Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Gov’t agencies to participate in 38th NDPR Week activities

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 19 (PIA) – In line with this year’s National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week celebration, the employees from government agencies led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development have set lined-up activities for the weeklong celebration from July 17-23, 2016.

Said celebration kicked-off on Monday, July 18 with a Thanksgiving Mass and short program held at the Robinsons Place Atrium here.

On July 29, 2016, member agencies of the Regional Council on Disability Affairs (RCDA) will hold the Regional Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disability (PWDs) including the youth with disability in one of the local convention centers here. During this activity, Family Planning commodities will also be provided to the PWDs.

Also, on July 20-22, 2016, training on how to handle the behavior of children with special needs or learning disability will be conducted by the council.

The Agusan del Norte Provincial Abilympics Competition 2016 will also be held on July 21, 2016. PWDs will be participating in the Photography Contest, English Text Processing, Creating Webpages, Desktop Publishing, Painting, Cooking/Culinary, Water Reuse, and Cake Decoration.

Meanwhile, the Agusan del Norte PWD General Assembly is set on July 22, 2016, along with the conduct of the workshop on Philippine Registry System for PWDs. Culmination and awarding of prizes will then follow. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


NYC encourages youth to get involve in this year’s SK elections

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 19 (PIA) – The National Youth Commission (NYC) is calling on the youth to participate and get involve in the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections this October 31, 2016.

NYC Northeastern Mindanao Cluster head Evanesa Pasamba, bared that said election is pursuant to Commission on Elections’ (COMELEC's) Resolution No. 10148 or the Rules and Regulations for the Registration of Members of Katipunan ng Kabataan and Registration of Voters for Barangay relative to the October 31, 2016 Sangguniang Kabataan and Barangay Elections.

“The SK Registration is free and open to all unregistered youths belonging to the 15 to 30 age groups. They shall personally file their applications in the COMELEC offices in their respective locality from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. starting July 15 until July 30, 2016,” disclosed Pasamba.

This will also be the first youth council elections since Republic Act 10742 or the SK Reform Act was signed into law in January 2016. The new law has an anti-political dynasty provision, the first of its kind to be approved in the country. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan celebrates 66th charter day

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, July 19 (PIA) – The city of Butuan will be celebrating its 66th Adlaw Hong Butuan on August 2, 2016.

The momentous event marks the anniversary of the birth of Butuan as a chartered city.

According to City Tourism Office officer in-charge Judith A. Calo, the celebration will be highlighted with the Abayan Festival on July 31 at 6:00 A.M.

On August 2, a mass to be celebrated at St. Joseph Cathedral will be held at 6:00 A.M. to be followed by a wreath laying at the Zamora Cemetery and a program at the Guingona park.

Abayan Festival is a riverside festivity in honor of Saint Anne, Patroness of Agusan River highlighted with baroto races and indigenous games for men, women and children capped by a fluvial procession.

As per Proclamation No. 1260, August 2 was declared a special non-working day to give people of Butuan full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


AgNor PDRRMC conducts DRR short film making contest

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, July 19 (PIA) – The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) of the province of Agusan del Norte in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) Agusan del Norte and Cabadbaran City divisions will conduct a DRR short filmmaking contest on July 26 here.

PDRRMO officer Erma Suyo said, the contest is open to all secondary schools of the province and is aimed to measure the capacity of this young individuals in terms of DRR and Climate Change Adaptation.

According to Suyo, mainstreaming DRR into school curricula aims to raise awareness and provide a better understanding of disaster management for children, teachers and communities, thus this activity will also help increase their knowledge on DRR.

“There is an increasing evidence that students of all ages can actively study and participate in school safety measures, and also work with teachers and other adults in the community towards minimizing risk before, during and after disaster events,” Suyo said.

Government can effectively reach out to communities and protect them by focusing on schools in DRR initiatives to achieve greater resilience to disasters, Suyo added.

The activity is in line with the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) this July with the theme “"Kahandaan at Pagtugon sa Sakuna, Tungkulin ng Bawat Isa." (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Awarding of 2016 Regional Gawad KALASAG winners highlights NDCM culmination

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, July 19 (PIA) – The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) Caraga will award this year’s winners of the Regional Gawad KALASAG search.

The awarding ceremony will be held during the culmination of this year’s observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month celebration on July 29 at the Las Nieves Hall, Almont Inland Resort here.

Gawad KALASAG Search for Excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Humanitarian Assistance is an annual recognition scheme of National DRRM Council which started in 1998, said Office of Civil Defense regional director Manuel Luis M. Ochotorena and RDRRMC chairperson.

Gawad is a Filipino term for “award,” while KALASAG is an acronym for “KALAmidad at SAkuna Labanan, SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan” and another Filipino term for “shield” used by early Filipinos as means of protection from attacks of enemies or harmful animals.

“The search was designed to encourage the participation of various stakeholders in crafting and implementing DRRM-related policies, strategies and programs to protect or shield the hazard prone communities from the adverse impacts of natural and human-induced calamities,” said director Ochotorena.

Based on the official result from the Regional Selection Committee (RSC), 32 entries from 17 categories bagged the 1st to 3rd places as regional winners while five entries will be given Gawad KALASAG citations.

For the Provincial DRRM Council Category winners, the province of Dinagat Islands got the 1st place; 2nd Place - Agusan del Norte; 3rd Place – Agusan del Sur; 4th Place - Surigao del Sur; and 5th Place - Surigao del Norte.

Butuan City will also receive the award for being the 1st placer in the Highly Urbanized City DRRM Council Category.

The Component City Category winners are: 1st Place – Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte; 2nd Place - Bislig City, Surigao del Sur; and 3rd Place - Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.

For the 1st to 3rd Class Municipal DRRM Council Category: 1st Place - Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur; 2nd Place - Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands; and 3rd Place - Trento, Agusan del Sur, while for the 4th to 6th Class Municipal DRRM Council Category, the winners are: 1st Place - Dinagat, Dinagat Islands; 2nd Place - Cagwait, Surigao del Sur; and 3rd Place – Carmen, Agusan del Norte.

The Brgy. Quezon in Mainit of Surigao del Norte got the 1st place for the Urban Barangay DRRM Committee Category.

The Rural Barangay DRRM Committee Category winners are: 1st Place – Brgy. Esperanza, Loreto, Dinagat Islands; 2nd Place – Brgy. Alegria, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur; and 3rd Place - Brgy. Aras-asan, Cagwait, Surigao del Sur.

Schools Category (Public Urban) 1st place is Bayugan National Comprehensive High School, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur; and Surigao City National High School, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte got the 2nd place.

For Public Rural Schools Category: 1st Place - Zamora Elementary School, Talacogon, Agusan del Sur; 2nd Place – Claver National High School, Claver, Surigao del Norte; 3rd Place - Santiago Elementary School, Santiago, Agusan del Norte.

St. Paul University Surigao (SPUS), Surigao City got the 1st place for the Schools Category (Private Urban), while Adela Sierra Ty Memorial Medical Center, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur got the Hospital Category (National) 1st Place.

For the Hospital Category (LGU), Hinatuan District Hospital, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur got the 1st place and Sibog Katawhan Alang sa Paglambo (SIKAP), Inc., San Francisco, Agusan del Sur got the 1st place for the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Category.

The Peoples Organizations (POs) Category 1st Place – Nagkahiusang Mangingisda sa Hinatuan (NAMAHIN), Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

For the Volunteer Organizations (VOs) Category, Rescue and Emergency Service Provider on Disaster (RESPOND), Inc., Nasipit, Agusan del Norte got the 1st Place.

The Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) 13, Camp Rafael Rodriguez, PRO 13, Libertad, Butuan City also got the 1st place for the Government Emergency Response Management Services (GEMS) Category.

For the Heroic Act Group Category winner – Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) 13, Camp Rafael Rodriguez, PRO 13, Libertad, Butuan City.

The following will also receive Gawad KALASAG Citations: Municipality of Tubod, Surigao del Norte for the 4th-6th Class Municipal DRRM Council Category; Barangay Cayawan, Malimono, Surigao del Norte for Rural Barangay DRRM Committee Category; Surigao Filipino-Chinese Volunteer Fire Brigade, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte for Volunteer Organizations (VOs) Category; Barangay Organization Security Service – Barangay Emergency Special Team (BOSS-BEST), Surigao City, Surigao del Norte for Government Emergency Response Management Services (GEMS) Category; and Rural Health Unit of LGU Cagwait, Surigao del Sur for Heroic Act on Humanitarian Assistance – Group Category.

According to director Ochotorena, the result of this year’s Gawad KALASAG is based on the desktop evaluation and field/actual validation of entries as a selection process conducted by the RSC. It can be remembered that RSC conducted tabletop or desktop evaluation of entries on May 31 – June 2, 2016 and the field or actual validations were simultaneously done by the RSC validating teams in the entire month of June 2016. (OCD/NCL/PIA-Caraga)


Over 500 drug peddlers, users surrender in Mainit

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 19 (PIA) – More than 500 self-confessed drug peddlers and drug users voluntarily surrendered during the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) meeting held recently at Kasili Convention Hall in Mainit town.

It was learned that the municipality of Mainit has the highest number of surrendered drug users and drug peddlers, so far in the province.

According to DILG Mainit Municipal Local Government Operations Officer Welivie C. Diola, the mass surrender of drug users and pushers is a joint effort of the local government unit of Mainit, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police and other stakeholders.

On her part, Mayor Crisanta Mondano encouraged all those who took their pledge for change to take the chance and opportunity to start a new life with their family.

“To the youth, we only have one life, a precious gift given to us, so please don’t waste your life on drugs, go back to school and build your future,” Mondano said. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


All set for 3rd Rescuers Summit & Rescue Group Exercise 2016 in SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 19 (PIA) – In line with the celebration of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM), the provincial government of Surigao del Sur through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) is all set for the 3rd Rescuers Summit and Rescue Group Exercise 2016 on July 25-28.

According to PDRRM officer Abel de Guzman, the event will be held at the Lanuza Surf Camp in Lanuza town, the host local government unit (LGU) for this year’s culmination activity.

De Guzman said, the annual activity was first conducted in the city hosted by the provincial government in 2014. In 2015, the event was hosted by the city government of Bislig in collaboration with the provincial government.

De Guzman also revealed that the trained responders from the 12 LGUs and mining firms will also join the rescue group exercise.

With this year’s theme, “Kahandaan sa Pagtugon ng Sakuna, Tungkulin ng Bawat Isa,” the annual activity aims to strengthen strong relationships among responders from the different LGUs and establish a direct collaboration/teamwork between the national line agencies and the private groups engaging on emergency/disaster response, De Guzman remarked. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


FSCAP officers to receive honorarium

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, July 19 (PIA) - All officials of the Provincial Federation of Senior Citizens (FSCAP) Agusan del Norte Chapter will soon receive an honorarium in the amount of P1,000 every month starting next year 2017.

This was made through the efforts of Provincial Board Member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo who authored and sponsored for the approval of Provincial Ordinance No. 425-2016 providing honorarium to said officials.

The provincial government shall appropriate the amount of P250,000 under the General Fund Budget for CY 2017 and every year thereafter for the said purpose.

The provincial officials made this possible to encourage and energize more the officials of FSCAP Agusan del Norte Chapter to plan and put in place the plans and programs for the betterment of all senior citizens in the province. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


News Feature: Is ‘texting’ behind students’ struggle in spelling?

By Ederlina R. Jampac

BUTUAN CITY, July 19 (PIA) -  A study conducted early this year showed that high school students need further improvement in spelling as most of them performed below proficiency level.

The study entitled “Spelling Proficiency Level of Grade 8 Students of Agusan National High School (ANHS), Butuan City, Agusan del Norte,” had 103 respondents from two selected heterogeneous sections of ANHS. It was an action research approved by the Graduate School of Saint Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT).

During the pre-test, the students only garnered an over-all average score of 21.80 out of the 50-item spelling test.

Though result could vary on various factors, however, several related studies conducted within the country or abroad revealed almost the same result.

The study mentioned several causes behind the decline in spelling ability among high school students. One of them was the dependency on digital technology such as text messaging and spelling checker features in computers. “Frequent ‘texters’ developed the habit of writing short hand that is unacceptable to school-related works,” it said.

Also identified as a culprit in poor spelling is the less emphasis of spelling lessons in teacher’s modules. It explained that spelling difficulties need explicit instructions in order to address the problem to its core.

The research recommended the use of Glencoe spelling technique that was proven in the study to increase student’s level of proficiency in spelling by 39 percent. (DepEd-Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Caraga agri chief commits to deliver President Duterte's promise

By Emmylou T. Presilda

BUTUAN CITY, July 19 (PIA) - Following the mantra of the new administration “Change is Coming,” the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Caraga welcomes its new director Renato P. Manantan vice Edna Mabeza.

As per Special Order 629 signed by Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, Manantan was appointed as Officer-In-Charge Regional Executive Director effective July 1, 2016.

Manantan have had a short stint in Caraga 11 years ago but was transferred after 6 weeks to Region 3.  He was then assigned as Director of Region 4B.  His most recent assignment before Caraga was the Regional Director of the newly created Negros Island Region.

During the turnover ceremony on July 15, Manantan vowed to continue the accomplishment of the region which now have a 54 percent utilization of its annual budget. He also emphasized he will prioritize the implementation of programs and projects in line with the vision of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte through the leadership of Secretary Piñol which focused on providing available and affordable food for all.

“We need to continue to be strong and harness together the good in agriculture.  Our Secretary is going to operationalize what the President has promised, therefore we need to work doubly hard,” said Manantan.

Manantan’s priority includes harmonizing DA’s interventions to identified priorities of the local government units by revisiting provincial profiles.  This, according to Manantan, would enable the DA to provide the needed and appropriate support for the development of the farming sector. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Dental Health Bus sa probinsya malampusong gibendisyunan

Ni Mary Jul Escalante

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Hulyo 19 (PIA) - Malampusong gibendisyunan ang Dental Health Bus sa probinsya niadtong Lunes, Hulyo 18, 2016 didto sa Provincial Convention Center Capitol Compound, ning dakbayan.

Ang maong dental health bus gibindisyunan pagkahuman sa gipahigayon nga Monday Morning Sharing.

Ang maong dental health bus nga kumpleto ang sulod niini sa mga dental equipment gikan sa programa sa Department of Health (DOH) pinaagi ni kanhi DOH Sec. Janet Garin.

Sumala pa sa gobernador nga aduna pay moabotay nga usa pa ka Dental Health Bus alang sa isla sa Siargao.

Ang maong aktibidad gitambungan usab nila Bise Gobernador Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr, mga board members sa lalawigan, mga bisita sa Philippine Dental Association, ug mga empleyado sa kapitolyo. (PGO-PIC/PIA-Surigao del Norte)