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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

PIA-Caraga set to launch ASEAN info kiosks at Bancasi Airport

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 4 (PIA) – In view of the Philippines’ hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN’s) 50th Founding Anniversary, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga, in collaboration with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)-Butuan, is all set for the ASEAN Information Kiosks Launching at the Bancasi Airport in this city on morning of April 11, 2017.

The launching will commence right after the arrival of the PIA director general Harold Clavite, deputy director general Gregorio Angelo Villar, along with other guests, who will be taking the first flight from Manila.

The said information booth that will be widely known as ‘ASEAN Info Kiosk’ will serve as a medium toward a particular goal of addressing the perceived information needs of visiting guests and the laypeople about ASEAN, government and PIA local services, and vital information of the region.

“It is also one of the many endeavors to continually communicate the government policies and services to the general public down to the grassroots level,” underscored PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga.

Caga said that DG Clavite and DDG Villar will take the lead in the ceremonious cutting of ribbons indicating the opening of the kiosk to the general public. They will be joined by director Caga who is also the cluster head of Northern and Northeastern Mindanao, and Butuan Airport manager Evangeline Daba.

According to Daba, they are designating spaces both at the arrival and departure areas to where the kiosks will be set up for easy access of air passengers.

“For those travellers who are awaiting for their boarding time, the information, education and communication materials that are readily available and up for grab at the kiosks will help them gain awareness derived from the information contained in the brochures,” said Daba.

The ASEAN Info Kiosks are inaugurated in different regions of the country as part of the advocacy campaign to increase consciousness and knowledge not only about ASEAN but as well as the government’s programs and projects, its interventions to the people and nation in entirety. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

NFA Surigao Norte now ready to buy palay

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 4 (PIA) - The office of the National Food Authority (NFA) Surigao del Norte is now ready to buy palay with additional incentives.

According to NFA provincial manager Gleen P. Echin the NFA’s buying price for clean and dry palay is P17.00 per kg with an additional P0.20/kg drying incentive if the moisture content (MC) is 14 percent or lower.

She said an additional incentive is given to farmers if they will deliver their harvest to the NFA warehouse with additional P0.20 to P0.50/kg delivery incentive.

“We also give an additional P0.30/kg to farmer group as Cooperative Development Incentive Fee (CDIF) if they will sell their palay to NFA,” Echin said.

NFA will also conduct a mobile procurement especially to remote areas to ease the burden of the farmers to bring their harvest to NFA warehouse.

For more information just contact the NFA Hotline number at 0932-8681554 or 0917-8258302. (NFA-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Feature: Priceless efforts of community volunteers

By Marko Davey Reyes

Barangay Zone 3 in the municipality of Lanuza, Surigao del Sur has been blessed with pristine water sources such as rivers, streams, and creeks. The bounties of nature have blessed them with clean and useful water they use every day.

But during rainy days, these bodies of water rise, sometimes even flood certain areas. Motorcycles, which are the most common form of transportation in their barangay, could not pass through the streams because of the strong water currents.

In 2014, Lanuza was among the new areas for Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The program became the venue for the community to express their needs. Since the program utilizes the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach, the community was able to voice out their needs and propose proper solutions to resolve their problems. Volunteers were chosen from among the community to implement their sub-projects.

They were able to propose, and implement two community sub-projects that mitigated their road access problems. The community was able to complete a 9.50 linear-meter spillway with road concreting for the approach in 2015 and a double-barrel box culvert in 2016. The CDD process used by the program provided an opportunity for the community volunteers to identify their sub-projects. They were the ones who prepared for the sub-project plan and proposal, did all the canvassing and bidding for the materials, and oversaw the project implementation.  

Emanuel Calmares, who served as Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) chairperson, could not believe they were able to achieve the feat especially that community volunteers, who never had any background in project implementation, did all the work for the program. And they never had any problems spending time and effort volunteering for the program (without any pay/honorarium) since they have come to realize that the program was an opportunity for them to better their community’s situation.

“Nagtratrabaho kami kahit na walang sweldo. Para kaming mga kawani – time in at time out araw-araw. Ang tanging sweldo namin ay aming community sub-project na natanggap at nakompleto namin dahil sa aming kooperasyon at pagbibigay oras at panahon. Ginawa namin ito alang-alang sa aming pamilya lalo na sa aming mga anak (We work even though we do not have any salary. We are like regular workers – we do “time in” and “time out” every day. We consider our community sub-projects that we have completed through everyone’s cooperation and by spending some time and effort to complete as our salary, our compensation. We did this for the sake of our families, specially our children)," Calmares said. (DSWD-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

PRO Caraga tightens security measures for Lent, summer

By Honey Dy

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 4 (PIA) - The Police Regional Office (PRO) in Caraga has intensified its security operations for the Lenten and entire summer season dubbed as “Ligtas Sumvac 2017.”

PRO Caraga Regional Director PCSupt. Rolando B. Felix directed all city and provincial directors to implement the “Ligtas SUMVAC 2017” campaign to ensure the safety and security of the public.

The region’s top cop also assured the public that security measures are in place to keep the streets and roads leading to churches and other summer destinations safe.

More police personnel have been deployed with influx of travellers and tourists. Police presence will be intensified through increased foot/mobile patrols, checkpoints, and the establishment of Police Assistance Desks Centers in places of public convergence to stop the criminal elements from taking advantage of the occasion.

“The Caraga Police will collaborate with other government agencies, stakeholders and the community in keeping the summer vacation safe and secure for everyone," PCSupt Felix said.

Police Regional Office 13 is urging the citizenry to report crime-related incidents through phone (815-3325 or 09399354084) or hotline numbers of police stations posted in public areas. (PRO-13/PIA-Caraga)