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Monday, June 3, 2019

Butuanon places first, makes international debate history

By Kim Christian T. Matildo

A team of debaters from Timber City Academy (TCA) in Butuan City recently joined one of the largest international debate competitions in the world. The team was composed of Lemuel Dela Cruz Ang (Grade 12), Aleister Subla Busico (Grade 12), and Adonis Joshua A. Po (Grade 11).

The 4th Parliamentary Debate Association - World Highschool Debate Congress was held at Osaka, Japan on January 18-20 2019, with debaters coming from various countries and nationalities. It includes those from Mongolia, Korea, Mexico, Chile, Sweden, Malaysia and many more. It was sponsored by many groups such as THE TOKYO CLUB, The Nippon Foundation, and KDDI Foundation.

At the end of the competition, the entire team was hailed as World Quarter finalists. But the team captain of the group - Lemuel Dela Cruz Ang, stood out from the rest of the competition. He was awarded as the 1st Best Speaker of The Congress, making him the first and only Filipino to earn the distinction in the competition. He was likewise also awarded as the 4th Best Point of Information Speaker for his ability to interpolate other competitors.

Ang’s success is anchored on his years of experience in competitive debating and public speaking. In the 8th and 9th edition of the Caraga Parliamentary Debate Championship (Atty. Law Fortun Cup), he won the Best Speaker/Debater Award easily by earning it two times, consecutively. In the 11th Visayas-Mindanao Debate Championship (VMDC), he was named as the 3rd Best Highschool Speaker of Visayas-Mindanao. In the 35th edition of the Mindanao Parliamentary Debate Championship (MPDC), he was likewise awarded as the 3rd Best Highschool Speaker of Mindanao. And his back to back win in the POPDEV Debate Competition in the Division Festival of Talents in 2017 and 2018 prove the character and capability that he has as a world-class debater. Not only that, he was awarded as Runner-Up in a public speaking competition hosted by the Philippine Cold Chain Project (PCCP) and sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) just a week after his competition in Japan.

According to Ang, his interest in debate really started when he won his first debate contest in 2015.

“My first win in the 8th edition of the Caraga Parliamentary Debate Championship (CPDC) was what really inspired me to continue honing my language and critical thinking skills. I founded the TCA Debate Society, now known as the TCA Debate League right after that competition because I wanted our school to have a formal debate and public speaking group for students interested in fields such as these," he said.

“Debate really helped me a lot. It enabled me to become more critical on controversial issues, and made me realize how important it is to be well-informed on what's happening around the world," he added.

Due to this achievement, Ang and his team were awarded at the 3rd Gawad Galing at Talino, sponsored by the Local Government of Butuan City for their exceptional success in representing the country. Moreover, Ang was also a recipient of the Outstanding Butuanon Student Award in the Senior High School Category as a Finalist for his performance in academic and extra-curricular activities. (Timber City Academy/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

TESDA partners LGU for 59th Araw ng SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 3 (PIA) -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Surigao del Sur provincial office has partnered with the provincial government of Surigao del Sur through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg) for the upcoming 59th Araw ng Surigao del Sur on June 15-19, 2019 to be held at the Surigao del Sur Sports Center, this city.
During the recent meeting, TESDA Provincial Director Rey Cueva met with Provincial Agriculturist Marcos Quico and discussed the agency's programs and services for the agricultural sector.

TESDA Specialist Lee Escobal said both officials have agreed to conduct the skills enhancement training and free assessment related to Agriculture during the upcoming event to showcase and advocate government programs geared towards the agriculture sector.

The skills enhancement program will take place on June 14, while the two-day free assessment program thru the Competency Assessment and Certification for Workers (CACW) will be conducted on June 17-18.

Escobal said TESDA will offer the following courses: Agricultural Crops (AgriCrops) Production NC-I, and NC-III; Bookkeeping NC-III; Driving NC-II; and Heavy Equipment Operation (HEO): On Highway Dump truck NC-II.

Meanwhile, a skills demonstration on meat processing like embotido and tocino and how to make buko pie will also be included in the lined-up activities. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Agusan Norte tribes declare CPP-NPA persona non-grata

By 1Lt Roel T Maglalang

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, June 3 -- Twenty six tribal leaders of Higaonon, Manobo and Banwaon tribes of the province of Agusan del Norte have declared the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army, National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF), their allied organizations, other terrorist groups and their supporters as persona non-grata during an Indigenous Peoples (IP) Leaders Forum on May 26, 2019.

The declaration was made thru a resolution initiated and unanimously approved by the tribal leaders during the IP Leaders Forum in Barangay Alubihid, here.

The recent killings of tribal leaders in other provinces perpetrated by the CPP-NPA ignited the Higaonon, Manobo and Banwaon Leaders to declare the CPP-NPA as persona non-grata in the two provinces of Agusan and Magsaysay of Misamis Oriental.

The CPP-NPA murdered Datu Buklas a Mamanwa, last May 20, 2019; killed CAA Ronald B. Contemplo last May 21, 2019; shot Datu Silaw Ryan Hunyog Indigenous Peoples  Mandatory Representative (IPMR) of Carascal, Surigao del Sur last May 22, 2019.

During the forum, Datu Manlighud Manandog Victor D. Manpatilan, Supreme Datu of the four provinces, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon and Datu Bawang Eddie Ampiyawan, IPMR of Agusan del Norte put forward the need to declare the CNT as persona non-grata in all the Ancestral Domains of Higaonon, Manobo, and Banwaon.

The declaration makes the CPP-NPA and their allied organizations and supporters  not welcome in their communities.

The different CPP-NPA allied organizations which were specifically included as perona non-grata are: Union sa Mag-uuma sa Agusan del Norte (UMAN), Nagkahiusang Mag-uuma sa Agusan del Sur (NAMASUR), Katribu, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), Karapatan, Anak Pawis, Anak Bayan, Bayan Muna, Gabriela, League of Filipino Students (LFS), Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), Piston, Kabataan, and other terrorist groups and their supporters.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Francisco L. Molina Jr., Commanding Officer, 23rd Infantry Battalion, stressed that “the resolution issued by the tribal leaders declaring the CPP-NPA and their cohorts as persona non-grata in the communities of Higaonon, Manobo and Banwaon is a manifestation that they don't want this terrorist group to thrive in their ancestral domains."

"I also encourage other tribal leaders to follow suit and disown the CNTs until they are flushed out away from tribal communities," Molina added. (CMO Officer, 23IB PA)

DSWD supports regional launching of DepEd’s 2019 Brigada Eskwela

By Joana Rica P. Millama

LIANGA, Surigao del Sur, June 3 -- The Department of Education (DepEd), together with its partner stakeholders including the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga, has recently launched the regional kick-off ceremony of the 2019 Brigada Eskwela held at Anibongan National High School of this municipality with the theme “Matatag na Bayan para sa Maunlad na Paaralan.”

Along with the launching, an Information Caravan was conducted by DSWD through the Social Marketing Section with the assistance from the Provincial and Municipal Operations Office of Pantawid Pamilya, where they distributed materials such as flyers, brochures, and newsletters highlighting the gains of its programs and services – one of these is the Bata-Balik Eskwela (BBE) campaign flyer.

The BBE campaign aims to address the number of Pantawid children beneficiaries identified as Not Attending School (NAS). It shall sustain the children’s attendance in school through a more focused approach and intervention where children can be reached out, motivated, and helped to develop the confidence and interest to return to school.

During the ceremony, DepEd Assistant Regional Director Dr. Fidela M. Rosas shared that volunteering in the week-long Brigada does not only help the school, but also the students, by providing them with a conducive environment to nurture their academic performance and extra-curricular engagements.

“A lot of you here might be asking why we chose Anibongan as the venue of our regional launching. It is because this school won the National Search for the Brigada Eskwela Best Implementer in 2018 – Medium Category. This year, we are hoping that we qualify again,” Rosas said.

Recently, the school’s Kamayo student athletes bagged eight gold, four silver, and two bronze medals during the Palarong Pambansa – Wrestling Cadet Category; which positioned Caraga as the country’s newest source of wrestling aspirants.

The Brigada Eskwela on May 20-25 is the National Schools Maintenance Week that aims to bring together all education stakeholders to participate and contribute their time, effort, and resources to prepare public school facilities for the opening of the school year in June. (Social Marketing Section/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

DepEd AgNor readies opening of classes with more than 75k students

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 3 (PIA) - The Department of Education (DepEd) Agusan del Norte is already prepared for the opening of classes today, June 3, 2019, with more than 75,000 students.

During the recent convergence meeting for the Oplan Balik Eskwela, schools division superintendent Arsenio Cornites, Jr., together with various stakeholders, clarified that schools under their supervision are now ready as well as teachers who would handle incoming students for the school year 2019-2020.

Cornites added that books for the students are also set to be released this week.

DepEd-Agusan del Norte Division is composed of 19 school district offices, 179 elementary schools, 55 secondary schools, and more than 2,900 teachers.

Also, stakeholders and partner government agencies bared their plans and preparation for the opening of classes, which include securing traffic flow, reiteration of the proper solid waste segregation, and ensuring that classrooms are presentable and conducive for learning, among others.

Meanwhile, Engr. Lolita Vinalay, chief meteorological officer of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Butuan also reminded the school children to always bring umbrella or anything that could protect them from the scorching heat of the sun, as El Niño phenomenon is still felt in the region and is expected to last until the end of this year. (JPG/NCLM, PIA-Caraga)

Election wastes turn into bags, benefit 200 pupils in AgNor town

BUTUAN CITY, June 3 -- A total of 200 pupils in Sitio Macopa, Barangay Poblacion, Carmen, Agusan del Norte received bags made out of dismantled campaign materials (tarpaulins) during the Community Outreach Program of Police Regional Office (PRO) 13, May 30.

Each pupil received a bag filled with notebooks, papers, pencil, eraser, sharpener, plastic envelope, scissors and ballpen which were personally handed over by Police Brigadier General Gilberto DC Cruz, PRO13 Director.

The kids were wearing big smiles as they individually received the gifts.

Last April 25, 2019, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Caraga conducted the “OPLAN BAKLAS” that was participated in by the PRO13, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Land Transportation Office, Bureau of Fire and Protection, National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, and the Barangay Peace Action Teams.

The election wastes were cut and then sewed by the police to transform into serviceable school bags.
“Aside from promoting the Makakalikasan as Philippine National Police core value by utilizing recyclable waste materials, we also promote the Makatao by sharing simple gifts of love to the underprivileged people of Caraga,” said PBGen. Cruz.

Another bag-giving activity will be conducted in Butuan City during the opening of classes on June 3, 2019. (PNP Caraga/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Volunteerism among Agusanons highlighted in Brigada Eskwela; free hair cut cheers volunteers

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 3 (PIA) - With the yearly conduct of Brigada Eskwela of the Department of Education (DepEd), the teachers with their students, parents and other sectors in Agusan del Norte and Butuan City volunteered and actively participated in cleaning and improving the school’s facilities.

Buenavista National High School is among the public schools in the province that effectively implemented the annual conduct of Brigada Eskwela, in preparation of the opening of classes this June 3, 2019.

Representatives from the private sector also took part in the activity by donating materials for building repainting and other useful things for the learners.

For Anthony Tangigad, who will be in grade 12 this opening of classes in June, he was delighted to see his former classmates and teachers in the Brigada Eskwela after a short vacation. He was also among those who grabbed the opportunity and availed the free haircut inside the school.

Also, for Melita Danuco, a senior citizen who has three grandchildren enrolled in the said school, they went early and started cleaning, as they have been preparing for this activity every month of May. She said she always wants her grandchildren to experience quality education in a school that is conducive for learning.

Thelma Odron, principal of said school emphasized that more volunteers are now joining the Brigada Eskwela compared to last year. The innate nature of Agusanons of doing volunteer work and bayanihan serve as inspiration to other people to do the same in their community.

She also hopes that with the help of various sectors, a student- learners’ kiosk and study shed would finally be established inside their school.

Meanwhile, the spirit of volunterism was also witnessed in the different schools in the region, together with the Philippine National Police and Philippine Army. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Aktibong partisipasyon ng mga kabataan sa komunidad, isinusulong ng PDEA Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hunyo 3 (PIA) - Kasabay sa isinagawang Brigada Eskwela sa Ambago Elementary School sa lungsod ng Butuan, isinusulong din ng Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga sa lahat ng mag-aaral ang kahalagahan ng pagkakaisa at aktibong partisipasyon ng mga kabataan sa mga aktibidad na makatutulong sa pag-unlad ng kanilang komunidad.

Kaya bilang ehemplo, sila mismo na taga PDEA ay sumali  sa unang pagkakataon sa Brigada Eskwela alinsunod na rin sa direktiba ni Undersecretary Aaron Aquino sa pagpapalaganap ng community service lalo na sa mga Caraganons.

Maliban sa kagamitang panlinis na pinamahagi ng PDEA sa mga paaralan, namimigay din sila ng mga information, education and communication (IEC) materials.

“Yung pagtulong natin sa komunidad sa pamamagitan ng lectures sa mga paaralan at establistamento na kailangan para malaman nila ang masamang naidudulot sa katawan ng ilegal na droga. Iba kasi pag may alam yung tao kung ano yung epekto nito, maibahagi niya sa iba, at lalu na sa mga magulang na may mga teenager, maibahagi din nila ito,” sabi ni Dir. Lovitos.

Kabilang din ang Libertad Central Elementary School, Gabriel Elementary School, at Pedro Duncano Elementary School sa lungsod na nabenepisyuhan ng tulong mula sa PDEA.
Magpapatuloy din ang kanilang programa para sa mga kabataan upang malayo’ ang mga ito sa ilegal na droga.

Samantala, laking pasasalamat din ni Helenna Palen, principal ng Ambago Central Elementary School sa tulong ng PDEA, maging ng iba pang ahensiya ng pamahalaan sa kanilang patuloy na pagbibigay nang agarang aksyon sa pangangailangan ng mga mag-aaral. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Bolunterismo ng mga Agusanons, ibinida sa Brigada Eskwela

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hunyo 3 (PIA) - Boluntaryong nakibahagi para sa Brigada Eskwela ang mga guro, mag-aaral, mga magulang, at iba pang sektor sa probinsya ng Agusan del Norte at lungsod ng Butuan.

Kabilang ang Buenavista National High School sa mga pampublikong paaralan sa probinsya na natulungan ng naturang taunang bayanihan bilang paghahanda para sa nalalapit na pasukan.

May mga kinatawan din mula sa pribadong sektor na nagbigay ng mga materyales na magagamit sa pagpapaganda ng paaralan.

Para kay Anthony Tangigad na Grade 12 na ngayong pasukan, masaya siya at nakasama niyang muli ang kanyang mga kaklase at guro sa Brigada Eskwela matapos ang bakasyon.

Kabilang rin siya nabenepisyuhan ng isinagawang libreng gupit para sa volunteers.

“Inaabangan ko na talaga ang pagbubukas ng klase dahil marami na naman akong matututunan at makakalamuhang mga classmates at guro. Handan a akong sumabak uli sa paaralan naming,” sabi ni Tangigad.

Para naman kay Melita Danuco, isang senior citizen na may tatlong apong mag-aaral, maaga silang nagpunta sa eskwelahan lalo't inaabangan niya umano ito tuwing mayo.

Ang kanyang boluntaryo pagtulong ay para sa pangarap niyang makapag-aral nang mabuti ang kanyang mga apo sa maayos na paaralan.

Ibinahagi naman ni Thelma Odron, principal ng nasabing paaralan, na mas maraming sumasali sa Brigada Eskwela ngayon taon kompara noong nakaraang taon.

Nagiging inspirasyon naman sa iba ang pagiging likas na pagkawang-gawa o bolunterismo ng mga Agusanons.

Umaasa rin siya na sa tulong ng ibat-ibang sektor, maitatayo rin ang kanilang student learners kiosk at study shed sa loob ng paaralan.

Samantala nasaksihan rin ang bolunterismo at pagkakaisa ng mga sektor sa iba pang skwelahan ng rehiyon kasama ang Philippine National Police at Philippine Army. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)