11.11.2010

PIA News Service - Friday, Nov. 12, 2010

Cebuano News: Conflict analysis ug DNH workshop, ilusad sa Siargao
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Ni Michael Imbo

Butuan City (November 12) - Ang Conflict Analysis ug Do No Harm (CA/DNH) workshop mopahigayon og training sa mga taga Surigao del Norte NGO Coalition for Development Inc. (SUNGCOD) kauban ang mga sakop sa SONGCOD Board of Trustees.

Gitakdang himoon ang maong kalihukan sugod November 11 hangtud 13, 2010, didto sa Gen. Luna, Siargao Island.

Gi-asoy ni SUNGCOD Executive Director Greggo Uriarte nga ang tulo ka adlaw nga kalihukan subay kini sa Partnership Strategic ug Operational Plan nga gi-implementar sa German Development Authority (DED) nga nagtumong nga mabansay ang mga trainors kon training staff sa nagkadaiyang NGOs sa CA/DNH aron maantigo kini sa pagdala sa grupo. 
"This is also part of the Capability Building Program of SUNGCOD for its member NGOs," mauy sulti ni Uriarte.

Gidugang ni Uriarte nga human sa workshop adunay partisipante nga kuhaon isip mauy magdala sa imugna nga Trainors pool. (PIA-Caraga)


GSIS Agency Authorized Officers get accident insurance claims

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), the biggest insurer and re-insurer in the country today, has given its agency authorized officers (AAOs) free Enhanced Personal Accident Insurance, entitling them to indemnities of up to P500,000 for accidental death and dismemberment, P50,000 for medical reimbursements and unprovoked murder, and a P10,000 bereavement assistance for their families in case of death.

The GSIS has recently released P59,000 in personal accident insurance claims to two of its AAOs, and another P60,000 to the family of Mr. Alvin I. Asuncion, an AAO at the Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology in Sampaloc, Manila.

Mr. Asuncion was shot dead in April last month in Quezon City. His family received a P50,000 death benefit due to unprovoked murder and a P10,000 bereavement assistance from the GSIS.

Apart from the family of Mr. Asuncion, Nicanor P. Gondaya of the Department of Public Works and Highways-Region 8 and Luz Divina B. Prudente of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Kidapanwan also received P9,316 and P50,000 in medical reimbursements from the GSIS, respectively.
  
With the insurance coverage, AAOs are covered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, wherever the accident occurred. The insurance also covers all forms of accidents, including dog bites and accidental gunshots, among others.  

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.

Around 8,000 AAOS are already covered by the free personal accident insurance. 

The GSIS gave free Enhanced Personal Accident Insurance to its AAOs in recognition of the latter’s crucial role in the pension fund’s processing of the loan applications of members. 

AAOs 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. 

The GSIS has 16,000 AAOs who are automatically covered by the free Enhanced Personal Accident Insurance. (GSIS/PIA-Caraga)


GSIS Chief Technology Officer wins award

Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President for the Information Technology Services Group Henry Rhoel R. Aguda took home the Outstanding Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the year award in this year’s CIO ASEAN Awards held in Vietnam, as he led the pension fund in its migration to a new database system and adoption of the Unified Multi-purpose ID System (UMID).

Mr. Aguda, who won the award along with 11 other top executives of various ASEAN companies, was the man behind GSIS’s successful migration to the HP-Oracle Database System in December 2009, which in turn brought back the pension fund to normal operations. The migration was completed in record six weeks. 

The young executive joined the GSIS in September 2009 while the pension fund was embattled by a database crash that slowed down its processing of loans and claims. He carried with him a holistic vision and helped re-organize GSIS’s IT Services Group into three units namely, Application Management, Infrastructure, and Operations. 

With his legal training and knowing the weakness of IT professionals in the legal and accounting processes, he formed a budget and planning group composed of lawyers, law graduates, and accountants in order to insure that all projects of the Group are done in accordance with established government procedure.

Apart from the database migration, Mr. Aguda also led the GSIS IT Services Group in more accomplishments including building a new data center in just three months, setting up of a disaster recovery center in Cebu, installation of a transaction monitoring system to hasten processing of claims, and updating and posting of payments made by different agencies.

In addition, it was under Mr. Aguda’s wing that the GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (G-W@PS) was improved to cut down loan processing to an average of 3 days today.

He also helped enable the GSIS to be the first government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) to adopt the UMID System. The UMID System aims to streamline and harmonize the identification systems of all government agencies and GOCCs.

Mr. Aguda has 22 years of experience in the IT field. He graduated from the University of the Philippines, where he holds a degree in both Mathematics and Law.

The CIO ASEAN Awards began in 2005 as a collaborative effort among IDG Vietnam and Indochina, National Steering Committee on ICT - Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), Ministry of Home Affairs, and Ministry of Science and Technology to recognize and honor outstanding CIOs who have delivered great contributions and practical initiatives for the development of their organization as well as the socio-economic development. 

Winners of the prestigious award are judged based on their excellence in IT innovation, which enables new ways of doing business and creates differences in an organization’s business. (GSIS/PIA-Caraga)
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Health Care Bills Must Also Be An Urgent Legislative Priority – Legarda

Senator Loren Legarda proposed through the establishing of a Children’s Health Insurance Program where eligible children from low income families shall be entitled to a full range of health services that will include regular check ups, immunization, laboratory tests and dental care. 

Legarda ‘s Senate Bill 2120 intends to increase the scope and coverage of the National Health Insurance Policy to cover health needs of children.

During the Senate Committee on Health hearing yesterday, Senator Legarda inquired if the existing law, Republic Act No. 7875 otherwise known as the National Health Insurance Act has been responsive in giving basic health care services.

 Legarda is also pushing for the passage of one of her priority bills, Universal Healthcare Coverage, which will ensure that indigent Filipinos are granted with basic health care services.

Senate Bill No. 4 requires the National Government to fully subsidize the annual requirement contributions for the coverage of indigent families in the National Health Insurance program. It also opens the grounds for sponsorships and donors to cover the poorest segment of the informal sector.

Also in yesterday’s hearing, Legarda reiterated the need to grant compulsory coverage to accredited Barangay Health Workers in the National Health Insurance Program.

Senate Bill No. 1340 of Legarda mandates that all Barangay Health Workers (BHW) and their dependents to be enrolled in the National Health Insurance Program to enable to avail themselves of an adequate package of health services that includes in-patient hospital care, emergency and transfer services and other supplementary health benefits.

 “A healthy nation is a productive nation, I hope that side by side with bills that will benefit the economy, these health bills will be certified as urgent.” Legarda concluded.
(Office of Senator Loren Legarda/PIA-Caraga)