ITR filing remains hassle-free in SurSur
By Greg Tataro Jr.
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, April 14 (PIA) – The income tax return (ITR) filing has been going smoothly in the entire province, according to Amanoding Esmail, revenue district officer of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) District Office 106 here.
The local BIR chief has bragged about the “electronic ITR filing,” which helped paved the way for more convenience.
Esmail agreed that way back then, approaching the deadline was indeed a misfortune due to last-minute rush.
He likewise mentioned about other means being continually adopted that added ease like “exempting employees from ITR filing particularly those whose income tax due is equal to their tax withheld.”
Esmail also cited the “big lift” brought about by their stepped up drive to remind the taxpaying public of their obligation by seeking the help of “select taxpayers” through hanging of streamers/tarpaulins.
“The ITR filing deadline remains on April 15, 2016,” he stressed, adding that late filers would be slapped with compromise penalty of P1,000 to P25,000 apart from the 25 percent surcharge and 20 percent interest per annum. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
CENRO Bislig, AFP plant trees at SurSur Arboretum for Earth Month
By Johny S. Natad
BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Apr. 14 (PIA) - In line with the celebration of the Earth Month 2016, the officials and employees of Bislig Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) detailed in the area have planted endemic tree seedlings at the Arboretum of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Surigao del Sur in Sitio Sanyata, San Roque on April 7.
Surigao del Sur OIC PENR Officer Raul A. Rosales together with Bislig CENR Officer Michael E. Montalban led the tree planting activity with some 39 planters from CENRO Bislig and AFP 75th Infantry Battalion personnel. A total of 135 tree seedlings of Yakal, Mahogany, Bono, Anislag, Kalingag, Bitangol and Tabon-tabon were planted at the arboretum during the said event.
The four-hectare arboretum is the home of giant dipterocarp tree species like White lauan, Mayapis, Almon, Bagtikan among others with shrubs, palms, rattan, and other endemic trees. It is located within the Integrated Forest Management Agreement (IFMA) 35 of PICOP Resources Industries in Bislig.
The said arboretum is co-managed by Barangay Council of San Roque and DENR through PENRO Surigao del Sur and CENRO Bislig, who formally signed a memorandum of agreement for the establishment of the arboretum as a protected area for conservation of native flora and fauna and model for environmental eco-tourism destination of the province. The arboretum also serves as the living laboratory and demonstration site for educational and scientific related purposes.
Meanwhile, OIC PENR Officer Rosales urged DENR personnel to intensify, step-up and deliver green environment campaign to save the planet Earth from all types of environmental violations against our forest and watershed areas while calling every Surigaonons to support environmental initiatives in celebrating the Earth Month.
“Everyone should be part in Earth month celebration,” Rosales said. “We encourage everyone to continue support the National Greening Program (NGP) by planting and caring more trees and adopt-a-tree program in support to the Earth Day theme 'Trees for the Earth.' Everyone can be part of our environmental effort in stopping illegal logging, banning kaingin or slash and burn farming and other environmental crimes against our forest and watershed which are some identified causes of Climate Change. Everyone can be part also in Earth month celebration by showing and applying best practices in solid waste management. Recycle, Reuse, Reduce, Refuse,” he added.
The month of April is declared as the “Month of Planet Earth in the Philippines” per Presidential Proclamation No. 1482 dated April 10, 2008. The country also joins the world in celebrating every April 22 as the Earth Day per Proclamation No. 1276 series of 2007 and Proclamation No. 1481 series of 2008. On this year’s Earth Day with the global theme “Trees for the Earth,” the DENR supports the said celebration by spearheading environmental activities like tree planting, fun run, youth camp, among others which adopts an environmental campaign slogan ‘Step Up and Deliver, #GreenEnvironmentGawingForever.’ (PENRO-Surigao del Sur/PIA-Caraga)
OWWA orients 4 OFW family circles on financial literacy
By Jean Pearl I. Millones
BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 14 (PIA) - Four Caraganon Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Family Circles underwent a training seminar on Financial Literacy, Values Reorientation and Migration Realities conducted by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga in the three provinces of the region.
Twenty members of United OFW and Dependents of Carmen and 25 from Lanuza OFW, Dependents and Organic Farmers Association of Surigao del Sur attended in the two-day successive training on March 17-18, 2016.
Meanwhile, 47 members of the newly organized Bucas Grande Socoronhon OFWs and Dependents Association of Socorro, Surigao del Norte and 60 members of the re-organized Sulong Mt. Diwata OFW and dependents Association of Agusan del Sur attended the same two-day training on April 5-6 and 6-7, respectively.
As part of the agency’s continuing effort to provide OFW families with relevant trainings that would strengthen family relationships, OWWA, through its Values Reorientation Seminar aims to re-instill the essential Filipino values especially in maintaining stronger family ties and social well-being.
On the one hand, a seminar on Migration Realities tackled the circumstances faced by the member OFWs on their stint abroad. This aims to inform the OFW beneficiaries and dependent the difficulty of life treaded by OFWs on the jobsite.
Furthermore, Financial Literacy Campaign is geared towards imparting to the OFW families the value of money and ways in wisely handling their family finances to eventually attain financial freedom ease the culture of dependency on overseas remittance.
A campaign on the programs and services of the agency was also made to ensure that the members are well aware of their benefits and be able to avail of them especially while they are still active.
OWWA emphasized that the agency will continuously deliver and implement responsive programs and services such as techno-transfer trainings to help OFW Families become independent and self-sufficient. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)
P5.3M FMR completed in AgNor town
BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 14 (PIA) - A P5.3 million budget farm-to-market road has already been completed in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Agriculture (DA) convergence which provide convenient transport of agricultural products for mango planters and farmers alike.
The mango planters and farmers in Barangay Culit, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte express gratitude to the government and to the DPWH as their agricultural products especially mangoes for export will now arrive fresh at the local markets and port of Nasipit, free from damages during transport.
“This is an answered prayer for us because as you all know the cost of producing export quality mangoes is not minimal, therefore it would be a big loss if our mangoes are damage while transporting to the port or market due to a very bad road,” a mango grower said when he witnessed the road opening.
DPWH Agusan Del Norte District Engineering Office (ADN-DEO) District Engineer Nicholas O. Alameda, the implementer of the project, and DA-XIII Engr. Rene Morales, turned-over the newly paved road to the local government unit headed by town mayor Enrico Corvera and punong barangay Joel A. Pepito of Barangay Culit, Nasipit, during the opening and turned-over ceremony held recently in the presence of other local officials and residents in the area.
“This marks a great accomplishment not only for Barangay Culit but also for nearby residents in Nasipit and Carmen, especially mango planters and farmers who are frequent users of this road transporting their produce from farm to market,” said DE Alameda. Agusan del Norte is known to yield high quality, sweet mangoes sold for export which is mostly grown in Nasipit and in the neighboring municipality of Carmen.
To note, the DPWH XIII has implemented a total of 12 FMR projects in Agusan del Norte in the year 2015, which consists of five projects implemented by ADN DEO and seven by Butuan City District engineering Office (BCDEO) for a total allotted budget of P138,000,000 million which is expected to boost local economy through agriculture. (DPWH-Caraga/PIA-Agusan del Norte)