Wednesday, June 1, 2016



Govt employees, private individuals hold walk to protect environment

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 1 (PIA) – In line with this year’s Environment Month celebration, government employees and private individuals on Wednesday took out a walk dubbed ‘Alay Lakad Para sa Kalikasan’ (Offer a Walk for the Environment) to increase public awareness on environmental protection.

The walk began from the four strategic points in the barangays of Libertad, Baan Kilometer-3, Pangabugan, and Bading this city and ended at the Guingona Park, where the short program was held. 

DENR Sec. Ramon J.P Paje said that with this year's theme 'Combat Biodiversity Loss, Beat Climate Change,' the fight against illegal wildlife trade must continue, noting that the extinction of species is irreversible and losses are permanent.

Also, DENR Caraga regional director Nonito Tamayo bared that the theme is focused on promoting public awareness on the importance of wildlife that needs protection and conservation as part of the country’s natural resources.

As the country's timber capital, director Tamayo asked the public to help expand the region's forest area by planting trees to help protect and preserve the biodiversity.

“There is a need to expand the Caraga region's forest cover. And with the advent of new technology, the country is continuously developing, however there is also a need to indulge in renewable energy to protect the environment,” underlined Tamayo.

Tamayo also announced that various significant activities for the whole month of June will be conducted by the department together with other partner stakeholders. Slogan and poster making contest is one of the activities that will also be participated by the students from different schools in the region.

Right after the conduct of 'Alay Lakad Para sa Kalikasan,' each head of delegation also signed in the pledge of commitment tarp based on this year’s theme.

Meanwhile, it was also learned that the World Environment Day is celebrated every 5th of June, to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet earth. This celebration aims to inspire people to take action to prevent the growing strain on planet Earth from reaching its breaking point.

The Environment Month celebration is pursuant to Proclamation No. 237 series of 1988. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Be ready for La Niña - DOH

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, June 1 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga region urges the public to be ready for the La Niña phenomenon.

In an advisory issued by DOH Caraga, regional director Jose R. Llacuna, Jr. advises the public to be ready on the coming of La Niña because exposure to this phenomenon may cause ill effects to health.

According to director Llacuna, exposure may cause to diseases related to contaminated water due to flooding like acute gastroenteritis, typhoid fever, cholera and Hepatitis A; diseases related to contaminated water due to urine of infected animals like leptospirosis; vector borne diseases such as dengue and malaria; and accidents and injuries such as contusion, laceration, fracture and electrocution.

In order to prevent from the contamination of the above-mentioned diseases, director Llacuna advises the public to follow preventive measures like boiling the drinking water (or any water to be used for food preparation and drinking) and may extend to 2 minutes when reaching boiling point; doing hand washing before preparing food and after using the toilet; avoiding wading in floodwater; wearing of rubber boots if necessary; and destroying all possible mosquito breeding sites (e.g. old tires, tin cans).

Also, in case of flood, Llacuna also suggests to stay indoors during heavy rains; avoid wading and taking baths in floodwater; listen to advisories, turn on TV and radios for updates; go to higher grounds, avoid crossing low-lying areas during evacuation; and if water rises to your homes before evacuation, go to the top floor, attic or roof.

La Niña Phenomenon is the increased number of tropical storms in the Pacific Ocean.

For more information and health emergency response for La Niña phenomenon, contact DOH regional office XIII at hotline no: (085) 3425724. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


AgSur ARB group receives bamboo slats production facilities

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, June 1 (PIA) – A group of agrarian reform beneficiaries who are into bamboo growing and nursery operation received recently tools and equipment for its shared service facility (SSF) on bamboo slates production.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Sur has formally turned-over the package worth P436, 750.00 to Ago Magsaysay Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries MPC Multipurpose Cooperative (AMARBEMCO) based in Ago Magsaysay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

The bamboo slats production SSF will assist 30 enterprising bamboo growers and is seen to generate at least 60 jobs for its whole operation.

AMARBEMCO was identified and selected as an eligible cooperator because of its vast potential contribution for the bamboo industry in the province. The group has already planted 500 hills of bamboo.  It has also at present 5,000 planting materials at its nursery aged two weeks to one month old.

“We are all fired up to work harder with the facilities entrusted to us by DTI,” said  Bebylyn V\B. Villarta, President of AMARBEMCO. She said the coop members who are also into cacao growing are very excited to take on this added project.  Aside from growing the bamboo for the slats production, they also discovered that their area also is home to several species of ornamental bamboo which they can also propagate and market.

The SSF provided include one unit pole cutter, one unit twin rip saw, four stainless steel treatment vats, five units manual splitter (ten cuts), five units manual splitter (eight cuts) and 10 units standing drum improvised dryers.

DTI-Agusan del Sur OIC PD Brenda Corvera challenged the group to make full use of the facilities to improve their lot.  She also told the group that the future of the bamboo industry is very good.  She discussed the two new proposed bills of Sen. Bam Aquino which seeks to strengthen the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Council and the provision of implementation support for the development plan of the industry.

This particular SSF project is planned to feed into the engineered bamboo furniture project of another group which is also an SSF cooperator in the province. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


OWWA Caraga holds OFCs provl consultation

By Jean Pearl I. Millones

BUTUAN CITY, June 1 (PIA) - In observance of the week-long celebration of the 2016 Migrant Workers Day on June 4-12, 2016, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga is set to hold a series of provincial consultations to all the OFW Family Circles (OFCs) in Caraga Region.

The activity is purposely organized to encourage the active participation of OFWs and their families in creating a productive pace towards the enhancement of the agency’s programs and services as well as engage the OFCs in addressing their pressing concerns particularly on overseas employment/ migration cycles.

Highlights of the said consultation shall include the presentation of the accomplishments and the government’s response to request of our OFCs to the previous administration encapsulated in the 2011 Manifesto of OFCs and their families.

The consultation also endeavors the crafting of the OFCs’ resolution/agenda based on the consolidated issues and concerns on overseas migration and eventually propose programs and services and policy recommendations or enhancements, among others.

The inputs gathered from the series of consultations shall be addressed to the incoming administration through the “Ulat Mula sa OFW at Kanilang Pamilya.”

In Caraga region, the activity kicked off in the province of Agusan del Norte on May 13, 2015 at the Training Hall of the OWWA Regional Office. A total of 28 OFWs and dependents from six OFW Family Circles from Agusan del Norte participated in the first leg of the series.

The consultation for the province of Surigao del Norte was set on May 20, 2016, Friday, at the premises of 107.3 All Star FM ng Masa, Jovita Residence, Brgy. San Juan, Surigao City attended by some 33 members of various OFCs in the said province. A total of 38 attendees participated in the same consultation for the province of Dinagat Islands on May 24 and 40 in the province of Surigao del Sur on May 27.

The province of Agusan del Sur will conclude the series for their scheduled consultation on June 2, 2016 at the Municipality of San Francisco. Said municipality shall also host the 2016 Migrant Workers Day which will convene the Provincial Federation Members to come up with the Regional Manifesto for Caraga. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: Displaced worker turned DOLE staff thru SEnA

By Olga Virginia A. Demata

Rowena E. Arañez, a displaced worker in the province of Dinagat Islands, proves the effectiveness of the Single Entry Approach (SEnA) program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), as she got back from the mainstream of the society.

Arañez was previously employed at Water Ups Multi-Purpose Cooperative as the Human Resource-Admin Services Manager together with her husband Johnbert Arañez, a Sales and Marketing Manager, and they both experienced the dilemma of losing a job.

With the change of the cooperative’s administration and some net loss, they got separated from work on January 16, 2016.

After which they decided to create an organization with the other displaced employees from Water Ups MPC and some farmers.

On February 25, 2016, they both filed a Request for Assistance to DOLE- PDI Satellite Office, and as a result, the displaced workers signed a quitclaim together with the employer on March 13, 2016 with an amount equivalent to their 13th month pay.

Then, on March 17, 2016, the first ever displaced workers association was created which they called “Integrated Displaced Workers-Farmers Association.”

In order to sustain the vital needs of their families, the organization will provide employment for their displaced members through livelihood programs.

They opted to tap to different government agencies that could provide these livelihood assistance to them, apart from the organization created, an opportunity opened for Arañez to land a job as DOLE support staff in the PDI-Satellite Office on April 1, 2016.

“I am grateful for this job opportunity from DOLE. SEnA program paved the way for me to land to this new job as a public servant and I really treasure my work now,” said Arañez. (DOLE-Caraga/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


DPWH admits delay in classrooms construction for Senior High in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 1 (PIA) – Both district offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Surigao del Sur have admitted that construction of most classrooms intended for senior high school students here will not be completed in time for the school opening on June 13.

Engrs. Ruel Bantugan and Eulogio Milla, respective DPWH chiefs in the two congressional districts in the province aired the same cause as to their predicament—delayed fund release for the “soil exploration and testing.”

They said in separate interviews that most of the areas where the two-storey school buildings were being built needed the necessary “micro piling” to ensure quality construction.

However, both district engineers assured that school buildings funded by the Department of Education (DepEd) would be completed in July or August.

Aware of the unfavorable situation, Dr. Marilou Dedumo, schools division superintendent, said that “contingency plans” were already put in place in order not to disrupt classes of all “senior high” enrollees for the school year.

While awaiting completion of the school buildings, the DepEd provincial chief cited the temporary use of non-instructional rooms like libraries, faculty rooms, and other structures inside the school premises. (Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tagalog News: ‘Alay Lakad Para sa Kalikasan’ isinagawa sa Butuan City

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano 

BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 1 (PIA) - Isinagawa noong Miyerkules ang ‘Alay Lakad Para sa Kalikasan’ (Offer a Walk for the Environment) dito sa lungsod kasabay ng pagbubukas sa selebrasyon ng Environment Month ngayong buwan ng Hunyo.

Sa pangunguna ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga, nagtipon-tipon ang ibat-ibang sektor at mga ahensya ng pamahalaan alas singko ng umaga nitong miyerkules para sa isang lakad para sa kalikasan. Apat na barangay ang naging highlight sa isinagawang alay lakad kabilang na ang Libertad, Baan Kilometer 3, Pangabugan at Bading.

Ayon kay DENR Caraga regional director Nonito Tamayo, ang buwan ng Hunyo ay idineklarang Environment Month base sa Proclamation number 237 series 1988. Layon ng nasabing selebrasyon na manawagan sa publiko na makiisa sa mga gawaing pangkalikasan.

Anya, nararapat lamang na patuloy ang mga inisyatibo ng pamahalaan kasama ang ibat-ibang sektor ng lipunan sa pagtugon, pagproteksyon at pag-alaga sa kalikasan na syang pangunahing pinagkukunang yaman ng mga tao maging ng mga hayop.

“Patuloy lang po tayo sa ating adbokasiya at kampanya na mas maalagaan pa natin ang ating kapaligiran at kalikasan. Marami pa po tayong kailangang gawin kaya magsama-sama po tayo, magkaisa sa isang layuning ito,” mungkahi ni direktor Tamayo.

Dagdag pa ni direktor Tamayo na ang isinagawang alay lakad ay isa lamang sa napakaraming paraan kung paano mapaigting pa lalo ang kampanya laban sa ilegal logging at iba pang mga gawaing nakakasira sa kalikasan. kinakailangan mapreserba umano ang biodiversity sa rehiyon.

Inanyayahan din ni direktor Tamayo ang lahat na magtanim ng mga puno na nagbibgay nang malaking kontribusyon upang maiwasan ang pagbaha at iba pang kalamidad na dulot ng climate change. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)