Wednesday, May 9, 2018


PSA Caraga chief urges public to cooperate in nat’l migration survey

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, May 9 (PIA) -- The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Caraga will conduct the National Migration Survey (NMS) starting this month of May up to August this year.

In a statement, PSA Caraga regional director Dr. Rosalinda C. Apura encouraged the public, especially the sample households, as well as local officials, to support and cooperate in the conduct of the NMS.

Apura assured that all the data and information collected by the hired field interviewers shall be kept strictly confidential and shall not be used for purposes of taxation, investigation or regulation as provided under Article 55 of Republic Act 10625.

The conduct of the NMS is in collaboration with the University of the Philippines (UP), particularly, the UP Population Institute (UPPI), that aims to provide information on the mobility of Philippine population in order to assist policymakers and program managers in evaluating and designing strategies for improving services and assistance to people going abroad or moving within the country, Apura said.

Also, the PSA official said that around 45,000 randomly selected sample housing units in the entire country will be visited. 

The households within those housing units will be interviewed using the Household Questionnaire (NMS Form 1) to collect demographic and socio-economic information on all usual members of the household (de jure). The respondent for this questionnaire is the head of the household. In case the household head is absent, any responsible adult member of the household who is knowledgeable of information pertaining to the household members will be interviewed.

Apura further said that the NMS Form 1 permits the interviewer to identify household members eligible to be interviewed with Individual Questionnaire (NMS Form 2). All the household members 15 years old and over with migration experience, and one non-migrant household member are eligible to be interviewed using NMS Form 2.  This form collects information that directly concerns the individual respondent’s migration experience. (NCLM/PSA/PIA-Caraga)

Army troopers seize hot logs in SurSur town

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TAGO, Surigao del Sur, May 9 (PIA) -- The army troopers of the 36th Infantry “Valor” Battalion, Philippine Army have seized a total of 179 pieces of sawn lumber in Sitio Cagpangi, Barangay Cabangahan in Tago town, this province around 8:45 am, May 7, 2018.
Based on the report, while the army troopers were conducting a combat security patrol in the area, they recovered a 1,141.99-board feet of abandoned sawn lumber worth P22,839.
Capt. Francisco Garello, 36IB Civil Military Operations Officer, said that the seized lumber were brought to the 36IB Advance Command Post in Brgy Magroyong, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur for temporary custody while coordination was made with the Tago Municipal Police Station and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Lianga for proper disposition.

Garello revealed that from January 2018 up to this time, the 36IB troopers have already conducted 10 successful anti-illegal logging operations in close coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine National Police (PNP). The said operations resulted to the confiscation of 53,754.57-board feet of illegal logs/sawn lumber with an estimated market value worth P1,291,096.80.

To strengthen their campaign against illegal logging, 36IB Commander Lt. Col. Xerxes Trinidad reiterated the call to the local government unit (LGU) officials to address the problem seriously.

"We are sending a message to everyone to stop illegal logging as their livelihood, because the AFP will not hesitate to go after illegal loggers and those who tolerate it through buying it or consented their vehicles to be used for hauling illegal logs. We are reiterating our call to the LGUs to address this problem seriously,” Trinidad said.

The official noted that the troops of 36IB are committed in the government’s campaign against illegal logging in support to the government’s program in the preservation and protection of the environment. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

AgNor SP urges health facilities for free lab exam, blood smear test for malaria

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, May 9 (PIA) - The provincial government of Agusan del Norte encouraged all public and private health facilities in the province to conduct blood smear for malaria parasites and provide free laboratory exam to all febrile (feverish) patients/clients especially those coming from malaria endemic areas in the province.

This move stemmed from the latest survey in which 32 provinces in the country have been declared as ‘malaria-free’ and 41 provinces, including Agusan del Norte, were on ‘elimination’ status; and nine provinces were declared malaria endemic.

Through the efforts of Provincial Board Member Virgilio R. Escasinas, Jr., the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed and approved Provincial Resolution No. 130-2018 containing such move during its 82nd regular session recently.
Local lawmakers saw the need to eliminate malaria in the province for the safety of the constituents against such disease.

It was known that malaria is the 8th leading cause of morbidity in the Philippines. It is a life-threatening mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite, which is characterized by periodic and sequential attack of chills, fever and sweating and has been one of the serious diseases that affect people in the developing countries.

This disease, which is curable and preventable, is dangerous for pregnant women and for those belonging to the extreme ages, especially the young children (under five years old), who may rapidly become ill and may even die within few days if not attended immediately, and even among migrant/mobile workers who are engaged in activities like mining, construction workers, laborers and forest workers.

Lawmakers expressed concern and urged the need to accelerate the transition from malaria control or prevention to sustained malaria elimination in the province. (NCLM/LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

IFAD supports AgNor farmer-groups under DAR’s Project ConVERGE

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, May 9 (PIA) - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), an international development financing institution based in Rome, Italy, visited the San Isidro Upland Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIUFMULCO) 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 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 Project ConVERGE or Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Development is investing around P180 million to develop the abaca industry and related commodities in the province involving SIUFMULCO and 20 other Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations in the municipalities of Tubay, Jabonga, Kitcharao and Santiago.

SIUFMULCO takes pride of its current assets amounting to P30 million. It was formerly assisted by the Northern Mindanao Community Initiatives and Resource Management Project (NMCIREMP) implemented by DAR and financed by IFAD and by the Rural Micro Enterprise Promotion Program (RuMEPP) implemented by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), which is also financed by IFAD.

There are two on-going IFAD financed projects in Agusan del Norte - the Project ConVERGE implemented by DAR in the ARC cluster of Tubay, Jabonga, Kitcharao and Santiago; and FishCORAL (Fisheries, Coastal Resources and Livelihood) implemented by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in coastal communities around Butuan Bay. 

ConVERGE, a US$ 52 million project implemented in 10 provinces in Mindanao, aims to increase the profitability of agrarian reform beneficiaries and small holder farmers.

BFAR’s FishCORAL project estimates that around P80 million will be allocated to improve the marine resources and fishing communities in Butuan Bay.

FishCORAL, a US$ 43 million project, intends to improve marine resources and the livelihood of fishing communities in 11 bays nationwide.

Jerry Pacturan, IFAD Country Program Officer, was also happy to announce that around US$ 66 million funding for the Rural Agro-enterprise Partnerships for inclusive Development and Growth (RAPID) project was approved by the IFAD Executive Board in its meeting in April 2018.

RAPID will be implemented by DTI in 20 provinces in Mindanao, including Agusan del Norte, and in Eastern Visayas.

RAPID aims to sustainably increase the income of small farmers and unemployed rural women and men across selected value chains.

With the approval of RAPID by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board on April 24, 2018, DTI Undersecretary for Regional Operations Group Zenaida Maglaya is very hopeful that RAPID will kick off on the ground by July 2018. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

4Ps beneficiaries in Butuan City harvest high-value crops
BUTUAN CITY, May 9 (PIA) -- Thirty-nine Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) partner-beneficiaries and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) participants had finally harvested the high-value crops which they cultivated for three months with the aid of "Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan" program of SM Foundation.
Despite the scorching heat of the sun, they were all smiles while harvesting the crops at their plots at Brgy. Tiniwisan, this city.
Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan, a rural farmers' training program, is being implemented as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of SM Foundation.
The said program was realized in the city in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Butuan City Agriculture Office, Harbest, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) SLP.
Included in the program were capability-building activities through trainings to enhance the farming skills of the participants.
Recently, they also received their certificates of completion from their three-month training program.
The participants have also prepared a sustainability plan to ensure that the learning and theories they gained from their trainings and experiences would be put to practical use, thereby, contributing to improved socio-economic status. (DSWD-Caraga/VLG/PIA-Caraga)