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  • Tagalog News: Mga opisyal ng barangay, may malaking papel sa pagresolba ng insurhensiya 
    on September 18, 2019 at 6:59 am

    BUTUAN CITY, Setyembre 18 (PIA) — Sa ginanap na Multi-stakeholders Summit kaugnay sa Executive Order (EO) No. 70 o whole-of-nation approach upang maresolba ang insurhensiya sa probinsya ng Agusan del Norte, binigyang diin ni 1st district representative Maria Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba ang malaking papel ng mga barangay officials upang tuluyang makamit ang katahimikan at pagkakaroon ng pag-unlad ng isang lugar. Ayon kay Matba, ang mga barangay officials ang mamumuno at gagawa ng  hakbang at mga paraan upang ang kaniyang mga nasasakupan ay susuporta sa gobyerno at hindi sa mga teroristang New People’s Army (NPA). Malaki naman ang paniniwala ni Ireneo Lauro, punong barangay ng Jaguimitan, sa bayan ng Nasipit, Agusan del Norte na makakatulong ang pagpapalaganap ng EO 70 upang maresolba ang insurhensiya sa ating bansa. Inaanyayahan din ni Datu Ronald Manhumosay, indigenous peoples mandatory representative o IPMR sa bayan ng Las Nieves ang mga kapwa nya IPs na pagtulongang mahinto ang karahasan at suportahan ang EO 70 upang tuluyang makamit ang kapayapaan at umunlad ang kanilang lugar. Hinikayat din ni Agusan del Norte governor Dale Corvera ang mga Agusanons na magkaisa. Anya, ito na ang tamang panahon na ang lahat ay magtulongan upang tuluyan ng maputol ang panlilinlang ng mga Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) – NPA sa mahigit limangpung taon na. Ayon kay Corvera, magkakaroon lang ng katahimikan ang isang lugar kung ito ay maunlad. Umaasa din si DILG Agusan del Norte provincial director Ellen Vee Chua na makikipagtulungan ang mga barangay officials dahil malaki ang kanilang papel upang malaman ang mga kailangang interventions ng gobyerno para sa kanilang nasasakupan. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte) […]

  • Army strengthens ties with IP leaders thru dialogue table
    on September 18, 2019 at 6:57 am

    IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon, Sep. 18 (PIA)–To strengthen ties with Indigenous People (IP) in Bukidnon, troopers of the 8th Infantry “Dependable” Battalion, Philippine Army, sat on a dialogue table with tribal chieftains of Impasugong, Tuesday, September 17 to answer all military concerns of the IP community. During the dialogue, the IP leaders were given the chance to voice out their concerns on military issues to include the plight of surrenderees, fear of bombing, aggressive military operations, and tagging of IPs as supporters of the New People’s Army (NPA), among others.  Lt Col Ronald Illana, commanding officer of 8th IB, answered all the concerns raised and guaranteed immediate appropriate actions on it. He clarified that the tagging was not made by the Philippine Army. It was only a strategy created by the NPA to create a divide between soldiers and the community. Chieftain Alfredo Tominao strongly stressed on his message, “to make the water crystal clear, you must clear the source. In other words, we alone in the barangay level cannot stop the atrocities of the NPA. The support they get from the higher level must be stopped. In that manner, they will be immobilized and destroyed.” Illana, meanwhile, expressed his gratitude to the IP leaders for sharing their military-related concerns. “I admire the IP leaders because of their sincerity for lasting peace. This dialogue has opened our [Philippine Army] eyes on how we can still improve our services to the people. This has been our avenue to deepen our relationship with the community,” he said. The two parties came into an agreement to work together on the validation of the alleged “NPA supporters.”  The dialogue also yielded into a collaboration on the protection of IP surrenderees inside military camps and the preservation of their culture as IP.  Prior to the dialogue, soldiers from 8th IB and representatives from  Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc. (BMFI), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region X, and Parish Pastoral Council of Impasugong witnessed the tribal ritual called “Singampo” – a prayer in a customary way to appease the Supreme Creator for the success of the activity and safety of everybody followed by “Pamalas” – a practice to welcome visitors.   The IP ritual and dialogue was held at Atugan Nature Farm in Barangay Capitan Bayong, here, and facilitated by BMFI.  BMFI is working together with other members of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in promoting social cohesion in its area of operations. The government also recognizes the importance of the church in promoting peace and order situation. (8th IB, PA/PIA10) […]

  • Search for ‘Parangal sa Matatag na Pamilyang OFW’ in Caraga region is on
    on September 18, 2019 at 6:46 am

    BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 18 — As the competition continues on its 14th year, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office – Caraga (OWWA RWO Caraga) announces the call for nominations for the 2019 Model OFW Family of the Year Awards (MOFYA) who will represent the Caraga region in the national competition. The annual search aims to give due recognition to the outstanding achievements of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families in the attainment of professional and educational advancement; financial success and stability; active community involvement; and more importantly to promote the success stories of our OFW families’ resilience amidst the challenges of overseas employment. Registered non-government organizations (NGOs), people’s organizations (POs), religious organizations or associations, community-based socio-civic organizations/associations and OFW family circles (OFCs) may nominate a family in Caraga region who have met the requirements. The OFW is the head of the nuclear family, could be the father or mother, including widow/widower; he/she may be presently employed overseas or former OFW; he/she is/was an OWWA member; he/she has at least four years of work experience as an OFW; that he/she has returned to the country for good no longer than 10 years at the time of nomination; and no derogatory record. Nominations from overseas may be accepted provided the family of the nominee is in the Philippines. The OFW family is known as a solid and stable family in the community; the OFW Family must be financially stable; and the OFW Family is actively involved in community projects. MOFYA winners will be chosen based on these criteria: wholesomeness of the OFW family (50 percent), involvement of the OFW and family in civic/community affairs (20 percent), success of OFWs and/or family member/s’ education or profession (20 percent), and success in managing family finances (10 percent). Two outstanding OFW families per region (one each for the Land-based and Sea-based Category) will be selected as Regional Winners, and only two winners per category will be determined as grand winners for the national level. Deadline for submission of nominations is on September 27, 2019. Those interested to submit nomination may contact OWWA RWO Caraga at telephone nos. (085) 815-1894 and (085) 225-5989 or 09399259895 (smart) and 09173150590 (Globe). (OWWA-13/PIA-Caraga) […]

  • ‘Kulinarya sa Naval’ contest highlights 159th Naval Pueblo Day
    on September 18, 2019 at 6:45 am

    NAVAL, Biliran, Sept. 18 (PIA) — Local delicacies in Naval, this province, will be showcased in a contest to highlight the daylong celebration of the 159th Pueblo Day of the town on September 26, 2019. Based on the project brief prepared by the Biliran Provincial Tourism and Information Office, the Kulinarya sa Barangay Demonstration Contest will showcase the talents and creativity of the Navaleños in the preparations of delicacies known to the place. The contest is open to all interested Naval residents who are at least 18 years of age. This is organized by LGU-Naval with the assistance of the Provincial Government of Biliran through the Provincial Tourism Office and with the support of the 2019 Naval Fiesta Executive Committee. One of the objectives of the contest is to elevate the consciousness and appreciation of the Navaleños and the Biliranons in general the delicacies of the town and how the preparations are done. It also aims to further improve the quality of the products and presentation styles of the town’s delicacies through a competition among delicacy makers, and to heighten the interest of residents in exploring local delicacies and preserving its heritage. The contest will also serve as a venue in promoting LGU-Naval, both as a tourist and culinary destination. The preparations of the delicacies will be done inside a Bahay Kubo which will represent two clustered barangays for a total expected entries of 13 delicacies. The delicacies to be prepared must be considered as native, of Filipino origin, and uses local /Filipino ingredients, historically and /or culturally significant to the barangay, or to which preparation is associated with the barangay or locality. The criteria for judging are as follows: Taste – 35%, Creativity/Uniqueness – 30%, Presentation – 25%, and Food Preparation Techniques –  10%. The first, second and third place winners will receive P10,000, P7,000, and P5,000, respectively, plus trophy. (LDL/RSV/PIA-8, Biliran) […]

  • Army hosts TESDA training for FRs, IPs
    on September 18, 2019 at 6:39 am

    TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Sept. 18  -– The 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion, Philippine Army hosted the Special Skills Training Program (SSTP) offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), in partnership with Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Trade (ASSAT), which was formally opened during the Training Induction Program conducted on Monday, September 16 at the 26th IB Headquarters Talacogon, this province. The SSTP is intended for indigenous peoples (IPs) and former rebels (FRs) with the aim of providing opportunities for learning and earning. The courses offered include technical skills courses namely Assembly of Solar Nightlight and Post Lamp and Service Consumer Electronic Products and System. These courses were administered with the intentions of elevating skills and contributing to the livelihood of FRs, and IPs. By the end of the program, students will receive allowance and toolkits. The program’s duration will run for three weeks. “Nagpasalamat ko ug dako nga gihatagan me sa atong gobyerno ug ing ani nga hibalo, nga puhon magamit namu sa amung kinabuhi padulong sa tinuod nga kabag’uhan nga wala gihatag sa amua sa mga kumonista (I’m thankful that the government has provided us with this knowledge and skills that we could use in our future endeavors. This is the real change we opted to see and experience, which the communist group has never provided to us),” said Jeffrey Durango, one of the former rebels. Catalina Tacubao, vocational school administrator II of ASSAT, was also grateful for the aid and support given by the 26th IB and hinted that stamina, endurance and dedication to learn are the key to succeed the course. “We are committed to assist the needs of our students especially former rebels as they also strive to become productive citizens,” she said. Likewise, Lt. Col. Romeo Jimenea, the commanding officer of 26th IB expressed his full support to the program. “If the chance of creating a new and better path for others comes along, whoever has the greater leverage must act on it. Today, we extend the leverage for the former rebels, in the hope of a new start. We extend it for the empowerment of our indigenous people and to reinforce skills development for them,” he said. This is also to strengthen the current Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) benefits for former rebels, said Jimenea. “This concerted effort by the concerned agencies proves the sincerity of our government to put an end for the five decades of armed conflict. This will also belie the allegations of communist leaders that the said program is merely a propaganda,” Jimenea said. (1Lt Percival Carido, CMO officer, 26IB/PIA-Agusan del Sur) […]

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