Monday, November 14, 2016


New DepEd building to rise in Tandag

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 14 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) Tandag City Division is set to hold its ground breaking ceremony for its new two-storey building on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 8:00 A.M. here.

According to DepEd Schools Division Superintendent Gregoria Su, the building worth P10Million stands in a 2,000 square meter lot donated by the city government of Tandag in Sitio Balilahan, Barangay Mabua, this city.

The activity will be joined by the officials from the DepEd and the city government of Tandag led by City Mayor Alexander Pimentel, it was learned. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


PEEDMO Surigao Norte to hold youth convergence activity

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Nov. 14 (PIA) - The provincial government of Surigao del Norte through the Provincial Economic Enterprises Development and Management Office (PEEDMO) is set to hold a Youth Convergence Activity dubbed “Jari Na Kami!” on Dec. 3, 2016 to be held at the Provincial Sports Complex, this city.

The activity is anchored on the theme, “Pagtambayayong nan mga Batan-on para sa Karadjawan nan Surigao.”

PEEDMO Officer Graciela Mante said the activity aims to revitalize the zeal of the youth in contributing to various significant causes in the province, and will create awareness and intensify engagement to development programs in education, environment, economic empowerment, civic governance, sports and wellness.

“The event will be the first of its kind which will have exhibit booths from various organizations, sports clinic like karate, crossfit, frisbee and running. There are also live band and lecture series, and other worthwhile activities,” Mante said.

She further said that the event will also celebrate the 3rd anniversary of YSEAli Younified, a youth event celebrated all over the ten ASEAN countries.

Other lined-up activities include bloodletting, baking class, food booth, booksale/swap/donation, garage sale, free haircut, variety show, and liveband.

Expected participants are 18-35 years of age from the following sectors: students, out-of school youth, youth with disabilities, youth in interfaith organizations, youth in conflict-affected areas and young professionals. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DSWD-Caraga leads Children’s Month kick-off celebration

By Abegail R. Alvarez

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 14 (PIA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga led the kick-off celebration of the 24th National Children’s Month (NCM) on November 4, 2016 held at LJ Mega Convention Center, this city.

This year’s celebration bears the theme, “Isulong: Kalidad na Edukasyon Para sa Lahat ng Bata”.

Part of the activity is a holy mass at the St. Joseph Cathedral, followed by a motorcade and a program proper started at 9:00 A.M.

These activities were actively participated by the member agencies of the Regional Council for the Welfare of Children (RCWC).

In her inspirational message, DSWD Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli, emphasized the significance of celebrating children’s month every November.

“It is significant to note that the theme is aligned with DSWD’s efforts in ensuring that the rights of children are upheld and protected and all of them are provided with a quality of life,” said Brigoli.

“The DSWD as an agency that gives priority to the poorest of the poor, in the same vein we do recognize that the rights of children who come from the poor and marginalized sectors of Philippine society must be given priority,” she added.

On the other hand, Flora Mae Maglasang, former resident of Home for Girls emotionally shared her experience from childhood.

“Grabe kalisod sa akong na-agian, gibiyaan ko sa akung amahan grade 1 pa lang ko hangtud nga nakasulod ko sa home for girls. Naningkamut ko nga makahuman ko sa pag-eskwela pinaagi sa pag-avail sa scholarship tungod kay wa’y kapas nga maka-eskwela ang akong inahan (Life is not easy for me, my father left me when I was in Grade 1 and then was brought to Home for Girls. I strived hard to pursue my dreams through taking scholarship because my mother can’t afford sending me to school),” shared Maglasong.

“Kung nagpadala lang ko sa kalisod na akung na-agian sauna, dili ko mahimong maestra karung panahona (If I allowed poverty to hinder my dreams, I will not become a teacher now),” she shared.

Furthermore, the DSWD in partnership with the RCWC members will conduct the Children’s Congress this coming November 29, 2016.

The 24th National Children’s Month (NCM) Celebration in November 2016 is pursuant to Republic Act 10661, otherwise known as “National Children’s Month Act.” The declaration commemorates the adoption of the convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DSWD Caraga wins infographics contest

By Abegail R. Alvarez

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 14 (PIA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Social Marketing and Planning Units won the contest on Best Display of Statistical Practices Using Infographics during the 27th National Statistics Month (NSM) Celebration.

The award was given during the closing celebration of the said activity led by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Regional Statistical Services on October 28, 2016 held at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

Part of the guidelines of the said contest is to present statistical information of the department from 2014 to the present through Infographics and the display should include excellent renditions of all the necessary elements of statistical information that are highly attractive and compatible with the data presented. The contest is open to all Regional Line Agencies whose offices are located in the city.

While the criteria for judging are the following; content (50 percent), visual appeal (30 percent), and mechanics (20 percent) with a total of 100 percent.

With this, the department received Certificate of Recognition and a cash prize amounting to P7,000. While the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) won the second and third place, respectively. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)