Monday, July 27, 2015

SurSur capitol employees urged to listen to SONA

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 27 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur provincial administrator Efren Rivas has urged provincial government employees here to listen to the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of  President Benigno Aquino III at 3:00 p.m. today.

Speaking before capitol employees during the flag ceremony program at the capitol lobby this morning, he indicated that the SONA is very important, saying that even one of the parents of the schoolchildren in their neighborhood had asked him whether today was declared non-working holiday.

On that note, Rivas answered in the negative, he said.

He likewise advised employees to listen via television sets in their respective offices since SONA is going to be aired live.

Recently, Malacañang has been encouraging “the public to listen to President Aquino’s sixth and last state-of-the-nation address (SONA),” which is set to be delivered this afternoon. (NGBT/Radyo g Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DOLE conducts capacity building for PESO managers, staff, career advocates in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 27 (PIA) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), this province, has gathered Public Employment Service Office (PESO) managers and staff province-wide, including career coaches and advocates for a two-day capacity-building seminar last week.

According to Raymond Fel Sajor, key topics covered Productivity, Statutory/Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS) and Labor Market Information, among others.

Besides, a re-election of network of guidance counselors and induction of officers were likewise held, he confirmed.

Marcos Quico, provincial agriculturist and concurrent PESO provincial federation manager delivered the welcome address in behalf of DOLE Caraga Regional Director Atty. Johnson Cañete, Sajor said.

On other developments, DOLE has bared 144 new college graduates, who have benefited recently from a two-month Government Internship Program (GIP) here; some of whom have already gained employment in the same agency, it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


MARPOL bill gets Congress nod, now awaits Senate version – Fortun

BUTUAN CITY, July 27 (PIA) - In a radio interview last Saturday, Las Nieves and Butuan City representative Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun announced once again that the proposed legislation on prevention and control of marine pollution (MARPOL) successfully hurdled scrutiny of the lower house and is now awaiting Senate’s version.

The announcement was made days before President Benigno S. Aquino will deliver his last State of the Nation Address and opens the third regular session of the 16th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines. The MARPOL bill is believed to be one of the legislative measures to be passed by senate in the coming sessions.

Days after assuming office, Fortun filed House bill 861 entitled “An Act to Prevent and Control Pollution from Ships, Provide Penalties Therefor and Other Purposes.” The said piece of legislation aims to remedy the shortcomings of the 1976 Presidential Decree 979 and more significantly, seeks to implement the provision of the MARPOL 73/78, otherwise known as the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 1973, as amended by the Protocol of 1978. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Ecology last July 24, 2013, and was consolidated together with other versions into its current version which is HB 5377.

Renewed calls for strengthening the marine and coastal protection from pollution of ships was made anew after the confirmed dumping of toxic wastes in Subic by a US Navy contractor and the many incidents of oil spills just during the recent years. Another destructive instances of marine pollution from ships were the sinking of M/T Solar I in Guimaras, the oil spill off the coast of Cavite which, supposedly, came from M/T Makisig, and the sinking of M/V Sto. Tomas Aquinas off Cebu.


As the Congress opens, Fortun expressed his high hopes for the timely passage of the bill in the coming sessions of the senate. (Lawig Katawhan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)