Tuesday, March 10, 2015

MARINA orders boat operators to follow approved trip sked

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 10 (PIA) - In order to protect the interest of all the stakeholders in the maritime industry, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Caraga Region will enforce the Memorandum Circular No. 120 or the Strict Adherence to the MARINA Approved Schedule of Trips.

MARINA Caraga regional director Engr. Emmanuel B. Carpio issued the said memorandum circular in response to numerous complaints received from the riding public.

The MARINA Caraga through the Memorandum Circular No. 120 advised all passenger-carrying shipping companies/operators to post visibly in all conspicuous places on-board the vessel, all ticketing offices and Phillippine Ports Authority (PPA) Passenger Terminals, a Certified True Copy of the MARINA Authorized Schedule of Trips for the information and guidance of the riding public.

Failure to observe the MARINA approved schedule of trips will be subjected the shipping company/operator to sanctions ranging from P10,000.00 to P50,000.00 plus cancellation of its Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC). (SDR/MARINA-13/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


3 Dinagat coops receive cash incentives

By Ma. Jane A. Mayola

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Mar. 10 (PIA) – The Cuarinta Core Volunteer Agra Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CCOREVAMPC), New Mabuhay MPC and the Wilson Agra MPC, all in this municipality received recently cash incentives from the provincial government of Dinagat Islands through the Provincial Cooperative Office.

The Cuarinta Core Volunteer Agra Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CCOREVAMPC) was given a cash worth P50,000.00 as reward for bagging the award of being the Best Performing Cooperative Office (Micro Category) in the Gawad Parangal 2014.

The New Mabuhay MPC and Wilson Agra MPC were also given cash incentives worth P150,000.00 and P200,000.00, respectively.

The said cash incentives are given under the Provincial Livelihood Fund for Economic Development (Pro-Life) Program of governor Glenda B. Ecleo to be used for the expansion of the coops’ programs and services. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


PopCom highlights women in FP

By May Ann O. Escobal

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 10 (PIA) - The campaign on planning the timing and spacing of children wherein women play a big role is intensified by the Commission on Population (PopCom) in celebration of Women’s Month.

For this year, the theme is “Juana, Desisyon Mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na!” the Commission on Population urges men to fully support and give respect to whatever decisions be made by their partner and wife especially in family matters.

PopCom Caraga regional director Alexander A. Makinano revealed that according to study, women who participate less in decision-making in the households have the highest unmet need for family planning and are less likely to receive timely postnatal care from a health professional.

“Women should have an equal or greater say in the number of children the couple will have as she usually carries the greater burden in child-bearing and child-rearing,” he added.

Director Makinano emphasized that according to Philippines laws, men and women have equal dignity and rights. Husband and wife should jointly make decisions on family affairs, including family planning and care of children.

In all its information dissemination, PopCom Caraga explained that a well-planned family jointly decided upon by the couple would benefit not only the mother but also the father and their children. Planning the size of the family according to what they can afford to provide with adequate care, love and attention which include providing the needs of each family member would ensure a better future for the family as always campaign by PopCom. (PopCom-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Commercial establishments in Surigao City compliant with SRP post

By Rodrigo R. Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 10 (PIA) - Surigaonon consumers no longer need to visit the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Office to know the suggested retail prices (SRP) of basic necessities and prime commodities in the province.

There are seven supermarket and major retail establishments that are posting the suggested retail prices of basic necessities and prime commodities in the conspicuous location for the information of the buying public.

These establishments are the following: Absolute Essential Traders, Gaisano Capital Surigao, Metro Surigao Shopping Center, Parkway Supermarket, Palma Superstore, TT & Company and UNICITY.

The Department of Trade and Industry Surigao del Norte Provincial Office have coordinated with the managers and consumer welfare desk (CWDs) officers of the concerned establishments for them to make available to their customers the suggested retail prices (SRP).

DTI provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan encouraged the public to constantly be informed on consumer related information and developments.

He also expressed his thanks to the concerned retail establishments for their support and cooperation in the government efforts to disseminate the SRP information.

The updated suggested retail price is also available on-line at the DTI website:   http://www.dti.gov.ph/dti/index.php/price-watch. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DTI conducts seminar on consumer education

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 10 (PIA) - As one of the activities for this year’s celebration of the Women's Month, the Department of Trade of Trade and Industry (DTI) provincial office conducted recently a one-day Consumer Education Seminar to the faculty, staff and students of the Surigao State College of Technology (SSCT) here.

During the activity, Senior Trade and Industry Specialist Engr. Ma. Theresa Z. Calang discussed the ASEAN Economic Integration, the Consumer Rights and Responsibilities was presented by Supervising Trade and Industry Specialist Rodrigo R. Matabaran, while Trade and Industry Development Specialist Josephine D. Gabutin talked on the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

In behalf of OIC president Dr. Ecclesiastes T. Dumanig, SSCT board secretary Dr. Rowena A. Plando delivers her welcome address expressing her thanks to the DTI provincial management for sharing their knowledge to enhance capacities of the SCCT faculty and staff regarding consumerism while encouraging the latter to use and apply their learning in their teaching responsibilities as well as in their day to day concerns.

Meantime, Rodrigo R. Matabaran, representing DTI provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan, expressed gratitude to SSCT leadership for giving DTI the chance to serve in that particular undertaking.

Matabaran encouraged the faculty members to share what they have learned to their family members and students, and challenged them to take action and be assertive to exercise their rights as consumers when they have to deal transactions with various business establishments.

On the part of the consumers organization, Surigao del Norte Consumers Organization (SUNCO) president retired Col. Nestor MindaƱa, in his closing remarks, aired his impression to the development of the state college from its humble beginning as an arts and trade school.

He is thankful that more people have been provided inputs on consumerism that day, he encouraged the participants to be fully engaged on consumer related issues and participate in similar undertakings as he campaigned for membership to SUNCO. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


TESDA-13 offers scholarship slot to brother of fallen SAF member in Butuan

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 10 (PIA) - The elder brother of one of the fallen 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troops in the Mamasapano encounter was offered a scholarship slot by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Caraga.

This development came following the directive of TESDA Sec. Emmanuel Joel Villanueva to all operating units of the agency to extend assistance to families of the fallen SAF troops.

Joel, elder brother of the late SPO1 Lover Inocencio said he immediately contacted TESDA-Caraga through Regional Dir. Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. after having been informed of such development.

“I was informed by a TESDA employee when we were still in Manila attending the wake of my brother regarding this so I grabbed the opportunity… and I am so thankful to Dir. Sunico for finding time to discuss this with me,” he said in Cebuano dialect.

During his visit today, Sunico assured him of a scholarship slot under the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) saying that this has been the directive of Sec. Villanueva. “By all means, we will extend assistance to you and your siblings by providing you scholarship slots in TESDA,” Dir. Sunico added.

Immediately after the short conversation, Joel was given the Learners Profile Form for him to fill-up and as soon as the training for the Heavy Equipment Operation NC II will start, TESDA will just contact him.

When asked what motivates him to seek training in TESDA, Inocencio said he wanted to help the family of his younger brother. Joel said he has been dreaming of his brother who keeps on asking him to help his family in Panabo, Davao del Norte.

However, Joel is thankful to the government for the financial assistance given to the family of his brother. “At least, this can help his wife and his 5 year-old son in their financial needs,” he said.

Meanwhile, Joel recalled the heroic act of his brother and the other 43 SAF members who were killed during the January 25 Mamasapano encounter. The teary-eyed Inocencio said his brother was a working student and graduated Cum Laude from Agusan del Sur College of Agriculture and Technology (ASCAT) taking up BS in Agriculture.

“Since he was not a Criminology graduate, Lover had took at least nine trainings in the PNP before he was promoted to his position. This March, he is supposed to be promoted as Senior Police Officer 2,” he said.

With the training he will receive from TESDA, Joel is optimistic that as soon as he can finish be certified, he can look for a better job that will pave the way for him to help the family of his younger brother. “Right now I am doing carpentry works here in our city that is why I want to be trained in TESDA and hopefully can look for better work to help not only my family but as well as the family of my younger brother in Panabo,” Joel said.

He is also extending his gratitude to TESDA for the opportunity given to him to be trained in Heavy Equipment Operation.

“I would like to thank TESDA through Sec. Villanueva for this assistance. This will surely help me, my family, and the family of my brother in supporting their financial needs especially that three of our younger siblings are still studying in college for which my younger brother was the one who provided their financial assistance… Thank you to TESDA,” he said.

Lover and his siblings are natives of Barangay Bonbon here until he got married and transferred his residence to Panabo, Davao del Norte. (TESDA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DepEd Butuan joins TOT on child protection

By Dr. Jonas H. Jomonong

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 10 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepED) Butuan City Division recently participated the National Training of Trainers (TOT) on Child Protection on March 9-13, 2015 at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, Brgy. Doongan, this city.

This is in connection with DepEd Order No. 40, s. 2012 entitled “DepEd Child Protection Policy” in which all public and private elementary and secondary schools are required to build the capacities of school personnel, pupils, students, and parents to understand and deal with child abuse, exploitation, violation and discrimination case, bullying and peer violence.

The said training is participated by the regional office and the following division offices namely, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Bayugan City, Bislig City, Butuan City, Cabadbaran City, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Siargao, Surigao City and Tandag City.

The selection of the participants by the division is based on the following criteria: he/she must be well-versed on child development, must be familiar with child’s rights, must be aware of child protection policies, must be trained on facilitation skills, and must be a child protection advocate.

Butuan City division participants are Dr. Bebelyn C. Corvera, Dr. Corazon P. Roa, Dr. Marivic M. Cuizon, Hazel T. Badayos, Nancy Caballero and Cyrelle Mark P. Casquejo. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


PRO 13 on alert for the upcoming reds anniversary

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 10 (PIA) - The Police Regional Office 13 is on alert for the upcoming New People's Army (NPA) anniversary on March 29, a regional senior police official said Tuesday.

PSupt. Martin M. Gamba, the chief regional police spokesperson said, in an interview, that the police here in the region strongly condemns the burning incident of equipment owned by civilians believed to be perpetrated by the rebels as a way of signifying their presence here and in the neighboring region as their anniversary approaches.

According to Gamba that the regional police has been strongly coordinating with the military in terms of internal security operations in the area of responsibility.

A burning incident of a private van at a remote village in San Miguel, Surigao del Sur perpetrated by unidentified armed men on board two motorcycles and encounter with the rebels by a joint military and police teams were reported to have occurred at a hinter village of Bayugan City in Agusan del Sur where two soldiers were reportedly wounded, over the weekend.

Likewise, the provincial public safety companies and the municipal police stations are alerted to fortify their stations and police outposts particularly in the remote areas to preempt any attempts of harassment or attacks and to secure vital installations located in their respective areas of responsibility.

The police, according to Gamba are requesting the civilians report any sightings or noted presence of suspicious armed groups in their areas to the nearest police stations. According to him that police hotlines can be seen listed in police stations, outposts and in conspicuous places for easy reference in case of emergencies and needs for police assistance.

The police spokesperson also said that the regional police here considers it remote regarding the presence of extremist groups here but they are not casting aside the possibility, considering the proximity of this region to central Mindanao which is accessible by land travel.

As some of their preemptive measures, they are now closely coordinating with the Muslim communities here to report any suspicious new comers in their respective localities. Gamba also said that the regional police here is strengthening the "Salaam Police" composed of Muslim police personnel and cops who were trained to understand the context and culture of the Muslim communities. The "Salaam Police" here according to Gamba is under the guidance and direction of the police community relations division.

Gamba said that Caraga remains to be the most peaceful region, but peace and its maintenance is everyone's concern. "Thus, for this end the police here is calling for the active participation of the people of the community," Gamba said. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)


DOLE set to distribute over P2.4M amount of checks for livelihood projects in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 10 (PIA) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Field Office in Surigao del Sur is set to distribute on March 10-11 a total of P2,474,353 in checks of various amount to some local government units (LGUs) here.

Raymond Fel Sajor, DOLE provincial office chief, said Bottom-Up Budget (BUB) projects in the amount of P2 million will go to Lingig town, the southernmost municipality, 204 kilometers away from this city.

The BUB projects to be funded in said locality include the canteen and school supplies of Lingig Out-of-School Youth (OSY) Federation—P500,000; parlor/beauty services (beauty saloon) of Lingig Beautician Federation—P500,000; food processing (malunggay and squash noodles production) of Lingig Self-Employment Assistance para sa Kaunlaran (SEA-K)—P300,000; fishnet, bag and slipper-making of Sabang Pantawid Fishermen Organization—P300,000; and water refilling/purifying station of Municipal Federation of Senior Citizen—P400,000.

Also, a separate check amounting to P44,220 for Emergency Employment Program is going to be released for Barangay Anibongan in the same town.


Meanwhile, the milkfish cage farming of San Juan Fish Cage Association in Hinatuan town and the youth organization of Andres Soriano College in Bislig City are set to receive P271,133 and P159,000, respectively, under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Projects (DILEEP), Sajor bared. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)