Tuesday, March 14, 2017

DTI Surigao Norte to conduct consumer education seminar

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 14 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte provincial office is set to conduct a Consumer Education Seminar on March 15, 2017 to be held at the 3rd Floor of Simtoco Business Center, Burgos Street, this city.

According to DTI provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan, the activity is in line with the annual celebration of the World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD), which will provide information to the consumers regarding digital/online shopping, how to stay safe as consumers online and what are the consumer rights in relation to digital products.

This year’s celebration carries the theme, “Buildiing a Digital World Consumer can Trust.” (DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


100 shooters join 1st Gov. BB Pimentel cup

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao de Sur, Mar. 14 (PIA) – One hundred shooters from Ilocos, Davao City, Cotabato City, Gingoog City, Cagayan de Oro City, Surigao City, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Sur including Bislig and Tandag Cities joined the 1st Governor “BB” Pimentel Cup 2017 held on March 10-12 at Camp Vicente L. Pimentel Sr. Firing Range, Telaje this city.

The 3-day tournament is sanctioned by the International Practical Shooting Confederation-Philippine Practical Shooters Association (IPSC-PPSA).

It was learned that the 36 Infantry “Valor” Battalion (36IB) under the command of Lt. Col. Randolph Rojas facilitated the said activity in coordination with the provincial government, as part of the 70th birthday celebration of Provincial Governor Vicente Pimentel Jr.

The event was also joined by Commanding General MGen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr. of the 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army as the guest of honor and speaker during the awarding ceremony.

In his message, MGen. Madrigal expressed his gratitude to the local officials of the province under the Pimentel administration for placing their trust and confidence to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The Governor also thanked the AFP for facilitating the event. He also vowed to continue supporting the tournament next year.

Meanwhile, Governor Pimentel received a trophy for the Governor’s Category during the awarding ceremony while Mayor Raul Cubil of Marihatag town received the Surigao del Sur local government unit (LGU) category award. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DAR Surigao Norte celebrates women’s month

By Daryll M. Tumbaga

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 14 (PIA) - The provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Surigao del Norte (DAR-SDN) joined the nation in celebrating the Women’s Month through a motorcade around the city streets last March 8, 2017, which also marked the celebration of the International Women’s Day.

Also during the activity, DAR-SDN conducted a symposium to its personnel on Civil Service Commission Memorandum Circular No. 25 series of 2010, which details on the availment of special leave benefits for women under Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women. The symposium also dealt with empowerment of women.

According to Jocelyn Debajo, one of the employees of DAR-SDN, the topics made her realize the real essence of being a woman.

“The topics being discussed anchored from the woman’s growth, boosting morale and self-mage. Personally, I was encouraged to live positively in order to be an active driver in bringing positive changes in my life, in my family, in my workplace as well as in the community I live in,” said Debajo.

The resource speakers were Lou Vanessa Bauson and Engr. Milagrosa B. Bulawan of DAR-SDN. (DAR-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Energy chief pushes strict energy safety standards

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 14 (PIA) – Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi emphasized over the weekend the need to ensure the safety and security of all energy-related undertakings whether in the transport of fuel products or in operating and maintaining energy facilities.

Cusi expressed this sentiment as he administered the Oath of Office of the new Board Members of the Safety and Health Association of the Philippine Energy Sector, Inc. (SHAPES) at the DOE office in Taguig City.

SHAPES is an organization composed of safety, health and environmental professionals.

“We at the DOE put a premium on ensuring the safety of communities and the environment, especially the energy sector workers. Our manpower in the energy sector is our most important asset as we work with the private sector towards an adequate, stable and sustainable energy supply for our country,” said Cusi.

Cusi invited SHAPES to be one of the private sector partners of the DOE in minimizing the dangers or hazards that are inherent in the power sector.

The DOE chief cited as an example the ever-present hazard in transporting and storing petroleum products like gasoline, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas.

For this reason, Cusi said the DOE is always working with all the stakeholders to elevate the safety standards and protocols.

Cusi also asked SHAPES to look into the country’s adoption of modular power plants, some of which are being run in other countries by competent Filipino engineers and technicians.

“If it can be done in other countries with Filipinos working on modular nuclear power plants, why not here in the Philippines?” asked Cusi.


In conclusion, the Cusi also stressed the need to reintroduce a nuclear energy curriculum in the Philippine academic sector. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)