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Monday, April 19, 2021

88 FRs receive E-CLIP incentives, benefit packages

By Nora C. Lanuza

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 19 (PIA) -- A total of 88 Former Rebels (FRs) operating in the province of Agusan del Norte (86) and Butuan City (2) have received their Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) incentives and benefit packages during the recently held Demilitarization of Surrendered Firearms and ECLIP Awarding held at Camp Rafael Rodriguez, Philippine National Police (PNP) grounds here.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Agusan del Norte provincial director and Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) head secretariat Ellen Vee Chua has successfully coordinated the awarding of the FRs. She said, each FR received P15,000.00 immediate assistance and P50,000.00 livelihood assistance from the DILG; and P10,000.00 cash assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Aside from the financial assistance, the FRs were also given hygiene kits, first aid kits/medicines, and jerry cans from the Department of Health; vegetable seeds from the Department of Agriculture; and food packs from Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. through the PNP.

Maria Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba, representative of the second district of Agusan del Norte, encouraged the FRs to use wisely what they have received to become a productive and to live in harmony with other Filipinos, with peace of mind.

Meanwhile, 220 surrendered firearms were also destroyed using a metal chainsaw during the event.

According to Agusan del Norte Governor Dale B. Corvera, PPOC chairperson, the demilitarization is a symbol of the weakening of the NPAs.

The demilitarized firearms included 29 pieces of M16 rifles; 14 pieces of M14 rifles; 27 pieces of AK47 rifles; 15 pieces of Garand rifles; 50 pieces of Shotgun; eight pieces of calibre 22 rifles; seven crew-serve weapons; 49 short firearms; and six sub-machine guns.

The event is part of the province of Agusan del Norte's effort to end local communist armed conflict in the area. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

11-ft long saltwater croc found in Bislig City

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Apr. 19 (PIA) -- An 11-feet long saltwater crocodile was caught in one of the fishponds on April 12, 2021, by the residents in Barangay Pamanlian, this city.

Bislig City Administrator Romulo Gray revealed that there was already a sighting of a crocodile in one of the piers in Bislig City almost two years ago.

The report said the captured saltwater crocodile was the first to happen in the city.

Meanwhile, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-CENRO-Bislig bared that the said crocodile weighs approximately 250-300 kilograms.

The huge reptile was under the custody of Barangay Pamanlian headed by Barangay Captain Jennifer Magno before it was handed over to the Pag-asa Farms Wildlife Resource Center in Kapalong, Davao del Norte on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

It was transported and assisted by the local government unit of Bislig City-Environment and Natural Resources Office (City-ENRO) under the administration of Mayor Florencio Garay, DENR-CENRO Bislig, and the barangay Council of Pamanlian, it was learned. (with a report from CIO-Bislig/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

AgSur 47 FRs receive financial assistance from DSWD-Caraga

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Apr. 19 -- As intended beneficiaries of the Executive Order 70 (EO70), a total of 47 former rebels (FRs) from the Province of Agusan del Sur received financial assistance amounting to PhP10,000.00 each from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga held on April 15, 2021 at the Naliyagan Cultural Center in Barangay Patin-ay, Prosperidad, this province.

The EO70 is a government policy on "Institutionalizing the Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communists Armed Conflict" (ELCAC) in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace in our country which aims to address the root causes of insurgency to end local armed conflict in the countryside.

The said FRs are previous members of the New People's Army (NPA) who voluntarily surrendered to the Philippine Army (PA) and Philippine National Police (PNP) units operating in the province through the enormous support and collaboration of the Provincial Task Force-ELCAC of AgSur headed by Governor Santiago B. Cane Jr., with the different concerned line agencies.

"The government will always be there to assist our former rebels in terms of financial and livelihood assistance for their reintegration in mainstream society. With that, we believe that they can contribute as good citizens for the prosperity and progress of the whole province of AgSur," Cane said.

Also, said FRs already received benefits during the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) Awarding last December 28, 2020. E-CLIP is a government program intended for the re-integration of all members of the CPP-NPA-NDF who will support the peace negotiation program of the government and ultimately lay down their arms to the fold of law.

The COVID-19 health protocols were strictly observed during the said awarding. They also received hygiene kits and other basic household materials.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Allan D. Hambala, commander of 401st Infantry (Unity) Brigade, Philippine Army, expressed his appreciation to partner agencies for their unending and generous support for the FRs. "As our peace partners, we appreciate your efforts for working hand in hand with us in the security sector 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," he said.

"Congratulations to our former rebels who have just received assistance from the government. To our brothers and sisters who are still on the ranks of the CPP-NPA, surrender now and start over. The government is always ready to welcome you," added BGen. Hambala. (26IB, PA/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

DSWD, RCWC Caraga launch 'MaCaragaBata' stream channel

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 19 -- The Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) Caraga, chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), launched the first episode of its monthly live streaming platform dubbed as MaCaragaBata, recently.

The MaCaragaBata aims to discuss, evaluate, and analyze the current status and rights of Filipino Children, particularly in Caraga Region. The launching of the monthly streaming platform was intentionally inaugurated in March to better address the issues and concerns faced by children, especially girls since March is considered as Women’s Month.

On its first episode, the Regional Committee on Disability Affairs (RCDA) and DSWD FO Caraga highlighted this year’s Girl-Child Week Celebration with its local theme “Isulong: Tamang Pagkalinga sa mga Batang Babae sa Panahon ng Pandemya.” With the government’s effort to address the issues of equality and opportunities of girl children, while embodying the 1995-2025 Philippine Plan for Gender-Responsive Development, the government issued Proclamation No. 759, signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos, declaring the fourth week of March as the Girl-Child Week.

The MaCaragaBata stream channel was hosted by the RCWC-Caraga Secretariat, Raffy Vigil, together with Cristal Urot, Social Welfare Assistant (SWA). Distinguished guests from different sectors were invited to better help the audience understand the rights of every girl child, these were Cheryl Jen Pahal, SWO II of the Home for Girls (HFG) Caraga, Sis. Marilou Besere, Center Head of the Gesu Eucaristico Children’s Incorporated and Ma. Erlinda Aguila, Policy and Planning Division Officer-in-Charge of the Council for the Welfare of Children.

The stream channel also served as an avenue for the HFG-Caraga and Gesu Eucaristico Children’s Incorporated to reach for individuals who are willing to give assistance, for the benefit of the children in the centers.

Aguila of CWC, also discussed the Socio-Ecological Model for Physical Abuse and Sexual Abuse in the Home and Community of the Philippines. To address these situations, she also shared the Key Strategies for Effective Discipline/Parenting that of help for the parents and/or guardians.

With the hope to increase the understanding of each the public on the rights of every child, DSWD FO Caraga and RCWC encourage the audience to keep posted on their different social media sites and websites for the updates on the next episode of MaCaragaBata. (DSWD-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

TESDA provides interventions to address socio-economic condition in Agusan del Norte PDZ

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 19 – In support to the implementation of Executive Order 70 institutionalizing the whole-of-nation approach, the Agusan del Norte Provincial Office of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has provided interventions to address the socio-economic condition in Brgy. Camagong, Nasipit town, one of the Peace and Development Zones (PDZs) in the province.

During the orientation made by Provincial Director Rey M. Cueva to TESDA Sec. Isidro S. Lapeña during his visit to Sitio Minbahandi on Tuesday to grace the event, he said that different training qualifications were provided to the three sitios of the said barangay, namely: Prepare Land, Prepare Organic Concoction, Tilapia Culture in Pond, Operate Fish Nursery, Food Processing, Small Engine Repair and Maintenance, Prepare Bakery Products, and Basic Solar Power Installation.

A total of 161 residents from Sitio Hinandayan availed the trainings and received Certificate of Training Completion from Sec. Lapeña. There are 277 local residents of Sitio Minbahandi also received the same certificates while 143 graduates from Sitio Salaysayon were able to finish the trainings.

In his message, Sec. Lapeña enjoined those who are still in the fold of the insurgents to withdraw their support and experience the benefits of what the government has offered to transform their lives and live it to the fullest.

Sec. Lapeña was in Sitio Minbahandi to inaugurate the Busilak Enterprise Village and graced the graduation of 581 TESDA trainees who are residents of Sitios Hinandayan, Minbahandi and Salaysayon, all of Brgy. Camagong, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.

Also gracing the events are TESDA Deputy Director-General for TESD Operations Lina C. Sarmiento, and TESDA Executive Director for Administrative Services Juliet O. Orozco.
 
TESDA-Caraga Regional Director Tarhata S. Mapandi, who leads at the regional level in the implementation of Priority Barangay Development Program through Sustainable Enterprise Development focusing on Agriculture and its added value chain interventions under EO 70 Framework was also there to witness this another milestone of TESDA-Caraga.
 
Meanwhile, Agusan del Norte Provincial Governor Dale B. Corvera, Nasipit Municipal Mayor Enrico R. Corvera, and provincial directors of the different member-agencies of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) were also in attendance. (TESDA Caraga/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Farmer orgs receive 7.4-M farm machinery

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 19 -- Department of Agriculture (DA)-Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo turned over to Farmer Organizations in Rosario, Agusan del Sur the farm machinery worth 7.4 million under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).

RCEF Mechanization Component is implemented by the DA-Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) in partnership with DA regional office.

Dir. Monteagudo encouraged the farmer-beneficiaries to be responsible and make use of the interventions that they receive from the DA.

Among the beneficiaries were Bayugan 3 Muyong Unity Farmers Assoc., Bayugan 3 Irrigators Association Inc., and Wasian-Luay Farmers Irrigators Association Inc. each received a four-wheel-drive farm tractor while the Limbatangan Farmers Irrigators Association Inc. received one unit of four-wheel drive tractor and one unit of rice combine harvester. (DA-CaragaI/PIA-Caraga)

Surigao Norte solon highlights early vaccination

By JParada

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 19  – Rep. Francisco Bingo Matugas of the First Congressional District of the province stressed the need to expedite the immunization rollout for resort operators and business people in Siargao Island.

In his opening statement during the consultative meeting on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Rep. Matugas explained the significant relationship between accelerated procurement of vaccines and economic recovery.

According to Matugas, giant think tanks prefer Moderna, which is the number one brand in the world.

“President Duterte has allowed private enterprise and conglomerates to have free rein in the purchase of the vaccines. That is why we need to get our acts together,” said Rep. Matugas.

While the business sector has been included in the priority list, Rep. Matugas said that the enlistment of teachers and social workers is a welcome development.

Moreover, Rep. Matugas said that in light the surge of new variants in the National Capital Region bubble plus areas, tourism in the island has suffered a great deal.

Over the past couple of weeks, the airline industry has faced about 80% of backlash, citing the cancellation of bookings, added Rep. Matugas.

"As such, resorts and hotels duly accredited by the Department of Tourism also grappled with canceled reservations," he said.

Meanwhile, Rep. Matugas said that the provincial government is now preparing for the ground-breaking of the Siargao Island Medical Center.

“The Siargao District Hospital is now in a transition period. Soon, we will be turning over the facilities to the national government through the Department of Health," said Rep. Matugas.

With the conversion of the island’s medical facility, Rep. Matugas revealed that its budgetary allocation will increase from 39 million to 600 million in pesos.

In addition, manpower complement will also be augmented from 89 to 250.

“It is imperative that the hospital will pave way for COVID-19 isolation ward,” said Matugas. (PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

DA Caraga guarantees cassava farmers sales thru marketing agreement

By Zenny G. Awing

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Apr. 19 -- To assure the establishment of a cassava market, the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Caraga through the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) updated the marketing agreement between the A&M Multi-purpose cooperative (A&M) in Dinagat Islands and Fatima Multi-purpose Cooperative (FMPC) in Leyte. 

The marketing agreement crafted during the DA-PRDP planning stated that A&M can potentially supply cassava granules to FMPC. Subsequently, as A&M reached FMPC’s proposed cassava volume, DA-PRDP intervenes to finalize the documents.

A visit by the Investment in Rural Enterprises and Agriculture and Fisheries Productivity (I-REAP) or Enterprise Component in FMPC on April 6-8 at Region-8 ensured that the marketing agreement will then be signed to proceed with the delivery of A&M’s produce. 

The DA-PRDP inculcates the importance of forging a formal marketing agreement where both parties remain grounded and protected. This provides in-depth detail of the product’s volume, quality, and delivery frequency. 

The marketing agreement guarantees A&M’s produce will be purchased and FMPC will get the required volume of cassava granules. 

“Cassava is not only a staple food but a primary commodity. We in DA-PRDP are like supporting actors for the success of this project. With this, we make sure to establish a market for the produce of the A&M to make it profitable,” Lynn A. Pareñas, DA-Caraga PRDP I-REAP Component Head said.

Furthermore, the signed document is one way of educating the farmers to exercise their rights and authority especially when it comes to bulk orders.

“During investment forums, we bring in personnel from the industry itself including San Miguel Foods, Inc. (SMFI). Through this, they will have a picture of the coops’ needs. These forums built a close partnership with the SMFI which also allowed us to connect to FMPC, one of their cassava granules suppliers,” she added.

A&M cooperative agreed to supply 10 metric tons or 10,000 kilograms of cassava granules per month with a buying price of P11/kg to FMPC. This will then be delivered by FMPC to SMFI to be processed as feeds.

“I-REAP assures that cassava granules consolidation and marketing are viable considering the market. Even if the project reaches its term, the enterprise can still continue, and support from DA will always be there,” Pareñas guaranteed. 

Moreover, I-REAP plans to organize a field visit for the staff of A&M to the facilities of FMC to expose them to the coop’s process and give them a hands-on experience of the machines used. Also, a prospect production training which will be funded by I-REAP in partnership with FMC will happen in Dinagat Islands for the cassava farmers of A&M. 

“For now, as the project progress, we also continue the capability building, institutional development, and other related engagements with A&M,” Pareñas asserted. 

The MOA that will be signed in May serves as the go signal for the maiden voyage of A&M’s high-quality cassava granules. This will be tentatively transported to Matalom Leyte, then directly delivered to SMFI BMEG Plant in Ormoc City. (DA-PRPD13/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

Gob. Corvera gipaneguro ang padayon nga serbisyo sa mga hilit nga lugar sa probinsya

By Shena Mae Pabia

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Abril 19 -- “Sinugdanan pa lang kini. Adunay mga programa nga gimugna aron sa kanunay naay  gobyerno nga maghatag kaninyo og serbisyo.”

Kini ang gipaneguro ni Gob. Dale B. Corvera sa mga komunidad sa Indigenous Peoples (IP) sa Sitio Minbahandi, Camagong, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte ug mga kasikbit niini nga mga sitio atol sa AguSerbisyo nga gipadangat ubos sa AGUSAN UP! - ang kampanya sa pagpalambo sa iyang administrasyon kaabag ang buhatan ni Kong. Angel Amante-Matba.

Nasulti kini sa gobernador human niya makita ug ang kahimtang ug makatulog ug usa ka gabii ning maong hilit nga komunidad sa mga Higaonon ug pipila ka halin nga nanginabuhi ug nahimong kabahin na sa lugar.

“Samtang gaina nga paingon mi dinhi, nag tan-aw tan-aw ko sa kabukiran, nag-ingon ko sa akong mga kauban nga kinsay magdahum nga naa pa diay mga tawo nga nagpuyo niining dapita,” matud ni Gob. Corvera.

Ang giagian ni Gob. Corvera dinhi mao ang 18 kilometros nga dalan diin maabot ang sitio Minbahandi sulod sa kapin sa usa ka oras. Gisugdan na pagsemento ang maong dalan sa nasudnong panggamhan apan taas pa ang lubakon ug tungason nga parte nga 4x4 lang nga klase sa sakyanan ug “skylab” lang makasugakod pag-agi niini.

Sa maong kahimtang, mikomenter si Gob. Corvera nga mangitag igong pundo aron masugdan pod ang kalsada gikan sa Minbahandi sugat sa gipundohan karon sa nasudnong paggamhanan gikan sa national highway sa sentrong bahin sa Camagong.

Gawas niini, padayon usab nga ipaabot sa mga IPs sa maong lugar ug uban pang IPs sa probinsya ang mga outreach activities isip kabahin sa AguSerbisyo ubos sa Amomang Agusanon Flagship Program sa AGUSAN UP!, ang kampanya sa pagpalambo ni Gob. Corvera kaabag ang buhatan ni Kong. Angel Amante-Matba ug mga nasudnong ahensya.

Gilusad usab sa gobernador sa maong okasyon ang “CADT OG-KAAGPAS” (Pinulongang Higaonon sa CADT Express) ubos sa AGUSAN UP! gihapon. Ubos niini tutokan ang suporta sa pagpananum sa kayutaan sa mga IPs ug pagproseso sa abot niini alang sa ilang ekonomikanhong paglambo.

Padayon usab ang pagpadangat og sebisyo ubos sa Immersion Program sa Peace and Order Council sa Agusan del Norte diin si Gob. Corvera ang chairman ug gipadagan sa Department of Local Government (DILG) kaabag ang nagkalain-laing nasudnong ahensya.

Dili usab mohunong ang mga pagbansay sa kahanas sa mga lumulupyo sa lugar aron sila makatrabaho o makamugna og mga barangay enterprises nga gipahiluna sa Technical Eduation and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) ug partner nga mga ahensya niini.

Walay usab puas ang mahimong tabang sa Department of Trade and Industry sa pagpalambo og mga produkto ug negosyo sa mga IPs apil na ang pagpadangat og mga shared service facilities (SSF) aron ma-proseso ang mga abot sa uma sa mga IPs ug pagpangamoanya alang sa investment alang sa paspas nga paglambo sa ekonomiya.

Makanunayon usab ang pagbantay sa kapolisan ug kasundalohan alang sa kahusay ug kalinaw.

Sa samang okasyon gipaneguro usab ni Mayor Rico Corvera sa Nasipit nga pakusgon pa gyod niya ang serbisyo sa lungsod ubos sa Renewed and Intensified Commuity Outreach (RICO) niyang programa.   

Sa kinatibuk-an, 675 ka lumulupyo sa maong mga komunidad ang naabot sa nagkalain-laing serbisyo sa maong duha ka adlaw nga pakiglambigit sa mga personahe sa gobyerno sa pagpanguna ni Gob. Corvera ning usa sa mga hilit nga komunidad sa probinsya aron mapaabot ang makanunayong serbisyo aron moangat ang kahimtang sa ilang pagpuyo. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)