Thursday, September 14, 2017

DepEd to establish 30 IP schools in SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 14 (PIA) – To further expand the basic education services for indigenous people (IP), the Department of Education (DepEd) Surigao del Sur Division would add 30 more public schools in the province.

DepEd Surigao del Sur Division Indigenous People Coordinator Danilo Alcantara said that currently, there are already 30 public schools serving IP learners in 30 different communities in the province.

Alcantara said some of the ‘indigenized’ classrooms established during the 1st batch of the Classroom Construction for Lumads (CCL) project were already finished and turned over.

The Surigao del Sur Division has already employed 67 permanent teachers in 2016, while 36 more will be hired before 2017 ends.

This project is intended for the IP communities in Mindanao, as implemented by the Duterte administration. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Two barangays in SurSur town benefit from solar-powered streetlights

By Nida Grace P. Barcena 

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 14 (PIA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) program turned over solar-powered streetlights to two barangays in the municipality of Carmen, Surigao del Sur.

Barangay Cancayan received 40 units of solar-powered streetlights while Brgy. Antao received 28 units, which was worth P1,244,728.80 and P874,750.00, respectively.

With the support of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Carmen and the help of its community volunteers, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS was able to fund this community project.

During the Barangay Participatory Situational Analysis (BPSA) that was conducted by DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, different stakeholders in the community were gathered and encouraged to partake in determining the pressing needs of their community. It was then identified that streetlights in the area should be a priority in the community.

Around 107 households in Brgy. Cancavan and 236 households in Brgy. Antao benefitted from these cost-efficient and environment friendly technology. (DSWD-Kalahi-CIDSS/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Surigao Norte gov advocates for greener environs

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 14 (PIA) – Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas said that her recent official travel in Australia was a substantive eight-day benchmarking on legitimate, responsible and sustainable mining.

“There are innovative strategies and best practices that the province can replicate even though my meaningful trip in Australia was cut short, but I have learned so much in such short a time,” said the visionary Governor Matugas.

She explained that the Australian government piloted a huge plant that can reprocess harmful waste materials from large-scale mining companies.

In line with her Marajaw Kinaiyahan (Better Environment) advocacy, the governor also announced that “the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, through the leadership of Cong. Arnel Ty as chair and Cong. Francisco Jose 'Bingo' Matugas II, 1st district representative of Surigao del Norte, as vice chair, is set to initiate a full-blown inspection of mining sites in the municipality of Claver.”

All matters directly and principally relating to natural resources, and their exploration, conservation, management and utilization, lands of the public domain, mines and minerals, forests, parks and wildlife, and marine resources, are under the custody and jurisdiction of said House Committee.

It can be recalled that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte earlier issued a marching order to make sure that mining companies comply with the official standards set by the national government.

Gov. Matugas said that Australia has universally-acclaimed standing and prominence in mine control, administration and rehabilitation. “It boasts of companies which are certified world leaders and top-caliber economic team-players,” she added.

True enough, the Australian government acknowledges the fact that by sharing Australia’s savvy, competence and technology, mining industries in the Philippines can step up to the challenge of nurturing the environment, and in taking care of the natural resources to promote ecological balance.

Such environment-friendly approach will pave way to profitable income, sweeping progress, great opportunities, and cost-productive exchange.

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Strong adherence to the salient provisions of environmental policies empowers companies to fully deliver high-valued services, excellent results and undying synergy with host barangays and local government units. (PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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