Tuesday, September 13, 2016


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)


Lumad Carrascalanon wins 32nd Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 13 (PIA) - Dancers from Carrascal, Surigao del Sur won this year's 32nd Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival, besting six other contingents held on Sept. 9 here.

The Lumad Carrascalanon Folkloric Ensemble received P350,000 cash prize plus trophy.

The other winners were Saint Paul University-Surigao, second place, with P250,000 cash prize plus trophy and Lumad Capalaynon of Capalayan National High School, third place, with P150,000 cash prize plus trophy.

The special awards for Best in Costume, Best in Streetdancing, Best in Musicality and Reyna nan Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival, all went to Lumad Carrascalanon Folkloric Ensemble contingent, while Best in Contingent went to Lumad Poctoyanon with W.D. Rafols Memorial National High School and J.R. Clavero Memorial Elementary School, Surigao City.

In his message, Vice Governor Arturo Carlos A. Egay, Jr. representing Surigao del Norte Governor Sol F. Matugas, conveyed his heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to all the participants with special mention to contingents of Carracal, Surigao del Sur, Kapatagan Laak, Compostela Valley Province, and sponsors who contributed much to the success of the said event. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


OWWA rolls out capability building activities for PESO managers in Caraga

By Jean Mary G. Ronquillo

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 13 (PIA) - In a concerted effort to address the pressing concerns confronting the OFWs and dependents as well as to strengthen the program implementation of the agency in various localities, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Welfare Office Caraga in partnership with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) rolled out series of provincial conferences for Public Employment Service Officers in the different provinces of the region.

Recognizing the vital role of the Local Government Units (LGUs) through the PESO managers as the key partner-implementers in the municipalities, the activity primarily aims to provide them timely updates of the agency’s recent developments and strengthen the linkages among the LGUs. It also endeavors to empower and capacitate them of the proper protocol in responding to request for assistance among their constituents/OFW families. In such a way, OFW concerns and queries which need immediate intervention will be acted upon promptly, hence refraining remote distance clients of exhaustion from long distance travel going to the regional office to seek for assistance.

It is also another approach of OWWA to decentralize its programs and services in the local level through empowering and enhancing the knowledge of the PESO relative to the agency’s currently implemented services and the process of program availments.

In his message, OWWA Caraga regional director Samuel Madrid expressed his gratitude to the participants for their affirmative response to the agency’s call to brace up the partnership among the LGUs in fulfilling its mandate relating to the welfare and protection of the OFW families.

Officer-in-Charge of Programs and Services Division Ma. Ireen Cambaling of OWWA Caraga highlighted the procedure of availing the agency’s recently approved program known as Relief Assistance Program for OFWs affected in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the on-going livelihood assistance program for the displaced and distressed OFWs.

Labor Employment Officer III Nancy Jacinto similarly introduced the reintegration services of NRCO for OFWs.

To further boost the awareness of the participants relating to the areas of overseas employment, POEA Regional Coordinator Meriam Balmocena stressed out the guidelines on the implementation of the Mandatory online Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) for Landbased Overseas Work Applicants including the processing of securing Overseas Employment Certificate through the Balik Manggagawa Online System of the agency. She also discussed other essential issuances, policies and directives of the agency for the understanding of the PESO.

First of among the series of capability building activities already commenced in the two provinces of the region. Some 30 PESO managers and their staff actively participated in the activity for the province of Surigao del Sur on September 2 and eighteen attendees joined in the province of Agusan del Norte on September 5.

Three more similar activities are already lined up for the provinces of Agusan del Sur, Province of Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte Province on September 9, 30 and on October, respectively.

Thie said initiative is in consonance with OWWA's continuous undertaking to accord valuable services befitting the needs of its clientele. (OWWA-13/PIA-Caraga)