PIA News Service - Friday, July 6, 2012

DSWD, DILG to give death benefits to relatives of deceased indigent senior citizens

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 6 (PIA) -- To continuously provide the welfare for senior citizens, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) signed a joint memorandum circular for the implementation of the Death Benefit Assistance amounting to P2,000 to the nearest surviving relative of a deceased indigent senior citizens.

This is in compliance to Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

According to Ms. Wilma Geralla, focal person of DSWD-Caraga, the joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 issued on January 13, 2012 between Honorable Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman of DSWD and the Honorable Secretary Jesse M. Robredo of DILG is hereby issued for strict implementation concerning the implementing guidelines on the death benefit assistance to the nearest surviving relative of the deceased indigent senior citizen.

“This joint Memorandum Circular is applicable to all local government units nationwide, and shall cover the death benefit assistance to the surviving legal spouse of the deceased senior citizen. Provided that in case where the legal spouse is already dead, the death benefit assistance shall be accorded to the nearest surviving relatives in the following order of degree of kinship: a) Children; b) Parents; c) Siblings; d) Grand-parents; e) Grand-children; and f) Uncles and Aunts,” relayed Geralla.

In the event that no one from the above-mentioned relatives are still living, the benefactor, whether related or not to the senior citizen, who provides care or who gives any form of assistance to him/her, and on whom the senior citizen is dependent on for primary care and material support, as certified by the City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (C/M SWDO) shall be the one to receive the death benefit assistance.

Geralla further said that the death of the indigent senior citizen shall be reported immediately to the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) by the legal spouse who survives the deceased senior citizen; or where no spouse who survives the decedent, by any of the nearest surviving relative who took care of the deceased according to order of degree of kinship with the deceased indigent senior citizen as provided under Section 1 of this joint Memorandum; or in the absence of the nearest surviving relative, by the benefactor of the deceased indigent senior citizen.

Also, the OSCA, through the C/M SWDO shall maintain copies of records of the deceased indigent senior citizens. A photo cop of the death certificate of the deceased senior citizens should also be maintained by the OSCA, for reference purposes.

Meanwhile, the following original and/or certified true copy of the following documents shall be required from the nearest surviving relative or benefactor of the deceased indigent senior citizens to facilitate the provisions of the death benefit assistance, to wit: 1) Copy of the death certificate of the deceased indigent senior citizens; 2) Any valid government ID of the claimant (i.e. postal ID, drivers license; GSIS or SSS ID); 3) Senior Citizens ID; and 4) Certification from the barangay.

For more details, DSWD and DILG encouraged the general public to visit their offices and hoped for strict implementation by the LGUs. (RER/JPG/PIA-Caraga)


New DENR-Caraga head formally presented to RDC members

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 6 (PIA) -- The new regional executive director (RED) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Caraga Region was formally presented to members of the Regional Development Council (RDC) today during the 71st RDC meeting held in one of the local convention centers here.

RDC Chairperson and Surigao del Norte Governor Sol F. Matugas formally introduced Marlo Mendoza who is also the department’s assistant secretary, saying that with the issue that the region is facing with regards to the anti-illegal logging campaign of the government, Dir. Mendoza is here in the region for a very important mission.

For his part, RED Mendoza pointed out that one of his marching orders from Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III is to closely coordinate and work with the RDC and how to revitalize the wood industry.

“To be honest with you, one of the marching orders from the President is for me to look for strategies or measures in order to revitalize the wood industry here in Caraga Region in the midst of the issues of illegal logging operations that is going on here in the region,” Mendoza said.

With this, RED Mendoza also emphasized that with the implementation of EO 23, declaring a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests and creating the anti-illegal logging task force, that as of June 2012, the DENR and LGU-Butuan were able to dismantle 14 small sawmills and were able to apprehend illegally-cut logs.

Mendoza further said these illegally-cut logs will be donated to the Department of Education (DepEd) for the construction of additional chairs.

In response to the power situation in Mindanao, RED Mendoza said forest-based industry is dependent to electricity. Because of this, he said the DENR will also work closely with public and private stakeholders for a possible establishment of mini-hydropower plants in Caraga Region.

Meanwhile, RED Mendoza also announced that the Anti-Illegal Task Force that is based in Manila is moving their office here in Caraga Region following the direction of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III, to intensify the govt's campaign against illegal logging.

Mendoza added this showed that the Aquino administration is serious to uphold what was stipulated under EO 23. Because of this, Mendoza is calling the support of the RDC in an effort to uphold and strictly implement the anti-illegal campaign of the national government. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


ASESDC recommends immediate stoppage of illegal mining operation in Agusan del Sur

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, July 6 (PIA) -- The Agusan del Sur Environment and Sustainable Development Council (ASESDC) recommended to Agusan del Sur Governor Adolph Edward Plaza the immediate stoppage of a mining operation in Barangay Das-agan, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.

According to Ranulfo Paler, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office – local government unit of the provincial government (PENRO-LGU), the mining operation allegedly financed by some Chinese nationals operates without proper permit and is practicing the open-pit operation using heavy equipment that can cause great damages to the area and neighboring areas.

In a meeting held on July 4, Paler presented to members of ASESDC photos on how the mining firm operates. The soils are moved by a backhoe and pressurized volume of water is spread in the loose soil, allowing the soil to flow down toward low-laying areas where they are gathered for processing.

Within the very large ruined area, big and small fallen trees are scattered, including other forest products. Paler said wild animals and birds can no longer be seen within the area.

Paler added that prior to the meeting of the ASESDC, Mayor Jenny de Asis of San Francisco wrote a letter addressed to Plaza asking for help in stopping the operation of the mining firm, and the impounding the equipment be effected. Plaza then ordered the ASESDC to review the case reported by de Asis.

In a motion by ASESDC member Danilo Lastimosa duly seconded by Dr. Rex Linao, a resolution was passed recommending to the provincial governor the immediate stoppage of the mining operation in Barangay Das-agan and the impounding of their equipment, while investigation will be done to those involved in the said illegal mining operation.

Upon the approval of the resolution by Plaza, the help of police being one of the members of ASESDC will be called in order that the resolution be served and acted immediately. (RER/DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Malacanang sends Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force Kalikasan to Mindanao

By Eric Gallego

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, July 6 (PIA) -- The members of the “ Anti-illegal logging Task Force Kalikasan” sent by Malacanang have arrived Tuesday in this city to crack down on illegal loggers in Mindanao.

“Our mission is to stop illegal logging activities and hopefully encourage the people living in the uplands to become productive and less dependent on forests,” Retired Marine General Renato Miranda, head of the Task Force told local newsmen here. “This is not my war, but a commitment for the future generation,” he said.

The task force has the full support of the Philippine Army (PA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Coast Guard, the Department of Justice Environmental Court, Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon JP Paje.

Miranda, who led a failed coup against then President Gloria Arroyo on February 2006 has asked the people and the local government unit down to the barangay officials in the region to extend their full support and cooperation in the extensive anti-illegal logging operations to be conducted by the Task Force to put an end to the destruction of forest by illegal loggers.

“We do not want a repeat of killer floods spawned by typhoon Sendong in December 2011 that hit the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro and claimed the lives at least 3,000 people because of deforestation“, Miranda said.

“The President is serious in stopping illegal logging” he said.

He said the “Task Force Kalikasan” has established its base in Butuan City for strategic reasons. Miranda, however, said he is employing a three-pronged approach in the extensive anti-illegal logging operations by the Task Force in the Southern Philippines.

The operation in the forest areas shall be classified into the cutting, production and transportation category, each shall be operated by certain group of experts. For instance, he said, while the military and PNP are operating in the anti-illegal logging campaign, another group shall work with the community to improve their living condition by generating income through agriculture and other livelihood projects.

He said that “as possible, we want to prevent a tree from being cut-down.”

The success of this operation will depend much on the participation of the non-government organization, the religious sector, LGU, the police and the military, Miranda added.

President Benigno Aquino has transferred the office of the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force to Butuan City from Manila to show that he meant business following the seizure of some P16 million worth of “hot logs” purportedly shipped from Davao at Pier 16 to the Manila North Harbor early this week.

EO 23 declares a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in natural and secondary forests nationwide. It also creates an anti-illegal logging task force, chaired by Environment Secretary Ramon JP Paje, with the interior secretary, defense secretary, the Armed Forces Chief and the Philippine National Police Chief as members. (NCLM/DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


Prov’l gov’t sets disaster protocol

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, July 6 (PIA) -- The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) of Agusan del Norte recently convened different stakeholders from government and private sectors to present the council's Operation Center Protocol.

The meeting aimed to develop partnership between different agencies to respond to the community in times of calamities by means of developing an alert and verification protocol, protocol and issuance code alert and activation memorandum, and response protocol.

The code alert system is as follows:

Code White corresponds to low pressure area/tropical depression or public storm signal #1;

Code Blue for public storm signal #2 with five or more casualties/mass injuries/fire; and

Code Red for public storm signal #3 with 100 or more casualties/mass injuries.

According to Governor Erlpe John Amante, the provincial government has already purchased emergency and rescue equipment worth P8.4 million.

He added this will be used especially in coastal municipalities prone to flash floods and landslides.

Amante also emphasized that the best way to face calamities is to be prepared. He further said one way of doing it is to better equip the local government units in different municipalities to be able to respond to emergency situations.

Meanwhile, PDRRMC also proposed an infra-project to be funded under the 5 percent local disaster risk reduction and management fund to be used in four aspects namely, preparedness, prevention and mitigation, response and rehabilitation.

With these developments, Amante reiterated the importance of the member agencies in facilitating the community in their preparation for calamities, especially during the actual situation. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: Local na pamahalaan ng Butuan naghahanda para sa Nat’l Literacy Awards evaluation

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 6 (PIA) -- Ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Butuan ay naghahanda para sa gagawing evaluation sa National Literacy Awards.

Ayon kay Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr., ang lokal na pamahalaan ng syudad ay nagbigay ng kautusan sa mga kawani nito upang maghanda para sa kinakailangang dokyumentasyon para sa evaluation kung saan darating ang mga national evaluators sa susunod na linggo dito.

Aniya, ang pamahalaan ng syudad ay napiling nominee sa ilalim ng Oustanding Local Government Units award category.

Ang parangal na ito ay ibibigay sa syudad at munisipalidad na nagawa ng palisiya, programa, at mga proyekto na naaayon sa literacy development at may positibong tugon sa kanilang mga barangay at sa dekalidad na pamumuhay ng mga tao.

Ang mga nominado ay i-evaluate ayon sa mga sumusunod na kriterya: rationale of the program, implementation of program and project management, management and leadership, at program/project impact.

Sa pagpapa-implementa ng program at project management, kinakailangan na mayroong kahit dalawang literacy programs/projects na naisagawa ng nominadong LGU. Ang programa at proyekto ng ibang ahensya ay kailangan na kaagapay ng ibang lokal na pamahalaan.

Sinabi din ni Amante na ang mga evaluators ay susuri-in din ang programa at proyekto at kung paano ito namonitor at na-evaluate.

Kung management at leadership ang pag-uusapan, ani Amante ang mga nominado ay kailangan na naka-implementa na ng advocacy at social mobilization schemes, budget and financial statement, at kailangan din na may maayos na database management.

Sa pamamagitan ng leadership qualities criteria, ang local chief executive at ang mga opisyal ay dadaan din sa isang evaluation ayon sa kanilang competence at ability sa pagbibigay ng clear direction, interpersonal relations and teambuilding capacity, ability to make critical judgment and decisions, presence of a working board, financial system and participatory decision-making.

Dahil dito, si Amante ay umaasa na ang pamahalaang syudad ay makakapasuk sa kriterya na inihanda ng national committee at mananalo sa nasabing kategorya. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Aquino gilantaw ang maayong kaugmanon sa agriculture sector human ang mga reporma sa gobyerno

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 6 (PIA) -- Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III miingon nga ang sektor sa agrikultura sa nasod daghan na ang nahimo sulod sa duha ka tuig, samtang iyang gihangyo ang publiko sa padayon nga pagsuporta sa mga reporma nga gihimo sa iyang administrayon alang sa katawhang Filipino ug alang sa nasod.

“Kung may isa man pong sektor na talagang sumasalamin sa kung gaano kaepektibo ang ating krusada sa tuwid na daan, ito ay ating sektor ng agrikultura, sa pangunguna ng Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka,” ang Pangulo miingon sa iyang mensahe atol sa Makina-Saka 2012 Agri-Machinery Roadshow didto sa Pasay City, kagahapon Huwebes.

“Talaga naman pong sa pamumuno ng ating Kalihim Proceso Alcala, ang dating pambansang kamalig na pinagmumulan ng kaliwa’t kanang anumalya, ngayon ay bukal ng mabubuting balita.”

Ubos sa Administrasyong Aquino, mikunhod na ang gidaghanon sa pag-angkat og imported rice sa niaging tuig gikan sa 1.3 million metric tons ngadto sa 850,000 metric tons, ug dugang pa niini karong tuiga, ang nasod moangkat lamang og 500,000 metric tons alang sa kinatibuk-ang konsumo sa nasod.

Ang departamento sa agrikultura naglaom usab nga makaangkon sa nasod ang rice-sufficiency sunod tuig ug posible nga ang nasod makasugod na pagpadala og bugas ngadto sa laing mga nasod kung dili maapektuhan sa daot nga panahion ang ani sunod tuig.

Ang gobyerno namuhunan usab sa sektor sa agrikultura aron makunhoran ang kausik, sulti sa Pangulo. Sa niaging tuig ang gobyerno migahin og P1 bilyon aron ipalit sa mokabat 2,300 ka mga units sa postharvest machineries ug uban pang ekwipo.

Alang karong tuiga, gipatas-an sa gobyerno ang budget ngadto sa P2.6 bilyon aron ipalit sa 7,000 ka mga farm machineries nga ipanghatag ngadto sa mga organisasyon sa mga mag-uuma ug mga lokal nga pangagamhanan libot sa nasod, sulti sa Pangulo.

Ang gobyerno namuhunan usab sa irrigation system sa nasod aron mapauswag ang food production, dugang pa niya.

Giangkon usab sa Pangulo ang panginahanglanon aron mapauswag ang research ug paglambo sa nasod, ingon nga ang mga state colleges ug universities ug ang Department of Agriculture kinahanglan magtambayayong aron tabangan ang mga agriculture professionals, farmers ug growers sa paggamit sa bag-ong mga technolohiya ug mga pamaagi sa pag-uma.

“Hinihimok din po natin ang pribadong sektor na patuloy na makibalikat sa pagpapayabong ng ating agrikultura. Ang pagbabayanihan natin ang susi upang matiyak ang pangmatagalang seguridad sa pagkain, gayundin sa mas matatag na ekonomiya ng bansa,” siya miingon.

“Nananalig ako na ang tagumpay ng Makina-Saka 2012 ay magiging isang dambuhalang hakbang tungo sa mas moderno, mas kapaki-pakinabang at mas matatag na sektor ng pagsasaka,” dugang pa sa Pangulo.

Iya usab giyahangyo ang mga Filipino nga palig-onon ang diwa sa pagtinabangay aron hatagan og gahom ang ilang isig katawo ug iyang gipasabot nga matag liso sa reporma nga itanom karon makabenipisyo kini sa sunod nga mga henerasyong Filipino.

“Samahan po ninyo ako --- Ituloy po natin ang pagtahak sa tuwid na landas, at atin pong pitasin ang mas mayabong na bukas,” siya miingon.

Mitambong usab sa maong kalihukan kagahapon sila Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo, Cambodian Ambassador to the Philippines Hos Sereythonh ug si Palo, Leyte Mayor Matin Petilla. (RER/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte/PCOO)


Cebuano News: Sec. Alcala mohurar sa bag-ong mga opisyales sa PAFC

Ni Tess Balomaga

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Hulyo 6 (PIA) -- Si Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala gikatakdang mohurar sa bag-ong mga napiling opisyales sa Surigao del Norte Provincial Agri-Fishery Council (PAFC) atol sa iyang pagbisita didto sa Siargao Island karong Hulyo 13, 2012.

Ang manumpa nga bag-ong mga opisyales sa PAFC mao sila: Dr. Elvira A. Egay, isip Chairman; Vice Chairman (private sector) Pablo Escarro; Vice Chairman (gov’t sector) Gromyko Geraldino; Secretary (LGU-based coordinator) Sancha R. Napalan; (DA based coordinator) Dr. Marlo I. Sepe; Treasurer Lucio Birad; Auditor, Bebiano Toca; PRO, Nelson Morales ug mga sectoral representatives: Perfecto Lisondra sa Crops; Inocencio Aragon sa Livestock; William Angob sa Industrial/HVCDP; Gregorio Bantilan sa Fisheries; Fortunato Salvacion sa Agri. Mechanic; Roland Eguna sa Youth Sector ug Ramon Carlota sa Organic Agriculture.

Ang PAFC gimugna aron tumong ug tuyo niini ang pagmonitor sa tanang mga proyekto sa buhatan sa Provincial Agriculture ug daghan pang uban. (SDR/PGO-Prov'l Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)