PIA News Service - Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Caraga's entry for Best Sanitation Practices is from SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Oct. 29 (PIA) – A barangay in San Agustin town, this province is the official entry of Caraga region for this year's National Search for the Barangay with Best Sanitation Practices (NSBBSP).

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Algerico Irizari said that Barangay Pong-on, San Agustin was proclaimed as regional winner in the just concluded competition in the regional level last week in Butuan City. "Barangay Pong-on will be the region's entry for this year's search," said Irizari.

In an interview, PHO Supervising Sanitation Inspector Rodrigo Gordo said that the evaluation for the national competition will be conducted on Wednesday, Oct. 30 where the team from the Department of Health (DOH)-Central Office will be doing an assessment.

Since 2008, Surigao del Sur has been sending an official entry for the national competition to represent the region. In 2008, Barangay Tawagan of Cagwait town and Barangay Sasa of Hinatuan town in 2009 both are national awardees.

Barangay Babuyan in Carrascal town was a 3rd placer in 2010 competition while Barangay Mararag of Marihatag in 2011 and Barangay Maticdum of Tandag City in 2012 both proclaimed as National awardee, respectively.

The annual search for Barangay with Best Sanitation Practices is part of the DOH advocacy to give recognition to the local government units at the barangay level that seriously included sanitation as one of their priority programs.

DOH is now on its 6th year of implementation that envision to boost accelerate the local government and community in addressing sanitation problem.  (NGPB/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Surigao City commemorates 69th Battle of Surigao Strait

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Oct. 29 (PIA) - The city government of Surigao through the City Tourism Office commemorated the 69th Historic Battle of Surigao Strait with the theme, “Peace: The Winning Battle” held recently at the Lipata Ferry Terminal, Barangay Lipata, this city.

The celebration commenced with a walk with light that started from Banahaw Bridge, Sitio Panubigon to Lipata Ferry Terminal Complex, followed by a memorial service officiated by Rev. Fr. Manny Quiban, DCS and Pastor Charlie Max Sickles of Fruitful Harvest International Ministry, floral offering at the sea, wreath laying at the Japanese Crematorium Marker located at the School Ground of Surigao Norte National High School (SNNHS), and film showing on the accounts of the Battle of Surigao of Strait at the City Luneta Park.

Highlighted the celebration is the lighting of Memorial Flame and lighting of Sky Lanterns by the representatives from Australian Embassy, United States of America Embassy, Japan Embassy, Philippine Navy, Department of Tourism-Caraga, City Government of Surigao, Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte, and 2nd Congressional District of Surigao del Norte.

City Mayor ErnestoT. Matugas led the celebration together with Governor Sol F. Matugas and Congressman Guillermo A. Romarate, Jr, and Australian Embassy representative Hon. Stephen Burnett and United States Embassy representative Hon. Eric W. Kneedler delivered their keynote speech during the said activity.

The Battle of Surigao Strait which is commemorated every 25th of October, a subsidiary of the 2nd Battle of the Philippine Sea, shares the consideration as one of the biggest sea battles in terms of the number of warships committed and sank. Opposing fleets carried some 200,000 personnel in a theatre of war that spanned a distance 500 kilometers apart. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


ConsumerNet-Caraga spearheads Power, Water Forum

By Atty. Maria Aurora R. Curaza-Maquiling

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 29 (PIA) - ConsumerNet Caraga (CNet) is spearheading the Power and Water Forum on October 30 at 1PM, Luciana Convention Center, J Rosales Avenue, this city.

ConsumerNet-Caraga, a network of national government agencies and utility firms working together for the welfare and protection of consumers in the region, aims to inform the general public through the forum on the latest updates on the status of water supply in Butuan City and electricity in the whole province of Agusan del Norte.  Representatives of the Butuan City Water District (BCWD) and Agusan Norte Electric Cooperative (ANECO) will present the said updates.

Expected to join are the officers and members of Butuanong Konsumador and Cabadbaran Civil Society Organization Network, consumer organizations based in Butuan City and Cabadbaran City, respectively.  Also invited are those coming from the sectors of senior citizens, academe, media firms as well as personnel from the ConsumerNet-Caraga members agencies.

The said forum on power and water concerns is part of the celebration of the Consumer Welfare Month. “Health Product: Quality, Efficacy, Safety and Transparency – Everybody’s Concern” is this month’s theme of the month long celebration with the Department of Health (DOH) as the lead agency.

DTI-Caraga Regional Office is the secretariat of the ConsumerNet-Caraga.

For inquiries, contact DTI-Caraga Regional Office at (085) 342-5615 or email at dti_caraga@yahoo.com. (DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)


AgNor launches ANGEL

BUTUAN CITY, OCT. 29 (PIA) – The provincial government of Agusan del Norte in coordination with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) of the province will launch the Accelerating New Dimensions on Good Governance and Excellence in Local Leadership (ANGEL) on Wednesday, October 30, here.

ANGEL is a provincial innovation to recognize and award exemplary achievements and efforts of good leaders who are winners of the provincial search and award for the year 2012 Lupon Tagapamayapa Incentives and Awards (LTIA), Best Performer Barangay Peace and Order Committees (BPOC) and Most Child-Friendly Local Government Unit (LGU) of the province.

According to DILG provincial director Romeo A. Solis, the launching of ANGEL is an important and breakthrough of highlighting good governance in the province of Agusan del Norte. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Caraga bags WFD 2013 Best Mosaic Award

By Emmylou T. Presilda

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 29 (PIA) - On its third straight win, Caraga Region took home the Best Mosaic Award during the National On-the-Spot Mosaic Making Contest held at the Diliman, Quezon City last October 11, 2013.

The On-the-Spot Mosaic Making Contest is an annual activity conducted in line with the celebration of World Food Day every 16th of October.  This year’s theme, “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition” was the subject of every artwork done by the 17 regional representatives who came together to showcase their talent and artistry.

In coordination with the Department of Education, screenings were conducted in the different levels: school, district, division, and then to the regional elimination. Participated by children in grades IV-VI, each level selected three best mosaics and move on the next level.  One winner was then chosen during the Regional Elimination and represents the region in the National Contest.

In the national level, five Best Posters were chosen from among the 17 regions and Christian A. Garcia from East Bayugan Central Elementary School, Bayugan City was chosen as one of the five Best Mosaic and received a cash prize amounting to P15,000 from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a trophy, and an all-expense paid tour in Manila sponsored by the National Agriculture and Fishery Council (NAFC).  Christian was with his coach Richard Obina, who is now on his grand slam coaching of three straight wins for the last three years in the DA’s annual poster and mosaic making contest.

“It was so much fun especially the tour and we also met the Secretary of Agriculture Proceso Alcala in the DA who gave additional P10,000 as personal incentive to the winners,”  Garcia said after returning from Manila.

Garcia received the award on World Food Day, October 16, at Liwasang Aurora, Quezon City Circle, Diliman, Quezon City together with regions 6, 11, 12, and ARMM. (DA-RFU 13/PIA-Caraga)


‘Bahandi Caraga’ to take center stage at Kabuhayan 2013

By Eldie N. David

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 29 (PIA) - Local producers and exhibitors from Caraga Region will take part in the prestigious Kabuhayan 2013 Trade Fair and Exhibit annually organized by the Congressional Spouses Foundation, Inc. (CSFI) to be staged on November 7-10, 2013 at the Mega Trade Hall 2 of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

Caraga region’s participation for the first time to this event is realized through the effort and initiative of Ms. Marie Therese F. Fortun, the CSFI Caraga Regional Chairperson and better half of Agusan del Norte First District Representative Lawrence “Law” Fortun.

The region will carry a branding ‘Bahandi Caraga’ which will display the richness of the region’s arts and crafts as well as food products which are considered a comparative advantage of Caraga. “Although this is the first time that Caraga as a region will participate in this trade fair, we surely hope that this will not be the last,” according to Ms. Fortun. “After this event we are looking at the possibility of again sending our local producers to an international trade fair in the United States early part of next year. In this manner, we will be able to help our local producers find their niche in the international market,” Fortun added.

Fortun’s active involvement in the CSFI is her way of helping her husband in delivering genuine services to their constituents and likewise promoting Butuan City and the region as a whole. Several other projects are already lined-up by Fortun which she wishes to implement in the next few months. Among the projects line-up is the “Lakbay Aral” of CSFI members in Caraga Region with Butuan City as the entry point that will take place early part of next year.

The region’s participation to this annual fair was also made possible through the assistance of Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., Agusan del Norte Provincial Governor Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba, Surigao del Sur Provincial Governor Johnny T. Pimentel, the Department of Trade and Industry Caraga Regional Office and some benevolent private benefactors. (1st district-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)