NHMFC implements moratorium on loan payments for Sendong survivors
By Apipa Bagumbaran
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY- The National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC) is implementing a six-month moratorium on housing loan payments for borrowers affected by Tropical Storm Sendong in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.
The moratorium will accommodate borrowers from Gold City Subdivision, NHA Lourdesville Subdivision, Villa Nena Subdivision, Villa Angela Subdivision, Emily Homes, Scions Executive Village-Canitoan, Villa Candida Subdivision, Virgina Homes and Village, Villa Mar Subdivision, PN Roa Subdivision, Vamenta Estate, and Gokingville Subdivision, and the Phase 2 to 5 of the Iligan-Bahayan Subdivision, said Leonida R. Sabio, NHMFC-Cagayan de Oro Satellite Office Head.
According to her, the moratorium will cover amortization payments from January to June 2012.
She said affected borrowers who are interested to avail of the moratorium should file their applications on or before February 29, 2012.
The filled-up application form, together with a certification from their respective barangay chairman, should be submitted at the NHMFC Cagayan de Oro Satellite Office located in M/F Consuelo Building, Corrales Avenue, this city.
Meanwhile, the NHMFC advised those affected borrowers who are no longer interested to return to their respective homes or units that they may also opt to voluntarily surrender their properties through this program.
A government home mortgage institution, the NHMFC operates as a viable secondary home mortgage market utilizing long-term funds principally provided by the Social Security System (SSS), the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), and the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) to purchase mortgages originated by both public and private institutions that are within government approved guidelines. (APB/PIA-10)
CSC-10 welcomes nominations for ‘2012 Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees’
By Apipa Bagumbaran
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY- The Civil Service Commission (CSC), in Region 10, is enjoining heads of agencies and state workers in the region to actively participate in the ‘2012 Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees’ by submitting nominations to this search.
Lawyer Lourdes Clavite-Vidal, CSC-10 Regional Director, said the search is open to any public official and employee, or a group of employees, who have exceptional or extraordinary performance or any superior accomplishments that had nationwide impact on public interest, security and patrimony.
She said nominees could also be those who have demonstrated any act or public service or exemplary ethical behavior and observance of the eight (8) norms of behavior under the Code of conduct and Ethical Standards for Government Officials and Employees or Republic Act No. 6713.
This prestigious annual search has three awards categories, namely, the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award, the CSC Pagasa Award, and the Outstanding Public Officials and Employees Award or the Dangal ng Bayan Award.
Cash rewards and incentives are also at stake in addition to the plaques/medallion/citations that will be given to the awardees in a special ceremony to be held at the Malacañang Palace.
Nominations for the search may be submitted to the CSC Regional Office 10 at Vamenta Blvd., Carmen, this city, or to the Civil Service Field Offices in the region on or before April 30, 2012.
CSC Field Offices in Northern Mindanao are located at the Department of Education (DepEd) Building in Malaybabaly City, at the CPSC Compound in Mambajao, Camiguin, at the DepEd Building in Aguinaldo Street, Iligan City, and at the Capitol Compound in Oroquieta City.
Similarly, it may also be submitted to the Honor Awards Program (HAP) Secretariat, Public Assistance and Information Office, Constitution Hills, Diliman, Quezon City.
The complete guidelines and the nomination forms can be requested from the CSC Regional and Field Offices or it can be downloaded at the CSC website www.csc.gov.ph.
For further inquiries, just visit the CSC regional office or call them at telephone numbers (08822)71-00-57, (088) 858-7563, or (088) 856-8211. Queries may likewise be sent through their email at firstname.lastname@example.org. (APB/PIA-10)
DSWD’s “TATSULO” convergence program set to benefit thousands in Northern Mindanao
By: Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
TANGUB CITY, Misamis Occidental – Some 63,998 households in Northern Mindanao are set to benefit from the “TATSULO” convergence program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), this year.
Under the Strategy on the Convergence of the DSWD Core Social Protection Programs, these beneficiaries under Set 1 and 2 of the Pantawid Pamilya will come from 608 barangays of 27 municipalities/cities covered by the program, from the region’s four (4) provinces with the following breakdown:
Bukidnon, one (1), Lanao del Norte, 15, Misamis Occidental, nine (9) and Misamis Oriental, two (2).
This, as DSWD has developed a convergence framework that aims to maximize the impact of poverty reduction program through an effective targeting system and a holistic community development approach.
Known as the “Tatsulo” or the “Tatlong Sulo,” (3 torches), the convergence consists of the three (3) key programs of DSWD, namely:
Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) and Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K).
Thus, the Regional Development Council, region 10 (RDC-X), during its full council meeting, here, recently, has enjoined the support from the various government agencies, non-government/public organizations (NGO/PO’s), civil society and local government units (LGU’s), to ensure efficient and effective implementation and monitoring of the TATSULO.
Meanwhile, the first component of the TATSULO aims to secure the chronic poor by providing assistance in education and health services through the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, known as the 4Ps.
The second component, the KALAHI-CIDSS, seeks to improve the financial access of the transitional poor through direct support to communicate for local development by adopting the community-driven development approach.
The KALAHI-CIDSS program provides technical assistance to communities for the construction of social infrastructure projects, such as, potable water systems, footpaths, bridges, roads, health facilities, day care centers and classrooms.
The third component, SEA-K, supports the economically active poor by providing technical assistance and non-collateral, non-interest loans to the entrepreneurial poor.
The private sector partners complement government initiatives through assistance in the following areas:
Skills and enterprise development, community building, micro-finance, business development services and market matching.
A combination of these three (3) programs is extended to the municipalities and barangays identified through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).
The Regional Management Committee (RMC), chaired by Atty. Araceli F. Sollamillo, Regional Director of DSWD-10 will directly relate with the LGU’s at the provincial, city and municipal level through their SWD offices to adopt this convergence framework.
For inter-agency coordination at the regional level, the RDC X–Social Development Council will be tapped as venue for the deliberation of policy issues concerning the convergence framework with the DSWD-X providing technical support, Engr. Leon M. Dacanay, Jr., Regional Director of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and RDC-X Vice-Chairperson, said. (PIA-Mis.Occ.)
Collection of disaggregated data on IDP’s tops priority needs of CCCM/NFI Cluster
By: Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Collection of disaggregated data for all groups of the internally displaced persons (IDP’s), in host families and in rented accommodation, has topped the priority needs of the Camp Coordination/Camp Management (CCCM) and Non-Food Items (NFI) Clusters of the Post Sendong Operations Center in Northern Mindanao.
Co-chaired by the International Organization of Migration (IOM), such cluster aims to provide emergency shelter repair kits and other NFIs to the IDP’s and their families, Atty. Aracili F. Sollamillo, Regional Director of the Department of Social welfare and Development (DSWD), region 10, head of the CCCM/NFI Cluster, said.
Solamillo said another priority, which is currently being addressed is the identification of transit sites to facilitate decongestion of evacuation centers (ECs) set up in school grounds.
Also included among the priorities is the upgrading of EC facilities to fully meet the needs of the IDP families leading to enhanced conditions and privacy in EC’s and improving information-gathering and dissemination among partners agencies in the cluster.
In addition to the on-going activities reported previously, data gatherers and encoders have been deployed to support the DSWD in the profiling of the IDP’s, both inside and outside of ECs, Solamillo said.
Per the 2nd Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), released by IOM, some 22,318 people remain in 49 EC’s and transitory relocation sites (TRS) in both Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities.
In addition to gaps/constraints reported to date, the DTM show the need for decongestion of 10 sites, restoration of electricity supply in another seven (7) and identification of camp managers for three (3) sites.
Meanwhile, the Shelter Cluster, also headed by DSWD, co-led by the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), targets 38,556 families whose houses were destroyed or damaged.
The cluster also ensures that shelters provided to the IDP’s meet the agreed standards, as transitional shelter needs are expected to increase due to delays in constructions of permanent shelters.
Common beneficiary prioritization and selection process is being discussed in the Strategic Advisory Group and additional 200 tents are being set up in Calaanan TRS 1 and 2 in Cagayan de Oro, this week.
Solamillo said the Shelter Cluster is also finalizing guidelines on technical shelter standards in the temporary shelters and tent sites, in collaboration with CCCM and water, sanitation and health (WASH) clusters.
She said a list of construction materials, which are likely to become in “high” demand, as the construction of relocation sites continues has been identified.
Coco lumber, hollow concrete blocks, plywood, galvanized iron (GI) sheets, cement and sand might be in short supply to meet the increasing demand, Solamillo added. (PIA-10)
DILG to barangays: Clean-up your surroundings to prevent dengue
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - As dengue-carrying mosquitoes thrive on dirty surroundings and stagnant water, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday mobilized the country’s more than 42,000 barangays to lead the implementation of the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD) through regular clean-up activities in the communities.
An inter-agency cooperation strategy, ABKD is the government’s response to intensify the fight against dengue outbreak in order to reduce dengue cases and control dengue transmission.
DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo said barangays should spearhead and intensify the conduct of a clean-up drive through the mobilization of volunteers, residents and the Barangay Health Teams and Barangay Tanods.
“If we really want zero-dengue incidence, this (clean-up activity) should be a regular activity in all barangays that should be participated in by residents and other concerned sectors,” said Robredo.
Last year, a total of 25,533 dengue cases have been reported last year, which resulted to the death of 180 patients where most of the victims were children ages 1 to 15 years old.
In his directive, Robredo enjoined city and municipal mayors to cause the enactment of an ordinance embodying measures on dengue prevention and control, as well as to allocate funds for dengue prevention and control subject to national and local rules and regulations.
He also said that mayors should ensure that punong barangays under their supervision should carry out the following tasks, among others: conduct information campaign relative to the OL-Trap system as a strategy to control and detect impending dengue outbreaks; assist in the identification of distribution centers or stores for OL-Trap Kits; mobilize the Barangay Health Teams as distribution agents of OL-Trap products; and
allocate funds to sustain the continuous supply of OL-Trap materials for free to their barangay constituents.
Similarly, city or municipal health officers are expected to conduct massive information campaign relative to the OL-Trap system; monitor the health situation; provide data on dengue cases to partner agencies; extend technical assistance in the conduct of training and orientation relative to dengue prevention and control; devise a scheme of providing support fund to ensure sustainability of dengue prevention and control; and ensure that dengue patients are provided with timely and proper medical attention.
The Ovicidal/Larvicidal Trap System or OL-Trap System, a device consisting of a tumbler, strips of plywood and pellets, can detect Aedes mosquito population and acts as an early warning signal to pre-empt any impending dengue outbreaks.
The DILG Secretary also directed all DILG Regional Directors and the ARMM Regional Governor to designate a regional focal person on dengue and monitor the actions undertaken by the city, municipal and barangay governments and require them to submit quarterly reports to the DILG Secretary. (DILG-10)
DA chief leads Agri-Pinoy Stakeholders’ meet in Camiguin
By Jorie C. Valcorza
CAMIGUIN, Mambajao – Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala mingles with more than 100 farmers and fisherfolks during the “Agri-Pinoy Stakeholders Forum” at the Mambajao Bagsakan Complex, yesterday.
Stakeholders took the opportunity to pour in their concerns to the secretary, mostly, centered on technology update.
He however assured stakeholders that more projects will pour in and has initially awarded a Php30 million worth of Farm to Market Road (FMR) project to the provincial government for implementation, this year.
Provincial Agriculture Officer, Rene Torion said the forum is heavily represented from upland to lowland farmers, vegetable farmers, fisherfolks, as well as representatives from the municipal federation of rural based organizations.
Sec. Alcala brought along presents for the guests and some lucky farmers, drawn by raffle, were able to take home special packs of agricultural goods.
Apart from the forum, the secretary also inspected and turned-over several agency funded projects in the province to include the Mambajao Bagsakan “Trade” Center, National Food Authority (NFA) Warehouse, Multi-Species Hatchery in Sagay town, and the Benoni Bangus Broodstock Development Project in Mahinog.
The Provincial Agriculture and Veterinary Office likewise officially presented and endorsed to Sec. Alcala proposed priority projects for the island-province.
After Camiguin, the secretary will tour around the region’s Mariculture Parks and is set to cover today, Misamis Oriental and Iligan City.
He will also turn-over assistance to farmers/fisherfolks affected by Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City, tomorrow, February 3, before proceeding to Bukidnon for a tramline inspection (alternative transport system) at the Kabula bridge linking to Baungon Bukidnon. (PIA 10)
OCD-ARMM orients local DRRM officers on RA 10121
By Apipa Bagumbaran
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur – The Office of Civil Defense in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OCD-ARMM) once again conducted an orientation on the salient features of Republic Act No. 10121, otherwise known as the Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Act of 2010 to further enhance the capacities of local government units (LGUs) on DRRM.
This time around, the participants of the orientation were municipal DRMM officers in the province.
The DRMM orientation was held at the conference hall of Kampo Ranao, this city, on January 30 for DRRM officers in the First Congressional District and on February 1 for DRRM officers in the Second Congressional District.
Retired Brigadier General Loreto Rirao, OCD-ARMM Executive Director, said the orientation was aimed at informing the local DRMM officers on the major changes and improvements on the disaster management system in the country, the shifting of the old law into the new DRRM Law, and its relevance in today’s situation.
It was also designed to help in the institutionalization of systems and mechanisms for better disaster risk reduction and management at the local level.
Earlier, the members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) were oriented by the OCD-ARMM on RA 10121 for them to have a better understanding on the new law and implementing rules and regulations (IRR).
The OCD-ARMM has also conducted an Executive Forum for all the local chief executives (LCEs) in the province to fully inform them on the organization of DRRMCs and the establishment of DRRMOs and OPCENs in their respective localities, as well as, on the utilization and allocation of the local DRRM Fund and the interventions to be sought from the national and foreign sources. (APB/PIA-10)
26 out of 82 HEI’s in region 10 offer eight types of health-related programs
By: Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental – At least 26 out of 82 higher education institutions (HEI) in region 10 or 31.71%, offered eight (8) types of health-related programs, last school year.
Dr. Zenaida G. Gersana, Regional Director of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), region 10, said the number of HEI’s and the programs they offered were as follows:
One (1) for Medicine, 21 for Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 14, each for Associate in Health- Related Education and Two-Year Midwifery Program, four (4), each, for Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology and Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology/Associate in Radiologic Technology, and two (2), each, for Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy.
She said the demand for health workers in institutions/nations offering better opportunities especially on financial compensation and career growth resulted to the fast turnover of faculty members in the health-related disciplines.
“It is a common phenomenon that HEI’s offering better opportunities and incentives will get the best and the qualified teachers, thus, a dearth of qualified faculty members,” she said.
To cope with the lack of qualified faculty members, HEI’s in region 10 were encouraged to update and upgrade their respective faculty development programs and embark on pedagogy-strengthening activities.
Meanwhile, she said the implementation of Republic Act 9173 or the Nursing Act of 2002 was vigorously advocated among HEI’s offering nursing programs.
Likewise, the affiliation policies of BS Medical Technology and BS Radiologic Technology were emphasized among affiliation centers on health-related students in the region.
Gersana said the Regional Council of Affiliation of Students, of which CHED-10 is an active member, which has been monitoring hospitals and institutions where students are fielded.
So far the council has noted the decrease in enrolment for the BS Nursing program and the dramatic increase in the BS Medical Technology and BS Pharmacy programs in the region.
It also observed that changes in infrastructure, as well, as equipment and facilities of the different laboratories utilized by students in the different health-related programs are on-going in order to be attuned to the changes of health facilities requirements worldwide, Gersana said. (PIA-10 Mis. Occ.)
Establishment of CFD’s for teens in region 10 gains support from RDC-X
By: Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
TANGUB CITY, Misamis Occidental – The Regional Development Council, region 10 (RDC-X) has supported the establishment of Centers for Development (CFD’s) in selected areas of Northern Mindanao.
These CFD’s will be established and operated by the Alternative Alliance for the Marginalized Filipino Youth (AAMFY), a not-for-profit organization duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
It aims to establish and operate self-reliant CFD’s in partnership with government offices, local government units (GO’/LGU’s)and other service providers in support of the national government’s thrust of developing and empowering Filipino youths.
The CFD, on the other hand, is an alternative model for a teen center designed to cater, primarily, to the needs of marginalized youths, the out-of-school youths (OSY) and the youths from indigenous communities.
As a one-stop hub for young people, 15-24 years old, the CFD adopts a strategic program for youth development and empowerment through the following services:
Literacy, Alternative Learning System (ALS), Accreditation and Equivalency (A & E), life skills with rights-based approaches, information, education and financial literacy.
Basic and productive health services, sustainability mechanism, livelihood training and access to capital.
Meanwhile, the AAMFY intends to establish CFD’s in the following areas in the region: Gitagum, Initao, Laguindinga and Lugait in Misamis Oriental, Linamon and Tubod in Lanao del Norte, Cagayan de Oro City, and Cabanglasan, Impasug-ong, Lantapan and San Fernando in Bukidnon.
The establishment of CFD’s in these proposed areas will be funded jointly by a grant from Global Fund for Women (GFW) and the Countrywide Development Fund of Congressmen Yevgeny Vincent B. Emano of the 2nd District of Misamis Oriental and Congressman Florencio T. Flores, Jr., of the 2nd District of Bukidnon.
Thus, during its full council meeting, held here, last month, RDC-X supported the establishment of CFD’s, particularly in areas that have persistent and pronounced youth-related problems like, teen-age pregnancy, increasing school drop-outs, drug and alcohol abuse, and other health and education-related issues.
It has also enjoined the LGU’s and other agencies concerned to provide support in terms of implementation of programs and projects in the identified areas to ensure the sustainability of the CFD’s, such as:
National Youth Commission (NYC), Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth), Department of Education, DepEd), Technical Skills Education and Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and DOH, among others.
Likewise, RDC-X resolved that the Commission on Population, region 10 (POPCOM-X), as the overall lead in this undertaking shall regularly apprise the RDC through the Social Development Committee (SDC) on the updates/status of project implementation. (PIA-Mis. Occ.)