4.20.2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

FSUU studes sing ‘a capella version’ of PIA Mindanao mobile app jingle

By Febjan Mariah J. Melendres

BUTUAN CITY, April 20 (PIA) - Communication students from the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) here have been tapped to compose and record the PIA Mindanao mobile app jingle titled Minda-NOW.

The jingle, which is in a capella version, was first played over Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga’s radio station 107.8MHz Power FM around 4:00 p.m. Monday.

 “It is a great privilege for us to be tapped by PIA Caraga to compose the song that will be used in the agency’s mobile app promotion,” shared singer and composer duo Lacheln Rafallo and David Mabalcon, both third year Communication students.

"The song is about seeing the peace and opportunities of Mindanao despite its present conflicts," Rafallo said. "It's about time to unite each and everyone in Mindanao," she added.

Rafallo and Mabalcon's singing prowess was first heard during their on-the-job orientation at PIA Caraga regional office here. PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga who seems to be captivated by their voices insisted that they should sing the jingle for the mobile app.

“Their unique voices are perfect for our promotional campaign,” said Caga.

The PIA Mindanao mobile application, formerly PIA Caraga mobile app, is the first and distinct mobile app in the country that caters local news and updates per region in Mindanao through the use of smartphones, tablets and iPads.

The mobile app jingle can now be heard in all PIA’s Advanced Forward Emergency Broadcast System (AFEBS) affiliate network stations and 107.8 MHz Power FM. (FEAbkilan/PIA-Caraga)


Cabadbaran celebrates Friday JAM finale

By David Mabalcon

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 20 (PIA) - The city of Cabadbaran in the province of Agusan del Norte celebrated its Friday Jam finale, an activity intended to combat drug influence among young Cabadbaranons.

The event, which was launched on December 12, 2014, is an initiative of the city government under the leadership of city mayor Dale B. Corvera. Since then it operated every Friday for four months educating young people about drugs while entertaining them with Christian contemporary songs from different bands. The finale performance held on Friday, Apri 17 featured the following bands: Vantage Point, Captured Band, G Soldiers, JM 45, D'MECC and, Higalas.

"Because of the widespread illegal use of drugs nowadays, some of the young Cabadbaranons were not spared from using illegal drugs. That is why the local government conducted an activity like this [Friday Jam] to help and prevent the young people of Cabadbaran on drug influence," said Friday Jam chairman Pastor Philip Sandy P. Gonzales.

Kathyrain Olaer, a Communication student of Xavier University and a Friday Jam volunteer, said that she is very happy to be a part of the event. Olaer also said that she is sad knowing that Friday Jam has finally reached to an end but she is hopeful that the local government would again make an activity like Friday Jam.

However, Gonzales revealed that the city government has already plans in conducting a similar activity in the near future. (PIA-Caraga)


AgNor holds provincial orientation on HIV/AIDS

By Lacheln O. Rafallo

BUTUAN CITY, April 20 (PIA) - The province of Agusan del Norte in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) held a one-day orientation on Human Immonudeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) on Friday at the Provincial Training Center here.

It was learned that the orientation was held in response to the Memorandum Circular sent by DILG Department Secretary Mar Roxas on the purpose of “strengthening local responses toward more effective and sustained responses to HIV and AIDS”.

On the orientation, a general report on HIV/AIDS was discussed showing an increase of 1,038 percent in new HIV cases in six years (from 2008 to 2014).

“With this alarming situation, we are obliged to trigger local actions. This is everyone’s concern,” said Board Member Rey Jamboy, chairperson on Health and Sanitation.

Topics on HIV/AIDS 101, the legal bases or the salient features of Republic Act 8504, the creation and functions of the local HIV/AIDS councils, and related programs, celebrations, program partners and best practices were discussed to “create awareness and kick-start the combat against HIV/AIDS,” said Jamboy.

The event was attended by the local officials from the different municipalities and non-government organizations in the province in support to the strategies to mitigate the negative impacts of HIV/AIDS in the locality. (PIA-Caraga)


TESDA-Caraga is ISO 9001:2008 certified

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 20 (PIA) – Together with the 16 regional offices nationwide, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Caraga is now an ISO 9001:2008-certified government agency of the Philippines.

During the awarding ceremony held Monday at Malacañang Palace, TESDA Sec. Emmanuel Joel Villanueva received the certification together with Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz and other TESDA officials in the presence of President Benigno S. Aquino III, making all regional offices and 81 provincial offices internationally-certified.

In a press statement of TESDA Media Affairs Office, the agency's major regulatory mandate of program registration and assessment and certification have been certified by a German-affiliated company – the TUV-SUD PSB Philippines, Inc., an external and independent quality management agency, and the agency's third party certification body.

With this certification, TESDA becomes the second agency under the executive branch which has a nationwide ISO Certification.  The Department of Health was the first agency that received the prestigious status on December 18, 2013. It is the first and only education agency which was ISO certified.

On October 23, 2014, an Auditor from TUV SUD PSB has audited TESDA-Agusan del Norte Provincial Office and during the closing meeting later that day, the provincial office was recommended for Certification.

With the international certificate that the agency has received, Dir. Sunico has instructed personnel from all Operating Units of the region to improve the delivery of services to the clients, saying that the public are now expecting more from TESDA.

“Because of this international certificate we had with ISO, the people are expecting much from us. Thus, we should have to live to their expectations,” Dir. Sunico said.

Meanwhile, Braulio B. Dela Peña of TESDA-Agusan del Sur has sworn-into office as the full-fledge Provincial Director before Sec. Villanueva at the Malacañang Palace on the same day when the ISO Certification was awarded.

Prior to his appointment, Dela Peña was the Chief of the Regional Operations Division (ROD) in the Regional Office. (TESDA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Dragoon troopers spearhead medical mission in Agsur town

ESPERANZA, Agusan del Sur, April 20 (PIA) - The 8th Special Forces “Dragoons” Company (8SFC) under the 3rd Special Forces Battalion, Special Forces Regiment (Airborne), Special Operations Command, Philippine Army on Saturday conducted a medical mission in Barangay Tag-anahaw, this municipality in order to extend medical, dental and civic action program (MEDCAP).

The program is in coordination with the local government units of Esperanza, Bayugan City and San Luis, all in this province. The outreach program is also participated by the regional office of the Department of Health Caraga Region,  Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.

Record shows that 165 residents availed of the free medical and dental consultations, free medicines, circumcision, haircut, and while the PRC conducted bloodletting. To further entertain the public, the army also performed electrifying dance during the intermissions.

The activity, according to the 8SFC, is part of the contribution of the entire AFP implementation of the Internal Peace and Security Plan-Bayanihan wherein the military’s role is to catalyze various government agencies to craft and conduct developmental programs that will benefit underserved communities and promote peace.

 “Peace is everyone’s responsibility. We (the military) cannot achieve peace and order alone, but rather, it must be a collaborative effort between other units and the civil citizens as well. We reach out to the public in order for them to see that we are sincere in our peace effort because we have experienced that we had enough of the bloodshed. We look forward for the rebels in Agusan to peacefully lay down their arms and live a peaceful life with their families,” Capt. Jesus Rosete, Commanding Officer of the 8SFC said.

The 8th Special Forces Company is currently deployed at Purok 11, Sitio Manilapas, Poblacion, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur. (DMS/8SFC-Civil-Military Operations Office/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Former natural born citizen can now avail business name registration

By Rodrigo R. Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 20 (PIA) - A natural born citizen who has lost their Philippine citizenship but now resides in the Philippines shall be granted the same rights as Filipino citizens.

The right is provided under Section 4 of Republic Act (RA) 8762 otherwise known as the Retail Trade Liberalization Act of 2000.

Former natural born citizens who became citizens of another country and are now residing in the Philippines are encouraged to invest in the retail industry.

The purpose of the government is to attract productive investments in the sector thereby promoting consumer welfare and possible bring down prices as more business payers operate in a particular locality.

Under Rule 2 Section 2 of RA 8762, any person who meets the requirements shall be considered as a Filipino citizen upon showing any of the following documents: 1. Copy of the birth certificate (i) certified by the local civil registrar or the National Statistics Authority (NSO) now the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), or for those born abroad, certificate of birth from appropriate agency of the country where the birth is recorded showing the father or mother to be a Filipino or has not lost his/her Philippine citizenship at the time of applicant’s birth, or those born on or before 17 January 1973 of Filipino Mothers must submit all of the following: certified true copies of his/her sworn statement of election of Filipino citizenship, oath of allegiance from the civil registrar where the documents were filled and/or forwarded, and identification certificate issued by the Bureau of Immigration; and 2.  In case of loss and/ or destruction of the record of birth or non-registration of birth, a(i) Certificate of non- availability of birth certificate on accounts of loss and/or destruction of birth record at the office of the civil registrar and/or appropriate government agency if birth was registered abroad; or (ii) copy of birth certificate of mother or father certified by the local civil registrar or PSA; and (iii) affidavit of two disinterested persons attesting to their personal knowledge that at the time of two disinterested persons attesting to their personal knowledge that at the time of applicant’s birth, the child was born of a Filipino mother or father.

For interested parties who want to register their business names, please feel free to visit the Department of Trade and Industry at the 2nd Floor, Simtoco Building, Burgos Street, this city or contact telephone number 826-6129. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Top NPA leader arrested in Caraga — AFP

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City - A top New People's Army (NPA) leader was arrested in Surigao City by joint elements of the intelligence units and 29th Infantry Battalion of the 4th Infantry Division (29IB, 4ID) and the Surigao del Norte Criminal Investigation and Detection Team (CIDT), an AFP official said Monday.

In a press release, 4ID spokesperson Maj. Christian Uy said Bonifacio Mausisa Platil Alias Ka Thaddeus Anob Uray/Tado/Tansyong/Jeffrey, was arrested by virtue of warrant of arrest with an outstanding criminal case number 10951 (multiple attempted murder); criminal case number 4463 (attempted murder); and criminal case number 3552 (murder).

He said, Platil, second deputy secretary of Sub-Regional Command Sentro De Grabidad “Westland” (SRC Westland) under the North Eastern Mindanao Committee, was arrested at around 4:40 p.m., April 19 at Barangay Luna in Surigao City.

Uy said that Platil was responsible for the killings, economic sabotages, and land minings in Sibagat and Bayugan City in Agusan del Sur; RT Romuladez and Cabadbaran City in Agusan del Norte; and eastern part of Butuan City.

4ID commander Major General Oscar Lactao congratulated the soldiers and the CIDG personnel for arresting one of the brains of terroristic activities in Caraga, "a fugitive of the law, and destroyer of hopes of thousand Filipinos in Caraga. For those who were victimized especially those who were killed by this criminal, we are one step closer in achieving justice.”

“I thanked the people for giving us timely and relevant information on the whereabouts of this criminal,” Lactao added.

Platil was brought to Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Butuan City for proper disposition. (FEA/Capt. JPMartinez, 4ID/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Palasyo mipahibalo sa ipahigayon nga “Balikatan exercises"

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Abril 20 (PIA) – Ang Palasyo mipahibalo nga pagasugdan na ang Balikatan exercises tali sa armadong kusog sa Pilipinas ug sa Estados Unidos nga nagtumong sa pagpalambo sa kaandam sa parehong armadong kusog batok sa bisan unsa nga hagit.

"Lunes, ika-20 sa Abril pormal na nga pagasugdan sa Pilipinas og Estados Unidos ang 10 ka adlaw nga Balikatan exercises, (Lunes, ika-20 ng Abril pormal na sisimulan ng Pilipinas at Estados Unidos ang sampung araw na Balikatan exercises)," si Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. miingon atol sa pakighinabi sa radio kagahapon, adlaw’ng Dominggo.

“Kini ang ika-31 nga edisyon ng Balikatan gikan pa sa unang pagpahigayon niini niadtong 1951, pinasubay sa Mutual Defense Treaty tali sa Pilipinas og Estados unidos (Ito ang ika-31 edisyon ng Balikatan mula nang ito’y sinimulang isagawa noong 1951, alinsunod sa Mutual Defense Treaty sa pagitan ng Pilipinas at Estados Unidos)," siya miingon sa dzRB Radyo Ng Bayan.

Ang Pilipinas og ang Estados Unidos, pinaagi sa defense agreement, padayon nga mag-uban sa pagtrabaho aron sa pagpalambo sa kaandam sa ilang mga kasundalohan nga nagtumong sa pagseguro sa rehiyonal nga kalig-on ug seguridad (The Philippines and the U.S., through the defense agreement, continue to work together to enhance the readiness of their forces aimed at ensuring regional stability and security), si Coloma miingon.

"Ang kaandaman sa pagpahigayon sa hinanaling pagtubag sa mga krisis human milusad ang kalamidad  usa usab nga mahinungdanong aspeto sa kooperasyon (Ang kahandaan sa paglulunsad ng agarang pagtugon sa mga krisis bunsod ng mga kalamidad ay isa ring mahalagang aspeto ng kooperasyon)," dugang pa ni Coloma.

Ang mga Pilipino ug Amerikanong sundalo dili lamang sa pagpahigayon sa military drills apan usab lakip na niini ang pagtukod sa mga eskwelahan ingon man nga mohatag og mga serbisyo sa komunidad diin ipahigayon ang Balikatan exercises.

Sumala pa sa taho, nga ang mga sundalo mopahigayon og mga training ug mga seminar alang sa unang mga moresponde alang sa “community health nursing,” komon nga mga sakit sa panahon sa kalamidad, ug himsog nga estilo sa kinabuhi aron sa pagtabang sa mga katawhan diha sa lokal nga komunidad.

Si Coloma usab miingon nga sumala sa Department of National Defense (DND), ingon nga kabahin sa programa sa Humanitarian Assistance ug Disaster Relief, ang parehong Pilipino ug Amerikanong armadong kusog nga pwersa mopahigayon sa structural assessment sa dunggoanan (seaport) ug mga tugpahanan (airports) sa Capiz, Aklan, ug Iloilo, diin gikatahong nadaot sa bagyong Yolanda . (NGBT/PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: DOH mitutok sa tinuoray nga kampanya batok sa HIV-AIDS

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Abril 20 (PIA) - Ang departamento sa panglawas kon Department of Health (DOH) agresibo nga mopahigayon sa impormasyon nga kampanya sa pagpataas sa kasayuran mahitungod sa “human immunodeficiency virus-acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV-AIDS) nga nahimong usa ka gikabalak-an sa nasud.

Sumala pa sa DOH nga kini nakaalarma tungod sa padayon ang pagsaka sa gidaghanon sa mga infections sa matag tuig, nga kon kini magapadayon mamahimong lisud na mapug-ngan. Ang departamento miingon nga ang maong impeksiyon mas hataas ang posibilidad sa mga lalake nga dunay sekswal nga kontak uban sa mga lalake.

"Kalabot usab sa HIV nga kaso, isip pagtugon diha, gipahugtan sa Department of Health ang paghimo sa kampanyang pang-impormasyon aron mamahimo nga mag-igmat ang mga katawhan batok sa mga hinungdan o gigikanan sa maong HIV virus (Tungkol muna doon sa HIV cases, bilang pagtugon diyan, pinaiigting ng Department of Health ang pagsasagawa ng kampanyang pang-impormasyon upang maging maingat ang mga mamamayan laban sa mga sanhi o pinanggagalingan ng pagkakaroon ng HIV virus)," sulti ni Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. sa usa ka pakighinabi sa radio niadtong Dominggo.

"Mihatag usab og serbisyong HIV testing og counseling ang DOH isip tabang sa mga katawhan (Naghahatid din ng serbisyong HIV testing at counseling ang DOH bilang tulong sa mga mamamayan)," sumala pa ni Coloma sa pakighinabi sa dzRB Radyo Ng Bayan diin siya gipangutana kabahin sa gihimong pagresponde sa gobyerno sa maong sakit.

Si Coloma usab mikomentaryo sa pagdaghan sa bag-o nga klase nga druga, ang "liquid ecstasy," nga gikataho nga mamahimong ilado sa mga batan-ong drug users.

Matud pa ni Coloma nga ang National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) mipahigayon og operasyon aron nga mapugngan ang paghimo ug ang pamaligya sa maong illegal nga droga.


"Ang PDEA og ang tanang hintungdang mga ahensiya mipasidaan sa paggamit sa maong iligal nga droga (ang PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency) at lahat ng mga kinauukulang ahensya ay nagbababala sa paggamit ng iligal na drogang ito)," siya miingon. (NGBT/ PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)