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Tuesday, November 12, 2019


DILG AgNor to hold constitutional reform roadshow

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 12 (PIA) – With the creation of the Constitutional Reform Inter-Agency Task Force through Memorandum Circular No. 52, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has been tasked to be the lead agency to handle the advocacy campaign.

In the province of Agusan del Norte, the DILG in coordination with the Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reforms – Project Management Office (CFCR-PMO) and Regional Project Management Team (RPMT) will conduct a Constitutional Reform Provincial Roadshow called as “BALANGAYAN: Sabay-Sabay na Pagsagwan Tungo sa Maunlad Na Bayan” on November 19-20 in one of the convention centers, here.

According to DILG Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Ellen Vee P. Chua, the event aims to inform and educate the people on the profits of constitutional reform, as opposed to the present constitution.

“The event will create an interface dialogue between the government and the constituents on how to address pressing issues peculiar in our area,” said Director Chua.
Chua added that the roadshow will also become the platform for citizen’s participation and deliberation in constitutional reform.

On the first day of the roadshow (Nov. 19), a media briefing and townhall meeting to be participated by media partners will be held in the morning with DILG Usec. Jonathan Malaya to provide up-to-date information on the reform tract of this administration. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Social workers review performance, enhance capacity in handling adoption, foster care cases

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 12 - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Adoption Resource and Referral Unit (ARRU), has recently conducted its Program Implementation Review for its Adoption and Foster Care Program, which was attended by social workers from the different provinces, cities/municipalities, family courts, and the regional residential care facilities held at Amontay Beach Resort, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.

The activity was conducted to equip social workers who handle adoption and foster care cases on the laws and guidelines of the program and improve their skills and competencies in handling Alternative Parental Care (APC) cases, by identifying the gaps and gains in the implementation of APC, in its 2019 implementation.

The program handlers and the participants discussed the performance of DSWD-Caraga field office to further assess factors affecting the program’s implementation. This way, stakeholders will have a venue to express their thoughts, share their experiences, revisit the accomplishments, and come up with plans to improve implementation in the following years.

Social workers from the Local Social Welfare and Development Offices (provincial, cities, and municipalities) of the region, different family courts, and from the centers, were able to share their experiences during the PIR.

Through the different discussions and sessions, the participants were able to assess, both the internal and external factors that contribute to the present situation/practices in the program’s implementation.

Thesa Joy Musa, head of ARRU responded to the concerns and queries of the social workers by presenting the Regional Situation on Adoption and Foster Care to give the participants a better understanding and appreciation of the program’s implementation.

Representatives from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) were also on hand to provide additional information in the program’s implementation.

Jeffrey Ramo, LGOO V from DILG, discussed the Republic Act 10165 or Foster Care Act and the roles of LGU in foster care and adoption cases. Ms. Miriam Mapatac of PSA also shared the latest guidelines on birth certificate issuance, correction, and other related issues associated to the implementation of adoption and foster care.

The social workers were also subjected to a capacity building activity as part of the initiatives in enhancing the skills and knowledge of the participants.  Facilitators treated the participants to Personality Tests and Personality Typing, which came in handy, especially in making the participants identify their characters and highlight their strengths and weaknesses.

Lectures and activities were also conducted emphasizing the importance of maintaining the well-being of the workers through stress reduction and mental health promotion.

The social workers, being in the front lines in providing social welfare and protection, need to be emotionally and mentally stable since they are personally handling distressed persons, and people in need.

The PIR and the capability building activities are just ways for the DSWD to ensure that the programs and services of the agency are being handled by capable workers to ensure that the welfare of its clients and stakeholders are taken care of. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)

SurSur town forms task force to end insurgency

By Lt. Jonald Romorosa

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 12 - The local government unit (LGU) of Carmen created recently the Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC) held at the municipal hall, Carmen, this province.

Mayor Jane Plaza, the chairperson of the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) and Municipal Development Council (MDC), said the activity aims to formally organize its members for the full implementation of the said task force to combat insurgency in the municipality.

The meeting discussed the clustering of the duties and responsibilities of the MTF-ELCAC following the implementation of the Executive Order No. 70 that the government shall prioritize and harmonize the delivery of basic services and social development packages in conflict-affected areas and vulnerable communities. 

Mayor Plaza said the creation of the task force will help the town in solving insurgency because peace and development can only be attained if the insurgency problem in the area is solved.

“There can be no development without peace, and there can be no peace without development. The convergence of all efforts and resources is needed to solve insurgency,” Mayor Plaza said.

MTF-ELCAC Carmen plans to implement the said EO down to the barangay level. 

According to reports, Carmen town has been considered as an insurgency-affected municipality, four of its barangays were categorized as rebel-influenced including the sitios.

It can be recalled that a major encounter happened in the municipality, which resulted in four rebels killed and captured six high powered firearms and various war materials just recently this year.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Jezreel Diagmel, Commander of 36IB, lauded the members of the MPOC and MDC of Carmen for their bold move to end the local communist armed conflict in their municipality.

"The action of the Municipality of Carmen to end insurgency will pave the way for lasting peace in their communities. The delivery of basic services and social development packages of the government will be a priority to achieve a conflict resilient and an insurgency free community," he said.

"I'm calling the local chief executives in the province of Surigao del Sur to emulate the same act of courage to eradicate the menace that destroys our economy and abuse our democracy. Let us converge our efforts towards a long and lasting peace that every peace-loving Surigaonon is longing for, " Lt. Col. Diagmel added. (CMO, 36IB/PIA-Surigao del Sur)