6.26.2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

RDC supports 19th Caraga Bizcon

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

SURIGAO CITY, June 26 (PIA) – The Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) has expressed support to the 19th Caraga Business Conference slated on Friday, June 27, 2014 to be held at the Villa Maria Luisa Hotel in Tandag City.

During the 79th RDC meeting held recently at the Provincial Convention Center, this city, Engr. Epimaco Galero, representing the private sector, announced that this year’s conference is hosted by the Tandag Chamber of Commerce and Industry Incorporated, in cooperation with the provincial government of Surigao del Sur and the Provincial Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council.

“The 2014 conference is anchored on the theme ‘Agri-Fishery and Tourism: Gearing Up for the 2015 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Integration,” relayed Galero.

RDC chair and Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas and the full council immediately expressed support to the region’s chambers and their activity on June 27, as well as the 23rd Mindanao Business Conference set on September 1-3, 2014 in General Santos City.

The governor also highlighted that with the business conference, other ASEAN-member countries will learn how competitive the Filipino businessmen and women are, and the same way Filipinos can also learn from other countries’ trade fair. With the ASEAN Integration by 2015, free flow of goods will be realized.

“The end-goal of ASEAN economic integration is the full realization of an ASEAN Economic Community, wherein the region will be transformed “into a single market and production base, a highly competitive region, a region of equitable economic development, and a region fully integrated into the global economy,” cited Matugas.

Among the topics to be presented during the activity are as follows: 1) Social Entrepreneurship, Way to Go; 2) Cooling the Fishery Sector via the Philippine Cold Chain Project; 3) Green Eco-Tourism as a Tool for Sustainable Community Development and Inclusive Growth; 4) Breaking into Business Ownership with a Franchise; 5) Asian Perspective Prospects and Challenges to ASEAN Regional Integration by 2015; 6) Improving Competitiveness Index for Cities and Municipalities; 7) Renewable Energy; and 8) Financing.

“Simultaneous with this one-day conference is the trade fair that will be held at the same venue while interested participants will just pay a registration fee worth P1,000.00 to defray the cost of food, kit and souvenir program,” Galero said.

On June 26, 2014, participants may also have a local tour spearheaded by the Bislig Chamber of Commerce and Industry. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte guv sits as new RDC chair, acknowledges partners

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 26 (PIA) – "Thank you very much to my family and my allies for always being there. Through your help, assistance and guidance, the province have experienced many developments and we are to continue moving forward for more progressive province."

This was the statement of Surigao del Norte Governor Sol F. Matugas, as she officially took oath as the Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) chairperson for the period May 16, 2014 to June 30, 2016 being reappointed by President Benigno Aquino III, during the 79th RDC Meeting held at the Provincial Convention Center in Surigao City.

"I will remain bold in our advocacies. I will continue to be of service to you, we will do better and do more for the province. It is my responsibility, it is my commitment to do more," added Matugas.

The lady governor also assured that as the chair of the regions’ RDC, she will so her best to look for programs that would address to the needs of the vulnerable groups.

"I also would like to thank all our partners in the government service who are all present today to share with my happiness as the new RDC chair and for continuously trusting me. Thank you for your unconditional service to the public… I also appreciated much the presence of all our board members, as well as our non-government organizations and constituents. Rest assured that with transparency and good governance, we can all attain our common goals for the province and the region in general," she added. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


RDC-Caraga works out resolutions for region’s peace and order

By Venus L. Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, June 26 (PIA) – The Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) chaired by Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas has continuously taken several steps to address problems on peace and order of the region.

In the 79th RDC Meeting held on Thursday at the provincial convention center here, crime incidence in Surigao del Norte and Surigao City has brought concern which need mediation from the proper authorities.

Surigao del Norte Police Provincial Office was already directed by the Philippine National Police Regional Office (PNP-RO) to intensify crime prevention strategies and measures to minimize occurrences of crimes.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) also has to look into the alleged organization of a political group claiming to represent the Indigenous Peoples in the province of Surigao del Norte.

Security plans were taken as well regarding high incidence of vehicular accidents involving motorcycles that have not been properly registered. The PNP has crafted a Command Memorandum Circular (CMC) for all task units. The CMC prescribed the policies, guidelines, and general procedure in preventing and suppressing the occurrence of vehicular accidents in the region and in ensuring road safety through the observance of responsible and ethical driving standards.

National Economic and Development Authority Caraga regional director Mylah Faye Aurora Carino said that the Bureau of Fire Protection and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology have recenltly sat down and formulated plans consistent to the peace roadmap.

Meanwhile, Regional Contingency Plan and actions undertaken for the Mindanao power situation were presented and discussed. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


DepEd Caraga readies SHS implementation

By Nora L. Molde

SURIGAO CITY, June 26 (PIA) – “Department of Education is now ready for the implementation of the Senior High School (SHS),” says DepEd regional director Atty. Alberto T. Escobarte during the 79th Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) regular quarterly meeting held at the Provincial Convention Center here.

Atty. Escobarte said, DepEd will pilot the implementation of SHS in school year 2015-2016 to determine the areas that would need strengthening and/or enhancement.

“The results of the piloting will be the basis for recalibrating the SHS,” Escobarte said.

According to Escobarte, a total of 41 schools in the region were chosen from among the 12 divisions to implement in advance the SHS.

Five schools each from the Agusan del Norte, Butuan City, and Surigao del Norte Divisions will implement the SHS; six from the Agusan del Sur Division; one each from Cabadbaran City and Tandag City Divisions; Dinagat Islands, Siargao, Surigao City, and Bayugan City Divisions will have three schools each; Bislig City with two schools; and four from Surigao del Sur.

Escobarte said the SHS will offer four tracks namely: Academic; Technical Vocational and Livelihood (TVL); Sports; and Arts and Designs.

The Academic track has four strands (Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM), Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and General Academics (GA), Escobarte added.

Also, the Technical, Vocational and Livelihood (TVL) has four strands, to include Home Economics, Agri-Fishery Industrial Arts, and Information and Communications Technology. "The sports track will prepare the students for a career in sports while the Arts and Design track will offer specializations in graphic or performing arts," Escobarte said.

Of the schools prioritized, Escobarte said, Caraga Regional Science High Schools will offer the Academic track; Dapa in Siargao Division will offer both Academic and TVL; Surigao del Norte National high School will offer Sports Track and the 38 schools will offer TVL.

Meanwhile, secretary Bro. Armin Luistro of DepEd enjoined the agency’s regional directors to implement the SHS in advance.

Director Escobarte is also soliciting support from stakeholders as they will embark and arrive for the attainment of the goals of the K to 12 Program for better learners and educational outcomes.

The Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 (RA 10533) expands the basic education system from a 10-year to a 12-year program with the addition to two years of Senior High School – Grades 11 and 12. As stipulated in RA 10533, the implementation of the additional two years or SHS will by school year 2016-2017 for Grade 11 and by 2017-2018 for Grade 12. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


OCD-Caraga to popularize disaster protocols through comics

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

SURIGAO CITY, June 26 (PIA) – The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chaired by Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga regional director Liza Mazo, aimed to popularize disaster protocols and drills through comics in the vernacular and this will be distributed at the barangay level.

This was learned during the 79th Regional Development Council (RDC) Meeting held on Thursday at the Provincial Convention Center, this city.

According to Mazo, a workshop activity is set to be conducted by the RDRRMC to come up with a desired output in a layman’s version of disaster preparedness’ Information/Education/Campaign materials.

“It would be much helpful and easier to understand the disaster protocols if these are presented to the common public in the layman’s term. We will be working out with other partner agencies for this activity which is scheduled in the third quarter of 2014,” bared Mazo.

Mazo also said that OCD has already scheduled visits to local government units and its local chief executives especially that the conduct of capability-building activities is ongoing.

Mazo further urged the LDRRMCs to sustain the conduct of drills for all types of hazards at the local level. “Only fire and earthquake drills are regularly conducted at the local level. In Surigao del Sur, flood drills are conducted in flood-prone barangays. Starting this third quarter, flood and tsunami drills will be conducted in highly-vulnerable and high-risk areas. All of these activities are included in the RDRRMC Roadmap of 2014,” she reiterated.

Meanwhile, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has provided the RDC Secretariat with a printed copy of the comics relating to preparedness during occurrences of natural calamities. The secretariat has then furnished the provinces and cities with a copy of the said comics for reproduction and distribution using local funds. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)  


Empowering farmers boosts productivity in Agusan Norte

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, June 26 (PIA) – “Among the very important drivers of our economy are the empowered farmers,” Agusan del Norte governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba stated in confirmation for the fulfilled empowerment “when the province was able to distribute additional 3,091 hectares of land to 1,586 landless farmers which in effect transformed them into land owners.”

She claimed that the local government is already seeing some of the fruits of the strategy of empowering people where it can be gleaned on the Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) beneficiaries.

Matba disclosed that last year the recovery rate of the P5M loan assistance extended to 1,033 members was three percent which is higher than the standard of 80 percent.

Matba said that the strategy to improve the productivity of producers especially the farmers, the fisherfolks have always been topmost in the province’s economic thrust.

Meanwhile, Matba revealed that the Provincial Economic Enterprise Development and Management Office has doubled its remittances to P4M or a 200 percent increase.

“Providing funds for our various undertakings has always remained a challenged but by empowering producers like farmers, wise management and production is attainable,” bared Matba. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Price monitors instituted in Surigao Norte town

By Rodrigo R. Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, June 26 (PIA) - The local government unit (LGU) of Claver, Surigao del Norte has instituted local price monitors in order to track the movement of prices of basic necessities and prime commodities in the municipality.  Claver is one of the fast growing areas in the province due to the presence of mining companies in the area.

To support the move, the Department of Trade and Industry-Surigao del Norte Provincial Office (DTI-SDN) has provided the LGU with a Price Billboard which was placed in the vicinity of the Claver Public Market.  Prices of target commodities will be reflected in the billboard on regular intervals in order to guide consumers on the prevailing prices of selected commodities in the local market.

Mayor Eddie P. Gokiangkee showed his commitment to the initiative by appointing the Public Market Administrator, Jacinto S. Galagala, as supervisor in the regular updating of the price billboard.

To capacitate the price monitors, DTI-SDN conducted a briefing on price monitoring mechanism last May 27, 2014. Silvano S. Enaldo, the local Business Permit and Licensing Officer, Galagala and other LGU personnel who will be designated as price monitors were in attendance.

DTI-SDN provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan expressed his appreciation to the LGU of Claver led by Mayor Gokiangkee for their support to the intensified price monitoring and regular updating of price information in the price billboard.  He said that with the increasing economic activities in the municipality, the said program will help not only in monitoring price trends but also in increasing awareness among local consumers. (DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)


DTI launches grassroots participatory budgeting projects in AgNor

By Cristina R. Dedel

BUTUAN CITY, June 26 (PIA) -  The Department of Trade and Industry-Agusan del Norte Provincial Office (DTI-ADN) has launched six projects in four municipalities of Agusan del Norte to jump-start the agency’s 2014 grassroots participatory budgeting (GPB)  implementation in the province.

These projects released before end of May 2014 amounted to Php 4.3 million pesos.

The local government unit of Tubay received Php2.25 million for its three projects namely; Livelihood for Out-Of-School Youth (Coco Sugar and Honey), Pangkabuhayan Para sa Kababayen-an (Nutri Curls) and Social Mobilization for the Development of Municipal Mangrove Area.

LGU-Nasipit’s Training Center for Call Center Agent Non-Voice Business Process Outsourcing got a funding of Php 811,250.00.

One million pesos was released to LGU-Las Nieves for the establishment of two palay and corn buying stations.

LGU-Jabonga’s Rural Micro Enterprise Promotion Program (RuMEPP) obtained funding support worth Php 260,869.57.

DTI-ADN has a total of 22 approved projects under the 2014 GPB for the province and Butuan City with a total project cost of PhP 30,541,283.66. The said projects are expected to generate 611 new jobs.

The GPB, formerly known as Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB), aims to help attain the Philippine Development Plan’s (PDP) goal of inclusive growth and poverty reduction.

DTI-Caraga got PhP 87.96 million for the implementation of 130 projects in the region for 2014 with  DTI-ADN having  a 35 percent share.

As of end of May 2014, DTI-Caraga has released PhP 28.2 million for 72 projects across the region.  (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


4ID joins national tree planting day

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 26 (PIA) - In celebration of the National Arbor Day, the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division through its different line units in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of Regions – 10 and 13, Local Government Units, schools, civil society groups and the citizenry conducted a simultaneous tree planting activity at their respective areas on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

Thousands of different tree species were planted in two regions. The was aimed to create awareness on the uniqueness and fragility of the ecosystem and biodiversity; to encourage the people to show concern about environmental protection and see these trees look like in the future; and improve landscape and aesthetics and adds tranquility to the surrounding areas.

“Let this activity bind us to become one nation with a common goal which is to bring back the lost glory of our Mother Nature. Your Army is more than willing to support this kind of advocacy as we are the steward of our country’s territory and the protector of the people and environment,” MGen Ricardo Visaya, commanding general, said.

Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. It has been institutionalized to be observed every June 25 throughout the nation by planting trees and ornamental plants and other forms of relevant activities. The necessity to promote a healthier ecosystem for the people through the rehabilitation and re-greening of the environment was stressed in Proclamation No. 643. (4ID PA/PIA-Caraga)


Grassroots-implemented day care centers open in 4 Bislig City brgys

By Eunice G. Montaos
        
BISLIG CITY, June 26 (PIA) - Four barangays of this city namely Burboana, Mangagoy, San Roque, and Tumanan, inaugurated recently the day care center projects implemented using the Community-Driven Development (CDD) strategy of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a flagship poverty-alleviation project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

These projects, implemented by DSWD through the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process program of the national government, cost around Php 3, 191, 625.31, roughly Php 800, 000 each unit.

Minda B. Brigoli, regional director of DSWD Caraga, said that a total of Php 2.9 M grant was allotted for Bislig City in the 2013 implementation of GPBP under the Department.

She also expressed her appreciation to the volunteers who spearheaded the completion of these projects.

“Credits must be given to those volunteers who manned all the transactions to be able to construct the buildings,” she added.

Librado C. Navarro, mayor of Bislig City, mentioned that the local government unit, from the city to barangay level, also provided counterpart amounting to Php 291, 625.31, including cash and in-kind contribution.

“The local government unit really supported this project since this is a new approach of development of which ordinary citizens are given a chance to choose and address the needs in their respective communities,” Librado expressed.

“Since they are the ones who facilitated this, from finances and procurement up to construction, they will be responsible in ensuring its sustainability for it to be used by many generations to come,” added Librado.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) city officer Olivia Bagasbas lauded the project for providing the ordinary people an opportunity to voice out their need for a day care center.

“I also appreciate the CLGU, especially Mayor Navarro, for not interfering and intervening in the process; he let the people decide for themselves what project to implement and he just supported through the provision of LCC.” she added.

Mangagoy punong barangay Rolando E. Millan also voiced his admiration to KC-GPBP that the people from the grassroots were empowered through the authority entrusted to them in implementing the day care centers.

“They were included in the planning, and control. In the Kalahi-CIDSS way, there is proper accountability,” he said.

“We can’t afford that this facility will not give its best service.  We were the ones who manned this; these projects are for our children,” testified Rafoncil C. Apique, Bids and Award Committee chairperson and day care worker in Sitio Mamparasan, Brgy. San Roque.

Along with the turn-over ceremony of the projects is the distribution of certificates of accreditation to day care centers and teachers.

GPBP, formerly Bottom-Up-Budgeting (BUB), is a program of the national government which is aimed at eradicating poverty by way of participation from the people in the grassroots in identifying, planning, and implementing projects which will directly address their needs of basic community facilities. (JPG/DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano New: Buhatan sa Veterinary gipakusgan ang anti-mortem ug post-mortem inspection sa mga karne

SURIGAO CITY, Hunyo 26 (PIA) – Gipakusgan sa buhatan sa veterinary ang ilang inspeksyon sa anti-mortem ug post-mortem sa mga karne nga ihawonon dinhi sa dakbayan.

Sumala ni Dr. Alan Quines ang nangulo sa City Veterinary Office nga mga nagkadaiyang klase sa karne sama sa baka, kabaw ug baboy nga gibaligya sulod sa merkado publiko ning dakbayan ang mipailawom gayod sa usa ka anti-mortem ug post-mortem inspection adesir edeliver sa merkado ang maong mga karne aron pagsiguro nga luwas kini nga pagakan-on sa mga mamalitay.

Gidugang usab ni Dr. Quines nga hangtod karon nagpadayon pa gihapon ang ilang pagmonitor sa mga karneng baligya sa merkado lakip na diha sa atong slaughter house o balay ihawanan aron masayran kon aduna bay sakit ang usa ka hayop adesir kini ihawon. (SDR/MICO-Surigao/PIA-Surigao del Norte)