AgNor's supplementary feeding program continues
By Aimee B. Sienes
BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 22 (PIA) - The provincial government of Agusan del Norte continued its supplementary feeding program for day care enrollees in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Field Office.
Provincial Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba was authorized by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Agusan del Norte to sign the Memorandum of Agreement with DSWD and the municipalities of Jabonga, Magallanes and Kitcharao for the implementation of the supplementary feeding program.
The DSWD has been implementing the said program in line with the Early Childhood Care Development (ECCD) program of the national government by providing food, in addition to the regular meals, to currently enrolled day care children nationwide in the form of hot meals, as recommended by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI).
The 2006 Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) conducted by the National Statistics Office revealed that 11 percent of Filipino families have income that cannot buy the food needed by the family members for their nutritional well-being and health.
The said program aims to eradicate poverty and hunger in the country in consonance with the Millennium Development Goal No. 1 of the national government. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
AgNor supports One Billion Rising Revolution
By Aimee B. Sienes
BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 22 (PIA) - The provincial government of Agusan del Norte supported the campaign for One Billion Rising: Rise for Revolution to end rape and sexual violence against women.
This is a universal campaign to support the call for the protection of women against violence.
This year, the One Billion Rising “Break the Chain” dance revolution was held to spread awareness of the campaign. Pursuant to Republic Act 10398, An Act Declaring November Twenty-Five Of Every Year As “National Consciousness Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women And Children" and Proclamation No. 1172 s. 2006, Declaring November 25 to December 12 of every year as the "18- Day Campaign to End Violence against Women in the Philippines," the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) in coordination with government agencies of the Regional Development Council on Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) spearheaded the One Billion Rising “Break the Chain” dance revolution, which was held on February 12, at Robinsons Place here and participated in by officials and employees of various government agencies including the provincial government.
During the event, a short video presentation was shown to all the participants before the dance revolution led by the employees of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and was followed by a zumba dance.
The campaign was initiated by playwright and activist Eve Ensler (known for her play The Vagina Monologues), and her organization V-Day. In 2012, the One Billion Rising campaign culminated in the biggest mass global action to end violence against women ever with tens of thousands of events held.
It continued every year thereafter with the theme One Billion Rising (2013), One Billion Rising for Justice (2014) and One Billion Rising: Rise for Revolution (2015). Groups supporting this campaign said that change can happen if grassroots movements and marginalized communities are in the lead.
They said that “change can happen if we act now and we act together.” The groups are radicalizing their actions-enlarging, deepening and expanding the revolution so that many people would be aware of the campaign and end violence against women. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
Tandag City COMELEC holds briefing for local candidates, media practitioners, printing press operators
By Greg Tataro Jr.
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 22 (PIA) – The City COMELEC Office here held a briefing for local candidates, media practitioners and printing press operators at the Romualdez Building of Tandag Pilot Elementary School on Saturday, February 20, 2016.
Atty. Riza Ann Donalyn Culima-Constantino, city election officer, gladly said that the event was not only fruitful but successful as well, attributing it to the high percentage of attendance.
In her letter of invitation dated February 17, 2016, the COMELEC city chief pointed out that the aim of conducting such an activity was “To attain an honest, orderly, transparent and peaceful May 9, 2016 Elections.”
Atty. Constantino stressed that the core of discussion was in connection with “the rules and regulations implementing Republic Act No. 9006 known as ‘Fair Election Act’ or Republic Act No. 7166,” adding that “As affected entities of this law, we should have common understanding about this to avoid penalties or committing an act against the law.” (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)