Friday, June 29, 2018


LGU-Surigao Norte, SMPC ink MOA on universal health care

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, June 29 (PIA) - The provincial government of Surigao del Norte and the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the implementation of the program “Boosting Universal Health Care via Formula One Plus or F1 Plus.”

The partnership aims to address primarily the shortage of specialty physicians at the Surigao del Norte Provincial Hospital (SDNPH), a well-functioning level one 50-bed capacity health facility situated in Sta Cruz, Placer town catering to the health needs of all Suriganons especially the indigent and poor.

As stipulated in the MOA, an P8-million fund will be allocated for the implementation of the program to cover the charges of the SPMC.

The fund also serves as a referral fund for the Medical Assistance Program (MAP), a financial assistance intended for the indigent and poor patients referred from SDNPH and other areas in the province to address issues on No Balance Billing policy.

The MOA is another local government unit-initiative on health services delivery network and to facilitate the effective and sustainable delivery of basic health care services.

The said MOA was formally signed by Governor Sol Matugas and SPMC representative Dr. Ma. Elinore Alba-Concha which was witnessed by provincial officials and employees as well as barangay doctors during the Monday Morning Sharing on June 25, 2018 at the Provincial Convention Center, Surigao City. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

PSA enjoins support for 2018 family income, expenditure survey

BUTUAN CITY, June 29 -- The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Caraga will conduct the 2018 Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES 2018) with a sample of around 8,448 households deemed sufficient to provide provincial level estimates. 

PSA Caraga Regional Director Rosalinda C. Apura said about 335 Statistical Researchers and Field Personnel will be involved in the conduct of the FIES 2018 in the region.

"The FIES 2018 enumeration will be conducted twice," she said.

“The first visit will be done in July 2018 with the first semester, January to June 2018, as the reference period. The second visit will be conducted in January 2019 with the second semester, July to December 2018, as the reference period. The same set of questions is asked for both visits,” Apura added.

The FIES is a nationwide survey of households undertaken every three years. It is the main source of data on family income and expenditure, which include among others, levels of consumption by item of expenditure as well as sources of income in cash and in kind. The FIES results, according to Apura, provide information on the levels of living and disparities in income of Filipino families, as well as their spending patterns; provide benchmark information to update the weights used in the estimation of Consumer Price Index (CPI); and provide inputs in the estimation of the country’s poverty threshold and incidence.

Dir. Apura then encourages everyone, especially the selected sample households, to support and cooperate in the conduct of the FIES 2018.

“All information collected by the hired Statistical Researchers from the sample households shall be kept strictly confidential and shall not be used for purposes of taxation, investigation or regulation as provided under Article 55 of Republic Act 10625,” Apura said. (PSA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

NPA commander, 2 more give up in SurSur

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 29 – A New People’s Army (NPA) commander and two other rebel leaders had turned themselves in to authorities in Tandag City on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

Mayor Alexander “Ayek” Pimentel, along with PNP and AFP officers, presented to media Hermano Quezada alias Rado/Barad, commanding officer (CO) of Sentro de Grabidad (SDG) platoon of Guerilla Front (GF) 30 under the Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) together with two other leaders.

They were identified as Donita Martinez alias Clara, medical team leader, and Romanito Molino alias Tata, team leader of Team Baking, Squad Uno, all of SDG platoon, GF-30 of NEMRC.

Cpt. Al Anthony Pueblas, civil military operations (CMO) officer of the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, who acted as moderator during the press conference held at Tandag City Police Station (TCPS) at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26, narrated the surrounding circumstances prior to the surrender of the rebel leaders.

At the head table, Mayor Pimentel were flanked by PSupt. Joseph Boquiren, Deputy Provincial Director for Administration (DPDA) and PCI Ray Sorreda, Chief of Police of Tandag City Police Station on his right while on the left were Lt. Col. Xerxes Trinidad, 36th Infantry Battalion Commander of the Philippine Army (PA) and City Councilor Rey-Vic “Dodo” Geli, chair of the Committee on Finance and Appropriation of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

The CMO said what happened was a joint effort, citing the close coordination made between and among local officials from Barangay Maticdum up to Mayor Pimentel, as well as the top brass of the PNP and AFP here. 

It was learned from PCI Sorreda that it all started a couple of weeks ago from a “concerned citizen tip-off” that some rebel leaders would want to get out of the movement. 

Ka Rado confirmed that on top of the “hardships” being experienced and “false hope in the organization” plus the “‘unfair treatment of senior and superior cadres,” the imposition of Martial Law was pointed out to have been potent in constricting their movement. 

In addition, the rebel leader stressed that he trusted the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Since their organization was already tagged as a terrorist organization by President Duterte, Ka Rado bared that their mass-based supporters had kept on “dwindling down.”

During the press briefing, Mayor Pimentel had given all three surrenderers personal money amounting to Php40,000.  It was learned that Ka Rado was handed Php20,000 while the two others were each given Php10,000.

As the city dad called on other active rebels to come down and return to the fold of law, he likewise assured the new surrenderers not only of security and safety but more aid from the Duterte administration and from the local government of Gov. Vicente “BB” Pimentel, Jr. as well. (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)