Friday, June 9, 2017

Naliyagan Festival 2017 sets grand opening celebration

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, June 9 (PIA) – The provincial government of Agusan del Sur led by Governor Adolph Edward Plaza is all set for the grand opening of this year’s Naliyagan Festival on June 10. Various lined-up activities are also prepared from June 10-17, 2017.

On Saturday, June 10, Agusanons will be gathering together at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Church at 8:00 a.m. for the concelebrated Holy Mass, and will be followed with the conduct of Gov. Eddiebong Plaza Lawn Tennis Tournament to be held at the Gov. D.O. Plaza Government Center’ Tennis Court in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

The grand opening program will also start at 10:00 a.m. at Datu Lipus Macapandong Cultural Center Stage where the Agusanons, guests and tourists shall witness the following activities: Naliyagan Festival Jingle presentation and ceremonial opening of Municipal Agri-Booth, Naliyagan trade, services, entertainment, and one-stop-shop services with different government agencies.

Also, media partners including those from other provinces are also invited to the press conference at 1:00 p.m. to be held at the provincial government’s learning center. This will be followed with the conduct of Safety Riding and Off Road Flat Tracks Training and ‘Hugtaw Tu Agusan’ 2017 or the Inter-Youth Fellowship.

At nighttime of the same day, the provincial government has also organized a sponsored concert with national and local artists, as well as grand fireworks display as one of the highlights of the opening celebration.

It was also learned that the authorities are strictly monitoring the safety and security of the people within the area, thus, Agusanons are advised to bring an identification card with them when they enter the venue and avoid bringing of items that might harm the attendees. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


AgSur readies for independence day celebration

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, June 9 (PIA) – Government officials and employees of the provincial government of Agusan del Sur will gather together on Monday, June 12 for the 119th Philippine Independence Day celebration with the Flag raising ceremony and short program at the Datu Lipus Makapandong Cultural Center Ground, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

Governor Adolph Edward Plaza will lead the wreath-laying activity with the presence of other local officials of the province and nearby municipalities at the same venue. The good governor will also deliver his message during the short program.

Right after the program, Gov. Plaza also encouraged the public to witness the following activities: Kalayaan Jobs Fair; Gov. Eddiebong Plaza Lawn Tennis Commercial Tournament; Padula sa Kabataan (Games for the Youths); Naliyagan Mano-A-Mano; Search for Naliyagan Talent Showdown; Sponsored concert at the Naliyagan Stage; and Naliyagan fireworks display.

Gov. Plaza further called on every Agusanon to unite with the government in achieving sustainable peace and development and get involve in community activities that will benefit the majority.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Kalayaan 2017: Pagbabagong Sama-Samang Balikatin.”

One of the most significant dates in the Philippine’s history is June 12, 1898. It celebrates the nation’s independence from decades of Spanish rule. Philippine independence was formally proclaimed on June 12, 1898 with the reading of the Proclamation of Independence in Kawit, Cavite. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


News Feature: APO frat distributes relief goods for Marawi victims

By Venus L. Garcia

ILIGAN CITY/MINDANAO HOUR, June 9 (PIA) – Brotherhood and sisterhood alliance emanate as the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) fraternity showed force together in demonstrating into action its cardinal principle of service through the bringing of relief packs in Iligan City intended to be given to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) brought about by the attacks of the Maute terrorist group in Marawi City.

Datu Paglas, Maguindanao municipal vice mayor Mohammad “Tong” Paglas, also an APO member, said that they distributed 2,000 packs of relief goods containing 3 kilos of rice, noodles, sardines, coffee, banana, including used clothing and medicines as an aid for the evacuees. Three hundred boxes of bananas are also a contribution of Unifrutti company.

About 150 miles away travel from Maguindanao, the group composed of some 40 APO collegiate member-volunteers safely arrived in Iligan City after a 10-hour convoy land trip loaded with relief goods ready for humanitarian assistance.

“As a guiding principle, we are here to help uplift the situation of hapless victims of Marawi warfare. This activity is meant as a way of sincere support to our brethren who are confronted with fear and helplessness,” said Paglas.

Known for the many contributions of its organization in advancing meaningful impacts in the community, APO-Ranao president Nader Macagaan emphasized APO’s participation and commitment to develop friendship in order to collectively lead in performing a genuine service to those who are in need.

“APO has already started its relief operation for the home-based evacuees and now we continue to extend our help to the IDPs housed in different evacuation centers. With this, we are spreading the spirit of servant-leadership by walking the talk and by being a friend in service,” underscored Macagaan.

Meanwhile, Paglas also made emphasis on valuing the lives of the innocent civilians who were affected by the crisis. He is even contemplating of letting them work at the banana plantations if they would consider it as a stepping-stone in rising up and starting anew.

“I strongly encouraged them to embrace hope because after a chaos comes peace, order and unity,” said Paglas. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


70 join 1st municipal youth advocates summit in SurSur town

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

BAYABAS, Surigao del Sur, June 9 (PIA) - Some 70 youth advocates from the seven barangays of Bayabas town joined the 2-day 1st Municipal Youth Advocates Summit from June 1-2, 2017 held at Bayabas Central Elementary School here.

According to Bayabas Mayor Maria Clarita Garcia-Limbaro, the summit aims to widen the awareness the youth in several issues, and come up with strong statement of commitment for the out of school youth, and eventually stand as their peer advocates.

The issues and topics tackled during the activity were adolescent sexual reproductive health; teenage pregnancy and its complications; sexually transmitted infections; drug awareness and anti-smoking campaign; youth in attainment of peace; youth in disaster preparedness and environmental protection; spiritual/moral/socio-economic insights; and child protection/violence against women and children (VAWC).

The said event made possible thru the joint efforts of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO), Philippine National Police (PNP), Municipal Disaster, Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), Municipal Ecological Solid Waste Management Office (MESWMO), Department of Education (DepEd), Parents Teachers Associations (PTAs) in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH), Population Commission (PopCom), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish and the barangay councils. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cagwait town is all set for the 21st Kaliguan festival

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

CAGWAIT, Surigao del Sur, June 9 (PIA) - The local government unit of Cagwait in Surigao del Sur headed by mayor Lilian Lozada is all set for the 21st Kaliguan Festival 2017 with several lined up activities from June 22-25, 2017.

The said event is conducted annually in time with the feast day of St. John the Baptist that was first celebrated in 1996.  From then, the Kaliguan Festival turned to develop into one of the famous festivals in the province. In Caraga Region, the celebration has already been included in the calendar of activities by the Department of Tourism (DOT) with more than 10,000 spectators every year.

Other lined up activities include, "Perlas ng Kaliguan" beauty pageant, dance performances, sports and cultural activities, which will be held at the pristine white beach of the town to be participated by the neighboring municipalities and cities of the province.

Based on the calendar of activities, the Kaliguan Festival grand opening ceremony will be conducted right after the motorcade to be held at the Kaliguan Festival activity center and the opening of the Kaliguan trade, services and entertainment center (KSTEC).

This year’s theme is "One Beach, One Dance, One GREAT Cagwait." (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


P103M FMR to boost agriculture in Surigao Norte

By Fretcher D. Magatao

BUTUAN CITY, June 9 - The Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) in Caraga recently conducted a pre-construction conference for the 9.4 km rehabilitation/concreting of Magsaysay – Bobonaon Spur Sta. Cruz – Paco Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) in Mainit, Surigao del Norte amounting to P103 million.

The concreting of the road could benefit five barangays with coconut as their main agricultural crop. “Farmers in the barangays are already excited for the start of the construction of the project since this has been the dream of the residents in the community,” said Mayor Crisanta Mondano.

Mondano said that farmers in the area have committed to planting more crops if there is already a road where they can easily transport the commodities. “These farmers are truly industrious, they work hard for their family, but there are times that discouragement comes because their products got damaged after transporting through the bumpy and narrow road,” Mondano added.

The Municipality of Mainit is rich with coconut trees, which is one of the priority commodities of the Project. “The municipality is ranked second among all municipalities in the province according to the expanded vulnerability and suitability assessment (E-VSA) result for coconut. Thus, PRDP’s intervention will be established here,” said Deputy Project Director Jodel Tabada.

The Infrastructure Component aims to put in place strategic and climate-resilient rural infrastructure facilities along the value chain of a particular commodity to achieve its maximum value and increase the profit of the players in the industry.

PRDP sees the needs of the community and plans for interventions based on the results on its science-based tools. It works out to put in place climate resilient FMRs, bridges, communal irrigation and potable water systems. (RPCO-13/PIA-Caraga)


AgNor centenarian receives P50K

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, June 9 - The provincial government of Agusan del Norte, through the Provincial Social Welfare, Population and Nutrition Services Office (PSWPNSO), handed a check worth P50,000 on June 6 to the 100 year old Helenita Vallejos, a resident of Barangay Kinabjangan, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.

Provincial Board Members Elizabeth Marie R. Calo and Dick Victor B. Carmona led the check giving together with the personnel of PSWPNSO headed by Daisybiel O. Demavivas.

Lola Helenita Vallejos, born on March 16, 1917, lives with her children at Brgy. Kinabjangan, Nasipit, Agussn del Norte. She turned 100 years old last March 16, 2017.

By virtue of Provincial Ordinance No. 362-2014,"An Ordinance Granting Centenarian Incentives and Awards to the Senior Citizens of the Province of Agusan del Norte," approved on Dec.11, 2014, with full support of Provincial Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba, a number of centenarians in the province have already received such cash incentive. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Construction of P187M FMR in SurSur town kicks off

By Fretcher D. Magatao

BUTUAN CITY, June 9 - Agriculture intervention through the Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) is set to boost the production of agri-fishery commodities in Cortes, Surigao del Sur through the concreting of 14.33 km Poblacion–Manlico–Uba Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) amounting to P187 million.

The road concreting project which had its groundbreaking ceremony last May 26 signals the start of the project that will cover 4,537 hectares of influence area and would directly benefit a total of 6 barangays and 1,137 farming and fishing households.

Most of the residents in the barangays have grown old not experiencing a concrete road. “The rough road used to be muddy, especially during rainy seasons. Very few vehicles comes in our area which also serves as cargo trucks," said Chairman Vicente Malingin of Barangay Tuburan.

“Due to the poor road condition, farmers have to spend P2,000 for the transfer of their goods to the market," he added.

Other than its rich aquatic resources, farmers are now eyeing the opportunity to expand production areas for cassava and cacao.

“FMR primarily benefits the farmers, it is also valuable to the rest of the community in general as it makes transportation more convenient,” said Mayor William Angos.

During the kick-off activity, DA-PRDP Team also conducted a pre-construction conference where salient information about the project is discussed with the residents in the community including proper handling of conflicts using PRDP’s Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM).

“Everything is properly explained to us through the pre-construction conference. Our queries are addressed and the contractor has committed to hiring workers from our barangay," said Chairman Manny Atillo of Barangay Capandan.

“This project is different, the LGU and government agencies make us feel important," Atillo added.

Regional Executive Director Abel James Monteagudo also urged Cortesanons to continue working with the DA. “We can see the potential for agri-fishery development and productivity in the municipality. Continue to cooperate with us,” he said.

The Infrastructure Component of the PRDP aims to put in place strategic and climate-resilient rural infrastructure facilities along the value chain of a particular commodity to achieve its maximum value and increase the profit of the players in the industry. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Internally Displaced Persons sa Marawi City umapila ng tulong pinansyal galing sa gobyerno

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG ILIGAN/MINDANAO HOUR, Hunyo 9 (PIA) - Bagamat walang naging reklamo sa relief goods na tinatanggap ang mga internally displaced persons o IDPs sa ibat-ibang evacuation centers galing ng Marawi city, umapila naman sila sa gobyerno ng tulong pinansyal upang may puhunan silang magagamit sa kanilang sisimulang panibagong buhay.

Sa pakikipanayam kay Nelson Jimenez, 42 years old at may tatlong anak, ibinahagi niya ang kanilang sitwasyon sa evacuation center sa School of Fisheries sa Barangay Boroon, nang lungsod.

Ayon sa kanya, natutugonan naman daw ang kanilang pang-araw-araw na pangangailangan sa pagkain at malinis na tubig sa evacuation center, maliban nalang sa kakulangan ng espasyo at maayos na matutulogan. Dahil dito, umaapila si Jimenez sa gobyerno, maging sa ibang donors na mabigyan rin sila ng tulong pinansyal upang matugunan ang kanilang ibang pangangailangan at ng makapagsimula rin sila ng bagong panghanap-buhay.

Mangiyak-iyak ring ibinahagi ni Norsalam Umbra, 37 years old ang kanilang sitwasyon at kung papaano sinira ng mga Maute terrorist group ang kanilang tirahan sa Marawi City at pilit pang kinuha ang kanilang "rela" o tricycle na tanging pinagkukunan ng kita ng kanyang asawa sa pamamasada. Si Umbra at ang kanyang pamilya ay nasa evacuation center sa Barangay Santa Elena, Iligan City mula pa noong nagsimulang sumiklab ang karahasan sa nasabing lungsod.

Masakit man sa kanyang loob na mawalan ng tirahan at pangkabuhayan, umaasa pa ring matutulungan siya ng gobyerno at mabibigyan siya ng tulong pinansyal at makapag-simula ulit ng bagong buhay kasama ng kanyang pamilya.

Samantala, nananawagan rin si Sister Fe Socorro Salimbangon, ang Diocesan Caritas Coordinator ng Diocese of Iligan City sa publiko at sa mga interesadong magdonate, na sa pamamagitan ng tulong pinansyal naman ang ibigay sa mga IDPs dahil mas makakatulong din umano ito para sa kanila. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Secretary Piñol namahagi ng food packs sa Marawi evacuees

Ni Venus L. Garcia

ILIGAN CITY/MINDANAO HOUR, Hunyo 9 (PIA) - Sa pagbisita ni Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol dito sa bayan ng Balo-i, Lanao del Norte, namahagi ito ng ayudang food packs sa mga evacuees galing sa Marawi City na kasalukuyang namamalagi sa designated evacuation centers.

Katuwang ng ahensya ang kanilang limang regional offices sa Mindanao na una nang inutusan ni Piñol na magkaisang lumikom ng food items.

Nakinabang ang recipient-evacuees sa 2,391 packs ng dalawang kilong bigas, 2,034 packs ng dalawang kilong corn grits, 108 bottles ng tubig at isang libong grocery packs. Sa ngayon, aabot na sa mahigit P600,000 ang halaga ng first batch ng food aid na kanilang inihanda.

Ayon kay Sec. Piñol, maliban pa sa food aid, ay makakatanggap din ng P5,000 ang bawat pamilya ng evacuees.

Inalok din niya ang Survivor and Recovery (SURE) Loan Program ng ahensya na may zero interest rate. Sa pamamagitan nito ay maari silang makahiram ng P20,000 na pambili ng binhi at panghanda ng taniman upang makapagsimula muli ng panibagong buhay.

Samantala, ipinaabot din ni Balo-i, Lanao del Norte Mayor Madrid Elias ang laking pasasalamat sa tulong ng DA. Anya, hindi man matukoy kung hanggang kailan pa mamamalagi ang mga evacuees sa temporary shelters ay inaasahan nilang masustain ang pagtugon sa mga pangunahing pangangailangan ng mga ito.

Inaasahan ang karagdagang assistance sa gagawin pang magkasunod na batches ng relief operation ng DA sa darating na mga araw dahil target nito na gawin kada linggo.

Umapela naman si Mayor Elias sa iba pang sektor ng karagdagang donasyon o tulong para sa kababayan nating naging biktima ng Marawi seige. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Tungod sa kakulangon sa edukasyon, tribu padayon nga gipahimuslan sa rebeldeng NPA sa SurSur

MUNISIPYO SA SAN MIGUEL, Surigao del Sur, Hunyo 9 (PIA) – Padayon nga gipahimuslan sa rebeldeng New People’s Amy kon NPA ang tribo sa probinsya, kini ang gibutyag sa usa ka Datu sa Surigao del Sur.

Sumala pa ni Hawudon Rico Maca, Municipal Tribal Chieftain sa lungsod sa San Miguel nga hangtud karong panahuna padayun nga gipahimuslan sa mga NPA ang kahuyang og kakulangon sa edukasyon sa mga tribo nga diin maoy hinungdan nga dali ra kini madani sa pagpauban og sampa sa mga kalihukang rebulosyunaryo sa kabukiran.

Kahinumduman niadtong Mayo 22, 2017, usa ka batan-ong rebelde ug usa ka meyembro sa tribong Manobo ang mitahan sa iyang kaugalingon sa pagbalik sa sabakan sa panggamhanan.

Sumala pa ni “Ka Jumong,” kinsa misurender ngadto sa 36IB, sulod sa usa ka iskwad (siyam ka miyembro ang gidaghanaon) nga iyang nakauban sa pakigbisog, pito niini tribu o lumad.

Base usab sa datos nga nakalap sa mga kasundaluhan, sa Surigao del Sur, nga halos 75 porsento sa armadong NPA puro kini tribu sa Manobo ug Mamanwa.

Dili pa lang dugay nga gipakita ni 402nd Brigade Commander Franco Nemesio Gacal ang usa ka libro ngadto sa mga media nga na rekober sa engkwentro nga nag ulohan “Ispesyal ng Kurso sa Lumad (IKL).” Gikabutyag nga nakapatik didto unsaon ang pag organisa sa mga lumad aron mosampa sa armadong pakigbisog batok sa gobyerno, kini ang usa ka mabug-at nga ebidensiya nga magpamatuod nga gitutukan sa mga rebeldeng NPA ang mga kabatan-onang lumad sa kalihukan.

Sa mga panagsangka sa pwersa sa gobyerno ug sa rebelde halos tanang mga samdan og nakalas nga kinabuhi sa NPA puro kini tribo. Kini nagpamatuod nga padayung gipahimuslan sa mga NPA ang kahuyang sa panghunahuna sa mga tribo, sumala pa ni Hawudon Maca. (with a report from Capt. Al Anthony Pueblas, 36IB/PIA-Surigao del Sur)