Monday, February 20, 2017

Caraga RGADC all set for 2017 Women’s Month celebration

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA) – The Regional Gender and Development Council (RGADC) Caraga is all set for this year’s Women’s Month celebration in March, with various lined-up activities to be participated by the different sectors in the region.

On March 1, a press conference will be conducted to be facilitated by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga. On the following day (March 2), all the member-agencies will convene for its Full Council Meeting.

Said celebration will officially kick-off on March 8 with a Thanksgiving Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral and followed by a motorcade from Guingona Park going to Agusan del Norte Covered Court.

The opening program along with the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for partnership with Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and RGADC, as well as the Women’s Summit (Awarding and Recognition) will be held at the provincial capitol covered court.

The RGADC members will also hold jail visitation to women inmates of Butuan City Jail and will benefit from the medical mission, legal counseling, and feeding and giving of toiletries.

Meanwhile, the culmination activity will be on March 29 with the conduct of Medium Term Pre-Planning Workshop for RGADC. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


PhilHealth celebrates 22nd year, showcases latest services

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA) – As the Philippine Health (PhilHealth) Insurance Corporation is celebrating its 22nd year anniversary, the agency is also promoting its latest products and services for 2017.

PhilHealth Caraga regional vice president Johnny Sychua bared that in line with the said celebration, they will be convening the media partners here for a briefing on February 24, 2017 at the Almont Inland Hotel to showcase their latest products and services, recognize best implementation and utilization of National health Insurance Corporation (NHIP) and NHI Fund.

“This activity also aspires to strengthen our engagement with members of the media as advocates,” Sychua underscored.

Sychua further bared that through Proclamation No. 1400 series of 2007, February of each year is declared as the NHIP month in recognition of the vital role that the program plays in every Filipino’s life. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte guv wants fair treatment, fast action for quake victims

By Glenn Platil

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA) - Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas on Friday issued a marching order enjoining all agencies to strictly observe the "no color-coding and no favoritism" policy in the speedy distribution of relief goods and cash assistance to the victims of the recent earthquake in the province.

Matugas said the earthquake survivors “are human beings like us who need full attention and wholehearted care,” noting how the 6.7 magnitude temblor claimed lives and destroyed properties.

She also said that the province needs help from the national government in terms of rebuilding and rehabilitation works.

Just recently, the entire province was placed under a state of calamity following the turbulent earthquake that wreaked havoc in various properties and severely displaced many families. Initial cost of damages in Surigao City alone were gaged at P161,500,000 in port facilities, P7,309,532.91 in electric supply and P1,700,000 in water supply.

National roads and bridges were accounted to damage amounting to P201,820,000 while the provincial government buildings were pegged at P104,391,000 and the Surigao State College at P162,000,000.

These do not include the other structures who were severely hit, residential houses, commercial establishments and other schools. Figures are expected to rise as the days increase in number.

Recorded deaths were Roberto Eludo, JM Ariar, Lito Wilson, Lorenzo Deguiño, Roda Taganahan, Wenefreda Bernal, Jenelyn Ebale and Rommel Tano. They succumbed to blunt trauma, cardiac arrest and cerebral hemorrhage. These do not cover those who died while being treated at the medical facilities or those directly sent to the morgue. (LGU-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Caraga)