(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 29 May 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "AGHON" {EWINIAR} was estimated based on all available data at 850 km East Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon (23.1°N, 129.7°E) with maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 160 km/h. It is moving Northeastward at 20 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western section of the country. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Some 250 IOs join the 13th MindaComNet Congress in Cagayan de Oro City

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Nov. 12 (PIA) - Some 250 information officers from the government offices  and government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs)  in the five regions in Mindanao island participated in the 13th Mindanao Communicators Network (MindaComNet) Congress from November 11-13, 2015 with the theme "Investment Opportunities in Mindanao Towards ASEAN Integration," held at Pryce Plaza Hotel, this city.

The 13th MindaComNet is hosted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) region 10 and graced by the regional directors from the different regions in Mindanao.

This year's Day-1 of the 13th MindaComNet Congress started Wednesday afternoon with the entrance of colors led by the ROTC cadets from Capitol University followed with doxology and singing of national anthem. PIA region 10 regional director Thelma Oliver gave the significance of the yearly conduct of said congress and relayed the flow of the 3-day activity.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Sonny Coloma, through an audio-visual presentation delivered his message to all the participants and urged all the government information officers to level up and give its best talent so people will continue to be informed and participate in the government's efforts especially in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) integration.

"Let us continue working together in the spirit of bayanihan and let us persevere in building peace in Mindanao. Building peace is the best foundation in encouraging more investments and opportunities for the people in the different regions in Mindanao," cited Sec. Coloma.

Also, PIA region 11 regional director Efren Elbanbuena expressed his warm thanks to all the information officers of the government and GOCCs from the different regions in Mindanao. "We will definitely learn more from this three-day congress and let us all continue to be more innovative in our field of work. There is more that we can still do that will reflect better impact to the lives of the people that we serve in the community. Let us also continue to disseminate relevant information especially when we go back to our respective regions," he remarked.

Meanwhile, as one of the honored guest speakers, Major General Oscar Lactao, commander of 4th Infantry Division of Philippine Army discussed the Internal Security and Peace Plan - the "Bayanihan". "We are here to apprise you on the role of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in serving a stable business environment contributory to generating investment opportunities and economic development," he underscored.

Lactao also elaborated that the Oplan Bayanihan uses a whole-nation and people-centered approaches during today's opening program of the MindaComNet Congress held in Cagayan de Oro City. "We can't achieve national security without human security. And freedom from fear, wants and needs are also the major factors to achieve peace and security. The AFP hope to impart our perspective on the role of government communicators particularly on dealing with information-based security threats which undermines government initiatives and programs," he added.

The said official further said that the "government communicators play a significant role to undertake joint efforts in dealing with information-based threats, convey the truth by massively projecting the good news, expose the contradictions and lies of anarchist, and intensify fusion of government organizations."

Meanwhile, Dr. Jeff Ponce of Oro Photographic Society tackled the Mobile and Available Light Photography. Among the relevant points in his discussion include the technical and compositional objectives of photography, and proper handling of camera.

The MindaComNet is an organization of government public information and relations officers of national government agencies, government-owned and controled corporation (GOCCs), government financial institutions, state universities and colleges (SUCs) and the local government units (LGUs) in Mindanao. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

DPWH 13 hails best display of statistical practices

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 12 (PIA) - The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Caraga bagged the first ever Best Display of Statistical Practices which was conceptualized by the Philippine Statistics Authority - Regional Statistical Services Office No. 13 (PSA –RSSO 13).

Runners – up were Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas – Butuan Branch and Department of Trade and Industry – Caraga, in 1st and 2nd, respectively. Winners received cash prices and certificate of recognition.

The contest affirmed the partnership among the data providers, producers and users in the enhancement of the statistical products and services. There were 16 participating agencies in this year’s contest. It was aimed to promote the effective delivery of government statistical services and ensure the relevance of outputs in other statistical undertakings in the region. The activity was one of the highlights of the 26th National Statistics Month Celebration.

The judges were: Himaya Veronica D. Juni, Station Manager of DXBN 792 Radyo ng Bayan, Presa P. Villarina, Statistician 1 and Bernadeth I. Bonachita, Accountant II of PSA - RSSO 13. The Criteria for Judging were as follows: Content (50%), Visual Appeal (30%) and Mechanics (20%). (PSA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog News: Lanao del Norte gob binigyang-halaga ang papel ng mga IOs sa pagpapaunlad ng turismo at pamuhunan sa Mindanao    

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Nob. 12 (PIA) - Binigyang-diin ni Governor Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo ang malaking papel ng mga government information officers sa pagpapalaganap ng mga mabubuti at makabuluhang balita lalung-lao na sa isla ng Mindanao nang sa ganun ay maka-enganyo pa ng maraming turista at investors na bumisita sa ibat-ibang rehiyon sa Mindanao.

Pinahalagahan din ni Gov. Dimaporo ang aktibong partisipasyon ng mga information officers sa kasalukuyang ginaganap na ikalabin-tatlong taong Congress ng Mindanao Communicators Network (MindaComNet) sa Pryce Plaza Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City na nagsimula noong Miyerkules, Nobyembre 12 at magtatapos sa Nobyembre 13, 2015.

Anya, ang Philippine Information Agency (PIA) ay isa sa mga nauunang ahensya ng pamahalaan kasama ang mga information officers ng ibat-ibang ahensya na may kakayahan na mabago ang imahe ng Mindanao sa pamamagitan ng pagpresenta at pagbigay-pokus sa mga magagandang balita na makapagbibigay-linaw rin sa publiko na hindi naman lahat ng rehiyon o lugar sa Mindanao ay may nagaganap na kaguluhan o kriminalidad.

Lahat naman anya ng pulo sa Pilipinas mula Luzon, Visayas at Mindanao ay may nababalitang gulo at hindi raw nakakabuti sa ekonomiya ng isang bansa ang pagpukos ng mga nakakasamang balita sa pahayagan.

Kailangan anya para sa mga businessmen at investors ang tiwala at patuloy na koordinasyon sa mga local government units kung saan nila gustong mag-invest ng negosyo upang maseguro ang kanilang kaligtasan at kalakalan na makapagbibigay rin ng oportunidad sa mga tao sa lugar.

Dagdag pa niya, hindi dapat paniwalaan lahat ng mga masasamang balita sa mindanao na syang nakikita ng mga tao sa telebisyon, nababasa sa mga pribadong pahayagan at napapakinggan sa radyo.

Katulad anya sa Lanao del Norte na kahit sa pagkakataong may nababalitang kidnapping ay hindi naman daw ito malala’ kung ikokompara sa mga naitalang kidnapping sa Manila base sa crime statistics.

Pinuri rin ni Gov. Dimaporo ang lahat ng mga information officers sa gobyerno sa patuloy nitong pagbibigay-halaga sa mabubuting mensahi katulad ng mga national activities sa rehiyon na makakatulong sa imahe ng Mindanao.

Patungkol naman sa Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) integration 2015, ipinahayag ni Gov. Dimaporo ang kanyang optimismo na mapapalawak pa ng Pilipinas ang kalakalan at industriya lalung-lalo na sa Mindanao. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)