Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Feature: Learning insights on the work and life of a teacher

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

(PIA) - Almost all Surigaonons knew of the terrible accident that happened to the two teachers in San Miguel town in Surigao del Sur early this year.

As they were going to their respective stations, the teachers were riding a boat which sank in a river due to the strong current of water.

Of the two teachers, only one survived and the other drowned.  She risked her life for her passion, commitment, dedication and love for work - that is to teach the Indigenous People (IP) or “Lumad” children.

San Miguel-District 3 in-charge Elnie Anthony Barcena had the same experience during his first assignment in Barangay Calatngan in San Miguel when he was employed by the Department of Education (DepEd). He said that the life of a teacher is not easy, especially for those who are assigned in the far-flung areas.

Based on the teachers’ experiences, it is indeed very challenging to be assigned in far flung areas because teachers would encounter variety of uncomfortable means of transportation like “banka”, “habal-habal” and even the use of animals such as horse and carabao just to reach their station.

It becomes more challenging if the weather is not good. They will resort to hiking since the river is too risky to pass through, and hiking is a struggle for them. The sticky mud, jumping over canals and some peaks in the mountain, trekking the different terrain, wallowed in creeks, and walking on corn fields and coconut fields with perspiration dripping from their forehead, while bringing their food supplies and other needs for the entire week or a month.

Despite the situation, teachers in far-flung areas have not ceased from constantly wearing cheerful faces and optimistic outlook for the love of work and to inspire the lives of the children who are patiently waiting for every start of the week for their love and care, and that somehow change their lives through education.

Truly, teachers risk their lives and that of their entire family just to pursue their chosen vocation; that is to expand the gift of education wherever and whenever opportunity comes.

Teachers are present in the community not merely to teach the school children but also to serve as living catalysts to uphold values, integrity and rights of every individual. As they teach their students, teachers were able to develop in the mind of the children the importance of having good education, the good values and the chance of transforming an individual into a productive member of the community.

Teachers are not present just to teach children, but they serve as a resource person, a confidante, a friend, and a model to the community. That is the reason why they have a great impact, not only to their students, but also to the community they teach.

Teacher Glenn Cubillan who recently passed away because of the accident that happened while she was on her way to her station, demonstrated those qualities worth emulating.

According to the neophyte district in-charge, he has several questions that bothered him on what to do or how to handle this kind of situation. Perhaps, he is still not ready to handle these kinds of difficulties.

Losing one teacher in a group is not easy to take, however he said, that he should remain strong and would just have to console himself that he has a DepEd family who are ready to back him up and who believe that he is not alone. Everyone would have a share in facing challenges in life.

No one can escape reality. But the question is, when problem occurs, will you panic? Or will you see it as challenge? Sometimes, the whole world seems like a problem. Basically, if problem occurs, how will you see you it? Is it a threat? Or is it a challenge? (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


PNP Caraga continues drive against illegal logging
 
BUTUAN CITY, April 11 (PIA) - Police and environmental authorities in Caraga region confiscated 27,108.98 board feet of assorted lumbers and logs valued at P521,725.77, vehicles, various equipment, arrested owners and dismantle sawmills recently.

Police Regional Office 13 Regional Director PCSupt. Noli A Romana identified the arrested suspects as Aldrin Engyo Bat-ao, 21, and Alyn Jun Engyo Bat-ao, 18, of Barangay Mapaga, Prosperidad, Agusan Del Sur; Eddie Prochina Capilitan, 54, of P-2A, Sitio Hubang, Brgy. Poblacion, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur; Franklin B Mercalis, 39, of P-1, Brgy. San Teodoro, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur; and Michael Tiempo Ipil, 43, of P-5, Brgy. Lower Doongan, Butuan City while suspects identified as Robert Kert Napao Mondejar, Grace Tantoy Sodijana, Jason Plaza, alias Popong, Joy Perez, Tata Gallardo, Roque Culla, Rolibe Diegas Morales, Jamael Bautista Pundag, Artemio Usares Pastera, Maximo V Viduya, Arceli Z Viduya, Roel Biol Castillo, Roderick Buar Gumban, Dante Jabagat, and Rolibe Clemente Tubay were at large.

Charges for violation of the Forestry code are being readied against the suspects and seized items were brought to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for safe keeping.

Romana stated that aside from war against drugs and other criminal activities, Caraga police are also focused on combating all forms of illegal logging as part of PNP’s “LOI Sangyaman” that ensures the protection and preservation of the environment and natural resources.

“We have taken proactive measures in the effort to keep Caraga region free of illegal logging,” he added.

Romana also thanked the personnel of Caraga PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines and foresters from the DENR with the full support of all stakeholders for their immediate action to ensure a more systematic response to illegal logging activities in the entire Caraga region. (PRO-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: COMELEC Caraga handa na sa Barangay, SK Elections

Ni Venus L. Garcia

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN , Abril 10 (PIA) - Ilang araw bago ang Barangay at Sangguniang Kabataan na halalan ngayong  Mayo 14 ay pormal na nireactivate ng Commission on Elections o COMELEC-Caraga ang Regional Joint Security Control Center o RJSCC kasabay ng ginanap na Command Conference  kamakailan dito sa lungsod.

Tinalakay sa nasabing pagtitipon ang security measures, deployment preparations, pati na rin ang concerns ng Department of Education, Department of Justice at Department of the Interior and Local Government kung saan pinag-uusapan ng mga ito ang pagrereconcile ng implementing policies ng Martial Law at ng COMELEC na saklaw sa election period.

Ayon kay Atty. Francisco Pobe, regional election director ng COMELEC-Caraga, tiniyak din ng kanilang ahensya at ng JSCC na matutukan ang iba pang maselang detalye at issues kaugnay sa halalan nang sa ganun ay maiwasan ang pagkakaroon ng problema kabilang na ang ukol sa appreciation of ballots ng mga miyembro ng DepEd kung saan ang mga guro ay may malawakang latitude of discretion para magpasya kung isasali sa bilang o ideklarang astray o invalid lalo pa’t manwal ang pagbibilang ng mga boto.

Sa inisyal na report ng Armed Forces of the Philippines at Philippine National Police-Caraga, tinukoy din ang identified areas of immediate concern o hot spots. Sinabi ni Col. Andres Centino, commander ng 401st Infantry Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army na patuloy silang nakikipagcoordinate sa PNP-Caraga at nagvavalidate sa categorized areas. Anya may mga lugar na rin na naging cleared ng security forces from affectation ng Communist Party of the Philippines New People's Army o CPP-NPA.

Ang PNP-Caraga ay nakapagimbentaryo na rin ng kanilang personnel resources at equipment. Ayon kay PCSupt Noli Romana, regional director ng PNP-Caraga, magdedeploy sila ng humigit kumulang 4,000 na kapulisan sa buong rehiyon kung saan ang 2,600 ay itatalaga sa  1,333 voting centers at ang 1,400 ay mabibilang sa action forces at mobile units.

Ayon na rin sa COMELEC Resolution No. 10249, ang mga regional at provincial JSCC ang mangangasiwa sa pagpapatupad ng pagbabawal sa pagbitbit ng baril at patalim sa panahon ng eleksyon at mangangasiwa sa mga pulitiko na kukuha ng aplikasyon para kumuha ng security service.

Magpapatupad naman ng election gun ban ang mga otoridad kung kailan hindi papayagan ang pagbitbit ng baril o deadly weapon sa labas ng bahay mula April 14 hanggang May 21, 2018 na panahon ng eleksyon.

Samantala, nanawagan naman si regional election director Pobe sa publiko na maging vigilante at irereport agad ang anumang iregularidad na siyang gagambala sa payapa at malinis na halalan. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)