Agnor to recognize best performing anti-drug abuse councils
By Nora L. Molde
BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 19 (PIA) – The province of Agusan del Norte headed by governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba through the provincial office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will recognize best performing Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (ADACs) of the province this year.
DILG provincial director Romeo A. Solis said, the Provincial Search for Best Performing ADACs for this year aims to recognize the importance of the local government units in maintaining peace and order in the local communities.
“The search is intended to strengthen the capacity and functionality of the ADACs of the provincial government in the fight against the menace of illegal drugs," Solis said.
An evaluation team composed of selected members of the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council will be visiting the local government units of the province within the period of September 9 to 16 for a filed validation, Solis added.
Solis further said, the search in its initial implementation shall cover the city/municipal level and shall evaluate/validate documents for the year 2013 and the first semester of 2014.
The awarding of winners will be included in the Accelerating New Dimensions in Good Governance and Excellence in Local Leadership of ANGELL in October this year.
ANGELL is a provincial award mechanism that recognizes outstanding performance and innovations. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
Dinagat Islands promotes organic farming
By Ma. Jane Mayola
SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, August 19 (PIA) - The provincial government of Dinagat Islands through the Provincial Agriculture Office promoted the organic farming by conducting a one-day training on mushroom production and propagation held recently at Nagaso Resto Grill, Cuarinta, San Jose, this town.
The activity aims to promote integrated livelihood system for all farmers and fisherman from the municipalities of the province.
According to Provincial Agriculturist Oswaldo T. Borja, the mushroom propagation is beneficial to farmers not only because of extra income but it is also a good alternative source of livelihood since crop production is a bit risky nowadays due to unpredictable climate change.
The participants on the said activity were farmers and fisherfolks from the municipalities of San Jose and Dinagat. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)
SurSur farmers receive irrigation system project
SURIGAO DEL SUR, August 19 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) thru the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP) - Phase III held a turn-over of the irrigation system project to the rice farmers of barangay Adlay, Carrascal amounted to P8.8 million.
A total of 113 agrarian beneficiaries, mostly members of the Adlay Integrated System Farmers’ Cooperative (ADISFAMCO) were the recipients of the said project, it was learned.
Accordingly, the said irrigation facility can serve a total of 40 hectares of agricultural lands.
“For so many years, our land was not utilized because of no supply of water, but with the realization of the project we can now till our lands,” said ADISFAMCO chairman Angeles Derigay.
On the other hand, Carrascal Municipal Vice-Mayor Alfred Arreza expressed his gratitude in behalf of the municipal government to DAR officials for its continued support to the agrarian community.
“Finally, our farmers can now have a two-cropping a year. I can assure everyone that the local government unit will help in maintaing the project,” Vice Mayor Arreza said.
Meanwhile, DAR Undersecretary Rosalina Bistoyong, in her message, stressed that “hopefully the project will help alleviate the lives of the farmer beneficiaries and the department always supports the agriculture sector to address food security.”
The said activity was also joined by DAR Caraga regional director Faisar Mambuay, DAR provincial agrarian reform officer Benjamin Mataksil, National Irrigation Administration (NIA) project manager Engr. Helsy Bermudez, NIA Caraga regional director Encarnacion Soriano, LGU officials and ADISFAMCO members. (NGBT/with report from Myra Q. Yu-DAR/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
SurSur guv brags feat on curbing poverty incidence
By Greg Tataro Jr.
TANDAG CITY, Aug. 19 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel bragged that the province has curbed poverty incidence by significant extent since 2012.
He said recently that “We are now moving forward,” referring to the comparative economic status of the province a couple of years back.
Pimentel cited that in 2012, Surigao del Sur was just tailing behind Agusan del Norte.
However, in 2013, he stressed that the province has already “overtaken” Agusan del Norte, making Surigao del Sur “the best performing province in terms of reducing poverty incidence in the entire Caraga region.”
Gov. Pimentel was also glad to note the mention of Surigao del Sur in one of the most well-read columns of the country’s top national dailies, saying that the province is considered “as one of the best performing provinces in terms of poverty reduction in the entire country.”
“But for the first semester of 2014, we have further reduced our poverty incidence to 28 percent—one of the lowest in the entire country,” he pointed out.
Prior to this, he said that the figure was posted at 36 percent in 2012 and 31 percent in 2013. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
SurSur to host 2015 Caraga Regional Athletic Meet anew
By Greg Tataro Jr.
TANDAG CITY, Aug. 19 (PIA) – Governor Johnny Pimentel has announced that the hosting of the province of Surigao del Sur of the 18th Caraga Regional Athletic Meet (CRAM) by 2015 is final.
In a meeting on Friday, last week, of the Caraga Regional Sports Board headed by DepEd Regional Director Atty. Alberto Escobarte, which he attended, the governor said that he relented to the request since, “according to them, the 17th CRAM was a huge success and according to them, the other provinces and cities are not yet ready to hold the 18th CRAM.”
“OK, no problem—we will hold the CRAM in the province of Surigao del Sur next year to be held on February 22,” he told the DepEd officials, whom he described to be so persistent.
Prior to making the formal announcement on Monday, he admitted to capitol employees during the regular flag ceremony program that he was “hesitant” of making a repeat of what the province did early this year due to financial requisite—referring to the hosting of the 17th CRAM.
On the other hand, Gov. Pimentel remarked, “So, if I am not mistaken, this is the only province that will host the CRAM for two consecutive years.”
It will be recalled that last week, Pimentel has already hinted being amenable to the idea, saying in vernacular that “It’s just OK for me to play host. But, then, again, we need to work.” (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
SurSur guv gets top post in Mindanao Confed
By Greg Tataro Jr.
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 19 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel informed capitol employees on Monday during the regular flag ceremony program that he “was elected as the new president” of the Mindanao Confederation of Governors, City Mayors, and Municipal Mayors League.
In a reorganizational meeting held in Manila last Thursday, he said that they were required to attend by Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairperson, Secretary Luwalhati Antonio.
Gov. Pimentel said that the purpose of which was “to elect the new set of officers until 2016.”
“So, this is another feather on my accomplishment as your governor because since 1990, there have been different presidents—there was Governor Daisy Fuentes (South Cotabato), Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario (Davao del Norte) and nobody came from the province of Surigao del Sur,” he stressed.
During the occasion, Pimentel said that her sister-in-law, Tandag City Mayor Roxanne Cabrera-Pimentel was also in attendance. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
Cebuano News: DENR dili mopasagad sa mga illegal nga mamaligya og mga hayop – Sec. Paje
Ni Richell P. Bongato
BUTUAN CITY, Agosto 19 (PIA) – Ang Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) wala nikondinar sa mga tao nga adunay gibuhat nga illegal batok sa atung kahayupan ug sa dili pagduha-duha sa pagsapon kun kinsa man ang mopakyas sa pagsunog niini bisan pa empleyado pa kini sa maong ahensya.
Ang Kalihim sa maong departamento nag-ingon nga adunay nadakpan nga tao nga namaligya og hayop sa online nga usa daw kuno ka impleyado sa DENR.
“Kadtong niapil sa pagpanakop sa mga kahayupan, labina kadtong mga namiligro na nga mga hayop sa kalasangan” matud pa ni Paje.” Dili ko magduha-duha kun kinsa man gani ang mo-lapas sa balaod” kini para sa tanan apil na ang mga empleyado sa DENR bisan kita pa ang ahensya nga mo protekta ug mo-preserba sa atung kahayupan diha sa kabukiran, “ siya mi dugang.
Ubos sa Republic Act No. 9147 o Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act , kun kinsa man ang mo baligya sa mga endangered species maka-multa og P200,000 ug ma-preso sa duha ka tuig ug ang mopatay sa kahayupan adunay multa nga P500,000 ug ma-preso sulod sa unom ka tuig.
Niadtong Agosto 1, adunay na-aresto sa mga otoridad nga namaligya og hayop sa networking site nga facebook. Ang suspetsado naila nga si Cardell Macario nga usa daw ka empleyado sa DENR ug matud niya aduna daw siya kumpletong dokumento sa iyang gibaligya nga usa ka serpent eagle.
Si Macario gibaligya niya ang langgam sa masabot nga presyo nga P5,000.
Sumala sa imbistigasyon nasayran nga si Macario dili empleyado sa DENR. Ug nagpahimangno si Paje nga dili basta-basta motoo sa mga tao nga gamiton lang ang maong ahensya sa ilang kaugalingog interest.
Ang Kalihim ni batbat usab nga wala ng-isyu ang DENR sa pagbaligya sa maong agila nga gikonsidira nga endangered species nga sa pagkakarun ni ubos na ang ilang ihap diha sa atung kalasangan.
Si Macario na dakpan pinaagi sa entrapment operation sa Agents of the Philipppine Operations Group and Ivory and Illegal Wildlife Trade o POGI, uban ang personahe sa DENR ug myembro sa law enforcements agencies sama sa Philippine National Police.
Ang agila karun anaa na sa DENR Wildlife Rescue Center sa Cavite aron sa sakto pag-atiman sa maong hayop.
Ang maong suspetsado sa pagbaligya anaa na karun natingkagol sa presohan sa duha ka tuig ug adunay multa nga miabot sa P200,000. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)