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Monday, December 2, 2019

Government agencies boost campaign efforts on ending VAW

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 2 (PIA) -- Various government agencies in Caraga region are stepping up its campaign and public awareness on ending violence against women and children (VAWC) in the communities.

This was in time with the kick-off celebration of this year’s 18-day campaign to end violence against women, wherein Caraga stakeholders convened for an advocacy walk from the Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol grounds going to Guingona Park of Butuan City.

According to OIC-assistant regional director Elizabeth Villaver of Parole And Probation Administration (PPA) Caraga, their personnel regularly conduct counseling to criminal offenders and encourage them to live a new life, and to ensure that they would no longer be committing any form of violence or abuse against any member of their family.

“We strongly advocate for a VAW-free community, hence, we communicate it with our clients to prevent any form of abuse or violence within their family,” Villaver added.

For OIC-regional director Rotelo Cabugsa of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Caraga, the campaign against violence should start from one’s self and should be practiced at home.

“We should practice a VAW-free in our respective homes and apply it also in our workplaces,” said Cabugsa.

As the guest speaker of said occasion, Atty. Ingrid Trixia Rullon-Nastor of the Public Attorney’s Office Caraga, emphasized that parents should take responsibility in inculcating in the minds of the children that at their young age, they should be able to realize that women and their children’s rights should always be respected and upheld.

“Parents should always teach their children good character and to always respect humanity especially the women,” bared Nastor.

Meanwhile, CHR-Caraga regional director Atty. Jerefe Tubigon-Bacang, chair of the Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC), highlighted that wearing of the bright color of orange signifies the hope of the Caraganons to attain a VAW-free region. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Caraganons celebrate MWOP, antique bell installed

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 2 (PIA) -- This year’s Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP) celebration joined by members of various local communities in Caraga region such as the indigenous Peoples (IPs), Muslims, and Christians was highlighted with the historic blessing and installation of one of the Balangiga bell replicas on November 28, 2019 at St. James the Great Parish in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.

The bell is one of the two church bells that were made in 1863 in the United States which was purchased by Dr. Henry Boland Howard, director of the United States-Philippines Society.

Most Reverend Cosme Damian Almedilla, Bishop of Butuan City, led the blessing of the antique bell that symbolizes unity and peace.

A loud chant of “Mindanao, Kalinaw (Peace)!” was heard from the people who witnessed the ringing and hoisting of the church bell that marked another milestone in the history not only of the municipality of Buenavista, but also of the whole peace process being campaigned nationwide by the government and various stakeholders.

Meanwhile, Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) Coordinator Mauricio Abrao greeted everyone with warm welcome during the opening program held right after the Eaucharistic mass. He also acknowledged the support of Caraganons towards inclusive peace and development, not only in the province but in the entire region.

Meanwhile, Mayor Norbert Pagaspas of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte expressed his gratitude to Howard for choosing Saint James Parish as one of the beneficiaries of the bell. He emphasized that it would help promote peace in the communities for a well-lived life.

“Everyone deserves peace. We are happy to see people being united and working peacefully regardless of cultural differences," said Howard.

In his message delivered by Atty. Ramie Duropan, Agusan del Norte governor Dale Corvera said that despite the different cultures, customs, beliefs, principles, and even clashing personal viewpoints, "we stand in great hope to fortify the alliance of civilizations so that we can advance the most clamored status of peace in Mindanao."

Atty. Ramie Duropan added that there is no alternative for peace. ”With the help of all stakeholders, we can establish a true haven in this Promise Land- Mindanao.”

Representing Brigade Commander BGen. Maurito Licudine of the 402nd Brigade is Major Fransisco Garello, Jr., who was quick to remind everyone that attaining peace requires a collective effort and is therefore the responsibility of everyone.

A press conference facilitated by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) was held shortly after, where coordinators of MWOP discussed their agenda for this year’s celebration with present media partners. (DMNR/VLG/PIA-Caraga)

Media practitioners, PIOs in Caraga lit peace candles

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, DEc. 2 (PIA) -- As the government takes another step in the implementation of Executive Order (EO) 70 or the whole-of-nation approach, which aims to curb the insurgency in the country, the media practitioners and information officers from various government agencies have offered peace candles.

This was in time with the briefing on EO 70 spearheaded by the Strategic Communications Cluster under the Caraga Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC).

Prayers were also offered for the journalists and law enforcers who have risked their lives in the conflict-affected areas and fought against the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

According to Richard Grande, president of Agusan del Sur Media Club, it is important for the media practitioners to have in-depth knowledge of EO 70 as they relay significant messages to the public, as well as understanding better their roles and responsibilities being the 4th state of the government.

“The media should know and understand well the objective of EO 70 for the Filipino people. The media plays a vital role and we must be helping people by increasing their awareness and making them well-informed so they won’t be fed and deceived with wrong information,” said Grande.

Grande added that many were killed and have sacrificed their lives fighting against the NPAs just to protect the locals. Hence, they would intensify their advocacy to reach more Filipinos and make them more aware of the atrocities and chaos brought about by the communist terrorist group.

Aisa Supas, a reporter from one of the local radio stations in Butuan City also expressed that this initiative of the government is of great help to the communities, so people become well-informed, and for them to feel the government’s concern, particularly to the youth.

“The government has the power or authority to provide the basic and social services to the people, and I know that the government only wants its people to experience living in a peaceful life away from any danger or violence,” said Supas.

Regional Director Manuel Orduña of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), emphasized that each cluster of the RTF-ELCAC has been performing their tasks and addressing the issues and concerns of the target sectors.

Their respective action plans towards attaining sustainable peace and development are also being enacted, per directive of President Rodrigo Duterte. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Antique bell installed at AgNor parish

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 2 (PIA) -- Inside the Saint James the Great Parish in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, parishioners and guests from different sectors convened and showed unity as they prayed towards achieving lasting peace and development in Caraga region.
This was in time with the blessing and installation of the antique bell of said church, wherein the Muslim community, Christians, Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and local residents altogether participated in the symbolic ringing of the bell led by Butuan Bishop Most Reverend Cosme Damian Almedilla.

This was also an opportune time for the opening celebration of this year’s Mindanao Week of Peace.

Parishioners were delighted as they heard the bell ringing, recalling the years when they have last heard the sound of the church’ bell after it was stolen. This newly-installed antique bell was donated by Dr. Henry Boland Howard of the United States – Philippine Society organization.

According to Rev. Fr. Stephen Broncano, parish priest of Saint James the Great, this also gives inspiration to the local residents in the area, and an instrument of instilling in them the value of unity and strong faith.

“The locals have been looking for the stolen bell, and God-given, our parish was given a new one. Through this, people could easily gather in the church to celebrate and pray,” cited Fr. Broncano.

Yanie Perez, a grade-7 student was also blissful seeing that their church now has a new bell, which will resonate a sound of peace and friendship and will signal a start of a sacred liturgical mass.

“I’m happy because we already have a new bell in our church. I have faith that more people would go to church and attend mass,” said Perez.

Meanwhile, Rev. Fr. Carlito Clase, executive director of the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD), stressed the significant contribution of Executive Order 70 or the whole-of-nation approach to end local insurgency to the peace and order of the communities.

“With the implementation of Executive Order 70, people from different sectors are united in promoting a whole-of-nation approach in addressing the insurgency in the country, leading towards sustainable peace,” Fr. Clase said.

Bishop Almedilla hopes that the locals would continue to actively participate in the government’s efforts and initiatives towards achieving inclusive and sustainable peace and development in the region. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Women IPs featured in Butuan's photo exhibit 

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 2 (PIA) - Butuanons were amused as they witnessed the photo exhibit featuring women Indigenous Peoples (IPs) from different ethnolinguistic groups in the country, which are displayed inside the Eastern-Northern Mindanao Regional Museum in this city.

These were taken by George Tapan, a world-renowned Filipino photographer, who specializes in images of people and landscapes.

The exhibit aims to highlight the invaluable contributions of the women at home and in their respective fields as they perform vital roles in the arts, education, and social economy through photographs.

According to Tapan, he took these photos during the course of 50 years as a travel photographer. He has collected several portraits from different parts of the country – from the island of Batanes in Luzon to the island of Basilan in Mindanao.

“I want to highlight the women’s role in society and their contributions to nation-building. They have been doing their best and have great involvement in the field of education, arts and culture, and economy, among others,” said Tapan.

These photos were donated by Tapan to the National Museum of the Philippines in 2018 and are now part of the National Fine Arts Collection.

Ronnie Rudinas, a local artist was one of those who were impressed by the photo exhibit. He said it shows the significant role of the women in ensuring a resilient and strong family life.

“Women play a vital role in our communities and as local artists here, we support this kind of portraits, where people could have a deep appreciation to all the women,” Rudinas said.

Meanwhile, Lilita Mission-Concon, supervising administrative officer of Butuan National Museum called on the public particularly the youths to visit the exhibit which will run until November 15, 2020.

“I’m inviting our students and tourists to visit our Museum and learn many things, especially the different cultures and ethnolinguistic groups portrayed by women of different walks of life in the society,” said Concon.

This also forms part of the 18-day campaign to end violence against women (VAW) celebration from November 25-December 12, 2019. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

355 individuals graduate from skills dev't program in AgNor

By 1Lt. Nonette B. Banggad

CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Dec. 2 --  A total of 355 individuals successfully graduated from the skills development program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) conducted in partnership with the 29th Infantry "Matatag" Battalion and local government unit (LGU) of Remedios Trinidad Romualdez (RTR) on November 22, 2019.

Of the 355 graduates, 130 were students of the Mobile Computer Literacy Training, 25 were students of the Electrical Installation NCII, 50 were students of the Wellness Hilot massage NCII, 25 were students of Cookery NCII, 50 were students of Driving NCII, 25 were students of Rice Machinery Operation NCII, and 50 were students of Shielded Metal Arc Welding NCI.

Mayor Richard P. Daquipil of the Municipality of RTR thanked the 29IB troopers for bringing the Army’s Mobile Computer Literacy program to the Agusanons. He emphasized the importance of computer literacy - that this would open the doors to better opportunities for the Indigenous people and out of school youth in particular. He also thanked the TESDA for their tireless support in providing livelihood skills development training to the Agusanons.

In his message, Gov. Dale B. Corvera of Agusan del Norte lauded the organizers and other stakeholders who have supported the said training. "Your efforts to support this kind of endeavor proved that you value the future of the Agusanons. To the graduates, this effort of the government will enable you to acquire better job opportunities for your future,” he said.

Meanwhile, Agusan del Norte Rep. Maria Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba said that the main objective of the government is to uplift the lives of every Agusanon through the skills acquired from the training, "and for them not to be deceptively recruited by the NPA terrorists just like what happened to alias Kent, a young NPA combatant who was saved by the 29IB troopers last November 4, 2019.”

In his statement, Lt. Col. Isagani O. Criste, Commanding Officer of 29IB applauded the graduates for investing time and effort in the skills training. "The skill and lessons that they've gained in this training will open their minds to the possibilities and opportunities that are there waiting for them," he said.

"However, their success will depend not just on having the skill but their determination and perseverance to continue on the path of success despite challenges that may come their way as they seek for better opportunities in their life," Criste added. (CMO Officer, 29IB, PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Mahigit 200 kabataan aktibong nakilahok sa 1st Agusan del Norte YLS

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Disyembre 2 (PIA) - Sa harap ng pagpapatupad ng Executive Order 70 ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa bansa, puspusan ang pagtugon ng ibat-ibang ahensiya sa mga pangangailangan ng mamamayan sa mga komunidad partikular na sa mga kabataan sa Caraga region.

Ang mas pinaigting na pagsagawa ng Youth Leadership Summit ang isa sa mga tinututukan ngayon ng Philippine Army upang mas mahasa ang kanilang galing bilang youth leaders at makatulong din sa kani-kanilang bayan.

Isa si Jerwen Escalania sa mga aktibong nagbahagi ng kaniyang natutunan sa loob ng tatlong araw na 1st Youth Leadership Summit sa nasabing probinsya.

Lubos ang kanyang pasasalamat sa mga ahensiya ng gobyerno, kasama ng 23rd Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army dahil sa patuloy nitong pagbigay-tugon sa kanilang pangangailangan.

“Marami po talaga akong natutunan sa summit na ito. Umaasa rin ako na kung ano man yung natutunan namin, maisagawa rin namin sa aming mga komunidad,” sabi ni Escalania.

“Sa summit na ito, mariing ipinaalala sa amin ang pagkakaroon ng magandang asal at may respeto sa magulang. Tinuruan din kami kung papaano mas maging kapakipakinabang sa aming mga komunidad,” pahayag naman ni Roniel Yongco.

Ayon kay Roberto Laurente, president ng Propelling Our Inherited Nation Through Our Youth (POINTY), layon din nilang makatulong ang mga kabataan sa kampanya laban fake news. marami na aniya ang nabibiktima ng maling impormasyon na kumakalat sa social media.

“Mahalaga sa mga kabataan na maging alerto lalu na sa mga nakikita at nababasa nila sa social media dahil karamihan nito ay fake news. Ayaw nating silang malinlang at magamit ng mga makakaliwang grupo,” sabi ni Laurente.

Nangako naman si Ma. Leaneth Penarejo, isa sa mga partisipante na magiging aktibo sa pagbahagi ng tama at magagandang balita sa pamamagitan ng social media.

Bilang panauhing pandangal, hinimok ni 2Lt. Gianmatteo Vittorio Guidicelli, reservist ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ang mga kabataan na maging responsable at tumulong sa mga hakbang ng gobyerno tungo sa pagkamit ng pangmatagalang kapayapaan at kaunlaran sa bansa.

“Makiisa po tayo sa gobyerno at sa ating AFP sa pagpapanatili nang maayos at mapayapang pamumuhay,” sabi ni Guidicelli.

Samantala, binigyang-diin naman ni LTC Francisco Molina Jr., ang malaking papel ng mga magulang sa bawat tahanan na magabayang mabuti ang kanilang mga anak upang malayo ito sa bisyo at pangrerecruit ng New People’s Army (NPA). (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Agusanons inaasahang makikinabang sa programang Agusan Up

By Nora L. Molde

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Disyembre 2 (PIA) -- Lubos ang pasasalamat ng mga taga-Agusan sa inilunsad na 8-point development agenda ng probinsya – ang Agusan Up na layong magbigay ng mga ayudang makakatulong sa pagpapaunlad ng kanilang pamumuhay.

Ayon kau Jorge Vincent Pagaran, residente ng Agusan del Norte, ang mga kabataan ngayon ang direktang makakatamasa sa benepisyong hatid ng programang Agusan Up.

Kabilang sa  flagship programs ng Agusan Up ay ang Agus 3Ps o ang plant and process for prosperity program na layong iangat ang ekonomiya, pagprotekta sa kalikasan at pagbibigay ng maayos na serbisyo ng gobyerno sa probinsya.

Layon din ng Agusan Up na makilala ang probinsya ng Agusan del Norte  pagdating sa sektor ng agrikultura.

Dahil dito, malaki din ang pasalamat ni Rodolfo Nalla, ang provincial rice focal person at isa ding magsasaka dahil sa progmanang ito ay nanininwala siyang mas maiangat pa ang kalagayan nilang mga magsasaka.

Nangako din ang mga lokal na opisyales ng probinsya na magtutulong-tulong para maisakatuparan ang mga nakalatag na proyekto na walang halong pulitika. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Kampanya laban karahasan sa mga kababaihan, pinaigting ng gobyerno sa Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Disyembre 2 (PIA) - Isinusulong ng mga kawani ng gobyerno sa rehiyon sa Caraga ang pinaigting na proteksyon sa mga kababaihan at pagpapalawak ng kamalayan ng publiko laban sa iba't ibang uri ng pang-aabuso sa naturang sektor.

Ito ay kasabay ng pagsisimula ng taunang selebrasyon ng 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW), kung saan isang advocacy walk ang isinagawa mula sa provincial capitol grounds ng Agusan del Norte hanggang sa Guingona Park sa Butuan City.

Ayon kay OIC-assistant regional director Elizabeth Villaver ng Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) Caraga, para maprotektahan ang mga kababaihan puspusan ang kanilang counseling sa criminal offenders, at sa kanilang pagbabagong-buhay ay hinihikayat silang maging responsable at iwasan ang pang-aabuso sa miyembro ng pamilya.

“Patuloy ang Parole and Probation sa pagsagawa ng counseling sa mga criminal offenders at sila’y pinaaalalahanan na maging responsable sa pamilya at iwasang makasakit ng kapwa,” sabi ni Villaver.

Para naman kay OIC-regional director Rotelo Cabugsa ng Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Caraga, ang kampanya laban karahasan ay dapat na magsimula sa sarili at sa tahanan.

“Ang kampanyang ito ay dapat na magsimula sa ating mga sarili at isapuso at isagawa natin sa tahanan at sa ahensiyang pinapasukan natin,” sabi ni Cabugsa.

Binigyang-diin naman ng panauhing-pandangal sa nasabing okasyon na si Atty. Ingrid Trixia Rullon-Nastor ng Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Caraga, na sa murang-edad palang  ay dapat na tinuturuan na ito ng mga magulang na magbigay-galang at kilalanin ang karapatan ng mga kababaihan.

“Malaki ang ginagampanang tungkulin ng mga magulang sa kanilang mga anak. Dapat sa murang edad pa lamang ay tinututuan na sila na remespeto sa kapwa lalu na sa dignidad at karapatan ng mga kababaihan. Dapat ring ipaalala sa mga bata na masama ang manakit ng kapwa,” pahayag ni Nastor.

Paliwanag naman ni Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Caraga regional director Atty. Jerefe Tubigon-Bacang, ang chair ng Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) ang pagsusuot ng kulay na Orange ay simisimbolo ng pag-asa ng mga Caraganon tungo sa pagkakaroon ng isang VAW-free region. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Aktibong partisipasyon ng ibat-bang sektor, nasaksihan sa selebrasyon ng MWOP 2019

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Disyembre 2 (PIA) - Nasaksihan sa loob ng Saint James the Great Parish sa bayan ng Buenavista, Agusan del Norte ang pagkakaisa at matinding pagnanais ng mga  Caraganon na magkaroon ng pangmatagalang kapayapaan.

Ito ay kasabay sa blessing at installation ng antigong kampana sa nasabing simbahan, kung saan nagtipon-tipon ang ibat-ibang sektor, kabilang na ang Muslim community, kristiyano, Indigenous Peoples at mga lokal na residente ng Buenavista.

Nataon din ito sa taunang selebrasyon ng Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP).

Lubos ang kasiyahan ng mga parishioners dahil matapos ang ilang taon mula nang manakaw ang kampana ng kanilang simbahan ay natanggap nila ang replika ng Balangiga bell na donasyon ni Dr. Henry Boland Howard ng United States – Philippine Society organization.

Ayon kay Rev. Fr. Stephen Broncano, parish priest ng Saint James the Great, nagbigay inspirasyon sa mga residente dito ang tunog ng kampana na sumisimbolo ng pagkakaisa at katatagan ng mga parokyano.

“Maraming naghahanap sa kampana, at ngayon ay dininig na ng Diyos ang hiling ng mga tao. Umaasa akong mas marami pang dadagsa dito sa simbahan para magdasal,” pahayag ni Fr. Broncano.

Masaya din ang estudyanteng si Yanie Perez, dahil mayroon ng kampanang tutunog sa simbahan bilang hudyat ng pagsisimula ng misa.

“Masaya ako at mayroon na kaming bagong kampana sa simbahan at alam kong marami nang magsisimba,” sabi ni Perez.

Binigyang-diin din ni Rev. Fr. Carlito Clase, executive director ng Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD), na malaking kontribusyon sa pagpapanatili ng kaayusan sa rehiyon ng Caraga ang patuloy na implementasyon ng Executive Order 70 o ang whole-of-nation approach sa pagsugpo ng insurgency.

“Nagkakaisa ang lahat ng sektor tungo sa pagkamit ng mapayapa at maunlad na rehiyon. Malaking tulong ang naibibigay ng pagpapatupad ng EO 70 at marami ang sumusuporta dito,” sabi ni Fr. Clase.

Umaasa naman si Butuan Bishop, Most Reverend Cosme Damian Almedilla na patuloy na maipakita ng mga mamamayan ang kanilang sinsero at aktibong partisipasyon sa hakbang ng gobyerno tungo sa pagkamit ng mapayapa at maunlad na rehiyon. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Butuanons namangha sa kababaihang IPs na ibinida sa isang photo exhibit

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Disyembre 2 (PIA) - Mga larawang nagpapakita ng ganda at galing ng mga kababaihang Indigenous Peoples (IPs) mula sa ibat-ibang ethnolinguistic groups ng bansa ang ibinida sa photo exhibit sa loob ng Eastern-Northern Mindanao Regional Museum dito sa lungsod kamakailan.

Kuha ang mga ito ng batikang photographer na si George Tapan, na kilala hindi lamang dito sa bansa kundi pati abroad.

Ayon kay Tapan, layon ng nasabing exhibit na maipakita sa mga pilipino ang kahalagahan ng mga kababaihan at kontribusyon nito sa pagpapa-unlad ng bawat komunidad.

“Malaki ang ginagampanang papel ng mga kababaihan sa komunidad kaya nararapat lang din na sila’y ating kilalanin at bigyang pugay, lalu na sa kanilang pagsisikap na mapanatiling matatag ang bawat pamilya,” sabi ni Tapan.

Ang mga larawang ito ay donasyon ni Tapan sa National Museum of the Philippines noong taong 2018, na ngayon ay parte na rin ng National Fine Arts Collection.

Kabilang si Ronnie Rudinas, isang local artist sa mga namangha sa exhibit. Ayon sa kanya, ipinapakita nito ang papel ng mga kababaihan pagdating sa pagkakaroon ng isang matatag na pamilya.

“Sumusuporta kami sa ganitong photo exhibit lalo na’t makabuluhan ito para sa ating lahat. Malaki talaga ang naiaambag ng mga kababaihan sa ibat-ibang larangan at naaayon lamang na sila’y ating kilalanin,” pahayag ni Rudinas.

Samantala, hinimok naman ni Lilita Mission-Concon, supervising administrative officer ng Butuan National Museum ang publiko partikular ang mga kabataan na bisitahin ang exhibit na magtatagal hanggang sa november 15 ng susunod na taon.

“Iniimbitahan namin ang lahat, lalu na ang mga kabataan na tuklasin ito dito sa Museum at magkaroon ng dagdag kaalaman lalu na sa ibat-ibang kultura at tradisyon ng mga Pilipino partikular na ang mga kababaihan,” sabi ni Concon.

Parte pa rin ito ng selebrasyon ng 18-day campaign to end violence against women (VAW). (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Adlaw sa mga lumad sa Nasipit gideklara

By Jessica O. Mellejor

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Disyembre 2 -- Aprubado na sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan ug deklarado na nga balido ang Municipal Ordinance No. 004, gikan sa lungsod sa Nasipit, Agusan del Norte ang ordinansa, “Institutionalizing the Indigenous People’s 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.”

Pinaagi sa maong ordinansa, sa pagpangamahanan ni Sangguniang Bayan Member Revise D. Mandalinog, gipalig-on niini ang adlaw alang sa mga lumad gitunong sa bulan sa Oktubre.

Usa kini ka mahinungdanon nga adlaw alang sa tanan nga mga IP sa tibook nga nasud. Ingon man subay kini sa implementasyon sa IPRA law of 1997, ug pag-ila sa kamahinungdanon sa Indegenous Cultural Community.

Adlaw kini sa mga lumad aron ipakita ang ilang kultura ug tradisyon nga adunay dakong pagtahod sa pag-apil sa komunidad sa IP ngadto sa pagsulong sa mga kinabuhi, ug socio-culture development sa usa ka komunidad.

Ang katuyoan sa municipal ordinance aron mapalig-on ang pagpatuman sa balaod sa IPRA ug pag-ila sa kahinungdanon sa mga komunidad nga kulturanhon sa mga Katawhan.

Ang munisipalidad sa Nasipit kinahanglan nga magsaulog sa bulan sa nasyonal nga mga lumad sa lungsod ug itudlo sa matag ika-25 nga adlaw sa Oktubre matag tuig ang Indigenous People’s Day.

Gi-aprobahan ang maong ordinansa pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 185-2019, sa pagpangamahan ni Provincial Board Member Eddie A. Ampiyawan, tsirman sa Committee on Indigenous People’s Concern. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)