Friday, September 19, 2014

Governor’s cup opens in Dinagat Islands

By Jane Mayola

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Sept. 19 (PIA) - In line with the 8th charter day celebration of the Province of Dinagat Islands, the Governor's Cup dubbed "Glenda-Benglen Ecleo Basketball Tournament” commenced on Thursday, September 18, 2014 held at the Ruben E. Ecleo Sports Center, Poblacion, this province.

The activity opens with a parade participated by capitol employees, municipal and barangay officials, officiating officials, and players of the different teams.

It was followed by a lighting of the Friendship Urn led by vice governor Benglen B. Ecleo assisted by Philippine Basketball Association, Global Port Batac Pier Player Alex Crisano.

In his message, Alex Crisano said that basketball is all about fun and entertainment.

“When you play basketball, do it for the love, do it for the health, do it for your kids and play with respect and enjoy the game," Crisano said.

The province of Dinagat Islands will celebrate its 8th charter day anniversary this coming October 2, 2014. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


AgNor solon pushes for creation of Lake Mainit Development Authority

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 19 (PIA) – Agusan del Norte second district representative Erlpe John M. Amante pushed for the approval of House Bill No. 4764 in congress creating the Lake Mainit Development Authority (LMDA).

His co-author of the said bill is Cong. Guillermo A. Romarate, Jr. of Surigao del Norte.

With the creation of the Authority, it is envisioned that Lake Mainit will become a major economic engine in Caraga Region and the whole of Mindanao. It shall be a model for sustainable lake development that is anchored on social mobilization and environmental protection.

Lake Mainit, straddling between the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte, is endowed by nature with rich natural resources that remain to be untapped up to now. Being a sanctuary for fishes, crustaceans, and other marine life, Lake Mainit has become a major host of aquaculture and other livelihood activities for locals living near its shores.

Currently, a hydropower plant is also being constructed using the lakes outflow current as a testament that Lake Mainit can become a major course of power in Mindanao.

The scenic beauty of the lake also suggests of its potential to become a prime lake resort destination that can rival other well-known tourist spots. Its strategic location along the Pan-Philippine Friendship Highway furthermore makes tourism development even more feasible. (AgNor Bulletin/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


BFP to hold 2014 Caraga Regional Fire Olympics

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 20 (PIA) – The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) led by Caraga regional director F/SSupt. Mario Socorro Timonera is set to spearhead the conduct of 2014 Regional Fire Olympics at Gaisano Mall Parking Lot, Barangay Luna, Surigao City on September 20.

Based on the program sent out for referral, the event is split into four parts:  Registration of Participants; Opening Program; Competition Proper; and Awarding Ceremony.

Participants to the occasion are personnel of the five Offices of the Provincial Fire Marshall (OPFMs) under its command located in the provinces comprising the region together with the respective members of both the Barangay Volunteer Fire Brigades and the Industrial Fire Brigade that they have brought in, citing Agusan del Norte; Agusan del Sur; Dinagat Islands; Surigao del Norte; and Surigao del Sur.

Timonera also named the respective OPFM chiefs in the particular order of provinces as above cited:  SInsp. Rey Antonio Restauro; Insp. Danilo Castor; Insp. Ellafil Libarnes; Supt. Celso Rapisura; and Insp. Rowella Dinolan.

During the opening program, the regional fire chief is set to deliver a message while F/SInsp. Peter Sean Anthony Atup, asst. regional director for operations, is tasked to lay down the “Ground Rules and Mechanics of the Competition.” (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur-LGU reminds employees to join “TreeVolution”

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 19 (PIA) – The capitol employees of Surigao del Sur were again told to keep in mind the scheduled tree planting activity dubbed as “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNow” on September 26.

Efren Rivas, provincial administrator, said offices that have signified to join the event in a bid to break the Guinness World record set by India in 2011 for the most trees planted simultaneously in an hour in multiple locations should remember to honor their commitment in sending their respective participants as agreed upon.

He went on saying that Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Rosendo Asunto is going to keep the provincial government posted of the latest update.

Rivas stressed that “The CENRO (Community Environment and Natural Resources Office-Tandag) would give us an update,” adding also that “I’ve talked already to PENRO Asunto and he has visited the place and. . .they are preparing the area,” referring to Barangay Maticdum.

In Surigao del Sur, all CENROs of Cantilan, Lianga as well as Tandag and Bislig have been preoccupied by the September 26 TreeVolution, it was learned.

The Mindanao-wide tree planting is jointly spearheaded by Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


MIRDC conducts training for Surigao Norte fabricators

By Glory Joy D. Arconada

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 19 (PIA) - Due to the rapid increase of mining firms in the province, metals and engineering sector is one of the major growing industries in Surigao del Norte.

Thus, to provide Surigaonon welders the knowledge and enhance their skills in metal working processes and fabrication, the Provincial Science and Technology Center- Surigao del Norte (PSTC-SDN), in collaboration with Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC), recently conducted a back-to-back training on Tungsten Inert Gas/Metal Inert Gas (TIG/MIG) Welding and Wrought Iron Forming at Arriba Steel Industries Barangay Luna, here.

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding utilizes non-consumable tungsten, welding two pieces together in which the tungsten electrode provides the electricity. While it can use filler, it sometimes creates a weld where one part melts into another. On the other hand, Metal Inert Gas or Metal Active Gas (MIG-MAG) welding combines two pieces of metals with a consumable wire connected to an electrode current, which heats the workpiece metals, causing them to melt, and join.

Engr. Jojit M. Velasco, Science Research Specialist II of DOST-MIRDC discussed the principles of TIG welding. He also demonstrated techniques on welding.

Safety measures in handling the TIG and MIG-MAG welding operations were emphasized.

Engr. Edilbert M. dela Peña,  Senior Science Research Specialist of MIRDC, discussed the  different metal classifications, metal cutting, forming and joining. He demonstrated the MIRDC developed tools  that could easily formed rounded, curled and spiraled outputs.

The training were participated by 25 welders from various machine shops in Surigao del Norte . These include the Arriba Steel Industry; Alpha Kairos Omega and Metal Works (ALKO); Albie Machine Shop; Century Steel Fabrication; Letim Welding Shop; and REV-Ann Machine Shop.

During the training, DOST’s small and medium enterprises upgrading program was presented. As a result, REV-Ann Machine shop signified its intention to avail the program. (PSTC-SDN/PIA-Caraga)


TAGALOG NEWS: Pamahalaan tiwalang maabot ang 10 milyon turistang darating sa 2016, sabi ng isang opisyal ng Palasyo

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Sept. 19 (PIA) - Gumagawa ang pamahalaan ng konkretong hakbang para maseguro na ang layuning maakit ang 10 milyong turista ay maabot pagdating ng 2016, sabi ng isang opisyal ng Palasyo noong Huwebes.

“Patuloy naming pinapaabot ang aming pagtitiyak na gagawin an gaming makakaya para mapanatili ang pag alaga sa ating mga kaibigan na bumisita sa atin. Ang mga hindi kanaisnais na mga pangyayari ay binibigyan ng pansin pagdating sa imbestigasyon, at nararapat na pulis at proseso ang pagpapatupad ng batas na nararapat para sa kanila,” sabi ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte sa isang panayam sa media sa Malakanyang.

Ito ang komento ni Valte sa ulat na ang Air Philippines at ang Tiger Air Philippines ay kinansela ang chartered flights papunta at pabalik ng mainland China dahil sa payo ng pamahalaang China na nagbabala sa kanilang mga mamamayan sa pagbyahe papunta ng Pilipinas.

Ang babala ay nag-ugat lumabas dahil sa pinakabagong pagdukot ng isang batang Chinese na nagtatrabaho sa isang pampamilyang tindahan sa Zamboanga at ang pag-aresto sa grupo ng mga kalalakihan na nagsabing pinaplano nilang atakehin ang Embahada ng Intsik sa Manila.

“Klaruhin po natin na ‘yung sinabi po ng Cebu Pacific ay ang pagtigil ng mga chartered flights. Hindi po ‘yung mga commercial flights mula Beijing papunta ng Shanghai ang pinag-uusapan dito,” sabi ni Valte.

Napansin niya na ang payo ng pagbibyahe ng pamahalaan ay nakakaapekto sa mga nagpapalakad ng pagbibyahe na nakita ang pagbaba ng bilang ng mga pagbibyahe na kanilang naibenta.

“Syempre, ang mga mamamayan ay malayang pumunta at magbisita sa atin. Kahit nasa konsiderasyon na po nila kung gaano kabigat ang ibibigay nilang timbang doon sa travel advisory or doon sa advice na ibinigay sa kanila ng kanilang pamahalaan,” sabi Valte.

Sabi niya na ang Department of Tourism ay tinatamasa pa rin ang posibilidad ng bigat ng payo sa pagbyahe ng China sa pagdating ng mga turista sa bansa.


Ang datos mula sa departamento ay nagpakita na ang pagdating ng mga turista ay pumalo sa 4.68 milyon noong nakaraang taon, 9.5 porsyentong mas mataas kung ikumpara sa 4.27 milyon na naitala noong 2012. Ang mga bisita mula sa China ay may kabuuang 426,352, nanaging pang-apat na pinakamalakinggrupo sa pagtatapos ng 2013. Ang departamento ay naglalayong umakit ng limga milyong turista sa pagtatapos ng taong ito. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)