Thursday, November 26, 2015

Butuan Diocese, CCPD to hold Climate Solidarity Prayer March

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 26 (PIA) – As part of the activities for the yearly celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace, the Diocese of Butuan through the Commission on Services, in cooperation with the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) together with the Muslim Communities, Indigenous Peoples and different stakeholders in the region will hold the ‘Climate Solidarity Prayer March’ on November 29, 2015, 5:00 a.m. at the city’s Guingona Park.

“I am calling everyone to participate and support in solidarity with Pope Francis’ Campaign – LAUDATO Si, which means care for our home place, Mother Earth,” expressed Butuan Bishop and CCPD Convenor Most Rev. Juan de Dios Pueblos.

Bishop Pueblos revealed that on November 29, 2015, hours before the meeting of world leaders in Paris for the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 Climate Summit, over a million people will also gather in over 2,000 cities around the world for a historic Global Climate March.

“The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) has enjoined every Catholic and non-Catholic to participate in this event. We fervently pray that this climate scenario will not worsen and encourage the renewal of our relationship with God’s creation, for current and future generations,” discoursed Bishop Pueblos. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Dinagat Island holds 3rd PPOC meeting

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Nov. 26 (PIA) – The provincial government of Dinagat Islands recently conducted its 3rd Quaterly Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Meeting held at 4G Building, this province.

The members who attended the said meeting were able to discuss several issues concerning the formulation of the Peace and Order and Public Safety Plan (POPS Plan), presentation of the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Campaign Action Plan, presentation of the proposed 2016 budget for peace and order, and several significant accomplishments to ensure public safety, promote peace and order and maintain the province’s status quo as “Insurgency-Free Province” were also reported.

During the meeting, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga regional director Julius R. Navales said that he will assist the provincial government in its effort to achieve a “Drug-Free Workplace” by conducting a random drug testing to all capitol employees.

Along with the activity is the awarding of plaque of recognition to outgoing members of the council who relentlessly exerted their efforts to accomplish their respective mandates.

Among the awardees are former Fire Marshal F/Insp. Ellafil A. Libarnes, BJMP Jail Warden JO3 Antonio P. Basa and PSSupt. Crispulo P. Casilana. (SDR/Provincial Government of Dinagat Islands/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Surigao Norte joins 18-day campaign to end VAW

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Nov. 26 (PIA) – Women organizations and other multi-sectoral groups of the province join in the national observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW), that started yesterday (Nov. 25) themed, “End VAW Now” It’s Our Duty: Gains and Ways Forward” in coordination with the provincial government of Surigao del Norte through the Provincial Center for Women’s Training and Development in coordination with the Provincial Gender and Development Coordinating Council (PGADCC).

The celebration kicked off Wednesday morning with a thanksgiving mass held at the provincial capitol chapel followed by a motorcade around the city, and a short program and Zumba dance at the provincial grandstand.

Governor Sol F. Matugas, in her inspirational message, said that violence against women has no place in a civilized society, "it is a sin against humanity and so we must all stand up everyday to protect the life and rights of women, and believe that women can do so much to improve the province and the country."

Other lined-up activities for the 18-day observance includee women’s right and livelihood skills training, radio guesting, school symposium (high school and college level), VAW forum, lecture on STI/HIV AIDS (for World AIDS Day celebration), and team building for GADCC members. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)