4.22.2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016



AgSur PNP participates in voters' education caravan, VCM public demo

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, Apr. 21 (PIA) – The police personnel of San Francisco Municipal Police Station participated recently in the Voters’ Education and Caravan and Voters’ Counting Machines (VCM) public demonstration at the SAFRAGEMC Event Hall in Barangay 5, San Francisco, this province.

The said activity aims to raise awareness on the election laws, which include the mechanisms on how voters will use the VCM during election.

During the activity, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) officials presented the overview and updates of election laws, policies and regulations and demonstrated how to operate the VCM in front of the delegates composed of Barangay Election Inspectors (BEIs), religious sectors, civic organizations, and local public officials.

Also present during the event were Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Alvin Prandy T. Canta and Election Officer IV Federico A. Blanco. (with a report from PNP-San Francisco MPS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DAR AgSur distributes 425 hectares to Esperanza Farmers

By Kristine Pedralvez

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Apr. 21 (PIA) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) here has distributed 273 individual titles to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) of Brgy. Nato, Esperanza recently. The titles covered 425 hectares land.

The issuance of titles or Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) was held during the Barangay General Assembly where projects for Bottom-up Budget (BUB) fund were identified.   

The titles were handed over by Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I (PARPO I) Allan N. Mundalla assisted by Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officers Chito C. Tubin and Amancio C. Boquilon, Jr. and the municipal and barangay officials of the said place.

“Land ownership is a privilege because not everyone had the opportunity to own a land,” PARPO Mundala said. “Once you received your titles, do not forget your obligations as Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries.  You should continue to cultivate, nurture and make it productive,” he reminded the ARBs.

“For many years, we have been waiting for the titles. With this, we will be inspired to work hard to make our land more productive. Mapasalamaton kami sa DAR og sa atong Local Government Unit,” Marlon Gonzales, one of the ARBs happily said. (DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


SurSur DENR continues to undertake activities for “Earth Month”

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Apr. 21 (PIA) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here has continued to carry out activities in relation to the celebration of “Earth Month 2016” this April with the theme “Earth Day, Every Day, Everywhere for Everyone.”

According to Eddie Duhaylungsod, Supervising Environment Management Services (SEMS) and Protected Areas Biodiversity Ecosystem Section (PADES) chief, early on, tarpaulins carrying the information for the big event had already been hung in select conspicuous areas to drumbeat public awareness.

Besides, the DENR here headed by Raul Rosales, OIC Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer  (PENRO), was also able to facilitate “planting of large-leaf Mahogany free-seedlings done by BJMP at Ecopark, San Jose, Tandag City last April 1, 2016, among others, all for the month-long celebration, he said.

However, on April 22, dubbed as “International Earth Day,” all DENR personnel would be taking part in “Forest tree seedling planting of Mancono at Ecopark, San Jose, Tandag City,” Duhaylungsod stressed.

The remaining days of April would be dedicated to pamphlets distribution and conduct of IEC campaign, he went on saying.

On April 29, coastal clean-up at Mabua Beach, this city, would wrap up the celebration, the PADES chief pointed out.

Meanwhile, Edgar Valentin, PENRO-LGU of Surigao del Sur, had expressed “support for 2016 EARTH DAY/MONTH Celebration,” in behalf of the provincial government.

Earth Day/Month celebration in the Philippines has started “in 1990 by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 553 issued by the late Pres. Corazon C. Aquino,” according to OIC PENRO Rosales in his information letter to Governor Johnny Pimentel. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


COMELEC set for “PJSCC” conference in SurSur

By Greg Tataroo Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, April 21 (PIA) – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) here headed by Atty. Raquel Limbaco, provincial election supervisor, is all set for the holding of the Provincial Joint Security Control Center (PJSCC) conference in the city on Saturday, April 23.

To be participated in by support agencies’ bigwigs province-wide, with the expected presence of a couple of other high-ranking regional officials, the whole day affair is split into nine main parts based on the official program.

The local poll body will be putting premium primarily on the “Preparation and Anticipation of Concerns.”  Aside from Atty. Limbaco, herself, to give “Situation Update,” both the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) will likewise be bringing to the fore the same latest development on their respective roles.

Moreover, treasurers and heads of public schools from the provincial and city levels were invited to attend for “Inputs and Concerns,” including the top official of Surigao del Sur Electric Cooperatives I and II; Department of Public Works and Highways in the two districts, Department of Justice provincial and city prosecutors, coordinator of SMARTMATIC, and the regional director of the Department of Health (DOH).

Before proceeding with the open forum, Col. Isidro Purisima, 402nd Brigade Commander of the Philippine Army (PA); P/CSupt. Rolando Felix, Police Regional Office 13 Director, P/SSupt. Romaldo Bayting, Surigao del Sur PNP Director, and Atty. Renato Magbutay, Caraga Regional Election Director (RED), in that particular order, will also be sharing their individual “Guidance/Updates.”

Prior to this, the COMELEC here had been busy on carrying out other poll-related tasks, including the spearheading of covenant signing event cum demo of Vote Counting Machine (VCM) operation on April 6 and 7, 2016.

During the latter occasion, RED Magbutay, who had made his presence felt, expressed satisfaction over the course of every COMELEC undertaking region-wide when pressed by media for his assessment. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Feature Story: Increasing production through artificial insemination

By Fretcher Magatao

Pork is the main meat product consumed in Caraga and in the Philippines as a whole. Just like rice and chicken, it is one of the staple food products of Filipinos and at present comprises about 60% of the country’s meat and poultry production.

Pig husbandry is a profitable occupation especially for small and marginal farmers. It requires minimum capital investment and labor but the return over the investment is quick and high. Within a short period, piglets achieve marketable maturity.

The island town of Socorro used to be the swine capital of Siargao Island. In the previous years, Socorro had been supplying live hogs to the commercial town of Dapa and the tourism municipality of General Luna.

Meat-type hogs from the commercial farms in Davao provinces which have superior blood lines compared to the breeds reared locally entered the island. Since then, the hog consolidator in Siargao started to shun the local supply thereby cutting the much needed market by the local swine raisers which most of them eventually stopped raising pigs and in time occurred a shortage of supply in the municipality.

Through this pressing concern, Socorro Empowered Peoples Cooperative (SOEMCO) took the challenge and decided to put up a Swine Production Project capable to produce pork with the quality comparable with that of the hogs from Davao commercial farms.  

Many challenges were encountered such as the needed amount for starting the business and the necessary trainings for the keepers. But despite the challenges, a light of opportunity through the help of Department of Agriculture–Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) gave hope to its people.

“We are grateful that the interventions from DA have reached our island; a proof of sincerity to its commitment in serving the people all over Caraga,” said Reil Consigna, Operations Manager of SOEMCO.

The organization has accessed P5 million for the needed capital and cost of operations for the project from MRDP through the untiring assistance from the Municipal Local Government Unit of Socorro.

“SOEMCO has been an active cooperative since the start of its operation last 1996. The organization’s visible commitment to help its members has inspired us to support them,” Mayor Denia Florano said.

The amount from MRDP provided the project with housing and facilities, tools, farm equipment, working capital, and two boars and 30 gilts which gave a start for its operation in October of 2013.

“People of Socorro were delighted seeing pigs with higher type of breed being raised in the locality. This would be a solution to our problem with pork shortage,” said SOEMCO Board Member Virgilio Gelsano.

The organization practiced artificial insemination (AI) with the technical assistance from the Department of Agriculture and the Municipal Agriculture Office for its production. “AI is better than traditional breeding since the amount of semen taken from a boar in one session can be used up to four sow,” said Noel Cagatin, resident agricultural technician of the organization.

Having two healthy boars, the organization can also earn through conducting AI sessions to small scale swine raisers and backyard breeders. This would create an additional income of 1,500 pesos per session and an additional spread for a high quality breed. “Breeders in Socorro will just call and set a schedule for AI, I usually perform AI services weekly with other breeders in the municipality,” said Cagatin.

An average of P200,000 gross income per quarter is gained by the organization in the operation of its swine production and AI services.

Since there is an increase in the number of pigs, an expansion of its facilities is necessary and better waste management should be enhanced with the help of DA and Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI).

Through this need, biogas was introduced and practiced by the organization to utilize the waste from pigs. “I am amazed how we can utilize the waste of our animals into renewable energy,” said Consigna. Now they can save around P800 per month since they will not need to buy a tank of gas for cooking.

The accumulated amount of waste from a number of pigscaused much supply of processed methane gas and because of this SOEMCO is working on the facility that converts biogas into a source of energy for electricity.

The organization is also facing a challenge of utilizing its by-product which can be used as organic fertilizer to plants. “Because of this by-product which can effectively fertilize plants, the members are challenged to plant more since there’s much supply of fertilizer,” said Cagatin.

Members of SOEMCO and the people in the municipality have seen the progress of the swine production business. “We can say that this business has been successful because there is no more shortage of pork in the municipality and we did not only benefit from the pigs sold, but we have also influenced other backyard raisers to duplicate our good practices and through our AI services, they too have the same kind of high quality breed of pigs like we have,” Consigna said. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


10th SYC annual summer camp set in Surigao City

By Ace Justin R. Resare

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 21 (PIA) – The Surigao Youth advocators, members, and volunteers of the Surigao Youth Center (SYC) will be having an Annual Summer Youth Camp with the theme: “Building, Reaching Youth Leaders for Progress,” slated on April 25-27 this year at Mt. Carmel Farm and Spring Resort, Poctoy, this city.

The activity will be facilitated by the City Population Office with the financial and technical assistance from the Commission on Population (POPCOM) Caraga.

The said activity aims to enhance the knowledge and competence of the Surigao youth through inter-active intervention strategies on Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program (AHYDP) which is one of the key component programs of the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP).

This activity also provides correct information and develop individual as responsible youth leaders of the city.

“The overall goal of the AHYD Program is to contribute to the improvement and promotion of the total well-being of young Filipinos ages 10-14; 15-19 and 20-24 through their sexual and reproductive health. Specifically, it aims to contribute to the reduction of the incidence of teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS among young people aligned with the thrusts of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Program of Action (PoA),” said the AHYD Program Manager Magdalena Abellera POPCOM.

Aside from the awareness of the reproductive health issues for the youth. There are also values clarification and work ethics to strengthen and enlighten the behavioral and spiritual aspects of the Youth participants. Showcase their talents and capabilities through variety show. Lastly, harness their life skills to help them make responsible action and decision”, said Jupiter J. Correos, the SYC Center Director and City Population Officer-Designate. (Surigao Youth Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DILG 13 reveals best lupons for 2016, Surigao Norte most improved

By Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 21 (PIA) - After thorough deliberation of the Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards (LTIA) Regional Awards Committee last March 30, 2016, the LTIA 2016 regional finalists covering first to fourth quarters of C.Y. 2015 were revealed recently through a memorandum issued by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga regional director Lilibeth A. Famacion, chairperson of the awards committee.

For the Highly Urbanized Cities Category, Brgy. Tiniwisan of Butuan City, the sole entry, was assessed and deemed fit for the national search. This is the second time Brgy. Tiniwisan is an entry for Butuan City after Brgy. San Vicente was awarded Hall-of-Famer status in the national search for having won for three consecutive years in the same category.

For Component Cities Category, Brgy. Taft of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte rose from being first runner-up last year to a regional winner this year. It bested Brgy Telaje of Tandag City which is another improving contender being the first runner up this year from being second runner up last year; and Brgy. Mabini, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte which unfortunately slid as last year’s regional winner to second runner up this year.

For 1st – 3rd Class Municipalities Category, Brgy. Alegria of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur held the same position last year as the regional winner, besting first runner up Urbiztondo, Claver, Surigao del Norte which rose two notches up from being third runner up last year; Brgy. R.E. Ecleo, Sr., Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands which is a new entry for the province but held the same position as second runner up with that of Brgy. Cabungaan, the entry from Cagdinanao, Dinagat Islands last year; Brgy. Poblacion of Barobo, Surigao del Sur finished third runner up, one notch higher from being fourth runner up last year; and Brgy. Macalang, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte which slid from 1st runner up last year to this year’s fourth runner up.

And for 4th – 6th Class Municipalities Category, Brgy. Poblacion, Bacuag, Surigao del Norte jumped up two notches from being second runner up last year to being this year’s winner, winning over Brgy. Doña Helene, Basilisa, Dinagat Islands in the same position from the province’s entry last year (i.e. Brgy. Sta. Cruz of San Jose, Dinagat Islands); Brgy. Poblacion, Cortes, Surigao del Sur which is a new entry from the province but reached second runner up (last year’s entry, La Purisima of Cagwait, was third runner up); and Brgy Poblacion, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte at third runner up (new entry from the province, their entry last year, Brgy. Tagmamarkay of Tubay, was regional winner).

All in all, Surigao del Norte lupons were most improved, rising from lower ranks from last year’s regional assessment, and winning two categories and one first runner up this year. Surigao del Sur lupons generally fared better as well, two first runners-up and one second runner up this year from being last place in all three categories last year. Agusan del Sur and the Province of Dinagat Islands maintained their performance. Agusan del Sur’s sole entry was in the 1st-3rd class municipality category and maintained the top place, while Dinagat Islands, although new entries, generally maintained their positions (first runner up and second runner up). Meanwhile, Agusan del Norte lupons showed declining performance this year.

These regional winners also serve as qualifiers/finalists to the national search where they will compete against other regions for the top three spots per category. The National Winners will be awarded in December this year at the Malacañang Palace.

The LTIA Regional Assessment was held at DILG Regional Office – Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) with the presence of the Regional Awards Committee (RAC): DILG RD Famacion as chair; Atty. John S. Magdaraog, LTIA RAC Vice Chairperson and Regional Prosecutor of the Department of Justice XIII; and RAC Members Atty. Cisco Franz S. Maclang, of the Branch 1, Regional Trial Court, 10th Judicial Region; PSInsp. Junalyn Basa Suan of the Philippine National Police Caraga; Exec. Dir. Arnold L. Tapere of Propegemus Foundation, Inc. and Dir. Mary May R. Cadosales-Diaz of the Educational Discipline in Culture and Area-Based Development Services, Inc. (EDCADS).

Three major criteria, to wit (1) efficiency in operations, (2) effectiveness in securing Katarungang Pambarangay (KP) objectives, and (3) creativity and resourcefulness of the Lupong Tagapamayapa were followed in the assessment.

The Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards (LTIA) was established since 1997 as a means to institutionalize a system of granting economic benefits and other incentives to the Lupong Tagapamayapa that demonstrates exemplary performance in settling disputes at the grassroots level. These Lupons, comprising of the Punong Barangay as chair and 10-20 members, are based on the mandate of the barangays to enforce peace and order and provide support for the effective enforcement of human rights and justice as stipulated in Republic Act 7160, otherwise known as the 1991 Local Government Code. Decentralization has facilitated the recognition of the Katarungang Pambarangay or Barangay Justice System as an alternative venue for the resolution of disputes. (DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)