Tuesday, October 7, 2014

FCAG invites stakeholders to Fin-Ed Expo in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 7 (PIA) – The Financial Consumer Affairs Group (FCAG) of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is inviting partner stakeholders to the Fin-Ed Expo for the working sector on November 19, 2014 to be held at the Cabadbaran and Las Nieves Halls of Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

According to Atty. Prudence Angelita Kasala, Deputy Director and Head of BSP, the said event is aimed to achieve the following: 1) to instill awareness about the availability and accessibility of financial education programs to all Filipinos; 2) increase personal financial consciousness on the values and benefits of being financially empowered; and 3) orient the public about available financial tools that will help in the promotion of their financial well-being.

“The Fin-Ed Expo is a whole day activity which will start at 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. It will feature five interactive sessions/learning booths covering topic on the Philippine Financial System, Personal Finance, Financial Products, Financial Regulators, and Primer Hub,” bared Kasala.

Kasala further revealed that the Financial Regulators Booth during the activity will be manned by representatives of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Insurance Commission (IC). The Primer Hub will also provide participants with advisories and primers that supplement the information gained from the lectures and reinforce their learning experience.

Kasala added that participants will be able to raise their issues and concerns during the open forum after the sessions.

For more information, interested participants may contact Mr. Laurence Vicencio or Ms. Gloria Quilao, both are Bank Officer I of FCAG, BSP Main Office Manila at telephone numbers: (02) 306-2975, 708-7701 local 2975 or e-mail at VicencioLM@bsp.gov.ph; gquilao@bsp.gov.ph. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga GADCC gears-up preps for this year's 18-Day Campaign to End VAW

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 7 (PIA) – Focal persons from government agencies and private sector for the Regional Development Council - Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) Caraga geared-up preparations for this year’s 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) on November 25 to December 12, 2014.

Said celebration will kick-off on November 25 through a Fun Walk activity that will start at 5:00 a.m. from the city’s Guingona Park going to Provincial Capitol Covered Court, where the Zumba and opening program will be held. It will then be followed with a press conference at the same venue to be facilitated by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga and partners.

Media personalities from different stations/outfits in Butuan and Surigao Cities will also be participating in the Gender Sensitivity Training (GST) set on December 5, 2014 to be held at Caraga State University (CSU) Campus.

Among other lined-up activities include the following: Reproductive Health (RH) Law Forum on Dec. 4; Information Drive Campaign and School Symposium at Saint Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT) on Dec. 4 and Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) on December 10; Capacity Building Training to GADCC members; Youth Forum on Dec. 9; Visit to Home for the Girls in Brgy. Bonbon, Butuan City on Dec. 10; and Culmination on Dec. 12 through a Beach Forest Planting at Magallanes, Agusan del Norte. 

"The 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women on Nov. 25 until Dec. 12, 2014 is aimed to increase awareness of rights-bearer on violence against women and to augment the efforts of duty-bearers in eliminating gender-based violence; to increase commitment of rights-holder in eliminating violence against women and children; and to forge partnerships among stakeholders in addressing VAW," disclosed Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga regional director and Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) chair Atty. Marylin Pintor during its 3rd quarter meeting held on Tuesday in one of the local convention centers here.

Pintor also reiterated that Presidential Proclamation No. 1172 and Republic Act 10398 are the legal mandates for the observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW.

It was also learned that this year's campaign is anchored on the theme "End VAW Now! It's Our Duty!

"Reinforcing last year's theme 'End VAW Now! It's Our Duty!,' the call will now highlight the crucial role of rights-holder in ending violence against women. The theme also echoes the clarion call to the ordinary Juana and Juan in harboring deep concern for women and girls by reporting cases of gender-based violence, participation to advocacy works, and engaging to various discussions on women's rights, among others," relayed Pintor.

Meanwhile, Pintor encouraged employees of government agencies and partner private stakeholders to wear orange shirt every 25th day of the month in support to the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women and other gender-related campaigns. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


PCWC joins the municipality of San Francisco in the opening of the Universal Children’s Month celebration

By David M. Suyao

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, Oct. 7 (PIA) - The Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children (PCWC) joins with the municipality of San Francisco in opening of this year's celebration of the Universal Children’s Month with the theme: “Bata, Kasali ka, Ikaw ay Mahalaga!” in recognition of having been awarded as the “Most Child-friendly Municipality” provincewide in the year 2013.

As early as 5:30 in the morning of October 6, 2014 in time with the celebration of Eidul Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, a Muslim holiday celebrated nationwide, participants ranging from officials to employees of the municipality of San Francisco, high school students and teachers from different schools, private and business sectors, parents and other stakeholders of program for children gather in front of the municipal hall in order to participate in the awareness walk.

The walk lasted for almost an hour, passing thru the main streets of San Francisco, waging signboards  bearing children’s responsibilities, with concept taken from children’s rights and ended from where it begun in front of the municipal hall, for a short program.

Representing Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza, Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member and chairman of the Committee on Children and Women Dr. Susan Gerona said she is glad that the emphasis of messages printed on the signboards are responsibilities of children because ever since she became an SP member, it is the children’s rights that she always encounter and are sometimes abused.

“It is only fair that after we parents have installed in the minds of our children their rights, we have also to educate them and let them know of their responsibilities towards their parents, the community, the environment, the government, their teachers and their fellow children. I am very glad that the Governor have chosen me to represent him because from here, I can bring something within me that can never be forgotten, and that is the true mutual love and responsibilities with our children,” SP Gerona said.

For San Francisco Mayor Jenny de Asis on the other hand said her municipality is blessed with privileges because of being recognized as the most child-friendly municipality in the province.

“I am very proud and glad that our efforts in nurturing and growing the children of San Francisco bear fruits. Honestly, I look at children here in San Francisco as responsible and disciplined. Unlike other municipalities, they rather chose to become productive than become liabilities. If there are reports here of criminality and illegal use of drugs, they are no longer children but irresponsible adults, and that is where our police strictly execute their duties and responsiblitie,” said Mayor de Asis.

On the third week of this month, a provincial children’s congress will be held, ending up with a one day children’s governance within the provincial government. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Dinagat Islands lady guv delivers "state of the province address"

By Jane Mayola

DINAGAT ISLANDS, Oct. 7 (PIA) – In time with the 8th Charter Day Celebration of the Province of Dinagat Islands (PDI) with the theme, “One Province, One People: Celebrating our Oneness, Sustaining our Progress,” provincial governor Glenda B. Ecleo delivered her State of the Province Address (SOPA) on  Thursday at San Jose Municipal Gymnasium, this province.

The SOPA merely focused on her accomplishments along the line with the flagship programs or the six-point agenda of her administration clustered into good governance and policy development; linkages and delivery of national support services; environmental protection and disaster risk reduction management; nurturing community and sectoral participation; delivery of basic social services; and agro-fishery and responsible mining industrialization, or dubbed as “GLENDA.”

As cited, good governance primarily consists of eight major characteristics – consensus oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and exclusive, and follows the rule of law.

It was also elaborated that linkages and delivery of national support services cluster is all about legitimizing the channel of coordination in implementing the national plans and programs (NPP) and integrating it with the province’s locally-initiated regular programs and services.

While the environmental protection and disaster risks reduction management covers the pro-activity of the province to protect and conserve the environment, and the province’s active implementation of disaster risk reduction-climate change adaptation programs; the cluster on nurturing community and sectoral participation speaks about the administration’s desire to nurture the communities and participate in the governmental activities.

In terms of delivery of basic social services, the administration is directed on actions to address the needs of the individuals in crisis situations, marginalized women, child and youth, elderly, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and family welfares.

Moreover, the agro-fishery and responsible mining industrialization covers the administration’s commitment of doing its share towards improved crop production, fisheries development, livestock production, provision of post-harvest facilities, and marketing support extension that leads to tourism and investors’ attraction.

It can be recalled that the PDI became an independent province through governor Ecleo when then President Gloria Arroyo signed the R.A. 9355 on October 2, 2006.

“By now, with our almost two years of reconstitution, our province is back with gigantic push of moving forward. Our employees getting back their best pays and other emoluments, our barangays whose people empowerment activities now regularly receive financial assistance for the priority projects. Towns with multi-million worth projects and the national line agencies’ programs are on the way without hitches together with the non-government organizations and cooperatives now fast becoming millions-worth assets. Other foreign-funding institutions like WinRock-United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Philippine Rural Development Projects are on-going for their sustainable program and financing development,” Ecleo said.

“These are tangible indications of our robust growth and development because we are moving as one family with one vision - a globally competitive Dinagat Islands,” underscored Ecleo. (PDI-PIO/PIA-Caraga)


OWWA Caraga spearheads Skills Training on Meat Processing to Hinatuan OFC members

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 7  – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Welfare Office Caraga in partnership with the Technical Educational and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Surigao del Sur spearheaded a Skills Training on Meat Processing intended for Hinatuan OFWs and Dependents Association (HODA) held recently at the Multi-purpose Hall of Brgy. Maharlika, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

Participated by 18 members of HODA, the two-day training aimed to enhance the skills of OFWs and their dependents and to augment income of its members.

In her message, OWWA OIC Programs and Services Division Chief Ma. Ireen Cambaling bared that as a welfare institution, OWWA will continually serve its member OFWs and their families through providing responsive programs such as skills training on food and meat processing intended to boost their capabilities for employment or for livelihood augmentation.  

Likewise, Hinatuan Municipal Mayor Hon. Candelario Viola encouraged the members of HODA to value such rare opportunity as an avenue to put up their own source of revenue and not only depend on the allotment they received from their OFWs abroad.

Mayor Viola cited that “too much reliance of the household members from their OFW family member in sustaining their living will not do well, because the chances of losing their OFWs would mean the end of the world for their families left behind.” Except, he said, “if the OFW dependents will take this (training) opportunity provided by OWWA to start their own venture in meat and food processing (like tocino, embutido, longanisa, etc.).” 

Mayor Viola extended his gratitude to OWWA personnel for bringing its programs and services closer to them which has significantly saved the time, effort and money of the training beneficiaries while at the same time granting them the resources and necessary skills to start with a self-effacing enterprise. He also assured support in all the programs of the agency and quoted his mere presence in the activity as a proof.

On the side, Surigao del Sur District II TESDA Coordinator Ma. Elena Toyco, said the participants need not underwent assessment because of the limited time. However, she affirmed that the learning transfer and basic techniques in food processing has been gained by the participants. 

Toyco advised the participants, “to use a unique and effective approach in marketing their product and be patient in their business undertaking to have a sustainable livelihood.”

One of the participants, Marites Tiu expressed her appreciation to OWWA for organizing the said activity with a good intention to help them and equally to the TESDA trainer for sharing knowledge to them and being patient in teaching them.

Tiu said, “Mapasalamaton sab ako tungod sa dili mabayran nga kahibalo nga ako nakat-unan ug dili pud ni masayang kay magamit ni namo para mapalambo among kinabuhi.” (I am also thankful because of the priceless learning I obtained and this will not be squandered since we can utilize this to improve our living).

At the end of the training, the participants were provided with starter kits which contained essential paraphernalia for their future endeavors. (OWWA-13/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur DPWH offices assure of having no problems on contractors

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Oct. 7 (PIA) – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) First and Second Engineering District Offices in Surigao del Sur assured that there are no so-called “slowpokes” in their roster of contractors.

Asst. District Engr. Ruel Bantogan and District Engr. Eulogio Milla, respectively, of the First and Second Engineering District Offices said that implementation of projects in their areas of concern are still in accordance with the set time frame that will not undermine the accomplishment and target completion dates of projects.

However, Milla admitted that in his district, negative slippages have been noted but not to the point that “contractors can no longer catch up with the work schedule,” citing that slippages seen are “less than 10 percent.”

Projects of “more than 10 percent of slippages” normally get hard to beat the time limit, he explained.

Reportedly, last week DPWH Caraga Regional Director Danilo Versola issued an “ultimatum to slow-moving contractors” due to observance of “alarming negative slippages incurred in project implementation.”

Besides, monitoring reports have accordingly shown “certain contractors” to have also incurred huge negative slippages.

Likewise, it was learned that Task Force for Time Suspension and Extension headed by Assistant Regional Director Wenceslao Leaño, Jr., designed to be stricter in verifying the veracity of requests for time suspension and extension in the field has been created. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)