PIA News Service - Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sec. Abad underscores public-private partnership for a better economy

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 19 (PIA)
–- Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) today underscored the importance of public-private partnership to improve the country’s economy.

In today’s “Pilipinas Natin” program aired over government-owned radio and tv networks, Sec. Abad said the country’s economy will not prosper if only government will be involved in economic growth. “We need involvement from the private sector,” Abad said.

Abad further thanked the private sector for giving their trust and confidence to the national government. The budget chief said that in the first quarter of 2011, total investments amounted to Php 163 billion. Of these, P140 billion came from the private Filipino investors. 

“Ibig sabihin ay napakalaki ang tiwala ng mga local businessmen na gobyernong ito ay tunay na magpapatupad ng pagbabago kaya itinataya nila ang kanilang capital upang makatulong sa paglago ng ating ekonomiya” (This means that our local businessmen trust that this government will truly implement change that is why they putting in capital to help improve our economy), Abad said.

This, according to Abad, is a clear evidence that the private sector will do their share as they believe that the Aquino administration has the capacity to uplift and improve the economic status of the country.

Sec. Abad further assured that with the trust and confidence that the Filipino people are giving to the Aquino administration, officials in the government will also do their best to realize the dreams and aspirations of every Filipino towards a straight and narrow path (tungo sa daang matuwid). (PIA-Caraga)

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RH Bill advocates hold consultative forum anew in Surigao City

by Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO DEL NORTE July 19 (PIA)
-– A consultative meeting on Reproductive Health (RH) Bill will be held today, July 19 at Hotel Tavern Surigao in Surigao City.

Organized by the Surigao Civil Society Alliance for RH in partnership with the Surigao del Norte NGO Coalition for Development (SUNGCOD) and Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health and Welfare Inc., the activity seeks to generate the responses from civil society organizations relative to the outcome of the recently concluded RH Bill forum in Surigao City.

The said activity will be participated in by city health officers, professional organizations, non-government organizations, Philippine Information Agency, Commission on Population and other agencies involved in reproductive health work. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Bacuag mayor highlights education in first SOMA

by FEAbkilan

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Jul. 19 (PIA)
–- League of the Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Surigao del Norte Chapter President and Bacuag Mayor Sheila Mae Orquina-Cebedo in her State-of-the-Municipality Address (SOMA) underscored her program on education.

In her first SOMA delivered before a jam-packed municipal gym said that since 2010, the biggest accomplishment of her administration the construction of several school buildings in the remote barangays of the town. This includes the establishment of a high school in Barangay Payapag known as Campo National High School Payapag Annex. 

“This high school has long been dreamed of by the people of Payapag especially during this time when habal-habal fares and all transportation fares, for that matter, have continuously increased.”

The lady mayor expressed gratitude to Gov. Sol Matugas, who, being an educator, was the only one who saw the need for a high school in Barangay Payapag, a far-flung barangay of the town. “I would also like to give credit to the efforts of the Payapag Barangay Council, Municipal officials and the Department of Education (DepED) family on this undertaking. I am happy to announce that an additional two school buildings will be constructed this year,” she added. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Caraga Region gears up for 2011 Search for Outstanding Volunteers

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 19 (PIA)
-– Regional stakeholders in Caraga headed by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is now in the process of selecting the region’s official representative to the 2011 Search for Outstanding Volunteers.

During the recent gathering of member-stakeholders from the government agencies, an official of NEDA-Caraga said that for the past years, volunteers from Caraga Region were already awarded as one of the country’s outstanding individual and organization volunteers. Among them are Ruel Hipulan in Agusan del Sur and Ms. Boholst, a barangay health worker from Brgy. Rizal, Surigao del Norte were declared outstanding individual volunteers, while Fr. Pio, also in Agusan del Sur won in the organization category.

With this, the stakeholders composed of representatives from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine Information (PIA), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and NEDA aimed to double their efforts in looking for the qualified representative of the region to the national level.

The Search for Outstanding Volunteers aims to highlight and recognize the exemplary performance and dedication to service of Filipino volunteers in building strong communities across the country through volunteerism.

It is open to all individuals of Filipino citizenship and Filipino volunteer organizations or local chapter organizations of foreign volunteer organizations that currently provide volunteer assistance in the Philippines. (PIA-Caraga)

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DBM to prioritize social services program

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 19 (PIA)
-- Secretary Florencio Abad on Tuesday emphasized that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will prioritize social services program in as far as releasing of budget of all projects is concerned.

According to Abad, the national government is prioritizing this program because it directly benefits the people. “Ang una nating binibigyan ng prayoridad ay ‘yung mga programang may tuwirang benepisyo sa taumbayan lalung-lalo na ‘yung mga social services program,” Abad said.

Sec. Abad said among these programs include the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program, basic education, public health and housing projects.

Abad further said the projects were clearly defined and included in the Philippine Development Program (PDP) that will run until the term of Pres. Aquino ends in 2016.

Sec. Abad, together with Department of Justice Secretary Leila Delima and Department of Public Works and Highways Sec. Rogelio Singson, were the episode’s guests representing the good governance and anti-corruption cluster. (PIA-Caraga)

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State agencies required to implement transparency measures – DBM chief

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 19 (PIA)
-- In response to the transparency program of the Aquino administration, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Sec. Florencio “Butch” Abad on Tuesday said all agencies of the government are mandated to implement transparency measures to see to it that the public will know every transaction in the agencies.

During the conduct of “Pilipinas Natin” at Kalayaan Hotel in Malacañang Palace, Sec. Abad said all government agencies are obliged not only to post in their respective websites but also to inform the people what they are doing.

“Lahat ng mga ahensiya ngayon ay may obligasyon na ipaalam, hindi lamang ilagay sa kanilang website kung hindi, ipaalam sa taumbayan na ang kanilang dapat gawin ay ginagawa nila,” Abad said.

Also, Abad said DBM’s bidding of projects can be viewed electronically through their website. “Tulad halimbawa sa DBM, lahat ng bidding ng mga proyekto ay makikita sa aming website” (Say for example in DBM, all bidding activities of all our projects can be accesses in our website), Abad said.

In this way, the budget chief added, the public will be provided power if they are aware of what the government is doing. Through this, they can take action by way of asking the government what the state officials and employees have been doing for the interest of the people.

“Pilipinas Natin” is a TV/radio program of the national government conducted prior to Pres. Benigno S. Aquino’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 25. 

The program is aired live nationwide through the state-owned media companies such as the National Broadcasting Network (NBN), Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), and Radyo ng Bayan Stations, in cooperation with the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Radio-TV Malacañang, and the Philippine Information Agency. (PIA-Caraga)

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Feature: BUKAS: Opening door for a better community in Sitio Poog

by Fahad M. Asting


Living in a remote area is difficult enough. But Sitio Poog in Barangay Maitom, Tandag City is far too remote that its residents have to go through the ordeal of walking for at least an hour, crossing the river 13 times just to get a motorcycle ride that would bring them to Tandag City which is the nearest source of the goods they need. No wonder that the community people have always dreamt of having a store right where they are, from where they could buy their much-needed medicines and basic household commodities.

Such dream eventually came true when, through the project, a contract for the establishment of a Botika ng Barangay (Rural Pharmacy), or BnB, in the area was signed between Action Contra la Faim (ACF) or Action Against Hunger and the People’s Organization (PO) BUKAS.

To put up the BnB in the soonest possible time, the PO leaders immediately mobilized the “hungos,” or the community labor to do the necessary preparations including lumber sourcing and finding a strategic location where the BnB could be constructed. 

Having secured all the necessary permits for the lumber and the land, BUKAS did not waste time and immediately constructed the building that would contain the BnB. “If the project is good for all of us, then I will donate my land”, Marianita Callote, BUKAS member said.

Soon enough, the Poog community has its own BnB, offering good quality medicines at affordable price, along with other basic household commodities.

The operation of the BnB-Grocery store started immediately after BUKAS received the grocery items from ACF worth 5,000 Pesos. It also signalled the start of changing the difficult situation of the community in Poog, not only for the members but also for those who are not members of BUKAS. The whole community is now benefiting from the project.

Baning Catapte, one of BUKAS members said, “I can now easily access the needs of my family in terms of medicines needed whenever illness arises without walking 7 kilometers and crossing the rivers for 1 hour”. BUKAS also exerted efforts to strengthen its links and improve its communication with the Barangay Council of Maitom. 

It also has plans to (1) strengthen and regularly conduct audit and inventory; (2) be accredited with the Barangay Development Council; (3) continue to access trainings and seminars to improve their business operations; (4) organize a credit committee and formulate a clear credit policy; and (5) maintain the monthly meetings.

BUKAS, which is a Tagalog word for “tomorrow”, offers hope for the future of the community in Poog. 

With the grocery store’s capital growing from P5,000 to P37,000, BUKAS indeed is looking to a bright future ahead. (PIA Surigao del Sur)

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PWDs in Surigao del Sur convened for 33rd NDPRW celebration

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, July 19 (PIA)
-- The Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur thru the Office of Provincial Social Welfare & Development (PSWD) spearheaded the General Assembly of the Provincial Federation of Persons with Disabilities in Surigao del Sur today, July 19 at Shacene Pension House, this city.

During the assembly, DSWD Program Coordinator Wilma Geralla discussed the legal rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWD as mandated under Republic Act # 7277 otherwise known as the “Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities”. 

Anchored on its theme: “Making Rights Real for Filipinos with Disabilities,” the activity aimed to inform and impart knowledge to every PWD the right to life as mandated in the magna carta, highlighting the government’s efforts towards recognition of the inherent rights of persons with disabilities and the need to deter discrimination against any person on the basis of disability. 

The activity conducted includes the formulation of plan of activities for 2012 and strengthens the organization of identified Persons with Disabilities from barangay to provincial level to support for the passing of a resolution claiming the 1% allocation of the total IRA of the province.

The activity is in line with the 33rd National Disability Prevention Rehabilitation Week which was opened yesterday, July 17 until Saturday, July 23. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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Tagalog News: Kung walang corrupt, malaki ang maitatabi ng pamahalaan sa GAA – Sec. Abad

ni Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 19 (PIA)
–- Sinabi ngayon ng Kalihim ng Department of Budget and Management (DBM) na malaki ang maitatabi ng pamahalaan mula sa General Appropriations Act (GAA) kung tama lang ang pagpili ng proyekto, walang katiwalian, at mabawasan ang work inefficiencies ng mga kawani ng pamahalaan.

Ito ang pahayag ni Sec. Florencio Abad sa programang “Pilipinas Natin” Martes ng umaga sa Kalayaan Hall sa Malacañang Palace, at isinahimpapawid sa buong bansa sa pamamagitan nga mga pasilidad ng National Broadcasting Network (NBN), IBC-13, at Radyo ng Bayan.

Sinabi ito ni Abad matapos sabihin ni Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares sa isang taped interview na ang pamunuan ng BIR ay nagsasagawa ng karampatang hakbang upang mai-angat ang kita ng bansa kahit na walang bagong uri ng buwis na pinatutupad.

“We can continue generating revenue without new taxes…there’s a lot of uncollected taxes out there…the World Bank said there are 4 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) coming from Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) to be collected,” ani Henares.

Sinabi rin ni Henares, na tinatayang 55 kaso na ng tax evasion ang isinampa ng BIR laban sa mga taxpayers na hindi nagbabayad ng tamang buwis. “We are filing tax evasion cases every other week… as of last week, we already filed 55 cases… we’re filing some more cases next week and in every other week thereafter,” sabi ng opisyal.

Dagdag pa niya, kung walang nanunuhol at kung walang pumapayag na mabiktima ng extortion, tiyak walang korapsyon na mangyayari. “If nobody will bribe or nobody would allow themselves to be extorted, there will be no corruption,” pagtatapos ni Henares.

Si Sec. Abad, kasama nina Dept. of Justice Sec. Leila Delima at Dept. of Public Works and Highways Sec. Rogelio Singson ang naging panauhin Martes ng umaga sa nasabing programa. Sila ang kumakatawan sa kanilang ahensiyang bumubuo ng good governance and anti-corruption cluster. (PIA-Caraga)

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World population to reach 7 billion in October 17, World Population Day

by Angie Balen- Antonio

BUTUAN CITY, July 19
–- The campaign to support the passage of Reproductive Health bill has been deemed more urgent as world population is projected to reach 7 billion on October 31, 2011, which is also World Population Day.

In his message sent to all regional population offices in time of the World Population Day, Executive Director Tomas M. Osias said couples should be empowered to make informed choice on number and spacing of children. 

Thus, he urged the public to support Responsible Parenthood/Family Planning, Population & Development bill.

In the latest report, China remained the most populous country at with a population of 1,339,724,852. It has a population growth rate of 19.33 percent a year. The Philippines, meanwhile, ranked number 12th as the most populated country with a population growth rate of 2.04 percent. 

“The World at seven billion is not only a call for sound population management program but more importantly for effective strategies that ensure equal opportunities for all,” POPCOM Director Camilo S. Pangan said.

Meeting the needs of current and future generations presents daunting challenges. (POPCOM-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)
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Tagalog News: Hepe ng BIR, pinasisinayaan ni Sec. Abad

ni Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 19 (PIA)
–- Pinasisinayaan ngayon ng Kalihim ng Department of Budget and Management (DBM) si Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares sa pagtaas ng koleksyon ng nasabing ahensiya sa buwis.

Sa ginawang programa ng “Pilipinas Natin” Martes ng umaga, sinabi ni Abad na dahil sa paghihigpit ng BIR sa pangongolekta ng buwis at sa paghahabol sa mga tax evaders, naging matagumpay ang layunin nitong makakalap ng malaking kita o revenue na hindi na kailangang magdagdag pa ng panibagong uri ng buwis.

“Malaki ang pagsaludo namin kay Commissioner Kim (Henares) kasi dahil sa paghihigpit niya sa pangongolekta ng buwis, lumalaki ang ating koleksyon,” ani Abad.

Dagdag pa niya, dahil din sa paghihigpit ng paggastos at ang budget ay nailalagay nang maayos sa tamang proyekto at prayoridad, ang budget deficit ng bansa ay pababa nang pababa bawat taon.

Matatandaang sinabi ni Commissioner Henares sa isang taped interview na ang kawani ng BIR ay nakapagtala at nakapag-file na ng 55 kaso ng tax evasion at tuloy-tuloy pa rin itong magpa-file upang tugisin ang mga taong hindi nagbabayad ng karampatang buwis. (PIA-Caraga)

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Tagalog News: Nakumpiskang marijuana, sinunog ni Gob. Plaza

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Hulyo 19 (PIA)
-– Sinunog ni Agusan del Sur Gob. Adolph Edward Plaza ang parte ng mahigit 5,000 punuan ng Marijuana na nagkahalaga ng mahigit P1 millyon na binagbubunot at kinumpiska ng magkaroon ng operasyon ang pinagsanib na mga miyembro ng Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), ng 402nd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army at ng Philippine National Police.

Dala-dala ang ilang puno ng Marijauana, ipineresenta ni PDEA OIC Regional Director Joel Plaza ang mga ito kay Gob. Plaza na siyang nagbigay utos na agad itong sunugin sa harap mismo ng kapitolyo para makita at maramdaman ng mga empleyado ng kapitolyo kung gaano pinandirihan at pinaglabanan ng panlalawigang pamahalaan ang paglaganap at paggamit ng ano mang uri ng illegal na droga sa lalawigan ng Agusan del Sur.

Ayon kay PDEA Dir. Joel Plaza, nakalikom na rin sila ng mga impormasyon tungko sa nasabing taniman ng Marijuana sa Sitio Mactan, Barangay Kasapa, La Paza mga ilang buwan bago nangyari ang paghuli sa tulong ng 402nd Infantry Brigade ng Philippine Army. At matapos na ito ay kompirmahin, isinagawa na nila ang raid sa nasabing lugar at laking gulat nila ng makita ang lawak ng taniman ng Marijuaana.

“Kasama ang ating mga kasangga na army at police, naisagawa naming mapalibotan ang lugar at mabunot ang lahat ng nakitang Marijuana, at madala ang mga ito sa tanggapan naming sa Butuan City, kasabay ng pagsumbong kay Gob. Eddiebong Plaza. Kaya nandito tayo ngayon dala-dala ang parte ng nakompiska naming para sa isang ceremonial na pagsunog, at maipaabot ang mensahe ng ating pakibaka laban sa illegal na droga,” Sabi ni Dir. Plaza.

Dagdag pa ni Dir. Plaza na sila ay naniniwalang hindi lahat ng Marijuana ay ibinibenta sa Agusan del Sur. “Konting parte lang ang mga ibinibenta na Marijuana ditto sa Agusan del Sur dahil bago ito makarating sa pamilihan, katakot-takot na checkpoints muna ang dadaanan kaya mahirap palusutin ang Marijuana hanggang sa pamilihan. Kaya masabi natin na kakaunti lang ang naibebenta ditto sa lalawigan,” Ayon kay Dir. Plaza.

Ayon kay Dir. Plaza, sa kasalukuyan, sila ay patuloy na nagmamanman sa ilang lugar sa La Paz at Loreto dahil posibleng mayroon pang mga pananim ng Marijuana kagaya ng kanilang nahuli. “Kami ay naniniwalang dahil sa ang lugar ay malamig at bulubundukin, mayrron pang mga Marijuanang itinanim sa karatig na lugar, kaya ginagawa naming ang lahat para ito ay mahuli at makumpiska,” sabi ni Dir. Plaza. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)