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(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, October 31, 2014) SYNOPSIS:At 4:00 AM today, a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 1,430 km east of Catarman, Northern Samar (12.7ºN, 137.8ºE). Northeast Monsoon affecting Northern Luzon. Forecast: The regions of Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, CARAGA, Davao, Central Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. Cagayan Valley, Cordillera and Ilocos Region will exprience cloudy skies with light rains. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast to northwest with slight to moderate seas.

'TreeVolution' Online FM Radio

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga in partnership with Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) install the 'TreeVolution' online FM radio that can be accessed at www.treevolutionradio.caster.fm.

PressCon on CSC-COMEX

Civil Service Commission (CSC)commissioner Robert Martinez, CSC Caraga regional director Resurreccion Pueyo and CSC Examination, Recruitment and Placement Officer (ERPO) director Fernando Porio during the launching of the Computerized Examination (COMEX) System held in Butuan City on August 14, 2014.

NCPW 2014:Technical Working Group Meeting

Members of the National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) technical working group discussing plans during their meeting at the NAPOLCOM Office on August 12, 2014.

Butuan Sillimanian Tree Planting Activity

Butuan Sillimanians unite together for a tree planting activity along Macapagal Highway in Butuan City on August 9, 2014 in support to the city's greening program.

Regional Awarding of Gawad Kalasag 2014

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga regional director Abner Caga receives the certificate of commendation for the agency's invaluable support to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council's undertakings during the Regional Awarding of Gawad Kalasag 2014 in Butuan City on July 31, 2014.

PopCom Caraga's Reg'l Dissemination Forum on 2013 YAFSS4

Commission on Population (POPCOM) Caraga regional director Alexander Makinano responds to the queries of media audience during the Reg'l Dissemination Forum on 2013 YAFSS4 held in Butuan City on August 1, 2014.

GADCC Full Committee Meeting

Commission on Human Rights Caraga regional director Atty. Marylin Pintor, together with National Economic and Development Authority Caraga regional director Mylah Faye Aurora Carino, presiding the Gender and Development Coodinating Committee Full Committee Meeting on August 5, 2014 in Butuan City.

Regional Forum on BINDS Project by Oxfam Phils.

OXFAM Mindanao Coordinator Dante Dalabajan in an interview with media men expresses high hopes on the People’s Survival Fund as a finance mechanism that would help LGUs during a Forum on BINDS Project Good Practices in Butuan City on July 30, 2014.

Regional Forum on BINDS Project by Oxfam Phils.

Local government unit and non-government organization representatives gather during a Forum on BINDS Project Good Practices held in Butuan City on July 30, 2014 to connect and work together and link local initiatives to any similar programs on building adaptive capacities in the local level.

Agents of Change Forum

Information officers from government agencies and local government units join the Agents of Change Forum which highlights the presentation of Revised Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2013-2016 held at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort on July 30, 2014.

PRC AgNor-BXU Chapter BODs' Courtesy Call to Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba

Red Cross Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter board of directors pay courtesy to Agusan del Norte Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba on July 28, 2014 in Butuan City.

Release Operation-4 PNP Captives by NPA

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas interfaces with the media corps during the release operation of the four police captives by the New Peoples Army (NPA) on July 29, 2014 at Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

SurSur guv presides dialogue to resolve IDPs issues in Lianga town

Surigao del Sur, Oct. 30 (PIA) – Suriga del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel presided a dialogue on Wednesday in Lianga province to resolve the concerns of indigenous peoples (IPs) who vacated from the hinterlands of Lianga, San Agustin and part of Tago towns situated at the foot of the “Andap Valley” area since Monday morning.

During the discussion, the Lumad leader representatives have insisted several demands to the government such as immediate cessation of military operations and immediate investigation to the recent killing incident of an IP leader, among others.

Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU) general secretary Genasque Enriquez in a phone patch interview said that the crisis started after the shooting incident of a certain IP leader Henry Alameda took place on October 24 in Sitio Kabalawan, San Isidro in Lianga town.

Evening of October 27, 2014, the people from the said area and nearby communities started to leave their homes and are temporarily housed at Diatagon Gym, said Enriquez.

According to Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management officer Abel de Guzman, the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have reached to 407 families with 1,844 individuals who take shelter at Diatagon Gym in Lianga province and Buhisan Elementary School of San Agustin town.

Meanwhile, the 401st Brigade in a press statement released stated that they have condemned the terroristic acts and always uphold human rights. Accordingly, they are mandated to protect the communities against the lawless elements. As such, they are in pursuit operation against the CNN (CPP/NPA/NDF) group responsible for the series of economic sabotage in the month of September and October in the province of Agusan Sur and Surigao del Sur.

As agreed in a dialogue, the members of the provincial and municipal Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Fact Finding Committee  will conduct an ocular inspections to the communities on October 31, Friday to ensure the safety of the IDPs before they will return to their respective communities this weekend.

Meanwhile, Governor Pimentel is set to distribute relief goods consisting of five kilos rice, two cans sardines and noodles to 407 families on October 31. Earlier, the barangay council and the municipal government unit of Lianga have already distributed relief goods to the IDPs. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


525 preschoolers avail dental check-up in Dinagat Islands

By Jane Mayola

SAN JOSE-Dinagat Islands, Oct. 30 (PIA) – A total of 525 preschoolers from different preschools in Dinagat Islands have availed the free dental check-up spearheaded and conducted province-wide by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office from October 14 to 25, 2014.

The 2-week activity is in line with the month-long celebration of National Children’s Month with the theme, “Bata Kasali Ka, Ikaw ay Mahalaga”.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office also conducted a Provincial Day Care Worker’s Convention where paticipants joined in several activities in order for them to be more competent in performing the tasks in their field of work for the betterment of the children. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


AgNor Solon sees conversion of roads to steer greater growth for Butuan

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 30 (PIA) - Agusan del Norte First District representative Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun seeks the conversion of five local roads into national roads, believing these could generate huge economic movements for the city.

It can be recalled that Fortun have long expressed his intention to have these local roads converted into national roads. August 2012, a Resolution was passed by then Fortun-led Sanggunian Panlungsod of Butuan, endorsing to the Department of Public Works and Highways, through its regional office the conversion of said roads into national roads.

"Efficient road networks form part of the lifeblood of trade and commerce. These roads provide vital link for efficient transportation of goods and services to strategic destinations to and from the City of Butuan, the Province of Agusan del Norte and other parts of the Caraga Region, more particularly ports of embarkation and disembarkation and the provincial and city centers. The whole stretch of the road encompasses a number of local government units," says Rep. Fortun.

While Fortun recognized the major contributions to economic development of these roads for the city, the province and the region, the solon is also cognizant of Local Government Unit's inability to meet the financial demands of maintaining the integrity of the said roads. "This has resulted in the bad condition of the road, thereby causing an unwelcome impact on the economic and commercial activities in the affected areas," Fortun in his explanatory note. (LAWig Katawhan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DENR-13 optimistic to achieve Caraga region’s NGP target

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 29 (PIA) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga headed by regional director Nonito Tamayo expressed optimism that Caraga region will strike its target to plant trees covering the 100,000 hectares during the term of President Benigno Aquino III in support to the issued Executive Order No. 26 or the National Greening Program which serves as a tool to fight climate change and provide a sustainable income for the Filipinos.

With this, DENR-13 promotes the mechanized nursery in Bislig, Surigao del Sur which is one of the five nurseries constructed in the country wherein three project sites can be found in Luzon and one in the Visayas.

In contrast to the manual production of seedlings, the seeder machine of the state-of-the-art and mechanized nursery is the basic facility which processes the sowing of seeds into the styro-blocks propagation container with customized seed pads.

As described by Eric Gallego, chief of the regional public affairs office of DENR-13, the mechanized nursery includes a Hardening Area, a 15,000 sq.meter lot which will ensure the gradual exposure of the seedlings into full sunlight for the sturdy and quality planting materials before they are planted into selected planting sites. It has a section called the ‘growing area’ which is a 10,000 sq.meter lot that functions as development of geminants into seedlings.

At the other side is the the Seeder Building which processes the sowing of seeds into the styro-blocks propagation container with customized seed pads and treated through a misting area for watering before they are placed into the greenhouse. There are two Greenhouse buildings being built at a 350 sq.meter lot in that area. These buildings are equipped with misting devices and other facilities that helps in the germination process of the germinants, Gallego added.

 “The objective is to provide seedling requirement of the National Greening Program (NGP). This modern and mechanized nursery can produce 1-million seedlings per day and up to 10-million high quality seedlings a year,” bared Tamayo.

“Unlike the usual seeding plastics bags, these specialized potting media are recyclable. What is good also during lull months of typical production, raising vegetables is a best alternate to maximize output,” Tamayo said.

There are about 10-million seedlings required for the NGP target in Caraga region in 2014. Tamayo is confident that with the massive production of different species of seedlings like fruit-bearing, cacao, coffee, rubber, and forest seedlings including the mangrove and highly specialized crops, the region can attain more than enough of its requirement.

This was proofed in figures that out of 16,591 hectares target, over 12,500 hectares of the identified NGP areas were already developed with seedling production of 7,977,570 out of approximately 12-million seedlings target.

Tamayo disclosed that the current year’s capital outlay of DENR-13 has increased by 11%. The total budget for NGP alone is P376,579,000 apart from its supplemental budget for supplemental targets.

Basing on the commodity roadmap, DENR-13 sees to it that planting of seedlings will meet the needs of planters and ensure sustainability. Tamayo expressed that the department provides seedlings to planters in different communities according to their preferred plant species that are adaptable to soil conditions in a given area.

They found out that 60% of the planters wanted to grow timber species which is also a fast-growing species, so they can harvest later for livelihood. The remaining 40% of planters wanted to plant mixture of indigenous trees for the protection of watersheds, fruit trees, coffee, and mangrove species.

“We geared towards provision of incentives to people’s organization who shared efforts in the planning, seedling production, site preparation, planting, maintenance and protection, harvesting, utilization, and re-planting in specific protection and production dichotomized forest areas,” stated Tamayo.

When asked about the department’s plans for the subsequent year, Tamayo pointed out its objective to intensify efforts on management of biodiversity, coastal program, and wildlife enforcement with particular attention on critical habitat protection and development for endangered species.

“DENR-13 shall continue to reinforce the comprehensive land use and forest land use plans which are important tools in the holistic and efficient management of forest resources. Toward this end, the DENR and the local government units (LGUs) together with other government agencies shall undertake forest land use planning as an integral activity of comprehensive land use planning to determine the optimum and balanced use of natural resources to support local, regional and national growth and development. We aim to seek advocacy, popular support and ultimately help achieve community empowerment,” reiterated Tamayo.

The forest land use planning will fully prepare the LGUs to undertake their shared responsibilities in the sustainable management of forest land resources and enhance their capacities in the various aspects of forest management.

Also, through community-based forest management (CBFM), local communities including indigenous people represented by their People’s Organization (Pos) and traditional tribal councils join DENR and the LGU in making a land use plan and prepare a community resources management framework (CRMF) including its objectives, represent the interest of their communities, and protect and maintain forest land entrusted to their stewardship.
Tamayo emphasized the CBFMs goal in promoting sustainable management of forest resources, social justice and improved well-being of local communities, and strong partnership among local communities and the DENR.

“There are 126 CBFM agreements granted to communities to 210,000 hectares of land wherein financial subsidy from the government is given to them,” he said.

Tamayo said that the following remains to be the prioritized major programs of the department until next year 2015: National Greening Program; Land Management and Disposition; Anti-illegal Logging; and Geo-Hazard Management and Mapping, among others.

After the TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW, the Mindanawons attempt to break that record of India by targeting to plant more than 4.6 million tree seedlings in multiple locations in an hour, Tamayo made a remark that the survival rate of the trees is positive because rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year in Caraga region.

“Under a specific guideline of 80% standard survival rate, we achieved more than 91% within our scope. This means that we can do more to support the National Greening Program of the government that targets 1.5 billion trees covering 1.5 million hectares reforested by 2016 to which Mindanao’s contribution is 456,000 hectares,” he added.

Tamayo said that the DENR has adopted the NGP as a strategy to fight climate change. He encouraged all Caraganons to plant more trees, sustain an enthusiasm look after the survival of these trees, and champion the climate change advocacy.

Meanwhile, the partnership between DENR-13 and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga in rationalizing the implementation of a nationwide Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation programs have obtained constructive results as concepts were cascaded to the local communities.

Tamayo expressed his appreciation to PIA Caraga headed by regional director Abner Caga for providing them copy of the partial accomplishments report. “In the essence of genuine service and transparency, we sincerely acknowledge the comprehensive report given to us. Indeed, the efforts are positively overwhelming and it drives us to push further in the campaign for CC mitigation and adaptation knowing the capabilities of our partner agency in strengthening public awareness and information dissemination. The task is huge but by performing together with mutual support, much more can be delivered and attained,” articulated Tamayo.

In his statement, Caga underscored that the collaboration has proven a better penetration to stakeholders compared to the ordinarily and traditionally carried out media mileage.

“We were able to create multipliers through our agency’s credibility and exemplary capabilities as clearly shown in our detailed report. With joint efforts, we can help prepare communities to be more resilient on climate change related challenges.” said Caga.

The campaign is the national government’s efforts to mitigate the effects of global warming by convincing people and communities to adopt the new normal and insulate their communities from the impacts of weather changes and patterns. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


News Feature: Flood drill in Agusan Sur features disaster resilient villagers

Agusan del Sur, Oct. 29 (PIA) - It all started with a call from a Very High Frequency (VHF) radio transmitter as the main channel of communication in Barangay Remedios, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur having a very poor cellular phone signal. The message was to inform the community that there is a typhoon approaching the area, as embodied in the plan of the flood drill scheduled to be conducted that very same day, October 24, 2014.

The radio message was addressed to Barangay Captain Lilian Bande, who immediately called for an emergency meeting with the barangay council in order to prepare for any eventualities that the typhoon will bring.

Estimating the distance of the typhoon from the barangay and the time of its landfall, the first public address system (PAS) using megaphones and a motorcycle was executed breaking the silence of the community. The message of the first PAS was for the Barangay residents to be alerted and preparations be done so that few minutes later, the second and final PAS sounded for the final execution of evacuation.

Members of the evaluation team rushed to the evacuation center upon hearing the siren of the first PAS, passing thru signage as guide and direction for the evacuees. At the entrance of Remedios Elementary School, two tables were set up with lady volunteers manning, ready to respond to the needs of the evacuees. At their back is a map of the entire school premises that serve as the directory of the room assignments per purok. Then the evaluators heard some noise from behind.

Turning their heads and looking back, the evaluators were surprised to see evacuees on their feet, carrying with them small children and any personal belongings they could carry. Some did not even bother to wear slippers as they used to do while in the farm. A pale old woman, laid on a blanket and carried by her relatives catched the attention of the evaluators as she was laid down on a table and was immediately attended by the medics. But all of a sudden, just a few minutes of being nursed, the medics called for an ambulance that will carry the old woman to the hospital. The condition of the old woman was real. She was on the verge of death.

The rooms of the evacuation center were labeled according to purok assignments. At the back of the school buildings were trees intended for the animals of the evacuees. There is a room for lactating mothers and the least, there is a morgue for the casualties, which later on turned to have six because of landslide and the strong current of the Agusan River as declared by the rescuers.

“Never in my life had I seen the situation of a real emergency evacuation. All I thought was it was as simple as what we see in television in big cities where evacuees are still laughing and simply walking away from the building where the drill was conducted. What I saw now is a reality that these poor people displayed, showing how hard is it for them to become victims of calamities. I can not imagine how a thin, pregnant woman carrying mats, pillows, blankets on their heads, holding her small children on one hand, walking as fast as they can in order to immediately reach the evacuation center. Old men and women calmly responding and answering the questions of the registrants after they were settled inside the evacuation center. I thought to myself, how disciplined they are after the trainings were made by the Philippine Red Cross and the local government. But not only that. I thought, these people are united and are very cooperative. No wonder, their community is very progressive,” I thought, as one of the evaluators.

With a population of more or less 1,600 people, we believe not a single person hesitate to participate during the flood drill. Every participant of the drill received three kilos of rice, canned goods, biscuits and soft drinks for their snacks to make the distribution of relief goods real.

"I am very glad and proud of what was displayed during the drill. I, together with our municipal administrator, former Mayor Leonida Manpatilan pray that you will share what you have learned to other barangays so that we can be sure that here in Esperanza, we will have zero casualty and less damages to properties,” Mayor Deo Manpatilan said who himself witnessed the entire activity until it was concluded. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Surigao Norte to organize 'Culture and Arts Council'

SURIGAO CITY, Oct. 29 (PIA) – In a bid to strengthen and preserve the cultural history and heritage of the province, the provincial government of Surigao del Norte through the Provincial Tourism and Culture Office will organize the Provincial Council on Culture and the Arts.

The local government code of the 1991 mandates and provides the functions of the council which are to promote culture and the arts, and to coordinate with government agencies and non-government organizations to raise the level of consciousness of local cultural values and conservation of historical and cultural heritage.

Surigao del Norte Governor Sol F. Matugas has long recognized the importance of the council in the development and preservation of the Surigaonon identity. (SDR/Provincial Tourism and Culture Office/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


SurSur PNP, lower units earn certification for performance governance system

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Oct. 29 (PIA) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Surigao del Sur under Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Provincial Director (PD) P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero, together with all the lower units under its control, has already earned their respective unit certification for the so-called Performance Governance System (PGS).

Verdadero explained that PGS, of which an “Operational Dashboard" is one of its key components, embodies the power, operation, and control as well as the corresponding responsibility and accountability of an organizational unit to exercise over a particular area of responsibility (AOR) in line with carrying out its task to maintain peace and order and to ensure public safety and internal security.

It was learned that the occasion was held on October 6-9, 2014 at the Police Provincial Office (PPO) conference room here with P/CSupt. Keith Ernald Siñgian, Deputy Regional Director for Administration (DRDA) of the Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13)-Caraga, at the helm of the panel.

During the affair, each organizational unit from the Police Provincial Office (PPO) down to its sub-units such as the two Regional Public Safety Companies (RPSCs), two City Police Stations (CPSs), and 17 Municipal Police Stations (MPS), plus the Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC), through their respective heads were required to present and render report about their PGS.

P/Insp. Alex Luna, chief of the Provincial Police Strategic Management Unit (PPSMU) said that all units, except for three Municipal Police Stations (MPSs)—Bayabas, San Agustin, and Carmen - have passed the rigors of the first of four stages, citing initiation, compliance, proficiency, and institutionalization.

Luna clarified, however, that all three MPS have “conditionally” passed the Performance Governance Reporting, but due to portion/s of their PGS that have to be amended, hence they must retake the initiation stage anew. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


More than 180 registrants avail on-site validation conducted by COMELEC

SURIGAO CITY, Oct. 29 (PIA) – More than one hundred eighty registrants availed the on-site validation conducted recently by the Surigao City Commission on Election Office (COMELEC) held at the City Cultural Center, this city.

The on-site validation is part of the COMELEC’s commitment to ensure the conduct of clean an honest election this coming 2016.

City COMELEC officer  Gina Taer bared that around one hundred one (101) individuals applied for validation and eighty six (86) applied for change of status, transfer of registration, new registration and reactivation of their status.

Taer said that the conduct of the said activity also aims to avoid irregularities especially flying voters during elections and for those who are not anymore in the updated and revised list of registrants.

For those who still want to validate their voter’s status, just visit the city COMELEC office located at the 2nd Floor of Surigao City Integrated Bus and Jeepney Terminal, Barangay Luna, Surigao City.  (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


OPAG-SurSur, PCA collaborate in controlling coconut scale insects

By Japhet C. Sugian

TANDAG CITY, Oct. 29 (PIA) – The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) in Surigao del Sur in collaboration with Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has recently conducted a Level Technical Awareness on Coconut Scale Insects also known as “Cocolisap” to the three batches of farmers in Marihatag town, Bislig and Tandag Cities.

Technical information of the capability of pest and the extent of damage it brings and some possible control measures were presented.

Coconut scale insect (Aspidiotus destructor, Signoret) accordingly is endemic in the province of Surigao del Sur.  Though PCA- Surigao del Sur has released a statement suggesting a “no show” of scale insects in the province, they still encouraged farmers to be very vigilant and be observant in such cases.

On his presentation, provincial seed coordinator and entomologist Daniel C. Lequillo said scale insects are small insects and considered as plant parasites. He showed to the participants the morphological characteristic of this pest and its level of damage to coconuts.

On the other hand, provincial IPM coordinator Floresita Pante also explained how to combat this pest. “Mechanical control is found to be more appropriate in this stage of damage which includes pruning and spraying with the use of soapy water and it is also applicable to use natural enemies, insects against insects," she said.

“The knowledge imparted by the speakers will help us especially in early detection. It is very important to know the pest by heart so that we will be able to establish immediate control to prevent its infestation," said Rex Fernandez, CAFC chair of Tandag City.

Surigao del Sur chief provincial agriculturist Marcos Quico also shared the importance of farmers in every agricultural endeavor of the provincial government. He said, “the farmer will serve as channel of information and act as an extension worker to their area or barangay”.

Meanwhile, Governor Johnny Pimentel already ordered the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, together with the PCA, to continue their initiatives in controlling possible pest occurrence, restore coconut planted areas with senile trees and re-establish a rehabilitation campaign to improve coconut industry in Surigao del Sur. He also pointed out that concept for coconut optimization program in the 2nd district of Surigao del Sur must be drafted the soonest for the inclusion of funds to the Department of Agriculture- Philippine Rural Development Project (DA- PRDP). (NGBT/OPAG-SDS Information Officer/PIA-Surigao del Sur)  


Tandag City mayor lauds shared efforts of program stakeholders

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Oct. 29 (PIA) – Citing a collective effort in particular challenges in ending dengue and measles outbreak; TreeVolution activity, world record on most trees planted in one hour; and first in Measles Rubella Oral Polio Vaccination (MROPV), Tandag City lady mayor Roxanne Pimentel specified under each feat the actions taken by her administration with active and continued cooperation of the constituents.

On dengue and measles outbreak, Pimentel recognized the participation of citizens through intensive containment and implementation of control measures such as the intensified Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue, regular clean-up activities, and the 3-Part Walk for a Cause.

“For planting 37,500 fruit trees in 187.5 hectares around Brgy. Maticdum, the activity became yet another unifying factor for Tandaganons as it also showed that many of us still care about the environment," expressed Pimentel referring to the TreeVolution activity.

Pimentel also recounted the opportunity for being the first city to implement MROPV in the entire Philippines. She made mention that all 21 barangays in Tandag City and their officials; civil society groups, people’s organizations and non-government organizations; public and private school teachers, students, non-teaching personnel and officials of Department of Education ; private sector, businessmen; public officials, government employees; and all other stakeholders in the locality have shared the same concern and effort. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


International trade fair and business gab clinch P8.9 billion in sales and investments

DAVAO CITY, Oct. 29 (PIA) - Top business players from two regional sub-groupings in ASEAN concluded an international trade fair and conference here Sunday with more than US$196 million worth of investments and booked sales.

The 2nd BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference, which gathered more than 1,500 participants mainly from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand cornered P6 billion worth of possible investments during the business-matching sessions, while initial reports from the Philippines and Malaysia indicate a total of 2.9 billion in booked sales from the international trade fair.

Other countries that participated in the five-day event that attracted more than 25,000 local and international visitors  included Canada, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, UK and the USA.

BIMP-EAGA stand for Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area, while IMT-GT stands for Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Growth Area. The two sub-regional groupings were formed with the goals of promoting trade, investment, and tourism in less-developed states and provinces.

Among the products that caught the attention of the buyers included raw and processed food, textile, clothing, furniture and kitchenware. Service products from agri-based companies and tourism also fared well during the event.

Some of the big ticket investments sealed during the business-matching sessions included the proposed coffee plantation in Sultan Kudarat and the oil palm plantation in North Cotabato amounting to P1.5 billion each, an oil depot in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao worth P440 million, and a corn processing facility in South Cotabato amounting to P350 million.

“Although these figures are indicative, but these illustrate a re-invigorated interest on the two sub-regional groupings, which offer a wide-range of investment potentials,” said Sec. Luwalhati Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority.

She added that the potential investments will provide approximately 117,000 possible employment for the people of Mindanao.

“What we have achieved so far only proves that international gatherings such as these can transcend beyond social and cultural affairs and can provide tangible results that can be translated into actual investments and trading,” added Antonino.

Considered as this year’s largest sub-regional trade fair and business gathering, the five-day event, held at SM Premier’s SMX Convention Center in Davao City also featured simultaneous side events that included an ICT summit, exporters’ forum, food festival, a golf tournament, and a film screening, all designed to attract foreign investments and promote regional cooperation within ASEAN and the Pacific region. (MinDA/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur to participate in Agricultural Extension Workers Congress

By Japhet C. Sugian

TANDAG CITY, October 29 (PIA) - The Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) of Surigao del Sur, together with other AEWs from the different provinces of CARAGA region will participate in the 2014 AEW Congress to be held at Almont Hotels Inland Resort, Butuan City on November 5-7, 2014.

During the first day of congress on November 5, the Municipal Agriculture and Fishery Council presidents from different municipalities of the region are also expected to participate in the activities.

The AEW congress proper on the second day will be graced by no less than the Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala who will be the guest speaker on the aforementioned event.

A culmination program of Mindanao Rural Development Program 2 (MRDP 2) and launching of Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) are also set on November 7. The governors of the five provinces of the region will also be in attendance during the event. (NGBT/OPAG Info Officer/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


2 NPAs surrendered in AgNor

By Cpt Samuel P Maglinao

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Oct. 29 (PIA) - Two regular New Peoples’ Army (NPA) members surrendered bringing along with them their two high-powered firearms and returned to the folds of the law.

In the early morning on Thursday, October 23, a certain former rebel named Jomar Basay Orang, 23 year old and Richard Basay Orang, 35, elder brother, both a resident of Sitio Tagkiling, Barangay Anticala, Butuan City, here, voluntarily surrendered to the 29th Infantry (MATATAG) Battalion, Philippine Army, at Barangay Del Pilar, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte bringing along with them two AK47s and four magazines with 119 rounds of ammunitions.

The two surrenderees disclosed that after the series of encounters that transpired in Brgy. Tagbongabong, RTR, some members were forced to leave the movement and abandon the arms struggle.

According to their revelations, the NPAs deceived them and promised that they will help uplift their way of life, bring economic stability to their families and community assuring financial assistance during their stay in the armed struggle. But all of their promises never happened instead they are forced to do extortion activities and sow terror and fear to the populace.

They also added that they are already exhausted of evading the government forces security operations that was conducted in the area that is not worth dying for in a group of anti-people, anti-life and anti-God.

Ltc Adonis Ariel G Orio, the Battalion Commander of 29IB said, “the two surrenderees saved not only their lives but also their own families as they will be given the chance to live normally and avail programs of the government. The Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) will reintegrate them to the mainstream society to start a new life, grant them financial assistance for their livelihood, and remuneration for the firearms they surrendered.

Ltc Orio added that the 29IB supports the localized peace talks with any groups particularly the NPAs such as this former rebel who have been long tired of being deceived by the leftist movement. The unit urges all Caraganons to help and work with the government to attain peace and development in the province of Agusan del Norte. ((Inf) PA/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DSWD Caraga joins launching of Most Child-Friendly brgy in Butuan

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 29 - As the lead agency and chair of the Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga joined the launching for the annual search of the Most Child-Friendly Barangay held recently at the City Hall ground, this city.

DSWD-Caraga regional director Minda Brigoli underscored the leadership of the Hon. Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. and the local government unit who are child advocates for creating another milestone in coming up with the launching of the Search for the Most Child-Friendly Barangay.

“The DSWD continuously provides technical assistance and coordinates the implementation and enforcement of all laws to the promotion of children’s rights,” director Brigoli assured.

Aldie Mae Andoy, DSWD-Caraga Sectoral Head added that the search specifically aims to strengthen the participation of the barangays in the city government’s projects and activities; promote child friendliness and awareness of children’s rights in every barangay; encourage the barangays to address issues and concern on children; and to inspire barangays to formulate and implement new programs and services for children, and come up with best practices that can be duplicated by other barangays.

Mayor Amante also said that the annual search institutionalizes a child–friendly environment and governance at the barangay level that promotes and protects child’s welfare and child’s right to survival, development, protection, and participation.  

“We want to sustain a healthy engagement for the best interest and welfare of our children and to be able to come up with a high impact projects,” Amante mentioned.

Amante further encouraged all Barangay Council on the Protection of Children (BCPC) to be functional and ensure budget allocation of one percent of the total Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) strengthening.

The city had undergone validation on the Child Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA) last August 13, 2014 conducted by the RCWC Caraga member agencies headed by the DSWD.

The said audit was in reference to the Department of Interior Local and Government (DILG) dated April 23, 2014 re: Child Friendly Local Governance Audit Implementing Guidelines and DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2014–08 dated July 7 CFLGA.

“We have already submitted the list of passers of the CFLGA to the CWC – Technical Management Group (TMG), to include Butuan City for conferment of the Seal of Child – Friendly Local Governances,” Andoy disclosed.

After the Conferment of the SCFLG, all Seal recipients will advance to the Presidential Award for Child Friendly Municipalities and Cities.

Butuan City was awarded as regional winner of Child–Friendly Local Government Unit 2012 and had received an amount of P50,000.00 as its cash prize in the Presidential Award for Child–Friendly Cities.

The strengths and effectiveness of the child protection system lie in the presence of organized and functional Local Council of the Protection of Children in all government units particularly the Barangay Council on the Protection of Children (BCPC) which is closest to children and their families.

For this year, the city vies for Presidential Award for Child Friendly City 2014. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)