12.18.2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Caraga GADCC encourages more students to join Short Film Festival

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 16 (PIA) – The Regional Development Council – Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) Caraga is encouraging more students to join in the Short Film Festival portraying stories of women with exemplary contributions in the society through video production.

The story shall be anchored on the theme, “End VAW Now! It’s Our Duty!” in relation to the observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) for this year.

“The contest is open to all college/universities students in Caraga region. The students must secure a Certification that they are officially enrolled for academic year 2014-2015. There is no limit of entries per student/team,” bared Atty. Marylin Pintor, GADCC chairperson and Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga regional director.

Pintor reminded interested participants that each team must be composed of not less than three but not more than eight members. The team must clearly identify/designate the role of each team member per entry. Characters that will appear in the film are not necessarily part of the team members while appearances of mainstream actors are not allowed.

“The contestant’s short film must run a minimum of three minutes and maximum of five minutes including front and back credits. Any entry beyond the length specified would be disqualified. Appearance of participant’s name, college/university logo/name or any product/brand name as a material or content in the video/film is disallowed,” Pintor reiterated.

The chair also stressed that the film may be based on true story or fictional. Stock photos or footages including any published materials directly downloaded from the internet will not be allowed, while use of any music materials, in whole or in part, protected by a copyright is prohibited.

“Portrayal of excessive violence, nudity, or obscenity is not allowed. The primary dialect to be used is Bisaya or Cebuano. English subtitle must be provided for very entry submitted,” added Pintor.

It was also learned that participants will have to pay P300.00 registration fee per entry. Multiple entries from the school/university are accepted. Deadline of submission of entries is on or before January 23, 2015.

For more information, interested participants may call the CHR Caraga regional office at telephone numbers (085) 342-6848 or 342-5280; and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) at telephone numbers (085) 342-5774. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DSWD meets Caraga press, shares KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP's accomplishments in 2014

By Eunice G. Montaos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 16 - Thirty media partners graced the press conference hosted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga held on Monday at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort here through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP).

DSWD-Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli, in her welcome message, bared that the main objective of the event is to present to the local tri-media the region’s accomplishments in the year 2014 implementation of KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP.

“The media are major stakeholders of this program and true to its principles of participatory, transparency, and accountability, this press conference aims to share with them the regional accomplishments of the Program for the year 2014 as well as the updates and the direction we are going to take for 2015,” said Brigoli.

“As partners, we would like the media to be one with us in the advocacy of alleviating poverty in the country,” she added.

During the press conference, regional community development specialist Elsa D. Montemor provided an orientation about the program and its nationwide and region-wide coverage.

Meanwhile, deputy regional program manager Ester V. Villamor presented the physical, financial, and social accomplishments of KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP.

In Villamor’s presentation, she revealed that 180 community sub-projects composed of solar power street lights, concrete pathways, multi-purpose buildings, pre-and-post harvest facilities, drainage canals, level II water system, solar dryers, wooden footbridge, tribal house, and others were completed under the funding of the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamanayaNAn (PAMANA).

“These sub-projects from the P53.7M PAMANA grant are expected to benefit a total of 78,435 households of which 43,534 are Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries,” reported Villamor.

“We are on track and we are on time, that’s how we work in KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP,” she added.

Also in the presidential table to answer the questions of the media during the open forum are assistant regional director for operations and regional program manager Mita G. Lim, assistant regional director for administration Nerisa T. Murih, Pantawid Pamilya regional program coordinator Alma S. Patron, Sustainable Livelihood Program coordinator Roy R. SerdeƱa, and Regional Convergence coordinator Geneliza Q Gabilan.

Present media partners are the following: Radyo Trumpeta, ABS-CBN TV Patrol Caraga, Periodico, Manila Bulletin, Bombo Radyo, Real Radio, Philippine News Agency, TV5, DXMK, RMN-dxBC, Hope Radio, dxJM, Centro Daily, GMA7, and Mindanao News Courier.

The said press conference served as the opening activity for the program review and evaluation workshop (PREW) of KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP attended by the regional program management office and the area coordinating teams. (Social Marketing Unit/ DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


ASELCO to make Christmas merrier for more than 4,000 households before 2014 ends

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, Dec. 16 (PIA) - The Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ASELCO) will make this Yuletide season merrier for the Agusanons by way of energizing more than 4,000 households or member-consumer-owners (MCOs) in the different parts of the province as part of its strategic implementation of the government’s Sitio/Purok Electrification Program (SEP) and Barangay Line Enhancement Program (BLEP).

“In solidarity with our public officials in the provincial, municipal and barangay level, rural electrification is our Christmas gift to the people of Agusan del Sur, most especially in the remotest areas where electricity was their constant dream. We hope that this Christmas is memorable for all the new MCOs whose households and communities will experience light brought about by the missionary electrification program,” ASELCO general manager Emmanuel B. Galarse shares.

Meanwhile, ASELCO board president Corazon D. Cullantes expresses her gratitude to Edita S. Bueno, administrator of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) for her continued trust and confidence to the Board, Management, and Employees of ASELCO for entrusting without ceasing th e BLEP and SEP implementation.

In 2015, ASELCO will energize 136 Sitios/Puroks under SEP and seven off-grid barangays under BLEP which will benefit more than 5,000 households in the different parts of the province of Agusan del Sur. The government has allocated P1M for each Sitio/Purok under SEP and P3M for each barangay under BLEP program.

ASELCO has a total target of 142 far-flung Sitios/Puroks with project cost amounting to P120,769,655.05 in the different areas within the province. (ASELCO Publication Team/PIA-Caraga)


AFP beefs up defense for Dec. 26 CPP anniversary

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 16 (PIA) – The army 401st Infantry Brigade claimed beefing up defenses against possible tactical offensives by the New People’s Army (NPA) as the 46th anniversary celebration of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on December 26 gets closer.

Brigade commander Col. Gregory Cayetano said atrocities are always part of the grand scheme the leftist group does to mark this occasion.

In this light, Cayetano sought the cooperation of the public to tip them of any relevant information, saying he hates this to happen.

Also, as part of strengthening their stance, he confirmed a meeting between the army and the police through the Provincial Joint Security Coordinating Council (PJSCC).

The army chief, whose area of responsibility (AOR) spans over Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur in Caraga region, said that the armed wing has been under close watch for holding assemblies regarding year-end assessment.

Asked for comment on the usual holding of plenum, Cayetano remarked they have yet to confirm where it is believed to take place.

Meanwhile, in connection with the December 9 bus bombing incident, the brigade commander said that NPA does not have a history of engaging in such a gruesome act referring to what happened recently in Maramag, Bukidnon where 10 civilians, five of them students of Central Mindanao University (CMU) have been killed.

Cayetano explained that NPA will certainly draw flak if they do like when they allegedly ambushed on November 30 an ambulance in Rosario, Agusan del Sur where four civilians have been reportedly killed and seven others wounded while on board. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DTI intensifies monitoring of noche buena products

By Cerila P. Inson

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Dec. 16 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry-Agusan del Sur Provincial Office (DTI-ADS) has intensified its monitoring of the prices of noche buena products in the major trading centers in the province based on the latest Suggested Retail Prices (SRP).

The said monitoring aims to protect the consumers from price manipulation and undue price increases in buying products during this holiday festivities and at the same time remind the retailers to sell their goods within the SRP.

Copies of the SRPs were distributed to wholesalers and retailers to ensure that they will be guided in computing for their mark-ups.

Retailers found to be selling above the SRPs shall be issued with a Show Cause Order requiring them to explain high prices for noche buena products despite the issuance of the corresponding SRPs. Corresponding penalties shall be imposed once a certain establishment is proven to be violating the provisions of the relevant laws and guidelines.

Noche buena products include ham, fruit cocktail, cheese, sandwich spread, mayonnaise, queso de bola, pasta/spaghetti, elbow and salad macaroni noodles, spaghetti and tomato sauce, and creamer.

DTI encourages the consumers to be vigilant in buying consumer goods in the market and see to it that the proper weights and measures are met.  They must also check the expiration dates to avoid buying spoiled food products.

For further information and inquiries, DTI-ADS may be reached at the following contact numbers: 085-839-2025, 085-343-7100, +639273212116 or 0999-884-2539. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Caraga)


DTI-Surigao Norte advises consumers to be safety-conscious when buying firecrackers

By Rodrigo R. Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Dec. 16 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is reminding the public to be always cautious and consider safety in choosing the fireworks and firecrackers they buy for the Christmas and New Year’s celebration.

DTI provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan advised the public to look for the Philippine Standards (PS) mark when purchasing fireworks and firecrackers to be assured of the product safety when used according to instructions considering that fireworks and firecrackers are under mandatory certification by the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) under the DTI.

With the same intentions against illegal and unsafe fireworks and firecrackers, the Philippine National Police (PNP), regulates the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices as mandated in Republic Act 7183.

According to Negapatan, the PNP has started monitoring the market for banned firecrackers such as Super Lolo, Lolo Thunder, Bin Laden, Giant whistle bomb and new names such as Gangnam Bomb, End of the World and Goodbye Pacquiao.

He said that the list of banned firecrackers continues to grow so the public must be very careful to be sure that they are buying legal firecrackers.

“For firecrackers, only .02 grams or 1/3 teaspoon of firework/ gun powder is allowed per firecracker, buyers should also check if the length of the fuse is too long or short and if the powder mixes are right, and should as well check if the fireworks are properly labeled with name of the firework, classification and intended use, brand or trade name, name and address of manufacturer, and the words “Made in the Philippines,” said Negapatan.

He further said that the firecracker should also specify the effects if the firework such as “Emits shower of spark,” and/ or “Produces bangs,” and warning and precautionary signs such as “Keep away from eyes and skins,” “Do not put in mouth,” and “Use only under adult supervision.”

"More importantly, use the product as per its specified appropriate instructions to avoid the risk of injury and damage to property, nevertheless precautions and safety should always be taken into consideration when purchasing the firecrackers," he added. (SDR/PIO-DTI Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


SurSur PNP maintains red alert for Yuletide season, New Year

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 16 (PIA) – P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero assured the public here that tighter security is in place not only during this Christmas time but through the early days after New Year’s celebration.

Aware of the many celebrations anywhere, Verdadero stressed that the province has been under continued red alert just to ensure no untoward incident is going to happen.

Verdadero likewise admitted that the New People’s Army (NPA) is under close monitoring due to possible attacks as the 46th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on December 26 is drawing near.

Earlier, he said, a meeting with the respective army battalions’ operations chief in the province has already been held.

Meanwhile, Surigao del Sur continues to enjoy good peace and order situation. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Stakeholders empower IP leaders through summit for peace, development

By Maj. Christian C Uy

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 16 (PIA) - The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples 13 (NCIP-13) together with the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division (4ID), Philippine Army in partnership with the local chief executives in Caraga Region, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) is holding today the Indigenous Peoples (IP) summit for peace and development held at Balanghai Hotel, Barangay, Doongan, this city.

The summit aims to strengthen the IPs in Northern Mindanao by addressing their issues and concerns in order to prevent them from New People Army’s infiltration, influence and exploitation. The summit also facilitates commitment of support from the different concerned regional line government agencies.

120 tribal chieftains coming from the four mainland provinces in Caraga Region (Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte) join the event. Present also are the different local chief executives, AFP, PNP and regional line government agencies in Caraga.

During the opening ceremony, Butuan City mayor Ferdinand M Amante Jr. gave his welcome remarks, and subsequently delivered his inspiring message concerning the rights and well-being of the IPs.

“On behalf of the people of Butuan City, I welcome you all to this historic city for the Caraga IP Leaders Summit. I commend the NCIP and AFP for spearheading this activity because we do acknowledge that our lumad brothers and sisters should not be overlooked in the talks for progress and development,” Amante said.

During the IP forum proper, everyone discussed the current situation of IPs as far as insurgency situation is concerned, IPRA law or the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997 and the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development Protection Plan, IP structure, ancestral domain, socio-economic development, and the traditional defense system in IP communities.

“We acknowledge that our IPs have specific rights based on their historical ties to a particular territory and their cultural or historical distinctiveness from other populations. These rights were also set forth by different international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank. As your protector, together with the NCIP and all the stakeholders, we will never let any organizations from disrespecting these rights and anyone who will attempt to destroy your communities,” said 4ID commander MGen. Oscar Lactao. (PA/PIA-Caraga)