Tuesday, December 29, 2015

AgNor communicators join 1st Provincial Assembly cum Seminar Workshop on Para-Media/Citizens Journalism

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 29 (PIA) - Around a thousand legpersons coming from the different puroks in Agusan del Norte province participated in the recently concluded First Provincial Assembly of Barefoot Journalists/Purok Legpersons cum Seminar Workshop on Para-Media/Citizens Journalism held at the Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, this city.

In an interview, Agusan del Norte Vice Governor Ramon Bungabong bared that the said activity is aimed to enhance capabilities of professionals from different sectors in the province. "Leg persons from the different puroks are also here since they will be the immediate persons from their respective puroks who will be giving relevant information that will be published in the province' publication - the 'AgNor Bulletin,'" he said.

Bungabong stressed that the provincial government of Agusan del Norte is continuously providing what the purok officials/legpersons need for them to be effective and efficient as they do their functions. “It is important that we continue to capacitate them and give them various workshop-seminars," he underlined.

"Everyone of you has a contribution to the progress of our province. I hope all the initiatives including the conduct of this seminar-workshop for the barefoot journalists/purok legpersons will continue in the coming years," added Bungabong.

Agusan del Norte Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba emphasized that it is not easy to be a leader in a big community. "Being a leader in a big community is no easy task. But with your cooperation, involvement/participation in our programs and activities, it becomes lighter and easier. The provincial government is doing everything and the best that we can to give you the services you need," she said.

Also, as one of the honored guest speakers, PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga highlighted that the legpersons from the different municipalities/barangays are considered as information officers. "Information is power. Knowledge is power and that is very clear to us. This is the first time in history that a province like Agusan del Norte has gathered a significant number of information officers into this kind of gathering," he remarked.

Caga further expressed that he deeply appreciates the undertaking of the local government of Agusan del Norte in conducting the activity because "it is fundamental to organize and train a person who would be responsible in gathering and disseminating information, and take it as a personal and civil obligation to do sincere intervention in providing updates/information effectively."

"You are fortunate that the local government of Agusan del Norte has seen the importance of empowering its constituents especially in utilizing wisely your enhanced capability in the field of information and communication through this seminar-workshop. As you take the role of being a communicator, you will be able to deliver significant contribution in your community. You will be the voice and catalyst for change and development," articulated Caga.

Meanwhile, Aurelio Tabanao, purok president in Purok-3 Brgy. Talo-ao, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte disclosed that he willingly attended said event because he wanted to help the ordinary citizens to be informed and be able to give their contributions for the development of their respective puroks/ community, and the whole province in general. "I am a purok president and I feel the need to be equipped especially in the delivery of accurate and relevant information to our constituents. We will all learn new things from this assembly today. Thank you to the provincial government for gathering us and giving us the training/s we need to be effective in our duties and responsibilities," he said.

Marilou Talamo, one of the participants from Brgy. Manapa, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte also expressed her optimism that the activity will give new learnings to them as purok officials in the different barangays of the province. "We will learn new trends in social media and how we can utilize it in the grassroots level as we want to promote an informed and empowered citizens. This is a very interesting activity for us," she elaborated.

The activity is anchored on the theme "Empowering and Uniting the Agusanons through Information and Effective Communication." (VLG/JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DOH Caraga encourages Caraganons to celebrate New Year peacefully, healthfully

By Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 29 (PIA) - With only two days left in 2015, the Department of Health(DOH) - Caraga encourages the stakeholders to welcome the year 2016 in a harmonious, peaceful and healthy manner.

“Instead of firecrackers, use other merry-making instruments/ activities to produce sounds/noise such as car horns, ‘torotot’, videoke, parlor games, drums and other musical instruments,” DOH Caraga regional director Jose Llacuna, Jr. said.

He added that in case of an injury due to firecrackers, wounds must be immediately washed with clean, running water until all visible dirt and gunpowder residue is removed; put pressure with a clean, dry cloth or bandage when there is tearing of body part or skin and proceed to the nearest health facility for proper medical attention.

This year’s DOH campaign is "Tetano: Nakamamatay, Huwag Pasaway; Sa Paputok May Goodbye."

The health department had also issued an advisory which gives tips on food and alcohol intake for holidays. For further inquiry and assistance, DOH hotline numbers: 09283757447 (Smart) and 09177387365 (Globe) are open 24/7. (DJA/PIA-Caraga)


RTWPB launches EMA productivity toolkit

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 29 (PIA) – The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) Caraga led the soft launching of the #EngageMotivateAchieve or #EMA productivity toolkit at Robinsons Place Butuan during the culmination activity of the week-long celebration of the Department of Labor and Employment's (DOLE's) 82nd Foundation Day Anniversary with the theme “82 Taong Mahusay na Serbisyo sa Manggawang Pilipino.”

These battlecry brings together the five key services; Occupational Safety and Health, Workplace Relations, Productivity, Occupational Skills Enhancement, and Livelihood Assistance in empowering workers and sustaining enterprises. It will stir a new kind of culture that strongly fosters safe and harmonious workplace; healthy, productive, and skilled workforce; improved business performance; greater market access; and more employment opportunities.

The activity started with a Walk for a Cause themed “Ang Bata Amomahon ug Paeskwelahon, Dili Patrabahuon" participated by its attached agencies, partners, and stakeholders. The walk started at Guingona Park and finished at Robinsons Place-Butuan. A registration fee of P20.00 was collected in support to the DOLE’s Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program. After which, a short program was conducted that showcases giving recognition to the convergence with stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services.

During the event, RTWPB Caraga gave due recognition to several mining companies who implemented the Productivity Based Incentive Scheme, and these are: Carrascal Nickel Corp.; Frasec Ventures Corp.; and Adnama Mining Resources Inc.

Service Quality trained establishments were also given a seal of recognition such as Almont Inland Resort, Inc.; VCDU Prince Hotel; Butuan Grand Palace; Island Seafoods Restaurant; MJ Santos Hospital; WingOn Inc.; Philippine Gateway Hotel Surigao; Tavern Hotel Surigao; Isla Cabana Siargao; and La Entrada Resort.

Labor Laws Compliance Officer and DOLE Provincial Heads were also given credits for their untiring support and partnership to RTWPB Caraga programs and services. (RTWPB-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Kauna-unahang Provincial Assembly ng mga purok officials ginanap sa Agusan del Norte

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dis. 29 (PIA) - Nagtipon-tipon ang may mahigit isang-libong purok officials/communicators o legpersons sa ibat-ibang barangay at munisipyo ng Agusan del Norte sa matagumpay na ginanap na kauna-unahang Provincial Assembly of Barefoot Journalists/Purok Legpersons cum Seminar-Workshop of Para-media/Citizens/Journalism nitong Miyerkules sa Balanghai Hotel, Butuan City.

Ang nasabing assembly ay may temang “Empowering and Uniting the Agusanons through Information and Effective Communication.” Layon ng assembly na mapabuti pa ang kapasidad ng mga lokal na opisyal na nasa mga barangay sa ibat-ibang munisipyo sa probinsya sa larangan ng impormasyon at komunikasyon.

Ayon kay Agusan del Norte vice-governor Ramon Bungabong, pinag-tuonan ng pansin ng probinsya ang kapakanan ng mga purok officials/communicators dahil sila umano ang pinaka-unang naghahatid ng impormasyon na kinakailangang malaman ng mga residente at nagpaparating ng mga nagaganap sa kani-kanilang barangay sa mga mataas na opisyal ng probinsya.

Hinimuk rin ng bise-gobernador ang mga purok at barangay officials na maging tapat sa kanilang serisyo sa publiko at maging handa sa anumang oras. Nararapat anya na matapatan o maibigay ang serbisyong inaasahan ng mga tao sa mga opisyal ng gobyerno.  

Dagdag rin ni Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba, na hindi madali ang tungkulin ng pagiging opisyal ng gobyerno lalung-lalo na kung napakalaking bayan ang hinahawakan nito.

Anya, ang pagiging lider ng isang probinsya ay hindi madali. Subalit binigyang-diin din ng gobernador na ang mga tungkulin ng isang lider ay nagiging madali dahil sa suporta, kooperasyon at partisipasyon na binibigay at pinapakita ng mga mamamayan.

Samantala, pina-unlakan din ni regional director Abner Caga ng Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga ang imbitasyon ng AgNor provincial government na maging isa sa mga honored guest speakers sa nasabing assembly.

Pinasalamatan din niya ang provincial government sa kanilang pagsisikap na ma-organisa ang mga purok at barangay officials at masanay dahil sila umano ang kumukuha at naghahatid ng impormasyon sa kanilang nasasakopan.

Ayon kay director Caga, malaki ang naitutulong nga mga opisyal sa paghahatid ng tama at napapanahon na mga impormasyon sa kanilang komunidad na nagdudulot ng mabuting epekto sa pang-araw araw na kabuhayan ng mga tao.

Binigyang-diin din ni director Caga na napag-aaralan umano ang pagiging isang epektibong mamamahayag at manunulat, at hinimuk ang mga partisipante ng nasabing assembly na maging aktibo at porsigido sa pagawa ng kanilang tungkulin dahil inaasahan at pinagkakatiwalaan sila ng publiko.

Naimbitahan din ang ibat-ibang professionals sa larangan ng Mass Communication. Ang ilan sa mga paksa na tinalakay ay ang Basic Scriptwriting and Public Speaking; the role of community media in the continuing development of mass media at current trends; at Basic News Writing and Broadcasting. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)