COMELEC Caraga, law enforcement agencies step-up preparations for May polls
By Jennifer P. Gaitano
BUTUAN CITY, April 29 (PIA) – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Caraga, together with the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and other law enforcement agencies have intensified needed preparations for the upcoming May 9, 2016 elections.
In the Regional Coordinating Conference held here on Thursday, the COMELEC along with National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), PNP, AFP, and Department of Health (DOH) bared updates on their respective functions and preparations for the election.
COMELEC Caraga regional election director Renato Magbutay emphasized that "it's all systems go" for their office as they ensure a secure and fair elections. He also said that the COMELEC and other concerned agencies are continuously working closely to safeguard the rights and welfare of the candidates and voters.
“In Caraga region, we have around 1,547,093 registered voters who are expected to cast their votes on May 9, 2016,” he added.
When asked about the security in the delivery of the ballots, Atty. Magbutay stressed that escorts of the COMELEC personnel are already in place. “For Agusan del Sur, ballots will be delivered on May 2-3 from the regional hub; Surigao del Norte on May 3; Surigao del Sur on May 3-4; Province of Dinagat Islands on May 3-4; and Agusan del Norte on May 5, 2016,” he said.
It was also learned that the Final Testing and Sealing (FTS) of the ballots will be conducted from May 2-6, 2016.
Meanwhile, Major General Benjamin Madrigal Jr., division commander of 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army underlined that his personnel will strictly monitor peace and order in the different designated polling stations in the provinces.
Also, according to Police Chief Superintendent Rolando Felix, PNP Caraga regional director, they will intensify police visibility in the different barangays. “We have been religiously implementing our campaign against criminality, illegal firearms, and illegal drugs, among others. We also have constant coordination with other partner law enforcement agencies,” he remarked. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)
17 Agsur OFWs, dependents join in medicinal plants appreciation tour
BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 29 (PIA) - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in partnership with the local government unit of Agusan del Sur through its Public Employment Service Office and ATIKHA Overseas Workers and Communities Initiative, Inc. rolled out the first phase of the medicinal plants production of Del Monte OFW Families Organization (DMOFO).
Some 17 DMOFO members participated in the lecture on Philippine Medicinal Plants on April 22, 2016 at the Business Development and Incubation Center and the appreciation tour at the Hygeia Intrameds Center in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.
Hygeia Intrameds Center in-charge Rengie Paquit toured the participants in the plantation and gave a brief background on the benefits of the plants found in the center. The participants also visited the processing and packaging area of the center’s produce.
Meanwhile, DMOFO president Arnie N. Arreza, member of the Provincial Agricultural and Fishery Council discussed to his colleagues the salient features of Republic Act 8423 known as the Traditional Alternative Medicine Act of 1997 and RA 10068 or the Organic Alternative Act of 2010 to emphasize the importance of organic farming and the use of medicinal plants for health care.
Furthermore, the top ten medicinal plants in the Philippines, as well as their remedies to certain illness and diseases were lectured on by Agus Pinoy, Inc. director Emeberto Gurrero.
Afterwards, the participants shared their gratefulness and appreciation not just for the organization but especially for being introduced to the benefits of the plants previously weeded out from their backyards.
“I challenge every member to become productive and actually carry out the plans of the organization after this training. The local government is very eager to assist the organization towards their eventual success,“ said Divina P. Lagumbay, Supervising Labor and Employment Officer of Agusan del Sur.
The group is set for a subsequent training on the actual processing of their medicinal plant produce to become marketable products. (JPIM, OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)
DTI Surigao Norte recognizes top taxpaying business entities
SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 29 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in partnership with the Business Permit Licensing Office (BPLO) gave due recognition to top 10 taxpaying business entities operating the city on April 26, 2016, here.
The top 10 taxpayers who received the awards are Absolute Essential Traders Inc.; Greenwhich and Jollibee Franchise; Tai-Pan Development Inc.; First Consolidated Bank; Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative; Evergreen Tavern Development Management Corporation; Apo Cement Corporation; Surigao Education Center; Clybros Merchandising Inc.; and Jollibee Franchise (Gaisano).
To improve the quality of service to the business sector, the BPLO is consistent in its effort to improve and meet the standard of the Business Permit and Licensing System through the streamlining program being implemented in coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and DTI. (DTI/PIA-Surigao del Norte)