DepEd Surigao Sur celebrates 56th anniv
By Nida Grace P. Barcena
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 27 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) Surigao del Sur Division celebrated recently its 56th Anniversary with the theme, "Soaring High with Leaders of Vision and Excellence in 56th Years and Beyond."
The celebration was highlighted with the State of the Division Address wherein several accomplishments and achievements were enumerated.
Supt. Marilou Dedumo said several projects were implemented like the improvement of school building facilities intended for the Junior and Senior High Schools, hiring of new teachers and promotion of around 400 personnel.
Dedumo also thanked the provincial government officials led by Governor Vicente Pimentel, as well as Congressmen Johnny Pimentel and Prospero Pichay for alloting a total of P19M worth of financial support.
Part of the celebration is the awarding and recogniton of the outstanding teachers and schools and partner stakeholders. Other activities were the search for Miss Educator 2016 and raffle draw to all DepEd personnel. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)
Former rebels in AgSur receive cash assistance anew
PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Dec. 27 (PIA) – Some 13 Former Rebels (FRs) enrolled in the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) of the government received their Livelihood Assistance and Immediate Cash Assistance amounting to P50,000 and P15,000, respectively held recently at the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Provincial Capitol, Patin-ay, this municipality.
Vice Governor Samuel Tortor who was assisted by DILG Provincial Director Arlene Anne Sanchez, PSWDO Razel Montemor, and 26IB Commanding Officer LTC Rommel Pagayon personally handed over the cash assistance with a total amount of P65,000 for each beneficiary. Two of them who surrendered an extra M16 and a Garand rifle, aside from their own rifles, also received additional 90,000 cash as additional firearms remuneration.
The surrender of the former NPAs was made possible by the 26th Infantry Battalion (26IB), 3rd Special Forces Battalion and 401st Brigade with the Agusan Sur PNP Provincial Office.
At present, there are more than 300 FRs in the province who have benefited from the CLIP and have started a new life with their love ones. They are calling their former NPAs comrades to go down with their firearms so that they will have something to start with and prove to themselves that they were treated well by the soldiers who were in fact too accommodating and helpful to them.
“This is an opportunity for them to go back to their families and start a new life. The province has a program to complement what is due them from the CLIP and the Army will also help,” said 401st Brigade Commander Col. Cristobal Zaragoza. (401st Brigade, Phil. Army/PIA-Agusan del Sur)
401st Brigade celebrates AFP day with gift-giving
PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Dec. 27 (PIA) – To highlight the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP's) 81st Anniversary, some 50 Indigenous Peoples (IP) households and 150 children from selected IP communities in the barangays of San Jose, Puting Buhangin and Awa of this municipality were recently treated by the Army’s 401st Brigade to a simple Gift-giving Christmas activity.
A bundle of gift of assorted goods and rice was distributed to each of the households while they were being entertained with Christmas carols rendered by the 401st Brigade Band led by Capt. Jasper Gacayan. The soldiers were joyfully welcomed and cheered by the populace as they sung together with the band.
“The mission of your Brigade is to bring peace and joy to everyone,” said 401st Brigade Commader Col. Cristobal Zaragoza.
The goods were part of the proceeds of the caroling done by the combo during this yuletide season. (401st Brigade, PA/PIA-Agusan del Sur)
DAR Surigao Norte conducts consultative meeting
By Daryll M. Tumbaga
SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Dec. 27 (PIA) - The provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Surigao del Norte (DAR-SDN) conducted a one-day consultative meeting with coconut farmers through its assisted agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) on December 8, 2016 at the Claver Women’s Center in Claver town.
The meeting focused solely on the economic benefits and interests that coconut farmers can avail from the Project Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (Project CONVERGE), a joint endeavor of the DAR and International Fund for Agricultural Development.
IFAD consultant Ton Mercader facilitated the said consultation meeting and at the same time presented to the group the feasibility study on coco coir product processing.
The said meeting was participated by the DAR-assisted ARBOs that included Claver Coconut Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative (CLACOFARMCO) of Daywan, Claver; San Isidro Multi-purpose Cooperative of San Isidro, Gigaquit; Cabugao First Farmers Agra Consumers Cooperative of Cabugao, Bacuag; and Mabini United Farmers’ Cooperative of Mabini, Placer.
Present also were the coco farmer-members of Pautao Coconut Farmers Association of Brgy. Pautao, Bacuag and San Antonio Women’s Association of Brgy. San Antonio, Gigaquit.
The said ARBOs represented the municipalities that comprise the CLAGIBAPLA (Claver-Gigaquit-Bacuag-Placer) clustered Agrarian Reform Communities.
According to Elmo Espinosa, manager of CLACOFARMCO, “being the lead ARBO, we are very happy and elated with the coming of Project CONVERGE in our area. It is a very big project and opportunity for the farmers in CLAGIBAPLA.”
“It will be a very big help to the farmers because of the direct additional income that it can generate that will at least help uplift the economic status of our coco farmers,” he added. (DAR-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)