avail of PAGCOR led PGMA Serbisyu Muna; 28 national, local government
organizations join caravan
By NENE A. MANZANARES (PIA Northern
March 30, 2009
Samar – If buntings decorated the whole area, it
could almost be mistaken as a town fiesta. People flocked at the
Sacred Heart Plaza in Catarman Thursday the other week to avail of the
services brought by the People’s Government Mobile Action (PGMA)
Serbisyu Muna with full caravan support.
project provided clients the rare opportunity to seek the services
they wanted most in one area. Be it medical or dental services or mere
consultations with the representatives of the 28 national and local
government agencies in the “caravan”, the services were there for the
About twenty five
tents from the provincial government and one big tent from the Armed
Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were set-up on the sides surrounding
the Sacred Heart Plaza where the 28 participating agencies were given
a space to serve their walk-in clients. The bigger tents were
assigned to the medical and dental teams including the area assigned
The Catarman PGMA
Serbisyu Muna was able to provide medical services to 1,503
constituents and dental services to 361 beneficiaries. Eleven doctors
and 12 dentists were at hand to provide their assistance.
On March 17 or two
days prior to the Catarman event, medical and dental services were
provided simultaneously in the towns of San Roque and Catubig in the
second district of the province. In San Roque, 610 medical and 141
dental beneficiries were provided with services while in the town of
Catubig, 703 medical and 165 dental patients availed of the services.
It was the turn of the
towns of San Jose and Rosario on March 18 where both dental and
medical services were likewise simultanenously provided. In San Jose
town, some 705 medical and 104 dental patients were recorded while in
the town of Rosario, some 574 medical and 165 dental patients were
The PAGCOR touch
During the short
opening program, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR)
Vice-President Remedios Petilla expressed her gratitude to Gov. Raul
Daza and the local officials of the
for hosting the PGMA Serbisyu Muna caravan. She also thanked the
participating national and local agencies who showed their commitment
and support to the project. PAGCOR is point agency in this on going
“caravan of services” project.
In an exclusive
interview with PIA, Pagcor Vice-President Petilla said that this is a
special project of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the latter’s
effort to provide the needed services in far-flung and depressed
provinces. This project is being supported by PAGCOR which provides
manpower, supplies and medicines. They also coordinate with the local
government units and different national agencies to ensure
participation in the event.
The charming and very
energetic Pagcor veep said that PGMA Serbisyu muna has already
provided services to Davao, Bicol, Agusan, Aklan, Masbate and other
provinces in Eastern Visayas like Biliran, and Eastern Samar. Petilla,
who was a former governor of Leyte said that the caravan of services
is not new to her as she had the same project during her stint as
chief executive of Leyte province. This has been continued by her son
Icot Petilla, who is now the incumbent governor of Leyte.
Describing the event
as “the project of the President”, Petilla is pleased whenever she
sees a great number of people in Serbisyu Muna. “Nalilipay ako kun
damo an mga tawo, kay karuyag sidngon, damo man an amon naserbihan” (I
feel happy when I see many people because this means that we were able
to serve a great number of people), the amiable Pagcor veep enthused.
Caravan of Services
Among the 28 agencies
that participated in the caravan of services were:
The Local Government
Units which played host to the project, come first in the list of
caravan of services. The Province of Northern Samar, and the towns of
Catubig, San Roque,
San Jose and
provided meals and snacks to the working group behind the Serbisyu
Muna project. They also provided manpower augmentation such as
doctors, dentists, pharmacists and members of the secretariat.
The Department of
Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) thru its OIC assistant regional
director Virginia Edano said that to address health, nutrition and
education concerns of provinces like Northern Samar, their agency has
implemented the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (PPP) program. Ten
municipalities of the province are recipients of this program. These
are the towns of Silvino Lobos, Las Navas, Mapanas, Catubig, Lapinig,
Lope de Vega, Mondragon, Palapag, San Roque and Pambujan.
The PPP is a program
of the President that primarily seeks poverty reduction through social
assistance with investment in human capital. The said program issues
cash cards for beneficiaries which they will use to withdraw money
from the Land Bank of the Philippines. Cash grants are provided to
children who belong to extremely poor households. These are the health
and nutrition cash grant of P500/month or P6,000 a year; and the
education cash grant of P300 or P3,000 per school year.
The Department of
Health (DOH) has announced that they will provide facilities and
equipment to four hospitals in the province. DOH regional director
Dr. Edgardo Gonzaga said that such facilites and equipment willl be
provided to Northern Samar Provincial Hospital (P3 million); Dr. G.B.
Tan Memorial Hospital (P3 million);
(P1 million); and Gamay District Hospital (P1 million).
The Department of
Health also gave awards to six barangays of the province, namely Brgy.
Narra, Brgy. Cawayan, Brgy. Bangkerohan, Brgy. Cal-igang, Brgy. Jose
Abad Santos and Brgy. UEP Zone I. Each barangay received P25,000 each
worth of medicines for their Botica sa Barangay.
The Department of
Labor and Employment (DOLE) conducted a Local and Overseas Jobs Fair
in coordination with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration
(POEA) and the Province of Northern Samar.
Among the overseas
agencies which participated in the jobs fair were the Mothers Way
Overseas Manpower Specialist Corporation, New Era Placement Agency
Inc., Pacific Mediterrenian’ Treasure of Hope International Inc and
Unijobs International. The APAC Customer Services, Incorporated, a
local agency also participated in the said fair.
A Call Center Company
also joined the jobs fair seeking for applicants as call center agents.
Workers wearing blue
t-shirts from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) were
seen cleaning up and cutting overgrown grass from the side streets of
the first and second districts of the province. The DPWH also
provided mobility services to the PIA coverage team during the
The Philippine Army
through the 8th Infantry Division, 803rd Infantry Brigade and the 63rd
Infantry Battalion provided dental services and manpower support for
crowd control. The Army also provided tents during the three-day
dental and medical services in all of the five towns which
participated in the Serbisyu Muna in the province.
Regulatory Commission (PRC) provided renewal services of professional
identification cards. New PRC IDs were likewise issued. Dioscoro
Lumagbas, the assigned regulation officer said that there are 42
professions being handled by the PRC.
The Catarman based
Philhealth thru its chief insurance officer Romeo Agus said that they
provided services to clients who asked querries on membership,
contributions and claims. They also provided application forms to
It was learned that
they are now screening indigent applicants who are qualified to become
members of Philhealth.
Broadcast Services (Radyo Ng Bayan) through Station DYOG provided a
blow by blow account of the three-day event. The three man team
headed by its station manager, utilized phone patch in disseminating
their reports live to
Information Agency based in the province likewise provided information
support through production of print and broadcast releases with local
stations DYSM and Radyo Natin-San Roque as broadcast outlets. The
PAGCOR team was provided with copies of the produced materials.
Other members of the
caravan were the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes (PCSO); National
Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC); Social Security System (SSS); Public
Attoryneys Office (PAO); National Telecommunications (NTC); Department
of Agriculture (DA); Cooperative Development Authority (CDA); National
Bureau of Investigation (NBI); People’s Credit and finance Corporation
(PCFC); Philippine Overseas and Employment Agency (POEA); Technical
Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); Training and
Livelihood Resource Center); National Food Authority (NFA); Philippine
National Police (PNP); and the Provincial Health Office (PHO).
The Bayanihan spirit
in the PGMA Serbisyu Muna project
As the tents were
folded up and the members of the team packed their bags, Nortehanons
would not only remember the doctors, the dentists, the free medicines
and the services provided by the caravan teams.
More than that,
they would remember the loving touch and the special care which the
bayanihan inspired project brought to their lives. They would keep a
special place in their hearts that one day in their lives, they saw
workers of government providing them the services they needed. And
that in this one day of their lives, they have truly understood what
public service is all about. (with reports from Ailene N. Diaz and
Teresita B. Cardenas)
HR manager, not the
employee, more affected by crisis
By RAFFY OSUMO, Leaders Link
CEBU CITY – The
human resources manager - not the employee - is more susceptible in
the current global economic crisis.
managers are experiencing more headaches in managing people as
companies implement sweeping cost cutting measures like freeze in
hiring, across the board reorganization and even termination of
With economic recovery
not expected until 2010, companies turn to their human resources
manager to come up with strategies to cope with the present crisis
seen by IMF experts as bad as World War II or the Great Depression.
Yet relief is readily
available for human resources practitioners.
other companies are starting to feel the crunch, most of them find
opportunities during the crisis,” pointed Zamyra F. Baguio, managing
consultant of Leaders Link.
Zamyra F. Baguio,
managing director of Leaders Link, spoke to more than 32 human
resources managers and practitioners during a forum on human capital
solution at Casino Español Friday afternoon last week.
opportunities are within the organization, others could be outsourced.
“Cebuano companies, as
well as other businesses in Visayas and
Mindanao have now learned to outsource some of their services to
consultancy firms. In the past, companies have to pay huge amount of
money to bring experts from Metro Manila, now we have our own pool of
experts in Cebu, that are more effective because they ‘speak the
language’ and understands our regional culture,” Baguio said.
During an HR café, she
moderated, a human resources manager said the crisis offered her
company more time for training as production slows down. She said this
opportunity wasn’t possible before.
resources manager said, “clients are demanding even more quality
service” reinforcing the need to train employees so they could cope
with more demands in the work place.
point discussed during the forum was about finding and hiring the
Borromeo, a noted human resources profiler, pointed out that it would
be more expensive for companies to hire the wrong person.
To avoid such a
mistake, Borromeo discussed the uses of Harrison Assessments, a proven
tool in finding, training and development of employees.
Companies affected by
the economic crisis have to address the issue of sustaining their
business as well as the work force.
Atty. Orville dela
Cerna, a trainer and human resources practitioner, argued that a
flexible work arrangement is the better alternative to retrenchment or
closure of the business.
“Anchored on voluntary
basis and conditions mutually acceptable to both the employer and the
employees, it is recognized as beneficial in terms of reduction of
business costs and helps in saving jobs while maintaining
competitiveness and productivity in industries,” dela Cerna said.
Dela Cerna further
said that companies might want to consider the following flexible
arrangement like compressed workweek, reduction of workdays, rotation
of workdays, forced leave and broken-time schedules.
There were two other
speakers during the forum. Nicolas M. Baguio, training consultant of
Leaders Link, spoke about strategic planning while Julius E. Romarate,
dean of Britech Computer College, presented the Dual Training System
(DTS) where IT students get training in both school and real work
The DTS program
provides the student the venue where he applies what he learned in
school. On the other hand, the partner company gets the chance to
evaluate students that they may later hire as employees.
Leaders Link is a
training, consultancy and executive search company since 2003. It
offers organization and strategic solutions, human resources training
and development and headhunting services to various companies in the
Visayas and Mindanao.
For more information
about Leaders Link, please contact (032) 422-8505, (032) 422-5552 or
mobile phones 0917-620-7639 and 0923-327-8856.
'Mobile Kusina ni
Mayor Lo' starts brewing nutritious recipes
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
March 23, 2009
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– The Mobile Kusina ni Mayor Lo of Daram, Samar has started brewing
with fragrant aroma coming from nutritious but low cost recipes.
Mayor Lo aka Daram
Mayor Lucia Astorga has been doing the rounds of seven pilot barangays
to deliver the nutritious but low cost/costless recipes sans seasoning
and expensive flavorings. All a Daramnon gets is natural and real
The innovation comes
from Anita’s Kitchen in
Davao. Some friends said Mayor delighted her with stories of such
kind, that she suggested ‘importing’ the same concept to her island
As in Manila and
Marikina, where the project has been, mothers have to pay P30 to
participate in cooking and later in eating.
But in Daram, mothers
only bring the recipe ingredient available in their backyard and they
do not pay anything. Mayor Lo subsidizes the cost of the ‘cook-out’.
Mothers here also
imbibe the spirit of having fun while providing nourishment for the
family. Cooking need not be tedious, dull and perfunctory, meals
should be varied to tickle the appetite.
The chef mayor first
gathers all constituents preferably in a public place like the
barangay plaza. When all is set, a cooking demonstration ensues with
lectures on proper nutrition on the side.
The emphasis, said the
Mayor is to utilize food ingredients found in the area. And in the
process, she added, they discovered that vegetables are nil in some
areas. This prompted the Municipal Agriculturist to disperse vegetable
seeds to the barangays in need.
When asked why not
utilize the marine resources which Daram, being an island is known
for, the lady mayor replied that she wanted the fishing grounds of
Daram to rest for a while and perhaps re generate.
In the cooking demo,
participants practice volunteerism and bayanihan. Some barangay
officials like tanod would fetch water, others prepare the vegetables
and others assist in the grand cooking demonstration.
The event in the two
barangays San Roque and Cansaganay have raved waves that other
barangays wish to emulate the festive ‘cook-out’. The project is also
mentioned in Astorga’s Community-managed child nutrition improvement
where it features utilization of local materials for child
feeding/nutrition improvement activities.
Very soon with the
mobile Kusina ni Mayor Lo rounding off all 58 Daram barangays,
malnutrition may be addressed all in the spirit of fun and discovery
of innovative ways to prepare nutritious but costless menu for the
families of Daram.
Army Engineering Const
Battalion launches P45M Kalayaan Barangay projects in East Samar
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Always upholding its motto “to build not destroy, to bring happiness,
not sorrow,” the 546 Engineer Construction Battalion of the 53rd
Engineer Brigade of the Philippine Army is set to formally launch on
March 18, the implementation of the P45,018,000 Million Kalayaan
Barangay Projects in Eastern Samar.
Krestofel A. Kiamco informed that the launching will be held at
Barangay Waso, Llorente, Eastern Samar where the 546 Engineer
Battalion has already constructed a two-classroom school building
The Kalayaan Barangay
Project will benefit about 13 barangays in Borongan, Llorente and
Maydolong will benefit in terms of projects which will be implemented
therein, LtCol. Kiamco said.
The Kalayaan Barangay
Project of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo which is being
implemented by the Department of National Defense, the Armed Forces of
the Philippines and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the
Peace Process, aims to address the needs of the poor communities in
conflict areas or in areas which have peace and order issues, Lt.
Colonel Kiamco said.
This is a government
initiative which is a non-combat approach to solve the insurgency in
areas affected by the problem, he added.
Project (KBP) was conceptualized to promote peace and development in
the countryside. Specific program interventions include, core
Infrastructure projects and services like improvements on
transportation, communication, road and rail network, electrification
and water supply facility as well as classroom buildings and
Five barangays of
Borongan City are recipients of more than P22 Milion worth of
projects. One of them, Barangay Amantacop is recipient of
P4,500,000.04 worth of projects which include rehabilitation of Cainta-Housing
Resettlement Farm to
Barangay Electrification, construction of reservoir/water system
development, Construction of 59 units single chamber toilets.
Barangay Balacdas is
recipient of P4,336,037.00 of projects which include the
rehabilitation Cainta-Housing Resettlement farm to market road; spring
dev't & 5 units deep well installation; expansion & repair of barangay
street lights; construction of Day Care Center; and repair of 1-room
Barangay Cagbonga will
receive P4,499,964 worth of projects which include the rehabilitation
of Cagbonga-Bayobay Maypangan farm to market road, repair of 2-room
school building, Installation of barangay street lights,
rehabilitation of water system, and construction of 33 units single
chamber sanitary toilets.
Barangay San Gabriel
will have a total of P4,56,999.25 worth of projects to include
rehabilitation and upgrading of farm-to-market road, and repair of
2-room school building.
The fifth recipient at
Borongan is Barangay San Pablo which will be given projects like the
construction of San Pablo-Cagbonga farm-to-market road, improvement
and expansion of water system, and construction of 26 units single
chamber sanitary toilets, all in all amounting to P4,567,999.25.
worth of projects will be implemented in the six barangays of Llorente,
namely, Can-ato, Canduros, Camtomco, Hugpa, Magtino and Waso. The
projects include barangay electrification, construction of two-story
school buildings, water supply systems, barangay health center, and
improvement of access roads.
worth of Kalayaan Barangay Projects will be implemented in Barangays
Del Pilar and Tagaslian of Maydolong town. The projects include the
construction of one two-story school building, barangay
electrification and construction of Level II water system.
Maasin City records
zero rabies casualty in almost two decades
By PIA Southern
MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte – No casualty due to rabies virus recorded in
for almost two decades so far, City Health Officer Dr. Francilisa Tan
disclosed during the recent, Maasin City In Action radio program over
In celebration of the
Rabies Month, the Maasin City Health Units in coordination with the
City Agriculturist Office and the Office of the Provincial
Veterinarian campaigned for responsible pet ownership throughout the
province and to submit dogs for registration and vaccination.
Dr. Tan announced that
Salvacion Oppus Yniguez Memorial Provincial Hospital (SOYMPH) is
identified as the bite center in the province.
She gave instructions
in the first aide management of dog bite to wash the wound with soap
and water thoroughly in ten minutes, defying the traditional garlic
and vinegar medication on bite wounds.
Rabies is a zoonotic
disease caused by RNA viruses in the Family Rhabdoviridae, Genus
Lyssavirus (1--4). Virus is typically present in the saliva of
clinically ill mammals and is transmitted through a bite. After
entering the central nervous system of the next host, the virus causes
an acute, progressive encephalomyelitis that is almost always fatal.
The incubation period in humans is usually several weeks to months,
but ranges from days to years.
Meanwhile the City
Agriculture’s office here recorded four hundred heads of dogs
registered and vaccinated last December 2008, however, the office
conservative estimate of the city dog population must have reached
more than a thousand heads.
In line with the
nationwide awareness month celebration, City Agriculturist Acasio
reported of the scheduled two months long massive rabies vaccinations
commencing this month until April this year. The office also
structured 4 groups to undertake the campaign for massive rabies
vaccination in seventy barangays of the city.
The city has also
organized aggressive dog enforcers who catch astray dogs along the
Partnership: Key to
DENR 8 Success in 2008
By PURIFICACION S. DALOOS
TACLOBAN CITY – The
social mobilization and environmental advocacy strategies of the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources in region 8 has gained
grounds as it saw remarkable milestones and attained its goal and
targets for calendar year 2008.
Under the leadership
of then Regional Executive Director Alfredo S. Pascual, partners and
stakeholders from both the public and private sector were tapped to
work with the regional and field offices and line bureaus of the
Department in implementing its programs and projects towards
environmental protection and natural resources conservation.
Together with the
Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, some local government
units and concerned citizens, forest protection activities yielded the
confiscation of about 116.94 cu.m. of hot lumber. “This is the result
of 72 apprehensions wherein ten (10) units of conveyances and three
(3) units of equipments were also confiscated,” reveals Regional
Technical Director Felipe Calub of the Forest Management Service
organizations have been contracted by the Department to undertake
plantation establishment activities in different watershed areas in
the region. A total of eight hundred thirty (830) hectares of forest
plantation was established within eight (8) identified watersheds
including Daguitan Watershed in Burauen, Leyte, Bulusao Watershed in
Lawaan, Eastern Samar and Catarman Watershed in Lope de Vega, Northern
Samar. These areas were planted with grafted fruit tree seedlings such
as lanzones, rambutan, mango, durian and mangosteen. Deep rooted
forest tree species and bamboo were planted along river banks, creeks
and denuded areas.
activities resulted in over 125,000 seedlings produced regionwide.
These were made available to various sectors of society including
religious groups, the academe, NGOs and socio-civic organizations who
are partners in rehabilitating degraded areas and in re-greening the
RTD Calub also shares
that rehabilitation activities of watersheds supporting the regional
irrigation system of the National Irrigation Authority were done in
the watersheds of Magon-bucan, Bito and Mainit all in
with local government units have also contributed much to achieving
the work targets for 2008 of the Land Management Service. Close
coordination with the LGUs had resulted in the successful conduct of
Free Patent distributions regionwide under the Handog Titulo Program
of the Department. “We have distributed 16,316 free patents to
qualified beneficiaries in 2008,” says RTD for Land Management Service
Ramon Unay. “This covers an aggregate area of around 13,000 hectares
throughout the region,” RTD Unay adds. The distribution of Free
patents to qualified beneficiaries is one of government strategies
toward addressing the Labanan ang Kahirapan call of President Gloria
“We have also sought
the support of the LGUs and other stakeholders in our implementation
of the Philippine Reference System ’92 (PRS ’92),” relates RTD Unay.
He goes on to disclose that the Department has requested these LGUs to
help in the protection and conservation of the Geodetic Control Points
(GCPs), commonly known as the mojon, and advocate to their
constituents the significance of the GCPs under PRS ’92.
Local communities have
likewise been engaged by the DENR in implementing its activities in
the past year. RTDa Ricardo Tomol of the protected Areas, Wildlife and
Coastal Zone management Service (PAWCZMS) shares the important role of
local residents in Palompon, Leyte in the assessment of Tres Marias
Island in that town. The information provided by local residents, as
well as monitoring activities conducted by field personnel of the
PAWCZMS resulted in its recommendation and declaration as a critical
habitat due to the presence of threatened species.
and Development (ERD) activities were also implemented by the ERD
Service in 2008. According to RTD Edilberto Nasayao, their sector has
conducted a research for the rehabilitation of Bagacay Mines in
Hinabanagan, Samar. A variety of species have been planted in a 1,200
sq. m mined out area. These included wedilla, talahib and bahai, among
twelve (12) other species.
“While we recognize
the notable accomplishments of the past year, we must admit that there
is still a lot to be done, especially as we combat the effects of
global warming,” says current DENR RED Regidor De Leon.
“The task towards
creating a sound environment for all as well as the sustainable use of
our finite resources is a daily challenge, not just for the DENR, but
for each and every individual,” RED De Leon says even as he called for
the continued support of its partners in 2009.