Monday, January 12, 2015

BAI to hold Animal Rabies ComPlan Workshop in Tagaytay

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 12 (PIA) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) will be holing this year’s Animal Rabies Communication Planning (ComPlan) Workshop on Jauary 19-22, 2015 at the Lake Hotel in Tagaytay City.

Said activity is in support of Republic Act 9482 or the “Anti-Rabies Act of 2007” which specifies the National Rabies Prevention and Control Program (NRPCP), a multi-agency effort in controlling and eliminating rabies in the country.

“The BAI was mandated to strengthen the training of field personnel and the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities on rabies prevention, control, eradication and responsible pet ownership. As art of this responsibility, the BAI needs to develop more target-specific IEC materials to create better awareness of the disease and the rabies program,” disclosed Rubina O. Cresencio, acting Director IV of BAI.

Cresencio also bared that the objective of this workshop is to develop a communication plan for rabies by: (1) identifying priority target audiences; (2) determining the appropriate channels for dissemination of information on rabies; and (3) defining key messages for specific target audiences on the prevention and control of rabies.

The conduct of the workshop will be supported by the Stop Transboundary Animal Diseases and Zoonoses (STANDZ) Rabies Project of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). All travel expenses, as clarified by Cresencio, shall be borne by the sending agency.

It was learned that the Animal Rabies Program will be discussed by Dr. Emelinda Lopez, Rabies Focal Person of the Animal Health and Welfare Division, Bureau of Animal Industry (AHWD-BAI), while the inputs on Communications Plan will be discussed by Rosemarie Aguirre, chief of the Health Communications Division of the National Center for Health Promotion of the Department of Health (NCHP-DOH).

Meanwhile, a question and answer session will follow every topic to give the participants an opportunity to clear up questions that they might have regarding the topic.

After the presentations, a workshop on the development of a complan will follow. The participants will be grouped into three to work on identified target audience: veterinarian, pet owners and local chief executives. The group’s output will be presented in a plenary. The facilitators are from the NCHP and BAI. Consultant will consolidate the outputs and will be presented to the National Rabies Control Program Committee.

Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system of warm-blooded animals, including humans. The disease can take a long incubation period (up to six months) and symptoms may take several weeks to appear after infection. However, once symptoms appear, rabies is always fatal in animals. (JPG/PIA-Caraga) 


DTI reminds business owners to renew their accreditation

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 12 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Norte Provincial Office reminds all business owners and managers specifically that of service and repair shops to renew their annual accreditation.

According to DTI Agusan del Norte officer-in-charge Gay A. Tidalgo, renewal of accreditation of said shops in the city and the province of Agusan del Norte without penalty will be until January 30, Friday only. Late filers will be fined with 25 percent surcharge as against their corresponding fees, Tidalgo said.

Tidalgo further said that the renewal of accreditation is based on Republic Act No. 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines. The scat requires the accreditation of service and repair establishments with DTI in order to protect the interest of consumers availing of their services by ensuring that the said establishments have the right competencies to undertake the necessary repairs in terms of personnel support and mandatory tools. No person or company shall be allowed to operate a service and repair firm without first being accredited with the DTI, Tidalgo added.

“Any firm found to be violating the provisions of the Consumer Act of the Philippines pertaining to the service and repair shop accreditation warrants the imposition of administrative penalties to include, among others, the issuance of a cease and desist order, and fines not exceeding P300,000,” Tidalgo explained.

Tidalgo urges applicants, both new and renewal of accreditation to visit their office at Rudy Tiu Building, Km. 2, J. C. Aquino Avenue here and they can also contact (085) 341-5221 or 341-3877 for more details. (PIA-Agusan del Norte)


NCC conducts online survey on business permit, licensing system experience

By Rodrigo R. Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 12 (PIA) – The National Competiveness Council (NCC) is presently conducting an online customer experience survey on the Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) nationwide to evaluate and get feedback of the business registration processes implemented by the local government units and other agencies.

Based on the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) - Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Joint Memo Circular issued on August 6, 2010, all city and municipal government units should streamline their business permit and licensing system to conform to certain standards in terms of number of form, number of steps, processing time and number of signatories.

The goal of the BPLS is to improve the quality of services extended to the business sector, reduce time and enhance efficiency of the registration process.

The NCC, originally organized on October 2006 as the Public-Private Task Force on Philippine Competitiveness through Presidential Executive Order 571, is composed of various government, non-government and business personalities and organizations in the country.

In June 2011, President Benigno Simeon S. Aquino III renamed it into a National Competitiveness Council (NCC) through Executive Order 44 with its vision to promote a competitive Philippines and instill a culture of excellence, through public-private sector collaboration as a means to reduce poverty through inclusive growth.

It has already spearheaded the enhancement of competitiveness and business readiness of all institutions in the country including local government units to create a climate conducive for local and foreign investments.

The NCC is being co-chaired by DTI secretary Gregory L. Domingo for the government and Guillermo H. Luz, associate director of Ayala Corporation for the private sector.

All business owners who have just undergone processing of their business permits with their respective LGUs are hereby invited to participate in the on-line survey.

The online survey form can be accessed at this webpage: www.competitive.org.ph/bpls_survey. (SDR/PIO-DTI/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DAR, LGU-Tagbina ink MOA on village level project

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 12 (PIA) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Surigao del Sur headed by provincial agrarian reform officer Benjamin Mataksil and the local government unit of Tagbina under mayor Generoso Naraiso signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the implementation of the Expanded Village Level Processing Center Enhancement (E-VLPCE) project recently held in Tagbina town in Surigao del Sur.

The said project is designed to provide the technical assistance to existing Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB) organizations in the locality.

Aside from technical assistance, a total of P500,000.00 as financial support to be allocated for the construction of coffee processing center. It includes application of Food and Drug Administration license to operate and enterprise capacity development of the recipient cooperative as well.

The identified proponent for the E-VLPCE project for Calendar Year 2014 in Caraga Region is the Mabuhay Kahayagan Coffee Growers Cooperative. It is also a DAR assisted cooperative engaged in the processing of Rubusta Ground Coffee under its brand name “Café de Tagbina.”

The said project is targeted to complete on the first quarter of 2015, accordingly. (NGBT/with a report from Myra Q. Yu-DAR-SDS PIO/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur town receives P48M DAR project

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 12 (PIA) – Tagbina mayor Generoso Naraiso had recently expressed his gratitude to the Aquino administration thru the Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR’s) initiative citing the support services to the constituents of the said town in Surigao del Sur.

Four deserving barangays reportedly have benefited the farm to market road and bridges project implemented, namely: Ugoban, Sta Juana, Sta maria and Dona Carmen all of USSAD ARC (Ugoban, Sta. Juana,Sta. Maria and Dona Carmen- Agrarian Reform Community) of the said municipality.

Report said, the P48 Million worth of farm to market road and two bridges funded under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP III) recently turned-over to Surigao del Sur farmer beneficiaries in Tagbina town.

Present during the turned-over ceremonial conducted were DAR-Caraga staff representatives, provincial agrarian reform officer Benjamin Mataksil, Department of Public Works and Highways representatives, mayor Naraiso, provincial/municipal LGU staff representatives and barangay officials. (NGBT/with a report from Myra Q. Yu, DAR-SDS PIO/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Price of agri-products up in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 12 (PIA) – The Philippine Statistics Administration (PSA) in Surigao del Sur headed by Ruel Dres has already noticed an increase in prices of agricultural products particularly in Tandag City public market.

Joysen Bautista, PSA administrative aide IV, who is tasked to monitor and prepare the Agricultural Marketing Information on a periodic basis, said that price increases, although insignificant, have been recorded after Tropical Storm Seniang hit the province on December 29, 2014.

He opined that it could have been the result of double-handling of goods due to the collapsed detour bridge in Hubo River in Barangay Buhisan, San Agustin town, 64.5 kilometers south, this city.

All types of vehicle cannot yet pass through the Surigao-Davao Coastal Road (SDCR) in the area, the shortest route to Tandag City and the rest of the municipalities heading north of the province after San Agustin town, until the restoration work of the detour bridge that was washed out at the height of the said typhoon is completed.

On the other hand, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has already made effort to immediately address the problem, but so far, no significant progress has been done yet since the restoration work depends upon the weather condition, it was learned.

In the meantime, District Engr. Joseph Calderon has suggested to use the alternate route via Surigao del Norte. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tagalog News: Palasyo kinundena ang nakakasindak na atake sa Paris

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Enero 12 (PIA) - Nakiisa ang Malakanyang sa buong mundo sa pagkondena sa nakasisindak na pag-atake na nangyari sa Paris sa nakaraang tatlong araw na nag-iwan ng 17 ka taong namatay.

Sa isang panayam sa dzRB Rdyo ng Bayan, ipinaabot din ng kalihim ng Komunikasyon Hermenio Coloma ang pakikiramay ng Palasyo sa mga pamilya ng mga biktima sa nakakasindak na pag-atake.

"Unang-una, nakikiisa tayo sa pamahalaan ng France at sa buong mundo sa pagkondena sa pagpaslang ng mga mamamahayag, pulis, at pagdamay ng mga inosenteng sibilyan sa mga naganap na terror attacks at hostage-taking sa Paris nitong mga nakaraang araw," sabi ni Secretary Coloma.

"Maigting ang ating paniniwala at paninindigan sa kahalagahan ng pagtataguyod ng kalayaan sa pamamahayag at ang pangangalaga sa kaligtasan ng lahat ng manggagawa sa industriya ng pangmadlang komunikasyon sa alinmang panig ng daigdig," dagdag pa niya.

Tiniyak ni Coloma sa publiko na ang intelligence community ng pamahalaan, ang militar at ang kapolisan ay nakatuon na maseguro ang seguridad sa bansa, lalo na sa darating na pagbisita ni Pope Francis sa darating na linggo.

Dalawang magkaibang nakasisindak na pag-atake ang yumanig sa Paris mula Enero 7 hanggang Enero 9.

Noong Enero 7, dalawang armadong lalake ang pumasok sa tanggapan sa isang satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo at namaril sa isang editorial na pagpupulong, na siyang ikinamatay ng 12 ka tao, kasama na ang editor ng pahayagan at dalawang pulis.

Habang binaril naman ang isang babaeng pulis noong Enero 8 at ginawang hostage ang ilang ka tao sa isang supermarket ng sumunod na araw ng isang armadong tao. Sumugod naman ang mga pulis sa supermarket noong Enero 9, namatay ang namaril at iniligtas ang 15 na hostages. Apat na mga hostages ang namatay sa pangyayaring iyon.

Ganon din, noong Enero 9, natiyempohan ng pulis ang dalawang suspetsado na magkapatid, na umatake sa Charlie Hebdo at pinagbabaril hanggang mamatay. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Mga kawani sa Provincial Engineering Office gipakigkitaan sa gobernador

Ni Mary Jul Escalante

DAKBAYAN SA SURIGAO, Surigao del Norte, Enero 12 (PIA) - Mga kawani sa kapitolyo sa Provincial Engineering Office nga gipanguluhan ni Engr. Alwin Pono gipakigkitaan ni Gov. Sol Matugas alang sa usa ka consultation meeting bag-ohay pa lamang didto sa Provincial Governor’s Office, Capitol Compound, ning dakbayan.

Ang maong consultation meeting gipahigayon tungod  kay tumong ug tuyo sa gobernador nga personal nga masusi ug mahibaw-an ang mga responsibilidad ug obligasyon sa matag empleaydo, masuta ang ilang mga mulo ug problema, mga gikinahanglan ug labina ang ilang mga suweldo.

Tungod kay gusto gyud sa gobernador nga mapatas-an pa ang ilang mga sweldo aron madasig ang tanan sa paghatag og tinud-anay nga pagserbisyo.


Unang hut-ong sa mga kawani nga gipakigkitaan sa gobernador mao ang division sa Construction, Planning, Quality, ug Maintenance ug sunod dayon ang Admin ug Motorpool divisions. (SDR/PIC-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)