Damage to agri hits P28M in Butuan City

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) – Damage to agriculture in this city caused by Tropical Depression Agaton now stands at P28,162,500, the City Agriculture Office said on Wednesday.

City Agriculturist Alberto B. Bula said, as of January 22, a total of 2,680 farmers from the 45 barangays of the city were affected during the onslaught of TD Agaton. Planted rice which were expected to be harvested on the month of April got the highest number of hectares damaged during the flooding.

“Total number of affected/totally damaged area in agriculture reached to 2,409 hectares and its estimated cost is now pegged at P27,475,000 based on cost input," said Bula.

Also, during the floodings, corn cereals of the five barangays of the city were affected, to include Mandamo, San Mateo, Florida, Tungao, and MJ Santos.

The 50 hectares area of damaged corns with an estimated amount of P500,000 are in their whorling stage and expected to be harvested on the months of March to April, this year.

The barangays of Anticala, Buhangin, Camayahan, Don Francisco, and Dumalagan also incurred damages in vegetables with an estimated 12.5 hectares of totally damaged vegetables amounting to P187,500.

The city was declared under a state of calamity per Sangguniang Panlungsod  Resolution Number 004-2014 due to the effects and damages caused by the low pressure area on January 12. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


ANECO responds to Agaton’s flood victims

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) – The Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ANECO) as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) during the devastating Tropical Depression (TD) Agaton, responded to the call of the city government to help transport flood victims to safer grounds.

"In response to the devastating TD Agaton that caused floodings to Butuan City, province of Agusan del Norte, and the entire Caraga region, ANECO utilized its emergency utility boat to transport families from those affected barangays of the city," said public information officer Daniel dela Cena during an interview.

Dela Cena said, ANECO, Inc. flood rescue team led by Engr. Samuel Toledo, using its utility boat, was able to transport around 200 individuals from barangay Baan Riverside and 18 individuals from barangay Buhangin to the identified evacuation centers of the city during the onslaught of TD Agaton.

As of 3 p.m., January 22, a total of 98 evacuation centers were identified by the city government with a total of 20,190 families evacuated.

"ANECO Inc. is of the view that helping and reaching the community in times of calamities is its big responsibility," dela Cena said.

He further said that ANECO is committed to provide safe and reliable energy distribution service while ensuring consumer satisfaction as competitive advantage.  It is awarded as Rank A+ cooperative by the National Electrification Administration. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


RDC Caraga calls public to be an ‘agent of change’

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) - The Regional Development Council (RDC) Caraga called on all Caraganons and stakeholders to support the approved Caraga Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2013-2016 and Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) and encouraged them to be “the agent of change” advocate.

Cognizant that each one plays an important role, the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga and partner stakeholders were launching a regionwide message advocacy bearing the slogan “Be the Agent of Change.”

The Caraga RDP endeavors to make the Caraga region the Fishery, Agro-Forestry, Mining, & Eco-Tourism (FAME) center of the country by year 2030 by developing the region's abundant resources in fishery, agriculture, forestry, mining,  and eco- tourism. These sectors have been observed as growth drivers of the region's economy, generating employment opportunities and reduction in poverty.

As to strategies on peace and security, included in the revised RDP are to enhance police presence and visibility; empower barangay officials, tanods and the police as first responders; intensify economic and social support services through provision of sustainable livelihood opportunities; construction of strategic infrastructure projects; and convergence approach in the delivery of basic social services.

As to environmental protection, it will pursue an integrated approach to natural resource conservation; developmant and management; ensure strict implementation of environmental laws, policies, and regulations; prioritize the strengthening of the resilience and adaptive capacities of communities against natural hazards and climate change.

The social development strategy also aims to develop human capacities especially that of the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged by improving access to relevant and quality education and technicalskills development; improving access to quality social protection; improving access to quality health and nutrition services; and providing access to shelter.

Embodied also in the plan are the strategies on macroeconomic management; innovative and competitiveve industry; competitive and sustainable agriculture and fisheries; accelerating infrastructure development; good governance and the rule of law.

“Critical to the realization of the aims of the RDP and RDIP are the stakeholders’ support for its implementation. Full support can only be generated when stakeholders understand and appreciate the plans’ applicability to the region, the reason why we are here to formally introduce the revised RDP,” said NEDA Caraga OIC regional director Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño during its launching activity held in Butuan City. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


RDP to enhance growth in Caraga region

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) – The newly crafted Caraga Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2013-2016 and Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP), which was officially launched recently by the Regional Development Council (RDC) Caraga is expected to enhance the growth and allow more developments in Caraga region.

As mentioned by Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. in his speech during the launching, the Caraga has graduated from being the poorest region to being the fastest growing region of the Philippines.

“Economic indicators show that we are slowly achieving our goals that will greatly benefit our contituents. Here in Butuan City, we are proud to be included in the ranks of the Most Competitive Cities of the Philippines. Every year, we also experience an increase in the number of registered businesses. This is clearly visible with the opening of big establishments and many other local business in retail, housing, and food services,” bared Amante.

Amante also recognized the RDC for the stakeholders have reached a degree of kinship that has proven to be a factor in the region’s progress.

“We should not forget our end beneficiaries. The RDP is designed to achieve inclusive growth, which ensures that future development will benefit all sectors of our society, especially the poorest of the poor,” he added.

In terms of environmental protection, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga regional executive director Nonito Tamayo likewise assured the stakeholders that the agency is strictly monitoring the forest products in Caraga.

He also emphasized that no corruption in the Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) will be tolerated. "I will personally assess the performance of our CENROs in their area of responsibilities and I assure you that whoever will be involved in corruption will face the consequences," he said. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


DepEd reports 1.9M worth of damage due to TD Agaton

By Darryl P. Pinabacdao

SURIGAO CITY, Jan 23 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) reported that P1,956,940.00 worth of school facilities were destroyed in the wake of Tropical Depression Agaton.

The said amount was reported on Wednesday during the Post Assessment and Evaluation meeting by the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office held at the Sangguniang Panglungsod Building, this city.

DepEd Supervisor Linda Geraldino said the damaged properties include text books, computer and sound system and infrastructure such as sewers and drains.

She likewise identified the flood-prone schools in the city such as Caraga Regional Science High School, Surigao City High School and Mariano Espina Memorial Central Elementary School (Memces). (DPP/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


TD Agaton leaves 1 casualty, 1 missing in Sur Sur – PDRRMO

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Jan 23 (PIA) – Tropical Depression Agaton left one person dead and one reported missing in Surigao del Sur said a report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) office here.

Authorities said a certain Anecito Amero, 52 years old, a resident of Barangay Cancavan, Carmen went to Carac-an river in Madrid town around 6:30 a.m. of January 21 for fishing. Accordingly, the victim crossed the river and suddenly carried away by the strong current and got drowned. The body was recovered later on the same day.

Provincial DRRM Supervising Specialist Abel de Guzman, confirmed that Siriaco Oranza, 35 years old was reportedly missing on January 20 in Barangay Isidro, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur.

According to police report, on January 20, while he was on his way home for lunch crossing the flooded bridge in San Isidro, Marihatag, he was accidentally drowned. He is still missing, as of reporting time. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


TD Agaton leaves P93.189M damage in Surigao Norte

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) - The Surigao del Norte Provincial Disaster Risk, Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has released on Tuesday its post-assessment report of the Tropical Depression Agaton that brought heavy rain across Caraga region and some parts of Mindanao including this province.

In its latest update, the PDRRMC said the damage to infrastructure reached P67,545,000, agriculture P24,755,000 and livestock was estimated at P889,000.00.

 The PDRRMC also said that during the onslaught of TD Agaton, a total of 6,798 families (26,435 individuals) were evacuated in different identified evacuation centers provincewide.

“The Provincial Social Welfare Office has distributed 110 food packs to city evacuation center, 100 food packs in the municipality of Claver, 100 food packs in Mainit, and 480 food packs in Gigaquit,” the report said.

The PDRRMC also recorded a total of 18 houses totally damaged, 12 in Brgy Alambique, Gigaquit and 6 in Sitio Baoy, San Isidro due to storm surge, and one missing fisherman identified as Zosimo Rama from General Luna, Siargao Island. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


MRDP2: Bridging communities

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) - The Local Government Unit of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur has recently turned–over two RCDG Bridges (Reinforced Concrete Deck Girder) to its constituents  in  barangay Guadalupe and San Toribio, each having a length of  21.80 linear meters with a total cost of P17.4M.

This was made possible through the Department of Agriculture-Mindanao Rural Development Program - APL2 and the LGU itself which counterparted around 10 percent of the total project cost.  The said infrastructures are now used to bridge communities in far flung barangays of  Esperanza which are hardly connected  due to impassable road networks .

Mayor Deo Manpatilan, Jr. who led the ribbon cutting and turn-over ceremony together with Field Operations Division Chief Rebecca R. Atega of DA-RFO-13, was deeply impressed with the realization  of the two sub projects. According to Mayor Manpatilan, the bridges has provided  local communities with the opportunity to increase farmers  income due to savings on hauling and transportation cost.

“Before the bridge was constructed, the farmers find it difficult to reach the nearest market just to sell their produce, but now, with the presence of accessible road network and bridge, we expect that farmers will maximize their production and expand areas for cultivation especially rice and corn which are the dominant crops in the locality,” the mayor added.

Ronnie Lagumbay, Barangay Captain of Guadalupe, in his acceptance speech, expressed deep appreciation and gratitude to DA- MRDP and to  LGU of Esperanza who became instruments for the realization of the said facility which benefits around 1,500 farmers and residents including school children from adjacent barangays. Service area also accounts around 300 hectares of rice, corn, banana and other high value crops.

Municipal Administrator Leonida Manpatilan who was also present during the event, was thankful that it is now fully operational and is expected to give significant effects in the life of the people specifically to sustain agriculture and  provide better market access of the farmers’ produce.  She further reminded the recipients and the barangay council  to come up with sustainability mechanisms like crafting of barangay ordinances  to maintain the facilities  so it can  serve more farmers in the area.

Also present during the event were Engr. Rene Q. Morales of DA-RFU-13, Engr. Demosthenes Abella of LGU Esperanza, other local officials. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)


BIMP-EAGA study to pursue greener tech through e-waste management

DAVAO CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) - A study that will facilitate the formulation of policies for the integrated management of electric and electronic wastes (e-wastes) will be conducted by the environment cluster of the BIMP-EAGA, in line with efforts to prioritize the establishment of the sub-region’s e-waste management plan and material recovery facility.

At the 17th BIMP-EAGA ministerial meeting held in Manado, Indonesia recently, the conduct of the study was identified by the sub-region’s environment cluster as one of its priority projects, following a series of field visits to e-waste facilities in Beijing and Guandong in May and June last year.

BIMP-EAGA stands for Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN growth area, a sub-regional economic cooperation designed to spur economic development in lagging sub-economies of the member countries by boosting trade, tourism, and investments.

“The study will look into proper and holistic ways to manage and dispose e-wastes in the sub-region, and the results of the study will be subsequently used as supporting data for the setting up of an e-waste material recovery and treatment facility in every BIMP-EAGA member country,” said Luwalhati Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and Philippine Signing Minister for BIMP-EAGA.

E-wastes can include household appliances, Information Technology (IT) and telecommunications equipment, lighting equipment, medical devices, and electronic tools. The proposed facility will include necessary machineries and technical expertise for equipment repairs, metal recovery system, and electronic recycling.

“E-wastes are not only dangerous for the environment, but also contain toxic materials that can be hazardous to human health. A good system for recovery and recycling of these wastes is one of the best solutions to reduce these hazards,” said Antonino.

She added that funding requirements for the two components of the e-waste project are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The project will be jointly undertaken by the environment and ICT cluster, with Malaysia taking the lead in the project conceptualization and implementation. For the Philippines, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources shall spearhead the implementation of the project being the lead agency for the environment cluster.

“Bigger nations like China are already ahead in terms of green technology development, and this has greatly motivated the environment cluster to prioritize the same environmental effort in the BIMP-EAGA sub-region,” she added.

Antonino said that this is the first green technology initiative that BIMP-EAGA has ever undertaken, and immediate conduct of the study is integral in achieving sustainable socio-economic development in the sub-region.

E-waste management forms part of the clean and green production technologies component of the environment cluster, which aims to raise awareness and information sharing among industries on the various environment friendly practices, including proper e-waste disposal.

Environment is the newest strategic pillar of BIMP-EAGA, which was formed as a response to the continuing decline of the sub-region’s natural resources. With this new pillar, environmental concerns will be mainstreamed in the other projects and activities of BIMP-EAGA.

In a statement, the signing ministers of BIMP-EAGA also highlighted the crucial role of the recently formed environment cluster in ensuring that the livelihood and economic viability in the sub-region remains sustainable and resilient to natural disasters. (MINDA/PIA-Caraga)


DepEd Caraga chief extols Reading Camp

By Gemma C. Pullos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga regional director Atty. Alberto T. Escobarte lauded the efforts and zeal of Surigao del Norte Division on its 3rd Reading Encampment with the theme, “Nasa Pagbasa ang Pag-asa” in Mainit, Surigao del Norte, recently.

Escobarte expressed his appreciation to the schools’ stakeholders for propagating reading, as it is a shared commitment and responsibility with the teachers. “The support of our stakeholders from the provincial down to the municipalities manifests a shared commitment for all of us to inculcate interest in reading to our school children,”  Atty. Escobarte said.

He added, “Our stakeholders apparently give value and the complementary role of the recognition to school and community in propagating reading among our young learners.

Atty. Escobarte also stressed the importance of reading as a tool or a foundation in learning other subjects. "However, others observed that reading becomes endangered or dying habit due to the destruction of the attention or time of our children through the presence of computer internet, television, and other ICT gadgets," said Escobarte.

"Through this reading camp, it manifests the reinvigoration of our challenge to promote reading in our midst,” Atty. Escobarte further said.

Escobarte also emphasized the relevance of reading in life and commended the leadership of the Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Evelyn R. Fetalvero CESO VI, for her sincere desire to make the province of Surigao del Norte division an assemblage of excellent readers.

After his speech, he awarded the proponents of Project SUROY (Strategic Undertaking in giving Reading Opportunity for the Young), with a plaque of recognition and a cash donation for its contribution in promoting reading in their district.

The activity was initiated in support to Project ECARP (Every Child A Reader Program) and in line with the vision of the Provincial Government in making the Province of Surigao del Norte as a reading province in Caraga Region.

Specifically, it aims the following: to develop among the pupils and students the appreciation of reading activities as fun, and enjoyable learning experience; develop empowerment among the learners, teachers, school administrators and parents to initiate creative activities and strive for excellence through reading as vehicle to academic achievements; and to advocate the maximum utilization of the excellent books in the existing Library Hubs in the Division particularly at Sison Central Elementary School, Tubod Central Elementary School and Placer West Central Elementary School.

The said event was also graced by Board Member Mamerto D. Galanida who came in lieu of Provincial Governor Sol F. Matugas, Vice Mayor Crisanta O. Mondano, and the Chief of Curriculum, Learning and Management  Division (CLMD) of DepED Regional Office, Dr. Isidro M. Biol, Jr.

Hosted by Mainit 1 and Mainit II districts, Vice Mayor Mondano performed as the guest storyteller to a cluster of elementary pupils. Such stint received good reviews and drew positive reaction from the audience.

Amid the heavy downpour, the 13 districts of the division reveled in the various fun-filled contests namely: Read-a-Thon, Shadow Puppetry, Preparation of Instructional Materials (IM’s), Illustrating a Story, Jazz Chants and Text Twist for the teachers and administrators.

The one-day encampment was ended with the awarding of winners in the various contested events by the Division Reading Coordinator, Mrs. Jeanie L. Mativo.   Mainit  1 District came out as overall champion for Elementary Level and Surigao del Norte National High School (SNNHS) became the winner for the secondary level. (NCLM/DIO Surigao del Norte Division with reports from Jun Biol, RIO, DepEd-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)