8.31.2011

PIA News Service - Wednesday, August 31, 2011

'Bonok-Bonok sa Surigao' Trade Expo opens at Luneta

SURIGAO CITY, Aug. 31 (PIA) -- The Bonok-Bonok sa Surigao Trade Expo (BOSSTEX) is now open to public at Luneta Park along Borromeo Street, this city. The event will run from Aug. 26 to Sep. 15, 2011.

According to Sr. Tourisms Operations Officer Roselyn Armida Merlin the event is a joint project of the Surigao City Tourism Council, Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), & Departent of Trade & Industry (DTI).

BOSSTEX features Surigao products, delicacies and handicrafts from 28 exhibitors.

DTI Surigao del Norte Provincial Director Celestino Negapatan said during the opening and ribbon cutting of BOSSTEX last Aug. 26 that it is the first ever Trade Exhibition being mounted in Surigao City. The exhibit aims to provide micro-entrepreneurs an apt venue to promote and sell their products.

Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas commended the organizers of the said marketing event.

Matugas is optimistic that the event would not only benefit the local consumers but the balikbayans, tourists and other out-of-town guests as well.

After a short program, the city mayor along with his wife and City Vice Mayor Danilo Menor led the opening & ribbon cutting of the differents booths in the trade fair. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


PhilHealth-Caraga will implement the new payment mechanism

by: Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton


BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 31 (PIA) – The Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) members will be implementing the new case rates starting September 1, 2011. This was announced recently by Dr. Eduardo S. Gonzales, Medical Officer VII of PhilHealth- Caraga during the Media Briefing on Case Rates Payment held at the PhilHealth- Caraga Regional Office, Capitol Road, this city.

The case rates are fixed amount of reimbursements given to the eligible PhilHealth members and their dependents based on the medical cases and surgical operations. New case payment scheme will apply specifically to the following medical conditions: Dengue I (P8,000), Dengue II (P16,000), Pneumonia I (P15,000), Pneumonia II (P32,000), Essential hypertension (P9,000), cerebral infarction (P28,000), cerebro-vascular accident (P38,000), acute gastroenteritis (P6,000), asthma (P9,000), typhoid fever (P14,000), and new born package (P1,750).

For surgical operations the following cases will be affected to the new case rate scheme such as radiotherapy (P3,000), hemodialysis (P4,000), maternity care package (P8,000), normal spontaneous delivery package (P8,000 for level 1 accredited hospitals and P6,500 for level 2-4 accredited hospitals), caesarian section (P19,000), appendectomy (P24,000), chlolecystectomy (P31,000), dilation and curettage (P11,000), thyroidectomy (P31,000), herniorrhaphy (P21,000), mastectomy (P22,000), hysterectomy (P30,000), and cataract surgery (P16,000).

“This new mechanism of payment is called ‘per case payment’“, said Gonzales. Medical conditions under the per case payment scheme is based from the most common medical and surgical conditions (49% of the total claims) reimbursed by PhilHealth.

Medical cases not mentioned above are not subject to the per case payment scheme of PhilHealth. Gonzales further said that the new case rate payment scheme was made to improve turn-around time for claims processing and payment, to have a lesser cost efficiency, and faster reimbursement.

Aside from the new payment scheme which will be effective this September 1, the No Balance Bill Policy (NBB) is also available to the patient-members.
Gonzales said that “the NBB policy shall mean that no other fees or expenses shall be charged or paid for by the patient-member above and beyond the packaged rates”. All the sponsored program (SP) members and other type of members and their dependents can avail the NBB policy in all accredited MCP (non-hospital) providers.
(MRA/PIA-Caraga)


PNP IAS top official commends Police Regional Office 13

By: Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 31 (PIA) - A top official of the Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service (IAS) who led a team of inspectors from Camp Crame Police national headquarters, in an interview Monday morning, commended the officers and personnel of the region for topping last years operational readiness, security inspection and test evaluation (ORSITE).

Police Chief Superintendent Alexander Roldan, the chief inspection and audit and also the overall leader of the eleven-member inspection team from IAS Crame and nine members coming from the RIAS, who conducted the annual general inspection-operational readiness, security inspection and test evaluation (AGI-ORSITE) said that PRO 13 had topped the scene of hostage-taking negotiation, the scene of crime operation, the close-quarter battle scene and the other aspects of operational readiness as rated according to the requirements of the police national headquarters.

CSupt.Roldan said that their rating of the Caraga regional police office was validated when two of its municipal police stations, the Lianga Municpal Police Station in Lianga, Surigao del Sur and Trento Municipal Police Station of Trento, Agusan del Sur repulsed communist rebel attackers who tried but failed to overran the said police stations on two separate occasions.

Roldan also disclosed that AGI-ORSITE which started Monday (August 29) and scheduled to end on Friday (September 2) will be conducted by the assigned members of his team and the augmentation from the regional internal affairs service (RIAS), from the regional headquarters down to the lower units. They will inspect the records and office management, the operational readiness which will include the discipline of the police officials and personnel.

The AGI-ORSITE according to the official “is a tool to make sure of their (police) capabilities, their assets management, logistical, administration and may include the state of morale of the uniformed and the non-uniformed police personnel.”

Roldan also said that their annual general inspection result last year had earned no less than the interest of the Philippine congress to know about the status of the PNP personnel nationwide. He said that last year annual inspection result and findings were documented and was made into book form of which congress was given a copy. Therein, they lawmakers saw the actual picture regarding the condition of the police particularly in the provinces.

Among the things they saw during their past inspections which should necessarily be addressed by the higher office, according to Roldan were the logistical requirements such as arms and ammunitions. Particularly here in Caraga region where insurgency is among the top concerns, he said.

Howbeit, he assured that every week they are sending their after activity reports to the Chief PNP together with their recommendations. They leave it up to him to direct the office concerned for appropriate action.
(PIA-Caraga)


Brgy. Libertad’s version of “Discipline Zone” earn legislator’s nod

By: Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 31 (PIA) -
The early implementation of its own version of a “Discipline Zone”, by Brgy. Libertad, which resulted to the decongestion of the pedestrian and the vehicular traffic along the portion of the National Highway fronting the Sto. Nino Shrine, the police regional headquarters until the T-junction of J.C. Aquino Ave.and Ambago Road, had earned the nod of Agusan del Norte 1st District Congressman (Butuan City-Las Nieves) Jose “Joboy” Aquino II.

Congressman Aquino was the guest of honor and speaker during the mass oath-taking of Purok and other sectoral officials of the barangay last Friday evening, held at the Barangay covered court. It also marked the opening salvo of the week-long celebration of the “Araw Hong Libertad” which will culminate on Saturday (September 3).

“I salute the barangay officials led by Brgy. Captain Vincent Rizal C. Rosario, and my constituents here for leading the city barangays in the early implementation of the ‘Discipline Zone’,” he said. The lawmaker noticed the cleanliness, the orderliness and the decongestion of the pedestrian and vehicular traffic on the aforementioned portion of the national highway, reaching up to the foot of the Libertad Bridge, which also served as the barangay’s school and commercial belt.

He said that he used to attend the early mass at the Sto. Nino Shrine every Sunday when he is in Butuan, and he observed the recent changes, cleanliness and orderliness at the said area.The barangay version of the “Discipline Zone” was jointly conceived by the barangay council of Libertad and the Butuan Police Station 3, led by PSupt. Manuel Jimenez. The program sought to implement the barangay ordinances of anti-jay walking, anti-illegal vending, anti-littering and other ordinances and the strictly.

Its full implementation started last July after a massive information drive, a month ahead of the city’s larger and expanded version which will soon be fully implemented in September.

Brgy. Capt. Rosario said that the program was implemented in anticipation of volume of traffic in view of the coming investments soon to be set up near the area. The official mentioned the forthcoming operation of the 10-million PNP-DOH Hospital and the planned building of the Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas (BSP) Branch there to mention some.

Aquino also said in his message that performing barangays such as Libertad will be on the top of his list in terms of giving out of projects to be funded by his priority development assistance fund (PDAF). He promised to complete the the barangay central elementary school covered court, the barangay’s health center and day care center.

He admonished the newly-sworn officers of the thirty-six puroks and other sectoral organizations to go beyond the realms of parties or politics. He mentioned that the recipients of his assistance out of his PDAF had crossed party lines.

He also thanked President Benigno S. Aquino III, and the speaker of the house of congress for he was not accordingly given a hard time with the release of his PDAF despite of him being in the opposite side of the political fence. (PIA-Caraga)


AGI-ORSITE Up at Butuan City Police Office


by: PSupt. Joseph B Boquiren

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 31 (PIA) – The scheduled three-day Annual General Inspection on Operational Readiness, Security Inspection Test and Evaluation (AGI-ORSITE) starts on August 29 at Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) to test the overall readiness of the local PNP personnel.

Inspecting team from the PNP National Headquarters led by Police Chief Superintendent Alexander L Roldan arrived in Butuan City recently and went directly to the Police Regional Office 13 for the entrance briefing with the Regional Director, Police Chief Superintendent Reynaldo Serrano Rafal.

Police Superintendent Edgardo M Hernandez of the Internal Affairs Service, a leader of the team who will evaluate Butuan City Police Office together with its five police stations and one mobile unit has already started evaluating BCPO.

Also, Hernandez is expected to roam around the Butuan City starting August 30 and onwards to carry out evaluation of the performance of the police offices in the lower units. He has just finished evaluating BCPO headquarter offices and personnel the whole day of August 29.

The police station level will also undergo series of inspection and evaluation to show the readiness of the individual members and their respective offices.

These include rank inspection, office inspection, camp defense plan, fire drill, earthquake drill, hostage-taking negotiation, civil disturbance management, immediate action drill, conduct of checkpoint, and others. ( BCPO/PIA-Caraga)