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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

AgSur trike drivers receive aid from government

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, April 28 (PIA) -- With the stricter implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Caraga region, the individuals belonging to the public transport sector are among those who are greatly affected in terms of livelihood.

This has been the primary reason for the province of Agusan del Sur to identify qualified tricycle drivers who will be receiving assistance from the local government.

Under the “Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Displaced or Disadvantaged Workers - Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko” (TUPAD – BKBK) Disinfecting/Sanitation Project  of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga, some 35 tricycle drivers were able to have an alternative job while the ECQ is implemented.

Each of them has received the P3,200.00 as remuneration from DOLE-Agusan del Sur Provincial Office for the 10-day work they rendered in their respective barangays.

Along with it was the distribution of rice from the local government unit. Beneficiaries from the transport sector were thankful to the agencies concerned.

“This is really a great help for us and our family. Thank you to our local officials who have given us due attention,” said Danny Sanda, a tricycle driver.

“We are thankful to the government for this assistance given to us,” added Jimer Añora.

The Municipal Business Permit and Licensing Office and the Municipal Public Employment Services Office have carefully assessed the applicants and ensured that they are prioritized for the said assistance.

The 35 tricycle drivers were among the 150 beneficiaries under the emergency employment program of dole for the underemployed, unemployed and displaced workers who are greatly affected by the crisis brought about by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

All of them were able to complete the 10-day work by cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing their respective barangays.

The second batch of beneficiaries also received recently the same aid from the government.

Meanwhile, the provincial government of Agusan del Sur continues to implement strict preventive measures against COVID-19 and urged all local residents to observe proper hygiene, social distancing, and wearing of mask. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

50 families get food items in SurSur

By Lee Escobal

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Apr 28 -- In line with the "Bayanihan to Heal As One Act," which calls for collective efforts through interagency partnership to support those affected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Surigao del Sur, in partnership with the 67th Infantry Battalion, Surigao del Sur 1st Police Mobile Force Company (PMFC), Lingig Municipal Police Station (MPS), and TVET Association of Surigao del Sur (TVETASS) successfully conducted relief goods distribution on April 24, 2020, in Sitio 5M, Bogac, Lingig, this province.

A total of 50 families received the relief goods, which included three kilos of rice, two cans of corned beef, eight cans of sardines, eight packs of instant noodles, one pack bihon, one pack soy sauce and three packs of instant coffee.

The families also received farm harvests such as eggplants, string beans, and okra from Dayo's Farm, a TESDA accredited farm school.

The said activity was also supported by the local government unit of Lingig headed by Mayor Roberto M. Luna, Jr, and TESDA Caraga Regional Office, headed by Regional Director Ashary A. Banto.

In addition, TESDA Surigao del Sur also provided 100 pieces of washable face masks to the residents of Brgy. Pagtilaan, Lingig. The face masks were produced by the Surigao del Norte College of Agriculture and Technology (SNCAT), a TESDA Technology Institution based in Magpayang, Mainit, Surigao del Norte.

Said activities are also in line with the Oplan TESDA Abot Lahat which directs TESD interventions to support food security and assistance to communities. (TESDA/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

TESDA, TVET aid frontliners in SurSur

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Apr. 28 (PIA) -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) provincial office in Surigao del Sur with the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Association initiated recently the distribution of snacks and drinks to the frontliners combating the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the province.

According to TESD Specialist and information officer Lee Escobal, some 150 bottles of calamansi iced tea with lemongrass and honey, 150 bottles of blue ternate juice, 100 packs of "Palao" (a native root crop) and 50 packs of "Latik" (from coconut milk) were distributed.

TESDA and other agencies provide snacks and drinks 
to Surigao del Sur frontliners. (Photos: TESDA)
The mobilization of assistance is an inter-agency and stakeholder partnership in support to the “Bayanihan Act of 2020."

Escobal added the beneficiaries were the frontliners stationed at the checkpoints in Barangay Magsaysay in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur (the boundary of Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur); Barangay Wakat in Barobo town; Barangay Payasan in Lianga; Barangay Campanubay in San Agustin; Barangay Amontay in Marihatag; Barangay Tagbalidbid in Cagwait; Barangay La Paz in Tago; and Barangay Rosario in Tandag City, all in Surigao del Sur.

The healthy drinks and snacks were from the farm harvests of Mejares Farm (calamansi, lemongrass, blue ternate flower, coconut, and palao-root crops), while the juice containers were from the National Institute of Excellence (NITEX) owned by Karl Toledo, a TESDA accredited provider in Carrascal town. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Pagpapatupad ng ECQ color coding scheme sa Butuan nakatulong sa pagbaba ng krimen – PNP

By Nora C. Lanuza

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Abril 28 (PIA) -- Bumaba ang naitatalang krimen habang ipinapatupad ang color coding scheme dito sa lungsod dahil  maayos na operasyon at koordinasyon ng mga station commanders ng limang police stations dito.

Ayon kay Butuan City Police Office city director PCol. Canilo Agua Fuentes, regular na sinusuri ng pulisya kasama ang task force bantay Butuan ang mga daan upang masiguro na ang mga tamang tao lamang ang nasa lansangan sa ayon na din sa hawak nitong quarantine pass color coding.

“Malaking tulong and pagpapatupad ng color coding scheme dahil madaling malaman kung saang lugar nakatira ang mga taong nasa lansangan," dagdag pa ni PCol. Fuentes.

Laking pasalamat naman ni Nilo Latonio, isang Barangay Tanod ng Villa Kananga, dahil mas mapadali din ang kanilang trabaho at kaunti na ang mga taong nasa lansangan, at madali din na ma-identify ang mga ito.

Ang maayos na implementasyon ng color coding scheme ay nakatulong din na bumaba ang krimen sa lungsod at maipatupad ang social distancing. Malaki din ang papel ng mga punong barangay sa pagdidisiplina sa mga lumabag sa color coding scheme at curfew hours, dahil sila mismo ang susundo sa mga ito sa presento ng kapulisan. Itatala ang mga lumabag sa kani-kanilang mga barangay at sila ay magbibigay ng community service.

Patuloy na ipinapanawagan ng mga otoridad na manatili sa bahay upang matulongan ang  mga frontliners na mahinto ang transmission ng COVID-19. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)