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Friday, March 1, 2019


Negosyo Center biz counselors monitor SSF projects in AgNor

By Nora L. Molde
 
BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 1 (PIA) – With the aim to ensure that all the Shared Service Facility (SSF) projects of the province are still operational, different Negosyo Centers (NC) of the province of Agusan del Norte conducted a series of monitoring.

The NCs of Butuan City, Buenavista, Nasipit and Magallanes recently conducted a monthly monitoring to the different SSF projects in their area.

The NC Business Counselors of the said areas visited different SSF projects with the aim to provide them with the help they needed and to make sure that the projects are still operational.

According to the Department of Trade and Industry Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Brenda Corvera, the SSF is a project of the agency that primarily aims to improve the competitiveness of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises or MSMEs by providing them with the machinery, equipment, tools, systems, skills and knowledge under a shared system.

The SSF monitoring is a monthly activity designed to keep-track of the co-operators’ performance, the number of jobs generated, and to check if the equipment, machinery, facilities are still operational up to the present, Corvera said.

Butuan NC Business Counselors Joshia Allyn A. Soliven and Althea Asia Acevedo monitored the SSF on E-Bamboo - Butuan Bamboo Balangayan Agro Arbor Industry Producers; SSF on Machine Processing Equipment for Concrete Hollow Blocks for Expansion - Brgy 27 Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative; SSF on Bakery - Butuan Balangayan Multi-Purpose Cooperative; and SSF on Arts and Handicrafts - Gifts, Decors and Housewares Entrepreneurs Caraga.


Business counselors John Lester Virtudazo and Ruben Paul Timogan of Nasipit NC also monitored the SSF on Roasted Corn and Organic Beverages - Culit Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

Magallanes NC business counselors Zara Sanchez and Arvin Mike Avenido also monitored the SSF for Fish Processing - Sto. Niño Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative; while Buenavista NC business counselors Ellen Rose Ranario and Honey Arriola and SSF Project Staff Jenisa K. Ramoso also visited the SSF on Coffee Processing - Simbalan Farmers Association. (DTI Agusan del Norte/NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

PNP’s 'Oplan-Katok' nets 328 firearms

BUTUAN CITY, March 1 - Since the start of campaign period and implementation of COMELEC gun ban last January 13, 2019, a total of 328 gun-owners, who are holding expired licenses for their guns, responded to the 'Oplan Katok' of the Philippine National Police (PNP) as of February 27, 2019.

Oplan Katok is a PNP program wherein authorities go house-to-house visit to firearm holders who have not renewed their firearms license yet, to get them renew their firearm permits, or have these guns stored in police vaults for safekeeping.

Of the 328 firearms now kept safe in police vaults, 45 of which were surrendered by political aspirants.

Police Brigadier General Gilberto DC Cruz, PNP 13 Regional Director, had repeatedly issued a warning to gun owners to turn in their firearms to nearest Police Stations pending the application of License to Own and Possess Firearm (LTOPF) at Regional Civil Security Unit (RCSU).

Pursuant to Section 19 of Republic Act (RA) 10591, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act: “All types of licenses to possess a firearm shall be renewed every two years. Failure to renew the license on or before the date of its expiration shall cause the revocation of the license and the registration of the firearm/s under said licensee."

The registration of the firearm shall be renewed every four years. Failure to renew the registration of the firearm on or before the date of expiration shall cause the revocation of the license of the firearm. The said firearm shall be confiscated or forfeited in favor of the government after due process.

Under RA 10591, the failure to renew a license or registration within the periods stated above on two occasions shall cause the holder of the firearm to be perpetually disqualified from applying for any firearm license. The application for the renewal of the license or registration may be submitted to the Firearms and Explosives Office of the PNP, within six months before the date of the expiration of such license or registration.

“We want to ensure a safe, peaceful and orderly conduct of 2019 mid-term elections. These 328 surrendered firearms mean 328 less firearms in the street which might be illicitly used in the commission of a crime,” saidCruz.

 “If gun owners will not surrender their firearms, the PNP will apply for a search warrant against the registered gun owner and file appropriate charges in court,” Cruz warned. (PNP Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

PCDO orients Dinagat coops on tax incentives, credit info system act

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, March 1 (PIA) - The office of Provincial Cooperative and Development Office (PCDO) of Dinagat Islands conducted an orientation-workshop on the preparation of Annual Mandatory Reports for Cooperatives and Orientation on Republic Act (RA) 10708 or also known as Tax Incentives Management and Transparency Act, and RA 9570 or the Credit Information System Act on February 22, 2019 at the Provincial Guest Center, Cuarinta, San Jose, this province.

The activity aims to ensure a safe and sound operation of cooperatives, and cope up with the challenging mandates for the improvement and enhancement of a cooperative.

During the activity, PCDO officer Alvin Dela Cruz urged the participants to be open-minded throughout the workshop and register on Philippine Government Electronic Procurements System (PhilGEPS) to avail benefits from the government intended for cooperative sectors.

Dela Cruz explained that PhilGEPS is the single, centralized electronic portal that serves as the primary and definitive source of information on government procurement.

“Transparency in government procurement is enhanced through the use of PhilGEPS, all government agencies, as well as suppliers, contractors, manufacturers, distributors and consultants, are mandated to register and use the system in the conduct of procurement of goods, civil works and consulting services,” he said.

The activity was attended by members of different cooperatives from the municipality of San Jose, Basilisa, Cagdianao and Dinagat. (PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

Surigao Norte barangays declared drug-cleared

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, March 1 (PIA) – The provincial government of Surigao del Norte in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government has officially declared several barangays of the province as drug cleared.

Among the barangays honored as drug-cleared are barangay Payapag in Bacuag town, Poblacion 2 in Burgos town, Monserrat in Dapa town, Antipolo and San Fernando in Del Carmen town.

In Gigaquit town the following barangays were recognized: San Antonio, San Isidro, Villaflor, Anibogan, Mahanub, Poniente, Villafranca, Alambique, and Ipil.

In Mainit town: barangays Magpayang, Cantugas, Paco, Tagbuyawan, San Francisco, Roxas, San Isidro, Marayag, Siana, Tapi-an, Tolingon, Magsaysay, Dayanao, Quezon, Mabini, San Jose, Bobonaon, Binga, Matin-ao, Mansayao and Silop.

In Malimono town the following barangays are Can-aga, Masgad, San Isidro, Cantapoy, Cayawan, Binocaran, Bunyasan, Cagtina-e, Hinagdong, Tinago, Cansayong, Villa Riza, Pili, and Karihatag.

Barangays Mayag, Gacepan, Tinogpahan and Tagbayani in Sison town were also proclaimed. Meanwhile, in Socorro town, only two barangays qualified namely, Pamosaingan and San Roque.

In Sta. Monica town, the following barangays championed the war against illegal drugs: Libertad, Alegria, Mabini, Tangbo, Mabuhay, Rizal, T. Arlan, Garcia, Abad Santos and Magsaysay.

Two barangays were declared in Tagana-an town: Sampaguita and Aurora.

In Tubod town the declared barangays are Capayahan, Cawilan, Del Rosario, Marga, Motorpool, Poblacion, San Isidro, San Pablo and Timamana.

In the recent Barangay Development Forum attended by DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya as the event's guest speaker, Barangay Bagacay in Claver town earned the title as the Best Barangay Peace and Order Council. (PIO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)