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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Pre-SONA roadshow well received by Caraganons

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 20 (PIA) -- The first leg of the Pre-SONA (State of the Nation Address) yielded success in its launch in Caraga region, where it was well-received by participating members from various sectors.

Launched by the Office of the Cabinet Secretary, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), and the Office of the Executive Secretary, the “Kasama sa Pamana: Regional Pre- SONA Series” aims to share updates and insights on the policies, programs, and accomplishments of the Administration in the past six years, as well as its responses and updates in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.  

“Minabuti po naming umikot sa lahat ng regions para ipagbigay-alam sa lahat ng ating mga kababayan kung ano yung partikular na accomplishments at achievements ng Pangulong Duterte sa bawat region para makakakuha din tayo ng feedback kung ano yung kailangan nating gawin sa remaining term ni Pangulong Duterte,” said Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles during the launching of the first leg of the roadshow in Butuan City on Thursday, April 15.

Through the unwavering efforts of concerned government agencies, organizations, and implementing partners, Caraga region was able to top in particular hunger and poverty initiatives launched by the current administration under its Task Force on Zero Hunger, chaired by the cabinet secretary.

In 2020, 24 farmer organizations recognized by the Department of Agriculture (DA) topped the earnings for farming and marketing activities in the country, with over P81 million earned. This success was made possible in part to the agency’s continuous support to farmers and fisher-folks, where 594,300 were paid over P3.5 billion by the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC).

The Department of Science and Technology – Food and Nutrition Institute (DOST-FNRI) continues to tackle food security in the region by implementing its knowledge transfer programs through webinars. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) was also able to establish 169 Shared Service Facilities for the said concern, 71 of which were turned over to co-operators. Business facilities will also be set up.

To tackle malnutrition, the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga leads the implementation of advocacy activities and provision of training and capacity building for local government units (LGUs) in the region and released the interim guidelines for the delivery of nutrition services during the pandemic. The Operation Timbang Plus Monitoring and Rapid Coverage Assessment was also launched.

Participating members from the barangay councils, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation, civil society organizations, and employees from government agencies viewed the initiative as ‘timely’, especially with the current demand for wider access to information as the whole nation faces a great crisis.

“Information is power and information empowers. The power of information, as of this time in our situation with the pandemic, is necessary and very vital that will reach to our constituents, to the Filipinos, para makita nila na may ginagawa talaga ang ating gobyerno,” said Zandro Etic, who serves as the information officer for the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) in Caraga.

Youth participants also saw the roadshow as an appropriate avenue for reminding the public of the efforts of the government in the past years.

“Okay po tung ganitong activity kasi po nabibigyan po ng information yung mga tao regarding sa mga projects ng gobyerno natin. I hope po na itong ganitong activity hindi lang dito sa atin mangyari kundi pati na din sa ibang municipalities para naman po mainform yung mga tao na may mga ganitong uri ng projects ang gobyerno at hindi nila tayo pinapabayaan," said Judeben Duro, Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson of Brgy. J.P. Rizal, Butuan City.(DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

Nograles turns over VCO, face shield to LGU-Butuan

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 20 (PIA) -- In time with the recent conduct of the first leg of the Kasama sa Pamana: Regional Pre-SONA Series in Caraga region, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS), turned over 72 liters of virgin coconut oil (VCO), 2,000 pieces of face shield, and one huge box of medicine that helps lower cholesterol in the blood to the city government of Butuan. 

These were generously provided by the MalacaƱang official out from a private fund to benefit those who need it.

Nograles, who also co-chairs the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases, demonstrated earlier his advocacy on exploring all sorts of safe and possible treatments for COVID-19. He, however, clarified that such pursuit was on his own volition and not in any way officially relates to the IATF undertakings.

Prior to the turn over of said supplies to the local government of Butuan, the Palace official has also personally led the distribution of a number of VCO bottles to two NCR Level 1 hospitals - SDS Medical Center and Novaliches General Hospital in Quezon City, and in Caloocan City Medical Center, San Lorenzo Ruiz Women’s Hospital, and Ospital ng Malabon.

According to Nograles, study results have already been released by the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Institute (DOST-FNRI) on VCO as adjunct supplement among COVID-19 probable and suspect cases, in which patients manifested diminishing signs and symptoms.

“Of course, with the series of clinical trials and with little or no risks involved, these possible treatments that are backed up by science could be worth a try,” he said.

Nograles, manifesting his innate giving spirit, said that in these times of crisis and ongoing pandemic every Filipino should support one another, display kindness, and take concrete actions in order to triumph in the bout against COVID-19 and other pressing challenges. (VLG/PIA-Caraga) 

AgSur town SK official shares advantages of COVID-19 vaccine

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 20 (PIA) -- As a youth leader and active advocate of the government’s vaccination program, Ralf Frias, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation President of Talacogon, Agusan del Sur, shared during his virtual guesting over Network Briefing News his positive outlook of receiving the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine.

“I decided to have myself vaccinated because being an SK official and model to other youths, I wanted to show them that the vaccine is safe and could protect us from the transmission of the deadly virus,” he said.

According to him, safety is more important in this new normal than anything else. “No one is safe until everyone gets vaccinated. We would not be able to protect others if we could not even protect ourselves,” added Frias.

Frias, further, revealed that the SK officials and the youths in their municipality have been active partners and advocates in intensifying the information drive on the government’s vaccination program. “We use the social media platforms in disseminating relevant information about the vaccination program to inform everyone on the advantages of having the vaccine against the spread of the virus. This is also to keep the youth become productive amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” he bared.

Frias also encouraged all the youths to take an active part in the government’s effort to control the spread of the virus and be safe at all times. “With the difficult situation that we are experiencing right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that we should always practice the health protocols to keep ourselves and our families safe from the spread of the virus,” he underscored. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

DA continues fertilizer support to Caraga farmers

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 20 -- Fertilizer distribution to rice farmers resumes in the Caraga region starting April 19 – May 30, 2021. This is under the Department of Agriculture (DA) Rice Resiliency Project (RRP) II with the remaining allocation of 105.75 million will be distributed to the remaining 68,560 farmer-recipients in the region.

To ensure systematic and more efficient implementation of RRP II, DA-Caraga coordinated the 35 accredited merchants on April 16 to brief them on the updated guidelines on the release of fertilizers.


Ronald A. Cayomo, proprietor of Farmers Edge Agriventures, Inc. has seen the relevance of the project for the farmers at the same time for his agri-enterprise.


“RRP II is one of the best programs of the DA, I appreciated the public and private partnership initiated for the small and medium enterprises in the region. As the DA helps the farmers to increase their productivity through the use of additional inputs, the project also opened the opportunity for our business to earn as the farmers become our direct customers,” said Cayomo.


DA-13 Regional Technical Director (RTD) for Operations Rebecca R. Atega appeal to the fertilizer dealers to adhere to the approved guidelines to have a smooth process during the release.

“We are still looking for additional dealers, distributors, and Farmers’ Cooperatives & Associations (FCA) to become accredited merchants under the RRP II Fertilizer Component to fast track the release of the fertilizers to farmer-recipient in the region,” RTD Atega said.


"Ideally, it is better to have participating merchants per city or municipality so that farmers will have the accessibility to avail of the free fertilizers," she added.


Further, to become an accredited merchant, interested dealers and FCA’s need to comply with the following requirements: Business Registration (DTI/SEC/CDA and BIR), Fertilizer & Pests Authority Certificate of Accreditation, Official Receipt, Availability of Stocks (Urea), and attendance of RRP II Program Briefing.


In the region, a total of 6 accredited merchants are situated in Butuan City and Agusan del Norte, 17 in Agusan del Sur, 2 in Surigao del Norte, and 10 in Surigao del Sur. ( DA-Caraga RAFIS/PIA Caraga)

SurSur LGU organizes local tourism orgs

CARRASCAL, Surigao del Sur, Apr. 20 -- With the aim to enhance the tourism potentials of the town, the local government unit (LGU) of Carrascal in Surigao del Sur headed by Mayor Vicente “VJ” Pimentel, III, recently organized the different local tourism-related sectors.

Among the relevant sectors organized recently by the Municipal Tourism Office (MTO) included PINTADA Carrascal Guild of Artists; RAKUT Carrascal Performing Arts; LGBTQ, LANTAW Creatives; HITSURA Carrascal Creative Make-up Artists; and Tourist Boat Operators Association.

These sectors were actively involved  in the previous activities of the Municipal Tourism, Culture, and Arts council including the council’s planning and project implementation activities in the town.

Meanwhile, the MTO has also organized the Carrascal Food and Souvenir Association that composed of owners of food services establishments and potential souvenir makers. 

These organizations play a vital role in sustaining inclusive economic growth in the municipality’s tourism industry amidst the pandemic.

They would be consulted on crafting the municipality’s tourism economic recovery plan to cope with the new normal, it was learned. (with a report from LGU-Carrascal/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Pagbawi ni Pangulong Duterte sa moratorium sa pagmimina sa bansa, suportado ng Gobernador sa SurSur

LUNGSOD NG TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, Abril 20 --  Suportado ni Surigao del Sur Gobernador Alexander Pimentel ang naging pasya ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na pagbawi sa ban/moratorium sa lahat ng mga bagong kasunduan para sa pagpapatakbo ng minahan sa bansa.

Sa isang panayam, inihayag nito na makakatulong ang nasabing desisyon upang muling sumigla ang ekonomiya ng bansa na labis nalugmok dahil sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19) pandemic.

Ayon pa kay Pimentel, kailangan na umanong humanap ng mapagkukunan ng pondo ang presidente para sa pagpapatupad ng mga programa at proyekto ng bansa na nakapaloob sa General Appropriations Act (GAA) ngayong taon.

Sa katunayan, una na ring sinang-ayunan ng Inter-Agency Task Force Against (IATF) COVID-19 ang pagbubukas ng mas marami pang industriya at pagpapapasok ng mga investor dahil labis na nangangailangan ngayon ng pera ang bansa.

Matatandaan na kilala ang lalawigan ng Surigao del Sur na may nag-ooperate na mga malalaking minahan sa buong bansa. (DXJS RP-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Panukalang batas sa pagkakaroon ng 500-bed capacity hospital sa bawat rehiyon, isang paraan ng pagtugon sa problema ng pandemya

By Nerissa Espinosa

LUNGSOD NG TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, Abril 20 -- Isang panukalang batas ang inihain ni Surigao del Sur Representative Prospero “Butch” Pichay, Jr. sa kongreso na naglalayong magkakaroon ng 500-bed capacity Apex or End-Referral Hospital ang bawat rehiyon.

Ani Pichay na sa kasalukuyang problema na kinakaharap ng bansa sa coronavirus diseasee 2019 (COVID 19) pandemic kung saan punoan na ng ospital sa kaMaynilaan dahil sa pagdami na naman ng kaso sa COVID 19, malaking tulong ito upang matugunan ang problema.

Napag-alaman mula sa kanya na dito sa Mindanao ay dalawa pa lamang ang Apex Hospital sa Davao City at Tagum City, kung kaya’t makikita ang malaking kakulangan sa larangang ito.

Ang apex hospital ay ang final referral hospital na malaking ginhawa kung bawat rehiyon ay makakaroon ng ganito kalaking ospital lalo na sa panahong ito na merong pandemyang kinakaharap ang bansa.

Kaugnay nito ay siniguro ni Pichay na gagawin niya ang kanyang makakaya upang maipasa na ang nasabing panukala sa kongreso. Inihayag ito ng mambabatas sa okasyon ng 60th anniversary ng Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC) na sinisikap na ma-upgrade at maging Apex Hospital ng Caraga region. (DXJS RP-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)