Feature: Disaster preparedness: enabling resilience
By Venus L. Garcia
A country fraught with plethora of perils can topple over its posture for sustained and inclusive growth. These various hazards either of natural and human-caused disasters are pretexts for building a more resilient community. Thus, making several initiatives and plans to ensure resilience by strengthening disaster preparedness and response capabilities a top priority of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga through the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Council (RDRRMC).
In a positive note, as the Philippine head of state highlights the efforts for Philippine Drug War, officially named Campaign Plan Double Barrel, a campaign against illegal drugs in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte yet heeds on accentuating ways to reduce the impacts of disasters and considers community resiliency a national imperative.
With this, multiple endeavors were undertaken and others still on the row have to be done by OCD-Caraga to respond to the challenge of the national government to thoroughly formulate approaches in managing the risks and develop needed capabilities to achieve a very minimal damage and zero casualty.
“The governing law for disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) which is the R.A. 10121 stipulates that all local government units should have their own DRR office. So, being aware of the importance of the disaster planning, preparation and protocols, the need to capacitate more the DRRM officers is highly significant to reduce vulnerability through standards, regulation, resilient design, effective mitigation, and disaster risk reduction measures,” underscored OCD Caraga regional director and RDRRMC chairperson Jose Manuel Ochotorena.
Recounting its DRRM advocacy and program implementation undertakings, the Civil Defense Caraga conducted series of Incident Command System Training Courses to different municipal and provincial DRRM officers.
Also, the recently concluded Local DRRM Operations Officers Orientation has better helped the participants understand their roles and responsibilities in managing the DRRM operations center.
Ochotorena emphasized how crucial it is for them to cascade the guidelines on reporting disaster incidents and the database management system in order to establish uniformity in the templates of reports.
“We have to make sure that at the municipal and provincial levels they have their own functional local DRRM Operations Center,” said Ochotorena.
Apart from these efforts, OCD Caraga targets the upgrading of disaster communication equipment for local government units. Ochotorena bared that they have enlisted the help of ham radio amateurs in identifying the specifications of the fundamental radio equipment that every operation center should at least acquire.
“We give them specifications of the communication radios that can be utilized in the entire Caraga region. This is for inter-operability and compatibility of dual-band radios operated by adjacent localities and for them to communicate well without unnecessary interruptions in times of disaster and emergencies,” explained Ochotorena.
Driven by his candor intent to empower the community and disaster/emergency responders, the Caraga Civil Defense chief admitted without exaggeration about how far his office has done in fulfilling its agency’s mandate, but he underlined that in terms of preparedness, “we are always progressing and not regressing.”
By collectively engaging all sectors of society in framing shared responsibility, the nation can build resilient and safe communities. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)
GPK evaluators start envi assessment to 19 SurSur LGUs
By Nida Grace P. Barcena
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 10 (PIA) – The Gawad Probinsiya sa Kapaligiran (GPK) evaluators team conducted a 10-day evaluation and assessment to two cities and 17 municipalities of this province.
The annual assessment aims to institutionalize the local communities to be more effective in the management of the environment. It also aims to inculcate to the communities that saving the environment must be their way of life.
The first four-day assessment, which started last October 3, 2016 was conducted in CarCanMadCarLanCor (Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen, Lanuza, and Cortes) areas, Tago, and Tandag City. Other remaining LGUs will be be visited this week.
This year’s competition is categorized into three according to the income classifications: The city category; first to third class municipalities; and fourth to fifth class municipalities.
The evaluating team is composed of the representatives from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as its team leader, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), PENRO-LGU, Provincial Health Office (PHO), Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), and Provincial Tourism Office. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
DAR AgNor provides legal assistance during 'Serbisyo Caravan'
By Gil E. Miranda
BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 10 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan del Norte held legal aid services to farmer-beneficiaries during the “Peace Month Serbisyo Caravan,” spearheaded by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), and local government unit of Jabonga held recently at Brgy. Baleguian, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.
During the event, the DAR legal team spent hours in free consultation to give legal advice to some farmer-beneficiaries in Jabonga.
The team was composed of some legal expert of DAR Regional and Provincial offices contributed to the success of the event.
DAR AgNor Attorney III Reggie Saludo said that the legal clinic was to address the increasing land conflicts of the farmers especially the indigenous community in Jabonga.
“This partnership with the national and local agencies enable us to help more farmer-beneficiaries secure their land,” Atty. Saludo said.
According to Jabonga Vice Mayor Glicerio Monton, Jr., a lot of farmer-beneficiaries face challenges on the land they tilled and many farmlands were left behind and became idle due to a major threat face by the farmer-beneficiaries and the government. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
157 Butuan school paper advisers undergo enhancement training
By Joy Carol A. Belarmino
BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 10 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) Butuan City Division conducted a four-day Division Roll-out on the Basics and Advance Courses on Campus Journalism and Digital Media to 157 school paper advisers (SPA) coming from 13 districts of the city at Provincial Capitol Training Center recently.
The training was conducted in response to the provision of Republic Act (RA) No. 7079, known as Campus Journalism Act of 1991 and in support to policy of the basic education program, which aims to orient the SPAs on the latest trend and development in Campus Journalism and in Digital Media; capacitate SPAs in journalistic writing, editing skills, and school paper page designing and lay-outing, and in TV and radio broadcasting and scriptwriting; and finalize the school’s training plans in journalism.
The activity was hosted by the Butuan City School Paper Advisers Association, Incorporated (BCSPAAI), headed by Angelie C. Alvizo as its president. The said activity is also in preparation of the incoming Division Schools Press Conference. (DepEd Butuan City division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
120 AgSur farmers finally receive economic benefits from their land after 5 years
By Joie L. Ceballos
SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, Oct. 10 (PIA) — Some 120 farmers here are relieved after waiting for their income from their land in the form of economic benefits, which should have been given to them five years ago.
The economic benefits consisted of lease rentals from their lands and profits earned from enterprises operated by the cooperative.
Today, the farmers of the Ronquillo group finally received their economic benefits in cash from the NGEI Multi-Purpose Cooperative. This farmer group is one of the breakaway groups from the original NGEI Multi-Purpose Cooperative formed in 1988.
“Two groups have since broken away from NGEI and formed their own,” said Agrarian Reform Undersecretary for Field Operations Marcos Risonar, Jr.
Risonar said the five-year delay was due to problems in revalidating original agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in 1988 and those who became members after 1988.
“The problem arose when the two original farmer-groups of the NGEI and the NGPI Multi-Purpose Cooperatives started encountering problems in running their respective cooperatives which resulted in some disgruntled members to resign from their cooperatives. Some of them encouraged those who resigned to join them in forming their own group,” said Risonar.
In the recent validation process conduced and identified by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), out of the 1,625 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) who became members of the NGEI and NGPI cooperatives in 1988, there are still 242 ARBs who were not able to come for validation.
To reach out to these farmers, Risonar ordered the DAR in Caraga Region to publish the their names in newspapers of general circulation.
“Just like those who were validated, these 242 ARBs will have to undergo a process. We will require them to bring pertinent documents to be properly validated,” explains Risonar. (DAR/PIA-Agusan del Sur)
12 farmer-beneficiaries receive land titles during 'Serbisyo Caravan'
By Gil E. Miranda
BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 10 (PIA) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan del Norte distributed a total of 21-hectare agricultural land to 12 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) during the celebration of the “Serbisyo Peace Caravan 2016,” in line with the 2016 National Peace Consciousness Month held at Jabonga town on September 30, 2016.
Planning Officer Annelyn Chan said that the distribution of titles is part of showing support to the government various services aimed to continue peace and development in the countryside.
“We are strongly supporting the said event as part of our efforts to provide support and legal services of the Department of Agrarian Reform and the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP),” Chan added.
According to Jabonga Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Vicente Magallon, the farmer-beneficiaries of Barangays Cuyago, Magsaysay and San Vicente in Jabonga are now the owners of the land awarded to them under CARP.
“The said farmer-beneficiaries were happy upon receiving their certificate of titles as their proof of ownership and they are hoping for more support services from the department to make the land productive,” Magallon added.
Rodulfo Salas, one of the beneficiaries, expressed thanks to DAR by providing land which is their basic resources for a living.
“Dako among pasalamat sa DAR sa titulo nga among nadawat (We are thankful to DAR for the land we received,” Salas said.
Jabonga Vice Mayor Hon. Glicerio Monton, Jr. reiterated that DAR played a key role in converting the land in Jabonga into Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT), whose farmer-beneficiaries are now the recipient of the delivery of peace and more development program of the government that could uplift their living condition. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
Surigao Norte solon pushes for reactivation, revitalization of BADACs
SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Oct. 10 (PIA) - Second district representative Robert Ace Barbers, chairman of the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs, recently pushed for the re-activation and revitalization of the country’s more than 40,000 Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs) to lead the government’s anti-drug campaign in the grassroots level.
“The BADACs are our first line of defense in the grassroots level, and they should spearhead the government’s fight against illegal drugs in their localities,” he said.
Barbers explained that although the DILG created the provincial, city, municipal and barangay anti-drug councils in December 1998, they are yet to be activated.
Police Director Benjamin Magalong, PNP deputy chief for operations, in a recent hearing conducted by the Dangerous Drugs Committee, said that the influx of dangerous drugs and other prohibited substances started in year 2000 but there apparently had been no serious government effort to curb it since then.
Barbers said it was only during the administration of President Duterte that all government anti-drug agencies including the military had been marshaled to put a stop in drug use and trafficking.
“When I was governor of Surigao del Norte, I created a local vice squad which raided known drug dens, rounded up drug addicts, and allotted certain amount for rehab. Noon, di pa talamak ang drugs sa amin. We relied solely on our own logistics and manpower,” he said.
“It is only now, with all the support coming from the President, the PNP and other law enforcement agencies, that the national government has embarked on a serious anti-drug campaign, particularly with the PNP’s Oplan Tokhang and Double Barrel,” he added.
The Department of Health and the members of the committee that includes Antipolo City Rep. Romeo Acop, Pangasinan Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil, La Union Rep. Pablo Ortega and Negros Oriental Rep. Arnulfo Teves among others, have expressed strong support for the re-activation and revitalization of BADACs.
In earlier DILG memorandum circulars, the officers and men of BADACs are supposed to come up with a list of illegal drug users, pushers, financiers or protectors, in their respective LGUs to be submitted to the City or Municipal anti-drug councils which would then refer their data to the PNP for appropriate anti-drug action or operation.
Barbers said the DILG MCs warned the BADAC officials of administrative cases for dereliction of duty if they failed to comply with the directive which was anchored on Sec. 51 of RA 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act. (SDR/2nd district Congressional Office/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
Tagalog News: Pulis opisyal inalok ng kasal ang kasintahan sa harap ni President Rodrigo Duterte
Ni Venus L. Garcia
BUTUAN CITY, Okt. 10 (PIA) - Sa unang pagdalaw ni President Rodrigo Duterte sa Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters sa Camp Rafael Rodriguez, Butuan City kamakailan lang, personal na nasaksihan ng pangulo sa harap mismo nito ang paghingi sa kamay ng kanyang aide-de-camp na si Police Senior Inspector Alniza Sunshine Kinang/ mula sa kasintahan nito na si Police Senior Inspector Arvin Homillo.
Ang nasabing wedding proposal ay nagyari ilang sandali matapos ang talumpati ng Pangulong Duterte. Bago paman ito makababa sa entablado ay humingi si PSI Homillo ng tatlong minuto para opisyal na hingin ang matamis na “oo” sa hangad na pakikipag-isang dibdib sa long-time girlfriend nito.
Ang police couple ay nagkakilala sa loob ng Philippine National Police Academy at pawang mga PNPA graduates, class 2012. Sinabing magkarelasyon ang dalawa ng limang taon at sampung buwan na at balak na sanang magpakasal nitong buwan ng Oktubre.
Ayon kay Police Officer Homillo, isang perpektong pagkakataon ang pangyayari upang maipaabot ang kanyang sinserong intensyon sa pagpapakasal sa girlfriend nitong miyembro ng presidential security group (PSG).
Lubos na ikinagalak ni homillo ang hindi pagtanggi ng lady cop sa kanyang kahilingan sabay abot ng bouquet ng mga rosas at halik sa pisngi. Isa rin si PSI Homillo sa mga presidential awardees sa okasyon ding iyon bilang most number of illegal drugs confiscated in the implementation of project double barrel.
Sa ngalan ng pag ibig, si Pangulong Duterte ay tatayong ninong sa kanilang darating na kasal.
Inaasahan ni President Duterte na mas lalo pang pag-igihan ng dalawa ang pagtupad sa nakaatang na mga responsibilidad nito bilang public servants. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)