6.03.2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

DENR Caraga leads World Environment Month celeb; lined up activities for Climate Change awareness

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, June 3 (PIA) – “We are celebrating June as the Environment Month,” says Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional executive director (RED) Nonito M. Tamayo in a press statement Tuesday.

According to RED Tamayo, this month – June is considered "a special to all of us who care for the preservation and protection of our environment and natural resource."

The yearly celebration was established by virtue of proclamation no. 237 signed by President Corazon C. Aquino in 1988 of which the DENR has been mandated to lead this celebration.

Tamayo said, the DENR has lined up various activities to give meaning to the celebration and stimulate awareness to the people of the environment in the face of challenges of the global climate changes.

“On June 5, the United Nations and the more than 100 countries in the world will celebrate the World Environment Day to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment and encourage political attention and action,” Tamayo said.

He also said that the World Environment Day celebration is anchored on the theme, “Small Islands and Climate Change:  Raise your voice, not the sea level” is very much appropriate at this time "that we are experiencing the effects of the global climate change."

Tamayo further said, June 5 serves also as the ’’people’s day’’ for doing something positive for the environment, concreting individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.

Also, on June 25, the nation will be celebrating the Arbor Day, a simultaneous mangrove planting will be held regionwide.

“The declaration of the United Nations General Assembly for 2014 as the Year of Small Islands Developing States aims to celebrate the contribution of this group of countries and territories," Tamayo said.  These small islands are home to vibrant and distinct cultures and heritage as well as to rich ecosystems, biodiversity and dazzling landscapes, Tamayo added.

These small islands faced with many environmental challenges brought about by Climate change. Rising ocean levels is threatening to wipe out if not reduce small islands into smaller pieces of lands. Melting ice and the expansion of the oceans which both due to global warming are the causes of sea level rise.

Philippines is an archipelago with 7,107 islands and though we do not fall under the category of small island states, some islands in the country is at high risk from rising seas particularly those villages that are situated in the low lying areas.

"We are also confronted with the problem of waste management. We seem to care less of throwing our waste everywhere. We do not practice waste segregation and we have problem of land space to dispose solid and liquid waste. It would seem to take little time before we are literally buried in trash," he said.

“It is good for us that the President and DENR through the leadership of Secretary Ramon JP Paje have timely implemented the National Greening Program (NGP) on February 2011 as a strategy to cushion the impact of climate change through out the country,” Tamayo added.

Furthermore, the purpose of the NGP according to Tamayo is to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares of forest lands nationwide.

"From 2011 to 2013, some 683,069 hectares of the NGP sites, or 46 percent of the 1.5 million hectare target, have been planted, with more than 1.2 million jobs generated. For 2014, the NGP has targeted to produce 164 million seedlings and plant them in the different parts of the country covering 300,000 hectares,” Tamayo bared.

Tamayo said the call of this year's celebration is to recognize that "we all face the same challenges and are connected and united by our common goal of a sustainable and prosperous life for all on this planet."

"The call is to raise our voice in solidarity with one another, particularly with the people of the small islands. Whether it is to organize clean up campaigns, tree planting, plastic bans, art exhibits, recycling drives, social media campaigns and others - every action counts," Tamayo concluded. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


CSC to celebrate 114th Phil. Civil Service Anniversary

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 3 (PIA) – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) will once again spearhead this year’s 114th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary celebration in September with the theme, “Tapat na Serbisyo Alay Ko, Dahil Lingkod Bayani Ako.”

CSC-Caraga regional director Resurreccion Pueyo announced that the anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service will be celebrated this September 2014, marking its 114th year as the stronghold of good governance and national development since the enactment of Public Law No. 5 which is an “Act for the Establishment and Maintenance of Our Efficient and Honest Civil Service in the Philippine Island,” on September 19, 1900.

“The upcoming month-long anniversary celebration aims to promote, showcase, and celebrate heroism in public service. It also serves to encourage and inspire state workers in their journey as servant heroes or lingcod bayani as reflected in the theme,” added Pueyo.

Pueyo further bared that all government agencies are enjoined to actively take part in this anniversary celebration, which the CSC will spearhead. “Display of anniversary banner in all government agencies; conduct of R.A.C.E. to Serve IV Fun Run; Honor Awards Program Rites for the 2014 Presidential Lingkod Bayan, Dangal ng Bayan, and CSC Pagasa Awardees; Government Choral Competition; and Sepcial Treats for Government Employees are some of the highlights of activities for this celebration by the CSC central office. With these, the CSC-Caraga will also lead several activities in the regional level,” he said. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Medical mission serves hundreds of Agusanons

By Boyette B. Lopez

BUTUAN CITY, June 3 (PIA) - The provincial government of Agusan del Norte has successfully conducted the Medical/Dental and "Operation Tuli" recently in Barangay Jagupit and Barangay Curva in the Municipality of Santiago, Agusan del Norte.

More than 300 estimated indigent patients in Barangay Curva, while in barangay Jagupit there are more than 400 patients benefitted of the said services. This includes our brothers/sisters from the Mamanwa and Manobo Tribes that have been served and given the free medical check-up and appropriate medicines.

While the "Operation Tuli" has served an estimated of 100 young children who are being successfully circumcised for free.

Punong Barangay Jerry Mambras of Barangay Curva, extended his gratitude to Gov. Maria Angelica Rosedell M. Amante Matba and the rest of the officials of the province for conducting Medical/Dental Outreach Program and "Operation Tuli" in his barangay.

The Medical/Dental and "Operation Tuli" is one of the priority programs of the governor in order that the indigent constituents in the far-flung communities within the province can now be served and can access free Medical programs.

The Medical Outreach program is collaboratively conducted by Agusan del Norte Provincial Health Office and Provincial Social Welfare, Population and Nutrition Services (PSWPNSO) Office. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


SurSur DepEd starts school year with minor hitches

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, June 3 (PIA) – Only minor hitches got in the way during the opening day of school year 2014-2015 in Surigao del Sur on June 2.

Schools Division Superintendent Teofila Cabatuan said that no major problems have surfaced since she called up a meeting with all school heads on Thursday.

However, Cabatuan admitted about the slight shortage in classrooms due to what has been described as “repairables,” explaining further that the need to refurbish some buildings cannot be done at the school level during the conduct of the “Balik Eskwela,” as this undertaking already requires the concern of higher authorities.

In general, she pointed out that the situation has been manageable and remained conducive to learning. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur PNP introduces new security plan in time for opening of classes

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, June 3 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur officer in charge (OIC) Provincial Director P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero has brought in what he believes a better approach to deter crime in time for the opening of the new school year 2014-2015.

A week earlier, Verdadero confirmed about holding a meeting with all his concerned chiefs of police (COPs) provincewide for the implementation of the local anti-criminality action plan (LACAP) within their respective areas of responsibilities (AORs).

He explained that LACAP seeks to harness the support of  all “barangay tanods” as “force multiplier” as well as the local government units (LGUs) at the city or town levels in order to carry out the task of securing and protecting  the school children in particular and the community in general against criminal activities.

Verdadero admitted that the entire police force can be more effective and efficient in doing their job only if they have the support and cooperation of everybody in the community. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


17 LGUs approve KC-NCDDP 2014 implementation

By Eunice G. Montaos

BUTUAN CITY, June 3 (PIA) - Seventeen municipal local government units (LGUs) in Caraga region recently approved the 2014 implementation of KALAHI CIDSS- National Community Driven Development Program (KC-NCDDP) held at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

This expression of support was personally spoken by the representatives of the LGUs during the 1st batch forum on KC-NCDDP conducted on that day by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga.

LGUs who signified partnership with DSWD Caraga for KC-NCDDP are the following: Alegria, Barobo, Buenavista, Cagwait, Carmen, Hinatuan, Jabonga, Kitcharao, Las Nieves, Lianga, Marihatag, Remedios T. Romualdez, San Francisco (AdS), Santa Josefa, Santiago, Tubod, and Veruela.

The support of these eligible LGUs to this undertaking is essential for the expected on-board of KC-NCDDP, since this activity is primarily aimed at orienting the target partner LGUs on the implementation arrangements of the Program.

Local chief executives, vice mayors, sangguniang bayan for social services, municipal social welfare and development officers (MSWDOs), municipal accountants/budget officers, municipal local government operations officer (MLGOOs), and municipal planning and development coordinators (MPDCs) are the invited participants of the forum.

Seven mayors in the persons of Hon Candelario Viola Jr. (Hinatuan), Hon. Jasmin Monton (Jabonga), Hon. Avelina Rosales (Las Nieves), Hon. Roy Hegino Sarmen (Lianga), Hon. Ernie Ceniza (RTR), Hon. Zenaida Lim (Santiago), and Hon. Cristina Hemady Arcillas (Tubod), personally graced the forum and discussed with their staff about their actions to take upon enrolling in this national program.

These municipalities were given two weeks by the regional office to decide and to prepare necessary documents for enrollment purposes.

KC-NCDDP is set for implementation from 2014 to 2019 in municipalities with high poverty incidence and those affected by the super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). In Caraga, a total of 46 municipalities are covered in the kick-off of this Program this year.

The overall objective of the KC-NCDDP is to provide the poor communities access to basic services and increase their well-being in more inclusive local planning, budgeting, and implementation. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


Listahanan assesses 16,251 beneficiaries of SocPen, MCCT-FNSP

By Maria Cecilia N. Sosas

BUTUAN CITY, June 3 (PIA) – The Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) leads in the on-going special validation from May 21 - June 6, 2014 for the indigent senior citizens and those families in need of special protection.

In Caraga region, there are 16,251 beneficiaries of which 7,924 from Social Pension and 8,327 from Modified Conditional Cash Transfer – for Families in Need of Special Protection (MCCT-FNSP).

 “The special validation is very advantageous especially those beneficiaries who are poor yet not included in the Listahanan database. Also, we can give the monthly stipend to those indigent senior citizens who are really deserving of our program,” Sarah Rose Salingay, Focal Person of Social Pension said.

“In fact, 3,738 social pensioners who are already in the Listahanan database will receive the monthly stipend of P 500.00 for the second quarter. Listahanan is very valuable to us holding a program like Social Pension because we really want to serve our indigent senior citizens,” she added.

Likewise, MCCT-FNSP beneficiaries will be included in the regular Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Dante S. Rosales, Regional Focal Person of Listahanan together with the National Household Targeting staff monitor the Area Supervisors and Enumerators in the conduct of special validation solely for SocPen and MCCT-FNSP beneficiaries who are not in the database of Listahanan.  “We are closely monitoring our field workers during the validation as we want to keep our database that is Sigurado, Kumpleto at Totoo,” Rosales said.

Listahanan aims to ensure that the identified poor families who are not yet in the database will be assessed thoroughly. It also assures the other Social Welfare and Development (SWD) providers the guarantee that their resources are equally distributed to potential beneficiaries and to have the opportunities to improve the quality of their lives. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


NYC offers young Filipinos “a gentle reminder” in light of the One Direction concert

MANILA, June 3 (PIA) - "This is a good opportunity to re-examine our role models."

This is "a gentle reminder" from Usec. Gio Tingson, newly appointed Chairperson of the National Youth Commission, in light of the ongoing craze for the upcoming concert of the British boy band One Direction in March 2015.

“Balanced attention”

"We see many young Filipinos queuing and camping out at the MOA Arena just to buy tickets. Fans never fail to make One Direction trend online," he added.

"There's nothing wrong with the youth idolizing artists of their choice, however, we must also be aware of issues that require our shared efforts in solving such as the Yolanda rehabilitation, youth unemployment, access to education, and the like," explained Usec. Tingson.

The band's "On the Road Again" tour stop in Manila has sold out all tickets shortly after sales began in early May, which caused organizers to extend the show for one more day for thousands of young Filipino fans.

"We hope that the Filipino youth can be as energetic and enthusiastic in addressing bigger issues that affect our society, as they are in following their favorite artists," Usec. Tingson said.

"Fans for change"

"Young people are also fans for change. We hope that more young Filipinos join us in moments when change is likely to make an appearance," said Tingson.

"They can start by lining up in COMELEC's registration stations for new voters and getting their 'free tickets' to be part of and experience change. This hype over a pop group has actually shown us something positive about the youth—that they can make sacrifices for what they passionately want. Hopefully, with the efforts of the NYC and our partners, this can also be translated into a passion for service and involvement for the benefit of the nation," he ended. (NYC/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Pagbukas ng pasukan sa kabuuan ay mapayapa at maayos, ayon sa Palasyo

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Hunyo 3 (PIA) - Ang pagbukas ng pasukan ay mapayapa at maayos sa kabuuan, sabi ni Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.

Ang Philippine National Police (PNP) noong Lunes ay nagtalaga ng 18,500 na tauhan sa mahigit 7,400 na police assistance desks na inilatag sa buong bansa para tumulong at mapanatili ang kaayosan sa pagbukas ng klase, sabi ni Lacierda sa isang panayam sa media.

“Ito ay hindi kasali sa mga regular na nagpapatrolyang mga sasakyan at naglalakad na mga pulis na nakatuon ang pansin sa mga paaralan at sa paligid nito. Ang PNP ay maagang nagtakda ng operational guidelines at pamamaraan para maseguro na walang panganib, maayos at mapayapa ang klase hanggang sa mga susunod na linggo,” dagdag niya.

Tinatantiyang 26 milyon na estudyante sa pampubliko at pribadong mga paaralan ang bumalik sa paaralan noong Lunes. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)