3.05.2017

Friday, March 3, 2017

Caraga gender, development council strategizes for full utilization of GAD fund

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 3 (PIA) – For a more enhanced and effective implementation of programs through appropriate utilization of gender and development fund, the Caraga Regional Gender and Development Council (RGADC) sub-committees have identified specific objectives, activities and budgetary requirements that would address the issues on gender and poverty, violence against women and children (VAWC), gender and health and environment.

During the 90th Caraga Regional Development Full Council Meeting held on Thursday, here, RGADC chairperson and Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga regional director Atty. Jerefe Tubigon-Bacang disclosed before the body its 2017 work and financial plans, underlining the institutionalization of GAD and gender and governance.

“In terms of uses of GAD fund, it appears that much can still be done and achieved if we entirely put to use it. By identifying several issues, we found out that only 64 percent of provinces and 40 percent of cities have GAD code; only few women have an access to women-economic opportunities; there’s a low level of awareness of VAWC; and even crisis of masculinity and prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) require for more attention and action,” reckoned Bacang.

These concerns propelled the council to figure out specific undertakings such as conduct of orientation/reorientation seminar-workshop on gender and sensitivity, information caravan on gender and development, formulation of GAD code during Sanggunian sessions, creation of technical working group (TWG) that will provide technical assistance to local government units in drafting their GAD code, conduct of women’s summit, creation of compendium of income generating opportunities of all member agencies, enhanced information dissemination, partnership with non-government organization (NGO), livelihood assistance to female inmates/VAWC victims, monitoring of functionality of barangay VAWC desks, tap Commission on Population to conduct seminar on “Kalalakihang Tumutugon sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya (KATROPA)”, motivating voluntary counseling and testing, parent education seminar through general parents and teachers association (GPTA).

“Certainly, we would also continue our regular GAD activities and meetings. In fact, we stay active in participating for the yearly observance of the Women's Month Celebration wherein several lined-up activities will be joined not only by women but with men as well,” enunciated Bacang. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


DTI Agusan Norte issues investment scam advisory

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 3 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)  Agusan del Norte Provincial Office has released an advisory on the investment scam that circulates and victimizing people.

According to DTI provincial director Gay A. Tidalgo, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has received verified reports that there are companies who were not authorized to solicit investments operating in the different areas of the country.

These companies include SUREADZ/SUREADZ. J.I. Joe Marketing, 7 Seals Trading and FAZCOIN Marketing Services. Reportedly, they are engaged in illegal solicitation of investment by enticing the public to invest in its Revenue Profit Shares/Revenue Shares Investment and Hybrid Marketing Compensation Plan for a minimum amount of P1,000 or up to P1 million.

Per SEC verification, the said companies are not authorized to solicit investments from the public, as these entities did not secure prior registration and/or license or permit to solicit investments from the Commission as required under Section 8.1 of the Securities and Regulation Code.

The said companies promises a 100 percent return/profit upon maturity date or expiration of term of either 60-day term, 45-day term or 30-day term as preferred by the investor plus 10 percent commissions at the end of the term.

Tidalgo advises the public to stop investing and recruiting other people to invest money into such scheme and to take necessary precautions in dealing with the above-named entities and their representatives.

Tidalgo further said that those who invite or recruit other people to join or invest in this venture or other investment contracts or securities to the public might be held criminally liable or accordingly sanctioned or penalized.

For more information, you may call SEC Cagayan de Oro Extension Office at telephone numbers (088) 857 4235 or 857 7225 or DTI Agusan del Norte Provincial Office at (085) 341 5521. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


92 PWDs benefit auxiliary devices in SurSur town

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

CARRASCAL, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 3 (PIA) – Some 92 members of Carrascal Association of Persons-with-Disabilities (CARPWD) coming from the 14 barangays of Carrascal town benefited the auxiliary devices during the recent turn-over ceremony here.

The said project costs around P650,000 under the Bottom-Up Budgeting of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with counterpart fund from the local government unit.

The provision of the Auxiliary Social Services for PWDs project aims to provide assistive devices appropriate to the physical needs of the PWDs and to make easier for them to undertake daily activities.

The auxiliary devices are composed of the following items: 51 telescopic mini canes, five crutches for adults, 26 wheelchairs for general use/standard for adults, six wheelchairs for children and four prosthetic legs. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


KaagapMuCo, producer of Coco-Geonets: DTI Agusan Sur’s Coffee Table Book Entry

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 3 - From a small group of 16 doing whole nut and copra buying to 158 workers involved in various coconut value-adding activities at present – this is how Maximino N. Robles, Jr., General Manager summed up the journey of Kaagap Multi-Purpose Cooperative (KaagapMuCo).

It now produces 11 products, namely - coco flour, vinegar, coco honey, Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO), charcoal brickets, organic fertilizer (granules), organic fertilizer (liquid), coco peat, coco hanks, coco logs and coco geonets.

“The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)’s shared service facility (SSF) for coco coir processing doubled or even tripled our production capacity in barangay Hubang, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur. As of today, we have an average production of 1,000 geonets per month to be supplied to 22 markets in the region,” Robles shared.

KaagapMuCo’s coco coir business earned for the group major awards and citations at the provincial, regional and national level for the years 2014 to 2016.  Its remarkable performance was also hailed not only for the financial returns to its members but also for contribution to the creation of jobs and poverty alleviation among members in the communities where the group is operating. The cooperative has also become a destination for study missions and technology benchmarking for coco-coir processing with visitors coming from the other provinces within and outside the region.

The information Robles provided will be inputted to the upcoming publication which shall be circulated soon to target offices and market promotion channels.  (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Negosyo Center in AgSur goes mobile, trains SLP

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 3 - In partnership with the local government unit of Prosperidad, this province, the Negosyo Center (NC) Provincial Hub here has handled an off-site business training for beneficiaries of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of Barangay San Joaquin in Prosperidad early this month.

The training on Store Management and Warehousing was conducted to prepare beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) who will soon be establishing a retailing business in the area under the guidance of LGU-Prosperidad’s Municipal Welfare Office headed by Monina Tanjay. NC-Agusan del Sur used the module on Business Expense and Savings Training (BEST) to help participants understand the basics of entrepreneurship, marketing, budgeting and understanding the value of savings.

“The training is significant for the beneficiaries to know techniques from business experts.  I’m looking forward for the positive results of this activity, through high sales performance and possible business expansion in the future,” said Kagawad Delfin D. Columbrillo of Barangay San Joaquin representing Chairman Michael Nuñeza.

“We’ve learned a lot from this training and we want to learn more,” expressed Emelyn Oret, president of the SLP Association of San Joaquin during the feedback/open forum session. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Tagalog news: COMELEC chair Juan Andres Bautista bumisita sa lungsod ng Butuan; kinonsulta ang mga stakeholders kung papaano mas mapabuti pa ang serbisyo ng komisyon

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Marso 3 (PIA) - Upang masigurong maayos at mapayapa ang barangay at Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections ngayong taon, dumating kamakailan si Commission on Elections (COMELEC) chair Juan Andres Bautista sa lungsod para sa isang forum kasama ang mga election officers, studyante, guro, media at representante ng ibat-ibang ahensya ng gobyerno sa rehiyon.

Ayon ay chairman Bautista, pangunahing pakay sa kanyang pagbisita sa lunsod ay ang marinig ang boses ng ibat-ibang sektor at sila’y mabigyang linaw sa mga mga issues and concerns na kinakaharap ng komisyon sa ngayon, laung-lalo na’t papalapit na ang eleksyon sa darating na oktubre ngayon taon.

Dagdag naman ni COMELEC Caraga regional election director Atty. Francisco Pobe, ang pagbisita ni COMELEC chair Bautista sa rehiyon ng Caraga ay parte ng kanilang ginagawang consultative conference sa iba-ibang sektor at isa umano itong paraan ng pagpapaigting ng kanilang kampanya na magkaroon ng isang transparent at credible elections.

Patuloy rin umano ang kanilang ginagawang satellite registration sa ibat-ibang barangay upang mabigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga residente na makaparehistro nang hindi sila naabala sa gastos ng pamasahe sa pagpunta sa city COMELEC office.

Samantala, ipinahayag naman ni Justine Calderon, isang first year student sa kursong Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology ng Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) sa Butuan City na mas naunawaan na niya ang mga usapin sa eleksyon at lubos ang kanyang pasasalamat kay COMELEC chair Bautista sa pagbigay linaw sa mga katanungan ng mga studyante. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)