Friday, December 19, 2014

LGU Carmen, PNP, DILG tap PDEA XIII to strengthen Anti-Drug Abuse Councils

By Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise-Punzalan

CARMEN, Agusan del Norte, Dec. 19 (PIA) - The local government here, the Philippine National Police and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) have sought the help of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region XIII to strengthen its municipal and Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils through the conduct of a two-day seminar-workshop for the Functionalization of Municipal/Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils last December 16-17, 2014 at Carmen Blue Water Resort, this municipality.

The municipality of Carmen was said to be the first among the local government units of the province to hold the said seminar-workshop.

“We all know that there are minimal drug cases in our municipality but we should act now while it can still be controlled.  Prevention is better than cure so we, as members of the anti-drug abuse councils, must do our part to prevent or minimize drug abuse,” mayor Ramon Calo said.

PDEA XIII regional director Erwin S. Ogario encouraged the members of the councils to be the solution to the rising drug problems in the region.

He stressed that drug prevention is not only a responsibility of law enforcement agencies but the entire community through the Anti-Drug Abuse Councils.

During the seminar-workshop, lectures on the salient features Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002” and other related laws were made.  The participants were also taught how to do watch listing and drug mapping.

Through the workshop, participants were able to know their roles and responsibilities in the fight against drug abuse.

The activity concluded with the signing of the Covenant to ensure support from all the members of the anti-drug abuse councils. (DILG-Carmen, Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Outstanding reg’l, local performers on population named

By May Ann O. Escobal

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 19 (PIA) - The Commission on Population (PopCom)-Caraga honored the Outstanding Performance Awardees of the different fields and categories during the Awards and Fellowship Night on December 18, right after the Regional Program Assessment and Planning Workshop in one of the establishments here.

The achievers for the Best Population Management Program Implementer Award, city and province categories, respectively were Butuan City and Surigao del Sur, 1st Place; Bayugan City and Surigao del Norte, 2nd Place; and Cabadbaran City and the Province of Dinagat Islands, 3rd Place.

Said structures are among those who really topped in the implementation and promotion of the population program to their respective areas, after a thorough assessment and validation done by the office.

PopCom Caraga also gave credit to its regional partners and members of the Regional Population Executive Board namely: NEDA, DepEd, DOH, DENR, DILG, DOLE, DTI, DSWD and CHED - in recognition to their unstinted support to the plans and programs of the Commission.

PopCom Caraga regional director Alexander A. Makinano underscored the importance of recognizing the vital contributions of the population program workers, partners and the PopCom staff in the implementation of the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP). Publicly identifying individuals and groups who embody the organization’s core values – is the key to their serving as great examples and inspiring others.

On the dissemination of information about PopCom’s programs over the radio, television or in print, PopCom chief enunciated that without the help and effort of various media partners, the agency’s goals and objectives would not reach at the doorsteps of the Caraganons. “Thus, they are worthy to be given due recognition for their efforts,” Makinano added.

Said awards are PopCom Caraga’s means of extending appreciation to all regional and local organizations in implementing programs and projects contributing to the attainment of the population program thrusts.

PopCom Caraga was named as an Outstanding Regional Population Office (RPO) for 2014 with Director Makinano as an Outstanding Regional Director in the latest Career Executive Service Performer Evaluation System (CESPES) rating.

RPO Caraga has also its exceptional achievers within its organization: Rosalia S. Gaviola, Outstanding Employee of the Year; and Angelita B. Antonio received a Special Award. (PopCom-13/PIA-Caraga)


DSWD-Caraga turns-over livelihood facilities to Dinagat corn farmers

By Ma. Jane A. Mayola

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Dec. 19 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) in coordination with the Office of Provincial Agriculture (OPAG) turned-over recently one unit of Corn Sheller and one unit of Corn Mill Building to Upper Laguna Corn Farmers Association in the municipality of Cagdianao, this province.

The said facilities are under the Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD-Caraga thru the Participatory Livelihood Opportunity Analysis and Cash for Building Livelihood Assistance, it was learned.

The corn sheller machine was given to the said association in order to have an easier and quicker production of corn which will eventually generate more income.

Upper Laguna Corn Farmers Association president Rogelio Padilla together with his 50 members thanked governor Glenda Ecleo and other provincial officials for the support and attention granted to them. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


SurSur DRRMO reminds public to stay vigilant

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 19 (PIA) – The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) in Surigao del Sur has reminded the public to always stay alert for possible ill-effects of the rainy season that has already set in.

PDRRMO chief Abel De Guzman said that “everybody in the community should be vigilant and pro-active,” especially residents in high risk areas, particularly those living near seashores, riverbanks, and flood- and landslide-prone areas.

Earlier, on December 17, he said that the province is affected by low pressure area (LPA), which caused the heavy downpour of rains coupled with occasional gustiness of winds with thunderstorms.

Since then, Surigao del Sur has been experiencing mostly cloudy skies and rainy days. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur BIR remains optimistic to hit 2014 tax goal

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 19 (PIA) – Despite admitting difficulty hitting the periodic monthly collection target for 2014 tax goal in Surigao del Sur, which is already seen to yield a deficit, Monib Dimakuta, Revenue District Office 106 (RDO 106) chief of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) here said that they still have something to be proud of—surpassing the tax goal set for last year.

With a couple of days more left to fill in the collection gap, the BIR chief stressed that they can still manage to collect some more as the year end comes to a close.

Meanwhile, Dimakuta claimed that as of November 25, 2014, during the holding of the 11th Regional Staff Conference at BIR Regional Training Center in Butuan City, his office has posted a cumulative under-collection of  P51,621,412.89 or equivalent to -8.41 percent for the period starting from January – October 2014.

He explained that their tax goal for the said period is set at P614,097,000, but only made an actual collection of P562,475,587.11.

However, he pointed out that comparative collection performance for 2014 as against 2013, for the same period, shows a positive result, citing a 12.22 percent increase or equivalent to P61,268,652.52, citing that cumulative data for the same period in 2013 was only posted at P501,206,934.59.


Dimakuta bared that for RDO 106 the 2014 tax goal was pegged at P745,763,000. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)