Women’s strength, resiliency highlighted in this year’s Women’s Month celeb

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 3 (PIA) - Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) chair and Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga regional director Atty. Marylin Pintor emphasized during today's opening program of the Women’s Month celebration held at the Provincial Capitol Covered Court, this city that women have remained strong and resilient over the different challenges they face in life.

"This year's Women's Month celebration is the best time to recognize the role of women in the rehabilitation of disaster-affected areas, as well as in the progress of the country," remarked Pintor.

With colorful shirts bearing this year's theme: "Juana, ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong," the employees of government agencies, partner stakeholders and students, in unity, walked from the city hall grounds to the capitol covered court to raise public awareness to prevent any forms of violence against women and girls.

Also, CHR chairperson Loretta Ann 'Etta' Rosales, the keynote speaker of today’s celebration recalled how the “EDSA Uprising” started during the presidency of the late Ferdinand Marcos, wherein Filipinos specially women marched and prayed the rosary to stop the dictatorship of Marcos. Rosales further highlighted the role of women during Marcos’ dictatorship.

“Women played an important role in those times where they organized themselves, went out the streets to fight for democracy,” stressed Rosales.

Meanwhile, the women and children with disability presented their dance and vocal talents as intermission numbers during the opening program.

“The Persons with Disability is streamlined in the different activities of this year’s celebration. Unity and freedom to participate in the activities of the government and society without discrimination is the real significance of what we are marching for today,” said Rosales. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


8th Int’l Rice-Duck Conference set in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 3 (PIA) – The Philippine Agrarian Reform Foundation for National Development (PARFUND) with funding support from the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) will be conducting this year’s 8th International Rice-Duck Conference on March 10-14, 2014 in one of the local hotels here.

According to PARFUND Chief Operation Officer Jose Apollo Pacamalan, the said conference will gather integrated rice-duck farming system (IRDFS) experts and farmer practitioners and supporters, as well as development investors from all over Asia to share and exchange knowledge and innovations that highlight IRDFS as a climate-smart agriculture system and as a social enterprise business model that addresses rural poverty.

“It will also facilitate the sharing of technologies and strategies across both the organic rice and duck industry value claims, such as duck meat product development and marketing," he said.

Also, during the five-day conference, the following activities will be conducted: Philippine Cultural Show; Cooking/Duck Culinary Expo; Asian Cultural Night; and Balut-Eating Contest. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


BFP Butuan-Agusan intensifies campaign for a fire-free community

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 3 (PIA) -  The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) – Agusan del Norte Provincial Office and Butuan City Fire Station (BCFS) kicked-off Saturday morning, Mar. 1 its 48th observance of the Fire Prevention Month with emphasis on a campaign for a fire-free and fire-safe community.

Anchored on the theme, “Isulong ang Kaunlaran, Sunog ay Iwasan, Kaalaman at Pag-iingat ang Kailangan,” a motorcade around the city thoroughfares and a simultaneous blowing of horns for 5 minutes of all firefighting apparatus in this city was done to signify the month-long celebration.

An extensive fire safety awareness campaign is set through Ugnayan sa Barangay program and a text brigade was earlier conducted to bring consciousness to the recipients about the best things to do to prevent and fight fires.

In addition, a fun run activity dubbed as “Takbo Laban sa Sunog" will be organized on March 9, 2014.

As part of the activities, there will also be a 3-day “open house” on March 11-13, 2014 inviting school children to visit the fire station wherein BFP personnel will conduct orientation on proper use of fire extinguishers; familiarization of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) vehicle and fire truck functions; and briefing on fire safety measures.

On March 14, 2014, holding of the fire prevention games and contest will take place to be participated in by elementary pupils land secondary students who will compete in the drawing, poster making, essay writing, painting contest and quiz bee.

The Fire Olympics among firefighters is likewise significant in this yearly commemoration which aims to strengthen the camaraderie among firefighters. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


BFP to turn-over new fire truck to BCFS

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 3 (PIA) – In time with the 48th observance of the Fire Prevention Month, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) National Headquarters will turn-over today one Rosenbauer fire truck to Butuan City Fire Station (BCFS).

The ceremonial turn-over at Liwasang Aurora, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon city will be graced by Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas who is as well the guest of honor and speaker during the event.

BFP Caraga regional director FSSupt. Mario Socorro Timonera, along with Butuan City mayor Ferdinand Amante and FSInsp. Augusto Cesar Kinazo, will personally attend the occasion to receive and witness the actual demonstration of the operational functions of said fire truck.

“This additional firefighting engine is another augmentation in the number of equipment that will be used in suppressing destructive fires in the city. BFP Caraga is aiming to achieve zero fire incident in the region but we are at all times prepared to respond and ready to save lives and properties,” bared Timonera. (VLG/SFO1 Lorna B. Azote-BFP/PIA-Caraga)


Rabies cases up in Surigao City - CHO

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Mar. 3 (PIA) – The City Health Office (CHO) here said cases of rabies virus in the city have increased from January to February, this year.

City Health Officer Dr. Emmanuel A. Plandano, during the press conference held recently, said three human deaths caused by rabies were recorded by the communicable disease coordinator in the first two months of this year.

Dr. Plandano said the victims were from different barangays of the city, "one 50-year old, male from Purok 10, Barangay Mabini died on January 22; one 8 year-old boy from Purok 5, Barangay Canlanipa died on February 11 and one 54-year old, female from Purok 1, Barangay Serna died last February 26."

“One case of rabies is already considered an epidemic, because 100 meter radius of the rabies positive area should be quarantined and all dogs and cats within this area should be immunized with anti-rabies vaccine to avoid proliferation of said virus, that is why, we are asking the help of our friends from the tri-media to help us disseminate our campaign against rabies,” Plandano added.

Plandano also said to avoid proliferation of the said virus, the city health office will continue their support to the veterinary office through its surveillance and advocacy on rabies immunization. They will also help in the conduct of free rabies vaccination especially those areas identified as positive of rabies.

Plandano, further, said rabies virus is a fatal in human and animals especially dogs and cats, it can be transmitted through the saliva of animals and animal bites, common symptoms of rabies virus are fever, muscle pain, headache, brain inflammation, seizures, confusion, paralysis and coma, these symptoms will manifest after incubation period of 20 to 90 days only and should be treated immediately with rabies immunoglobulin (RIG) injections, antibiotics and rabies vaccine.

On his part, Sangguniang Panlungsod chairman Committee on Health, City Councilor Baltazar Abian encouraged all pet owners to take care of their pets and be responsible enough to bring them to the doctors and have them vaccinated.

“Republic Act 9482 or the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007 and other local ordinances must be enforced to reprimand those irresponsible pet owners,” Abian said. (SDR-PIASurigao del Norte)


DILG, OPPAP to hold planning workshop, assessment on Local Peace & Dev’t in Surigao Norte

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Mar. 3 (PIA) – Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) here and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPPAP) will conduct a two-day planning workshop and assessment in mainstreaming peace and development, and local governance project on March 4 to 5, 2014 at Parkway Hotel, Surigao City.

The workshop aims to update the status of the peace process with the CPP/NPA/NDF (Communist Party of the Philippines/New People's Army/National Democratic Front), revisit and update the existing conflict analysis of the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) and locate it within the broad frame of the peace process, identify gaps and peacebuilding needs based on the conflict analysis as well as resources to address these gaps which include a validation of previously identified interventions that remain unfunded, and to propose enhancements to existing PAMANA implementing structures process.

The activity also envisions to integrate the Peace and Development Agenda within the Provincial Peace and Order Council’s (PPOC’s) Peace and Order and Public Safety (POPS) Plan. (SDR/PPOC/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DTI gears up for 2014 grassroots participatory budgeting project implementation

By Brenda B. Corvera & Marson Jan S. Dolendo

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 3 (PIA) – A total of 130 projects in 49 local government units (LGUs) spread across five provinces and six cities.

These are the significant numbers in the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Caraga’s grassroots participatory budgeting (GPB) implementation, known formerly as bottom-up budgeting or BuB, for 2014.

With the said input figures, the agency is hoping to generate high outputs in terms of number of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) assisted, jobs generated, sales generated and incremental income for beneficiaries.

This is in addition to strengthening the capacity of our LGUs to pursue MSME development activities in partnership with civil society organizations to contribute to their efforts in poverty reduction.

In a recent agency planning for the GPB implementation, DTI-Caraga regional director Brielgo Pagaran said, “DTI top management’s eyes are on us because we got the biggest chunk from the BuB/GPB allocation.”

DTI-Caraga got P87.96 million or 17 percent of the department’s over P532.56 million GBP budget in the general appropriations act (GAA).

DTI-Caraga’s share, however, is only 5 percent of the P1.07 total GBP budget for the region.

Of the 130 projects, some 77 percent are specific for enterprise development projects. The rest are either general requests for shared service facility, capability building/training, industry clustering , business permit licensing system interventions and creation of enterprise villages.

Fund releases are scheduled at the earliest, February 2014. (DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)


Agrarian-Beneficiaries to venture cacao production

By Gil Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 3 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan del Norte promoted cacao growing to 65 farmer-leaders to increase productivity in the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) awarded lands during the Orientation on Cacao Production held on February 24, here.

The project is a joint venture of DAR Agusan del Norte, Kennemer Foods International, Inc. (KFI) and GML Agri-ventures. Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) will play a vital role in financing the cacao planting program.

The over-all goal of the program is poverty reduction and improving the quality of life of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries.

DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Andre B. Atega said that the project is first among the support services funded by DAR in collaboration with private sector.

Christopher Lindo of GML Agri-ventures emphasized that farmer who grows cacao must adhere strictly to prescribed technology and seed variety to be able to meet market standards.

Ester T. Cabalan, BDCD OIC-Chief said that the agricultural land to be planted with cacao belongs to farmer-beneficiaries who are members of their respective Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organization (ARBOs) organized by DAR.

DAR will be providing financial loans to interested cacao-growers through its Agrarian Productivity Credit Production (APCP), a credit assistance intervention program in-partnership with LBP.

GML Agri-Ventures will provide technical support, seedlings, technician as well as marketing to the identified and potential cacao growers. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


4 firms get fines for selling Christmas lights with no ICC stickers

By Atty. Maria Aurora R. Curaza-Maquiling & Marson Jan S. Dolendo

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 3 (PIA) - While most firms are busy with post-Christmas business, four establishments in this city get penalties recently for violations made during the height of the Christmas season.

The four firms which sold Christmas lights without the required Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers were meted administrative fines in the amount ranging from P17,500.00 to P25,000.00.

In addition, they were also ordered to cease and desist from selling Christmas lights without ICC stickers with a stern warning that repetition of the same or similar acts in the future shall be dealt with more severely.

The decision was handed down by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Caraga Regional Office on the basis of the formal charge filed on the observed violations.

The violators were caught during the inspections conducted by DTI-Agusan Del Norte Provincial Office monitoring and enforcement team during the last quarter of 2013 in line with the agency’s mandate to inspect commodities which affect the life, health and safety of consumers under Republic Act No. 4109 otherwise known as the Product Standards Law.

A total of 2,481 individual lighting sets plus 29 boxes of Christmas lights were found to have been displayed for sale without the required ICC stickers in violation of Department Order No. 02, Series of 2007.

The confiscated products are forfeited in favor of the government and will be processed for destruction.

Christmas light is a mandatory product required to conform to Philippine National Standard (PNS) 189:2000. Imported lighting sets that conform to the safety requirements of the said PNS are issued with the corresponding ICC stickers. (DTI-13/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Tagalog News: Gobyerno tutulungan ang apat na Pilipinong biktima ng pagsabog ng gas sa Qatar

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Marso 3 (PIA) - Sinegurado ng Malakanyang noong Sabado na magbibigay sila ng tulong sa mga pamilya ng dalawang Pilipinong nasawi at dalawa pang nasugatan sa pagsabog ng tanke ng gas sa isang restaurant sa Doha, Qatar.

Sa isang panayam kay Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte sa pinapatakbong radio ng pamahalaan ang DzRB Radyo ng Bayan, ito’y nagpahayag ng pakikiramay sa kamatayan ng dalawang Pilipino noong pagsabog.

Sinabi ni Undersecretary Valte na tutulong ang pamahalaan sa pag-asikaso para maibalik and mga katawan ng mga namatay. Sinabi rin niya na bibigyan din ng tulong ang dalawa pang Pilipino na nasugatan sa pagsabog.

“Sinisigurado naman po natin na tutulong po tayo doon sa pag-repatriate nung dalawa pa nating kababayan na sinamang palad po at nasama doon sa naging pagsabog. Ini-extend din po natin ang ating pakikiramay sa kanilang mga pamilya at mga naiwan na mahal sa buhay,” sabi niya.

Sinabi ni Valte na sa apat na Pilipinong biktima ng pagsabog, isa lamang ang miyembro ng Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). Gayunpaman, sineguro ng pamahalaan na magbibigay pa rin ng tulong sa nalalabing tatlo.

“Ang commitment po ng ating embahada doon ay tutulungan po ‘yung tatlo pa para naman po makakuha ng kaukulang benepisyo sa kanilang mga employer,” sabi ng deputy presidential spokesperson.

Labindalawa ka tao ang namatay noong sumabog ang tank eng gas sa isang Turkish na restaurant sa Doha, Qatar. Humigit kumulang 31 pang iba ang nasugatan sa pagsabog. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Tagalog News: Land Bank inilunsad ang Visa debit card

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Mar. 3 (PIA) - Sa pakipag-alyansa sa Visa, ang may hawak ng Land Bank Visa Debit Card ay maariring makapag withdraw ng pera ng Pilipinas mula sa kahit saang 2 milyon na ATM sa mahigit 200 na bansa at teritoryo sa buong mundo. Makapagbayad din ang may hawak ng card ng kanyang bills, makapamili sa pamamagitan ng linya ng ATM at makapamili sa pamamagitan ng telepono at koreo gamit and pundosa kanilang nagkadugtong na transaction account.

“Ang Land Bank Visa Debit Card ay parte n gaming patuloy na pagsisikap para mabigyan ang mga may hawak ng card ng mahusay at mabilis na serbisyo sa pamamagitan ng pagbigay ng kalayaan sa kanila na magkaroon ng daan para sa kanilang pera kapag ito ay kailangan nila, kahit saan man sila,” sabi ng Pangulo at CEO ng Land Bank, Gilda Pico.

“Ang aming pakipag-alyansa sa Land Bank ay isang testamento na mabigyan ang maraming Pilipino ng daan para sa pagbayad ng kanilang bayarin sa pamamagitan ng electronics. Sa mahigit 1.7 million na Land Bank customer, kasama na ang lahat ng mga empleyado ng pamahalaan, ang Land Bank Visa Debit card ay maaring magpahintulot sa may hawak ng card na iwanan ang kanilang pera sa bahay at makapamili kahit saan na tanggap ang Visa, na mas madali at ligtas kasama ang tatak ng Visa,” sabi ni Lain Jamieson, Visa Country Manager sa Pilipinas at Guam.

Ang Visa Debit Card ay nag-aalis ng pangangailangang humawak ng pera sa pang araw-araw na pamimili tulad ng estasyon ng gasoline, groseriya, at malalaking kainan. Nagbibigay rin ito ng kaagad na pagkakataon ng makakuha ng pera mula sa ATM ng Land Bank sa kahit saang ATM sa ibang bansa na may tatak na Visa.

Para sa karagdagang kaalaman tungkol sa Land Bank Visa Debit Card, tumawag lamang sa Customer Care Center sa numero 405-7000 (NCR); 1-800-10-7000 (domestic toll free o magbisita sa www.landbank.com. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Gobyerno motabang sa 4 ka Pilipino nga biktima sa pagboto sa tanke sa gas didto sa Qatar

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Marso 3 (PIA) – Ang Malakanyang niadtong adlw’ng Sabado mipasalig sa paghatag ug hinabang ngadto sa mga pamilya sa duha ka mga Pilipino nga nangamatay ug duha ka mga nasamdan sa pagbuhagay sa tanke sa gas usa ka restawran didto sa Doha, Qatar.

Siya namahayag nga ang gobyerno misimpatiya sa pagkamatay sa duha ka mga Pilipino atol sa maong insidente.

Sumala pa ni Undersecretary Valte, nga ang gobyerno motabang sa pagpasilitar sa pagpabalhin sa mga patay’ng lawas sa mga biktima. Siya usab miingon nga mahatagan usab ug hinabang ang laing duha ka mga Pilipino nga nasamdan sa maong pagboto.

“Sinisigurado naman po natin na tutulong po tayo doon sa pag-repatriate nung dalawa pa nating kababayan na sinamang palad po at nasama doon sa naging pagsabog. Ini-extend din po natin ang ating pakikiramay sa kanilang mga pamilya at mga naiwan na mahal sa buhay,” siya miingon.

Matud pa niya, nga ang upat ka mga Filipino nga nabiktima sa maong pagbuhagay, usa lamang kanila ang myembro sa Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). Bisan pa, ang gobyerno mipasalig sa paghatag ug hinabang ngadto sa laing tulo ka mga biktima.

“Ang commitment po ng ating embassy doon ay tutulungan po ‘yung other three para naman po makakuha ng kaukulang benefits sa kanilang mga employer,” sulti pa ni deputy presidential spokesperson Valte.

Sumala pa sa taho, dose ang mga ihap nga nahitala nga mga namatay atol sa pagbuhagay sa tanke sa gas didto sa usa ka Turkish nga restawran sa Doha, Qatar niadtog Huwebes. Ug laing mokabat usab sa 31 ang mga nasamdam sa maong insidente. (NGBT/PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: 2014 WMC, pormal nang gisugdan sa Butuan

Ni Sheila Mae Yatar

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 3 (PIA) - Pormal nang giablihan ang pagselebrar sa 2014 Women’s Month ning dakbayan pinaagi sa usa ka fun walk nga gisugdan gikan sa Provincial Capitol hangtod sa City Hall Grounds, buntag karong adlawa.

Gisundan kini sa usa ka programa nga gitambungan sa mga opisyales sa syudad sa pagpanguna ni City Vice Mayor Hon. Angelo S. Calo, mga Punong Barangay ug mga miyembro sa nagkadaiyang asosasyon sa kababayen-an ning dakbayan.

Atol sa maong kalihukan, surpresang nibisita si Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chair Etta Rosales kauban si CHR RD Atty. Marilyn Pintor. Subay niini, gidayeg ni Chairman Rosales ang Lokal nga Panggamhanan tungod kay sa maong selebrasyon gihatagan pud ug igong pagtagad ang mga kababayen-an ug kabataan nga adunay kabilinggan sa panglawas.

Samtang sa mensaheng gipa-abot ni SP Member ug Chairman sa Committee on Women, Children and Family Concerns Rema E. Burdeos, gipanghinaot niini nga magpabiling lig-on gayud sa tanang panahon ang mga kababayen-an.

Miduyog usab sa maong kalihukan sila SP Members Ferdinand E. Nalcot ug Sergio C. Pascual. Gitapos kini pinaagi sa “One Billion Rising Dance” nga bibong gisalmutan sa tanang mga bisita ug partisipante. (Butuan City CMO-PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)