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Author:Annette P. Villaces,PIA.gov.ph
SURIGAO CITY, July 27 (PIA) -- The week-long civil defense exercise dubbed “Surigao Shakedown” was successfully held in the city on July 18-22, 2011. July is National Disaster Consciousness Month.   The opening celebration began with the launching of the “Surigao Shakedown” with city mayor Ernesto T. Matugas, chairman of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) as the guest of honor.   On July 22, a citywide simultaneous earthquake drill was led by BFP-Surigao City, QART, and Chinese Fire Brigade Volunteer and participated by 85 schools in the city, national government agencies, private sectors, and employees.   These series of activities were meant to test the disaster preparedness measures among the local populace, and evaluate the actual preparedness levels and capabilities of the city during disasters and calamities. Other activities highlighting the celebration included a Maritime Search and Rescue Drill at the city boulevard followed by a Bomb Treat Drill conducted by the Philippine Maritime Group, Philippine Navy, Surigao City Quick Action Response Team (QART), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), K-9 Group, Phil. National Police, selected maritime students of Surigao Education Center, and all participating teams of the council at the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) terminal.(Surigao City PIO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)   s : http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=1&t=1&id=45729
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 | 557 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:MIKE U. CRISMUNDO
DAPA, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, Philippines – The local government unit (LGU) here and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will launch the first “Peace Village” project on the island’s nine municipalities on Monday. The “Peace Village” project had been launched so that other villages in Mindanao and other parts of the country will follow, officials said Sunday. The project is launched in time for the holding of “Farmers Congress” here. (Mike Crismundo)  
Sunday, 17 April 2011 | 390 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
Surigao News/Local News
Author:FEAbkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte
SURIGAO DEL NORTE, July 11 (PIA) –- The Panambay sa Barangay (Barangay medical mission) in the entire province has benefited 46 thousand Surigaonons, a year after Gov. Sol Matugas assumed office.   The office of the governor has conducted the Panambay sa Barangay in all 20 municipalities and 15 barangays of the province with 21,914 clients served for medical consultation; 4,238 clients for dental extraction/consultation; 1,231 children were circumcised and some 4,263 clients for laboratory services, said Matugas.   “We have also offered medical, dental, laboratory and other services at the Provincial Health Office Clinic serving a total of 14,111 clients as of date,” she added.   Gov. Matugas also said the collaboration with the private medical practitioners of the city has been established to address the shortage of medical doctors in the conduct of Panambay sa Barangay.   She said the collaboration was forged to address the shortage of medical doctors in the conduct of Panambay Sa Barangay. "Thanks to Dr. Roy Ycong and Dr. Romina Rusillon and their team for sharing their time in our health community outreach programs,” the governor said. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 | 541 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author: US News Agency / Asian
  Local government officials in this nickel city and key tourism players of Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga Region) noted the influx of both foreign and domestic tourists during the opening day on Sunday of the three-day “Tilaw sa Pagkaong Surigaonon (A taste of the Surigaonon food) Food Festival and Exhibit 2010? at the Luneta Park here. The event is a feature prior to the celebration of the city’s 40th Charter Day anniversary slated on Tuesday, August 31. The opening day of the gastronomic affair was stormed by Surigaonons and tourists at the park, where food competitions were lined up after Surigao City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas gave his message. Top government line agency officials and guests were also present during the opening ceremonies. The food competitions were organized by the city government headed by Mayor Matugas through the city tourism office and Surigao Caterers’ Association led by Mrs. Lydia Ga. During the opening day, various cooking groups from this city, schools and other areas in the region registered in the open-category, barangay A-category in the native delicacies contest, open B category for the barangay in the exotic ‘kinilaw,’ barangay-category in the native cuisines, and for the ‘best barbecue’ contest category. Different Hotel Restaurant Management (HRM) schools in the city and other parts in the region also registered for the bartending, table skirting and obstacle setting competitions, fruit and vegetable carving, napkin folding and wine mixing/cocktail competition. Surigao City Ruby celebration at Rizal Park also take place. “It’s really a spectacular event for the three-day food competition here,” said Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director Leticia Tan. Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Regional Director Abner M. Caga also said this is the opening salvo of the month-long celebration (until Sept. 24) of Surigao City and Surigao del Norte where famous ‘bunok-bunok’ (street dancing) festival/competition, national and international surfing competition. Big prizes also await winners in the food competition while non-winners will also receive gift packs, consolation prizes and certificates of participation. To make the three-day event and the coming Charter Day celebration more successful, orderly and peaceful, Chief Supt. Lino D. Calingasan, regional director of Police Regional office 13, has ordered the deployment of additional police contingents here.   Full : http://www.usnewslasvegas.com/provincial/food-festival-2010-features-surigaos-40th-charter-day-celebration/
Monday, 30 August 2010 | 983 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:Jun Parada
World-class resort to rise in General Luna, Siargao Island A world-class resort is forthcoming! This came about during the groundbreaking and laying of the time-capsule ceremonies for the construction of Siargao Blu Resort & Spa (SBRS), in General Luna, last Sept. 30, 2012. Located just ‘a few ticks’ f rom the world famous Cloud 9, in General Luna, the proposed Php 70 million resort sits on a 7,487 sq. meters of land with 25 air-conditioned cottages and 12 rooms meticulously designed around the 1,600 sq. meters fresh water swimming pool said to be 1.5 meters deep and 75 meters in length and is capable to hold some 1,800 cu. meters of fresh water. Expertly handled by renowned designer Mark Vincent Racaza and his father, Bernie, the Siargao Blu Resort & Spa has built-in a restaurant, a spa with a professional therapist, and 200-person capacity conference area, clinic, fitness gym, playground for the kids, and protected by lifeguards and security personnel to ensure the safety of its guests. The ceremony was witnessed by General Luna Mayor Jaime Rusillon, Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas, Del Carmen Mayor Alfredo JR coro III, Abejo Waters Corporation President Borgy Matugas-Abejo, and the owner, Doña Abeth Matugas-Abejo, chairwoman and developer of Emaland Leisure, Parks, and Resorts, Inc., the operator of SBRS. “We expect to finish construction in the first quarter of 2013 and open our doors to the public by April 2013,” said Ms. Abeth Matugas-Abejo, youngest sister of Dist. 1 Rep. Lalo Matugas and City Mayor Ernesto Matugas. “The resort is designed to be at par, if not better, than Plantation Bay Resort in Lapulapu City, Cebu or the resorts in Boracay, Dakak, Palawan, and even Sentosa Resort in Singapore,” she added. Added to its features is white-sand beach fronting the resort were guests could swim in the pristine and clear sea waters of General Luna and best suited for jet ski, yachting, speedboat, snorkeling, and scuba diving enthusiasts. Mayor Rusillon expressed confidence that the establishment of the resort shall signal the influx of both domestic and foreign tourist that shall boost the economy of the locality, “Aside from the jobs and employment that these would generate for the local population of GL and Siargao Island,” he added. Meanwhile, during the dinner party in celebration of Abeth’s birthday, she revealed her plans of putting up a high-end Dapa Island Resort on a 7-hectare of land, “This will come after SBRS,” she said. She thanked her family, friends, and supporters for their presence with the hope of a longer life to ensure the implementation of her plans for Siargao. “This is my simple gift to the people of Siargao and my contribution to its development,” she pointed out.
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Author:BEN SERRANO, GMA News
LIANGA, Surigao del Sur - A utility worker was rewarded for helping policemen repulse an attack by at least 30 suspected New People's Army rebels on a municipal police station in Surigao del Sur last week. Rodel Aquilam, 25, a volunteer utility worker at the Lianga Municipal Police Station, received the Medalya ng Kagitingan award and cash rewards handed by Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and Philippine National Police Director General Raul Bacalzo at the Lianga Municipal Hall on Saturday. Fifteen policemen and two soldiers were also given the Medalya Ng Kagitingan award. In an interview, Aquilam said he was at the kitchen washing dishes and preparing coffee at 4 a.m. Thursday when he noticed that there were some people at the back of the police station. After noticing that they were rebels, Aquilam said he crawled his way in the area where the policemen were sleeping at the time. He then woke them up and informed that the rebels were about to attack the police station. Aquilam said the rebels fired at him when they already occupied the police station. But he said he was able to cover himself and grab an armalite rifle near him to make it appear that the cops would fire back, causing some rebels to retreat. "I did not lose hope," Aquilam said. When asked if he will help again given the chance, Aquilam replied: "I will." Officials said one suspected rebel was killed while another one was captured during the April 28 attack on the Lianga Municipal Police Station. Lianga Vice Mayor Roberto Lala, Jr. praised Aquilam, who also serves as an errand boy, cook and janitor at the police station. — with Karlitos Brian Decena/RSJ/KBK, GMA News full: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/219373/regions/worker-rewarded-for-helping-cops-repulse-npa-attack  
Tuesday, 03 May 2011 | 1040 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:MIKE U. CRISMUNDO,mb.com.ph
By MIKE U. CRISMUNDO October 18, 2011, 4:40pm BUTUAN CITY, Philippines – Good news! After series of public consultations and hearings, the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Caraga region has finally approved a P15 wage increase, this was disclosed Tuesday. The RTWPB approved the issuance of Wage Order No. 11 which provides P15.00 increase, 11.00 to basic wage and 4.00 to Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). This new wage increase was finalized after the RTWPB board conducted a series of public consultations/hearings in the provinces and cities of Caraga region in the month of September 2011. The series of consultations started last Sept. 23 in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur; Sept. 16 in Surigao City; and Sept. 22 in Agusan del Norte. For Agriculture, the daily minimum wage rate for the Plantation is Php 248.00 (231.00 basic wage; 17.00 COLA); Non-plantation is Php 228.00 (211.00 basic wage; 17.00 COLA). For Non-Agriculture, daily minimum wage rate is Php 258.00 (241.00 basic wage; 17.00 COLA) while for the Retail and Service employing 10 or less is Php 228.00 (211.00 basic wage; 17.00 COLA), and Php 258.00 (241.00 basic wage; 17.00 COLA) for those employing more than 10 workers. Meanwhile, RTWPB chair Ofelia Domingo also said that in line with the ‘Clean Ground, Zero Waste’ of the city government of Butuan, RTWPB is currently providing 5S (Sort, Systematize, Sweep, Sanitize, Self-Discipline) for Good Housekeeping Seminar to different offices/departments of Butuan City Hall as part of the Productivity Month celebration. The seminar started on October 3 and will end on November 9, 2011. It was also learned that as its partial accomplishment, eight offices/departments were already given the 5S Training with 391 total numbers of beneficiaries/trained LGU-Butuan employees, and 12 pending offices/departments.     source: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/338193/wage-increase-caraga-region
Thursday, 20 October 2011 | 1314 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:Franklin A. Caliguid Inquirer Mindanao
A village councilor of San Miguel, Surigao del Norte was gunned down by a lone assailant near his house Sunday night, the police said.   BUTUAN CITY, Philippines—A village councilor of San Miguel, Surigao del Norte was gunned down by a lone assailant near his house Sunday night, the police said. Chief Inspector Nelly Villagarcia, spokesperson of the Caraga regional police said Valentine Campos, was talking with supporters outside his house in Barangay Poblacion around 6 p.m. when a gunman suddenly drew his pistol and fired shots at the victim. Campos died instantaneously from several gunshot wounds in the head. Villagarcia said the police are eyeing politics as possible motive in the killing. “Since the killing happened during election period, we are not discounting that it is election related,” she told the Inquirer.   full: http://politics.inquirer.net/politics/view/20101025-299704/Village-councilor-slain-in-Surigao-Norte
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 | 891 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:SURIGAO CITY, Apr. 26 (PIA) – A victory caravan is scheduled in Dinagat Islands today, April 26 in view of the recent Supreme Court decision affirming the constitutionality of the province. Dinagat Islands public information officer Rosario Roxas said pr
SURIGAO CITY, Apr. 26 (PIA) – A victory caravan is scheduled in Dinagat Islands today, April 26 in view of the recent Supreme Court decision affirming the constitutionality of the province.   Dinagat Islands public information officer Rosario Roxas said provincial officials and employees along with the province’s sectoral groups will mark a victory caravan commencing at the capital town of San Jose to the historic Campintac Beach in Loreto.Province of Dinagat Islands/PIA-Surigao del Norte   From there, Roxas said the caravan will proceed back to the municipalities of Tubajon, Libjo, Basilisa, Cagdianao, Dinagat and will end at San Jose’s Cultural Center.   A thanksgiving program will also be conducted in every municipality, it was learned.   Roxas further said that around 100 motorcycles and 22 four-wheeled vehicles will compose the said event. (Province of Dinagat Islands/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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Author:Annette Paulines
SURIGAO CITY, May 10 (PIA) – The Department of Agriculture - Regional Office XIII in coordination with the city government here recently launched the vermiculture/vermi composting project at the composting facility and vermiculture in Barangay Canlanipa this city.   The launching was highlighted with the presentation of vermiculture and vermin tea by City Agriculturist Isaias Elumba and the distribution of vegetable seedlings, vermin cast and vermin tea to the selected farmer beneficiaries of Brgy. Canlanipa.   The said distribution was done by City Mayor Ernesto Matugas together with his wife Filomena Matugas, DA Regional Coordinator Marcelo Daya, Asst. City Agriculturist Hyde Villalba, OIC- City ENRO Engr. Elmer C. Tecson, Soil, Water Management Consultant Gunmar Kassberg and Canlanipa Brgy. Captain Jaime Fetalvero.   The farmers then extended their heartfelt gratitude to the proponents of the said project and to the city mayor for their support.   German Consultant Gunmar Kassberg also vowed to continue in extending assistance to the city agriculture for the said project.   Vermiculture is the culturing of earthworms to produce vermi compost that can be used as fertilizers to bring the soil back to life. Prolonged used of the vermicompost increases soil life and fertility and is often regarded as "nature's perfect organic fertilizer" which is very appropriate for use by the organic farmers. (Surigao City PIO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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Author:Michael Conte
DAPA, Surigao del Norte, May 10 (PIA) - A validation and coordination meeting relative to the proposed Siargao Nautical Highway project was recently conducted in Siargao Island, this province.   Led by the National Economic Development Authority - Caraga Regional Project Monitoring Committee (NEDA-RPMC) together with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 2nd Surigao del Norte Engineering District Office, RPMC personnel with the PPA evaluators discussed the information and their evaluation on the proposed Nautical Highway Project that will connect mainland Surigao, Bucas Grande Island and Siargao Island with the presence of the LGU officials, DPWH 2nd SDN-EDO engineers, PPA-Siargao Port staff led by Port Manager Engr. Proserfina Matugas - Coro and selected recognized constituents of the 1st Congressional District of Surigao del Norte (Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands).   The Nautical Highway project begins in Brgy. Jayanggabon, Claver town with a new Roro port to be developed that will approximately cost P250 Million pesos and a complementary Roro port in Brgy. Doña Helene, Socorro, Bucas Grande Island will also be constructed costing around P100-150 Million pesos as per evaluation of PPA consultants.   Roro ports facilities include a modern passenger terminal for foreign and local travelers. Then, a 120-meter bridge will be installed in Brgy. Sering, Socorro crossing Pagaspas Island.   From Pagaspas Island another 30-meter bridge will be constructed connecting to the Middle Bucas Grande Island and a 30-meter bridge linking to Brgy. Consolacion, Dapa, Siargao Island will also be installed.   From Brgy. Consolacion, a road that will connect to Brgy. San Miguel will be constructed and in Brgy. San Miguel another Roro port will be developed. A complementary Roro port will also be constructed in Brgy. Jubang, Dapa and a road exiting to Brgy. Sta. Fe, Dapa will be improved to complete the nautical highway project.   The PPA consultants need to conduct an area inspection and consultation with the residents of Brgy. San Miguel and Brgy. Jubang, Dapa before they can make an estimate amount for the development of new Roro ports to the two sites which are part of the nautical highway.   The DPWH, represented by Engr. Wolter C. Mantilla, has committed to give its full assistance in the development of the roads that are part of the proposed nautical highway project as the said roads to be constructed will have to be national roads.   The nautical highway project offers an efficient and short way to travel to Bucas Grande Island and Siargao Island. The route will provide businessmen an alternative way to transport their cargoes from different parts of the Philippines. For tourists and travelers, the proposed nautical highway will allow them to hop from one island to another and enjoy the scenery of the islands in the comfort of their cars.   The project’s realization will surely improve the socio-economic condition in Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands as it provides employment and investment opportunities especially in tourism industry.   The proposed Siargao Nautical Highway project is a long term project of the Office of Congressman Francisco T. Matugas (1st District SDN), Office of Governor Sol F. Matugas of the Province of Surigao del Norte, PPA, NEDA, and DPWH with the endorsement of the Local Government Officials of Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands. (DPWH-Surigao Norte 2nd Engineering District/PIA-Surigao Norte)  
Saturday, 14 May 2011 | 742 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:Fryan E. Abkilan
Surigao City, Dec. 20 (PIA) -- The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) Workers’ College situated along Maharlika cor Masaya Streets in Quezon City is now accepting applicants for short courses. Anna Lee Fos, TUCP Youth/Research/Human and Trade Union Rights Monitoring Officer, said they are now ready to accept applicants for Housekeeping NC II with 100 available slots, Wellness Massage/Hilot NC II with 100 available slots and Finishing Course for Call Center Agents NC II with 200 available slots. Interested applicants must be at least 18 to 55 years old, completed at least High School, currently not working or no longer studying but willing to work. Also, he/she must undergo and pass the qualification assessment administered by TESDA. “For Finishing Course for Call Center Agents (FCCCA), he/she must be computer literate,” Fos added. Assessment will start on December 22, 2010 and classes will officially begin on December 27, 2010. For inquiries, call (02) 924.7551; (02) 433.2208; (02) 922.0917 or mobile: 0917.855.1225/0908.584.0541. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)   http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=1&t=1&id=8637
Thursday, 23 December 2010 | 609 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
Surigao News/Local News
Author:Ador Vincent Mayol
The trial of cult leader Ruben Ecleo Jr. who was charged with parricide for the death of his wife eight years ago will resume this afternoon.  Ecleo’s doctor, Dr. Roberto Anastacio, a cardiologist from the Makati Medical Center, is ready to be cross-examined, said Ecleo's lawyer Orlando Salatandre. Anastacio had recommended that Ecleo undergo a heart bypass to improve blood flow to his heart where a severe blockage was found. The prosecution will cross-examine Anastacio about his medical findings, as they pursue their bid for Ecleo to be returned to jail. They will try to clarify today several issues about Ecleo's health. Ecleo, who was accused of killing his wife Alona in Cebu City on Jan. 5, 2002, was released from jail in 2004 after posting bail to enable him to seek medical treatment for his heart ailment. The prosecution is seeking the cancellation of Ecleo's bail so he would be sent back to jail. They have yet to make formal their arguments in court. Salatandre said Ecleo is expected to attend today's court proceedings before Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Soliver Peras of Branch 10. Security at the Palace of Justice will be tight during the hearing. Members of the Judicial Security Group, a team of court employees trained to secure judges and court documents, have been tapped to beef up security. In a court hearing in March, Anastacio discussed Ecleo's heart ailment when he testified in court. In his testimony, which lasted about two hours, Anastacio said a severe blockage was found in Ecleo's heart arteries. He told the court Ecleo is a "walking time bomb" who could die anytime due to possible cardiac complications.  But prosecution lawyers are not convinced. Ecleo, the leader of the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association, recently won the congressional race in the lone district of Dinagat Island in Surigao del Norte. The prosecution lawyers said Ecleo's political victory in the elections proved that he has no significant coronary disease. “It's not true that he (Ecleo) is sick. Running for public office is very taxing. (Now that he won), we will use it as a point that he, indeed, is not sick,” said lawyer Alfredo Sipalay, one of the six prosecution counsels handling the parricide case against Ecleo. In an interview on May 2, Ecleo said he is willing to undergo a heart bypass surgery as recommended by his doctor. “Yes, I might undergo a heart surgery after the elections,” Ecleo had said. Ecleo was trying to gasp for breath during that interview. But prosecution lawyers are trying to convince the court that Ecleo is healthy and that his P1 million bail should be cancelled.   http://globalnation.inquirer.net/cebudailynews/news/view/20100623-277095/Trial-of-Ecleos--parricide-case-resumes-today
Wednesday, 23 June 2010 | 852 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
Surigao News/Local News
Author:H. Marcos C. Mordeno/MindaNews
BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte (MindaNews/13 January) —  At least thirty outrigger boats line the entire stretch of the shore of Calanggaman, probably this town’s biggest fishing village, obscuring the view of shanties behind them. Most fishermen have returned from last night’s fishing trip, all eager to get long hours of sleep. Near a breakwater, a fisherman and his wife sort his catch and weigh the fish for a waiting buyer. Behind them, boys in their early 20’s carry a boat to dry land, their dark, trim bodies dripping with seawater from the waist down, all laughing as they race against the small waves. Orlando Villareal, of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, a boat maker since 15. MindaNews Photo by H.Marcos C. Mordeno Outside one of the huts in the crowded neighborhood, Orlando Villareal paints a marine plywood for a fishing boat with the pace and poise of practice. The hustle and bustle around doesn’t distract him. After all, he has lived here since childhood. And, aside from being a boat maker, he goes fishing, too, whenever time allows him. However, building boats, a craft he learned from his father Tanasio who passed away five years ago, is Orlando’s main source of income. He is the only boat maker at least in this village. “Kinse anyos pa ko, nagtabangtabang na kos akong amahan,” (I was still fifteen when I started helping my father [build boats]) Orlando recalls while toying with an empty cup in his hand, glancing at the smooth wooden frame of a five-foot high, twenty-foot long vessel that rests inside his hut. “This belongs to Inland Resort,” he says, pointing to the still unfinished boat. Inland Resort is a luxury hotel and recreation venue in Butuan City. He says building a boat of this size takes a month and the labor alone costs sixty thousand pesos. The owner supplies all the materials. Small boats like those used by ordinary fishermen take an average of one week to build, Orlando says, adding the price depends on the actual size. For pump boats, he charges twenty-five thousand inclusive of labor and materials. He gets at least six orders every year, and some of his clients are from other towns and provinces. Orlando takes pride that some of the boats he has built have been used for travels to Camiguin and Bato in Leyte. “From here, a 30-knot vessel will make it to Bato, Leyte in six hours while a 20-knot vessel can reach Camiguin in three hours,” he estimates. He then points to a damaged boat on the other side of the hut where a neighbor soundly sleeps after a night at sea. “Gigamit na didto sa Lake Mainit. Mao na ang gisakyan ni Congressman (Edelmiro) Amante didto,” (That was used in Lake Mainit. That’s what Congressman Amante used there) he beams. Lake Mainit, a lake between Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte provinces, is being tapped as a tourism destination where visitors may take banca rides.   full story: http://www.mindanews.com/feature/2012/01/14/the-boat-maker-of-calanggaman/
Saturday, 14 January 2012 | 854 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:Maridol Rañoa-Bismark (The Philippine Star)
MANILA, Philippines - Dinagat Islands vice-governor Jade Ecleo would have been just another singer-politician wanting to get her feet wet in the business. Until a bombshell of an incident shocked her middle of last year. It was the height of the campaign season. She was running for vice-governor with her mother as gubernatorial bet. “My mom removed me from the (political) party and took someone in instead. They wanted block voting,” Jade recalls. Unfazed, she ran as independent and won as vice-governor. That storm in her life brought out the budding songwriter in Jade. She came up with the inspirational song Lumaban Ka, one of the 10 tracks in her album, Just Jade. It will be launched in two venues: Surigao Gym, Surigao City on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. and on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Metro Concert Bar in West Avenue, Quezon City. “I wrote Lumaban because I know that no one can pull you down as long as you have faith in God and you’re doing the right thing,” says Jade. The song, she goes on, also advises people in dire straits and tells them that hard times are temporary. Another composition, Tibok ng Puso, sees Jade shifting from inspirational to light and easy. Jade the performer is just as flexible. The former Bayanihan dance troupe member and band vocalist would flit from one part of the stage to the other, engaging the audience with her movements. “I don’t like singers who can’t dance. I get bored watching them,” she explains. Jade allows for one exception though: Dingdong Avanzado, one of her guests in the show.   Full story: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=616569&publicationSubCategoryId=70
Saturday, 02 October 2010 | 1124 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
Surigao News/Local News
Author:dateline
Around 200 farmers, mothers, and the local government of Anislagan, Placer, Surigao de Norte march to the hall of justice of the province to file a case to protect their agricultural village and the water sources of Placer based on new local environmental laws. Their complaint, the first to be filed under the new laws, was received by the clerk of court.   source: http://dateline.ph/?tag=surigao-de-norte
Wednesday, 07 July 2010 | 1041 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
Surigao News/Local News
Author:ouise G. Dumas and Leonardo B. Corrales
SURIGAO CITY -- An environmental case was filed here yesterday under new rules approved by the Supreme Court that took effect last April.   The Anislagan Bantay Kalikasan Task Force (ABAKATAF), aided by the Legal Rights Center-Kasama sa Kalikasan (LRC-KsK), filed an injunction "mandamus" class suit against Manila Mining Corp. (MMC), Kalayaan Copper Gold Resources, Silangan Mindanao Mining, Inc., and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Caraga Region. The complaint will put to test the Supreme Court-promulgated writ of kalikasan (environment), a restraining order on environmental projects. Included in the new rules is the classification of the criminal cases filed against environmental activists as suits called SLAPP, short for Strategic Legal Action Against Public Participation. "The mandamus class suit is actually just asking the proper institutions to do what they are supposed to do and to follow the law," said Ma. Zherwinah B. Mosqueda, LRC-Ksk Cagayan de Oro team leader. "Our Constitution stipulates our right to a healthful and balanced ecology. The DENR should do what it is supposed to do -- protect our environment," she said. Lawyer Mae R. Pasinabao-Galong, legal counsel of LRC-KsK, added that instead of fast-tracking mining permits, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) should first protect the environment. "[The DENR’s] first mandate is to protect it," she said. "But [it is] also authorizing permits that would destroy the environment." The MGB’s Caraga regional office did not comment on the issue, with regional officials saying that the appropriate personnel still need to study the case, a copy of which was provided to them yesterday by leaders of the LRC-KsK. The DENR regional director was out of town and representatives of the three companies could not be contacted for comment. In its 14-page complaint, ABAKATAF said the DENR has issued permits to the mining companies despite opposition from the community. The protesters said they feared that mining activities will affect their farms and will adversely affect Anislagan’s forest areas and water sources. MMC expressed its intent to conduct mining exploration in the area on Sept. 26, 2000. Despite the opposition, the local government unit and its constituents were dismayed upon learning that the DENR through the MGB has issued a temporary exploratory permit to MMC on Dec. 29 of the same year. In 2001, the municipal council of Placer passed an ordinance that would protect the watershed and communal forest in the whole municipality. Backing the ordinances, Anislagan also approved a village resolution declaring the local watershed as a protected area. -- Louise G. Dumasand Leonardo B. Corrales
Tuesday, 22 June 2010 | 846 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
Surigao News/Local News
Author:malaya.com.ph
TOURISM takes on a social dimension as Surigao City’s "Suroy Surigao" embarks on its "voluntourism" program aimed at helping the communities they visit, while rediscovering "The City of Island Adventures." Set on May 28 to June 5, the event is a domestic tourism program of Mayor Ernesto Matugas involving the Women of Worth (WOW) Surigao to rediscover the city’s charming natural wonders which are largely unexplored by locals. WOW Surigao is a newly-formed association of businesswomen, civic leaders and professionals organized by city first lady Filomena Matugas which serves as partner of the local government in promoting tourism and community service. Mayor Matugas said Suroy Surigao is a unique undertaking because participants will also donate school bags and supplies to needy children of the city’s 54 barangays. "Suroy" means travel in the Visayan language. Surigao City, the capital of Surigao del Norte, city is considered the gateway to Mindanao via the Maharlika Highway.   FULL STORY  : http://www.malaya.com.ph/may25/liv3.html
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | 593 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:FEAbkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte
SURIGAO CITY, Mar. 9 (PIA) - Elizabeth Sering-Larase, a Surigaonon, from the DepEd Surigao City Division was recently awarded as the Third Place Winner of the Search for the 2010 Most Outstanding Implementer Award for Alternative Learning System (ALS), a program of the Department of Education that provides alternative mode of education to learners outside the formal school system.   The prestigious award was recently given at the Teacher’s Camp in Baguio City.   A unique ALS implementation to the Out of School Youth/Adult learners and IPs (Indigenous People) of Sitio Tagbasingan, Barangay Mat-I, Surigao City made Larase a winner.   Larase is so thankful to the former city officials for the full support that they have accorded to the programs and projects of ALS in Surigao City during their term. “I would like to thank the former Mayor Alfonso Casurra for his support – for giving honoraria to our facilitators, school supplies, staff development including construction and repair of ALS Community Learning Resource Centers.”   The search for the Most Outstanding ALS Implementers aimed to support the professional growth and development of the ALS supervisor, coordinator and mobile teacher nationwide. It was first launched in 2003 and has since awarded 35 ALS workers. (FEAbkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 | 718 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:SMP
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Author:Susil D. Ragas, PIA
Surigao City (19 October) -- City Mayor Ernesto Matugas and DOH Undersecretary Dr. David Lozada, Jr. led last October 15 the unveiling of marker and blessing ceremonies of the P35-million Drug Rehabilitation and Treatment Center at Barangay Anomar this city. Mayor Matugas in his message of support said that it's a huge honor for the city to be chosen as the site for this very important project, "an indication that government is doing its mandate for the well-being of its people through the Department of Health." Matugas bared that he will put up a special project - sort of spiritual guidance counseling inside the rehabilitation center through his personal funds, "the project will be headed by Dr. Manuel Tan, a former city councilor." Meanwhile, DOH Undersecretary Dr. David J. Lozada, Jr, revealed that on 2011 budget the Drug Rehabilitation Center will get 20 million for the implementation and operating budget to assure its accessibility and sustainability. He also congratulated the Center for Health and Development ? Caraga and other partner agencies for developing this new facility and for allowing more access to drug abuse patient. The Treatment and Rehabilitation Center was created as part of the department of health's implementation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Drug Act of 2002 and due to the high incidence of drug abuse problem in the Caraga Region. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)[top]
Thursday, 21 October 2010 | 1136 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:MIKE U. CRISMUNDO
SURIGAO CITY — Two moderate tremors rocked some parts of Northeastern and Central Mindanao cities in Southern Philippines Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported Monday. However, no damage or casualties were reported by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Northeastern and Central Mindanao. There was also no tsunami alert received from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center based in Hawaii. The Phivolcs report indicated that at around 5:57 a.m. last Sunday, a moderate 3.1 earthquake struck about 65 kilometers northeast and 45 degrees east of Surigao. The Surigao tremor was recorded at 85 kilometers depth in tectonic origin. The next tremor that was reported was a 4.9 magnitude earthquake, occurring at a depth of 611.1 km undersea occurring at around 3:18 p.m. The quake's epicenter was located 105 kilometers southwest of the southern city of Cotabato. Residents in this Muslim-dominated city in central Mindanao panicked when the tremor struck. However, there were no reported damages. The tremor was also felt in the cities of Pagadian and Zamboanga. OCD Regional Director Blanche T. Gobenciong said her office did not get any reports of damage or casualties in last Sunday’s moderate tremor. “However, we still continue to monitor the situation.”   http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/272652/surigao-cotabato-struck-tremors
Monday, 16 August 2010 | 682 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:MIKE U. CRISMUNDO and PIA
SURIGAO CITY, Philippines – The 2010 “Bugkosan” Festival is drawing more and more tourists, both foreign and domestic, in the scenic Pacific Ocean-facing islands of Dinagat, in Surigao del Norte province in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region).   The 2010 “Bugkosan” Festival, which started on Nov. 28 and will end on Dec. 7, is a collaborative effort of the seven dynamic municipalities in Dinagat Islands, the national line agencies, non-government organizations and people's organizations.   The festival showcases harvest time in agricultural and aqua marine programs, exhibition of modern medical tourism, sports tourism, cultural and historical tourism, bio-diversity and eco-tourism; exhibits featuring dazzling array of the Dinagatnons' talents in different fields of visual art works, handicrafts; high-valued local food and beverages, and traditional songs and dances.   “Bugkosan” was organized for sustainable advocacies and networking developments.   It is a celebration of Dinagat Islands' charter embodied in Republic Act 9355.   Dinagat Islands solon Rep. Glenda Ecleo said the celebration depicts the thanksgiving ritual of collectivity geared in the spirit of “bayanihan” and the continuing aspiration of the province to uplift its local economy.   Also highlights of the 2010 “Bugkosan” festival are such culture-laden programs as the Search for Prinsesa Dina and Prinsepe Gat, Bugkosan Street Dancing Mardi Gras Competition, Bugkosan Stationary Dancing Competition, Sad-Sad sa Bugkosan, Inter-Office Sports Tournament; and the simultaneous switching on of Christmas lights in Dinagat Islands.   “This festivity is very colorful and everybody is invited,” Ecleo said.
Saturday, 18 December 2010 | 610 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
Surigao News/Local News
Author:Roel N. Catoto / MindaNews
SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/6 July) – Businessmen here questioning the legality of the night café operations may have found a key ally at the City Council, even as they threatened to go to court to close down the weekend revelry. Last week, Councilor Baltazar C. Abian said he will move for the suspension of the ordinance creating the night Café, a twice-a-week street fair that allows vendors licensed by City Hall to sell food and beverages on a wide strip at the boulevard. Abian is one of the authors of the ordinance, and his position on the issue weighs heavily on the already contentious fight between members of the Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Inc. (SCCII) and its main author, Councilor Christopher T. Bonite. Abian said he will file the appropriate motion during this Thursday’s session. He said he will move to have the night café temporarily stopped if the talks between city officials and SCCII members this week break down. The strip is home to several food and entertainment establishments, whose owners complained that the weekend revelry is making the area unattractive to tourists, to the detriment of their businesses. Because the two-lane road at the boulevard is sealed from traffic during Fridays and Saturdays, this also violated the public’s right for access of the street anytime they need it, they said, adding that night Café’s fixed weekend creates a semblance of permanence that is not allowed under the law. SCCII members’ consternation even grew upon learning that a “night market” would be added on the existing food stalls – also Bonite’s brainchild. The night market, which would allow vendors of apparels and other goods to sell their wares on the boulevard, is expected to be launched this Friday, although Bonite said this may be postponed to a later date. SCCII president Johann Jake B. Miranda said they will try to stop both weekend altogether through a court injunction. Miranda believes they have a strong case. “While the Government allows city councils to craft ordinances allowing likes of night markets or flea markets, the law also includes the word ‘temporarily’ – not on periodic or regular basis. By having it every Friday and Saturday, this is no longer temporary; it is regular. That’s the difference there,” he said. “But having it during fiestas, once a year celebration for the welfare of public, that is what we call temporary and that is the purpose of the Local Government Code,” he added. Another proof of permanence, Miranda said, is the permit the City Hall provides to night café vendors, which he said was a form of a contract. The law, he said, clearly forbids public roads from being subjected into contracts with private persons. At the City Council, Abian said he will call a committee hearing on the night café issue to be attended by the night café management – headed by Bonite – and SCCII members. The councilor said they will try to find a win-win formula to end the deadlock, though the businessmen made it clear earlier that they want nothing but the closure of the night Café. What is apparent is Abian’s seeming turnaround on the issue, though in a meeting with SCCII members and City Hall officials representing Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas, the councilor vowed to “revisit” the viability of the night café operations. Miranda said he was elated with Abian’s move. “We commend the call of the city councilors who also see its irregularities as well as its inconsistency with the Civil Code in which the latter prohibits the use of public streets for commerce,” he said. Abian had earlier expressed doubts on the viability of the weekend food fair, noting its apparent failure to income for the city. As early as April this year, lawmakers in the city are questioning the viability of the operations based on the dwindling stall owners participating in the weekend revelry, patterned with the night café in Cagayan de Oro City Councilor Jose Expeditus Bayana, chairman of the committee on public order and safety, said a temporary suspension of an ordinance can be done by passing a resolution. Miranda, meanwhile, struck a middle ground tone, saying City Hall can relocate the night café activities if it wants to diffuse the businessmen’s opposition. “If they transfer the nightly activities to other underdevelop areas in the city, this would be much better. Opening the boulevard to night market is not going to help the boulevard’s image as a tourist spot,” he said. This did not sound agreeable to Bonite, however. “We made this ordinance in accordance with Republic Act 7160 in particular with our Local Government Code under Section 21,” the councilor said. “This ordinance is anchored on a solid basis.” He refuted claims of a permanent closure of roads during night café activities, adding that the allegation of permanence is belied on “the fact that when morning comes, they (vendors) would disassemble their makeshift stalls.” Bonite said any local government unit can even permanently close a street provided that this is backed up with a valid ordinance. However, Bonite acceded to demands to postpone the night market, saying the ordinance for this purposes needed revisions. While he insists for the night café to remain in the boulevard, the councilor said he was willing to sponsor an amendment in which the weekend activities would only be conducted on a limited portion of the boulevard, away from business establishments. “We can move the whole night café and night Market away from the permanent business establishments so that there will no longer a conflict between the businessmen and the night café vendors,” he said. (Roel N. Catoto / MindaNews)
Friday, 08 July 2011 | 503 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:MIKE U. CRISMUNDO
TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, Philippines – The province of Surigao del Sur and the municipality of Cagwait both garnered the “Galing Pook Awards” for this year. The Galing Pook Award is based in promoting positive impact, people’s participation and empowerment, innovation, efficiency on service delivery, and sustainability in local governance. The provincial officials and the officials of Cagwait were elated upon learning of the awards. “This prestigious award is indeed very inspiring for all the local officials and the people of Surigao del Sur, for it motivates us to continuously move forward in our journey towards progress,” said Surigao del Sur Gov. Johnny T. Pimentel Citing the province’s good health through good governance centers on the delivery of health services, particularly on maternal health and deliveries. He said tt employs the Local Area Health Development Zones (LAHDZ), which are organized to deliver health services within clustered municipalities by sharing expertise and resources. (Mike U. Crismundo)
Tuesday, 30 March 2010 | 418 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
 

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