Monday, April 16, 2018


DOLE to celebrate 116th Labor Day, sets activities for Caraganons

By Jennifer P. Gaitano  

BUTUAN CITY, April 16 (PIA) - In celebration of the 116th Labor Day, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga has set various activities for Caraganons to avail of on May 1, 2018 at the Oazis Hotel, this city.

According to DOLE Caraga regional director Chona Mantilla, highlights of the said event include the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) fair, in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), as well as DOLE-attached agencies such as the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) and the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO).

“Services offered by the aforementioned agencies will be readily available to workers and the public in general. These include employment and business counselling, processing of documents and selected services as well as answering queries. Also, there will be an awarding of recognition to Labor Unions particularly the workers and Livelihood Releases. It may be noted that as of April 10, 2018, DOLE Caraga has already given around P804 thousand for 25 beneficiaries of livelihood/ Kabuhayan assistance,” revealed Mantilla.

Likewise, a One-Stop Service Center for the jobseekers will be readily available in the venue in coordination with the different agencies such as the Social Security System (SSS), Home Development and Mutual Fund (HDMF), Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PHIC), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

There is also an orientation briefing for those who want to avail of DOLE services such as livelihood assistance, and the like. A skills demonstration through TESDA, as well as games, Larong Pinoy for the Informal sector and ITCs will also be offered.

The celebration will start with a Thanksgiving Mass to be held at the St. Joseph Cathedral, to be followed by a motorcade onward to the job and business fair/ TNK at the Oazis Hotel.

Meanwhile, as part of the celebration, a press conference will also be facilitated by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) on April 30, 2018 in Butuan City. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Gov’t allocates additional funds for Caraga IPs

By Jennifer P. Gaitano and Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, April 16 (PIA) - In line with the conduct of the two-day Indigenous Peoples (IP) Leaders Summit held recently here with guest speaker Secretary Jesus Dureza of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), local officials and government agencies committed to provide additional funds for the priority programs and projects for the IPs in the region.

Agusan del Sur Governor Adolph Edward Plaza committed a P5 million fund for the priority programs and projects intended for the IPs. Apart from that, Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada also committed P2 million, while the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Caraga will allot funds worth P15 million.

On educational assistance program, the Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) has already given P8 million through NCIP. For Caraga region alone, 200 slots are allotted for the 2018 scholarship to be granted to indigenous peoples.

As venue host of the two-day IP Leaders Summit, Mayor Lagnada, expressed that the said summit was one way of recognizing the presence of the IP communities in the region. This will also create good linkage with the private sector, not only with the government.

"We take note of all your issues and concerns and we will see to it that thru our concerted efforts, we would be able to address these," he said.

Caraga Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) chair and Agusan del Norte governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba is committed to support the programs and projects for the Indigenous Peoples of Caraga region.

Meanwhile, Sec. Jesus Dureza, underlined that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte wanted to ensure by all means that the welfare of the IPs are provided to them through the programs of the government that would directly address their concerns. He also emphasized that Caraga has a diverse culture, thus, everyone should be respected of their rights.

Sec. Dureza further underscored the aspiration of Pres. Duterte to preserve the indigenous peoples’ culture and individual identity. Indeed, an IP convergence group was created to keep abreast of the issues and concerns for the government to act appropriately on them.

“Be more action-driven and participative in realizing the proposed programs and projects to achieve lasting peace and sustainable development. The administration is really keeping a friendly atmosphere among all IP communities in the country to come and work together in improving the IPs way of living,” expressed Sec. Dureza.

Also, as an outright action of OPAPP Sec. Jesus Dureza upon knowing the pressing concerns of the Lumads in Caraga region, he led the appointing of a point person/group through the heads of government agencies with the help of LGU officials to lead, look into and focus in taking actions involving the titling of ancestral domains. (JPG/VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Red tide warning still up in Lianga Bay

By Nida Grace P. Barcena 

LIANGA, Surigao del Sur, April 16 (PIA) - The Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur remains positive for red tide toxin based on the latest laboratory results released by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) through its Shellfish Bulletin No. 12, Series of 2018.

In a letter sent to Governor Vicente Pimentel Jr. from BFAR-Caraga Regional Director Juan Albaladejo, it stated that all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or Alamang gathered from the area are not safe for human consumption.

However, fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe for human consumption if they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and the internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

Aside from Lianga Bay, the Coastal Waters of Leyte and Carigara Bay in Leyte; Coastal Waters of Biliran Province; Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa in Palawan; and Coastal Waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol are also found positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

Meanwhile, the coastal waters of Hinatuan and Bislig Bay of this province remain red tide-free. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur gears up for 58th founding anniversary celebration via new approach

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, 16 April (PIA) - Instead of keeping on following the same old way of observing the founding anniversary of the province of Surigao del Sur, the provincial government under Governor Vicente “BB” Pimentel, Jr. wants to blaze a new trail for the upcoming 58th annual celebration on June 19, 2018.

Speaking before capitol employees on flag raising rites on Monday, April 16, Provincial Administrator Efren Rivas said that it helped to entertain new ideas from some sectors on how to go about the forthcoming activity.

Right now, the provincial government has remained open to accepting more proposals on what fitting theme to take.

Initially, the administrator said that what had been strongly considered were the use of floats during the opening parade.  He explained that each local government unit (LGU) at the city and municipal levels would have one float each to represent them.  The province is composed of two cities and 17 municipalities.

Hence, it would no longer be “people-intensive” parade that once required employees, pupils and students as well as other sectors to take part, he noted.  Rather, this practice would be done away with.

Rivas also pointed out that it would be nice to make things different than the usual, saying that this time around, they would like to see pupils or students waving “flaglets” on both sides of the road during the float parade.

Besides, each LGU would be requested to build its own display booth to house their crafts and farm products during the entire duration of the anniversary event, Rivas added.

However, he made sure that the provincial government would set aside fund to support all LGUs on this endeavor.

As suggested, the start of a more festive mood province-wide through the initiative of municipal and city LGUs would coincide with the very first day of the month of June until the culmination on June 19, according to Provincial Administrator Rivas. (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


91 farmers get land certificates

By Rechel D. Besonia

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, April 16 (PIA) - “The time has come!”

This was the statement of Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) II Leoncio C. Bautista Jr., in his message as he explained the history and transition of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in this municipality during the distribution of individual titles held recently in Barangay Magsaysay.

A total of 105 Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) were distributed to 91 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB) covering an aggregate landholding of 151.1652 hectares of Government Owned Lands (GOL).

The activity was spearheaded by the DAR Municipal Office, through the effort of the Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officers (MARPOs) Eugenio Sotelo and Alvaro Orboc, in its aim to assure the farmers of their security to own the land that they till together with the cooperation of the Barangay Local Government Unit thru Barangay Captain Warlito Corvera.

“I hope that this will be the beginning of much productive and developed Barangay,” Corvera said.

Also in attendance was PARPO I Allan Mundala, who stressed the important obligations that come with the title.

“You must remember, as the new CLOA holder, that part of your obligation is to make the land productive, and pay your required taxes,” he emphasized to the farmers.

Meanwhile, Gaspar Epelipsia, a 73-year old ARB said that the distribution of title was a dream come true.

“Mapasalamaton kaayo ko ug dako sa atong ahensya sa DAR ug sa LGU officials sa paghatag nila ani nga higayon nga kami hingpit na nga nanag- iya niining yuta nga among gitikad ilabi na sa akong katiguwangon (I am so thankful with DAR and the LGU for giving us the chance to become landowner ourselves),” he said.

Also emphasized by MARPO Sotelo during the distribution were the duties and responsibilities of the ARBs over the land that they now owned.

Together with the CLOA, tax declarations were also distributed on that same day. This is to enable the ARBs to become aware of their responsibility in paying the required taxes. (DAR-Agusan del Sur/ PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DAR, LGU break ground for Project ConVERGE’s P24.8-M FMR

By Rechel D. Besonia and Rondick Sodusta

STA. JOSEFA, Agusan del Sur, April 16 - A traditional groundbreaking ceremony recently took place at Barangay Sayon, Sta. Josefa, this province to mark the construction of a P24.8 million Farm-to-Market Road project of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) under the Project Convergence on Value-Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (ConVERGE).

Sta. Josefa Vice Mayor Richard Plaza, DAR-Caraga assistant regional director Daylinda Paz Narisma, together with DAR-AgSur provincial agrarian reform program officer I Allan Mundala attended the ceremony.

Vice Mayor Plaza expressed his gratitude for the construction of the Farm-to-Market Road and urged his constituents to actively take part in monitoring the proper implementation of the project.

“Thank you so much to DAR for choosing us as the recipient of this project. It is a very big help for our farmers to be able to have an easy access for their products to the market and lessen the cost of labor,” Plaza said.

Assistant Regional Director Narisma also highlighted that with the construction of the FMR, agricultural production will likely increase.

“Once the project is fully implemented, it will directly benefit a total of 4,176 farmers that will result to poverty reduction by generating more economic activities for the farmers and their families,” she said.

The design of the FMR will feature a width of 4.0 meters with shouldering of one meter on both sides which will cover the three barangays - Poblacion, Concepcion and Sayon.

The FMR project is under Project ConVERGE, which is implemented by DAR and funded by the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and the Government of the Philippines (GOP). (DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Itik Pinas to boost poultry industry in Agusan del Sur

By Jason E. Jampac

AGUSAN DEL SUR, April 16 (PIA) - Duck and chicken raisers are expected to experience increased income in the next few years in Agusan del Sur after the province was identified as recipient of the “Itik Pinas” project.

This was revealed by Dr. Ronnie D. Domingo, director of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) during the one-day advocacy seminar titled “Back to Basics – Scientific and Sustainable Livestock and Poultry Development” held recently at the Democrito O. Plaza Sports Complex, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

The “Itik Pinas” project is a joint effort of BAI, National Swine Poultry Research Development Center (NSPRC), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI).

With this project, farmer-beneficiaries will receive genetically superior breed of multiplier ducks and chicken.

Dr. Rene C. Santiago, center chief of NSPRDC explained that the breeder ducks have higher average productive period of 70 percent as compared to the old breeds which are only at 55 percent. This translates to an increase in egg production and additional income. Moreover, eggs produced in Itik Pinas weigh an average of 65 grams a piece, meeting the requirements of the ‘balut’ industry.

Over 600 participants were present during the seminar who were oriented about their responsibilities and benefits of the project. They also listened to the lectures on Free Range Chicken Production by Dr. Ma. Asuncion G. Beltran (Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, Tarlac State University) and Duck Egg Production by Dr. Santiago.

Also, as part of the repayment scheme, offspring from the dispersed animals will be rolled out to the next-in-line beneficiaries.

According to Dr. Ruth S. Miclat-Sonaco, center director of the International Training Center for Pig Husbandry (ITCPH), the number of Itik Pinas recipients throughout the country is targeted to reach five million by the end of 2022.

Aside from those mentioned above, other officials who gave their words of encouragement to the participants were Dr. Joriz G. Elevazo, Head of  the Provincial Veterinary Office of Agusan del Sur; Nilo Manpatilan, IP Focal Person (ADS); Abel James I. Monteagudo, Regional Director of DA-RFO XIII; and Samuel L. Calonzo, OIC Center Director of ATI-Caraga. (ATI/ PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Tagalog news: Dagdag na pundo para matugunan ang mga pangunahing programa at proyekto para sa mga IPs, pinangakong ibibigay ng mga lokal na opisyal at ahensya ng Caraga Region

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Abril 16 (PIA) - Sa pagdalo ni Secretary Jesus Dureza ng Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) sa ginanap na Indigenous Peoples (IPs) Leaders Summit sa lungsod ng Butuan kamakailan, nangako rin ng dagdag na pundo ang mga lokal na opisyal ng Caraga Region para matugunan ang mga pangunahing programa at proyekto na naaayon at nararapat para sa mga IPs.

Ito ay matapos mailahad ang ibat-ibang issues and concerns ng mga IPs sa kani-kanilang mga komunidad. Tinawag isa-isa ni secretary Dureza ang lahat ng mga ahensiyang kailangang tumugon sa pagresolba ng mga suliranin at pangangailangan ng nasabing sektor sa rehiyon.

Kabilang na dito si Agusan del Sur Governor Adolph Edward Plaza, na nag-commit sa harap mismo ni Sec. Dureza na maglalaan ang kanyang administrasyon ng P5-milyon para sa mga IPs. Gayun din si Butuan City mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada na nangakong maglalaan ng P2-milyon, at P15-milyon naman mula sa National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

Kabilang sa mga nabanggit na mga issues and concerns ay ang pakiusap ng mga IPs sa pagtugon ng gobyerno sa kanilang proteksyon sa kanilang kinabibilangang komunidad.

Ayon kay NCIP-Caraga regional director Atty. Jose Dumagan Jr., ang Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), at NCIP ay may ginagawang mga stratehiya upang masegurado at mapanatili ang kaayusan at kaligtasan ng mga IPs. May AFP personnel na din umano ang nakadeploy sa mga IP areas ng rehiyon sa tulong ng militar.

Hiniling din ng mga IPs na madagdagan ang quota ng IP soldiers at CAFGU sa kanilang lugar. Napag-alaman na sa taong 2017, may kabuoang 300 miyembro ng IP communities na kabilang sa 4th Infantry Division ang narecruit. May mga IPs sa Banwaon at Higa-onon tribes na din umano ang napabilang na ngayon sa enlisted ng Army, partikular na sa 26th Infantry Battalion sa Caraga region.

Binigyang-diin naman ni Atty. Dumagan na ang nasabing IP Leaders Summit ay isinagawa upang mabigyan ng pagkakataong makapahayag o makapresenta ang mga ahensiya ng gobyerno sa ibat-ibang solusyon sa mga hinanaing at hiling ng mga IPs.

Samantala, ipinahayag naman ni Sec. Dureza na ang gobyerno ay lubos na sumusuporta sa mga IP communities at patuloy na magbibigay-serbisyo at tutugon sa kanilang mga pangangailangan at nang matamasa nila ang kaayusan at kaunlaran ng kanilang sektor.

Sa nangyaring dalawang araw na IP Leaders Summit, ang Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Caraga naman ay nanguna sa ceremonial awarding ng kanilang scholarship program sa mga IPs. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)