PIA News Service - Saturday, July 27, 2013

City gov't lines-up activities for this year’s ‘Adlaw Hong Butuan’ celeb

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 27 (PIA) -- The city government here has lined-up activities for this year’s ‘63rd Adlaw Hong Butuan’ celebration on August 2.

On July 25, the city government thru the City Tourism Office conducted the Butuanon Quiz Bee and Extemporaneous Speech dubbed “Speak Butuanon Drive” held at the City Library with students from different schools as participants of said activities.

On July 26, awarding of land titles to some Butuanons was conducted at the city hall grounds while on June 27, the city government through Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr will have its radio guesting to intensify its ‘Speaking Butuanon’ Campaign.

On July 28, the Abayan Festival will be celebrated at the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) grounds through a procession at 5:30 am to assemble at St. Joseph Cathedral; Thanksgiving Mass at 7:00 am; Program, Games and Fluvial Procession at 8:30 am at the Agusan River; Araw ng Leon Kilat at 2:00 pm; and SMB Night at 7:00 pm.

On July 29, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga will be spearheading the Police Community Relation celebration with a tree planting activity at 5:00 am, Run and Sing for Peace, as well as the Orientation and Workshop for Tourist Police. On the same day, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga is also set to hold its Trade Fair and Exhibit at the Almont Inland Resort.

On July 30, Culmination activities for the Nutrition Month celebration will be conducted at 8:00 am. The DTI-Caraga will also launch its Small-Medium Enterprise Roving Academy at 9:00 am.

On July 31, the members of the Association of Caraga Executives (ACE) will have its meeting with the city mayor to discuss economic gains of Butuan especially as being the Regional Center of Caraga region.

On August 1, a Mass Wedding will be held at the Blanghai Hotel and Convention Center at 8:00 am. At the same time, a Mega Jobs Fair is set at the Almont Inland Resort.

Meanwhile, on August 2, Butuanons will participate in the Thanksgiving Mass – 7:00 am at the Cathedral, to be followed by the following activities: Floral Offering at the tomb of Congressman Marcos Mordeno Calo (Father of Butuan City) at the Zamora Cemetery; Motorcade; People’s Summit and Shared Service Facility Launching; LUmbia Festival; and Employees Night of the city government of Butuan.

City Tourism Officer Mary Jane Tutaan also invites everyone to watch the cast of ‘Please be careful with my Heart’ Teleserye – Mr. Richard Yap (Sir Chief) and Ms. Jodi Santa Maria (Maya) to perform live concert at the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Gymnasium, 7:00 pm.

Adlaw Hong Butuan is the Charter Day celebration of Butuan. On August 2, 1950, Butuan became a city by virtue of Republic Act No. 523.

President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared August 2, which falls on a Friday, as a special (non-working) day in Butuan City northeastern part of the Agusan Valley, Mindanao, in celebration of its “63rd Adlaw Hong Butuan.” (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DTI-Caraga inks MOA with FSUU on streamlining of region’s BPLS

By Marson Jan S. Dolendo

BUTUAN CITY, July 27 (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Caraga Regional Office entered into a memorandum of agreement with Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) to conduct a validation survey on the implementation of the streamlining of Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) among select local government units (LGUs) in the region.

The MOA was signed by DTI Caraga regional director Brielgo O. Pagaran and FSUU president Rev. Fr. John Christian U. Young.

The survey aims to assess the level of improvement in the system getting a new or renewing a Mayor’s/Business permit with LGUs that are implementing BPLS. This will be done through a face-to-face interview with 200 business owners or their employees and staff who have applied for new/renewal of their Mayor’s/Business permits.

The survey, to be conducted from July 15, 2013 to August 15, 2013, will cover ten LGUs in the region namely: Butuan City, Cabadbaran City, Bayugan City, Surigao City, Tandag City, Bislig City, Nasipit of Agusandel Norte, San Francisco of Agusan del Sur, Claver of Surigao del Norte and Barobo of Surigao del Sur.

It will focus on the level of satisfaction of the respondents as to how long did it take them to process their permits, number of steps they have undertaken, the fees they have paid and the number of signatories before they were issued with the corresponding permits. Results of this survey will be used in identifying areas that needs to be strengthened and improved by the LGUs concerned.

This project is in coordination with the Department of the Interior and Local Government and members of Regional Competitiveness Council-Caraga.

The project is part of the nationwide validation project of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), a public-private partnership tasked to track and build long term competitiveness of the country through policy reforms, project implementation, institution-building, performance monitoring and goal-setting. NCC is chaired by DTI Secretary Gregory L. Domingo and co-chaired by Mr. Guillermo R. Luz of the private sector and former executive director of the Makati Business Club. (FEA/MSSD Info Service, DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)