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Friday, May 7, 2021

OWWA Caraga joins agency's 39th anniv celebration

BUTUAN CITY, May 7 – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration - Regional Welfare Office Caraga (OWWA RWO Caraga), together with the other RWOs virtually participated in the simultaneous flag-raising and anniversary celebration via Zoom hosted by OWWA Central Office as OWWA marks its 39th founding anniversary.

In memory of the demise of some colleagues in the agency, a eucharistic mass was offered presided by Fr. Jorge Seldon Coronado of Sto. Rosario Parish Church, Butuan City, for the eternal repose of the soul of the late OWWA employees, and the families of fellow employees who passed away during this time of the pandemic. After the mass, the event featured the virtual message of Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac to officially commemorate the founding anniversary, wherein he expressed his appreciation to the OFWs for all their hard work and sacrifices over the years.

“Patuloy po ang pagsaludo namin sa inyong sakripisyo para sa sambayanang Pilipino,” he said. The event also presented the video greetings from the different Regional Offices as one of the highlights of the virtual celebration.

Part of the celebration was the awarding of cheques with the presence of OWWO III/OIC-PSD, Rodel P. Deligero on behalf of the OIC-Regional Director, Ma. Ireen C. Cambaling of OWWA Caraga to the two beneficiaries of the livelihood assistance program worth PhP10,000 under the Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay Program and another PhP10,000 to one beneficiary of the OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP), who are all from Butuan City.

Another highlight of the event was the inspirational message by former DOLE Sec. Marianito D. Roque, who recalled his fond memories about the humble beginnings of OWWA, and articulated his commendation to the current Administrator as to how OWWA continues to implement its mission and vision to the OFWs through the ongoing programs and services, not just for the OFWs but also for their dependents back home.

Alongside this celebration, a webinar series dubbed “Kumusta ka, OWWA?” that emphasized the mental health wellness for OWWA employees hosted by Father Nilo Tanalega, SJ of UGAT Foundation together with their resident psychologists, Kim Lim and Kat Ching. The webinar aimed to tackle the mental well-being of the participants and a channel of enlightenment that will somehow ease the silent battles that everyone is going through in this pandemic. (OWWA-13/PIA-Caraga)

Army, police join forces to stop NPA's extortion

By Cpt. Roel T. Maglalang

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, May 7 – The 23rd Infantry “Masigasig” Battalion (23IB), Philippine Army together with Agusan del Norte Police Provincial Office (ADN-PPO) on Wednesday hosted the 1st Security Coordinating Conference held at the 23IB headquarters, Jamboree Site, Purok 6, Brgy. Alubihid, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.

The event transpired as part of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Security Operations (CIPSO) to intensify efforts in ending the extortion scheme of the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs), to instill the concept of Shared Security Environment (SSE) with all the stakeholders involved, and to align the assessment and plans in achieving peace and resilient development programs for the areas of Agusan del Norte.

The said activity was attended by Col. Cerilo C. Balaoro, Jr., Deputy Brigade Commander, 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, Philippine Army; Ltc. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, Commanding Officer of 23IB, and his staff; PCol. Martin M. Gamba, Provincial Director, ADN-PPO; Chiefs of Police from different municipalities and contractors of ongoing government flagship projects within the Area of Operation of 23IB.

Ltc. Paulo cited the importance of Shared Security and the involvement of all sectors, particularly the local government units (LGUs) in addressing the extortion activities of the New People’s Army (NPA). “This is part of our efforts in addressing the atrocities and to strengthen security measures of infrastructures, development projects, legitimate business that serve the interests in providing gainful employment, and tourism areas in partnership with the Local Government Units (LGUs), Philippine National Police, and other law enforcement agencies and prevent the latter from conducting harassment, and intimidation against private companies in the area," he said.

"The NPA extortion work is not just the responsibility of the government security forces but it is everybody’s concern," Ltc. Paulo added.

The NPAs also target the equipment of construction companies because they are soft and undefended and destroying them will delay the construction of farm-to-market-road and prevent the government from bringing the basic services to rural areas.

“Have faith in your government, have faith in your security. This is a big leap forward to prosecute the assailants and let’s not give the NPA rebels the breather and the opportunity to penetrate the burning spree of heavy equipment and to stop their terrorism plans and to pressure the companies to give in to their extortion demands,” Col. Balaoro said. (CMO Officer, 23IB 4ID PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Bridging knowledge, closing the gap: IPs in agriculture

By Kent Warren H. Fugoso

Leaning towards development for the ancestral domains of the Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs) / Indigenous Peoples (IPs), the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Caraga through the Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4K), mobilizes its efforts in creating a livelihood and agricultural productivity program that will touch into four components such as Social Preparation, Production and Livelihood, Marketing Assistance and Enterprise Development, and Project Management. The project will also provide a capacity building that will link the IP community to credit facilities and crop insurance. All of these will be catered through the targeted Community Needs-Assessments (CNA).

‘No One Left Behind’

The 4Ks, which commenced last 2020, is intended for the IPs to throw light on norms that they are the “left behind” sectors in the society. The year 2020 has an allocated budget of P13.7 million pesos while 2021 has P14.9 million pesos. 

“Our IPs have massive spaces and lands for agricultural products but it is not productive. This is the reason why this initiative is lodge under the DA, of course in coordination with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) to safeguard the customs, traditions, values, beliefs, and interest of the communities,” said Edelmira Luminarias, DA – Caraga4K Program Focal Person.

Before the implementation of the project, a joint special order with the DA and NCIP was established to work hand-in-hand. 

‘Checking the validity’

The project will cater to IP farmers and fisherfolk of recognized Indigenous Political Structure (IPS) by the NCIP, who has a Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT), Certificate of Ancestral Land Title (CALT), and Certificate of Ancestral Domain Claims (CADC). In addition, they should also be registered in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA).

“The reason, why we need to look thoroughly at the recognized members of the IPS, is because there are some who are claiming to be a member of an IP community and recognized by the NCIP, so that they can avail of the benefits. They must be registered in the RSBSA so that they will be insured under the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC),” Luminarias said. 

‘Benefits from the component’

The 4Ks anchor its benefits from four different components allotting different scope of interventions. For the Social Preparation, the scope of interventions includes validation of the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP), Community Needs Assessment, Registration of IP Farmers to RSBSA, Registration of farmers to the PCIC, and identifying the specific interventions for capability building and conduct of training. 

After determining the social preparations, component two focuses on the provision of support services and livelihood assistance. Production of support services includes quality seeds, organic and inorganic fertilizers, pre-and-post harvest equipment, tools and machinery, breeder animals to name a few. Component two also targets to improve access of technology through the conduct of technology demonstration projects as a show window of technology through approaches like ‘learning by doing’ and ‘to see is to believe’ for easy adoption of technology.

Component three will focus on the marketing assistance and enterprise development which is in coordination with DA-Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division as key players. Technical assistance and literacy training take place to access finance, markets, services, and partnerships outside the ancestral domains. This component also aims to match the market and create linkages and a farm consolidation approach as well as value-adding of their products.

The last component will be the Project Management where implementation, coordination, and provision of logistics are ensured and appropriately conducted.

“Consultation in every Ancestral Domain is necessary so that we can keep up with the effects of the implementation. We have to hold onto our aim to provide initiative but in accord with their customs and tradition,” Luminarias said. 

‘Target communities’

For the year 2020, DA-4Ks identified 10 recipients of the 4K Program Intervention. Three IPOs from Agusan del Norte, three from Surigao del Sur, three from Surigao del Norte, and one from Butuan City.

For 2021, as of the latest data, DA-4Ks listed three recipients from Agusan del Sur. These are IPOs from Rosario, Bunawan, and Sibagat, Agusan del Sur. 

“For the list of recipients, we already incorporated the farm clustering approach so that these selected recipients will feel better access to resources, technologies, and markets

basing on their specific sectors,” Luminarias said. 

‘Closing the gap, Opening better opportunities’

The never-ending story of our IP communities revolves around being deficit in terms of capital and financial capacity, technical knowledge to produce quality agricultural products, lack of marketing skills, and lack of confidence. All of these dilemmas create gaps that hinder these communities to function well in the agriculture sector. 

But as the saying goes ‘alone we can do so little, together we can do so much,' there’s always a better chance to change the usual. With their expertise and historical legacies, bonded with government support and interventions, they will no longer be the ‘left behind.’ (DA RAFIS-13/PIA Caraga)

Adventures await in RTR, Agusan del Norte

By Shiene Deligero

There is nothing quite like traveling, like seeing a new place for the first time or returning to a favorite one. You see and learn many things during travels whether here or abroad. It may be a journey, an adventure, a new beginning, or reminiscing the past. Whatever one’s reasons are, traveling is generally a pleasurable experience that everyone needs.

It is a habit for any traveler to learn anything and everything concerning the place that will be visited, knowing the place you want to go gives you excitement and wants to see the real deal. In the province of Agusan del Norte, Remedios T. Romualdez also known as RTR is one of the most fascinating.

The municipality of RTR is known as the rice granary of Agusan del Norte because of its wide green rice field and also one among the biggest and high-grade quality of Manganese Mineral Resources in the Country. It is also the major part of the municipality that is why rice is the staple food of the locals and of the province. It is pleasing and refreshing to the eye of the travelers and it symbolizes abundant life.

Unknown to many, it hosts fascinating tourist spots. Whether you’re looking for natural, cultural, or historical destinations, you’ll find them all here.

Once you’re in the laid-back municipality, there is an unexplainable pleasure you will get that only nature can give you. The coldness of it, the fresh air, and the splash of water that makes you swim over the falls. It gives you rest, relaxation, and peace, since, the place is calm and peaceful and it offers beautiful sites to look at and watch. It is also secluded and away from much of the busy life of the neighboring towns and cities.

It is not yet so known in the country but slowly making a name in tourist destinations in Caraga Region.

Let’s go and feel relaxed as we explore the beauty and the adventures that await in such a wonderful place.


Tagnote Falls is one of the known tourist spots in Agusan del Norte favored by the locals. It is located at Sitio Tagnote, Barangay San Antonio, RTR. A simple place with local snacks and foods available at the corner. It is 1.5 kilometers away from San Antonio proper. The 20-foot high waterfall cascades on a rock cliff down the 10 square meters wide basin which is about 3-foot deep and can accommodate 15-20 persons at a time. You can enjoy the forest scenery while swimming at the medium size pool. The serene lush forest, tumbling waterfalls, cool and clear waters you will experience around the vicinity. Near the area is plenty of trees that serve as a shade for any visiting tourists and the flat rocks will serve as tables and chairs by the campers. Tagnote falls is a must-see site for anybody visiting RTR.

How to go there?

From Butuan City take the bus, van, or jeepney and drop in RTR town proper, specifically at the crossing where you can find Rose Bakeshop. Then from the town proper, you can hire a bicycle or habal-habal for a ride to barangay San Antonio for about 7 kilometers, then have a walk for 1.5 kilometers to Tagnote Falls.

There is also called the Sak-a falls, where you will enjoy cliff jumping and swimming. This is somewhere a weary heart can find comfort and rest from the busy lifestyle of the present time. Sak-a Falls is also found in Barangay San Antonio,Remedios T. Romualdez. It is a two-hour trek from the barangay proper. The beauty of it is so tempting especially at high noon because the flowing water seems to sparkle with the rays of the sun striking from above.

Mountain Climbing

If you are one of those who like mountain climbing, then Mount Hilong-hilong is the place you will really want to go to since Mt. Hilung-Hilong is known as the highest mountain peak in Caraga. It is 2,012 meters above sea level and has seven large waterfalls and seven caves. Thus, according to German Botanist, Circular 1920, the smallest flower is seen only in this mountain. The easiest trek to the peak is through Malvar Trail situated in Barangay San Antonio of RTR within three days to the peak and one day going back to the barangay proper.


And if you are an adventurous person, Humilog Cave 1 is the right place for you. It is located in Barangay Humilog, RTR and it is two kilometers away from the town proper. The cave is 4.5 meters wide and 300 meters long. It has a tight vertical entrance that makes one hold his breath and at the end of the cave is a rock that looks like an altar. Below the altar are smaller rocks that can be used as chairs.

These beautiful places in RTR are perfect for all types of travelers, from solo and couple to family and friends. You will be mesmerized by the magnificent wonders of nature and man-made cultural heritage sites that the place has to offer.

For more details, you may contact Ms. Bernaditha B. Daquipil, Sangguniang Bayan Member of the said province through the number 09101375575. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Caraganons giawhag sa DOH-13 nga magpadayong agresibo batok COVID-19

By Venus L. Garcia

SIYUDAD SA BUTUAN, May 7 (PIA) -- Hugtanong giawhag sa Department of Health – Center for Health and Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga ang tanang Caraganons nga magpadayun sa pagpraktis sa minimum health protocols ug pagsunod sa guidelines nga gipatuman sa regional task force (RTF) for COVID-19 aron malikay nga mataptan sa maong virus.

Sa gipahigayong launching sa pinaakaunang episode sa “Kapihan sa SM City Butuan” pinaagi sa Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga, gipanawagan pag-usab ni Dr. Cesar Cassion, DOH Caraga regional director, ang matag usa nga dili gayud magkumpyansa ug mahimog likayan usa ang panagtapok ug paggawas sa panimalay kun walay importanteng lakaw.

Admitado sab si Dr. Cassion nga misaka ang kaso sa COVID-19 sa nilabayng duha ka semana. Pero hinay-hinay matud pa nga mikunhod ang positive cases tungod sa pag implementar sa ahensiya sa mga nagkalain-laing stratehiya sa pagresponde aning giatubang nga health crisis.

Nahisgutan sab atol sa kapihan ang update sa vaccination program sa rehiyon diin nag-unang target ang A1 group nga mao ang mga frontline health workers.

As of May 6 niining tuiga, aduna nay 52,993 individuals ang nabakunahan sa Caraga region. Anaa sa 53,362 ang target nga mabakunahan nga mga frontline health workers.

Sumala pa ni Dr. Cassion temporaryong giundangan usa ang pag-administer sa AstraZeneca vaccine sa rehiyon. “Pero kadtong mga naturukan na aning first dose sa AstraZeneca nga bakuna eligible gihapon sila para modawat sa ilang ikaduhang dose,” sulti ni Dr. Cassion.

Sa lain bahin, padayon ang Caraga RTF sa koordinasyon, paghatag og pagtagad sa mga isyu ug concerns, ug paghatag ug solusyon niini.

“Regular ang atong ginabuhat nga RTF meetings. In fact, ang atong nagkadaiyang local government units (LGU) padayon sa ilang pagmugma og mga ordinansa nga makatabang sa pag-kontrol sa pagkaylap sa virus. Aduna na kitay mga action plans ug kanunay gipatuman ang prevention, detection, isolation, treatment, and recovery o PDITR,” sulti ni Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga regional director ug RTF for COVID-19 chairperson Liza Mazo.

Suportado usab sa RTF ang mga lakang nga gibuhat sa matag LGU sa rehiyon kay matud pa ni Mazo lain-lain ang sitwasyon matag munisipyo o probinsiya mao dili angay ikatingala sa publiko kung adunay kalainan sa ilang gipatuman nga mga executive orders o guidelines.

Base sa latest update sa DOH-Caraga, 72 ang natalang new recoveries, as of 6 May 2021, kung diin misaka na sa 9,156 ang katibuk-ang recoveries sa rehiyon. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

Mga pampubliko at pribadong sektor sa Butuan  nagsanib pwersa laban COVID-19

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Mayo 7 (PIA) - Puspusan ang naging kampanya ng gobyerno at ng mga pribadong sektor sa Butuan City laban sa patuloy na pagtaas ng kaso ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Tamang impormasyon sa publiko, mas malawak na kaalaman sa COVID-19, health protocols at kahalagahan ng bakuna ang naging tugon ng Philippine Information Agency (PIA) at ng SM City sa lungsod ng Butuan.

Sa isang kapihan ay binigyang linaw ang mga katanungan mula sa media nina Department of Health - Center for Healh Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga regional director Dr. Cesar Cassion kasama si Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Caraga regional director at Regional Task Force COVID-19 chairperson Liza Mazo.

Ayon kay Frank Nicol Marba, public relations officer ng SM City Butuan, ang kanilang pakikipag-ugnayan sa PIA at sa iba pang ahensiya ng gobyerno ay isang paraan ng kanilang matibay na pagsuporta sa pamahalaan at sa pagbabahagi ng mahalagang impomasyon sa publiko lalo na ngayong may pandemic.

“Nais ng SM City Butuan na maging well-informed ang ating mga kababayan na kahit sila’y nasa mall ay nalalaman pa rin nila ang mga balita at ang mga hakbang ng gobyerno kasama ang pribadong sector sa pagtugon sa mga pangangailangan ng mga tao at kung papaano natin malalampasan itong pandemyang kinakaharap natin ngayon,” ani ni Marba.

Binigyang-diin ni Dr. Cassion na mas napapabilis ang pagbabakuna sa mga eligible priority groups dahil na rin sa direktiba ni President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

“Mandato po ng ating Presidente na sa loob ng anim na araw mula ng pagdating ng vaccines sa ating rehiyon ay dapat na itong maibigay sa mga eligible priority groups base na doon sa ating masterlist, sa tulong na rin ng ating mga local government units,” pahayag ni Cassion.

Nanawagan naman si Dir. Liza Mazo sa publiko na patuloy na sumunod sa health protocols at suportahan ang vaccination program ng gobyerno.

“Sumunod po tayo sa minimum health standards laban COVID-19. Ugaliin po ang pagsuot ng face mask, face shield, paghugas ng kamay at social distancing. Patuloy pa rin pong tumataas ang kaso sa rehiyon kaya mas maging maingat sana tayo,” sabi ni Mazo. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Ecological solid waste management seminar gipahigayon sa Butuan City

SYUDAD SA BUTUAN, May 7 -- Gibisita sa buhatan sa City Environment and Natural Resources Office kon CENRO ang Barangay Masao ning syudad aron mahatagan og kaalam mahitungod na sa Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM).

Ang ESWM mao ang pagplastar sa mga aktibidades kalabot sa paghatag og kaalam sa segregation ug source niini, segregated transportation, storage, pag transfer, pag proseso ug angay nga buhaton sa mga basura, ug lakip na sab ang disposal sa solid waste. Uban sab ang katuyoan nga matudloan sa waste management aron dili kini mahimong dilikado sa palibot.

Gipasabot sab kong unsa ang solid waste. Ang solid waste mao ang mga gilabay nga basura sa mga balay, non-hazardous institutional ug industrial waste, basura sa dalan, construction debris, agricultural waste, ug uban pang non-hazardous ug non-toxic solid waste.

Dugang usab pagpasabot sa mga residente ang mga Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Resolution nga gipatuman sa syudad ug ang mga silot nga nag hulat sa usa ka indibidwal kung nakalapas kini sa balaod nga gipatuman subay sa solid waste management.

Sumala ni Richard Ayaton, division chief sa Law Enforcement Division nga kanunay ang ilang pagpadayag ani nga butang tungod adunay mga indibidwal nga walay pakabana sa palibot.

Daku sab ang pasalamat ni kapitan Romeo Suello sa Barangay Masao sa gihimung pagbisita sa taga CENRO aron mapahibalo ngadto sa mga residente ang sakto nga buhaton sa mga basura sa ilang lugar.

Dugang sab niini nga tungod sa nagkataas nga ihap sa mga negosyo nga natukod sa lugar lakip na usab ang mga indibidwal nga mulaag sa barangay, hugtanong ipatuman ni kapitan Suello ang insaktong waste management sa lugar.

Padayon ang mahitabo nga information dissemination sa buhatan sa uban pang mga barangay sa syudad. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)

LGU-Butuan, BCPO doble-bantay vs. ASF

SIYUDAD SA BUTUAN, May 7 -- Hugot nga gibantayan sa City Veterinary Office katambayayong ang Butuan City Police Office ang pagsulod ug paggawas sa mga karneng baboy o produkto sa karneng baboy nga mosulod ug mugawas niining syudad pinaagi sa pagbutang og Veterinary Quarantine checkpoints.

Kahibaluang napalibutan ang syudad sa mga lugar nga dunay nagpositibo sa African Swine Fever kon ASF.

Gi-awhag lamang ang mga indibidwal nga adunay mga ibiyahe o isulod nga mga hayop, karneng baboy, ug mga produkto sa karneng baboy nga makigkooperar sa veterinary quarantine nga gipatuman.

Panawagan sa mga mosulod nga mga meat van ug sa mga sakyanan nga adunay karga nga hayop nga magpakita sa mga kinahanglang dokumento.

Pahinumdum sa mga taga Butuan nga adunay ibyahe nga hayop nga kinahanglan magpakita og Veterinary Health Certificate nga mamahimong kuhaon sa inyong barangay.

Sa mga mubyahe gikan gawas sa syudad kinahanglan magpakita og veterinary health certificate ug shipping permit sa mga personahe sa checkpoint aron masusi ang kamatuoran sa mga papeles ug makita og tarong ang mga baboy o produkto nga isulod sa syudad.

Kung makita man ugaling nga sayop ang mga papel o positibo ang dala nga baboy sa ASF, awhagon gayud sila nga mubalik sa point of region.

Adunay ibutang pa nga mga veterinary quarantine sa mga checkpoint sa mga entry ug exit points sa syudad aron doble ang pagsusi sa mga makasulod nga baboy o produkto sa baboy sa Butuan. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)

1,700 senior citizens nabakunahan batok COVID-19 sa Butuan

SIYUDAD SA BUTUAN, Mayo 7 -- Daghan na nga senior citizens ang nabakunahan sa tulo ka vaccination posts sa nilabay nga upat ka adlaw. Niabot kini og 1,700.

Alas siete pa lang ganinang buntag gidagsa na ang vaccination posts sa Father Saturnin Urios University (FSUU), Morelos Campus, Robinsons Place Butuan, ug SM City Butuan.

Sayo ang mga senior citizens ug taas ang interes nga magpabakuna.

Sa upat ka adlaw, lahi lahi ang estado sa kinabuhi sa mga senior citizen nga nabakunahan. Apan nagkahiusa sila sa pagpabakuna alang sa ilang kaugalingong proteksyon, sa ilang pamilya, ug sa komunidad.

Nakaapil usab og pabakuna ang tulo ka persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) niadtong niaging adlaw human sila nahatagan og court order.

Limitado ang mga bakuna mao nga dili pa tanan mabakunahan dayon. Busa, giawhag ang tanan nga kung iskedyul na sa inyong barangay, dili palabyon ang oportunidad ug magpabakuna gyud. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)