PIA News Service - Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Lanuza 4Ps beneficiaries receive 4Ps cash cards
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Lanuza, Surigao del Sur – A total of 874 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program (4Ps) in Lanuza, Surigao del Sur received their cash cards on May 22, 2010 during the distribution held at Barangay Agsam gymnasium.

Tessie Crisustomo, 43 years old excitedly held her 4Ps cash card and proudly expressed that “even though we are poor, we can now own a cash card, thank you very much.” A cash card will be used by the beneficiaries to withdraw the 4Ps cash subsidy from the bank.

Former Lanuza Mayor and now incoming Vice mayor Algerico Irizari in his speech told the beneficiaries that the government has given importance in establishing good foundation of families, children not just for the present but also for the coming generations. That is why the government has this 4Ps. He also reminded the beneficiaries to comply the set conditionalities and encouraged them to give importance on their children’s health and education even beyond 4Ps.

Mr. Herbert Luna Landbank Tandag City branch manager and the bank tellers distributed the 4Ps cash cards. Ms. Ruth Tambura, 4Ps Focal Person; some barangay captains and councilors also witnessed the said activity.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is a poverty reduction strategy of the government that provides cash grants to extremely poor households in order to improve their health, nutrition and education especially children 0-14 years old. (Stella Maris V. Barcelon, DSWD-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Set 3 municipalities of Surigao del Norte receive cash grants

SURIGAO CITY – The Lanbank Surigao City branch released the 4Ps cash subsidy to set 3 municipalities of Surigao del Norte through over-the-counter scheme on May 18-21, 2010. These towns include Alegria, Mainit, Sta. Monica and Burgos. 

A total of 1,797 4Ps beneficiaries queued outside the Landbank building to claim their cash grants. Beneficiaries were elated upon receiving the cash grants for they now have money to spend for their children’s uniforms and school supplies for the opening of classes next month. 

4Ps in Surigao del Norte started in 2008. At present, the province has 15 4Ps municipalities 

Panatawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is one of the flagship programs of the government in fighting against poverty. It program provides cash grants to extremely poor households to improve their health, nutrition and education and to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty through human investment. (Stella Maris V. Barcelon, DSWD-13/ PIA-Caraga)


Public health workers can appeal reassignment, says CSC

Public health or public social workers who are transferred or geographically reassigned without written notice or justification can seek remedy by filing an appeal with the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

CSC Resolution No. 100667 dated April 6, 2010 states that a public health or public social worker should file the appeal on his or her reassignment directly with the Commission within 15 days from receipt of the order of reassignment. The filing of appeal will automatically hold in abeyance the implementation of the said order.

The appellant is required to provide a notice of appeal to the appointing authority or official who issued the order of reassignment to inform the latter of the need to defer the reassignment. A copy of the notice of appeal should also be forwarded to the CSC Regional Office (CSCRO) or Field Office concerned. The CSCRO is tasked to monitor if the order of reassignment is deferred accordingly.

The Magna Carta of Public Health Workers and the Magna Carta for Public Social Workers (Republic Act Nos. 7305 and 9433, respectively) prohibits the transfer or reassignment of a public health or public social worker, except when made in the interest of public service, in which case the employee concerned should be given written notice informing him or her of the reasons for the reassignment.

By law, transfer is defined as “movement from one position to another which is of equivalent rank, level or salary without break in service”, while a geographical reassignment pertains to “movement from one geographical location to another”. (CSC-13/ PIA-Caraga)


CSC, BIR, NCC ink deal on Call Center ng Bayan

The government’s anti-red tape campaign gets a big boost as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) signed up as the first government agency to be interconnected with the Citizen’s Helpline or Call Center ng Bayan (CCB).

Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chair Francisco T. Duque III, National Computer Center (NCC) Director General Timoteo M. Diaz de Vera and BIR Commissioner Joel L. Tan-Torres signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) on May 26 at the BIR National Training Center marking the BIR’s participation in the project.
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“Today’s signing of the MoA gets us closer to the goal, which is to provide fast and reliable support via the CCB. This system was devised to save clients the time and frustration of being given the run-around by providing their needed information or assistance at the soonest time possible,” stated Duque during a press conference held after the MoA signing.

The Citizen’s Helpline or CCB is a 24/7 contact center facility intended to address the concerns of the general public via voice call, short messaging service (SMS), fax, e-mail or the Internet. It shall be the means for citizens to air their complaints or request for information and assistance, and get corresponding action or feedback in real time.

The pilot stage of the project will start in the third quarter of 2010. Agencies identified to undergo the pilot run are BIR, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and Department of Health. The CSC is the lead agency for the implementation and interconnection of the citizen’s helplines, with technical assistance from NCC which acts as the Project Manager of the CCB Project.

Under the MOA, the NCC has a one-year funding for the network, software, hardware and technology, and the corresponding technical expertise in the pilot run of the Citizen’s Helpline.

The CSC will then gather pertinent data and information as input to the Central Knowledge Database which will be utilized by the CCB agents. These data will be used as tool to respond to the concerns of the public. It may also serve as basis for the issuance of corresponding performance report to the pilot agencies on its efficiency and effectiveness in responding to calls based on the reports generated by the System.

The BIR on its part shall extend its existing contract center infrastructure, call center agents and pertinent contact information of BIR officials and employees, and services.

The CCB is in line with the implementation of the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 and Administrative Order (AO) No. 241 which provides the establishment and interconnectivity of government help lines to current and future public assistance systems to improve the delivery of services to the public and cut red tape. (CSC-13/PIA-Caraga)