10.01.2013

PIA News Service - Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Children’s Day celebration kicks-off in Butuan City

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 1 (PIA) – In line with this year's National Children's Month celebration, the city government of Butuan kicks-off the celebration with a foot parade which gathered preschoolers from different public and private schools in three districts of this city.

The short program that followed after the parade is highlighted with various presentations, mass dance, taekwondo, and kiddie band exhibition.

City Social Welfare and Development Officer Aldebran M. Mordeno,  in her welcome address, urged everyone to work together for the promotion of the children's welfare. “A strong and healthy family helps in achieving a child’s dream. They are our greatest asset and we should take care of their future,” she said.

In his message, Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. emphasized the importance of the parents and citizens’ role in molding the children. “I call for the renewal of our commitment to prepare a better place for our children to live in, to promote their wellbeing, and to secure their future," he remarked.

The activity concluded with the launching on the Search for a Green Thumb Project. “The aim is to encourage every child to plant seedlings using recycled materials. That way, they will have the opportunity to share their part in sustaining a green environment,” said councilor Ferdinand E. Nalcot, Chairman, Committee on Social Services.

Several activities are lined-up for the National Children’s month-long celebration in partnership with other government and non-government organizations.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme, “Child Friendly Philippines: A Caring and Protective Society for, by and with the Children.” It focused on protecting the basic rights of children and bringing awareness about the impacts of violence, discrimination and other emerging threats.  (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Tandag City joins cooperative month celeb

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 01 (PIA) – The city government of Tandag through the Cooperative Development Council joins the nation in this year's celebration of Cooperative month this October.

Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Provincial Officer Rodelo Saldana said as an opening salvo of the celebration, the council distributed on Tuesday goodies to some 230 beneficiaries in Barangay Pangi.

“The distribution of goodies is a collaborative effort of the CCDC member cooperatives out of their coop development fund initiated by the City Cooperative Development Office,” Saldana said.

She also bared that other activities lined-up for this month include, free civil registration, free medical health services, free haircut and ‘Kasambahay’ registration.

The whole month of October is celebrated annualy nationwide by the cooperative sector as a Cooperative Month in accordance with Presidential Proclamation No. 493 issued on October 29, 2003. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


CRIP awards regional peace ambassadors

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 1 (PIA) – The Caraga Regional Institute of Peace (CRIP) awarded on Monday its first Regional Peace Ambassadors for their valuable commitment and efforts in the promotion of peace in the region.

CRIP chairperson and executive director Rex F. Ybañez led the awarding of Dr. Adrilene Mae J. Castaños, 1Lt. Joe Patrick A. Martinez and Pastor Recto T. Labrador for their exemplary character, knowledge, and perseverance which made an impact in their communities during the Regional Peace Education Contest Conference at the AVR-2 of Fr. Saturnino Urios University, this city.

Castaños is currently the university director for National Service Training Program (NSTP) of Caraga State University. She has served as focal person on Gender and Development Office (GAD) from 2001 to 2006 of Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology (NORMISIST) (presently Caraga State University). Her major effort is on the promotion on gender education, gender equality and participation of women in developments.

Castaños has made significant contribution in many researches and publications such as Violence Against Women and Children and Child Trafficking; Pilot Study on VAWC and Women and Gender Child Trafficking Incidence And Magnitude; Women in Conflict Areas of Mindanao; Regional Program to Promote Gender Equality in Political Participation in the Philippines; Political Participation Of Women in Caraga: A Case Study Regional Program to Promote Gender Equality in Political Participation in the Philippines. She is the networking coordinator on various peace education and gender education programs on Paz Y Desarrollo–Women and Gender Institute. Her researches and publication have been presented before various conventions and conference, and have published by Paz Y Desarrollo – Women and Gender Institute.

1Lt. Joe Patrick Martinez is the Commanding Officer of the 42nd Civil Military Operations Company, Camp Bancasi, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte of the Philippine Army. A mission-oriented Army Officer with pro-active work ethic, Martinez is known for his peace advocacy in the most dangerous areas around the region. The Philippine Army awarded him with Military Merit Medal and Military Commendation Medal for his excellent contribution in the resolution of conflict in the community.

His work made to the peaceful resolution of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Barangay Luna, Surigao City. He and his company successfully supported the concerned stakeholders in facilitation of supports to be given to the affected families and later on facilitated the safe return of the said families to their communities in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte.  He also contributed to the peace intervention during the attack of NPA in Mining firms in Claver, Surigao del Norte.

Martinez conducted series of dialogues, symposiums, and house-to-house visitations to the affected families. Provided right information to the general public and to the defense department on the current situation of the people and facilitated the support to be given to the affected families. He also was responsible for the peaceful resolution of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Barangay Emadejas, Butuan City and helped facilitate the safe return of the said families to their communities in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte.

Pastor Recto Labrador is a community development worker known for his passion in nurturing street children on living peacefully and righteously. During his tenure as a Church Pastor, he worked as a Campus Worker/Minister to High School students in so many places. He is connected to an Inter-faith base Campus ministry called Shalom Friendship Global Network (SFGN).  He is the Chairman of the Christian Muslim and Lumad Interfaith Organization in Agusan Del Sur.

Recto is presently ministering Street Children of Butuan City for eight years feeding the children with Good Moral Values, Biblical Interfaith education and food to supplement the needs of the children who are less fortunate. He choses to reside in a Muslim and Christian area of Barangay Ong Yiu, Butuan City, where he teaches peace principles and feed more than a hundred street kids. He is also a delegate of the International Interfaith Conference for Peace held in Davao City and Sultan Kudarat sometime last 2012, the volunteer lecturer of Caraga Region Institute of Peace, True Love Waits and Caraga Youth Leaders Network and the volunteer in the Moral Recovery Program of Butuan City Government. (JSN/PIA-Caraga)


BANFA booters to compete in the PFF Smart Club Championship in CdO

By Eldie N. David

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 30 (PIA) - The Butuan-Agusan Norte Football Association (BANFA) is set to compete in the 3rd Edition of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Smart Club Championship Regional Eliminations slated in October 2-6, 2013 at the Pelaez Sports Center in Cagayan de Oro City.

According to BANFA President and First District Agusan del Norte Representative Lawrence “Law” Fortun, this will be the third time that the BANFA football team will participate in this annual tournament which made respectable finishes in the past contests. The BANFA team will be included in Group G in the Mindanao leg together with other football associations from Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental, Iligan-Lanao del Norte and Surigao del Norte.

“This is one venue where our players from Butuan City and Agusan del Norte will be exposed and further hone their skills as we continually strive to produce quality players that will hopefully be included in the national team,” Fortun said.

“We have proven in the past that we were able to produce quality players who are now playing in the different colleges and universities in Manila as scholars owing to their skills in football as well as some teams in the United Football League (UFL) and we will continue to develop more players with the rise of new breeds,” Fortun added.

Just last year, two players from the BANFA team in the Under 13 category were chosen to be included in the training pool for the Teen Askals.

In a related story, the BANFA also announced its new appointment of officers through an official letter to the PFF. Fortun in his letter formally informed the PFF hierarchy of the appointment of Mr. Marlon R. Labis as its new Vice President, Mr. Sean Bayotas as General-Secretary and Mr. Ronald Canton as Treasurer. The appointment of officers came after Fortun once again renewed his mandate as President of BANFA after the recent election which showed no contender against Fortun. (NCLM/Agusan del Norte 1st District/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DTI-Caraga organizes Diskwento Caravan in celebration of Consumer Welfare Month

By Atty. Maria Aurora Curaza-Maquiling/Marson Jan S. Dolendo

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 1 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry-Caraga will be organizing two Diskwento Caravan this October for the benefit of consumers of Butuan City in celebration of the Consumer Welfare Month.

DTI-Caraga Regional Office is holding a one-day Diskwento Caravan today, during the opening day of the month-long celebration at the Capitol Grounds, Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol, here.

Consumers will get another chance of buying basic commodities at discounted prices as DTI-Agusan del Norte Provincial Office will be holding its own Diskwento Caravan on October 30-31, 2013 at the Happy Wholesaler and Supermarket Grounds, S. Calo Avenue, Brgy. Obrero, this city.

This year’s lead agency of the Consumer Welfare Month celebration is the Department of Health and has the theme, “Health Product Quality, Efficacy, Safety & Transparency – Everybody’s Concern." (NCLM/DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)