Law enforcement agencies conduct activities to maintain a peaceful province
By Jennifer P. Gaitano
BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 25 (PIA) – Local officials and heads of government agencies convened recently at the Provincial Training Center, Capitol Compound for the Agusan del Norte Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting.
The discussion included the Conferment of the Seal of Good Housekeeping; Situational reports from Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Philippine Army; and the Reorganization of PPOC members.
PNP-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director PSSupt Eugenio Paguirigan stressed that the Agusan Norte Provincial Police Office in strong partnership with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, as Commission on Elections (COMELEC)-deputized agencies shall conduct security measures and activities that will ensure security and public order and safety before, during and after elections.
Paguirigan said that the province's crime volume/rate in 2012 has decreased to 245 from 415 in 2011.
Also, representing Commanding Officer LTC George Banzon of 58IB Phil. Army, 1LT Nestor Endozo said that they are strengthening the conduct of combat clearing patrol/operation and checkpoint with PNP; Community Organizing for Peace and Development; Security assistance on anti-illegal logging campaign with PNP and Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Awareness information Drive to the primary and secondary students; and Coordination with the Commission on Election and PNP in preparation for the upcoming May 2013 elections.
LTC Potenciano Camba, Commanding Officer of 3SFBN, Phil. Army bared that they are continuously conducting the Youth Leadership Summit in the municipalities of the province; Ugnayan sa Paaralan; Grand Pulong-pulong; and trainings to out-of-school youth with the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority.
Meanwhile, in preparation for the upcoming election, the 3SFBN will also conduct a two-day Leadership Seminar with barangay chairmen, peace and order councilors and chiefs of tanods. An Inter-Agency Summit for the strict implementation of Executive Order 23 will also be conducted. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)
OPAPP conducts capacity-building seminar for info officers
By Robert E. Roperos
BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 25 (PIA) -- The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) will conduct a capacity-building seminar for all government information officers in the country in an effort to disseminate the success stories of the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan or Pamana (Peaceful and Progressive Communities).
According to OPAPP Sec. Teresita Q. Deles, the project entitled “Communicating Pamana results: Capacity-Building for Government Information Officers,” will serve as venue for information officers to learn how to communicate the progress and results of the program through the strategic use of different media communication channels or distribution networks.
Deles also said that as an output of the three-day training, the participants will craft a communication plan together with the trainers and undergo three-months of supervised implementation or coaching after.
The participant or trained staff, who will eventually serve as Pamana focal people in their respective communications unit, will also function as point persons who will handle communications requirements in relation to the peace process.
The Pamana is the national government’s program and framework for peace and development that aims to reduce poverty, improve governance, and empower communities in conflict-affected areas.
OPAPP, with funding assistance from the World Bank, has undertaken a project to build the capacity of information officers of Pamana agencies such as DAR, DILG, and DSWD, as well as government information agencies such as the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), and Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO).
Pamana seeks to close the gap between what happens on the peace table and the existing realities on the ground as it focuses on ensuring that the communities dominated and/or afflicted by the said armed groups will feel the government’s presence in their lives through improved delivery of basic services and responsive, transparent, and accountable governance combined with economic development interventions truly reflective of the needs of the people.
It also serves as the umbrella program working in accordance with the specific context of a beneficiary area in an effort to streamline all development programs of the government.
In communities occupied by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the program will act as a confidence-building measure to the peace process with the Moro group, while in areas covered by closure pacts with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), among others, PAMANA functions as part of the implementation of the agreements.
On the other hand, in communities directly affected by armed conflict with the CPP-NPA-NDF (CNN), the program will serve as a parallel track demonstrating the government’s unilateral commitment to pursue peace and reform. (RER/PIA-Caraga)
Caraga Peace & Order Council forms Internally Displaced Persons committee
By Jennifer P. Gaitano
BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 25 (PIA) -- The Caraga Regional Peace and Order Council has formed a committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDP).
The IDP committee will 1) oversee displacement matters in Caraga region; 2) maintain database on IDP incidents in the region; 3) monitor the implementation on IDP Management Manual in the regional, provincial, municipal and barangay level; and 4) take all necessary measures to monitor and mitigate human rights violations and ensure protection and welfare of the IDPs.
The IDP will be composed of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Commission on Human Rights, Department of Social Welfare and Development, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Office of Civil Defense, Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Department of Education, Department of Health, National Economic and Development Authority, local non-government organization (NGO) and NGOs for women.
Also discussed during the meeting were 1) Preparations for the 2013 National and Local Elections; 2) Strengthening RPOC Program for Caraga; 3) Selection of RPOC Representative to the Regional Appellate Board; and 4) RPOC Committee Report on Drugs Problem.
NCIP-Caraga Regional Director Dominador Gomez also presented the joint Resolution of the Higaonon, Banwaon, Manobo, Mandaya and Mamanwa Tribal Coalition of Caraga region concerning the Peace and Order Situation in the region and in the adjacent provinces.
Also, the RPOC members commended former DSWD-Caraga Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat for the immediate response and her efforts during the relief operations when recent typhoon Pablo hit the province of Agusan del Sur.
Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr, relayed that in acceptance to the Regional Development Council Resolution No. 17 series 2012, the RPOC shall take the lead in the Oversight Committee on Drug Problems in Caraga region.
Amante added that the committee’s first meeting was held on January 16 in Butuan City. The committee is also set to conduct a One-day Workshop on Anti-Drug Abuse Program in February with implementers and strategic partners such as the Department of Labor and Employment, Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and Philippine Information Agency.
Meanwhile, PNP-Caraga stressed that in addition of election duties to their regular functions, the PNP will stretch its personnel and resources to the limits and will respond accordingly to ensure safe elections on May 13, 2013.
Based on PNP-Caraga report, they are continuously conducting combat operations to negate movements of communist insurgents who might collect permit-to-campaign fees from the candidates; intensified ‘Oplan Kapkap’ and ‘Oplan Bakal’; and conduct of combined checkpoint and "chokepoint" system which provides the security containment ring against criminality; insurgency and violations of election laws and regulations particularly the total gun ban. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)
DSWD slates launching of Nat’l Community-Driven Development Program
By Keneath John Bolisay
BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 25 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to launch the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) following the approval of President Benigno Aquino III of the P146-B worth of infrastructure projects during a meeting with the NEDA board last January 18.
Of this amount, P81.9-B will be allocated to DSWD for scaling up the implementation of one of its anti-poverty projects, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), into a national poverty alleviation program.
NCDDP will use the community-driven development (CDD) approach in addressing poverty throughout the country. CDD has been proven to be an effective strategy in poverty alleviation through the ten-year experience of implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS.
NCDDP will be launched in the second half of 2013. It will run for five years. In Caraga region, 42 municipalities will be implementing the program.
DSWD-Caraga Assistant Regional Director Mita Lim said the ten-year track record of the CDD approach employed by Kalahi-CIDSS has continually proven that poverty can be alleviated by empowering ordinary citizens to actively and directly participate in local governance by identifying their own community needs, planning, implementing, and monitoring projects to address local poverty issues collectively.
ARD Lim also said DSWD will be the lead implementing agency of the program. However, NCDDP will be a concerted effort among all national government agencies’ community-based projects. Participating agencies include the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Education (DepED), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).
The DSWD is confident that this program will bring the development change needed by the most vulnerable and the disadvantaged sectors of society.
The official further said this may be a fairly new strategy to the areas that DSWD is covering, “but we are very hopeful that with the knowledge and skills our workforce is equipped with, it will be implemented successfully in the region,” Lim said. (RER/ Social Marketing Unit/ DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)
Tagalog news: Cash for Training Project para sa biktima ng bagyo sa Sta. Josefa inilunsad ng DSWD, TESDA
Ni David M. Suyao
AGUSAN DEL SUR, Jan. 25 (PIA) -– Inilunsad ng panrehiyong tanggapan ng Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) at ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) noong nakaraang linggo ang Cash for Training Project (C4TP).
Ito ay pinangunahan ni TESDA Regional Director Florencio Sunico Jr., Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza, Vice Gov. Santiago Cane Jr., District II Congresswoman Evelyn “Bebs” Plaza-Mellana kasama si Sta. Josefa Mayor Glenn Plaza.
Ayon kay Tesda Supervising Specialist Emma de Villa, ang C4TP ay ibabahagi sa 40 biktima ng bagyong Pablo kung saan 16 ay magsasanay sa pagiging panday, 12 ang nagsanay ng pagsesemento at 12 naman ang nagsanay para magkabit ng kuryente. Ang mga nagsanay ay binigyan ng kanikanilang mga gamit at allowance na P7,100 bawat isa sa mga nagsanay sa pagsesemento at pagkabit ng kuryente habang ang mga nagsanay sa pagpanday ay nakatanggap din ng P5,100 bawat isa sa loob ng 13 araw.
Napag-alaman na ang DSWD ang siyang sumasagot sa mga ginamit na pondo sa programa habang ang Tesda naman ay siyang mamamahala sa pagsasanay, gamit ang mga expertong tauhan na mula sa Agusan del Sur National School of Arts and Trades.
“Ito ay kongkretong pagpapakita ng mga ginagawa ng pamahalaan, na ibigay ang tulong sa mga mamamayan. Para sa mga sumali, hinahamon ko kayo na gamitin ang inyong mga nalalaman sa pagsasanay na ito para sa inyong sariling pag-unlad at para sa kapakanan ng inyong pamilya. Pagkatapos ninyong tulungang makapagpatayo ng bahay ang mga nasalanta ng bagyo, pwede kayong magtrabaho sa ibang bansa at handa akong tulungan kayo sa mga gastusin para matupad ninyo ang inyong mga mithiin para sa inyong pamilya,” ani Cong. Mellana.
Ayon kay Gob. Adolph Edward Plaza, isang dakilang proyekto ang naturang pagsasanay at napakalaking oportunidad na binibigay ng pamahalaan sa mamamayan lalo na sa mga biktima ng bagyo. Hinamon ni Gob. Plaza ang mga nagsipagdalo sa naturang paglulunsad na gamitin ang natataning kaugalian ng mga Pilipino, ang bayanihan, para mapadali ang paggawa at pagsaayos ng mga nasirang bahay na sinalanta ng bagyo.
“Ito ay isang kapuripuri at epektibong pagtulong ng pamahalaan at ito ay napapanahon dahil tayo ay sinalanta ng bagyo. Kaya hinahamon ko kayo na maging matatag at malakas para tumayong muli dahil sa bawat krisis, may mga oportunidad ding darating,” sabi pa ni Gob. Plaza.
Kasama sa paglulunsad ng nasabing proyekto ay ang pagpapatayo ng modelong bahay para kina Lilia Sendico, 74 taong gulang at Cristita Albior, 68 kung saan, ang mga bahay ay sinira ng bagyong Pablo noong Disyembre 4, 2012. Ayon kay Norberto Dorado, senior specialist ng Tesda, ang mga gagamiting materyales sa pagpatayo ng bahay ay yero, kahoy at iba pa, ito ay magkakahalaga ng P61,000 bawat isa. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)
Cebuano News: Pangulong Aquino miabot na didto sa Davos, Switzerland
Ni Susil D. Ragas
SURIGAO CITY, Enero 25 (PIA) -- Miabot na si Pangulong Aquino kagahapon sa buntag didto sa Davos, Switzerland aron motambong sa tinuig nga tigum sa World Economic Forum (WEF) sugod Enero 23 ngadto 27.
Ang pagbisita ni Pangulong Aquino maoy pinakaunang higayon sukad sa iyang paglingkod niadtong Hunyo 2010 ug sa maong pagbisita miuban kaniya ang 63 ka mga delegado nga gipangulohan ni Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Socio-economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, Trade and Industry Gregory Domingo, Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad ug Secretary to the Cabinet of the President Jose Rene Almendras.
Atol sa maong pagbisita ang Pangulo gikatakdang makigtagbo sa mga dagkong opisyales sa Volkwagen ang ikaduha pinakadakong tig-gama og sakyanan sa tibook kalibutan ug kang Christine Lagarde ang managing director sa International Monetary Fund ug Klaus Schwab founder ug executive chairman sa World Economic Forum.
Gikatakda usab siya nga interbyuhon ni John Defterios, ang editor sa Cable News Network Emerging Markets ug anchor sa Global Exchange.
Human sa WEF’s meting ang Pangulo gikatakdang motambong sa “meet and greet” didto sa Zurich Renaissance Hotel aron personal nga makighimamat sa mga miyembro sa Filipino community ug lantawon ang ilang mga kondisyon sa maong nasod. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)
Cebuano news: Medical Team sa PMA-Chicago, Surigao Rotarians, Phil Army mibisita sa Brgy. Sukailang
Ni 1LT Stephen Basco
LUNGSOD NG SURIGAO, Enero 25 (PIA) -- Ang Medical Team sa Philippine Medical Associations sa Chicago, USA, sa pakigtambayayong sa Rotary Club of Metro Surigao, Rotary Club Surigao Midtown Jewels, Philippine Army ug DepEd mipahigayon bag-ohay pa lamang og medical mission didto sa Barangay Sukailang, Surigao City.
Atol sa maong kalihukan mokabat sa 228 ka mga residente ang nakapahimulos sa libreng ibot sa ngipon, 250 ang sa eye examination ug nakadawat sa libreng eyeglasses, 50 ang mipailawom sa dermatologic examination/treatment ug 540 ka mga residente ang nakapahimulos sa libreng medical consultation/treatment.
Ang maong medical team mobisita usab didto sa lungsod sa Gigaquit ug lungsod sa San Francisco, Surigao del Norte. (RER/30IB, PA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)