Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Friday, August 28, 2015

MGB Bicol pushes for responsible mining and geohazard awareness

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug 28 (PIA) – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Office V recently conducted an orientation and dialogue on Geohazard Mapping and Assessment Program with the officials of the municipal government of Nabua Camarines Sur at the Sanggunian Bayan session hall.

MGB Bicol officer-in-charge Engr. Guillermo A. Molina Jr. IV said the SB special session is in line with the on-going priority program of the agency on intensive information and education campaign along with its mandated role in the promotion of responsible mining and community awareness and preparedness in the region.

Technical personnel from Mine Management and Geosciences division of MGB V likewise tackled geohazard concerns and issues, quarry operations and composition and role of the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board.

The PMRB is tasked to declare and segregate existing gold-rush areas and small-scale mining, award contracts to small-scale miners, settle disputes, conflicts or litigations over conflicting claims.

It shall likewise accept, process and evaluate applications and determine administrative charges and fees for quarry, sand and gravel, guano, gemstone gathering and small-scale mining permits.

The MGB has earlier identified 40 municipalities in Bicol that are susceptible to natural disasters with the provinces of Camarines Sur and Catanduanes being on top of the lists.

Based on the geo-hazard mapping conducted by the MGB, almost half of Camarines Sur’s municipalities are classified as high risk areas for flooding, which include the towns of Baao, Bato, Bombon, Buhi, Bula, Cabusao, Calabanga, Camaligan, Canaman, Gainza, Libmanan, Magarao, Milaor, Minalabac, Nabua and San Fernando which are mostly part of the Bicol River Basin.

Catanduanes has been identified as the most landslide-prone province in the region due to rock formations that are already old and cracked and many of its mountains covered with thick soil which erode during heavy rains.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571440733430/mgb-bicol-pushes-for-responsible-mining-and-geohazard-awareness#sthash.YEgjALCn.dpuf

CSC Bicol to lead tree-growing activity for 115th Phl Civil Service anniversary

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug 28 (PIA) – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) Bicol has enjoined officials and employees of government agencies in the region to participate in the tree plantign and growing activity on September 1, 2015 in Lidong, Sto. Domingo to significantly commence the month long celebration of the 115th Philippine Civil Service anniversary with the theme “Kayang-kaya mo Lingkod Bayani!.”

“This activity aims to imbibe in every civil servant a deep sense of environmental responsibility, as part of their duty to the country as lingkod bayani," said CSC Bicol director Cecilia Nieto.

Nieto added said activity also seeks to raise awareness among government employees about their important role in the implementation of the National Greening Program.

The National Greening Program (NGP) is a massive forest rehabilitation program of the government established by virtue of Executive Order No. 26 issued on Feb. 24, 2011 by President Benigno S. Aquino III.

It is a priority program of the government that aims to reduce poverty; promote food security, environmental stability, and biodiversity conservation; and enhance climate change mitigation and adaptation.

To raise consciousness on environmental protection, participants are also discouraged from bringing plastic bags or containers.

Assembly time is 5:00am at the PeƱaranda Park, legazpi City.

For more information, contact CSC office at 480-2332.

Also part of the activities in line with the anniversary celebration are display of anniversary banner in government offices, fun run, Honor Awards Program (HAP) Rites for the 2015 Presidential Lingkod Bayan, Dangal ng Bayan, and CSC Pagasa Awardees, government choral competition (GCC) and special treats for government employees such as discount packages and freebies. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571440731016/csc-bicol-to-lead-tree-growing-activity-for-115th-phl-civil-service-anniversary#sthash.Z5Gfwy4x.dpuf

Albay guv leads Team Albay in quest for Galing Pook citation

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug. 27 (PIA) - Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda will lead the Team Albay in the province's quest anew for the prestigious Galing Pook award in the panel presentation and interview slated this coming August 31, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Albay, which earlier already bagged a Galing Pook award for disaster management in 2009, claimed a highly coveted spot in the finalist roster for the Team Albay Humanitarian Assistance Program this year

Team Albay is composed of various members coming from the different departments of the Provincial Government of Albay, representatives from several units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, national government agencies and other stakeholders.

The team has been lauded for their quick action and response to the needs of people who have suffered from various predicaments, one instance of which Team Albay was among the first responder to the victims of the Yolanda Typhoon tragedy.

In the schedule provided by the organizers, Team Albay will be the first to present with ten minutes allotted for each presentation, this will be followed immediately by the interview which too shall be allotted ten minutes.

This year, 16 finalists have been chosen to do the presentation and interview.

Ten outstanding programs shall be selected from the 16 finalists and be awarded the honor the next day, September 1, at the same venue.

Albay Public Safety Emergency and Management Office head Dr. Cedric Daep, expressed confidence in the chances of Team Albay stating in an interview that there is a big chance that the award will be granted.

Aside from the presentation panel and interview, the Galing Pook foundation shall also hold a governance fair at the same venue from August 30 to September 1, where Albay will have its own booth exhibiting Team Albay’s programs and the province’s products.

The governance fair, dubbed Mamamayan Mamamayani, will include activities such as a unity walk, booth exhibits, talks/forums/workshops, cultural shows, and of course, the presentation and interview, and the awarding ceremonies.

The Galing Pook Awards is a pioneering program that recognizes innovations and excellence in local governance which started in 1993 under the joint initiative of the Local Government Academy, Department of Interior and Local Government, the Ford Foundation and other advocates of good governance from the academe, civil society and the government.  (MAL/PIO-PGA/PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/771440668127/albay-guv-leads-team-albay-in-quest-for-galing-pook-citation#sthash.eR5X0w23.dpuf

Search on for Career Executive Service VIPs and CEOs

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug 28 (PIA) -- The Career Executive Service Board (CESB) is calling for nominations for the 3rd Quarter CES Very Innovative Person (VIP) and Cost Effective Officer (CEO) awards.

CESB executive director Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones said the new set of recognition programs is part of their continuing commitment to promote morale and drive greater performance among third level officials

It focuses on the significant innovations and cost effective measures of CESOs and eligibles in areas related to the improvement of operation and stakeholders’ satisfaction in their respective agencies.

Allones said the CES VIP seeks to recognize CESOs and third level eligibles who initiated a novel policy or program that improved operational processes or methods and have assisted in meeting organizational sustainability and/or wellness.

The CES CEO aims to recognize the strategic leadership qualities of CESOs and third level eligibles whose decisions or actions create desired level of performance that leads to the maximum utilization of resources resulting in increased agency savings.

The deadline for submission of nominations is on August 31, 2015.

For more details, visit the CESB website at www.cesboard.gov.ph or call 9514981 local 126.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571440577329/search-on-for-career-executive-service-vips-and-ceos#sthash.IDDiVjvi.dp

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

65% of target families in Bicol encoded for DSWD’s Listahanan

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug 26 (PIA) --The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office V has encoded the Family Assessment Forms (FAF) of more than half of the target families to be assessed for the on-going Listahanan program.

According to DSWD Bicol information and technology officer Wilson Ecat, as of August 19, a total of 716,101 or 65% forms were already encoded. This is out of the region’s target of 1, 087, 720 households to be assessed.

The FAF is the main tool used by enumerators assigned in rural areas in the conduct of house to house interviews. It is a four page questionnaire with 52 variables that determines the socio-economic status of a household.

In this phase, the information gathered through the FAF is encoded in the database for Proxy Means Test (PMT) processing.

PMT is a statistical model that approximates family income based on observable and verifiable indicators of the family’s income such as access to basic services and facilities like water and electricity, ownership of assets as well as materials used in housing structure.

Meanwhile, the department has assessed 990, 468 or 91 % of the target households.

The household assessment is expected to be completed this August.

An initial list of poor will be posted  in all barangays to be validated by the community once the assessment is completed.

A local verification committee will be formed to receive and act on complaints and grievances from the community.

Families who were not visited during the enumeration are given a chance to appeal and be assessed.

After the validation, the official and final list of poor families is shared with data users to serve as their basis in selecting beneficiaries of social protection programs.

Listahanan is the DSWD’s information management system that aims to establish a database of poor households that will become beneficiaries of social protection programs.

Consistent with EO 867, the updating of the Listahanan database of poor families shall be done every four years.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571440549802/65-of-target-families-in-bicol-encoded-for-dswd-s-listahanan#sthash.b9rKBbfG.dpuf