Tuesday, September 6, 2016

News Feature: Army, PIA lead construction of fences for Butuan GAD Day Care Center

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) – Nothing is more gratifying for teachers who want their pupils safe and sound while in the class, now that the Gender and Development (GAD) Day Care Center here will have its center fenced with concrete blocks constructed by the personnel of the 4th Civil Military Operations (CMO) "Kasaligan" Battalion of the Philippine Army, together with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga.

Fe Labitad, supervising teacher of GAD Day Care Center, was overjoyed to see that the Philippine Army and the PIA personnel are looking after their concerns despite their busy schedule while responding to their main mandates and responsibilities in their respective offices.

“We find it necessary to have our day care center fenced to ensure the safety of the school children. And we were just so blessed to have PIA as our neighbor agency because director Abner Caga was the one who initiated the effort that our center will be one of the beneficiaries of the program and services of the Philippine Army. In fact, the 4th CMO Battalion has chosen our center in their 'Adopt a Day Care Center' Program,” expressed Labitad.

Labitad recalled that their first building was situated inside the city hall compound. “When our first building was burned down along with other nearby offices few years back, the city government has relocated us here in our new location. This is actually formerly occupied by the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs, but since they transferred to their new building just few meters away from here, we have learned to love our new place,” she explained.

The good teacher, who at the same time is a mother, also expressed concern over the series of school trespasses and thefts in the area.  “We have been robbed twice and the perpetrators got our important equipment and school supplies. We were perturbed and disturbed by these incidents and so we really need to secure everything that we have inside our school, and fencing the area is our urgent concern. We truly appreciate the coordination and efforts of the CMO Battalion and the PIA to make this possible,” shared Labitad.

Also, Lieutenant Colonel Rey Pasco, commanding officer of 4th CMO Battalion highlighted that they are willing to help the teachers and preschoolers in their need of safety and security by providing them manpower and other available resources.

“We, in the Philippine Army will never hesitate to extend help to those who need our services. We will always look for ways on how we can touch other peoples lives and inspire them,” articulated Pasco.

Meanwhile, PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga also conveyed his warm thanks to 4th CMO Battalion for their immediate response and support to the agency and its partners.

“May this effort serves best to our teachers, parents and children of GAD Day Care Center,” Caga underscored. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


RIAC-FF urges LCEs to include solo parents in LGU's priority programs

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) – In a resolution pushed and adopted by the Regional Inter-Agency Committee for Filipino Family (RIAC-FF) Caraga on May 27, 2016, the committee is once again urging all local chief executives (LCEs) to include in the LGU priority programs the implementation of the Republic Act No. 8972 otherwise known as the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000 at the provincial, city and municipal level in the region.

As indicated in the Resolution No. 1 series of 2016 signed by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga regional director and RIAC-FF chairperson Minda Brigoli, the LCEs of the provincial, cities and municipalities of the region are encouraged to allocate funds for the programs and activities in relation to the implementation of Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000 and other related programs and activities promoting the development and solidarity of every family especially the solo parents.

LCEs are also requested to designate a focal person on Solo Parents who shall perform the functions in promoting the welfare and development of the sector including the formulation of Work and Financial Plan yearly.

“The implementation of the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000 and inclusion of priority programs and services for solo parents and their children at the local level will continuously respond to the emerging issues and concerns of the sector especially in promoting their welfare and interest,” relayed Brigoli.

Brigoli further reiterated that its implementation of said Act will boost the confidence of the solo parents to perform their roles and functions and to make them strong and functional family, effective and responsible parent/s, and to recognize their contribution as partner in nation-building. 

It can be recalled that the Solo Parents’ Act was approved on November 7, 2000 promoting the welfare and interest of the solo parents and their children.

Meanwhile, RIAC-FF is also intensifying its information drive for this year’s National Family Week celebration from September 24-31, 2016 with the theme “Matatag na Pamilya, Maunlad na Bukas.” The celebration aims to raise awareness of the role of families in promoting healthy lives for sustainable future and promote well-being for all at all ages. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


RIACAT-VAWC to assess functionality of all LCAT-VAWCs in Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) – The Regional Inter-Agency Committee against Trafficking and Violence against Women and Children (RIACAT-VAWC) Caraga has set a schedule for its monitoring and assessment to all LCAT-VAWCs starting this month of September to October 2016.

According to regional director Minda Brigoli of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga, the committee has agreed that the Monitoring Team will be headed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Justice (DOJ) – Regional Anti-Trafficking Task Force.

“A tool from National Anti-Poverty Commission - United Nations Population Fund (NAPC-UNFPA) for LCAT-VAWC Monitoring with its indicators related to trafficking and VAWC will be used, though it has been enhanced based on some suggestions,” disclosed Brigoli.

Brigoli added that the following are the schedule of monitoring and assessment in the respective provinces: 1) Agusan del Norte – Sept. 7, 2016; 2) Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte – Sept. 8, 2016; 3) Butuan City – Sept. 9; 4) Agusan del Sur – Sept. 22, 2016; 5) Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur – Sept. 23, 2016; 6) Surigao del Norte – Oct. 8, 2016; 7) Surigao City – Oct. 9, 2016; 8) Surigao del Sur – Oct. 13, 2016; 9) Tandag City – Oct. 14, 2016; 10) Bislig City – Oct. 20, 2016; and 11) Province of Dinagat Islands – Oct. 27-28, 2016.

As an anti-trafficking and anti-violence body, RIACAT-VAWC is tasked to monitor and oversee the strict implementation of Republic Act 9208, Republic Act 9262 and other related laws for the protection of women and children, and of IACAT and IACVAWC national plans for action. It is also to create, establish and/or implement system on surveillance, investigation and prosecution, and to create and establish systems on rescue and reintegration to ensure effective and efficient coordination. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


All set for Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival 2016

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 6 (PIA) - Now on its 32nd year, the Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival with the theme, "Manajaw ta! Ang kalooy sa Dios maangkon ta," will take center stage on Friday, September 9, this city.

This year’s Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival will start with a thanksgiving mass at 9:00 A.M. at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral, then a street dancing at 2:00 P.M. from the city boulevard up to the Provincial Sports Complex simultaneous with the Drum and Lyre Competition (2:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M.) followed by the Dance Showdown Competition and announcement of winners.

Seven contingents have confirmed their participation, they are: Municipality of Cantilan; Lumad Carrascalanon Folkloric Ensemble, Carrascal, Surigao del Sur; Kapatagan National High School of Kapatagan Laak, Compostela Valley; Canlanipa Central Elementary School and Canlanipa Barangay Council; Lumad Poctoyanon in cooperation with W.D. Rafols Memorial National High School and J.R Clavero Memorial Elementary School;  Lumad Capalaynon of Capalayan National High School; and Saint Paul University-Surigao City.

The competition is part of the city's annual fiesta celebration on September 10 in honour of patron Saint Nicolas de Tolentino, sponsored by the city government, provincial government of Surigao del Norte and the Surigao City Tourism Council. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Valorian troopers back anti-drug campaign

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 06 (PIA) – The 36th Infantry “Valor” Battalion (36IB), Philippine Army based in Barangay Dayoan, Tago town, this province vows all-out support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s call “to suppress crime and fight against illegal drug trade” thru the implementation of Project Double Barrel.

Accordingly, 36IB commanding officer Lt. Col Randolph Rojas himself led several group discussions and fora on drug related issues to some identified communities and secondary schools under his area of responsibility.

Civil Military Operations (CMO) officer Capt. Al Pueblas said they have been supporting the police force in implementing such program in their area. Part of the activities they have conducted are: the establishment of the Joint AFP-PNP check points, operation TokHang, and anti-illegal drugs campaign in different schools.

As revealed by police provincial director PSSupt Romaldo Bayting, three were already killed in separate anti-illegal drugs operation in the province since July 1 this year.

Meanwhile, Pueblas said that the 36IB troopers underwent a random drug test but all tested negative for illegal drugs use. (FEA/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


National literacy validators give Butuan 'positive' feedback

By Ma. Lourdes P. Apego

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) - A team of judges conducting validation of Butuan City as a nominee of the National Literacy Awards expressed admiration on the nutrition and women programs as well as the barangay justice system of the city.

In an audience with city government officials and employees headed by Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada, validator team representative Gemma Macatangay observed that nutrition has come out as a policy of the present administration.

Aside from nutrition, Macatangay also observed that programs on women are present in Butuan City. She also admired the "Katarungang Pambarangay" (barangay justice) system and hopes this system is being followed in the whole Butuan City.

The National Literacy Award aims to recognize local government units in the country who have developed policies, programs or projects of learning and knowledge that help advance the quality of life of its constituents.

For Butuan City, these projects are the 'Farm: Trees and Trio' of Barangay Tungao as a literacy tool for social mobilization, Sitio Nueva Estrella (Basic Literacy cum livelihood) of Barangay Manila de Bugabus as a tool for women empowerment, Butuan City Manpower Training Center as a literacy tool for job generation and empowerment, Food Always in the Table and Home (FAITH) program of Barangay Baan Km 3 as literacy tool for the eradication of malnutrition and the Katarungang Pambarangay of Barangay San Vicente as a literacy tool for peace and social order.

To date, Butuan City is facing stiff competition for the National Literacy Awards from two other Highly Urbanized cities in the country, these are: Cagayan de Oro City and Pasay City. (Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Butuan school supports school-based immunization program

By Gemma T. Tito

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) - Bit-os Elementary School (BES) in Brgy. Bit-os, this city has showed support to the nationwide campaign and implementation of the nationwide "Bakuna para sa Kabataan, Protekyon sa Kinabukasan," a free immunization program for students in public schools nationwide.

Said program is spearheaded by the Department of Health (DOH) together with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Out of 62 grade 1 BES pupils, only 40 pupils were immunized.  These were the only pupils who have parent’s consent. They were vaccinated to fight against measles, rubella, tetanus and diphtheria.


The said activity was spearheaded by the barangay midwives and barangay health workers who gave time and effort to vaccinate these pupils in order to fight against diseases. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)