Friday, March 6, 2015

Caraga GAD committee to recognize outstanding, successful women during 2015 ‘Kalandrakas’

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 6 (PIA) – Another set of outstanding and successful women will be recognized by the Regional Development Council – Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) Caraga during this year’s ‘Kalandrakas’ on March 11 at Balanghai Hotel, this city.

This was announced by RDC-GADCC chairperson and Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga regional director Atty. Marylin Pintor during the kick-off celebration of the Women’s Month.

“We will once again recognize the women in Caraga who were outstanding and successful in their field of expertise and career during the Kalandrakas. We hoped to see more women who continues to excel in their fields. Just in time for the 2016 election, we are also encouraging more women to participate in politics and let their voices be heard. Women should get involve in policy-making and decision making in all levels in the locality,” highlighted Pintor.

Pintor bared that the Kalandrakas in Butuan City is a venue for technology transfer for life saving techniques, livelihood opportunities and skills development, trade fair, ukay-ukay, bingo game, garage sale, GAD film showing, beauty and massage parlors, parlor games, medical mission and also a venue for information dissemination on GAD issues and concerns.

Also, Pintor disclosed that agencies with their best shots (pictures) during the Color Fun-Walk which marked the opening of this year’s Women’s Month will be featured in the “Holi-fied” Photo Exhibit during the said event. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte Tourism Council elects new officers

By Mary Jul Escalante

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar.  6 (PIA) - Tourism stakeholders of this province elected their new officers to head the Provincial Tourism Development Council.

The newly-elected officers for the executive committee were Judy Ann J. Larong, president; Concepcion R. Paqueo, vice-president; Larry R. Dillo, secretary; Lydia P. Ga, treasurer; Ruby Ann Santos, auditor; and Mary Jul Escalante, P.I.O.

Committee chairpersons and members were board member Melva P. Garcia for legislation; Celestino Negapatan for marketing and promotions; Josefa Paloma for education and training; Ivonnie B. Dumadag for planning; Imelda Boncaros for eco-tourism; Irenetta Montinola for culture and arts; Engr. Henry Cruz Marapao and Engr. Alwin Pono for utilities; Mildred Padilla and Engr. Junelito Abrazado for transportation; PSSupt. Julito M. Diray for peace and order.

For sectoral representatives: Engr. Leonel Santos of Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) will represent the private and business sector; Msgr. Edito Alcala for religious sector; Rosanna S. Bautista of Surigao Education Center (SEC) and Dr. Ecclesiastes Dumanig of Surigao State College and Technology (SCCT) for academe; and Bacuag mayor Sheila Mae O. Cebedo for the league of municipal mayors.

Governor Sol F. Matugas officiated the oath-taking of the newly-elected officers.

The council will be the partner of the Provincial Tourism Office and Siargao Island Tourism Development Council in the planning and implementation of tourism development programs and activities in the province. (SDR/PIC-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


AFP condemns NPA for landmine ambush against civilian in SurSur, 1 hurt

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 6 (PIA) – Lt. Col. Anastacio Suaybaguio, Jr., 36th Infantry Battalion commander of the Philippine Army (PA) in Surigao del Sur has condemned the acts of the New People’s Army (NPA) when it allegedly staged an ambush on Wednesday against a private vehicle with civilians on board using a landmine, one was hurt.

“We condemn the terroristic acts of the NPAs,” said the army official, pointing out that what the rebels did was a “violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).”

According to Capt. Al Anthony Pueblas, battalion civil military officer (CMO), the incident took place at around 5:45 p.m. in Sitio Eges-Eges, Barangay Cancavan, Carmen town, 45 kilometers north of this city.

The vehicle coming from Madrid, a neighbor town northward, was set to deliver copra to Poblacion, Carmen, it was learned.

The victim, identified as Jimmy Nales, 16 years old and a minor at that, was immediately rushed to Madrid District Hospital for treatment, but later transferred to Adela Serra-Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC), this city.

Reportedly, the vehicle, with plate no. EMB 246 driven by Alvin Estrada Abergas, 25, is owned by a certain P03 Erlito Pia Zablas, resident of Poblacion, Carmen.

Meanwhile, Capt. Pueblas said that army troopers in coordination with Carmen Police Station immediately responded “to conduct clearing operation.”

During the police investigation, empty shells of AK47 and M16 rifles were found at the scene as well as “steel bars used as shrapnel” from a detonated landmine, he added. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


172 farmers undergo training on upland, natural farming system in Dinagat Islands

By Daryll M. Tumbaga & Evangeline P. Oriat

LIBJO, Dinagat Islands, Mar. 6 (PIA) - A total of 172 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) of this municipality have undergone a training on growing upland rice and natural farming system with farm planning conduced by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Dinagat Islands.

The activity was conducted in two separate occasions, it was learned. Ninety ARBs attended in Brgy. Garcia on February 18-20, 2015 while 82 farmers attended in Brgy. Rosita on February 20-21, 2015, all in the municipality of Libjo.

The training was aimed to enrich the knowledge of Banika Rice Farmers on the benefits of using organic fertilizer instead of commercial ones in their rice fields.

It has already been proven that upland rice farming incurs lesser expenses compared to low land farming system. The participants were also trained on how to mix ingredients of the organic fertilizer.

The said ARBs are all upland rice farmers applying for the upland rice loan of the Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP).

The APCP was forged by DAR, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Landbank of the Philippines under the CARPER Law (R.A. 9700) in which the said agencies pooled their resources and forged a partnership through a Memorandum of Agreement to implement the APCP. (SDR/DAR-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


DAR introduces rice duck farming system to agrarian coops in Dinagat Islands

By Daryll M. Tumbaga & Evangeline O. Oriat
   
DINAGAT, Dinagat Islands, Mar. 6 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) provincial office here recently conducted a training on integrated rice duck farming system to its three assisted Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs).               

The three ARBOs were the Cayetano Consumers Cooperative, Cabungaan Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Luna Agra Manufacturing Cooperative.

The member-participants were ARBs who have availed of the Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP) loan from DAR and are identified rice farmers in the area.

The training was aimed to introduce to the farmers the rice duck farming to help increase their income on farm production.

The rice duck farming provides knowledge on fertilization, weeding, pest control and stimulation effect, it also provides opportunity for agri-eco-tourism, helps increase in yield, provides food security and income, reduces the use of manual labor, and promotes healthy environment.

According to the participants the training are very helpful, relevant and timely specially that the commercial fertilizers are in price hike. (SDR/DAR-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


DA recognizes rice achievers

By Rhea C. Abao

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 6 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture (DA) continues to achieve its goal to attain and sustain rice self-sufficiency within the current administration until 2016 and beyond.

The goal will not be made possible without the support of the Agriculture Extension Workers (AEW), Local Farmer Technicians (LFT), and Local Government Units (LGUs) in implementing programs for the farmers on the field specifically in improving rice production.

With this, DA-13 recognizes nine AEWs, two LFTs, and the local government unit of Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur as the national awardees for the Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Awards (APRAA) 2014 representing Caraga region.

DA 13 regional director Edna M. Mabeza said that the APRAA is an annual recognition for the top performing key players in the rice industry. Its goal is to recognize and motivate AEWs, LFTs and LGUs to act as partners for the development of the agriculture sector.

“The DA National Program wanted to encourage commitment and ensure excellent performance of our LGU stakeholders of their respective functions and responsibilities,” Mabeza said.

The nine AEW awardees are Editha G. Osin, Patricinio G. Moran Jr., Marion G. Martin III and Lindamar I. Nonan from Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur; Perla P. Darang, Cecilia G. Abdulmajid, and Gertrulyn T. Natonton from Buenavista, Agusan del Norte; Eulalia E. Pore from Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur and Victoria I. Roda from Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

Two LFTs in the region are also included in the national awardees, they are Violeta Alegado from Buenavista, Agusan del Norte and Elenita L. Limpag, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.

The municipality of Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur is one of the Outstanding LGU (municipality category), which brought a significant contribution towards the increase of rice production in the region and the country as a whole in meeting the targets under the Food Staples Sufficiency Program.

Each AEW and LFT will receive P20,000 cash award while the outstanding municipality will receive P1 million worth of projects which will further boost the rice industry in their locality.

Regional Rice Program Coordinator Edgardo D. Dahino said that the selection of awardees is based on the criteria set by the National Technical Working Group. The criteria are the following: production data in 2013 versus 2014; yield increment and production;  trainings conducted and attended;  internal revenue allotment allotted to the agriculture program;  allocation of personnel to the rice program; use of quality seeds; road map; number of farmers and clusters assisted and submission of reports.

“Last year, many AEWs, LFTs and LGUs vied for the awards. This is a positive response to the challenge to be a rice self-sufficient nation for the year and beyond,” Dahino said. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)


DPWH bares 2015 infra program status in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, March 6 (PIA) – The 1st District Engineering Office (DEO) of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Surigao del Sur bared recently the status of their 2015 Infrastructure Program.

Classified into two, national and local, District Engr. Joseph Calderon identified a total of 48 projects—27 of which are under the former while 21 belongs to the latter.

It was also bared that the national projects carry a total budget cost of P457,692,000;  the local with a corresponding P540,692,000.

For updates, comments have been provided under the remarks column.

Meanwhile, since most of the national projects have already been bid out, winning contractors have likewise been revealed. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tagalog News: Militar haharapin ang bagong armadong grupo sa Mindanao, ayon sa opisyal ng Palasyo

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Mar. 6 (PIA) - Sineguro ng Palasyo na haharapin ng Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas (AFP) ang mga elementong walang kinikilalang batas sa bansa para maseguro ang kapayapaan at kaayosan.

“Ginagampanan ng ating Sandatahang Lakas ang tungkulin na tutukan lahat ng pagkilos ng iba’t ibang armadong grupo, lalong-lalo na ang mga naghahasik ng ligalig sa ating bansa at sa ating mga pamayanan. Hindi sila papahintulutang magsagawa ng mga aksyon na iyan at pipigilin sila ng ating Sandatahang Lakas,” sabi ni Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. sa isang panayam sa media sa Malakanyang noong Huwebes.

Nagbigay siya ng kaseguruhan kasunod ng ulat na isang grupo ng mga walang kinikilalang batas ang sumibol sa Central Mindanao.

Sinabi ng AFP noong Miyerkoles na isang bagong grupo na tinatawag na Justice for Islamic Movement (JIM) na pinamumunuan ni Mohamed Ali Tambaco ang nangangalaga sa Pilipinong tagagawa ng bomba na si Basit Usman.

Nagawang  tumakas ni Usman habang ang teroristang Malaysian na si Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan ay namatay noong naglunsad ng operasyon ang Special Action Force (SAF) ng pulis noong nakaraang Enero sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao na nagresulta rin sa pagkamatay ng 44 na miyembro ng SAF.

Sinabi ng military na si Tambaco ay naging miyembro noon ng Moro National Liberation Front at ng Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter at naging kasapi ng Abu Sayyaf at Jemaah Islamiah, isang militanteng grupo ng islam na aktibo sa Southeast Asia.

Sinabi ng AFP na ang bagong armadong grupo ay target din ng lubosang opensiba ng military na inilusad noong nakaraang linggo sa Maguindanao at North Cotabato. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)