PIA News Service - Friday, Aug. 20, 2010

Microsoft Access databank designing introduced to Lake Mainit LGUs
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SURIGAO DEL NORTE (Aug. 20) - The Lake Mainit Development Alliance (LMDA) in cooperation with the Philippines-Australia Community Assistance Program (PACAP) through the Philippine Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA) facilitated series of trainings on databank designing introducing the Basic and Advance Microsoft Access 2007 operations.

The first set of Basic Microsoft Access 2007 Operations training was successfully conducted last June 3-4, 2010. Said training was attended by the LMDA personnel headed by LMDA Director Engr. Kaiser B. Recabo, Jr. along with LMDA Deputy Director and Provincial Project Evaluation Officer Emilio S. Pantejo, Omar Barillo, Gilbert Leopoldo and Johny Natad. Twelve (12) LGU participants attended the training-workshop. These are from municipalities of Tubay, Santiago, Jabonga, Kitcharao, Alegria, Mainit and Tubod. 

Mr. Paul Baang, the Project Manager of PhilDHRRA based in San Francisco, Agusan del Norte lead the training facilitators along with Jay Medrano, Janielou Alamin and Rejean Zulueta. The first day of the training was held at MPO Room, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte. Due to problem on power connection on the second day, the training continued at the Mayor’s Conference Room of the said municipality with the consent of generous Mayor Aristotle E. Montante. However, with the unexpected brown-out in Kitcharao, the training facilitators and participants transferred to Alegre Diner and Grill, Alegria, Surigao del Norte where the first set of training was culminated. 

Fundamental concepts on how to create tables, forms, and reports and how to create simple database using Microsoft Access 2007 were the major highlights of the said training-workshop. 

The second set of Basic Microsoft Access 2007 Operations training set on June 16-18, 2010 held at Community Outreach Center, Surigao del Norte College of Agriculture and Technology, Magpayang campus, Mainit, Surigao del Norte. 

Meanwhile, the Advance Microsoft Access 2007 Operations for Databank Designing and Management training on June 22-25, 2010 was successfully conducted as part of the project services on capacity building for LGUs in Lake Mainit on database designing and management. PhilDHRRA continue facilitate the training with LMDA as the host organization.
(JSN, LMDA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


New members of Butuan PLEB sworn to office

BUTUAN CITY – Peace and order is one of the priority programs of Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. directing Butuan City Police Office to eradicate all illegal activities, but there were instances the police become part of the problem when they abuse their authority.

It is on this premise that the government has established the People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) by virtue of Republic Act 6975 as a local community mechanism to investigate and decide citizen's complaints against erring members of the PNP. 

This is where an ordinary citizen can file complaints against members of the PNP and expects PLEB to curb police abuses.

 The city government of Butuan recently has created and sworn to office new members of the People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) with Vice Mayor Lawrence Fortun as the Chairman.

The 3-appointed members from the private sector recommended by the City Peace and Order Council were Marlon Labis, Nova Lourdes Ramirez and Atty. Josefe Ty.

Marlon Labis was a Student Council President of Father Saturnino Urios University in 2004, and chosen as one of the Philippine delegate to the China-ASEAN Youth Conference in 2006 and in the China-ASEAN Leaders Training Program in 2008.

Nova Lourdes Ramirez is a resident artist of the Music Theater Foundation of the Philippines, a performing artist of various concerts here and abroad, a founding member of the Elite Circle of Aesthetics Vocal Artists of Butuan City and a benefactor of Balay Silonganan and Home for the Street Children, Inc.

Atty. Josefe Ty is a renowned scholar, ranked 18th in the 1990 CPA Board Exam and passed the Bar Examination in 1996, finished academic units for a post graduate degree in Master of Laws in San Beda College, Manila, an alumna of the International Visitors Program of the US State Department for the US-RP Exchange Program on Strengthening Leadership for Responsible Citizenship on Criminal Justice, Environment and Governance, and currently the Dean of the College of Law of FSUU.

The 3-termer Barangay Captain of Barangay Datu Silongan, Tito Bebis still holds the position as PLEB member, representing the Liga ng mga Punong Barangay.

"The public should now be aware of the existence of the PLEB. We in the PLEB are hoping that Butuan police maintains their professionalism so as not to tarnish the image of the whole PNP organization,” Vice Mayor Fortun said.

However, concerned citizens were reminded that forum shopping of multiple filing of complaints is prohibited. (Jocelyn E. Morano, dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/PIA-Caraga)


Mayor Amante off to Korea for a country training program

BUTUAN CITY – City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. left Butuan on August 18, 2010 to join 14 other Mayors from other regions of the country to attend a14-day training from August 21 to September 3 in Local Administration Improvement to be held in Seongnam and Suwon, Korea.
Participants will be housed at the KOIKA International Cooperation Center.
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The South Korean government, through the Korea International Cooperating Agency (KOICA) will conduct the trainings that are aimed to help promote faster and more sustainable growth in the Philippines, and paved the way for future collaboration and aid opportunities in particular cities or municipalities.
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The 15 participants from the Philippines will undergo a short study program with the objectives of offering Korean perspective of national development by introducing Korean development experiences, to enhance understanding of Korean local administrative system and to promote better understanding and more friendly relations between Korea and participating countries.
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It was learned, that KOICA offered to invite 132 Filipinos for 2010 to Korea to attend 36 training courses, five of which were designed exclusively for Filipinos, one of which is the Local Administration Improvement that Mayor Amante will be attending.
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Other trainings offered by KOIKA are the following: National Integrated Vehicle Management and Inspection System Development, Economic Development in Mindanao, Immigration Management, and Railway Management and Operations.
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“The interaction of Mayor Amante and Korean experts may help identify areas where the Korean government can provide interventions as well as for us in the city government to adopt Korean best practices in relation to effective governance,” said Vice Mayor Lawrence Fortun.
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The Vice Mayor was appointed to act as the Officer in Charge from August 18-20 and shall seat as the Acting Mayor of Butun City on August 21 until September 3, 2010. (Jocelyn E. Morano, dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/PIA-Caraga)