6.17.2012

PIA News Service - Sunday, June 17, 2012


ACE, Rotary Club of Butuan turn-over service vehicle to Balay Silonganan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 17 (PIA) -- The Association of Caraga Executives (ACE) and Rotary Club of Butuan turned-over the service vehicle to Balay Silonganan on Friday at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Caraga Regional Covered Court, this city.

Rotary Club of Butuan President Sisinio Narisma together with 47th District Governor-Elect for District 3860 Peter “Perok” Rodriguez, Past President Victor Plaza, ACE President and Commission on Election (COMELEC) Caraga Regional Director Atty. Francisco Pobe, and some regional directors turned-over the service vehicle (jeepney) to the Balay Silonganan (home for abandoned children) through Sister Fatima Felisilda.

Children-beneficiaries of said vehicle witnessed themselves the turn-over ceremony and expressed their happiness by clapping their hands and said ‘Thank You’ to the officials.

Felisilda thanked all the regional directors who are active members of ACE and the people behind the Rotary Club of Butuan for their generosity. She further expressed his appreciation to the efforts of the officials considering that after the construction of the Balay Silonganan, the Rotary and partners now gave another blessing to the abandoned children, which is the vehicle.

Meanwhile, Narisma expressed his gratitude to DPWH-Caraga for hosting said turn-over ceremony and ACE, who continue to be an active partner of the Rotary.

Atty. Pobe also stressed that they will continue the support that they are extending to the Rotary Club of Butuan for the fulfillment of its purpose which is to help the marginalized people in the community.

Pobe added that their next project is set for the abandoned elderly of this city.

The ACE is an organization of heads of offices from different government agencies in Caraga region which aims to further professionalize the corps of CESOs and eligibles. ACE members not only provide financial assistance through the members’ contributions to civic groups’ programs but also undertake outreach programs for the marginalized sector in the society.

The Rotary Club of Butuan is continuously extending community works through various projects in partnership with the local government and private stakeholders. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DAR-Caraga celebrates 24th CARP Anniversary

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 17 (PIA) -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Caraga headed by Regional Director Faisar Mambuay is once again spearheading this year’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) Anniversary celebration.

One of their activities is the Media Fusion held Friday at the Prince Hotel here with the presence of the department’s Provincial Agrarian Reform Officers (PAROs) in the region.

Mambuay recalled that exactly 24 years ago, then President and democracy icon Corazon Aquino signed the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law which became the foundation of her centerpiece social justice program – the CARP. “The 24 years of CARP in the Philippines has been a long and winding journey of various events both trials and successes, which leads us to where we are now,” he said.

Mambuay bared that Caraga is among the regions that brings the success of CARP in all its major components namely - land tenure improvement, program beneficiaries development and agrarian justice delivery.

It was learned that by the end of year 2011, DAR has distributed 8,635 hectares that benefited the 5,139 farmers. This accomplishment caps the cumulative total of 235,752 hectares involving 112,292 farmer beneficiaries or 90% of the region's global target.

Mambuay further said that they are also introducing a new scheme of development for the beneficiaries with the agrarian reform community connectivity and economic support services by building the capacity of the agrarian reform beneficiaries- organizations to consolidate the production, post harvest, processing and marketing activities of individual members.

Meanwhile, Ms. Mary Lou Ravelo Antigro, one of DAR-Caraga scholars under the 'Programang Agraryo Iskolar' shared her testimonies on the implementation of said program in the region wherein she benefited much. She emphasized that despite financial constraints, she was able to finish her studies in college thru this program and fulfilled her dreams specially that she is now employed in one of the schools in Surigao del Norte.

With this, Mambuay hoped to continue its good partnership with their program beneficiaries, partners in the government and local tri-media. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)