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PIA News Service - Monday, September 9, 2013

Surigao Norte LGU leads 'Kapihan sa Kapitolyo'

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 9 (PIA) -- The Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte led recently a forum dubbed "Kapihan sa Kapitolyo," at the Provincial Convention Center, this city.

Gov. Sol Matugas said the forum, which is a semestral undertaking of the provincial government, provides a venue for the local chief executives, officials of different government agencies other stakeholders and members of the local tri-media to discuss pressing issues and problems in the province and city.

Several issues were discussed including the escalating prices of rice, scrapping of pork barrel, power curtailments affecting the economy of the province, alarming high rate of teenage pregnancy in Caraga Region being the number one in the country, insurgency problem in the mining site of THPAL, Taganito in Claver and the safety and compensation of its employees, rampant illegal drugs, security measures for the upcoming fiesta celebration, prevalence of illegal fishing or "LIBA-LIBA" in Siargao Island and the delayed construction of provincial hospital in Bas-ad, Placer.

The form was attended by Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas with officials and representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Health, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Commission on Elections, Department of Trade and Industry, Provincial Agriculture Office, Provincial Social Servicess Office, Provincial Health Office, Provincial Engineering Office, Provincial Planning and Development Office, Provincial Tourism Office and local tri-media. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)