Thursday, September 3, 2015

Research and innovation seen to increase competitiveness among ASEAN countries

DAVAO CITY, Sept. 3 (PIA) - A key official from Mindanao underscored the importance of investing in research and development to improve the competitiveness of ASEAN economies in pursuit of the objectives of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

At the recently concluded 5th International Conference on Public Organization (ICONPO) held at the Ateneo de Davao University, Undersecretary Janet Lopoz, executive director of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said there is strong correlation between the growth and level of economic maturity of economies in ASEAN and their investments in research and development and innovation.

“Based on studies conducted by the Asian Development Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency, research and development play major roles in the creation of development plans that will drive the growth among ASEAN economies,” said Lopoz.

She added that research and development will lead to innovations that will improve the implementation of strategies in infrastructure and investments.

“We should look into how research and our teachings can trigger more innovation so that we can increase productivity and improve economic opportunities for the larger part of the population," Lopoz added.

In a bid to boost research and development in Mindanao, MinDA established the Mindanao Knowledge, Research and Policy Center, which is a network of the pool of knowledge and information from the island’s higher education institutions (HEIs), research institutions, training institutions, and service providers.

“The context is that we now have to empower the HEIs and research institutions in building their capacities to prepare human resources and bridge the gap between industry, research institutions, and academe,” Lopoz added.

She said the network is established with the aim to trigger more innovative ideas and researches that will power the industries and economies of Mindanao.

Lopoz said innovation is among the three strategies – investment, infrastructure, and innovation – that is being implemented in preparing Mindanao for the AEC.

In the international level, she said the senior officials of Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) has adopted the Socio-Cultural and Education Pillar in 2014 in their view of the recognition that innovation is a very important strategy to prepare their economies for the ASEAN Integration.

BIMP-EAGA is an economic cooperation formally created to spur development in the lagging sub-economies of the member countries by boosting intra-EAGA trade, tourism, and investments

“With the changing landscape, we hope to see empowered and synchronized higher economic, learning, and research institutions that provide innovative researches and business models designed to increase competitiveness and prepare the ASEAN economies for the much anticipated integration,” said Lopoz. (MinDA/PIA-Caraga)


2nd LnB sa Pilipinas Caraga Chapter Assembly kicks off today

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 3 (PIA) – The three-day 2nd Liga ng mga Barangay (LnB) sa Pilipinas, Caraga XIII Chapter Assembly will kick off at the Crown Regency Hotel in Cebu today.

All barangay captains in the entire region are expected to come, including the 309 punong-barangay delegation of Surigao del Sur headed by Bongtud, Tandag City Barangay Captain Vicente H. Pimentel, III, who happens to be the LnB Caraga XIII chapter president.

Based on the official program of activities, the opening program, which is split into two, will run from 6:00 p.m. up to 12:00 midnight tonight. 

Among the personalities in the list who will have part in the program include former first district solon Prospero “Butch” Pichay, Jr., Mayor’s League President Vicente Pimentel, Jr. of Carrascal, Governor Johnny Pimentel and Vice-Governor Manuel Alameda, Sr., all of this province.

Besides, all governors and their respective vice-governors of other provinces comprising Caraga region, including Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr., are in the program roster—Governor  Ma. Angelica Rosedell Matba and Vice-Governor Ramon Bungabong of Agusan del Norte; Governor Glenda Ecleo and Vice-Governor Benglen Ecleo of Dinagat Islands; Governor Sol Matugas and Vice-Governor Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr. of Surigao del Norte; and Governor Adolph Edward Plaza and Vice-Governor Santiago Cane, Jr. of Agusan del Sur.

LnB National President Edmund Abesamis is going to be the guest speaker.

The program will culminate with “Liga night-Dinner/Socials,” featuring some entertainers. (Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


427 students attend 'Talakayan sa Paaralan' in Butuan City

By Malou Furia

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 3 (PIA) – Around 427 students from Colegio de Liga ng mga Barangay (CLB) joined the "Talakayan sa Paaralan" held recently at the CLB compound in Brgy. Pigdaulan, this city.

The said forum is a social awareness project of the 4th Civil Military Operations (KASALIGAN) Battalion, which aims to provide the youths of today the right information, warnings and to assist them in their future decision making.

During the event, CLB students were updated with the statistics presented by the Department of Health (DOH) concerning the increasing cases of HIV/AIDS in Caraga region.

The DOH also discussed the issue on teenage pregnancy and the social ills affecting the city and country, in general.

Also, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) discussed various vices, drugs and abuses caused by illegal drugs and how it affects the psychological and mental bearing of a person.

A magic trick exhibited by one soldier of the KASALIGAN Batallion made the symposium alive and enjoyable to the delight of the students. (LGU Butuan/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Matataas na opisyales ng APEC pinagtibay ang pangako na labanan ang terorismo

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Setyembre 3 (PIA) - Pinagtibay ng mga matataas na opisyales ng Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies ang kanilang patuloy na pangakong gagawa ng pansarili at pinagsamang aksyon para labanan ang terorismo upang itaguyod ang seguridad at pagiging elastiko ng kalakalan at komunidad sa rehiyon.

Sinabi ng tsirman ng APEC Counter-Terrorism Working Group (CTWG) na si Oscar Valenzuela na ang APEC member economies ay patuloy ng magpatupad ng planong gagawin at stratehiya sa pagsalungat ng terorismo at seguridad ng kalakalan ng APEC.

“It must be reiterated that this plan is a living document, and we must ensure that it is able to meet the changing landscape of the fight against terrorism,” sabi niya sa kanyang panapos na salaysay noong ika anim na pagpupulong ng CTWG ng APEC na ginawa sa Cebu.

Si Valenzuela, na siyang kumakatawang Executive Director ng Philippine Anti-Terrorism Council-Program Management Center ay nagpuna na sinusuportahan din nila ang mas malalim na kooperasyon at pagpatibay ng kapasidad sa lahat ng nangungunang lugar na may seguridad na suplay, paglakbay, panalapi at inprastraktura.

Ang inisyatibang ito ay sumiseguro na ang pang rehiyon na kalakalan ay mas matatag, may kakayahang gumawa at elastiko, dagdag niya.

“It is hoped that the role of security, especially against terrorism, in building sustainable and resilient communities will have a real world impact that can be seen and felt by the people in our economies,” sabi ni Valenzuela.

Sinabi rin ng APEC CTWG tsirman na ang pormal na pag-uulat ng indibidwal na Plano ng Counter-Terrorism ay mahalaga dahil ito ay nagbibigay ng daan para maiulat ng ekonomiya ang pag-unlad ng kanilang pagpunyagi laban sa terorismo at pagbigay seguridad sa kalakalan.


Sinabi ni Valenzuela na ang ibang ekonomiya ay maaring matuto at tanggapin ang magagandang gawain. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)