(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, October 29, 2015) SYNOPSIS: Northeast monsoon affecting Northern and Central Luzon. Forecast: Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains will be experienced over the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of the country. Moderate to occasionally strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Northern and Central Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast to east with slight to moderate seas.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Butuan Diocese, CCPD to hold Climate Solidarity Prayer March

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 26 (PIA) – As part of the activities for the yearly celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace, the Diocese of Butuan through the Commission on Services, in cooperation with the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) together with the Muslim Communities, Indigenous Peoples and different stakeholders in the region will hold the ‘Climate Solidarity Prayer March’ on November 29, 2015, 5:00 a.m. at the city’s Guingona Park.

“I am calling everyone to participate and support in solidarity with Pope Francis’ Campaign – LAUDATO Si, which means care for our home place, Mother Earth,” expressed Butuan Bishop and CCPD Convenor Most Rev. Juan de Dios Pueblos.

Bishop Pueblos revealed that on November 29, 2015, hours before the meeting of world leaders in Paris for the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 Climate Summit, over a million people will also gather in over 2,000 cities around the world for a historic Global Climate March.

“The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) has enjoined every Catholic and non-Catholic to participate in this event. We fervently pray that this climate scenario will not worsen and encourage the renewal of our relationship with God’s creation, for current and future generations,” discoursed Bishop Pueblos. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Dinagat Island holds 3rd PPOC meeting

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Nov. 26 (PIA) – The provincial government of Dinagat Islands recently conducted its 3rd Quaterly Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Meeting held at 4G Building, this province.

The members who attended the said meeting were able to discuss several issues concerning the formulation of the Peace and Order and Public Safety Plan (POPS Plan), presentation of the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Campaign Action Plan, presentation of the proposed 2016 budget for peace and order, and several significant accomplishments to ensure public safety, promote peace and order and maintain the province’s status quo as “Insurgency-Free Province” were also reported.

During the meeting, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga regional director Julius R. Navales said that he will assist the provincial government in its effort to achieve a “Drug-Free Workplace” by conducting a random drug testing to all capitol employees.

Along with the activity is the awarding of plaque of recognition to outgoing members of the council who relentlessly exerted their efforts to accomplish their respective mandates.

Among the awardees are former Fire Marshal F/Insp. Ellafil A. Libarnes, BJMP Jail Warden JO3 Antonio P. Basa and PSSupt. Crispulo P. Casilana. (SDR/Provincial Government of Dinagat Islands/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Surigao Norte joins 18-day campaign to end VAW

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Nov. 26 (PIA) – Women organizations and other multi-sectoral groups of the province join in the national observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW), that started yesterday (Nov. 25) themed, “End VAW Now” It’s Our Duty: Gains and Ways Forward” in coordination with the provincial government of Surigao del Norte through the Provincial Center for Women’s Training and Development in coordination with the Provincial Gender and Development Coordinating Council (PGADCC).

The celebration kicked off Wednesday morning with a thanksgiving mass held at the provincial capitol chapel followed by a motorcade around the city, and a short program and Zumba dance at the provincial grandstand.

Governor Sol F. Matugas, in her inspirational message, said that violence against women has no place in a civilized society, "it is a sin against humanity and so we must all stand up everyday to protect the life and rights of women, and believe that women can do so much to improve the province and the country."

Other lined-up activities for the 18-day observance includee women’s right and livelihood skills training, radio guesting, school symposium (high school and college level), VAW forum, lecture on STI/HIV AIDS (for World AIDS Day celebration), and team building for GADCC members. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

RDC-GADCC Caraga spearheads 18-Day Campaign to End VAW, highlights men in high-heeled shoes

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 25 (PIA) – In line with this year’s kick-off celebration of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW), the Regional Development Council – Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) Caraga conducted the Fun-Walk activity with employees from the government and partner stakeholders and highlighted the men wearing high-heeled shoes from the Guingona Park going to provincial capitol’s covered court, this city.

Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) board member Elizabeth Calo of Agusan del Norte congratulated and warmly welcomed all the government agencies and other stakeholders who participated and attended the said kick-off program. She also encouraged the government workers to continuously advocate against VAW and extend help (in their own little ways) to those women whom they know are undergoing struggles in life.  

On behalf of RDC-GADCC chairperson Atty. Marylin Pintor, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga regional director, co-chair Edna Hontiveros of Forward Filipina Inc., shared the overview/rationale of this year's celebration of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW).

"I salute all the participating men of today's kick-off ceremony thru a fun-walk activity who walked wearing high-heeled shoes from the city's Guingona Park going here at the capitol. One of the objectives of the 18-Day Campaign to end VAW is to raise awareness among all stakeholders that VAW is a public issue of national interest," she added.

Hontiveros further revealed that these men who wore high-heeled shoes during the fun-walk have shown support to all the women of all walks of life. “It is by walking in a woman’s shoes that one can tell how it is like to be a woman,” she said.

Also, representing Department of Health (DOH) Caraga regional director Jose Llacuna, assistant regional director Ernesto Pareja stressed that one way to help in reduction if not elimination of the violence against women is to avoid in engaging in any form of violence. “Men should be protectors of women but everyone must help in making this world a better place, free from any fear and any form of violence,” he remarked.

The participating men from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Caraga won and received a cash prize from RDC-GADCC for being the most number of men wearing high-heeled shoes.

Meanwhile, all the participants also enjoyed the last part of the program which was the Zumba activity.

This year's 18-Day Campaign to End VAW is anchored on the theme: "End VAW Now! It's Our Duty!: Gains and Ways Forward," from Wednesday, November 25, 2015 to Saturday, December 12, 2015.

It is an annual event that supports the Philippine Government’s goal to protect the human rights of women and its commitment to address all forms of VAW. The following issuances provide the national legal mandates for the annual campaign: Proclamation 1172 s. 2006 – Declaring 25 November to 12 December as the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW); and Republic Act 10398 (2013) – Declaring November 25 of Every Year as National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University in 1991. Participants chose the dates, November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women, and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a human rights violation. In the Philippines, the government has expanded it in 2006 by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 1172 to include up to December 12, which marks the adoption of the United Nation Convention Against Transnational Crime, thus making it an 18-Day Campaign. (JPG/DJMA/PIA-Caraga)

75 displaced Caraganon OFWs undergo financial literacy, entrepreneurship dev training

By Jean Pearl I. Millones

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 25 (PIA) - A total of 75 displaced member-Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) availed of the Entrepreneurship Development Training (EDT) and Financial Literacy (FinLit) for Balik Pinas!, Balik Hanapbuhay! Program of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga on November 16 and 23, at the OWWA Training Hall here.

Two batches of Balik Pinas!, Balik Hanapbuhay! Program applicants were provided with the basic concepts of efficient budgeting, financial management and saving approaches. They were likewise introduced to the Potential Entrepreneurial Competency Test (PECT).

Jean Mary G. Ronquillo, OWWO II, facilitated the activity and cited that the PECT contains self-rating questionnaires which involves ten characteristics that are most likely possessed by an entrepreneur.

The said training is extended by OWWA as part of its reintegration services to encourage its member-OFWs, especially those who were faced with adversities during their stint overseas, to venture into livelihood and entrepreneurship for them eventually become self-sustaining individuals.

Moreover, OWWA Caraga Programs and Services DIvision officer-in-charge Ma. Irene C. Cambaling assisted the OFWs in identifying their prospect business venture which adheres to priority projects including, but not limited to, health and wellness, house repairs, food processing, handicraft, goods under the One Town, One Product (OTOP) scheme and agriculture-related projects.

Cambaling also emphasized the need to select livelihood opportunities that will generate a sustainable source of income.

The EDT is the primary requirement in availing the Balik Pinas!, Balik Hanapbuhay program of OWWA which grants a non-cash livelihood assistance of P10,000.00-worth starter kits and other incidental services that will aid the beneficiary towards self or wage employment.

Michael S. Pates, an engineer from Ghana, Africa, extended his gratitude to OWWA for the assistance that he greatly needs especially after his contract’s pre-termination. “I am very thankful, that after I have lost a job, I am still provided with programs to help me generate income for my family,” bared Pates.

The Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay! Program is available for OWWA members whose contracts were pre-terminated and were displaced by hostilities, wars/political conflict in the host country, victims of illegal recruitment or human trafficking who have returned to the Philippines for not more than one year. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

P7.3M road rehab in Cabadbaran City OK’d

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 25 (PIA) - The rehabilitation and improvement of the Comagascas-Del Pilar-Pirada Provincial Road in the city of Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte has already a funding in the amount of P7,349,456.00.

This was declared by the provincial government of Agusan del Norte through the Provincial Engineer’s Office that it is one of the priority projects under the Social Local Road Fund-Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (SLRF-MVUC), calendar year 2015 budget of the DPWH.

Pursuant to Republic Act 8794 or the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC) Law, it mandates to provide for and ensure the adequate maintenance of national and provincial roads through sufficient funding for the purpose. The law also mandates that “all monies collected under this Act shall be earmarked solely and used exclusively a) for road maintenance and improvement of road drainage; b) for the installation of adequate and efficient traffic lights and road safety devices and c) for air pollution control.”

To fast track the release of the funds to the province, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Agusan del Norte recently authorized Provincial Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba to sign the Tripartite Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for the implementation of the said project.

The DPWH and DILG are signatories to the MOA considering that the DPWH is tasked to handle the Special Road Support Fund, Special Local Roads Fund and Special Road Safety Fund, which shall be apportioned to provincial and city governments in accordance with the vehicle population and size of the road network under their respective jurisdictions and shall be used exclusively for maintenance of local roads, traffic management and road safety devices. And the DILG is an agency mandated to exercise general supervision over the local government units (LGUs) and is tasked to strengthen the capability of the LGUs in the delivery of services including the maintenance and construction of local roads.

Sanggunian Resolution No. 318-2015 authorizing Gov. Amante-Matba to sign the said MOA was pushed for approval by the SP through the Committee on Public Works and Provincial Properties chaired by Provincial Board Member Danny M. Moran. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)