Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Stakeholders hold tree maintenance, nurturing activity in Butuan City

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 31 (PIA) – Several stakeholders have joined hands for the conduct of the tree maintenance activity at Camp Bancasi here on Wednesday morning, where the KBP Oplan Broadcastreeing activity was recently held.

Troopers of the 4th Civil Military Operations (CMO) Battalion, Philippine Army, together with the members of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Agusan del Norte-Butuan City chapter, personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO) Nasipit, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga started the tree nurturance activity around 5:00 a.m. Said activity includes ring weeding, strip brushing, and mulching to some 11,000 mahogany and lauan seedlings planted.

Lieutenant Colonel Rey Pasco, camp in-charge and commanding officer of the 4th CMO Battalion, bared that the said activity is part of the Philippine Army's efforts in protecting the environment.

“This is just one of the many things that we do as we do not only protect the lives of the people, but we also protect the nature/environment that we enjoy to live in. We wanted to maintain what we have started to plant here, for this will surely benefit the next generations to come,” expressed Pasco.

Also, CAAP Butuan City airport manager Evangeline Daba said that her office is currently implementing a pro-green program. She recalled that last 2015, Butuan Airport was awarded the cleanest and greenest airport. She also stressed that they will continue and maintain their existing greening and nurturing program within the vicinity of the airport.

“This is one of our initiatives as we also do our corporate social responsibility. Aside from nurturing and protecting our environment, our office is also doing outreach program to the children in the nearby barangays here. In fact, we will hold an outreach program this week in Barangay Dumalagan,” disclosed Daba.

Meanwhile, Rev. Fr. Joshue Cadorna, OAD, rector of the Order of Discalced Agustinians (OAD) seminary in Butuan, emphasized that it is but proper that people should take care of the environment, as this is a gift from God. As an active partner stakeholder, Fr. Cadorna reiterated the vital role of each individual in protecting and nurturing the environment. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


CSC encourages usage of ‘Sumbungan ng Bayan,' 8888 hotline number

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 31 (PIA) – With an aim to promote accountability among government agencies by providing citizens with a tool to report complaints, appreciation and relay feedbacks regarding government front-line services, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) promotes the utilization of the Contact Center ng Bayan (CCB) original hotline number 1-6565 or the newer 8888 number which is coursed through the same facility.

The CCB is conceived as the ‘sumbungan ng bayan’ or the public feedback mechanism designated as the government’s helpdesk. It has been running since 2012 and was established by the CSC and the Information and Communications Technology Office-National Computer Center (ICTO-NCC) to support the implementation of Republic Act No. 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) of 2007.

Accordingly, CCB’s operations have generated a rich source of data on client feedback. Data shows that top complaints from the public include non-observance of the ‘No Noon Break’ policy, slow processing of transactions, discourtesy of frontliners, failure of frontliners to attend to clients during office hours, and the presence of fixers.

It was learned that September and October are CCB’s peak months, attributed to the promotion of Philippine Civil Service Anniversary and the Civil Service Examinations when clients not only send complaints but also appreciation and commendations on government services as well.

As revealed by the CSC, the 8888 hotline received around 90 calls during its first seven hours of official opening of line on August 1, 2016. And since 2012 to June 2016, the CSC has facilitated a total of 175,481 transactions ranging from calls, e-mails and text messages. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Pisay Caraga announces NCE exam

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 31 (PIA) – The Philippine Science High School (PSHS) or Pisay Caraga Region Campus is now accepting application for the National Competitive Examination (NCE) scheduled on October 22, 2016 located in six different testing centers of the region.

To become eligible in taking the NCE, the following criteria must be followed and observed:

·      a grade 6 elementary pupil from a duly recognized school by the Department of education;
·      have a final grade of 85% or better in Science and Mathematics, evidenced by the students’s report card. If the student’s grades inScience and Mathematics are below 85%, then, he/she must provide evidence that he/she belongs to the uppoer 10% of the class;

·      be a Filipino citizen with no pending application as immigrant to any foreign country;

·      be born on or after August 1, 2002;

·      have at least a satisfactory rating (or its equivalent) in his/her Character Rating in his/her report card (SY 2015-2016); and

·      have not taken the PSHS NCE previously.

Preferably, be in good health and fit to undergo a rigorous academic program.
Also, applicants are required to fully accomplished Application Form in two copies); submit two identical recent 1x1 ID pictures; pay a testing fee of P100 for private schools which is non-refundable, applicants from public school need not to pay the testing fee; certified true copy of report card (SY2015-2016); and if the final grades in Science and Math are below 85%, certification or proof that the child belongs to the upper 10 percent of the class.

Testing Centers include: Don Ruben Ecleo National High School in San Jose, Dinagat Islands; Dapa National High School in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte; Saint Theresa College High School in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur; Caraga Regional Science High School in Surigao City; De La Salle John Bosco College in Mangagoy, Bislig City; and Agusan National High School in Butuan City

Once passed the NCE, a Pisay scholar is entitled to a free tuition fee, free loan of textbooks, monthly stipend, and uniform, transportation and living allowances for low-income groups.

Deadline for filing of application will be on September 2, 2106. Application forms can be downloaded at http://pshs.edu.ph/download/nce_form.pdf.

For inquiries, contact Pisay Caraga Region Campus at (085) 816-1303; 0939 9249208; 0995 1292134 or email pshscrcregistrar@gmail.com. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


80 youths join leadership training in SurSur town

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 31 (PIA) – Some 80 youths from Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP) – San Miguel chapter participated in the two-day Capability Building Leadership Training from Aug. 30-31, 2016 held at the Community Development Information Center in San Miguel, this province.

According to Community Development Information Officer Nancy Elizalde, the activity, spearheaded by the local government unit of San Miguel, aims to pave the way for the involvement of youth in planning for equal economic opportunities and for a strengthened social, spiritual and cultural values.

Elizalde also said that the activity seeks to develop positive self worth through capability building activities and molding of future leaders.

“This is to increase community awareness that the youth has social rights and moral responsibility and that they have contributions in building peace in the community. This is also to enhance the youth's participation in decision-making process,” she added.

PYAP-San Miguel chapter has already 85 members in eight barangays, it was learned. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Policy forum bats for Climate Change resilience in Mindanao

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 31 (PIA) - Over 150 multi-stakeholder representatives from the academe, government, private sector and civil society will meet here Thursday at the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) for a gathering of experts at the 2nd Mindanao Policy Research Forum (MPRF), and push for advocacy initiatives and policies to boost climate change resilience among Mindanao communities.

The conduct of the 2nd MPRF is in line with the 2016 Development Policy Research Month (DPRM), a nationwide event that aims to promote and draw nationwide awareness on the importance of policy research in the formulation of sound development plans, programs, and policies.

Following DPRM’s theme of “Investing in Risk Reduction for a Resilient Philippines,” the MPRF will showcase various policy researches and best practices relevant to developing resilient communities in the island-region.

“This is a timely theme to discuss on a policy level since the current administration has consistently cited disaster risk reduction as among its top priorities,” said Undersecretary Janet Lopoz, executive director the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).

She added the conduct of the 2nd MPRF will become a venue to raise local concerns and efforts in mitigating the climate change impacts to national partners in policy and research communities.”

This year’s forum is co-organized by MinDA through its Mindanao Knowledge Center (MKC), the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), and FSUU, which is also a member of the MKC network.

“Given the changing economic and environmental landscape of Mindanao, it has become even more necessary for us to strengthen our policy research and development network through the MKC, since they will be the key players in our pursuit for a green Mindanao economy,” Lopoz said.

MKC operates under MinDA, along with its partners from higher education institutions and research societies across Mindanao.

The forum will feature policy and research presentations from the PIDS, DENR, FSUU, and the Caraga State University, among others.  A team from PIDS’ Socioeconomic Research Portal for the Philippines (SERP-P) will discuss the open access agenda.

The SERP-P is an online repository of socioeconomic research materials amassed from the contributions of PIDS and 52 other research and academic institutions. A representative from the SERP-P will discuss the portal’s role in promoting free access to critical knowledge and relevant research studies and information.

At the end of the forum, participants are expected to be able to link policy researches with policy makers and other stakeholders leading to appropriate research utilization and practical application of the completed studies as primary tools in the pursuit for a resilient and progressive Mindanao. (MinDA/PIA-Caraga)


OWWA, BSP link together in program advocacy for OFW families in Surigao Norte town

By Jean Mary G. Ronquillo

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 31 (PIA) – Consistent in its drive to deliver useful welfare services to the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga together with Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) recently conducted programs and services advocacy and financial literacy seminar in the municipality of Alegria, Surigao del Norte.

Enthusiastic to grasp about the agency’s programs, some 38 OFWs and dependents participated in the said activity.

In her opening remarks, municipal councilor Erlinda Salvoza shared her appreciation to their constituents for exhibiting interest of discerning the agency’s programs and services.

Alegria Municipal Mayor Rene Esma cited in his message, his own journey being a former OFW himself to inspire the participants. He also gave emphasis on the idea of saving and encouraged the OFW dependents to include it among their priorities and look forward for a better future of the family.

To further enlighten the participants about the rightful handling of finances especially the hard-earned money of their OFW family member, BSP Specialist II Francis Alfred Bokingo introduced the concept of financial literacy. The course of his discussion included various methods of budgeting and saving plans including investments. Bokingo also tackled other programs and services offered by the BSP.

Moreover, Overseas Workers Welfare Officer II Rodel Deligero presented the programs and services of OWWA and explained the process of program availment. Presently the agency’s services encompass social benefits, education and training assistance, workers welfare assistance program, social services and family welfare services and the reintegration program.

Financial literacy is also among the reintegration programs of OWWA which aims to inculcate to the OFW families the value of OFW revenues through saving their finances and engaging on good investments.

Following an open forum, the activity concluded with the formation of an OFW organization in the locality, which was named Alegria OFW and Dependents Association. (OWWA-13/PIA-Caraga)