6.10.2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

DENR Caraga calls support of stakeholders vs. illegal logging

By Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, June 9 (PIA) – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga regional director Nonito N. Tamayo said that the department is expecting the active support of the people in the all-out campaign to slow down if not eradicate the problem of illegal logging in the regional areas of concern.

“I believe that the media, armed forces, the stakeholders are with us. This is our commitment. So if not zero level, with all the support coming from the different sectors we will hit our aim,” Tamayo said during the press briefing held on June 5 in time with the celebration of the World Environment Day and the Environment month at the DENR Caraga Regional Training Center, here.

Tamayo also bared that it was already recorded and confirmed that illegal logging statistics is decreasing in the region.

“Out of 31 illegal logging hotspots in the country, 17 are in our region. With all sincerity and honesty, we were able to neutralize six out of those 17 hotspots,” Tamayo added.

Tamayo and his senior staff and field officials vowed to neutralize illegal logging activities in the remaining hotspot areas. The covenant was formalized at the recently concluded Special Management Conference where 35 officials including five Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs) and 10 City Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs) signed the agreement.

It was also learned that couple with the signing of commitment, however, is the risk of being removed from their post and a setback to be demoted from their post should they fall short of the commitment.

Meanwhile, Tamayo also revealed that they have already established three additional forest monitoring checkpoints in Davao and Caraga. The checkpoints are part of their actions in strengthening their campaign to bring down the illegal logging and timber poaching incidence by the end of June 2015. 

 “It’s a tall order to all DENR regional directors to bring illegal logging incidence down to zero level at least by the end of June this year,” he said. (DJA with reports from Jennifer Gaitano/PIA-Caraga)


Dengue cases decrease in Caraga Region

By Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, June 9 (PIA) – Dengue cases in Caraga Region remarkably dropped by 51 percent in the first semester this year compared to the same period last year.

Dengue project regional coordinator Dr. Jonathan Basadre said that a total of 1,162 cases of dengue fever were admitted to the different disease reporting units regionwide from January 1 to June 6, 2015, lower by 1,224 cases than the 2,386 recorded in the same period in 2014.

Basadre also said that in terms of geographic distribution, Butuan City has the highest number in the six cities with 267 cases while Surigao del Sur is the highest among all the five provinces in the region with 230 cases.

There were also six deaths reported to the different diseases reporting units regionwide, it was learned.

“We continue to follow the simple rules of eradicating this problem by searching and destroying mosquito breeding places every 4:00 p.m. and be updated to the dengue status of our barangay,” said DOH Caraga regional director Dr. Jose Llacuna, Jr. (DJApit/PIA-Caraga)


DOH-Caraga offers HI-5 for improvements in health outcomes

By Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, June 9 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) - Regional Office XIII introduced a new strategy called the Universal Health Care High Impact Five (HI-5) to produce extensive improvements in health outcomes and on the priority, vulnerable population focusing on the five critical Universal Health Care (UHC) interventions.

According to DOH Caraga regional director Dr. Jose Llacuna, Jr., the program shall focus on reducing maternal, infant, and under-five mortality; reducing the burden of HIV/AIDS; and establishing service delivery networks.

The mentioned strategy would intensify the regional operations through health-related services and converge in priority poverty programs. It would also be implemented within 15 months, from April 2014 to June 2015. It is also geared towards the health department’s commitment of continued and improved UHC, moreover, as an action taken in response to the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

Additionally, all major activities shall be synchronized to occur nationwide and at key specific dates so as to have a greater impact on the target population.

HI-5 shall also focus on the poor population and prioritize direct service delivery and other direct interventions to ensure that HI-5 is a tangible health care strategy.

It was learned that the HI-5 Summit, also part of the HI-5 activities will be held on June 10, 2015.  At the same time, a Kalusugan Pangkalahatan HI- 5 Caravan shall take place together with Buntis Congress as both nationwide synchronal initiatives on June 23, 2015. Both include the provision of direct health services and commodities, and information and dissemination.

“The Department of Health is more than just a hub, it is the core of health services towards an exceptional health care system. We want to ensure that the health programs and services of the agency are not only seen and felt but relished for a better health of all Filipinos especially the Caraganons,” said Dr. Llacuna. (DJApit/PIA-Caraga)


DOLE-RTWPB to hold Promo Diskwento 2015

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, June 9 (PIA) – The Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Tripartite and Wages Productivity Board (DOLE-RTWPB) will hold a Promo Diskwento 2015 on June 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the city hall lobby.

According to RTWPB Caraga Board Secretary VI Earl dela Victoria, the activity is in partnership with the city government of Butuan and in coordination with ABS-CBN Butuan.

Dela Victoria also said that different suppliers will be selling their products on discounted prices on the said date.

“We are inviting the public to come, join and patronize the said activity by buying products,” said dela Victoria.

Said activity is in line with the 117th Independence Day celebration on June 12  with the theme, “Kalayaan 2015: Tagumpay sa Pagbabagong Nasimulan, Abot Kamay na ng Bayan." (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


DepEd Agnor to conduct ceremonial disposal of worn-out PHL flag

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, June 9 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) Agusan del Norte Division will conduct the first ceremonial disposal of Worn-out Philippine Flags on Wednesday, June 10.

Schools Division Superintendent Romeo O. Aprovecar has invited governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba to grace the occasion. Also, the governor will represent the Inang Bayan (Motherland) during the ceremony.

According to DepEd Agusan del Norte Division public information officer Fe M. Dizon, the conduct of the activity is pursuant to Republic Act 8491 also known as The Flag Heraldic Code of the Philippines which states that flags should be solemnly burned to avoid misuse or desecration.

The activity will be held at the division’s lobby at 4:00 p.m., Dizon said. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Female police officer, PNCO commended for anti-drugs campaign

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, June 9 (PIA) - A female police officer and a police non-commissioned officer were made recipients of a Philippine National Police (PNP) commendation medal for a successful anti-illegal drugs campaign.

Awarded the “Medalya Ng Papuri” (PNP Commendation Medal) were Police SInsp. Marisan L. Estrada and PO3 Elizalde Suarez for the successful implementation of search warrant and arrest of two suspects of dealing illegal drugs at Purok 7, Brgy. San Ignacio, this city for violation of the Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive anti-illegal drugs law) on January 14, 2015.

The police action resulted to the confiscation of suspected shabu with a total weight of 1.7351 grams and an estimated value of P20,474.00 and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Pinning the medals to the awardees was Jessie P. Omamalin, assistant vice president of the Development Bank of the Philippines (Butuan) who was also the guest of honor and speaker during the Monday Flag-raising rites assisted by Caraga PNP chief PCSupt David Ombao and PSSupt Ronelo Jaurigue, chief of the Regional Headquarters Support Group. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)


DILG chief to distribute patrol jeeps in AgNor, Bukidnon

BUTUAN CITY, June 9 (PIA) - In fulfillment of his promise to local government units (LGUs) to distribute one patrol jeep for each municipality across the country, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Mar Roxas will fly to Mindanao on Wednesday, June 10 to distribute a total of 30 brand new patrol jeeps.

Of the 30 patrol jeeps, 10 will go to Agusan del Norte and 20 to Bukidnon. Turnover ceremonies will be held in the respective provincial capitols of the two provinces.

Roxas envisions the patrol jeeps to be used not only in responding to crime situations but in emergency situations as well. Such functions include transporting evacuees or relief goods during disasters.

The "Big Brother of LGUs" previously assured all local chief executives that all municipalities will receive one patrol jeep regardless of political affiliation.

This, he said, is one of the main principles of "Daang Matuwid," which delivers services to all.

Roxas has already distributed patrol jeeps in the provinces of Albay, Sorsogon, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Western Samar, Sarangani, and South Cotabato.

The procurement and distribution of patrol jeeps is part of the overall strategy to reduce crime not only in the nation's capital, but in the whole country as well.

The DILG chief has implemented Oplan Lambat-Sibat, an intensified anti-crime campaign that employs a "deliberate, programmatic, and sustained" approach. Recent efforts of the Philippine National Police (PNP) through the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has resulted to more 60 percent reduction in crime incidents in Metro Manila since Oplan Lambat-Sibat was implemented in June last year. (DILG/PIA-Caraga)


Q2 meeting set for PESO managers in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 9 (PIA) – The Provincial Public Employment Service Office (PESO) located at the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg) Building, this city, has called up a 2nd quarter meeting for all PESO managers province-wide on June 10, 2015.

Marcos Quico, PESO federation president, confirmed that important matters pertaining to PESO Programs and Services such as Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES), Skills Registry System and Phil-Jobnet, Statistical Performance Reporting System (SPRS) Submission, and Career Guidance Advocacy are going to be discussed.

Other things to be undertaken likewise include the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Programs (DILEEP); Special Project Fund (GIP and TUPAD); and, Grassroots Participatory Budgeting for 2015, he cited.

Quico, who is also the provincial agriculturist of Surigao del Sur, pointed out that the federation under him has 23 active members.

He explained that aside from the 17 municipalities and two cities, four primary institution of learnings within the province have their respective PESO managers particularly Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU), St. Theresa College (STC), Andres Soriano College (ASC), and De La Salle John Bosco College (DLSJBC).

The scheduled meeting has been noted by Raymond Fel Sajor, DOLE field office chief here, it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Butuan solon supports book on Butuanon culture, foodways

BUTUAN CITY, June 9 (PIA) - A book worth the keep. Butuanon Cuisine: In Search of Local Identity is now available to the public.

Navigating the rich history of Butuan, the book retells the story of an ancient civilization through its delectable and exquisite foodways and tradition. It gives every reader a delicious glimpse of the past, as far as our unsung memory could recall when early Butuanons prepare their everyday meals easily sourced from their abundant natural environs of Agusan River.

Written by Dr. Manolita Rosales Lerida and Apolonia Vanzuela Garay - both researchers from Father Saturnino Urios University - the book reclaims authentic Butuanon cuisine by retelling the traditional steps of food preparation: palagsing, tinumpi, inisab, kinabol, buawy, bunta'a, inaman pawo, kayam, tamilok, abatud, among others.

The release of the book is seen to contribute to the increasingly significant flotilla of works and literature vouching for the cultural richness of Butuan. Last year, Butuan City and Las Nieves representative Lawrence 'Law' Fortun filed House Bill 4879, declaring the Balangay as the National Boat of the Philippines, and House Bill 4823 which seeks to declare the city as a heritage tourism zone.

Anybody interested can buy the book at FSUU Bookstore, J.C. Aquino Ave., this city. (Lawig Katawhan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


SurSur agri chief confident of mitigating measures vs. El Niño

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 9 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur chief agriculturist Marcos Quico admitted mild El Niño phenomenon has indeed taken its toll in the province.

However, even with the prevailing circumstances, he is not at all worried due to some mitigating measures put in place.

A couple of months ago, the agriculture office here has quickly complied with the request of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga regional office to submit data in this regard.

Quico immediately tied-up with the Provincial Irrigation Management Office (PIMO) here under the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) to provide specific information on potential areas that can be possibly hit by “El Niño phenomenon.

He said that while climate has been a bit harsh but occasional rains have already started to occur especially during night time.

The chief agriculturist also hinted that harvest season is already in for palay. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)