PIA News Service - Tuesday, August 14, 2012


News Feature: Butuan City Council to go “paperless”

By Junesther Jean S. Iway

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 14 (PIA) -- The Sangguniang Panlungsod here has started the implementation of the Legislative Management, Codification, Tracking and Information System (LMCTIS), which will pave the way for a “paperless” session at the city council, easier tracking of documents and legislative measures, as well as the planned codification of ordinances.

To jumpstart the implementation of the LMCTIS, an orientation on the system’s features was conducted by the system provider to selected employees of the SP last August 10, 2012.

The orientation was intended to initially introduce an information system that will automate the full operation of the Office of the Vice Mayor (OVM) and the Sangguniang Panlungsod. The point of reference was for involved users to learn and familiarize how the system works and to get acquainted with the features and reports generated by the system.

The LMCTIS is a program that provides accessibility and reliability of the legislative information system, easy tracking of documents to verify status, and allows automated filing of hard and original copies of legislative measures for easy cross-reference. It makes available an innovative approach to efficiently execute some major functions of this local government unit, specifically the OVM and SP Office.

The following are some of its features: 1) Provides database of proposed and approved resolutions and ordinances and easy retrieval of the same; 2) Database of all minutes of meeting and journals; 3) Record management of incoming and outgoing documents, letters, request, city resolutions/ordinances; 4) Views scanned supporting document of proposed measures; 5) Allows cross-referencing of hard copies of files so original copies can be readily accessed; 6) Provides history of amendments of a particular measure; and 7) Capable of archival system, which means an automated version of the manual or physical filing system.

The realization of the integrated computerized and automated system is basically designed to empower and enable local legislators and the sangguniang secretary and employees to execute the role of the said two offices more efficiently. For instance, committee hearings will no longer need photocopies of attachments and other documents and instead will be paperless.

All users will now be using computer-based system to draft, search, retrieve, store ordinances, resolutions, encode incoming communications and determine status and manage records.

This is just one of the reforms Vice Mayor Lawrence “Law” Fortun has put forward to continually improve and advance the delivery of basic services to the public along with their interactive cooperation with regard to legislative measures passed, approved and implemented in the City of Butuan. (RER/VMO-Butuan/PIA-Caraga)


Codification of Butuan’s ordinances underway; TWG created

By Junesther Jean S. Iway

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 14 (PIA) -- The Sangguniang Panlungsod has created a technical working group (TWG) that will craft the codification of existing ordinances through SP Resolution No. 500-2012 authored by Vice Mayor Lawrence “Law” Fortun in the regular session held recently.

The TWG is intended mainly for the review, revision, supplementation and consolidation of existing ordinances into the Code of General Ordinances of Butuan City.

The nine-man TWG is directed to put together a draft of the said Code, which will be reviewed by the Codification Committee through a public consultation and then subjected to the final approval of the Sanggunian. Once approved, a comprehensive, convenient, and updated code of general ordinances will be easily accessible to the people of Butuan.

The public is now empowered to have access and information on all existing ordinances of this city.

Once completed, this will put the Butuan SP at the forefront as one of the few local legislatures that have adopted codified ordinances.

Fortun said this will also complete the SP as a total local legislature as mandated in the local government code which he has done only in his first term of office as vice mayor. The codification process will be completed within the year. (RER/VMO-Butuan/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: Fun Run isasagawa bilang isa mga aktibidad sa pagdiriwang ng 112th Civil Service anniversary sa lungsod ng Butuan

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Agosto 14 (PIA) -- Pangungunahan ng Civil Service Commission (CSC)-Caraga Region ang isang fun run bilang isa sa mga aktibidad na inihanda ng kagawaran para sa pagdiriwang ng 112th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA) ngayong Setyembre 7, 2012 dito.

Ang 112th PCSA ay may temang “Kawani, Ikaw ay Isang Lingkod Bayani.” Ayon kay CSC-Caraga Regional Director Adams Torres, ang aktibidad ay dadaluhan ng iba't ibang ahensya ng gobyerno sa rehiyong Caraga.

Idinagdag din ng opisyal na magsisimula ang fun run sa provincial capitol grounds, Capitol Compound, Butuan City at magtatapos sa Butuan City Sports Complex. “Ang fun run ay magsisimula saktong alas-5 ng umaga, kaya nakikiusap ako sa lahat ng mga partisipante na magpunta ng lugar 4:30 palang ng umaga suot ang kanilang running attire, o maaari din nilang gamitin ang kanilang agency shirt,” ani Torres.

Isang dance for health (HATAW) at seremonyal na pagpapakawala ng mga lobo naman ang gaganapin bilang senyales ng pagbubukas ng pagdiriwang.

Hinihikayat din ang lahat ng ahensya na magdala ng kanilang streamer at 10 lumilipad na lobo na gagamitin sa aktibidad, ani Torres.

Ipinaliwanag ng opisyal na alinsunod sa CSC Memorandum Circular 11, series of 2012, ang lahat na mga ahensya ay mabibigyan ng compensatory time off sabay ng pagsasagawa ng aktibidad.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon hinggil sa aktibidad, maaaring kontakin si Mr. Ross Francis L. Atillo sa numerong (085) 342-6089 o 815-3370 ng CSC Caraga Management Service Division, ani Torres. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Short-term flood mitigation projects mokabat P5-bilyon matapos karong tuiga, sulti sa DPWH

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Agosto 14 (PIA) -- Ang Department of Public Works and Highways miingon kagahapon Lunes nga ang short-term flood mitigation projects nga mokabat P5 bilyon pesos matapos na karong tuiga.

Matud ni Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson sa press conference didto sa MalacaƱang nga kining maong short term flood mitigation projects, usa ka parte sa flood control master plan, nga mao ang pag-ayo ug pagrehabilitar sa mga dike structures didto sa Metro Manila ug Central Luzon.

“Well, ang matatapos agad diyan ... ang mga pag-aayos ng mga nasirang dike — (will be completed in) three to six months. Kasi ang iba namang nasira maiikli lang. Halimbawa, doon sa San Fernando, (Pampanga) ‘yung tinatawag nilang tail dike ay 50 to 70 meters lang. So it should be finished. But we have a long list of identified high impact priority projects worth P5-billion. ‘Yun ang unang-una naming bubunuin,” matud pa ni Singson.

Luyo sa nasangpit nga tail dike didto sa Pampanga, si Singson miingon nga ang rehabilitasyon ug improvement sa Valenzuela-Obando-Meycauayan river dikes lakip usab kadtong nahimutang sa mga munisipyo sa Laguna Lake sama sa mga probinsya sa Cainta ug Rizal ang nahilangkob usab sa short term flood plan.

Siya usab miingon nga ang water pumping system sa Metro Manila karaan na ug kinahanglan na kining ayuhon aron epektibo niini nga masuyop ang mga tubig baha sa mga nagkalain-laing sapa libot sa kaulohan.

“Ang tatanda na nitong mga pumping system ng Metro Manila and some of them are .… The pumps that we’ve been using there are already obsolete. Wala na ngang spare parts na mabili riyan. So they need to be upgraded,” matud ni Singson.

“Now, other immediate projects are the upgrading of the pumping systems in Metro Manila which is the responsibility of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority as well as clearing the waterways. This is a major intervention that needs to be done because the major cause of flooding is the overtopping, overflowing of the river systems,” dugang pa niya. (RER/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)