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Author:MIKE U. CRISMUNDO,mb.com.ph
Fish facility SURIGAO CITY, Philippines – Business investments continue to spur the growing economic activities in this city following the establishment of a P350 million fishing port here – a vital structure that will support the fishing industry and countless fishermen in the region. Engineering design, documentation, and other vital requirements for this World Bank-funded eight-hectare fishing port had been completed and set for review in preparation for ground works after the public bidding, which is tentatively set on December. (Mike Crismundo)
Thursday, 20 October 2011 | 499 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:Greg Tataro, Jr.,pia.gov.ph
TANDAG CITY, April 25 (PIA) - The province of Surigao del Sur joins World Malaria day celebration on April 25 as declared by World Health organization (WHO).   With the theme "Achieving Progress and Impact," the Provincial Heath Office (PHO) chief Dr. Romeo delos Reyes led this morning a motorcade to highlight the occasion within the City of Tandag and Municipality of Tago.   According to Delos Reyes, the event aims to sustain the gains in raising community awareness in combatting Malaria in the province.   The health office is also set to go on April 27 to an indigenous people community in Barangay Libas Sud, San Miguel, 31 kilometers south of the City to provide apackage of health services like free medical and dental examination, distribution of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs). They will also conduct indoor residual spraying (IRS) to some houses. (Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)
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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:Fryan E. Abkilan
Surigao City, Dec. 20 (PIA) -- The sealing and marking of muzzles issued to all PNP personnel in Surigao del Norte was successfully conducted Monday morning, December 20 at the parade ground of the PNP Police Provincial Office here. The ceremonial sealing was personally conducted by PNP Provincial Director P/Sr. Supt. Emmanuel Talento. According to Talento, the sealing of all firearms of policemen is being done annually during the Yuletide season purposely to make sure that no policeman will fire his firearm as a way of celebrating the New Year which in no doubt has caused the lives of a number of people being hit by astray bullets due to indiscriminate firing. Talento also said that the sealing of firearms will be simultaneously done in all provincial, municipal and city police offices. “And any firearm that will be found with altered or tampered seal will be dealt with accordingly and whoever is the owner of the gun will face appropriate administrative charges,” Talento concluded. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)
Thursday, 23 December 2010 | 504 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:Ben Serrano (The Philippine Star)
A poster on the P200,000 reward for information on the whereabouts of kidnapped Surigao City banker Johnson Cuiting, and P2 million for his safe return. BEN SERRANO BUTUAN CITY, Philippines – The new police director of the Caraga region yesterday revived the investigation into the 2009 kidnapping of a Surigao City banker whose fate has remained unknown. Chief Superintendent Reynaldo Rafal said he would call for a case conference on the kidnapping of 50-year-old banker Johnson Cuiting this week. Rafal said he received information that records of the case are with the Presidential Anti-Crime Emergency Response (PACER), which took over the investigation into the kidnapping.
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 | 505 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | More...
Surigao News/Local News
Author:Charmane Awitan, ABS-CBN Caraga
SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Philippines - Suspected members of the New People's Army opened fire on the vehicle of Tagana-an Mayor Cesar Diaz on Monday. He was unharmed, but a niece and police escort PO2 Anthony Pontevedra sustained gunshot wounds. Her wife Cristina, on the other hand, sustained only minor injuries. Initial reports said the mayor was driving his Toyota Fortuner on his way to a meeting with officials of Department of Public Works and Highways in Surigao City when he was ambushed. “After sa Brgy.Union sa may Sitio San Roque, itinigil ko sa maraming tao para makakubli kami sa bahay na konkreto,” said Diaz. Checkpoints in the area were reinforced. Authorities are also conducting a manhunt pursuit operation led by the 30th Infantry Battalion and Surigao del Norte Provincial Public Safety Company. -- Report from Charmane Awitan, ABS-CBN Caraga   source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regions/04/19/11/mayor-survives-ambush-attack-surigao-2-injured
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 | 507 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:RACHEL C. BARAWID, mb.com.ph
    MANILA, Philippines -- Seventeen year-old Arnel Alipao has been an active youth leader both in school and in his community in Brgy. Tolingon, Mainit, Surigao del Norte. In the last elections, he ran as chairman of the Sangguniang Kabataan. Unfortunately, he lost. “Natalo ako kasi mahirap lang ako. Masasakit ‘yung mga sinasabi ng mga kalaban ko, it was a personal attack. Bungalow lang daw ang bahay ko, ‘yung nanay ko housewife lang. Pero ‘yung nanalo sa SK ni hindi man lang marunong bumasa,” laments Arnel. But while poverty hindered him from getting elected into office, it ironically opened up doors of opportunities, and paved the way for his entry into the global stage to share his advocacy with other nations. A rare feat that this young man never ever imagined he could accomplish. The big break Poverty and an advocacy on disaster risk reduction (DRR) brought Arnel to New York City where he delivered a presentation during the Thematic Debate at the United Nations headquarters. Handpicked from over 112,000 children under the World Vision Child Sponsorship program in the Philippines, Arnel represented the country in the UN General Assembly side event last month and spoke on the youth’s perspective on disasters. He also delved on the need to tap the youth’s capacities and potentials in achieving DRR, as he impressed the audience and his fellow speakers and diplomats from various countries. “There were times that I was conscious with the words that I used, but I did overcome it. Sharing my perspective to the panel, the other speakers and audience expressed their nice impression of Filipinos,” recalls Arnel, the only one of three Filipinos who participated in the UN debate. He was joined by Senator Teofisto Guingona III, who co-authored the Disaster Risk Reduction law, and Filomena Portales, World Vision Philippines advocacy and communications director. World Vision is among the agencies that organized the event, along with the UNDP, Save the Children, and youth from Canada and the Philippines. At the end of the dialogue, Arnel was not only able to voice out the sentiments of the Filipino youth but also earned the respect and renewed commitment of the international com¬munity who was very willing to help the country cope with disasters. Staunch advocate Arnel and other leaders of the World Vision National Children's Federation board of trustees embarked on various awareness campaigns such as the distribution of disaster preparedness flyers, tree planting, clean-up projects, community risk assessments and even national youth conferences to tackle problems and present solutions to problems affecting children. Arnel is currently popularizing DRR by raising awareness in his school and community so more locals will become knowledgeable and prepared in case of disaster situations. “I am now trying to make a proposal in the campus to include DRR in the school's mission to have a community extension. This summer, I'll work double time in promoting it in my community and equipping them with the right skills, knowledge and strategies that they can use in mitigating disasters,” says Arnel, a B.S. Electrical Engineering freshman at the Caraga State University in Agusan del Norte. Fulfilling dreams The second of four children, Arnel has been a World Vision (WV) scholar since Grade 3. If not for the support of WV and the Surigao Norte People's Initiative Development Association, Arnel would not be able to go to school. His father, a farmer, could not afford to give them the education they need. But poverty didn’t hinder Arnel from excelling in school and bringing pride to the family. Arnel was a consistent honor student and graduated valedictorian in elementary and high school. As president of the student government, Arnel spearheaded many programs including free tutorial lessons in Math, Science and English to his fellow students and children in his community. Now in college, the DoST scholar continues to excel as a dean’s lister and student leader. “Before I consider the titles and medals I earned in school as my great achievements. But now it's different. I realized that my greatest achievements are the little things that I'm doing to help young people,” he shares. After his feat in New York, things started to change for Arnel. All of a sudden, he says, people were being kind to him and treating him like a VIP. School authorities were very impressed with him and were happy about his representing the Philippines in a high level international event. Today, he is the guest speaker at the commencement rites in his alma mater in Surigao. “They even want me to be featured in the school paper's publication. Bilib na bilib sa akin ‘yung mga teachers ko, pati ‘yung mga kasamahan ko sa community. ‘Yung mga umaapi sa akin, hiyang hiya na ngayon at ni hindi sila makatingin sa akin,” says Arnel. All these attention, respect and newfound influence can be overwhelming and rewarding for Arnel, but he says he is choosing to remain humble and focused on his goal of living life to fullest and contributing to the development of his province, in his own little way.  
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Author:http://pia.gov.ph
SURIGAO CITY, Jan. 18 (PIA) - A local fisherman in Brgy. Mabua this city was reportedly missing since yesterday, Jan. 17 as strong winds and waves brought by the tail end of cold front hit Northern Mindanao.   Reports from the Quick Action Response Team (QART) identified the missing fisherman as Rey Benitez y Tagubar, 23 years old, a native of Purok 5, Brgy. Mabua, Surigao City.   According to Rey’s brother, Desiderio Benitez, Rey sailed off around 12noon, Monday in his yellow pump boat with 7 horsepower engine along the coastlines of Mabua-Leyte Sea and failed to return home yesterday evening.   QART could not mount a bid to find them yesterday evening due to rough seas and bad weather condition.   As of press time, search and rescue operations are now going on by the city’s rescue unit. (FEAbkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 | 511 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:Vanessa L. Almeda
SURIGAO CITY -- A two-storey P200-million Gaisano shopping mall is set to rise here before the end of the year, an official said. The Gaisano Capital Group headed by Henry S. Gaisano II will open the mall in December this year, Eric Labrada, Gaisano Capital Group’s corporate human resources head, said. Already, ground filling is under way in order to elevate the 3.5-hectare property near the Surigao Airport, Surigao City Bus and Jeepney Terminal and St. Paul University. Mr. Labrada said the building floor area will only be 10,000 square meters but the design will allow for horizontal expansion in the future. The first floor will house a supermarket while clothing apparel, houseware, appliances, school and office supplies will be sold at the second level. Mr. Labrada added that the Gaisano Group has assured local officials and nearby residents that flooding will not occur in the mall area or in the vicinity since a comprehensive drainage plan was integrated in the design. Eight percent of the needed personnel that will be hired will come from Surigao City, he said. The local business sector, for its part, welcomed the entry of the retail giant originally from Cebu City during groundbreaking rites held in mid-March. Johann Jake B. Miranda, outgoing president of the Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told BusinessWorld that the presence of Gaisano shopping mall is a stamp of approval to the “city’s viability as an investment destination.” Because of the large operations of the planned shopping mall, Mr. Miranda said, it will generate larger employment. “Directly and indirectly, there are a lot of our fellow ‘kababayans’ who will be employed in this mall and thus we welcome its presence,” he said. Reacting to the information that some local traders are threatened by the Gaisano Group’s entry, Mr. Labrada said it is the shopper’s choice where he or she will go. “As they say, we are only giving Surigao [consumers] freedom where to go and where to shop,” he said. -- Vanessa L. Almeda http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Extra&title=Gaisano-builds-shopping-mall-in-Surigao&id=29745
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Surigao News/Local News
Author:FEAbkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte
SURIGAO CITY, May 6 (PIA) – There’s a "remarkable increase" in the number of tourist arrivals who visited Surigao City last year according to City Mayor Ernesto Matugas during his first State of Local Governance Report on Thursday, May 5, 2011.   Matugas said a total of 145,739 tourists arrived in 2010, substantially higher by 27.48 percent from 114,324 in 2009.   “Foreign tourist arrivals posted a much higher increase of 31.21 percent,” said Matugas. Matugas said the number of meetings and conferences also increased by 10.47 percent and 24.61 percent, respectively.   The significant growth according to the city mayor was driven by many factors such as the aggressive tourism marketing and promotion, the introduction of scuba diving as a new tourism product, and the resumption of regular flights to Manila and Cebu.   Matugas said the estimated income from tourism last year totaled more than P4.372 billion.   Matugas thanked the private sector for helping transform the city into a more tourist-friendly locality. “I am thankful that our major hotels like Tavern, Gateway and Almont have responded and undertaken the necessary improvements.”   Latest data from the City Tourism Office revealed that the total number of rooms grew by 8.86% from 598 in 2009 to 651 in 2010 with the opening of new tourist inns like E.Y. Pensionne, RSY Pensionne, among others. “Occupancy rate continued to rise with the average of 33.72 percent compared in 2009 with only 27.61 percent,” Matugas added.   Matugas said tourism sector is expected to further grow this year with the aggressive promotion of private sector investments for commercial and industrial development and with the entry of major names in business like Gaisano Capital, Citi Hardware, Unicity, and Davao Central Warehouse in the city. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)   source: http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=1&t=1&id=31152  
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