Friday, August 8, 2014

DepEd encourages student to participate in ‘Yes for Peace’ campaign

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) – In sustaining its institutional support for the “Yes for Peace - Bayanihan para sa Kapayapaan, Kaunlaran, Kasaganahan (KKK)” campaign, the Department of Education (DepEd) is maximizing the collective involvement and participation of pupils and students (10 years and older) in the continuing process for an end to the armed conflict.

Pursuant to DepEd Advisory No.391, s.2013, the Yes for Peace campaign aims to encourage peace-loving Filipinos to speak as one and to provide a democratic people’s mandate for a comprehensive peace process.

To attain the target 10 million responses to the campaign, regional directors, schools division/city superintendents and district supervisors are requested to monitor and oversee the activities of both public and private elementary and high schools in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

School heads or principals of participating schools are requested to submit the Yes for Peace questionnaires and reports on or before September 15, 2014 to enable to announce additional regional summaries on September 19, 2014 during the celebration of the International Peace Day, said DepEd Undersecretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs Atty Alberto Muyot.

“We aim to inculcate Bayanihan spirit to every Filipino, make them effective advocates for the campaign, and thereby help restore confidence in a transparent and participative peace process,” said Muyot.

Meanwhile, Yes for Peace lead organizer Ernesto Alcanzare announces that “to catch public attention to our silent campaign and to assert our individual right to peace, we are now organizing simultaneous press conference through the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Kapihan in all regional centers at 10 a.m., August 12, 2014, which is also an International Humanitarian Law Day."

The Yes for Peace guidelines, questionnaires and report forms are downloadable at http://www.yesforpeace.yolasite.com.  As of July 31, 2014, there are 9,278,129 number of participating KaBayanihans already that now reached 92.78% of the goal. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


80,000 Butuan city studes mobilized for 'Project Green Friday'

By Eric F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga, Department of Education (DepEd) and the city government here launched on Tuesday “Project Green Friday" which will mobilize some 80,000 high-school students in this city to plant tree seedlings every week.

The move was formalized during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among the School Division Superintendent Dr. Joseta B. Carmen of the DepED, Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. of Butuan City and Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo of DENR-13 in a simple rite held at the City Mayor’s Conference Hall in Barangay Doongan, this city on August 4, 2014.

The signing ceremony was also witnessed by Forester Maritess M. Ocampo, OIC, Technical Director of the Forest Management Services, DENR-13, City Engineer Lorden Vizmanos and the Punong Barangays from the different barangays in the city.

Carmen said “Project Green Friday" shall require every student from the various public schools to participate in the tree planting activities as part of their compliance of requirements on the subject “Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan, Technology and Livelihood Education.”

Director Tamayo said Project Green Friday is “a strong manifestation of support of the Butuanons to the National Greening Program in which the DENR has a goal of 30,000 hectare production land and beaches to be planted with tree seedlings and mangrove propagules and beach forest by supporters from the various sectors this year," Tamayo said.

He said the Provincial and Community Environment Officers in the five provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and the Dinagat province have been directed to conduct full swing of tree planting activities in their respective area of jurisdiction.

According to Mayor Amante the youths must be convinced to set aside a seed to raise and grow, in line with the vision of transforming the city into a mecca of forest resources by the year 2020.

“We will do everything possible to restore the glory of Butuan City once dubbed as the Timber City of the South,” Amante said. Mayor Amante has challenged his constituents to support the National Greening Program and the vision.

Also, Mayor Amante has encouraged the people to collect every kind of seeds and bring them to the DENR Macrosomatic and Clonal Center at Barangay Buod or to the City Government where these seeds will be germinated using the proper technology. The different barangay chairpersons in the city, likewise have been tasked to identify planting sites that are accessible to the students where they can plant these seedlings.

As defined in their respective role to actualize Project Green Friday, the DepEd shall develop and implement a module on the value of tree growing to the place, people, community and economy with the assistance of the DENR and the city. It shall also enjoin the students to participate in a tree planting exercise every Friday of each week to include the bringing of seedlings per DepEd Order No. 5 s. 2014. Under Project Green Friday, the bringing of seedlings is contemplated to inculcate in each student the value of sponsoring life for each seedling he/she gathers and to indirectly draw the participation of parents in this tree growing exercise.

The city government on the other hand shall enjoin its LGU barangay to coordinate with the Teacher In-Charge, Head Teacher, Principal to provide support during the course of the implementation of Project Green Friday. It shall also provide policy support in the implementation of the Module that will be developed by the DEPED under this partnership to highlight the value of tree growing in its EPP and TLE subjects.

 during planting. It shall also extend support to the DepEd in the formulation of the Module that highlights the value of sustainable tree growing, provide training for the Geotagging of Planting Sites, Geographic Information System (GIS) and Mapping needs for the Project Green Friday and Certificate of Tree Planting to elementary and secondary graduating students who can plant ten trees per year. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


BFAR Caraga to conduct 'Fish-Sing BFAR Hymn making contest'

By Shane Abeguel T. Eviota

SURIGAO CITY, August 8 (PIA) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Caraga Regional Office is set to conduct the Fish-Sing BFAR Hymn making contest just in time with the commemoration of the 51st Fish Conservation Week this coming October.

The contest aims to intensify the youth’s participation in the awareness campaign for the fisheries sector as provided in Sec. 118 of Republic Act 8550 which supports educational campaign on management, conservation and proper use of the environment at all levels.

The conduct of the said activity will be spearheaded by the bureau’s Information and Public Relations Group (IPRG) in cooperation with Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education (DepEd) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

All high school and college students are encouraged to join and participate and be part of the historic event.

Forms and contest mechanics are now available at the Regional Office of BFAR-Caraga located at Peñaranda Street (Paradise) Barangay Taft, this city or for more inquiries, please call telephone number (086) 826-2159. (SDR/PIO-BFAR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Agusan solon seeks to declare Butuan as heritage tourism zone

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) - Agusan del Norte first district representative Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun on Tuesday filed House Bill 4823, seeking to declare Butuan City as a heritage tourism zone.

“Butuan City has a vibrant history and rich cultural heritage. Before colonization, it was called the Kingdom of Butuan and was known for its metallurgic industry and sophisticated naval technology,” said Fortun in his explanatory note.

Exigency of the bill is anchored on Section 15 of Article XIV of the 1987 Constitution, which reads: “The State shall conserve, promote and popularize the nation’s historical and cultural heritage and resources, as well as artistic creations,” and also in Section 16 of the same article: “All the country’s artistic and historic wealth constitutes the cultural treasures of the nation and shall be under the protection of the State which may regulate its disposition.”

Butuan has been the discovery site of the first wooden watercraft excavated in Southeast Asia, the Balangay Boat, believed to rule Southeast Asian waters as early as 320 AD. The utilization of these boats to maintain trade relations with neighboring islands and empires prove robust commercial activities in the area. Numerous archeological artifacts have also been excavated – gold jewelry, death mask, weighing scales and porcelains – beefing up Butuan’s claim as then center of trade and commerce in the region.

Numerous historical accounts show that on March 31, 1521, an Easter Sunday, Ferdinand Magellan ordered the celebration of a mass in Butuan. “In remembrance of this important historical Christian event that is claimed to be first in the country, the Bood Promontory…was built,” Fortun added. Butuan is also the host of Banza Church Ruins, a church built by Spanish friars in 1625 and believed to be the first Christian Church in Mindanao.

Way older than the mentioned historical and cultural treasures are the Bequibel and Bitor shell middens in Brgy. Bonbon, supporting claims of human habitation and activities of early thriving civilization in Butuan – as early as the Neolithic Age or about 7,000 years ago.

Once the bill is passed, Butuan will be accorded with priority development by the Department of Tourism (DOT) in coordination with the National Historical Institute, the National Museum and other concerned government agencies. It will also recognize areas of potential for historical and cultural tourism development, such as historical and cultural landmarks, rivers and mountain resources, indigenous communities, among others.

“Butuan City’s cultural heritage need to be preserved and made known to our people and peoples of the world. Butuan City is a center of learning and discovery for its heritage and historical past. It is hoped that with the passage of this bill, the DOT and other appropriate agencies can implement institutionalized and sustained programs for the introduction of the necessary facilities, infrastructure, information and promotion mechanisms for the preservation and promotion of Butuan’s rich heritage,” Fortun explained. (LAWig Katawhan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Four rice retailers in SurSur mete out suspension

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) – Four of the 30 accredited rice retailers of the National Food Authority (NFA) in Surigao del Sur suspected of “diversion” meted out suspension immediately after the agency learned of their anomalous transactions following the report of the respective job order (JO) workers hired to monitor their daily operations.

In NFA parlance, diversion means converting the government rice into commercial rice which commands a much higher price.

 NFA rice is sold at P27 or P32 per kilo depending on its variety.

Gleen Echin, NFA Officer-In-Charge (OIC) provincial manager here, cited “unreasonable depletion” as root of their course of action against the said retailers in accordance with the Deed of Understanding (DOU) with all Bigasan sa Palengke (BSP) owners, stressing that this may also serve as stern warning to potential violators.

She added that these BSP owners, whose business address and operations are conducted in Cantilan, San Miguel, Marihatag, and San Agustin, respectively, can no longer deal with the NFA for the rest of their lives.

Echin believes that these people behind the “diversion” could have been doing such unscrupulous business a long time ago. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Aussie continues dev’t support in Caraga thru DSWD

By Eunice G. Montaos

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 8 - The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian government extended AUD 12-M (P487-M) funding support for development works in the Philippines of which Caraga is one of the benefiting regions.

Six towns in the region namely Pilar, Jabonga, Bayabas, Del Carmen, Sta. Monica, and Hinatuan, are targeted for the project implementation which will run from 2014 to 2016.

These DFAT-funded projects will be facilitated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga as this will be implemented using the development strategy of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services- National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP). 

DSWD-Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli said that this Aussie grant will finance classrooms and day care centers to help poor children meet the requirements of the supply side of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program  and also to provide support to KALAHI CIDSS- NCDDP for the broader Yolanda reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts.

“The widened coverage of the Pantawid Pamilya program, as well as the K-12 implementation, calls for further increase in the demand for early childhood care centers and school buildings,” Brigoli bared.

KC-NCDDP regional program manager Mita G. Lim also bared that 13 barangays of the non-prioritized villages of the KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP Yolanda-affected areas are expected to benefit the project.

“The estimated cost for the project implementation in the region is Php 23.6 M since the approximate costs of the units are Php 800,000 for every day care center, and Php 1,000,000 for every classroom,” disclosed KC-NCDDP Regional Community Infrastructure Specialist Macrino S. Sumagang.

KC-NCDDP DFAT Municipal Monitor Maryfel B. Jerios updated that the Work and Financial Plan for the project implementation had already been finalized and involved Local Government Units were already communicated about the said foreign grant.

“Site validation to identified barangays is ongoing, along with the updating of detailed proposals and the 1st tranche request for fund release,” Jerios added.

Australian DFAT is one of the modalities handled by the KALAHI CIDSS- NCDDP, one of the poverty-alleviation programs of the DSWD. (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP/Social Marketing Unit/DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


Pantawid Pamilya covers 159,075 households in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 8 – The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has registered 159,079 households (HH) in Caraga region.

“The program started in 2008 covering 24 municipalities in four provinces. It is now on its sixth year of implementation,” DSWD Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli recalled.

Brigoli revealed that as of the first semester of this year, the program has reached 100 percent in its aim to cover five provinces, nine Congressional Districts, six cities, and 67 municipalities in the region.

Brigoli added that 1,309 barangays or 99.84 percent are covered by the program.

“There are two barangays namely Urduja and Soliman which are not covered by the program for they are commercial centers within the city. Thus, there are no poor households identified in these areas," she said.

The majority of the Pantawid Pamilya grantees in the region are female, they consists of 142, 853 or 89.79 percent while only 16, 240 or 10.20 percent are male.

These numbers are expected to get higher because of the on–going validation of the households under the Extended-Age Coverage Program and the newly registered Set 7C households.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps (formerly Ahon Pamilyang Pilipino) is a conditional cash transfer program of the natural government under DSWD that aims to eradicate extreme poverty in the country by investing in health and education of children. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


DA prioritizes farm-to-market roads in preparing against effects of climate change

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Wednesday that 100 percent of the budget for farm-to-market roads today is being used to make roads at least six inches thick and five meters wide, as part of government’s climate change resiliency program.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said, one of the big problems of our countrymen is adequate road network and he is proud that under the Aquino administration, substandard farm-to-market roads became a thing of the past.

“Hindi na po pwede yung basta ma-grader lang ay ok na. Now 100 percent goes to concreting,” Alcala  said.

He added irrigation canals have also been concreted to avoid seepage and other possible defects.

The DA’s initiative to combat the effects of climate change though is not limited to infrastructure, Alcala said.

According to the secretary, whenever there is a projection of a prolonged dry spell, the department deploys drought tolerant seeds to affected areas, and sends ‘submarine’ type seeds, or seeds that can withstand long periods of being submerged, to flooded areas.

The ‘submarine’ type palay of the DA, he added, can withstand being submerged for 14 days.

Once the sun comes out and the floodwaters subside, the ‘submarine’ type palay recovers, except when it is swamped during the flowering stage.

Also as part of the climate change resiliency program the Department has introduced grains that can be used as an alternative to palay, Alcala said.

"Among these is the adlai, which is indigenous to the Philippines," Alcala said.

He added adlai can be prepared "the way we cook rice cakes or steamed rice, and besides being an alternative to rice, it can also be used as an alternative to corn." (DA-OSEC/PIA-Caraga)


AgNor guv partners with DSWD, LGUs on supplemental feeding program

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) - Agusan del Norte governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell “Angel” M. Amante-Matba is giving importance to nutrition of children ages 3-4 years old enrolled in Day Care Centers of the province as fulfillment of her thrust in the delivery of public service to the most needy.

Just recently, Matba forged partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office XIII and the municipal government of Tubay to implement the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) first in Tubay for children ages 3-4 years old.

The feeding program is a major anti-hunger activity of DSWD, which aims to provide food supplementary to the regular meals in the form of hot meals to be served during snacks and mealtime to children ages 3-4 years old within five days in a week for 120 days.

It is also part of the DSWD’s flagship activity in line with the national government’s Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Program.

To fast track the implementation of the said program, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan gave authority to Gov. Matba to sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DSWD and the municipality of Tubay through Sanggunian Resolution No. 178-2014, authored by Provincial Board Member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo.

Under the said MOA, one of the responsibilities of the local government of Agusan del Norte is to integrate the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) into the Nutrition Plan and Strategy to solve the problem on hunger and malnutrition.

The chosen municipality will provide administrative and technical assistance in the operationalization of the SFP and oversee the organization of Parent Committees in each Day Care Center.

Based on the 2008 7th National Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, it revealed that prevalence of under and over nutrition still exist among Filipino children and has significantly increased as compared to the last survey. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Tagalog News: Paje iniutos ang mataas na alerto sa mga mailap na hayop mula sa Africa dahil sa Ebola virus

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Agosto 8 (PIA) - Habang ang makasaysayang pagsiklab ng nakakamatay na Ebloa Virus sa West Africa ay patuloy na kumakalat, inilagay naman ng mga otoridad ng Philippine Wildlife sa mataas na alerto and illegal na pagpasok at pagpuslit ng mga mailap na hayop mula sa Africa papasok ng bansa.

Sinabi ni Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje ng Department of Ecnvironment and Natural Resources (DENR) na lahat ng tauhan mula sa Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) na nakatalaga sa mga paliparan at mga daungan sa buong bansa ay inatasan na istriktong mag man-man sa lahat ng mga dayuhang hayop at exotic na alagang hayop, particular na iyong mga mula sa mga bansang tinamaan ng ebola gaya ng New Guinea, Sierra Leone at Liberia.

Napuna ni Paje na ang Ebola virus ay isang zoonotic na sakit na nakakahawa sa tao sa pamamagitan ng direktang kontak sa naapektohang buhay o patay na hayop, at higit sa lahat mula sa dagta ng kanilang katawan.

Sa Africa, naidokumento na ang naturang impeksyon sa pamamagitan ng paghawak ng may impeksyon na chimpanzees, gorilla, fruit bats, unggoy, mga antelope sa gubat at porcupines na nakitaan ng sakit o namatay, o kaya sa gubat.

Ayon kay Paje, ang DENR ay talagang inihinto na ang pagbigay ng permiso para sa mga mailap na hayop na pinapasok mula sa Africa mula noong 2006.

“Wala ng permiso para sa pagpapasok ng mga ganitong hayop na ibinigay ang DENR mula 2006. Kaya ano mang kargamento na magmula sa kahit saang lugar sa Africa ay seguradong illegal,” paglilinaw ni Paje.

Sa parehong pagkakataon, inulit ng hepe ng kalikasan ang kanyang panawagan sa publiko na tigilan ang pagtatago ng mga maiilap na hayop bilang alaga dahil sa kanilang posibleng seriosong panganib sa kalusugan ng tao.

“Ang pagtatago ng mailap at kakaibang hayop bilang alaga ay nagdadala ng banta para sa kalusugan at pampublikong kaligtasan. Ang mga hayop na ito ay maaring nagdadala ng zoonotic o nakakahawang sakit na kumakalat sa pagitan ng hayop at tao,” pagbabanta ni Paje. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: New Zealand ambassador mihatag og pagtahod nga pagpanamilit kang Presidente Aquino

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Agosto 8 (PIA) - Mihatag sa usa ka pagtahod nga panamilit si outgoing New Zealand Ambassador ngadto sa Pilipinas Ruben Levermore kang Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III didto sa Music Room sa Palasyo Malacañang niadtong Huwebes.

Si Levermore matud pa sa taho nga nagtapos sa iyang “tour of duty” sa nasud, giubanan sa mga opisyal sa New Zealand Embassy sa Manila, nga mao sila si deputy head of mission Justin Allen, ug manager sa New Zealand Aid Programme nga si Hannah Walton-France.

Dugang pa niini kauban usab sila ni National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Laura del Rosario, ug opisyal sa Foreign Affairs nga si Aileen Mendiola Rau.

Si Levermore nahimong ambassador sa new Zealand ngadto sa Pilipinas sukad niadtong Pebrero 2012.

Atol sa iyang paglingkod, nakatabang siya sa pagpadayon sa multilateral nga relasyon tali sa Pilipinas ug New Zealand.

Sa tuig 1999, si Levermore sumala pa sa taho nga miapil sa New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, diin siya nakaangkon og kasinatian sa negosasyon sa multilateral trade. Siya usab gitudlo sa New Zealand Mission ngadto sa European Union sa Brussels ug nahimong Private Secretary sa Trade negotiation sa New Zealand Trade Minister nga si Tim Groser.


Siya usab gikataho nga nagtrabaho sa London isip usa ka financial market advocate samtang siya naka on leave gikan sa maong departamento. (NGBT/PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)