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Friday, September 13, 2019


Rotary Club awards outstanding individuals, institutions

By Venus L. Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 13 (PIA) -- The institutions and individuals who displayed excellence in the performance and delivery of services for the Surigaonons received an award during the 30th Rotary Outstanding Surigaonon Awards (ROSA) ceremony held here recently.

Fernando Almeda, Jr., past district governor of the Rotary Club of Metro Surigao emphasized the worthiness of honoring those who have served the people and country.

"We take pride of the excellent deeds of the noble servant leaders who sincerely served our ‘masters’- the people. They are the stars that shine for serving above self. We celebrate the greatness of Surigaonons!" he said.

For the institutions, the Caraga Regional Hospital was awarded for the remarkable health care and hospital services. The Surigao City Pilot School was also recognized for being the pioneering elementary public school.


"We are humbled to accept this award in recognition to the efforts made. Rest assured that our excellent form of health care service delivery will be sustained as we evolve to be one of the premier hospitals, one most trusted by the community," said Dr. Ponciano Limcangco.

Department of Education (DepEd) Region 11 regional director Evelyn Fetalvero was also identified as an awardee in the field of education. “I did not expect this. I should say that this is a sort of recognition to the hard labor that we do,” she said.

According to Rotary Club of Metro Surigao past president Alfonso Casurra, the club has been giving due and distinct recognition to a number of institutions and individuals who were with them in advancing significant advocacies and undertakings that would greatly benefit the public.

“We honor them for they had given their blood, sweat and tears. Let your achievements be the inspiration to us and others, as the Rotary Club connects to the world," Casurra said.

Also, it was a great honor for Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, who is also a Surigaonon, to be invited and be accorded with an award for his determination; dedication to work; and exemplary contributions as public servant.


“Whatever I do, my dedication, perseverance and objectives in life are all rooted in public service. My grandfather, who was a mayor in the 50’s, has influenced me to take an extra mile to help build our nation,” said Andanar.

Meanwhile, Rotary Club district governor Philip Tan urged his fellow Rotarians to continue to provide assistance to those who are in need, especially the underprivileged, just like the servant leader awardees who have been an inspiration to Surigaonons and Caraganons.

Tan shared his personal motto which is "touching lives beyond profit," emphasizing the need to exert humanitarian efforts for the welfare of every Filipino.

He likewise reminded them to be “more motivated in order to go a long way in service and to understand better what moral transformation is needed for transcendence.”

The ROSA was launched in 1986 by the Rotary Club of Metro Surigao thru the efforts of chapter president Josefino "Peping" Miranda and chapter secretary and past president Alfonso "Pons" Casurra. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

86 NPA, supporters surrender to gov't

By 1Lt Roel T. Maglalang

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Sept. 13 --  Seven New People's Army (NPA) regulars, 14 Militia ng Bayan (MB) and 65 members of Underground Mass Organizations (UGMOs) surrendered to the government on September 11, 2019, in Barangay Lawan-lawan, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte.

The surrenderers also turned-in three high-powered firearms composed of one M16, one Carbine, and one Garand rifle.

The surrender was followed by the burning of CPP-NPA flag which signifies that they will not be deceived by the group anymore. It was subsequently followed by the declaration of persona non grata against the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and its allied organizations.


The declaration was made by the barangay council, tribal council and members of CADT 118, Higaonon tribe of Barangay Lawan-lawan, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte through a tribal resolution number 11 (series of 2019). 

Datu Bawang Eddie Ampiyawan, Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative of Agusan del Norte, thanked the tribal leaders for their support in attaining peace. "I salute you for returning to the government and helping in attaining peace. I am thankful to the tribal leaders of Higaonon who united for peace," he said.

"When there is peace, there will be no hindrance to development. The NPAs are weak without the support of the IPs. Without the support of the IPs, the armed revolutionary movement of the NPAs will be gone," Datu Ampiyawan added.

"You were once deceived by the propaganda and false ideologies of the CPP-NPA-NDF, now that you are enlightened about the program of the government, I hope that you will continue and be sincere in going back to the folds of the law so that you can live peacefully with your family,” said mayor Avelina S. Rosales of Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Francisco Molina, Commanding Officer, 23rd Infantry Battalion said that with the efforts of the national and local government and the sincere participation of the tribal leaders in ending local communist armed conflict, "we expect for influx of NPA regulars, MBs and UGMO members to surrender to the government and to express their support for peace and development in their respective community." (CMO Officer, 23IB, PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Regional plan for population, dev’t crafted

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Sept. 13 -- Local planners, population and budget officers successfully crafted the Regional Plan of Action for population and development, as an offshoot of the two-day Seminar-Workshop on the Integration of Demographic Dividend into the Operational and Strategic Plans held recently.

The said plan of action highlighted the various strategies of the local partners in addressing the key challenges that would derail the attainment of the demographic dividend.

Director Alexander A. Makinano of Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) in Caraga deemed that one of the strategies that can contribute to reaching and optimizing demographic dividend is to address unmet demand for modern family planning and unwanted pregnancies.

According to the 2017 National Demographic and Health Survey, women (age 15-49 y.o.) in Caraga Region specifically those with no education want only 3 children, as compared to the actual number of 5 children per woman of said background characteristic.

With the full and aggressive implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act (RA 10354) and the National Program on Population and Family Planning (NPPFP), the government, together with all stakeholders collectively aimed to attain zero unmet need for modern family planning, and promote the reproductive rights of every Filipinos.

As emphasized by family planning advocates, accelerating the implementation of the National Program on Population and Family Planning (NPPFP) down to the local level through demand generation and provision of family planning services to couples is a crucial strategy to reduce unplanned pregnancies by enabling couples and individuals to have their desired number, timing and spacing of children within the context of responsible parenthood, and informed choice and voluntarism.

Makinano underscored that with the availability and accessibility of the FP services, both couples/individuals can plan their families according to the desired number of children.

Population experts stressed that to attain demographic dividend the following are the conditions to be considered: 1. more working-age people relative to the dependents as a result of few new babies are being born; 2. Better health and living condition, thus incidence of deaths also goes down and 3.ensure access and availability of family planning supplies that will contribute to the change in population structure.

The seminar-workshop is a joint undertaking between POPCOM and the National Economic and Development Authority which is designed so that various stakeholders and partners from the regional level would synchronize their efforts and contribute strategies or interventions leading to prospective demographic bonus and create conditions that can contribute to economic growth. (POPCOM Caraga/PIA Caraga)

Mga institusyon, personalidad pinarangalan ng Rotary Club

By Venus L. Garcia


LUNGSOD NG SURIGAO, Surigao del Norte, Setyembre 13 (PIA) -- Sa ika-tatlumpung taon ng Rotary Outstanding Surigaonon Award o ROSA ay pinarangalan ang mga natatanging institusyon at indibidwal na nagpamalas ng puspusang serbisyo at pagganap ng tungkulin para sa mga Surigaonon. 

Sa awarding ceremony na pinangunahan ng Rotary Club of Metro Surigao pinuri ng dating presidente nito na si Alfonso Casurra ang natatanging kontribusyon at accomplishment ng mga awardee sa kani-kanilang larangan ng trabaho at serbisyo.

“Taun-taon ay kinilala at pinaparangalan natin ang mga Surigaonon bilang pagpapahalaga sa kanilang mga kabutihang nagawa. Sila rin ay naging ehemplo at inspirasyon ng ating mga kababayan dito sa rehiyon,” sabi ni Casurra.

Pagdating sa mga institusyon, pinarangalan nitong taon ang Caraga Regional Hospital dahil sa kanilang mahusay na health care at hospital services.

“Ikinagalak naming lubos na isa kami sa mga institusyong napili. Maasahan ninyo na mas lalo pa naming pagbutihan ang hospital at health care services habang patuloy tayo sa pag-angat ng antas at kalidad ng serbisyo,” sabi ni Dr. Ponciano Limcangco.

Kinilala rin ang Surigao City Pilot School bilang pioneering elementary public school.


Tumanggap naman ng parangal si Department of Education (DepEd) Region 11 regional director Evelyn Fetalvero sa larangan ng edukasyon. “Masasabi ko na isa lamang itong bunga at patotoo sa mga pagsisikap natin,” sabi ni Fetalvero.   

Isang malaking karangalan din para kay Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar na isa ring Surigaonon na maimbitahan at maparangalan sa kanyang naiambag bilang natatanging public servant at kanyang paninilbihan sa gobyerno.

Ang aking dedikasyon, tiyaga at mga layunin sa buhay ay nakatuon sa serbisyo publiko.

Naging mabuting impluwensya rin ang aking lolo na siyang nanilbihan sa mamamayanan at bansa bilang alkalde noong dekada singkwenta,” sabi ni Andanar.

Bilang panauhing pandangal ay hinikayat ni Rotary Club district governor Philip Tan ang kapwa rotarians na ipagpatuloy ang pagtulong sa kapwa gaya ng mga pinarangalan na servant leaders na silang nagsilbing inspirasyon ng mga Surigaonon at Caraganon. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)