Monday, February 1, 2016



Winners of the 2015 search for sustainable, eco-friendly schools bared

By Regine Ga

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 1 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga commended the winners of the 2015 Search for Sustainable and Eco-friendly Schools - Regional level.

The regional winners are Matin-ao National High School from Surigao del Norte and Puerto Princesa Elementary School from Dinagat Islands.

The finalists for the Elementary Category are Melquiades N. Cagasa Elementary School, Surigao City, 2nd place; Sukailang Elementary School, Surigao City 3rd place; Mainit Central Elementary School, Surigao del Norte, 4th place; and Taligaman Elementary School, Butuan City, 5th place. While the finalists for the high school category include Barobo National High School, Surigao del Sur, 2nd place; Agusan del Sur National High School, Agusan del Sur, 3rd place; Anomar National High School, Surigao City, 4th place; and La Soledad National High School, Butuan City, 5th place.

The Barobo National High School from Surigao del Sur and Puerto Princesa Elementary School from Dinagat Islands have received the Nestle Water Conservation Award. The Meralco Energy Leadership Award was awarded to the Matin-ao National High School from Surigao del Norte and Puerto Princesa Elementary School from Dinagat Islands.

The search is a joint activity of the DENR through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Smart Communications, Inc. and Nestle Philippines, Inc. and Meralco Energy. (DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DOLE SurSur undergoes ISO 9001:2008 re-certification

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 01 (PIA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) - Surigao del Sur Field Office has undergone re-certification audit by the Certification International Philippines (CIP) auditor Carlos I. Somera recently in the city.

In a press statement, it was learned that the objective of the audit is to evaluate and determine conformity of the management system to specified requirements for re-certification. Audited areas were the Provincial Management Review, MFO (major find output) 2- Employment Facilitation and Capacity Building Services and the MFO 3- Labor Forcer Welfare Services.

During the closing meeting, Somera declared that DOLE-Surigao del Sur has conformed to the ISO 9001:2008 Standard. Likewise, he closed the remaining NC (non-conformity) of the office which was one of the findings during last year’s surveillance audit conducted by Justo Batoon in Surigao del Sur.

Since December 2012, DOLE-Caraga has been awarded by the CIP with ISO 9001:2008 Certificate for its Quality Management System. (NGBT/ with report from Romely Bactol-DOLE-SDS/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DENR Caraga, MinDA push for ARB governing board institutionalization

By Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 1 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga in collaboration with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has organized the Agusan River Basin Governing Board (ARBGB) in a meeting held at the Bishop’s Home in Ampayon, here recently.

The meeting was presided over by Rev. Fr. Carlito L. Clase, the ARBGB Vice Chairperson. It was attended by more or less 40 members of the governing board.

“This activity was undertaken in order to institutionalize and strengthen the Agusan River Basin Governing Board (ARBGB) as the governing body in the management of the Agusan River Basin,” Fr. Clase said.

The Agusan River Basin Governing Board is composed of seven governors, one city mayor, academe (Father Saturnino Urios University), DENR, MinDA, Philippine Information Agency, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, National Economic and Development Authority, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, non-government organizations/civil society organizations, religious sector, indigenous peoples/ICCs representative and designated permanent representatives.

“Through this undertaking, we are hoping that we are getting close to the finalization of the Agusan River Basin Master Plan. This plan will surely help a lot of people especially those who are highly dependent on the river for their survival,” Forester Maritess M. Ocampo, DENR Caraga ARB focal person said.

It has been agreed during the conference that the ARBGB will have a regular meeting every three months to ensure proper coordination. (DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


PSA Caraga to lead 2016 civil registration month celeb

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 1 (PIA) - The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Caraga region will lead the celebration of the Civil Registration Month. Pursuant to Proclamation 682 issued on January 28, 1991 and signed by then president Corazon C. Aquino, February of every year has been observed as the Civil Registration Month.

This year’s theme, “Makiisa..Makisali sa Dekadang CRVS (Civil Registration and Vital Statistics)” is in consonance with the global advocacy of getting everyone registered and of promoting awareness on the importance of civil registration in the lives of every Filipino.

PSA Caraga will initiate various activities related to the upcoming national celebration, such as: mass wedding in coordination with the city/municipal local civil registrars of Caraga; mobile registration; display of panel exhibit at the regional office; display of tarpaulin; orientation on CRS Business Rules and Customer Service with the CRS staff both Butuan City and Surigao City outlets, User’s Forum on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics to be participated by private and government agencies.

There will also be contests prepared by the office such as: Best display of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Practices Using Infographics to be participated by the Office of the Civil Registrars of Caraga; CRVS Jingle Writing Contest which is open to all individuals; CRVS Infographics Contest to be participated by college students from colleges and universities of the city; and Civil Registration Quiz for the LCRO Staff of Caraga. (FEA/PSA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur DepEd set for 19th Caraga Regional Athletic Meet

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 01 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) Division Office here is all geared up for the upcoming 19th Caraga Regional Athletic Meet (CRAM) at the Poly Sports Complex in Butuan City on February 4-9, 2016.

In an invitation letter dated January 18, 2016, schools division superintendent Dr. Marilou Dedumo told Governor Johnny Pimentel that “Surigao del Sur Division will be sending a strong delegation composed of 765 athletes, coaches, chaperons, officiating and delegation officials to participate in the said sports competition.”

Earlier, in a brief conversation, Dr. Dedumo admitted athletes here had undergone training in Hinatuan.  Unlike before, Surigao del Sur Sports Center in Tandag City had always been the practice hub. 

Since September 1, 2015, the said sports arena here had remained the temporary home to most evacuees coming from the indigenous communities in the vicinity of Sitio Han-ayan, Barangay Diatagon, Lianga town after the infamous lumad slay.

Nobody knows when the evacuees are going back to their respective abodes; but the demands that were set have yet to be met for them to leave the place.

On the same invitation, apart from seeking the “all out support” for the provincial delegation, Dr. Dedumo requested Governor Pimentel “to join the Opening Program of the said prestigious occasion as Honorary Official on February 4, 2016.”

For the past two consecutive years—2014 and 2015, Surigao del Sur had been “host of the 17th and 18th Caraga Regional Athletic Meet,” the DepEd provincial chief cited. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DOH-PHT in SurSur sees feat to hit higher thru mopping up operation for National School Deworming

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 01 (PIA) – After a “mopping up operation” schedule to be carried out this first week of February, the Provincial Health Team (PHT) office under the Department of Health (DOH) in Surigao del Sur has envisioned a better result for the second round of the National School Deworming day conducted last January 27, 2016.

The PHT headed by Dr. Helen Caño has to go back to some multi-grade public schools to do the same since teachers during that time were out on a training-seminar, it was learned.

Meanwhile, the DOH Caraga under Dr. Jose Llacuna, Jr., regional director, had already come out with the initial accomplishment, citing 72.62 percent region-wide.

For Surigao del Sur, Bislig City, and Tandag City DepEd divisions, the percentages of accomplishment were posted at 80.54; 90.86; and 50.62, respectively.

However, the breakdown per province was reported as follows: Agusan del Norte—75.08 percent; Agusan del Sur—80.22 percent; Surigao del Norte—55.87 percent;  Surigao del Sur—79.34 percent; and Dinagat Islands—47.68 percent.

Except for a single case of “erratic worm migration,” no adverse event following the deworming had been noted.

On related development, Harmonized Mass Drug Administration (HMDA) also came out a success for two pilot barangays in Bislig City—Cumawas and San Isidro.  School children were said to have been given the combined drugs of Albendazole and Praziquantel, both anthelmintic or anti-worm medication.

Jointly held with the DepEd, the National School Deworming program is aimed at treating kinder up to Grade 6 school children from worm infestation. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tagalog News: West Philippine Sea issue advocacy campaign, ginanap sa Butuan, opisyal ng DFA binigyang-diin ang lehitimong karapatan ng Pilipinas sa West Philippine Sea

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Peb. 1 (PIA) - Positibo ang isang opisyal ng Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) na papabor sa gobyerno ng Pilipinas ang Arbitral Tribunal na syang dumidinig sa kaso ngayon na maangkin ng bansa ang pinaglalaban nitong mga teritoryo sa West Philippine Sea laban sa China.

Sa ginanap na multi-sectoral forum on the West Philippine issue ng DFA at Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga region kamakailan dito sa lungsod, binigyang-diin ni direktor Maria Teresa Almojuela sa Office of the Undersecretary for Policy ng DFA na sa ilalim ng United Nations Conventions on the Laws of the Seas o UNCLOS, bawat coastal state o bansang may baybay-dagat tulad ng Pilipinas at China ay may karapatan sa territorial sea, contiguous zone, exclusive economic zone at continental shelf.

Malinaw anya na nakasaad sa UNCLOS ang mga karapatang-pandagat na ito. Pinirmahan ng UNCLOS ng isang daan at animnaput-anim na bansa at itinuturing na saligang batas ng karagatan.

Kinakailangan umanong ipaglaban ng mga Pilipino ang kanilang mga lehitimong karapatan lalung-lalo na patungkol sa West Philippine Sea.

Ayon sa opisyal, ito man ay magiging mahabang proseso bagamat kung may patuloy na magbibigay ng tamang impormasyon patungkol dito sa bawat pilipino ay magiging matatag ang posisyon ng bansa sa kasong inihain nito sa arbitral tribunal.

Anya, hindi inaangkin ng pilipinas ang buong South China Sea, kundi ang bahagi lamang nito na sakop lamang ng exclusive maritime zones ng Pilipinas, kasama na ang Kalayaan Island Group at ang Scarborough Shoal, gayundin ang mahalagang karagatang nakapaloob dito.

Dagdag ni Almojuela, mahalaga ang West Philippine Sea sa pag-unlad ng ekonomiya, seguridad pangkalikasan at kasapatan ng pagkain ng Pilipinas, at mahalagang tirahan ng mga isda at iba pang organismong pandagat na mayaman sa korales.

Dagdag pa ni Almojuela, ang gobyerno ng Pilipinas ay sumusunod ng tama sa batas at hindi anya kailangan ng dahas o pagbuwis ng buhay upang makamit ng bansa ang pinaglalaban nitong West Philippine Sea. Inihayag din niya na makakamit ng mga Pilipino ang positibong resulta sa kaso at papabor sa bansa ang Arbitral Tribunal. Patuloy na ginagawa anya ng Philippine government ang lahat ng makakaya nito sa payapa na usapang international sa ibat-ibang bansa. 

Matapos ang multi-sectoral forum ay isinagawa rin ang isang campus forum na ginanap sa Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) na dinaluhan ng may mahigit sa dalawang daang estudyante galing sa ibat-ibang kolehiyo at unibersidad ng lungsod ng Butuan.

Samantala, sinuportahan din ni Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Sonny Coloma ang nasabing multi-sectoral at campus forum, pati na rin ang ginawang focus group discussion ng DFA at PIA Caraga, at pinahayag ang kanyang saloobin tungkol dito.

Marami anyang magagawang paraan ang bawat pinoy upang maipakita sa buong bansa na ang mga pilipino ay nagkakaisa, matatag at buo ang paniniwala na may mas lehitimong karapatan itong mag-angkin sa West Philippine Sea.

Pinasalamatan din niya ang lahat ng dumalo at nagbigay-oras sa diskusyon patungkol sa West Philippine Sea at hinimok ang lahat na magpatuloy sa ginagawang inisyatibo upang mapalaganap ang pinaglalabang karapatang-pandagat ng mga pilipino at bansang Pilipinas. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)