3.21.2014

RDRRMC Caraga participates 1st National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 20 (PIA) – In support to the nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill, the regional pool of evaluators on earthquake drill under the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (DRRMC) in Caraga region have successfully conducted on Wednesday the drills at the identified venues in their respective areas of responsibilities.

The ceremonial site here was the city hall wherein the local government employees as well as the clients during the drill event have shown cooperation in the evacuation exercise despite continuous downpour of rains brought about by low pressure area affecting the region.

The “mock” earthquake scenario provides each participant a familiarity on what to do and where to go when the threat of sudden and violent shaking of the ground will happen.

The city disaster control group has supervised and showcased the capabilities of responders as they carried out their role in emergency response. 

The drill forms part of the government’s intent to further improve the disaster preparedness of the society and to give appropriate knowledge on precautionary measures.

In an overall evaluation, the CRMMRO and participants were commended for the job well done. Recommendations were also imparted by the evaluators for the institution to enhance its disaster response capability.

“The drill will gauge the efficiency on the level of response among individuals. State of readiness is very vital to ensure safety and security and to prevent unwanted damages to lives and properties,” emphasized Caraga DRRMC chair and Office of the Civil Defense Caraga regional director Liza Mazo. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


NYC continues to implement programs for the youths’ dev’t

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 20 (PIA) – The National Youth Commission (NYC) through Commissioner for Mindanao Earl Saavedra ensured that its programs will continue to serve more youths in the Caraga region. The conduct of the National Youth Parliament (NYP), Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP), and Search for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) are among the known programs of the commission.

This was learned during the Regional Youth Advisory Council (RYAC) meeting held on Thursday at the Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga regional office here.

“Republic Act 8044 mandates the commission to convene the National Youth Parliament (NYP) every two years. The parliament shall have a regular session from two to three days every time it is convened,” bared Saavedra.

The NYC is now accepting applications for this year’s 10th National Youth Parliament (NYP) – Parliament of Leaders come May 15-18, 2014 in Manila. “Applicants must be a Filipino citizen, 15-30 years old on the day of the Parliament, must not have been a previous NYP delegate, and must be willing to shoulder his/her travelling expenses,” he added.

Also, the SSEAYP is a cultural exchange program among the youth in the ASEAN member states and Japan on board the luxury liner MS Nippon Maru.

“This year’s 41st SSEAYP is aimed to promote friendship and mutual understanding through various activities like discussions on board (with thematic topics like environment/disaster risk management, education, health/HIV-AIDS, food and nutrition, social media/information, corporate social responsibility, culture and traditions, among others), national day presentations, club and solid group activities, exhibits and sports/physical activities,” explained Saavedra.

Meanwhile, Saavedra disclosed that this year’s 11th TAYO was held on February 2-6, 2014 with 275 entries from the different regions of the country. “It is to build a bigger picture of youth organizations all over the country contributing immensely to nation building through community on the ground efforts,” he remarked.

The NYC ensures the quality of delivery of services for the youth through timely policies and innovative programs and projects. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DepEd Agnor orients stakeholders on K to 12, Senior High School implementation

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 20 (PIA) - The Department of Education (DepEd) division of Agusan del Norte has recently oriented the members of the Social Development Council of Agusan del Norte Provincial Development Council on the K to 12 Basic Education Program.

According to DepEd Agusan del Norte OIC Schools Division Superintendent Arsenio Cornites during the orientation, “The K to 12 Program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of Basic Education (6 years of primary education, 4 years of Junior High School, and 2 years of Senior High School (SHSJ) to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship.”

“In K-12 early Filipino child can access to early childhood education through universal kindergarten. At 5 years old, children start schooling and are given the means to slowly adjust to formal education,” said Cornites.

During the orientation of the K to 12 implementation, Cornites also provided the participants background on the Senior High School (SHS) preparation and early implementation. “Of the 40 public schools in Caraga region that will open SHS in school year (SY) 2015, a total of five SHS will be located in Agusan del Norte,” Cornites said.

“Research shows that children who underwent Kindergarten have better completion rates than those who did not,” said Cornites. Children who complete a standards-based Kindergarten program are better prepared, for primary education, he added.

Also, during the orientation, other DepEd programs were presented, “The country’s out-of-school youth (OSY) will be given yet another chance to finish their studies and pursue their dream career through the national government’s Abot Alam Program," said Cornites.

The Abot Alam is a joint program of the National Youth Commission, Department of the Interior and Local Government, DepEd, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and other government agencies designed to address the schooling-related problems of OSYs.

Meanwhile, Engr. Ramil Sanchez of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Caraga also shared their agency’s scholarship program or the Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPs) to the members of Agusan del Norte Provincial Development Council. “The StuFAPs new implementation guidelines start on SY 2014-2015,” he said.

“For further information, interested applicants may visit CHED’s national website (www.ched.gov.ph) and/or the Caraga Regional Office website/blog at www.chedcaraga.com for news, information and advisory on higher education and related matters. They can also call or email me at CHED Caraga (085) 342-7483 or email at rsanchez@ched.gov.ph," Sanchez said.

DepEd is mandated to implement the Senior High School (SHS) education starting SY 2015. The early implementation will offer the technical vocation (techvoc) education, Cornites said. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DepEd Agnor orients stakeholders on K to 12, Senior High School implementation

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 20 (PIA) - The Department of Education (DepEd) division of Agusan del Norte has recently oriented the members of the Social Development Council of Agusan del Norte Provincial Development Council on the K to 12 Basic Education Program.

According to DepEd Agusan del Norte OIC Schools Division Superintendent Arsenio Cornites during the orientation, “The K to 12 Program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of Basic Education (6 years of primary education, 4 years of Junior High School, and 2 years of Senior High School (SHSJ) to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship.”

“In K-12 early Filipino child can access to early childhood education through universal kindergarten. At 5 years old, children start schooling and are given the means to slowly adjust to formal education,” said Cornites.

During the orientation of the K to 12 implementation, Cornites also provided the participants background on the Senior High School (SHS) preparation and early implementation. “Of the 40 public schools in Caraga region that will open SHS in school year (SY) 2015, a total of five SHS will be located in Agusan del Norte,” Cornites said.

“Research shows that children who underwent Kindergarten have better completion rates than those who did not,” said Cornites. Children who complete a standards-based Kindergarten program are better prepared, for primary education, he added.

Also, during the orientation, other DepEd programs were presented, “The country’s out-of-school youth (OSY) will be given yet another chance to finish their studies and pursue their dream career through the national government’s Abot Alam Program," said Cornites.

The Abot Alam is a joint program of the National Youth Commission, Department of the Interior and Local Government, DepEd, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and other government agencies designed to address the schooling-related problems of OSYs.

Meanwhile, Engr. Ramil Sanchez of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Caraga also shared their agency’s scholarship program or the Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPs) to the members of Agusan del Norte Provincial Development Council. “The StuFAPs new implementation guidelines start on SY 2014-2015,” he said.

“For further information, interested applicants may visit CHED’s national website (www.ched.gov.ph) and/or the Caraga Regional Office website/blog at www.chedcaraga.com for news, information and advisory on higher education and related matters. They can also call or email me at CHED Caraga (085) 342-7483 or email at rsanchez@ched.gov.ph," Sanchez said.

DepEd is mandated to implement the Senior High School (SHS) education starting SY 2015. The early implementation will offer the technical vocation (techvoc) education, Cornites said. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Surigao City organizes BOSS volunteers

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Mar. 20 (PIA) – To hasten emergency response in times of calamities, the city government here organized recently its Barangay Organization Security Services (BOSS) volunteers in the 54 barangays of the city.

City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas said the BOSS was conceptualized purposely to be the primary volunteer group during calamities and emergencies, particularly during typhoons, flooding, earthquakes, fire incident and also during incidents involving public safety.

Presently, they have already 20 BOSS volunteers per barangay that will motivate active community participation during disaster preparedness and response, and likewise improve implementation of measures relating to prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office chief Atty. Manuel G. Coro said BOSS is organized into seven clusters based on the geographical location of the barangays for easy mobilization and management. The two clusters consist of the island barangays and five clusters comprise the mainland barangays.

The city government provides training and hands-on activities to capacitate the BOSS volunteers in terms of emergency response and rescue operations and to expand the number of volunteers per barangay that can respond to the emergency cases and needs of each barangay. (SDR/MICO Surigao/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DOST council names outstanding researchers

By Joselito A. Carteciano

MANILA, Mar. 20 (PIA) - The National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is pleased to announce the ten outstanding researchers for 2013.  The researchers will receive the annual Achievement Award on the first day of this year’s 81st NRCP General Membership Assembly to be held on 26- 27  March at the Manila Hotel.

The recipients are:

Dr. Auxencia A. Limjap for Education.
Dr. Limjap is recognized for her invaluable contributions to the academic community as innovative educator and an advocate of the Lasallian transformative learning framework considered to have changed the landscape of mathematics education in the country.  Her studies and researchers resulted in the development of various modules and programs for various schools at different levels that contributed to the enrichment of research culture among the youth.

Dr. Marie Corazon A. de Ungria for Medical Sciences.
Dr. de Ungria is lauded for her pioneering research in developing and validating forensic DNA technology in the Philippines which has been recognized by the scientific community here and abroad.  Among others, her work in the establishment of population databases for forensic genetics and human population genetics in country alongside with her dynamic engagement with other stakeholders to enhancement of forensic science in the Philippines were indeed worthy of the award.

Dr. Rosario G. Monsalud for Biological Sciences.
Dr. Monsalud is praised for her 33 years of active research on microbiology/biotechnology, particularly on mycorrhiza and nitrogen fixing bacteria as biofertilizers, on bacterial taxonomy and on microbial prospecting for enzyme producers, biocontrol, nitrogen fixers and phosphate solubilizers.  Her research outputs were published in both international and local refereed journals, including in ISI-indexed journals.

Dr. Jose E. Hernandez for Agriculture and Forestry.
Dr. Hernadez is honored for his outstanding leadership in the field of plant breeding that pushed the UPLB- Phil Rice Varietal Improvement Program in developing 15 new rice varieties for irrigated and rainfed lowland areas. The program  actively responds to the problems of food security and brings food to the tables of the households of the less privileged and economically vulnerable.  He is also recognized for the number of scientific articles he authored and co-authored, all published in international and local refereed journals, that serve as scholarly resources for students and research fellows alike.

Prof. Fortunato T. de la Peña for Engineering and Industrial Research.
Prof. de la Peña is commended for his outstanding research on industrial and chemical engineering.  He is also recognized for his 13 years of steadfast service as Undersecretary for Science and Technology Services of the Department of Science and Technology (2001 - 2014). His tireless efforts in advancing research in the country has earned him a number of prestigious international and national awards like the Honorary Fellow of the ASEAN Foundation of Engineering Organization in 2013 and Dangal ng Bayan Award in 2005.

Dr. Maria Cecilia G. Conaco for Social Sciences.
Dr. Conaco is recognized for her excellent research productivity in various areas of social psychology.  She is also praised for her pioneering studies on Filipino social identity, ethnicity and migration, social categorization and identity in the Philippines, among others.  Worth mentioning is her staunch advocacy to the development the discipline of psychology in the Philippines through her inspiring and conscientious mentoring of graduate students.

Dr. Eric A. Galapon for Physics.
Dr. Galapon is lauded for his outstanding research in quantum mechanics, quantum measurements theory, quantum tunnelling time, quantum arrival time, mathematical physics, and computational physics, which all inspire excellence to his research fellows and students from the graduate and undergraduate Physics courses.

Dr. Christina A. Binag for Chemical Sciences.
Dr. Binag is commended for her significant contributions in the field of surface characterization, electro-synthesis of materials, and synthesis of conducting polymers and nanomaterials.

Dr. Reuben R. Cañete for Humanties.
Dr. Cañete is recognized for his service to the Philippine culture and artistic community.  As a scholar, he authored and co-authored a number of books and academic articles on Filipino art history and criticism which were all recognized in both international and local journals.

Dr. Flaviana D. Hilario for Earth and Space Sciences.
Dr. Hilario is lauded for her sustained commitment to excellence in delivering timely and relevant scientific knowledge in the fields of climatology, meteorology, agrometeorology, and remote sensing for immediate and long-term benefits of the country.  She is also recognized for her efforts at infusing a culture of research in her organization, DOST-PAGASA, that resulted in the formulation of various critical climate change action plans in the Philippines which help prepare the country for the uncertain climatic future.

Putungan, the practice of honoring and welcoming guests in the province of Marinduque, will be the motif of the awarding ceremonies that will serve as the first day’s interlude of song and dance act.

Each awardee will receive PhP25,000 and a medallion of excellence.  DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo and NRCP President, National Scientist Lourdes J. Cruz alongside with the members of the NRCP Governing Board and NRCP Executive Director Carina G. Lao will lead the awarding ceremonies. (S&T Media Service, DOST-NRCP/PIA-Caraga)


3,982 HS grads qualify as new DOST scholars

MANILA, Mar. 20 (PIA) - A gleam of light welcomes aspiring young scientists and engineers as the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) announces the 3, 982 high school students who qualify to the Science Scholarship Examination, up by 10.7 percent from last year.

From the total number of the 2014 passers, 3,473 who belong to economically disadvantaged families qualified under the Republic Act (RA) 7687 Scholarship grants, while 509 students qualified under the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program.

Qualifiers who avail of any of the S&T undergraduate scholarships may pursue a four- or five-year college degree in priority science and technology fields. As benefits, RA 7687 scholars will receive tuition subsidy, monthly stipend, book allowance and many more. Scholars under the Merit scholarship program will likewise receive the same benefits except for the pro-rated monthly stipend based on the family’s socio-economic status.

DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo said the scholarship programs will provide the new awardees access to quality education in leading public and private institutions as it targets to substantially increase the number of scientists and engineers needed to boost economic productivity and knowledge creation in the country.

“We look at this as a sign that our young students consider, at the very least, carving a path in the sciences in terms of their studies and careers,” Montejo said.

The scholarship qualifiers can enroll in state universities and colleges and other higher education institutions recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as Centers of Excellence or Centers of Development, wherein they can take up priority science and technology courses such as Agriculture, Agricultural Biotechnology; Agricultural Chemistry; Agricultural Engineering; Applied Mathematics; Applied Physics; Biochemistry; Biology; Ceramics Engineering; Chemistry with Applied Computer System; Chemistry with Materials Science and Engineering; Chemistry Engineering; Chemistry; Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical Engineering; Electronics and Communications Engineering; Environmental Science; Fisheries; Food Technology; Forestry; Geology; Geodetic Engineering; Industrial Engineering; Information Technology; Manufacturing Engineering; Materials Engineering; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Metallurgical Engineering; Mining Engineering; Molecular Biology and Biotechnology; Physics; Physics with Applied Computer System; Physics with Material Science and Engineering; Science/Mathematics Teaching and Statistics.

Meanwhile, 500 second year college students who are enrolled in DOST-SEI identified institutions under its priority courses have qualified for the S&T Scholarships for Sophomore College Students. Of this number, 271 are grouped under the RA 7687 scholarship program and 229 under the Merit scholarship. Qualifiers will get to avail of and enjoy the scholarship privileges effective the second semester of academic year 2013-2014.

Meanwhile, SEI’s Supervising Undersecretary, Prof. Fortunato T. De La Peña said he is hopeful that the increased number of passers would ultimately translate to an increased number of graduates that will pursue S&T careers in the future.

“The goal is to produce quality science professionals and we really hope that the same number of passers would become scientists, mathematicians and engineers who will be willing to work in the country in the near future,” he said.    

In addition, Sec. Montejo is pleased to announce the availability of scholarship slots for the 2015 S&T Undergraduate Scholarships. Application forms can be obtained at SEI or can be downloaded at its website, www.sei.dost.gov.ph and www.science-scholarships.ph. Deadline for filing of application and requirements is on August 22, 2014. The nationwide scholarship examination is on September 21, 2014.

The DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarship Program is the department’s response to its mandate of accelerating the pace of knowledge-driven development in accordance with the S&T human resource growth potential in the country. (DOST-STII/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Pangulong Aquino sinabing hindi niya prioridad ang pulitika

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Marso 20, 2014 (PIA) - Sinabi ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino na kanyang ianunsyo ang mga itatayang kandidato ng administrasyon para sa 2016 na halalan sa tamang panahon pero sa kasalukuyan, isinentro muna niya ang sarili sa pamamahala sa gobyerno para mapabuti ang kalagayan ng mga tao.

Ang mga pulitiko ay nagsimula nang magsitayo para sa pambansang halalan dalawang taon mula ngayon.

“Ianunsyo ko sa tamang panahon. Pero sa ngayon, syempre naka-focus tayo sa problema ngayon imbes na ‘yung 2016 na halalan,” sabi ng Pangulo sa isang panayam ng idaos and Pinoy Music Summit sa Malate, Manila noong Miyerkoles.

Nagsimula pa lamang ang taon at sinabi ng Pangulo na umaasa siyang ang kanyang mga kaalyado ay maintindihan ang kanyang mga pangunahing gawain sa panahong ito.

Sa pagdating ng tag-ulan ilang buwan mula ngayon, sinabi ng Pangulo na inaasahang may darating na bagyo at gusto niyang maseguro na ang mga komunidad ay handa laban sa kalamidad. Dagdag pa niya na may ilang buwan siya para magtatag ng mga ganoong prayoridad.

Nang itanong kung iniisip ba niya na ang pagsikap para sa pwesto ng mga pulitiko ay makakatulong sa bansa, sinabi niyang ito ay nagbibigay ng sapat na panahon sa mga tao para masuring mabuti ang mga pulitiko na nagpakita ng kagustohang tumakbo sa 2016.

“Baka mabibigyan ng mas mahabang pagkakataong suriin ang bawat kandidato. Mabibigyan ang ating mga mamamayan ng pagkakataon na talagang masuri, salang-sala ang pagpipili nila, so palagay ko makakatulong rin ‘yun,” sabi niya. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Tagalog News: Malalaking pangalan na nagtatago, malapit nang maipasok sa kulungan, sabi ni Pangulong Aquino

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Marso 20, 2014 (PIA) - Determinado ang pamahalaan para madakip ang mga matataas sa lipunan na nagtatago at maaring umasa ang publiko na sila ay makukulong sa lalong madaling panahon, sabi ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino noong Miyerkoles.

Ang mga security officials ay nagpupumilit na makita ang paraan para madakip ang mga nagtatago na umiiwas sa pag-aresto, sabi niya, at alam niyang itinaas ng pamahalaan ang pabuyang pera para pasiglahin ang publiko na magbigay ng impormasyon para sila ay madakip.

“Ang kaya kong masabi sa inyo ngayon, may ine-expect kami, hindi ko na sasabihin kung sino. At masasabi ko lang, palagay ko kapag nagtagumpay ang isang kasalukuyang operasyon, mabibilib kayo doon sa kalibre ng mga nadakip at madadakip,” sabi ng Pangulo sa mga reporter sa isang panayam sa pagdaraos ng Pinoy Music Summit sa Malate, Manila.

“Palagay ko pwede kong ipangako sa inyong magugulat kayo—kung magtagumpay.”

Umiwas ang Pangulo na magbigay ng detalye para hindi mabulilyaso ang kasalukuyang ginagawang paghahanap.

Kasama sa limang pinaka wanted na tao ay sina general Jovito Palparan, dating Palawan gobernador Joel Reyes at ang kanyang kapatid at si dating kongresista Ruben Ecleo.

Kamakailan lang, nadakip ng mga pulis si Delfin Lee, ang sinasabing utak ng multi-billion peso na housing scam sa panahon ng dating administrasyon. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)