Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Rains fail to dampen 119th Philippine independence day celebration in Butuan

By Regal C. Oribia

BUTUAN CITY, June 14 (PIA) - The rains did not dampen the spirits of the Butuanons who wanted to celebrate the 119th Philippine Independence Day here.

Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente C. Lagnada led the Freedom Day celebration together with City Vice Mayor Jose "Joboy" S. Aquino II and other local officials.

The celebration commenced at 7:00 a.m., Monday, June 12, at the Guingona Park with a flag-raising ceremony, followed by the laying of wreaths at the monument of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, and a 21-gun salute by the Philippine Army soldiers.

Aquino, in his welcome remarks, recalled how the Filipinos attained the freedom from foreign rules because of the sacrifices of "our ancestors who fought for us and the country’s freedom."

Also, Lagnada stressed that real independence "should start within ourselves." He also enjoined the Butuanons to be united and do their share to sustain the freedom.

Meanwhile, interpretative dances depicting freedom, love and dedication to the country were also performed by the Amparo National High School, Taligaman National High School and Nongnong National High School.

Monday’s celebration of Independence day was attended by hundreds of employees from the city government, different government agencies and civil society organizations’ representatives, the academe and students, among others.

The celebration ended with the release of balloons to signify peace and prosperity for the entire country. (FEA/RCO/PIA Caraga)


Humayanon Festival highlights 55th Araw ng San Miguel

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 14 (PIA) – A cultural fest dubbed 8th Humayanon Festival will highlight the 55th founding anniversary of the municipality of San Miguel, Surigao del Sur from June 14 to 16, 2017.

According to Community Development Information Officer (CDIO) Nancy Elizalde, the 3-day festivity will start at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday with a parade to be followed by a formal opening program to be held at the municipal gymnasium.

The cutting of ribbon for the agro-trade fair will also be conducted to be led by Surigao del Sur Vice Governor Manuel Alameda, San Miguel Mayor Alvaro Elizalde, Vice Mayor Salvador Soriano and sangguniang bayan members.

Also, 12 lovely candidates will be competing for the Miss Humayanon talent showdown and a fellowship night of San Miguelnon will take place during the first night of the festivity.

On day-2, the indigenous peoples (IPs) of San Miguel will celebrate the “Araw ng Lumad” with several lined-up activities involving the IP communities in the town headed by Municipal Tribal Chieftain Datu Rico Maca.

On day-3, the 8th Humayanon Festival will tbe conducted with nine barangay participants to compete for the street dancing and dance presentation. These barangays are: Magroyong, Poblacion, Sagbayan, Mahayag, San Roque, Libas Sud, Bolhoon, Carromata, and Tina.

The pageant night for Miss Humayanon will also be held on the same day.

This year’s celebration carries the theme: "San Miguelnon Kinaiyahan Panalipdan, Kalambuan Ipadayon ngadto sa Malahutayong Kaugmaon." (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


119th Philippine Independence Day celebrated solemnly in SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 14 (PIA) - The 119th Philippine Independence Day was solemnly celebrated in the city spearheaded by the city government here headed by mayor Alexander Pimentel in collaboration with the provincial government of Surigao del Sur and Department of Education (DepEd).

The celebration was participated by the employees of the national government agencies (NGAs); troopers of 402nd Brigade and 36th Infantry Battalion; personnel of the Philippine National Police; private sector/non-government organizations; academe and students.

During the activity, Provincial Administrator Efren Rivas Jr. representing Governor Vicente Pimentel emphasized the importance of the celebration and encouraged everyone to be united for peace and development in the entire nation.

"Today, the whole nation celebrates the independence day, we have to be united and put in mind the courage and patriotism of our forefathers that led to our freedom,” Rivas said.

"Let us remember the efforts and the bravery of the people who have died for us. Let us treasure the independence we have gained," he added.

Meanwhile, Tandag City Mayor Alexander Pimentel also stressed that the country is fighting freedom not from foreign invaders but against the fellow Filipinos.

“Right now, we are fighting for a new independence, not from foreigners, but from our fellow Filipinos. We are fighting for an independence against terrorists and insurgents for more than a decade protracted war,” Pimentel said. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Balikatan 33 strengthens US-PH defense partnership

BUTUAN CITY, June 14 - After 12 training days in the Philippines, thousands of service members from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and United States (U.S.) Military recently finished this year’s rigorous Balikatan training exercise and now stand more prepared to respond to terror threats and natural disasters in the region.

This another successful Balikatan training built a long and productive history of joint military exercises that enhance interoperability, strengthen partnerships, and improve disaster response and counterterrorism capabilities.  The teamwork of the Philippines and U.S. armed forces ensures a more rapid response to natural disasters and manmade crises, in saving lives and helping the Filipinos.

“Our nations face an increasingly complex and volatile security environment,” said Ambassador Sung Kim.  “Now more than ever, our armed forces must work together closely.  Exercises like Balikatan build upon the long and productive history between our two militaries and ensure that we are always ready to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in defense of our lives, our shared values, and international rules-based order,” he said.

During Balikatan, participants conducted training exercises in diverse areas of expertise, including live fire advanced marksmanship, small unit tactics, counter improvised explosive devices (IED), maritime interdiction, and amphibious raids.  They had also practiced ship to shore movement of military personnel and equipment, air operations, and aid distribution to bolster disaster response capabilities.

In the communities of Dulaq and Tapaz in Capiz, Ormoc in Leyte, and Guiuan in Eastern Samar, the participants were involved in the construction of new classrooms and community buildings and renovated existing structures.

Apart from that, the U.S. supplied the communities in Luzon and the Central Visayas region with over $400,000 of emergency readiness equipment and aid.  The U.S. and Philippine military medical teams also taught the community members with basic lifesaving skills, disease prevention, and proper physical and dental hygiene  – all critical during times of crisis.

To help prepare for a natural disaster hitting the region, U.S. troops also coordinated with the local municipal leadership to identify locations capable of supporting relief operations and helped in developing crisis response plans.

In this year’s Balikatan, the Philippines and the United States continued to collaborate with regional partner nations to include forces from Australia and Japan who participated in all major training events, and the AFP invited military forces from the United Kingdom and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries to be part of the International Observers Program. (U.S. Embassy/PIA-Caraga)


Kalahi-CIDSS ups advocacy with launching of compendium; coffee table book

By Marko Davey D. Reyes

BUTUAN CITY, June 14 - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga recently launched the advocacy materials to strengthen the implementation of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) program. The materials were unveiled/launched during the regional Monday convocation on June 5, 2017 at the DSWD Caraga regional office here.

The materials launched were Bidlisiw (Ray of Light), a coffee table book with photo stories and the 2nd volume of Kabilin (Inheritance), a compendium of success stories of the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS in the region. DSWD Caraga OIC Regional Director Mita Chuchi Lim was on hand to lead the unveiling together with other management officers and Kalahi-CIDSS specialists.

The materials showcase the wonderful stories of communities in Caraga who benefited from the implementation of the program. The different stakeholders, most especially the community volunteers have paved the way for progress and development to happen through their perseverance, optimism and extraordinary efforts in their participation in the program’s implementation.

The advocacy materials tell the story of the community volunteers’ journey towards empowerment and their valuable contribution to realize their community projects through the program. The materials would not just serve the purpose of informing the people of the impact of the program but also to encourage more interaction and partnerships with the different partner stakeholders of the program.

Above all, the program hopes that the advocacy materials would immortalize the impact of Community-Driven Development (CDD) especially in the transformation of lives of the communities and the other stakeholders. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: 'Kaflyapaan fund raising' matagumpay na inilunsad ng mga kabataan sa Butuan

Ni Regal C. Oribia

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hunyo 14 (PIA) - Matagumapay na inilunsad ang 'Kaflyapaan: Fly a Kite for Marawi, Fly a Kite for Mindanao' dito sa lungsod na pinamumunuan ng mga kabataan na ginanap noong Sabado, Hunyo 10.

Ang Kaflayapaan ay isang pagtitipon ng pondo o fund raising and donation drive na pinamumunuan ng mga kabataan na may gulang na 20 pababa, sa pakikipagtulungan ng mga kasapi ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan at ni konsehal Ferdie Nalcot.

Layunin ng aktibidad na tumulong sa mga naging biktima ng gyera sa Marawi City.

Ayon sa ulat, nakalikom ng mahigit P24,225 ang nasabing aktibidad kung saan ay may malaking tulong na umano ito sa mga nangangailangan.

Samantala, nabuo umano ang aktibidad na ito sa ideya ng isang mag-aaral sa isang kilalang unibersidad sa rehiyon ng Caraga.

Malaking pasasalamat naman ang ipinapaabot ng mga kabataan sa mga sumuporta sa nasabing aktibidad na nakalikom sila ng ganoong kalaking pera. (RCO/PIA-Caraga)