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Wednesday, March 19, 2019


Pag-IBIG Fund releases P47B in MP loans; 2.3M members assisted

BUTUAN CITY, March 19 - Pag-IBIG Fund released P46.96 billion in multi-purpose loans (MPL) last year, the highest ever released in a single year, and posting a growth of P1.58 billion or four percent higher than the amount released in 2017.

The amount assisted 2,268,715 members with their immediate financial needs, which is 11 percent higher than in 2017.

“Pag-IBIG Fund’s performance in 2018 is outstanding. One of our record-breaking feats is the amount we disbursed as multi-purpose loans which many of our members rely on.

The amount of cash loans and the number of borrowers have been steadily increasing since 2016 because more and more members are turning to Pag-IBIG Fund for their financial needs. And we intend to help more members in 2019 as we continue to heed the call of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to provide social services to more Filipinos,” said Secretary Eduardo D. del Rosario, who heads both the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the Pag-IBIG Fund Board of Trustees.

Pag-IBIG Fund also released P2.28 million in calamity loans (CL) to 160,203 members for them to recover from the effects of calamities in their area.

In total, the Pag-IBIG Fund released P49.23 billion under the MPL and CL programs that benefitted the 2,428,918 borrowers in 2018.

“In Pag-IBIG Fund, we always find ways to serve our members better. So in 2018, despite our transition to a new system, our MPL program was able to assist nearly 2.3 million members with their immediate financial needs. This year, we expect to process loans faster with this new system. This is a testament to our commitment to deliver nothing less than the Lingkod Pag-IBIG Brand of Service.  Ang pangangailangan ng bawat miyembro ay aming tinutugunan ng mahusay at tapat na serbisyo, mula sa puso (We address the needs of our members through efficient and sincere service from the heart),” said Acmad Rizaldy P. Moti, Pag-IBIG Fund chief executive officer. (Pag-IBIG Fund/VLG/PIA-Caraga)

AgNor PPOC immersion set

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, March 19 (PIA) – To fully serve communities in insurgency-influenced barangays in the province of Agusan del Norte, the Provincial Peace and Order Council Oversight and Advisory Committee (ADNOAC) of Agusan del Norte is set to conduct a one-day PPOC Immersion on March 28, 2019 in Barangay Tagmamarkay, Tubay, Agusan del Norte.


The event will bring services from different government agencies and private groups to the residents of the four barangays of Tubay, to include residents of barangays Tagmamarkay, Sta. Ana, Doña Telesfora, and Doña Rosario.

Residents of the four barangays including the Indigenous Peoples, Persons With Disabilities, pregnant women and children will benefit services from the Department of Health, Department of Agriculture-Provincial Agriculturist Office, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Provincial Health Office, Department of Agrarian Reform-Provincial Agrarian Reform Office, Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Provincial Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Red Cross, Department of Labor and Employment, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, and Department of Justice-Public Attorney’s Office.

Other offices that will also give their services are the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Department of Education, Philippine health Insurance Corporation, Philippine Statistics Authority, Land Transportation Office and other private groups.

Expected services during activity will include free medical and dental, vaccination, massage, haircut, legal counseling and many others.

Also, food packs will be given to the indigenous people and other residents. Contraceptives will be provided to couples; buntis kits to pregnant women; seedlings to farmers; and fingerlings to fishermen.

A skills training and demo and lectures on illegal recruitment and trafficking will also take part of the event.

The incoming PPOC Immersion is the 4th in the province. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

PRO13 tops nationwide crime solution efficiency

BUTUAN CITY, March 19 - Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 has maintained its number one spot in the Crime Solution Efficiency (CSE) for the month of January and February 2019.

According to Senior Supt. James Goforth, Chief of the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division, PRO13 packed a rating of 89.32% followed by the National Capital Region Police Office with 88.32% as second and Police Regional Office II with 86.99% as third.

In the first two months of 2019, the total crime volume in the region reached 1,359 comprised of 236 index crimes and 1,034 non-index crimes.

Out of 1,359 crime volume, 1,187 crime incidents were solved by the police units.

Chief Supt. Gilberto DC Cruz, PRO13 Director, thanked the community, other law enforcement agencies and all stakeholders that contributed in the crime solving efforts of the police force. 

Crime Solution Efficiency is the percentage of solved cases out of the total number of crime incidents handled by the Philippine National Police for a given period of time. (PNP Caraga/PIA Caraga)