CSC 10 celebrates 117th anniversary with Talakayan ng mga Lingkod Bayan

Civil Service Commission (CSC) region 10 in celebration of its 117th anniversary convened heads of national and local government in Talakayan ng mga Lingkod Bayan to share programs and projects which underscored ‘malasakit’ or care for the people.

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CSC regional director Adams Torres shared that this year’s theme, “Tugon sa hamon ng pagbabago, Malasakit ng Lingkod Bayani” is a challenge to government employees to change and be agents of change. In fact, he said, “We are agents of change.” This can be achieved through showing ‘malasakit’ or care such as in various government programs and projects that would uplift the lives of the people.

He explained that each government office has a story of ‘malasakit’.

Although he admitted that only a few selected people can enter the career service. He said that anyone who wants to enter public service are strictly screened not just in their qualifications but based on their character.

He also clarified that the security of tenure does not mean you cannot be removed from your post. Right now, CSC implements performance based security of tenure where employees are rated through their performance according to their position. Aside from this, government employees also follow Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards. This would include duties and responsibilities and prohibited acts.

Apart from facilitating eligibility exams, processing appointments and providing trainings, CSC can also act as a quasi-court, a disciplining body to cases which are elevated from other government agencies.

Torres explained that if there are concerns in a government agency, the head of office is the first person to resolve the issue. However, when it is not resolved or head of office does not take action then CSC will be the one to do it for them alongside with other regulatory services.

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As quasi court, CSC can impose discipline with highest penalty to remove the person from government service. However, for criminal cases, the Office of the Ombudsman can imprison a government employee if found guilty.

Corruption is the number one enemy of the government. Torres shared that through the Anti Red Tape Act (ARTA), processing time of government documents is revealed. People will know exactly how long the process will take. This is believed to lessen or do away with corruption which is the source of money making. He further said to never transact anyone without any valid ID.

Torres revealed that dishonesty is the number one case among government offices in the entire country. This includes falsification of documents, fake educational attainment, fake qualification of licenses from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) or Career Service Eligibility from CSC or National Certificate (NC) II from Technical Educations Skills and Development Authority (TESDA).

In terms of hiring, CSC 10 has come up with weekly bulletin of vacancies. Torres urges everyone to check their facebook page Civil Service Commission region 10 to get weekly job hiring in various government offices in Northern Mindanao. (JMOR/PIA10)

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81 villages in NorMin drug-free

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has declared 81 drug-free barangays in Northern Mindanao region as a result of their intensified anti-drug operation and drug clearing program as of June 29.

 

Agent Joerick S. Tacal cited during the monthly meeting of the Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (RLECC) region 10 that the province of Misamis Occidental has the most number of drug-free barangays with 43; Misamis Oriental, 18; Camiguin, 12; and Bukidnon, 8. Lanao del Norte, however, has not declared a single barangay yet.

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Based on the Dangerous Drug Board, before a certain barangay will be declared as drug-free, they must undergo assessment and validation with the chief of police and certified by the mayor, PDEA, the Department of Health and Department of the Interior Local Government (DILG) before the issuance of certificate for drug-free.

 

These parameters include non-availability of drug supply; absence of drug transit/transshipment activity; absence of clandestine drug laboratory; absence of clandestine drug warehouse; absence of clandestine chemical warehouse; absence of marijuana cultivation site; absence of drug den, dive or resort; and compulsory drug treatment and rehabilitation processing desk.

 

Also, absence of drug pusher; absence of drug user/dependent; absence of protector/coddler/financier; active involvement of barangay officials in anti-drug activities; active involvement of Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) to help maintain the drug liberated status of the barangay; and existence of drug awareness, preventive education and information and other related programs.

 

The PDEA, Tacal said that among the general guidelines provided in the drug-clearing program are the mandatory creation of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs); the conduct of barangay drug-clearing operations which is divided into three phases, namely the Pre-Operation Phase, Operation Phase and Post-Operation Phase; the classification of barangays in determining the priority areas for clearing operations; the duties of local chief executives in the barangay drug-clearing program; and the penalty for non-compliance.

 

The BADACs were deputized and empowered to plan and implement strategic policies; and evaluate programs and projects on drug prevention and control, given the political and police powers of the barangay to administer the affairs of the community.

 

The conduct of sustaining clearing operations against drug-affected barangays in the initial phase include the activation of BADACs, capability enhancement of all stakeholders through seminars, preventive education and trainings, organization of house clusters to determine all essential facts of illegal drug activities happening in the neighborhood, submission of report containing watch-list of drug personalities, establishment of a rehabilitation referral desk in every barangay, among others.

 

The Operation Phase is the actual implementation of drug supply and demand reduction strategies in drug-affected areas. This is where PDEA and other support agencies come into play.

 

The Post-Operation Phase is aimed to maintain the ‘drug-cleared’ status of the barangays after drug-clearing operations through sustainable support projects such as sports, religious and social activities, implement sustainable livelihood projects as a reintegration program to former users and pushers, and continuing anti-drug awareness programs.

 

Tacal noted that the local chief executives are duty bound to ensure the organization of BADAC in all barangays within their territorial jurisdiction, allocation of substantial portion in the barangay budget and ensure compliance with the duties and responsibilities of the BADAC in the anti-drug campaign.

 

Meanwhile, PDEA in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and other operating units made a total of 364 anti-drug operations from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 which resulted to the seizure of drugs with an estimated value P18,875,111.91. (EOR/PIA10)

PIA 10 conducts ASEAN forum in Oroquieta, MisOcc

Close to 300 participants from the province of Misamis Occidental attended the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) multi-sectoral forum spearheaded by Philippine Information Agency (PIA) region 10 in Oroquieta provincial capitol on 23 August 2017.

 

Various sectors ranging from senior citizens association, religious group, youth, women, person with disability (PWDs) micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), local government through barangay and municipal councilors and information officers, students and the academe gathered in one venue to get information on ASEAN and various government priority projects.

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PIA Central Office Director Olive Tiu explained the benefits of being member of ASEAN. For students, they could get scholarships in ASEAN member countries. For entrepreneurs, their product could be a hit in ASEAN with over 650 million population which is a bigger market. Meanwhile, for travelers, they can easily visit other ASEAN member countries, such as Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and others without the need for visa, among others.

 

Tiu said that we are not only citizens of our country but of of a bigger community, the ASEAN community. ASEAN is the world’s 3rdlargest market and labor force. She added that because of this bigger community, we can make an impact in the international sphere.

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ASEAN is also heralded as on the success of modern economics for the amount of business of trade in the past years as result various partnerships, agreements collaborative efforts among its neighbors. We are citizens of ASEAN. ASEAN is more than just a name, more than just a beautiful sites we advertise, ASEAN is also about opportunities for every Filipino, Tiu said.

 

Meanwhile, Neil Pabilona, head of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Misamis Occidental shared that in upholding law and order in the province, they are pursuing illegal drug operation. He mentioned that it is the young ones who are most affected since they are the most curious.

 

He also discussed barangay affectation where they have categorized barangays based on how critical they are affected by illegal drugs.

 

In Misamis Occidental, about 455 of the 490 barangays have been affected by illegal drugs. Meanwhile, Ozamiz City was identified as drug hotspot in the province.

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On the other hand, other government agencies such as the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) have discussed various programs of the government such as the AmBisyon Natin 2040 and economic pillar of ASEAN respectively.

 

Engr. Cecilio Clarete of NEDA shared AmBisYon Natin 2040 is a long term vision for the Philippines where it reflects on the life we want for the next 20 years.

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He said that by the year 2022, the main objective is to lay down the foundation for inclusive growth, a high-trust and resilient society, and globally-competitive knowledge economy. Therefore within 2017-2021, the overall strategic development framework of the Philippine and the regional development plan is anchored on three major pillars of “Malasakit, Pagbabago and Patuloy na Pag-unlad (or in Visayan dialect, Pagpakabana, Kabag-uhan ug Padayon nga Pag-asenso).

 

On the other hand, DTI Misamis Occidental provincial caretaker Jane Marie L. Tabucan shared the various economic advantages of being member with ASEAN. There is a freer flow of goods and lower tariffs for goods going out of the country and to member ASEAN states.

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Among the highlights of the forum is the cultural presentation of Misamis Occidental National High School.

 

This year, Philippines is host to the 50th ASEAN anniversary where various meetings, summits and activities are held in the country. (JMOR/PIA10)

Camiguin cites vast ASEAN opportunities, reaps initial gains

Increase in tourism by 11 percent, coming in of a fast craft by November and boost of flights from Cebu to Camiguin by December are among the major developments that the provincial government identified as the positive effects of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the province.

 

Mambajao Municipal Mayor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo shared during the ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Forum on August 25 that the province, being able to earn the 10th spot in the most competitive province throughout the country, has remarkably shown economic dynamism.

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“Economic dynamism means that we are ready in ASEAN and all the country to receive investors in our LGU (local government unit),” the mayor stressed.

 

He further said that if the country wants to be competitive with ASEAN, it should consider an open economy since such will open doors for boundless opportunities especially on generating jobs.

 

Provincial developments

 

When it comes to economic opportunities, the mayor shared that they are now expecting a lot of investors coming in to the province including two hotels, supermarket, a drug store and more.

 

They are also repairing the airport’s runway to accommodate the flocking of local and foreign tourists in the area.

 

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Provincial Manager Napoleon Bael said that they are currently accommodating an average of 78 passengers per flight and such number has not decreased even if it’s past the peak season already.

 

Aside from improving the airport and seaports in the area, the provincial government also plans to work on wireless local area networking that will hasten up all sorts of communication in the province.

 

Program for the children

 

As to the language proficiency, Romualdo said that they will be opening a speech laboratory in September “to give exact pronunciation and diction; to prepare for ASEAN.”

 

Such laboratories will commence in central schools and by next year, the provincial government is targeting to put up the facility in all schools in Camiguin as well as in the barangays.

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There will also be health programs to be implemented to further decrease the four percent malnutrition of children in the province to at least one percent.

 

“We have plenty of things to do in Camiguin, so many things to do that every life of the Camiguingnon will be worth for,” Romualdo stressed.(RTP/PIA10)

DOST 10 set for Technology Transfer Day in CDO

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) region 10 is all set for Technology Transfer Day in Cagayan de Oro City on 8 September 2017 at Xavier Sports and Country Club as part of the 26th Mindanao Business Conference 2017 organized by Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation Inc. (Oro Chamber).

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During a discussion in Talakayan sa Limketkai Luxe, DOST regional director Alfonso Alamban said a total of 30 technologies from DOST assisted institutions and inventors all over the Philippines will be displayed and showcased.

He explained that these technologies were selected according to the needs of current market in the region. So far, he said that many of the technologies selected was for the food industry such as in food processing, among others. Further, these technologies are already patent ready and have gone through Intellectual Property Policy.

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He said DOST – Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) from central office will also be in the event to assist and explain the technologies to be displayed. They will also assist in inquiries session with investors.

Alamban said this event of DOST is one way of supporting and promoting Filipino inventors and inventions. Instead of companies and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) looking for technologies outside the country, technologies made by our own inventors are brought in the city for easy access. He said, this is cheaper and more practical because inventors are based here and can be easily called upon for questions about its operations.

Although there are no technologies coming from Northern Mindanao during this Technology Transfer Day in Cagayan de Oro City, Alamban said they are urging inventors from the academe and even professionals to get their inventions patented. This is one way, one requirement of making the product market ready.

Among the Innovation Centers that DOST 10 is supporting is the one at University of Science and Technology (USTP) in Cagayan de Oro City called Food Innovation Center. This center houses technologies for food processing. Not only that, students conduct research in the center by innovating food and coming up with new food products for the market. So far there are ready for patent food innovation products in the center.

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Through Republic Act (RA) 10055 or the “Philippine Technology Transfer Act”, DOST has been pushing for an enabling ecosystem that could facilitate smoother and faster transfer of local technologies into the mainstream market. (JMOR/PIA10)

DA 10 intensifies quarantine points against Bird Flu

The Department of Agriculture region 10 has conducted several proactive measures to prevent spread of Bird Flu in the region.

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During a press conference in Cagayan de Oro City, OIC Regional Director Carlene Collado, CPA explained the kind of virus that has broken out in Pampanga was an Avian influenza (Bird Flu), type A Sub-Type H5 which has caused deaths of about 37,000 poultry chickens in San Luis, Pampanga.

Although the virus is said to be non-transferrable from chicken to humans, Collado said to be vigilant.

Northern Mindanao ranks 3rd for the National Ranking with a total of 11% or 19,596,441 heads contribution to the National Inventory. Meanwhile, the region also ranks No. 8 for the Duck Inventory with a total of 4% or 444,064 heads contribution.

Collado assured that DA region 10 is doing all it can to prevent spread of this virus. Particularly, they have intensified quarantine points in the region, identified areas of concern, strengthened regional task force, distributed drugs, consulted with poultry stakeholders and local government units and disseminated Information and Education Communication materials.

However, Collado also shared Do’s and Dont’s to avoid Bird Flu. One is to cook poultry and meat thoroughly. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after exposure to or contact with birds. Among the dont’s include not eating raw poultry meat or egg. Don’t buy or eat smuggled poultry meat. Don’t come in contact with resident, wild or migratory birds. More importantly, report any unusual deaths or sickness of birds to the nearest agriculture or veterinary office.

The department is urging the public to help report any Bird Flu suspicions in the region or ask questions about it. For Quarantine Concern, you may call Dr. Dale Franco Llentic 09174815193, for Mass Media Concern, Grace Sta. Elena 09278276840 and for Disease Reporting, Dr. Oryza Kristy Baylo 09363155226. (JMOR/PIA10)

Exclusive breastfeeding campaign continues in CDO

In an episode of Talakayan sa PIA on 15 August 2017, Department of Health (DOH) region 10 explained the importance of mothers giving exclusive breastfeeding to their newborn up to six months.

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This is a crucial stage wherein a mother’s milk is what the baby needs and nothing else. Apart from that, this is where the baby gets all the nutrients and immunity to survive the world outside the womb.

Gilda Ajoc, Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Program Coordinator of DOH region 10 shared that some mothers might think that they don’t have the milk or that the baby doesn’t like the mother’s milk but in fact all mothers are capable of providing for their baby just fine without the prejudice of taste whatsoever.

She explained that breastfeeding is like supply and demand. Because the mother knows she has to feed an infant, automatically the milk will flow. With the right positioning and mindset, the mother can produce milk.

Meanwhile, Jacqueline Roa, nutrition dietitian of Provincial Health Office Misamis Oriental said that based on their observation, most of the young mothers today are not exclusively breastfeeding their infants from zero to six months. That is why this campaign is crucial to involve every mother and would-be mother in the country.

Statistics shows that exclusive breastfeeding from zero to six months old is decreasing in region 10 for the past years. In 2016, only 70.78 percent mothers have breastfed their child from zero to six months. According to Telesfora Madelo, nutritionist-dietitian of DO- 10 that this is because the women now are working. Although, women should work but they should also continue to breastfeed their children.

In fact, working mothers are given time off by companies to pump milk in a designated area in the office and have a storage facility to keep safe for the baby upon arriving home. DOH is also leading an Infant and Young Child Feeding Task Force wherein they monitor breastfeeding areas in malls, offices and public areas.

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Further, Madelo also reiterated about Overview of the Philippine Milk Code (EO51) and its revised Rules and Regulations wherein breastmilk substitutes are not allowed to be marketed for replacement of breastmilk and will not be tolerated for donation. For those violating the code, anyone can report to DOH.

DOH reiterated the breastmilk is the only milk that is complete with all the nutrients a child needs, poor or rich, the content of breastmilk is still the same. Further, no company has yet produced anything close to breastmilk, DOH stressed. (JMOR/PIA10)