3.08.2016

Monday, March 7, 2016



FSUU prepares for this year’s Bugsay Mindanao Dragon Boat Race III

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 7 (PIA) – As part of the activities set for the 2016 Balangay Festival here, the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) is once again preparing for this year’s Bugsay (row) Mindanao Fragon Boat Race III on April 29-30.

According to FSUU Publicity in-charge Rochelle Valencia, the race/competition for this year is anchored on the theme “Paddle for Peace, using the waterways of Mindanao as spaces of peace.”

“The race will take place in our very own Agusan River with dragon boat teams from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. This is one of the highlights of the activities set for our celebration of the Balangay Festival, in coordination with the local government unit and other government agencies,” shared Valencia.

Also, the FSUU will be holding a press conference on April 29, 2016 at the University’s CBE Function Hall, this city.

“We hoped to bring the mighty Agusan River back to life through th Bugsay Mindanao Dragon Boat Race 2016 in Butuan City, home to ancient balangays,” Valencia remarked. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)  


SurSur, AFP, PNP to ink MOA declaring the province as Conflict Manageable and Ready for Further Development

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 7 (PIA) – A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) formally declaring Surigao del Sur as Conflict-Manageable and Ready for Further Development Province is set to be signed by three major parties representing the Province of Surigao del Sur, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

The historic event, that is going to take place at the Grand Ballroom, Villa Maria Luisa Hotel, this city, will be a tripartite agreement among Governor Johnny Pimentel, Col. Isidro Purisima, and P/SSupt. Romaldo Bayting, who are in their respective official capacity as provincial governor of Surigao del Sur, commander, 402nd Brigade of the Philippine Army (PA), and provincial director of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

No less than AFP Chief of Staff General Hernando Delfin Carmelo Iriberri and other military top brass under him as well as the PNP regional director of Caraga together with Vice-Governor Manuel Alameda, Sr., Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Member Henrich Pimentel and DILG Provincial Director Pedrito Alacaba will have to stand as witnesses to the momentous event.

Together with the AFP chief would be Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, commander, Eastern Mindanao Command; Maj. Gen. Oscar Lactao, commander, 4th Infantry Division; and P/CSupt. Rolando Felix, regional director, Police Regional Office (PRO) 13, it was learned.

Also, during the momentous occasion, which is split into four parts—Ribbon Cutting for the Photo Exhibit, Program proper, Entrustment of New Firearms and Wall of Commitment Signing, as well as Press Briefing—all members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) here “are requested to attend,” per invitation of Governor Pimentel, concurrent PPOC chair.

Other highlights will form part of the event like awarding of CLIP Beneficiaries and Livelihood & Cash Assistance as well as Cooperative Development Assistance and messages—especially the one coming from Gen. Iriberri, the Guest of Honor and Speaker.

The MOA was said to have been approved already by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin.

It can be recalled that Surigao del Sur had been earlier declared “Conflict Manageable and Development Ready Province” during the First Quarter Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting held at the headquarters of the 36th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army based in Barangay Dayoan, Tago town, this province, on January 15, 2016.

This was on motion of SP Member Pimentel, PPOC member and at the same time chair of the Committee on Peace and Order of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, taking the cue from the proposal of Col. Purisima after the latter concluded his “Updates on Peace and Security” report by posing a question to the council whether Surigao del Sur, his area of responsibility (AOR), was already fit to be declared as “Conflict Manageable and Development ready” province.

Governor Pimentel, who was presiding over the entire proceeding, banged the gavel to mark the unprecedented declaration as the council meeting was nearly coming to an end.

“So the resolution, if there is no objection, is unanimously seconded and approved declaring the province as ready for investment and conflict manageable,” he stressed. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


AgNor OFC trains in IT, orients in OWWA programs

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 7 (PIA) - To promptly respond to the desire of its OFW Family Circles (OFCs) for organizational development, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) rolled off its Information and Communication Training (ICT) to the 19 members of the Buenavista OFW Organization at the Northern Mindanao School of Fisheries in Buenavista town, Agusan del Norte on March 1-4.

The four-day training included Modules on Computer Fundamentals 1 and 2, Microsoft Office including its basics: Word, Excel and PowerPoint were discussed by OWWA Information Technology (IT) Instructor Vincent B. Mahinay. Digital Media Fundamentals, Web Design Fundamentals, Word Processing Fundamentals, and Presentation Fundamentals were likewise taught.

Meanwhile, Rodel P. Deligero, in-charge of Education and Training Program, utilized the gathering to campaign two of the agency’s Scholarships, Training and Incentive Programs; the Seafarer's Upgrading Program (SUP) and Skills-for-Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) during the activity’s closing activity.

The Seafarer's Upgrading Program provides scholarships for attendance to short-term upgrading courses for seafarers which include Proficiency in Fast Recue Boat and Shipboard Culinary, among others. The program grants a P7,500.00 training assistance for the first availment. Subsequent availment of another training course requires 3 recorded membership.

On the other hand, the Skills-for-Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) is a scholarship that aids in a short-term training course leading to the completion of a vocational or technical course in any school accredited by TESDA for maximum of P14,500.00 per course. The program is not only limited to active member-OFWs but extends to their beneficiaries and legal dependents as well. The first OWWA membership of the OFW is applicable to one SESP Benefit; succeeding availment requires three additional membership contributions.

These activities are in line with the agency’s resolve to bring reintegration opportunities and capability advancement to its members and their beneficiaries. (JPIM, OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DAR AgNor to nominate Jabonga coop as 2016 outstanding org

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 7 (PIA) - The Baleguian Organic Farmers’ Irrigators Association (BOFIA) is being eyed by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) as this year’s outstanding organization for its excellent performance and impressive growth. The coop has now an asset worth P40.5 million, an achievement done in just three years when they were just worth P1.9 million in 2013.

BOFIA was registered in 1977, since then, it has been the agency's partner in providing basic services to farmers and in managing projects like irrigation facilities with the National Irrigation Association (NIA), provincial government, the local government unit of Jabonga, and other stakeholders.

Because of BOFIA’s performance, DAR turned-over four projects worth more than P51 million. Some of these interventions were under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project phase III (ARISP-III) composed of Irrigation System (IS) and Farm-to-Market road (FMR) amounted to more than P33 million and P12 million, respectively.

The irrigation system has a potential service area of 180 hectares that served more than a hundred farmer-beneficiaries. Connecting the farmers and market is a well cemented 1.892 kilometer FMR which was completed and turned over in 2011.

BOFIA’s success and effectiveness is not only in managing and accessing infrastructure projects. It also availed credit under the Agrarian Production Credit Program  (APCP) amounting to P3 Million for rice production inputs to match the farm equipment funded under Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) worth P4.3 Million. 

In a ceremonial turned-over of CIS and common service facilities last February 4, 2016, BOFIA chairman Winefredo Maldo expressed gratitude to DAR ARISP-III and NIA for the support services provided to BOFIA. “This is a blessing to the farmers in Jabonga . . . indeed, it’s a dream come true,” Maldo added.

ARISP III National Project Manager Cristy Dagdag, urged BOFIA to take care of the projects as it would greatly contributed in raising farm income and productivity to the farmers of Jabonga. “BOFIA is fortunate being one of the recipients of the ARISP III projects. It could bring progress and uplift the socio-economic condition of the farmers,” Dagdag added.

DAR Caraga regional director Julita A. Ragandang said that DAR’s partnership with NIA and the local government resulted in more development projects for the agrarian reform community in Jabonga. “But it is the unity and the strong will of the farmer-beneficiaries that prompt this project to be realized,” Ragandang added.

DAR Agusan del Norte Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Andre B. Atega congratulates BOFIA for this year’s excellent performance in realizing its dream, as it could bring a great help to the farmers in Jabonga town.

Board Member Danny Moran, representing the Governor Maria Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba said  that the provincial government is a crucial ally in rural development in partnership with DAR, NIA and other stakeholders.

Under the President Aquino administration, these support services bring socio-economic benefit  to the farmers  as well as  total human development in the countryside. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)