6.15.2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

AgNor celebrates 48th anniv, guv to deliver SOPA

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) – Agusan del Norte Governor Ma. Rosedell Amante-Matba will deliver her State of the Province Address (SOPA) on June 17, 2015 at the Capitol Covered Court, this city.

Said event is in time with the province’ 48th anniversary celebration.

It was also learned that the lady governor will deliver her SOPA during the 8th Special Session of the 16th Sangguniang Panlalawigan at 2:00 p.m. of the same day.

The annual report of the governor articulates the accomplishments of the province for the year 2014.

Local officials, partner stakeholders from government and media will attend the said activity. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DOH-Caraga on alert for MERS-CoV

By Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga headed by its newly appointed regional director Dr. Jose Llacuna, Jr. confirmed that they are on alert against the infectious or contagious disease like the Middle East Respiratory-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV).

“Though, there is no single case of MERS-CoV reported in the region but rest assured that we are acting accordingly,” said Dr. Llacuna.

Dr. Dioharra Aparri, head of the DOH Caraga Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) also said that the RESU head office would directly contact DOH Caraga for any updates on MERS-CoV especially to the region’s area of responsibility. 

“One of our strategies if ever there will be suspected cases is to do a contact tracing, so far it has been one of the most useful and effective strategies that we have applied in other medical cases,” Aparri added.

Dr. Llacuna also said that MERS-CoV is an emerging disease that remains poorly understood but should be treated as alarming. It is an infection caused by a coronavirus from the same family as that caused by SARS or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which emerged last 2002-2003 and killed around 800 people worldwide.

Following the report of the latest situation assessment posted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the outbreak had already 35 confirmed cases in the Republic of Korea, of which five new cases were contracted in the hospital and three people have died.

Currently, 1,369 people are quarantined.

WHO further reported that this is so far the largest outbreak outside the Middle East, as it is exported to a third country. The Ministry of Health has also reported that confirmed cases represent a third generation of transmission.

With these reports, however, the WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry nor does it currently recommend the application of any travel or trade restrictions.

“The central office had not implemented any travel ban which makes it more challenging,” Llacuna said.

 He also stressed the importance of the community’s participation in terms of being vigilant towards health.

"Safety and precautionary measures such as the hand washing and respiratory etiquette should be re-emphasized. Also, the early reporting on symptomatic cases will contribute to the proper action and control to the emerging outbreak," Llacuna added.  (DJA/PIA-Caraga)


AgNor DepEd officials burn worn-out PHL flags

By Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) –The Department of Education (DepEd) Agusan del Norte division conducted on Wednesday the ceremonial disposal of worn-out Philippine flags at the DepEd Agusan del Norte front lobby.

“It is but right to give honor and respect to our flag for it symbolizes our country and represents each one of us, Filipinos. It is our past, present and future,” said Agusan Norte board member Elizabeth Calo.

The Boy Scout of the Philippines (BSP) Agusan Norte-Butuan chapter also presented the nine flags showing the historical evolution of the Philippine flags.

After the flag burning rites, the DepEd officials also threw flowers as they bury the ashes of the flags.

The ceremony was ended with the release of white balloons by the DepEd former and incumbent officials. 

The event was part of the celebration of the 117th Philippine Independence Day. (DJA/PIA-Caraga)


AgNor guv to lead 117th PHL Independence, 48th charter day

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) – Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba of the province of Agusan del Norte will lead in the celebration of the 117th Philippine Independence Day on Friday morning, June 12 at the provincial Capitol ground here.

This year's Philippine Independence Day celebration is anchored on the theme “Kalayaan 2015: Tagumpay sa Pagbabagong Nasimulan, Abot Kamay na ng Bayan."

The celebration coincides with the opening of the 48th Araw ng Agusan del Norte with the theme “Kinaiyahan Amomahon, Kulturang Agusanon Tagdon, Katawhang Lumadnon Panggaon,” which will start on June 12 up to 19, 2015.

Governor Matba along with the provincial officials and employees will take part in the flag raising and wreath-laying ceremonies at the capitol ground. After the ceremonies, a thanksgiving mass will also be held at provincial capitol covered court.

During the opening ceremony, the candidates for the Miss Agusan del Norte search will also be presented. The pageant and coronation night will be held on June 15 at the municipal gymnasium of Nasipit.

On the 13th, a tree planting activity will be held in celebration of the Arbor Day. All provincial employees are required to participate and plant trees to their assigned places.

During the celebration of the province’ charter day, an Agri-Trade Fair/Exhibit will be opened to the public on June 15. Booths and exhibits will be put up by the different offices and municipalities. The Agri-trade fair is a contest to include ‘PINAKA’ or  most big contest like that of squash, watermelon, banana “Cardava’, coconut, sweet potato, and milkfish.

On the 17th, governor Matba will also deliver her State of the Province Address (SOPA) at the provincial capitol covered court at 2:00 p.m. and a Barangay Night will be held at 6 p.m.

The province will also celebrate the International Year of Soil in the morning of 18th and awarding of winners for the booth, pinaka, extemporaneous, balak, and the Provincial Gawad Saka Achievers in the afternoon. June 18 was also set as People’s Day’ of the province where a free medical services will be rendered to the Agusanons.

To cap the one-week provincial celebration, an Employees Night where all employees are required to wear casual attires will be held on the 19th. Employees’ attendances are required and will be checked in all the activities of the province. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


20th Migrant Workers Day brings merriment to OFW families

By Jean Mary Ronquillo

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) - Anchored on the theme, “Kasanayan at Husay sa Paggawa, Proteksyon ng Migranteng Manggagawa,” the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) brought merriment and a meaningful commemoration of the 20th Migrant Workers Day to the participating Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families on Sunday, June 7 at Surigao del Norte Provincial Gymnasium, Surigao City.

Around 650 overseas workers and their families coming from various municipalities of Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Islands joined in the celebration intended to pay tribute and recognize the valuable contributions of OFWs to the country’s economy.

The event started with a motorcade around the streets of Surigao City which was participated in by OFW Family Circles (OFC) from various municipalities, local government unit delegates, members of Caraga Association of Recruitment Agencies (CARA) and other social partners.

As an opening salvo of the program, Overseas Workers Welfare Officer V Marieta Lumawag rendered a song of prayer followed by the singing of the national anthem.

Moreover, OWWA Caraga regional director Samuel Madrid read the message of OWWA Administrator Rebecca Calzado recognizing the skills and expertise of OFWs in line with their endeavor overseas which has not only contributed to the development and growth of the country they are serving but has also greatly helped in the economic growth of their own country through the remittances they send to their families.

According to Madrid, the administrator also expressed that even with the short span of an OFW’s overseas employability, OWWA is there to provide various programs and services in response to their needs as well as of their families.

Nancy Jacinto, regional coordinator of National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) also conveyed the message of Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz citing the DOLE’s interventions and efforts during the last five years in order to protect and promote the rights, benefits and welfare of OFWs, who are treated not only as modern day heroes, but as authentic partners in nation-building.

Honored guests during said event, Surigao City mayor Ernesto Matugas and Surigao del Norte provincial vice-governor Carlos Egay Jr. also expressed their heartwarming greetings to the OFWs and their families who joined in commemorating the migrant workers day.

“It is very heartwarming to be with our modern day heroes and their families, the very people who have sacrificed to be able to help and support their families and in the process also help our country,” articulated Mayor Matugas.

Likewise Egay asserted, “I salute our modern day heroes, the Overseas Filipino Workers for rendering service beyond the usual despite the long distance.”

Among the highlights of the event was the release of financial assistance to OWWA scholars under OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP) and fun-filled activities such as parlor games, raffle draws with exciting prizes for giveaways including grocery items, household appliances and school supplies.

An entertaining dance competition in which five active OFCs participated, of which the OFC from the municipality of Dinagat was hailed as the champion, showcased not only talents of each group but also their cooperation and creativity.

Likewise, OWWA Caraga’s social partners were recognized for their noteworthy involvement in the event and for facilitating an orientation on livelihood undertakings and encouraging saving for future investments among OFWs and their families. (OWWA-13/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur to hold 117th Philippine Independence Day celebration

By Greg Tataro Jr.

SURIGAO DEL SUR, June 11 (PIA) – The celebration for the 117th Philippine Independence Day on June 12 in Surigao del Sur is set to be spearheaded by the local government unit (LGU) of Tandag City care of Mayor Roxanne Pimentel.

Based on the official program of activities, which is split into three parts, the occasion will kick off at 6:00 a.m. via a holy mass at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral, followed by a motorcade, and, then the final program.

The highlights include the welcome address by Dr. Gregoria Su, City Schools Division Superintendent; musical presentation by the Sining Theresian Ensemble of St. Theresa College (STC); message by Vice-Mayor Ruel Momo; symbolic release of balloons;  message of Mayor Roxanne Pimentel;  and the series of cultural presentations by Duh Taraw Cultural Group of Tandag City Division, STC Dance Troupe, and Jacinto P. Elpa National High School (JPENHS) Dance Troupe.

Beforehand, singing of the Philippine National Anthem at the flag raising ceremony is going to be observed followed by the rendition of the Surigao del Sur Hymn.

Participants to the occasion are employees of all national and local government agencies (LGAs) including public and private schools and institutions, the private sector and the general public as well.

The celebration carries the theme, “Kalayaan 2015: Tagumpay sa Pagbabagong Nasimulan, Abot-Kamay na ng Bayan.” (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DOLE reveals labor law compliant businesses in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 11 (PIA) – A list of 181 business establishments in the 2nd District of Surigao del Sur have earned their respective certificate of compliance (COC) on either General Labor Standards or Occupational Safety and Health, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) field office in Surigao del Sur bared.

Raymond Fel Sajor, DOLE field office chief, pointed out that from among the said list, whose representatives have participated in the gathering dubbed as “Bridging Labor Laws Compliance System Thru Industry Forum on the Provincial, Zonal, and Industry-wide Joint Assessment,” 96 have been issued COC on General Labor Standards while 95 have been given COC on Occupational Safety and Health. 

The COC distribution took place on May 28, 2015 at Br. Scubilion Events Center, De La Salle John Bosco College (DLSJBC) in Mangagoy, Bislig City.

A one-stop-shop table assessment has been put up to facilitate the process, the DOLE chief said.

Being the last and final schedule, attention of other Caraga businessmen even from outside of the province has been caught, Sajor remarked.

The said forum was carried out in order to foster a culture of voluntary compliance on labor laws, it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: HEALS Plus victory forum nagpadayon sa Surigao Norte

Ni Mary Jul E. Escalante

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Hunyo 11 (PIA) – Ang probinsya sa Surigao del Norte ubos sa liderato ni Gobernador Sol F. Matugas nagpadayon sa pagpahigayon og HEALS (Health Education Agri-Aquaculture, Livelihood and Tourism, and Spiritual Enhancement) Plus Victory Forum sa nagkalain-laing munisipyo sa probinsya.

Ubos sa maong victory forum mao ang pag pang apod-apod og mga packbags, financial assistance ug libreng konsultasyon/serbisyo sa maayong panglawas sama sa medical check up, dental, papsmear ug serbisyo ngadto sa mga senior citizens.

Niadtong Hunyo 10, didto sa Navarro Memorial Central Elem. School, Surigao West Central Elem. School ug Margarita Central Elem. School nang apod-apod ang gobernador sa mga packbags ngadto sa mga estudyante sa maong mga tulunghaan.

Pagkahapon, ubay ubay ang mga kalihukan nga gitambungan sa gobernador sa lungsod sa Alegria sama na sa Blessing ug Ribbon Cutting sa Alegria Municipal Police Station, groundbreaking sa Alegria Children's Park and Playground, Alergria Tourist's Lounge ug ang HEALS Plus Victory Forum.

Ang maong kalihukan gitambungan usab nila Board Member Melva Garcia, BM Simeon Castrence, BM Leonita Gorgolon, BM Mamerto Galanida, mga opisyales sa lungsod sa Alegria pinanguluhan ni Mayor Dominador Esma, Jr. mga opisyales ug kapitanes sa 12 ka barangay sa maong lungsod, school administrators ug sa TEAM Capitol nga maoy nagpresentar sa mga proyekto ug programa nga gibubo sa maong lungsod kalabot na niini ang dako nga proyekto ubos sa PAMANA DILG fund nga concreting of Camp Edward- Ferlda road phase 1 kantidad  P50 miliones ka pesos.

Ang Alegria Central Elem. School nakadawat usab ug P500,000 pesos alang sa ilang covered court, P110,000 pesos sa tagsa-tagsa ka barangay ug uban pang mga proyekto ubos sa HEALS plus nga programa sa gobernador.

Atol usab sa maong kalihukan, gipahigayon ang ceremonial turn over sa mga packbags para na sa mga kabataan sa preschool sa nagkadaiyang tulunghaan sa maong lungsod.

Mapasalamaton gayod ang mga kapitanes ug mga magtutudlo sa panahon nga personal nilang napaabot ang ilang mga mulo ug yangongo sa ilang tagsa tagsa ka mga barangay ug eskwelahan.

Dako ang pagpasalamat ni Mayor Esma sa mga proyekto nga gibubo sa iyang lungsod pinaagi na sa suporta sa gobernador. (SDR/PIC-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)