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Monday, November 9, 2020

Agusan Norte PRLEC launches San Antonio Agri-Tourism

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 9 -- The Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the province of Agusan del Norte recently launched the San Antonio Agri-Tourism Enterprise Village at Brgy. San Antonio, Municipality of Remedios T. Romualdez (RTR).

During the program held at the municipality’s tourist destination – Tagnote Falls, Agusan del Norte Governor Dale B. Corvera and RTR Mayor Richard B. Daquipil cut the ceremonial ribbon.

In her speech, Rep. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba underscored the necessity of the provision of livelihood opportunities to be given to the residents of Barangay San Antonio especially in this time of pandemic where more people are left unemployed. She also extended her full support for the sustainability of the said project that will benefit the community through this PRLEC community development initiative.

Also, Gov. Corvera pointed out the importance of unity emphasizing that if more individuals will come together and work hand-in-hand, “truly, we can achieve whatever our goal will be,” he said.

Enterprise development programs to be undertaken include: Restaurant and Shop Souvenir; Farm Tourism and Training Center (vegetable, native chicken and goat); Fish pond (tilapia); Swine raising; Green Charcoal business; Abaca and Native Crafts; Health and Wellness spa; Tagnote Falls; Glamping/Homestay; Cut Flower; and Processed Foods.

Also present during the launching are TESDA-Caraga Regional Director Ashary A. Banto, TESDA-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Rey M. Cueva, Police Regional Office (PRO)-13 Regional Director PBGen. Romeo M Caramat Jr., Department of Tourism (DOT) Caraga Regional Director Nelia R. Arina, Joel Oclarit of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA)-Caraga, Silver Joy B. Tejano of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Rose Murphy of the Provincial Tourism Office, Cristina Cassion of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)-Caraga, Dir. Brenda Corvera of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Agusan del Norte, Rustico Ranoco of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Caraga, Keith Duran, Provincial Head of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Agusan del Norte, Provincial Agriculturist Office through Alvin Aclan, Col Pajarito of the 401st Brigade-Philippine Army, PCol. Martin M Gamba of the Agusan del Norte Police Provincial Office, Lt. Col. Brnjamin B Pajarito Jr. of the 65th Infantry Battalion, Engr. Charlyn Binghoy of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Rodel Mendez of PENRO-Agusan del Norte, Marlyn Negrido of DAR-Agusan del Norte, Augustus Manuel Mantua of Land Bank of the Philippines, RD Genaro Pogata Jr. of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Administrator Romel M. Natad of the Northern Mindanao School of Fisheries (NMSF), and Administrator Abegail B. Eupeña of the Agusan del Norte Provincial Training Center (PTC).

Other member-agencies of PRLEC-Agusan del Norte are: National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippines Fiber Development Authority (PhilFIDA), Department of Agriculture (DA), 29th Infantry Battalion, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Agusan del Norte District Engineering Office, Department of Education (DepEd) Agusan del Norte Division, and Agusan del Norte Irrigation Management Office. (TESDA-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Former rebels receive cash aid from AgSur LGU

By 2Lt. Cecille Tappa

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 9 – Two former rebels (FRs) from the municipality of San Luis, this province received cash assistance amounting to P25,000.00 from the local government unit (LGU) of the said municipality on November 5, 2020.

Municipal Vice-Mayor Ronald Y. Corvera generously released the cash assistance as part of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) benefits, a government program that aims to help the rebel members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and Militia ng Bayan to restore their allegiance to the Philippine government.

The FRs, alias ‘Gielan’ who was then a regular member of the NPA for one year, while alias ‘Nagoy’, an active member of the NPA for two years, both belong to the Guerilla Front (GF) 88 of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) finally realized their futile struggle and made up their mind to surrender last August 24, 2020, with the hope to have a more renewed life together with their families.

Alias ‘Gielan’ expressed his gratitude to the government for the humane treatment they received which they didn't actually expect. “Wala namo damha nga bisan sa among pagka rebelde tabangan kami sa gobyerno. Gikapoy na mi sa bukid, walay pulos ang among mga pakigbisog. Gilimbongan lang kami sa among komander. Nag surrender mi tungod kay ang saad sa NPA nga maayong kinabuhi nahulog ra sa pag-antos ug kahadlok. Nagpasalamat kami sa gobyerno sa pagdawat pag-usab ug pagtabang kanamo (We were not expecting that despite being part of the rebel group, the government still accepted us and offered help. We got tired living and hiding in the mountains. Our sacrifices were useless and put to waste. We were fooled by our commander, that’s why we decided to surrender. We are thankful to the government for taking care of us)," he said.

Through this government program, the local government agencies are working hand in hand in serving various initiatives to help sustain the needs of the former rebels for them to be reintegrated back to the community, be with their families, and start over with their new lives especially in this pandemic crisis.

Lt. Col. Reynald Romel A. Goce, commanding officer of 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion, encouraged all other rebels in the province of AgSur to surrender. "I am greatly encouraging those who are still in the ranks of CPP-NPA movement to peacefully lay down their arms and stop this useless armed struggle, return to the mainstream society and contribute as good citizens for the prosperity of the community as well as the whole province of Agusan del Sur," he said.

“We sympathized to those NPA members who have realized the deception in their organization, that is why our door is open to those who are willing to go back to the fold of the law. We are offering them a way out. But if they continue to resist, then, they will cause their own senseless miseries. Surrender now, Christmas is coming, your family is waiting for you," added Goce. (26IB/PIA-Agusan del Sur)