Thursday, November 16, 2017

FSUU set to conduct 3rd Mindanao Peace Conference

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 16 (PIA) – The Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) will be holding the 3rd Mindanao Peace Conference with the theme, “Peace and Culture: Cultivating Peace through Deeper Understanding,” on November 21-22, 2017 in this city.

The conference is the final part of a trilogy of peace conferences aimed towards bringing together voices from both inside and outside the academe, especially voices that are often marginalized in conversations about peace and culture.

According to Rev. Fr. Randy Jasper C. Odchigue, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research of FSUU, the first day of the conference will highlight music, arts and cultural dance workshops, live performances, and an Indigenous Peoples (IPs) Forum to make participants aware of the experiences of IPs in pursuing peace and preservation of culture.

“A Junior Scholars Forum will also be conducted to provide a platform for undergraduates and beginning scholars to present their works and share their thoughts related to the theme,” said Odchigue.

On the second day of the conference will be the plenary talks and paper presentations by established scholars.

Atty. Maisara Dandanum-Latiph, Commissioner of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and Professor Antonio Gabriel Laviña, Executive Director of the Manila Observatory, Ateneo de Manila University are the invited keynote speakers. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan LGU surpasses revenue collection performance

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 16 – The Butuan city government has surpassed its performance in 2016 by posting a collection performance of 106.95 percent from January to October 2017, compared to the same period last year. The performance translated to a revenue collection of more than P446 million as of October 2017.

The surpassing of the collection performance of the City Treasurer’s Office was primarily due to the increase in the business tax collection in which they have already attained their target as early as October.

Revenue on business tax already reached more than P205 million and account for 43 percent in the total revenue collection of the city.

According to Acting City Treasurer Hernando G. Curilan, Jr., one of the reasons in the attainment of their target was their aggressive tax collection campaign.

The Business Process Licensing Office (BPLO) also contributed to this increase with their aggressive campaign against establishments that do not possess business permits. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte LGU holds values formation seminar

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Nov. 16 - A three-day Values Formation Training and Orientation under Service Oriented Leadership (SOL), aligned with the provincial government of Surigao del Norte core competencies dubbed “Ang Bag-ong Surigao,” was conducted at the Provincial Go Negosyo Training Center on November 8-10, 2017.

In his opening address, Atty. Premolito Plaza, provincial administrator, said that values are subjective, depending on our upbringing, understanding and distinguishing right from wrong. He said that Capitol employees must at all times maintain professionalism, decency and hard work. He also explained the hierarchy of needs based on the precepts of Abraham Maslow which ultimately drives 5S: self-preservation, security, social fulfilment, self-accomplishment and self-actualization.

"To realize these, rank-and-file personnel and technical staff must be productive, since there is no monopoly of knowledge," he affirmed. 

Meanwhile, Atty. Zander Plaza explained the overview of the training, as well as the in-house and external training programs respecting organizational needs, lack of mechanisms, productivity level and return of investment. 

Assistant Provincial Human Resources Management and Development Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Edna Note, who facilitated the meaningful event, also talked about the effective grievance mechanisms, house rules, and expectations that concern participants, facilitators, training modules and the training environment.

Provincial women’s training coordinator Florian Trinidad also lectured on the 1995 Philippine Plan for Gender and Development by virtue of Executive Order No. 273 and pursuant to Art. 2, Sec. 14, of the 1987 Constitution, which provides that women's rights must be sustainable, free from violence, respected, and equitable. She also differentiated gender (cultural) from sex (biological) after detailing the issues faced by the women's sector such as multiple burden, canalization, and discrimination, among others.

Provincial Development Coordinator Arturo Cruje also shared his inputs about the provincial directions and targets in consonance with the HEALS PLUS (Health, Education and Environment, Agri-Aquaculture, Livelihood and Tourism and Social Service, Spirituality, Senior Citizens and Security) program that must be fully implemented starting the year 2018.

Cruje also borrowed the words of Harry Kemp, who asserted that 'the poorest of all men are not without cent, but the poorest of them all are those who do not have dreams.'

Cruje further revealed that the poverty incidence of the province dropped rapidly and dramatically from 48 percent in 2006, to 32 percent in 2015, and further to 26 percent in 2016, based on the official data released by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). Cruje said that much still needs to be done, but the best is sure to come. (PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Weaving the tapestry of success

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 16 – “In the tapestry of life, we’re all connected. Each one of us is a gift to those around us; helping each other be who we are, weaving a perfect picture together.”

This is the perfect quote for the Benchmarking and Skills Training in Weaving with Yakan Weavers of Albarakkattu Multi-Purpose Cooperative that was held on October 16-19, 2017 in Albarakkattu, Zamboanga City, led by Gemma L. Clarin and Efren L. Lascuña of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Strike Team.

Seven Manobo delegates from the Mt. Mayapay Tribal Council of Butuan City actively participated in the skills training.

The yakan weavers of the Albarakkattu Multi-Purpose Cooperative, in return, were very enthusiastic in sharing and explaining the craft to the participants. The experience was indeed a very educative one for the participants, who even had the chance to try weaving the cloth themselves. The knowledge that they have gathered from the experience definitely ignited a spark in their hearts and minds for their upcoming endeavor in weaving and basket making.


As they left for their journey home, the tapestry of success was surely shared to the seven participants and the thread of entrepreneurship linked on to the new group of weavers of the Mayapay Tribal Council, through the efforts of the Strike Team of the DTI-Strike Program. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)