PIA News Service - Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Agusan del Norte Prov’l Council HRM to host 9th reg’l annual confab


By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 11 (PIA) -- The Agusan del Norte Provincial Council of Human Resource Managers (HRM) will host the 9th Annual Regional Convention of Caraga Regional Council of Human Resource Managers on September 19-20, 2012.

In a statement, Council President Luz Dumanon said this year’s convention, which is anchored on the theme, “ Revitalizing HR Practitioners towards Global Challenges” will feature series of activities that have been planned and prepared by identified working committee chairmen and members.

Dumanon also said Vice President Jejomar Bina has been invited to grace the activity and will likewise deliver the keynote address.

Dumanon said significant number of participants is expected to attend this activity.

Invited participants are representatives from local government units and national government agencies of Butuan City and Agusan del Norte to respond to the current demands of excellence in public service. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao del Sur PSWD set activities for Nat’l Disability Prevention & Rehabilitation Week this July

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DELO SUR, July 11 (PIA) -- The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office here has set activities in celebration of the National Disability Prevention Week on July 17-23.

With the theme “Mainstreaming Reforms with Disabilities in Economic Development,” PSWD Officer May Salinas said the program is focused on livelihood skills training for persons with disability (PWD).

Salinas said among training to be conducted in Tandag City for PWDs are rug-making, soap-making and fancy jewelry-making.

Projects will be visited including a housing project for PWDs and other livelihood projects in Buhangin, Davao City and the livelihood Project of San Francisco Association of Differently Able Person (SAFRA ADAP) in San Francisco Agusan del Sur, said Salinas. (RER/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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POEA campaigns for anti-illegal recruitment, anti-trafficking in persons

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 11 (PIA) -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is intensifying its campaign against illegal recruitment and anti-trafficking in persons.

In a statement, POEA-Caraga Regional Supervisor Marietta M. Bellotindos said the campaign is in relation to the agency’s project in upscaling and intensification of community-based migration information, orientation and advocacy campaign under the Millennium Development Goal-F Joint Programme on Youth, Employment and Migration (MDG-YEM).

Bellotindos said this is in support of POEA’s effort to continuously partner with several agencies in having a common goal of reaching the municipalities and provinces with high incidence of illegal recruitment and trafficking in persons.

Bellotindos further said this will also help in advancing a strengthened and simplified education and information dissemination campaign program.

With these developments, the official said the POEA National and Regional Center representatives are currently conducting series of activities on Campaign Against Illegal Recruitment, Trafficking in Persons and Irregular Migration (CAIRTIM) in Agusan del Sur.

Bellotindos said the activity includes several anti-illegal recruitment campaign activities pursuant to Republic Act 10022, which mandates local government units to have an active role in the overseas employment program, particularly in information dissemination.

Bellotindos said training on anti-illegal recruitment and anti-trafficking in persons for law enforcers and prosecutors is set on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at the Provincial Training Center, D.O. Plaza Government Center, Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

Also, the signing of a new memorandum of understanding between the provincial government, POEA, Department of Labor and Employment, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and other involved agencies will take place on the same date and venue. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan City to host 21st Mindanao Business Conference

BUTUAN CITY, July 11 (PIA) -- This city is hosting the annual Mindanao Business Conference, which will run from August 2 to 4 at the Almont Hotel's Inland Resort.

Now in its 21st year of staging, the “MinBizCon” is the main multisectoral platform for fostering competitiveness and accelerating growth in the region and for showcasing investment destinations, particularly in its host city and surrounding provinces.

The Mindanao Business Conference is organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Butuan Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) Program.

The MinBizCon is also supported by local governments of Butuan City and Agusan del Norte province, DTI, Department of Tourism, Department of Agriculture and other partners.

“We’re looking forward to hosting this event and drawing attention to opportunities here,” said City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr., who cited several ongoing business developments, including the construction of a mall and a 150-room hotel by a nationwide chain, as well as a golf course.

“This is a good time for public-private investment. We’re finalizing BOT schemes for upgrading the ports in Nasipit and Masao, and have worked with the DENR, other government agencies and the local private sector to open up upwards of ten thousand hectares of land for development,” Amante said.

Regional Director Brielgo Pagaran of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said that in addition to its tourism and mining industries, the Caraga Region around Butuan City has strong competitive advantages in agriculture.

“Among the newer agri-businesses, we have a herbal processing plant for the export market that uses local raw materials, and ventures in sago flour and nipa sap sugar production, to name just a few,” Pagaran said.

Amante and Pagaran pointed out that Caraga has significant hydropower potential. One plenary at the MinBizCon will highlight current public-private initiatives in the energy sector in Caraga, with partners from Japan and China.

“The Asiga and Taguibo rivers have a 23-megawatt and 8-megawatt capacity, respectively,” said Amante.

Another MinBizCon session will focus on improved economic integration within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, through the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), which includes Mindanao and Palawan.
The MinBizCon is also an opportunity different stakeholders to speak on the region’s most pressing economic policy concerns. The highlight of the conference is the presentation of the annual Mindanao Business Policy Agenda to the Office of the President of the Philippines.

The formulation of policy recommendations contained in the agenda was initiated through broad-based regional consultations held earlier this year by PCCI in the cities of Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro and General Santos, in collaboration with MinDA and USAID/GEM.

At a series of roundtables held in Manila in early July, Cabinet officials and private sector representatives met to fine-tune these recommendations aimed at improving key business sectors and to draft appropriate government responses.

The MinBizCon is expected to draw more than 300 participants, including senior business leaders, members of chambers of commerce, government policymakers, investors and foreign trading partners.

Butuan City, which now has five weekly round-trip commercial flights to Manila and three to Cebu, has become known in recent years as a Mindanao convention destination, with accommodations for more than 2,800 guests.

Conference participants will be brought on a tour of the city’s main attractions, which include the Butuan National Museum housing ancient Asian artifacts and the Balangay Shrine. They will also have a chance to visit the ongoing archaeological excavation of another centuries-old balangay boat used in Southeast Asian trade routes. (MinBizCon/GEM/Butuan Chamber of Commerce/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: DSWD, DILG namigay ng death benefits sa mga kamag-anak ng mga hikahos na mga senior citizens

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 11 (PIA) -- Bilang suporta sa pagpapaunlad ng mga senior citizens, ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at ang Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) ay lumagda sa isang joint memorandum circular para sa pagsasagawa ng Death Benefit Assistance na nagkakahalaga ng P2,000 sa pinakamalapit na kamag-anak ng namatay na senior citizen.

Ito ay alinsunod sa Republic Act 9994 o Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

Ayon kay Wilma Geralla, focal person ng DSWD-Caraga, ang joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 na ipinalabas noong Enero 13, 2012 na nilagdaan naman ni Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman ng DSWD at Secretary Jesse M. Robredo ng DILG ay naglalayong i-implementa ang istriktong gabay para sa death benefit assistance na ibibigay sa pinakamalapit na kamag-anak ng namatay.

“Ang joint Memorandum Circular na ito ay maaaring ma-apply sa lahat ng lokal na pamahalaan sa buong bansa, at mangunguna sa lahat ng death benefit assistance ng lahat ng mga nabubuhay na legal na asawa ng namatay. Kung namayapa na ang legal na asawa, ang death benefit assistance ay mapupunta sa pinakamalapit na kamag-anak ng namatay alinsunod sa order of degree of kinship: anak; mga magulang; mga anak; mga apo; at tiyo at tiya,” ani Geralla.

Kung wala na rin ang mga nabanggit, ang mga tao na nag-alaga at nagbigay ng kalinga sa namayapang senior citizen at may patunay ng city o municipal social welfare and development officer (C/M SWDO), kahit hindi kamag-anak, ang pagbibigyan ng death benefit assistance.

Idinagdag din ni Geralla na kailangang ipagbigay alam kaagad ng legal na asawa o kahit ang pinakamalapit na kamag-anak sa tanggapan ng Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) ang pakamatay ng senior citizen.

Ang OSCA, sa pamamagitan ng C/M SWDO, ay kailangan na may kopya ng talaan ng mga namatay na senior citizens. Kailangan din ng OSCA ang isang photocopy ng death certificate ng namatay na senior citizen.

Samantala, ang orihinal at certiftied true copy ng mga dokumento ay kinakailangan na maipakita ng kamag-anak ng namatay upang mabigyan ng death benefit assistance. Napag-alaman na ang mga sumusunod ay ang mga kailangang ipakita: 1) kopya ng death certificate ng namatay na indigent senior citizen; 2) kahit anong government ID, gaya ng postal ID, driver's license, GSIS o SSS; 3) senior citizens ID at; 4) certification galing sa barangay.

Hinihikayat ng DWSD at ng DILG ang publiko na bumisita sa kanilang tanggapan para sa karagdagang detalye. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: DOH pinalakas ang kampanya kontra dengue sa pamamagitan ng impormasyon

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 11 (PIA) -- Pinangunahan ng Department of Health (DOH) ang pagpapalakas ng kampanya laban sa dengue sa pamamagitan ng pakikipag-ugnayan sa Philippine Information Agency bilang pangunahing ahensya ng gobyerno na nagbibigay ng impormasyon sa publiko.

Ito ay matapos ang isang consultative workshop na isinagawa sa kalakhang Maynila tungkol sa pag-implementa ng DOH’s nationwide anti-dengue campaign kung saan hiniling ng huli sa PIA ang tulong sa pagpapalaganap ng kanilang kampanya sa pamamagitan ng paggamit ng dalawang electronic communication channels: ang inbox news at ang text blast operation ng ahensya.

Ayon sa memorandum na nilagdaan ni PIA Director-General Jose A. Fabia na ipinadala sa lahat ng PIA regional office sa buong bansa, inatasan ang lahat ng regional directors at officers-in-charge sa 16 na rehiyon na kumpletuhin ang directory ng PIA inbox news at text blast recipients.

Ayon kay Fabia, upang maging matagumpay ang kampanya, ang lahat ng barangay dengue warriors at barangay health workers sa bansa ay kailangang gawing mga recipients.

Iniutos din ng hepe ng ahensiya na i-grupo ang kanilang database kada barangay o komunidad para gawing madali at maayos ang text blasting ng mga impormasyon sa kani-kanilang mga lugar para sa pag-implementa ng anti-dengue communication activity.

Sinabi rin ni Fabia, ang text blasting kada barangay ay naunang isinagawa sa Rehiyon 3 at ng National Capital Region (NCR) sa loob ng dalawang linggo at pagkatapos suriin ang implementasyong nito, ito ay sunod na i-implementa sa ibang mga rehiyon at probinsya ng bansa.

Ang inbox news ay isang electronic news magazine na gawa ng apat na cluster ng ahensya kagaya ng iStar ng Southern Luzon Cluster, One Luzon ng Northern Luzon Cluster, One Visayas para sa Visayas Cluster at ang naunang e-news magazine ng ahensya, One Mindanao.

Ang mga recipients nito ay mula sa mga sektor na regular na nakakatanggap ng news galing sa ahensya, na binubuo ng local tri-media, local government units, national government agencies, government-owned at controlled corporations, government financing institution, military, police, religious, academe, judiciaries, business, labor, agri-workers, non-government organizations at civic organizations. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: PDEA, PNP pinatindi ang operasyon kontra droga sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay impormasyon

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Hulyo 11 (PIA) -- Pinatindi ng Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) at ng Philippine National Police (PNP) ang kanilang operasyon laban sa paglaganap at pag-aabuso ng ipinagbabawal na gamot.

Nagsagawa rin sila ng mga hakbang na makatutulong sa pagbabawas kundi man ay tuluyang pagpuksa sa paggamit bawal na gamot sa pamamagitan ng pagpapalaganap ng impormasyon.

Sa ulat ni PDEA regional director Joel Plaza sa mga kasapi ng Provincial Peace at Order Council kamakailan lang, sinabi niya na sila ay nagkaroon ng mga operasyon mula noong Marso hanggang Mayo ng taong ito at nakahuli ng anim na suspects. Nakakumpiska rin sila ng humigit kumulang 10 gramo ng Methamphetamine hydrochloride o "Shabu" at humigit kumulang 360 gramo ng marijuana.

Sa parehong ulat, ang PNP naman ay nagsasagawa ng limang operasyon simula Enero hanggang Mayo at pitong katao ang nahuli at ang kanilang kaso ay naisampa na sa hukuman.

"Noong Marso 21, kami ay nagsagawa ng isang buy-bust operasyon sa Taglatawan, Bayugan City at nakumpiska kami ng mahigit na walong gramo ng shabu at naaresto ang isang matandang babae. At noong Abril 30, sa pamamagitan ng isang arrest warrant, kami ay naka aresto ulit ng isang tao at naka kumpiska ng tatlong sachet ng shabu at 360 gramo ng dahon ng marijuana at ang pinakabago ay noong Mayo 16 lamang, sa Taglatawan sa lungsod ng Bayugan din sa pamamagitan ng isang buy-bust operasyon at naaresto ang limang katao at nakakumpiska ng 0.8672 gramo ng shabu. Ang mga naaresto ay nasampahan na ng kaso sa hukuman," ayon kay Plaza.

Dagdag pa ni Plaza, ang PDEA ay sumali sa aktibidad noong Mayo 4, 5 at 6, nang magsagawa ang 401st Civil Military Operations battalion ng youth leadership seminar sa Bayugan City, ang PDEA ay nagpaliwanag kung ano ang masamang epekto ng bawal na gamot.

Samantala, muling lumahok ang PDEA at nagbigay ng lecture noong Mayo 21-23, sa Sangguniang Kabataan Health Congress na isinagawa ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Veruela at gayundin sa brigada eskwela sa Trento. (RER/DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano news: Gobyerno i-implementar ang performance-based system sa paghatag og mga bonus sa mga workers – DBM Secretary Abad

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 11 (PIA) -- Ang administrasyon ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III moimplementar sa performance-based system sa paghatag og bonus nga nahilakip sa 2013 General Appropriations Act, matud ni Budget Secretary Florencio Abad kagahapon Martes.

Sa press briefing didto sa MalacaƱang, si Abad miingon nga ang maong “innovation” sa paghatag og mga bonus ngadto sa mga deserving nga mga empleyado ug institusyon kini subay sa direktiba ni Pangulong Aquino aron hiusahon ang tanang performance-based management system sa gobyerno.

"We hope to strengthen also the accountability of public institutions and public servants to perform their mandates and, therefore, we continue to deepen performance budgeting and harmonize all performance-based management systems in government,” si Abad miingon.

Dugang pa niya nga ang dugang bonus lahi kaysa naandan nga productivity enhancement incentive nga ipanghatag ngadto sa mga empleyado sa gobyerno ug mga institusyon matag tuig.

“But one innovation that we are going to introduce next year is a system of performance-based bonuses which can range from 5,000 to 35,000 pesos per employee on top of the productivity enhancement incentive of about 5,000 that they will be receiving,” sulti ni Abad.

Siya miingon nga dugang pang mga detalye mahitungod sa incentive program ang ihatag sa sunod nga mga adlaw. (RER/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)