Tuesday, December 15, 2015

PIA Caraga gears preparation for IP Reg’l Youth Leadership & Communicators’ Summit

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 15 (PIA) – With eagerness to help the youth in the tribal communities in the region, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga has geared its preparations for the upcoming Indigenous Peoples (IPs) Regional Youth Leadership and Communicators’ Summit, in coordination with the 4th Infantry Division of Philippine Army on December 18-21, 2015 to be held at Tiberias Retreat House in Carmen, Agusan del Norte.

PIA-Caraga regional director Abner Caga expressed that there is really a need to gather the IP youth and empower them through different activities especially in the field of communication.

“Considering the issues and challenges being faced these days by the IPs in the region, we feel the need to help them especially the vulnerable youth who are the most affected ones. As the information arm of the government, PIA is committed to assist them in learning/gaining new knowledge that will help them better in their decision-making. We will demonstrate how it is to be effective communicators by imparting to them the workshops on the following: news writing, photo journalism, radio broadcasting, and the like,” stressed Caga.

Caga added that this will be the first summit conducted that focuses on the welfare of the IP youth. Other government agencies have also expressed their support to PIA and Philippine Army in the conduct of said event. “PIA will conduct full documentation during the four-day activity and will maximize its distinct and valuable platforms to support the IP youth and boost their morale and confidence,” he remarked.

The major ethnic tribes in Caraga region that will be participating are the following: Manobo, Higa-onon, Mamanwa, Banwaon, Talaandig and Mandaya/Kamayo. Caraga Region has 21 approved Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) and two CADT applications. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DOLE-RCC holds Christmas-presscon; awards plaques, tokens to media partners

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 15 (PIA) -  The officials from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) Caraga gathered on Monday for a press conference cum awarding of plaque of appreciation and tokens to partner media held at the LJ Mega Convention Center, this city.

It was the last press conference for this year, it was learned. Members of the panel gave updates on their programs and services, as well as accomplishments for 2015 and plans and upcoming activities for 2016.

The members of the panel comprised the regional directors and representatives from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TEDSA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC), Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB), National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), Department of Education (DepEd) and National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC).

Atty. Johnson Cañete, regional director of DOLE Caraga bared that most of the workers from the different establishments in the region have already learned to participate in avenues or forum where they can raise their issues and concerns with their employers, instead of directly going to the NLRC for their complaints.

Cañete also encouraged its partner government agencies, media and private individuals to support and participate in the simultaneous conduct of the 'Walk for A Cause' on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015.

“For Butuan City, said activity will start from St. Joseph Cathedral going to Robinsons Place in Butuan City, where a short program will be held. Participants will have to pay P20 for the registration and proceeds will be turned-over to the identified barangay-beneficiary to prevent child labor,” bared Cañete.

Dr. Isidro Biol Jr. of DepEd Caraga also announced that the department is ready for the implementation of the Senior High School starting from school year 2016-2017. “In the 12 schools division in Caraga, we have 403 senior high school and from which we can accommodate 360, so this time, we are still looking into how we can settle the remaining 43 students. We will also be coordinating with the private schools as we implement the voucher-privilege system,” he said.

Biol added that there is lack of teachers for the K-12 implementation, however, the department is also accepting applications from those who have National Competencies (NCs) issued by TESDA for contractual basis. 

Also, according to TESDA Caraga regional director Florencio Sunico, acquiring the lower level in the National Competency (NC) does not necessarily have to be a pre-requisite in acquiring for a higher level test, as long as the needed skills requirements are there. "NC I is more on the operators, NC II for technicians, NC III for supervisory, and NC IV for managerial. Just visit the office for any inquiry about the NCs," he said.

Meanwhile, right after the press conference, the DOLE-RCC led by Dir. Cañete handed-over the plaque of appreciation and tokens to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and media personalities in grateful acknowledgement and appreciation for their support as media partner to the DOLE Caraga programs. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Gigaquit MPS facilitates ‘Salida Caravan’ to end VAW

GIGAQUIT, Surigao del Norte, Dec. 15 (PIA) – The Gigaquit Municipal Police Station (MPS) facilitated a filming showing activity dubbed “Salida Caravan” to End Violence Against Women (VAW)at the Gigaquit National Highschool (GNHS), this town.

The said activity features the viewing of short films on VAW and advocacies to end VAW, lecture on the statistical situation of VAW in the country, and the laws protecting women's rights and campaign commitment.

A total of 149 Grade 10 students supervised by their respective class advisers headed by its school principal Anecito Apatan attended the activity.

The showing of the said salida caravan was facilitated by PO2 Ariel E. Esperon, PO2 Jesusa T. Mollaneda, PO2 Michelle Edera Lareza, PO1 Marilyn G. Baleña, Añelab Nozug Nyliram and NUP Maximino B. Angob, Jr. and Jee-ar Neutron.

The conduct of the said event is pursuant to proclamation no.1172 series of 2006, declaring November 25 to December 12 of every year as the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW, which aims to raise awareness of the public that VAW is a public issue of national concern and to campaign for the protection of the human rights of women. (SDR/Gigaquit MPS, GNHS, PIA/Surigao del Norte)


DA Gawad Saka Search honors outstanding small animal raiser from Caraga

By Rhea C. Abao

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 15 (PIA) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) honored the outstanding achievers in agriculture and fisheries through 2015 Gawad Saka Search with the national awarding held recently at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.

A seafarer turned into a successful farmer - Joel S. Callano from Sitio Matin-aw, Poblacion, Tagbina, Surigao del Sur won as the 2015 National Gawad Saka Outstanding Small Animal Raiser throughout the country. Aside from the honor he received from the national office, he received a presidential citation, presidential trophy and a cash prize worth P 200,000.

The 2015 Gawad Saka Search is the DA’s annual undertaking in cooperation with the local government units, other government institutions, non-government organizations and private sector. It aims to give due recognition to farmers, fisher folks and people’s groups whose exemplary contributions to agricultural development of the country serve as an inspiration to others and made significant impacts in people’s lives.

Callano has been equipped through appropriate technologies which resulted to the improvement on his farming practices focusing on small ruminants. He also engages to Integrated Farming System. This was made possible through the interventions of DA 13, Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) 13, and in close coordination with the Provincial Agriculture Office of Surigao del Sur

Callano's innovativeness made him not just a farmer but also an agripreneur as he ventures his farm produce into a business. At present, his farm now serves as a show window for best practices in animal raising that encourages his neighboring farmers to engage in agriculture farm enterprise.

The honor and recognition he received is a fruit of willingness, determination and cooperation with the help and partnership to the local government unit of Tagbina through the Municipal Agriculture Office. (DA-13 Information Section/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: 150 Surigaonons nagtipon para talakayin ang mga isyu sa karapatang pantao, kapaligiran, katutubong tao

BUTUAN CITY, Dis. 15 (PIA) - Mahigit 150 partisipante na binubuo ng mga estudyante, propesor, mga kawani ng gobyerno at media ang dumalo sa forum sa karapatang pantao, kapaligiran at mga katutubong tao na ginanap kamakailan, sa Surigao del Sur State University-Cantilan Campus, bayan ng cantilan, probinsya ng Surigao del Sur.

Ang nasabing pagtitipon ay pinangunahan ng Vicariate Social Action Center, United Bardugs International Association of Cantilan, Inc., Tubig Kinaiyahan Panalipdan Coalition, at Cantilan Women's Club.

Ayon kay Vicente Cirilo Iriberri, presidente ng United Bardugs International Association ng Cantilan, Incorporated na upang matugunan ang isyu ng sinasabing hidwaan sa pagitan ng militar at mga ips, ay nagtipontipon ang mga tao mula sa iba’t ibang sektor upang makapagpulong at magbigay ng mga posibleng solusyon sa problema.

Dagdag pa ni Iriberri na ang agresibong pamamalakad ng mga mining operators sa mga komunidad ay lumalabag na sa karapatang pantao at nagdudulot ng kasiraan sa kapaligiran.maging ang paglaganap ng mga baril ay isa rin sa mga dahilan ng pag-usbong ng kaguluhan at digmaan.

Binigyang-diin din niya na ang isyu ng karapatang pantao ay importante at nangangailangan ng nagkakaisang multi-sektoral na atensyon at koordinasyon.

Sinabi naman ni Rowil Aguillon, Woods division head ng Sudecor’s Management Committee na hindi pa huli upang makamit ang pangmatagalang kapayapaan. Dagdag pa niya na lahat ay kailangang magtulungan at isaalang-alang ang pansariling interes.

Ayon naman kay 4th Infantry Division Commander Major General Oscar Lactao na sila ang nagsisilbing tulay upang maipaabot ng gobyerno ang mga pangunahing pangangailangan ng mga tao sa pamamagitan ng Oplan Bayanihan. Dagdag pa niya na ang Hukbong Sandatahan ng Pilipinas ay hindi papayagan ang alinmang uri ng pang-aabuso at paglabag sa karapatang pantao at susunod sila sa mga itinakda sa International Humanitarian law.

Sinabi rin ni Lactao na ang AFP ay hindi lumilikha ng mga polisiya na may kinalaman sa pag-mimina. Sa halip, sila naman daw ang responsable sa pagbibigay ng proteksyon sa mga tao.

Samantala, si Datu Rico Maca, ang Municipal Tribal Chieftain ng San Miguel, Surigao del Sur ay nagpaliwanag kung bakit may daan-daang IPs pa ang nasa evacuation center sa Surigao del Sur. Ayon sa kanya, ito raw ay dahil sa pangingi-alam at pag-mamanipula ng iilang mga sektor tulad ng mga relihiyoso at pribadong mga grupo na nais pagsamantalahan ang sitwasyon upang makalikom ng donasyon mula sa mga banyagang bansa na maaring gamitin sa kanilang pansariling interes.


Kinilala rin ni Maca ang patuloy na suporta ng pamahalaan sa IPs sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng mga serbisyo sa kabila ng pagtuligsa ng ilang mga progresibong grupo sa kanilang komunidad. (JPG/DJA-PIA-Caraga)