Tuesday, October 25, 2016


CARAT Expo 2016 highlights various activities in 5 days

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 25 (PIA) – The Caraga Agricultural Trade and Marketing (CARAT) Exposition set on November 9-13, 2016 is highlighted with various activities at Robinsons Place Atrium, this city.

Vivian Durano, event coordinator of CARAT expo said that the event is expected to draw 5,000 visitors across the country and the ASEAN. Some 40 exhibitors will also be joining during the five-day exposition.

“There will be products display, trading, business encounters, skills competitions, cooking demonstrations, contests and live band party, which all Caraganons and tourists will surely enjoy. The contests will focus on eating, cooking, table setting, pop dance, singing, bartending, and fruit carving,” enumerated Durano.

Durano further disclosed that day 1 (Nov. 9) will feature Lobster Festival; day 2 (Nov. 10) will be the Fruits and Veggies Day; day 3 (Nov. 11) is AquaMarine Day/Sinuglaw Festival; day 4 (Nov. 12) is Livestock Day/Lechon Festival; and day 5 (Nov. 13) is Coco/Palay/Tubers Day/Palagsing Festival.

This year's CARAT Expo is anchored on the theme "Enhancing Caraga's Agri- Aqua Industry Towards Global Competitiveness." (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DAR, PCIC offer crop insurance program to farmer-groups in AgNor

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 25 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan del Norte in partnership with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) conducted nine rounds of seminar on the Risk Mitigation and Management for Agricultural Investment and Crop Insurance Education Training to nine eligible Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) from different towns in the province on September 20 to October 7, 2016.

Nearly 300 farmer-beneficiaries consisted of cooperative officers, admin staff and coop members actively participated in the proceedings as they gained low-cost crop-insurance packages with an array of benefits.

The activity aimed to make farmer-groups understand the crop insurance program of the government and encourage them to insure their crops to avoid losses brought by natural calamities, pest and diseases, and climate change.

DAR-PCIC Point Person Luningning Buque-Ycoy said “the agricultural insurance is anchored to the DAR’s Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP).”

“The DAR helms in identifying eligible ARBs to avail the package of credit assistance coupled with agricultural insurance,” Ycoy added.

PCIC Resource Person Ernesto Chaves said providing agricultural insurance to the farmers will mitigate the possibility of farm-losses associated with extreme weather events such as drought or typhoons and other calamities.

“Ang crop insurance usa ka oportunidad kanamo mga mag-uuma aron ma-secure ang among tanum batok sa katalagman ug kampante na ang among huna-huna (The crop insurance is a great opportunity for many farmers to secure our crops and give us peace of mind)," said Lucita C. Onde of Duque ARB Cooperative (DAREBCO).

The crop protection is one of the DAR’s mandate in the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) to mitigate the risk involved in agricultural production. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DepEd Butuan to hold ICT literacy training, workshop

By Mariza A. Arjona

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 25 (PIA) – With the purpose to prepare the school Information and Communication Technology (ICT) coordinators in delivering ICT skills to students, the Department of Education (DepEd) Butuan City division is set to conduct a three-day division ICT literacy training and workshop on November 9 to 11 here.

DepEd Butuan City schools division superintendent Arsenio T. Cornites Jr., said the three-day workshop would capacitate the division’s ICT teachers with appropriate technologies that would enhance the teaching-learning process and meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Also, Cornites said that with the conduct of the three-day workshop, it will help increase the extent to which the technology is used by teachers by incorporating technology skills into the school curriculum.

“It will make teachers use ICT knowledge to add value to society and the economy by applying it to solve complex, real-world problems,” Cornites said.

This will also help them (teachers) to innovate and produce new knowledge, and benefit from this new knowledge, he added.

The workshop will be participated by school ICT coordinators and alternates for both elementary and secondary level in the division. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


AgNor to receive equipment from GIZ-COSERAM

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 25 (PIA) - The provincial government of Agusan del Norte is set to receive 12 units brand new Oregon 650 GPS and two units Toshiba TECRA CSO-8108E laptops from the GIZ Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management (COSERAM) Program for the implementation of the project: Enhancing the Capacities of the Provincial, City and Municipal Planning Teams and Conflict Sensitive Resource Management in the Province.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Agusan del Norte recently authorized Provincial Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba to sign the Deed of Donation by and between the province and GIZ COSERAM for the said GPS and laptops through Sanggunian Resolution No. 046-2016, authored by Provincial Board Member Aquino W. Gambe.

Said deed of donation is needed to serve as basis for the donor, GIZ COERAM, to effectively transfer the said set of equipment to the province for its proper utilization in the planning program of the province and its municipalities and city. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Tagalog News: Mga ahensya ng gobyerno nagbigay serbisyo sa may 3,000 IPs sa bayan ng Santiago, Agusan Del Norte

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Okt. 25 (PIA) – Umabot sa 3,000 indigenous peoples (IPs) ang nakabenipisyo sa Serbisyo Peace Caravan na ginanap sa Barangay Poblacion covered court, Santiago, Agusan del Norte kamakailan.

Ang Serbisyo Peace Caravan ay pinangunahan ng 4th Infantry Division ng Philippine Army, Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAAP), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), lokal na pamahalaan ng Santiago, kasama ang ibang ahensya ng gobyerno.

Maliban sa dental, medical at circumcision services, tumanggap din ang mga IPs at residente ng mga falcata seedlings galing sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), food curls at baby foods, buntis kits, jerry cans, at hygiene kits galing sa Departmentof Health (DOH) at training certificates ng Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA).

Ayon kay Lieutenant Colonel Glenn Joy Aynera, commanding officer ng 29th Infantry Battalion ng Philippine Army, sa pamamagitan ng serbisyo peace caravan, mararamdaman ng ibat-ibang sektor sa lipunan lalung-lalo na ang IPs ang malasakit ng gobyerno na matugunan ang kanilang pangangailangan. Kabilang rin umano ito sa mga paraan sa pagtupad ng six-point peace and development agenda sa administrasyon ni pangulong Rodrigo Duterte.

Dagdag pa ni Colonel Aynera, buo ang suportang ibinibigay ni Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba sa mga aktibidades na katulad nito. Binibigyang-atensyon umano ng gobernadora ang mga kinakailangang maibigay na serbisyo sa komunidad ng nasabing probinsya.

Binigyang-diin din ni Gov. Matba ang importansya at kahalagahan ng partisipasyon ng komunidad sa programa ng gobyerno. Ayon kay Matba, walang perpektong gobyerno subalit nagiging maayos at mapayapa umano ito kung mayroong pagkakaisa at kooperasyon. Dagdag pa ni Matba, aala umanong gobyerno kung wala ang mga tao sa lipunan.

Laking pasasalamat din ni Mayor Franklin Lim sa lahat ng ahensya ng gobyerno na maagang nagsidatingan sa Santiago covered court at nagbigay agad ng ibat-ibang serbisyo sa mga IPs at residente doon. Pinasalamatan din niya ang hanay ng Philippine National Police (PNP) at Armed Forces of the Philippines  (AFP) sa patuloy na pagbabantay sa kanilang area of responsibility upang mapanatiling payapa at matiwasay ang pamumuhay ng mga residente.

Samantala, pinarangalan din ang may 22 rebel returnees na kabilang sa Comprehensive Local Integration Program o CLIP beneficiaries. Pinangunahan naman ni Lieutenant Colonel Cristobal Zaragoza, commander ng 401st brigade, Philippine Army ang oath-taking of allegiance ng nasabing rebel returnees. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)