8.29.2011

PIA News Service - Monday, August 29, 2011

City Peace and Order Council intensifies existing laws in Butuan

by Jennifer P. Gaitano


BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA) -- Member-agencies from the government and private sectors convened recently for the regular City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) Meeting held at the City Mayor’s Conference Room 2, this city.

On behalf of City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr, City Councilor Ryan Culima presided the meeting and accepted the accomplishments reports of the member-agencies which contributed to peace and order in the city.

PSupt Rolando P Cuya, Jr. of the Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) bared that their office continues to intensify its campaign against illegal drugs, illegal possession of firearms, illegal logging, illegal gambling, and other campaign against crime.

Cuya also revealed that they have conducted the 10-kilometer Run, Tree Planting Activity, Coastal Clean-up in Brgy. Masao, and Medical and Dental Mission. It was also learned that the PNP’s ‘Discipline Zone’ will be fully implemented on September 1, 2011.

Also, Culima stressed that the city government with the PNP will be strictly implementing the said ‘Discipline Zone’ on Sept. 1 while violators of the existing local ordinances in the city will be issued the ‘No Tolerance Ticket’ for them to pay the corresponding penalties of the violation.

“The public should be vigilant and responsible because when they will be caught violating these city ordinances, he or she shall face the consequences, even if the violator is an official or a high-ranked personality,” Culima said.

Meanwhile, Agent Myrian Balbada of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga bared that until now, Shabu is the main drug of choice by the users and Marijuana second.

Agent Balbada further said that from July 1-31, 2011, PDEA has conducted 12 operations and arrested 18 persons while from Aug. 1-25, they conducted 15 operations and arrested 33 persons.

“From January to July 2011, there were 139 total of Drug Cases filed in Court with 206 total of the accused persons,” cited Balbada.

The council will convene again next month to assess and evaluate the extent of implementation of the local ordinances by the authorities and the obedience of the general public. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


PhilHealth-Caraga meets local tri-media in Butuan

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA) -- The Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) Inc. headed by Regional Vice President Johnny Y. Sychua with other PhilHealth officials recently conducted a media briefing on PhilHealth, held recently at the PhilHealth-Caraga Regional Conference Room, this city.

Medical Specialist IV Dr. Grace S. Tanangkingsing of PhilHealth clarified that a patient does not need to be confined in a hospital for three (3) days for him/her to avail the healthcare services of PhilHealth.

“Only with basic 24 hours admission, a patient can already avail the benefits,” said Tanangkingsing.

Responding to a question on whether there will be an increase in premium rate, Sychua said, “Increasing the premium rate is not bad especially (considering that) for 11 years, PhilHealth has not increased the premium rate…Probably, there will be an increase but I can not tell you when,” stressed Sychua.

Sychua also encouraged the general public to immediately report to their office if they encounter a doctor who will require them to be confined in the hospital for three days so they can avail the healthcare services of PhilHealth because it has no truth. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


140 new Barangay Employment Service Offices established


By: Lilian Solis

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA) -
After the successful institutionalization of 62 Barangay Employment Service Offices (BESOs) in Surigao del Norte, an additional 140 new BESOs have been established in the Province of Agusan del Norte and in the cities of Butuan and Cabadbaran.

In an orientation on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Programs and Projects intended for the barangays held recently at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city, 140 Barangay Captains finally signed commitment with the DOLE to establish an employment office in their barangays.

DOLE Asst. Regional Director Teresita Bonghanoy who signed the commitment in behalf of Regional Director Ofelia Domingo expressed her gratefulness for the wilful decision of the barangay officials to fully support the programs of DOLE particularly employment facilitation and the community based employment program.

The barangay captains brought some of their officials to the orientation making the total number of participants to 173. These officials are from different barangays in Butuan City, Cabadbaran City and municipalities of the Province of Agusan del Norte.

The orientation was purposely conducted to inform the barangays on their important role in the implementation of employment facilitation and livelihood programs by creating a BESO in their own locality which ultimately will help address the unemployment problems.

Marcos M. Quico, Provincial PESO of Surigao del Sur was one of the resource speakers during the above mentioned orientation. He clearly discussed the PESO Act of 1999 and the Circular No. 94-69 by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) wherein all LGUs are mandated to establish operate and maintain Public Employment Service Office to ensure the prompt, timely and adequate delivery of employment facilitation services of the government to its constituents. Also part of his discussion was the livelihood program of DOLE that includes liquidation fund releases.

Meanwhile, Ms. Alale Frias, PESO Manager of Trento Agusan del Sur also served as resource speaker on Career and Employment Coaching and PESO best practices. She emphasized the important role of BESOs in giving employment coaching services to its constituents.

Topics on Labor Market Information and Skills Registry System as well as tips and guide on how to address illegal recruitment were also discussed by Ms. Lilian Solis of DOLE-ADN and Director Marieta Bellotindos of POEA. (DOLE-13/PIA-Caraga)


BLE conducts enhanced SRS technical workshop for Caraga

by Domz Nazario


BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA) - The Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) conducted a technical workshop on the enhanced version of the Skills Registry System (SRS) on August 25, 2011. The workshop was participated in by the focal persons from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga field offices.

BLE is rolling out the upgraded version of the system to all the regions in preparation for the second-wave phase of the SRS project. The workshop is also intended to gather feedback from the users on how to further improve the system.

Mr. Apolo Montes of BLE presented the upgraded and third version of the offline system which now features the following modules and upgrades: No duplication of records; Report Generation for both Applicants and Establishment records per barangay; Print Option for both Applicants and Establishments per barangay; Save option and Export to Text File option (Export to Microsoft Excel will soon follow); The system now allows entry text entry for skills that are not in the default skills database; The system now allows entry text entry for schools/universities that are not in the default schools database; and Data entry is easier with auto display of choices.

Ms. Joy Bastareche, one of the participants suggested that a choice for underemployment option should be included since only employed and unemployed options are available for employment status of applicant. It was also suggested that an option for searching for applicants by skill should be added to the feature of the search module since this is a very common and mostly used criteria when searching for applicants. Mr. Montes said the module for that feature is being developed by the programmers of BLE and a patch for the system will be made available as soon as the module is completed. (DOLE-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: RMN-dxBC, PRC, PIA ug sponsors nagkahiusa alang sa Bloodletting activity ug Medical, Dental Mission

ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA) -- Nagpahigayon ug bloodletting activity ang RMN-dxBC inubanan sa Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) ug uban ang nagkalain-laing sponsors kagahapong adlawa (Aug. 28) sa Brgy. Obrero Covered Court, ning siyudad.

Matud pa ni RMN-dxBC Manager Ramil Bangues, ang gipahigayong bloodletting activity alayon sa ilang ika-59th anniversary ug usa usab ka paagi sa paghatag og bili sa founder sa maong estasyon nga si Don Henry R. Canoy nga diin prayoridad niini ang paghatag ug serbisyo sa katawhan.

Mahinumdumang natukod ang pinaka-unang estayon sa RMN dinhi sa Mindanao niadtong August 28, 1952 sa Cagayan de Oro.

Dugang pa ni Bangues nga inubanan sa bloodletting activity mao usab ang pagpahigayon o paghatag sa free Medical and Dental services, free massage, free optical check-up, free haircut, free livelihood seminar ug mass feeding alang sa mga residente sa Brgy. Obrero.

Adunay kapin sa 200 nga mga residente uban ang senior citizens nga mi-avail sa mga serbisyo ug ubay-ubay nga mga volunteers ang mi-donar ug dugo sa Red Cross.

Sa laing bahin, gibutyag usab ni RMN-dxBC News Director Sasie Abastas-Babar nga ang mga tigpaminaw sa ilang estasyon mao ang mga beneficiaries sa maong livelihood seminar diin gitudlu-an sila sa mga nagkalain-laing stratehiya kung unsaon nga makabaton ug makasugod og maayong negosyo.

Daku usab ang pasalamat ni Bangues ug Babar kauban sa ilang mga staff ngadto sa Phil. Red Cross, PIA, 402nd Brigade Phil. Army ug sa local nga panggamhanan ning siyudad sa Butuan ug probinsya sa Agusan del Norte ilabi na usab kay Vice-Mayor Atty. Lawrence Fortun, uban ang mga pribadong sector nga mi-sponsor sa nasangpit nga mga aktibidades. (PIA-Caraga)