Monday, June 29, 2015



AgSur solon turns-over equipment to PIA Caraga for disaster education, operation

BUTUAN CITY, June 29 (PIA) - Agusan del Sur First District Rep. Ma. Valentina G. Plaza turned-over on Monday a brand new computer equipment to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga.

The said equipment was intended to enhance the agency’s capability on disaster education and response.

"I'm very happy with the services of PIA Caraga in its timely dissemination of relevant information to the public. I believe that with your services thru your Advanced Forward Emergency Broadcasting System (AFEBS) Network, the government can immediately address every issues and concerns of our constituents," stressed Rep. Plaza.

The formal turn-over ceremony was witnessed by the regional employees, Fr. Carlito Clase of the Diocese of Butuan and media.

"The best way to reach out to the community is to educate the community people themselves to be resilient in times of disasters and calamities and I know PIA can help us on this. May this equipment play a vital role in its pursuit of empowering the people of Caraga," Rep. Plaza said.

PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga thanked Rep. Plaza for her support and lauded the lady solon for being responsive and for her strong commitment to help the Caraganons to be disaster-resilient.

"We, in PIA, are the first to inform the public on the latest situation on the ground especially during disasters and emergencies. With this brand new equipment, I believe we can do more, do better and reach further," Caga said.

The lady solon also bared in an interview over PIA Caraga's 107.8 Power FM/AFEBS Network that she has several plans and programs for her constituents in Agusan del Sur in the months to come.

The said official also expressed her interest to adopt the AFEBS network in her province. (FEA/JPG/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur DTI set for Negosyo Center launch

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 29 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Surigao del Sur is set to spearhead the launch of Negosyo Center at 10:00 a.m. on June 30, 2015 at its provincial office, here.

Romel Oribe, DTI provincial director, has already sent out the program of invitation to all partners concerned citing “Sen. Paolo Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino IV as guest of honor, he being the author of the Go Negosyo Act.” The youthful senator is expected to give a message.

Also, City Mayor Roxanne Pimentel, First District Congressman Philip Pichay, and Governor Johnny Pimentel are part of the formal program with their respective messages to impart, especially the latter, being the Provincial Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (PMSMEDC) chair, it was learned.

During the program launch, Oribe, as host agency head, will do the honors of giving the welcoming remarks; DTI Caraga regional director Brielgo Pagaran is tasked to provide the closing remarks.

The ribbon cutting ceremonies will signal the opening of the official proceedings. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DTI Surigao Norte distributes 'Timbangan ng Bayan' in Siargao Island

By Rodrigo R. Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, June 29 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte provincial office recently distributed a total of 12 weighing scales to the eight municipalities in Siargao Island under the “Timbangan ng Bayan” project.

The municipality of Dapa received three units, the municipalities of General Luna and Del Carmen received two units each, while the municipalities of Pilar, San Isidro, Burgos, Sta. Monica and San Benito received one unit each.

The said municipalities forged a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DTI regarding the custody and maintenance of the weighing scales. The equipment were properly calibrated by a government accredited testing laboratory to be sure of its accuracy. The succeeding yearly recalibration of the weighing scales has to be facilitated by the LGUs.

The weighing scales are intended to be used by the consumers that will be buying various products such as fish, vegetables, and other food and non-food commodities.

DTI Provincial Director Celestino L. Negapatan urged the buying public to use the weighing scales to check if their purchased goods are really the exact weight and quantity worth of the amount they are paying for it.

This type of project is being implemented so that ordinary citizens will be able to get the best value of their money on every purchase they will make at the market. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DILG-13 releases P245-M for Bottom-Up Budgeting

By Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio

BUTUAN CITY, June 29 (PIA) —The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga released on Monday a total of P245-Million worth of checks to  three cities and 50 municipalities for the implementation of 181 projects across Caraga Region during the showcase conducted at Robinsons Place here dubbed “Pagpadayag: Showcasing the Gains of BUB.”

Of the 181 projects, 101 are intended for Potable Water Systems, 70 for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), six projects for Local Access, and four other infrastructure projects.

The total amount of checks released for Potable Water System projects across the region amount to about P121 Million. These are for four projects in Butuan City amounting to P3 Million; 24 projects in Agusan del Norte amounting to P25 Million (for Carmen, Jabonga, Las Nieves, Magallanes, Nasipit, RTR and Tubay); 12 projects in Agusan del Sur amounting to P22.3 Million (for Bayugan City, Esperanza, Prosperidad, Sta. Josefa, Sibagat, and Veruela); 21 projects in Surigao del Norte totaling P31.7 Million (for Bacuag, Gigacuit, Pilar, San Benito, San Isidro, Socorro, and Surigao City); 37 projects in Surigao del Sur totaling P34.2 Million (for Barobo, Bayabas, Cagwait, Cantilan, Cortes, Hinatuan, Lingig, Marihatag, San Agustin, San Miguel, Tagbina, and Tago); and three projects for Dinagat Islands totaling P 4.5 Million (for Cagdianao and Libjo).

The 70 Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) projects amounted to about P106 Million. These projects are mostly flood-control or drainage/river canals, seawalls, evacuation centers and rescue equipment. Of this, Butuan City has one project amounting to P600,000; Agusan del Norte with four projects amounting to P5.5 Million (for Carmen and Las Nieves); Agusan del Sur with seven projects amounting to P13.1 Million (for La Paz, Loreto, Rosario, San Francisco and Veruela); Surigao del Norte with 36 projects totaling P65.1 Million (for Alegria, Bacuag, Burgos, Del Carmen, Dapa, Gigaquit, Malimono, San Francisco, San Isidro, Socorro, Sta. Monica, Surigao City, and Tubod); Surigao del Norte with 16 projects totaling P12.2 Million (for Bayabasm Carmen, Carrascal, Lanuza, Marihatag, San Agustin, Tagbina, and Tago); and Dinagat Islands with six projects amounting P9.1 Million (for Basilisa, Cagdianao, Dinagat and Tubajon).

Whereas the checks released for the six Local Access projects (i.e. FMRs and bridges) totaled P11.8 Million. Agusan del Sur has two projects worth P5 Million in all (for San Francisco and Sibagat); Surigao del Norte with three projects totaling P2.4 Million (for Bacuag and Gigaquit); and Dinagat Islands with one worth P4.4 Million (for Dinagat).

And lastly, checks for several other projects (i.e. terminal, market, etc.) totaled P6.7 Million. Agusan del Sur has one project worth P2.1 Million (for Sibagat); Surigao del Norte has one project worth P1 Million (for San Francisco); and Surigao del Sur has two projects totaling P3.6 Million (for Carmen and Carrascal).

This is the second batch of checks released, the first of which totaled P42.4 Million and were handed out to 25 LGUs last June 3, 2015 during the Program Orientation on DILG-Administered CY 2015 Bottom-Up Budgeting Projects and its Implementation Guidelines on June 3, 2015 at Pietro’s Square, this city. These were for 32 projects (i.e. 19 Disaster Risk Reduction-Related projects, 12 Potable Water System projects and one other infrastructure project).

These are the projects that fall under the DILG’s purview and menu of projects that the LGUs proposed in their Local Poverty Reduction Action Plans (LPRAP) crafted through the third cycle implementation under the Bottom-Up Budgeting approach. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


DILG Caraga releases P16-M Performance Challenge Fund to 10 LGUs

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, June 29 (PIA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga released P16-million worth of Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) to ten Local Government Units (LGUs) in the region during the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) dubbed as “Pagpadayag: Showcasing the Gains of Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB)” held on Monday at the Robinson’s Place Atrium, this city.

The ten LGUs were the passers of the C.Y. 2012 Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGHS) and the C.Y. 2013 Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping (SGFH) during the mandatory assessment of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) in 2013. Recipients will receive P7-million for provinces, P3-million for cities and P1-million for municipalities.

The Province of Agusan del Sur received P7-million while the municipalities of La Paz, Loreto, San Francisco, San Luis, Sibagat, San Miguel, Bunawan, Prosperidad, Esperanza (all from the province of Agusan del Sur) and San Miguel (province of Surigao del Sur) received P1-million each for development projects.

The ten LGUs are also the second batch to receive PCF check from DILG. The first batch of LGUs that received the fund were the province of Surigao del Sur, Butuan City, and municipalities of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte and Trento, Agusan del Sur last June 3, 2015 during the Program Orientation on DILG Administered C.Y. 2015 BuB Project and its Implementation Guidelines held at Pietros Square, Bonbon Road, this city. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


Improvement of bangus production pushed in Dinagat Islands

By Mardell Allen G. Delanto

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, June 29 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Province of Dinagat Islands and Winrock-Philippine Cold Chain Project (PCCP) are accumulating their relevant resources to push bangus production as a means to provide developmental impact to the province.

With extensive coastlines, Dinagat Islands is a home to a diverse range of aquamarine products, which most of its inhabitants rely into as a source of livelihood. More so, this could be an avenue in developing bangus industry as a scheme to generate jobs and source of alternative income in the community.

Recently, a Technology Training on Milkfish Culture was conducted by DTI Dinagat Islands in collaboration with Winrock-PCCP which aims to increase bangus production in the province thru disseminating innovations to the fisherfolks in order to attain the full benefits of technological developments involved in bangus production.

The seminar/training benefited 50 selected fisherfolks of Samahan ng Malilit na Mangingisda from the municipality of Basilisa. They were provided inputs on basic aquaculture production, to include marine fishcage culture, fingerlings selection and management and bangus feeding management to prepare them in their respective bangus production businesses in the future.

Following this activity, DTI Dinagat IslandsI and Winrock will soon conduct a Value Chain Analysis Workshop for Aquamarine Products as part of the capacity building intervention to the aquamarine producer groups in the island province. The said workshop will acquaint the producer groups and other various value chain players in the aquamarine industry with value chain analysis to further capacitate them in examining the industry’s value chain and identify the gaps and other opportunities to come up with development interventions that are attuned with the needs of the market. (SDR/DTI-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


DOLE, RTWPB Caraga fete 2015 Productivity Olympics regional winners

BUTUAN CITY, June 29 (PIA) – Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga regional director Johnson Canete, chairman of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) Caraga reported to Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that the regional office and the RTWPB have already selected the winners of the regional phase of the National Wages and Productivity Commission’s 2015 Productivity Olympics.

“We have feted the seven regional winners for the 2015 Productivity Olympics, with the most expectant hope they will make it to the national stage of the awards,” said Canete in his report.

Canete said the seven regional winners namely, Almont Hotel and Inland Resort and Uhland Loans Corporation, both based in the city; Andres Soriano Memorial Hospital Cooperative, Surigao del Sur I Electric Cooperative, Mangagoy Fishermen Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and Pureever Drinking Water, all based in Bislig City; and Southway College of Technology of Agusan del Sur represent the best of the best in the Caraga Region in terms of productivity performance, labor relations, and human resource management.

During the awarding ceremony held at the Almont Hotel and Inland Resort, each of the winners conducted presentations of their implementation and the impact of productivity in their respective businesses. The presenters showcased their accomplishments and their productivity journeys using before and after scenarios that had led to spectacular improvements and growth in labor and management relations, productivity performance, and human resource management.

“The regional phase of the 2015 Productivity Olympics was a battleground for the region’s micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs to showcase their businesses’ productivity journeys. It was also an opportunity for them to interact with others, to give support, develop linkages and partnerships, and to learn from others on best practices,” Canete said.

RTWPB Caraga board secretary Earl dela Victoria said the event is also an opportunity for the participants to advertise and sell their products and/or services.

The NWPC’s Productivity Olympics is a national competition of best productivity practices of micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME). A biennial event organized by the DOLE’s NWPC in coordination with the RTWPBs.

“The 2015 Productivity Olympics aims to intensify national awareness and commitment to quality and productivity showcase best productivity improvement practices among the countries MSMEs,” said Baldoz.

As a national competition, MSMEs duly registered with the appropriate government agencies, such as the Department of Trade and Industry, Securities and Exchange Commission, Cooperative Development Auhtority, and local government units can join and contenders must have a productivity program, existing for at least two years, preferably under the ISTIV program and must have never been a recipient of the Productivity Olympics award at the national level. (RTWPB-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DENR 13 leads planting of 7,000 Mangroves propagules in Butuan City

By Eric Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, June 29 (PIA) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga headed by regional director Nonito M. Tamayo celebrated Arbor Day on June 25 in a festive atmosphere by planting about 7,000 mangrove propagules at a tiny islet in Masao, this city where in 1521 Ferdinand Magellan held the first mass together with the natives headed by Tajah Colambu, the king of Butuan.

Although the 48-hectare sand islet near the Agusan River Delta had been developed by the DENR employees 17 years ago, in 1998, into a mangrove plantation, the area now serves as a breeding habitat of marine mammal and fish and source of food of the people living along the shorelines of Barangays Lumbukan and Masao and Las Nieves in Agusan del Norte.       

On Thursday, (June 25 ) about 500 people from different national  government agencies, the Philippine National Police, Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard, students from the Caraga State University (CSU), the Agusan National High School (ANHS), and AMA Computer Learning Center, among others have joined the DENR in the planting activity which highlight the Arbor Day. Before the planting, however, Tamayo reiterated of the need for the people to be wise in their way of life and consumption without prejudice to the environment and nature. 

The theme of the Environment Month Celebration this year is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.”

He said the earth’s booming population may reach 9.6 billion by 2050 and if the current consumption of the present 7 billion people would remain the same, the people in the world would need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.

Tamayo said that “we can survive and enjoy the benefits of the natural resources if these seven billion people in the whole world would make one change toward a more responsible consumption of resources. It must start from us for that vision to be a reality."

“We can discourage ourselves to use plastic bags or just use alternative and practical ways to help in the protection and conservation of our natural resources,” he added.

The Arbor Day celebration was institutionalized by Presidential Proclamation 396 on June 2, 2003, enjoining the “active participation of government agencies, the private sectors, schools, civil society groups, and the people, in the tree-planting activity”. The Arbor Day Act of 2012 or Republic Act 10176 made tree planting an annual event for LGUs. Under the law, Filipinos age 12 and above should plant one tree every year in the backyards or in any vacant spaces where they can be grown and nurtured.

According to Tamayo, the planting of trees should be done as often because trees help mitigate the effects of climate change. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


RPRAT-13 showcases gains of BuB Projects in Caraga

By Naomi C. Orog & Archie Rose G. Vasquez

BUTUAN CITY, June 29 (PIA) - The Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) of Caraga region chaired by regional director Lilibeth A. Famacion of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) conducted the two-day region-wide activity dubbed as “Pagpadayag: Showcasing the Gains of Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB)” held on Monday at the Robinsons Place Atrium, this city and will run until tomorrow, June 30.

DILG-OIC assistant secretary for Plans and Programs Josefina E. Castilla-Go represented DILG Secretary Mar Roxas and led the official ribbon cutting for the two-day event with the regional directors of the regional line agencies, who are members of the RPRAT.

The region-wide inter-agency activity showcased exhibits of BuB projects by the participating BUB National Government Agencies, to wit: Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), and Department of Tourism (DOT).

Testimonies of selected Local Chief Executives (LCEs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and BuB beneficiaries focused on the cycles or phases of BuB from CSO Assembly, LPRAR Formualtion Workshop, Project Implementation, Operation to Project Impact also added meaning to the activity.

The highlight of the day was the distribution of BuB checks to three cities and 50 municipalities totaling P245-Million including Performance Challenge Fund checks to one province and nine municipalities totaling P16-Million.

Tomorrow, another series of activities are programmed, such as the Poster Making Competition among selected high school-level 4P’s beneficiaries, CSO Hour with Cliniquing on CSO registration and accreditation, TESDA graduates job fair, and Product Displays of different BUB-assisted communities. The two-day activity will culminate with the closing and awarding ceremonies at 1:30 in the afternoon.

The BuB is a process where the Civil Society Organizations and Local Governments come together to formulate plans and budget for poverty reduction. It mainly promotes active participation of the community in identifying programs and projects that enables them to contribute towards sustainable development of the locality by involving the public in local planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the projects.

The activity is open to anyone who wishes to witness and know more about the BUB. It is hoped that through this, people will be aware of the sincere and collaborated efforts of the government—national government agencies and local government units alike—in addressing the needs to combat poverty through the gains of the locally funded projects. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Palasyo ipinaabot ang pakikiramay sa mga bansang apektado ng mga pagateke ng terorista noong biyernes

Ni David M. Suyao

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Hunyo 29 (PIA) - Ipinaabot ng Malakanyang ang kanilang pakikiramay sa mga bansang apektado ng mga pag-atake ng mga terorista noong Biyernes at dagdag na sinabing inatasan ng Department of Foreign Affairs ang mga embahada sa mga lugar na iyon na suriin kung may mga Pilipinong apektado.

"Nakikiramay po tayo doon sa mga kaibigan po natin, doon sa ating mga kaibigang bansa na nawalan po ng kanilang mga mamamayan dahil po diyan sa mga pag-atakeng ‘yan," sabi ni Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte sa pakipanayam sa radyo noong Sabado.

"Kagabi po ay nag-overtime ang Department of Foreign Affairs. Inutusan na nila ‘yung ating mga embahada na mayroon hong jurisdiction doon sa mga lugar na ‘yon na siguraduhin kung mayroon nga ho bang Pilipinong nasangkot," sinabi niya sa dzRB Radyo Ng Bayan.

Pero ayon sa impormasyon sa mga sandaling ito, sinabi ni Valte na wala pang ulat na may mga Pilipinong apektado sa mga pag-atake sa Tunisia at Pransiya.

Sa Kuwait, sinusuri pa ng mga otoridad ng Pilipinas kung may mga namatay na Pilipino sa mga pagatake doon.

Inaangkin ng grupo ng ISIS ang responsibilidad ng pag-atake sa hotel sa tabingdagat sa Tunisia noong Biyernes na pumatay ng di bababa sa 38 ka tao at sumugat sa di bababa sa 36, karamihan sa kanila mga turistang galling sa kanluran.

Iniulat ng CNN na kasama sa mga namatay ay di bababa sa limang Briton, tatlong Begians, isang aleman at isang babae mula sa Ireland na ang pinagbasehan ay ang ulat ay mula sa banyagang mga ministeryo ng Britain, Ireland at Tunisia.

Isang hindi pa malaman ang bilang ng mga mamamayan mula sa Pransiya ay kasama sa mga namatay, ayon sa ulat.

Sa Pransiya, isang lalake ang dahilan sa pagsabog sa isang planta ng kemikal pagkatapos pugutan ng ulo ang kanyang amo at iniwan ang ulo na nakabitin sa bakod.

Inangkin din ng ISIS ang responsibilidad sa hayagang pagsabog ng bomba sa kaalyadong mosque ng Shiite sa Kuwait sa padasal noong Biyernes. Nag-iwan ang pagatake ng hindi bababa sa 25 ang namatay at mahigit 200 ang nasugatan. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)