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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

DTI Caraga facilitates 'Buy Caraga By Caraga' trade fair and exhibit

By Irene L. Macheca

BUTUAN CITY, May 25 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - Caraga once again facilitated the conduct of “Buy Caraga By Caraga” at Robinsons Place Butuan on May 11-13, 2016 to showcase the region’s best products.  “Caraga does it Best” is this year’s theme.  Truly, Caraga’s local products have gone a long way.

Sales performance for three days hit P3.2 Million, a significant increase over last year’s performance of P1.2 Million.  Most of the products that sells good were the processed food.  At least 20 producers from the different parts of the region participated.  “Balikbayans” on vacation were among the buyers.  Irenea R. Hitgano of Hillsview Food Products said that summer is indeed the best time for the Buy Caraga By Caraga Trade Fair and Exhibit.  She is happy with her sales and she can’t wait for the 2017 edition.

With this year’s good sales performance, DTI Caraga regional director Brielgo O. Pagaran vowed to double the Department’s efforts in product development. DTI Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado also committed to give more support for the development of Caraga’s products.

In partnership with Gifts, Decors and Housewares (GDH) Entrepreneurs Inc., and CREATE Food Inc., this regional trade fair and exhibit exclusive for Caraga will continue as an annual event in the region.   (DTI-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

AFP, PNP gear up for “Brigada Eskwela” in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 25 (PIA) – Both army and police here have assured to be sending their respective contingents during the conduct of Brigada Eskwela to be spearheaded by the Department of Education (DepEd) on May 30 to June 4.

Capt. Regie Go, civil military operations (CMO) officer of the 402nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army (PA) under Col. Isidro Purisima, said that an instruction in this regard had already been received from higher headquarters, adding that coordination with concerned officials of DepEd had likewise been made at their level.

The CMO officer pointed out that DepEd had likewise been requested to provide specifics in order for them to know how to go about their task, citing limited resources.

He particularly underscored the schedule of the kick-off ceremony apart from the “specific service” the army could render.

Capt. Go indicated that their partnership with DepEd in the annual conduct of Brigada Eskwela had started a long time, linking this to their Bayanihan Team Activity (BTA).

In a separate interview, P/Chief Insp. Noel Naranjo, Police Community Relations branch head at the Police Provincial Office (PPO) confirmed sending a message regarding “Operational Guidelines and Procedures” on “Ligtas Balik Eskwela” to all lower units.

He said that P/SSupt. Romaldo Bayting, acting PNP provincial director, had taken the cue of his action from the earlier memorandum coming from the Police Regional Office (PRO) 13.

Compliance included the submission of the respective implementation plans (IMPLANS), it was stressed. (Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

BFP steps up inspection of classrooms, boarding houses, dormitories for school opening in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 25 (PIA) – The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), this city, headed by F/Insp. Kenneth Van De los Reyes, has intensified efforts to inspect school buildings, boarding houses as well as dormitories to make sure that all are fire safety compliant.

Set to accomplish the mission in June, the city fire chief said that such fire safety inspection being conducted had been underway since kicking off early this month.

A memorandum to this effect had been issued to be carried out nationwide, SFO2 Rogelio Secarro, BFP provincial operations chief, said in a separate interview.

To make sure about compliance, an “after activity report” would be required to be submitted to their office headed by F/Insp. Rowella Dinolan, provincial fire marshall, he confirmed.

Meanwhile, F/Insp. De los Reyes remarked that “So far, only minor violations of the Fire Code were noted,” citing about compliance to requirements of fire extinguishers, exits, automatic fire sprinkler system and building permits.

Besides, the city fire chief wanted to seek cooperation of the Department of Education (DepEd) in his area of responsibility (AOR) to observe quarterly fire drill on a regular basis according to the existing rules and regulations.

On related developments, De los Reyes admitted seeing lack of fire hydrants especially in the business district considering that Tandag City had been continuously booming, saying that it had to be part of the “social responsibility” of any water distribution utility, which in this case, under Tandag Water District (TWD).

The city fire chief however quickly added being unsure whether funding for the purchase and installation of such fire hydrants had to be shared between the concerned local government unit (LGU) or to be shouldered alone by the servicing water distribution utility existing in the area. (Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DPWH implements 3B road maintenance along Daang Maharlika

BUTUAN CITY, May 25 (PIA) - The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is all laid out to exploit more than P3 billion for five years or 1,800 calendar days for asset preservation and maintenance of the Daang Maharlika which stretches from Lipata, Surigao City in Surigao del Norte to Boundary Agusan del Norte Section in Caraga Region.

This project is dubbed as “Hybrid Long Term Performance Based Maintenance Contract (LTPBM), PBM-4 Maharlika Highway Surigao (Lipata) – Boundary Agusan del Norte Section (K1113+500 – K1237+000) Asset Preservation Contract – Preventive Maintenance (APC-PM) Component, JICA L/A No. PH-P247” which contract cost is P3,321,551,974.95 to be exact.

It started in October last year and expected to expire on September 2020.

A total of 123.5 kilometers is covered in this contract implemented under performance-based maintenance (PBM), which is a new concept of road asset preservation designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of road maintenance operations that ensures all physical conditions of the road, is adequate for the need of road users over the entire period of the contract, and compliant to required service levels.

According to DPWH Assistant Secretary Dimas S. Soguilon, who recently visited the region on February 2, 2016 to conduct ocular inspection on operations for the said project, “this concept is a type of contract that significantly expands the role of the contractor, from simple execution of works to the management and preservation of road assets.”

The project is currently implemented by DPWH-Unified Project Management Office (UPMO), but periodically submits report to DPWH-Regional Office 13.  Also, a team is created by virtue of D.O. 76, series of 2016 to monitor and check compliance of the contractor to the levels of service under the maintenance portion of their contract which consists of Representatives from:  the Maintenance Section of the District concerned, Maintenance Division of the Regional Office concerned, Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) RUPP, Road Cluster I, JRUPP Consultants; and Bureau of Maintenance.

UPMO Project Engr. Emigio L. De Leon discussed in details the background of the Hybrid LTPBM Contract during the Regional Coordination Conference held at Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.

“The major item for this project is asphalt overlay which is equivalent to more than 67% of the total contract cost,” he said.

Program of works for the project includes rehabilitation and minor improvement to maintainable standards of existing pavement, shoulder reformation, cross-fall reinstatement, road safety related improvement, cross drainage improvement work and bridge structure maintenance work.

Performance based works are also included such as maintenance of the carriageway by preventive maintenance work using asphalt concrete overlay with 50 mm – 75 mm thickness, as well as roadside maintenance including drainage and vegetation.

He also informed that twin bridge known as Paypay Bridge in Brgy. Poblacion of Santiago, Agusan del Norte will be reconstructed into four lanes as included in the contract during the initial 18 months of contract period; but the design for the bridge was currently on the process of finalization.

As of April 2015, 2016, the project’s actual rate of accomplishment is at 28.0% and currently expended P933,488,207.52 for 187 calendar days that have elapsed.

This project became feasible from JICA Loan Agreement No. PH-P247 as the fund source. (DPWH/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog News: Labi ng namayapang Agusan del Sur peace negotiator Josefina Bajade, inilibing na

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, Mayo 25 (PIA) - Inihatid na sa huling hantungan ang labi ng pinatay na peace negotiator sa Agusan del Sur at retired Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer (PSWDO) na si Josefina Bajade noong myerkules sa San Lorenzo Ruiz Memorial Garden, San francisco, Agusan del Sur.

Maagang nagsidatingan sa Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish ang mga kaibigan, pamilya at supporters ni Josefina Bajade o nanay Nic-Nic kung tawagin ng mga nakakakilala sa kanya para sa kanyang necrology service. Nagbigay rin ng mga mensahe ang malalapit na kapamilya at kaibigan ni nanay Nic-Nic.

Ayon kay Ian Louie Bajade, anak ni Josefina Bajade, wala silang nakitang matinding dahilan o kasalanan ng kanilang ina laban sa New Peoples Army (NPA) kaya ito pinatay. “Wala kaming nakitang dahilan upang patayin nila (NPA) ang aming ina. Sa pagkakaalam namin, marami nang natulungan ang aming ina sa kanyang ilang taong paninilbihan sa gobyerno. Walang pinipiling tao ang aming ina, kung sino yung humihingi ng tulong niya, hindi siya nagdadalawang isip na tumulong,” sabi niya.    

Dagdag pa niya, karumal-dumal ang ginawang pagpatay ng mga kasapi ng NPA sa kanyang anim-naput apat na taong gulang na ina na may karamdaman.

Nananawagan din siya na tulongan ang kanyang pamilya na makamit ang hustisya para sa kanyang ina na naging aktibo noon sa kanyang pagiging peace negotiator sa probinsya.

Samantala, nagpahayag din ng kanilang sentimiyento at pagdadalamhati ang ilang mga leaders ng indigenous peoples sa pagkamatay ni Josefina Bajade. Hangad anya nila na mapanagot at makulong ang mga responsable sa pagpatay kay nanay Nic-Nic at pinaaalahanan ang publiko na lalong maging maingat sa kanilang komunidad at iwasang maimpluwensyahan ng mga karumal-dumal na gawain ng mga NPA. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

RDRRMC to hold RSC Desktop Evaluation of Gawad Kalasag entries

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) – The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) Caraga through its Regional Selection Committee (RSC) for Gawad KAlamidad at SAkuna, SAriling GAling ang KAligtasan (KALASAG) will be holding a three-day desktop evaluation of provincial entries on May 31 to June 2, 2016 at the Red Palm Suites and Restaurant, this city.

According to RDRRMC chair and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga regional director Manuel Luis Ochotorena, during the three-day evaluation, the RDRRMC technical working group (TWG) will also discuss the program of activities for this year’s observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) on May 31, 2016.  

Gawag KALASAG is the NDRRMC’s recognition scheme in its search for excellence on DRRM and humanitarian assistance. It is the mechanism in obtaining sustained commitment and support by recognizing exceptional contributions of DRRM practitioners in strengthening the resilience and adaptive capacities of nations and communities to disaster risks. (OCD/RDRRMC Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

DENR Caraga to hold “Alay Lakad Para sa Kalikasan”

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) – In line with this year’s Environment Month celebration, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga will be holding the “Alay Lakad Para sa Kalikasan” (Offer a Walk for the Environment) on June 1, 2016, 5:00 a.m. from J.C Aquino Avenue and will end at the city’s Guingona Park.

According to DENR-Caraga regional director Nonito Tamayo, said celebration is pursuant to Proclamation No. 237 seires 1988 declaring the whole month of June as Environment Month.

“For this year, the theme focused on ‘Combat Biodiversity Loss, Beat Climate Change’ promoting public awareness on the importance of wildlife that needs protection and conservation as part of the country’s natural resources,” disclosed Tamayo.

Tamayo added that a short program will also be held at the Guingona Park, wherein each head of delegation will pledge a commitment for the environment based in this year’s theme. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

OTOP tindahang pinoy stores now open at Robinsons Place, Gaisano Mall

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) - The Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) Caraga in partnership with Gifts, Decors and Housewares (GDH) Entrepreneurs Inc., and CREATE Food Inc. opened OTOP (One Town One Product) Tindahang Pinoy with two branches at Robinsons Place Butuan and Gaisano Mall.

OTOP Tindahang Pinoy store sells the best town favorites that are locally produced with global quality. These products are made in Butuan City and other towns in Caraga.  Products sold ranges from local delicacies and specialty food to a variety of goods.

Undersecretary Nora K.Terrado, the keynote speaker during the launching said that Butuan OTOP Tindahang Pinoy stores have the distinction of being the first to have met the more stringent criteria to carry the OTOP brand.   Thru its Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotions (BDTP) DTI will provide package of assistance in promoting the stores.  “Your stores are now advertised with SMILE magazine of Cebu Pacific courtesy of DTI- BDTP,”  she added.   

DTI Caraga regional director Brielgo O. Pagaran said that with these two OTOP Tindahang Pinoy stores in the region, entrepreneurs will now have a strategic place to sell their products.

OTOP Tindahang Pinoy store is a good place for local and foreign tourists to shop and buy their “pasalubong / souvenirs.”   Stores are open from 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. at 2nd Floor Robinsons Place Butuan and at the Ground Floor Gaisano Mall this city.

The stores are managed by the GDH Entrepreneurs Inc., and the CREATE Food Inc. These two organizations led the region’s Industry Clusters on processed food and gift, decors and housewares (GDH). (DTI-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

DAR educates Butuan farmers on basic cooperative formation

By Gil Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has recently conducted a seminar on Basic Cooperative Course to 34 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) who are members of farmers’ cooperatives and associations in Barangay Dulag, this city.

Agusan del Norte Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) Andre B. Atega said the activity was aimed to capacitate the farmers on the fundamentals of cooperative formation, identify the importance of legal underpinnings of a cooperative and discuss further the plans, programs and policies of the cooperative.

Atega said among the participants were members from the Manila De Bugabus Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MDBMPC), Dulag Organic Farmers (DOF), Dulag Dairy Cow Farmers Association (DDCFA), Dulag Women’s Association and Barangay Dulag Organic Farmers Association Inc (BDOFAI).

He added that the seminar was held through the effort made by the DAR-Agusan del Norte in partnership with Propegemus Foundation, Inc. (PFI) to educate and empower the farmers and strengthen their organizations.

BDOFAI Chairman Lorenzo Salar, Jr. said the training is very timely and useful to cooperative members and officers like them as it provides relevant information on how they can improve their cooperative operations.

 “I was challenged to further enhance and develop our cooperative with the updates provided in the course. I am thankful to the facilitators for enlightening us in the various topics discussed which enables us to increase our knowledge on the basic of cooperative formation,“ Salar said.

DDCFA chairperson Germa Bagasbas also expressed their gratitude to the organizers for allowing them to attend the said training. (PIO-DAR-ADN/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog News: Caraga Roadmap for Peace, matagumpay na inilunsad sa lungsod ng Butuan

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 24 (PIA) – Inilunsad sa lungsod ng Butuan ang kauna-unahang Regional Roadmap for Peace sa Caraga Region.

Pinangunahan ito ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Butuan, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) bilang secretariat ng Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC), kasama ang GIZ-COSERAM na nagbigay ng technical assistance, at mga aktibong civil society organizations.

Ang nasabing roadmap for peace ay isang dokumento na magbibigay direksyon sa mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan sa pagganap ng kanilang mga tungkulin sa kampanya at pagpapatupad ng mga programang makakatulong sa pagkamit ng pangmatagalan na kaayusan at kapayapaan sa rehiyon.

Ayon kay DILG Caraga regional director Lilibeth Famacion, ang regional roadmap for peace ay isa ring adbokasiya para sa mga peace actors na siya ring tutulong sa ibat-ibang sektor upang mapalaganap ang peace and development programs sa rehiyon.

Pinasalamatan din ni director Famacion ang lahat ng ahensiya at ibat-ibang sektor na nagbahagi ng kanilang kaalaman at suporta upang mabuo ang nilalaman ng roadmap for peace.

Samantala, hinikayat din ni German Ambassador to the Philippines Thomas Ossowski ang publiko na tumulong sa pagpapanatili ng kaayusan at kapayapaan hindi lamang sa rehiyon ng caraga kundi sa buong isla ng mindanao. pinuri rin niya ang lahat ng law enforcement agencies na patuloy na sinisigurado ang kapakanan at kaligtasan ng lahat.

Dagdag pa ni Ambassador Ossowski na patuloy ang kanilang suporta at pagbibigay technical assistance sa regional peace and order council ng caraga region at sa iba pang mga inisyatibo ng pamahalaan na lubos na makakatulong din sa marginalized sector ng lipunan.

Kasabay sa paglulunsad sa Caraga roadmap for peace, isinagawa rin ng RPOC ang on-the-spot poster making contest na sinalihan ng mga studyante sa ibat ibang probinsya ng Caraga region. May photo exhibit rin na makikita sa loob ng Robinsons Mall mula May 24 hanggang 29, 2016, kung saan naka-highlight ang mga pagsisikap at inisyatibo ng ibat-ibang sektor upang mapalaganap ang kapayapaan sa rehiyon. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)