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Friday, December 11, 2020

Bisaya program aids CdO schools in distance learning implementation

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 11 (PIA) -- Through their Bond Paper Gift Project, the ‘Bisaya Gyud’ program donated reams of bond paper to public schools in Cagayan de Oro City in support of distance learning implementation.

‘Bisaya Gyud’ is a weekly public service and entertainment program hosted by Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. Initially launched to help underprivileged Bisaya Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), the program’s scope has progressed to serving Bisaya Filipinos nationwide since the onset of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, delivering grassroots information on the efforts of local and national governments to address the people’s needs during the health crisis whilst launching their own initiatives through the ‘Operation Tabang’.

Receiving the latest batch of donated reams of bond papers were teachers from the West Central Elementary School (West CCS) in Brgy. Carmen and Cagayan de Oro City High School (CDOHS). The Bisaya gyud team visited both schools not only to hand out the donations but also to assess the teachers’ plight during the pandemic.

Eldenne German, a teacher in West CCS, recounted the challenges they have been facing since the implementation of distance learning, in particular their efforts to sustain the needs of each of their learners.

“Others would say that teachers have less to work on considering that classes are not conducted physically, which is completely false. We put in just as much effort in our work. We physically report to our school to make sure that each child is given what they need to continue learning at home,” said German.

Meanwhile, CDOHS Grade 8 teacher Jesser Pairat recalled the adjustments the school made to assist especially the night shift students.

“The implementation of blended learning forced students to figure out how to continue learning their own, which is a drastic shift from the traditional face-to-face conduct of learning. Despite this, we make sure to let them know that we are still here should they need help by regularly contacting them and checking on their situation. In this way, not only are we helping them with their problems related to academics but also ease their anxiety somehow as they adjust with the changes in the new modes of learning,” said Pairat.

Both teachers expressed their gratitude for the donated bond papers and lauded the Bisaya Gyud team for their support to the education sector during the pandemic.

Amid the challenges, teacher German encouraged his colleagues to persevere and continue to do their work for the children ‘with love’.

“I encourage my colleagues to view the pandemic not as a setback but an opportunity to do better for our learners and help them each step of the way. Let us unite and continue to do our service with dedication for the betterment of our nation,” said German.

The ‘Bisaya Gyud’ program is aired every Saturday on select radio stations across the country and streamed live on its official Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/bisayagyudph.

Apart from providing grassroots information on the pandemic, the program also explores Bisaya music and artists and features Bisaya success stories. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

125 IPs, FRs benefit training skills from TESDA in SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 11 (PIA) -- Some 125 beneficiaries, composed of indigenous peoples (IPs) and former rebels (FRs) who benefitted from the training on Organic Agriculture Production - National Certificate II of the Technical Education Skills, and Development Authority (TESDA) through the MontaƱez Agri-Ventures, Inc., are set to receive a certificate of completion in Barangay Umalag, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur, on Monday, December 14, 2020, at 9:30 am.

According to TESDA Provincial Director Julius Sol Jamero, the said training is under the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP), which aims to empower the IPs and residents of the rebel-affected barangays towards the establishment of livelihood/enterprises and other income opportunities for the marginalized sectors.

Each scholar availed the free training, free assessment, support fund worth P160 per day, personal protective equipment (PPE) worth P500.00, internet allowance worth P500.00, and a one-year accident insurance coverage from the GIS.

Director Jamero added that during the graduation of the 125 trainees, the establishment of the “Organic Agriculture Village Enterprise” would also be launched on the same day, in collaboration with the various agency members of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood, and Employment Cluster (PRLEC). This is a one-stop-shop production of organic vegetables, organic hog, organic chicken, herbs and spices, and abaca plantations.

The implementation of the skills training is in line with the program of the Surigao del Sur Provincial Task Force to End local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) chaired by Governor Alexander Pimentel. (NGPB/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

CTG leader in Mindanao killed in SurSur

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 11 (PIA) -- A high-ranking leader of the communist terrorist group (CTG) was killed after he allegedly retaliated with the local authorities during an operation in Tandag City in Surigao del Sur early morning of Thursday.

Authorities identified the CTG leader as Alvin Loque, spokesperson of the National Democratic Front - Mindanao, who died in a shootout with the 401st Brigade and Caraga police who tried to serve several warrants against him at the Hermenias Resort, Barangay San Agustin Sur, in Tandag City around 1:15am.

Loque is the subject of four separate arrest warrants for cases of murder (2 counts), kidnapping, and serious illegal detention under Criminal Case Nos. 13507, 4611, and 4575.

Accordingly, Loque and his companion reportedly opened fire on the law enforcers, prompting them to retaliate. He and his unidentified companion were killed as a result.

Based on the report, the law enforcers recovered the following at the crime scene: a. One (1) Cal. 45 Remington 1911 pistol chamber loaded with a magazine and live ammunition b. One (1) Fragmentation hand grenade c. One (1) 40mm HE d. Five Hundred (500) rounds 7.62 ammo for AK47 e. One (1) blasting cap f. One (1) battery g. One IED firing mechanism and more or less 15-meter electric wire h. NPA flags and i. Subversive documents.

Loque a.k.a. Joaquin Jacinto/Cordero was a member of the Executive Committee and Spokesperson of Komisyong Mindanao (KOMMID), according to the military. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

LGU Dinagat Islands, DOLE nakigpulong sa Sta. Cruz fisherfolks

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Disyembre 11 (PIA) -- Nakigpulong kang Gobernador Kaka Bag-ao ug Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)  Dinagat Islands Senior Labor and Employment Officer Verlan Diaz ang Purok 3 Sta. Cruz Fisherfolks Workers Association nga gipangunahan sa ilang presidente nga si Junie Candinato inubanan sa mga opisyal ug pipila ka membro sa asosasyon niadtong Disyembre 8, 2020 didto sa Barangay Sta. Cruz, San Jose, ning probinsya.

Ang Sta. Cruz Fisherfolks Workers Association nagsugod sa gamay nga grocery store og karon aduna na silay bugasan tungod sa ilang pagpaningkamot ug pagtinabangay nga mapalambo kini.

Sa kasamtangan, gipadayag sa grupo ang ikatulo nga negosyo nga gusto nilang sudlon nga mao ang usa ka bakery diin mihangyo sila ug pondo sa DOLE alang sa pagsugod niini.

Atol sa ilang panaghisgot, gisuta ni Gobernor Bag-ao kung pila ang net income sa ilang asosasyon aron mahibal-an kung na-monitor ba kini nila.

Gitambagan usab sila ni Gob. Bag-ao nga maghimo og financial report o statement diin plastar ang report sa grocery ug bugasan aron nga dili na sila maglisod kung puhon matuman na ang ilang gi-propose nga bakery isip dugang nila nga negosyo.

Gidasig usab sila sa paghatag og tahas sa matag miyenbro aron nga mapadayon ang kooperasyon sa ilang asosasyon.

Agig tubag sa ilang plano, gi-imbitahan sila ni Gob. Bag-ao sa iyang opisina alang sa sunod nilang panagpulong aron sila matabangan ug makapasidad dala ang gikinahanglan nga dokumento sa ilang project proposal adisir nila sugdan ang pagbakery kauban ang buhatan sa DOLE, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), ug Provincial Community Affairs Office (PCAO) nga mao'y maggiya kanila sa mga angayang buhaton. (Dinagat Islands-PIO/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

Mga molupyo sa hilit nga lugar sa Agusan Norte naabtan og ayuda sa probinsya

By Shena Mae Pabia

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Diayembre 11 -- Laing hilit nga sitio ang giadto sa Team Amomang Agusanon sa probinsya sa Agusan del Norte niadtong Disyembre 4, aron makapadangat og food packs ug laing ayuda sa mga molupyo niini.  

Sa maong pagbisita sa Sitio Cadahon-dahonan, Poblacion 2, Santiago, gipadangat sa probinsya ang food packs sa 130 ka pamilya sa Indigenous Peoples (IP) og 100 ka fruit trees nga ilang gihangyo aron itanum sa ilang lugar.

Nanguna sa pag-apod-apod sa maong mga ayuda ang buhatan ni Gobernador Dale B. Corvera pinaagi sa mga personahe sa Agusan Up Coordinating Center, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office [PSWDO] og sa Environmental and Natural Resources Division [ENRD].

Ang tagsa-tagsa ka-food packs nagbaton og lima ka-kilo nga bugas, upat ka-lata ng sardinas, duha ka-lata nga corn beef og upat kabuok nga noodles. Ang fruit tree seedlings nga gihatag mao ang durian, rambutan, pomelo og lanzones nga gitanom karon adlawa.

“Daku ang akong kalipay nahitabo ni dinhi sa among sitio, niabot ang project ni Gov. Corvera, dili lang ako nalipay, kondili kaming tanang katawhan dinhi sa sitio”, sumala pa ni Violeta C. Cubol, purok chairman sa Cadahon-dahonan.

Ang pagpadangat og ayuda kabahin sa programang Amomang Agusanon og Lunhaw’ng Agusan sa probinsya ubos sa AGUSAN UP!, ang kampanya sa pagpalambo ubos sa administrasyon ni Gob. Corvera inabagan sa buhatan ni Rep. Maria Angelica Rosedel M. Amante-Matba. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)