Friday, December 1, 2017

Financial literacy training given to 83 displaced Caraganon OFWs

By Jean Pearl I. Millones

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 1 – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga conducted a free entrepreneurial training on Financial Literacy to 83 distressed and displaced Caraganon overseas workers on November 13, 2017 at the OWWA Training hall, this city.

The training was given to jumpstart the reintegration package provided by the agency to OWWA members, active or non-active, whose contracts were pre-terminated due to various adversities during their employment abroad.

The training included an orientation of the program’s goal, which is essentially to enable the beneficiaries to be multi-skilled through access to training services and eventually arm them in pursuing a livelihood endeavor while in the country.

The participants were taught how to prepare a business plan which will serve as the beneficiaries’ guide during the implementation of their chosen trade undertaking. Overseas Workers Welfare Officer II Jean Mary Ronquillo-Ladion, focal person for the program, carried out the said training.

The Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Program was previously a non-cash assistance in the form of starter kits amounting to P10,000. With the currently enhanced program, the livelihood package is increased to P20,000. Cash grant is given as a start-up or additional capital for their chosen livelihood project.

To ensure that the livelihood projects are feasible and are duly implemented, an inspection of the project site or address will be done prior the release. A follow-up monitoring will be done a month after the release and will be constantly monitored every six months.

Since the program’s amendment in May 2017, the agency has already released a total of 235 grants translating to P4,700,000 to date.

Among the required documents needed to apply for the program are the duly filled-up Application Form, Certificate of Entrepreneurial Development Training (EDT), Business Plan/Proposal approved by the RWO Director indicating the sustainability/feasibility of the chosen livelihood undertaking and proof of repatriation.

The program can be availed only once by eligible beneficiaries and must be filed within three years upon return to the country.

More so, OWWA members who have finished their contracts are not eligible to this program.

For further information and/or queries regarding the program, you may visit OWWA Regional Welfare Office Caraga located at Nimfa Tiu Bldg.2, J. Rosales Ave., Butuan City or contact us at (085) 342-6178/815-1894. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


AgSur town former rebels participate in vegetables, organic fertilizer production training

LA PAZ, Agusan del Sur, Dec. 1 – Some 30 former rebels (FRs) participated in a two-day Vegetable and Organic Fertilizer Production Training held at the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) Building, Poblacion, La Paz, this province.

Said event was spearheaded by the 401st Infantry Brigade and the 26th Infantry Battalion (26IB), in collaboration with the local government unit (LGU) of La Paz, Agusan del Sur and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).

Terso Gomez, Municipal Administrator of La Paz, led the opening ceremony of the two-day livelihood seminar, together with 2Lt Bryan Villena (SC) PA, Company Commander, Bravo Company of 26IB. 

The said activity aimed to capacitate the FRs for their personal improvement, provide them with knowledge and skills for livelihood and prepare them for a smooth transition as peaceful and productive members of the community.

“I am very thankful to all the stakeholders who helped facilitate this kind of activity because I am aiming to operate livelihood programs like this and help all human form in my community to become productive,” said Mayor Ambrosio Lim in his message.

Meanwhile, LTC Rommel Pagayon, Commanding Officer of 26IB, expressed his gratitude to the LGU of La Paz, Agusan del Sur and to all stakeholders for making the 26th Infantry Battalion as one of the LGU partners. 

“The 26IB is always ready to work with the local government units of Agusan and other agencies in all activities aimed towards peace, security and development,” he added. (401st Brigade, Phil. Army/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Village, LGU officials distribute relief goods to SurSur evacuees

LIANGA, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 1 – The Municipal Social Welfare Development Office (MSWDO) of Lianga, and barangay officials of Brgy. Buhisan, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur distributed relief packs on November 30, 2017 to the evacuees in KM9, Diatagon in Lianga town.

The distribution of relief goods to the 214 families from Brgy. Diatagon and 68 families from Brgy. Buhisan was part of the agreement between the military and the local government unit (LGU) of the two municipalities that they shall take the responsibility in managing the evacuees, to make sure that enough support is given to the affected families.

During the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) meeting in Lianga on November 26, 2017, it was agreed that all relief goods intended for the evacuees shall be course through the MSWDO of Lianga in order to prevent any organization or personalities from exploiting and coercing our Lumads to go against the government. Further, outsiders were discouraged to go to KM9 and Sitio Somiwao for their own safety due to the prevailing security operations in the area.

Those who have business in the said areas were advised to ask clearance from the LGU to ensure their safety and security.

Some residents of Diatagon, Lianga and Brgy. Buhisan, San Agustin evacuated in KM9 Diatagon due to the influence of some leaders of Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV) and Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao del Sur (TRIFPSS) despite the constant information provided by the LGU and 401st Brigade that the security operation conducted by the military is far from their communities.

The security operation resulted in an encounter on November 28, 2017 between elements of the 75th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army and the communist terrorist that left two terrorists dead identified only as aka ‘Urbano,’ a bomb expert of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) and his staff aka Abdul.

The LGU of San Agustin and Lianga, all of Surigao Del Sur, assured the public that they will provide the necessary support to the evacuees. They will continue to convince the evacuees to return to their respective homes since the military’s security operation is far from their communities.


In a statement, 401st Brigade Commander Col. Andres Centino once again assured the people of Lianga and San Agustin that despite the on-going security operations, there is no reason for the residents to evacuate since the area of operations is distant from their communities. He also assured the local leaders that the soldiers are trained, disciplined and have sworn to respect the rights of the people and protect their communities. (401st Brigade, PA/PIA-Caraga)