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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Former rebels find new home in Agusan del Norte

By Nora C. Lanuza

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 3 (PIA) -- More than 100 former rebels (FRs) will now have their own home after mining firm, San Roque Metals, Incorporated (SRMI), donated a 1.4-hectare lot to the provincial government of Agusan del Norte for the construction of the housing project.

The FRs under the custody of the 29th, 23rd, and 65th Infantry Battalions will be prioritized, it was learned.

Alyas Kris, one of the more than 100 FRs to benefit the housing project of the province, was emotional upon knowing that her family will soon own a house. Alyas Kris thanked the government, especially to Agusan del Norte 2nd District Rep. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba for personally making follow-ups and for providing their needs. "I see the sincerity of the government in helping us start a new life away from insurgency and chaos," she said.

Alyas Kris also thanked Governor Dale B. Corvera for prioritizing the construction of their homes.

According to 29th IB commanding officer Ltc Isagani O. Criste, the increasing number of NPA surrenderers in the province prompted the Philippine Army officials operating in the area to raise the concern to the provincial officials.

Governor Corvera thanked SRMI chairman Francis Enrico Gutierrez for providing the province the 1.4-hectare lot. "The province is now preparing for the construction of the houses where the FRs can stay and start a new life with their families," he said.

The FRs will have their houses built in Barangay Del Pilar in Cabadbaran City to be funded by the provincial government worth to P450,000 each, as announced by Gov. Corvera during the turn-over and ground breaking ceremony of the housing site to the FRs.

In her message, Rep. Matba called on the remaining members of the NPAs to surrender and have a peaceful life with their families. She said that the government is sincere in providing assistance to those who will go back to the government and will exert all possible means to help them start a new life.

Ryan B. Culima, representing SRMI chairman Francis Enrico Gutierrez, said that the SRMI supports the endeavor of the government to attain the lasting peace and development of the province and the whole nation as well.

Culima also said that SRMI will extend livelihood assistance to the former rebels' community once established.

Also, Cabadbaran City mayor Judy Amante said the housing project of the government to former rebels (FRs) is a testament that the government is sincere in helping the FRs in solving the insurgency problem of the country. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Caraga RTF-ELCAC AgSur locals benefit from Serbisyo Caravan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 3 (PIA) -- Amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the residents of Sitio Cogonon of Barangay Salvacion and Sitio New Israel of Barangay Sta. Maria in the municipality of Trento, Agusan del Sur were thankful for the programs and services they have received and availed from the government’s Serbisyo Caravan.

The two barangays are among the conflict-affected areas of Trento and the conduct of Serbisyo Caravan is most beneficial  for the locals especially during this time of crisis brought about by the COVID-19 wherein community quarantine is strictly observed.

Among the services provided include the general consultation, circumcision, vaccination of pregnant, persons with disability, senior citizens, and Indigenous Peoples, blood screening, urinalysis, sputum examination, prenatal consultation, family planning, dengue/schistosomiasis treatment, and distribution of medicines and multivitamins.

“Thank you to all the government agencies that took time in bringing us here their respective programs and services. Thank you for this opportunity,” said Carmelina Guay, day care worker.

Punong Barangay Allan Lintapan also revealed that they were surprised that their barangay was chosen among others despite being in a far-flung area. “We were not expecting that our barangay will be chosen as the venue for this serbisyo caravan as there are puroks near the highway, yet we were chosen to be the recipients,” he said.

Milled rice and food packs were also given to some 500 families of the two barangays, while seedlings and plastic drums were also handed-over to select beneficiaries.

The locals in Barangay Manat of Trento, Agusan del Sur are the next target for the Serbisyo Caravan.

This forms part of the activities of the regional task force to end local communist armed conflict (RTF-ELCAC) in the municipality of Trento.

Meanwhile, Mayor William Calvez also urged the Trentohanons to live a peaceful life with their family and prevent themselves from becoming victims of deceits of the New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists.

“We are also assuring that the government will be more visible and the services will be more accessible,” said Mayor Calvez. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Butuan City youth org launches initiatives for COVID-19

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 3 (PIA) -- Lending a helping hand to their kababayans amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation of Brgy. J. P. Rizal, this city, launched various initiatives.

During his guesting at the ‘Bisaya Gyud’ program with Presidential Communications Operation Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Saturday, October 31, village SK Federation chairperson Judeben Duro said that they helped distribute and repack food packs that were distributed to the residents of the village.

In their second year of implementing the ‘Balik Skwela’ Project, they provided reams of bond paper, printer, and ink to the nearest school in the village in support to the implementation of modular learning.

Despite the health crisis, the youth group pursued the launching of the ‘Palarong J. P. Rizal’, a sports competition for the village youth. The youth leader disclosed that they included board games such as chess to the contest in replacement of the usual outdoor games to make sure that no participant is at risk and that those who have an interest in playing the newly included games can participate. This resulted in the organization receiving positive feedback from the members of the youth sector in their area.

Upon the conclusion of the interview, SK chairperson Duro thanked the program for giving him the opportunity to shed a light on the activeness of their youth through their programs.

“I am very thankful to the people comprising the program, especially to Secretary Martin Andanar, for giving me the chance to let the public know about our initiatives. We hope to inspire our fellow youth to actively take part in the activities for and by the youth, which are great avenues to hone social skills and creativity,” he said.

‘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)

CDO schools receive aid from ‘Bisaya Gyud’ team

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 3 (PIA) -- After having received pleas for help from teachers in the area, select schools in Cagayan de Oro City received reams of bond papers from the Bisaya Gyud team through its Bond Paper Gift project.

During the Bisaya Gyud episode aired online on October 31, Teacher Sofia Gumahin, second grade teacher of Corrales Elementary School who sought the team’s assistance, said that she needed to find a way to address the concerns on implementing the blended learning, particularly in the distribution of self-learning modules (SLMs) to their students. Due to the lack of resources, students were forced to share learning modules.

“We saw that students have been sharing printed modules, which shouldn’t be the case since each child should have a copy of their own. Fortunately, through the help of a fellow teacher, I was able to seek assistance from the Bisaya Gyud team. Their generosity will benefit 300 pupils in the second grade level,” the teacher said.

Meanwhile, high school teacher Marichu Concon from Cugman National High School also raised the same concern. Fellow teacher John Gabriel Pagaran, who received the reams of bond papers on behalf of Teacher Concon, also recounted that teachers and school faculty members are also facing a shortage of needed materials for the printed modules, which hampers the distribution of the said learning materials.

“The lack of supply of needed materials, especially bond papers, is a big concern of the teachers in this school which is why we are truly grateful for the Bisaya Gyud team for heeding our plea for help. The assistance they provided will benefit our learners who strive to learn amid the huge adjustments that had to be made because of the pandemic,” he added.

‘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)

'Bisaya Gyud’ launches first youth camp in Bukidnon province

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 3 (PIA) -- Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) leaders and student leaders inCagayan de Oro City and the Bukidnon province convened for the first Youth Camphosted by the ‘Bisaya Gyud’ team, held on October 24-25, 2020 at the KumaykayRiver Farm Resort, Manolo Fortrich, Bukidnon.

The said camp aims to orient youth leaders about the advocacies of the Bisaya Gyud program on its Operation Tabang and Bond Paper Gift program. Under ‘Operation Tabang’, medical and food assistance are provided to Bisaya all over the country, especially those who have suffered greatly due to the pandemic. On the other hand, the Bond Paper Gift project 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 event also provided the team comprising the Bisaya Gyud to solicit the views of the youth on the program, which can help in its improvement.
Arvin Raye Benaive, SK chairperson of Brgy. Linabo, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, remarked on how the Bond Paper Gift project will greatly help schools, especially in the rural areas.

“Modular learning is what the majority of students resorted to, especially those who live in far-flung areas where electricity remains inaccessible, let alone internet connection. Printed modules are definitely the only means of these students in pursuing their learning which is why schools must have enough resources to effectively deliver this learning mode. This initiative of the Bisaya Gyud is truly a blessing for these schools.”

For fellow SK chairperson of Brgy. 13, Cagayan de Oro City Jan Nino Paasa, the project serves as an inspiration among fellow Filipinos to take part in helping the community in times of crisis.

“The project displays the essence of bayanihan, which can motivate people to help their fellow countrymen. This goes to show that no matter how big or small the actions are, so long as it aims to help people, its impacts on the community can inspire and empower.”

During the camp, an election of officers was done to create a governing body that will oversee the welfare of the youth and spearhead future initiatives for the youth in line with the program’s visions.

Participant Suzzane Martil, who serves as the SK chairperson of Brgy. Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City, thanked the team for organizing the event, which will further help in empowering the youth and strengthening the relationship among its members.

“It is important for the youth to develop a sense of purpose and have their opinion and insights heard, especially if it concerns the community. The youth camp served as an avenue that gave value to those things, which we are grateful for,” the youth leader added.

Participants were given a certificate for their participation and a box of face masks upon the conclusion of the camp.

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

Surigao Norte MSMEs join 'work-life balance' webinar

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 3 -- The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) - Caraga, in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) - Surigao del Norte Provincial Office, recently conducted an online discussion on Work-Life Balance that was joined by 40 participants.

Work-Life Balance: Productive Work from Home Webinar will enable participants to identify ways on how to achieve a balanced work-life during the lockdown and learn some tips on how to be productive while working from home.

Miraflor Granada, Labor and  Employment Office III, started the session with the RTWPB Basic Programs and Services.

Board Secretary VI Earl D. Dela Victoria stressed the importance of balance between work and life. He said that “the stress of life is more easily managed if you maintain balance in our life.” He also encouraged the participants to practice and maintain good personal hygiene, engage in physical activity, balance meals, and spiritual health because it affects how a person think, feel and act.

During the webinar, these topics were also discussed: 1) Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP); 2) Recent Circulars Re: COVID-19 Benefits; and 3) SSS Express Program and Updates 2020 Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic.

Participants were given the time to raise their questions during the open forum. (RTWPB-Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Norte)