7.15.2015

Monday, July 13, 2015

PESO managers undergo labor force data training

By Iris C. Asis

BUTUAN CITY, July 13 (PIA) - For the longest time, the local government units have been requesting provincial disaggregated labor force data from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Now, the Philippine Employment Service Office (PESO) managers can make their own LMI (Labor Market Information) based on the links and Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA) data.

Seventy three PESO managers along with their respective staff were taught on how to go about the matrices from PSA and DOLE on the “Provincial Evaluation and Assessment from 1st-5th Waves Cum LMI” held on July 9-10, 2015 at Prince Hotel, this city.

“Now we know how to get our own employment and unemployment rate, mas madali na sa para sa amin makagawa ng analysis on our economic progress specially with the skills map we now have,” Emilio Pantejo, Surigao del Norte, Provincial PESO said.

Participants presented their employment data as part of the workshop as well as their individual skills maps and updates on the number of skills registered.

The SRS (Skils Registry System) plays a vital part in the LMI. The data derived from this program may be used to analyze job mismatch and identify the rise and fall of employment.

To further enhance the SRS, Mark Portillo, IT of the municipality of Socorro, presented their newly installed PESO system. He showed the crowd how easy report generation is using the program.

The parties were also taught the basics on news and LMI writing to formalize their interpretation on their calculated employment data.

“Jam-packed ang activity na ito, we learned a lot, thanks to DOLE Caraga for continuously conducting capacity building activities like this. Iba ang set-up ng SRS Assessment and Evaluation Exercises ngayon, improved talaga,” James Soria, PESO Manager of Hinatuan said. (DOLE-13/PIA-Caraga)


Education caravan goes to Surigao City barangay

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 13 (PIA) - To inspire the schoolchildren of Canlanipa Central Elementary School in barangay Canlanipa, this city, the provincial government through governor Sol F. Matugas initiated the distribution of packbags filled with school supplies and health kits during the recently held education caravan.

DepEd Surigao City district supervisor Dr. Richard Antallan and Canlanipa Barangay captain Joel Cambalon, also supported the caravan in line with the HEALS Plus agenda of the governor dubbed “Marajaw Edukasyon.”

“I am truly beholden and definitely thankful to be with you all in this very important caravan which is a pure confirmation and solid testament of 'Marajaw Edukasyon' (good education) to sustain 'Ang Bag-ong Surigao' (the new Surigao)," governor Matugas said in her message.

She said that the packbags that were distributed are filled with school supplies and health kits because she wants the pupils to be the smartest, the brightest and the healthiest kids in town.

“What we aim is for our schoolboy and schoolgirls to appreciate, understand and study their lessons well because we love them and we want to dedicate our best for them,” she said.

Matugas further said that the Education Roadmap of the province is rightly anchored on sincere aspiration to mold the character of the young, and introduce them to a world thriving and brimming with complete understanding, active involvement and pure wisdom and to be clear in guiding and training them how to become productive, noble and responsible citizens of the country. (SDR/PGO-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Population workers undergo short course on responsible parenthood, family planning

BUTUAN CITY, July 13 (PIA) - The barangay population volunteers (BPVs) from various barangays in the cities of Butuan and Cabadbaran, and in the province of Agusan del Sur are now ready to reach-out more couples in the community after completing a short course on Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP).

The training was aimed to enhance the capacities of the BPVs to become more effective and efficient in providing quality family planning and health-related information and services to the couples and in performing their duties and responsibilities in their respective barangay.

Commission on Population (PopCom) Caraga regional director Alexander A. Makinano revealed that this capability building activity included training on interpersonal communication (IPC) and counseling techniques and skills on modern methods of family planning.

“Training and intensified mobilization of barangay population volunteers would be a great help in promoting Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Family Planning in the community level,” Makinano emphasized.

Said activity was facilitated by the PopCom-Caraga in partnership with the Department of Health-Caraga. (PopCom-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DTI Surigao Norte resolves 28 consumer complaints in first semester

By Rodrigo R. Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 13 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Surigao del Norte was able to resolve 28 consumer complaints brought to their office from January 1 up to June 30, this year through mediation and arbitration.

This is equivalent to 21.73 percent increase over the same period in 2014 with just 23 resolved cases. 

Of the 28 cases resolved, 18 cases were under the Consumer Act of the Philippines such as deceptive sales practices, liability on products and services, as well as credit transactions, one case is under the Philippine Lemon Law involving purchase of a new car and the other 10 complaints were on poor customer service.

The cases were resolved upon mutual agreement of the concerned business establishments and the respective consumer-complainant to undergo a mediation meeting facilitated by DTI Provincial Mediation Officer Josephine Gabutin.

One of the cases involved a defective furniture product that was returned by the customer of which the respondent establishment made a proportionate refund on the cost of the item.

DTI provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan encouraged the consuming public in cases they have purchases related problems to approach first the Consumer Welfare Desk of the business establishments before seeking the help of DTI and other concerned agencies.

He said it is only when their concerns are not properly attended to by the establishment that they should seek redress to any appropriate government agency having consumer protection functions depending on the type of products and nature of service.

Negapatan, further emphasized that consumer-related problems on defective manufactured and processed products are the concerns of DTI and the Department of Agriculture (DA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Energy and the National Telecommunications Commission are just few of the agencies attending to consumer-related issues on agricultural and fishery commodities, medicines and processed food items, electric power and fuels; and mobile phone, internet and other telecommunication services, respectively.

For more information on the mechanism of filing consumer complaint, they can visit the Consumer Welfare Desk of the DTI Provincial Office, 2nd Floor, Simtoco Bldg., Burgos Street, this city or call telephone number 826-6129 or 09195971199. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DTI AgNor empowers 4Ps beneficiaries

By Rey Corvera

BUTUAN CITY, July 13 (PIA) – “Everyone, whether rich or poor, deserves to know their consumer rights and responsibilities, and be protected.”

This was emphasized during a recent Consumer Education Seminar (CES) for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries in Barangay Obrero, this city.

The activity was conducted by DTI-Agusan del Norte Provincial Office (DTI-ADN) in cooperation with Butuan City Social Welfare and Development.

Believing that 4Ps beneficiaries, perhaps more than others need to protect themselves from unfair and deceptive sales practices, the agency has deemed it a priority to educate them on consumer awareness and imparting to them necessary information on consumer protection.

With their limited income that depends on cash subsidy from the government for their immediate basic needs, knowledge and information on consumerism must be provided to stretch their income and get the best value for money. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DOH-13 continues to monitor food poisoning cases in Caraga; hospital admission dips to 66

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, July 13 (PIA) - The Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office here in Caraga region continues to conduct direct monitoring of the admitting hospitals and other health facilities here in the region regarding the management and status of the food poisoning patients even as the number of those admitted dipped to 66.

The Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) through its latest Situational Report No. 6 on “Food Poisoning In Caraga Region” issued on Sunday evening, said a total of 1,925 cases of food poisoning was reported.

However, 1,859 of the patients had been discharged from confinement at the various medical facilities where they had been confined, and only 66 individuals remained in admission at the hospitals and clinics in the region, according to the latest update from the regional disaster risk and management council here.

No deaths are reported.

The RDRRMC report said that as of 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, of the total 197 cases admitted at the Bayugan Community Hospital in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur, 195 had already been discharged and only two remained in admission.

In Marihatag District Hospital, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur, out of 219 cases, 201 were discharged and 18 still admitted; Lianga District Hospital, Lianga, Surigao del Sur, all 25 cases had been discharged; Madrid District Hospital, Madrid, Surigao del Sur, of the 229 cases, 201 had been discharged and 28 admitted; in Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center, Tandag City, of the 535 cases, 531 had been discharged and 4 remain admitted; in the Regional Health Unit Cagwait, Cagwait, Surigao del Sur out of the 502 cases, 498 had been discharged and only four remain in admission and at the Cortes Community Hospital, Cortes, Surigao del Sur, all of the five cases had been discharged.

In Surigao del Norte, of the 196 cases admitted at the Surigao del Norte Provincial Hospital, all had been discharged and of the 17 who were admitted at the Caraga Regional Hospital, Surigao City, seven had been discharged and 10 remain to be in admission.

The RDRRMC also advised its Development Management Office to collect vomitus specimen among patients, and conducted contact tracing with the source or distributors of the candies. Police authorities continued the search, arrest and to legally investigate the responsible persons.

The Municipal and Barangay Disaster Risk and Management Operation Centers in the affected areas were activated, while “Barangay Bandilyo” (Roving Public Annonucements) were being done, advising all residents to refrain from eating or distributing similar sweets to the alleged “Durian candies and Bubble gums” and advising to immediately report or present themselves to their respective BDRRMCs, those who have already eaten the said sweets for check up at the nearest hospital.

DOH-13 had dispatched its Regional Rapid Damage Assessment Team as well as the DOH Provincial Team to assist and provide intravenous fluids, medicines and other logistics to affected LGUs. Likewise, provincial health offices in the region remain alerted to closely monitor the incident and immediately report cases.

The RDRRMC operation center continues to undertake frequent coordination with the local DRRMCs for real time situational update. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)


DTI strengthens further city-wide store complaints desks

By Rodrigo Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 13 (PIA) - “Most of the major establishments in this city are now mature in dealing with customers with complaints.”

This is the assessment of the Department of Trade and Industry-Surigao del Norte Provincial Office (DTI-SDN) coming from a recent meeting with personnel handling store-based consumer welfare desks (CWDs).

Over the years, DTI has organized store-level Consumer Welfare Desks (CWDs) in major establishments across the city in its efforts to promote immediate and effective resolution of various consumer complaints.

In the meeting, participants discussed the current efforts of major business establishments in addressing consumers concerns and shared their experiences in addressing consumer-related issues right at their establishments.

J Marketing, another appliance center, has made sure that the use of appliances is thoroughly discussed with the buyers especially on latest appliances with new features like light emitting diode (LED) TVs, washing machines, micro-wave oven, and even on the use of remote control.  Customers should be able to study carefully these electronic appliances to be able to properly operate the unit.  DTI-SDN personnel added that in discussing the use of appliances with senior citizens, salespersons must ensure that accompanying adults are informed as well.

Eduhome Enterprises shared that the delay in release of vehicle registration and plate number of motorcycles sold by their store is not within their control but rather the Land Transportation Office (LTO).  What the stores can do is to properly explain to the customer the process of getting these permits from the LTO prior to sealing the deal.

With regard to the city public market consumer welfare services, Albert Lustiva, City Market Administrator, explained that for buyers who have doubts on the accuracy of the weighing scale used by vendors, he encouraged all consumers to report it the office of the market administrator immediately so they can make necessary action to verify the report and imposed the corresponding penalties.  He also advised consumers to use the Timbangan ng Bayan provided by DTI placed at different accessible locations at the city public market to verify the weight of their purchased items.

On its part, DTI-SDN reiterated to the participants the rights and responsibilities of consumers under the law so they can better serve their customers, and if possible, address complaints immediately at their level.  To improve their customer handling skills, participants were also briefed on customer relationship management and basic mediation mechanism. (DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Caraga)