Monday, September 10, 2018

Go vows to fast track infrastructure rehabilitations in Surigao; plans to put up Malasakit Center


SURIGAO CITY, September 9, 2018 -- Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go today assured the Surigaonons that the Duterte administration is always at the service of the Filipino People, during the 34th Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival in the city.

In an ambush interview, Go vowed to help fast track the release of funds for the repair and rehabilitation of the Surigao City airport runway that was damaged by the February 2017 earthquake that struck the city.

“Kakausapin ko kaagad ang Secretary of Transportation si Secretary Tugade para tugunan at mapabilis itong pag repair. Ako mismo nakita ko kanina medyo ‘yung dulo ng runway ay mayroong inaayos po.” Go said.

(I will talk right away to Transportation Secretary Tugade to address this issue and to fasten the repair. I personally saw earlier that there is an on-going repair in the runaway.)


According to DOTR, the repair of the runway is currently in progress. Funding has been released last April 2018 and 1,060 meters of the 1,600 meter runway has been restored. 

Go also said that he will talk to Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar to raise the Surigaonons’ concern regarding the ongoing Dinagat-Surigao Bridge Link project.

“Mayroon kaming cabinet meeting po sa darating na Martes. Kakausapin ko naman po si Secretary Villar para mapabilis itong problema ninyo sa tulay at ma-fast track po lahat, pangako ko iyan na bibigyan ko ng immediate action, kaya kakausapin ko ang mga head of departments.” Go said.

(We will be having our cabinet meeting this Tuesday. I will talk to Secretary Villar to raise your concern with the bridge, and to fast track everything. I promise to provide immediate action, that’s why I’ll be talking to the department heads.)

In his speech, Go highlighted the rich culture and tradition of the locals and lauded the efforts of the police, the military and the local government of Surigao City in keeping their communities safe, orderly and secure.

After launching the Malasakit Centers in Palawan and Bacolod today, Go said that he is planning to put up a Malasakit Center in Surigao. 

Go vowed that the Duterte administration will coordinate with the local government of Surigao del Norte to establish a Malasakit Center in the area that will cater and prioritize the Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). ###



AgNor SP urges establishment of PESO in LGUs

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 10 -- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Agusan del Norte urged component local government units (LGUs) in the province to establish a Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in their respective localities.

This was pushed by Provincial Board Member Virgilio R. Escasinas, Jr., chairperson of the Committee on Human Resource Development, Labor and Employment and approved by the body through Sanggunian Resolution No. 240-2018 during its 96th regular session.

It was one of the issues and concerns raised during the committee consultation of the said committee for the Legislative Agenda Formulation.

It was learned that job matching activities in the province intend to embark through its PESO are not sustainable as it is not effectively implemented at the municipal level down to the barangay level considering the absence of PESOs in the municipalities and permanent focal person in barangays to manage and handle job generation and employment programs.

The Committee on Human Resource Development, Labor and Employment also found that there is an absence of skill profiling and list of skilled workers in the province and its component LGUs for the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) job matching reference.

The call for the establishment of PESO is in accordance with Republic Act 10691, otherwise known the Public Employment Service Office Act of 1999 which mandates for the establishment of PESO in all provinces, cities and municipalities that will serve as an extension arm of DOLE in all its labor and employment assistance programs and activities.

PESO ensures prompt and efficient delivery of employment generation services to the constituents in the province and municipalities down to the barangays.

The establishment is a necessity for a more efficient and effective provision of employment services to facilitate the meeting of demand and supply for skills and reduce the transaction cost of information on available skills and jobs. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)