12.01.2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

PNP, PSWD-AgSur intensify campaign to stop VAWC

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Nov. 28 (PIA) - The Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) and Philippine National Police (PNP) Provincial Office in Agusan del Sur are working together for an all out campaign to stop violence against women and children (VAWC) as the provincial PNP noted a tremendous increase in number of violated/ abused women and children compared to last year as reported by all the Municipal Police Offices provincewide.

In a recent meeting held at the PSWD office, PInsp. Junalyn Suan presented the data comparing the violence against women (VAW) and violence against children (VAC) committed in 2013 and the latest update of the same cases as of September of this year, with 55 cases difference on VAW and 70 cases on VAC.

“Let us take note of the cutting period. For the year 2013, the period was from January until December 31, while the period for this year represents incidents from January until September only, but the differences are tremendous. I believe this situation needs immediate action from us, the members of the Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children and Women (PCWCW) and other stakeholders,” Suan said.

As of September 2014, Bayugan City claims the highest incidence both on VAW with 110 cases and VAC with 72 cases, followed by Prosperidad with 47 on VAW and 16 on VAC, more than half the number of cases from that of Bayugan’s.

“Loida Antonio of the PSWD and I had discussed this matter, and we both believe it is timely that as we celebrate this “18-days to end violence against women” we all go out and educate our children and women of their rights and importance in the development of the country so that in our own little way, we can reduce the incidence if not eradicate it,” Suan said.

Numerous forum and advocacy activities are lined up as programmed by the PCWC starting November 25 until December 12, 2014 covering almost all high schools within the province of Agusan del Sur. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


‘Rice Consciousness’ celebration highlights SurSur farmers’ registration with PCIC

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Nov. 28 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur chief agriculturist Marcos Quico stressed that the on-going farmers’ registration with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) is their core program in this month’s Rice Consciousness celebration with the theme “We are RICEponsible!”.

He said that enlisting farmers in the roster of PCIC for its subsidy program is one of the best options the province can offer to support the rice industry.

Accordingly, PCIC assistant vice-president Antonio Uy III has previously introduced to Surigao del Sur Gov. Johnny Pimentel the subsidy program of PCIC amounting to P1,183,177,000. “We are bringing the good news that would help farmers in your province,” he said.

As explained by Uy, “ it shall be used exclusively for the full cost of insurance premiums of subsistence farmers and fisherfolks for any of the following types of insurance:  crop, livelihood, fisheries, non-crop agricultural asset; provided that the PCIC shall ensure that the said subsistence farmers and fisherfolks are registered under Registry System on Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) and are not receiving any other subsidy for the foregoing types of insurance from the local government.”

It was learned that Surigao del Sur has some 95,000 farmers and fisherfolks registered in the RSBSA data bank of PCIC.

Quico pointed out that the registration program has started in the Second District of the province. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Feature: The essence of enriching the academic curriculum

By Dr. Jonas H. Jomonong

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 28 (PIA) - As years passed by, the 21st century education has been left great burden to compensate lots of educational need.  That need upgrades with regard to the trends that the current environment demands.  That’s why, the only flourishing answer to this perplexing battle lies within the capability of the existing educators through enrichment of curriculum.

Furthermore, the views and perspective of enriching such would cultivate current notions in the teaching-learning process. It solves the nuances with suitable solution which the obsolete curriculum could not cater.

In that case, related researches have been very feasible that show the essence of enhancing it. Not only to make it into a new, but to see the reality that learners do not merely learn in the four corners of the classroom.  Rather, they explore and discover. That comprehensive act gives the idea that learners today are extraordinary. The old styles of teaching that are practical before could no longer address those.

With that, enrichment of curriculum looks the core of the need. And that is to suffice the developing way of how students learn to maximize their ability, talent and intelligence.

Nowadays, technology has bloomed.  They make things easier most especially in inculcating information from different sources that proliferate expanded facts.  In this matter, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is tackled the most to produce learners who are globally competitive.  

ICTs provide more integrated facts across all subject areas. Researchers, studies and other educational works of the learners are basically boosted up through this. Spectrum of ideas from reliable sources show up fruitful related concepts that educate the children of today.  In that way, learners are driven of the current trends that wherever they may go through, they could compete holistically in academic aspect.

Moreover, there is really a need to incorporate ICT in educating learners to be updated, upgraded and totally be driven with what is existing today.  With the above proofs, there is really a need to incorporate ICT across all learning areas in order to make the learners ICT literate.

Synergizing diverse ideas from knowledgeable brains propagates a great scope of procreating another set of curricula. It proves to show that from variety of experiences from teachers to teachers up to their school heads could invigorate effective and efficient academic views - views which now then be used in order to maximize umbrella of theories.

In which later on, it develops into a solution to every addressing nuances that exist in the premise of the academe.  The teachers and the administrators as well who nurture every learner as time goes by learn situated learning.  And that learning, together with the united data and concept from one perspective to another would now then prove the discovery of new enrichment of curricula.  That’s the power of cooperation that realizes the picture of how should an educator moves forward for the better as time would give us another chance to take a step - to teach, touch and transform the lives of the youth to revitalize the need of the nation.

As I went through with this assignment, I deeply realized how critical and how essential my role is in making an enrichment curriculum.  I found it hard at first.  I could hardly imagine how to make an enrichment curriculum where in fact this was my first time to do so.  A thought came into my mind that this is part of my curriculum leadership that I suppose to practice as far as my horizon could take me.  It was a difficult process indeed but with the collaborative support of my teachers, everything went smoothly and I realized that making an enhancement curriculum is not the sole responsibility of the school head but a blend of support and cooperation from the teachers as well as the stakeholders who value desired learning outcomes from the learners.

After all, the focal point of making an enrichment curricula are the learners who, in one way or another, could learn and discover something that is beyond their imagination.  Making an enhancement curriculum is an effort made by people who want to produce quality learners who can respond actively to the challenges in the 21st education. (DepEd-Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


PopCom-SurSur celebrates 18-Day Campaign to end VAW, PopDev Week

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Nov. 28 (PIA) – The personnel from Provincial Population Office in Surigao del Sur are busy preparing for weeks packed with activities for the celebrations of this year’s 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) with a theme, “End VAW Now!  It’s our Duty!” slated on November 25-December 12 and Population and Development (PopDev) Week which carries the theme, “Bigyang Halaga ang Bawat Pilipino sa Pag-unlad…Ngayon at Bukas” set on November 23-29.

Mila Arreza, chief of the provincial population office said that they have already hung streamers to mark both occasions and handled the lined-up activities.

She also bared that she is going to present the Best Practices on Gender & Development Program Implementation of the province in one event as part of the 18-day campaign.

For the PopDev Week, the highlights are the PopDev Quiz for 4th year high school students. There will also be an on-the-spot contests on essay writing, poster-making, and jingle writing  and singing.

Moreover, Arrea said that Surigao del Sur is currently the host of 2014 Regional Festival of Talents (RFOT) which partly conducted quizzes related to the PopDev Week celebration. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Bislig City holds DRRM Summit 2014

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Nov. 28 (PIA) – The local government of Bislig City through Mayor Librado Navarro spearheaded the Bislig Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Summit 2014 held today at the city covered court, here.

Speakers from different line agencies shared their skills and talked on topics related to disaster preparedness, management and mitigation such as Public Storm Weather Signal, Hydro Metrological Hazard; Preparedness, Regional Alert Level System; Disaster Relief Protocol, Management of Evacuation Centers; Incident Command System, Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis, Roles of the  Barangay Disaster Committee; and, Geohazard Maps of Bislig City.

These were discussed, respectively, by Alan Ray Ribo of PAG-ASA-Hinatuan; Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga regional director Lilibeth Famacion; Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga regional director Minda Brigoli; Office of the Civil Defense Caraga regional director Liza Mazo; and Engr. Daniel Belderol, officer-in-charge of Mines and Management Division, Mines and Geosciences Bureau.

Also, the program was highlighted with the State of City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Address by mayor Navarro; messages from League of Municipalities president, Carrascal Mayor Vicente Pimentel, Jr., 2nd district representative Florencio Garay, and governor Johnny Pimentel; and cultural presentations. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DAR-Surigao Norte readies farmer organizations on agrarian credit program

By Daryll M. Tumbaga

SURIGAO CITY, Nov. 28 (PIA) - The provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Surigao del Norte (DAR-SDN) conducted recently a series of activities focusing on the validation and finalization of the farm plan of its assisted Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) in the province.

The said activities were done to prepare the said ARBOs as they become recipients of the Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP) of the DAR.

A farm plan is a requirement to be able to avail of projects and funds under APCP. It identifies activities to be undertaken and enumerates the equivalent costing of the farm plan activities.

Under APCP, the credit needs of the ARBs on various projects such as agricultural crop production, agri-enterprise, and livelihood projects are being responded to.

The five ARBOs were the San Pedro Rural Workers Association of San Pedro, Alegria; Ima Women’s Initiated Community Association of Ima, Sison; Cantapoy Farmers and Fishermen Credit Cooperative of Cantapoy, Malimono; Union Agro-Aqua Credit Cooperative of Union, Dapa; and the Esperanza Farmers Credit Cooperative of Esperanza, Del Carmen, all in Surigao del Norte.

The board of directors, officers and some members of the five assisted ARBOs participated in the activities and they successfully underwent the tedious process of identifying and inputting data for the draft farm plan, including the presentation of the plan to the facilitators of which the plan was scrutinized and critiqued, and the finalization and polishing of the farm plan.

The DAR-SDN spearheaded the activity led by Lina Alvarez, Senior Agrarian Reform Program Officer. (SDR/PIO/DAR-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)