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Friday, December 6, 2019


AgNor town declares IPs day

By Jessica O. Mellejor

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 6 -- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved and declared valid the Municipal Ordinance No. 004, from the town of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, "An Ordinance Institutionalizing the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) Day on the 25th Day of October of every year in time of the celebration of the National Indigenous People's Month in the Municipality of Nasipit and Appropriating Funds Therefore."

Through the ordinance, authored by Sangguniang Bayan Member Revise D. Mandalinog, it strengthened the day for indigenous peoples in October.

This is an important day for all IPs across the country. It is also in line with the implementation of the IPRA law of 1997, and recognizing the importance of the Indigenous Cultural Community.

It is a day for the indigenous people to show their culture and traditions with great respect for the IP community's involvement in the advancement of lives, and socio-cultural development of a community.

The purpose of the municipal ordinance is to strengthen the enforcement of IPRA law and to recognize the importance of the cultural communities in the municipality.

The municipality of Nasipit will be celebrating the national indigenous peoples and hold Indigenous People's Day every 25th of October each year.

The ordinance was approved through Sanggunian Resolution No. 185-2019, through the efforts of Provincial Board Member Eddie A. Ampiyawan, chairman of the Committee on Indigenous People's Concern. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

DTI launches IPSO in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 6 (PIA) -- The local artists and entrepreneurs were delighted with the launching of the Intellectual Property Satellite Office (IPSO) at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Caraga regional office, this city.

Fritz Villahermosa, game developer from Caraga region thanked the government particularly the DTI for this initiative to address their concerns and for granting easier means for intellectual property filings.

“We’re glad to finally have this office here in Butuan because it would really help us local artists. It would be easier also when we have concerns that need their assistance, like in IP filing. Our works are being protected with the help of IPSO,” said Villahermosa.

According to Evangeline Linog, an entrepreneur from Tagbina, Surigao del Sur, the establishment of the said office in Butuan City is a great help for a Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME)-entrepreneur like her so they would not need to travel far from the region to ask for assistance from IPSO.

“The DTI has always been there for us (entrepreneurs) to guide us and ensure that we are able to market properly the products that we sell to different places. And having the IP satellite office here in Butuan gives us convenience in filing our IP concerns,” Linog bared.

Director-general Josephine Santiago of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPH), stressed to all Caraga entrepreneurs the importance of having a trademark in their products which are sold in the market. She said this would also make their products be well-known even in other countries, and be spared from imitation or reproduction of fake products.

“Having a name or trademark on your products really help other people get to know your product well, and they could easily refer it to other people once they see that your product is well packaged,” cited Santiago.

The official added, interested individuals or parties could already apply online and even pay online.

Meanwhile, Ramil Leongas, officer-in-charge of industry development division of DTI-Caraga calls on the local artists and business sector to avail of the services offered by the intellectual property satellite office. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Agusan Norte PRLEC members converge in Pulong-pulong sa barangay

By Robert E. Roperos

CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Dec. 6 -- Member-agencies of the Poverty Reduction Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the province of Agusan del Norte have converged on Wednesday in the covered court of Brgy. San Antonio, Municipality of Remedios T. Romualdez, Agusan del Norte.

According to Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Agusan del Norte Acting Provincial Director Liza B. Budtan, the activity was conducted to assess the needs of the residents in as far as poverty reduction, livelihood and employment are concerned.

“TESDA, being the lead agency of the PRLEC will see to it that the cluster members can hear the issues and concerns of the local residents so that through the mandates of their respective agencies can be able to address it,” Budtan said.

Dir. Budtan also emphasized that the pulong-pulong sa barangay is a venue that brings the government closer to the public especially in places where local communist armed conflict in infiltrating.


Meanwhile, RTR Mayor Richard P. Daquipil expressed his gratitude to PRLEC members for choosing the town as a pilot place for the implementation of the program. He said with all the government agencies’ convergence, this shows how serious is the Duterte administration in its effort to alleviate poverty in the country, thus ending the local communist armed conflict.

For his part, San Antonio Brgy. Capt. Helario S. Sajolan enjoined his constituents to take care of the projects that have been given to them by the government and use it to improve their lives through these livelihood opportunities.

Among the PRLEC member-agencies who were in attendance and presented their programs and services are: TESDA, Agusan del Norte Provincial Agriculturist Office, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the 29th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (PA).

More than 300 residents of the barangay attended the activity composed of members of the cooperative, farmers’ associations, youth organizations, and women’s organizations.

Signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on December 4, 2018, Executive Order No. 70 institutionalizes the whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace, creating a national task force to end local communist armed conflict, and directing the adoption of a national peace framework. (TESDA-Agusan del Norte)

Surigao tribes light first ever Christmas tree

By Lt. Krisjuper Andreo Punsalan


TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 6 --  With the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) from the legitimate Indigenous Peoples (IP) leaders, the first-ever Christmas tree was lighted by the Conflict-Affected IP Community in Sitio Simuwao (Kilometer 9), Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur in their tribal hall recently.

With the influence of the Christian religious sector, particularly the Dominican sisters, Aglipayan and Catholic Churches and various religious missionaries, many of the IP communities were converted and have accepted the tradition of Christmas.
                              
The Community Support Team composed of the 9th Special Forces “Hounds” Company of the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion, 41st CMO Company and the Philippine National Police Community Relations with the Barangay Local Government of Diatagon, the Sangguniang Kabataan and the Diatagon Indigenous Peoples’ Mandatory Representative (IPMR) worked together with the IP Community to make a Christmas Tree out of recycled materials and lighted it up with colorful Christmas lights. This Christmas tree symbolizes Peace, Hope, Love and Reconciliation which are the virtues obtained from the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.


The IP Community is hopeful that through the Community Support Program and the Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, the Communist NPA Terrorists’ and their front organizations would choose the path to peace and stop their exploitation on the IP Community in Andap Valley Complex.

Felix Tayon, Vice Chairman and a member of the Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa mga Sumusunod (MAPASU), said that gradually, he can now see the positive developmental changes in their community.

“Hindi lang talaga mabigla sa una dahil dati takot talaga kami sa mga sundalo, pero ngayon, unti-unti na kaming nasasanay na kasama sila at nakikita naming ang kaibahan ngayon,” Tayon said. (3SFBn-CMO/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Intellectual Property Satellite Office nagbukas na sa Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Disyembre 6 (PIA) -- Ikinatuwa ng local artists at business sector ang pagtatatag ng Intellectual Property Satellite Office (IPSO) dito sa lungsod na makatutulong para bigyang proteksyon ang kanilang mga likha, orihinal na desinyo at  trademark.

Kabilang na rito si Fritz Villahermosa, isang game developer na nagpasalamat sa gobyerno partikular sa Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga sa hakbang na ito.

“Malaking tulong ang pagbubukas ng IP satellite office dito sa Butuan dahil mas madali nalang sa aming mga artists na humingi ng assistance sakaling mayroon kaming concerns sa aming mga nalilikhang obra," sabi ni Villahermosa.

Ayon naman kay Evangeline Linog, isang entreprenuer na mula pa sa bayan ng Tagbina sa probinsiya ng Surigao del Sur, malaking tulong ang naturang tanggapan para sa mga katulad niyang Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME)-entreprenuer para hindi na bumiyahe ng malayo para makakuha ng tulong sa nasabing opisina.

“Hindi na kami mahihirapan pa dahil andito na mismo sa DTI ang IP satellite office, at mas madali nalang ang aming koordinasyon sa nasabing tanggapan,” sabi ni Linog.

Binigyang-diin naman ni Director-General Josephine Santiago ng Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), na mahalagang magkaroon ng trademark ang mga produkto ng bawat negosyante upang mas makilala ito hanggang sa ibang bansa at mailayo mula sa pamemeke.

“Mas nakikilala ang mga produkto natin kung may pangalan ito lalu na’t ini-export ito sa ibang bansa. Maiiwasan din ang pamemeke ng iba sa mga produkto kung protektado ang mga ito,” ayon kay Santiago.

Dagdag pa ng opisyal, maaaring mag-apply online at kahit sa pagbabayad rin nito.

Samantala, hinikayat naman ni Ramil Leongas, Officer-In-Charge ng Industry Development Division ng DTI-Caraga ang mga artists at negosyante na i-avail ang naturang serbisyo ng Intellectual Property Satellite Office. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Mga media practitioners sa Caraga nag-alay ng peace candles at dasal

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Disyembre 6 (PIA) -- Kasabay sa briefing sa Executive Order 70 o ang whole-of nation approach na layong tapusin ang insurhensya sa bansa, nag-alay  ng “peace candles” at dasal ang  media practitioners at information officers ng ibat-ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan para sa mga nagbuwis ng buhay upang maprotektahan ang publiko mula sa banta ng Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

Ito ay sa pangunguna ng Strategic Communications Cluster sa ilalim ng Regional Task Force To End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC).

Ayon kay Richard Grande, presidente ng Agusan del Sur Media Club, mahalaga para sa media na maintindihan ang layunin ng EO 70 para sa mga pilipino, maging ang kanilang tungkulin at responsibilidad bilang 4th state ng gobyerno.

“Malaki ang ginagampanang tungkulin at responsibilidad ng mga media pagdating sa pagbabahagi ng tama at mahahalagang impormasyong dapat nilang malaman. Sa aming mga media practitioners, dapat ay may paninindigan at ginagawa ang tama at naaayon,” pahayag ni Grande.

Dagdag pa ni Grande, marami na ring nagbuwis ng buhay sa pakikipaglaban sa NPA kaya ay mas paiigtingin nila ang kanilang adbokasiya para mamulat ang publiko laban sa banta ng naturang rebeldeng grupo.

Para naman kay Aisa Supas, isang reporter ng local radio station sa Butuan City, malaking bagay ang hakbang na ito ng gobyerno para patuloy na maramdaman ng  mga komunidad ang tulong ng gobyerno lalu na sa mga kabataan.

“Ang gobyerno naman talaga ang nasa posisyon at may kapangyarihan na maibigay ang pangangailangan ng mamamayan lalu na ng mga kabataan kaya nararapat lang din na suportahan natin ang gobyerno sa kanilang pagsisikap na matulungan ang mga Pilipino,” sabi ni Supas.

Binigyang-diin naman ni Direktor Manuel Orduña ng National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) 10, na natutugunan ng bawat cluster ng RTF-ELCAC ang bawat isyu at concern at naisasakatuparan ang kani-kanilang action plans, at ito ay naaayon sa nais ni President Rodrigo Duterte na makamit ang pangmatagalang kapayapaan sa bansa. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Aplikasyon para sa Kampong Balagtas 2020, hanggang Disyembre 13

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Disyembre 6 -- Upang mahikayat ang mas malawak na pakikilahok, maaari pang magpása ng mga aplikasyon para sa Pambansang Kampong Balagtas 2020 ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) hanggang Disyembre 13.

Ang Pambansang Kampong Balagtas ay taunang seminar-palihan ng KWF tuwing Buwan ng Panitikan ng Filipinas sa Abril. Tinitipon nito ang mga kabataang manunulat mula sa iba’t ibang pook sa Filipinas upang sumailalim sa pagsasanay sa malikhaing pagsulat sa gabay ng mga nangungunang manunulat at guro ng bansa.

Mangyayari ang kampo mula ikalawa hanggang ikaapat ng Abril 2020 sa Orion Elementary School, Orion, Bataan. Sasagutin ng KWF ang transportasyon, akomodasyon, at pagkain ng mga mapipiling kalahok.

Ipinangalan ito kay Francisco “Balagtas” na nagdiriwang ng kaarawan tuwing ikalawa ng Abril at isa sa mga dahilan sa proklamasyon ng Buwan ng Panitikan ng Filipinas.

Batay sa Proklamasyon Blg. 968, series 2015, ang Buwan ng Panitikan ay ipagdiriwang tuwing Abril upang himukin ang mga Filipino na patuloy na tuklasin at ipalaganap ang mayamang lawas ng panitikan ng Filipinas. “Budyong Panitikan” ang tema ng pagdiriwang sa Abril 2020.          
   
Kinakailangan lamang magpása ng aplikasyon ng mga kabataang manunulat na nása ikapitong baitang hanggang 11 sa pamamagitan ng koreo o digital na paraan. Makikita ang buong tuntunin sa paglahok at maaaring mag-aplay onlayn sa kwf.gov.ph. (KWP/PIA-Caraga)