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Wednesday, January 4, 2016

DTI facilitates back to back skills training in Siargao Island

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 4 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently facilitated a simultaneous Cocosugar Production Skills Training and Training on Seashells Craft Making cum Packaging and Labeling in Barangay Don Paulino in Dapa town, Siargao Island.

According to DTI Trade and Industry Development Specialist Ninebeth A. Romo-Balighot, the activity, which was participated by identified women group/association in the locality, aimed to develop and enhance the skills of the women in making cocosugar and shell craft products.

Balighot said the Sta. Fe Women Association and Don Paulino Craft-Makers Association are both recipients of the Bottom-up-Budgeting (BuB) Program funded by the DTI.

She said beneficiaries were provided with the starter kits and expected to continually process and produce their respective products then initially sell them in the locality for the locals and tourists.

Balighot further said that BuB program aims to increase beneficiaries’ household income and reduce poverty in the locality through sustainable economic activities.

“There are still upcoming BuB projects to be conducted and implemented in Siargao Island for the year 2017, such as skills and entrepreneurial trainings, capability building and provision of starter kits,” Balighot added. (DTI-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


News Feature: PDRRMC Agusan del Norte achieves 2016 target

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 4 (PIA) - Agusan del Norte is not among the top ten provinces prone to devastating disasters. Typhoons seldom occur in the province but when it strikes Northern Mindanao especially in the neighboring provinces, it causes the Agusan River bank and other nine rivers within the province to overflow which results to flash floods.

The lessons learned from the past disasters became the province's drive to exert efforts in ensuring that our communities will be well prepared and disaster-resilient. As mandated by Republic Act 10121 also known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction, the province headed by governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba continued to adopt a disaster risk reduction and management approach that is proactive in lessening the socio-economic and environment impacts of disaster and promotes the involvement and participation of all sectors and all stakeholders at all levels to specifically respond to the different aspects involved in disaster risk management.

For the year 2016, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) of Agusan del Norte has successfully achieved its targeted goals and earned commendable accomplishments in the implementation its plans and programs geared towards a disaster resilient communities.

PDRRMO officer Erma Suyo said, the achievements and awards could not be possible without the support from the municipal DRRMCs, partner government agencies, civil society organizations (CSOs), non-government organizations (NGOs) and other support groups such as the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Army.

Among the notable 2016 accomplishments that the PDRRMC has achieved are as follows:

ON DISASTER PREVENTION AND MITIGATION

A risk financing mechanism was implemented together with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) with a total of 375 farmers now insured, having 374.75 hectares of rice land and 54 herds livestock amounting to P630,974.57. The initiative was realized due to the council’s recognition that disasters can cause not only loss of lives and damage to properties but also impairing economic activity of the affected community.

Environmental Management. Due to the council’s acknowledgment on the importance and protection of the environment and natural resources and to avoid degradation and combat the effects of climate change, the council through its PDRRMO facilitated a tree growing activity at Libas Relocation Site during the Araw ng Agusan del Norte that was participated by the provincial employees. 

Infrastructure Resilience. To have a resilient infrastructure, a construction of Slope Protection Project was also completed at Brgy. Lapucon in the municipality of Kitcharao.

ON DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

Development and Establishment of DRR Database. A risk profile was made through the facilitation of the staff from Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP), which is part of the formulation of the Provincial DRRM Plan CY 2017-2021. Five municipalities participated in the risk profiling namely: Cabadbaran City, Jabonga, Carmen, Magallanes and Las Nieves.

The PDRRMO through the Training Section has started to establish the database on trained responders, with around 50 percent completion.

For 2017, PDRRMO also proposed to develop a Provincial DRRM Database by employing enumerators to do data field collection to 11 component LGUs of the province. This initiative will result to having a web-based DRRM information system in the future.

Provincial DRRM Plan. The formulation of the Provincial DRRM Plan CY 2017-2021 also started with a Training Needs Assessment (TNA) and Scoping Report Validation Activity last December of 2015.

As a result of the TNA, series of leveling off activities were conducted by the CDP on March 2016, which leads to DRRM Planning Workshop on May and Writeshop on June 2016. These results to 90 percent completion of the DRRM plan with some data needed to be collected from the remaining LGUs who have not participated in the process.

Contingency Plan. A Contingency Plan formulation workshop was also conducted on October 18-21, 2016 and was facilitated by the OCD. The result of the workshop is a draft Contingency Plan for Typhoon, which leads to the conduct of series of cluster meetings to finalize the cluster, plans which are the main component of the Contingency Plan. As of the moment, a 50 percent completion on the said plan is waiting for the finalization of the cluster plans by the different cluster lead agencies and offices of the province.

In support to other LGUs, the council through PDRRMO sent staffs to facilitate Brgy. Contingency Planning Workshop for the 19 Barangays of the municipality of Nasipit.

Also, the PDRRMC provided support to the various DRR-CCA programs to include the institutionalization of the YOUNG-ADNERT (Youth Operative in Urgency Nurturing Goodwill – Agusan del Norte Emergency Response Team). On April 14-16, 2016 at CSU Cabadbaran campus, the YOUNG ADNERT has established province-wide set of officers having Ms. Franchettee Marie Adlao as the federation president.

During the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month last July, a Youth Forum held at Provincial Training Center was conducted and was attended by the YOUNG ADNERT members coming from the different schools in the province.

Aside from that, a Province-wide Quiz Bee and DRR Short 'Film Making Contest were also conducted which was participated by 35 participating schools for the Quiz Bee and 12 participating schools for the Short Film Making. This endeavor is in partnership with Department of Education - Division of Agusan del Norte and Cabadbaran City Division.

Trainings. A CBDRRM Training of Trainers (TOT) was also conducted for NSTP students of Agusan del Norte as well as the School DRRM Coordinators. All the trained students and teachers will be part of the pool of trainers as additional workforce of Agusan del Norte PDRRMC in conducting CBDRRM to the secondary schools as well as to different communities within the province.

Another CBDRRM TOT was conducted in partnership with PhilDHRRA last September to October at Amontay Beach Resort in Nasipit and was participated by five barangays coming from the municipalities of Las Nieves and RTR. These barangay officials and community volunteers will now be hands on in capacitating their respective barangays while having opportunities to be of help to other neighboring barangays in ensuring that no community will be left behind in DRRM capacity enhancement.

Also, the Provincial CBDRRM Training Team together with the trained NSTP students went hand in hand in conducting CBDRRMP to the high-risk barangays such as: Brgy. San Roque, Kitcharao; Host barangays of Agata Mining Ventures, Inc. (AMVI); Paz Y Desarrollo beneficiary barangay; and Social Action for Justice and Peace beneficiary barangay.

A Bansay-13 Project also initiated the first activity, which is the conduct of CBDRRM, which were participated by the community representatives from Brgy. Mat-i, Brgy. Poblacion and Brgy. San Roque. The conduct of this CBDRRM is in partnership with PhilDHRRA who handled the documentation of the said activity. Those community volunteers from Las Nieves who underwent CBDRRM TOT were now being tapped as one of the facilitators and were given modules for discussion, which were then being monitored by the Provincial and Municipal CBDRRM trainers. The Bansay-13 Project is a convergence of 13-riverside barangays of the municipality of Las Nieves.

Institutionalization of Incident Command System. The province initiated the conduct of clustered ICS training in order to organize the Local DRRMCs in handling disaster response with coordinated actions with different groups. Applying ICS at all levels will help the province in avoiding the same mistakes did in the past incidents.

In 2016, the council institutionalized the Incident Command System to the barangay level through the conduct of ICS Executive Course for all brgy. Captains and kagawad, which was held, last March 18 at Provincial Training Center with attendance of 71 participants from different LGUs of the province.

The council also realized the importance of having another set of Provincial Incident Management Team (IMT) in order to support the first batch of IMT. Therefore, the Basic ICS Training was conducted for ADNERT and PDRRMC members and was followed by 29th Infantry Battalion’s training on Map Reading and Land Navigation all for IMT members. Basic ICS training was conducted also for PNP Special Action Force at Santiago in order for them to have basic orientation on how they as a group would blend into an ICS organization whenever they will be deployed to an incident.

For the first batch of Provincial IMT, they conducted their Team Building and Table Top Exercise in order to review their functional responsibilities on various positions as well as enhance teamwork within an IMT organization.

One of the most important things that the Council is trying to do is to incorporate awareness messages across all programs to ensure that communities, public and private institutions are aware of their risks and understand that there are ways to protect themselves.

The PDRRMC is an active partner in conducting fire and earthquake drills and simulations to municipal LGUs, line agencies, business establishments and schools within the province. In the relevant year, the province supported the conduct of Quarterly National Simultaneous Earthquake Drills into different ceremonial sites such as Santiago Municipal Hall, Buenavista Municipal Hall, DPWH Agusan del Norte and Provincial Health Office respectively.

Another drill called flood drill was also conducted at Brgy. La Paz, Santiago that was participated by the barangay council and community members of La Paz. Bomb Threat Awareness and Drill was also being performed in the Provincial Capitol through the PNP Bomb Squad of the province.

Just recently, the 4th Province-wide Rescue Exercise was conducted and attended by 10 participating teams of YOUNG ADNERT and four teams from partner line agencies. These annually conducted activity aimed to hone the skills and enhance the rescue capabilities of all trained response teams, YOUNG ADNERT members and partner agencies by comparing and competing with others and established rapport and camaraderie.

Search for Disaster Resilient LGUs (Localized Gawad Kalasag). Another initiative of the PDRRMC is the facilitation of the Search for Disaster Resilient LGUs dubbed as Localized Gawad Kalasag. For year 2016, the participating entries were as follows: (Municipal Category) – Las Nieves (who got Silver), Cabadbaran City (who got Silver), Carmen (who got Bronze) and Magallanes and Kitcharao (for Citation); (Barangay Category) the Brgy. Bangayan, Kitcharao is the only participating barangay which will also be awarded a Certificate of Citation; and for the (School Category) the Santiago CES got the first place by default. A Table Top and Field Validation was conducted on April to May 2016 while the Awarding of Deserving Winners being part of the ANGELL awarding was moved to January of 2017.

In line with its vision for a disaster-prepared and responsive province with sustained climate change resilient communities, the province conducted several capacity trainings and DRR-CCA activities, as follows: The emergency responders of the municipal LGUs were supported with capacity building programs such as Basic Life Support, Standard First Aid and Mass Casualty Incident Management to equip them with proper knowledge in responding emergency situations. This was conducted to AMVI coastal barangays as well as to Cabadbaran District Hospital Nurses; training for the Community Action for Disaster Response (CADRE) was conducted on March to April by the instructors of Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER) and was attended by a total of 30 responders coming from the ADNERT and LGU emergency response teams.

The province of Agusan del Norte is the first in the Caraga Region who had an MHPSS pool of trainers.

In order to support the component LGUs in their DRR activities, the provincial training team facilitated the Rapid Damage and Needs Analysis (RDANA) Training for the Municipal RDANA team of the municipality of Nasipit.

ON DISASTER RESPONSE

The PDRRMC Operation Center was activated and manned on a 24/7 basis when Tropical Depression “Marce” crossed the province.

A Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment was also made and ICS was activated by PDRRMC chair governor Matba issuing public advisories in accordance with the standardized protocols and ensuring public’s safety and immediate public response. A standardized protocol in the submission of situational report has been followed starting from the municipalities to the province then submitted to OCD every eight hours as required was also maintained.

“The province of Agusan del Norte continuously does the effort to be on the forefront of advocacy to maximize its capacity towards disaster preparedness. It is just hope that these communities be able to withstand the strongest winds by working hand-in-hand in facing every trial and took the strength from each other during the most challenging times,” Suyo said. (NCLM with reports from PRDDMO Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


SurSur reports zero firecracker-related cases

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 4 (PIA) – No significant incidents caused by firecrackers or stray bullets were recorded in the Adela Serra-Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC) here during the holiday season.

According to ASTMMC Information Officer Nelle Karl Roz, since Dec. 20, 2016 up to Jan. 2, 2017 no incidents of people killed or hurt due to firecrackers were recorded, while they were on Code White Alert status.

Meanwhile, Police Community Relations (PCR) Officer PCI Noel Naranjo of Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office also bared that no record of firecracker-related injuries has been reported in the whole province during the holiday season.

PCI Naranjo further said that the whole province of Surigao del Sur celebrated the Christmas and New Year’s Eve peacefully with no untoward incident happen.


It can be recalled that last 2014, as per DOH data, the province of Surigao del Sur ranked as the most number of cases in firecracker-related injuries. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)