CARAGA NEWS ROUND-UP: DAYCARE CENTERS, Army, institute of peace, plaza

Plaza day  care centers

By David M. Suyao

    PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, Set 21 — Four  day care center buildings are set to be turned over this month to barangays.
    The buildings are part of 30 now programmed for barangays in the First District with funds provided by Cong. Maria Valentina Plaza, the [rovincial government and  Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation-Integrated Development Center (JPIC-IDC).
    Melvin Osorio, representative of JPIC-IDC, said the day-care centers are in Barangay Sto. Nino and Mt. Olive in Bayugan, Batohon, Esperanza,  and Kauswagan in Talacogon.
    Last month, recipients of three day center centers were Barangay Tag-oyango in Sibaga, and barangay Gamao and Mabuhay in Bayugan.
    The joint projects sourced funds from Cong. Plaza who chipped P17 million or 67 porsyento, provincial government P3 million (10%) and JPIC-IDC P3 million (10%).
    The rest of the daycare centers are located in Sibagat, 3, Esperanza, 5,  Bayugan, 5, Prosperidad, 6, Talacogon, 5, and San Luis with 6.
(PIA 13,Agusan del Sur)

water system
By Renelou F. Jaranilla

    BUTUAN CITY — The groundbreaking ceremony of the Water Supply System project under the 2012 Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG) Program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga was held recently in Barangay Poblacion, Veruela, Agusan del Sur.
    The SALINTUBIG program is designed to provide water supply systems for waterless municipalities.
    It is also intended to enhance capacities of local government units (LGUs) and water service providers in planning, implementation, operation and management of water supply facilities in a sustainable manner. The program is a joint undertaking of the DILG, Department of Health (DOH) and the National Anti-Poverty Commission.
    DILG’s grant amounted to P7 million, with counterparts from DOH and the local government of Veruela, Agusan del Sur.
    This is a grant given to LGUs awarded with the Department’s Seal of Good Housekeeping, being one of the requirements to be considered as beneficiary of the project. DILG applauded the Municipality of Veruela, Agusan del Sur for the implementation of the project which is a presidential priority project on water.
    The groundbreaking ceremony was graced by Veruela Municipal Mayor Salimar T. Mondejar and DILG Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion. (DILG-13/PIA 13-Caraga)

Institute of Peace launched

    BUTUAN CITY — The Caraga Region Institute of Peace (CRIP) was launched on September 21 at the Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU) Cantilan Campus, in line with the observance of the International Day of the United Nations.
    The CRIP is a nonprofit institution aimed to create and establish civic engagement, education and leadership development opportunities for the people of Caraga, to support peace initiatives at the grassroots level, and advocate for policies that support peace and unity.
    Its mission is to uphold and advocate learning; develop leadership and service; cultivate political awareness, human rights; and bring about a more peaceful Caraga region in the context of cultural identity and understanding through technological advancement.
    CRIP Chairperson and Executive Director Rex Ybañez said the CRIP intends to improve the people’s leadership, cooperative problem solving and critical thinking skills that will aid them become future leaders through peace and human rights education.
    Each year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. (RER/JPG-PIA 13-Caraga)

Army to conduct
operation smile
By Alexis Cabardo

     PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur — The 401st Infantry Brigade based in Awa, New Leyte, Prosperidad will be conducting “operation smile” for people born with cleft pallate (bungi), as part of the brigade’s social obligation to the community.
    401st Brigade Commander Col. Romeo Gan said the free operation will cater to patients six months old and above.
    “We, in the 401st Infantry Brigade, are calling for parents who have children with harelip or anybody, young and old, under our area of responsibility, to register anytime at the Civil Military Operation Section of the 401st Brigade located at New Leyte, Awa, Prosperidad until September 22, 2012. After the registration, we will announce the schedule of operation at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center in Cagayan de Oro City, and all expenses in going to Cagayan de Oro City will be shouldered by the Brigade,” Gan said. (PIA 13-Agusan del Sur)

SurSur tourism office
to hold consultations

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

    TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur — The Provincial Tourism Office of Surigao del Sur is set to conduct a consultation workshop with tourism stakeholders on September 20-21 at Shacene Pension House, Mabua, Tandag City.
    Nicolas Sonsona, officer in charge of Provincial Tourism Office, said the workshop consultation is an initial step in drawing inputs from industry partners to come up with a comprehensive Provincial Tourism Master Plan for 2013-2020.
    Participants are active partners from national government agencies; the president of the province Hotel & Restaurant Association; tour operators; tour guides; transport sector; resort operators; community social organizations and chairpersons on Tourism Council including the chair of the tourism committee of local government units, and many more.
    Environmental considerations for the development of tourism areas will be tackled on the first day, including the access and connectivity to identified tourist spots.
    In Surigao del Sur, the “Enchanted River” in Hinatuan, the “Tinuy-an Falls” in Bislig City, the Cagwait Beach and the Britania Islands are some of the many prospect tourist spots that have already attracted numerous foreign and local tourists to visit, and made the province famous. (PIA 13-Surigao del Sur)

Rob gang hits
Sanfran twice
    Robbers carried out their ninth hold-up with two victims last week in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.
    In the first heist, alert employees of LBC, a courier and money remittance firm,  warded off two of the armed robbers who tried to hold up them Friday last week.
    Police said that while one of the suspects forced his way at the back door, two LBC employees grappled and managed to disarm one of the suspects carrying a .45 cal pistol.
    Panick-stricken the suspects immediately fled and boarded their get away motorcycle without plate number and sped towards Barangay Bitan-agan of San Francisco town.
    In the second inciden three armed robbers, who pretended as customers, robbed Maldito Outdoor Equipment and Enterprises located at busy Roxas Street Friday evening last week.
    Report from San Francisco, Agusan del Sur police to Police Regional Office-13 here revealed the three armed suspects entered Maldito at about 6:30 p.m. Friday and at gunpoint locked up the two salesladies in the toilet before carting away the establishment’s day’s earning amounting to about P5,000. (PNA)

Elderly Filipino Week
celeb set in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY — The Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) is once again spearheading this year’s Elderly Filipino Week celebration on October 1-6.
    OSCA Chief Imelda Mupas-Nonan said this is celebrated nationwide under Proclamation No. 470, declaring the first week of October of every year as Linggo ng Katandaang Pilipino (Elderly Filipino Week).
    Said celebration will kick off on October 1 with “Jog for Health” activity from the Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol’s covered court to the Guingona Park, where the “Hataw” exercise and a short program will follow.
    In the afternoon of the same day, senior citizens will be participating in the “Elderlympics” and “Pabibo Day.” (PIA 13-Caraga)

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