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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Surigao Norte mayor vows to put an end to insurgency

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 18 (PIA) -- Shedding light on insurgency, Mayor Karissa Fetalvero-Paronia of Sison, Surigao del Norte  is determined to put an end on the persistent insurgency-related incidents in the municipality together with the town’s people and the police and armed forces.

“It has been almost 52 years since this country first faced the problems brought by the communist-terrorist groups. In those years, countless lives and homes were lost, many of them were our lumads,” the mayor said during an interview with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Martin Andanar for the Network Briefing News, which she served as the program guest on Tuesday, February 16.

“This has been a problem of the Philippines brought by the aforementioned organization and based on history, it only resulted in a disruption in our economy [hindering] the progress of our country,” she added.

Her fervour for addressing insurgency in the town was fuelled even more after the attack made by the communist-terrorist group New People’s Army (NPA) on January 28. Shots were fired at the mayor’s residence at 8:06 A.M. Minutes later, at around 8:15 A.M., a similar attack was made to the Sison Municipal Police Station.

The local government and the police forces expressed strong condemnation for the group due to the attack, which could have compromised the lives of the elderlies who were gathered near the municipal hall to claim their pensions.

Cases have already been filed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) against the identified terrorists responsible for the attack.

The rampant terrorism-related crimes forged stronger ties between the local government, the PNP, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). This cooperation resulted in the apprehension of the fourth most wanted criminal in the region on February 6 in one of the town villages.

Though the battle is far from over, the mayor is optimistic that insurgency will cease in Sison, especially with the current administration in the forefront.

“With the help of our uniformed personnel from the PNP and the AFP, especially the thrust of the EO [Executive Order] 70 of President Duterte together with the Anti-Terrorism Act, rest assured that we will solve this insurgency,” said Paronia. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

Caraga StratCom Cluster enhances skills of SurSur IOs on news writing, mobile photography

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 18 (PIA) – The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga being the cluster lead of the Strategic Communications (StratCom) Cluster under the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) has initiated the conduct of skills training for the information officers (IOs) from the different barangays and municipalities of Surigao del Sur held on February 17, 2021, at the Goldbar Restaurant, Tandag City.

This activity in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga, which invited all the concerned information officers in the said province. This was aimed to enhance the knowledge and skills of the IOs making them better and more effective communicators in their respective areas, and be able to help in advocating the campaign of the government against insurgency.

On behalf of PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga, assistant regional director Fryan Abkilan expressed his gratitude to the participating IOs for their dedication and commitment in fulfilling their tasks and responsibilities by participating into different useful trainings that could help them become more effective as communicators.

“I am grateful to all our participants for taking time off from your busy schedules to attend this activity. Thank you very much. We, in the Philippine Information Agency – being the communication arm of the government and the cluster lead of the strategic communications cluster under the RTF-ELCAC, are committed to constantly share and disseminate timely, factual, and reliable information to the general public,” said Abkilan.

Abkilan also revealed that he was convinced that the most valuable outcome of the said training-workshop was getting together and understanding the IOs’ role as information multiplier in the community. “Finally, you have already known the role of PIO, including how to write a news and produce a textblast; how to shoot a good photo with your photo captions, and a lot more. So, when you need some support on these matters, you can easily contact us. Please don’t hesitate to share your good news to us, through text blast or news stories with good photos, so that we can also share it through our various platforms,” he said.

“Let us all go away from here with one mind that the best way to combat insurgency is to equip ourselves with necessary skills. Let us work together to achieve this,” added Abkilan.

Also, Pedrito Alacaba, provincial director of the DILG-Surigao del Sur, said to the participants that after revisiting the fundamental concepts of Executive Order 70 during the part one of their activities last February 3, they now realized the significance of communication in local governance, and understood the StratCom framework of the RTF-ELCAC.

"So, to test if you really grasped the topics discussed, especially the StratCom framework, you answered a structured learning exercise. Your outputs showed that while you have understood your role as communicators, you still need to be equipped with the technical skills required for effective communication to better discharge your functions as your LGU’s Information Officer. Hence, we are here today to learn more from our resource speakers from PIA-Caraga," he said.

During the training-workshop, PIA Caraga personnel thoroughly discussed the role of the information officers, basic newswriting, production of textblast, utilization of Viber and other messaging apps, and mobile photography. (JPG/VLG/PIA-Caraga)

AgSur opens local economy to int’l trade, engagement with Indonesia

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 18 (PIA) -- To boost the economic productivity amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the province of Agusan del Sur plans on opening its doors for international trade and other engagements, according to Provincial Governor Santiago Cane, Jr.

The business prospect came after an engagement with Indonesian Consul General in Davao City Dicky Fabrian who visited the municipality of Prosperidad on January 28, 2021 to explore opportunities in education, socio-culture, and business to mutually expand the economies of the province and of Indonesia. The engagement was deemed beneficial for both countries since a huge portion of Indonesia neighbors the island of Mindanao.

 “We had a very fruitful conversation with the Consul General. Actually, he invited us to explore opportunities, particularly in Mindanao, that can help fortify the relationship between the Philippines and Indonesia,” the local official said in an exclusive interview with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Martin Andanar for the Network Briefing News on Monday, February 15.

Improving the entire business sector was in the best interest of the said meeting. The invitation to open the provincial economy to import/export was discussed, where both economies can benefit from an exchange of local goods and products. The governor said the foreign official is eyeing the exportation of fruits such as mangoes, lanzones, and mangosteen, and root crops such as sweet potato and cassava.

Members and key stakeholders of the business sector were also invited to meet with members of the said sector in Indonesia to expand business opportunities.

The creation of foreign exchange programs for students and professionals was also tackled, with the Philippine Normal University (PNU) of Agusan del Sur, as the “center of culture and arts” in the country, chosen to house such engagement. The university also plans on integrating specific courses studying the foreign culture in their curriculum.

The governor noted that he was “happy” with the meeting, saying that a “mutual understanding” is expected out of these engagements.

“The Consul General’s visit opened doors for more possibilities for the province. We will definitely pursue these especially once everything goes back to normal,” he said.

The province of Agusan del Sur is the fourth largest province in the country and second largest in Mindanao. Its booming economy is attributed to the richness of its agriculture and forestry, earning the moniker “Land of Golden Opportunities.” (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

AgSur LGU recognizes PCOO-PIA in gearing up campaign efforts on government's vaccine roll-out

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 18 (PIA) -- The local government unit of Trento in Agusan del Sur has recognized the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga for gearing up efforts in propagating the significance of the government’s vaccination program and its roll-out/deployment in the country, particularly in Caraga region.

Mayor William Calvez of Trento shared during the Laging Handa Network Briefing that before the conduct of information roadshow on the government’s vaccination program, some locals of the said municipality were hesitant to avail of the vaccine as they are not sure of the vaccine’s efficacy, effectivity and after-effects.

“Now that they already understand better the intention of the government to keep us all safe, people are now willing to cooperate and looking forward for the start of the vaccination program,” said Calvez.

The mayor added that with PCOO and the PIA whose personnel continuously conduct Pagdu-aw or visitation from one place to another and explain, explain, explain the government’s vaccination program, many of the locals are now optimistic that the vaccine could save them from the ill-effects that it has brought in the country. “We hope to strengthen this effort and we, in the local government will also do our part for our constituents by ensuring them that these vaccines are safe and effective,” he said.

The official also acknowledged the two agencies for constantly reaching out to the different LGUs amid the pandemic and intensifying information dissemination on the government’s programs. “This could help people in different municipalities and cities be convinced to avail of the free vaccines, as they understand better its advantages,” he said.

He also said that with the help of the provincial government thru Governor Santiago Cane, Jr., the funds intended for the vaccines will be made available to cover all the constituents who need to have the shot of the vaccines, including those who are identified as priority sectors for the vaccination program.

Calvez also revealed that relief operations continue for the affected local residents in the different barangays of the said municipality during this time of pandemic and the local government unit is also looking into addressing other issues and concerns, especially on the roll-out/deployment of the government’s vaccination program. As reported by the national government, the vaccines are expected to be made available in the country this first quarter of the year.

He further shared that the conduct of benchmarking to other regions with known best practices is of great help for the officials and employees of the local government unit like Trento, which gives focus on agriculture development. He added that during their latest benchmarking in Claveria and Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, they have gained new knowledge that they could also replicate in Trento. Apart from agriculture, the LGU-Trento also gives priority to the programs related to developing the structures and the environment.

“Trento, Agusan del Sur has more or less 60,000 population, and the COVID-19 situation here is still manageable. We do not have that much number of COVID-19 cases, and we continue to strictly implement the health protocols in our municipality,” underlined Calvez. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Caraga NGAs, DRRMOs prepare for TS Auring

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 18 (PIA) -- Concerned national government agencies and disaster risk reduction management offices (DRRMOs) are now outlining their preparedness measures for the Tropical Storm (TS) Auring which is expected to make landfall on the evening of Saturday or on Sunday morning, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Butuan.

As of 8:00 am of Thursday, February 18, Tropical Depression Auring has intensified into a tropical storm while moving slowly northwestward over the Philippine sea. Latest PAGASA report states that at 10:00 am of Thursday, TS Auring was estimated at 685 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 80 km/h.

“There is a possibility that TS Auring may intensify into Severe Tropical Storm prior to landfall over Caraga on the weekend,” said Ver Lance Galanida, Chief of PAGASA Butuan City in the Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment during the 26th Caraga Regional Task Force for COVID-19 (RTF COVID-19) Meeting on Thursday.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 may be raised over several provinces of Caraga as early as Friday.

Concerned government agencies already aligned their preparations for the incoming disaster. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has issued a memorandum for the possible activation of Quick Response Teams (QRTs) in their respective provincial social welfare and development (SWAD) offices and in their Caraga field office. Food and non-food items have already been prepositioned and vehicles are on standby for logistical support. Meanwhile, more than 560,000 medicines and medical supplies have also been prepositioned by the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga in their provincial offices for the impending disaster.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has already issued a memorandum to have their 89 members of the Special Rescue Unit be on standby for disaster operations while the Philippine National Police (PNP) has instructed their provincial, city, and municipal police stations to coordinate with the respective local government units in their areas.

Meanwhile, sea travel has been suspended in the ports of Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte. The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) port management offices in the said provinces are coordinating with shipping lines to prepare for the tropical storm.

Respective provincial DRRMOs of the region’s five provinces and the city DRRMO of this city are also finalizing their preparedness measures before the expected landfall of TS Auring. Disaster management officials said disaster equipment such as rescue gears and vehicles are now being prepositioned. They will also have residents of high-risk areas be evacuated tomorrow, particularly those in the Surigao provinces, where the tropical storm is expected to make landfall. Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) in Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Sur have already been activated.

During the meeting, RTF COVID-19 chairperson and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga regional director Liza Mazo emphasized the need to make extra preparation for the incoming disaster to minimize and possibly avoid casualties.

“We want to learn from our experience with tropical depression Vicky and leave little to no room for error. We do not want Caraganons to suffer simply because we have failed to do our tasks in disaster preparedness and management,” she said.

Moderate and heavy rains are expected over most parts of Caraga region by Friday until Sunday morning. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

DAR SurSur beats 2020 land tenure target amidst pandemic

By Myra Q. Yu

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 16 -- Amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Surigao del Sur still made it more than 100% in accomplishing the land tenure services (LTS) target. The overwhelming result is the exerted efforts and commitments from the field personnel to deliver the expected outputs in the last year's target.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) II Leoncio Bautista, in his message during the 2021 target setting held recently, expressed his commendations to the Land Tenure Improvement Division (LTID) team and the rest of the fieldmen for their untiring support and cooperation for this huge accomplishment. “Good results start with good planning,” PARPO II Bautista added. He hopes that for this year, the same outcome will be achieved.

LTID OIC Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer (CARPO) Jorge Quijada said that this achievement is another breakthrough in the delivery of services and giving chance to those landless farmers to finally own their lands.

Per report of CARPO Quijada, LTS major accomplishment includes Research and Documentation, Distribution of Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA), Registration of CLOA and Leasehold Operations and Redocumentation activities. He further said that, in Research and Documentation, the office achieved 212.66% accomplishment with 168 landholdings documented versus the target of 79 landholdings. A total of 184 CLOAs were distributed to 1,147 qualified ARBs with a total area of 1,978.22 hectares of agricultural lands. Whereas, the office has able to register CLOA covering 446.5434 hectares involving 230 agrarian reform beneficiaries. Also, accomplished leasehold operations and redocumentations of 86 lessees covering 266.06 hectares’ province-wide, CARPO Quijada added.

Meanwhile, DAR Caraga Regional Director Leomides Villareal recognized and thanked DAR Provincial Office of Surigao Sur for its contribution to the accomplishment of the department in the region. 

The department's goal to distribute hectares of land to the farmers was achieved despite the risk of COVID-19 pandemic, added Villareal. (DAR/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Lokal na pamahalaan ng Agusan del Sur, nakahanda na para sa vaccine roll-out

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Pebrero 18 (PIA) - Suportado ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Agusan del Sur ang vaccination program ng national government at nakahanda na ito sa vaccine roll-out sakaling dumating na ito sa bansa.

Ayon kay Agusan del Sur Governor Santiago Cane, Jr., Nobyembre pa lang ng nakaraang taon ay nakaplano na ang Provincial Health Office sa pagpapatupad ng vaccination program.

“Nasa final process pagplano na tayo sa vaccination plan kasama na dito ang vaccine roll-out. Mula sa pag-distribute ng mga ito mula sa storage areas patungo sa iba’t-ibang mga vaccination centers sa buong probinsya ng Agusan del Sur,” ani ni Cane.

Inilahad din ng gobernador na prayoridad nilang bakunahan ang mga senior citizen, frontliners, at iba pang vulnerable sectors.

Binigyang-diin din ng opisyal na magpapatupad ng QR code sa vaccination program at masigurong ligtas ang lahat lalo na sa mga papasok na may transaksyon sa probinsya.

“Ang Agusan del Sur sa kasalukuyan ay nagsasagawa ng online vaccine registration program kung saan pwedeng mag-log in ang mga indibidwal na sumasang-ayon na mabakunahan. Sa ngayon, marami na ring nagparehistro sa nasabing online program,” banggit ni Cane.

Nilinaw din ng gobernador na iba ang QR code sa vaccination program at iba din ang para sa contact tracing.

Sa pagdu-aw o pagbisita sa Agusan del Sur ng Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) at Philippine Information Agency (PIA) ay hinimok naman ni PIA Director-General Ramon Cualoping III  ang media na tumulong sa pagpapalaganap ng magandang balita ukol sa vaccination program ng gobyerno.

“Ginagawa po naming ang lahat para mas maintindihan ng bawat Pilipino ang programang bakuna ng pamahalaan. Kaya humihingi din kami ng tulong sa media na tulungan ang ating gobyerno sa pagpagpapaliwanag sa mga tao ng mga programa ng pamahalaan lalo na sa vaccination dahil kung hindi magpapabakuna ang mga tao, mas lalo tayong magtitiis sa hirap na dulot ng virus,” pahayag ni Cualoping. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Pagpalambo sa NANIE angkonon sa PEZA 

By Karen Decamotan

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Pebrero 18 -- Angkonon na sa Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) ang pagpalambo sa Nasipit Agusan del Norte Industrial Estate kon NANIE ug mapasalamaton kini sa pagpurisige gyod nila ni Gobernador Dale B. Corvera, Kongresista Angel Amante-Matba ug Nasipit Mayor Enrico Corvera nga mapahiluna na gyod ang proyekto.

Kini ang gipadayag ni BGen. Charito B. Plaza, director general sa PEZA, sa usa ka konsultasyon kalabot sa proyekto tali sa mga lokal nga opisyal ug ahensya ingon man ang mga tag-iya sa yuta nga nagpalibot sa NANIE didto sa Watergate Hotel sa Butuan.

Ang NANIE mao ang 62-ektaryas nga luna nga gitakdang palamboon aron mahimong lokasyon sa mga pabrika ug uban pang negosyo, usa sa 12 Core Processing Projects nga gipahiluna ubos sa Process! Process! Process! Project sa AGUSAN UP!, ang kampanya sa pagpalambo sa administrasyon ni Gob. Corvera kaabag ang buhatan ni Kong. Amante-Matba.

Gisugdan ang proyekto sa sayong bahin sa dekada 2000. Nahimong hinay-hinay ang implementasyon niini tungod sa kadaku sa gikinahanglan puhonan ug dili kini maako sa munisipyo ug sa probinsya. Ang pagsulod sa PEZA mag-abli sa proyekto sa posibleng pagsulod usab sa igong puhonan gigak sa mahimong mga partners niini.

Sumala pa ni Plaza nga mas gihatagan og prayoridad karon sa PEZA nga ma-develop ang NANIE nga mahimong lokasyon sa tanang priority projects ilalom sa Fishery, Agri-Forestry, Mining and Ecotourism o FAME, ang key economic drivers sa rehiyon sumala sa development vision sa Caraga.

“I thank Gov. Dale Corvera and Cong. Angel for their leadership and efforts to pursue this NANIE. Mao nga kami sa PEZA, amo jud gi priority ang Agusan del Norte aron matukod ning NANIE o kaning Economic Zone,” sumala pa ni Plaza.

Mahinumduman nga mismo si Gob. Corvera, Kong. Amante-Matba ug Mayor Corvera ang mibisita kang BGen. Plaza sa iyang buhatan sa kaulohan sa miaging tuig aron personal kini nilang ma-estorya.

Sa maong pagbisita, nasabutan nga ang PEZA na ang mo-angkon sa pag-develop sa NANIE ug mamahimong mopalit pa sila og mga yuta sa palibot niini aron madugangan pa ang 62 hectares nga proclaimed ecozone.

Sa maong konsultasyon sa miaging semana, gipasabot ni Plaza sa mga landowners ug concerned agencies ang dako nga benepisyo pang-ekonomiya sa NANIE ug sa tanang Agusanons nga mamahimong maka-trabaho unya.

“Kaning sa NANIE, ato jud ni i-priority aron ato na jud masugdan kining dakung programa aron magdala og kaayohan ug ekonomikanhong kauswagan sa atong probinsya ug sa tibuok Caraga Region,” dugang ni Plaza.

Nadasig usab ang mga landowners sa palibot nga mga luna sa NANIE hinungdan nga willing nila i-baligya ang ilang yuta ngadto sa PEZA base sa Zonal Value.

“This is a onetime opportunity, let’s do this. So that we can leave a legacy nga matagaan og trabaho ang mga katawhan. Dapat mahimo ang Caraga nga modelo sa ecozones,” panapos nga pahayag ni Plaza.

Gipasabot usab sa direktor-general nga kinahanglan nga mag-identify og laing mga lugar kung asa ang specific areas nga mahimong ecozone aron masumiter ngadto sa kaulohan. (Agusan Up, LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Mga residente sa floating houses sa Talacogon, Agusan del Sur tumanggap ng ayuda

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Pebrero 18 (PIA) -- Bagamat may kalayuan ang lugar kung saan makikita ang mga residenteng naninirahan sa floating houses sa Barangay Sabang Gibong, bayan ng Talacogon sa Agusan del Sur, tinungo pa rin ito ng mga kawani ng Philippine National Police, lokal na pamahalaan ng Talacogon, kasama ang Agusan Media Club para makapagbigay ayuda sa mga pamilya at mga bata.

Baha pa rin ang lugar dulot ng bagyong Vicky mula pa noong Disyembre ng nakaraang taon. Hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa humupoa ang tubig baha na malapit lang sa sabang river.

Bawat pamilya ay tumanggap ng canned goods, noodles, bigas, used clothing mula sa donasyon ng ibat-ibang sektor, face mask at face shield, at mga laruan at candies para sa mga bata.

“Malaki talaga ang pasasalamat namin sa inyo. Umaasa kami na may susunod pang ayuda na ibibigay sa amin dito at marami pang grasya ang darating,”  ani ni Felipa Goloran, punong barangay ng Sabang Gibong, Talacogon, Agusan del Sur.

Lubos din ang pasalamat ng mga opisyal sa nasabing barangay dahil walang naitalang kaso ng COVID-19 sa kanilang lugar. Patuloy naman sumusunod sa health protocols ang mga residente at mga dayo sa lugar.

Binigyang diin naman ni Richard Grande, presidente ng Agusan Media Club, ang kahalagahan ng pagtulong sa kapwa kahit paman sa kinakaharap nating pamdemya.
“Alam na natin kung gaano kahirap ang buhay ng mga residente dito. Kahit sa maliit na bagay at paraan sa tulong na rin ng ibang nagbigay donasyon, malaking bagay na ang maibibigay nating tulong sa ating mga kababayan dito,” pahayag ni Grande.

Ang Barangay Sabang Gibong ay may mahigit isang libong residente at mahigit 200 households. Pagsasaka at pangingisda naman ang ikinabubuhay nila dito. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

'Project Buhay Kalikasan' mas pinaigting sa Agusan del Sur

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Pebrero 18 (PIA) -- Sa kabila ng pandemya ngayon, nagkaisa pa rin ang mga kawani ng Philippine National Police at Agusan Media Club, kasama ang San Francisco Association of Differently Abled Person Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SAFRAADAP-MPC), para sa isang tree planting and caring sa Sitio Damilag, Barangay Pisaan, bayan ng San Francisco sa Agusan del Sur.

May kabuuang 300 lawaan seedlings ang natanim ng grupo para makatulong sa pagpapanatili ng kalikasan at maayos na kapaligiran para sa mga Agusanons.

Sa tulong ng SAFRAADAP-MPC na siya ring namamahala sa man-made eco-forest sa nasabing barangay, mas matututukan nito ang pagpapalago ng mga tinanim at inaasahang mas marami pang matulungang mga eskwelahan para sa supply ng mga upuan at mesa para sa mga estudyante at guro.

Nag-abot din ng financial assistance ang PNP sa pangunguna ni PNP-Caraga regional director Police Brigadier General Romeo Caramat, Jr., sa halagang P21,000 para sa kooperatiba ng PWD na nagtigil-operasyon dulot ng pandemya ngayon at dahil wala pa ring pasok sa mga paaralan.

“Malaki ang aming pasasalamat at nakilala at napili ang SAFRAADAP-MPC na siyang gawing tree plantation, at nabigyan din kami ng P21,000 kaya maraming Salamat,” ani ni Aquilis Bayano, manager ng SAFRAADAP-MPC.

Nanawagan naman si Director Caramat sa mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan na aktibo ring makibahagi sa ganitong aktibidad sa komunidad na magdudulot ng kabutihan sa mga kababayan, maging sa mga susunod pang henerasyon.

“Nagtatanim tayo dahil gusto natin naniniwala tayo sa proyekto ng ating Presidente – ang pagtatanim ng mga punong kahoy,” banggit ni Caramat.

“Mula pa sa mga nagdaang officials dito sa San Frans, may nilagdaang Memorandum of Agreement ang LGU, PNP at SAFRAADAP na ito’y gawing forest reserve, at nakita nga natin ang resulta na lumaki at dumami na ang mga kahoy,” pahayag naman ni Richard Grande, president ng Agusan Media Club. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)