2.23.2012

PIA News Service - Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Butuan City health office to conduct sanitary inspection to households, establishments

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 22 (PIA)
– The city health office here is set to conduct sanitary inspection to households and establishments here.

According to Michelle Key, city health information officer the conduct of sanitary inspection will serve as basis for the approval of the sanitary permits for which households and establishments are required to get such permit annually.

The official said those households and establishments who did not pass the inspection are asked to comply with requirements set by the city health office.

Key further said this is one way of disciplining the Butuanons as the city is gearing towards a clean and green environment.

She added the conduct of this activity also forms part of the “Clean Ground, Zero Waste” program of the local government which has gained positive feedbacks from the constituents here.

In a related development, the “Clean Ground, Zero Waste” program has been implemented already in all the barangays in the city. Personnel from the city hall here have been visiting all barangays on a scheduled basis to collect trash and conduct lectures on how to segregate biodegradable from non-biodegradable wastes. (PIA-Caraga)

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Criminality decreases by 28.4% in Surigao Norte - PNP

By FEAbkilan

SURIGAO CITY, Feb. 22 (PIA)
-- The incidence of crime for the month of January 2012 in the entire province of Surigao del Norte declined by 28.4 percent compared to the same period last year, a police official said Monday.

P/Supt. Rainier Diaz, of the Philippine National Police Surigao del Norte Provincial Police Office (PNP SDN-PPO), said last month, a total of 126 crime incidents occurred in the province. This was lower compared to last year with the total of 176 incidents.

He said out of 126 crime incidents, 85 were index crimes and 41 were non-index crimes. Index crimes are crimes committed against persons or property while non-index crimes are crimes or offenses punishable under the Revised Penal Code and Special Laws such as illegal fishing, illegal logging and illegal drugs.

Diaz said the average monthly crime decreased by 10 or 24 percent.

He cited that in index crimes, theft incidents have the biggest number with the total of 49, followed by robbery with the total of 18, physical injury at nine, murder at five, carnapping at three and rape with only one incident.

He said SDN-PPO has a crime solution efficiency for January 2012 of 35.71 percent, showing an increase of 55.47 percent compared to last year’s 15.90 percent.

Diaz said the decrease in crime rate last month was complemented with the enhanced community engagement, intensified police operations, and the strengthened intelligence and counter-intelligence operations. (FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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GSIS vows improved service for members

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 22 (PIA)
-- Vowing to carry out a pro-active responsive service, the leadership of the state pension fund, Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) met with stakeholders here recently.

Daniel Lacson Jr., GSIS chairman of the Board of Trustees and Robert G. Vergara, president and general Manager, held a dialogue with more than 200 of its stakeholders who included local government officials, government employees, pensioners, and retirees.

The consultation forms part of the effort of the new GSIS leadership to “be more consultative, transparent, and member-focused” in line with its new vision and mission.

Lacson said that the current Board is focusing on three areas toward this goal. “First, we are revisiting previous policies deemed unfair by our stakeholders; second, we are reviewing programs that have gone sour in the past such as our direct home lending program; and third, we are re-channeling our investments back to the local market as the opportunities in the country are more conducive and provide better prospects compared to the foreign markets,” he said.

Robert G. Vergara on the other hand, outlined the initiatives launched for the past year and a half by the new leadership to bring its services closer to its stakeholders.

He cited the expanded partnership with the Land Bank to include pensioners and active members; the deployment of 500 additional GWAPS (GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System) kiosks in key cities, clusters of municipalities and big government agencies such as the Education Department.

He also noted the cancellation of the annual renewal of active status for local pensioners; relaxing the entitlement qualifications for survivorship pension; empowering retirees to choose the repayment scheme for outstanding service loans under the Choice of Loan Amortization Schedule for Pensioners.

Likewise he also mentioned the initiatives in improving the terms of the emergency loan program by reducing the interest rate from 8% to 6%, removing the service fee of 1% and extending the grace period for payment of amortization by 3 months to make it more responsive to the needs of members at their greatest time of need; and partnership with the Pag-IBIG Fund for a more efficient implementation of the direct home lending program.

Vergara admitted that even as the posting and reconciliation of members’ accounts is taking some time to fully address, “at the moment, 97 percent of members’ remittances are now being posted accurately”.

He assured that the pension fund is doing everything to address the volume in inaccurate statements including the creation of nine separate task forces and the deployment of all resources to resolve this long-standing issue.

In the next six months, the new GSIS will focus on the following: establishment of a 50-seater, 24/7 call center by May this year; adoption of a one-stop shop set-up in all field offices; design of a new insurance policy with a bigger savings component; review of the premium-based policy; and review of pre-need funeral and educational plans

Vergara pledged that the new GSIS commits to carry out a pro-active responsive service “without need for our members to come to our office to ask about their benefits… we will go to them instead, because that is their basic right.” (NCLM/PIA 13/GSIS-Butuan)

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Cebuano news: Aquino mipasabot nga kinahanglan i-implementar ang mga reporma sa sistema sa hudikatura sa nasod

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Peb. 22 (PIA)
-- Gipasabot ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang panginahanglanon aron ipa-implementar ang mga reporma sa hudikaturang buhatan sa gobyerno (judicial branch) aron makab-ot ug mabalik ang responsibilidad sa matag opisyales sa gobyerno isip parte sa iyang adyenda sa reporma nga gitumbok sa 2012 Index Economic Freedom sa Heritage Foundation.

Sa iyang pamahayag atol sa opening ceremony sa Cabinet Workshop on Anti-Corruption Strategies didto sa Heroes Hall sa MalacaƱang Palace kagahapon Martes, subling gisulti ni Pangulong Aquino ang gikinahanglang kausaban sa sistema sa hudikatura sa nasod aron maseguro ang patas nga dispensasyon sa hustisya sa tanan.

“We want our judiciary to dispense justice blindly, as it should… and perhaps this explains our fight to restore integrity to the judiciary, which has made headlines everywhere. No one should doubt that our justice system is a major battleground for reform,” ang Pangulo miingon.

“In the 2012 Index of Economic Reform released by the Heritage Foundation, it shows that while the Philippines has made progress in terms of fighting corruption, the problem of judicial inefficiency and susceptibility to outside pressures remains a serious concern,” siya mipasabot.

Ang Pangulo miingon nga ang kalamposan sa pakigbisog batok korupsyon nagkinahanglan og tinuoray nga kahulogan sa pagkaresponsable sa matag opisyales sa gobyerno.

“We cannot sustainably fight corruption unless we introduce a sense of accountability – a sense that, if you commit a crime, you will be punished… we want to send a stern yet simple message --- justice evades no one. There are no exceptions in our campaign against corruption,” si Pangulong Aquino miingon. Ang Index of Economic Freedom usa ka tinuig nga giya nga gimantala sa Wall Street Journal ug Heritage Foundation.

Sulod sa mokabat usa ka dekada, ang Wall Street Journal ug Heritage Foundation, tigpaniid sa dagan sa ekonomikanhong kagawasan sa tibuok kalibotan.

Sukad niadtong 1995, ang maong Index nagdala sa mga teyorya ni Adam Smith kalabot na sa kagawasan, kabulahanan ug ekonomikanhong kagawasan sa kinabuhi sa paghimo og 10 ka batakan nga giya sa ekonomikanhong kalamposan sa 184 ka mga nasod sa kalibotan.

Sa 2012 niini nga Index of Economic Freedom, gitumbok sa Heritage Foundation ang malangay-langayon nga mga hagit sa institusyon nga nagkinahanglan og pasalig aron sa reporma sa ekonomiya sa Pilipinas. Giila niini ang kalamboan sa nasod samtang mitumbok usab sa dili epektibo nga hudikatura.

“Despite the challenging global economic environment, the Philippine economy has been on a steady path of economic expansion,” sumala sa resulta sa Index nga napatik.

“There are lingering institutional challenges that will require deeper commitment to reform. Despite some progress, corruption continues to undermine prospects for long-term economic development. The inefficient judiciary, which remains susceptible to political interference, does not provide effective protection for property rights or strong and transparent enforcement of the law,” sumala pa niini. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)