PIA News Service - Thursday, May 16, 2013



PNP-13 accounts personnel deployed in the provinces during Elections

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 16 (PIA) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga headed by PCSupt Getulio Napeñas conducted on Thursday the Recall and Accounting of PNP personnel deployed in the provinces of the region during the national and local midterm elections.

In Agusan del Norte Provincial Police Office (PPO), 24 personnel from the regional headquarters were deployed as augmentation to the province; 146 in Agusan del Sur PPO; 142 in Surigao del Norte PPO; 63 in Surigao del Sur PPO; and 32 in Dinagat Islands PPO. A total of 407 personnel were accounted during the said deployment and went back to their original assignments.

Napeñas said the deployment of his personnel in the provinces of Caraga has helped minimize the crime incidents in the area of responsibility. “Because of police visibility and personnel deployed for augmentation in the strategic areas assigned in the provinces, there were only few minor incidents recorded, thus, we remained generally peaceful,” he said.

“Those PNP personnel who can perform a job well will be given due recognition and reward for his dedication to work and for serving a role model to other personnel,” Napeñas added.

Napeñas further said that aside from the report of his personnel installed in their area of responsibility, the broadcast media’s news/report was also a big contribution to the PNP as it has helped them know of the incidents monitored so the PNP could also respond immediately.

The PNP-Caraga chief also urged his personnel to to take the job seriously and perform it well. “With our job, let’s be aggressive in preventing crime incidents so we can continue to enjoy a safe place to live in, conducive to business,” he said. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Agusan High School in Butuan launches Visual Arts Collection

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 16 (PIA) – In time with its Sapphire Anniversary celebration, the Agusan High School class ‘68 here launched on Wednesday the ‘Visual Arts Collection’ through the Photography books donation of Mr. Leo Mascariñas, held at the City Library.

Class chairperson Eleanor Jaca, said the project is aimed to create awareness and enhance the creativity of the Butuanons in the field of photography.

“By the year 2014, the Butuan City Library Visual Arts Collection will have grown to over 1,000 titles, ranking it among the largest nationwide,” said Jaca.

It was learned that Mascariñas’ photos have also appeared on print such as the Toronto Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, the book “A Life Shaped by Music”, among other publications. A collection of his favorite works had been published in “Images I saw somewhere along the way.”

“Leo Mascariñas started looking pictures as a child in Butuan using his parents’ camera. From thereon, he has come a long way to earning a master photographer designation by the Toronto Camera Club, among the oldest photography organizations in the world,” Jaca added.

During the project launching, incumbent city and newly-reelected mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr expressed his gratitude and support to the initiative of Agusan High School Class '68 for adding useful materials for the public use at the City Library.

Also, on behalf of Mr. Mascariñas, the benefactor of said project, his sister Dr. Elena Mascariñas received the plaque of appreciation from the Class ’68 with Mayor Amante.

“My brother Leo is a proud Butuanon. He wanted to enhance the creative soul of the Butuanon through his materials. With his kindness, generosity and love for Butuan, he and the rest of our family is giving 20 percent of his 1,000 books. We hope this will inspire others to appreciate photography and produce their own material,” Dr. Mascariñas said.

Meanwhile, Butuanons are all invited to come and visit the city library and see themselves the visual arts collection that paint thousand words. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga LGUs attain 100% completion in LGPMS

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, May 16 (PIA) -- All seventy-seven (77) local government units of Region 13 (Caraga) have completed the on-line data entry of the Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS) for the calendar year 2012.

In a Memorandum dated April 18, 2013 from the Bureau of Local Government Supervision (BLGS) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Central Office, only Regions II, III, XIII (Caraga) and CAR attained 100% completion of LGPMS on-line data entry.

The LGPMS is a self-assessment, management and development tool used to assess and measure the performance of LGUs in the provinces, cities and municipalities. By completing the LGPMS on-line data entry, the LGUs will know the strong and weak points of their services, utilizing different sets of indicators. These indicators are focused on governance and development areas that measure their performance in: (1) Administrative Governance, (2) Social Governance, (3) Economic Governance, (4) Environmental Governance and (5) Valuing Fundamentals of Good Governance.

The local government officials and functionaries who are respondents to this tool will be able to generate the state of performance and development in their areas that will serve as the basis for coming-up with the State of Local Governance Report (SLGR). This report being generated will now provide the details underpinning the LGUs performance. The LGUs weak performance are revealed and will now be responded through strategic efforts such as strengthening the local government’s internal capacity, formulating policies to address certain issues, gaps and challenges and addressing problematic areas to promote development.

Through LGPMS, the information being generated in the system is used by LGUs for policy and program development. The result of the assessment will also address development gaps existing in their scope of their locality. This will ensure the delivery of quality basic services to the constituents and will influence future decisions of the LGU Officials focusing on certain areas that promotes development.

The Province of Dinagat Islands was excluded in the LGPMS online data entry for C.Y. 2012 for its questioned constitutionality of being a province was finally resolved and officially declared as valid and constitutional just last year in a Minute Resolution dated September 11, 2012 in G.R. No. 180050 (Navarro v. Executive Secretary Ermita). (NCLM/DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Presidente Aquino gilagdaan na ang K-12 Act

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Mayo 16 (PIA) – Gilagdaan na ni Presidente aron mamahimong balaodnon ang Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2012 o ang giila nga K to 12 Basic Education Program kagahapon didto sa Malakanyang.

Ang K to 12 Program gilangkoban sa Kindergarten ug 12 ka tuig nga basic education (unom ka tuig nga primary education, upat ka tuig nga Junior High School ug duha ka tuig nga Senior High School) aron mahatagan og igong oras ang mga estudyante nga maumol pag-ayo ang ilang kahanas ug maandam sila alang sa kolehiyo, pagpanarbaho ug pagnegosyo.

Sa iyang mensahe ang Presidente miingon nga obligasyon sa gobyerno ang panghatag sa mga panginahanglanon ug segurohon ang makiangayon ug patas nga oportunidad alang sa tanang mga Filipino, labi na ang mga kabus, ug ingon nga ang implementasyon sa maong programa mopalig-on sa kaalam nga pundasyon sa mga estudyante nga maoy magdala kanila paingon ngadto sa katumanan sa ilang mga pangandoy ug mga ambisyon.

Mitambong atol sa maong paglagda ang mga authors ug co-authors sa maong balaodnon nga gipangulohan nila Senators Franklin Drilon, Edgardo Angara, Ralph Recto, Speaker of the House Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. ug sila Representatives Neptali Gonzales II, Sandy Ocampo ug Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)