Integrated rice-duck farming tagged as ‘super organic farming system’

By Venus L. Garcia

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Mar. 17 (PIA) – “I have known some people in Asian countries who are fascinated by ducks and organic rice farming and had their lives changed. The Integrated Rice-Duck Farming System (IRDFS) innovation is certainly a ‘super system’ in the field of organic farming,” underscored Dr. Takao Furono, founder of the IRDFS during the 18th International Rice-Duck Conference held in Butuan City on March 10-14.

Furono said that unlike modernized techniques, effects of rice on ducks, such as weed control, pest control, supply of nutrients and stimulation need no thorough management.

As described, ducks worked effectively in the rice paddies mainly for the rice where they swim freely around the rice plants. Weeds and harmful insects which used to be the enemies in rice single cropping are now feeding ducks, while the feces of ducks became nutrients for rice. This means that unused spaces and resources have turned into useful resources through IRDFS techniques.

"The creative unification of rice farming and stock raising is at the same time an innovation that saves and increases food diversity," added Furono.

He is optimistic that through exchange of each country’s experiences in applying IRDFS and with the espousal of Philippine Agrarian Reform Foundation for National Development, Inc. (PARFUND) to create the International Rice-Duck Research Institute in the Philippines, new approach across the IRDFS value chain or in other related studies will be adopted.

”We have to innovate the sustainable model of local communities using those technical innovations. I believe that these two innovations, which we can call ‘The One Duck Revolution,’ will spread out to the world from here in Mindanao,” remarked Furono.

The conference has gathered IRDFS experts and practitioners, as well as development investors from all over Asia and highlighted IRDFS as a climate-smart agriculture system and a social enterprise. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga RDRRMC enjoins LGUs to participate in the Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake drill

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 17 (PIA) – The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) chaired by Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga regional director Liza Mazo enjoins local government units (LGUs) through its local DRRMCs to participate in the 1st Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill on March 19, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in their respective area of responsibility (AOR).

“This is in response to OCD Memorandum dates February 26, 2014 wherein all Local DRRMCs are hereby enjoined to participate in the set drill in their respective AORs and to identify the venue as ceremonial site,” bared Mazo.

Mazo emphasized that the drill will gauge the efficiency of the warning dissemination and the response of the Provincial/City and Municipal DRRM Councils and the LGUs, as well as the level of preparedness of schools, hospitals, and surrounding communities if an actual earthquake takes place.

It was also learned that the Caraga RDRRMC has identified the city hall of Butuan as its ceremonial site.

In this activity, the regional pool of evaluators coming from the different government agencies and partners will also be there to assess the earthquake drill. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga RCC bares job opportunities, workers development initiatives

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 17 (PIA) – The member agencies of the Caraga Regional Coordinating Committee chaired by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through regional director Atty. Johnson Cañete bared various job opportunities and its initiatives for the development of workers.

Cañete said some 1,000 beneficiaries in the region have already availed of the DOLE's Emergency Employment Assistance. DOLE has also other programs and services that caters to the different sectors in the community.

"The DOLE's Government Internship Program (GIP) continues to serve the fresh graduates in Caraga region who are jobless and we can have a total of 131 GIPs if the local government units in the different districts will utilize their 3.5-M budget for this program," said Cañete.

Regional director Petrona Bergado of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) also revealed that their office is focused on the development of the families especially those who have family member/s working abroad. "We wanted to help the family of the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who are left behind to become financial literate since working as OFW is temporary and so we wanted them to establish their own livelihood," she remarked.

“We conduct different trainings for the immediate families of the Caraganon OFWs which they can use in their livelihood and future businesses,” added Bergado.

Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) Caraga regional director Florencio Sunico reported that more scholarship programs are now being offered by TESDA. He further enjoined interested applicants for scholarship to go to TESDA provincial offices for profiling purposes so that they will be advised what TESDA courses are they going to take in accordance with the demands of the industry here and abroad.

Olga Virginia Demata of the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) in Butuan City said that their office is continuously conducting in-house trainings wherein they invite different companies and hold the training at the ECC office while with the on-site training, the ECC personally visits the companies and then hold the training at the respective establishments.

“In coordination with other concerned government agencies, we see to it that workers get the due benefits and compensation from their employers. We do conduct monitoring on these establishments, companies,” stressed Demata.

Lee Christian Jaquit of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) also reported that their office is regularly conducting trainings for the safety of workers. “Next week, we are set to conduct training for the manufacturing industry. The training on Fire Safety is also ongoing which is in line with the observance of this year's Fire Prevention Month," he said.

Meanwhile, Rotelo Cabugsa of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in Butuan City announced that applicants can now apply for board exam online. "We are working on for the prompt release of the board exam results so board passers can also use it for their job applications," he said.

The RCC will convene the local media again for its monthly briefing on each of the agencies ongoing programs and services, special projects, as well its accomplishments. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DTI Surigao Norte steps up campaign on Consumer Act

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Mar. 17 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provincial office here is doubling its efforts in its campaign to raise public awareness of their rights and responsibilities.

Just recently, DTI conducted a one-day Consumer Education Seminar in Surigao City on the salient features of Republic Act 7394 or Consumer Act of the Philippines.

Among the attendees of the seminar are the women’s group, barangay kagawads and officials, selected national line agencies and 4P’s beneficiaries. The activity is also in line with the Women's Month celebration, it was learned.

Topics presented and discussed during the session were Eight Basic Rights and Five Responsibilities of Consumer; Consumer Complaints Handling; Deceptive Sales Acts and Practices; and Household Energy Saving Tips.

Chairperson committee on Women and Family, City Councilor Rise Faith R. Recabo, in her message, lauded the effort of the DTI in organizing the said activity that provides valuable inputs and information as a consumer. She also cited the relevance of women especially when it comes to financial management. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


OWWA-Caraga focuses on OFWs' welfare, family ties

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 17 (PIA) – In a recently conducted press conference of the Caraga Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) chaired by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) held here, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga regional director Petrona Bergado emphasized that the agency focuses on providing the special needs of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families who are left behind in the region.

"If the families who are being left behind by the OFWs are settled, the OFWs are also in condition to work better and are productive in the job they do. We will continuously look into the needs of our OFWs for their welfare," said Bergado.

Bergado added that their office is focused on the development of the families especially those who have family member/s working abroad. "We wanted to help the family of the OFW who are left behind to become financial literate since working as OFW is temporary and so we wanted them to establish their own livelihood," she remarked.

Bergado also reiterated that an OWWA member-OFW is entitled to services and benefits over and above the provisions of the employment contract offer of employers or the laws of the receiving country.

“With its membership contribution (renewable every two years, or for the duration of his/her contract if it’s less than two years), an OWWA member is entitled to the following benefits and services: Insurance and Health-Care Benefits (which include life insurance, disability and dismemberment benefits, total disability benefit, burial benefit); Education and Training Benefits; Social Services and Family Welfare Assistance; and Workers Assistance and On-site Services,” Bergado cited.

Meanwhile, Bergado also invited family members of the OFWs to avail of the OWWA’s Tulay Program where they are taught how to connect and communicate with their families abroad in a faster, easier and convenient way possible. 

“TULAY was created to provide OFWs access to both technology and IT training. Its main purpose is to provide free computer classes to OFWs and their dependents,” explained Bergado. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Stakeholders’ Consultation-Forum on Migration, Peace set in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 17 (PIA) – The Mindanao Migrants Center for Empowering Actions, Incorporated (MMCEAI), a rights-based, service organization based in Davao City for migrants – active and returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their immediate families and communities, is set to hold a one-day Stakeholders’ Consultation-Forum on Migration, Peace and Development on March 27, 2014 at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, this city.

“Moving along the framework that migration phenomenon crosscuts peace and development issues, the consultation-forum seeks to surface and encourages discourse on issues particular to Carag region, as it aims to identify areas where local government and local stakeholders could better strengthen their capacity to prevent and respond to cases of trafficking in persons, illegal recruitment and migration-related gender-based violence,” explained Inorisa Sialana-Elento, MMCEAI executive director.

Elento bared that migration, peace, environment and development are interconnected, mutually reinforcing and deeply intertwined concerns, particularly in the context of Mindanao. The fragile peace situation, massive environmental degradation and disasters exacerbate migration problems and hinder the full development of the island.

“There is a pressing need to address the immediate and more apparent negative effects of migration by strengthening mandated protection structures and broadening constituencies and responsive stakeholders. Meanwhile, engaging with more evidence-based researches and advocacies that push for strategic approaches to migration, peace and development in Mindanao are equally important endeavors,” said Elento. 

With this consultation-forum, Elento further said that they intend to generate recommendations for concrete actions in the region and agenda that could be contributed to a Mindanao-wide multi-sectoral action plan on migration and development.

Some 40 participants representing government agencies, local government units, private stakeholders, and civil society organizations are expected to attend said activity.

MMCEAI shaped its missions for the migrant workers in the mid-2007 by a group of advocates-women activists, young people, lawyers, academicians, local legislators, former OFWs, relatives of distressed migrants – who actively responded to the needs of migrants in distress, specifically women migrant workers caught in vortex of the globalized economy which trade people for cheap labor as domestic helpers, sex workers, and others. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


PAGBA to discuss public financial management, transparency with govt officers

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 17 (PIA) – The Philippine Association for Government Budget Administration (PAGBA) Incorporated is set to convene officers of government agencies for a seminar and meeting on April 23-26, 2014 to be held at the APO View Hotel, Davao City. 

Budget/Finance officers, accountants, administrative/personnel officers, cashiers/treasurers, comptrollers, planning development officers, fiscal/school administrators and other officials are the participants of said activity.

“As a dynamic organization, PAGBA commences this year’s quarterly seminars and meetings with an array of fora to respond to the continuing and current requirements in public service and governance, particularly on effective implementation of various reforms on public financial management,” bared Mario Relampagos, PAGBA president.

Relampagos further said that distinguished speakers were invited to discuss various topics such as Climate Change Adaptation, Information Systems Strategic Planning, ongoing Public Financial Management Reforms, Leave Credits Administration and Computation, Project NOAH, Disaster Preparedness, Commission on Audit (COA) Rules and Regulations on Suspension and Disallowance, and Personal Financial Management, among others.

In this seminar, each participant shall pay a registration fee of P4,800.00, annual dues of P300.00 and membership fee of P200.00. “Cheque/cash payment should be issued/addressed to the Philippine Association of Government Budget Administration Inc. through the Land Bank of the Philippines Account No. 1692-1000-30,” specified Relampagos.

Relampagos added that early payment and online registration is encouraged. To register online, interested participant may visit the website of PAGBA at www.pagba.com. The onsite registration will be open on April 22, 2014 a day before the scheduled seminar.

Said seminar is anchored on the theme, “Public Financial Management and Climate Change Resiliency Towards Responsive and Transparent Governance.” (JPG/PIA-Caraga)  


RDRRMC Caraga readies nationwide earthquake drill

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 17 (PIA) – The Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) Caraga region will join the nation in the conduct of the first Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on March 19.

RDRRMC chairperson and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga regional director Liza Mazo enjoined all local DRRMCs to actively participate in the conduct of the first NSED on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in response to the OCD Memorandum dated February 26, 2014, requiring all Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils of Caraga to participate in the 1st Quarter National Simultaneous.

Mazo said the council has identified the city hall of the Butuan City government as its ceremonial site during the nationwide earthquake drill.

“The drill will gauge the efficiency of the warning dissemination and the response of the Provincial/City/Municipal DRRM Councils and the local government units, as well as the level of preparedness of schools, hospitals and surrounding communities if an actual earthquake takes place,” Mazo added. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


News Feature: Organic rice, duck meat feeding program helps improve children’s health

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 17 (PIA) –The introduction of Integrated Rice-Duck Farming System (IRDFS), an organic farming that yields better results, by the Philippine Agrarian Reform Foundation for National Development, Inc. (PARFUND) has helped in reducing malnutrition through a community-based feeding program.

Based on the data from PARFUND, among the 1,072 children (approximately 50 percent male, 50 percent female aged 1-10 years old) who participated in the locally resourced feeding program manifested an improved health, better skin and weight gain after two to three months eating of organic, unpolished rice and iron and iodine-rich duck meat cooked as porridge called ’arrozcalducks.’

Of the classified indigenous peoples (IP) communities in Esperanza and Trento, Agusan del Sur, PARFUND was able to assist the rice farmers to establish rice-duck farms. Through this, the feeding program utilizes equipment, materials, supplies, and other resources from the locality. “Thus, there is a greater likelihood that the local government will be able to sustain and even expand the program to other areas," said chief operations officer of PARFUND Jose Apollo Pacamalan.

Meanwhile, Corazon Penaloga from Trento, Agusan del Sur also testified that her grandson, Carlo Penaloga, aged 4, is doing well now by undertaking the feeding program. “His weight has increased and he became very active,” she stated.

PARFUND has recently hosted the 8th International Rice-Duck Conference on March 10-14, 2014 in Butuan City and was graced by no less than Dr. Takao Furono, the founder of the Integrated Rice-Duck Farming System (IRDFS). (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


News Feature: Rice self-sufficiency, it’s possible

By Rhea C. Abao

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 17 (PIA) - Rice is life. Since the decline of rice production that started in the middle of the 80s, the government has been doing all effort to bring back what was lost, rice sufficiency.

“Una, hindi na tayo aangkat ng hindi kailangan. Ikalawa, ayaw na nating umasa sa pag-aangkat. Ang isasaing ni Juan dela Cruz, Dito ipupunla, dito aanihin, at dito bibilhin.” This is President Aquino’s statement during the second State of the Nation Address last July 2011 as he envisioned to end over-importation and gain rice self-sufficiency in every "Juan" household.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) through the leadership of Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, had directed the regions to get their focus and pour in all necessary support to fulfill its goal, urging everyone to work harder and deliver more results.

The Challenge

The year 2013 was declared by the President as National Year of Rice, enjoining producers, consumers and policy makers to complement the efforts of the government in attaining self-sufficiency; raise awareness on responsible rice consumption; and boost farmer’s morale and motivate them to adopt technologies and good practices to improve farm productivity.

Producing enough food to feed the growing population is a challenge the agriculture sector faces every day. Being at the forefront, the DA intensified its intervention on production support and strengthened its collaboration with various stakeholders to attain its goal of a sustained rice-sufficiency in the country.

Intervention and Innovations

In Caraga Region, rice sufficiency is no longer an impossible dream. Focused on the goal of becoming a rice-sufficient region in line with the national thrust, the rice program provided full support to the rice sector through production inputs, irrigation development, infrastructure and postharvest development, market development, extension support, education, training and research.

Irrigation

From 2011 to 2012, the completion and rehabilitation of 12 irrigation facilities, has ensured farming communities to be served adequate water supply. This lead to the opening of new areas of 3,383 hectares for rice production and resulted to the increase in area harvested with a growth rate of 24.43 percent in 2013. Availability of irrigation systems enabled farmers to maximize the benefits of high yielding varieties particularly hybrid seeds.

Quality Seeds

The department also responded to farmers' access to quality seeds through the establishment of 15 Community Seed Banks (CSB) throughout the region in coordination with eligible upland farmers’ organizations. While CSB provided storage facilities for seeds produced by the community, the strong Seed Grower Cooperatives in the region also ensured the availability of certified seeds together with PhilRice who provided the registered, certified, and hybrid seeds needed by the farmers. The 9.27 percent increase in yield is attributed to the availability of quality seeds.

Although Caraga experienced unfavorable conditions in the past three years which resulted to flooding, most of the rice crops immediately recovered and rehabilitation efforts were undertaken through provision of buffer seeds to farmers whose crops were totally damaged.

Mechanization

Based on a study from two established rice research institutions, International Rice Research Institute and Philippine Rice Research Institute (IRRI and PhilRice) postharvest losses is one of the major hindrance to rice self-sufficiency. Postharvest losses include both physical losses, 15 – 25 percent in weight and quality (lost during drying and milling)   and 10 – 30 percent in value of paddy (while harvesting).

Inefficient postharvest handling is thereby addressed by providing postharvest equipment and facilities throughout the region. DA distributed two units of rice-combine harvester, 50 units of collapsible dryer, 20 units of hermetic storage, 16 units of moisture meter, 50 units of rice cutter and 2,000 pieces of plastic grain bag were distributed to farmer organizations and Irrigators associations.

“Rice combine harvester saves time and saves labor. Losses incurred in harvesting means a reduction of farm income. Farm mechanization is indeed a big help to minimize and avoid harvest losses.  This should be adopted by the farmers in order to deal with unpredictable weather conditions,” said Gerardo M. Mag-isa, chairman of Antongalon-Agusan Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Butuan City.

Education and Training

In support to production services, DA also continued to strengthen the delivery of extension services to rice farmers to accelerate the adoption of new technologies and “best practices" through the 83 deployed Local Farmer Technicians (LFT) and 280 Rice Agricultural Extension Workers (AEW) assigned at the different barangays in the municipality.

Working together to realize the goal on rice-self sufficiency, DA, its attached agencies, private sector, and the Local Government Units, intensified the transfer of technology to farmers through 78 farmer’s field school, training of trainers and school-on-the-air program which paved the way to a more empowered rice sector in the region.

Rice-Sufficiency Made Possible

The effort to attain rice self-sufficiency has paid off. A total of 584,548.67 million metric tons production in rice was attained exceeding its target of 547,484 M/mt or a total of 106.77 percent.  The province of Agusan del Sur, considered as the rice hub of the region contributed a significant yield of 305,171 M/mt equivalent to 52.7 percent of the total production in Caraga.

Such accomplishment in rice production not only contributed to the over-all target but also showed that attaining rice sufficiency is indeed possible.  Amid natural calamities besetting the country in 2013, the country still posted 97 percent sufficiency in rice with an increased production of 7.82 percent.

We are almost there

DA Secretary Proceso Alcala had instructed the regions “to give it our all” during the DA internal budget hearing early this year.  “Avoid serious mistakes especially complacency,” Secretary Alcala added.

Recognizing the regions as forefront in the implementation of various DA services and projects in agriculture, Alcala has mobilized the regions and attached agencies and bureaus to pursue two important interventions: Investment in public goods and Growing agri-based enterprises.  “It is through this two major interventions that we will deliver major scores on inclusive growth,” said Alcala.

Together with the support in infrastructure, post-harvest facilities, and strengthening market services, DA have high hopes to deliver major achievements including food sufficiency by the end of 2015. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan makes historic Vision 2020 launching

By Diana Generalao

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Mar. 17 (PIA) - The ancient and historic kingdom of Butuan is now out to show the rest of the Philippines why its rich history is not only limited to its balanghai boats as it remarkably gathered thousands of people to join in the launching of Vision 2020 via a simultaneous tree planting activity Sunday.

Arriving at the area as early as 5:00 a.m. and not paying much attention to the scorching heat of the sun later on that Sunday morning, the tree planters, all coming from various organizations both from the public and private sectors, lined up along the 5km stretch of the Bancasi Rotunda towards the boundary of the Bancasi-Bonbon road with their planting necessities, ready to plant 1,500 mahogany and narra trees and start a life-long commitment for Butuan.

On the forefront of the momentous activity was Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. who, from the start of the preparations, never doubted the support of the Butuanons for Vision 2020. “The support we receive especially in today’s launching is really very overwhelming. This is more than what we prayed for and I’m just so thankful to everybody for doing their share. A little help goes a long way, and yes, it is still a long way to go for us to achieve Vision 2020, the road can get bumpier, but if we are in this together, we can overcome whatever obstacles there are along the way. Being united as one people.  That matters greatly. And today is a great start,” Mayor Amante said.

Led by Vice-Mayor Angelo Calo, the members of the 13th Sangguniang Panlungsod, were also there to solidify their commitment to Vision 2020. councilors Samuel Amante, Virgilio Nery, Ferdinand Nalcot, Ramon Carampatana, and Rema Burdeos, each planted a tree along with their respective families.

The Butuan City Government chiefs of office and employees also came in full force and just as well committed themselves, along with everyone else who planted that day, to not just nurture and protect the trees, but to remain responsive to their obligations to this once-still city that is now slowly unmasking itself to be one of the most competitive cities down South and rise beyond expectations. (LGU-Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Tagalog News: Gobyerno at MILF lalagda sa malawakang kasunduan sa Marso 27

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Marso 17 (PIA) - Kinumpirma ni Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles noong Biyernes na ang Malawakang Kasunduan ng Bangsamoro o Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) sa pagitan ng pamahalaan ng Pilipinas at ng Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) ay lalagdaan sa darating na Marso 27.

“Pagkatapos ng 17 taong marubdob na negosasyon, sa huli, tayo ay darating sa isang pampulitikang kasunduan na siyang magseselyo ng matatag na kapayapaan at progresso sa  Mindanao,” sabi ni Deles.

“Ang paglagda ng CAB ay inaasahang magbigay benepisyo hindi lamang sa Bangsamoro kung hindi sa buong bayan, at ito ay magliliwanag higit pa sa ating hangganan hanggang sa pangrehiyong komunidad, at baka sa buong mundo,” dagdag pa niDeles.

Sinalaysay ni Deles na ang mga paghahanda sa naturang kaganapan ay ginagawa na sa kasalukuyan. “Ito ay isang kaganapan na nangangailangan ng masusing pagpaplano at konsiderasyon lalo na sa lugar na pagdadausan, at iba pa. Magpapadala kami ng mga imbitasyon sa lalong medaling panahon,” sabi niya.

Noong Martes, inanunsiyo ni Cardinal Orlando Quevedo ng siya ay magdaus ng kaniyang testimonial dinner na imbitado siya sa lagdaan ng walang iba kundi ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III mismo.

Si Quevedo na pinaka-unang Cardinal mula sa Mindanao at kinagigiliwang tawagin na “Cardinal Peace” ay nagdiwang ng araw na iyon ng kanyang ika-75 na kaarawan at iba pang pinagdaanan kasama na ang kapulungan ng kanyang pagiging Cardinal kung saan lumipad si Pangulong Aquino papunta ng Cotabato para dumalo sa misapasalamat na idinaos ni Cardinal Quevedo. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Presidente Aquino mihukom sa dili pagtugot kang Cudia nga mogradwar samtang naghulat sa imbestigasyon

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Marso 17 (PIA) – Si Presidente Beigno Aquino nakigkita kang Philippine Military Academy cadet Jeff Aldrin Cudia ug sa iyahang pamilya niadtong Sabado ug mihukom sa dili pagtugot kaniya nga mogradwar niadtong Dominggo samtang naghulat sa bag-o nga imbestigasyon.

Sa usa ka pamahayag niadtong Sabado, si Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin miingon nga siya ug ang Presidente nakigkita kang Cudia ug sa iyang pamilya ug nakadungog mismo sa ilahang mga apela ug mga hangyo.

"Sila nangamuyo, mihangyo ug usab mipadangat sa pipila ka mga isyu. Kami mihimo lamang nga sila mahatagan oportunidad sa pagpagawas sa ilahang kabahin. Sa katapusan sa diin, kita mirekomendar kanila nga himoon og pormal ang pagpadangat sa ilahang mga apela, hangyo ug uban pang mga kabalaka pinaage sa sulat," ("They had appeals, requests and also raised some issues. We made sure that they were given the opportunity to air their side. At the end of which, we recommended that they formalize their appeal, requests and other concerns in writing,”) sumala pa ni Gazmin sa usa ka pamahayag.

"Kadto gikauyonan nga si Cdt 1Cl Cudia dili mo-gradwar pagka-ugma, nga walay pagpihig sa bisan unsa man ang resulta sa ilang bag-o nga apelar, nga karon gipataas na sa CSAFP diin si Presidente na ang mimando sa pag-imbestigar." ("It was agreed that Cdt 1Cl Cudia will not graduate tomorrow, without prejudice to whatever will be the result of their new appeal, which is now elevated to the CSAFP whom the President directed to investigate.")

Karon nga semana, ang Palasyo miingon sa pagtuon sa hangyo ni Cudia kinsa wala maka-gradwar tungod sa giingong paglapas sa PMA sa ilahang Honor Code.

Sa usa ka pamahayag, si Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr miingon nga ang PMA Honor Code importante diha sa kinaiya pagtukod sa umaabut nga mga lider ug mga sakop sa armadong kusog.

"Ang nag-unang mga tumong sa PMA honor code mao ang pag-andam ug sa pagpalig-on sa hunahuna ug sa mga bililhong gitakda nga gilaumang opisyal sa Armed Forces ingon nga kini sa katapusan nga gipadangat sa usa ka bug-at nga mga pagsulay sa natad sa panagsangka ug natad sa komplikto, diin ang mga opisyal nga nadeploy ibabaw sa pagkapinili, " siya miingon.

Ang PMA mi-dismiss kang Cudia nga kasamtangan karon naa sa indefinite leave. Si Cudia, ang batch salutatorian, nga gikan sa pag-alagad human giingong nakalapas sa akademya sa Honor Code, sumala pa sa PMA. Dugang  pa niini nga si Cudia dili sa makabaton sa iyang degree ug sa uban pang mga kadungganan.

Si Cudia kahinumduman nga giakusar nga namakak mahitungod sa iyang rason pagkaulahi sa klase. Human sa pag-apela ni Cudia sa iyang kaso, si AFP Chief of Staff Gen Emmanuel Bautista mimando sa usa ka re-investigation sa maong  insidente. (NGBT/PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: 459, pinakaulahing mga gradwar sa BCMTC

Ni Sheila Yatar

BUTUAN CITY, Marso 17 (PIA) - Malipayong gidawat sa 459 ka mga indibiduwal ang ilang sertipiko isip kamatuoran na hingpit na gayud silang nigradwar sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga gikuhang vocational courses nga gihanyag ubos sa buhatan sa Butuan City Manpower Training Center atol sa gipahigayong Graduation Ceremony, sa City Hall Lobby, Marso 13.
          
Sa iyang mensahe, gisaysay ni BCMTC Director Dr. Aurora Zaportiza nga aduna nay mga bakanteng trabaho nga nakalaray ug naghinaut nga kuhaon kining oportunidad sa mga nigradwar.
          
Samtang sa mensahe nga gipaabot ni City Administrator Ms. Leah A. Mendoza, gidayeg niini ang mga nigraduwar tungod kay naningkamot gayud sila nga mapalambo ang ilang kaalam ug gidasig sila nga mangita ug trabaho aron magamit ang ilang natun-an.
          
Mao na kini ang ika-onse nga grupo nga nigradwar ubos sa maong programa sa lokal nga panggamhanan sa Butuan.
          
Atol niini, mipadayag ug pagpasalamat ang mga nakahuman tungod kay nahatagan sila ug opurtunidad nga makapahimulos sa maong libreng pagbansay.
          
Nitambong usab sa maong seremonya sila SP Members Hon. Derrick A. Plaza, Hon. Nestor D. Amora ug Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Agusan del Norte Provincial Dir. Rodrigo G. De Villa. (LGU-Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Cebuano News: Mga 'Nego-Kart' gilaumang makatabang sa panginabuhian sa mga benepisyaryo

Ni Lyka Quinto

BUTUAN CITY, Marso 17 (PIA) - Malipayong gidawat sa 25 ka mga benepisyaryo ang ilang tagsa- tagsa ka mga kariton kon “Nego-Kart” gikan sa hiniusang pagkugi sa Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga ug Butuan City Public Employment Services Office (PESO) niadtong Marso 10, 2014.

Ang matag “Nego-Kart” lakip ang mga gamit niini sama sa mga electric stove ug mga water jug nagkantidad ug P15,000- P20,000. Gawas niini nidawat usab ug kantidad nga P2,500 - P4,000 ang matag hingtungdan isip puhunan sa ilang pagasugdan nga negosyo. Mupailawom usab sila sa pagbansay mahitungod sa production, entrepreneurship ug business management skills aron masiguro ang maayong pagdala unya nila sa ilang mga negosyo.

Gibutyag ni PESO Manager Ronnie Azura nga, “Through the project, we intend that the income level of the ambulant vendors would at least be at par with that of the minimum wage earners.”

The Nego-Kart project will provide the vendors with services that will enable them to increase, upgrade and diversify their products and services, and market the same to more buyers or customers,” dugang pa niini.

Samtang gihangyo ni DOLE regional director Johnson Cañete ang mga benepisyaryo nga atimanon ug palambuon ang gihatag nga oportunidad tungod kay dili tanan swerte nga makaangkon ug sama niini nga higayon.

Nahibaluan nga ang nasangpit nga proyekto mukabat sa P568, 254 diin ang P455,000 niini gikan sa DOLE ug ang P113,254 gikan sa LGU sa dakbayan.

Ug aron mas mapasayon pa gayud ang ilang pagsugod ug negosyo, ihatag nga libre sa Lokal nga Panggamhanan didto na sa mga benipisyaryo ang pagkuha ug business permit to operate. (LGU-Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Cebuano News: Kababayen-an sa Buenavista nakadawat og P100T gikan sa probinsya

Ni Ronie P. Gerona

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 17 (PIA) - “Kusog sa Kababayen-an sa Buenavista” kun KKB, mao kini ang grupo sa mga aktibong kababayen-an sa lungsod sa Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.

Niadtong Sabado, Marso 8, 2014, nagpahigayon og panagtapok ang naasoyng kababayen-an alayon kini sa nasodnong kasaulogan sa kababayen-an sa atong nasod didto sa covered court sa Barangay Sacol sa maong lungsod.

Sa maong kalihokan, nanumpa ang Federation Officers sa KKB atubangan ni Gobernador Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba ug ang mga Chapter Officers sa 25 ka barangay sa maong lungsod mihural usab atubangan ni Bise Governador RamBu Bungabong.

“Kini nga kadaghanon karon igo na nga makapausab sa dagan sa atong katilingban ilabina sa lungsod sa Buenavista,” nagkanayon si Gob. Angel.

Dugang niini mihatag si Gob. Angel og 100,000.00 ka pesos para pagpalambo sa nasangpit nga organisasyon.

Sa maong kalihokan mitambong sila Provincial Board Members Elizabeth Marie R. Calo, Danny M. Moran, Provincial Administrator Percianita G. Racho ug 17 ka kapitan sa lungsod sa Buenavista. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)