PNP 4A chief commends Rizal PPO for anti-firearm & wanted persons campaign

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Feb. 21 (PIA) — Philippine National Police (PNP)-Calabarzon Regional Director Police Chief Superintendent Benito Estipona commended the Rizal Provincial Police for its efforts against loose firearms and arrest of most wanted persons in the province.

In a ceremony, Regional Director Estipona awarded the Medalya ng Papuri/PNP Commedation Medal to six Jalajala police officers, nine San Mateo police officers and 28 Morong police officers for the recent arrests of most wanted persons Ronnel Montenendo (Jalajala MWP No. 8), Jhun Codilla (San Mateo MWP No. 6) and Arthur Mansonia (Morong MWP No. 4) at the Rizal Provincial Police Office, Hilltop, Taytay, Rizal this February 21.

Rizal PPO also successfully confiscated 190 loose firearms from the police stations in the office: 15 from the Antipolo City Police Station; 18 from Angono; 22 from Binangonan; 33 from San Mateo; 7 from Tanay; 17 from the Rizal PPO; 5 from Jalajala; 3 from Teresa; 9 from Pililia; 16 from Cainta; 2 from Rodriguez; 33 from Taytay; 6 from Morong; 2 from Baras and; 2 from Cardona.

Regional Director Estipona emphasized the police force’s focus on apprehending armed groups and criminal gangs, arrest of most wanted persons, recovery of loose firearms and intensified measures on criminality especially on illegal drugs.

The director also called for the local police to ensure public safety on the upcoming elections. “We believe that the lesser firearms there are in the streets, the safer the community,” Estipona said. (CPG/GG/PIA4A)


URS-Morong hosts DOST-Rizal metrology seminar

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Feb 7 (PIA) — Department of Science and Technology-Rizal held a metrology training seminar for treasurers and selected LGU employees of Rizal for accurate and efficient measurements and calibration in establishments in the province.

The seminar, held in cooperation with DOST-Calabarzon and University of Rizal System-Morong, was conducted February 7 to 8 to train local representatives in metrology, the field of knowledge involving measurements, which is commonly used in markets.

According to DOST-Rizal Provincial Director Fernando Ablaza LGUs should be properly equipped and trained to perform calibration, inspection, and monitoring of measurements in various establishments.

“Aside from markets, metrology may also be applied in the calibration of gas stations and laboratories,” said Director Ablaza.

Proper knowledge of LGUs in metrology can help protect local consumers from improper calibration of weighing scales in markets and gasoline pumps in gas stations through inspection and calibration.

The director also stated that DOST metrology trainings are being held nationwide. DOST leads seminars on measurements and calibration as the chair of the National Metrology Board.

NMB is an entity charged with metrology in the country formed together with the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Health, Department of the Interior and the Local Government, Department of Justice, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Department of Agriculture through RA 9236 otherwise known as the National Metrology Act of 2003.

According to resource speaker and Science Research Specialist II Fjorda Kim Rubian DOST-Calabarzon is active in holding seminars in all provinces of the region since the creation of the NMB.

“The current training serves as a refresher for LGU employees who have attended previous seminars as well as an introduction to new gov’t employees to metrology,” said Rubian.

DOST-Calabarzon’s Regional Metrology Laboratory is also open to LGUs in need of assistance and guidance in calibration and may be reached through landline number (049) 536-8091 or may be visited at RML Bldg.. DOST Calabarzon Complex, Jamboree Road, Timugan, Los Banos, Laguna. (GG-PIA4A)

DepEd Calabarzon launches drive for excellence

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Feb 4 (PIA) — The Department of Education (DepEd)-Calabarzon launched its drive for excellence through the Philippine Quality Award (PQA) which it aims to achieve by 2017.

DepEd-Calabarzon, led by Regional Director Lorna Dino and DepEd 4A Consultant Elena Cruz, oriented their regional staff regarding PQA and excellence in performing functions at the DepEd 4A Regional Office, Karangalan Village, Cainta, Rizal.

According to Dir. Dino, the regional office started its pursuit for the PQA on December 2012 during a series of staff development programs and reviews of services where the regional office identified the need for excellence in order to give quality service to the several divisions in Calabarzon.

PQA is considered the highest level of national recognition for organizational performance which encourages both private and government agencies’ to strive for performance excellence through promoting standards in organizational performance comparable to leading businesses abroad, establishing a national system for assessing quality and productivity performance and recognizing organizations in the public and private sector with quality performance which may serve as models to other organizations.

The award itself serves as a template for excellence based on the principles of Total Quality Management (TQM) and is comparable to the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award of the USA. PQA was created through Executive Order 448 on October 3, 1997 and later on institutionalized through Republic Act 9013 or the Philippine Quality Award Act.

PQA comprises of four levels where only a few regional government offices have achieved the lower levels. DepEd Calabarzon is the first in the Department of Education to launch PQA.

“I believe that we (DepEd Calabarzon) can do this. Team Calabarzon is working together and we are hoping that we can indeed achieve excellence in our services before 2017.” said Director Dino.

A memorandum of agreement was also signed by Dir. Dino and Cruz followed by the signing of commitment by employees and staff of DepEd 4A. (DEPED4A/GG-PIA4A)

NNC-4A conducts Nutrition Awarding Ceremony; LGUs, nutrition scholars recognized

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Dec 6 (PIA) — Outstanding government units and nutrition barangay scholars in the Calabarzon or Region 4A were given recognition at the Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony held by National Nutrition Council 4A at the Hotel H2O, Luneta, Manila, December 4.

Agham Partylist Representative Angelo Palmones, Department of Health – Center for Health Development 4A Regional Director Edgardo Gonzaga, NNC 4A Regional Program Coordinator Carina Santiago, Department of Social Welfare and Development 4A Regional Director Wilma Naviamos, Department of the Interior and Local Government 4A Regional Director Josefina Castilla-Go awarded the Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) 2011 Awards, Provincial Outstanding BNS 2011 Awards and Regional Outstanding BNS 2011 Awards to deserving employees.

Outstanding City BNS Awardees include Sonia Pelicin (Brgy. Dalig, Antipolo City), Anacoreta Clarete (Brgy. Banaba West, Batangas City), Lucila Pangan (Brgy. Sto Nino, Binan City), Regina Celso (Brgy. Pansol, Calamba City), Conchita Rama (Brgy. Sampaloc, Dasmarinas City), Divina Landicho (Brgy. Bulaklakan, Lipa City), Estela Ayag (Brgy. Mayao Castillo, Lucena City), Eugene Francia (Brgy. Santisimo Rosario, San Pablo City), Menue Batitis (Brgy. Tagapo, Sta. Rosa City), Edna Bana (Brgy. Balele, Tanauan City), Cecilia Santos (Brgy. Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City), Olive Caagbay (Brgy. Ibaba Palale, Tayabas City) and Mary Ann Hernandez (Brgy. Hugo Perez, Trece Martirez City).

Gliceria Villanueva (Brgy. Poblacion VI, Cuenca, Batangas), Soledad Clamosa (Brgy. Daang Amaya II, Tanza, Cavite), Ma. Imeda Tizon (Brgy. Masaya, Bay, Laguna) and Ma. Christie Balitaon (Brgy. Zone I, Atimonan, Quezon) were awarded the Provincial Outstanding BNS awards. Cecilia Santos (Tagaytay City), Regina Celso (Calamba City) and Mary Ann Hernandez (Trece Martires City) were awarded first, second, and third places, respectively for the Regional Outstanding BNS award.

NNC also launched two new awards namely the Outstanding Nutrition Action Officer (NAO) and Outstanding Barangay in the region which will both be given starting next year.

In line with the activity, the executive officers and board of directors of NNC’s newly formed media group, Communicators’ Network for Nutrition in Region 4A (CNN 4A), were formally inducted recently with DOH-CHD 4A Director Gonzaga as inducting officer. (GG-PIA4A)

Nutrition groups to focus on vegetable & fruit consumption, breastfeeding, complementary feeding

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Nov 22 (PIA) — The National Nutrition Council – 4A and the Communicators’ Network for Nutrition in Region 4A (CNN 4A) will be focusing on promoting breastfeeding, vegetable & fruit consumption, and complementary feeding throughout the region.

According to the National Nutrition Survey 2011, Calabarzon ranked third lowest in breastfeeding. The region also posted an increasing trend on stunting among preschool children. Findings also show that vegetable and fruit eating remains unpopular in the provinces.

Among the planned activities include IEC material distribution, nutrition caravans and further strengthening of the ongoing School on the Air program featuring various nutritional information.

NNC and CNN 4A also plan to work with the Philippine Information Agency to further strengthen information dissemination of the advocacies.

The media group’s thrust was discussed during a Communication Planning Workshop held at the Hotel Kimberly, Tagaytay City from November 20 to 21 where a number of media practitioners and information officers throughout the region convened to form communication and action plans for 2013. (GG-PIA4A)

9 Rizal mayors attend Pasig-Laguna Bay workshop: Climate change, disaster risk reduction prioritized

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Oct 18 (PIA) — Rizal mayors of municipalities directly adjacent or affected by the Laguna Lake and Pasig River water systems attended a recently concluded inter-agency and inter-regional collaboration workshop at the Marikina Convention Center.

Mayors Joric Gacula (Taytay), Gerry Calderon (Angono), Cecilio Ynares (Binangonan), Joseph Buenaventura (Morong), Jose Rafael Diaz (San Mateo), Cecilio Hernandez (Rodriguez), Bernardo San Juan Jr. (Cardona), Leandro Masikip (Pililia) and Ely Pilias (Jalajala) represented their respective LGUs at the workshop to identify the current situation of the Laguna Lake and Pasig River water basins which directly affects both the NCR and Calabarzon regions specifically Rizal province.

The forum on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction was organized by the Department of the Interior and Local Government Calabarzon and NCR regional offices, Department of Environment and Natural Resources – River Basin Coordinating Office, Laguna Lake Development Authority, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission, and Alliance of Seven (Marikina Watershed) to gather data and opinions from various sectors form the different regions in order to create an action plan to deal with the disasters brought about by the Pasig River-Laguna Lake River water basin’s current state.

The Pasig-Laguna de Bay is one of the country’s 18 major river basin systems.

According to DENR-PBCO Director Vicente Tuddao Jr. Laguna Lake is around 90,000 hectares with 21 river systems while the Pasig River has 24 esteros.

Around 30 years ago the lake’s average depth reached up to 10 meters, however, due to constant erosion and siltation, the average depth of the lake is now just 2.5 meters. These findings may have lead extreme flooding brought about by Typhoon Ondoy in 2009 and by the southwest nonsoon or earlier this year. Various government agency officials shared information to assist in planning.

MMDA Assistant General Manager Emerson Carlos reiterated the need to adapt to the need to adjust to the changes in the weather brought about by climate change which severely affects both the NCR and Calabarzon regions.

Carlos cited drainage in the Espana area as a primary example. “The drainage is designed to hold only 10 to 15mm per hour of rainfall. This means that 15mm per hour rainfall from adjacent communities or provinces may already cause flooding.”

However, according to Carlos, there have already been rainfall levels reaching up to 74mm per hour which is a far cry from the anticipated average of 10mm per hour.

Tuddao, meanwhile, identified the lack of dissolved oygen in the water systems and pollution as other alarming issues.

The lack of dissolved oxygen in the water of Laguna Lake is a major cause of fishkills and reduced fish production while the San Juan River Serves as a large source of nutrient pollution in Metro Manila.

There are also around 104,000 families of informal settlers in Metro Manila alone, majority of whom live in esteros and major river systems contributing to the pollution and are put in immediate danger in case of flooding.

Laguna Lake Development Authority General Manager Neric Acosta said that the lake may be a national focus of development or problems since more than 20 percent of the country’s GDP comes from the NCR and Calabarzon regions and is directly affected by the Pasig-Laguna de Bay river basins. “The impacts caused by climate change will only become more frequent, stronger and more intense.” Said Secretary Acosta.

Local Government Academy Director Marivel Sacedoncillo stated during her talk that Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Issues cut borders and transcend political boundaries.

According to Sacedoncillo, local governments should work as a cohesive unit with vertical and horizontal integration in order to achieve readiness at a ground level.

After the respective sessions from the government officials, DILG NCR Director Renato Brion explained mechanics for the workshop and divided the attendees into groups to create CCA and DRRM action plans. Other attendees include local government executives from Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Quezon, regional line government agencies,

Earlier during the forum, host city Marikina was awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping by DILG 4A and NCR Directors Josefina Castilla-Go and Renato Brion. Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman and Jose Fabian Cadiz received the said award. (GG-PIA4A)

PIA Rizal holds first ‘Talakayan’ at SM Masinag

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Oct 2 (PIA) — The National Statistics Office Rizal tackled their agency’s basic functions and future programs during the first ‘PIA Talakayan sa SM’ in the province last September 27 held at SM Masinag, Antipolo City, Rizal.

Provincial Statistics Officer Nelia Ballesfin discussed basic NSO services to the local media and participants of the forum. She said the agency also does surveys on services and establishments other than birth certificate services.

NSO also initiated the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) from October 1 to November 7. It is a nationwide program which aims to collect basic information from farmers, farm laborers and fishermen through house-to-house interviews at the barangay level.

The gathered data will then be used to create an electronic database for programs involving the agricultural sector. The gathered data also prevents ‘padding’ of data pertaining to the number of farmers or land area. Funds and grants will also be given the farmers listed in the database.

For inquiries regarding birth certificates and other services, NSO Rizal may be reached through landline number 696-6366 or visited at the provincial office at the Ground floor of Budgetlane, Antipolo City, Rizal. Aside from the provincial office, NSO also has 3 district offices in Rizal; Taytay, Morong and Antipolo City.

PIA Talakayan sa SM is a weekly press briefing held at several SM malls in Calabarzon through a partnership between the Philippine Information Agency Calabarzon regional office and SM malls. Guest speakers from line government agencies from the province and region are invited to discuss their projects and programs and answer questions from the local media.

PIA 4A Regional Director Norito Cabotaje said PIA’s partnership with SM also serves as one of the company’s many corporate social responsibilities. (CPG/GG-PIA4A)

500 cash-for-work beneficiaries receive benefits

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Sept 13 (PIA) — A total of 575 beneficiaries from Antipolo City, Rizal received their 10-day salary from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Calabarzon and Rizal provincial government’s Cash-for-Work Program.

DSWD 4A and the provincial government led by Governor Jun Ynares and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office led the salary distribution at the Ynares Center, Antipolo City today.

Monette Martin from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) said the selected beneficiaries included 450 residents from Brgy. San Jose (Sumilang relocation site, Tanza 1 & 2, Boso boso, Sitio San Joseph, Charismatic, Paenaan and Habitat), 100 from Brgy. Calawis (Sitio Apia and Palitaw) and 25 from Brgy. San Luis (Sitio Patnubay) and were paid P240 a day for 10 days.

Beneficiaries were tasked to clear canals, assist in dredging and makeshift road rehabilitation from August 28 to September 7 in Sumilang; August 30 to September 10 in Tanza 1 & 2 and Boso boso; August 31 to September 11 in Sitio Apia and Palitaw; and September 1-12 in Sitio Patnubay.

DSWD 4A Social Welfare Officer Joshua Saluria said the PSWDO is in charge of identifying and assessing the beneficiaries while the DSWD field office is responsible for allocating funds for MSWDOs and PSWDO to implement projects.

The DSWD regional office is also tasked to distribute profile forms to applicants with their name, age, occupation and monetary income. “This is done to ensure that that the selected beneficiaries are indigents since there have been some cases where non-indigents have applied for cash-for-work,” said Saluria. (CPG/GG-PIA4A)