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Monday, January 20, 2020


NGO conducts immersion activities in Dinagat Islands

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Jan. 20 (PIA) -- The Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC) is in Dinagat Islands for the immersion of their interns and to do groundworking activities for the Access to Justice program of the Provincial Legal Office (PLO).

The interns will live with host families in the different municipalities of Dinagat Islands to raise their awareness on the issues surrounding the people, in line with the Atenean value of being "persons for others."

AHRC personnel will also regularly check on their interns while conducting groundworking activities at the grassroots level together with the Provincial Government and other local government unit partners for the flagship program of the PLO funded by the Canadian Embassy which is the Access to Justice program.

The Access to Justice program seeks to ensure that Dinagatnons are empowered as citizens with knowledge about their rights and legal processes.

The program includes seminars on the law, as well as legal aid missions with volunteer lawyers.

Governor Arlene Kaka Bag-ao says the practice of alternative law involves empowering marginalized sectors such as farmers, fisherfolk, workers, women, indigenous peoples, etc. through knowledge of the law.

“This would enable them to have the capacity to protect their own rights. Alternative law also includes identifying gaps and flaws in existing policies, as well as proposals to change or amend them in order to truly work for the people, especially the marginalized,” Bag-ao says.

Governor Bag-ao was once an AHRC intern when she was studying law in the Ateneo. During her immersion in the 90s, she lived with farmers in Sariaya, Quezon. (Dinagat Islands-Provincial Information Office/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

DSWD Caraga surpasses target for Pantawid Pamilya SWDI assessment


To quote a saying from Albert Einstein, a great physicist, he once said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

This saying has been proven true by the 632-strong Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) staff from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga. Over the years, they have, time and again, offered their steadfast commitment and untiring service to almost 180,000 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in the region.

Abiding the service brand SERVE1st, condensed by the Regional Program Management Office (RPMO), the Pantawid staff have become the Program’s front liners in the field, especially in the administration of the Social Welfare and Development assessment using the SWD Indicator (SWDI) tool. The enhanced SWDI tool is used to determine and monitor the progress of the beneficiaries’ well-being and facilitate grassroots case management. The results will also serve as the baseline data of the beneficiaries in the program’s implementation.

“I can honestly say that my eyes have seen both beautiful and heart-breaking conditions of our beneficiaries during the administration of the SWDI. There are times that I get stressed and drained from work, but the thought of my family is the source of strength, happiness, and inspiration. They keep me going,” Maricel Asidella, Municipal Link (ML) assigned in Dapa, Surigao del Norte, shared.

In 2019, the field offices were given the task to conduct a SWDI re-assessment for the 4.4 million Pantawid beneficiaries in the country. According to Jean Paul Parajes, DSWD FO Caraga Promotive Services Division Chief, it is appropriate for the Program to conduct the administration of SWDI to have an “updated data of target households, analyzed and visualized for the consumption of case managers, policy makers, and other stakeholders.”


As public servants, it was both a challenge and a blessing for the staff to serve, giving their best efforts in delivering quality service, even in far-flung and isolated areas like Barangay Roma in Basilisa, Dinagat Islands.

According to Heide Madelene Ebueza, Municipal Link assigned in Basilisa, PDI, it is a privilege to render her time in serving the poor and vulnerable sectors in the community and that it is very fulfilling to listen to praises spoken about how the government has addressed their struggles.

As of December 31, 2019, Field Office Caraga has been able to administer the SWDI assessment to 89.93% of the total beneficiaries of the program in the region. This is higher than the required target of 70% by the Central Office. The RPMO is targeting to hit the 100% by the end of the first quarter this year. This goes to show that when work is paired with enthusiasm and genuine service, it produces good results.
“I know that this is an additional responsibility added to our shoulders, but I am hoping that we do our best to deliver this service efficiently,” Parajes added.

Indeed, Albert Einstein was right in saying that life is only worthwhile when it is lived for others. (Social Marketing Section/DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)

DTI urges stakeholders to invest in mariculture

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 20 -- With the rise of park zones allotted for mariculture in Caraga, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)  is encouraging stakeholders to engage in aquamarine industry by building fish cages within its identified four mariculture parks.

The said park zones are in Surigao City and in the municipalities of Nasipit, Dapa and Barobo which currently hold more than 400 existing fish cages.

DTI Caraga Regional Director Brielgo O. Pagaran aspires to invite investors in the aquamarine industry to maximize the region’s potential productivity in the fisheries sector.

“We need to make use of our existing park zones so that people may be provided with jobs and our target gross regional domestic product is reached within a few years,” he added.

Trade and Industry Development Specialist Dennis Solis said that DTI-Caraga is now providing technical assistance to investors who are interested in engaging with building Norwegian fish cages which are mobile circular cages made of high-density polyethylene.

Solis said that initial investment for fish farming using the Norwegian fish cage would reach P3 million inclusive of the fish cage, fingerlings, and aqua feeds, as well as technical training on its operation.

He added that more than 50 units of Norwegian fish cages are already installed in the region where bangus (milk fish) fingerlings as prime commodity are bred.

An estimated four tons of bangus are harvested at least twice a year in each fish cage unit which is equivalent to almost P500,000 income per harvest.

As it is a lucrative business, aquaculture is considered a priority industry cluster in Caraga. Furthermore, the said project promotes environmental, economic and social sustainability thereby creating a sustainable aquaculture in the region. (DTI Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

NGO mipahigayon og forum para sa mga kabataan sa Dinagat

By Susil D. Ragas

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Enero 20 (PIA) – Mipahigayon ang Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC) og Forum on Safe Spaces for Youth sa Grades 10, 11 ug 12 nga mga estudyante sa Don Ruben Edera Ecleo, Sr. Memorial National High School (DREESMNHS) niadtong Enero 17, 2019 didto sa maong tulunghaan, ning probinsya.

Atol sa maong forum gihisgutan nila Atty. Maria Sei Salvador ug Atty Marianne Carmel Agunoy ang Safe Spaces for the Youth lakip na ang lima ka klase sa sexual harassment, sama sa gender-based streets and public spaces sexual harassment; gender-based online sexual harassment; qualified gender-based streets, public, spaces, and online sexual harassment; gender-based sexual harassment in the workplace; ug gender-based sexual harassment in educational institutions.

Diin saktong gipasabot niini ang nagkadaiyang sexual harassment sa han-ay na pamaagi aron mas mahatagan nila og importansya ang paghatag og bili sa pagrespeto sa isig katawo ug likayan ang gamay nga dautan nga matang sa pangbastos na pwede ikadaut sa uban o kaugalingon.

Matud nila nga mas dako og silot o multa ang mga frontliner sama sa mga pulis, sundalo, ug uban pa kung mohimo sila og sexual harassment sama sa gitawag nga cat calling o wolf whistling.

Dugang pa nila nga ang multa muabot ug P1,000 ngadto P100,000 ug silot pagka priso ngadto 6-10 ka adlaw o 30 ka adlaw hangtod 6 ka bulan sa sexual harassment. (Dinagat Islands-Provincial Information Office/PIA-Dinagat Islands)