Tuesday, May 20, 2014

AFEBS starts test-broadcast in Surigao City

By Fryan E. Abkilan

BUTUAN CITY, May 20 (PIA) – The Advance Forward Emergency Broadcasting System (AFEBS), a community-based public communication system designed for disaster operation, can now be heard in Surigao City.

Conceptualized by Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga regional director Abner Caga, AFEBS began its test-broadcast around 4:30 pm, Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Caga said the installation of this disaster operation tool is a manifestation of the agency’s strong linkage with the local government unit (LGU) in support to bringing timely, accurate and reliable information.

“There is no greater legacy than to help our brethren and this is one good start by keeping them informed so as to keep them safe and secure through getting the right information at a right time and at no expense. They simply need to listen to 107.8 where helpful emergency preparedness tips, worthwhile information are announced and significant information are aired,” Caga said.

Caga said AFEBS can also be heard in the city’s vital locations such as bus, ferry, airport terminals, luneta park and playground and other public places.

Surigao City mayor Ernesto Matugas, in his statement, proudly shared that they are the first LGU beneficiary of PIA-Caraga’s community-broadcasting tool in the entire country.

“I fervently hope that with this communication tool, Surigaonons will be more disaster resilient and well-informed. It cannot be done without the support of our active partner in serving the Surigaonons through timely, accurate and reliable information – the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga Region led by Dir. Abner Caga,” Matugas said.

Meantime, City Media Information and Communication Officer Annette Villaces expressed her gratitude to the personnel of PIA Caraga for the well-planned setting up of AFEBS in the city, where disasters most struck in their place and its nearby towns.

“This is very beneficial to the community. We see a better potential of complete preparedness and zero casualty for establishing AFEBS. Rest assured that we will continue to deliver information the best way we can. We will accept feedbacks from your end so enhancement of the system can be done. Get informed and stay safe,” Villaces said. (FEA/VLG/PIA-Caraga)


AgNor gov highlights men's effort in recognizing women's role in society

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 20 (PIA) – In the recently concluded First Open Photo Competition Awards Ceremony and Photo Exhibit of the Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) Caraga held at the lobby of Robinson’s Place here, Agusan del Norte Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba highlighted the men’s effort in recognizing the women’s role in the society.

"I am happy and amazed that winners of this photo competition are men. It means that men are observant and have recognized the existence of women, as well as captured the activities of women in different walks of life in our society," the lady governor expressed.

Matba also emphasized that government employees who are duty-bearers should do its best to deliver its services to the communities and involve women’s participation in all the activities.  

"We, the duty-bearers have to make sure that women will know their rights and roles in the society. Let us beat the potentials as expected from us women," she added.

She further expressed that women are special in such a way that they have characteristics in them that can't be found in men. "Don't you wonder why God chose women instead of men who will get pregnant and give birth? It's because women are created to be strong, resilient, passionate and has the love and care for the children," she remarked.

“With this year’s theme ‘Juana, ang tatag mo ay tatag natin sa pagbangon at pagsulong,’ it gives recognition to the strong and resilient "Juanas" who brought inspiring changes in the community and across the globe,” Matba reiterated. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga RDC-GADCC awards 1st Open Photo Competition winners

By Venus L. Garcia & Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 20 (PIA) – The Caraga Regional Development Council-Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) has conferred the awards for the winners of its first ever open photo competition here on Friday.

At 3:50 p.m., the first RDC-GADCC Open Photo Competition Awards Ceremony and Exhibit Launching started with the ribbon-cutting led by Agusan del Norte Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba and assisted by some regional directors. Representatives from government agencies and partner stakeholders also graced the activity.

Of the 38 photos submitted by novice and professional photographers as entries, 12 finalists were chosen to compete in the final stage of judging.

Dennis Jose Malazarte garnered the first prize award and ‘most-liked picture’ as picked by netizens while posted in facebook; second prize award, Lemuel Sobrepena; and third, Voltaire Anthony Rosario. Each winner also received a trophy and a cash prize of P7,000, P5,000 and P3,000, respectively.

The photo entries of Voltaire  Anthony Rosario, Banawe Corvera, Ronald Jufrey Milan, Lemuel Sobrepena and Russel Valeroso were the selected few masterpieces for the Juror’s Choice Award.

Also, all 38 photo artists were awarded with certificates for taking the challenge of capturing the significant portrayals of the women from all works of life that epitomize a strong and resilient “Juanas” who brought inspiring changes in the community and across the globe.

It was on March 28, 2014 in time with the culmination program of this year’s Women’s Month celebration that the competition was launched.

RDC-GADCC chair and Commission on Human Rights (CHR) regional director encouraged the public to continue to promote and practice gender sensitivity and help create gender responsive and gender-fair communities.

Meanwhile, the support committees and stakeholders of GADCC also launched the Photo Exhibit at Robinson’s Place Butuan which will run until May 21, 2014.

“I’m happy and amazed that winners of this photo competition are men. This means that men are observant and have recognized the existence of women,” remarked Gov. Matba in her message.

Gov. Matba emphasized that women are duty-bearers and have to make sure that they know their roles and rights in the society. “Let us bring out the potentials as expected from us women,” she added.

Co-chair of GADCC Caraga Edna Hontiveros also expressed appreciation for the support tendered by partner agencies and participants in the implementation of distinctive programs of GADCC.

Through the 1st GADCC Open Photo Competition, it has captured the significant portrayals of the women from all walks of life that epitomize a strong and resilient "Juanas" who brought inspiring changes in the community and across the globe. (VL/JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Army accepts 3rd batch of NPA surrenderees

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 20 (PIA) - Some 97 former NPA rebels will formally surrender to Army’s 4TH Infantry “Diamond” Division through “Pagbabalik Loob III” at the Provincial Capitol, Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur on May 21 at around 9:00 a.m. to be hosted by Governor Adolph Edward G. Plaza.

Thirty three of them are regular members of the New People’s Army while 61 are members of the underground Barrio Revolutionary Committees and the Militia ng Bayan. 3 are from Surigao del Sur and 94 from Agusan del Sur. Of the 97, 70 are IPs mostly Manobos.  Furthermore, there are two women in the group while 12 were recruited when they were still minors. They will be receiving a total of Php 881,750.00 as renumeration for the 93 assorted firearms they have surrendered to the military.

Accompanying General Emmanuel Bautista, Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines who will be the Guest of Honor and Speaker are LGen Ricardo Rainier Cruz, Commander, Eastern Mindanao Command and MGen Ricardo Visaya, Commander, 4ID. 

To sum-up, in a period of seven months, the 4ID through “Pagbabalik I, II and III” have helped 204 former rebels with 201 firearms return back to the mainstream and gave a total amount of 4.2 million pesos to them apart from other support package that includes: initial cash assistance of P15,000, livelihood assistance of P50,000 coming from the OPAPP and for those who are skilled farmers, DND has allotted a one-hectare lot which they can plot with coffee seedlings.

Colonel Gregory Cayetano, Commander of the Army’s 401ST Infantry “Unity” Brigade, said that he is very much happy to welcome these former rebels who have finally decided to return to the folds of the law. "We are very thankful to them that they gave up their arms and start living a normal life back to their loved ones and families.”

MGen. Visaya is also thankful that these former rebels have left the mountains and returned to the folds of the law. "I’m sure that the biggest problems faced by our country will be resolved by means of cooperation among all stakeholders. One of the best ways to achieve genuine peace is to stop using arms. Your Armed Forces will always be a willing partner in these endeavors which will benefit the Filipino people. This is the time for peace, let us put an end to poverty and stop the war. This is the essence of 'Bayanihan,' an advocacy of working hand-in-hand,” Visaya said. (4ID PA/PIA-Caraga)


NFA assures ample rice supply in SurSur

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, May 20 (PIA) – The National Food Authority (NFA) Provincial Office in Surigao del Sur headed by Provincial Manager Gleen Echin assured that the province has enough rice supply.

According to her assistant, Alvin Balatero, their agency has a buffer stock of up to 70,243 bags of rice in all three warehouses.

He broken it down to 18,504 bags of local rice and 51,739 bags of imported ones, adding that consumers have nothing to worry about.

Meanwhile, Balatero said that their office has continued to conduct daily price monitoring on commercial rice, noting that some premium variety have already gone up to P50 per kilo.

However, he stressed that NFA rice remains to be sold at P27 per kilo in all 21 Bigasan sa Palengke (BSP) outlets set up in public markets several months ago in the entire province. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Project 'PATUBO' reinvented

By Dr. Jonas H. Jomonong

BUTUAN CITY, May 20 (PIA) – “We envision to advocate what is really Butuanon, what is distinctly Butuan and our role as educators is to promote cultural identity and pride as well as to have a sense of self in a socio-cultural community,” Butuan City School Division Superintendent Josita B. Carmen emphasized on the 2-day seminar-workshop on Project PATUBO last May 14-15, 2014 here.

The said training was participated by selected Grades 4 and 9 teachers, school heads and district supervisors. It aims to integrate local history and culture of the city, develop lesson exemplars and lesson plans, and appreciate and enrich Butuan history and culture.

Dr. Bebelyn Corvera, Education Program Supervisor in Makabayan and Project PATUBO division coordinator said that "even if we are not a pure Butuanon in blood, we should have the heart of a true Butuanon." Thus, she concluded that as educators, they all have the responsibility in nurturing the rich heritage of Butuanon, promoting its historical places, its cultural festivals and most specifically, the use of Butuanon dialect and translating it to one's daily endeavor in life especially to the young generation so as to restore of what is a true Butuanon.

“There is a need to localize the teaching and learning of students for proper inculcation of the concepts and ideas about Butuanon, so as to relive its significance to our lives,” Corvera said.

Project PATUBO stands for "PAHAWAGON TA Ang TURISMO HONG BUTUAN (Let us promote Butuan's tourism)," which is one of the flagship programs of the Butuan City division. (DepEd-Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


NYC gathers Asian Youth Organization Leaders for Asian Forum

MANILA, May 20 - The National Youth Commission (NYC) plays host to the heads of national youth organizations from across Asia during this year’s Asian Youth Council Meeting.

The theme of this year's gathering is Post 2015 Asian Youth: Prospects and Challenges. It is anchored on the 2015 assessment of the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the other challenges that youth in certain Asian countries face.

The delegates to the international meeting will have convergence activities with the 10th National Youth Parliament delegates. Among these are the participation to the International HIV Candle Lighting Memorial in Liwasang Bonifacio and a Fellowship Dinner.

The major activity during the event is the One Asia Youth Forum, where participants and their local counterparts will be encouraged to discuss and propose measures responding to issues that are identified in the four theme areas for: Education, Employment, Health and Participation, the same theme areas used for the 10th NYP. The event will be capped by the signing of a Manifesto of Cooperation between the countries represented.

The three-day event will be capped by a Farewell Dinner, where the newly-appointed NYC officials will be in attendance: Incoming Chairman Gregorio Ramon A. Tingson; Commissioner-at-Large Jose Sixto Dantes; Commissioner representing Luzon Percival Cendaña; Commissioner representing Visayas Jo Jan Paul Penol and Commissioner representing Mindanao Earl Saavedra. (NYC/PIA-Caraga)


HIV Infection among youth alarming; NYC calls for immediate interventions

MANILA, May 20 - "The rise of HIV infection among young people is 'fast and furious.' Nakakabahala talaga ito."

The National Youth Commission (NYC) recently expressed this concern at the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial in Liwasang Bonifacio. NYC Commissioner Perci Cendaña said, "we are very alarmed by the steady increase in HIV infection among young people. In the March 2014 AIDS Registry, 28 percent of new cases are from the 15 to 24 age group. Isa sa bawat apat na kaso ng HIV ay kabataan."

According to Commissioner Cendaña" the risky behavior of young people compounded by the lack of comprehensive information on HIV-AIDS, and the limited HIV counseling and services fuel the increase. Awareness is really low, studies reveal that a lot of young people, in this day and age, believe that there is a cure for AIDS."

The NYC is pushing for comprehensive HIV-AIDS education for the Filipino youth. "The most effective way to reduce the risky behavior of the young is by providing them with the necessary information and guidance to help them make responsible actions and decisions," Commissioner Cendaña pointed out.

On the services side, the NYC is calling for "improved access to HIV counseling and services that are also youth-friendly, voluntary and confidential. We are also pushing for the amendment of the AIDS law to allow those below 18 years old to undergo HIV testing even without parental concern," he explained.

The NYC is also very concerned on the proposal to make HIV tests mandatory. "We have expressed our reservation in a letter to the Department of Health. Making the tests mandatory may infringe on the right to privacy which is guaranteed by law and may lead to stigma and discrimination," Commisioner Cendaña said. (NYC/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur Agri-Office calls for emergency meeting on 'El Niño'

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, May 20 (PIA) – The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) in Surigao del Sur has called for an emergency meeting last week with all concerned municipal agriculturists to discuss matters regarding the impending “El Niño” phenomenon.

According to Esmeraldo Odtohan, Assistant Provincial Agriculturist here, majority of the municipal and city agriculturists came to get involved in the looming problem on the agriculture sector.

He also noted that even Hinatuan Mayor Candelario Viola attended the meeting together with his agriculture chief and vowed to get in touch with farmer-leaders for inputs.

Meanwhile, Odtohan explained that although Surigao del Sur is not in the “critical list,” but their office headed by Provincial Agriculturist Marcos Quico has already started to take action and formulate “mitigating measures” in order to cushion the possible impact of severe climate destruction especially to the rice industry. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tagalog News: Malakanyang hinahangad na dalhin ang repormang pang ekonomiya kahit pagkatapos ng kasalukuyang administrasyon

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Mayo 20 (PIA) - Hinangad ng Palasyo na dalhin ang pang-ekonomiyang reporma kahit pagkatapos ng kasalukuyang administrasyon, sabi ng opisyal ng Palasyo.

Sinabi ni Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. na kompyansa ang gobyerno na makayanan ng bansa ang pagtaas ng credit rating na ibinigay ng Standard and Poor’s sa bansa.

Tinasahan ng S&P ang Pilipinas na may kakayahang kapasidad para matugunan ang kanyang mga pangakong pinansiyal.

Ayon sa S&P, ang kasalukuyang reporma ng Pilipinas para matugunan ang pagkukulang sa larangan ng structural, adminstratibo, institusyonal at pamamahala ay dapat maging matatag kahit pagkatapos ng kasalukuyang administrasyon.

“Layunin ng pamahalaan na patotohanan ang sinabi sa ulat ng Standard & Poor’s (S&P),” sabi ni Coloma sa isang panayam sa media na naibrodkst sa dzRB Radyo ng Bayan noong Linggo.

Sinabi ng Kalihim ng Komunikasyon na sa loob ng 2014 na budget, markado na ng pamahalaan ang P927 bilyon o katumbas ng 37.4 porsyento ng taonang budget para sa serbisyong panlipunan.

“Sakop nito ang mga budget ng Department of Labor and Employment sa paghahanapbuhay, Department of Social Welfare and Development sa proteksyong panlipunan para sa pinakamahihirap na Pilipino kabilang na ‘yung 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Programs) at CCT (conditional cash transfer) programs, DepEd (Department of Education) para sa edukasyon, at ng mga housing agencies para sa pabahay,” paliwanang ni Coloma.

“Buo ang determinasyon ng administrasyon na ipagpatuloy ang mga repormang nasimulan na at higit pang palawakin at palalimin ang mga ito hanggang ganap na matamo ang layuning mapabuti ang kabuhayan ng lahat ng Pilipino,” sabi ni Coloma. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Tagalog News: Ang pagdaos ng pandaigdigang pagtitipon dito ay isang karangalan, sabi ng Palasyo

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Mayo 20 (PIA) - Naniniwala ang Malakanyang na ang pagdaos ng isang Pandaigdigang pang-ekonomiyang pagtitipon (WEF) dito ay isang pagkilala sa mga pagsisikap ng pamahalaan ng Pilipinas para mapabuti ang ekonomiya ng bansa.

“Ang pagdaraos ng WEF East Asia sa bansa ay isang matibay na pagkilala sa katatagan ng macroeconomic fundamentals ng Pilipinas bunga ng pagpapatupad ng iba’t ibang repormang panlipunan at pangpamahalaan,” sabi ni Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr.

Ang pandaigdigang pang-ekonomiyang pagtitipon na may temang “Leveraging Growth for Equitable Progress” ay nakatakdang gaganapin sa Mayo 21-23.

Ito ang pinaka-una na ang WEF ay gaganapin sa isang East Asian na bansa.

Inanunsiyo ni Coloma na si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ay siyang mangulo sa pagpupulong kasama ang Pangulo ng Indonesia na si Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, at Bise President ng Myanmar Nyan Tun na dadalo rin, kasama ang 600 na mga delegado mula sa pangangalakal at pinansiya na sektor na nagmula sa halos 30 na bansa.

Sinabi niya na ang layunin ng pagpupulong ay nagmula sa tatlong haligi at tinatawag na: Pagkamit ng pantay na progreso, modelo ng pagsusulong para sa panghabambuhay na pag-angat at maisakatuparan ang pangrehiyong pakipag-ugnayan.

Dagdag pa ng kalihim ng komunikasyon na ang forum ay nagkataong gaganapin kung kalian ang East Asian Region ay nakapagtala ng makahulugang pagtaas ng ekonomiya. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Malakanyang mitinguha sa pagdala ug reporma sa ekonomiya nga labaw sa kasamtangan nga administrasyon

Ni Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Mayo 20 (PIA) - Ang Palasyo naninguha sa pagdala ug mga reporma sa ekonomiya nga molabaw sa kasamtangan nga administrasyon, miingon ang opisyal sa Palasyo.

Si Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr miingon nga ang gobyerno masaligon nga ang nasud makahimo nga magpabilin sa Standard & Poor (S & P) credit rating upgrading.

Ang S & P nipahimutang sa Pilipinas uban sa usa ka nga igong kapasidad sa pagtubag sa iyang mga pinansyal nga mga pasalig.

Sumala pa sa S & P ang Pilipinas nagpadayon nga reporma aron sa pagtubag sa mga kakulangan sa mga matang sa structural, administratibo, institusyonal ug panggamhanan nga molahutay sa unahan labaw sa kasamtangan nga administrasyon.

“Tumong sa pangagamhanan nga pamatud-an ang gipagawas nga report sa Standard & Poor (Layunin ng pamahalaan na patotohanan ang sinabi sa ulat ng Standard & Poor’s),” matod pa ni Coloma sa usa ka press briefing nga gipalanog sa kahanginan sa adlaw’ng Dominggo pinaage sa dzRB radio ng Bayan.

Ang Communication Secretary miingon nga ang naa sa 2014 national budget, ang gobyerno migigahin ug 927 billion pesos o kapareho sa 37.4 porsyento sa tinuig nga budget alang sa sosyal nga mga serbisyo.

“Sakop nito ang mga budget ng Department of Labor and Employment sa paghahanapbuhay, Department of Social Welfare and Development sa proteksyong panlipunan para sa pinakamahihirap na Pilipino kabilang na ‘yung 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Programs) at CCT (conditional cash transfer) programs, DepEd (Department of Education) para sa edukasyon, at ng mga housing agencies para sa pabahay,” dugang pagpasabot pa ni Coloma.

“Tunhay ang determiasyon sa administrasyon nga ipadayon ang mga reporma nga nasugdan ug palabwan pa ang pagpakaylap ug palaluman pa kini hangtod nga makab-ot ang gitinguha nga mapaayo ang mga panginabuhian sa tanang mga Pilipino (Buo ang determinasyon ng administrasyon na ipagpatuloy ang mga repormang nasimulan na at higit pang palawakin at palalimin ang mga ito hanggang ganap na matamo ang layuning mapabuti ang kabuhayan ng lahat ng Pilipino),” matud pa ni Coloma. (NGBT/PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebunao News: HIV testing nagpabilin nga kabobot-on, nag-ingon ang Palasyo

Ni Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Mayo 20 (PIA) - Ang Palasyo niadtong miaging adlaw nag-ingon nga ang testing alang sa Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) nagpabilin nga boluntaryo.

Si Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr, miingon nga ang Republic Act 8504 o ang Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998, nagdumili sa  compulsory HIV testing.

“Pinasubay sa maong balaod, wala gitugot ang compulsory HIV testing mao nga kalma lang. Wala pod tay giduso nga wala mahiuyon sa balaod (Ayon po doon sa batas na ‘yon, hindi po pinahihintulutan ang compulsory HIV testing kaya hinahon lang. Wala naman po tayong iginigiit na hindi naaayon sa batas),” sulti pa ni Coloma.

Ang mga grupo nga misuporta sa HIV & AIDS sama sa Action for Health Initiatives, Network to Stop AIDS Philippines, Filipinos Living with HIV, ug ang Library Foundation Share Collective nagpahayag sa ilang pagsupak sa mga mandatory HIV testing.

“Wala man noon sila maghisgot na ipahamtang na ang pamalaod kalabot niana. Mao siguro nga naa pa kita sa aspeto nga kinahanglan kana taman sa boluntaryo lamang (Wala naman po silang binabanggit na ipapatupad na patakaran hinggil diyan. Kaya siguro nandoon pa talaga tayo sa aspeto na dapat ‘yan ay maging purely voluntary lamang),” sulti pa ni Coloma.

Ang RA 8504 miasoy nga: Ang Compulsory HIV testing ingon sa usa ka kondisyon sa trabaho, pagdawat sa edukasyon nga mga institusyon, ang paggamit sa kagawasan sa puloy-anan, pagsulod o padayon nga pagpuyo sa nasud, o sa katungod sa pagbiyahe, sa mga probisyon sa medikal nga pag-alagad o sa bisan unsa nga matang sa pag-alagad, o ang nagpadayon kalipay sa nag-ingon kalihokan mao ang giisip nga supak sa balaod. (NGBT/PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: 64 ka mga residente mogradwar sa programa sa Upland Rice Production sa Barangay Lipata

SURIGAO CITY, Mayo 20 (PIA) - Mokabat sa 64 ka mga residente sa Brgy. Lipata ning syudad ang gikatakdang mu-gradwar sa Programang Upland Rice Production ugmang adlawa Mayo 21, 2014 nga ipahigayon didto sa maong barangay ning syudad.

Tumong ug tinguha sa maong programa ang pagtudlo sa saktong proseso sa pagpananum og humay lakip na ang pagpalambo sa negosyo kalabot na sa humay.

Gikatakdang mamahimong pinasidunggang bisita atol sa moang okasyon mao sila City Mayor Ernesto Matugas, Department of Agriculture Caraga Regional Director Edna Mabeza, City Agriculturist Isaias Elumba, Sangguniang Panlungsod chairman Committee on Agriculture City Councilor Perfecto Consigo, ug Kapitan Lucresio Mesias, Jr. sa Barangay Lipata. (SDR/MICO-Surigao/PIA-Surigao del Norte)