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Thursday, September 17, 2020

600 households benefit from RCSP services in Agusan Norte town

By 1Lt. Roel T. Maglalang

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Sept. 17  –  Joint efforts of the 23rd Infantry “Masigasig” Battalion (23rd IB), Philippine Army the local government unit (LGU) of Las Nieves and the team members from the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) delivered basic services to more than 600 households in Barangay Casiklan, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.

Las Nieves Vice-Mayor Larry Bautista who represented Mayor Avelina S. Rosales led the RCSP team during the activity with the support of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD), the Municipal Health Office (MHO) and the members of the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) in the area.

The RCSP team plays a vital role in the peace and development efforts of the government to communities particularly in Barangay Casiklan, one of the identified conflict-affected areas in Las Nieves but was recently declared as a cleared area by the Army. Through the RCSP, the needs and the situation of the local populace in Casiklan is directly bridged to the LGU and the national government agencies. The RCSP also strengthens the barangay-based institutions and sectoral organizations to engage in participatory issue resolutions and the different peace and order interventions.

During the activity, the 600 households in Casiklan were provided with free medical services, birth registration, and blood donation activity. The children in the community were also given free haircuts by the members of the “Pogi Team” of 23rd IB.

In his message, Vice Mayor Bautista thanked the members of the RCSP and its core team for their untiring effort to launch the activity.

“RCSP is one of the national government’s mechanisms in implementing the Whole-of-Nation Approach to peacefully end the local communist armed conflict which was institutionalized by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70,” Bautista said.

He added that the LGU of Las Nieves is always ready to perform its duties and responsibilities to address the root causes of insurgency in the area.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, Commander of the 23rd IB, urged the people of Casiklan to unite and support the efforts of the government to bring peace and development to their barangay.

Paulo emphasized that any support given to the communist rebels will be used to destroy communities and the livelihood of the people as the rebels continue to engage in terroristic activities.

He also assured the people of Casiklan of the continuing support of the 23rd IB to all their peace and development endeavors. (CMO Officer, 23IB PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Awarding Ceremony sa Indigay sa Gulayan gipahigayon

By Justine Lumonsod

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Setyembre 17 -- Gipahigayon niadtong Martes, Septyembre 15 ang Awarding Ceremony sa Indigay sa Gulayan sa Kabatan-onan didto sa kapitolyo, ning syudad nga gisalmutan sa mga Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) sa probinsya.

Nasungkit sa SK Las Nieves ang 1st place, SK Carmen- 2nd place, SK Santiago- 3rd place.

Ang mga nahimong mananaog nakadawat sa ganti nga P 30,000.00 alang sa 1st placer, P 20,000.00 sa 2nd placer, P 10,000.00 sa 3rd placer ug P 5,000.00 sa consolation prize.

Ang indigay sa gulayan gisugdan niadtong Hunyo isip usa sa  mga tipik nga kalihokan sa 53rd Araw ng Agusan del Norte.

Gihimong tulo ka hugna ang paghukom sa maong contest diin ang unang paghukom gipahigayon niadtong Hulyo, ang ikaduha sa Agosto.

Mitambongan si Provincial Governor Dale B. Corvera sa awarding ceremony uban ni Alvin C. Aclan, ang OIC sa Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) ug ni Carlito Cumba isip representante ni Provincial Administrator Gerry Joey S. Laurito.

Nahimong judges sila Marry Jane Gonzaga sa Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) ug si Joanne Langres sa Caraga State University (CSU).

Ang indigay subay sa flagship program sa AGUSAN UP nga PLANT! PLANT! PLANT! Ubos sa liderato ni Gob. Corvera nga nagtumong sa pagtisok sa gugma sa pagpanguma sa mga kasingkasing sa kabatan-onan ug uban pa. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

321 NPA supporters, members affirm allegiance to government

By 1Lt. Percival Carido

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Sept. 17 – Some 321 former mass supporters and members of the New People’s Army (NPA) withdrew their support to the terrorist group as they affirmed their allegiance to the government during the Peace Rally and Mass Withdrawal Ceremony on September 15, 2020 at the Esperanza National High School Gymnasium, Poblacion, Esperanza, this province.

The former mass supporters and members composed of 29 regular members, 80 Militiang Bayan members, 12 supporters, 151 mass organization members, 23 contacts, and 26 couriers with a total of 321 Communist Party of the Philippines - New People’s Army - National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) lie-low members, mass organization members and supporters of Guerilla Front (GF) 88, GF89 and GF4B of Northern Central Mindanao Regional Command (NCMRC), all are residents of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, voluntarily withdrew their support to the CPP-NPA-NDF and subsequently denounced the atrocities and exploitation of the terrorist group in their community.

"Daku akong pagmahay sa akong pag-uban sa walhong grupo, ug karon gusto na kong mupahulay ug magpuyo nga malinawon uban ang akong pamilya (I regret joining the left-leaning group, and now I wanted to live peacefully with my family)”, alias Rey said, a former UGMO member.

The mass withdrawal was made possible by the Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC) headed by Mayor Leonida M. Manpatilan, through the effort of the 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion, Philippine Army in conducting its Community Support Program (CSP) in conflict-affected areas (ConAAs) in the said municipality which aims to help the community identify their common issues and to bring to the attention of the local government unit (LGU) for appropriate actions.

Mayor Manpatilan, said the presence of these terrorists is a threat to the security as they instill fear to people in the communities and kill civilians who contradict their propaganda. “But today, I am happy to commend all of you for coming back to the fold of law without fear and hesitation," she added.

The LGU-Esperanza also granted financial assistance to former NPA members during the said activity. "We are now peace partners and rest assured that the LGU-Esperanza will help you in providing what you need to start a new life," Manpatilan underscored.

The national government expedites the implementation of Executive Order No. 70 of the “Institutionalizing the Whole of the Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict” asserting that all government agencies shall prioritize the delivery of basic services and social development in conflict-affected areas and vulnerable communities purposely to elevate poverty situation which has become the root cause of enemy recruitment and manipulation of the CTGs.

Meanwhile, Agusan del Sur Governor Santiago B. Cane, Jr., commended the LGU-Esperanza and the 26IB for their collaborative efforts with the PTF-ELCAC in ending insurgency towards a more peaceful and more developed ADS. "The Philippines has only one flag, the burning of the communist flag signifies your submission to the government. We only have one government, we only have one flag, we only have one Philippines, and we have that democracy. With that, I commend the partnership of LGU-Esperanza and the 26IB for their persistence in our quest for peace and development in our province," he said.

Lt. Col. Reynald Romel A. Goce, Commanding Officer of 26IB, also lauded the LGU-Esperanza for its untiring support to the unit’s Civil Military Operations (CMO) activities. Likewise, he gratefully welcomed the 321 former mass supporters and members in their fearless decision to go back to the mainstream society. "We sympathize with the NPA supporters who have already realized the deception of this terrorist group, that is why our doors remain open in accepting them back to the fold of the law,” he bared.

 "We re very grateful that due to our continuous effort in reaching out to our fellow citizens who support the NPA, they are now able to realize the futility of their armed struggle and geared with the support of our local government. We are encouraging all other supporters and members of NPA to surrender now because you deserve a better life," Lt. Col. Goce added. (CMO, 26IB/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

113 FRs at tagasuporta tumanggap ng cash assistance mula sa E-CLIP sa SurSur

LUNGSOD NG TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, Setyembre 17 (PIA) -- Nasa 113 dating rebelde at tagasuporta ng teroristang New People’s Army (NPA) na taga Surigao del Sur ang nakatanggap ng pinansyal na tulong at pangkabuhayan mula sa Task Force Balik-Loob Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program o TFBL-ECLIP. Isinasagawa ang nasabing paggawad noong Martes, Setyembre 15, 2020 sa Governor Vicente T. Pimentel Jr Social Hall, Capitol Hills, Telaje ng lungsod.

Umabot sa P80,000.00 ang tulong pinansyal at pangkabuhayan ang tinanggap ng bawat benepisyaryo.  Nasa P65,000.00 ang cash assistance at pangkabuhayan, P10,000.00 mula sa Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), P5,000.00 at food packs mula sa Probinsya ng Surigao del Sur. Nagdepende naman sa renumeration ng mga baril ang halaga na kanilang matatanggap na kanilang isinuko.

'Certificate of Scholarship Commitment' naman ang iginawad ng Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) na nagkakahalaga ng P1,039,609.60. Makapag avail ang mga ito ng scholarship packages, at libreng pagsasanay ng mga sumusunod:

·       64 slots for Driving NC II,

·       23 slots for Tailoring NC II, and

·       25 slots for Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II.

Bukod pa dito, nakatanggap din ang mga benepisyaryo ng hygiene kits, rubber boots, drugs, and medicine, sleeping kits, seed packages ang mga former rebels mula sa Department of Health (DOH), DSWD, at Department of Agriculture (DA).

Sa panayam kay Rolie (di tunay na pangalan), dating membro ng makakaliwang grupo, inamin niya na dumanas siya ng sobrang hirap at laging nanganganib para sa kanyang kaligtasan tuwing may operasyon. Aniya, pinagkaitan din silang mabisita ang kanilang pamilya o kamag-anak.

“Malaki ang pasasalamat ko sa kasalukuyang administrasyon, dahil hindi pinagkait sa amin ang karapatan na mamuhay ng normal kahit na sa ginawang naming paglabag, hindi pa rin kami pinabayaan (Daku kayo kog pasalamat sa kasamtangan nga administrasyon tungod kay wala kami gihikawan sa among katungod nga mamuyo og normal nga kinabuhi luyo sa kalapasan nga amo nabuhat, wala gihapon kami gipasagdan)," sabi niya.

Sa mensahe ni 4th Infantry Division Commander Major General Andres Centino, ipinaliwanag niya kung gaano ka sensiro ang administrasyon ni Pangulong Duterte para maresolba ang insurhensiya sa bansa sa pamamagitan ng mga programa nito at bahagi umano dito ang lahat ng sector pati na ang mga lokal na opisyales. Ang ginawang pag aklas ng suporta ng mga masa at pagsurender ng mga myembro nito ay nakatutulong sa kasalukuyang sitwasyon na nagpapahina sa pwersa ng mga teroristang NPA. Hinikayat din ng opisyal ang mga nagbalik loob na patuloy na kukumbinsihin ang kanilang mga kasamahan na patuloy pa sa kasalukuyang sumusuporta sa mga rebeldeng NPA na magbalik loob na at mamuhay nang normal.

Inihayag din ni General Centino kung bakit patuloy pa ang kilusan ng makakaliwang grupo sa kadahilanan na may nakukuha pa rin itong suporta mula sa mga iilang negosyante, pulitiko, at sektor na kaanib nito sa pamamagitan ng extortion. Dito umano nakapag-generate ng panibagong myembro, at bagong armas ang mga ito.

Sinuportahan naman ito ni Gobernador Alexander Pimentel ang sinabi ni Major General Centino na wala silang mapapala kung patulay silang susuporta at aanib sa mga teroristang NPA. Ang kasalukuyang administrasyon ayun pa kay Gob. Pimentel, handang tumulong sa lahat ng magbalik loob, upang mamuhay ng normal. Ang E-CLIP ay isang programa ng administrasyon ni Presidente Duterte na ipinagkaloob sa mga former rebels para makapagsimula ng bagong buhay, sabi pa niya.

Dahil sa naranasang krisis dala ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) na pandemya, nagpaabot naman ng kanyang mensahe sa pamamagitan ng video si Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexie Nograles bilang panauhing pandangal at tagapagsalita sa nasabing okasyon, at si DILG Caraga Regional Director Lilibeth Farmacion. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

ARB organizations sa Agusan del Norte patuloy na kumikita kahit may banta ng COVID19

By Nora C. Lanuza

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Setyembre 17 (PIA) -- Hindi lahat apektado ang kita dahil sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, sa probinsya ng Agusan del Norte, patuloy na kumikita ang mga agrarian reform beneificiaries organizations o ARBOs kahit paman may banta ng COVID-19.

Sa tulong ng Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) ng Agusan del Norte, ang mga ARBOs sa probinsya patuloy na kumikita kahit mahigpit ang pagbibiyahe ng kanilang mga produkto. Binigyan sila ng mga accreditation pass ng DAR upang madala ang kanilang produkto sa pamilihan, dahil naniniwala ang DAR na ang mga magsasaka ay kabilang din sa mga frontliners sa pagbibigay ng sapat na pagkain sa mga mamamayan.

Ayon kay Rodrigo Bitancor, PARPO I ng DAR Agusan del Norte, dahil sa binigay na quarantine pass ng DAR, patuloy at mas pinadali ang pag-abot ng mga produkto sa merkado.

Kagaya nalang ng San Isidro Upland Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIUFMULCO) sa bayan ng  Santiago, patuloy ang kita nila at umabot pa ang gross sales nito ng mahigit 37 million peso sa abaca fiber na edeniliver sa Baybay, Leyte kamakailan lang.

Aminado din si Sergio Baguhin ang chairman ng AvanceƱa Beneficiaries Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ABFMC) sa lungsod ng Cabadbaran na apektado sila sa hirap ng buhay dahil sa pandemya, ngunit dahil nagtulong-tulong sila bilang isang grupo, nilabanan nila ang hirap na dulot nito. Sa ngayon ang kanilang kooperatiba ay kumikita dahil sa kanilang libo-libong sako ng bigas na sinusuplay sa iba’t ibang lugar at sila na rin ang nag-susuplay mismo sa lungsod ng Cabadbaran.

Ayon din kay Ellen Torralba ng DAR Agusan del Norte, siniguro din nila na masosold-out ang mga produkto ng mga magsasaka ng iba’t ibang a-r-b organizations ng probinsya kagaya ng gulay, bigas at iba pa. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

RCEF mechanization reaches CARAGA Region

By Jett Molech G. Subaba

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 17 -- The Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Mechanization Program, through the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech), turns over 113 units of agricultural machines to qualified farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCAs) in Caraga region.

The turn-over was held on August 20, 2020 at the Department of Agriculture (DA) Integrated Laboratory Division, Taguibo, Butuan City. The DA Regional Field Office XIII and other local government officials attended the event.

The 26 FCAs with an estimated 4,570 farmer members were carefully evaluated and shortlisted by the Facility Management and Field Operations Division (FMFOD) of PHilMech headed by Mr. Joel V. Dator prior to the distribution.

Caraga rice farmers received 21 units of four-wheel tractor, 41 units of hand tractor, 23 units of floating tiller, 3 units of rice precision seeder, 2 units of walk-behind mechanical rice transplanter, 5 units of riding-type mechanical rice transplanter, 8 units of rice reaper, 17 units of rice combine harvester and one unit of mechanical dryer.

It has an estimated amount of P85 million which is part of the 2019 P2 billion budget of the program. More machines can be expected for the region as PHilMech is eager to accomplish the procurement under the 2019 P3 billion and 2020 P5 billion budgets.

The machinery grants are totally free and PHilMech does not require any monetary amount from FCAs for the processing and/or release of the machines. (DA-PhilMech/PIA Caraga)

CSU to launch intellectual property webinars, virtual tech pitching

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 17 -- The Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) and the Technology Transfer and Licensing Office (TTLO) of the Caraga State University (CSU) in Butuan City is set to launch a series of webinars to educate the public on intellectual property (IP) and technology commercialization, as part of the two-month Science and Technology for Development (SciTech4Dev) event of the university this September to October 2020.

From September 21-30, CSU will host a webinar series on IP that will cover topics on intellectual property system, copyright, trademark, patent, industrial design, and utility model among other forms of IP.

Target participants for this webinar are those from the industry and the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Teachers and students from elementary to college levels may choose on what particular day they will attend the webinar.

Participants are encouraged to register in advance on the following links:
Batch 1 September 21: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwuf-2oqjkiE9Wd8sqDKiMMHdW2sRE3WytA

Batch 2 September 22: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rceGgpzwtEt2pQ7lGKs107xKZLozV9Z6L

Batch 3 September 28: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vdO6vqD0qE9K0r21oo98xTbmQtTTHNHGN

Batch 4 September 29: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtf-GupzIrH9zQQrWPMkNq434t4C_cGJFe

On September 30, CSU-ITSO shall also conduct the technology pitching online in the hope of engaging the MSMEs and the industries in the region. CSU’s technologies to be presented would include agricultural machinery, food, and ICT systems.

For those interested, the public may also register through this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ld-2vrzkvGdRaggmxu2rkDCMbvVS8Ntdh

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. A digital Certificate of Participation shall also be issued to the participants who completed each of the webinars delivered after also completing the assessment or webinar survey/evaluation forms.

CSU’s ITSO is an Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL)-ITSO Social Franchise and the “go-to” office on intellectual property concerns of the university and works in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - Caraga Region’s own IP desk.

CSU and IPOPHL have launched the first IP advocacy office in the region at the CSU Campus, Ampayon, Butuan City way back on February 5, 2014. Since then, numerous seminars related to IP have been conducted by CSU’s ITSO.

Innovation and intellectual property are two very significant topics to be shared to the public, including the students from all levels and faculty members if they intend to develop products and services for the establishment of future startups or spinoffs.

Startups with strong intellectual property have a significant advantage over those startups without IP. In a very competitive business environment, IP is a catalyst for businesses to capture a significant market share. IBM, Google, Apple, and Samsung, to name a few of the most innovative companies today, rely significantly on the IPs developed from their products to strengthen their market share.

The ITSO’s core functions revolve around three areas, namely:
1) In support of Intellectual Property (IP) creation by facilitating access to global science and technology information:
• Serves as a patent search facility and library patent information;
• Provides skills training in patent searching;
• Renders patent search services; and
• Organizes a community of patent information users.

2) In support of IP protection by promoting domestic and globally-recognized innovations:
• Provides general information on patents and patenting;
• Provides skills training in patent drafting and prosecution;
• Renders patent drafting and prosecution services; and
• Organizes a community of experts to participate in patent examination.

3) In support of IP utilization by assisting the commercialization of globally-competitive innovations:
• Renders IP audit and evaluation services;
• Provides licensing support;
• Provides advice on IP management & commercialization strategies; and
• Be a depository of patent-related documents, papers and statistics.

For more information, the ITSO or the TTLO Facebook Page can be accessed through https://www.facebook.com/TTLO.CSU. The TTLO Facebook Page is also being established for the promotional purposes of these webinars. All announcements related to the webinars shall also be posted there as well. For other information, participants may send an email inquiry to Engr. Jeffrey T. Dellosa, ITSO manager and TTLO director of CSU through this email address: jtdellosa@gmail.com. (CSU-ITSO/TTLO/PIA Caraga)

New, free fertilizer app for rice available on ‘play store’

By Allan Biwang, Jr.

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 17 -- Right amount of nitrogen fertilizer for rice can now be generated through a free android application developed by the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice).

Derived from a four-stripped handy “ruler” called Leaf Color Chart (LCC), the PhilRice Leaf Color Computing Application (PhilRice LCC App), which can assess nitrogen status of the rice plant, is now available on Google Play Store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ph.gov.philrice.lcc).

Designed for farmers, extension workers, researchers, and students, the mobile app generates nitrogen recommendations in just under a minute based on the digital images of intact rice leaves photographed directly from the field.

Ailon Oliver Capistrano, PhilRice senior researcher, said that app users only need to lay down the topmost, fully expanded rice leaf on the smartphone’s front camera to capture its image with the surrounding light as source of luminance.

According to him, nitrogen levels of rice plants can be measured from a digital photo of its leaves, which is strongly correlated with actual leaf nitrogen concentrations.

“The app measures the intensity of green color based on the captured leaf images and converts this into values correlated with the amount of nitrogen in the leaf,” he explained.

Different camera types are normally installed in smartphones with variations in terms of resolution. The research team found that regardless of brand, smartphone cameras will deliver an almost similar reading at 5MP.  This means that app users can install the app even in an inexpensive smartphone brand and benefit from its function.

“The app is more accurate than the LCC as it eliminates the subjective perception of users, which is prone to variation or errors. The app is also handy for new users or adopters who have no training or experience in the use of the manual LCC,” Capistrano said.

Meanwhile, Dr.Karen Eloisa Barroga, PhilRice deputy executive director for development, said the app is useful for farmers who often apply too much nitrogen especially during wet season, which results in pest infestation.

“Many farmers are now online. They also have their children to assist them. I’m sure that the LCC app will quickly find its way to them to guide them in the accurate application of nitrogen,” Barroga said.

The January to April 2020 data of the DA-PhilRice Facebook page showed that 75% of its clients are farmers who frequently use the Messenger. The rest are students, extensions workers, and researchers.

Recommendations derived from the LCC app will be showcased in field demonstration while farmers engaged through Facebook will be encouraged to download the LCC app.

Recently, Agriculture Secretary William Dar announced that the department will harness state-of-the-art tools, systems and technologies to modernize and industrialize Philippine agriculture to ensure food supply.

“By digitalizing agriculture, our farmers and fishers can achieve bigger yields of higher quality products, at a more cost-efficient and sustainable manner,” he said. (DA-PhilRice/PIA Caraga)

U.S. Embassy, DepEd launch new teacher training program

MANILA, Sept. 17 -- The United States (U.S.) Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), launched on Monday, Sept. 14, a new virtual series for teachers and educators in support of the country’s transition to digital learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio and U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Counselor Philip Roskamp opened the series in front of a virtual audience of more than 3,600 education administrators.

More than 8,000 teachers and administrators are expected to participate in the live series, which will run from September 14 through October 23. After the series concludes, participants will share their knowledge and skills with other teachers and administrators across the Philippines.

The new series was designed by a team of three American English Language Specialists in the United States to meet the specific needs of Filipino teachers and students.

The specialists, who developed the curriculum based on the education standards in the Philippines, will deliver a series of virtual classes on the multiple learning modalities.

Course content includes guidance, methodology, instructional materials, and resources to assist with the delivery of online and other non-face-to-face classroom instruction, critical for continuing the education of Filipino students during the pandemic.

During his remarks at the program launch, U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Counselor Philip Roskamp explained, "We are extremely honored to partner with DepEd's Bureau of Learning Delivery and the National Educators Academy of the Philippines on this important program. American English Language Specialists will use the latest instructional techniques to best support Filipino students’ learning during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Usec. San Antonio further stated, “We are very grateful for the generosity of the team in making possible this rare opportunity to learn from their specialists on how best we could provide language teaching, particularly in the time of COVID-19. I commend the Bureau of Learning Delivery and the National Educators Academy of the Philippines for your efforts in partnering with our generous stakeholders and benefactors. My sincerest gratitude to our partners from the U.S. Embassy for making sure that our fellow language teachers will be capacitated.”

As part of the project, an on-demand resource library for teachers and administrators is also being developed for professional development purposes, with a viewing guide, activities, and discussion questions for local learning communities.

The project is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy’s Regional English Language Office, which works with DepEd, education administrators, and teachers to enhance English language learning. (U.S. Embassy in the Philippines/PIA-Surigao del Norte)