Friday, January 30, 3015

Dinagat Islands guv turns over cash assistance, computer sets

By Ma. Jane A. Mayola

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Jan. 30 (PIA) – The provincial government here recently turned over cash assistance and computer sets to the different barangays of the province.

Governor Glenda B. Ecleo together with vice gov. Benglen B. Ecleo and Provincial Community Affairs officer Jay Benitez led the turnover of cash assistance worth P855, 000 to the different barangays of the province and one set of computer unit each to four barangays.

The amount given will be used for the programs, projects, and activities in each barangay which include the repair and construction of roads and multi-purpose buildings.

In her message, Gov. Ecleo challenged and inspired the barangay officials to work together to help maintain the peace and order and attain sustainable and inclusive development of the province for the betterment of all Dinagatnons.

She also reminded the public to support for the clean, honest and credible Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) special election if it will be pushed through this coming February 21. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


46 hired during mega job fair in Cabadbaran

By Ma. Lourdes P. Apego

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 30 (PIA) – A total of 46 applicants were hired on the spot during the mega job fair organized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga Region held recently at Northern Mindanao Colleges, Cabadbaran City.

According to DOLE, the applicants were hired by the different local and foreign based establishments who participated in the mega job fair to include Mitsumi Inc., Bayantel, KOMSPEC, LBC, Emerald International Manpower Services, Mirben International Manpower and Convergys.

The mega job fair offered 29,552 job vacancies comprising of 3,461 vacancies for local and 26,091 vacancies for international recruitment.

The activity is in cooperation with the Northern Mindanao Colleges and the city government of Cabadbaran. (Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


More than 7,000 IPs to benefit from sale of typhoon Pablo-damaged trees

By Ma. Lourdes P. Apego

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 30 (PIA) - Some 7,000 members of the indigenous peoples (IPs) from 10 barangays of the municipality of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur are set to benefit from the sale of more than 12,000 cubic meters gross volume of trees felled by typhoon Pablo two years ago in the said municipality.

This, after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently approved a request of the lumads in Agusan del Sur, through Task Force Pablo, to grant them a special permit to retrieve and dispose of the inventoried/validated typhoon Pablo-damaged trees or timber in the said municipality.

In an emergency meeting called by the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Council on January 29, 2015, it was learned that that the DENR granted the said permit subject to "strict compliance of the Revised Mechanics and other pertinent rules and regulations" under DENR Administrative Order 2008-79 or the "Regulations in the Recovery and Disposition of Abandoned Logs, Drifted Logs, Sunken Logs, Uprooted and Fire/Typhoon Damaged Trees, Tree Stumps, Tops and Branches."

During the meeting, it was estimated that the 12,171.94 cubic meters gross volume of the typhoon felled trees of different species will result to a 6,861.11 net volume where the projected total gross sales of all species could reach more than P53 million gross with a net income of more than P7 million.

During the press conference called after the meeting, Esperanza mayor Deo Manpatilan Jr. and vice mayor Pol Layugan assured that they will make certain that those who are affected and in need will benefit from the proceeds of the typhoon felled trees/timber.

For his part, Forester Raul Rosales of the DENR clarified that the proceeds from the sale of the trees/timber will be deposited in a trust fund put up by the local government unit.

Said fund could only be accessed after an Inter Agency Steering Committee chaired by the DENR and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) have validated the approved plans and programs submitted by the beneficiaries before the granting of a special permit.

The DENR further limited the retrieval operations to a non-extendable period of six months from the approval of the special permit.

It also granted the use of the Agusan River for the final transport of the wood materials to the designated Wood Processing Plants (WPPs). (Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Philippine Lemon Law now in full effect, strengthens protection to car buyers

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 30 (PIA) - The government strengthened protection for the consumers buying brand new cars and their hard-earned cash with the Republic Act No. 10642 otherwise known as the Philippine Lemon Law now in full force and effect with the issuance of the relevant implementing rules and regulations (IRRs).

The Department of Trade and Industry issued Department Administrative Order (DAO) Nos. 14-3 and 14-4 on November 17, 2014 and December 15, 2014, respectively, to provide guidance in the implementation of the said law.

Notably, the law provides for a “Lemon Law rights period” of twelve months from the date of original delivery to the buyer or up to 20,000 kilometers of operation after such delivery, whichever comes first, during which the buyer can report any nonconformity, defect or condition that substantially impairs the use, value or safety of a brand new vehicle.

After at least four separate repair attempts and the nonconformity issue remains unresolved, the buyer may the invoke his rights under the Philippine Lemon Law after which the manufacturer/dealer/retailer is given one final attempt to address the complaint.  If, after due process, a finding of nonconformity is arrived at, the consumer is entitled to replacement of the motor vehicle or refund of the purchase price plus the collateral charges while deducting the reasonable allowance for the buyer’s use of the vehicle.

Motor vehicles covered by the said law refer to self-propelled, four-wheeled vehicles designed to carry passengers but excluding motorcycles, delivery trucks, dump trucks, buses, road rollers, trolley cars, street sweepers, sprinklers, lawn mowers, heavy equipment and vehicles which run only on rails or tracks, and tractors, trailers and traction engines used exclusively for agricultural purposes.

Consumers who may want to know more on how to avail of the Lemon Law rights are encouraged to visit the nearest DTI office. (DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)


Prices of basic consumer goods in AgSur remain stable

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Jan. 30 (PIA) - Prices of basic necessities and prime commodities in Agusan del Sur remain stable after Typhoon Seniang ravaged the province last December 29, 2014.

This was observed by personnel of DTI-Agusan del Sur Provincial Office (DTI-ADS) who conducted price monitoring activities around the province early this month.

The number of shoppers was apparently not affected as well.

Despite damages to major roads leading to the province brought about by Tropical Storm Seniang and the ill-effects of Typhoon Amang early this month, supply of goods including construction materials was observed to be at normal inventory levels.  Some deliveries from Butuan City were slightly delayed but not entirely hampered while goods from Davao City were delivered unhindered.

The price monitoring activities were conducted in relation to the price freeze immediately implemented in 12 municipalities in the province that declared state of calamity as floodwaters inundated the said areas.  Price freeze takes effect within 60 days or less after the declaration of state of calamity in an affected area.

DTI-ADS plans to conduct another round of price and supply monitoring in the coming weeks to cover other municipalities. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Ekonomiya naitala sa 6.9 porsyento paglago noong 4th quarter ng 2014, sabi ng Palasyo

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Enero 30 (PIA) - Inanunsiyo ng Palasyo noong Huwebes na ang gross domestic product ng bansa ay lumago ng 6.9 porsyento noong nakaraang kwarter ng 2014, tumaas mula 6.3 porsyento sa katulad na kwarter noong 2013.

Sa pahayag na inilathala ng opisyal na gazette (www.gov.ph), sabi ni Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda na ang National Economic Development Authority ay inilagay ng isang taong lubos ng bansa ang paglago sa 6.1 porsyento.

“Naitala ang Pilipinas na pangalawang pinakamalakas ang paglago sa rehiyon, na sumusunod sa Tsina, base sa buong taong pag-analisa: tayo ang nasa pangatlo, kasunod ng Tsina at Vietnam, sa ikaapat na quarter ng paglago,” sabi ni Lacierda.

Ang nakararaming sektor na nakapag-ambag sa ating pang-apat na kwarter na paglago ay kasama ang serbisyo (3.3 porsyento), industriya (3.1 porsyento) at agrikultura (0.5 porsyento), dagdag pa niya.

Inilagay ng pamahalaan ang kanyang buong taong GDP na target para sa 2014 sa 6.5 porsyento hanggang 7.5 porsyento.

Napuna ni Lacierda na kahit sa paghina ng ekonomiya noong pangatlong kwarter ng 2014 dahil sa kalamidad, ang ekonomiya ng Pilipinas ay nagpapakita ng katangitanging kaelastikuhan at patuloy na minadali ang hakbang na nagpakita na gumagana ang reporma.

Binigyan niya ng katiyakan ang publiko na ang adminisrasyong Aquino ay patuloy sa kanyang pagpupunyagi na mapalakas ang ekonomiya.

“Habang tayo ay papasok na sa katapusang 18 na buwan ng administrasyong Aquino, tinitiyak ko na ang ating mga mamamayan ay makakaasa na doblehin ng pamahalaan ang kanyang pagsisikap na maseguro na ang mga oportunidad na dala ng ating lumalagong ekonomiya ay magiging benepisyo ng bawat Pilipino,” (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: DENR Cadastral survey haduol na makumpleto

Ni Richell P. Bongato

BUTUAN CITY, Enero 30 (PIA) - Ang sekretaryo sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Ramon J. P Paje nagsaysay sa positibong kalampusan sa Cadastral Survey. Sumala sa report sa Land Management Bureau o LMB kining proyekto gisugdan kaniadtong tuig 1913 pa nga gilaumang makumpleto karung tuiga.

Matud ni Secretary Paje naa nay syudad ug munisipyo ang nakumpleto na sa Cadastral Survey sa adunay 28.8 milyon ektarya. Midugang usab si Paje nga kapin sa katunga nga mga lugar ang nakumpleto na ubos sa Administrasyong Aquino o 86.84 porsyento sa suma total 1,634 ka syudad ug lungsod.

Ang Cadastral Survey ilalum sa Commonwealth Act no. 2259 o gi-ila nga Cadastral Act.

Gikan sa tuig 2010 padung 2014 ni abot na sa 14.8 milyon ektarya kun diin adunay 666 ka syudad ug lungsod ang nahimutang.


“Ang pagkumpleto sa 102 katuig nga Cadastral Survey ang proyekto sa gobyerno nga usa sa mga gitagaan og prayoridad sa DENR kun diin kini ang importante nga kabilin sa Administrasyon ni Aquino,” sigon ni Paje. (DENR-13/PIA Caraga)