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Monday, March 4, 2019


Fisherfolks receive agri-fishery inputs from Surigao del Norte LGU

By Venus L. Garcia
 
SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 4 (PIA) - The members of the 18 fisherfolk associations received gill nets from the local government unit (LGU) of Surigao del Norte through the Provincial Agriculture Office which aims to improve the fishery sector in the locality.

The gillnets, which are worth a total of P378,203, will be used by the fisherfolks to promote sustainable and environment-friendly fishing practices.

Apart from gillnets, the San Isidro Fishpond Owners and Workers Association (SIFOWA) of San Isidro, Gigaquit also received P77,500 worth of intervention for the Mudcrab Culture in Mangrove Project.

Also included in the agri-fishery inputs is the more than P800,000 worth of assistance given to the beneficiaries of the Hybrid Rice Production Project in the municipality of  Bacuag and San Isidro, Siargao.

Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas cited the importance of providing support to the livelihood of fisherfolks and farmers for them to be able to sustain their basic needs, and likewise meet the demand of which the Filipino nation relies for food.

Meanwhile, the beneficiaries were grateful for the assistance and attention accorded to them by the local government as these would help increase their production.

“We deliver projects and results to the people. We work through results enjoyed by everyone,” Matugas said.

All these responsive actions of the LGU-Surigao del Norte to the needs of the people are products of good governance that made the province as top one in the local tax collection efficiency based on the 2017 Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) target collection for total local revenues; an awardee of Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping 2018; and Best Performing Province in Caraga Region based on the LGU health score card.

Matugas attributed the success of the province to her dedicated and hardworking colleagues whose passion for service has inspired everyone to do more than usual no matter how limited the resources have been.

“Keep a good attitude towards challenges. No society has ever developed tough men during times of peace. The better our attitude, the more likely we will overcome difficulties. Let’s grow and move forward. Every challenge has an opportunity and every opportunity has a challenge. We should be tough and continue to journey to excellence,” said Matugas. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

SP approves P23.8M supplemental budget for employees’ salary hike

By LGU Agusan del Norte

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 4 - A total of Php23,833,989.00 under the General Fund and Php558,690.00 under the Special Account Fund of the province of Agusan del Norte covering the Supplemental Budget No. 1 has been approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on February 18.

Said amount will be supplemented for the implementation of the salary increase of the provincial officials and employees of Agusan del Norte.

This is the last tranche in the salary increase based on the Local Budget Circular 118, dated January 15, 2019.

The funds under the General Fund were shared by 21 offices and hospitals and the Special Account Fund was for the PEEDMO.

The salary increase of government workers started in 2016 and every year thereafter the salaries were increased.

Based on Executive Order No. 201, s. 2016, signed by former President Benigno Aquino III, the compensation adjustment strategy was to ensure that the compensation structure of government personnel is comparable with the prevailing rates in the private sector thereby attracting and retaining competent and committed civil servants, and the existing Compensation and Position Classification System (CPCS) was revised or updated to conform with the following:

a) Raise the minimum salary for Salary Grade 1 from the current rate of Nine Thousand Pesos (Php9,000) to Eleven Thousand Sixty Eight Pesos (Php11,068) to make it even more competitive with the market rates;

b) Bring the compensation of government personnel closer to their private counterparts to at least 70% of the median of the market for all salary grades;

c) Eliminate overlaps in between salary grade allocations of government personnel to recognize differences in duties and responsibilities of the positions;

d) Maximize the net take home pay of government personnel through the inclusion of additional benefits; and

e) Strengthen the performance-based incentive system in recognition of government personnel who play a greater role and carry a heavier responsibility in attaining performance targets and delivering results.

For the military and uniformed personnel (MUP), the compensation adjustment strategy shall be aligned with the objective of mitigating the fiscal crisis building up in their pension system and pursuing the pension reform.

The modified Salary Schedule shall apply to all civilian personnel in the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches, Constitutional Commissions and other Constitutional Offices, Government-Owned or Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) not covered by RA No. 10149, and local government units (LGUs); regardless of appointment status, whether regular, contractual or casual; appointive or elective; and on full-time or part-time basis.

The increase is effective January 1 and the provincial officials and employees will receive salary differential for the months of January and February.

This was approved by the SP through Provincial Ordinance No. 516-2019 through the efforts of Vice Governor Ramon “Rambu” Bungabong. (Aimee B. Sienes, LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Mga mangingisda sa Surigao del Norte, nakatanggap ng mga lambat

By Venus L. Garcia

LUNGSOD NG SURIGAO, Surigao del Norte, Marso 4 (PIA) -- Nakatanggap ng gillnets o lambat ang mga miyembro ng 18 fisherfolk associations mula sa lokal na pamahalaan ng Surigao del Norte sa pamamagitan ng Provincial Agriculture Office na layong mapaunlad ang sektor ng pangingisda sa kani-kanilang lugar.

Umabot sa mahigit P300,000 ang halaga ng gillnets na mapapakinabangan ng mga mangingisda mula sa iba’t ibang munisipyo ng Surigao del Norte.

Maliban sa gill nets, tumanggap din ang San Isidro Fishpond Owners and Workers Association ng San Isidro, Gigaquit ng mahigit P707,000 na halaga para sa “Mudcrab Culture in Mangrove Project.”

Kabilang din sa agri-fishery inputs ang mahigit P800,000 piso na ipinagkaloob sa mga benepisyaryo ng “Hybrid Rice Production Project” sa munisipyo ng Bacuag at san Isidro, Siargao.

Ayon kay Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas, dapat lang na paunlarin ang kabuhayan ng mga mangingisda at magsasaka upang matustusan ang kanilang pangunahing pangangailangan pati na rin ang pagtugon sa demand kung saan umaasa nang malaki ang bansa para sa pagkain.

Labis na ikinatuwa naman ng mga nakatanggap ang ayuda na ipinagkaloob sa kanila ng lokal na pamahalaan ng surigao del norte dahil ito’y napakainam para magamit upang tumaas ang kanilang produksyon.

“Pakay ng lokal na pamahalaaan ng Surigao del Norte na maihatid sa mga Surigaonons ang mga programa at proyekto na magdudulot ng magandang resulta lalo na para sa kaginhawaan ng pamumuhay,” pahayag ni Matugas.

Napag-alaman naman na ang provincial government ng Surigao del Norte ay nangunguna sa local tax collection efficiency base sa 2017 Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) target collection para sa total local revenues; awardee din ng Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping 2018; at Best Performing Province sa rehiyon ng Caraga base sa local government unit health score card. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

14 cops get promoted under Special Attrition Quota

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 4 - Police Brig. General Gilberto DC Cruz of Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 spearheaded on Friday the oathtaking and pinning of ranks of 14 police officers who got their promotion under the special attrition quota.

After holding their ranks for more than 10 years, four cops were finally promoted to Senior Police Officer 1 while 10 took their oath as Police Officer II.

The activity was also witnessed by Atty. Maximo T. Lasaca I, National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Caraga director.

The promotion was intended exclusively for police officers who passed the special promotional examination of the NAPOLCOM on August 7, 2016, July 30, 2017 and May 27, 2018.

The special examination was administered to give the police officers subject for attrition due to non-promotion the chance to be promoted by acquiring the appropriate eligibility.

“As you take one step upward to the ladder of your rank, remember that this entails greater responsibility which the organization and the people are expecting from you," Cruz said in his message as he congratulated the newly promoted personnel.

"Promotion reflects the rise of professional aptitude and proficiency among us in the police force,” he added. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)