Wednesday, July 9, 2014

World Population Day: Crusade for youth up

By May Ann O. Escobal

BUTUAN CITY, July 9 (PIA) - The Commission on Population (PopCom) here joins the world as it commemorates World Population Day on July 11th with this year’s theme, “Investing in Young People”.

In its in-depth analysis of relevant data, PopCom sees the impact of growing youth population on their own growth and development. PopCom Caraga regional director Alexander A. Makinano pointed-out that the increasing numbers of out-of-school and unemployed youth gravely affect the socio-economic development of the country. However, Makinano stressed the importance of giving support to the youth by providing them quality and decent education for this will create greater opportunities in the future.

Moreover, Makinano emphasized that investing in adolescents and young people by promoting healthy habits and ensuring education and employment opportunities, access to health services, and social security coverage for all workers is the best investment to improve the lives of future generations and to accelerate the fight against poverty, inequity and gender discrimination.

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), there are 1.8 billion people aged 10-24 in the world, making one quarter of the world’s population. Those comprising adolescents (aged 10-19) and youth (aged 15-24).

In addition, a study revealed that in the Philippines, majority of the country’s population (33% of 92.3M) consists of the youth – those who are 30 years old and below; about 2.04 million youths aging 15 to 30 years old are unemployed. Further, in its 2011 report, the National Statistics Office said that about 6.24 million of the estimated 39 million Filipinos aged 6 to 24 did not attend school and that figure is much higher than that 4.8 million children reported to have stayed out of schools in the 2002 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS).

In line with the theme, PopCom Caraga shall conduct a Youth Fair on the 11th of July and various activities will be done in cooperation with the different schools and offices of the city. (PopCom-13/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur agri chief confirms move to organic farming

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, July 9 (PIA) – Following the report on Monday of Surigao del Sur assistant provincial agriculturist (APA) Esmeraldo Odtohan on the effort of the local administration to transform the province into an “organic crop producer,” no less than chief provincial agriculturist Marcos Quico confirmed the move.

Odtohan said before capitol employees during the regular Monday flag ceremony program that the province is eventually going to be a producer of organic agricultural products in the future.

In fact, the APA pointed out that there is now a 200-hectare banana plantation in Hinatuan town, which employs “organic cultivation” in growing the said crop, indicating that the use of synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, and other modern farming technologies which might compromise a healthy lifestyle and environment is strictly a “no-no.”

Meanwhile, Quico said that the “concept” to shift to organic farming has started way back during the administration of former governor, now Carrascal mayor Vicente Pimentel, Jr.

Likewise, he stressed that vice governor Manuel Alameda, Sr. has also backed up the program as manifested in his “Duma Ordinance” which promotes the serving of local delicacies produced out of “root crops” in any government-sponsored activities or gatherings together with other dishes.

Quico has strongly believed that in due time this move to shift to organic agriculture will gain more support from industry producers. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur mining town to hold 95th grand fiesta celebration

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, July 9 (PIA) – The town of Carrascal is set to hold its 95th Grand Fiesta celebration in honor of its patroness Our Lady of Mount Carmel on July 10-16.

With the theme “Amazing Carrascal,” Mayor Vicente Pimentel, Jr. bared in his letter of invitation to his youngest brother, Governor Johnny Pimentel, that this year’s occasion “aims to inculcate in the hearts of all Carrascalanon the beauty of our town that is worth to be treasured.”

He also stressed that “One of the highlights of the celebration is the Grand Opening Program at the Carrascal Baywalk Stage on July 10, 2014 at 3:30 in the afternoon that will mark the beginning this big event. . .”

Governor Pimentel was invited to give an inspirational message during the program.

Meanwhile, it was learned that there are about “18 guest stars” to entertain the guests and visitors during the weeklong affair at the ”mining capital” of the province which is also known of its Extreme Adventure Park with cable cars and zipline services to offer.

Among the more popular celebrities who reportedly will take turns in holding a show include Pops Fernandez, Yeng Constantino, and Maja Salvador. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Dinagat coop launches new vessel

By Ma. Jane Mayola

DINAGAT ISLANDS, July 9 (PIA) - Dinagat-based Water Ups Multi-Purpose Cooperative (WUPCO) launched its new venture the M/V Cab-ilan sea vessels on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the port of San Jose, this province.

The newly launched M/V Cab-ilan is a 275-seater passenger capacity and will be navigating twice daily to Surigao City from San Jose and vice versa.

The launching was graced by WUPCO chairman Ruben M. Ecleo I, son of former Dinagat Islands lone district representative Ruben Ecleo, Jr., together with governor Glenda B. Ecleo, and vice governor Benglen B. Ecleo.

In his message, chairman Ecleo thanked the members of the cooperative for their support. He is also confident that this new ship will contribute a lot to the economy of the province since it will act as a bridge for the investors.

"It will also help lessen the prices of the basic commodity transported to the province," Ecleo said. (SDR/PIO Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


Cebuano News: Land Distribution sa tuig 2013, mikabat sa 226%

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, July 9 (PIA) - Ang Departamento sa Repormang Agraryo ning probinsya sa Agusan del Norte ilawom sa pagdumala ni Andre B. Atega ang kasamtangang Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) sa laing higayon nagtalag kahimoan nga mokabat sa 226 porsyento sa tuig 2013.

Gani, si Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes atol sa iyang pagbisita ning probinsya midayig kang PARPO Atega sa gipakitang kahimoan.

Sumala pa sa datos, ang target nga 1,370 ektarya nga angay kab-oton sa tuig 2013 milagpas ngadto sa 3,091 ka ektaryang luna kun 226 porsento ang nasakmit nga kahimuan ning ahensya. ?Temprano pa sa bulan sa Hunyo, 2013, ang DAR ning probinsya milapas na og kapin walo ka gatos (828) kun 2,198 ektaryang luna ang na-apodapod ngadto sa 1,248 ka mag-uuma.

Sukad sa implementasyon sa programang Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) ning probensya, mikabat na sa kapin trayntay kuatro mil ka ektaryang luna ang natunol kun setentay-singko porsento batok sa kinatibukang target nga 45,174 ektarya.


Matud pa, mokabat na sa baynte mil ka Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) ang nakaambit na sa nasangpit nga programa.? Gani, iya usab nga gidayeg ang tibuok pwersa ning ahensya sa dili tiaw nga kontribusyon sa kalampusan nga naangkon labina ang lumilihok sa Land Tenure Improvement (LTI) Divisions, Survey Teams, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (PMEU), Finance and Admin (FAD) staff, Legal Assistance ug labaw sa tanan ang opisina sa municipal level nga gihuptan sa mga maabtik nga Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officers kun (MAROs). (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)