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Wednesday, June 2, 2021


Surigao Norte LGU, NHA ink MOA for Mamanwa housing project

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, June 2 (PIA) -- The local government unit (LGU) of San Francisco and the National Housing Authority (NHA) have recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the construction of the Mamanwa tribal village.

According to Mayor Val P. Pinat, the LGU has bought a 1. 5-hectare land to be developed as a housing project for the Mamanwa tribal community.

He bared that around 86 Mamanwa families will benefit from the said housing project that will be given to them for free by the government.

Mayor Pinat said the Mamanwa tribe comprises 10 percent of the total population of San Francisco town and they are the most vulnerable group among the constituents, "that is why we prioritized them."

“We have already worked out with the National Housing Authority on the said housing project. We have also processed the needed requirements so that the money will soon be downloaded to the LGU and then we can proceed immediately with the construction,” Mayor Pinat said.

He said that aside from the Mamanwa tribal village, the LGU has also donated space to different national line agencies such as the Bureau of Fire Protection for its Camp Saro office, the provincial office of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, 1st Company of the PNP-Provincial Mobile Force, and the Police Regional Maritime Office.

“Our LGU is a 5th class municipality with an almost one-manned office. We really need the help of the national offices. If the provincial or regional offices are located near or much better within the municipal jurisdiction, so the response or assistance will be quick and easy. With the influx of people, it will result in more economic activities and increase livelihood,” Mayor Pinat added. (Susil D. Ragas, DILG-San Francisco (Anao-aon)/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Caraga agri-fishery sector joins in peace, dev’t conference

BUTUAN CITY, June 2 -- In achieving peace and sustainable development through a holistic approach, representatives of the six sectors under the Sectoral Unification, Capacity-Building Empowerment and Mobilization Cluster (SUCBEM) of the Caraga Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) convened on May 31-June 1 for the Regional Conference on Peace and Development.

The SUCBEM is one of the 12 clusters of the RTF-ELCAC which include the identified sectors such as the farmer-fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, labor, peasant, youth, and women.

In support of the event, the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Caraga, together with the farmers and fisherfolk representatives, take part in the discussion of the issues and concerns that needs action and may serve as the basis for the priority plans and programs of the government.

DA-Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo explains the importance of the event taking into consideration that the region has a high insurgency rate, wherein 191 barangays are identified as geographically isolated, disadvantaged, and conflict-affected areas (GIDCAs).

“It is significant to organize a platform for advocacy and concerns of the farmer-fisherfolk sector to effectively address gaps in governance that may provide policy recommendations and viable interventions,” said Monteagudo.

The conference is organized by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) in coordination with the DA and other government agencies such as the Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Labor and Employment, National Commission for Indigenous Peoples, Department of Social Welfare and Development, National Youth Commission, and the Department of Interior and Local Government as the lead agency in the whole-of-nation approach for peace and development. (DA-RFO XIII, RAFIS/PIA-Caraga)