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Monday, August 22, 2016

DA Caraga to launch BROWN4Good Challenge

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga will be launching the BROWN4Good Challenge campaign on September 7, 2016 at Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Gymnasium, this city.

“On its third year of the Be RICEponsible campaign, the DA is intensifying its promotion throughout the country through a social media propaganda dubbed as BROWN4Good Challenge,” bared DA Caraga OIC-regional executive director Renato Manantan.

Manantan further disclosed that the BROWN4Good Challenge advocates the four goodness of Brown Rice; Good for the body; Good for the country; Good for the Farmers; and Good for the less fortunate.

“The challenge is open to all and will enlist the participation of all sectors including those in public service, media, education and health, students, farmers, among others,” Manantan added.

Also, a motorcade and ‘Zumba for Rice’ will be held on the same day. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Motorboat capsizes off Surigao City

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Aug. 22 (PIA) – A motorized pumpboat named “Charmel Jade” carrying 12 passengers capsized Wednesday morning, August 17, 2016 at the seawater here in  Barangay Manjagao, this city.

According to pumpboat owner Edith Cabasa at around 11:00 A.M on the same date, he and the other members of his family were on board the said pumpboat going to Cagayan Fishcage for swimming when they suddenly encountered big waves and strong winds which caused their pumpboat to capsized.

Cabasa said five of his family members drowned and seven were rescued by another pumpboat named “Anna Joy.”

Philippine Coast Guard officials identified the five casualties as Charmel S. Cabasa (1 1/2 years old); John Lester B. Sila (2 years old); Kim Claire Suan (4 years old); Lysa Maricela B. Sila (9 years old); and Reyna B. Sila (34 years old).

Among the passengers who survived were five minors and two adults. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

NIA Caraga receives drilling rigs

By Jane B. Huqueriza

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) - To combat the effect caused by El Niño, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Caraga recently received the two-unit drilling rig for the installation of Shallow Tube Well (SHT) in some affected areas to continue to provide irrigation for the whole year round.

It can be recalled that on August 17-18, 2016, the regional office conducted the two-day Orientation on Operation of Drilling Rig held at the NIA Conference Room, Brgy. Bancasi, this city.

The activity includes actual installation and operation of Drilling Rig by the supplier (TRAMAT Merchantile, Inc) at Brgy. Aguinaldo, Bayugan City - one of Andanan-Wawa River Irrigation System (AWRIS) service area.

The participants from the three Irrigation Management Offices (IMOs), Regional Office and from Region 11 observed cautiously as they will operate the said equipment from the mounting of the drilling rig to tube well installation. The supplier also emphasized the importance of the safety precautions to avoid accidents.

The activity includes actual installation and operation of Drilling Rig by the supplier (TRAMAT Merchantile, Inc) at the AWRIS service area.

NIA Caraga regional manager Engr. C’zar M. Sulaik said that the drilling rig's installation will have significant impact to their farmers who need water for irrigation during dry-spell, "it is crucial to provide adequate water at the right time to help them during rice production." (PRO/NIA-13/PIA-Caraga)

Lumads benefit PNP Caraga’s Project 'Kasing-kasing'

By PCInsp. Charity Galvez

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) - In line with the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Strategic Campaign Plan SAMAHAN, Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 conducted Medical and Dental Outreach Program (MEDOP) to the 638 Lumads in Kitcharao, Agusan de Norte on Thursday.

Other activities include Pulong-Pulong, free haircut, mass feeding, distribution of slippers, information materials, and food supplies.

Kasing-kasing is a Visayan word for “heart.”

Police Community Relations Division (R5) of PRO 13 facilitated the outreach in partnership with the local government unit of Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte, Regional Health Service 13, Department of Health, and Rotary Club of Downtown Butuan.

PRO-13 regional director PCSupt. Rolando Felix said that over the years, PRO-13 gives free medical and dental services to the residents of Caraga region and will continue its humanitarian work, reaching out to underprivileged communities. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Caraga formulates regional contingency plan on armed conflict

By April Rose Anne Y. Sanchez

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) - The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) of Caraga through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) conducted a three-day Contingency Plan Formulation Workshop (CPFW) on Human-Induced Hazard on August 17-19, 2016, this city.

During the activity, situational reports on insurgency were presented by the 401st and 402nd Infantry Brigades of the Philippine Army; while the situational report on criminality was presented by the Philippine National Police Regional Office. The concept on terrorism and its countermeasures were delivered by the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) Region 10. Likewise, DILG discussed the Caraga Road Map for Peace.

A contingency plan for armed conflict was developed based on the result of the hazard identification and a worst case scenario was then generated. The cluster approach and Incident Command System were integrated in the plan. This was facilitated by Dir. Lita B. Enok and Julie Villadolid, Subject Matter Experts on Contingency Planning.

The regional contingency plan on armed conflict will undergo a series of polishing and enhancement during cluster meetings before it will be finalized and tested through a table-top simulation exercise in November. It is set to be approved and adopted during the 4th Quarter RDRRMC Full Council Meeting in December 2016.

Caraga Region has already a Contingency Plan on Super Typhoon which was reviewed in 2013 and was tested through a table-top simulation exercise and then approved and adopted by the council in 2014. (OCD-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Persons with visual impairment in Butuan now licensed masseurs

By Abegail R. Alvarez

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) - Through the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga, eight persons with visual impairment are now licensed massage therapists (LMTs).

Among the list are Marilyn Edmilao, Daryl Cadavos, Erwin Batoon, Elsa Maglangit, Rodel Reyis, Fritzie Ann Binega, Adora Bandola, and Beverly Lucille Consad who are all residents in the city.

According to Wilma Geralla, focal person for Persons with Disability (PWD) sector, these visually-impaired masseurs passed the massage therapist licensure examination on June 3, 2016 held in Davao City. They underwent written, oral, and practical test.

“But before the examination, they attended the training on massage therapy for 30 working days in a training center accredited by the Department of Health (DOH). They were taught about different styles in massaging commonly applied in the center,’’ said Geralla.

“Massage therapy is the number one income-generating opportunity for Filipinos who are visually impaired, that’s why the department initiated to capacitate, educate, and train them to help uplift their quality of life,’’ she added.

Daryl Cadavos, one of eight licensed massage therapists, shared her hardships and testimonies during the training and examination period.

“Dili sayon ang amung gi-agian gikan sa training hangtud sa final exam. Pero kadtong tanan nabayran tungod kay dako ang akong kalipay nga nahimo nako karun nga LMT. Kini ang akong mahimong sumbanan nga makakita ug mas maayong trabaho (The experience we had from the training and final exam was quite difficult. But all of those were paid-off because I am now a licensed massage therapist. This will be my opportunity to look for a better and decent job),” said Cadavos.    

To sum up, a total of P171,000 was allocated by DSWD for this intervention including the examination fee and travelling expenses for them.

With this, the department is planning to train next year another batch of persons with visual impairment including other PWDs. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)