Friday, October 10, 2014

DILG Caraga chief urges community participation to the GPBP

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 10 (PIA) – In order to increase the participation of the community in the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) flagships anti-poverty projects and activities, a press conference dubbed as “Katawhan, Pakiglambigit Alang sa Kalambuan” was held on Wednesday in one of the convention centers here.

DILG Caraga headed by regional director Lilibeth A. Famacion meet the media people of the city to share what their agency can offer to the community. Director Famacion urges a participation of the different sectors such as the civil society organizations, private sectors, inter-faith based organizations and local government units to the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP), Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS) and the upcoming Barangay Assembly this coming October 12, 2014.

Famacion emphasizes during the press conference the grassroots participation in the GPBP. “The GPBP is one of the government’s measure of ensuring that the government’s money is spent for the benefit of the poor and will minimize corruption in the national and local level since the community will identify the projects necessary for their development,” Famacion added.

According to Famacion, the GPBP beneficiaries of Caraga region include 45 local government units (LGUs) in 2013; 67 LGUs in 2014; and 73 LGUs in 2015 and 2016.

Famacion further said that the only eligible projects to be proposed for funding in the GPBP must contribute to the national government agencies' priorities like the Provision of basic social services and attainment of the Millennium Development Goals including poverty reduction; Hunger Mitigation and Elimination; Job generation and inclusive local economic development; and Climate Change adaptation and disaster preparedness.

Also, Famacion has also emphasized that during the conduct of the synchronized second semester Barangay Assembly on Sunday, issues and/or concerns affecting the barangay like disaster preparedness; solid waste management; peace and order situation; laws against human trafficking; and enforcement of laws on stray animals will also be discussed.

“Barangay officials will also undertake the delivery of the State of Barangay Address (SOBA) with emphasis on CY 2014 first semester accomplishments, CY 2014 first semester financial report, and updates on CY 2014 on-going programs and projects,” Famacion said.

Famacion also said that during the Barangay Assembly is also a venue to discuss the tri-partite linkage between the government, the church and barangay leaders in the partnership dubbed as UBAS. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


October 12, 2014 is Barangay Assembly Day

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 10 (PIA) - Pursuant to Proclamation No, 260, dated September 30, 2011, the Barangay Assembly Day for the second semester of CY 2014 is set on October 12, 2014. This is in accordance to Section 397 (b) of the Local Government Code of 1991.

Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas issued Memorandum Circular No. 2014-100 dated August 18, 2014 relative to the conduct of Barangay Assembly for the second semester this year.

Barangay officials are mandated to undertake activities such as the delivery of the State of Barangay Address (SOBA) with emphasis on CY 2014 first semester accomplishments, financial reports and updated report on the on-going programs and projects. This also includes the discussion of the barangay’s compliance to DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2014-81 dated July 15, 2014 relative to the posting of Barangay Budget, Statement of Income and Expenditures and other Barangay Financial Transactions, and Annual Procurement Plan.

A directive has also been issued to all Punong Barangays in Caraga region to ensure the active involvement of Church/Faith based organizations in the simultaneous conduct of Barangay Assembly this October 12, 2014 through Memorandum dated September 29, 2014. This is to discuss the tri-partite linkage between the government, the church and barangay leaders in the partnership dubbed as Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS). It will ensure that the church and the barangay work and assist each other in the identification of areas that require improvements in social services, together they will work in harmony in the swift delivery and completion of projects that address social issues and concerns.

Other issues and concerns affecting the barangay shall also be discussed, such as, but not limited to disaster preparedness; solid waste management; peace and order situation, particularly on the proliferation of activities pertaining to illegal drugs in the barangay; monitoring and strict enforcement of laws against human trafficking at the barangay level; and the implementation of existing laws/ordinances on stray animals.

In case of failure to conduct the Barangay Assembly, a corresponding administrative complaint against barangay officials may be filed by any resident of the barangay, concerned citizen, government or non-governmental entity before the

Sangguniang Panlungsod or Sangguniang Bayan concerned. This is pursuant to Section 61 of the Local Government Code or through a complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman provided in Administrative Order No. 07 or the “Rules of procedures on the Office of the Ombudsman,” dated April 10, 1990. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur remains red tide toxin-free

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Oct. 10 (PIA) – The province of Surigao del Sur stays clear of red tide toxin, according to Provincial Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Officer (PFARO) Luisito Yu.

Based on the latest shellfish bulletin issued, “Hinatuan, Bislig, and Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur is NEGATIVE from red tide toxin thus shellfish from this area are SAFE from human consumption,” he quoted.

Official bulletin of this nature always comes from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Field Office – Caraga headed by Regional Director Dr. Nerio Casil, it was learned.

In like manner, Governor Johnny Pimentel is also furnished a copy the same information for his appropriate action.

Meanwhile, the PFARO chief said that the incidence of illegal fishing in the province is “negligible,” adding that organized “bantay-dagat” teams under a particular deputized fish warden in every local government units (LGUs) are more readily active. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


New army’s 4ID chief pays courtesy call on SurSur guv

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Oct. 10 (PIA) – Major General Oscar Lactao, the new Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division (4IB) of the Philippine Army (PA) based in Patag, Cagayan De Oro City,  has been in Surigao del Sur on October 7 to pay courtesy call on Governor Johnny Pimentel.

A close to an hour of exchange of views and opinions on the past and current insurgency situation and other related issues in Surigao del Sur as well as pleasantries transpired between the two.

It was learned that M/Gen. Lactao, who replaced M/Gen. Ricardo Visaya, has started to do the rounds in his area of responsibility (AOR) in Mindanao, dropping by all the battalions under him, as part of his duties and responsibilities since he assumed post recently. 

In Surigao del Sur, there are three army battalions present—the 36 Infantry; 75th Infantry; and the 2nd Scout Ranger.

Since the New People’s Army (NPA) has continued to sow atrocities in the province, citing the recent burning of a refrigerated van loaded with banana products owned by a plantation company based here, Gov. Pimentel reiterated his request for an additional battalion.

Lactao assured to help Pimentel in this regard to address the nagging problem. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)