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Thursday, February 9, 2017

SurSur all set to host 20th CRAM 2017

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 9 (PIA) – Preparations for Surigao del Sur province’s hosting of the 20th Caraga Regional Athletic Meet (CRAM) are all in place as the games will formally open on Sunday, Feb. 12, in the city.

Earlier this week, several delegates from the different school divisions of the five provinces of the region have already arrived to familiarize the playing venues.

Athletes from the Surigao del Sur DepEd Division arrived early this week and billeted at the Jacinto P. Elpa National High School for their in-house training.

Meanwhile, Committee on Publicity, Media and Communication Chair Liza Guingguing said that Airwoman First Class (A1C) Hidilyn Diaz, a 2016 Olympic games silver medalist has also confirmed her attendance for the CRAM.

Diaz will light the friendship urn on Sunday during the opening program. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DTI Surigao Norte launches OPMS

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 9 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte provincial office has launched recently its Online Price Monitoring System (OPMS) dubbed as “e-Presyo” at the Provincial Negosyo Center, Capitol Compound, this city.

Accordng to DTI provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan, the event was undertaken to inform the public that they can now access anytime and anywhere the prices of DTI monitored products including the stores with lowest price of basic necessities, prime commodities, construction materials, noche buena products, school supplies and candles including Comparative Prevailing Prices of goods or commodities using the DTI "e-Presyo" application through their desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

Negapatan said the “e-Presyo” is an Online Price Monitoring System of DTI where consumers can check for the prevailing prices of goods/commodities in various stores or establishments that are being monitored by the DTI.

He further said that the "e-Presyo" provides prevailing prices and stores with the lowest prices, Suggested Retail Prices (SRPs) of basic necessities, prime commodities and also comparative prevailing prices of goods or commodities mentioned above.

“The OPMS 'e-Presyo' will not only serves as a price guide for consumers in doing their grocery shopping but also protects consumers against unreasonable increases in prices thus ensuring 'value for money,'” Negapatan added.

For more information on OPMS “e-Presyo” just visit the DTI office located at the 2nd Floor, Simtoco Business Center, Burgos Street, this city of visit their website at www.dti.gov.ph or call at telephone no. 826-2373 or 232-4047. (DTI-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

DENR sec visits Dinagat Islands

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Feb. 9 (PIA) – Department of Environment and Natural Resouces (DENR) Secretary Regina Paz Lopez visited recently the province of Dinagat Islands for a consultative meeting held at the Loreto Municipal Gym, Loreto town.

In her message, Sec. Lopez was overwhelmed and amazed by the scenery of the mystical province and encouraged all Dinagatnons especially the local chief executives to love the island wholeheartedly because of its uniqueness.

Right after her message, an open forum was also conducted wherein several Dinagatnons expressed their sentiments against irresponsible mining operators in the province.

Said open forum was participated by the barangay officials from 100 barangays of the province as well as the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), municipal mayors of Loreto, Tubajon, Libjo and Cagdianao, and chief executive officers (CEOs) of the different mining companies in the province.

Secretary Lopez is scheduled for her second visit to the province on Feb. 15, 2017, wherein she will have an audience with the SP members. (Che Piquero, PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

Mandatory segregation of waste imposed in AgNor

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 9 PIA) - It is now mandatory to segregate ecological solid waste and volume reduction at source within the premises of the Provincial Capitol.

Under Provincial Ordinance No. 438-2017, passed and approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Agusan del Norte on its third and final reading on January 30, 2017, all offices in the Provincial Capitol, as well as lessors and locators are mandated to adopt proper segregation of solid waste within their respective offices.

This initiative seeks to maintain the cleanliness within the Capitol premises and ensure the proper sanitation of the area and health of the government workers and clients alike.

The Task Force in Ecological Solid Waste Management shall take responsibility of overlooking the implementation of the said provision.

The Provincial General Services Office (PGSO), in coordination with the Environment and Natural Resources Division-Provincial Governor’s Office, shall serve as the monitoring-in-charge in the implementation of the ordinance.

Violators will be penalized as follows: first offense- fine of P500.00; second offense-fine of P1,000.00 and third and succeeding offenses-fine of P1,500.00. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Agusan Norte okays Provincial Commodity Investment Plan for CY 2017-2020

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 9 (PIA) - The provincial government of Agusan del Norte is all set for the Provincial Commodity Investment Plan for CY 2017-2020.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Agusan del Norte, through Provincial Resolution No. 033-2017, authored by Vice Governor Ramon AG. Bungabong, recently adopted and approved the proposed enhanced Provincial Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP) in the province of Agusan del Norte for CY 2017-2020 as embodied in Provincial Development Council (PDC) Resolution No. 01, series of 2017, and endorsed by Provincial Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba.

This plan, formulated in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Regional Field Office XIII and other stakeholders, will serve as guide in the implementation of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) and other national government-related economic development programs in the province. It is a three-year strategic mutual development plan between DA and the province that rationalizes the intervention programs within the various segments of the value chain commodities in the local government units (LGUs), which will also contribute to the national goals of the agriculture and fishery sectors.

The PCIP contains a listing of top agriculture commodities in the province where intervention programs are identified and needed emphasis such as abaca, banana, coconut, coffee, cacao, crumb rubber, mango, cassava and palm oil production. It also provides a mechanism to identify specific programs, projects and activities as basis for funding from concerned national government agencies and the provincial government of Agusan del Norte.

Provincial officials believe that the plan will accelerate the agriculture and economic developments of the province. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Senator Pimentel sends aid to Agusan Norte town

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 9 (PIA) - The Senate Office of Hon. Aquilino Martin de la Llana Pimentel III, a.k.a. Koko Pimentel, provided relief aids to the typhoon-stricken municipality of Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) of Agusan del Norte, headed by PDRRMO Chief Erma R. Suyo, assisted the Office of the Senator Koko Pimentel and Las Nieves LDRRMO in the delivery of relief aid to the affected communities of the municipality of Las Nieves, this province on February 3.

Senator Koko Pimentel provided 500 relief packs to the local government unit (LGU) of Las Nieves through its Municipal Mayor Avelina Rosales.

The LDRRMO of Las Nieves also provided 700 family packs to affected families of Barangay Lingayao, Las Nieves. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)