(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 29 May 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "AGHON" {EWINIAR} was estimated based on all available data at 850 km East Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon (23.1°N, 129.7°E) with maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 160 km/h. It is moving Northeastward at 20 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western section of the country. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

DA equips teachers in vegetable, soybean production

By Vanessa A. Pontillo

BUTUAN CITY, July 8 (PIA) - The teachers had no problem when the table was turned with them being taught this time.

Teachers earnestly paid attention to the discussions during the Training on Vegetable Production and Soybean Processing conducted by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga. The training aims to arm the teachers with knowledge to help them implement effectively the 'Gulayan sa Paaralan' Program (GPP) in their respective schools.

“There is a need to update the knowledge of the teachers in vegetable gardening so that they can also impart this to the students,” DA Caraga GPP Coordinator Lynn A. PareΓ±as said.

The first batch of the training was conducted in Surigao City last June 26-27 and was attended by teachers from the Divisions of Surigao City, Siargao and Dinagat. Aside from teaching the teachers techniques in growing vegetables, the nutritional benefits of vegetable intake was also emphasized.

In addition, soybean, a highly nutritious food crop which is being promoted by the DA, was recently incorporated in the GPP. As such, a demonstration on the processing of various soybean food products was included in the training. The participants were also given each a kilo of soybean seeds that they can plant in their schools.

 “I look forward to preparing the recipes I learned from this training because I now have something new to offer our school’s feeding program,” said Elma R. Polican of San Benito, Surigao del Norte.

GPP is a school vegetable gardening project implemented by DA together with the Department of Education that aims to address hunger and malnutrition problem in children. The vegetables produced in school will be used to supplement the school’s feeding program. Training is part of the DA’s support along with the provision of vegetable seeds and garden tools to strengthen the project which is now on its 4th year of implementation under the High Value Crops Development Program.  (DA-13 Information Section/PIA-Caraga)

2 Butuan IP villages benefit DSWD’s community-led projects

By Eunice G. Montaos

BUTUAN CITY, July 8 (PIA) - Barangays Anticala and Pianing, specifically sitios Mahayahay and Catabwanan, of this city inaugurated recently the day care center projects, identified and implemented by ordinary citizens in the said barangay.

“With the intervention of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga, these projects were made possible through empowering local citizens by letting them articulate the causes of their poverty problems and equipping them through trainings for project implementation,” said Regional Planning Officer Jean Paul Parajes, who represented regional director Minda Brigoli, during the turn-over ceremony.

Parajes clarified that DSWD allotted Php 1,300,000 for the said projects from the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP) fund.

“These GPBP projects of Anticala and Pianing made use of the Community-Driven Development (CDD) strategy of the DSWD’s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS),” added Parajes.

Moral Recovery Program Officer Pastor Charlie Prior, representative of City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr., disclosed the partnership of city local government unit (CLGU) of Butuan with DSWD in this endeavor through the provision of technical assistance and a local counterpart contribution (LCC) amounting to Php 250,000 (rough estimate).

“This early childhood care project will be the landmark in your place of the feat of our unity,” Pastor Prior remarked.

“The CDD process is really an example of the true meaning of democracy wherein people, even those marginalized IP sectors, get the privilege to lead the implementation of their needed community facilities, which one way or another, address their problems of poverty,” expressed Anticala Punong Barangay Armando Boligol.

Tribal Chieftain Ruben Dapeniagan, or Hawudon Buhay, also expressed his thanks to the national and local governments for the day care center project that he, and his fellow villagers received.

 “It is in our capability trainings and seminars that we have pondered that education really matters, and so, most concerned people in this village participated for this to be realized,” Hawudon Buhay said.

“This Project realized the plans and visions of the tribe. It will address the problem of education in this sitio,” he added.

Pianing Tribal Chieftain and also Barangay Project Management Committee (BPMC) chairperson Edbert Javier, or Hawudon Subangan, shared that before the Project started, their community dreamt of a day care center since they are in a far-flung location.

“It was not easy to be a volunteer, we had undergone many difficulties especially in the transportation of materials since the supplier’s equipment has to pass in the three rivers and need to traverse a muddy and rocky road,” emotionally shared Hawudon Subangan.

“Our efforts as volunteers finally paid off. Now, our children have a comfortable and conducive place for them to be educated at their early age and the parents can focus in their livelihood works,” he concluded. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)

Academe sector expands inter-EAGA ties through educ exchange programs

DAVAO CITY, July 8 (PIA) - Institutional partnerships between the focus areas of the Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) continue to expand and diversify with the recently sealed academe collaboration between the Palawan State University (PSU) - Philippines and Jesselton College - Kota Kinabalu.

The new partnership was forged through a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two universities last month in Kota Kinabalu, which aims to facilitate workplace industry placement and education programme exchanges between the neighbouring states. Through the partnership, PSU is expected to establish its own international programme in Kota Kinabalu.

"One of the best ways to make the academe stronger and more essential is by opening our gates to collaboration and partnerships. It brings about creation of innovative ideas by bringing together a group of smart people who can have their hands on the pulse of our University's community," said Lorna Gelito, Ph.D., PSU's Vice-President for Academic Affairs.

She added that the partnership will establish the relevance of the academic sector in BIMP-EAGA's pursuit for societal development and good governance.

“We welcome this development as an opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences and expertise, highlighting the commonalities between the two cities,” said Datuk Teo Chee Kang, special tasks minister for Kota Kinabalu.

Teo added that apart from academic and professional exchange, the sealed partnership is also designed to boost business and tourist activities between the two EAGA focus areas.

The exchange can now be further facilitated by MASwings direct flights’ from Kota-Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa and vice versa.

During the 17th BIMP-EAGA Ministerial Meeting held in Manado, Indonesia in November last year, linkages between and among the universities in BIMP-EAGA have been identified as one of the priority initiatives of the sub-region.  In a joint statement, the ministers urged the academe players to boost the student and faculty exchange programs among BIMP-EAGA universities.

“Our academe sector plays a crucial role in generating strategic and relevant studies that will help narrow the development gaps across and within the sub-region,” said Luwalhati Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority and Philippine signing minister for BIMP-EAGA.

She added that such initiative also helps strengthen the socio-cultural connection within the sub-region and facilitates the exchange of ideas and knowledge-based researches that will help improve cross-border relations among EAGA-member countries.

The establishment of a socio-cultural cluster for BIMP-EAGA is currently being explored by the ministers to provide stronger government support to the emerging collaborations in the fields of education, vocational courses, sports, and film within BIMP-EAGA.

“For years, we have relentlessly pushed for physical connectivity in the sub-region. With private-led initiatives on socio-cultural partnerships, it is high time for us to include in our radar the need to also connect the people of BIMP-EAGA,” Antonino said. (MinDA/PIA-Caraga)

AgSur intensifies removal of illegal structures along Maharlika highway

By David M. Suyao

PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, July 8 (PIA) - The provincial government of Agusan del Sur, thru its organized Squatting and Resettlement Task Force (SRTF) discussed last week issues and concerns confronting the on-going clearing operations of the Maharlika Highway from Butuan City to Davao provinces brought about by the residents occupying the road-right-of-way.

Provincial Correctional and Civil Security Office and SRTF chief Josefina Bajade said slight commotions were observed in Barangay Anoling, Rosario during their operations but were immediately pacified and neutralized by the team of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who escorted the demolition team from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the barangay officials.

“They have their own loud sound systems, while trying to stop the demolition team from doing their job. Of course, with our presence, backed up by the PNP from Rosario PNP station and the barangay officials, we were able to pacify the resisting group while explaining to them that notices of clearing was served months ago in order for them to evacuate their occupied areas identified as road-right-of-way by the DPWH,” Bajade said.

Having uncovered the problems and to refrain the incident in Barangay Anoling to be repeated, Provincial Administrator Jesusimo Ronquillo open the table for suggestions and advises as to what move the Task Force will implement in order to gain the full support and cooperation of the barangay officials during the actual clearing operations and one effective move that was considered is to call for a meeting with all the barangay captains including some of the barangay officials of the barangays along the Maharlika Highway on July 11, 2014 in order to thoroughly explain to them again the clearing operations. After the meeting, the barangay captains will sign a manifesto declaring their support and said manifesto will be hanged in their respective barangay halls.

Also agreed during the meeting was the appearance of the Task Force members during the League of Municipal Mayors’ meeting in order to solicit their cooperation and support. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Tagalog News: Palasyo nakikita ang patuloy na pagtubo ng industriya ng turismo

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Hulyo 8 (PIA) - Ang industriya ng turismo sa bansa ay lalong lumalago sa loob ng ilang taon, sabi ni Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda sa isang panayam sa media noong Lunes sa Malakanyang.

Ang naturang industriya ay tumaas ng 10.3 porsyento at nakapag-ambag ng anim na porsyento sa ekonomiya noong 2012 at nakapagbigay trabaho sa 4.2 milyon ka tao, sabi ni Lacierda.

Noong nakaraang taon, umabot sa 4.68 milyon ang dumating na mga dayuhang turista, 9.6 porsyentong mas mataas kung ikumpara noong 2012 na umabot lamang ng 4.27 milyon, sabi ni Lacierda, dinagdagan pa na ang Department of Tourism ay naghahangad na ang naturang bilang ay tataas hanggang 6.8 milyon hanggang sa katapusan ng taong ito.

“Ito ay magbibigay ng solidong reputasyon sa bansa bilang isa sa pinakamataas na destinasyon ng turismo sa buong mundo,” sabi niya.

Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ay nakatakdang magbigay ng keynote address sa isang malaking paglunsad ng Marco Polo Ortigas sa Pasig sa darating na Miyerkoles, Hulyo 9.

Ang mga establisyamentong tulad nito ay hindi lamang nagsasalamin ng tiwala ng mga dayuhang mamumuhunan dito sa bansa kundi inaasahan din na magpalakas ng industriya ng turismo, sabi ni Lacierda.

Ang may 313 na kwarto na five-star hotel sa sentro ng kalakal sa distrito ng Ortigas ay pinamahalaan ng Marco Polo Hotels.

Ayon sa ulat, ang pangulo at hepe ng mga ehekutibong opisyal ng Xin Tian Ti Development Corporation na si Samuel Po, ay nakipag alyansa sa Marco Polo Hotels at namuhunan ng P3 bilyon para itayo and Marco Polo Ortigas.

“Ang Marco Polo Hotels ay kilala sa kanilang pinakamahusay na serbisyo at primera klaseng kalidad. Kami ay sobrang natuwa na maging kasama ng kapuri-puring pangalan ng hotel dito sa Asia-Pacific para sa Marco Polo Ortigas, isang P3 bilyon na puhunan,” sabi ni Po sa kanyang talumpati, palatandaan na ang pamumuhunan na ito ay sagot ng kanyang grupo sa panawagan ng pamahalaan ng Pilipinas para sa mga bagong pamumuhunan sa turismo.

Ang Marco Polo Ortigas ay pangatlo sa mga hotel ng Marco Polo dito sa Pilipinas, ang unang dalawa ay nasa Davao at Cebu.

Sumunod sa China, ang Pilipinas ay siyang may maraming bilang ng Marco Polo Hotels sa Asia.

Ang Marco Polo Hotels ay buong pag-aari ng The Wharf (Holdings) Ltd., isang nakalistang kompaniya sa Hongkong na may sentrong interes ngkalakal sa mga pag-aari at pamumuhunan sa komunikasyon at container-terminal na operasyon. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)