10.15.2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

‘1st Caraga Summit on Combatting Trafficking in Persons’ set in Butuan City

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 13 (PIA) – Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation-Integrated Development Center, Inc. (JPIC-IDC, Inc.), a registered non-stock, non-profit corporation, through its Cinemobile Project in partnership with the Regional Anti-Trafficking Task Force will hold the 1st Caraga Summit on Combatting Trafficking in Persons here on November 18-19, 2015.

The two-day summit is anchored on the theme, “Caraga Summit: Pagtinabangay! Stakeholders Working Together to End Modern Day Slavery and Exploitation” wherein national and international speakers representing various civil society organizations ranging from business associations to faith-based groups and government line agencies have already confirmed to share their expertise and knowledge relevant to human trafficking.

“We are pleased to invite you in this event in order to better understand this advocacy – a call to end serious crime and a grave violation of human rights and exploitation,” said JPIC-IDC, Inc. Executive Director Rev. Fr. Anthony S. Salas, SVD.

It can be recalled that on January 16, 2015 JPIC-IDC, Inc. entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)–13 for Cinemobile Project III covering the cities of Butuan, Cabadbaran and Bayugan and the municipalities of Nasipit, Bunawan and Prosperidad in the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur as pilot LGUs for the project to strengthen its fight against trafficking in persons. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


El Niño mitigation measures set in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 14 (PIA) – The mitigation plan for El Niño in Surigao del Sur has already been put in place.

Marcos Quico, provincial chief agriculturist assured that strategies, interventions, and fund sources had been taken into account with the end in view of cushioning the adverse effects of El Niño on vulnerable areas.

A total funding of P12,835,900 had likewise been submitted for approval at the Department of Agriculture (DA), P11,669,000 of which would come from DA regional office 13 while the balance of P1,166,900 would be shelled out by the provincial and municipal local government units (LGUs), it was learned.

The primary focus  of the mitigation measures would be on cash crops like rice, corn, vegetables, high value crops as well as livestock and poultry, Quico pointed out.

He added that the interventions would come in the form of rice seed action program, corn seed program, inter-cropping technology training, and the like.

Rice, corn, and vegetable growers as well as backyard raisers would surely stand to gain from these programs, Quico stressed. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


PNP, AFP admit to initial hotspots, areas of concerns for 2016 polls

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 14 (PIA) – Though the holding of 2016 polls is still far ahead, both the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) here have admitted to an initial list of hotspots or areas of concerns.

P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero said critical areas had been started to be marked off but preferred to keep it still under wraps lest action to this effect would pre-empt the final one.

For his part, Col. Isidro Purisima, 402nd Infantry Brigade commander of the Philippine Army (PA) here, said hotspots could be found in some municipalities in the northern, central, and southern part of the province, including the Andap Valley Complex where the 3,000 evacuees who had been taking shelter at the Surigao del Sur Sports Center since September 1 came.

Meanwhile, both high ranking officials agreed that “permit to campaign fees” imposed by the New People’s Army (NPA) on candidates had formed part of the electoral exercise here, something that had to be prevented.

Moreover, classification of hotly contested areas would depend on the final list of candidates, it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)