Monday, December 12, 2016


NYC chair to meet IP youth in Caraga region

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 12 (PIA) – As the new National Youth Commission (NYC) chairperson and chief executive officer, and in support to the social agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration of bringing the government to the grassroots, Undersecretary Cariza Seguerra will be visiting places in Mindanao, specifically in Caraga region slated on December 12-13, 2016, to reach out the young Caraganons through consultations and to listen to their concerns and suggestions in achieving the agency’s mandate.

“It is necessary that the youth’s voice be heard, particularly the indigenous people (IP) and Moro youth so that youth development policies and programs are appropriately formulated and immediately addressed,” underscored Usec. Seguerra.

The consultative visit dubbed ‘Konsultahang Kabataan’ aims to gather and identify issues and concerns directly and indirectly affecting the youth in their respective communities which will be part of the Filipino Youth Development Agenda anchored on the Social Development Agenda of the present administration.

Apart from Usec. Seguerra’s visit in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte (Lumad areas in Mindanao), all in Caraga region, she is also expected to interface with the youth in the Moro areas in Mindanao on December 19-23, 2016 and in Cordillera region and Aeta areas on December 26-29, 2016.

The NYC is mandated to craft a national blueprint of youth development that is geared towards addressing the challenges that the youth encountered. This important responsibility of NYC is highlighted by the fact that the Phiippines is a young country where the youth, aged 15-30 years old, comprises 28 percent of the total population of 93.34M per National Statistics Office (NSO) 2010 data. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


DTI holds LIIC briefing to Surigao Norte town

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Dec. 12 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently conducted a briefing on the formulation of the Local Investments and Incentives Code (LIIC) to the local government unit of Sison held at the town's session hall.

Sison Mayor Karissa R. Fetalvero-Paronia said they have prioritized the crafting of the said investments and incentives code in order to attract private sector investments in the municipality that will hopefully create more employment opportunities.

Rodrigo R. Matabaran of DTI Surigao del Norte discussed during the briefing the objectives, benefits and processes of investment promotion, the legal basis as well as the basic framework in the formulation of the LIIC using the template being provided by the Board of Investments.

He emphasized that coming up with an investments and incentives code is one important thing to indicate the business friendly policy of the local government unit.

Matabaran, however stressed that the most crucial is the actual ground implementation of the vital provisions like the operationalization of an investment promotion office that will execute various investment promotion programs, projects and activities of the municipality among others.

It was agreed during the briefing that the Ways and Means Committee of the Sangguniang Bayan wil look into some important provisions of the draft biodiversity streamlined investment code which also is a required deliverables of the Biodiversity Partnership Project implemented by the Lake Mainit Development Alliance.

“They have to see to it that the LIIC has to be consistent with the economic development direction of the municipality as reflected in their Municipal Comprehensive Development Plan and the Municipal Comprehensive Land Use Plan,” said Matabaran. (DTI-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


10 AgSur ARBOs gather for CONVERGE project consultation

By Rechel D. Besonia

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, Dec. 12 (PIA) – A total of 10 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organization (ARBO) within the VETREBUNS ARC Cluster comprising the municipalities of Veruela, Trento, Bunawan and Sta. Josefa, all from this province attended the Farmers Consultation for Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Growth and Empowerment (CONVERGE) Project held recently at the HGC Tourist Inn here.

“I would like to thank the presence of different ARBOs for giving time to attend this activity. We are lucky that our province was also chosen as one of the recipient of this project. I hope that we will be able to successfully implement the program,” PARPO II Leoncio C. Bautista said during his message.

The Project ConVERGE is a rural development project that seeks to increase the income and productivity of farmers in Western, Northern Mindanao and CARAGA Region. It aims to reduce poverty incidence and the vulnerability of farmers through crop diversification and processing of raw materials to increase farm income, productivity and competitiveness of farmers.

The activity was attended by Jon Mercader, a consultant from International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicate rural poverty in developing countries.

“ConVERGE project aims to promote sustainable livelihood activities based on key commodities of Mindanao regions such as rice, rubber, coffee and cassava.” Mercader said. (DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: AgNor mopirma og Deed of Donation tali GIZ COSERAM

Ni Aimee B. Sienes-Sajor

BUTUAN CITY, Dis. 12 (PIA) - Makadawat ang probinsya sa Agusan del Norte og 12 ka unit ka brand new nga GPS Oregon 650 ug duha ka unit Toshiba TECRA CSO-8108E laptop gikan sa GIZ Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management (COSERAM) Program alang sa implementasyon sa proyekto nga Enhancing the Capacities of the Provincial, City and Municipal Planning Teams and Conflict Sensitive Resource Management in the Province.

Gihatagan og otoridad bag-ohay pa lamang sa Sangguniang Panlalalwigan sa Agusan del Norte si Provincial Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba aron sa pagpirma sa Deed of Donation tali sa probinsya ug sa GIZ COSERAM alang sa maong paghatag sa GPS ug laptops pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 046-2016, nga gipangamahanan ni Provincial Board Member Aquino W. Gambe.

Ang maong Deed of Donation kinahanglanon kini isip basehan sa donor, ang GIZ COSERAM, nga epektibong mabalhin ang maong mga GPS ug laptop ngadto sa probinsya alang sa planning ug mga programa sa probinsya, mga munisipyo ug syudad sa lalawigan. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Cebuano News: Agusan del Norte mananaog sa Annual National Quality Corn Achievers Award

Ni Ricellen B. Retiquez

BUTUAN CITY, Dis. 12 (PIA) - Gideklara nga 'hall of famer' ang Agusan del Norte sa corn production tungod sa tulo ka tuig ang lalawigan nahimong provincial awardee sa Annual National Quality Corn Achievers Award.

Karong tuiga, ang ika 12th Philippine National Corn Congress gihimo niadtong Nobyembre 15-18, 2016 didto sa The Farm @ Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City, South Cotabato, nga nagdala sa tema nga  “Sulong Maisan; Sapat na Pagkain ng Bayan.“ Upat ka laing probinsya nakadawat sa samang pasidungong sama sa: Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur (Rehiyon 1), Nueva Vizcaya (Rehiyon 2) ug Zamboanga (Rehiyon 9).

Personal nga gidawat sa inahan sa lalawigan, Gobernador Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante –Matba, ang ganti uban ni Bise Gobernador Ramon AG. Bungabong og Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members Elizabeth Marie R. Calo, Lucia E. Jundis, Dick Victor B. Carmona, Virgilio R. Escasiñas Jr. ug Benjamin D. Lim. Gidawat nila ang plake ug kantidad nga lima ka milyon ka pesos isip ganti sa maong pasidungong.

Sa samang higayon, gidawat ni Alvin P. Aclan ang plake ug kantidad nga 60 mil pesos isip Outstanding Provincial Agriculturist sa nasod ug ni Oscar S. Tuyor ang plake ug kantidad nga 50 mil pesos isip Outstanding Provincial Corn Coordinator sa nasod.

Atol sa maong programa gipasundayag ang success stories kalabot sa 4th NQCAA’s, diin apil niini ang video kuha sa Baranggay EG Montilla ug Pinaanan pulos sakop sa lungsod sa Las Nieves nga maoy pilot area sa corn production sa lalawigan. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)