4.26.2014

Surigao City Mayor cites major accomplishments on social devt

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

SURIGAO CITY, Apr. 25 (PIA) – Mayor Ernesto “Nitoy” Matugas of the city government here, reported major accomplishments of his administration during his fourth State of Local Governance Performance Report (SLGPR), held on Thursday at the city’s gymnasium.

“In 2013, the city government through the City Social Welfare Office spent more than P39.9 million for the implementation of social welfare and development programs and services serving a total of 46,596 individuals coming from vulnerable sectors and those in crisis and difficult situations,” cited Matugas.

Matugas, further announced that one of the highlights of 2013 was the blessing and inauguration of the Bahay Pag-asa, a project that was started before his term. “This halfway home designed to provide custodial, transition and rehabilitation care for children in conflict with the law is located in Barangay Anomar. This project was realized not only for the purpose of complying with Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, but more so for the welfare and rehabilitation of children who run in conflict with the law,” he said.

The city was also given an award for “Best Local Government Unit Support in the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program Implementation in Caraga Region” where 7,259 indigent families were served in 2013 with a total funding of almost P15 million.

“2,100 pre-school children in 85 Day Care Centers were able to complete year–round sessions on value inculcation, motor development, language competency, cognitive and adaptive skills and spiritual development. A total of P4.8 million was spent for supplementary feeding of pre-schoolers in 2013,” he added.

It was also heard from the city mayor that the residential center for street children continued to provide home care and other type of services to abandoned and neglected children. Five children were given medical assistance and 19 children were eventually reintegrated to their families. A total of 24 non-government organizations and private individuals donated in kind supplies and food items for the children.

The operation of the Surigao City Crisis Center was sustained and the facility renovated to improve the delivery of services for women and children who were victims of abuse, exploitation and violence.  During the year, 145 children and 257 women victims of abuse and violence were served, and another 52 children who were in conflict with the Law.

Matugas also emphasized in his report that various activities geared towards the mainstreaming of gender and development (GAD) in local governance and to promote women and children’s rights were pursued. “Among others, these include the Observance of the 18-day campaign against Violence against Women and their Children, the celebration of the Women’s month and the International Women’s Day, advocacy campaigns through the year-round display of relevant topics in the GAD Bulletin Board within the city hall compound as well as the publication of the GAD newsletter - the Nickel Gender Net,” he said.

When it comes to programs for the persons with disabilities, Matugas reported that some 497 individuals has benefitted the programs and services of the city government. “Support for 11,451 elderly people was also sustained, and 687 were covered by the P4.1 million Social Pension Program of the DSWD,” he claimed.

Meanwhile, with the onslaught of several typhoons, in particular, typhoon Yolanda last November, the city government provided food assistance to 13,151 affected families consisting of 28,426 individuals in evacuation centers.

In addressing the needs of the couples, the City Population Office led the conduct of pre-marriage counseling sessions for 378 would-be couples, responsible parenting classes to 1,450 couples, as well as Adolescent Heath and Youth Development advocacy activities. These are all part of strengthening the Filipino family as the basic unit of the society.

“These are just some of the highlights of our accomplishments for the year 2013 on social development. The city government will do its best to reach more individuals in the community and make these programs and services of the local government readily available to them,” stressed Matugas. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao City chief exec implements programs for housing, peace and order

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

SURIGAO CITY, Apr. 25 (PIA) – Mayor Ernesto “Nitoy” Matugas of this city has implemented significant programs for housing and resettlement, peace and security, disaster preparedness and sports development, as mentioned on his fourth State of Local Governance Performance Report (SLGPR), held on Thursday at the city’s gymnasium.

“On housing resettlement efforts, the Urban Development and Housing Division facilitated the collection of P1.204-million from the lot payments of housing beneficiaries at the Canlanipa Housing Project and other pertinent fees. The City Urban Development and Housing Council (CUDHOC) also convened regularly to appropriately act upon disputes relating to lot occupancy and vendee of rights. There were five resolutions passed by the council last year,” recalled Matugas.

Matugas, further said that most of its significant achievements under housing program is the acquisition of the 7-hectare property in Barangay Cagniog which the city government will be developing it into a Socialized Housing Project. “I am pleased to announce that the National Housing Authority has already approved the grant funding for the development of the site in the amount of P22-million,” he remarked.

Also, the police operational accomplishments in 2013 include the following: 24 operations on anti-illegal drugs that resulted to the arrest of 35 people and the confiscation of a total of P401,000 worth of illegal drugs; operations against illegal gambling; campaign against illegal logging resulting to the confiscation of more than 4,500 board feet of illegally cut lumber.

Matugas also announced that the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the city received five handheld radios from React Philippines Miner’s Group, two XRM motorcycles from the business sector, a multi-cab vehicle from the city government, and a computer set from Silangan Mining Corporation to assist the station in its day to day operations.

On Jail Management, the Mayor bared that the 36-personnel strength of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) here has maintained a ZERO-escape and the disturbance-free environment, as well as ZERO presence of Illegal drugs at the City Jail. At the end of the year, the average jail population was 181 (nine females and 172 males) inmates.

Inmate rehabilitation programs include: accreditation and equivalency test for Alternative Learning Systems (ALS) of inmate students; Therapeutic Community and Modality Program (TC) as a self-help social learning treatment model used for clients with problems of drug abuse and other behavioral problems; various livelihood projects; sports activities; information drives and free legal consultation. The inmates were also allowed to exercise their right of suffrage during the 2013 national and barangay elections. The City Parole and Probation Office (CPPO) completed 68 investigation cases reflecting a completion rate of 100 percent. The office supervised 140 probationers and 29 Parolees.

Also, in the area of Fire Prevention, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) conducted 1,413 fire safety inspections in different establishments, processed 3,433 business permits and reviewed 153 building plans. Furthermore, the station conducted 31 fire drills, 78 fire safety lectures, and activated eight fire brigades. The regular Monday Fire Safety Seminar/Lecture at the lobby of Surigao City Fire Station was also sustained.

“Through the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) we have sustained the operations of the Emergency Response Services unit (formerly known as QART).  With the support of the BFP, our city health office and non-government organizations, a total of 3,049 emergency calls were responded to. Other support services during typhoons, patient transport and others are also sustained,” mentioned Matugas.

It was also learned that there were several Basketball tournaments in various levels conducted, basketball sports clinic, inter-school chess tournament and our city employees’ sportsfest are among the activities pursued. “We would like to thank our schools both public and private for continuously supporting these events,” expressed Matugas.

The good mayor also emphasized that the city government provides support to local private swimming clubs composed of pupils and students from both private and public schools.

“They have consistently brought honor not only to their respective schools but to our city as well. It should be noted that our swimmers were instrumental in realizing the first ever highest finish for our city schools at 2nd Place Overall during the recently concluded Caraga Regional Athletic Meet held at Tandag City early this year. No less than 26 gold medals come from the swimming team,” he proudly announced. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


State of city address highlights Surigao’s accomplishments in 2013

By Venus L. Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, Apr. 24 (PIA) – The State of Local Governance Report rendered today by City mayor Ernesto T. Matugas during the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod at the city auditorium highlighted last year’s significant performances and recognitions.

“For the third consecutive year, we are once again a Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) awardee (silver category) by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). The SGH is given to local government units as recognition for good governance performance in internal housekeeping particularly on four areas, namely good planning; sound fiscal management; transparency and accountability; and valuing of performance monitoring,” bared Matugas.

Mayor Matugas cited another recognition of the town being considered by National Competitiveness Council as the 13th most competitive city in the Philippines.

He said that being on the top 13 out of the 122 cities that was surveyed and rated is already a significant achievement for a small city like Surigao competing with highly urbanized cities and metropolitan cities all over the country.

“Since my incumbency beginning in 2010, we have been the Regional Winner of the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi for two consecutive years in 2011 and 2012. This is of course on top of all the other accolades we have received through the years which include the retaining of the award as Child-Friendly City in 2012, Regional Winner as Best 4Ps Program Implementer, and several others,” reiterated Matugas.

The mayor further pointed these out as a product of greater cooperation and convergence with the local legislators especially the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, departments in the city government office, various national government agencies, civil society groups, business sector and the academe.

In his speech, he also acknowledged the contribution of the provincial government headed by governor Sol F. Matugas and that of the constituents. “This state of local governance report is a product of all our efforts and joint undertakings,” underscored Matugas.

“Your overwhelming support is indeed heartwarming and this will truly provide us with a stronger resolve to work harder with the reforms and initiatives we have made for the greater benefit of our people,” he added.
          
In its entirety, the mayor’s state of local governance report covered the aspects on governance and administration, social development, economic development, environmental management, and infrastructure development. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao City LGU to focus on organic agriculture

By Venus L. Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, Apr. 25 (PIA) – The promotion of agricultural, fisheries and livestock development with special focus on organic agriculture formed part of the many priorities set by the city government of Surigao as emphasized during the State of Local Governance Report (SLGR) of city mayor Ernesto Matugas held at the city auditorium on Thursday, Apr. 24.

Matugas stated that his administration will be implementing more farm-to-market road projects and other livelihood support for farming and fishing communities under the auspices of the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Program (DA-PRDP) and the national funds accessed for local poverty reduction projects.

“With the completion of the updated feasibility study, we will continue finding ways to access funds for the implementation of the P390 million Surigao City Fishing Port Project. The proposal is already endorsed to Sangguniang Panlungsod for their review and approval,” declared Matugas.

The Surigao City Agri-Fisheries and Agro-Industrial Development (SAFIDEV) Program will be in the forefront of this undertaking. He said that various projects for farm development, fisheries and livestock shall be sustained, strengthened and expanded.

The mayor reiterated that with the assistance from the DA Caraga, they were able to distribute various types of farm equipment and machineries to farmers’ associations and cooperatives costing more than P7 million.

“This is line with our ongoing promotion of farm mechanization to support greater production. We were able to access an amount of P8.5 million for the implementation of different projects in 2014,” bared Matugas.

Also, another P7 million worth of fishery projects will be implemented under the Bottoms-Up Budgeting 2014 funding.

To further sustain the livestock industry, institutional support were provided to increase the capabilities of local producers.

The priority projects enumerated by mayor Matugas in his SLGR likewise include the improvement of solid waste management system, development of new site for socialized housing, improvement of local revenue generation, among others. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


2015 Natl Caving Summit set in Surigao City

By Venus L. Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, Apr. 25 (PIA) – Another milestone in tourism promotion is achieved by the local government here when the city won the bid to host the 2015 National Caving Summit.

This was revealed by city mayor Ernesto Matugas in his State of the Local Governance Report on Thursday, Apr. 24.

“The cave system in Brgy. Silop consisting of about 14 caves is one that we should be proud of and where we will hand in hand preserve for all generations to enjoy,” said Matugas.

Meanwhile, the city is including in its priority list of plans and projects the increase access to tourism attractions in the islands.

Matugas said that with the favorable consideration and approval of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, they hope to purchase this year the first tourist inter-island vessel which will provide a quality transport facility to support the promotion of island tours.

He, further said that the city’s tourist arrivals for 2013 reached a record high of 202,261, registering a two percent growth compared to 2012 tourist arrival of 197,987.

“Our top foreign markets are countries in the North America region with 4,308 arrivals, from East Asia ranked second with 4,044, followed by Australia/Pacific countries which ranked third with 3,424, Western Europe as fourth with 862, and Northern Europe with 854 arrivals,” specified Matugas.
                                                
“These plans are just but the tip of our priorities but our programs, as evidenced by this report, remain encompassing and addressing development in all fronts. With your continued support to my leadership and administration, especially the new mandate you have given me last election, rest assured that I will pursue the same level of performance that you have come to know,” added Matugas. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


DA, LGUs tie knot for agri devt

By Aurelius P. Arais

BUTUAN CITY, April 25 (PIA) - “Bridging the Gap, Touching the Heart.”  So goes the battle cry of the AgriPinoy framework.

Adhering to such call and to bring the Department of Agriculture (DA) closer to the people and the local government units in Caraga, a forum with the local government unit officials was conducted recently in one of the convention centers in the city.

The forum was attended by local chief executives from different LGUs in Caraga with Governor Eddie Bong Plaza of Agusan del Sur taking part in the discussions and offering solutions to issues on prompt releases of project funds.

Other attendees were vice mayors, sangguniang bayan members, agriculture and veterinary officers, planning officers, accountants and the academe.

Nicandro Navia Jr., newly appointed OIC Regional Technical Director (RTD) for Research and Regulatory, likened the said forum to a marriage ceremony wherein open communication is vital for a successful union.

“DA and LGU are bonded together as one with mutual love, respect, and support to a long-lasting working relationship for the common good of Caraganons,” Navia said.

Agricultural situation in the region as well as various programs and interventions being offered by the aggie department was discussed by Field Operations Division (FOD) officer-in-charge Rebecca Atega which clarified issues on the access of DA projects by the LGUs for agricultural development and the betterment of their constituents.

LGUs were also informed the guidelines and requirements in accessing DA funds for Agri related projects which starts by their submission of a letter of intent or proposal to avail DA interventions for corn, rice, livestock, high value crops development program, infrastructure, organic agriculture as well as special projects.

With the conduct of the said activity, DA RFO 13 is optimistic to a stronger partnership with the local government units for the development of the agricultural sector in Caraga Region. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)


PDI, MARINA hold dialogue with boat operators in Dinagat

By Ma. Jane Mayola

DINAGAT ISLANDS, Apr. 25 (PIA) – The provincial government here through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) conducted a one-day dialogue/conference with the Dinagat Islands boat/vessel operators on April 23, 2014 held at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session Hall, Cuarinta, San Jose, this province.

The activity aims to institutionalize the boat/vessels safety operation protocols in the province and to ensure safety of the commuters and recognize as well the boat/vessel operators.

MARINA 13 regional director Emmanuel B. CarpiO, the event's guest of honor, discussed and assessed the sea worthiness of the passenger vessel operating within the jurisdiction of the province.


Acting governor Benglen B. Ecleo presided the dialogue/conference participated by around 32 pumpboat/ vessel operators in the province. (SDR/PDI/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


Dinagat Islands holds workshop on mapshop, hazard profiling

By Jorge Daligdig

DINAGAT ISLANDS, Apr. 25 (PIA) - The provincial government here through the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) conducted a 3-day Mapshop and Hazard Profiling held recently at Gateway Hotel, Surigao City.

The three-day training-workshop was aimed to orient and capacitate the mappers/cartographers of the provincial and municipal local government units to enhance and generate maps for Provincial and Municipal Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs) and hazard-exposed areas and to settle boundary conflicts between municipalities and its barangays, and to fast-track the crafting and completion of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA), and to enhance the Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP).

The activity was facilitated by Graciela Harting and Julius Espejon from the Technical Division of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga Regional Office.

Participants of the said activity were mappers/cartographers from seven municipalities of the province, technical staff from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-PENRO, PPDO, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG). (SDR/PDI-PPDO/PIA-Dinagat Islands)