7.01.2009

PIA News Service - Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Bonok-bonok Surigao City contingent declared Sangyaw Festival 2009 Champ
 
SURIGAO CITY (July 1) - The Bonok-bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw contingent of this city walked away victoriously from this year's Sangyaw Festival after bagging the championship crown in the competition held Monday, June 29, 2009 in Tacloban City.
 
The Surigao City contingent brought with them P500, 000 as their winning prize. It was learned that prior to the competition, several contingents backed out upon learning that the Bonok-bonok festival of Surigao City joined the event.  
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In this year’s festival, the Banigan Festival from Basey, Samar was named as second prize winner with P300, 000 cash prize. The third price winner was the festival from Santiago City in Isabela, the Pattaraday Festival: Araw ng Santiago, that won a P200,000 cash prize.
 
Also, special awards for Best in Music, Best in Costume, and Best in Street dancing all went to the Bonok-bonok Festival contingent. 
 
Ms. Malou Tabal, City Tourism Officer of Tacloban in a radio interview extended her congratulations to the Surigao City contingent.
 
“Maganda talaga ang Bonok-bonok festival, the costumes are very, very colorful. Deserving talaga ang Surigao. Congratulations.”
 
Tabal assured the Surigaonons that the city of Tacloban will also participate in the 2009 Bonok-bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival this coming September.
 
Meanwhile, Harold Antallan, choreographer of the Surigao City contingent thanked all the Surigaonons for their prayers.
 
“Sa tanan mga Surigaonon na nag-ampo sa amo kadaugan, salamat karajaw sa ijo tanan. (To all Surigaonons who offered prayer for our victory. Thank you very much),” Antallan said.
 
Tourists, neighboring townfolks and covering journalists were once again treated to a cultural festivity as Surigaonons showed off not only their rich culture but also their unique rhythm in Tacloban’s Sangyaw Festival 2009. (Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)
 
 
AACCUP conducts accreditation survey visit to SSPSC
 
TANDAG, SURIGAO DEL SUR (July 1) – The Accreditating Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc., conducted a 3-day accreditation survey for eleven (11) discipline or courses at Surigao del Sur Polytechnic State College (SSPSC), Tandag Campus.
 
The courses accredited for Level 2 are: Master of Arts in Education; Master of Science in Teaching; Master in Public Administration; Bachelor of Science in Education and Bachelor of Elementary Education.
 
On the other hand, course evaluated for level 1 are: Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
 
Meanwhile, the three other courses that under event preliminary accreditation are Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management; Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
 
The accreditors which totaled to 30 public college and universities officials come from the Visayas and Mindanao. They were properly introduced during the opening program by Dr. Brigida A. Roscom, over-all coordinator of the accreditors group.
 
On the other hand, the local task forces and counterparts were also presented by Dr. Rebecca S. Sanchez, Director, Planning and Quality Assurance-BOT Secretary-Designate of SSPSC.
 
Dr. Remegita C Olvida, SSPSC President II warmly welcomed the accreditors during the opening program. The dynamic college president also said the visitors are all actors and actresses in the accreditation.
 
She Added, the positive response of the accreditors on the request of accrediting the 11 program of the college would pave the way to realize her desire provide quality assurance in all campuses.
 
According to the president, accreditation is her passion.
 
A welcome dinner and cultural presentation was also tendered in the evening of June 24 at the Prospero A. Pichay, Jr., Gymnasium. This was graced by local government officials led by Tago Mayor Hermenegildo P. Pimentel Jr.
 
The evaluation/accreditation centered on the 10 components which included Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives; Faculty; Curriculum and Instruction Support to Student; Research; Extension Services and Community Involvement; Library; Physical Plant and Services; Laboratories and Administration.
 
Vital facilities and services of the college were also assessed.
 
Feed backing and interaction by cluster between the accreditors and local task forces were conducted during the exit conference on June 26.
 
A fitting closing program sealed the 3-day accreditations process.
 
Accreditation is a process by which an institution at the tertiary level evaluates its educational activities in whole or in part and seeks an independent judgment to confirm that it substantially achieves its objectives and is generally equal in quality to comparable institution.
 
Accordingly, the result of the 3-day accreditation of SSPSC will be known in a month’s time. (Prime Oyan, Institute of IOM/PIA Surigao del Sur)
 
 
NERBAC-Caraga reports gains on its 1st year
 
BUTUAN CITY (July 1) – From a processing time of 24 hours and then 4 hours for business name applications, NERBAC-Caraga now has turn-around time of only 40 minutes. 
 
This is one of the key accomplishments of the center. 
 
It is also the center’s response to the national call for anti-red tape initiatives and is in accordance with one of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Citizens Charter commitments. 
 
Greatly aiding this development is the re-architectured web-based business name (BN) registration system or WebBNRS. 
 
NERBAC-Caraga’s Business Registration and Licensing technical working group (BRL-TWG) has already made its first round of sharing sessions to discuss the other licensing agencies citizens’ charter on their own licensing activities and their implementation to collectively reduce processing time for registering businesses in the region. 
 
As of May 2009, the center’s BRL unit has served 1,726 customers or an average of 8 to 10 customers per day for the past 10 months. 
 
It has processed 1,578 BN applications and approved 1,412 original applications and 143 renewals. 
 
These approved applications recorded some P275 M investments and 4,086 jobs. 
 
Of the new business applicants, 631 underwent New Business Assistance Program (NBAP) counseling while some 711 were given guided referrals to other licensing agencies. 
 
Cooperating agencies which started to enroll their services at the center by reporting once a week include the Home Mutual Development Fund (HDMF), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), Social Security System (SSS), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Butuan City Government’s Licensing and City Health Offices. Together, these agencies were able to handle some 121 applications. (Grace Tocmo and Brenda Corvera, DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)
 
 
NERBAC-Caraga goes mobile, brings assistance nearer to the people
 
BUTUAN CITY (July 1) – Responding to the call for massive information campaign for alternative means of livelihood through self employment and entrepreneurial ventures in the face of lay-offs and displacements because of the global financial crisis, the National Economic Research and Business Assistance Center or NERBAC-Caraga brought relevant information direct to the people. 
 
NERBAC-Caraga joined several gatherings for displaced workers and those seeking jobs from April to June this year. 
 
The center provided quick guides to starting a business including information on requirements, copies of relevant forms, schedule of fees and a menu of businesses to go into. 
 
The menu was further translated into actual “how-to” materials for easy-to-start enterprises. 
 
The gatherings attended include the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) sponsored “Tulay sa Kabuhayan” last April 22; the 5th Caraga Mining Summit in Surigao City last April 23 to 24; “Jobapalloza ‘09” of the Department of Labor and Employment held May 1; OWWA Migrants Day last June 7; and the most recent “Kalayaan ‘09” Mega Job Fair, One-Stop Processing and Exhibits last June 12. 
 
These stories enabled NERBAC-Caraga to reach out to more than 1,000 information seekers. (Grace Tocmo and Brenda Corvera, DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)
 
 
NERBAC-Caraga turns 1
 
BUTUAN CITY (July 1) – Caraga Region’s One-Stop Action Center, otherwise known as the National Economic Research and Business Assistance Center or NERBAC-Caraga turned one year old. 
 
To mark this milestone, the center mounted a special one-stop processing for clients. These lucky applicants were attended to by key registration, permitting and licensing agencies who reported at the center for the day. This allowed each applicant to get all the possible information and assistance needed to register a business. 
 
As an anniversary bonus, customers were given free snacks and the first 10 business name (BN) applicants get their certificates for free, saving for themselves the already discounted BN fee of P150.00.
The business registration and licensing unit of NERBAC-Caraga was beefed up by personnel from Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Home Mutual Development Fund (PAGIBIG), Social Security System (SSS), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Butuan City LGU, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Department of Agriculture and others. 
 
While the one-stop processing was going on at the center, other activities were also conducted starting with a motorcade by the cooperating agencies around the city. 
 
The 9:00 am motorcade was followed by the collective releasing of balloons at the grounds of the center’s location. 
 
Participants of the motorcade and the rest of NERBAC-Caraga network members assembled for a Thanksgiving Mass at the DTI-Caraga Conference Room. 
 
This was followed by a mass oath taking of new real state brokers and then the fellowship lunch. 
 
The afternoon session was devoted to the learning sessions and investment opportunity film showing at the NERBAC hallway and in the board room which was opened to all technical working group members and the public. 
 
The formal program and cocktails followed at 3:30 in the afternoon. The highlights of the program included the “nerbac-caraga@1” audio visual presentation, testimonials from partner agencies and clients, and the launching of the NERBAC-Caraga Unified Form. The latter is an added service to the center’s clients allowing them one time filling out of a special form and obtaining printed copies of the other licensing forms with the common information already written. This would allow applicants to do away with having to write basic information repeatedly in all the different business licensing and registration forms of different agencies. (Grace Tocmo and Brenda Corvera, DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)
 
 
NERBAC-Caraga board members asks LGUs to set up or strengthen their investment promotion units
 
BUTUAN CITY (July 1) – Members of the board of advisers of the National Economic Research and Business Assistance Center or NERBAC have passed a resolution encouraging local government units (LGUs) to set up or strengthen their investment promotion units. 
 
Promoting investments and doing investment marketing and facilitation is one of the three key functions of NERBAC-Caraga. 
 
The other two are business registration and licensing, and knowledge management. 
 
The board believes that in order to pursue its investment promotion function, the center has to count on other agencies and institutions especially LGUs who are mandated to do the same although only for their respective areas to provide a strong and cohesive investment promotion network. 
 
Although most of the LGUs – provincial, city and a few municipal governments – have already established their respective Investment Promotion Units (IPU’s), there is still a felt need to strengthen these units and the capacity of their personnel, and then for the other LGUs to set-up their own as well. 
 
Composing the NERBAC-Caraga board of advisers are the regional directors of departments of trade and industry, agriculture, national economic and development authority, environment and natural resources, the interior and local government and most recently the LGU of Butuan – all representing the government sector. 
 
The other members which come from the private sector include the heads of Regional Investment and Export Promotion Committee, Eastern Mindanao Business Council, Butuan Chamber of Commerce, PhilExport-Caraga, and Father Saturnino Urios University. (Grace Tocmo and Brenda Corvera, DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)
 
 
Tagalog News: Milyon-milyong proyekto, pinunduhan ng DAR-ARISP III para sa magsasaka ng Agusan del Norte
 
AGUSAN DEL NORTE (July 1) - Sa ikatlong pagkakataon ng muling pagbubukas ng Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project, Phase III (ARISP-III), ay milyon-milyong proyekto na naman ang ipamumudmod para sa lalawigan ng Agusan del Norte . 
 
Isa na ang TAGBABAPSA ARC sa bayan ng R.T. Romualdez ang masuwerteng makakatanggap ng proyekto mula sa ARISP-III ng Department of Agrarian Reform. Pangalawa rito ay ang CLIMBBB ARC sa bayan ng Jabonga kung saan nagkaroon na rin ng site inspection/validation. 
 
Kabilang sa mga ipagkakaloob na proyekto mula sa ARISP III ay ang Farm-to-Market Roads na humigit-kumulang aabot sa P40 Milyones ang halaga ng pagsasagawa ng 12 kilometrong haba ng mga daan. May 11,162 na populasyon at 2,297 pamilya ng TAGBABAPSA ARC ang makikinabang sa proyektong ito. 
 
Samantala, aabot naman sa 8 Milyones ang kabuuang halaga ng Potable Water System na ipatutupad kung saan mahigit sa 375 na pamilya naman ang magkakaroon ng malinis na tubig.
 
Upang mapalakas naman ang mga kooperatiba sa lalawigan ng Agusan del Norte ay magsasagawa rin ang ARISP 3 ng mga trainings, seminars at workshop para sa tamang pagnenegosyo at pagpapatakbo ng kooperatiba. 
 
Sa ngayon, abot-langit ang tuwa at pasasalamat ng pamahalaang lokal, mga residente at lalo na ng mga agrarian reform beneficiaries ng TAGBABAPSA ARC dahil sila ay masuwerteng mapagkakalooban ng milyon-milyong proyekto mula sa ARISP-III ng DAR.
 
Ayon kay Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John M. Amante, malaki ang kagandahang idudulot ng mga proyektong ito mula sa ARISP, hindi lamang sa mga munisipyo ng R.T. Romualdez at Jabonga kundi pati na rin sa mga karatig bayan ng Agusan del Norte dahil sila rin ay makikinabang sa malinis na patubig, mga daan at mga trainings na maipagkakaloob sa ilalim ng ARISP III. 
 
Sinabi naman ni PARO Andre Atega na ang lahat ng ito ay para sa ikakaunlad ng mga magsasaka. Bahagi rin daw ito ng pagbibigay ng tunay at makabuluhang repormang agraryo kung saan sakop hindi lamang ang pagkakaloob ng lupang agrikultural kung hindi pati na rin ang pagbibigay ng suportang serbisyo upang maiangat ang antas ng kabuhayan ng mga magsasaka. (Gil E. Miranda, DAR-Agusan del Norte/ PIA-Caraga)
 
 
KALAHI-CIDSS PROJECT: Six Years of Successful Implementation in Caraga Region
 
The Department of Social Welfare and Development - Field Office Caraga successfully opened and handed-over sixteen (16) municipalities, with 272 barangays, for its KALAHI-CIDSS Project implementation in Caraga Region. The Phase 1 area, Jabonga Agusan del Norte, was launched in January 2003 followed by Las Nieves, Carmen and La Paz (Phase 2) in August of the same year. The Phase 3 areas, started in September 2004 in municipalities of Esperanza, San Luis, San Isidro and San Miguel while Phase 3B followed in Loreto, Agusan del Sur in the same year. The Phase 4 areas which include the towns of Libjo, San Benito, Pilar, Socorro, Bayabas, Marihatag and Tagbina are the last seven areas that implemented the Project. These 16 municipalities were identified for its poverty situation and social welfare indications based on a study conducted by Dr. Arsenio Balisacan of the University of the Philippines (UP). 
 
In all its engagement with the LGU and community members, the Regional Project Management Office has always been firm in its pronouncement that the community or the general assembly has the deciding power on matters affecting the project - from what sub-project to build, to selection of volunteers that will form part of the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) - the group that oversees the implementation of the project. 
 
KALAHI-CIDSS followed the one-fund concept in which assistance from DSWD, municipal and barangay councils are directly deposited to community accounts. At the community level, the BSPMC managed the disbursements and other expenditures used during implementation. And because KALAHI-CIDSS advocates transparency, all transactions are accounted and reviewed by the general assembly during the conduct of fiduciary reviews.
 
The Area Coordinating Team assigned in the areas followed conscientiously the steps in KC implementation. All these processes were targeted to its main goal of reducing poverty; improve local governance and most importantly, empowerment of the people in the rural areas. Trainings on community finance management, procurement, and operations and maintenance seminars were conducted to equip local townsfolk with the knowledge and skills that they could use in working towards community development. The Project believes that through community empowerment, people would shift from dependency on government interventions and start their own plans to improve their quality of life. 
 
For the past six years of KALAHI-CIDSS implementation in the region, 60,478 households in 272 barangays benefited the project. Community-Driven Development (CDD) processes were ensured in the implementation of these projects to partner provinces in the region. Results from Participatory Situation Analysis (PSA), community planning and resource allocations were highly emphasized and reflected in community’s decision-making on sub-project implementation. It was also ensured that there is gender balance in attendance during meetings and women be given spaces to express their ideas. Community processes were not only participatory but more importantly, transparent in all transactions and community undertakings 
 
FINANCIAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

 
Implementations of KALAHI-CIDSS sub-projects required contributions or counterparting from other stakeholders like cash and in-kind counterparts from MLGU and BLGU that includes, but not limited to, use of heavy equipment, engineering supervision, lumber and gravel, and other related materials and resources for the full implementation of KC:KKB projects.
 
On the other hand, the community counterparted in pre-engineering works, labor and other forms. These were computed and given monetary value and included in the total community and LGU Counterpart Commitments (LCC). Across four phases, a total of P330.1 million in grants and local counterparts were allocated to fund the community infrastructures and empowerment activities of the Project.
 
PHYSICAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS
 
In KALAHI-CIDSS, “sub-projects” or the infrastructures constructed served as a learning tool, a vehicle, for communities to build local understanding of poverty conditions existing in the community. While KALAHI-CIDSS is not just about infrastructure or development projects, it provides people with a rich environment to learn new ways of working collaboratively with others in the community. In the course of project implementation, community residents were provided with opportunities to engage with LGU at the municipal and barangay levels for technical support and local counterpart resources. People also learned first-hand the basics of community procurement and financial management. All these processes contributed in the sense of community ownership of the project. 
 
Across four phases, KALAHI-CIDSS was able to fund a total of 260 subprojects ranging from water systems, to roads, school buildings, and other basic service facilities needed in the barangays. (DSWD-13/ PIA-Caraga)
 
 
PRO-13 creates Task Force to solve shooting of Barangay Kagawad
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Police Regional Office 13 (PRO-13) Regional Director PCSUPT Jaime E Milla has ordered Agusan del Sur Police Provincial Office headed by its Provincial Director, PSSUPT Antonio B Paguirigan, to create Task Force “Fetalvero” to conduct thorough investigation regarding the shooting to death of Barangay Kagawad Jonathan L. Fetalvero, 43 years old, married, a resident of Poblacion, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.
 
Immediately after the incident, the victim was rushed to New Bayugan Doctors Hospital but was declared dead-on-arrival (DOA) by the attending physician. The responding police officers of Bayugan Police Station recovered one spent shell of cal .45 at the crime scene.
 
The victim was said to have some intermittent Disc Jockey job at the local radio program at Friendster FM radio station.
 
The investigation will include the activation of tracker teams with the assistance from the CIDG 13 and forensic artist to track down the lone gun man who shot the victim with a caliber .45 pistol on June 25, 7:30 in the evening while drinking inside a restaurant located at the vicinity of Rotunda, Barangay Poblacion, Bayugan City.
 
As a general policy of the organization, PRO 13 is mandated to solve the incident regardless of the nature of the victim's work. (PSSUPT NESTOR MONTON FAJURA, PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
 
 
POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Philip Amer Posas Mazo; PO2 Darlin Cabalinan Migullas
 
Report on theft incident
 
On June 25 2009 around 8:35 in the evening, employees from Peoples Bank Field Office of Caraga located at St Paul District, Mangagoy, Bislig City reported to Bislig City Police Station that they lost their total collection of the day amounting to more or less Php 115,883.00.
 
Initial investigation disclosed that the nine employees had their dinner outside the office and left the money inside a cabinet drawer. Upon their return, they discovered that the side door of the office was already opened while receipts and pieces of coins scattered on the floor and said money was missing.
 
Responding investigator lifted latent fingerprints from a carton box of coins that allegedly been touched by the supposed perpetrator/s. No sign of force entry noticed.
 
Investigation still being undertaken by Bislig City Police Station for identification and apprehension of the suspect. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
 
Report on highway robbery
 
On June 25, 2009 around 9:30 in the morning, COP of Las Nieves Municipal Police Station received a telephone call from Town SB member Rosita Casibo reporting a dead body of a male person identified as Eric Soberano, of legal age, married and a resident of Barangay Del Monte, Talacogon, Agusan del Sur who was found at Purok-6 Barangay Lingayao, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte.
 
SPO3 Siega and PO1 Torralba responded to the crime scene and found the victim lying on the grassy portion covered with grass under a "Santol" tree. 
 
Soberano is an employee of Peoples Bank of Caraga as a collector. He sustained wounds on the right portion of his head believed to be struck by a hard object which resulted to his death. 
 
Recovered from the crime scene were loan application documents and a single motorcycle Yamaha DT 125 with chassis number 4AR-070761 owned by the victim. Said motorcycle was found 20 meters away from the victim's body.
 
The perpetrator carted the belongings of the victim containing money including the victim's wallet. Investigation revealed that prior to the incident around 4:00 in the afternoon of June 24, the victim was seen riding his motorcycle from Barangay Kasiklan passing thru Barangay Balonganga heading towards Barangay Lingayao before he was found dead. 
 
Case is still under thorough investigation by Las Nieves Municipal Police Station for the possible identification of the suspects. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
 
Report on loose firearm
 
On June 26, 2009 around 4:10 in the afternoon particularly at corner Libres St. Barangay Taglatawan, Bayugan City, joint elements of Bayugan City Police Station led by PCI Rudy Cuyop, COP and PCI Rodelio Roqueta, GD 1402 PPMG arrested Jerome Terio, 32 years old, single and resident of Purok-20 Barangay Poblacion, Bayugan City.
 
Confiscated from his possession were one unit caliber .45 pistol bearing serial number 1055074 with six live ammos.
 
Arrested person and confiscated items were brought to Bayugan City Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
 
Report on illegal logging
 
On June 25, 2009 at around 9:00 o'clock in the morning, personnel from Cantilan Municipal Police Station led by Police Senior Inspector Gregie Pimentel, COP assisted the DENR/CENRO personnel in the confiscation/apprehension of 92 pieces Lawaan round logs with an estimated volume of 26.43 cubic meters loaded to a ten wheeler truck, color blue, bearing plate number GCZ 979 driven by one Roger Tiloton.
 
Said truck was traveling at the vicinity of Sitio Bahang-Bahang, Barangay Consuelo, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur without complete pertinent documents.
 
Said logs and the truck were temporarily impounded at the CENRO Cantilan, Surigao del Sur for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
 
Report on traffic accident
 
On June 27, 2009 around 9:30 in the morning along the national highway of Barangay Mapaso, Placer, Surigao del Norte, a six year old boy Daniel Balaba, son of Mr & Mrs Domingo Balaba residing a the above-mentioned place was hit by a passenger van bearing plate number LYG-715 owned and driven by Mr Rodrigo Jamora Olvez, 46 years old, married and a resident of Claver, Surigao del Norte.
 
Investigation revealed that while the vehicle was traveling from Bad-as, Placer heading towards the town of Claver when the victim suddenly crossed the road and was accidentally hit by the van driven by Olvez.
 
The child was rushed to Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao City for medical treatment and was confined with serious condition.
 
The van driver surrendered to Placer Municipal Police Station with his vehicle where it was impounded for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
 
Report on vehicular accident
 
On June 27, 2009 around 4:45 in the afternoon at Purok-3 Barangay Taguibo, Butuan City, a Fuzo Dump truck with plate number GFK-791 driven by Wilfredo G Podonas, of legal age and a resident of Purok-2 Barangay Taguibo, Butuan City while traveling along Barangay Taguibo road heading towards Butuan City proper was accidentally bumped by a TMX Honda motorcycle hitting the back portion of the truck.
 
Motorcycle driver Arnel Sumanda, of legal age and a resident of Purok-7 Padiay, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur was seriously injured during the incident. Sumanda was brought to Butuan City Medical Hospital for medical treatment while investigation is still on going. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)