8.22.2013

PIA News Service - Thursday, August 22, 2013

Regional public consultation on SK set in Butuan

By Don Manuelo Patrimonio

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) --The Department of the Interior and Local Government-XIII (DILG-13) in partnership with Fr. Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) will hold a regional public consultation on whether to institute reform or completely abolish the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK).

The half-day forum is slated on Friday, August 23 at the FSUU AVR2, this city.

Expected to join the consultation are representatives from SK, as well as from schools; youth organizations; Local Government Units leagues; National Line Agencies with youth concerns; key political leaders including Punong Barangays; and other Civil Society Organizations.

The public consultations are being done across the country and have been directed by the Office of the President and the DILG Central Office.

In a memorandum dated August 14, 2013, DILG Undersecretary Austere A. Panadero directed all DILG regions to conduct the public consultations within August 19-27 of this year.

He acknowledged that the country has always been at the forefront in Asia in promoting youth involvement in local governance through the SK, but he also cited that some sectors have raised issues regarding the effectiveness of SK as a mechanism for promoting youth leadership and engagement. It is because of this that two general views have been raised regarding the SK: one is to institute reforms to the SK structure and delivery systems, and the other was extreme—to abolish the SK in its entirety.

The result of the consultation will be the region’s position in response to the matter which will be considered in the whole discussion about the eventual fate of the youth’s participation in local governance. (FEA/DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)





DILG Caraga pays tribute to SILG Robredo

By Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio

BUTUAN CITY, August 22 (PIA) - Personnel of the Department of the Interior and Local Government – Caraga Region (DILG-13) during their Monday convocation commemorated the first death anniversary of its fallen leader, DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo.

In her address, Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion emphasized the necessary traits of government employees and officials as lived out and exemplified by SILG Robredo.

Using the acronym P.U.B.L.I.C. S.E.R.V.A.N.T., Director Famacion spelled out the challenge for all public servants: People, the ones that the government serves—should always be the priority concern; Unity, that the call to serve is a concerted effort; Braveness to do what is right and necessary, even it makes one unpopular; Liability that whatever they do should be in accordance with public trust; Integrity, that they abide by moral principles and professionalism; Courtesy should be practiced at all times, to everyone they encounter; Service acts that go beyond oneself and walking the extra mile; Energy to serve effectively public servants need to be physically and mentally fit, which necessitates rest, reinvigoration or if needed—retirement; Responsiveness, that actions must be timely; Vigilance, that all should be aware of the issues and concerns that the nation is facing; Accountability, that all transactions be accounted for; Nobility, that public servants maintain decency and act honorably at all times; and Tsinelas Leadership, that despite the authority or influence public servants might possess, they should still remain humble and modest.

The event ended the convocation by viewing a tribute video that encapsulated the life and works of SILG Robredo and his contributions to the work for good governance and the tuwid na daan.

“This served to motivate the DILG personnel to emulate the kind of leader and more importantly, the kind of servant that SILG Robredo was in order to become his legacy and carry out his work, not just one year later, but for years and generations to come,” said Famacion.

After all, it was attributed to SILG Robredo that “for this country to succeed, we need to make heroes of the ordinary people—we need to make heroes of ourselves,” she added. (FEA/DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)




AgSur town joins DepEd's 'Rapid Disaster Review on Armed Conflict'workshop

By Juvanie Espana

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Aug. 22 (PIA) -- The local government unit of Loreto has joined the Department of Education (DepEd) here in conducting "Rapid Disaster Review on Armed Conflict.

Mayor Dario E. Otaza joined 455 teachers during the one-day activity led by Dr. Juan Sabanal, Andresa Enriquez, and other DepEd officials.

The activity aimed in assessing the current peace and order situation as well as the plight of teachers in conflict-stricken barangays.

In his message, Otaza emphasized that one of his priority programs is the stabilization of peace and order in the municipality.

He said the on-going conflict between the New People’s Army (NPA) and the military in the barangays of Kauswagan, Sabud and in the neighboring barangays of San Mariano and Binucayan have been partially resolved.

He assured that the peace and order situation in these areas had already normalized, although rallies of some groups believed to be cohorts of the NPA are continuously staged in the provincial capitol and in Davao City, he said.

He encouraged the people, especially teachers assigned in the affected areas, to be calm and continue perform their duties.

He further called on his constituents to support the campaign of the local government to resist the influence of the CPP/NPA.

During the activity, the Municipal Information Services presented the details of the Peace and Order program of the local government unit.

The present government here, within just several months, have already identified the problems and actions were taken especially those that involved the problems of teachers.

Col. Jose Leonard Guille, Battalion Commander of the 26th Infantry Battalion; Ligaya Lentija-Otaza, chairperson of Loreto Municipal Tourism Council; and several municipal councilors of the town were guests in the activity. (FEA/LGU-Loreto/PIA-Caraga)