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Thursday, March 14, 2019


PUV modernization program roadshow set in Butuan City

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 14 (PIA) - To further inform the public about the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program’s (PUVMP’s) effects and benefits, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) – Caraga is set to conduct here a PUVMP Roadshow on March 16, 2019 at the Agusan del Norte Capitol Covered Court, Capitol Compound.

This event will gather transport operators and drivers from different areas in the region to keep them aware of the PUVMP policies and the various trainings and social support programs that will be available for them.

Representatives from the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and Landbank were invited to talk about the government’s financial assistance under the PUVMP.

The manufacturers and dealers of modern vehicles and the required safety and security gadgets will also showcase their products.

The PUVMP is a a large-scale transformational plan and flagship program under the Duterte administration that envisions a restructured, modern, well-managed and environmentally sustainable transport sector where drivers and operators have stable, sufficient and dignified livelihoods while commuters get to their destinations quickly, safely and comfortably. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

RGADC recognizes outstanding women during Int'l Women's Day celebration

By Jennifer P. Gaitano
 
BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 14 (PIA) -- In time with the International Women's Day celebration, the Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) Caraga recognized outstanding women from various government agencies in the region, held recently at the Grand Palace Hotel, this city.

Wearing their purple shirts to show support to this year's Women's Month celebration, the women and men from government agencies, private sector, civil society organizations and non-government organizations convened and filled the whole convention hall as they witnessed and listened to the guests speakers of said activity, as well as the awarding of outstanding women of different fields in the region.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga awarded five successful women entrepreneurs, namely Luxmi Auxilio, general manager of Baug CARP Beneficiaries Multipurpose Cooperative in Magalanes, Agusan del Norte; Ervian Ramoso Sotis, proprietor of Ermies Food Products in Loreto, Agusan del Sur; Rosanna Jose-Lisbos, proprietor of Lisbos Merchandise in Bacuag, Surigao del Norte; Hazel Pasok, proprietor who manages three different business in Tandag, Surigao del Sur; and Carmelita Rubia, proprietor of Nova Turmeric in San Jose, Dinagat Islands.

Lilibeth Arce of Surigao City was also recognized as outstanding rural woman 2018 by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga, along with Dir. Dominga Mallonga, regional director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Nena Importanante of Home Development and Mutual Fund (HDMF) as outstanding performing women.

The women GAD focal retirees were also recognized and received their plaques, namely Isabelita Ocampo of DA; Dr. Iglesia Toldo of the Department of Education (DepEd); Sally Joy Bungabong of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA); and Josephine Magdula of the Department of Health (DOH).

In her message, lawyer Jerefe Tubigon-Bacang, CHR-13 regional director and RGADC chairperson, congratulated all the awardees and encouraged them to inspire more women to excel in their chosen fields and be able to contribute to women empowerment efforts of the government.

Bacang also emphasized the promotion of gender equality in all aspects of life. She also lauded the participating men who have become very supportive to the welfare of the women sector, and active advocates on the campaign against any form of violence against women.

She further reiterated the significance of self-care among women in order to prevent different common diseases such as breast and cervical cancer.
Meanwhile, Concepcion Asis, vice chairperson RGADC, said the country celebrates Women's Month every year because people believe in what women do in the society and in nation-building. She stressed that women continue to do harder and better, as they continue to inspire others.

International Women’s Day is observed annually on March 8th. This global day celebrates the cultural, political, social and economic achievements of women. The day also brings international awareness to gender parity. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)