Friday, October 3, 2014

RCWC Caraga to launch “Awareness Walk on Children’s Rights”

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 3 (PIA) – In line with this year’s Children’s Month celebration, the Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) composed of government agencies and private sector is spearheading the launching of “Awareness Walk on Children’s Rights,” on October 4, Saturday.

Said activity will start at 6:00 a.m. from Agusan del Norte Provincial Covered Court going to the City Hall.

“This year’s theme of the 22nd National Children’s Month celebration is ‘Bata Kasali Ka, Ikaw ay Mahalaga.’ The theme highlights children’s rights to participation and encourages stakeholders to promote and advocate for children’s participation in decision-making process at all levels at home, family and community,” disclosed regional director Minda Brigoli of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga.

Brigoli further emphasized that this event involves participation of children in the community, schools and day care centers, teachers, parents, partner agencies and other stakeholders on the promotion of children’s rights.

Presidential Proclamation No. 267 declared the month of October of every year as the National Children's Month to emphasize the importance of the role of the child within the Filipino family and in nation building. Section 13, Article II of the Philippine Constitution recognizes the vital role of the youth in the nation building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual and social well-being. It shall inculcate in the youth, patriotism and nationalism, and encourage their involvement in public and civic affairs. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


MinDA shares victory with Mindanaoans

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 3 (PIA) – Following the recently concluded TreeVolution: Greening MindanaNOW through a tree planting activity in multiple locations in Mindanao in one hour, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) shared victory with the rest of the Mindanaoans for the success of said historic event.

“But more than the new world record, we are overwhelmed with pride and gratitude for the support and cooperation of all Mindanaoans who came out in droves to support the movement to revive Mindanao’s forest cover. We are filled with hope by the sights of parents planting trees with their school children, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members planting beside military personnel, and by young students braving the heat and the long walk, all because they acknowledge that they are stewards of Mindanao’s environment,” expressed MinDA Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, in her written statement to Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga.

“The road to the TreeVolution was not easy. We were faced with a lot of challenges from Day 1 up to the last minute of the planting hour. An event of this magnitude requires more than the usual logistics support and coordination. That is why, we are humbled by the resolve and determination that each of you showed by participating in the activity notwithstanding the distance, cost, discomfort, and risk you had to face. Whether as planter, sponsor, validator, volunteer medic and rescue responder, or simple cheerers on the side and in social media – your support spelled success for the TreeVolution,” highlighted Antonino.

Antonino further stressed that the partnership will not end with the new Guinness World Record. “We celebrate our victory and we recognize the considerable work that still needs to be done to achieve our ultimate goal of leaving a healthy and sustainable environment for the next generation of Mindanaoans. We hope that we can continue to count on each other as we did today,” she said.

As of October 3, there were 4,000,841 planted trees recorded by 195,836 planters. (JPG/PIA-Caraga) 


AgNor1 solon files bill to declare August 2 as Butuan City Charter Day

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 3 (PIA) - Agusan del Norte First District Representative Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun has filed on later week of September 2014 the House Bill 5061, "An Act declaring August 2 of every year as Butuan City Charter Day and a special non-working holiday in the city to be known as the Adlaw Hong Butuan."

In his explanatory note, Fortun noted that "Butuan became a political entity in 1907 through the enactment of Act No. 1693 and a city by virtue of Republic Act No. 523, otherwise known as the Charter of the City of Butuan, which was signed into law on August 2, 1950. Since then, the people of Butuan have referred to the 2nd day of August as the 'Adlaw Hong Butuan,' or the Day of Butuan, which they commemorate every year in remembrance of its city-hood, its rich history and great achievements, and the significant contributions of its people."

"Butuan City is blessed with rich cultural heritage. It has over 1,600 years of recorded history. It is known to be the Home of the Balangays, the ancient boats utilized by our ancestors in traversing Asia in the pre-colonial times, the oldest of which was carbon-dated 320 A.D. It is likewise host to the Bequibel Shell Midden that is proof to civilized human existence in the area as early as the Neolithic Age. Thus, its people proudly lay claim to a declaration of their old folks, “in the beginning there was no Philippines, but there was Butuan.”

By declaring August 2 of each year as a special non-working holiday in the city, Fortun hopes to recognize the historical niche of Butuan as an ancient city and pay homage to the women and men who have contributed to its progress and development that should serve as inspiration and example to our people. (Lawig Katawhan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Agusan Norte Agrarian Reform coop wins Land Bank's Gawad Pitak 2014 award

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 3 (PIA) - Baug Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BCBMPC) in Agusan del Norte was recognized as this year's 24th Annual Ginintuang Gawad sa Pinakatanging Kooperatiba (Gawad Pitak 2014) awardee under the agri-based category during the celebration of Land Bank’s 51st Anniversary held at the Land Bank Plaza, Malate, Manila.

BCBMPC General Manager and Agrarian Reform Beneficiary (ARB) Luxmie B. Auxillo said that this year is the most prestigious award given by the Land Bank to BCBMPC where the cooperative became the 1st placer in agri-based category where it won P1 million worth of fixed assets.

“This is another year of spectacular achievements of BCBMPC. Last year, the cooperative also validated with the conferment of Hall of Fame award under the agri-based category where it won P100,000 worth of fixed assets,” Luxmie added.

After a decade of spectacular growth, the cooperative has grown exponentially and brighten the lives of its members particularly the need of ARB in Agusan del Norte to earn a living that creates a positive impact in the community.

BCBMPC is purely managed by ARB farmers. It operates in different municipalities in Agusan del Norte and extends services in some areas in Caraga Region.

Another awardee is Ruben M. Ragas of Sanghan Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) in Agusan del Norte who conferred  as 1st runner-up under Ulirang Magsasaka category for his exemplary contribution to community development and in diversified farming system that promotes environmental protection. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DILG chief issues memo for conduct of 'Barangay Assembly Day'

By Florian Faith, Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 3 (PIA) - Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Mar Roxas has issued Memorandum Circular No. 2014-100 dated August 18, 2014 relative to the conduct of Barangay Assembly Day for the second semester this year which is set on October 12, 2014.

Barangay officials are mandated to undertake activities such as the delivery of the State of Barangay Address (SOBA) with emphasis on CY 2014 first semester accomplishments, financial reports and updated report on the on-going programs and projects. This also includes the discussion of the barangay’s compliance to DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2014-81 dated July 15, 2014 relative to the posting of Barangay Budget, Statement of Income and Expenditures and other Barangay Financial Transactions, and Annual Procurement Plan.

A directive has also been issued to all Punong Barangays in Caraga region to ensure the active involvement of Church/Faith-based organizations in the simultaneous conduct of Barangay Assembly this October 12, 2014 through Memorandum dated September 29, 2014. This is to discuss the tri-partite linkage between the government, the church and barangay leaders in the partnership dubbed as Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS). It will ensure that the church and the barangay work and assist each other in the identification of areas that require improvements in social services, together they will work in harmony in the swift delivery and completion of projects that address social issues and concerns.

Other issues and concerns affecting the barangay shall also be discussed, such as, but not limited to disaster preparedness; solid waste management; peace and order situation, particularly on the proliferation of activities pertaining to illegal drugs in the barangay; monitoring and strict enforcement of laws against human trafficking at the barangay level; and the implementation of existing laws/ordinances on stray animals.

In case of failure to conduct the Barangay Assembly, a corresponding administrative complaint against barangay officials may be filed by any resident of the barangay, concerned citizen, government or non-governmental entity before the Sangguniang Panlungsod or Sangguniang Bayan concerned pursuant to Section 61 of the Local Government Code or through a complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman provided in Administrative Order No. 07 or the “Rules of procedures on the Office of the Ombudsman,” dated April 10, 1990. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Palasyo pinasalamatan ang pribadong sektor sa pagtulong sa pamahalaang matugunan ang krisis sa enerhiya

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Okt. 3 (PIA) - Ikinalulugod ng Malakanyang ang partisipasyon ng pribadong sektor sa pagtugon sa pang enerhiyang kaukulan lalo na sa posibleng kakulangan ng enerhiya sa susunod na taon.

Noong nagkaroon ng panayam sa media sa Palasyo, siniguro rin ni Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. na ipagpatuloy ng pamahalaan ang ginagawa para maibigay ang sapat nasuplay ng koryente sa panahon ng tagtuyot sa susunod na taon.

"Patuloy na tinututukan ng ating Department of Energy ang sitwasyon dahil tungkulin ng pamahalaan na tiyakin ang kasapatan ng suplay ng kuryente at ‘yung pagiging available nito sa mga mamamayan sa resonableng halaga," sabi niya sa mga mamamahayag. "Iyan ang pangunahing layunin ng ating pamahalaan."

Sinabi rin ni Coloma na ang pamahalaan ay patuloy na pinapasigla ang iba’t-ibang mga sektor para tugunan ang problema sa sektor ng enerhiya.

Napag-alaman niya na ang Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) ay nag-anunsiyo ng partisipasyon ng kanilang malalaking suki sa Interruptible Load Program (ILP) ng pamahalaan.

“Ang mga inisyatibang ganyan ay tinatanggap natin at pinapasalamatan natin ang hanay ng pribadong sektor sa kanilang pakikiisa sa pagharap sa power situation, dahil dapat naman talagang pagtulungan ito ng lahat ng mga stakeholders,“ sabi niya..

Sa ilalim ng ILP, ang mga kostumer na may malalaking konsumo ng kuryente tulad ng mga pangkomersyal na  establisyamento ay pagsabihan na gumamit ng kanilang sariling generator set kung makita ng grid operator na kailangang dagdagan ang power generation.

Gagawing madali ng programa ang pag manage ng mga kinakailangan para tulungang masiguro ang suplay kuryente sa panahon ng tagtuyot.

Tinutumbok ng ILP iyong may malalaking pinagsamang generation capacities, tulad ng mga malls, malalaking establisamento ng negosyo at mga pagawaan. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)