Tuesday, October 10, 2017

DTI Caraga set to hold regional forum on MSME Dev’t & Disaster Resilience

By Jennifer P. Gaitano 

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 10 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and lndustry (DTl) Caraga has joined the national campaign on "Strengthening MSME Disaster Resilience in the Philippines" by organizing a Regional Forum on Micro-Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Development and Disaster Resilience on November 8, 2017 at the Grand Palace Hotel, this city.

According to DTI Caraga Regional Director Brielgo Pagaran, the forum is aimed to increase awareness and engage different stakeholders in supporting the development and implementation of policies, strategies, programs and activities leading to the realization of the MSME Resilience Roadmap.

“The roadmap will serve as a collaborative framework that links government and private sector partnerships, to institutionalize the mechanisms that will help MSMES prepare for and recover from disasters,” disclosed Pagaran.

Prior to the conduct of the forum, DTI, together with other concerned government agencies and partner stakeholders will convene for a preparatory consultative meeting on October 23, 2017 at the DTI regional office conference room to discuss important event details.

For more information, the DTI secretariat can be reached at (085) 3412293 or through the following mobile numbers: 09395812857 (Smart), 09174574340 (Globe). (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


International Youth Camp 2017 set in Butuan City

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 10 (PIA) – Young Caraganons will converge to learn new perspective on leadership in an International Youth Camp slated to take place on October 27-29, 2017, this city.

Organized by the Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga Regional Office, in partnership with International Youth Fellowship, local government units (LGUs) and other national line agencies, the International Youth Camp aims to bring about a change of heart among the participants as thenurture their mind, body and spirit.

This life-changing event is a great opportunity for high school students, college or young professionals, and youth leaders who want to have holistic leadership training through interaction with other participants in a ‘heart-filled’ camp.

Involvement in the International Youth Camp qualifies the attendee to join the two weeks World Camp in Korea on July 2018, as it is one of the requisites.

This will be participated by 1,500 individuals coming from different areas within the Caraga region. Exciting activities are prepared for the participants, including the opening salvo on the 27th, where a meet and greet affair is scheduled.

Interested individuals may now register online at http://tinyurl.com/InternationalYouthCamp2017. For more details, contact the nearest youth formation coordinator of your respective schools division offices (SDOs) or visit DepEd Caraga at the Teachers Development Center, J. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


DOE to pursue energy resiliency policy

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 10 - Acknowledging that disasters adversely affect the economy,environment and the people, the Department of Energy (DOE) vowed to pursue a policy towards a resilient energy sector.

“Being one of the most vulnerable countries to disasters, the Philippines needs to ensure that our energy systems are disaster-resilient and that resiliency is an integral component of our policies and programs,” Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said.

“The policy is a priority of DOE, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncements to improve the disaster preparedness and resiliency of the country,” he explained.

“The policy requires all the energy players to put upfront the mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction programs into planning and investment, to ensure the continuous delivery and strengthening of the existing energy infrastructure,” he added.

In June, President Duterte signed Executive Order No. 29 which renamed the National Disaster Consciousness Month to National Disaster Resiliency Month, to emphasize the shift of focus from disaster awareness building to disaster resilience.

The “Adoption of Resiliency Planning and Program in the Energy Industry to Mitigate Adverse Effects Brought About by Disasters” policy has four guiding principles:

1. Acknowledge the need to strengthen the existing energy infrastructure, facilities and systems to prepare and mitigate the impacts of disasters;

2. Implement the build back better principle in terms of reconstruction and rehabilitations of damaged infrastructure;

3. Improve existing operational, maintenance and procedures to ensure continuous operations and energy supply; and

4. Develop resiliency practices, systems and standards that will be used as basis in future construction of energy facilities.

In line with this thrust, DOE started to conduct a series of public consultations on energy resiliency policy on October 10 in Batangas. This was followed by two other meetings in Leyte and Cagayan de Oro on October 13 and 14, respectively.

For more information, you may download a copy of the draft resiliency policy from the DOE's official website www.doe.gov.ph. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)


OWWA Caraga holds capability building for PESO officers

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 10 – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga kicked off its 4th PESO Conference in the Province of Dinagat Islands, in time with the province’s Agri-Fishery, Tourism and Industrial Trade Fair 2017. Twenty one (21) PESO managers attended the conference at the Don Ruben Training Hall, San Jose, Dinagat Island on October 1, 2017.

The PESO conference is an annual event spearheaded by the agency, in partnership with provincial local government units (LGUs), to capacitate their Public Employment Service Office (PESO) managers to boost the implementation of OWWA programs and services and to impart this to their constituents.

In his message, OWWA Caraga Regional Director Samuel S. Madrid acknowledged the role of PESO managers as the primary implementing arm of OWWA and POEA in each municipality and city.

“What we have in mind is to empower, upgrade and update PESO Officers with the changing and evolving programs and services of OWWA and POEA," Madrid said.

OWWA implements quality, responsive and timely intervention to its member-OFWs. As such, new and amended programs of the agency are trickled down to the PESO officers for an easy and convenient delivery to the clients especially in remote areas.

Meanwhile, POEA Regional Coordinator for Caraga Ritchel Molero-Butao, discussed status of the direct hiring mode of recruitment. As per Section 123 of the Revised POEA Rules and Regulations, foreign employers are prohibited from directly hiring a Filipino for overseas employment. She also discussed Special Recruitment Authority (SRA), which refers to the authority given to an agency to conduct recruitment outside its registered business address.

During the conference, updates on different programs of OWWA, such as the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Program and the Welfare Assistance Program (WAP) for earthquake victims, were provided.

OWWO II Jean Mary G. Ronquillo mentioned that the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Program has provided P20,000.00 cash to distressed OFWs, who have not finished their contracts overseas. She also introduced the MEDplus program, providing supplemental medical relief for active OWWA OFW-members afflicted with dreaded diseases and were hospitalized, either at the jobsite or while in the Philippines.

The Welfare Assistance Program (WAP) was discussed by OIC of the Programs and Services Division (PSD), Ma. Ireen C. Cambaling. WAP is an assistance extended to OWWA members and their families, who are not eligible under any of the existing OWWA social benefit programs and services, in the event of a calamity, death or medical need.

The capability building exercise for the PESO managers is only a part of the simultaneous training activities done by the agency in the province.

The series of training will be continued in the Province of Surigao del Sur on October 20, followed by Agusan del Norte on October 25, then Agusan del Sur on the 27th, Siargao Island is slated on November 8 while Surigao del Norte will be on November 10. (JPIMillones, OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Government troops clash with NPA anew in AgNor

DEL PILAR, CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Oct. 10 – Government troops under 29th Infantry Battalion (29IB), Philippine Army encountered more or less ten fully armed NPA bandits at the hinterland of Brgy. San Isidro, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte on October 9, while conducting security operations.

The firefight lasted for three minutes and resulted to negative casualty on the government side while undetermined on the enemy side.

The encounter happened as the government troops tried to verify reports from the barangay that there was an armed group conducting extortion activities.

“The 29IB responded as part of its mandate to protect the communities and uphold their right to live peacefully," said 29IB commanding officer LTC Glenn Joy U. Aynera.

"This operation was under the guidance of our Brigade Commander Col. Franco Nemesio M. Gacal to neutralize all armed NPAs terrorizing the community,” he added.

Moreover, the 29IB will continue its thrust to protect and serve the people in connection with the Development Support and Security Operations, to promote peace and development in Agusan del Norte, Aynera concluded. (29IB, PA/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Dinagat Islands holds 11th coop assembly
 
SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Oct. 10 – In line with the celebration of Cooperative Month, the Provincial Cooperative and Development Office (PCDO) of the provincial government of Dinagat Islands conducted the 11th Cooperative Assembly.

This year’s celebration was anchored on the theme, “Cooperatives: Empowering the poor and the vulnerable towards job creation and poverty eradication.”

The celebration was highlighted with the awarding ceremony of the Gawad Parangal sa Kooperatiba’s “Best Performing Cooperatives 2017,” led by the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Caraga Regional Director Genaro Pogata, Jr., Vice Governor Benglen Ecleo, and Provincial Administrator Blenda Czarinne Dela Merced.

Winners for the micro category are: 1st-Mabuhay Dinagat multi-purpose cooperative (MPC), 2nd-Doña Helene Riverside Consumers Cooperative, and 3rd-Tubajon Community MPC ; for the small Category: 1st-Cortes MPC, 2nd-Mahayahay MPC, 3rd-National Women’s League MPC; for the medium category: 1st-Wilson Agra MPC; 2nd-Water UPS MPC; 3rd-Dinagat Islands MPC; and finally, for the large category: 1st-A and M MPC; and 2nd-NEWS MPC.

Members from different cooperatives, representatives from different government offices of the province and other stakeholders participated in the activity. (PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)