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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Caraga youth leaders unite vs terrorism

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 14 (PIA) - The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) chairpersons and SK Federations in Caraga region have expressed their support to the programs and advocacies of the government against the terrorist groups – Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

This is in time with the International Youth Day (IYD) celebration on Monday, where youth from different provinces of Caraga, together with other sectors shared their roles and responsibilities in their respective communities, and their significant contributions in addressing various issues in the region, which include the problem on insurgency.

Anchored on the theme "Transforming Education," the SK Federations gave emphasis on the value and significance of providing quality education to the youth of the nation.

Participating youths also expressed that they would only focus and engage in useful activities that would enhance their knowledge, skills, and capabilities, and would not be deceived by the campaign, wrong and ruthless acts of the terrorist groups such as recruitment of students in different schools to fight against the government for their own gains.

Stephanie Dawn Salise, Acting Vice President of Butuan SK Federation called on other youths in other parts of the region to actively participate in all the government’s activities for the welfare of all sectors. “I would like to encourage the youth not to revolt against the government because we believe that what they are doing will benefit the youth and the country in general,” she said.

“In our barangay, we are conducting different kinds of activities and programs for the youth, so that they will be prevented from joining the terrorist groups,” said Christian Mendoza, SK Chair of Barangay Limaha, Butuan City.

According to Julius Gutierrez, Executive Director of the National Youth Commission (NYC), it is the mandate of their agency to facilitate the youth sector in all means so they become proactive citizens, and be given opportunities where they could get involved in government's initiatives and activities - in civic and public affairs.

This effort also formed part of the implementation of the Executive Order No. 70 or the whole-of-nation approach to stop the insurgency in the country. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

TESDA to conduct skills training for FRs in SurSur town

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TESDA spearheads a dialogue with the former rebels and local residents of  Barangay Janipaan, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. (Photo credit to: TESDA)
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 14 (PIA) -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), led by its Provincial Director Rey Cueva, has expressed its commitment to extend the agency’s services to the Former Rebels (FRs) through the conduct of skills training during the recent “pulong-pulong" (dialogue) conducted on Aug. 6, 2019 in Barangay Janipaan, San Agustin town, this province.

According to Lee Escobal of TESDA, the event, which was spearheaded by TESDA in collaboration with the 3rd Special Forces Battalion, 7th Special Forces Company, and the Barangay Council of Janipaan, San Agustin headed by Barangay Captain Fidel Resare, sought to facilitate the FRs who desire to live normally in the mainstream society.

During the dialogue, the skills training and livelihood program were some of the programs they have identified.

Specifically, the participants and residents identified the following livelihood opportunies: Native Chicken Production, Food Processing, Mushroom Production, Abaca Production, Abaca Handicraft Processing, and Driving.

A display center along the national highway for the locals to highlight their products was also suggested.

It was learned that on July 24, 2019, a training on Small Engine Repair and Maintenance was already conducted to the said community. Twenty-five locals benefited the training, of which most of the participants were farmers and fishermen.
The said activity is part of the efforts of the government to address the local insurgency that affected the local economy, Escobal said.

"This is also in line with the directives of TESDA Director General Secretary Isidro “Sid” LapeΓ±a thru “TESDA Abot Lahat” program that aims to expand and strengthen its mandate and services to all, to reach out and serve new partners and clients with a clear objective, to transform and improve lives for the better," Escobal noted. (w/ a report from TESDA/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

MGB-13 joins small-scale mining summit

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Aug. 14 (PIA) -- The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Caraga took part in the National Summit for the presentation of the proposed amendment of the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (RIRR) of Republic Act (RA) No. 7076 and 1st National Assembly of the Philippine National Coalition for Small-scale miners held recently at the provincial capitol in the Municipality of Nabunturan, Province of Compostela Valley.

This year’s summit is anchored on the theme, “Responsableng Pagmimina… Kaunlaran ng Bayan."

The said summit was spearheaded by BAN Toxics and International Labor Organization, in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Office of the Assistant Secretary for Mining Concerns. 

The discussions during the three-day summit focused on the proposed revision and/or amendment of Republic Act No. 7076 and its revised implementing rules and regulations, and DENR Administrative Order No. 2015-03.

Some of the important issues and concerns raised by the small-scale miners included the use of explosives or blasting in small-scale mining operations, lengthening the term of Small-Scale Mining Contract (SSMC), allowing the establishment of Mineral Processing Zone outside the declared Minahang Bayan, extending the term of the Mineral Processing License (MPL), removing the provision of the IRR with regard to the consent from concerned large-scale mining holder/applicant, streamlining the requirements and process in the declaration of Minahang Bayan, small-scale mining contract and mineral processing license, and simplifying the provision on Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) requirement.

Compostela Valley Governor Jayvee Tyrone Uy and Vice Governor Maricar S. Zamora were the guest speakers during the said summit and they also imparted relevant information. (Lilibeth P. Gimoto, MGB-13/PIA-Surigao del Norte)                     

29 Surigaonon scholars recognized

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Aug. 14 (PIA) -- Twenty-eight from the 29 Surigaonon graduates were recognized recently by the Community Relations Office of the Platinum Metals Group Corporation (PGMC), a mining company based in Claver town. 

The activity was aimed to recognize the hardships and sacrifices of student grantees together with their parents in attaining their educational dreams under PGMC’s scholarship program.

In her message, Anne Sarmiento, mother of full scholar grantee Michelle Anne Sarmiento, a B.S. Accountancy graduate of Saint Paul University, said that PGMC shouldered her daughter’s tuition fees, monthly allowance amounting to P6,000 and an additional P10,000 assistance for thesis writing.

Sarmiento said additional incentive worth P5,000 during the graduation ceremony was also provided for all scholars. Even after graduation, PGMC’s generosity still extended to her daughter by providing P28,000 financial assistance for her review at the University of San Jose Recoletos in Cebu City.

Meanwhile, Cristine Joyce Sumido, one of the grantees, thanked PGMC for helping them financially in their studies.

She said that the PGMC’s program paved a way to start a new beginning in their scholar's life and encouraged fellow scholars to just always pray and have faith in God.

During the recognition day, tokens, polo shirts, and medals were provided to the grantees followed by a thanksgiving dinner. (Susil D. Ragas, PGMC/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

DA highlights value-adding technologies in Regional Techno Forum

By Emmylou T. Presilda

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 14 -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga, through the Research Division, staged its 6th Technology Forum and Product Exhibition on August 8-9, 2019, here.

Carrying the theme "Technologies from Agri-Fisheries as Catalyst for Sustainability and Competitiveness," the two-day event highlighted the value-adding technology products developed by the DA’s Research Division. Together with its three Research Experiment Stations (RES) in Tagbina, Trento, and Talacogon, 35 products for commercialization were showcased to farmers and other agri-stakeholders for adoption in their respective farming and business endeavors.

Newly-installed Acting Secretary of Agriculture William D. Dar emphasized in his “new thinking” approach the modernization of agriculture and that to modernize means agripreneurship should also form part in the process as farming and fisheries should be treated as business undertakings.

DA Caraga has been gearing towards this direction as its research arm takes the lead in technology generation and commercialization.  

“All effort should have returns. Do value-adding,” DA-Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo said as he encouraged the farmers present during the forum.

He further urged the farmers to apply the new agricultural technologies introduced in the annual forum for them to innovate, and come with ideas that will maximize their profit and grow their business.

This year’s forum showcased technology products from locally grown crops such as the nutritious soya milk, tofu, taho, and the relaxing black soy beverage - all made from soybean.

The ordinary Marawi camote that is now transformed into a nutritious version of French fries. Coconut value-added products such as juice in a bottle and skincare products out from the ordinary farm its virgin coconut oil and crops like malunggay, ginger, lemon, dragon fruit, and adlai.

Attended by around 200 farmers and LGU counterparts per day, the technology forum brought together farmers, agripreneurs, agricultural extension workers, academes, agricultural institutions, and local government units to learn from each other with new ideas and achieve a more competitive, sustainable and resilient agriculture.

Aside from product exhibition, various topics were also discussed such as Coconut Value-Adding Technologies, Success Stories in Cacao Farming, Tilapia Production, Economic Importance of Soybean, and Sorghum Production. (DA Caraga/PIA Caraga)

Army's community outreach program caters Talacogon students’ needs

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Aug. 14 -- Students from Barangay Zamora Elementary School of this municipality have recently benefited the Army-initiated community outreach program.

In celebration to the 35th Reactivation Anniversary of 26th Infantry “Ever Onward” Battalion with the theme “Ever Onward alang sa katawhan, kalinaw ug kalambuan (Ever onward for the people, peace and development),” the unit conducted community outreach program in partnership with Talacogon District Hospital, Rural Health Unit and 544th Engineering Battalion which benefited by 181 students including teachers, parents and senior citizens of Barangay Zamora, Talacogon, Agusan del Sur.

A total number of 50 packs of school supplies given to Day Care and Kinder students, 50 packs of hygiene kit given to grade 1-3 students, one flat screen 43” LED TV, one electric fan, five boxes of chalks and reading materials.

With a joyful heart, Gerlie Dinero, head teacher, said “No words can express how much we are thankful for the service and contribution given to us by 26th IB. This is an early Christmas gift to our school. In behalf of our faculty, students and parents, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you very much. You are truly the messenger of peace and development.”

Medical and dental checkups, haircut service and shoe repair were also extended for the said program.

With a total number of 200 patients for medical and dental checkups, 41 of these were given medicines and vitamins; 71 persons were also accommodated for free haircut and a total number of 21 shoes and 12 sandals were repaired.

Snacks were also distributed by one of the famous fast-food chains in the country invited during the activity.

In his message, Punong Barangay Teodulo Tanduyan said “Sa taas nga panahon, sa TV ug radio ra namu makit-an ug mabati ang ingon ani nga serbisyo nga gihatag sa mga sundalo sa katawhan sa kumonidad. Daghang salamat sa 26th IB nga gihatagan me ug higayon nga ipatagamtam sa amua ang niining serbisyo alang sa katawhan.

Dako na kaayo ning ikatabang sa amua, hinaot nga daghan pa mo matabangan sa umaabot pa nga panahon (For the longest time, we only get to watch and listen a program like this where soldiers extend services to the community. Thank you very much to the 26IB for allowing us to experience and avail the services from your end.

This has been a great help for us, and we hope that more would benefit from your generosity).”

According to Lt. Col. Romeo Jimenea, commanding officer of 26th IB, with the continuous collaboration, cooperation and involvement of various stakeholders with the same goal, every activity will be a success.

“We are here to give hope and happiness especially to the students and children of this barangay. Securing their future is very important for us, and seeing their smiles on every faces inspires us to perform our duties well to achieve lasting peace and development,” he said.

“Our youth is the hope of our nation. We will work together, to give inspirations and hope to the children, by letting them realized that there are government agencies that will take good care for their future, to prevent them from being radicalized by our enemy,” added Jimenea. (26IB/401st Brigade, PA/ PIA-Agusan del Sur)

1 NPA dead, 2 firearms recovered in Agusan del Norte encounter

CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Aug. 14 -- A New Peoples Army (NPA) terrorist was killed and two high-powered firearms were recovered by the troops of the 29th Infantry “Matatag” Battalion (29IB) under the direction of 402nd Infantry “Stingers” Brigade in a series of encounters in the uninhabited hinterlands of Hilong-hilong Complex, Barangay Mahaba, this city from August 1-10, 2019.

The said group of terrorists numbering more or less 30 NPAs are believed to be members of Sentro De Gravidad (SDG) 21, Guerilla Front Committee (GFC) 21 of North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) under the leadership of Winston Anob alias Dongkoy.

The encounter transpired on August 1-2, 2019 while the troops were conducting combat operations upon receiving information from the local populace regarding the presence of armed men in the area.

The firefight lasted for about 40 minutes which resulted in the death of one unidentified NPA and the recovery of one AK47 rifle, one M4 rifle, two bandoliers, four M16 magazines, two AK magazines, 80 rounds 5.56mm ammunition, 60 rounds 7.62 ammunition, a hideout that can accommodate more or less 50 NPA members and various food supplies.

Meanwhile, a Matatag trooper was also wounded-in-action (WIA) with a gunshot wound on the left portion of his chest. He has been evacuated to Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Patag, Cagayan de Oro City for treatment. (29IB Philippine Army/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Lumad soldier dies protecting an IP community

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Aug. 14 – In the performance of his sworn duty to protect the communities, a member of Philippine Army died after a two-day of treatment in a hospital due to a multiple complications caused by a gunshot wound, Wednesday evening, August 7, 2019.

Private First Class Johnny Soriano, who belongs to the Higaonon tribe, who is a resident of Barangay Tagbalili, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, and a former member of Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU), was called to regular military service after being endorsed by his tribal leaders for numerous achievements and good performance for his fellow lumads in support to the Philippine Army’s campaign against NPA terrorists.

Soriano suffered a gunshot wound after an encounter against the terrorists that transpired last Monday afternoon at the hinterland of KM 41, Barangay Binicalan, Agusan del Sur.

The encounter happened while the troops of 26th Infantry Battalion (IB) were conducting security operations in support of the on-going road construction project along San Luis-Binicalan-Bukidnon road.

According to Lt. Col. Romeo Jimenea, commanding officer of 26th IB, prior to the encounter, the unit received numerous reports from tribal leaders and locals from a nearby Indigenous People Community that the NPA’s were conducting extortion and recruitment activities in the area.

During the 15-minute firefight, Soriano was declared Wounded in Action (WIA) after two bullets hit him, one in his left thigh and the other one grazed in the back of his head. He was immediately rescued and airlifted by Philippine Air Force choppers and brought to a nearby hospital in Butuan City for necessary treatment.

After two days of fighting for his life in the hospital, Soriano was declared dead due to Hemorrhagic Shock secondary to gunshot wound and Systematic Inflammatory Response Syndrome causing Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation and Multi-Organ failure.

“We are very sad for the loss of one of our soldiers in protecting the lives and future of his fellow lumads. We expressed our heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family of PFC Soriano. He is one of our best soldiers that contributed to our continuous campaign against the NPA terrorists. He will always be remembered for his gallantry. He is a lumad hero for us,” Jimenea said.

“We will continue to secure the communities especially the Indigenous Peoples at all cost against the terrorist NPAs. For those remaining NPA members who are still deceived and used for the advancement of terrorism, it is better for you to lay down your arms, be with your family and we will help you to have better future through Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) of the government,” said Jimenea. (26IB/ 401st Brigade, PA/ PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Mga kabataan sa Caraga region nagkaisa laban terorismo

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Agosto 14 (PIA) -- Nagpahayag ng suporta ang Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) chairpersons at SK Federation sa Caraga region sa mga programa at adbokasiya ng pamahalaan laban sa teroristang grupong Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

Kasabay ng isinagawang pagtitipon ng mga kabataan at ibat-ibang sektor ng rehiyon sa selebrasyon ng International Youth Day (IYD), binigyang-diin ng mga kalahok ang kanilang mga magagawa sa lipunan bilang kabataan na pag-asa ng bayan, at ang malaking responsibilidad din nito sa pagtugon sa mga problema ng bansa kabilang na ang insurgency.

Sa temang “Transforming Education,” isinusulong ng SK Federations ang pagbibigay-halaga sa pagkakaroon ng dekalidad na edukasyon.

Gagamitin din ng mga kabataan ang kanilang galing sa mabuting paraan, at hindi magpapadala sa pang-rerecruit ng makakaliwang grupo sa mga paaralan at lumaban sa gobyerno.

Hinimok si Stephanie Dawn Salise, Acting Vice President ng Butuan SK Federation sa ibang kabataan ng rehiyon na sumuporta sa gobyerno. “Nananawagan ako sa iba pang kabataan na huwag mag-revolt laban sa gobyerno dahil para naman sa kapakanan ng lahat ang kanilang ginagawa sa bayan,” sabi niya.

“Sa aming barangay, marami kaming ginagawang aktibidad para sa mga kabataan para sila’y malayo sa mga masasamang gawain ng mga makakaliwang grupo,” sabi ni Christian Mendoza, SK Chair ng Barangay Limaha, Butuan City.

Ayon naman kay Julius Gutierrez, Executive Director ng National Youth Commission NYC), mandato ng kanilang ahensiya na tulungan ang mga kabataan na sila ay maging proactive, at mabigyan ng malaking oportunidad na aktibong makalahok sa aktibidad ng gobyerno sa civic and public affairs.

“Ngayon nagsisimula po kaming humiling sa kanila, kumatok sa puso nila na sila po’y lumapit sa aming ahensiya. May website naman kami, may facebook page. Hindi kasi ganun kalaki yung ahensiya namin, but then again, lumalaki lang yung puso namin once marami kaming natutulungan at maraming nakakakilala anong mga programa para sa mga kabataan. At andito lang kami, yung mga ate’t kuya ninyo na nananawagan na lumahok kayo para naman po masali kayo at maging parte sa proseso para sa mga kabataan,” sabi ni Gutierrez.

Ito ay bilang parte rin sa pagpapatupad ng Executive Order no. 70 o whole-of-nation approach sa pagsugpo ng insurhensiya sa bansa. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

100K tabang pinansyal sa Las Nieves aprubado na

By Prisilina P. Amoroso

BUTUAN CITY, Agosto 14 -- Gitakdang makadawat og tabang pinansyal sa kantidad nga P100,000.00 ang lungsod sa Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte, isip suporta sa ilang kasaulogan nga "Adlaw hong Las Nieves."

Gisaulog sa nahisgutang lungsod ang ilang adlaw hong Las Nieves bag-ohay pa lamang, nga gipasiugdahan sa "Pabibo sa Suba" nga nagpakita sa sports ug socio-cultural activities nga giapilan sa mga estudyante, pribadong sektor, residente sa barangay ug munisipyo, ingon man mga bisita sa nahisgutan nga lungsod.

Ang maong kantidad pinansyal gigahin aron mas mapabibo pa ang usa ka semana nga kalihukan sa maong munisipyo.

Kalihokan kini, nga nahisubay sa mga programa alang sa promosyon sa turismo sa lalawigan. Gi-suportahan kini nila ni Congresswoman Ma. Angelica Rosdell Amante-Matba ug Gobernador Dale B. Corvera.

Gi-aprobahan ang maong resolution sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan, sa pagpangamahan ni Bise Gobernador Ramon AG. Bungabong, pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No.014-2019. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)


Cabadbaran PhilHealth Insurance Program gi-aprobahan


By Prisilina P. Amoroso

BUTUAN CITY, Agosto 14 -- Gi-aprubahan sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan ang Sanggunian Resolution No.132-2019 nga nag-deklara nga balido ang City Ordinance No. 2019-029 sa Sangguniang Panlungsod sa Cabadbaran, ning probinsya nga nag-institutionalize sa City Sponsored Philhealth Insurance Program, ug sa uban pang mga katuyoan niini.
Tumong niini nga ordinansa, nga gipangunahanan ni Sangguniang Panlungsod Member Joan A. Monding, mao ang paghatag prayoridad sa katawhan sa Cabadbaran ug mapalambo pa ang paghatag sa serbisyong sosyal ilabina sa mga kabos aron mahatagan sila og mekanismo nga maka-avail sa tabang pinansyal alang health care services.

Naglangkob sa ordinansa ang pag-enrol sa tanan katawhan sa Cabadbaran nga mga kabus, mga masakiton, mga disadvantaged nga sector nga naglakip sa mga tawo nga may kapansanan o persons with disability (PWD), kababayen-an ug kabataan/mga bata nga biniyaan sa ginikanan, nagbinugtong nga mga ginikanan ug out-of-school youth, og walay trabaho nga mga batan-on edad 21 anyos ug pataas.

Usa sa mekanismo mao nga ang lokal nga panggamhanan sa Cabadbaran mosulod og partnership agreement tali sa mga concerned agencies ug ubang mga stakeholders alang sa balayranan sa contribution para sa mga Sponsored beneficiaries.

Giduso sa Committee on Social Welfare , Population Development and Health and Nutrition, ang pag-aproba sa maong ordinansa subay sa Republic Act 9242 and 10606, nga mao ang Health Insurance Act of 2013, nga nag-ingon “The State shall adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development which shall endeavor to make essential goods, health and other social services available to its people at affordable cost and provide free medical care to indigent.”
Gi-aprobahan ang maong ordinansa sa pagpaningkamot ni Provincial Board Member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Tabang pinansyal gihatag sa probinsya sa Batanes

By Jessica O. Mellejor

BUTUAN CITY, Agosto 14 -- Ang lokal nga panggamhanan sa Agusan del Norte sa pamunuan ni Gobernador Dale B. Corvera, naghatag og tabang pinansyal sa probinsya sa Batanes, sa kantidad nga P100,000.00 isip suporta sa sunod-sunod nga mga kalamidad nga nahitabo sa maong lugar.

Gihatagan og otoridad sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan si Gob. Dale B. Corvera alang sa paghatag tabang pinansyal sa pagpaningkamot ni Bise Gobernador Ramon “Rambu” Bungabong aron sa pagpadali sa paghatag sa tabang pinansyal.

Ang pagtabang sa probinsya sa Batanes suporta sa lokal nga panggamhanan aron matabangan ang mga siyam nga namatay ug ubay-ubay nga nasamdan tungod sa linog. Ang pondo pagakuhaon ubos sa 5% Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund.

Nakita ni Gob. Corvera nga dako ang matabang ngadto sa maong probinsya mao nga gihatagan kini niya sa tabang pinansyal. Ug gisiguro ang paghatag sa maong tabang tungod kay ubay ubay kining naapiktuhan sa mga kalamidad sa nasangpit nga probinsya.

Gi-aprobahan ang maong paghatag otoridad pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 020-2019 nga gipangamahanan ni Vice Governor Ramon A G. Bungabong. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)