3.10.2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

PCA starts fertilizer distribution in SurSur

By Greg Tataro  Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 9 (PIA) – A total of 16,000 bags of fertilizer salts have already been distributed to all municipalities and cities of Surigao del Sur, according to the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) here.

George Rasonabe, PCA provincial manager, said allocation has been fixed, citing the corresponding number of bags given.

In all of District I, PCA has allocated a total of 9,487 bags while in District II, a total of 6,513 bags.

The fertilizer salts distribution was done in February 2015.

The breakdown of fertilizer distribution per municipalities/cities was bared as follows:

For District I – Carrascal—402; Cantilan—452; Carmen—764; Cortes—1,689; Tandag City—1,000; Tago—1,050; San Miguel—400; Bayabas—756; Cagwait—1,000; Marihatag—480; San Agustin—484; and Lianga—610.

Rasonabe clarified that allocation for Madrid town, also in District I,  was already included under Cantilan.

For District II – Barobo—963; Tagbina—1,332; Hinatuan—1,940; Bislig City—1,378;  and Lingig—900. (NGBT/Radyo g Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


BCPSTERA holds annual general assembly

By Dr. Jonas H. Jomonong

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 9 (PIA) - The Department of Education (DepEd) Butuan City Division conducted the annual general assembly and election of officers of Butuan City School Teaches, Employees and Retirees Association (BCPSTERA) on Saturday, March 7 at Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Gym, this city.

Schools Division Superintendent Josita B. Carmen encouraged all teachers and even retirees and employees to be a member of the said association.  “BCPSTERA has been helping teachers in times of their needs.  We really need to re-activate our membership in order to sustain its advocacy of helping our teachers, employees and retirees in their troubled times.  We need to register it to the national office so that it would be easier for us to avail certain services and other benefits being offered,” Carmen said.

Furthermore, Carmen stressed on the value of truth in all human endeavors.  “Truth is the basis of order.  Let us all be an advocate of truth,” she emphasized.

Lumbocan Elementary School school head Lolita Neri expressed her heartfelt thanks to the assembly for the financial support she received after her family suffered tragic fire that consumed all their resources.  “We are on the process on rebuilding our home, purchasing the needed supplies for my family.  The association's assistance mean so much to us,” she said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ana P. Lasco of BCPSTERA presented the association’s financial statement, cash receipts and cash disbursements.  Based on her report, the association has a total current assets amounting to 3,379, 049.25.  “Recently, the association has 1, 823 active members,” Dr. Lasco said.

On the other hand, BCPSTERA president Dr. Donald D. Orbillos comprehensively discussed the accomplishments for calendar year 2014.  He then presented some amendments to the body in which he emphasized that the annual membership fee and a mortuary/death aid is P400.00 plus a medical and hospitalization assistance of P200.00 with a total of P600.00 annually.  It was then approved by the body. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DepEd announces NAT administration

By Dr. Jonas H. Jomonong

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 9 (PIA) - The Department of Education (DepEd) Butuan City Division announces the administration of the National Achievement Test (NAT) for the fourth year, grade-III and grade-VI pupils for this school year.

The said test will be administered simultaneously throughout the country on March 5, 2015 for fourth year, March 11 for grade-III and March 12, 2015 for grade-VI. Those who will take part of the said administration of the tests and the retrieval of the test materials must observe high sense of integrity, reliability and honest.

“Let us practice the highest form of honesty and integrity in the conduct of the test in order to get and assess the performance of the students”, Schools Division Superintendent Josita B. Carmen emphasized.

The National Achievement Test administered by DepEd is a set of standardized tests addressing the major subjects taught in school.  Scores of students provide a quick glimpse of the current state of education in the country. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


SurSur chief cop reminds men to stay alert

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 9 (PIA) – Following the series of latest atrocities carried out by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Bukidnon province, the entire police force in this province has been ordered to stay alert.

On Sunday, seven cargo trucks were reportedly burned in Quezon town, Bukidnon; a little earlier, a military patrol base there, some three kilometers away, was also allegedly harassed.

P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero, acting provincial director, admitted activities of the NPA bandits are not unknown to him, saying he has “never downgraded the alert status” in the province ever since holding the PNP top post almost a year ago.  

He claimed NPA rebels have remained a “potent threat against peace, order and security” here.

Last Saturday, a report on burning incident in San Miguel town, 31 kilometers south, this city,  reached the provincial police office (PPO) regarding one unit white Delica Space Gear van with plate no. KFR 137 owned by a certain Analie Gala y Canton, 32, married, a business woman.

Verdadero said he is yet awaiting progress report on the matter after initial investigation showed four unidentified armed suspects were reportedly seen by an eyewitness setting the vehicle on fire.

Two days earlier, suspected NPA rebels have been reported to be behind the ambush of a civilian vehicle loaded with copra using a landmine aside from firing guns in Carmen town, 45 kilometers north, this city, injuring in the process a 16-year old boy on board.

In recent weeks, the 36th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (PA) under Lt. Col. Anastacio Suaybaguio, Jr., has engaged with the rebel groups for a number of times in San Miguel town; at one point, even scoring against the enemies, who suffered a casualty. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DSWD-Caraga hands over P13.1M CSF to SEA-Ks in SurSur

By Ryan Malbas Tapayan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Mar. 9 (PIA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Caraga (DSWD) through the Sustainable Livelihood Program hands over the check worth P13,197,000.00 to the municipalities of Tago (P6,450,000.00) and San Agustin (P6,747,000.00) as Capital Seed Fund (CSF) to identified Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) associations of over 1,369 beneficiaries for the two municipalities.

The CSF aims to support government funded mini-community-organizations to identify micro-enterprises as a way of income generating activity of a particular SEA-K.

In her message, DSWD Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli challenges the beneficiaries to use the amount properly in order to help themselves uplift their status of living.

“All our undertakings are useless without the support of the local government and most of all, to the provincial government. That is why, the DSWD-Caraga is thankful to Gov. Pimentel for his genuine support to all the programs of the DSWD in the province of Surigao del Sur. But most importantly, the DSWD is thankful sa ating mga pinakamamahal na mga benepisyaryo. Because all of these are nothing without you,” Brigoli added.

Along with the check turn-over was the acceptance response of the SEA-K president.

In her message, SEA-K president of San Agustin, Susana P. Osorio said that they are thankful to the DSWD for giving them hope and inspiration to continue life and make them believe that there is always reason to live.

“Mapasalamaton gayud kami sa DSWD sa tanan tabang nga ilang gibubo para sa amo. Sa akong panglantaw, sa tanang programa sa gobyerno, mao gayud kini ang tinuod nga nagasulbad sa ka-pobrehon sa mga kabus. Ug salamat pud sa gipaabot ni Mam Minda mahitungud sa usa ka SLP beneficiary nga kuno karon, tinuod na gayud nakalingkawas sa ka-pobrehon. Ug siya gayud naghagit kanamo nga gamiton ning gamay nga pohunan sa maayo. Because if she can do it, we in San Agustin can do it also (We are so thankful to the DSWD to all the support they have given us. In my own opinion, of all the programs of the government, this is the program [SLP] that truly solves the problem of the poor. And we are also thankful to RD Brigoli for sharing as the story of a Sustainable Livelihood Program beneficiary.  For challenging us that if she can do it, we in San Agustin can do it also),” Osorio happily shared.

In the activity, the LGU chief executives of the two municipalities graced in the event together with their vice-mayors and sangguniang bayan members. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DSWD-Caraga celebrates National Adoption Consciousness Month

By Ryan Malbas Tapayan

NASIPIT, Agusan del Norte, Mar. 9 (PIA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga through the Institutional Development Division held recently the two-day activity labelled as foster and adoptive parents congress at Amontay Beach Resort, this municipality.

Themed as "Creating a Better Place to live through a Nurturing Family and Environment," the activity aims to provide opportunities to parents to share their experiences and bring their issues regarding adoption and foster cases, and to advocate for more foster and adoptive families to take care of abandoned, neglected and surrendered children. 

Biological parents are the best persons to care and nurture a child. Likewise, every child has the right to grow and be nurtured by a family. However, there are instances when a family is unable to care for a child due to separation, abandonment, illness and extreme poverty. Reasonable efforts must be made to maintain the family who could provide them with love and security.

“Foster care is the most nurturing out-of-home placement for children in need of temporary substitute family care. Though residential facilities are available, still, it is best for the child to grow in a family where a child is given individualized care,” DSWD Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli shared.

Substitute parental care requires the need to protect both the child and foster family. Hence, the passage of Republic Act 10165 otherwise known as Foster Care Act of 2012. Adoption as a social work intervention ensures that a family life can be restored to a child deprived of a child’s biological family.

“Considering the foster and adoptive families also encounter challenges in rearing and taking care of children, the Department sees the need to regularly conduct adoptive and foster parent’s congress,” said Adoption Resource and Referral Section Focal Person Jessie Catherine B. Aranas.

“This activity provides a venue for the adoptive and foster children to meet and share their experiences while they are under the care of their adoptive and foster parents. Thus, making this activity an annual celebration,” Aranas added.

February is considered the Adoption National Consciousness Month. The nationwide activity is themed “Legal na Ampon Ako, Anak na Totoo.” (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Formal launch set for activities of Women’s Month celebration in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 9 (PIA) – The month-long activities for the Women’s Month celebration in Surigao del Sur are set to be launched via a formal affair on Tuesday, March 10 despite initial opening during the first day of the month by way of hanging of streamers carrying the theme “Juana, Desisyon Mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na!”

Milagros Arreza, Gender and Development (GAD) focal person, announced on Monday during the flag ceremony program at the capitol lobby significant activities for the whole day affair which are split into three main parts.

These include a motorcade, Holy Mass, Trade Fair formal opening, and opening program for the first part;  “KALANDRAKAS” featuring TESDA services, medical consultation, free legal aide, information drive, blood donation for the second part; and “Zumba,” which is the third and last part, she said.

Nerissa Espinosa, Surigao del Sur Women’s Employees Association (SSWEA) president-elect will do the honors of welcoming attendees during the opening program at 11:00 a.m.

Governor Johnny Pimentel is set to give a message.

Myla Faye Cariño, regional director of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), is guest speaker, it was learned.

Meanwhile, Arreza also bared the culmination rites on March 26 with various livelihood training  as highlights to be undertaken, respectively, by Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Provincial Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Office (PFARO), as well as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). 

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is likewise set to conduct Financial Management Orientation, based on the official program.

Early this month, several activities have already been held among different groups and organizations in connection with the celebration. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


12 Caraga towns ready for CY 2015 Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA implementation

By Eunice G. Montaos

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 9 (PIA) - Twelve municipalities in Caraga region are set to continue this year the implementation of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) - PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) project.

In partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga, the following municipal local government units (MLGUs) had already signified full support for the next cycle of Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA implementation: Esperanza, San Luis, Kitcharao, Jabonga, Bayabas, San Miguel, Mainit, Gigaquit, Alegria, RTR, Tagbina, and Veruela.

A total amount of P48.3-M is allotted for the 161 conflict-affected barangays which were identified to be the beneficiaries of the project.

“The communities in these barangays will spearhead the implementation of sub-projects which will address their locale’s most pressing needs of basic social services amid the peace and development challenges,” said DSWD Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli.

To date, 10 MLGUs have already signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the CY 2015 Project engagement with DSWD-Caraga. The other two towns are scheduled to sign the MOA within March 2015.

PAMANA is the national government’s peace and development framework to respond and strengthen peace building, reconstruction, and development in conflict-affected areas. This framework is adopted by the Kalahi-CIDSS program implementation in which peace and social cohesion lens is mainstreamed and integrated in all project processes.

The objectives of the Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA project emphasize on building capacities of communities in addressing the disputes and promoting peace through activities that ensure participation and inclusion of most vulnerable groups or sectors. It also caters to reduce poverty through community intervention and focused delivery of social services and to improve governance by convergence of the delivery of basic social services. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)