Tuesday, January 24, 2017

P15M abaca fiber warehouse underway

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 24 (PIA) - A P15 million abaca fiber warehouse with drying area will soon rise in the municipality of Santiago, Agusan del Norte.

The provincial government of Agusan del Norte in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA)–Caraga Regional Office is building this project with the aim of boosting the abaca fiber production in the province and meet the increasing market demand in the region.

A ground-breaking ceremony was recently conducted with the presence of Provincial Board Member Dick Victor B. Carmona, Provincial Engineer Renato Corvera, Provincial Planning and Development Officer Rofel T. Cabaltera and Provincial Technical Working Group, and other officials of the DA Regional Office. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Agusan del Norte receives P10M medical health assistance from DOH

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 24 (PIA) - The provincial government of Agusan del Norte recently inked an agreement with the Department of Health (DOH), Regional Office XIII for the availment of the medical health assistance in the amount of P10,000,000.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan authorized Provincial Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba, through Sanggunian Resolution No.011-2017, authored by Provincial Board Member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo, to sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by and between the province and the DOH for the said medical health assistance that will cater to the indigent and poor patients seeking medical and health care services in the provincial, district and municipal hospitals managed by the provincial government.

This program is advantageous to the health and welfare of the underprivileged patients of the province.

The said MOA is an essential document for an effective and efficient system of implementation inclusive of a systematic reimbursement process for LGU managed-hospitals. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DepEd Surigao Norte triumphs in global tilt

By Gersim L. Luminatac

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 24 (PIA) - Seven science investigatory projects (SIP) from DepEd Division of Surigao del Norte were merited Gold Award as proclaimed during the 2016 ICAN (International Invention, Innovation Competition in Canada) held recently at North York Memorial Community Hall, Toronto, Canada.

The lemoneric ointment from Claver National High School in Claver town adjudged as Best Invention and was awarded with a trophy and a diploma of excellence from Romanian Inventors Association.

The said event was organized by the Toronto International Society of Innovation and Advanced Skills (TISIAS) and supported by the International Federation of Inventors’ Association (IFIA) and World Invention Intellectual Property Associations (WIIPA).

The project proponents received gold medallions and award certificates.

The journey of Surigaonon Inventors in ICAN 2016 was indeed a great success in showing their winning inventions, innovative products as well as scientific research projects in the global arena. (DepEd-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DOE strengthens sector-wide disaster response system

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 24 (PIA) - To manifest that the various components of the country's energy sector are all up to speed, the Department of Energy (DOE) continued its series of Disaster Response Protocol Workshops held yesterday at the Fiesta Hall of the National Power Corporation (NPC) headquarters in Quezon City.

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi asserted that “all industry participants must be attuned to the existing nationwide disaster response system of the energy sector.”

During the series of workshops and international dialogues about energy resiliency, Sec. Cusi emphasizedthat “the energy sector has long been implementing protocols to address and respond to calamities and disasters that take their toll on vital energy infrastructures.”

"The DOE continues to update its system of protocols, advance notifications and quick-response strategies to fit the country’s current requirements," Sec. Cusi asserted.

At the Protocol Workshop, DOE Undersecretary Felix William B. Fuentebella highlighted that “the primary objective is for the energy sector to periodically review the implemented and established system of rules to effect the correct and appropriate conduct and procedures to be followed by the industry stakeholders.”

During the workshop, the DOE, NPC, National Electrification Administration (NEA), the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), Aboitiz Power Corporation, and Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) presented their respective standard operational procedures (SOPs) for disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM).

The presentations of the agencies specifically outlined the strategies and methods they are observing during and after calamities including the recommendations on how to improve the efficiency of all distribution utilities.

Among those who also attended and participated in the workshop were DOE Usec. Raul B. Aguilos, Usec. Petronilo L. Ilagan, Engr. Arwin L. Ardon aside from energy family officials and representatives from the DOE, NPC, NEA, NGCP, Aboitiz Power and MERALCO.

Sec. Cusi has consistently emphasized that the DOE will and is proactively advocating energy resiliency in the face of the frequent and disastrous occurrences of natural and human-induced calamities in the country.

The Secretary has been reiterating the need for the sector to be vigilant in upgrading its best practices in DRRM, so as to make them more responsive and adaptable to the highly evolving realities on the ground.

“The DOE has been regularly convening the industry partners to mainstream climate change adaptation in connection with DRRM strategies in the sector. This is to reduce the vulnerability of vital energy systems to the destructive effects of calamities.”

The Secretary revealed his plan to include climate change resilience in the agenda of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue, which will be sponsored by the Philippines in August of this year.

"The DOE will make sure that the Philippines is prepared to showcase its own workable and effective energy model before the Asian community," Sec. Cusi concluded. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)


Search for Pantawid Pamilya 'Modelong Ama' officially opens

By Ryan Malbas Tapayan

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 24 (PIA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga through the Regional Program Management Office (RPMO) of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program officially started the provincial field validation of the nominees for the Regional Search for Modelong Ama 2017.

Official contenders for the regional search are from the following cities and municipalities: Mangagoy, Surigao del Sur; Placer, Surigao del Norte; Remedios T. Romualdez, Agusan del Norte; Sta. Josefa, Agusan del Sur; and Libjo, Dinagat Islands.

The said search aims to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment pursuant to Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women, as it adheres to promoting women’s rights and eliminating gender discrimination in its systems, structures, policies, programs, and processes. It also observes to the DSWD Gender and Development (GAD) mainstreaming framework as embodied in Administrative Order No. 5 series of 2012, which supports the enhancement of internal processes, systems and strategies for GAD mainstreaming, and of mechanism for gender responsive programs and services.

While the program is considered as having a “woman’s face”, with 89 percent of its cash grantees constituting women, it also recognizes that there is a growing need to partner with men to achieve transformed gender relations among Pantawid Pamilya households.

DSWD Caraga OIC Regional Director Mita Chuchi Gupana-Lim said that Pantawid Pamilya should serve as an avenue to achieving gender equality.

“The program believes that men should be made partners in pushing for and achieving women’s empowerment and gender equality by concretely contributing to advocacies against gender-based discrimination and gender-based violence within families and communities,” Lim said.

The search for Modelong Ama of Pantawid Pamilya is one way to rally support from amongst men to champion GAD and women empowerment. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Baha sa Caraga region nagsimula ng humupa, mga nasalanta nasa evacuation centers pa

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Enero 24 (PIA) - Tumigil na ang ulan sa ibat-ibang probinsya ng Caraga region at nagsimula na ring humupa ang baha, subalit mga apektadong pamilya at indibidwal ay nasa mga evacuation centers pa sa kasalukuyan.

Matatandaan na noong Huwebes ay nasa red alert status ang Caraga region nang umabot na sa 3.14 meters ang lebel ng tubig sa Agusan River at agad na nagdeklara ng forced evacuation ang Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) sa mga lugar na apektado ng baha upang masigurong ligtas ang mga residente sa ibat-ibang barangay.

Ayon kay RDRRMC chairperson at Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga regional director Rosauro Arnel Gonzales Jr., nagsimula na rin ang relief operations na pinangungunahan ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) kasama ang Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), at ibat-ibang ahensya ng gobyerno para sa mga pamilya at indibidwal sa mga barangay.

Sa Agusan del Sur, umabot sa mahigit 13,000 ang apektadong indibidwal kung saan pinakamarami ang munisipyo ng Loreto, sinundan ng Veruela, Esperanza, La Paz, San Luis, Bunawan, Trento, San Francisco, Talacogon at Sibagat. Ang mga nasabing bayan ay nagsimula na ring makatanggap ng relief operations ng gobyerno.


Inalis na ang suspensyon ng mga klase sa Cabadbaran City at Las Nieves ng Agusan del Norte, pati na rin sa Surigao City at buong probinsya ng Surigao del Norte, Loreto at Cagdianao ng Dinagat Islands, at iba pang lugar sa rehiyon. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)