Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Caraganons set to celebrate Mindanao Week of Peace 2017

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 28 (PIA) – The Diocese of Butuan, through the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD), in cooperation with Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) Caraga and peace advocates in the region, will once again gather hundreds of Caraganons to celebrate the annual Mindanao Week of Peace on December 1-6, 2017 with the theme, “Owning Mindanao History for Peace and Development.”

Rev. Fr. Carlito Clase, executive director of CCPD said that Caraga region as predominantly inhabited by Muslims, Christians and Lumads is not spared from peace challenges. “It also has its share of peace issues concerning conflict between Christians and Lumads, ‘redos’ of lumads, insurgency and other forms of criminality,” Clase said.

“These social and cultural issues became a concern among peace advocates in the region,” he added.

After Marawi siege victims and survivors were traumatized by the attacks of the ISIS-inspired Maute terrorists, followed by the announcement of liberation from the declaration of Martial Law, Mindanaoans were given a stronger reason to celebrate peace in its territories.

“Let us show our strong support of affirmation and commitment to the Diocese’s collective effort in attaining a harmonious way of living in the region,” encouraged Clase.

The week-long activity is composed of the following lined up activities: Peace Forum on Countering Violent Extremism, ecumenical gathering in commemoration of the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, indigenous peoples (IP) dialogues, youth summit, dialogue among stakeholders with topics on extortion and revolutionary tax. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Butuanons to join ‘zumbAIDS’

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 28 (PIA) – Butuanons will participate in a combined fitness and awareness activity dubbed “zumbAIDS” on December 1, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. to be held simultaneously at the Guingona Park, Caraga State University (CSU) grounds, J. Rosales Avenue (DBP to Watergate) and Libertad Sports Complex in this city, as part of the annual observance of World AIDS Day.

The zumbAIDS is an innovative activity of the local government of Butuan through the City Health Office and Butuan Medical Center, in partnership with Caraganon i-Care Inc., a support group for people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

According to Anthony Torralba, HIV focal person of the Butuan City Health Office, this will also promote healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise regardless of HIV status, elevate voluntary counseling and testing, and encourage involvement of everyone, as we rally together to help end the prevalence of AIDS.

“We now have the opportunity to change the course of the epidemic. This brings with it the obligation to ensure that our resources are being used in the most efficient and effective ways and are having the greatest possible impact. The best way to honor people living with HIV and those we’ve lost is to achieve the greatest possible impact in all the works that we do to end the epidemic,” said Torralba.

Prior to the zumbAIDS, a week-long mobile voluntary counseling and testing took place that started on November 24, 2017. A team of HIV counselors and HIV proficient medical technologists, peer educators and HIV advocates is conducting the said testing.

World AIDS Day is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with the World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day and World Hepatitis Day.

The government stakeholders, health officers, private organizations and individuals around the world often observe the day with education on AIDS prevention and control. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


DTI monitors establishments in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Nov. 28 – A team from the Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Manila conducted a monitoring and enforcement visit in various business establishments in the city and the towns of Placer and Claver.

The team purposely monitored and looked into various products under mandatory standards sold by local business entities.

Various establishments having displayed the products lacking necessary product quality marks or certifications were issued with a notice of violation and were directed to submit a written formal explanation.

In this light, DTI Provincial Director Celestino L. Negapatan reminded the local business community to ensure that the products they were selling comply with the required products quality certification from the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS), whether their products are electrical supplies, appliances or construction materials such as cement and steel bars, among others.

“This is to ensure the safety of the consuming public who will buy said products,” said Negapatan. (DTI-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Surigao Norte town opens new tourist attraction

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Nov. 28 - In line with the advocacy of the provincial government of Surigao del Norte to put into action a full-blown infrastructural growth all across Siargao and mainland Surigao del Norte, Bacuag municipality mayor Mokee Cebedo led the recent opening of the Octopus Islet Adventure and hanging bridge.

In order to attract more jobs, increase business opportunities and improve the transportation systems of the place, Cebedo led the launching of what is dubbed as a fascinating ride of eight tentacles. This would mean a total make-over of Brgy. Bitaug.

Part of its development is the establishment of zipline, great services of the bamboo cottages and restaurants.

By 2018, Cebedo envisioned to build a spectacular avatar with a swimming pool. This would achieve what the Guiness Book of World Records has in store, with a special touch of Little Baguio.

In addition, a 7-storey statute of Virgen del Rosario will also be built at the hilltop. 

Cebedo desires to supervise the implementation and realization of these ambitious projects for the people to enjoy the progress in the locality.

He seeks to fully expand the municipality and endeavors to put up the Metro Pension Hotel equipped with an amusement and entertainment facilities.

With this upcoming development, the local official assures the public that the rates remain affordable for the general public. (PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


San Luis rattan "bukag" weavers try their hands on oil palm strips

SAN LUIS, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 28 – Members of the San Jose Coco Farmers Association and bukag (rattan) weavers in this town participated in a three-day training on handicraft production using oil palm strips, a substitute material.

Some of the participants were skilled weavers who supply rattan baskets to the cities of Bayugan and Butuan.

Liza Maynagcot from the Municipality of Trento served as the trainer.

Maynagcot is considered one of the pioneering oil palm strips weavers. She owns Liza Palm Strips Handicrafts and has been awarded, together with designer Gina Bagasbas who also hails from Agusan del Sur, with the Editors' Choice Award for bags, baskets and other housewares made from oil palm strips during the October Edition of Manila FAME.

Manila FAME is a premier lifestyle trade and exhibit show organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions & Missions (CITEM).

The November 22 to 24 training was conducted as part of the bottom-up budgeting (BuB) project-Furniture Development and Production of Gifts, Decors, Toys and Housewares Utilizing Rattan, Baloy, Nito and Agsam, of the local government unit (LGU) of San Luis.

It is also hoped that the output of the participants will be displayed in the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Store, which is another San Luis BuB project.

The Department of Trade and Industry-Agusan del Sur (DTI-AdS) is also hoping that the trainees will become part of the network of palm strips weavers who can help Maynagcot in possible volume orders as a result of her exposure in Manila FAME.

The training was conducted at the barangay social hall and was facilitated by DTI-AdS BuB Officer for San Luis Reonel Aninon, BuB Staff Shan Tutor, and Negosyo Center (NC)-Talacogon Counsellor Louida Legaspi. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DTI AgSur biz development team, producers learn branding concepts

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 28 – Fourteen (14) of the province's producers and graduates of the Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) program joined what was originally planned as a staff capability building on branding held at SAFRAGEMC Hall, San Francisco, this province.

This turned out providential as the trainees were able to discuss the branding concepts and principles via "live" cases.

The rest of the class includes the Department of Trade and Industry-Agusan del Sur (DTI-AdS) three business development staff and 14 Negosyo Center (NC) counselors.

Clark Nebrao, Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE)-accredited KMME mentor served as resource person and mentor.

Nebrao is also a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN).

He pointed-out that businesses normally focus only on production and processing and are not interested in obtaining a brand name for their product until such time that the name that they have been using for a long time is already owned by a competing producer.

"If you could explain your brand in seven seconds, that means you have a strong brand," Nebrao added.

The participants learned branding musts and the 5Ps of an irresistible product:  "identifying your People or market their needs and wants, understanding the Pain of the market, creating the solution or Promise, the uniqueness, being the market guide or leader in the Process, and having a Price based on your product's value."

They also learned the latest market trends on packaging, intellectual property registration and its importance, and barcoding.

The producer-MSME participants came from the province's two batches of the KMME. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


SurSur Foreshore TWG undergoes orientation

By Johny Natad

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 28 – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga has organized an orientation for the members and representatives of Surigao del Sur Joint Provincial Technical Working Group (TWG) for the Provincial Foreshore Development and Management Plan (PFDMP) held at Shacene Pension House and Restaurant, this city.

DENR Surigao del Sur Technical Services Division Chief Federico Senoc, Jr. commended the active participation of the local government units (LGUs) and government line agencies and encouraged full support and involvement in coming up with the master plan.

“We encourage you, as our development partners, to actively work with us in DENR for the formulation of the foreshore development and management plan of Surigao del Sur,” Senoc said.

“The PFDMP master plan will be materialized with your active contribution, support and participation as the experts in your field and areas of concerns relative to the development of the plan,” he added.

The orientation of the TWG covered a detailed presentation about foreshore by Forester Resurrecion C. Maxilom; rationale on the formulation of the PFDMP by DENR Caraga Assistant Chief on Licenses Patents and Deeds Division Mila J. Garcia; roles of TWG by Engr. Leah Lou Asis; and discussion of some issues and concerns relative to foreshore planning.

Surigao del Sur’s Joint TWG for the PFDMP was organized by DENR Caraga through DENR Regional Special Order No. 2017-621 which was signed by Dr. Charlie E. Fabre on October 30, 2017. The TWG was tasked to carry-out effective and successful formulation of the PFDMP relevant activities and come up with the PFDMP master plan of Surigao del Sur.

The working group is composed of the technical and legislative representatives from the provincial government, 17 coastal cities and municipalities of Surigao del Sur, and other national government line agencies involved in foreshore or costal management. Specific offices representatives includes the planning and development, environment and natural resources, tourism, agriculture, fisheries, engineering, disaster and risk reduction, and local sanggunian on environment.

The Joint TWG is expected to assist and provide technical assistance to the DENR personnel (profiling, maps, etc.) that might be vital for the preparation of the PFDMP; review outputs/deliverables of the Planning Specialist and provide inputs and recommendations; participate in planning write shop and consultation workshops and other activities that require their technical assistance; facilitate final drafting and packaging of the plan; and coordinate with the LGUs in the adoption of the plan.

Provinces of Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Islands are the pilot areas in Caraga region for the formulation of the foreshore management and development plan. DENR will be organizing series of planning workshop and relevant activities for the PFDMP. (PENRO/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Surigao Norte bags best PopDev implementer award

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Nov. 28 – In line with the collective long-term vision for the country through the adoption of "Ambisyon Natin 2040,” the province of Surigao del Norte won as Best Regional Implementer of the Philippine Population Development and Management Program.

For search this year 2017, the province scored 56.35 points, besting others such as the Dinagat Islands which came in second at 53 points, and Agusan del Sur which emerged in the third spot at 50.1 points. Surigao del Sur, meanwhile, got 41.75 points while Agusan del Norte earned 23.5 points.

Categories focused on by the award-giving body were Responsible Parenthood-Family Planning, Adolescent Health and Development, Population and Development Integration and Special Population Group.

Commission on Population (POPCOM) Caraga Regional Director Alexander Makinano said that the contribution of local government units (LGUs) in the implementation of the country's birth control, family planning and population management shall always be recognized by the national government.


"LGUs excelled in the implementation of the population program in their respective locality, as determined after a comprehensive assessment and validation conducted by POPCOM,” said Makinano.

However, Makinano stressed that the results of the assessment must be a guiding light for LGUs to sustain its efforts in addressing the problem down to the grassroots.

"We must ensure that no one is left behind in getting reproductive health information and services," he underscored.

Conferment of such kind of award is POPCOM's way of extending appreciation to all workers in the enforcement of programs and projects relative to the attainment of its thrusts and directions which embody the Filipino aspirations.


"It is very important to recognize the endeavor and spirited inputs of program partners and stakeholders to put into action the Philippine Population Management Program. Recognizing them publicly of the efforts they have done is the key to serving better and be a great example and inspiration to others," said Makinano. (PGO-SDN/VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)