11.03.2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Feature: PIA Caraga continues to be a trailblazer, to use drones in coverages

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 30 (PIA) – As the technology advances, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga being the information arm of the governmen has been creating and adopting various techniques in reaching out to the masses in the delivery of timely, accurate, relevant, and free-flowing information. This time, the agency will soon launch the use of drones on its significant coverages in the region.

According to PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga, drones are unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or robot vehicle in general. The drones would help capture a wider picture from above of what is happening on the grounds which will also give a broader perspective to the readers/viewers/subscribers of news from PIA. 

“PIA Caraga will be the first one among its regional offices nationwide to apply this technology. This was a long overdue plan and will soon be implemented in the region," emphasized Caga.  

Caga bared that through the drone, it allows one to capture footages streamed and recorded directly to a smartphone using the inbuilt 720p High Definition (HD) camera, and with a single touch to the phone’s screen, one can control the drone’s take-off, land, hover and flip.

“With the complete features of the drone, our personnel who will be on field covering an event such as during disaster/calamity will no longer be at much risk, aside from being handy and accessible. The drones have also flight recorder GPS, director mode which helps create high-quality and stable movie shots, and controlling devices,” added Caga. 

PIA Caraga has been known for its distinct and expedient platforms in the region which include its textblast operation, press and photo releases, One Mindanao electronic news magazine, One Mindanao mobile application, and just recently the Viber public chat. “The Viber public chat is a place where one or more people can send messages to each other that anyone can see,” he explained.

Also, it is only in Caraga that the agency has established its own radio station – the 107.8 MHz Power FM/ Advance Forward Emergency Broadcasting System (AFEBS) Network which can also be heard online through the live streaming.

The agency has also been conducting trainings, seminar-workshops on news writing, photography, broadcasting/telecasting, lay-outing, and other communication-related activities to its partner government agencies, as well as in the academe and media.

“Being guided with our mission, we are committed to continuously innovate for more strategies in achieving effective communication to our customers and that will help enhance people’s capabilities in decision-making; enable them to identify opportunities for their growth and development of their communities; and promote their active participation in democratic processes,” Caga stressed.

On its day to day operation, the agency has been receiving feedbacks from its recipients and is responding to queries from time to time since the agency believes that communication must be honest, open and two-way. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


PDRRMC Agnor bares 3rd qtr accomplishments

By Nora C. Lanuza-Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 30 (PIA) – The Agusan del Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) chaired by governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba held its 3rd quarter meeting on Thursday at the provincial training center here.

Several accomplishments of the council for the third quarter were presented to include on the areas of prevention and mitigation, preparedness and rescue.

On the prevention and mitigation, the council was able to conduct a Mangrove planting activity at barangay Humilog in the municipality of RTR. Barangay Puting Bato in Cabadbaran City was also identified and validated as the location for the proposed installation of Rain Gauges.

On the area of preparedness, a total 769 responders availed the capacity development/trainings on the Basic Life Support, Standard First Aid (SFA), Mass Casualty Incident Management, SFA Training of Trainors and SFA Training for Agusan del Norte Emergency Response Team members.

Meanwhile, the Water Safety, Life Saving Techniques and Water Search and Rescue Trainings produced a total of 32 graduates during the 3rd quarter of this year.

The council also sponsored 19 certified Program for Enhancing Emergency Response (PEER) Instructors; 35 graduates on the Basic Facilitators Training on Mental and Psychological Support in Disasters and Emergencies; and 11 graduates on the Nutrition in Emergencies Training.

Also, PDRRMO officer Erma Suyo spearheaded the training to capacitate the 15 barangays of the province to wit, barangays Caloc-an and Sto. Rosario in the municipality of Magallanes; San Antonio in RTR; San Agustin and Goson in Carmen; Kauswagan, Tolosa and Kalibunan  in Cabadbaran City; barangay Aclan, Ata-atahon and Amontay in Nasipit; Simbalan in Buenavista; Lingayao and Maningaloa in Las Nieves; and barangay Lawigan in the municipality of Tubay. Included in the training are the orientation on DRR, creation of the barangay response tam, and the establishment of the alert protocols.

On the area of response, the council was able to respond on a fire incident in Cabadbaran City and distributed relief items to 103 affected families.

During the full council meeting, Suyo bared that the province of Agusan del Norte is the first province in the country to have an organized/trained provincial Incident Management Team (IMT). (NCLM, PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Caraga produces Productivity Olympics champion

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 30 (PIA) - The Andres Soriano Memorial Hospital Cooperative (ASMHC) was recently awarded as the 2015 Productivity Olympics National Winner, Service Sector (Medium Enterprise Category) by the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

For Caraga, aside from Andres Soriano Memorial Hospital Cooperative, Surigao Del Sur I Electric Cooperative (SURSECO-I), Industry Sector (Medium Enterprise Category) also made it as national finalist. These two enterprises are both from Bislig City, Surigao Del Sur. Productive Olympics “Champion” receives P100,000 in cash prize and a trophy, use of Productivity Olympics logo for publicity purposes for three years, 2015-2017, priority endorsement to other training programs and services of the NWPC/RTWPBs and other DOLE agencies.

Productivity Olympics is a biennial national competition of best productivity practices of micro, small, medium enterprise (MSME) nationwide organized by the NWPC in coordination with all its Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs). It aims to intensify national awareness and commitment to quality and productivity and to showcase of best productivity improvement practices.

Labor and Employment secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz extended the awards to the national winners at Hotel Jen, Malate in Manila.

Amongst the 26 national finalists, nine enterprises were chosen as victors in each of the MSMEs categories under three major sector namely; agribusiness, services, and industry. The winners for the Agribusiness Sector include: Micro Enterprise - Danny Joan Farms (CAR); Small Enterprises – Masisit-Dacal Livelihood Cooperative (Region II) and Myler Agribusiness Inc. (Region IX); and Medium Enterprise – MB Decena Jr. Livestock (Region II)

For the Industry Sector, the winners are as follows: Small Enterprises – Greenlight Power Inc. (NCR); Medium Enterprise – Thousand Oaks Packaging Corp. (NCR); and the Service Sector winners include: Micro Enterprise – Pavia Entrepreneurs Multi-Purpose Coop. (Region VI); Small Enterprise – Temps and Staffers Inc. (NCR); and Medium Enterprise – Andres Soriano Memorial Hospital Cooperative (Region XIII). (RTWPB-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DENR issues temporary ban on movement, transport of live monkey

By Lorie M. Romanillos

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Oct. 30 (PIA) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) issued recently a temporary ban on the movement/transport of live monkeys anywhere in the Philippines.

DENR secretary Ramon J. P. Paje issued the Memorandum Order No. 2015-464, informing the public and all individuals/constituents that a temporary ban on the movement or transport of live monkeys known as Philippine Macaques (Macaca Fascicularis) is strictly implemented temporarily due to the occurrence of Ebola Reston Virus (ERV) in certain captives of Philippine Macaques in the country.

Further, the issuance of Local Transport Permit (LTP) for the movement/transport of the said species was also temporarily suspended except for the Local Transport of Laboratory samples form Monkeys for ERV-related scientific investigation. (SDR/DENR-SdN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)