6.08.2014

Friday, June 6, 2014

Duty-bearers, partners celebrate Environment Day

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 6 (PIA) – Employees who serve as duty-bearers of government agencies with partner stakeholders in the private sector planted some 500 talisay trees (scientific name: Terminalia catappa) on Thursday along Caloc-an beach in Magallanes, Agusan del Norte, in celebration of this year’s Environment Day with the slogan “Raise your voice, not the sea level.” 

The Caraga region's 2014 celebration of the Environment Month headed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) with regional director Nonito Tamayo kicked-off with a caravan from this city going to Caloc-an. A “hataw” exercise then followed and a short program recognizing the importance of the celebration.

The said venue is where the Philippine Centennial Tree is also located.

OIC-CENR Officer Vince Estopito of Tubay, Agusan del Norte expressed his warm welcome and acknowledgment to all the participating agencies and partner stakeholders and announced that the municipal government supports tree planting activities and other environment-related activities.

Also, Tamayo thanked the participating agencies for joining the activity especially for putting efforts pertaining to environmental protection. He also said that next year, a conference on climate change is set in Paris.

Tamayo bared that the World Environment Day is the opportunity for everyone to realize not only the responsibility to care for the earth but also to become agents of change.

"Let's consider everyday as Arbor Day. Let's plant more trees. This is good for our economy, our health and our environment. Let’s preserve our natural resources and surroundings," expressed Tamayo.

Tamayo further announced that the country is observing the Philippine Eagle Week from June 4-10, 2014.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga conducted a full coverage or documentation of the activity and expressed commitment to provide communication support to DENR’s activities for the environment.

"On behalf of our regional director Abner Caga, we'd like to thank the DENR for having us as your partner in this activity today. The PIA is committed to provide communication support to all the programs of DENR-Caraga, as we do care for our environment," said PIA-Caraga deputy regional director Fryan Abkilan.

Said activity ended through the community singing with "Inang Kalikasan," the official DENR Hymn. (VLG/JPG/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur guv vows to push for construction of new 'shortcut' roads to Butuan City

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, June 6 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel vows to push for the construction of two new “shortcut” roads to Butuan City.

He said that since the Surigao-Davao Coastal Road (SDCR) project has already been completed, it is now the right time to embark on new ones.

Come June 9, during the scheduled meeting of the Infrastructure Development Committee (IDC) which he chairs under the Regional Development Council (RDC), Pimentel assured capitol employees last Monday during the flag ceremony program, that he is set to revive and file the proposal for such worthwhile projects that will certainly cut the travel time to Butuan City from one to one and a half hours, either way.

He said that one project that he will propose is the Lanuza-Cabadbaran road section in the cluster of municipalities in the northern part of Surigao del Sur known as CARCANMADCARLAN—comprised of the towns of Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen, and Lanuza, in that particular order from the northernmost tip.

The other, he continued, is San Miguel-Bayugan road, of which side at the Agusan del Sur province is already completely paved, hence the only concern is to connect from the same road to San Miguel town, this province, saying that its only about 12-14 kilometer stretch.

Meanwhile, Pimentel hopes that Congressman Philip Pichay is going to support his idea.

He recalled that the proposed road project in San Miguel did not push through during the time of former Congressman Butch Pichay due to the “line of reasoning” that it will open up illegal logging in the area; besides, it will also pass through the concession area of Surigao Development Corporation (SUDECOR), a company, now shutdown, owned by the Puyat’s.

The governor said that, for practicality, now is the right time to act, adding that these projects will instead open up Surigao del Sur to further economic growth being the “last frontier of Caraga.”

He went on to say that “tourism potential” in the province abounds as compared to other provinces in the region.

Hence, Pimentel urged the tourism office “not to rest in their laurels” and continue to work to showcase the province which he said is now on the map of the industry. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur Health Office starts to work for '100% Smoke-free Environment'

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, June 6 (PIA) – The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in Surigao del Sur has formally started to move for the attainment of a “100% Smoke-free Environment.”

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Algerico Irizari called for an organization meeting on June 4 with the representatives from different sectors and stakeholders in attendance held at the conference room of the Provincial Governor’s Office (PGO).

Almost exactly a month after the campaign on promoting “Healthy Lifestyle and 100% Smoke-free Environment” was launched on May 5, Dr. Irizari stressed anew the “emerging trend of lifestyle-related diseases,” identifying in particular order the top 10 leading causes of death in the province. 

These are pneumonia, cardiovascular diseases (CVD), cardio-vascular accident (CVA), all forms of cancer, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB), chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders (COPD), renal failure, and accidents.

Besides, IPHO, being the lead advocate of the provincial government on health and wellness, also pointed out the legal bases for the move, citing Civil Service Commission (CSC) Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 17 s. 2009; R.A. 9211 or Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003; and, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Ordinance No. 03-2004. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Another dead body of NPA killed in Surigao Norte clash recovered

By 1LT Magno F. Ausente

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, June 6 (PIA) – The troops of 30th Infantry (Python) Battalion, 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, Philippine Army based in Sta. Cruz, Placer who were in pursuit operations in connection with their recent encounter with more or less 20 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels on the morning of May 29, 2014 at Mt. Taglintian, Brgy Tagbuyawan, Mainit, this province have recovered another one dead body of NPA killed lying on a dead river, approximately 400 meters from the encounter site.

The body was recovered around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1, 2014.  The recovery brings three NPAs killed (body count) during the encounter.

The found decomposing body was identified by a reliable informants as a certain AKA Aileen, female between 25-30 years old, 5’1” in height, a member of the NPA’s Sandatahang Platun Pampropaganda 9SPP) 16-B, Guerilla Front 16, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee and a suspected member of the Indigenous People (IP) based on her physical features. The dead body suffered bullet wounds on the right leg and assessed to have been abandoned by her fleeing comrades immediately after the encounter.

The said body was turned over to the Barangay Officials of Brgy. Tagbuyawan and to the local police authority for proper disposition.

30IB Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Arsenio Sadural said that the whole troops of the Philippine Army are saddened for another Filipino victim losing her life in the nonsense and deceptive recruitment strategy of the NPA’s targeting the less fortunate members of the IP communities.

“The act of abandoning a female comrade in the battle is presumably a mortal sin in the revolutionary movement," Sadural said. (SDR/30IB, 4ID, PA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Regl, provl TESD Committee and school board convergence confab set

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 6 (PIA) – A convergence conference of Technical Education and Skills Development (TESD) Committee and school board was held recently in one of the local convention centers of this city.

Spearheaded by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Caraga, the event aimed to look into the current and emerging issues and concerns of TESD sector in the Philippines.

TESDA Caraga regional director Dr. Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. said the event also discusses the issues and concerns affecting the educational system with the implementation of the K to 12 Curriculum in the Basic Education.

Sunico added this also allows TESDA to know the possible interventions of its various partners and stakeholders to effectively implement such reforms through tangible policies and projects.

The official further said the conduct of the activity served as venue to be updated on the recent developments and priority agenda involving Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), as well as to generate and identify issues and concerns on critical sectors; provide operational strategies in carrying out priority actions at hand; and interact with TESDC and school board members in various provinces of Caraga and identify best practices and other initiatives.

Meanwhile, as one of the stakeholders of TESDA, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga regional director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño was invited to present the Enhanced Caraga Regional Development Plan (RDP) for 2013-2016. According to Cariño, the enhanced RDP plays important roles in the economic development not only of the region, but the country, in general.

To give awareness and advocacy to private stakeholders who were in attendance, Annie Tangpos of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga presented the Labor Laws Compliance System that is implemented in the region.

Tangpos said the system does not only give benefits to workers but also to employers so that complaints of workers will be minimized. She explained because of this compliance system, everything will be placed in order in as far as addressing labor problems is concerned.

TESDCs were organized pursuant to Section 19 of the TESDA Act of 1994, which provides that “the Authority shall establish the TESDCs at the regional and local levels to coordinate and monitor the delivery of all skills development activities, by the public and private sectors.”

The TESDA Board has supported the creation of School Boards in its Resolution No. 2004-15 dated August 5, 2004 to ensure the continued viability of these TESDA institutions until their eventual devolution to interested and able stakeholders that will exercise oversight functions and provide policy guidance on the operation of these training institutions.

Meanwhile, Abegail Eupeña, Sr. TESD Specialist of TESDA-Caraga said both TESDCs and School Boards have proved to have played a vital role in harmonizing and rationalizing all TVET activities in effecting an efficient allocation and use of resources to meet the demands on TESD.

Due to their evolving roles and the need to further clarify current issues in the regional, provincial and school levels, Eupeña said this activity is designed as an avenue to level off understanding on existing policies and possible recommendations to the TESDA Board. (TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Surigao City ENRO padayon sa programang pagpananom sa mangrove ug kawayan

SURIGAO CITY, Hunyo 6 (PIA) – Ang buhatan sa Surigao City Environment and Natural Resources Office nagapadyon karon sa ilang programa sa pagpananom sa mangrove ug kawayan sa mga kabarangayan ning syudad.

Sumala ni Engr. Elmer Tecson ang hepe sa maong buhatan nga sugod niadtong bulan sa Enero hangtod Mayo mikabat na sa 1, 200 ka mga mangrove ug 50 usab ka mga kawayan ang ilang natanom diha na sa nagkadaiyang mga kabarangayan sakop sa syudad.

Sumala pa ni Tecson nga padayon pa gihapon hangtod karon ang maong mga programa sa ilang buhatan agig pag-implementar usab sa Surigao River Rehabilitation Project sa pakigtambayayong sa buhatan sa City Agriculture diin mikabat usab sa 230 ka mga binhi sa kawayan ang ilang natanom diha na kilid sa Surigao River.

Dugang pa niya nga dako kayo ang iyang pasalamat ngadto sa mga katawhang Surigaonon sa suporta ug kooperasyon nga gipakita niini aron maipadayon ug magmalampuson ang ilang programa nga dako usab ang matabang ngadto na sa atong palibot ug kinaiyahan. (SDR/MICO-Surigao/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Kidney Forum, gipahigayon

Ni Sheila Yatar

BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 6 (PIA) - Gitambungan sa kapin 300 ka mga indibidwal gikan sa nagkadaiyang sektor ning dakbayan  ang miduyog sa gipahigayong Lay Forum on Renal Health and Disease Prevention didto sa Samping Avenue Convention Center, Mayo 29, 2014.

Tumong niini nga mahatagan ug kaamgohan ang katawhan mahitungod sa sakit sa bato. Lakip na ang pagpahibalo kanila sa mga hinungdan nga makaangkon sa maong sakit ug sa mga pamaagi aron makalikay niini.

Tigpamaba sa maong forum ang mga personahe gikan sa Renal Disease Control Program nga mao’y tig implementar sa mga proyekto sa National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI).  

Subay ang maong kailhukan sa pagdeklara sa bulan sa Hunyo nga National Kidney Month ug nagdala sa temang, “A Healthy Lifestyle, Makes Your Kidneys Smile”.

Nahimu usab kining nagmalampuson sa pagpanguna sa Philippine Information Agency (PIA) ug Department of Health (DOH) Caraga. (LGU-Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Cebuano News: Summer Active Chess Encuentro, nagmalampuson

Ni Sheila Yatar

BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 6 (PIA) - Nahimong nagmalampuson ang gipahigayong duha ka adlaw nga Summer Active Chess Encuentro nga gitapos didto sa DTI Regional Office, Mayo 25, 2014.

Gisalmutan kini sa mga mandulaay nga adunay hanas sa dula nga chess. Walay piling edad ang niapil sa maong torneyo, gani gisalmutan kini sa pinaka tigulang nga mandulaay nga 79 anyos nga si Samson Amores ug ang pinakabata nga niapil niini nag-edad ug 11 anyos.

Mao kini ang mga mananaug sa maong torneyo:

            Champion     : Jun Cabiguin - 8,000.00Php  (w/ souvenir flashlights)

            1st Place       : Lanurias        - 3,000.00Php  (w/ souvenir flashlights)

            2nd Place      : Amadeo        - 2,000.00Php  (w/ souvenir flashlights)

            3rd Place       : Ballete            - 1,000.00Php

            7th – 10th Place: Consolation Prices

Nahimo usab kining posible pinaagi  sa City Mayor’s Office sa pagpanguna ni Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. ug sa opisina  ni Hon. Samuel Allan M. Amante sa pakigtimbayayong sa mga pribadong sektor ug Butuan City Chess Club nga gipamunuan ni Tournament Director Augusto Torralba. (LGU-Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)