9.03.2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

MinDA, DENR, partners all set for this year’s TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 3 (PIA) – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and other partners in the government are all set for this year’s Mindanao-wide campaign dubbed as “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW,” on September 26, 2014.

The MinDA together with its partner agencies in the government and private sector aims to plant 4,636,000 trees in multiple locations covering a total of 9,200 hectares in just one hour.

Cecilia Triño, Caraga Area Manager of MinDA reiterated that this will also serve as a campaign to improve environmental awareness among all Mindanawons.

“Mindanao will turn green as a quarter of a million Mindanawons attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Most Number of Trees Planted Simultaneously in Multiple Locations in One Hour on September 26, 2014,” Triño emphasized.

This initiative also supports the National Greening Program that targets 1.5 million hectares reforested by 2016 to which Mindanao’s contribution is 456,000 hectares and the MindaNOW! Nurturing Our Waters Program which aims to harmonize the management of Mindanao’s natural resources.

Also, the representatives from the concerned government agencies will convene the media on September 4 for a press conference on the said big event and it will be held at the Robinson’s Atrium, Butuan City.

Triño encouraged everyone to register online at Facebook account – Treevolution: Greening MindaNOW on or before September 10, 2014 or contact the local MinDA, DENR offices and local government units for details on how they can join. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


OWWA, DOST to hold EDSP, CMWSP examinations

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 3 (PIA) – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga announced that they will be conducting a qualifying examination on September 21, 2014 for its Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) and Congressional Migrants Scholarship Program (CMWSP) for school year 2015-2016.

In a press conference held on Tuesday in one of the local convention centers here, OWWA-Caraga regional director Eduardo Bellido bared that a total of 181 OFW dependents are expected to take the scholarship qualifying exam, 170 applicants for EDSP and 11 applicants for CMWSP.

“EDSP is intended for immediate dependent of active OWWA member OFW who intends to enroll in any 4-5 year baccalaureate degree consisting of P60,000.00 per school year. Meanwhile, the CMWSP grants P30,000.00 per school year to qualified child of former OFW who intends to pursue 4-5 year baccalaureate course in Science and Technology, Engineering or any applied sciences,” disclosed Bellido.

Bellido added that tuition fees shall be paid directly to the school while the remaining amount shall be released to the scholar upon submission of the grades for the semester.

The CMWSP, on the other hand, is another baccalaureate scholarship program mandated by Republic Act 10022 and is funded by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


OFWs, dependents continue to benefit OWWA’s short-term education, training program

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 3 (PIA) – “We are encouraging more of our OFWs and their legal dependents to avail of OWWA’s short-term education and training program for their personal growth and better employment.”

This was the statement of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga regional director Eduardo Bellido, during a press conference held on Tuesday in one of the local convention centers here.

“The IT training is a free training which aims to give the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents access to technology-based training in the hope that this will give them the skills to find better employment opportunities as well as help bridge the physical divide between the workers and their families in the Philippines,” bared Bellido.

Bellido also said that for this year, OWWA targeted around 600 availees for IT. According to him, there were already 487 OFWs and OFW dependents that have availed under IT training course.

Bellido further announced that the Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) is offered to active member OFWs and their legal dependents who intend to enroll in any short-term training program consisting of a maximum of P14,500.00 per course leading to a completion of a vocational or technical course in any Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-accredited school.

It was also learned that the Seafarers’ Upgrading Program (SUP) is a scholarship grant for seafarers who intend to enroll to short-term upgrading courses. Under the said program, the seafarer can avail of P7,500.00 training assistance. Availment in another training course will be every after three recorded membership.

“As of today, there were 29 seafarers enrolled under SUP, 22 of which have already graduated,” he remarked.

For more information, the OWWA-Caraga can be reached at telephone number: (085) 815-1894; 342-6178. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)   


Landbank Tandag City branch to launch Mobile LoanSaver

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Sept. 3 (PIA) – The local branch of Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) here is set to launch its “newest product, the LANDBANK Mobile LoanSaver, in partnership with Smart e-Money,” according to LANDBANK Tandag Branch Manager Herbert Luna.

In an invitation letter sent to Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel, he said that “the event will be held on September 11, 2014 (Thursday), 5:30 pm, at the SMX Convention Center Davao (Function Room 3).”

“Please be informed that in our efforts to provide all our confirmed guests with the best experience during the event, we are moving it to a bigger and better venue, as well as to a new schedule,” he advised.

The occasion, which is also dubbed as “Clients’ Appreciation Celebration,” “will also serve to introduce our new tagline ‘We Help You Grow,’” Luna stressed.

Meanwhile, it was learned that “the LANDBANK Mobile LoanSaver is the first-ever fully electronic, paperless salary loan with auto-savings builder feature.”

“This is just one of LANDBANK’s latest innovative products developed to serve you more efficiently and responsively,” Luna added. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Dinagat Islands joins 20th NCPW, peace month celeb

By Ma. Jane Mayola

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Sept. 3 (PIA) - Despite the adverse weather condition, the provincial government of Dinagat Islands through the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) was still able to conduct a kick-off ceremony in observance of the 20th National Crime Prevention Week and Peace Month here on Monday, September 1, 2014.

A motorcade around the province and a short program kicked-off the month-long celebration participated in by the Philippine National Police, Department of the Interior and Local Government, members of the Provincial and Municipal Peace and Order Council, and government employees.

Vice Governor Benglen B. Ecleo, in his message, urged everyone to work hand in hand with the government for the prevention of crimes in the province.

 "Let us keep this place as peaceful as we always wanted it to be and let us help each other in combating crimes in our province," Ecleo said.

Meanwhile, Provincial Administrator Millard Tawakal, in behalf of Governor Glenda B. Ecleo, said that the month-long observance aims to strengthen the bond between the youth, law enforcers, and other sectors of the society not only in the fight against crime but also in its prevention through awareness campaigns and increase commitment, youth participation and partnerships in the promotion of proactive approaches in reducing crime.

To highlight the month-long observance, various contests for students from the seven municipalities are set to deepen their understanding and awareness.

There will also be an awarding of provincial winners for the Most Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Award and Most Outstanding Barangay Peace and Order Committee. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/ PIA-DInagat Islands)


SURSECO II set for 35th anniversary celebration

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Sept. 3 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur Electric Cooperative II (SURSECO II), which covers the first district of the province as its service area, is set to celebrate its 35th anniversary on September 6, according to General Manager (GM) Engr. Iglorio Hinayon.

The affair will highlight the Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) Ceremonial Energization, Friendship Games, Outreach Activities at the Adela Serra-Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC), and Loyalty Service Awarding Ceremony, he said.

In an invitation letter sent to Governor Johnny Pimentel, Hinayon stressed that they remain steadfast in their “vision and mission in giving quality service to the member-consumers and in fulfilling the national goal of total electrification and promoting consumer interest and satisfaction.”

In fact, GM Hinayon bared that this year, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) has allotted some P14,000,000 for SEP; about P9,000,000 of which, have already been put in place.

He likewise said that SURSECO II has already over 56,000 billed consumers as of latest.

Meanwhile, important personalities in the entire province, including political bigwigs, are invited to grace the event, it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tagalog News: Balangkas ng Bangsamoro Basic Law ay nasa pinal na baitang na, sabi ng tagapayo ng kapayapaan

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Setyembre 3 (PIA) - Ang balangkas ng Bangsamoro Basic Law ay kasalukuyang nasa pinal na baitang ng pagpipino at ito ay isusumite sa Kongreso bago umalis si si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino patungo sa Europa at sa Estados Unidos sa susunod na linggo.

“Ang balangkas na BBL ay kasalukuyang nasa pinal na baiting ng pagpipino. Sa tantiya ng MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) at tsirman ng Bangsamoro Transition Commission na si Mohagner Iqbal, ang balangkas ng panukalang batas ay nasa 99 porsyento tapos,” sabi ni Presidential Peace adviser Teresita Deles noong Martes.

Ang pagsusuring muli ng pangulo sa balangkas ng Bangsamoro basic law ay nakompleto halos dalawang linggo na ang nakaraan, basi sa komento ng Pangulo.

Kapwa ang gobyerno at grupo MILF ay gumawa ng pag-uusap at palitan ng nota at ang resulta ay isinumite rin sa Pangulo, sabi ni Deles.

Ang pamahalaan at ang MILF ay lumagda ng Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro noong nakaraang Marso na ang tukoy ay tapusin ang deka-dekadang nakasanayang pagkahiwalay ng Muslim sa Mindanao.

Kapag naipasa na nang Kongreso, isang plebisito ang gagawin at ang trasition authority ay lilikhain bago ang pagganap ng isang halalan kasabay ng 2016 na halalan.

Nangako si Pangulong Aquino na ituloy ang pagkaroon ng patas at demokratikong halalan sa 2016 para pumili ng mga mamuno sa bagong likha na rehiyon ng Bangsamoro. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Medical ug dental outreach program gipahigayon

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 3 (PIA) - Malampusong gilusad ang Medical and Dental Outreach Program sa Barangay Caloc-an ug Barangay Sto Nino, Magallanes, Agusan del Norte, kon diin gipangunahan kini sa Agusan del Norte Provincial Government pinaagi sa Provincial Social Welfare Population and Nutrition Services Office ug sa Provincial Health Office.

Usa kini ka tinuig nga kalihukan sa Provincial Government ubos sa programang "Sagip Sa Kalusugan Sa Barangay" ni Governor Maria Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba, pinaagi sa paghatag ug libreng serbisyo medical sa katawhang Agusanon kon diin usa kini sa iyang mga priority programs atol sa iyang administrasyon.

Subay niini mapasalamaton sila si Caloc-an Barangay Captain Hon. Desiderio Putian Carsula ug Santo Nino Barangay Captain Hon. Benjamin Casil sa Provincial Government kon diin gatusan sa ilang mga katawhan sa barangay ang nakapahimulos sa libreng serbisyo sama sa medical check-up, ibot sa ngipon, x-ray ug libre nga mga tambal.

Mapasalamaton usab sila Kapitan Carsola ug Kapitan Casil sa personal nga pagbisit ni Gov. Matba sa ilang Barangay aron ilang mapaabot usab ang mga nag-unang problema sa ilang barangay. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Cebuano News: DOE nanawagan alang sa pagdihon sa mga rehiyonal nga plano sa enerhiya

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Setyembre 3 (PIA) - Sa tubag sa panudlo sa Presidente kang Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla aron sa pagsiguro nga ang mga nagtubo nga panginahanglan sa enerhiya nga makab-ot, siya nanawagan alang sa  pagdihon sa mga rehiyonal nga plano sa enerhiya nga makasiguro sa pagsuplay sa enerhiya sa tibuok nasud.

“Ang panginahanglan alang sa rehiyonal nga pagplano sa enerhiya ang mahinungdanon alang kanato sa pagsusi sa potensyal nga tinubdan sa enerhiya ug pagpalambo sa sekyuridad sa enerhiya sa tibuok nasud (The need for regional energy planning is essential for us to explore potential energy sources and promote energy security across the nation),” si secretary Petilla miingon sa usa ka pamahayag niadtong Martes.

Atol sa iyang State of the Nation Address (SONA) niadtong Agosto 28, si Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III miingon nga bisan pa sa mga paningkamot aron sa pagsiguro nga ang mga pagdugang sa panginahanglan alang sa enerhiya makab-ot, ang gobyerno mangandam alang sa pagkadaot og sa pagmentenar sa “power plant”, panahon sa El Nino ug uban pang mga "wala-damhang mga panghitabo."

“Kita buot nga mahimong bug-os nga nag-andam aron nga kita makalikay sa paralysis kon ang labing pait nga mga panghitabo ang moabot. Ang tumong: nga adunay giplano nga mga solusyon alang sa mga problema nga dili mahitabo hangtud sa sunod tuig (We want to be completely ready so that we can avoid paralysis if the worst-case scenario arises. The goal: to have planned solutions for problems that will not arise until next year),” siya miingon.

Sumala pa sa taho nga atol sa presentasyon sa sa sitwasyon og panglantaw sa Palawan Power Plant, si Petilla miingon nga alang sa probinsiya sa Palawan, ang Department of Energy (DOE) mihatag og award nga 25.08 megawatts sa Renewable Energy nga proyekto ug pending nga mga aplikasyon alang sa lima ka megawatts sa mga proyekto ug 1.7 megawatts sa potential renewable energy nga mga dapit. Kadaghanan sa niini nga mga proyekto migamit sa solar ug hydro power. Ang pinakadako nga proyekto mao ang 10-megawatt Puerto Princesa City Solar Power Project, nga gigantihan sa Enfinity Philippines Renewable Resources Inc.

Siya midugang sa pag-ingon nga alang sa probinsya sa Mindoro, ang DOE nga mi-award sa 189.3 megawatts nga katakos sa renewable energy nga mga proyekto, diin ang pinakadako mao ang 48-megawatt Puerto Galera Wind Power Project sa Philippine Hybrid Energy Systems Inc.

Dugang pa niini, ang Mindoro adunay 47.1 megawatts nga potensyal nga renewable energy ug 151.2 megawatts sa potensyal biomass energy resources, tungod sa iyang halapad nga umahan. Ang Pitkin Petroleum nagpalihok sa Service Contract 53 sa pag-usisa sa isla sa gas reserves, nga gibana-bana nga adunay mokabat sa 76.36 bilyon cubic feet.

Si Petilla usab miingon nga ang Palawan Energy Plan padayon pang girepaso sa Energy Planning ug Policy Bureau, samtang ang Mindoro Island energy development plan pa gihapon nga padayon pang gidihon.

Ang plano sa enerhiya alang sa Palawan ug sa Mindoro ang gikatakda nga ipagawas sa umaabot nga katapusan nga quarter niining tuiga ug Enero 2015. (NGBT/PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: Buhatan sa Surigao City Health mopahigayon og mass immunization sa measles rubella, oral polio vaccination

Ni Annie Abis

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 3 (PIA) – Ang buhatan sa City Health Office ning syudad mupahigayon og pagpangbakuna sa Measles Rubella, Oral Polio Vaccination ug Mass Immunization ang sugod Septyembre 1 hangtod 30, ning tuiga.

Sumala ni Public Health Nurse Marife Malacay nga ang maong kalihukan sa ilang buhatan himoon alang na sa mga Surigaonon kini basi sa kamandoan sa buhatan sa Department of Health (DOH) aron mahilikay sa mga nagkadaiyang mga sakit sama sa tipdas, polyo ug rubella german measles nga naka- alarma na dinhi sa atong nasod.

Sumala pa ni Malacay ilang hatagan og prayoridad sa pagbakuna mao kadtong anaa sa high risk affected areas sama sa mga resettlement o squatters area ug kasikbit nga mga lugar sa mga kabaranggayan nga nag- unang apektado sa maong sakit samtang magdepende usab ang klase sa ilang ibakuna sa pangidaron sa ilang bakunahan. (SDR/MICO-Surigao/PIA-Surigao del Norte)