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Wednesday, November 13, 2019


AgNor holds 1st senior citizens' summit

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 13 (PIA) -- Considered as one of the vulnerable sectors in the communities, more than 300 elderly men and women were gathered for the first-ever Senior Citizens’ Summit spearheaded by the provincial government of Agusan del Norte thru the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).

According to Silver Joy Tejano, PSWD officer, the summit aims to learn the issues and concerns of the sector from various municipalities of Agusan del Norte.

Tejano said, this would help the provincial government stakeholders to come up with concrete programs that would directly address the concerns of the senior citizens.

“We wanted our senior citizens to get involved in different activities in the community that promote their well-being. We wanted them also to feel and experience the programs of the government for them, and help in the development of our society,” said Tejano.

Board member Elizabeth Calo, Sangguniang Panlalawigan committee chair for social services explained that apart from the established programs, which are specifically intended for the senior citizens, the provincial government also wants to create policies that would strengthen the existing programs and services for the sector.

“We should not make their age a reason for us not to get them involve and expose in different ways and means where they could express themselves and be happy,” bared Calo.

Benjamin Medina, Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) national president also expressed his gratitude to the government’s initiatives that continuously promote the welfare of the elderly men and women.

“This activity helps the senior citizens like us to be more active in community activities and we hope to inspire more people,” Medina said.

Meanwhile, Precioso Maravilles, federation president of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines – Agusan del Norte, bared that of the more than 27,000 senior citizens in the province, the elected officials of different federations have attended the summit, as they are the ones expected to disseminate relevant information and agreements from the said event down to their members. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

107 ARBOs undergo assessment 

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Nov. 13 (PIA) -- A total of 107 agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) in the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands underwent the Information Technology-enabled Maturity Assessment (ITeMA) conducted by the four provincial lead enumerators (PLEs) of the provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Surigao del Norte.

The PLEs were tasked to spearhead the said assessment to the ARBOs, of which 67 were from the province Surigao del Norte and 40 from the province of Dinagat Islands who started their data gathering in mid-August and concluded early October this year.

 The ARBOs were assessed under five major indicators which are organizational management, resource management, social enterprise/business operations, financial performance, and alliance building and social and environmental responsibility.

On her impression, Chairperson of San Pedro Rural Workers Association of Barangay San Pedro, municipality of Alegria in Surigao del Norte Dionesia M. Gonzales said the ITEMA has opened their eyes that they do not operate solely for their organizational goals but they also need to include activities that promote social and environmental aspects like climate change mitigation and disaster risk reduction.

On the other hand, Elpedia S. Lancin of Brgy. Rizal Farmers Marketing Cooperative in Surigao City was happy that their coop was able to undergo the assessment.

“The ITEMA made us open our eyes that there are still lots of work to be done. The ITEMA has given us tips on how to become a good performing organization in the next years to come," Mrs. Lancin said after the conduct.

The ITeMA for ARBOs seeks to come up with comprehensive and realistic results of assessing the levels of maturity of the DAR-assisted ARBOs, to bring forth the development gaps or the interventions yet to be provided, and to create a database of assisted ARBOs from which updated and comprehensive ARBO profiles can be readily generated.

ARBOs with maturity level of 5 are considered ready to graduate from DAR’s interventions or could be tapped as DAR’s partner in providing assistance for the development of other ARBOs.

In 2018, out of 122 ARBOs that were subjected to ITeMA, six got a rating of level 5; five from Surigao del Norte and one from Dinagat islands.  (Daryll M. Tumbaga, DAR-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

LGU Surigao Norte HEALS team visits Davao

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Nov. 13 (PIA) -- The provincial government of Surigao del Norte recently conducted a two-day HEALS-CBMS educational tour in Davao City.

No less than Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio welcomed the HEALS-CBMS (Health, Education, Agri-Aquaculture, Livelihood and Social Services-Community Based Monitoring System) team of the province at Davao City Hall during a courtesy call.

The delegation was led by Provincial Administrator Atty. Zander J. Plaza and Chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Board Member Cayetano L. Recabo together with the team leaders and members of the different sub-teams.

The team had an on-site reference setting cum educational tour on three facilities of Davao City that include Public Safety and Security Command Center; Central Communications and Emergency Response Center commonly known as Central 911; and Peace 911.

The undertaking is just the beginning of the journey towards the establishment of a HEALS-CBMS Center similar to that of Davao City's Central 911.

However, the province’s edifice will not only cater to emergency response but will also comprehensively include the delivery of basic services to Surigaonons in relation to the HEALS Agenda of the administration.

The project was initiated with the vision of Governor Atty. Francisco T. Matugas to have a local hotline in order to ensure that basic government services are made available and just within the reach of the Surigaonons.

Data gathering and field validation efforts have already gone full swing since October this year, which is considered as the primary step of the project.

With the fruitful educational tour in Davao City and with all the insights gained in the onsite reference setting, the team hopes to complete the project proposal before the year ends.


Mayor Duterte-Carpio was glad to have met the HEALS-CBMS team and even said that she would be very happy to come to Surigao del Norte once this project will formally be launched. (Sherryl S. Abanza, SP-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Tribal story wins POPCOM regional film fest

By Angelita B. Antonio

ABILAN, Buenavista, Nov. 13 -- Trento National High School, this year’s Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) best documentary film awardee, underscored the life of the Manobo tribe Agusan Marsh, Agusan del Sur in a film titled ‘Bugsay’ or paddle in English.

Bugsay narrates the story of the Manobo tribe, who despite being in a remote situation, thrives in floating houses. Among the challenges highlighted in the video include the access to education primary among grade-schoolers. Access to quality education remains a challenge in the country, especially in far-flung areas where the means of transportation is through boats.

The documentary follows the routine of Manobo children paddling from their respective floating homes to the floating school. The pupils maneuver their own boats, making their lives at risk not only to capsizing but also to crocodiles roaming underwater. It was from the same vast wetland of swamp forest where Lolong, the largest crocodile recorded in the world, was discovered.

The brains behind the winning film were King Symond Ragosta, James Angelo Diango, Kenneth John Medino, Cindy Anno, and Ronel Abella, who served as coach.

‘Paglaum’ from Caraga Regional Science High School came second followed by Bayugan National Comprehensive High School’s ‘Hipos’. 

The entry from Trento National High School, bested among the eight submitted entries, is the region’s official entry to the national documentary filmmaking contest to be hosted by the Commission in Population and Development (POPCOM)-Central Office. (POPCOM-13/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

DILG-Caraga to gather CSOs for constitutional reform advocacy

By Michael Angelo B. Tero

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 13 -- As part of the campaign pushing for amendments to the Constitution, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga, in coordination with the Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reform Project Management Office (CFCR-PMO), will hold here a Civil Society Organizations’ Coalition Building on November 15, 2019.

The activity seeks for the cooperation and involvement of the civil society organizations (CSOs) in the region; to ensure that the information campaign activities are conducted by legitimate and competent organizations; and to properly educate this sector on the concept of Federalism and Constitutional reform.

It also aims to unify all CSOs in the region in pushing for constitutional reform by structuring them into a coalition to uphold one common goal.

“For a better Philippines, it is imperative to work together in pursuit of a common goal for constitutional reform,” said DILG Caraga regional director Lilibeth Famacion.
Alfredo S. Sureta, Jr., Political Science professor of the University of the East, Manila and a member of the Inter-Agency Task Force Study will be the resource speaker to shed light about the proposed political and electoral reform provisions to the 1987 Constitution. (DILG-Caraga/VLG/PIA-Caraga)

MSWDOs trained on child protection during disasters

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 13 - Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers (MSWDOs) from the different municipalities in Caraga region participated in the roll-out trainings on Comprehensive Emergency Program for Children (CEPC), conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) held recently at Balanghai Hotel, this city.

The training, which was spearheaded by the Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD), emphasized on the importance of Child Protection during disasters and other emergency situations, where children are among the most vulnerable. Many issues affecting children requires a comprehensive and inclusive approach to child-centered disaster risk reduction and management and emergency response.

According to CARE--a non-profit organization focusing on alleviating poverty and social injustice, at least one out of three children aged below 18 years, is lost during disasters. Physical, psychological and social vulnerabilities are just some of the reasons why children are the worst affected sector during disasters.

The CEPC, which was finalized and launched last May 16, 2018, the program framework towards achieving the intent and purpose of RA 10821 (An act mandating the provision of emergency relief and protection for children before, during, and after disasters and other emergency situations). It is the country’s primary guiding document in handling disaster and emergency situations brought about by natural and human-induced elements.


Among the several topics discussed during the training include the child protection and needs in emergencies, child protection strategies, and mainstreaming child protection. This provided pertinent information and capacitated the participants on the proper knowledge on the provisions and features of CEPC, and served as their basis in their provision of technical assistance to their local government unit-counterparts.

It was learned that one way to minimize disaster risks for children is to build a safety net to keep them protected and help them cope during disaster situations. Thus, it is significant to develop a child-centered emergency plan by the Barangay local government unit, the school, and the community. This will be a huge help in dealing with children in times of disaster. (Social Marketing Section/DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)

‘Anak’ rendition wins POPCOM regional singing competition

By Angelita B. Antonio

ABILAN, Buenavista, Nov. 13 - Sweet Leah Penaso, a freshman social work student of Caraga State University (CSU), sang a powerful rendition of Freddie Aguilar’s Anak, which earned her the title as Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) Inter-Collegiate Singing Competition champion.

The singing competition held recently in Butuan City was participated by seven select colleges and universities in Butuan and Agusan del Norte.

Edil Mary S. Pal of Northwestern Agusan Colleges who rendered an original composition titled ‘Kaya ni Nato’ came second. The original song encourages the youth to stay away from temptation and be mindful of their decisions. The lad from Agusan Colleges, Jonathan Jovellar, placed third.

The inter-collegiate singing competition was an initiative of the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM)-Caraga, which is in line with the agency’s Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) program.

Open to adolescents aged 15-19, the program aimed to convey adolescent health-related messages through singing, which, in turn, would facilitate a healthy lifestyle and responsible sexuality. Moreover, the song selection was strictly Original Pinoy Music (OPM) that tackle the various issues concerning the youth such as teenage pregnancy, drug addiction, and HIV/AIDS transmission, among others.

The singing competition was among the highlights of the AHD Festival 2019 organized by POPCOM-Caraga. Simultaneously, student leaders, youth organizations in Caraga, and the AHD best documentary filmmaking winners were awarded and recognized on the same day. (POPCOM-13/PIA-Caraga)

SK, LNB orientation kicks off constitutional reform campaign in Caraga

By Michael Angelo B. Tero

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 13 (PIA) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga, in coordination with the Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reform Project Management Office (CFCR-PMO), is set to hold a Constitutional Reform advocacy campaign for Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officers and Liga ng mga Barangay (League of Barangays) presidents of Caraga region on November 14, 2019, this city.

The activity aims to establish a strong linkage with the barangay officials in the region and ensure that the information campaign activities to be conducted by the partner civil society organizations (CSOs) are in proper coordination with the officials.

“In doing so, we would be able to strengthen stakeholders’ relationship and convergence among our partner institutions in the pursuit of constitutional reform,” said DILG Caraga regional director Lilibeth Famacion.

It also seeks to brief the barangay officials on the reasons to effectuate reform on the existing constitution and update them on the Federal track of the administration.

Alfredo S. Sureta, Jr., Political Science professor of the University of the East, Manila and a member of the Inter-Agency Task Force Study Group will be the resource speaker to 73 SK Federation presidents and 73 Liga ng mga Barangay presidents.

“The DILG Caraga Regional Project Management Team (RPMT) hopes for the successful conduct of the activity. This will signal the start of the many constitutional reform advocacy campaign activities to be conducted in the region for the purpose of spreading awareness about changing the 1987 Constitution,” said Famacion. (DILG-Caraga/VLG/PIA-Caraga)

DSWD, partner agencies surprise elderly persons with gifts 

By Daryl D. Anunciado

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 13 (PIA) - To intensify its advocacy in promoting older persons' rights and welfare, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga, together with other partner government agencies have converged their efforts and hand-in gifts for the identified sector.

Along with various activities set for this year’s Elderly Filipino Week celebration, gifts were also given to the elderly men and women.

Senior citizens actively participated in the Elderlympics, wherein they joined different fun activities such as the Zumba session, parlor games, board games, ball/sports games, and karaoke singing contest.

The members of the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Senior Citizens (RIAC-SC) Caraga also took the elderly persons to a free massage, haircut, manicure and pedicure.
The Department of Health (DOH) has also conducted free blood sugar tests and blood pressure test to senior citizens.

“We are here because we appreciate our lolo and lola, not just through the services and interventions of DSWD, but also through the policies and guidelines made by our legislators," said Jessie Catherine Aranas, OIC-chief of DSWD Caraga Protective Services Division.

“If you can recall, it is stated in Republic Act 9994, the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, that we have to give attention and priority to our lolo and lola," Aranas added.

The RIAC-SC also visited the abandoned senior citizens in Por Cristo Foundation in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, where Por Cristo residents were given food, grocery packs, hygiene kits and blankets.

One of the residents said they are very much thankful for the presents, saying that it’s not everyday that people visit them in the said place.

The RIAC-SC also reached out to the elderly inmates inside Surigao City Jail and Surigao del Norte Provincial Jail. The visit was conducted to remind the inmates that they are also part of the celebration.

“We are here today because every first week of October of every year, we celebrate the Elderly Filipino Week. We are here because we have a gift for you. We hope that these presents would be a help to you," said Ana Semacio, DSWD Caraga Sectoral head.

Food, grocery packs, hygiene kits and blankets were distributed to the elderly inmates. Surigao del Norte Provincial Jail warden Felix Resullar said they are delighted that the RIAC-SC visited their facility.


“Our tatays, maybe you have felt the love of our government towards you because these agencies are putting all their resources and efforts together to give you their services," Resullar told the elderly inmates.

The DSWD led the RIAC-SC, with other government agencies such as the DOH, Philippine Health (Philhealth) Insurance Corporation, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), and the City Government of Butuan.

The Elderly Filipino Week celebration is in line with Proclamation No. 470, which aims to increase public awareness on the different issues concerning the older persons' sector. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Youth for peace movement intensifies in AgSur, SurSur

By Lt. Krisjuper Andreo Punsalan

MARIHATAG, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 13 -- In just a month, an increasing number of youth participants joined the campaign to end local communist armed conflict to become advocates of positive activism through the Youth Leadership Summits (YLS) held in Bayugan City and Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur; and Marihatag and Bayabas in Surigao del Sur. In October alone, around 500 youths graduated from YLS.  The most recent was held on Sunday in the municipality of Tago.       
       
YLS is a three-day, live-in inter-agency activity organized by the local government units, the Philippine Army and the national line agencies aimed at providing an avenue for the youth to enhance their leadership skills, good citizenship and patriotism, cooperation and participation through various peace-building activities.

It is a tool for providing the youth a balanced perspective towards approaching social issues affecting the society and equips them to think critically and get rid of radicalized youth groups which could poison their minds. 

YLS exemplifies a Whole-of-Nation approach to end the deceptive recruitment strategies of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs). The nationwide outbursts of parents whose children became victims of the recruitment of Kabataan Partylist, Anakpawis and other alleged CPP affiliated militant youth groups exposed the alleged links to the NPAs.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the Filipino Nation called on the CNTs to have a bit of remorse and conscience to end the communist armed conflict and stop deceiving the youth.

“Communist Insurgency must end. We cannot afford to pass it on the next generations,” said President Duterte. (3SFBn CMO/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Sugatang NPA sinagip ng military

By Nora L. Molde

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Nobyembre 13 (PIA) -- Isang sugatang kabataan na miyembro ng New People's Army ang sinagip ng militar sa nangyaring bakbakan sa barangay San isidro, Santiago, Agusan del Norte, kamakailan lang.

Siya ay si alyas kent, na narecruit ng NPA noong siya'y labing anim na taong gulang pa lamang at halos dalawang taon nang nagsisilbi sa NPA.

Ayon sa military, iniwan lang si Kent ng kanyang mga kasamahan dahil sa mga natamong sugat habang ang isa pa niyang kasama ay napatay.

Malaki naman ang pasasalamat nito sa tropa ng gobyerno dahil hindi niya inakalang ang itinuring nilang kalaban ang siyang sasagip sa kanya sa oras ng kagipitan.

Ayon pa sa kanya, puro kasinungalingan ang itinuro sa kanila sa loob ng samahan dahilan upang sila ay matakot at magalit sa tropa ng pamahalaan.

Nanawagan naman si Kent sa kanyang mga kasamahang kabataan na gumising na sa katotohanan at huwag nang magpalinlang pa sa mga NPAs.

Hirap sa buhay lang aniya ang maidudulot nito at puro kasinungalingan ang mga tinuturo, walang katuturan at walang patutungohan ang pakikipaglaban sa gobyerno kundi kasamaan lang.

Sa ngayon ay nagpapagaling si Kent sa isang pampublikong ospital sa pangangalaga na rin ng militar.

Nanawagan naman si 1lt. Nonette Banggad, ang civil military operations officer ng 29th Infantry Batallion, Philippine Army sa mga magulang na bantayan ang mga ginagawa ng mga anak upang hindi malinlang ng mga NPAs. Nanawagan din sya sa mga NPAs na huwag gamitin ang mga kabataan at itigil na ang pagrerecruit nito. Ayon pa kay Banggad, huwag sana nilang sirain ang kinabukasan ng mga kabataan sa walang silbing adhikain. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

PAO AgNor nang-apod-apod og farm products

By Prisilina P. Amoroso


DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Nobyembre 13 -- Ang lokal nga panggamhanan sa Agusan del Norte, pinaagi sa Provincial Agriculture Office kun PAO malampusong nag-apod-apod sa mga kahayupan sama sa baboy, manok, kanding, tilapia fingerlings ug mga fertilizers nga mao ang BIO-N ug Vermi Compost ug anaa usab Banana seedlings para sa mga mag-uuma, didto sa Los Angeles Demo Farm, atol sa gipahigayon nga Launching sa Agusan Up, niadtong Nobyembre 8, 2019.

Kini libreng ihatag sa mga mag-uuma, aron makatabang dili lang pangkonsumo kun dili dungang nga panginabuhian, diin ang pagpananom ug pagbuhi maoy usa ka prayoridad nga lihok sa agrikultura.


Ang mga asosasyon sa mag-uuma nga nakadawat niini, mao ang: MAFC Kitcharao nakadawat og duha ka baktin nga lalaki/babae ug 20 ka manok; Olevod Farmers Association sa lungsod sa Tubay nakadawat og duha ka baktin babae, duha ka baktin nga lalaki , 20 ka manok ug duha ka kanding babae ug lalaki; Nasipit Farmers Association nakadawat og duha ka baktin nga babae; Barangay Simbalan Council nakadawat og duha ka baktin nga babae og duha ka lalaki nga baktin ug 20 ka manok; BAFA Farmers Association nakadawat og duha ka lalaki nga baktin, duha ka babae nga baktin, duha ka kanding babae ug lalaki ug 20 ka manok; Buenas KO Farmers Cooperative sa Buenavista nakadawat og duha ka kanding babae ug lalaki; Mr. Jose G. Torralba nga taga Maningalao, Las Nieves nakadawat sa Organic Fertilizers o Vermi compost; Elenita Cadinyag ug Mr. Ildefonso Galdo, Jr. nga taga Maningalao, Las Nieves nakadawat sa Banana seedlings; Lima ka fishpond operators nga taga Buenavista nakadawat og 500 ka tilapia Fingerlings; Lima ka fishpond operators sa Lungsod sa Magallanes nakadawat og 500 ka tilapia Fingerlings; ug Malapong National High School nakakuha og tilapia fingerlings, banana seedlings ug vegetable seeds alang kini sa ilang Gulayan sa Paaralan.

Kini nga lakang nagtumong nga matagaag suporta ang mga mag-uuma, aron mas mapaayo pa ug mapalambo ang produksyon sa agrikultura sa Agusan del Norte, isip, kini ang usa ka sentrong kalihokan nga maoy tagaag dakong pagtagad sa AGUSAN UP.

Ang pagpang-apod-apod gipangunahan ni Gobernor Dale B. Corvera ug PAO-OIC Mr. Alvin Aclan, uban ang presensya nila Board Member Dick Victor Carmona, BM Virgilio EscasiƱas,Jr. ug Provincial Administrator Gerry Joey Laurito. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)