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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Caraganons ready for this year’s Women’s Month activities

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 28 (PIA) – The Caraganons are ready and eager to participate in the set of activities for this year’s Women’s Month celebration.

The Caraga Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) has prepared different lined-up activities for the month-long celebration.

On March 1, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga, together with the member agencies of RGADC will be holding a press conference at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga regional conference room, this city. Representatives from Commission on Human Rights (CHR), NEDA, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Health, Philippine National Police, and Department of Social Welfare and Development are the members of the panel during the presscon.

Also, the RGADC through chairperson and CHR Caraga regional director Atty. Jerefe Tubigon-Bacang will be presenting the RGADC work and financial plan for approval of the Regional Development Council (RDC) on March 2, 2017 during the 90th RDC Meeting here.

The official kick-off of said celebration is on March 8 with the conduct of the following: Thanksgiving Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, followed by a motorcade, and program proper at Agusan del Norte provincial covered court. In the afternoon, the Kalandrakas sa Kababaihan XIII will be held at the same venue.

Meanwhile, RGADC will also be visiting the women inmates at Butuan City Jail on March 15, 2017. The following services will be provided: free medic/dental; medicines; legal counseling; feeding; and toiletries.

With the theme "We Make Change Work for Women," it captures two key foundations: Partnership for change and full implementation of the Magna Carta of Women (Republic Act 9710). (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

NYC invites Caraganon-youths to join 2017 RYAC National Convention

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 28 (PIA) – The National Youth Commission (NYC) is inviting Caraganon-youths to join in this year’s Regional Youth Advisory Council (RYAC) National Convention on March 22-24 at Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City.

According to NYC chairperson Undersecretary Cariza Seguerra, the National Convention aims to synchronize youth programs and come up with a strategic plan of action for calendar year 2017 in relation to NYC’s major thrust: YORP, Youth Hub and Youth Fair, as well as the SK Elections.

Seguerra added that NYC instituted the RYAC as a coordinating body to localize policies, and monitor program implementation at the local level. “With the goal of strengthening partnership and convergence among youth-servng agencies and the localization of policies and programs for the youth, NYC will be conducting the RYAC National Convention by convening all member-agencies nationwide,” she underscored.

It was also learned that NYC will be covering the meal expenses and hotel accommodation, while transportation expenses and travelling allowances shall be shouldered by the participants.

The NYC is the sole policy-making body on youth affairs and is responsible for coordinating and implementing program s that would holistically help in the development of the Filipino youth.

For more information on the said event, the NYC can be reached at telephone number (088) 857-5895 or e-mail at nyccdo@nyc.gov.ph. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

SSS reaches out to quake victims in Surigao City

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 28 (PIA) – The Social Security System (SSS) as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility conducted relief operations dubbed “SSS Cares” on Feb. 23 at Barangay Washington, this city.

A total of 900 families of members and pensioners of the Social Security System (SSS) affected by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit the city on February 10 were assisted during the said relief operations.

In his message, Senior Vice President for Mindanao Operations Group Eddie A. Jara thanked the beneficiaries of the relief operations for trusting SSS in handling their savings for retirement.

Also, Assistant Vice President for Media Affairs Ma. Luisa P. Sebastian announced that soon SSS will offer three types of calamity relief assistance such as a Calamity Loan, House Repair and Improvement Loan and advance three-month pension to members and pensioners affected by the earthquake.

Present during the said relief operations were SVP for Administration Group May Catherine C. Ciriaco, SSS Surigao Branch Head Jose Roel J. Herbieto, SSS Tandag Branch Head Benigno J. Dagani, Jr., VP for Management Services and Planning Division Eleonora Y. Cinco, VP for Northern Mindanao Division Edwin M. Alo, SVP for Information Technology Management Group, AVP for Branch Systems and Procedures Gloria Y. Cuisia, AVP for Engineering  Maintenance Department Edwin B. Maliwat, SSS Butuan Branch Head Antonio G. Fabia, OIC for Corporate Communications Department Sonia M. Guinto and AVP for Media Affairs Department Ma. Luisa P. Sebastian.

SSS senior officials were in Surigao from Feb. 23-24 for the regional visit in the area to address the needs of its branch, employees and stakeholders. (SSS/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

SurSur LGUs extend financial aid to Surigao quake victims

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 28 (PIA) – The provincial government of Surigao del Sur and 11 municipalities and Bislig City are giving P800,000 in financial assistance to earthquake victims in Surigao del Norte.

Surigao del Sur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) officer Abel de Guzman said, the financial support was turned-over last Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 to the identified local government units and received by their respective local DRRM officers.

Based on the report, the provincial government of Surigao del Norte received a total of P350,000 from the provincial government of Surigao del Sur (P300,000) and municipalities of Cantilan (P30,000) and San Agustin (P20,000).

The city government of Surigao, on the other hand, received a financial support worth P100,000 from the city government of Bislig.

The municipality of San Francisco, Surigao del Norte also received a financial assistance worth P350,000.00 from the municipalities of Hinatuan (P30,000), Bayabas (P20,000), Lianga (P20,000), Cagwait (P20,000), Lanuza (P50,000), Lingig (P50,000), Marihatag (P30,000), San Miguel (P100,000), and Tago (P30,000).

Meanwhile, Carrascal DRRM officer Kresta Mae Pa-as said the municipality of Carrascal thru mayor Vicente Pimentel III has extended relief goods to 800 families of barangay Lipata in Surigao City amounting to P378,000. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Agusan Norte awards 2016 ANGELL winners

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 28 (PIA) – In a ceremony held recently, the provincial government of Agusan del Norte in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Agusan del Norte held the ANGELL Awarding Ceremony at the Provincial Training Center, Capitol Compound, this city.

The ANGELL or the Accelerating New Dimensions on Good Governance and  Excellence in Local Leadership is an award-giving body of the province of Agusan del Norte recognizing exemplary achievements, performances and good practices of the locak government units (LGUs), its local leaders and employees and honoring their participation and contribution to good governance.

Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba underscored, in her message, that being in the government service is special because "we can greatly help the public." She also emphasized that quality public service is the key to a successful government service and it makes the people their partner in the development of the province.

Matba also challenged all the winners to continue in what they do and for those who did not win to continue the best public service they could give.

Also, Matba encouraged and motivated the government officials and employees to be sincere in their work and continue to be an example to others.


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Most Disaster Resilient LGUs

2nd Placer: City of Cabadbaran and Municipality of Las Nieves with cash prize of P75,000 each

3rd Placer: Municipality of Carmen with P50,000

School Category: Santiago Central Elementary School with P25,000

Consolation: Municipality of Kitcharao, Municipality of Magallanes, and Barangay Bangayan, Jabonga with P5,000 each

Best Performing Anti-Drug Abused Councils (ADACs)


1st Placer: Municipality of Nasipit with P100,000

2nd Placer: Municipality of R.T.R with P75,000

3rd Placer: Municipality of Santiago with P50,000


1st Placer: Barangay Poblacion 1, Santiago with P15,000

2nd Placer: Barangay 6, Nasipit with P10,000

3rd Placer: Barangay San Antonio, RTR with P5,000

Outstanding Lupon Tagapamayapa


1st Placer: Brgy. Macalang, Buenavista with P50,000

2nd Placer: Brgy. A. Beltran, Jabonga with P30,000

3rd Placer: Brgy. Poblacion, Las Nieves with P20,000

4th-6th Class

1st Placer: Barangay Poblacion 1, Kitcharao with P50,000

2nd Placer: Barangay Basilisa, RTR with P30,000

3rd Placer: Barangay Cahayagan, Carmen with P20,000


1st Placer: Barangay Mabini, Cabadbaran with P50,000

Most Functional Nutrition Councils (MNC) (MELLPI)

1st Placer: Municipality of Nasipit with P50,000

2nd Placer: Municipality of Kitcharao with P30,000

3rd Placer : Municipality of Tubay with P20,000

Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS)

1st Placer: Ms. Jenievel L. Montilla – Santiago with P10,000

2nd Placer: Ms. Merlita C. Delapa – Tubay with P7,000

3rd Placer: Ms. Velma R. Perez – Las Nieves with P5,000

Most Child-Friendly LGUs


1st Placer: Cabadbaran with P100,000

2nd Placer: Las Nieves with P75,000


1st Placer: Barangay Poblacion. 1, Santiago with P100,000

2nd Placer: Barangay Mabini Cabadbaran with P75,000

3rd Placer: Barangay Tagcatong, Carmen with P50,000

Best Office / Oplan Kalinisan

1st Placer: Kitcharao District Hospital

2nd Placer: Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office

3rd Placer: Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office

Best Performing Barangay


1st Placer: Brgy. La Paz, Santiago with P1 Million

2nd Placer: Brgy. Mabini, Cabadbaran with P500,000

3rd Placer: Brgy. Libas, Jabonga with P300,000


1st Placer: Barangay Poblacion. 1, Santiago with P1 Million

2nd Placer: Barangay 2, Nasipit with P500,000

3rd Placer: Barangay Marcos, Magallanes with P300,000

Best Ecological Solid Waste Management School Implementer

1st Placer: Santiago Central Elementary School

2nd Placer: Cabadbaran South Central Elem. School

3rd Placer: Casiklan Elementary School

ANGELL as a mechanism for excellent local governance is directly manage by the provincial government in the overall conduct from advocacy, resource mobilization, screening and performance evaluation to the selection process in coordination and collaboration with the DILG - Agusan del Norte provincial office headed by Ellen Vee Chua and different provincial and national line agencies as the evaluators of the different categories.

The awarding ceremony was attended by Board Member Dick Victor B. Carmona, Aquino W. Gambe, Lucia Jundis, Virgilio R. Escasiñas, Jr, and Benjamin D. Lim, Nasipit municipal mayor Enrico Corvera, Las Nieves municipal mayor Avelina Rosales, Jabonga municipal mayor Jasmin M. Monton, DILG Assistant Regional Director Donald A. Seronay, municipal vice mayors, Sangguniang Bayan members, barangay captains, barangay kagawads, officials and representatives of awardees and other officials and employees of the province. (NCLM with a report from Aimee B. Sienes/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

1 soldier wounded in Surigao Norte clash

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 28 (PIA) – A soldier was wounded and civilian properties damaged after New People's Army (NPA) rebels allegedly blasted one improvised explosive device (IED) in Tinago, Malimono, Surigao del Norte, 9:30 a.m. Monday.

The soldiers under the 30th Infantry Battalion (30IB), Philippine Army encountered the rebels after they responded to complaints by civilians over the alleged harassment and extortion activities of the NPA in the community.

Lieutenant Colonel Rico Amaro, 30IB commanding officer, identified the wounded soldier as 2Lt. Daniel F. De Guzman.

"This is another violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect to Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) which was the only document duly signed by the GPH and the NDF at the Hague, the Netherlands, which prohibits the stockpiling of explosives inside or near the vicinity of community as it will endanger the lives of the civilians," said LTC Amaro.

“We will continuously intensify our anti-extortion drive against these communist terrorists. As what I had promised to the residents of Malimono. We will not allow anymore the NPA to conduct extortion activity, harassment and other forms of atrocities not only in Malimono but in whole province of Surigao del Norte,” Amaro added.

Pursuit operation is ongoing to apprehend the terrorist group. (30IB, Phil. Army/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Tagalog News: DENR secretary sa mga Caraganons: Walang mawawalan ng trabaho dahil sa pagsasara ng minahan

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Peb. 28 (PIA) - Sa kanyang pagbisita dito sa lungsod kamakailan lang, sinigurado ni Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez na hindi dapat mabahala ang mga Caraganons sa pagsasara ng ilang mga minahan sa rehiyon, at wala umanong mawawalan ng trabaho.

Sa ginanap na konsultasyon kasama ang mga apektadong minahan at komunidad sa probinsya ng Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, at Dinagat Islands sa Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, mahigit 500 stakeholders ang dumalo at nagbahagi ng kanilang hinaing at pag-aalala na maaring sila’y mawalan ng kabuhayan dahil na rin sa pagsasara ng ilang mining companies base na sa ipinalabas na utos ni Sec. Lopez dahil umano sa nakakasirang epekto nito sa kapaligiran.

Ayon kay Sec. Lopez, may mga proyektong inihanda na ang DENR kasama ng iba pang anhensya ng gobyerno para sa mga Caraganons na magkaroon ng maayos at pangmatagalang pangkabuhayan na hindi galing sa pagmimina.

Gagawin umanong forested area sa pamamagitan ng national greening projects ang Dinagat Islands at Surigao, at may nakalaang pundo na umano para dito. Dagdag pa niya, ang improved ecotourism at agricultural opportunities ay magbibigay ng maayos at may dignidad na trabaho para sa mga apektadong Caraganons.

Healthy forests, fuel at power galing sa biomass, healthy rivers na magpro-produce ng kuryente ang siya ring prayoridad ng gobyerno para sa Dinagat at Surigao areas. May mahigit 10,000 katao rin umano ang makakabenipisyo sa mga livelihood systems ng gobyerno sa loob lang ng dalawang taon, at sa 200-hectare land area na gagamitin rin para sa mga displaced mine workers, makaka-generate umano ng P40-million. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)