Friday, April 28, 2017

DOLE all set for Labor Day celebration in SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Apr. 28 (PIA) – All lined-up activities for the Labor Day celebration in the province are set, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Friday.

This year's Philippine Labor Day Celebration is anchored on the theme: “Matatag na Kabuhayan at Trabaho Tungo sa Progresibing Pagbabago.”

DOLE provincial chief May Velonta said the pre-labor day activities of the province will be conducted on Saturday morning in Bislig City and on afternoon in Hinatuan town with DOLE Undersecretary Bernard Olalia as the guest of honor.

He will lead the distribution of the livelihood assistance to the idetified recipients - Airport Rural Builders Association in Bislig City and Hinatuan OFWs and Dependents Association in Hinatuan.

Meanwhile, during the Labor Day on Monday, May 1, the celebration will start with a mass at 6:00 a.m. followed by a motorcade and program proper at the Tandag City Park participated by employees from the public and private sectors, other partners stakeholders, tripartite councils, PESO Managers, Associations/Organizations and Labor and management partners in partnership with the city government of Tandag.

On May 2, DOLE will lead the jobs fair and business fair activities in Carrascal town in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


AgNor SP adopts grant of gratuity pay to JOs, CSWs

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 28 - The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Agusan del Norte recently adopted the grant of gratuity pay to job order (JO) and contract of service workers (CSWs) in the provincial government, subject to availability of funds of the province.

In its Provincial Resolution No. 083-2017, authored by Vice Governor Ramon AG. Bungabong, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan adopted the Administrative Order No. 02 issued by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, authorizing the grant of gratuity pay to JOs and CSWs in national government agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations, state universities and colleges and government financial institutions, chargeable to their respective Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE).

Under Section 6 of said AO 02, local government units are likewise encouraged to adopt in their respective offices the said grant utilizing appropriate funds and available funding sources.

In a proposed resolution studied by the Committee on Finance and Appropriation, chaired by Vice Governor Bungabong, the province will authorize the grant of gratuity pay to all JOs and CSWs in the provincial government of Agusan del Norte who have rendered a total of an aggregate of at least four months of satisfactory service as of December 15, 2016 and whose contract are still effective as of said date in the amount of P2,000 each, chargeable to appropriate funds.

Provincial Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba expressed support of the said move and is willing to extend the gratuity pay, but said that it should be incorporated first in the province’s supplemental AIP for funding under the province’s supplemental budget. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


PSA prepares for building structures geo-tagging activity

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 28  - The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the central statistical authority of the Philippine government on primary data collection, will conduct the tablet-aided geo-tagging of building structures.

This activity aims to come-up with accurate and reliable digitized maps, use primarily for the various censuses and surveys conducted by the office.

The main purpose of conducting the geo-tagging activity is to identify and mark building structures as points in the digitized maps and attributing these buildings with the pertinent geographical information in the barangays.

The PSA Field Staff and selected trained Map Data Collectors and Map Data Screeners in Caraga will geotag all kinds of building structures and take pictures of the building facade using tablets in May to August, 2017.  The information collected shall be kept strictly confidential and shall not be used for purposes of taxation, investigation or regulation as provided under Article 55 of Republic Act 10625. (PSA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DOE pitches energy opportunities to ASEAN investors

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 28 (PIA) - Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi said on Thursday that there is a big business opportunity in the Philippines' energy sector that investors from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) can take advantage of.

"We're inviting energy investors from ASEAN. The ASEAN summit is an opportunity for us to drum up to our neighbors that there is this development happening in the Philippines and they can participate," Cusi said after attending the closed door quarterly roundtable of the Wallace Business Forum at Shangri-la Hotel, Makati City.

Cusi said the potential business opportunity in energy is the result of the government's ambitious infrastructure program dubbed "Build Build Build."

"We're going to build the energy supply for the infrastructure," said Cusi.

"From 2016 to 2030, 17,300 megawatts (MW) is needed to support the Ambisyon 2040 development plan of the government for the Philippines. An additional power of 26,000 MW from 2030 to 2040 or a total of 43,000 MW from 2016 to 2040 is needed to support the infrastructure projects," Cusi said at the second round of Dutertenomics Forum on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Cusi is optimistic that investors will come in. "The investment opportunity is open for all and the DOE will not put a cap and quota on the energy source of choice," said Cusi.

"I'm sure there will be entrants, particularly those who can offer the best for the Philippines and those who can provide the supply in the cheapest and most efficient way," he concluded. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte agrarian org tops regional maturity assessment

By Daryll M. Tumbaga

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 28  - Alipao Multi-purpose Cooperative (ALMUCO) of Brgy. Alipao, Alegria, Surigao del Norte topped the Caraga-wide Information Technology-enabled Maturity Assessment (ITEMA) for the assisted agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

This was revealed during the ITEMA feedbacking session held last April 18, 2017 in Butuan City facilitated by the staff from Policy Planning Services of DAR Central Office and ITEMA consultant.

ALMUCO obtained a rating of 78.25 equivalent to Maturity Level of 5. A total of 378 ARBOs all over the region were subjected to ITEMA.

The said ARBOs were assessed on their 2015 organizational operations on the following key results areas, to wit; organizational management, business enterprises and social services, resource and financial management, alliance building, and social and environment responsibility.

“This is a great and very welcoming news for us,” said Venancia S. Signar, chairperson of ALMUCO.

“This is because of the untiring and collaborative effort of all the officers and members of ALMUCO. Truly, there is strength in unity,” she added.

The ITeMA for ARBOs seeks to come up with comprehensive and realistic results of assessing the levels of maturity of the DAR-assisted ARBOs, to bring to fore the development gaps or the interventions yet to be provided, and to create a database of DAR-assisted ARBOs from which updated and comprehensive ARBO profiles can be readily generated. (DAR-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Medialdea’s decision to halt additional mine fund a procedural matter – Barbers

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 28 - Surigao del Norte 2nd district Representative Robert Ace Barbers expressed his support for Executive Secretary (ES) Salvador Medialdea’s decision to suspend the imposition of a P2-million trust fund for every hectare of land disturbed by mining operations, an order that was issued by the office of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez.

Barbers said the suspension is not an opposition to Secretary Gina’s proposed additional mine fund.

"The DENR Secretary has to understand that this is all part of due process. Mining companies appealed to the Office of the President, therefore, it is only imperative that they be given immediate relief, until the President decides on the petitions,” said Barbers.

Barbers said the executive secretary has jurisdiction over appeals filed with the Office of the President.

"I firmly believe that ES Medialdea deferred the mine fund not because he counters President Duterte’s policy against destructive mining operations, but because the petitions center on this controversial trust fund,” Barbers added. (Surigao del Norte 2nd District Congressional Office/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


3 Caraga towns to pioneer 'assistance to municipalities' program

By Marilou Autor-Salado

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 28 - Three municipalities in Caraga region are set to pioneer the implementation of projects under the Assistance to Municipalities (AM) program as Notices to Debit Account Issued (NADAI) are already out for the release of the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) amounting to P35,177,000.00 as of April 18, 2017.

Each municipality is granted the amount equivalent to their approved projects.

The municipality of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte will implement two projects; for the Construction of one unit Evacuation center cum Training Center in Purok 1, Barangay Bangonay amounting P3 million and an amount of P6,913,000 for the upgrading of access road to Great Lake Resort in Purok 1, Poblacion.

The municipality of Loreto, Agusan del Sur will concentrate all of its allocation amounting to P11,038,000 for the Mayabog Spring development (Level III) for the benefit of barangays Poblacion, San Vicente, Sta. Teresa, Sto. Tomas, Waloe, San Isidro, San Mariano and Sto. Niño.

The municipality of Sta. Monica, Surigao del Norte will also work on two approved projects - provision of Potable Water Supply in Poblacion and Rizal amounting to P4,226,000 and the Core Local Access Road in Poblacion amounting to P10 million.

Prompt compliance to the requirements of Public Financial Management (PFM) under the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Good Financial Housekeeping (GFH), a component of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) are two requisites for the early release of their funds.


Other municipalities are encouraged to coordinate with the DBM and the DILG Municipal Officers to ensure compliance of requirements to facilitate LGSF release. (DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)