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Balangay Watch The Official Publication of the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod of the City of Butuan VOL. II NO. 1 2011

BUTUAN CITY, PHILIPPINES

February 1 - 15, 2012

Japanese academicians hold PPP orientation By Glen C. Amarille THE CHIEFS of Office of the City Government of Butuan and representatives from the private sector underwent an extensive orientation on the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) conducted by Professor Sam Tabuchi of Toyo University from Tokyo, Japan. The orientation, which was also attended by Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. and Vice Lawrence Fortun, was seen to be a positive step towards the realization of various PPP projects that will be implemented in Butuan City which is already in the works. The academicians from the

said university (Toyo), which is the only educational institution in the world that offers graduate studies in PPP ventures, have visited the City of Butuan last September 2011, at their own expense, to introduce PPP and conduct research for possible PublicPrivate Partnership projects. In return, City Government officials led by Mayor Amante and Vice Mayor Fortun together with businessmen from the private sector visited Japan in November last year. As an offshoot to the reciprocal visits, four companies from Japan have signed with the City Government and local investors

a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for investment in different thematic areas.

When asked during the orientation whether privatization is part of PPP, see Japanese to page 4...

From left: Vice Mayor Lawrence Fortun, City Administrator Leah A. Mendoza, City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., and Toyo University Professor Sam Tabuchi during the PPP Orientation held at the City Hall.

Hematology Analyzer donated to BMC

City government donates lot to BJMP

THE SANGGUNIANG Panlungsod of Butuan City has approved a resolution authorizing City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. to accept and sign in behalf of the City Government the Deed of Donation executed by Berovan Marketing, Inc. involving one (1) unit of Symex XS-800i Hematology Analyzer for the exclusive use of the Laboratory Department of Butuan Medical Center (BMC), this City. The equipment is an automated hematology analyzer for in vitro diagnostic use in screening patient populations found in clinical laboratories. It can analyze and output the results in 24 parameters of

THE SANGGUNIANG Panlungsod of Butuan City has approved a resolution authorizing City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. to sign on behalf of the City Government of Butuan a Deed of Conditional Donation in favor of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to be used as site of its regional office. The donation, which involves a parcel of land consisting of an area of 1,000 square meters, more or less, is a portion of the 10,000 square meter land owned by the City of Butuan covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-28693 located in Baranrgay

blood sample. It also performs analysis of WBC and differential with an optical detector block based on the flow of cytometry method, using a semi conductor laser. The RBC’s and platelets are analyzed by the RBC detector using the Hydro Dynamic Focusing method. The said analyzer will be for the exclusive use of the Laboratory Department of BMC while the periodic maintenance service will be performed by Berovan, free of charge to the hospital. The resolution was principally authored by Councilor Virgilio G. Nery, Jr., and was jointly sponsored by all the members of the Council led by Vice Mayor Lawrence Fortun.

Doongan, this City. Under the terms of the donation, BJMP shall use the property solely and exclusively as the site of its regional office. It shall construct its regional office building near the gate/entrance within one (1) year from signing of the donation. However, in the event that the BJMP fail to comply with the 2 conditions, the land shall revert back to the City Government. The donation will be accepted by BJMP through its Regional Director J/SSupt. Romeo L. Ogoy. The resolution was authored by all the members of the Council led by Vice Mayor Lawrence Fortun.


Opinion Editoryal

February 1-15, 2012

Public-Private Partnership

EDITORIAL BOARD

Fortun proposes guidelines for joint ventures

HON. LAWRENCE LEMUEL H. FORTUN

Butuan City Vice Mayor Lawrence “Law” Fortun recently filed an ordinance prescribing the guidelines and procedures for entering into joint venture agreements with private entities consistent with the National Economic and Developm ent Authority (NEDA) guidelines on joint venture agreements. Among the reasons cited by Fortun in filing the said ordinance is the Executive Order issued by City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. creating the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Executive Team that would advocate, conceptualize, initiate, coordinate, direct and oversee the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the different PPP programs, projects and activities of the City government. Fortun also cited the following basis for filing the said ordinance: a) the natural and economic resources of Butuan City present enormous potentials for rapid economic growth and sustainable, equitable development; b) there is an impetus to develop and implement a comprehensive economic agenda to maximize and convert these potentials into concrete economic and environmental gains; c) the publicprivate partnership (PPP) as advocated by the national government is seen as the pivotal and key strategy in the implementation of the economic agenda; d) there is a need to strengthen the local government unit’s systems to be able to efficiently and effectively orchestrate, respond and support PPP undertakings; e) the Local Government Code of 1991 (RA 7160) vests upon the LGU the prerogative to enter into contracts involving its properties, subject to limitations imposed by law, and provides LGUs with wide ranging authority to undertake major infrastructure improvements and to seek financing for this purpose; and f)

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the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Guidelines are being issued pursuant to Section 8 (Joint Venture Agreements) of Executive Order (EO) No. 423 dated April 30, 2005, which mandates NEDA, in consultation with the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB), to issue the necessary guidelines on Joint Ventures The proposed measure, which is anchored on the policy of the City government to promote the participation of the private sector as active partners in the pursuit of genuine and meaningful autonomy in order to attain the fullest economic development and selfreliance, is aimed at laying down the groundwork for the City government in entering joint venture agreements and such other cooperative arrangements with the private sector for the development of local enterprises designed to improve productivity and income in order to enhance economic and social well-being of the people. The proposed ordinance also set forth principles on all joint venture agreements entered by the City government with the private entities and these are: a) the creation of the joint venture should not prevent potential players from profitably entering into business venture/market; b) the cost of producing the particular product, activity or service should be efficient or potentially efficient towards earning potential profits for government and the market player/private sector partner; c) there should be no barriers for the City government’s withdrawal of its contribution to the joint venture

HON. ERWIN L. DANO HON. RYAN ANTHONY B. CULIMA HON. JOSEPHINE P. MARTICION-SALISE HON. ANGELO S. CALO HON. RANDOLPH B. PLAZA HON. RAMON P. CARAMPATANA HON. AUDIE G. BERNABE HON. JAIME M. CEMBRANO HON. RAUL O. AMOC HON. VIRGILIO G. NERY, JR. HON. NESTOR D. AMORA HON. RAUZIL A. CARAMPATANA EDITORIAL STAFF

ELDIE N. DAVID Managing Editor

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Updates CALL TO ORDER (This section presents the resolutions and ordinances enacted by the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod of Butuan City) By Aurora B. Caballes

APPROVED MATTERS SP RESOLUTION NO. 003-2012 A RESOLUTION REQUIRING ALL PROSPECTIVE CONTRACTORS/ BIDDERS TO SUBMIT ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS, AS HEREUNDER PROVIDED, FOR ELIGIBILITY PURPOSES PENDING APPROVAL OF AN ORDINANCE AIMED TO ENHACE THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS OF INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES Author: Hon. Ryan Anthony B. Culima SP RESOLUTION NO. 004-2012 SP RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING TO CHARGE AGAINST THE 2012 CONSTITUENCY DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE/GRANT FUND OF HON. NESTOR D. AMORA THE UNPAID ACCOUNTS FOR VARIOUS MATERIALS USED IN THE CONTRUCTION OF THE LIGA NG MGA PUNONG BARANGAY SCHOOL BUILDING INCURRED LAST YEAR IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THREE HUNDRED FIFTY THREE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED EIGHTY FIVE PESOS AND FIFTY CENTAVOS (P353,785.50), FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Author: Hon. Angelo S. Calo SP RESOLUTION NO. 005-2012 A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE APPLICATION OF MS. IVY S. LEGASPINO FOR HER PROPOSED FLYING V GASOLINE STATION PROJECT LOCATED AT ANDAYA STREET, PUROK 8, BARANGAY FORT POYOHON, THIS CITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Author: Hon. Virgilio G. Nery, Jr. and Hon. Josephine Marticion-Salise SP RESOLUTION NO. 006-2012 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING

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HONORABLE CITY MAYOR FERDINAND M. AMANTE, JR. TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT OF LEASE BY AND BETWEEN THE CITY GOVERNMENT OF BUTUAN AS LESEE AND FRISCO DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AS LESSOR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES Author: Hon. Jaime M. Cembrano, Jr. SP RESOLUTION NO. 007-2012 A RESOLUTION REQUESTING HONORABLE CITY MAYOR FERDINAND M. AMANTE, JR., TO EXTEND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IN THE AMOUNT OF FIFTEEN THOUSAND (P15,000.00) PESOS TO MS. CONSUELO L. BATOCAEL, WHO IS PRESENTLY CONFINED AT M.J. SANTOS HOSPITAL UNDER INTENSIVE CARE UNIT DUE TO A BLOOD CLOT IN HER BRAIN, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES Author : Hon. Jaime M. Cembrano, Jr. SP RESOLUTION NO. 009-2012 A RESOLUTION APPROVING SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET NO. 2, SERIES OF 2011, OF BARANGAY TAGUIBO, BUTUAN CITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. SP RESOLUTION NO. 010-2012 A RESOLUTION APPROVING SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET NO. 3, SERIES OF 2011, OF BARANGAY BASAG, BUTUAN CITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES SP RESOLUTION NO. 011-2012 A RESOLUTION APPROVING SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET NO. 4, SERIES OF 2011, OF BARANGAY BASAG, BUTUAN CITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

February 1-15, 2012 SP RESOLUTION NO. 012-2012 A RESOLUTION APPROVING SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET NO. 3, SERIES OF 2011, OF BARANGAY AGAO, BUTUAN CITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES SP RESOLUTION NO. 013-2012 A RESOLUTION APPROVING SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET NO. 3, SERIES OF 2011, OF BARANGAY BADING, BUTUAN CITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES SP RESOLUTION NO. 014-2012 A RESOLUTION APPROVING SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET NO. 4, SERIES OF 2011, OF BARANGAY AGAO, BUTUAN CITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES SP RESOLUTION NO. 015-2012 A RESOLUTION APPROVING SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET NO. 1, SERIES OF 2011, OF BARANGAY RAJAH HUMABON, BUTUAN CITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES SP RESOLUTION NO. 016-2012 A RESOLUTION APPROVING SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET NO. 2, SERIES OF 2011, OF BARANGAY RAJAH SOLIMAN, BUTUAN CITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES SP RESOLUTION NO. 017-2012 A RESOLUTION APPROVING SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET NO. 1, SERIES OF 2011, OF BARANGAY RAJAH HUMABON, BUTUAN CITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES SP RESOLUTION 018-2012 A RESOLUTION APPROVING SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET NO. 3, SERIES OF 2011, OF BARANGAY FORT POYOHON, BUTUAN CITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES SP RESLUTION NO. 019-2012 see Call to page 6...

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Professor Tabuchi cleared to the participants that privatization is outside of PPP. “Privatization is a sharing of asset to private entity and there is no relationship after. Leasing a government owned building, for example, to a private entity to use is Outsourcing, and that is part of PPP,” he added. In closing the orientation, Vice Mayor Law Fortun also emphasized the importance of transparency in all government transactions as these are areas that investors will look at before they would venture in partnership agreements with the government sector.

Butuan City to grant farm equipment THE SANGGUNIANG Panlungsod of the City of Butuan recently approved a resolution authorizing City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., to sign and enter in behalf of the City Government of Butuan a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by and among the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Unit XIII (DA-RFU 13) and the Antongalon-Agusan Multi-Purpose Cooperative relative to the grant of farm equipment (farm tractor) in connection with the implementation of Agri-Pinoy Rice Program. The grants, which stemmed from the letter request of the farmer-cooperative which in turn endorsed by City Agriculturist Engr. Alberto B. Buca for the said purpose, will be given to the cooperative which is a legitimate farmer cooperative which is in dire need of farm equipments to increase their productivity and efficiency. The grant of farm equipments is one of the priority projects of the department under the AgriPinoy program. The resolution, which was unanimously supported by all the members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod led by Vice Mayor Lawrence Fortun, was principally authored by Councilor Angelo S. Calo, the Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

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DPWH urged to release funds for bridge construction THE SANGGUNIANG Panlungsod of Butuan City has urged the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) through Secretary Rogelio L. Singson for the approval and release of funds for the construction and/or repair of the bridge at Purok 21 in Barangay Tungao this City as part of the improvement of farm-to-market road with a bridge. In a resolution passed by the council recently, is cited that the bridge serves a fundamental role in transporting the agricultural products, major source of income of the residents in said areas. The bridge is a major component within the transportation systems in the said areas and the loss of functionality of this structure may adversely affect the livelihood, safety and economic growth of the barangays located in the area. The Butuan City Engineering Team headed by Engr. Jovencia

Bilgera, declared the said bridge as dilapidated/damaged after a survey conducted last February 2011. The DPWH is mandated to undertake the planning of infrastructure, such as national roads and bridges, flood control, water resources projects and other public works, and the design, construction and maintenance of national roads and bridges and major flood control systems. It functions as the engineering and construction arm of the government tasked to continuously develop its technology for the purpose of ensuring the safety of all infrastructure facilities and securing for all public works and highways the highest efficiency and quality construction. The resolution was principally authored by Councilor Angelo S. Calo with all the members of the council as co-authors led by Vice Mayor Lawrence H. Fortun.

Mayor Jun Amante takes oath as new RPOC Chairman MAYOR FERDINAND M. Amante, Jr. recently took oath as the new Chairman of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) of Caraga Region. The oath-taking ceremony was held last Friday, February 17, 2012, at Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City. The oath was personally administered by Sec. Jesse M. Robredo of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Chairman of the National Peace and O r d e r Council (NPOC). Present during the oath-taking were other Local Chief Executives of Caraga Region, as

well as regional directors of the different line agencies and officers from the PNP and the AFP. In his acceptance speech, Mayor Amante admitted that he was initially hesitant to accept the post considering the challenges that comes with the position.He only accepted after being assured of the see Mayor to page 7...

Mayor Jun Amante takes his oath before DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo.

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Textbook distribution to be implemented THE SANGGUNIANG Panlungsod of the City of Butuan has approved a resolution authorizing City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. to enter into and sign for and in behalf of the City Government of Butuan a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by and between the Children’s International Philippines, Inc. and the Butuan City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) Office for the implementation of the textbook distribution of the City government. The Children International Philippines, Inc., represented by its Chief of Programs Rebecca J. Fuellos, is one of the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) affliated with Children International (worldwide social welfare and development organization based in Kansas City, Missouri, USA), duly licensed by the DSWD to operate as an auxillary social welfare and development agency. The Children International has a textbook distribution program aimed at providing opportunities to enhance learning of the children and youth in schools and barangays within the Philippines. To this, the Children International and the CSWD have partnered in facilitating access to quality reference second-hand books that will help promote the interest and youth in reading. The resolution was jointly authored by all the Councilors led by Councilor Erwin L. Dano, the Chairman of the Committee on Education of the SP and Vice Mayor Lawrence Fortun.

BCGEA finally registered with CSC, DOLE AFTER COMPLYING with the voluminous requirements for registration, the Butuan City Government Employees Association (BCGEA), headed see BCGEA to page 7...

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SP endorses recommendation suspending Punong Barangay THE SANGGUNIANG Panlungsod has endorsed to City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. a resolution it passed recently recommending the preventive suspension of Pangabugan Punong Barangay Amada L. Melendres. The resolution, which stemmed from the complaint filed against the barangay official last November 2011, recommended a 30-day preventive suspension for “Dishonesty, Misconduct and Conduct Unbecoming” of a public official. Under the rules of the Sangguniang Panlungsod in dealing with administrative complaints/cases filed before the body, “preventive suspensions may be imposed any time after the issues are joined, that is, after the respondent has answered the complaint, when the evidence of guilt is strong and, given the gravity of the offense, there is a great probability that continuance in office of the respondent could influence the witness or pose a threat to the safety and integrity of the records and other evidence.” The complaint was filed by Pangabugan Barangay Kagawad Juvic Roy C. Plaza against the barangay official together with the other Barangay Kagawad of the said barangay. The resolution cited that “in the administrative case, the issues are already joined as the respondents have already answered the complaint, and based on the submitted documents

t h e e v i dence o f guilt is strong as per Commission o n Punong Barangay Amada L. Melendres Audit (COA) Report dated August 23, 2011, and there is a great probability that Punong Barangay Melendres, if allowed to continue in office while the investigation is going on, may use her position and power to influence witnesses or tamper records important in the prosecution of the case.” It cited further that the complainant failed to submit evidence to support the allegation that there is conspiracy among the respondent Punong Barangay and respondent Barangay Kagawads in committing the offenses complained of Ms. Elsa Monton, the Auditor-In-Charge of Barangay Pangabugan, manifested that Punong Barangay Melendres herself admitted to her the fact that the signatures appearing in all eleven (11) checks in question were her very own signatures. The SP found enough grounds to impose preventive suspension only against respondent Punong Barangay Melendres.

SP dismisses case against Brgy. Kagawad for cutting trees THE SANGGUNIANG Panlungsod of the City of Butuan has dismissed the administrative case filed against Barangay Obrero Kagawad Jimmy Besing allegedly for cutting two (2) coconut trees without the necessary permit from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA). In a resolution passed by the Council recently, Besing was absolved on the basis that his action which is considered a “public performance” in cutting off the two (2) coconut trees in order to secure the safety of his constituents, who were allowed by the

slaughterhouse Administrator to reside within the compound, can be “presumed to be regular and legally performed by a Public Officer.” Besing, in his defense argued that some of his Barangay constituents requested him to cut the said coconut trees as it threatened their lives or any members of their family, which was supported by a letter request from those within the slaughterhouse compound near the alleged two (2) coconut trees. The resolution also cited that the see SP to page 6...

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A RESOLUTION APPROVING SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET NO. 1, SERIES OF 2011, OF BARANGAY SIKATUNA, BUTUAN CITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

“ignorance of the law excuses no one” principle applies only to criminal cases and not to Administrative cases as the Barangay Kagawads are not presumed to have known the law as the requirement for a person to become a Barangay Kagawad is only “must know how to read and write.” The Council also noted that there is already a case filed before the City Prosecutor’s Office for the alleged theft and violation of R.A. 8048 on the Coconut Preservation Act of 1995 against Kagawad Besing, where he can be punished or be penalized by virtue of the said special law. The Council also found that the complainants failed to introduce other evidences to hold respondent administratively liable. The resolution was authored by Councilor Jaime M. Cembrano, Jr. the Chairman of the Committee on Good Government of the Sanggunian.

SP RESOLUTION NO. 020-2012 A RESOLUTION APPROVING SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET NO. 2, SERIES OF 2011, OF BARANGAY SIKATUNA, BUTUAN CITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Task Force Likas organized in Butuan City BUTUAN CITY’S Task Force Likas had its first organizational meeting today at the City Mayor’s Office Conference Room. The group was organized by City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. by virtue of Executive Order No. 53, which was signed on January 13, 2012, to relocate all settlers along the floodway zone of the Agusan River. This was done to prevent the risk of lives, similar to what happened in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan at the height of Tropical Storm Sendong. Task Force Likas is a composite team composed of representatives from Butuan LGU, PNP, CDRRMC, DPWH, CARBDP, NHA, ANECO, BCWD, PCUP, and concerned barangays. In his message, Mayor Amante emphasized the urgency of the relocation given the unpredictability of weather patterns. “For us, there’s no tomorrow. Disaster may strike anytime,” Amante said. “It may take years to complete the relocation but what is important is that we start doing what we can today”, he continued. Mayor Amante also acknowledged the initiative of the late Mayor Democrito Plaza II who started the relocation of informal settlers under the Magsaysay Bridge in 2003 through the Balangayan Butuan Project. The project brought down the number of families for relocation from 6,000 to 4,800 as of January 2012. Mayor Amante also added.

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that the City Government needs a total of Php575 Million to complete the relocation, of which Php141 Million was already spent since 2003. Given the financial challenge, Mayor Amante is hopeful that the national government will intervene and provide funds for the project. He committed that he will discuss the matter during his upcoming meeting with DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo and DBM Sec. Butch Abad. During the open forum, several issues were raised by the participants, particularly from the barangay captains of the affected areas. Some Punong Barangays expressed their concern over the possibility of the relocation of entire barangays especially along the west bank of the Agusan River. A workshop was done in the afternoon by the different sub-committees of Task Force Likas to allow them to come up with their initial action plan according to their specific tasks. These plans were then presented to the body to solicit further inputs from other members. Task Force Likas intends to start the intensive information campaign among the settlers on February 20, 2012. Dismantling of settlements will start by March this year with priority on houses that are currently encroaching on the waters of Agusan River. – (Re-posted from: www.butuan.gov.ph)

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Butuan City bags Agri-Pinoy Rice Achiever Award MAYOR FERDINAND M. Amante, Jr. received the award for Butuan City as one of the Top 50 Outstanding Municipalities/ Cities of the Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Awards for 2011 dubbed as “Mga Bosing ng Palayan”. The awarding ceremony was held last Friday, February 10, 2012 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila with Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala as guest of honor. Joining Mayor Amante at the awarding ceremony were DA-13 Regional Executive Director Edna Mabeza, City Agriculturist Alberto Buca, and Ms. Gertrudes Fortun of the City Agriculturist’s Office who also received an award as one of the Outstanding Agricultural Extension Workers. The City Government received Php1 Million while Ms. Fortun received Php20,000. According to Mayor Amante, the cash award will be spent on the city’s Organic Farming Program to further enhance rice production. It was learned that Butuan City’s rice production rose drastically from 2.6 metric tons in 2010 to 5.1 metric tons in 2011. Other awardees from the Caraga Region are the Municipality of Trento and the Provinces of Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur. - (Re-posted from: www.butuan.gov.ph) ...Fortun from page 2

investment; d) the role of government as regulator of the business of the joint venture should be clearly and explicitly delineated from its role as implementer of the business to avoid conflict of interest; and e) accountability for the joint venture project ultimately devolves on the City government being deeply involved in the joint venture agreement and the implementation of the joint venture agreement project. The private parties dealing with the City government are similarly held accountable for their actions relative thereto.

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full support from the National Government through DILG Sec. Robredo. He also related peace and progress to the common chicken-and-egg problem. Mayor Amante said that while it is true that there can never be progress without peace, it is also hard to achieve peace if the people remain in poverty. To solve this dilemma, Mayor Amante said that the whole community must exert parallel efforts towards peace and community development. Mayor Amante also emphasized the importance of unity and called on the stakeholders to converge in the peace efforts of the region. The RPOC meeting immediately started after the oath-taking ceremony with the newly-inducted RPOC Chairman calling the session to order. Strategies, plans and presentations were then discussed to achieve and maintain peace in the region. Sec. Robredo discussed in his keynote address that one of the root causes of divergence in the region is the conflict of interests between the government and the private sector. According to Sec. Robredo, strengthening the government, showing sincerity, and offering what is lacking can provide solutions to this issue. He further added that more than the much needed unity of all concerned, it is essential to: 1) have a council that will dig deeper into the peace problem and serve as a medium for insurgents to rejoin the community, 2) sustain unity in governance, and 3) strengthen the forces of the PNP and the AFP. – Maria Luisa Dianah Z. Generalao/ CMO-PIO ...BCGEA from page 5

by Mr. Samuel P. Carampatana, finally received its Certificate of Registration, with No. 1835 dated January 17, 2012, from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC). Pursuant to the provisions of Executive Order No. 180, dated June 1, 1987, and the Implementing Rules and Regulations Governing the Exercise of the Right of Government Employees to SelfOrganization, the BCGEA is now officially recognized as the sole representative of the city employees to negotiate for them with regards to the collective negotiation agreement (CNA), see BCGEA to page 8...

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Butuan’s streamlined BPLS showcased in National Forum BUTUAN CITY Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. recently presented the city’s streamlined Business Permits and Licensing System (BPLS) to more than 500 city and municipal mayors from all over the country during the Forum on Building Sustainable Competitive Local Governments. The gathering of Local Chief Executives was held last Friday, January 27, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. DILG Sec. Jesse M. Robredo was the guest of honor during the said activity which was also attended by foreign guests from USA, India and Indonesia. Representatives from foreign organizations such as World Bank, USAID, AECID, and GIZ also participated in the forum. The national forum was held to showcase the best practices from different LGUs which aid in building sustainable and competitive local

governments. It was jointly sponsored by DILG and the Local Government Academy (LGA). Other LGUs which were invited to present during the said forum include Mandaluyong, Valenzuela, Mandaue, and the Isalnd Garden City of Samal. Butuan City’s streamlined BPLS was launched on October 20, 2010. The improved system significantly shortened the business registration processing time from 10 days to 30 minutes. The faster processing time encouraged more business owners to register their businesses and translated to an increase in new business registrants from 1,064 in 2010 to 2,386 in 2011, or an increase of 124%. Business tax collection rose from Php94.36-M in 2010 to Php115.42-M in 2011. Just recently, the City Government already collected Php60M for the Business Fastlane registration period from January 2-20, 2012. (Reposted from: www.butuan.gov.ph)

Butuan City public schools receive 6,096 armchairs A TOTAL of 1,900 armchairs were turned over last Friday, February 3, to Butuan Central Elementary School, as part of the PNoy Bayanihan Project. The turnover ceremony was attended by DepEd Sec. Armin Luistro, TESDA Sec. Joel Villanueva, PAGCOR Chairman Cristino Naguiat, Jr., and DENR Asst. Sec. Michelle Angelica Go, a native of Butuan and daughter of Atty. Dollfuss Rosales Go, representing Sec. Ramon Paje. Also present to witness the turnover were Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John Amante, Cong. Jose Aquino II (1st District Agusan del Norte), Cong. Angelica Amante-Matba (2nd district, Agusan del Norte), and Cong. Ma. Valentina G. Plaza (1st District, Agusan del Sur). The PNoy Bayanihan Project, which was started last year, aims to convert confiscated logs into school chairs and desks to help address shortage of

school furniture in public schools nationwide. It is a collaborative project between DENR, DepED, TESDA, and PAGCOR. A total of 6,096 units were intended for beneficiary schools in Butuan City which include Agusan National High School (2,000 units), Butuan City School of Arts and Trade (800 units), La Trinidad Elementary School (450 units), San Vicente Elementary School (350 units), Villa see Butuan to page 8...

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City employees to Avail Monetization of Leave CITY EMPLOYEES can now avail of the monetization of their leave credits after the City Budget Office has released appropriation for the same. The Human Resource Management Division, headed by Ms. Tita P. Ty, HRM Officer III, is now expediting the leave applications to support the payroll for the said benefit. Officials and employees in the career and non-career service whether permanent, temporary, casual or coterminuous, who have accumulated 15 days of vacation leave credits shall be allowed to monetize a minimum of 10 days, provided, that at least 5 days is retained after monetization and that a maximum of 30 days maybe monetized in a given year. Monetization of 50% or more of the accumulated leave credits maybe allowed for valid and justifiable reasons such as 1.) Health, medical and hospital needs of the employee and the immediate members of his family; 2.) Payment of mortgages/loans ; 3.) Educational needs; 4.) Financial aid and assistance brought about by force majeure (such as typhoons, fire, quake) However, the monetization of 50% or more shall be subject to availability of funds. Meanwhile, the HRMD is also expediting the renewal of 950 job order workers, contract of service and consultancy for the period of January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012. Notices of salary adjustment (NOSA) due to the implementation of the third tranche of the salary standardization law, effective Jan. 1, 2012, were also prepared. Productivity incentive is expected to be released also on the first week of March 2012. ...Butuan from page 7

Kanangga Elementary school (260 units), Libertad Central Elementary School (186 units), Ong Yiu Elementary School (100 units), and Kinamlutan Elementary School (50 units). – CMO-PIO - o0o -

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Seed warehouses up for rehab THE SANGGUNIANG Panlungsod of Butuan City recently approved a resolution authorizing City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., to sign and enter in behalf of the City Government of Butuan a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by and among the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Unit XIII and separately with the Taligaman-Antongalon Irrigators Association and the Tagabaca-Aupagan Irrigators Association for the repair and rehabilitation of the Seed Storages/ Warehouses of the both associations. The rehabilitation of the association’s seed storage/warehouse facility, which has a total combined project cost of P500,000.00, are among the identified priority projects of the Department of Agriculture in support to the establishment of community seed banks, and download funds for this purpose under ASA No. 101-2011-732 dated December 19, 2011. The resolution, was authored by Councilor Angelo S. Calo.

February 1-15, 2012

Therapist position ok’d THE SANGGUNIANG Panlungsod of the City of Butuan in its regular session recently has approved an ordinance creating the position of Physical Therapist IV under the special services of the Office of the Mayor for Senior Citizens AffairsGeriacare Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center. The position, which will reflect in the personnel schedule under the Office of the City Mayor, will have the following functions: 1. Plan and manage the operation of the Geriacare Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center of the City; 2. Ensure that the services of the center are efficiently and effectively achieved by beneficiaries of clients in accordance with the physical therapy practice; 3. Prepare reports, memoranda and other correspondences pertinent to the operation of the center; 4. Perform coordinative works; and 5. Perform such other functions as directed by the City Chief Executive. The said ordinance was jointly authored by Councilors Angelo S. Calo, Erwin L. Dano and Ryan Anthony B. Culima. ...BCGEA from page 7

and to undertake activities not contrary to the law or public policy for the furtherance of the interest of all members. DOLE Secretary Rosalinda DimapilisBaldoz and CSC Chair Dr. Francisco T. Duque III affixed their signatures to the certificate, affirming the BCGEA’s registration with these governing agencies. This accomplishment was the result of the concerted efforts of the BCGEA officers and office representatives and the Human Resource Management Division with the support of City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. - (R.A. Cortez/HRMD)

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