Wednesday, February 10, 2016



Caraga RTWPB starts minimum wage adjustment consultations

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 10 (PIA) – The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) Caraga is set to conduct public consultations on minimum wage adjustment for private sector and domestic workers in the city and Surigao del Norte this month as part of a region-wide series of consultations to discuss increase in wages.

According to Earl Dela Victoria, Board Secretary VI of RTWPB Caraga, it is their office’ own initiative (motu propio) to conduct said activity. “The public consultation will determine whether or not issuance of new wage order in Caraga region is deemed necessary at this present time,” he remarked.

In Butuan City, Dela Victoria said they will conduct a public hearing on the subject matter on February 11, 2016  from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort.

While on February 26, 2016, same public consultation will be held at Gateway Hotel in Surigao City that will start at 1:00 p.m.

“The issue at hand involves public interest as the resolution of the same will affect not only the economic direction of our region, the growth of our investor, but also the welfare of our workers in the private sector,” he emphasized.

For more information about said activities, the RTWPB Caraga can be reached at telephone number (085) 342-9987. (JPG/PIA-Caraga) 


RCBB, partners to hold golden jubilee tree planting in AgSur

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 10 (PIA) – The Roman Catholic Bishop of Butuan (RCBB), together with partner government agencies and non-government organizations will be holding this year’s Golden Jubilee Tree Planting activity for the province of Agusan del Sur on February 13, 2016.

The tree planting will start at 6:00 a.m. at Barangay Calaitan, Bayugan City of said province.

According to Rev. Fr. Stephen Brongcano, the event which is part of the Golden Jubilee celebration intends to contribute to environmental welfare and at the same time concretize the teachings of the Lord as embodied in Pope Francis’ Laudato Si.

Brongcano added that the tree planting activity will start with a liturgy of the word and blessing of seedlings. He will also orient the participants on the significance of the celebration and the tree planting as the highlight. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Sec. Coloma acknowledges DENR Caraga’s “Oras sa Kinaiyahan” radio program

By Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 10 (PIA) - Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio B. Coloma Jr. together with Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga acknowledges the efforts of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga Region for initiating a regular radio program entitled “Oras sa Kinaiyahan” during the Multi-Sectoral Forum on the West Philippine Sea Issue held in one of the convention centers here on January 26.

DENR Caraga regional director Nonito M. Tamayo extended his warmest thanks to the Secretary and PIA Caraga headed by regional director Abner M. Caga for their appreciation and support to the region’s initiatives.

“The partnership of DENR with PIA in the Climate Change advocacy and other environmental programs has changed lives and inspired new beginnings,” Caga said.

Secretary Coloma gave emphasis to the successful implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP) and the Anti-Illegal Logging Campaign in the region.

“DENR Caraga is notable for challenging the current mindsets and practices in terms of environmental management and development leading to the successful implementation of its programs and projects,” Secretary Coloma said.

“On behalf of DENR Caraga, I would like to give thanks to Secretary Coloma and PIA Caraga for appreciating our efforts. Rest assured that we will continue to promote environmental awareness in the most creative way we can to inform and educate the public regarding environmental protection and conservation,” Tamayo said.

During the forum, the anchors of the Radio Program, Forest Ranger Reyjoy Chavez and Forester Edito Tocle were also given recognition. Both of them were honored and committed to continue giving the best service to the public. (DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DAR SurSur firms-up 2016 targets

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 10 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Provincial Office of Surigao del Sur conducted its 2016 target setting cum planning session early this month held at Goat2geder Hotel in Butuan City.

In a press statement released, major activities to be prioritized this year are: the conduct of mandatory trainings for assisted cooperatives and agrarian reform beneficiaries; updating of development plan of the different agrarian reform communities with climate proof resilient; completion of on-going projects under Village Level Processing Center Enhancement Project (VLPCEP); turnover of Tagbina Communal Irrigation Project (CIP) under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project Phase III (ARISP III)  and the newly launched project on Convergence on Value-Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (ConVERGE) by the Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD).

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Hernani Apacible has emphasized that the completion of targets must be in accordance with the identified timelines. Apacible is hopeful that by the end of third quarter this year, all major final outputs will be achieved.

The two-day activity was also participated by some regional staff under the Support Services Division, it was learned. (NGBT/with a report from Myra Yu-DAR-SDS/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


2 OFCs Agnor organized, trained in financial literacy

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 10 (PIA) - Consistent in the bid to provide its members with beneficial trainings and organizational development, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration - Caraga gave its member-OFWs or Overseas Filipino Workers, their beneficiaries and families from the municipality of Magallanes, Agusan del Norte, a back-to-back community organizing, financial literacy training and values orientation seminar on February 4 and 5.

The municipality of Magallanes is home to a number of member-OFWs. As such, two sets of OFW Family circles (OFCs) were formed to facilitate the needs of each member even more.

Organized on the first day was the SRP OFWs and Dependents Organization with members from the barangays of Poblacion and Sto. Rasario, Magallanes, Agusan del Norte.

The Programs and Services of the agency were thoroughly conveyed by Mr. Rodel P. Deligero, OWWO II, to the 30 members of the organization. The participants were also given ample time to raise their queries on the programs of the agency especially for education and scholarships.

Training on financial literacy was also carried out to aid the OFW families in becoming self-sustaining by giving tips on how to safeguard their earnings and introducing ways for it to grow. The group enthusiastically participated in the lecture as they could relate to the discussion.

“We are very happy to be shared with this information, it is something that we could apply in our daily lives”, said Ms. Cheryl M. Erro, wife of an OFW and a Barangay Kagawad in Poblacion, Magallanes.

Understanding that the different characteristics of the organization’s members might clash and hinder their success, a Values Reorientation Seminar was also given to address the matter. This is also aimed to re-instill essential Filipino values, not just as an organization, but especially towards family and relationships.

The same set of trainings was likewise provided to the 28 members of Marnin OFW and Dependents Organization from the Brgy. Buhang, Sto. Niño and Marcos, Magallanes, Agusan del Norte.

Furthermore, the two organizations were assisted during the election of their officers. They were also encouraged to come up with desired training needs for their organizational development.  (JPIM, OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: FNRI updates energy and nutrient recommendations for Pinoys

By Jund Rian A. Doringo

The Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intakes (RENI) are the daily recommended amounts of energy and nutrients, including the macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fat) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) to maintain the nutritional well-being and health of Filipinos of various age groups and categories (non-pregnant, pregnant, and lactating).

From the 1989 Philippine Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) to the 2002 RENI, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) modernized the new RENI, now termed as the Philippine Dietary Reference Intakes (PDRI), with current energy and nutrient intakes, standards, and requirements especially for the Filipino population.

As concepts of health and nutritional adequacy change, the PDRI encompasses a set of multi-level recommendations composed of nutrient-based reference values.

These multi-level reference values include estimated average requirements, recommended energy and nutrient intakes, adequate intakes, and tolerable upper intake levels.

Moreover, the PDRI includes the acceptable macronutrient distribution ranges of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, as well as recommended intakes of dietary fiber and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

In addition to the recommended intakes of macronutrients and micronutrients of the 2002 RENI, the new dietary reference intake features the maximum level of sodium and free sugar.

However, the requirements for vitamin A have increased for 10 years old and above due to lower liver storage efficiency of ingested vitamin A in the body.

The FNRI-DOST is committed to lead the nation to a healthy citizenry by continuously innovating and improving food and nutrition tools for the Filipinos.

The PDRI is a helpful tool in updating the existing food and nutrition policies in public health programs of the country to achieve a well-nourished citizenry.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact:  Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Tel/Fax Num: 8372934 and 8373164; email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph.; FNRI Facebook page: facebook.com/FNRI-DOST; FNRI Twitter account: twitter.com/FNRI-DOST. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur DPWH set to get rid of illegally posted campaign materials

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 10 (PIA) – Both district engineering offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), this province, have confirmed readiness to work together with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to get rid of illegally posted campaign materials in connection with the May 9, 2016 polls.

District Engineer (DE) Joseph Calderon said, on behalf of the DPWH first engineering district office, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the COMELEC at the national level had already been forged for the said undertaking.

Besides, the district engineer acknowledged Atty. Riza Ann Donalyn Culima-Constantino, election officer of Tandag City COMELEC office sending them a copy of the “DESIGNATED COMMON POSTER AREA” per barangay.

Guided by the said MOA, Calderon added a “DPWH-TEAM” in their office had already been created to carry out the job.

On the other hand, District Engineer Eulogio Milla of DPWH second engineering district office, stressed they had done the same thing--creating a DPWH-Team in their area tasked to remove and tear down all unlawful campaign posters.

“The ‘DPWH-TEAM’ shall, by authority of the COMELEC, summarily remove, confiscate and/or destroy any unlawful election propaganda found in prohibited places,” the MOA stated.

Citing the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, DPWH, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Education, and more,  Atty. Ernie Palanan, provincial election supervisor (PES) here said, earlier, close coordination with other stakeholders had likewise been taken by their office. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DOLE Surigao Norte, Dinagat Islands conduct 1-day industry joint assessment

By Olga Virginia A. Demata & Abigail Grace S. Pantejo

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 10 (PIA) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Surigao del Norte Field Office and the Province of Dinagat Islands Satellite Office recently joined forces in conducting a one-day mini industry joint assessment to eight establishments in the province.

The issuance of a certificate of compliance from DOLE for General Labor Standards (GLS) and the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Standards is essential to a particular establishment under the new Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS).

To comply with the requirements of GLS and OSH standards, an establishment must be informed on the basic concepts of labor relations; protection of workers through safe and healthy working conditions; rules and regulations of labor contracting, workers’ rights and benefits, and the requirements for the issuance of the Certificate of Compliance.

“We are very much thankful to DOLE because aside from the reason why we attended today — which is to be issued with a certificate of compliance, we also learned a lot from this activity from labor relations to employment legalities and such,” said Maharlika Arana from Nickel Base Asia Corporation.

The eight establishments are now on its way to complying with the requirements for the issuance of certificate of compliance on GLS and OSH. (DOLE/PIA-Surigao del Norte)