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PIA News Service - Saturday, October 26, 2013

NCIP Caraga reveals accomplishments

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 26 (PIA) – The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Caraga reported its accomplishments for the successful implementation of its programs.

According to Atty. Elsie A. Alejandro, officer-in-charge of NCIP Caraga, the region has 20 approved certificates of ancestral domain title (CADT) with total hectares of 471,474.59 and 67,700 beneficiaries.

Such titles formally recognized the rights of possession and ownership of Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs)/Indigenous Peoples (IP) over their ancestral domains identified and delineated in accordance with the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997.

“In Caraga region, there are 26 IP mandatory representatives who are now actively participating in the local legislative council,” bared Alejandro.

This means that IPs were given the opportunity to join the council in their respective municipalities to speak for their concerns that will serve the best interest among IPs.

NCIP Caraga has also implemented the Merit-based Scholarship and Educational Assistance program under an enhanced selection process of applicants in which the new scholarship grantees have benefitted from the augmentation of stipend per educational level.

“As of the 1st semester of SY 2013-2014, there are 351 grantees enrolled in elementary, 201insecondary and 326 in tertiary level with a total of 878 grantees,” she added.

To ensure that legitimate members of IPs/ICCs enjoy the rights accorded them by local, national and international instruments, NCIP Caraga has issued 142 Certificates of Confirmation (COC) of tribal membership with respective purposes.

Also, the commission has contributed several IP development services such as abaca production and fiber trading in Agusan del Sur; solar panel installation in 24 communities; and IP biodiversity project in Agusan Marsh area. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

PHL’s first Association for BPLOs receives orientation from DILG and DTI

By Don Manuelo o. Patrimonio

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 26 (PIA) - The Caraga Association of Business Permit and Licensing Officers (CABPLO) - the first association in the country exclusively created for the Business Permit and Licensing Officers (BPLO’s) registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) partnered with the regional offices of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in conducting a two (2) day orientation and refresher course for 84 participants from 58 Local Government Units (LGUs) in Caraga region recently, here

The activity was initiated by the DILG as a response to the number of newly designated BPLO’s resulting from the recently concluded midterm elections.

Dealt during the activity were: streamlining of business permit process; 2015 ASEAN Integration; Local Economic Development for LGUs Program (LED4LGUs), Local Investment and Incentive Code (LIIC); Business Planning; Anti-Red Tape Act (RA 9485); and the different standards pertaining to the BPLS reforms.

The DTI and DILG Caraga focal persons on the respective programs served as resource speakers during the activity. They also provided resource materials and activity kits.

The inclusion of the different programs on top of the streamlining business permit and licensing process was initiated by the DILG 13 Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion to better equip the LGU’s on the different programs that will affect their business competitiveness. It also prepares the LGU for the upcoming 2015 ASEAN Integration.

ASEAN, or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is an integrated geo-political, economic and socio-cultural organization among the ten Southeast Asian nations. The move for integration is slated on the 2015

The activity was one of the several lined up for the month-long celebration of the 22nd Local Government Code being celebrated this October. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)