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Monday, May 31, 2021

Learners receive health wellness kits from DepEd-Butuan, BSP

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, May 31 (PIA) -- Even with the prohibition of face-to-face classes in the Caraga region, the Department of Education (DepEd) - Butuan City Division continues to advance a holistic societal development of the learners through its Youth Formation Program.

In partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas - Butuan City, A hundred kindergarten and grade school students from the schools in barangays Masao and Agusan Pequeño in this city became recipients of the health wellness kits that were distributed.

The simple turnover program was attended by Margie Marte, deputy director of the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas-Butuan, schools division superintendent Marilou Dedumo, together with Evangeline Razon, youth information program focal officer. The school heads, district supervisors, teachers, and barangay officials were also present and gladly accept the kits intended for the learners.

The health wellness kits, comprising of face masks, face shield, alcohol and soap, were then immediately handed over to the student beneficiaries.

“Thank you Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas - Butuan for extending your support  DepEd-Butuan. We know that these kits are essential for the health and safety of our learners especially during this time of the pandemic. We are hoping and praying that we could strengthen our partnership so we can sustain all our programs for the young Butuanons as we uphold our mantra - One Butuan, We  Love as One,” said Dr. Mariolou B. Dedumo, schools division superintendent of the DepEd – Division of Butuan City.

The student recipients conveyed their gratitude for the assistance in a form of a health wellness kit that they received.

“Maraming salamat po sa inyong pagbibigay halaga sa aming kalusugan at kaligtasan,” said Kezia Mae Pagsiat, president of the Supreme Pupil Government (SPG) of Masao Elementary School.

A smile also radiated from the innocent face of Sheila Mae Uba, a kindergarten pupil. “Thank you so much. Masayang-masaya po ako sa aking natanggap,” she said.

According to Marte, it may not be as grand as it is, however, it is important to stay healthy and safe especially with the worsening situation due to the pandemic.

“These kits are essential for their daily hygiene routine to get rid of the virus,” said Marte.

She likewise reminded the learners to continue practicing the health standards such as the regular washing of hands, wearing of face mask and face shields, social distancing, and staying at home.

“Sana ay marami pang mga mag-aaral ang mabiyayaan ng nasabing health wellness kits para kahit papaano ay makakapagbigay tulong tayo sa kanila kahit sa ganitong paraan. Salamat din sa ating masipag na Youth Information Program focal person na si Ms. Evangeline B. Razon sa kanyang assistance at pagsisikap para maisulong ang programang pangkabataan,” said Tammy Tara Moldes, SPG adviser of Masao Elementary School.

“At this trying time of the pandemic, we are all aware that even the world is at its grinding halt because of the impacts made by the COVID-19.  It is in this lens that we give priority in addressing the pressing needs of the students,” said Razon. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

SurSur LGU reports high COVID-19 vaccine acceptance rate among locals

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, May 31 (PIA) -- While a significant portion of the population in the country remains apprehensive about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), locals of the municipality of San Miguel in the province of Surigao del Sur are now “eager” to get vaccinated.

This, as reported by Municipal Mayor Hazel Elizalde during her guesting at the Network Briefing News (NBN) on Monday, May 31, 2021, with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Martin Andanar.

“Base po mismo sa aming mga health workers, ang mga mamamayan ng San Miguel ay talagang interesado sa pagbabakuna. Mayroon nga pong iba na gusting-gusto nang magpavaccine lalo na may local transmission na po dito sa amin,” the lady mayor added.

On May 17, 2021, the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga confirmed local transmission of COVID-19 in the municipality, with Barangays Patong and Poblacion pinpointed as areas with high cases of local transmission.

Meanwhile, Mayor Elizalde said the local government unit is done with the vaccination of the A1 (healthcare workers) and is now working on vaccinating the A2 (senior citizens) and the A3 (persons with co-morbidities) priority groups.

“So ngayon po, naghihintay na lamang po kami sa DOH na makapadala ulit ng supply ng bakuna,” she added.

As of writing, a total of 1,452 have been vaccinated in the municipality of San Miguel, 724 belong to the A1; 553 from the A2; and 175 from the A3 priority group. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

Manobo tribe in SurSur town hosts first tribal wedding

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, May 31 (PIA) -- The Manobo tribe in the municipality of San Miguel in Surigao del Sur hosted its first-ever “kumbiti” or a Manobo tribal wedding on May 3, 2021.

The ceremony took place at Barangay Umalag, where the “sea of fogs,” the town’s top tourist attraction, can be seen.

Witnessing the event alongside the tribe leaders and members were Municipal Mayor Hazel Elizalde herself, the provincial tourism officer, and officers of the Philippine Army.

“Gusto ng magsing-irog na yun ang concept ng kasal nila kasi maiparating sa kanilang tribo at mga kababayan ang kahalagahan ng panatilihin ang tradisyon at kultura ng mga Manobo na ngayo’y unt-unting namamatay,” said Municipal Mayor Hazel Elizalde during her guesting at the Network Briefing News on Monday, May 31, 2021, with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Martin Andanar.

Mayor Elizalde also served as the godmother to the wedding. In addition to her family sharing strong ties with the indigenous tribe, the local official wanted to support the event as a marker of the high regard the local government has for its indigenous peoples.

“Ito din ay paraan ng pagbibigay ko ng suporta sa kanila bilang ina ng aming bayan,” she added. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

Caraga RTF-ELCAC, CSU gear up campaign vs CTG recruitment

By Maj. Francisco Garello, Jr.

BANCASI, Butuan City, May 31 – The Situational Awareness and Knowledge Management Cluster (SAKM) of the Caraga Regional Task Force Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict conducted a courtesy call and dialogue with the president and other key officials of Caraga State University (CSU) on May 27, 2021 at the CSU Conference Room, Ampayon Campus, Brgy. Ampayon, this city, and discussed ways and means to prevent Communist Terrorist Group's (CTG's) recruitment in the said school.

The National Intelligence Coordinating Council (NICA) 10 as the lead agency of the SAKM cluster in close coordination with the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, Philippine Army facilitated the said activity in order to solicit strong partnership and commitment from the CSU leadership in the implementation of Executive Order No. 70 particularly the conduct of Intensified Information Awareness Campaign to prevent CTG recruitment among the administration officials, faculty and staff, and the students of said university.
Dr. Anthony Penaso, and Luisito Tabada, the CSU President and Vice President, respectively, together with some key officials warmly welcomed the SAKM cluster members led by NICA-10 Regional Director Manuel Orduna; Brigadier General Maurito Licudine of 402nd Brigade Commander; Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Caraga regional director Leonida Calagui; Assistant Regional Director Fryan Abkilan of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga; PMaj. Rene Sarento and PLt. Col Jose Lumacang, of the Regional Intelligence Division and Regional Community Affairs Division; City Director Charice Guerta of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Butuan City; Col. Diosdado Peji, 15RCDG Group Commander; and Engr. Kier Betito, Propelling our Inherited Nation Thru our Youth (POINTY) 4ID Chapter President.

Dir. Orduna shared the Cluster’s thrust and efforts and salient features of EO70. He also explained the rationale of the call cum dialogue and the vital role of the school officials to prevent CTG youth recruitment.

Penaso also expressed his gratitude and all-out support to the SAKM cluster’s efforts in preventing CTG recruitment. He said that they have been observing CTG allied left-leaning organizations (LLOs) in their school for some time since before the COVID-19 pandemic. He shared his experience that prevented a specific LLO to infiltrate by applying for school accreditation and recognition. “They are already out there, we will ensure to observe their movements. Officially, they will not be recognized because no teacher would want to become their advisers. Thus, we are very supportive of this initiative and we understand why the President executed the EO70. We are 101 percent supportive because we want to save our nation,” Penaso explained.

Meanwhile, BGen. Licudine provided a brief overview of the 402Bde campaign that focuses on two main efforts: the recruitment and extortion scheme of the CTG. He then underscored the EO70 where government agencies are working together as the vital key piece against the CTG infiltration to all sectors.

He added that there is a need for mass education and information as the CTGs have utilized several ways to recruit students or youths such as preying on the student’s vulnerabilities particularly poverty-related and family problem issues and the use of social media inviting students for agitation and indoctrination.

“Despite our accomplishments, the snowball of surrenders and significantly reducing their manpower, the CTG still exist because of their resources. This includes their continuous recruitment focusing now with the youth. Hence, we need to engage the key officials of schools who are unwittingly used as platform for recruitment. We need the permission and cooperation of schools to have a united sentiment against the CTG and their continuous deceptive recruitment,” Licudine bared.

After which, other member agencies discussed their mandated task and expressed full commitment and support to end local communist armed conflict. Col. Peji of 15RCDG talked about strengthening the ROTC and Reservist program to instill nationalism and patriotism among students while PLtCol Lumacang of PRO13 presented the salient points of PNP’s Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo (KKDAT) program as among the avenues that would strengthen effort against CTG recruitment in the school.

Also, one of the highlights in the dialogue was the message of Director Guerta of DILG Butuan City who committed the CHED’s support with SAKM cluster in organizing advocacy activities for the students and teachers and the Capacitating Urban Community for Peace and Development (CUCPD) that will address sectoral infiltration of the CTG. Likewise, Dir. Calagui of CHED Caraga also extended her support to the SAKM cluster in engaging key officials and pursue any efforts to prevent CTG recruitment in the universities and colleges. She raised several possible mechanisms and strategies that would prevent students to join CTG allied left leaning organizations.

“I would support any of these efforts because the environment of academic community will be at stake if these things are happening inside the school. CHED is very supportive, we wanted our graduates to reach their goals as they can be the leaders of our country,” Dir. Calagui added.

The dialogue ended with the commitment and support from CSU president particularly in allowing IECs inside CSU campus and for future undertakings towards preventing CTG youth recruitment in their school. (CMO officer, 402nd Brigade/ PIA-Caraga)

DA conducts livelihood, poultry info - early warning system workshop in SurSur

By Kent Warren Fuguso

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 31 -- The Department of Agriculture – (DA) Caraga through the Regional Livestock Program conducted a three-day Livestock and Poultry Information - Early Warning System (LPI-EWS) Workshop last May 26-28, 2021 held at La Entrada, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur.

The annual activity is in collaboration with the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), National Meat Inspection Services (NMIS), Bureau of Animal Industry-Veterinary Quarantine Services (BAI-VQS), and Local Government Units (LGUs). Participants of the writeshop were the data analyst and writers of the said institutions.

The said activity aimed to depict the swine and chicken industry situation in the region in terms of quarterly inventory by type, the volume of production, volume of pork and dressed chicken, commodity flow, and monthly average prices at farm gate and retail levels.

The PSA conducted the quarterly Backyard and Commercial Livestock and Poultry Surveys (BLPS and CLPS) nationwide to generate information on the inventory of stocks, production, extraction, and mortality.

NMIS monitored the accredited dressing plants and cold storage. Other dressing plants accredited and supervised by LGUs and those unregistered are monitored by the concerned Municipal/City/Provincial Local Government Units. DA-Caraga also monitored the commodity flow through the Veterinary Quarantine Services.

Furthermore, the objective of the workshop is to produce an annual swine and poultry presentation that may be utilized as a direct instrument for policymaking and planning. This is also a response to the livestock and poultry difficulties that are posing a danger to animal production and inventory, which is a major factor in the market's price instability. (DA-RAFIS13/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

RTWPB Caraga conducts training on biz continuity planning

BUTUAN CITY, May 31 -- The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) Caraga in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga recently conducted a Training on Business Continuity Planning and Management, here.

The said activity was conducted in four batches, two sessions in the morning participated by 19 establishments and two sessions in the afternoon participated by 15 establishments aimed to give relevant ideas and inputs on how to drive businesses into more productive and bounce back as resilient industries during this New Normal.

Earl D. Dela Victoria, Board Secretary VI, discussed the productivity toolbox said that their agency provides different productivity programs and services to help establishments improve businesses and enhance workers to be more competitive, quality conscious and service-oriented.

Also, the Business Continuity Planning and Management was discussed by Sara Mae Cassion-Dahuyla. She emphasized the objective and importance of Business Continuity Plan. “To help businesses mitigate disruption and unlock workforce productivity, Business Continuity Plan must be adopted and applied," she said.

Dahuyla also said that it is important to plan and prepare not only for events that will stop functions completely but for those that also have the potential to adversely impact services or functions.

During the event, participants were given time to fill up the intended forms in preparation for their individual/respective firms as their own Business Continuity Plan and are encouraged to avail of the other free programs and services of RTWPB. (RTWPB Caraga/PIA Caraga)

RPAB approves 6 proposals for prioritization run in Caraga

By Zenny G. Awing

BUTUAN CITY, May 31 -- A glimmer of hope shines in the local government units (LGU) of Caraga after the Regional Project Advisory Board (RPAB) approved the endorsement of the six additional subprojects for the prioritization run under the DA-Philippine Rural Development Project Additional Financing (DA-PRDP-AF).

After the presentation of documents proving that the projects were suitable and essential in the area, the local government units (LGUs) of Tago, San Agustin, and Cantilan Surigao del Sur, Bayugan City, provincial government of Agusan del Sur, and Placer, Surigao del Norte, received a resounding YES from members of the RPAB.

The LGU of Tago proposed the concreting of Kinabigtasan-Lindoy FMR with Concrete Bridge amounting to P184M. This would benefit 9,142 residents including 308 IPs who farm rice, coconut, corn, soybeans, and abaca.

For LGU San Agustin, the proposed Construction of Buhisan-Manumnum FMR amounting to P84M will be the lone road in the area of Buatong and Buhisan. The 3,226 residents who primarily farm rice, lanzones, abaca, banana, and root crops will generally benefit from the said project. If realized, the project would reduce hauling costs, save travel time, and increase the traffic rate in the area.

Likewise, the concreting of Mahapag-Bucac-Marcelina FMR proposed by the Province of Agusan del Sur having a 4.79km distance worth P60M will cover a 2,712-hectare influence area. The road will make life easier for rubber, rice, coconut, and banana farmers since the FMR will reduce 10% transportation cost and 50% travel time.

From land to sea, Placer, SDN advocates the establishment of the 30 Ton Ice plant with an Ice Storage Facility amounting to P58.4 to support their Tuna industry. The LGU ranks 1st in the landing sites of tuna with an annual production estimate of 10,116.43mt. Such produce made a high demand to process and commercialize their tuna. With this, the P30M worth additional ice plant would help them in Tuna preservation.

A fishery proposal is also proposed by Cantilan with the construction of the three units of Watch Tower costing P17M. The alarming overfishing and climate change issues pushed the LGU to come up with the project. Cantilan also envisioned alleviating and improve the average living condition of the fisherfolk-beneficiaries by encouraging sustainable fishing. It would then benefit 1,380 fisherfolks.

Lastly, Barangay Tinago of Cantilan raised that the water system in the community should be improved since it can only serve 7 households out of the 243 homes. Moreover, this would help uplift the lifestyle of the predominant coconut farmers in the community. The water system amounts to P9M.

Careful deliberation

Members of the RPAB, namely: the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Public Works and Highways, Mindanao Development Authority, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and Department of the Interior and Local Government deliberately clarified the intentions and importance of the proposals to the community. 

Despite the intense deliberations, the RPAB chaired by DA Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo signed the resolutions approving the subprojects under the Intensified Building-Up of Infrastructure and Logistics for Development (I-BUILD) component for endorsement to the DA-PRDP National Project Coordination Office for further evaluation. If approved, the subprojects will receive a No Objection Letter 1 (NOL1) which would indicate that the project has been funded and should proceed to the implementation of the subproject. (DA-PRPD13/PIA Caraga)

Mental health at psychosocial support services binigyang importansya sa Agusan del Norte

By Nora C. Lanuza

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, May 31 (PIA) –- Isa sa mga tinututukan ngayon ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Agusan del Norte ang pagtugon sa mental health at psychosocial support services sa kanilang mga residente.

Isang psychosocial first aid training ang isinagawa ng probinsya upang makatulong sa mga vulnerable sectors, gaya ng mga kababaihan, mga bata at pati na rin mga senior citizens.

Naniniwala si Jorge Vincent G. Pagaran, isang COVID-19 survivor at hepe ng training division ng Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) na mahalagang may mga makakausap at connection ang mga COVID-19 patient sa mga panahong nasa isolation sila.

Ang psychological first aid anya ay makatutulong na maibsan ang dinadanas na kalungkutan o depression ng isang tao, dahil magkakaroon sila ng makakausap. “You will survive Covid if the support system is strong,” dagdag ni Pagaran.

Dahil sa kahalagahan ng mental at psychological support services, ipinasa din ni board member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo ang isang ordinansa upang maging institutional ito sa probinsya.

Ayon din kay board member Calo na mahalaga ang mental health ng isang tao kung kaya’t suportado nito ang pagbibigay ng maayos na attention para dito.

Ang nasabing psychological first aid training ay dinaluhan ng mga gender and development focal persons ng Agusan del Norte. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Pinakaunang search, rescue base sa bansa pinasinayaan ng PCG

By Venus L. Garcia

SIARGAO ISLAND, Surigao del Norte, Mayo 28 (PIA) -- Pinasinayaan ng Philippine Coast Guard ang kauna-unahang search and rescue base sa bansa na itinatag sa tinaguriang world-class tourist destination ng Pilipinas sa General Luna, Siargao Island.

Ang 600 square meters at four-storey building ng Coast Guard base sa Siargao ay itinayo sa 5,000-square meter lot na idinonate ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Surigao del Norte sa pamumuno ni Gobernador Francisco “Lalo” Matugas.

Maliban sa watch tower, helipad, at elevated base defense zone, ito ay equipped rin ng automatic identification system o AIS monitoring equipment upang masiguro ang maritime safety.

Ayon kay admiral George Ursabia, Jr., commandant ng Philippine Coast Guard, magandang oportunidad anya ito para sa mga skilled na residente na maging bagong recruit at miyembro ng PCG at makapagbigay serbisyo sa publiko.

Dagdag pa ni admiral Ursabia, dalawa o tatlong units ng fast patrol boats ang itatalaga sa PCS Base Siargao para palakasin pa lalo ang maritime law enforcement at disaster management.

Ang nasabing bagong imprastaktura ay magsilbi ring radar station upang mapangalagaan ang isla at vicinity waters nito laban sa iligal, unreported, at unregulated fishing.

“We are so much thankful mainly because with this new search and rescue base we could effectively discharge our mandates; deliver quality service; have effective command control; and most especially we could timely respond to maritime incidents and when in height of natural disasters and calamities,” Wenceslao John M. Wenceslao, station commander of the Coast Guard Station Siargao

“With this new search and rescue base, we could now probably say that with the Coast Guard in the frontline, we could promote a safe and secure Siargao Island,” Wenceslao furthered.

Kasabay rin sa inagurasyon ay ang donning at oath taking ni Surigao del Norte first district representative Francisco Jose “Bingo” Matugas II bilang auxiliary commodore ng PCG Auxiliary Executive Squadron.

Anya, bilang miyembro ng house committee on public order and safety, patuloy ang kanyang suporta sa mga programa ng PCG. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

DepEd-Butuan, BSP namahagi ng health wellness kits sa mga mag-aaral

By Venus L. Garcia

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, May 31 (PIA) -- Bagama’t may pagbabawal o limitado pa rin ang face-to-face classes sa Caraga region, siniguro pa rin ng Department of Education (DepEd) - Butuan City Division na ipagpatuloy ang kanilang youth formation program.

Sa pakikipagtulungan ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas - Butuan City, nabiyayaan ng health welness kit ang daan-daang kindergarten at grade school na mga mag-aaral ng pampublikong paaralan sa barangay Masao at Agusan Pequeño sa lungsod ng Butuan.

Pinangunahan nina Margie Marte ng Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas-Butuan, schools division superintendent Marilou Dedumo, kasama si Evangeline Razon, youth information program focal officer ang simpleng turn over program kung saan malugod na tinanggap naman ito ng mga school head, district supervisors, mga guro, at opisyal ng barangay.

Ipinamahagi naman agad ito sa kanilang mga mag-aaral. Naglalaman ang bawat health wellness kit ng face masks, face shield, alcohol at sabon.

“Nais nating ipaabot sa management ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas dito sa Butuan ang lubos na pasasalamat sa kanilang suporta sa aming ahensiya lalung-lalo na sa mga recipient schools. Alam naman natin ang kahalagahan ng nasabing health kits lalo na ngayong may pandemya. Ang inyong suporta ay talagang makatutulong sa ating mga mag-aaral para sa kanilang karagdagang proteksiyon. Sana ay mas mapalakas pa ang ating partnership kasama ang Bangko Sentral para sa mga batanag Butuanons. Patuloy ang Deped - Butuan City Division sa pagsulong ng aming mantra na One Butuan , We  Love as One,” pahayag ni Dr. Mariolou B. Dedumo, schools division superintendent ng DepEd- Butuan City Division.

Laking tuwa at pasasalamat naman ang ipinaabot ng mga mag-aaral na nakatanggap ng nasabing health wellness kits.

“Maraming salamat po sa inyong pagbibigay halaga sa aming kalusugan at kaligtasan,” sabi ni Kezia Mae Pagsiat, president ng Supreme Pupil Government (SPG) ng Masao Elementary School.

Isang nakakatuwang ngiti naman ang naaninag mula sa mukha ni Sheila Mae Uba, kindergarten na mag-aaral, habang binigkas ang kanyang taos-pusong pasasalamat. “Thank you so much. Masaya-masaya po ako sa aking natanggap,” ani Uba.

Ayon kay Margie Marte, deputy director ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas - Butuan, napapanahon ang pamamahagi ng health wellness kit lalo na ngayong kinakaharap pa ng buong bansa ang pandemya.

Pinapaalalahanan naman niya ang lahat ng mga mag-aaral na ugaliin pa rin ang paghuhugas ng kamay, pagsuot ng face mask at face shield, pagsunod sa social distancing, at pagpanatili sa bahay kung kinakailangan.

“Sana ay marami pang mga mag-aaral ang mabiyayaan ng nasabing health wellness kits para kahit papaano ay makakapagbigay tulong tayo sa kanila kahit sa ganitong paraan. Salamat din sa ating masipag na Youth Information Program focal person na si Ms. Evangeline B. Razon sa kanyang assistance at pagsisikap para maisulong ang programang pangkabataan,” sabi ni Tammy Tara Moldes, SPG adviser ng Masao Elementary School. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)