Monday, September 5, 2016

News Feature: Soaring by lifting others

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 5 (PIA) – Inspired by its principle, ‘reciprocity indivisible with parity’ and core values of fairness and integrity, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)–Butuan, Area 12 led by area manager Evangeline Daba spearheaded the conduct of Community Outreach Program 2016 in Brgy. Dumalagan, here on Friday.

“It is my personal commitment to engage the community and I am glad that apart from my team in CAAP many have pledged support and voluntarily committed to join with us in achieving the core purpose of lending a hand to our needy brethren and simply make a difference through this noble act,” underscored Daba.

She further enunciated that it is their way of reciprocating through the beneficiaries the many divine favors they acquire, and is a great pleasure for the organizers to partake what they have to the fellows who equally deserve the same blessing.

Daba also stressed that aside from providing the children and adults their health and nutritional needs, the CAAP, together with the 4th Civil Military Operations (CMO) Battalion of Philippine Army, Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Agusan del Norte-Butuan City chapter, and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga is also inculcating to the community the relevance of 'Bayanihan' and building up preparedness in all eventualities at all times through information drive campaign, including also the lecture on human trafficking done by the Philippine National Police personnel.

The outreach program was a succession of last year’s conduct in Brgy. Abilan in same city where it started by identifying the need of a certain community and create a program as a useful intervention to break the deprivation of incapacitated people and temporarily uplift their faint economic condition through the social services afforded to them.

Making a life by giving

As envisioned, the theme, “Panaghiusang Hugpong Alang sa Mahimsog nga Panglawas,” has truly paved the way of gathering some 600 pupils of Mahayag and Consuelo Elementary Schools and other recipients of different ages.

Among the services made available to the community were free medical consultations and dental services such as tooth extraction, health care activities, taking of vital signs through the assistance of volunteer doctors, and free haircut performed by volunteer soldiers. Foods were also served to the beneficiaries and the distribution of school kits followed.

“By simply filing their stomach with something nourishing to eat, we are helping ease the hunger of the families who can’t afford enough food at home,” said Daba.

Meanwhile, Arselniña Zyrene Paladin, 6 years old and a grade two pupil of Consuelo Elementary School profoundly expressed with a sweet mood her elation as she received a bunch of school supplies. “This is very helpful in my training in school. At least my mother is relieved from the hardship on finding a penny to fund the writing materials and notebooks that I needed,” she  exclaimed.

In company with Paladin were her schoolmates Gunabel Daguplo and Rhett Javier, 10 and 7 years old, and a grade three and grade two pupils, respectively, who enjoyed sharing their meals together as they kept a grateful heart for the presents bestowed upon them by the organizers.

CMO Battalion comanding officer Lt. Col. Rey Pasco said that reaching out to children is vital especially in letting them see and feel at their age that the government is looking after their welfare. Pasco further emphasized that the young ones are the hope of the nation.

"We are heartily and sincerely doing this activity, along with other partner agencies for the love of our children. This activity is part of our peace and development efforts under the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ campaign plan ‘Bayanihan,' a people centered approach that focuses on the welfare of the communities," he expressed.

By building bridges of hope and by giving back to community in thanksgiving, PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga addressed the beneficiaries in his message to take full advantage of the humanitarian and social services being offered to them in the said event. He bared that their barangay was fortunate to have been chosen to be the recipient for this year.

Also, Alberto Torrevillas, representing Laudina Torrevillas, punong barangay of Brgy. Dumalagan conveyed his sincere appreciation for the good deeds of the stakeholders. He was grateful for the effort of the medical practitioners and other partner individuals who shared voluntarily their time and skills to provide services to the locals.

Continuing its commitment to be socially responsive and responsible to the needs of the less privileged, the organizers are optimistic that more can benefit from the future community outreach program in the years ahead. (VLG/JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DOH Caraga strengthens network on tobacco control

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 5 (PIA) – With the aim to strengthen the Regional Tobacco Control Network (RTCN) of Caraga region, the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga recently hold a meeting with its different stakeholders’ Anti-Smoking Program point persons.

During the conduct of RTCN’s regular meeting, Sunshine Alipayo of DOH Caraga has re-oriented RTCN members on the network’s objectives, roles and functions.

RTCN was formed with the aim to fully comprehend the severity of tobacco problem in the region and to urgently respond by adopting comprehensive approaches to reduce and subsequently eliminate tobacco as a threat to public.

Tobacco is the most preventable cause of death and diseases, it is also the risk factor in non-communicable disease.

The RTCN Caraga is composed of the following: chairman – DOH, co-chairman -  Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, secretary – Butuan City Health Office, treasurer – Department of Education, auditor – Civil Service Commission, PIO – Philippine Information Agency, other members include, Northeastern Mindanao Mission, Butuan City Tourism Office, Philippine National Police, Agusan del Norte Provincial Health Office, Agusan del Sur Provincial Health Office, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philhealth, and DOH Bloomberg Initiative Project OC400A. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Tandag fiesta activities bared

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 5 (PIA) - The city government of Tandag will celebrate its fiesta in honor of its patron, San Nicolas de Tolentino on Sept. 8 with the theme: “Lig-on na Panggamhanan, Lig-on na mga Katawhan, Para sa Malahutayong Kalambuan.”

Davao City 1st district representative Karlo Alexie Nograles is the keynote speaker during the opening celebration.

Earlier, a “Kasalan ng Bayan” (mass wedding) was conducted at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral on Sept. 3, 2016.

Other activities that the city lined up for the celebration are GKK Coronation Day and 3rd Bugsay Power Tournament (Sept. 7), Rural Folk Dance Contest featuring “PainSayaw” (Paindigay sa Sayaw) to be participated by eight contenders (Sept. 8), 1st ATP Slow Drag Race (Sept. 8), SINUGDAN (Sinugbahay sa Dan) at the Vicente L. Pimentel Sr. Boulevard (Sept. 8), 4th “Sangkaan Festival” (Sept. 9).

A jobs fair both local and international will also be held on Sept. 9 from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 A.M. at the Women’s Training Center, this city.

Surigaonons are also invited to witness the fiesta showbiz entertainment with invited celebrities starting on the evening of Sept. 9 to 10.

A fireworks display will culminate the fiesta celebration on Sept. 10, it was learned. (FEA/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Butuanon hailed as MBFI’s outstanding teacher

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 5 (PIA) - The Metrobank Foundation Inc. (MBFI) has named Josephine Chonie Obsenares from the Butuan City SPED Center as one of its awardees in the 2016 Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT) for the elementary category.

From a total of 534 nominations generated nationwide, Obsenares and the other nine awardees emerged outstanding.

According to MBFI, all nominees were trimmed down to 127 provincial finalists, then shortlisted to 40 regional finalists who underwent teaching demonstrations and panel interviews before the preliminary board of judges of each category. This year's search garnered the most nominations in its 32-year history.

Obsenares, currently a Master Teacher I of the SPED Center, has been teaching for 27 years, specializing in Music. She has written original compositions used by schools in events, and as part of learning materials disseminated by the Department of Education in the region. Obsenares also served as chief trainer in music at the national level for the preparation of K-12 education system.

She has also mentored students in various musical competitions, and has led in the formation of a youth choir in her local church, where she is also serving as a psalmist.

Equally talented, passionate and innovative, she pioneered action researches, including one on the development of free play activities to enhance the motor skills of children with intellectual disabilities. By being chosen as one of this year’s awardee, the MBFI recognized Obsenares as one of the “shining examples of unstinting dedication and commitment to the teaching profession, and as such, the pride of their respective schools and community.”

She will join the other awardees in a conferment ceremony on September 5, 2016 at the Metrobank Plaza, Makati. Obsenares and the other awardees will receive a trophy and a cash prize of P500,000.

The winners will also pay a courtesy visit to the members of the House of Representatives. Agusan del Norte First District Rep. Lawrence Fortun, happily received the good news from the MBFI President Aniceto Sobrepeña, as he expressed his commendation to Obsenares.

“The occasion of teacher Josephine Obsenares winning the coveted Metrobank Outstanding Teacher’s award brings a striking optimism and hope to better our education system. To my mind, this is not only a prestigious personal commendation, but also an affirmation of our confidence to all our teachers who have sacrificed their able years in shaping the future of this nation,” Fortun said. (Lawig Katawhan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Surigao Norte launches ‘Puhunan sa Pag-asenso’

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 5 (PIA) – In line with the flagship advocacy toward poverty alleviation and people empowerment, the provincial government of Surigao del Norte officially launched a livelihood project dubbed “Puhunan sa Pag Asenso” held recently at the Provincial Go Negosyo Center, this city.   

The recipients of the said project are those members of the legitimate cooperatives who are in need of financial assistance or capital to start up a small business for additional source of income for their families.

In her message, Governor Sol Matugas said that "free enterprise is the heart and soul of a fast-growing economy."

Sustainable progress, according to Gov. Matugas, can best be achieved when the government takes care of the mainstream society by concentrating on the plight of the grassroots to address their needs.

Livelihood opportunities, food production, social welfare and shared investment, she maintained, are the staple ingredients of a productive and thriving province, anchored on the ideals of democracy, reform-oriented paradigm and love of country.

That being said, Gov. Matugas added that qualified recipients of "Puhunan sa Pag-asenso" need to be responsible enough to do their part as a freedom-loving and a law-abiding citizen.

“Just like a bonafide member of any accredited organization, in order to keep a sound credit standing, you must do the right thing, regularly pay your dues and maintain a good behavior,” she said. (PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DILG brand identity, regional website formally launched

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 5 (PIA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has formally launched its new brand of service anchored on the department’s mandate of strengthening local government capability for achieving good governance through an honesty, efficient and reliable public service.

“Matino, Mahusay at Maaasahang Kagawaran para sa Mapagkalinga at Maunlad na Pamahalaang Lokal” - the new DILG brand identity through its manual was formally introduced to DILG field personnel on August 30, 2016 for the provinces of Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Norte and on August 31, 2016 for the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Sur. This will be followed by a separate launching on September 5, 2016 for its regional office personnel and separate dates for provincial office personnel.

Likewise, the redesigned regional website: www.caraga.dilg.gov.ph will be launched on same dates. The DILG regional website follows the Government Website Template Design (GWTD), which is an initiative of the Philippine Government to institutionalize a corporate online identity for all government websites through a standard design, navigation, and content.

Part of the launching is introducing the DILG key personalities: “ISKO na Matino, ISAY na Mahusay at ANA na Maaasahan” that personify the qualities of a DILG personnel in providing its services to its clients.

The Brand Identity Manual (BIM) aims to achieve a unified look for all the communication collaterals of the DILG so that the department can have a single, unified DILG brand which will echo from the different provinces, cities, and municipalities throughout the country.

DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero, who steered the project from conceptualization up to the finalization stage, said that the BIM was developed through the assistance of the Philippines Australia Human Resource and Organizational Development Facility (PAHRODF) and went through various consultations with DILG officials and employees both in the central and in regional offices.

The DILG brand serves to set apart DILG’s identity from those of other organizations, moreover, will provide the standard of the DILG way of communicating to the public. (DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)