(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 22 March 2019) Mindanao will have partly cloudy-cloudy skies w/ isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Eastern section of Mindanao will have moderate winds from the Northeast w/ moderate-occasionally rough seas. Elsewhere, light-moderate winds from NE-E w/ slight-moderate seas. PAGASA Mindanao/jaf

Thursday, March 7, 2019


PCOO intensifies campaign on gender-fair media in Caraga region


By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, March 7 (PIA) - The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has intensified its campaign on gender-fair media in the Caraga region.

During the conduct of PCOO caravan in the city, Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Rafael elaborated the significant and vital role of the media in promoting gender equality as well as women empowerment.

She emphasized that being gender-fair simply means recognizing that both women and men have stories to tell, and that impartiality also covers producing content that does not subject women to injustice.

Rafael further stressed that every person has the right to be treated with dignity.

“Men and women need to be portrayed as equal in the media, as they are in reality,” she said.

The official also gave several tips on how media could better present or describe individuals being involved in their stories to prevent them from committing discriminatory statements, which include in the advertisements.

She also presented to the participants especially those in the media industry, the Philippine Revised Gender-Fair Media Guidebook, to increase their knowledge and enhance their way of reporting.

She further expressed her hopes that the media could utilize well the said handbook, as they perform their daily job. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

RGADC-13 intensifies info drive vs cancer to Caraga women
 
By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, March 7 (PIA) - In time with the kick-off celebration of this year’s women’s month here, the Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) Caraga intensifies the information awareness campaign against cancer disease which threatens women's health especially those aged 35 years old and above.

According to Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga Regional Director lawyer Jerefe Tubigon-Bacang, RGADC chairperson, the recently conducted learning session on women’s health is a way to remind women to be sensitive and mindful of their health, in order to prevent them from acquiring diseases such as breast and cervical cancer.

“This is a very important step for women to be self-aware of their own body so that we can maintain our wellness, our health, otherwise we can also take steps in order to improve our health. Self-care is very important that’s why we begin our women’s month with women in health,” said Bacang.

Dr. Esther Tandog, a professor from one of the universities in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte, who is also a cancer survivor, shared her positive outlook in life despite having breast cancer for the past four years, and she now continues to be an active advocate and an inspiration to all the women.

“I was diagnosed to have breast cancer but I would like to thank God for I had survived. The Lord has been good in my life in spite of the problems and pain that I had to go through. I came out victorious because I have God with me,” shared Tandog.

Also, Jail Senior Inspector Melba Balmori, GAD Focal Person of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Caraga, expressed strong support to holding this kind of activity, which could also help those women who are in jail or persons deprived of liberty.

Meanwhile, Bacang calls on to Caraganon women to maintain a positive disposition in life and believe in their capacities and competencies.

“We should be able to believe in ourselves that we can. Do not doubt your capacities and your competencies. Women can, so we make change work for women,” Bacang said. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

BFAR-Caraga conducts fisheries management workshop


By Salve M. Dinolan

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, March 7 -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) - Caraga gathered the resource speakers and representatives from the local government units (LGUs) of coastal municipalities around Lake Mainit for the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) Orientation and Planning Workshop held in Sta. Monica, Siargao Island.

Senior agriculturist Antonio Perral from the Surigao del Norte Provincial Agriculture Office and professor Reynald Gimena of Mindanao State University (MSU)-Marawi talked about the ecosystem and its approach in fisheries management.

Highlight during day one of the EAFM workshop was the illustration of the past and present condition of the fishery resources in Lake Mainit, as presented by representatives from the LGUs of the said municipalities.

The 3-day workshop, which ended on March 7, 2019, is in line with the bureau’s program to promote fisheries management, protection and conservation of marine and aquatic resources in Lake Mainit, which is the deepest and fourth largest lake in the Philippines. (BFAR-Caraga/VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

DA Caraga braces for El Niño

BUTUAN CITY, March 7 -- To ease the effects of the El Niño phenomenon in the region, the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Caraga has allocated buffer stocks to assist farmers who will be affected by the weather phenomenon.

For crop damage, various inputs have been prepared including 14,732 bags of rice certified seeds worth Php22,392,640.

Also available are 4,756 bags of corn seeds worth Php6,964,000, and 785 kilograms of assorted vegetables worth Php7,800,000.

On the other hand, drugs and biologics will also be available for the livestock sector.

Replacement animals are also on hand at the animal production centers in the region.

Climate outlook for the region expects a near to below normal rainfall condition in the first planting season of Caraga.

Farmers who will be identified to have been affected by the El Niño phenomenon will be prioritized to avail the said interventions. (DA Caraga/PIA Caraga)

LGU-Esperanza, DOLE grant P450K livelihood assistance to beneficiaries

By Fercie B. Solatoro 

BUTUAN CITY, March 7 -- The local government unit (LGU) of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) -Agusan del Sur Provincial Office, has recently released a P451,400 worth of livelihood assistance to Langcuasan Rural Improvement Club Association for the bakery business.

“Isang malaking tulong na naman ang livelihood assistance na ito para sa ating mga beneficiaries. Maraming salamat sa DOLE sa walang sawang suporta sa mga group of organization ng LGU-Esperanza. Sana’y alagaan at palaguin ito ng asosasyon dahil bihira lamang ang mabigyan ng ganitong pagkakataon” she mentioned. (This is another great big help to the beneficiaries. I thanked DOLE for the continued support to the local groups. I also hoped for your association to best utilize the amount for its intended purpose and make it grow),” said Esperanza municipal mayor Leonida P. Manpatilan.

Genalyn Genita, the association president, expressed her gratitude in behalf of the other members of the group , during the turnover of check at the LGU-Esperanza Mayor’s Office, for the opportunity given to them that paved the way of achieving their dream of benefitting such livelihood assistance.

“Hindi lamang sa pagsasaka iikot ang aming mga buhay dahil magagamit na rin namin ang mga training na aming nasalihan sa DTI lalong-lalo na sa pagluluto at pagbe-bake. Kami nangangako na alagaan at palalakihin namin ang bakery para makapag employ rin kami at magbigay ng trabaho. (Our lives now will not only revolve in farming because we can now apply the skills in cooking and baking that we learned from the trainings by Department of Trade (DTI). We promise to make our business grow so we can also help others by getting employed in our bakery),” Genita said.

She added that it would not be realized without the help of DOLE-Ausan del Sur, from crafting the proposal to completing the requirements.

With the partnership of LGU-Esperanza and DOLE-Agusan del Norte, the association can already take a big step towards its mission for rural improvement. The members aim to help others improve their skill in baking, create an additional source of income and promote employment opportunities. (DOLE-13/PIA-Caraga)

RGADC Caraga pinaalalahanan ang mga kababaihan laban sa sakit na cancer

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Marso 7 (PIA) - Kasabay sa pagbubukas ng selebrasyon ng buwan ng mga kababaihan sa lungsod ng Butuan, pinalawig din ng Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) sa rehiyon ang kaalaman sa sakit na cancer na kadalasan ay banta sa mga kababaihan lalo na sa mga nasa edad 35 taon pataas.

Ayon kay Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga Regional Director Atty. Jerefe Tubigon-Bacang, chairperson ng RGADC Caraga, ang isinagawang learning session on women’s health ay isang hakbang upang maging mas sensitibo ang mga kababaihan sa estado ng kanilang kalusugan para maiwasan ang mga sakit na tulad ng breast at cervical cancer.

Dagdag pa ni Bacang, mahalagang malaman ng mga kababaihan ang sanhi at sintomas ng breast at cervical cancer upang maiwasan o mabigyang-lunas agad ito.

Si Dr. Esther Tandog, professor ng isang unibersidad sa lungsod ng Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte na isa ring cancer survivor, ay nagbahagi ng kanyang positibong pananaw sa buhay bagamat apat na taon din niyang hinarap ang sakit na breast cancer, at ngayon ay patuloy na nagbibigay inspirasyon sa lahat ng kababaihan.

Nagbahagi rin ng suporta si Jail Senior Inspector Melba Balmori, GAD Focal Person ng Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Caraga, sa kanyang suporta sa adbokasiyang ito at makatutulong din anya ang ganitong aktibidad lalo na sa mga kababaihang nasa loob ng piitan. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)