Wednesday, July 11, 2017

DOST readies 2017 Nat’l Science and Technology Week celeb

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 11 (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is once again spearheading activities in line with this year’s National Science and Technology Week on August 8-11.

According to DOST Caraga regional director Dominga Mallonga, the celebration aims at showing the DOST-developed world-class technologies, and the programs and services offered by the department.

“It will also become an avenue for stakeholders from different sectors to converge for Science and Technology in the region. There will be exhibits, launching of the Food Innovation Center, Technology Forum, and Science and Technology contests among others,” underlined Mallonga.

The NSTW is celebrated every third week of July yearly through Proclamation No. 169 of 1993. It aims to recognize the contribution of science and technology in the development of the country and garner support from the public and private institutions for its sustainable development.

The 2017 NSTW is anchored on the theme, “Science for the People.” (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


AgNor PDRRMC to hold radio operators forum

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, July 11 (PIA) – In line with the month-long observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM) , the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) of Agusan del Norte will conduct a 2-day radio operators forum on July 12-13 at the Provincial Training Center here.

PDRRMO chief Erma Suyo said the forum entitled “Agusan del Norte On Air" (ADNOA) is aimed to enhance the provinces’ radio communication capabilities especially during emergency operations where radio  communications is needed.

“The role of radio communications during emergencies and disasters cannot be underestimated and should be considered a culture,“ Suyo added.

This year’s NDRM observance is anchored on the theme “4Ks: Kamalayan sa Kahandaan, Katumbas ay Kaligtasan.” (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


SurSur to conduct IDP dialogue in Lianga

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 11 (PIA) – A community consultation dialogue that would discuss urgent pressing matters relative to the reported internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the upper communities in Lianga town is set on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 to be held at the Mayor’s Office Conference Room in Poblacion, Lianga, Surigao del Sur.

The local government unit of Lianga has invited the members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) – Conflict Management Cluster to join in the said dialogue. Some identified (selected) sectors are also invited that could contribute and take their part to help resolve the issues and concerns that would be raised by the local constituents specially the affected Indigenous Peoples (IPs).

It can be recalled that some 2,000 Manobo lumads from nine hinterland communities of Lianga fled their homes recently, fearing for the military operation and strict checkpoints conducted by government forces in the area.

Allegedly, the IPs noticed the presence of military helicopters and a bomber plane hovering around their villages in Andap Valley a day before they left their communities on July 6. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


PSA conducts 2017 annual poverty indicator survey in Surigao Norte

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 11 (PIA) – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Surigao del Norte starts its Annual Poverty Indicator Survey (APIS) for the year 2017 from July 8 to 31, 2017.

According to Surigao del Norte provincial statistics officer Guillermo M. Lipio, Jr, APIS 2017 is the 12th in a series of poverty indicators survey conducted nationwide.

He said the survey gathers data that can be used to generate income and non-income based poverty indicators for use in assessing and monitoring the poverty situation in the country.

Lipio, further said the statistical researchers of the PSA Surigao del Norte are tasked to interview APIS sample households in the province.

“Respondents will be asked the basic questions on socio-economic profile of their families and other information related to their living conditions,” Lipio added. (PSA-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DAR Agusan Norte agrarian-beneficiaries get 'Tulay ng Pangulo'

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, July 11 - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of Agusan del Norte headed by Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Andre B. Atega, CESO V, conducted a site inspection of the two newly-constructed bridges under the Tulay ng Pangulo Para sa Kaunlarang Agraryo Program (TPKP) located at Barangay Ampayon, this city and Barangay Sacol in Buenavista town, Agusan del Norte.

The project is part of DAR Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano’s commitment to respond to the needs of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in partnership with Department of Public Works and Highways-Bridges Management Cluster-Unified Project Management Office (DPWH-BMC-UPMO).

Engineer IV Norman I. Puy of DPWH-BMC-UPMO, said that the two bridges installed in Barangay Ampayon, and Barangay Sacol have a total cost of P50 million or P25 million each under TPKP program of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“The project installed has 28-lineal Uni-Bridge (Universal Bridge) included a 6.1 meters double-lane, a side-walk, and a 30-meter approach on both sides. The bridge can take a 40 Ton load when concrete is fully seasoned,” Puy added.

The Ampayon Bridge linked from Barangay Ampayon through the CABATA ARC (Barangay Camayahan, Basag and Taligaman Agrarian Reform Community) in Butuan City and in Barangay Sacol Bridge now served as the link to neighboring barangays in Buenavista town where some agrarian-beneficiaries inhabited.

Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Ester Cabalan of Butuan City said that the projects that linked the road network within the ARC barangays eventually lead to the improvement of the economic welfare of more than a thousand of agrarian reform beneficiaries at the community level. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)