Wednesday, August 19, 2015


PhilHealth officials recognize media, govt IOs as partner health advocates

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 19 (PIA) – “Media’s task is to report and ours is to provide content. Media relay our members’ concerns and we address them.”

This was the statement of Maria Sophia Varlez, Senior Manager of Corporate Communication Department in the Philippine Health (PhilHealth) Insurance Corporation during the one-day Orientation on Social Health Insurance Education Series (SHInE) for Caraga region held on Tuesday in one of the local convention centers here.

“We are expressing our thanks and gratitude to our partner media, as well as the information officers in the government for their strong support and for continuously disseminating vital information to the public especially our health programs and services so that the most vulnerable sector in the remote community will be aware and can avail of the government’s health programs,” added Varlez.

The said official also recognized the effort of the information officers in the government sector for religiously promoting the welfare of the people and co-workers and letting them know about their benefits in PhilHealth. “Media uphold their stake as members while we in the government service live up to our mandate,” she stressed.

“PhilHealth has its action center which provides immediate response to e-mails, SMS, phone calls, letters and assistance to walk-in clients. The media interviews also enable us to respond directly to our public’s concerns. We also do referrals to concerned regional offices to generate immediate action on complaints/queries,” disclosed Varlez.

Varlez further emphasized that PhilHealth and the media shall continue to work closely together to uphold principles of social solidarity and Bayanihan spirit; advance heightened awareness and appreciation for benefits; and promote the National Health Insurance Program for the benefit of every Filipino. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Del Monte OFW family org elders train in IT

By Jean Pearl I. Millones

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 19 (PIA) -  The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in its pursuit to promptly respond to the eager aspiration of its members for organizational development, rolled off the 4-day Information Technology (IT) Training for the Del Monte Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Families Organization (DMOFO) on August 10-13, 2015 at the Barangay Hall of Del Monte, Talacogon, Agusan del Sur.

 In the vision to familiarize the basic commands in operating a computer and gradually be able to utilize the advent of technology in bridging the gap between their loved ones abroad, some 18 members with ages ranging from 40-60 participated in the information technology training conducted by OWWA.

Having seen the need to cope up with the fast advancement of technology, Ariel N. Arreza, the president of the organization, shared his gratitude for having been afforded with the training that will help them in the necessary preparations for the realization of their organizational visions. He also added that it is never too late to keep up with the information age.

More than just the orientation to the social media and the internet as the main use of computers, Vincent B. Mahinay, IT Instructor of OWWA Regional Welfare Office Caraga discussed five modules which included the computer fundamentals 1 and 2, the internet and Microsoft Office i.e. Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

The graduation program, which was attended by the barangay councilors of Del Monte and the municipal PESO Manager of Talacogon, Engr. Remigio Remidio, paved way for the introduction of the ideals of the organization in continuously enhancing their livelihood and in amplifying their contribution to the economy through utilization of the lush soil of the locality.

Furthermore, the newly elected officers of the Talacogon OFW and Dependents Association (TODA) from Poblacion, Talacogon also joined the program for their induction ceremony.

In order to keep abreast with the very competitive world of today, OWWA Caraga regional director Samuel S. Madrid stressed the importance of coordination to maintain cohesiveness among the Talacogon OFW organizations to be able to create a more intensified influence and yield a better outcome. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur guv calls for peace caravan final meeting

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 19 (PIA) – Governor Johnny Pimentel has called a final meeting on Monday for the two-day peace caravan that is going to be held in the towns of Marihatag and Lianga here to serve a total of 12 barangays of said local government units (LGUs) including three barangays of another adjacent San Agustin town on August 24-25.

For the past several weeks or so, a series of meetings have been held with the representatives of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and other national and local government agencies for the success of the endeavor.

The governor, who presided over the meeting, himself, wanted a “seamless” conduct of the entire activity, making sure that everything is going to be in order.

Everybody in attendance, who will have a crucial role especially in the delivery of basic services during the two-day affair, was asked about the status or progress of their respective preparations as well as their readiness.

With the theme “Nagkakaisang Bayan para sa Kapayapaan: The Government is Committed in Pursuing Development that can be Enjoyed by All,” the peace caravan, according to organizers,  has three objectives, to wit:  To reinforce the gains of peacebuilding initiatives in conflict-affected areas; To take advantage of the opportunity to provide a convergent delivery of basic services of all participating government agencies; and To instill in the minds of the communities the genuine kind of government which is seriously working for them.

Meanwhile, an estimated 8,360 community participants are targeted to be served based on documentation, broken down as follows:  Marihatag Cluster with six barangays (Amontay, 220; Mahaba, 621; Mararag, 663; San Isidro, 1,689; Bayan, 250; and San Pedro, 765) has 4,208 and San Agustin-Lianga Cluster with three barangays each (Buhisan, 681; Pong-on, 120; and Janipaan, 412 for the former; and San Isidro, 922; St. Christine, 823; and Diatagon, 1,194 for the latter)  has 4,152.

During the meeting, rundown of all regional line agencies (RLA) as well as their respective counterparts at the local level, which committed to bring their services, have been crosschecked.

These include, among others, the Department of Agriculture (DA) for livestock services and distribution of assorted vegetable seeds and coffee planting materials; Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for distribution of sewing machines to women’s association of Diatagon, Lianga and for the promotion of advocacy on Kasambahay Law;  Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for the distribution of 7,000 packs of complementary food for babies, the same amount of packs for nutria curls, and for the distribution of  information materials on DOST services; Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for passporting; Commission on Elections (COMELEC) for voter registration; and Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) for the distribution of 3,200 coconut seedlings in Marihatag and 2,300 of the same in Lianga. 

The holding of peace caravan here is a goodwill gesture of promoting peace, first and foremost, making the people aware that government and all its instrumentalities are one in taking care of the constituents in conflict-affected areas by bringing in basic services, it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tadag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: HEALS Plus victory forum gipahigayon sa brgy. Camp Eduard

Ni Mary Jul E. Escalante

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Agosto 19 (PIA) – Malamposong nga gipahigayon ang HEALS Plus Victory Forum, Governor's Dialogue, ug Panambay sa Barangay niadtong Agosto 17, 2015 didto sa Brgy. Camp Eduard, Alegria, sakop ning probinsya.

Kauban sa lakaw sa gobernador mao sila Cong. Francisco T. Matugas, Vice Governor  Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr. Board Member Simeon Castrence, Mamerto Galanida, Mayor Dominador Esma, Col. Arsenio Sadural sa Phil. Army, Surigao City Schools Division Superintendent Fidela Rosas ug ang Team Capitol.

Atol sa maong okasyon, nag apod-apod og mga food packs sa mga lumulupyo, nag turn over ug tseke kantidad 150,000 mill ka pesos alang sa pagtapos sa Brgy. Multipurpose Hall.

Mipasalig usab ang gobernador nga magbutang og school stage sa Camp Eduard Elem. School, hand tractor nga ilang gipangayo para sa pagtanom ug giawhag sa gobernador nga magtanom ang mga estudyante ug mga rambotan nga prutas sa dakong luna sa ilang eskwelahan.

Ang Brgy. Camp Eduard usa usab sa makadawat ug proyekto kantidad ug P50 milyones alang sa road concreting ubos sa PAMANA DILG nga pondo nga gikatakdang i-implementar karong tuiga.

Dako gayod ang pagpasalamat ug kalipay ni Punong Brgy. Randy Sambuang sa maong barangay nga gibisitahan sila sa gobernador tungod kay si Gov. Matugas pa ang nakaabot nga gobernador sa ilang lugar ingon man usab ni Cong. Matugas nga nakabisita usab sa panahon nga siya pa ang gobernador sa probinsya ug giisip nila kining makasaysayanong panghitabo nga nakaabot gayod ang gobernador sa ilang lugar dala ang serbisyo sa kapitoyo ug uban pang mga kaayuhan ug kalambuan para sa ilang barangay.

Sa samang higayon, mibisita usab ang team capitol sa lugar diin nanimuyo ang mga mamanwa o mga lumad  alang sa posibleng core shelter project nga gihangyo sa ilang tribu pinaagi sa ilang lider nga si Bae Arlinda Soriaco. (SDR/PIC-SdN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)