10.06.2015

Friday, October 2, 2015

Comelec AgNor convenes partners in preparation for May 2016 Elections

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 2 (PIA) - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Agusan del Norte spearheaded the recently held Provincial Joint Security Control Center (PJSCC) Pre-Reactivation Command Center Conference with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP) and other deputized agencies held at the Social Hall of Cabadbaran City.

Said activity is aimed to discuss pre-election preparations, peace and order situation, recent Comelec Resolutions, guidelines and other security measures, issues and concerns.

"Election is a very important ingredient in a democratic society and each one of us has the responsibility to ensure that the conduct of the election will be honest, reliable and peaceful. We also have to ensure that each vote that the people will cast especially come May 2016 elections shall be the true manifestation of the people's sentiments," stressed Cabadbaran City Mayor Dale Corvera, in his welcome message.

Atty. April Joy Balano, Agusan del Norte Provincial Election Supervisor II bared that the 2016 Elections is set on May 9. Voting will commence at 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. with the use of the Precinct Count Optical Scanner (PCOS) machines.

"The campaign period for the local candidates will start on March 26, 2016. We are reminding our candidates to be fully aware and conscious of the prohibited acts as mandated by law in relation to the upcoming elections in May 2016, so as not to violate any of it and to be disqualified," emphasized Balano.

The good lawyer also disclosed that the Comelec has set new qualifications for those teachers who will be applying as members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI). "We have already set a new qualifications for the Board of Election Inspectors comprising teachers from the Department of Education (DepEd). It will no longer be based on seniority but based on computer literacy and physical capacity," she bared.

Balano added that as of July 20, 2015, there are already 386,709 registered voters in the province with biometric data and is expected to increase since the Comelec offices are still continuously doing their efforts to register those who are yet to complete their biometrics until October 31, 2015.

Atty. Francisco Pobe, regional election director of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Caraga recognized the efforts of the teachers in the Department of Education (DepEd) who will again serve as election inspectors in the different barangays come May 2016 elections. "We would like to reiterate that physical and mental capacity, as well as literacy on how to operate the computer are the two qualifications to be chosen as members of the board of election inspectors and not based on seniority. Let's ensure a safe, credible, peaceful, fair, and successful conduct of the May 2016 elections," he said.

Also, Nora CL Molde, Information Center Manager of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Agusan del Norte prompted that the agency is very active in disseminating relevant information to the public especially on updates related to the May 2016 elections.

"As the information arm of the Philippine government, we believe that disseminating timely, accurate and reliable information is a public service. As we prepare for the upcoming May 2016 Elections, the Philippine Information Agency will be there to help our people get updated and we will ensure that their voices will be heard. If you would like to ask our assistance, the agency is always ready to be of service to you," said Molde.

Atty. Aljay Go, Butuan City Prosecutor bared updates on the type of cases that they are recently working on and ensured its partners from the government that the Department of Justice (DOJ), together with the law enforcement agencies will be extending support in line with the preparations for the 2016 Elections.

Meanwhile, Atty. Samuel Rollo, Butuan City election officer IV expressed his thanks to all the participating agencies for their support and cooperation. "We should all together work closely and do our respective duties and responsibilities to achieve our common goal for the May 2016 elections, and that is to have it secure, peaceful, and successful," he said. (JPG/ PIA-Caraga)


USAID PH turns over education, health facilities in Tacloban

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 2 (PIA) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) chief strategy officer Carla Koppell joined by USAID Philippines’ new mission director Susan Brems will have their first time visit in Tacloban City today to lead the turn-over of education and health facilities as part of the U.S. government’s rehabilitation efforts in areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.

Both USAID officials will lead the inauguration of the newly constructed five-classroom building in Panalaron Central School, the tuberculosis-directly observed treatment, short course and birthing facility at the Diit Health Center.

Also, they are set to visit a community where USAID’s U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, constructed transitional shelters for 130 households.

To date, the U.S. government has provided approximately $143 million to help the Philippines respond to and recover from the devastating effects of Typhoon Yolanda.

Tacloban City officials led by Mayor Alfred Romualdez are expected to participate in the activities. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga DOLE RCC celebrates family day 2015

By Jean Pearl I. Millones

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 2 (PIA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga along with its attached agencies gleefully concluded the Regional Coordinating Council’s (RCC's) Family Week at K Beach, Caasinan, Cabadbaran City on September 30, 2015.

The activity was intended to uphold and enhance the Behavioral Dimension of the department and the agencies under its umbrella targeting the religious, social, skill-building, artistry and sportsmanship aspect of all its employees and staff in due accordance to their gender roles.

In observance to the memorandum Circular No. 09 series of 2015 issued by the DSWD, the 5 in 1 Strategic Approach in Enhancement of Behavioral Dimension with Gender Perspective cum Family Day gathered together some 120 employees of the DOLE RCC from all over the region including the provincial offices of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Islands.

Fulfilling the religious dimension of the affair, participants joined in the celebration of the Holy Mass presided by the Vicar of the Parish of Cabadbaran. Flaunting the beauty and grace of each agency, a parade of team colors led by the captains and their muses hyped up the activity.

The teams were color coded with Red for the DOLE Region and its Provincial Offices, Blue for Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Pink for the Offices of National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) and the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), Yellow for Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Green for National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) and Orange for National Conciliation And Mediation Board (NCMB) and Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB).  The muses and captains represented each team in the Search for Mr. and Ms. DOLE RCC 2015 that brought entertainment and excitement to the event, with team Red’s muse and Blue team’s captain hailed as the Mr. and Ms. DOLE RCC 2015.

Showcasing the talents and flair of DOLE family, the six teams energetically performed a production number. Having exceptionally displayed their feat, the NLRC were awarded as the best in presentation by the jurors.

Continuing its fun-packed atmosphere, an array of games from mental to physical spawned a cheerful and youthful vibe to the event.

Evidently, the bliss that surfaced during the event demonstrated the intensity of convergence of the CARAGA DOLE RCC. A joint undertaking in achieving an enhancement of oneself geared towards providing a high-quality public service. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DOH Caraga on close watch for possible spur of dengue cases

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 2 (PIA) - The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga is continuously monitoring the possible increase of dengue cases around the region.

Reports from the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit shows that a total of 2,899 cases were admitted to different disease reporting units region wide from January to September, 2015. This is 54 percent lower compared to the same time period last year cases (6,304). The report also revealed that there are about 202 cases reported for the month of September in which most cases come from Agusan del Sur (46 cases), followed by Butuan City (43 cases) and Bayugan City (32 cases).

DOH Caraga assistant regional director Cesar C. Cassion explained that although these numbers are significantly low compared to the cases recorded in 2014, the public is continuously urged to exercise preventive measures to combat dengue.

There are practical tips to ensure a mosquito-free environment. The basic strategy is to search and destroy mosquito breeding sites such as emptying stagnant water. Self-protection measures such as using a mosquito net or mosquito repellant may also help.

Dengue is caused by the bite of an infected female aedes aegypti mosquito. It may be fatal if not instantly managed. Incubation period is from four to ten days once bitten. The most common symptoms include High fever, severe headache, nausea and vomiting, swollen glands, muscle and joint pain, and skin rash.

"Our initiative is not enough unless the community cooperates with us. With the constant reminder of emptying standing water as breeding habitats, wearing of appropriate and protective clothing, scheduling of outdoor activities, allowing fogging when there is an impending outbreak, using mosquito repellants and staying in screened areas will surely advance us from this appalling bite," Cassion concluded. (DOH-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)