Thursday, September 21, 2017

OPAPP to launch ‘Peace Buzz’ in Caraga region

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 21 (PIA) – The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) will launch the Peace Buzz as the main highlight of this year’s Peace Month Celebration.

The Peace Buzz is a peace caravan that will roam nationwide to bring the government’s peace initiatives on the ground. The Peace Buzz will kick off in Baguio City, and will make stops in the cities of Quezon, Legazpi, Catbalogan, Butuan, Davao and Iligan. It will conclude its journey in Marawi City, in time for the closing ceremony of the Peace Month.

It is expected to arrive in Caraga Region on the 26th of September 2017 with the peace advocates, resource speakers and some OPAPP executives on-board the bus.

“In support of this activity, we also identified several activities in Caraga region that are anchored to the Caraga Roadmap for Peace. These activities are expected to raise awareness of the communities, through our media and local communicators, indigenous people (IP) leaders and women's sector on the following main topics: Updates of the Philippine Peace Process; The Comprehensive and Agreement on Respect to Human Rights – International
Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL); and The Roles of Women and Indigenous Peoples in the Peace process and Community Peacebuilding,” said Allan Almoite, Manager of Area Management Team of Northern Mindanao.

Pursuant to the thrust of the Government to instill greater consciousness and understanding among the Filipino People on the comprehensive peace process, the month of September was declared as the ‘National Peace Consciousness Month” by virtue of Proclamation No. 675 dated 20 July 2004. The Proclamation mandates the OPAPP to be the lead government agency to coordinate and monitor the observance of the National Peace Consciousness Month.

“Puso para sa Kapayapaan, Magkaisa para sa Bayan,” is the theme for this year’s celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga stakeholders to celebrate National Statistics Month 2017

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 21 (PIA) – Caraga stakeholders from different government agencies and private sector will celebrate this year’s National Statistics Month (NSM) with an opening program on October at Robinsons Place, this city.

According to Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga, the NSM bears the theme “Figures for the Future: Realizing Ambisyon Natin 2040 Through Statistics” with Filipino translation “Estadistika Para sa Hinaharap: Ambag sa Pagtupad ng Ambisyon Natin 2040.”

“The opening ceremony will be attended by various stakeholders from the government and private sector. One of the highlights of the opening program ceremony is the display of statistical data using information graphics,” disclosed Cariño.

The annual observance of the NSM is pursuant to Proclamation No. 647, “Declaring the month of October of every year as the National Statistics Month,” issued on September 20, 1990 by then President Corazon C. Aquino.

The said proclamation calls to promote, enhance and instill nationwide awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of statistics to the different sectors of society. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Media, government communicators' forum set in Butuan City

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 21 (PIA) – In maximizing the capacity of the media, public relation officers and government information officers to communicate to people about the peace process, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga, will hold a Media and Communicators' Forum on September 27, 2017.

The activity is in line with the celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month anchored on the theme, “Puso para sa Kapayapaan, Magkaisa para sa Bayan,” which reflects the positive change for the country through compassion and unity among Filipinos.

According to Allan Almoite, Manager of OPAPP Area Management Team of Northern Mindanao, the role of the local media partners and government communicators are vital in promoting public awareness about the peace process.

Other peace and development related events and activities will be conducted nationwide by OPAPP, together with the government line agencies.

During the forum, PIA-Caraga will set-up a PIA Information Kiosk wherein participants can grab free copies of leaflets, brochures, newsletters and booklets containing updates, services, programs and projects of the government, and other valuable information that they can practically apply in their lives and in decision-making.

“The Info Kiosk will also help introduce the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to the people by showing video clips and distribution of facts in printed materials. Hence, it is important for everybody to have in-depth understanding of the peace process and how they can contribute and participate in order for the Philippines to be globally competitive with all other ASEAN member countries. Peace and development can be achieved if we educate and engage others,” underscored PIA-Caraga Regional Director Abner Caga.

The declaration of the month of September as the National Peace Consciousness Month by virtue of Proclamation No. 675 dated July 2004, supports the thrust of the government to instill greater consciousness and understanding among the Filipino people on the comprehensive peace process and to sustain institutional and popular support for participation in the promotion of building a culture of peace.

OPAPP had simultaneously celebrated Eid’l Adha within four internally displaced persons (IDP) camps situated in Iligan City as it formally launched the Peace Month on September 1. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga nutrition advocates gear up communication efforts

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 21 (PIA) – The nutrition advocates in Caraga region composed of government agencies, local government units, and media have geared-up their communication efforts by maximizing the utilization of communication platforms to effectively reach more people and increase awareness on healthy lifestyle and malnutrition prevention.

During their recent meeting, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) under the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga, stressed the importance of effective communication among nutrition advocates, as they intensify the campaign against malnutrition in different communities of the region.

Leah Vina Vargas, nutrition officer III of NNC-DOH Caraga said that the nutrition advocates known as Caraga Movers group should develop effective communication skills that could help them achieve their goals in their advocacy campaign.

“As health communicators, we should be consistent with our advocacy statements and ensure that the locals understand what we wanted to convey to them. We should ‘walk the talk,’ so people could see that we are serious in advocating and implementing our campaign to a healthy lifestyle and prevent malnutrition,” underlined Vargas.

Vargas added that its primary audience includes the parents, caregivers, the elderly, the youth sector, pregnant and lactating women, the indigenous people and the food handlers, while the secondary target audience are the local chief executives, policy makers, teachers, health and nutrition workers and local nutrition committees.

“We should be able to maximize the utilization of the media through SMS (which the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) has been doing), community billboards, symposium, forum, seminar, press conference, local newspapers and issuance of a memorandum, among others,” Vargas highlighted.

Vargas further reiterated that Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials such as Ten Kumainments, infant and young child feeding, salt iodization, campaign on strengthening the functionality of the local nutrition committee, promotion of backyard gardening and organic farming should continuously be disseminated to the general public: (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte solon bares major projects for 2018-2019 in Siargao

By John Glenn A. Platil
 
SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 21 – Surigao del Norte 1st district Representative Francisco Jose ‘Bingo’ Matugas II revealed that he is working on the construction of Siargao Nautical Highway by 2019, during the blessing and inauguration of the Municipal Public Market, Level 3 Water System, Community Fish Landing Center and Barangay Talisay Seawall in Siargao Island.

‘Siargao Nautical Highway’ means the putting up of a bridge connecting Barangay Hayangabon in Claver town to Socorro and Socorro town to Barangay Consolacion, Dapa town in Siargao Island.

“I am coordinating with Department of Transportation Sec. Art Tugade for the opening of a full-blown Siargao International Airport, that is why we are expanding the roads leading to the Sayak airport terminal,” said Matugas.

He also said that all is set for a wide-ranging and far-reaching Siargao Materials Recovery Facility’ in collaboration with Environment Sec. Roy Cimatu.

“We seek to control the production and segregation of waste materials because we do not want to become just another Boracay in this part of the globe. Siargao is well-known in the field of tourism. We have lots of domestic and foreign visitors and sightseers, that is why we are doing everything to enrich and improve it,” Matugas added.

Meanwhile, Matugas also disclosed that there is a big possibility that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte will soon visit Cloud Nine in General Luna town, Siargao Island.


“There are four cabinet secretaries who confirmed their attendance in the World Surfing Cup which we hosted. House Speaker Sonny Alvarez has a beach house in Malinao, Gen. Luna. We are hoping that Pres. Duterte is coming, and most likely, it will be a surprise visit,” he said. (PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)