Thursday, October 22, 2015

BSP Agusan Council to join 16th BSP National Scout Jamboree’

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 22 (PIA) – The Boy Scout of the Philippines (BSP) Agusan Council contingent will be sending more than 500 scouts and scouters to participate in the upcoming 16th BSP National Scout Jamboree to be held at the Energy Park, Apokon, Tagum City, Davao del Norte on October 24-130, 2015.

According to officer-in-charge, council scout executive and over-all jamboree coordinator Reynaldo Cocon, the host city is ready to welcome around 10,000 individuals from the different local councils of the BSP and international delegates.

“One hundred fifty scouts are coming from Agusan del Norte, 250 from Butuan City and 150 from Cabadbaran City, mostly students enrolled at public schools. Scouts and scout leaders from the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries are also expected to join this year’s historical event of the BSP,” said Cocon.

Anchored on the theme, “Peace and Development Through Scouting,” participants to this national scouting event will be treated to a grand opening ceremony which will be highlighted by the unveiling of the Scouting Monument and a grand fireworks display.

Historically, the BSP started holding its own National Jamboree with the first one held in Balara, Quezon City on April 23-30, 1954. A total of 5,111 boys attended with 187 of them coming from 11 foreign countries. The Isabela Council contingent made history by hiking to the Jamboree site, a distance of 400 kilometers which the boys covered in 15 days. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


US-PH partnership wins inter’l award for promoting sustainable fishing

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 22 (PIA) — The TV White Space partnership won this year’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) Impact Award. The TV White Space partnership is an innovative collaboration between the Philippine Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Microsoft Philippines in New York. 

The TV White Space Partnership improves the lives of fisherfolks and coastal fisheries management in the Philippines by extending internet access to remote and underserved coastal communities. The partnership deploys Microsoft’s TV White Space technology, which generates long range wireless internet connectivity by utilizing empty television UHF and VHF broadcast channels. The USAID, Microsoft and the Philippine government connect schools and community centers in six remote municipalities to the internet via TV White Space, benefitting more than 250,000 people. This is the first time this technology has been piloted in the Philippines.

“Leveraging public-private partnerships is a critical pillar of how USAID operates,” remarked Dr. Susan Brems, USAID Philippines’ Mission Director. “Our work with Microsoft and the Philippine government demonstrates how innovative partnerships can provide targeted assistance, in this case, to the environment and fisheries sector, as we pursue our shared vision of inclusive and sustainable growth for Filipinos," added Brems.

The TV White Space partnership also supports a new mobile online system to register fisherfolks in hundreds of rural communities. This system enables the government to better understand where fishing is taking place. This helps officials better manage precious and threatened fish stocks.

The institutional development impacts extend far beyond the fisheries sector. This is why the Philippines government has incorporated TV White Space as a key element of its universal broadband access strategy. TV White Space hubs also help to save lives. When a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Bohol Province in October 2013, TV White Space was the only means of communication when mobile phone service went down, helping relief workers coordinate their work and survivors to contact loved ones.

The partnership was forged out of USAID’s five-year Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (ECOFISH) project. Launched in 2012, USAID’s ECOFISH project protects biological diversity and boosts livelihoods in eight key marine biodiversity areas throughout the Philippines, including Lingayen Gulf, Verde Island Passage, Calamianes Island Group, Ticao-San Bernardino-Lagonoy Gulf, Danajon Reef, South Negros Island, Surigao del Sur and del Norte, and Sulu Archipelago.

Concordia, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, and the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships created the P3 Impact Award to recognize public-private partnerships that are changing our world in innovative and impactful ways.

The P3 Award was announced at the Concordia Summit in New York City on October 2, 2015. Vice President Joe Biden attended the Summit, and Secretary of State John Kerry offered his congratulations to the Government of the Philippines, USAID, and Microsoft for their tremendous impact in improving livelihoods and supporting sustainable fisheries management in the country. (U.S. Embassy/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte spearheads GAD code review

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Oct. 22 (PIA) - In line with the advocacy of the province on good governance dubbed “Marajaw Katilingbanong Pag-alagad (Good community service),” a comprehensive GAD (Gender and Development) Database and GAD Code Review Workshop was conducted from October 15 to 16 at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Conference Hall, this city.

The said activity was organized by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) represented by Jojie Ann Climaco and Maria Criselda Magsumbol, both planning officers.

Deliberations were centered mainly on sex and gender issues, gender and development and the Magna Carta of Women.

Also reviewed during the two-day activity were the institutional mechanisms to implement the Magna Carta with respect to the creation and/or strengthening of the local government unit GAD Focal Point System, GAD Planning and Budgeting, establishment and maintenance of GAD Database and formulation/enhancement and implementation of the LGU-GAD Code.

On GAD database, also tackled were the process in establishing and maintaining a well-structured database, purpose of gathering data, and data requirements (indicators), among others.

It also includes workshop on gender analysis, by sector and identification of gender issues and concerns on top of corresponding interventions.

Apart from revisiting the formulation guidelines of the GAD Code, participants were also energized to involve themselves in a writeshop.

Integration of gender issues and concerns in the revised GAD Code paved way for presentation and critiquing of outputs, which were totally productive. (SDR/PGO-SdN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Nat'l Project Coordination Office approves P11.3B PRDP infra subprojects

By Fretcher Magatao

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 22 (PIA) - The National Project Coordination Office (NPCO) announced during the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) I-BUILD Component 7th Assessment and Coordination Meeting in Agusan del Norte recently that with the 26.7 billion worth of I-BUILD subprojects in the pipeline, 190 subprojects amounting to 11.3 billion are already approved.

As of October 9, the cluster performance for Luzon A shows an approved 22 subprojects worth P2,099,281,097.39; Luzon B has 30 subprojects amounting to P2,224,871,089.72; Visayas has 25 subprojects amounting to P1,932,571,008.94; and Mindanao Cluster has a total of 113 subprojects amounting to P5,113,112,803.26. With the approved 190, 69 subprojects are already under implementation and the bulk of these are being implemented in Mindanao.

“I-BUILD is near the target of the approved budget for subprojects nationwide. We understand that there are a lot of project proposals from the LGUs that need to be approved. Still, thorough deliberation in line with the necessary requirements is undertaken before a project be approved,” said Project Support Office Mindanao deputy program director Consolacion Satorre.

The four-day activity provided an avenue among I-BUILD Components from all Project Clusters to assess the component's performance in connection to its physical and financial targets. This ensures that the component's milestones are closely monitored and crucial issues and concerns are appropriately resolved.

“Here we share all our concerns and the problems we encountered in the field,” said NPCO Alternate I-BUILD head engineer Ericson Mammag. He added that I-BUILD Component in every Regional Project Coordination Office (RPCO) should maximize its human resources since they deal both the contractors and LGUs.

“We should constantly coordinate with other components to further enforce and enhance implementation mechanisms. The guidelines or process flow must be strictly observed to avoid delay,” Mammag added.

The occassion also paved the way to improve the project staff’s capacity among the clusters and a result of the training needs assessment of the recently conducted World Bank Implementation Support Mission.

The meeting was attended by the representatives from RPCOs, island cluster PSOs and NPCO. The activity included, among others, a review of the highlights and agreements during the previous coordination meeting and presentation of updates from the project clusters all over the country. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur DRRMO bares latest update on evacuees

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 22 (PIA) – The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) here bared the latest update on the situation of the evacuees in the province.

Updated report on the massive evacuation is done on a regular basis by the PDRRMO.

According to Abel De Guzman, executive officer of PDRRMO, aside from the evacuees at Surigao del Sur Sports Center as an offshoot of the lumad slay incident on September 1, 2015, there had been two more evacuation centers located in two separate areas that are being taken care of— at Janipaan Elementary School in San Agustin town and Municipal Gymnasium in Marihatag town.

The PDRRMO chief said the total number of evacuees was accounted at 3,314 individuals or equivalent to 675 number of families.

Surigao del Sur Sports Center has the most number of evacuees, at 2,804; followed by Marihatag, at 404; and San Agustin, at 106.

However, except for the evacuees at the two other areas mentioned, the ones in Marihatag were said to have only evacuated on October 1, 2015.

Until now, nobody can say when this community of people could go back to their respective homes since their demands, primarily the capture of the three suspects behind the killings of Emerito Samarca, Dionel Campos, and Bello Sinzo, have yet to be met.

In the meantime, interventions in various forms, coming from government and private sectors, including non-government organizations, have been continually provided.  De Guzman cited in particular the basic needs of food and water, clothing, as well as shelter, plus other services like medical requirements.

Since the mass evacuation occurred, fatalities had been already posted at four due to the death of a four year girl who died of asthma at the sports center on September 8, 2016, the PDRRMO chief added. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tagalog News: Caraga IPs nagtipon-tipon para sa ika-18 selebrasyon ng IPRA

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Okt. 22 (PIA) - Nagtipon-tipon ngayon ang nasa mahigit-kumulang tatlong daan na mga lumad sa rehiyong Caraga sa Agusan del Norte provincial capitol covered court, nang lungsod para sa ika-18 na taong selebrasyon ng Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA) at IP Summit na may temang “Lupang Ninuno Kilalanin at Igalang: Sa Pagbabago ng Kalikasan, Katutubong Kaalaman at Kasanayan ay Pagyamanin at Isabuhay.”

Nanguna ang National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Caraga sa nasabing selebrasyon at IP summit, kasama ang Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Information Agency (PIA) at iba pang ahensya ng pamahalaan.

Ito ay paraan rin ng gobyerno upang ipaabot sa mga IPs ang mga programa at serbisyong pampubliko. Dalawang araw itong gaganapin na magtatapos sa Oktubre 23, 2015.

Sinimulan ito ng isang parada alas-sais imedya ng umaga mula Guingona Park hanggang sa provincial capitol covered court kung saan isinagawa ang isang ritual ng tribong Higaonon bago sinimulan ang maikling seremonya.

Kaugnay ng nasabing selebrasyon, ipinakita rin ng mga tribong lumad na galing pa sa ibat-ibang probinsya ng rehiyong Caraga ang kani-kanilang kultura at tradisyon sa pamamagitan ng pagsayaw at pagkanta. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Papatay kay Loreto, AgSur mayor at anak kinondena ng NCIP Caraga

Ni Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, Okt. 22, 2015 (PIA) - Kasabay ng pagdaraos ng ika-18 na taong anibersaryo ng Indegenous Peoples’ Right Act (IPRA) ay kinondena ng National Commission on Indigenous People's (NCIP) - Caraga sa pangunguna ni regional director Atty. Pinky Grace Pabelic ang pagpatay kay Loreto, Agusan del Sur mayor Dario Otaza at anak na si Daryl.

“Isang kawalan si Mayor sapagkat siya rin ay isang lumad na Manobo. Hindi rin maikakaila na marami siyang mga programa na naglalayong tulungan ang ating mga kapatid na lumad," dagdag ni Pabelic.

Nakakaalarma na rin umano ang patuloy na pagtaas ng bilang ng mga pinapatay na lumad sa rehiyon. At bilang tulong ng ahensiya para sa mas madali at mabilis na imbestigastyon at pagtugis sa mga suspek sa pagpatay ay magpapatawag ng dayalogo si Pabelic kasama ang iba pang lumad liders upang magkaroon ng isahang aksyon sa pagsupil sa mga marahas na kaganapan sa kanilang lupang ninuno.

“Isa sa mga hakbang na gagawin ng aming ahensya ay ang pagpapatawag sa iba pang mga tribal chieftains upang magkaroon ng isang dayalogo,” sabi ni Pabelic.

Ang NCIP-Caraga ang nangunang ahensiyang nagdiwang ng selebrasyon ng IPRA na nagtataguyod sa mga karapatan ng mga IPs. Ang Department of Health, Philippine Information Agency, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Agriculture at Philippine National Police ay iilan lamang sa mga ahensiyang katuwang nila sa pagbibigay serbisyo sa mga lumad sa nasabing pagdiriwang.

"Ang Kagawaran ng Kalusugan ay nagbibigay ng mga serbisyong pangmedikal sa pamamagitan ng aming programang pangkalahatang kalusugan na naglalayong ihatid ang serbisyong ng gobyerno sa mga malalayong lugar," sabi ni DOH regional director Jose Llacuna, Jr.

Ayon naman kay PIA-Caraga regional director Abner Caga na nakiisa rin ang ahensya ng impormasyon sa Pilipinas sa pagserbisyo sa mga lumad sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng napapanahon, tama at makabuluhang impormasyon sa kanila.

"Ang aming ahensya ay handa sa anumang maaring itulong namin sa AFP, PNP at iba pang ahensya sa pagpapalakas ng mga programa at kampanyang naglalayong mapabuti ang kalagayan ng ating mga kapatid na lumad," dagdag ni Caga. (DJA/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Umaabot nga selebrasyon sa NaCoCoW 2015 gipangandaman na sa BJMP Caraga

Ni JO1 Lucero Oso III

BUTUAN CITY, Okt. 22 (PIA) - Ang Bureau of Jail Management and Penology kon BJMP sa rehiyon sa CARAGA nagpadayon sa pagserbisyo sa mga Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) kon inmates og sa publiko samtang nangandam kini sa pagsaulog sa National Correctional Consciousness Week kon NaCoCoW sa katapusang semana, nga magsugod sa petsa 26 hangtod sa petsa 31 niining bulana.

Sa petsa 25, Dominggo, duyog usab ang BJMP CARAGA sa pagsaulog sa tibook simbahang Katoliko sa nasud sa Prison Awareness Sunday nga adunay tumong og katuyoan susama sa NaCoCow nga mao ang paghatod og kahibalo kon awareness or consciousness sa publiko mahitungod sa kamahinungdanon sa usa sa mga haligi kon pillar, sa Criminal Justice System sa nasud nga mao ang 'corrections' pillar og sa kasamtangang kahimtang og panginahanglanon sa mga binilanggo sa nasud.

Ang tema sa kasaulogan niining tuiga mao ang: “Maayos na Pamamahala ng Piitan, Kaagapay ng Bayan sa Pagtaguyod at Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan.”

Alang sa kasaulogan sa NaCoCOW, adunay gihan-ay nga mga kalihokan sa mga mga district, city of municipal jails sa CARAGA alang sa pagkab-ot sa maong katuyoan sama sa mga paugnat sa kusog sa mga inmates og BJMP personnel, basketball game tali sa mga Jail Officers kontra mga empleyado sa Korte og DOJ, Legal Counseling sa PAO Lawyers, pagbisita sa personahe sa mga Korte, DOJ, Parole and Probation Administration, PDEA, PNP, DILG, mga NGO’s, Prison Volunteers etc., og uban pang kalihokan.

Gipanghinaot sa BJMP CARAGA nga magmabungahon ang maong usa ka semana nga kasaulogan. (BJMP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)