10.03.2013

PIA News Service - Thursday, October 3, 2013

LGU-Butuan signs MOU with PyD, PhilDHRRA-Mindanao for women sector dev’t

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 3 (PIA) - The city government here thru the leadership of Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr, signed on Thursday the Memorandum of Understanding with Paz Y Desarrollo (PyD) thru Country Director Antonio Miguel Gonzales-Arias and Program Coordinator Clementine Louise Novales, together with Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (philDHRRA-Mindanao) Program Coordinator Herminia Montenola.

The purpose of the MOU is to provide a framework of cooperation and facilitate collaboration among the parties, on a non-exclusive basis, in areas of common interest. The MOU also intends to strengthen cooperation among PyD Philippines, PhilDHRRA-Mindanao and the local government of Butuan City through dialogue, sharing of experiences, co-organizing and participating in specific activities at regional, national and local level; consulting and sharing training materials to contribute to achieve gender equality and promote women’s empowerment.

Novales expressed her warm thanks to the local government of Butuan for its continued support and implementation of programs for the women sector. "The PyD, in partnership with PhilDHRRA is looking forward to working with the duty bearers and LGU-Butuan in the promotion of gender equality thru implementing different programs and activities in the barangays," she said.

Montenola also bared that they will be implementing programs for the women sector in the five pilot barangays which are Dulag, Pagatpatan, J.P Rizal, Bonbon, and Los Angeles. "Activities like gender sensitivity training, capacity development, leadership training, and bottom-up-budgeting, among others, will be conducted in these barangays," she said.

Also, Arias, said the organization intends to intensify, increase the women's participation in political agenda. "In partnership with the city government of Butuan, we will come up with guidelines, framework to establish a common points for our collaborative efforts in the implementation of GAD programs and activities in the barangays. We will also set up for the planning of next year's undertakings," he added.

Meanwhile, on behalf of Mayor Amante, Vice Mayor Angelo Calo, signed the MOU together with City Councilor Atty. Rema Burdeos, SP chair on Women’s, Children and Family concerns. 

Calo assured that the city government will be implementing the GAD Responsive Annual Budget in the brgys and will be conducting relevant activities for the women sector such as the GAD Summit during Women's Month celebration. "We will create sustainable programs for the women that are also consistent with the objectives of the MOU," he added. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


MARINA-13 to establish Motorbanca Transport Cooperatives

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Oct. 3 (PIA) – The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Regional Office-13 is set to establish the Motorbanca Transport Cooperatives in Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands through the Transport Cooperatives Program of the Office of Transportation Cooperatives (OTC).

Cooperative Development Specialist Celino Y. Geronimo of the office of Transportation Cooperatives explained during the 5th Maritime Industry Forum held recently in Surigao City that the establishment of motorbanca cooperatives is one of the priority regulatory reforms program of MARINA and the Office of Transportation Cooperatives under the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) for 2013-2016 thorough the Maritime Transport Cooperative Program.

The program aimed to modernized small motorbanca for the maximum integration and rationalization of sustainable environment friendly public transport and transport system, “and to uplift the socio-economic condition of public utility transport workers particularly, drivers, through various measures that will increase their take-home pay/income,” he said.

“Government agencies and private institutions involved in the implementation include the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Local Government Units, Philippine Tourism Authority-Department of Tourism (PTA-DOT), Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), other concerned financial institutions and the shipping, seafaring and shipbuilding sectors,” Geronimo said. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DOH, Popcom eye more FP users

By Angie Balen- Antonio

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 3 (PIA) -  With the aim of generating demand for Family Planning (FP) services, the Department of Health and the Commission on Population partnered in capacitating further the service providers in promoting the program down at the grassroots.

The partnership extended in the conduct of the following activities:  Family Planning (FP) Technology and Interpersonal Communication and Counseling (IPCC), Deepening-workshop on Population Management Core Concepts and the Barangay Service Point Officers (BSPOs) Convention. These activities were conducted in two batches in cities of Butuan and Surigao.

Selected academe and private companies have successfully completed the three-day training on FP Technology and IPCC.

A total of 100 Population/Health Officers and Workers also attended the three-day Deepening Workshop. The aim of the training is to enhance the knowledge, appreciation and competencies of the program workers on population management core concepts and strategies.

Alexander A. Makinano, the newly appointed Regional Director of POPCOM, pointed out the relevance of building the capacity of local partners most especially at the barangay level. POPCOM then facilitated a one-day BSPO’s Convention attended by 100 participants in each batch to updates on the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP).

The POPCOM Chief expressed his genuine appreciation to the Department of Health for the unwavering support to the population program and for being instrumental in the realization of the said activities.

“The Health Agency helped us in the success of the regional activities, as one of the collaborative efforts in the reduction of unmet need for family planning in the region,” Makinano quoted. (NCLM/POPCOM-13/PIA-Caraga)


Popcom taps LNHS in youth project

By Angie Balen- Antonio

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 3 (PIA) - About 200 students of Libertad National High School, this city, has attended the symposium on responsible sexuality as organized recently by the Commission on Population (Popcom).

This was part of the over-all campaign in helping the youth understand their sexuality, develop right values, help them make responsible decisions and prepare them for responsible adulthood and parenthood.

Alexander A. Makinano, the newly appointed regional director of Popcom-Caraga underscored the importance of educating the youth to be more responsible towards their sexuality and making them aware of the effect of too early sexual involvement resulting to teenage pregnancy.

He pointed-out the result of the 2011 Family Health Survey which shows that Caraga ranked number one in terms of teenage pregnancy.

“We are  hoping that through this symposium, we can reach the hearts and minds of the youth to make responsible decisions and think of a better future ahead," the Popcom chief quoted.

Part of the IEC campaign of Popcom-Caraga along with the Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program (AHYDP) is a film showing entitled “Crossroads.”  The movie illustrates in a situational manner some of the risky behaviors of the youth such as pre-marital sex, teenage pregnancy, and smoking/drinking/drug abuse.

In a related development, Popcom continually coordinated with the student leaders of the different schools and universities in the region particularly in the action plan they formulated during the congress sponsored by the said office. (NCLM/POPCOM-13/PIA-Caraga)


Agusan Norte solon to head PH’s young leaders to China forum

By Eldie N. David

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 3 (PIA) - Agusan del Norte First District Representative Lawrence "Law" Fortun will lead the delegation of young leaders from the Philippines to a forum and visit to Beijing and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in China from October 10-19, 2013.

The delegation, which is composed of 10 delegates who are all members of the Philippine Center for Young Leaders (PCYL), a non-stock, non-profit organization that helps develop young elected or appointed government officials into competent and responsible leaders through a variety of trainings, applied research and international exchange programs.

The invitation to head the delegation was sent by the Chinese Association for International Understanding (CAFIU) which is a partner of PCYL since 1981 to promote the exchanges and cooperation between the two countries.

CAFIU is a nationwide non-profit social organization with profound influence in China and the special consultative status with the United Nations – Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC). Since its founding, CAFIU in the hope to “let the world understand China, and let China understand the world”, has established ties with NGOs and research institutes in scores of countries as well as international organization, and carried out exchanges and cooperation with Chinese NGOs. CAFIU serves as a platform for dialogue and communications. It is committed to enhancing mutual understanding and friendly cooperation between China and other countries.

During the visit, the delegates will engage in discussions with CAFIU leaders, listen to some briefings about China’s development in the political, economic and social areas given by Chinese experts and have exchanges with Chinese NGOs.

CAFIU will provide the delegation members with international round flight tickets as well as accommodation, meals and local transportation in China. (Agusan del Norte 1st District/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DAR to launch HIMAS ARC in Surigao Sur town

By Myra Q. Yu

TANDAG CITY, Oct. 3 (PIA) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Surigao del Sur is set to launch the 42nd Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) called as HIMAS ARC on Tuesday, October 8 at the municipality of Tagbina, Surigao del Sur.

HIMASS ARC is composed of four barangays namely: Hinagdanan, Magtalab, Sta Cruz and San Vicente with a total of 993 beneficiaries who are residents of the said barangays.

The creation of the ARC is one of the initiatives of the department and the means of facilitating various projects to be implemented by DAR and the other Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) implementing agencies such as: DPWH, NIA, DOH, LGUs and other foreign institution partners for the implementation.

Expected guests to grace the said event are 2nd district representative Florencio Garay, Governor Johnny Pimentel, DAR Regional Director Faisar Mambuay and other LGU officials. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)