Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MinDA, DOE launch web portal for RE projects in Mindanao, aim to streamline applications

MANILA, Oct. 14 (PIA) – An online web portal designed to track and monitor renewable energy (RE) projects in Mindanao was launched at the Diamond Hotel, here on Monday, in line with the goal to achieve a balanced mix of fossil-fueled and RE sources across the island-region.

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the Department of Energy (DoE) through the Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC) have officially launched the One-Stop Facilitation and Monitoring (OSFM) Web Portal, pushing forward the move to streamline application process for the region’s RE projects.

Speaking before partner agencies and other guests from the power sector, MinDA Chair, Sec. Luwalhati Antonino emphasized the importance of ensuring that the entry of additional capacities to be introduced in the island-region should put a specific focus on the accelerated deployment of RE sources.

Committed capacities to be positioned starting next year have provided excess net reserves for the island region since 2009, however, most of these projects are centered on fossil-fueled power sources – particularly coal-fired power plants.

“While we welcome a regime of reliable power supply in Mindanao with the installation of baseload plants, it behooves upon us to also undertake deliberate and purposive efforts to accelerate the deployment of RE capacities,” said Antonino.

Antonino further stressed that the development of RE sources in the island-region is imperative in the thrust of substantial investment and trade opportunities for Mindanao.

“This is in line with the Mindanao Development Corridors, one of MinDA’s flagship programs which is concentrated on the expansion of logistical, infrastructural, and connectivity endeavors within the island-region,” she said.

Antonino added that reliable, affordable, and sustainable power through RE projects is essential in the full realization of the said strategy.

“It is important to stress that RE development plays a huge part in aggressive and effective investment programming and promotions that will complement MinDA’s Growth Corridors and help us achieve a balanced and inclusive growth among our regions in Mindanao,” she said.

The OSFM web portal is established to allow fast-track processing of RE power project applications through a monitoring system that includes facilitative tracking and real-time status updates for partner government agencies and project stakeholders.

During the web portal’s launch, a ceremonial turnover of computer certificates took place, while stakeholders were shown a demonstration of how the facility can be used in tracking and monitoring ongoing RE project applications.

Romeo Montenegro, MinDA’s director for Investment Promotions and Public Affairs and the head of the MPMC’s technical working group stressed that the OSFM web portal is just an initial phase in the vision of the MPMC towards RE development, which is also in line with the Mindanao 2020 development strategy.

“The One-Stop web portal is but a first step towards achieving the goal of a streamlined application process for RE development, which is also consistent with the Mindanao 2020 strategy on the diversification of energy mix for the island region,” said Montenegro.

Established through Executive Order No. 81, MPMC plays an active part in spearheading and coordinating efforts to address and improve the overall power situation and concerns in Mindanao. (MinDA/PIA-Caraga)


POPCOM initiates intervention to prevent teenage pregnancy

By May Ann O. Escobal

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 14 (PIA) - Alarmed with the increasing incidence of teenage pregnancy in Caraga region, the Commission on Population (POPCOM) Caraga is actively initiating various interventions to help the young people become more aware of the information they need for their health, development and total well-being. POPCOM is looking that through these interventions, youth will be able to build life skills, develop capabilities to manage their future and become responsible citizens of tomorrow.
                                           
POPCOM Caraga Regional Director Alexander A. Makinano urged everyone to harness the life skills of the youth in facing squarely the demands and challenges of everyday life. Makinano further emphasized that the youth should take advantage of all opportunities that may come in order to prepare themselves for adulthood because this will ensure a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their future family, including their capability to fully realize their potentials.

POPCOM official mentioned that the agency’s newest interactive-educational intervention is the U4U Teen Trail Initiative which aims to deliver critical information to prevent teen pregnancy and reduce the prevalence of STIs through online and mobile platforms.

Part of POPCOM’s tool in its continuing communication is the Sexually Healthy and Personally Effective (SHAPE) training package – a vital tool and a vehicle for working with families, communities and schools, in providing appropriate information and assistance needed by adolescents for developing positive and responsible lifestyle choices and behaviors. (POPCOM-13/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga regional development body backs Men's Day

By May Ann O. Escobal

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 14 (PIA) - The Caraga Regional Development Council approved the call spearheaded by the Commission on Population (POPCOM) for the declaration of November 19, 2014 and every year thereafter as International Men’s Day with the passage of RDC ExeCom Resolution No. 6, series of 2014.

This approval opens up a new horizon not only for POPCOM and other regional line agencies and institutions in the region but the women and men as well who are advocates of Men’s Involvement in Reproductive Health and Reproductive Parenthood. 

The date for the celebration is the same date celebrated by many other countries which for a moment pause to give way and honor for the men to celebrate and highlight their contributions towards the attainment among others, of a healthy lifestyle and involvement in responsible parenting, which in the end helps in realization of gender equity and equality in all phases of life.

POPCOM Caraga will lead the various activities by merging the central theme of the International Men’s Day Celebration with that of the advocacy of the agency as concretized in the Kalalakihang Tumutugon sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Kalusugan ng Ina at Pamilya (KATROPA) Modules.

POPCOM Caraga Regional Director Alexander A. Makinano stated that the support given by the council for this celebration will not only recognize men as equal partners of women but will help improve gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. “Through this occasion, men will celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them”, Makinano emphasized.

POPCOM official underscored the significance of this celebration for it aimed to encourage men to excel in all areas as equal partners of women in nation-building. (POPCOM-13/PIA-Caraga)


National Crime Prevention Month celebration culminates in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY, Oct. 14 (PIA) – The celebration of the 2014 National Crime Prevention Month culminated with a quiz bee, extemporaneous speech and poster making contest spearheaded by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Surigao City Police Office held recently at the Surigao City Cultural Center.

According to City PNP-Police community relations officer P/Insp Tessiel Moleta, these activities were conducted yearly by the city PNP with much emphasis on crime prevention since it is their primary concern and mandate.

Declared winners of the quiz bee contest were Ace B. Correos of Caraga Regional Science High School (1st place); Emelou L. Dumas of Cantiasay National High School (2nd place); and Gena S. Bernardino of Rizal National High School (3rd place).

For extemporaneous speech contest, 1st place - Alimaxcel F. Mora of Wilfredo D. Rafols Memorial High School; 2nd place - Mary Jane P. Graven of Taft National High School; and 3rd place - Christine Ann Origenes of Saint Paul University-Surigao.

The on-the-spot poster making contest winners were Geramel Vic F. Llego of Caraga Regional Science High School (1st place); Richard Andy N. Delfinado of Rizal National High School (2nd place); and Angelo Joshua A. Elemos of Surigao City National High School (3rd place).


The Crime Pevention Month celebration was also supported by the local government of Surigao City. (SDR/City PNP-Police Community Office/PIA-Surigao del Norte)