EMB Caraga plants more trees to sustain Taguibo river water source

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 25 (PIA) – The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Region 13 through its Taguibo River Water Quality Management Area – Governing Board (TRWQMA-GB) conducted on Friday a tree planting activity at Brgy. Anticala, this city to help protect, restore and preserve the Taguibo river watershed as the community’s chief source of potable water.

More than a hundred and fifty fruit-bearing and hard wood seedlings were planted as part of the management actions for the improvement of quality water and its availability.

The activity was also in time with the observance of the International Day of Forests set every 21st of March as declared by the United Nations General Assembly in which countries are required to initiate tree planting and community-level events.

“It aims to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and development of all types of forests and of trees outside forests for the benefit of current and future generations,” reiterated EMB regional director Metodio Turbella.

Meanwhile, the province of Dinagat Islands through the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) also initiated a tree planting activity at Capitol compound in Cuarinta, San Jose.

The activity was participated by the provincial employees, members from national line agencies and non-government organizations.

Also, a signing of a ‘commitment board’ was instigated by hundreds of individuals who joined to commit in reducing poverty and promoting sustainable livelihood for all forest-dependent people, said public local government information officer Ma. Jane Mayola. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Peace Corps serves PH more than a century towards sustainable change

MANILA, Mar. 25 (PIA) – For more than fifty years of volunteered services, the United States’ eminent Peace Corps has helped the Philippines (PH) in promoting peace through developments by sending Americans here in the country to deal with the most pressing needs of people.

Statistics revealed that more than 8,000 Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV) have worked in the country with a strong partnership with the U.S. Embassy. Currently, there are about 131 volunteers aged 22-27 that are working in education; children, youth and family (CYF); and coastal resource management (CRM).

In education aspect, PCVs are working at the grassroots level by focusing on improving the English proficiency of students and teachers. Through the local counterparts, volunteers are assigned to secondary and tertiary public schools and assisted in the enhancement of the curriculum and the development of libraries.

They are into helping the students develop their critical thinking skills and organizing teacher-training programs to provide alternative teaching methodologies for Filipino teachers concentrating on communicative language teaching skills.
                                
Moreover, the volunteers serve as mentors, tutors, co-facilitators, and advisors in basic literacy, life skills training and staff development.

Also, in partnership with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), local government units (LGUs), and non-government units (NGOs), they were able to work in organizations serving at-risks children.

In terms of coastal resource management, PCVs made specific coordination with LGUs to work on protecting marine environment. They introduced livelihood-skills training and organized as well a youth environmental education camp.

In addition, Peace Corps PH manages a Peace Corps Response Program. These are short-term programs of approximately six months for which volunteers undertake high impact assignments that enriches the lives of Filipinos. (VLG-PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte Economic, Livelihood Cluster members meet for convergence workshop

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Mar. 25 (PIA) – The member agencies under the Economic and Livelihood Cluster of the HEALS (Health, Education, Agri-Aqua, Livelihood and Social Services) Plus of the province met on Monday for a seminar-workshop on Economic and Livelihood Cluster of the HEALS Plus Convergence Framework.

Organized by the Provincial Economic Enterprise Development and Management Office (PEEDMO), the one-day activity was aimed to consolidate and harmonize all projects, programs and activities (PPAs) of each member agencies and organizations relative to the inclusive socio-economic growth goal of the province.

The seminar-workshop also discussed the launching of two major programs, the Barangay Economic and Economic Empowerment Program (BEEP), and the Project SHEEN (Services to Help Emerging and Existing Entrepreneurs).

Topics presented and discussed during the seminar-workshop were Overview of the HEALS Plus Convergence of the province; Indicative Poverty Reduction Planning Framework; Barangay Economic Empowerment Program Overview; introduction of the Project SHEEN (Services to Help Emerging and Existing Entrepreneurs); Initial Identification of Export-ready products; and the commitment of each member agencies.

Participated the said seminar-workshop are representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Labor and Employment, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Public Works and Highways, Phil. Information Agency, Surigao del Norte Alliance of Cooperatives (SUDENACO), Surigao Economic Development Foundation, Inc.(SEDFI), Surigao Bankers Club, Barangay Development Office, Provincial Agriculture Office, Provincial Planning and Development Office, and Provincial Torism Office.  (SDR/PEEDMO-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


4 LGUs in Agusan Sur receive price bill boards

By Cerila P. Inson

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur , Mar. 25, 2014 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Sur Provincial Office has turned-over “Bantay Presyo” price billboards to Sta. Josefa and Trento during the recent flag raising ceremonies of the two municipalities, while another two will be given to Bayugan City and Prosperidad.

The DTI has directed the local government units that the billboards shall be installed strategically visible to the consumers in their respective public markets while the LGU’s Municipal Ecoomic Enterprise Development Office shall manage the facility.

Prices of commodities listed on the price billboards must be updated monthly based on the result of the price monitoring that the LGU conducted. This will serve as the price reference of the consumers when buying basic consumers’ goods.

DTI and partners in price monitoring envisioned that with the presence of price billboards in the market place, more consumers will be empowered, exercise their right to choose and enjoy the best value of their hard-earned money.

It is also believed that the price board will also trigger fair competition among retailers that will result to reasonable prices and better quality of goods beneficial to the consumers.(DMS/DTI Agusan del Sur Consumer Welfare/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DOLE, DAR Surigao Norte turn-over new rice miller to coop

By Daryll M. Tumbaga

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Mar. 25 (PIA)  – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga Regional Field Office and Department of Agrarian Reform – Surigao del Norte provincial office turned-over recently a new rice milling machine worth P300,000.00 to the Cantapoy Farmers and Fishermen Credit Cooperative (CAFFCRECO) in a turn-over ceremony at the CAFFCRECO’s coop building, Brgy. Cantapoy, Malimono, this province.

The newly turned-over machine is part of the Integrated Livelihood Program of DOLE to around 140 CAFFCRECO members that will benefit the said milling machine.

As it can be recalled, CAFFCRECO started engaging in rice milling services in 2001 following their acquisition of a second-hand rice milling machine, after identifying that the business was feasible since there are quite a number of palay producers in their area but not millers.

For more than a decade of their operation, their lone milling machine has become obsolete and sometimes malfunctions and causes delay to their daily operations which in effect pushes their farmer customers to have their palay milled to other millers and in turn decreasing their expected profits.

On this premise, then Development Facilitator (DF) Lorna G. Maturan, an Agrarian Reform Program Technologist, together with the Medium and Small Scale Industries Coordinated Action Program (MASICAP II) Development Foundation, Inc. drafted and formulated the CAFFCRECO’s rice milling services project proposal and submitted the same to the DOLE.

The coop’s request came into reality on the day the check was handed to them by DOLE-Caraga regional director Atty. Johnson G. Cañete.

Dir. Cañete during the ceremonial turn-over stressed that the CAFFCRECO beneficiaries were lucky to have received the said grant, the first beneficiary in the entire province.

He also reminded the members of CAFFCRECO of their duties and responsibilities in making the project a fruitful one and be of more service to their constituents.

On the other hand, the members were just so grateful of the project because it will surely help lessen the burden of their coop’s operations and hoping to fully serve their farmer customers in the area and most importantly it will help in generating additional income for CAFFCRECO.

The said event was also graced by DAR Surigao del Norte Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Officer (CARPO) Ma. Elizabeth L. De Guzman, MARO Alfredo E. Alvarez, Labor and Employment Officer III Felibeth Bonono and Rhium Truce C. Salvador of DOLE. (SDR/DAR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Butuan City ties up with RLAs for livelihood improvement

By Diana Generalao

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 25 (PIA) - To alleviate the livelihood of its citizens, the city government here creates partnership with regional line agencies (RLAs) after the Memorandum of Understanding with the Congressional Office of Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Technical Education and Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) was formally signed over a short ceremony to close the Forest in the City Hall Exhibit at the city hall lobby, recently.

Part of the economic and social interventions that will be carried out will be livelihood programs and skills training for economically-challenged families.
          
The DTI will ensure the increase in livelihood options while the TESDA will make certain for the increase in employment opportunities to the unemployed 4Ps beneficiaries.
          
Serving as witnesses to the new partnership were city councilors Ferdinand Nalcot and Rema Burdeos. (LGU Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


City dad pushes for BADAC support

By Diana Generalao

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 25 (PIA) - City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. met recently with PCSupt Dominador E. Aquino, Jr., regional director of the Police Regional Office 13, to discuss on the existing security issues in a brief dialogue at the City Mayor’s Office.
          
Throughout the dialogue, Amante was keen on establishing a cooperative effort with the Philippine National Police to address a number of concerns including motorcycle theft and the seemingly-unending rampant illegal drug trade.
            
“We need to work in this together,” Amante said to PCSupt. Aquino.

Amante urged the PNP Caraga chief to strengthen the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC), "because we have to stop illegal drugs from its roots. There should be an internal effort involved especially on those identified barangays with illegal drug trade going on.”
          
BADAC was created in accordance to Sec. 16 of the Local Government Code of 1991 to effectively address the problem on illegal drugs and ensure community peace and harmony.
            
“If BADAC hasn’t been functioning, it’s high time that it should be activated. Our city DILG will look into this,” Mayor Amante strongly suggested.
            
In addition, the mayor announced that a P2.5 Million budget has been allocated for Civilian Volunteer Organization (CVO) trainings this year and that the Moral Recovery Program of the city will be incorporated into the barangay level, as well, which will be helpful strategies in the elimination of illegal drug trade.
            
“Also, if there is a need to mount more closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) in the city, then we will do it the soonest time possible," Mayor Amante assured everyone at the meeting.

“Since these CCTVs have so far been helpful, we will do what we can to improve this system. But let’s not only focus on crimes committed on the barangay level. Let us also look into the scenarios inside banks and other private establishments. Let’s coordinate with them regarding security concerns and see what we can do. I believe there is already a City Ordinance which requires them to mount CCTVs, but let’s look into how we can improve the existing measures,” he added.
            
Amante said that with the motorcycle thefts, "first and foremost, it is the responsibility of the owner to secure his property. However, we should aid them also. Let’s release a list of safety measures for all the motorcycle owners out there.”

“We can advise them where and where not to park, advise them to always secure their motorcycles with chains and padlocks, all those stuff. We should come up with the public advisory the soonest time possible,” he said.
          
Also in the meeting was Col. Romeo Palgue, City Deputy for Administration of the Butuan City Police Office, and some personnel of the PRO 13. (LGU Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Tagalog News: Pamahalaan manatiling tapat sa kakayahan ng pangnegosyong kapaligiran, sabi ni Aquino

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Marso 25, 2014 (PIA) - Binigyang kasegurohan ni Pangulong Aquino ang mga mamumuhunan na ang kanyang administrasyon ay mananatiling tapat para maseguro na tama ang nilalaruang antas ng negosyo at manatili ang magandang kapaligiran para sa negosyo sa bansa.

Sinabi ng Pangulo sa mga negosyante noong nanumpa ang mga bagong opisyales ng Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Employees Confideration of the Philippines (ECOP), Philippine Exporters Confederations (Philexport) at Anvil Business Club na ang pamahalaan ay nagtala ng makahulugang tagumpay sa mga nakaraang ilang taon ng administrasyong Aquino.

Kasama rito ang malaking pagtalon ng bansa sa iba’t ibang ranggo ng paligsahan, pati na ang pagpataas ng antas ng pamuhunan mula sa mga nangungunang nagbibigay grado na mga ahensiya.

Tumaas din ang pamumuhunan kung saan ang neto ng FDI ay tumaas ng 20 porsyento, mula sa $3.22 billion noong 2012 papunta sa $3.86 billion noong2013, sabi niya sa kanyang mensahe.

“Noong nakipagkita ako sa PHILEXPORT noong nakaraang Oktobre 2012, inihayag ko ang aking tiwala sa kanilang kakayahan na malampasan ang bagyong kinakaharap ng sektor ng export ng panahong iyon. Sa kasalukuyan, nakikita natin ang maliwanag na kalangitan, kung saan ang kabuuang kalakal ng export ay tumaas ng 9.3 porsyento hanggang sa mas higit $4.38 billion noong Enero ng taong kasalukuyan, kung ihambing sa $4 billion noong Enero ng 2013,” sabi ng Pangulo.

Naitala ng pamahalaan ang katangi-tanging gawa na ito pagkatapos na maayos ang antas ng pinaglalaruang larangan ng negosyo at lumikha ng mas mabuting kapaligiran para rito.

“Nabigyan ng pandaigdigang pagtanggap ng bagong mukha ng Pilipinas sa politika at sistema, makakaasa tayo ng mas mataas na daan sa mas malawak na larangan ng kompetisyon; basta kunin natin ang bentaha ng ating muling paglitaw, titigil kayo sa pagpatakbo ng malaking negosyo sa maliit na lanaw, at baka maging lider pa ng industriya sa buong karagatan ng mga oportunidad,” dagdag ng Pangulo.

Pinayuhan din ng Pangulo ang mga bagong halal na mga opisyal ng iba’t-ibang organisasyon ng mga negosyante sa bansa na palaging isaisip ang mga benepisyo para sa mga tao ano man ang kanilang gagawin.

Ang mga lokal na negosyo ay dapat seguradohin ang kanilang tunggalian sa lokal na pamilihan at gumawa ng malusog na kapaligiran sa negosyo para sa bawat manlalaro, sabi ng punong ehekutibo.

"Dahil sa pakipagsamahan ng pamahalaan sa mga pribadong negosyo, mas malaki ang hakbang ng bansa para sa benepisyo ng milyong Pilipino,” dagdag ng Pangulo. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: ALS sa City Jail, giduso; pagtukod ug buhatan IPs, gipanghingusgan

Ni Diana Generalao

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 25 (PIA) - Gipangunahan ni Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Member Ferdinand Nalcot ang pagduso nga mamahimong makanunayon ang pag implementar sa programang Alternative Learning System kon ALS alang sa mga piniriso sa Butuan City Jail, atol sa pinakaulahing sesyon sa SP niadtng miaging martes, Marso 18, 2014.

Matod pa sa konsehal nga usa kini ka pamaagi aron mahimong produktibo ang matag tagsa-tagsa ka mga kinabuhi sa mga piniriso bisan pa man sa ilang kasamtangang estado.

“Samtang nagpaabot pa kining mga piniriso sa pagdungog sa kaso nga gipasaka batok kanila, aduna sila’y mabuhat sa ilang panahon nga makatabang pa gayud unya kanila ug sa ilang matag pamilya inig abot sa panahon. Kay dili nagpasabot nga dinha na lang taman ang ilang kinabuhi. Kung mapamatud-an nga wala sila’y nahimong kalapasan sa balaod, naturamente makagawas na sila. Gusto nato pangandaman ang ilang pag-gawas unya puhon,” saysay pa ni Konsehal Nalcot.

Ang maong resolusyon gipasa na sa Committee on Education, Science and Technology aron sa dugang pagtoon ug paghan-ay sa posibleng implementasyon.

Samtang sa naasoy’ng sesyon gihapon, gipanghingusgan ni SP Member Derrick Plaza ang pagtukod ug buhatan alang sa mga Indigenous Peoples kon IPs.

Gisaysay ni Konsehal Plaza nga igo ug angayan lamang kini aron mas mapausbaw pa ang tingog sa mga IPs kay matod pa sa konsehal, nagtuo siya nga kung dili tungod sa mga IPs dili nato masustener ang atong pag-angkon sa dungog ug pagtahod sa ubang syudad isip “Balangay City.” (LGU Butuan City/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Cebuano News: Emergency Quick Response Plan sa Butuan, mugnaon

Ni Lyka Quinto

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 25 (PIA) - Alayon sa Republic Act No. 10121 o “Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2020” gihamtang sa konseho ning dakbayan  ang pagmugna ug Emergency Quick Response Plan alang sa mga komersyal nga mga establisyemento ingon man sa mga pribado ug pampublikong tulunghaan sa dakbayan, Marso 10, 2014.

Agi’g pakigtambayayong sa hiniusang lakang sa Lokal nga Panggamhanan alang sa mga programa niini mahitungod sa disaster management ug reduction efforts aron sa pagprotektar sa mga katawhan batok sa kalamidad, ang City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) abli alang sa pakighugoy-hugoy alang sa mga lokal business establishments ug educational institutions sa dakbayan alang sa nasangpit nga EQRP. (LGU Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)