Monday, July 25, 2011

Phil social assistance now at
P275 M for Bohol, more soon

DAUIS, Bohol July 21 (PIA) – THE government has infused around P 275 million as fiscal capital to Bohol economy since 2009 to date, the amount to go even higher as pay-offs are set within the next few weeks, reveals Secretary Corazon Soliman, during a recent press conference at The Bohol Plaza resort recently.

The money which were handed to the less privileged also seeped to local economies and trickled to ordinary vendors, tricycle drivers and fishers who were not identified beneficiaries of the government’s assistance.

In the press material the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) distributed to the media in Bohol, data shows that the biggest share of the national government’s fiscal pie was coursed through the conditional cash tranfer program called Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

The National Household Targetting Survey in 2009 has identified about 13 towns of Bohol with high poverty incidence and whose beneficiaries are eligible to the government cash transfer program, she explained.

Started in 2009 in Bohol, the 4PS went to beneficiaries in Danao, before the program expanded to 12 towns, most of them were in the second and third districts where poverty incidence was high.

Around 28,004 poor households from the towns of Alicia, Carmen, Bien Unido, Buenavista, Dagohoy, Inabanga, Getafe, Carlos P. Garcia, Mabini, Pilar, Trinidad and Ubay received a total of 152,092,500 in two-month tranches since 2009.

Asked as to whether this government cash assistance really went to the education and health of the kids, Sec. Soliman explained set up monitoring systems that include a Compliance verification system, and Ateneo Impact Evaluation and some 165 volunteer organizations looking into the program.

She said while in education, the DepEd and DOHH have reported that compliance to the 85% school attendance has been strictly followed and rural health said in anecdotal reports that substantial increase in rural health center visits by mothers and women of maternal age.

Another hunger mitigation program called Rice Subsidy has 15 Bohol towns and 8416 beneficiaries already receiving P23,710,401, the DSWD data reveals.

Beneficiary towns include Alicia, Antequera, Alburquerque, Baclayon, Batuan, Bilar, Bien Unido, Clarin, Cortes, Dagohoy, Dauis, Getafe, President Carlos P. Garcia and San Isidro.

As to another program: the Social Pension, 1,195 senior citizen beneficiaries of 25 towns have been paid off at P500 per month stipends.

The government has disbursed P1,792,000 for these beneficiaries.

Other than that, the government, through the DSWD has cascaded its supplemental feeding program to 72 barangays and 324 day care centers in at least 13 towns here.

The amount disbursed in now at P9, 788, 325.00 and coursed through local government units, the data showed.

Over and above this, the DSWD is also implementing a Kapig Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan (KALAHI) Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services sustainability plan in the Community Driven Development (CDD) Local Planning Process harmonization initiative.

The program billed as Makamasang Tugon grants P450,000 per barangay in municipal grants to towns implementing KALAHI projects.

Bohol gets to receive some P83, 748, 000 for its 12 towns through this facility, DSWD data showed.


EcoGovernance declares Bohol
for environment learning area

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol Juy 22 (PIA) –SUCCESSES in implemented environment programs here pushed an American-assisted project to hand in a rare “Learning Destination for Good Environmental Governance” award during Bohol’s 157th Foundation Day during a program at the Bohol Cultural Center, July 22.

EcoGovernance Project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, funded by the USAid, through May Segura-Ybanez handed to Governor Edgar Chatto a plaque for the distinction as achieved by several Bohol towns in their environmental programs.

Segura-Ybanez cited programs of towns of Talibon, Jagna and Duero among others as having high degree of success worthy of replication by other Local Government Units willing to learn in the areas of solid waste management, coastal resource management, Fishery management and forests and forestland management like the projects in Talibon and san Miguel

Ten Bohol towns benefited from Eco-Governance project as the local provincial government and municipal governments committed financial counterparts excluding personal commitments, sources from EcoGovernance bared.

The EcoGovernance team worked with Talibon LGU in analyzing its Participatory Coastal Resources Assessment (PCRA) data, including a preliminary assessment of the state of the existing marine protected areas. 

The project also included negotiations with LGUs adajacent to Talibon for the delineation of their municipal waters even as Talibon had Coastal Resource Management Projects which covered the management and protection of Danajon Bank.

Eco-Governance was also there when the growth areas of Metro Tagbilaran initiated plans for a common solid waste facility, which records reveal a largely transparent accountable and participatory decision-making approach.

Another cluster for Ecological Solid Waste Management is Jagna-Duero. 

While EcoGov succeeded in assisting these LGUS in restructuring its ESWM boards and training them on their roles, responsibilities and legal mandate to promote and monitor solid waste management, it has also empowered people’s organization to reduce, re-use and recycle like the example of a women’s organization in Jagna. 

For the highly adoptable programs, EcoGovernance has issued the award making Bohol an omnibus learning area for environment learning groups or individuals.

The awards also came as Bohol’s 157th Foundation Day adopted the theme: Bohol’s treasured heritage: its people and natures bounty.

That same day, Bohol also handed citations and awards for selected Boholanos who have excelled in their fields of endeavor.

Among the awardees were Dr. Cesar Saloma (Education) UP Chancellor who has excelled in medical service, community development, Major General Charlie Holganza of the National Development Support Command for exemplary work in community building and Catalino Ordinario Jr, for the field of agriculture. (Rey Anthony Chiu)


Diskwento caravans to pack
Free government services

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, July 22 (PIA) -- AS if learning from the Bohol models, the government rolled-our Diskwento Caravan will soon be a showcase packing multi-government services, revealed Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo Friday.

Speaking before Boholanos gathered during the program commemorating the 157th Bohol Foundation Day at the Bohol Cultural Center, Sec. Domingo, who was the keynote speaker said they “are excited for the participation of other government partners.”

But the development does not surprise Boholanos, who have been used to integrated government service caravans packed in the monthly Health and sanitation, Education, Agriculture and Tourism (HEAT) Caravan.

The HEAT brings in all government services delivery agencies to the communities to allow far-flung areas and their residents direct services in a day.

Domingo, who came last June to launch in Baclayon the Diskwento Caravan in Baclayon said he is happy to be back here to join in celebrating the Bohol Day and to open another Diskwento Caravan.
He explained that the Caravan Project is a national program by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) which aims to provide public service by reaching the provinces across the country in bringing affordable, discounted goods to consumers.

Before the program, Domingo led the ribbon cutting of another Diskwento Caravan joined in by Nestle Philippines and two major city retailers: Bohol Quality Corporation and the Alturas Group of companies.

Those who joined the caravan marked down the prices of basic and prime commodities to bumper the effect of the low wages and the economic crunch.

He said the Diskwento Caravan started in 2008 but was limited to Metro Manila.

“This year as we started to do the Diskwento Caravans, President Aquino noticed that this is a very good public service so he instructed the DTI to roll out in the provinces and do it in a much bigger way,” he shared. 

“The Department of Trade and Industry has had 60 caravans nationwide and targets at least 100 at the end of the year” according to the trade secretary.

”At the Diskwento Caravan, we try to bring to you goods at prices that are really low. For example today, you can avail of up to 35% discount on dressed chicken from P140/kg to P90/kg,” he said.

Last June, when he launched the Diskwento Caravan in Baclayon, the Armed Forces of the Philippines provided free haircut.

There, a tradition was started and in Cebu, the caravan had National Food Authority bringing in discounted rice and sugar.

“Aside from the discounts on prices, we plan to expand the scope of the services to be provided, e.g. free blood pressure taking, and establishment of SSS, Pag-ibig and Philhealth booths where you can get your account number and status, among others,” Domingo, who used to manage and direct international banks said. (Rey Anthony Chiu)

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