Thursday, April 5, 2018


CSC to hold career service test anew

By Greg Tataro, Jr. 

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, April 5 (PIA) - In less than a month time and rare instance, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) has set to conduct career service sub-professional and professional examinations on April 15, 2018.

Imelda Bongabong, newly installed director of the CSC field office in Surigao del Sur, believed that this action taken by their head office was owing to the mounting demand of those who were not accommodated during the recent career service test given on March 18, 2018.

Since the deadline of filing for application was set April 3, 2018, the same CSC official advised that qualified applicants had to dash off.

She called on all hopefuls to take advantage of the situation before the close of office hours.

The announcement came after Bongabong was installed by no less than Regional Director (RD) Resurreccion Pueyo together with Assistant Regional Director (ARD) Atty. Winston Plaza of the CSC Caraga Regional Office at 2:00 p.m. on April 2, 2018. (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur makes history with “IPMR”

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, April 5 (PIA) - The province of Surigao del Sur has made an indelible mark on history in Caraga region with the official oath taking of  Jimmy Guinsod as Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) before Governor Vicente “BB” Pimentel, Jr. on April 4, 2018.

Atty. Jose “Jake” Dumagan, Jr., National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Caraga Regional Director (RD), was so grateful to Gov. Pimentel upon learning that the latter had already signed and administered the oath of office of Guinsod.

According to the NCIP chief, what took place was “first in the history of IPMR in Caraga,” stressing that the other provinces comprising the region had yet to follow suit.

Dumagan also said that before Guinsod was issued a Certificate of Affirmation (COA) by his office and a Certificate of Recognition by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) through Provincial Director (PD) Pedrito Alacaba, the newly selected IPMR had undergone first a thorough selection process.

IPMR Guinsod would serve for a three-year term unless cut short by “vote of loss of confidence,” he pointed out.  However, “decision on that matter rests upon the IP elders.”

Governor Pimentel, in a separate interview, said that the selection of Guinsod could have been made earlier if not only for the “lack of budget,” adding that he really wanted an Indigenous Peoples (IP) representative at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) much earlier.

The governor confirmed that what happened was indeed “first in Caraga” and a “proud moment” as well for the province of Surigao del Sur.

When asked how the reaction of IPMR Guinsod was during the oath taking ceremony, Gov. Pimentel told Radyo Pilipinas that the Lumad representative “was so happy.”

In an exclusive interview, SP Member Jimmy Guinsod admitted to have been overwhelmed with joy.  He blurted out then thanking his fellow IPs, the NCIP, Gov. Pimentel, and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, which he said was instrumental in realigning a budget for his post.

Guinsod assured that, being an IPMR, he would bring the voices of the three tribes in the province—Mamanwa, Manobo and Mandaya.

Knowing that there were only a few of the IPs who had earned a college degree, the newly selected mandatory representative likewise bared his priority programs:  to advocate for the education of his fellow IPs and to help them “resist the NPAs.”

On the part of the committee chair of the Finance and Appropriation, Surigao del Sur 1st District Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Member Henrich Pimentel, was surprised to know that Guinsod had already taken his oath of office before Gov. Pimentel that swift.  However, he said to have received a call from Gov. Pimentel, through Atty. Lemuel Auza, provincial attorney, who inquired about the “budget ordinance” which had something to do with the IPMR.   Fund “realignment” was done during their regular session on April 3, 2018, it was learned.

The board member, who happened to be the presiding officer of the said regular session since Vice-Gov. Manuel Alameda, Sr. was out on official business, likewise said he was “glad over the selection of Guinsod” and that “it paved the way for a historic event.” Indeed, it was a “proud moment for Surigao del Sur,” he commented further.

Citing regard for the IPRA law, SP Pimentel noted that the province had “set an example for the other provinces of Caraga region.” (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)