Friday, February 14, 2014

87 pairs wed during 'Kasalan sa Valentines Day' in Surigao City



By Susil D. Ragas



SURIGAO CITY, Feb. 14 (PIA) – A total of 87 couples from the different city barangays exchanged their vows during the mass wedding ceremony held Friday at the city auditorium here.

The mass wedding dubbed “Kasalan sa Valentines Day” is an annual activity spearheaded by the city government of Surigao thru the City Local Civil Registry Office.

City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas, who served as solemnizing officer, encouraged the newly-weds not to forget and always keep in mind that the formal wedding ceremonies is only one aspect of a healthy marriage.

“There are several more area of concerns that you as a couple should both work on to keep the flame and attraction, the faith in each other, and of course the most important element of loving each other, remain forever until death and even beyond death,” Matugas said.

The oldest groom of this year’s 'Kasalan sa Valentines Day' is 63 years old and the oldest bride is 57 years from Barangay Luna, while the youngest groom is 19 years old and the youngest bride is 18 years old from Sitio Cayutan, Brgy. Cagniog, this city. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Scholarship program to continue, Agnor solon hints



BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 14 (PIA) – In an interview this morning, Agusan del Norte First District Representative Lawrence “Law” Fortun hinted that the scholarship program of the government, facilitated through the district constituency office, will continue and remains available to constituents of the Butuan City and Las Nieves.

This is to quell unsolicited rumors that with the scrapping of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF), government scholarship programs, mostly sourced from the controversial fund, and facilitated to the congressional districts will also put to end. The solon is cognizant of the expressed concerns of students and parents and has intensely lobbied with the national government to continue the implementation the program, as this has helped a lot of students in the past.

To cushion the impact of the new system of identifying priority projects to the congressional district,

Fortun added that the district constituency office was able to synchronize efforts with the regional line agencies – giving impetus to convergence and coordination in response to much needed development initiatives of the district.

In the same interview, Fortun also proclaimed that not only the scholarship grant remains available, but it will even be expanded as well. This is to reach an even greater number of poor and equally deserving students next school year. (NCLM/LAWig Katawhan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Hands-on training on GSIS eBCS set in Butuan



BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 14 (PIA) – The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Butuan branch will conduct a hands-on training on the GSIS Electronic Billing and Collection System (eBCS) on February 18 here.

According to Belen Talita, branch manager of GSIS Butuan, the hands-on training  aims to introduce the enhancements to the compulsory premiums and loan repayments billing and remittance process of the agency.

Talita is requesting the administrative/finance officer, electronic remittance file (ERF) handler, and the agency authorized officers (AAO) of the different national government agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations, state universities, local government units, and congressional districts to attend the said activity.

During the activity, the agency concerned personnel will be shown the features of the new system and will be guided through an actual procedure to prepare them as users for the ensuring full implementation of GSIS eBCS, Talita added.

The activity will be held at the second floor of the GSIS Butuan branch office in Libertad, this city. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)