Monday, August 11, 2014

PIA Caraga to hold Kapihan on 'Yes for Peace' Campaign; asks media support

By Jennifer P. Gaitano
        
BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 11 (PIA) – In time with this year’s International Humanitarian Law Day on August 12, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga will hold the press conference or Kapihan on “Yes for Peace - Bayanihan para sa Kapayapaan, Kaunlaran, Kasaganahan (KKK)” Campaign at the Teacher’s Development Center of the Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga regional office, this city.

Panelists of said activity include the representatives of DepEd, Commission on Human Rights (CHR), and Commission on Higher Education (CHED). This activity will also be held simultaneously in all the regions of the country.

“The Yes for Peace aims for a collective involvement and participation of the Filipino people for an end to the armed conflict,” remarked PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga.

Caga also bared that the said campaign is to level up from a mere peace education and advocacy campaign to document and pursue that call and support of at least 10-million Filipinos into an initial step for the Filipino people to claim and assert their individual as well as collective right to peace and demand the following: 1) Permanent ceasefire between the government and all armed groups instead of the traditional Christmas and Holy Week cessation of hostilities; 2) Conduct of peace talks anywhere in the Philippines instead of outside the country to enable the Filipino people to witness and monitor these; and 3) Collective involvement and participation (Bayanihan) of Filipinos for the implementation of all policies, programs and projects to address the roots of the armed conflicts that may be agreed upon by the negotiating panels.

“With this move, we are also calling on our media partners to join us and help us propagate this call for peace,” Caga emphasized.

He further revealed that while the government maintained that people’s participation is vital to the success of the comprehensive peace process, peace negotiations with various armed groups were generally held outside the country and with minimal direct participation from the Filipino people. In its desire to reach out and forge a peace agreements, the government has given in to the demands of armed groups to keep the negotiations away from the people.

“To pursue the campaign’s drive to provide democratic support to the government’s peace policies and institutionalize linkages to pursue it, an inter-agency Memorandum of Undertaking (MOU) was entered into on December 10, 2002, in time with the International Human Rights Day, to solicit no less than 10-million responses to the Yes for Peace – Bayanihan para sa Kapayapaan campaign from Filipinos, 10 years and older,” relayed Caga.

Also, it was learned that based on banking on the Memorandum of Undertaking and the spirit of Bayanihan (collective involvement and participation), the campaign pushed through with the following results: 2008-2009 – 334,807; 2010-2011 – 720,000; 2011-2012 – 2,768,421; and 2013 to date: 2,912,232. Cumulatively, 9,125,410 Filipinos or 91.25 percent of the target 10-million or about 10 percent whole population have expressed their interest to join the call for peace.

“It is projected given the number of Yes for Peace KaBayanihans (respondents) and the simultaneous conduct of Kapihan sa PIA nationwide, the Filipino people’s claim and assertion of their individual and collective Right to Peace will catch both local and national media attention from that day onwards and is positively expected to impact on the ongoing comprehensive peace process,” stressed Caga.

The said campaign started as a student-led initiative (Di-YES for Peace – Bayanihan para sa Kapayapaan) in University of the Philippines System to advance the peace process pursuant to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and as a move to establish democratic basis for the declaration of Zones of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality (ZOPFAN) in 1988. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Gov’t agencies converge for 'Yes for Peace' campaign

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 11 (PIA) – In line with the simultaneous conduct of the press conference or Kapihan on “Yes for Peace - Bayanihan para sa Kapayapaan, Kaunlaran, Kasaganahan (KKK)” Campaign on August 12, 2014 at the Teacher’s Development Center of the Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga regional office here, several government agencies converged its efforts to facilitate discussion on the salient features of the campaign with the local media partners.

Representatives from DepEd, Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP), and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) will serve as panelists of the set Kapihan. This activity will also be held simultaneously in all the regions of the country.

“It is high time for the Filipino people to assert their collective and individual right to peace on August 12, 2014 which is also in time with the International Humanitarian Law Day,” emphasized PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga.

In this campaign, it was agreed that the PIA regional directors nationwide shall schedule and organize ‘Kapihan sa PIA’ on August 12, 2014, and to coordinate with the local and national media.

The OPAPP shall discuss the current government current policy, particularly the three principles on peace and the six paths to peace with emphasis on the importance of people’s participation in defining the comprehensive peace process.

Also, the Yes for Peace regional representatives shall present the background objectives and status of the Yes for Peace – Bayanihan para sa KKK campaign. The DepEd regional directors shall consolidate reports from its School Division Superintendents on participation to the Yes for Peace campaign and announce summary results, while CHED regional directors shall consolidate reports from higher education institutions on participation of said campaign and announce summary results.

Meanwhile, it was also agreed that the regional representatives of the CHR or the Presidential Committee on Human Rights shall discuss the relevance the campaign in claiming and asserting the Filipino people’s right to peace.

The Yes for Peace campaign started as a student-led initiative (Di-YES for Peace – Bayanihan para sa Kapayapaan) in University of the Philippines System to advance the peace process pursuant to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and as a move to establish democratic basis for the declaration of Zones of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality (ZOPFAN) in 1988. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Enviro advocacy lived up by Butuan Sillimanians

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 11 (PIA) – The Silliman University Alumni Association, Inc. (SUAAI) Butuan Chapter, under its green and clean advocacy, has once again brought members together for a tree planting activity at the Macapagal Highway in Butuan City on Saturday

Dwarf golden coconut seedlings were planted this year as a component of its organization's commitment and participation in the city's vision of making Butuan as a ‘Premier Forest City’ by 2020. The undertaking is mainly part of the university's 13th Pre-Founding Anniversary Celebration which is anchored on the theme, "Submitting to the Refiner's Fire."

Silliman University Alumni Association, Inc. Butuan Chapter public information officer and Butuan Habitat for Humanity, Inc. (BHHI) president Nora Rama bared the relevance to its theme “that just the same with the process of purification of precious metal by fire, it has to do with the perception of removing impurities and resigning ourselves from our own selfish motives and petty ambitions and able to refine our moral fiber into more concerned citizens guided by divine wisdom.” She cited for instance the advantages when environmental protection concern be earnestly upheld. 

In the previous year, the SUAAI Butuan Chapter has also planted and maintained more than 100 dwarf yellow golden coco trees along Tiniwisan road in support to the National Greening Program of the government which aims to promote Butuan into a green city.

"We are in a mission to protect, preserve and save our natural environment. This simple contribution of growing trees will provide better and beneficial ecosystem essential for all life forms to thrive and is essentially a global warming solution," said Rama.

Meanwhile, SUAAI president Atty. Rene Burdeos was thankful for the usual support of its active members. He encourages them to "be more involved in taking actions for development such like this to help restore the natural beauty of the city and to help mitigate the impacts of climate change." (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur holds culmination activity for Nutrition month

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 11 (PIA) - The provincial government here successfully held its culmination program for the celebration of the Provincial Nutrition Month held recently in the city.

Inter-school poster making, and quiz bee contests were conducted participated in by the different secondary schools, and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) in the province. A BNS is a trained community worker, who links the community with service providers. Their basic tasks were caring the malnourished children, mobilize the community, serve as linkage-builder to ensure that members of the community especially those with underweight children, and assists in delivering nutrition and related services.

These contests are also the provincial government’s way of getting the students informed and involved in the different nutrition-related activities of the province, it was learned.

Gerald Santisas, a delegate from the local government unit (LGU) of Carrascal was proclaimed as champion in the poster making contest. While, Kathleen Jeanne Tulang was proclaimed as second place winner, followed by Ivy Mariel Maca from LGU Bayabas as third place winner. Champion, second, and third place winner received a cash prize worth P2,000.00, P1,500.00 and P1,000.00, respectively. Non-winners received consolation prizes amounting to P500.00 each.

For the Quiz Bee competition, Erivita Abao from Tandag City was adjudged as the grand winner beating other 14 contenders.  She received a cash prize amounting to P2,000.00.

Liezel Bantugan from LGU Carmen got the second place with P1,500.00 cash prize and Rechelme Velasco from LGU Lianga as third placer with P1,000.00.

Meanwhile, the municipality of Lanuza, during the culmination program, was also awarded for being the “Consistent Provincial Outstanding Winner in Nutrition Program Management.” (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Rice prices in SurSur start to go down

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Aug. 11 (PIA) – The price in commercial rice has started to go down in Surigao del Sur, according to Gleen Echin, Officer-In-Charge (OIC) provincial manager of the National Food Authority (NFA) here.

Based on the latest monitoring conducted, a P2.00 drop was noted in the prevailing commercial retail prices.

Last week, the price per kilo of regular-milled rice (RMR) variety, as contained in a report transmitted to Caraga regional office, was recorded at P40.00 as compared to P42.00 during the previous week.

Echin attributed this positive development to what has been termed as “flooding” the market of rice supply which was resorted to since last month, making the allowable withdrawal of NFA rice for all Bigasan sa Palengke (BSP) outlets here at a maximum of 175 bags per week.

In the entire province, there are 30 BSP outlets, but four of them have meted out suspension recently due to the so-called “diversion” of NFA rice to commercial rice, which is a serious violation of the Deed of Understanding (DOU) entered into by and between sides—NFA and outlet-owners.

Meanwhile, Echin stressed that the NFA rice retail price per kilo has remained at P27 for regular and P32 for premium.

She also said that NFA is strictly conducting “visitorial inspections” to rice millers and warehouses to make sure that nothing “fishy” is taking place.

In addition, Echin pointed out that Surigao del Sur has ample supply—with NFA having 51,777 bags of buffer stocks. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DSWD: LGU consultations start for 43.9B anti-poverty program

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 11 - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) started this semester the series of consultations with identified local government units (LGUs) to implement the nationwide poverty-alleviation program amounting to 43.9 Billion for Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services- National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP) projects.

For Caraga, municipalities namely: Buenavista, Jabonga, Kitcharao, Las Nieves, Remedios T. Romualdez, Santiago, San Francisco (AdS), Santa Josefa, Veruela, Alegria, Bacuag, Burgos, Claver, Dapa, Del Carmen, General Luna, Gigaquit, Mainit, Malimono, Pilar, Placer, San Benito, San Francisco (SdN), San Isidro, Santa Monica, Sison, Socorro, Tagana-An, Tubod, Barobo, Cagwait, Carmen (SdS), Carrascal, Cortes, Hinatuan, Lanuza, Lianga, Lingig, Marihatag, Basilisa, Cagdianao, Dinagat, Libjo, Loreto (PDI), San Jose, and Tubajon were visited already.

 “The Regional Program Management Office (RPMO) had conducted a municipal level orientation, Potential Problem Analyses (PPAs), and follow-up on the enrollment requirements to the 47 recipient municipalities of the program,” said DSWD Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli.

Brigoli added that these dialogues were attended by the local chief executives, Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) officials and department heads, and the barangay captains of the respective municipalities.

Regional Program Manager Mita G. Lim stated that the conducted PPAs resulted with local policy support of which the LGUs expressed commitment to upkeep the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP and willingness to craft ordinances in lieu to mainstreaming the participatory, transparency, and accountability principles, and enforcement of local ordinance on the conservation and protection of the environment.

“Information disclosure was also achieved through the PPAs,” Lim shared.

Also, Lim said the LGUs are now on the process of preparation for their Local Counterpart Contribution (LCCs), which is a requirement for project implementation. "Other LGUs have ready counterparts yet some are still finding ways to raise their needed funds for 2014 engagement with KALAHI CIDSS- NCDDP,” she mentioned.

The PPA is a pre-enrollment phase of the social preparation stage of the KALAHI CIDSS- NCDDP’s Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC). This process is one of the features of the CDD approach used by the program.

KALAHI CIDSS- NCDDP will be implemented in the country from 2014 to 2019 with an allocated budget of Php 43.9 B from the World Bank, Asia Development Bank, and the Government of the Philippines. The program is expected to benefit some 14 regions, 58 provinces, 847 municipalities, 19, 647 barangays, and 5.4 M households in the Philippines.

KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP is a national program which aims to provide the poor communities access to services and increase their participation in more inclusive local planning, budgeting, and implementation. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


HR managers gather for regional convention in Dinagat Islands

By Ma. Jane Mayola

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, August 11 (PIA) – The Dinagat Islands Council of Human Resource Managers, Inc. hosted the 11th Annual Convention of Caraga Regional Council of Human Resource Managers, Inc. (CRCHRMI) on August 6-8, 2014 at the Provincial Guest Center, this province.

This year’s convention is anchored on the theme, “Caraga HR Managers: Leading the Region’s Human and Vast Natural Resources Strategic Management.”

Dinagat Islads Human Resource Management and Development Officer Elvis dela Merced, in his message, said the event is significant to the province since it gives an opportunity to promote tourism and boast the province’s spiritual culture.

More than 200 registered Human Resource Practitioners and Administrative Officers from different provinces of the region attended the said activity.

During the three-day event, guest speakers tackled the livelihood and sustainable agriculture towards Caraga development and recent updates and development on HR strategies. Notable guest speakers include Department of Agriculture Caraga regional operations chief Rebecca R. Atega, Agricultural Training Institute Caraga director director Nenita O. Sumile and Civil Service Commissioner director Nieves L. Osorio.

One of the highlights of the event is the ground breaking of the Civil Service Commission Field Office located at the Capitol Site in Barangay Sta. Cruz, San Jose. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


DepEd Butuan holds training on K-12 mother tongue based multi-lingual educ

By Dr. Jonas H. Jomonong

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 11 (PIA) - An eight-day Division Training-Workshop on Mother Tongue Based Multi-Lingual Education or MTB-MLE Instructional Material Development for Grades-I-III will be conducted starting Monday, August 11 at the Division Training Center, Butuan City Division here.

The said training is divided into three phases, namely: Phase I on August 11-12, which focuses on the training-workshop; Phase II will be on August 14-16 which focuses on writing and editing and lastly, Phase III will be on August 26-28 which focuses on final editing and lay-outing.
          
The training-workshop aims to help the Grades-I-III teachers in the making of instructional materials in teaching the Mother Tongue and other learning areas taught in Sinugbuanong Binisaya and Butuanon such as “Big Books" (Short Stories), songs, poems, and other related materials, train potential writers/illustrators on the mechanics and rudiments of short-story writing and digital illustrating and develop reading/instructional materials in Butuanon and Sinugbuanong Binisaya based on the K-12 MTB-MLE quarterly learning competencies from Grades-I-III.

Furthermore, the training also aims to have these materials checked, edited and validated by experts for reproduction, have these materials printed, reproduced and be given to all Grades-I to III teachers and lastly, organize a pool of division writers and illustrators.
          
Butuan City councilor and Committee on Education chairman Ramon P. Carampatana stressed that Butuanon dialect must be included in the instructional materials and it must be localized in order to preserve the culture and heritage of Butuan.

On the other hand, Butuan City Schools Division Superintendent Josita Carmen posed a great challenge to the participants that quality and relevant instructional materials across all learning areas must be produced as training outputs and used in the teaching-learning process. She also emphasized that teachers’ works must transcend to mortality in order to leave a lasting legacy to the students.

“These instructional materials must contribute significantly to the students’ performance especially on their reading ability which is the gateway in learning all genres of learning," said Carmen.
           
The training is being participated by 120 participants to include 55 members of the division’s technical working group in the material editing and validating, 39 grades I-III story-writers or master teachers, 13 illustrators and 13 district reading coordinators. (DepEd-Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Dengue-ridden SurSur capital city declares state of calamity

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Aug. 11 (PIA) – The city government here was prompted to declare “state of calamity” due to the ever increasing number of dengue cases in the locality.

According to former mayor, now city administrator Alexander Pimentel, during the 2nd Special Session held on August 8, the local legislative arm, cognizant of the situation, has declared “the City of Tandag under the State of Calamity due to Dengue Outbreak based on the report of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the Department of Health (DOH)-Regional Office XIII.”

It was stated in Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Resolution No. 130 series of 2014 that the number of cases in the city, “although no fatality was reported,” has dramatically increased to 81.2 percent as compared to the same period last year from January 1 to August 2.

It was likewise cited that “report further shows that dengue incidents are recorded in 18 out of 21 barangays of the city, with a total of 271 cases, and with hot spot of cases in Barangays Telaje and Mabua, and clustering of cases in Barangays Bag-ong Lungsod, Bongtud, Dagocdoc, San Agustin Sur and Rosario.”

On the other hand, administrator Pimentel stressed that with such declaration, “calamity fund can already be used for the purpose of addressing its financial needs.”

On July 31, Mayor Roxanne Pimentel had already launched the Department of Health’s (DOH) anti-dengue campaign Aksiyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD) in Telaje—the leading barangay on the most number of said cases. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tagalog News: Palasyo sineguro na ang mga taga South Korea, iba pang dayuhan na ang kanilang kaligtasan ay may pinakamataas na prayoridad

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Agosto 11 (PIA) - Sineguro ng Palasyo noong Linggo na ligtas ang mga taga South Korea at iba pang dayuhan na bumibisita at umaalis ng bansa sa panahon na sila ay nandito.

Ito ang sagot ni Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., sa pahayag ng South Korean Embassy sa Manila na dapat paigtingin ng gobyerno ang mga hakbang para protektahan ang kanilang mga mamamayan na bumibisita at umaalis ng bansa.

Sinabi ni South Korean Ambassador Lee Hyuk sa isang pahayag na “maagap na aksiyon” ay dapat gawin para maibsan ang pagkabahala ng mga South Koreans dito sa Pilipinas.

“Para sa kanila (South Koreans) at para sa lahat ng mga galing sa ibang bansa na naninirahan dito at para sa ating mga mamamayan, mahalagang tungkulin ng ating pamahalaan na pangalagaan ang kanilang kaligtasan at ang katahimikan at kaayusan ng ating mga komunidad. Kaya gusto po nating bigyan ng assurance ang embahada ng (South) Korea na ito po ay mayroong pinakamataas na prayoridad mula sa ating pamahalaan,” sabi ni Coloma sa isang panayam sa media sa pamamagitan ng dzRB Radyo ng Bayan noong Linggo.

Ayon sa tauhan ng Embahada ng  South Korea, ang kanilang mga mamamayan ay siyang target ng mga kriminal.

“Sisikapin po nating matanggal ang agam-agam at maalis ang ligalig nila para magpatuloy ang mainam na pakikipag-ugnayan ng ating dalawang bansa at para naman mapanatag ang kalooban ng kanilang mga mamamayan dito sa ating bansa,” sabi Coloma. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Tagalog News: Malakanyang: Lahat ng Pilipino sa Iraq ay ligtas at naitala

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Agosto 11 (PIA) - Lahat ng Pilipino sa Iraq ay ligtas at naitala ang bilang, sabi ng isang opisyal ng Palasyo noong Linggo.

“Ayon sa pinakahuling ulat ng DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs), ang tinatayang 900 Pilipino sa Iraq ay nananatiling ligtas. Ayon din sa DFA, ang mga airtstrikes ay sa mga lugar na malayo sa mga pamayanan ng mga Pilipino o Filipino communities,” sabi Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretray Herminio Coloma, Jr.

Iniutos ni Presidente Obama, pangulo ng Amerika, ang limitadong pambobomba mula sa himpapawid laban sa mga militanteng Islamic sa Timog na rehiyon ng Iraq. Ito ay bilang tugon sa “maaring aksyon na genocide” sa rehiyon na iyon.

Itinaas ng ng DFA ang babala sa Kurdistan, Iraq sa Alert Level II (restriction phase), habang ang Alert Level IV ay nanatiling nasa bisa pa rin sa nalalabing parte ng bansa.

“Masinsing tinututukan ang sitwasyon at handang tumulong ang DFA kung kailangan sa paglilikas sa higit na ligtas na lugar ng mga Pilipino sa Iraq,” dadag ni Coloma.

Sinabi ng Kalihim ng Komunikasyon na maigting na minomonitor ng pamahalaan ang sitwasyon sa Iraq para maseguro ang kaligtasan ng mga Pilipino doon.

“Sa kahuli-hulihang ulat, marami pa ring nananatili doon sa Baghdad, dahil hindi naman yata mismo doon ang airstrikes. Pero tinututukan ito ng DFA para sa kaligtasan ng ating mga mamamayan,” sabi ni Coloma. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: 'Sanggunian Information and Communication System' sa kabarangayan sa Agusan Norte, gisugdan na

By Ronie P. Gerona

BUTUAN CITY, Agosto 11 (PIA) – Mokabat ngadto sa usa ka milyon ka pesos ang gigahin nga pondo sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan ubos sa pagdumala ni bise gobernador RamBu Bungabong pinaagi usab sa pagtugot ni gobernador Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba para sa pagpatuman sa Sanggunian Information and Communication System kun SCIS para sa kabarangayan sa Agusan del Norte.

Ang SICS usa sa mga girekomenda sa Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)  ngadto sa mga balay-balaoranan aron makatabang sa pagpaspas sa pagtala sa mga ordinansa ug resolusyon.  Ang maong programa makatabang usab pagpasayon sa mga impormasyon nga buot kuhaon sa katawhan sa balay-balaoranan.

Subay niini aron hingpit nga mapatuman ang maong programa, gipang apod-apod ni RamBu ang mga computer unit sa kabarangayan aron maoy gamiton sa mga barangay officials pagpatuman niini.

Sa pagkakaron walo ka barangay ang nakadawat sa maong computer, ang barangay Simbalan, Lower Olave, Sangay, Guinabsan, Rizal ug Malpoc sa lungsod sa Buenavista ug barangay Vinapor ug San Agustin sa lungsod sa Carmen.


Mukabat ngadto sa 32 ka mga barangay ang makabenepisyo karon tuiga. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)