Friday, July 3, 2015

2015 disaster consciousness celebration launched in Caraga

By Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, July 3 (PIA) – Aiming to inform the stakeholders and at the same time to capacitate the member-agencies, the Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) led the region’s celebration of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) in a kick-off ceremony held last July 2, 2015 in this city.

The activity was spearheaded by the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga and was attended by the RDRRMC member agencies, local government units and partner-institutions, and the emergency response teams from the different provinces of the region.

"In terms of preparedness, we've set a high standard and we've been doing different trainings to capacitate our response teams in the region. And we will be showcasing their skills through bomb exercises with casualty drill, vehicular accident drill, fire incident drill, and marine incident drill," said OCD Caraga regional director Liza Mazo.

Mazo also emphasized that the general public must know that the government with the volunteers are hand in hand in improving their efforts for disaster response. 

“The government together with all the other agencies and groups have done something, doubled even tripled, our efforts in terms of disasters responses,” Mazo said.

The celebration started with a thanksgiving mass at the PNP-Caraga regional office in Camp Rafael Rodriguez with RDRRMC member agencies Thursday morning. It was followed with a motorcade around the major city streets.

In the afternoon, a bomb simulation was conducted by the local disaster response teams at Brgy. Langihan near the public market . Simulations of different emergencies are also set to be conducted by the RDRRMC these coming days in the city.

The month-long celebration is anchored on the theme: "Pamilya at Pamayanang Handa, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bansa.” (DJA/JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan City launches ICARUS

By Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, July 3 (PIA) – For an immediate and real time response to disasters and crimes, the city government here launched on Thursday its Information Center Assistance and Unified Services (ICARUS) located at the fourth floor of the city hall compound.

City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. told the media and other guests that ICARUS is just a phase one of the planned endeavors in improving the efforts of the city in terms of disaster preparedness, response and crime reduction.

"With this facility, we will be able to monitor the peace and security situations in the city. Our personnel in the command center will also immediately respond to any verified report received," Amante said.

As she relayed the message of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Mar Roxas, DILG-Caraga regional director Lilibeth Famacion emphasized that the secretary is extending his congratulations to the city government on this significant day which is a milestone in advancing the efforts in disaster prevention and crime reduction.

"It only proves that the government is doing something to provide immediate and real time disaster response that is through ICARUS," Famacion said.

The launching of its Command Center forms part of the National Disaster Consciousness Month celebration of the city this July. (DJA/JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DTI Surigao Norte supports microenterprises under SSF program

By Rodrigo R.Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 3 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte provincial office had assisted a total of nine micro-enterprises with the implementation of Shared Service Facility (SSF) since last year.

According to DTI provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan, various equipment and accessories were delivered and being set-up for community-based projects of various proponent groups.

He said that among the recipients are Esperanza Farmers Credit and Consumers Organization of Esperanza in Del Carmen, Siargao Island with their Camote Moledo Processing project; the Kababayen-an sa Panatao Producers Cooperative of Barangay Panatao, Claver on their Virgin Coconut Oil Production project; Claver Coconut Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Barangay Daywan, Claver with their Geo-Net Production project; Mayag Women’s Association of Barangay Mayag, Sison on their Coco Sap Sweetener Processing project; and Trinidad Farmers Agra Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Barangay Trinidad, Surigao City for its Calamay Production project.

He also said that the local government of Alegria supported their farmer beneficiaries on their Bamboo Slat production project; the Samahan ng mga Kababaihan of Barangay Cancohoy in Del Carmen with their Cassava Fritters Processing project; Tinago Eagles Fisherfolks and Farmers Association (TEFFA) of Barangay Tinago, Malimono on their Bamboo Slat Production project; and the Malimono Farmers Consumers Cooperative of Barangay Cayawan, Malimono with their Coco Sap Sweetener Processing project.

According to Negapatan, all the nine projects had an aggregate cost totaling to P5,125,087, and the latest delivery of equipment under SSF implementation was done last June 17-19, 2015 for the cassava fritters project of Barangay Cancohoy, Del Carmen.

The team of SSF project evaluators from the DTI Manila had visited the province third week of June to look into the actual status and utilization of the processing equipment that it had really helped the target beneficiaries on their different enterprise activities. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Army EastMinCom commander pays courtesy call to SurSur guv

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 3 (PIA) – Lt. Gen. Aurelio Baladad, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) chief, paid a courtesy call on Governor Johnny Pimentel at around 1:00 p.m. at the provincial capitol here on Wednesday, July 1.

Accompanied by 402nd Brigade commander Col. Isidro Purisima along with his brigade executive officer Lt. Col. Randolph Rojas and battalion commanders—Lt. Col. Anastacio Suaybaguio, Jr. and Lt. Col. Haron Akaz of the 36IB and 75IB, respectively—the highest ranking military officer of EastMinCom exchanged pleasantries with the governor.

However, the two leaders discussed in particular the nagging insurgency situation plaguing the province.

Since insurgency problem has been going on in Surigao del Sur for almost 40 years, Pimentel admitted he is already “sick and tired” of it.

With Lt. Gen. Baladad’s vow to help address the situation, Pimentel in return stressed to extend full support to “eradicate” the mess.

The governor, to prove his point, even reiterated the desire of the provincial government to purchase at least a three-hectare lot nearby, ideal enough to house a headquarters, to be donated as military reservation for the use of the brigade to keep the presence of the army for good.

In the meantime, 402nd Infantry Brigade is temporarily occupying a portion of the compound of the Police Provincial Office (PPO) using as headquarters the old PPO building at the Camp Vicente L. Pimentel, Sr., this city, that has been offered by PNP provincial director P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero.

Baladad was in Surigao del Sur, the sole area of responsibility (AOR) of 402nd Brigade, which is under EastMinCom, for an “Information Briefing.”

Capt. Regie Go, brigade civil military operations (CMO) officer, explained that, in military parlance, an information briefing is a process of relaying the status of their AOR in general and their accomplishment in particular based on their mission and vision for the assessment, in this particular case, of the EastMinCom commander, for guidance and support purposes. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


PDIC advises borrowers of Siargao Bank to pay their obligations

MANILA, July 3 (PIA) - The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC), the Receiver of the closed Siargao Bank (A Rural Bank), Inc. reminded borrowers of the bank to continue to pay their loans and transact only with authorized PDIC representatives. Siargao Bank was placed under the receivership of the PDIC by virtue of Monetary Board Resolution No. 919.B dated June 11, 2015.

In a statement, PDIC advised borrowers of Siargao Bank to pay their loans and other obligations directly at any Philippine National Bank (PNB) Branch under account name, PDIC FAO BURL (SIARGAO BANK, INC.). PDIC emphasized that it has not engaged any person, agent or agency to collect the loan payments for and in behalf of the bank.

To ensure proper recording of their payments, PDIC further advised borrowers to keep copies of the PNB Deposit/Payment Slips. The PDIC emphasized that for payments to be valid, it must be supported by a machine-validated PNB Deposit/Payment Slip. Official receipts will be issued by PDIC upon validation of payments and will be sent through mail to the borrowers. For proper accounting of their payments, borrowers who do not receive their official receipts are advised to send a photocopy of their deposit slips by mail to the Deputy Receiver for loans Democrito L. Bitang at the PDIC Office, 5th Floor, SSS Bldg., Ayala Avenue corner V.A. Rufino St., Makati City or send via e-mail to Ignacio M. Quintano atimquintano@pdic.gov.ph and to Ms. Thelma A. Peña at tbarias@pdic.gov.ph.

Borrowers of the bank may also communicate with the PDIC-Loans Management Department I at (02) 841-4992 or 841-4766. Queries may also be sent through email at pad@pdic.gov.ph.

Siargao Bank is a three-unit rural bank with Head Office located at 03406 Jose C. Sering Bldg., Borromeo St., Surigao City, Surigao del Norte. Its two branches are located in Dapa and Mainit, both in Surigao del Norte. (PDIC/PIA-Caraga)


Business leader sworn in as board of MinDA

DAVAO CITY, July 3 (PIA) - A key business leader from Mindanao was officially sworn in as member of the Mindanao Development Authority Board of Directors (MinDA-BOD), strengthening further the participation of the private sector in delivering good governance and development initiatives in the island-region.

Mindanao Business Council Chair Vicente Lao was sworn in by President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday at the Malacañang Palace, officially designating him as the representative of the private sector (business sector) in the MinDA-BOD.

“I am happy to note that we have one of the most distinguished business leaders of Mindanao sitting with us in the board. His participation will allow us to develop and determine programs that will improve the region's business climate,” said Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, MinDA chair.

The MinDA-BOD was created through Republic Act No. 9996 or the MinDA Act of 2010. The board provides and approves the overall directions and thrusts of the agency for Mindanao.

MinDA is the government agency mandated to promote, coordinate, and facilitate the active and extensive participation of all sectors to effect socioeconomic development of Mindanao.

“In the recent years, we have observed increasing investor confidence in Mindanao. Having Lao in the board will allow us to understand and determine the needs of the business sector, and in turn help us develop programs and align projects that will benefit both the business sector and the Mindanawons,” Antonino added.

Among the major functions of the MinDA-BOD include ensuring that the goals and policies of MinDA are consistent with the overall national development goals and objectives; ensuring that the programs of MinDA are consistent with regional and local development plans, programs and projects and vice versa for purposes of harmonization; exploring sources for financing of priority Mindanao-wide and/or Mindanao-specific inter-regional plans, programs, projects and activities; and creating committees or task forces as may be deemed necessary in the accomplishment of duties and functions.

“The business sector plays a great role in the development of Mindanao’s socioeconomic climate by providing jobs to the Mindanawons and spurring economic activity in the region,” said Lao.

Currently, the MinDA-BOD is composed of Antonino; Sen. Teofisto D. Guingona III; House Committee on Mindanao Affairs Chair Rep. Arnulfo F. Go; House Committee on BIMP-EAGA Affairs Chair Rep. Catalina Leonen-Pizarro; Mindanao Confederation of Governors President Gov. Johnny Pimentel; Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines President Gov. Alfonso V. Umali Jr.; Regional Development Council (RDC) IX Acting Chair Teresita Socorro C. Ramos; RDC X chair Gov. Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo; RDC XI Chair Gov. Rodolfo P. del Rosario; RDC XII Acting Chair Arturo G. Valero; RDC XIII Chair Sol F. Matugas; ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman; National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Sec. Yasmin Busran Lao; Private Sector-Academe Representative Atty. Rejoice Subejano; Private Sector-NGO representative Amina Rasul-Bernardo; and Southern Philippines Development Authority Administrator Sultan Yahya Jerry M. Tomawis.

“The MinDA-BOD through MinDA will continue to carry out coordinating and integrating development efforts that bring about the accelerated socio-economic development of Mindanao, which has been laid out in the Mindanao 2020 Peace and Development Framework,” Antonino said. (MinDA/PIA-Caraga)


Provincial Population Office continues to make a dent for SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 3 (PIA) – The Provincial Population Office in Surigao del Sur headed by Milagros Arreza continues to make a difference here.

On Monday, during their turn to host the flag ceremony program, wherein the population office chief rendered their July 2014-June 2015 Accomplishment Report, Governor Johnny Pimentel took time in recognizing their feat thereafter.

“First and foremost, please allow me to extend my congratulations to the Commission on Population (PopCom).  They have always been an awardee.  Last year, national awardee kita (we were a national awardee).  Then, we’re also a regional awardee.  So, I would like to thank the effort of our PopCom officer.  And of course this could not be possible without the support of the municipal PopCom.  So daghang salamat sa inyo,” Pimentel said.

During the program, some municipal population officers came over.

Earlier, for purposes of clarification, the population office chief said in her presentation of the Accomplishment Report that many are still used to calling their office PopCom, stressing it is supposed to be Provincial Population Office.

Among the highlights that Arreza presented before the presence of capitol employees and the governor, himself, were “Major Programs, Adolescent Health and Youth Development, Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Family Planning/Gender and Development, and Population and Development Integration.”

However, before starting to discuss everything and all about the scope of her presentation, the vision, mission, and goal were first brought to the fore together with the strategies employed, citing the conduct of “Information, Education, Communication and Counseling services/activities on the major program areas.”

The population chief pointed out what they have “done to improve the quality of life of our young people.”

Arreza stressed that their goal is indeed to “Improve and promote the total well-being of every individual Surigaonon for a strong and well-founded, gender-sensitive Surigaonon families.” (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Surigao Norte PRC observes disaster consciousness month

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte July 3 (PIA) – The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Surigao del Norte Chapter joins the nation in the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) this whole month of July.

This year’s celebration carries the theme, “Pamilya at Pamayanang Handa, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bansa.”

The month-long celebration is aimed at increasing awareness of the Filipino people towards disaster resiliency through risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

PRC-Surigao del Norte Chapter Administrator Marilou E. Talingting revealed their month-long activities which include the community typhoon and evacuation drill on July 13-18 in Barangay Sapa, municipality of Claver; installation of Local Flood Early Warning System (LFEWS) instruments in Brgy. Magpayang, Mainit and Brgy. Bagakay and Sapa in Claver; Small Scale Mitigation Measures (SSMM); lakeshore reforestation in Brgy. Quezon, Mainit; Bio Intensive Gardening (BIG) adaptation and replication in barangays, schools and purok; Mangrove Area Management Program (MAMP) in Brgy. Bagakay, Tayaga and Magallanes, all in the municipality of Claver.

She said that under the MAMP program, they will conduct a slogan and poster making contest on mangroves and environmental preservation with students of the partner schools, barangays and house to house information dissemination on mangrove and environmental preservation, information drive through radio program to cover the whole province of Surigao del Norte.

Talinting further said that the additional MAMP initiatives to be undertaken are eco-tourism development training with consultancy, mangrove trail phase (path walks), mangrove and bamboo fence phase one in Sitio Bisibos part of Brgy. Bagakay, establishment of cottage/rest house for eco-tourism and livelihood, and planting of bamboo along the riverside at Brgy. Magallanes, Claver. (SDR/Phil. Red Cross-Surigao del Norte Chapter/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


OWWA orients 76 new scholars in Caraga

By Jean Mary Ronquillo

BUTUAN CITY, July 3 (PIA) – With the aim to provide sufficient awareness in granting of scholarship for OFW dependents, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA-13) recently conducted series of scholarship orientations in various provinces of Caraga.

This school year, 76 grantees under the Overseas Filipino Workers Dependent Scholarship Program (OFWDSP) jointly attended the said orientation with their parents and guardians.

Scholarship Coordinator Rodel Deligero of OWWA Caraga, cited the rationale of the activity and conducted program advocacy to broaden the understanding of the participants of the agency’s programs and services.

Deligero also facilitated the signing of scholarship agreement. He likewise exhaustively discussed the provisions of said agreement including the scholarship program regulations and implementing guidelines to enlighten the scholars and their guardians of their roles and responsibilities in order to continue with the scholarship.

Moreover, Officer-in-Charge of the Programs and Services Division Ma. Ireen Cambaling encouraged the scholars to do well in their academics not only to sustain the educational grant but also to pay tribute to their OFW parents.

“Pagbutihin ninyo ang inyong pag-aaral at gawin ninyo itong regalo sa inyong parents or guardians for their sacrifices,” Cambaling said.

Cambaling also hopes that all the OFWDSP availees will graduate as OWWA scholars.

OFWDSP is an educational grant that offers financial assistance not to exceed P20,000 per one-school term to qualified dependents of lowly paid migrant workers. Availee of the scholarship grant may enroll in any four-year to five-year baccalaureate course or associate course leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree in a state college or university. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)