Monday, March 23, 2015

6 of 10 young Pinays are mothers - PSA

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 23 (PIA) – Six in 10 Filipino young women started childbearing between 15 to 24 years old, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) here.

“Of this, at least one in 10 Filipino young women age 15-19 has begun childbearing and five in every 10 young adult women age 20 to 24 are already mothers,” said Lovervelle Olaco of PSA Surigao del Sur during a forum on Sex-Disaggregated Data on Thursday as part of the Women’s month celebration here.

Based on the statistical records presented, the initiation of sexual activity before age 18 is more common among young adult women with less education and those in poorer households. "Of which seven percent with college education against 40 percent with elementary education, while 10 percent from the highest quintile against the 36 percent lowest wealth quintile," she said.

Olaco said that the early pregnancy and motherhood varies by education, wealth quintile, and region.

Furthermore, Olaco added that females are fewer than males in Surigao del Sur with a ratio of 106 males per 100 females, while on education, more females (59 percent) than males (41 percent) had attain higher level with a difference of 18 percent.

According to provincial statistics officer Ruel Dres, early childbearing is also more common in Caraga with 38 percent and Cagayan Valley with 37 percent than other regions in the country.

Meanwhile, the data presented was based on the 2013 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) that was designed to provide information on fertility, family planning, and health in the country and the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) which was conducted last May 1, 2010.  (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur PNP beefs up security as March 29 NPA anniversary nears

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 23 (PIA) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Surigao del Sur claimed it has always been ready for any eventualities that the New People’s Army (NPA) might carry out to mark their 46th anniversary celebration on March 29.

P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero, acting PNP provincial director, confirmed on Thursday that NPA rebels have indeed stepped up their offensives in the province.

Just a day earlier, Col. Alexander Macario, commander of 401st Infantry Brigade, whose area of responsibility (AOR) still includes Surigao del Sur, issued a similar statement.

Surigao del Sur will be the sole area of responsibility (AOR) of 402nd Infantry Brigade soon, it was learned.

During the past two weeks, the 36th Infantry Battalion (36IB) under the 401st Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army (PA), had several encounters with the NPA in the northern part of Surigao del Sur, notable of which was the recent clash in Carmen town where a 17-year old female rebel was killed.

Lt. Col. Anastacio Suaybaguio, Jr., 36IB commander, even condemned anew the rebel groups for keeping on enlisting and employing minors in furthering their “nonsense ideology.”

A week before, a statement of condemnation against the NPA was already issued by the same army official due to the use of landmine particularly with the ambush of a private vehicle where a 17-year old boy was hurt.

However, Capt. Al Anthony Pueblas, 36IB civil military officer (CMO), said in his latest feed that the landmine victim has already died of fatal neck injury.

Meanwhile, the most recent atrocities perpetrated by NPA in the AOR of 401st Infantry Brigade happened in Agusan del Sur.

Col. Macario bared in an interview that armed rebels were behind the burning of five construction equipment in La Paz town owned by Madyaw Construction and Development Corporation.

Citing the series of incidents, the provincial chief cop here reiterated the alert status of the province has never ever been downgraded since he held his post almost a year ago.

Verdadero also said the proximate period to the founding anniversary of the rebel group is critical.

Despite the increased sightings and all, he assured peace and order situation remains manageable and under control. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DTI now accepts BMBE renewal application

By Rodrigo R. Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 23 (PIA) – Based on the recent memorandum, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provincial offices are now accepting applications for the renewal of Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBE) that expired from January 13, 2015 and onward.

The directive from the Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development officer-in-charge assistant director Jerry T. Clavesillas for the issuance of a provisional BMBE Certificate of Authority is an interim measure while waiting for the formal guidelines to be issued by the National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED) Council pursuant to the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10644 otherwise known as the Go Negosyo Act.

The Go Negosyo Act, which was enacted into law on July 15, 2014, is aimed to support the development of micro, small and medium enterprise throughout the country.

Among the provisions of the law is the transfer of registration of BMBE from the local government unit to the DTI.

In this regard, DTI Surigao del Norte provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan encouraged entrepreneurs having BMBE related concerns to just visit the DTI provincial office located at the 2nd Floor of Simtoco Building, Burgos Street, Surigao City and look for Engr. Ma. Theresa Z. Calang, Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist-Business Development Division. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Surigao Norte veterinary office trumpets 'Marajaw Kahayupan' program

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 23 (PIA) - On top of the national distinction earned by the province government, the Provincial Veterinary Office unveiled its year-round program dubbed “Serbisyong Panghayop sa Barangay (animal services in the barangay).”

Provincial Veterinary officer Dr. Life Sheila Laugo said, the implementation of the said program is in line with the declaration of Governor Sol Matugas that the year 2015 be called the "Year of the Barangay" and its sincere desire to bring public service to all barangayanons.

She said that early on, they have already initiated the program in the municipalities of San Francisco on March 17- 20, Tubod on March 11 -13, Sison on February 24- 27, and Claver on February 4-6, this year.

Laugo further said that the province won the national award for having Bucas Grande Island officially proclaimed as a rabies-free zone all over the country and Governor Matugas was also honored with Gawad Pangkalahatan trophy, in sync with the municipalities of Alegria, Tubod and Socorro.

Further, the Provincial Veterinary Office calendar of activities for the "Sebisyong Panghayop sa Barangay" are as follows:  March 25 to 27 - Placer; April 3 - Pilar; April 8 to 10 - Burgos; April 15 to 17 - Sta. Monica; April 22 to 24 - San Benito; May 11 to 13 - General Luna; May 22 to 24 - Del Carmen; May 29 to 31 - San Isidro; June 3 to 5 - Bacuag; June 8 to 11 - Gigaquit; June 24-26 - Alegria; July 7 to 10 - Mainit; July 22 to 24 - Malimono; July 29 to 31 - Socorro; and August 12 to 14 in Malimono town.

Dr. Laugo, however noted that the schedule is subject to change without prior notice. (SDR/PIC-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


SurSur treasury confirms move on tax amnesty extension

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 23 (PIA) – In response to the request of some sectors, especially the mayors, to extend the real property tax amnesty that was carried out last year, Wenifreda Perez, Surigao del Sur Provincial Treasurer’s Office (PTO) chief, has confirmed move at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) to extend the same for this year.

Both Marihatag and Cortes towns have respectively sent their resolutions to this effect, it was learned.

In fact, the request of the former has already been acted upon by Governor Johnny Pimentel by endorsing it to the SP early this year.

Meanwhile, exactly a month ago, during the PTO hosting of the Monday flag ceremony program led by no less than the governor, himself, Cortes Mayor William Angos has expressly sought the extension of Provincial Resolution No. 232 series of 2014.

The certified public accountant (CPA)-lawyer town chief, pointed out in his impromptu speech that such amnesty has made their treasury accomplished a lot.

Cortes town was among the top five achievers to have received a special cash award and a plaque of recognition during the occasion which highlighted the giving of such honors not only to mayors but at the same time to treasurers and assessors alike.

In an information sent to the office of the governor, the treasury chief stressed that they “were able to collect Real Property Tax (RPT) in the amount of P113,899,457.32 or 155.05 percent” as against the “collection target of P73,460,181.19 for CY 2014,” an outstanding feat the PTO has accomplished, Governor Pimentel lauded.

Meanwhile, Perez said granting a request for extension like the case at hand requires a justifiable cause, hinting that it is up to the legislative body.

She cited that last December 29, 2014, the province was devastated by Typhoon Seniang, prompting it to declare a state of calamity. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)