Thursday, June 12, 2014

AgSur opens Naliyagan Festival

By David M. Suyao

PROSPERIDAD Agusan del Sur, June 12 (PIA) - The grand opening of the 22nd Naliyagan Festival and the 116th Independence Day Celebration was concluded on Thursday, with colors and meaning right at the heart of the Naliyagan Cultural Center (NCC) here witnessed by thousands of people from all walks of life.

Right after the concelebrated mass at the St. Vincent church across the road from Naliyagan plaza, Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza, together with his mother former Governor Valentina Plaza cross the road and proceeded to the Rizal Monument to lay the wreath as an opening salvo of the 116th Philippine Independence Day.

The heat from the late morning sun was becoming heavier when Gov. Plaza, his mother, former Gov. Valentina Plaza, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and other government officials with Col. Gregory Cayetano and his men from the 401st Infantry Brigade walk from the Rizal Monument after the wreath laying ceremony towards the main stage of the NCC where thousands of spectators of the dual celebration, the Philippine Independence Day Celebration and the grand opening of the 22nd Naliyagan Festival program, will take place.

At the back of the main stage stand the 17 flag poles and before Gov. Plaza and the rest of the officials took their seats, they proceeded first to the flag poles for the flag raising ceremony.

Gov. Plaza, former Governor Valentina Plaza, Col. Cayetano together with some local and national chiefs ofoffices raised the Philippine Flag as the Naliyagan Chorale Ensemble sings the Philippine National Anthem. After the raising of the National Flag, Vice Gov. Santiago Cane raised the Provincial Flag back grounded by the singing of the Agusan Hymn. Then, the raising of the 14 municipal flags were raised by their respective mayors from the 13 municipalities and the lone city of Bayugan. After the raising of the municipal flags, Barangay Captains assisted by the boys and girls scouts of the Philippines raised the Barangay Flags lined up along the road from the NCC toward the provincial capitol.

Welcoming everybody, Vice Gov. Cane said the present generation are very lucky enough to enjoy the struggles done by of our forefathers in gaining our independence from colonizers. “But sad to note, these struggles are often times forgotten during ordinary days, and that is the main reason why we celebrate this very significant day to recall what our heroes have done for us,” said Vice Gov. Cane.

In his message, Gov. Plaza said he is overwhelmed when he saw the number of people gathered inside the NCC and its grounds.

“This is a proof that the we, Agusanons, are united in order to carry out our common struggle for development being independent citizens as we celebrate the 116th Independence Day. Starting this day until June 17, we celebrate the Naliyagan Festival that will showcase our rich and colorful culture. Being Agusanons, I feel we are united and strong, and with the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day, we heartily honor and give respect to our heroes and all those who shed their blood and even offer their own life just to gain this precious gift to us, the independence,” Gov. Plaza said.

According to Gov. Plaza, the annual Naliyagan Festival since 22 years ago offer so many opportunities like job, business and distinction while remembering the past, and taking the challenges with pride and dignity.

“And because of all these, we can proudly shout to the world, Mabuhay and Philippine Independence. Mabuhay ang Naliyagan Festival, Mabuhay ang Agusanons. God. Bless Agusan del Sur. God Bless us all,” Gov. Plaza ended. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur) 


DTI-Caraga rolls out four Diskwento Caravans this June

By Atty. Maria Aurora R. Curaza-Maquiling

BUTUAN CITY, June 12 (PIA) - In view of the popular demand and increased participation of major contributors, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will be bringing in four Diskwento Caravans in four provinces in the region this June 2014.

First up is the June 14-15 edition of the caravan in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur in preparation for the city’s charter day the following week.  The city will also be celebrating the creation of Surigao del Sur as a province on the same period.

A three-day caravan is scheduled by the DTI-Agusan del Norte (ADN) Provincial Office on June 16-18, 2014 at the Capitol Grounds, Butuan City in time for the celebration of the Araw ng Agusan del Norte.  DTI-ADN earlier conducted its Balik Eskwela edition of the Diskwento Caravan last May 20-21 at Langihan Road, Butuan City which offered school supplies, school uniforms and accessories.

A Balik Eskwela edition of the caravan will be held in the municipality of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur on June 17-19, 2014 with the NCCC Mall of Tagum City bringing in school supplies and accessories.

A regular edition of the caravan with basic necessities and prime commodities offered for sale will be held in the municipality of Claver, Surigao del Norte on June 20-23, 2014.

Diskwento Caravans have been instrumental in bringing major wholesalers, retailers and distributors to the various areas in the region to offer for sale consumer products with discounts ranging from as low as 10 percent to as high as 30 percent. (DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur guv calls meeting for DILG chief visit

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, June 12 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel has set a meeting on Friday, June 13 at 9:30 a.m. “to discuss matters relative to the visit of DILG Secretary Mar Roxas during the 54th Araw ng Surigao del Sur celebration on June 17-19.”

Describing the occasion that will be held at the conference room of the Provincial Governor’s Office (PGO) a very important one, he stressed that the presence and support of all concerned are being looked forward to.

Earlier, Marjorie Pagaran, secretary to the governor, confided that Gov. Pimentel ordered on Monday to hold in abeyance the release of the program of invitation due to the latest and positive development concerning the said visit.

It was also learned that a slight change in the program is expected. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


AFP keeps eye on NPA on Independence Day celebration in Caraga

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, June 12 (PIA) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has continued to keep an eye on possible atrocities that might be launched by the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels especially during the 116th Philippine Independence Day celebration on June 12.

Army 401st Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Gregory Cayetano, whose area of responsibility (AOR) spans over two provinces of Caraga region—Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur, admitted that rebels had been quite active these past weeks in making their presence felt.

On June 9, Provincial Director P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero reported that some 50 NPA rebels have managed to disarm a group of indigenous peoples (IPs) a total of 12 assorted firearms in Carrascal town while on June 10, another group of insurgents was figured in a firefight with the army scout platoon in Barangay Sta. Juana, Tagbina town, all in Surigao del Sur.

However, Cayetano pointed out that state forces have always been in control of the situation, saying that they are not remiss of their responsibilities and they continue to “protect the gains of government in winning the peace.”

Earlier, Army 36th Infantry Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Anastacio Suaybaguio, Jr. stressed that the Carrascal incident was just an isolated case, adding that, upon receipt of a tip, they immediately went after the enemies who allegedly got away on board three trucks and a Kennedy jeep owned by Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC). (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Caraga tops on Population Program

By May Ann O. Escobal

BUTUAN CITY, June 12 (PIA) - The Commission on Population (PopCom) Caraga topped in the recently concluded performance review on the accomplishment of the 15 Regional Population Offices (RPOs) throughout the country for January to December 2013.

Based on the two major final outputs, both Caraga Region and Region 12 garnered the highest percentage score (92.5%).

Caraga edged all other regions in the RP-FP classes’ implementation. Of 5,501 classes conducted, Caraga got 331% accomplishment rate.

The 15 Regional Population Offices were adjudged based on their accomplishments along the three program components of the Philippine Population Management Program, namely: Responsible Parenthood/Family Planning (RP-FP), Adolescent Health and Youth Development and Population and Development (PopDev) Integration.

PopCom Caraga regional director Alexander A. Makinano shared the accomplishments to the Provincial/City Population Officers during the recent Regional Population Management Conference. “The achievements in the implementation of PPMP were made possible with the strong support and cooperation of the local government units particularly the program workers and the barangay population volunteers who are the frontliners of the program,” he added.

This accomplishment assessment is conducted yearly by PopCom Central Office. (PopCom-13/PIA-Caraga)


Prices of school supplies in Caraga stable, adequate

By Atty. Maria Aurora R. Curaza-Maquiling

BUTUAN CITY, June 12 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provincial offices in the region have monitored major establishments in the region on the prices and supply of school supplies.  The latter were found to be stable and adequate, respectively.

The DTI head office has also issued a list which showed a comparison of last year and this year’s updated SRPs for school supplies which serve as a guide for consumers on their purchases and the business sector on the price ceiling of the school supplies they sell. The said list is now posted in all DTI offices and distributed for posting in major retail stores.

Officials of the DTI Head Office also met with the major manufacturers, suppliers and retailers of school supplies in Metro Manila and were assured that prices and supply will remain reasonable, stable and sufficient for the students for this upcoming academic year.

Heads and representatives from the Philippine School Pads and Notebooks Association, Inc., Sterling Group of Companies, Advance Paper Company, Philand Industries, Morayta Bookstore, Amalgamated Specialties Corp., Times Trading Co., Inc. and FILSTAR Distributors Corp. confirmed with DTI that no price changes will be made on school supplies given that no significant movements in both prices and supply of raw materials were encountered by the manufacturers.

In buying school supplies, consumers are advised to look at the labels for the following information: brand name or trademarks of the products, name and address of the manufacturers, converters or importers and the name of the country where the product is made.  In addition, crayons should be marked “non-toxic” to indicate that the said crayons have been tested and have passed the “allowed toxicity level” set by the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA). (DT-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Palasyo umaasang mas tataas ng GDP sa pagbaba ng bilang ng walang trabaho

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Hunyo 12 (PIA) - Nagpahayag ng kumpyansa ang Palasyo noong Martes na ang bansa ay makapag rehistro ng mas mataas na gross domestic product (GDP) sa mga huling buwan ng taong ito, habang bumababa ang bilang ng mga walang trabaho sa loob ng unang anim na buwan ng taon.

“Binabahagi namin ang pag-asa na itong mga positibong indicator ay lalong bumuti para sa mas mataas na GDP rate sa mga darating na buwan,” sabi ni Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. sa isang panayam sa media.

Ayon sa ulat ng National Economic Developent Authority (NEDA), ang talaan ng mga walang trabaho ay bumaba hanggang 7 porsyento noong Abril, 2014 mula 7.6 porsyento sa parehong buwan noong nakaraang taon.

Sinasabing ang kakulangan ng trabaho ay bumuti rin hanggang 18.2 prosyento mula 19.2 porsyento sa loob ng parehong panahon noong nakaraang taon.

“Ang pagtaas na ito ay nagdala ng humigit kumulang kabuuan na 1.7 milyong dagdag ng mga taong nagkaroon ng trabaho. Ayon kay Kalihim ng NEDA na si Arsenio Balisacan, ang pagbuti ng pang-empleyo ay pangmalawakan, na sangkot ang agrikultura, industriya at mga sektor ng panerbisyo,” sabi ni Coloma.

Nagrehistro ang GDP ng Pilipinas noong unang tatlong buwan ng taong ito ng 5.7 porsyento. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)