Friday, September 16, 2016


DPWH allots P23-B infra in Caraga for 2017

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 16 (PIA) – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Caraga has programmed its infrastructure projects for 2017 worth P23-billion to be implemented in the region.

DPWH Caraga regional director Danilo Versola said in terms of budget allotment, from the P16-billion budget this year, it has increased to P23,161,792,000 or 44 percent for next year based on the department’s National Expenditure Program (NEP).

“It means more projects and more areas for development that will reap benefits for economic gains in the region. Of the said total budget, the biggest chunk which is P15,867,249,000 comprising 68.5 percent is to be utilized for Roads and Bridges projects which is the top priority of the department identified as its major final output one (MFO1),” underscored Versola.

Versola added that they continuously implements infra projects comprised of improvement of local roads and bridges, flood control, water management systems, buildings like multi-purpose facilities and school buildings, which fall under local infrastructure categories.

For its Various Infrastructure Including Local Projects (VIILP), the programmed budget is P1,508,562,000 which is 6.5 percent, while the Local Infra Program (LIP) comprising locally funded projects gets P433,000 or two percent.

It was also learned that the department will also implement infra projects in the region under its Unified Project Management Office that will utilize about two percent of the total budget or P416,354,000, and the budget under the Foreign Assisted Projects is P799,425,000 or 3.5 percent.

“The government is in serious business in its investments to boost the economic developments especially in Caraga, by providing public infrastructure facilities that address the needs of the people. This is so far the biggest infra budget in DPWH Caraga since I assumed office here,” stressed Versola.

Versola further clarified that said amount based on NEP is not yet final as it still needs to pass budget hearing in Congress before it will be approved. But based on experience over the past years, the approved budget gets no big difference as compared to the proposed. (JPG/DPWH-13/PIA-Caraga)


GACPA assembly set on Sept. 19

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 16 (PIA) – The Government Association of Certified Public Accountants (GACPA) Caraga chapter will hold a general assembly on Monday, Sept. 19 at the Commission on Audit (COA) regional office here.

According to GACPA acting president and Civil Service Commission (CSC) Agusan del Norte director Christopher C. Mabale, the assembly aims to reactivate and strengthen the organization whose members and potential members play a vital role in public service and governance.

During the assembly, the members will be electing new set of officers to replace the incumbents who were elected nearly a decade ago, Mabale said.

The Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Agusan del Norte government sector director Cheryll P. Elicano will also present and discuss the need and the process of updating the membership in GACPA.

Proposed activities for the year 2016 will also be discussed, Mabale said. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte SP employees undergo customer service seminar

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 16, (PIA) – The employees of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Surigao del Norte underwent recently a three-day Customer Service Excellence and Core Competencies Seminar-Orientation Workshop held at the Provincial Convention Center, this city.

The three-day activity aims to capacitate and enhance the skills of each employee on customer service and professional standards in line with the civil service code of the Philippines.

Provincial administrator Atty. Premolito Plaza representing Governor Sol F. Matugas conveyed his profound congratulations and wholehearted felicitations to the rank-and-file personnel and legislative staff who attended the activity.

“To be candid, we date-stamp a cardinal leg of our journey toward values formation and character-building through harmonious partnership and pure understanding. Indeed, the present administration endeavors to inspire moral revolution from the inside,” he said.

“The courtyard of development will never be complete if we do not apply the full force of the law in the discharge of our official functions and in the performance of our duties. Proper etiquette and right protocol mean desirable qualities which involve a caring touch for the least of our brethren. It invites the best of our intentions, and the purest of our longings,” Plaza added. (PGO-SdN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)