Friday, July 21, 2017

RIACAT-VAWC Caraga gears up preparation for 2017 WDAT celeb

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 21 (PIA) – In line with this year’s World Day Against Trafficking (WDAT) celebration, the Regional Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking – Violence Against Women and their Children (RIACAT-VAWC) Caraga has geared up preparation with lined-up activities for the said event.

The WDAT celebration will kick-off on July 28, 2017 with the conduct of a short program, Dance Drama Competition and Logo Making Competition to be held at the Robinsons Place atrium here.

During the kick-off program, regional director Renell Martinez of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Caraga will deliver his welcome message. PCSupt Rolando Felix of the Philippine National Police (PNP) will also keynote the event.

Meanwhile, the School of Morning Star winner of Dance Drama Competition in 2016 will perform once again during the program. Other partners from government agencies will also give intermission numbers to entertain the guests and participants.

It was learned that the World Day against Trafficking in Human Persons serves to raise awareness of human trafficking and the protection of victims' rights.  Human trafficking exploits humans by forcing them into sexual and labor slave trades.

WDAT was proclaimed by the United Nations in 2013. Since then, every year on July 30th, the world unites to recognize human trafficking as a serious crime and complete violation of human rights. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Pilmico to highlight agri, livelihood expo in Surigao City

By Venus L. Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, July 21 (PIA) - With a primary objective to create a venue that features local businesses and inspires the next generation of agri-entrepreneurs, Pilmico Foods Corporation (PFC) is set to hold a nationwide advocacy caravan dubbed "Mahalin Pagkaing Atin Food, Agri and Livelihood Expo" on July 25, 2017 at the city gymnasium, this city.

The whole day exposition will gather farmers, existing and aspiring agri-entrepreneurs and baking enthusiasts where they will be given access to free training essential to starting a business and a chance to interact, engage and form partnerships with exhibitors.

“As part of our advocacy to promote backyard farming in the country, we have launched a program in 2014 called Mahalin Pagkaing Atin aimed at boosting sustainable entrepreneurship through the promotion of locally grown produce and instill a ‘pride of product, pride of place’ mindset for both the farmers and local consumers,” underscored Anna Carreon, corporation communications and media relations supervisor for PFC.

Carreon said that the event is open for all and free of registration fee. The opening ceremony will start at 9:00 a.m. and a special media luncheon is scheduled at 11:00 a.m. This will also be graced by one of the pinoy prides, Chef Boy Logro, Mahalin Pagkaing Atin ambassador.

Pilmico Foods Corporation is the food subsidiary of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. and is one of the largest flour milling companies in the country that also produces high quality feeds for swine and poultry. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


SSS ready to implement EC Funeral benefit hike in 1 month from effectivity date

BUTUAN CITY, July 21 - State-run Social Security System (SSS) on Thursday said it is ready to implement the recently issued Executive Order No. 33 by President Rodrigo Duterte ordering the increase of the Employees’ Compensation (EC) funeral benefits for government and private sector employees from P20,000 to P30,000 within 30 days from the publication date of the Implementing Rules and Regulations to be issued by the Employees’ Compensation Commission.

"We just need a month to make system adjustments to implement the P10,000 increase in EC funeral benefit. We are one with Pres. Duterte’s commitment to assist the families of our workers who died due to a work-related contingency,” SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc said.

Dooc reiterated the EO provision that “the results of the actuarial studies of the SSS and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) show that the State Insurance Fund (SIF) can finance the increase in funeral benefits without affecting the stability of the SIF and without requiring additional contributions.”

SSS administers the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) for workers in the private sector. Under the ECP, workers will receive compensation benefits for illness, disability and death resulting from occupational diseases and work-related activities. EC benefits are granted only to members with employers. The employer shoulders the cost of the employee's EC contributions.

The EO was signed last July 17 citing “there is a need to continually improve benefits under the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) to make them more responsive to the welfare and development needs of occupationally disabled workers.” (SSS/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: PCOO Sec. Andanar nanguna sa paglunsad ng PCO Network sa Caraga region

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hulyo 21 (PIA) - Kasabay sa kanyang pagbisita sa lungsod ng butuan, binuo rin ni Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar ang bagong Provincial Communication Officers (PCO) Network sa probinsya ng Agusan del Norte sa Caraga region kamakailan.

Sinabi ni Sec. Andanar na mahalaga ang ginagampanang tungkulin ng mga Public Information Officers (PIO) sa mga lokal na pamahalaan ng rehiyon.

Ayon sa kanya, ang mga information officers ng ibat-ibang probinsya ay tumutulong sa pagpapalaganap ng mahahalagang impormasyon patungkol sa mga serbisyo at programa ng gobyerno na dapat malaman ng mamamayan lalung-lalo na doon sa liblib na lugar ng kani-kanilang nasasakopang bayan.

Ibinahagi rin ni Sec. Andanar na noon pang taong 2004 huling nagkatipon-tipon ang mga PIO sa panahon ng dating Presidente Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Kaya niya umano binuhay ulit ang provincial communication officers’ network sa Caraga region upang mapatatag muli ang relasyon ng bawat information officers at mas lalo pang maging epektibo sa kanilang tungkulin sa pagpapalaganap ng mensahe ng presidente sa mga probinsya at barangay.

Matatandaan ding binisita kamakailan ni Sec. Andanar ang Siargao Islands at tinipon din ang mga information officers at doon ay nabuong muli ang PCO Network.

Dagdag pa ni Sec. Andanar na sa pamamagitan ng PCO Network, mas lalo pang titibay ang magandang relasyon ng PCOO, PIA at mga information officers sa rehiyon. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)