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PIA News Service - Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010

Cebuano News: Tree planting sa Mt. Mayapay, nagmalampuson

Ni Michael Imbo

BUTUAN CITY - Nagmalampuson ang tree planting activity nga gipangunahan sa National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) ang pipila ka mga institusyon ug ahensya sa kagamhanan nga nagtanom sa kahoy niadtong miaging Biernes (August 27, 2010) didto sa bukid sa Mt. Mayapay, ni’ng dakbayan.

Si NEDA Caraga Regional Director ang nagsaysay sa iyang sulat pamahayag nga nanawagan ang Mt. Mayapay Rehabilitation Task Force (MMRTF) nga ipahigayon ang boluntaryong pagpananom sa kahoy ug apil na ang kalamboan sa Mt. Mayapay Rehabilitation program.

Si Cochingco ang mitug-an sa mga buhaton atol sa ipahigayong tree planting activity sanglit iyang gitumbok ang kahigayunan sa ka-importansya niini alang sa ekonomiya ug pag-proteksyon sa kinaiyahan.

Gumikan sa panahon nga ting-ulan, giingon sa Task Force nga gikinahanglan gyud nga pangandaman kini pinaagi sa mga gihan-ay nga aktibidades.

Niadtong tuig 2008, gisugdan na ang 9 ka massive tree planting activities nga gisuportahan sa nagkadaiyang ahensya ug institusyon.

Nahibaloan nga ang unang massive tree planting activity gihimo panahon sa launching sa Mt. Mayapay Rehabilitation Project niadtong May 21, 2008 sa Barangay Nongnong, ni’ng syudad.

Lain pang gipahigayon nga 10 ka tree planting activities nga gilusad sa Knights of Columbus (K of C)-Libertad Chapter, Society of Filipino Geodetic Engineers, Radyo Bombo Philippines, ang Alalay at Gabay sa Pag-unlad ng Pamayanan, Agusan National High School, Philrice ug Nehemiah Volunteers.

Sumala ni Cochingco nga gitahasan sa Task force ang 147.56 ka ektarya ug 39.34 porsiento ang project target area nga tamnan sa 74,897 ka luna, dugang niini nga itanom didto ang kahoy nga Mahogany, Acasia Mangium, Kakawate ug African Tulip.
Ang MMRTF naningkamot nga ma-rehabilitate ug ma preserba ang Mt. Mayapay aron mahimo kining modelo sa eco-park development ug mapugngan ang mga illegal logging sa maong lugar. (PIA-Caraga)

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GTZ brings ‘Sports for Peace 2010’ in Butuan

BUTUAN CITY – The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) or German Technical Cooperation of Germany implements for the 9th time, the Sports for Peace project to promote peace-building efforts in Mindanao and this time, Butuan will take part of the project.

Sports for Peace 2010 will be held on September 4 – 5, 2010 to be participated by young athletes from different ethnic groups and religions. 

They will compete in team sports of football, volleyball and basketball and as team mates and as members of competing contingents, they will learn and compete with discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play. 

The young athletes will also be engaged in self-discovery journeys on peace concepts and historical perspectives on conflicts in Mindanao.

The “Sports for Peace” initiative has been broadened as an instrument of peace-building with its unique feature because of the mixture of sporting events and games, competitions and lectures on the topics of peace and conflict that brings together children, parents and teachers of differing ethnic groups and religions.

The project began in 2005 as a component of the GTZ Poverty Reduction and Conflict Transformation in Mindanao Project between the governments of the Philippines and Germany.

Children participating in Sports for Peace become aware of and are enabled to understand the cultures of their playmates wherein, during the 2-day gathering, they participate in activities that teach the importance of respect for and acceptance of cultures and faith traditions that are different from their own. 

The accompanying adults and coaches also engage each other in peace awareness exercises that empower them to become peacemakers. 

Sports for Peace have been held in Cotabato City, Zamboanga City, Datu Odin Sinsuat in Maguindanao, Davao City, Iligan City and now in Butuan City. 

On September 4, a news conference will be held at the Morelos Campus of Father Urios University with expected guests; Secretary Teresita Q. Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, and Ambassador Christian-Ludwig Weber-Lortsch of Germany and Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr.

Organizers likewise invited the presence of young campus writers and journalists together with Julie Kristine de Guzman, the 16 year-old winner of the recently-concluded “Dear P-Noy” Letter-Writing Contest organized by the Voice of Mindanao.
(Jocelyn E. Morano, dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/PIA-Caraga)

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Robredo to LGUs: make full disclosure of local budget, finances

As part of the Department’s efforts to raise the level of transparency and accountability in local government units, Secretary Jesse M. Robredo of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) today issued guidelines requiring provinces, cities and municipalities of the country to publicly disclose their financial transactions by posting them in conspicuous places within their localities, or publishing in newspapers of general circulation and in their websites.

“This is part of our effort to aggressively scale up interventions to elevate the practice of good governance that values transparency, accountability, participation and performance,” said Robredo during the signing of the memorandum circular in the presence of representatives of the Leagues of Provinces, Cities and Municipalities, civil society organizations and other non-government organizations at the DILG central office in Quezon City.

Robredo cited two laws, the Local Government Code of 1991 and Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act, that both mandate the full disclosure of local budget and finances, and bids and public offerings. 

Specifically Section 354 of the LG Code requires the posting within 30 days from the end of each fiscal year in at least three publicly accessible and conspicuous places in the local government unit a summary of all revenues collected and funds received including the appropriations and disbursements of such funds during the preceding fiscal year. 

On the other hand, RA 9184 calls for the posting of the invitation to bid, notice of award, notice to proceed and approved contract in the procuring entity’s premises, in newspapers of general circulation, the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the procuring entity.

Under the guidelines, governors, city and municipal mayors are directed to publicly disclose their transactions particularly their annual budget with items as to personal services, maintenance and operating expenses and capital outlay; quarterly statement of cash flows; CY 2009 statement of receipts and expenditures; CY 2010 trust fund utilization; special education fund utilization; 20% component of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) utilization; gender and development fund; statement of debt service; annual procurement plan; items to bid; bid results on civil works, and goods and services; and abstract of bids as calculated.

Robredo said in the event a local government does no have a website, posting of such financial transactions through the DILG regional office website or the DILG central office website.

“Full disclosure will pave the way for local residents to share their efforts in bringing about desirable development outcomes for their localities. After all, development is a shared responsibility,” he said. 
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He also directed the DILG regional directors to monitor local governments’ compliance with his directive and to submit compliance report to his office, even as he warned local chief executives that non-compliance with the directive shall be dealt with in accordance with pertinent laws, rules and regulations. (DILG/PIA-Caraga)


DILG, Tan, Code-NGO forge agreement to institutionalize DILG-LGU-CSO partnerships

In a move to strengthen the foundation of responsible and accountable governance, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) today formally opened its doors for civil society participation in governance with the signing of a memorandum of agreement with two multi-sectoral networks of national government organizations (NGOs) that seeks to institutionalize partnerships with NGOs at the local level.

DILG Secretary Jesse M Robredo, Executive Director Vicente Lazatin of Transparency and Accountability Network Inc. (TAN), and Anna Marie Karnos representing Executive Director Sixto Donato of Caucus of Development Non-Governmental Organization Networks (CODE) signed the memorandum of agreement today at the DILG Central Office in Quezon City.

Robredo said that the MOA will effectively mobilize and engage CSOs as partners of the DILG and local government units to promote accountability, transparency, inclusivity and performance in local administration and development as well as in the internal operations of the Department.

“We believe in the huge potentials and advantages of collaborative partnerships with NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector in undertaking development projects and in improving government systems and procedures,” said Robredo, during the MOA signing.

Under the MOA, the DILG Secretary said the Department shall hold a monthly Local Governance Forum that will address issues that continue to challenge the norms of performance and accountability.

The DILG is also tasked to establish a communication link with TAN, CODE-NGO and other partners to ensure complementarity of decisions of actions in furtherance of the objectives of the partnerships at the national and local levels. It shall also enjoin DILG regional offices to support the aims of the DILG-CSO and DILG-LGU-CSO partnerships.
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On the other hand, TAN and CODE-NGO shall launch, in collaboration with the DILG, a Social Accountability Initiative to promote civic consciousness and action to provide a balancing perspective on the performance and development conditions of a locality.

They shall also take the lead in convening the Regional Partnership workshops, and regularize the assessment of DILG-CSO and DILG-LGU-CSO partnerships and link information to concerned central and local government authorities for decision and action.
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Moreover, they shall assist the Department in crafting new, or enhancing existing, programs or policies to promote transparency, accountability and performance, as well as in conducting performance tracking and development outcome-audit. 

TAN is a coalition of multi-sectoral organizations which seeks to contribute significantly to the reduction of corruption in the country, while CODE-NGO is a national civil society organization. (DILG/PIA-Caraga)