4.01.2014

Emergency response training held in Agnor

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 1 (PIA) – The Agusan del Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) headed by governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba successfully conducted the five-day training on Basic Life Support, Standard First Aid and Introduction to Mass Casualty Incident Management Training Course for the Agusan del Norte Emergency Response Team (ADNERT) recently.

According to Agusan del Norte PDRRM Officer Erma Suyo, the training was conducted in order to equip and renew the ADNERT members’ skills in responding to emergency situations and by mastering the basic life support and standard first aid training course. Also, the training according to Suyo has helped the new members acquire new knowledge on the basic course.

"The newly enhanced and capacitated ADNERT served as the leading example for the municipal and city established response teams especially during calamities, disasters, etc," Suyo said.

“They will serve as equipped local emergency response teams who will ensure humanitarian aid and willing to assist the local government unit in implementing its disaster risk reduction and management programs,” Suyo added.

Jorge Vincent Pagaran, the chairman of the administration and training of the PDRRMC said the training involved a lecture discussion, workshops, demonstration and return demonstrations, simulations and team building exercises were included during the training duration.

Of the 39 participants according to Pagaran, 31 passed the Basic Life Support training while eight of the participants failed; 19 passed the Standard First Aid, nine failed and 13 with incomplete status. "All of the 39 participants passed the Mass Casualty Incident Management training course," he said.

“The 13 participants with incomplete status need to comply first requirements in order to passed the training, this will include complying both the knowledge, skills and attitude abilities, exercises and demonstrations," said Pagaran. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Agsur NGO intensifies conservation and protection of Mt. Magdiwata

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, April 1 (PIA) - The Agusan del Sur Environment and Sustainable Development Council (ASESDC) intensifies the conservation and protection of the Mt. Magdiwata mountain range and its vegetative covers for possible destruction by illegal miners and illegal logging poachers being nearest declared watershed in the area that supplies the entire municipality of San Francisco with fresh and clean potable water.

Foundation for the Development of Agusanons (ADFI) Executive Director Dr. Rex Linao convened the members of the ASESDC Forest Management Committee (ASESDC-FMC) thru the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources – Local Government Unit last week and discussed the activities that will be undertaken on April 22 during the celebration of the Earth Day.

According to the plan formulated by the ASESDC-FMC members, all participants, from academe, government officials and employees, the military and police, bankers group and many others will convene at the San Francisco municipal grounds at 5 a.m. of April 22 where the vehicles that will ferry the participants to the venue where will be waiting. At 6 a.m., the vehicles will be moving towards the tree planting venue identified by the ASESDC and LGU San Francisco where planting materials like mahogany trees are prepared including the area. The tree planting will last until 9 a.m. and participants will be ferried to San Francisco gymnasium where a short program will be held, reminding everybody that they will be responsible to nurture and safeguard the trees they planted.

The tree planning at Mt. Magdiwata is the first joint activity of the municipality of San Francisco and the provincial government because the entire mountain range declared as watershed area by then President Fidel Ramos has been subject to illegal mining and illegal cutting of trees by poachers. Aside from that, controversy on management arises when the San Francisco Water District claims they are the authority in the protection of the area while the Department of Environment and natural Resources – Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-PENRO-CENRO), including the municipality of San Francisco are the authorities mandated by law to protect the area.

After the activities on April 22, 2014, rigid research will be done by the ASESDC, the LGU San Francisco and the DENR in order to implement the mandate of the law and intensify the protection of the area. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Women’s Month Celeb in SurSur ends with various activities

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, April 1 (PIA) – This year’s Women’s Month celebration in the province culminated with a mangrove planting activity, disaster preparedness orientation, and mass feeding held in the different areas in the municipality of Tago and Tandag City recently.

It was learned that the participating agencies and stakeholders were clustered into three. The mangrove planting was held in Barangay San Agustin Norte, Tandag City led by the women from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). They have successfully planted a total of 100 propagules, according to the DENR-CENR office here.

For the Barangay Disaster Preparedness Orientation, it was led by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) office in Barangay Bongtud and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office in San Agustin Sur all in Tandag City with 300 women attendees.

While, the mass feeding led by the Philippine Red Cross was conducted in Purok Maroon and Purok Avocado, Barangay Purisima of Tago town and barangay Awasian of Tandag City. Around 500 less fortunate children benefited the said event.

“Surigao del Sur is close to AKBAYAN party because our party vice president and office of political affairs undersecretary Tom Villarin is from here,” said former AKBAYAN rep. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel who graced the formal culmination program.

With this year’s theme, "Juana, Ag Tatag mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong," Hontiveros, further said that the women’s endurance was also felt in Surigao del Sur where women’s participation has been observed as she cited several activities conducted in the community.

Juanas from various government agencies and stakeholders also showcased their talents during the last part of the celebration.

Meanwhile, the city government of Tandag on Saturday has also conducted their culmination activity with a “Baile Sa Kababayen-an, Bayle nan Tanan" at Vicente Pimentel Sr. Boulevard. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Surigao Norte GADCC launches MR. GAD MOVES

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Apr. 1 (PIA) – The Gender and Development Coordinating Council (GADCC) of Surigao del Norte has launched the MR. GAD MOVES (Men Opposed to VAWC Everywhere especially in Surigao del Norte) during the Women’s Month celebration culmination program held recently at the Cultural Center for Children, Provincial Sports Complex, this city.

According to MR. GAD MOVES president Police Inspector Ceasar Gealogo the program aims to raise awareness on the responsibilities of men in gender and development and to promote advocacy of Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) or Republic Act 9262.

“This program basically aims to promote responsible men and to campaign against VAWC cases and other gender-related issues, and in order to strengthen our campaign we are planning to organize the same group in every municipality of the province,” Gealogo said.

The officials of Surigao del Norte MR. GAD MOVES are as follows, President- Police Inspector Ceasar E. Gealogo of PNP; Vice President- Carmelito Mantong of Provincial Health Office; Secretary-Elonier Baay of Provincial Treasurers Office; Auditor- Nicolas P. Ortiz of Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperatives (SURNECO); Treasurer- Rajiv Ivar P. Elape of Provincial Tourism and Culture Office, PIO - FO3 Rogelio D. Logronio, Jr. of Bureau of Fire Protection, and advisers are Board Member Victor Borja, Antonio Tiu of Provincial Social Services Office, Florian Tan of Women’s Training Center and Alice Euseña of SURWISE. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DILG bares “Death List” of Barangay Officials in Surigao Sur

By GregTataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, April 1 (PIA) – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Surigao del Sur under the supervision of provincial director Pedrito Alacaba bared the list of incumbent barangay officials who have already died after being sworn in to office following the October 28, 2013 elections.

Based on the updated roster of Barangay Officials’ Death Benefit Claim as of March 31, 2014, seven have already passed away due to various causes.  On the list are six males with only one female; five of whom are barangay kagawads while two are punong barangays.

The list cited that both punong barangays Edgar Rivera and Shirley Lless of Dayoan, Tago and Britania, San Agustin, respectively, died of hypertension while barangay kagawads Marlon Besinga of Lindoy, Tago and Edgardo Acedilla of Sasa, Hinatuan died of malady—acute renal failure and cardiac arrest.  Ignacio Arpilleda, a barangay kagawad of Calagdaan, Cantilan was reported to have died of a vehicular accident.

However, what is most alarming, the DILG stressed, both barangay kagawads William Yu of St. Christine, Lianga and Rosevelt Ravelo met their tragic death because of murder that occurred only in February, this year. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


More than 700 LAWig TESDA scholars complete training

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, April (PIA) – Some 733 scholars of the LAWig Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Scholarship program have completed their skills training and received Certificate of Completion.

During the Commencement Exercises held recently in Agusan del Norte Provincial Covered Court here, Cong. Lawrence Lemuel Fortun of the first District of Butuan City and Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte emphasized that the scholarship program that his constituency office has sponsored is one way of helping his constituents who, like him, has experienced difficulties and hardships during his school days.

The official recalled that when he was still in college until he enrolled in a Law school in Manila, he was forced to look for a job to support his education. He said he finished his Bachelor of Laws in six years, instead of the regular four years.

“This is because I still have to look for job to support my schooling… This is the reason why I want to help my constituents who cannot afford to go to school yet they are interested to be trained and educated,” Fortun said.

Also, TESDA-Caraga regional director Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. said the LAWig TESDA scholarship program entails a good and practical concept as graduates of TESDA is starting to continue their journey.

“Lawig is a Cebuano term which means journey… Thus, the concept of this scholarship program is pointing out the journey of the scholars as they enter new chapter of their lives – that is, to find a job… We are setting you off on a journey… that is why events like this is a milestone because we are embarking you to start off your journey,” Dir. Sunico said.

The official also stressed with the ASEAN integration that will be implemented in 2015, there is a need for the Filipinos to be at par excellence with the other neighboring countries in the Southeast Asian Nations.

Sunico further explained that during this period, the mobility of goods, products, and services within the ASEAN region is fast and easy. Because of this, the official said the government is now investing on the development of the country’s human development.

“Human development is our competitive advantage compared to our neighboring ASEAN countries. This is the reason why the national government is investing much on developing our human resources,” Sunico said.

Among the technical-vocational institutions which have provided trainings to LAWig scholars are Agusan Colleges, Agusan Institute of Technology, AMA Computer Learning Center-Butuan, Butuan City Colleges, Butuan City Manpower Training Center, Butuan Doctors’ College, Center for Healthcare Professions-Butuan, Caraga State University, Father Saturnino Urios University, Global Competency-Based Training Center, Philippine Electronics and Communications Institute of Technology, and Saint Joseph Institute of Technology. (TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Fish ports in Cabadbaran, Buenavista to be established

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, April 1 (PIA) – Congressman Erlpe John M. Amante of the second district of Agusan del Norte pushed for the establishment of fish ports in Cabadbaran City and the municipality of Buenavista.

These proposals contained in House Bill Nos. 3913 and 3914 are being pushed for approval in congress by Cong. Amante.

Fisheries and marine resources are among the main sources of livelihood for the people residing in coastal areas. The establishment of fish ports in Cabadbaran and Buenavista is economically feasible due to the rich marine resources. These fish ports are expected to stimulate the local economy and provide opportunities to the residents in the area of trading of fish and other marine products.

The said fish ports will play a vital role in ensuring and strengthening the food security program of the government. With the provision of venue and infrastructure facilities for fish and marine products trading, it will be easier for fisher folks, either local or from nearby towns and provinces, to transport and distribute their harvest. The equipment of cold storage and processing facilities in the fish port will help in stabilizing the market prices and increase the quality of harvested marine products.

Under the supervision of the Department of Agriculture, the department is mandated to include in its program the establishment of the said fish ports and the funding of which shall be included in the General Appropriations Act. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Tagalog News: Pangulong Aquino sinabing may obligasyon siyang ipagtanggol ang soberanya ng bansa

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Abril 1, 2014 (PIA) - Inulit na sabihin ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III angkanyang obligasyon na ipagtanggol ang soberanya ng bansa at dinagdagang dapat na ang ibabang bansa ay kilalanin ang karapatan ng Pilipinas para ipagtanggol ang sariling kapakanan sa West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Sa isang panayam noong ginanap ang pagtatapos sa Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) sa Silang, Cavite, sinabi ng Pangulo na ang kanyang administrasyon ay hindi naghahamon sa China o kaya ay nagsisimula ng pagkagalit.

Pero siya ay naniniwalang dapat lang kilalanin ng China ang karapatan ng Pilipinas na ipagtanggol ang kanyang soberenya. Sinabi rin niya na pinagpatuloy ng bansa ang mga kinakailangan para sa isang mapayapa at base sa batas na paraan para resolbahin ang iringan sa West Philippine Sea ng itaas ang kaso sa international tribunal.

 “Dumaan tayo sa pamamagitan ng paglilitis una dahil iyan ang isang paraan para maresolba ang girian na nanatili sa mapayapang paraan at naaayon sa pandagidigang batas,” sabi niya sa mga reporter.

Isa pang paraan ng pinagpatuloy ng bansa ay ang paggawa ng Code of Conduct sa South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).

Sa kasalukuyan, ang mga bansang miyembro ng ASEAN any nagkasundo lamang sa Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea noong 2002, at gusto ng Pilipinas na itulak ang paggawa ng Code of Conduct pagkatapos ng sampung taon. Wala ng iba pang pagpilian ang Pilipinas kundi ang pandaigdigang hukoman, sabi niya na nangatuwirang ang Ayungin Shoal na kasalukuyang inaangkin ng China ay maliwanag na nasa loob ng 200 eksclusibong economic zone (EEZ) ng bansa.

Pinuri rin ng Pangulo ang mga miyembro ng Armed Forces na siyang nagbabantay ng pwesto ng pamahalaan sa Ayungin Shoal sa pamamagitan ng lumang barko.

“Dapat akong magbigay ng espesyal na handog sa mga tauhan ng AFP. May mga tauhan tayong dapat ilagay sa Ayungin Shoal. Tinapos nila ang kanilang misyon na hindi, sa aking paniniwala, pinataas ang tensyon at ginawa nila ito sa paraang hindi nagbibigay banta sa iba—at napanatili ang pag-aayon sa mapayapang paraan,” sabi niya.

Ang pagpalit ng tauhan at ang pagdala ng mga kinakailangang suplay ay nagiging hamon para sa Pilipinas habang sinimulan ng China ang pagharang sa mga barkong nagdadala ng suplay sa pwesto ng pamahalaan.

Noong Linggo, ang Pilipinas ay naghain ng memorial o written pleading sa international tribunal na naglalaman ng ebidensiya at mga basehan ng kanyang pag-angkin sa West Philippine Sea. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Presidente Aquino nag-ingon nga siya adunay obligasyon sa pagpanalipod sa soberanya sa nasud

Ni Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Abril 1 (PIA) - Si Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III misubli sa iyahang obligasyon sa pagpanalipod sa soberanya sa nasud ug sa ubang mga nasud sa pag-ila sa katungod sa Pilipinas sa pagpanalipod sa kaugalingon nga interes sa West Philippines Sea (South China Sea).

Sa usa ka interview atol sa gradwesyon sa Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) nga gipahigayon didto sa Silang, Cavite, ang presidente miingon nga ang gobyerno sa Pilipinas wala naghagit sa China o makabuhat ug usa ka paghagit.

Apan siya miingon nga siya nagatuo nga ang China kinahanglan nga morekognisar sa nasudnong katungod sa pagpanalipod sa soberanya. Siya usab miingon nga ang nasud sa Pilipinas padayon sa pagpangita sa mga panginahanglanon alang sa malinawon ug pinasubay sa lagda nga pamaage  sa pagsulbad sa kasamok diha sa West Philippine Sea sa dihang kini nga kaso mapasaka ngadto sa international tribunal.

"Gihimo na namo ang unang arbitrasyon tungod kay mao na ang usa ka pamaagi sa pagsulbad sa mga panagbangi nga pinasubay sa mga palisiya nga malinawon,  ug usab pinauyon sa international nga balaod (We went through arbitration primarily because that is a means to resolve the dispute na consistent with the policy na peaceful, at saka in conformity with the international law)," siya miingon sa mga reporters.

Dugang pa nga gigukod sa nasud mao ang pagpanday sa Code of Conduct sa South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).

Hangtod, nga ang myembro sa ASEAN nga mga nasud miuyon lamang sa Declaration on the Conduct of Parties sa South China Sea sa tuig 2002, ug ang Pilipinas gusto nga iduso ang usa ka Code of Conduct human sa napulo ka tuig. Ang Pilipinas walay lain nga mapilian gawas sa international arbitrasyon, siya miingon, nangatarungan nga ang Ayungin Shoal karon nga gitigian sa China dayag nga nahisulod sa 200 exclusive economic zone (EEZ) sa nasud.

Kalabot niini, ang Presidente usab midayeg sa mga miyembro sa armadong kusog nga nagbantay didto sa Ayungin Shoal pinaagi sa usa ka gubaon nga barko.

"Ako kinahanglan nga mobayad sa espesyal nga pasidungog ngadto sa mga tawo sa AFP. Kita adunay mga tawo nga probisyonan sa Ayungin Shoal. Natuman nila ang misyon nga wala, nagatuo ako, sa pagdugang sa tension ug gihimo kini nga pamaagi nga wala mubuhat sa usa ka hulga sa bisan unsa nga mga nasud - -usab nga pinasubay sa malinawon nga pamaagi, (I should pay special tribute to the men of the AFP. We have men who had to be provisioned in Ayungin Shoal. They accomplished the mission without, I believe, increasing the tension and did it in a way that didn't pose a threat to any other country--again consistent with the peaceful approach)," siya miingon.

Ang pag-usab sa personahe ug sa pagdala sa mga suplay nahimong usa ka hagit alang sa Pilipinas ingon nga ang China nagsugod na sa pagbabag sa mga barko nga nagdala ug suplay ngadto sa giposisyonan sa gobyerno.

Niadtong Dominggo, ang Pilipinas mipasaka ug usa ka ka sinulat nga hangyo sa international tribunal nga adunay sulod nga ebidensiya ug basehan alang sa iyang mga pag-angkon sa West Philippine Sea. (NGBT/PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: Web-based LTI operational tool, gilusad sa DAR Agnor

Ni Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 1 (PIA) - Ang buhatan sa Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) ning probinsya sa Agusan del Norte naglusad og oryentasyon kabahin sa Web-based Operational Tool gihimo bag-ohay pa lamang ning dakbayan.

Usa ka team gikan sa kaulohan ang nagpahigayon sa duha ka adlaw nga oryentasyon sa tumong nga mapadali ug mapagaan ang implementasyon sa programang Land Acquisition and Distribution (LAD) ning buhatan gamit ang bag-ong sestema ug teknolohiya sa pag-pagpatuman sa Land Tenure Improvement (LTI).

Ang mga partisipante naglangkob sa pipila ka mga empleyado sa DAR ning probensya diin sagad nila nga trabaho mao ang pag-apodapod sa kayutaan.

Ang web-based LTI Tool usa ka monitoring system sa katuyoan nga mahimong hapsay ang mga datus sa tanan lebel ning ahensya. Taliwala sa nagkagrabeng suliran sa operasyon sa LAD, namugna kini nga inisyatiba gamit ang internet.

Kini namugna aron matiktikan ang pag-usbaw sa mga kahimoan sa mga kayutaan nga nahisakop ilawom sa programang CARP ug malikayan ang sumpaki sa mga datus. Kini moresulta sa tukma nga impormasyon alang sa hinanaling mga disisyon sa implementasyon sa Land Acquisition and Distribution kun LAD.

Ang mga personahe ning probensya nanghinaot nga mamahimong mapuslanon kini nga estratehiya alang sa pagpadali sa implementasyon sa pag-apodapod sa kayutaan. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)