PIA News Service - Thursday, May 23, 2013



ICTO issues apology for service interruptions

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 23 (PIA) –- The Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) management here has apologized for service interruptions experienced by its clients.

ICTO-Butuan Station Manager Enrique Legaspi said the on-going Rationalization Program (RatPlan) and Post Operations Plan/Winding-Down Operations (EGRESS Plan) presently undertaken by Dept. of Science and Technology (DOST)-ICTO has caused a lot of administrative, financial and technical adjustments which subsequently affected the releases of funds for the monthly salaries of their watchmen as well as for the operations and maintenance of our various facilities.

“Despite our persistent efforts, coordination and representation for the speedy release of funds but to no avail. As a results, the delayed release and absence of allotments had also led to the disconnection and cutting off of our electricity and eventually force us to temporarily cease our operations. With this predicament, we are sincerely expressing our sincere apology to all our valued clients for the discomforts brought about by the services interruption,” explained Legaspi.

Following the service interruption of the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) here on Tuesday, Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Caraga Region has been receiving complaints from clients. ICTO offered local calls to all provinces in Caraga Region.

According to PIA-Caraga Regional Director Abner Caga, he and his staff have been receiving complaints through phone calls day after the service interruption of the state-owned telephone service provider in the city.

One client from Surigao City said that public service must not be sacrificed since communication is one of the most important services a government can give to the public.

Another subscriber from this city asked if concerned officials of ICTO as well as top officials of the government have knowledge on this matter.

Legaspi said that the Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative (ANECO) has disconnected their power supply around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22 as ICTO has failed to settle its electric bill. Also, the Butuan City Water District (BCWD) has cut-off their water supply recently while job order employees were not given salaries six months from now.

The ICTO under DOST was created through Executive Order (EO) 47 which transferred the former Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) from the Office of the President to the DOST, Legaspi said.

The ICTO is tasked to be the lead implementing agency of Government in all most of its ICT related efforts such as industry development, policy formulation, ICT infrastructure development, R&D, ICT capacity building for the public sector and administration of the E-Governance Fund.

The ICTO’s primary thrusts for 2011–2016 are in the areas of ICT Industry Development, E-Government, ICT Policy Development, ICT Infrastructure and Cybersecurity. Much of these directions are in line with the Philippine Digital Strategy, the Philippine Government’s masterplan on how to actively use information and communications technology in promoting economic and social growth, and in promoting efficiency in the delivery of public service. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


2 HEIs in Butuan applied for tuition fee increase – CHED

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 23 (PIA) -- The Commission on Higher Education (CHED)-Caraga Region today said two higher education institutions (HEIs) here have applied for a tuition fee increase effective academic year 2013-2014.

In a phone-patch interview over 107.8 Power FM this morning, Dr. Evangeline S. Dagaang, Education Supervisor II and in-charge of Business Related Program of CHED-Caraga said out of 56 HEIs in Caraga Region, only two have submitted their application for tuition fee increase. “This represents 3.57% of the total schools in the region,” she added.

Dr. Dagaang said the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) and AMA Computer Learning Center (ACLC) in this city have applied for nine percent and ten percent increase, respectively on tuition fee.

The official said the applications of the said HEIs were already forwarded to CHED Central Office in Manila and they are waiting for the result anytime this month.

She added upon the approval of the said applications, the two schools can immediately impose tuition fee increase.

However, Dagaang said under Section 3 of CHED Memorandum Order No. 3, series of 2012, incoming freshmen enrollees are not covered in the tuition fee increase.

The official added HEIs must post in their conspicuous places in their premises the schedule of tuition fees for incoming freshmen on or before February 28 of the academic year preceding the academic year that the rates are to take effect. HEIs shall also inform the concerned CHED Regional Offices of the same in writing on or before April 1. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


DAR distributes land titles to agrarian reform beneficiaries in Veruela

By Genalin P. Luis

AGUSAN DEL SUR, May 23 (PIA) -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) distributed the first batch of titles to 93 agrarian reform beneficiaries on March 21, 2013 Brgy. Sta. Emelia, Veruela, Agusan del Sur. The titles covered a total of 174.8756 hectares.

The distribution was led by the Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Paysal B. Tumog, Al hajj, CARPO Cristino P. Samputon, assisted by Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer Vilma S. Romero. The activity was also attended by the Administrative Officer, Guillermo Manluctao of LGU Veruela in behalf of Mayor Salimar T. Mondejar and Brgy. Captain Adelo P. Micutuan.

Unmindful of the searing heat, some beneficiaries had to walk few kilometers from their homes just to receive their titles in Brgy. Sta. Emelia Multi-purpose building where the titles were distributed.

With a happy face, Diosdado Noval, a 92 year-old farmer beneficiary stated, “ Tumang kalipay ang akong gibati nga aduna nay titulo ang akong yuta nga dugay na nako gitikad. ( I felt so much joy that the land I have cultivated for a long time is finally covered with a title).” We would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to the DAR who unceasingly helped us, starting from the identification of ARBs, free land surveys and other fees, and now giving us the titles. We are so happy that after so many years, finally, the lands that we have cultivated for several years have now been branded our very own”.

On the same day of the distribution, ARBs orientation was also conducted by the DAR and Municipal Assessor’s office where the farmer beneficiaries were being reminded of their obligations and responsibilities as such beneficiaries. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


OWWA-RWO 13 facilitates 10K livelihood grant

By Ritchel M. Molero

BUTUAN CITY, May 23 (PIA) -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office 13 in line with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the National Reintegration Center for OFWs “Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Program” continues to provide assistance for distressed and displaced Caraganon OFWs.

The Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Program aims to provide assistance to OFWs who are unsuccessful in their flight abroad due to the following reasons: maltreatment by the employer, poor working place/ condition, unpaid salary, contract violation, political unrest, global economic crisis, health problems and unjust termination from the employer.

On May 15-18, 2013, OWWA held a 4-day Entrepreneurship Development Training to 70 distressed and displaced OFWs. The training covers Values Re-Orientation, Financial Literacy, and Starting Your Own Business (SYOB). EDT is one of the requirements to avail the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Program. It grants 10,000.00 Pesos livelihood assistance to its beneficiaries. Other requirements include photocopy of passport and travel documents such as flight itinerary, tickets, referral letter from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and Visa.

Distressed and displaced Caraganon OFWs who participated the training were working in the Middle East generally as Household Service Workers while some worked as Engineers. A few were skilled workers in the sea-based-category.

Since January 7 to May 21, 2013, OWWA-RWO 13 has facilitated grants amounting to 970,000.00 Pesos to 97 distressed and displaced OFWs.

OWWA-RWO 13 encourages OFWs with inquiries regarding the program to visit their office at Nimfa Tiu Bldg. II at J. P. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City or call at 09399259895. (RER/OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Presidente Aquino mitudlo og bag-ong Associate Justice sa Court of Tax Appeals

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Mayo 23 (PIA) – Gitudlo ni Presidente Aquino niadtong Mayo 17 si Maria Belen Ringpis-Liban isip Associate Justice sa Court of Tax Appeals hulip kang Olga R. Palanca-Enriquez.

Si Ringpis-Liban gradwado sa kursong abogasiya sa UP College of Law, nagserbisyo isip regional trial court judge didto sa Malolos ug Quezon City. Nahimo usab siyang solicitor sa Office of the Solicitator General sukad niadtong 1988 hangtod 1996.

Gikan 1986 ngadto 1988, siya nagtrabaho isip confidential attorney sa Court of Appeals, siya usab nahimong legal associate sa PNCC ug Puruganan Ongkiko ug Chato Law office.

Gitudlo usab sa Presidente niadtong Mayo 17 si Teresita O. Hatta isip executive director sa Central Bank Board of Liquidators. Si Hatta maoy mihulip kang Leopoldo A. Abad Jr.

Si Hatta gradwado sa kursong Business Administration sa University of the Philippines. Siya nagtrabaho isip assistant governor sa Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Systems and Methods Office niadtong 2001 hangtod 2009.

Nahimo usab siyang managing director sa BSP alang sa Accounting and Information Technology ug kasamtangang chief accountant ug chief information officer sa BSP gikan 1997 hangtod 2001.

Nagserbisyo usab siya sa old Central Bank sa Pilipinas ug nagtrabaho usab sa SGV & Co. sulod sa unom ka tuig.

Ang lain pang uban nga natudlo mao sila Aurora Javate-de Dios isip representante sa Pilipinas didto sa Association of Southeast Asian Nations Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)