3.07.2012

PIA News Service - Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Surigao del Sur Gov toys idea of drug test for Capitol employees

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, March 7 (PIA)
-- Surigao del Sur Gov. Johnny Pimentel expressed interest over the idea of a drug test for Capitol employees here.

In a brief message to Capitol employees on Monday’s flag ceremony program, he bared that a growing number of department heads in the provincial government are asking him to order such measure.

Pimentel said, there are already two provinces in Caraga region that have done such move referring to Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Sur.

Meanwhile, he stressed that his decision on the matter will be made known in April citing several considerations like funding and what system to be used in case of implementation whether a random check or subjecting all employees.

The campaign against illegal drugs in the province has been intensified since the launching of “Jyes Kontra Droga” last year. (Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA Surigao delSur)

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GAD to spearhead tree planting activity in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Mar. 7 (PIA)
-- The Gender and Development (GAD) focal person of the province has committed to plant trees on Thursday, Mar. 8 in Brgy. Cagtinae, Malimono, as part of the celebration of the Women’s Month.

Board Member Regina Alaan, chairperson of the Committee on Gender, Women and Development of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, said tthe GAD focal person along with the five representatives from the different partner agencies of the province will plant at least 10 trees each in the said area with the purpose of promoting social relevance, environmental awareness, and sustainability among the participating agencies.

Alaan said the activity is also in accordance with Executive Order No.26 from President Benigno S. Aquino III issued last year in support of the National Greening Program.

Meantime, Alaan is also inviting the partner agencies to join in the “Walk for a Cause” on Friday, March 9 starting from the city boulevard and culminating at the provincial grandstand for a “Hataw” exercise. (SP-Surigao del Norte/FEA/ PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Caraga visit gratifies CSC chief

by Noel B. Najarro


BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 7 (PIA) -- Civil Service Commission Chairman Dr. Francisco T. Duque III expressed gratification over his findings as he initially visited five government offices and conducted inspection on Thursday here in the region.

Among the regional offices which the chairman went to see were the Department of Health, PhilHealth, PAG-IBIG, the City Hall and one more government agency office.

“I’m gratified to see how much the employees of the other agencies of the government which I have visited put the ( the civil service) commission on a very high regards,” Duque said in a press forum held at the newly completed Regional Civil Service Institute Training Center at the Regional CSC Regional Office here.

Accompanying Duque was his executive assistant director Mariano Bautista and other top regional, provincial and city CSC officials, led by CSC regional director Atty. Adams D. Torres.

He added that the positive attitude shown towards civil service performance must be the reflection of how receptive and sensitive the commission is to the needs of the fellow workers in the government.

Duque also pointed out during the said forum that among the purposes of his visit is to see for himself whether these offices have rendered the expected efficient and quality services.

He said that the commission’s role is not just to be a regulatory constitutional body but it is also a development-oriented government agency. The CSC, he said, is the enabler of quality public service, good governance, transparency and accountability.

He likewise disclosed, that the offices which he had initially inspected may have rated “good” which may mean a score 80 - 90 percent in the CSC Scorecard. But accordingly, he still admonished them to achieve for a higher score.

“‘Good’ should not be good enough. They should be aiming for excellence,” he said.

He also discussed to media practitioners present, the measures the CSC have been recently doing. This includes a five-year blue print dubbed as the Commission’s Roadmap for Development and Reforms for 2010-2015, primarily intended for the country’s government workforce.

The commission is also adopting the a Performance Governance System (PGS) which set the vision of becoming “Asia’s Leading Center for Excellence for Strategic Human Resource and Organizational Development by 2030.”

The Civil Service Commission, he said, is totally committed and dedicated for the realization of such vision and of making sure that all human resource development programs will be in place.

Meanwhile, Duque mentioned that Caraga CSC even rated “good” in a report card survey conducted by Pulse Asia, earning a rating of between 80-90 percent. He challenged the regional office here to achieve a rating higher than 90 percent in order to earn a prize from the CSC.

Duque also mentioned that CSC Caraga is ahead in the successful implementation of the Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS), having an edge in implementing the rating even of the CSC Central Office and the other regional offices.

The SPMS upon full institutionalization in all government agencies will serve as the primary tool in assessing the performance of individuals anchored on scientific and verifiable basis.

Duque also announced that soon the CSC Computerized Examination System or COMEX will have a dry run on selected regions of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The purpose, he said, to improve access to computerized assisted examination and to streamline the process of application, the examination, scoring, knowing the result and even getting the eligibility certificates. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

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SP enhances procurement process on infra projects

By Eldie N. David

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 7 (PIA)
-- The Sangguniang Panlungsod has recently approved an ordinance enhancing the procurement process for all infrastructure projects in the city.

The measure is to ensure that infrastructure projects should be constructed and built with the highest quality standards to benefit the general public upon its use.

Under the ordinance, all contractors are required to seek accreditation from duly certified professional organizations and certification from recognized local accreditation bodies to ensure systems and procedures used in the construction are quality-assured and within international standards. This should all be done within the prescribe time frame of compliance.

The ordinance has also set additional requirements based on the Allowable Range of Contract Cost (ARCC) and/or Approved Budget for Contract (ABC) with the corresponding time frame of compliance, in addition to the eligibility and technical requirements mandated under R.A. 9184, otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act (GPRA).

The measure also empowered the Bids and Awards Committee – Technical Working Group (BAC-TWG) to: 1) assess and review contractor’s compliance of the Additional Requirements set forth in the said ordinance; 2) visit and inspect the batching plants and project sites at any time to validate and/or determine compliance of contractors of batching plant accreditation and observance of construction safety and health program among its workers; 3) monitor, test and/or require batching plants to carry out from time to time production/testing activities and prepare reports in order to monitor production and testing procedures; 4) conduct technical safety inspections and general safety audit of construction project sites to ensure compliance of the mandatory occupational safety and health standards; 5) submit written report and/or recommendation within fifteen (15) days from date of inspection to the City Mayor, and 6) perform other related functions.

The ordinance was jointly authored by all the members of the council led by Councilor Angelo S. Calo, Chairman of the Committee on Public Works and Vice Mayor Lawrence Fortun. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/BC-VMO)