4.13.2010

PIA News Service - Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cebuano News : Mga beterano sa giyera gihinumdum atol sa Araw ng Kagitingan
Ni Michael A. Imbo

BUTUAN CITY – Gisaulog ang Araw ng Kagitingan aron pasidunggan ang mga beterano sa nasud apil na dinhe sa Agusan del Norte ug dakbayan sa Butuan sa pakig-alayon sa lokal nga kagamhanan, mga opisyales sa gobyerno ug mga opisyal sa militar, niadtong Biernes (April 9), didto sa City Library Ground, ning dakbayan.

Ang selebrasyon nag-sentro sa “flower offering ceremony” aron paghandum sa mga Pilipinong sundalo nga nakigbisog sa giyera niadtong World War II. 

Ang okasyon gipangunahan nila ni Mayor Democrito Plaza II, Bise Mayor Dino Sanchez, Lt. Col. Roberto A. Valencia – Commander of the 30IB, 4ID, Philippine Army; Lt. Col. Ephraim Oropel - Camp Bancasi Commander, 4ID, Philippine Army ug PCSUPT. Nelson P. Nario ug uban pa.

Sa tibuok nasud sa Pilipinas gisaulog ang Philippine Veterans Week ug Araw ng kagitingan alang sa paghandum sa mga beteranong mibuhis sa ilang kinabuhi aron makab-ot ang kagawasan. 

Si Iluminado Domingo District Commander sa 1st Dist. Agusan del Norte Veteran’s Federation ang mibukas sa mensahe sa paghinumdum sa ilang naagian nga kalisod panahon sa hapon.

Mihatag sab sa mensahe si Mayor Democrito Plaza II sa dakong kontribusyon sa mga beteranong sundalo nga mibuhis sa ilang dugo alang sa nasud.

Malampuson ang selebrasyon nga gihandum sa mga beterano nga magpabiling tatak sa pagka-Pilipino ang kagawasan sa nasud sa pakigbisog sa bag-ong henerasyon. (PIA-Caraga)

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RESPOND members, partners say . . .
Thumbs up for pickles, bangus deboning skills training  

By: Responder Gervacio C. Dauz, Jr.

It was said, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”

Thus, when food came out as a subject for skills training, it registered a unanimous “goodah” to members of the Rescue and Emergency Service Provider ON Disaster (RESPOND), Inc. based in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte. A welcome respite it was indeed because said RESPOND members have had been used to skills training and preparation designed for emergency purposes and concerns.

No wonder that when representatives from the Northern Mindanao School of Fisheries (NMSF) in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte eventually facilitated the skills training for “Bangus Deboning and Chayote Mixed Pickles Preparation”, 20 participants – to include RESPOND members and partners – throw their heart with eagerness at it, working with gusto at a space in White House, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte this 9th day of April 2010.  

For Police Officers Jennifer S. Omeper and Jeflor P. Sebayton, who are assigned at the Nasipit Police Staiton and partners of RESPOND, attending training for livelihood pursuit during the “Araw Ng Kagitingan” was a welcome breather and perhaps a heroic act for their respective families.  

According to Ms. Charlotte S. Monteclaro, Instructor II and Community-Based Focal Person of NMSF, the participants were indeed “appreciative of the short-term skills training, very cooperative and aggressive too” in trying to learn by heart the two modules given. With said attitude from participants, plus the willing support from co-facilitators, Ms. Cirila C. Maneja, Instructor II, and Love Joy A. Uayan, she found out that the skills training facilitation for the group became a walk in the park.  

Nena T. Araza, one of the invited participants, said that the training added another dimension, a new repertoire in her armament of cooking preparation portfolio. She hoped that another series of skills training in food would be provided to further improve her level of proficiency in kitchenomics. Just like her, everybody who attended the skills training gave a “thumbs up” sign for the knack gained. They also clapped in kudos for the facilitators, who made the process easy to follow.  

“Actually, we have been longing for this type of training since last year,” said Responder and Founding President Jeriel Kenneth B. Catedral, “because it is novel for us as a group. We have been into several trainings on rescue. Now it is high time also that we devote skills trainings in the field of livelihood to benefit our members . . . to hopefully augment their family income.”

When asked why RESPOND chose such training, Responder Catedral revealed that it will be used as a “stepping stone in preparation for a planned establishment of a cooperative venture by the group. You see, most, if not all, of us in the group are professionals. But not all of the wives or espouses of our members have regular income. This is hopefully our creative means of providing a good source of income for our members and their respective families.”

Aside from the regular members, RESPOND counts the likes of Hon. Roy Orlando Doyon, Municipal Mayor of Nasipit, and Dr. Virgilio Nery, Jr., practicing Orthopedic Surgeon in Butuan City, as its honorary members.  

In terms of linkages and networking, RESPOND is an accredited non-government organization working hand in hand with the Municipality of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte; a recognized “auxiliary response unit of the Philippine National Red Cross Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter”; a vital collaborator of the Office of Civil Defense – Caraga Region; a legitimate support group of the Caraga Regional Disaster Coordinating Council; and a willing partner of government agencies and civic organizations such as the Bureau of Fire Protection, Department of Health, National Telecommunications Commission, Philippine National Police, Caraga Convergence Group, and the People’s Anti-Crime Crusade of the Philippines.