5.13.2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

DTI intensifies consumer protection, turns over 30 calibrated weigh scales in AgSur

By David M. Suyao

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, May 12 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here on Tuesday turned over 30 weigh scales or the Timbangan ng Bayan to the local government units all over the province in order to equip them with tools that will ensure consumers’ protection on the purchase of their daily basic commodities that are sold through the use of weigh scales.

According to DTI Agusan del Sur provincial director Lolita Dorado, the distribution should have taken place last month so that the program should have been implemented earlier but because of late arrival of some weigh scales, it took place only today.

In his message, Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza said he was glad that the DTI had brought the program into action because aside from increasing prices of basic commodities that confront the people, many businessmen are taking advantage of cheating the consumers through uncalibrated weigh scales.

“This is a very good move by the Congress and the DTI in order to support, protect and promote the general welfare of the consumers against unscrupulous businessmen. I am calling all of you who are here, the Bantay Presyo group, and all Agusanons to support and help the initiators of the project so that it will really serve the purpose. For those who are recipients of these weigh scales, please dedicate few of your precious time in checking the condition of the weigh scales so that they will last longer than expected. I also hope that this will serve as initial tools for more calibrated scales to be used so that our unscrupulous businessmen will have their lessons,” Gov. Plaza said.

For Talacogon Mayor Jesryl Masendo, he said that it is not the monetary value that matter most in the distribution of the weigh scales but it is the message that it delivers.

“It is not how much the weigh scales cost but the message that it delivers to the businessmen. The message says, “you have to be honest from now on to sell good and efficient product commodities to your customers, or your bad practices will return to you,” Mayor Masendo said.

Bayugan City received four timbangans, Bunawan two, Esperanza two, La Paz one, Loreto one, Prosperidad three, Rosario two, San Francisco five, San Luis one, Sibagat two, Sta. Josefa three, Talacogon one, Trento two and Veruela one with a total of 30 timbangans for the entire province.

The Timbangan ng Bayan is a government project initiated by the House of Representatives through House Bill No. 874, (An Act providing for the establishment of a Timbangan ng Bayan center in all public markets nationwide). The approved budget of the project is P42.7 million. (FEA/DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


CSC organizes Public Sector HR Symposium, PSTD National Convention

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 12 (PIA) – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) in partnership with the Philippine Society for Training and Development (PSTD) and the Government of Australia through the Philippines Australia Human Resource and Organizational Development Facility (PAHRODF) are jointly organizing the Public Sector HR Symposium and PSTD National Convention on May 27-29, 2015 at the Waterfront Hotel in Lahug, Cebu City.

According to Robert Martinez, CSC acting chairman, about 1,800 HROD and workplace learning and performance professionals from both the public and private sectors will be attending the said event.

“The event highlights the significant role of leaders in inspiring the transformation of other individuals which, collectively, result in organizational and societal transformations that could create dramatic impact,” disclosed Martinez.

Martinez also revealed that the registration fee is P7,000.00 per participant inclusive of training kits, meals during the symposium and cerificates of participation of 16 hours of managerial training.  “Accommodation is not included in the registration fee,” he added.

For more information about the event, the Civil Service Institute can be reached at telephone numbers (02) 931-4182, 931-7971 or email at hrsymposium2015@csi.csc.gov.ph. Participants from the regional level can also contact or visit their local CSC field offices for details. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan ranks 13th on economic dynamism index

By Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, May 12 (PIA) - The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) – Philippines reported that the city ranked 13th out of 136 participating cities on the Economic Dynamism Index of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) 2014.

The report further revealed that it is the only city in Caraga to be included in the top 15 cities of one of the three indices of CMCI with 11.675 score out of 100 points.

According to its official website, the council had set CMCI with the following indices to consider: Economic Dynamism, which based the scores on the gathered and validated data on the size and capital, revenues, and occupancy permits, capacity to generate employment, cost of doing business, financial deepening, productivity, and presence of business and professional organizations; Government Efficiency, which based the scores on the gathered and validated data on transparency, economic governance, local taxes and revenues, local competition-related awards, business registration efficiency, investment promotion, compliance to national directives, security, health, education; while Infrastructure scores were based on existing road network, distance from city/municipality center to major ports, Department of Tourism-accredited accommodations, health infrastructure, education infrastructure, basic utilities, infrastructure investments, information and communications technology (ICT) connection, ATMs, and public transportation.

“Butuan is doing okay in terms of economic dynamism but needs to improve in government efficiency. But overall, Caraga needs further improvement to be able to compete with other cities. We must think global, act local now,” said NCC Capacity Building Program program officer Marina N. Saldana during the NCC regional road show held on Tuesday here.

“Let us all work together, public and private, because we cannot do it alone, we need your help. And of course, to build that long term competitiveness i-push na natin ‘to! (Let’s go for it!) Let us help each other, engaged and be involved!” Saldana added.

Saldana also quoted an African proverb saying “If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together,” as an encouragement to the audience during her CMCI report.

Now on its fourth year, the event was attended by some 100 participants coming from the local business chambers, industry associations, academe, non-government organizations/civil society organizations, concerned government agencies and representatives from the local government units of the region.

Other highlights of the activity were the presentation of the overview of competitiveness ranking by Saldana, the reporting of the updates on the NCC’s activities and programs by NCC Business Permits Licensing System program officer Faisah Dela Rosa, and the giving of the Philippine Quality Award and Philippine Quality Challenge by Competitiveness Bureau representative Mario Jusi.

The roadshow was themed “Boosting competiveness through public and private partnership."

For complete list of the CMCI 2014 report, see http://www.competitive.org.ph/files/downloads/STATE-OF_COMPETITIVENES_-4TH_ARANGKADA_FORUM_-_MARCH_3_2015.pdf. (FEA/DJA/PIA-Caraga)


DENR reminds resort owners in Caraga on proper sanitation, waste management

By Eric Herzon F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, May 12 (PIA) —Regional director Nonito M. Tamayo of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga Region reminded owners of beach resorts and commercial establishments particularly in places with tourist influx to be aware about good sanitation and proper waste management to keep the waters safe for swimming.

Tamayo issued the advisory in face of the situation in Boracay waters which is partly affected by the presence of the so-called “green and slimy algae” that has spoiled the summer fun of bathers and swimmers.

“Although the appearance of green algae is a natural occurrence during summer, it would be practical to the owners of resorts and other commercial establishments operating on the beach corridors in the region to exercise proper management of sanitation and waste disposal,” Tamayo said.

He said he would ask the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) regional director for Caraga Region Wilson L. Trajico to likewise look into the informal settlers along shorelines to determine the quality of water in their surrounding areas in accordance with the Clean Water Act and other environmental laws and regulations.

Tamayo said a well-designed sewage system may be practical and beneficial to the owners of the establishments in the tourist-destined beach resorts in the region. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


LGU assessors, planning officers get new learning strategy on land titling

SURIGAO CITY, May 12 (PIA) – More than 20 Assessors and Planning Officers from the different parts of the country have attended the three-day Roll Out and Immersion in Public Land Titling on the Systematic Adjudication Approach in Land Disposition sponsored by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Land Management Bureau at the Hotel Tavern, this city on April 22-24, 2015, DENR Director for Technical Services Atty. Pacquito Rosal announced on Monday.

The LGU planning officers and municipal, city and provincial assessors have learned about the guidelines for the implementation of public land titling being partners of the DENR. It can be recalled that the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has issued Memorandum Circular No. 211-117 which enjoins the local government units (LGUs) to support the intention of the said administrative order in integrating land titling program. It also enjoins the LGU to create a Land Information Office and Cadastral Council and name a Deputized Public Land Inspector for such purpose.

According to Rosal, the LGUs will greatly benefit with partnership arrangement for a titling program.

The participants have learned about the facilitation of titling activities with LGU jurisdiction, tax mapping, demographic mapping activities and geographic information system which are important in land titling.

This learning is expected to improve the tax collections of the LGU as it expands its tax base. Titled properties can be taxed properly therefore an increase in local revenues of a municipality could now support and improve delivery of basic services such as health and sanitation, infrastructure development, education, and social services among others.

Among the resource persons in the three day learning activity about land titling are Land Management Bureau assistant director Atty. Emelyn V. Talabis, Land Management Bureau chief Engr. Rolando Pablo, Land Administration and Management Services head Engr. Warlito Quirimit, and Center for Land Management Administration and Management manager Alice Robles.

The participants have also conducted an immersion with the community in Taganaan, Surigao del Sur where a one-stop shop on land titling was held so that the people can easily apply for free patents to residential lands under Republic Act No. 10023.

In order to qualify for the issuance of residential free patent, an applicant must be a Filipino citizen and actual occupant of the parcel land being applied either by herself or himself or through her or his predecessor-in-interest under a bona-fide claim of acquisition of ownership, for at least 10 years prior to filing of the application.

Predecessor-in-interest is a person who, before having lawfully transferred the parcel subject of the application to the applicant, has held and possessed the same in his or her own right and under a color of title acquired through any of the modes of acquisition recognized by the Civil Code. She or he has formerly occupied this parcel of land in the concept of an owner under a bona-fide claim of ownership, but relinquishes her or his right over the same in favor of the applicant. (DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


5 AgSur towns gear up for Kalahi-CIDSS implementation in CY 2015

By Eunice G. Montaos

BUTUAN CITY, May 12 (PIA) - The municipalities of Bunawan, Prosperidad, Rosario, Talacogon, and Trento in the province of Agusan del Sur are set to start this year the implementation of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Already on board last year, the Kalahi-CIDSS program, or the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP), is implemented in the 46 municipalities in Caraga region.

The aforementioned five municipalities add to the list of identified municipalities which are recipients of the said anti-poverty program of DSWD.

For CY 2015, a total amount of Php79,797,950 will be utilized by the five towns to complete community sub-projects by way of the community-driven development (CDD) approach used by the Program.

The grant is divided into the following: Bunawan (Php14,992,800), Prosperidad (Php20,000,000), Rosario (Php13,398,000), Talacogon (Php14,889,600), and Trento (Php16,517,550).

“In the CDD approach, the recipient communities will undergo the Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) where the residents of the communities get to decide the sub-projects that they most need, and they will be entrusted to manage the grant funds in implementing their opted projects,” said DSWD Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli.

She further bared that the local government units (LGUs) of the province, municipalities, and barangays are also involved in the process for they will be required to provide a local counterpart contribution (LCC), in-cash or in-kind.

While Kalahi-CIDSS follows an open menu system which means that communities are given the opportunity to propose whatever type of sub-project will best address their needs, barring those that are identified in the Negative list, the sub-projects are expected to fall into the categories namely water systems, school buildings, health stations, day care centers, electrifications, foot bridges, pathways, access roads, pre-and post-harvest facilities, irrigation systems, flood control systems, and environmental protection and conservation community projects.

DSWD Caraga assistant regional director Mita G. Lim, Kalahi-CIDSS regional program manager, also disclosed that along the implementation process, Area Coordinating Teams (ACTs) are deployed in the municipalities to assist, facilitate, and provide needed technical assistance to the communities.

“The ACTs, which are composed of an area coordinator, a technical facilitator, community empowerment facilitators, and finance analysts, are hired by DSWD to ensure the efficient and effective program implementation,” Lim added.

Recently, the regional management of Kalahi-CIDSS had a forum with the LGUs of the five towns for orientation and leveling-off as to the guidelines and requirements for Program engagement. The said activity was held at Paseo Suites, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.

The Kalahi-CIDSS program is one of the core poverty-reduction programs of DSWD which primarily aims to provide poor communities access to services and increase their participation in more inclusive local planning, budgeting, and implementation. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


23 mining company workers in SurSur freed

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 12 (PIA) – After two hours of being taken hostage, 23 workers of a mining company subcontractor—Nickelbase, Inc.—were freed without any ransom paid at around 10:00 a.m. on May 11, 2015 in Carrascal town, 72 kilometers north of the city.

According to the “First Progress Report” by P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero, PNP acting provincial director here, Carrascal Mayor Vicente Pimentel, Jr. immediately convened the Crisis Management Committee (CMC) “to address the prevailing situation.”

However, “the armed group is still in the mining site where there are thirty (30) units of backhoe, undetermined number of dump trucks, and four units of drilling machines,” Verdadero added.

It can be recalled in a text message to media by Capt. Al Anthony Pueblas, civil military operations (CMO) officer of the 36th Infantry Battalion (36IB) headed by Lt. Col. Anastacio Suaybaguio, Jr. under the 402nd Infantry Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division (4ID) of the Philippine Army (PA) that at around 8:00 a.m., 20 armed men believed to be rogue members of “Bagani,”  described as tribal guards of indigenous peoples’ (IP) communities in Carrascal, led by a certain Puperto Ponson a.k.a. Datu Bakintoy held captive some personnel of Nickelbase, Inc.

The CMO officer also told media that the armed group has withheld a number of mining equipment in the area.

Reportedly, a certain Rene Guerta, supervisor of Nickelbase, Inc. was informed that allegedly the perpetrators have demanded P24 million for the release of their hostages including the equipment. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)