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Vol 3 Issue 14 In this Issue WESTERN VISAYAS   Members of the Inter-agency Oplan Red Plate Task Force to include representatives from the Office of the Ombudsman, Land Transportation Office, Civil Service Commission, Commission on Audit, Philippine National Police and the Philippine Information Agency flag down vehicles bearing red plates during the conduct of the region-wide simultaneous operation where check points are set up in parts of the province of Negros Occidental as well as inspections in parking lots of malls in Bacolod City are conducted.* (EAD-PIA6 photo) April 1 - 7, 2013 Published by: PIA 6, 7 & 8 DSWD pilots door-to-door delivery of social pension in E. Visayas TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, April 3 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development is piloting the door-to-door delivery of social pension for indigent senior citizens of ten remote municipalities of the region, using the services of the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHILPOST). The pilot-testing for three months will be undertaken for timely delivery of the cash grants, and efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the door-to-door delivery, DSWD Region 8 Director Remia Tapispisan informed. A total of 1, 180 senior citizens from Limasawa in Southern Leyte province, San Jose de Buan, Almagro, and Tagapul-an of Samar, Jipapad in Eastern Samar, and Silvino Lobos, Lapining, Gamay, San Vicente, and Capul of Northern Samar, will receive the quarterly stipend of Php 1,500.00 right in their own homes. A Memorandum of Agreement was signed recently between the DSWD Field Office 8 and the Philippine Postal Corporation for the pilot project. When the Social Pension Program started in 2011, the DSWD Field Office Eight conducted the distribution at the municipal plaza, and in other areas, the agency transferred the funds to the local government units for the latter to handle the giving out of cash grants. This time, there will be three modes of cash distribution: through the transfer of funds to the Local Government Units, PHILPOST Door-to-Door payout and the Special Disbursing Officers (SDOs) who will go to the municipalities to give out the stipend of the Social pensioners. According to Rose Fe Valeriano, Social Welfare Officer II of the Social Pension Program, the ten identified municipalities for the door-to-door delivery of social pension are the most hard-to-reach areas by the SDOs. The DSWD hopes that with the new mode of payment, the implementation of the Social Pension Program will be improved and fast tracked. The government is always finding ways and systems to improve the delivery of social services to the needy public, the DSWD director said. (PIA-8) DBM to pursue digitization of budget processes By Leonard T. Pineda I ILOILO CITY, April 3 (PIA6) -- The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is pursuing the digitization of budget processes in support to public More on Region 6, pages 2-3. financial management reforms. Also CLICK Here… This was conveyed by DBM Secretary Florencio S. Abad in his keynote address during the 1st Quarterly CENTRAL VISAYAS   Membership Meeting and Seminar of the Philippine Association for Government Budget Administration (PAGBA), Inc. held at the Sarabia Manor Hotel here. Abad said that starting 2014, all budget submissions will be done electronically or digitally and no longer manually, thus saving seven days of work for the DBM. “We are currently installing a government integrated financial management information system to enable real-time information on financial transactions,” said Abad. The DBM Secretary also said that they are also Builders and volunteers of the house build expanding the Philippine government electronic segment of Bayani Challenge 2013 in San procurement system towards online bidding. Remigio, Cebu, shake their bodies to the unity “In fact, next year, what we will do is that we will dance. (mbcn/FCC/PIA7-Cebu) issue agencies vouchers so that all procurement of common-used supplies can be traced in the More on Region 7, pages 4-5. procurement system,” said Abad. Also CLICK Here… Abad also shared that recently, the DBM launched for the first time in the history of this country an electronic payment facility. “This will allow us to pay online when we procure supplies thru the Landbank of the Philippines,” Abad also said. The DBM expressed its hope that this will be the beginning of the use of online payment for other services that the government provides including birth certificates, passports and licenses, among others. (JCM/ LTP-PIA6 Iloilo) Department of Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad recognizes the importance of budget officers in the success of government agencies, local government units and corporations in his keynote speech during the 1st Quarterly Membership Meeting and Seminar of the Philippine Association for Government Budget Administration (PAGBA), Inc., held on April 3, 2013 at the Sarabia Manor Hotel here. (LTP/PIA-Iloilo) TESDA strengthens job bridging programs EASTERN VISAYAS   District Engineer Lino Francisco C. Gonzalez of the 4th Leyte Engineering District (right) inspects the ongoing Ormoc-Lake Imelda road upgrading project with a local citizen. Lake Imelda is a tourist spot in Ormoc City which is eyed to contribute spur economic development in the city. (PIA-8/DPWH-4th LED) More on Region 8, pages 6-7. Also CLICK Here... By Ferliza C. Contratista CEBU CITY (PIA) -- The Technical Education Skills and Development Administration (TESDA) will strengthen its Job Bridging program for this year to produce more “TESDA Specialistas” with jobs. Nila Fidellaga, TESDA-7 Information Officer, said they are pushing for more job bridging this year aside from conducting a job fair. This is in compliance with the directive of TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva to produce and hire more than one million TESDA Specialistas for 2013. As part of this move, Fidellaga said TESDA will conduct the first job bridging for Central Visayas on April 29 in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. She said that a job bridging activity is an expanded form of a job fair. “In job bridging we don’t just have companies that has posting of vacancies but we also have institutions that offer short courses and workshops as well as services needed for employment,” Fidellaga said. Topics for the short courses include Orientation to Call Center Jobs, Personality Development, Basic Personal Accounting, Business Basics while the services that can be availed in a scheduled job bridging day include those from PhilHealth, Social Security System, National Bureau of Investigation, National Statistics Office, and many others. Schedules for job other bridging activities for Cebu and Bohol will be finalized in May. She said TESDA is hoping that other than the provincial capitals, the same activity will also be held in bigger municipalities and cities in Region7. Through the conduct of jobs bridging, TESDA aims to fill the gap between graduation to employment by providing a convergence opportunity. In recent news report, Director General Villanueva admitted it was not enough to graduate and certify tech-voc specialists, saying Tesda also has to exert efforts to connect their graduates to the right job here or abroad. “We will tap our offices in the provinces to organize similar jobs fairs for Tesda specialists. The goal is to fill the void from graduation to employment so as not to waste time and opportunity,” he said. TESDA specialistas are those that undergo skills training and were already given accreditation. (rmn/FCC/PIA7)

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