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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

OWWA-Caraga accepts applications for education for development scholarship program

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, May 29 (PIA) -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Caraga (OWWA-Caraga) continuously accepts education for development scholarship program (EDSP) applications for School Year 2018-2019 for dependents of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

The scholarship program provides P60,000 financial assistance to qualified OFW legal dependents, who should be a child of a married OFW-member, or sibling of a single or childless OFW-member. The OFW should also be an active OWWA member. If membership is expired, it should be within the six-month extension period.

OWWA-Caraga reminded that only six scholarship slots per province are available. Hence, interested qualified applicants are advised to submit their application the soonest, as acceptance and admission are on “first come, first served” basis or until slots are filled.

Applicants who are already enrolled in the second to fifth year levels must not be more than 30 years old to qualify. They must not have a grade lower than B or 85 percent in all academic and non-academic subjects from the previous school years.

Deadline for submission of application will be on June 30, 2018. Application forms are available at the OWWA Regional Welfare Office Caraga situated at Nimfa Tiu Bldg. 2, J.P. Rosales Avenue in Butuan City or at the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of municipal and provincial government units.

Applicants may also contact OWWA-Caraga office through landline numbers (085) 815-1894/342-6178 or at hotline numbers +639399259895 and +639173150590. (OWWA-Caraga/VLG/PIA-Caraga)

PCOO chief keynotes 1st International Dragon Boat Summer Festival in Surigao City

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 29 (PIA) -- Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Jose Ruperto Martin Andanar inspired paddlers who attended the opening ceremony of the 1st Surigao International Dragon Boat Summer Festival on May 25, 2018 at the city gymnasium here.

Andanar led the ceremonial opening together with City Mayor Ernesto Matugas, and Surigao del Norte Vice Governor Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr. representing Governor Sol Matugas.

In his message, Secretary Andanar cited that the 1st Surigao International Dragon Boat Summer Festival displays not only the participants’ skills and endurance in paddling but the teamwork, cooperation and the character of every participant joining the race.

He wished that the festival be a continuing event “where people converge for the joys of celebrating the best of skills and endurance, and the best of character and leadership.”
Andanar has also extended the welcome greetings of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the festival.

“In a similar manner, the ship of state is navigated by the Commander-in-Chief, towards a vision he has set for the nation. We are the synchronized rowers, or the riders of the tides, over the currents and through calm and turbulent weathers, until the dock is reached, and the voyage is done,“ Andanar said.

He said that the dragon boat sport reflects, in a way, the manner by which the rigor and the intensity of nation building are individually and collectively, the responsibility of everyone on board.

“We cannot afford to renege, or be recalcitrant. The effort of one should be the effort of all,” Andanar added.  (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

OWWA-Caraga opens scholarship for OFW dependents

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, May 29 (PIA) -- As part of the promotion of interest of member Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) - Caraga is now accepting applications for the OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (ODSP).

The scholarship program provides P10,000 financial assistance per semester or P20,000 per academic year to qualified OFW legal dependents, who should be a child of a married OFW-member, or sibling of a single or childless OFW-member.

Incoming freshmen applicants must be below 21 years old to apply and below 30 years old for those already enrolled or is currently enrolled in college.

Per information from OWWA-Caraga, only 125 scholarship slots are available for the region; 65 for freshmen and 60 for those who have enrolled or are currently enrolled.

Aspiring scholars need only to pass the qualifying/entrance examination of their preferred state college or university.

Deadline for submission of application will be on June 30, 2018.

Application forms are available at OWWA Regional Welfare Office Caraga situated at Nimfa Tiu Bldg. 2, J.P. Rosales Avenue in Butuan City or at the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of municipal and provincial government units.

Applicants may also contact OWWA-Caraga office through landline numbers (085) 815-1894/342-6178 or through hotline numbers +639399259895 and +639173150590.

ODSP is a scholarship program that offers financial assistance to qualified dependents of active OWWA members with a monthly salary of US$600 or below, regardless of job category, who shall enroll, is currently enrolled or has been enrolled in any 4-year or 5-year baccalaureate course or associate course in any college or university. (OWWA-Caraga/VLG/PIA-Caraga)

Senior citizens learn consumer rights, responsibilities, green practices

BUTUAN CITY, May 29 -- Some 76 senior citizens attended a consumer education seminar (CES) recently, here.

The participants were mostly chapter presidents of the barangay level organizations and members of the Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines-(FSCAP) Butuan City Chapter.

The seminar, which was organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Agusan del Norte in coordination with FSCAP headed by Lourdes N. Diaz, was conducted to fulfill the agency's commitment to the Philippine Plan of Action for Senior Citizens (PPASC) 2018-2022.

The said plan was formulated by the National Coordinating and Monitoring Board (NCMB) created through Republic Act No. 9994. DTI is a member of the said board, together with representatives from other government agencies.

The board is expected to carry out the plan of action to conduct orientation/fora on consumer rights to senior citizens to make services to them more accessible and responsive.

Owing to old age, most senior citizens no longer earn actively and just rely on their pension and remaining retirement funds.

The information gained from the seminar will help or guide them in their purchase of goods and allow them to generate a few savings and yield the best value for their money. 

The seminar inputs included the eight consumer rights, namely: 1) right to basic needs, 2) right to safety, 3) right to information, 4) right to choose, 5) right to representation, 6) right to redress, 7) right to consumer education, and 8) right to a healthy environment, as well as the five consumer responsibilities which are critical awareness, action, social concern, environmental awareness, and solidarity.

The responsibility on environment awareness was further elaborated with the introduction of the topic “Promotion of Green Economic Development (ProGed).

In her presentation, Provincial Negosyo Center Coordinator Myra Luz A. Gavero showed the negative impact of degrading the environment which result to – among others, devastation and damage to communities, people and properties.

She urged everyone to apply in their homes and lifestyle practical greening practices and behaviors to protect and preserve the environment or Mother Earth for the coming generations.

DTI-Agusan del Norte Consumer Protection Division Head Wyn Palma served as the main resource person. He was joined by CPD Senior Staff Maribeth V. Estacion. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Tagalog news: Surigaonons hinikayat na tumulong sa ‘dismiss disinformation’ campaign ng gobyerno

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 29 (PIA) -- Sa pangunguna ni Secretary Martin Andanar ng Presidential Communications Operations Office o PCOO hinikayat niya ang kanyang mga kababayan sa Surigao lalo na ang local government units na  tumulong sa pagsugpo ng paglaganap ng mga maling impormasyong kumakalat lalo na sa social media.

Sa kanyang pagbisita sa lungsod sa Surigao kamakailan, nais ni Secretary Andanar na ipaabot ang tama at totoong impormasyon hinggil sa programa at proyekto ng gobyerno sa mga ordinaryong tao kaya’t hinikayat nya ang mga social media influencers at mga youth leaders na tumulong sa laban kontra disinformation at misinformation.

Tiniyak naman ni Surigao Mayor Ernesto Matugas na ang local government ng Surigao ay tutulong sa kampanya ng disinformation at misformation ng gobyerno.

Sa naturang forum, ibinahagi rin sa mga Surigaonons ang mga stratehiya kung paano masugpo ang paglaganap ng fake news o disinformation sa social media.

Ayon kay PCOO Director for New Media Princess Duque  mahalagang malaman din ang laman ng impormasyon bago ito e-share online kagaya ng pagbasa ng kabuoang laman nito, nakakatulong din ang pagkilala sa mga larawan nakalakip at pati narin ang tamang pagbaybay sa mga salita. Ibinahagi din ni director Duque ang kahalagahan ng pagreview ng mga komento at pagverify sa websites o pages kung saan ito nakita.

Samantala, sinigurado din ni  Philippine Information Agency Director-General Harold Clavite na gagamitin  ang lahat ng platforms ng ahensya upang mahinto ang paglaganap ng maling impormasyon sa social media. (NCLM/PIA Caraga)

Tagalog news: Mga Caraganons hinimok na mag-avail ng SSS Loan Restructuring Program

By Venus L. Garcia

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Mayo 29 (PIA) -- Nagsimula na muling tumanggap ang Social Security System o SSS ng aplikasyon para sa kanilang loan restructuring program o LRP sa taong ito.

Sa ilalim ng nasabing programa, aalisin na ang multa ng mga miyembrong hindi nakapagbayad ng kanilang utang sa SSS.

Isa si Apolinario Tolentino Dumanag, Jr.  na pumila sa opisina ng SSS, ito’y para masamantala ang LRP na may kasamang penalty condonation ng ahensya.

Kuwento ni Dumanag, napahinto ang kanyang pagbayad sa SSS simula ng lumipat siya ng trabaho galing sa dating pribadong employer. Ngunit nabatid niya ang kahalagahan ng pagtupad sa obligasyong mabayaran ito at ipagpatuloy ang pagiging aktibong miyembro ng SSS nang minsang nasubukan ng kanyang pamilya na matanggap ang tulong pinansyal sa pamamagitan ng burial at death claim sa pagkasawi ng kanyang ama.

Sa ngayon, laking tulong din para sa kanyang ina ang benepisyong pensyon na buwanang tinatanggap galing SSS. Kaya di alintana ni Dumadag ang haba ng pila mapabilang lamang sa mga nais makinabang sa SSS loan restructuring program.

“Laking pasasalamat ko sa SSS dahil sa oportunidad na maipagpapatuloy ko ang pagbabayad ng aking obligasyon sa pamamagitan ng LRP,” hayag ni Dumanag.

Ayon kay SSS Butuan branch manager Antonio Fabia, tanging ang halaga lang ng inutang kasama ang interes nito ang babayaran at wala na ang penalty.

Sa kasalukuyan ay may 862 SSS miyembro na na nagkaproblema sa pagbayad ng loan ang nakapag avail ng LRP. Isang sulit na pagkakataon ito handog ng SSS sa member-borrowers hanggang Oktubre a-uno.

Sa mga hindi pa miyembro ng SSS, hinikayat naman ni Paul Flaviano, information officer ng SSS-Butuan branch ang mga ito na pumunta sa kanilang tanggapan upang alamin ang iba pang benepisyong hatid ng SSS kagaya ng educational assistance short-term loan program.

“Ugali na nating mga Pilipino ang pagiging maagap sa kinabukasan, kaya’t mabuting magsiguro sa kontribusyong sulit sa SSS,” diin ni Flaviano. (VLG/FEA/PIA-Caraga)

IFAD associate vice-president visits Project ConVERGE in Agusan del Norte

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, May 29 (PIA) -- The International Fund for Agricultural Development or IFAD, an international development financing institution based in Rome, Italy, visited SIUFMULCO or San Isidro Upland Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Agusan del Norte on  May 5-6, 2018.

The delegates led by Charlotte Salford, IFAD Associate Vice President for External Relations and Governance Department and Ms. Wei Wang, IFAD Director for APL and Special Adviser to the IFAD President were very pleased to hear the success story how SIUFMULCO has grown over the years.

Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Andre Atega, said that delegation visited Project ConVERGE or Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Development, which is investing around P180 million to assist more than a thousand abaca farmers in the municipalities of Tubay, Jabonga, Kitcharao and Santiago (TUJAKITSAN) cluster.

The project implemented by the Department of Agrarian Reform aims to develop the abaca industry to increase profitability of agrarian reform beneficiaries and small holder farmers involving SIUFMULCO and 20 other Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs) in the cluster. 

SIUFMULCO takes pride of its current assets worth P30 million. It was formerly assisted by the Northern Mindanao Community Initiatives and Resource Management Project (NMCIREMP) implemented by DAR and financed by IFAD.

Leonora Mila, SIUFMULCO Manager, said that they are very thankful for DAR and IFAD project ConVERGE interventions and support services provisions that bring positive impact in the lives of the farmers in the cluster.

“The package of interventions indeed changed not only the acres of abaca plantation but also the way of life among the farmers,” Mila added. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)