Monday, October 30, 2017

Bayugan City LPCC meets, confirms prices to be stable and supplies of basic commodities to be adequate

BAYUGAN CITY, Oct. 30 – The members of the Local Price Coordinating Council (LPCC) has discussed updates on prices of basic commodities, as well as the respective functions of LPCC members during their meeting held at the City Mayor's Conference room, this city.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Sur Provincial Office presented the prices of products under its jurisdiction. The report showed that prices of basic commodities in the market were stable and supplies were adequate.
DTI informed the council of its commitment to do monthly monitoring and to furnish the same copy of the monitored prices.

Allan Cadayona of Bayugan City Economic Enterprise Development Office also reported on the prices of agricultural products like meat, vegetables and fruits. The prices of vegetables have been found lower than other areas in the province.
LPCC Bayugan City agreed to create a Bantay Presyo Task Force to do further price monitoring.

The council will again meet on January 11, 2018, the 1st of its quarterly meeting next year. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DTI AgSur raises awareness on agency programs, services; checks needs among village folks in Esperanza town

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Oct. 30 – For Carylle Joy Zapanta and Charles Palen, it was just the usual day-long activity, the kind they have been doing for several weeks now. They are sometimes joined by Aibel Tolentino and Jose Baron in these stints.

One barangay in the morning, another one in the afternoon. Just recently, they visited Barangay San Jose and Barangay Labao, respectively.

The two are project staff for Project Entrepreneurship (for poor provinces) and Strike Team for Indigenous Peoples (IPs) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Sur.

Both projects, which are part of DTI's strategic initiatives to reach out to the sectors that need the agency's help the most, are pursued by DTI-AdS in Esperanza, the selected pilot municipality.

Under this project, awareness sessions and needs analysis were conducted. These will be used by the agency to assess which of their services are most needed by the community.

In the case of strike or support to products produced by IPs, the project surfaces the actual product development needs and then brings experts and coaches on site. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


KMMe mentees in AgSur train on entrep accounting, financial management

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Oct. 30 – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Sur, in partnership with the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur (PGAS) has recently conducted the Kapatid Mentor Me (KMMe) Program Module 8: Entrepreneurial Accounting and Financial Management to the second batch mentees held at the Provincial Learning Center, Gov. D.O Plaza Government Center, Prosperidad, this province.

Gil Pol Tan, a certified public accountant and an accredited local mentor of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) served as resource person and mentor.
The module aimed to educate the participants on financial recording/system and the importance of record keeping in their respective businesses. The group did actual bookkeeping of a sample business entity.

“I am a type of a business owner who is dependent on bookkeepers. I am so thankful for the session as I've learned today what I refused to understand and learn before – doing the financial transactions and recording personally,” Arline Riveta of Samuel's Candies & Pastries said.

The 24 selected mentees still have two more modules to attend and learn before they present their business improvement plans to graduate the program.

The mentees are also currently assisted by PGAS through its Livelihood Enhancement Assistance Program (LEAP). (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DOE to conduct consultation for new policy on renewable energy

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 30 – In the continuing effort to increase consumer access to clean and sustainable energy, the National Renewable Energy Board (NREB) is conducting a series of public consultations to promulgate a new policy on renewable energy (RE) utilization in the off-grid areas, or for consumers in remote areas like islands, mountains and far-away villages.

The consultations focus on the rules and guidelines for the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) for off-grid areas, a policy mechanism requiring electric power industry participants such as generators, distribution utilities, and suppliers to source or produce a specified fraction of the electricity they generate from eligible RE resources.

The consultations are being conducted with the support of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Building Low Emission Alternatives to Develop Economic Resilience and Sustainability Project.

“The proposed RPS rules for off-grid areas will contribute to the growth of the renewable energy industry through increased development and utilization of RE resources in the countryside, where significant percentage are using expensive fuels. Thus we will be able to diversify energy supply,” Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said.

“Ultimately, we see this to spur socio-economic development and help address environmental concerns,” he added.

The Luzon leg of the public consultations for RPS was conducted on October 5 in Puerto Princesa City and on October 12 in Pastor Village, Batangas City.

In Visayas, a public consultation was held on October 26 in Lahug, Cebu City.

On the other hand, the fourth and last leg of the public consultation will be on November 6 in Cagayan de Oro City.

Among the issues discussed during the earlier consultations include roles and responsibilities, pricing, competitive selection process and public bidding, monitoring and transparency, academic participation, long term plans and programs, technology, transmission, permitting, relevant RE policies and even international commitments on greenhouse gas emission reduction.

The public consultations were attended by participants from national government agencies, RE proponents and developers, distribution utilities, electric cooperatives and the academe, among other energy stakeholders.

Led by NREB RPS Off-grid Committee Chair Urbano Mendiola and NREB Chairman Atty. Jose Layug Jr., the public consultations provided a venue to present the latest draft of the RPS Off-grid guidelines and to gather comments and suggestions from stakeholders before its implementation.

The DOE also welcomes additional recommendations on the NREB proposed policy from the public, especially from the primary RE stakeholders. All interested stakeholders may send comments until November 10, 2017 at email: techsec.nreb@gmail.com. An electronic copy of the NREB proposed policy is downloadable at the DOE official website: www.doe.gov.ph.

The issuance of the RPS guidelines is based on Republic Act No. 9513 or the Renewable Energy Act of 2008, which aims to increase the utilization of RE by enhancing national and local capabilities. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)


Siargaonons advocate for massive cleanliness drive

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Oct 30 (PIA) - Pursuant to the Republic Act (RA) No. 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act of 1998, the provincial government of Siargao led by First District representative Francisco Jose Matugas II and the Siargao Tourism Association (STOA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to strengthen the cleanliness campaign and community cooperation in the locality, on October 27 at the municipality of General Luna.

This initiative was also in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT), the local government unit (LGU) and the Siargao Environmental Awareness (SEA) Movement, a non-government organization (NGO).

“The issue of waste disposal in Siargao has been going on for some time now. We are aware of the fact that a lot of foreign and domestic visitors are coming and pouring in. That is why we must brace ourselves to address the problem,” said Matugas.

Taking as case in point the predicament in Boracay, Matugas said that the waste crisis there can be likened to stage four cancer.

“We should not wait for the worst to happen. Teamwork is very important. Much attention has been given and we are doing everything we can to make this dream a fast reality,” he emphasized.

Explaining that his initiative is a baby step toward a drastic, sweeping and revolutionary change, Matugas said that the bigger and wider action needs self-discipline from all Surigaonons.

Considering the growth and expansion of General Luna, the local government has also assigned a lot situated at Brgy. Corazon in Gen. Luna, so that the sanitary landfill cum Materials Recovery Facility is far afield the town proper.

On the part of the municipal government, Vice Mayor Veronico Solloso expressed his gratitude for prioritizing Gen. Luna, which is universally recognized as one of the world leaders in tourism. He also said that apart from the three dump trucks operating on a daily basis, he is considering to add two more.

Provincial tourism coordinator Ivonnie Dumadag also thanked the NGOs who showed their untiring support in line with the advocacy on environmental protection. She said that resort owners must continually get their acts together in partnership with the LGU, which has general jurisdiction over segregation and collection of solid waste.

Siargao Tourism Association (STOA) President Abe Tolentino also lauded the provincial government in its efforts to diminish the proliferation of waste by taking giant steps forward for a better, safer and cleaner Siargao.

Tolentino added that for the first batch of recipients, STOA will choose 10 resorts to benefit the pilot project. He also sought to cover the other 100 resorts, as well as those under construction.

S.E.A. Movement President Marja Abad also voiced her utmost gratitude, saying, community involvement by locals must also be encouraged for effective program implementation. (VLG/PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Tagalog News: Mga talento sa agham at teknolohiya, ibinahagi ng mga mag-aaral ng PSHS Caraga

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Okt. 30 (PIA) – Ibinahagi ng mga mag-aaral ang kanilang talento sa agham at teknolohiya sa ginanap na Summit of Young Ambassadors sa lungod ng Butuan.

Pinangunahan ng Philippine Science High School (PSHS) Caraga ang nasabing summit kung saan may mahigit 300 estudyante ang aktibong lumahok habang nakasuot ng costume ng ibat-ibang bansa bilang suporta rin sa Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Ayon kay Ruwina Gonzaga, ang school director ng PSHS Caraga, ang ginawang Summit of Young Ambassadors ay para sa selebrasyon ng ika-50 anibersaryo ng ASEAN sa bansa. Ipinarada ng mga estudyante ang kanilang mga suot na costume bilang highlight ng nasabing aktibidad.

Ito raw ang pinakaunang Summit of Young Ambassadors ng Pisay Caraga sa taong ito.

Dagdag pa ni Gonzaga, hinati sa limang breakout sessions ang lahat ng mga nagsipaglahok at sila’y nagpakitang gilas sa larangan ng debate, majika, poetry exhibition, matematika at do-it-yourself arts craft.

Samantala, ipinahayag naman ng Grade 9 student ng Pisay Caraga na si Danielle Ajoc na ang PSHS Caraga ay hindi lamang naka-focus sa intelektwal na kakayahan ng mga estudyante at iskolar; binibigyang halaga rin nito ang mga natatanging talento ng mga mag-aaral.

Sinabi rin niya na mahalaga ang mga ganitong klase ng aktibidad dahil makakatulong umano ito sa pagpapalawak ng kanilang kaalaman sa mga hamon na kinakaharap ng ibat-ibang bansa.


Sa araw ding iyon ay ginawa ng PSHS Caraga ang cards-giving sa mga magulang ng mga mag-aaral. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)