Monday, June 18, 2018


PCOO chief joins Naliyagan Festival 2018 in AgSur

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 18 (PIA) – Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) joined the Agusanons and Caraganons in this year’s Naliyagan Festival celebration in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

On his arrival on June 14, 2018, PCOO Sec. Martin Andanar, together with Governor Adolph Edward Plaza and other local officials, visited the 14 competing entries for the Municipal Tribal Booth Contest and learned about the local products from the different municipalities and lone city in the province.

Andanar said he was happy that he got the chance to converse and interact with the indigenous peoples (IPs) from various tribes.

He also thanked Gov. Plaza for the warm welcome and for helping the government in its campaign against fake news/disinformation.

The good secretary also attended the Bai Naliyagan Talent Presentation held at Datu Lipus Makapandong Cultural Center and expressed his optimism that the next beauty queens who will represent the country will come from Agusan del Sur.

Andanar further recognized the great efforts of the local government of Agusan del Sur of bringing out the best of all Agusanons by showcasing not just the vibrant beauty of pageant contestants and pleasing character of its people but also the rich culture and unique products/resources of the province. 

Meanwhile, Gov. Plaza also thanked Sec. Andanar for taking time to visit the province to join the Agusanons during the back-to-back celebrations. He also said the secretary is always welcome in Agusan del Sur.

Naliyagan Festival is Agusan del Sur’s province-wide festivity, which coincidentally starts on June 12 which is the Philippine Independence Day and culminates on the Foundation Anniversary on June 17.

Incepted in 1993 during the incumbency of the late Gov. Democrito O. Plaza, the festival is the recognition of the Manobo people’s loyalty to their tribal leader Datu Lipus Makapandong.

Naliyagan is a Manobo word which means “the chosen one” or “the most loved one”. It is a weeklong celebration of socio-cultural and arts exposition of indigenous tribes in the entire Agusan valley and displaying their skills and culture through ritual activities, exhibit of native products, ethnic games and a host of sporting tournaments and special events. (VLG/JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

DOH intensifies campaign for safe motherhood, healthy baby

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, June 18 (PIA) – With the aim to promote health care for mothers and children, the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga has intensified its campaign for a safe motherhood.

Dr. Jose R. Llacuna, Jr, DOH Caraga regional director, said they wanted to overcome the unmet needs of reproductive health services and improve the maternal care delivery system of the region by sharing awareness of vital information on maternal and child health care to mothers and health care providers; and give emphasis and importance of complete antenatal care, facility-based delivery, postnatal check-up and healthy timing; and birth spacing through family planning in the region.

"We want to ensure that pregnant women will deliver and recuperate safely. The agency has identified four crucial indicators for safe motherhood, these include pre-natal visits; post natal visit; deliveries by skilled birth attendants; and facility-based deliveries," Dr. Llacuna said.

In 2017,  Llacuna said, the DOH has targeted 90 percent for all the four indicators, of which, 84 percent of pregnant women were able to have four pre-natal visits; one on the first three months of pregnancy, one on the second three months of pregnancy and two on the third three months or trimester of pregnancy.

There have been 97 percent turnout of Post-Partum Visits, 92 percent of the deliveries were done by skilled birth attendants and 92 percent facility-based deliveries, he added.

Dr. Llacuna also admitted that they fell short of their targets. “We fell short of our targets for the number of pre-natal visits; this is because of the fact that our would-be mothers fail to identify pregnancy at the first trimester or the first three months of pregnancy,” he said.

With the stigma that comes with teen-age pregnancy and the fear of the consequences of the said pregnancy, DOH strongly advocates that health should be the priority above all, especially for pregnant women. 

“Also, we would underscore the importance of planning the family. Proper spacing and the use of the most convenient, safe and effective family planning method is highly advocated for.  Together with our local government units, we will continue to strive so that no mother would die giving life,” Llacuna said. (NCLM/DOH/PIA-Caraga)

PSA to spearhead CES household-based survey in Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 18 – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Caraga is set to conduct the Consumer Expectations Survey (CES), a nationwide quarterly household-based survey on the consumers’ assessment of their family income, financial situation, and the economic condition of the country from July 2 to 14, 2018.

PSA Caraga regional director Rosalinda Celeste-Apura said the CES is administered on a sample basis at the household level drawn through a stratified multi-stage random sampling.

“It is a joint undertaking between the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). The PSA’s responsibility is to undertake the data collection and encoding of the questionnaires while generation of tables and analysis of the results for the BSP,” she added.

It was also learned that the survey aims to provide a quick and regular assessment of the financial condition of consumers and economic condition of the country at present and in the near future, from the consumers’ own viewpoints; to generate forecasts in the direction of the country’s economic activity based on consumers’ outlook in the current quarter, next quarter and the next 12 months; to provide quick and regular assessment of consumers’ confidence in terms of their income and expenditures as well as their outlook on key economic indicators closely monitored by the BSP such as inflation, exchange rate and interest rates; to provide quick and regular assessment of the saving condition of consumers  and outstanding debt situation of the household head, their spouse/partner, their children and other family members at present.

“Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte are the provinces covered for this survey round,” said Apura.

All information collected by the hired Statistical Researchers from the sample households 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. (JPG/PSA/PIA-Caraga)


SAP Bong Go vows to push for Tandag Airport's runway extension

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 18 – Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go first made clear that he has no penchant for making promises.  However, he vowed to help out in 'coming to fruition' the strong desire of the provincial government of Surigao del Sur to have a more comfortable length of runway for Tandag Airport. 

SAP Go was the guest of honor and speaker during the opening program for the 58th Araw ng Surigao del Sur held at Tandag City Gymnasium on June 15, 2018.

The five-day celebration is going to culminate on June 19, declared as special non-working holiday for the entire province under R.A. 7671 since January 10, 1997.

The long time “close buddy” of President Rodrigo Duterte had sought the understanding of the waiting crowd for arriving late owing to a hectic schedule but was serious about the bid of local officials headed by Gov. Vicente “BB” Pimentel, Jr. on the matter.  SAP Go came here by plane via the said airport.

Responding to the press, he was in agreement for such a need especially that “Surigao del Sur had a great potential for the tourism industry,” Go noted. 

“I have immediately called up Sec. (Arthur) Tugade in this regard,” referring to the expansion/extention of the runway here.

In response, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) chief was quoted to have said that the proposal would be under “study.”

“Importante man gud ang airport labina nga sarado ang Boracay ug ang Surigao del Sur ang nakita nga adunay mga guwapo nga tourist destinations (An airport is very important especially that Boracay is shut down and Surigao del Sur is seen with many best tourist destinations),” he went on saying in Cebuano dialect.

Also, one of the desires of the local officials here is to have a daily flight, hence Resolution No. 1073-18 dated June 5, 2018 was passed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan under Vice-Governor Manuel Alameda, Sr. “Requesting the Management of Cebu Pacific for a Daily Flight from Cebu City to Tandag City and Vice Versa in the Province of Surigao del Sur.” 

At the moment, the said airline only flies three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in Tandag City. (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DA Caraga reaches out to farmers thru info advocacy campaign

By Vanessa P. Sanchez

BUTUAN CITY, June 18  - In its bid to bring the programs and services of the Department of Agriculture (DA) closer to the farmers, DA – Caraga recently conducted an Information Awareness Campaign in Surigao City; Santiago in Agusan del Norte; and San Luis, Loreto, and La Paz in Agusan del Sur.

Representatives of the various Divisions of DA-Caraga imparted significant information about the programs and services the department provides, as well as information on the requirements and guidelines in availing the interventions and services.

DA Information Section Chief Emmylou T. Presilda said that the group brings information that can empower the farmers to make them more productive and progressive.

On the other hand, Municipal Administrator Tirso Gomez of La Paz, Agusan del Sur commended the department for conducting such an activity which he said will help farmers so that they will be aware of what the government is doing for them.

He also reminded the farmers that if they receive any assistance from the government, they should also be responsible in managing it and to use it for the purpose it was given.

Manfred D. Perez, a farmer from San Patricio, La Paz, Agusan del Sur said he appreciated the activity because they learned much about the various programs and services they may avail from the DA. He also said that they were able to clarify things during the Open Forum.

Every year, DA-Caraga conducts an information awareness campaign to bring the department closer to the farmers and other agriculture stakeholders by disseminating information on DA programs and services. (DA-RAFIS/PIA-Caraga)  

SurSur guv earns praise for SOPA

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, April 18 (PIA) – Governor Vicente “BB” Pimentel, Jr. has earned all praises for his State of the Province Address (SOPA) from both solons of the province of Surigao del Sur.

Prospero “Butch” Pichay, Jr. and Johnny Pimentel, respective congressmen of the 1st and 2nd Districts of the province in the lower chamber, had expressed admiration for the governor owing to his feat of doing everything as an effort to up the ante.

Both representatives had also reiterated their full support.

In his SOPA during the 86th Regular Session of the 18th Sangguniang Panlalawigan held at the Legislative Building Session Hall on June 14, 2018, Gov. Pimentel made it a point to highlight the “most significant achievements” of his administration citing encompassing range.

With the theme “SHARE IT: Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development Towards a Vibrant Economy,” he stressed in his 20-page report an embodiment of “development framework, summarized as SHARE IT.”

The governor bared what each letter of “SHARE IT” stood for.  According to him “S represents for Security and Safety, H for Health, Sanitation and Social Welfare, A for Agriculture and Food Security, R for Roads and Other Infra, E for Education and Skills Development, I for Interconnectivity, and T for Tourism and Livelihood.”  

Citing facts and figures being “regularly monitored” for their impact on development efforts, the governor had started to give a detailed account of his works from “Indicators of Inclusive Growth” until he wrapped up. 

“We are optimistic that by the end of 2018, we would have improved further given our robust economy and improved governance,” he noted.

One of the best that Gov. Pimentel had taken pride in was a “testament” in the “thriving banking industry.”

“Based on a Central Bank Report, in Tandag City alone, the total aggregate deposits in the different banks amounted to more than Php 7.0 Billion which is second highest among LGUs in Mindanao,” he said.

Also, Gov. Pimentel had put premium on the much improved peace and order situation citing a “12 percent reduction in crime volume and a decrease in crimes against persons and properties.”

“But even with inclusive governance strategies, inclusive growth is not possible without peace and order,” he added.  Acknowledging all the recent and incumbent officials in the uniformed service, the governor said at length, “Allow me for a moment to stress its importance.”   

“We have, therefore, maintained close coordination with the PNP and AFP,” he pointed out. 

He likewise included in his SOPA the success of the anti-drug campaign here.

Quoting Helen Keller, “a legendary figure of the 20th Century,” he made sure to recognize efforts of everybody before ending his report, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Tagalog News: SAP Bong Go: Binigyang-diin ang potensyal ng turismo sa Surigao del Sur

Ni Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Hunyo 18 (PIA) - Sa pagbisita ni Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go dito sa probinsya para sa selebrasyon ng ika-58 na Araw ng Surigao del Sur noong Biyernes, Hunyo 15, 2018, ipinahayag niya ang malaking potensyal ng turismo sa lugar.

Ayon kay Go, dapat umanong pagtuonan ang pagsasaayos ng mga imprastruktura, na sinabi nyang pinaka importante sa pagpapaunlad sa usapin ng turismo ng probinsya.

Hindi man sya nangako para dito pero ang tinutukoy niya na maisaayos ang mga kalsada kasama na dito ang pagpapaunlad ng paliparan sa lungsod ng Tandag para na rin maging komportable ang mga turista, lokal man o mga dayuhan, na bibisita dito.

Si Go ang pangunahing bisitang pandangal sa nasabing okasyon, kung saan siya rin ang nanguna sa pagbukas ng “Agri-Eco Tourism Trade Fair” na idinaos sa Vicente L. Pimentel Sr. Boulevard sa syudad nga Tandag.

Ayon pa kay Go, dahil na din sa labis na ang trapiko (air traffic) sa Davao International Airport, kinakailangan nang paigtingin ang mga paliparan sa karatig na probinsya sa Mindanao kasama na dito ang paliparan ng lungsod ng Tandag na sentro ng probinsya upang direkta nang makakapunta ang mga turista sa mga lugar na kanilang bibistahin at hindi na dadaan pa ng Davao International Airport na makakadagdag pa ng trapiko doon.

Ibinunyag din ni SAP Go na agad na siyang nakipag-usap kay Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade kung saan napag-usapan nila ang posibilidad na gawin ang pag-aaral sa posibleng rehabilitasyon sa paliparan ng Tandag. Tinutukoy ni Go dito ang extension sa “runway” at bakod nito.

Binigyan diin ni Go sa kanyang mensahe, bagamat pagsisikapan ng kasalukuyang administrasyon ang nasabing posibilidad na rehabilitasyon, pero di sya nangangako para dito sa ngayon. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Tagalog News: SAP Bong Go, Sec. Andanar bumisita sa Agusan del Sur at nakisaya sa mga Agusanons sa Naliyagan Festival

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hunyo 18 - Laking tuwa at pasasalamat ng mga Agusanons at Caraganons sa pagbisita sa probinsya ng Agusan del Sur nina Secretary Martin Andanar ng Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) at Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go, sa selebrasyon ng Naliyagan Festival sa bayan ng Prosperidad, sa nasabing probinsya.

Sa pagbisita ni Sec. Andanar, tinipon niya ang mga Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) leaders mula sa ibat-ibang munisipyo ng Agusan del Sur at tinalakay ang “Dismiss Disinformation Campaign” – ang kampanya ng gobyerno laban sa fake news.

Sinabi ni Sec. Andanar na malaki ang maitutulong ng mga kabataan sa pagsugpo ng paglaganap ng maling impormasyon gamit ang social media. Ayon sa kanya, mahalagang maseguradong may katotohanan ang mga nababasa sa social media bago ito i-share at ibalita sa iba.

Dagdag pa niya, ang Philippine Information Agency ang siyang gagawa ng Facebook page at website para sa dismiss disinformation campaign, kung saan maaaring makipag-communicate ang mga kabataan o makapagreport ng mga kahina-hinalang balita.

Sa pagdating naman ni SAP Bong Go nitong Biyernes, sinalubong siya ng mga local officials sa pangunguna ni Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza at doon ay nagka-usap.

Dinaluhan din niya ang street dancing competition at ibinahagi ang kanyang mensahe sa lahat. Binigyang-diin niya na mahal ng presidente ang mga taga Agusan del Sur kahit hindi sya nanalo sa nasabing probinsya noong nakaraang eleksyon. Inimbitahan din niya ang mga Agusanons na bumisita sa Malacanang at makausap doon ang presidente.

Ipinahayag naman ni Gov. Plaza, ang kanyang pasasalamat sa pagdalo nina Sec. Andanar at SAP Bong Go sa Naliyagan Festival sa taong ito. Nadarama umano ng mga Agusanons ang pakikiisa ng national government.

Matapos magbigay mensahe ni SAP Bong Go ay kinausap rin niya ang mga kabataang sumusuporta sa kanyang 3-pointer basketball game, maging ang mga residente doon. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)