Thursday, November 9, 2017

DSWD-13 chief calls state workers to support 2017 Children’s month celebration

By Jennifer Gaitano  

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 9 (PIA) – In line with this year’s Children’s Month celebration, Regional Director Mita Chuchi Gupana-Lim of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga has called on all government workers to support and cooperate in the activities set for the yearly celebration.

Gupana-Lim underscored that in time with the 18-day campaign to end violence against women and their children (VAW) from November 25 to December 12, 2017, government workers will also participate in the activities intended for the welfare of the children.

“This November 27, 2017 is the culmination activity of our Children’s Month-long celebration to be held at Watergate Hotel in Butuan City,” Gupana-Lim said.

“There will be a dance drama and poster-making contest for children from different child-care institutions in the city. Also, a lecture on Republic Act (RA) 9165 otherwise known as ‘Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002’ from the representative of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and sharing of testimonies of two former drug dependents from a drug rehabilitation center in Caraga under the Department of Health (DOH) will also be conducted on the same day,” underlined Lim.

Lim further emphasized that this kind of forum is aimed to educate the children of the negative consequences of drug abuse.

In the month of November, the country celebrates Children Month by virtue of RA No. 10661 otherwise known as “National Children’s Month Act.” Pursuant to the said celebration, the Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) has initiated activities, where all government employees are encouraged to participate.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Bata: Iligtas sa Droga.” (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Cacao planting activity set in Surigao Norte town

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Nov. 9 – In celebration of the Cooperative and Consumer Welfare Month, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte Provincial Office, in partnership with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and Provincial Cooperative Development Office (PCDO) organized a cacao planting activity in Brgy. Honrado, San Francisco town, this province.

The cacao planting activity aimed to train the farmer-members of Honrado Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (HONARBECO), as well as the volunteers, on how to plant the cacao seedlings properly.

It also aimed to inform and educate the participants that cacao is a sustainable investment. Moreover, planting these trees plays a key role in our battle against climate change.

Ricarte Samosino, a certified cacao doctor who was present during the activity, emphasized that cacao is really a good investment because of its export potential.

Samosino also said that there is a stable and an increasing demand for cocoa products not only in the international market but even in the local market. Thus, he encouraged the participants to venture into cacao production.

The said activity was done in the area of one of the members of HONARBECO, an organization which produces cacao and processes the seeds into ‘tableya’ – a thick coin-shaped tablet used to make hot chocolate drinks and champorado (Filipino rice porridge). (SDR/DTI-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DAR Project ConVERGE hosts IP forum

By Joie L. Ceballos

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 9 – With the aim of mainstreaming the indigenous people and their welfare in the over-all implementation, the Project Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (Project ConVERGE) project hosted the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) Forum in Butuan City on November 7 to 8, 2017.

Attended by over 100 members of various IP groups from the areas covered by the project in Regions 9, 10 and Caraga, the forum expects to integrate the IPs in the entrepreneurial activities.

Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)-Caraga Regional Director and Project’s Regional Manager Engr. Felix Aguhob explained that the project targets to benefit not only agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), but also the IPs, women and youth.

IP groups like the Subanon of Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte; the Higaonons, Tala-andig and Camiguin IPs of Region 10, attended the forum.

Further, indigenous groups like the Mamanwa, Manobo, Tubano, Tausog and Mandaya in Caraga Region were also present. These participants were selected from the areas covered by Project ConVERGE.
During the forum, five IP entrepreneurs shared their practices in their existing enterprise operations.  They were Daniel Viscaya of Trento, Agusan Sur; Heidy Ilaga of Santiago, Agusan Norte; Rosilito Rosell of Libona, Bukidnon, and Rosalinda Camarador and Rolando Penuela of Zamboanga del Sur.

Rosell, production manager of the Kapehan MultiPurpose Cooperative shared that IPs are involved in entrepreneurial activities. “We are starting and we are seeing where we are going. From our initial capital, we have blown to some assets,” he said.

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Management Consultant for Project ConVERGE Gomer Tumbali shared the existing profile of IP entrepreneurs in the three regions. He further explained on how the sector can be of help, and how they can benefit from the project.

Under the project, 30 percent increase in income is expected, to include at least 15 percent of the IPs in areas where it is possible.

Faisar Mambuay, National Project Director said that this IP Forum is only the initial stage of the many sectoral consultations of the project. “We are also holding forum for the youth and the women to ensure that they will be benefited by the project,” said Mambuay.

Caraga Regional Director Atty. Jake Dumagan of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) expressed support in the endeavor. “I am happy that DAR has this project which will benefit the IPs; which is expected to improve their living conditions,” he said.

Dumagan also recalled how DAR and NCIP worked in the past projects like the Northern Mindanao Communities Initiatives and Resource Management Project (NMCIREMP).

Like NMCIREMP, Project ConVERGE is a joint partnership of DAR and the IFAD. (DAR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Mahigit 600 school managers nakilahok sa leadership enhancement sessions sa Caraga Region

Ni Venus Garcia

LUNGSOD NG SURIGAO, Nob. 9 (PIA) – Umabot sa mahigit 600 secondary school heads, district at division supervisors galing sa iba’t ibang probinsiya sa rehiyon ng Caraga ang nagtipon-tipon kamakailan sa isinagawang 18th Caraga Regional Association of Secondary School Administrators (CARASSA) Congress na ginanap dito sa lungsod.

Layunin ng nasabing congress na palawigin at i-upgrade ang kakayahan ng mga nagsipaglahok, magamit ang mabisang stratehiya at programa sa pagtuturo, at para mas lalo pang mapahusay ang pamamahala nila sa kani-kanilang mga eskwelahan.

Ayon kay Dr. Teodora Plaza, presidente ng CARASSA, minarapat nilang matugunan ang competency standards, values in the workplace at stewardship sa school setting sa tulong ng iba’t ibang plenary sessions ng CARASSA congress.

“Itong 3-day activity ay isinagawa upang mapalawak at maiangat ang performance ng ating mga paaralan. Sa ngayon, ipinapatupad ng DepEd Caraga ang bagong sistema sa pagmomonitor at evaluate ng mga pampublikong paaralan kung saan ang public school supervisors ay makikipagcoordinate sa school heads kasabay ang education program specialist (EPS),” sabi ni Plaza.

Bilang guest speaker, ipinaliwanag din ni Dr. Emelyn Libunao, Staff Director ng Philippine Information Agency (PIA), kung gaano kaimportante na mamaximize ang media at kung paano maging effective spokesperson o communicator ang mga school leader.

Binigyang-diin naman ni Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga Regional Director Beatriz Torno ang kahalagaan ng pagsasapuso ng mga tungkulin ng mga punong-guro bilang isa sa mga susi sa dekalidad na edukasyon at pagkakaroon ng quality learners.


Ang mga kalahok na school principals ay siyang kumakatawan sa 1,020 secondary schools, kabilang na ang senior high schools sa buong rehiyon ng Caraga. Sa kasalukuyan, mayroong 178,122 mag-aaral sa secondary level at 462,846 mag-aaral naman sa antas ng elementarya na tinuturuan ng 25,809 na mga guro, katuwang ang 3,790 non-teaching personnel sa Caraga region. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)