3.06.2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

Gov’t sector continues to support displaced persons in SurSur

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 6 (PIA) – In response to the struggles of those displaced communities who are affected by the armed conflict in Surigao del Sur areas, the different concerned government agencies are keeping the interventions of promoting the protection and provision of assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs).

As explained by Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga regional director Atty. Jerefe Tubigon-Bacang during the 90th Regional Development Full Council Meeting held recently in this city, per constitutional mandate, the CHR continues to monitor the IDP situation in the region until durable solutions will be achieved. “Apart from the security of IDPs in bringing them back to their respective areas, it is also important to address their residual needs and displacement-specific issues,” she said.

Bacang also underscored that individuals who were displaced due to armed conflict are facing human rights, developmental, humanitarian, including peace building challenges.

Meanwhile, in reaffirming its commitment of contributing help to the IDPs, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga has provided Food for Work amounting to P964,252 for 470 families and Cash for Work for 567 families amounting to P2.38M. It has also provided emergency shelter assistance of P5.67M, non-food items worth P6.57M, funds for the supplementary feeding program (SFP) downloaded to municipal social welfare development (MSWD) amounting P1.08M, and P15.8M have been allocated for sustainable livelihood program to the five affected municipalities, namely; Lianga, San Agustin, San Miguel, Marihatag, and Tago.

Also, the Department of Education (DepEd) has been allocating nine schools for the areas of the IDPs in Surigao del Sur. DepEd Caraga regional office, together with the Schools Division Office (SDO) of Surigao del Sur, has to identify viable sites for the project. Come March 8, 2017, SDO of Surigao del Sur is set to conduct a consultative/coordination meeting with the concerned indigenous people (IP) leaders, local government unit (LGU) officials and DSWD-Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Service (KALAHI-CIDSS) personnel on the said school building project.

Under the Sagana at Ligtas na tubig sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG) pogram of DILG-Caraga, P3M has been allocated for the construction of water system in Brgy. San Isidro (sitios Lagdik and Kiwagan) while P1M is allocated for Brgy. Diatagon (sitios Manluy-a and Neptune) to augment water to the indigenous people schools. Said projects are under procurement.

“The government agencies work jointly in ensuring the proper monitoring of the situation of IDPs, advocating in finding solutions to various IDP concerns, ensuring to provide response activities, and protecting their human rights,” said Bacang. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Women’s journey, inspiring stories highlight women’s forum in Agusan del Norte

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 6 (PIA) – In line with the month-long celebration of the Women’s Month, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) of the province of Agusan del Norte will conduct a Provincial Women’s Forum on March 22 at the provincial training center here.

According to PSWDO chief Daisy Dimavivas, the said forum will be participated by the women employees of the provincial government, accredited women organizations, and league of local lady legislators (4L) of the province.

Dimavivas added that the forum aims to celebrate women's journey and share inspiring stories of change in their chosen profession; encourage women to be empowered change agents; and be a venue to inspire and appreciate each other with the hope of organizing a support group for women to express themselves.

Also, during the forum, honorable Elizabeth Marie Calo, SP member and chairperson on social services and gender and development will give her welcome message and the governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba will also deliver her message of inspiration to the women of the province.

Women’s stories of inspiration will also be shared to the participants by Cabadbaran City SB member Joan Monding and Atty. Allen Gasulas of the Department of the Interior and Local Government. Gasulas will also hold the legal forum in the afternoon.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Making Change Work for Women,” it captures two key foundations: Partnership for change and full implementation of the Magna Carta of Women or Republic Act 9710, said Dimavivas.

Meanwhile, in the morning of March 8, a mass will be offered at the Saint Joseph Cathedral to be followed by a motorcade from Guingona Park to the provincial capitol covert court and conduct of a program highlighting the signing of the memorandum of agreement between the Philippine Commission on Women and the Regional Gender and Development Committee. In the afternoon, women participants will also hold a ‘Kalandrakas sa Kababaihan’ at the provincial capitol covered court in the city. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


5.9 magnitude quake hits Surigao City, neighboring towns

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 6 (PIA) —A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Surigao City, some municipalities of Surigao del Norte and neighboring provinces on Sunday morning, March 5, 2017 with one reported casualty.

Phivolcs said the quake's epicenter was located 6 kilometers southwest of San Francisco (Anao-aon), Surigao Norte. The quake, which was tectonic in origin, struck at a depth of 13 kilometers.

According to Phivolcs, Intensity VI was felt in Surigao City; Intensity IV in Limasawa and San Ricardo, Southern Leyte; Intensity III in San Juan and San Francisco, Southern Leyte; Intensity II in Gen. Luna, Surigao del Norte. Instrumental intensities: Intensity III - Surigao City and Intensity I in Borongan, Eastern Samar and Palo, Leyte.

The recent quake is an aftershock of the 2017 magnitude 6.7 earthquake, said Phivolcs.

Meanwhile, Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum confirmed that at 12:06 p.m. on the same day, a 4.1 magnitude quake also hit Surigao del Norte and Intensity IV was felt in Surigao City. The epicenter of the quake was located 10 kilometers southwest of Libjo, province of Dinagat Islands.

The Surigao City Emergency Rescue Team recorded a total of 42 people injured with one casualty identified as Socorro Celis, 65 years old who died due to cardiac arrest right after the quake.

The quake was followed by trivial but scary aftershocks.

As preventive measure, Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol F. Matugas has declared the suspension of classes in all levels both private and public Monday, March 6, 2017 in Surigao City and municipalities of San Francisco, Sison, Tagana-an, Malimono and Mainit to allow the school administrators to assess the condition of school buildings. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Army troopers recover firearms, war materials in Surigao Norte town

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 6 (PIA) - Army troopers conducting pursuit operations against fleeing New People's Army (NPA) rebels recovered one M16 rifle and other war materials Friday morning, March 3, 2017 while scouring a previous encounter site in Brgy. Tinago, Malimono town.

It can be recalled that last February 27, an encounter between government troops and rebels wounded an army junior officer when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by NPA terrorist group blasted.

The encounter site was later found out by the pursuing troops to be an NPA encampment and recovered the following war materials: one M16 rifle with magazines and ammunitions, one AK47 magazine with live rounds, four Improvised lamdmines, four rifle grenades, 13 backpacks, hundreds of meters of electrical wires, one M14 bipod, dry cell batteries, one NPA flag, 15 hammocks with 15 poncho tents installed, two UHF radios, seven pairs of rain boots, two kerosene stoves, two cooking pots, 15 kilos of rice, assorted medicines and medical paraphernalia, and subversive documents and personal belongings left by the fleeing communist terrorists.

"Based from the recovered documents, it is clear that the NPAs wanted to recover Malimono by force. They will again terrorize the communities to force the poor farmers who are afraid for their safety to give in to their extorsion activities," 2nd Lt Jonel Castillo, 30IB spokesperson based in Surigao del Norte said.

"The reported presence of NPA in Brgy Tinago is a clear manifestation that the community have had too much of their abuses, that is the reason why we immediately responded that resulted to an encounter and wounding of our comrade. It is incorrect, however that we have soldiers killed for we do not hide information about soldiers killed in line of duty because this is honor that will be passed on to their families that transcends thru generations," Castillo added.

"Last year we entered Malimono with strong resistance from NPAs and their mass base, only to find out that their real intention are the golds from small scale miners, and the logistical support extorted from poor farmers. They deceived the communities of their propaganda while preventing government services to reach the masses and the poor. During our immersion, we have uncovered the real issues faced by the locals through Peace and Development Outreach Program and these are now being addressed with the help of other government agencies and Local Government Units," Lt Col Rico Amaro, 30IB Commander said.

"The communities are pleading us not to leave and defend them from the threats of NPAs. The communities are feeding us real time information whenever the NPA presence are monitored by the locals. We are thankful of their cooperation. Despite the wounding of our officer, we will continue to protect this town with our lives from these terrorists who are already facing criminal cases. We will be doing this as part of our duty and for the children and the future children of this peace loving town," Amaro added. (30IB-Phil. Army/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


AgSur town receives P1.5-M BuB fund for OTOP Store Express

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 6 – The Talacogon town of this province will soon establish a One-Town-One-Project (OTOP) Store Express, a facility that will introduce their local products to a wider market.

The project is under the Bottom-Up-Budgeting (BuB) fund with a total amount of P1.5-Million.

DTI Agusan del Sur OIC-provincial director Brenda Corvera released the funds to Vice Mayor Rodolfo Bosque, who received the check in behalf of Municipal Mayor Jesryl Masendo of the local government unit (LGU) of Talacogon.  This was a side event during the recently concluded Negosyo Center-Talacogon Stakeholders Meeting.

The project, which will be managed by the LGU is expected to facilitate marketing of local products and encourage local producers to increase production, enhance quality and get more buyers to be able to hit bigger sales. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)