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Consumers’ Network spearheads power, water forum in Butuan
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BUTUAN City––A network of consumers spearheaded a forum on power and water Wednesday fpr tjhe [rprotection and welfare of consumers in this city and Caraga region.

The ConsumerNet-Caraga (CNet) conducted the forum at Luciana Convention Center on J. Rosales Ave., this city.

ConsumerNet is a network of national government agencies and utility firms working together for the welfare and protection of the consumers in the region. It also aims to inform the general public through forum on the latest updates and the current status of the water and power supply in Butuan City and the whole province of Agusan del Norte.

Representatives from the Butuan City Water District (BCWD) as well as from the Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative presented the said updates. Joining the forum were the officers
and members of the Butuanon Kunsumador and the Cabadbaran Civil Society Organization Network, consumer organizations based in Butuan City and the city of Cabadbaran.

Other sectoral representatives such as the senior citizens, academe, media as well as the representatives from ConsumerNet-Caraga member agencies participated in the forum, which is part of the celebration of the Consumer Welfare Month in the region. (PNA)



‘Kaka’ vows to work overtime on FOI bill
Read 313 times | Posted on October 31, 2013 @ 4 years ago

SURIGAO City––Dinagat Rep. Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao vowed to work overtime to hasten the passage of the Freedom of Information bill even though Congress is in recess.

In her meeting with the local press here, Bag-ao has lamented the long delay of the passage of the FOI act.

Bag-ao was one of the co-authors of one of the FOI bills in the 15th Congress, when she was still a party-list representative with Akbayan.

She said there must be 20 versions of the FOI bill now in the House of Representatives.

Last week, the House public information committee finally convened to for the consolidation of the different versions of the FOI bill. While the lawmakers have agreed to form a technical working group (TWG) for the task, they have not yet agreed when its first meeting will be.

Bag-ao said she has to work with the TWG even though Congress is in recess so a consolidated version of the various bills can be completed by Nov. 26.

Various media groups have been clamoring for the passage of the FOI bill.

The pressure to enact a law even became more intense last August when the multi-billion peso pork barrel scandal broke out.

This calling for the passage of the said bill has become intense pressure to the administration of President Aquino last August when the 10 Billion Pork Barrel scandal broke out.

Aside from her advocacy on the FOI bill, Bag-ao has also introduced at the House of Representatives bills on national land use and management policy, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, reforming and strengthening the Sangguniang Kabataan, among others. (Roel N. Catoto / MindaNews)



UNDP involved in vegetative clearing in Davao Oriental
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DAVAO ORIENTAL — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) became highly involved in vegetative clearing of felled coconuts trees in Davao Oriental in providing early recovery assistance to help hardly-hit towns rise from the colossal damage done by Typhoon Pablo.

UNDP Early Recovery Coordinator for Mindanao Winston Aylmer Camarinas said UNDP cleared 100 meters both sides of the national highway of the hardly hit-towns of Baganga, Cateel and Boston but he said UNDP cleared only 10 percent of the estimated 4-million felled trees in Davao Oriental.

“We assisted in clearing felled trees to give way to planting and recropping and helped in converting the logs into lumber in coordination with the Philippine Coconut Authority which provided chainsaw,” he said.

UNDP also helped local government units develop eco-dumpsite following the Philippine standards of solid waste management (SWM) to keep huge volume of debris which could no longer be accommodated.

Camarinas also said that UNDP was involved in installing a wood processing equipment to turn coconut trees into ply-board. This was part of the early recovery intervention of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).

But he revealed that the machine had yet to run due to lack of enough power supply of Davao Oriental Electric Cooperative (DORECO).

In every phase of early recovery intervention of UNDP, it provided cash-for-work for typhoon-affected individuals hired, “so immediately they could have their source of income,” Camarinas said.

Same with that in Compostela Valley, UNDP also provided training cash incentives to those who joined the carpentry and furniture-making workshop in Davao Oriental.

Concerned with the rehabilitation and recovery of the three typhoon-hit towns in Davao Oriental, UNDP looked at ways of assisting shelter construction, which Camarinas said, needed to be fast-tracked.

Camarinas said UNDP and the provincial government of Davao Oriental were exploring ways on how UNDP could assist in constructing houses for typhoon victims whose abodes were totally damaged. (RGA/JMDA/PIA-XI)



Davao Norte strengthens incident command system
Read 719 times | Posted on October 31, 2013 @ 4 years ago

DAVAO DEL NORTE – Focal persons of Capitol departments involved in the disaster response committee underwent a 3-day training on the incident command system (ICS) in order to beef up the capability of the province to better respond to emergencies.

Reduce ‘D Risk responders, staff of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Operation Center, as well as, representatives from the Provincial Health Office, Provincial Social Welfare & Development Office, Provincial Engineer’s Office and Provincial Information Office attended the event.

ICS is a strategy for superior management of multi-agency responses to emergencies to prevent chaos during emergencies.

The participants gained better understanding of the ICS as a vital tool for effective disaster response in the province.

Mr. Romulo Tagalo, Executive Director of the joint Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management (PDRRM/Climate Change Adaptation (PDRRM-CCA) Councils said that the activity is in pursuit of Republic Act 10121 of 2010, which seeks to provide effective framework and establish an action plan with strategic and systematic approaches to reduce the vulnerabilities and risks to damages during calamities.

Tagalo, who is also the OIC-Provincial Information Officer, added the law mandated the government agencies and local government units to establish their own ICS as part of the country’s on-scene disaster response system to ensure the effective management of emergency responses.

“Let us support the vision of the Governor Rodolfo del Rosario by managing an effective ICS in the province to prevent or minimize loss of lives, or damage to properties and the environment during calamities,” he said.

In line with his human-centered development thrust known as P.E.O.P.L.E., Del Rosario fused the PDRRM and CCA councils of the province with the aim of hastening the mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into the development and poverty reduction policies and programs of the province.

The governor explained the paradigm shift in local governance is geared towards developing a safer, adaptive and disaster-resilient Dabaonon communities in attaining sustainable development.(Nice Tolibas/PIO DavNor)



Solon: BahandiCaraga aims to promote SMEs
Read 828 times | Posted on October 31, 2013 @ 4 years ago

By PAT SAMONTE
Regional Editor-Caraga

BUTUAN City––The brand “BahandiCaraga” which will take part in the Kabuhayan 2013 Trade Fair and Exhibit was conceived by Agusan del Norte First District Rep. Lawrence Lemuel Fortun. (more…)



Davao sets speed limit for all motor vehicles
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DAVAO CITY — The local government of Davao City has stepped up its campaign against overspeeding and reckless driving by setting the speed limits for all kinds of motor vehicles within its territorial jurisdiction. (more…)



Cemetery: a place for ‘celebration, reunion’
Read 682 times | Posted on October 31, 2013 @ 4 years ago

By Janice M. Cave
Philippine News Agency

A visit to the tomb of a loved one, whether it is All Saints’ Day or All Soul’s Day, has been a practice Filipinos observe all year round.

Joyce Gonzales, marketing manager of Loyola-Makati, said cemeteries are no longer just a place for burying the dead. She said these have also become places to celebrate a loved one’s birthday or anniversary.

“It’s already a part of our culture to go there and celebrate during birthdays of our dead relatives. Cemeteries are now a place for celebrations and reunions,” Gonzales said in Filipino.

“Mang Nepo”, a grave digger (sepulturero) at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City, said catering services or families going on picnics inside the cemetery grounds have become a common sight.

He said prior to these occasions, he would be asked to clean the tomb and reserve tents and chairs.

For Kaye Riano, a mother of three, a visit to a dead relative is a reminder that we have to live a meaningful life.

“We visit them not just because we want to remember them but also because we want to be reminded that there is only one life. We must make the most out of it and make it meaningful. Life without a purpose is as equal to a dead person,” she said.

Dennis Malabed, an overseas Filipino worker, said he makes it a point to visit the tomb of his parents whenever he goes on vacation.

“Sa kulturang Pinoy na malapit ang bawa’t isa sa kani-kanilang pamilya, hanggang kamatayan ay hindi natin pinuputol ang pagiging malapit natin sa isa’t isa kaya ating ginugunita ang Undas (Close family ties is embedded in our culture that is why we always remember our departed loved ones during All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day),” he said.

Rossini Herrera, whose father died of cancer three years ago, said she goes to the cemetery every week to visit her dad’s tomb at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City.

“It was a promise I made to my father. It was one of his wishes, he wanted us to visit him often,” she said.

For his part, JP Abcede said they try to visit as much as they can to pay respects during his late father’s birthday or his parents’ wedding anniversary.

He said they also visit their late grandparents and other relatives who are also entombed in the area.

“We pray for them as well,” he said.

The cost of dying does not come cheap. But some memorial services companies offer burial and funeral services where one could pay on a staggered basis including memorial service plans.

Corazon Aplacador, a sales agent for Loyola Gardens of Antipolo, said many of her clients buy memorial lots either in preparation for the inevitable or as an investment.

In the newly developed Loyola Antipolo, she said the cheapest memorial lot costs P25,000 and could go as high as P32,000 depending on the location within the cemetery grounds.

In Loyola Marikina, she said the cheapest memorial lots cost P70,000 to P80,000.

Nowadays, she said people are more practical and buy cemetery lots even if family members are still in good health.

She added families are often caught in a situation when they have to look for funeral services and memorial lots when a loved one suddenly dies.

“It is quite hard to be caught in such situation. We must be ready at any time,” she said. (PNA)



TS ‘Vinta’ intensifies into typhoon
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Tropical storm “Vinta” has intensified into typhoon as it continues to pose threat in extreme Northern Luzon, the state weather forecaster said Thursday.

PAGASA defines a typhoon as an intense tropical cyclone with maximum wind speed exceeding 118 kph.

In a interview, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Gener Quitlong said that as of 11 a.m. the eye of the typhoon was located at 190 km East of Aparri, Cagayan (17.7°N, 123.6°E) and now packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kph and gustiness of up to 150 kph. Vinta is forecast to move West Northwest at 26 kph.

Quitlong said that Vinta is expected to make landfall over northern part of Cagayan around 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.

With its speed and movement, he said Vinta may exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Friday morning as it moves towards southern China.

Quitlong said that public storm warning signal no. 3 remained hoisted over Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands, Apayao and Ilocos Norte. These areas are expected to have winds of greater than 100 kph up to 185 kph in at least 18 hours.

He said that six areas placed under public storm warning signal no. 2 (61-100 kph winds) are Batanes Group of Islands, Abra, Kalinga, Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province and Isabela.

Public storm warning signal no. 1 (30-60 kph winds), on the other hand, was hoisted over La Union, Benguet, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Aurora, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac and Zambales.

“Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under Signals #3, #2 & #1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal #3 and #2 are alerted against storm surges,” PAGASA said.

PAGASA said Vinta may bring rainfall of 5 to 10.0 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 500-km diameter of the typhoon.

The typhoon was forecast to be 240 km West of Laoag City and outside the PAR before noon Friday.

PAGASA said that sea travel is risky over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon. philippine news agency



Pacquiao, Rios bout will be Asia’s richest ever title fight
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By Lily O. Ramos of the PNA

THE Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios matchup at Venetian Cotai Arena on Nov. 24 in Macau will be Asia’s largest purse for a boxing event that would surpass the Mike Tyson- James “Buster Douglas heavyweight 1990 title fight in Tokyo, Japan , according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Wednesday.

The broadsheet newspaper quoted Bob Arum, chief executive officer(CEO) and founder of promoters

Top Rank as saying the Pacquiao-Rios bout for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title would surpass those numbers from 1990 in terms of purse, TV viewership and interest.

“It will be by far the biggest purse in Asia,” Arum said.”I expect Manny to make approximately US million and Rios US$ 4 million. There’s no question it will be the biggest boxing fight in Asia ever,” Arum told SCMP.

Douglas beat Tyson on Feb. 10, 1990 at the Tokyo Dome in one of boxing’s biggest upsets in fight history when the then 42-1 underdog knocked out “Iron Mike who banked US$ 6 million while Douglas made US$ 1.3 million.

The SCMP further added that Edward Tracy, chief executive of co-promoters Sands China, declared the Pacquiao-Rios fight had generated keen interest and the state-run CCTV will broadcast the event to about 300 million viewers across China.

Tracy added,”From a sporting viewpoint, this event will probably be the biggest event since the Beijing Olympics [in 2008]. We are expecting [a capacity crowd] of around 12,000 spectators.”

Fight undercard features China’s two-time Olympic gold medalist, Zou Shiming, who will fight Mexico’s Juan “Pollo” Toscano, while Hong Kong’s unbeaten “wonderkid” 26-year-old Rex Tso Sing-yu, will fight 22-year-old Thai Susu Sithjadaeng (7-3, 2 KOs) in a six-round super flyweight matchup. philippine news agency



Cremation makes overcrowded cemetery ‘thing of the past’
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By Perfecto T. Raymundo Jr. of PNA

If you don’t want to brave through an overcrowded cemetery, then, it’s time to have the remains of your loved ones or the bones left of them, cremated.

Take the case of Manuel and Norma Villafuerte, 79 and 76, respectively.

They had the bones of their departed loved ones cremated some three years ago at the City Crematorium of Mandaluyong, one of the first of its kind if the not the first in Metro Manila.

The Villafuerte couple are thankful that they do not have to endure the heat of the sun and negotiate the narrow alleys in going to the former tombs of their loved ones.

The City Crematorium also allows the relatives of those who had the remains or the ashes of their loved ones to bring them home for the observance of the All Saints Day and All Souls Day and even through the Christmas Season.

Because of this and for a minimal fee of some P1,000, the Villafuerte family has been bringing home the ashes of their loved ones contained in two marble urns for the last three years already.

The occasion also provides the Villafuerte family with a more peaceful and solemn remembrance of their departed loved ones at their place of abode.

It also serves as a reunion of the family as they pray together for their departed loved ones.

And, of course, partaking of “pot luck” food follows next.

So, if you don’t want to encounter “hassles” in going to the cemetery anymore, have the remains of your loved ones cremated. (PNA)

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