(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 22 May 2024) Easterlies affecting the country. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Easterlies. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

PSA celebrates the 2015 Civil Registration month

By Villa Bayotas

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 10 (PIA) - The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) with the local Civil Registry Offices nationwide celebrates yearly the Civil Registration Month in February.

This year’s theme is “Sama ka sa CRVS groupie” which highlights the significance of civil registration in the lives of the Filipinos.  The celebration reminds the public especially the parents, records clerk, midwives and traditional “hilot or mananabang” who are in attendance at birth that registration of such event is compulsory and it is their primary responsibility to enter the correct data in the document such as the Certificate of Live Birth.

Ensuring the proper and correct registration is an obligation so that it will not create problems to the child in the near future using his/her Birth Certificate for any personal transaction.

In the region, the activities for the month-long celebration are the following: free mobile registration, information dissemination, and fora, among others.

In partnership with the local civil registrar, series of seminars and trainings are also being scheduled in various venues in the local government units (LGUs) regarding laws and procedures on civil registration as well as updates and special laws.

There are also scheduled mass weddings sponsored by the LGUs.

The public is hereby advised to visit their respective LGUs thru the local Civil Registrar’s Office in the City or Municipal Hall to check out such activities mentioned.  This is in line with the Executive Order 326 signed by the late Pres. Corazon Aquino designating February of each year as the Civil Registration Month. (PSA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

RPOC 13 chair pays tribute to 'Fallen 44'

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 10 (PIA) - Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) chairman and Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. on Monday paid tribute to the “Fallen 44” Special Action Force Commandos who died in action in Mamasapano, Maguindanao while serving arrest warrant against an international terrorist.

RPOC Chairman Amante was the guest of honor and speaker during the 24th Foundation Day Celebration of Police Regional Office 13, held at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez parade grounds, this city.

In his message for the occasion, Mayor Amante paid tribute to the “Fallen 44.” He said that “the death of the 44 brave SAF heroes has left many questions unanswered, many reactions and controversies.” He said that it may lead to any direction whether to wage war or to give the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) a chance which may lead to peace and reconciliation.

According to him, opinions had been expressed which may range from revenge to forgiveness, justice or proceed with the peace process at all cost. Amante said that it would be best to wait for the result of the in-depth investigation which is now being done.

He said that he sympathized with the police which morale according to him, had reached “all time low” even in this anniversary, especially with the resignation of one of its best leader Dir. Gen. Alan LM Purisima, whom Amante cited as the guest of honor in a celebration of this camp about two months ago and the relief of SAF chief Police Dir. Getulio Napenas, who once was the Caraga PNP chief.

Amante seasoned his message with quotations of the nest thoughts on “peace” from Nobel Peace Prize Winners, great statesmen and opinion makers who were known for their contribution to world peace such as Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, US former President Ronald Reagan, African President Nelson Mandela and others.

He also said that the “Fallen 44” are heroes as they had demonstrated the essence of public service which is to offer the supreme sacrifice for all people. “There’s no greater glory or sacrifice than to die for one’s country,” Amante said.

He pointed out that the Bangsamoro Basic Law is still worth achieving and to sustain what already has been started. “Let the ‘Fallen 44’ not die in vain,” Amante said as he calls on the Caraganons, the Mindanaoans as well as all Filipinos to rise up above the challenges.

”To attain peace must be a long, long journey of a thousand miles, but it must be trod one step at a time. But let us not forget Him…our God above all, the source of true peace that passes all understanding. Only through Him we can attain the real peace,” Amante said.

The said occasion was spearheaded by the command group led by Caraga PNP Director David Y. Ombao, the directorial staff including the deputy chiefs and RESPO, special staff, regional officers, Provincial PNP Directors, national support units (NUSPs) and the non-uniformed personnel (NUPs) of Police Regional Office 13. Also attending the celebration were the Brigade Commander of the 401st Philippine Army Brigade Col. Alexander L.  Macario, 402nd Army Brigade Commander Isidro L. Purisima, F/SSupt. Leonides P. Perez, SSupt Dennis U. Rocamora, BJMP and other stakeholders.

Amante earlier, led the wreath-laying at the monument of the late Col. Rafael C. Rodriguez who headed the Agusan Constabulary Command from June 24, 1951 to January 15, 1953. In 1975, the Integrated Philippine National Police was created paving the way for the renaming of the command as Agusan del Norte PC/INP Command. On June 26, 1981, the command headquarters was moved from Brgy. Agao now known as the “PC Barracks” to its present location which then was known as the “PC Reservation.”

The camp was also named Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez in honor of the late colonel. In 1990, the unveiling of the monument at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez was proudly graced by Director Umberto A. Rodriguez, the son of the late colonel and the Chief PNP at that time. Another unveiling was held on May 19, 2006 led by the then Caraga PNP chief PCSupt. Geary L. Barias. During the 21st PNP Foundation Anniversary on February 6, 2012, a marker portraying the life of the late colonel was also unveiled. Yesterday’s rites was proudly witnessed by his youngest son, Manuel Rodriguez. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)

Police officers awarded during the 24th PNP Caraga Anniversary rites

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 10 (PIA) - Six police officers were given honors and recognition for their outstanding accomplishments during the 24th PNP Anniversary celebration here.

A “Medalya Ng Kadakilaan” was awarded to PInsp. Edgar R. Fulay, for the successful combat operation against suspected New People’s Army on February 4, 2015 at Brgy. Rojales, Carmen, Agusan del Norte resulting to the arrest of a suspect, and seizure of several long and short firearms, assorted bullets, improvised explosive devices, medicines and medical equipments, subversive documents and personal belongings.

A “Medalya Ng Kagalingan” was also awarded to PCInsp. Rowena Martinez, for accomplishment in drug operation and confiscation of P25 million worth of “Shabu” on January 20, 2015. PSupt. Rainer P. Diaz was awarded the “Medalya Ng Kasanayan” for the successful campaign against illegal logging.

Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit 13 chief PSupt. Randy Glenn G. Silvio was given a plaque of recognition for his relentless assistance in the field of investigation and Regional Crime Laboratory Office (RCLO) chief PSupt. Edgardo Lenizo for his technical assistance.

A “Medalya Ng Kasanayan” was also awarded to PSupt. (Fr.) Joselito D. Borja, PRO 13 Regional Chaplain for his “Moral Recovery Program.” (PNA/PIA-Caraga)

DOST-TAPI awards grant for improved water hyacinth harvester

MANILA, Feb. 10 (PIA) - Seeing water hyacinth both as a problem and opportunity, researcher Engr. Joel P. Sadol of Central Bicol State University of Agriculture is set to make an improved water hyacinth harvester which can directly benefit farmers, fisherfolk, and handicraft makers in Buhi, Camarines Sur, through the assistance of Department of Science and Technology-Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI).

Under DOST-TAPI’s Technology Based Enterprise Development (TBED) Program, Engr. Sadol recently received a grant amounting to P247,000 for the development of  a water hyacinth harvester with improved efficiency in harvesting and reducing fuel consumption.

Aside from managing water hyacinths which are a perennial threat in Lake Buhi, the harvester provides opportunities for livelihood as well. Harvested water hyacinth can be made into baskets, matting, fertilizers, handicraft, and other products, said Engr. Sadol who built an earlier model likewise funded by DOST through the Philippine Council for Industry Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development.

Water hyacinths often clog waterways and degrade water quality since they block sunlight and prevent photosynthesis, thereby lowering the level of oxygen in the water.

DOST-TAPI’s TBED program encourages the development of new or improved technologies that may have potential for commercialization.  Research and development institutes, state universities and colleges, and government offices are qualified to avail of this assistance.

For more information about TBED, you may contact the Provincial Science and Technology Center or DOST Regional Office in your area.  (S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)

Butuan polysports oval, stadium and gym 100% complete

By Ma. Lourdes P. Apego

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 10 (PIA) - The City Engineer’s Office (CEO) here has reported a 100 percent completion of the Butuan Polysports Complex oval, stadium and gym located at Barangay Tiniwisan, this city.

In an interview, City Engineer Lorden G. Vismanos said that the completed infrastructures include a rubberized oval and grass football field, a stadium without a sunshade and a gym which has a common wall with the stadium.

Currently, Vismanos revealed that their office is conducting a deficiency listing and what the contractor needs to comply in the project.

For the year 2015, Vismanos revealed that the city government has allotted a twenty five million pesos (P25, 000,000.00) supplemental budget for the continuation of the development of the polysports complex.

Vismanos said the fund will be used for the construction of an access road, providing synthetic flooring, basketball court glass, goal, scoreboard and other project amenities.

It can be recalled that the city government has allotted more than two hundred fifty two million pesos or exactly P252, 939, 664.26 for the construction of the Butuan Polysports Complex. (Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

SurSur farmers start planting anew after TS Seniang devastation

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 10 (PIA) – Farmers in Surigao del Sur have already started to plant rice anew after Tropical Storm Seniang caused widespread damage to farmlands here on December 29, 2014.

Marcos Quico, chief provincial agriculturist, said 1,372 bags of palay seeds have been initially distributed to affected rice farmers as “quick response rehabilitation” for them to get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

Moreover, he said that the same additional intervention followed suit, but admitted he cannot recall at once the exact volume.

Earlier, Quico told that for the rice industry alone, the province has lost up to over P4 million in estimated damages.

Meanwhile, he noted that the latest quality seeds that have been distributed are now on their “seedbed stage.” (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Cebuano News: DENR mi-implementar ug mga proyekto para sa key biodiversity areas sa nasud

Ni Richell P. Bongato

BUTUAN CITY, Peb. 11 (PIA) -  Gi-implementar sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ang usa ka proyekto mikabat sa 17 milyon dolyaris nga gipondohan sa World Bank (WB) kauban ang Biodiversity Conservation padung ngadto sa Local Agricultural Landscapes sa mga unom ka rehiyon kauban ang rehiyon sa Caraga para sa key bio-diversity areas.      

Ang proyekto nga gitagaan og prayoridad sa pagkunserba sa mga naalaot nga species ug ang ilang puluy-anan hinungdan niini ang dili pagsustinar sa produksyon sa agrikultura ug sa dili saktong pag-gamit sa yuta.

Si DENR 13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo nag-ingon nga sa unom ka tuig nga proyekto mao ang mo lig-on ang lokal nga gobyerno sa pag-adap aning biodiversity isip prayoridad sa paglambo sa mga plano.

Sa pagkakarun, aduna nay 228 KBAs sa Pilipinas, ana na sa 128 terrestial ug 123 marine sites.  Ang uban niini  naa sa protected area status pero kasagaran ang anaa sa gawas sa protected areas nga gi-proklema ubos sa National Intregrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act, nga kinhanglan pa ang dugang inisyatibo sama sa BPP aron masunod ang DENR’s biodiversity efforts sa maong mga rehiyon sama sa Davao Region, Northern Mindanao, Central Visayas, Calabarzon ug ang Cagayan Valley. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: DENR gidasig ang mga negosyante aron mamuhunan sa 'key biodiversity areas'

Ni Richell P. Bongato

BUTUAN CITY, Peb. 10 (PIA) -  Gidasig sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ang mga negosyante sa nasud sa pagnegosyo aron sa pagpalambo pinaagi sa marine ug forest-based resources nga gitawag og key biodiversity areas (KBAs) atol sa Biodiversity- Friendly Business and Investment Forum kaniadtong miaging semana sa syudad sa Makati.

Ang maong forum gihusgutan ang mga oportunidad nga gihatag sa DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau kun BMB basi sa KBAs.

Mao kining mga sites nga adunay isa o kapin pa nga pwede sa kadaghanon adtong kaylangan og pag-alima arun ma-kunserba kining mga species:

1.    Ecotourism project ug furniture and handicraft production sulod sa 200, 155- ektarya Malampaya Sound Protected Land and Seascape Area sa Taytay, Palawan;

2.     Usa ka Community-based coffee enterprises ug processed food sa Quirino Protected Landscape sa probinsya sa Qurino;

3.    Produksyon  nga panghabi ug paggama gamit ang tanum, gitawag nila nga “bakong” mga ilom-non, suka ug paktorya sa jam gamit ang prutas nga “Lubeg” sulod sa Northeastern Cagayan KBA sa Cagayan Valley;

4.    Eco-park project nga plantasyon sa lemongrass ug citronella ug mga pasilidad nga kuhaanan sa lana ug  produksyon sa gifts ug houseware gamit ang tiger grass, nito, bamboo ug abaka sa Northern Negros Park sa Negros Occidental;

5.     Houseware products nga gikan sa abaka, bamboo ug niti gikan sa Central Panay Mountains sa Isla sa Panay; prdiksyon sa almasiga resin gikan sa Mt. Hamiguitan Wildlife Reserve Sanctuary Davao Oriental;

6.    Commuity- based coffee enterprise ug produksyon sa handicraft sa Mt. Kalatungan, New Conservation Areas in the Philippines Project kun (NewCAPP) nga makit-an sa probinsya sa Bukidnon.

Ang mga resource speakers sa maong Forum mao sila DENR Secretary Ramon J.P Paje, Mga senador nga sila Loren Legarda ug Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, UNDP Country Director Maurice Dewulf, gikan sa Department of Agriculture, ug Department of Trade and Industry. Sa tema nga “Conserving Biodiversity to Promote Inclusive Economic Growth.” (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Sari-sari stores bawal na mamaligya og tambal

Ni Mary Cheryl S. Monoy

BUTUAN CITY, Peb. 10 (PIA) - Sugod karon, gibawal na sa tao (illegal peddler), sari-sari stores ug mga korporasyon ang pagpamaligya og bisan unsa nga mga tambal o Over-the-Counter (OTC) drugs ngadto sa katawhan kung kini’y walay License to Operate (LTO) nga sertipikado sa Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Ang Botika ng Barangay (BnB) maoy gihatagan og special permit sa FDA nga makapamaligya og tambal sa barangay, hilabi kadtong nahimutang sa mga lagyong lugar ug layo usab sa ospital, ubos sa pagdumala sa usa ka lisensiyadong pharmacist sa Department of Health (DOH).

Makatabang usab og dako ang kita sa BnB ngadto sa panudlanan sa barangay, apan tungod niining mga iligal nga mga negosyante’ng namaligya og tambal, makuhaan ang kita sa barangay ug dili pa gyud sigurado kung hupas (expired) na ang mga tambal niini nga “lagmit mao na hinouy hinungdan sa pagkamatay sa pasyente,” matod pani Engr. Eleonor Rey Jary Mondejar–Gaballo sa DOH – Food and Drug Admnistration (FDA) atol sa komite miting nga gihimo sa Committee on Health and Nutrition.

Tungod niini, gi-aprubahan gilayon sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan, ubos sa pagpaningkamot ni board member Rey G. Jamboy, ang Provincial Ordinance No. 357 – 2015 o ang “An Ordinance Prohibiting Any Person, Sari-sari Store Owner or Corporation from Selling Prescription and Non-Prescription Drugs and Medicines Within the Jurisdiction of the Province of Agusan del Norte Without License to Operate (LTO) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Prescribing Penalties Thereof.” (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)