3.17.2010

PIA News Service - Thursday, March 18, 2010

NYC seeks support of RDC Caraga for the amendment of RA8044
By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY
(March 18) – The National Youth Commission (NYC) pushes for Resolution No. 1 series of 2009, a resolution seeking the support of the Regional Development Council (RDC) Caraga for the amendment of Republic Act 8044, during the 1st Quarter Meeting of RDC-Social Development Committee (SDC), recently at the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga Conference Room here. 

On behalf of Department of Health Caraga Regional Dir. Leonita Gorgolon, RDC-SDC Chairperson, Dir. Florencio Sunico of the Technical Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Caraga presided the meeting with representatives from various government line agencies, and a representative from the private sector. 

During the meeting, Ms. Salma Jayne Tamano of NYC said that Republic Act 8044 is an act creating the NYC, establishing a national comprehensive and coordinated program on youth development, appropriating funds therefore, and for other purposes (June 1995).

Tamano also bared that during its 1-day Consultative Forum on R. A. 8044 held October 5, 2009 at the Conference Room of the Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga Regional Office, this city, participants composed of the youth leaders, representatives of the regional line agencies that have youth programs (mostly members of the Regional Advisory Council Caraga), and representatives of the local government units in Caraga raised several gaps, issues and problems.

“Some of the issues raised are: Definition of youth age group of 15-30 years old should be changed since 15-17 are still children and cannot sign legal documents such as contracts yet; age qualification of commissioners do not fall under the youth age group; no regional offices of NYC; lack of coordination and full implementation of program,” said Tamano.

Also, Tamano stressed that proposed amendments are: the definition of youth shall be changed from the age bracket 15-30 years old to 18-35 years old since the age group 15-17 is categorized as children; the commissioners shall fall under the definition of the specified youth age group; and the LGUs’ participation in youth development shall be strengthened through the creation of Local Youth Development Councils nationwide.

After discussion/deliberation made by the body, said amendments by the NYC represented by Tamano were all approved by the Committee and will be endorsed to the RDC for the final approval. (PIA-Caraga) 
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PACAP exhibitor adjudged best booth in Calagan Festival Trade Fair
by Fryan E. Abkilan
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SURIGAO CITY (March 18) - The display booth of the Philippines-Australia Community Assistance Program (PACAP) assisted-local producer “Karaga Pasalubong” bested other exhibitors throughout the region in the Best Booth contest in the weeklong Calagan Festival Trade Fair recently held at the provincial gym this city.

Organized by the Department of Tourism (DOT) – Caraga Region, the said event forms part of the celebration of the 15th Anniversary of Caraga Region, which highlighted the showcase of "WOW Caraga: Calagan Festival," from February 22-27, 2010.

Surigao Economic Development Foundation (SEDF) Project Coordinator Joseph Nacario, said that the display booth of Karaga Pasalubong caught the attention of the crowd because of its creative arrangement of various displays, solely done by the exhibitor themselves with the technical assistance from SEDF, an implementing partner NGO of PACAP.

Karaga Pasalubong displayed various native crafts like Tikug mat, agsam-nito baskets/native wares, abaca wares/crafts and a number of food products like dried pijanga (native fish in Lake Mainit), dried squid, nipa vinegar, Gigaquit rhum, VCO-based liniment.
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Nacario said that the PACAP booth generated total gross sales of Php 17,000 from the 6-day activity, aside from being awarded as “Best Seller” for the Producer-Seller Category, with Php 10,000 cash prize.
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Other participating booths include the provinces of Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Islands, cities of Butuan, Bayugan, Bislig, Tandag, Cabadbaran, Surigao and some line agencies like DENR, DTI, DA, DAR, CHED, NEDA, DBM, DepEd, TESDA and DOT. 
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Nacario attributed the success to PACAP for their microfinance support, “PACAP was able to help put-up this scheme through their Business Development Services (BDS) program, of course with the collaboration from SEDF.”

“With this kind of activity we were able to help our local farmers, fisher folks and those run by women’s groups, agrarian reform communities and cooperatives in showcasing their products thus opening up market opportunities,” Nacario said. 
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PACAP Provincial Project Officer Monina Hernandez also said that, “many of the ongoing livelihood projects in all three FOCAS Clusters are generating income, thus contributing to the poverty alleviation goal of the province.”
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“The provision of start-up capital for fishing, livestock, mariculture, crop production, non-farm types of livelihood, and even processing of raw materials such as vinegar and coconut oil, have not only productively increased the capacity of local communities to manage financial/material resources. PACAP’s engagement with the local communities has created an environment for people to leverage and innovate,” Hernandez added.
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For so many years now, PACAP has always been supportive to small-medium enterprise to promote development of this sector as key to achieving jobs creation and competitive enterprise. It is a program of the Aus¬tralian Agency for International Development (AusAlD), a 24-year old funding program which has granted PhP 74,767,315 total grant funds to at least 21 community devel¬opment projects in the province since 2005, through the Focal Community Assistance Scheme (FOCAS). The three major geographical clusters where PACAP projects are located are the ff: Hinatuan Passage Development Alliance (HIPADA), Siargao Islands Protected Landscape and Seascape (SIPLAS), and Lake Mainit Development Alliance (LMDA).
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Today, PACAP has assisted 71 people’s organizations (farmers/fisherfolks and women) and partnered with 11 NGOs and 1 government special body, the LMDA. PACAP project reach includes, 17 towns in Surigao del Norte, 4 towns in Agusan del Norte in Lake Mainit side, 64 Barangays (SDN & ADN), and 1 city, the city of Surigao. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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ULAT SA BAYAN reports DOTC accomplishments
By Michael A. Imbo

BUTUAN CITY (March 18) – The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) recently reported its accomplishments in a press conference dubbed as “Ulat sa Bayan” attended by the local tri-media of this city in one of the local convention centers here.

DOTC is represented by its Regional Management Council (RMC) which is composed of the heads of offices of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

The accomplishment reports presented by Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and the Air Transportation Office (ATO).

The forum highlighted the agency’s accomplishments as much as the collective milestones of the line agencies under the department.

Meanwhile, DOTC Usec. Guiling Mamondiong seized the brief opportunity to broadcast flagship projects implemented in Caraga region. He also denounces the Public Assistance Program conducted by the DOTC.

PPA Manager Oscar Beluan states the activity conducted in the beautification and development of infrastructure in Nasipit Pier.

Also, DOTC-Caraga Regional Director Atty. Alim D. Pangandaman presented the agency’s implementation of “Oplan Kalakbay”, and the establishment of help desk and customer assistance.

It was learned that the said priority projects in Caraga are based on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for the past decade through the rationalized Mindanao Super Region concept.

“Ulat sa Bayan aim to increase the success of every agency of DOTC, in line with the target projects and implementations done by the transportation and communications department,” USEC Mamondiong said.
(PIA-Caraga)
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Cebuano News: ULAT ng BAYAN sa DOTC gipasigarbo ang natapos nga mga proyekto
By Michael A. Imbo

BUTUAN CITY (March 18) – Malampusong giduso sa Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) ang pag-report sa mga natumang proyekto sulod sa rehiyon sa Caraga pinaagi sa “Ulat sa Bayan” nga gipahimutang dili pa lang dugay didto sa Dotties Place Convention Center, ni’ng dakbayan.

Gipangunahan ni DOTC Undersecretary Guiling Mamondiong, gipasigarbo sa maong buhatan ngadto sa publiko ang mga natapos ug nagpadayong progreso ilalom sa mga proyekto niini.

Sa gitukod nga Regional Management Council (RMC) sa Caraga, gisaysay sa maong opisyal ang naghiusang pagpaningkamot aron mahatod ang mga serbisyong publiko apil na ang mga reklamo batok sa mga ahensya ilawom sa maong departamento.

Samtang, gi-presenta sa nagkalain-laing ahensiya sa DOTC ang mga natapos nga programa ug proyekto lakip na ang mga plano niini. Lakip sa mi-presenta mao ang representante sa Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) ug Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

Si Usec. Mammondiong ang midugang nga pinaagi sa impormasyon ug balanse nga pagbalita, ang katawhan ug ang publiko masayod sa mga natuman nga programa sa gobyerno.

Samtang si PPA Manager Oscar Beluan ang mihatag usab sa iyang presentasyon ug kwentada sa kalamboan sa Pantalan sa Nasipit ug Surigao City.

Sa maong panagtifum, gipasabot usab ni Director Pangandaman ang gilusad nga public assistance pinaagi sa Oplan Kalakbay ug pagsaka sa kalidad sa serbisyo sa ahensya sa transportasyon.

Subling gikondena sa maong opisyal ang padayon nga operasyon sa mga kulorom nga sakyanan, ug gipahimangno-an nga dili pasakyan sa publiko aron dili kini magtinguha sa ilang operasyon. 

Nasayran nga ang mga prayoridad nga proyektong natuman sa rehiyon sa Caraga ang nahilatid sa State of the Nation Address (SONA) ni Pangulong Gloria Macapagal Arroyo nga nakabase sa konsepto sa Mindanao Super Region.
(PIA-Caraga)
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Public warned on series of fire in Butuan City

BUTUAN CITY (March 18) - The city government of Butuan, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative (Aneco) on Thursday called on the public to refrain from leaving embers at their dirty kitchens. 

They also reminded them to be sure that electrical units are unplugged during brownouts to avoid electrical glitz that might cause of fire. 

Butuan City is currently suffering from four to eight hours rotating brownouts a day. 

The government authorities also warned the public to carefully use candles and other improvised lamps during brownouts that might also cause fire. 

All government agencies also asked for heightened information campaign against burning dry leaves and household wastes. 

Fire authorities and local government unit officials also even warned smokers from throwing cigarette butts just anywhere saying this might lead to fire. 

Absence of rains for quite some time now has dried up leaves and grasses, a little flicker of flame can lead to a disastrous fire, fire authorities also said. 

City Mayor Democrito Plaza was already alarmed on a series of big fire at various residential areas in the city since the very first day observation of fire prevention month, where at least five fires and four lives were already lost. 

Added to the cause of fire was damage to properties that already reached more than P30 million. 

On Tuesday and Wednesday, two big fires gutted at least 630 houses at Barangays Ong Yui and Obrero, both of this city. Three persons died in these two big fires- one of them an old woman and two children, ranging 5- and 7-year olds. 

Earlier, a big fire also gutted several houses at Barangay New Society village here where a one-year and two month old baby girl was also killed. 

Plaza urged massive community awareness regarding fire prevention. 

He also called on boarding house operators to strictly comply the requirements of the bureau of fire, especially regarding installation of fire exits and availability of fire extinguishers. 

“Fire prevention is everybody’s concern to avert further lose of lives,” said Plaza. (muc/PIA-Caraga)
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GSIS extends free personal accident insurance to 8,000 

BUTUAN CITY (March 18) - The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has already extended free personal accident insurance to 8,000 persons. 

In a press statement, the GSIS, by virtue of Republic Act 656 as amended by Presidential Decree 245, is allowed to engage in all kinds of insurance and reinsurance business. 

In addition, the state-run pension fund is also empowered to insure all properties, assets, and interests of the government against any insurable risk. 

The GSIS is giving agency authorized officers (AAO’s) a free personal accident insurance in recognition of their crucial role in the pension fund's processing of the loan applications of members. 

The system started giving AAO’s free personal accident insurance cards at the beginning of the year. 

Among those who are entitled to this free program are principal AAOs and their alternates. They will remain entitled to such as long they remain legitimate AAOs of their respective agencies and registered with the GSIS. The card is renewable every year. 

AAO’s are the ones that certify the loan applications of employees of their respective agencies through the electronic certification system required by the GSIS. They also submit an agency remittance advice (ARA) to the pension fund, containing the updated data of the member including salary adjustments, change of status, and change of position, among others, in electronic remittance format. 

All forms of accidents that result in death or dismemberment are covered by the free personal accident insurance, including dog bites and accidental gunshots, among others. 

The policy covers an indemnity of P500,000 for accidental death and dismemberment. For medical reimbursement, the claim is P50,000; for bereavement assistance, the claim is P10,000; and for unprovoked murder or assault, the claim is P50,000. 

Under this program, AAO’s are covered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Under its usual personal accident insurance program dubbed as "My Shield", the GSIS covers an individual aged three to 80 years old for a basement-low premium of just P0.40. For just 40 centavos, an individual can already get P1,000 worth of personal accident coverage. My Shield offers a minimum coverage of P50,000 to a maximum protection of P5 million, the GSIS press statement said.
(muc/PIA-Caraga)
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Barangay Tinigbasan receives P50T

As part of its continuing effort to deliver the basic services to its constituents, the barangay council of Tinigbasan, Tubay, Agusan del Norte will soon receive the amount of P50,000.00 from the Participative Initiative in Governance (PING) Program of Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante for the completion of its street fencing (with baluster).

“Maayo kini nga proyekto sa Barangay Tinigbasan aron mapanindot ang palibot sa ilang lugar,” said Vice Governor Enrico R. Corvera, the author of Sanggunian Resolution No. 379-2009.

Said project was included in the Annual Investment Plan CY 2009.
(MSMonoy)
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Cebuano News: Probinsya migahin og tabang gikan sa Calamity Fund

AGUSAN DE NORTE – Lima ka lungsod ni’ng probinsya ang niagi og baha/landslide niadtong typhoon “Urduja”.

Kini nga mga lungsod mao ang Jabonga, Buenavista, Tubay, Santiago ug Kitcharao.

Gitagaan og katungod si Provincial Governor Erlpe John M. Amante pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 414 para paggamit og gamay nga pundo nga kini pagakuhaon didto sa Calamity Fund sa kantidad nga Six Hundred Thousand Pesos (P600,000.00) aron pagtabang sa mga biktima sa flood/landslide. (JOMellejor)
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Provincial gov’t to adopt e-payroll
By Brian F. Caballos and Jay Vincent V. Demain

After a successful implementation of the multi-million peso computerization program for the improvement of the processingof all documents to better serve the general public, the provincial government will now also adopt the ATM payroll credit system to improve the payment of salaries to its workforce.

By virtue of a resolution recently approved by the Sanguniang Panlalawigan, Governor Erlpe John M. Amante is set to enter into an agreement with the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP), Butuan, for the implementation of the ATM payroll credit system using the Landbank E-Card.

“The E-Card shall not be used for ATM transactions but also serves as personnel identification card with the access to selected personnel records,” Governor Amante said.

The E-card will be highlighted by the employee’s member’s picture, signature, local government unit (LGU) name, logo and the ATM magnetic stripe containing the Landbank ATM account data.

For the convience of officials and employees, an ATM machine shall also be installed as an off-site unit within the premises of the provincial Capitol compound, specifically at the gate beside the guard house along the main street which shall be accessible to the general public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A provincial employee was quoted saying, “ this improvement in our system is a welcome development since employees will no longer queue at the provincial cashier during payday but will just go to the ATM machines anywhere at their convenient time”.

The memorandum of agreement provides that the Landbank shall produce the E-Card which shall be free of charge. Replacement of lost card, however, will be charged P150.00 pesos to the employee.

This system is expected to be implemented within this quarter after the Sanguniang Panlalawigan approved said reolution authorizing the governor to sign the MOA authored by Board Member James T. Reserva.
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1 pharmacy 1 pharmacist rule, ipatuman sa Cabadbaran

Pinaagi sa City Ordinance No. 2009-19, gimando sa syudad sa Cabadbaran ang pagpatuman sa One Pharmacy One Pharmacist Rule sa tanang botica sa maong syudad, gawas sa Botika ng Barangay.

Sugod karon, gikinahanglan ang kada parmasya o botika, pribado man o pampubliko, adunay kaugalingong registered pharmacist nga magdumala gikan sa pagpangabli hangtod sa pagpanirado niini para dali ra matubag ang mga pangutana sa kustomer mahitungod sa tambal nga giresita sa doktor, kun insakto ba kini nga ipa-inom sa pasyente o kun pila ba ka kutsara sa tambal ang angay nga ipatumar sa bata sigon sa iyang pangidaron ug uban pa.

“Gipasa ni namo nga ordinansa kay adunay mga tambal nga dako gayod og tabang sa atong mga igsoon nga adunay mga balatian pero aduna usa’y mga tambal ( dangerous drugs/ chemeicals) nga ginadili ng mapalit sa publiko mao na nga mas mayo g’yod nga adunay i-hire nga pharmacist ang kada parmasya sa syudad sa Cabadbaran aron malikayan ang kadaot nga mapadangat ngadto sa atong mga kaigsoonan, “ matod pa ni SP Harris Glenn D. Puyot, ang nangamahan sa maong ordinansa. Gi-aprubahan kini sa Sanguniang Panlalawigan sa pag-paningkamot ni Bokal Aquino W. Gambe. (MS Monoy)
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2010 provincial budget up by 13 %
By Jay Vincent V. Demain

The provincial government’s budget is up by 13 % this year or Five Hundred Five Million One Hundred Seventy-Eight Thousand Eight Hundred Thirty-Three (P505,178,833.00) pesos as evidenced by the recently approved Provincial Ordinance No. 263-2009, known as the Annual Appropriation Ordinance of the province of Agusan del Norte for Fiscal year 2010. 
 
The budget will be used to fund the province’s operation, maintenance an other support services anchoring mainly on its share of the Internal Revenue Allotment from the National government as source of income.

For 2010, the province IRA is figured at P453,808.133.00 pesos with an increase of 15% compared to last year. This represents 90% of the total inc0me.

Other sources of income are: hospital fees which represents 5% of the revenue, local taxes which is 2% and 3% for operating & miscellaneous revenue.

For expenditures, 36% shall be funded for economic services; 27% for health, nutrition & population; 25% for social security and welfare, while 5% is reserve for calamity.

Also, allocated budget for the operation and maintenance of the Provincial Economic Enterprise Development and Management Office (PEEDMO) has increased by8.03% or P12, 288,711.00 pesos.

In this messages, Governor Erlpe John M. Amante said that this budget was prepared after through deliberation with concerned offices and departments to make it an effective tool to equitably allocate the limited resources to different service categories. It is primarily aimed for a higher and sustainable economic growth through reduction of income disparities, enrichment of social and cultural values, self sufficiency in food through the agricultural programs, social justice, ecological and environmental enhancement and protection, security through protective services support, coupled with a more vigorous thrust in infrastructure development through national assistance.

“These budgets manifest our determination to lay a strong foundation for a greater and progressive Agusan del Norte,” Governor Amante said.