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DAR awards accidental & dismemberment insurance to agrarian reform beneficiary

DAR awards accidental & dismemberment insurance to agrarian reform beneficiary

By: Thelma C. Bicarme

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) here  awarded recently the P30,000.00 Accidental & Dismemberment Security Scheme (ADSS) Insurance to  Eduardo M. Rivera, an agrarian reform beneficiary (ARB) of Sto.Tomas, Maddela, Quirino.

The awarding ceremony was held during the birthday celebration of Gov. Junie E. Cua at the provincial gymnasium.

Rivera  enrolled under the Agrarian Reform Beneficiary-Agrarian Insurance Program (ARB-AIP) last December 2013 for his crop insurance. In March this year, he figured in a motorcycle accident  that led  to the amputation of his right leg.

Being an ARB-AIP beneficiary, Rivera is provided with protection cover up to three hectares and up to three types of insurance coverage that includes rice and corn insurance, high-value commercial crops insurance, livestock insurance, and accident and dismemberment security scheme (ADSS).

Under the Terms and Conditions of the Certificate of Cover, partial disablement qualifies Rivera  for the 50 per cent of the principal sum. (TCB/PIA 2-Quirino)

Quirino day fun run yields successful turnout

Quirino day fun run yields successful turnout

By: Thelma C. Bicarme

Around 700 runners participated in the recent Quirino day fun run which garnered proceeds of P80,000.

Board Member Jojo Vaquilar, fun run committee chairman, said the runners included government employees, non-government organizations, and private
individuals from the six municipalities of Quirino and nearby places of Cordon, Santiago City and Nueva Vizcaya.

“We are still undergoing audit and accounting of the proceeds, but we are optimistic of proceeds not less than P80,000,” Vaquilar said.

He added that the proceeds will be used for tourism projects in the province to be identified by the Provincial Tourism Council (PTC).

Meanwhile, Gov. Junie Cua thanked the major sponsors such as Land Bank, Anak IP, CUA @ Work, Oceana Gold, Santiago City Mayor Joseph Tan, Touch Mobile,
Coca Cola Philippines, all municipalities who participated and Cong. Dax Cua.

Cua, together with Vaquilar, awarded cash prizes and certificates to the winners in several categories.

Under the 21K male and female categories, the winners are Noel Fabros of Santiago City and Rhoda Sison of Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.

The other winners were: 10K- Erick Espinosa of Diffun and Gegie Santos of Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya; 5K-Lester John Soriano of Bayombong and Equipado of
Maddela; and 3K- Mike Noel Serrano of Cordon, Isabela and Karen Joy Marquez of Diffun.

The Cabarroguis National School of Arts and Trades was also given a P10,000 cheque for having the biggest delegation.

The fun run served as a highlight of the second day of the 42nd Araw ng Quirino which was celebrated from September 6-10, 2013. (TCB)

NSO Quirino bares activities for its 73rd anniversary

NSO Quirino bares activities for its 73rd anniversary

By: Thelma C. Bicarme
Tuesday 13th of August 2013

CABARROGUIS, Quirino, Aug 13 –The National Statistics Office (NSO) here has lined up activities for the month-long celebration of its 73rd anniversary this month.

Provincial Statistics Officer Cherry Grace D. Agustin said this year’s celebration kicked off last August 1 with a tree planting and cleaning up at the Capitol Reforestation area in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

“Our celebration was highlighted with a General Cleaning Day in the Workplace,” Agustin said.

From 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., employees of NSO-Quirino conducted general cleaning in their office. They removed unnecessary items, paper works and mess on their desks, listed and disposed unnecessary items according to proper disposal procedure, arranged files for easy use, among others.

Agustin likewise said they will culminate the celebration with a cook fest, cultural exhibit, and presentations using indigenous materials depicting the culture of Quirino province.

Other activities include clean and green contest, 2011 Family Health Survey (FHS) dissemination, health awareness and sports programs.

Formerly known as Bureau of the Census and Statistics (BCS) by virtue of Commonwealth Act no. 591 on August 19, 1940, it was reconstituted into National Census and Statistics Office (NCSO) under the supervision of National Economic Development Authority.

In 1987 by virtue of EO no. 121, the NCSO was renamed National Statistics Office and was placed under the Office of the President.

The NSO was finally reverted under the supervision of NEDA in December 28, 1993.(TCB)

Quirino Province to Utilize LGPMS Results

Quirino Province to Utilize LGPMS Results

By: Imelda L. Aquino

The LGPMS Teams of Quirino Province exerted a cohesive effort in the formulation of its Annual Report which comprised the State of Local Governance Performance Report (SLGPR) and the State of Local Development Report (SLDR) with an add-on which is the LGU Scorecard on Health  Report and the Local Tourism Statistics Analysis.

In a writeshop conducted on April 24-25, 2013 at Hotel Supreme, Baguio City, the LGPMS Teams were able to realize their aim to Formulate the Annual that is participatory in nature or thru team approach . The idea emanated from the suggestions of  the LGU-LGPMS Focal Persons which centered on the  concept  of pooling the idea of  the LGPMS Team in one venue for a dynamic accomplishment. The convergence of ideas of various sector representatives and LGPMS writers resulted to a genuine and  truthful report reflecting the actual situation, needs, problems and strengths of the LGUs.

Fifty eight participants shared common interests and discussed various problems encountered, hence maximizing each participant’s  expertise in dealing with different challenges confronting LGPMS—both the system and its program implementation.

With this, the Provincial Government and the six municipal LGUs attained a consentious narrative report on the data gathered and expounded the data generated in a customize analysis fitting to the actual LGU scenario which is formed part of  the LGU’s Annual Report.

Passing through several processes, the LGPMS generates information that are useful in policy and program development, both at the local and national government levels which  is very important to the LGUs in monitoring their performance and in assessing  the state of development for the purpose of influencing local decisions and addressing development gaps in the locality.

Various LGPMS versions had been created—from LGPMS solo to LGPMS V2.1 which will eventually evolved into LGPMS V3 this year; yet, this Department still finds it very helpful to advocate the utilization of the information generated from the system to make an  impact on the local governments as it pursues its mandate of supporting the capacity development of the LGU’s towards development.

With all the narrative and analysis in place, all LGUs pledged their commitment to utilize the reports for its advancement,  first,  by communicating results to the stakeholders and ultimately, to utilize end results in the planning and budgeting processes.

Provincial Government’s Budget Officers, Accountants Trained on eNGAS

Provincial Government’s Budget Officers, Accountants Trained on eNGAS

by Thelma C. Bicarme – PIA

Some employees of the Provincial Budget, Accounting and Information Technology Offices of the provincial government had undergone a weeklong training on the e-NGAS or the electronic New Government Accounting System (Version 1.2.2) in preparation for its full implementation during the next quarter.

The participants who were divided into three teams namely the interconnectivity, accounting and budget teams were trained on the basic operations of the e-NGAS and how it will be implemented.

They were also oriented on the features of the eNGAS such as accrual accounting, recognition of depreciation, responsibility accounting, project monitoring, enhanced chart of accounts and security control for data integrity.

The training was conducted by some personnel of the Commission on Audit Regional Office composed of Ohnie Ezra E. Palencia as the lead resource person, Ernesto J. Odpaga Jr., Judith Maguigad and Erwin M. Sepanton as assistant resource persons.

Palencia said the eNGAS is a computerized version of the New Government Accounting System which has been developed by the Commission on Audit for installation in all national, local and corporate government agencies to enhance uniformity in the application of government accounting rules and facilitate the consolidation of financial reports.

The system has been designed by the COA to standardize recording and reporting of government financial transactions, consolidate Financial Reports for National Government Agencies (NGAs), Local Government Units (LGUs), and Government Owned &/or Controlled Corporations (GOCCs), align the government accounting system with International Accounting Standards (IAS) / International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), International Public Sector Accounting Standards, etc., and ensure accountability and transparency in government financial management.

Meanwhile, the eNGAS will be fully implemented in the province as soon as the concerned offices will complete the collection and encoding of data like inventory of equipment and facilities, financial transactions and other reports.