Thursday, July 2, 2015

AgSur pre-marriage counselors complete 3-day refresher course

BUTUAN CITY, July 2 (PIA) – The Pre-Marriage Counseling (PMC) team of various towns in Agusan del Sur completed a three-day refresher course conducted by the Commission on Population (PopCom) - Caraga on June 23-25.

The training was organized by the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur in order to hone PMC counselors in developing and maintaining a responsive mechanism for an effective implementation of the PMC program in their locality - such as conducting PMC sessions for engaged couple applicants; and advocating for more effective implementation of said program to ensure continued awareness and support for the program.

PopCom Caraga regional director Alexander A. Makinano underscored the significant role of these trained PMC counselors for they provide engaged couples with critical information about marriage and relationships, responsible parenthood, maternal and child health, family planning and home management. “Engaged couples should ideally gain a lot of knowledge on how to make the marriage successful and how to nurture the family,” added Makinano.

Based on the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 01 Series of 2010 of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and Commission on Population (PopCom), the PMC team is composed of Population Officer, as team leader; Pre-Marriage Counselors from the City/Municipal Health and Nutrition Office, City/Municipal Social Welfare Development Office, City/Municipal Population and Development Office, City/Municipal Agriculture Office, Department of Education City/Municipal District Office, and civil society and faith-based organizations – as members of the team. (PopCom-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


“See for yourself. The records are clean,” says DENR Caraga chief

By Eric F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, July 2 (PIA) – “See for yourself, the records are clean.”

This was the statement of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga regional director Nonito M. Tamayo as he has took exception to a “highly-speculative” perception of some sectors about the special retrieval permit granted by the DENR to certain lumads as “a maneuver of corrupt DENR officials, local politicians and illegal loggers to circumvent Executive Order 23.”

“The retrieval of those typhoon Pablo-damaged logs in Esperanza and La Paz, Agusan del Sur have undergone thorough process, inventory and evaluation for a period of time before Sec. Paje gave the go signal. We are hiding nothing. Every individual who are interested to examine the records and documents of the DENR on this matter are free to do so,” stressed Tamayo. 

He has likewise rebuked criticism about the program. “Unless these speculations are backed up with hard evidences and proofs, those fabricated reports must be stopped, otherwise, it will only destroy the reputation and integrity of the agency undertaking a program that seeks to help the poverty-stricken lumads in the countryside,” Tamayo said.

The DENR has placed safeguards in the retrieval process of these typhoon-damaged logs to discourage irregularities while transport is in progress until the forest products reach an authorized wood processing plant. 

Forest Officer Romeo Luengas of the DENR Enforcement Division said that only accredited wood processing plants are authorized to buy those logs otherwise they are declared illegal. The proceeds are placed on a trust funds being managed by the local officials.

Luengas said the retrieval permit has been classified “special” because it is only good and applicable for 6 months duration which started on January 3, 2015 and ends on June 30, 2015.

There were however, some leaders of the lumads who have suggested that the privilege be extended for a brief period after its deadline but the DENR official is firmed about the instructions. “There will be no extension,” Tamayo said.

“The lumads were given time to extract and dispose all the inventoried typhoon-damaged logs found in their ancestral domain and the DENR believes the IP leaders are capable of doing the job given such a short period,” Tamayo said.

The operation is strictly monitored by DENR officer for Agusan del Sur Roberto Oliveros with OIC, CENR Officer Jerome Albia of Bayugan City and OIC, CENR Officer Luis Gonzaga of Talacogon in coordination with the local executive officials and the leaders of the lumad.

The Memorandum of Agreement made among the LGU officers of Esperanza , La Paz, NCIP, DENR, DSWD and leaders of the IPs in the concerned area has stipulated that only those typhoon-damaged logs which were inventoried by the DENR team are allowed to be disposed.  A total of 12,171.45 cubic meters were inventoried in Esperanza and 15,884.75 cubic meters in La Paz.

The leaders of the lumads particularly Datu Sagani Sumobol, Datu Mandumaguing, Datu Saludyuan Laguinao, Datu Makalantas Langbayan, Datu Makatumpag Santos Sag-or, Jr., Barangay Captain Salug Amando M. Balan, Barangay Captains Erwin Dumaguing, Polimer O. Pincalan, Gala P. Lindahug and Gregorio L. Quinamapy have proposed to utilize the trust funds from the proceeds of the typhoon-damaged logs deposited at the bank in several projects. These are the development and other livelihood programs as identified in the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development Protection Plan (ADSDPP) of the lumads, the mini-nursery of high-value crops, reconstruction of multi-purpose hall, reforestation, construction assistance and purchase of farm postharvest facilities. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


PopCom Caraga heightens male involvement on family health

BUTUAN CITY, July 2 (PIA) – Another KATROPA (Kalalakihang Tumutugon sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya) Session was initiated recently by the Commission on Population (PopCom)-Caraga among the 70 husbands and community leaders from selected barangays and offices of this city.

The event specifically aimed to equip these men with necessary knowledge and skills on maternal and child health in order that they would be personally effective in making decisions about their family’s health, personal development, and other related issues and concerns; and they can be mobilized as advocates from the ground for the development of needed policies and programs on Maternal Nutrition and Child Health Nutrition (MNCHN).

In his opening message, PopCom Caraga regional director Alexander A. Makinano emphasized that involving males as advocates for maternal health is considered a pioneering advocacy strategy that improve the policy and program environment for maternal and child health and nutrition and responsible parenting.

The term “katropa” connotes a group of male peers who have developed sense of camaraderie. PopCom believes that mobilizing men collectively for maternal health and responsible parenthood can make pregnancy and child birth a joyous moment for women as well as their male partners, instead of being situations where women have to risk their lives from the risk of pregnancy and child birth. (PopCom-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DTI launches Negosyo Center in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 2 (PIA) – The Negosyo Center located at the provincial office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Surigao del Sur headed by Provincial Director Romel Oribe was successfully launched on June 29 as set.

The activity was held at the space provided for it, roomy enough to accommodate those who attended the event.

Although it did not go perfectly as planned since the invited officials to grace the occasion did not make it due to equally important earlier commitment, the void was not at all felt because of the impact made by their respective representatives.

City Mayor Roxanne Pimentel sent Lorna Novo, city cooperative officer; First District Congressman Philip Pichay chose Manuel Acosta, his chief of staff to take his place; Governor Johnny Pimentel tasked Board Member Eleanor “Neneng” Momo to represent him to the affair; and Senator Bam Aquino, author of Go Negosyo Act, went for Luke Buniel, a Cantilan native, to make his presence felt.

Novo, for and in behalf of Mayor Pimentel, said that Tandag City has already what it takes to help facilitate the operation of the Negosyo Center.

“This is the reason why our city mayor has adapted the ‘one-stop-shop’ to ease the problem of having a hard time in getting business permits,” she declared.

For Manuel Acosta, chief of staff of Cong. Pichay, the establishment of Negosyo Center is a boon, saying that “the launch of Negosyo Center, like the Surigao del Sur office of DTI, is very timely to provide the entrepreneurs the necessary technologies and skills or simply knowhow to run a small business in the area.” 

“The Go Negosyo Act will bring government services to the constituents; more so to businesses through the establishment of Negosyo Centers in all provinces, cities, and municipalities,” Board Member Momo also said for her part.

On the part of the representative of Sen. Bam Aquino, Luke Buniel pointed out that the launch of the Negosyo Center here is the 35th in the country.  He said that they are aiming about a hundred Negosyo Centers to be launched this year.  But he was happy to note that DTI has set to launch 140 of this nationwide.

“I think this is the 35th Negosyo Center for this year.  So we are targeting a hundred for this year pero magaling yung DTI. . . 140 daw yung kaya nila.  So that’s 40 percent beyond target,” Buniel noted.

The senator’s alter ego admitted he was impressed by the Negosyo Center here, adding “I hope the service will be as awesome as the office!”  He congratulated Oribe for the job well done.

“Today we will be redefining entrepreneurial development.  Today we will be reengineering the way we assist small and medium enterprises by launching the Negosyo Center which is envisioned to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ and an interactive help desk for SMEs to make their lives easier,” the DTI provincial director stressed in his welcoming remarks.

For the closing remarks, DTI Caraga regional director Brielgo Pagaran, aside from sharing important information relative to bottom-up budgeting and other business and economics related facts, lauded Senator Bam Aquino for his track record, citing in particular the authorship of two laws--Go Negosyo Act and Lemon law. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


PDIC to pay depositors of the closed Siargao Bank starting July 3

MANILA, July 2 (PIA) - The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) will start servicing the deposit insurance claims of depositors of the closed Siargao Bank (A Rural Bank), Inc. on Friday, July 3, 2015.

Servicing of claims for the bank's Head Office and Mainit Branch will be conducted on July 3 and 6, 2015, 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. The Head office is located at No. 03406 Jose C. Sering Building, Borromeo St., Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, while the Mainit Branch is at Palileo St., Mainit, Surigao del Norte. Meanwhile, servicing of claims for the bank's Dapa Branch will be conducted at the bank's premises in Barangay 8, Dapa, Surigao del Norte on July 3, 6 and 7, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Depositors with valid deposit balances of P50,000 and below, with complete mailing address found in the bank records or updated through the Mailing Address Update Form, and without any outstanding obligation with the bank do not need to file claims.

Depositors with account balances of more than P50,000, and those with outstanding obligations with the closed Siargao Bank or with incomplete mailing address, or those who maintain the account under the name of business entities, regardless of type of account and account balance, are required to file their deposit insurance claims. The announcement on the claims settlement operations of Siargao Bank is posted at its offices and in the PDIC website, www.pdic.gov.ph.

When filing claims for deposit insurance, depositors are advised to personally present the original copy of evidence of deposit such as Savings Passbook and Certificate of Time Deposit, and two (2) valid photo-bearing IDs with signature of the depositor. Depositors who were not able to come personally may file their claims through mail and enclose the same set of documentary requirements.

Depositors who are below 18 years old should be represented by a parent who should submit a photocopy of the child's Birth Certificate issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or a duly certified copy issued by the Local Civil Registrar as an additional requirement. The parent should sign the Claim Form and the other requirements. Claimants who are not the signatories in the bank records are required to submit an original copy of a notarized Special Power of Attorney (SPA). In the case of a minor depositor, the SPA must be executed by the parent.

The procedures and requirements for filing of deposit insurance claims are posted in the PDIC website,www.pdic.gov.ph. The Claim Form and format of the SPA may also be downloaded from the PDIC website. PDIC will not accept claims which are incomplete or lacking in requirements.

Depositors who are not able to file their claims during the claims settlement operations period may submit their claims either through mail to PDIC or personally at the PDIC Public Assistance Center, 3rd Floor, SSS Bldg., 6782 Ayala Avenue corner V.A. Rufino Street, Makati City starting on July 16, 2015.

In accordance with the provisions of the PDIC Charter, the last day for filing deposit insurance claims in the closed Siargao Bank is on June 15, 2017. After this date, PDIC as Deposit Insurer, shall no longer accept any deposit insurance claims.

The PDIC said that all valid claims will be paid. For deposits to be considered valid, it must be recorded in the bank's records and must have evidence of inflow of funds, based on the results of PDIC examination. PDIC, as Receiver, has the authority to adjust the interest rate on unpaid interests on deposits of a bank if such rate is deemed unreasonable.

For more information, depositors may contact the Public Assistance Department at telephone numbers (02) 841-4630 to 31, or e-mail at pad@pdic.gov.ph. Depositors outside Metro Manila may call the PDIC Toll Free Hotline at 1-800-1-888-PDIC (7342). (PDIC/PIA-Caraga)


DILG holds PAMANA partners' forum

By Mary Jul E. Escalante

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 2 (PIA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) organized a two-day PAMANA-DILG Fund Partners' Forum Year 3 from July 1 to 2, 2015 held at the Mazaua Island Resort, Butuan City.

The PAMANA (Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan) DILG Fund is the national government's peace and development framework to respond and strengthen peace building, reconstruction and development in conflict affected areas and is now on its 4th year of implementation.

It aims to reduce poverty and vulnerability in conflict affected areas through community infrastructure and focused delivery of social services.

A total of P1.7 billion has already been implemented thru this facility in Caraga region.

Surigao del Norte shared the biggest allocation for the year 2014 with a total cost of P210 million which is allocated for the two bridges with one road component at LASICAM (Lahi, Sico-sico, Camam-oman) area in the municipality of Gigaquit.

For this year, another P143 Million will be implemented to include the P50 million-Camp Edward-Ferlda road in Alegria, P50 million-Sapa bridge in Claver, P40 million-Payapag-Little Baguio road in Bacuag, P3 million-water supply in Pongtud, Lahi and Sapa.

The two-day activity was attended by the provincial and city engineers, information officers, planning officers, PAMANA focal persons, Phil. Army, Philippine National Police, OPAPP representative, DILG, and other partners and stakeholders of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur. (SDR/PIC-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


OWWA launches search for 2015 Model OFW Family in Caraga

By Jean Mary G. Ronquillo

BUTUAN CITY, July 2 (PIA) - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Welfare Office Caraga announces the launching of search for Model OFW Family of the Year Award (MOFYA) in Caraga region.

Now, on its 11th year, the annual MOFYA search is designed to give due recognition to outstanding achievements of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families in promoting best practices in managing family challenges albeit adverse effects of overseas migration on family solidarity and cohesiveness.

Regional Director Samuel Madrid of OWWA Caraga is encouraging the following sectors: Non Government Organizations (NGOs), Peoples’ Organizations (POs), Religious Groups, Community based Socio-Civic Organizations and Local Government Units (LGUs) to send their MOFYA nominees.

To be eligible for nomination, the family must be headed by an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), land-based or sea-based, formerly or presently working abroad with a formal or informal contract of employment or work permit, and must have a proof of OWWA membership.

MOFYA nominees must conform to the following criteria: (a) 50 percent for wholesome OFW family; (b) 20 percent for civic/community involvement of OFW and family members; (c) 20 percent for success in children’s or family member’s education; and (d) 20 percent for success in managing family finances.

The selection process among MOFYA nominees will be held on October. Two families coming sea-based and land-based categories will be chosen as MOFYA regional winners and will represent the region to the national search.


For more information about the program, kindly visit the OWWA Caraga office at Nimfa Tiu Bldg. II, J.P. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City or contact us at (085) 342-6178/2255989. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)