Friday, May 9, 2014

BFAR-13 joins celebration of farmers, fisherfolks month

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, May 9 (PIA) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Caraga region joined the nation in this year’s celebration of Farmers' and Fisherfolk’s Month and the implementation of the Fisherfolk  Directorship Program this whole month of May 2014.

The month-long celebration will highlight the implementation of the Fisherfolk Directorship Program with the theme, “Mangingisdang Direktor Para sa Mas Matatag na Balikatan” which is pursuant to Department of Agriculture’s (DA's) Special Order No. 88 series of 2005, aimed to give due recognition and tribute to farmers and fisherfolks as constant valuable partners of the government and recognize their efforts as the country’s backbone in poverty alleviation and food security program.

BFAR-13 regional director Nerio G. Casil, in his message, commended the efforts and noble endeavour of every farmers and fisherfolks as a pillar of the nation’s food security.

“This celebration is solely for them, to show that BFAR and DA are indeed recognized their effort and important role in our daily living and survival,” Casil said.

The celebration kicked-off on Monday, May 5, 2014 with a grand motorcade around the city followed by an opening program and installation of the Regional Fisherfolk Director, and press conference held at Gateway Hotel, this city.

Fisherfolk Director 2013 Mr. Perfecto Lisondra turned-over the key of responsibility to 2014 Fisherforlk Director Mr. Sammy Suico of Surigao del Sur.

The kicked-off activity was attended by representatives from different government offices, national line agencies, farmers and fisherfolks stakeholders from different and agricultural technologists involved in fisheries from different provinces of Caraga region. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


UMID data capture services now available in selected SSS branches and service offices on Saturdays

MANILA, May 9 (PIA) - The Social Security System (SSS) now has 13 Branches and two Service Offices (SOs) operating every Saturday to provide Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) data capture service, in addition to the regular operations offered during business days.

“We understand that most of our members are also working during business hours and are unable to go to our offices during weekdays to have their ID data captured. The opening of selected SSS Branches and SOs is our way of extending assistance to members for them to apply for UMID,” Vice President for Member Services Division, Mario Sibucao said.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), there are eight SSS Branches and one SO with data capture service on Saturdays. These are in Alabang, Diliman, Makati-Gil Puyat, Makati-Ayala, Manila, Pasay-Taft, Pasig-Shaw and San Francisco Del Monte, and the SO in Ali Mall- Cubao.

For Luzon, SSS Branches in Biñan and Dagupan are open every Saturday for data-capture service; while in the Visayas, the branches in Iloilo and Cebu and the SO in Robinsons- Cebu provide the same.

“These selected branches and SOs are open for eight hours a day just like regular working days. SSS Branches are open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, while our mall-based SOs operate from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM,” Sibucao added.

SSS also provides data capture service in selected foreign branches that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) can avail of from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Mondays to Fridays. These foreign branches are located either in the Philippine Embassy, the Philippine Consulate, or the Philippine Labor Office.

“Our OFW members in Abu Dhabi, London, Riyadh, Rome, Singapore and Brunei can go to the Philippine Embassy to apply for UMID. For those in Hong Kong, Jeddah and Milan, they can visit the SSS offices at the Philippine Consulate. Meanwhile, OFWs in Kuwait, Taiwan and Dubai can drop by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office to have their IDs taken,” said Sibucao.

Most SSS Branches already have data capture facilities wherein members can apply for their UMID. Members can go to the nearest branch from 8:00 AM to 5:00PM, Monday to Friday.

Members can also schedule an appointment for data capture via the SSS Website. They must first register online before they can set an appointment. Scheduling of appointment must be done at least three days prior the date in order to allow the system to transmit the request to concerned branches. (SSS/PIA-Caraga)


Agnor holds medical outreach activity

BUTUAN CITY, May 9 (PIA) - Indigent residents coming from the municipality of Santiago, Agusan del Norte availed of free circumcision, medical, and dental services in an outreach activity held on May 2.

The activity served around 600 patients. They were given free medical check-up and medicines.

Also, a total of 500 boys availed themselves of a free circumcision or the Operation Tuli.

The  Medical Outreach Program is one of the priorities of Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba in order for the indigent constituents in the far-flung communities within the province will be served and can access of the free program.

The program was collaboratively conducted by the Provincial Health Office and Provincial Social Welfare and Development and Nutrition Office. (NCLM with reports from Boyette B. Lopez, LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Army seeks applicants for officers' course

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 9 (PIA) - The Army Recruitment Center for Mindanao will conduct a pre-written examination for Officer Candidate Course (OCC), Officer Preparatory Course (OPC) and Candidate Soldier Course (CSC) both for male and female on June 14 – 26, 2014.

The scheduled examination will be on June 14 2014 at Northern Mindanao School of Fisheries (NMSF), Buenavista, Agusan del Norte; June 15 at Caraga State University Gymnasium, Cabadbaran City; June 17 at Headquarters 30TH Infantry (Python) Battalion, Bad-as, Placer, Surigao del Norte; June 19 at Philippine Normal University, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur; June 20 at Bayugan Gymnasium, Bayugan City; June 22 at Brgy 7 Gymnasium, Malaybalay City; June 24 at Headquarters 52ND Engineer Brigade, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and June 26 at Camiguin Polytechnic State College (CPSC), Mambajao, Camiguin.

Applicants for Officer Candidate Course must be natural born Filipino citizen, unmarried and without child and at least 5 feet in height with ages from 21 to 24 years old on the start of training. For the active enlisted military personnel at least one term in the military service but not more than 29 years old of ages. They must be a graduate of four year baccalaureate degree with good moral character, physically and mentally fit.

Applicants for Officer Preparatory Course (OPC) must be a graduate of Probationary Officer Training Corps (POTC) with a reserve rank of 2ND Lieutenant and must be a graduate of four year baccalaureate degree and a natural born Filipino citizen , single, physically and mentally fit and at least 5 feet in height. For active enlisted military personnel they must also have completed at least one term in the military service with ages from 21 to 31 years old on the start of training. For Candidate Soldier Course applicants they must also have at least two years course or 72 units in college (if High School Graduate he or she must possess a special skill needed in the military service and certified by TESDA) with good moral character, physically and mentally fit and at least 5 feet in height and must be a natural born Filipino citizen single with ages from 18 to 26 years old on the start of training.

Interested applicants are advised to bring along with them the original copy of their NSO Birth Certificate, original copy of Transcript of Records, Diploma (for college graduate), form 137 (for High School Graduate), original copy of their TESDA certificate, valid identification card and one piece of 2X2 picture.

Lieutenant Colonel Jose Leonard B Gille, Commanding Officer of the Army’s 4th Civil-Military Operation “Kasaligan” Battalion and concurrently the Acting 4ID Spokesperson is calling all qualified and interested Filipinos, "to take advantage of this opportunity to have stable job by rendering service to our country and become a regular member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.” (4ID PA/PIA-Caraga)


Be a 'force for good' in Mindanao, Antonino tells Ateneo grads

DAVAO CITY, May 9 (PIA) - With Mindanao development as a platform, graduates of higher education programs from a leading university here were told to use their learning to broaden individual perspectives and remain deeply committed to being a force for good.

Speaking to more than 200 graduates of the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) Graduate School and College of Law at the school’s commencement rites recently, Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), encouraged the Mindanao's future leaders to remain bullish about island's potentials.
 
"Having been educated in this highly reputable university, you carry with you the valuable learnings, new ideas, and Ignatian ideals that will come in handy when you are tasked to solve problems in the real world," Antonino said while underscoring the need for new breed of experts who will play active roles in realizing inclusive growth in Mindanao.

Thirty-three of the graduates are from the College of Law, while 204 completed the graduate school programs in Business and Governance, Arts, Education, Engineering, Nursing, and Sciences. 
 
“The academic feat you have achieved today comes at an interesting, if not exciting times in Mindanao. As we lay down the foundations of lasting peace, we also take advantage of the increasing interest for Mindanao’s progress and transformation,” added Antonino.

In 2010, MinDA led the formulation of the Mindanao 2020 Peace and Development Framework Plan, a document that lays down all the specific programs, projects, and strategies necessary to achieve the envisioned development for Mindanao.

“No less than the Aquino government subscribes to the thesis that the pursuit of dynamic growth and sustainable peace in Mindanao is a major endeavor that can be best defined and pursued by Mindanawons themselves,” she said.

One of the long-term strategies identified in Mindanao 2020 is the power development strategy and policy, which pushes for the diversification of energy sources with emphasis on renewable energy. ADDU is among the Mindanao universities that are contributing significantly to this power agenda.

“I am glad to note that your university takes the renewable energy agenda more seriously, and actually implementing it by installing solar power technology right on top of this building,” Antonino commended.

She further challenged the rest of the graduates to be involved in creating the renewable power rush in order to maintain the desired 50-50 mix of power sources in the next 20 years.

“Sufficient power supply is crucial for Mindanao to move forward,” she added.

Reliable power supply is also underscored in the Mindanao Development Corridors program, along with accessible financing, improved infrastructure and connectivity, and good governance.

The development corridors program aims to strengthen Mindanao’s local supply chain and effectively link production centers to export gateways. (MinDA/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Ang pag-aresto sa mga mangingisdang Tsino ay naaayon sa gawain ng pulis para ipatupad ang batas ng kapaligiran: Palasyo

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Mayo 9 (PIA) - Ang pag-aresto sa 11 mangingisdang Tsino noong nakaraang Martes ay parte ng mga gawain ng Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Group para ipatupad ang batas na nagtatanggol ng kapaligiran at pangalaga sa mga likas na buhay sa bansa, sabi ng isang opisyal ng Palasyo.

Limang mangingisdang Pilipino rin ang naaresto noong Martes sa parehong paglabag sa batas, sabi ni Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. sa media noong Huwebes.

“Ang ginawang pagkilos ng PNP sa pagdakip ng isang banyagang sasakyang pangingisdaan at isang lokal na barutong pangisdaan ay naaayon sa kanilang gawain para ipatupad ang batas na nagtatanggol ng kapaligiran at batas sa pangalaga sa mga likas na buhay sa bansa habang pinanghahawakan ang karapatang kapangyarihan sa ating eksklusibong sona ng ekonomiya,” sabi ni Coloma.

Ang mga may kinaukulang otoridad sa Palawan ay haharapin ang kasong ito sa tama, makatao at malawakang paraan, dagdag pa niya.

Dinakip ng Maritime police ang mga mangingisdang Tsino at ang loka na sasakyang pandagat in Hasa-Hasa Shoal (Half moon shoal) sa labas ng probinsiya ng Palawan.

Nakita ng mga pulis na may kulang-kulang 400 buhay na pawikan ang naisakay sa 15 toneladang sasakyang pandagat ng mga Tsino at 70 buhay na pawikan sa lokal na sasakyang pandagat.

Ang Hasa-Hasa Shoal ay 100 kilometro sa labas ng bayan Balabac sa Palawan at nasa loob ng 370 kilometro eksklusibong sona pang-ekonomiya ng Pilipinas.

Ang Manila at Beijng ay nagkaroon ng mapait na bangayan sa pagitan ng West Philippine Sea. (South China Sea). (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)