Friday, September 5, 2014

‘TreeVolution’ gains support from various local communities

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 5 (PIA) – The TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW, an attempt to plant 4.6 million trees simultaneously in multiple locations in Mindanao in just one hour to beat India’s Guinness World Record of 1,945,535 trees is getting an increased number of partakers and volunteer planters who will join on September 26, 2014 at 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Speaking from religious sector, Butuan Auxiliary Bishop Zacarias Jimenez declared that “launching the ‘TreeVolution’ brings us into a deeper level of our action. As we plant trees we plant for ourselves and the lives of our children’s children and as we engage in this unique unified action we start a new story of creation. We will be giving birth to new species of creation as trees multiply, breath out new energy to the world, and breathing in fresh inspiration from our unity with each other and with creation. Blessed be God, Allah, Magbabaya.

 The Samahang Magdalo Butuan Balangay chapter regional coordinator Michael Leo Torralba also said that “like any other types of revolution, it is high time that we join and combine all strengths to a revolution that will crosscut in all our endeavors as humans and shall sustain our existence as one with nature.” He also declared commitment of the Samahan to participate during the event.

By putting best regard to its ecological responsibility, Romeo Pendon, Mindanao Operation Area Manager of Kennemer Foods, a private company in cacao business and exporting cacao beans expressed that the activity is one of the ways that could help counter the effects climate change. “Our organization is willing to conduct training on how to plant cacao trees to those interested planters and help them earn extra income. We will be participating in this big event not only in Caraga region but also in Sarangani province,” he remarked.

Meanwhile, DENR Caraga regional director Nonito Tamayo said that the agency has committed 500,000 seedlings to be planted in 1,000 hectares distributed in five provinces within the region. “In fact, many DENR stakeholders in region 13 are coming in to join the record-breaking tree planting rite in time with the Civil Service Annivesary,” he said.

It was revealed that the planting areas are classified into three categories and these are the National Greening Program (NGP) areas, local government units’ designated areas, and private areas registered by companies, schools, plantation and other non-NGP areas.

Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Caraga area manager Cecil Triño also called on volunteer planters to register on the TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW . The following are the hotline numbers to contact for TreeVolution inquiries: 0933-4744252; 0915-6630826; 0949-3557235. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


TESDA bares 'STEP' training programs for SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 5 (PIA) – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Surigao del Sur headed by provincial director Rey Cueva bared recently the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) that will be carried out for the rest of 2014 in the province.

"With a budget allocation of P6,534,000, the 484 target STEP beneficiaries must be 15 years of age upon entry," he clarified.

It was learned that the two districts comprising the province will split the total number of trainees with 242 apiece.

However, Cueva pointed out that trainees in both districts will have to go separate ways on the “Qualification/Program” offered except for one—Maintenance and Repair of Electronically-controlled Domestic Appliances leading to Consumers Electronics Servicing.

It was learned that Wiring Devices Installation together with Lighting Systems leading to Electrical Installation and Maintenance is set to be offered for trainees in District I; while Dressmaking and Wellness Massage are going to be taught for trainees in District II, he stressed.

"A corresponding National Certification II (NC II) will be issued to successful training beneficiaries," Cueva stressed. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Dinagat officials lead culmination rites of Dinagat Islands' Athletic Meet

By Ma. Jane Mayola

CAGDIANAO, Dinagat Islands, Sept. 5 (PIA) - Dinagat Islands lone district representative Arlene "Kaka" Bag-ao and provincial vice governor Benglen B. Ecleo led recently the closing ceremony of the 1st Dinagat Islands Provincial Athletic Meet (DIPAM) 2014 held at the Cagdianao Central Elementary School in Cagdianao, this province.

The activity was formally closed by extinguishing the friendship torch and awarding of trophies to all the winners and awardees.

In here message, Bag-ao congratulated Governor Glenda B. Ecleo, Vice Governor Benglen B. Ecleo, Schools Division Superintendent Marilou Dedumo, Cagdianao Mayor Marc Adelson D. Longos, all the athletes and coaches for the success of the first-ever Dinagat Islands Provincial Athletic Meet.

She also congratulated the delegation of San Jose for being the over-all champion of the DIPAM 2014 with a total of 101 gold medals.

First and second runners up went to Cagdianao and Dinagat delegations, respectively. 

During the culmination ceremony Cong. Bag-ao happily informed everybody that the host of the next DIPAM 2015 will be her hometown, the municipality of Loreto. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


Dengue incidence in SurSur starts to go down

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 5 (PIA) – The incidence of dengue plaguing the province of Surigao del Sur has already started to go down, according to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Algerico Irizari early this week.

However, based on the Disease Surveillance Report of the Department of Health (DOH)-Center for Health Development-Caraga Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) tagged as “Dengue Update as of Mobidity Week 35” or from August 24-30, 2014, Surigao del Sur is still prominent.

In fact, it was cited that “For the month of August, a total of 961 cases were reported mostly from Butuan City (253) followed by Surigao del Sur (177).”

The report likewise pointed out that “A total of 5,199 suspect Dengue cases were admitted to different disease reporting units region wide from January 1-August 30, 2014,”  adding that “This is 118% higher” as compared to the same period last year with 2,388 cases.

Meanwhile, it was learned that since the year started, Surigao del Sur has already claimed nine of the 25 total deaths that was allegedly caused by dengue in the entire region—five of which occurred in Bislig City while the rest took place in the towns of Lingig-1; Barobo-2; and Hinatuan-1. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Health on Wheels served Tandag beneficiaries

By May Ann O. Escobal

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 5 (PIA) - Various health services and information were received by about 1, 200 youth, mothers, fathers, and elders during the recent DOH on Wheels: Kalusugan Pangkalahatan Roadshow in Tandag City.

On its part, the Commission on Population (PopCom) Caraga handled two sessions – U4U Teen Trail Initiative and Kalalakihang Tumutugon sa Obligasyon at Responsibilidad sa Pamilya (KATROPA) - for communities 2 (youth) and 3 (men) in the said city. PopCom tapped the trained U4U Teen Facilitators in Surigao del Sur State University (SDSU) in managing the teen trail.

Population workers are hopeful that the life skills of the young people of Tandag City were enhanced particularly their abilities to manage emotions and cope with stress and pressures in their daily life as well as in solving problems of their own. This also empowered youth to identify and respond to community needs for this will help them become compassionate and reflective individuals. Likewise to men, the session will help in making them more empowered and equipped with skills on how to become more responsible sexually, physically, emotionally, psychologically in providing the needs, especially the health and total well-being of the family.

PopCom Caraga regional director Alexander A. Makinano articulated that with men’s enormous power over many aspects of women’s lives, men’s active involvement in all efforts to achieve maternal health, women empowerment, and gender equality is of utmost importance.

Makinano emphasized the importance of involving the youth in such activity for it provided valuable insight into the needs of their fellow adolescents; it also built the leadership and communication skills of the young people.

Kalusugan Pangkalahatan is the Aquino administration’s universal health care agenda which seeks to ensure equitable access to quality health care by all Filipinos especially those who are in the grass roots level. This also aims to achieve Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 – the reduction of child mortality and the improvement of maternal health in the Philippines. (PopCom/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Pangulong Aquino gustong makulong ang mga hoarders, tagamanipula ng presyo, sabi ng isang opisyal ng Palasyo

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Setyembre 5 (PIA) - Patuloy na minomonitor ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang mga paratang na pang-abuso sa pag-angkat at pangangalakal ng mga pangunahing bilihin at nagbabala na usigin yung makikitang lumabag sa batas, sabi ng isang opisyal ng Palasyo noong Huwebes.

Ang Department of Justice noong Miyerkoles ay inilagay na dahilan ang pagtaas ng presyo ng bawang ilang buwan ang nakaraan sa sabwatan sa pagitan ng mga opisyal ng pamahalaan at mga importer ng bawang.

Noong nagkaroon ng panayam sa media sa Malakanyang, sinabi ni Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. na ang nakita ng DOJ ay resulta ng patuloy na pagsisikap ng pamahalaan na matigil ang pang-abuso na nagbunga ng katayuang di nakakabuti at pinsala sa masa.

Sinabi niya na noong nakaraang buwan, tumawag ng isang pagpupulong ang Pangulo sa mga sangkot na ahensiya, lalo na ang Department of Agriculture (DA) na tutukan ang suplay ng mga bilihin at ang kanilang mga presyo lalo na at malapit na ang pasko.

"Nagpatawag na ang Pangulo ng pagpupulong at mahigpit ang pag-uutos sa lahat ng mga ahensiya, lalung-lalo na ang Department of Agriculture na tutukan ang supply and price situation, lalung-lalo na at padating ng holiday season at tiyak na mag-i-increase ang demand," sabi ni Coloma na ang tinutumbok ay ang suplay ng karne ng baboy manok at ang nakaugaliang Noche Buena.


Para duon sa mga lumabag sa batas na gumawa ng panininggal at nagmanipula ng presyo, isinampa na ang kaso laban sa kanila, base sa kautosan ng Pangulo, sabi ni Coloma. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)