Monday, February 23, 2015

News Feature: PIA Caraga mobile app achieves greater leverage

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 23 (PIA) – In keeping a maximum advantage of providing a unique communication and information dissemination tool, the ‘PIA Caraga’ mobile application introduced by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga has gain a number of users and reaped much support from different private institutions; government, public and business sectors shortly in just a quarter of year since it was made available on smartphones and tablets.

The content and other infographics of said app provide a comprehensive overview of the relevant activities, developmental news, weather forecasts and current status during natural disasters, and other significant updates in the region.

As positively responded by partner agencies to participate in advocacies in promoting community resiliency, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-13 in particular has issued a regional memorandum circular to all provincial governors, municipal mayors and punong barangays encouraging them to maximize the utilization of the mobile app and to promote the same to all their constituents. “Likewise, all DILG-13 provincial/city directors and city/municipal local government operations officers (LGOOs) were already directed to cause the widest dissemination of the issuance in each respective area of responsibility. All DILG-13 personnel were also instructed to gain access to the app,” bared DILG-13 regional director Lilibeth Famacion.

Meanwhile, the Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga headed by officer-in-charge Dr. Rebecca V. Delapuz has issued a directive to all schools division superintendents in the region encouraging to run the application on their mobile devices and cascade the same to all teaching and non-teaching personnel and students.

During a recent visit also of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) secretary Luwalhati Antonino in Caraga region, PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga personally introduced to her this new platform. Sec. Antonino lauded PIA Caraga for taking the lead in optimizing its services through this mobile app as a gateway to provide information in a mobile environment nowadays.

Likewise, Butuan City mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. and Agusan del Norte governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba who were present in that same event had greatly appreciated the localized updates and information contained in the app that are more relevant to the interests of all Caraganons.

“PIA Caraga mobile app is also performing well in the racecourse in light of the booming economy of the city wherein aggressive strategies to hype public awareness are crucial,” said mayor Amante.

Apart from the usual support of Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) by promoting the app through its electronic billboard, Jinglong Enterprise also offered to include the PIA Caraga mobile app in the loop of its advertorials for free via its wide electronic billboard situated in one of the busiest intersection in the city to attract more people from downloading the app.

In this city alone, the Robinsons Place Butuan (RPB), one of the largest and most successful chain of malls in the country today, is in fact performing its contribution in capturing a wide audience of merchants and shoppers who are target users of said app. “Aside from maintaining a legacy of world-class standards in terms of services and facilities, we also value our indispensable corporate social responsibility and noteworthy advocacies such as bringing awareness to the public the significance of ‘PIA Caraga’ mobile app by setting up tarpaulins in conspicuous areas within the mall announcing its applicability and practicability when downloaded,” mentioned Dinah Jamero-Pasok, mall operations manager of RPB. Also, a short infomercial video will soon be viewed at the Robinsons Movieworld to inform moviegoers about the app.

Meanwhile, the Butuan Habitat for Humanity, Inc. (BHFHI), a non-government organization working on a mission to provide decent and durable shelters to disaster-affected families, made known to them the significance of the app. BHFHI vice president Engr. Heddy Sumalpong said that more Habitat beneficiaries are now using the app, “keeping them abreast of the latest weather reports and other news,” she added.

Included in the nifty menu of the app is the Advanced Forward Emergency Broadcasting System (AFEBS) Network, the agency’s information and advocacy station live streaming 24/7, where disaster management tips, interviews and discussions on significant issues can be heard. The app also allows users to navigate on features such as the directory of government offices, maps, news releases, textblast messages, e-magazine, list of contacts for emergency and quick response, photo sharing and more.

“With the infinite details needed in our everyday lives, the team took the challenge to employ for a purpose the “brain” in your smartphones by providing a unique tool for everyone to gain access to sources of information through PIA Caraga mobile app. This is how we prepare for the future considering the fast-paced technological advancements. Let’s increase one’s involvement for a more resilient community,” underscored regional director Caga. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur guv, chief agriculturist bare stats on fruit products

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 23 (PIA) – Except for the banana industry, which has continued to keep booming in Surigao del Sur, no particular fruit tree is widely produced and known for in the province due to diversity, it was learned.

Marcos Quico, provincial chief agriculturist bared recently in his CY 2014 Accomplishment Report that the average yield by metric ton per hectare here went as high as 3.50 in 2014, a slight increase of .15 metric tons compared to the preceding year 2013 which posted 3.35 metric tons.

The area planted was estimated at 579.55 hectares, again exceeding that of the preceding period at 512.55 hectares, he went on to say.

Prior to last year when production in metric ton per hectare was placed at 2,028.43—in 2013, the yield was posted at a little bit lower—1,717.04 metric ton per hectare, according to Quico.

Governor Johnny Pimentel mentioned in his report on the profile of Surigao del Sur during the visit of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chair Luwalhati Antonino that the province has “wide agricultural lands suitable for rice, corn, coconut, banana, coffee, mango orchard, and other cash crops.”

Meanwhile, in the banana industry, Governor Pimentel gladly cited the latest data.

“I’d like also to inform Ma’am Luwalhati Antonino that through our efforts we were able to invite investors in the province and we are now the number one producer of banana in the entire Caraga region.  Sumifro has already developed about 1,500 hectares of banana; DOLE, I think almost 800 hectares of banana; and then just recently, according to mayor Generoso Naraiso, La Panday Group of Companies will also be setting up a banana plantation somewhere in Tagbina town.  In fact, we have a very modern Sumifro repacking plant employing, the plant alone, they are employing 200 people,” he said.

“Total employment of the banana industry is now almost/more than 2,000 people," the governor added. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur guv seeks MinDA help for more roads

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 23 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel recently sought the intervention of Secretary Luwalhati Antonino of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) for the construction of more road infrastructures in the hinterland areas of the province.

The MinDa chair was in the province for an “area visit” and a meeting, especially with the mayors.

Pimentel admitted that while the concreting of national highways is no longer a concern, citing the near-completion of main roads like Surigao-Davao Coastal Road (SDCR) as well as the roads going to Agusan del Sur, but the province needs more “lateral” roads in far-flung communities.

Pimentel said “this is where I think probably Secretary Antonino could come in.”

“Our main trust now is to construct lateral roads so that we can create growth centers,” he pointed out.

Beforehand, the governor assured “so by the yearend of 2015, in fact it will not reach the year-end, in the middle of 2015, we hoped to concrete all the roads from the boundary of Surigao del Norte to the boundary of Davao Oriental and to the boundary of Agusan del Sur.  All of these have already been bidden and all these have already the funding for the year 2015.”

During the occasion that was held at the Provincial Governor’s Office (PGO), Pimentel presented before MinDA chair Antonino the comprehensive profile of Surigao del Sur from its inception up to the current state of affairs.

In return, Secretary Antonino lauded Governor Pimentel of his presentation.  “I’d like to congratulate the governor and the whole province of Surigao del Sur for a very comprehensive plan.  And I appreciate the plans made by the province together with the mayors,” she noted. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


2015 CRAM in SurSur starts with a bang!

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 23 (PIA) – For the second time around, Surigao del Sur, being the host province, has started the 18th Caraga Regional Athletic Meet (CRAM) with a bang on Sunday, February 22.

It can be recalled that last year, during the 17th CRAM, the opening day was indeed spectacular!  And true to the expectations, the opening salvo for this year’s regional competition has been all the more remarkable.

A dazzling lineup of 12 athletic delegations clad in their uniform each with prescribed color have paraded toward the Surigao del Sur Provincial Sports Center at past 3:00 p.m. followed by the ribbon-cutting, program, and playground demonstrations.

After which, the fireworks display went on blazing at around 7:30 p.m. signaling the formal opening of the regional games.

Former Surigao del Sur 1st district congressman Prospero “Butch” Pichay, Jr. was the keynote speaker.

Pichay, chairman and president of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) and a sports enthusiast, stressed that constant practice is always the key to become a successful athlete.

“There is a great future in sports,” he said, citing Manny Pacquiao as “one of the greatest Filipino athletes that the Philippines has ever produced.”

Pichay added, “And Manny Pacquiao, as everybody knows, is a billionaire!”

The former solon likewise cited the values of “will, dedication, and focus” in order to become “a very, very good athlete.”

Pichay then posed a challenge to the athletes to aim high not only in the regional or national sports competition but in the Olympics to set a record-breaking feat—to win the first ever gold for the country.

He said that the Philippines, with 100 million population, has yet to win a gold in the Olympics.

 “After this tournament, if you can be chosen to represent the region in the Palarong Pambansa, you have to practice to excel, you have to practice to break the records not just in the region but in the national or even the Olympic records.  If you can break these records you may become the first Olympian to get a gold (medal) for the Philippines,” Pichay went on saying.

Moreover, he said, “And I think we can be proud… that the first gold was actually garnered by somebody from Caraga.” (NGBT/Radyo g Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tagalog News: Palasyo inanunsiyo ang opisyal na pagbisita ng Pangulo ng Pransya sa bansa

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Peb. 23 (PIA) - Ang Pangulo ng Pransya na si Francois Hollande ay opisyal na bibisita sa bansa, at ito ay inanunsyo ni Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., noong Linggo.

Sa isang panayam sa pamamagitan ng dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, sinabi ni Coloma na si Pangulong Hollande ay sasamahan ng mahigit 100 na mga delegadong Pransya sa kanyang pagbisita sa bansa sa darating na Pebrero 26-27.

"Ito ang kauna-unahang pagbisita ng isang nakaupong Pangulo ng Pransya sa ating bansa simula nang magkaroon ng ugnayang diplomatiko ang ating mga bansa," sabi ni Coloma.

Ang pagbisita ni Pangulong Hollande ay siyang sagot sa pag-anyaya ni Panguong Benigno Aquino III noong siya ay bumisita sa Pransya noong nakaraang Setyembre.

Ayon sa Department of Foreign Affairs, ekonomiya at kalakalan ang adyenda pagdating ng kabilaang pag-uusap.

Ang Pransiya ay pangalawa sa pinakamalaking kapanig sa pangangalakal ng bansa sa European Union.

Kasama sa mga paksang tatalakayin ay ang paglaban sa terorismo at climate change.

"Inaasahan ding kukuha ng suporta si Pangulong Hollande sa usapin ng climate change bilang paghahanda sa gaganaping ika-21 na pagpupulong ng Conference of Parties or COP 21 sa Paris sa darating na Disyembre 2015 na lalahukan ng humigit-kumulang na 40,000 katao mula sa iba’t ibang panig ng mundo," dagdag ni Coloma. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)