PIA News Service - Saturday, January 21, 2012

Caraga RDC-GADCC discusses activities for this year’s Women’s Month celeb

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 21 (PIA)
–- The Technical Working Group of the Regional Development Council – Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) Caraga with chairperson Atty. Marylin M. Pintor, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga Regional Director discussed activities for this year’s Women’s Month celebration.

During its recently held meeting, members of the TWG have initially planned lined up activities, which are still open for further suggestion from all its member-agencies during its full committee meeting set January 30.

As planned, the RDC-GADCC will be holding a press conference on February 17, 2012 to update the local tri-media here on the year-round activities of the committee.

According to Atty. Pintor, the activities for this year’s Women’s Month celebration will be far different from last year.

For this year, the opening program of said celebration on March 1 will kick off through a mini concert featuring bands composed of women while part of it will highlight the releasing of the sky lanterns by the participating agencies as sign of unity and support to gender equality.

Also, to further strengthen camaraderie of all participants, the institutionalized ‘Kalandrakas sa Kababaihan’ will be also feature more activities, entertainment that will surely make the celebration memorable.

The ‘Kalandrakas sa Kababaihan’ serves as a venue for technology transfer for livelihood opportunities and skills development; trade fair; ukay-ukay; GAD film showing; beauty and massage parlors, parlor games; and creates a venue for information dissemination on GAD issues and concerns.

Meanwhile, during the culmination activity, best practices of the barangays supporting anti-human trafficking and VAWC will be presented. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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Feature: Butuan Search and Rescue Team: Saving lives as a way of life

by Christopher E. Simogan and Desiree Tandayag

It was a fine day on October 15, 2011 when 37 individuals gathered at Luna Compound, Barangay Bading, Butuan City to undergo the 10-day Modified Medical & Technical Rescue Operation Course offered by the City Government of Butuan. The training was conducted by the country’s premiere rescue doctor, Dr. Ted Esguerra, and his team of Emergency Medical Service volunteers.

Most of the participants came from the different Local Government Offices who were recommended by their respective Department Heads. The trainees bravely faced the challenge of going through the rigid training of the next generation’s rescue unit, unmindful of the impending hardships they would have to endure in the course of the training.

For the next 10 days, the trainees learned Water Search and Rescue, Mountain Search and Rescue, Rope Technique, Basic Trauma Life Support, Basic Life Support, Water Survival and Boat Handling. Their daily routine included morning walks, breath-holding exercises and calisthenics. Perhaps their greatest hurdle was when they had to individually rappel down the Magsaysay Bridge towards the mighty Agusan River and swim approximately 1.5 kilometers back to the base camp in Bgy. Bading.

All 37 trainees completed the course and became the pioneer members of the new Butuan Search and Rescue Team (BUSART).

However, BUSART’s commitment is not only limited to search and rescue, the rescuers also participated in charitable works such as the Gasa Hong Pasko, a yearly gift-giving activity of the City Government to reach out to less fortunate constituents of the 86 barangays during the Christmas season. The team also joined Mayor Amante in distributing relief goods to the victims of Tropical Storm Sendong in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

This year, BUSART is planning to train barangay rescue volunteers to empower barangay folks and make them capable of quickly responding to emergencies in their community, like how they did in Cayagayn de Oro city.

When Tropical Storm Sendong devastated Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City, leaving thousands of displaced families and casualties in its path, a 14-man team from the newly-formed BUSART was immediately deployed by Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. to help in the retrieval operations in Cagayan de Oro City.

For 5 days, the team worked with the CDO Central Fire Department and engaged in water and land retrieval operations in Barangay Balulang, Isla de Oro, Macasandig, and other hard-hit areas. BUSART members endured the scorching heat of the sun in what seemed to be an endless search for victims, hoping to find survivors underneath every pile of collapsed structures. The operation exposed the team to the actual rigors of search and retrieval works. They also had to act as big brothers and sisters to the many surviving children they met along the way.

The experience instilled in the young rescuers that their job is not easy. One must always be ready for humans are helpless against nature’s wrath. This sad and eye-opening experience changed the lives of every member and gave them strengthened faith that Butuan City was spared from such tragedy.

Since its creation in October 2011, BUSART has responded to numerous emergency cases in Butuan City including water search and rescue and vehicular accidents. The team is also actively involved in Butuan City’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management efforts. Team members are assigned in shifts to monitor the water level at the Agusan River Base 24 hours a day.

Life is indeed precious and every BUSART member values every person’s life as their own. Rescue has become their way of life. The next calamity may happen tonight or tomorrow, but Butuan residents can sleep a little more soundly knowing that there is a group of young and energetic individuals who stand ready to respond when disaster strikes.

BUSART may not be the best rescue team in the country but the team is committed to save as many lives as they can. In due time, they will pass on all that they have learned to the next generation of rescuers but until then, they shall continue to do their job, offering their lives so that others may live. (CMO-PIO/MRP/BUSART/PIA-Caraga)

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Surigao Norte gov to build reading hubs per municipality

SURIGAO CITY, Jan. 21 (PIA)
-- The province of Surigao del Norte is bent on constructing additional reading hubs in every municipality to help the pupils learn to read effectively.

Gov. Sol Matugas, during the recently held local school board meeting, said she is now pushing for the improvement of the students’ reading comprehension in the entire province by constructing more reading hubs that will become the center of activity for students, teachers and researchers who want to sharpen and widen their knowledge.

“It will also develop their reading habits, improve their learning skills and can help in reducing illiteracy in the process,” she said.

The said reading hub is also equipped with speech laboratory, it was learned.

Also, the lady governor vowed to strengthen other programs of the Department of Education such as the Alternative Learning System (ALS), the Parents Literacy/Livelihood Program in schools, Radio-based Instruction, Indigenous People Education Program, Balik Paaralan Para sa Out-of-School Adult, Education Behind Bars, Comprehensive Barangay Development Program, Barangayan and Literacy cum Livelihood.

She also commended the initiative of Del Carmen mayor Alfredo ‘JR’ Coro for putting up the ‘Kariton library’ where students can have the opportunity to read their favorite reading materials via the mobile library. (Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: Mga suspek sa pagtulis sa Chinese national, gihimuan na og facial composite sketch

BUTUAN CITY, Enero 21 (PIA)
- Padayon nang gihimo sa PNP Crime Laboratory-Caraga ang facial composite sketch sa tulo sa lima ka mga lalaking mitulis sa Chinese national nga si Wen Tsen-Nan nga mao usa'y general manager sa Triple Win Mining Company nga nakabase sa lungsod sa Barobo, lalawigan sa Surigao del Sur.

Kini human na-ilhan sa biktima ang tulo sa lima ka mga suspek tungod sa wala nila pagsuot og bonnet nga mao unta'y magtago sa ilang identity.

Sigon ni P/Chief Insp. Arvyn Montenegro, chief of police sa kapulisan sa Barobo, Surigao del Sur, nagpadayon ang ilang imbestigasyon karong duna na sila'y lead sa mga suspek kon diin nakig-alayon na sila sa ubang ahensya sama sa Highway Patrol Group, intelligence community, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group kon CIDG ug local police.

Gipasabot sa opisyal nga ang facial composite sketch lahi sa artist sketch tungod kay pinaagi lamang sa deskripsyon, makapagawas na og sketch sa suspek gamit ang computer.

Mahinumdumang gitulis, gidala ug gi-carnap pa ang sakyanan sa biktima human nakuha gikan kaniya ang salaping cash nga mu-abot sa 1.5-milyunes pesos lakip na ang Chinese 40,000-yuan cash money, 500-Hong Kong dollar cash, wala pa maihap nga Taiwanese dollar, check book lakip na ang iyang ATM card, gold necklace nga duna'y gibug-atong 200-grams, relong nagkantidad og tunga sa milyon ka pesos, cell phone, Taiwanese passport, US passport ug ang passport sa ginganlan og Dong Yi nga usa usab ka Chinese national.

Human makuha ang maong mga gamit ug kwarta, gibuhian na ang biktima sa atubangang bahin sa simbahang Katoliko sa Bayugan City pasado alas-dos sa kaadlawon apan gidala pa gihapon sa mga suspek ang iyang sakyanan hangtud nga napalgan na lamang kining gi-abandona sa parking lot sa Gaisano Mall-Butuan ning mi-aging adlaw.

Dugang pa ni Montenegro, posibleng inside job ang nahitabo tungod kay gawas nga nasayod ang mga suspek sa iyang rutang ginasubay, nasayod usab kini sa mga pagkaong iyang ginakaon. (BR/PIA-Caraga)