DTI Surigao Norte to meet with consumer welfare desks officers
By Rodrigo R. Matabaran
SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 24, (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will be calling a meeting with Consumer Welfare Desk (CWD) officers of various business establishments here to discuss vital issues concerning the speedy resolutions of consumer complaints on Sept. 25, 2015 at the Negosyo Center, DTI office, this city.
The activity is expected to create a venue for the sharing of experiences of the best CWD practices of various business establishments in attending to complaints and different service needs of their customers.
Officers and members of consumer groups will also be invited to join the meeting to provide feedback and share prevalent issues that concerns the welfare of the consuming public to CWD officers.
DTI Surigao del Norte provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan stressed that the conduct of the said meeting is part of an on-going effort to improve consumer assistance services right at the firm level for the overall welfare of the consuming public. (SDR/DTI-SdN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
SurSur tribal leaders hold meeting; come out with joint declaration
By Greg Tataro Jr.
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 24 (PIA) – The Surigao del Sur Tribal Leaders Confederation, through the initiative of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples’ (NCIP) headed by Engr. Charlyn Binghoy, held a two-day conference/dialogue here on September 21-22, 2015, then came out with a Joint Declaration regarding the five “challenges” being faced and the four “actions that must be undertaken.”
Signed by 28 tribal leaders, the five challenges identified were the following: Forced evacuation caused by hostilities between government forces and NPA which has caused the proliferation of IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) who are mostly IP members; Extra-judicial killing (salvaging) of IP members caught in the cross fires of the hostile forces; Existence of parallel IPs (left-leaning groups that necessarily polarize the once united ICCs (Indigenous Cultural Communities), and this situation resulted to trading of accusations between camps, such as calling the IP leaders as fake; Exploitation of IPs by left-leaning groups, and government forces which resulted into a situation where IPs are pitted against IPs; and Government programs fail to trickle down to the poorest of the poor among the various ICCs.
In like manner, four “actions” needed to be undertaken were pointed out, to wit: Institutionalization of the bagani system into the IPS (Indigenous Political Structure), and elimination of the use of bagani not within the IPS; Strengthening of the IPs self-governance or self-determination; Inclusive peace and development among IPs/ICCs; and Conduct of series of dialogues, thru the creation of a Peace Committee, with Calpito P. Egua, et al. to thresh out certain misunderstanding with concerned ICCs of Surigao del Sur, with the involvement of various sectors: LGU, church, NGOs, GOs.
As part of the introduction, the joint declaration presented a “BACKGROUND/PRESSING ISSUES,” citing therein that “The various IP groups of Surigao del Sur composed of Manobo, Mandaya and Mamanwa are historically bonded by blood, customs, traditions and common aspirations,” ending with “what affects one individual must be everyone’s concern.”
Cesar Bat-ao, Sr., who was among the signatories to the joint declaration, is the provincial chieftain among IPs of Surigao del Sur. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)