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Friday, June 28, 2019

Nutrition Month 2019 celeb to kick off in Caraga

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, June 28 (PIA) -- While there are a number of significant national observances proclaimed for the month of July, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) here in Caraga also geared up to commence this year’s Nutrition Month celebration.

“We urge all government agencies and other stakeholders to join us as we hold the kick off activities for the regional Nutrition Month celebration. Be part of the undertakings that would help increase the awareness of the Caraganons on pressing nutrition concerns,” said Department of Health – Center for Health and Development Caraga (DOH-CHD Caraga) regional director and officer-in-charge regional nutrition program coordinator of NNC Caraga Dr. Jose Llacuna, Jr.

A motorcade shall mark the start of the celebration following a route from Guingona Park in Butuan City as the assembly area going to Almont Inland Resort, which will be followed by a healthy lifestyle and healthy diet campaign forum on July 1.

“Kumain nang Wasto at Maging Aktibo…Push Natin ‘to!” is this year’s theme, which seeks to call an action for Filipinos to practice healthy diet and engage in regular physical activity, and reduce sedentary behaviors.

According to Llacuna, the annual campaign every July will serve as an avenue to help individuals make informed food choices and be guided on how to integrate physical activity in daily life; jump-start or reinforce nutrition advocacies and policies; and mobilize stakeholders to provide an enabling environment for healthy diet and physical activity. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

Increasing number of businesses registered in Caraga improves local economy

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 28 (PIA) -- The Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) of Caraga region has increased to 3.2 percent in 2018, data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Caraga showed.

During the stakeholders forum held recently here, PSA-Caraga regional director Rosalinda Apura said despite minimal increase of the GRDP in 2018 compared to 2017's rate, Caraganons still have seen and felt the continuing progress of the region.

The province of Agusan del Norte including Butuan City leads with 5,441 total number of businesses registered as the highest, followed by Agusan del Sur with 5,035; Surigao del Sur; Surigao del Norte, and Dinagat Islands.

According to PSA-Caraga chief statistical specialist Melchor Bautista, most of these businesses are wholesale and retail, and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles.

“These businesses have greatly helped and contributed to the improvement of the region’s economy and employment rate,” said Bautista.

The employment size in the region for small and medium enterprises has also showed a significant increase. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

MARINA Caraga highlights women seafarers

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 28 (PIA) -- The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Caraga highlighted the strength and skills of women seafarers in Caraga region.

With the theme "Empowering Women in Maritime Community," MARINA Caraga regional director lawyer Manuel Portus said that women take a big part of their responsibility and contribution to the endeavors of the maritime industry.

He said, there is an increasing number every year of women working in the cruise ships.

“Many of the maritime schools have women students and they are increasing, so this really indicates that more women are interested to work in the cruise ships,” Portus said.

The official added that the management of cruise ships operating here and abroad are already addressing their women employees' concerns and ensure that their rights are being promoted and protected.

Lindsay Mendoza, a Grade 11 student of Merchant Marine Academy of Caraga Incorporated in Butuan City, also shared her ambition to become a seafarer.

This makes her interested in participating to activities of the government such as this, where she heard from the horse's mouth, the proficient speakers from various concerned agencies the programs, benefits and opportunities for the sector.

She also hopes that people would no longer discriminate women joining the maritime industry.

“Women should never be affected or see themselves as less of a person because of people discriminating their intelligence and capabilities. Instead, women should set example of being empowered citizen who can be what they want in life. Never be afraid or ashamed of your dream and ambition, show people that you can,” Mendoza said.

She further encouraged all especially the youth like her to draw more confidence and trust that they could also do what the men could perform as seafarers. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

DSWD-Caraga supports DOH’s ‘No Tobacco Smoking Campaign’

By Abegail R. Alvarez

BUTUAN, June 28 -- In line with the "NO Tobacco Smoking Campaign" this month, the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga conducted an Orientation on Harmful Effects of Tobacco to the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office Caraga employees on June 21, 2019 at DSWD Conference Hall.

This activity provides a better understanding on the effects of tobacco to smokers and non- smokers.

Aside from its harmful effects, Ms. Sunshine Alipayo, Nurse V of DOH, discussed the policies which include the implementation of Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 – which states that tobacco products could not be sold or distributed within 100 meters from the school premises and public playgrounds.

The "No Tobacco Smoking Campaign" of DOH urges the public to quit smoking and commit to a smoke-free environment, one that is healthier for all.  (DSWD Caraga/PIA Caraga)

POPCOM to award outstanding population officers

BUTUAN CITY, June 28 -- National awards await the top performing local government units (LGUs) in promoting and implementing the population management program and strategies towards empowering Filipino families.

The population offices of the LGUs and their population officers, workers and structures, being the forefront of population program implementation, will be the  nominees for the 2019 Kaunlarang Pantao Award, organized  by the Commission on Population and Development.

The Kaunlarang Pantao Award, once named as Rafael M. Salas Population and Development Award, aims to publicly recognize outstanding and significant performances and contribution of the local population offices and also recognize individual excellence, dedication, and determination by the local population officers and workers in pursuing the goals and objectives of the population management program in their respective areas.

Commission on Population (POPCOM) official said that the search will motivate the local population officers and workers to work hard, and continually foster dedication and determination to promote the Philippine Population Management Program at the local level, thus provide significant milestone in attaining the program objectives.

Under the category of search for outstanding Local Population Officers and Workers, there shall have four specific awards: Most Outstanding Provincial Population Officer, Most Outstanding City Population Officer, Most Outstanding Municipal Population Officer; and Most Outstanding Barangay Population Volunteers/Workers.

On the other hand, the search for Local Population Offices have three specific awards for this category: Most Outstanding Provincial Population Office; Most Outstanding City Population Office; and Most Outstanding Municipal Population Office.

POPCOM is calling all LGUs to submit their nominees not later than July 30, 2019.

The regional winner shall compete for the national level which shall have the chance to receive cash prizes and plaque of recognition. (POPCOM-13/PIA-Caraga)

Pantawid-Caraga holds 2nd RAC meeting, encourages partnership

By Joana Rica P. Millama

BUTUAN CITY, June 28 -- Program partners from various national government agencies (NGAs) attended the 2nd Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) meeting of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) on June 25, 2019 at the Watergate Hotel here.

One of the meeting highlights was the discussion on the salient features of Republic Act 11310 or 4Ps Act discussed by lawyer Geramer Durato, Legal Unit head of DSWD-Caraga.

The law, recently signed by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte on April 17 aims to provide financial aid to the poor households that meet certain qualifications to improve the health, nutrition, and education aspect of their lives.

Some changes from the current guidelines, especially on the amount of cash grants, were indicated in the Act.

The draft Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Data Sharing was also discussed by Clark Aries Ingles, Pantawid LGU focal person.

“This document described the specific responsibilities of, and actions to be taken by, each of the parties so that our goals may be accomplished pursuant to R.A. 10173, data sharing protocol of the Department and other statutory requirements,” Ingles said.


Visitors from the NPMO-Compliance Verification Division also presented the Pantawid Pamilya Compliance wherein hotline numbers were shown in relation to the Short Messaging Service (SMS)-based facility.

Through text messaging, beneficiaries would have direct access to their records in the database.

Other discussions included were the 1st Semester Updates, Findings on Health and Education Facility Visits, Code 25 Implementation Status, and Bata Balik Eskwela Updates. The meeting was presided by Crislea D. Celeste, regional program coordinator of 4Ps. (DSWD Caraga/PIA Caraga)

Initial phase of SRO CARP project completed

By Christian Phillip N. Lozano

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, June 28 -- Five months after its launching in Caraga region, the first phase of the Self-Reliant Organizations for Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (SRO CARP) implemented by the Department of labor and Employment - Surigao del Norte Provincial Office (DOLE-SDNPO) has finally come to its completion.

The SRO-CARP is a project spearheaded by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council Executive Committee (PARC-ExeCom).
Hence, as part of its commitment to the government’s agrarian reform program, DOLE also partnered for the project by empowering Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs) through the provision of capability building activities and livelihood assistance to increase the productivity and general income of the beneficiaries.

This year, the San Isidro Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIMPUCO), a farmer’s organization, located in Brgy. San Isidro, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte, was chosen as one of the six project sites in the country.

“Hinaot na mahatag sa amo among kinahanglan nga mga dugang kaalaman ug ang pre and post-harvest facilities para mapahapsay ang operasyon diri sa among mga basakan (I hope that our needs for additional knowledge and pre/post harvest facilities will be provided to us for the smooth operation of our ricefields),” said Roberto P. Naraja, SIMPUCO chairperson, as he expressed his gratitude during the launching of the project.

As beneficiaries of the said project, SIMPUCO has undergone the following capability building activities: 1) Organizational Diagnosis/ Training Needs Analysis; 2) Strategic Planning; 3) Entrepreneurship and Rural Enterprise Development Seminar; 4) Leadership Training and Basic Networking Seminar; 5) Basic Partnership Building Seminar; 6) Human Resource Development Seminar; 7) Formulation of Policy on Old and New Equipment and other Assets; 8) Basic Business Planning/ Proposal Making and Alternative Business Framework Seminar; and 9) Cooperative Benchmarking and Seminar on GLS, OSH Law, and other related labor Laws Issuance.

Approximately P469,500 was spent for the conduct of the said trainings, speakers’ honorarium, training supplies, and others.

“No country, no organization, no family is great without great leadership. And leadership requires not only strength but also guidance by our Lord Almighty,” said DOLE-Caraga regional director Chona Mantilla.

The first phase officially ended with the conduct of the Inter-Agency Convergence Forum, a gathering of all CARP implementing agencies in the province, in order to present the chosen ARB organization and discuss to the partner agencies the help and assistance needed by the organization.


The said forum also opened opportunities for SIMPUCO to enroll and avail to partner agencies’ CARP programs on top of the intervention provided by DOLE. (DOLE-Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Pagtaas ng bilang ng establisemento sa Caraga nakatulong sa mga Caraganons

By Nora L. Molde
 
LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hunyo 28 (PIA) -- Iniulat ng Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Caraga na tumaas ang gross regional domestic product ng rehiyon sa 3.2 percent nitong 2018.

Sa isinagawang stakeholders forum, sinabi ni PSA Caraga regional director Dr. Rosalinda Apura na kahit bahagya lang ang pag taas nito kung ikokompara sa taong 2017, makikita parin  ang patuloy na pagunlad ng rehiyon .

Nakatulong  dito ang pagdami ng mga negosyo sa rehiyon na nagbigay ng trabaho sa mga Caraganons. 

Nangunguna ang Agusan del Norte kabilang na ang Butuan city sa may pinakamataas na bilang ng negosyo na mayroong 5,441, sinundan naman ng Agusan del Sur na may 5,035, sumunod ang Surigao del Sur (4,791), Surigao del Norte (3,379) at Dinagat Islands (1,231).

Ayon kay PSA Caraga chief statistical specialist Melchor Bautista karamihan sa mga ito ay wholesale at retail, at repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles.

Napag alaman  na tumaas din ang employment size  sa rehiyon  sa small at medium enterprises. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Ambag ng mga babaeng seafarers sa Maritime Industry kinilala

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hunyo 28 (PIA) -- Binigyang halaga ang kakayanan at kasanayan ng mga kababaihang seafarers sa selebrasyon ng Seafarers Day sa Caraga region.

Sa  temang "Empowering Women in Maritime Community," ibinida ni Atty. Manuel Portus, regional director ng Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Caraga, ang malaking kontribusyon ng kababaihan sa larangan ng paglaglalayag.

Ayon sa kanya, tumataas kada taon ang bilang ng mga kababaihang nagtatrabaho sa barko at mas nakikita at kinikilala na ngayon ang kanilang malaking ambag sa naturang sektor.

“Dumadami na talaga ang pumapasok sa maritime industry ngayon, maging sa mga eskwelahan, hindi na naiiwanan ang mga kababaihan. Malaki ang kanilang nabibigay na kontribusyon sap ag-unlad ng industriya,” sabi ni Portus.

Dagdag pa ng opisyal, natutugunan na rin ng mga namamahala sa mga barko ang pangangailangan ng babaeng seafafers at sinisiguradong nabibigyang halaga ang kanilang mga karapatan.

Ibinahagi naman ni Lindsay Mendoza, Grade 11 na studyante sa isang maritime school sa Butuan City na pangarap niyang maging isang seafarer kaya naman aktibo siyang nakilahok at nakinig sa mga diskusyon mula sa ibat-ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan na may programa para sa maritime industry.

Umaasa siyang wala nang diskriminasyon sa mga babaeng pumapasok sa propesyong ito.

Hinimok din niya ang iba pang kabataan lalu na ang mga kababaihan na huwag matakot o mahiyang ipakita sa iba ang kanilang interes at kakayahan.

“Huwag po tayong mahiya o matakot na ipakita ang kaya nating gawin bilang mga babae. Ang trabaho ng seafarers ay hindi lang po pang-lalaki kundi pang-babae rin,” pahayag ni Mendoza. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)