Monday, October 24, 2016


Caraganons to celebrate Nat’l Children’s Month

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 24 (PIA) – In line with this year’s National Children’s Month celebration, government agencies along with other partner stakeholders in Caraga region will be holding activities for the said celebration.

According to regional director Minda Brigoli of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga, this month-long celebration will kick-off on November 4, 2016.

“It will commence with a thanksgiving mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, followed with a motorcade around the city thoroughfares. There will also be various games and a short program afterwards happening at the LJ Mega Convention Center, Butuan City,” disclosed Brigoli.

Brigoli further revealed that children from residential centers would join in the said event. “The Regional Children’s Congress will also be conducted on November 29, 2016. There will be an election of the Regional Council for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) Child during this activity in the same venue,” she added.

Said celebration is pursuant to Republic Act No. 10661 otherwise known as “National Children’s Month Act”. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Bacuaganon wins 2016 Provincial Consumer Quiz Show

By Lyza D. Trapal

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Oct. 24 (PIA) - A student from Bacuag National High School (BNHS) in Bacuag town won the 1st place of the Dept. of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Consumer Quiz Show for DepEd - Surigao del Norte Schools Division held at the Negosyo Center, Capitol Compound, this city.

Daiseree Mae G. Jamero of BNHS bested 21 other schools in the province and received P1,500 plus trophy and certificate of recognition from the DTI. She will represent the division in the upcoming Regional Consumer Quiz Show on October 27, 2016 in Butuan City.

The second prize winner who also received a certificate of recognition and a cash prize worth P1,000 was Merphy B. Parejo from Paco National High School, Mainit town. Mariconne Jane P. Sablas from Alegria Stand Alone Senior High School, Alegria town was declared as the third prize winner and received a cash prize worth P500 with certificate of recognition.

All non-winning participants received a consolation prize of P200.

Said activity is part of the celebration of the Consumer Welfare Month this October, which aims to bring consumer awareness in all ages, especially to the academes where young minds are now informed and empowered of the rights and responsibility of a consumer.

This year's Consumer Welfare Month theme is “Consumer Protection: A Shared Responsibility.” (DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


AgNor PDRRMO conducts ICS Training to 1st SAB

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 24 (PIA) - The Agusan del Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) conducted a three-day formal training of the Incident Command System (ICS) to the 1st Special Action Batallion (SAB), Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) held recently in the municipality of Santiago, this province.

SAB officers expressed their thanks to the provincial government for providing necessary support to their ICS training.

ICS is a standard, on scene, all hazard incident management concepts that can be used by all DRRM Councils. It is a disaster response tool that coordinates the actions of different groups by blending their complex organizational structures. The use of ICS can prevent or minimize loss of life or damage to property at the onset of disaster. It is a vital tool for effective disaster response.

The trainers/instructors were PDRRMO head Erma R. Suyo, Lorna C. Bayer of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and PDRRMO staff Merry Chris M. Cabonce.

Other four companies stationed and operating in Caraga Region also attended the said ICS training. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Campus journalists cover Miss Earth visit to Butuan

By Zara Pia Claudette Q. Vismanos/Agan Mark N. Carag

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 24 (PIA) - Visiting historical sites and scenic spots in their towering figures, charismatic auras, and eye-catching outfits, five Miss Earth candidates raised advocacies on environmental awareness and eco-tourism through a two-day tour in Butuan City on October 15-16, 2016.

Miss Chile Tiare Fuentes; Miss England Luissa Burton; Miss Hungary Eszter Oczella; Miss Pakistan Anzhelika Tahir; and Miss Zimbabwe Sharon Enkromelle shared their individual inputs about environment protection and preservation of historical remains.

They visited the city’s tourist spots such as Balangay Build Site, Banza Church Ruins, Delta Discovery Park, Bequibel Shell Midden, Bood Promontory Park, and National Musuem.

“I believe education is a very important resort here, to teach the youth there is a problem to solve everywhere and our environment is calling for us,” stressed Miss Zimbabwe in an interview.

She also added that each student should have knowledge to solve environmental issues through planting trees and proper waste disposal.

Meanwhile, Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada stated during the press conference that Miss Earth candidates’ visit has been one way to combat the city’s lack of concern to alleviate environmental issues which continue to deteriorate natural resources.

“It’s only good that people know our problems about mining, logging, historical promotion, and environmental awareness for in this way, we will gain even more advocates,” he said.

Campus journalists were empowered by the movement to promote the city through writing articles, for it could forward their beliefs and visions into action.

“Kids like you have so much passion about the environment and at the same time writing down your thoughts, you have the biggest potential to save Mother Earth, just exercise your thoughts thoroughly,” expressed Miss Pakistan Anzhelika Tahir.

City Public Information Officer Paolo Gogo expressed his satisfaction of tapping Agusan National High School’s “The Narra” writers to cover Miss Earth visit. “I have no regrets, these journalists were able to take a huge step in their journalistic career through helping us cover this international-wide event,” said Gogo. (ANHS Butuan City/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


OWWA-Caraga provides relief assistance program

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 24 (PIA) - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga has extended assistance to some 74 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) disbursing a total of P1,480,000, as of October 21, 2016.

These OFWs include those who are still at jobsite in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and those who had already been repatriated in their respective provinces within the region. Among these OFWs are 10 from Surigao del Sur, six from Surigao del Norte, 15 from Agusan del Sur and 27 from Agusan del Norte.

In addition, 16 OFWs outside Caraga had been accommodated for their claims as well. Meanwhile, a total of 108 families had also received their claims disbursing a total of P648,000.

As of writing, the sum of P2,530,000 has been disbursed by OWWA-Caraga for the assistance of OFWs and their respective families.

To those OFWs employed by Saudi construction and maintenance companies as per our listing, beset by severe financial difficulties and who still haven’t received their respective assistance, kindly visit OWWA Regional Welfare Office Caraga located at Nimfa Tiu Bldg. 2, J. Rosales Ave., Butuan City or thru 0939-925-9895 for Smart subscribers and 0917-315-0590 for Globe subscribers. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)