Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PIA Caraga to launch mobile app for news, information, disaster response

By Fryan E. Abkilan

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 10 (PIA) - The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga has taken a step further toward the digital age with the launch of a new mobile application that will provide the people with up-to-date information about the region especially during disasters and emergencies.

Caraga regional director Abner Caga said the PIA Caraga mobile application will be available for Android and iOS users before the end of the month.

“The good thing about this app is that people can keep track of the near real-time access to news, other relevant updates about the region as well as tips that will help them better ride out a disaster,” Caga said.

“Users can now conveniently access our SMS text blast through this mobile application,” he added.

The new mobile app is another original initiative of PIA Caraga to maximize the utilization of technology. 

Caga said that its IT team is regularly searching for new possibilities to enhance the information dissemination capability of the region and they are very optimistic that the same will be adopted as one functional platform of the entire agency.

“In this fast-paced development of technology, more communication engines are being introduced so we have to keep abreast in order to cope with the demands of the public for the latest news and updates. We want to be sharp and surgical as possible in the delivery of information,” said Caga. (FEA/VLG/PIA-Caraga)


LGU- Butuan creates multi-sectoral governance coalition

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 10 (PIA) – In line with the implementation of the “Vision 2020: Towards Becoming the Premiere Forest City in the Country,” the city government here led by Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. has created a Multi-Sectoral Governance Coalition (MSGC) that will encourage each member to align with the objectives as the city envisions to become a model of a sustainable forest-based economy, thereby, giving its people the highest per capita income in Mindanao by 2020.

The MSGC is the core group of well chosen representatives from key sectors comprising the academe, business and religious, among others.

“The magnitude of effort required to realize the vision calls for a unified action and pooling of resources among the government and private sectors. We encourage our partners to work with us collectively and assist us in the implementation of the various programs and feedback the development of the strategic initiatives in pursuit of the Vision 2020,” said Amante.

The mayor pointed out that the MSGC is an essential element of the Performance Governance System (PGS), particularly for the local government units (LGUs). It was regarded as an important strategy to ensure continuity of the transformation agenda because unlike the elected leaders who are serving in specified term, the stakeholders of a particular sector do not change as often.

According also to mayor Amante, the MSGC shall identify, recommend and establish policies and/or legislative measures to safeguard interest and concern of all stakeholders enrolling a particular project, and to keep track of the status of the vision.

“MSGC members are also enjoined to participate in the preparation of Commodity Development Road Map and assist in identifying sub-strategic programs, projects and actions in realizing our goal,” bared Amante.

The present local administration is enrolled in the PGS under the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) as its strategic action to optimize resource mobilization and poverty reduction.

Thus, the city propels to implement community-based foresty projects, manage and control communal forests, establish tree parks, and other similar forest development projects like industrial tree farming and agro-forestry projects. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


DAR Agnor turns over P3.7 million project to farmer cooperative

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 10 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of Agusan del Norte provincial office turned- over the completed Post Harvest Facility (PHF) under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project Phase III (ARISP-III) worth more than P3.7 million to Libas Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative (LFMPC) with 115 farmer-beneficiaries in Barangay Libas of Jabonga town in Agusan del Norte last December 5.

During the ceremony, Jabonga Mayor Jasmin F. Monton and DAR Caraga regional director Faisar A. Mambuay with Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Andre B. Atega, CESO V, cut the ceremonial ribbon and unveiled the project marker.

Mayor Monton thanked the DAR Regional and Provincial Project Management Offices for the package of interventions that boosted economic condition not only on Libas Farmers MPC but also all farmers within the Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) in Jabonga.

“I encourage the LFMPC to take care of the project and make their business become commercially viable,” Mayor Monton added.

Mambuay, in his message, said that the municipality of Jabonga has been the recipients of worth millions of small-scale interventions such as farm-to-market road, irrigation system, agri- enterprise projects, and post-harvest facility.

Provincial agrarian reform program officer Andre B. Atega witnessed the ceremony and congratulated the local government unit (LGU) of Jabonga as good project implementor.

Data from the Municipal Engineer's Office showed that the project has a floor area of 200 square meter consisted of five rooms, a comfort room, an office, fully furnished fixture and hardwood door and window frames, equipped with lighting and water system suitable for LFMPC’s proposed Coco Virgin Oil Processing Plant.

LFMPC chairman Elson P. Morada lauded DAR-ARISP III for another window of opportunity that addressed LFMPC business gap that lead to the expansion and deepening of the production of their Coco Virgin Oil business venture.

The project is a jointly funded by government and by Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) implemented under DAR’s Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project, Phase III (ARISP III) and the LGU of Jabonga. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DSWD Caraga augments 51, 785 family food packs for Region 8

By Eunice Montaos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 10 (PIA) - In response to the great need of relief efforts after the country was hardly-hit by typhoon Ruby, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga has already produced a total of 51,785 family food packs (FFPs) for augmentation to Region 8 (Eastern Visayas).

DSWD Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli disclosed that 24,000 FFPs already reached at Tacloban Hub, and 12,000 of which are to be distributed in the municipalities of Mapanas, Gamay, Lapinig, and Palapag of Northern Samar.

“As of the moment, the two-winged vans loaded with 6,000 FFPs are waiting for shipping schedule at Lipata Port, Surigao City,” Brigoli added.

She also bared that a winged van is currently loading 3,000 FFPs in Butuan City, and two winged vans are on their way to load 6,000 FFPs in Surigao City.

The remaining 12,785 FFPs are waiting for the arrival of the four contracted winged vans.

The DSWD Caraga has two repacking stations situated at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) warehouse in Tiniwisan, Butuan City, and at Brgy. Luna, Surigao City.

Some 276 registered volunteers, together with some personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), volunteers from congressman Lawrence Fortun, civilian volunteers, and selected staff of DSWD Caraga were mobilized for the completion of the targeted 50,000 FFPs augmentation for Eastern Visayas. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Dinagat Islands SP approves 2015 Annual Budget, CNA

By Jane A. Mayola

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Dec. 10 (PIA) – The members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) here approved various proposed ordinances and resolutions during its 58th SP regular session, the last session of the year presided by vice governor Benglen B. Ecleo on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

Among these are the provincial ordinance enacting the Annual Budget of the province for the year 2015 amounting to P466 million representing the needed expenditure and the Local Income Estimate amounting to P50 million.

Another is the resolution approving the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) of Dinagat Islands Provincial Employees Association (DIPEA) and the authorization of the provincial government to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

Vice governor Ecleo and the SP members also approved the budget proposed by the Committee of Finance as Productivity Incentive Bonus (PIB) for regular employees and financial assistance for the job order employees of the province.

Meanwhile, the proposed permanent items for the department heads in the Provincial Community Affairs Office (PCAO), Provincial Population Office (PPO), Provincial Labor and Employment Management Office (PLEMO), Provincial Information Office (PIO), Provincial Tourism and Culture Office (PTCO), and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDDRMO) were also approved for submission to the Department of Budget and Management office for referral.

Board member Mario Menil said that there is no assurance if the DBM will approve the proposed items except for PDRRMO, since the proposed items are not being stated in the Revised Index of Occupational Services.

However, the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will make generic positions for the promotion of deserving officers. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


Cebuano News: ‘Light a tree project’ gilusad sa Nasipit

Ni Roselyn Exaure/Rolando Lopez

BUTUAN CITY, Dis. 10 (PIA) - Malampusong gilusad ang "Light A Tree Project" sa lungsod sa Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, pinaagi sa pagpanguna ni Mayor Enrico R. Corvera uban ni Vice Mayor Deck Victor B. Carmona ug mga sakop sa Sanggunian Bayan.

Dungan usab sa maong switch-on ceremony mao ang fireworks display nga gikahinaman sa katawhang Nasipitnon, kon diin ubay-ubay usab nga mga katawhan ang misaksi sa maong kalihuman.

Kabahin usab sa ilang activity mao ang Daygon Contest nga gisalmutan sa nagkadaiyang estudyante sa tulunghaan sa elementarya sa lungsod sa Nasipit.


Subay niini mapasalamaton si Mayor Corvera sa mga katawhan ug mga bisita nga miduyog sa maong kalihukan. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)