9.23.2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DepEd supports TreeVolution activity

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 23 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga will support and participate in the conduct of the activity dubbed as “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW” on September 26 in all the identified planting sites of the region.

In a regional memorandum order no. 177 dated September 12 signed by DepEd Caraga regional director Atty. Alberto T. Escobarte, he directed the schools division superintendents to enjoin their teachers in the elementary and secondary schools to participate as stewards during the event and encourage fourth year students to volunteer as planters.

Atty. Escobarte reiterated in his memo that the role of the stewards is to supervise smaller groups of participants during the tree planting activity, in order to ensure full participation by all involved and to note any participants conduct during the activity. "There must be one steward for every 50 participants," he said.

Also, Atty. Escobarte has ordered schools division superintendents to field the required number of stewards in the planting sites in ther jurisdiction. “Identified stewards preferably come from the nearest schools where the planting sites are located,” he said.

All regional and division office personnel are also enjoined to participate in the activity as this supports the national Greening Program of the government, Atty. Escobarte added.

The Division Science Supervisors and Gulayan sa Paaralan Program Coordinators are likewise enjoined to closely coordinate with their local Provincial/Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices for updates.

Atty. Escobarte further ordered that there is no classes in all elementary and secondary schools on Friday, September 26, 2014 but requires all schools to conduct make up classes to cover up the missed contact hours for the day.

Meanwhile, As per memorandum order signed by Undersecretary for Programs and Projects Dr. Dina S. Ocampo, schools division superintendent must ensure that students who will participate as planters should secure parents’ consent before allowing them to join.

Also, Dr. Ocampo directed all DepEd regional directors and schools division superintendents to ensure continuous conduct of classes in areas not involved in the activity.

TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW aims to plant 4,636,000 trees in multiple locations in Mindanao covering a total of 9,200 hectares in just one hour. It also attempts to break the record of India in 2011 for the most trees planted in multiple locations.

The event is initiated by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The initiative also supports the National Greening Program of the government. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


DOH-Caraga briefs RPEB on Implanon NXT

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 23 (PIA) - In the recently conducted Regional Population Executive Board (RPEB) meeting held here, Emmi Marie Cabahug, Nurse II and Family Planning Coordinator of the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga briefed the member agencies on the new contraceptive method for women which is the "Implanon NXT" Implant, a subdermal implant.

According to Cabahug, Implanon NXT prevents pregnancy in two ways. It prevents the release of an egg cell from the ovaries (ovulation) and causes changes to cervical mucus that makes it difficult for sperm to enter the womb.

"For interested women, she must not be pregnant and should be within their seven days menstruation period and no sexual activity in the past two weeks. Also, for those women who are already using other contraceptive methods and want to shift to Implanon may directly avail of it," she revealed.

Cabahug further bared the advantages and disadvantages of said method. ”For the advantages, you do not have to worry about taking a tablet each day; it does not interfere with having sex; Implanon NXT may be used by women who do not tolerate estrogens. Once you stop using, previous fertility cycle may return quickly, and in some circumstances Implanon NXT may be used by breastfeeding women. Better check your doctor for advice,” she said.

Also, on the disadvantages, Cabahug revealed that women with Implanon may experience menstrual bleeding (absent, irregular, prolonged). The bleeding pattern that women will experience during the first three months generally indicates their future bleeding pattern.

“On rare occasions, the implant moves from its original position. If in rare cases the implant is not inserted correctly, one may not be protected against pregnancy. Implanon NXT must be inserted and removed by a doctor. A small scar may remain,” Cabahug explained.

It can be recalled that DOH-Caraga conducted the free Implanon insertion to women of reproductive age (15-49 years old) who would want to avail of the implant last September 17, 2014 at San Francisco Gymnasium in Agusan del Sur. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


TESDA-13 celebrates family day with abandoned elderlies, children subject to violence

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 23 (PIA) - On the occasion of the Philippine Civil Service Month this September, personnel of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Caraga Regional Office celebrated Family Day with abandoned elderlies and children subject to violence.

Dubbed as “TESDA-Caraga Gift-Giving,” regional office personnel headed by regional director Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. recently visited the "Por Kristo Foundation," a home for the abandoned elderly located at Manapa, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte; and "Gesu Eucaristiko Children's Foundation," a non-government organization that is catering children subject to violence.

In a meeting week before the conduct of the activity, Sunico emphasized that the activity is TESDA-Caraga’s gesture to give value to the marginalized sector that needs attention and assistance.

The official added one way of giving value to these sectors is to visit and let them feel the presence of other people caring for them. “Somehow, we can give these abandoned elderlies and children happiness by letting them feel that there are still people who loved them,” Sunico said.

Tatay Andres Delgado, one of the boarders in “Por Kristo Foundation” expressed his gratitude to TESDA personnel for the kind deeds shown to them. Though he did not say a word but the tears fell from his eyes show that he is touched and happy of what they received from TESDA-Caraga.

Aside from the usual feeding, the personnel also took time in talking/chatting with the elderlies, and personally distributed adult diapers, two sacks of rice, cans of powdered milk, and medicines, among others.

Meanwhile, "Gesu Eucaristiko Children's Foundation," a Roman Catholic-owned and administered Homes for Street, Abused and Abandoned Children was also visited by TESDA-Caraga personnel.

According to Catalina Tacubao, TESDA-Caraga Human Resource Development Officer, home director Sister Marilou Besere, DGE said as of the moment, they need financial assistance to sustain their operations.

With this, Tacubao said TESDA-Caraga has donated a cheque worth P10,000.00. Besere said the money is a big help especially that majority of the children-boarders are going to school. “This can help in defraying expenses as to the school supplies and daily needs of our children here in the home,” she added.

As per Civil Service Memorandum Circular, the anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service marks its 114th year as the stronghold of good governance and national development since the enactment of Public Law No. 5, “An Act for the Establishment and Maintenance of Our Efficient and Honest Civil Service in the Philippine Island,” on September 19, 1900.

The month-long anniversary celebration aims to promote, showcase, and celebrate heroism in public service. It also serves to encourage and inspire state workers in their journey as servant heroes or lingkod bayani, as reflected in the theme: “Tapat na Serbisyo Alay Ko, Dahil Lingkod Bayani Ako” (I offered honest service because I am a Public Servant). (TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


PNP cites gains in drive against loose firearms in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 23 (PIA) –The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Surigao del Sur headed by P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero, officer-in-charge (OIC) provincial director, has stepped up drive against loose firearms.

Last week, September 16, another bunch of gun-toting suspects has been nabbed by joint PNP and AFP operatives in Purok 6, Barangay Tagongon, Tagbina town while conducting a checkpoint.

All three suspects, identified as Eddie Geralla y Escropolo, 42, married; Jaser Laurente y Villanueva, 31, married; and Antonio Himo y Pizon, 22, single, are now facing charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunitions.

The seized firearms, which are all caliber .45 pistols but of different makes—a HI-CAP NORINCO with serial no. 60027; PARA ORD with serial no. 281775; and, LIGHT WEIGHT COMPACT COLT with serial no. 282003; each one having a magazine of its own loaded with eight; four, and another four live ammunitions, respectively, are likewise in the custody of the concerned authorities for proper disposition.

Meanwhile, the police investigators are still conducting a more in-depth probe into the background of the suspects who were reportedly residents of Barangay San Pedro, Marihatag town, except for the youngest one, who was said to hail from Barangay Mahaba of the same municipality, it was learned.

Early this month, on September 2, three suspects, who are still at large, were said to be a subject of a manhunt operation due to involvement in an alleged robbery/hold-up incident at the national highway of Purok Abihaw, Barangay Bitaugan West, Cagwait town, about 15 kilometers north of Marihatag town victimizing a delivery van owned by D Best Value Marketing based in Butuan City.

Also, last month, on August 6, in Tandag City, in a checkpoint led by P/SInsp. Isagani YbaƱez, a certain Jundy Compe y Quimbo, 27, single, resident of Purok 6, Barangay Magroyong, San Miguel, who was seized with a Colt caliber .45 pistol bearing serial no. 752194; four magazines; and 19 live ammunitions, first  gave the police a chase with his motorcycle. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Initial SK registration yields success in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, 22 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur Provincial Election Supervisor (PES) Atty. Ernie Palanan noted success during the first two days of the 10-day Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) registration here in connection with the February 21, 2015 election.

He claimed that a sufficient number of registrants have responded to their call to avail of the September 20-29 registration period.

Palanan cited that the public awareness campaign and the information drive they conducted have worked in their favor.

Meanwhile, initial reports coming from Tandag City Election Office have corroborated the verbal account of Atty. Palanan.

Tandag City Election Officer (EO) Atty. Riza Constantino here said that they have posted a total of 172 registrants over the weekend.

She added that her office has also agreed to the request of barangay chairmen to set a registration schedule for them to follow in order to maximize the 10-day period that involves youths ranging from 15-17 years of age based on COMELEC Res. No. 9899.

However, she made sure that the said schedule is not going to undermine “walk-in registrants” in any way.

Despite good showing of the onset of SK registration, the last day on September 29 is still expected to be the same with that of the past activities due to the usual throng of “deadline beaters,” she lamented. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Guv backs abaca industry in Agusan Norte

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 23 (PIA) – Agusan del Norte Governor Ma. Angelica “Angel” Rosedell M. Amante-Matba fully supports the Abaca Fiber Production and Trading Enhancement by the San Isidro Upland Farmer Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIUFMULCO) in Barangay San Isidro, municipality of Santiago.

The said project was identified and passed the criteria set by the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) under the Department of Agriculture (DA) project.

The PRDP is a poverty reduction project of the DA that aims to improve income and food security of the rural poor and indigenous communities in the Philippines.

The province of Agusan del Norte is one of the 81 provinces in the country as recipient of the said project to be implemented from 2014-2020.

Said project costs to P31,220,000.00 with funding counterpart distributed as follows:  Loan Proceeds (WB) - P16,905,600.00; Government of the Philippines (DA) -  4,635,200.00; Province of Agusan del Norte - 4,635,200.00; and the  Proponent Group SIUFMULCO - P5,044,000.00.

The 16th Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice Governor Ramon AG. Bungabong also supports the thrusts and programs of Gov. Angel.

To expedite the implementation of the Abaca Fiber Production and Trading Enhancement, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan recently authorized Gov. Angel to sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) of the said project with the DA, represented by Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, to set the conditions, duties and responsibilities of the concerned parties. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Overwhelming volunteers for Guinness World Breaking Record noted in Caraga

By Eric F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 23 (PIA) -  A steady stream  of volunteer planters in Caraga region who want to join the  World Guinness Record breaking for the most number of tree seedlings planted in one hour have kept pouring in just few days before the big event on September 26, 2014, officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 13 said on Monday.

DENR 13 regional director Nonito M. Tamayo said while the required planters for the 1,000 hectares planting sites in the region have been reaffirmed and completed last week,  more volunteers  from other sectors such as academe, and private organizations have kept on coming in and insisted that they be counted. “The support is overwhelming, as he issued instruction to his field officials to find suitable sites for the late comers to be accommodated,” he said.

A total of 29,618 planters have confirmed their physical attendance which are distributed over 1,181.53 hectares planting sites in the five provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat province ,based on the report of the TreeVolution Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) officials here.

He said he also received reports from other regions that more planters have enlisted their names on the long lists of participants in the World Guinness Record on the most number of tree seedlings planted in one hour which is currently being held by India in 2011. “Barring any complications, the results in Mindanao will surely break the record of India with a record of over 1.9 million trees planted by 340,000 participants in one hour,“ Tamayo said.

On Monday, DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje made an appeal to the people of Mindanao to throw their full support behind the bid to break the record.  The DENR regional offices in regions 9, 10, 11, 12, Caraga and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao have already mobilized more than 230,000 planters to plant 4.6 million tree seedlings in various locations in one hour from 8:30 am to 9:30 am on September 26, 2014.

Secretary Paje said “the people in Mindanao should turn out in full force and actively participate in tree planting as this is in support of the National Greening Program (NGP) of the government.”

NGP is the Aquino Administration’s flagship reforestation program that seeks to plant some 1.5 billion tree seedlings in 1.5 million hectares by 2016.  It aims to achieve poverty alleviation, food security, biodiversity conservation, environmental stability and climate change mitigation and adaptation. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Malakanyang mianunsyo sa bag-ong mga tinudlo sa nagkalain-laing ahensiya

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Setyembre 23 (PIA) – Ang Malakanyang nagpahibalo sa publiko kagahapon, adlaw’ng Lunes nga si Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III mi-appoint sa 12 ka mga bag-ong mga opisyales sa nagkalain-laing ahensya sa gobyerno.

Sa usa ka press briefing, si Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte miingon sa mga reporters nga si Presidente Aquino mipirma alang sa pagtugyan kang Victor Jose Luciano isip sakop sa Civil Aeronautics Board ubos sa Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC).

Matud pa sa taho nga apil sa mga gitudlo ubos sa DOTC ang mga musonod:  Emigdio Tanjuatco III isip presidente / chief executive officer ug miyembro sa board of directors sa Clark International Airport Corporation; Alipio Fernandez, Jr. ug Ramil Guiao isip mga sakop sa korporasyon sa board of directors.

Sa Department of Health (DOH), lakip nga gitudlo isip Director IV si Valeriano Lopez; ug sila Celia Carlos ug Ruby Constantino sa posisyong Acting Directors III.

Kalabot pa niini, ang Presidente gikatahong lakip nga iyahang giappoint ang mga musonod nga mga opisyales: Lea Delfinado pagka Director III sa Department of Public Works and Highways; Danilo Enriquez pagka- Director IV sa Bureau of Philippine Standards ubos sa Department of Trade and Industry; Briccio Santos isip chairperson sa Film Development Council of the Philippines; Gregorio Ramon Tingson isip myembro nga nagrepresentar sa sektor sa mga kabatan-onan sakop sa Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council; ug si Reginald Villasanta isip undersecterary ubos sa Office of the President. (NGBT/PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: City ENRO mipahigayon og citywide clean-up day

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 25 (PIA) – Ang lokal nga pangagamhan sa syudad pinaagi sa buhatan sa City Environmental and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) mipahigayon bag-ohay pa lamang og usa ka city-wide Clean-up Day libot ning syudad.

Sumala pa ni City ENRO Officer Engr. Elmer Tecson ang maong kalihukan gipahigayon subay na sa Executive Order nga gipagawas ni Surigao del Norte Governor Sol F. Matugas nga nagdeklara sa bulan sa Septeyembre isip bulan sa Kalimpyo, Kahapsay Surigao ubos sa Solid Waste Management and Pollution Control Program sa lokal nga pangagamhanan sa probinsya.

Ang maong kalihukan gipartisiparan sa mga nagkadaiyang sektor sa mga tulunghaan, government agencies, non-government organizations, religious sector and socio-civic organizations. (SDR/MICO-Surigao/PIA-Surigao del Norte)