PIA News Service - Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011

City gov’t all set to commemorate 25th EDSA People Power celeb

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 24 (PIA)
–- The city government here is all set in commemorating the 25th year anniversary of EDSA People Power I Revolution on Friday, Feb. 25.

In a memorandum issued by City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. and adrresed to chiefs of offices here, the official emphasized that all government employees must participate in the celebration.

Amante said, a flag ceremony at the city hall grounds will be conducted – preceding an early ecumenical prayer – to be followed by the simultaneous ringing of sirens and bells by the city police stations here as well as the fire trucks of the city fire department. 

Meanwhile, a film showing will be conducted in the afternoon at the city hall lobby to relive the important aspects of the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986.

With these developments, the official enjoins the government offices to hang five yellow flaglets in their respective offices and areas and to actively participate the whole day activity. (PIA-Caraga)


Butuan City gov’t to launch city hall press corps tomorrow

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 24 (PIA)
–- Citing the importance of the local tri-media in disseminating the thrusts and programs of his administration, Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. will spearhead Friday the launching of the city hall press corps.

In a press statement, Mayor Amante said in its effort to uphold transparency in his administration which is also embodied in the social contract of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III, the city government is organizing a press corps which will help in disseminating the plans and programs of the government through broadcast and print.

It can be recalled that during the press conference of the chief executive in time with the visit of Budget Secretary Butch Abad, Amante said his administration will put the local tri-media as the main channel of information to bring news and information to the people.

“In this way, we can assure that the projects, thrusts and programs of the government will be informed to the public and thus, promoting a transparent governance,” Amante said. 

The launching will also form part of the city government’s celebration of the 25th EDSA People Power I Revolution. This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Tatak EDSA 25: Pilipino Ako, Ako ang Lakas ng Pagbabago”. (PIA-Caraga)


GSIS calls on pensioners to renew active status for continuous pension

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 24 -- The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) reminds its old-age and survivorship pensioners to renew their active status once a year—in their birth month—to ensure the continuous receipt of their monthly pension.

The System mandates all its pensioners to comply with this requirement, dubbed the annual renewal of active status or ARAS, to avoid suspension of their pension.

To renew their active status, pensioners must bring their eCard to the nearest GSIS servicing office or the nearest government office with a GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (G-W@PS) kiosk during their birth month. 

The procedures for renewal take only a few seconds: place eCard on the card reader of the kiosk; choose the “Annual Reporting” icon using the kiosk’s touch screen; select any pre-registered finger; and lightly scan the finger using the fingerprint scanner of the kiosk to complete the process.

Pensioners living abroad can also renew their active status via video call or through the use of skype, a web-based software that allows users to make telephone calls over the internet free of charge. For more information on status renewal via skype, pensioners abroad can e-mail pensionglobal@gsis.gov.ph.

Furthermore, upon request, the GSIS regularly carries out home visits for pensioners 80 years old and above and those unable to walk because of sickness, to renew their active status. 

GSIS President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara said the pension fund continues to find ways to provide greater convenience for its more than 300,000 pensioners. 

“The GSIS Board and Management will take advantage of advances in technology so that all our pensioners can renew their active status right in the comfort of their own homes,” he said.

The GSIS disburses an average of P1.7 billion in pension benefits every month. Apart from their monthly pension, eligible old-age pensioners are entitled to cash gifts at the end of the year which they receive electronically, a service unique to pensioners of the GSIS. 
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The GSIS gives cash gifts before the end of the year, to eligible active old-age, retirement and disability pensioners receiving their regular monthly pensions as of December of each year. 

For more information on their benefits and the importance of the annual renewal of active status, pensioners are advised to visit the GSIS website (www.gsis.gov.ph) or inquire in the nearest GSIS office. (GSIS/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Bislig Bay pabilin nga positibo sa Red Tide

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Feb. 24 (PIA) - Ang buhatan sa Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) nagpadala ug sulat didto sa opisina ni Gobernador Sol Matugas, kini kabahin sa Shellfish Bulletin No. 4, series of 2011. Ang unod sa maong sulat mahitungod na sa natagamtaman nga red tide partikular na sa Bislig bay sa Surigao del Sur, ug uban pa nga mga lugar.

Nakabutang sa maong sulat ang tanang klase sa kinason (shellfish) lakip na ang uyap (alamang) ang dili luwas kan-on. Samtang sa laing bahin ang isda, nokos, pasayan ug alimango ang pwede pa gihapon nga makaon kung kini presko, hugasan pag-ayo, kuhaon ang hasang ug tinae usa pa kini lutoon.

Ang mga lugar nga luwas sa red tide mao ang; Cavite, Las Pinas, Paranaque, Bataan sa Manila Bay, Pangasinan, Bacolod City, Davao Oriental, Zamboanga Sibugay, Surigao del Norte ug Lagoon sa Mat-nog, Sorsogon.

Si Gobernador Sol Matugas nagpahimangno sa tanang mga Surigaonon nga dili lamang gayod magkumpiyansa, kinahanglan mag-amping kanunay bisan paman kon luwas kita sa peligro sa maong makahilong kinason. (Surigao Norte Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao Norte)


Surigao Norte Police reports improved crime solution efficiency

SURIGAO CITY, Feb. 24 (PIA)
– The comparative crime volume in Surigao del Norte dropped by 45.60 % from January to December, last year as compared to the year 2009 based on record by the Police Provincial Office.

PC/Insp. Rudy Elandag said it registered a decrease from 2,796 cases in 2009 to 1,521 cases for 2010.

On the other hand, crime solution efficiency of the province for the year 2010 recorded a 2% increase tabulated at 17.22% compared to only 15.20% last 2009. 

For the index crime, categorized as crime against persons and properties and a good indicator of the prevailing crime situation in a particular area, registered a decrease from 1,481 cases in 2009 to 928 cases for 2010.

Elandag said that the significant decrease of the crime volume may be attributed to some policy changes in intensifying crime prevention in the local level and relentless intelligence gathering and operations of the police officers. (FEAbkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)