Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Govt agencies, partners celebrates Filipino Family Week

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 16 (PIA) – Officials and employees of the government and partners from the private sector will be celebrating this year’s Filipino Family Week on September 20-30, 2014.

The Regional Inter-Agency Committee on the Filipino Family (RIAC-FF) will be spearheading the lined-up activities for the week-long celebration.

Said celebration will kick-off on September 21, Sunday, through an Inter-Agency Thanksgiving Mass at Saint Joseph Cathedral. On September 22, government officials and employees with its partners will be participating in the Fun Walk activity from Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol going to Butuan City Hall, where the short program will be held. A Dance Flash Mob and launching of the Best Family Portrait Contest will also follow at the same venue.

On September 25, the Tandag City government is also set to conduct Free Birth Registration with its City Registrar’s Office.

The city government here with the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) Office, in coordination with the local malls is working out for the possible showing of Family-themed movies and/or giving of discounts to dining families within the week.

It was also learned that on September 20-30, RIAC-FF will hold the Session on Sustain Family Development in various barangays of Butuan.

Meanwhile, as culmination of said celebration, the committee will also be holding the Regional Parents Education Congress for the Solo Parents preferably the Pantawid beneficiaries on September 30. There will be one representative solo parent from each of the 73 local government units in the Caraga region.

The Filipino Family Week started in 2012 through the Presidential Proclamation No. 60 signed on September 28, 1992 and Executive Order No. 24 dated June 9, 1995.

This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Filipino Family: Resilient and Caring,” which seeks to strengthen family unity and relationship through meaningful celebration and promotion of Filipino values. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


News Feature: PAMANA in the eyes of AgSur guv

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Sept. 16 (PIA) - The Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan or the PAMANA, a national government’s convergence program, is where the provincial government’s flagship program called USAD or the Upland Sustainable Agri-Forestry Development Program anchored as the lead program in the province’s quest to reduce poverty and lasting peace by 2016.

This is the statement of Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza during an interview with the evaluation team of PAMANA program and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) at the provincial capitol recently.

According to Gov. Plaza, the rehabilitation of the farm to market road from the national highway junction to Barangay Mt. Carmel, another rehabilitation of NRJ Osmena- Magkiangkang-Villa Undayon- New Salem- Mt. Carmel- Pinagalaan- Sta. Teresita/ Jct New Lanao – Grace State- Mt. Olive- Mt. Carmel Spur Road connecting to national highway road junction to Barangay Osmena, Barangay Magkiangkang, Villa Undayon, New Salem, Mt. Carmel and Barangay Pinagalaan means a lot to all the residents and commuters in these areas.

“We can imagine and feel the impact of these road networks that connect the barangays from one another, leading to the national highway, in terms of travel costs, immediacy, safety and comfort. The government on the hand can presently deliver on time the services needed by the barangays especially in terms of health care and education,” Gov. Plaza said.

According to Gov. Plaza, the farmers in these areas are no longer beneficiaries of government programs, but are now enrollees.

“Before, at the start of the PAMANA program, they are beneficiaries because they are bound to receive. Now that they are the owners of their livelihood with easy access to market and trade, they are called enrollees because many want to enroll and join the band to success,” Gov. Plaza said.

The provincial government’s flagship program called USAD also prioritize the implementation of its agricultural development programs because of the easy access opened by the PAMANA projects.

Presently, local residents who are naturally industrious, are focused on income generating activities mostly farming because the areas are suitable for high value crops. Feeling they are not ignored by the government, they feel confident and peace now reigns in the area. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


SurSur COMELEC set for SK registration

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Sept. 16 (PIA) – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Provincial Office in Surigao del Sur is now set for the 10-day Sanggunian Kabataan (SK) registration on September 20-29, 2014 in connection with the February 21, 2015 SK election.

Atty. Ernie Palanan said that beforehand a meeting has been held with all election officers (EOs) in the province on September 10 which discussed matters regarding the upcoming event.

He remarked that all his EOs already know what to do with those youths ranging from 15-17 years of age who are called on to register with the nearest COMELEC office.

Meanwhile, the COMELEC chief here stressed that with the couple of days more to go before the SK registration, concerned city/municipal election officers were likewise advised during their meeting to tie up with local government units (LGUs) at the barangay level in order to attain wide information dissemination. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


CSC seeks anew gov’t workers’ support on its 114th anniversary celebration in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 16 (PIA) – Ruth Beniga, provincial director (PD) of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Field Office in Surigao del Sur sought anew on Monday the participation of capitol employees here for the upcoming 114th CSC anniversary celebration on September 19.

She told capitol workers during the flag ceremony program that various activities are set to highlight the event which include Thanksgiving Mass, motorcade, reaffirmation of Pledge as Public Servants, and flying away of balloons and anniversary banner.

With the theme”Tapat na Serbisyo Alay Ko, Dahil Lingkod Bayani Ako,” Beniga said that the renewal of vow as public servant will be held simultaneous with that in Butuan City.

Likewise, it was learned that governor Johnny Pimentel has been requested to deliver an inspirational message during the occasion.

In her letter dated September 9 to the governor, she said that “Being known to be an action man and a figure of good governance, may we request your most valued presence as our Guest to deliver an Inspirational Message. . .”

Meanwhile, Beniga closed her short talk by expressing thanks and gratitude to both the provincial and city government during the kickoff ceremony of the CSC month celebration held on September 1. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


36 illegal gambling machines destroyed in Butuan

By PO3 Rosarita C Palgue

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 16 (PIA) – A total of 36 illegal gambling machines were destroyed in full public view in this city recently.

City mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr., Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 regional director PCSupt Dominador Eslava Aquino Jr. and Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) deputy city director for Administration PSupt Romy Palgue led the ceremonial destruction of the slot machines in front of City Hall after Monday's flag raising ceremony.

Amante, who is also the chairman of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC), congratulated the RPO 13 personnel for their continuous campaign against illegal gambling and other illegal activities in the region.

“The proof of which are here before us today,” he said, while presenting the confiscated illegal gambling machines for destruction.

Meantime, PCSupt Aquino vowed to continue and sustain their campaign to stop all forms of illegal gambling in the region.

PCSupt Aquino then encouraged the PRO 13 personnel to continue serving and protecting with all honesty and humility. “Few police personnel were involved in illegal activities, but in this region we do not tolerate. In fact, we arrested one of our personnel in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte for being involved in illegal drugs,” Aquino said.

The Butuan City Treasurer’s Office represented by Mrs. Almeda accounted the money from the destructed machines amounting to P28,152.75. (PRO-13/PIA-Caraga)


DTI-Surigao Norte focuses on entrepreneurial awareness, financial literacy trainings

By Rodrigo R. Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 16 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte is now focused on the conduct of Entrepreneurial Awareness and Financial Literacy trainings to the local communities here.

For the past months, effort to create entrepreneurial awareness among the local communities and at the same time enhance capabilities of some households to make proper financial decisions were undertaken through the implementation of the aforesaid activities.

Since January this year a total of 12 trainings were conducted in four municipalities and in Surigao City covering 35 barangays.

The municipalities covered include San Francisco, Sison, Del Carmen, Claver and Placer and a total of 341 participants attended in these trainings.

Among the beneficiaries of these training programs were the hosts mining communities of Silangan Mindanao Mining Corporation which was conducted on July 10-12, 2014 at Boyongan, Placer wherein participants of the said training were coming from the barangays of San Isidro, Sta. Cruz and Boyongan all of the municipality of Placer, Surigao del Norte.

For the month of August, two training sessions were conducted, one in the municipality of Sison and the other in Surigao City and participants of these last two training sessions are beneficiaries of the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB).

DTI-Trade and Industry Development Specialist Evelyn C. Arlan is the in-house trainor of the activities. She also provides inputs on entrepreneurial assessment and motivation.

In some cases depending on beneficiaries needs, session on Simplified Bookkeeping where also included.

DTI-Surigao del Norte provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan disclosed that although it is not expected that participants can absorb and adapt all the inputs provided, at least these activities will raise the awareness level and understanding of the participants on the potential benefits of entrepreneurship, and make them realize the importance of proper management of their personal as well as household finances. (SDR/PIO/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)