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Tuesday, July 31, 2018


NNC’s CROWN Maintenance Award includes AgSur contenders

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 31 (PIA) – The municipality of San Francisco and the city of Bayugan, both in the province of Agusan del Sur are among the contenders of the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Maintenance Award of the National Nutrition Council (NNC).

Mayor Jenny De Asis of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur and Mayor Kim Lope Asis of Bayugan City will be attending the National Nutrition Award as the contenders from Caraga region for the First Year CROWN Maintenance Award category.

The awarding ceremony is slated on July 31, 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

Other contenders of the said award include the municipality of Kalayaan, Laguna led by Mayor Teodoro A. Adao Jr.; municipality of Roxas, Oriental Mindoro led by Mayor Jackson C. Dy; municipality of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon led by Mayor Clive D. Quiño; and City of Tagum, Davao del Norte led by Mayor Allan L. Rellon.

The First Year CROWN Maintenance Award is presented to local government units (LGUs) that are able to meet the minimum required score of 90 points for efficient and effective nutrition program management leading to sustained nutrition improvement among its populace.

The National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony is an annual event that the NNC spearheads to recognize outstanding LGUs and nutrition volunteer workers called Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) with effective and efficient implementation of nutrition programs resulting to improved nutrition situation especially among infants and young children. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Abilities of PWDs underscored, Caraga gov’t agencies in joint force for NDPR Week

By Mike Ariel Plaza

BUTUAN CITY, July 31 - There is ‘ability’ in the word ‘disability.’

This was the core principle of the celebration of the 40th National Disaster Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week in the region on July 17-23, 2018, with the joint efforts and initiatives of member government agencies of the Regional Council for Disability Affairs (RCDA) led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga.

Anchored on the theme, “Kakayahan at Kasanayan Para sa Kabuhayan Tungo sa Kaunlaran,” the activities of the celebration all aimed to recognize and cultivate the talents and skills of the members of the Persons with Disability (PWD) sector.

“Our PWDs do not really need to be pitied, they need to be provided with opportunities,” said Silver Joy Tejano, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer of Agusan del Norte.

Tejano, who is also a PWD, added that what the sector needs today is to be recognized and capacitated with enough trainings so that they may be able to improve in doing what they are best at and enrich themselves.

DSWD OIC Regional Director Mita Chuchi Gupana-Lim stressed the importance of supporting the PWDs and opening doors for them to identify their own sets of skills.

“What we can do now as government agencies is to continue on strengthening the programs for the PWD sector and provide them enough platforms to showcase these skills,” Lim said, adding that through the activities set for the NDPR Week, she hopes that the PWDs will soon learn “to break the shells of shame that this discriminating world has imposed on them.”

One of the highlights of the celebration was the Ability Olympics or Abilympics held July 19 at Butuan City where members of the PWD sectors from different cities and municipalities came to outdo each other in different competitions which included waste reuse, flower arrangement, pastel painting, outdoor photography, English text processing, webpage making, desktop publishing and E-games.

During the celebration, freelance animator Jethro Alvarico of Brgy. Bonbon, Butuan City was also awarded as the Regional Successful PWD TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) Graduate.

Alvarico said in an interview that the skills he acquired through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has been a stepping stone for him to establish his livelihood as an animator.

Akong gigamit akong disability isip usa ka inspirasyon sa pagkat-on og animation. Natawo ko nga adunay disability pero ako nangita og pamaagi arun makita nako kung unsa akong abilidad (I considered my disability an inspiration in learning animation. I may have been born with a disability but I have found a way to discover my ability),” Alvarico stressed.

He also wanted to inspire other members of the PWD sector and said, “dapat maningkamot ‘ta luyo sa atong mga disability (let us all strive hard for life amidst our disabilities).”

Other activities of the NDPR Week included a training on cookery and cake decoration on July 18 as well as a skills demonstration on bread and pastries held July 20 at Cabadbaran City.

The NDPR Week is an annual celebration of the Philippine government, provided for by Presidential Proclamation No. 361, observed every third week of July, culminating on July 23, the birthdate of one of the country’s heroes and a PWD himself, Apolinario Mabini. (DSWD/PIA-Caraga)