Peace Caravan serves 8,360 lumads in SurSur
By Nida Grace P. Barcena
SURIGAO DEL SUR, Sept. 7 (PIA) – A total of 8,360 indigenous peoples (IPs) benefited from services brought by the provincial government of Surigao del Sur and national government agencies (NGAs) during the two-day “Peace Caravan” in Marihatag and Lianga towns recently.
Lumad constituents composed largely of Manobo-Manawa tribes from the 12 communities along Andap Valley areas availed themselves of the various services and assistance of the LGU, NGAs thru the Associatiom of Caraga Executives (ACE) and civil society organizations.
The caravan aims to bring the government closer to the people far-flung and depressed areas especially those that are affected by the armed conflict.
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Teresita Deles, who graced the occasion, led the road-opening ceremony and project turnover of the five-kilometer farm-to-market road in Sitio Neptune, Lianga town funded under the OPAPP’s PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) program.
During the event, some local residents received the Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOA) from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) distributed by DAR Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes held at Lianga Municipal Gym on Tuesday.
Some 42 former rebels also received a total of P70,000 each composed of livelihood assistance (P50,000.00) and immediate assistance (P15,000.00) from the OPAPP, and P5,000.00 cash assistance from the provincial government.
Other agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) also offered skills and livelihood trainings. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
Caraga tobacco control network creates TWG to strengthen smoke-free region campaign
By Daisy Jane M. Apit
BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 7 (PIA) - The Regional Tobacco Control Network (formerly known as Caraga Anti-Smoking Team) has created a technical working group (TWG), which will serve as the “brains” of the network during their consultative meeting held last Thursday, September 4 at Hotel Luciana, this city.
“To produce a dynamic and empowered multi-sectoral organization committed towards a 100 percent smoke-free environment in the region, the TWG shall be the core members and direct overseers of all our plans and projects,” Armando D. Ardanas, Mindanao coordinator of Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance Philippines (FCAP).
The TWG members are the Foundation for the Development of Agusanon, Inc. (FDAI), Bureau of Jail and Management and Penology (BJMP), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of the Interior and Local Governance (DILG), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance Philippines (FCAP), Department of Health (DOH) Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA), Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
Ardanas also emphasized that the vision and mission of the RTCN shall promote awareness, influence policy and behaviour changes in the local government units (LGUs), businesses, government agencies, civil society organizations, and academe towards smoke-free environments through active networking with the different stakeholders, sound fiscal management of its resources and good governance.
To strengthen the network’s main objective of ensuring a smoke-free Caraga, RTCN also encouraged all the stakeholders especially the LGUs and public hospitals regionwide to coordinate and support their planned activities. (DJA/PIA-Caraga)
Tandag City set for 393rd Fiesta Celebration
By Greg Tataro Jr.
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 7 (PIA) – The three-day activity is all set for the 393rd Fiesta celebration of this city in honor of San Nicolas de Tolentino, its patron saint.
Mayor Roxanne Pimentel had already sent out all invitation program bannering “Sangkaan Festival 2015” as main feature, it was learned.
With the theme “Kalambuan nga Naangkon, Tandaganon. . . Ipalig-on!,” the grand parade will signal the opening day at 7:00 a.m. on September 8 to be followed immediately by the opening program.
The guest speaker is DILG Secretary Mar Roxas.
Also, during the succeeding two days, important events are lined up to highlight the affair. These include the Agri-Aqua Trade Fair at VLP Boulevard on September 8-9; Kasalan sa Parokya at the San Nicolas De Tolentino Cathedral at 2:00 p.m.; Sunugda’n (Sinugbahay sa Da’n) at VLP Boulevard at 4:00 p.m.; and, Sangkaan (Street Dancing) on identified points—City Plaza, Brake Center, Boulevard, and Bongtud; in addition, a theatrical showdown is going to be held at the City Gymnasium at 1:30 p.m.
Celebrities are likewise set to hold entertainment programs and concerts on September 9 and 10. (Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
All set for Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival 2015
SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 7 (PIA) - Now on its 31st year, the Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival with the theme, "Karajawan Nan Surigao Isadjaw (The great bounties of Surigao thru streetdance)," will take center stage here on Wednesday, September 9.
This year’s Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Festival will start with the procession and street dancing competition then announcement of winners for the best in street dancing, best in choreography, best in costume, best community street dancers, and "Rayna nan Bonok-Bonok (Bonok-Bonok Queen)" that will be held at the Provincial Sports Complex, this city.
Fourteen contingents will be competing for this year’s festival namely: Wilfredo D. Rafols Memoral National High School in cooperation with the General PTA, Student Government Council and Barangay Poctoy Officials; Day-Asan National High School in partnership with Day-Asan Barangay Council; Sabang Elementary School in Barangay Sabang; Surigao City Pilot School; Brgy. Serna Folkloric Dance Company; Canlanipa Central Elementary School; Capalayan National High School in Barangay Capalayan; Taft National High School; Nabago Elementary School in Barangay Nabago; Libuac National High School in Barangay Libuac; Martinez Elementary School in Barangay Mapawa; the Silopian Cavers of Barangay Silop; Surigao City Central Elementary School; and Hiyas Kabataan Performing Arts of Barangay San Juan.
The contingent from Saint Paul University Surigao (SPUS) will once again join the festival as non-contestant.
The competition is part of the city's annual fiesta celebration on September 10 in honour of patron Saint Nicolas de Tolentino, spearheaded by the city government here, provincial government of Surigao del Norte and the Surigao City Tourism and Cultural Development Council, Inc. (SDR, PIA-Surigao del Norte)
CSC career exam ‘slots’ for SurSur all taken
By Greg Tataro Jr.
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 7 (PIA) – All 1,400 slots allotted for the career service sub-professional and professional examination in Surigao del Sur have been all taken in time for the set deadline of submission of application on Thursday, September 3, according to Melvin Perez, CSC supervising human resource specialist here.
He told media that the number of applicants even exceeded the quota, reaching up to 1,600; however, assurance was given that the rest would be referred to the CSC regional office in Butuan City.
In addition, Ruth Beniga, CSC provincial director, said the examination schedule would be held in Bislig City on October 18, 2015.
The said test is a simultaneous nationwide undertaking, it was learned.
Meanwhile, the CSC provincial chief also confirmed that the Philippine Civil Service had started to celebrate its 115th Anniversary this month of September with the theme “Kayang Kaya Mo, Lingkod Bayani!”
Their agency, under Acting Chairperson Robert Martinez, already issued Memorandum Circular No. 09, s. 2015, indicating therein parallel activities to be undertaken by all government agencies and instrumentalities, she added. These included, among others, 100 percent display of Anniversary Banner in all government offices’ facade and Honor Awards Program (HAP) rites at the regional level.
On the same front, the provincial government here had already displayed the prescribed anniversary banners as specified in the memorandum.
Teresa Burgos, Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) chief, claimed activities for the month-long affair had now been set, including the family day, but would depend on the approval and availability of Governor Johnny Pimentel, usually within the last week of the civil service month celebration.
Also, the HRMO chief added that the provincial government, through their office, was done in submitting two nominees for the regional search for outstanding public servant—Abel De Guzman, executive officer of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) and Mila Arreza, Provincial Population Officer. (Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)