Friday, July 14, 2017

Gov't agencies to boost digital employment in Siargao, Bucas Grande islands

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 14 (PIA) – The Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) Coordination Meeting which was recently held at the D’Islander Ville Pension Hauz, Dapa, Siargao Island, this province paved way to addressing concerns and finding solutions to implement information and communications technology (ICT) industry development programs.

The RIS Team is composed of the three national line agencies such as Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

During the said meeting, DTI provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan discussed on the net-out-migration at an average age of 23 years old in the island and how ICT-enabled industry services can be a development tool for the island countryside advancement.

On his part, Del Carmen mayor and Siargao Unified Resources for Information Technology (Surf IT) President Alfredo M. Coro II shared how their local manpower is preparing the infrastructure in bringing digital jobs to the local manpower pool.

DICT Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands officer-in-charge Engr. Ricardo T. Bacolod talked about the agency’s programs to address inclusive growth.

Meanwhile, DSWD-Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) provincial coordinator Ian G. Auditor mentioned how their office is streamlining and integrating programs for RIS especially in the municipalities of Tubod, Mainit, Del Carmen and Socorro.

In turn, RIS Philippines has pledged its commitment in providing capacity building, client provision and technopreneurship mentoring for sustainability and this will compliment its existing tourism development programs to capacitate more the human capital in the island for inclusive growth. (DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Dinagat Islands guv leads groundbreaking of Women's center

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, July 14  – Dinagat Islands governor Glenda B. Ecleo led the groundbreaking of the Women and Children Crisis and Development (WCCD) Center on July 4, 2017 held at Purok -1 Barangay Cuarinta here.

WCCD center is a residential care facility that will cater women especially in difficult circumstances (WEDC) or those women or wives that are maltreated or abused and children in need of special protection like abused neglected, abandoned, street children and foundlings.

The WCCDC Center is worth P4 million that comprises a land area of 600 square meters and has a work duration of 187 calendar days, which is funded by the provincial government from the Performance Challenge Fund as incentive for winning the 2016 Seal of Good Local Governance,

In her message, governor Ecleo is grateful and expressed her gratitude to all the Dinagatnons for all the support extended to her administration. (PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


Woman sentenced to jail due to unauthorized withdrawal of death pension

BUTUAN CITY, July 14 - The Social Security System (SSS) won a case against a woman who misrepresented herself to claim the monthly pension benefit of her mother.

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 100 convicted Angelina Vergara for misrepresenting herself as her deceased mother, Corazon Vergara, to continue to receive the latter's death pension as a survivorship pensioner of the SSS.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc said that Vergara was sentenced to a minimum jail term of six years and one day, to a maximum of eight years for the violation of Section 28 of the Republic Act 8282 or Social Security Law.

“Even after her mother’s death on April 6, 1993, Vergara continuously received her mother’s pension through illegal withdrawals, amounting to overpayments of P180,732.71,” Dooc said.

Based on the decision from the RTC, the unauthorized withdrawals were discovered when Alfredo Vergara, the brother of the accused, received a letter for his mother from her depository bank. He immediately notified the bank of his mother's death, and was advised to report and present her death certificate to SSS.

Likewise, Elma Vergara, the sister of the accused issued a testimony in support to the investigation stating that Angelina did withdraw their mothers’ monthly pension.

During the hearing of the case, the accused pleaded guilty and paid an initial amount of P57,000 to settle her civil liability.

According to SSS Corporate Litigation Department Head and handling lawyer Atty. Henry C. Pablo, Vergara’s admission became a strong primary evidence which led to her conviction.

“The fact that the accused has obtained the cash benefits she is not entitled to made it clear that Vergara has the intention to defraud SSS,” Pablo said.

Aside from six to eight years of imprisonment, Vergara was also ordered to pay P123,732.71 worth of actual damages to SSS, subject to the payment of legal interest of six percent per annum.


“I hope that this case will serve as a constant reminder for everyone that it is a grave offense to claim SSS benefits that is not rightfully yours. SSS will not allow this unscrupulous act. Rest assured that the full strength of the law will be used to punish offenders,” Dooc concluded. (SSS/PIA-Caraga)