Tuesday, April 19, 2016



Butuan Diocese, CCPD, BEMAI to hold candidates' forum

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, April 19 (PIA) – The Butuan Diocese under the stewardship of Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos, in cooperation with the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) and the Butuan Evangelist Ministry Association, Inc. (BEMAI) will be holding the Ecumenical Electoral Local Candidates Forum on April 30, 2016, 5:00 p.m. at the Robinsons Place, this city.

According to Bishop Pueblos, the said forum is aimed to enlighten the public on the candidates’ platform of good governance; facilitate a dialogue between the candidates and the faithful/public; generate from candidates commitment/covenant to observe an honest, orderly and peaceful election (HOPE); and serve as a venue for uniting the body of Christ in prayer for HOPE.

“The candidates for congressional, mayoral, vice mayoral and councilors were invited for this forum. The organizer has prepared mechanics for the candidates’ forum,” disclosed Bishop Pueblos.

It was also learned that the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) was requested to serve as a mediator during the forum.

For more information on the said event, the CCPD can be reached at cellphone number 0918-4246-928 and look for Mr. Ric Dequina. (JPG/PIA-Caraga) 


Army, police join hands for outreach program, anti-illegal drug campaign in Surigao Norte

By Lt. Ryan D. Layug

CLAVER, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 19 (PIA) – The army troopers of the 30th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army conducted a Peace and Development Outreach program on Monday, April 18, 2016 in Barangay Uzbiztondo, here.

Part of the one-day activity is the conduct of anti-illegal drug campaign spearheaded by the personnel of Claver Municipal Police Station.

A total of 160 youth attended the said activity, which was conceptualized by 2Lt Jonel Castillo of Bravo Company,  and sponsored by Adnama Mining Resources Inc. (AMRI).

A boodle-fight kind of lunch was prepared for the participants, parents, barangay officials, and barangay workers.

The afternoon was spent on parlor and ball games as part of the campaign to divert youth's attention from drugs to sports.         

30IB Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Rico Amaro commended the action of the junior officer and his team.

"The youth are our future, it is our responsibility to mold them and lead them to become better Filipino Citizens; many dreams were shattered because of drug addiction,” he said.

Amaro further said that the new breed of soldiers have fully realized their non-traditional roles in the communities, as role models of the youth.  (CMO-30IB, Philippine Army/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Summer job ongoing in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, April 19 (PIA) – The Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) in Surigao del Sur is underway, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Field Office here.

Romelyn Bactol, Labor Employment Officer III and SPES focal person, said that majority of their partners (local government units (LGUs) and private entities) had already started to carry out the program since early this month, depending on the planned period of implementation.

There were about 20 “LGU/Private” partners that pledged support for the SPES to the said agency headed by Raymond Fel Sajor, it was learned.

Meanwhile, Bactol claimed that individual SPES beneficiaries had been assured of insurance coverage under the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) while on the job, ranging from 15-52 working days.

In a 60/40 sharing deal with the DOLE, the employer-LGU/private entity would shoulder payment of the bulk of the minimum wage prevailing in a particular locality.

The labor agency here had posted a total of 2,313 SPES grantees, exceeding the target of 2,010 beneficiaries. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)