Friday, February 20, 2015

Caraga to mark 20th anniversary

By Rhea Mae C. Mendez

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA) - Caraga Region, created through Republic Act  (RA) 7901 on February 23, 1995, is now 20 years old!

The region in its platinum anniversary is recognizing various milestones. The occasion, dubbed as “Caraga at 20,” will be celebrated with a parade to be participated by regional line agencies (RLAs), local government units (LGUs) and other partners.

A thanksgiving mass and opening programme will follow shortly which will highlight the first ever State of the Regional Address (SORA) by Regional Development Council (RDC) chairperson Sol F. Matugas.

Authors of RA 7901 as well as other distinguished officials will be feted during the programme. The winner of the "Be the Agent of Change" Jingle-Making Contest will perform their winning piece.

Caraganons are invited to a two-day Caraga Through the Years Exhibit and Trade Fair to be showcased at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort and Convention Center. A Forum on Land Use Planning and a press conference will be conducted in the afternoon. The festivities for the day will be capped by a Fellowship Night organized by the Association of Caraga Executives (ACE).

Aside from this whole-day event, other anniversary activities are as follows: Caraga Regional Meet on February 23-27, 2015 in Tandag City; Local Overseas Job Fair on Feb. 25 - 27, 2015 in Claver, Surigao del Norte; Partners’ Forum of COSERAM on Feb. 25-27, 2015 at Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City; Caraga Culinary Show on Feb. 26-27, 2015 in Bayugan City; and Free National Competency Assessment Services on Feb. 23-27, 2015 at TESDA Regional and Provincial Offices.

Turning over a new leaf

“Caraga at 20” is symbolized by a leaf logo, which denotes prosperity as a result of diligence. The number of leaves represents the 20 years of Caraga as a region, and the leaf colors are the colors of FAME. Caraga Region positions itself as the Fishery, Agro-Forestry, Mineral, and Eco-Tourism (FAME) Center of the Philippines. (NEDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


DepEd supports 'Sining sa Eskwela' natl arts training for SHS

By Mario Y. Orendain

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA) - With the aim to provide the teachers with basic training in facilitating integrated subjects in the arts and design, artistic guidance, and production of instructional materials, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA) and DepEd Cultural Education Program was signed.

In a memorandum issued by DepEd secretary Br. Armin Luistro, DepEd will support the conduct of different activities of the Sining sa Eskwela National Arts Training for Senior High School (SHS) Arts and Design Track Teachers.

The conduct of the activities are scheduled on April 13 to 17, 2015 for the first batch and May 11 to 15, 2015 for the second batch. The training activities include Creative Industry I and II and Apprenticeship in the Arts; Leadership and Management and Entrepreneurship in the Arts; Developing Filipino Identity and the Arts and Social Science; Applied Research in the Arts; Personal and Physical Development in the Arts and Physical Developments in the arts and Physical Education/Health.

In Butuan City, the Agusan National High School offers the Special Program for the Arts (SPA) education.

The Sining sa Eskwela (SSE) is an arts education training program primarily for public school teachers specifically those teaching the Arts. This program provides arts experience to the teachers, through trainors’ training workshops, lecture-demonstrations, exhibitions and performances, film/video showings as well as cliniquing, mentoring, arts management, professional development and teacher wellness.

Participants for the trainings are the K to 12 Arts and Design senior high school teachers from public schools who will be handling the early implementation of the arts and design track of the K to 12 Curriculum this School Year (SY) 2015-2016, as SY 2016-2017.

The National K-12 Arts Training for Senior High Arts and Design Track is for teachers who will be handling the Arts and Design Track subjects of Grade 11 and 12. (DepEd Butuan City division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Butuan City division readies for CRAM 2015

By Mario Y. Orendain

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) Butuan City Division athletic delegation is now ready for the 2015 Caraga Regional Athletic Meet (CRAM) in Tandag City on February 22 to 27.

A total of 580 delegates composed of athletes, coaches and coordinators/officials from the Division of Butuan City will be joining the 18th CRAM to be hosted for the second time by the province of Surigao del Sur and it will take place at the Surigao del Sur Sports Center.

The following are the sports events in Elementary and Secondary Level. Archery; Football; Arnis; Gymnastics; Athletics; Sepak Takraw; Badminton; Softball; Baseball; Swimming; Basketball; Taekwondo; Billiard; Table Tennis; Boxing; Tennis; Chess; and Volleyball.

The 2015 CRAM will be joined by the 12 different athletic delegations comprised of over 6,000 participants including the coaches.

Caraga region is composed of 12 divisions, the provinces of Agusan del Norte; Agusan del Sur; Surigao del Norte; Surigao del Sur; and Dinagat islands; the cities of Bayugan; Butuan; Bislig; Cabadbaran; Surigao and Tandag; and Siargao Island Division.

The arrival and registration of participants will be on February 21 from 6:00 a.m. up to 12:00 p.m. only.

Dr. Rebecca V. Delapuz, DepEd Caraga assistant regional director and Officer-In-Charge issued a memorandum stating that during the athletic competitions, the “No Alcohol, No Smoking and No Gambling” policies must be observed by the members of the Officiating Committee. (DepEd Butuan City division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Butuan elem school grabs 2 awards

By Jay Neil S. Arcalas

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA) - San Juan Elementary School, one of the multi-grade schools of South Butuan District II, Butuan City Division grabbed two major awards for school year (SY) 2014-2015.

The school was awarded as 5th Placer in the Division Search for the Outstanding Gulayan Sa Paaralan Implementer - Multi-Grade Category during the Division Management Committee (ManCom) Conference held at the Division Training Center, this city.

The said division’s search aims to sustain the strong implementation of the said program in all schools as a main source of fresh vegetables for school feeding.  This is to ensure that the pupils especially the feeding beneficiaries can eat a well-balanced diet and at the same time, decrease the number of malnourished pupils in the schools.

Furthermore, among the 26 multi-grade schools in the division that joined the search, San Juan Elementary School was also awarded as 3rd Placer during the search for the Most Prepared School for the Opening of Classes, SY 2014-2015.

The said search further recognizes its effort in forwarding and advancing the DepEd’s initiative programs on Instituting Measures to Increase Time-On-Task, Oplan Balik Eskwela Plus 2014.

More so, this ensures that all schools are all ready in all aspects before the opening of classes. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Dinagat athletes join CRAM 2015

By Ma. Jane A.Mayola

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Feb. 20 (PIA) – The province of Dinagat Islands is all set to send 365 athletes to the the 18th Caraga Regional Athletic Meet (CRAM) on February 21-27, 2015 in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.

Rigid trainings and preparation for the said athletes are on-going for the goal to bring home an honor to the province.

According to Provincial Community Affairs Officer and Sports Coordinator Jay Benitez, the provincial government has already allocated a total amount of P4.4 million for the expenses of the athletes including equipment, uniform, transportation, among others.

The Department of Education (DepEd) - Dinagat Islands Division and the provincial government are hopeful that the delegation will obtain a title for the upcoming regional event. (SDR/PIC-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)