6.09.2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

Agnor lines up activities for its 47th founding anniv

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, June 9 (PIA) – The province of Agusan del Norte will be celebrating its 47th founding anniversary this month of June.

The celebration will be highlighted by the State of the Province Address (SOPA) of Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba on June 17 at 2:00 p.m. in time with the 5th Special Session of the 16th Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Agusan del Norte at the capitol covered court here.

The SOPA comprises the report of the Governor Amante, her accomplishments covering the period from July 1 when she assumed office as the governor of the province up to December 31, 2013.

Other activities during the celebration include a "Dart for a Cause" on June 6 to 8 and Governor’s Cup on June 1 to 12 to be held at the provincial capitol covered court.

On June 12, local officials and employees will be celebrating our 116th Philippine Independence Day with the theme, “Pagsunod sa Yapak ng mga Dakilang Pilipino, Tungo sa Malawakan at Permanenteng Pagbabago.” A Flag Raising Ceremony, thanksgiving mass and opening program for the province’s founding anniversary will be held at the Capitol Ground at 7:00 a.m.

A tree planting activity/Arbor Day will also be conducted on June 13 at Tagnote Falls in barangay San Antonio in the municipality of RTR and barangay Sanghan in Cabadbaran City.

Employees of the local government of Cabadbaran City will also be having their Employee’s day on June 13.

On June 16, a People's Day will be held at municipalities of Santiago and Las Nieves, Cabadbaran City and Provincial Health Office. A KaPuso Fiesta Show will also be held at the park of the municipality of Santiago at 2:00 p.m., and a Pageant Night at the municipal gym in the municipality of Santiago.

The AGRO Fair will be opened to the public on June 16 at the provincial capitol grounds, and a Barangay Night will be held on the evening of June 17 at the provincial capitol covered court. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


19th Caraga Business Conference set in Tandag City

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 9 (PIA) – The Tandag Chamber of Commerce and Industry Incorporated (TCCII), in coordination with the Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur and the Provincial Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council will be hosting the 19th Caraga Business Conference on June 27, 2014 at Villa Maria Luisa Hotel in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.

According to TCCII president Emma Guerra, the one-day conference carries the theme, “Agri-Fishery and Tourism: Gearing Up for the 2015 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Integration.”

“Simultaneous to this is a trade fair that will be held just right within the venue of the conference. We will be inviting speakers to talk on issues concerning agriculture, fishery, tourism and the 2015 ASEAN integration,” bared Guerra.

Also, Guerra said a registration fee of P1,000.00 will be charged per participant in this activity to defray the cost of food, kit and souvenir program.

For more information, the TCCII can be reached at cellphone number: 09123519683 and look for secretariat Jasmine Roz or email at tandagchamber@yahoo.com. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Naliyagan to showcase best agri products, AgSur beauties

By David M. Suyao

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, June 9 (PIA) - The second day of the Naliyagan Festival will be the farmers’ day in the morning, June 13, 2014, where best agriculture products will be at stake for the contest dubbed as “Naliyagan Agri-lympics” while Agusan beauties will be introduced while performing their talents on stage at the heart of the Naliyagan Cultural Center (NCC) in the evening.

In the Naliyagan Agri-lympics, agriculture products such as eggplants, squash and other agricultural products will be judged according to their sizes, appearance (smooth skin or cover), robustness and the overall quality. Growers and producers must be from Agusan del Sur only, and the availability of the products including the length of time they are fresh and safe if they are displayed in the market. During the evaluation, municipal booths will also be evaluated and prizes for both are at stake.

Activities for the second day of the Naliyagan Festival will include the Rocklakan sa Naliyagan, sponsored by the San Miguel Corporation. Live bands called “Concert ng Bayan sa Naliyagan” will be playing non-stop, while merry-making at the Naliyagan grounds are open for all. At the NCC Rizal stage, a comedy variety show will be played.

In the middle of the merry-making, another live fireworks display competition at 9:30 p.m. will color the evening skies, while the merry-making continue until midnight.

The annual Naliyagan Festival is open for all. Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza and the people of Agusan del Sur invite everyone to witness the weeklong celebration. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Army 67IB to conduct Area Clearing Validation in SurSur town

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, June 9 (PIA) – The Army 67th Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col. Michael Banua is set to conduct an Area Clearing Validation (ACV)  at 1:00 p.m. on June 10 at the Municipal Social Hall of Lingig, Surigao del Sur.

The activity aims to get “an honest to goodness validation and assessment of the peace and order situation of the whole municipality” through a plenary discussion which is in line with the Peace and Development Outreach Program (PDOP) that the battalion is currently undertaking, according to Lt. Col. Banua.

With the theme, “Kalinaw, Kahiusa ug Kalambuan sa Lingig, Surigao del Sur (Peace, Unity and Development in Lingig),” Governor Johnny Pimentel is invited to grace the occasion and to give a closing remarks.

Unlike other cities and municipalities in the province, it was learned that Lingig town, the southernmost municipality of Surigao del Sur, 204 km. south of Tandag City; also, 29 km. south of Bislig City, is the only local government unit (LGU) to have been included in the area of responsibility (AOR) of an army battalion holding camp outside of Caraga region.

Meanwhile, based on the official invitation, high ranking army officers will also have their respective parts in the program proper.

BGen. Roberto Domines, Jr., Asst. Division Commander of the 10th Infantry Division is set to deliver a message and Col. Benjamin Madrigal, Jr., 701st Brigade Commander is likewise tasked to give a welcome remarks. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


TAYO launches 12th Search for Outstanding Youth Organizations

MANILA, June 9 (PIA) - “I refuse to call this generation a me-generation but indulge me in changing it, as proven by the youth in this room today, in calling it a we-generation, or rather, a TAYO-generation, because ours is a generation that innovates and finds solutions for the welfare of this shared world, for the welfare of our country, the Philippines,” this was the message of Carla Cucueco delivered at Malacanan Palace recently on behalf of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) awardees.

In the past 11 years, TAYO Foundation, Inc. have seen how youth organizations revolutionized the society through social innovations. The works of TAYO-affiliated youth groups have shed greater light on the needs of persons with disabilities (PWDs) and children with special needs; they have allowed for controversial issues such as HIV/AIDS, prostitution, and sex to now be discussed more openly and more constructively. They have mobilized communities and resources against disaster and hunger, for the environment and education; and they have maximized their available, innate skills and talents to find sustainable solutions without the traditional, “it can’t be done” attitude.

This year, TAYO continues to seek for ‘stories of change’ as the 12th Search for Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO 12) officially launches today. TAYO Awards Foundation and the National Youth Commission (NYC) will be accepting entries from all over the country until the deadline, 30 September 2014. TAYO Search is held annually to provide duly-deserved incentives and recognition to the country’s best youth groups, thus, encouraging youth involvement in nation-building and best practices-sharing among organizations. It also maintains a yearly-updated database of the nation’s youth organizations.

Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc., the Search Presentor, grants Php 50,000 to the 10 winning organizations and Php 25,000 is granted to the other organizations that make it to the National Finals. Apart from the prestigious recognition, the winning organizations receive an especially commissioned trophy sculpted by Mr. Toym De Leon Imao.

Entries will be evaluated using the following general criteria: (1) Impact of the Project Entry to Stakeholders; (2) Harnessing the Spirit of Volunteerism and Citizenship; (3) Creativity and Innovation; (4) Sustainability; and, (5) Effective Use of Resources.
TAYO 12 is open to all youth groups, organizations, clubs, and societies whose membership and leadership are composed of at least 15 youth members (15-30 years old).

Established in 2002, TAYO Foundation is the only known award-giving body for outstanding youth organizations in the Philippines. It aims to discover and laud exceptional youth organizations that have contributed to the development of their local communities, schools, or work places, through their innovative projects. To date, more than 1000 youth organizations have joined the search and are now part of the fast-growing TAYO youth network.

To know more about the search, information is available in www.tayoawards.net. An online entry form can be filled out at the TAYO website. For inquiries, TAYO Secretariat can be contacted through text at 0917 TXT-TAYO (898-8296) or e-mail at tayo.secretariat@gmail.com.

TAYO Year 12 is organized by the TAYO Awards Foundation, Office of Senator Bam Aquino, and the National Youth Commission. Presented by Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, it is sponsored by SMART, Aboitiz, Jollibee, Philippine Airlines, SM Foundation and Lenovo. (NYC/PIA-Caraga)


Kalahi-CIDSS scales-up with 1,119 completed community sub-projects in Caraga

By Eunice G. Montaos

BUTUAN CITY, June 9 - A total of 1,119 sub-projects were completed from 2003-2013 implementation of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), an anti-poverty project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

This project covered 42 municipalities/cities in Caraga region which are the following:

Agusan del Norte - Carmen, Jabonga, Kitcharao, Las Nieves, RTR, Butuan City, Cabadbaran City, and Santiago;

Agusan del Sur- Esperanza, La Paz, Loreto, San Luis, Sibagat, Sta.Josefa, and Veruela;

Province of Dinagat Islands- Basilisa, Cagdianao, Dinagat, Libjo, and Tubajon;

 Surigao del Norte- Alegria, Burgos, Del Carmen, Gigaquit, Mainit, Pilar, San Benito, San Isidro, Socorro, Sta.Monica, Surigao City, and Tubod; and

 Surigao del Sur- Barobo, Bayabas, Bislig City, Cagwait, Hinatuan, Lingig, Marihatag, San Agustin, San Miguel, and Tagbina.

“With its successful implementation, the project has networked to different funding partners which contributed more in its progress,” bared Regional Project Manager and DSWD assistant regional director for Operations Mita G. Lim.

“Other modalities that the Project had facilitated are the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP), Makamasang Tugon (MT), PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA), Agencia EspaƱola de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarollo (AECID)   Poder y Prosperidad dela Comunidad Project (Empowerment and Development of Communities) (PODER), and Community-Driven Development (CDD) Urban,” she added.

The sub-projects delivered to poor communities are the following: 203 school classrooms, 167 day care centers, 150 water systems, 123 health stations, 114 electrification projects, 98 environmental protection structure and preservation projects, 97 road projects, 96 community production and service facilities, 25 foot/small bridges, 20 multi-purpose centers, 18 human development centers, 7 capability building projects, and 1 other.

The total Kalahi-CIDSS grant released to communities for sub-project implementation amounts to Php 749, 763, 186.32.

Each municipal and barangay local government units (B/MLGUs) of the recipient localities also assisted through the provision of a local counterpart contribution (LCC), both in-cash and in-kind, which totals to Php 237, 150, 923.31.

Those 1, 119 sub-projects completed within 11 years of Kalahi-CIDSS implementation in Caraga, are worth Php 1, 031, 914, 109.93 in toto.

“We are very happy to account that for 11 years of implementing Kalahi-CIDSS in the region, the Department was able to facilitate the implementation of 1, 119 community sub-projects which aided the need of our beneficiaries of basic social services,” shared DSWD regional director Minda B. Brigoli.

“Now this wonderful journey of helping people help themselves continues with the onset of the KC-NCDDP which will run from 2014-2019,” she said.

The Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach used by the project has been proven effective as it transformed many Poor communities and lives of the people in the grassroots sector. This strategy, which will be expanded into a national setting, advances three principles which are the participatory, transparency, and accountability.

Empower communities, improve local governance, and reduce poverty remain the primary aims of the project as it will scale-up into a national program with an official name which is the KALAHI CIDSS-National Community-Driven Development Program (KC-NCDDP). This will be implemented in the municipalities with high poverty incidence and were affected by the Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


Farmer orgs undergo Agrarian Credit Program orientation

By Daryll M. Tumbaga

SURIGAO CITY, June 9 (PIA) - A total of seven pre-identified Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) from the different municipalities of Surigao del Norte were oriented on Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP).

The identified ARBOs are Ima Women’s Initiated Community Association (IWICA) of Barangay Ima, Sison; San Pedo Rural Workers Association (SAPRUWA) of Barangay San Pedro, Alegria; Himamaug Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (HARBCO) of Barangay Himamaug, Taganaan; Cantapoy Farmers and Fisherfolks Credit Cooperative (CAFFCRECO) of Barangay Cantapoy, Malimono; Esperanza Farmers Credit Cooperative (ESFARCRECO) of Barangay Experanza, Del Carmen; Rural Improvement Club Producers Cooperative (RICPROCO) of Barangay Capalayan, Surigao City; and Union Agro-Aqua Credit Cooperative (UNAACO) of Barangay Union, Dapa.

Because of this orientation, 289 farmer-members of the seven ARBOs were being introduced to the agrarian credit program. Thirty-two from IWICA, 31 from SAPRUWA, 82 from HARBCO, 26 from CAFFCRECO, 35 from ESFARCRECO, 48 from RICPROCO and 35 members of UNAACO.

APCP aims to provide assistance to ARBs or ARB household members through their respective organizations to support their individual or communal crop production projects and other projects (e.g. agri-enterprise and livelihood projects). It also intends to provide necessary interventions which will prepare the ARBOs and FOs to become bankable and eventually graduate to the regular lending window of the bank.

APCP was forged by the DAR, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP). Under the CARPER Law (Republic Act 9700), DA, DAR and LBP pooled their resources and forged a partnership through a Memorandum of Agreement to implement the APCP.

It has been noted that the ARBOs are predominantly weak. The APCP deviated away from the traditional lending approach to address the ARBOs’ credit requirements. APCP has three main components, namely: 1) credit, 2) technical assistance, and 3) other support services.

The orientation was conducted by a team from the Program Beneficiaries and Development Division of the Surigao del Norte provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR-SDN) headed by Lina S. Alvarez, a Senior Agrarian Reform Program Officer of the Office. 

The team has been making rounds in the province for the said orientation since March 26, 2014 and concluded their activity last May 23, 2014. (SDR/PIO, DAR-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Agusan Norte solon pays tribute to Day Care workers, calls them ‘unnamed heroes'

BUTUAN CITY, June 9 (PIA) - Agusan del Norte First District Representative Lawrence “Law” Fortun paid tribute to the Day Care workers of Caraga region by calling them the  “unnamed heroes of our country” during the Caraga Regional Day Care Workers’ Summit held at the  Caraga State University (CSU)  Gymnasium in commemoration of the National Day Care Workers’ Week.

In his message to the workers, which was read by Manuelito Suan the Head of his District Constituency Office, Fortun gave emphasis on the contribution of the Day Care workers “who have painstakingly provided substitute parental care and early childhood education to children 2-4 years old inside government operated Day Care centers nationwide.”

The solon also said that today more than ever as our country is witnessing the impeccable importance of values formation even in the early years to the children. “Issues of corruption, malpractices and what not, may have tainted early and fickle minds of our youth, I call upon you, as front-liners in the molding our children, to always inculcate unto the minds of our young children two things: rectitude and values,” Fortun said. He also added that “the story of every Day Care worker is a story of compassion, and concern for others, even at times of daunting and opposition."

"Today as we commemorate National Day Care Workers Week, we pay homage and recognition to every little contribution in the delivery of quality early childhood education and development. I’d like to commend every members of the Caraga Regional Day Care Worker’s Foundation,” Fortun added.

In summing up Fortun told the workers “you have not only brought compassion and service to the forefronts of the communities you have been servicing, but more importantly, you have brought light – a light of hope, inspiration and new beginnings. In finding our natural devotion, let us continue to feel with our people, let us continue to spread light and love to the poor and vulnerable sectors of our community, especially our children. Continue to be a symbol not only of ‘matuwid na daan’ but also ‘maliwanag na daan’ as your luminance symbolizes the beacon of hope and inspiration.” (LAWig Katawhan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


SurSur DAR set to join 26th CARP anniversary celebration in Caraga

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, June 9 (PIA) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Provincial Office in Surigao del Sur is set to join the opening salvo of the 26th Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) anniversary celebration in Butuan City starting June 10.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) Benjamin Mataksil bared that the considered monthlong event that will culminate on June 30 is bereft of a specific theme that normally comes from the central office.

Notwithstanding the situation, he stressed that everybody in his office has already been set for the activities lined up as agreed upon.

Thanksgiving mass, motorcade, Caraga-wide Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB) Congress simultaneous with the holding of Agrarian Reform Communities (ARC) Tiangge are the highlights for the opening day.

Meanwhile, Mataksil said that on specific dates starting June 16 up to the end of the month, which is also known as the Agrarian Reform month celebration,  series of activities are likewise scheduled to take place, to wit:  June 16 – luncheon press conference @ Robinson’s function room; June 16-22 – 26th CARP photo gallery exhibit set at Robinson’s Place Atrium; June 19 – DAR Employees Association (DAREA) assembly; June 24 – 26 – Regional Sports Fest @ Surigao del Norte Sports Complex; and, June 30 – culmination and awarding ceremony.

However, he added that a Literary and Musical Extravaganza, which carries the theme “Ganito Kami Noon at Ito na Kami Ngayon,” is also going to be undertaken. 

It was learned that the said show will feature a cultural presentation of traditional and modern dances. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Army troops in Surigao Norte recover 4 AK-47 rifles

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 9 (PIA) - Troops of 30th Infantry “Python” Battalion (30IB) recovered four AK-47 rifles after a clash against more or less 20 members of Sandatahang Platun Pampropaganda 16 (SPP16C) at the vicinity of Brgy Cambuayon, Bacuag, Surigao del Norte at 10:40 a.m., Sunday. 

A platoon from 30IB led by CPT Reynaldo B Guillermo were conducting combat operations when they encountered more or less 20 members of the SPP16C at the vicinity of Brgy Cambuayon, Bacuag, Surigao del Norte. The firefight lasted for about 20 minutes afterwhich the enemies scampered towards different directions. This was after persistent reports from the civilian populace that a group of armed men led by a certain aka “X” was harrasing and extorting money from them.

The troops recovered four AK-47s, two hand grenades, one rifle grenade, one handheld radio (yaesu), six bandoliers for AK47, 15 magazines loaded with 30 rounds of live ammunition each, four improvised explosive device (IEDs)  and six backpacks containing of personal belongings.

Last week, troops of the 30th infantry Battalion also encountered the SPP16B at Brgy Tagbuyawan, Mainit, Surigao del Norte. The troops recovered one AK-47, one M653 and one M14. Three dead NPA bodies were also recovered. One of them a female IP which was left for dead by her comrades 400 meters from the encounter site.

LTCol Arsenio Sadural, Commanding Officer, 30IB said “Through the various informations we have gathered from the civilian populace and thorough examination of these areas, we have pinpointed their locations and engaged them decisively.”

“We will be launching more combat operations in order to decimate their group,” he added.

Meanwhile, Col Ferdinand Quidilla, Commanding Officer 402nd Infantry Brigade praised the troops for the successful combat operations. “I congratulate the troops of 30th Infantry Battalion for their steadfast and swift victory against the remaining members of Guerilla Front 16 (GF16). This is what we are trained for, to find and crush the NPAs in order to prevent them from harming our fellow Filipinos," said Quedilla.

MGen Ricardo Visays AFP, Commander, 4ID said, “We will ensure that the enemy will get what it wants if they continue to pester the people. There will be no let-up in our combat operations against these NPAs.”

“However for those who are tired of their non-sense ideology and want to return to the folds of the law, bring down your arms and the government is willing to help you start a new beggining,” he added. (4ID PA/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Ang programang pakain na magbabase sa mga paaralan ay naglalayon na mawala ang malnutrition sa mga mag-aaral, sabi ng Palasyo

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Hunyo 9 (PIA) -  Sinabi ng Malakanyang na ito ay naglaan ng mahigit P1 bilyon na programa na naglalayong mawala ang malnutrition sa hanay ng mga mag-aaral, sabi ng Malakanyang noong Linggo.

Sinabi ni Presidential Communication Operations Office Herminio Coloma, Jr. sa mga mamamahayag sa isang panayam at ibrinodkast sa dzRB Radyo ng Bayan na ito ay programang pakain na nakabase sa mga paaralan.

Sinabi niya na ang nangungunang ahensiya para sa programang ito ay ang National Nutrition Council na nasa ilalim ng pangangasiwa ng Department of Health kasama ang Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of the Interior and Local Government at ang Commission on Higher Education.

“Pinapatupad po ‘yon (programa) sa loob ng 120 araw at pagkatapos ng pag-release ng standardized malunggay recipe, at meron po silang tinatawag na 20-day cycle menu, at ang nationwide implementation ay pinopondohan ng General Appropriations Act. Ang pangkalahatang budget para diyan ay isang bilyon walumpung milyong piso (P1,080,000,000),” Paliwanag ni Coloma.

Sa ilalim ng programang ito, ang mga kantina ng mga paaralan ay bibigyan ng giya kung papano ang tamang nutrisyon para sa mga mag-aaral. Kasama na dito ang hindi pagbibigay ng junk foods at magbibigay lamang ng mayayaman sa nutrisyon na mga pagkain katulad ng prutas at gulay.

Dagdag pa ni Coloma na hindi ito kasama sa programang supplementary feeding na pinapatupad ng Department of Social Welfare and Development at hiwalay ito mula sa pakain na programa ng mga lokal na pamahalaan kung saan kasama ang mga probadong grupo at mga korporasyon.

“Ang mga programa pong ito ay naglalayon na ibalik sa normal na kalagayang pang-nutrisyon ang ating mga kabataang mag-aaral,” sabi ni Coloma. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Tagalog News: Pilipinas at Vietnam maglalaro bilang magkaibigang bansa sa Spratleys

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Hunyo 9 (PIA) -  Magsisimula ang paglalaro ng Pilipinas at Vietnam sa Spratleys sa darating na Linggo, kung saan ang pinagsamang tropa ng Pilipinas at Vietnam ay ang magkatunggali, sabi ng Malakanyang.

Sinabi ni Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. na “sila ay hindi naman maglalaban sa isa’t isa sa idaraos na mga palaro na kung saan magkakasama ang mga Pilipino at Vietnamese sa mga pangkat na maglalaro. Hindi ito Philippines versus Vietnam. Joint teams po ang lalahok sa palaro para mas maging mainam ang kanilang pakikipag-kaibigan.”

Ang tropa ng mga Pilipino at Vietnamese ay magpaligsahan sa larong football, volleyball at tug-of-war at sila ay maglalaro sa inuukupahang isla ng Vietnam na tinatawag na Pugad (Southwest Cay).

“Ginawa po ang inisyatibang ito para maitaguyod ang pakikipagkaibigan at mainam na pagtutulungan ng mga Pilipino at ng mga Vietnamese na naatasang magbantay sa mga lugar na ‘yan,” Dagdag ni Coloma. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)