(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 24 July 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 135 km West Southwest of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro (13.1°N, 120.0°E). Meanwhile, another LPA was estimated based on all available data at 880 km East of Eastern Visayas (11.1°N, 133.8°E). 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to Moderate winds coming from Southwest to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

DSWD-Caraga capacitates middle managers on Strategic Communication

By Russ Cleppin M. Paster

BUTUAN CITY, May 2 (PIA) - Communication plays an important role in the effective realization of the goals and objectives of any organization, including the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

With this, a Roll-out Training on Strategic Communication cum Writeshop on Packaging Development Stories for Regional Management Development Conference (RMDC) members was conducted by DSWD Caraga last April 4-6, 2018 at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort.

During the activity, the participants took part in the different activities that enhanced their skills along with strategic communication, in order to achieve desired behavior change for target audience (partners, stakeholders, and public) and ensure successful implementation of the different social welfare and development programs.

Different competencies were also discussed so that the participants were equipped in plotting-out goal-driven plans that will help them achieve their goals individually and as an organization.

Regional Training Specialist Glezza T. Ty, Capacity Building Unit Head; Social Welfare Officer Golda V. Pocon, Standards Unit Head; Regional Information Officer Eunice M. Plaza, Social Marketing Unit Head; and Theresa D. Barsobia, Training Specialist II, served as the resource persons during the activity.

The resource persons employed various training methodologies such as interactive discussion, simulations, and audio-visual presentation, among others.

The topics of the three-day capacity building activity included the following: Overview on Strategic Communication, the “P” Process, Message Designing, Audience Analysis, Communication Strategies, Stakeholders Mapping, the Science of Persuasion, Basics on News Writing, and Mobile Photography.

 “Our work needs perfect and effective communication for the fact that our poverty situation is so complex and alleviation from this situation requires not only the poor families themselves but including us, the stakeholders, who are part and parcel of the whole region,” Chief Administrative Officer Ramel F. Jamen, one of the participants stated.

As tackled during the training, Behavior Change Communication (BCC) is an interactive process of any intervention with individuals, communities and/or societies to develop communication strategies to promote positive behaviors which are appropriate to their settings.

Strategic communication means communicating a concept, a process, or data that satisfies a long term strategic goal of an organization by allowing the facilitation of advanced planning.

DSWD said that having this capability building for RMDC members shall, in one way or another, contribute to the attainment of the agency’s vision which states, ”all Filipinos are free from hunger and poverty, have equal access to opportunities, enabled by a fair, just, and peaceful society.” (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga)

MOAs for health care services gets green light

By Jessica O. Mellejor
BUTUAN CITY, May 2 (PIA) - Two Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs) for additional health care services in Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital are set to be signed by Provincial Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante Matba with Butuan Doctors' Hospital and Butuan Speedee Corporation.

The province, through the Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital, with the objective of improving its health care services to the public, seeks to establish a referral system with Butuan Doctors’ Hospital, a licensed Laboratory and CT Scan/Radiology Services health institution in Butuan City located near the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

Based on the proposed MOA to be signed by the province and Butuan Doctors’ Hospital, in the event of unavailability of its diagnostic services, the provincial hospital shall refer all laboratory exams and computerized tomography scan to Butuan Doctors’ Hospital which shall include granting of discounts to indigent patients of the PHO.

On the other hand, to provide easy access to laboratory and diagnostic services for the patients confined at the Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital, the province through a MOA shall engage the services of the Butuan Speedee Corporation, this city.

The Department of Health (DOH), through Administrative Order No. 183, provides that each ambulatory clinic shall have a MOA with one or two hospitals with service capability of at least a secondary care hospital for the provision of in-patient care especially during emergencies and other hospital services; hence, the provincial hospital opted to engage the services of the Butuan Speedee Corporation for its patients.

Provincial Governor Ma. Angelica Amante-Matba was authorized by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to sign the two MOAs through the Sanggunian Resolution No. 073 and 078-2018, authored by Provincial Board Member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

POPCOM to showcase RH services in towns
BUTUAN CITY, May 2 (PIA) - The Commission on Population (POPCOM) Caraga will be leading the simultaneous activities and various reproductive health services in selected pilot areas, alongside with its local program partners.

The towns of Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur and Lianga, Surigao del Sur are the first two legs for the two-day POPCOM Caravan on May 21-22 and May 24-25, respectively.

POPCOM Caraga-led activity seeks to showcase health information and services for adolescents, mothers, husbands and even the elderly of these areas.

The event will start with a motorcade, to be followed by a yell competition, which is open to all constituents of the said LGUs. For the yell competition, the words, lines, and sentences of their piece should highlight the three program components of the Philippine Population Management Program of the government.

In the afternoon of the opening day, sessions per program component will take place including Kalalakihang Tumutugon sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya or KATROPA sessions for husbands/fathers; responsible parenthood and family planning orientation with senior citizens; simplified Parent-Teen Communication Trail for the parents and their adolescent children – highlighting the importance of communication about adolescent sexuality in achieving happy and healthy relationships at home.

In the evening of the first day, KATROPA on Hardcourt will take place, featuring the famous basketball players of the region as advocates for male involvement on reproductive health.

On the second day, various family planning and medical services will also be provided to individuals and women who want to properly space or limit pregnancy through modern FP methods.

Meanwhile, the Sangguniang Bayan members, local program partners, and Punong Barangays will have an executive session to secure support, draft and sponsor policy for Population, Health and Environment (PHE) Program and Local Migration Information System.

This event is part of the continuing strategies and advocacies of POPCOM-Caraga and its partners to address the key population issues in the country towards achieving its overall goal of “Matatag, Maginhawa, at Pamilyang Pilipino.” (POPCOM Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

NC Jabonga, DTI-CARP Agusan Norte conduct training on cultural practices
JABONGA, Agusan del Norte, May 2 - Some 15 agrarian reform beneficiaries and members, comprised of 10 females and five males, of Libas Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LFMPC) recently underwent training on “Cultural Practices on Coconut Sap Collection and Coconut Syrup Making.”

The activity was aimed at addressing the raw material supply gap of the Working Youth Club of Tubay, Inc. (WYC), maker of coco sugar, which needed a steady supply of coco syrup facilitated by the Negosyo Center (NC) Jabonga and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

CARP Trade and Industry Specialist Valentina Orbeta said that since most of the members of LFMPC are coconut farmers, they could very well cash in on this opportunity, thus the training.

Jeruer Batchinetcha of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA)-Caraga presented the current processing technologies, utilization, and recommended practices for the production of coco sugar.

He explained how coco syrup is an integral part of the process and its quality is assured by the proper collecting schedule of the sap, before the same reaches the fermentation stage.

Orbeta and NC–Jabonga Project Staff Evelyn Mordeno said the collaboration between WYC and LFMPC could benefit both the organizations guaranteeing continued production of their products, which are coco sugar and coco syrup, respectively.

The training, that included lectures and hands-on making of coco syrup, was conducted at the LFMPC Processing Center, in Barangay Libas, this municipality. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)