PIA News Service - Sunday, August 26, 2012

Caraga ConsumerNet plans activites for the Consumer Welfare Month

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 26 (PIA) -- In preparation for this year’s Consumer Welfare Month celebration in October, the Consumer Network (ConsumerNet) member-agencies led by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga have planned various activities for the event.

This was confirmed during the special meeting of member agencies held recently at the DTI-Caraga, this city.

Elmer Natad of DTI-Caraga said that on October 1, during the kick-off ceremony for the Consumer Welfare Month celebration, the ConsumerNet member-agencies will be signing a memorandum of agreement (MOA) at the D&V building grounds here.

“This is a refresher to all member-agencies to remind them of their functions in implementing the laws for the welfare of the consumers,” said Natad.

Along with the MOA signing is the conduct of the two-day Diskwento Caravan to be held at the same venue.

Government agencies and local tri-media will also be participating in the motorcade.

Natad added that the celebration will culminate with the conduct of the "ConsumerNet Meets the Public" on October 31 at the Luciana Convention Center here.

Target participants to the forum are representatives of consumer organizations in the region, youth organizations, senior citizens, government employees, transport groups and academe, among others.

It will also serve as a venue for the target participants to raise their issues and concerns, suggestions and recommendations with the presence of the concerned government agencies and partner stakeholders at the forefront in providing the welfare of the consumers.

Also, the ConsumerNet will be conducting a quiz bowl during the culmination day with students from different schools in the region as the participants of said activity.

Meanwhile, the DTI-Caraga reminds the public know their rights as consumers and asked for their full support and cooperation on the programs and services provided to them by the government. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Forum on DRR-CCA kick-off convergence for Agusan River Basin Management

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, August 26 (PIA) -- The Regional Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) for the Agusan River Basin Management has kicked-off the convergence of Local Government Units (LGUs), Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (DRRMOs), Regional Line Agencies (RLAs), the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of Regions 11 and 13.

The alliance building was held recently at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Local Government Academy (LGA) in partnership with the Agencie Española de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda have forged this effort in order to harness alliance building and initiate convergence towards a harmonized effort in the development, administration and proper management of the Agusan River Basin.

The collaborative approach is aimed at building disaster-resilient local communities and governments.

Despite the untimely death of the late DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo, who was supposed to grace the event, the activity pushed through with a special tribute presentation in honor of him. The participants to the regional forum provided a grand standing applause as DILG Region 13 Director Lilibeth A. Famacion recalled and revived his outstanding contributions and exemplary service, particularly Secretary Robredo’s marching orders in imposing the total log-ban and in apprehending those connected with the illegal logging activities in Caraga Region.

Director Famacion said that this regional forum on DRR-CCA collaborative workshop of the Agusan River Basin is an offshoot and one of the series of activities of the TAPATAN on disaster preparedness – initiated by the late Secretary Robredo in order to prepare communities in disasters.

“Let us make sure that all of the efforts of our late Secretary will not be in vain and we will continue this advocacy to achieve our vision of building disaster resilient communities and local governments”, said Director Famacion.

Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. said that it is very timely and appropriate for Butuan City to have the collaborative workshop because the city is always at risk for flooding every year.

“Thus, there is a need for collaboration with the LGUs along the river basin and I am hopeful that all of us here who are present will achieve convergence to unify our plans,” Mayor Amante .

Senator Loren Legarda sent her senatorial staff to document the outputs of the convergence for this will be valuable in her proposed Philippine River Basin System Administration Act of 2012. Senator Legarda was not able to grace the activity and was instead represented by her Chief of Staff Emmanuel de Guzman.

A common action agenda among the participants was initiated during the collaboration workshop by signing the pledge of commitment as a start of the convergence efforts in planning for the administration and management of the Agusan River.

This will open the road for harmonized actions to mitigate and prepare for climate change and disasters. The workshop attempts to draw a draft on the Agusan River Basin’s management mechanism, governance structure, financing scheme and performance monitoring/evaluation. DILG 13 OIC-Asst. Regional Director facilitated the workshop and presented the synthesized output. As a result, it was the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) who is tasked to organize different stakeholders for the creation of Agusan River Basin Office.

“LGUs must adopt River Basin-Based Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) and strive to synchronize development agenda with other LGUs. LGUs must enforce environmental protection, environmental monitoring systems for floods and other hazards and proper solid waste management. LGUs must lead multi-stakeholder planning and management,” said University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Chancellor Dr. Rex Victor Cruz.

Dr. Aser Javier of UPLB stressed that the common goal is to reduce the vulnerability of communities and achieve a sustainable development. “This can be done in a holistic and multi-stakeholdership process, which is to build up alliance and strengthened cohesive partnership”, added Dr. Javier. (NCLM/DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)