Thursday, December 11, 2014

DSWD, partners spearhead campaign against human trafficking through flashmob

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 11 (PIA) – In time with this year’s celebration of the International Day Against Human Trafficking on December 12, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga spearheaded a flashmob activity on Thursday in various strategic areas which include the Bancasi airport, City Hall, Guingona Park, and Robinson’s Place, this city.

“Through the flashmob activity, we aim to reiterate the message that the public should understand and bear in mind that trafficking is a nationwide threat and that Filipinos must act and report any information on human trafficking. Let’s not tolerate such act. Let’s prevent it in any way we can,” relayed Edilyn Pujadas, social worker officer I handling Recovery and Reintegration Program for Traffic Persons of DSWD-Caraga.

Pujadas further reiterated that children are often at the risk of being exploited because of circumstances in the community. “We must continue to intensify our anti-trafficking campaign to give attention to the root causes of trafficking which include poverty, culture, gender discrimination, lack of education, breakdown of families and natural and man-made disasters among others,” she said.

Said activity also formed part of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) from November 25 to December 12, 2014.

Partner government agencies such as the Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Health (DOH), and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) actively participated in the flashmob, information dissemination, and awareness campaign.

A flash mob (or flashmob) is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, before quickly dispersing. (JPG/VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga 81st RDC meeting to push through on Dec. 19

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 11 (PIA) – The 81st Regional Development Council (RDC) meeting that could have already taken place on December 4 is reset on December 19, 2014.

Marjorie Pagaran, secretary to Surigao del Sur governor Johnny Pimentel said that the final schedule has already been agreed upon after Surigao del Norte governor Sol Matugas, RDC chair, called on the former by phone.

Reportedly, Matugas was prompted to cancel the earlier schedule due to the threat of Typhoon Ruby.

Meanwhile, Pagaran stressed that everything regarding the meeting remains the same except for the postponement.

As previously set, the activity is going to be held at Villa Maria Luisa (VML) Hotel in Tandag City, this province.

Among the top 10 agenda lined-up for discussion are items that have something to do with disaster plans and programs, it was learned.

Also, a Christmas party/fellowship with the theme, “Going ASEAN” is set to follow. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


AgSur retailers continue vigilance in selling iron pipes, tubes

By Cerila P. Inson

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Dec. 11 (PIA) - Retailers of galvanized iron [GI] and black iron [BI] pipes and tubes of this province are now strictly checking if their inventories are product standards-compliant.

This has been observed during the recent conduct of monitoring activities by the Department of Trade and Industry-Agusan del Sur Provincial Office (DTI-AdS) this quarter.

In an information drive campaign organized by DTI-AdS and the Industry and Philippine Association of Galvanized Iron and Black Iron Pipes and Tubes manufacturers, Inc. in Agusan del Sur last September 2014, it was emphasized to both retailers and consumers that steel pipes used in water, steam, gas and air lines are subject for mandatory product certification under Philippine National Standard No. 26:2003 which requires strict adherence to the safety requirements in the manufacture of these pipes and tubes as well as the mandatory markings and labeling.

This measure aims to help improve the manufacturing and production standards of the manufacturers, educate wholesalers and retailers on the mandatory markings and labels, and at the same time, ensure that consumers are provided with safe and quality products.

Consumers are reminded that when buying pipes and tubes, they must ensure that product standard markings are evident with Philippine Standard marks if locally manufactured, and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) marks if imported with the logo/brand of the manufacturer, the type of pipe, the length and diameter and the corresponding color requirements. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Caraga)


Dinagat Islands generally peaceful – PNP

By Jane Mayola

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Dec. 11 (PIA) – The Police Provincial Office here considered the entire province as generally peaceful.

During the recently held Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting here, police provincial director P/SSupt. Crispulo Casilana said that despite the overall 379 crimes committed from January to November this year, the province is still considered as generally peaceful.

He said that this number of crimes committed provincewide is comparable only to a certain municipality outside Dinagat.

Casilana also reported other accomplishments of the PNP from January to November this year, including the arrest of 48 wanted persons, confiscation of illegal logs worth P66, 213.56, and confiscation of 2.2 grams of illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, with respect to the prevention of incidents during this Christmas and New Year’s celebration, the PNP are currently implementing extra police visibility in the province and will assign fireworks designated areas to avoid fire incidence.

"We will also be sealing off our firearms as well," Casilana said. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)   


Junior consumer advocates join DTI in trade laws monitoring

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 11 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry Agusan del Norte Provincial Office (DTI-ADN) has been inviting consumer organizations annually in the conduct of regular inspections in business establishments to monitor compliance to fair trade laws (FTLs).

This is part of DTI-ADN’s continuing efforts to build the awareness and capability of consumer organizations in monitoring relevant laws and guidelines affecting consumers and the general public.

For this year, 20 members of the Jr. Butuanong Konsumador – Agusan Colleges Chapter joined DTI-ADN in the conduct of FTL monitoring.

The activity started with a briefing where the junior consumer advocates were given instructions on how to conduct the monitoring.  They were oriented on what to look for in some products sold in retail and how to prepare the inspection and monitoring report.

Specific fair trade laws such as Price Tag Law, and laws on labeling and product standards were given focus during the inspection.

It is the intention of the office to impart relevant information and skills to these college students in consumer awareness and protection such that they will proactively enhanced their contribution in the community as well-informed consumers. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Increased moringa processing seen with turn-over of new equipment

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 11 (PIA) - The United Farmers of Cuyago, Inc. (UFCI), operating in Barangay Cuyago, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte, is expecting to see a significant increase in its processed moringa production with the new equipment from DTI-Agusan del Norte Provincial Office (DTI-ADN) under the agency’s Shared Service Facility (SSF) Program.

This SSF worth Php 645,000.00 is in support to the Moringa Production Project initiated by the Agri – Aqua Development Coalition Mindanao (AADC) and is expected to assist 30 farmer-MSMEs in Jabonga and generate 30 jobs.


Ramabe D. Montilla representing DTI-Agusan del Norte officer-in-charge Gay A. Tidalgo turned-over the SSF equipment to UFCI president Virginia D. Montilla.  AADC staff Alvin I. Frasco and Jabonga municipal agriculture officer Adriano D. Balan stood as witnesses. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)