Tuesday, May 24, 2016



RDRRMC to hold RSC Desktop Evaluation of Gawad Kalasag entries

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) – The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) Caraga through its Regional Selection Committee (RSC) for Gawad KAlamidad at SAkuna, SAriling GAling ang KAligtasan (KALASAG) will be holding a three-day desktop evaluation of provincial entries on May 31 to June 2, 2016 at the Red Palm Suites and Restaurant, this city.

According to RDRRMC chair and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga regional director Manuel Luis Ochotorena, during the three-day evaluation, the RDRRMC technical working group (TWG) will also discuss the program of activities for this year’s observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) on May 31, 2016.  

Gawag KALASAG is the NDRRMC’s recognition scheme in its search for excellence on DRRM and humanitarian assistance. It is the mechanism in obtaining sustained commitment and support by recognizing exceptional contributions of DRRM practitioners in strengthening the resilience and adaptive capacities of nations and communities to disaster risks. (OCD/RDRRMC Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DENR Caraga to hold “Alay Lakad Para sa Kalikasan”

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) – In line with this year’s Environment Month celebration, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga will be holding the “Alay Lakad Para sa Kalikasan” (Offer a Walk for the Environment) on June 1, 2016, 5:00 a.m. from J.C Aquino Avenue and will end at the city’s Guingona Park.

According to DENR-Caraga regional director Nonito Tamayo, said celebration is pursuant to Proclamation No. 237 seires 1988 declaring the whole month of June as Environment Month.

“For this year, the theme focused on ‘Combat Biodiversity Loss, Beat Climate Change’ promoting public awareness on the importance of wildlife that needs protection and conservation as part of the country’s natural resources,” disclosed Tamayo.

Tamayo added that a short program will also be held at the Guingona Park, wherein each head of delegation will pledge a commitment for the environment based in this year’s theme. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


OTOP tindahang pinoy stores now open at Robinsons Place, Gaisano Mall

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) - The Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) Caraga in partnership with Gifts, Decors and Housewares (GDH) Entrepreneurs Inc., and CREATE Food Inc. opened OTOP (One Town One Product) Tindahang Pinoy with two branches at Robinsons Place Butuan and Gaisano Mall.

OTOP Tindahang Pinoy store sells the best town favorites that are locally produced with global quality. These products are made in Butuan City and other towns in Caraga.  Products sold ranges from local delicacies and specialty food to a variety of goods.

Undersecretary Nora K.Terrado, the keynote speaker during the launching said that Butuan OTOP Tindahang Pinoy stores have the distinction of being the first to have met the more stringent criteria to carry the OTOP brand.   Thru its Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotions (BDTP) DTI will provide package of assistance in promoting the stores.  “Your stores are now advertised with SMILE magazine of Cebu Pacific courtesy of DTI- BDTP,”  she added.   

DTI Caraga regional director Brielgo O. Pagaran said that with these two OTOP Tindahang Pinoy stores in the region, entrepreneurs will now have a strategic place to sell their products.

OTOP Tindahang Pinoy store is a good place for local and foreign tourists to shop and buy their “pasalubong / souvenirs.”   Stores are open from 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. at 2nd Floor Robinsons Place Butuan and at the Ground Floor Gaisano Mall this city.

The stores are managed by the GDH Entrepreneurs Inc., and the CREATE Food Inc. These two organizations led the region’s Industry Clusters on processed food and gift, decors and housewares (GDH). (DTI-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DAR educates Butuan farmers on basic cooperative formation

By Gil Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has recently conducted a seminar on Basic Cooperative Course to 34 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) who are members of farmers’ cooperatives and associations in Barangay Dulag, this city.

Agusan del Norte Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) Andre B. Atega said the activity was aimed to capacitate the farmers on the fundamentals of cooperative formation, identify the importance of legal underpinnings of a cooperative and discuss further the plans, programs and policies of the cooperative.

Atega said among the participants were members from the Manila De Bugabus Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MDBMPC), Dulag Organic Farmers (DOF), Dulag Dairy Cow Farmers Association (DDCFA), Dulag Women’s Association and Barangay Dulag Organic Farmers Association Inc (BDOFAI).

He added that the seminar was held through the effort made by the DAR-Agusan del Norte in partnership with Propegemus Foundation, Inc. (PFI) to educate and empower the farmers and strengthen their organizations.

BDOFAI Chairman Lorenzo Salar, Jr. said the training is very timely and useful to cooperative members and officers like them as it provides relevant information on how they can improve their cooperative operations.

 “I was challenged to further enhance and develop our cooperative with the updates provided in the course. I am thankful to the facilitators for enlightening us in the various topics discussed which enables us to increase our knowledge on the basic of cooperative formation,“ Salar said.

DDCFA chairperson Germa Bagasbas also expressed their gratitude to the organizers for allowing them to attend the said training. (PIO-DAR-ADN/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Caraga Roadmap for Peace, matagumpay na inilunsad sa lungsod ng Butuan

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 24 (PIA) – Inilunsad sa lungsod ng Butuan ang kauna-unahang Regional Roadmap for Peace sa Caraga Region.

Pinangunahan ito ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Butuan, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) bilang secretariat ng Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC), kasama ang GIZ-COSERAM na nagbigay ng technical assistance, at mga aktibong civil society organizations.

Ang nasabing roadmap for peace ay isang dokumento na magbibigay direksyon sa mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan sa pagganap ng kanilang mga tungkulin sa kampanya at pagpapatupad ng mga programang makakatulong sa pagkamit ng pangmatagalan na kaayusan at kapayapaan sa rehiyon.

Ayon kay DILG Caraga regional director Lilibeth Famacion, ang regional roadmap for peace ay isa ring adbokasiya para sa mga peace actors na siya ring tutulong sa ibat-ibang sektor upang mapalaganap ang peace and development programs sa rehiyon.

Pinasalamatan din ni director Famacion ang lahat ng ahensiya at ibat-ibang sektor na nagbahagi ng kanilang kaalaman at suporta upang mabuo ang nilalaman ng roadmap for peace.

Samantala, hinikayat din ni German Ambassador to the Philippines Thomas Ossowski ang publiko na tumulong sa pagpapanatili ng kaayusan at kapayapaan hindi lamang sa rehiyon ng caraga kundi sa buong isla ng mindanao. pinuri rin niya ang lahat ng law enforcement agencies na patuloy na sinisigurado ang kapakanan at kaligtasan ng lahat.

Dagdag pa ni Ambassador Ossowski na patuloy ang kanilang suporta at pagbibigay technical assistance sa regional peace and order council ng caraga region at sa iba pang mga inisyatibo ng pamahalaan na lubos na makakatulong din sa marginalized sector ng lipunan.

Kasabay sa paglulunsad sa Caraga roadmap for peace, isinagawa rin ng RPOC ang on-the-spot poster making contest na sinalihan ng mga studyante sa ibat ibang probinsya ng Caraga region. May photo exhibit rin na makikita sa loob ng Robinsons Mall mula May 24 hanggang 29, 2016, kung saan naka-highlight ang mga pagsisikap at inisyatibo ng ibat-ibang sektor upang mapalaganap ang kapayapaan sa rehiyon. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)