PIA News Service - Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Caraga Region Institute of Peace to hold Regl Peace Education Contest Conference

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 3 - The Caraga Region Institute of Peace (CRIP), a non-profit organization will be holding the 2013 Regional Peace Education Contest Conference on September 30 at the Agusan National High School, this city.

Said event is in partnership with the Philippine Society of Young Good Citizens (PSYGC).

CRIP chair and executive director Rex Ybañez, relayed that September of each year is set by the United Nations (UN) as International Peace Month. "This year's international theme is 'Education for Peace'," he said.

Ybañez added that the event aims to have a better educated and informed citizenry in terms of the peace education in support to the government’s call and the UN.

Participants of this one-day affair are the secondary student-journalists of all divisions of the Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga. There will be one coach per delegation.

Contests are on editorial writing, short story writing, essay writing, on–the–spot poster making and on–the–spot editorial cartooning.

Also, during the activity, Agusan del Norte 1st District Butuan City and Las Nieves Representative Atty. Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun will deliver his message, as well as DepEd-Caraga Regional Director Atty. Albert T. Escobarte.

Meanwhile, among the speakers/lecturers include the following: Philippine Air Force Brigadier General Dr. Charito B. Plaza; Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga Regional Director Atty. Marylin Pintor; and Dr. Adrilene Mae Castanos of Caraga State University.

CRIP is a non-profit organization founded last June 31, 2012. It was launched in Surigao del Sur State University Cantilan Campus on September 21 of the same year. Its purpose is to provide relevant education to Caraganons on peace education and human rights. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DAR Caraga intensified its Support Services through ARCCESS

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 3 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Caraga Regional Office has intensified its support services to farmer beneficiaries through the implementation of Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) in the region.

The ARCCESS project is one of DAR’s Support Services Direction for 2011 to 2014 aside from enhancing the convergence of the rural development agencies such as Department of Agriculture (DA), DENR and DAR in partnership with local government units and non-government organizations and strengthening linkages with public-private partneship, said DAR Caraga regional director Faisar A. Mambuay during a radio interview over PIA’s Power FM on Monday, September 2 in Butuan City.

Dir. Mambuay also said that the project has five major components which include provision on common service facilities (CSFs) for production and processing, agri-technology and agri-extension services, business development services, credit facilitation, and land tenure improvement.

"The ARCCESS project is DAR’s strategic intervention to retain the awarded lands of agrarian reform beneficiaries and reducing poverty in the agrarian reform areas through increased production and engagement in agri-based and related enterprises," Mambuay added. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DAR-13 turns-over bridges to Adlay farmers

By Joie Ceballos

BUTUAN CITY, September 3 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Caraga Regional Office handed over two newly-constructed bridge projects in Brgy. Adlay, Carrascal, Surigao del Sur recently.

The  P8.1 million project under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project –Phase III ( ARISP-III) is expected to spur economic activities in Brgy. Adlay and its neighboring barangays as farmers will have now better access for their products.

DAR-13 Regional Director Faisar Mambuay led the ceremonial ribbon-cutting with Carrascal vice mayor Alfred Arreza, PARO Benjamin Mataksil and Brgy. Captain Charlita Cabadonga.

Arreza expressed thanks to the DAR while Cabadonga encouraged her constituents to take extra care for the sustainability of the project. (FEA/DAR-13/PIA-Caraga)


Its grand slam for PPA-Surigao

By Jun Parada and Dixon Gonzales

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 3 (PIA) - For the third time in a row, the port community led by Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Port Management Office-Surigao snatched the top prize in this year’s Float Parade Competition during the city’s 43rd Charter Day celebration on August 31.

PPA’s entry was a crowd-drawer where people pose for picture-taking as they were amazed of it’s design and rendition of the "Bayanihan Spirit" as depicted by 'representatives' of national and local agencies behind the backdrop of City Hall’s replica.

For its feat, PPA-Surigao's entry bagged the top prize followed by DepEd Surigao City Division and SMWD for the second and third prizes, respectively.


Representatives of the port community included Port Manager Isidro Bustaslac, Jr., PPSupt Foilan Caturla, Teresita Maquiling, Engr. Carmelito Abitona, Engr. Allan Yap, Engr. Jun Bayang, Leo Ebuña, Isidric Labastida, Noli Nusog and the engineering outsourced personnel of PPA, Director Emmanuel Carpio of MARINA, Commander Zenmond Duque of Phil. Coast Guard, Lieutenant Commander Primitivo Novo of Phil. Navy, Collector Oswaldo Geli of Bureau of Customs and Henry Garcia of Provincial Customs Brokerage Services Incorporated. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)