2.05.2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

2017 Chapter Volunteer Run set in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 3 (PIA) – The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter is once again calling on Agusanons to support and participate in this year’s Chapter Volunteer Run (CVR) Wave 2 on February 18 with assembly area at the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) gymnasium, this city.

According to PRC Agusan del Norte-Butuan City chapter administrator Teodoro Cairo, this year’s Chapter Volunteer Run is aimed to get fund generation for the health and welfare services of the PRC.

“Our vision is to make the CVR as one of the most popular event of its kind in the locality, thus, demonstrating how the local chapter leads in championing the spirit of volunteerism. We wish to show that the Agusan del Norte, Butuan City and Cabadbaran City are deeply committed in mobilizing humanitarian action as a means of saving lives. In calling the event 'Run to Save Lives,' we would like to emphasize what Red Cross Volunteers actually do everyday,” underlined Cairo.

Cairo added that participants of the 3-kilometer Run will have to pay P200.00; 5k run for P300.00; and 10k run for P500.00. Inclusions are race bib, race singlet, and race certificate.

For more information, the PRC Agusan del Norte-Butuan City chapter can be reached at telephone number (085) 342-4166. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


NFA Surigao Norte reminds grain retailers to renew business license

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 3 (PIA) – The National Food Authority (NFA) provincial office reminds all grains retailer to renew their NFA license to avoid penalty.

Provincial Manager Gleen P. Echin announces that businessmen in the municipalities of Bacuag, Placer, Gigaquit and Claver should renew their license within the month of February to avoid surcharge and other penalties.

For further queries businessmen are encouraged to visit the NFA located at Km. 10, Barangay Quezon, Surigao City or at Tan Warehouse located at Bilang Bilang, Borromeo Street.

Businessmen can also call the NFA Hotline No. 0932-8681554 and 0917-8258302. (NFA-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Agusan del Norte ordinance granting honorarium to FPWD officers OK'd

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 3 (PIA) - The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Agusan del Norte enacted and approved on third and final reading during its 26th Regular Session on January 30, 2017, Provincial Ordinance No. 437-2017, providing honorarium to the officers of the Provincial Federation of Persons with Disability (FPWD), Agusan del Norte Chapter in the amount of P500.00 each per month.

The said ordinance, authored by Provincial Board Member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo, strengthened the granting of honorarium as part of the provincial government’s thrust to make the FPWD partners in the development of the province and its people.

It was known that since 2007, the officers of the FPWD Agusan del Norte Chapter have been receiving regular honorarium in the amount of P500.00 during the conduct of monthly meetings charged to the funds of the Provincial Social Welfare, Population, Nutrition and Services Office (PSWPNSO). However, to sustain the granting of said honorarium, the body believed that a provincial ordinance providing honorarium to FPWD officers is more appropriate for sustainable budgetary allocation.

Republic Act No. 9442 or the Magna Carta of Persons With Disability, as amended, recognizes the rights of the PWDs in the country and provides for the rehabilitation, self-development and self-reliance of disabled persons and their integration into the mainstream of society. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


AgSur town receives BuB funds for green growth project

TRENTO, Agusan del Sur, Feb. 3 (PIA) – The local government unit (LGU) of Trento here is poised to do yet another “green” project with the recent release of its 2016 Bottom up Budgeting (BuB) of P1-million funding. This is a follow through of their 2014 BuB Green Village and Distribution Center Project.

Trento municipal mayor William Galvez recently received the check from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Sur OIC-provincial director Brenda Corvera.

Mayor Galvez expressed strong commitment towards the project’s objectives for the green growth and the promotion of Green Economic Development. These are to utilize solar energy as alternative power source, to convert and process non-biodegradable wastes into construction materials, and to capacitate rural micro-enterprise in the utilization of recyclable and useful residual wastes.

In another development, Mayor Galvez declared his full support for the establishment of a Negosyo Center in Trento. The mayor offered a co-working space with the municipality’s soon to be established trading post – another BuB project. Launch date is agreed to be in July 2017. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


AgSur women leaders train in organizational management

SIBAGAT, Agusan del Sur, Feb. 3 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Sur through its Negosyo Center has trained women leaders belonging to the Sibagat Federation of Women’s Association, Incorporated (SFWAI) during the recently concluded one-day training on how to manage and further develop their respective organizations.

The learning session was participated by some 13 SFWAI member-organizations, who are also partners and/or beneficiaries of the DTI’s Shared Service Facility (SSF) and Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) programs.

Malinda Quintana, president of the women’s group in Barangay Ilihan presented the shared sentiments of participants saying that they were happy because the learnings can also be used not only for their association but also in their respective barangays. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DTI conducts price monitoring, sensing in AgSur LGUs under state of calamity

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Feb. 3 (PIA) – The prices and supply of basic necessities remain stable and adequate. This is the initial findings from the monitoring and sensing conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Sur in the different municipalities of the province.

The DTI’s price monitoring and sensing on basic necessities also showed inventories of the monitored stories were still within normal. For the rest of the week, monitoring will still continue.

DTI-Agusan del Sur provincial director Brenda Corvera, stressed that this is to ensure that affected families of the recent floodings will be protected as consumers from any business malpractices. The office will also post notices relative to prize freeze.

DTI also encourages the local government units and the general public to inform the office of any observed negative business practices happening in their areas. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


30 LGU officials participate in local competitiveness workshop in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 3 (PIA) – A total of 31 officials of local government units (LGUs) of the province attended the seminar-workshop on Local Competitiveness on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 held at Hotel Tavern, this city.

The said activity was conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in coordination with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to provide a venue for the mainland LGUs in the province to discuss concerns on how to improve the overall territorial competitiveness.

The seminar, which was primarily intended for Siargao LGUs, was joined by the participants from the mainland municipalities of Tubod, San Francisco and Mainit since they were not able to attend similar activity on December last year.

Participants are mostly composed of Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators, Local Economic and Investment Promotion Officers and Business Permit and Licensing Officers.

Chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Economic Affairs, Trade Commerce and Industry Board Member Melva P. Garcia, in her welcome message, explained that Siargao Island LGUs with their inherent natural advantage have a competitiveness edge in eco-tourism and related industries.

During the said seminar, DTI provincial director Celestino Negapatan explained that the present economic environment calls for individuals firms, industry sectors and LGUs to improve their respective competitiveness level to face the challenge of globalization.

Negapatan also stressed the importance of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMC) that can be used as a planning tool that can help guide the LGUs in setting their respective local economic development strategies and priorities.

DILG Surigao del Norte Outcome Manager Lydia S. Bajan, as one of the resource persons, explained the DILG-DTI-DICT Joint Memorandum Circular purposely issued to further enhance the ease of doing business by cutting down procedural steps to reduce processing time of business permit applications.

Bajan emphasized that that business permit licensing system implementation should not be done for compliance purposes only but has to be viewed as an essential component in hastening economic development of the local communities.

Provincial Economic Enterprise Development and Management Office (PEEDMO) Graciela E. Mante also shared other technical inputs like the ranking of the CMCI of the province and Engr. Ma. Theresa Z. Calang, head of the Industry Development Unit of DTI explained the establishment of Negosyo Centers as priority development projects of the national government.

DTI Institutional Development Unit head Rodrigo R. Matabaran discussed the implications of LGUs ranking and scores relative to their present economic condition and realities while advising LGUs to carefully identify projects and adapt policies that will attract private sector investments in their localities, encourage business startups and boosts economic development.

In preparation for the 2017 CMCI round, Trade and Industry Development Specialist Mardel Allen G. Delanto talked on the new parameters and indications.

During the workshop, the participants prepared their respective LGU action plans to further improve competitiveness level by identifying relevant projects and activities of their respective municipalities. (DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Energy Department closely monitors LPG market to protect consumers

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 3 (PIA) - Amidst the increase of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) prices, the Department of Energy (DOE) assured that it is closely monitoring the local LPG market to make sure that only reasonably priced LPG products are being sold to consumers.

“Our Oil Industry Management Bureau (OIMB) is closely assessing the global trend of supply and demand, while also taking into consideration other factors affecting the prices of LPG,” said Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi.

He added that the DOE-OIMB reported that the root cause of the LPG price hike this month was due to the increased demand by the cold weather continents such as North America, Europe and even Northern Asia.

Moreover, Cusi said, "LPG is primarily being used as a heating fuel in these regions, especially with the extended cold weather or winter attributed to La Niña."

Sec. Cusi clarified, “large consuming countries are having a hard time getting their supply because even the transportation of these LPG products, mostly through railway, is also affected by the cold weather. This curbs supply, then affects the demand, and ultimately the prices.”

"The DOE-OIMB report also cites the rising global crude oil prices and outages of oil refineries in some oil-producing countries as additional factors for the rising prices of LPG."

Sec. Cusi also informed that LPG is a by-product of crude oil and natural gas production. And with the global crude oil prices going up due also to the higher demand and curbed supply production from the OPEC, any by-product would also increase.

“Since more than 90% of our LPG supply is imported, we must ensure that LPG products sold in the local market are reasonably priced, according to what actually is transpiring in the global market. This is how the government can protect consumers from these price volatilities,” Cusi said.

“We are being more thorough in monitoring the local market because some LPG traders might take advantage of this international market scenario to the detriment of the public. We don’t want that to happen.”

The DOE is also campaigning on the demand-side management of proper LPG use such as cooking with the appropriate size of pans, setting to low fire or turning off the stove when the water is already boiling and ensuring the integrity of the hose of the LPG to avoid leakage.

Lastly, Sec. Cusi advised that apart from prices, I encourage the public to be more vigilant in ascertaining that the LPG cylinder that they are buying has the right weight, 11 kilograms, which is the common volume for a household LPG cylinder. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga reps get national festival talent award

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 3 (PIA) – Two regional representatives for the National Festival of Talents specifically  Jingle Writing and Singing Contest and Population Quiz  garnered an award in the recently concluded competition in Dipolog City.

Angel Rose Go, the pride of Bislig City National High School ranked 2nd Place to the Jingle Writing and Singing, an on-the-spot skill exhibition, while Jules Christian Sendiong of Caraga Regional Science High School in Surigao City ranked 4th Place for the mind-boggling Population Quiz.

Angel’s winning piece on jingle writing is an original composition which focused on the life of teenage mothers and the importance of population, health and environment which she performed in acapella. Miss Go is a consistent honor student.

Meanwhile, the other contestants who competed at the national level are:  Zara Pia Claudette Q. Vismanos  of the Agusan National High School, Butuan City for the Essay Writing Contest and Ruben B. Bete, Jr.  of  Recaredo Castillo College in Bislig City for the Poster Making Contest.

The theme for this year’s Population Quiz and on-the-spot skills exhibition on PopDev is “Precious and Precarious: Life of Young Filipinos.”

This annual event is a joint undertaking of the Commission on Population (PopCom) and Department of Education among private and public high school students at all levels which aims to promote values supportive of population and development education among the youth and to showcase their talents through exhibition. (PopCom-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


PopCom to finalize 6-year plan

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 3 (PIA) – The Commission on Population (PopCom) has crafted the six-year strategic plan, which provides direction and a timely and evidence-based data derived from demographic and socio-economic analysis to the regional population management strategies towards the attainment of critical population issues in the region.

The Regional Population Management (RPM) Strategic Plan for 2017 to 2022 is the output of the recent strategic planning-workshop participated by the local population officers/workers and program partners from the various Regional Line Agencies, as a critical players of the socio-economic agenda of President Duterte Administration towards the attainment of “AmBisyon Natin 2040."

The participation of the Local Population Offices and the Regional Line Agencies  have contributed much to the formulation of the six-year strategic plan, as they have also developed a relevant and responsive population management strategic interventions  out of the identified local and regional priority population issues.

Director Alexander A. Makinano of PopCom Caraga revealed that the RPM Plan will be used as an input to the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) Agenda, which will be pursued to empower Filipino families and communities as a critical factor in attaining the Ambisyon Natin 2040 and the key thrusts of the Philippine Health Agenda particularly the achievement of zero unmet need for modern family planning.

The PPMP Agenda is anchored on the national development direction within the Duterte Administration which aimed at building and nurturing “Matatag, Maginhawa, at Planadong Pamilyang Pilipino.”

Furthermore, Makinano mentioned that the PPMP will serve as the collaborative framework for all key stakeholders in the implementation of key strategies specifically along the three major program components of Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning, Adolescent Health and Development and Population and Development Integration. (PopCom-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)