DOST to launch 'Iba na ang panahon' in Surigao City
By Nora L. Molde
BUTUAN CITY, April 28 (PIA) - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga region will launch the “Iba na ang Panahon: Science for Safer Communities" early warning, early action forum on Tuesday, April 29. It is a two-day activity starting April 29 to 30 in one of the local hotels in Surigao City.
DOST Caraga regional director Dominga Mallonga said more than 300 participants are expected to participate in the activity to include local chief executives, DRRM officers, member-agencies of the RDRRMC and representatives from the academe and private sectors.
“Iba na ang panahon” is a nationwide information, education campaign (IEC) of the department aimed at arming the LGUs with knowledge and science-based technologies for community preparedness against disasters especially in the face of climate change.
“Iba na ang Panahon” is a joint project of DOST, Department of the Interior and Local Government, LGUs and the Office of Civil Defense. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)
MinDA, DOE spearhead improvement of power situation in Mindanao
By Venus L. Garcia
DAVAO CITY, Apr. 28 (PIA) – The Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee chaired and co-chaired by Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and Department of Energy (DOE), respectively is putting forth all its efforts in improving the power situation in Mindanao.
MinDA Asst. Sec. Romeo Montenegro III revealed in his lecture here during the second day of the 9th Mindanao Media Summit on Impact of Climate Change in Mindanao that a serious power deficit persists, supply is currently unable to meet demand as the 200MW STEAG coal-fired power plant is currently on force outage and the major hydro power plants are running on limited capacity due to low water elevation brought about by the dry summer months, and there is a need to address surging energy consumption growth brought about by the rapid growth of Mindanao and the substantial losses due to system loss.
He said that the situation is expected to improve only until 2015 when committed projects come on stream.
The current supply deficiency has resulted in rotating outages across Mindanao, however some areas are able to mitigate the impact of the supply deficiency due to additional power supply coming from embedded generators.
Potential renewable energy projects are considered wherein biomass and hydropower sites in Mindanao were identified.
Also, Asec Montenegro enumerated the status of committed power plants: the ongoing construction of Tudaya 1 Hydroelectric Power Plant and Tudaya 2 Hydroelectric Power Plant in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur; completed construction and ongoing engine assembly of 15 MW MEGC Diesel Power Plant in Mapalad, Dalipuga, Iligan City; ongoing construction of the powerhouse and coal dome of 2 x 150 MW Coal?fired Therma South Energy Project in Brgy Binugao Toril Davao City and Brgy. Inawayan, Sta. Cruz, Davao Del Sur; ongoing construction of foundation of power house and water treatment building of 2 X 100 MW Southern Mindanao Coal Fired Power Station in Brgy. Kamanga, Maasim, Sarangani; and conduct of geo surveying on the site of 3 x 135 MW FDC Utilities – Misamis Coal?fired Power Plant in Misamis Oriental.
Montenegro said that certain measures are being pursued to bridge the power supply gap. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)
Agnor PPOC recognizes PNP personnel on campaign vs illegal drugs
By Nora L. Molde
BUTUAN CITY, April 28 (PIA) – The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) of the province of Agusan del Norte recognized recently the relentless efforts of the personnel involved in solving the drug problem of the province.
PPOC chairperson, governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba together with provincial director Romeo Solis of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) during the council’s regular meeting awarded certificates of commendations for their brevity, responsiveness, cooperation and diligence in service in the massive campaign and law enforcement against illegal drugs to the following:
1. Tubay Municipal Police Station
· PSI Jessie Olivario Natividad
· PO1 Jomar Baslot Ascarez
· PO2 Rodel Baljira Monteza
· PO2 Buen Justin T Leopardas
· PO1 Eden C Pacaldo
· PO2 Welfrido Quinong
· PO2 Sayson Curayag Canete
· PO1 Racel F Quino
2. Buenavista Municipal Police Station
· PSI Jose E Lumacang
· SPO3 Arnaldo S Rey
· SPO1 Angelito Otacan
· SPO1 Helbert I Guzman
· PO3 Engelbert Clavero
· PO2 Mamerto N Mondejar
· PO1 Joyson C Beronilla
· PO1 Lowel F Salino
· PO1 Genesis D Odtojan
3. Santiago Municipal Police Station
· PI Ernesto C Telano Jr.
· SPO1 Primitivo L Las Pinas
· SPO1 Christopher A Taneo
· PO3 Nestor L Castillo
· PO3 Ronald D Abrigo
· PO3 Erwin A Betarmos
4. Nasipit Municipal Police Station
· PSI Erwin B Legayada
· PO2 Francisco Teves Jr
· PO2 Robert Maglasang
· PO1 Junil Calo
5. Las Nieves Municipal Police Station
· PI Tito L Girado
· SPO1 Alan Vicente D Barrios
· SPO3 Nelson Misanes
· PO3 Christian Noel L Dajao
· PO3 Rodybill P Bosque
· PO3 Voltaire F Ayaton
· PO3 Amado Cordova III
· PO2 Rubin S Lingatong
· PO2 Renante Furinas
6. Remedios T. Romualdez (RTR) Municipal Police Station
· PInsp Rene Tulusan Sarento
· SPO3 Renante S Agang
· SPO1 Warren C Dultra
· PO3 Greg Ian O Gonzales
· PO3 Julius D Aliwanag
· PO1 Leonilyn A Lagumbay
· PO1 Wilfred B Edulan
7. Kitcharao Municipal Police Station
· PI Joepetrus A Catubig
· PI Amos L Moreno
· PO3 Cherwin A Jimenez
· PO2 Reinhard Piux B Cafe
· PO2 Mark Ian J Esarza
· PO2 Ernesto N Cuevas
· PO1 Roberto A Enriquez
· PO1 Larry C Precioso
· PO1 Gil Noel A Reyes
· PO1 Bonito G Padilla
8. Provincial Intelligence Branch
· PSI Abraham V Mangelen
· SPO2 Alejandro M Lamanilao
· SPO1 Allen M Lagdamen
· PO1 Michael D Yabanes
9. Agusan del Norte Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC)
· PSI Anthony Jess A Punzalan
· PO2 Von Harjie V Abucayan
· PO2 Benjie S Makiling
· PO1 Joniel G Progella
· PO1 Junrey S Napuli
· PO1 Jose Adulfo B Mainar
· PO1 Anecito A Maglinte Jr
· PO1 Vincent Salvador H Dubouzet
· PO1 Charliemen C Cabiad
· PO1 Beniven M Anino
· PO1 Cris S Amandoron
Also, during the council meeting, PO1 Ernesto Davieh C Mortola was awarded for showing courageous acts and dedication to duty, which resulted to being wounded in action during the surveillance on suspected robbery/theft suspects and drug personalities in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte on January 5, 2014.
According to governor Matba, such act shall set as example and inspiration in the massive campaign and enforcement against illegal drugs in pursuit of peace and development in this province. Hence, PO1 Mortola was awarded Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting.
The drug operations of the province was jointly conducted by the Agusan del Norte PPSC and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
PDEA represented by Investigation Agent Cristy Silvan during the PPOC meeting reported that as of April 3, 2014, there are already 43 slightly affected barangays in the province, 44 barangays moderately affected, and nine barangays seriously affected.
Kitcharao Municipal Mayor Aristotle Montante also said during the meeting that they already reactivated/organized the Barangay and Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Councils inorder to help solve drug problem in the area.
Montante also said that a strong participation of the community will greatly conribue to the solving of the municpalities problem especially on drugs.
Gov. Matba told the body that we need the expertise of the Philippine National Police (PNP) law enforcers in order to solve the problem of illegal drugs in the area and manifested strong support for a collaborative efforts to be made by local government unit chief executives and the law enforcers.
Matba also encourages all the PNP Chief of Police to collaborate with the concerned Municipal/City Mayor where they are assigned in order for them to work hand-in hand to solve the entry of illegal drugs in the area and also encourages to submit their specific program that needed funding in order to deliver the tasks and for its expectations to give better results so that we can win our program in eradicating against illegal drugs. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
PENRO-LGU: No more small scale mining permit in SurSur
By Greg Tataro Jr.
TANDAG CITY, April 28 (PIA) – The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) under the provincial government of Surigao del Sur bared that the province no longer issued any regular permit for small scale mining as of March 2014.
PENRO-LGU chief Edgar Valentin clarified that the deferment of the acceptance and processing of application was due to Executive Order (E.O.) No. 79 entitled “Institutionalizing and Implementing Reforms in Philippine Mining Sector Providing Policies and Guidelines to ensure Environmental Protection and Responsible Mining in the Utilization of Mineral Resources.”
He also pointed out that all applications shall compliment with the provisions of E. O. 79 particularly Section 11.
Section 11 provides that (a) Small Scale Mining Activities shall comply with R.A. 7076 or the People’s Small Scale Mining Act of 1991 and the Environmental Impact Statement System Requirement under P.D. 1586; (b) Pursuant to R.A. 7076, Small Scale Mining operaions shall be undertaken only within declared “People’s Small Scale Mining Areas or Minahan Ng Bayan; and, (c) Small Scale Mining shall not be applicable to metallic minerals except gold, silver, and chromite as provided in R.A. 7076.
However, Valentin added that Provincial Resolution No. 786, series of 2012 states that while the application for Minahan Ng Bayan is under process, the governor is authorized under certain grounds and conditions to issue a temporary permit as cited on such legislative action.
The PENRO-LGU chief admitted that there is only one application for Minahan Ng Bayan at present which is pending—the Bongkuan Minahan Ng Katutubo based in San Miguel town. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
DOST Caraga offers big volume calibration
BUTUAN CITY, April 28 (PIA) - In response to the growing demand of gasoline stations, fuel haulers and petroleum depots in the region, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Caraga’s Metrology Laboratory formally opens its new big volume calibration facility. The facility is equipped with two units 500 liters proving tanks. It is housed in the newly established metrology building of DOST Caraga Regional Office within the campus of Caraga State University, Ampayon, this city. The Center, manned by two metrology personnel can accommodate road tankers up to 60,000 liters. Services are offered on a first-in-first-served basis with prior scheduling to facilitate calibration works.
To guarantee the delivery of accurate volume measurement and traceability to national standards, all equipment in the newly operated Center were calibrated by DOST-10 in Cagayan de Oro City. DOST Caraga regional director Dominga D. Mallonga, OIC - assistant regional director Ricardo N. Varela, Engr. Ramon Belo Jr. of Nasipit Petron Depot and Mharlo Monroid of DCMJR Corporation were present during the dry-run calibration of the 14,000 liters vehicle tank.
Twelve tankers were already calibrated by the center. Among those served were DCMJR Corporation, Mindanao Trucking Corporation, Jay Mark Gasoline Station, A.M. Enterprises, Mardigold Corporation of Cabadbaran City and Kinglong Trucking Services from Surigao City.
The establishment of the new Metrology Center embodies DOST Caraga’s commitment to continually provide quality service to its clientele specially the small and medium industries in Caraga. (DOST-13/PIA-Caraga)
NYC names delegates to the 10th Parliament of Youth Leaders
MANILA, April 28 - Out of over 800 applicants, 218 applicants were named as official delegates to the 10th Parliament of Youth Leaders (NYP) which will be held at the Manila Grand Opera Hotel, Sta. Cruz, Manila on May 15-18, 2014.
The NYP, now on its 10th run, is a gathering of youth leaders from all over the country wherein policy recommendations are drafted to address youth issues, and serve as government’s guide in youth policy formulation and program development.
“Being on its 10th, this year’s parliament is milestone not just for the commission, but for young Filipinos who have long sought for a meaningful participation in governance and nation-building," said Commissioner Kit Cruz, chair of the 10th NYP National Organizing Committee.
“Now we’re seeing that majority of our youth have moved past being mere observers, majority have opted to become active partners in creating an environment of inclusiveness, where meaningful youth participation is part and parcel of national development," Cruz adds.
“Playing it safe won’t change the world, these youth leaders, these youth parliamentarians must live up to their moniker of being 'pasaway,' pasaway in the sense that they never accept the status quo, they never tire in seeking solutions to issues affecting them,” added Cruz.
The list of successful NYP10 applicants can be viewed at www.nyc.gov.ph. (NYC/PIA-Caraga)
NYC calls for comprehensive RH Education ASAP
MANILA, April 28 - "The affirmation of the RH Law is a much needed shot in the arm. But it is just the beginning, one part of the solution. So many things need to be done and they have to be done very soon. Teen pregnancy is a precarious race against time as 600 adolescents get pregnant every day."
This was the statement of Commissioner Perci Cendaña of the National Youth Commission (NYC) at the presentation of the Child and Adolescent Pregnancy Report of the Council for Welfare of Children (CWC) today. "The report has confirmed the urgency of the worsening situation of teen pregnancy in the country. Interventions at various levels are needed to be effective because addressing teen pregnancy is everybody's business," she said.
Cendaña concurred with the findings of the CWC report on the many factors that led to the increase in adolescent pregnancy in the country. He said "the spike in teen pregnancy is a confluence of many factors like poverty, labor migration, mass media and advancements in information technology such as the internet, social networking and mobile communications. But the most fatal factor is the lack of factual and scientific knowledge among the young on sex and sexuality."
The NYC is confident that with RH education the risky behavior of young people will be greatly reduced. Commissioner Cendaña also addressed claims by those who oppose RH education that it will make young people more curious about sex. "Young people are already curious to begin with. They are at that stage in their lives when their bodies are changing and start to develop attractions. It would be irresponsible to withhold information from them and let them find answers and explanations on their own from less authoritative sources like peers and the internet. It is our collectively responsibility to provide them with the necessary information," she added.
Cendaña described the needed RH and sexuality curriculum as "age and development-appropriate and culturally sensitive. It is founded on the principle of the evolving capacities of children and the youth. This is recognition of young people's capacity to make responsible decisions given the right information. We should learn to trust them and recognize their potential for learning."
The NYC official was quick to point out that the responsibility of educating young people on RH and sexuality is not limited to educational institutions only. "For it to be effective, it has to be reinforced in the home and community. The prevailing sex-negative attitude of society is a hindrance to learning. Parents and elders should learn to be more open in answering questions on sex and sexuality. There has to be shift from the common practice of refusing to discuss these topics because they are considered taboo. Everybody must do their part," Cendaña concluded. (NYC/PIA-Caraga)
Cebuano News: Kababayen- an, gibansay sa Basic 1st Aid ug Fire Fighting
Ni Lyka Quinto
BUTUAN CITY, Abril 28 (PIA) - Sa tumong nga makabaton ug katakos ug kahibalo ang mga kababayen-an sa dakbayan sa Butuan ug Basic Life Support - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation kon BLSP- CPR, Basic 1st Aid, ug Basic Firefighting, gipahigayon ang lima ka adlaw nga pagbansay sa mga kababayen-an pinaagi sa pagpanguna sa City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, didto sa New SP Building ning syudad, Abril 23- 29, 2014.
Tungod kay nakita sa lokal nga panggamhanan nga ang mga kababayen-an “multi- tasking,” sila ang gitutukan sa libreng training ilabina kadtong mga inahan sanglit daku man sila ug ikatampo kung naedukar sila sa hustong buhaton kon ugaling adunay mga kakulian ug aksidente sa panimalay, ingon man sa tagsa-tagsa nila ka mga barangay. Aron usab nga sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga panimalay pa lang o sa ilang komunidad aduna na’y hinanali nga pagresponde sa mamahimong biktima sa mga aksidente ingon man mga kalamidad.
Agi’g pagtapos sa naasoy’ng pagbansay ipahigayon usab ang paghatag ug pasidungog sa tanang ni tamud niini karong Mayo 29, 2014.
Gilauman karon sa panggamhanan nga ang mga trainees makapaambit usab sa ilang mga nakat-unan ngadto na sa ilang mga kaubanan sa panimalay ingon man sa komunidad. (LGU Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
Cebuano News: BNS gibansay sa Floristry-Making
Ni Lyka Quinto
BUTUAN CITY, Abril 28 (PIA) - Aron mahatagan ang mga Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) ning dakbayan sa igong katakos ug kahibalo nga mamahimong makahatag unya kanila ug dugang panginabuhian, niagi sila ug pagbansay sa Floristry-Making nga gipahigayon sa DOP Center, Tiniwisan, bag-uhay pa lamang.
Ang mga BNS gitudlu-an sa paghimo sa lei ug corsage ug gilaumang makatudlo usab sila sa mga katawhan sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga barangay base sa ilang mga nakat-unan.
Ang nasangpit nga kalihukan ubos sa buhatan sa City Nutritionist alayon usab sa programang poverty reduction ning syudad.
Aduna pa’y ikaduhang hugna sa pagbansay nga ipahigayon sa susamang lugar, Abril 29, 2014. (LGU Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
Cebuano News: 'Infant and Young Child Feeding Program' gilusad sa buhatan sa maayong panglawas sa syudad
SURIGAO CITY, Abr. 28 (PIA) - Ang lokal nga pangamhanan sa dakbayan pinaagi na sa buhatan sa maayong panglawas sa pagpangulo ni Dr. Emanuel Plandano milusad sa usa ka programa nga gitawag ug “Infant and Young Child Feeding Program” bag-ohay pa lamang.
Sumala pa ni Mrs. Florence Dela Cruz ang Nutritionist I sa buhatan sa City Health Office sila milusad sa maong programa aron paghatag og dugang kahibalo o pagbansay-bansay alang kung unsay angayan nga buhaton aron malikayan ang child mortality ug malnutrisyon sa mga kabataan.
Sumala pa ni Dela Cruz sila kasamtangang naglibot sa mga kabarangayan sa syudad aron pagpahigayon sa maong programa. (SDR/MICO-Surigao/PIA-Surigao del Norte)