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Monday, May 8, 2017

Butuanons celebrate 30th Balangay Festival

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 8 (PIA) – Butuanons are all set for this year’s 30th Balangay Festival celebration with various lined-up activities this month of May.

According to city mayor Engr. Ronnie Vicente Lagnada, this year’s celebration will kick-off on May 10 with the conduct of a motorcade at 3:00 p.m. and a grand opening ceremony at 7:00 p.m at the Libertad Sports Complex.

“This is one of the most important events as this will showcase performances by top-caliber artists who will perform the journey of Butuan from an ancient and glorious kingdom to where it will be in the future,” highlighted Lagnada.

The good mayor also bared that several party-concerts will follow daily after the grand kick-off to entertain Butuanons and visitors alike.

It was learned that Butuanons will enjoy trade fair and exhibit, various local sports events of regional, national and international prestige, and several other activities that will add glitter to the whole celebration.

Butuanons are also excited for the Mutya Hong Butuan happening on May 18 with Jason Dy as invited celebrity who will also serenade the candidates. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

20 SurSur MSMEs enroll in DTI’s ‘Mentor Me’ program

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 8 (PIA) – A total of 20 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have enrolled the Kapatid “Mentor Me” (KMME) program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Surigao del Sur and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, Incorporation-Go Negosyo as pilot beneficiaries.

DTI-Surigao del Sur Provincial Office chief Romel Oribe confirmed that 10 MSMEs were from the 1st District while the other 10 are from the 2nd district of the province.

“We were guided by the guidelines as to the qualifications of the mentees (MSMEs)… These 20 mentees are the regular clients of the DTI, which we feel could benefit the program,” Oribe said.

The training consists of 11 modules to be conducted in three months and will be undertaken in partnership with institutions specializing in functional areas of entrepreneurship.

DTI ARD Caraga Lolita Dorado explained that the KMME program could help resetting the MSMEs entrepreneurial mindset, where the mentors share their personal experiences in a person-to-person or heart-to-heart talk.

The KMME is aimed to assist MSMEs scale up and sustain their enterprises by equipping them with the needed skill sets by way of theoretical/conceptual discussions (lectures) and mentoring/coaching session. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DTI, DPWH converge for infra development program

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 8 – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) rolled out a new convergence program that would develop infrastructure leading to manufacturing and economic zones in the bid to attract more business to these areas.

According to DTI Surigao del Norte provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan the program, dubbed as, “Roads Leveraging Linkages for Industry and Trade” (ROLL IT) will align DPWH projects with that of DTI projects in support to local industries.

He said an instructional and orientation briefing was conducted on April 25, 2017 at Hotel Tavern to help the participants familiarize with the guidelines and techniques of the program.

The said orientation was participated by representatives from different local government units of Surigao del Norte, key industry players and other concerned agencies and stakeholders.

Negapatan said that aside from the orientation, the two agencies plan to conduct a writeshop for the said program to engage the LGUs in drafting their own proposals in preparation for 2019 ROLL IT implementation.

The ROLL IT program envisioned to further fuel the recent high growth of domestic investments as well as the surge in foreign direct investments of the country through more road projects. Through better road infrastructure connecting the industries, industrial and regional development strategies can be realized and these will further facilitate balanced development, dispersal of industries away from urban areas towards the rural areas, creating more jobs and income opportunities to more Filipinos. (DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

2 new lawyer-cops receive commendation medal

BUTUAN CITY, May 8 - Two police officers in Caraga, who were among the recent 3,747 bar passers received the Medalya ng Papuri (PNP Commendation Medal) during the flag-raising here on Monday.

Chief Supt Rolando Felix, Caraga police director, spearheaded the giving of awards to SPO1 Leomille Elicano and PO3 Junyvil Tumbaga after passing the 2016 Bar examination.

Elicano is assigned to the Discipline, Law, and Order Section of the Regional Personnel Human Resource Development Division while Tumbaga is an investigator of Agusan del Norte Provincial Investigation and Detective Section.

They finished the Bachelor of Laws at Father Saturnino Urios University.

“Their expertise in law can eventually help the Police Regional Office 13 in our crime solving efforts since they can provide better legal opinions or advice to our police units. May this feat serve as inspiration to other police personnel to take a step higher for their personal and professional advancement,” Felix said.

Felix added that the lawyer-cops may become commissioned officers with the rank of Police Senior Inspector if they would apply and pass the requirements of the PNP's Legal Service lateral entry program.

They will take their oath as lawyers on May 22, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

PH biodiversity paves way for revitalized drug development in the country

By Geraldine Bulaon-Ducusin

BUTUAN CITY, May 8 - Philippine biodiversity offers potential leads for the development of pharmaceutical medicines, according to an outstanding researcher recently awarded by the Department of Science and Technology - National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP).

“There are endemic plants, insects, marine organisms, minerals (in the country) that could be a source of pharmacologic interventions in diseases,” says Dr. Joven Apostol, a 2017 Outstanding Filipino Researcher. Apostol, a pharmacy professor at the University of Sto. Tomas, admitted that while the presence of foreign pharmaceutical manufacturers has dipped over the years as most have  shifted operations to the other countries, such drawback was in a way a blessing.

“It has awakened the Filipino spirit to become more entrepreneurial and there has been a growth spike in drug research and development in academic and research institutes and local manufacturers focusing on endemic biomaterials,” he said. “This is also partly due to the encouragement and support of the science and technology agencies of the government and other funding agencies.”

Apostol likewise pointed out that basic research is crucial in drug development. “A pharmaceutical product is only good as it is safe and effective,” he says.“A drug molecule will not advance to formulation and manufacturing without the preliminary data on its safety, effect, mechanism of action, toxicity and others – basic information on drug source, synthesis, kinetics and interactions which can only be provided by basic research.”

Research in basic pharmacology includes screening of these biomaterials for their effects on the physical and chemical processes of the living organism and on the nature and courses on diseases. Various methods of testing are employed, such as in vitro, in vivo and in silico. The results of these basic researches serve as the basis to support further studies leading to formulation and clinical use of the drug product.

Gains in the growth of the pharmaceutical sector can be sustained by continuous support to both basic and applied research. This way we can reduce our reliance to foreign manufactured drugs.

Dr. Apostol is optimistic that given the right support, structure, formation of scientists, industry, and government, it is possible that in five to ten years, the country is halfway in terms of drug discovery. In such time, the drug being developed should be in the clinical trial phase and the company doing the development should have spent half a billion dollars, he said.

DOST-NRCP is the country’s lead agency in basic research, and is mandated to promote and support basic and problem-oriented researches, particularly those which are multidisciplinary, in the sciences as well as in the humanities. NRCP supports researches that identify and provide solutions to national issues and problems, and generate new knowledge in preparation for the future.

This June 2017, NRCP will host the 17th Science Council of Asia Conference to be participated in by renowned researchers and scientists from 31 academic institutions and organizations of the 18 member countries across Asia. For details visit http://www.nrcp.dost.gov.ph/previous-issues/173-ph-to-host-the-17th-sca-conference. (S&T Media Service, DOST-STII/PIA-Caraga)

Agusan Norte guv OKs P10M for Santiago public market

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, May 8 - Agusan del Norte Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba approved the funding for this year of P10,000,000 for the construction of a Premium Public Market in the municipality of Santiago, Agusan del Norte.

It was learned that due to lack of funds, the local government of Santiago requested governor Matba for funding of ten million pesos for the construction of the said project through Sangguniang Bayan Resolution Nos. 12 and 14 series 2017.

Considering that it is one of the province’s infrastructure development thrusts, governor Matba provided and allocated the funding and to be transferred to the municipality of Santiago through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

For immediate implementation of the said project, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan authorized governor Matba to sign the said MOA with the local government of Santigao through Sanggunian Resolution No. 124-2017, authored by Vice Governor Ramon AG. Bungabong. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Gawad Kalasag validation team conducts regional field validation in Dinagat Islands

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, May 8 - The Annual Gawad KALASAG Search for Excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Humanitarian Assistance 2017 once again conducted the Regional Field Validation on April 25, 2017 held at the Provincial Guest Center, Brgy. Cuarinta, this town.

The validation aims to check how resilient the province of Dinagat Islands in terms of disaster risk reduction and to check the best practices in terms of plans and policy implementation.

The process composes of two phases wherein the first is to check the documents as mode of verification to their consistency to plans implementation and the second is to validate the disaster risk reduction’s related infrastructure at the ground level such as the operation center and the evacuation center and others.

The regional validators is spearheaded by its chairperson Jeffrey A. Ramo from Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga with their counterparts from National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga, Graziella C. Harting; Lorene S. Catedral from Office of Civil Defense Caraga; and Lorijane D. Sacote of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga.

Members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) are in full attendance to participate the said regional validation. (PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

Army, GMA Kapuso Foundation deliver free medical services in AgSur town

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, May 8 - The 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion, Phil. Army in partnership with the GMA Kapuso Foundation and Municipal Health Office of Veruela, this province has brought services to the children thru “Operation Tuli” held recently at Veruela Gymnasium. 

The group continues with the delivery of free services after the successful distribution of school supplies in the municipalities of Agusan del Sur.

The whole-day activity benefited 371 children coming from different barangays of Veruela. Said program was actively participated by doctors and nurses of Veruela MHO and reinforced by the Medical Aidmen of 401st Infantry Brigade and personnel of Philippine National Police. While waiting for circumcision, some children availed free haircut offered by 26IB skilled personnel at the venue.    

Also, Veruela Mayor Myrna Mondejar expressed her gratitude to the major stakeholders especially to GMA Kapuso Foundation, Department of Education (DepEd) Veruela and 26IB for choosing the municipality to be the recipient of said program that benefited her constituents especially the children and young adult who cannot afford to go to hospital for circumcision expenses.

Meanwhile, Lt Colonel Pagayon said that the program is timely and appropriate with the summer season and non-school days. “It was a chance to avail free services beneficial to the young males of the municipality as this had been part of the physical/mechanical hygiene practice. This is one concrete basis that the 26IB of the 401st Brigade thru the leadership of Colonel Cristobal Zaragoza, together with partner stakeholders are working in unity to provide the needs of the people by bringing to them the government’s programs and services,” he added. (26IB Phil. Army/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Loreto SLP beneficiaries learn entrepreneurship, convenience store management
LORETO, Agusan del Sur, May 8 – “We’ve learned a lot from this training especially in managing our business.”

This was the statement of Tessie Nierves, president of Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Association in La Caridad, this town as she summed up the feelings of the group members.

The Skills Training on Store Management and Warehousing was sponsored by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the SLP in partnership with Negosyo Center – Agusan del Sur (NC-AdS) held recently at Brgy. Sto. Tomas, Loreto, Agusan del Sur.

Some 50 members of the association attended said event. The association will be putting-up a store for general motor parts and mechanical services as identified by the beneficiaries under the (DSWD)-SLP Fund.

The group was introduced to the basics of entrepreneurship and marketing. The session also included inputs to capacitate them to grow their business via proper budgeting of their expenses and appreciating the value of savings through B.E.S.T. Game approach.

The NC-AdS has also scheduled a follow-up training for the group on Financial Wellness on the third week of May 2017. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)