Wednesday, August 27, 2014

PCWC set activities for international children’s month celebration on October

By David M. Suyao

PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, Aug. 27 (PIA) - The Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children (PCWC) on Tuesday convened in order to discuss and set activities for the month-long celebration of the International Children’s Month with the theme “Bata, Kasali ka! Ikaw ay Mahalaga,” on October.

As agreed by the council, hanging of streamers will start before the first day of October, 2014 as the first salvo of information dissemination of the celebration. On the first Monday, October 6, simultaneous fun walk will open the day of the 13 municipalities and the lone city provincewide, where members of the PCWC will join the municipality of San Francisco, bringing along streamers bearing the theme of the celebration and the various responsibilities of children. Starting the same day also, children from different high schools provincewide will start to host the convocation during the Monday flag raising ceremony of the provincial provincial government at the Naliyagan Plaza Cultural Center and will take turn every Monday thereafter for the whole month of October.

As highlight of the celebration and as mandated by the Children’s Code of Agusan del Sur, the 11th Children’s Congress will start on October 18 and will end up October 19 in the evening after the election of young elected provincial officials such as child Governor, Vice Governor, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and other elected officials. Appointment of chiefs of offices will also take place except that of the the PNP/ security personnel, doctors, nurses, firemen and other life-saving positions. The following day, the third Monday of October, the young elected officials will take the posts of the official elected officials of the provincial government including the posts of the different chiefs of offices.

At the end of their duties for the day, the young provincial officials will receive the salary equivalent to the one day salary of the posts they occupied.

At the start of the Children’s Governance Day (Monday, October 20, 2014) Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza will deliver his State of the Children’s Report during the flag raising ceremony, in front of the children, employees and officials of Agusan del Sur and other invited guests to portray children’s status and participation in building a strong and productive Agusan del Sur. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


SurSur launches kids activity center & children’s library

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Aug. 27 (PIA) – The provincial government here launched recently its Kids Activity Center and Children's Library in time with the 11th founding anniversary celebration of the Surigao del Sur - Public Library and Research Center (SDS-PLRC).

"The new center will not only be a Kid’s Activity Center but as a 'Child Minding Center' as well, adhering to Republic Act 8980 also known as 'Promulgating a Comprehensive Policy and the National System for Early Childhood Care and Development,'" said head librarian Reynilda Cosare.

The center can also accommodate children whose mothers work at the Provincial Capitol, Cosare said.

Selected elementary pupils from Tandag Elementary School were the first to experience the series of activities prepared during the opening day.

Cosare said they have scheduled four sessions for the three-day celebration exclusively for Grades II to VI pupils in the following schools: Tandag Central Elementary School, Bongtud Elementary School, Special Science Elementary School, and Tandag Pilot Elementary School.

She then recalled that the Provincial Public Library and Researched Center was established on August 19, 2003 thru an Ordinance No. 24-2003 authored by former SP Member Lolito Cuartero, Jr. "The Public Library was started with handbooks, hand-outs and folders in one shelve," she said.

Cosare also said that the Tanggapan ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan - Public Library and Research Center was duly affiliated by the National Library of the Philippines on September 1, 2011 thru a memorandum of agreement between the provincial governor and the director of the National Library of the Philippines. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DPWH allots P1.5B to complete all main roads in SurSur by 2016

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Aug. 27 (PIA) – All main roads in Surigao del Sur are set to be completed by 2016, according to Governor Johnny Pimentel.

“Next year, under the DPWH General Appropriations Act (GAA) budget, Surigao del Sur will receive P1.5 billion of projects,” which Pimentel also tagged as “the biggest allocation that will be released for the province. . .” so far.

He announced that this amount, as relayed to him by DPWH Undersecretary Romeo Momo, will have to be divided between the two districts here with P750 million apiece.

Gov. Pimentel stressed that the said budget includes the concreting of roads leading to tourist sites like the Enchanted River-P140 million (Hinatuan); Tinuy-an Falls-P100 million (Bislig City; and, Britannia Islands-P50 million (San Agustin).

As additional information, he also mentioned that Surigao del Sur-Surigao del Norte boundary road has already been allocated with P63M for the remaining portion of 1.9 kilometer stretch.

Besides, the four kilometer stretch left for concreting in Bislig-Trento road section (from Surigao del Sur to Agusan del Sur) has gotten another allocation of P100 million, he added.

All roads “from Surigao del Norte boundary up to Agusan del Sur boundary and Davao Oriental,” will be completed by 2016, Pimentel assured.

The bidding schedule is set in November, this year, it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DENR gives 28 land titles in Siargao

By Eric F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 27 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 13 officials headed by regional director Nonito M. Tamayo distributed 28 land titles under Free Patents to landless families in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte during a ceremony held at Kapitolyo Nan Siargao in Dapa recently.

“This is a continuing program under the 'Handog Titulo ng Pangulo' Program of the Aquino Administration for the landless people to own the lands they have been tilling for several years,” Tamayo said.

The 28 land titles which covered a total land area of 59,884 hectares were given to the beneficiaries by Governor Sol F. Matugas together with Congressman Francisco F. Matugas. They were assisted by Director Tamayo, regional technical director of Land Management Services Atty. Paquito R. Rosal, CENRO Iniego S. Collantes Jr., OIC PENR Officer Zaldy Perater and the OIC of the Register of Deeds Emily B. Quines.

In her message, Governor Matugas reminded the beneficiaries to treasure the land title document which are practical solutions in fighting poverty.

“The lands that you are tilling now can be enriched with rice crops and other agricultural products to bring in additional income to every family,” Governor Matugas said. She said “A properly managed-land is a good security that can improve the standard of living of a beneficiary.” (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


PENRO Agusan Norte inaugurates new building

By Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 27 (PIA) – The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Agusan del Norte has inaugurated its new three-storey office building in Barangay Tiniwisan, on August 18, 2014 here as part of the continuing effort to improve the services to the people.

“Employees will now have a better working atmosphere thus improve its services to the people. This has been made possible through the support of secretary Ramon J.P. Paje and regional director Nonito M. Tamayo,” PENRO Paterno Olivera said.

The three-floor building will provide a more comfortable workplace for the employees and the clients. The penthouse of the building on the other hand, will be used as a multi-function center for events like physical fitness and seminars.

The activity was attended by more or less 200 people including Technical Director Ronilo Salac who represented regional director Nonito M. Tamayo. Also present were CENRO of Tubay, Vince Estopito, CENRO Norman Asugan of Nasipit, stakeholders and DENR personnel.

Bishop Juan De Dios Pueblos and Msgr. Voltaire “Bong” Roño officiated the mass and blessing ceremony followed by a ribbon cutting.

The celebration ended with an Aerobics Competition and PENRO Got Talent that showcased the skills and potentials of the employees in singing. (DENR-13/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Dinagat Islands to hold 3-day cataract operation

By Ma.Jane Mayola

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Aug. 27 (PIA) - The Provincial Health Office and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office of this province will lead the three-day provincewide cataract operation on August 28 to 30, 2014 to be held at Loreto District Hospital, this province.

The said cataract operation will be assisted by the Loving Presence Foundation, Brotherhood Operation for Sight and Smile, and Deseret Foundation.

According to Health Education and Promotion Officer Cherilyn Benitez, the healthcare activity will be granted to all the elderlies of the province.

"The Rural Health Units have already conducted surveys and masterlisting in their respective areas. As of this time, around 125 elderlies have already registered," she said. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)