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Monday, November 25, 2019

Agusanons support proposed PH constitutional reform

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 25 (PIA) -- With the proposed constitutional reform in the country, the Agusanons are supportive and have vowed to participate in the activities for the fulfillment of the campaign gearing towards the reform in government system.

During the Constitutional Reform Provincial Roadshow in the province of Agusan del Norte, the local chief executives, representatives from civil society organizations, and media practitioners learned about the salient features of the proposed political and electoral reform provisions to the 1987 constitution being pushed by the Center For Federalism And Constitutional Reform (CFCR).

According to Heraldeco Asares, president of Mamanwa-Manobo Indigenous Peoples Organization in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte, there are provisions in the Philippine constitution which are necessary to be changed, to make it more suitable to the current needs of the Filipino people.

“We should be able to exercise our right to experience a better government through this effort towards constitutional reform,” said Asares.

Elenita Cadeniag of Barangay Simbalan, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte expressed her hopes that with the constitutional reform, taxes would be utilized within the local government unit.

“I’m optimistic that once the constitutional reform would be realized, the taxes from respective local government units would be utilized well and could help in establishing more developmental projects,” Cadeniag said.

As a private media practitioner, Mike Crismundo said the change in the charter would enhance the economic growth of the regions and the country in general. “I think it’s about time that we experience a better life with better livelihood,” he cited.

Regional director Lilibeth Famacion of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga explained that the conduct of provincial roadshows would give the Filipino people a better understanding on the constitutional reform and its benefits.

In this campaign, these four pillars are highlighted: decongestion of Metro Manila and enriching the provinces; a government for the people, not for the traditional politicians; an open economy that will bring hope for the people; and a new constitution for the new generation. (JPG/VLG/NLM/PIA-Caraga)

Provincial Health chief urges partners to support 'Patak Kontra Polio' in SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 25 (PIA) -- Provincial Health Office chief Dr. Eric Montesclaros on Wednesday urged the local chief executives and representatives, civic organizations, media and the parents to take their part, and support the polio outbreak response immunization round one activities scheduled on November 25-December 7, 2019.

Dr. Montesclaros said during the orientation conducted held in Tandag City recently that all children aged 0-59 months regardless of immunization status will be vaccinated with monovalent Oral Polio Vaccine (mOPV2).

“The 'Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio' will be synchronized across all targeted areas and should be completed within two weeks time,” Montesclaros added.

Each round of the polio outbreak response immunization (Nov 25-Dec 7, 2019, and Jan 6-18, 2020) shall be conducted over a period of two weeks (14 continuous days), including weekends and holidays. This is to ensure that children can be caught up at home during Saturdays or Sundays for immunization.

According to Montesclaros, Polio is a contagious disease transmitted through the fecal-oral route caused by the poliovirus and may result in life-long paralysis and even death, but a vaccine-preventable.

“The vaccine is exclusively distributed by the WHO through the Department of Health (DOH) and not commercially available,” Dr. Montescalros noted. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Rotary Club AgSur supports PH's counter-insurgency efforts

By 1Lt. Krisjuper Andreo Punsalan

BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 25 -- The Rotary Club Chapter in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur under its president, Jonathan Baňas, represented by Norma Salon has joined the nation’s quest towards ending insurgency by pledging the support for the upcoming gift-giving activities of the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion (3SFBn) to the communist conflict-affected Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) communities in Agusan and Surigao Sur held on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 in Barangay 5, San Francisco, this province.

“The Rotary’s purpose to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world fits our whole-of-nation approach to end local communist armed conflict to attain sustainable peace. It is the reason why we chose to seek their support. We know they will never say “No” if we talk about goodwill and peace,” said Lt. Col. Joey Baybayan, commanding officer of 3SFBn.

“We express our sincerest gratitude to the Rotarians for their commitment to Peace. Your purpose and deeds are worth emulating,” LTC Baybayan added.

The Rotary Club donated two boxes of ballpens, 10 dozens of notebooks, one box of crayons, and six dozens of pencils to aid the IP beneficiaries in their educational needs as they put premium to education as a way to equip them to become resilient enough to protect themselves against the deceptive propaganda and recruitment strategies of the Communist New People's Army (NPA) Terrorists.

Just last October, the 3SFBn cited that public-private partnership can greatly impact the whole-of-nation approach to end local conflicts by addressing the basic issues through convergence in corporate social responsibility during their partnership with Solaire Resorts to aid Caraga hospitals. (CMO officer, 3SFBn/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

DSWD-13 provides augmentation support to Davao Region, SOCCSKSARGEN

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 25 -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga has extended augmentation support to DSWD Field offices XI and XII to provide assistance to the Disaster Response Operation for the 6.6 Magnitude Earthquake that hit Southern Mindanao.

It can be recalled that at 9:04 a.m. of October 29, 2019, a 6.6 Magnitude earthquake struck the region, with the epicenter in the municipality of Tulunan, North Cotabato with a tectonic origin and depth of focus of 7km (DSWD DROMIC Report #12). This was also felt in the neighboring municipalities all over the island region.

According to DSWD Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC), as of November 4, 2019, a total of 37,706 families or 188,533 individuals were affected by the earthquake incident from 238 Barangays in Region XI and XII.

A total of 4,800 families or 24,000 persons who are displaced and are taking temporary shelter in 34 evacuation centers in Region XI and XII. And there are 1,493 families or 7,465 persons currently staying with their relatives and/or friends.

In response of the Disaster Relief Operations, DSWD Caraga sent a total of 3,000 family food packs amounting to P1,223,460, as well as non-food items amounting to P1,902,160.75 to FO XI. This consists of Hygiene kits, Mosquito nets, Blankets, Malong, Plastic mats, and rolls of Laminated sacks.

For Region XII, a total of 2,000 family food packs amounting to P745,240.00 were delivered. Along with it was non-food items such as family kits and kitchen kits worth P1,842,685.50.

One family food pack (FFP) costs P372.62, which contains 6-kilo rice, four canned sardines, four cans of either beefloaf/ corned beef, and eight sachets of powdered cereal milk or coffee which is expected to feed a family of five for 2-3 days.
DSWD has advised Internally Displaced Families who needs assistance to take temporary shelter in designated evacuation centers, to be safe and have easy access to food and non-food items.

There are occurrences where remote barangays are not yet reached by the department’s relief operation due to landslides or inaccessible roads.

Although there may be delays on the arrival of the assistance, DSWD assures everyone that the agency is doing its best to serve those Mindanaoans that are affected. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)

Opisyales sa embahada sa Amerika mibisita sa Dinagat

By Susil D. Ragas

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Nobyembre 25 (PIA) –- Mga opisyales sa embahada sa Amerika mibisita niadtong Nobyembre 19, 2019 sa Don Ruben Edera Ecleo, Sr. Memorial National High School (DREESMNHS) ug sa Provincial Police Office (PPO) ning probinsya.

Ang duha ka opisyales nga gikan sa embahada sa Amerika nga nakabase sa Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Philippines mao sila Political Officer Christopher R. Farlow ug Environment, Science and Technology Specialist Maria Theresa N. Villa.

Ang katuyuan sa pagbisita sa duha ka opisyales mao ang pagsuta sa kahimtang sa mga mulupyo sa probinsya sa Dinagat Islands diin ilang gipadayag nga andam ang Embahada sa Amerika sa paghatag ug tabang sa nagkadaiyang mga aspeto sama sa pagpalambo sa relasyon sa panggobyerno sa nasud sa Amerika ug Pilipinas.

Lakip na niini ang paghatag ug mga oportunidad ngadto sa kabataan nga gusto mu-eskwela sa abroad ug sa laing unibersidad.

Sumala sa duha ka opisyales ilang nakita sa probinsya ang kahapsay ug kalinaw sa komunidad nga diin ilang nasinati sulod sa tulo ka adlaw nga pagbisita sa lain-laing parti sa probinsya.

Dugang pa nila nga sila andam mu suporta sa mga programa ug plano sa lokal nga pangagamhanan sama sa pagtukod ug mga negosyo ug kumpanya nga makatabang sa pagpalambo sa ekonomiya sa Dinagat Islands. (Dinagat Islands-PIO/PIA-Dinagat Islands)