6.09.2009

PIA News Service - Wednesday, June 10, 2009

111th Independence Day to focus on the economic resiliency program of the gov’t

BUTUAN CITY
- The 111th Independence Day celebration dubbed as “Kalayaan 2009” with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as the lead agency will focus on the economic resiliency program of the government. Director Chona Mantilla of the DOLE-Caraga revealed this during the press conference today (June 10) at the DOLE-Caraga conference room. 

This year’s celebration will be highlighted by the awarding of employment contracts, livelihood funding checks and training vouchers under the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.  

“More than the usual flag-raising, this year’s celebration of the independence day will focus on the awarding of employment contracts, livelihood funding checks and training vouchers. We will also have a job, trade and livelihood fair. These are all part of the economic resiliency program of the government,” says Director Chona Mantilla of DOLE. 

The celebration will center on alleviating the impact of the global financial crisis. It will be a venue to respond to the needs of the time by bringing government service closer to the public. 
 
“By showcasing, government services during the Independence Day celebration that goes to say that the government is serious in serving the public and could well do that,” explains Mayette Lumawag, the Officer-in-Charge of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). 
 
The job fair aims to lessen the impact of the global financial crisis to the Caraganons. It aims to assist displaced workers, the unemployed and underemployed. A livelihood fair will also be included during the celebration to assist the entrepreneurs of Caraga.

“Caraga has not been badly hit by the global financial crisis because of the presence of the large number of informal sector in the region. We have plenty of entrepreneurs and we have the livelihood fair for them,” explains Director Chona Mantilla.  

This year’s theme is, “Kagitingan, Kagalingan at Kasipagan: Tungo sa Tunay na Kalayaan.
(Lovely Laudette Gamba, PIA-Caraga)

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“Preparations for the 111th Independence Day of Caraga now 95 percent complete,” says DOLE

BUTUAN CITY – “Preparations for the 111th Independence Day of Caraga is now 95 percent complete.” Director Chona Mantilla of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga says during the press conference today (June 10) at the DOLE-Caraga conference room. 

The celebration will have three major activities. First will be the opening program and flag-raising to be led by the Butuan City government, DepEd and DOLE. Second will be the awarding ceremony to be led by the Department of Tourism (DOT). Third will be the job/trade/livelihood fair, one stop processing services, promo diskwento, basic health and wellness services, employment counseling services and advisory services to be led by DOLE and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). 

The opening program will start 8:00 am on June 12 at the Rizal Park. Prior to the opening program will be a motorcade from the Butuan City Sports Complex to Rizal Park. After the flag raising ceremony is the wreath laying ceremony by Sec. Joseph Ace Durano of DOT. 

After the opening program at the Rizal Park is the awarding ceremony at Almont Inland Resort. The ceremony will include awarding of 9,039 employment contracts, 71 livelihood checks and 900 training vouchers. 

Simultaneous with the awarding ceremony is the job/trade and livelihood fair, also at Almont Inland Resort. 248 government vacancies, 742 local vacancies and 4,100 overseas vacancies are expected to be filled up during the job fair. 

There will also be a one-stop processing services. The National Statistics Office (NSO), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), PAGIBIG, Social Security System (SSS), PhilHealth, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and NERBAC. 

There will also be basic health and wellness services. Products from organizations and goods offered by suppliers will also be sold at a discounted price during that time.
(Lovely Laudette Gamba, PIA-Caraga) 

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Feature: OWWA marks migrants workers day in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga headed by Dr. Marieta Lumawag, OIC-Regional Director and Chief, Programs and Services, marked the migrant workers day with the theme “Araw ng Pasasalamat, Pagpupugay sa Kakayahan at Talino ng Expat Pinoy”, held recently in one of the hotels here.

Among the highlights of the program is a free medical mission spearheaded by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Caraga with volunteers from various municipalities in the region.

Several line agencies also participated during the program by catering their office’ services to the members of the OFWs. Some agencies also offered a free massage parlors, beauty services, and demonstration on the making of ice cream and balloons. 

In her opening remarks, Dr. Lumawag relays the message of OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon which says: 

“In all concerns of the globe, our highly-skilled and hard-working OFWs are in the frontlines, projecting the Filipino can-do spirit. On this day, we salute and honor them, the Pinoy Expats – fathers, mother, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles and friends who make the difficult decision to leave home and seek work abroad at great sacrifice. Pinoy expats send back billions of dollars in remittances – remittances that are now a major source of our nation’s foreign exchange. As thousands of them temporarily migrate each year to foreign lands, billions of dollars flow into our nation’s coffers, keeping our economy afloat even in the midst of the global financial crisis…”

Dimzon also stresses that OWWA continue to provide OFWs the social and economic safety nets, through welfare programs and services to improve their well-being. “We help upgrade their skills through scholarship grants, education and skills training to make them more competitive in the global labor market,” Dimzon said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Lumawag also led the giving of certificate of awards and a cash amounting to P10,000.00 to the identified outstanding OFWs in the region. Public Employment Service Office (PESO) managers of different municipalities were also awarded certificates of appreciation.  

Participants also enjoyed the raffle draws with awaiting prizes such as cellphones, home appliances, mugs, umbrellas, and even cash prize sponsored by some private sectors like Globe Telecom, the established partner communication network of the OFWs. 

OWWA, with the rest of the line agencies expressed their happiness to the success of that 1-day activity for the celebration of the migrants’ workers day by ending it up with a smile on their faces. (Jennifer P. Gaitano, PIA-Caraga)
 
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Cebuano News: Nagpadayon nga 1st Gov. Robert Ace Barbers’ Cup madasigon nga Gisuportahan sa mga Kalungsuran

SURIGAO DEL NORTE - Puno sa kasadya ug kalamboan sa paugnat sa kusog ang dala sa mga kalungsuran sa nagpadayon karon nga 1st Gov. Robert Ace Barbers’ Cup Inter-Municipality Basketball Tournament – (Mainland Division).

Sa milabay na nga mga semana gikan sa pagbukas niini, ang matag lungsod nga misalmot sa maong torneyo kanunay gayud nagsunod kalabot na sa resulta niini.

Sa nasayran, ang mga kabatan-unan nga apil sa maong dula kanunany usab nga madasigon tungod sa ilang nakita nga dakong suporta nga gihatag kanila ni Gov. Barbers, mga mayors, ubang mga opisyal ug mga katawhan sa lungsod. Didto sa San Francisco diin didto gihimo ang ikaupat nga dula, dako ang kalipay sa tanang Basketball Teams sa libreng pagpakaon kanila ni Brgy. Captain Jerry Escabal ug iyang kapikas, Kagawad Levy Escabal sa Brgy. Oslao.

Sa maong dula, gikabutyag ni Lolong Lisondra ang Event Coordinator nga ang migawas nga mananaog sa 1st game mao ang Tagana-an nga may 90 puntos batok sa Sison nga may 79 puntos. Sa 2nd game mingdaog ang Malimono sa 87 puntos batok sa San Francisco nga 82 puntos lamang.

Ang sunod nga duwa pagahimuon sa lungsod sa Claver karong adlawa, Hunyo 10, 2009 diin magsangka ang Placer batok sa Tubod, ug sa 2nd game ang Claver batok sa lungsod sa Gigaquit.
(PGO-Surigao del Norte Media Bureau)

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Surigao City unveils activities for June 12 Independence Day Celebration

SURIGAO CITY – The city government of Surigao has identified various activities for the 111th Philippine Independence Day Celebration on June 12, 2009.

With the theme, “Kagitingan, Kagalingan at Kasipagan Tungo sa Kalayaan,” the activity will start with a unison prayer by different religious sects in the city followed by the singing of the national anthem and raising of the Philippine flag in front of the City Hall with Mayor Alfonso Casurra, Gov. Robert Ace Barbers, Vice-Gov Noel Catre, and Vice-Mayor Rico Salvador Sering.

The activity will be highlighted by the awarding of Pangulong Gloria Scholarship (PGS) vouchers through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to 150 qualified and pre-selected scholars of Surigao del Norte College of Agriculture and Technology and Prov’l Manpower and Training Center under the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP).

Also, to make the celebration more meaningful and worthwhile, Mayor Casurra will give a brief presentation of the Surigao City Citizens Manual to the Civil Service Commission.

DepEd Surigao City Division will give a tableau performance on the declaration of Philippine Independence while students of the Caraga Regional Science High School will perform a number of folkdances.

The wreath-laying will be done at the statue of Dr. Jose P. Rizal after the community singing of “Isang Dugo, Isang Lahi, Isang Musika” to be led by the City Chorale Ensemble.

Aside from these, jobs fair will be conducted by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Surigao Del Norte - 1st Engineering District. Engr. Linda Uypala, OIC District Engineer said several local construction firms will participate on the said activity. They are currently looking for carpenters, masons, light and heavy equipment operators, and laborers, Uypala added. (Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Red tape-free government through the Anti-Red Tape Act

Government offices move a step closer to being red tape-free as over 250 agencies have completed their Citizen’s Charters, set up Help Desks and launched anti-fixer measures in compliance with Republic Act No. 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) of 2007. This was reported yesterday by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) as it also reminded other public offices that they have only four months left or until September this year to comply with ARTA.

CSC Chair Ricardo L. Saludo pointed out that over half or 60% of the offices which complied with ARTA were local government units from various parts of the country. The Commission also disclosed that model provinces and cities have been identified in each of the regions to showcase best practices in frontline service delivery. These provinces are La Union, Cavite, Camarines Sur, Bohol, Northern Samar, Bukidnon, Cotabato, Agusan del Sur and Maguindanao. The model cities are Candon in Ilocos Sur, Santiago City in Isabela, San Fernando City in Pampanga, Tanauan in Batangas, Legazpi and Tabaco Cities in Albay, Toledo in Cebu as well as Baybay in Leyte, Zamboanga City, Iligan City, Tacurong City and Butuan City.

The Anti-Red Tape Act aims to improve public service specifically frontline services rendered by client-heavy agencies. It applies to all government offices including local government units and government owned and controlled corporations that provide frontline services. With the Act, lengthy procedures, unreasonable paper requirements and padded fees will hopefully be addressed and stopped.

Administrative Order No. 241, issued by the Office of the President in October 2008 identified priority government agencies in the implementation of the Anti-Red Tape Act in the National Capital Region. These priority agencies, which also have complied with ARTA, are the City Government of Manila, Bureau of Customs, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Bureau of Food and Drugs, Bureau of Fire Protection, Laguna Lake Development Authority, Bureau of Internal Revenue, and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. 

Chair Saludo said that the complete list of agencies which have complied with ARTA as of May 25 may be accessed through the Commission’s website www.csc.gov.ph. He also urged the public to call or text CSC at 932-0111 and 0917-8398272 if agencies have been erroneously listed as having implemented ARTA. “The next step is to evaluate agencies’ ARTA compliance, specifically the effectiveness of their charters, help desks and anti-fixer campaigns,” the CSC Chief added.

ARTA requires all government offices to draw up a Citizen’s Charter which identifies the frontline services offered, the step-by-step procedures, the employee responsible for each step, the amount of fees, the documents to be presented by the client and the procedure for filing complaints in relation to requests and applications. Prior to completing their charters however, government offices will have to review and evaluate their respective systems and procedures towards making transactions faster and easier for clients.

The Citizen’s Charter must be posted as information billboards at the main entrance or most conspicuous place and in published materials. The law also requires the setting up of a public assistance and complaint desk and urges agencies to crack down on fixers.

The Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) of 2007 took effect on September 5, 2008 following the issuance of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) by the Civil Service Commission under CSC Resolution No. 081471 dated July 24, 2008. Within one year from effectivity of the IRR, all government agencies should have set up or completed their respective Citizen’s Charters. (CSC-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Butuan police donates school supplies in far flung barangays

BUTUAN CITY – “This is the first time that the men and women in uniform of Butuan City Police Office reached out to school children by donating school supplies taking into priority those who have little or no school supplies due to poverty”, said Station 1 Commander Police Supt. Joseph Boquiren.

The Butuan City Police Office with its 5 police stations simultaneously conducted in their respective areas of responsibility the Back to School Program with a theme: “Gamit Pang Eskwela, Alay ng Pulisya.”

Station 1 lead by Police Supt. Boquiren and Women and Children Desk Chief SPO1 Marifel Cortez gave the boys and girls of pre-school and grades 1 to 6 of Maug Elementary School various school supplies including writing notebooks, pencils, writing pads and pencil sharpeners as part of their humanitarian efforts.
The school supplies were donated by examinees from this year’s Civil Service exam and Police Entrance exam conducted by the National Police Commission and police personnel of BCPO.

In his message, Police Supt. Joseph Boquiren said, “The education of these small children is very important for the future of the country. The parents who are here have one priority and that is the needs of their children. When we show them that we care for their children, the same as we would our own, it means more to them than any other thing we could give them.”

On the other hand, SPO1 Marifel Cortez of the Women and Children desk who conceptualize the idea expressed hope that the Back to School Program will be sustained in the coming years and police personnel continue to make a small contribution out of their own meagre salary. (Jocelyn E. Morano, dcBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/ PIA-Caraga)
 
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania


Report on found dead body

On June 7, 2009 at 1:20 in the morning at Barangay 9, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Hon. Availino Valdueza, Punong Barangay of Barangay 9, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte reported to Buenavista Municipal Police Station thru telephone call of a floating dead female body.

PNP elements of Buenavista Municipal Police Station identified the victim as Victoria Flores, 53 years old and resident of Purok-3, Barangay Sacol, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.

Investigation is ongoing to determine possible foul play. Progress report to follow. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Report on shooting incident

On June 6, 2009 at 2:00 in the morning in Barangay Masgad, Malimono, Surigao del Norte, a certain Generoso Tiempo, 48 years old, single, farmer and resident of said place was shot using short firearm of unknown caliber by the suspect identified as one Crisente Estrella, 54 years old, married, farmer and resident of said place.

Victim sustained one gunshot wound at the right face portion and immediately brought to Caraga Regional Hospital for treatment.

Suspect who was allegedly under the influenced of liquor fled after the incident. Motive of suspect is still unknown. Progress report to follow. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Report on CT encounter

On June 8, 2009 at 9:00 in the morning at the vicinity of Sitio Kibantang Loren, Barangay Sta Cruz, Rosario, Agusan del Sur, a team from Bravo Company, 36 IB, Phil Army led by 2Lt Ryan Perez encountered a group of armed men believed to be Communist Terrorists (CTs). The encounter left one casualty from the CT group and the recovery of one unit m14 rifle with serial number 1374567 at the site of the encounter.

There are no reported casualties on the government side. Hot pursuit operation is still on going against the withdrawing enemies. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Report on illegal fishing
On June 7, 2009 at 6:30 in the morning at the Territorial Waters of Baliwon, Carrascal, Surigao del Sur and Lanuza Bay Development Alliance, PNP personnel of Carrascal Municipal Police Station led by PO3 Gerafel Manlangit Ulvida, Bantay Dagat PNCO together with SPO2 Ronnie C Daano, SPO1 Ricky S Bautista and Fish Warden Rufino Escultor Bolabog Jr seized an unmarked white/blue fishing boat allegedly owned by Mrs Aljean Rose Rosas, of legal age, married and resident of Barangay Linintian, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur.
Said Fishing boat locally known as “Liba-Liba” is being used in illegal fishing activities. The crew of said fishing board was also apprehended namely:
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1. Alex Justol Tamayo, 49 years old, married, resident of Socorro, Surigao del Norte;
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2. Joseph Ruaza Mira (Boat Captain), 32 years old, married and resident of Barangay Lininti-an, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur; 
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3. Rarnel Barrico Miano (Engine Master), 20 years old, single and resident of Tacloban, Leyte;
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4. Reynante Terana Salipot, 22 years old, single, resident of Tacloban, Leyte;
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5. Lolito Decera Bou Jr, 22 years old, single, resident of Socorro, Surigao del Norte; 
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6. Rudel Ruaya Sumayang Laurente, 33 years old, married, resident of Tacloban, Leyte;
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7. Vidal Alemanio, of legal age, married, resident of Tacloban, Leyte; and
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8. Michael Resula, of legal age, married, resident of Linintian, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur.
Apprehended persons and seized fishing boat are now under the custody of Carrascal Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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PNP arrests wanted persons
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On June 5, 2009 at 9:30 in the evening at Purok-2, Barangay Libertad, Butuan City, PNP elements of Butuan City Police Statio 3 led by PINSP Nestro P Delfin apprehended the suspect identified as Lito Inocencio, 38 years old, single and resident of said place by virtue of warrant of arrest (WOA) issued by Hon Judge Dennis Castilla, MTCC Branch 1, Libertad, Butuan City dated January 26, 2009 docketed under CC number 38809 for malicious mischief with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 10,000.00.
Said person now detained at Butuan City Police Station 3 for proper disposition.
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Also, on June 7, 2009 at 9:30 in the morning at Barangay Alang-alang, Surigao City, PNP elements of Surigao City Police Station led by SPO4 Ceferino Armadilla Guzman Jr arrested the suspect identified as Cepriano Ibale, 49 years old, single, jobless and resident of said place by virtue of WOA issued by Hon Judge Rowena Apao Adlawan of RTC Branch 2, Tagum City charged for the crime of rape docketed under CC numbers 16611/16612 dated June 2, 2009 with no bailbond recommended.
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Subject is under the custody of Surigao City Police Station and waiting for the commitment order of the issuing court.
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Meanwhile, on June 8, 2009 at 4:00 in the afternoon at Sitio Casasiman, Barangay Bit-os, Butuan City, a certain Rogelio Labrado, 46 years old, married and resident of said place was arrested by SPO3 Andales of Butuan City Police Station 1 by virtue of WOA issued by Hon judge Emmanuel Escatron of RTC Branch 2, Libertad, Butuan City for the crime of murder docketed under CC number 12680 dated April 18, 2009.
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Subject was detained at Butuan City Police Station 1 for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)