Investment Plan

    The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Caraga in cooperation with the Board of Investments (BOI) will conduct an orientation seminar on the 2012 Investment Priorities Plan on September 5 at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, Butuan City.
    DTI-Caraga Regional Director Brielgo Pagaran said the activity aims to create awareness on the major opportunities highlighted in the 2012 Investment Priorities Plan and inform the public of the support the national government is extending to their local industries.    
    “It will likewise serve as a venue to assist investors who have already projects for checklisting and/or address issues and concerns,” Pagaran said.Danilo S. Makiling


    To reduce poverty incidence in Caraga Region, the regional offices of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with the Municipality of San Agustin, Surigao del Sur signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to implement PODER 7, an anti-poverty project funded by Agencia Española Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID).
    PODER, short term for Poder y Prosperidad de la Comunidad, involves a participatory and criteria-based project implementation. PODER 7 is anchored in “Strengthening Community Involvement to Sustain Poverty Reduction Program” (SCISPRP). This anti-poverty project is part of President Benigno Simeon Aguino III’s advocacy towards “Bayang Maunlad”. Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa/PIA

Teenage pregnancy

     Caraga ranked number 1 among the regions in the country in terms of the incidence of teenage childbearing.
    Results of the 2011 Family Health Survey disclosed that 15 percent of the women aged 15 – 19 years old have begun childbearing followed by Region XI (13.8 percent) and Region XII (13.6 percent).
    Study further revealed that teenage mothers had increased to 11.6 percent, from 4.3 percent in 2006.
    The Commission on Population, in its various IEC/advocacy activities, associated teenage childbearing to higher risks to illnesses and death of both mother and baby, and it would also mean higher total fertility especially if they do not have access to family planning services. Angie Balen-Antonio


     The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Region 13-Caraga has celebrated its 21st Year Anniversary with the theme, “Nangangalaga at Gumagabay Tungo sa Matuwid na Buhay” in Butuan City.
    Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 13 OIC-Director Lilibeth A. Famacion extended her warmest greetings to BJMP officials for their continued and committed service.
    Famacion said the 21st Anniversary marks the existence of the bureau to continuously implement programs that will provide the reformative means to the lives of the inmates so that they become law-abiding and productive citizens.
    Accomplishments of the bureau were showcased through a presentation by Director J/SSUPT Romeo L. Ogoy. Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

Child labor
    Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-13) Director Lilibeth A. Famacion has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to signify her firm commitment in putting an end to child labor activities, particularly in the province of Agusan del Norte in convergence with other regional line agencies (RLAs) in Caraga Region.
    The MOA signing is an offshoot of the reported incident of child laborers in Brgy. Bagang, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte labeled as “Batang Kalabaw” characterized by a child or children who pulls or drags cut logs to a designated place where it is hauled or loaded to a truck.
    DOLE Undersecretary Lourdes M. Transmonte, Congresswoman Angelica Amante-Matba, International Labor Organization Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson, and Bureau of Workers in Special Concerns Undersecretary Chita de Guzman Celendro attended the MOA signing.
    The parties to the MOA were the RLAs headed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) represented by their Regional Directors; the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Jabonga represented by Mayor Glicerio M. Monton; the Provincial LGU of Agusan del Norte represented by Governor Erlpe John M. Amante; the People’s Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP); and the Caraga Family Welfare Council Inc. (CFWCI) of Caraga represented by Tranquilino O. Cordova. Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa/PIA

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