Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SurSur employees commemorate Women’s Month celebration

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 15 (PIA) - The provincial employees of Surigao del Sur with the national line agencies joined the nation in celebrating the Women’s Month this year with series of activities lined up for the month of March.

The celebration kicked-off with the fun run and “Hataw” (Zumba) on March 1 facilitated by the Surigao del Sur Women Employees Association (SSWEA) in partnership with the Provincial Government Office.

On March 8, as part of the International Women’s Day celebration, a symposium was conducted participated by the women employees from the different national line agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations, and provincial government.

Ma. Carla Lopez Pichay, journalist, entrepreneur and first lady of 1st District Congressman Prospero Pichay Jr, was the event's keynote speaker.

Meanwhile, the Philippines' first woman chess grandmaster Janelle Mae Frayna also graced the occasion. “Since it’s women’s month, I want to inform you all that the Filipino women chess players are as brilliant as the men grandmasters," Frayna said.

Also on March 8, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) facilitated the diet counseling, while the Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC) facilitated the pap smear and laboratory examination for all the women.

The month-long celebration will culminate on March 27, which will be highlighted with the Health Summit and the Gabay sa Negosyo Video Presentation with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DILG 13 breaks ground on new regional office building

By Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 15 - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga Region conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC)—DILG XIII Office Building on March 9 at the project site in Purok 1, Doongan, this city.

In a span of 22 years since the establishment of the DILG Regional Office in August 1995, corollary to the creation of the Caraga Administrative Region through Republic Act 7901 on February 23, 1995, said office has already rented a total of five office buildings, settling for its current building in kilometer 4, Libertad, which became home to the office for 16 years.

A brief background was recounted by DILG Caraga Assistant Regional Director Donald A. Seronay during the program.

Special guests from the DILG Central Office headed by Assistant Secretary for Finance and Comptrollership Ester A. Aldana joined the DILG regional office and field personnel during the ceremony. Asec Aldana noted the persistence of the regional management headed by DILG Caraga Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion. This persistence accorded them the 30 Million pesos to fund the project, and secured the lot for the building through the generosity of the Butuan City government in 2013.

Also there to share in the office’s milestone was current Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente C. Lagnada who shared the future developments for the City and committed continuing support to the Department.

Recognized during the event were: (1) the National Economic Development Authority – Caraga Region (NEDA 13) for sharing the building plans which served as reference to the LGRRC-DILG XIII Office Building; and (2) the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur for providing the soil testing services as part of the preparatory phase of the project.

“This is the legacy that I bequeath my DILG Caraga Family, that after all this time, we finally have a building of our own,” shared RD Famacion who was emotional as she spoke. With this new facility, the DILG will be able to better serve its clients in the exercise of its mandate to strengthen local government capability aimed towards the effective delivery of basic services to the citizenry.

The building is set for completion on September this year. This is a most welcome development after having just commemorated 25 years since the enactment of the Local Government Code last October. (DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DOE lauds EU assistance towards full electrification

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 15 - Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi extended his gratitude to the European Union (EU) delegates and assured them that the Philippine government is working doubly hard to provide full access to electricity to Filipinos.

Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella delivered the Secretary's message at the Philippine-EU Access to Sustainable Energy Program (ASEP) conference held on Thursday at Bonifacio Global City.

The ASEP is a joint undertaking of the DOE and the EU collectively espousing total electrification, energy security, efficiency and sustainability in the Philippines.

“The Philippine government is accelerating its identified households for electrification in order to meet the 100 percent target by 2022,” said Fuentebella.

DOE Undersecretary Jesus Cristino P. Posadas highlighted the DOE's overall objective in line with the programs of ASEP in expanding sustainable energy projects and   assisting its short and medium-term targets pursuant to the Philippine Energy Roadmaps.

According to the EU, the Philippines has been granted P60M euros (more than P3 billion) worth of assistance to help the country meet its rural electrification targets through various energy and efficiency programs.

Interim team leader Dr. Ernesto N. Terrado provided details of the ASEP's various Technical Assistance (TA) projects.


In October of last year, ASEP also held a technical planning workshop where the DOE and other stakeholders identified the immediate technical assistance needs of the local energy sector and came up with a framework in achieving the targets set by the energy family. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)