SurSur starts plan to spruce up venue for 2015 Caraga Regional Athletic Meet
By Greg Tataro Jr.
TANDAG CITY, Oct. 2 (PIA) – The province of Surigao del Sur has already started to prepare the venue for the 2015 Caraga Regional Athletic Meet (CRAM) which is slated early next year.
According to Provincial Engineer Joselito Secarro, assessment of the area has already been done, adding that an initial funding of P600,000 is being sought for the face-lifting of Surigao del Sur Sports Center—the same venue where the 2014 CRAM was held—in Tandag City—just below the capitol area.
However, he said that the funding requirement can still go up to more than a million pesos.
It will be recalled that on August 15, the Caraga Regional Sports Board headed by DepEd Regional Director Atty. Alberto Escobarte wooed Governor Johnny Pimentel in a meeting here to host anew next year’s regional sports event by which the latter eventually “relented.”
During the governor’s official announcement of his commitment regarding the matter on August 18 in a flag ceremony program before capitol employees, he remarked, “So, if I am not mistaken, this is the only province that will host the CRAM for two consecutive years.”
A couple of days before the sports board meeting was held, Pimentel admitted that he was “hesistant” of making a repeat of what the province did early this year due to financial requisite—referring to the hosting of the 17th CRAM.
It was learned from Danilo Durano, Draftsman III of the Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO), who was tasked then to oversee the massive repair and rehabilitation of the sports center, that besides other related expenses for some public schools, which were used as billeting quarters of all athletic delegations, the provincial government has spent, at least, P10 million in this particular project alone, in preparation for its previous hosting—a stark contrast to the present situation. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
DENR Caraga exec declares success of the TreeVolution, thanks volunteers
By Eric F. Gallego
BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 2 (PIA) - Declaring the event successful, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga regional director Nonito M. Tamayo has expressed gratitude and thanks to all who participated on the TreeVolution‘s massive tree planting events last September 26, 2014 that contributed in the new Guinness World Record of the most number of tree seedlings planted in one hour in different locations.. He also commended the Department of Education (DepEd), the Philippine Army (PA) troops and the Philippine National Police (PNP), different local government units, industry partners, people’s organization and all those who gave their full support to the great tree planting event.
“The participants are overwhelming as they trooped together to the planting sites as early as 2am to register and be counted in the lists for the historic event,” Director Tamayo said during the Monday convocation program of the DENR-Caraga in Butuan City. Director Tamayo and his three other Regional Technical Directors namely Atty. Paquito Rosal of Land Management Services who had supervised the activity in Socorro, Surigao del Norte, Ronilo Salac of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Management and Ecological Research and Development Management Services in Agusan del Sur and Maritess M. Ocampo in Agusan del Norte. Director Tamayo was assigned to supervise the activities in the 185.50 hectare- planting site in Barangay Maticdum, Tandag, Surigao Surigao del Sur.
For the record, he said, a total of 27,907 planters have registered on site, out of the more than 29,000 planters who confirmed their participation days before the event. There were 1,125.33 hectares that were planted with a total of 514,038 different species of fruit-bearing trees and other timber trees like mahogany, acacia, falcatta, timber, cacao and other indigenous timber.
The PENRO in Tandag, Surigao del Sur under PENRO Rosendo Asunto has the biggest contiguous planting area in Caraga region with an area of 187.5 hectares in Barangay Maticdum, about 11 kilomters away from the city proper. There were about 37,647 fruit tree seedlings of various kinds planted in that area with an average time of 40 minutes only. Most of the planters were seen resting after the task where they planted the 25 seedlings assigned to each of them as they waited for the siren blast of firetrucks that instruct them to stop.
“They were happy when they emerged from the hills one hour later” Director Tamayo said.
Director Tamayo congratulated the entire personnel of the DENR in the region for their untiring efforts that contributed to the success of the event. He cited some CENR field personnel who spent their time overnight at the planting site without minding the far distance just to be at the start of the counting.
“It has proven that the people can bring back the forest in unity” Director Tamayo said. “ Based on the reports reaching us , we have a 99.2 percent (%) completion of all the enrolled sites for the Guinness Record-breaking attempt in Caraga Region “ he added.
The actual and final outcome of the Mindanao TreeVolution event is expected to be finalized and available in about a month but at this early, indications are clear that the Philippines has shattered the record of India. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)
DILG-13 directs Punong Barangays to enjoin Church/Faith based organizations during Barangay Assembly
By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa
BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 2 (PIA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 13 (Caraga) directs 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, short-term for the Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan is where information, volunteerism and participation flow freely between the three stakeholders towards sustainable development. With the church and the barangay working and assisting 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.
The linkage began with the partnership forged by the late DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo and Most Reverend Bishop Antonio R. Tobias D.D. in 2011 – one that gave birth to a unique organization whose vision was to empower good governance via grassroots and interfaith participation.
Presently, Secretary Mar A. Roxas continues the legacy and empowers the development of barangays by strengthening the partnership with renewed fervor during the UBAS Convenors meeting with Liga ng mga Barangay President Atty. Edmun Abesamis, Bishop Antonio Tobias and Luis Antonio Tagle.
One of the goals of UBAS is to develop barangays as “Center of Development” by encouraging and transforming citizens into Barangay Good Governance Advocates and strengthening rapport, friendship and cooperation between the barangay Church and government for the effective delivery of social services.
This tri-partite linkage is pursuant to Section 34 of the Local Government Code which provides that local government units will promote the establishment and operation of people’s and non-government organizations to become active partners in the pursuit of local autonomy. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)
DTI Surigao Norte conducts rapid market survey on steel pipes, galvanized iron products standard compliance
SURIGAO CITY, Oct. 2 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) together with the Philippine Association of Black Iron and Galvanized Iron Pipes and Tubes Manufacturers, Inc. has conducted recently a rapid market survey on Black Iron and Galvanized Iron Steel Pipes Philippine National Standards (PNS 26:2004) in some leading hardware retailers in the city.
The activity is undertaken to look into the types and quality of steel pipes being sold in the local market as to its conformity in prescribed standards set by the Bureau of Products Standards (BPS).
According to DTI-Surigao del Norte Provincial director Celestino Negapatan, it was found out during the monitoring that there are few hardware establishments having investors of steel pipes that did not conform to the product standard under PNS 26:2003 in terms of thickness, zinc coating and the required markings.
“These concerned establishments were advised accordingly to properly dispose of their product inventories without the required BPS certificate for locally manufactured steel pipes or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) certificate for imported items.” Negapatan said.
After dutifully cautioning these establishments, DTI will be conducting enforcement activities to follow through on their compliance to existence laws and business regulatory requirements. He added. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
Tagalog News: Pangulong Aquino sinegurong muli sa mga mamumuhunan na ang pinagsamang resolution ay para matugunan lamang ang kakulangan ng koryente
AGUSAN DEL SUR, Okt. 2 (PIA) - Sinegurong muli ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino noong Martes sa mga may kaakibat sa sektor ng enerhiya na ang pamahalaan ay kumilos para humingi ng pinagsamang resolusyon,na magbigay pahintulot na kumontrata ng dagdag na kapasidad na gumawa habang hindi ginugulo ang merkado ng enerhiya.
“Nababatid ko na ang mga mamumuhunan sa sektor ng enerhiya ay may agam-agam sa mga pamalakad na maaring gumulo sa merkado, pero hayaan ninyong seguraduhin ko sa inyo. Ang panghimasok ng pamahalaan ay nangangahulugan lamang sa pagsago sa kakulangan,” sabi ni Pangulong Aquino sa kanyang talumpati sa komperensiya at ekshibisyon ng Energy Smart Philippines 2014 na ginanapsa SMX Convention Center sa Lunsod ng Pasay.
“Ang nag-iisang hangarin ng inisyatibang ito ay para maseguro na ang ating ekonomiya ay hindi nawawala ang kanyang pagpursige sa pagsapit ng kakulangan sa koryente,” sabi niya at habang sumang-ayon na ang bansa ay may kinakaharap na posibleng magkaroon ng posibleng kakulangan ng 300 megawatts sa pagdating ng tagtuyot sa susunod na buwan.
Ang ganuong sitwasyon ay nangangailangan ng hakbang para maseguro na ang suplay ng koryente kung kumulang man ay tataas, kaya tayo humingi sa Kongreso,” sabi niya.
Kinuha ng Pangulo ang tulong ng Section 71 ng Energy Power Industry (EPIRA) Reform Act ng 2001 o ang Republic Act 9136 na kung saan nagsasaad na “Sa pagtitiyak ng Pangulo ng Pilipinas ng hindi mapipigilang kakulangan sa suplay ng koryente, maaring magbigay ng otorisasyon ang Kongreso, sa pagitan ng pinagsamang resolusyon, na magtatag ng dagdag na likhang kapasidad sa ilalim ng mga termino at kondisyon kapag ito ay naaprobahan.
Samantala, sinabi ni Kalihim ng Enerhiya Jericho Petilla na maraming mapagpilian ang makikita maliban sa paghingi mula sa Kongreso na magbigay ng otoridadn sa pamahalaan na komontrata ng dagdag na mapagkunan ng kapasidad.
Kasali na sa mga pagpilian na ito ay ang paggamit ng mga industry players ng malalaking naka stand-bay na generators sa panahon ng pinakakailangan sa buong araw sa ilalim ng Interruptible Load Program, ang gawing sapilitang pagtipid ng enerhiya sa trabaho at sa bahay man, at ang pagtakda ng air conditioning units sa 25 degrees celcius. Ang mga ito ay iilang suhestiyon na ibigay natin sa mga mambabatas," sabi ni Petilla. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)