8.15.2016

Friday, August 12, 2016


150 4Ps beneficiaries benefit mariculture project in Surigao City

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Aug. 12 (PIA) – A total of 150 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino) Program beneficiaries benefited the convergence Mariculture Project in the city implemented by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

According to DTI trade and industry specialist Rennel C. Dalagan, DTI provided the customized Norwegian-type five fish cages worth P1.5 million through its Shared Service Facility (SSF) Program, while the city government of Surigao provided cage nets. DSWD, on the other hand, will provide feeds and fingerlings worth P2.6 million while BFAR will provide on necessary technical support.

He said the project is expected to harvest approximately 50 metric tons of Bangus (milkfish) after six months.

In his message during the formal launching of the project, DTI Caraga regional director Brielgo O. Pagaran emphasized that the mariculture project poses a huge opportunity to uplift the living condition particularly in the financial aspect as it will generate more income if properly managed.

Other officials who attended the event include: DSWD SLP regional coordinator Roy R. Serdeña, Surigao City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas, and BFAR representative Dominador G. Maputol. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


News Feature: 15th HRSD Conference in Caraga: Develop tourism industry, Caraga officials told

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 12 (PIA)  – Though Caraga Region has been dwelling on developing the tourism industry, spokespersons of the Mindanao Technical Vocational Education and Training (MinTVET) urged the region’s officials to strengthen its tourism potentials.

John Franco, Information Officer of the MinTVET said Monday that one way of doing this is to instill in the minds of the Caraganons the hospitality which local and foreign tourists alike, have been looking for. “As soon as they (tourists) arrived here, they must feel that they are welcomed… this must be the orientation to be given to the people in Caraga," he said.

Also, effective marketing strategy must be implemented. “Promotional strategies must also be revisited and if there is a need to revise, then do it,” Franco said.

Further, another spokesperson of MinTVET Angela Natividad underscored that promoting a certain place in a region is not enough… “This must be packaged… When you promote Siargao because of the annual international surfing competition, other tourist destinations in the region must likewise be promoted… In this way, you are not only promoting one place, but the whole Caraga Region,” she said.

The officials are here in the region for the conduct of the 15th Human Resource and Skills Development (HRSD) Conference on August 9-10, 2016.

This year, the HRSD Conference is hosted by the Caraga Association of Technical-Vocational Institutions, Inc. (CATVII) and TESDA-Caraga. It is anchored on the theme: “Onwards TVET: Changes and Transitions towards 2020.”

The conference aims to convene as one and unified sector in Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Mindanao discussing, sharing and exchanging common points that would significantly contribute to national and regional TVET success.

Now on its 15th year, this year’s hosting in Caraga is a record-breaking in terms of the number of delegates. “This year’s number of delegates has broken the records since the HRSD Conference was conducted,” Franco said.  (TESDA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte conducts planning workshop on Climate Change

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Aug. 12 (PIA) – Representatives from the national line agencies, schools and provincial offices participated during the planning workshop on Climate Change Adaptation on August 11, 2016 at the PGO Expanded Conference Hall, Capitol Compound, this city.

The said consultation underscored on seven keystone areas, namely: human security; food security; water sufficiency; environmental and ecological stability; climate-friendly industries and services; sustainable energy; and knowledge and capacity development.

During the said planning workshop governor Sol Matugas, who was ably represented by provincial administrator Atty. Premolito Plaza, said that when God amazingly made the earth, He empowered humans to govern, rule and dominate the earth effectively and in so doing, nurture the green environment, lush rainforest and vast oceans.

“Indeed, seasons change. Time flies. As we continually face and brave the different rifts and intervals of industrial revolution, we grapple with the chain reaction and domino effect of global warming in all the corridors and recesses of society. What we witness today is the staggering buildup, overload and accumulation of shambolic rubbish, greenhouse gases and cluttered stuffs,” she said.

According to governor Matugas her readings of the present circumstances suggests that people must harmonize their thoughts and chart their strategic plans of action to protect the environment from degradation.

Ozone layer depletion, protracted drought, contamination and radioactivity, she added, are very much disconcerting and alarming that is why people must get their acts together.  (PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)