PIA News Service - Saturday, December 29, 2012


DTI Agusan del Sur provincial office conducts trainings on entrepreneurial skills to typhoon Pablo victims

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Dec. 29 (PIA) --Twenty typhoon Pablo victims from Barangay Sinobong, Veruela town has just completed a training on carpentry while two other same trainings are still on-going in the municipalities of Bunawan and Trento.

These training are aimed to equip the participants with carpentry skills they can use in building the new houses designed for the typhoon victims while earning a living.

DTI Provincial Director Lolita Dorado said while they are targeting to conduct 20 trainings on carpentry for the typhoon victims, they are also targeting to conduct five trainings on kalakat weaving, two for furniture making, another five trainings on masonry tile setting, four bayong weaving, two woodwastes crafts and 20 entrepreneurship training, with a cost of P1,930,000.

The carpentry trainees are provided with carpentry starter kits containing carpentry tools and are trained by two hired master carpenters every training session. They will be hired in constructing the prototype houses of the typhoon victims whose houses were totally wiped out by typhoon Pablo.

The prototype houses will be made of G. I. sheets whose funds will be taken from the provincial and municipal governments. The lumber will be taken from the confiscated logs as approved by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) while the kalakat to be used as walls of the houses will be purchased out of the production of the trained kalakat weavers.

Also yesterday, a training on kalakat weaving was also completed in Barangay Cuevas in Trento, participated by 20 women. Their first produced kalakat were all used for their houses.

“The training that we are introducing will benefit the typhoon victims. For carpentry training, the skills that they will acquire will lead them to good job even after the houses of the typhoon victims will all be constructed, the same true with the kalakat weaving. For the bayong weaving and production, the products will address the supply requirements of the cities that phased out the use of plastics while the products of our training on furniture construction and wood wastes crafts using the salvaged and donated confiscated logs will be used for the construction of the houses. We are also ready to assist our training graduates in finding buyers of their produced handicrafts,” Dir. Dorado said.

Just a week ago, Gov. Plaza, together with members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and the four mayors of the most affected municipalities convened and discussed on the details of the rehabilitation including computation of materials needed for the construction of houses, coming up a total amount of P33,266,880 for the purchase of 126,492 pieces of galvanized iron G.I sheets. Of the total amount, Veruela will have a share of P8,847,360, Trento will take P16,145,280, Sta. Josefa P5,365,440 and Bunawan will get 2,908,200. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DSWD, development partners conduct writeshop

By Keneath John Bolisay

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 29 (PIA) -- Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), its development partner, the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) conucted a Conflict Sensitive – Proposal Writing Workshop held December 17-19, 2012 at Amontay Beach Resort, Agusan del Norte to mainstream the conflict-sensitivity framework in its community-driven development (CDD) projects.

The workshop was attended by representatives from five municipal local government units (MLGUs) of La Paz, Esperanza, Tagbina, San Miguel, and Veruela implementing the department’s Kalahi-CIDSS for Peace and Social Cohesion or commonly called Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA).

“The workshop is designed to prepare project beneficiaries in enhancing the content and structure of funding proposals and give them a better understanding of the requirements of national and international donor agencies,” resource speaker Mark Boot, a resource mobilization adviser for Kapamagogopa Inc., explained.

Mainstreaming the conflict-sensitivity framework to development projects shall aim to minimize the negative impact the project will have when it is introduced in a community.

This is one of the major prerequisites that funding donors will be looking into along with the project’s history, shared donor goals, credibility of the organization, project uniqueness, and financial sustainability and management.

“We were skeptic at first as this would require the MLGUs to be detailed in the crafting of their proposals which would entail more time on top of their responsibilities back in the area. But we were happy and fulfilled that they embraced the process enthusiastically,” Hans Uli Krause, Civil Peace Expert for GIZ, enthused.

Now in its second year in the region, PAMANA is the peace “lens” implementation modality of DSWD’s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) that aims to improve access of conflict-affected barangays (CABs) to quality basic social services and responsive, transparent, and accountable local governments. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)