7.31.2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016


“Mission Accomplished” vs illegal mining operations in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 28 (PIA) – The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), this province, headed by Edgar Valentin, submitted to Gov. Vicente Pimentel, Jr. the result of an accomplished mission to rid of illegal mining operations in Barobo town, 105 kilometers south, this city.

He handed his report the next day, July 21, immediately after carrying out the Cease and Desist Order (CDO) by the governor, himself, dated July 20, 2016.

Before Valentin proceeded to the area in Barangay Tambis, where three small scale mining operators were doing business, he coordinated first with Col. Isidro Purisima, commander of the 402nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army (PA) “for our security assistance,” it was learned.

As good gesture from the army, the team of the PENRO, together with MENRO Ronnie Martizano and a representative of Barobo town, were backed up by 1Lt. Michael Pascua with his troops.

Valentin cited three operators who were said to have been served with the CDO—Lyneth  Mosquera, Giselle Bahalla, and Eugene Sanchez, adding that except for latter, the two operators “were associated with Chinese Nationals.”  He also warned that nobody had “to go back to the area” again.

In an exclusive interview, PENRO Valentin bared that two separate sets of CDO might be coming out anytime for small-scale illegal mining operations in Cantilan and Lingig, all of this province.

Acting on the request of no less than Mayor Felixberto “Berting” Urbiztondo, Gov. Pimentel confirmed issuing a CDO for Barobo town recently.

The CDO copy issued by the governor which was obtained from PENRO Valentin pointed out that “It has been observed that illegal small-scale mining within the vicinity of Tambis, Barobo, Surigao del Sur still proliferate, notwithstanding the cease and desist order issued by the previous administration and the MGB, causing damage and injury to the environment.” (Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DTI releases July SRP

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 28 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB) under the Consumer Protection Group has released the July 1, 2016 Suggested Retail Price (SRP) guides for basic necessities and prime commodities.

This is the fourth time this year that the CPAB made such SRP releases.

In this SRP the toilet soap Safeguard (white) increases its price: size 60grams increases form P16.50 to P16.75; 90grams from P25.75 to P26.50; while the 135grams increases from P38.00 to P39.00.

The rest of the basic and prime commodities products remain the same.

The SRP is the selling price suggested by the manufacturer of a product. The intention of the SRP is to help standardize prices with the SRP levels.

The DTI price monitoring activity which is conducted monthly to major retail establishments is one way of ensuring the retailers of products listed in SRP’s shall follow guide in their pricing.

Hence, they are always provided with updated SRPs regularly.

Consumers interested to know more about SRPs and other consumer related concerns are encouraged to visit the DTI’s website at www.dti.gov.ph or visit their office located at the 2nd Floor, Simtoco Business Center, Burgos Street or contact at telephone number (086) 826-6129/826-2373. (DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


SLP associations undergo simplified bookkeeping, accounting seminar in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 28 (PIA) – A total of 15 Sustainable Livelihood Program Associations (SLPAs) of Surigao del Norte underwent a seminar on simplified bookkeeping and accounting on July 18, 2016 held at the Go Negosyo Center, Capitol Compound, this city.

The one-day activity was spearheaded by the provincial office of the Department of Trade Industry (DTI) as part of the observance of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (SMED) Week.

DTI-Industry Development Specialist (STIDS) Evelyn C. Arlan, the event resource speaker and facilitator, said that the activity sought to bridge the gap and try to address one of the common identified developmental gaps of most micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which is the basic technical know-how in the preparation of financial statements.

She said that by learning accounting and bookkeeping as a language of business, MSMEs can better understand the operation and result of their businesses.

Arlan further said that during the activity participants were given an overview of the accounting process as well as given a short background of common accounting terms and underwent a simple bookkeeping workshop such as preparation of cash disbursement book, cash receipts book, and daily sales book, among others. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Bit-os elementary school launches project S.T.R.I.P.E.

By Dr. Jonas H. Jomonong

BUTUAN CITY, July 28 (PIA) - Bit-os Elementary School in barangay Bit-os launched its school flagship project dubbed as Project S.T.R.I.P.E. or School Transformation through Research, Innovation and Performance Enhancement during the district teachers’ meeting conducted last July 20, 2016 at barangay San Vicente Convention Hall, here.

Anchored on the division and district flagship programs (Butuan's Response to Academic Voyage for Excellence or B.R.A.V.E. and Creative Academic Reinforcement for Achievement and Management Excellent for Learning or C.A.R.A.M.E.L.), BES came up with Project S.T.R.I.P.E. as its major flagship program in addressing the challenges and opportunities for academic performance enhancement and school transformation through research and innovation in major academic components namely: national achievement tests, reading, numeracy and literacy and values formation.  Its pre-requisite program is Project B.R.A.C.E.S. (Bridging Reading, Achievement and Comprehension for Excellence in School) which is in its second year of implementation.

In this era of global competitiveness, school transformation has been the battle cry of most of the schools today throughout the globe.  With the advancement of technology and the influence of social media in the delivery of instructions in the classrooms, schools and stakeholders need to keep abreast with these current demands of the 21st century education in order to meet the diverse needs and interests of the learners. Thus, research and innovation are believed to be the jewels in fostering school transformation.

One of the most prevalent problems that most of the schools are facing today is low academic performance in achievement tests, reading, literacy, numeracy and the gradual disappearance of positive values among the learners that significantly affect the over-all organizational operations.  It is considered to be a global phenomenon in the academic world.  With the current demands of transforming the schools, Bit-os Elementary School came up with the Project S.T.R.I.P.E. (School Transformation through Research, Innovation and Performance Enhancement) designed to address these pressing needs and demands of the 21st century education.

Project S.T.R.I.P.E. aims to capacitate teachers with the necessary knowledge, skills, attitude and values in conducting research as an effective tool in addressing academic needs of the learners and offer research-based findings and solutions of the identified academic needs, improve academic performance of learners through research engagement and activities, develop a culture of collaboration, research and support in achieving school transformation, produce/present at least one research output to the school research council and recommend for oral presentation, craft school research council handbook as a guide in conducting research, create localized/contextualized yet innovative instructional materials in the delivery of quality instruction, and acquire positive values through moral recovery programs and values formation seminars.

The logo has four major elements that set the clear picture of the project.  The spherical shape symbolizes the infinite search and complete endeavor for school transformation through research, innovation and other significant learning engagement as a powerful means of enhancing school performance, diverse learning engagement and other significant learning activities for its full development.  In addition, books and computers represent the source of knowledge which learners gain better understanding on the different concepts, theories, principles and practical approaches that enhance life-long learning.  These learning tools keep nurturing the learner’s brain by feeding vital information about the world and beyond.  Furthermore, the brain represents diverse intellectual capacities of the learners used for reasoning, judgment, understanding and other academic purposes in which when properly nurtured, successful transformation of the school will be achieved.  With its diversity, teachers and other stakeholders are desired to contribute diverse learning engagement and other significant learning activities for its full development and five rays symbolize the five major concerns of the school which include national achievement tests, reading, numeracy, literacy and values formation.  When these concerns are treated through scientific research and innovation, school transformation will be achieved.  In spite of the various interventions implemented in the schools, achievement tests, reading, numeracy, literacy and the gradual disappearance of positive values among the learners, these target issues and concerns remain unsolved and thus become the main focus of research and innovation.

The salient features of Project S.T.R.I.P.E. are Research Output (Action Research, Full-Blown Research), School Research Council Handbook, Development of Innovative Instructional Materials and other Learning Tools, Capability Building for Teachers, Moral Recovery Program and Values Formation Seminar. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Caraga HS students undergo reading test

By Ederlina R. Jampac

BUTUAN CITY, July 28 (PIA) - The Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga region conducted on Thursday a Regional Reading Diagnostic Test among Grade 7 students of the region.

The test is conducted to gauge learners’ speed in reading and abilities in reading comprehension. The said test is taking place simultaneously in all high schools throughout Caraga.

The test, which comprises a uniform reading comprehension questions was done orally and individually.

As the students read, a teacher notes all the errors on a rating sheet.  If the student cannot read, the teacher indicates in the individual summary record that the student is a non-reader or NR.

The diagnostic result will help schools identify appropriate school reading interventions. (DepEd-Buutan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Tagalog News: Consul General ibinahagi sa mga Caraganons ang tagumpay sa West PH Sea arbitration laban sa Tsina

Ni Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, July 28 (PIA) - Sa ginanap na West Philippine Sea (WPS) Victory Forum dito sa lungsod na pinangunahan ng Urian Legal Assistance Program ng Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU), malugod na ibinahagi ni Philippine Consul General Henry Bersunto, Jr., isa sa mga miyembro ng Philippine team na naghain ng arbitration case laban sa Tsina, ang dalang magandang balita sa panalong tinatamasa ngayon ng bansa tungkol sa sigalot ng WPS.

Sa kanyang pagbisita, binigyang-diin ni Consul Gen. Bersunto na sa kabila ng tuwirang pagpupursigi at pagharap sa hamon ng pakikipaglaban sa angking panteritoryo, naipamalas ng pilipinas sa buong mundo ang tagumpay ayon sa pagpapaigting ng disiplina at pagsunod sa rule of law.

Mas lalo pang binigyang linaw ni Consul Gen. Bersunto ang mga Caraganons habang malinaw nyang idinetalye ang teknikal na aspeto at legal na basehan sa karapatan ng Pilipinas sa WPS. Ayon sa kanya, interes din nito na mapanatili ang mabuting pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga karatig bansa, at ito ay pagpapalaganap ng myutwal na respeto sa bawat panig kabilang ang pagtanggap sa hatol sa WPS arbitration.

Ayon sa kanya, ang susunod na hakbang ay kung paano nito maipatupad ang pasya ng tribunal upang mapanatili ang pangmatagalang kapayapaan. Malaki umano ang responsibilidad na kinakaharap ngayon upang maisaayos ang lahat.

Samantala, bilang partisipante sa nasabing forum, ipinaabot din ni Ralph Mancao, presidente ng FSUU Supreme Student Government ang saya sa positibong resulta na naangkin sa pagganap ng magigiting na foreign policy team ng Pilipinas. Ayon sa kanya, bilang campus lider ibig niyang ibahagi sa sektor ng mga kabataan ang kahalagahan ng makasaysayang tagumpay ng bawat Pilipino sa WPS abitration. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)