6M for the rehabilitation of Antipolo-Tuburan-Quezon (8.93 km) road in Del Carmen; P1.9M for the construction of Banban-Taganaan-Magsaysay Road (1.7 km) in Placer; P2.9M for the construction of a 50-meter Bailey Bridge at Cantugas in Mainit; P2.8M for the rehabilitation of Diaz-Magtangale Road (3.19 km) in San Francisco; P1.9M for the rehabilitation of Cantapoy-Villaraza Road and P2.8M for the rehabilitation of Pili-Karihatag Road (2.38 km) both in Malimono; P1.8M for the rehabilitation of Pinaypayan-Brazil Road, Mat-I in Surigao City; and P6.8M for the construction of Campo Little Baguio Road in Bacuag.

P2.8 Million was given to the province of Surigao del Sur on January 8, 2014. P1 Million was for the Rehabilitation of Union-Bogak-Rajah Cabungsuan Road in Lingig; and P1.8 Million for the Rehabilitation of Spring Development in Burgos, Mabahin, Manlico, Poblacion, Matho and Tigao, Cortes.

The remaining P1 Million, which was released on February 20, was given to the province of Agusan del Norte for the construction of Cabadbaran-Putting Bato-Lanuza Road, Phase 1.

There were also P5.8 Million worth of second tranche checks released during the first quarter of 2014 for the PAMANA 2012 projects.

Of this, P4.9 Million was given to the province of Agusan del Sur for the rehabilitation of Tapaz-Tagumpay-Guinobtan Road in Sta Josefa, which was released on February 5.

And finally, P900,000 was given to the province of Agusan del Norte for the Potable Water System in Baragany Taod-oy in Magallanes (P40,000); and Farm-to-Market roads: Jaguimitan concreting in Nasipit (P356,000); Tagbongbong-Kanluran-San Antonio road construction in Remedios T. Romualdez (P354,000) and Manoligao-Liongan rehabilitation in Carmen (P176,000). The first two were released on January 9, and the remaining on January 13 and February 20, respectively.

The release of the second tranche was recommended and approved upon attainment of the preset requirements by the provincial government in accordance with Joint Memorandum Circular between the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and DILG.

PAMANA is the convergence framework through which the national government, the local government units and development agencies provide targeted interventions in identified conflict-affected areas.

The portfolio of PAMANA projects for 2013 consists of 93 percent connectivity projects (amounting to P208 Million) and seven percent Basic Services projects (amounting to P15.3 Million). Although increasing in value by as much as 41 percent, this was a narrowing down in terms of coverage by 50 percent as compared to the previous year. PAMANA 2012 projects amounted to P158 Million with 86 percent connectivity projects, seven percent agricultural investments; six percent basic services and one percent disaster preparedness projects.

PAMANA 2013’s connectivity projects are broken down into road projects (one in Agusan del Norte, seven in Surigao del Norte and six in Surigao del Sur); and bridges (one in Surigao del Norte and one in Surigao del Sur).

The Basic Services projects were mostly potable water systems (six projects) and are all in Surigao del Sur. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


Prosperidad soon to be the bamboo capital of Agusan del Sur

By Irene L. Macheca

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Mar. 14 (PIA) – Inspired by the potential of bamboo both in the domestic and international market, Prosperidad Mayor Albin Magdamit expressed his full support for the development of the bamboo industry in Prosperidad.

Mayor Magdamit encouraged the private sector especially the farmers to join him in positioning the municipality as the bamboo capital of the province. He made this statement during the training on bamboo nursery establishment and plantation rehabilitation management recently in Prosperidad.

The training was sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the local government unit of Prosperidad. In the initial plan, only 30 participants were accommodated but the slot was increased to 60 because many farmers and entrepreneurs have signified their intention to join. The participants came from the different barangays rrepresenting the different farmers organizations.

The training started in Barangay New Leyte for the lecture and culminated in Barangay Lucena for the hands-on and application of the lectures learned from day one, with Marion Martin, senior agriculturist of Prosperidad as the trainer. During the culmination, the participants were given the chance to evaluate the training and by impression, rated the training as excellent. Protective gears like globes and goggles were also provided to each participant.

As output, the participants were able to rehabilitate two clumps of Kawayan tinik and established a garden plot nursery with 50 propagules. The nursery is very critical to the supply chain of engineered bamboo. Engineered bamboo, specifically bamboo planks is a material for construction and furniture industry.

A large volume of bamboo is needed by the San Francisco Association of Differently Abled Persons (SAFRAADAP), a cooperative of the disabled persons, for their production bamboo planks, as soon as their engineered bamboo facilities will be in full operation. SAFRAADAF’s e-bamboo facility is funded through the Shared Service Facility project of the DTI. (DMS/DTI-Agusan del Sur Provincial Office/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Surigao Norte GAD members undergo Training for Trainers Workshop

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Mar. 14 (PIA) – The members of the Gender and Development (GAD) of this province underwent a three-day Training for Trainers Workshop from March 12-14, 2014 at Cebu Parklane International Hotel, Cebu City.

According to Provincial Center for Women’s Training and Development Coordinator and Project Focal Person Florian T. Trinidad, participants are mostly from the different national line agencies of the province, non-government organizations and provincial offices.

Trinidad said the GAD Pool of Trainers of Surigao del Norte will be tapped to hasten the conduct of massive information, communication and education campaign.

“They will lead in the advocacy to eliminate Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC), Trafficking in Persons, Anti-Bullying Law, Magna Carta for Women, Kasambahay Law and many other laws concerning the rights and protection of women and children,” said Trinidad.

The training is part of the Spanish Government assisted project to the Philippines under the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), and Mindanao Commission on Women (MCW). (SDR/Provincial Center for Women’s Training and Developmentt/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DTI conducts consumer education seminar in AgSur town

By Cerila P. Inson & Leah L. Galano

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 14 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Sur provincial office conducted a Consumer Education seminar recently in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur aimed to increase the level of awareness on consumerism and encourage organizing of consumer group.

Twenty two representatives from women, senior citizens, barangay officials and tanods participated in the activity. The topics covered were the importance of consuming organically grown products, introduction to food safety, consumers’ rights and responsibilities, scam stories, managing own complaint, price tag, product standards and the essence of consumer organization.

According to the participants during the casual dialogue and interview, the seminar helped them understand some trade and industry laws that will guide them when buying goods and commodities. They have also learned how to detect scam strategies practiced by some of the unscrupulous business establishments in the form of text messages, emails, marketing scam, investment scam, lottery and sweepstakes scam.

A consumer group was also organized after the seminar where Barangay Captain Domimar of Barangay 1, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur was elected as the President. (DMS/DTI-Agusan del Sur Provincial Office/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


FNRI rekindles traditional Filipino cuisine using brown rice

By Jund Ria A. Doringo

MANILA, Mar. 14 (PIA) - Brown rice or unpolished rice is whole grain rice with the bran layer still on, which gives the brownish color, and exudes a mild and nutty flavor.

According to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), in comparison with white rice, brown rice is richer in vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B1, B3, and B6, manganese, phosphorus, and iron. Also, brown rice can contain as much as four times the amount of insoluble fiber than white rice.

Promoting increased consumption of brown rice among every Filipino and maximizing the health benefits of brown rice, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) developed a suitable and simple nutrition tool featuring standardized recipes of brown rice.

The recipe development process involved literature and recipe research, focus group discussions, standardization and evaluation of sensory attributes, estimation of energy and nutritional content, and photo-documentation of the recipes.

Preparation of the lay-out design, themes, health benefits, and practical tips on preparing brown rice comprised the production and printing of the recipe book.

Also, it shows off original recipes with estimated energy, calcium, iron, vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin C per serving size.

The brown rice recipe book is available at the FNRI Library in Bicutan, Taguig City and an e-copy will be uploaded on the FNRI website.

In spreading awareness of healthier options and alternatives to the Filipino community, such as the consumption of brown rice, through useful, practical, and handy nutrition tools, the FNRI-DOST is devoted and enthusiastic in fulfilling its mandate of diffusing knowledge and technologies in food and nutrition.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Bicutan, Taguig City; trunkline: 837 2071 local 2296 or 2287; telephone/fax no.: 837 3164, email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or mar_v_c@yahoo.com; website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Prayoridad nga mga lugar sa turismo sa AgNor gideklara

Ni Aimee Sienes-Sajor

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Marso 14 (PIA) - Gipasaka ni Cong. Erlpe John M. Amante sa ikaduha nga distrito sa Agusan del Norte didto sa kongreso ang upat niya ka House Bills aron maaprobahan kini nga madeklara ang mga lugar sa turismo ning probinsya.

Ang mga lugar sa turismo nga ideklara nga prayoridad mao ang Mapaso Hot and Cold Springs sa Barangay La Paz, Santiago; ang Lantawan Ecopark sa Barangay San Roque ug Barangay Crossing sa Kitcharao; Tagnote Falls-Mt. Hilong-Hilong Park sa lungsod sa Remedios T. Romualdez; ug ang Punta Diwata sa Barangay Vinapor, Carmen.

Kining tanan adunay lahi-lahi nga mga hiyas. Ang Mapaso Hot and Cold Springs, gituohan nga makatambal ug makaayo, adunay daghan nga langoyanan nga nagkalain-lain og temperatura, diin makita ang kalahian niini sa uban tungod kay ang temperature sa matag langoyanan mao ra sa tibuok tuig.

Ang Lantawan Ecopark, sa laing bahin, anaa nahimutang sa medyo bukid nga dapit diin makita ang dalisay ug kalawak sa Lake Mainit. Aduna kini forest reserve ug ang Regional Wildlife Rescue Center, ug duol sa iyang luna adunay wala pa masusi nga mga kweba nga nahibaloan nga adunay archaeological sites.

Kalabot sa bantogan nga Tagnote Falls, ang plano nga lugar sa turismo sa tiilan sa Mt. Hilong-Hilong nga adunay 80-100 ektarya, ang park usa ka labing maayo nga sinugdanan alang sa mga mountaineers nga gusto mosaka sa Mt. Hilong-Hilong ang pinakataas nga pungkay sa rehiyon sa Caraga nga nagtindog sa 2,102 metros ibabaw sa sea level. Kani nga bukid, naila sa iyang pito ka waterfalls nga wala pa madaot, nagsilbi usab nga puloy-anan sa kulang-kulang 120 ka nagkalain-lain nga species sa langgam, indigenous frogs, reptiles, mammals ug ecologically threatened flora.

Ang Punta Diwata usa ka paraiso sa dagat nga gibulahan sa matin-aw nga asul nga tubig ug ang shore dive site adunay usa sa pinakamaayo nga coral reef covers sa nasod. Naglinya usab duol sa daplin sa dagat ang lima (5) ka dugang nga dive spots nga adunay lain-lain nga mga isda ug uban pa nga mga talagsaon nga marine species. Aduna usab kini 43 ka makapaikag nga kweba ug lighthouse.

Ang Department of Tourism (DOT), sa pakigtakdo sa Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), gimandoan sulod sa usa ka tuig human maaprobahan kini nga mga house bill nga mangandam og tourism development plan alang niining mga lugara aron maseguro ang ilang kabuhian ug environmental sustainability ug manguna sa pag-implementar sa maong plano.

Ang badyet alang sa implementasyon sa maong proyekto i-apil sa badyet sa DOT ubos sa General Appropriations Act o sa internally generated funds sa TIEZA, o sa duha. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Cebuano News: Ang sunod nga Presidente kinahanglan nga dunay katakos, dili hakogan, matud pa ni Presidente Aquino

Ni Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Marso 14 (PIA) - Si Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III gitambagan ang mga batan-on sa pagbotar alang sa usa ka kandidato nga dunay katakos, dili hakogan ug malig-on, kini ang gibutyag niya sa mga estudyante sa Hope Christian High School sa Manila niadtong adlaw’ng Huwebes.

Atol sa usa ka pangutana ug tubag nga bahin ang Presidente gipangutana mahitungod sa pinaka nag-unang kalidad sa usa ka kandidato sa pagka pangulo nga kinahanglan sa mga bag-ohon pa nga mga botante nga kinahanglan tan-awon usa.

Sumala pa ni Presidente Aquino nga ang sunod nga presidente kinahanglan nga dunay katakos, dili flip flop sa iyang mga posisyon kon desisyon, ug kinahanglan unahon ang mga gikinahanglan sa mga katawhan.

“Alam n’yo ba kung ano 'yung ampaw na pagkain? Yung ampaw malasa pero sa loob hangin,” ang Presidente miingon nga naghulagway sa usa ka walay- katakos nga lider.

Siya usab misulti sa mga estudyante nga ang usa ka lider kinahanglan gayud nga lig-on diha sa mga posisyon ug kinahanglan nga dili mag-usab sa iyang mga panglantaw. Ang usa ka presidente gikinahanglan usab nga makaangkon ug pagtahud ug pagsalig sa mga katawhan aron mosunod ang tanan nga katawhan.

Ang usa ka pangulo sumala pa ni Presidente, kinahanglan usab nga dili hakog, siya miingon.

"Yung third value, talagang ito bang taong ito na-demonstrate ang pagiging para sa iba as opposed to para sa sarili?” pangutana ni Presidente.

”Klaro ba na 'yung gawain niya tungo sa kapakanan ng iba o kapakanan ng sarili? Kung manonood lang tayo ng commercial niya noong panahon ng kampanya kulang ang ginawa natin,” sulti pa niya.

Ang Presidente usab mihisgut sa ang iyahang kahadlok mahitungod sa usa ka lider nga anaa sa sobrang masaligon.

“Siguro kulbaan ako pag mukoyog kamo sa akoang buhaton, buhaton nako kini, buhaton ko kana, buhaton nako kadto’- mura ba ug sobra ang bilib sa kaugalingon. Kinahanglan ang usab ang pagpaubos,” (“Siguro kakabahan ako 'pag sumama kayo sa akin gagawin ko ito, gagawin ko 'yan, gagawin ko 'yon’—para bang masyadong bilib sa sarili. Kailangan may humility rin,”) siya miingon.

“Sa katapusan sa adlaw, aduna gayud magpadayon tali sa iyang mga buhat, ug sa iyang mga pulong, ug kana dayag sa kanunay sa dili pa siya magsugod o kamo kinahanglan nga magsugod sa paghatag sa iyong pagsalig sa kaniya, " (“At the end of the day there really has to be continuity between his actions and his words, and that has to be demonstrated consistently before he can start or you should start imparting your trust on him or her,”) siya miingon sa mga estudyante. (PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: DAR Agusan Norte misalmot sa kasaulogan sa selebrasyo sa bulan sa kababaihan

Ni Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 14 (PIA) - Malamposon nga misalmot sa “Kalandrakas” isip tipik sa kasaulogan sa 2014 Women’s Month Celebration nga gipasiugdahan sa Gender and Development (GAD) Coordinating Committee kon (GADCC) kaniadtong Marso 10, 2014 ning dakbayan.

Sa pakig-alayon ning buhatan sa mga kalihukan sa bulan sa kababaehan, si Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Andre B. Atega inabagan sa mga personahe ug DAR Ladies Association (DARLA) nahimong malampuson ang naasoy nga selebrasyon.

Kini nga selebrasyon nagsentro sa patas nga katungod sa mga kababaehan subay sa tema nga “Juana, Ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong,”  takdo aron manumbalik ang kadasig sa mga kababaehan nga naapektuhan sa mga kalamidad diha sa panghinaot nga makab-ot ang kalambu-an.

Sa laing bahin, tipik sa programa ang pagpasidungog sa mga kababaehan nga Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) diin usa kanila mao si Luxmie B. Auxillo, ang kasamtangang General Manager sa Baug Carp Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BCBMPC) sa lungsod sa Magallanes, Agusan del Norte. Si Luxmie nakadawat sa pasidungog isip “2014 Outstanding Women ARB in Caraga” tungod sa iyang dili ti-aw nga kontribyosyon sa kalambuan.

Lakip niini ang partisipasyon sa mga kababaehang mag-uumang-benepisyaryo sa CARP nga naglatid sa ilang mga produktong abot sa umahan kun product display and exhibit.

Sumala pa sa batakang balaud subay sa pagpatuman sa Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program kun (CARP), nagsaysay nga ang mga kababaehan sa bulohatong pang-uma sa tibuok pulo ning nasud kinahanglan hatagan og kahigayonan ug kasigurohan nga mahatagan og angay nga katungod  sa pagpanag-iya og yuta, maki-angayon nga parte sa ani, ug representasyon sa maayong tambag o paghimo sa desisyon nga maayo.

Ang pakiglambigit sa mga kababayen-an maoy dakong timailhan sa ilang dakong papel sa komunidad diin ilang ipakita ang kusog batok na sa pagpangabuso, pangpandagmal ug uban pa.

Kini nahipatik sa Republic Act 9262 kon “Anti-Violence Against Women and  Children Act of 2004”. Balaodnon nga manalipod sa kababayen-an ug kabatan-onan batok sa pang-abuso ug uban pang hulga sa ilang kinabuhi para na usab sa ilang kaluwasan ug seguridad. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)