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Thursday, January 26, 2017

3 Hinatuan entries qualify for National Gawad Kalasag search

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 26 (PIA) – After making it on the top three short list, the Hinatuan Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council is moving up towards another national award for Gawad KALASAG (KAlamidad at sakuna LAbanan SAriling Galing ang kaligtasan).

Last year, under first to third class municipality, Hinatuan town was adjudged as first place in the entire country.

Other two entries from Hinatuan town both included in the short lists of the assessor team are Hinatuan District Hospital for Hospital Category, and NAMAHIN for People’s Organizations Category.

The National Validators Team is currently in Hinatuan town for their field assessment and validation.

Hinatuan Mayor and MDRRMC Chairperson Shem Garay is optimistic that Hinatuan can snatch a top place in the national level for 2016.

“Whatever award we can receive in the national level, we will accept it gratefully as it is the fruit of our hard work and dedication in disaster risk reduction and management,” Mayor Garay said.

The Gawad KALASAG award is given to individuals, non-government organizations, private sector, and government organizations in recognition of their initiatives in helping the government uplift the standard of disaster management in the country. (with a report from LGU-Hinatuan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DTI trains 15 SurSur LGUs on revised BPLS

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 26 (PIA) – About 26 employees from 15 local government units (LGUs) were trained by the Department of Trade and Industry-Surigao del Sur (DTI-SDS) provincial office on Revised Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) standards held recently held at the Negosyo Center, this city.

According to Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist Sarah Estrada, the discussions were centered on the Department of Interior and Local Government-Department of Trade and Industry-Department of Information and Communication Technology (DILG-DTI-DICT) Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1, Series of 2016 issued on September 9, 2016.

On the other hand, Senior Fire Officer Necasio Rocha of the Bureau of Fire Protection shared the Fire Safety Inspection Clearance process and the computation of fees, while Engr. Leo Urbiztondo of the DICT presented the BPLS related programs for LGUs of DICT.

The DTI-SDS provided hands-on training using EXCEL to acquaint the participants on the filling-out of revised BPLS unified form, including preparation and generation of BPLS-related directory that other national agencies require.

According to Estrada, the LGUs of Lingig, San Agustin, Marihatag, Cagwait and Cortes were recognized as BPLS-compliant with the DILG-DTI JMC No. 1, Series of 2010 as metric. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

TESDA-Caraga chief lays out 2017 direction settings

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 26 (PIA) – OIC Regional Director Rey M. Cueva of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Caraga on Tuesday laid out direction settings of the agency for 2017.

Speaking before the members of the Executive Committee Meeting composed of provincial directors and heads of offices of TESDA-Caraga, Dir. Cueva emphasized that the directions of the regional and provincial offices of the region including the TESDA Technology Institutions (TTIs) is based on the 17-point agenda of TESDA Director-General – Sec. Guiling A. Mamondiong.

The official said that with the accomplishments that TESDA-Caraga has achieved in 2016, there is a need to re-align its previous settings to the mandate of the national government under the Duterte administration.

Dir. Cueva underscored that the direction-setting are those programs that needs to be prioritized this year. He said the capability building programs and learning sessions must be regularly conducted so as to update the officials and employees on the latest developments in as far as policies, statutory laws, technical and administrative are concerned.

The TESDA chief of the region also pointed out that partnerships with Philippine Army, Philippine National Policy, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and the Provincial/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office must also be strengthened. He added these government agencies are considered regular partners of TESDA for which proper coordination with these agencies must be considered.

Part of the agency’s advocacy campaign is to promote training regulations. This is to ensure that the general public will be aware of the mechanics in each qualification.

Other programs that need to be prioritized are as follows: 1. Intensification of Dual Training Program/System; 2. Submission of success stories in write-up and Audio-Visual Production (AVP); 3. Implementation of construction-related programs for farmers and fisherfolks; 4. Entrepreneurship training for sari-sari store and carenderia owners; 5. Visibility to Local Chief Executives in the region; 6. Strengthen institution-based programs and partnership with State University and Colleges (SUCs); 7. Conduct of Barangay Skills Needs Survey; 8. Establishment of Caraga Region’s local version of TESDA Provident Fund (TPF) and Financial Wellness; 9. Implementation of TTIs Income-Generating Project (IGP); 10. Mobile Training Program (MTP); 11. Creation of NBC 461 Task Force; 12. Organization of Alumni Association; 13. Application of registration of Additional TTI Programs; and 14. Refurbishment of TTIs.

With these developments, Dir. Cueva and all officials and personnel of TESDA-Caraga are hoping that TESD services will be improved in Caraga Region. (TESDA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Energy department imparts to consumers effective energy-saving tips

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 26 (PIA) - As part of its mandate to inform and educate the public, the Department of Energy (DOE) released another set of energy efficiency and conservation tips with distinct focus on the consumer.

DOE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi strongly emphasized the importance of these measures, especially with the impending Malampaya scheduled maintenance shutdown by the end of the month.

Demand-side management is one of the measures that we are encouraging our consumers to practice. By doing this, our energy consumption is made more efficient and economical, with the beneficial effect ultimately reflected and felt through our electric bills,” Sec. Cusi explained.

He added that “when energy-efficiency becomes second-nature to us, we are able to cushion whatever impact may be caused by spikes in the cost of electricity. For example, despite the upcoming Malampaya maintenance activities this end of the month, we can still be able to lower our electricity bills with ease.”

These are consumer-friendly tips, very simple and very doable, Sec. Cusi assured.

The appliance-focused and consumer-managed energy-saving tips have been developed by the DOE, through its Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB).

The DOE-EUMB regularly shares energy-saving tips to the public via the DOE’s social media accounts (Facebook @doe.gov.ph, Twitter @doe_ph and Instagram @DOE_PH) and its energy efficiency website - www.wattmatters.org.ph. These tips primarily aim to help Filipino energy consumers manage their electricity consumption.

The Malampaya scheduled maintenance shutdown will take place on January 28 February 16. It will affect the generation of electricity of the natural gas power plants in Batangas, which serve both the islands of Luzon and Visayas.

To ensure sufficient power supply, the DOE has required the affected natural gas power plants to run on alternative or replacement fuel, which is more expensive than natural gas.

According to Sec. Cusi, “natural gas as fuel only costs around P4/kilowatt-hour. Whereas, replacement fuel, such as diesel, costs around P6-P8/kWh."

"These energy-saving tips not only guarantee reduction in power consumption to spare the public from unwarranted price increases, but most importantly helps us to maintain and balance the power supply in the grid, thus avoiding supply deficiency,” Sec. Cusi concluded. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)

DOE rallies students to learn energy conservation

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 26 (PIA) - As part of its mission to empower energy consumers, the Department of Energy (DOE) headed by Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi enjoins the academe to inculcate the value of energy saving to their students.

“We are here to guide our younger generation who will be the ones running not only the energy sector, but the nation as well,” Cusi said. “Supplementing the learning process of the students by exposing them to a real-world working environment helps arouse their interest and unleashes their potentials to become future scientists, engineers or energy experts,” Cusi explained.

In the second half of 2016 alone, the DOE’s Consumer Welfare and Promotion Office (CWPO) facilitated the conduct of 11 half-day consumer workshops dubbed as EnerSmart Kids Program and EnerREADY Project attended by various students in Metro Manila.

For the EnerSmart Kids Program, a total of 200 Grades 4, 5 & 6 from South CEMBO, Pitogo, San Jose, and Nemesio Yabut Elementary Schools in Makati City attended lectures and performed Science experiments at the DOE Central Office in Taguig City.

The sessions were capped by the kids’ “Pledge of Commitment” to be “Energy Cost Busters” by practicing energy efficiency and conservation measures in their own homes.

Among those who participated in the DOE program were students from the College of Computer Engineering and Communication and Engineering, STI Global City; College of Technology students and senior high school students from the University of Makati and Electrical Engineering students from the Technological University of the Philippines, Taguig Campus.

More than 200 students were given an overview of the electricity supply chain, including fundamental electricity concepts and a laboratory tour at the DOE-Lighting and Appliance Testing Laboratory.

Meanwhile, as part of the agency’s efforts to mainstream Gender and Development (GAD) in the energy sector programs, activities, and projects, the EnerREADY Project was pursued by the DOE-CWPO on-site in the following schools in Taguig and Makati City: Bangkal High School, Fort Bonifacio High School, Bagumbayan National High School and Gen. Pio del Pilar National High School.

EnerREADY is a Career Talk that aims to promote gender equality in the energy sector, encouraging young students to pursue technical careers based on their interest, passion, and strength in technical subjects and not on gender stereotyping as to the roles of women and men as perceived or dictated by society.

More than 400 Grade 10 pupils benefited from this activity through interactive and experiential learning with the female energy experts who shared their actual experiences, including the challenges they hurdled in order to achieve their career goals.

With the continuing Consumer Education Program of the CWPO, public elementary, high school, and college institutions interested in visiting the agency located at the Energy Center, Rizal Drive corner 34th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila, can get in touch with Helen B. Arias, chief of the CWPO at telefax no. (02) 840-22-67 or trunkline no. 479-2900 local 329; or email at energycwpo@gmail.com. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)

Surigao Norte LGUs implement revised standards on BPLS

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 26 (PIA) – Some local government units (LGUs) in the province have begun to implement the revised standards on Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) as required by the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 series of 2016 issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT).

The said memorandum circular directed all city and municipal LGUs to comply with the revised standards in the processing of business permits to only three steps while significantly reducing the processing time to a maximum of two days for new business permit application and just one day for renewals.

It has to be noted that the previous standards on processing time was set for five days for new business applications.

The said directive is done to comply with the instruction of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to further reduce the business permits processing time thereby improving service efficiency for the benefits of the business sector.

The DTI technical personnel conducted monitoring on the implementation of the recently revised BPLS standards for the month of January as most LGUs in the city and in the municipalities are implementing Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) for business permitting system as one of the business permit licensing system streamlining mechanism required in the DILG-DTI Joint Memorandum Circular.

The municipal local government units who already conducted BOSS in their area form January 3 to January 20 are Claver, Bacuag, Placer, Sison, Tagana-an, Tubod, Mainit, Alegria, Malimono, San Francisco, Gigaquit, Dapa, Del Carmen, Sta. Monica, Burgos, Pilar, San Isidro, San Benito, Gen. Luna and Socorro.

LGUs with many business permits to process that were not able to start early due to the brown out after the typhoon will have to extend their BOSS until January 25, 2017. LGUs with few business establishments implemented their BOSS in just few days during the first three weeks of January. (DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)