Friday, April 7, 2017

POPCOM, CHR heighten advocacy on RPRH for men

By May Ann O. Escobal

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 7 (PIA) - About 100 men from various Regional Line Agencies (RLAs) actively participated in the Kalalakihang Tumutugon sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya or KATROPA session held recently here by the Commission on Population (POPCOM) - Caraga in partnership with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) - Caraga.

POPCOM Caraga Regional Director Alexander A. Makinano highlighted the significance of this activity for it equipped these men with necessary knowledge and skills on maternal and child health in order for them to become more personally effective in making decisions about their and their family’s health, personal development, and other related issues and concerns.

The good director also pointed-out that if males are involved in discussions and activities on maternal health and responsible parenting, they could become advocates who could push for needed policies and programs in their respective communities.

POPCOM believes that mobilizing men collectively for maternal health and responsible parenthood can make pregnancy and child birth a joyous moment for women as well as their male partners, instead of being situations where women have to risk their lives from the risk of pregnancy and child birth.

On her part, CHR Caraga Regional Director Atty. Jerefe D. Tubigon-Bacang said that KATROPA session is another tool in their continuing effort in reducing domestic violence, particularly those affecting women.

The KATROPA session ended with a community group singing. All participants sang the song entitled “The Wonder of You,” dedicated to the women of their lives. (POPCOM-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Agusan Norte rural women get livelihood training

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 7 (PIA) - In line with the celebration of National Women’s Month in March, the Provincial Agrarian Reform Office in Agusan del Norte conducted two sessions of seminars on Rural Women Enhancement and Entrepreneurial Skills Training held last March 30-31, 2017 here.

The seminar was attended by at least 40 rural women Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) who are members of 15 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) from different agrarian reform communities in the province.

According to CARPO Judith M. Domingo, the agency remains committed to assist the rural women ARBs to increase their income not only in crop production but also to become a small-business owner and entrepreneur at the community level.

Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) training coordinator Luningning Buque-Ycoy said the agency is looking into the challenges facing every rural women agrarian reform beneficiaries.

“The DAR looks beyond to improve the lives of the rural women farmer-beneficiaries through livelihood trainings," Ycoy added.

“Large number of agrarian reform beneficiaries in the province are women and some of them are dependent from the land they tilled. It is an approach to enhance the capacity of the rural women’s economic activities and income to provide a living for their family,” Ycoy added.


The participants appreciated the agency’s wonderful initiative that has a great potential to augment the incomes of household rural women in their community. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Lady legislators vow to support RH

By Angie B. Antonio

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 7 (PIA) - The Lady Local Legislators’ League of the Philippines (Four-L Philippines) vowed to support  the full implementation of Republic Act 10354, through the signing of a pledge of commitment, during the recent Regional Summit.

The Four-L, newly-organized in Caraga Region by their national officers,  pledged to strongly support the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte in implementing responsible efforts to resolve the population issues in a way that respects gender dimensions, cultural identity, values and tradition.

As part of their commitment, they promised to remove all remaining barriers that inhibit access to family planning services, information and education, as well as to help support the provision of reproductive health and family planning services as widely as possible.

The Lady Legislators further committed their support and take part in collective action toward the passage into law of  House Bill (HB) 4742, Preventing Teenage Pregnancies and Institutionalizing Social Protection for Teenage Parents; and HB 4689, Creation of a Local Population and Development Office in all Provinces, Cities and Municipalities.  Thus, they call on the Congress to immediately enact these measures.

Moreover, the lady Legislators pledged to work to enact legislation to increase funding for population and development programs, as appropriate, at the same time, efficient use of existing resources as is also important and should be pursued through such measures as decentralization, peoples’ participation, and focus on poor household.

Present during the summit is the Masbate Vice-Governor,  Hon. Jo Kristine C. Revil, being the incumbent national president of the Four-L Philippines, Atty. Katherine C. Agapay, Vice-Governor of  the province of Laguna and Four-L National Executive Vice-President, who at the same time reactors during the summit.  Other national officers of the Four-L Phils., from the three island groups of the country also witnessed the event. All lady local legislators of the five provinces and six cities of the region were represented and organized by chapter.

Hon. Mayor Vicente C. Lagnada,  City Mayor of Butuan and Hon. Attorney Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun, Congressman, Butuan City and Las Nieves were also present to grace the occasion.

POPCOM Executive Director Juan Antonio A. Perez III was ably represented by the chief of the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division who presented the concepts of Population and Development.

Meanwhile, RD Alexander A. Makinano of Population Commission (POPCOM) Caraga also presented the RPRH in Local Legislation and pointed-out three adopted Regional Development Council (RDC) Resolutions in response to the high incidence of teenage pregnancy in the region.

The Summit was made possible through the coordination and support  of Atty. Rema E. Burdeos, SP Member in Butuan and Four-L, Phils.-Director for Mindanao. (POPCOM-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)