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Friday, January 22, 2021

Digital learning support amid the pandemic

By Venus L. Garcia

With the distinctive rise of e-learning, whereby teaching and instructions are undertaken on digital platforms, the local government unit (LGU) of Surigao del Norte guarantees to provide appropriate support to the learners through its “Tablet Ko, Kaugmaon Mo” project as aligned in the “Padajon an Edukasyon” program of Gov. Francisco Matugas.

Even with the sudden shift from classroom to online learning due to the pandemic, the governor still affirms the importance of education. That even with the inevitable disruption of normal classes, he puts priority of assisting students to keep up with the demand of digital schooling.

Some 350 Senior High School students of Surigao Norte National High School (SNNHS) under the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand have received each a tablet computer to make their learning easier.

Assistant provincial administrator Simeon Vicente Castrence, representing Gov. Matugas, handed over the devices to the student beneficiaries during a turnover activity recently held at the SNNHS. This was also attended by Department of Education (DepEd) – Surigao del Norte Schools Division Superintendent Teresa Real, faculty and staff of SNNHS led by school principal Jose Gil Escabal.

Castrence expressed that the said undertaking is in response to the daunting challenges and to the needs of the students for them to continually comply with the school requirements in an unprecedented environment.

He said this gesture of the governor exemplified the kind of leadership that the local government unit (LGU) of Surigao del Norte province has. “It showed the importance of education in the lives of every Surigaonon. You see, this is how education goes far beyond what we can read in a textbook, by learning to be compassionate, generous, and kind to others,” he enunciated.

For her part, Nicole Jay Villalobos, a Grade 12 student of SNNHS, was delighted for the gadget he obtained as this is most useful for her learning. “This is truly a great help not only for us students but for our parents as well. This lessens the burden of thinking where to find money to buy or where to rent every time we needed to go online for our lessons,” she said.

Meanwhile, Real also expressed her gratitude to the LGU-Surigao del Norte for the continued support to the agency especially to the students. This, she said, is a supplement to their Network Academy Project.

There are, however, other challenges to overcome in the transition from face-to-face classes to offline learning, e-learning, and other modalities being introduced.

These might be the catalyst to create a new and more effective education system during this new normal. (Venus L. Garcia/PIA-Caraga)

Surigao Norte town eyes programs vs insurgency amid pandemic

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) -- “This administration will not stop delivering equality and equitable public services and better governance.”

This was the statement of Sison town mayor Karissa Fetalvero-Paronia on the local government’s efforts to address and end insurgency in their area.

In her guesting in the Laging Handa Network Briefing episode today, January 22, the local official hinted some of their plans to address pressing concerns on insurgency, particularly on infrastructure.

“Yung concreting of roads… yun talaga ang main concern dito sa amin since there are still [some] dilapidated roads in Sison na nagpapahirap for the transportation of our agricultural products,” the mayor said.

They plan on using their Assistance to Municipalities funds for last year from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to construct local access roads. The mayor hinted that the project is in preparation for their housing project for local farmers.

Last week, the local government was able to implement the Community Support Program (CSP) in Brgy. Ima after having been cleared from the influence of communist terrorist groups, which required neutralizing more than 100 residents who supported the leftist cause.

“Plan namin po na pagbutihin talaga yung services namin. We have to package all our services and bring them to the grassroots level. Yun talaga yung aim namin,” Mayor Fetalvero-Paronia said.

As they continue to pursue the fight against insurgency, the local government is also hopeful for the establishment of the Provincial Mobile Force Company in their town to better equip the local police force. A hectare of land was donated for such a project.

Ending insurgency is paramount to what the town mayor has envisioned for Sison, which is to transform it into the main government hub in the province. The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has already established its provincial office in the area. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) provincial office is expected to establish its own office in the town as well. Next on that list is, hopefully, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) office, she said. 

“[In] the soonest possible time, Sison will soar high and rise among the municipalities here in Surigao del Norte after masolve namin ang insurgency. We have a lot to offer here. Malaki po yung future ng Sison na we will be able to surpass all these things,” said Mayor Fetalvero-Paronia. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

Caraga RTF-ELCAC capacitates LGUs to attain common goals vs insurgency

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) – The local government units (LGUs) with its respective officials actively participated during the Levelling and Consultation Session conducted by the Caraga Regional Task Force to End Local Communists Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) held on Thursday. Through the help of the resource persons, participants were capacitated in addressing various issues and concerns that would directly or indirectly resolve the insurgency problem in the region.

The said activity was aimed to further capacitate the local Task Force with the knowledge on the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) strategies, tactics, programs; emphasize the need to address the 10 CTG programs; synchronize the effort from the national down to the regional, provincial, city, municipality  and barangay level Task Forces; and sustain the gains of the task force's efforts in ending local communists' armed conflict.

Cabinet Sec. Karlo Alexei Nograles, Cabinet Officers for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for Caraga, stressed that ending local communists armed conflict still remains as a top priority of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. And this levelling session and consultation was aimed to provide guidance to all instrumentalities of the government in Caraga region to achieve this common goal.

“This activity also aims to generate active support and involvement of all sectors thru a whole-of-government and whole-of-nation approach in fighting insurgency in the region,” added Nograles.

The official further reiterated that the president is keen on putting an end to local communists armed conflict under his administration. "With this levelling session and consultation in the region, we hoped to attain a common understanding on the battle against the CPP-NPAs, and ensure economic development and security particularly in the conflict-affected areas," he remarked.

During the course of the session, participating LGUs through its representatives were able to raise questions and clarifications, as well as shared strategies on how they would be able to help the national government and the task force in fulfilling the objectives and goals towards ending local communists armed conflict.

The group also discussed to take into consideration the following plan of action: strengthen network with stakeholders; orchestrate government programs as part of good governance; assist in the preparation of sectoral agenda; promote government programs and narratives and clarify burning issues; identify policy gaps and structural deficiency to attain good governance (social reform agenda); continue the conduct of sectoral studies; and sustain the IEC on sectoral studies.

Meanwhile, Secretary Allen Capuyan, executive director of NTF-ELCAC, urged all the LGUs and government agencies involved that also compose the task force to strive more and continue to implement their respective programs in line with the President’s Executive No. 70.

The creation of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communists Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCACs) is anchored on the Executive Order No. 70 signed by President Duterte in 2018 which mandates a “Whole-Of-Nation” Approach in resolving the communist rebellion.

Under EO 70, LGUs shall take the lead in the conduct of local peace dialogues as a way of peacefully engaging the rebels and convincing them to return to the folds of the law. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)
 

Surigao Norte town upbeat on local vaccination program

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) -- The local government of Sison town in Surigao del Norte is “hopeful” to have its people vaccinated in time for the vaccine rollout of the national government next month.

Municipal Mayor Klarissa Fetalvero-Paronia said during the Laging Handa Network Briefing episode today, January 22, that while funding is a great concern, they are identifying possible sources of funds to implement the program.

“Being the poorest town in the province, we are trying to gather resources especially from our DRR (Disaster Risk Response) funds for this quarter. But we still have to establish that first. Above all, we want the marginalized sector to be addressed first,” she said.

The indigenous people (IP) communities and the vulnerable sectors such as the elderly, the disabled, and pregnant and lactating women will be among the first to receive the vaccines.

The local official is optimistic that they can carry out vaccination for its people with the help of national government agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) that can help them in their endeavour, as well as the provincial government of Surigao del Norte. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

PMO Surigao customers widely accept e-payment system

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 22 (PIA) -- Customers at ports under the Port Management Office (PMO) Surigao has apparently adopted the e-Payment “cashless” system, enabling them to be among the top PMOs in the country with the highest number of online payment transactions.

PMO Surigao Acting Port Manager Froilan Caturla said that since the e-Payment system was launched, all Permit to Operate (PTO) and Philippine Port Authority (PPA) Accreditation fees were paid through the online facility.

“We have encouraged our customers to avail the online system, and at times even went our way to assist them in making online payments,” Caturla added.

Rolled out at PMO Surigao in the 3rd quarter of 2020, the PPA Electronic Payment System or e-Payment is initially made available for clients paying for Port Ancillary Services Permit fees as well as PPA Accreditation fees.

Accessible through the Electronic Payment Portal (EPP) at the PPA website, the e-Payment is integrated with the PPA’s other online systems such as eAS, ePMS, iPORTS and also linked to Cargo Handling Operator (CHO) and Private Port Operators’ (PPO) online systems. (NC Nusog, PMO-PPA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Army engineers, Philsaga turn-over one school-building to DepEd

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Jan. 22 – The Army Engineers and Philsaga Mining Company finally turned-over to the Department of Education (DepEd) the newly constructed school-building in Wasian Integrated School, Rosario, Agusan del Sur on January 18, 2021.

The 544th Engineer Construction Battalion (544ECBn), 52nd Engineer Brigade Philippine Army led by Lt. Colonel Rodel V Pangilinan, constructed one school-building with two classrooms of DepEd which was funded by the Mindanao Mineral Processing and Refining Corporation (Philsaga Company). The project started last June 15, 2020 and was completed on January 18, 2021.

The establishment of these school-building project becomes successful through the collaborative efforts of the Army Engineers, Philsaga Mining Company, Local Government Unit of Rosario, Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Trades – Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (ASSAT-TESDA) and DepEd.

Engr. Rupert Joseph D. Tortal, representative from Mindanao Mineral Processing and Refining Corporation; Hon. Eduardo E. De Paz, Barangay Captain of Wasian, Rosario, Agusan del Sur; Nilo B. MontaƱo, Division Supervisor; Faculty members headed by Renante P. Probo, School Principal and parents attended the said event.

“We are very happy to have been given this opportunity to assist in the implementation of this school-building project. We have worked hand in hand with our counterpart agencies and stakeholders for the success of this project,” underscored Pangilinan.

“This effort is in consonance of the Executive Order No. 70 or the Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC). We assure you that we will continue to bring our services to areas in dire need,” Pangilinan ended. (544th Engineer Construction Battalion/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

PDI town allocates P1.6M for COVID-19 vaccine

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Jan. 22 (PIA) -- The local government unit (LGU) of Libjo town in the province of Dinagat Islands (PDI) earmarks an initial fund amounting to P1.6 million for the procurement of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine.

Libjo town Mayor Sonny Llamera said that the said fund is ready once the vaccine becomes available and hopes that all his constituents will be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

He sought the assistance of the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force to help the LGU in the procurement process.

According to Mayor Llamera, for the LGU to procure, there has to be an agreement among the national government, LGU, and the manufacturer.

PDI Governor Arlene "Kaka" Bag-ao also issued an executive order making vaccine procurement a top priority of the LGU.

Meanwhile, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Libjo town encourages the punong barangays to update their registry of barangay inhabitants as a preparation for the vaccine program roll-out of the national government, which is set to commence in the 2nd or 3rd quarter this year. (DILG-Libjo/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Andam na ang Agusan del Norte alang sa pag-arangkada sa Process! Process! Process!

By Karen Kei V. Decamotan

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Enero 22 -- Gipirmahan ni Gobernador Dale B. Corvera karon sa probinsya sa Agusan del Norte ang siyam ka Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) alang sa hiniusang paglihuk pagpahiluna og mga Core Processing Projects sa mga lungsod sa Agusan del Norte ug niini andam na ang probinsya sa pag-arangkada sa Process! Process! Process! Project, ang kaluhang proyekto sa Plant! Plant! Plant! Project ubos sa AGUSAN UP!

Ang AGUSAN UP! mao ang kampanya sa pagpalambo sa administrasyon ni Gob. Dale B. Corvera kaabag ang buhatan ni Kongresista Angel Amante-Matba.

Ang Core Processing Projects mao ang mahimong dugokang ekonomikanhong kalihukan sa pagproseso ug mahimong merkado sa abot sa mga kalihukan sa Plant! Plant! Plant! o sa mga hilaw nga materyales nga abunda ang usa ka lugar, sumala pa kang Gob. Corvera.

Pinaagi sa maong mga processing projects gilantaw sa probinsya nga makab-ot ang panglantaw niini nga mahimong agri-processing center sa rehiyon sa Caraga, mahimong mas produktibo pa ang resources niini, makamugna og libuang trabaho ug mahaw-as ang daghan sa pamilya niini gikan sa kawad-on.

Kasabot sa probinsya sa maong mga MOU ang mga Local Chief Executive o Mayor sa matag lungsod o syudad ug mga nag-unang industry players, ang buhatan ni Kongresista Amante-Matba ug mga nasudnong ahensya.

Ang Core Processing Projects nga sumala pa sa MOU pangunahan sa probinsya ang pagpahiluna mao ang mosunod: Nasipit Agusan del Norte Industrial Estate o NANIE ug Chocolate Procsessing City sa lungsod sa Nasipit; Orchard Stopover o pagproseso ug prutas sa Carmen; Beyond Rice sa RTR o ang pagproseso sa bugas ngadto sa kakanin, bino ug uban pang produkto; Waste to Energy Power Plant sa Magallanes; Abaca Handicraft Village sa Syudad sa Cabadbaran; Mineral Processing sa Tubay; Integrated Coconut Processing Center sa Jabonga, ug; Food Basket o ang pagtanum ug pagproseso og pagkaon sa Kitcharao.

Kasamtangang gi-proseso usab ang mahimong kasabutan alang sa Feed Mill sa Las Nieves, sa Sardine Processing sa Buenavista ug sa Banana Processing sa Santiago.

Gitakda nga himoan ang nahisgutang mga proyekto og feasibility studies, hulmahon ang mga corporate entities niini, pangitaan sa gikinahanglang investments unya dayon na sa pagpatuman niini. (Agusan Up, LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

LGU CBR mohatag pribilehiyo sa mga differently-abled persons nga operators sa motorized trycycle

By Ramil L. Pasco

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Enero 22 -- Aprobado na ug gideklarang balido sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa Agusan del Norte sa ikaduhang pagbasa atol sa sesyon regular kaniadtong Enero 05, 2021, ang City Ordinance No. 2020-038 nga gikan sa Sanguniang Panglungsod sa Cabadbaran ning probinsya, nga nagtugot nga walay bayad ang tanan Differerently-Abled Persons (DAP) nga mga operator sa motor traysikol sa rehistro ug uban pang mga singil alang sa katuyoan nga makuha ang mga permits/prangkisa sa pagpadagan sa mga traysikol nga mga pampoblikong sakyanan.

Naaprobahan kini base sa Chapter 6, Section 26 of RA 7277, kong giila nga "Magna Carta of Disabled Persons" nga nagkanayon nga hatagan og katakus ang tawo nga adunay kapansanan ug gitugotan nga magmaneho sa mga sakyanan nga motor traysikol nga nahiuyon sa mga balaod ug regulasyon nga giisyu sa Land Transportation Office (LTO) nga may kalabotan sa kinaiyahan sa ilang kakulangan.

Ang maong lakang giaprobahan pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 003-2021, nga gipangunahan ni Board Member Francisco Y. Chan, Jr., tsirman sa Committee on Ways and Means inubanan nila ni Board Member Rodulfo A. Pitogo ug si Board Member Erwin L. Dano isip mga co-authors. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

CSP ng 75th IB naging matagumpay sa nakalipas na taon

By Raymond Aplaya

LUNGSOD NG TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, Enero 22 -- Maliban sa pagpapaigting ng kanilang combat operation, tututukan rin ngayong taon ng 75th Infantry Battalion (75IB), Philippine Army ang kanilang Community Support Program (CSP) sa mga komunidad na kanilang nasasakupan kung saan kilala nang tagasuporta ng rebeldeng New Peoples Army (NPA).

Inihayag ni Lt. Col. Jeffrey Villarosa, Battalion Commander ng nasabing army battalion, na bagama’t maituturing na naging matagumpay ang nasabing programa sa nakalipas na taon, mas paiigtingin pa rin nila ang pagsasagawa nito ngayong taon sa pamamagitan ng mga Grand Pulong – Pulong o Serbisyo Caravan sa mga kinokonsiderang focused areas o mga lugar na mataas pa rin ang impluwensya ng mga komunistang grupo.

Dagdag pa ni Col. Villarosa, na patuloy ang kanilang isinasagawang pagpapaunawa para sa mga naninirahan sa nasabing mga komunidad sa totoong problema ng bansa kungsaan dapat umanong maiintindihan na hindi solusyon ang armadong pakikibaka.

Kaugnay nito, nagpapasalamat na lang si Col. Villarosa sa positibong tugon ng mga naninirahan sa nasabing mga komunidad dahil sa unti - unting pagputol nang kanilang suporta sa mga rebelding grupo.

Ito umano ang isa sa mga magagandang resulta na naidudulot ng Whole–of–Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict kung saan marami na umanong mga rebeldeng NPA ang sumuko at muling bumalik sa pamahalaan. (DXJS RP Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)