Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
The Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Unit 6 (DA-RFU 6) on Thursday. gave recognition to outstanding individuals and farmer's cooperatives in Western Visayas whose efforts have contributed much in the high agriculture production of this region.
Ten individuals and three farmer's cooperatives were honored during the regional Gawad Saka ceremony.
Two of the awardees will compete for the 2009 national Gawad Saka Award of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
Tomas Hautea, an outstanding fisherman in fish culture category, was one of the two awardees who qualified to the national search.
He is an undergraduate mechanical engineer and was into jeep conversion enterprise before he ventured into fishing.
Hautea started by leasing fishponds before he decided to purchase his own in Dumangas, Iloilo.
He now owns Retcem Bangus – Fish Farm and Hatchery which provides milkfish fries to farmers in Panay and Negros Occidental.
He is also an advocate of Coastal Resource Management (CRM) campaigning for the protection of mangroves that serve as dikes support and habitat for various fish species.
PNA - The government's Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) has generated at least 20,522 jobs in Northern Mindanao, this was learned on Friday.
This figure came out during the 82nd Regional Development Council (RDC) 2nd quarter meeting at Camiguin Convention Center here.
But, Presidential Assistant for Northern Mindanao (PANM) Pacifico T. Pupos, Jr. saw the figure as "quite short of target."
Pupos said there was a need to intensify the CLEEP project in Northern Mindanao.
In response to his call, the council members enjoined all agencies of the government and local government units (LGU's) to extend their full and all-out support to the scheduled series of jobs and livelihood fair on June 11 to 14, simultaneously with the 2009 Independence Day celebration.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Northern Mindanao will lead the big jobs and livelihood fair on the said dates.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo put up the CLEEP project to provide employment and livelihood to laid off workers, both Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and domestic workers due to global economic clampdown.
The Philsaga Mining Corp. here has launched a P5.5-million rubber and banana plantation to help farmers augment their income from this land-lock province.
The local government unit and tribal leaders lauded the environmental and livelihood concerns of PMC management under its president Retired Army Col. Samuel G. Afdal.
The P2.78-million rubber plantation project, which covers about 150 hectares, requires the planting of at 500 budded rubber per hectare by about 1,000 indigenous people (IP).
Initially, at least 10,000 budded rubber RRIM 600 variety are currently stored at the company's nursery area ready for planting.
Agricultural experts recommended the RRIM 600, with a cost of P1.88 million, as the suitable species for Agusan lands.
Land preparation is now on going while the firm's P420,000 technology training program has also been set anytime next month.
Land preparation, planting and maintenance cost amounted to P2.3 million. - PNA
Cagayanos intending to hone their technical skills are invited to be part of President Gloria Scholarship Program (PGSP).
According to TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) Assistant Regional Director Belinda Labutong, there are still many slots available for those who may want to enroll short-term courses with institutions accredited by the agency.
She said for this program, Cagayan was granted 3,320 scholarship slots, 1,800 of which have already been filled up as of this month.
The list of scholars is expected to reach 2,140 next month, Labutong said as she urged the public to visit her office or the TESDA-accredited institutions if they wish to get trained for free.
Under the program, grantees, who must be residents of the province, jobless or not, are entitled to receive a training support fund which includes P60 pesos daily allowance and matriculation fee.
PGSP recipients, who, according to Labutong, are regularly monitored by TESDA personnel, may choose from the following pool of courses; automotive servicing, building wiring installation, consumer electronics servicing, commercial cooking, food and beverage service, housekeeping, front office service, bookkeeping, security service, computer hardware servicing, computer programming and call center technology.
The Department of Education (DepEd) here has assured that all schools are prepared and on guard against the A (H1N1) Influenza virus in time for the opening of classes on June 1.
DepEd regional director Susana Teresa Estigoy said the department released on May 6 a memorandum laying down measures against the novel virus.
The memorandum directs all public elementary and high schools to strictly follow the measures, Estigoy said.
The memorandum also directs all school officials to mobilize teachers, health and nutrition personnel, and alternative learning system coordinators to disseminate information about the A (H1N1) flu.
The information includes signs and symptoms of the virus, its mode of transmission, how it can be avoided, and national and sub-national referral centers.
Estigoy said although personal hygiene has been taught in schools for years, this will be stepped up in light of the virus scare.
Don't look now, but soldiers from the Philippine Army's 19th Infantry Battalion based here have demonstrated that aside from fighting the rebels, they can also be utilized in worthwhile community activities like repainting and repairing school buildings in time for the opening of classes next month.
The soldiers, led by their commanding officer, Lt. Col. Roberto S. Capulong, have joined the "Brigada Eskwela," a program initiated by the Department of Education (DepEd) to undertake repainting and repairing old or damaged schoolhouses.
The launching of "Brigada Eskwela" was held at the Kananga Central School here last week.
The 19th IB soldiers repaired some damaged buildings of the Kananga Elementary School which they selected under the "Adopt-a-School" project. They also undertook repainting work and cleaned the school premises in preparation for the opening of classes next week.
Capulong said that through this undertaking, soldiers are contributing their share for a conducive and peaceful community. - PNA
Friday, May 29, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Police confiscated P12 million worth of illegal drugs and arrested three suspected dealers, including a Chinese national, in a buy-bust operation in Binondo, Manila on Wednesday, the National Capital Region Police Office said Friday.
Superintendent Leo Francisco, head of the NCR intelligence operations unit, named the suspects as John Wu, 36, a Chinese national, Deron Teddy Mamao, 36, and Mangundao Amir Hussin Maundas, 28.
Maundas and Mamao are both natives of Marawi City while Wu is a frequent visitor to the country, according to Francisco.
Apart from the illegal drugs, police also recovered a black Toyota Altis and a silver gray Mitsubishi Outlander from the suspects.
Believed to be big-time dealers in Metro Manila, the suspects have been charged with drug pushing and possession of illegal drugs at the Manila City Prosecutor's Office.
The police, however, refused to divulge other details about the syndicate where the three suspects allegedly belong, saying they were still conducting follow-up operations.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Now in the making, the Citizen's Charter of Tubigon will be designed to empower the townfolk by promoting transparency and accountability in public service.
Mayor Luna Piezas ordered each office in the municipal government to submit their respective share in the proposed Citizen's Charter on May 18 to the office of the Municipal Local Government Operations Office (MLGOO).
Piezas tasked MLGOO Sharon Marimon to consolidate and package them.
The presentation and critiquing is scheduled on May 22.
The Citizen's Charter is designed to promote good governance and quality service to the public.
It describes the key services of the municipal government for the benefits of its citizenry, and contains the step-by-step procedures for availing each service, the response time for its delivery, and the municipal officials, department heads and staff responsible for the service.
It will include the list of requirements the clients must comply to facilitate service delivery.
Republic Act 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) of 2007 mandates the formulation of the Citizen's Charter to improve the efficiency of government service.
It essentially redefines public service by putting the interest of the public first and foremost as the end goal of government service delivery.
ARTA seeks to establish an effective system that will eliminate bureaucratic red tape, avert graft and corrupt practices and improve efficiency of delivering government frontline services.
It also mandates all government agencies and instrumentalities to deliver public service in the most efficient manner for the public's convenience.
A project team has been formed, composed of municipal officials and department heads led by Mayor Piezas who convened a steering committee and task force for the purpose.
The Steering Committee serves as a primary advisory body to the local chief executive in the overall direction and supervision of the Citizen's Charter Initiative.
The Task Force on Citizen's Charter takes the lead in the formulation, writing and packaging of the Citizen's Charter. Crafting a Citizen's Charter is a big thing.
Upon the mayor's instruction, the Steering and Task Force Committee conducted a special meeting on April 20 at the Mayor's office conference room, in coordination with Marimon and Human Resource and Management Officer Crisologo Emnace, to discuss the status of its preparation.
On April 23, the concerned department and section heads presented their identified frontline services to the public.
Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator Noel Mendaña facilitated the activity.
Marimon defined the frontline services and Mendaña presented the model Citizen's Charter that will serve as a guide.
The frontline services being identified on per office basis will be the basis and focus of the Citizen's Charter that they will draft.
News dispatched by Cebu Pacific Air.
We're introducing the 'Happy Hour' seat sale for all our domestic and international services. The one-way 'Go Lite' fares are sold at P299 all-in for all domestic flights and P599 for all international flights excluding Osaka, Japan!
The 'Happy Hour' seat sale is only available from 11:00am to 2:00pm and 5:00pm to 8:00pm on May 13 to 15, 2009. This is valid for travel from September 1 to 30, 2009. Promotional fares are non-refundable.
If you! 're taking an international flight, you just need to add government taxes to the fare; while domestic fares are all-inclusive.
This seat sale shows that Cebu Pacific will always be the best budget travel option for everyJuan as we offer the lowest fares in every route we operate.
'Go Lite' fares are for passengers traveling with no check-in baggage. Passengers with check-in bags just have to add P200 to the fare.
There are more than 100,000 seats available for this promotion. So hurry, log on to www.cebupacificair.com now!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
NPA North Central Mindanao spokesman Cesar Renerio blamed a paramilitary group for the crime and slammed the military for passing the blame on the NPA to win people's hearts and minds.
"We call on all peace and human rights advocates, the religious and well-meaning politicians to conduct an in-depth investigation to delve on the truth on who really are the perpetrators of this gruesome massacre," Renerio said in an article on the Communist Party of the Philippines website (www.philippinerevolution.net).
Renerio claimed members of the paramilitary group Bungkatol Liberation Front (Bulif) were the ones who massacred the Suarez family last April 9.
Killed were Manuel and Jocelyn Suarez and their children Jan Mark, 6, Bebi, 5, Along, 2, and Niño, two months-old. The incident occurred at Sitio Kamanikan, Malinao in Gingoog.