Various livelihood program extended to 4Ps beneficiaries

By Leandria Pagunsan

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4Ps Provincial Link Asela Bella Tse of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) gives updates on the status of implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Negros Oriental during the Provincial Convergence Committee meeting held at Manhattan Suites Inn, Dumaguete City. (lpp/PIA7/Negros Oriental)

Beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps)  in Negros Oriental availed of various livelihood projects from different government line agencies and even the private sector.

In a recent provincial convergence committee meeting with partner agencies, 4Ps Provincial Link (PL) Bella Asela Tse of the Department of Social Welfare and Development -7(DSWD) informed everyone present that livelihood programs from partner government agencies such as the  Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) involved some 769 4Ps beneficiaries in their National Greening Program (NGP).

The  Dumaguete Cathedral Credit Cooperative (DCCCO) according to Tse, served 4,392 Pantawid beneficiaries who availed of the cooperative’s loan program and other services.

Twenty five (25) Pantawid beneficiaries were also enrolled in various skills training program of the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Dr. Socrates Vilamor from the Department of Health (DOH) announced that as of June 2018, a  total of 2,275 Pantawid beneficiaries availed of various services of DOH like immunization, pre-natal check up, free medicines, vitamins and nutrients for children and other medical services.

According to Tse, the convergence initiatives are pooling their resources together in partnership with the local government units (LGUs) to help identify and address certain gaps in implementing livelihood programs in their municipalities.

Beneficiary LGUs include Jimalalud’s tilapia production with a funding of 579,000 from DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA) providing technical assistance.

Beneficiaries from Ayungon are into vermi-culture production for organic farming, vegetable production in Basay, and Bindoy in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd) established backyard gardening dubbed as “UTAK”  (Utanon sa Tugkaran alang sa Kabataan).

Jimalalud’s tilapia production got a funding of Php 579,000 from SLP with the local government unit’s counterpart and DA for technical assistance.

51 beneficiaries from Sibulan town are also into anthurium flower production while  Sta. Catalina 4Ps  are engaged in vegetable production.

Valencia 4Ps is into mushroom production while Pamplona LGU provided a structure for a “bagsakan” center” as market of the farm products managed by 4Ps beneficiaries.

In a related development the Visayan Forum (VF) conducted training to 50 beneficiaries in rag making and assisted in marketing their finish products.

DOST’s counterpart as partner agency extends scholarship program to poor but deserving and qualified students.

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80% of gas stations, LPG retailers in NegOr operate without DOE permits

By Roi Lomotan

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Engr. Rey Maleza, OIC-Chief of the Energy Indutry Management Division of DOE-VFO, presents the revised DOE rules governing liquid fuel retailers to some police officers during the Information Campaign on the Implementation of DOE Rules and Regulations on Downstream Oil Industry event held Sept. 19, 2018 at Plaza Ma. Luisa Suites Inn. (PIA7-NegOr)

Around 80 percent of gasoline stations and retailers of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in Negros Oriental were found to be operating without permits from the Department of Energy (DOE).

Engr. Rey Maleza, OIC-Chief of the Energy Industry Management Division of DOE – Visayas Field Office (VFO), announced this during the Information Campaign on the Implementing DOE Rules and Regulations pertaining to the Downstream Oil Industry event held yesterday at Plaza Maria Suites Inn, this city.

The figure is based on the Focused Inspection on the Downstream Oil Industry activity conducted throughout the province from August 13 to 17 by DOE personnel together with officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and representatives of local government units (LGUs) in Negros Oriental.

The activity was a joint monitoring and inspection on the compliance of local retailers of petroleum products to the laws and regulations governing the downstream oil industry and also to the quality and quantity of the product they sell in the market.

“More or less 80% ang walang mga permit with the DOE both sa LPG and Liquid Fuels (More or less 80% on both LPG and liquid fuels outlets are found to be operating without permit from DOE),” Maleza said.

He added that a few establishments, particularly LPG retail outlets, were found to be selling underfilled LPG tanks.

However, Maleza noted that these are negligible compared to the numbers recorded in other provinces in the Visayas.

“Overall, I think that compliant ang (outlets) with regards sa quantity and quality except only sa ilahang application for the required certificates (Overall, I think the outlets are compliant with regards to quantity and quality except for their application of the required certificates),” Maleza said.

However, an information posted at the department’s website stated that 84 percent of the 162 liquid fuel retail outlets inspected operate without Certificate of Compliance (COC) from DOE and 11 percent of these are found to have under-delivering dispensers.

On the other hand, 98 percent of LPG establishments were found to be operating without Standards Compliance Certificates (SCC) from DOE.

These establishments were then referred to the LGUs for immediate corrective measures.

Maleza also disclosed that the number of applications for COC and SCC in Negros Oriental increased after the conduct of the inspection last month.

He said majority of them cited lack of awareness as the reason for not having COCs.

DOE Circular 2017-11-0011 or the Revised Rules and Regulations Governing the Business of Retailing Liquid Fuels strictly requires the application of COC from DOE-Oil Industry Management Bureau or its counterparts in Visayas in Mindanao before engaging in the business of retailing liquid fuels.

Based on the revised retail rules, Maleza said they removed the mayor’s permit and Fire Safety Inspection Certificate (FSIC) as part of the documentary requirements needed for the application.

“It’s because during our deliberation with the DILG, they told us that LGU will only issue a business permit with a requirement na duna na siyay (establishment) FSIC (They told us that the LGU will issue a business permit to establishments granting they have FSIC). So there’s no need for us nga mangayo pa mi ug FSIC (There’s no need for us to ask for FSIC),” the DOE official explained.

On the other hand, the mayor’s permit was also removed to simplify the process of application.

In the same manner, DOE Department Circular 2014-01-0001 also requires individuals who would like to engage in LPG retailing to secure first a SCC from DOE office in Visayas before starting their business but unlike in the other circular, mayor’s permit and FSIC are requirements before they granted SCC.

The conduct of Information Campaign on the Implementation of DOE Rules and Regulations on Downstream Oil Industry is a reinforcement of the joint monitoring and compliance inspection activity.

The purpose of the activity is to enhance and determine areas of cooperation and collaboration between the DOE, PNP, BFP, and LGUs to intensify the implementation of the rules and regulations governing the industry.

“So ang end result kini, duna tay agreements na ipatuman to curb mga illegal activities sa downstream oil industry (The end result of this is to come up with agreements on curbing illegal activities in the downstream oil industry),” Maleza said.

Meanwhile, the DOE official also revealed that the department together with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of PNP is validating reports that there are two facilities in the province that refill empty butane canisters with LPG.

DOE has intensified its campaign against the use of butane canisters refilled with LPG because it is unsafe and could pose risk of explosion.

The department considers this practice illegal. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)

EDC’s ‘10M in 10’ partners to plant trees in Manjuyod town

By Jennifer C. Tilos

A group of partner-institutions of Energy Development Corporation (EDC) is set to plant 200 different species of tree seedlings on August 22 at Barangay Lamugong, Manjuyod for its support to the ’10 million trees in 10 years’ for a Greener Negros movement.

Manjuyod Mayor Felix Sy has offered the 5,000 square meters of lot for planting with almaciga, antipolo, balayong, and suru shorea seedlings.

In its second partner-cluster workshop, authotities prepared a tree growing plan four each organized groups under three major programs on knowledge management and capacity building, planting and execution, and monitoring and evaluation.

This is to effectively fulfill the functional areas of collaboration for the implementation of the ‘10M in10’ operational plan.

In the plan dubbed “Kooperasyon: Magtanin ay Masaya!” the group of Mayor Sy identified its activities, agency’s task and responsibilities to ensure that the seedlings planted will grow and be protected to achieve the goal of restoring forests in Negros Island.

The group composed of Negros Oriental State University (NORSU), Dumaguete City Water District (DCWD), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Negros Oriental Chapter, Provincial Tourism Office, and Silliman University led by Mayor Sy will also gather members of Manjuyod Bantay Gubat and Youth for Christ to assist in the planting of the seedlings.

During the planting activity, NORSU will provide the indigenous seedlings, DCWD takes care of the transportation of the group, PIA and KBP promotes the tree growing activity, others do the monitoring and evaluation aside from the actual planting.

The movement was initiated by EDC in 2015 to expand its BINHI greening legacy program in the region.

10M in 10 is Negros Island’s biggest forest restoration movement that aims to plant, grow, and protect at least 10 million trees in the next 10 years with the help and commitment of individuals, government agencies, people’s organizations, and private companies.

The movement has set three goals to achieve this: establish stable and productive watersheds, enhance and protect Negros Island’ unique biodiversity, and develop resilient communities and ecosystems that are able to adapt to climate change impacts.