Friday, March 18, 2016



DILG sets barangay assembly in AgSur

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 18 (PIA) - As per Proclamation No. 260 dated September 2011, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga is once again spearheading the conduct of the Barangay Assembly Day on the 26th of March 2016.

Pursuant to Sections 397 (a) of the Local Government Code, a Barangay Assembly shall be composed of all persons who are actual residents of the Barangay for at least six months. 15 years of age or over, citizens of the Philippines, and duly registered in the list of barangay assembly members.

For Agusan del Sur, the Barangays Mahagsay and Duangan in the municipalities of Esperanza, and Barangay Sabang Gibong in Trento of same province will hold the Barangay Assembly on March 19, 2016 with the Philippine National Police (PNP), local chief executives, Sangguniang Bayan (SB), and Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs).

San Francisco, Agusan del Sur will hold the same activity in Brgy. Pasta on March 20, 2016, 1:00 p.m. at the Brgy. Hall with DILG, MLGOO and PNP.

Meanwhile, on March 26, 2016, the following barangays in the different municipalities of Agusan del Sur will hold this year's Barangay Assembly: Brgy. Panagangan in the municipality of La Paz; Brgy. Nueva Gracia in Loreto; Brgy. Sta. Isabel in Sta. Josefa; and Brgy. Poblacion in Trento. It will be conducted simultaneously that will start at 1:00 p.m.
Said activity is anchored on the theme "Ipagpatuloy ang Nasimulan, tungo sa Tuwid na Daan Makilahok, Makisali sa Barangay Assembly!" (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DILG AgNor readies conduct of Brgy Assembly

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Mar 18 (PIA) – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Agusan del Norte provincial office and the local government units (LGUs) province-wide are now ready for the nationwide conduct of the Barangay Assembly.

According to Ellen Vee P. Chua, officer-in-charge of DILG Agusan del Norte, their office has already created a monitoring team in order to check and monitor the compliance of the different LGUs of the province.

The Barangay Assembly Day for the first semester of 2016 is scheduled on March 26, Saturday, but because it falls on Black Saturday, 70 to 80 percent of the province’s barangays will conduct its assembly on Saturday, March 19 and the rest on March 26, as scheduled, said Chua.

She also said that the city and municipal mayors are enjoined to ensure compliance and maximum participation in the said undertaking of all barangay officials in their respective jurisdictions.  Wide information dissemination like hanging of streamers in strategic locations is required to get maximum participation from the community, Chua added.

During the assembly, the Punong Barangay will also deliver his/her State of Barangay Address (SOBA); financial report; updates on programs and projects implementation; 2016 plans and programs /projects; Barangay Bottom-up Budgetting (BBuB); campaign against illegal drugs through the “Mamamayan, Sugpuin ang Iligal na Droga” or MASID and Revitalization of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC).

Also, discussion on Barangay Registration of Kasambahay, local issues and concerns on disaster preparedness, solid waste management, and other relevant issues affecting barangays; and promoting and sustaining barangay good governance are part of the topics during assembly.

The conduct of the Barangay Assembly is mandated in accordance with Sections 397 and 398 of Republic Act 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code (LGC) of 1991 which require the barangay assembly to meet twice a year, to hear and discuss the semestral report of the Sangguniang Barangay concerning its activities and finances as well as problems affecting the barangay. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


OWWA Caraga holds Zika virus awareness forum

By Jean Pearl I. Millones

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 18 (PIA) - In observance to the nation’s annual celebration of the Women’s Month, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga spearheaded the Zika awareness forum to the workers undergoing the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) on March 15, 2016 at the OWWA Training Hall here.

The recently held forum was aimed at promoting a better understanding about the currently spreading mosquito-borne virus among the ready-to-leave Household Service Workers (HSW) especially that the virus is known to circulate in parts of Africa, America and Asia.

Zika Virus is transmitted by the same type of mosquito that carries the dengue and chikungunya virus, the Aedes Aegypti, mainly in tropical regions. The virus has recently been strongly correlated with microcephaly, a neurological disorder that results in babies being born with abnormally small heads and possibly undeveloped cerebral capabilities linked to women who were infected with Zika during their pregnancies.

Purposely designed to increase awareness in the health issue especially concerning women, said forum highlighted the symptoms, diagnosis its effects and its treatment.

Although it is advised to avoid traveling in areas with an active infestation, speaker Richard B. Maniago, Senior Health Program Officer of the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga, recommended to the workers to strictly adhere to mosquito protection measures since there is yet no treatment or vaccine available.

Officers and Staff of OWWA Regional office also joined in the forum since there have already been recorded cases of the virus being transmitted in the country.

The activity also aimed to highlight the contribution of women to the issues of today. It is a gesture of the agency to involve women in public advocacy especially those relating to health and developmental concerns.

This is one of the lined-up activities of OWWA Caraga in celebration of women’s month. This year's theme is “Kapakanan ni Juana, Iapel sa Adyenda.” The agency has earlier joined in the fun walk during kick-off ceremony organized by the Regional Development Council- Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC). (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur BIR continues streak in low collection performance

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 18 (PIA) – Despite the grit to hit the monthly collection goal early this year, the Revenue District Office (RDO) 106 of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), this province, has continued to suffer poor performance in tax collection for quite some time.

Amanoding Esmael, revenue district officer, in a signed Collection Performance report dated January to February 2016, pointed out an increase in tax collection not for this year, but instead in a comparative data versus the same period of last year.

Based on the cumulative report for the first two months of 2016, the local BIR had accounted for P144,131,740.15, citing that February collection was posted at P58,708,513.22 and obviously with the balance of P85,423,226.93 for the  month of January.

The January to February 2015 collection was placed at a total of P128,087,886.97; with the month of February at P56,020,991.38 and clearly January at P72,066,895.59, notably with an increase of P16,043,853.18 or equivalent to12.53 percent..

However, per Revenue Memorandum Order No. 2-2016 dated January 6, 2016, the BIR here was supposed to have collected a total of P102,899,000 for the month of January and P79,802,000 for the month of February, respectively. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Farmers in AgSur receive biosand, iron removal filters

By Josette Simbajon and Randy Dapar

PATIN-AY, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 18 (PIA) – Farmers in Barangay Mahagkot, Esperanza, this province recently received Biosand and Iron Removal Filters from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

Barangay Mahagkot is one of the recipients of Community-Managed Potable Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (CPWASH) Project.  It is under the regular fund scheme in which the barangay local government unit (BLGU) and DAR shared their respective counterpart.

Mahagkot provided their share for the materials of the facilities, while DAR gave capability development assistance. Two water facilities were successfully constructed recently, namely bio-sand filter and iron removal filter through a training which was participated by farmers/para Engineers.  The resource person and the foreman of the activity were from Barangay San Isidro, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.

After the physical project completion and hands-on construction process review, a turn-over was conducted recently in Brgy. Mahagkot, Esperanza handing over the project to the ARBs of Esperanza with expression of commitment and project sustainability on their part.  This was a way of fulfilling the mission of the DAR to extend support services to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries.  (JPG/DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


COMELEC, PNP, AFP spearhead peace covenant signing in Dinagat Islands

By Grace C. Fabor

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Mar. 18 (PIA) - Aiming to ensure that the right of the people to suffrage is protected, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spearheaded the Peace Covenant Signing for Secure and Fair Election (SAFE) 2016 held recently at the Provincial Guest Center, Capitol Compound, Brgy. Cuarinta, San Jose, this province.

Acting Provincial Election supervisor Atty. Alvin Prandy Canta led the pledge of personal commitment towards a secure and fair election before the signing proper.

Atty. Canta further extended his gratitude for the cooperation and willingness of political leaders in heeding to their call for a peaceful, secure and fair election.

The local candidates present solemnly pledged to work towards the realization of a peaceful, SAFE 2016 and that they will abide the constitution of the Republic of the Philippines and all laws enacted for the purpose of ensuring free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible conduct of elections.

Such initiative is upon assessing the data from previous elections here and from other provinces to prevent issues like the presence of subversive groups such as private armed groups, organized crime groups, proliferation of loose firearms, licenses, political rivalries, and violent incidents during the election period.

Meanwhile, Dinagat Islands Provincial Police Office (DIPPO) provincial director PSSupt. Cupid Cebedo Calica said that they are doing their best to ensure security and public safety by intensifying their law enforcement activities. (PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


Agrarian beneficiaries participate in Gender-Based Effectiveness Skills Training

By Cyrene Flor Tajonera, Hazel Hope Bautista

PATIN-AY, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 18 (PIA) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) provided Gender-Based Effectiveness Workshop to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB) held recently at RCBI Building in Barangay 2, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur. Recognition of the right of women to be equally significant as men in the development of the agrarian reform areas was the main purpose of the said workshop.

Some 35 ARBs participated in the workshop. All were members of different cooperatives in Agusan del Sur namely, the Dacutan Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (DAFAMCO), Bayugan II Mt. Spring Mutli-Purpose Coop (B2MS MPC), National Guthrie Estate Inc. Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Coop (NGEI ARB MPC), Lumad sa Adgawan Multi-Purpose Coop (LAMUPCO), Cebolin Multi-Purpose Coop (CEMPCO), Los Arcos Multi-Purpose Coop (LAMPCO), Magkiangkang Multi-Purpose Coop (MAMPC) and the Remedios Farmers Multi-Purpose Coop (REFAMCO).

The department’s way to support ARBs is to teach them the vitality to promote the rights of all individuals, mitigating the unequal effects of gender biased in each community and optimization of the actual and potential distinctive contributions of women to the achievement of the goals of the ARB organizations. (JPG/DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DAR AgSur gives orientation on Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation

By Josette Simbajon and Randy Dapar

PATIN-AY, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 18 (PIA) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) had implemented several orientations to different Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) as a support to the global awareness to climate change.

Just recently, an orientation on climate change was conducted at Kalahi Building, Bayugan 2, San Francisco, this province to almost 50 Filipinas Palm Oil Plantation Inc. Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (FPPI ARB MPC) and some non-ARBs but workers in the area.

Adaptation to climate change is a rapidly growing challenge, particularly for developing countries like the Philippines which is one of the global “hotspots” vulnerable to climate change impact given its geographic location and archipelagic character.

Accordingly, even if greenhouse gas emissions are reduced significantly in the coming years, climate change impacts such as gradual temporal and spatial shifts in resources, as well as drought, floods, severe weather events and sea level rise are likely to result in food shortages, diseases, infrastructure damage, and the degradation of natural resources. The less fortunate persons will be affected and development choices today will influence the adaptive capacity of people and the government as well in the future.

The department in its little way continuously give orientations to ensure that the farmers will be able to adapt and take action and plans against adverse climate impacts which might hinder sustainable development in the countryside. (JPG/DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


“Focus to be free from insurgency” – Gov. Matba

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 18 (PIA) - Provincial Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba stressed during the joint memorandum of agreement (MOA) Signing on March 14 declaring Butuan City and Agusan del Norte as Conflict Manageable and Ready for Further Development, that the government is doing its best to give the best service to the public.

"We are glad that we have reached several remote areas to provide our services and programs. The next step and goal that we must focus on is to be free from conflicts and insurgency. There is more to be done and we will continue to work together," she said.

Parties to the MOA signing held at the Provincial Training Center were Gov. Amante-Matba of the province of Agusan del Norte, Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., Col. Alexander L. Macario of the Philippine Army, PSSupt. Ronelo D. Jaurigue of the Philippine National Police-Agusan del Norte and PSSupt. Francisco D. Dungo, Jr. of the Philippine National Police-Butuan City. Witnesses included Vice Governor Ramon AG. Bungabong, Vice Mayor Angelo J. Calo, Eastern Mindanao Command commanding general LtGen. Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, 4th Infantry Division deputy commaning general BGen. Paul Atal, and PNP Caraga regional director PCSupt. Rolando B. Felix.

Right after the MOA signing, a wall of commitment unveiling and signing was then conducted by the parties to the MOA, witnesses, and stakeholders including the local government chief executives, national government agencies, non-government organizations, people's organizations, church, academe and business sectors.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan confirmed the Provincial Peace and Order Council’s (PPOC) declaration of the province as “Conflict Manageable and Ready for Further Development Province” based on the recommendation of the Commander of the 401st Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army in view of the existing manageable security situation and since it has met the conditions of such declaration, to wit:

1. Civilian authorities take responsibility on issues of peace, security and development;

2. Security condition is conducive for business and investment to flourish;

3. Effective control of armed violence;

4. PPOCS effectively working, functioning and operational;

5. LGUs and PNP effectively addressing the local criminality problem; and

6. Security situation paves way for the entry of investors and infrastructure development projects. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


AgNor holds 1st Women's assembly

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 18 (PIA) - In celebration of the 2016 Women's Month, the provincial government of Agusan del Norte through the Provincial Social Welfare Population Nutrition and Services Office (PSWPNSO) conducted its 1st Agusan del Norte Women's Assembly on March 16 at the Provincial Training Center, Capitol here.

This year's celebration carries the theme: "Ang Kaayohan ni Juana,I-apil sa Adyenda."

The jam-packed activity was attended by more than 200 participants from the federation officers of women organizations, 4L members and officials and 4Ps Parent Leaders of the 10 municipalities and the lone city of the province.

Participants had the chance to listen to the talks on Violence Against Women and Children by Atty. Noreen A. Villaroman-Ato; Child Sexual Abuse Prevention by Daisybiel O. Demavivas, Officer-in-Charge of the PSWPNSO; The Role of Women in DRRM by Erma R. Suyo, PDRRMO; ALAGA KA Program of Philhealth by Febie De Duzman; Nutrition by Rowena Cassion-Gomez; and Strengthening the Filipino Family by Pelagia D. Joven, Principal, FSUC of Bayugan, Inc.

Board Member Elizabeth Calo is hopeful that it would be an annual event for the next years to come to empower women and become active partners in nation-building. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DA Caraga launches new management info system

By Fretcher D. Magatao

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 18 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga officially launches its Performance Management Information System (PMIS) during its Employees’ Mini Program here.

The system would allow the management to monitor the accomplishment of the various banner programs and gauge exactly how well a program is performing. “We have launched this online tool for us to be more efficient and accurate in our reporting,” said DA Caraga regional director Edna Mabeza.

Its real-time interface feature shows a graphical presentation of the current status of Major Final Outputs’ (MFO) Accomplishment (Monthly, Quarterly, Semi, and Annual) Report using bar graph, line graph and pie graph.

This system has the ability to make more informed decisions based on collected substantial data. “Here, we will not have a reason to be inexact in our reporting especially in putting of remarks to each intervention,” said Josefa Gidacan, chief of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PMED).

Aside from its ability to manage the data (add, edit and delete) and automatically display the data in the table, it would also create a cumulative calculation of total amount or quantity per MFO. “Overall, this would provide a ‘snapshot’ performance,” said Andrew Augious, Information System Analyst II of PMED.

Augious highlighted that the system also has the ability to export the table to PDF and EXCEL format and soon would have a special feature of disaggregating data and generate report from the provincial, district, municipal and barangay levels.

“I hope all our goals and strategies are already aligned. I am expecting that through this system we will keep in mind our targets and act effectively in accomplishing them,” said Mabeza. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Skills training program sa TESDA gilusad

Ni Mary Jul Escalante

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 18 (PIA) – Gilusad sa provincial government ning probinsya sa pakigtambayayong sa Technical Education Skills and Developmeent Authority (TESDA) ang Skills Training Program niadtong Marso 16, 2016 didto sa lungsod sa Alegria, ning probinsya.

Ang maong skills training program mopahigayon og nagkalain laing pagbansay bansay alang sa mga kabatan-onan, mga nanay ug tatay nga gustong makakat-on sama sa welding, driving NC II, heavy equipment driving, massage therapy, local tour guiding, bookkeeping NC II, housekeeping ug food and beverage services.

Atol sa maong okasyon giawhag ni TESDA Provincial Director Allan S. Millan nga duyugan ang pagpaningkamot ni Gobernador Sol Matugas uban sa pagpaningkamot ni Mayor Dominador Esma nga mapauswag ang maong lungsod pinaagi sa pagdala sa nagkalain-laing mga pagbansay-bansay para sa kapanginabuhian sa mga lumulupyo niini.

Dili usab matukib ang kalipay ug pagpasalamat sa mga punong barangay nga gipanguluhan sa presidente sa Liga ng mga Barangay nga si Punong Brgy. Cheryl Woolery sa mga proyekto nga ilang nadawat ug sa walay hunong nga sa probinsya para sa kauswagan sa ilang tagsa -tagsa ka mga barangay.

Sa susamang adlaw midu-aw ang gobernador didto sa lungsod sa Mainit diin iyang gibisitahan sa ikaduhang higayon ang halayong dapit sa barangay Cantugas dala ang serbisyo sa maayong panglawas ug dayon ang Brgy. Tolingon sa iyang nagpadayon nga programang Panambay sa Barangay. (PGO-PIC)