Thursday, September 28, 2017

Agusan del Sur jumps 25 steps, improves most competitive province ranking

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Sept. 28 (PIA) – The province of Agusan Del Sur was ranked the 22nd most competitive province, based on the results of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) 2017.

The results were made public and available online right after the 5th Annual Regional Competitiveness Summit conducted at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

The municipality of Veruela was also ranked as the 2nd most resilient municipality among the 1,342 who joined the CMCI this 2017.

The CMCI ranks cities and municipalities based on four pillars – economic dynamism, infrastructure, government Efficiency, and resiliency.

The annual index rankings recognize the top three awardees for each pillar and the over-all most competitive LGU under different categories.

A total of 75 awards were given out to 3 provinces, 16 highly urbanized cities, 16 component cities, 16 1st and 2nd class cities, 16 3rd and 6th municipalities, 6 most improved cities and 6 most improved municipalities.

The provincial ranking is based on the composite score of all local government units (LGUs) participating per province.

For a province to be ranked, participating LGUs’ population and income should be represented by at least 70% of the province’s total. For Caraga province, all 6 cities and 67 municipalities participated.

Based on the foregoing criteria, this year’s CMCI only ranked 72 out 81 provinces. Those not included were Palawan and Romblon of Region IVB; Camarines Norte and Catanduanes of Region V; and Basilan, Lanao Del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-tawi all of ARMM.

Rankings of other Caraga provinces are as follows: Agusan del Norte, top 18; Surigao del Norte, 25; Province of Dinagat Islands, 45; and Surigao del Sur, 47.

Declared as the top 3 most competitive provinces were Rizal (Region 4A), South Cotabato (Region 12) and Cavite (Region 4A), respectively. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


170 cops undergo internal security operations training

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 28 (PIA) – A total of 170 new police officers in Caraga region undergo the Basic Internal Security Operations Course (BISOC) held in this city on Sept. 26, 2017.

“This course, which runs for 60 training days, is the revision of the 45-day Special Counter-Insurgency Operations Unit Training (SCOUT). This is the third batch of trainees since the implementation of BISOC,” said Police Regional Office 13 Director PCSupt. Rolando Felix.

This training is designed to equip the new cops with the knowledge, attitude, skills, and values that make them more capable and skilled once they get assigned to the public safety forces.

In his message, he encouraged the trainees to absorb the training, so that they can make the Caraganons safe and secured from the threats of insurgency, terrorism and criminality.

The trainees will be brought to the Regional Special Training Unit in Santiago, Agusan del Norte. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga police arrest 22 wanted persons in joint operations

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 28 (PIA) - Caraga police operatives arrested the 10th most wanted person in the municipal level and other 21 law violators through Oplan Manhunt Charlie conducted on September 26, said Police Regional Office 13 Director PCSupt. Rolando Felix.

In a joint operation, operatives from Trento Municipal Police Station and Criminal Investigation Detection Group-Agusan del Sur apprehended Arnie Tiongson, 40, of Poblacion, Trento, Agusan del Sur listed as the 10th most wanted person in the municipal level for the crime of estafa.

Also arrested because of estafa were Herminigildo Suaybaguio, 44, of Poblacion, Veruela; Ener Sales, 51, of San Teodoro, Bunawan, both Province of Agusan del Sur; Emely Melindo, 50, of Holy Redeemer, Butuan City; and Genalyn Patino, 47, of Brgy. Bugas Bugas, Claver Surigao del Norte.

In Surigao del Norte, the police arrested Ricky Manzano, 44, of Mabuhay, Sison, Surigao del Norte for fishing with the use of explosives; Cherry Edillor, 36, of Washington, Surigao City for violation of the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition.

Police operatives of General Luna Municipal Police Station arrested Joey Gonzaga, Rodelio Igot, Ritchie Comon, Jeamar Gonzaga, Joy Gonzaga and Marilou Plaza during the conduct of buy-bust operation. Confiscated from the suspects were a hand grenade, 17 rounds of Caliber .22 ammunition, 25 sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated weigh of 4 grams and worth of P47,200 and illegal drug paraphernalia. Evelyn Migullas was also arrested for illegal numbers games.

In Butuan City, cops arrested Marining Domagtoy, 37 and Fritz Platil, 39, both residents of Baan, Butuan City for adultery; Richard Alcomendras, 36, of San Diego, for violating the Anti-Carnapping Act of 1972; and Lucia Maloloy-on, 67, of Holy Redeemer, for child abuse.

Meanwhile, police operatives arrested John Dave Jupia, 33, of Fili, Bayugan City for stealing minerals; Teme Bagarinao, 55, of San Martin, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur for violating the Bouncing Check Law; Edwin Ajoc, 47, of Aras-asan, Cagwait, Surigao del Sur for illegal numbers games; and Jemrill Acedilla, 25, of Calibunan, Cabadbaran City for violating the Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.

"These operations show the effectiveness of the public’s collaboration with the police in fighting criminality. Their active participation hastened the putting of criminals behind bars and giving justice to their victims,” PCSupt. Felix said. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


General virtual assistant training given to 18 OFWs, dependents

By JPI Millones

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 28 (PIA) – Eighteen Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents attended the intensive 10-day General Virtual Assistant Training (GVAT) held at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Training Center, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur on September 4 to 15, 2017.

There is a considerably rapid growth of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) and the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry in the country. However, the huge gap between the opportunities available in top cities and rural areas is also immense. Thus, DTI initiated a significant training program designed to introduce and enable constituents from the provinces to be skilled in the field.

“We aim to transform lives through meaningful jobs in ICT and BPO,” said DTI Negosyo Center Coordinator Joselito B. Paler.

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) partnered with DTI and brought the GVAT training to Bislig City. The agency intends to bring forth the opportunity to member OFWs and their dependents, in line with its drive to mobilize the training programs in different provinces in the region.

During training, participants were taught how to strategically craft their application, resume and portfolio. An intensive hands-on experience was also given to the trainees, including but not limited to, transcription, encoding and marketing. At the end of the training, the participants went on an actual interview with foreign clients, producing four hired-on-the-spot trainees.

“We, virtual assistants, provide services for clients based abroad. We do sales and marketing for their business through the internet. Thus, we need to equip the participants with the necessary skills needed by the online clients. These trainees may be hired directly,” shared GVAT trainer Darwin Pua.

In his message, Congressman Johnny T. Pimentel of the 2nd District of Surigao Sur applauded OWWA and DTI for successfully opening doors for employment to the OFWs and family in the province without having to leave for overseas employment.

OWWA Caraga Regional Director Samuel S. Madrid challenged the participants to make the most of the training. “It is an opportunity, a first of its kind, provided to OFWs in the Philippines,” he said.

DTI has offered a space in their office where the participants can work in the future. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DTI to spearhead celebration of Consumer Welfare Month

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 27 – Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1098 dated September 26, 1997, the nation will celebrate the annual Consumer Welfare Month (CWM) on October 2017.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Consumer Rights in the Digital Age,” with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as the lead agency. This year’s theme seeks to highlight the need for consumers to be more vigilant and be on guard on their rights, especially with the emergence of online marketing and other IT-based business transactions.

The advocacy of this event is incorporated in the various activities lined-up for implementation during the month-long celebration. Among these activities are media interviews, hanging of streamers, Consumer Quiz Bowl at the Division and Regional Levels of the Department of Education (DepEd), Gasa Para sa Masa sales promotion by business establishments, and joint monitoring/enforcement activities with the Local Price Coordinating Council (LPCC) and other consumer organizations. A Consumer Fun Run and Walk for Life will kick off the month-long celebration on October 1, 2017.

The CWM celebration will culminate on October 27 with an awarding ceremony for Consumer Advocacy partners, such as DTI-recognized consumer organizations, DTI Bagwis awardees and the regional quiz bowl winners at the Robinsons Place, Butuan City. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DAR trains 30 para-technicians in AgSur

By Rechel D. Besonia

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, Sept. 27 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) thru Project Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (ConVERGE), in its aim to help improve the profitability of household enterprise in VETREBUNS Cluster, conducted a two-day training for the first batch of identified para-technicians of rice commodity on September 18-19, 2017 at Mabe’s Savory Place, San Francisco, this province.

Some 30 para-technicians were recommended for the said training by the Municipal Agrarian Reform Officers of Veruela and Sta. Josefa, who were also the Barangay Agricultural Workers (BAWs).

“Para-technicians play a vital role in the success of rice production, which is very significant in attaining the project’s goal on sustainable development,” Engr. Gudy Centina, Provincial Project Coordinator said.

Part of the strategies introduced for the para-technicians is the installation of a 1-hectare demo farm that will showcase the new technologies designed to increase productivity, provision of farm inputs as well as the accessibility and availability of farm facilities for the ARBO members/farmers. Such technologies on rice production include the integrated rice-duck, rice-fish and organic fertilizer production.

DAR tapped the expertise of the PhilRice resource speakers, Science Research Analyst Rolando Narisma, Science Research Specialist I Sharen Rivas and Science Research Assistant Georgie Shermae Tortola. Part of the training module was the introduction of a palay checklist, which includes seed and variety selection, land preparation, crop establishment as well as the nutrient, water, pest and harvest management.

“We are very thankful to DAR and for Project ConVERGE for giving us the opportunity to become the participants of this training. This is very useful to us especially that we still have limited idea on rice production,” expressed Alex Quiricon, one of the participants.

Reynaldo Maido Sr., Chairman of La Fortuna Multi-Purpose Cooperative was also very grateful to DAR and the Resource Speakers for the new technologies shared during the training.

“We appreciate the efforts of DAR AgSur thru this project. It is a privilege to share the skills and technologies that we have. We are glad that we become part of your growth and development as a farmer,” Rivas said as a response to the impressions made by the participants. (DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DA Caraga mentors farmers to become agripreneurs

By Rhea Abao

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 27 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga’s assistance does not only stop with production support for the farmers. The agency also lingers to promote agricultural development by providing the policy framework, public investment, and support needed for domestic and export-oriented business enterprises.

To heap on the promotion of agriculture enterprise, DA in partnership with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation, Inc.-Go Negosyo (PCE-Go Negosyo) gears up farmers to become agripreneurs through the Kapatid Agri-Mentor Me Program (KAMMP) in Butuan City.

KAMMP is a coaching and mentoring program for agriculture enterprise, designed to sustain and scale up the farming business of farmers.

In the region, a total of 53 mentees will participate in KAMMP. They will be mentored by agri-business practitioners, who have an extensive knowledge in their field. The program is designed to equip agripreneurs with proper production techniques, mindset and values, practical knowledge and strategies, and consultation services to foster successful and sustainable agri-enterprises.

Agripreneurs is a term used for the new breed of entrepreneurs combining their love of farming and agriculture with business.

Since 2008 up to present, the department continues to assist and monitor 31 operational Barangay Food Terminals (BFT), 11 Municipal Food Terminals (MFT), 2 Organic Agriculture Trading Post (OATP), 1 Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (APTC), and 4 Rice Processing Centers (RPC) throughout the region. These 49 business hubs have been operated by farmer associations and cooperatives supported by the office.

DA supports the advocacy of PCE-Go Negosyo in popularizing entrepreneurship as an alternative to unemployment and job-seeking. Both parties aim to develop a business-minded culture that would lead to an entrepreneurial nation, which will eventually improve the economy.

“DA through the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) has been providing marketing assistance and linkages to our partners – the farmers. Our partnership with PCE-Go Negosyo thru KAMMP is another outlet to encourage our farmers to engage in entrepreneurial activities, which could help increase their income. It is also our way to promote agriculture as a viable economic activity,” said Lynn A. Pareñas, AMAD Chief.


Farming and its related activities make up the basic fabric of rural life, making it a significant contributor to the employment and business opportunities in the region. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)