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Monday, February 5, 2018

AgNor province’s  breeder stock augmented

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 5 – The provincial government of Agusan del Norte, through the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office, is set to receive from the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga Regional Office additional one head purebred Anglo-Nubian Buck as breeder stock in the province .

This is a support and assistance from DA to livestock stakeholders in pursuit of agricultural development and worthy endeavors to promote the interest of the farmers that aims to ensure continuity of developing the livestock industry that will attain high productivity and resilient animals in support to the DA programs.

To recall, the province received in 2017, 2 beehive colonies, 10 heads swine (1 head boar and 9 heads gilt), 5 heads heifer and 5 heads caraheifer from DA Caraga.

The provincial government of Agusan del Norte and DA recognize the importance of the involvement and participation of the private and government breeding farms in the production of livestocks forecasted to be the sources of stocks for the backyard farmers in the future.

With this program, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Agusan del Norte recently authorized Provincial Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba to sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DA Caraga Regional Office for a smooth implementation of the program through Sanggunian Resolution No. 011-2018, authored by Provincial Board Member Aquino W. Gambe. (ABSienes, LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Efforts to sit an IPMR in SurSur in limbo

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 5 – Despite the Certificate of Affirmation (COA) issued to Jimmy Iligan Guinsod by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in Caraga Regional Office XIII under Atty. Jose Dumagan, Jr., the expectant “Board Member” seems to be going nowhere for now.

However, DILG Provincial Director (PD) Pedrito Alacaba expressed optimism that in the end the result would come out fine.

The DILG top chief explained that with the COA already handed, what should be done was just to “recognize” the bearer. 

Guinsod, the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) of San Miguel town, would also be replaced by Rico Maca down at the municipal level as planned upon vacating his post soon.

To become a duly authorized IP representative of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Guinsod had to make it to the last and final process of taking the oath of office before Gov. Vicente “BB” Pimentel, Jr.  But such ritual had yet to take place, according to NCIP Provincial Head Engr. Charlyn Binghoy.

The NCIP chief was also saying that in case Guinsod got the nod from the province, it would be one for the books.  She explained that he would be the very first SP Member from among the IPs at the provincial level in Caraga region.  Besides, the NCIP was noted to have bared in an exclusive interview that having a sitting IPMR would matter in the annual conferment of Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG). 

Meanwhile, Vice-Governor Manuel Alameda, Sr. was found out to have been in a quandary.  Describing the situation as “pressing matter” in his letter to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año dated January 25, 2018, the SP presiding officer was seeking for “the proper course of action to be undertaken.” He cited both the position paper of the League of Vice-Governors of the Philippines (LVGP) dated February 17, 2017, which the DILG Secretary had been furnished a copy as well as the communication sent to him by Alacaba on January 23, 2018.

Also, in a related interview, the chair of the Finance and Appropriation Committee, SP Member Henrich Pimentel, clarified that the august body had already approved the 2018 Executive Budget with “unfunded” IPMR post during the budget deliberation in 2017. Being existing but unfilled during the preceding year, he added that said plantilla position, among others, was decided to be scrapped. (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag City/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

AgNor to upgrade medical equipment, systems in local hospitals
BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 5 – With the help of the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office XIII, the provincial government of Agusan del Norte was given an opportunity to upgrade the medical and laboratory equipment of the hospitals and Rural Health Units (RHUs) in the province.

This move was under the Health Facility Enhancement Program of the DOH to improve the primary health facilities and hospitals to comply with the DOH licensing and Philhealth accreditation requirements as referral centers.

For its smooth implementation, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan authorized Provincial Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba to sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DOH.

Under this MOA, the hospitals and RHUs are to identify their needed medical and laboratory equipment to be funded and purchased by the DOH through the Health Facility Enhancement Program.

On the other hand, another MOA will be signed by Amante-Matba in behalf of the province and the DOH for the Integrated Hospital Operation and Management Program (IHOMP), Policies and Guidelines to be put in place in the hospitals.

Starting January 2018, Philhealth is requiring all hospitals to adopt the Integrated Hospital Operations and Management Information system (IHOMIS) of the DOH in their day-to-day hospital operations to improve the quality of management system and procedures within the hospital with Total Quality Management and Patient Safety as framework.

This new technology is part of the Philippine Health Agenda for 2016-2020 of the national government to improve health care, practice good governance and promote universal health services access for all Filipinos.

Provincial Board Member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo pushed for the approval of the two MOAs during its recently conducted regular sessions. (ABSienes, LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)