11.27.2016

Friday, November 25, 2016


‘Orange Your Icon’ reinforces advocacy to end VAWC

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 25 (PIA) – The Department of Tourism in Caraga, through its campaign initiative to end violence against women and children (VAWC) dubbed ‘Orange Your Icon’, seeks to promote a VAW-free community in the tourism sector.

Accordingly, the advocacy initiative aims to raise awareness and consciousness in ending VAW through “oranging” famous and prominent tourism sites or attractions in the country. This creative advocacy effort also hopes to convey a message that the DOT together with its stakeholders in the industry encourages gender-responsiveness in Philippine tourism, which among others endeavors to promote safe and non-exploitative tourism activities.

Other organizations can participate by finding major landmarks or icons in specific area or community. The icon can be historical places, statues, monuments or buildings; talk to heads of agency, local government, corporate heads or building administrators to get support and ensure that they are willing to join the global activity for a cause; put orange decorations on chosen icon; use flags, streamers or banners or even paint the landmark into orange if possible, or use orange spotlights during the night.

Aside from employing creativity, an Orange Your Icon banner, which can be in printed in tarpaulin or sintra board, shall be displayed where the icon is located throughout the campaign period. Participating agencies or local government units may develop information, education and communication (IEC) materials related to the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW that can be given out or made visible to people visiting the area.

Orange Your Icon aims to strengthen the anti-VAW advocacy by enjoining new audiences to join the cause. The idea is to attract the public’s curiosity on why major landmarks or icons nationwide are colored orange, thereby providing opportunities for advocates to explain the Anti-VAW advocacy. This way, it can raise the awareness and consciousness of a wider audience in taking action on VAW as a public issue.

“By participating in this initiative, your organization is declaring your support to the anti-VAW advocacy and bringing the message of zero-tolerance for VAW to the public’s attention,” reiterated DOT officer-in-charge Mary Jean Camarin.

The advocacy campaign enjoins everyone to pursue the common vision of a VAW-free community and gives emphasis on everyone’s commitment and contributions in ending VAW. Also, DOT actively supports the collective effort to pursuing the vision of a VAW-free community by steering tourism sector involvement in the advocacy. (VLG/Phil. Commission on Women/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur guv supports IP representation in SP

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 25 (PIA) – Governor Vicente Pimentel Jr. has signed on Monday a resolution supporting the indigenous people's (IP's) mandatory representative at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

The governor said that the IP representation to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan should not be neglected because it was mandated under a memorandum-circular issued by then Interior and Local Government secretary Jesse Robredo that ordered mandatory representation of indigenous people’s organizations in legislative bodies.

It is expected the first IP representative will be chosen on the first quarter of 2017.

National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) provincial chief Engr. Charlyn Binghoy said the selection of the IP representative that will bring the voice of the Lumads to the legislative body is already on going. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DSWD Caraga turns over P4.8M infra project in Surigao Norte town

By April Mae N. Waban & Marko Davey D. Reyes

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Nov. 25 (PIA) – As part of the government’s role in local poverty reduction, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) Field Office Caraga inaugurated and turned-over six completed community sub-projects amounting to P4,856,000 to its beneficiary barangays in the municipality of Sta. Monica this province last November 3, 2016.

DSWD Caraga General Administration and Support Services Division (GASSD) Chief Ramel Jamen and Municipal Mayor Fernando Dolar along with Vice Mayor Arwela Dolar and Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members graced the inauguration and turn-over ceremony of the community sub-projects.

The said event was also witnessed by Barangay Captains, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers, and non-volunteers. Also, present were the Sub-Regional Program Management Office (SRPMO) staffs of Kalahi-CIDSS Caraga along with the Area Coordinating Team (ACT) of Sta. Monica.

The Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects include the following: 220 Linear-Meter Concrete Pathway in Barangay Abad Santos amounting to P738,000, 20 Units Solar-Powered Street Lights in Barangay Bailan amounting to P678,000,  220 Linear-Meter Concrete Pathway in Barangay Libertad amounting to P760,000, 25 Units Solar-Powered Street Lights in Barangay Mabini amounting to P842,000, 55 Linear-Meter Drainage Canal in Barangay Magsaysay amounting to P993,000 and 197 Linear-Meter Concrete Pavement in Barangay Rizal amounting to P845,000.

The municipality of Sta. Monica allotted an amount of P460,829 cash and in kind donation as counterpart for the realization and completion of the mentioned projects.

Elizabeth E. Alaba, a Procurement Team (PT) volunteer of Brgy. Garcia felt proud and happy to be able to witness the event.

“Malipayun ako nga mamahimung saksi sa maong aktibidad og isa sa instrumento sa kalambuan sa amung komunidad (I am happy to be one of the witnesses of this event and be an instrument for the development of my community),” said Alaba.

Barangay Sub-Project Committee Chairperson of Bailan, Deofelyn E. Escobal expressed her gratitude for the 20 Units Solar-Powered Street Lights now installed in their community.

“Dako ang akung pasalamat sa Kalahi-CIDSS kay natagaan na gajud ug kahayag ang amung mga mangitngit nga kagabhion, tungod niini naminusan gajud ang insidente sa droga sa amung barangay. Ako malipayun usab nga nakatabang sa paghimugso sa maong proyekto kaubanan sa akong mga co-volunteers (I am grateful for Kalahi-CIDSS because we finally have light during the night which in turn will lessen drug-related activities in our barangay. I am also happy to be part of the project’s successful implementation along with my co-volunteers),” Escobal shared.

“Dako usab ang akong pasalamat niining programa sa gobyerno kay nahatagan kami ug kaalam ug kapasidad sa pag implementar sa among mga proyekto inubanan sa pag-facilitate sa Kalahi-CIDSS Staffs. Busa kami nanghinaut nga aduna pa kami dugang nga proyekto, kay willing gihapon kami muserbisyo alang sa kalambuan sa amung mga komunidad (I am also grateful for programs like these of the government because we are capacitated to implement our development projects through the guidance of Kalahi-CIDSS Staffs. That’s why we hope that we will have more projects like this because we are still willing to volunteer for the development of our community)," she added.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the programs of DSWD which aims to empower communities and improve local governance to achieve sustainable and inclusive development. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


OWWA holds entrep training to 56 OFWs, dependents

By Sheamin Lae C. Dogmoc

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 25 (PIA) - In line with the objective of helping OFWs and their families in establishing viable business enterprises that will provide them with steady income stream and create employment opportunities, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga in partnership with Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has recently conducted the Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training (EEDT) to 56 OFWs and their dependents at the OWWA training hall for a day and half.

The participants of this training were the pre-screened eligible OFWs for the loan program offered for business ventures.

As part of the implementation scheme under the Enterprise Development and Loan Program (EDLP), the training aimed to capacitate the OFWs in their respective business ventures. Jean Mary Ronquillo, Overseas Workers Welfare Officer, gave an introduction and overview of the general objective of EDLP in which the loan program is part of. Gemma Clarin, Senior Trade and Industry Specialist of DTI, presented the Program Orientation and the Business Appreciation (POBA).

Clarin gave a brief lecture about the advantage and disadvantages of business venturing and helped the participants identify their respective personal entrepreneurial skills. She even emphasized the significance of this phase while deciding on any business venture. “You should decide as to what specific business you want to venture in line of course with the skills that you have or even to those who already have their existing businesses, you also need to decide and plan prior to your business expansion. You might as well assess or re-assess your entrepreneurial skills for it will be one of your aces to success,” said Clarin.

During the Program Orientation, Shermar Tayag and Rene Cezar Mejias of LBP facilitated the forum about the general scheme of the loan process. Questions were answered one at a time by the two LBP representatives.

Overwhelmed by all the inputs, participants then settled and expressed their gratitude for the given opportunity to ask and be answered.

Moreover, Clarin assisted the participants in crafting their business proposals after the forum. In general, the training was deemed as a relief to the participants. According to them, they now have a wider understanding of the process with the hope of a positive outcome on their ventures. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: DTI nagpagawas og bag-ong SRP ngadto sa mga konsumedor

Ni Regal C. Oribia

BUTUAN CITY, Nob. 25 (PIA) – Nagpagawas og bag-ong suggested retail price (SRP) ang Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB) ilalum sa Consumer Protection Group sa Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) para sa mga pang adlaw-adlaw na kinahanglanun nga palitunon og labi na sa pang noche buena sugod karon.

Matud pa ni Celestino L. Negapatan, ang DTI provincial director sa Surigao del Norte, nga ang pagpagawas sa SRP naglibkas sa 60 ka adlaw nga papatuman sa price freeze.

Kahinumduman, niadtong niaging Setyembre 4, 2016 miepekto ang price freeze sa nag-unang mga palitunon ubos sa direktiba ni presidente Rodrigo Duterte base sa Proclamation No. 55 nga gadeklara ug National State of Emergency on Account of Lawless Violence sa Mindanao.

Miingun si Negapatan nga natapos na ang price freeze niadtong Nobyembre 3 apan walay labot sa mga lugar nga gideklara ilalum sa state of calamity tungod sa epekto sa typhoon Karen ug Lawin sa Central ug Northern Luzon.

Sa mga konsyumer na gusto mangutana ug makabalo bahin sa SRP, pwede silang mubisita sa DTI website sa www.dti.gov.ph ug pwede pud muadto mismo sa opisina sa Simtoco Business Center, Burgos Street, ug pwede pod matawagan sa (086)826-6129/826- 2373. (SDR/PIA-Caraga)