5.21.2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Agusan Norte readies for golden anniversary, Independence Day celebrations

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, May 17 (PIA) – Different activities are lined up for the 5oth Anniversary Celebration of the province of Agusan del Norte on June 12 to 17, this year.

Preparatory meetings and coordination were conducted by the concerned agencies and personnel of the province to ensure the successful conduct of the celebration.

On June 12, the province will have a joint celebration of the 119th Independence Day, the opening ceremonies of the 50th Foundation Anniversary and the Sadow Festival at the provincial capitol covered court.

During the opening of the celebration, an ecumenical thanksgiving service will be held at the provincial capitol to be followed by Independence Day celebration ceremonies; presentation of the Bae candidates; and presentation of different tribal dances of the Manobo, Higaonon, and Mamanwa tribes.

Also, the Taboan sa Kapitolyo will start and a 'sugba-sugba' or Bangus (milk fish) grilling will be joine by different local and naional government offices' personnel.

Part of the activities during the week-long anniversary celebration is the conduct of the Arbor Day cum Community Immersion on June 13 (2nd day) to four proposed areas, namely: Por Cristo at Buenavista; Coro, Jabonga; Santiago; and Mahaba in Cabadbaran City.

Different competitions will also be held during the celebration, like Talentadong Empleyado, Choral, drum and lyre, fireworks display and battle of the bands, TechVoc Skills competition, table skirting, flowerhorn, choral, quiz bowl competitions, and a doggie diva fashion show at the provincial capitol park.

Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba will also deliver her administration’s 2016 accomplishments to the people of the province or State of the Province Address on June 16 in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.

On June 17 will be the People’s Day celebration where various government services will be given to more or less 4,000 constituents will held in Cabadbaran City. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is expected to join the Agusanons on the said date. The awarding of Agro-Industrial Fair winners, Outstanding Agusanons, and the Bae coronation night will also be held. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DOE rolls out hybrid, energy efficient cars

BUTUAN CITY, May 17 (PIA) - The days of fuel-guzzling government agency vehicles are numbered.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is introducing the replacement of service vehicles of the national government offices with hybrid cars as part of its campaign to promote energy efficiency and clean air across the country.

At 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the DOE Sunken Garden, the DOE will donate 24 Japan-made Toyota Prius (2017 model) to the Office of the President, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Trade and Industries (DTI), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Eight hybrid cars will also be given to government offices in Region-VIII including the DENR, DTI, DOST, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Department of Transportation-Land Transportation Office (DOTr-LTO), and the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) in support to the economic and social recovery of communities devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

“This Japan government-aided grant will jumpstart our drive towards our call to action to our fellow public servants to increase their use or patronize energy efficient technologies, including their official vehicles. We have to be the role models in this cause, so our people can look up to us and follow our lead,” said DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi.

Officials of the DOE's Energy Utilization Management Bureau and Japan’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Kazuhide Ishikawa, will turn over the hybrid Toyota vehicles to the said beneficiaries.

Japan's Non-Project Grant Aid (NPGA) funded the acquisition of the Toyota Prius, which emits lower carbon emission. The hybrid car has an optimized fuel engine and electric motor to attain highest energy efficiency. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)


OWWA launches CARE program, releases financial assistance to quake victims in Surigao Norte

By Jean Pearl I. Millones

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 17 (PIA) – Pursuant to Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Board Resolution No. 006, series of 2017, OWWA–Caraga launched the agency’s Cash Relief (CARE) Program on Sunday afternoon at the Provincial Convention Center, this city.

The Cash Relief (CARE) Program is a one-time financial assistance intended to aid OWWA member families after being affected by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that struck the province on February 10, this year.

The launching was graced by vice governor Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr., Public Employment Service Office (PESO) provincial manager Emilio C. Pantejo, Surigao City PESO Officer-in-Charge Gloria O. Gimena.

In his message, vice governor Egay extended his gratitude to the agency for continuously showing the Surigaonon Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) how OWWA cares through its programs and services especially after the destructive earthquake.

During the program, OWWA-Caraga regional director Samuel S. Madrid assured all those new applicants and those with lacking documents that the agency will still continue releasing the assistance in the coming days.

“This is only the launching of the CARE Program. We will find ways to reach out to those who haven’t claimed yet. To ease you from hassle, OWWA will be visiting the municipalities to distribute the assistance,” Madrid said.

Around P500,000 was released to about 300 OFW families from Surigao City and a few barangays from the municipality of Sison during the kick-off of the CARE Program.

OWWA personnel processed all of the client’s applications that lasted past 9:00 in the evening.

New applications and queries regarding the program were also accepted and entertained in the Public Assistance Desk designated to ensure that all clients are attended to throughout the day.

Active OWWA members received P3,000.00 per family while the family of a non-active OWWA members received P1,500.00.

The agency is still accepting new applications. OFWs and their beneficiaries may file at their local PESO Offices or they may also call the regional office for more information about the program through telephone numbers 815-1894/342-6179 and hotline numbers 09173150590/09399259895. (OWWA Caraga/PIA-Caraga)