Friday, August 4, 2017

SurSur guv extends support to Army

By Nida Grace B. Patosa

TAGO, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 4 (PIA) – The provincial government of Surigao del Sur has donated four hectares of land in Dayoan, Tago, Surigao del Sur to house the permanent camp of the 402nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army.

This was revealed by Surigao del Sur Gov. Vicente Pimentel, Jr. recently here. “This is my way of expressing my gratitude to the Philippine Army, for the sacrifices they have given in protecting the Filipino people in general, and for securing the province of Surigao del Sur from lawless elements in particular," said Gov. Pimentel.

The official recalled that when he first won as governor in 2001, the peace and order situation was shaky and the province became the hotbed of communist insurgency.

“Aside from extorting 'revolutionary taxes' which is nothing but a euphemism, for protection money, from private corporations and contractors, incidents of burning of hauling trucks and other construction equipment and cutting or uprooting of plated banana trees were being perpetrated by the communist groups,” the governor said.

In partnership with the military and police, the people of this province gradually gave their support to the government initiatives, and several programs and projects have already reached even in far-flung areas, the governor said. "Slowly, public and private investments started to come in," Pimentel noted.

Meanwhile, Governor Pimentel said he is supporting the marching order of President Rodrigo Duterte to use all military assets against communist groups, as “we remain hopeful that a parallel track for peaceful resolution remains to be an option in the negotiating table.” (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


AgNor coop's credit line up to 250%

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 4 - The Baleguian Organic Farmers Irrigators Association (BOFIA) in Jabonga town has expressed gratitude to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan del Norte for this year’s approved credit line increased under the credit program called APCP (Agrarian Production Credit Program).

In the first semester, its credit line approved reaches to P5 million up about 250 percent from the P2 million granted in 2016.

Recognized as the outstanding organization in 2016 benchmark for its excellent performance and impressive growth, BOFIA represents the fastest growing agrarian-organization in Agusan del Norte for its micro-lending under APCP.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Andre B. Atega, CESO V, said that BOFIA’s economic success is made possible through financial discipline system implemented which resulted to a 100 percent repayment of loans to its members.

According to APCP Point Person Luningning B. Ycoy, the loan assistance for BOFIA’s Integrated Rice Production benefits 63 members who are also covered by crop insurance package in partnership with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC).

Ycoy said that BOFIA was granted an initial release of P900,000 last March 2017, benefitting 24 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) covering an area of 36 hectares and the second released amounting to P1,452,500 last April with 27 ARBs benefitted, covering an area of 51 hectares.

Winefredo Maldo, an agrarian reform beneficiary and the Chairperson of BOFIA, said that its member’s income now increased because of low-interest rate compared from informal moneylenders such as traders and input suppliers.

According to Maldo, his fellow farmer-beneficiaries are now able to support their children to school. Some said that they can now buy their household needs, and able to purchase agricultural inputs.

“Nagpasalamat kami ni President Duterte ug sa iyang tinugyanan sa ahensya nga si DAR Secretary Rafael 'Ka Paeng' Mariano, na usa usab ka mag-uuma, usa ka tawo nga maantigo nga mosabot sa panginahanglanon sa mga mag-uuma (we are just thankful to the President Duterte for appointing DAR Secretary Rafael 'Ka Paeng' Mariano, who is also known for being a farmer, for his initiative to meet the needs of the farmers,” Maldo said in a vernacular.

The program is a joint credit and capacity development initiative among the DAR, Department of Agriculture and Landbank. It is designed to respond to the credit needs of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) for various economic projects such as agricultural crop production, agri-enterprise, and livelihood projects. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Bislig joins ASEAN landmark lighting

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 4 (PIA) - Mark your calendars and catch another history as the city of Bislig, the only city to represent the entire Caraga Region, underpins its name to be part of this year’s ASEAN’s landmark lighting on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2017 at the Herculano Basañez Boulevard (Baywalk) bearing the theme, “Under one light we are one ASEAN."

Commemorating the ASEAN’s 50th founding anniversary, the activity aims to raise the level of public awareness on the importance and benefits of the ASEAN community. This celebration will be held simultaneously in the capitals of the ASEAN member states namely: Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Malaysia, and Brunei, which will be participated by the 50 key cities of the Philippines with their historical landmarks chosen by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The program will commence with a loud siren of “Pamukaw” at 5:00 a.m. at Barangay Mangagoy and Poblacion. “Kanami Hinang Art Exhibits” will follow at 1:00 p.m. presenting different interesting arts of the city. Immediately, at 3:00 p.m. “Pakuga sa Dakbayan” motorcade will tour around Poblacion, Mangagoy, and Tabon with BCNHS DBLC. Then, “Pabibo Lyre Band Exhibition” at 4:30 p.m. will be done showcasing the enthusiastic lyre bands.

Additionally, the “Pasundayag” and “Kawadang sa Karsada” will take place at exactly 5:00 p.m. The event continues, as 50 chosen landmarks of the Philippines, in which Bislig City is one, will execute the most awaited lighting of ASEAN lantern simultaneously.

The lighting ceremony will start at exactly 7:00 p.m. to be led by Cong. Johnny T. Pimentel, Gov. Vicente T. Pimentel, Jr., City Mayor Librado C. Navarro together with the City Councilors, and the DILG Director Olivia P. Bagasbas that will surely lighten up the said venue and the entire Philippines as a whole.

These 50 chosen landmarks are in consonance with the 50th ASEAN golden anniversary celebration. Lastly, at 7:30 p.m. “Pasiga Fireworks Display, Pabibo Dance and Music Concert” will entertain the people. Furthermore, the event will definitely feature the best of Bislig’s arts, talents, and skills as lots of activities await everyone who wants to party and celebrate ASEAN’s golden anniversary. (with reports from LSElechicon, KACPoliran, NBBanda/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Soldier wounded while securing tourist destination in Agusan del Sur

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Aug. 4 – A soldier of the 3rd Special Forces Battalion was hurt during an encounter with the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Brgy. San Lorenzo of this town at 4:00 p.m. on August 2, 2017.

The troops were on patrol near Bega Falls, a popular tourist spot in Brgy. Mabuhay, Prosperidad when they chanced upon the NPAs after responding to reports from residents that the rebels were extorting from them.

Private First Class Jordan Padua was wounded during a 10-minute running gun battle while pursuing the escaping NPAs who managed to occupy a vantage position to cover the withdrawal of their wounded comrades.  PFC Padua was immediately extricated from the area and was brought to D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital, Patin-ay, this province, for medical treatment.

Bega Falls, a popular tourist destination in the province is frequented by both local and foreign vacationers.  The NPA’s extortion activities in the area has threatened the security of both the tourists and residents making gainful living; thus, prompted the soldiers to conduct constant patrols to ensure its viability as a tourist attraction.

Col. Andres Centino, 401st Brigade commander, recognized the importance of Bega Falls to the Province of Agusan del Sur as a tourist destination and a source of livelihood to the residents of this town. He pledged the continuing support of the Brigade in making the area safe. “We will continue to support the Government Projects and Programs in securing communities particularly tourist destination areas as these will help uplift the economic conditions of the populace once developed,” he underlined. (401st Brigade, Phil. Army/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


News Feature: KMME Module 6 mentor tells mentees: Know your supply and value chain, know your business

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, Aug. 4 - When and how many to produce? What is the best mode in delivering products? What will you do when suppliers cannot provide the raw materials needed for your business?

These and more accordingly are the possible problems mentees will encounter in operating their businesses.

The solutions to the same were discussed with the mentees by Pierre Carlo Curay, mentor for the Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) Module 6 on Supply and Value Chain Seminar held recently here.

“BUSINESS is a SUPPLY CHAIN itself. The supply chain is the whole business operation process. Knowing your supply chain is knowing your business. Entrepreneurs should optimize the management of supply chain in delivering what the customers want, when they want it, with lesser expense,” said Curay, the module mentor.

Madelyn Alvizo, one of the mentees, expressed her gratitude because, after the module inputs and several workshops, she now understands and knows how to cope with problems like ensuring availability of raw materials, the volume she has to produce and how to determine the re-order point level of her production supplies.“

Alvizo is among the first batch of 25 pre-selected micro, small and medium enterprise (MSMEs) or mentees in the province set to undergo 10 modules before they can “graduate” upon completion of their business improvement plans. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


AgSur Negosyo Center hosts DTI briefing for business operators on trade, industry laws

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Aug. 4 - “Daghan ko ug nahibaloan mahitungod sa pagbutang ug mga presyo sa produkto nga among gibaligya ug hilabina gayud sa paghatag ug ensaktong sukli sa customers (I’ve learned a lot on how to put the right pricing of the sellable products, and especially the giving of exact change to customers).”

This was the impression of Evelyn Durango of Durango Store in San Nicolas, Talacogon, Agusan del Sur during the Business Education Seminar (BES) recently conducted at the Negosyo Center in San Agustin, Talacogon, this province.

The BES was conducted to brief the business owners on business-related laws for compliance as well as to raise their awareness on consumerism.

Provisions of the Price Tag Law (R.A. 71) and the No Shortchanging Act of 2016 (R.A 10909) were discussed in detail to ensure that the participants will be well-informed on their responsibilities and obligations.

The Price Tag Law requires that all consumer products sold in retail shall bear an appropriate price tag, label or marking indicating the price of the item except for minute or tiny articles which only requires price list or poster.

While the No Shortchanging Act of 2016 prohibits the business establishments from giving insufficient or no change to consumers. Penalties on violations were also discussed.

The business operators promised to do extra effort to avoid violations on the said laws. DTI Agusan del Sur for its part commit to conduct quarterly orientation on trade related laws in the municipality. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


SSS to cover movie and television workers

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 4 - The Social Security System (SSS) will soon cover 1,600 movie and television industry workers after signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Katipunan ng mga Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon (KAPPT) or the Actors Guild of the Philippines last Friday.

The existing partnership dubbed as “ArtistaSSSya” will work on the compulsory coverage and remittance of SSS contributions of self-employed KAPPT members composed of actors, actresses, singers, producers, stage personalities, commercial artists, and stunt men.

“Art is the highest form of expression so we should take care of our people in the movie industry. We must ensure that they will have a secure future especially when they retire,” said Social Security Commission Chairman Amado Valdez who initiated the coverage of self-employed KAPPT members.

Under the agreement, SSS will designate an Account Officer (AO) who will conduct on-site registration of all qualified KAPPT members. The AO will also facilitate all SSS transactions, such as processing of registration forms; receipt of reports, application forms and other SSS documents; and enrollment to the Unified Multi-purpose Identification (UMID) Card.

KAPPT President Imelda A. Papin said that to encourage SSS membership, the association will pay for the initial contributions of its members.

“The board decided to pay the initial SSS contributions of the first 250 active members to encourage others to join so that each one of us can say na nakasandal na kami sa pader. It is a blessing that SSS provided us an office which will be home of Filipino artists,” Papin said.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc called the MOA signing a celebration.

“Truth is, many of us Filipinos rely on our own families for social security. It is high time that we change this mindset because our family’s financials may be limited or have already dried up. But with SSS, you are assured of assistance in times of contingencies. So today is a celebration because we have come to realize the importance of SSS for social security,” said Dooc.

The pension fund will conduct information seminars and provide SSS reference materials to KAPPT to educate its members. Orientations will be held to teach KAPPT members how to use the SSS online facility to check their personal records as well as payment options.


Given their wide degree of influence, KAPPT will act as advocate of social security protection by educating its members with SSS programs, policies, benefits, and privileges using their website, social media sites and newsletter. The organization is required to create an SSS corner in KAPPT areas, districts, and chapters. (SSS/PIA-Caraga)