7.01.2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CARFEDPWD celebrates 37th NDPR week celeb, to hold 'Dinner for a Cause'

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 30 (PIA) – In time with this year’s 37th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week celebration on July 17-23, the Caraga Federation of Persons with Disabilities, Incorporated (CARFEDPWD) in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga and Regional Committee on Disability Affairs (RCDA) is spearheading a ‘Dinner for a Cause’ on July 24, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

“To enable the persons with disabilities to participate effectively in a free society where we can access an inclusive, quality and equal basis with others in the communities in which we live, reasonable accommodation of the individual’s requirements is provided,” disclosed Delfin Antallan, CARFEDPWD Regional President.

Antallan added that the proceeds of the activity will be used to fund the transportation expenses of the children with disabilities who are in school.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme, “Health and Wellness of Persons with Disabilities, Opportunities Towards an Inclusive Development for All.”  (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


NAPOLCOM, PNP spearhead 20th PCR Month celeb

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 30 (PIA) – The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) together with the Philippine National Police (PNP) is spearheading this year’s 20th Police Community Relations (PCR) Month in July with the theme “Matibay na Ugnayan ng Mamamayan at Pulisya, Simbolo ng Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran ng Sambayanan.”

“This month-long observance is mandated by Presidential Proclamation No. 764, declaring the month of July of every year as Police Community Relations Month,” bared PNP-Caraga OIC regional director Pedro Obaldo.

Obaldo emphasized that the PCR Month celebration is an opportune time to further enhance public awareness on its crucial role in crime prevention.

“It also serves as a vehicle in soliciting community support and participation to the various programs of the PNP,” he added. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DA, LGUs strengthen regional disaster risk management for agriculture

By Vanessa P. Sanchez

BUTUAN CITY, June 30 (PIA) - “We cannot wait for disaster to hit us. Rather, we have to prepare for it,” said Dr. Roberto Sandoval, Jr. of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) on why there is a need for mitigation planning.

The UN FAO in coordination with the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 13 (DA-RFO 13) conducted a two-day Rehabilitation and Mitigation Planning Workshop and Action Planning for Disaster Risk Reduction for Agriculture on June 2 and 3.

DA Caraga regional executive director Edna M. Mabeza urged the participants to work together so that the needed interventions will be delivered right away to the affected areas. She also emphasized the need to be realistic in submission of damage reports so that those that need immediate responses will be addressed right away.  

Dr. Sandoval also reminded the participants that Disaster Risk Reduction is not just about inputs or infrastructure but it could also be changing of practices or technologies.

The workshop outputs on Rehabilitation Planning and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) Analysis on DRR in Agriculture will be used as basis in addressing the El Niño affected areas and for mitigation measures for other disasters that may happen in the future.

In the midst of the mild El Niño that the country is experiencing, only two provinces in the region, the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur, have declared to have been affected, so far.

Representatives from the Municipal Agriculture Offices of the region, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Offices, and DA Caraga participated in the workshop. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


120 ARBs undergo training on rice production enhancement

By Daryll M. Tumbaga & Lina S. Alvarez

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, June 30 (PIA) – A total of 120 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) recently underwent a three-day course training on rice production enhancement conducted by the provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Surigao del Norte (DAR-SDN).

The course was aimed to capacitate the ARBs in enhancing their farm practices in producing rice thereby increasing their production.

The said ARBs came from the six assisted Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) of DAR-SDN, they are all borrowers under the agency's Agrarian Production Credit program.

Rollie S. Parejo, a resource person from PhilRice-Agusan, was tapped to share his expertise in Palay Key Check Technology and grain post-harvest technology. (SDR/DAR-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DepEd Butuan holds Abot-Alam enhancement training

By Dr. Jonas H. Jomonong

BUTUAN CITY, June 30 (PIA) - Some 100 Abot-Alam Literacy volunteers, Abot-Alam teachers, district Alternative Learning System (ALS) coordinators, mobile teachers, public school district supervisors and ALS education specialist recently attended a three-day Enhancement Training and Assessment of the Abot-Alam program implementation on June 25-27, 201 at Veranda 2 in Carmen, Agusan del Norte.

The said training, spearheaded by the Department of Education (DepEd) Butuan City division, aims to re-orient on the basis of the Abot-Alam program implementation; make assessment of 2014 Abot-Alam implementation; discuss proper inputting of Alternative Learning System (ALS) Management Information System/Learner Information System (MIS/LIS); and learn the different skills’ training for integration to ALS Abot-Alam classes.

The highlight of the training was the actual exposure of the participants on the different livelihood skills such as making of detergent, dishwashing liquid, perfume, bracelet, rags, pat holder to name a few. Another thing was the community immersion of the participants wherein they were grouped into two for literacy mapping in the two assigned puroks and conducted actual interviews to some respondents through house-to-house visits. These respondents were explained on the basic concepts and benefits that they might get from the Abot-Alam program.

Furthermore, Abot-Alam program is a convergence program and a national strategy to locate the out-of-school youth (OSY) nationwide who are 15-30 years old and who have not completed basic/higher education or who are unemployed, and to mobilize and harmonize programs which will address these OSY’s needs and aspirations.  It aims to reach one million OSYs in 2014 and one million in 2015 and to provide them with appropriate interventions on education, entrepreneurship, or employment.          

In addition, Abot-Alam envisions a Zero OSY Philippines come 2016 in support of the DepEd’s education for all (EFA) goals.  It is a continued thrust of the government to provide all Filipinos access to quality education and ensure that no learner is left behind. (DepEd-Butuan City/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Gov't strengthens marketing support for lobster producers in PDI town

By Mardell Allen G. Delanto

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, June 30 (PIA) - The municipality of Cagdianao, province of Dinagat Islands (PDI) is progressively being transformed into a thriving lobster producing center in Caraga region.

With this reason, an Enhancement of Agribusiness and Marketing Support Services to Lobster Orientation was set by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist in partnership with the national line agencies in the province on June 10, 2015 at Brgy. Cabunga-an Gym. 

The said activity aims to address the issues and concerns in lobster production and marketing. More so, it intends to set a clear vision for the municipality’s lobster industry.

It was attended by 21 lobster producers from Brgy. Poblacion, R. Ecleo, Cabunga-an, Maatas and Tigbao.

Also in attendance were Assistant Provincial Agriculturist  Emprecion Aban together with Senior Aquaculturist  Zenda Elago. Also, among the national line agencies invited to the said forum were the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

During the forum, series of presentation were delivered by representatives from the national line agencies. The morning assembly began with a talk from Juanita Bahian of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Provincial Fishery Office. She gave a presentation and maintenance and harvesting.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Dinagat Islands technical staff Mardel Allen Delanto provided inputs on the market opportunities for lobsters in the local as well in export markets. Apart from this, Delanto also stressed to the stakeholders the basic marketing strategies that they could apply in selling their products.

The afternoon session gives emphasis on the assistance given by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) presented by Arnaldo Anito, Administrative Aide VI from the said agency.

In his lecture, he gave emphasis on DOLE’s Livelihood/Kabuhayan and Emergency Employment Program.

Furthermore, an open forum was also conducted. Participants were able to ask questions concerning the production and marketing of lobster, to include the feeding management, selling of lobster fingerlings to competitors, and different assistance for lobster producers from the national line agencies. (SDR/DTI-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


AgNor solon lauds new TESDA grads, hand-over livelihood toolkits

BUTUAN CITY, June 30 (PIA) – Two hundred (200) students under the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) completed their training last June 27, 2015. These students were grantees of Lawig TESDA Scholarship Program.

In his message, Agusan del Norte first district representative Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun commended the graduates and the TESDA for spearheading the said program. “The beauty of TESDA programs need not be overemphasized. The technical skills you have earned while enrolled in the STEP certainly are at par with the job demands of the market,” the solon remarked.

Cognizant of the program’s utmost importance, Fortun mentioned the “equally important opportunity for everybody to contribute towards nation building” the program has been offering.

“My dear graduates, the landscape for job industry has certainly been under pressure for change. It is no longer the case that you need to have a college degree to land a decent, productive job. And this precisely is the core of TESDA, to provide equally important opportunity for everybody to contribute towards nation building. What we are doing right now is part and parcel of our democracy: equal opportunity, social justice, and right to a better future,” Fortun in his message.

The solon also highlighted the impending need to upscale the human resources through skills training. “With Philippines participation to ASEAN integration, we need to revolutionize ourselves, and adopt to growing innovations besetting us,” Fortun said.

In his final note, Fortun challenged the new graduates to contribute towards nation-building and give back to the community. “After this ceremony, what will you do? We have a challenge for you: go and find a job or build an enterprise. Practice what you have learned, earn an income, and give back to the community. Help build this country, help steer our nation towards development," he said.

“We envision a country of self-reliant, productive individuals. We desire a nation of empowered citizens. Let this be the start of that goal. Treat your education as your stake, your share towards creating and bettering your family, your community, and our country,” Fortun added.

Fifty students were enrolled in each of the four different competencies, namely: Test and Repair Wiring/ Lighting System Servicing; Install Wiring Devices/ Install Electrical Protection System; Perform Diesel Gas Engine Tune-Up, and; Prepare and Cook Hot Meals. All these competencies are designed towards acquiring national certifications.

Following the graduation rites, successfully trainees were awarded with complete set of toolkits. These toolkits can be used to start-up livelihood projects immediately after graduation.

Since 2013, Rep. Fortun has been working closely with TESDA in implementing innovative, demand- driven, and affordable skills program. Just last April 24, 2015, a total of 42 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) students graduated under the Lawig TESDA Scholarship Program. (Lawig Katawhan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


PopCom Caraga stages campaign for men

BUTUAN CITY, June 30 (PIA) -  The Commission on Population (PopCom) - Caraga launches the Kalalakihang Tumutugon sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon para sa Pamilya or best known as KATROPA, Tuesday, June 30, and this time at the regional level after series of pilot tests regionwide.

Men from the different sectors in the community participated in said big event held in the city and showed their support in the Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning Health programs of the government through PopCom.

PopCom Caraga regional director Alexander A. Makinano stated that this activity is one way of recognizing the significant roles of men as advocates for reproductive health particularly maternal health and family planning and also against gender-based violence. “Men are also critical partners in bringing about genuine gender-responsive development in the family and community,” Makinano emphasized.

The PopCom official also disclosed that this KATROPA was designed within the objective of the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) to help assist couples achieve their fertility goals and exercise their reproductive rights.

Various activities take place during the launching including the Signing of Pledge of Commitment and the “Makabagong Maginoo,” a powerful and potent partners in protecting and caring for women to ensure safe pregnancy and childbirth, and also in women empowerment and gender equality. (PopCom-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


OWWA gives livelihood skills training to Bayugan OFWs, family members

By Jean Mary Ronquillo

BUTUAN CITY, June 30 (PIA) - In its endeavor to capacitate its member Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) with essential skills for livelihood augmentation, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Welfare Office Caraga in partnership with the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) recently afforded the members of Bayugan City United OFWs and Family Association (BCUOFA) a two-day skills training on Virgin Coconut Oil and Coco Products Processing held in Bayugan City.

Coconut Production and Regulation Officer III Ernalyn Colon and Coconut Development Officer Ronald S. Musico of PCA Caraga, facilitated the training to some 25 participants.

Among the finished products presented during the culmination activity include: Virgin Coconut Oil, Bucarillo, Bukayo, Macaroons, Buko pie and vinegar sauce, which is still on the process phase.

BCUOFA president Henry Villamor expressed his gratitude to OWWA for providing them their first organizational development training.

“Thank you OWWA for all your efforts, we are very proud that you really came here for us,” Villamor said in local dialect.

Villamor also conveyed his gratefulness to the resource speakers for sharing their learning to them. “The training helps us undertand that there are many simple means to make use of the coconut in order to increase our daily household income,” he added.

In his message, regional director Samuel Madrid of OWWA Caraga congratulated all the participants for satisfactorily completing the two-day training. He also appreciated the support extended by the city government of Bayugan City through its Public Service Employment Office headed by Vice Mayor Charles Anggayong, as well as the efforts of the resource speakers for the realization of the said activity.

Madrid disclosed that in the province of Agusan del Sur, it was first time for OWWA together with PCA to conduct the said techno transfer in Bayugan City. Further, Madrid bared that this endeavor of the government primarily aims to alleviate poverty.

“Sana ito ay hindi katapusan ng inyong mga enhancement trainings or skills trainings, kundi sana ito ay maging panimula ng inyong continuing educational process,” Madrid said. (OWWA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Food sufficiency eyed to come soon in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 30 (PIA) – The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg) in Surigao del Sur headed by Marcos Quico is optimistic seeing the province to be food sufficient soon.

In the 2014 Annual Accomplishment forwarded to the Office of the Governor recently, it cited “positive growth” in both low- and upland areas cultivated for palay production and other agricultural products “under the Agri-Pinoy Programs of the Department of Agriculture.”

“Better access to our production areas is the major driver for all of these accomplishments,” Quico pointed out.

He particularly made mention of the “efforts of our Provincial Officials thru the leadership of our Honorable Governor Johnny T. Pimentel.”

The chief agriculturist said that the agriculture sector here has posted “significant gains in 2014.”  

A total of 33,737 hectares—both irrigated and rainfed areas—have been planted with palay, it was learned.

“Palay production for the year has reached 113,739 metric tons at an average yield of 3.37 metric tons per hectare,” Quico bared—an increase of 6.71 percent, which is equivalent to 7,154 metric tons compared to the 2013 harvest.

He attributed the feat to “the provision of big ticket infrastructure projects and facilities” coming from the national government “in order to open up new agricultural production areas.”

The infrastructure projects and facilities that have been listed include farm-to-market roads (FMRs); agri-fishery equipment and facilities; warehouse rehabilitation and milling facility; post-harvest equipment and machineries; and farm production-related machineries and equipment. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)