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Friday, January 6, 2017

156 Shared Service Facilities serve MSMEs in Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 6 (PIA) – “The Department of Trade and Industry has extended 156 Shared Service Facilities for the use of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Caraga.”

This was the statement of Director Brielgo Pagaran of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga during a briefing held recently at the regional office here.

Pagaran bared that from 2014 to 2016, the department has approved and release P85-Million worth of Shared Service Facilities (SSF) to enhance business operations of the region’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

“These SSF support the following sectors: processed food, arts and crafts, creative industry, bakery and other agri-processing. The equipment provided also includes product packaging and labeling. This project is implemented through people’s organizations’ participation with the non-government organizations, industry associations, schools, and local government units,” relayed Pagaran.

The good director also revealed that to date, there are more than 7,000 enterprises that have benefitted from the various shared service facilities establishd in the region. These facilities, which are operated and managed by the partner-cooperators, are available for use by the enterprises with a minimal fee to cover operating and maintenance cost. (JPG/DTI-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Firecracker-related cases decrease in Caraga region

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 6 (PIA) – The number of firecracker-related injuries in Caraga Region decreased last 2016, figures of Department of Health (DOH) showed.

In a report released by the agency, there was a 74 percent-drop in fireworks-related incidents during the period of December 21, 2016 up to January 5, 2017.

According to DOH Caraga regional director Jose R. Llacuna, Jr., a total of 21 cases were reported during the monitoring period. This is 74 percent lower compared to the 81 cases tallied in year 2015, Llacuna said.

The province of Agusan del Sur had the highest number with seven cases; six of these came from the municipality of Prosperidad. Surigao del Norte also has a total of six cases coming from Gigaquit, Socorro and Placer, Llacuna added.

He further said that majority of the cases (18.86 percent) were active users involving illegal fireworks. Seventeen (81 percent) injuries were caused by piccolo where most cases involved the hand, he said.

The provinces and cities with zero case during the monitoring period include Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Cabadbaran City, Tandag City and Bislig City.

“We are grateful to everyone, to our partner agencies, to the authorities, to the local government units because this was a joint effort. We could not have done it alone,” said Llacuna.

"We were able to celebrate a merry, happily and safe Christmas and New Year with an immense decrease of firecracker related injuries," added Llacuna. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

DTI recognizes San Francisco town in AgSur as most competitive municipality in Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 6 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has recently recognized anew the municipality of San Francisco in Agusan del Sur as the most competitive municipality in Caraga region for the past four runs of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index Ranking since 2013.

DTI-Agusan del Sur provincial director Brenda Corvera bared that on top of this, the local government unit of San Francisco has also ranked 5th among the 490 first and second class municipalities nationwide in the area of Government Efficiency.

Corvera also said that in terms of over-all ranking among the same income class of LGUs all over the country it is at number 29 or at top six percent.

“Data show that the LGU-San Francisco is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the region. Its number of business establishments grew by 32 percent from year 2011-2016. It experienced the highest growth in the number of establishments in 2016 at 15 percent. It has also the highest amount of new investments of about P47,540,812 in the province in 2015 and the third in total gross sales of P2,833,661,930.52 for the same year,” relayed Corvera.

It was also learned that LGU-San Francisco is the first LGU to host a Negosyo Center in Agusan del Sur and the second in the entire region. (JPG with a report from DTI-AgSur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

NFA Surigao Norte opens for renewal of NFA license

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 6 (PIA) – The provincial office of the National Food Authority (NFA) - Surigao del Norte is now open for the renewal of grains NFA retailers license at the NFA Provincial Office located at Km. 10, Barangay Quezon, this city.

NFA provincial manager Gleen P. Echin encourages all rice and grains businessmen in the municipalities of Alegria, Mainit, Sison, Taganaan, and Tubod to renew their license this whole month of January to avoid surcharge and other penalties.

Echin said they have also implemented staggered licensing schedule from January until June for the following municipalities: Bacuag, Claver, Gigaquit and Placer (February); Surigao City (March); all municipalities of Siargao Island (April); all municipalities of Dinagat Islands (May); Malimono and San Francisco (June).

She also encouraged those who are interested to apply for NFA license to just visit the NFA provincial office or at the Tan Warehouse located at Bilang-Bilang, Borromeo Street, this city or contact the NFA Hotline at telephone: 0932-8681554/0917-8258302. (NFA-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

DTI releases funds for meat processors in AgSur town

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Jan. 6 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of this province has recently granted the full release of P800,000 under the 2016 Bottom-Up-Budgeting (BuB) to the local government unit here.

With the fund released to said LGU, a Shared Service Facility (SSF) on Product Packaging and Labeling will be established in the area.

According to DTI-Agusan del Sur Brenda Corvera, it will complement and support another SSF, which was earlier granted to the LGU on Meat Fabrication. “The project will be managed by the Municipal Economic Enterprise Office (MEEO) and will fund capability building activities, marketing promotion and processing nhancement,” she said.

Corvera further emphasized that the partnership of DTI and LGU-Prosperidad aims to increase the income and enhance the productivity of meat processors, meat shop operators and meat vendors in the locality. (JPG/DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Cebuano News: Mga benepisyaryo sa 4Ps gisuportaan sa probinsya

Ni Aimie B. Sienes-Sajor

BUTUAN CITY, Enero 6 (PIA) - Hugot ang suporta sa lokal nga panggamhanan sa Agusan del Norte, sa pagpanguna ni Provincial Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba, alang sa kaayohan ug kalamboan sa mga benepisyaryo sa 4Ps o Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Usa sa mga nakita sa mga opisyal mao ang kakulangon sa pinansyal nga suporta alang sa mga benepisyaryo ug kini kulang pa sa inadlaw-adlaw nga panginahanglanon sa matag pamilya. Aron mas matabangan pa sila, nakita sa Provincial Advisory Committee sa Agusan del Norte ang pwede pa matabang sa probinsya ug mihangyo kini sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan nga mopasaka og resolusyon nga dili na makabayad pa ang mga benepisyaryo sa 4Ps alang sa mga bayrunon kalabot sa pagkuha og birth certificate, marriage certificate, death certificate, marriage application ug certificate of no marriage (CENOMAR).

Sa tubag sa maong hangyo, gi-aprobahan sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa Agusan del Norte ang Sanggunian Resolution No. 064-2016, nga gipanginahanan ni Provincial Board Member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo, nga nagkanayon, “Resolution requesting the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Central Office, Manila, to exempt the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) from paying fees in obtaining birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, marriage applications and certificates of no marriage (CENOMAR) from the said agency.”

Nagtuo ang mga opisyal sa probinsya nga ang pag-exempt sa mga benepisyaryo sa 4Ps sa mga bayronon usa sa mga pagpaningkamot nila aron matubag ang panginahanglanon sa mga kabos. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)