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Volume III, No. 31

DOST Caraga chief to scholars: We need you for industry 4.0 REGIONAL NEWS



Pag-IBIG Fund releases P47B in MP loans; 2.3M members assisted PRO13 tops nationwide crime solution efficiency



capacitates Caraganon 11 OCD-Caraga youth, women on DRRM


PDRRMC conducts trainings for 12 AgNor disaster preparedness, response 13 AgNor PPOC immersion set all set for 6th Nat’l Surfing 14 Cantilan Competition


endorses 7 agro ecozones in 17 MinDA Mindanao

forces allay fear over poll hotspot 17 Gov’t tag for Mindanao Nestle open Mindanao’s first 19 CDO, ‘eco-brick’ facility


signs new P41.8-M grassroots 21 Japan projects in PH seeks to boost financial literacy 22 DepEd among studes, teachers

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News Briefs Formidable pool of speakers from Malaysia & other palm oil producing countries are invited to this year’s 11th National Palm Oil Congress held in Butuan City. They will share their respective success stories for the industry stakeholders in Caraga region to learn from.

The Philippine Registry for Persons with Disabilities (PRPWD) is a national registration & reporting system for specific types of disabilities & the issuance of unique identification numbers for discounts & other benefits implemented in coordination with the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA).

The Rotary Club of Surigao City, a member of the Rotary International District 3860, will award Rotary Gold Medals to 19 graduating senior high school students with exemplary performance. Government employees, private stakeholders and other volunteers joined clean-up drive activity along Ambangan Creek in Butuan City. Also, the Father Sarurnino Urios University, Libertad National High School, Barangays Libertad and Ambago, and PNP Caraga have committed to adopt portions of the said creek as a support to the Adopt-an-Estero/ Water Body Program.

Cover Story

DOST Caraga chief to scholars: We need you for industry 4.0


UTUANCITY - “We need to strengthen our human resource in science and technology now that we are moving towards the 4th industrial revolution,� Department of Science and TechnologyCaraga Regional Director Dominga Mallonga said. 4

Mallonga spoke with pride before the 16 new Junior Level Science Scholarship program (JLSS) 2018 qualifiers with their parents from Agusan del Norte during the Orientation and Scholarship Signing at Watergate Hotel, Butuan City on February 28 . “We need more engineers and researchers, especially in agroforestry and mining industry. We need your help in government initiative to promote manufacturing and digital convergence among academe, industry, businesses and other processes,” she said. She highlighted that the Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) is in full support to talented and deserving students who would like to pursue Science and Technology courses and careers. Mallonga is hoping to expand the reach of DOST scholarship programs in the region. “We also have the DOST S4CP or Science for Change Program which can help regions in capacity-building and industry competitiveness,” she added. S4CP is a DOST effort in accelerating Science, Technology, and Innovation in the country thru massive investment in human resource development and R&D. Jerome T. Remadar, a new JLSS scholar and third year BS in Geodetic Engineering student from Caraga State


University (CSU), said that he felt the Aside from the qualifiers from need for more scientists and engineers Agusan del Norte, there are 15 in the region. qualifiers from Agusan del Sur, eight from Surigao del Norte and four “I like working with hazard maps. from Surigao del Sur who signed the I even want to work with Geo-safer Scholarship Agreement with their Mindanao after graduation. In that parents and were also oriented with way, I could also help with disaster the scholarship policies. preparedness in communities. The scholarship is a big help for me to Scholars will avail privileges such reach that dream,� said Remadar in an as book allowance, transportation, interview. graduation clothing, monthly living allowance, group health and accident Geo-safer Mindanao is a DOST- insurance, and fund for other school funded project in CSU for geo- fees. informatics. Early last year, DOST-SEI In Caraga region, a total of 43 out announced enhanced benefits for of 90 applicants who took the exam DOST scholars.(DOST Caraga/PIA last October, 2018 qualified for JLSS. Caraga)




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Pag-IBIG Fund releases P47B in MP loans; 2.3M members assisted BUTUAN CITY - Pag-IBIG Fund released P46.96 billion in multi-purpose loans (MPL) last year, the highest ever released in a single year, and posting a growth of P1.58 billion or four percent higher than the amount released in 2017. The amount assisted 2,268,715 members for them to recover from the members with their immediate financial effects of calamities in their area. needs, which is 11 percent higher than in 2017. In total, the Pag-IBIG Fund released P49.23 billion under the MPL “Pag-IBIG Fund’s performance and CL programs that benefitted the in 2018 is outstanding. One of our 2,428,918 borrowers in 2018. record-breaking feats is the amount we disbursed as multi-purpose loans which “In Pag-IBIG Fund, we always many of our members rely on. find ways to serve our members better. So in 2018, despite our The amount of cash loans and transition to a new system, our MPL the number of borrowers have been program was able to assist nearly 2.3 steadily increasing since 2016 because million members with their immediate more and more members are turning to financial needs. This year, we expect Pag-IBIG Fund for their financial needs. to process loans faster with this new And we intend to help more members system. This is a testament to our in 2019 as we continue to heed the commitment to deliver nothing less call of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte than the Lingkod Pag-IBIG Brand to provide social services to more of Service. Ang pangangailangan Filipinos,” said Secretary Eduardo D. del ng bawat miyembro ay aming Rosario, who heads both the Housing tinutugunan ng mahusay at tapat na and Urban Development Coordinating serbisyo, mula sa puso (We address Council (HUDCC) and the Pag-IBIG the needs of our members through Fund Board of Trustees. efficient and sincere service from the heart),” said Acmad Rizaldy P. Moti, Pag-IBIG Fund also released P2.28 Pag-IBIG Fund chief executive officer. million in calamity loans (CL) to 160,203 (Pag-IBIG Fund/VLG/PIA-Caraga)


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PRO13 tops nationwide crime solution efficiency

BUTUAN CITY - Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 has maintained its number one spot in the Crime Solution Efficiency (CSE) for the month of January and February 2019. According to Senior Supt. James Goforth, Chief of the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division, PRO13 packed a rating of 89.32% followed by the National Capital Region Police Office with 88.32% as second and Police Regional Office II with 86.99% as third.

crime incidents were solved by the police units. Chief Supt. Gilberto DC Cruz, PRO13 Director, thanked the community, other law enforcement agencies and all stakeholders that contributed in the crime solving efforts of the police force.

In the first two months of 2019, the total crime volume in the region reached 1,359 comprised of 236 index crimes and 1,034 non-index crimes.

Crime Solution Efficiency is the percentage of solved cases out of the total number of crime incidents handled by the Philippine National Police for a given period of time. (PNP Out of 1,359 crime volume, 1,187 Caraga/PIA Caraga)




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OCD-Caraga capacitates Caraganon youth, women on DRRM By Venus L. Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte - Aside from the awareness campaign activities this Fire Prevention Month, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)Caraga, together with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) and Philippine National Police (PNP), is also intensifying the conduct of capacity-building activity for disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness involving the youth in the province of Dinagat Islands. According to OCD-Caraga regional director Liza Mazo, the youth have a very important role to play when it comes to disaster risk reduction and preparedness.

until now from the DRRM orientation, trainings and activities that have been imparted to us. With these, I could share my experiences and knowledge to my fellow classmates, friends, families, teachers and especially to For the young participants, they my community,” said Shanniah Vega, also wanted their opinions to be heard student of Don Ruben Edera Ecleo Sr. during the stage of DRRM planning. Memorial National High School. “As a young earthquake drill evaluator of San Jose, Dinagat Islands in our province, I have learned many things in my journey from the elementary and

In time also with the Women’s Month Celebration this March, the OCD-Caraga also conducted the same DRRM orientation in the province


Provincial News I Empowering Communities of Surigao del Norte participated in by the women purok officials with the aim of empowering and making them more resilient in times of disasters. According to Diana Lim, head of the capacity-building and training services of OCD-Caraga, these are just among the series of DRRM orientations for the basic society sectors that their agency intends to conduct in the region for them to understand better the hydrometeorological, geological and human-induced hazards, including the practical steps in implementing DRRM in the community.

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Meanwhile, Rosario Roxas-Alon, provincial DRRM officer of the Dinagat Islands, said the DRRM orientation is very helpful for the sectoral capacity development in their province. “The awareness has been heightened because through our community-based DRRM, our locals were able to understand better and enhance their capacities in terms of disaster preparedness and response. With the support of the government line agencies, we are assured that resiliency and sustainable development will be seen at the community level,� Alon said. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

AgNor PDRRMC conducts trainings for disaster preparedness, response

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY - With the aim to prepare and assist Agusanons before and during disasters that might strike the province, series of trainings on disaster preparedness and response have been set by the provincial government of Agusan del Norte for the month of April this year. According to Erma Suyo, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) officer, the PDRRM office in partnership with the Office of Civil Defense Caraga will hold a three-day Emergency Operations Center (EOC) training on April 3 to 6.

its staff to manage information, and mobilize resources in anticipation of and/or to support incident operations. Also, on April 8 to 10 a threeday Training of Trainers (ToT) on Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) will be conducted.

Suyo said EOC is one of the disaster response tools that coordinate the The CCCM is aimed to provide actions of different groups by blending life preservation and meet the their complex organizational structures, basic subsistence needs of affected


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population in the province of Agusan del Norte based on acceptable standards during or immediately after a disaster, she said. The CCCM trainingis facilitated

Provincial News I Empowering Communities by the Response Committee of the PDRRMC in order to develop and implement standard operating procedures on response at all levels. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

AgNor PPOC immersion set

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY - To fully serve communities in insurgency-influenced barangays in the province of Agusan del Norte, the Provincial Peace and Order Council Oversight and Advisory Committee (ADNOAC) of Agusan del Norte is set to conduct a one-day PPOC Immersion on March 28, 2019 in Barangay Tagmamarkay, Tubay, Agusan del Norte. The event will bring services from different government agencies and private groups to the residents of the four barangays of Tubay, to include residents of barangays Tagmamarkay, Sta. Ana, DoĂąa Telesfora, and DoĂąa Rosario.

Residents of the four barangays including the Indigenous Peoples, Persons With Disabilities, pregnant women and children will benefit services from the Department of Health, Department of Agriculture-Provincial Agriculturist Office, Technical Education


Provincial News I Empowering Communities and Skills Development Authority, Provincial Health Office, Department of Agrarian Reform-Provincial Agrarian Reform Office, Department of Environment and Natural ResourcesProvincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Provincial Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Red Cross, Department of Labor and Employment, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, and Department of Justice-Public Attorney’s Office.

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Office and other private groups. Expected services during activity will include free medical and dental, vaccination, massage, haircut, legal counseling and many others. Also, food packs will be given to the indigenous people and other residents. Contraceptives will be provided to couples; buntis kits to pregnant women; seedlings to farmers; and fingerlings to fishermen.

A skills training and demo and lectures on illegal recruitment and Other offices that will also give their trafficking will also take part of the services are the Armed Forces of the event. Philippines, Philippine National Police, Department of Education, Philippine The incoming PPOC Immersion health Insurance Corporation, Philippine is the 4th in the province. (NCLM/PIAStatistics Authority, Land Transportation Agusan del Norte)

Cantilan all set for 6th Nat’l Surfing Competition By Nida Grace P. Barcena

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur – The local government unit of Cantilan this province is all set for the 6th Cantilan National Surfing Competition on March 22-24, 2019 in Cantilan town. The second-class municipality headed by Mayor Philip Pichay will host the event supported by Governor Manuel Alameda Sr.

The registration for each participant is Php500.00, with the following inclusion: event shirt, welcome dinner and victory party dinner.

The activity aims to make Cantilan as one of the best surf sites The event has two open in the province as well as in the categories to compete: the ShortPhilippines. board; and the Long-board with


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a grand prize of Php10,000.00 and the payment. Php7,000.00, respectively. The organizers also encourage all participants to bring their own Online registration will be tents or hammocks, including their accepted via email at cantilansurf@ own tumblers. The LGU organizer will provide The participants are requested the water stations at the event venue to state the complete name and as they are promoting a 100% Plasticcategory they wanted to belong to in Free event with the slogan of “Be the competition and wait for the reply the Change! Say No to Plastic!� (PIAfrom the organizers for the details of Surigao del Sur)




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MinDA endorses 7 agro ecozones in Mindanao By Digna Banzon

DAVAO CITY – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has endorsed seven pilot Agro-Economic Zones (AEZs) in Mindanao to prospective local and foreign investors. Joan Barrera, chief of the MinDA’s Development Division, said the selected pilot areas consisted of strategic production hubs and areas for possible economic activities.

Industrial Park.

“We are inviting investors to these pilot areas,” she said during Wednesday’s Habi at Kape forum at the Abreeza Mall here.

Barrera said the establishment of economic activities in the AEZs will be done through Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

The seven piloted areas are the Agusan del Sur, Basilan, and Zambo Sibugay as Agro-Processing Zone; Maguindanao as Agro-Economic Zone; Zamboanga del Norte as Agro-Aqua Ecozone; Lanao del Sur, Agri-Industrial and Tourism; and Zamboanga del Sur as Agro-Eco

AEZs aim to position Mindanao as a single and highly-integrated economy that is able to leverage and fully participate in economic groupings such as the BIMP-EAGA, ASEAN Economic Community and the rest of the global economic communities, she said. (PNA)

Barrera said a Malaysian investor is already doing a feasibility study in Lanao del Sur.

Gov’t forces allay fear over poll hotspot tag for Mindanao By Lilian Mellejor

DAVAO CITY – The Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) and the Police Regional Office-11 (PRO-11) on Wednesday said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) declaration of Mindanao as election hotspot should not alarm the public.


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Security Committee on matters relating to security. On Tuesday, the Comelec has declared the entire Mindanao under Category Red for the May 2019 midterm election.

Lt. Col. Ezra Balagtey, Eastmincom spokesperson, noted that Mindanao remains under martial law where tighter security measures are in place.

This means that places under Category Red have records of politically-motivated violent incidents that may occur during the elections due to the intense political rivalry and have serious armed threats posed by organized threat groups such as the Communist Party of the PhilippinesNew People’s Army (CPP-NPA), the Bangsamoro Independent Freedom Fighters (BIFF), the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), and others.

“He said people should even feel more secure. This is still in line with the declaration of martial law,” Balagtey said during Wednesday’s AFP-PNP press briefing at the Royal Mandaya Hotel In the PRO-11 EWAS list, Baria said here. there are 823 barangays in Davao Region placed under Category Green; Balagtey said that Eastmincom has 233 under Category Yellow; 86 under yet to receive the Comelec guidelines Category Orange, and 13 under relating to Mindanao’s designation as Category Red. an election hotspot. Police Major Jason Baria, PRO-11 spokesperson, said placing Mindanao under Category Red may have been based on the government’s thorough assessment.

The 13 areas under Category Red are all in the province of Davao del Sur, which also has the most areas under Category Orange.

Areas under Category Yellow are: 132 in Davao del Sur; 37 in Davao del Norte; Baria said PRO-11 has already 18 in Davao Oriental; and seven in designated specific areas under the Davao Occidental. Comelec’s election watchlist to guide them in deploying personnel. The election watch list areas

are classified under four categories: Baria said that security forces and Areas placed under Category 1 are the local Comelec officials are also those that have records of politicallyclosely coordinating through the Joint motivated violent incidents that may


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occur during the elections due to the that could motivate people to engage intense political rivalry; in violence, violence may be facilitated by the employment of private armed Areas under Category 2 have groups, loose firearms fall into the serious armed threats posed by hands of unqualified individuals, serious organized threat groups like the CPP- armed threats by the CPP-NPA, BIFF, NPA, BIFF, and the ASG. ASG and other armed groups; Areas falling under Category 3 are areas where the threats under category 1 and 2 are present, while Category 4 are areas affected by political rivalry

Areas under Category 4 are placed under the immediate and direct control and supervision of Comelec. (PNA)

CDO, Nestle open Mindanao’s first ‘eco-brick’ facility By Ercel Maandig

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The city government, Nestle Philippines, and Green Antz company opened Tuesday Mindanao’s “Ecobricks” facility that converts plastic wastes into bricks used in construction. The facility, located in the city’s old dumpsite in Zayas, aims to benefit some 300 garbage collectors and waste scavengers who formed a cooperative to manage the business.

City administrator Teodor Sabuga-a Jr. recalled that in 2015, the waste pickers opposed the closure of the dumpsite for fear of losing their main livelihood.

In his speech, Mayor Oscar Moreno commended Nestle Philippines, Green Antz, and Barangay Carmen officials for the livelihood initiative.

The city government, however, was compelled to move the dumpsite to a new location in compliance of the Republic Act 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act, Sabuga-a Moreno assured that the said. cooperative will receive financial support from the city government, on Sabuga-a said that the bricktop of the health coverage and other making facility can produce at least benefits for members and scholarships 400 bricks per day and can generate for their children. a profit of PHP7 per brick. (PNA)




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Japan signs new P41.8-M grassroots projects in PH By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora

MANILA - The Japanese embassy in Manila on Friday has signed five new grassroots projects worth PHP41.78 million, which are focused on improving education, health, and agriculture across the country. The projects, under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), will be implemented by the GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc. and the municipalities of Matanog in Maguindanao, Dingalan in Aurora, Balete in Batangas, and Calintaan in Occidental Mindoro.

The PHP5.8 million-worth upgrade of the municipal health center in Dingalan is expected to provide comprehensive medical services to 5,000 patients, including 650 pregnant women annually.

Meanwhile, the grant in Balete amounting to PHP5.2 million - is seen to improve the municipality’s rural health “Once completed, I believe the unit to accommodate more patients long-term impact of these projects including 1,400 patients needing the we signed will far outweigh the fully-automated chemistry analyzer. resources we have devoted to these initiatives,” Japanese Ambassador to Haneda said he also looks forward the Philippines Koji Haneda in a speech to seeing more children study in a during the signing ceremony. conducive learning environment with the classrooms to be built in Matanog The envoy sees more households and Marawi City. gaining access to better health services with the upgraded rural In Matanog, the Japanese health unit and the provision of birthing government is allocating a PHP9 million equipment for Dingalan and Balete. grant with doubled amount in Marawi or


National News I Empowering Communities about PHP18 million to be implemented by the GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc. The last grant worth PHP3.9 million is on the procurement of post-harvest equipment and facility for Calintaan farmers.

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agriculture, social welfare and capacity building in the Philippines.

“Over the years, GGP continues to be carried out with the goal of helping those in the marginal and vulnerable sector improve their conditions and Japan established the GGP as a achieve better opportunities for grant facility promoting human security growth” Haneda said. at the community level. “It is our goal to continuously To date, Tokyo have already make a difference in the lives of many funded a total of 538 projects worth Filipinos, one community at a time,” he USD32 million in education, health, added. (PNA)

DepEd seeks to boost financial literacy among studes, teachers By Ma. Teresa Montemayor

MANILA - The Department of Education (DepEd) is set to take financial education in public schools to a higher level. In a statement Friday, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said DepEd has received the second set of financial literacy videos from Banco de Oro (BDO) Foundation and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) during turnover ceremonies at the DepEd Central Office on March 13.

28, 2018. The MOA aims to provide lessons on responsible handling of personal finances and manage resources through a financial literacy program in compliance with Republic Act 10922 or the Economic and Financial Literacy Act.

The videos are part of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) The first set of financial videos, signed by DepEd, BDO and BSP on May which has been uploaded to DepEd’s


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online learning portal, focuses on the why’s and how’s of saving. They are now being used for classroom instruction and teacher trainings nationwide.

at mamuhay lamang sa kakayahan nila (When a child is taught financial management, they learn to be responsible and to think critically. They are able to analyze which is more Meanwhile, the second batch of important to spend on and to live within videos for teachers and learners focuses their means),” she said. on the topics of budgeting and financial management, investing, avoidance of Sevilla stressed that financial scams, managing indebtedness, and literacy is not just about saving money entrepreneurship. but also involves knowledge of how money works in the community. “For me, we can talk about financial literacy, we can talk about “Ang decision-making ng mga money in a very rational way, the way bata sa pera ay nagpo-progress economists do it. But we will have to (Children’s decision-making about look at the sociology, the cultural side money progresses) from simple to big of it. What makes people spend more things, when they become parents, than their income? Why do people businessmen and leaders of our save? Why is it that others save and communities, they will manage their others don’t?,” Briones said. finances according to what was taught to them when they were young,” she In an earlier interview, DepEd added. Undersecretary for Finance-Budget and Performance Monitoring Annalyn Recognizing the roles of teachers Sevilla told the Philippine News Agency in raising financially-literate Filipinos, (PNA) that young students who grow up Sevilla said DepEd is also keen understanding their financial priorities about equipping them with financial and calculating financial risks become management skills which they can crucial advocates of nation-building. show to the learners. Sevilla added that the videos would be key in instilling other values, which life-long learners must possess, apart from teaching the value of saving money. “Kapag ang bata ay tinuruan ng financial management, natututo silang maging responsible and to think critically. Naiisip nila kung alin ang mas importante pagkagastusan

“For the newly-hired teachers, Secretary Briones instructed, part ng kanilang (of their) orientation is financial literacy. Meron kaming (We have a) resource person na nagtuturo ng (who teaches) personal management of your finances, not just the partnership with BDO, BSP, Government Service Insurance System but a lot of nongovernment organizations volunteering to teach our teachers,” she said. (PNA)


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