Monday, November 27, 2017

Army holds first IP Youth Leadership Summit in AgNor

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 27 (PIA) – The 29th Infantry Battalion (29IB) of the Philippine Army conducted the first Indigenous Peoples (IP) Youth Leadership Summit in the province of Agusan del Norte on November 25-27, 2017 at the Ecopark of Kitcharao town.

According to 29IB Civil Military Operations Officer 2Lt Ashley Del Rosario, the summit aimed to prevent the youth from being recruited to armed struggle and exploitation.

“It also served as an avenue to present the programs and opportunities of the government for the youth; encourage the youth of today to become responsible, productive and proactive members of the society; and organize and mobilize them as peace advocates of the youth in the Community,” said Del Rosario.

It was also learned that some 80 IP youth from different barangays of Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte actively participated in the three-day activity. (JPG/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Army, LGU officials deny evacuation of 700 SurSur villagers

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

LIANGA, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 27 (PIA) – Officials of the Philippine Army and the members of the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) of Lianga denied reports claiming the evacuation of 12 Lumad communities in Barangay Diatagon in Lianga and Barangay Buhisan in San Agustin, this province on Nov. 26, 2017.

In a press conference, MPOC chairman and Lianga Mayor Homer Pedrozo and 401st Brigade Commanding Officer Col. Andres Centino belied the report of evacuation of more than 700 villagers from 12 Lumad communities, following the increased presence of soldiers in their communities.

Centino said that since Nov. 26, “there is no evacuation happening from the communities in Barangay Diatagon, and Barangay Buhisan as reported by the militants over social media and SMS.”

He also debunked the information that they were militarizing the areas and that soldiers were occupying Lumad communities.

Pedrozo, on the other hand, has already directed the concerned MPOC members to validate the issues raised.

He added that the situation was not new to them, citing the displacement of Lumads once there is a military operation in the area. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


27 local jam producers learn good manufacturing practices, food safety

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 27 – Twenty-seven (27) members of the Indigenous Peoples Local Researchers in Agusan Marsh and Sectoral Association (IP-LoRAMSecA) underwent a training on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Food Safety and Handling held at Poblacion, Loreto, this province.

Dinah Lyra Pantaleon, who is a Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE)-accredited mentor and a member of #AdSNegosyoCenters, facilitated the training.

“IP-LoRAMSecA is currently producing jam from Libas and Katmun using native fruits from Agusan Marsh,” she said.

The activity was part of the product development interventions under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Agusan del Sur’s Strike Team for IPs program, to prepare the products of our Lumad brothers for bigger markets.

In behalf of IP-LoRAMSecA, Marilyn Trasmil, president of the association, expressed her gratitude for the activity. She said the seminar reminded and taught them the importance of making sure that their product is clean and that the jam from Katmun and Libas were properly processed. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


'Siargao’ movie included in MMFF 2017

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Nov. 27 (PIA) – Movie Director Paul Soriano announced that the film he directed in Siargao Island, province of Surigao del Norte will soon be showing in major theatres nationwide in December 2017, as it is included as one of the official entries to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

To top it all, a truly spectacular teaser for the widely held movie is out, and has become the talk of the town. On its first public release, it made a beautiful and persuasive impact to viewers on why Siargao, which is dubbed as the 5th world's best surfing destination, the surfing mecca of Asia and the surfing capital of the Philippines is the best place this universe has ever produced. 

Jericho Rosales, Erich Gonzales, and Jasmine Curtis-Smith starred in the movie. Beyond the excitement brought by what appears to be a colorful twist in the love story among the three celebrities, the trailer also gives perfect attention to the majestic splendor and exceptional beauty of Siargao. 

Loaded with extraordinary snapshots and live footages of its lovely panorama and crystal blue waters, the viewers will be completely mesmerized and absolutely fall in love with Siargao after viewing the film. 

Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas expressed her gratitude to Soriano and his team for promoting Siargao to the rest of the world. Soriano co-owns a resort in General Luna.

Gov. Matugas and Surigao del Norte 1st district representative Francisco “Bingo” Matugas met Soriano in early 2017 to talk about the project. Soriano featured other tourist attractions and destinations in the island which will definitely fascinate the viewers.

The plot also revolved around the traditions and values which locals adopt.

“The film carried with it a story which is classified as romance/drama, covering a month-long shooting. It is slated for the Manila Film Festival in December 2017,” said Soriano.

Soriano predicted that after the film, many big-time tourists and potential investors will troop to Siargao.

On her part, Gov. Matugas said the making of a film was a dream come true, primarily because it will feature Siargao as a top favorite location in the entertainment world.

She said she was very happy that the dream movie will showcase the island's pristine beauty.

Gov. Matugas also thanked Soriano for advertising Siargao Island among his friends in the business. It is expected that many will patronize the dreamland known as the “island of breath-taking adventures.” (PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DTI joins AgSur stakeholders in business continuity management workshop
 
PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 27 – To acquire awareness and understanding on business continuity management, the staff of the Department of Trade and Industry-Agusan del Sur (DTI-AdS) joined the two-day training course on Business Continuity Management for Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) held at Pagkain Ng Bayan, Bayugan City, this province.

The activity was aimed to equip the participants in understanding concepts, practices, requirements, and the process in developing Business Continuity Plans (BCP), as well as understanding the mechanisms needed to ensure continual improvement of the SMEs.

The participants were expected to share what they have learned to the SMEs in the province in order to help them prepare and become resilient in the event of calamities or abnormal situations. The lessons provided were expected to help ensure the continuity of services and the recovery of losses after a disaster.

Florian Rhiza Nery and Nathania Vida Abigail Guiang of the Philippines Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) based in Manila facilitated the training.

The activity was organized by the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur through the Provincial Economic and Enterprise Development Office (PEEDO), in coordination with DTI-AdS.

It was also attended by the staff from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO), Agusan del Sur Economic Business Assistance Center (ASERBAC), PEEDO and Bayugan City Economic and Enterprise Development Office. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DTI-AgSur kicks-off 5-day Caraga Manobo dolls making
 
PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 27 – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Agusan del Sur, through its Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) business improvement plan and in partnership with the indigenous people (IP) communities under the Strike Team for IPs program, conducted a five-day training on Caraga Manobo Dolls-Making.

Virginia Indias, Batch 2 KMME mentee, together with her husband Venchito Indias, facilitated the training.

Twenty four (24) IPs from San Martin Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative (SAFAMCO) of Prosperidad, Sibagat, Esparanza and the Tugpan Tribal Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative (TUTRIFAPCO) of Veruela participated in the said activity.

They were also joined by some Grade 9 and 10 students from Prosperidad National High School.

Topics discussed include carving, accessory-making and the processes to produce both miniature and larger sized dolls of up to 16 inches, among others.

Indias’ Caraga Manobo dolls have become a “go-to” souvenir item or a top pick as token for guests or tourists.


This production training will hopefully ensure that more orders can be served in the future and more IP communities will be engaged in the production and supply chain. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)