U.S. Embassy to hold 2nd seminar for regional media

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 6 (PIA) – The United States (US) Embassy is set to hold a Two-Day Seminar for the members of the media with representatives from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) from the different regions of the country on March 24-25, 2014 at the US Embassy’s Multipurpose Room, Chancery Compound, Roxas Boulevard, Manila.

According to Yolanda B. de Guzman of Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy Manila, U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg will deliver his welcome remarks on Day 1 (March 24) at the venue.

“This is the second time that the U.S. Embassy will be holding the seminar. The first one was conducted on September last year. It was a seminar workshop planned to address media ethics in the practice of blocktiming in the country,” recalled de Guzman.

De Guzman further bared that speakers from the U.S. Embassy and partners will discuss with the participants the prevailing issues and concerns that have something to do with the community, youth, education and environment. “Topics on transnational crimes, trade and investment, consular services, and trafficking in persons will also be tackled during the seminar,” she added.

“The participants are expected to arrive in Manila on Mar. 23 since the seminar on Day-1 will start at exactly 7:30 a.m.,” said de Guzman. (JPG/PIA-Caraga) 


DepEd Caraga settles on earlier implementation of senior high

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 6 (PIA) – Through the headship of Sec. Armin Luistro in the Department of Education (DepEd), the senior high school (SHS) will be implemented by school year (SY) 2015-1016, a year earlier than originally timetabled.

As mandated by Republic Act 10533 or “the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013,” the implementation of the additional two years in secondary education is scheduled SY 2016-2017 for Grade 11 and SY 2017-2018 for Grade 12.

The policy on enhanced basic education program, the K to 12 (Kindergarten to Grade 12), encompasses at least one year of kindergarten education, six years of elementary education, and six years of secondary education which includes four years of junior high school and two years of senior high school education.

Accordingly, after the internal and external assessment made by the schools divisions as well as consultations with the different stakeholders, and after thorough planning during the special national Mancom, DepEd Caraga has chosen a total of 40 schools in the region to move ahead in the implementation of the SHS.

Escobarte added, the 40 schools are distributed in the 12 divisions of the region of which the distribution depends on the size of the division.

There are four tracks in the SHS program, namely: the Technical-Vocational and Livelihood (TVL); Academic; Sports; and Arts and Designs. Of these 40 schools, 39 will offer the TVL track while only one will offer the academic track.

“Each track has strands and each strand is composed of the subjects to be offered which are all leading to a degree course in college,” explained Escobarte.

He further said that DepEd Caraga hopes to have constant support from all stakeholders as the department embarks on another initiative for better Filipino learners and most of all the attainment of quality education for all. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte guv inks MOA with THPAL for 2014 Speech Laboratory Project

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Mar. 6 (PIA) – The provincial government of Surigao del Norte and the Taganito HPAL Mining Corporation based in Taganito, Claver, Surigao del Norte recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the 2014 Speech Laboratory Project.

The project aims to establish speech laboratories in all secondary schools in the province and to assist the students in improving their proficiency in oral communication, particularly in public speaking.

The three recipient schools that will receive the state-of-the-art Speech Laboratories worth P1 million are General Luna National High School in Siargao, Sapao National High School in Sta. Monica and Pilar Central Elementary Schoo.

THPAL funded the Speech Laboratories Project since 2012 under its Social Development and Management Program. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


PopCom turns-over IT equipment to Surigao Sur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, March 6 (PIA) – The Commission on Population (PopCom) turned-over on Wednesday sets of Information Technology equipment to the province of Surigao del Sur.

During the turn-over ceremony, Gov. Johnny Pimentel personally received the equipment intended for the Provincial Governor’s Office-Population Management Division from Commission on Population (PopCom) Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez, III.

The said equipment is essential in the implementation of various population projects, programs and activities at the local level, it was learned.

In a related development, Exec. Dir. Perez also met with the press people and some youth leaders in Surigao del Sur during the Media Luncheon Conference held on Wednesday at the Provincial Governor’s Conference Room of Capitol.

Perez said the Commission on Population is always looking at the welfare of the Filipino families where everyone wants a good, healthy, productive and prosperous family. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Local vegetable growers start talks with major retailers

By Jardynne R. Narvasa

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 6 (PIA) - Local vegetable growers and key retailers of this city have started talks for a possible regular supply agreement.

This was the highlight of the Vegetable Farmers Market Encounter held last month for members of the Caraga Vegetable Growers Network (CarVeGrowN) with major retailers VROSS Meatshop and Berry Happy Mart.

As of this writing, CarVeGrowN has started delivery of vegetables to these retailers as part of the initial agreement.

The market encounter was organized by the Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Unit Caraga (DA-RFU Caraga) and Department of Trade and Industry- Caraga (DTI-Caraga) with the Butuan City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (BCCCIFI).

CarVeGrowN is a group of farmers from different cooperatives and associations engaged in vegetable production throughout the Caraga region comprising the industry cluster on high value vegetables.

VROSS Meatshop General Manager Raymund Cadenas and Berry Happy Mart owner Astrid Andaya discussed with the participants the volume and quality of vegetables that they need on a daily basis.

In response, the CarVeGrowN representatives have committed to supply the company’s vegetable requirements such as eggplant, pole sitao, okra, tomato, sweet pepper, squash, ampalaya, cabbage, bell pepper, ginger, patola, baguio beans, cucumber, banana (sarabia), papaya, sweet potato, karlang, cassava, pechay, cucumber, upo, hot pepper (kulikot), lettuce, sayote, onion, gabi and broccoli.

Rebecca R. Atega, officer-in-charge of the Field Operation Division of DA-RFU Caraga, said it would be very beneficial for the vegetable growers to pay attention to the needs of the potential buyers as to when and what to produce. She also shared ideas about market opportunities on organic products.

Among the members of the CarVeGrowN Team who represented their organizations during the market encounter held at the DA-RFU-Caraga Conference Hall were - Myrna Toreta of Antongalon Farmers Association in Caraga, Inc. (AFACI), Butuan City;  Alan Pioco  of  Crops Production and Marketing Services, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte; Valeriano Palco of Crossing Luna Beawan Vegetable Producers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur; and Luzminda Malcampo of LGU- Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.

The group has also identified activities for the industry cluster this year like pre-planning session and general assembly with organization assessment and planning.

It was also suggested to establish linkages with LGUs to access funding for productivity projects from their poverty reduction fund.

The high value vegetable industry cluster also plans to prepare a regional roadmap through value chain mapping, planning and validation workshops. (DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Walang manggagawang Pilipino na nasa Crimea, sabi ng Palasyo

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Marso 6 (PIA) - Walang Pilipino, nagtatrabaho man o naninirahan sa sentro na kung saan ang kasalukuyang kaguluhang political sa Ukraine, sabi ng Malakanyang sa mga mamamahayag noong Miyerkoles pagkatapos maglabas ang Department of Foreign Affairs ng babala ng krises level 2 sa nasabing bansa.

Ayon sa impormasyon mula kay Labor and Employment Secretary Rosasalinda Baldoz, sinabi ni Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda na mahigit kumulang 172 Pilipino ang kasalukuyang nasa Ukraine, pero wala sa kanila ang nakabase sa Crimean peninsula kung saan patuloy na nagaganap ang bayolenteng protesta laban sa pamahalaang Ukrainian.

"Sila (mga Pilipinong manggagawa sa Ukraine) ay wala sa Crimean peninsula. Sila ay nasa Live. Alam ninyo, ang Kiev ay mahigit 800 kilometro mula sa Crimean Peninsula,” sabi ni Lacierda sa pakipanayam ng media.

“Gayunpaman, gusto naming maseguro na sila ay ligtas, kaya ang DFA ay naglabas ng paalertong babala level 2. Sana, sa pinakabagong sinabi ni (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, ang kaguluhan ay sana lalamig sa Ukraine.”

Ang Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at DFA ay kapwa naglabas ng magkahiwalay na pahayag, at matinding pinayuhan ang mga Pilipino na nagtatrabaho sa Ukraine ng posibleng paglikas kung sakaling tumaas pa ang tensyon sa Crimean Peninsula at kumalat sa ibang magulong European na bansa.

Ang mga ulat ay nagsasabing karamihan sa mga Pilipino na nakakalat sa Ukraine ay nasa administratibo at managerial na pwesto at humigit kumulang 30 ang nasa serbisyong gawain. Ang DOLE ay palaging nasa mahigpit na pagkipag-ugnayan sa DFA sa pagmonitor ng kalagayan doon.

Ang pamahalaan ng Pilipinas ay nakiisa rin sa ibang bansa na nanawagan sa lahat ng partidong may kaugnayan para maresolba ang hidwaan sa Ukraine sa pamamagitan ng mapayapang paraan. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Birth Attendants ug Birthing Record Clerks seminar-workshop, gipahigayon

Ni Sheila Mae Yatar

BUTUAN CITY, Marso 6 (PIA) - Subay sa selebrasyon ning dakbayan sa Civil Registration Month, kapin 40 ka mga partisipante ang miduyog sa gipahigayong seminar-workshop alang sa mga Birth Attendants ug Birthing Record Clerks didto sa Mayor’s Office, bag-uhay pa lamang.

Layon niini nga mapaambit kanila ang kaalam sa mga bag-ong issuances ug mga memorandum mahitungod sa pagrehistro. Kalabot na niini ang ensaktong pamaagi sa paghikay sa mga papeles sa usa ka indibiduwal sama sa pagkatawo, kaminyoon ug uban pa mahitungod sa estado niini.

Usa sa mga kalihukan nga nagsubay usab sa maong selebrasyon mao ang gipahigayong “Minyoay Ngani Butuan” atong Pebrero 14, 2014 nga naghatag ug libreng kasal sa mga paresan nga nag-ipon ug lima katuig pataas.

Ang maong selebrasyon nagdala sa temang, “Ikaw at Ako Tungo sa Wastong Pagrerehistro” ug nahimung nagmalampuson sa pakigtimbayayong sa Lokal nga Panggamhanan ug ang buhatan sa City Civil Registrar sa pagpanguna ni Ms. Judith A. Calo. (Butuan City CMO-PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)