2.03.2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016



Agnor SP backs scholarship grants for barangay officials

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 3 (PIA) - The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Agusan del Norte recently asked the Committee on Education of the House of Senate and House of Representatives to ensure the fund allocation of the Scholarship Grants Program for barangay officials and their beneficiaries.

The SP passed and approved a resolution requesting the House of Congress for the inclusion of fund allocation in the General Appropriations Act for the sustainable implementation of the said scholarship grants as provided for under Section 393 B (4) of RA 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991.

Pursuant to Section 393 B (4) of RA 7160, it mandated that the punong barangay, the sangguniang barangay members, the barangay treasurer, the barangay secretary and their legitimate dependent children, and the sangguniang kabataan officials attending state universities or colleges (SUCs) shall be exempted during their incumbency from paying tuition to the schools they enrolled.

In adherence to the said provision, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) issued Memorandum Order Nos. 62-1997 and 15-2009 to provide guidelines for all SUCs on the said scholarship grant.

However, a problem ensued as the scholarship program is not honored by SUCs because there is no assurance of fund allocation from the national government and there is no existing clear-cut mechanism as to where they can obtain the payments or reimbursements of the tuition or matriculation fees incurred by the beneficiaries.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Davao Oriental and Marinduque expressed the same concerns on the matter and were soliciting the support from the SP of Agusan del Norte to request the national government to adopt a clear-cut mechanism that will ensure the fund allocation of the program and payment to SUCs.

The SP of Agusan del Norte strongly supported the move and immediately passed and approved a resolution requesting the House of Congress to address the said problem. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DAR extends P24.8M to ARBOs of Surigao Norte, Dinagat Islands

By Daryll M. Tumbaga

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 3 (PIA) - A total of P24,856,589.00 has already been extended by the Department of Agrarian Reform - Surigao del Norte (DAR-SDN) to its assisted agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) through its project Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) since it started last 2012.

This is what Ma. Elizabeth L. De Guzman, the provincial agrarian reform program officer I of DAR-SDN made known during the ARBO assessment on ARCCESS project last January 27, 2016 at the Philippine Gateway Hotel, this city.

The ARCCESS benefits 11 ARBOs in both the provinces of Surigao del Norte and the Dinagat Islands.

Out of 11 ARBOs, nine are from Surigao Norte and two from Dinagat Islands.

For the first time, after four years of implementation through DAR-SDN’s Program Beneficiaries Development Division, the said ARBOs were tasked to assess on their experiences and impression on ARCCESS.

They assessed the four components of ARCCESS which are common service facilities, agri-extension services, business development service, and progress project monitoring.

In general, the recipient ARBOs were more than glad that they were able to access government services through ARCCESS implemented by DAR.

They said that the project really helped in augmenting the income of their organizations and increase the productivity and income of their members especially the agrarian reform beneficiaries.

PARPO De Guzman hoped that the ARBOs will be able to sustain the project to further serve other ARBOs and their neighboring barangays. (DAR-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)