3.19.2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

PGO-AgSur invites Agusanons to join Naliyagan Festival Jingle Making Contest

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 17 (PIA) – The provincial government of Agusan del Sur is inviting Agusanons to join in this year’s Naliyagan Festival Jingle Making Contest.

According to Provincial Tourism Officer Christy Basan, the lyrics of the Jingle must be in Cebuano-Bisaya and must be relevant to the theme “Agusan del Sur through the years: Changing Lives, Preserving Culture.”

“It is open to all Agusanon residents who have a skill in music composition. Interested individuals, partners, team or group regardless of age, work, position, religious affiliation and educational attainment can submit entry for the said contest. Each municipality and city should encourage their music enthusiast either individual or group to submit entries to have more chances to win,” underlined Basan.

Basan also said that the duration of the Jingle should only last a maximum of three minutes and minimum of two minutes. It must also be original in nature (lyrics, tone, accompaniment, etc). The use of copied melodic pattern and accompaniment is strictly prohibited. The provincial government of Agusan del Sur shall not be held liable to any copyright issues if in case there are some committed by any participants, Basan added.

“Jingle entries shall be submitted in an mp3 format with the title of the jingle as the file name; must be sent in a flash drive or DVD/Optical Disc with the following requirements: accomplished entry form; printed Jingle lyric (5 copies); profile of the composer/s and arranger/s with Certificate of Residency issued by the BLGU. All entries shall be submitted on or before April 5, 2017, while late entries shall not be accommodated,” Basan clarified.

As to criteria of the Jingle making contest, lyrics/relevance to the theme is 25 percent; originality – 20 percent; musicality (melody, arrangement, accompaniment, tone) – 25 percent; voice projection – 20 percent; and recording quality – 10 percent, a total of 100 percent.

The 1st prize winner will receive P30,000; 2nd prize – P22,000; 3rd prize – 15,000 while seven consolation prizes amounting to P2,000 will also be given to non-winning participants.

It was also learned that the first prize winning Jingle will be officially owned by the provincial government and shall be used as the Jingle track of the Naliyagan Festival celebration in June 2017. Meanwhile, the top three winning entries will also perform on the day of the celebration of the 25th Naliyagan Festival at Datu Lipus Cultural Center-Main Stage (formely known as Naliyagan Cultural Center Stage).

This Naliyagan Festival Jingle Making Contest forms part of the activities set for this year’s 50th (Gold) Founding Anniversary of Agusan del Sur and 25th (Silver) Naliyagan Festival. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Phil. Red Cross readies conduct of ‘Bingo Social for a Cause’ in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 17 (PIA) – As one of the highlights of this year’s fund raising activity, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Agusan del Norte-Butuan City chapter is set to hold the Bingo Social for a Cause on September 23, 2017 at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, this city.

Some 1,200 tickets (mother cards) will be printed and released for the Bingo. Cost per ticket is P250.00.

Jackpot prize is P20,000.00; 1st game prize – P1,500.00; 2nd game prize – P2,000.00; 3rd game prize – P2,500.00; 4th game prize – P3,000.00.

The local chapter is calling on all Butuanons and Agusanons to take part in this fun-raising activity that will help the chapter in their community services. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Phil. Red Cross AgNor-Butuan chapter supports Million Volunteer Run 4

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 17 (PIA) – The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter expressed its support for this year’s Million Volunteer Run to be held in key cities simultaneously nationwide on May 13. But the local chapter here has opted to re-schedule it on July 22, 2017 in time with their 69th founding anniversary.

Caraganons are encouraged to disseminate the information and let others join the run in other regions, as well as the upcoming run happening in July this year.

The event consists of two categories – 3 kilometer and 5 kilometer run.

Participants of the said run have options to choose as they pay the registration fee. For Option A with registration fee of P500.00, participants will enjoy freebies such as Bronze membership, singlet, registration form and waiver, runner card, and race bib. Option B for P350.00 will receive freebies except for Bronze membership. And Option C for P200.00, participants will receive the registration form and waiver, runner card, and race bib. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DILG 13 sets provincial preparedness dialogue

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 17 - To ensure that resiliency is achieved, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 13 (Caraga) is on full swing in the conduct of disaster preparedness region-wide through a series of provincial preparedness and partnership dialogue (PPPD).

The PPPD conducted per province has engaged the participation of local chief executives of Local Government Units (LGUs), chiefs of police of Philippine National Police, fire marshalls of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), DILG Provincial Directors, DILG Provincial Focal Person on Disaster, DILG Local Government Operations Officers (LGOOs), Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (LDRRMOs), Provincial/City/Municipal Planning and Development Officers (P/C/MPDOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Local Resource Institutes (LRIs) to ensure the inter-operability of various actors in disaster preparedness.

The dialogue stressed the avoidance or reduction of the loss of lives and assets when various hazards strike. Thus, it reminded LGUs to check whether it has already complied with the Disaster Preparedness Minimum Standards set by DILG to LGUs under the Operation L!STO Program, which were also part of the assessment indicators of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).

Workshops were done to craft a localized planning mechanism on the crafting and implementation of a Provincial Disaster Preparedness Plan per province by looking at the seven components, which are (1) Information, Education and Communication; (2) Partnerships; (3) Capacity Building; (4) DRRM Localization; (5) Risk Assessment and Plans; (6) Continuity of Essential Services; and (7) Preparedness for Emergency And Disaster Response.

The schedule of the conduct of dialogues were the following: (1) Province of Agusan del Sur – February 21, 2017; (2) Province of Agusan del Norte – February 22, 2017; (3) Province of Surigao del Sur – February 24, 2017; (4) Province of Surigao del Norte – February 28 and (5) Province of Dinagat Islands – March 3, 2017.

As vice chair for Disaster Preparedness, the DILG continues to capacitate LGUs for disaster resiliency on the premise that disaster preparedness saves lives and assets of each one in the community. (DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: Quake survivors in Surigao struggle to recover from tragedy

The province of Surigao del Norte has been an idyllic paradise for both locals and tourists due to its myriad of attractions that include powdery white-sand beaches, captivating waterfalls, enchanting rivers, fascinating caves, and its world-famous “Cloud 9” waves in the surfing capital of Siargao.

But a 6.7 magnitude earthquake that occurred last February 10 has seemingly turned some parts of the province, especially Surigao City, into a war zone with bridges broken in two, damaged buildings and torn-down houses. The largest earthquake to have hit the province since 1879 (source: Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology) and the series of strong aftershocks also left scores of Surigaonons in bad shape: shaken, lost, and afraid.

The Philippine Business for Social Progress has partnered with volunteer doctors from the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP), in conducting psychosocial support to quake survivors to help them recover from their traumatic experience.

More than 300 survivors that included adults and children from the towns of Surigao City and Surigao del Norte underwent psychosocial support that consists of group activities, individual sharing, psycho-education and referral for treatments.

Last week, volunteers from the University of San Carlos in Cebu also conducted psychosocial support sessions in Surigao, in partnership with PAP.

A horrible ordeal

Jeffrey, the seven-year-old son of Jemalyn Lopez was among those who developed post traumatic stress due to the strong quake that struck their city at 10 ‘o’clock in the evening and damaged their wooden house.

“My seven-year-old son doesn’t want to return to our house. He is not crying but he is afraid until now as he continues to experience flashbacks of that ordeal,” shared Lopez who is three months pregnant with her third child.

Their family was asleep when the earthquake struck at 10:00 p.m. on that fateful Friday. They suddenly woke up to see their house moving sideways. She was shaking from nervousness while her seven-year-old son bumped his head on the wall.

“We were trapped inside our house. My five-year-old son was crying because he got stuck between the door and plywood wall which was bent like paper. We could not open the door because it was already damaged. When we were able to escape, we had difficulty crossing the foot bridge. My plan was to jump in the pond but my husband stopped us because he was afraid we would sink. When we reached beyond the shoreline, my children and I were shaking.  Then we went as far away as we could from the shore,” she said.

The family of Lopez has temporarily repaired their house but it is still tilting sideways, and there is still the danger of collapsing. They are in dire need of  construction materials to rebuild it into a much stronger structure.

Dominador Tabara, Sr., a 58-year-old barangay officer left his eight children momentarily after the earthquake struck to check on his neighbors, as part of his duty. In the long run though, he was the one who got affected by the quake and is suffering from post traumatic stress reaction (PTSR).

“I was not nervous at that time but up to now I can still feel my head shaking everytime I stand up. My family was lucky because our cement wall did not fall on us. For the meantime, I replaced our wall with tarpaulin so that we would not get wet by the rain.  When time comes, I will replace it with a wooden wall,” Tabara said.

Immediate intervention

Volunteer psychologist Olivia Therezah Pajente-Pelagio said many of the quake survivors need to undergo Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPS).

“We do this during recovery stage. We talk about the disaster and their reaction to particular situations. Then, we do debriefing but we don’t force them to share (right away). We wait until they are ready.  Psycho-social support involves recalling the experience that is why we must have stay-in psychologists in case somebody needs immediate intervention.  One participant shared that they were in a wake during the quake. The casket fell on the ground. They crawled going back to their house.  Now, they feel paranoid everytime a large vehicle passes. It is a normal reaction for such situation. It is called Post-Traumatic Stress Reaction (PTSR). If the condition reaches six months, it will lead into Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Survivors have different coping mechanisms.  Some may leave.  Some may not know that they are already hurting others or becoming violent. We are avoiding that to happen that is why we are providing psychosocial support,” said Pajente-Pelagio.

Psychologists also saw the need to conduct psychological education in some survivors who thought it was already the end of the world.

“Other survivors already lost hope. The first thing we should do is teach them how to cope with the situation. I think it is important to enhance their information about earthquake. What is it?  Where did it come from? Others thought it is already the end of the world. We need to educate them about tectonic plates and realignment of the ground. They need to understand that there will be aftershocks. Not all earthquakes can destroy houses. These are natural things. Having the correct information would enable people to potentially react better in an otherwise traumatic situation.  After sharing, we have to give them psychological education,” she added.

PBSP continues to mobilize resources for the transportation and other logistical needs of volunteer psychologists and other groups tapped to provide psychosocial support to the quake survivors. It also helps the Department of Health in searching for communities that need psychosocial support. (Philippine Business for Social Progress/PIA-Caraga)


DILG 13 field officers undergo continuing legal education

By Archie Rose G. Vasquez

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 17 (PIA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga conducted a Continuing Legal Education Seminar Workshop for its field officers and selected officers from the Regional Office on March 13-14, 2017 at Samping Avenue, this city.

The two-day workshop facilitated by Atty. Pioquinta E. Quindara, former Personnel Division Chief of DILG Central Office, aimed to demonstrate familiarity with the local legislative process and Barangay Justice System to the field officers who are the front liners in providing primary technical services to the LGUs.

“Field Officers are deputized to answer legal matters relating to the mandate given to our office. This activity will guide and refresh you once again on the local legislative processes that will help in performing your functions effectively,” articulated DILG Caraga Regional Director, Lilibeth A. Famacion, during her opening remarks.

DILG 13 Legal Officer, Atty. Allen M. Gasulas, also discussed the importance of safe cyber practices and responsible sharing of information on social media.

The activity strengthened the capability of the field officers in carrying out the Department’s mandate in providing quality and excellent technical assistance to the LGUs. (DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: An empowered woman empowers her countrymen

By April Mae N. Waban & Marko Davey D. Reyes

“The empowerment of women is the most effective tool for development.” Kofi Annan

It is often said that when you empower a woman, you empower a nation. This is a recognition not just of women’s significant impact to community development but also to acknowledge women as crucial agents of positive change for every nation. That is why a woman’s power of influence should not only be limited to her traditional role in the family but should also extend in her partake in local development projects. For a country to attain sustainable development, it must be inclusive and responsive to gender needs.

This is one of the primary objectives of the Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan - Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Services program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It employs the Community Driven Development (CDD) strategy to facilitate community empowerment by capacitating and ensuring that all sectors in the community can contribute to create opportunities, fully participate in local governance, and decision making.

Jean E. Cordita, a long-time Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteer and Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) chairperson of Barangay Punta, Pilar, Surigao del Norte, is a prime example of how an empowered woman can help empower her countrymen. She is also part of the barangay women’s organization and a full time Day Care Worker. But even with these responsibilities, she has always taken the initiative in guiding and leading her community to participate in every activity conducted by Kalahi-CIDSS. Having attended several capacity-building trainings of the program, she was able to enhance her facilitation and leadership skills which she maximized during their barangay assemblies and sub-project implementation.

Sharing the learnings she gained from the seminars, she was able to help train other community volunteers which has immensely contributed in the completion of their sub-project.

Her advocacy to improve their community (especially access for schools and roads for the children in the community) has garnered her the respect of the rest of the community. With these, her barangay has been a top performing barangay in the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS, not only in Pilar, but in the whole of Caraga. Hence, she was awarded as the “Best Volunteer” of the program during the region’s DSWD 66th anniversary celebration held recently at Almont Inland Hotel, Butuan City.

Jean believes that true change can be attained through the partnership of the government and the different key players in the community. It is in this belief that she aims to be a productive citizen, one that brings meaningful change in the community, and aids in the improvement of local governance. She underlined this in her inspirational speech during the program’s awarding ceremony.

“Dako kini nga hagit sa ako ang magdumaya sa usa ka sub-project ug manguyo sa pagkumbinse sa katawhan nga sila makiglambigit sa mga kalihukan nga makahatag ug gahum nga kami mga katawhan makahimo ug desisyon para sa kalambuan sa komunidad. Dili kini sayun nan responsibilidad apan inibanan sa suporta nan MLGU, BLGU, MCT, ACT ilabi na ang komunidad, ang paglambo ato kini maabot (It is a great challenge for me to manage a sub-project and lead in persuading people to be involved in activities which can give them the power to make decisions for the community’s development. This is not an easy task but with the support of MLGU, BLGU, MCT , ACT, and especially the community, we can achieve progress),” she shares. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DILG initiates regional disaster preparedness planning

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 17 - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 13 (Caraga) initiated the conduct of Regional Disaster Preparedness Planning (RDPP) recently at Prince Hotel, South Montilla Blvd., this city.

DILG Caraga Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion stressed the need to take action by crafting the RDPP based on the premise that “preparedness saves lives and avert the loss/damage to assets.”

Partners and region-wide stakeholders were gathered to discuss and craft a Regional Disaster Preparedness Plan (RDPP) that localizes the strategies laid down in the National Disaster Preparedness Plan (NDPP) magnifying the importance of the seven components, which are (1) Information, Education and Communication; (2) Partnerships; (3) Capacity Building; (4) DRRM Localization; (5) Risk Assessment and Plans; (6) Continuity of Essential Services; and (7) Preparedness for Emergency And Disaster Response.

Presentation on the inter-operability of the government agencies responsible for the four thematic areas, the DILG for Disaster Preparedness, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for Disaster Response and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) for Disaster Recovery and Rehabilitation, with the involvement of local government units, civil society organizations, inter-faith based groups, local resource institutes and other development partners was made during the activity.

As part of planning, the participants reviewed the existing Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (DRRMP) primarily focusing on preparedness. The workshops were also made as an avenue in the identification of issues and concerns, areas for improvement and gaps in the implementation of Operation L!STO.

The DILG, as the Vice Chair for Disaster Preparedness, has always been initiating in the identification of sets of relevant interventions for disaster preparedness that aim to create an enabling environment for LGUs to further develop their capacities towards mitigating the adverse impacts of disasters and climate change. These initiatives are offered in the form of skills development, technical support, policies and training. (DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DILG 13 gives guidelines to PCF 2016 recipient LGUs

By Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 17 - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga Region conducted the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) 2016 Operational Guidelines Orientation to the 13 local government unit (LGU) recipients of the PCF last March 9 in one of the convention centers, this city.

Oriented were the primary functionaries in charge of the implementation of the respective PCF projects in the LGU, to wit: the engineers and accountants of the two provinces, two cities, and nine municipalities that were granted access to the incentive fund. Together with them were the corresponding DILG Field personnel and their Cluster leaders and PCF Focal Persons from the DILG Provincial Offices.

Covered in the orientation were the PCF Operational Guidelines as prescribed by DILG Memorandum Circular 2016-167, as well as an overview to the PCF Portal for the Monitoring and Evaluation of the projects.

The PCF is the incentive package accorded to outstanding LGUs that have been conferred the Seal of Good Local Governance. The 13 Caraga SGLG passers in Caraga are: (Provinces) Surigao del Norte and Province of Dinangat Islands; (Cities) Bislig City and Tandag City; and (Municipalities) Carmen of Agusan del Norte, Trento of Agusan del Sur, Loreto of Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte’s Claver, Del Carmen, Mainit, and Malimono, and Surigao del Sur’s Hinatuan and Lanuza. Between them, they have received a total of P41.8 Million to implement their projects that are in line with either: (1) Sustainable Development Goals; (2) Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Climate Change Adaptation; (3) Local Economic Development; or (4) Ecological Solid Waste Management.


To view the project profiles and status of all PCF projects, visit: pcf.dilg.gov.ph. (DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)