5.21.2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Caraga RDRRMC chair sees AFEBS as useful communication tool during disaster response operation

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 21 (PIA) – Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga regional director Liza Mazo has seen the ‘Advance Forward Emergency Broadcasting System’ (AFEBS) of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) as useful communication tool during disaster response operation.

“Congratulations to PIA-Caraga led by director Abner Caga in creating and establishing the record-breaking communication system– the AFEBS. As discussed earlier during our RDRRMC meeting, for us, we consider this facility as a noble initiative of the PIA as a communication arm of the RDRRMC so that communication especially early warning and response activities will be disseminated quickly and promptly,” expressed Mazo.

Mazo also said that the AFEBS is a good avenue for the RDRRMC in disseminating information to the public. “Congrats to PIA for this effort. I think it’s only us Caraga region that has this facility and equipment,” she added.

“This is what we usually lack taking considerations of the previous incidents. The AFEBS will improve our delivery of early warning to the public,” emphasized Mazo.

Mazo further shared that with this facility, the public will be more informed even when communication networks will be destroyed due to disasters.

“We look forward that we can really use this not only during disasters, but if there are disasters we can also test its efficiency and effectiveness especially those in remotest areas and those which communication networks are shut down or destroyed due to disasters,” Mazo remarked. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Army officials recognize PIA-Caraga’s AFEBS

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 21 (PIA) – Officials of the 402nd Brigade, Philippine Army have recognized the efforts of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga in establishing the Advance Forward Emergency Broadcasting System (AFEBS), a communication system designed for disaster operation in Caraga region.

1Lt Joe Patrick Martinez, spokesperson of 402nd Brigade PA, said the best system during disaster response operations is having a good, fast, and reliable source of information.

"As your active partner during the disaster response operations, the best system is having a good, fast, and reliable source of information. The Advance Forward Emergency Broadcasting System (AFEBS) of PIA-Caraga will definitely enhance the performance of all rescuers; synchronize the efforts of all concerned units; and organize the people in the area. Congratulations to PIA-Caraga personnel led by regional director Abner Caga for initiating this new innovation that will surely save thousands of lives. To God be all the Glory," shared Martinez.

Also, PA Ret. Col Efrain S. Oropel said the implementation of the first ever community broadcasting system for disaster operations dubbed Advance Forward Emergency Broadcasting System (AFEBS), "so far, is the best info-dissemination tool I have ever known. Congratulations to the leadership, staff and personnel of PIA Caraga for being the major partner of Surigao City-LGU in implementing the system."

The operational capability of AFEBS equipment has been tested and proven to be functional 24/7 in all weather conditions; compact and highly mobile which can be transferred anytime, anywhere in just an hour or two; user friendly (plug and play); can be remotely managed thru the internet; and highly reliable, long life design.

Meanwhile, it can be recalled that the local government unit of Surigao City has already started airing its advocacies using AFEBS during its test-broadcast around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

The AFEBS installed in Surigao City can also be heard in the city’s vital locations such as bus, ferry, airport terminals, luneta park and playground and other public places. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


PRC Agnor-Butuan City chapter reports accomplishments

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, May 21 (PIA) – Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Agusan del Norte-Butuan City chapter reports accomplishments during its regular Board of Directors (BODs) meeting headed by its chairman, retired Procecutor Felixberto Guiritan on May 15 here.

Different committees of PRC Agusan del Norte-Butuan City chapter informed each BOD members of their accomplishments for the month of April this year.

The committee on Disaster Management Services reported that for the month of April, the chapter was able to undertake three sessions on Basic Disaster Management and 143 Volunteer Mobilization Training Courses and was able to produce 84 graduates from the Agusan National High School Disaster Risk Reduction and Management council.

On the committee on Blood Services, the chapter was able to collect 611 units of blood including those acquired from blood letting activities.

Blood donors are categorized according to their type of donation as follows: Walk-in - 97, Patient-directed - 178, Replacement - 90, Mobile Blood Donation- 246.

Also, Safety Services committee presented their accomplishments for the month of April. The chapter was able to undertake the following training courses: two classes on Community First Aid, and two classes on Basic Life Support for Adult Lay Rescuers with 80 graduates each course.

On April 16 to 22, during the observance of the Holy Week, to ensure safety of the general public, the chapter was also able to set-up first aid stations and ambulance service in major churches and bus stations in the city. An ambulance service was also provided during the PANAAD 2014 at barangay Anticala, and on April 27, a first aid station was also set up during a Unity Love Run initiated by one of the school of the city.

Meanwhile, for the period April 9 to 10 and April 11 to 12, the chapter’s Red Cross Youth was also able to conduct the two batches of training on Youth Volunteer Orientation course, Leadership Formation Course, and Basic Leadership Training to the Agusan National High School Red Cross Youth (SRCY) Council producing 84 newly trained SRCY members. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Almost a hundred rebels took oath of allegiance back to govt

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, May 21 (PIA) - Ninety seven rebel returnees took their oath of allegiance back to the government after several years of being blinded by promises and lies, coated with crooked principles introduced to them while they were in the midst of hard life and confusion in their respective remote barangays.

This is the meat of the message delivered by Librado Perez alyas Batoy, a former mayor of the New Peoples’ Army Front 34 Compostela Valley Area who have served the rebel movement since 1999 until he decided to surrender a month ago.

“Being in a very remote area in Loreto town since birth, I have never seen these beautiful and strong foundation of the government that I see today. I thought that time, only the educated and the wealthy people are government’s friends, and not illiterate and poor people like us. I never experienced being cuddled by the government because of our geographical location that is far from what they call civilization. Because of that belief and confusion, the high ranking NPAs took advantage of our situation and convinced us to join the “movement” as they call it. Then life became even harder," Perez said.

He said that contrary to what they promised, his family never received anything but threats. "We, in the movement never receive anything but bullets that almost killed us. And here comes my relative, now Mayor of Loreto, Dario Otaza, who never failed to explain and convince us how nice it is to live a peaceful and normal life. Today, I cannot explain how happy and contented I am, just seeing the bright life in the civilized world like where we are now, and most of all, knowing Gov. Eddie Bong Plaza whom I only know by name before but I can hug now, and Gen. Bautista, whom I think a terror but instead an angel in reality. Now, I am very proud and excited to tell my family I met wonderful people in a wonderful world of peace and prosperity,” said Perez.

The 97 rebels, four of them from Surigao del Sur and 93 from Agusan del Sur mostly from Loreto and La Paz towns received on Wednesday immediate cash assistance of P5,000 each and the remuneration of their surrendered firearms depending on their types and kind. The livelihood assistance from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process will follow after the processing of their documents which will be completed the soonest, according to an OPAPP representative and the AFP.

No less than the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Gen. Emmanuel Bautista witnessed the ceremony with Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza, Vice Gov. Santiago Cane Jr., mayors and local officials of the province of Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur.

“What I heard from one of our brothers, Librado Perez really touched me. Wrong impressions of our brothers and sisters in the hinterlands about the government, the military and the government officials divided us. As we struggle to unite ourselves with our brothers and sisters who are until now blinded by the fact that we should unite as one Filipino nation, let us also help our blinded brothers and sisters by convincing them that we are one in our struggle against poverty and gearing towards prosperity. We do not want our fellow Filipino to be left behind, therefore, let us work together as one, towards peace and prosperity. And this is what we call victory,” said Gen. Bautista. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: 3rd City Organic Agri Congress, gipahigayon

Ni Sheila Yatar

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 21 (PIA) - Nahimung malampuson ang gipahigayong 3rd Annual City Organic Agriculture Congress and Vermi Forum didto sa Bishop Hall, St. Joseph Cathedralniadtong Mayo 9, nga nagdala sa temang, “Green Butuan, Go Organic: Madyaw nga Ani, Taod Money, Madyaw Hong Kalawasan, Madyaw Hong Kinaiyahan, Madyaw Kanatong Tanan.”
          
Gitambungan kini sa kapin 250 ka mga producers, practitioners ug processors ning dakbayan diin gipasundayag ang ilang nagkadaiyang mga produktong organiko sama sa bugas, prutas ug gulay.
          
Sa mensahe ni Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. gipadayag niini ang kalipay sa hugot nga pagimplementar sa programang Green Butuan, Go Organic nga nakalinya usab ang mga katuyuan sa Vision 2020 sa dakbayan. Ug gidasig usab sa Halandong Mayor ang mga katawhan sa paggamit ug organiko sa pagpananum.
          
Napulo usab ka mga pampublikong tulunghaan sa elementarya ug sekondarya ning dakbayan ang midawat ug pag-ila tungod sa ilang hugot ang pagimplementar sa programang Organic Agriculture on Nature Farming System and Vermi Culture.
          
Ang City Organic Agriculture Congress usa ka tinuig nga panagtigum nga gipangunahan sa buhatan sa City Agriculturist. Tumong ug layon niini nga magkatapok ang mga tig adbokar sa programang organic agriculture, diin mabutang usab ang ilang mga adbokasiya ngadto na sa tagsa-tagsa ka mga areas sama sa farming academe, research, technology promotion, policy making ug uban pa. (LGU-Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Cebuano News: Butuan aduna nay Air Monitoring Station

Ni Sheila Yatar

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 21 (PIA) - Hingpit nang naangkon sa Lokal nga Pangamhanan sa Butuan ang usa ka Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Station human nga palara’ng napili ang dakbayan nga hatagan sa maong ekipo gikan sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB).
       
Ang ekipo gi-instalar sa palibot sa City Environment and Natural Resources Office ug pormal na’ng giinagurahan niadtong Abril 23, 2014 atol sa Ribbon Cutting Ceremony nga gipangunahan ni Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. kauban ang mga pinasidunggang bisita sa DENR-EMB.
       

Kining pinakaulahing kalambuan subay sa Philippine Clean Air Act (RA 8749) diin mando niini ang pagbutang ug usa ka Air Quality Monitoring Station nga mao’y responsable sa pagmintinar sa kalidad sa hangin nga hinungdanon sa kabaskog ug kaayuhan sa panglawas sa katawhan. (LGU-Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)