Thursday, November 2, 2017

Surigao Norte initiates PopDev events

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Nov. 2 – With an aim to gauge people’s understanding on population, reproductive and health issues, Surigao del Norte local government held a province-wide population development (PopDev) quiz and essay writing competition on October 26 at the Provincial Convention Center.

There were eight participants from Department of Education (DepEd) Siargao Division and 12 from the mainland DepEd Division who figured during the popquiz. Around 19 schools from the island also took part during the essay writing contest while 35 contestants hailed from mainland DepEd Division.

Andre Calaque, advocacy officer of the Anti-Trafficking Division reminded the youth to combat teenage pregnancy and pre-marital sex by embracing meaningful advocacies like birth control, family planning and population control.

Also, Dr. Dominique Larong, Jr. of DepEd stressed the crucial role of young individuals in the national development and that they need to be given appropriate information and awareness to realize their potentials as agents for change.

For popquiz, in the mainland DepEd Division, Patricia Mae Galagal from Gigaquit National School of Home Economics was proclaimed winner along with her coach, Rosillo Apatan. Janiel Grace Jerusalem, together with coach Lilibeth Leopoldo, of Alegria National High School placed second. Trailing behind in the third spot was Lady Mae Galula of Tubod National High School, accompanied by coach Josephine Bordas.

In Siargao Division, the following won: Jancris Espin, for the first prize, under the supervision of coach Aijy Mar Tesiorna from Oguing National High School in Del Carmen; Marsha Ella Macerin of Siargao National High School in Dapa, coached by Jane Nicayas, as second place and Keith Marian Antipasado ranked third along with her coach, Jose Zandy Tiu of Gen. Luna National High School.

For the essay-writing tilt, Princess Alne Baygan of Tubod National High School earned the first spot. She was coached by Josephine Bordas. Keyrol Van Biol of Surigao del Norte National High School seconded beside Dr. Robin Santillan, coach. Shadowing in third place was Aryl Ruaya of Placer National High School, in the company of his coach Romy Tombaga.

For Siargao Division, Kimberly Rasonable of Burgos National High School got the first place, through the guidance of her coach, Lalaine Arcena. Bethel An Escamilla of Gen. Luna National High School, came in second, with coach Sandy Tiu. Anna Marie Resaure of Union National High School, in Dapa, emerged third with mentor, Josephine Polvoroza. (VLG/PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
SSS bags 2017 government best practice award

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 2 – The Social Security System (SSS) bagged the 2017 Government Best Practice Award (GBPR) from the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) for its implementation of the AlkanSSSya Program to intensify social security coverage among informal sector workers (ISWs).

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc received the award on October 11, 2017 with other recipients namely, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 9, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Region 5, and the City Government of Valenzuela.

“From the 15 entries submitted by government institutions and local government units, we are greatly humbled that DAP has commended our innovative and strategic approaches to make AlkanSSSya Program more sustainable for our growing number of members in the informal economy,” Dooc said.

Launched in 2012, the SSS AlkanSSSya Program is an “out-of-the-box and wholesale approach to cover workers in the informal sector as well as to develop their financial discipline of saving.” As of June 2017, AlkanSSSya has 1,395 program partners – 402 in National Capital Region (NCR), 583 in Luzon, 215 in Visayas and 195 in Mindanao Region.

In a span of six years, the program has expanded its membership among Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA), barangay employees, community-based organizations, market vendors, farmers, jail inmates, jeepney operators and drivers, cooperative members, golf club caddies/umbrella girls, and pedicab operators and drivers.

During the final presentation of the pension fund’s entry titled "AlkanSSSya Program: Towards Intensified Coverage of the Informal Sector", SSS Senior Vice President for Administration Group and concurrent officer-in-charge for Public Affairs and Special Events Division May Catherine C. Ciriaco emphasized that convenience, affordability, and sustainability are the program's three salient features that led to its successful implementation.

“As we recognize the vulnerability of informal sector workers in terms of their nature of work and irregularity of income, the SSS established an integrated payment system which makes payment of contributions simple and affordable. Similar to piggy banks, members can save a part of their daily income for as low as P12 per day in personalized metal compartments installed in locations accessible to them so that they can complete their monthly contributions to SSS,” Ciriaco said.

The six-year implementation of the microsavings scheme resulted in additional membership of over 100,000 with an equivalent collection of P537.31 million as of June 2017.

With the significant results achieved by the AlkanSSSya Program, SSS was also awarded by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and ASEAN Social Security Association in 2015 for promoting inclusive growth among informal sector workers.

The SSS Chief also cited their next steps in achieving the overall sustainability of the program such as aggressive information campaign among the informal sector and by introducing new registration and payment platforms.

“We cannot achieve program sustainability without our member’s high level of appreciation on the long-term benefits of being an SSS member. That’s why we are continuously creating innovations as we aim to bring SSS closer to all working Filipinos regardless of their economic class. We’re also planning to enhance our policies and guidelines in selecting organized groups to ensure the overall sustainability of the AlkanSSSya Program,” Dooc concluded. (SSS/PIA-Caraga)


AgSur’s KBP Hour Teleradyo tackles benefits, privileges of senior citizens

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 2 – In its recent simulcast, the weekly Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP)-Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur Chapter Hour discussed the senior citizens act and the privileges and benefits of the said concerned sector.

Cerila Inson and Jardynne Narvasa of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Sur-Consumer Protection Unit provided inputs on the discounts the senior citizens can avail in buying basic necessities and prime commodities as provided in the Joint Administrative Order No. 17-02 series of 2017, of DTI, Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Energy (DOE). Products added for discounts include Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and kerosene.

Also present during the regular radio program aired from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. from its “home” provided by the Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative (ASELCO) were special guests Ludivicio Viajar, Federation President of Senior Citizens in Agusan del Sur and Cerconcesion Rufila, Municipal President of the Senior Citizens in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.

Viajar mentioned that their members already enjoyed the discount on utilities, which are reflected in their power and water bills. They now are also receiving their social pension.

Media present were station managers Maximo Tutor of dxSF-FM, Alfredo Lobog of dxAK-Bunawan, and Jordan Udtuhan of One Radio-Bayugan City. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


AgSur consumer group does ‘Green Learning Tour,’ visits two green practitioners

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 2 – As part of the activities for the celebration of Consumer Welfare Month, the Pagpakabana sa Katungod sa Konsumador sa Agusan del Sur (PAKKADS), the consumer group in the province, staff from the Local Government Unit (LGU) of San Francisco and media officers of the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur (PGAS) visited two green practitioners/producers in the province.

The Department of Trade and Industry Agusan del Sur (DTI-AdS) facilitated the learning tour to the Foundation for the Development of Agusanons, Inc. (FDAI) and the Kaagap Development MultiPurpose Cooperative (KaagapMuCo).

The two producers have been selling their produce within and outside the province.

They are also known advocates of greening practices for the health of the consumers and the preservation of the environment.

FDAI thru Hygeia Integrameds Center is producing and selling powdered herbal products like salabat, turmeric, tanglad, sambong, black rice and virgin coconut oil.

KaagapMuCo also produces virgin coconut oil, geonet, organic fertilizer, biologs, copra and bio-fuel.

DxDA Station Manager Alfredo Plaza, said with his exposure to these government assisted projects, he could say that if there is unity and hard work, then there is no reason for hunger to be happening.

Rev. Solomon Bilaoen, President of PAKKADS noted that although the tour was only brief, it gave him lots of learning.

The group of senior citizens, on the other hand expressed their appreciation for the learning visit as it reminded them how they grew their food before.

Cerila P. Inson, Jardynne R. Narvasa and Gideon B. Ursos represented DTI AdS. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DTI-AgSur conducts monitoring of Christmas lights, other products under mandatory certification
 
PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 2 – Monitored Christmas lights and other products under mandatory certification are found compliant on product standard (PS) markings.

This has been noted during the product standards monitoring conducted in the municipality of San Francisco, this province.

Products monitored include Christmas lights, cement, electrical plugs, sockets, compact fluorescent lamps, electrical tape, switches and desk fans. All of these products were found to be bearing the corresponding PS or import commodity clearance (ICC) markings.

The monitoring team was composed of the Consumer Protection staff from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga Regional and Agusan del Sur (ADS) Provincial Office.

The team checked and monitored products subject for certification by the Bureau of Product Standards to ensure they are safe for consumers’ use.

DTI AdS will conduct other rounds of PS monitoring in other business centers in the province. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Over 4,000 cops deployed in Caraga for Undas 2017
 
BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 2 – More than 4,200 police officers in Caraga were deployed to the streets, churches, cemeteries and other places of convergence to secure the celebration of All Saints' Day and All Souls’ day.

A total of 4,034 cops from the Philippine National Police (PNP) unit regionwide and 265 uniformed personnel from the headquarters of Police Regional Office (PRO)-13 and national support units were deployed to provide maximum security coverage and public safety services.

“We ensure that the holiday runs smoothly in partnership with the Local Government Units (LGUs), other government agencies, communities, force multipliers and other stakeholders. Let us work together to make these occasions more peaceful and safer,” PCSupt. Rolando Felix, PRO-13 Caraga Regional Director, said earlier during the send-off ceremony at the regional headquarters.


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The deployed cops conducted foot and mobile patrols, served as road safety marshals, established and manned police assistance hubs and intensified intelligence and counterintelligence monitoring to maintain peace, order and security in the whole region. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)