4.18.2016

Monday, April 18, 2016



COMELEC, PIA provide election info via One Mindanao mobile app

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, April 18 (PIA) - The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga and Commission on Election (COMELEC) Caraga on Thursday launched the COMELEC icon via PIA Caraga's One Mindanao mobile app aimed at providing timely, accurate and revelant information in the 2016 national and local elections.

PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga highlighted during the launching that with this app, people can easily access the information they need from COMELEC. "With just a click of their finger, people can immediately get the data they need from the commission especially this coming May 2016 elections. Also, with this app, they need not to personally go to COMELEC office and this is just one of the advantages that will benefit the people from this mobile app," he said.

The said app can be downloaded in both the Android and IOS phones for free.

“The agency’s One Mindanao mobile app is also designed to be utilized by the media in their information gathering. It’s like a one-stop-shop where they can find different relevant features and data,” disclosed Caga.

Atty. Renato Magbutay, COMELEC Caraga regional director also thanked PIA Caraga for making them part of the PIA's platform. "I am very glad that we came up with this strategy of reaching a broader scope of recipients that can access the information from our office. With this coming election, we are optimistic that the public will be informed and updated on the information they need to know with the help of PIA Caraga," he stressed.

"We've known very well the significance of information. Before we rely on the traditional way of delivering the information to the public but our partnership with the Phil. Information Agency Caraga, the brainchild of these mobile app project, has helped us in leveling up the services of the COMELEC here in this region," Magbutay added.

Atty. Magbutay further reiterated that it is becoming vital nowadays to be at par with the fast growth of communication and information technology. “It's a good thing that through our COMELEC icon/tile embedded in the 'One Mindanao' mobile app, created and managed by PIA Caraga, people can easily track updates on the upcoming 2016 elections. Truly, we have revolutionized the way we deliver our services for a more advanced and highly interactive elections monitoring," he enunciated. (VLG/JPG/PIA-Caraga)


69 DENR 13 FRs undergo training on forest, bio-diversity protection system

By Herzon Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 18 (PIA) – The first batch of 69 newly recruit Forest Rangers (FRs) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 13 (Caraga) have undergo five-days intensive course in forest protection through a web-based mobile application called Lawin Forest and Biodiversity Protection System held in one of the convention centers here on April 11-15.

LAWIN is a forest and biodiversity protection system that integrates forest, biodiversity and threats monitoring, implementation of interventions to address threats and monitoring of response of the forest ecosystems. It uses open-source technology for biodiversity and monitoring of critical situation through a phone application called Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART).

The data and the necessary information that are gathered by a patrolling eco-ranger at the field is encoded in the software for analysis. The output determines the actual state of the forest ecosystem.

“The DENR can quickly response to a situation which may affect the wildlife inside the forest due to human activity,” said DENR Caraga regional director Nonito Tamayo.

“This application would enable the forest rangers and planners to access critical information and share this information about what they find in the field,“ Tamayo said. It would allow wildlife authorities speedy access to information on hundreds of protected species and resources which they can use in identifying and prosecuting wildlife crimes, he added.

The DENR Caraga has recruited about 270 regular forest rangers under the government’s rationalization plan and required to train on the mobile application about LAWIN to make their patrols more efficient.

In Mindanao, the DENR Caraga region has been selected as pilot testing of the project. Project Lawin is developed by the DENR and the Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) program of the United States Agency for International Development.

The Assistant Director for Technical Roberto Oliveros said the newly-trained forest rangers which will be later called “Eco Ranger” will be sent to the different mountain forest to apply what they have learned about LFBPS.

Caraga Region has a total forest land area of 1,331,491 hectares. Of this total 331,786 hectares are classified as protection forest and 999,705 hectares are production forest.

About 64,729 hectares are considered as closed forest where the trees are dense.  There are 26,731 hectares of mangrove stand most of which are located at the coast of Surigao del Sur. This figure on mangrove and forest in production has changed due to the successful implementation of the National Greening Program. (DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


OWWA to open provincial office in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, April 18 (PIA) – The opening of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) provincial office in Surigao del Sur is in the bag, according to Samuel Madrid, regional director of said agency in Caraga.

The OWWA Caraga chief said that the “green light” was already given to put up the project, citing Governor Johnny Pimentel’s permission to do so.

An attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), OWWA was described by Madrid as the lead agency protecting and promoting the welfare and well-being of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents.

He pointed out that it had always been the advocacy of his office to bring their services closer, especially in faraway places like Surigao del Sur.

“Membership with the OWWA is a boon to OFWs and their families,” Madrid stressed, explaining in details about social and welfare services ranging from insurance coverage to legal and placement assistance, among others.

He likewise mentioned that membership fee had remained at $25.00 since long time ago.

“There are about 37,000 plus OFWs in the entire region,” he added. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-SUrigao del Sur)


Dinagat province steps up campaign against infant mortality, malnutrition

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Apr. 18 (PIA) - To help reduce the prevalence rate of infant mortality due to malnutrition, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Dinagat Islands through the provincial nutritionist/dietician and Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) conducted recently a convergence meeting held at the Meja Function Hall, here.

During the meeting, a briefing on the forthcoming evaluation of the Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars (OBNS) as well as the Monitoring and Evaluation to Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) was conducted.

The members were given the checklist and guidelines to serve as an instrument in compliance with the necessary requirements for the abovementioned evaluation.

Meanwhile, the municipalities of Cagdianao and San Jose were chosen to be evaluated for OBNS, and the winner shall compete for the regional level.

With the convergence of the local stakeholders in implementing various nutrition related programs, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Lerma Erno believes that the prevalence rate of malnutrition in the province will be reduced.

The said meeting was attended by the Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (MNAOs), Rural Health Units (RHU), Nutrition Program Coordinators, Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), and federated president from the seven municipalities of the province. (Provincial Information Office-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)