Monday, October 26, 2015

Prov’l tour chief confirms adverse effect of evacuation in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 26 (PIA) – The Provincial Tourism Office here admitted that tourism industry had begun to feel the adverse effect of the mass lumad evacuation particularly at the Surigao del Sur Sports Center, this city.

Caridad Rosina Ronquillo, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Tourism Office (PTO), bared that a number of tour cancellations had been already noted since the news on the incident broke out on September 1.

It can be recalled that the mass evacuation of some 3,000 people was triggered by the murder of three lumad leaders in Kilometer 16, Sitio Han-ayan, Barangay Diatagon, Lianga town.

Suspects behind the killings have continued to go scot-free despite the respective arrest warrants issued by the Lianga Regional Trial Court (RTC).

On top of what happened, the tourism office chief claimed peace and order situation had remained favorable, assuring there is nothing to worry about.

In fact, Ronquillo said Letty Tan, Caraga tourism regional director, along with 20 other visitors, had been hopping in some tourism destinations here last week.

Right now, the tourism office had been trying to figure out a move on how to cushion its further impact, citing a more aggressive promotional measure, she added.

Ronquillo also disclosed about the plan to hold an emergency meeting aside from their regular meetings and consultations.

Meanwhile, the provincial tourism chief confirmed about the Philippine hosting of the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) that would take place on January 20-25.

No doubt, it would help boost the tourism industry across the nation, Ronquillo stressed.

Moreover, the provincial tourism head said that all tourism councils here had been already invited to take part in the said event. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur DepEd finds new venue for 2015 Provincial Athletic Meet

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 26 (PIA) – Despite the odds of having to hold the 2015 Provincial Athletic Meet in an unexpected and undersized venue in Hinatuan town, the Department of Education (DepEd) Surigao del Sur Division Office has “no choice” but to push through with the sports competition.

Surigao del Sur Sports Center, the usual venue for the annual DepEd sports event, could have been the most convenient place, but since September 1, it has been home to some 3,000 evacuees who were forced by circumstances to flee their homes due to the murder of three of their kins.

Nobody knows when could the evacuees get back home pending acceptable solution to their demands, primarily the capture of three fellow lumads who were behind the killings.

According to Dr. Marilou Dedumo, schools division superintendent of DepEd, this province, adjustments had to be made in order to make everything work at a playing field with a subnormal standard for a province-wide sports event.

She pointed out that instead of a full 17-delegation match; they had to somehow narrow it down to three by practically clustering the school districts of the northern, central, and southern municipalities of the province.

The DepEd provincial chief indicated that all municipalities of Congressional District II belong to Unit I Athletic Delegation, namely: Barobo, Hinatuan, Tagbina, and Lingig; Unit II Athletic Delegation is comprised of Cortes, Tago, San Miguel, Bayabas, Cagwait, Marihatag, San Agustin, and Lianga; while Unit III Athletic Delegation is composed of Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen, and Lanuza.

With the theme “SPORTS: Paving Towards a Globally Competitive Youth,” athletes had remained in high morale, Dedumo optimistically stressed.

The DepEd division chief likewise added that they were already done with the sports elimination at the school, district, and unit levels. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


9th Inter-Agency/LGU Statistics Quiz highlights 26th Natl Statistics Month closing ceremony

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 26 (PIA) - A total of 16 agencies, local government units, state universities and colleges in Caraga will join this year’s 9th Inter – Agency/LGU Statistics Quiz on October 30, 2015 at the BSP Multipurpose Hall here.

This event is organized by the following agencies: National Economic and Development Authority – Caraga Region, Philippine Statistics Authority Regional Statistical Services Office No. 13, Department of Health – Caraga Region and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas - Butuan Branch.

The participants are from: Cooperative Development Authority, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Technical Education Skills Development Authority, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Caraga State University - Main Campus, Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Transportation and Communication, Commission on Population, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Science and Technology, Provincial Planning and Development Office of Agusan del Norte, Philippine National Police Regional Office - Camp Rafael and Department of Education. Each team is composed of three members.

This activity is part of the closing ceremony of the 26th National Statistics Month (NSM) celebration spearheaded by the Regional Statistics Committee of Caraga. The questions will focus on health statistics. The celebration highlights the government’s thrust on universal health care and the recognition of the various endeavours of official statisticians and technical personnel involved in the generation of health and nutrition statistics.

This year’s NSM carries the theme, "Pagyamanin at Gamitin ang Estadistika, Kalusugan para sa Lahat ay Abot-Kamay Na." (PSA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)