2.04.2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Butuan Habitat for Humanity homepartners express gratitude to beneficiaries

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 3 (PIA) – In time with the 15th Anniversary Celebration of the Butuan Habitat for Humanity, Inc. (BHFHI) on Saturday held at the Imadejas Convention Hall, this city, the homepartners who are beneficiaries of the home units of Habitat villages have imparted their sincere words of gratitude and appreciation to the BHFHI team and generous donors for continually providing a long-term housing security for their family.

In her personal testimony, homepartner Mary Jane Ventura thanked BHFHI for allowing her entire household to avail a decent and affordable shelter. "Now that we are at our 8th year of living in a happy Habitat village, we are also grateful that we are about to finish our modest monthly amortization. I'm glad that my family has also helped other homeless people by encouraging them to apply for home ownership in BHFHI," she said.

Homepartner Alan Emam of BHFHI Alvarado Bading village recalled his hardship during the time when his family struggled in finding a home to dwell in. “It’s difficult when you only have a meager income enough to provide and sustain the daily needs of your family. But with BHFHI, my dream of owning a conducive and durable home unit at a low cost was realized. I make sure that I also do my part in maintaining a clean environment and peaceful community, and build better relationship with my neighborhood,” he said.

Meanwhile, BHFHI president Eufroceles Udarbe expressed his gratitude to the homepartners for their unified support and active participation in living up with the aspirations of the group. "We have already become a part of the system so we continue to go forward despite difficulties for we have not been lacking of support from our donors whose overwhelming assistance is always available. Let's make things happen. Adelante BHFHI!" stated Udarbe.

In behalf of Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. as guest speaker, Councilor Sammy Amante relayed in his message the interest of the city governmentt of Butuan to influence the BHFHI beneficiaries in aligning with the vision 2020. "Our end goal is to include rural areas in the economic development and for communities to continually support our greening programs," articulated Amante.

"I am sincerely pleased w/ the partnership between the city government of Butuan and Butuan Habitat for Humanity, Inc. because through our partnership, we are taking more concrete steps towards a more positive direction of our homeless people. Last year, we held our donors' dinner and we were able to raise an amount of almost two million pesos. The amount may not be that much but it is enough to pursue with our plans to build homes for our people," bared mayor Amante.

Meanwhile, the BHFHI awarded the outstanding homepartners who were consistent with their prompt performance in paying the monthly housing obligations and for their positive contributions to the Habitat communities.

Also, BHFHI president Udarbe handed over the plaque of appreciation to Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga regional director Abner Caga in gratetul recognition of his commendable cooperation and contributed support of the BHFHI projects.

Gathered together in solidarity, the officials of the BHFHI joined the member homeowners and guests in a community singing of Habitat's official song, "Bridges of Love." Cash prizes were also given away to the winners of the dance and singing contests while everybody got the chance to win home appliance units and food items in a raffle draw.

"This year we celebrate again our thanksgiving for the blessing that our almighty Father has blessed us, for sustaining us with our basic needs, our homes. We hope that this year and the years ahead will be filled with prosperity as we continue to provide homes for our brethrens," said pastor Charlie Prior, BHFHI board member.

The BHFHI, a non-government organization working on a mission to provide decent and durable shelters, has built more than a thousand houses in Caraga region and is currently helping the disaster-affected families by helping them establish a new home to live in.

Anchored on its national millennium development goals, BHFHI supports the following objectives: end poverty and hunger; promote universal education, gender equality, child health, maternal health, environmental sustainability; combat HIV/AIDS; and global partnerships. (PIA-Caraga)


SurSur guv fears a 'repeat wash-out' of San Agustin detour bridge

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 3 (PIA) – The newly restored detour bridge in Barangay Buhisan, San Agustin town, 64.5 kilometers south of this city is under threat of being washed-out anew if bad weather continues to dump more rains in Surigao del Sur.

Governor Johnny Pimentel expressed fear on Monday that the “week-old” detour bridge traversing the Hubo river might again suffer the same fate when it was washed-out by flood on December 29, 2014 at the height of Tropical Storm Seniang.

As a result, Tandag City and other neighbor municipalities heading north after the said town became isolated until the detour bridge was restored back on January 26.

Assistant District Engr. Ruel Bantugan of DPWH 1st Engineering District Office here said in a text message early this morning that “Hubo River Detour Bridge is already passable to light vehicles since last night.”

Yesterday, District Engr. Joseph Calderon confirmed that people responsible in manning the bridge were prompted to close it to traffic as flood waters have already hit a precarious level.

Moreover, the DPWH chief here bared that Luciano Construction is planning to stick to the original concept of cementing the deck to make the detour bridge more robust and sturdy.

A detour bridge is existing in the area due to the ongoing repair and restoration work of the Hubo river concrete bridge, which approach was destroyed by flood due to Typhoon Yolanda, it was learned.

Meanwhile, Bantugan said that the original bridge is set to be finished by the end of this quarter as planned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Butuan school head delivers SOSA

By Junnabelle Mae D. Eboña

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 3 (PIA) - Dr. Jonas H. Jomonong, Principal I of Bit-os Elementary School delivered his State of the School Address (SOSA) last January 30, 2015 at Bit-os Elementary School Multi-Purpose Hall, Barangay Bit-os, this city.

This significant endeavor forms part of the Department of Education's (DepEd) policy of practicing transparency and accountability in all school heads of Butuan City division.           

One of the highlights of the said event was the ceremonial turn-over of the approved Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) for CY 2015 of the school to the different stakeholders of the school in which a copy of it was given to City Coun. Victor P. Carampatana, punong barangay of Barangay Bit-os and Liga ng mga Barangay President, Sofia Radaza, Gen. Parents-Teachers Association president, Filadelfa D. Oclarit, Faculty President and Jemima C. Cloma, School Pupil Government president.  The said AIP serves as the school’s blueprint in all special programs, projects and activities (PPAs) to be implemented within the calendar year.

Carampatana emphasized, in his speech, that the stakeholders of the school should work hand in hand in achieving its vision and mission for the betterment of its clients-the pupils. He also strongly advocates on planting more trees as part of the DepEd’s program dubbed as “Green Friday” in which the school is encouraged to plant trees every Friday and requiring all graduating pupils to the same.  This supports the mayor’s vision 2020 in making Butuan a model for sustainable forest-based economy in the country.  “Plant a tree and live with me,” Carampatana said.          

Also, Carampatana, being a strong advocate of organic farming in the barangay, bared that in order to fight against malnourishment among the school children, everybody must plant more vegetables not only in the school but most of all in his or her own backyard.

On the other hand, Lewellyn V. Mejias, Division Mathematics Coordinator for secondary said that like the fallen heroes, the school children are fighting their own war inside their classrooms, the war against ignorance and poverty.  “As your family’s commander-in-chief, never let them fight their war unprepared.”, he emphasized.

Leona A. Carmelo, district supervisor of Southwest Butuan District congratulated Dr. Jomonong with his teachers for having such a well-prepared SOSA and a very comprehensive presentation of the school performance.  “ Bit-os ES is one o the best schools in the district, garnering top three of the most of the district competitions scaling up as high as top one and even reaching up the regional level and Palarong Pambansa," Carmelo proudly said.          

“We have to do our part as responsible citizens of this country. Let’s join hands together to pursue our dreams, our inspirations. Your cooperation and support can really make a difference.  We were able to achieve all of these for just one year and two months.  I am pretty sure that we can achieve more and more in the coming years,” Dr. Jomonong added.

With the SOSA, the school was able to draw additional support from various stakeholders. Noryev Barsobia, branch manager of Eastwest Rural Bank Butuan branch pledged to support school feeding during the National Achievement Test enhancement classes to increase participation and attendance among the test takers in Grade-III and Grade-VI.  In addition, Carampatana promised to give P10, 000 for the school’s "Gulayan Sa Paaralan Project" (GPP) and Green Friday project. School repair and ground improvement will also be taken care of by Coun. Carampatana.

The SOSA is one way to communicate the school’s current status and performance in terms of financial status, pupils’ academic and non-academic performances to its public-private stakeholders. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Organic trading post in AgNor town now operational

By Fretcher B. Magatao

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 3 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture (DA) together with the local government unit (LGU) of Remedios T. Romualdez (RTR) and the provincial government of Agusan del Norte represented by the Provincial Agriculture Office officials formally launched the opening of the Organic Trading Post at the Public Market of Poblacion II, RTR, Agusan del Norte.

This project which costs about two million pesos is the first in Caraga Region.

The members of 'Kahugpungan sa Mag-uuma nga Nagsubay sa Lihok sa Kinaiyahan' (KMNLK) headed by their president, Rev. Fr. Leonardo Guiritan were grateful to DA for entrusting them the project and committed to properly manage the flow of operations. “We are so much thankful for this project and we are acknowledging that this is given by God to us through the Department of Agriculture with the help of the local government. We owe everything to God and we are just stewards of His blessings,” Fr. Guiritan said.

The Organic Trading Post is similar to a Barangay Food Terminal where agricultural products such as rice and other high value crops are being displayed; but the former will only allow organically grown products or commodities.

With the establishment of the said facility, the members of the organization and the farmers of the locality who are growing organically their planted crops can now have a place to display their products. “This establishment is the place to display the organic food and non-food products and the venue for any organic product demonstration,” said Fr. Guiritan.

“The department is very happy that this project is now operational and hopefully the other municipalities who were given the same kind of project will also operate the soonest time possible,” said DA Caraga regional director Edna Mabeza. She added that the department will do its best for all other pending projects to be realized hopefully within the year. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Local electricity provider says no power shortage this summer

By Ma. Lourdes P. Apego

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 3 (PIA) - The local electricity provider – Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative (ANECO) expressed high confidence that the city and Agusan del Norte will not experience power shortage this summer.

During the consumer network (ConsumerNET) meeting attended by representatives of various government agencies and water, electricity and cable providers, ANECO Information Officer Danny dela Cena said that they continue to contract other power providers to be able to come up with the supply requirements of its consumers.

Dela Cena also pointed out the noticeable reduction of electricity rates reflected in its latest billing saying this is due to the reduction in the generation charge.

Dela Cena also revealed that, after a little delay to ensure no untoward incident will happen to its consumers, ANECO has put back the more than 100 posts downed by typhoon Seniang. (Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Pag-IBIG Caraga now accepts calamity loan applications

By Ma. Lourdes P. Apego

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 3 (PIA) - The Pag-IBIG Fund Caraga region is now accepting applications for calamity loan for members affected by typhoon Seniang.

According to Pag-IBIG Caraga Member Services Officer 3 Amor Pacana, the member applicant who will avail of the loan can borrow up to 80% of his or her Total Accumulated Savings less the member borrower’s previous loan.

For interested applicants, the requirements include two valid ID’s, latest pay slip, Cedula for 2015 and Landbank or Citibank Cash Card.

The deadline for submission of application is on April 6, 2015. (Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Comelec resumes continuing registration in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 3 (PIA) – Atty. Ernie Palanan, provincial election supervisor of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Surigao del Sur confirmed that the February 21, 2015 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections is definitely not going to push through.

It was learned that both houses of Congress have already come up with their respective bills to move the SK polls to 2016.

In fact, Palanan expressed belief that a law to this effect will be due out anytime soon.

With this latest development, he said that the job of Comelec here to conduct voter’s registration has already started on February 2, 2015.

We are now “back to basics,” citing the “URGENT MEMORANDUM” dated January 27, 2015 coming from their head office as “information and guidance” in the meantime.

The said memo, which was issued by Director IV Atty. Teopisto Elnas, Jr. upon the approval of Commissioner Robert S. Lim, also contained the advice “registration shall continue until further notice." (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tagalog News: Palasyo sinabing ang mga nalagas na Special Action Force Commandos ay makakamit ang hustisya sa pamamagitan ng pambansang pagkakaisa

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Peb. 3 (PIA) - Ang 44 Special Action Force Commandos, na nalagas sa Maguindanao noong nakaraang linggo ay makakamit ang katarungan kung ang bansa ay magkaisa na lumaban sa terorismo at patuloy na sumuporta sa inisyatiba na pangkapayapaan para sa Mindanao, sabi ng Palasyo noong Linggo.

"Mabibigyan po natin ng ganap na katarungan ang kanilang malaking sakripisyo kung tayo po ay magkakaisa bilang isang bansa sa layunin na pigilin at tapusin na ang ligalig at panganib na hatid ng terorismo," sabi ni Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. sa isang panayam sa radio.

Hiniling ni Coloma na suportahan ang kasalukuyang pagsisikap para sa kapayapaan upang makamit ang matatag na kapayapaan sa Mindanao.

Walang iba pang paraan kundi ang pag-uusap para maseguro ang mas matatag na Mindanao, sabi niya, at dagdag pang sinabi na ang deka-dekadang giyera ay hindi nakapagdulot ng tatag at progreso.

"Kaya mainam po siguro ang pagtalima natin doon sa panawagan na ‘give peace a chance.’ Magkaisa po tayo sa layuning matamo ito habang ipinupursigi po natin ang paggawad ng katarungan at pagpapanagot sa mga naganap sa Maguindanao noong nakaraang linggo," sabi ni Coloma.

Nong Sabado, sinabi ng United Nations dito sa Pilipinas na magbigay sila ng UN Peace Building Fund para suportahan ang iba’t ibang aspeto ng proseso ng kapayapaan habang tinitingnan ang mas proseso sa pamamagitan ng pinagkaisang pagsisikap ng lahat na kasangkot na partido.

Para sa lahat ng pulis na namatay sa Maguindanao, sinabi ni Coloma na dapat isali ng publiko sa kanilang panalangin ang 44 na miyembro ng SAF na nagbigay ng kanilang buhay para sa kasarinlan at kaligtasan ng mga komunidad. Ang publiko ay makapagbigay sa mga pulis ng angkop ng handog para sa kanilang mga sakripisyo sa pamamagitan ng dasal, sabi niya, dagdag pa na sila ay magdasal din para sa kanilang pamilya para tulungang mapalakas sila sa panahon ng kagipitan.

Nangako ang pamahalaan na magbigay ng tulong sa mga pamilya ng mga miyembro ng SAF sa pamamagitan ng programang pangkabuhayan, libreng edukasyon at pabahay. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Caraga Regional Tourism Development Planning Convergence gipahigayon sa lungsod sa Mainit

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Peb. 3 (PIA) – Gipahigayon bag-uhay pa lamang ang duha ka adlaw nga Caraga Tourism Development Planning Convergence didto sa Mainit Kasili Lakeside Resort, Mainit, ning lalawigan.

Ang maong kalihukan nagdala sa tema nga “Strengthen Tourism Planning: Gateway to Sustainable Economic Growth.”

Nahimong pinasidunggang mamumulong mao si Surigao del Norte governor Sol F. Matugas uban ni National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga regional director Myla Faye Cariño.

Si RD Cariño maoy mipasabot mahitungod sa Role of Planners in Regional Development Planning.

Atol sa maong kalihukan si Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Caraga regional director Danilo Versola mihisgot mahitungod sa technical aspects sa DOT-DPWH TRIPPC (DPWH Design Standards for Tourism Road Projects)

Sumala pa ni Versola nga adunay mokabat sa P610milyon para sa mga proyekto sa Surigao del Norte ug P120 milyon ang para sa lungsod sa Mainit.

Samtang dugang gihisgutan ni Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga regional director Nonito Tamayo ang ang mahitungod sa DENR laws and policies affecting tourism industry.

Ubay- ubay ang mga partisipante ang mitambong gikan sa lungsod sa Surigao del Sur, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, Butuan City, Cabadbaran ug Agusan del Norte. (SDR/PIC-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)