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Tuesday, November 19, 2019


PPA gears up renovation of facilities in Caraga region

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 19 (PIA) -- With the implementation of the government’s modernization program, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has also geared up the renovation of its activity centers and other facilities in Caraga region. This is aimed to give better services and convenience to travelers, and faster cargo services in various shipping vessels.

During the visit of Secretary Arthur Tugade of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in Butuan City, together with PPA general manager Jay Daniel Santiago and other officials from the department’s attached agencies, the team presented the newly-renovated activity centers inside the PPA building, including ports of Masao and Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.

Santiago emphasized that there has been a huge improvement with how the Butuan City and Nasipit ports look like when he last visited the city in July 2018.

“We are continuously modernizing our seaports for people to experience more convenient and safer travel,” cited Santiago.

He added, that the RORO ramp and coast way at the Masao port were enhanced from 1.2 hectares to 1.5 hectares wide. It could already handle  abigger vessel.

Secretary Tugade also highlighted that more developmental infrastructures will be put in place as part of the modernization program of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Tugade added that a post for the personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard will be established at the Masao port to ensure the safety and security of the passengers and cargoes moving in and out of the said port.

Meanwhile, Secretary Tugade and other officials inspected the vessel of the Philippine Coast Guard and assessed their condition and needs. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Caraga students produce short films on responsible consumerism

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 18 (PIA) -- A short film competition was recently launched in Caraga region which aims to motivate the people particularly the youth to practice responsible consumerism.

This was participated by students from various schools in the region with the theme “Sustainable Consumption: Understanding the Impact of Consumer’s Choices in a Shared Environment.”

The entries for the said competition highlighted the advantages of digital commerce and how it affects the vulnerable groups such as the senior citizens, persons with disability and children.

Adrian Raye Tan, grade 11 student from Surigao Del Norte National High School and one of the participating students, said his groupmates were not expecting to win the competition, as they had only limited time to produce the film.

“With the short span of time given to us to produce the material, we were not really expecting much that we would be among the regional winners. We are very thankful that our work was recognized,” Tan said.

Jerson Paul Malupa, grade 11 from Bayugan National Comprehensive High School in Agusan del Sur, was also surprised that his group was among the winners. Their entry focused on sustainable consumption.

He also encouraged his peers to be creative and resourceful in crafting the concept and idea of their films, as their way to help the government in its advocacy.

“Continue enhancing your skills in documentation and editing. We could help the government as well in their advocacy, through our films,” said Malupa.

The Don Ruben Ecleo Sr. Memorial National High School in Dinagat Islands was also one of the three regional winners.

All the winners have received their plaque and cash prize from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Caraga.

Meanwhile, DTI-Caraga Regional Director Brielgo Pagaran also emphasized that as consumers, people should be keen in their choices and should care for the environment. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Tandag City supports regional integrated students activities 

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 19 (PIA) -- The city government of Tandag is in full support to the conduct of the Regional Integrated Students Activities (RISA) spearheaded by the Department of Education (DepEd) in Caraga from Nov. 18-21, 2019 in the city, a city official said on Monday.

RISA OPENING: (From left) Tandag City Mayor Roxanne C. Pimentel, Provincial Administrator Pedro Trinidad, and Tandag City Schools Division Superintendent Imelda Sabordino attend the opening program of the Regional Integrated Students Activities in Tandag City. (PIA-SDS)
City Mayor Roxanne Pimentel said the support does not only cover financial matters but also in supervising the billeting quarters of the participants. Pimentel also said that they have already conducted five coordination meetings prior to the opening ceremonies.

Meanwhile, DepEd Tandag City Division Superintendent Dr. Imelda Sabordino said that all the RISA working committees composed of three major competitions - the Regional School Press Conference (RSPC-Journalism); Regional Festival of Talents (RFOT); and Regional Science Fair (RSF) are all doing their part.

Dr. Sabordino, who was formerly assigned at the Bayugan City Division, was installed last October 29, 2019, as the new Schools Division Superintendent of Tandag City Division, replacing Dr. Gregoria Su, who was assigned at the Bislig City Division. Tandag City Division has 743 teaching and non-teaching personnel with 17,638 learners.

"We have done the necessary preparations in coordination with other agencies,” said Dr. Sabordino.


Dr. Sabordino also thanked the provincial government of Surigao del Sur through Governor Alexander Pimentel for extending support in the activity.

Per the initial assessment from the host during the first day, Dr. Sabordino rated the division's readiness with only 95% due to the low water supply provided by the city's water district. "The water pressure is low during the day to no water, but during night time, the water supply is good," she said. Dr. Sabordino, however, said that they have already provided 100 water containers to the 12 billeting quarters.

Around 7,000 delegates from the 12 DepEd Divisions of Caraga, namely: Agusan del Sur Division; Agusan del Norte Division; Bayugan City Division; Bislig City Division; Butuan City Division; Cabadbaran City Division; Dinagat Islands Division; Siargao Division; Surigao City Division; Surigao del Norte Division; Surigao del Sur Division; and Tandag City Division participated in the three events. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)