Friday, January 23, 2015

NYC to hold 3rd RYAC Mindanao Convention

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) – The National Youth Commission (NYC) will hold this year’s 3rd Regional Youth Advisory Council (RYAC) Mindanao Convention on February 18-20, 2015 in Davao City.

According to Evanesa Pasamba, NYC Cluster Head in Northeastern Mindanao, the RYAC Convention will include the discussion of the following: 1) Integration of Programs/Projects/Activities (PPAs) in the Mindanao Youth Agenda; 2) Enrollment of youth programs/scholarships in the Mindanao Wide Youth Compendium; 3) Presentation of Best Practices (RYAC) Resolutions); and 4) Breaking session for RYAC (per region) discussion of Business Arising from previous meeting.

 “We are also requesting all agencies involved to bring with them the current statistical data on youth related issues related to their office’ mandate such as dropout rate, number of in school and out of school youth, number of youth in the labor force, Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) cases per region, youth in conflict with the law and others; and the rationale, objectives, scope and mechanics of enrolled programs for the compendium,” expressed Pasamba. 

Created by virtue of Republic Act (R.A.) 8044, otherwise known as the “Youth in Nation Building Act,” the National Youth Commission (NYC) is mandated to be the sole policy making and coordinating agency of the government for youth development. The said law created the National Advisory Council (NAC) chaired by the Secretary of Education and composed of various national government agency representatives. As the NAC regional counterpart, the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) was established primarily to localize the implementation of policies and the coordination and monitoring of programs in the regional level. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga cooperatives unite to co-own Agus-Pulangi to address power crisis in Mindanao

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) - In coordination with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), the Regional Cooperative Development Council (RCDC) Caraga hosted on Friday the Power Summit with the theme, "Co-owning the Agus-Pulangi Hydro Power Complex" held at the Provincial Covered Court, this city.

The said summit presented enormous opportunity where people's strength can be utilized to help solve the power miseries.

Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. warmly welcomed all the participants coming from the different provinces of the region.

"Your active participation here in this summit simply show you are willing and interested to help our government in solving the power crisis," he expressed.

Amante also emphasized the need to address the energy crisis in Mindanao. "Mindanao's economy is growing and more investments are coming, we hope to maintain those momentum but we are afraid that these cannot be sustained due to the power crisis we are experiencing until today. That's why we have to collaborate, work together and help solve this matter. We are towards co-owning the Agus-Pulangi hydro power complex," he said.

The mayor further thanked the organizers of said summit and called on all the members of the co-operatives to take their part and be one in achieving the Agus-Pulangi.

"The city government recognizes the efforts of the Regional Cooperative Development Council (RCDC) and the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) for initiating today's Caraga Power Summit with the theme, 'Co-owning the Agus-Pulangi Hydro Power Complex.' We are hopeful that through the collaboration of multi-sectoral groups in the region, thereby we could address the power crisis and improve our economic growth," articulated Amante.

Also, Francis Loque, Regional Cooperative Development Council (RCDC) Caraga chairman recalled how they were so desperate in seeking for resolutions to address the issue, and stressed the strong capability of the cooperatives in Mindanao to be able to bid for the ownership of the Agus-Pulangi.

"We first saw this power crisis in 2010, 2013 and today it is still confronting us and all that we hear from our power distributors is that either the management of Agus-Pulangi Complex cannot be able to deliver its power supply commitment to the electric cooperatives and private distribution facilities or that there is already a shortage in the supply of electricity which makes our power woes increasing to our consternation. But, whichever, as co-operators, we cannot afford to remain silent," reiterated Loque.

Representing Agusan del Norte Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba, Provl Administrator Percianita Racho also expressed her support to the Caraga Power Summit. "On behalf of our beloved governor, the provincial government strongly supports this summit today and we are also one in our efforts towards co-owning the Agus-Pulangi hydro power complex," she said.

Meanwhile, Oriental Mindoro Representative Reynaldo Umali encouraged all the present members of the cooperatives in the region to participate in the organization of ‘One Mindanao Cooperative’ along with other cooperatives in other parts of the island and be able to participate in the bidding for the Agus-Pulangi hydro power complex.

“I believe that cooperatives are the people who want to get things happen especially in the crisis that we are facing today. Let’s act now for the benefit and interest of our people. We will be working with all the other co-ops in Mindanao and we will fight for this, we will bid for the Agus-Pulangi,” shared Pete Ilagan, president of the National Association of Electricity Consumers of Reforms, Inc. 

CDA region 10 director Orlando Ravanera highlighted the significant role of the co-operatives. “Yes, if the root of the problem is the disempowerment of the people, we now launch the countervailing force called ‘People Empowerment’ in the Land of the Brave and the Free,” he bared.

The Mindanao Generation Group is home to the Agus and Pulangi Power Plant Complexes. With a combined installed capacity of 982 MW, Agus and Pulangi Power Plant Complexes supply Mindanao electric power consumers more than 50% of its total electricity requirements.

In line with its power generation mandate, Mindanao Generation manages two dams—the Pulangi Dam in Maramag, Bukidnon and the Agus IV HEP Dam at Balo-i, Lanao del Norte. It has implemented various strategies to ensure dam safety and flood control and mitigation. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Physical injury tops index crimes in AgSur

By David M. Suyao

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Jan. 23 (PIA) - Physical Injury, with 502 incidence, ranks first in offenses reported by the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the whole year of 2014 during the joint Peace and Security Coordinating Committee meeting here attended by top military and police officers with Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza presiding.

Following physical injury is theft with 260 incidence, followed by murder with 166 incidence and robbery with 105 incidence. Rape cases are still high with 62 incidence, while carnapping ranks sixth with 48 incidence.

Compared to 2013, crime volume tremendously increased by 1,012 incidence with 2,573 cases last year, compared to 2013 with 1,561 cases. Crime solution efficiency therefore decreased from 66.59 percent in 2013 compared to 44. 73 percent last year. Crime cleared totaled to 1,329 while crime solved is 1,151.

The PNP has also conducted operations against illegal drugs totaling to 192 operations last year, arresting 238 persons. Volume of shabu confiscated was 294.64 grams, and marijuana with 5,976.72 grams, all amounting to 6,244,670. One hundred fifty five cases were filed in court.

“The illegal activities of criminal groups in the province of Agusan del Sur will continue in direct correlation with the changing economic realities in the province. The occurrence of crime will continue but Agusan del Sur Police Provincial Office will continue to strengthen counter measures to address the prevailing situation that affects the peace and order in the province,” assistant provincial director for operations PC/Insp. Rodelio Roquita said who rendered the report.

Present during the meeting were 4th infantry division commander General Oscar Lactao and PNP Caraga regional director P/CSupt. David Ombao. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


In Dinagat Islands: SK voters hike by 17 percent

By Ma. Jane A. Mayola

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Jan. 23 (PIA) – The number of Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) voters in Dinagat Islands for the SK Elections in February has ballooned to 17 percent, according to Commission on Election’s (COMELEC's) report during the Joint Provincial Command Conference held recently at the Provincial Guest Center, Capitol Compound, Brgy Cuarinta, San Jose, this province.

From 4,885 registered voters in 2014, the number of SK voters now went up to 5,703 this year or an increase of 17 percent, said COMELEC Caraga regional director atty. Francisco Pobe.

He said that the most number of voters came from the municipality of Basilisa with 1,474 total voters while the least number of voters came from the municipalities of Dinagat and Tubajon having 503 total voters each.

Director Pobe noted that the filing of candidacy for this year’s SK special election will start on February 7, 8, 9 and 10 and same policy during the October 2013 barangay election will be applied for the upcoming SK special election.

However, if some rules will be changed by the office of the National Commission on Election, we will immediately notify the provincial level as soon as possible, Pobe added. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


SurSur guv set to receive 'Bayani Ka!' award from DSWD

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 23 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel is set to receive the “Bayani Ka!” award today at Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Conference Center in Makati City from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

According to DSWD Caraga regional director Minda Brigoli in a letter dated January 12, 2015, “the Province of Surigao del Sur, through your leadership, has been chosen as the national awardee for the special award on improved local governance (PLGU) category."

A cash prize of P10,000 and trophy will be handed over to Pimentel in behalf of the province.

Brigoli defined “Bayani Ka!” award as “a social marketing initiative of the National Program Management Office (NPMO) of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP).”

Its purpose “is to show what Community-Driven Development (CDD) essentially does which is raising local, everyday heroes who are willing to put their communities (‘bayan’) before their own selves (‘I’),” she added.

Pimentel is likewise expected to give “a short message/testimonial” for the attending DSWD high-ranking and key officials after the award is given.

“The ‘Bayani Ka!’ Awards will serve as the culminating event for the Unified Program Review and Evaluation Workshop (PREW),” it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Sec. Paje approves permit for retrieval, disposition of Typhoon Pablo-damaged logs

By Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) - Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje has approved a special permit for the retrieval and disposition of the inventoried/validated 28,056 cubic meters of typhoon Pablo-damaged trees/timber in the affected barangays of the Municipalities of Esperanza and La Paz, Agusan del Sur.

The DENR secretary thru the undersecretary for field operations Demetrio L. Ignacio Jr., issued a memorandum indicating the mechanics to be observed in the retrieval operations. The retrieval operation was set to be limited to a non-extendable period of six months. A clearance was also granted for the use of the Agusan River for the final transport of the wood materials to the designated Wood Processing Plants.

The permit was approved through the endorsement of cabinet secretary and Task Force Pablo chair Jose Rene D. Almendras pursuant to Memorandum Circular No. 53 dated August 30, 2013 issued by President Aquino entitled, “Enjoining all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the National Government and Local Government Units (LGUs) to actively support the full implementation of the Task Force Pablo Rehabilitation Plans and Programs.”

Based on the guidelines, the operation shall be facilitated by the Indigenous People (IP) communities of La Paz and Esperanza with the technical support and supervision of the Provincial Technical Committee chaired by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer of Agusan del Sur, Forester Roberto Oliveros and the PENR Office Forestry Specialist as the Over-all Field Coordinator.

For the Municipality of La Paz, CENR officer of Talacogon, Forester Luis P. Gonzaga will serve as the coordinator to be assisted by the Talacogon CENR Office Forestry Specialist. On the other hand, CENR officer of Bayugan, Forester Eleazar Alaira will be the coordinator for the Municipality of Esperanza with the help of the Bayugan CENR Office Forestry Specialist. Representatives from the Office of the Civil Defense, Department of Social Works and Development, Department of Interior and Local Government, National Commission on Indigenous People, and the LGUs of Esperanza and La Paz will also be members of the committee. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur prison guards seize 'shabu, paraphernalia' in cell

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 23 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur Tandag District Jail Warden Senior Jail Officer 4 (SJO4) Andres Espinoza, Jr. bared that “shabu in sachets and some drug paraphernalia” were seized inside prison cell no. 4 on January 20, 2015 by a 20-man team, all under him.

Dubbed as “greyhound operation,” the warden claimed suspicion about something “fishy” going on under their noses; hence a surprise inspection was decided to be carried out.

After the operation yielded positive, the assistance of the Tandag City Police Office (TCPO) and the Police Provincial Office (PPO) to conduct a “substance examination” has been immediately requested, he said.

Espinoza pointed out that prison cell no. 4 is occupied by Melvin Cabacas, Ronald Lago and Ricbon Lora, all accused of violation of Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, except for Marlon Gauron, a murder suspect.

The Surigao del Sur District Jail in Tandag has 61 inmates as of last count, 16 or 26.66 percent of them are facing drug-related charges, the warden remarked. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DILG-13, JPIC-IDCI ink MOA for cinemobile phase III

By Jason Ryan R. Lam

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) - To strengthen its fight against trafficking in persons, the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation – Integrated Development Center (JPIC-IDC, Inc.) entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)–Region 13 for Cinemobile Project III covering the cities of Butuan, Cabadbaran and Bayugan and the municipalities of Nasipit, Bunawan and Prosperidad in the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur as pilot LGUs for the project.

The partnership highlights capacity development of the Local Committee Against Trafficking and Violence Against Women and their Children (LCAT-VAWC), and monitoring of its functionality to ensure protection of women and children against, and prevention of, human trafficking.

Cinemobile Project III is a continuation of the JPIC-IDCI’s project in partnership with Karl Kubel Stiftung fur Kind und Familie (KKS) of Germany.  The implementation period will be up to 45 months from year 2014 to 2017. The target groups of the project are the four out of five pillars of criminal justice specifically the law enforcement, prosecution, courts/judges and the community as represented by the local government councils, NGOs and people’s organizations which contribute to the prevention of trafficking in persons.

In particular, the following target groups will compose of at least 15 prosecutors and 14 judges in Caraga Region, at least 30 social workers and 110 police officers directly handling children/women related cases from the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur, eight Local Committees Against Trafficking (LCAT) in six municipalities/cities and two targeted provinces, at least 75 trained multipliers/advocates from the academic, religious and media sectors who will reach out to at least 5,000 people (parents and children) in the targeted municipalities/cities and national and international organizations and networks.

Before the MOA signing, an orientation was conducted for the provincial directors, city/municipal local government operations officers (C/MLGOOs) of the target LGUs and selected regional office personnel. Among others, the orientation included a discussion on the salient features of Anti-Trafficking Laws and other related laws as presented by assistant city prosecutor Isabel Corazon Plaza of Butuan City; presentation of JPIC-IDC, Inc. Cinemobile Project Milestone by Cinemobile project coordinator Reann C. Mantilla; presentation of National and Regional Situationer on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) that tackles its updates and interventions; and orientation on the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2010-1 (Creation of LCAT-VAWC) and the Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. 9208 (Anti-Trafficking Act of 2003) by DILG-13 legal officer Atty. Allen M. Gasulas.

In her message, DILG-13 regional director Lilibeth A. Famacion stressed that the DILG will commit to extend full support and assistance to JPIC-IDC’s Cinemobile Project and all its undertakings to combat anti-trafficking in Caraga Region based on the memorandum of agreement.

“One of the best ways to stop trafficking is by empowering women,” RD Famacion said. “There is livelihood assistance for women through the Bottom-up Budgeting program of the government and there is a skills training program that has been offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) that helps to equip our women,” she added. Moreover, RD Famacion stated that the undertaking on LCAT-VAWC in Caraga Region is still young compared to other regions but still the means and ways to fight the menace of trafficking in persons must be the same. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


98 percent of AgSur power load restored

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Jan. 23 (PIA) - The Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative (ASELCO) organized Task Force Seniang successfully tallied a 98% completion mark in the rehabilitation of powerlines to areas crucially damaged by Typhoon Seniang in Sibagat, Esperanza and Bayugan City last December 29, 2014.

In the latest data presented by the Technical Services Department (TSD), 5,353 households in Sibagat, 7,623 in Esperanza, and 22,222 households in Bayugan were re-energized in the rehabilitation process.

Thus, a total of 35,198 municipalities were re-energized in mid-January. As remembered, a total of 40 personnel composed of electrical engineers from the Technical Services Department, linemen, barangay electricians, and ground workers were deployed in the typhoon-affected barangays and sitios in the municipalities of Sibagat, Esperanza, and the city of Bayugan last January 7, 2015.

“We are very fortunate enough to have achieved this restored percentage in an earlier time. All thanks to the people who assisted us in the line rehabilation. ASELCO is going to get back on track sooner than what is expected,” ASELCO OIC general manager Leah Fe F. Estillore said.

The power restoration and line rehabilitation timeline could have been accomplished earlier if not due to another Low Pressure Area (LPA) Amang which later progressed into a cyclone that also brought heavy in the Seniang-ravaged areas.

“The entire community of ASELCO would like to sincerely thank those people who took part in ASELCO’s line rehabilitation and power restoration efforts despite the unfavorable weather and difficult terrains,” ASELCO president Corazon D. Cullantes expressed. (ASELCO/PIA-Caraga)


DENR Caraga targets 16,591 hectares for NGP 2015

By Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga targets to plant 11,948,600 seedlings in a total of 16,591 hectares of land all over its five provinces under the National Greening Program (NGP) for 2015.

Agusan del Norte is set to plant 2,229,900 seedlings in a total of 2,998 hectares of land while Agusan del Sur aims to plant 5,190,000 seedlings in a total of 7,705 hectares. On the other hand, Surigao del Sur committed 2,809,400 seedlings to be planted in a total of 4,274 hectares and Surigao del Norte targets a total of 782,200 seedlings for 1,341 hectares land area. Added to this is the province of Dinagat Islands which targets to plant 136,500 seedlings in a total of 273 hectares of land.

The program aims to plant 1.5 billion seedlings in a total of 1.5 million hectares of land all over the country from 2011 to 2016.

As of 2014, DENR secretary Ramon J.P. Paje said the department is 11.6 percent above target. In the entire country, a total of 1,005,013 hectares were already developed out of the actual target of 900,000 hectares from 2011 to 2014.

“We are doing well in terms of our NGP here in Caraga. With the utmost cooperation of our partners, the beneficiaries, the local government units and the DENR employees, we expect that attaining or even exceeding our target for this program will surely be possible,” DENR-13 regional director Nonito M. Tamayo said. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: DENR modawat na alang sa mga nominasyon alang sa 'greenest schools' sa nasud

Ni Richell P. Bongato

BUTUAN CITY, Enero 23 (PIA) - Ang Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) modawat na karun sa mga nominado alang sa Most Environment-friendly ug sustainable schools sa nasud.      

Si Environment Management Bureau (EMB) director Atty. Jonas Leones giawhag ang mga publiko og pribadong tulunghaan sa elementarya, sekondarya ug sa kolehiyo sa pag-apil sa “2015 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-friendly Schools.”      

“Ang kumpetisyon tumong nga mo-awhag  sa mga estudyante nga mo-apil sa mga aktibidadis mahitungod sa mga isyu bahin sa kinaiyahan sa lokal nga lebel. Ug mo pa-ila sa mga skwelahan isip best eco-friendly nga programa ug aktibidadis,” matud ni Leones.

Ang National Search gi-organisa sa DENR- EMB sa kooperasyon sa Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) ug pribadong sektor.    

Unang gipahigayon ang kompetisyon kani-adtong 2009, pinaagi sa Republic Act 9512 kun Environment Awareness and Education Act of 2008. Kini usab inisyatibo aron suportahan ang deklarasyon sa 2012 isip ASEAN  Environment Year ug  United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, gikan 2005-2014.

Ang mga partisipante mo rehistro una sa www.sustainableschools.ph ug mo pasa sa ilang mga entry tulo ka hard copies sa ilang DepEd  Division Offices alang sa  pampublikong tulunghaan sa elementarya ug sekundarya  ug sa EMB Regional Offices alang sa pribadong skwelahan sa elementarya, sekundarya, ug ang kolehiyo. Ang minimum nga kinahanglan para sa judging mao ang ilahang hard copies.

Pwede pud ipasa ang ilang mga entries sa online gamit ang JPEG format sa resolusyon nga 300 dots per inch, nga adunay minimum size nga 1536 x 2048 pixels ug maximum file size nga 1MB. Ug ipadala pinaagi sa email nga ecofriendlyschools@gmail.com. Dapat ang entry mohaom sa tema nga “Sustainable and Eco-friendly Initiatives.” Ug adunay mubong deskripsyon ang nakabutang sa ilahang entry.

Ang top entry sa kada region idala sa EMB Central Office aron sa National Judging.

Ang deadline sa pagpasa sa mga nominasyon karung Abril 10, 2015 ug ang mga mananaog i-anunsyo karung bulan sa Nobyembre niining tuiga.


Alang sa uban pang kasayuran mahimong adto lang sa http://www.emb.gov.ph ug http://www.sustainableschools.ph. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)