Thursday, June 2, 2016



RCWC gears campaign on “One Million Lapis” Project

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 2 (PIA) – In time with the opening of classes for school year 2016-2017 and in preparation for the National Children’s Month celebration in November, the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) has embarked and geared its advocacy project entitled “One Million Lapis” for the underprivileged students in elementary schools of 4th to 6th class municipalities.

The One Million Lapis campaign aims to collect One Million pencils to be given to the aforementioned students, and at the same time set a Guinness Book of World Record for the longest line of pencils.

In line with this advocacy, all government agencies are enjoined to participate in this event by providing a drop box for the One Million Lapis Project, where interested individuals can place their pencil donations. The Lapis drop-boxes will be collected every two months if already filled-up.

Campaign runs from April until October 2016. Final counting and official declaration of Lapis generated will be on November 5, 2016 as a kick-off activity of the 2016 National Children’s Month celebration, official turn-over of Lapis generated will be given to the Department of Education (DepEd) on November 20, 2016 as a culminating activity.

Also, upon end of the Project Campaign, all Lapis drop-boxes will be returned to CWC for use in subsequent activity.

The CWC is a focal government inter-agency body mandated to formulate polices and plans, monitor the implementation and enforcement of laws to protect and promote children’s rights by virtue of Presidential Decree 603, otherwise known as the Child and Youth Welfare Code. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DOLE Caraga conducts government internship program, labor laws compliance orientation

BUTUAN CITY, June 2 (PIA) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga conducted an orientation on Government Internship Program (GIP) Payroll System and Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS) for field office focal and staff on May 26-27, 2016 at Big Daddy’s Convention Hall, this city, with the aim to empower the people to work hard for poverty reduction in Caraga region.

Eighteen (18) DOLE personnel and staff from the different field offices actively participated in the orientation-workshop as they are motivated to effectively and efficiently achieve their targets for 2016.

“As a new employee, I am still hungry for knowledge, thus I am so eager to explore more of the major programs of DOLE most specially the Single Entry Approach (SEnA) and Registration of Workers Association,” said Rowena E. Arañez, a staff from the province Dinagat Islands.

During the orientation, Arañez shared her personal experience as to the assistance she got from the services of DOLE. She is a product of SEnA settled in PDI on March 2016. (DOLE-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


21 Barangay Agrarian Reform chairpersons take oath in AgSur

By Cyrene Flor B. Tajonera and Kristine H. Pedralvez

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, June 2 (PIA) - Twenty one (21) Barangay Agrarian Reform Committee (BARC) chairpersons of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur took oath before Hon. Erwin G. Ruiz, Provincial Agrarian Reform Adjudicator (PARAD) held reently at the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Provincial Office in San Francisco, this province.

The ceremony was done in order for the BARC to attest the master list of qualified Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) from the said municipality.

Two hundred forty two (242) farmers were qualified to become an ARB of the 50 landholdings covered under Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) with a total area of 428.0966 hectares.

“The farmers listed should be screened and identified thoroughly with the help of the BARC and thus, they are the one to confirm the legitimacy of the ARBs,” PARAD Ruiz pointed out.

One of the functions of the BARC contained in Sec. 47 of R.A. 6657 is to assist in the identification of the qualified beneficiaries in the barangay and to attest the accuracy of the initial parcellary mapping of the beneficiary’s tillage.

“Isip usa ka BARC, dili lang paghusay sa mga gubot bahin sa agraryo sa barangay level ang among responsibilidad, lakip pa ni ini ang pagpamatuod sa mga benepisyaryo nga sila gayud ang nagtikad sa maong luna (As a BARC, aside from mediating local agrarian disputes in the barangay level, it is also our responsibility to confirm that the beneficiaries are the actual tillers of a certain landholding),” said Conrado Abraham, BARC chairperson of Barangay Nato, Esperanza.

Also, in line with the policy of encouraging people’s initiative and self-reliance, the government promulgated Executive Order 229 and affirmed its commitment to building a community-based implementing and coordinating mechanism for CARP by establishing the BARC. (DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Butuan police units to receive silver eagle award

By PO2 Anthony S. Echin

BUTUAN CITY, June 2 (PIA) - Three police units of the Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) will be awarded with Silver Eagle Award by the Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 on June 6 at Camp Rafael Rodriguez here.

Said award is in line with the BCPO’s PATROL (Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding of the Rule-Of-Law) Plan 2030 compliance stage.

According to P/SSupt Francisco Dungo, acting city director, the award is a clear manifestation that BCPO renders trustworthy law enforcement as a key for progressive nation to achieve affluence in global circuits.

“These units have successfully passed the Compliance Evaluation Process composed of three sequential phases – the Strategic Readiness Test or SRT, the Performance Audit, and the Unit Revalida," Dungo said.

The Certificate of Silver Eagle Award will be given to Butuan City Police Station 3; Butuan City Police Station 4; and Butuan City Police Public Safety Company.

The award will be given due to the effective implementation of PATROL Plan for a highly capable, effective and credible police service which will be received by the chiefs of police, company commander and Advisory Council Chairperson from PRO 13 regional director P/CSupt. Rolando B. Felix.

The PNP PATROL Plan 2030 institutionalizes a quantifiable tool in measuring accomplishments, various plans, programs and activities embodied in the agency scorecard to ensure the continuity of change and transformation within the organization. (BCPO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DTI: BMBE registration now free of charge

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, June 2 (PIA) – The Barangay Micro-Business Enterprises (BMBEs) can now register their businesses free of charge at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Negosyo Center, after a Department Administrative Order (DAO) was recently signed by Secretary Adrian Cristobal, Jr.

The DAO No. 16-01, which was signed last April 22, 2016 provides guidelines on registering BMBEs at Negosyo Centers to encourage more micro enterprises to avail of the incentives that come with the full implementation of the BMBE Law.

Registered BMBEs can avail of government incentives that include exemption from the payment of income tax for income arising from operation of the enterprise, exemption from the coverage of the minimum wage law, special credit window of government financing institutions that will service the needs of BMBEs, as well as technology and marketing assistance.

As provided under Republic Act No. 9178 or the BMBEs Act of 2002, a BMBE is referred to as any business entity or enterprises engaged in the production, processing or manufacturing of products or commodities, including agro-processing, trading, and services whose total assets, excluding land, shall not be more than P3 million. Such assets shall include those arising from loans but not the land on which the plant and equipment are located.

Pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act, the DTI will be the sole agency to issue a Certificate of Authority (CA) that shall entitle registered BMBEs to avail of the incentives.

Prior to its full implementation, registration of BMBEs is done at the Office of the Treasurer of the city or municipality where the business is located.

But with the signing of the Department Administrative Order, BMBEs can register and obtain a Certificate of Authority at the Negosyo Centers or DTI offices where Negosyo Centers have not been set up.

Republic Act 9178 or the BMBE Act of 2002 recognizes the role of BMBEs as essential driving forces for the country’s economic development. It sees them as “seedbeds of Filipino entrepreneurial talents and strengthening them would increase job generation, provide livelihood and augment Filipino’s quality of life. (DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


PNP personnel ordered to turn in firearms with expired licenses

BUTUAN CITY, June 2 (PIA) - Police Regional Office 13 regional director Chief Supt Rolando B Felix, has released a marching order to all Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel to turn in their firearms with expired licenses.

The region’s top cop personally talked to the PNP personnel assigned to the different units and ordered them to turn in their firearms with expired licenses to avoid sanctions.

Felix said that police officers shall serve as role models to the community and shall be the first one to obey the law they are enforcing.

“Guns with expired licenses are considered loose firearms and will be subjected to police operations; delinquent gun owners will face charges for violation of Republic Act (RA) No. 10591,” he said.

RA No. 10591 is the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammuntion.

Based on the record of the Regional Operations and Plans Division as of May 25, 2016, a total of 506 guns comprised of 355 from the PNP personnel and 151 from the civilians were deposited for safekeeping while application for License to Own and Possess Fireams is pending. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)