1.15.2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Butuanons to celebrate 118th anniversary of PH flag hoisting

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA) – The Butuanons will be celebrating the 118th anniversary of the formal and official hoisting of Philippine Flag in Mindanao on January 17, 2017 at the Guingona Park, this city.

Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada and Agusan del Norte 1st District Butuan City and Las Nieves representative Lawrence Law Fortun will be delivering their messages during the short program.

Butuan City Heritage Society President Greg Hontiveros will also give the rationale of said celebration.

Also, a re-enactment play of the historical value of official and formal hoiting of the Philippine Flag in Mindanao will be performed by Agusan National High School – Special Program for the Arts (ANHS-SPA). Community singing and releasing of balloons will then follow.

It can be recalled that the original flag that was first hoisted on May 28, 1898 and unfurled during declaration of independence on June 12, 1898, was currently being preserved at the Gen Emilio Aguinaldo Museum in Baguio City. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DTI funds P236M to 267 BuB projects

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga has funded a total of P236 million for the 267 projects in the region under the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB).

According to DTI Caraga regional director Brielgo Pagaran, in partnership with the local government units, a total of 267 projects were implemented since year 2014.

“The projects funded are those under the department’s menu such as the One Town One Product (OTOP) Store, Yaman Pinoy, Shared Service Facility, Rural Micro Enterprise Promotion, Industry Cluster and other business development activities,” disclosed Pagaran.

Pagaran further said that in Caraga, projects funded are on processed food, arts and crafts, manufacturing, trading and services.

“As of December 2016, DTI-BuB in the region has generated 2,650 jobs and developed/assisted 2,300 enterprises,” added Pagaran.  

The BuB is a national governments initiative that aims to contribute to poverty reduction and inclusive growth by making governance responsive to local needs and public resource allocation more efficient through the participation of grassroots in the budgeting process.

DTI is one of the implementing agencies for projects on the development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). (JPG/PIA-Caraga) 


Energy secretary assures full power restoration in typhoon-stricken areas

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA) - The Department of Energy (DOE) and its partners in the power sector are prioritizing the resumption of electricity in areas of Southern Luzon and Eastern Mindanao rendered without power by a series of typhoons.

“Our priority is to ensure that the restoration of power in typhoon-affected areas is on schedule. We have asked rehabilitation personnel to work double-time, especially in areas where power facilities were badly damaged,” said Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.

Based on the report of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) dated January 11, 2017, all transmission lines affected by Tropical Depression (TD) Auring in Caraga are now completely restored.

NGCP reported earlier that all transmission facilities affected by Typhoon Nina have been restored as well.

Distribution utilities in Dinagat Islands, Siargao, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur affected by TD Auring are now in the process of bringing back electricity services after NGCP worked to normalize transmission services in the said areas.

For its part, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) has reported that 80.69 percent or 1,368,040 of the total households affected by Typhoon Nina had already been re-energized as of 8:00 a.m. yesterday.

Earlier this week, electricity supply was restored in the provinces of Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, Camarines Norte and Sorsogon, NEA said.

A total of 322,818 households are undergoing rehabilitation in the following areas with the following level of restoration: Quezon (92.89 percent), Oriental Mindoro (98.44 percent), Marinduque (28.79 percent), Camarines Sur (47.68 percent), Albay (64.20 percent) and Catanduanes (31.65 percent).

“We understand and are one with our kababayans in the remaining areas still without power. We will make sure that electricity services in all areas are restored,” secretary Cusi said. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga’s abaca industry on the rise

By Fretcher D. Magatao

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA) - Abaca fiber in the region, particularly in the province of Agusan del Norte, will soon be saturating the local and foreign market as the Department of Agriculture-Caraga recently leads the groundbreaking ceremony for the establishment of a P15M abaca fiber warehouse with drying area at Santiago, Agusan del Norte.

The San Isidro Upland Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIUFMULCO) gained funding support from the DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) for its abaca fiber production and trading enhancement project with a total approved project cost of P31M, P16M of which is for the enterprise development component.

“Our membership has increased in the cluster areas since we started working for the realization of this project. Surely, many abaca farmers can benefit with this project,” said Leonora Mila, general manager of SIUFMULCO.

SIUFMULCO has five clusters in selected municipalities all over Agusan del Norte with a total membership of at least 600 abaca farmers. These clusters are operating in the municipalities of Santiago, Nasipit, RTR, Kitcharao and Cabadbaran City.

Farmers in the areas often encounter challenges with drying and stripping since the weather is unpredictable and the machine they have is old and at times the unavailability of an authorized person to do the stripping. All these concerns will be met because of the interventions provided by the project.

Planting materials, organic fertilizer, nursery and stripping machines will be equally distributed to the cluster areas as part of the provision of the project package. “With this project, farmers will be more inspired and idler lands will be planted with abaca,” Mila added.

Post-harvest facilities such as baling machine, forklift, wood pallets and push carts to enhance production of quality fiber were also included in the package. Two hauling trucks, moisture meter, and weighing scales would also support the efficient marketing and trading activities.

“This is the kind of project we need in the province. Our goal is not just to help, but also to encourage and influence other farmers to do more,” said Agusan del Norte provincial board member Victor Carmona.

The said facility will then serve as the standard grading and baling center accredited by the Philippine Fiber Development Authority (PhilFIDA). With this, SIUFMULCO is expecting more abaca traders coming from other provinces in Caraga including neighboring regions from Davao and Northern Mindanao because of the expansion of the abaca project.

Abaca is a great demand in the world market today since its material is being used for making security papers, paper money, ropes, insulators and other handicraft items.

The Department of Agriculture under the leadership of Secretary Manny Piñol, has been keen on reviving the Abaca Industry considering its potential in the local and global market.

“With the cooperation of local government units (LGUs) and farmer groups, we will continue to propose for more projects for the strengthening and development of viable agri-fishery enterprises through efficient value chains of key agriculture and fishery products,” said I-REAP component Head Lynn Pareñas. (RPCO-13/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Feature: 5th SLP Congress highlights success stories

By Mary Carmelle C. Jumawan

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA) – The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga recently held its 5th Annual SLP Congress in this city with the theme “Kwentong Makulay, Kwentong Tagumpay” (Colorful Stories, Stories of Success).

Wide array of activities were set to rejoice the huge efforts of the program participants toward self-sufficiency and appreciation to the program’s ultimate goal in alleviating poverty.

“The employees of DSWD are dynamic and beautiful,” DSWD Sec. Judy M. Judy Taguiwalo praised the crowd.

“The implementation of SLP and the way it helps the people to have their source of livelihood taught them to stand on their own feet and confidently rely on one self than on others,” said Taguiwalo.

After delivering her message, Sec. Taguiwalo did a booth hopping, along with DSWD Caraga regional director Minda Brigoli, and amiably interacted with the program participants and DSWD staff from each booth.

Photo Exhibit and Livelihood Bazaar

A two-day photo exhibit in Guingona Park has showcased the genuine stories of success. The stories have shown how change became preeminent when the program started to be part of their lives.

Sec. Taguiwalo commended on how the photo exhibit has showcased the five-year journey of SLP in helping the Caraganons attain sustainable livelihood.

“I’ve learned a lot from the photo exhibit. I’m amazed with the kind of projects that SLP can impart,” Sec. Taguiwalo expressed.

To provide a platform for income generation and to showcase the SLP products to a wider market, a two-day livelihood bazaar was conducted. Sec. Taguiwalo, along with director Brigoli, visited the booths wherein various products from the five provinces of Caraga region were displayed during the bazaar from food products, handicrafts, furniture and local delicacies.

Aside from the products displayed, nail care and massage services were offered by the program participants from Surigao City. The participants had also undergone a skills training and were provided with starter kits.

Takbong Makulay Para Sa Kwentong Tagumpay

A 5-kilometer Color Me Run served as the kick-off activity of the said week-long congress. The 200 participants gathered at Guingona Park which was the starting and finishing point of the said activity. They elatedly ran through the 5-kilometer course while getting hit with powdered paint that left them coated in neon colors.

After the colorful run, the participants attended a thanksgiving mass followed by a two-hour Zumba.

Tagisan ng Kasanayan

After the successful morning activity, a cooking contest was held. The aim is to showcase the cooking skills of the program participants. It is a venue for them to nurture their creativity and enhance professionalism in the workplace. They prepared a main course dish using the ingredients inside the mystery box.

Program participants from Surigao del Sur were hailed winner during the cooking competition and followed by the teams from Surigao del Norte and Province of Dinagat Islands, respectively.

Advocacy Festival and Bloodletting Activity

An advocacy festival has also colored the second day of the 5th Annual SLP Congress conducted in Guingona Park.

During the festival, the advocacy materials of the nine different programs or services of the agency were introduced to acquaint the general public.

A band presentation has concluded the festival. The winner of the recently concluded Kalahi-CIDSS song-writing contest Empty Space performed their song entitled ‘One’. Sabay Tayong Mangarap, the official jingle of DSWD-SLP Caraga composed and performed by Haystack band, arranged by Joseph Care Cabaltera and Simel Adam Amplayo was also played during the activity.

Social Entrepreneurship Symposium

To further enhance the entrepreneurial skills of the program participants, a technical session with Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Social Entrepreneurial Technique and Strategies was conducted before the grand gala. It was attended by 100 program participants venturing on different livelihood projects from the five provinces of the region.

The Grand Gala

A grand gala culminated the 5th Annual SLP Congress attended by partner national government agencies (NGAs), private partners and DSWD staff which aimed to recognize stakeholders who have contributed a lot in the program implementation.

The colorful gala was officially opened by director Brigoli. “The stakeholders deserve this celebration, It is necessary to give recognition to their efforts as we continue to strengthen our partnership. Thus, an SLP Congress will be celebrated annually,” Brigoli said.

As the event’s keynote speaker, Sec. Taguiwalo expressed her happiness for visiting Caraga and for witnessing the photo exhibit that highligts the incredible turnaround success stories of SLP program participants.

The official jingle of DSWD-SLP Caraga was also launched during the grand gala. The music video has showcased some of the remarkable livelihood projects of the program participants of SLP.

While the video was playing, loud cheer and grateful smiles filled the room and it gained a standing ovation from the audience, together with Sec. Taguiwalo and director Brigoli.

Part of the program was the “product walk” where the Field Project Development officers have modeled SLP Caraga products. The colorful and innovated plastic rattan handicrafts from the Province of Dinagat Islands were showcased during the product walk.

Brigoli did the finale walk and was joined by Sec. Taguiwalo who also received one of the handicrafts as a token of appreciation.

Further, commendation to stakeholder, NGAs and private partners was carried out. Awards were given to Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Mindanao R&D Consultants, Inc. (MRDC) and Winrock.

Started in 2011, the Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Sustainable Livelihood Program held an annual SLP congress to celebrate the successes of SLP program participants and in achieving the goal of the department which is uplifting the socio-economic status of program participants through engaging in micro-enterprises or employment. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)