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Monday, November 23, 2020

AgNor village chief grateful for PRLEC-initiated projects

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 23 -- San Antonio Barangay Captain Helario Sajulan is grateful to the projects that are initiated by the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the province of Agusan del Norte.

In an interview with Brgy. Capt. Helario Sajulan of Brgy. San Antonio, Remedios T. Romualdez (RTR), Agusan del Norte, he said that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has informed him that the machineries needed for the establishment of green charcoal production is now ready.

Brgy. Capt. Sajulan said with these machineries that will soon to be delivered in Brgy. San Antonio, the residents were very excited and eager to start the production of green charcoal. “Tungod kay naa na man ang maong mga makinarya, andam na gyud usab ang atong mga residente dinhi sa among barangay ug excited na kaayo sila aron maka-mass produce na og green charcoal (Since the machineries are already available, the residents of our barangay are also ready and excited to undergo mass production of green charcoal)," Sajulan said.

It was learned that the local residents have already undergone training on green charcoal production with trainers in DOST-Caraga and has made sample products. “Kung madeliver na sa ato ang maong mga makinarya, daghan na gyud ang atong ma-produce ug mabaligya sa merkado (If the machineries will be delivered to us, the local residents can have mass production for selling in the markets)," he said.

Also, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) gave a capital amounting to some P1 million to start the production. “This is the agency’s way of supporting the beneficiaries so that they can use the knowledge they have obtained during the training,” Sajulan said.

The official further said, though the mass production is set to commence, he said they are optimistic that they can market the said products through the help of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Caraga as the agency has also committed to help.

Sajulan also stressed that there are already residents who have finished the training in Tour Guiding. He added that with the pandemic that is slowly decreasing the number of those who were infected in the province and in this city as per information of the Department of Health (DOH)-Caraga, local tourists have started to visit again the Tagnote Falls, one of the tourist destinations in the region.

He also pointed out that with this development, the newly-launched San Antonio Agri-Tourism Enterprise Village will be a good venue for the local residents to gain income. It can be recalled that the said PRLEC-initiative project was launched last October 29, 2020 and has started to make a significant contribution to the lives of the local residents in the area.

For the animal production, Sajulan said the 35 heads of piglets were already delivered to them by the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Agusan del Norte. The beneficiaries also enjoyed taking care of the piglets. This was also the commitment of the agency during the launching two weeks ago.

Likewise, fingerlings of different varieties were also delivered to them during the launching and was already turned-over to the beneficiaries-farmers who will maintain the fishpond. DA-Caraga and the Northern Mindanao School of Fisheries (NMF) provided the said fingerlings.

For those who have already finished training on food production such as sapin-sapin (bibingka, suman, etc.), Capt. Sajulan said there are already beneficiaries who have gained income because they are now accepting orders. “During a program of the Agusan Up!, a program initiated by LGU-Agusan del Norte, the graduates were tapped to provide the sapin-sapin and catering and were paid,” he added.

Furthermore, Sajulan said the demo farm which is strategically located at the lower portion of the Tagnote Falls was already planted with vegetables. Accordingly, the seeds were given by DA-Agusan del Norte.

Sajulan is also thankful to the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) thru their Food-for-Work Program. He added the local residents were encouraged to plant and maintain the demo farm because of their program. Sajulan explained this is because as soon as they will go home in the afternoon, they can bring the food packs given by the PSWDO.

Overall, the official said the local residents of Barangay San Antonio were very inspired because of the numbers of projects that the government has given them thru the PRLEC. He said this is a proof that the government is longing to achieve peace and development in their area. (TESDA Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Pondong P315M alang FMR sa Olave, Libas gisiguro

By JV Demain

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Nobyembre  23 -- Sa giaprobahang 7th Supplemental Annual Investment Program (AIP) sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan bag-ohay pa lamang, gisigurong mapundohan sa Panggamhanang Probinsyal karong tuiga 2020 ang pagtukod sa farm-to-market roads sa Cadahon-dahonan-Libas nga sakop sa mga lungsod sa Santiago ug Jabonga, ug sa Sito Afga-Sitio Bulak, Barangay Olave, lungsod sa Buenavista, ning lalawigan.

Tuyo sa duha ka mga proyekto nga nagkantidad og suma total P315 Milyon nga magpadali pa sa pagdala sa abot sa uma sa mga mag-uuma ngadto sa pinakaduol nga merkado ug mas mopalambo pa sa kahimtang sa maong mga dapit.

Samtang sa lahin bahin, giaprobahan usab sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan ang 1st Supplemental AIP alang sunod tuig 2021 ang pagpalambo sa Doña Rosario-Del Pilar-Bayabas-Bongogon-Comagascas provincial road, dalan kini nga nagsubay gikan Cabadbaran City padulong sa lungsod sa Tubay sa kantidad nga P100 Milyon.

Ang nasangpit nga mga proyekto giaprobahan sa SP pinaagi sa Provincial Resolution No. 504-2020 ug Provincial Resolution No. 505-2020 sa pagpangamahan ni Bise Gobernador Ramon A.G. Bungabong basi sa rekomindasyon sa Provincial Development Council. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

91st Malasakit Center opens in Antique province

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 23 (PIA) -- The country’s 91st Malasakit Center opened at the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital in San Jose de Buenavista City, Antique on November 13, 2020.

Opening of the 91st Malasakit Center at the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital in the capital town of San Jose de Buenavista in Antique province. Photo by OSBG

As reiterated by Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) Assistant Secretary Jonji Gonzales during the ‘Bisaya Gyud’ program episode on Saturday, November 21, with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, this is the province’s 11th Malasakit Center and the 22nd in the Visayas. Around PhP5 million is allocated every month for the Malasakit Centers in the province.

Present during the center’s virtual launching were Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Sec. Michael Lloyd Dino, Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao, and other officials of the province.

The Malasakit Center serves as a one-stop-shop facility that will accommodate the medical needs of every Filipino, especially the “poorest of the poor”, who serve as the center’s priority clientele.

The Malaskit Center is manned by the personnel from the Philippine Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and the Department of Health (DOH).

A total of 47 Malasakit Centers are established in Luzon while 22 are located in Mindanao.

‘Bisaya Gyud’ is a weekly public service and entertainment program hosted by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar aired on select radio stations across the country and streamed live on its official Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/bisayagyudph, every Saturday.

The program was initially launched to provide assistance to underprivileged Bisaya and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). At the height of the pandemic, the program also devoted its episodes to addressing various issues of the Bisayas concerning the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Its 'Operation Tabang' is launched to extend medical and food assistance to Bisaya all over the country, especially those who suffered greatly due to the health crisis. The program also launched its Bond Paper Gift project, which aims to assist schools in rural areas in effectively implementing distance learning by providing reams of bond papers to be used for the production of learning materials.

The program also explores Bisaya music and artists, and features Bisaya success stories. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

LGU Magallanes makaangkon og P3M para sa proyektong Solar Street Lights

By Ramil L. Pasco

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Nob. 23 -- Pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 506-2020 nga gi aprobahan na sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan, gihatag pagtugot si Gobernador Dale B. Corvera nga ibalhin ang pondo sa munisipyo sa Magallanes, ning probinsya, sa kantidad nga P3,000,000.00 alang sa proyekto nga pagsuplay ug pagbutang  sa Solar Street Lights.

Sa pagtimbang-timbang niini, nakita sa Committee on Finance and Appropriation diin tsirman si Bise Gob. Ramon A.G. Bungabong, nga ang lungsod sa Magallanes gi prayoridad niini ubos sa Annual Investment Program (AIP)  sa pagpatuman sa maong proyekto nga Solar Street Lights aron mahatagan og kahayag ang kadalanan panahon sa gabii, aron sayon ug luwas ang mga magbiyahe ug ingon man mga ginsakupan sa munisipyo.

Tungod sa kakulangon sa pondo ang mga opisyales sa munisipyo sa Magallanes naghangyo og suporta gikan sa probinsya pinaagi sa Provincial Governor alang sa pagpatuman sa nasangpit nga proyekto.

Ang pagbalhin sa pundo sa maong proyekto nga nahiuyon sa paghatag sa mga serbisyo ug pasilidad sa mga ginsakopan sa probinsya aron mapauswag ang kaluwasan ug kahan-ay sa lugar, gipadali sa gobernador aron ma-implementar dayon kini.

Ang Provincial Government sa Agusan del Norte ug ang Municipal Government sa Magallanes, mopirma sa MOA nga naglangkob sa termino ug kondisyon, ingon man ang tagsatagsa nga responsibilidad sa matag partido sa pagbalhin sa nasangpit nga pondo, ingon man ang pagdumala ug paggamit sa nasangpit nga pondo alang sa epektibo nga pagpatuman sa proyekto.

Ang pag pirma sa kasabutan nahisubay ubos sa Section 465 (vi) of RA 7160 sa Local Government Code of 1991.

Ang maong lakang giaprobahan sa SP pinaagi sa pagpaningkamot ni Vice Governor Bungabong. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)