4.07.2014

Reg’l Youth Advisory Councils to participate in 2014 Nat’l Summit on Teen Pregnancy

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, April 7 (PIA) –The Regional Youth Advisory Councils nationwide are set to participate in the 2014 National Summit on Teen Pregnancy on April 24-25 at the Subic International Hotel, Subic Freeport Zone, Subic, Zambales.

The National Youth Commission (NYC), Department of Health (DOH), World Health Organization (WHO) and the Inter-Agency Group on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) are the ones organizing said summit.

According to ASec. Percival V. Cendaña, Commissioner-at-Large of the NYC and Convenor of National Organizing Committee, Teen Pregnancy is one of the defining issues of this generation. “In the context of youth development, immediate interventions are very much needed to address this urgent concern,” he said.

Cendaña further bared that the said summit will be conducted in two phases. Phase I is for institutions at the local level which is aimed at developing local interventions. With the goal of facilitating convergence at the regional level, Phase II is for the members of the Regional Youth Advisory Councils (RYAC).

Also, on day one, participating regions will undergo workshop and will be presenting their Developing Regional Action Plans. On day two, mainstreaming ASRH in regional programs and policies will also be tackled by the participants during its workshop.

The summit is anchored on the theme, “Addressing Teen Pregnancy, Working for a Brighter Future.” (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Suspected NPA rebels torch mining firm, trucks in Agusan

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 7 (PIA) – Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members raided the Phil Alstron Mining Corporation compound in Purok 4, Brgy. Tagmamarkay, Tubay town in Agusan del Norte at around 1:50am on Saturday, April 5, 2014, revealed police report.

According to PInsp Roderick Aranas of Tubay Municipal Police Station, the front portion of the two dump trucks and side portion of the backhoe and a mining firm’s building were partially burned.

A single ‘Sunriser” motorcycle was destroyed completely by fire while communist rebels also shot out the windshields of the two bulldozers.

“The security guards on duty were outnumbered that made NPA rebels to easily torch the heavy equipment and to seize seven short firearms and six shotguns at the security arsenal,” said civil-military operations officer of the 402nd Infantry Brigade 1st Lieutenant Joe Patrick Martinez.

He confirmed further that there was no reported casualty of the incident.

Follow-up investigation and hot pursuit operations of the Philippine National Police and Philippine Army personnel are ongoing to incarcerate the culprits. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Governor’s Cup 2014 Technical Screening Committee met to lay down final rules

By David M. Suyao

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Apr. 7 (PIA) - The 2014 Governor’s Cup Screening Committee met last week with officials and municipal sports coordinators of the 13 municipalities and the lone city of Bayugan and lay down the final rules that will govern the Governor’s Cup this year, while taking the opportunity and time to conduct the final screening of players.

According to Provincial Sports Coordinator Danilo Garcia, unlike the previous tournaments, the technical screening committee will strictly implement the rules and regulations of the Governor’s Cup in order to avoid unnecessary contests every after each game, and even before the tournament starts.

Garcia said the rule clearly states that all players must be 18 years old and below, or every player must have been born in 1996. Every player must be a resident of Agusan del Sur, particularly at least one year prior to the date of commencement of the 9th Gov’s. Cup. They must be living with their parents who are permanent resident of Agusan del Sur.

“Players who are under guardianship and are living with their guardians are not allowed to play even if their guardians are permanent resident of the province or in any municipality within the province in particular,” Garcia said.

The 9th Governor’s Cup will open on Friday, April 11 at 6 a.m. It was learned that two groups of motorcade, one coming from Prosperidad for District I or the northern part municipalities and the other will start in San Francisco for the southern part municipalities will meet at the D.O. Plaza Sports Complex covered court for a short opening program of the Governor’s Cup. During the opening program, the search for Miss Governor’s Cup 2014 will take place, including the recognition of delegations’ Best in Uniform. There will also be Cheer Dance competition and all winners will receive their prizes every after the competition.

“We want that all municipalities will join and participate in the Governor’s Cup. Most of all, we want that everybody will abide by the rules set for the competition. We do not want that this tournament will be the cause of any trouble because our aim here is to instill sportsmanship in every Agusanon’s spirit and strengthen camaraderie among our youth and everybody as a whole,” Gov. Eddiebong Plaza said.

Prizes range from P300,000 cash and another P300,000 worth of projects for the champion, P200,000 cash and another P200,000 worth of projects for the second prize and P100,000 cash and another P100,000 worth of projects for the third prize. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


2014 Brigada Eskwela in Butuan City set

By Marivic M. Cuizon

BUTUAN CITY, April 7 (PIA) - The Department of Education (DepEd) Butuan City Division is now preparing for year’s Brigada Eskwela here, said Education Program Supervisor and Division Information Officer Dr. Israel Reveche.

Reveche said, concerned teachers of the different schools of the division after the commencement exercises and graduation ceremonies start coordinating with parents and informing their students of the scheduled weeklong activity.

“The Brigada Eskwela is considered as the school preparation activity, it will gather teachers, parents, students, community members and other organizations work together to do minor repairs and clean-up their schools in preparation for the coming school year,” Reveche said.

The activity aims to spare school children from using their time and effort to clean the school surroundings once they report for classes, Reveche added.

Brigada Eskwela, which started in 2003, is a nationwide voluntary effort among teachers, parents, students, community members and other organizations to do minor repairs and cleanups on their schools in preparation for the opening of classes. (DepEd-Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Wage increase for JOs in capitol ok’d

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, April 7 (PIA) - All casual and job order employees of the Agusan del Norte provincial capitol will receive additional daily wage starting on April 1, 2014.

This is what the provincial government of Agusan del Norte will implement pursuant to the Caraga Wage Order No. RXIII-12 adopted by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board XIII.

During the 4th Special Session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on March 26, the council has approved Provincial Ordinance No. 348-2014 amending Provincial Ordinance No. 130-2002 or “An Ordinance Establishing a Policy Guidelines on the Hiring Rate of Casual Employees in the Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte, by Providing a Provision Increasing its Hiring Rate,” to implement the daily wage increase from P231.00 to P268.00.

Provincial Board Member Rodulfo A. Pitogo, author of the said ordinance, opined that it is deemed appropriate to increase the daily minimum wage of the casual/job order employees in the province to boost their morale and to financially capacitate them in the face of rapid urbanization and rising cost of the present standard of living nationwide.

Local officials see and recognize the contribution of casual and job order employees wherein some of them are performing vital tasks and work assignments in line with the vision and goals of the province.

Based on the Daily Minimum Wage Rate for Caraga region, effective May 13, 2013 the wage is P258.00 for agriculture sector (plantation); P238.00 for agriculture sector (non-plantation); P268.00 for non-agriculture; P238.00 for retail and service sector employing 10 or less; and P268.00 for retail and service sector employing more than 10 workers. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DAR Surigao Norte honors 2 ARBs

By Daryll M. Tumbaga

SURIGAO CITY, Apr. 7 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Surigao del Norte Provincial Office recognized recently two women Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) who were hailed as 2014 Regional Outstanding Women ARBs.

The awardees were Lilibeth Salem Arce, chairperson of the Trinidad Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Brgy. Trinidad, Surigao City and Remedios Seda Dequito, treasurer of Honrado Farmers Credit Cooperative in Brgy, Honrado, San Francisco, Surigao del Norte.

The two ARB awardees were cited for their exemplary contributions in making the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) works at its best by making their farm productive through the knowledge they acquired from training, new technologies and approaches in farming and sharing it to other farmers to adopt the same technologies to improve their income.

The Trinidad Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Brgy, Trinidad and Honrado Farmers Credit Cooperative in Brgy. Honrado, San Francisco are part of the cooperative organizations assisted by DAR.

DAR Caraga regional director Faisar A. Mambuay personally handed-over the plaque of recognition to the recipients assisted by Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) II Jamil P. Amatonding, Jr., PARPO-I Jose T. Sebucao and DAR-SDN Program Beneficiaries Development Division chief Ma. Elizabeth De Guzman during the culmination of the National Women’s Month Celebration held recently at the DAR provincial office. (SDR/DAR-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Tagalog News: Ikinalulugod ng Malakanyang ang suporta ng CPP-NPA-NDF sa West Philippine Sea

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Abril 7 (PIA) - Ikinalulugod ng Malakanyang ang sinabi ng Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army- National Democratice Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) ang kanilang suporta sa pag-angkin ng bansa sa pinagtatalunang langkay ng mga isla na nasa West Philippine Sea.

Sinabi ni Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. noong Linggo sa isang panayam sa media na pinarinig sa pamamagitan ng dzRB Radyo ng Bayan na pinuri ng Malakanyang ang sinabi ng CPP founding chairman Jose Maria Sison.

Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ng founding chairman ng CPP na  “sa manipestasyon sa pamamagitan ng sulat at malawakang aksyon, ang makabayan at progresibong pwersa ay tumayo para sa soberanya at pagkabuo ng teritoryo ng Pilipinas sa mga isla na pinagtalunan na nasa dagat, kanluranng parte ng Pilipinas na naaayon sa United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea at iba pang instrumentong pandaigdigan.”

Parteng sa kanya, sinabi ni Secretary Coloma “lahat po ng pagpapahayag ng suporta na nanggagaling dito sa ating bansa at sa labas ng bansa ay malugod pong tinatanggap. At umaasa po tayo na lahat ng sektor ng ating lipunan at lahat ng ating mga kababayan ay nakikiisa sa posisyon ng ating bansa hinggil dito.”

Noong nakaraang Marso 30, 2014, ang Pilipinas ay naghain  ng memorial sa International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) laban sa Tsina.

Ang Manila at Beijing ay may alitan dahil sa cluster ng mga isla na nasa West Philippine Sea. Silang dalawa ay lumalapag ng pag-angkin ng Kalayaan Group of Island at ng Ayungin at Scarborough Shoals. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: PABO nga Gipahigayon sa Butuan, Pinakauna sa Mindanao

Ni Sheila Yatar

BUTUAN CITY, Abril 7 (PIA) - Gipahigayon ang pinakadakung panagtigum sa mga inhenyero ug arkitekto gikan sa nagkadaiyang syudad ug munisipyo sa tibook nasud, ang 7th Philippine Association of Building Officials (PABO) National Convention ning syudad niaadtong Abril 2-4.

 "It is our goal to make the city a center of meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibits and holding such a big activity [like this one] in Butuan is a fulfillment to that task," saysay ni Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. atol sa pag-abli sa nasyonal nga konbensyon. Kini ang unang higayon nga ang maong panagtigum gipahigayon sa Mindanao diin napiling host ang PABO Caraga.

Layon sa maong panagtigum nga magkahiusa ang mga building officials aron mapa-ugmad ang mga estatistika sa kontraksyon alang sa mga plano sa gobyerno ug mga magbabalaod. Gihisgutan usab didto ang mga kasamtangang panghitabo ug simagno nga nakaapekto sa industriya sa konstraksyon. Misalmot usab sa maong panagtigum sila Agusan del Norte Provincial Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba ug Surigao del Sur Provincial Governor Johnny T. Pimentel. (LGU-Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)