Wednesday, June 11, 2014

DILG-13 encourages LGUs to comply with the Seal of Good Local Governance

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga headed by regional director Lilibeth Famacion, concurrent co-chairperson of the Regional Development Council – Development Administration Committee (RDC-DAC) encouraged the local government units in the region to comply with the requirements for the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) and be an awardee.

“The SGLG is a scaled up performance recognition for LGUs (province/city/municipality) with exemplar efforts in good governance while providing better public services,” bared Joy Jayoma, SGLG focal person of DILG-Caraga.

Jayoma revealed that from the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) which focuses only on the aspect of transparency (Full Disclosure Policy compliance) and accountability (Commission on Audit findings), the SGLG has six performance areas with three assessment areas considered as core and the other three as essential performance.

“These areas are the following: Core Performance Areas – Good Financial Housekeeping (sustain the transparency and accountability in the use of public funds; Disaster Preparedness (prepare for challenges posed by disasters); Social Protection (demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of the vulnerable and marginalized sectors of society). For the Essential Performance Areas, it include the following: Business Frienliness and Competitiveness (encourage investment and employment); Peace and Order (protect constituents from threats to life and security; and Environmental Management (safeguard the integrity of the environment),” announced Jayoma.

It was also learned that the SGLG embraces 3+1 principle where LGUs must have to pass the three core assessment areas plus one in any of the essential assessment areas.

“The SGLG will be implemented starting this year with the Regional Assessment Team (RAT) to conduct cross-posting of LGUs. The RAT is composed of one DILG team leader, another DILG technical staff, CSO representative and one from the national government agency – being partners in the implementation,” Jayoma added.

The conferment of award will be in October of each year. Thus, LGUs that pass the SGLG are entitled to better rewards such as: Performance Challenge Fund, Access to Program Windows of NGAs; Continuing Capacity; and Access to Loans.

Also, Jayoma clarified that for LGUs that do not hurdle the SGLG, they will still be given interventions on the following: Continuing Capacity Development especially in areas where LGU is weak; Access to loans, if LGU passes good financial housekeeping; and Access to program windows, as applicable. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


LGU-Butuan asks for updated guidelines on GAD fund appropriation, utilization

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) – In time with the second quarter meeting of the Caraga Regional Development Council – Development Administration Committee (RDC-DAC) held on Wednesday in one of the local convention centers here, its member-agencies discussed the request of the local government unit of Butuan to get an updated guidelines on the appropriation and utilization of the five percent Gender and Development (GAD) Fund from the concerned agencies.

In the discussion, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga regional director and RDC vice chair Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño relayed that the Sangguniang Panlungsod of the city government here has requested the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), NEDA, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to formulate updated guidelines on the appropriation and utilization of the five percent GAD fund.

Cariño also recalled that the PCW, DBM, NEDA and DILG had issued Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2004-1 on the subject: “Guidelines for the Preparation of Annual Gender and Development (GAD) Plan and Budget and Accomplishment Report to Implement the Section on Programs/Projects related to GAD of the General Appropriations Act (GAA)”.

“As contained in the aforementioned JMC, pursuant to the GAA, government agencies are tasked to formulate a GAD Plan and to implement the same by utilizing at least five percent of their total budget appropriations,” Cariño said.

Cariño further revealed that what usually happens is that there were programs and projects initiated but are only attributions to GAD. “Attributions are okay but we should make it sure that it addresses the pressing issues and concerns of the women and men in a specific LGU,” she added.

Meanwhile, RDC-DAC co-chaiperson and DILG-Caraga regional director Lilibeth Famacion expressed that the Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) under the RDC be given a copy of said resolution from the city government for appropriate response and assistance on this matter.

“The GADCC is requested to act on this as soon as possible and whatever the actions that will be undertaken will also be reported during the next RDC-DAC meeting,” emphasized Famacion. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


49th PBMA Conference attendees treated to DTI’s diskwento caravan, livelihood trainings, consumer briefings

By Charlito F. Bagasbas

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, June 11 (PIA) - Participants to the 49th PBMA General Conference were treated to several side activities organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), provincial government of Dinagat Islands and Dinagat Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIPCCI).

The DTI’s Diskwento Caravan, trainings under the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Roving Academy program including a business education seminar and the installation/launching of the public price billboard are just some of the offerings conducted during the annual conference which brought in thousands of people from all over the country.

The Diskwento Caravan activity was held at Aurelio Elementary School, Municipality of San Jose on May 12-14, 2014.  Dinagatnons availed of select commodities at 10-20 percent discounts from major distributors in the region.  Products such as canned goods, noodles, toiletries and detergents were offered for sale as well as local agricultural produce from local farmers.

A food processing training was also conducted under the SME Roving Academy program on May 14, 2014.  Technical personnel from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) were tapped to conduct the said training which focused on the various techniques in processing fish and other marine products.

To benefit local consumers, DTI launched its Price Billboard which was installed near the local market of San Jose.  This is to ensure that consumers will be updated of the current prevailing prices of basic goods.  A briefing on basic consumer rights was also conducted on May 12, 2014 to increase the level of awareness among local on consumer welfare and protection.

A business education seminar was held on May 13, 2014 to inform business owners and employees of the governing guidelines in relation to product quality and safety, price tags, among others.

Other activities undertaken by other line agencies included free medical consultation by the Department of Health, distribution of seedlings by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and training on massage by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on the opening day on May 12, 2014. (DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)


DTI destroys over 6,000 uncertified products

By Atty. Maria Aurora R. Curaza-Maquiling

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) - A total of 6,191 uncertified products were destroyed at the city hall grounds here by the Department of Trade and Industry – Agusan Del Norte Provincial Office in cooperation with the city government here.

The said products were torn into pieces by a road roller and chainsaw owned by the city government while other products were burned.

The product destruction held last April 23, 2014 was witnessed by members of the Butuanong Konsumador, a DTI-accredited organization based in the city. Also in attendance were employees and staff of DTI regional and provincial offices, those of the city government and an auditor from the Commission on Audit (COA).

The products were previously confiscated by the DTI provincial office from various business establishments in the city.  These products were found to be displayed for sale without the required Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers for the imported items and PS marks for those manufactured in the country. DTI Department Administrative Order No. 02, Series of 2007 provides forfeiture of confiscated products in favor of the Government as an administrative penalty.

The destruction is in accordance with DTI Department Order No. 17, Series of 1991 which provides that seized products which adversely affect health and/or safety such Christmas lights, CFL, lighter, motorcycle helmets, mono block chairs and stools shall be destroyed/condemned in the presence of the representatives of the apprehending unit and COA.

Among the products destroyed were the uncertified Christmas lights and motorcycle helmets subject of the four formal charges filed by the Department of Trade and Industry – Agusan Del Norte late last year. The respondents in these cases were administratively penalized for selling such products. (DTI Caraga/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


New batch of nurses, caregivers finish Japanese language training

By Liza Rivera

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) - A fresh batch of Filipino nurses and caregivers under the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) completed the Japanese language and culture training, a key element for a career jump-start in the foreign land.

A total of 186 Filipino candidates (36 nurses and 150 caregivers), which composed the 6th batch of trainees, were feted on May 27 at the closing ceremony of the Preparatory Japanese Language Training held at the Women's Center of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Taguig City.

Leading the event were officials of TESDA and top-level representatives from the Embassy of Japan.

The training was a collaboration of the governments of the Philippines, through TESDA, and Japan to contribute to the enhancement of a candidate's ability to adapt and settle in faster.

This will also assist the candidate nurses and caregivers in passing the Japanese Licensure Examinations after they enter and work in Japan.

"We have no doubt in the skills of our nurses and caregivers.  But we have to admit that the Japanese language is the issue that they have to hurdle," said Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General.

Passing the national exam secures the prospect to work permanently in Japan as permanent nurses.

"Candidate nurses and caregivers who received proper backing and guidance such as language training would arguably have a better chance of succeeding," Villanueva said.

The training in the Philippines started on November 19, 2013 and ended last week. TESDA provided the venue and materials, while Japan sent in language instructors.

The candidates will leave for Japan in June 2014 and undergo another six months of Japanese language training there.

In his message at the start of the training, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe told the candidates to "make the best use of our help."

He said that the evaluation of the Japan Foundation showed that 83.8 percent of the 2012 batch have reached the equivalent of N4 Level proficiency by the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test standards after six months in training.

According to the JLPT website, the N4 level describes one's ability to understand basic Japanese. For reading, it means that one is able to read and understand passages on familiar daily topics written in basic vocabulary and kanji. For listening, it means that one is able to listen and comprehend conversations encountered in daily life and generally follow their contents, provided that they are spoken slowly.

"With the language skills training, our candidate nurses and caregivers who will soon leave their jobs and family back home and migrate to Japan will not be confronted with qualms and an insecure future," Villanueva said. (TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Laundry shop, day care center up in Butuan City brgy

By Eunice G. Montaos

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) - A laundry shop livelihood establishment and a day care center (DCC) were opened recently in Barangay Doongan, this city, as it was turned-over to community recipients by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga.

The P999,473-worth laundry business operations center for the NAgkahiusang PUbring MangayKAYay (NAPUBKAY) association is located near the barangay hall of Doongan, while the P778,118-worth DCC is situated at Purok-10.

DSWD Caraga regional director Minda Brigoli bared during the turn-over ceremony that these sub-projects were made possible through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services Community Driven Development (Kalahi-CIDSS CDD) Urban Pilot Project.

“The community residents in Brgy. Doongan, with the aid of the Area Coordinating Team (ACT) and barangay and city local government unit (B/CLGU), have sought for external support apart from the Php 1, 000, 000 grant in order to facilitate the two sub-projects,” Brigoli added.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga regional director Johnson Cañete said during his message that the DOLE has extended an amount of Php 143, 700 which was used to purchase the two-unit washing machines for the laundry business. “This was added with the contributions of the B/CLGU amounting to Php 251,000 and Php 88, 567 respectively. The community also extended In-Kind donation worth Php 34, 454,” said Cañete.

Butuan City Vice Mayor Angelo Calo also disclosed that for the DCC sub-project, CLGU contributed Php 123, 000, while BLGU gave Php 101, 000. “A total of Php 35, 870 was the In-Kind counterpart of the community,” he quipped.

World Bank Senior Social Development Specialist Ma. Loreto Padua, who graced the ceremony, also expressed her excitement of the completed sub-projects.

KC-NCDDP National Program Manager Benilda Redaja encouraged the volunteers as well as the residents to be united in sustaining the said projects since those were implemented to aid their needs of basic social services.

Christopher Johnson, NAPUBKAY president, emotionally expressed his thanks to DSWD, DOLE, and the B/CLGU. “Thank you so much for providing us a livelihood center. Not only did you provide an avenue for us to have a better income, but thank you also for allowing us to participate and experience implementing projects,” Johnson said.

“We have proven that productivity indeed lies in unity; this is our experience in completing this sub-project,” he added.

Other attendees during the inauguration were Makiko Watanabe of the World Bank, Juan Ceciro Aguilar of the KC-NCDDP NPMO, the Regional Project Management Office of Kalahi-CIDSS, headed by assistant regional director Mita Lim, city/barangay local officials, community volunteers, and residents of Doongan.

The business operations of the laundry shop started after the inauguration while classes for the day care center started on June 9, 2014.

Brgy. Doongan is one of the two recipient barangays, including Pagatapatan, for the KC-CDD Urban Pilot project in the region. In the barangay, there are 442 household beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

KC-CDD Urban purposes to empower people, improve local governance, and reduce poverty, by way of implementing projects with the use of the CDD strategy. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


16 OJTs benefit training from TESDA, mining company

By Dr. Elena O. Cacho

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) – A total of 16 On-the-Job Trainees (OJTs) from Caraga Region have benefited the recent training provided by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Surigao del Norte and Hinatuan Mining Corporation (HMC).

This joint undertaking of TESDA and HMC supports the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) of the Aquino Administration to provide human development, leading to economic development of the region, thus, supporting the policies and ideas embodied in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP).

TESDA Surigao del Norte OIC provincial director Liza Budtan said ten of the 16 trainees were given the opportunity to work with leading automotive companies here such as Toyota Motors Corporation (3), KIA (5), and Isuzu (2). “These successful trainees were hired after passing the qualifying examination and interview requirements of these companies,” Budtan said.

Meanwhile, the four other trainees were hired by the HMC Equipment site while the other two were employed at the nearby mining companies in Surigao del Sur.

The said trainees had undergone skills training in Automotive Servicing NC II at the Surigao del Norte Provincial Training Center in Surigao City on October 2013 and have passed the Assessment with flying colors, it was learned.

Prior to taking the skills training in Auto Servicing NC II, the trainees were provided lectures on Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE); training on Language Skills Institute (LSI) by TESDA; and a Career Professionalism amd Values Formation Seminar by HMC.

The host company ensured that the trainees will not only be skilled persons but a highly-technical worker with positive work values and attitude which are among the factors to be considered in becoming a successful workforce both here and abroad.

The undertaking is a replica of a Dual Training System which TESDA is advocating to industries that has gained support by HMC in line with the company’s Social Development and Management Program for the empowerment of the host communities and its inhabitants. (TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga farmers celebrate 26th CARP year

By Joie L. Ceballos

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) - Nearly a thousand farmers gather to celebrate the 26th year of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) here on Tuesday, June 10.

Led by the Federation of Agrarian Reform Communities Cooperatives (Fedarcco) of Agusan del Norte and Butuan, other farmers from Agusan Sur, Surigao Sur, Surigao Norte and Dinagat Islands also came to join the celebration.

To make the celebration even more meaningful, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) handed-over 540 hectares of agricultural lands to 310 new beneficiaries from Butuan City and the municipalities of Las Nieves and Santiago of Agusan del Norte.

DAR Caraga regional director Faisar Mambuay, Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) senior vice president Norman Cajucom, PCIC regional manager Rosa Gatinao and DAR asst. regional director Engr. Daylinda Narisma led the turn-over of the P3.3 million worth of indemnity check to 544 beneficiaries of the DAR-PCIC Agrarian Insurance Project (AIP). The project is aimed at providing protection to agricultural, fishery and agro-forestry.

Mambuay said that the agency will continue to provide the services due to every beneficiary. “Let us continue to unite, because from there we draw our victory,” he stressed. (DAR-13/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur DILG reminds LGUs to celebrate 116th Philippine Independence Day

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, June 11 (PIA) – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Surigao del Sur has reminded all local chief executives (LCEs) in the entire province to conduct a “Flag-Raising and Wreath-Laying” rites at 8:00 a.m. on June 12 simultaneous with the holding of the same at Rizal National Monument in Luneta.

DILG Provincial Director Pedrito Alacaba said that the event commemorates the occasion of the Philippine Independence Day which is now on its 116th anniversary.

With the theme “Following the Footsteps of Great Filipinos, Towards Widespread and Lasting Change,” the DILG chief stressed that local government units (LGUs) are likewise enjoined “to hold other programs and activities appropriate for the occasion such as display of Philippine flag in LGU offices, civic parade, and the likes.”

Alacaba is optimistic that every city and municipal LGU in the province will take the Memorandum Circular No. 2014-55 issued by DILG Secretary Mar Roxas seriously and abide by it as in the past. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


MCCT staff introduces AICS to hospital patients in Agusan Sur

By Stella Maris Barlisan

AGUSAN DEL SUR, June 11 (PIA) – The Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) staff of the province of Agusan del Sur introduced the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) to the community and public and private hospitals in Agusan del Sur.

They conducted a room-to-room counseling with the patients in Agusan del Sur hospitals in order to introduce the AICS program to people who needs medical assistance on April 24-25, 2014. 

Mrs. Siong, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary from barangay Fili, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur was one of the patients who was admitted in New Bayugan Medical Hospital for a week due to unexplained weakness and loss of appetite. The doctor advised her to stay in the hospital while she was still recovering from her health condition and so that she will be given proper medication.

Afraid that she might not be able to pay the bill because she’s been in the hospital for already a week, Mrs. Siong insisted to go home despite the fact that she is still weak.

When Mrs. Siong received her hospital bill she was surprised upon seeing her standing balance amounting to 7,000 that needs to be settled though some of the amount has already been deducted through her Philhealth. As much as she wanted to go home that day, the money that she has is not enough to fully pay the remaining hospital bill.

It was then when a group of MCCT staff visited Mrs. Siong and introduced to her the AICS. She was elated knowing that additional help is right before her. She received outright cash assistance for her medical needs after being assessed by the social worker. Outright cash assistance is only limited not more than 3,000.

The AICS implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU) is part of the DSWD’s protective services for the poor, marginalized and vulnerable/disadvantage individuals. It has been implemented by DSWD for decades, as part of its technical assistance and resource augmentation support to LGU and other partners.

The assistance provided by AICS may be in the form of transportation assistance, medical assistance, burial assistance, food and non-food assistance and educational assistance.

The type, kind, and amount of assistance to be provided to the clients/beneficiaries will be based on the assessment and recommendation of DSWD’s social workers or other authorized personnel and an appropriate documentation shall support all disbursements of funds based on the social case study report for the client/beneficiary.

A client can avail of the assistance only within 3 months. Availment of assistance beyond this limit must be supported by a justification based on the special need of the client/beneficiary per assessment of the social worker and is subject for the approval of the Regional Director of DSWD.

DSWD also clarified that DSWD assistance amounting to not more than 3,000 may be released to the client/beneficiary immediately, but assistance amounting to more than 3,000 will still be extended to clients through issuance of guarantee letter to the service providers such as transport companies, medical institutions, pharmacies and funeral services. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Ordinansa sa Parking Area hugtanong i-implementar sa Surigao City Public Market

SURIGAO CITY, Hunyo 11 (PIA) - Ordinansa sa parking area diha sa merkado publiko, hugtanong i-implementar sa buhatan sa City Public Market.

Kini ang gipamahayag ni Albert Lustiva ang Market Supervisor I diha na sa City Public Market.

Sumala ni Lustiva nga ang maong balaod nakabasi na sa Ordinance No. 362, Series of 2003 na kon diin adunay pagabayran o parking rates sa tanang klase sa sakyanan nga mupahilona gawas o kilid sa merkado.

Sumala pa niya ang mga mosunod mao ang pagabayaran alang sa single motorcycles- adunay pagabayran nga P2.00 alang sa unang usa ka oras og P1.00 matag oras alang sa mga mosunod nga oras,  sa tricycles- P3.00 alang sa unang usa ka oras og P2.00 sa matag mosunod nga mga oras, four- wheels vehicles- P5.00 matag oras og P15.00 alang sa mosunod nga mga oras, ug sa six- wheel vehicles P10.00 kada oras ug musunod pa nga mga oras.

Dugang ni Lustiva nga aduna usab pagabayran nga P20.00 agig multa ngadto sa tag- iya, driver o operator sa sakyanan nga muhimo sa pag- park sa sakyanan diha sa dili hustong parking area o ang gitawag nga “Wrong Parking.” (SDR/MICO-Surigao/PIA-Surigao del Norte)