Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Environmental partners laud DENR feats, inspires convergence work

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, June 16 (PIA) - During the “Fiesta sa DENR” recognition of environmental partners held on June 10 at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-13 covered court, the environmental partners commended DENR Caraga for its regional milestone accomplishments over the past years in terms of environmental management and development particularly in the successful implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP) and anti-illegal logging campaign in the region.

DENR Caraga regional director Nonito M. Tamayo personally handed over the awards and plaque of appreciation to four farmers and development organizations, 27 local government units, two municipal police stations, and 10 regional line government agencies who made significant contributions on the implementation of successful NGP and intensifying anti-illegal logging campaign in the region.

“We are grateful to our partners for sharing to us their unequivocal support that help us in our quest for responsible management of environment and natural resources. Environmental concern transcends no boundaries. It is very crucial task of DENR but we cannot do it alone. However, we can achieve excellent accomplishments in working partnership with different government line agencies, people’s organization, community, PNP, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Together, we work in harmony, in convergence, there’s success,” Tamayo said.

National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga regional director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño, during the recognition of environmental partners cited DENR Caraga for its significant accomplishments while ensuring that NEDA will continually support the agency.

“We have been working with the DENR in areas of environmental development and management in the region. We congratulate the DENR officials and staff for its accomplishments as part of its convergence effort. Rest assured that NEDA Caraga will always support DENR,” Cariño said.

In the same occasion, Department of Tourism (DOT) Caraga regional director Letecia Tan said the region has already hit its one million tourists target in 2014 with the help of DENR’s support for eco-tourism and forest tourism.

“I was inspired by the DENR’s accomplishments and commitments with 1,100 bodies. DENR has been also our partner in convergence and we are more inspired to work with other government agencies not only for eco-tourism with the DENR but also agri-tourism with the Department of Agriculture,” Tan said. 

Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga regional director Edna Mabeza has expressed satisfaction over the achievements of DENR. “Our office will always support in protecting the natural resources as we have related mandate”.

On the same event, Police Regional Office Caraga regional director PCSupt David Ombao ensures that the PNP has intensified its campaign against illegal logging in the region as mandated by Executive Order 23 declaring a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests and creating the anti-illegal logging task force.

“We are committed to help the DENR on its objective on zero-illegal logging incidence in Caraga. The central Philippine National Police is focused on this kind of operations,” said PCSupt Ombao.

Meanwhile, the Sibagat Federation of Tribal Community Agro Farmers Development Association, Inc. (SFTCAFDAI), a group of 21 people’s organizations lead by Arnold "Datu Subang" Acebido, thanked DENR Caraga for providing technical and livelihood supports. Datu Subang said that the NGP had changed their lives from being a timber poacher to forest defender.

"I used to carry guns with me before. But with the assistance of the PNP and the DENR officials I surrendered everything to the authrories. With the support of DENR, my future and my children’s future are already ensured since I have source of income and my 163 hectares of coffee plantation are enough guarantee for us,” Datu Subang who has been deputized as forest guard said.

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Caraga regional director Florencio F. Sunico Jr., commended the DENR Caraga for its accomplishments considering that it inspired convergence to work for success.

“With convergence, we can do many things. Although TESDA has unrelated mandates, we coordinated with DENR in some areas of concern. TESDA has distributed 47,641 chairs that provide backlog chairs to schools in Caraga which was possible because of the convergence between PAGCOR, TESDA and DENR,” Sunico said. (DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur DPWH reveals infra status, school building projects

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 16 (PIA) – The 1st District Engineering Office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Surigao del Sur has come up with the “OVER ALL STATUS” of Calendar Year (CY) 2015 Infrastructure Program here as of May.

Citing 11 “Fund Source,” District Engineer (DE) Joseph Calderon bared a total of 54 various infrastructure projects amounting to P579,192,000.

Fund Source also describes as to what particular project the allocation is going to be spent—the biggest of which is “Construction and Maintenance of Bridges along National Roads – Rehabilitation/Major Repair of Permanent Bridges” in the amount of P145,727,000.

Of the 54 number of active projects, three have been already completed; 33 are ongoing; while 18 are not yet started (NYS).

Summing up, the revised accomplishment was posted at 27.89 percent vis-a vis- the actual accomplishment of 17.76 percent or a slippage of -10.13 percent.

Moreover, Calderon claimed that for CY 2014 School Building Program, including rehabilitation, his office has posted 82.12 percent on revised accomplishment with actual accomplishment at 74.286 percent, leaving a -7.83 percent slippage. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur DTI expresses support to Motorcycle Helmet Act; bares list of certified motorcycle helmet

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 16 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Surigao del Sur headed by Romel Oribe has come out with a list of certified motorcycle helmet.

The move was “in support to the implementation of Republic Act 10054 or the Motorcycle Helmet Act,” claimed the DTI chief.

In his letter dated June 11, 2015, Oribe pointed out that media “can be of assistance in disseminating important information to the general public.” 

“We are furnishing you with some information related to this law,” referring to the article entitled “Subject: Standard Protected Motorcycle Helmet,” which contains statistics culled from various sources showing that “Non-use of standard protective motorcycle helmets is the major reason of death in motorcycle accident.”

“Statistics show that road accident is the fifth cause of death in the Philippines and 35 percent of these accidents involve motorcycles,” Oribe stressed.

It was learned that DTI here “had seized and destroyed sub-standard helmets before and still continues doing monitoring and enforcement activities to ensure that only standard motorcycle helmets that bear the Philippine Standard (PS) or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) mark of the Bureau of Product Standards are sold.” (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Listahanan prioritizes IPs, saturates GIDA Areas

By Maria Cecilia N. Sosas

BUTUAN CITY, June 16 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga through the Listahanan project has included and prioritized the Indigenous People (IPs) families residing in the Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA) areas in the region.

The enumerators of the Listahanan project are expected to assess families belonging in the following tribes present in Caraga: Manobo, Mamanwa, Higaonon, Talaandig, Banwaon, and Mandaya.

“Grabe nako ka itom, (I’m so dark skinned) because I’ve experienced the life of an enumerator. Nice ang feeling to sacrifice for others in need. I love what I’m doing for the poor. Soon, I’ll be able to change their lives,” expressed Christopher Abuzo, an enumerator assigned in San Francisco and Rosario, Agusan del Sur.

DSWD-Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli reiterated that no one should be left behind.

The Listahanan is a national government project implemented by the DSWD. It is an information management system that aims to establish a reliable database of poor families to be prioritized in the delivery of social protection programs and services of the Government. (DSWD-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte guv activates HEALS Caravan

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, June 16 (PIA) - To show that the provincial government is fully committed to serve the people beyond the usual, Governor Sol F. Matugas has activated anew the HEALS Plus victory caravan in all the municipalities of the mainland Surigao del Norte.

The HEALS (Health, Education, Aquaculture and Agriculture, Livelihood and Tourism, Spiritual Enhancement) Plus Caravan dubbed “Kapitolyo nan Barangay” aims to bring the social services of the provincial government closer to the people.

Just recently, the lady governor went to the municipality of Tubod on June 11 and was accompanied by Board Members Mamerto Galanida, Simeon Vicente Castrence, Leonila Gorgolon and Cesar Bagundol.

Tubod Mayor Cristina Hemady R. Arcillas together with municipal officials and employees welcomed the Team Capitol.

Governor Matugas, in her message, said that "Kapitolyo nan Barangay" means genuine services and development to all.

Amid the row in principle and difference of opinion, Governor Matugas maintained that she wants total reconciliation, perfect harmony and pure understanding because "we only have one province."

Early on, Governor Matugas led the opening and blessing of the Alegria Police Station, Alegria Chidren's Park and Playground on top of the ground-breaking ceremony of the Alegria Traveller's Lounge with the help of Mayor Dominador Esma.

She also went to Surigao West Central Elem. School in Brgy. San Juan, this city to distribute backpacks to school children. She was happily met by the faculty, parents and children.

Governor Matugas also went to Mainit on June 9 where she was cheerfully greeted by local officials headed by Mayor Ramon Mondano and his wife, the present vice mayor.

On June 8, in the municipality of Tagana-an, Mayor Cesar Diaz showed to Governor the site where the Katunggan Resto Park will soon rise. (SDR/PIC-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Brigada Eskwela Plus gipadayon, kasundaluhan mihatag og mga lingkuranan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, June 16 (PIA) – Bisan nahuman na ang Brigada Eskwela, nagpadayon sa gihapon ang mga kasundalohan sa 36 infantry battalion (IB) sa pagpanghatag og serbisyo sa mga tulonghaan pinaagi sa Brigada Eskwela Plus.

Kabahin niini ang pagpanghatag og usa ka gatos ka mga lingkuranan ngadto sa tulonghaan sa General Island Elementary School, didto sa isla sa Cantilan, Surigao del Sur.

Subay sa taho, ang maong seremonyas sa pagpang apod-apod sa mga lingkuranan gidawat ni Elsie Ruiz ang principal sa maong tulonghaan diin didto sab gipahigayon ang pormal nga seremonyas sa Sityo Bahang-Bahang, Consuelo.

Ang maong programa sumala pa pinasubay kini sa gitawag nga “PNOY Bayanihan Project” diin gilambigitan kini sa nagkadaiyang ahensya sa atong gobyerno uban niini ang DepEd, PAGCOR, DENR, TESDA, Philippine Army og ang lokal nga panggamhanan.

Sa laing bahin, ang mga kasundalohan gikataho usab nga mipartisipar sa gipahigayon nga symposium didto sa Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU) atol sa unang adlaw sa klase sa maong unibersidad. Ang maong kalihukan gitambungan sa kapin kon kulang usa ka libo og dos sentos ka mga “freshmen og transferee” nga mga estudyante. Gipaabot sa mga kasundalohan ngadto sa mga estudyante ang hisgutanan kalabot sa mga lakang sa mga rebeldeng New People’s Army (NPA) sa pag aghat sa mga kabatan-onan o mga estudyante. (NGBT/with report from 36IB CMO/PIA-Surigao del Sur)