1.05.2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

DSWD Caraga achieves 100% completion of community-implemented PAMANA sub-projects in 2014

By Eunice G. Montaos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 5 (PIA) - A total of 180 sub-projects from the Php53.7M grant of the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) project were accomplished last year by the identified conflict-affected communities in the region.

The said sub-projects were implemented by the communities, and were facilitated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga coursed through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP).

Recipient municipalities of KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP PAMANA include Remedios T. Romualdez, Kitcharao, Veruela, San Luis, Esperanza, Alegria, La Paz, San Miguel, Tagbina, Bayabas, Mainit, Gigaquit, and Jabonga.

DSWD-Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli disclosed that some 78,435 households will benefit the said peace and development sub-projects.

“In this endeavor, we are expecting that around 43,534 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary households will enjoy the completed community facilities,” Brigoli said.

The peace and development projects are solar and electric-powered street lights, multi-purpose buildings, concrete pathways, drainage canals, concrete roads, level II gravity-driven water systems, communal rainwater harvesters, tribal house, pre-and-post harvest facilities, and others.

Regional program manager and assistant regional director for operations Mita G. Lim also shared that the said sub-projects were completed ahead of the set deadline which is in December 2014.

“Through our hardworking members and empowered community volunteers, we accomplished 100% completion of these sub-projects before the month of December,” Lim added.

The PAMANA is the national government’s peace and development framework to respond and strengthen peace building, reconstruction, and development in conflict-affected areas (CAAs). Its main objectives are to reduce poverty, improve governance, and build capacities. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Landbank-Tandag City branch runs out of cash

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 5 (PIA) – Notwithstanding the assurance made by Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) Tandag City Branch Manager Herbert Luna for an efficient banking service during the long holiday break, unexpectedly and uncharacteristically, the bank’s ATMs ran out of cash since January 1.

However, Lani Garcia-Sy, assistant bank manager, vowed that by the first banking day on January 5, 2015, service is going back to normal.

She did not mince words to admit the shortcoming but explained they can do nothing about the situation that was brought about, primarily, by Tropical Storm Seniang that hit the province on December 29.

Transporting cash other than the usual land route would be difficult, she hinted, referring to the detour bridge traversing the Hubo river in Barangay Buhisan, San Agustin town, 64.5 kilometers south of Tandag City, that was washed out.

The situation severed the flow of traffic to and from Tandag City down south, thus affecting much the movement, not only of the public, but also of goods and merchandise.

In the meantime, DPWH District Engr. Joseph Calderon offered an alternate route for motorists bound for Butuan City and other destinations outside of Caraga region, which is via Surigao del Norte. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur posts six firecracker/fireworks-related victims

By Greg Tataro Jr

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 5 (PIA) – About six firecracker/fireworks-related injuries have been recorded at the Adela Serra-Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC) in Surigao del Sur—the biggest hospital in the province—during the holiday revelries.

According to Alma Trinidad, emergency room (ER) chief nurse, all of the victims were minors, pointing out to “piccolo” as the culprit, except for the 40-year old man, who was said to have suffered a minor eye-injury while watching fireworks display.

It was learned that the first victim, a 14-year old boy, was recorded on December 21—way within the “Code While Alert” period which took effect on December 16, 2014 until January 4, 2015.

Before the alert was raised by the Department of Health (DOH), Dr. Ponciano Limcangco, ASTMMC chief of hospital, already made his remark that victims of firecrackers and other related injuries are welcome. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur premier city, other towns remain isolated due to 'collapsed bridge'

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 5 (PIA) – Travel via Surigao-Davao Coastal Road (SDCR) to Tandag City and the rest of the towns going to the north after San Agustin town, 64.5 kilometers south, this city, in Surigao del Sur, remains severed due to detour bridge collapse crossing the Hubo River caused by Tropical Storm Seniang on December 29.

However, DPWH district engineer Joseph Calderon of the First Congressional District Office here expressed confidence that DPWH Caraga regional director (RD) Engr. Danilo Versola has already issued instructions for the immediate restoration of said detour bridge while work for the concrete Hubo Bridge is ongoing.

The concrete bridge in the area has been under repair and restoration since its approach was destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda way back in 2013, recalled DPWH asst. district engineer Ruel Bantugan in a separate interview.

In addition, Bantugan said that Hubo bridge is going to be finished by March 2015.

For now, Calderon said that work to put back in place the detour bridge cannot just resume since the water level in Hubo River is still high; besides, the current is yet too strong.

Meanwhile, he indicated that the situation is difficult for travelers and businessmen alike due to inconvenience of transferring from one vehicle to another, particularly those who have baggage/ luggage as well as goods and merchandise.


In this regard, Calderon advised motorists bound for the northern and central towns of the province including Tandag City to just go via Surigao del Norte.  (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)