(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 17 December 2018) Tail-End of a Cold Front affecting the eastern sections of Southern Luzon and Visayas. Northeast Monsoon affecting the rest of Luzon. Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorm. Eastern section of Mindanao will have strong winds coming from Northeast with rough seas. The rest of Mindanao will have light to moderate winds coming from Northeast with slight to moderate seas. (PAGASA)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

24 SurSur school districts join DRR-CCA children’s festival

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 7 (PIA) – A total of 24 school districts under the Department of Education (DepEd) Surigao del Sur division participated in the 1st Provincewide Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA) Children’s Festival held on December 5 at the Villa Maria Luisa Hotel in Tandag City.

The DepEd-Surigao del Sur Division, in collaboration with the Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur thru the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), facilitated the activity. This year's theme was “Strengthening DRR Preparedness thru Empowering Children.”

Division DRR Focal Person Rufino Reyes said, "the participants are composed of five students per school district – three in secondary and two in elementary."

During the activity, PDRRMO chief Abel de Guzman discussed the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction Management System (PDRRMS) to the participants while Dolores Bual of Sto. Niño Elementary School in San Agustin town tackled the "Children Participation on Policy and Legislations Making."

The participants were given enough time to ask some questions from the different government line agency representatives during the open forum.

Republic Act (RA) no. 10821 or the “Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act of 2016" was also discussed by Rufino on the first day.

Other activities were the “Larong Pinoy” as their team building activity, contests on Cartooning, Poster Making, Collage Making, Quiz Bee and Song and Yells (mother tongue), which focused on disaster preparedness. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


9th e-Learning mass graduation produces 1,200 graduates

By Jason Paul Dads E. Jampac

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 7 – It was a new record-high for the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center XIII (ATI-Caraga) when it produced 1,200 Caraga graduates under its electronic learning (e-Learning) program.

The mass graduation was held on December 4, 2017 at the Prince Hotel Convention Center where students, agricultural extension workers (AEWs), farmers, government and private individuals who took and passed ATI’s online courses have received their certificates, t-shirts, information kits, and other perks.

Robert T. Poculan Jr., Center Director of ATI-Caraga, emphasized on the essence of education when he said that “educating the mind without educating the heart is not education.”

He urged the graduates to apply the knowledge they have learned and to help ATI in campaigning the e-Learning program to their colleagues and community. This call was supported by Susana B. Montilla, a professor in Caraga State University (CSU) when she said during her closing remarks that knowledge should not just be stocked in the mind, but should also be put into action and should be shared to others.

Several participants expressed their joy and gratitude to ATI for the opportunity of being part of the e-Learning program.

“For me, it is not easy to answer several online questions and pass the course; but I believe that e-Learning will help uplift agricultural literacy towards the betterment of Philippine agriculture,” said Decemboy B Tiu, a CSU student.

Kristine L. Buniel, a student from Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU), also thanked ATI for “allowing people, especially farmers to learn more technology without physically attending trainings.”

“ATI accommodated the students with fast response, easy instructions, and excellent service. It was indeed very successful as it has widened our knowledge and horizons,” Buniel said.

Fil Victor A. Babanto, Information Officer II of ATI-Caraga and Project Officer of the event, presented the updates on e-Extension and a video production showcasing the participants of e-Learning. He also facilitated the giving of certificates and awards which were handed over to the graduates by Poculan, Montilla, Pamela Mappala, Information Officer IV of the ATI-Central Office and Jose Rey Y. Alo, e-Learning Process Consultant.

The ATI-Caraga has been hosting the e-Learning Mass Graduation almost every year since 2008. According to Poculan, the number of graduates has exponentially increased from around 100 in 2008 to 1,200 in 2017. Majority of these graduates were from CSU, SDSSU, Agusan del Sur State College of Arts and Trade (ASSCAT), and Hawilian National High School, as these schools have committed to incorporate ATI’s e-Learning in their school curriculum. (ATI-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


P44.9M infra projects to be implemented in AgNor

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 7 – A total of P44,925,000 worth of infrastructure projects will be implemented in the province of Agusan del Norte, with funds from the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) Program of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

These infrastructure projects included: Ram Pump Water System, Barangay Simbalan, Buenavista worth P20,000,000; Ram Pump Water System, Barangay Kamagong, SitioMinbahandi, Nasipit amounted to P10,000,000; Expansion of Abaca Production, San Isidro, Bangayan, Kitcharao worth P5,925,000; Construction/Rehabilitation of Water System in Barangay Pangaylan Indigenous People, Santiago with 1,641 beneficiaries in the amount of P1,500,000; Construction/Rehabilitation of Water System in Sitio Cadahondahonan, Poblacion 2, Santiago with 1,001 beneficiaries worth P1,500,000; and Construction/Rehabilitation of Water System in Barangay Hinimbangan, Kitcharao with 115 beneficiaries amounted to P1,500,000.

Other projects identified were the Construction/Rehabilitation of Water System in Zapanta Valley, Bangayan, Kitcharao with 105 beneficiaries in the amount of P1,500,000; Construction/Rehabilitation of Water System in San Isidro, Kitcharao with 105 beneficiaries amounted to P1,500,000; and Construction/Rehabilitation of Water System in Sitio Ansili, Dagnasay, Lusong, Putting Bato, Cabadbaran City worth P1,500,000.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan authorized Provincial Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba to sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with OPAPP through Sanggunian Resolution No. 351-2017, authored by Vice Governor Ramon AG. Bungabong for smooth implementation of the projects.

PAMANA Program is the national government’s peace and development framework designed to respond and strengthen the peace building, reconstruction and development in conflict-affected areas with OPAPP, which oversee the program's implementation.

The PAMANA Program aims to help improve socioeconomic conditions in conflict-affected and conflict vulnerable areas, as well as in areas covered by Peace Agreements, through focused delivery of services and enhancing the capacities of national government agencies and local governments.This could be done by empowering the communities and strengthening their capacities to address issues of conflict and peace through activities that promote social cohesion. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


OWWA participates convergence for 4Ps beneficiaries in Butuan

By Jean Pearl I. Millones
  
BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 7 – The City Convergence Advisory Committee (CGAC) spearheaded by the City Link and the local government unit (LGU) of Butuan City visited the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Brgys. Pigdaulan, Lemon, Tagabaca and Camayahan.

The activity aims to help the 4Ps beneficiaries and their families by providing easy access to the existing and available programs and services of different concerned agencies.

As an agency mandated to promote the welfare and well-being of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents, OWWA Caraga participated in the activity to give hassle-free services to its member OFWs, especially those living below the poverty line.

A team composed of three OWWA personnel provided services such as scholarship advocacy and the qualification for the program, requests for assistance and upgrading programs for OFWs. Since most of the inquiries were regarding employment, the team made an effort to relay the updates on employment, especially on direct hiring ban. The participants were advised to visit the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) office to ensure safe overseas deployment.

The activity was participated in by Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD), City Social Work and Development (CSWD), Public Employment and Services Office (PESO) Butuan, the City Health Office, City Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO), Population Commission (PopCom), Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) and the Department of Education (DepEd) and other national and local agencies.

During the meeting and reporting on the same day, it was reported that the team has already visited Brgy. Taligaman as well, and has scheduled Brgy. Amparo of Butuan City for their next visit. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Mga ahensiya ng gobyerno sinigurado ang pagiging disaster resilient ng mga entreprenuers sa Caraga

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Dis. 7 (PIA) – Sinigurado ng mga ahensiya ng gobyerno ang pagiging disaster resilient ng mga business entrepreneurs sa Caraga region sa ginanap na Regional Forum on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Development and Disaster Resilience sa lungsod ng Butuan.

Mahigit 100 partisipante mula sa business sector at Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) ang dumalo at lumahok sa workshops na pinangunahan ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga.

Ayon kay Regional Director Rosauro Arnel Gonzales Jr. ng Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga at Chair ng Regional DRRMC, may apat na thematic areas na tinutugunan ang RDRRMC – ang disaster prevention and mitigation, disaster preparedness, disaster response, at disaster rehabilitation, kung saan binibigyang halaga ang kooperasyon ng mga MSMEs sa rehiyon.

Nagkaroon ng pagsasanay sa contingency planning at identifying hazards ang mga nagsilahok sa Forum.

Ayon naman kay Ghay Lyne Mapano ng Cebuana Lhuiller, kasama ang DTI at iba pang ahensiya ng gobyerno, layon nilang matulungan ang mga entrepreneur na naapektuhan ng anumang kalamidad, na makapagsimula muli kaagad sa kanilang mga negosyo. Dagdag niya, ang Cebuana Lhuiller ay handang tumulong mag-facilitate ng pagproseso ng insurance claims ng mga apektadong MSMEs.

"Mahalaga na maprotektahan ang assets ng MSMEs; maging ang pagkakaroon ng insurance coverage at ang pag-secure ng kanilang manpower o staffing upang sa ganun ay makapagpatuloy pa rin sa kanilang mga negosyo," sabi ni Mapano.

Ibinahagi naman ni Rhiza Nery, continuity program head ng Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), na may mga MSMEs pa rin na bihira lang makalahok sa mga community-based disaster resilience trainings. Dahil na rin dito, humihingi siya ng tulong sa publiko upang hikayatin ang mga kakilala nilang MSME na maging aktibo sa mga pagsasanay ng ibinibigay ng gobyerno sa kanila.

Sa kanyang pagbalik-tanaw sa nangyaring lindol sa Surigao City kung saan maraming imprastraktura ang nasira, binigyang-diin niya na sa tulong ng gobyerno at iba pang sektor, napadali ang pagsisimulang muli ng mga MSME sa kanilang mga negosyo


Kabilang sa mga paksa na ibinahagi sa Forum ay ang Philippine disaster risk reduction and management system; natural hazards and risk in the region; business recovery center – the business sector perspective; calamity rehabilitation support fund; at building disaster resilient communities through micro insurance. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)