Monday, August 18, 2014

DOLE chief to visit Caraga region for LLCS, industry-wide assessment

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 18 (PIA) – To emphasize that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) means business in accelerating the conduct of joint assessment to target 76,766 establishments and achieve 100% compliance rate on labor laws by November of this year, DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz will pay a visit in Caraga region slated on August 19-20, 2014.

“Her coming is of purpose to showcase strategies that can be used to accelerate the implementation of the labor law compliance system (LLCS) and be able to submit to president Benigno Aquino, Jr. by December the milestones of the LLCS implementation,” said DOLE Caraga regional director Atty. Johnson Canete during the DOLE Caraga Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) press conference held on Monday here.

Another objective of the secretary’s visit is to stress the seriousness of the DOLE to address the issue concerning 5-5-5 or ‘endo’ (end-of-contact) work practices of uncooperative employers and subcontractors and the contractualization across all industries.

“There will be a consultation dialogue on industry-wide labor laws compliance with members and representatives of the industry tripartite council on security, manpower and general services; maritime; and mining,” bared Canete.

Lined-up activities during the visit of Secretary Baldoz include awarding of certificates for child labor free establishments and certificate of compliance on general labor standards (GLS) and occupational health safety (OHS); joint assessment at Cargo Vessels 1 and 2 of Taganito Mining Corporation in Claver, Surigao del Norte; site visit at emergency employment sites at Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte; release of livelihood assistance to a group of electricians in Butuan City; and release of wages to government internship program (GIP) beneficiaries of the first an second districts of Agusan del Norte.

The LLCS is DOLE's new system for enforcing labor law compliance among establishments aimed at improving work conditions, employer-employee relations, productivity, and providing incentives for compliant establishments as embodied in the Department Order No. 131-13. Therefore, all establishments should know about the LLCS and be familiar with the requirements in preparation for the visit of LCC officers, said Canete. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Govt agencies set activities for this year’s 20th NCPW celeb

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 18 (PIA) – Government agencies led by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Caraga have set activities for this year’s National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) celebration on September 1-7, 2014.

“Said celebration will kick-off on September 1 through a fun walk activity that will start at 5:00 a.m. from the city hall and will end at the Provincial Capitol Covered Court. Private organizations and students will also join with us in this activity,” highlighted Atty. Remeneo Valenzuela, NAPOLCOM-Caraga regional director.

Valenzuela added that a short program will follow at the capitol after the walk. “Our local media partners are also invited for a press conference to be held after the program at the same venue,” he said.

Valenzuela further revealed that the following activities will also be conducted for the week-long celebration: 1) Feeding of children in Barangay Ong Yiu; 2) Symposium and film showing of government’s efforts against crime in Barangays Obrero and Agusan Pequeñol; 3) Poster-making contest; and 3) Symposium in some of the public high schools in the city.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Krimen ay Labanan, Karapatan ay Igalang Tungo sa Mapayapang Pamayanan.” (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Urban poor group holds DRRM, land acquisition, housing program orientation

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, August 18 (PIA) – Residents and members of the urban poor group here converged recently for a one-day Basic Orientation on Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM), and Government Land Acquisition and Housing Programs spearheaded by the Surigao City Urban Poor Association and Commission on Urban Poor in cooperation with the city government of Surigao, held at Jakelou Catering House, this city.

The activity aims to campaign awareness on disaster preparedness and mitigation especially those residents living in disaster prone areas and danger zone.

In his message, Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas lauded the efforts of the City Urban Poor Association, the Commission on Urban Poor and all the resource speakers for their all-out support in the campaign of the city government for a resilient and disaster free community.

The resource speakers during the said activity were Surigao City DRRM Officer Atty. Manuel Coro, National Housing Authority regional manager Engr. Virgillo Rivera, PHIVOLCS Surigao del Norte chief Engr. Daphne Agonia, environmental management specialist Leonardo Go, and Social Housing and Finance regional coordinator Janet Lumayag.

The activity was attended by residents of Barangays San Juan, Sabang, Washington, Luna, Punta Bilar, Bonifacio, Mat-i, Mabua and Ipil. (SDR/Surigao City Urban Poor Association/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DA turns-over 1.4 Million worth of veggie seeds

By Vanessa P. Sanchez

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 18 (PIA) - In its continued support to farmers in the region, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 13 (DA-RFO 13) through the High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP), turned over to the Provincial and City Agriculture Offices a total of 23,731 pouches of various vegetable seeds amounting to P1.4 million last August 12 at the DA Conference Hall here.

The Provincial and City Agriculture Offices will in turn distribute the seeds to their identified municipalities and non-government organizations for planting. The identified beneficiaries are those that are from major production areas of vegetables such as:  Antongalon, Anticala and Pianing for Butuan City; Cabadbaran, Santiago, Buenavista and Jabonga for Agusan del Norte; San Francisco, Bayugan, Esperanza, Trento, Sta. Josefa, Rosario, Talacogon, Prosperidad and Sibagat for Agusan del Sur; Lanuza, Carrascal and Lingig for Surigao del Sur; and Pamaypayan, Burboanan, San Roque and San Isidro for Bislig City.

The seeds distributed included upland, lowland, spices, and indigenous vegetables. The province of Agusan del Sur received a total 6,257 pouches, Surigao del Norte got 4,122 pouches, Surigao del Sur received 2,381 pouches, Agusan del Norte got 5,721 pouches, Butuan City receive 1,436 pouches while the Province of Dinagat Islands was given 1,421 pouches.

The seed distribution is a regular intervention under the vegetable production program. “This intervention aims to lower production cost of farmers as well as provide them access to quality seeds,” HVCDP regional coordinator Lynn A. Pareñas said.

Bislig Vegetable Growers Association chairman Rafael Alba said he is thankful for the intervention as it gives him one less thing to worry about in his farming. “Maayo ni nga programa, dako kini nga tabang sa mga mag-uuma (This is a good program, it can greatly help the farmers),” Alba said.

The program also seeks to answer the shortage of supply of vegetables in the region. Caraga’s vegetable production is not enough to meet the demands so it relies on the supply coming from Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro and other NorMin areas to augment the deficit.

Further, the program is also in support to attaining the targeted growth rate of 1.77% in highland vegetable production for the country, and the 1.77% and 1.45% growth rates targeted for the lowland and spices vegetables respectively. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Agusan High daug sa Artistic Mass Dance competition

BUTUAN CITY, Agosto 18 (PIA) - Kulbahinam ang nahimong pagtapos sa usa ka semana nga kasaulogan sa ika-64 nga kasumaran sa Adlaw Hong Butuan (AHB) bag-uhay pa lamang kini human nga gideklara ang mga mananaog sa mga nagkadaiyang kumpetisyon nga gisalmutan sa nagkalain-laing pampubliko ug pribadong establisemento.
          
Nahimong makulay ang nag unang mga kadalanan sa dakbayan sa Butuan human nga nipasundayag ang nagkadaiyang mga floats nga gidayan dayanan sa mga dekorasyon gama sa mga pananum ug indigenous materials nga nagsumikad sa Guingona Park padulong sa Libertad Sports Complex.
          
Samtang sa pikas bahin, bagang doot sa mga katawhan ang nagpunsisok sa Libertad Sports Complex  arun saksihan ang  Artistic Mass Dance Competition nga gipangunahan sa mga tinun-an sa lima ka mga participating schools sama sa Libertad National High School, Agusan National High School, Taligaman National High School, San Vicente National High School ug Butuan City School of Arts and Trades.
          
Nasungkit sa Agusan National High School (ANHS) ang kampyonato alang karong tuiga diin nakadawat sa 50 mil ka pesos isip ganti, gisundan kini sa Libertad National High School 30 mil pesos ug 3rd placer ang San Vicente National High School nga dunay 20 mil ka pesos nga premyo.
          
Sa  mensahe ni Mayor Jun Amante, iyang gipadayag sa mga tinun-an, mga empleyado ug mga bisita ang kamahinungdanon sa pagpananum sa mga kahoy diin giawhag niini ang mga kabataan sa paghatag sa ilang kaakuhan sa pagpabalik lunhaw sa kinaiyahan sanglit kining tanan nga pagpaningkamot sa kasamtanagang administrasyon gitagana alang sa sunod nga mga henerasyon.
          
Gidugang niini nga dili lamang matapos sa kumpetisyon ang pagsaulog sa Adlaw Hong Butuan kundili magsilbi kining sinugdanan sa pagkab-ot sa tiunay nga kalambuan sa tanan pinaagi sa pagpananum sa kahoy ug paghatag panahon sa pag amping sa kinaiyahan.
          

Gilauman sa mga organizers nga daghan pa ang musalmot sa mga kumpetisyon uban sa pagpani-guro nga mas dakung ganti ang nagapaabot sa mga manaanaug sunod tuig. (C. Simogan, LGU Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)