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Friday, July 12, 2019

DA, PhilRice intensify public awareness on Rice Tariffication Law

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 12 (PIA) - In order to reach the grassroots and inform the farmers on what awaits them with the implementation of Republic Act 11203 or Rice Tarrification Law, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga, have shared the salient features of the said law thru the program dubbed “Caraga INFOcus: Agri Hour.”

According to DA Caraga assistant regional director Nestor Burgos, the Rice Tariffication Law, which seeks to liberalize the importation of rice, is expected to lower retail prices of rice and improve the farmers’ income and productivity.

The law covers four components, namely; Seed, Rice Mechanization, Extension and Loan components.

Marisa Garces, rice program focal person of DA-Caraga bared that under the said law, a P10-billion rice fund composed of duties collected from imported rice will be spent for programs that would directly result to increase in production, profitability, and competitiveness.

Dr. Genevive Nemeño, supervising science research specialist of PhilRice – Agusan also emphasized that the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Program - seed component will help increase the adoption of certified inbred rice seeds and its corresponding intergrated crop management.

Nemeño added that in order for the farmers to avail of the rice fund, they must be a member of any farmer organization, as funds will be released thru accredited group or cooperative.

It can be recalled that the Rice Tarrification was put into law on February 14, 2019 and started its implementation on March 5, 2019. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

17 FRs receive cash assistance in SurSur town

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 12 (PIA) -- A total of 17 Former Rebels (FRs) received cash assistance as part of their reintegration to the mainstream society under the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) held at the Municipal Mayor’s Office of San Miguel, Surigao del Sur on July 4, 2019.

Civil Military Operations Officer Lt. Jonald Romorosa of the 36th Infantry Battalion (36IB) revealed that each FR received P10,000 during the awarding ceremony led by Mayor Hazel Elizalde.

The said assistance partly aids to start the new life of the FRs and their families to live better lives together with their families and avail the government free basic services offered, said Romorosa.

Mayor Elizalde highlighted the commitment of the local government of San Miguel under her administration to support the FRs.

“The government puts forth its utmost and sincerest effort in providing the assistance intended for FRs,” said Elizalde.

Meanwhile, 36IB commanding officer Lt. Colonel Xerxes Trinidad said the government is sincere in their gesture in helping the FRs return to the mainstream society and start a new life in peace and harmony.

"These benefits do not serve as an end, but rather a means to aid the FRs in securing a foothold in restarting their lives,” said Trinidad. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

AgNor to adopt rebels willing to surrender to government

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 12 (PIA) - To give chance to former rebels (FRs) and let them experience a better life, the province of Agusan del Norte has expressed willingness and interest to adopt those rebels who wanted to surrender and live a normal life in the mainstream society and be with their family.

With this development, a half-way house for the former rebels is being constructed for their temporary shelter once they surrender to the government. This also serves as a transition home and rehabilitation center for the FRs and Militia ng Bayan.

According to Ali Kazim Marcaban, coordinator of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) in Agusan del Norte, the provincial government continues to implement the program, where it provides psychosocial interventions; individual case management to each former rebel; facilitate their chosen livelihood project; and capacitate them in their reintegration to the communities.

This is apart from the regular financial assistance to former rebels, he said.

Political officer of Sotero Llamas of Bicol Regional Party Committee, Agnes Lopez Fernandez also known as “Ka Tina/Ka Jorge/Ka Yolly,” also called on to her former comrades to leave the organization and return to the folds of the law, and live a peaceful life.

As a former rebel, Fernandez is thankful to the provincial government of Agusan del Norte for its constant support especially in providing funds, programs and services for her co-former rebels.

Meanwhile, a formulation workshop for the halfway house manual of operations was also conducted to ensure rightful implementation of the halfway house rules by next year. (JPG/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

Rice Tariffication Law, ibinahagi sa programang 'Caraga INFOcus: Agri Hour'

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hulyo 12 (PIA) - Ibinahagi ng Department of Agriculture (DA) at Philippine Rice Research Institute sa farmer associations sa Caraga region ang mga maaari nila makuhang benepisyo mula sa Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Program (RCEP) sa ilalim ng Rice Tariffication Law.

Ito ay sa pamamagitan ng kanilang programa na “Carara INFOcus: Agri Hour” ng Philippine Information Agecy - Caraga.

Ayon kay DA Caraga assistant regional director Nestor Burgos, makatutulong ang Rice Tariffication Law sa mga magsasaka  para mapabuti ang kanilang pamumuhay at mas maging competitive.

May apat naman na component ang RCEP  – ang seed, rice mechanization, extension at loan components.

Sinabi naman ni Marisa Garces,  rice program focal person ng DA Caraga, sa ilalim ng naturang batas, P10-bilyong rice fund ang ilalaan para sa mga programang magpapabuti sa produksyon, kita at kalidad ng buhay ng mga magsasaka.

Ayon naman kay Dr. Genevive Nemeño, supervising science research specialist ng PhilRice – Agusan, makakatulong rin ang naturang rice fund  sa pagtaas ng produksyon ng certified inbred rice seeds at matitiyak din nito aniya ang kalidad, pondo at access ng mga magsasaka nito.

Dagdag pa ni Nemeño, kailangan lang na maging miyembro ang mga magsasaka sa farmers association ng kanilang lugar para makabenepisyo sa nasabing programa.

"Walang magsasakang maiiwan sa programang ito. Lahat ay makikinabang, kailangan lang nilang maging miyembro ng farmer organization upang mas maging madali ang ating pagbigay ng pundo o benepisyo para sa kanila," sabi ni Nemeño.

Matatandaan na ang rice tariffication ay naisabatas noong Pebrero 14, 2019 at sinimulan ang implementasyon noong Marso 5, 2019. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Mahigit 1,000 nakinabang sa PNP outreach program sa Surigao Sur

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hulyo 12 (PIA) - Mahigit isang-libong indibidwal ang nakinabang sa community outreach program ng Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga sa Barangay Javier, Barobo, Surigao del Sur.

Lubos naman na ikinatuwa ng mga residente ang libreng medikal and dental check-up. Maging ang libreng gupit, gamot, food packs, school supplies, tsinelas, at eyeglasses.

Ang nasabing aktibidad ng PNP ay kanilang 'Project Kasing-kasing' o ‘Project Heart.’ Ito ay flagship program ng Police Regional Office 13 na naglalayung matulungan ang mga residenteng nasa liblib na komunidad ng rehiyon.

Ayon kay PNP Caraga regional director Police Brigadier General Gilberto DC Cruz, layun din nito na mas palakasin pa ang magandang relasyon at patuloy na koordinasyon ng mga residente at PNP tungo sa epektibong pagsugpo ng problema sa  insurhensiya.

Dagdag pa ng opisyal, isa ang Barangay Javier sa bayan ng Barobo sa mga lugar napabilang sa conflict-affected areas ng rehiyon, at nagdeklarang persona non-grata sa Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) na siyang nagdudulot ng kaguluhan sa lugar. 

Ayon kay Cruz, ilan-ilang violent incidents na rin ang naitala sa nasabing barangay at isa na riyan ang pagsunog umano ng mga npa sa container vans na may lamang export-quality bananas noong 2013.

Ang community outreach program ng PNP ay parte rin ng kanilang ginagawang hakbang upang maipalaganap pa ang implementasyon ng Executive Order 70 o 'whole of nation' approach sa pagsugpo ng insurgency. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

RDRRMC Caraga to locals: Be well-informed, proactive

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 12 (PIA) – In time with the press conference on the National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM), the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) chaired by Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga regional director Liza Mazo, called on locals to be “well-informed and proactive citizens.”

Mazo stressed that all should take their part in the promotion of a disaster resilient region and nation as a whole.

“All should not be dependent on what the government could do to save them in times of disaster. Everyone should also be well-informed and be proactive at all times,” she said.

She further announced that the establishment of the state-of-the-art Caraga Regional Operations Center cum OCD Caraga Regional Office funded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development will soon be operational. “It will be a hub for multi-sectoral coordination as it is also situated in strategic location where there is already a warehouse for relief goods,” she said.

Regional director Dominga Mallonga of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga cited that in order to properly monitor and provide accurate information especially during disasters, an assessment of the early warning signals and other installations has been conducted by the agency.

She also reiterated that the local government units could maximize the utilization of the detailed flood hazard maps for their guidance and incorporate it in the disaster preparedness plan.

Dr. Ernesto Pareja of the Department of Health Caraga said they have personnel and nurses assigned in different areas, so any incident where their assistance is needed are all properly reported and responded. Their personnel have constantly been coordinating with the LGUs in the provinces of Caraga. They also maintain a 24/7 hotline to provide immediate response in times of emergencies.

Bureau of Fire Protection Caraga regional director FSSupt. Romel Tradio announced that they will conduct a school-based fire safety, survival and emergency preparedness training targeting scouts in the region. Activities will be conducted to enhance their skills in emergency response and to prepare them when a disaster strikes.

Also, Police Major Marife Farol of the Philippine National Police Caraga said that their agency has been reaching out to the locals in different communities of the region thru the conduct of basic life support training, among others. She added that their recent activities include the provision of school bags and school supplies to the Indigenous Peoples’ children in different parts of the region.
LTC Jezreel Diagmel of the 401st Brigade, Philippine Army highlighted their readiness to extend assistance to the LGUs not only during calamities but in any eventuality. He said the Brigade has also intensified its efforts in increasing awareness on disaster preparedness, mitigation and resilience to the communities.

Meanwhile, Mazo thanked all the media partners for their continued support to the activities and endeavors of the council. She also recognized the media partners' contribution thru their advocacy in making people disaster resilient at all times.

This year’s observance is anchored on the theme “Kahandaan sa Sakuna’t Peligro Para sa Tunay na Pagbabago.” (JPG/VLG/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

Army conducts security awareness drive to students of Butuan City

BUTUAN CITY, July 12 -- The 402nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army recently conducted a security awareness drive to selected senior high school students of Butuan City held at the 402nd Brigade Headquarters, Brgy. Bancasi, Butuan City.

In line with the Project S.U.R.O.Y. (Simple Unwinding and Recreational Outing for the Youth) spearheaded by Butuan City Police Office (BCPO), personnel of 402nd Brigade led by Civil Military Operations Officer Major Francisco P. Garello, Jr. conducted a security awareness drive to 35 senior high school students coming from Barangays San Mateo, Nong-Nong and Tungao, all of Butuan City.

“The army recognizes its duty to inform the youth about the nature of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) – New People’s Army (NPA) Terrorists or CNTs and their deceptive and manipulative recruitment strategy. Our youth is one of the most vulnerable sector in our society and we must protect them from being used as pawns by the CPP-NPA-NDF against our government troops,” Garello said.

Likewise, the senior high school students were educated through a static display of the Infantry Brigade squad and a film showing highlighting the different facets of being a soldier.

They were also given lecture on how to join the Philippine Army and its recruitment process.

The baranagays of San Mateo, Nong-Nong and Tungao were identified as CNT-affected areas but have withdrawn their support through their declaration of the CNTs and its allied left-leaning groups as persona non grata in their respective barangays.

According to Col. Maurito L. Licudine, commander of 402nd Infantry Brigade, the youth is the hope of tomorrow and we are pleased that in partnership with the PNP we were able to reach out to this group of young people so that they will not be easily swayed by the sweet talking of the CNTs.

"The youth must be wary of those who exploit their youthful idealism, agitating them with the social problems of our country and dragging them into the armed struggle. It is right to take active part in looking for peaceful solutions but it is not right to bear arms to solve these problems,” he said.

Licudine is appealing to the CNTs to spare the children from their violent way of life. “Give them a chance to grow up; a chance to achieve their aspirations; and be successful in life.

"As for the CNTs, heed our call to surrender, avail the E-CLIP and live peacefully with your families and love ones,” urged Licudine. (402nd Infantry Brigade/PIA-Caraga)

Agusan Norte leaders converge in stakeholders’ security forum

By Cpt Francisco P Garello Jr.

BUTUAN CITY, July 12 --  Local leaders in the province of Agusan del Norte have converged for a Stakeholders Security Forum on July 5, 2019 held at the 402nd Infantry Brigade headquarters in Brgy Bancasi, this city.

The Stakeholders Security Forum was an initiative of Agusan del Norte 1st district representative Maria Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba in partnership with the 402nd Brigade led by Brigade Commander Col. Maurito Licudine.

The forum intends to apprise the local chief executives (LCEs) and key decision makers on the nature, developments and impact of the insurgency situation vis-a-vis the government’s internal security operations and elicit support and commitment in achieving peace and inclusive development in their respective areas.

In response to the call to unite and support the Whole of Nation Approach embodied in the Executive Order 70, the local leaders of the province led by the newly-elected governor Dale Corvera, and the LCEs of the city and municipalities to include mayor Judy C. Amante of Cabadbaran City; Napoleon M. Montero of Jabonga; Aristotle E. Motante of Kitcharao; Richard P. Daquipil of Remedios T. Romualdez; Franklin D. Lim of Santiago; and Fidel E. Garcia, Jr. of Tubay together with the police and DILG officials attended the event.

The officials were informed regarding the security situation in the brigade’s area of responsibility stressing the issues and concerns affecting the political and security environment in the province.

The convergence has generated a unified voice among the local leaders to support and commit in addressing the security problem.

It also tackled the situations of the IP being the most vulnerable target of the exploitation and abuse by the CPP-NPA Terrorist.

“As the governor of the province, I am committing full support to the efforts to address the insurgency problem,” Gov. Corvera declares along with the six LCEs assuring their unwavering support to the AFP and PNP and in working together for the peace and development initiatives. (CMO Officer, 402IB/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Rebeldeng nais magbalik loob, handang kupkopin ng Agusan Norte

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 12 (PIA) -- Handang kupkopin ng probinsya ng Agusan del Norte ang mga rebelde na gustong magbalik loob sa gobyerno at mabuhay ng mapayapa kasama ang kanilang mga mahal sa buhay.

Sa katunayan, ipinapatayo na ang isang halfway house upang maging pansamantalang maging tahanan ng mga gustong magbalik sa gobyerno. Ito ay isang transition home at rehabilition center para sa mga former rebels at militia ng bayan.

Ayon kay Ali Kazim Marcaban, coordinator ng Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program o E-CLIP Agusan del Norte, patuloy ang pagpapatupad ng e-clip sa probinsya kung saan ito ay nagbibigay ng psychosocial interventions, gumagawa ng individual case management sa bawat former rebels, pinafacilitate ang chosen livelihood project ng mga ito at tinutulongan silang ecapacitate ang kanilang reintegration sa kumonidad.

Maliban ito sa binibigay na financial assistance sa mga former rebels.

Nanawagan din si dating Ka Tina/Ka Jorge/Ka Yolly at political officer ni Sotero Llamas sa Bicol regional party committee na si Agnes Lopez Fernadez sa mga dati nyang kasamahan sa bundok na bumaba na at magkaroon ng normal na pamumuhay.

Ayon pa kay Fernandez, may magandang programa ang gobyerno para sa kanila at magkakaroon pa ng mapayapang buhay kapiling ang mga mahal sa buhay.

Bilang isang former rebel o FR, malaki ang pasalamat ni Fernadez sa probinsya ng Agusan del Norte sa mga ginagawang tulong lalo na ang pagbibigay ng pondo at mga programa para sa kapwa nya FRs.

Samantala ginanap din ang isang formulation workshop para halfway house manual of operations para sa maayos na implementasyon ng halfway house sa susunod na taon. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)