2015 Naliyagan Festival: A week-long festivity featuring the Agusan culture
By David M. Suyao
PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, June 10 (PIA) - The 23rd annual Naliyagan Festival will again bring a week-long sparkles day and night in the Naliyagan Cultural Center here featuring the Agusanon culture and the display of colorful tradition and hospitality.
The grand opening on June 12, 2015 will start at 5:00 a.m. with an Ecumenical Dawn Prayer right at the Naliyagan Cultural Center (NCC) ground. Featuring the Agusanon culture, the “Panawagtawag,” an Agusanon ritual will follow where native priests will call on good spirits to join and bless the week-long celebration, to be followed by the simultaneous holy mass at 6:00 a.m. in all parish churches provincewide.
The opening day of the festival is also the grand celebration of the 117th Philippine Independence Day.
After the concelebrated mass at the Saint Vincent Parish just across the Naliyagan Cultural Center, wreath-laying by Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza with the entire officialdom of the provincial government and the two congressional representatives of Agusan del Sur, Cong. Maria Valentina Plaza (District I), and Cong. Evelyn Plaza Mellana, (District II) will take place at the Jose Rizal monument with 21 gun salute by the Philippine Army led by 401st Brigade Commander Col. Alexander Macario as initial gesture of the Philippine Independence Day celebration.
Right after the wreath laying ceremony, the Philippine National Flag will be raised by the two congressional representatives, Cong. Plaza (District I), and Cong. Mellana, (District II), Gov. Plaza with DILG Provincial Director Arleen Sanchez and Col. Macario. Vice Governor Santiago Cane Jr. with the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will raise the provincial flag, then the hoisting of the city/municipal flags by the city/municipal mayors will follow. The Naliyagan flag will be hoisted last by former governor and Moral Recovery Program chairperson Valentina Plaza.
The grand opening of the 23rd Naliyagan Festival will be opened by an ecumenical prayer by the different religious leaders to be followed by the welcome address of Vice Gov. Cane, then the messages of the two congressional representatives.
Gov. Plaza will then deliver his message and declare the formal opening of the Naliyagan Festival 2015. After the declaration, balloons will be released together with the fleeing of doves as symbol of independence.
After Gov. Plaza declares the opening of the Naliyagan Festival, the opening of the Naliyagan Trade, Services and Entertainment Center will follow showcasing Agusanon’s bests.
The opening day of the Naliyagan Festival is expected to be fun. Today, the Gov. Eddiebong Plaza men’s tennis cup will take place at the Gov. D.O. Plaza Government Center grounds and the Day of the Tribong Agusanon. In the evening, everybody can witness the Naliyagan Cultural Show, the Naliyagan Party Jam sponsored by Cong. Bebs Mellana and the Naliyagan Foreworks Display to color the evening skies. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)
WHO, DOH to celebrate World Blood Donor Day
By Daisy Jane M. Apit
BUTUAN CITY, June 10 (PIA) - With the global theme of this year’s campaign “Thank you for saving life” and with the slogan “Give Freely, Give Often. Blood Donation Matters,” the World Blood Donor Day will be celebrated this coming June 14, 2015 throughout the world.
It focuses on thanking all the voluntary unpaid blood donors who save lives every day through their blood donations and to raise awareness of the need for regular, voluntary blood donations and adequate and safe blood transfusion.
The campaign aims to highlight stories from people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, as a way of motivating regular blood donors to continue giving blood and people in good health who have never given blood.
The objective of the campaign also consists of promotion of regular voluntary unpaid blood donation, creating wider public awareness of the need for regular donation at regular intervals, focusing on donor health and the quality of donor care as critical factors in building donor commitment and willingness to donate regularly, and persuasion of the ministries of health to show appreciation of regular voluntary unpaid donors and provide adequate resources for quality donor care.
The World Health Organization’s (WHO's) goal is for all counties to obtain all their blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors by 2020.
“In line with WHO’s intent for the next five years, the Department of Health (DOH) and the DOH Caraga regional office are extending all extraneous efforts to support the same mission. Let’s help save lives by giving a part of ourselves,” said DOH Caraga regional director Dr. Jose Llacuna, Jr. (DJA/PIACaraga)
DILG Sec. Roxas turns-over 10 police jeeps to AgNor LGUs
By Daisy Jane M. Apit
BUTUAN CITY, June 10 (PIA) – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas on Wednesday turned-over 10 multi-purpose police patrol jeeps to the 10 municipalities of Agusan del Norte at the Agusan del Norte provincial capitol covered court this city.
Sec. Roxas said the patrol jeeps are not only for responding to crime situations but for emergencies, as well. Such functions include transporting evacuees or relief goods during disasters.
"These jeeps are of great help. They will be used in patrolling, responding in emergencies and because Agusan Norte is one of the provinces that are usually calamity-stricken, the jeeps shall be used in disaster preparedness and response," said Roxas.
The local chief executives representing the municipalities of Buenavista, Carmen, Jabonga, Kitcharao, Las Nieves, Magallanes, Nasipit, RTR, Santiago and Tubay were all present in the turn-over ceremony.
"Our DILG Sec. Mar Roxas has been supporting us in our endeavors here in the province, And now, he is here to give us another blessing and we are looking forward for more. Wih this, I am asking all Agusanons to also give our full support to our secretary in whatever he may do for the good of our country," expressed Agusan del Norte Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba.
“There are 1,490 total number of cities in the Philippines and each one of them shall receive one patrol jeep. So far, there were already 153 jeeps distributed. And in identifying which cities/municipalities should be given, we ask first the help of the Peace and Order Council and the PNP,” Roxas said.
The next distribution of the patrol police jeeps shall be done October of this year, added Roxas.
Right after the turn-over event, Sec. Roxas proceeded to Bukidnon to also turn-over 20 patrol jeeps.
It was learned that he already distributed patrol jeeps in the provinces of Albay, Sorsogon, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Western Samar, Sarangani and South Cotabato. The procurement and distribution of patrol jeeps is part of the overall strategy to reduce crime not only in the nation's capital, but in the whole country as well. (DJA with reports from Jennifer P. Gaitano/PIA-Caraga)
ARB orgs undergo cooperative training
By Gil E. Miranda
BUTUAN CITY, June 10 (PIA) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan del Norte recently conducted a three-day training on Cooperative Management and Governance in line with the required 14 mandatory training of the Cooperative and Development Authority (CDA) held at the municipal gym in Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte on June 2 to 4.
The training was attended by some 40 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) consisting of cooperative leaders and officers that include managers, secretary, treasurers, bookkeepers from different ARB organizations in Las Nieves Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs).
The three-day activity enhanced the organizational capability of the coop leaders and officers to become self-reliant in assuming full responsibility toward economic advancement.
PARPO II Andre B. Atega, CESO VI said the training will transform the ARB organizations into efficient agricultural producers and entrepreneurs.
The participants actively shared their common experiences and presented the output as they play an integral role in meeting their proposed goals.
The activity worked with an experienced speakers from Resource Development Experience Consultancy headed by executive director Roger O. Fabe.
DAR and CDA are in the forefront to give the ARBOs the much needed thrust that will ensure their viability to fully link delivery of support services to agrarian reform beneficiaries in the form of access to microfinancing and raising agricultural productivity. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)