PPRMF brings noteworthy development, lessons in AgSur
By David M. Suyao
PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Feb. 17 (PIA) - The implementation of the Philippines Provincial Road Management Facility (PPRMF) has made a difference in the province since its implementation in 2009 and will end on November 14, 2015 in terms of improving the provincial skills in road planning and design, employing safety and environmental safeguards in road construction, increasing budget for road rehabilitation and maintenance thereby increasing income through improved revenue generation strategies.
In improving the provincial skills in road planningand design, the PPRMF has provided the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) training and coaching computer-aided design (CAD) technology, enabling the PEO to design two road upgrading projects in 2012. Since then, the PEO has continuously prepared detailed engineering designs (DED) for PRMF three road projects and other externally or internally funded projects that include PRMF year three road rehabilitation and maintenance.
Having employed safety and environmental safeguards in road construction, the provincial government of Agusan del Sur (PGAS) has created an Environmental Compliance Monitoring (ECM) team under the Provincial Monitoring and Evaluation Group (PMEG) to ensure environmental compliance of road projects. The ECM team has formulated Environmental Management Plans (EMP) as part of the detailed engineering design.
Since 2011 until 2014, the provincial government has total increase of P30 million for road maintenance from P15 million in 2011 to 45 million in 2014. In the same period, budget for road rehabilitation also increased from P75.8 million in 2011 to P120.9 million in 2014, indicating a boost in local road investment.
Because of the improvement in the PPRMF, the provincial government has also increased its income through improved revenue generation. PGAS has institutionalized a multi-year budget planning and management processes involving key stakeholders including civil society organizations. PGAS updated its Local Revenue Code in 2012 and the revenue collection efforts of the Provincial Assessment and Treasury Office and other revenue generating offices brought an increase in local income, generating additional fund source for road maintenance projects. From 2011 to 2013, PGAS has generated a local income in the amount of P95 million, P132.4 million andP140 million respectively.
“We are very lucky to be one of the 10 recipients of PRMF. And we are very proud to rank first amoung the partner provinces in the incentive performance assessment,” Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza said.
The PRMF is a six-year (2009-2015) Php 4.3 billion development initiative of the Government of the Philippines and Australia. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)
DepEd Butuan to conduct ManCom
By Mario Y. Orendain
BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 17 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) Butuan City Division will be holding its 8th Division Management Committee (ManCom) Conference on Wednesday here.
According to Schools Division Superintendent (SDS) Josita B. Carmen, the conference is aimed to update the field on some developments and issues concerning with the implementation of the different programs and projects of the division.
Also, SDS Carmen said that part of the discussion will be issues and concerns on graduation rites and ceremonies, ranking of honors and promotions of pupils and students.
“Aside from the DepEd priority programs and projects, the division will also be discussing the conduct of symposia on Information and communication Technology integration in classes and Neuro-Science updates,” SDS Carmen added.
The Management Conference will be participated by Division Coordinators, School Head/principals and Teachers In-Charge in the Elementary, secondary and Integrated High Schools of the division. (DepEd Butuan City division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
“Food poisoning” probe in Surigao del Sur State University campus bared
By Greg Tataro Jr.
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 17 (PIA) – The Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU) of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) in Surigao del Sur headed by Dr. Algerico Irizari bared on Monday the result of epidemiological investigation conducted on the “reported Food Poisoning case/Water Borne Illness” that victimized 19 Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadettes who were confined at Adela Serra-Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC) for treatment on February 12.
The incident took place at Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU) main campus in Tandag City where victims were reportedly billeted due to the scheduled conduct of Regional Annual Administrative Tactical Inspection (RAATI) on the same day, it was learned.
According to Rodrigo Gordo, PHO disease surveillance coordinator, “water analysis result showed that the sample collected was found to be positive of Coliform organism.”
The victims aged 16 to 24 who came all the way from Lianga campus, have allegedly used for drinking a questionable source despite an advance information given as disclosed by a school nurse, the report stated.
Due to the unfortunate incident, the PESU has come up with several recommendations to the City Health Office and SDSSU to avoid a repeat of what happened.
Meanwhile, since the holding of the 2015 Caraga Regional Athletic Meet (CRAM) on February 22-27 in the province is just several days ahead, Dr. Irizari reminded all concerned to be extra cautious in dealing with food and water. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
RTWPB Caraga approves new wage order
By Malou Pizarro-Apego
BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 17 (PIA) - Starting February 14, 2015, the newest wage order approved by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) Caraga region takes effect.
RTWPB Board chairman and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga regional director Atty. Johnson Cañete said that based on Wage Order 13-14-15, the daily minimum wage rate of workers irregardless of industry is now at P 268.00 a day.
Cañete clarified that based on the newest wage order, the minimum wage rate to non-agriculture workers remain at P268.00 a day although the company may implement the second tier of the so called two tier wage system where companies may provide non-wage benefits to their workers such as giving coupons to whoever attains perfect attendance, zero tardiness, excess hours among other incentives.
Meanwhile, a P30.00 increase in the daily minimum wage rate in the agriculture and P10.00 increase in the retail service industries or from P238.00 daily minimum wage in agriculture to P268.00 daily and from P258.00 daily minimum wage rate in retail services to P268.00 has been effected through the new wage order.
The said minimum wage rate will be implemented in three tranches starting February 14, 2015 to end in September of this year.
Cañete said the implementation of Wage Order No.13-14-15 in Caraga region, where there is a uniform daily minimum wage rate across all industries, is a first in the entire Philippines.
This is also the biggest increase granted to workers in the history of granting the daily minimum wage rate in Caraga region, Cañete added. (Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
CHED Caraga, Dinagat Islands PHO conduct communicable disease testing
By Ma. Jane A. Mayola
DINAGAT ISLANDS, Feb. 17 (PIA) - The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Caraga Region in partnership with the Provincial Health Office of Dinagat Islands conducted recently an HIV/AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), HEPA-B (Hepatitis B), HEPA-C (Hepatitis C), Syphilis, and Tuberculosis testing to the tertiary students of Don Jose E. Ecleo Sr. Foundation College of Science and Technology in San Jose, this province.
Prior to the conduct of the testing, the students were given an orientation/seminar which aims to give them avenue to listen, share best practices and discuss issues, awareness and prevention programs on the present problems of the youth on pre-marital sex and HIV/AIDS.
The activity was conducted region-wide to all higher education institutions in the region pursuant to CHED Memorandum Order No. 03, series of 2015. (SDR/PIC-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)
DAR breaks ground coffee processing center in SurSur
By Myra Q. Yu
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 17 (PIA) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the local government unit (LGU) of Tagbina led recently the groundbreaking ceremony of the Coffee Processing Center in Tagbina, Surigao del Sur.
The said project, which was funded under the Expanded Village Level Processing Center Enhancement Project (E-VLCEP), is expected to boost the productivity of the agrarian entrepreneurs of the Mabuhay Kahayagan Coffee Growers Coop (MKCGC) and other DAR assisted organizations within the locality.
Tagbina mayor Generoso Naraiso has assured the partner agencies that they will provide a counterpart to the said project.
Meanwhile, DAR provincial agrarian reform officer (PARO) Benjamin Mataksil encouraged the benefeciaries to be globally competitive.
On the other hand, DTI provincial director Romel Oribe said that their office is willing to assist the cooperative in the product promotion and other entrepreneurial activities to increase their productivity income.
The ceremonial ground breaking was led by Mayor Naraiso together with PARO Mataksil and DTI Provincial Director Oribe and other LGU officials, staff and members of the MKCGC. (NGBT/DAR-SDS/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
AgNor gov ensures nutrition of children
By Aimee B. Sienes
BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 17 (PIA) – Agusan del Norte governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell “Angel” M. Amante-Matba is making sure that children enrolled in the day care centers in the province are given proper health and nutrition.
In coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office XIII, and as part of the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Program, governor Matba will sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DSWD for the Supplementary Feeding Program.
This program is a provision of food in addition to the regular meals to currently enrolled day care children to reduce malnutrition rates among pre-schoolers.
For proper implementation of the program in the municipalities of Santiago and Jabonga, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan recently authorized governor Matba to sign the said MOA with DSWD.
Based on this, it is hoped that no more children in the province will be malnourished. To recall, three municipalities last 2014 have already implemented the Supplementary Feeding program namely, the municipalities of Las Nieves, Tubay and Nasipit. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
Cebuano News: 'Surigaonon First Policy' ipatuman sa pagdawat og trainees sa Provincial Training Center
Ni Mary Jul Escalante
SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Peb. 17 (PIA) – Usa ka polisiya nga gitawag "Surigaonon First Policy" maoy ipatuman sa pagdumala sa Provincial Community Training Center sa Bad-as, Placer, ning lalawigan.
Kini maoy gituki atol sa pakigtigum ni Governor Sol Matugas tali sa mga opisyales sa Technical Education Skills and Development Administration (TESDA) sa pagpangulo ni TESDA Surigao del Norte provincial director Allan Milan ug Training Center chief Nita Gonzales gipahigayon kagahapon didto sa buhatan sa gobernador, ning dakbayan.
Ang "Surigaonon First Policy' maoy gustong ipatuman sa gobernador sa nasangpit nga training center diin mokabat sa 25 ka mga trainees sa matag munisipyo ang bansayon sulod sa tulo ka bulan.
Ang maong pagbansay adunay tulo ka mga vocational courses nga pwedeng kapilian sa mga trainees, kini mao ang Carpentry, Plumbing, Welding, Electrical ug Masonry diin kining maong pagbansay pagadumalahon sa TESDA.
Lakip usab nga hugtanon nga ipatuman sa maong training center ang “No Collection Policy” tungod kay maong pagbansay pagatambayayungan man sa probinsya, mga mining companies ug sa mga mayores sa maong mga lungsod.
Tumong ug tuyo sa gobernador nga pagkatapos sa ilang training aduna nay trabaho nga masudlan ug giawhag sa gobernador ang mga mining companies, mga business establishments sa pag coordinate sa Provincial Community Training Center kung unsay ilang mga gikinahanglan nga mga trabahante para mahimoan ug programa sa maong training center. (SDR/PIC-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)