2.07.2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Surigao CCI, DTI to conduct session on free trade areas, Asean economic integration

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 5 (PIA) – The Export Marketing Bureau of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in close coordination with the Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) will conduct a session on Doing Business in Free Trade Areas and ASEAN Economic Integration on February 20, 2015, at Parkway Function Hall, this city.

The activity aims to increase awareness as well as foster appreciation of the benefits of tariff elimination or reduction.

The session will cover discussion in market opportunities with focus on products with zero or reduced tariffs under existing free trade agreements.

Expected participants for this session include exporters, importers academe and students in business management or international marketing, business support organization, trade associations, chamber of commerce and industry players, business clubs, customs brokers, freight forwarders, non-government organizations and private organizations involved in assisting exporters. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Agusan agri, trade, economic mobility get boost from Australian road rehab

By Ma. Leigh F. Garcia

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Feb. 5 (PIA) – A critical section of the National Road Junction (NRJ) – Sibagat – Esperanza Road has just undergone Rehabilitation with Minor Improvement (RMI) and has been turned over on Thursday to the provincial government here.

Governor Adolph Edward Plaza, who received the symbolic handover from Counsellor Geoff King of the Australian Embassy, said that he has always been a staunch supporter of the program because he believes that the rehabilitation and maintenance of the road is crucial to trade and economic mobility in the area. He is also very thankful for the assistance extended by the Australian government.

The provincial road provides access to the municipalities of Sibagat and Esperanza, which are mostly agricultural and forest production areas supporting Bayugan City as the agri-processing center for the province.  Sibagat is the abaca and coconut production and processing center, while Esperanza is the source of rice, corn, as well as fresh and processed Tilapia. The RMI has improved the transport of agricultural produce in these towns toward Bayugan City. The project starts in Barangay San Vicente, Sibagat, which has a population of 30,074; and ends at Barangay Ilihan, Esperanza, which has a population of 47,659.

The total cost of the RMI work on the Ilihan Section of the road, which includes a one-year maintenance contract, is P6,678,251.20, for a contracted length of 3.22 km. The RMI works were completed on 16 November 2014, with maintenance work commencing from 17 November 2014 and running until 14 November 2015.  This road project is the first Provincial Road Management Facility (PRMF) Physical Works Project to be completed for fiscal year 2014-2015.

The PRMF is a six-year (2009–2015), P4.3 billion (A$100 Million) development initiative of the governments of the Philippines and Australia. Through the PRMF, the Australian government helps provincial governments to improve governance systems that will enable them to maintain their roads over time, while rehabilitating and maintaining a critical core road network in 10 provinces in Mindanao and the Visayas.

In addition to this road, there are four other road projects funded by PRMF in Agusan del Sur, amounting to a total cost of Php 27,897,611.07 and a total length of 33.10 km in RMI and Maintenance-by-Contract (MBC) works. Two of the projects are financed from the PRMF Incentive Fund for Agusan del Sur, amounting to Php 13,662,859.49, as an added incentive for the Province to attain its committed performance targets.  Agusan del Sur ranked first among the ten partner provinces in the incentive performance assessment.

For FY 2013-2014 and FY 2014-2015, the PRMF will provide Agusan del sur with a package of capacity development activities amounting to P1,472,300.

Australia is a long-standing development partner of the Philippines and is the country’s largest bilateral donor. (PRMF/PIA-Caraga)


TESDA enjoins bus drivers to take Driving NC III

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 5 (PIA) - Secretary Joel J. Villanueva of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has made a call to enjoin all bus companies in the country to require their bus drivers to take refreshing course/training in Driving NC III and be upgraded with the latest competencies required in the said skill.

This was learned from TESDA-Caraga Regional Director Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. after 48 people were injured when a Butuan City-bound passenger bus met an accident in the neighboring province of Agusan del Sur Monday.

TESDA thru the stewardship of Sec. Joel J. Villanueva has been offering Driving NC III, Training and Assessment to develop and upgrade the skills and competence of Filipino drivers around the world.

The Driving (Passenger Bus/Straight Truck) NC III Qualification consists of competencies that a person must achieve to drive/operate buses/straight trucks classified under LTO Restriction codes 3 up to 5 on highways; transport passengers and/or heavy goods, liquids and materials over specified long or short distances; comply with local traffic rules/ regulations and ordinances and perform minor repairs on the assigned vehicle.

“This Qualification is packaged from the competency map of the Automotive/Land Transport sector,” Dir. Sunico added.

Basic competencies of the course include: Lead Workplace Communication; Lead Small Teams; Develop and Practice Negotiation Skills; Solve Problems Related to Work Activities; Use Mathematical Concepts and Techniques and; Use Relevant Technologies.

Common competencies are as follows: Apply Appropriate Sealant/Adhesive; Interpret/Draw Technical Drawing; Move and Position Vehicle; Perform Job Estimate; Perform Mensuration and Calculation; Read, Interpret and Apply Specifications and Manuals; Use and Apply Lubricant/Coolant and; Perform Shop Maintenance.

The course’s core competencies are: Perform Minor Maintenance and Servicing on Vehicles Classified under LTO Restriction Codes 3 up to 5; Perform Pre-and Post Operation Procedures Vehicles Classified under LTO Restriction Codes 3 up to 5; Obey and Observe Traffic Rules and Regulations; Observe Road Health and Safety Practices; Implement and Coordinate Accident-Emergency Procedures; Drive Passenger Bus and; Drive Straight Truck.

Dir. Sunico explained a person who has achieved this Qualification and passed the national assessment is competent to be a passenger bus driver and a straight truck driver. “Thus, he/she will be awarded National Certificate (NC) III and is qualified both here and abroad,” Sunico said. (TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte guv congratulates BSP

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Feb. 5 (PIA) – Surigao del Norte Governor Sol F. Matugas extended her sincere greetings and warm congratulations to the lead facilitators and delegates of the Boy Scout of the Philippines (BSP) here for the successful conduct of the 2015 Surigao City Division-wide KID and KAB Olympics on February 3, 2014.

In her message, Governor Matugas said that she is very happy and proud of the success of the division-wide BSP Olympics.

She said that with absolute faith and pure confidence, "I can say that scouting is truly important because it shapes the positive attitude, sense of purpose, strength of character, and self-discipline of our bright scholars and trained intellectuals."

Governor Matugas brilliantly inspired the scouts to march into the open and establish a seasoned, highly developed and stable province, "because we must, at all times guard and protect the doctrines of our forebears who gave their lives and offer every drip and trickle of their endeavor for the attainment of freedom."

Governor Matugas also reminded everyone to always bear in mind that harmony and teamwork are the foundation and stronghold of the banner development agenda of the province dubbed HEALS (Health Education Agri-Aquaculture Livelihood and Spiritual Enhancement) Plus Best Convergence and Development Roadmap.

“At this point, allow me to thank and praise each and every Surigaonon who continuously show their never-ending support and cooperation for the success of Ang Bag-ong Surigao! Mabuhay ang Boy Scout of the Philippines," she added. (SDR/PIC-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Municipal Food Terminal: Marketing hub for farmers, fisherfolks

By Aurell P. Arais

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 5 (PIA) - In an effort to bring producers closer to buyers and consumers, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga launched another Municipal Food Terminal (MFT) here last January 30, 2015.

The said project is the second MFT launched in the area and is situated in Barangay Bongtud, this city under the management of the recipient Tandag Boholano Fishermen Association (TANBOFISA).

TANBOFISA was formerly a barangay food terminal recipient with outstanding track record having won the Regional Search for Best Barangay Bagsakan in 2014 and ranked third in the national level.

Recognizing its role in the community, DA Caraga granted TANBOFISA an additional capital of P1M upgrading it into a municipal food terminal.

Lucita Solis, president of TANBOFISA said that the amount they received from DA will be used for the expansion of their business mainly on rice trading.

“Hangyo ko sa mga membro nga makighiusa aron ta molambo kay wala koy mahimo kung dili mo musuporta (I am appealing to the members for unity so together we will make progress because I can do nothing without your support)," Solis said.

Tandag City Mayor Roxanne Pimentel directed the City Agriculture Office to closely monitor the project to ensure its success.

“Aron masiguro nga hapsay ang operation, ang LGU magmonitor niini ilabi na ang financial nga aspeto (To ensure smooth operation, the LGU will monitor particularly the financial aspects)," she said.

To ensure steady supply of farm products such as rice and rootcrops, the first MFT of Tandag under the Maitom Farmers Association inked a marketing agreement with TANBOFISA.

Under the agreement Maitom MFT will supply TANBOFISA of not less than 200 bags of rice and other alternative food staples and vice versa TANBOFISA will supply to Maitom MFT the aqua marine products.

Maitom Farmers Association President Ricardo Fernandez said that both fisherfolks and farmers could directly benefit from the project since they now have sure market for their produce.

“Dako gayud ni nga bentaha kay ang tanang abot sa Maitom among paliton ug among isuply sa TANBOFISA, ang mga mangingisda pud sa Tandag mahalin pud ang ilang mga kuha, so sure gayud ang income sa mga mag-uuma ug mga mangingisda (It is a great advantage since we will purchase farm products in Maitom to be supplied for TANBOFISA, while fisherfolks in Tandag, their catch will be purchased also, so both farmers and fishermen have sure market)," Fernandez said.

To date, DA Caraga had launched a total of 57 Barangay Food Terminals and 9 Municipal Food Terminals strategically located across the region.

BFT is a community-based food depot and distribution system offering safe and quality agri-fishery products at low prices to the consumers through directly linking farmers and fisherfolks to the consumers. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur legislature set to go ‘hi-tech’

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 5 (PIA) – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of the province of Surigao del Sur is set to go “paperless” through electronic system anytime soon.

Monalisa Su, secretary to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, bared on Monday during their hosting of the flag ceremony program at the capitol lobby, the concerned staff under her office, have already undergone a “two-day hands-on training on paperless session” last week to equip themselves of the new technology.

Paperless session was described in her report as “the conduct of session with lesser use or reproduction of papers as supporting documents.”

Also, the concept was said to have been initiated and introduced by SP Member Conrad Cejoco that gained support not only from the 17th Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice-Governor Manuel Alameda, Sr. but also from Governor Johnny Pimentel, no less.

The secretary pointed out that the present batch of legislators is “cognizant of the need to improve the delivery of legislative services with less cost and to increase efficiency through the integration of technology. . .”

Meanwhile, Su said, the next in line to undergo the same training are the SP members themselves “upon the availability of the needed equipment.” (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Bislig City officials undergo public governance system training in Bohol

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 5 (PIA) – Bislig City mayor Librado C. Navarro together with 11 other city officers and officials recently attended the Basic Class modules of the Public Governance System (PGS) held in Amorita Resort, Panglao, Bohol on February 2-4, 2015.

The said event was conducted by the Institute for the Solidarity in Asia.

In a report, the Basic Class features modules on the fundamentals of the PGS with reference to the initiation and compliance stages. It features an underlying theme of laying down the groundwork on what governance reform entails.

With the new strategies that they have learned from the said workshop, the Bislig Team’s governance capabilities will further be strengthened and connected to a larger movement for transformation in the public sector. (NGBT/with reports from JGarcia/Lai S. Elechicon, Bislig City Information Office/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DepEd Tandag City Division to host 1st Regional ManCom for CY 2015

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 5 (PIA) – The Tandag City Division of the Department of Education (DepEd) under Caraga Administrative Region is set to host on February 6 the 1st Regional Management Committee (ManCom) Conference for calendar year 2015.

Dr. Gregoria T. Su, schools division superintendent, invited Governor Johnny Pimentel as one of the ”honored guests who will welcome the participants” to the conference that will start at 8:00 a.m. at the Capitol Seminar Hall, this city.

She also informed the governor of the three-pronged goal of the ManCom:  “to discuss and finalize the preparations for the conduct of the Caraga Regional Athletic Meet (CRAM) and National Palaro event; strengthen the weaknesses in the conduct of the Regional Meet; and have a send-off program for the outgoing Schools Division Superintendent (Teofila Cabatuan ) of Surigao del Sur Division.”

Meanwhile,  the provincial government here is now at the height of the preparations not only for refurbishing the venue of the upcoming 2015 CRAM that will take place at the Surigao del Sur Sports Center on February 22-27 but also for sprucing up the “billeting quarters” of the 12 different athletic delegations comprised of over 6,000 participants including the coaches.

“We have already prepared the necessary security precautions for this matter,” Governor Pimentel pointed out early this week.

This is the second time in a row that the province is going to host the CRAM, it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tagalog News: Kasalukuyang kampeon sa Ronda Pilipinas na si Reimon Lapaza ng lunsod ng Butuan dedepensa sa kanyang korona

Ni Ma. Lourdes P. Apego

BUTUAN CITY, Peb. 5 (PIA) - Ngayong araw, si Lapaza , kasama ang  seven-member team ng lungsod ay bibiyahe na patungong Dipolog City upang sasakay ng barko papunta ng Dumaguete City kung saan isasagawa ang Visayas leg ng Ronda Pilipinas.          

Sa isang panayam, ang 28-anyos na international champion ay nagpahayag ng kanyang excitement at determinasyon na mag back to back champion sa prestihiyosong kumpetisyon na sanctioned ng Union Cyclist International.

Kwento pa ni Lapaza, hindi basta basta ang kanyang naging karanasan ng siya ay lumahok at naging kampeon sa Ronda Pilipinas sa nagdaang taon dahil nakipaglaban siya di lamang sa kapwa niyang cyclist mula sa Pilipinas pero pati na ang aabot sa walong mga banyagang manlalaro.

Tinapos din niya na nangunguna ang 14 stages at more than two thousand kilometers na cycle race.

Kahapon, ang grupo ni Lapaza ang binigyan ng formal send-off ng pamahalaang lokal ng lungsod sa pamumuno ni Councilor Virgilio Nery Jr, chairman ng Committee on Health and Sports.

Magugunitang ang Butuan ay matagal ng may magandang record sa larong cycling mapa local man o international at kabilang sa mga nagging kampeon na Butuanon ay sina Rex Pitao, Virgilio Viray at Estong Sagarino. (Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)