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Thursday, September 26, 2019


Butuan farmers receive certificate of land titles 

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 26 (PIA) -- The 174 farmers from Barangay Taligaman of this city have finally received the certificate of land titles of their farmlands from the government.

These farmers have long been asking the government to grant them the land titles, however, only during this administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte that their request was heard and given due attention.

With this, farmers of said barangay were thankful to the effort and assistance of the concerned government agencies.

Dioscoro Fuentes Sr., one of the farmer-beneficiaries expressed his gratitude while holding with much joy his newly-received certificate of land title. According to him, the land distribution to farmers was fast-tracked. He was also thankful to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Caraga for reaching out to them and helping them get their land titles.

“After 19 years of waiting, it is only now that the original copy of the title was given to us. We’re very happy and thankful to President Duterte and to the Department of Agrarian Reform for facilitating the distribution of the land titles,” said Fuentes.

Milagros Diez, president of Taligaman Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association and was among the beneficiaries considered this as an achievement in her lifetime. She said it was a blessing that after so many years of waiting, the land titles were finally granted to them.

She further cited that right after she sent the letter addressed to the president, they were then issued the Administrative Order numbers 1-5 series of 2019 on March 29, 2019 and followed with the distribution of the certificate of land titles.

“We’re very thankful to PRRD for helping us farmers and for granting us these land titles,” said Diez.

According to Glen Petilla, officer-in-charge of the Legal Services Division of DAR-MARO, the lands given to the farmer-beneficiaries were part of the comprehensive agrarian reform program or CARP, which PRRD strongly emphasized that these lands should be properly distributed to the farmers. It is also part of the poverty alleviation program of the government that aims to enhance the economy and uplift the lives of the poor. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DOST to help coops in Bayugan City


By Jennifer P. Gaitano 

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 26 (PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) wanted to extend help to the cooperative sector in Bayugan City, as they have potentials to grow and expand with the use of technology.

DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña bared that the department has been reaching out and providing assistance to single proprietorship and small corporations, hence, they also want to give an opportunity for the cooperatives by providing them the needed technical and financial assistance.

“Bayugan City has great potentials and we want to continue our partnership and be able to help more of the locals from the different sectors,” said Dela Peña.

The city government of Bayugan is thankful to DOST for the continued coordination to ensure the provision of better opportunities, programs, and projects to the different sectors of the said city.

Mayor Kirk Asis also encouraged all the youths to be involved in science and technology-related competitions.

He stressed that the city government strongly supports the youth’s welfare and will give financial assistance if they would join the S&T competitions and represent the city in the regional and national levels. He further said that the LGU has allocated funds intended for these undertakings.

“The local government unit is very willing to support our youth as we continue to promote their welfare,” said Asis.

Meanwhile, Secretary Dela Peña also asked the city government of Bayugan to assist the youths particularly those who would want to take reviews on the DOST examinations such as the Philippine Science High School exam, as well as those who got interest to join the quiz bee in math, chemistry and science, and inventors who want to join any competition. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


MGB 13 conducts in-house training on basic drone operation

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 26 (PIA) -- The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Caraga recently conducted an in-house training on basic drone operation held this city.

The training aims to capacitate MGB’s field technical personnel by equipping them with basic knowledge and skills in conducting and operating the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) commonly known as “DRONE”, an acronym for Dynamic Remotely Operated Navigation Equipment. 

Beda Louie O. Cagampang, Senior Geologist of the Geosciences Division, conducted the echo orientation and training for selected geologists, mining engineers, and geodetic engineers.

The training consisted of two components that included lecture series and a field demonstration on basic drone flight planning and operation.

While, the lectures focused on the introduction to the use and applications of drone technology, safety guidelines for drone operation, the basic air law of the Philippines, and acquisition of license in piloting UAV based on the regulations of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

The field component used the DJI simulation in determining the flight path for the aerial survey conducted in Sitio Looc, Barangay Punta Bilar.

Each participant was able to test by actual hands-on exercise the basics of flying and manipulating the drone to collect real-time visual data.

The MGB Caraga acquired a drone in November 2018.  At that time, Cagampang attended the Basic Training Course in operating DJI Phantom 4 Professional V2.0 at the MGB Central Office.
Mapping with the use of a drone is an effective tool in facilitating data acquisition safely and more efficiently in the field and in improving timeliness and quality of output for the various geoscientific assessments, mining investigations and environmental monitoring activities of the Office. 

It is aligned with the overarching objectives of the MGB Central Office to adopt and apply new technologies to enhance its various field assessment and regulatory enforcement functions in the delivery of best possible services to the public. (MGB 13/PIA-Surigao del Norte)                     


153 AgNor IPs, OSYs graduate from Army’s mobile computer literacy training

By 1Lt Nonette B. Banggad

CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Sept. 26 -- A total of 153 indigenous peoples (IPs) and out of school youths (OSYs) graduated from the Army’s mobile computer literacy (MCL) training in Santiago, Agusan del Norte on September 16, 2019.

The students who completed the MCL training were composed of 78 IPs and 75 OSYs, where 23 are males and 130 are females.

Mayor Franklin D. Lim of the municipality of Santiago through Roger B. Tonio, Municipal Planning and Development Officer, expressed his deep gratitude to the Army for their MCL program.

Buenafe G. Enaya, the supervising specialist of TESDA, emphasized the importance of computer literacy in modern technologies as this will give the youth an advantage over others.

Datu Roldan Porogoy, Indigenous People Mandatory Representative of Santiago also expressed his heartful thanks to the Philippine Army for their MCL training as this training provided opportunities to young IP and OSY to learn the use of computers which have been of great benefit to the young people in their everyday lives.

Lt. Col. Isagani O. Criste, Commanding Officer of 29IB, lauded the youths for their  ccoperation, “You, young men and women did well by investing your time and effort in learning computer operations."

"The skill and lessons that you've gained in this course, will open your mind to the possibilities and opportunities that are just there waiting for you. However, your success will depend not just on having the skill but more importantly, on how you apply it to become productive citizens and members of your barangay, and your overall community,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, Executive Officer, 402nd Brigade, also thanked the local government unit of Santiago and other stakeholders who have supported the training. "Your efforts to support this kind of endeavor proved that you value the future of our young Lumads and out of school youths. To the youths, the learnings which you have acquired will form part of your personal development leading to better opportunities that can help uplift your lives and inspire those around you. So, make the most out of it,” he said.

This MCL training dubbed as Project “GAKAL” (Gabay Aral para sa Kabataang Lumad), is in line with the Executive Order No. 70 mandated by Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte which institutionalizes the whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace and development to various conflict-affected areas. Such program was initiated by the Philippine Army in collaboration with other agencies and local government units. Its purpose is to provide access to computer education to the marginalized sectors of the community especially the IP and OSY.

Two batches of MCL graduates were produced in the municipality of Santiago this year for a total of 310. The next target beneficiaries will be the youths from the municipality of Remedios Trinidad Romualdez (RTR). (CMO Officer, 29IB, PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)


DepEd SurSur orders massive info campaign vs NPA’s recruitment 

By 1Lt. Krisjuper Andreo J. Punsalan

BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan del Sur, Sept. 26 -- The Department of Education (DepEd) Surigao del Sur Division based in Balilahan, Mabua, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur, in coordination with the 3rd Special Forces Battalion (3SFBn) has issued an office memorandum order on Sept. 16, 2019 to elementary and secondary schools to reproduce the “CPP-NPA-NDF (Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front) Hands-Off Our Children, Save our Youth” advocacy posters in large format to be displayed in all of the schools’ conspicuous areas. The memorandum order was officially made public on Sept. 20, 2019.

This is in line with the DepEd’s continuous commitment to declare schools as peace zones. Anti-government groups discredited this initiative but the DepEd and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) stood firm in their mandate to protect the youth from being victims of the Communist NPA Terrorist deceptive recruitment scheme.

With the implementation of the Executive Order No. 70 (EO 70) institutionalizing the Whole-Of-Nation Approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace, various government institutions like the DepEd and AFP along with concerned stakeholders, particularly the parents, took bold steps and trailblazing initiatives to protect their children from being victims of CNT front organizations’ deception.

Lt. Col. Joey Baybayan, commanding officer of 3SFBn, lauded the DepEd-Surigao Sur for their trailblazing initiative. “DepEd Surigao Sur Schools Division is the first in the education sector to officially issue this kind of memorandum in our area of operations. If I’m not mistaken, maybe even in the whole Caraga region and this is worth recognizing and emulating,” he said.

“We are grateful because the military can only do so much. Insurgency cannot be resolved through military solution alone. The recruitment and organizing works of the Communist NPA terrorists comprise 70% of their activities and that should be addressed by the combined efforts of all government agencies and our stakeholders. It can be done through this example by starting from our homes and our schools,” LTC Baybayan added.

Danilo Alcantara of DepEd-Surigao Sur said that all schools will hang the advocacy tarp. "We will monitor the field to ensure 100% implementation,” he added. (3SFBn, PA/PIA-Agusan del Sur)