Wednesday, August 9, 2017

AgNor supports Science & Technology Week celebration

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 9 - The provincial government of Agusan del Norte participated in the Exhibit and Selling Fair at Robinsons Mall, this city from August 8-13, 2017 as support to the Science and Technology Week celebration of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga.

Locally produced goods and other innovative products are displayed at the Atrium of Robinsons Mall from different entrepreneurs, national and local agencies and institutions in Caraga Region.

The booth of the local government unit of Agusan del Norte, spearheaded by the Provincial Agriculture's Office, will display various local products from the province including bonsai trees.

DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña graced the said event. A press conference followed after the opening program of the Science and Technology Week. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Taxation module mentor reminds AgSur mentees on 'mother of all business commandments'

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, Aug. 9 – “Before commencement of any business and payment of any tax due, register first at the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) office, where the business is located.”

This is what is stated in Section 236 of the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) and is the “mother of all business commandments,” according to Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) mentor Ma. Teresita Z. Dimaculangan.

Dimaculangan handled Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) Module 9: Taxation for the first batch of 25 Agusan del Sur mentees held recently at the Mabe’s Savory Place, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.

The province’s mentees were taught the various tax types, how to fill-out BIR downloadable forms, the filing process and the basic compliance requirements such as registration, invoicing, tax accounting, preservation of tax records and the procurement of tax identification number (TIN).

These processes as emphasized by the mentor are musts for every entrepreneur.

Dimaculangan also pointed out the benefits of being a Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBEs) registrant. BMBE Act of 2002 or the Republic Act No. 9178 as amended by certain provisions of the Go Negosyo Act or R.A. 10644 exempts a micro business with an asset size of not more than P3-million pesos from payment of income tax and payment of gross receipt tax from its loans from the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Landbank of the Philippines (LBP), PCFC, SBGFC or loans granted by Social Security System (SSS) or Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

“I thanked the speaker for an informative session, my learnings from this activity will guide me on how to do proper taxation in my business," said Nieva Ronquillo, one of the 25 mentees. Ronquillo is the owner of Nerian’s Place located at Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur and expected to graduate after taking the last module of Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME), Module 10: Business Law.

She, together with the rest of the mentees have also presented their business improvement plans before graduation in the 3rd week of July, this year. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Caraga culminates disaster resilience month, awards 2017 Gawad KALASAG champs

By April Rose Anne Sanchez

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 9 – The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) of Caraga held the culmination program of this year’s observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM) which highlighted the Regional Awarding of the 2017 Gawad KALASAG Search for Excellence in DRRM and Humanitarian Assistance on August 8, 2017 (Tuesday) at 1:00 p.m. at Las Nieves Hall, Almont Inland Resort, J.C. Aquino Avenue, this city.

The NDRM Culmination Program and Regional Awarding of Gawad KALASAG 2017 is an annual event of the region. It was attended by Dir. Rodrigo T. Diapana of the Administrative and Financial Management Service of the Office of Civil Defense as the Guest of Honor and Speaker (GOHAS); Dir. Rosauro Arnel Gonzales, Jr., RDRRMC Chairperson, and OCD Caraga Regional Director together with Dir. Lilibeth A. Famacion, Vice Chairperson for Disaster Preparedness and DILG Caraga Regional Director; Dir. Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño, Vice Chairperson for Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery and NEDA Caraga Regional Director; and Mr. Ramel Jamen who represented Dir. Mita G. Lim, Vice Chairperson for Disaster Response and DSWD Caraga OIC Regional Director. Likewise, Local Chief Executives, RDRRMC Members and other partners in the region attended the event.

The region's significant activities, which were responsive to this year’s NDCM theme “4Ks: Kamalayan sa Kahandaan, Katumbas ay Kaligtasan” were highlighted through an audio visual presentation; while the regional winners of the DRRM-CCA Awareness Jingle Contest once again presented their winning pieces. Further, the Agusan National Highs School Special programs for Arts Dance Troupe performed cultural dance presentation. The Sining Agusanon (SINAG) also performed musicale presentations. The event's invocation and Philippine National Anthem were rendered by the PhilHealth Chorale Group.

In the official results disclosed by the Caraga Regional Selection Committee (RSC) for Gawad KALASAG 2017, 34 entries from 16 categories bagged the 1st to 4th places as regional winners while 5 entries were Gawad KALASAG Citations. The first place winners received Gold Gawad KALASAG Plaques and cash prizes amounting to P50,000 while the second place winners received Silver Gawad KALASAG Plaques and P30,000 cash prizes. Further, third place winners received Bronze Gawad KALASAG Plaques and cash prizes amounting to P15,000. Five stakeholders in the region also received Gawad KALASAG Citations and cash prizes of P10,000.

The RDRRMC member-agencies and other stakeholders were given recognition for their support and contribution to the recently conducted DRRM activities in the region in line with NDRM Observance and Annual Gawad KALASAG Search.

The four Vice Chairpersons who delivered their messages during the event were awarded with Plaques of Commendation for their invaluable support and effort and commendable service and leadership in the continuous pursuit of excellent implementation of DRRM programs, projects and activities in the region. Dir. Diapana was also given with plaque of commendation and a token (magkono wood) for being the event’s GOHAS.


In his message, Dir. Gonzales thanked all RDRRMC Members, LGUs, schools and stakeholders in the region for their sincere dedication, strong commitment, commendable efforts and great contribution as the region fully and continuously implements DRRM-related initiatives. (OCD-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)