7.11.2013

PIA News Service - Thursday, July 11, 2013

PhilDHRRA to launch gender equality, women’s participation project in Butuan City, Agusan Norte barangays

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, July 11 (PIA) – The Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA) will be launching the gender equality and women’s participation project of 2013 Program Caucus to be implemented in the barangays of Agusan del Norte and Butuan City on July 12, 2013 at Amontay Resort in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.

The PhilDHRRA–Mindanao, who is the lead implementer of the 2013 Agusan del Norte Program Caucus will spearhead the launching of the project dubbed “Promoting Gender Equality and Strengthening Women’s Participation in Local Governance” to 14 barangays in the municipalities of Kitcharao, Santiago, Tubay, and the city of Butuan.

During the launching, the program directions and gender and development (GAD) initiatives will be presented based on the practical and strategic gender needs of women rights holders in target areas from the 2012 Program Caucuses. The activity will be attended by Regional Development Council-GADCC, Caraga State University (CSU), four LGUs of Kitcharao, Santiago, Tubay and Butuan City and its 14 target barangays and women’s groups representatives.

The project under the 2013 Program Caucus is a part of Paz y Desarrollo’s “Regional Program to Promote Gender Equality in Political Participation in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Philippines, East Timor and Vietnam (AECID 10-CO1-029)," which is funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development and Cooperation (AECID).

The co-implementers of the project such as "Ang Kilusan ng Kababaihang Pilipino" (PILIPINA) and Women and Gender Institute (WAGI) of Miriam College have pioneered in the capacity development of local government units, academic institutions and young women leaders on gender, governance and participation in 2012. The community-level interventions of the program will be implemented through PhilDHRRA-Mindanao with support from the co-implementers starting in 2013.

The 2013 Program Caucus aims to foster multi-sectoral synergies on gender equality participation advocacy by sharing good practices and identifying convergence points. Said program intends to contribute to women’s empowerment and participation in claiming human rights, in synergy with the duty government and moral bearers like the academe, non-government organizations, and media. It started its implementation in 2012 and will culminate on March 2015. (FEA/JSN/PIA-Caraga)


PhilDRRA launches gender equality & women’s participation project in Agusan Norte

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, July 11 (PIA) -- The Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA) Mindanao is set to launch a project to empower women here tomorrow at the Amontay Beach Resort, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.

The Promoting Equality & Strengthening Women's Participation in Local Government Project will be implemented in 14 barangays in the municipalities of Kitcharao, Santiago, Tubay and Butuan City.

The launching of the project will be made through the 2013 Agusan del Norte Program Caucus with the aim of promoting collaborative synergies among its stakeholders.

Program Coordinator Clementine Louise S. Novales said the project is part of Paz y Desarrollo’s Regional Program to Promote Gender Equality in Political Participation in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Philippines, East Timor and Vietnam (AECID 10-CO1-029) funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development and Cooperation (AECID).

The program also aims to contribute to women’s empowerment and participation in claiming human rights, in synergy with duty (government) and moral bearers like the academe, non-government organizations and the media.

The 2013 Program Caucus aims to foster multi-stakeholder synergies on gender equal participation advocacy by sharing best practices and identifying convergence zone points.

The project is co-implemented by PILIPINA (Ang Kilusan ng Kababaihang Pilipino) and Miriam-College Women and Gender Institute (WAGI).

During the caucus, program directions and Gender and Development (GAD) initiatives will be presented, based on practical and strategic gender needs of women rights holders in target areas from the 2012 Program Caucuses. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Government agencies identify 4 major peace and order issues in Agusan Sur

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, July 11 (PIA) –Local government officials have identified four issues that should be addressed to promote peace and order in the province.

These issues are insurgency, criminality and illegal drugs, land related conflicts and indigenous peoples, and environmental conflicts.

Earlier, a Provincial Situational Analysis and Organizational Assessment (PSAOA) of Agusan del Sur identified ten identified major conflicts/ issues. These were validated in a workshop attended by members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council, the Department of the Interior and Local Government from the provincial and regional offices and the Conflict Sensitive Resources and Asset Management (COSERAM).

The output will become the province’s contribution to the regional road map for peace that will be formulated by the Regional Peace and Order Council.

Participants said insurgency seriously affected the peace and order situation in the province due to the continued threat and violent activities of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front.

They also agreed that criminality and illegal drugs are directly related. Criminals were often under the influence of illegal drugs.

Ancestral domain issue is also a cause of tension in the province. Conflict arise between indigenous peoples (IP) and logging interests in the province.

and land issues surface when commercial as another priority issue. Considering that the province is generally a place surrounded by ancestral domains of indigenous cultural communities (ICC) and IPs, it is not surprising that tribal and land conflicts are presently serious issues. Related issues mentioned were , unjust share from mining companies, conflict of interest, lack of coordination and harmonization of NGAs in implementing the land laws, adoption of Kyoto protocol by the Philippine Government, identification of mining and non-mining areas.

Leadership in the IP community was also identified as a conflict issue.

Illegal logging and mining were identified as sources of tension, and environmental calamity.

When finalized, the Provincial Situational Analysis and Organizational Assessment of Agusan del Sur will be to the Regional Peace and Order Council as contribution to the regional roadmap for peace. (RDA/FEA/DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Surigao Norte official shares provincial DRRM experience

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, July 11 (PIA) – An official of the Province of Surigao del Norte shared some major practices and challenges on its disaster risk management program during the Regional Summit on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) for Local Chief Executives held Wednesday, July 10, 2013 this city.

Surigao del Norte Vice Governor Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr. revealed that the province has established an Active Local Emergency Response Team (ALERT) that will always be activated when there is a need to respond to any emergencies or calamities. The ALERT comprises experienced crew from the province and equipped with needed paraphernalia.

In advancing the capacity and awareness of Surigaonon to impending threat of calamity, Egay revealed that the province has intensified its IEC campaign and advocacy on DRRM, conducted disaster volunteer training, organized the barangay through a program called “Hiniusang Barangay sa Kalamidad Magtinabangay” (Barangay united in times of disaster), intensify Incident Command System (ICS), provision of DRR-CCA text books to schools, and evaluating and recognizing the barangay LGUs for “seal of disaster preparedness”.

With the “Hiniusang Barangay sa Kalamidad Magtinabangay” program, Egay proudly reported that the program was able to produce a group of heroes. He cited the members of Barangay ALERT from municipality of Gigaquit, where there were able to save 14 lives during the flooding at Baoy River last January, 2013. "This Barangay ALERT group was already assessed by the regional evaluators of Gawad Kalasag as the entry for their heroic act and they will be honoured on July 12, 2013 with the presence of Undersecretary for Local Government Austere Panadero of DILG," Egay said.

The province, according to Egay, has also developed and distributed vernacular comics and installed alert/warning signage on tsunamis and landslide prone areas.

Intensification of campaign and advocacy to schools and communities is continuous effort of the provincial government. “With the objective to integrate DRR in school curriculum, we purchased more than one million worth of DRR-CCA text books that were distributed to the elementary and secondary schools located in the high risk areas,” Egay emphasized.

To enhance capacities and awareness of constituents in the barangays, Egay said the provincial government is implementing the “seal of disaster preparedness for barangay” in partnership with DILG. The 300 barangays in the province were seriously assessed and evaluated in the level of disaster preparedness for this purpose, he added.

Egay said the province has also fast-tracked the construction of several facilities which will serve as evacuation centers and temporary shelters. "The construction of Women’s Center in each municipalities and Daycare center in every barangays are also designed as evacuation centers," he said.

In health, Egay said the establishment of a provincial hospital in the municipality of Placer was aimed to integrate medical services to the high-risk areas. "The ongoing construction of the hospital which will be operational before the end of this year will be furnished with state-of-art laboratory and diagnostic equipment. The ambulances are equipped with complete medical and rescue paraphernalia in the public hospitals in the island and mainland," he said.

Although the province has established DRRM Road map and mechanism to advance capacities to prepare and mitigate disaster, Egay said the provincial government is still faced with the challenges of integrating DRR-CCA into development programs on some LGUs and attaining inclusive growth despite being vulnerable to different hazard. (FEA/JSN/PIA-Caraga)


First Provincial Eyesight Board officers sworn in

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 11 (PIA) -- The first set of officers of the Provincial Eyesight Board (PEB) took their oath recently during its quarterly meeting held at the Provincial Governors Conference Room, Capitol, this city.

The pioneer officials who took their oath before Governor Johnny Pimentel include: Rosalinda “Lilies” Pimentel as chair; Dr. Romeo de los Reyes of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) as co-chair; Mary Vil Crus as secretary; Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Mariano Atacador M.D., as treasurer; engineer Edwin Canibida as auditor and Dr. Chris Buniel as executive director.

The members of the board were selected from the several partner-stakeholder as follows: Provincial Social Worker and Development Office (PSWDO) headed by May Navidad Salinas; Department of Education Division Superintendent Teofila Cabatuan; Rotary Club President Tandag City Councilor Ruel Momo; Social Action Center-Diocese of Tandag headed by Fr. Bong Galela and the Philippine Information Agency-Surigao del Sur Information Center.

Honorary members were also identified to implement Vision 2020-Surigao del Sur, composed of the representatives of the two districts, Rep. Philip Pichay of the first district and Rep. Florencio Garay of the second district; Montero Medical Missions Team Leader Dr. Juan Montero II and Dr. George Peyton Neatrour, an ophthalmologist from Virginia, USA.

The PEB, which was created by virtue of Provincial Ordinance 29-2011, works with an advocacy of implementing “Vision 2020-Surigao del Sur the Right to Sight” being one of the priority programs of the present administration to reduce if not eliminate blindness and visual impairment.

PEB members are already finalizing the schedule of the Cataract-Pteryguim Surgical and Eye Care Mission to be held before the end of this month at the Adela Memorial Medical Center. (FEA/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


PopCom leads in family planning activities

BUTUAN CITY, July 11 (PIA) -- The Commission on Population (PopCom) led the launch of projects addressing Family Planning (FP) needs among couples in partnership with both government and private sectors.

Women, drivers, vendors and cooperatives are the next target for the campaign in reducing Unmet Need for Family Planning (UMFP).

Popcom-Caraga and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Private Sector Mobilization for Family Health Project (PRISM) earlier agreed to mobilize the groups for FP utilizing the Usapan Technology. Administrative and financial aspects of the partnership shall be shouldered by PRISM, while PopCom-Caraga will take care of the technical side.

Meanwhile, Popcom-Caraga is closely following-up the release of P1,403,000 support of the Department of Health-Center for Health Development for reduction of UMFP. Their three major activities are the FP Technology/ICS training for guidance counselors of secondary education/non-government organizations/private companies; deepening workshop of local population/health officers and workers on population management related concepts and skills and BSPO Convention.

The United Nations Population Fund have also partnered with PopCom-Caraga in capacitating population workers and volunteers in addressing the FP needs among couples in Surigao del Sur.

The salient features of the Republic Act 10354, also known as the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law of 2012, became the focus of the multi-sectoral forum organized recently at Tandag City and at Bislig City.

PopCom-Caraga Officer-In-Charge Alexander A. Makinano readily accepted the call as main presenter and in a separate forum, faced the media in Butuan City and Agusan provinces recently at Butuan City.

The activities were organized in partnership with the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development.

A pilot testing of the 14th FDS Module was recently made in General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte. A technical staff of the Regional Population Office in Caraga and a provincial population officer joined the National and Regional Advisory Committees of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in running and assessing the module which aims to provide guidelines in the implementation of transition strategies to hasten the psychosocial preparation, economic and livelihood operations for the beneficiaries through the FDS. (FEA/Popcom-13/PIA-Caraga)


Surigaonon news: Onion Production Training ilusad sa City Agriculture Office

Ni Annette Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 11 (PIA) -- An lokal na pangangamhanan sa syudad pinaagi sa buhatan nan City Agriculture molusad og Onion Production Training koman na adlaw, Hulyo 11, 2013 didto sa Covered Court sa Barangay Bonifacio ning syudad.

Sumaya ni Assistant City Agrculturist Cielo Cotiangco tumong ug tinguha sa amo na kalihukan amo an pagpadaghan sa produksyon sa sibuyas sa dakbayan ug aron mahatagan og dugang panginabuhian an mga mag-uuma ubos sa Surigao City Agri-fisheries and Agro-industrial Development (SAFIDEV) program sa ikaduhang termino ni Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas.


Taglauman na an mamahimong partisipante amo an mga interesadong mag uuma sa amo na barangay lakip isab an representante nan EastWest Seed Company na amoy mamahimong mamumulong og mangamot sa pagpan apod- apod sa mga liso nan sibuyas. (SDR/CMO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)