Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Feature: Building partnership in Del Carmen

By Danny Escabarte

The three-hour boat ride from Surigao City to Dapa, Siargao Island is challenging. Still drizzling when the boat left the city, sleep had to be shortened to be able to catch up with the boat that will be leaving for the island at daybreak. This trip will bring us to the town of Del Carmen, where a two-classroom school building will be constructed for the high school students of Surigao State College of Technology (SSCT).

Waves at Siargao Strait inspired passengers to take a nap as the boat cruises towards the island. Shoreline villages ringed with mangroves and coconut trees catches the sight of curious onlookers, while other passengers sought better positions to take a rest.

It’s almost noon time when the boat docked at Dapa wharf. Passengers were in a hurry to disembark as it was already lunchtime. The group proceeded to SSCT Campus to have one final look at the site where the groundbreaking for the new school building would take place.

The municipality of Del Carmen will again take center stage as another education-focused project will be constructed for secondary students of SSCT. In 2013, digital literacy for children and youth had been enhanced with PLDT’s donation of personal computers to the Computer Training Education Center (CTEC) in Del Carmen.  The project is in transition to become the Tech4Ed Prorgram- which uses information technology (IT) to combat poverty in Siargao.

The Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) also participated in the Siargao It Up program of the Metro Pacific Investment Corporation (MPIC). The undertaking included underwater clean up, formation of the Junior Environmental Scouts and Run for the Mangrove Event.

PLDT InfoTeach Outreach Program participated by the nine municipalities of Siargao Islands has trained 300 high school students and teachers in Del Carmen. The training focused on teachers’ appreciation of technology to improve teaching skills. The program with support from PLDT was spearheaded by the municipality of Del Carmen led by Mayor Alfredo M. Coro II.

Private and public partnership in bringing social development is possible in Siargao. This was shown by the people of the island, as they eagerly joined with others in the community during the groundbreaking for the two-classroom school building in Del Carmen. (PBSP/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur health office airs concern over high number of dog bite cases

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 24 (PIA) – The Provincial Health Office (PHO) here has raised concern over the alarming number of cases of animal bites especially dogs.

Dr. Eric Montesclaros, PHO chief, reported last week before capitol employees that dog bites had been posted at 732 province-wide with Tandag City topping the list at 163, also being tailed by Bislig at 147.

However, he said that 93.44 percent of the victims or 684 had been given full course of tissue culture vaccine (TCV).

No case of rabies was mentioned despite the high incidence of such animal bites.

On the other hand, Dr. Montesclaros indicated that concerned authorities had to step up campaign efforts to teach pet lovers on how to be responsible pet owners.

Meanwhile, Dr. Gervacio Yparraguirre, provincial veterinary officer, said campaign on responsible pet ownership in cooperation with their counterparts at the municipal and city levels had always been all year round.

The provincial vet chief likewise pointed out that anti-rabies vaccination had been continuously implemented province-wide.

On the part of Tandag City, Dr. Zeny Gambe, city vet officer, confirmed the high incidence of dog bites, explaining that one factor could have also been the accessibility of this area to the animal bite center.  Thus, she stressed that data had to be clarified.

Nonetheless, Gambe agreed that campaign on responsible pet ownership should be intensified.

The city vet chief also bared that the local government unit (LGU) under Mayor Roxanne Pimentel had always been active in carrying out a regular anti-rabies vaccination especially during times of “barangay civic action program.” (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


News Feature: Aggie chief turns over P216 Million agri support to Caraga

By Emmylou Presilda

Walk the talk.

Fulfilling its commitment to the agriculture sector, Secretary Proceso J. Alcala of the Department of Agriculture (DA) once again turned over various agri support to Caraga Region amounting P216 Million as he graced the farmers forum and techno clinic attended by more than a thousand participants held in one of the University Gyms in Butuan City on Monday, November 23.

These include the P208 Million worth of Farm to Market Road Subprojects under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).  The five FMRs with Notice to Proceed from the project is aimed at providing infrastructure support to the development of agri enterprise such as Abaca for Santiago and Kitcharao in Agusan del Norte and Rubber Production and Marketing in Agusan del Sur.

“The DA is committed to provide resilient and quality roads for our farmers by providing concreted FMR that can withstand any weather conditions ensuring the flow of goods from farm to the market,”  Secretary Alcala said.

Alcala added that FMR concreting only started during the Aquino administration who’s clear instruction is to take care of the needs of the farmers.  With that, Alcala pushed for the implementation of the said guideline to ensure sustainability of such project helping the farmers gain the optimum benefit of DA’s infra interventions.

Aside from the support from DA-PRDP, Alcala also turned over farm equipments amounting to P7.8 Million such as Rice Reaper, Corn Picker, and Hand Tractor to various farmers’ associations and cooperatives.  Said equipment are in support to the mechanization program of the department. 


In addition, DA Caraga regional director Edna Mabeza also prepared agricultural goodies for farmers to take home after the one-day event where six carabaos with implements, bags of registered rice seeds and open-pollinated variety (OPV) corn seeds are raffled off while every farmer received assorted vegetable seeds for their household gulayan project.  (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)