PIA’s AFEBS gains support from RDRRMC Caraga members
By Jennifer P. Gaitano
BUTUAN CITY, April 3 (PIA) – The Advance Forward Emergency Broadcasting System (AFEBS) initiated by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga through regional director Abner Caga has gained appreciation and support from the member-agencies of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) chaired by Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga regional director Liza Mazo during its full council meeting held in one of the local convention centers here.
PIA-Caraga deputy regional director Fryan Abkilan relayed that the regional office under RD Caga conceptualized this public communication system designed for disaster response.
“The occurrences of natural disasters have increased with global warming and climate change. Though disasters cannot be completely prevented, its effects can be mitigated through effective communication and timely, accurate and relevant information. Thus, a public communication system specifically designed for disaster response was conceived,” explained Abkilan.
The AFEBS has several salient features which include the following: tested and proven to operate 24/7 in all weather conditions; can be heard over the radio, internet or cellphone/smartphones; and compact and highly mobile (can be transferred anytime, anywhere in just an hour or two).
“Practically, it can be operated with only one person. It is also a user-friendly (plug and play), locally assembled (90 percent of spare sparts are available locally – can lasts so long), and is maintenance-free,” Abkilan added.
Also, Abkilan further announced that the project will soon be implemented in Surigao City where disasters most significantly occur in this part of the region.
Meanwhile, hearing the report of the agency’s deputy regional director, RD Mazo lauded the effort of PIA-Caraga for this initiative which is very useful and helpful.
“We now have an advanced communication system thru PIA’s effort being the information arm of the government. We, in the council really appreciate this innovation,” stressed Mazo. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)
NYC invites applicants for 41st Ship for Southeast Asian and Japan Youth Program
By Venus L. Garcia
BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 3 (PIA) – The National Youth Commission (NYC) announced the opening of applications to the 41st Ship for Southeast Asian and Japan Youth Program (SSEAJYP) and is inviting Filipino youths, between 18-30 years old, who aspire to become one of this year’s delegates.
SSEAJYP is an annual cultural exchange program that was pioneered by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries and Japan in 1974. The program is handled by the participating countries with Japan as the main sponsor.
According to NYC Cluster Head for Northeastern Mindanao Salma Jayne Tamano, the program aims to further deepen the mutual understanding and friendship among the youth of Japan and the local youth in respective ASEAN regions.
For 2014, SSEAJYP is anchored on the theme, “Youth Participation in Social Activities.” It will be held for 52 days on board Japanese luxury cruise liner MV Nippon Maru from October 29 to December 18, 2014.
It was learned that among the various activities of the program is a series of discussions that will revolve around themes set by the organizer.
There will be a selection of the following: two participating youth (PY) from each region (1 male and 1 female); one national leader (NL); and discussion facilitators who shall provide support for PYs in the discussion activities.
Aside from discussions, the participants are grouped to interact and get involved in many activities initiated to create solidarity. Club activities and cultural performance and exhibition are often highlighted wherein participants are expected to expose and demonstrate their culture though stage performances.
As a general overview, the country program includes an official visit to the governmental institution and interaction with the local youth.
Application forms for SSEAJYP are available at www.nyc.gov.ph. The application form with the requirements for PYs and NLs may be submitted through email to email@example.com on or before April 25, 2014. The application form with requirements for Discussion Facilitators may be submitted on or before April 30, 2014, said Tamano. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)
Surigao Norte to hold Performance Management System Forum
By Susil D. Ragas
SURIGAO CITY, April 3 (PA) - The Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte is set to conduct a forum on Performance Management System on Friday, April 4, 2014 at the Provincial Convention Center, this city.
The conduct of the said forum is in line with establishment and implementation of Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS) as required by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) under Memorandum Circular No. 06, series 2012.
The said forum is very vital in respect to the consideration on the alignment of the developmental efforts under the HEALS (Health, Education, Agri-aquaculture, Livelihood and Social Service) Plus Agenda of the province with that of the national line agencies and component local government units.
Since the provincial government is continuously undertaking performance management of its personnel and the departments in general, in carrying out its strategies towards the attainment of developmental goals, and also initially developed the Strategic Performance Management System which focuses on the different programs, projects and activities initiated and implemented provincewide.
It was learned that Calbayog City First District Congressman Mel Senen Sarmiento will be the event's resource person while some CSC regional directors will be among the guests on the said forum. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
Agnor holds 1st Provincial Rabies Summit
By Joseph P. Dargantes
BUTUAN CITY, April 3 (PIA) - To avert the increasing incidence of dog bite cases in the province of Agusan del Norte, the Provincial Health Office and Provincial Veterinary Office in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga and Department of Agriculture (DA) regional field unit 13 conducted the first-ever Provincial Rabies Summit on March 24 here.
Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members chairing Municipal Committee on Health, Municipal Health Officers (MHO), Municipal Agriculturists, Municipal Human and Animal Rabies Coordinators and barangay captains of the ten municipalities of the province with highest dog populations attended the said summit. The Cabadbaran City also joined the event by sending its city veterinarian, Dr. Kaye Andalan.
“We have a situation and it rests in our shoulders to address this problem in our province,” said Brenda Tampos of the Provincial Health Office and the current Provincial Human Rabies Coordinator challenges the gathered stakeholders during her presentation of dog bite cases in the province.
Tampos, further pointed out the trend of dog bite cases during the past years that is increasing dramatically in the year 2013 with a record of 2,173 dog bite patients against the 1,078 cases in year 2012.
Lourdes Plaza of the Regional Human Rabies Coordinator also pointed out that if the number of dog bite cases in the province will be translated into human rabies patients, it would be catastrophic.
It was noted however that municipalities in the province which adopted and took into effect their dog control ordinances have a decreasing trend of dog bite cases.
The municipality of Kitcharao which implemented their dog control ordinance, registering dogs and encouraging leashing of dogs in every barangay, had dramatically dipped their dog bite incidence from 122 cases in year 2009 to only 18 cases in year 2012.
“It is high time for us to adopt and implement Provincial Ordinance 154 to curtail dog bite cases in the province,” said Romeo Solis, Provincial Director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). Solis reminded the summit attendees during his talk on Republic Act 9482 or the Rabies Act of 2007.
Cabadbaran City and the municipalities of Kitcharao, Carmen, Buenavista and RTR have already adopted and implemented the provincial ordinance to curtail dog bites, Provincial Ordinance 154.
The ordinance also mandates the construction of dog pounds for impounding stray dogs.
The municipality of Buenavista has an existing municipal dog pound while Cabadbaran City dog pound is already under construction.
Dr. Belen M. Aruelo, the Provincial Veterinarian, and Dr. Esther Cardeno, the Regional Animal Rabies Coordinator, encouraged the summit participants to construct their own dog pound to eliminate stray dogs in their areas of responsibility and to enjoin dog owners to keep their dogs.
The summit concluded with each summit delegate signifying their commitment to curb down dog bite incidence solidifying concerted efforts in the common goal of preventing human rabies in the province. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)
SurSur town earns praise for campaign vs illegal fishing
By Greg Tataro, Jr.
TANDAG CITY, April 3 (PIA) – The municipality of Cortes, Surigao del Sur has earned praise from the Provincial Fishery and Aquatic Resources Office (PFARO) for its intensified campaign against illegal fishing.
According to PFARO Chief Luisito Yu, it is the first local government unit (LGU) in the province to implement a distinct approach of convincing fisher folk to adopt an alternative and comprehensive program that aims to develop a sustainable fishing industry.
He said that such move is part of the Coastal Resource Management (CRM) program which Mayor William Angos is so serious about.
On March 26, Yu said that he was able witness the holding of ceremony highlighting the surrender of close to 2,000 illegal fishing gears, undersized fine mesh nets included, from local fishermen, which no less than Caraga Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) regional director Nerio Casil also attended. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
2014 SPES starts implementation in Surigao del Sur
By Greg Tataro, Jr.
TANDAG CITY, April 03 (PIA) – The implementation of the 2014 Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) this summer vacation has already started in Surigao del Sur.
According to Luth Longos, Provincial Head of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), their office had only aimed to hire 1,119 students to benefit from the program. However, he was delighted to report that they have exceeded the target by having 1,475 beneficiaries based on the pledge of commitment as of March 21.
The DOLE is joined by the local government units (LGUs), learning institutions, a company, and even a cooperative as major partners.
Meanwhile, Longos clarified that the concerned ”summer jobber” will get paid through counterparting of which the DOLE has to shoulder the 40 percent of the daily wage while the lion share is going to be assumed by their respective partner agencies based on the current minimum wage in the locality. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
Surigao City hosts ASEAN mutual recognition arrangement on tourism professionals awareness seminar
By Kylee Doreene T. Que
SURIGAO CITY, April 3 (PIA) - The Caraga Department of Tourism, in collaboration with Tourism Industry Board Foundation, Inc. (TIBFI) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will be spearheading the conduct of an ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) on Tourism Professionals Awareness Seminar on April 11 at the Philippine Gateway Hotel, this city.
Among its objectives are to facilitate mobility of tourism professionals or workers; to exchange information on best practices in competency-based education and training for tourism professionals, and to provide opportunities for cooperation and capacity building across ASEAN member countries. With the MRA, there will be free movement of services, goods, investments and skilled labor by 2015.
An approximate 90 participants is expected to attend the activity composed of personnel/representatives from tourism schools and training institutions, hotel and restaurant associations, tour operator and tour guides group, tourism-related establishment employees including chefs and housekeepers and local tourism officers. (DOT-13/PIA-Caraga)
AgSur collaborates with BFAR in its intensified promotion on tilapia production
By Jasmin J. Reyes
AGUSAN DEL SUR, Apr. 3 (PIA) - The provincial government here through the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) has been collaborating with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources XIII (BFAR-13) thru its Provincial Fisheries Office for the establishment of 20 modules techno-demo on tilapia and bangus production in fish cages, one module fish pen and 49 techno-demo on tilapia and bangus production in ponds.
Each techno-demo costs P150,000 for the netting materials and fish feeds requirements for one cropping as initial investment capital with an area of 300 sq. meters. A total of 10.3 meters was provided by BFAR for this endeavor in 2013.
The farmers’ counterparts are bamboo poles and labor requirements. The provincial government provided the needed tilapia fingerlings from the provincial fish hatchery, trainings and other technical assistance.
To date, the program benefited 20 fisherfolks’ associations with a total of 339 fish farmers province wide. These are located and implemented in feasible areas identified by PAO in various municipalities in the province.
Fish farmers started harvesting and enjoying delectable native dishes of tilapia. Some were sold at the local markets at P80.00 per kilo.
Initial production from tilapia both in fishcage and fishpond techno-demos totaled to 14,647 kilograms valued at P1.1 million. Harvest is expected to continue in the coming months.
Endowed with vast rivers and lakes, Agusan del Sur is potential for the production of fresh water fishes and other aquaculture products. This could be develop either in fish cage or fish pond.
Since the implementation of Intensified and Sustainable Development of Aquaculture (ISDA) program in 2005, the provincial government intensifies promotion and development of potential waters for production of tilapia and other freshwater fishes. Under the program are various interventions like provision of quality tilapia fingerlings and financial assistance, training and seminars including establishment of technology demonstration projects showcasing appropriate technologies. (DMS/Provincial Agriculture Office/PIA-Agusan del Sur)
200 Mindanao barangays eyed as reforestation sites
DAVAO CITY, April 3 (PIA) - Two hundred barangays in Mindanao will soon engage in massive reforestation activities aimed to generate at least two million seedlings of forest trees to be planted among typhoon-prone and perennially flooded areas in the island-region.
The initiative is a collaborative effort of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) through MinDA’s MindaNOW! Nurturing Our Waters Program and DENR’s Barangay Forest Program (BFP), a component of its National Greening Program (NGP).
Called the Barangay StraTREEgic Forest Project (BSFP), the activity is designed to rehabilitate natural habitats and strengthen multi-sectoral commitment in the reforestation of Mindanao’s denuded areas.
“We hope to contribute in achieving the Aquino Administration’s NGP targets through this project, while also securing resiliency in our vulnerable communities,” said MinDA chairperson Luwalhati Antonino.
She added that for the first batch of implementation, MinDA committed 200 planting sites to jumpstart and fast-track the BSFP initiative within the island-region.
“Among the prioritized barangays also include those that are located near critical coastal areas and rivers,” said Antonino while adding “the project also includes sustainable livelihood for the identified barangays to ensure that the barangay constituents can develop a steady source of income by protecting the environment.”
The Barangay StraTREEgic Forest Project also encourages for the establishment of the Payment for Environment Services (PES), a mechanism designed to guarantee sustainability of industries that are dependent on natural resources and help restore areas with heavily degraded environment.
The PES ensures that local governance are paralleled with efforts to protect and conserve the environment by creating an ordinance that allows it to collect fees from its constituents who subscribe to services that are dependent on natural resources.
In the Municipality of Naawan in Misamis Oriental, the local government is successfully implementing its PES program by collecting P1.00 for every cubic meter of water that a household consumes. The pooled funds will be allocated for the reforestation of Lake Danao, the town’s water source to ensure sustainability of their local water system, which is dependent on the lake.
“The role of LGUs in this undertaking is crucial as many of our efforts depend largely on the quality of leadership and governance that we have at the local level. Our goal is to sustain the reforestation efforts even beyond 2016,” Antonino said.
She added that MinDA is also looking at tapping corporate partners as well as the private sector in coming up with an incentive scheme for the top performing barangays under the StraTREEgic program.
The DENR committed to allocate P100,000.00 to generate at least 10,000 seedlings per identified barangay and will facilitate the establishment of nurseries and tree growing activities in the barangay-level. (MinDA/PIA-Caraga)
Caraga delegation gears up for 2014 Phl Nat’l Skills Competition
By Robert E. Roperos
BUTUAN CITY, April 3 (PIA) – Competitors and coaches from Caraga Region are now preparing for the upcoming 2014 Philippine National Skills Competition (PNSC).
TESDA-Caraga regional director Dr. Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. said the competition will be held on April 8-10, 2014 in three separate venues: National Capital Region (NCR), Region III and Region IV-A.
Sunico said competitors from Caraga region will participate in trade areas such as: IT Software Solutions for Business, Welding, Electrical Installations, Cooking, Restaurant Service, and Graphics Design.
The official added competitors from the region were the winners during the 2013 Regional Skills Competition held last year in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte.
Region III will host the following trade areas: Beauty Therapy, Cooking, Fashion Technology, Hairdressing, and Restaurant Services. Competition in Electrical Installations, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Electronics, Welding, and Automobile Technology will be held in Region IV-A. Meanwhile, NCR will be the venue for Graphics Design Technology, Information Network Cabling, IT Network Systems Administration, IT Software Solutions for Business, Web Design, Mechanical Engineering Design-Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Mechatronics.
Caraga Region’s delegation is composed of seven TESDA-Caraga officials, six coaches/experts, six competitors, and two observers. “These observers are top officials of the Caraga Association of Technical Vocational Institutions, Inc. (CATVII) who have made significant contribution in the successful conduct of the 2013 Regional Skills Competition in our region last year,” Sunico said.
Section 30 of TESD Act of 1994, provide that there should be Skills Olympics in all regions of the country to promote quality skills development with the view of participating in international skills competition.
The Authority, with the active participation of private industries, shall organize and conduct annual National Skills Olympic in preparation for the country’s participation in ASEAN Skills Olympics.
Skills Olympics is a competition which serves as an avenue to recognize the skills excellence of the youth, the graduates and students of technical vocational schools and training centers. The talented and skilled workers for both gender in the industry are included in this competition for the open category.
The competition aims to showcase and recognize the work excellence of young skilled workers and the industry workers for both sexes in a competitive setting; provide the technical-vocational education and training system with an objective and precise means of measuring the comparative and collective quality of its output; and promote cooperation between and among institutions in the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) stakeholders.
It also promotes the transfer and exchange of voc-tech education and training technologies; highlight the active participation and contribution of industry organizations in advocating skills excellence through competition; magnetize the attention and sustain the interest of young people towards occupations; instill self-esteem and pride among those who chose the blue–collar vocation, by advocating through the competition activities, the vital role of skilled workers in nation-building; and cultivate the cooperative spirit of the various stakeholders in the development of middle-level technical workforce.
Winners in the different trade areas will have the opportunity to represent the country in the 2014 ASEAN Skills Competition on October in Hanoi, Vietnam. On the other hand, winners in the ASEAN will represent in the World Skills Competition in 2015.
It can be recalled that during the 2012 ASEAN Skills Competition in Malaysia, the Philippines garnered one bronze medal in the Fashion Technology.
With this year’s staging of the PNSC, Sunico said TESDA Director-General Sec. Joel J. Villanueva is hopeful that the Philippine delegation will again give a good fight in the ASEAN Skills Competition, and will have the chance to represent Southeast Asian Nations in the 2015 World Skills Competition. (TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)
Tagalog News: Pilipinas handa sa anomang kalalabasan mula ng maghain ng kaso laban sa China – Palasyo
Ni David M. Suyao
AGUSAN DEL SUR, Abril 3, 2014 (PIA) - Handang harapin ng pamahalaan ano mang kalalabasan mula ng ito ay magsampa ng kaso laban sa China sa isang pangmundong korte dahil sa hidwaan ng dalawang bansa sa West Philippine Sea, sabi ng Palasyo noong Miyerkoles.
“Ipagtanggol natin ang ating pambansang interes, kasama na ang ekonomiya,” sabi ni Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. sa isang panayam sa media sa Malakanyang.
“Tungkulin ng pamahalaan na itaguyod ang kapakanan ng kanyang mga mamamayan at segurohing maayos at panatag ang pag-unlad ng ekonomiya,” sabi niya.
Para sa sinabi ng Chinese charge d’affaires Sun Xiangyang na ang Pilipinas ay nakagawa ng seryosong pinsala sa bilateral na relasyon nito sa China,” tinukoy ni Coloma si Pangulong Aquino na nagsabi noong kanyang 2011 sa kanyang pagbisita sa China na “ang kabuuang relasyon ng Pilipinas at ng People’s Republic of China ay hindi ipinaliwanag ng West Philippine Sea.”
“Sa pananaw po ng ating bansa, iyong pakikipag-ugnayan natin sa People’s Republic of China ay mayroong kasaysayan na batay din sa pakikipagkaibigan at pakikipagtulungan. Marami pong larangan na maaaring maisulong o maitaguyod ang kooperasyon at ang pakikipagkaibigan ng dalawang bansa."
“Kaya hindi po tayo nagsasabi na iyon lamang usapin sa West Philippine Sea ang dapat maging batayan ng ating pakikipag-ugnayan sa bansang People’s Republic of China,” sabi ni Coloma.
Ang Manila at Beijing ay naglalaban dahil sa kumpol na mga isla sa West Philippine Sea. Ang dalawa ay parehong naghain ng pag-angkin sa Kalayaan Group of Islands, Ayungin and Scarborough Shoals.
Noong ika 30 ng Marso, ang Pilipinas ay naghain ng memorial sa International Tribunal on the Las of the Sea (ITLOS) laban China. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)
Cebuano News: Pilipinas andam sa mga reaksyon sa gihimong pagpasaka ug kaso batok sa China: Palasyo
Ni Nida Grace P. Barcena
SURIGAO DEL SUR, Abril 3 (PIA) - Ang gobyerno sa Pilipinas andam sa pag-atubang sa mga reaksyon human sa gihimong pagpasaka ug kaso batok sa China ngadto sa internasyonal nga korte kalabot na sa panagbangi sa duha ka mga nasud sa West Philippine Sea, sumala pa sa Palasyo niadtong Miyerkules.
"Panalipdan nato ang nasudnong interes, nga naglakip sa ekonomiya (We will protect our national interest, which includes the economy)," si Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr miingon atol sa usa ka press briefing didto sa Malacanang.
"Katungdanan kini sa gobyerno nga mapalambo ang kaayohan sa iyang mga katawhan ug sa pagseguro sa mahapsay ug malahutayon nga pagpa-uswag sa ekonomiya sa nasud (It is the duty of government to promote the welfare of its citizens and to ensure the orderly and stable growth of the national economy)," siya miingon.
Sa pamahayag sa China charge d'affaires Sun Xiangyang sa unsa ang gihimo sa Pilipinas "seryoso nga nagdanyos sa bilateral nga relasyon uban sa China (seriously damaged bilateral relations with China)," si Coloma mitumbok sa pamahayag ni Presidente Aquino, kinsa miingon atol sa iyang pagbisita niadtong 2011 ngadto sa China nga "Sa bug-os nga relasyon sa Pilipinas-Republic of China wala magpiho sa West Philippine Sea (the totality of Philippine-People’s Republic of China relations is not defined by the West Philippine Sea)."
“Sa panlantaw sa atoang nasud, ang pakig-alayon nato ngadto sa People’s Republic of China dunay kasaysayan nga gibase usab sa pakig-amigo ug pakigtinabangay. Daghan ang mga matang ang possible nga ipahigayon sa pagtinabangay ug panaghigalaay tali sa duha ka nasud (Sa pananaw po ng ating bansa, iyong pakikipag-ugnayan natin sa People’s Republic of China ay mayroong kasaysayan na batay din sa pakikipagkaibigan at pakikipagtulungan. Marami pong larangan na maaaring maisulong o maitaguyod ang kooperasyon at ang pakikipagkaibigan ng dalawang bansa)."
“Busa wala ta mag-ingon nga kadto lamang sa hisgutanan sa West Philippine Sea ang kinahanglan maoy sukaran sa atoang koneksyon sa nasud sa People’s Republic of China (Kaya hindi po tayo nagsasabi na iyon lamang usapin sa West Philippine Sea ang dapat maging batayan ng ating pakikipag-ugnayan sa bansang People’s Republic of China)," sumala pa sa opisyal.
Ang Manila ug Beijing nagkabangi hinungdan ang mga hut’ong sa mga isla sa West Philippine Sea. Ang duha ka mga nasud pareho nga mi- angkon sa Kalayan Group of Islands, Ayungin ug Scarborough Shoals.
Niadtong Marso 30, ang Pilipinas mipadangat na sa pagpresentar ug pamahayag ngadto sa International Tribunal on Law of the Sea (ITLOS) batok sa China. (NGBT/PND/PIA Surigao del Sur)
Cebuano News: Mga atleta sa CRAM, gipasidunggan
Ni Lyka Quinto
BUTUAN CITY, Abril 3 (PIA) - Human sa bag-ohay palang nga kadaugan sa Butuan isip kampyon sa gipahigayon nga 17th Caraga Regional Athletic Meet (CRAM), giselebrar sa delegasyon ang nasangpit niini nga kadaugan sa Sprinkles Waterpark ning syudad.
Isip pasidungog, gitunol ni Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. sa mga atleta ang cash benefit nga nagkantidad ug 1,000 ka pesos matag usa kanila.
Gitunol usab ngadto sa mga coaches ug advisers ang Certificate of Commendation isip pagsaludar sa daku nila nga nasalmot sa maong kadaugan.
"You just don't know how much pride and honor you have brought to the city," giasoy ni Mayor Amante atol sa iyang mensahe.
Ang maong selabrasyon gitambungan nila Kag. Ramon P. Carampatana, Chairman- Committee on Education, Kag. Ferdinand Nalcot, Pastor Jessie Tioaquen; City Sports Coordinator, Ms. Annabelle Chan; Athletic Manager, ug ang tibook delegasyon sa Butuan. (LGU Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)