Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Caraga IP youth undergo DRRM skill, knowledge enhancement lectures

By Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 22 (PIA) – “Continue nurturing yourself by applying all your learnings in your respective communities.” This was the statement of Manuel Luis Ochoterena, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga regional director and chairperson of Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), as he urged some 50 Indigenous Peoples (IP) youth communicators to use their gained skills and knowledge in responding to disasters and calamities in their respective Certificate of Ancestral Domain Titles (CADTs).

Ochotorena served as one of the speakers during the graduation rites of the five-day Community-Based DRRM Training of Trainers for IP Youth Communicators at the Goat2geder Hotel and Restaurant, this city initiated by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga and 4th Civil Military Operations (4th CMO) Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) based here.

The IP youth learned during the event valuable information on Community Risk Assessment which taught them to assess hazards, vulnerabilities, and risks, abilities to cope, prepare coping strategies and prepare risk reduction implementation plans in their communities.

Also, they were able to prepare Hazard Spot Map which indicated boundaries, roads, bridges, and bodies of water, houses, populated areas, landmarks and natural resources in the community.

According to Aizy Lyn Paglinawan of OCD Caraga, the spot map will help the IP youths to familiarize the high, medium or low risk areas during disasters. Additionally, they were also instructed to mark the safe areas for evacuation sites and routes and other existing and potential DRRM facilities.

“The very heart of the training was to impart the learning and inputs to these youths what to do before, during and after a disaster because the event had lectures on prevention and mitigation or ways to prevent and mitigate the effect of the disaster by preparing. There were also inputs on how to respond during the disaster and for the rehabilitation and recovery plans and actions,” Paglinawan added.

After the training, the participants would serve as trainers of other IPs in their respective communities’ regionwide.

"In behalf of my co-participants, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for the efforts and patience you afforded to us to be able to gain skills and knowledge on disaster risk reduction and management. As we go back to our respective communities, we will see to it that we will share to other IPs the lessons we have learned from this training for us to be more resilient and prepared especially in times of emergencies and disasters," expressed Caraga IP youth president Hawudon Liko-ab Graciano Jusay, Jr.

In her words of impression, Nelia Ellarina, a Higaonon participant enunciated how privileged they are for the support given to them by the facilitators and also by their united tribes. "It's not enough to be skillful but we should bear in mind that we have to exercise proactive actions in dealing the challenges. Rest assured that what you taught us will be put in purpose," she said.

“I know the extent of your adjustment as you painstakingly discover and perform each new skill. Know that the government is doing everything to empower you and now you already acquired the knowledge and power of information which make you ready to face the challenges ahead. Be much more willing to share it to your communities because all it takes is a single person to bring light to brighten the world and widen the horizon of the entire society,” said PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga.

Certificates of Completion, sleeping bags, boots and raincoats were distributed to the IP youths who went through the five-day event. (VMG/DJA/PIA-Caraga)


DILG reminds Barangay LGUs to hold barangay assembly

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 22 (PIA) – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) here headed by Provincial Director (PD) Pedrito Alacaba has continued to promote the “Conduct of Barangay Assembly for the First Semester of C. Y. 2016” to all 309 barangays province-wide.

Mayonito Fernan Ramos, DILG program manager, this province, confirmed that there were already some barangay-LGUs which conducted the same activity on March 19 after learning that such could be held prior to the specified date on March 26, the latter being Black Saturday among Roman Catholics.

Likewise, Ramos added that the barangay assembly could even be carried out after March 26 provided that it would be “reasonable,” airing caution however not to hold the event the following month of April.

He pointed out that one of the most crucial undertakings in this gathering would be to come up with a decision on what particular project must be submitted for assessment in connection with the Barangay Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) amounting to P1 million.

On top of that, the DILG official said that among the important agenda in a barangay assembly would be the “State of Barangay Address (SOBA); CY 2015 second semester accomplishments; CY 2015 second semester Financial Report, including, among others, the itemized Monthly Collections and Disbursement and the Summary of Income and Expenditures; and Updates on CY 2016 ongoing programs and projects.”

The holding of barangay assembly, at least twice a year, aims to firm up coordination between the government and the community which gives rise to a more effective means of delivering quality service to the people, it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao delSur)


SurSur DPWH deploys “Lakbay-Alalay” teams for Holy Week

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 22 (PIA) – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) First District Engineering Office in Surigao del Sur has confirmed the deployment of three District Motorists Assistance Teams (D-MATs) for the duration of the Holy Week.

OIC District Engr. Ruel Bantugan said that the D-MATS were instructed to provide 24-hour “prompt and reliable assistance” to road users in strategic locations here—Cantilan Junction, Gamut Junction, and Poblacion, Lianga—“from the period March 21-28, 2016.”

He said receiving on March 16, 2016 a copy of the memorandum signed by Secretary Rogelio Singson dated March 9, 2016.

Containing eight detailed measures, the memo had been “strictly observed and implemented” to serve in particular “motorists and pedestrians as well as domestic and foreign tourists,” Bantugan stressed by quoting some of the memo’s important points.

Prior to this, “proper coordination” was already made with “concerned government entities,” according to the DPWH district chief, citing the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Philippine National Police (PNP), Local Government Units (LGUs), among others.

He likewise assured that all D-MATs in his area of jurisdiction had remained under close monitoring. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tagalog News: Mga organisasyon ng mga magsasaka sa rehiyon ng Caraga, binigyan ng parangal ng DAR

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 22 (PIA) - Binigyang parangal ng Department of Agrarian Reform o DAR, Department of Agriculture o DA at ng Land Bank of the Philippines o LBP ang may 13 na Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations o ARBOs sa rehiyon ng Caraga para sa kanilang mahusay na pagtupad sa tungkulin at responsibilidad sa paghiram at pagbabayad sa Agrarian Production Credit Program o APCP na binuo ng naturang tatlong ahensiya ng pamahalaan.

Sa ginanap na 2nd National Agri-Fisheries Credit Program Assessment and Planning Workshop sa Cagayan de Oro City, sinabi ni DAR Caraga Regional Director Julita Ragandang na ang APCP ay dinisenyo upang tumugon para sa mga pangangailangang pautang ng mga agrarian reform beneficiaries o ARBs mula sa ibat-ibang proyektong pang-ekonomiya.

Kabilang sa mga pinarangalang grupo ng mga magsasaka ang Trinidad Farmers Agra Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Honrado Farmers Credit Cooperative, Cantapoy Farmers and Fishermen Credit Coop, San Pedro Rural Workers’ Association, Himama-ug Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Cooperative, Esperanza Farmers and Credit Cooperative, Ima Women’s Initiated Community Association, Union Agri-Aqua Credit Organization, Mabini Farmers Credit Cooperative, A&M Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Baleguian Organic Farmers Irrigators Association, Taguibo Irrigated Pest Management Irrigators Association at Bayugo Agro Forestry.

Target ngayong taon ng APCP na makapaglaan ng P94.8M sa 4,251 magsasakang benepisyaryo. (DAR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)