6.07.2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

DENR celebrates World Environment Day, spearheads Fun Walk

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 2 (PIA) – In time with this year’s World Environment Day celebration, the Department of Environment on Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga will be spearheading a Fun Walk activity on June 5, 2015 that will start from Guingona Park at 5:30 a.m. going to Agusan del Norte Capitol Covered Court, this city.

According to DENR-Caraga regional director Nonito Tamayo, the fun walk will be participated in by national government agencies, entities and partner stakeholders.

“This year’s World Environment Day celebration will convene under the theme 'Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.' The slogan infers resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production within the context of the planet’s regenerative capacity,” disclosed Tamayo.

Tamayo also bared that the month of June of each year is declared as the Philippine Environment Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 237 signed in 1998 by then President Corazon C. Aquino to focus public attention to the protection and conservation of the country’s natural resources.

“One of the highlights of the month-long observance is the World Environment Day on June 5, a principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment,” Tamayo added.

It also serves as the people’s day for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet. (JPG/PIA-Caraga) 


DOST announces 2015 Junior Level Science Scholarships

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 2 (PIA) – Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Science Education Institute announced the availability of scholarships to Junior Level college students who are enrolled in priority science and technology courses and are willing to teach in the secondary schools in the Philippines. Deadline for filing of application is on June 15, 2015 and date of examination is scheduled on July 12, 2015.

In time with the recently concluded Science Nation Tour in Caraga with DOST Secretary Mario Montejo, DOST-Caraga regional director Dominga Mallonga bared that the said scholarship is based on Republic Act (RA) No. 10612 or the “Fast-Tracked Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 2013.”

“RA 10612 aims to strengthen the country’s science and technology education by fast tracking graduates in the sciences, mathematics and engineering who shall teach science and mathematics in secondary schools throughout the country. Study placement will be in UP System, State Universities and Colleges (SUC), and other institutions which offer CHED-compliant programs in the S&T priority fields of study,” disclosed Mallonga.

For the criteria of eligibility, Mallonga emphasized that an applicant must be a Filipino citizen; be a regular third year college student in an identified priority S&T course in any of the SUC or private universities; have a general weighted average of at least 83 percent (or its equivalent) in his/her first and second years in college; qualify in the Junior Level Science Scholarships (JLSS) examination; agree to teach in the secondary level basic education in public or private high school as return of service (ROS); agree to any of the approved ROS conditions; and agree to pay the amounts disbursed with applicable interest, in case of failure to comply with the terms of the ROS.

The application form can be obtained at the Science Education Institute, 2nd Level, Science Heritage Building, DOST Compound, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City, Metro Manila; DOST Regional Offices. It can be downloaded at the website: www.sei.dost.gov.ph and www.science-scholarships.ph. Accomplished form can be filed at the Science Education Institute, or DOST Regional Offic nearest to applicant’s school or home address.

It was learned that the Test Permit/s shall be mailed to the DOST Regional Office for distribution to the applicant/s. In case the test permits are not received within the week before the examination day, the examinees may inquire from the DOST Regional Office and check the nearest designated test center a day before the examination.

Also, the list of awardees, after approval of the DOST Secretary, is final and unappealable. The scholarship grant shall be effective the First Semester of AY 2015-2016. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DOST promotes SET-UP in Caraga municipalities

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 2 (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga is continuously promoting the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP) in the different municipalities in Caraga region.

According to DOST-Caraga regional director Dominga Mallonga, SET-UP is a nationwide strategy encouraging and assisting SMEs to adopt technology innovations to improve their operations and thus boost their productivity and competitiveness.

“SMEs is the backbone of the Philippine economy and forms the driving force for the country’s manufacturing sector and determine economic stability,” explained Mallonga.

Mallonga also bared that SET-UP has the following areas: food processing; furniture; gifts, decors and handicrafts; agriculture/marine/aquaculture; metals and engineering; and information and communication technology, pharmaceuticals and health products.

“The program enables firms to address their technical problems through technology transfer and technology interventions to improve productivity primarily through enhanced product quality, upgraded manpower, cost reduction, effective waste management, and operations tune-up,” added Mallonga.

When asked what beneficiaries can get from SET-UP, Mallonga revealed that a cliet SME can now address current problems; get free technical advice from consultants; avail of technical training courses for workers/employees; acquire new equipment to mechanize and/or improve production lines; standardize and improve the quality of products; and be more competitive.

Mallonga further disclosed that an applicant need to submit the following: 1) Proponent’s letter of interest to avail of the SETUP assistance, stating commitment to refund the cost of technology acquisition/innovation system support; 2) Copy of business permits and licenses from relevant local government units and other government offices; 3) Certificate of Registration of Business Name with Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Security Exchange Commission (SEC) or Cooperative Development Authority (CDA); 4) Three Quotations from suppliers/fabricators of the equipment to be purchased/fabricated; 5) Financial statements at least for the past three years duly signed by a Certified Public Accountant with Board of Accountancy (BOA) Certificate of Registration; 6) Board/Legislative Council Resolution authorizing the availment of the assistane and designating authorized signatory for the financial assistance (in case of cooperatives, non-single proprietorship, LGUs and organizations); and 7) Comprehensive Proposal showing the technical, marketing, management/administrative and financial aspects including waste disposal. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DOST chief leads blessing of metrology lab in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 3 (PIA) – Department of Science and Technology (DOST) secretary Mario Montejo led recently the blessing of the Regional Standard and Testing Laboratory (Metrology Laboratory) situated beside its regional office inside the Caraga State University (CSU) Campus, Ampayon, this city.

Montejo was assisted by undersecretary Carol Yorobe, assistant secretary Raymund Liboro, and Caraga State University (CSU) president Dr. Anthony Penaso.

DOST-Caraga regional director Dominga Mallonga said the Metrology Laboratory is specifically designed to cater to the various calibration services required in the region.

“With its existence in Caraga, any operation which requires the use of a measuring instrument be it in scientific, industrial, or commercial applications becomes meaningful since instruments will then indicate precise results. Performing calibration works will also establish the traceability of any equipment to that of an internationally accepted standard,” stressed Mallonga.

Mallonga recalled that the Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (RSTL) of DOST-Caraga was established in 1999 as a Chemical Testing Laboratory and expanded into Microbiological and Metrology Laboratory in 2002 and 2004 respectively. Through the years, the RSTL-Caraga continuously develops new testing services to cater the needs of its clientele in the region.

The following are the calibration services being offered: Mass Calibration (Test Weights, Balances and Scales) – this calibration test is for determining the accuracy of test weights and various types of weighing instruments; Volumetric Calibration (Big Volume Calibration) – this calibration is performed on calibrating buckets and proving tanks. The test measures the validity in the volume of the fuels being dispensed and sold to consumers, (Volumetric Ware Calibration) – this is another type of calibration test conducted to ascertain that all laboratory glassware utilized for measuring volumes are accurately indicating its specific capacities; and Fuel Dispenser Calibration – this test serves as a validation for the correctness in the performance of fuel dispensers. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Thousands avail of Peace Caravan services in Loreto town

By David M. Suyao

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, June 2 (PIA) - Thousands of mostly indigenous people (Manobo) avail of the services, medicines, facilities, agriculture materials, school supplies and many others during the conduct of Peace Caravan for nine barangays in Loreto town as government’s gesture of appreciation for their efforts in obtaining peace and order.

It was surprising that on the first day, as early as 6:00 a.m. of May 28, 2015, hundreds of people were already gathered in the multi-purpose building surrounded by tents waiting for the different national, regional, provincial and municipal government agencies that will render their services for the known conflict-affected areas. The first cluster of the caravan was held in Barangay Kauswagan, joined by Barangays Bugdangan, Binucayan and San Mariano.

Even with the burning heat of the sun, populations of the people from five barangays are increasing as the day moves on at 9:00 a.m. The different government agencies were already in position at the tents surrounding the multi-purpose building assigned to them, while others were already rendering services they can offer.

Inside the multi-purpose building, guests for the day Undersecretary Vicente Belisario Jr. from the Department of Health (DOH) and Asst. Secretary Jennifer Oreta of the Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process (OPAPP) were already settled ready to give their shares.

In support to the flagship program of Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza called Upland Sustainable Agro-forestry Development (USAD), the Department of Agriculture and the Provincial Agriculture Office have distributed seedlings of rubber, coconut, banana, corn, cacao, falcata and upland rice seeds. Agricultural reading materials were also provided to guide the farmers on the correct farming practices.

OPAPP has distributed some 900 school bags containing story books, pencil, crayons, pad papers, slippers and coloring books.

Other items that were distributed during the first day of the Peace Caravan were 150 OL trap kontra dengue; 1,500 nutri curls; medicines for cough and colds, high blood and diarrhea; land titles from Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR); tree seedlings from Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), while free medical consultation were extended. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) also turned over a timbangan ng Bayan to Barangay Kauswagan.

One of the highlights during the first day is the distribution of checks for various projects. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) handed over to Loreto Mayor Dario Otaza a check worth P2.8 million for Salintubig for Barangays San Isidro, San Mariano, Katipunan, Sta. Theresa and Sto. Nino. Another check worth P1 million performance challenge fund for repair and improvement of Kauswagan-Sabud road and another P1 million for Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) capacity development for Civil Society Organization.

At the end of the day, more that 2,500 recipients from the first cluster four barangays were served by the Peace Caravan. (DMS/PIA-Caraga)


PNP, AFP keep an eye on NPA as 117th Independence Day gets near

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 2 (PIA) – Despite being busy in securing the opening of classes, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Surigao del Sur admitted to having a close watch on the possible activities of the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels come Independence Day on June 12.

While both camps agreed that NPA rebels are not keen on meeting this early with student prospects in furtherance of their so-called cause but the possibility of organizing rallies on Independence Day celebration is not remote, they claimed.

For his part, P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero said the PNP is already familiar with the situation in the province hinting leftist groups might take the contrary idea to “K to 12” program as one of their platforms.

Capt. Regie Go, civil military operations (CMO) officer of the army 402nd Brigade, shared the same view.

However, both have admitted that as far as K to 12 program is concerned, protest action on the contrary has not been recorded yet in any part of the province.

Meanwhile, Go said the brigade under Col. Isidro Purisima is always open to extending services to school that have remaining classrooms for repair, suggesting a request letter will do to make it formal.

It can be recalled that both the PNP and AFP, among others, have actively participated in the conduct of Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela.

In a brief exchange with Col. Al Jaji, the deputy brigade commander said that by now insurgency situation is under control and manageable.

In the same manner, the provincial chief PNP also pointed out that peace and order situation remains good. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Save the reefs, DENR 13 chief urges Filipinos

By Eric Herzon Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, June 2 (PIA) - The 240- million hectare Philippine waters which hosts the second biggest coral reefs in Southeast Asia next to Indonesia may face inevitable destruction by excess human intervention unless the people conduct more efforts in protecting it.

“Small effort such as keeping away from throwing plastic products and bag container into the sea can do a significant contribution in protecting our reefs,” Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga regional director Nonito M.Tamayo said.

“Let us save the reefs,“ Director Tamayo said as the Filipino people throughout the county join hands in celebrating the Ocean Month in May.

Based on records obtained from the DENR’s Bio-diversity Management Bureau (BMB), the coral reefs are now in crisis because of dynamite fishing, overfishing, ill-planned coastal development, pollution and the global effects on climate change such as warming seas.

The DENR said that so far most of the coral reef system found in the waters of the Philippines are still in good condition but the people should stop using destructive methods of fishing and polluting the sea waters  to protect the coral reefs.

“Plastic wastes which carried back to the shores by sea currents get entangled often into the mangrove plantation which can upset its growth and damage the entire ecological system," he said.

The Philippine seas are home to some 468 species of scleractinian corals, over 50 soft corals, 1,755 reef-associated fishes, 648 mollusks, and 27 marine mammals. The reefs protect shorelines from waves and storms that case flooding and erosion, support commercial and subsistence fisheries, and are home to a thriving recreation and tourism industry. (DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: MOA alang sa Provincial Veterinary Quarantine station gitakdang pirmahan

Ni Mary Cheryl S. Monoy

BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 2 (PIA) - Gitakdang mapirmahan gilayon ni Gobernador Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante – Matba ang Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) tali sa mga manununod sa kabilin (heirs) ni Dr. Hortensio Rojales sa Carmen mahitungod sa pagrenta og luna alang sa himuo’ng Provincial Veterinary Quarantine Station aron maprotektahan ang publiko, livestock ug poultry industries sa probinsya batok sa mga sakit nga dala sa mga langyaw’ng mananap.

Matod pa sa nasangpit nga MOA, pagarentahan sa probinsya ang luna nga 290 sq.m. nga gipanagiyahan sa mga Rojales sa kantidad nga P2,500.00 kada bulan hangtud sa 10 ka tuig ug pwede kini mabag-o (renew) sigon sa kasabutan sa matag partido.

Ang maong kasabutan gi-aprubahan pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 119 – 2015 nga gipangamahan ni PBM Antidio B. Amora isip chairrman sa Committee of Agriculture ug sigon usab kini sa probisyon nga anaa sa Section 465 sa Local Government Code of 1991. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Cebuano News: Unang adlaw sa klase gihatagan og panahon ni Gob. Matugas

By Mary Jul E. Escalante

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Hunyo 2 (PIA) - Unang adlaw sa pagbukas sa klase gihatagan ug panahon ni Gobernor Sol F. Matugas diin kagahapon nga adlaw Hunyo 1,  2015 iyang gibisitahan ang mga kabataan sa pre-school ug gihimamat ang mga ginikanan didto sa Surigao City Pilot Elem. School ning dakbayan.

Ang Gobernador giubanan nila Board Member Melva Garcia, Mamerto Galanida ug ang Team Capitol.

Atol sa maong okasyon, nag apod- apod ang gobernador sa mga pack bags nga may sulod nga mga libro, health ug grooming kit.

Tumong ug tuyo sa gobernador nga madasig ang mga kabataan sa ilang pag eskwela ug dili gayod pasagdan sa mga ginikanan ilabina sa pagtudlo sa maayong pamatasan kay sila man ang ugma sa atong lalawigan.

Pagkatapos sa maong programa mideretso ang gobernador sa Bad-as, Placer ang lugar sa nasunugan niadtong milabayng adlaw aron personal nga masusi ang maong lugar uban nila Department of Public Works and Highways 1st Engineering District Engr.Henry Marapao, Provl. Engr. Alwin Pono, Board Member Melva Garcia ug Board Member Simeon  Castrence.

Ang maong lugar personal nga gisusi sa gobernador aron gayod mahatagan ug solusyon ang mga problema sa mga nasunugan nga makabalik dayon sila sa ilang  kapanginabuhian.

Nagpasalamat ug dako ang mga mokabat sa 20 ka mga pamilyang biktima kay wala gayod sila pasagdi sa gobernador sa ilang mga yangungo ug problema ug nagpasalamat usab sila sa ilang nadawat nga hinabang pinansyal ug inkind assistance labi na sa pagsagop sa mga estudyante sa kolehiyo nga ipasakop sa eskolaran program sa gobernador.

Ug pagkahapon sa samang adlaw, gipahigayon ang HEALS Plus Victory Forum sa lungsod sa Sison diin kini gitambungan sa mga opisyales sa 12 ka mga barangays ug sa mga opisyales sa lungsod nga gipanguluhan ni Mayor Leceister Fetalvero.

Atol sa maong kalihukan gitaho sa Team Capitol ang nagkadaiyang mga proyekto ubos sa HEALS plus agenda sa gobernador.

Nagpasalamat ang mga kapitanes nga ilang napaabot sa gobernador ang ilang mga priority projects sa ilang tagsa tagsa ka barangay.

Samtang sa buntag sa samang adlaw gipahigayon ang Panambay sa Barangay didto sa lungsod sa Sison diin adunay 214 ka mga indibidwal ang nakatagamtam sa libreng konsultation, Dental - 100, Tuli- 65, Papsmear- 29, ug 162 ka mga senior citizen ang na atenderan sa maong libreng pagpanambal. (SDR/PIC-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)