Thursday, September 29, 2016


RIAC-SC members to spend time with Por Cristo elders

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 29 (PIA) – In time with this year’s Filipino Elderly Week celebration, the members of the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Senior Citizens (RIAC-SC) Caraga will be spending a one-day quality time with the abandoned elders at Por Cristo Foundation Incorporated, this city.

RIAC-SC will bring sacks of rice, toiletries (including gloves, facial masks, alcohol, bandage, laundry soap, bath soap and adult diapers), vitamins and counter medicines.

Regional director Minda Brigoli of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga reiterated that said celebration is pursuant to Proclamation No. 240, declaring every October 1-7 of every year as Elderly Filipino Week.

“The committee came up with various activities including donation of goods, materials and food items to the centers and institutions operating and catering older persons in Caraga region that includes the Bureau of Corrections wherein Senior Citizens inmates were detailed,” disclosed Brigoli.

As kick-off activity on October 1, RIAC-SC in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga will be spearheading the “Walk for Life” early in the morning. It will be followed with the conduct of ‘Forever Young Zumba’ and discussion on elderly abuse to address issues and concerns faced by the sector.

Also, the following activities will be conducted within the week: Press Conference on October 3; Regional Senior Citizens Convention on October 5-6; and Orientation on Republic Act 10606 on October 7.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Pagmamahal at Pagrespeto ng Nakababata, Nagpapaligaya sa Nakatatanda.” (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


OPAPP set to conduct ‘Peace Caravan’ in Agusan del Norte

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Sept 29 (PIA) – In line with the celebration of National Peace Consciousness Month, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), in cooperation with the regional line agencies and local government units (LGUs), is set to conduct a convergence undertaking dubbed “Serbisyo Peace Caravan” on September 30, 2016 in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

“Relating to the context of the celebration’s theme, ‘Tayo ang Pagbabago, Tayo ang Kapayapaan,’ we feel dutifully bound to sustain peace building efforts by bringing the government services closer to the people living in conflict affected areas, and be able to render our services in ways and extent that will ultimately achieve the purpose of sustaining what the government has initially done in far-flung communities,” remarked OPAPP program manager Oliver Binancilan.

He further said that as agents of change, it should start from becoming peace actors. “The Peace Caravan activity is just part of the many undertakings that we have to do in advocating peace in the region. And we are truly grateful of the commitment of our partner agencies for the constant support for this endeavor,” added Binancilan.

The Serbisyo Peace Caravan is a venue for strengthened collaboration among public servants in delivering basic services such as distribution of free medicines, vaccination and legal services to the identified strategic areas.

It is also designed to serve as a platform for information campaign to present the menu of government programs and projects and an opportunity for consultations and dialogues between the community and participating government agencies on various peace, development and security concerns.

The venue for service delivery will be at the covered court of Brgy. Beleguian and Beleguian Elementary School.

According to Binancilan, the indigenous peoples (IP) community in Brgy. Can-away of the municipality of Kitcharao will be joining the Peace Caravan. Around 2,000 IPs are expected to participate in the activity. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


MARINA Caraga opens extension office in Dinagat Islands

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 29 (PIA) - The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Caraga expanded its services in Caraga region with the opening of its extension office in Dinagat Islands.

The new office, which is located at the Port of San Jose, San Jose town in Dinagat Islands was formally opened and inaugurated on Wednesday, September 28, 2106.

MARINA Caraga regional director Engr. Emmanuel D. Carpio, along with Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) port police chief PP/Supt. Froilan Caturla in behalf Surigao City PPA Manager Mildred J. Padilla led the blessing, ribbon cutting and formal opening of the satellite office.

In his mesage, Dir. Carpio said that the structure was conceived from the desire to usher in a new culture of service where people’s welfare matters most and to improve and regulate the maritime industry of the island.

“Our presence in the island is vital in carrying out the agencies thrust, which is zero accident and employing our mandate to secure the safety and seaworthiness of the all motorboat,” Carpio said.

Meanwhile, PP/Supt. Froilan Caturla congratulated the MARINA officials and all stakeholders for the new beginning and another milestone in the province.

“The new office is a big help for Dinagatnons especially the maritime industry in the island for they will no longer need to travel to Surigao City just to transact maritime permits and other related matters,” PP/Supt Caturla said.

Representatives from different national line agencies, provincial and municipal officials, motorboat operators, personnel from MARINA, PPA and the Phil. Navy witnessed the blessing and inauguration of the said office. (SDR/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


OWWA-Caraga holds IT training to 37 OFW dependents in Surigao Norte

By Sheamin Lae C. Dogmoc

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 29 (PIA) - Despite the rough distance in conducting on-site trainings, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga continues in mobilizing the initiative of bringing computer literacy to the outskirt communities especially for the dependents of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Last September 13-16,2016, an Information Technology (IT) training was held at ECE Training Center, Socorro, Surigao del Norte and enthusiastically participated in by 37 individuals mostly OFW dependents.

As the advent and the ubiquity of today’s technology became widespread, the IT training aims to give the participants the basic skills and knowledge to equip them technically for future job opportunities. Vincent Mahinay, the IT instructor, included the following specifications in the training modules: basic computer fundamentals 1 & 2, Internet Fundamentals, Word Processing, Spread Sheet, Power point Presentation and Digital Media Fundamentals. Moreover, he emphasized that the importance of the training was not just bounded by knowing the basic technicalities or to bridge the physical gap between them and their families abroad but also to promote literacy in utilizing the technology with prudence.

With heartfelt delight, the participants expressed their gratitude by saying that they are very fortunate to be part of the said training.

For those OFWs, beneficiaries and dependents that are interested on undergoing the same training, they can visit the OWWA-Caraga office. The agency also conducts the same training in the office. They may register and are required to submit the following: accomplished form with 1x1 photo, Proof of OWWA Membership (for OFWs) and Proof of Relationship to OFW (for beneficiaries and dependents). (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)