Friday, September 9, 2016


CPAs to convene for 2016 GACPA assembly in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 9 (PIA) – The members of the Government Association of Certified Public Accountants (GACPA) Caraga chapter is set to convene for this year’s general assembly on September 19, 2016 at the Commission on Audit (COA) regional office here.

Christopher Mabale, GACPA Caraga acting president and Civil Service Commission (CSC) Field Office – Agusan del Norte director, underlined that the objective of the assembly apart from choosing a new set of leaders, is to reactivate and strengthen the organization whose members and potential members play a vital role in public service and governance.

“The agenda include the election of a new set of officers to replace the incumbents who were elected nearly a decade ago. The PICPA – Agusan del Norte Government Sector director Cheryll Elicano, shall also present and discuss the need and the process of updating the membership in GACPA. It is also expected that the assembly will come up with proposed activities for the fiscal year,” bared Mabale.

For more information, interested party may contact the CSC at telephone number (085) 342-7071, 300-0015 or e-mail at csadnfo@yahoo.com. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DENR-EMB to hold National Clean-Up Day in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 13 (PIA) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga is set to hold this year’s National Clean-Up activity in the different barangays here on September 17, 2016 with the theme “Bayan Ko, Linis Ko.”

According to EMB Caraga regional director Wilson Trajeco, government employees, students, partners in the private sector and media will be participating in the said event.

Trajeco bared that September is observed as National Clean-Up Month, where all DENR regional offices nationwide spearhead the conduct of clean-up drive in a bid to promote a clean and green surrounding. Volunteers are also expected to join.

“The target barangays are the Holy Redeemer (Resurrection canal and street), New Society (Zamora canal and street), LImaha (Langihan Road, Lagoon and street), Ong Yiu/ Fort Poyohon (from JP Rosales corner Montilla Boulevard to Obrero), Libertad (highway), Ambago (Happy Homes and Emenvil Subdivision), Villa Kananga (along Montilla Boulevard), and Bombon (Diversion Road),” disclosed Trajeco.

This is in support to the Regional Ecology Center of the region and will also be part of the 100 days accomplishments of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in its campaign and national clean-up program. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DSWD enjoins stakeholders to support National Family Week 2016

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 9 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is urging the regional line agencies and civil society organizations to take part in this year’s National Family Week Celebration slated on September 24-31, 2016.

The event which is observed every 4th week of September is anchored on the theme, “Matatag na pamilya, maunlad na bukas.” This aims to raise awareness of the role of families in promoting healthy lives for sustainable future and to promote well-being for all at all ages.

Several activities will be carried out such as family fun walk, family fair, parade and family fashion show.

The celebration of National Family Week is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 60 issued on September 28, 1992, which aims “to increase awareness on various family issues; enhance effectiveness of national and local efforts to carry out specific programs concerning families by generating new programs concerning families by generating new activities and strengthening existing ones; and promote collaboration among national and local non-governmental organizations in support of multi-sectoral activities.”

The National Committee on Filipino Family (NCFF), chaired by the DSWD, also supports the observance of the Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day every fourth Monday of September as declared by Presidential Proclamation No. 326 signed by President Aquino in January 2012. It enjoins all family members to spend mealtime together as simple and effective way to raise happy, healthy and successful children. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


SSCT, partners ink MOA on Lake Mainit biodiversity program

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 9 (PIA) – The Surigao State College of Technology (SSCT), concerned national line agencies and other stakeholders recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the implementation of the Lake Mainit Biodiversity Program (LMBP).

SSCT Extension Program Director Engr. Evangeline P. Sabejon said that under the agreement, the SSCT will lead the assessment of the aquatic biodiversity and terrestrial ecosystems of Lake Mainit under the LMBP.

She said the project specifically aims to assess the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of Lake Mainit aquatic ecosystem, including heavy metal accumulation, macro invertebrates, plankton, fish diversity and biology, its bathymetry profile, terrestrial watershed areas, and socio-cultural condition and its environs.

“The program process will include planning and designing of project proposals, capability building, implementation of the proposal, gathering and analyzing the data, presentation of results to the stakeholders, paper presentation in fora and journal publication, conduct of intervention and mitigating measures,” Engr. Sabejon said.

The concerned national line agencies and stakeholders are the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, National Economic and Development Authority, Department of Agriculture, Philippine Information Agency, Lake Mainit and Development Alliance, the provincial government of Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte, and the municipalities of Sison, Mainit, Tubod, Alegria, KItcharao, Tubay, Santiago, and Jabonga. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)