Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Bislig gets P500K for disaster risk assessment project

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 1 (PIA) – The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) of Bislig is a recipient of P500,000 worth of project on Disaster Risk Assessment from the Public Services International (PSI).

Youreallylove Sango of CDRRMC Bislig said the program is a pilot partnership between the Labor Union Confederation - Public Services International, Bislig City Employees Association (BisCEA), and the City DRRM office of Bislig as the recipient agency.

According to Sango, the project will be implemented throughout this year thru the CDRRM office serving as the secretariat of the city DRRM Council.

The project aims to help the city government come up with a comprehensive Baseline Information for its Hazard, and Vulnerability Assessment, which is a fundamental component in managing future disasters.

Earlier, a memorandum of undertaking was signed on Dec. 10, 2016 between Bislig City mayor Librado Navarro and a PSI representative for the implementation of the said project.  (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DOE urges gov’t agencies to pursue energy efficiency, conservation initiatives

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 1 (PIA) - Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said today that government is taking the lead and serving as a role model to private companies in achieving energy security.

“Under our Government Energy Management Program (GEMP), the Department of Energy has required 140 government entities to submit their electricity consumption from 2015 to 2016 to assess usage,” Cusi said.

“We are closely monitoring their energy consumption so that we can provide strategies to help them become more energy-efficient in their daily operations,” he pointed out.

As part of GEMP, the DOE has enlisted government agencies with available power generating units that can be enrolled for the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) to augment power supply capacity in times of red alert status or when power supply reserves are thin.

"The ILP seeks to convince big load customers of Distribution Utilities and Electric Cooperatives to register so they can run their stand-by generation sets in times of energy supply deficiency to prevent power outages," Cusi explained.

“Based on our GEMP survey, about 100 government buildings have operational generator sets and these total to 85 megawatts of power supply capacity,” Cusi said.

Other energy efficiency measures that the DOE enjoins government agencies to adhere to include setting the thermostat of air-conditioners to no lower than 25°C; replacing aircon units with inverter-type, and switching fluorescent lamps with light-emitting diode (LED) lights.

Aside from requesting government institutions, the DOE asked nearly 70 malls nationwide to set their cooling system’s temperature to 25°C as a way to temper their huge buildings’ demand for electricity.

We, the government, have to be the best examples to our people in managing our energy consumption,' Cusi emphasized.

Earlier, the DOE released a number of appliance-focused energy-saving tips to household consumers which they can adopt as energy efficiency and conservation methods.

Government agencies will continue stewarding our kababayans and private companies in achieving energy security for the country through efficient and judiciously managing electricity usage,” Cusi said. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)


OWWA Caraga holds livelihood orientation to repatriated OFWs

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 1 (PA) - In its constant effort to provide relief to repatriated OFWs who were not fortunate in their journey overseas, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) held a series of orientation seminar on Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay Livelihood Assistance Program and Enterprise Development Training (EDT) in various provinces of the region.

Around 48 OFWs from Agusan del Norte attended the said activity on January 23, while 28 attendees participated in Agusan del Sur on January 25 and 16 OFWs have joined in Surigao del Sur on January 27.

OWWA Caraga Reintegration Program Coordinator Jean Mary Ronquillo oriented the participants regarding the program and its guidelines. She further discussed basic ideas on livelihood undertaking.

Public Employment Service Office Provincial Manager Divina Lagumbay also shared to participating OFWs in Agusan del Sur her knowledge and experiences in engaging into business in order to capacitate them regarding enterprise development.

Aside from gaining ideas on livelihood endeavors, the said activity also paved way for the participants to develop their individual business plans for their proposed livelihood projects.

The Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay Livelihood Assistance Program is a non-cash livelihood assistance intended to returning OWWA member OFWs who were not able to finish their employment contracts overseas due to economic crisis in their jobsites, sickness and other distressful situations. Availment to the said program is only within 1 year upon return to the country.

For the year 2016, a total of P2,150,000 worth of livelihood starter kits were awarded to 215 OFW beneficiaries of the program in Caraga. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Agusan del Norte prohibits pawning of 4Ps cash card IDs

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 1 (PIA) - Pawning of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) cash card IDs or any agreement to government officials and employees, private individuals/groups and local business establishments is now prohibited in the province of Agusan del Norte.

This stemmed from the approval of Provincial Ordinance No. 435-2017, prohibiting such act, passed and approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and authored by Provincial Board Member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo.

The provincial government of Agusan del Norte is protecting its constituents especially the underprivileged from unscrupulous individuals who are taking advantage of the plight of the poor who are beneficiaries of the national government’s 4Ps, by extending them loans with the condition that their 4Ps cash card IDs or agreement shall serve as collateral.

The new law aimed to address the misuse of 4Ps cash cards, to penalize 4Ps beneficiaries in the province who shall pawn their 4Ps cash card IDs to informal lenders or lending agencies and penalize government officials/employees, private individuals/groups and local businesses or corporations who are accepting 4Ps cash cards as loan collateral.

Violators of the said ordinance shall be penalized as follows: For the beneficiary – first offense – counseling from the Municipal Link and a written warning from the Provincial Link; second offense – counseling from the Provincial Link and a written warning from the Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Caraga Region; the concerned household’s grant shall be suspended and shall not be released for one payment period or two months; third offense – delisting of the concerned household under the Grievance Redress System (GRS) Fraud of the DSWD, Caraga Region duly signed by the regional director. The household’s delisted status is non-appealable.

For the government officials/employees – first offense-written warning from their respective Chief Executive to be attached to their individual service record; second offense – removal from government service. For the private individuals/groups –first offense- fine of P1,000.00 per cash card pawned; second and succeeding offenses – fine of P3,000.00 per cash card pawned. And for local businesses (lending institutions and pawnshops – first offense-fine of P3,000.00; second offense – fine of P5,000.00; third offense – revocation of business permit. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Cebuano News: Sundalo gidagit sa armadong grupo sa Surigao del Norte

Ni Regal C. Oribia

BUTUAN CITY, Peb. 1 (PIA) – Gidagit ang usa ka sundalong giilang si Private First Class Erwin Salan sa 30th Infantry (PYTHON) Battalion sa Philippine Army sa mga armadong grupo kon New People’s Army o NPA sa lungsod sa Alegria, Surigao del Norte niadtong Dominggo sa hapon.

Matud pa ni Lieutenant Colonel Rico Amaro, 30th Infantry Battalion commander, samtang nanglimpyu sila Erwin Salan kauban ang mga kabatan-onan sa usa ka tourist destination sa barangay Budlingin, Algeria sa alas 3 sa hapon kalit lang kining gidagit sa armadong grupo nga gikan sa Guerilla Front Committee 16 – Northeastern Mindanao kauban ang ilang lider nga si Florencio Llano alyas ‘Ka Ricky’.

Dugang pa ni Amaro, gigapos ug pwersahang gidala ang maong biktima sa dili pa matino nga lugar. (RCO/PIA-Caraga)