6.21.2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Butuanons celebrate 117th Philippine Independence Day

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 15 (PIA) - In celebration of this year's 117th Philippine Independence Day, government officials, employees, veterans, students, partner stakeholders and media gathered early morning on Friday for a short program at the Guingona Park, this city.

The said celebration started in solemn prayer, thanking for the blessing of independence for the beloved nation Philippines, for the bravery and leadership of our heroes.

City mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr, together with other officials led the flag raising ceremony. He also bared that it was agreed that all cultural and traditional celebrations shall be hosted with the Department of Education (DepEd) in coordination with the local government unit.

"Let's think of what we can do to give value this hard-earned independence that we are enjoying. We may be far from the 1st world country but we are starting to feel the effects of the developments in our city... Caraga region is also gaining momentum. Finally, our region is now one of the fastest growing regions in the country. We already reached the one million tourist target for 2014,” underscored Amante.

Amante further encouraged all the Butuanons to continuously acknowledge the independence that all are experiencing today, and to acknowledge those unsung heroes. “We honor the sacrifices of our heroes and the liberty that we are enjoying now. It is our task to preserve this hard earned freedom. Indeed it cannot be denied that we are experiencing development but the challenge is how to sustain this in order to achieve an inclusive growth. Now that we are on our way to reach the seal of good governance, Caraga region is gaining momentum because our region is gaining the attention for being the fastest growing region. However, we cannot claim that we are truly free until our people is free from poverty. Let us remember that this is not just to honor our valiant heroes but for us to become modern heroes as well," Amante shared.

Also, Butuan City vice mayor Angelo Calo revealed that this is an annual celebration honoring the heroic deeds of our ancestors for us to enjoy this freedom. The significance of independence is not only for the society's liberation but also based on combating the problems of poverty and climate change.

“Let's do something today for the sake of our tomorrow… Presently, one of the significance of independence is our long fight against poverty. We are also the first generation to feel the effects of climate change and the last to do something about it. Having said that, we already had initiated activities to adapt to the changes... Be with us in doing missionary works for our environment. Your small acts count. At the end of the day, what matters most is the seed you plant to grow," expressed Calo.

To show the value of freedom, the Caraga State University (CSU) cultural dancers perform an interpretative dance which caught the attention of the participants for its meaningful presentation of how courageous the Filipino people are.

Meanwhile, the celebration concluded with the releasing of freedom balloons. (JPG/DJA/VLG/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


AgNor celebrates 117th Phil. Independence, 48th Anniv

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 15 (PIA) – In time with the celebration of the 117th Philippine Independence Day, the provincial government of Agusan del Norte also marked on Friday the opening of the weeklong celebration of its 48th anniversary or Araw ng Agusan del Norte with the theme "Kinaiyahan Amomahon, Kulturang Agusanon Tagdon, Katawhang Lumadnon Panggaon."

Officials and employees of the provincial government of Agusan del Norte headed by Governor Ma. Rosedell Amante-Matba, together with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter gathered at the capitol grounds early morning on Friday for the flag and wreath-laying ceremonies and short program.

Gov. Matba with vice governor Ramon Bungabong and other officials led the hoisting of the provincial, city and municipal banners at the same venue.

Right after the ceremonies, a Thanksgiving Mass was also celebrated at the Capitol Covered Court. The celebration was indeed solemn and peaceful.

Gov. Matba expressed her thanks to all her constituents for their active participation and support. She further encouraged Agusanons to participate in the lined-up activities for the weeklong celebration of the 48th Araw ng Agusan del Norte.  (JPG/DJA/VLG/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


PAGBA encourages Caraganons to join its 2nd Seminar in Baguio City

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 15 (PIA) – The Philippine Association for Government Budget Administration (PAGBA) Incorporated under the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) encouraged Caraganons to join the second PAGBA quarterly Seminar and Meeting on July 22-25, 2015 at the Crown Legacy Hotel in Baguio City.

With the theme “Planning, Budgeting, Execution and Monitoring for Results – Pillars of a Strong Public Financial Management,” PAGBA has invited distinguished speakers who will discuss on various topics, such as: Updates on Compensation Matters; Highlights of the Calendar Year 2016 Budget; K to 12 Implementation Plans, Issues and Challenges; Savings and Realignments for 2015; Civil Service Commission (CSC) Strategic Performance Management System; Checkless Payment System by national government agencies; Gender Planning and Budgeting; Buttoms-Up Budgeting (BuB): Strengthening National-Local Governance Relationships; and Territorial Disputes in West Philippine Sea – Historical Truths and Lies.

Also, According to PAGBA president Mario Relampagos, this is an opportunity for the Budget/Finance Officers, Accountants, Administrative/Personnel Officers, Cashiers/Treasurers, Comptrollers, Planning Development Officers, Fiscal/School Administrators and other officials to respond to the continuing and current requirements in public service and governance, particularly on effective implementation of various reforms on Public Financial Management.

“This is an opportunity for them to be part of this very relevant, useful and learning experience with other government officers and PAGBA members. Your active participation as well as inputs during the seminar-workshop will be highly appreciated by everyone,” emphasized Relampagos.

It was also learned that for this seminar, each participant shall pay a registration fee of P4,800.00, annual dues of P300.00 and membership fee of P200.00. Check/cash payment should be issued/addressed to the Philippine Association for Government Budget Administration (PAGBA) Inc., through the Land Bank of the Philippines Account No. 1692-1000-30.

For more details, visit the PAGBA website at www.pagba.com or call at (02) 9525700 local 3112 or 0919-5588599. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


AgNor opens Agri-Trade Fair

By Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, June 15 (PIA) - The provincial government of Agusan del Norte formally opened on Monday its Agri-Trade Fair at the Provincial Capitol Grounds, this city.

The trade fair will run from June 15-18, it was learned.

Booths and exhibits were put up by the National Food Authority (NFA) - Agusan Norte office, Department of Education (DepED)- Alternative Learning System (ALS) provincial chapter, Provincial Fisheries Office, DOST Caraga and local government units (LGUs). The booths presented their best local delicacies and agricultural and aquatic products.

One of the highlights during the opening was the selection and identification of the "pinaka" among the participating exhibitors like that of squash, watermelon, banana, coconut, sweet potato, and milkfish.

Agusan del Norte governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba, other AgNor provincial and Caraga State University (CSU) officials visited the booths in the morning for judging.   

The said event forms part of the week-long celebration of the 48th Araw ng Agusan del Norte. (DJA/PIACaraga)  


DENR calls support for decarbonized economy

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, June 15 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) strongly supports and advocates decarbonizing economy by replacing fossil fuels with renewable sources of power such as hydro, geothermal, wind, solar, and bio energy in running the economic activities and by planting more trees that can absorb carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHG).

In a press statement during the World Environment Day Media Conference held at DENR-13 Regional Learning Center, DENR Caraga regional director Nonito M. Tamayo said that every locality must adopt a decarbonized economy in order to have sustainable economy without degrading the environment.

“World leaders from 196 nations will gather in Paris on December 2015 to primarily discuss the Earth Statement on Eight Essential Elements of Climate Action, which could be an environmental blue print for new Millennium Development Goals or MDG. Some of these essential elements include recognition of the government commitment to limit to below two degrees Celsius heat and the assistance to poor countries through overseas development assistance (ODA) for decarbonized economy,” Tamayo revealed.

Tamayo said that new strategies and sources of climate finance for developing countries are needed to facilitate hasty conversion to zero-­carbon and climate-resilient societies.

Reflecting from the Earth Statement, Tamayo said the global carbon which anthropogenic (human) activity can still produce in the future­ must be controlled to below 1000 giga tons (Gt) of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to get chance to hold the 2°C limit.

“Humankind has already emitted around 2000 Gt CO2 since the beginning of industrialization. Respecting the global carbon budget means leaving at least three quarters of all known fossil fuel reserves in the ground. With current emissions trends, the remaining 1000 Gt CO2 would be used up within the next 25 years,” Earth Statement says.

According to scientist projection, decarbonizing economy will not only save the planet from dangerous level of global warming and climate change but it can help save 71 trillion US dollars by 2050.

With the 2015 world environment day theme “Seven billion dreams. One planet. Consume with care,” Tamayo said the urgent need to decarbonize the economy as a very crucial decision to help save our environment and natural resource with love and action to mitigate and successfully address global warming and climate change.

"We are reminded once again that as people living in this planet earth, we have decisions but whatever it maybe, our choices shape the world around us. Whatever our decisions maybe as consumers, multiplied by millions, it has a big impact on our environment - some of them contribute to the further depletion of natural resources, others help to protect the delicate and fragile ecosystem. The choice is ours - every time we make decisions," Tamayo said.

Decarbonized economy, which is also known as low-carbon economy (LCE) or low-fossil-fuel economy (LFFE) is an economy operated by utilizing low carbon power sources that has minimal to zero output of GHS emission into the environment biosphere. A decarbonized economy that is globally applied is expected to avoid catastrophic climate change in the Earth as a result of zero-carbon-running-economy and therefore, it reasonably help preserve every single life living with sustainable development on Earth. (DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Environment month celebration kicks-off in Butuan

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, June 15 (PIA) - More than 400 participants coming from local government units, government line agencies, Philippine National Police, academe and private companies join with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga on the “Lakad para sa Kalikasan” (Walk for Environment). The activity marked the official opening of the World Environment month celebration held recently from Guingona Park to Agusan del Norte Provincial Covered court, this city covering a distance of about two kilometers.

Realizing the spontaneous increase of human population of more than seven billion in Earth, who consume natural resources, DENR Caraga regional director Nonito M. Tamayo, in his message, explained that it is important that everyone, not only the DENR and government agencies act for the environmental protection and conservation. He thanked all participants on the environmental activities and encouraged the people to be more pro-active actors and environmental heroes in preserving and protecting the environment and natural resources and by utilizing it with care.

“Our environment day reminds us that everyone has a crucial role on how to take and use our natural resources wisely to achieve inclusive growth in our economy in the best possible and sustainable way,” Tamayo said.

Tamayo further explained that the total well-being of humanity and operation of sustainable economy depend upon the responsible management of the environment and natural resources. “Consuming more than what the planet can sustainably provide is very dangerous to Earth’s biological diversity including human race,” he added.

Meanwhile, Agusan del Norte Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Elizabeth Marie “Babette” Calo who graced the activity in behalf of Provincial Governor Angel Amante-Matba said “It is very important to strictly enforce environmental laws in the localities to safeguard our environment and natural resources.”

“We need to implement the Philippine environmental laws to excellently sustain and manage our environment. We have Ecological Solid Waste Management Act; Philippine Clean Air Act; Philippine Clean Water Act; Philippine Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Waste Act; Climate Change Act, Environmental Awareness and Education Act, among others, which if we implement can really provide us a healthy, clean safe and sound environment and better place to live in,” Calo added.

World Environment Day is annually celebrated on June 5 as the United Nations’ major vehicle and advocacy for encouraging worldwide responsiveness and action for the environmental cause. This year’s environment day theme is "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”.

The month of June of each year is also declared as the Philippine Environment Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 237 signed in 1988 by then President Corazon C. Aquino.

The DENR has organized various events to highlight the environment month including media conference on June 5; Philippine Eagle Week on June 4-10; World Ocean Day on June 8; Coral Triangle Day on June 9; DENR 28th anniversary (Fiesta sa DENR) on June 10; DENR-13 Sports Fest on June 22-24; and Philippine Arbor Day on June 25. (DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DENR 13 celebrates 28th founding anniversary with fiesta atmosphere

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, June 15 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga employees gathered on Wednesday at the DENR Caraga Covered Court for the “Fiesta sa DENR” in celebration of the 28th founding anniversary of the agency with the theme, “Alay sa mga kawani: Katuparan ng mga Minithing Pangarap.”

DENR Caraga regional director Nonito M. Tamayo, in his message, congratulated the employees of the DENR Caraga for being declared as one of the best performing regions in the country.

“The DENR Caraga once again got the award and bested other DENR regional offices nationwide. We got the same award in 2013 but we lose it to region 11 in 2014, nevertheless we got it again this year. Thanks for your dedication, all out support and job well-done,” Tamayo said.

Tamayo cited the most significant regional milestone accomplishment, to include the 100 percent cadastral survey to 73 cities and municipalities, exceeded its National Greening Program (NGP) target, and the lowering statistics of confiscated illegal logs which shows successful implementation of the anti-illegal logging campaign in the region.

Tamayo also recognized the need to urgently complete the rationalization plan of the agency in the region and promote highly qualified people to perform the mandates of the DENR.

“I’m hoping that before the end of June this year, our rationalization plan will be completed and filled the vacant positions with highly competent personnel based on standard qualification and merits. I expect everyone to be more active, dedicated, and inspired in public service,” said Tamayo.

Tamayo manifests the critical role of the DENR employees in the responsible management, protection, and conservation of environment and natural resources.

“We celebrate the 28th DENR anniversary as part of the environment month celebration. The main purpose of the celebration is to draw attention that the people can be responsible to the environment,” he said.

"We are now on the tipping point toward destruction of the Earth, that is why it is our responsibility to save our natural resources. Let us be an active agent of change toward sustainable management of our environment,” Tamayo added.

The whole day “Fiesta sa DENR” celebration kicked off with the ribbon cutting followed by an opening program, Zumba fitness dance competition, laro ng lahi, recognition of DENR environmental partners, the Voice contest, raffle for minor items, search for Mr. and Ms. Kalikasan, musikahan at sayawan.

The DENR was officially created in June 10, 1987 by virtue of Executive Order No. 192 signed by then President Corazon C. Aquino. The agency's humble beginning dates back in 1863 during Spaniard regime. It was during the American regime when the Commonwealth Act No. 2666 was enacted to establish an agency tasked to primarily focus on fishing, forestry and mining which was the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR). (DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DTI warns public on two price tags in business establishments

By Rodrigo R. Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, June 15 (PIA) – Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte provincial director Celestino Negapatan reminds all business establishments that putting two price tags on products they are selling is prohibited.

Negapatan said that the buying public should be aware that whether the payment is made in cash or through a credit card, the amount they should be paying should be the amount reflected in the price tag.

If in case there are two price tags, the lowest price should prevail as basis for the payment of the product being bought.

On similar incident, consumers are encouraged to notify immediately the Consumer Welfare Desk Officer of the DTI Provincial Office through telephone number 826-6129 or cellular number 09195971199.

For those interested to learn on matters about consumer rights, please feel free to visit DTI’s office located at the 2nd Floor, Simtoco Building, Burgos Street, this city. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Northern Mindanao Development Council supports corridors strategy

DAVAO CITY, June 15 (PIA) – Northern Mindanao’s Regional Development Council (RDC-10) recently expressed its support for the implementation of the Mindanao Development Corridors, citing it as an innovative strategy that responds to the development needs of the island-region.

In a resolution signed on March 19, 2015, RDC-10 members and stakeholders are enjoined to ensure complementation, synchronization, and convergence of resources with the existing development and physical framework plans, and other ongoing initiatives and emerging trends in the country that affect Mindanao.

“We are fully supportive of initiatives that promote sustainable development in Northern Mindanao, and anchoring our efforts to the Mindanao Development Corridors is one of the efficient ways of achieving our goals,” said RDC 10 Chair and Lanao del Norte Governor Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo.

He added the Northern Mindanao Development Corridor (NMDC) has potentials of developing into a world-class industrial and services center, owing to its public infrastructure that is suited for industrialization.

“The presence of eco-zones and the location of industrial and agribusiness enterprises in the region, coupled with a strong agricultural sector and a budding business process outsourcing industry makes NMDC a key player in Mindanao’s socioeconomic development,” said Dimaporo.

The NMDC comprises the province of Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, and Surigao del Norte. Among the major programs and projects identified under the NMDC are the Panguil Bay Bridge, which will provide uninterrupted access from Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities to Tangub, Oroquieta, and Ozamiz cities and the rest of Misamis Occidental and the Zamboanga Peninsula; the development of the airports in Ozamiz, Surigao, and Laguindingan; the construction of the Northern Mindanao High Standard Highway, and the construction of the 1st segment of the Mindanao Railway System.

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), through the Mindanao Peace and Development Framework Plan or the Mindanao 2020, adopts the Mindanao Development Corridors as a key spatial strategy aimed to improve infrastructure, establish connectivity, and spur the development of growth clusters within the island-region, allowing it to achieve balanced and inclusive growth among its regions.

The corridors approach divides the island economy of Mindanao into three development corridors namely the Northern Mindanao Development Corridor (NMDC), Southern Mindanao Development Corridor (SMDC), and Western Mindanao Development Corridor (WMDC).

“Our regional development councils and local government units know their territory better, which make them among our strongest allies in Mindanao’s development planning and in integrating the corridors initiative,” said MinDA Chairperson Luwalhati Antonino.

Antonino added the initiative also aims to position Mindanao as a single, integrated economy that is able to leverage and fully participate in economic groupings such as the BIMP-EAGA, ASEAN, and the rest of the global economic communities.

“This strategy will transcend regional boundaries in terms of commodity flow and industry integration which will make regions in Mindanao more commercially viable,” she said.

RDC 10 joins Region 9, 12, and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in supporting the Mindanao corridors program. (MinDA/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Opisyal ng Palasyo sineguro na nakahanda ang Pilipinas sa MERS-CoV

Ni David M. Suyao

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Hunyo 15 (PIA) - Isang opisyal ng Palasyo sineguro noong Lunes na ang bansa ay nakahanda na sa Middle East Respiratory Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

“Ang Pilipinas ay nakahanda na sa MERS CoV at inilagay sa wastong lugar ang lahat ng kinakailangang paraan ng pagsawata, kasama na ang contact-tracing at iba pang pagkontrol na protocol ng impeksyon na para maibukod iyong nagpakita ng sintomas ng MERS-CoV,” sabi ni Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. sa isang pahayag.

Natatandaan ni Coloma na mula pa noong unang tatlong buwan ng 2014, ng unang naiulat ang MERS-CoV sa Middle East, ang Department of Health (DOH) ay nagsagawa na ng matinding pagsiyasat at pagbibigay ng impormasyon sa mga Pilipino lalo na ang mga nagtatrabaho ay nasa pangkalusugan at mga empleyado ng hospital.

“Maaring maalaala natin na noong nagdaang taon, ang DOH ay nagsagawa ng matagumpay na contact-tracing at pagbubukod sa mga ito ng malaman na ang isang Pilipino ay naging positibo sa MERS-CoV sa Middle East ay pumasok sa bansa. Ang pasyente ay ipinasok sa Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) at napag-alamang ito ay negatibo ayon sa pagsusuri. Kaparehong kaso ang naiulat noong Agosto 2014 at Pebrero 2015 na matagumpay na nasaklaw,” sabi niya.

Sabi ni Coloma na ayon kay Health Secretary Janette Garin, ang Pilipinas ay nanatiling “libre sa MERS-CoV.”

“Bilang miyembro na bansa ng World Health Organization, ang Pilipinas ay sumusunod sa mga alituntunin na ituloy ang pagmamatyag sa mga may acute respiratory infections,” sabi niya.

Sinabi din niya ang binanggit ng WHO sa pagsabi nito na dahil sa kulang ng ebidensiya na nagkaroon ng tao sa tao na paglipat sa South Korea, hindi ito nagpapayo ng espesyal na paraan at punto ng pagpasok, o pagbiyahe o kaya pagbabawal ng kalakalan sa bansang iyon.

Pero inuli-ulit ni Coloma ang panawagan ng pamahalaan para sa lahat ng Pilipino sa Middle East at iyong mga nagbibiyahe patungo sa South Korea na patuloy na mapagmatyag, gumawa nga mga paraan sa pag-iingat, sumunod sa mga lokal na pangkalusugang regulasyon, pagiging malinis sa pangangatawan.

“Ang mga Pilpino na nagmula sa South Korea ay pinapayuhan na dapat ay tama ang paggawa sa porma ng kwarentina para mapadali ang contact-tracing," dagdag pa ni Coloma. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)