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GAD Day Care Center 29th Culmination Program

The pupils of Gender and Development Learning and Resource Day Care Center, together with their supportive parents, during the 29th Culmination Program held at Luciana Convention Center, Butuan City on April 3, 2014.

The members of the Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) during its Full Council meeting in Butuan City on April 3, 2014.

402nd Brigade (PA)Bloodletting Activity

The uniformed men of the 402nd Brigade, Phil. Army, demonstrating the 'small unit tactics' during the bloodletting activity and photo exhibit at the Robinson's Place, Butuan City on Mar. 22, 2014.

ALAGA KA Para Sa Maayos na Buhay National Launching

Beneficiaries of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) program from different municipalities of Agusan del Norte join the national launching of the ALAGA KA Para sa Maayos na Buhay at the Agusan del Norte provincial capitol covered court on Mar. 24, 2014.

POPCOM U4U Teen Trail Initiative Press Conference

The panelists and audience during the press conference cum launching of the U4U program of the Commission on Population Caraga on Mar. 26, 2014 held at Agusan National High School, Butuan City.

Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill

Employees of Butuan City local government diligently follow the designated route to evacuation area despite heavy rains brought by low pressure area in Caraga during the earthquake drill at city hall, Butuan City on Mar. 19, 2014.

Forest in the City Hall Exhibit

Local food products displayed in booths and song renditions by the city band during the Opening of the "Forest in the City Hall Exhibit" at the Butuan City Hall lobby on Mar. 17, 2014.

Forest in the City Hall Exhibit

City councilor Samuel Alan Amante leads the ribbon cutting ceremony to formally signal the opening of the "Forest in the City Hall Exhibit" set up at the Butuan City Hall lobby on Mar. 17, 2014.

Vision 2020 Launching - "Grow a Million Trees"

The Philippine Information Agency Caraga personnel led by regional director Abner Caga participate in the tree planting activity and commit to nurture the plant for the city's sustainable forest-based economy as envisioned by 2020. A total of 1,500 mahogany seedlings are planted along the 5km stretch from Bancasi rotunda to Bonbon road, Butuan City on Mar. 16. 2014.

Vision 2020 Launching- "Grow a Million Trees"

Employees from government agencies and private individuals join the tree planting activity spearheaded by the city government of Butuan as one of the programs under the so-called 13 Strategic Initiatives for Vision 2020 at Bancasi-Bonbon, Butuan City on Mar. 16, 2014.

8th International Rice-Duck Conference

Photo exhibit featuring the products and technology of integrated rice-duck farming system (IRDFS) during the 8th International Rice-Duck Conference in Butuan City, Mar. 10-14, 2014.

8th International Rice-Duck Conference

Organic farming practitioners and supporters from all over Asia, attending the 8th International Rice-Duck Conference held in Butuan City on Mar. 10-14, 2014.

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PIA News Service - Thursday, July 4, 2013

'Colegio de Liga ng Mga Barangay' celebrates 2nd year foundation

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, July 4 (PIA) -- The Colegio de Liga ng Mga Barangay (CLB), the first and only college institution created by a Liga ng mga Barangay (League of Villages) in the country, celebrates its second year foundation anniversary.

With the theme, “Where dreams come true…CLB is the ultimate key to end poverty,” the celebration kicked-off with the Liga ng Mga Barangay meeting and induction and oath taking of CLB board of trustees held July 3, 2013 at CHED Function Hall in Brgy. Ampayon.

CLB Consultant Dr. Clara D. Almendralejo recalled that the college was created by 86 dedicated Punong Barangays of the city through the Liga ng mga Barangay Resolution No. 10 series of 2011 and approved by the Butuan City through Ordinance No. 666 series of 2011.

Most Rev. Zacharias C. Jimenez, who administered the oath taking of the CBL board warmly congratulated the officials of the special college, which was created by the alliance of barangays in the city. “We appreciate the lovely and prestigious endeavor of the Punong Barangays in the city who jointly come together for the unique creation of a college,” Jimenez said.

President/CEO of CLB and President of the Association Liga Ng Mga Punong Barangay Nestor D. Amora was very grateful to the full support of the Punong Barangays and the city government under the administration of Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. to the college despite of hardship during its initial operations in 2011. He also commended Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Caraga Regional Director Isabela L. Mahler as the “reliable college defender” helping and guiding CLB in complying all requirements for the full operations of the college.

Amora said that CLB is a realization of dream where youths will be given the chance to finish their college education for free. “CLB was planned years ago, this time a dream come true. The legalization and full operations of CLB on its second year foundation celebration is just partial victory,” Amora added.

Meanwhile, the CLB Honorary Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante who graced the activity, congratulated Amora and all Punong Barangays in realizing the idea of establishing college institution and for acquiring CHED’s official approval for the full operations as the unique college in the city. He is hoping that the CLB will be transformed into university in the future to cater more students in providing free, quality and competitive education. “The city government will always support the CLB’s program. And gradually, the CLB will become resourceful asset to the city,” Amante said.

On its second year’s celebration, CLB has lined up other activities like community service with Barangay Pigdaulan, CLB students mass demonstration, ‘Laro ng Lahi’ on July 4, bloodletting and search for Ms. CLB 2013 on July 5, program and presentation of CLB board of trustees, and press conference on July 6. (FEA/JSN/PIA-Caraga)

BFAR Dinagat Islands Provincial Fishery office inaugurated

By Susil D. Ragas

DINAGAT ISLANDS, July 4 (PIA) -- In a bid to broaden its reach to the provinces and to bring the government closer to the people, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) extends its services in Dinagat Islands with the opening of a provincial office in the province.

The Dinagat Islands Provincial Fishery Office, which is a 2-storey building worth P3 million and located at Purok 2, Barangay Don Ruben, San Jose, was formally opened and inaugurated on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

Leading the ribbon-cutting and unveiling of marker were BFAR National Director Atty. Asis G. Perez, Provincial Human Resource Officer Elvis de la Merced in behalf of Governor Glenda B. Ecleo, BFAR Caraga Regional Director Nerio G. Casil and Don Ruben Barangay Captain Hon. Thelma A. Rosillo, assisted by BFAR Caraga Asst. Regional Director Judith C. Rojas, Provincial Administrator Millard Tawakal, DOST Provincial Director Nancy Charcos and DENR-13 RTD Mario Eludo.

Perez, in his message, lauded the local government unit of Dinagat Islands especially to Governor Glenda B. Ecleo for the full support particularly by donating a parcel of land that paveway for the construction of the said building.

Perez said that the presence of provincial fisheries office within the province will allow the fisherfolks to easily deal with and seek assistance from the regional and national office.

“The building is also a testament of BFAR’s commitment to the people of Dinagat Islands,” he added.

Meanwhile, in behalf of Dinagat islands Gov. Glenda B. Ecleo, PHRM Officer Elvis de la Merced thanked BFAR for bringing the fishery office closer to the people of Dinagat Islands and for uplifting the economic condition of the fisherfolks and the fisheries sector of the province.

Caraga Regional Director Nerio G. Casil said the PFO will be manned by eight fishery personnel, "who will mainly be tasked to facilitate and to oversee the fisheries projects and programs and provide immediate assistance to the needs of the fisherfolks."

He said fisherfolks in Dinagat Islands do not have to travel to Surigao City for their fisheries needs and assistance. (FEA/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

CHED Caraga approves 2 degree courses to Colegio de Liga

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, July 4 (PIA) -- The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Caraga has approved two bachelor degree courses offered by Colegio de Liga ng Mga Barangay (CLB). The school offers free education to poor but deserving students.

The CHED Caraga has authorized the CLB to operate the first and second level on the degree of Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Management (BSREM) and Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship (BS ENTREP) effective this academic year.

CHED Caraga Regional Director Isabela L. Mahler expressed appreciation to the Butuan City Punong Barangays for their support for CLB during the CLB Board of Trustees’ induction and oath taking ceremony on July 3 in Butuan City,

“We appreciate the support and energy shown by the CLB board in pushing through its full operations with the intention to provide free access to quality education,” Mahler said.

The CLB is the first and only college institution founded by a Liga ng mga Barangay (League of Villages) in the entire Philippines. It started its initial operations in 2011 with its office and school site at Barangay Pigdaulan, this city. (FEA/JSN/PIA-Caraga)

Philippine Science High School - Caraga Campus to open on June 2014

By Norma B. Alli

BUTUAN CITY, July 4 (PIA) -- The Philippine Science High School (PSHS), a government high school institution under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) located in Barangay Ampayon this city, will formally open on June 2014.

DOST Caraga Region and its provincial offices are now accepting applicants for the 2014 PSHS National Competitive Examination (NCE) which will be conducted nationwide on September 28, 2013. Successful examinees from Caraga Region will be the pioneer batch of scholars of the PSHS Caraga Campus for School Year 2014-2015.

A graduating grade 6 pupil who meets the following criteria is eligible to apply for the PSHS National Competitive Examination. He/she must belong to the upper 10 percent of the graduating class as certified by the School Principal or have aptitude in science and math as supported by the report card, a Filipino citizen with no pending application as immigrant in any foreign country, born on or after June 1, 1999, in good health and fit to undergo a rigorous academic program, with good moral character, and have not taken the previous PSHS National Competitive Exam.

Application forms are now available at the DOST Regional and Provincial Offices and also downloadable at the PSHS System website, www.pshs.edu.ph.

Deadline for filing of application is on August 2, 2013. For further inquiries, they may call DOST Regional Office at telephone no. 341-9551. (FEA/DOST-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Feature: DA’s Barangay Food Terminal boosts cooperativism

By Aurell P. Arais

As strong as the tree named Bayug, where Bayugan City got its name, the JCA Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-purpose Cooperative (JARBEMCO) thru test of times still stands strong.

JARBEMCO was organized on April 5, 1999 by virtue of CARP Law initiated by CARP beneficiaries of farm land comprising 303 hectares situated at Sta. Teresita, Osmeña, Hamogaway and Marcelina in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.

From its 51 original cooperators, current membership totals to 145 beneficiaries composed of the former workers-employees of the former JCA Rubber Development Corporation.

At first, its operation focused on production-based economic operations consisting of rubber, durian, mangosteen and coconut plantations and now it has expanded its plantation coverage with the opening of around 120 hectares of oil-palm, 60 hectares rubber and 6 hectares falcata.

To cater the needs of its workers, JARBEMCO ventured into store operations and it has expanded even more when they availed the Barangay Food Terminal (BFT), a Project of the Department of Agriculture launched last February 9, 2011.

Noralyn Gonzaga, BFT Incharge said that thru Barangay Food Terminal Project, DA provided them various equipment such as two cold storage facilities, plastic crates, three weighing scales, push cart, plastic tray, styrofoam boxes, electronic cash register and cash amount of P100,000 as support fund for additional capitalization.

The proponent also raised the said amount of P100,000 as their counterpart and was used mainly for the procurement of food products such as meat, poultry products, fish, fruits and vegetables.

JARBEMCO’s BFT open up a sure market for local farmers as well as swine raisers around their community where they can sell their produce.

BFT has generated employment having three regular employees and two on call employees during peak season of the month receiving minimum daily wage.

Gonzaga said that BFT helps a lot for them as workers and employees of the cooperative since they can avail its services including credit where payment will be automatically deducted from their salary while those non-members is bounded with duly signed customer agreement.

Aside from enjoying lower price on goods as compared to Bayugan City market, its customers can enjoy patronage refund and dividends every end of the year, thus an additional benefit for the customers family and cheer up the spirit of cooperativism.

For almost two years in operation, JARBEMCO BFT has manifested a net income of 179,940.53. Henceforth, from these figures, financial indicators are quite promising for JARBEMCO BFT as it faces another challenge in the years to come. (FEA/DA-13/PIA-Caraga)