7.17.2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mary Kay-Butuan supports PIA’s advocacy on CCA

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 15 (PIA) – In line with this year’s Regional Information Officers’ Summit on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation advocacy on July 16-17, 2014 at Dottie’s Place Hotel here, the beauty consultants of Mary Kay here expressed their support to the summit initiated by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga, in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

“We the independent sales force of Mary Kay Philippines is geared with the company’s mission in enriching lives through our quality products and services. As such, I believe PIA is also geared towards the professional growth of every men and women at work, and through this, we can be of service to you through our partnership in making them confident and feel good about themselves and which in turn, they will do wonderful deeds for the community,” expressed Maria Irene Matig-a, Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant.

Matig-a further said she and her team will be conducting free facial and make over to the women and men who will be participating in the said summit.

“We will provide all our skin care and make up materials for everyone who is interested to have facial make over. We guarantee you this will be full of fun and learning for everyone,” emphasized Matig-a.

Mary Kay Philippines is the 30th subsidiary of Mary Kay, Inc., one of the largest direct selling skin care and color cosmetic companies in the world. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DOST to hold this year’s NST Week celeb

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 15 (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga is once again spearheading this year’s National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) on July 24-28, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Manila.

DOST-Caraga regional director Dominga Mallonga bared this year is the “Outcome 2: Enterprise Development Exhibits,” which shows appreciation of the programs and services provided by DOST regional offices particularly in the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program initiatives.

“Experience how Science and Technology entered local communities, bearing an undertaking of alleviating poverty on the following areas: 1) Health and Nutrition; 2) Water and Sanitation; 3) Basic Education and Literacy; 4) Livelihood and Economic Enterprise Development; and 5) Disaster Risk Reduction/Climate Change Adaptation,” Mallonga added.

NSTW highlights significant contributions of science and technology to national development. It also serves as a venue for scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and businessmen. NSTW takes its roots in the 1950s when it was still called the Philippine National Science Week, and was instituted in 1982 as NSTW. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Seek higher ground if your area is prone to storm surge, says DOST

MANILA, July 15 (PIA) - Residents in communities with a forecast two- to three-meter (six to 11 feet) height of the storm surge are urged to seek higher ground and take extra precautions as typhoon Glenda lashes out strong rains in the country.

Deparment of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario Montejo urged the public to stay informed and be prepared in the face of the approaching typhoon by using weather bulletin from PAGASA and complementary information from models generated by Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (Project NOAH) and the 3D mapping models from the Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (Project DREAM).

“Information is a vital tool that we can use to plan wisely for natural hazards such as typhoons and thus reduce our losses. Based on our experience from past typhoons, we call on the public to heed the warnings issued by our monitoring and warning agencies and to not second-guess them because we are using the best tools available,” noted Montejo.

“We enjoin every Filipino and our communities to remain alert and follow the necessary precautions and guidelines to keep safe. Our best tool to prevent a disaster is ensuring everyone’s safety by using all the information available to us and the lessons from our experience in the past typhoons so that we can prevent too much disaster loss,” said Montejo.

“Those living in areas with storm surge alert warnings should seek and move to higher ground, especially if the area is low-lying or flat that will make it prone to inland inundation,” said Dr. Mahar Lagmay, executive director of DOST’s Project NOAH.

Dr. Lagmay recently attended the World Risk Summit in which he noted that the tools used by the Philippines are the latest and most advanced used by global meteorological stations.

The storm surge simulation and list of affected municipalities were posted on Project NOAH’s website and blog Monday night and were communicated by PAGASA, the state weather bureau and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Montejo urged local disaster responders and the public to inquire with the warning agencies if they have further queries. You may call PAGASA at (63 2) 927 1541, 926 1993, and 926 6970. You may also follow it on Facebook.com/pagasa.dost.gov.ph and via Twitter @dost_pagasa for live updates. (DOST/PIA-Caraga)


Malimono Micro-enterprise projects get P1.1 million pesos GPB funding from DTI

By Ma. Theresa Z. Calang

SURIGAO CITY, July 15 (PIA) - The municipal government of Malimono, Surigao del Norte received funds for its three micro-enterprise projects worth P1,100,000 under the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) funding from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Malimono Mayor Teodoro F. Sinaca who personally received the check expressed his gratitude to DTI-Surigao del Norte Provincial Director Celestino L. Negapatan for the agency’s support to the constituents of the municipality.  The three partner organizations, the Mayor reported are excited and ready to implement the enterprise projects. He added that with the guidance and supervision of the municipal government, project beneficiaries will be able to implement and operate their projects successfully to generate income not just for the people’s organizations but to their members-beneficiaries as well.

Negapatan assured the project proponents that DTI will be assisting them on their various technical and marketing needs.  He added further that the agency will always be ready to help them in expanding their operations and production by offering other DTI flagship programs.

Based on the work and financial plans prepared by the recipient-organizations, various activities like production benchmarking, skills and technical trainings, acquisition of materials and equipment are scheduled in the coming months to fast track the implementation of the projects. (DTI/PIA-Caraga)


NIA continues to maintain and develop irrigation system in SurSur

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, July 15 (PIA) – The Provincial Irrigation Management Office (PIMO) under the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in Surigao del Sur led by acting division manager Engr. Salome Layasan has continued to maintain and develop the irrigation system in the province.

In a report dubbed as Project Status of calendar year (CY)-2012, CY-2013, Quick Response Fund, and CY-2014 Projects, Layasan bared the sum total of P1,241,509,765.52 as direct cost/awarded amount of irrigation projects to Surigao del Sur for the said periods apart from the P23,038,000 project tagged as “needing clearance” and the quick response fund (QRF) amounting to P53,621,000 due to Typhoon Pablo.

It was learned that for calendar years 2012, 2013, and 2014, the allotted amounts were P704,443,362.52;  P337,312,400; and P199,754,000, respectively.

Moreover, the particular amounts were also supplied with corresponding physical and financial accomplishments of projects.

For CY 2012, the project posted 76.10 percent physical and 61.06 percent financial accomplishments; for CY-2013— 81.17 percent physical and 48.37 percent financial accomplishments; but for CY-2014—the report did not yet indicate the project status except for the notation “For Awards” under the remarks column for particular items.

Overall, the NIA here has already posted 88.574 percent physical accomplishment as of June 2014 including that of the CY-2012 project needing clearance—100 percent; and the status of QRF due to Typhoon Pablo—85.60 percent,  as well as the QRF funded by calamity fund for Repair and Rehabilitation of Existing Irrigation System (RREIS)—100 percent.

However, records will show that PIMO has only put up 63.906 percent financial accomplishment.

Irrigation projects in Surigao del Sur are classified into two categories—National Irrigation System (NIS) and Communal Irrigation System (CIS).

Meanwhile, it was learned from Engr. Dexter Sablaon, Senior Engineer A of PIMO that the potential irrigable area in the whole province is estimated at 26,778 hectares; 13,346 hectares of which have already been irrigated or equivalent to 49.84 percent.

The idle area waiting for an irrigation system to be put in place is still at 13,532 hectares or equivalent to 50.16 percent, he stressed. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Knowledge, research, and policy center for Mindanao pushed

DAVAO CITY, July 15 (PIA) -  In efforts to strengthen the link between research and policy formulation in Mindanao, the creation of a knowledge, research, and policy center is being pushed to bolster policy-directed researches, as well as institutionalize development planning, and policy advocacy within the island-region.

The Mindanao Studies Consortium Foundation Inc. (MSCFI), the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the other higher education institutions (HEIs) are advocating for the establishment of the Mindanao Knowledge, Research and Policy Center (MKRPC), an institution that will engage the academe and research institutions in conducting policy-directed researches.

Part of the goal of MKRPC is to provide a common database of policy researches and experts on Mindanao and facilitate identified priority research studies among academic institutions, government agencies, and international organizations.

The center also aims to contribute to policy formulation and advocacy for Mindanao at the legislative and executive branches of the government, and will facilitate collaborative efforts in the conduct of research, studies, and other similar undertakings.

MSCFI President Lourdesita Sobrevega-Chan said there is a need to harmonize and align researches and policy studies with the thrusts and priorities of the Mindanao Peace and Development Framework Plan or the Mindanao 2020.

MSCFI is a research consortium established in 2003 that serves a clearing house of ideas and resources designed to provide solutions to Mindanao’s socioeconomic needs through research and policy studies. Currently chaired by the Ateneo de Davao University, it is composed of 14 academic institutions and research organizations across the island-region.

“By aligning our researches with the goals and visions of Mindanao 2020, this will promote a culture of scientific research and development among key implementing agencies and will help us employ effective methods that will address the region’s challenges and realities,” Chan added.

The Mindanao 2020 is the 20-year roadmap for the socioeconomic development of Mindanao which sets the directions, strategies, and key initiatives necessary to achieve peace and sustainable development in the region.

“We recognize the fact that to effect inclusive growth in Mindanao, we must utilize holistic approach in development, which requires research tools and methodologies that will provide precise methods in carrying out development programs that will respond to the region’s peculiar needs,” said Janet Lopoz, MinDA executive director.

She added that Mindanao’s academic institutions are a rich source of researches and studies that if harnessed, can evolve as key directives for the region’s planners and policy makers.

“As the command center of a Mindanao-focused scientific research and development, MKPRC aims to provide a platform for effective knowledge management that will not only improve access to data and resource sharing, but eventually lead to the implementation of Mindanao 2020’s key development programs,” added Lopoz.

A joint undertaking of MinDA and the MSCFI, the establishment of the MKRPC will also improve Mindanao’s knowledge networks with academic and research institutions abroad, as well as both local and international communities of academic scholars.

In 2013, the MSCFI in collaboration with MinDA completed the Ridge-to Reef capacity assessment of key partners of the MindaNOW! Nurturing Our Waters Program, MinDA’s flagship environment program.  Results of the study now serve as bases in strengthening the capacities of cooperating agencies in applying the river basin approach in planning and policy-formulation.

Other studies conducted by the consortium include the Annotated Bibliography of Mindanao Studies, Check-Points and Choke Points, and the Cultural Mapping Research and School of Peace Assessment.

Co-chaired by Father Saturnino Urius University in Butuan City, other MSCFI members include the University of South Eastern Philippines, the University of the Philippines-Mindanao, the Mindanao State University system, the Notre Dame University, the Western Mindanao State University, the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, the Dansalan College Foundation, and the Alternate Forum For Research In Mindanao. (MinDA/PIA-Caraga)


Funding release jumpstarts development of micro-enterprise projects in San Francisco town

By Ma. Theresa Z. Calang

SURIGAO CITY, July 15 (PIA) - Six micro-enterprise development projects in San Francisco, Surigao de Norte received funding assistance from the Department of Trade and Industry amounting to P1,139,500 through the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) process.

In a turnover ceremony held June 4 at the San Francisco Municipal Hall, DTI-Surigao del Norte provincial director Celestino L.  Negapatan handed the checks to mayor Simplicia P. Bacol in the presence of the project beneficiaries and other municipal officials and employees.

The projects consist of Bamboo Sticks Production in Barangay Macopa - P95,000, Establishment of Bigasan Ng Bayan in Brgy. Magtangale - P47,000, Establishment of Bakery in Barangay Magtangale - P95,000 and Nito Production in Barangay Jubgan – P380,000, all of which will be implemented by the women’s organizations in the areas.

A Tableya Processing Project will be implemented in Barangay Honrado by members of the Honrado Farmers Credit Cooperative amounting to P142,500.

Rural Improvement Club (RIC) Calamay Makers of Barangay Banbanon will be implementing a Calamay and Ginger Production in the amount of P380,000.

Mayor Bacol is thankful for the support from the national government and she encouraged the beneficiaries to properly implement and manage their respective ventures.

Negapatan assured the beneficiary-organizations particularly the new ones that still need to improve their capability in managing the projects, that DTI is ready to extend various technical and enterprise development-related services to them.  He is also hopeful that they will enjoy the benefits of the projects in terms of additional income for their families if they could successfully sustain the operation of their respective projects. (DTI/PIA-Caraga)