PIA News Service - Saturday, October 20, 2012


Taguibo River as water quality management area proposed

By Eldie N. David

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 20 (PIA) -- The Sangguniang members approved SP Resolution recommending to the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the Environmental Management Bureau Region 13 (EMB-13) the designation of Taguibo River as Water Quality Management Area.

This is pursuant to Republic Act 9275, otherwise known as The Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004.

Taguibo River is a potable source of water supply in the city of Butuan. As stated in the resolution, the present condition of the Taguibo River and its tributaries requires serious protection and management actions by the local government and several stakeholders located within the watershed so as to ensure the river system’s sustainability and generate maximum benefits and welfare for the citizenry, the community, and other industries.

After several meetings and consultations and with the acknowledgment of recognizing and considering the importance of the Taguibo River and its latent contributions to social and economic development and interests of its citizens and the community as a whole, the city government of Butuan created and operationalized a Local Water Quality Task Force to achieve sustainable development.

The SP unanimously approved the said resolution in its aim of protecting and preserving the Taguibo Watershed. The protection of the Taguibo Watershed is one of the advocacies of Fortun even before he became a public servant. Recently, Fortun authored the Watershed Code of Butuan City which also aims to protect not only the Taguibo Watershed but also the other watersheds in the city. (NCLM/BC-VMO/PIA-Caraga)


PRO 13 gears up to elevate its performance

By PO3 Zena Menioria Panaligan

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 20 (PIA) -- Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 has launched a seminar on Integrated Transformation Program-Performance Governance System here to improve its performance in the delivery of police services.

The first phase of the seminar was held at the Multi-Purpose Hall of 13th Regional Public Safety Battalion. PSupt Susan Jalla, chief of Regional Crime Laboratory 13 and secretariat of Performance Governance System, discussed the importance of the PNP individual scorecard.

Scorecards are tools used to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of the personnel’s job description based on the current thrusts, plans and programs of the PNP, including budgetary requirements that hold every officer accountable for his/her performance.

Jalla also said that in order to resolve organizational dysfunctions, all PNP personnel should know and understand their work. She also presented sample of scorecards as basis for making an individual scorecard of personnel assigned at Police Regional Office 13.

“Police officers are encouraged to support the worthwhile advocacy of the Chief PNP as the latter has been giving emphasis on the integrated transformation program,” Jalla said.

On October 23, another set of working force from PRO 13 will participate in the second phase of the seminar. (RER/NCLM/PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)


DILG-13 Capacitates SALINTUBIG Recipients in Caraga

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 20 (PIA) -- Recipients of the Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig Para sa Lahat (Salintubig) Program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 13 were trained on program planning, procurement, fund management and construction supervision on October 15-18 at Pietros Square, Butuan City.

The training was intended to enhance the capacities of local government units (LGUs) in the stages of planning, implementation, operation and fund management for the construction/expansion/upgrading of water supply facilities in their areas under the Salintubig Program in a sustainable manner. The participants to the training were municipal engineers, municipal planning and development coordinators, municipal accountants and the DILG municipal local government operations officers.

In Caraga, there are nine recipients of the Salintubig program, of which six were identified as waterless municipalities and three were identified as waterless barangays. The municipalities of Esperanza, Bunawan, Talacogon, Trento and Veruela of the Province of Agusan del Sur and the municipality of Magallanes of the Province of Agusan del Norte were identified as waterless municipalities. For waterless barangays, Brgy. Esperanza was identified for the municipality of Loreto, Dinagat Islands; Brgys. Bugsukan and Buntalon for the municipality of Cantilan, Surigao del Sur; and Brgys. San Roque, Roxas and Sta. Cruz for the municipality of Tubajon, Dinagat Islands.

A total of P29.5 million is allotted for the Salintubig recipients in Caraga.

The release of funds will be facilitated by the DILG regional office and provided to the LGUs in two tranches. The first tranche, which is the first 50 percent of the total amount of the project, will be released to the recipient LGUs upon compliance of the requirements such as: approved project proposal, confirmed water source, signed memorandum of agreement between DILG regional director and LGU municipality, Executive Order for the creation of water and sanitation councils, a newly opened trust account and the LGU must be a recipient of the Seal of Good Housekeeping.

The remaining 50 percent of the total project cost, the second tranche, will be released upon completion of the following: approved detailed engineering design, signed contract with the contractor, completion of water source development certified by the municipal engineer and validated by the regional office, audit inspection report of the Technical Services Division of the Commission on Audit (COA) and a liquidation report of the first tranche.

During the training-workshop, Marivic D. Nocum, the assistant project officer of the Office of Project Development Services – Water Supply and Sanitation Unit discussed the process flow of the Salintubig Program and the status of subprojects in Caraga.

On the other hand, atty. Anthony P. Vitor of DILG provided inputs on the procurement process with a workshop on eligibility checking, shortlisting of consultants and bid evaluation.

Meanwhile, the financial management, accounting entries and COA requirements were presented by financial specialists Marites Delfin and Estela R. BasaƱes. Finally, the guidelines on construction supervision for water source development and pipeline installation were presented by engr. Renato J. Anyog. (RER/NCLM/DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)