3.01.2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Caraga women more courageous, empowered - NEDA 13 chief

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 1 (PIA) – “Women of today are becoming courageous and empowered, as majority of the women in the region already know how to fight for their rights, and the number of women leaders are increasing, and are involved in elective posts.”

This was the statement of regional director Mylah Faye Aurora Carino of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga in the press conference on 2017 Women’s Month celebration held recently at their regional office here, along with other member agencies of the Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) under the Regional Development Council (RDC).

Carino also emphasized that women in the country are better educated. She added that in Caraga, women organizations in the different barangays are also striving hard to learn more and be able to enhance their knowledge and skills, as more of them are getting involved in entrepreneurship and even in politics.

The good director also expressed her optimism that more women will be able to stand independently with dignity in their respective field of work, career, business endeavors.

Carino further encouraged everyone to support the women and make change work for women. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


COMELEC chair to visit Caraga region

By Regal C. Oribia

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 1 (PIA) – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Juan Andres D. Bautista will be visiting Caraga region on March 2-3, 2017 as part of his monitoring and consultative interaction with stakeholders in preparation for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections come October 23, this year.

On Thursday, March 2, Bautista will hold a consultative conference with the COMELEC personnel of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur at Almont Inland Hotel, this city. He will also conduct an actual observation in the satellite registration in barangay Pangabugan at 9:30 a.m.

Also, a forum with election stakeholders will be held at 10:00 a.m at the Audio Visual Room of Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) main building, here.

A consultative conference will also be held on March 3 with the COMELEC personnel of Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands provinces for the preparation of barangay SK elections. (VLG/RCO/PIA-Caraga)


PCA grants P110K to IP farmers in Carrascal town

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 1 (PIA) – The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Surigao del Sur Provincial office has turned over P110,000 under the Indigenous People Outreach Program (IPOP) to the IP farmers in Carrascal town.

The said activity is part of the program implementation where PCA will compensate the IP coco farmers with coco seedlings.

PCA Surigao del Sur Provincial Manager George Rasonabe said that part of the project is to encourage the IP coco farmers to plant and establish a nursery in their identified areas.

During the turnover ceremony, Carrascal Mayor Vicente H. Pimentel III and Municipal Agriculturist Japhet Sugian formally received the check with the presence of the IPOP members, which are mainly from Brgy. Pantukan in Carrascal. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Negosyo Center in AgSur town does business strategizing

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 1 (PIA) – The Negosyo Center (NC) in San Francisco, this province has been doing business strategizing to further enhance the business skills of women leaders from the different barangay women associations here.

Guidance in planning, how to increase income, maximize utilization of shared service facility (SSF) and give more salaries to workers are just some of the needs expressed by the Women’s Association of San Francisco Agusan del Sur, Inc. (WASFADSI), a beneficiary of an SSF on catering funded under the Bottom-Up-Budgeting (BuB) program coursed through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Facilitated by Cora de le Pena, NC - San Francisco Center Manager, the association was able to formulate a detailed business model canvas and revenue plan for 2017. The resource person also shared her inputs on financial literacy to address participants’ questions regarding savings and debts. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Bayugan Negosyo Center conducts entrepreneurial awareness among sari-sari store owners

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 1 (PIA) – The Negosyo Center (NC) in Bayugan City has opened its doors to some of the city’s sari-sari store (small convenience stores) owner to discuss entrepreneurship.  They were also briefed on the benefits and requirements on the Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Registration (BMBE).

BMBE qualified registrants – i.e, those with less than P3 million assets and issued a certificate of authority by the Department of Trade and Industry may avail of incentives such as income tax holiday and exemption from the minimum wage law requirements. These can be availed upon application with the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Department of Labor and Employment, respectively.

The seminar had the group discussing on the basic skills of an entrepreneur and on how to enhance their competencies and attitude in handling their businesses.

The sari-sari store owners shared their experiences and thanked the facilitator for their new learnings. They said that they now realize and understand that an entrepreneur must have competencies to become successful, must have a plan, be conscious on savings and spending and must continue to acquire skills in retaining and reaching more customers. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DOE sees LPG price rollback, shares safety tips

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 1 (PIA) - With the downtrend in the international contract price for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), the Department of Energy-Oil Industry Management Bureau (DOE-OIMB) has announced a possible rollback in the price of an 11-kilogram LPG cylinder by about P4.

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said that based on the DOE-OIMB's international price monitoring, the contract price for March amounts to $564 per metric ton (MT) which is $9 lower than the contract price in February of $573/MT.

He added that the rollback of $9/MT could translate to a P0.36/kg; hence a possible P4 reduction per 11kg LPG cylinder.

Cusi urged the buying public to always check every LPG cylinder to ensure that it is of the right quantity and quality.

“Aside from determining the right price, I encourage the public to also look closely at the quantity of the LPG cylinder by assuring that it is the correct and accurate weight. The quality of the tank should also be taken into consideration especially if it poses certain safety risks,” Cusi recommended.

To know if your LPG-filled cylinder is of the right quality and safe to use, the DOE has issued the following guidelines:

1. Buy LPG cylinders with proper markings (brand name, tare weight, etc.) from authorized outlets only;

2. Check the LPG cylinder for excessive rustiness and dents;

3. Ensure that the collar and footring are smooth and properly-welded and

4. Ensure that the LPG seal is intact and firmly affixed to the valve.

Cusi also asked the public to take extra precautions especially since March is Fire Prevention Month.

“Paalala po sa ating mga Nanay at mga kusinero para sa maingat na paggamit ng LPG. Sa pagpasok ng summer season, tumataas ang insidente ng sunog. Kaya po, we encourage the public to regularly check if there is a leak in their LPG cylinders, to store it in areas with sufficient ventilation, to keep it away from electrical switches and outlets and to ensure that it is always in an upright position,” Cusi advised.

“We do not want to see our people suffer from fire caused by the misguided use of LPG,” Cusi concluded. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Isang sundalo sugatan sa engkwentro sa Surigao del Norte

Ni Regal C. Oribia

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Marso 1 (PIA) – Isang sundalo at sibilyan ang sugatan matapos makaengkwentro ang rebeldeng New Peoples' Army (NPA) kamakailan lang sa Tinago, Malimono, Surigao del Norte.

May dala umanong improvised explosive device (IED) ang mga NPA na kung saan ay siyang dahilan ng pagkasugat ni 2Lt Daniel F. De Guzman ng 30IB, Philippine Army. Ayon pa sa report, nakaharap umano ng mga sundalo ang mga rebelde matapos humingi ng tulong ang isang sibilyan sa nasabing lugar dahil sa ginawang panggugulo at pangingikil ng mga rebelde sa mga tao sa lugar. 

Ayon kay Lt. Col. Rico Amaro, commanding officer ng 30IB, isa na naman itong paglabag sa Comprehensive Agreement on Respect to Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) ang ginawa ng mga rebelde.  Ipinagbabawal sa CARHRIHL ang pagamit ng mga sumasabog na bagay sa paligid o sa loob ng komunidad na nagdudulot ng kapahamakan sa mga tao.


Dagdag pa Amaro, ipagpapatuloy umano nila ang operasyon sa paghuli sa mga terorista at sa mga illegal na gawain na maaring ikapapahamak ng komunidad.  Nangako rin si Amaro na hindi lang sa lugar ng Malimono sila magmamatyag at magbabantay pati na rin sa buong probinsya ng Surigao del Norte. (RCO/PIA-Caraga)