3.13.2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Local govt, private sector to bolster adoption of PIA Caraga’s AFEBS Network

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 11 (PIA) – As the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga’s Advanced Forward Emergency Broadcasting System (AFEBS) Network creates a remarkable impact throughout the region for its contribution in influencing community resiliency, some local government units (LGUs) and private individuals have already manifested their interest to establish partnership and adoption of this information and advocacy platform specially designed for disaster response.

The municipal disaster risk reduction management office (MDRRMO) of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, a third time regional awardee and national winner of the search for Gawad Kalasag (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan) for 1st and 3rd class municipality, appreciated the exceptional performance of PIA Caraga’s AFEBS Network as it rendered its capability in responding during the onslaught of typhoons that previously affected Caraga region.

In a recent live interview over PIA Caraga's 107.8 MHz AFEBS Network here, MDRRM officer Josephine Lapeciros expressed gratitude for the efforts of PIA Caraga team headed by regional director Abner Caga by putting more substance to its mandate in bringing information to the public through utilization of this functional disaster response platform. "In behalf of mayor Candelario Viola and the people of Hinatuan, I'd like to commend PIA Caraga for showcasing its innovation that capacitates people by providing disaster tips and information in advance to help us better prepare ourselves. We share our interest to gain access into this communication medium in order to enhance our disaster preparedness system," she said.

According to her, the strengthened disaster response advocacy and proactive steps of their local government unit have contributed much in formulating strategies to communicate well to the people the standard procedures to follow in times of impending weather disturbances and other natural or manmade disasters.

Likewise, information officer designate Marilou Alcaraz of the local government unit of Monkayo, Compostela Valley, together with former municipal councilor Joel Caballes, personally conveyed their interest to implement the AFEBS Network in their locality having heard the positive impressions that this AFEBS has generated.

Meanwhile, vice mayor Ricky Caga and his fellow town officials of LGU-Malimono, Surigao del Norte province have initially sought the idea of PIA Caraga team on how they can extensively utilize the AFEBS in their municipality. “In relation to our existing and proposed projects for progress, we planned to put-up the network in our area. This is crucial in advancing from being traditional to becoming more competitive by applying contemporary technologies in terms of disaster response operations through communications, and AFEBS will surely address this,” said mayor Caga.

Taking into account the relevance and effectiveness of the platform, AFEBS has not escaped the attention of persons from non-government sector. Entrepreneur Hans Christian Abundo tapped the agency and discussed the potential life-saving strategies when expansion of AFEBS network can be done. “As someone who is into marketing and previously employed in one of the leading broadcasting networks in the country, I consider environmental devastation and insufficient supply of information a downfall in business arena. So, I strongly advocate in developing a resilient society, and I believe this is the most appropriate time to engage and promote the AFEBS,” bared Abundo.

Speaking in behalf of the adamant and innovative team members of PIA Caraga, Dir. Caga emphasized his expression of gratitude to all who have seen the worth and efficiency of AFEBS. “It is very gratifying to know that we are getting the support from these people. We are not investing our efforts for our own personal gains. What concerned us the most is how we can level-up public service by introducing platforms that can make a difference,” he said. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao maritime school launches high-tech ship bridge simulator training facility

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 11 (PIA) - Surigao Education Center (SEC), one of the pioneer maritime schools in the region, has formally launched its high-tech, high value and state-of-the-art full mission ship bridge simulator training facility on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, here.

In her message, Office of the School President officer-in-charge and School Registrar Rosanna S. Bautista said the new ship bridge simulator is a newest effort to keep the institution at the very forefront of local and international maritime education and training.

Bautista revealed that it is a P6 million facility that uses a P4.9 million Polaris Ship’s Bridge Simulator software of Kongsberg Maritime - a Norwegian Technology Enterprise, and a hardware worth P1.5 million.

“This new facility represents the SEC’s longstanding commitment and investment in providing quality maritime education and training in the region especially the Surigaonons,” Bautista added.

On his part, College of Maritime Education dean Captain Leo B. Durano confirmed that out of nine schools in Mindanao offering Bachelor of Science in Maritime Transportation (BSMT) program, six schools are already out while only three schools are left for evaluation by Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

 "SEC is one of the three schools under evaluation," he said.

Capt. Durano said that with the new facility, it will no doubt level-up the standard of the institution in providing a world class maritime education and training and produce globally competitive seafarers.

For more information and details on programs offered, you may visit the SEC-Registrar’s Office located at Km. 2, National Highway, this city or call at telephone (086)826-3767/(086)231-7048, or visit their website at www.sec.edu.ph.

SEC is an non stock, non profit private, non sectarian educational institution incorporated under the laws of the Republic of the Philipines on November 25, 1987.

The school had also adapted the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for quality management system and is currently accredited with Anglo Japanese American Registrars, Inc. (AJA). (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Butuan City to extend aid to 'Fallen 44' families

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 11 (PIA) - The families of the Fallen 44 will receive P250,000 financial assistance from the city government here.

City vice-mayor and Sangguniang Panlungsod presiding officer Angelo "Angie" Calo said Monday that the city council had passed S.P. Resolution No. 156-2015 extending assistance to the bereaved families of the Mamasapano "Fallen 44."

Vice-Mayor Calo was the guest of honor and speaker during the Monday flag-raising rites at the regional police headquarters at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, here. "The deeds of the 'Fallen 44' who had sacrificed their lives in the performance of their duties is worth to be treasured and be remembered with due honors," Calo said during his message.

According to him, the deep sorrow felt by their families who were left behind cannot be measured, but the Butuan City local government under Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. and the members of the city council under his leadership, hoped that their modest gesture, along with the respect and honors expressed by their comrade in arms and the whole citizenry of this country, could in a way appease the great sorrow they have right now.

Calo also said that the sacrifice of the "Fallen 44" epitomizes the PNP mission pursued by every PNP officer and member, the service and protection of the citizenry.

The vice-mayor also mentioned during his message in his entire 21 years in public service, 12 years as city councilor and 9 years as Vice-Mayor to assist the PNP has been among his top priorities.

He said that in the 1990's as a city councilor, he was among the principal author of a measure providing assistance to the city PNP in the form of providing rice allowance to every city police personnel which they are enjoying until now. And in his stint as Vice-mayor, he pioneered a program dubbed as "Kilaon Ta Ang Kapulisan" to have the police be fully known and their best efforts be recognized by the LGU and the community.

Also, as the chairman of appropriations for nine years, he made it sure that the provision for the city PNP should not be limited to the administrative but also to its operational support. In 2013, Calo said, the LGU appropriated P5 million for operational support. This was increased to P7.1 million on 2014 on top of the other support worth P3 million and the mayor's intelligence fund.

The police plays a vital role in the progress and development of the country, and particularly in this city, according to vice-mayor Calo.

The Police Regional Office 13 under Caraga PNP Director PCSupt. David Y. Ombao recognized the city council and LGU's assistance by presenting a plaque of appreciation to Vice-Mayor Calo as among the highlights of the flag-raising rites. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)


SP approves P720K for AgNor barangay

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 11 (PIA) - The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Agusan del Norte has approved Resolution No. 065-2015 appropriating P720,000 for the construction of Human Resource Development and Productivity Enhancement Center in Barangay Poblacion District 1, Tubay, Agusan del Norte.

The move was strongly supported by provincial governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante Matba based on the request of Barangay Captain Israelito Dalubatan Zoleta of Barangay Poblacion District 1 considering the viability of the project that promotes the infrastructure development of the local government unit (LGU) as well as cater to the social development needs of the constituents.

This is also in line with the enhancement of the social services programs of the province. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


SurSur vet office conducts anti-rabies vaccination campaign year-round

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 11 (PIA) – The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) here has kept the massive anti-rabies vaccination campaign going even during non-Rabies Awareness Month.

Dr. Gervacio Yparraguirre, provincial chief veterinarian, said they treat every day of every month of every year here as rabies awareness in sync with the endeavor of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) under the Department of Agriculture (DA) to attain a “rabies-free” Philippines by year 2020.

Meanwhile, Yparraguirre bared the schedule for the massive anti-rabies provincial vaccination to highlight the observance of rabies awareness during this month of March, to wit: Tagbina – March 2-6; Cortes and Marihatag – March 16-18; and, Barobo – March 23-25.

However, he said that their office also responds to special request of local government units (LGUs) here for schedule to conduct a massive anti-rabies vaccination in their area like in the case of Bayabas town fixing it on April 22-24.

Moreover, Dr. Yparraguirre disclosed that for 2015, their office has already gone to 25 different barangays province-wide posting some 1,210 heads of mostly dogs vaccinated, walk-in clients included.

Rabies vaccination in the province has always been for free, it was learned.

Likewise, he pointed out that lab fee sample analysis for “heads” of animals suspected of rabies at Caraga BAI regional office has been waived.

This year’s observance of Rabies Awareness Month carries the theme, “Bakunadong Pusa’t Aso sa Rabis Protektado.” (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


PhRELCSFI conducts national seminar-workshop for educators’ effectiveness

By Sally Tolentino Haimalin

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 11 (PIA) – With the aim to provide directions in support of quality performance framework of the Philippine education system, the Philippine Regional Language Center Schools Foundation, Inc. (PhRELCSFI) will conduct a national seminar-workshop on Journey to Educator’s Effectiveness: Challenge to School Leaders and Managers on April 6-8 and May 25-27 at the Teachers Camp in Baguio City.

Department of Education (DepED) Caraga region officer-in-charge Dr. Rebecca V. Delapuz issued a regional advisory to all the Schools Division Superintendents informing them of the scheduled seminar-workshop.

In the advisory, Dr. Delapuz said that the seminar-workshop aims to provide directions in support of quality performance framework of the Philippine education system; equip school heads with the new strategies and techniques for heightening school performance; update school heads on the latest breakthrough practices for schools; and sustain initiatives for holistic well-being development.

Also, Dr. Delapuz said, the seminar-workshop will help provide support system for a caring learning environment; it will also gear in school leaders and managers for the ASEAN integration; craft a road map for enhancing school performance; enhance skills in effective oral and written communication, critical thinking and facilitation; and provide directions on the implementation of Philippine Accreditation System for Basic Education (PASBE).

Target participants on the said seminar-workshop are division/district supervisors, principals, department heads, newly hired school heads, potential principals and teachers from both public and private schools. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Tagalog News: DND mino-monitor ang pinakabagong ginagawa ng China sa West Philippine Sea, sabi ng Palasyo

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Marso 11 (PIA) - Sinabi ng Palasyo noong Martes na ang Kagawaran ng Depensa (Department of National Defense) ay nagmomonitor sa pinakabagong ginagawa ng China sa West Philippine Sea.

"Mino-monitor po ng ating Department of National Defense ang mga pangyayaring ‘yan at patuloy pa rin naman tayo sa ating advocacy na dapat ay walang mga kilos na ganyan," sabi ni Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. sa ginanap na pang-araw-araw na panayam sa media sa Malakanyang.

"Dapat panatilihin ang status quo habang tinatalakay pa sa ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) ang Code of Conduct of parties na kasangkot sa maritime entitlement claims sa South China Sea o West Philippine Sea," dagdag pa niya.

Pinanatili ni Secretary Coloma na ang mga ginagawang pag-angkin muli ng China sa pinagtalunang teritoryo ay paglabag sa United Nations Convention sa batas ng karagatan.

"Mayroon pong mataas na kamalayan ang daigdig hinggil dito. Pati ang ibang mga stakeholder countries sa Southeast Asia at East Asia ay nagpahayag na rin ng kanilang pagkabahala sa mga ginagawang aksyon na ‘yan at hindi naman po tayo nag-iisa doon sa panawagan na dapat itigil ang mga gawaing ito," sabi niya.

Ayon sa naiulat na mga balita, sinabi ni Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi na ang China ay gumagawa ng kinakailangang konstruksyon sa South China Sea na hindi nagtutumbok sa kahit saang pangatlong partido.

“Hindi tayo katulad ng ibang bansa na nagtatayo ng ilegal na gusali sa bahay ng ibang tao, at hindi natin tatanggapin ang mga walang pahintulot na pagpuna tungkol sa ginagawa sa sarili nating pamamahay,” sabi niya.

Noong Marso 30 ng nakaraang taon, naghain ang Pilipinas ng isang memorial sa International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) laban sa China tungkol sa kanyang ginagawang pag-angkin.


Ang Pilipinas, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei at Taiwan ay may inaangkin din sa mga isla sa West Philippine Sea na pinaniniwalaang mayaman sa langis. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)