PIA News Service - Monday, February 20, 2012

GSIS presents accomplishments

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA)
-- Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager (PGM) Robert Vergara presented the state insurer’s accomplishments.

In today’s Stakeholders’ Dialogue held in one of the local convention centers here, Vergara said GSIS highlighted three services to its members and pensioners that will be beneficial in attaining the famous tagline of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III’s “Kayo ang Boss Ko” (You are my boss).

Vergara said in order to get feedbacks, complaints and queries of all its members, it is necessary to conduct more consultative activities such as the stakeholders’ dialogue. He added through conducting series of consultations and dialogues with the members, officials of GSIS will know the prevailing situation experienced by its members and pensioners and thus, actions will be taken immediately.

The official also said more transparency measures and strategies must be implemented by all regional and satellite offices.

Vergara said one way of doing it is through the GWAPS Kiosks that are installed in some government agencies nationwide.

Through the kiosk, Vergara said members and pensioners will immediately know the flow of their transactions in GSIS.

Finally, Vergara said having all of these strategies, members must be given priority. “Thus, GSIS is considering a more member-focused… by this, we mean every complaints or queries of the members and pensioners must be given attention immediately.

In a related development, Vergara also said one of the initiatives that have been implemented to provide responsive service is the deployment of more GWAPS Kiosks this year. The official further said this can help members to have more access of their records through this electronic technology.

With these developments, Vergara urged all members and pensioners to transact at the GWAPS kiosks that are installed in some government agencies nationwide.

In Butuan City, aside from the GSIS Butuan Branch, GWAPS kiosks are also installed in the Provincial Capitol of Agusan del Norte, Butuan City Hall, and the Regional Office of the Department of Education (DepEd). (PIA-Caraga)

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GSIS official assures members pension funds are in good hands

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA)
-- Top officials of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) today assured members that pension funds are safe and in good hands.

Speaking before the members and pensioners in Caraga Region during the Stakeholders’ Dialogue held in one of the local convention centers here, GSIS chairman of the board Daniel L. Lacson, Jr. said with the new administration under the leadership of President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara, members have nothing to worry with their contributions as it is safely kept and ready for release anytime.

Lacson cited the role of technology in achieving transparency in GSIS. He emphasized that using the GWAPS Kiosk is a way where members could be able to see for themselves their transaction records in GSIS.

In this way, he added members can assure that their contributions will be in safe hands as they can monitor their records from time to time.

The GSIS board chair also stressed that with these developments, more GWAPS kiosks are already installed in government offices nationwide and more will still be installed this year.

“Through this, more GSIS members can monitor the flow of transaction they have engaged in us,” Lacson said.

Meanwhile, Lacson said the current administration is doing its best to solve left problems and complaints of its members within this year, as this is the directive given to the new leadership by President Benigno S. Aquino III. (PIA-Caraga)

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Peace and order in Surigao del Sur is generally peaceful –- PNP/PA

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 20 (PIA)
-- In a recent Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) members’ meeting chaired by Gov. Johnny Pimentel held at the Provincial Capitol Conference Room, Surigao del Sur; the peace and order situation was assessed generally peaceful, according to Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Army (PA).

In a report presented by PNP Provincial Director PS/Supt Arthur Sanchez, he revealed that the government flagship projects and other economic activities are unhampered.

“Although crimes against persons and properties perpetrated by common criminals continue to occur, these incidents however were constrained at the lowest level due to the crime prevention efforts being implemented in coordination with the local government and other agencies of the government and the community partnership in combating criminality and in implementing security measures," Sanchez said.

On the other hand, the 401st Brigade under the command of Col Romeo Gan also concluded on their assessment that the area of their responsibility covering the entire province of Surigao del Sur and seven municipalities in Agusan del Sur are relatively peaceful.

Meanwhile, the Integrated Area/Community Public Safety Plan (IA/CPSP) presented by DILG Dir. Pedrito Alacaba that contained 10 areas of concern was approved by the council. The implementation of the IA/CPSP is in collaboration with the different government agencies provincewide for 2012. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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Surigao Sur Gov mulls idea of PAG-IBIG housing project for Capitol employees

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 20 (PIA)
-- Surigao del Sur Gov. Johnny Pimentel said he is considering the idea of availing the PAG-IBIG housing project for Capitol employees here.

Pimentel told Capitol employees during Monday’s flag ceremony program recently that he already talked to Vice-President Jejomar Binay about the matter. Binay is the chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

He stressed in case the province gets additional revenue, his office is going to look for a five-hectare lot to comply with the basic requirement for PAG-IBIG to fund the project for the developer.

Pimentel said, he is aware that there are still a lot of Capitol employees who do not have a house of their own. (Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)

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Butuan City mayor sworn in as new RPOC chair

By Mary Christine Anthonette Salise

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA)
-- Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., took his oath of Office as the newly-installed Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) chairman of Caraga Region before Department of the Interior and Local Government secretary and National Peace and Order Council chair Jesse M. Robredo, during the RPOC 13 first regular meeting held recently at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

Robredo graced the occasion and observed the first RPOC meeting for 2012.


In his acceptance speech, Amante said that the problem of insurgency will always be there when there is poverty. According to him, when there is no development there will always be insurgency.

He also added that peace is not the absence of war/anger but the presence of cooperative/collaborative efforts from among us to attain it.

“I will accept the challenge in attaining lasting peace and we will work together, reason together as a committee in addressing these concerns,” he said.

Meanwhile, Robredo gave his keynote speech during the meeting and said the region is identified of having rich natural resources and high poverty incidence at the same time.

“Ang susi sa katahimikan ay maibsan ang kahirapan ng mamayan (The key to peace is to alleviate poverty),” said Robredo.

Robredo also challenged the Peace and Order Council Committee to use all the legal means that are possible to attain peace and order in Caraga Region.

During the meeting, updates on the Peace and Order Situation were given by the representatives’ of the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Mindanao Development Authority and Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) to apprise the Honorable Secretary and the members of the Council of the developments in their quest of attaining lasting peace in Region XIII. (NCLM/DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)

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Computerized appraisal, assessment program in Surigao del Sur nears completion

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 20 (PIA)
-- The computerization program on real property tax appraisal and assessment system in Surigao del Sur is nearing completion.

Governor Johnny Pimentel said he is optimistic about the increase in real property tax collection from 50 to 80 percent beginning the month of June or July, this year.

According to Provincial Assessor Salvacion Espenido, they are eyeing to finish the encoding of 142,904 tax declarations province-wide before the end of May. This started on October 10, last year.

In her report recently, up to 34,194 tax declarations or equivalent to 24 percent have already been encoded—13,490 of which or 100 percent completed came from Hinatuan town, being the pilot municipality.

Pimentel commended the Provincial Assessor’s Office, headed by Espenido, for the accomplishment. However, he admitted giving “intervention” by way of providing additional 15 computer units borrowed from Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (SMEDC) as well as hiring “computer encoders” on “pakyaw” (piecemeal work) system. (Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)