1.28.2014

Caraga RCC member agencies give updates on their programs, services

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 28 (PIA) - The Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) chaired by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga regional director Atty. Johnson Cañete with the presence of the regional heads and representatives from its attached agencies reported each of their offices’ plans, updates on its programs and services, as well as job opportunities, during its first press conference for this year held on Wednesday at DOLE’s regional conference room here.

Atty. Johnson Cañete, DOLE-Caraga regional director and RCC chair said that their agency is focused to provide a more technology-driven and resource-based livelihood wherein beneficiaries are really able to sustain the programs.

"Among other existing programs, DOLE-Caraga is also implementing the Emergency Employment Program which include during disasters. We hired people to work for a specific task for a maximum of 30 days and we give them the minimum wage," added Cañete.

Board Secretary Earl dela Victoria of the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (RTWPB) Caraga reported that the wage board is continuously conducting Productivity and Service Quality Trainings to personnel and management of the business establishments in the region.

"We also conduct Wage Clinic in the provinces of Caraga," he added.

Olga Virginia Demata, representing Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) in Caraga relayed that they have just established last year its office in Butuan City and is continuously coordinating with other government agencies and media to intensify its networking/convergence. "To our media partners, please help us on our advocacy for the employees that they be properly informed of their rights and benefits.

Also, National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) Caraga regional director Atty. Ligaya Lumbay announced a zero percent strike incident in Caraga last year, 2013. "This is because of the convergence efforts of the DOLE and its attached agencies thru its harmonious relationship with the labor and management sectors. We continue to aim for this year to achieve a 0 percent strike rate in the region,” she stressed.

Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA) Caraga regional director Florencio Sunico Jr. also revealed that the implementation of its Special Training Employment Program is ongoing. "As to our bottom-up-budgeting, P13-M is inserted into the budget of TESDA for the 25 local government units in Caraga that have submitted their project proposals to us. We also have the New Scholarship Fund with a P1.2-B budget," he added.

"We are calling on the families of the Overseas Filipino Workers who are left behind to take advantage of the OWWA's Tulay Program, wherein they will be oriented and trained on the use of computer and internet and they could continuously communicate with their loved ones abroad," said Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga regional director Petrona Bergado.

Bergado further bared that they are conducting orientation and training on its pre-departure program wherein workers to be deployed abroad learn the ethics and culture of the country which they will be working with, as well as the conduct of lectures on basic Arabic language, among others. 

Meanwhile, Amalia Paquibo, LEO II of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Caraga encouraged the public especially the unemployed to participate in the Jobs Fair on February 1-2, 2014 to be sponsored by the Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte, and on Feb. 22 at the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Gymnasium.

For labor and employment concerns, Cañete called on the public to visit their office at Nimfa Tiu Building, J. Rosales Avenue, this city or call at (085) 342-9503; 342-9606. “If you have issues and concerns to our attached agencies, just let us know and we will be glad to bring it up to them or you may visit their offices as well,” he said. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DILG Surigao Norte intensifies support services to LGUs

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Jan. 28 (PIA) – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Surigao del Norte Provincial Office has intensified its implementation of its support services to local government units through the implementation of Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS) and Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) or Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) and Full Disclosure Policy (FDP).

DILG Technical Officer Mary Jane Lepiten said during the Governor’s Dialogue with Local Officials held recently at the Surigao City Cultural Center that the LGPMS and SGLG served as performance assessment tools that will measure the Local Government’s performance and state of development using sets of indicators, primarily used as inputs to local executive and legislative actions and provides systematic collection and reporting of local governance information via web-based application which emphasize the integrity and good performance of the LGUs.

"While FDP is a government’s policy that requires local officials of provinces, cities, and municipalities to fully disclose particular financial transactions of the LGU to keep their constituents informed of how the LGU’s budget is managed, disbursed and used, mandated under R.A 9184 or otherwise known as Government Procurement Reform Act," she said.

Lepiten also said that the LGPMS, SGLG and FDP aimed to elevate the practice of good governance, and recognize local governments that demonstrated good practices in internal housekeeping such as good planning, sound fiscal management, and valuing of performance information to sustain accountability and transparency.

“The Seal of Good Local Governance is a requirement in accessing the Performance Challenge Fund, given to local governments to finance development projects under the LGUs Annual Investment Program (AIP) and funded out of the 20 percent Local Development Fund, consistent with the Millennium Development Goals of the national government,” Lepiten added. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Surigao's business one-stop shop hits P31.2M revenue

By Darryl P. Pinabacdao

SURIGAO CITY, Jan 28 (PIA) – The city government’s “business one-stop shop” here has recorded a total number of 2,700 business permits issued with a total income revenue of P31.2 million, said a city department official recently.

Business Permit and Licensing Office chief Ernesto Kang, who led the BOSS event held in the city gymnasium, said the business licensing one-stop shop is a simplified new business registration process held every January to make it easy for businessmen in securing or renewing their business permits as the agencies required in the documents such as City Health Office and Sanitary Inspection, Bureau of Fire Protection, City Treasurer, among others, are in one location at the City Hall.

"This is to provide a simple, effective, transparent and to fast track the processing of business permit applications and renewals," Kang said.

He then extended his thanks to all the supportive and honest businessmen who supported the activity and for paying their taxes in exact amount. (DPP/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


PopCom inks partnership with ANHS for establishment of youth center

By Angie Balen-Antonio

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 28 (PIA) - Alarmed on the increasing incidence of teenage pregnancy, the Commission on Population (PopCom) entered into an agreement with Agusan National High School (ANHS) recently on a project entitled Establishment and Operationalization of ANHS Youth Center in this city.

The partnership is concretized through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement with PopCom Executive Director Juan Antonio A. Perez III and ANHS Principal, Dr. Eduardo G. Corro.

PopCom regional director Alexander A. Makinano said that the project is a joint initiative of PopCom and ANHS in addressing high incidence of teenage pregnancy in the region.

The ANHS Youth Center will serve as focal point for providing services and information on health and sexuality for the youth through workshops, counseling, alternative recreation activities including sports, and training that will promote the self-esteem of young people.

The PopCom official is hoping that with the operationalization of the ANHS Youth Center  will help promote behavior change among the teenagers to be more responsible in their sexuality.   

RD Makinano underscored that the Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program (AHYDP) aims to reduce the incidence of teenage pregnancies, early sexual involvement, early marriages, and other reproductive health problems.

It can be recalled in the 2011 Family Health Survey, teenage fertility in Caraga has increased from 7 percent (7 teenage mothers in every 100) in 2006  to 15 percent (15 in every 100) in 2011, thus ranking the region  number 1 throughout the country. (PopCom-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: GSIS magbibigay ng pang emerhensiyang pautang sa mga miyembrong tinamaan ng bagyong ‘Agaton' mula sa Northeast Mindanao

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Enero 28 (PIA) - Ang Government Service Insurance System ay magbibigay ng pang emerhensiyang pautang sa mahigit 48 miyembro na nagtatrabaho o naninirahan sa mga lugar na sinalanta ng bagyong ‘Agaton ‘ at nagdeklara na isinasalilalim ng state of emergency ng National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Kasali sa mga lugar na ito ang mga lalawigan ng Agusan del Norte (kasama na ang lunsod ng Butuan), Agusan del Sur, Lanao del Norte (kasama nag lunsod ng Iligan), Surigao del Norte at mga bayan ng Kalong, Carmen, Asuncion, New Corella at lungsod ng Tagum sa Davao del Norte.

Ang mga miyembro ay maaring mag-apply ng naturang pautang simula Enero 24, 2014 hanggang Pebrero 22, 2014. Sila ay maaring mag-apply sa kahit saang sangay ng GSIS sa ilalim ng kanyang “file anywhere” na polisiya o sa pamamagitan ng GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System GWAPS) kiosk na nakalagak sa mga panlalawigang kapitolyo, pamahalaang panlunsod, piniling mga bahay pamahalaan ng mga bayan at malalaking ahensiya.

Mga portable kiosk ay dadalhi din at ilalagak sa mga piling lugar para maisaayos ang pautang ng mga apektadong miyembro. Ang mga miyembro ay maaring magsamantala ng naturang pang emerhensiyang pautang kung sila ay hindi naka leave of absence na walang sahod; walang naiwang utang sa pagbayad ng sapilitang buwanang contribusyon; at walang utang na nadeklarang pinabayaan.

Ang mga miyembrong walang eCards pero maaring nang mag apply ng pautang ay maaring mag apply sa loob mismo ng tanggapan ng GSIS. Ang matanggap na pautang ay itatala sa temporaryong eCard.

Ang GSIS ay naglaan ng kabuuang Php 5 billion para sa pang emerhensiyang pautang sa taong ito. Noong 2013, ang GSIS ay nagpalabas ng Php5.7 billion sa pang emerhensiyang pautang na nakapagbigay benepisyo sa humigit kumulang 304 na miyembro,

Para sa mga katanungan tungkol sa pang emerhensiyang pautang, ang mga miyambro ay maaring tumawag sa GSIS contact center sa telepono numero 847-4747. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)