10.19.2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Two electric power companies eyed river in Sibagat potential for hydro-electric generation

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Oct. 16 (PIA) - Two electric power companies have explored the river connecting Awa river from Managong Falls in Barangay Padiay, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur potential to generate some 15 megawatts electricity if ever operated, reports from representative of Sibagat Global Hydro said.

In a presentation of the Agusan del Sur Environment and Sustainable Development Council (ASESDC) Secretariat on October 15, 2014, the two, Equiparco and  Sibagat Global Hydro are already on the initial activities in the preparation of their feasibility study and in fact have already installed water gauges in some parts of the river.

But on the process, issues and concerns crop-up between the two, and the tribal community as holder of the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) in the area.

According to report by the tribal leader in the area named Samuel Behing, overlapping on the water rights are already observed where a gauge installed in the river by the Sibagat Global Hydro is inside the water rights of Equiparco.

According to a Sangguniang Bayan (SB) member of Sibagat Roberto Buag, a resolution was already passed by the SB sponsored by him identifying the separated areas of water rights for the two companies. And by the rule, the resolution must prevail in order not to cause confusion and trouble between the two interested parties.

“Because of this situation where there are allegedly overlapping in the water rights, I am inviting both parties that visit the area and we will have a meeting in order to settle the differences if ever there are,” SB Buag said.

As prevailing concern of the tribal community led by Datu Samuel Behing, Engr. Lyndon Asucena, representative of Sibagat Global Hydro promised that they will comply with the requirements to secure permit to stay and operate in the area from the tribal leader to ensure safety while in the area.

“The features of our project are: This is a run of the river project therefore it has no height. It is just like a big wheel creeping in the river in order to generate power. It is also a renewable energy, a first priority dispatch. As green project, it can maximize income through utilization of feed-in tariff scheme. It will also become a tourist attraction in the area and most of all, it is a watershed enhancement project,” Engr. Lyndon Asucena of the Sibagat Global Hydro said.

According to study, the initial activities in installing hydro-electric plant such as being ventured by the two companies in Sibagat will take two years or more observation in order to start the project. (DMS/PIA-Caraga)


Tandag City lifts dengue, measles alert

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Oct. 16 (PIA) – Mayor Roxanne Pimentel has lifted the dengue and measles epidemics on October 9, 2014 that were declared upon all the 21 barangays of the entire of Tandag City.

“To put an official closure to the outbreak, I have already respectfully requested the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga to issue a declaration lifting the epidemic alert based on the progress reports we rendered indicating the decline and control of said diseases,” she said in a statement sent to media.

Pimentel said that according to Dr. Gerna Manatad, Head of the Infectious Diseases Cluster of the DOH Caraga, the certification is still on process pending the availability of signatories.

It will be recalled that during the 2nd Special Session held on August 8, the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) here, through its Resolution No. 130 series of 2014, has declared “the City of Tandag under State of Calamity due to Dengue Outbreak based on the report of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the DOH Regional Office XIII.”

Beforehand, on July 31, Mayor Pimentel has already launched the DOH’s anti-dengue campaign—Aksiyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD)—in Barangay Telaje, this city, the area with the most number of cases, then.

Also, during the height of the plague, as anti-dengue campaign was intensified, including the use of fumigation, “all pupils and students” were likewise required to wear “long pants and long tops.”

Mayor Pimentel said, “The fight against dengue and measles is a continuing one.” (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Hinatuan OFC benefits IT Training from OWWA

By Jean Mary G. Ronquillo

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 16 (PIA) - Providing OFW Family Circle (OFC) members access to technology-based training and strengthening the mechanism for their community enterprise, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in coordination with the local government unit (LGU) of Hinatuan organized a Computer Literacy Training benefiting the Hinatuan Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and Dependents Association (HODA).

Some 20 members of HODA participated in the Information Technology (IT) training which started on October 13. The HODA members headed by Rogelio Quino, requested technical assistance from OWWA for free IT training to aid them in marketing and labeling their products after they underwent skills training on Meat Processing recently.

During the kick off ceremony, OWWA Officer-in-charge for  Programs and Services Division Chief Ma. Ireen Cambaling stressed, “We at OWWA always ensure we respond immediately to the requests or concerns of our valued OWWA members even far beyond the office vicinity. As much as possible, we want to bring our services right at the doorsteps of our clientele.”

Meanwhile, OWWA IT Instructor Vincent Mahinay pointed out the five-day training session includes six (6) modules: Computer Fundamentals I and II, Internet and World Wide Web, Business Processing Fundamentals such as Word Processing and Spread Sheets, Presentation and Digital Media Fundamentals.

“We will start from the basics since majority if, not all of the participants raised they have no or limited knowledge about computer,” expressed Mahinay.

Moreover, he said, the participants are expected to produce an audio visual presentation as output to be showcased at the completion of the training on October 17 which will be graced by Hon. Mayor Candelario Viola. (OWWA-13/PIA-Caraga)


MRDP2 CFAD turns over 7.5M worth of sub-projects

By Japhet C. Sugian
        
MADRID, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 16 (PIA) - A total of P7.5 Miliion worth of sub-projects were finally completed and turned over to 21 people’s organization (PO) through a certificate of completion recently here.

The turn over event marks the full responsibility of the POs in sustaining the project and enhancing their management capacity intended for incoming ventures from other funding source. “The certificate is not just a piece of paper, it is a testament that reflects transparency, dedication, and unity among members of the organization”, said Madrid Mayor Jose Arpilleda.

Mayor Arpilleda expressed also his appreciation to the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga regional director Edna M. Mabeza, for continuously providing profound support to the municipality of Madrid, especially in improving the lives of farmers and fisherfolks.  “Our efforts as leaders is also DA’s effort in obtaining a very good income for every farming and fishing household”, he added.

Being the chief of the livestock section of DA 13, Mr. John E. Gamboa applauded the POs with working animal dispersal projects who were able to increase its number of carabaos to 20 heads out from the 9 heads they acquired through Mindanao rural Development Program’s (MRDPs) livelihood component.

Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Esmeraldo Odtohan also challenged the beneficiaries to do what is necessary to sustain the projects since its success lies in the hands of each member of the organization.

The activity ended with fruitful memories from each POs, receiving each certificate with honor and appreciation to MRDP-Community Fund for Agricultural Development program and hopeful for the realization of Philippine Rural Development Program linking each organization to establish an enterprise that will boost their economic activity. (PAO-Surgiao del Sur/PIA-Caraga)


DILG-13 capacitates LGUs for climate change adaptation, mitigation

By Bryan F. Edulzura

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 16 (PIA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government Caraga Region (DILG-13) recently capacitated 16 local government units (LGUs) within the Agusan River Basin (ARB) in the formulation of a Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) in a series of workshops in September 2014.

This activity is in response to the urgency of addressing climate change at the local level. 

“Instituting the LGUs’ adaptive capacities in a document provides legal mandate and impetus to effectively and efficiently respond before, during and after a disaster”, said Ray Gregory Jaranilla, Disaster Risk Reduction - Climate Change Advocacy focal person.  “This will enable them to set in place adaptation and mitigation strategies which are important in minimizing the impacts of climate change”, he added.

The activity targeted at first 14 LGUs (Butuan City; Agusan del Sur’s Esperanza, Bayugan City, Prosperidad, La Paz, Talacogon, Bunawan, Rosario, San Francisco, Trento, Veruela, Loreto; and Agusan del Norte’s Buenavista and Las Nieves). All of these are along the ARB a precarious position significantly vulnerable to climate change.

Because the project can accommodate more LGUs, the DILG have expanded coverage to include the remaining municipalities of Agusan del Sur—Sibagat and Sta. Josefa.

“The economic activities along Agusan River Basin cause heavy stress to the river system putting all LGUs within its path at risk and most vulnerable to flooding and rain-induced landslide”, Jaranilla stressed.

 “While the river system is considered one of the most important economic lifelines of Compostela Valley (Upstream), Province of Agusan del Sur (midstream) and, Agusan del Norte (downstream), it is also considered a tremendous threat to its people. It is an imminent danger, a disaster waiting to happen, if LGUs remain ill-equipped and fail to plan for climate change”, DILG-13 regional director Lilibeth A. Famacion opined.

The LCCAP is also considered a policy measure and may cover 30 years or more.  The plan is hoped to strengthen LGU capacities and ensure public safety.

The LGUs that underwent the training are expected to complete their action plans by December 2014. Whereas, another batch of the capacity building activity will be conducted on October 29-31, 2014 for the key cities/municipalities of each province in the region - San Jose, Dinagat; Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte; Tandag and Bislig City, Surigao del Sur; and Surigao City, Surigao del Norte. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


DILG-13 showcases Brgy. Libertad for 2nd Sem Brgy. Assembly

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 16 (PIA) - Barangay Libertad, here is the showcased barangay for the second semester of CY 2014 synchronized Barangay Assembly in the region. It conducted its Barangay Assembly on October 12, 2014 at their covered court with the complete attendance of their barangay officials. The assembly was jampacked by the attendance of their local residents with the participation of the personnel from the Department of the Interior and Local Government Caraga (DILG-13) headed by regional director Lilibeth Famacion and the representatives from inter-faith groups.

Famacion, in her message, expressed her appreciation and lauded the local barangay officials for adhering to their mandates and coming up with such important and very timely activity.

She informed the community of the on-going initiatives of the national government: First, she briefly discussed the Grassroots Participatory Process (GPP) relative to the preparation of the budget proposals of agencies, taking into consideration the development needs of the Cities/Municipalities as identified in their Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP) which shall be formulated with the strong participation of basic sector organizations and other civil society organizations. Second, she introduced the Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS) project, a tri-partite linkage between the DILG, interfaith churches and Liga ng mga Barangay (LnB) which is to ensure that good governance is practiced and institutionalized through strong partnership towards inclusive growth in the barangay.

DILG city director Romeo Solis delivered the message of Secretary Mar Roxas during the assembly. He emphasized the harmonization between the barangay and the inter-faith sectors as a way of effectively countering corruption and securing the government’s money.

Punong Barangay Vicente del Rosario comprehensively delivered his State Of the Barangay Address (SOBA) highlighting their CY 2014 accomplishments. Likewise, he provided time to discuss the issues and problems encountered in the performance of their specific mandates, such as the implementation of solid waste management in their area, peace and order, enforcement of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, as well as the barangay’s immediate needs. He also presented the lined-up activities and projects for the succeeding months this year.

The turn-over of the Grassroots Participatory Process (GPP) Detailed Project List of Brgy Libertad to Del Rosario and inter-faith groups from RD Famacion culminated the first part of the activity. The second part of the activity was slated for the open forum. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)