Friday, July 7, 2017

Dinagat Islands guv turns over financial assistance to 13 barangays

By Susil D. Ragas

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, July 7 (PIA) – Dinagat Islands Governor Glenda B. Ecleo personally handed- over financial assistance to 13 barangays of the province on Thursday, July 6, 2017.

The financial assistance was taken from the 20 percent Development Fund of the province, it was learned.

Barangay Catadman received P300,000 for the construction of multi-purpose building, barangay San Juan got P200,000 for the improvement of evacuation center, barangay Albor received P200,000 for the construction of drainage system, barangay Mahayahay was given P200,000 for the multi-purpose building phase II and P15,000 for the celebration of Araw ng Barangay Mahayahay, barangay Bayanihan - P200,000 for the construction of potable water system, barangay Mabini (Cagdianao) got P200,000 for road concreting, barangay Wilson was given P200,000 for the construction of multi-purpose building,

While barangay Plaridel received P15,000 for the sports festival, barangay Cabayawan P15,000 for the annual sports activities, barangay Maatas received P15,000 for the Palaro ng Barangay, barangay Sering got P15,000 for the Araw ng Barangay, barangay San Jose (Libjo) was given P15,000 for the sports festival, barangay Bagumbayan - P15,000 for the annual sports activities, barangay Luna got P15,000 for the Araw ng Barangay, and barangay Tigbao received P15,000 for the inter-purok basketball tournament.

The said financial assistance was received by the barangay captains of the abovementioned barangays held at the office of the provincial governor. (PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


OCD, DepEd spearhead DRRM-CCA awareness contests for students in Caraga

By April Rose Anne Sanchez

BUTUAN CITY, July 7 – Twelve (12) schools divisions of Caraga Region participated in the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) – Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Awareness Contests for Elementary and Secondary Students on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 here.

The activity was spearheaded by the regional offices of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and Department of Education (DepEd) in line with this year’s observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month (NCRM).

The awareness contests such as Jingle, Poster Making and Essay Writing Contests and Quiz Bee revolved around the NDRM 2017 theme, “4Ks: Kamalayan sa Kahandaan, Katumbas ay Kaligtasan.”

The winners of these contests are as follows:

• Jingle Contest (Secondary adjudged by OCD, DepEd, DILG, DSWD and DOST)

First Place – Agusan del Sur Division

Second Place – Bayugan City Division

Third Place – Agusan del Norte Division

• Poster Making Contest (Secondary adjudged by a Visual Artist, OCD, DepEd, PNP and BFP)

First Place – Agusan del Norte Division

Second Place – Dinagat Islands Division

Third Place – Tandag City Division

• Poster Making Contest (Elementary adjudged by a Visual Artist, OCD, DepEd, PNP and BFP)

First Place – Cabadbaran City Division

Second Place – Surigao del Norte Division

Third Place – Surigao City Division

• English Essay Writing Contest (Secondary adjudged by OCD, DepEd, FSUU and NEDA)

First Place – Dinagat Islands Division

Second Place – Agusan del Sur Division

Third Place – Surigao del Sur Division

• Quiz Bee (Secondary with DepEd, OCD and DOH as Quiz Master/Judges/TWG/Tabulators)

First Place – Surigao City Division

Second Place – Dinagat Islands Division

Third Place – Surigao del Sur Division

The first place winners of quiz bee, poster making and essay writing contests received gold plaques, gold medals and cash prizes amounting to P3,000; the second place winners received silver plaques and silver medals and cash prizes amounting to P2,000 while bronze medals and plaques and P1,000 were given to the third place winners.

Further, winners of the jingle contest received the same gold, silver and bronze awards and cash prizes of P10,000 for the first place winner, P7,500 for the second place winner and P5,000 for the third place winner.

OCD and DepEd aim of conducting the same activity every year to inculcate the culture of disaster preparedness and raise more massive awareness and resiliency on DRRM-CCA to Caraganon students. (OCD-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


AgSur town locals avail DTI's “Balik Eskwela Diskwento Caravan”

LA PAZ, Agusan del Sur, July 7 - Local residents of this municipality have recently availed the “Balik Eskwela Diskwento Caravan” of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here. School uniforms, shoes, supplies, bread, other pastry products, canned goods and basic household wares – all at discounted prices were made available for sale to the residents.

Through the DTI-Caraga regional office, in coordination with the Local Government Unit of La Paz and the Department of Education (DepEd) in the province, the local residents were able to buy school supplies and other items at a very affordable price.

The caravan, which is DTI’s support to DepEd’s Oplan Balik Eskwena Program, benefited an estimated 420 consumers in the municipality’s Barangay Poblacion.

The DTI’s caravan partners also include Sunpride Foods, Inc., Manhu-The Life-giving Bread and Unicity who came all the way from Butuan City.

Diskwento Caravan is one of the banner programs of the DTI conducted nationwide which aims to help consumers maximize their budget through price discounts offered by the participating manufacturers, producers, distributors and wholesalers. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


News Feature: AgSur MSMEs mentees participate in entrepreneurial accounting, financial management training

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, July 7 - "I did not know that there are lot of cash leaks in my business, if not for this session I would have not realized it.  I will definitely use this learning to improve the financial aspect of my business.”

This was the statement shared by Cleotilde Potencioso, one of the mentees for the first batch of the Entrepreneurial Accounting and Financial Management training.  

As a mentee, Potencioso was selected to be with 24 other micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) who have been given the privilege to undergo 10 business improvement modules and “graduate” upon submission and defense of her business improvement plan.

All mentees have just finished Module 8 on Entrepreneurial Accounting and Financial Management under the Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) Program. This module was conducted on June 27, 2017 and was handled by Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) Mentor Teresita “Tes” Z. Dimaculangan.

Dimaculangan pointed out that mentees should focus on their core competence, which is running the business and let accountants do their financial statements.

The mentees as owners, however should be able to understand these financial statements as they are good material to explain the status of the company.

The mentor also taught the mentees basic single-entry recording of business activities in pen and paper.

In addition, Dimaculangan shared her knowledge and experiences on her journey as an entrepreneur. She also emphasized the importance of recording especially on the financial aspects whether big or small.

Dimaculangan further enumerated that the top three (3) reasons why business fail are: a) incompetence, b) lack of managerial experience and c) lack of experience in the industry.  All these relate to how an entrepreneur lacks financial education. As she relayed her experiences, Dimaculangan highlighted the number of times she lost but never gave up.  She stressed that an entrepreneur should consider the three masteries in business: mastery of self, mastery of product and mastery of market.


Dimaculangan underlined that by focusing on these masteries she learned to walk the talk and if followed by the mentees they will surely survive in business just like herself. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)