3.05.2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DepEd Caraga set to conduct Training of Trainers on Child Protection

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 5 (PIA) – To ensure an effective implementation of Department of Education’s (DepEd) Child Protection Policy, a National Training of Trainers (NToT) on Child Protection for Region-XIII is slated on March 9-13, 2015 at the Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, this city.

The training is aimed at building the capacities and competencies of school personnel, pupils, students, and parents to understand and deal appropriately the cases of child abuse, exploitation, violation and discrimination, bullying and peer violence.

“Personnel from the DepEd regional and division offices are specifically directed to attend the said training. They are encouraged to join especially those who are well-versed on child development, familiar with child’s rights, aware of Child Protection Policy, trained on facilitation skills, and child protection advocate,” said DepEd Caraga OIC regional director Rebecca Delapuz.

They are expected to cascade the training experience at the division and school level to advance awareness and facilitate efficient flow of information.

Participants are advised to confirm their interest to attend with the person in-charge at (085) 342-6267 or 09108432346 on or before March 5, 2015.

Said training is pursuant to DepEd Order No. 40, s. 2012 which stipulates the policy and guidelines on protecting children in school from abuse and violence, among others. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


DILG spearheads Operation 'Listo' in Surigao del Sur

By Grace Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 5 (PIA) – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) provincial office spearheaded on Wednesday a Disaster Preparedness Dialogue dubbed as Operation "Listo" held at Shacene Pension House- Function Hall, this city.

Operation “Listo” is a campaign for local government units of a unified tool and new protocol that will institutionalize disaster preparedness and response in every community.

During the morning session, a manual that is basically a local government unit’s (LGU's) detailed checklist of early preparation for a local chief executive (LCE) was presented and discussed. It guides the LGUs in the formulation of Disaster Preparedness Plan, which enables them to assess their respective readiness to respond to disasters and let them know what they need to address to meet the minimum levels of readiness.

The discussion as well as planning of the entire session was primarily focused on the areas where the civil society organizations (CSOs), private sectors, local research institutes (LRIs), and media partners can support the local government units.

Discussions and recommendations to further enhance the facilitation of the Barangay Coaching as well as the accreditation scheme for Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management office was also elaborated.

Meanwhile, the participants have showed support to Operation "Listo" through the active participation in the planning workshop in relation to their commitment in building disaster resilient communities. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


TESDA joins Women’s Month kick-off activity in Caraga

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 5 (PIA) - In observance of Women's Month celebration this year and as per directive of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director-General Sec. Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, personnel of TESDA-Caraga, TESDA-Agusan del Norte, and the Northern Mindanao School of Fisheries (NMSF) actively participated the foot parade marking the opening of the month-long celebration.

The parade started at around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at the Guingona Park in Butuan City passing the national highway going to the Agusan del Norte Provincial Covered Court. Adding color to the activity is the throwing, chasing, and participants coloring each other with holi powders.

After the parade, a short program was conducted which highlights the honoring of women state workers through flower and chocolate offering by the male government employees.

During the program, BGen Charito B. Plaza, former Congresswoman of the First Congressional District of Agusan del Norte emphasized the role of women in initiating peace and development of the community.

She pointed out that women’s edge over men in as far as leadership and management is concerned is that women decide matters through their hearts... “This means that we decide matters through passion… In this case, peace is always a factor in every decision made by women,” Plaza said.

Meanwhile, TESDA-Caraga regional director Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. stressed that as a contribution of the agency to the celebration, TESDA trainees in the massage and beauty care are invited during the conduct of Kalandrakas on March 11, 2015.

Also, TESDA-Caraga Gender and Development (GAD) focal person Fe Gomez said for TESDA female personnel, a training on Pastry-Making will be conducted within the month.

This year’s celebration pays importance of equitable participation and representation of women in policymaking or decision making in all levels of organizations or bodies in our society. “Juanas” who brought inspiring changes here in the country and across the globe with its theme “Juana, Desisyon Mo Ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na!”

The 2015 Women’s Month Celebration is the best time to highlight the “drivers of change” wherein women can express their strength, power and abilities being a credible leader in the society.

This celebration recognizes the role of women in the political arena or in any levels of organizations making use of her decision making that could influence their over-all contributions to progress. (TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur BIR remains poised amid test in tax collection

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 5 (PIA) – The Revenue District Office 106 (RDO 106) of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Surigao del Sur has remained optimistic amid hardship in hitting tax goal.

However, Monib Dimakuta, BIR district chief, said he is confident posting an increase in tax collection year in and year out.

Citing a -8.09 percent deficit or equivalent to P60,360,054.55, the BIR district chief admitted that in 2014 his office failed to hit the collection target of P745,763,000.

Meanwhile, this year 2015, Dimakuta bared hitting snag anew by posting -12.06 percent or equivalent to P9,879,104.41 for the month of January with a supposed tax goal of P81,946,000.

Nonetheless, he said exceeding the preceding year is already a big deal.

Dimakuta bared that in 2014, which cumulative collection summed up to P685,402,945.45,  the district office here has yielded a 12.42 percent increase or equivalent to P75,730,996.70 over the 2013 cumulative collection of P609,671,948.75. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Boosting rice farming through farm mechanization

By Aurelius P. Arais

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 5 (PIA) - To further boost the rice production in Caraga Region, the Department of Agriculture (DA) recently turned-over around 53 units of floating tillers to various farmers associations.

The turn-over ceremony was held at DA Research Station in Taguibo, Butuan City graced by DA Caraga acting Director IV Edna Mabeza.

Of the 53 units, 19 units were turned-over to farmers associations in Agusan del Sur particularly from municipalities of Loreto, Talacogon, San Francisco, Sta. Josefa, La Paz, San Luis, Trento and Bayugan City; nine units goes to Surigao del Norte particularly to municipalities of Gigaquit, Bacuag and Surigao City;  nine units goes to Butuan City; seven units to Agusan del Norte for the municipalities of Kitcharao, Santiago, and RT Romualdez; four units also to Surigao del Sur for the municipalities of Marihatag, San Miguel and Barobo; and two more units for the Province of Dinagat Islands. Recipients of the remaining three units are yet to be finalized.

In her message, Director Mabeza said that the floating tillers are part of the implementation of the farm mechanization program for the year 2014 and urged the recipients to maximize the use of the said farm implements.

Floating tiller is an on-farm machine that aids farmers to an easier, faster and efficient land preparation.

Dionisio Ruperez, chairman of the Capalayan/Guiso/Mananod/Canlangan or CAGUIMACAN Irrigators Association of Capalayan, Surigao City said that their group is looking forward to use the said equipment as it is a big help for their livelihood.

He said that using the floating tiller they will probably saved around 30-40 percent of the cost on one hectare lot during the land preparation than the traditional way of using the carabao.

“Siguro sir makatipid mi ug mga 30-40 porsiyento sa among galastuhan pag-andam sa among basak, maong mapasalamaton gyud mi sa DA (We can probably save 30-40 percent of the cost during land preparation that is why we are so thankful to DA)," Ruperez said.

After the turn-over ceremony, recipients brought home their respective units of floating tiller with smile on their faces, looking forward to bountiful rice farming. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Tinuig nga ebalwasyon batok sa malnutrisyon himuon sa PNC

Ni Mary Cheryl S. Monoy

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 5 (PIA) – Aron masulbad ang malnutrisyon, ang Provincial Nutrition Council (PNC) committee sa Agusan del Norte nga gipanguluhan ni gobernador Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba magpahigayon na usab og usa ka ebalwasyon sa tanang Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (MNAO) sugod sa Marso 18 hangtod sa Abril 8, 2015 alang sa insaktong implementasyon sa Municipal Nutrition Program nga gihaom sa Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN).

Usa kini sa nahisgutan atol sa quarterly PNC meeting bag-uhay pa lamang.

Libuton sa mga miyembro sa PNC Committee ang mga barangay nga girekomenda sa munisipyo/syudad og tan-awon ang mga importanteng dokumento sama sa paghimo og Operation Timbang (OPT) kon pila kabuok ang underweight, severely underweight ug ang overweight, kapila naghimo og supplemental feeding ngadto sa mga pre-school ug elementary pupils, aduna ba kini  tinanom nga mga gulay ug prutas sa palibot, micronutrient supplementation, food fortification, nutrition education, nutrition in essential maternal and child health services, livelihood assistance, trainings, seminars, funding support for nutrition programs, resolusyon ug mga ordinansa nga gihimo ug uban pa.

Miyembro sa komite si Provincial Board member Rey G. Jamboy isip tsirman sa SP Committee on Health and Nutrition, mga representante sa Department of Education, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Provincial Budget Office, Provincial Accountants Office, Provincial Agriculturist Office, Provincial Planning and Development Office, Provincial Veterinary Office ug uban pa.

Pangunahan sa Provincial Social Welfare, Population and Nutrition Services Office (PSWPNSO) ug PNC coordinator. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)