Thursday, April 6, 2017

Army supports project double barrel reloaded in SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Apr. 6 (PIA) – An official of the 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion (36IB) has expressed his full support on "Project Double Barrel Reloaded" implemented by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

During the City Peace and Order Council meeting held on Tuesday here, 36IB commanding officer Lt. Colonel Randolph Rojas said they are supporting the local government unit as well as the local police to run after the drug syndicates, "for they are destroying the future of the individuals specially the youth in our society.”

Accordingly, President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to support the PNP on the fight against illegal drugs.

Just recently, a random drug testing was conducted to the 36IB troopers by the PNP-Scene of the Crime Operatives team in response to the call of the commander-in-chief. The results of the drug test showed negative on the presence of THC – metabolites and methamphetamine – both dangerous drugs, indicating that the 36IB troopers are drug free and dedicated in their commitment to serve and protect the people of Surigao del Sur.

According to Rojas, since the start of the implementation of the “Oplan TokHang," he has been providing augmentation and tactical support to the anti-drug operations conducted by the police within their area of responsibility. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur to hold lessons learned workshop

By Nida Grace P. Barcena & Janen Lumandas

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Apr. 6 (PIA) – The provincial government of Surigao del Sur through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) is organizing a Lessons Learned Workshop for all the stakeholders in the province scheduled on April 18-20, 2017 at Balay Mindanaw Peace Center, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City.

The activity is a preparation for any emergencies either large or small, and ranging from natural to human-made disasters that might occur every now and then in the province, it was learned.

PDRRM officer Abel de Guzman said that the workshop primarily aims to consolidate the interventions and response given by the different stakeholders both government entities, Non Government Organizations (NGOs), and international NGOs by identifying the best practices that has been provided.

“Key issues identified and raised by the participants on the day of the workshop activities should be considered for post-project review so that it can be documented as basis for planning purposes. And somehow, Lessons Learned can be considered appropriate for economic interventions and durable solutions," de Guzman said.

De Guzman said they are expecting around 60 participants to join the said activity. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DSWD conducts Kalahi-CIDSS orientation in Cagdianao town

By Susil D. Ragas

CAGDIANAO, Dinagat Islands, Apr. 6 (PIA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in coordination with the local government unit of Cagdianao, this province conducted recently the Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) NCDDP (National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) Tier 2 Municipal Orientation.

According to Municipal Information Officer Teodoro L. Alipayo, the orientation was given to the municipality of Cagdianao for being one of the best performing municipalities in advocating community-driven development program.

He said Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the three core social protection programs of DSWD in combating poverty and it uses the community-driven development strategy to empower ordinary citizens to actively and directly participate in local governance to address local poverty issues.

“Some of the results of the said program include improved access of communities to basic services, increased community participation and empowered ordinary citizens,” Alipayo said.

The orientation was participated by Germin P. Elmido - Kalahi CIDSS Area Coordinator and Staff, Juliet Eballar Daal Longos-Municipal Area Coordinator, Sangguniang Bayan members, Municipal Local Government Operation Officers, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers, barangay officials from the 14 barangay of the municipality, and LGU stakeholders. (MIO-Cagdianao/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


POPCOM capacitates more pre-marriage educators

By May Ann O. Escobal

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 6 - About 60 pre-marriage counselors from various towns in Caraga Region completed the Pre-Marriage Counselling (PMC) Training of Trainers held recently in Butuan City and Surigao City, respectively.

Following the new PMC manual, the Commission on Population (POPCOM) Caraga organized the training to hone these pre-marriage counselors in developing and maintaining a responsive mechanism for an effective implementation of the PMC program in their respective locality – such as conducting PMC sessions for engaged couple applicants; and advocating for more effective implementation of said program to ensure continued awareness and support.

POPCOM Caraga Regional Director Alexander A. Makinano reiterated the importance of this training for it equipped and provided the counselors with proper and updated information about social and legal changes related to the institution of marriage and the family in Philippine society; and this also served as guidance as they take on the challenges.

“The role of these trained pre-marriage counselors is very significant. They provide engaged couples with critical information about marriage and relationships, responsible parenthood, maternal and child health, family planning and home management – for a harmonious marriage and nurtured family,” Director Makinano emphasized.

PMC is among the venue of POPCOM and partners to reach-out women and couples on reproductive ages and provide appropriate modern family planning information and services.

To recall, based on the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 01 Series of 2010 of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and POPCOM, the PMC team is composed of a Population Officer, as team leader; Pre-Marriage Counselors from the City/Municipal Health and Nutrition Office, City/Municipal Social Welfare Development Office, City/Municipal Population and Development Office, City/Municipal Agriculture Office, Department of Education City/Municipal District Office, and civil society and faith-based organizations – as members of the team. (POPCOM-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)