News Letter October-December/ January-March 2012/April-June 2012
Written by Lida Magbanua
UP COMING EVENTS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
September 1, 2012 Fun Run (CSC Month Celebration)
September 9, 2012 LGU-Mina 44th Foundation Day (1st Celebration)
September 26, 2012 Symposium on Employees Benefits with Director Evelyn N. Ejar of CSC Field Office
MAYOR GRABATO ATTENDS 1ST PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL RIVER SUMMIT
By: Ms. Dory P. Emelo-Municipal Assessor
Mayor Grabato is one of the participants of the First International River Summit hosted by the Iloilo City Government on May 29-June 1, 2012 at the Centennial Resort Hotel and Convention Center, Alta Tierra Village, Jaro, Iloilo City. The three-day summit is hosted by the Iloilo City government under Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog with the theme :My River, My Life” aims to bring together local governments, river councils, national authorities, and the private sector in order to tackle important issues in managing river basins, like pollution, flooding, human impact and governance.
The summit focused on 4 important issues such as Governance, Biodiversity Conservation Management, Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction Management; and Water Quality Management.
Various speakers and participants who are leading experts in the field of river management, biodiversity and global climate change from U.S.A., Canada, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Philippines and other Asian countries converged in Iloilo City to share sustainable river basin management practices that can be replicated to other cities. Other guests were, Senator Franklin Drilon, DENR Undersecretary Demetrio L. Ignacio, Jr., Iloilo City Congressman Jerry P. Treñas; Mr. Victorino Aquitania, Executive Director-ICLEI-Southeast Asia; Dr. Matthew Perry, Founding Member-Rivers of the world Foundation (ROW), USA;
Other dignitaries who came and delivered their speeches were His Excellency Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Bin Mohd Rustam, Chief Minister of Melaka, Republic of Malaysia & Mr. Fred Eisenberger, President/CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute, Former Mayor of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
The highlight of the summit was the presence of his Excellency President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III who gave his message during the Closing Ceremony.
Ms. Dory P. Emelo, Municipal Assessor of Mina, Iloilo joined Mayor Grabato in this rare opportunity to be in this remarkable international river summit, the first-ever in the world.
GRABATO FAMILY FOUNDATION OF TEXAS, USA DONATES ULTRA SOUND MACHINE
By: Gina Palisada, PIO
Dr. Rene p, Grabato and Dr. Tessie Q. Grabato of the Grabato Family Foundation based on Pampa, texas U.S.A. donates one unit Ultra Sound Machine to the Mina Health Center which support the municipality’s “Bulig Sa Kabuhi” program.
Dr. Grabato is a native of Mina, Iloilo, the eldest son of the Late ireneo P. Grabato & Mrs. Lourdes P. Grabato, a Urologist in Pampa, Texas, U.S.A. He is married to Dr. Tessie Querubin-Grabato and blessed with two children.
In gratitude, the Local Governement Unit headed by Mayor Lydia E. Grabato honored the benevolent donors last June 7, 2012 with a program in the presence of Dr. Grabato’s brother, Mina’s Former Mayor Rey P. Grabato, Mina Health Center personnel headed by Dr. Janeatte Sobrevega, Municipal Officials and Punong Barangay Health Workers.
Mayor Grabato expresses her deepest gratitude to the family foundation of his brother-in-law, Dr. Rene P. Grabato for donating the Ultra Sound Machine, a much needed one in the Health Center.
For his part, Dr. Grabato, who came with his wife, Dr. Tessie and son, Andrew Rene, conveyed his gratitude for the honor given to his family and hoping this donation would help in alleviating the health services and programs of the local government and donating this as a legacy to his “kasimanwas’.
LGU EMPLOYEE ATTENDS WORKSHOP OF GALING POOK
By: Dory P. Emelo, MA
Ms. Dory Emelo attends the 0ne-day Workshop on Documenting Best Local Governance Practices conducted by Galing Pook Foundation, Inc. at Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City on April 27, 2012. The workshop was spearheaded by Dr. Eddie G. Dorotan, MD, MPA, Executive Director of Galing Pook Foundation in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung represented by Mr. Berthold Leimbach.
The Galing Pook Awards, which started in October 21, 1993 under the joint initiative of the Local Government Academy-Department of Interior and Local Government Academy-Department of Interior and Local Government, the Ford Foundation and other individual advocates of good governance from the academe, civil society and the government, is a pioneering program that recognizes innovations and excellence in local governance. The Galing Pook winners are chosen each year from a wide array of programs from local governments after undergoing a rigorous multi-level screening process.
The winning programs are selected based on positive results and impact, promotion of people’s participation and empowerment, innovation, transferability and sustainability, and efficiency of program service delivery.
The activity focused on the processes of documentation in consonance with the Award Criteria and on the Eligibility Criteria. The Workshop objectives particularly to identify and document excellent and innovative LGU programs and generate documentation of best Local Governance Programs that are potential winners in the 2012 Galing Pook. The best practices of Galing Pook winners of previous years were presented during the workshop for the participants to gain insights on how to document their own practices to be able to win the prestigious Galing Pook Awards.
MCR CONTINUES TO SERVE CLIENTS
By: Miss Nelia P. Priscion, MCR
The Office of the Municipal Civil Registrar under the administration of Miss Nelia P. Priscion firmly assures her clients with these words “to serve our constituents with the highest degree of integrity, competence, hardwork and responsiveness, is the alpha and omega of my office.”
True to Miss Priscion’s commitment to public service, her office continues to serve her clients from all walks of life. Hence, for the period April-June 2012, she reported the following tasks she had accomplished such as: 112 Birth Certificates, 12 marriages licenses, 25 death certificates, 16 legal instruments and 18 marriage certificates were transmitted to the Office of the Civil Registrar General while the true copies of said documents were issued upon request for Philhealth Membership of indigent families. She gave due attention to R. A. 9048. Authorizing her, as Municipal Civil Registrar, to make corrections in the clerical errors made on names, middle names, and surnames without undergoing court proceedings.
She clearly stated that as the Municipal Civil Registrar of Mina, her ultimate goal is to serve her fellow Minanhons with dedication and respect in the performance of work related activities and she is proud to say that she has done what is expected of her, and of course with the moral support of Mayor Lydia E. Grabato. She believes that with the sterling leadership of Mayor Grabato, Mina without doubt will go far and shine forever.
OPERATION “TULI” AT MINA HEALTH CENTER
By: Salvacion Patingo, MHO-Midwife
Summer of 2012 was a great accomplishment for the Municipal Health Office and its staff, the activities focused for the toddlers and grade schools such as the Garantisadong Pambata round 1, wherein deworming and giving of Vitamin A supplementation were done. We achieved 103% of the target population and higher percentage than last year’s 98%.
The municipal health center also offered circumcision to the grade school boys because summer is the best time for this procedure. During our “Pulong-pulong” with the 22 barangays of Mina, Immunization program was included in the discussion, mothers were reminded to comply with their child’s schedule in immunization every Wednesday.
MINA HEALTH CENTER THE FIRST ROUND OF GARANTISADONG PAMBATA PROGRAM
By; Salvacion Patingo, MHO Midwife
The Mina Municipal Health Center launches the first round of this year’s Garantisadong Pambata program. This activity is conducted twice a year, April and October, as one of the programs of Department of Health. The activity includes Vitamin A Supplementation done every 6 months; and Deworming using Albendazole to all infants aged 6 months to 71 months to help high risk children re-establish body reserves drained by chronic or repeated infectious disease like diarrhea. Vitamin A reduces the complications of an existing measles infection and lowers measles morbidity and mortality and for the maintenance of good vision. Sufficiency in vitamin A prevents blindness. Which promotes healthy lining of the eyes, the respiratory, urinary and intestinal tract. Healthy lining protects against bacteria and viruses that can lead to infection while Albendazole helps eliminate intestinal parasites.
The Midwives together with RN HEALS and Barangay Health Workers are dispatched to the 22 barangays of the municipality for the said activity with accomplishments of 103% for Vitamin A Supplementation and 98.90% for deworming.
This is done during regular services in all health facilities including but not limited to the implementation of Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) approach, Immunization Activities, Growth Monitoring Garantisadong Pambata campaign.
MINA DENGUE CASES ALARMING, GRABATO PROCLAIMS MUNICIPAL CLEAN UP DAYS
By: Ruth Pari-an, HRMO
Dengue victims are increasing tremendously in number in Mina, Iloilo which prompted the Local Chief Executive to proclaim June 19-20, 2012 as Municipal Clean Up Days. Mayor Lydia E. Grabato strongly believed that the basic strategy to combat this problem is to go back to the basic, “cleanliness of the surroundings.”
With the alarming report submitted by Dr. Janeatte Sobrevega, municipal Health Officer of Mina as to the daily increased of Dengue patients at the Mina Health Center and those Minanhons admitted at the nearby Iloilo Provincial Hospital, mayor Grabato lost no time to prevent the spread of this deadly disease brought about by mosquito (aedes egypti and aedes albopictus) bites which mostly affected the school children. In her strong and determined words during several emergency meetings held she called for this purpose attended by the SB members, Department Heads and Punong Barangays, mayor Grabato eventually issued Proclamation No. 2 dated June 18, 2012 as declaring June 19-20 as the Municipal Clean Up Days.
The advocacy to fight dengue started all over the 22 barangays in this municipality with the municipal health personnel at the forefront supported by the municipal employees, PNP & BFP personnel, and the MDRRMC members. They went out of their way to inform and campaign for cleanliness of the surrounding including the information of Mayor Grabato’s proclamation of the Municipal Clean Up Days.
Aside from the daily cleaning of the households, establishments, schools, edifice and their surrounding areas, a simultaneous spraying of mosquito killers all over the place in the municipality were done on June 19, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. which were supported by all sectors in the community.
The following are the pictures taken during the advocacy campaign, “war Against Dengue” & Municipal Clean Up Day.
RA 7279, A HOPE FOR THE HOMELSS
By: Ms. Dory P. Emelo, Editor-The Pillar
Republic Act 7279, otherwise known as the Urban Development & Housing Act of 1992, or the popularly referred to as the Lina Law after its author, Former Senator Joey Lina which gives hope for the homeless as reiterated during the First National Conference on June 14-15, 2012 at Manila Hotel, in Manila. The law which took effect in 1992 or after 10 years, was given the much needed attention of the Philippine Federation Real Estate Professionals, Inc. under its President, Mr. Florentino S. Dulila, Jr., by sponsoring this conference.
Ms. Dory P. Emelo, Municipal Assessor of Mina, Iloilo, a member of the Local Housing Board, was one of the participants of the conference representing Mayor Lydia E. Grabato, who was among the chosen Local Chief Executives invited to attend this national gathering.
The Local Government Unit of Mina has already listed more than 300 beneficiaries who are either informal settlers or with houses along the danger zone and along the riverbanks which need to be relocated and is now on the process of identifying relocation site for them.
In retrospect, this Act provides for the guidelines in the Identification of Socialized Housing Site and the Registration of Beneficiaries which are very relevant to the effective implementation of the Pabahay Program of the Municipality of Mina were clearly tackled during the conference.
Among the notable speakers who shared their expertise and visions were Hon. Joel Lina, the author of RA 7279; Atty. Chito M. Cruz, General Manager of the National Housing Authority; Atty. Darlene Marie B. Berberabe, Chief Executive Officer of Pag-ibig Fund; Hon. Bayani Fernando, Former mayor of Marikina City & Chairman of MMDA; and Under Secretary Austere Panadero of DILG.
Among the national officials who were present to give their message and support were Vice President Jejomar C. Binay & Chairman of Housing Urban Development Council Corp. (HUDCC); and Hon. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Chairman of the Committee on urban Planning Housing & Resettlement, House of Representatives.
ART PROGRAM IN MSTC
By: Romie Eñano, MSTC Staff
The Access to RTC Training (ART) Program under the Iloilo Technology and Development Center of the Iloilo Provincial Government which is jointly implemented by TESDA-ILOILO Provincial Office and Mina Skills Training Center was launched on June 18, 2012 at MSTC Audio Visual Room. The program is funded by the Iloilo Provincial Government under its Skills Training and Livelihood Program released through TESDA-Iloilo Provincial Office with Mina Skills Training Center as training venue.
The component of the program is skills training for Carpentry NC II designed for semi-skilled carpenters, who are qualified out-of-school youths, unemployed and underemployed adults in the Province of Iloilo, particularly from the municipalities of Mina and Pototan. There are 34 qualified beneficiaries who were screened carefully by the Provincial Government through PPDO under the supervision of Mrs. Alice Pajado & Mr. Rolly Dipakakibo.
These beneficiaries will attend the training program for Carpentry NC II for 21 days under TESDA Instructor, Mr. Romeo Nunal at Mina Skills Training Center; and much more, as one of the components of the program, the beneficiaries are entitled to an allowance of P100.00 per day within the duration of the training.
The launching of this program were attended by notable guests who came to support and inspire the 34 beneficiaries (15 from Pototan and 19 from Mina), namely; Mr. Francisco Heler, PESO Manager of Iloilo Provincial Government, PPDO Project Coordinators-Mrs. Alice Pajado, Mr. Rolly Dipakakibo, Former Mayor Rey P. Grabato, Mayor Lydia E. Grabato, MSTC Board of Directors – SB Member Ireneo Pecina & SB Member Benje Pelobello, SB Member Cleofe Grabato, SB Member Pedro Mana-ay, SB Member Giovani Grabato, MSTC personnel headed by its Administrator headed by its Administrator-designate, Ms. Dory P. Emelo and LGU’s Department Heads.
PNP CONDUCTS SYMPOSIUM ON PUBLIC AWARENESS
By: P02 Mark C. Cortez, PCR PNCO
The Mina PNP Team headed by its Chief of Police, PSI Ronnie Perante Brillo, COP together with PO2 Ramy A. Palorma, Admin PNCO, PO2 Mark C. Cortez, PCR PNCO and PO1 Ronnie R. Pradas, Invest PNCO of this station and Pastor Gideon C. Aludia, PNP Interfaith Organization conducted Symposium on Public Awareness at Mina National High School on June 15, 2012. Several topics were discussed by different speakers on Spiritual Enhancement, RA 8049 (Anti-Hazing Law), RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) and Municipal Ordinances.
The activity started with an Opening Prayer followed by the Singing of Philippine National Anthem and School Hymn followed by the welcome address of Mr. Agustin B. Andong, Principal IV, Mina National High School.
The symposium which lasted for about 2 hours brought positive response and interaction with students and school authorities especially during the open forum.
MPDCs and MAs of ICIA-ED Member-Municipalities meet in Mina
By; Gina Palisada, PIO
The Municipal Planning Development Coordinators (MPDCs) and Municipal Agriculturists (MAs) from the nine (9) member-municipalities of the Integrated Central Iloilo Alliance for Economic Development (ICIA-ED), Inc. attended the meeting held in the meeting held in the Conference Room, Mayor’s Office, Mina, Iloilo of June 18, 2012.
Mayor Suzette Mamon of Badiangan, Iloilo & Chairman of the Board/President of ICIA-ED, Inc. with Mayor Lydia E. Grabato of Mina, Iloilo, presided the meeting. Aside from the overview of the ICIA-ED’s status of activities, the important topic discussed was the implementation of Municipal Agriculture Information System to serve as Data Bank of agricultural information of the local government units within the third (3rd) District of the Province of Iloilo. This project will be a totally of system and activities of people within individual LGUs.
The proposed application software is a single user Windows-based desktop application and was developed using Microsoft Visual Foxpro, Enterprise Edition. It runs under Microsoft Visual Foxpro environment as an application (APP).
The system has modules for the entry of data from the data survey result coming from Barangay Agricultural Workers (BAW); and provide individual ledgers for different agricultural products (e.g. livestocks, bamboo, crops, etc.). Each individual ledger has accumulated balance of each available agricultural products.
The system has a report generation module for each individual ledger; and summary of total figures of available agricultural products within the municipality; and a module that can identify farmers/tenants on the barangay/purok level that has the available agricultural products.
It was agrees that during the meeting, a Hands-on Training on MAIS will be conducted to all MPDC and MA with their IT or technical personnel at the Mina Community eCenter on July 12, 2012.
GSIS Manager in Mina for Retirement Planning Seminar
By: Ruth Pari-an, HRMO
The Local Government Unit of Mina sponsored a half day Pre-Retirement Planning Seminar on June 8, 2012 under the Government Service Insurance System. Mrs. Eleanor D. Gregorio, Regional Manager, GSIS, region VI as resource speaker and was participated by all Mina Town Hall Officials, Employees, retirables from Dep. Ed Elementary and High School and retires employees in the municipality.
Fr. Soriano Speaker during Spiritual Wellness Activity
By: Ruth Pari-an, HRMO
On June 8, 2012 a Spiritual Wellness Activity was held by all Mina Town Hall Officials and employees, Barangay Officials, Sectoral Group Officers, PNP and BFP. Fr. Ricky Soriano was invited spiritual speaker during this activity.
I-CART DIALOGUE in Mina
By: Desiree Grace P. Gabasa. Admin. Officer
The Province of Iloilo launched the Iloilo Comprehensive Agrarian reform Taxation or the I-CART, which is basically intended to disseminate information on the importance and purpose of taxation, especially for Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB).
Last April 25, 2012, the Provincial workforce conducted the first I-CART pulong-pulong in the Municipality of Mina which was graced by representatives from the Provincial Agrarian Reform Office, Provincial Agriculture Office, Provincial Planning and Development Office, and the Provincial Legal Office.
Mrs. Corazon Beloria, Asst. Provincial Treasurer, gave an overview of the I-CART and reiterated the importance of paying our taxes. MARO Corazon Declaro explained the Land Tenure Program and Development and Assistance Program by the Provincial Agrarian Reform Office, among others.
Ms. Nancy Superal, representative from the Provincial Agriculture office and Mr. Rolly Depakakibo, representative from the PPDO also gave details about various livelihood programs and technical and financial assistance being provided by their respective agencies.
Moreover, an open forum was conducted to address the concerns of the constituents.
Municipality of Mina Holds Auction Sale of Delinquent Properties
By: Romeo Tabarnilla, OIC Mun. Treasurer
In compliance with republic Act 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, the Municipality of Mina conducted the first auction sale for 2012 last June 28, 2012. The proceeds of the sale is intended to satisfy all delinquent real property taxes, penalties and cost therein of the certified delinquent properties.
Mr. Nicelo Caminian represented the Provincial Treasurer’s office and explained the rules, regulations and procedures of the bidding. Queries were also entertained during the open forum. Five properties were successfully sold to the qualified bidders.
Office of the Ombudsman, Council for the Restoration of Filipino Values conducts seminar on Public Accountability
By: Ruth P. Pari-an, HRMO
The Municipality of Mina, Iloilo plays a vital role the genuine transformation of leaders and technical people. This is in response to the confrontational and psychological approaches in eradicating the evil graft and corruption. This is a national campaign to attain the goals set in “Winning the graft war: challenging every man and woman in government service to be partner and advocate of the campaign being implemented, because unless the hearts of the people who will implement it will be changed.
2nd Quarter Activities of Municipalities Social Welfare
Complied by: Mrs. Perla P. Parreño- MSWDO & Mrs. Suzelle G. Pineda-SWA
1. Validation of Green Card program
The staff of MSWDO continued the validation and assessment of beneficiaries to avail assistance and benefits of health and social services. Free laboratories services and priority in times of calamities are among the basic benefits. This is further enhance by integrating PHILHEALTH packaged. Presently there is an ongoing distribution of Green Card Booklet spearheaded by the Municipal Mayor Hon. Lydia E. Grabato to identified and approved beneficiaries.
2. Social Pension Distribution
Last June 15, 2012 Senior Citizens availed their 2nd quarter social pension.
Originally there are 57 beneficiaries however DSWD FO VI advised for updating of additional recipients especially those deserving and qualified ones. Presently there are 80 senior citizens who availed their pension at P500.00/month. Presently is the immunization on Flu and Pneumococcal conducted by the Dept. of Health are being availed by the pensioners.
3. Government Internship Program for Youth
The DSWD National Office has granted assistance to the youths thru
Government Internship Program where in they will be hired to assist on implementation of DSWD Programs and Services. Our Mina was given Thirty Five (35) slots and each barangay has 1 representative except for those big barangays 2 for 52 days at P277.00 day.
4. Child Friendly Evaluation
The Municipality of Mina joins the Presidential Award for the most Child
Friendly Municipality. Records and documents were gathered from all stakeholders concerned. The Provincial level Validation was done last June 13, 2012. Based on result the Municipality of Mina has leveled-up to the Regional Level and will be preparing again for another round of validation.
5. Creation of Non-Handicapping Environment
The creation of a Non-Handicapping environment (NHE) for persons with
disabilities in the rural areas is a 4 year pre-poor partnership project between the government of the Philippines represented by National Council and disability Affairs (NCDA) and the Japan government by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The Municipality of Mina has the interest and desire to adopt NHE and to be one in creating an accessible and inclusive community for all brethrens with disabilities. For final evaluation of the entry submitted, the evaluating team came to the Municipality of Mina last April 25, 2012. They visited Mina National High School, Mina Public Market, MSTC, CeC Building, Mina Town Hall and Brgy. Badiangan as the showcase barangay.
A SURPRISE PARTY FOR MAYOR GRABATO’S BIRTHDAY
The Mina municipal employees organized a surprise birthday party for Mayor Lydia E. Grabato on June 9, 2012 at the Mina Sports and Cultural Center (MSCC), a day earlier than her actual birthday of June 10.
Mayor Grabato, 56th birthday was a memorable celebration in the presence of her than 500 people to include, municipal officials and employees, barangay officials, teachers and representatives from the different organizations in the municipality.
The Mina National High School Drum & Bugle corps welcome Mayor Grabato as she entered the MSCC. Every government agency participated in the program and 56 males and 56 females from the audience were able to greet personally the celebrant on stage.
The dinner hosted by the municipal employees which followed after the program, was graced by the presence of the First Lady of the Province of Iloilo, Mrs. Cosette Defensor, Mina’s Parish priest, Rev. Fr. Henrietto Losaria and Former mayor Rey P. Grabato.
A video presentation was viewed with more well-wishers sending their greeting through this medium. Among the well-wishers are her second child, Rey (RG) P. Grabato who is now based in U.S.A. who surprised her Nanay with his greetings, and her close friends-from DILG, the CLGOO of Passi City-Mrs. Elena Justiniani; and Retired District Supervisor of DepEd, District of Min-Mrs. Edna Sobrejuanite; Retired School Head of Amiroy Elementary School-Mrs. Perlita Defensor.
MAYOR GRABATO BEGINS THE DISTRIBUTION OF GREEN CARD IDS & BOOKLET IN 3 BARANGAYS
By: Suzelle Pineda, MSWDO Staff
The Green Card IDs and Booklets Distribution begins on June 28, 2012 in the 3 barangays of Mina with a total of 256 beneficiaries from Amiroy-125;Janipa-an East-62 and janipa-an West-67, Mayor Lydia Grabato who initiated this program personally led the turning-over of these items to the beneficiaries in the presence of MSWDO personnel headed by Mrs. Perla Parreño.
The Green Card Program was initiated by Mayor Lydia E. Grabato with a total 1,141 beneficiaries from the 22 barangays of Mina under the Flagship program of the LGU’s “Bulig sa Kabuhi”, which is in response to the Poverty Alleviation Program of President Aquino and was institutionalized by Ordinance No. 2011-186 passed and approved by the Sangguniang Bayan of Mina, entitled: An ordinance institutionalizing health and social services of the LGU by granting certain privilege and benefits to Persons with Disability and Economically Displaced or “poorest of the poor” residents of the Municipality of Mina and for Other Purposes. Among the benefits of the holders of the Green Card with their qualified beneficiaries are the entitlement of the free laboratory services & other diagnostics services such as X-ray, ECG and Ultrasound examination whenever available; and provided only upon check up/ examination and referral of the Municipal Health Officer, Dr. Janeatte Sobrevega.
The Green Card Program is intended primarily for those benefits not covered by PhilHealth especially on out patient services. The beneficiaries are prioritized in the enrollment or continued membership with the PhilHealth Indigency Program. They are also exempted in the payment of Municipal and Barangay Certifications and Clearances. If qualified, they are given priority in the enrollment for the free skills training courses offered at the Mina Skills Training Center; and also the priority ones in livelihood projects of the municipality and the barangays; and in the granting of financial assistance, aid or support during calamities.
MSTC holds Graduation Ceremony with Congressman Defensor, Jr. as Speaker
By: Mr. Romie Eñano
The Mina Skills Training Center (MSTC) which is owned and managed by the Local Government Unit of Mina particularly under the Office of the Municipal Economic Enterprise headed by former Mayor Rey P. Grabato hold its Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, march 17, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at the Mina Sports and Cultural Center with Congressman Arthur Defensor Jr. as Graduation Speaker.
The ceremony was attended by 330 graduates of MSTC for various skills training courses who are from the different municipalities of the 3rd District, Province of Iloilo and are beneficiaries of the Training for Work Support Program (TWSP) funded by Congressman Arthur D. Defensor Sr., TESDA-Province of Iloilo under the administration of OIC- Regional Director Yolanda C. Porschwitz & from the Provincial Government through Governor Arthur D. Defensor Sr.
The MSTC Administrator-designate, Ms. Dory P. Emelo welcomed the guests, graduates & their families & friends, and Municipal & Barangay Officials who came to witness the graduation ceremony held in the newly improved Mina Sports and Cultural Center.
Former Mayor Rey P. Grabato, the person who initiated the establishment of MSTC, in his message inspired the graduates to use their skills learned for the betterment of their lives by looking for job opportunities locally and abroad. He further conveyed the message of Mayor Lydia E. Grabato, Mina’s Local Chief Executive, to the graduates of the continued support of her administration to the free skills training program of MSTC intended for more beneficiaries particularly from the underprivileged sector.
While Congressman Defensor expressed his financial support of ONE MILLION PESOS to finance intended for the various skills training courses under his TWSP to be conducted by MSTC for the 3rd District, Province of Iloilo as well.
Mrs. Josie Paparon, MSTC Registrar, presented the 330 graduates of Carpentry NC II, Masonry NC II, Housekeeping NC II, SMAW NC I, Bartending NC II, Commercial Cooking NC II, Foods & Beverage Servicing NC II & Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II and were confirmed by TESDA OIC-Regional Director Porschwitz.
111 Couples join Mass Wedding Ceremony
By: Nelia P. Priscion
A mass wedding ceremony held last January to March 2012 registered 111 couples who availed of this annual activity sponsored by the Office of the Municipal Mayor assisted by the Office of the Municipal Civil Registrar of the Municipality of Mina. This mass wedding ceremony was solemnized free of charge by the Municipal Mayor as a worldly notice of their life-long contracts as husband and wives. This activity did the wonder we have been waiting for a look forward to a days’ work, to arrange the activities by days and end it tired but happy because we’ve done something good for our constituents. The Municipal Civil Registrar’s Office of this municipality helped to facilitate marriages of 111 couples during the period, under the leadership of the beautiful lady Mayor Lydia E. Grabato whose achievements trumpeted from best to “BEST PAR EXCELLENCE”.
MINA-LGU receives Seal of Good Housekeeping
By: Gina Palisada, PIO
The Turning Over of the Seal of Good Housekeeping was finally done by DILG Iloilo Provincial Director Rosario F. Maza to the Local Government Unit of Mina on February 10, 2012 during the 2012 First General Assembly in the municipality of all government officials and employees.
The seal was received by Mayor Lydia Grabato & members of the Sangguniang Bayan headed by Vice mayor Evangeline D. Dableo, Department Heads and Punong Barangays who are part of this great honor of the Municipality of Mina.
The Municipality of Mina was conferred the Seal of Good Housekeeping by DILG Secretary, Jon. Jesse M. Robredo on July 5, 2011. The seal signifies the excellent performance of a Local Government Unit in terms of Planning, Fiscal Management, promoting the Principle of Accountability and Transparency, and Valuing Performance Management.
The Performance Challenge Fund subsidy in the amount of ONE MILLION PESOS, as an incentive of the LGU from DILG, is now utilized by this LGU for the Phase I of the project- Construction of the MSWD Center and Crises Center for Women and Children in Conflict with Law.
Mayor Grabato joins Reception aboard USS Chafee (DDG 90)
by: Dory p. Emelo-Municipal Assessor
USS Chafee (DDG 90) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in United States Navy. She is named for Senator John Lester Hubbard Chafee (1922-1999), a Marine Veteran of Guadalcanal.
Chafee was laid down by the Bath Iron Works at Bath in Maine 9on April 12, 2001, launched on November 2, 2002 and commissioned on October 18, 2003. Chafee is an active unit of the Pacific Fleet and operates out of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii; currently, Chafee is assigned to the Nimitz carrier group. States embassy bombings. Chafee returned home to Pearl Harbor, September 22, 2007, marking the end a successful 167-day western Pacific and Middle East deployment.
Mayor Lydia E. Grabato through the invitation from The deputy Chief of Mission of the United States of America, Leslie A. Bassett and U.S. Navy Commander Justin A. Kubu attends the reception aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Chafee (DDG 90) on March 2, 2012 together with other dignitaries and prominent business men from Iloilo City and selected government officials. The guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) with 300 crew members arrived in Iloilo on March 2, 2012 for a port visit and to participate in the U.S Embassy program known as “America in 3D.” The USS Chafee’s visit to Iloilo is an opportunity for Chafee Sailors to engage and interact with the local community. Their service exemplifies the strong bond that exists between the Philippines and the United States.
As part of their three-day activities in Iloilo, the local government officials were invited to be on board the USS Chafee headed by Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Iloilo Provincial Administrator, Dr. Raul Banias, Mayor Arcadio Gorriceta of Pavia, Iloilo and Mayor Grabato.
From Iloilo International Port, the group leave the port promptly at 4:30 PM via the water taxi for about two-hour ride to reach the location of the ship. The group was allowed to tour around the ship where thery met Filipino crew members. Dinner was served on the spacious area with first class reception from foods to drinks.
The group returned to Iloilo International Port before midnight, filled with memorable experiences that not everyone can have the opportunity to be inside this missile guided destroyer, USS Chafee.
About USS Chafee (DDG 90), Wikepedia gives this information:
Chafee left her homeport of Pearl Harbor 20 May 2005 for her maiden deployment with the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) Carrier Strike Group. She returned safely to her homeport after a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
Chafee departed Pearl Harbor 9 April 2007, as part of the San Diego based USS Nimitz (CVN-68) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and deployed to the U.S 5th Fleet (C5F) area of operations. On 1 June 2007, the Chafee fired its main gun at Al-Qaeda suspects in the Puntland region of Somalia. The men were wanted for the 1998 United States embassy bombings. Chafee returned home to Pearl Harbor, 22 September 2007, marking the end a successful 167-day Western Pacific and Middle East deployment.
Mina on tripartite Agreement for National Health Insurance Sponsored Program
by: Ms. Dory P. Emelo
The municipality of Mina through mayor Lydia E. Grabato entered into a Tripartite memorandum of Agreement with the PhiHealth represented by Dennis Mas, Regional Vice President, PhilHealth Regional Office VI and Iloilo Provincial Government through Governor Arthur D. defensor, Sr. for Philippine Health Insurance Sponsored Program held at the Conference room of the Iloilo Provincial Capitol on March 13, 2012.
SEC. ALCALA ATTENDS IRRIGATORS’ ASSOCIATION FORUM IN MINA
By: Mr. Fred Pinuela, MAO
The Irrigators’ Associations Forum with Department of Agriculture, Secretary, Hon. Proceso Alcala & NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel was held in Brgy. Tolarucan, Mina, Iloilo on March 13, 2012. All officers of the Iloilo Provincial Federation of Irrigators’ Associations were in attendance with their President, Evangelista Peruel.
Mayor Lydia E. Grabato as host-municipality welcomed all guests headed by DA Secretary Alcala, and NIA Administrator Nangel for taking time to visit Mina and also the participants of the forum.
Other guests who came were DA Regional Director Larry Nacionales and NIA Regional Manager A, Gerardo Corsiga. DA and NIA personnel in Regional Offices joined forces to hold this successful forum.
Former Mayor Rey P. Grabato gave a message in behalf of Governor Arthur D. Defensor Sr. and was able to convey the immediate concerns of farmers in the locality especially the irrigation system.
NIA Administrator discussed the multi-billion project of the Jalaur-Saugue River Development Project to include the Municipality of Mina which will address to the problem of farmers not only from Mina but the whole Province of Iloilo as well.
Secretary Alcala expressed his great concern for the farmers. He was overwhelmed by the reception given to him by the Municipality of Mina especially the Mina central School Drum and Lyre Corp. He discussed different programs and projects of the department of Agriculture such as the Agri-Pinoy, Farm Mechanization, High Valued Crop Development Programs, organic Farming and Climate Change Adaptation, among others which he hoped to accomplish in line with the Millennium Development Goals of President Noynoy Aquino.
The Forum was hosted by Irrigators’ Development Officers & Agri Pinoy Coordinators, Ruth Cely M. Jamelo & Sharon Rose J. Sakural. The Irrigators’ Association officers were able to address their problems aside from the irrigation system in their areas but on how to increase agricultural production and marketing problems of their produce.
Other highlights of the program in the Actual Field Demonstration of Rice Harvester, on a mechanized process of harvesting rice and the exhibit of other modern farm implements.
Sec. Dinky Soliman leads the Signing of MOA between DSWD and LGU-Beneficiaries of 4Ps
By: Perla P. Parreño, MSWDO
Mayor Lydia E. Grabato representing the Local Government Unit of Mina, Iloilo finally signed a Memorandum of Agreement on March 28, 2012 with the Department od Social Welfare and development represented by Secretary Dinky Soliman for the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). The ceremony attended by Iloilo Governor, Hon. Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. and Iloilo City mayor, Hon. Jed Patrick Mabilog was held at Smallville 21 Hotel with the presence of DSWD Regional Director Minda Brigoli and Dr. Neneth Pador, PSWDO, Province of Iloilo and other Local Chief Executives from the different provinces in region VI who are also beneficiaries of 4Ps.
Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is the government’s poverty alleviation program that provides conditional cash grants to the poor households to improve their health, nutrition and education particularly children aged zero to 14 years old. Presently, Mina has 730 qualified families under this program and are under the supervision of the Municipal Social Welfare Development Office headed by Mrs. Perla P. Parreño. Likewise, this office is monitoring the compliance of the beneficiaries regarding the 4Ps conditions to avail of the cash grants.
MSTC GRADUATES AVAIL OF TESDA SPECIALISTA TECHNOPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM
By. Josie C. Paparon, MSTC Registrar
Ten (10) MSTC Graduates are qualified beneficiaries of TESDA Specialista Technopreneurship Program (TSTP). They received Tool Kits from Secretary Joel J. Villanueva during the Turn-Over Ceremony held at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol on March 27, 2012. The program and dinner hosted by Iloilo Provincial Governor, Hon. Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. During the program, Secretary Villanuevawas introduced formally by Director Yolanda S. Porschwitz, OIC-Regional Director of TESDA-Region VI.
Secretary Villanueva emphasized that the beneficiaries should make use of the tool kits to earn their own sources of income. He centered his message on his favorite line “sa TESDA may choice ka” in which one has the choice what skills they wanted to be trained.
Other notable personalities who were present to be with Secretary Villanueva were: Congressman Arthur R. Defensor, Jr., Iloilo City Mayor, Jed Patrick E. Mabilog, SP Member June Modejar, SP Member Jett Rojas, Mayor Vicente B. Flores of Oton, Mayor Lydia E. Grabato of Mina and Provincial Administrator, Dr. Raul banias. They also assisted in the distribution of the tool kits. The Provincial Directors and key personnel from TESDA-Provincial and Regional Offices, along with the administrators of technical Vocational Institute partners and different TESDA Skills Training Center run by LGUs were also present.
The following MSTC graduates are the beneficiaries of the Tool-Kits:
1. Defensor, Nonito
2. Cordero, Divino
3. Pelaez, Edwin
4. Prieto, Dennis
1. Patingo, Roel
2. Espesor, Arven
3. Herrera, Felixberto, Jr.
4. Tolento, Raul
Electrical Installation and Maintenance
1. Garboso, Kevin Jay
2. Robles, Ronald
PRC Regional Director Baldago conducts inspection of Mina’s Birthing Facility
The Professional Regulations Commission headed by Regional Director Lily Ann R. Baldago, Dr. Remy Dequiña, Board of Midwifery and Mr. Ar San Pedro, Board of Midwifery, inspected the Mina Municipal health center and its birthing facility. The inspection was done as pre-requisite of the new Lucena polytechnic College (NLPC) for their midwifery student affiliation’s requirement. The NLPC are sending their students at the Mina Maternity Clinic or Mina Municipal Health center, for affiliation to complete the required number of deliveries before taking up the board examination. Upon seeing the structure and its equipment, the center earned the positive results and was highly recommended by PRC for students’ training.
Director Lily Ann Baldago commended the local administration under Mayor Lydia E. Grabato for the rapid improvement of the health center and the acquisition of new sets of equipment such as ECG and ULTRASOUND machine to help improve the delivery of health services.
Mina Holds Earthquake and Fire Drill
By: Conrado Gatdula and manuel P. Armada Jr.
As part of the preparedness in times of calamities and disaster specifically earthquake and fire, the Local Government Unit, spearheaded by the Municipal disaster Risk Reduction Management Council conducted earthquake and fire drills in the different schools and institutions in the locality. This drill aims to equip, refresh and prepare oneself when inevitable and unpredicted earthquake or fire occur. As part of this yearly activity of enhancement and training, the Municipal Official and Employees of the Municipality of Mina also had its earthquake drill on March 25, 2012. All employees actively participated on the said drill thereby following the instructions of Mr. Conrado Gatdula, the Municipal Civil Defense Deputized Coordinator.
A fire drill was also held last March 30, 2012.
Treasury intensifies Tax Campaign
by: Desiree GraceP. Gabasa
To improve tax information drives, the Office of the Treasury conducts community dialogues in various barangays, referred to as “Pulong-pulong sa Barangay.” This ongoing activity aims to properly disseminate information on the importance of paying taxes and the possible setbacks one might incur if tax payments are delayed or avoided especially when it comes to real property taxs. Last March 21 and 22, 2012 the Office of the Treasury visited Brgys. Agmanaphao, Dala and Singay to conduct the “Pulong-pulong.”
The “Pulong-pulong sa Barangay” was spearheaded by Mr. Romeo Tabarnilla, OIC-Mun. Treasurer. Representatives from the Provincial Treasurer’s Office also join the community dialogues along with representatives from the Municipal Assessor’s office and the Municipal Agrarian Reform office. Participants include various taxpayers as well as EP holders.
The Municipal and Provincial workforce is set to conduct said activity in all 22 barangays of the Municipality of Mina. With the massive and continuing development in our municipality, it is indeed apparent where our taxes go.
Prof. Sustento on Women’s Advocacy
By Gina Palisada
The Local Government Unit of Mina conducted seminar for female employees on March 30, 2012 at the 2nd floor, Annex 5, Agriculture Center, Mina, Iloilo. This activity is still a part of the commemoration of Women’s Month Prof. Fely Sustento, chairperson BSSW Department, CSCJ, Iloilo City was the resource speaker.She talk about the role of women in nation building which impressed her kasimanwas with her strong advocacy of women empowerment and she attributed this to Mina’s development under leadership of a lady mayor.
ENGR. JOSE G. SALANIO JR. retires as Mina’s MPDC
By: Ruth Pari-an and Arlene Pescadera
Public service is a public trust and sincerely serving a municipality for 27 years is quite not an easy job. Problems come and go and sometimes sleepless nights are experienced just to meet deadlines. Yet, all these are being surpassed by the Municipal Planning and development Coordinator of the Municipality of Mina as he retired from service. Engr. Jose Gumban Salanio Jr. has served the municipality for 27 long years since October 1, 1984 up to March 30, 2012. as Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator. Being the MPDC he had accomplished much for the municipality. In honor of his tremendous efforts to show him love, respect and high regard as high regard as he enters into another journey as an individual, a testimonial dinner was done on March 30, 2012.
The event was attended by all the MTH employees, municipal and barangay officials as well as MTH retirees. The Department Heads in the person of Municipal Budget Officer, Mrs. Cecilia Caalim, Municipal Assessor-Ms. Dory P. Emelo, Municipal Agriculturist-Mr. Fred Pinuela, GSO Designate Mr. Licerio C. Patingo, Market Supervisor-Mrs. Elisa Pastolero,gave their messages and remarks. Punong Barangay Ciriaco Perocho, representing Liga ng mga Barangay expressed his gratitude for the assistance Engr. Salanio had extended to them especially in the preparations of project proposals. The MTH retirees Mrs. Salvacion Jabon, Miss Gloria Garboso and Miss Victoria Salanio were present and they shared some memories with Tito Jo while Mrs. Leda pelaez, in her absence conveyed her messages thru a video interview courtesy of Mr. Manuel Armada, Jr. Mrs. Felne Novo, a former staff and other employees of the Municipal Planning and Development Office, who had worked with Tito Joe shared their experiences too. The affair was graced by no less than the Municipal Mayor herself-Hon. Lydia E. Grabato who maneuvered everything just to surprise the man of the hour and Former Mayor Rey P. Grabato.
Videos and slide show were presented to show how good a person is Engr. Salanio or Tito Joe as what most employees call him. He is a kind hearted boss and co-worker. Seldom have that people seen him laugh or hear from him jokes but when he starts doing so, everyone around him can’t help but enjoy his lines. Often, he is so serious that others would say he has a world load of problems but it is not. He is just focused in anything and everything that he does.
No word of gratitude can describe how thankful everyone in the municipality that he has worked with. All assistance that he offers when one badly needed it, is always at hand.
MSWD Activities for the 1st Quarter of 2012
MINA JOINS THE EXPANSION OF NON-HANDICAPPING ENVIRONMENT PROJECT FOR PWD’S
The creation of a Non-Handicapping Environment (NHE) for persons with disabilities in the rural area is 4-year pro-poor partnership project between the government of the Philippines represented by National Council and Disabilities Affairs (NCDA) and the Japan government by Japan International Cooperating Agency (JICA). This 2012 is the last year of pioneering the non-handicapping environment as a strategy in the two (2) municipalities namely: New Lucena, Iloilo and Opol, Misamis Oriental. It is also this year that the adoption of the project by other local government will be advocated by identifying candidate LGUs interested and willing to implement the project.
In one of the meeting convened by NCDA in 2011, representative from the municipality of mina expressed interest to adopt NHE for the municipality. in march 5, 2012, the NCDA send letter addressed to the local chief executive inviting the municipality of mina to adopt the NHE project. with the interest and desire to be one in creating an accessible and inclusive community for our Brethen with disabilities an application form was accomplished and submitted to (NCDA), National Office. The municipality of mina is very optimistic that NCDA and JICA will grant this project for the benefit and empowerment of our PWD sector.
SUPPLEMENTARY FEEDING PROGRAM
The supplementary feeding program is the provision of food in addition to regular meals, to currently enrolled Day Care children as part of the DSWD contribution to the ECCD program of the government. Food supplementation will be in a form of hot meals with cooked rice served during snack time of the Day Care children. The target beneficiaries of the program are 3-4 yrs. old children of 23 Day Care centers of the municipality. This program shall be implemented for a period of 120 days and this will end up to May 2012.
There will be a continuing supplementary feeding program during the opening of classes this June 2012 to the day care children beneficiaries. The funds allotted by the DSWD central office to the DSWD field office and the funds was transferred to the LGU.
DAY CARE MOVING UP CEREMONY 2012
Another activity conducted by the 23 Day Care Center different in the municipality is the moving up last March 2012. Children having attended the whole year round day care service program were given Certificate of Completion. The guest speaker during the ceremony was Mr. Rey P. Grabato, Executive Assistant V and Municipal Economic Enterprise Officer. The highlight of the program was the distribution of the Certificate of Completion to the children, after which they received gifts from their parents.
Children also received the Awards of Recognition given in their respective Day Care Centers prior to the moving up ceremony.
WOMEN’S MONTH CELEBRATION
The highlight of the Women’s Month celebration was a whole day affair participated by 550 KALIPI members in 22 barangays. Two resource speakers were invited to talk on the topics “A strong woman and a woman of strength in the person of Prof. Feli Sustento, an area chairperson, BSSW department, CSCJ, Iloilo and Mrs. Elena Justiniani, CLGOO V of DILG, Passi, Iloilo, discussed about Magna Carta of Women and the role of women in climate change. The affair was culminated by the showdown of unlimited talents of KALIPI members in 22 barangays and ended with door prizes from the LGU.
As part of the livelihood program of the LGU, the 3rd batch of women in 3 barangays Tumay, Janipa-an West And Mina East attended candle making training with 28 participants.
SOCIAL PENSION DISTRIBUTION
The 1st quarter release of the social pension to qualified indigent senior citizens was given last March 18, 2012. Originally there are only 57 senior citizens who availed of this previledge as per NHTS-PR survey. During the monthly meeting Brgy. Presidents relayed their sentiments that there are many indigent senior citizens who were not listed. They were advised to tell those who are interested to apply for social pension because the approval comes from DSWD National Office. Presently there are 80 recipients who are availing of this pension and are channeled thru LGU for the release of funds A qualified senior citizen received P1,500.00 for every quarter.
1st over the counter payment to beneficiaries of The
Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program
The 4Ps beneficiaries receives their first over the counter payment on March 7, 2012 at the Mina Sports and Cultural Center. Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is a resonance of constitutionally acclaimed provision on Social Justice which simply states that it is duty of the State to provide for the general welfare of its citizen. More so, what is good and just for the citizens is the primordial duty of the government.
To give life to the spirit of the Social justice, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program was born to help the poorest of the poor by giving them Conditional Cash Transfer to be utilized for their Health and Education of their children. It is designed to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty which supersedes poverty for a long time. Furthermore, Pantawid was inspired by a successful Conditional Cash Transfer program of Latin America and Africa. The Conditional Cash transfer is one of the reasons of positive Socio-Economic of Brazil and other key countries with 11 million beneficiaries enrolled in this program.
The Philippine government through Department of Social Welfare and Development as its alter-ego agency implemented the (4Ps) by the help of various stakeholders such as but not limited to Department of Education, Department of Health and Local Government Unit. The beneficiaries selected by the program were entitled to receive an amount of 500 pesos for health and 300 pesos per child for education. Every household is entitled to a 1,400.00 per month for as long as they were complying the conditions set forth in the program.
A total of 705 beneficiaries in the Municipality were officially approved to get their First Cash Grant equivalent to (2) months covering the period of January-February of current year. A whooping amount equivalent to 1,566,600.00 was about to release by the LandBank thru its personnel, Ms. Rudilyn Pastrana, Branch Manager, along with Fulbert Agruda, Bank Teller
During the program, Mayor Lydia E. Grabato give her message and explained further about the Pantawid program to the constituents-beneficiaries in the presence of 22 Punong Barangays. Mr. Sylvester Viloria, BUS Focal person, Iloilo South, Ms. Cherrylyn Bermejo, SWO, Iloilo South, Ms. Sharon Violeta, and Ms. Mariegold Ibieza, Municipal Roving Bookkeeper respectively were also present to help facilitate the first OTC with the presence of MSWDO, Ms. Perla Parreño, staff, Daycare Workers and Municipal employees who helped in the validation.
PNP hold Tree Planting Activity
by: P02 Harold Pastrana
Climate change is happening. That’s a fact, whether we like it or not we hold responsibility for its outcome. Nonetheless, we also share responsibility to mitigate the impact of the climate change in possible means we can. The same reason why the Philippine National Police as part of its advocacy to serve and protect the environment has come up with the program that will help reduce the impact of this threat, The Tree Planting Legacy Project entitled: Pulis Makakalikasan: 10 Milyong Puno Pamana sa Kinabukasan , a year round activity that mandates both uniformed and non-uniformed PNP personnel to plant at least 6 trees every month or a total of 72 trees each in a year on or before January 28, 2013 . At the Municipality of Mina, the local PNP personnel spearheaded by PINSP Ronnie Brillo, Chief of Police, has conducted a tree planting activity in different barangays which started last February 24, 2012 and will continue eventually until 2013. Among the barangays they conducted are Barangay Amiroy, Bangac, and Yugot.
SSS/PAGIBIG Fund Conducts Briefing in Mina
By: Ma. Cecilia B. Caalim, MBO
The Local Government of Mina recognizes the importance of our Barangay Level Workforce in nation building. This is primarily the reason why we fully support programs that will strengthen and empower them to be able to do their jobs and give better services to the people.
On March 14, 2012, SSS and PAGIBIG Fund sent over their representatives to conduct orientation of the benefits their office are extending to qualified beneficiaries. They explained and gave concrete examples of the benefits of becoming members of their institutions. Presently, the Municipality of Mina has over 500 Barangay Officials/BHWs/BNSs/BSPOs/BAWs/Brgy. Tanods who would like to become members of SSS and PAGIBIG Fund.
The Minanhons were also given a chance to ask personal concerns and questions during the open forum which enlightened them.
Bro. Lobrin shares his youthful wit and wisdom to the Minanhons
By: Ruth Pari-an
Michael Angelo Fetalvo Lobrin, or brother Michael Angelo as he is fondly called, a well-known preacher and faithful worker in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ, shared his youthful wit and wisdom during the First General Assembly of all Municipal Government officials & Employees with Barangay Officials and all sectors of the community held las February 10, 2012 at Mina Sports and cultural center. A rare opportunity that Bro. Lobrin, a TV personality, an inspirational speaker to many gatherings and organization, and as an Adviser for Religious Affairs to a number of local and national politicians, has squeeze4d out his schedule to come to Mina.
Accepting the invitation of mayor Lydia E. Grabato, Bro, Lobrin flew from Metro Manila, accompanied by his good friends, a Minanhon who is based in Metro Manila, Engr. Dolores Belandres-Borda and husband, Engr. Ananias Borda.
The Local Government Unit of Mina is greatly indebted for the cooperation, Engr. Ananias Borda and Dolores Borda, have extended which contributed to the success of the First General Assembly for the year 2012 and in line with the monthly Spiritual Wellness Program of the municipality.
It was an hour laughter but he was able to communicate well the message of God in his own style which delighted the audience, both young and old, of more than 3,000 people.
His dynamism of how on he preaches and conveys the message of the Lord to his audience are reflective of the kind of person that he is. A well-educated person, Bro. Lobrin is a graduate of a Bachelor of Arts major in Classical Philosophy & Master of arts in Theology from San Carlos Seminary, Guadalupe. he is a Professor in Theology at De la sale University, Manila Doctors College & St. paul University in Quezon City.
He ended his visit with a photo session which almost lasted an hour and the selling of the book he authored entitled, Laugh with God Today, which he personally dedicated to the buyer.
Speech of Mayor Lydia E. Grabato during the First General Assembly for CY 2012
Welcome everyone and I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of you for coming today to take part on our first general assembly for CY 2012.
First of all, allow me to quote what Mayor Mike Rawlings of Read City, Dallas said, “Let Focus on Great Expectations, Not our Limitations”.
As I look back in the past 19 months that I was again given the honor and opportunity to serve Mina, I could not help but beam with delight at what we have achieved. As such I would like to convey my thanks to all of you, mga kasimanwa, for all your support, most especially RPG and the MTH workforce, the elected and appointed officials, and the elected and appointed barangay officials nga guina pangunahan mga Punong Barangays, and all of you in the government force for making the may job easier. Through all your sincere cooperation, we can all say with pride at how far we have accomplished for our people.
Whenever I stop and look and see the reflection of our town, I always see a new Mina, achieving bigger and better opportunities than ever before. With this, madamu nga Salamat sa inyo tanan.
Back in 1992, the challenges to uplift the ,lives of Minanhons, to reverse the image of sleepy simple town, to create a New beginning for Mina, once thought of to be formidable and unattainable goal, are all behind us now. They’re all history. Through the years, we all worked hard together, with so many dramatic changes that even though we are just a 6th class struggling, IRA dependent municipality nonetheless, we have brilliantly managed to undergo an unprecedented transformation. Just look at us now.
This is Mina, which we brought to life… through hard work… and community-wide team work. This makes us confidently proud to be Minanhons. Our senior citizens here can attest as to our achievements and what we have done for Mina so far. Sila ang makasiling kon nangin ano ang Mina halin sang una hasta subong.
But, let us not just stop there. Let us hit the “fast forward” button accelerating the pace of progress for the future of this generation, especially, our youth. We are living in tough times and we must surmount the challenges facing our lives. But bear this in your mind that it’s in tough times that we have chance, the essential drive-to build a solid foundation for a better future. When the challenge is great or bitter and we are triumphant when we faced that test, our victory is sweeter. We can no longer be complacent.
The government can provide a framework and focal point, but the foundation and direction for the future must be directed by us with a “can do” attitude.
Moving forward, we still have bigger challenges to face and it involves greater citizens involvement. Among them is number on, the Climate Change adaption. Because of what man did to his environment in the past, man is now feeling the effects, man is being warned by floods and earthquakes and a lot more as an eye opener of what the future holds if man does not do something about it now.
Number two is education and that is providing quality education for your children. We cannot talk about the good future without the commitment to provide education accessible to our children especially to the less privileged members of our community.
Number three challenge that also requires greater citizens’ involvement is the Solid Waste management. We should all be of our waste or garbage-how to dispose them properly. We don’t need another disaster to be reminded of that. We have experienced devastation to floods, earthquake, typhoons to be reminded of our responsibility to nature and our environment.
And number four is the economic Welfare especially our less privileged nga mga kasimanwa, and a lot more challenges that requires citizen involvement.
We are undergoing development projects… some are scheduled for bidding in the next few days
Mina National High School Gymnasium 2 meters, Fencing 2 meters
But for Cy 2012, to continue with our development, we will focus to do well in our Community Public Safety Plan which is in line with our Mission and Vision as the backbone for the execution of our tasks. Allow me to present what’s our additional agenda: I have listed 10
1. Strengthen all the organizations, associations, cooperatives, special bodies, councils that in the past few months we tried to organized and recognized. With due respect to their autonomy especially those of the associations, cooperatives and government & non organizations, we will give them support to be able to stand on its own.
Assistance like management skill trainings, self awareness and value formation seminars, capability enhancement and livelihood. The farmers associations, the cooperatives together with the barangay agricultural workers or BAW and our municipal agriculture office will play a vital role in the implementation of our flagship program entitled “food security with economic development in climate change adaption”.
While the Sangguniang Bayan and Office of MPDC, Agriculture, Engineering and MENRO will work on our –environment management programs for ecological balance & climate change adaption
2. An intensified social service program to implement and support programs as part of our solution to reduce if not to eradicate the incidence of poverty in our community, with the help of Governor Arthur D. Defensor Sr. and Congressman Arthur R. Defensor Jr. we will work to provide housing resettlement and livelihood to our informal settlers these as indicated in our poverty alleviation program. We are also working on to give additional benefits to our volunteers, the Barangay Officials, elected and appointed, mga Tanod, Daycare Workers, BHW, BNS, BSPO, BAW to become members of either GSIS or SSS as the case maybe and Pag-ibig. This has long been overdue and we will do it on a cost sharing basis.
3. Access for better health programs-(not offered in other LGU’s, work on to continue our almost 100% household PHILHEALTH Insurance memberships, we need the capitation fund given by PHILHEALTH Insurance to provide more equipments and its maintenance for health services within your reach in our facility, you don’t have to go to the city to avail of them; X-rays, urine and stool exams, ECG, 4 probes ultrasound and complete blood chemistry; if possible construction of new maternity clinic maternal and neo natal care to help reduce pregnancy related complications, and for our newborn to access the very important new born screening tests.
4. Repair and construction of more school classrooms and re-establishment of our SPED SCHOOL to help in educating our special children, those with visual, hearing, speech and orthopedic impairment; learning disability, emotional disturbance; autism and other special health problem
5. Sports clinic and trainings for our school children to be spear headed by SB Pecina in coordination with MNHS and District school of Mina. We will train our children in all sport events played in the congressional meet so that they can be better prepared and we can send the best prepared athletes. For this summer I have recently conferred with SK Fed. Pres. Jon Cliff Grabato, that SKs will hold a summer-enter barangay sports tournament in the gym. If they come up with activity like one with a joint resolution with our PYAP members or Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines-Mina chapter, for tournaments such as basketball, volleyball, sipa takraw or badminton most of which can be held inside this gym, they will be allowed to use this facility for free perhaps with a small amount to share in the cost of electricity because the SKs will also generate funds to financed these activities. They will charge a minimal entrance fee during games. Arrangement can be made so that all youth in 22 barangays will be encourage to participate and play in one of the best Canadian Maple wood basketball court in the region. This venue is part of our economic enterprise, must be preserve and it has to charge fees whenever used for private activities as the income will be used to maintain this entire gym. Almost 15M government funds were spent to rehabilitate this gym through Governor Arthur D. Defensor Sr. while he was in Congress as our representative, and Congressman Arthur R. Defensor Jr. and others and almost 1M government funds were spent to put up the sounds, light and other accessories to complete the whole package which we are proud to have even when we are just a 5th class municipality. This is the very reason why we need to charge fees to refund cost of operation, operators, personnel and most of all for the people of Mina, we shall take good care of it.
Upon the recommendation of our Economic Enterprise head or Officer, Mr. Rey P. Grabato of the office of the mayor, we will make Saturday as be our MSD Municipal sports Day to be manage by our sports officer Mr. Ding Gatdula and Mr. Manuel Armada our officer in charge of the Gymnasium.
As long as the venue is not rented for an activity the whole day of Saturday from 7:00 A.M. to 4 P.M. the gym will be opened to Minanhons to play for free, basketball, table tennis (we will put up two table tennis). But there are strict, mandatory rules like sports wear code to comply with, and other regulations before one can be allowed to play. The YSD or Youth Sports Day will start on March 2011.
6. Establishment of our municipal library, museum and archive (depende na sa ma accomplish sang ad-hoc committee cuartel sang police naga exist before the war as part of our historical site). To follow also with the support of Congressman Arthur R. Defensor Jr. we will rehabilitate the water system to provide potable water bisan around the Poblacion lang anay.
7. When enough funds already 8at hand we will construct a new session hall with cubicles each for all SB Members. Congressman Arthur R. Defensor Jr. will help us construct a cover for our open basketball court dira sa pihak for everyone to play at anytime on a first come first serve basis. It can also be used as an evacuation center and common service facility.
8. The crisis center for women and children with CICL center.
9. Barangay officials, our Municipal Administration, Governor Arthur D. Defensor Sr. are joining forces to repair and maintain our barangay and Provincial Roads, Health Centers, Day care Centers, School buildings.
10. Development programs for the next ten months. Impossible? Let’s see.
I believe… You believe… we believe. If we do this right, if we really commit ourselves to this effort to help Mina and its people and with absolute faith in GOD, we will achieve greatness as a community, and together we can make a dramatic difference for Mina in the years ahead. We must continue to believe.
We have an obligation to ourselves and to future generations to make the most of the resources at hand and to turn our challenges into opportunities before they become problems. If we will meet squarely the very real challenges we face together, we will reap the benefits together—all of us. Of course, we will not sacrifice the traditions and values we have including our love and faith in GOD. However, we have to do so openly, with as much citizen participation as possible, to achieve our goal.
Our future can be as ambitious… and dynamic… as we choose. We are all part of the history of Mina. And we write it together.
The journey that we began together in the past years with each single step has already been etched in the footprints of history laid down by those who have gone before us also searching for a better tomorrow. So if we can give a better and positive future for the next generation, it is not a gift to them but our achievement now. Because what we do now is what the future of Mina will be.
May God Bless the people of Mina. Let’s get to work.
Mina CeC launches PDLWC
The Philippine Digital Literacy for Women Campaign (PDLWC) Training the : Mina Community eCenter in coordination with ICT and PhilCeC N and Telecentre. Org foundation; in partnership with the Gender and Development (GAD) thru MSWD, Mina, Iloilo Venue Mina Community eCenter, Mina, Iloilo was launched last February 22, 2012. The CeC target beneficiaries is 350 women from the different sectors of the municipality to be trained this year.
The computer literacy training for women was conducted in partnership with the Gender and Development (GAD) of Mina, Iloilo . Attending the training were LGU employees, barangay health workers and members of the GAD focal point. The training, will use the Intel Easy Steps module, aimed to develop IT capabilities of the participants in preparation for their full involvement in ensuring the sustainability and success of the literacy campaign. It likewise sought to generate the active involvement of women, GAD Focal Point, parents, teachers and community leaders in the community.
The training was a result of the Visayas Study Visit and Staff Exchange Program held last January 23-28, 2012 wherein the the CeC, through its CeC Manager, set out plans for the furtherance of its operations. Among the identified areas for improvement was the promotion of the program on Philippine Digital Literacy for Women Campaign (PDLWC) to be undertaken by the different CeC in the country. Although Digital Literacy has been one of the services rendered by Mina CeC, yet it did not focus mainly on women. Hence, with this program through the CeC, digital literacy for women will be addressed. The first batch of trainees are BSPO, BHW & BAW who have already completed the Computer Literacy Training conducted by this center and continued to undergo PDWLC training are the following participants:
Barangay Health Worker (BHW)/ Barangay Service Point Officer (BSPO)
February 28-29, 2012
1. Delia Pastolero Brgy. Talibong Pequeño, Mina, Iloilo
2. Mercy Patpat Brgy. Cabalabaguan, Mina, Iloilo
3. Lowela Caladcad Brgy. Amiroy, Mina, Iloilo
4. Mary Ann Lelis Brgy. Yugot, Mina, Iloilo
5. Vivian Armada Brgy. Naumuan, Mina, Iloilo
6. Virginia Lancet Brgy. Badiangan, Mina, Iloilo
7. Eleanor Galan Ppo I-Mina, Iloilo
8. Cynthia Bacera Brgy. Tolarucan, Mina, Iloilo
9. Analyn Prieto Brgy. Abat, Mina, Iloilo
10. Daisy Togonon Mina East, Mina, Iloilo
11. Alma Corneza Brgy. Abat, Mina, Iloilo
12. Exaltacion Cartera Brgy. Tumay, Min a, Iloilo
13. Hezel Mie Cabe Brgy. Talibong Grande, Mina, Iloilo
14. Constancia Llada Brgy. Bangac, Mina, Iloilo
15. Rosene Habetacion Brgy. Janipa-An West, Mina, Iloilo
BRGY. AGRICULTURAL WORKER (BAW)
March 13-14, 2012
1. Helen S. Bolivar Brgy. Badiangan, Mina, Iloilo
2. Yolanda P. Luna Brgy. Amiroy, Mina, Iloilo
3. Estela P. Tomo Brgy. Amiroy, Mina, Iloilo
4. Evelyn Labacion Brgy. Tumay, Mina, Iloilo
5. Glenda G. Loreno Brgy. Tumay, Mina, Iloilo
6. Leonila Garboso Brgy. Tolarucan, Mina, Iloilo
7. Evangeline E. Carnaje Brgy. Tipolo, Mina, Iloilo
8. Rona Pendioday Brgy. Tipolo, Mina, Iloilo
9. Elvi P. Calibara Brgy. Yugot, Mina, Iloilo
BRGY. AGRICULTURAL WORKER (BAW)
March 20-21, 2012
1 Corazon Allaga Brgy. Janipa-an East, Mina, Iloilo
2 Josephine Ambasa Mina East, Mina, Iloilo
3. Mila Pastolero Mina East, Mina, Iloilo
4. Eustaquia Partoza Brgy. Janipa-an East, Mina, Iloilo
5. Leonila Garboso Brgy. Tolarucan, Mina, Iloilo
6. Lean Chilyn S. Robles Mina East, Mina, Iloilo
Mina Community eCenter includes e-Library as one of its services
In order to optimize the use of the eCenter, an additional services which is an e-library was launched last February 16, 2012 which is for educational and on-line research purposes of the students, teachers, employees and all clients of the Mina Community eCenter using the In order to optimize the use of the center, there is a need for an additional services which is an e-library by making it operational for educational and on-line research purposes of the students, teachers, employees and all clients of the Mina Community eCenter using the ICT through the use of computers.
The e-library, as one of the services of the Mina Community eCenter, will adhere and follow the same rules and regulations as stipulated on CeC Operations Manual and will be on the second floor of CeC Bldg.
Mayor Lydia E. Grabato led the cutting of the ceremonial and welcomed another innovation in the services and programs offered by Mina Community eCenter. Teachers and students from Mina National High School & LGUs SB Members and Department Heads attended the short program held at the e-library.
One sponsored slot for Mina CeC in the Study Visit and Exchange Program for Visayas Region in Cebu City
The Mina Community e Center was privileged to be given one sponsored slot in the CeC Study Visit Exchange Program for Visayas Region held in Cebu City conducted by the National Computer Center. It was a worthy experience for 25 CeC Managers from selected eCenters from Visayas of Region 6,7 & 8 on January 23-27, 2012. Accompanied by the the persons behind the enjoyable trip headed by the Visayas Island- Group Head, Mr. Frederick Amores with the ever-supportive IT Regional Coordinators for the 3 regions namely: Mrs. Kathryn Mae Olgina, Mr. Elmer Gomez, and Mrs. Claire P. Fernandez, the group was able to visit 6 operational and successful Community eCenters and one unoperational eCenter as well.
The focal person of Mina CeC, Ms. Dory P. Emelo shared the best practices and innovations being implemented in her ecenter which have been in existence for about 7 months only but has remarkable achievement. She presented the Mina CeC in a Power Point discussion during the group’s visit to Bogo Community eCenter, one of the most successful eCenters in Cebu, amidst the group of Visayas CeC Managers and Bogo C eCenter’s personnel headed by the accommodating and active Manager, Ms. Shiela Orcollo. The exchange of ideas during the open forum has given new insights and knowledge for other CeC Managers to look into or to eventually replicate in their own CeCs.
The Mina Community eCenter is located in a newly constructed, well- furnished two-storey building equipped with 40 units of computer machines from the NCC’s donation of 4 units, is now under the Municipal Economic Enterprise Office of the Local Government Unit of Mina, Iloilo is incomparable to any CeC visited in terms of physical facilities; however, with new ideas and interactions learned by the writer all though out the duration of the visit, Mina CeC has to be optimized in terms of more services rendered to the public.
Anchored on the the firm words of Mina’s development-oriented Local Chief Executive, Hon. Lydia E. Grabato during the momentous launching of Mina Community eCenter last June 15, 2011 , “there is definitely a need to empower Minanhons to be globally competitive through computer and digital literacy and opening opportunities to the world for them through information route and honing their skills with the new technologies through the world-wide web.”
Indeed, Mina CeC re has played an important role as it opened windows in computer and digital literacy to the people of Mina and posed challenge to other CeCs as well all over the country to strive for a successful CeC. And this study visit is just a beginning of Mina CeC’s long journey ahead…a time to unfold.
Municipal Agriculture Office Reports Programs And Activities For First Quarter, 2012
Training on Natural Farming System for Livestocks at the Annex 5, Agriculture Center, Mina, Iloilo on January 12,2012 was conducted by ELIAS V. SANDIG, Jr., MSc, Chief, RAID/ Asst Provincial Agriculturist, PAO with his staff and was assisted & supported by the Local Government Unit of Mina headed by the Hon. Lydia E. Grabato, Municipal Mayor and the Sangguniang Bayan Members.
This was attended with almost 70 farmer- participants from the 22 barangays.
Our important inputs include Indigenous Microorganism (IMO), Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ), Oriental Herbal Nutrient (OHN), Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB), Fish Amino Acid (LAB), Water-soluble Calcium (WCA), Water-soluble Calcium Phosphate (WCP), and Insect Attractant (IA). All produced at home easily and cheaply. Most importantly, they work!
PHILOSOPHY OF NATURAL FARMING
1. Environment-friendly. Natural Farming is sustainable farming. It makes all inputs
from natural materials, observes the law of the Nature and respects the rights of crops and livestock.
2. Respect for Life .Natural Farming respects life. It opposes human exploitation on life. Ironical it may sound, respecting the nature of life is the best way to achieve top quality and yield.
3. High Quality
4. No Artificial Heating
Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, Department of Agriculture visited the Municipality of Mina in March 16, 2012 with much appreciation in the considered 5th class municipality.
Hon. Mayor Lydia E. Grabato and Former Mayor Rey P. Grabato sincerely welcomed the visitors from the Department of Agriculture (DA) and National Irrigation Administration (NIA) spearheaded by the Secretary Proceso J. Alcala.
The Honorable Mayor also presented the Municipal Agriculture Development Program in lined with the FOOD PRODUCTION FOR FOOD SECURITY AND ECONOMIC PROSPERITY IN CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION
According to Secretary Alcala, Department of Agriculture Agri-Pnoy program are as follows:
(1.) Community-Based Seed Bank Program ( 2.)Rice Mechanization Program (3.)Sikat Saka Program
In response to, Secretary Proceso J. Alcala assured to make possible action to the presented municipal agriculture program. . . . that is. . . .Market Linkage Assistance where Municipality of MINA is one of the key recipient of the Jalaur River Basin Convergence Agro- Enterprise project of the National Convergence Initiative.
Farmers from 22 barangays witnessed the demonstration of combined-harvester at the farm owned by Mr. Raul Ahumada at brgy. Tolarucan ,Mina
The Rural Improvement Club (RIC) is a Non-government Organizations (NGO) technically assisted and supervised by the Agricultural Technologists of the Local Government Units.
They served as multipliers of Home Extension teachings and activities in the communities. It is voluntary barangay-based organizations composed of women members with varied interest and capabilities which are mobilized for socio-economic projects. They served as channel for developing women’s leadership and potentials towards home and community improvement.
TRAINING ON FISH PROCESSING AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
February 13-15, 2012
Badiangan Elementary School
The requested Training course Enhancement of Rural Improvement Club was granted through Dr. Eduardo A. Suderio, Training Center Director, BFAR RFTC 7, Carmen, Cebu.
Miss Elizabeth D. Terania and Miss Agnes S. Sapida, both Training Specialist II from BFAR RFTC 7, Carmen, Cebu were the resource persons.
Topics discussed:(1) Basic Entreprenuer (2) Gender and Development Advocacy (3) Basic Consideration in Fish Processing; Different Methods/Principles Applied to Fish Processing (4) Value-Added Product Concept and HAZARD ANALYTICAL CRITICAL CONTROL POINT (5)Fish Processing (6) Fishery product Development.
BARANGAY AGRICULTURE WORKER (BAW)
The Local Chief Executive, Hon. Lydia E. Grabato with the Municipal Agriculture staff conducted orientation to 146 Barangay Agriculture Worker at the Annex 5 Agriculture Center, February 29,2012.
Duties and Functions
1. Undergo series of trainings in digital literacy, agriculture technology and to become the frontliner in all agricultural programs in his area of jurisdiction.
2. Serves as an extension arm of the Agricultural Extension Worker (AEW).
· Survey of crops/poultry and livestock and other animals
· Updating farmers masterlist
· Masterlisting of farmer beneficiaries of the programs/projects
· Assist AEW in the implementation of Agricultural Programs both Local and National
· Validation of crops,poultry and other agricultural products with the data bank located at the Municipal Agriculture Office.
3. Serves as Bantay peste Volunteer Brigade
· Report damages caused by pests and diseases
· Report damages caused by natural calamities
4. Serves as model farmer in his Purok/Barangay
5. His/Her farm will serve as School for Practical Agriculture(SPA)
6. Coordinate with the Community Based Organization (CBO’s) in his barangay
7. Assist MAO in the monitoring and evaluation of Agricultural Program/Project
8. Submit regular report (as determined by MAO) of Crops/Poultry and Livestocks situation in their respective area of coverage.
9. Equipped with proper training, they can inject anti-rabies vaccine in their respective area of coverage
10. Assist and coordinate with National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in their programs in irrigation that affect the farmers. Serves as a conduit on matters or problems affecting the irrigation system in their respective area.
The Hon. Lydia E. Grabato presented and discussed to them their privileges as volunteer Barangay Agriculture Worker
Distribution of 432 bags UREA fertilizer under the Rice Ratooning Program
The Municipality of Mina through the Municipal Agriculture Office distributed 432 bags of UREA fertilizer to farmers intended for ratoon.
Senator “Koko” Pimentel III visits Mina
By: Mrs. Ma. Daisy P. Parreño, SB Secretary
Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III visited Mina on the afternoon of December 16, 2011 . Mayor Lydia E. Grabato, Vice Mayor Evangeline Dableo, Former Mayor Rey P. Grabato, Municipal and Barangay officials, employees, teachers, students and pupils, and the newly revived Mina Central School Drum and Lyre Corp gathered in front of Mina Town Hall to welcome the good senator.
Mayor Grabato, in behalf of the municipality, presented SB Resolution declaring Senator Pimentel as adopted son of Mina in which he gratefully accepted as an honor.
Mayor Grabato in her message, welcomed this great opportunity to be visited by the son of the author of the Local Government Code of 1991 or known as the Father of Local Autonomy, Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, Jr.
In gratitude, Senator Pimentel reiterated to mention the financial assistance that his wife Mrs. Jewel Pimentel, announced during the Coronation Program last October 12, 2011 for Mina Central School Administration Building and MSTC Scholarship fund; and he assured Minanhons of his support.
Mina formalizes sisterhood agreement with Makati City
By: Ms. Dory P. Emelo-Municipal Assessor
The formalization of Sisterhood Agreement between Makati City and Mina on October 25, 2011 at Makati City Hall was successfully done by City Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay and Mayor Lydia E. Grabato.
Along with other 9 municipality from the different regions of the country, Mayor Grabato signed the sisterhood agreement in the presence of Mina LGU’s Department Heads with Mayor Binay and Makati City Sangguniang Panlawigan and employees.
The eight (8) department heads from LGU-Mina who came to witness this historical event are: Engr. Jose G. Salanio, Jr. (MPDC), Mr. Fred Pinuela (Municipal Agriculturist), Mrs. Ma. Daisy Parreno (Secretary to the Sanggunian), Mr. Licerio C. Patingo (OIC-Mun. Engineer), Dr. Janeatte A. Sobrevega (Municipal Health Officer), Mrs. Ma. Cecilia B. Caalim (Municipal Budget Officer), Mr. Romeo F. Tabarnilla (OIC-Asst. Mun. Treasurer), Maria C. Tomo (OIC-Mun. Accountant), Ms. Dory P. Emelo (Municipal Assessor) with one (1) Mayor’s Office staff, Miss Gina Palisada.
Mayor Grabato for her message during the program held at the Makati City Session Hall located at the 22nd Floor, New Makati City Hall Bldg. welcomes this great honor and privilege for the Municipality of Mina to be the sister of a big and highly-urbanized Cit y of Makati.
The excepts from the speech of Mayor Grabato…
... the Municipality of Mina of which I represent as their Mayor, is overwhelmed with honor and privilege to be the sister of a big, powerful, and modern city as Makati. Anyone in the Philippines is familiar with Makati City. When one mentioned Makati, the first thing that comes to mind is that ii is a highly urbanized city, good governance where big name corporations re abundant, the best investors are here, latest fashions, shopping malls, and a lot more. A small time, like ours, is always impressed with a big city like Makati. We dream of achieving even a mere fraction of its status
We are not even a famous town in the Philippines… in terms of income, we are 5th class municipality but we are the hometown of the Governor of the Province of Iloilo, Governor Arthur D. Defensor, Sr, as well as the hometown of the Representative of the 3rd District of the Province of Iloilo, Congressman Arthur R. Defensor, Jr. and the hometown of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s father, the late Santiago Defensor.
Allow me this opportunity to give you a brief description of our town and its history. Mina is a quaint little town with humble beginnings. Back in the early 1800’s, we were known then as Barrio of Pototan named Montogawe, meaning “Monto” as mountain with “Gawe” as face of a man. In 1870, it became Mina, name after Mina, the pro-bono lawyer who won for a jurisdiction case against our neighboring town. In August 8, 1968 and by virtue of Republic Act 5442, we became the Municipality of Mina.
We are located at the central part of Iloilo Province and it takes 40 minutes drive from Iloilo City. Our municipality has an area of 4,049 hectares, of which 75 % of the area are devoted for agriculture. It is composed of 22 barangays with a population of 20,000 people, more or less. We have 11 public elementary and one national high school with 22 Day Care Center. Out main source of income is rice farming. Unlike other municipalities, we do not have tourism industry or famous tourist spots that could be a source of much needed revenue for our development programs. Hence, we focus our economic activities towards trade and investments as shown in our newly revised and approved Comprehensive Land Use Plan (2010-2020), wherein 110 hectares, more or less, of contiguous land area were identified as industrial and economic zone. We are the only LGU in Panay which owned and operated a TESDA accredited Skills Training Center offering different skills training courses such as Welding (SMAW NCI & NCII), Carpentry, Masonry, Electricity, Housekeeping, Bartending, Massage Therapy, Food Technology & Cosmetology. Out training provides free tuition fees or scholarships as well as job placement opportunities to our graduates especially those coming from the less-privileged sector, this being part of our poverty alleviation program.
It doesn’t sound such an exciting place, right? Wait, here’s the good part about our municipality. We are the first municipality in Iloilo Province to have and use the biometrics Human Resource System of Timekeeping. We implement realistically the Anti-Red Tape Act with the Automated Processing of Business Transactions. We have a well-equipped Community eCenter and provides scholarship in digital literacy to all officials, councils, all organizations and special bodies, etc.
As mentioned earlier, we are the first in the Province of Iloilo to have updated and approved the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (2010-2020), meaning we have identified areas in our municipality feasible for trade, industries and agriculture. We are one of the members of a convergence, a nine-member municipality called Integrated Central Iloilo Alliance for Economic Development (ICIA-ED).
Our political stability or harmonious working relationship between executive and the legislative (Sangguniang Bayan) and excellent peace and order situation are something we are proud of. And the most recent achievement, is the establishment of a multi-million biomass power plant which is foreign investment of GPPPI. Our municipality has also its share of rewards given by DILG in “Good Housekeeping.”
This sisterhood among us would be another feather in our cap as it heralds your recognition of our existence as a municipality. This puts us in a great advantage to further our vision and mission, and to provide our constituents with the best partnership among our communities.
We are truly honored of this partnership which we hope would last for a very long time.
I would like to invite you all to come and visit Mina when you have the chance or you may view us in our website, www.mina.gov.ph. Come see our humble place with our peace loving citizenry. Thank you very much Mayor Junjun Binay and all the City Officials of Makati City for this opportunity.
Thank you very much everyone and may Godspeed!
Congressman Defensor, Jr. leads the inauguration of Mina Sports and Cultural Center
by: Mr. Licerio C. Patingo, ICO-Municipal Engr.
The Mina Sports and Cultural Center (MSCC) was finally completed and the inauguration on December 18, 2011 was graced by the presence of the honorable person behind its completion, Congressman Arthur D. Defensor, Sr.
Rev.Father Henrietto Losaria officiated the blessing while Congressman Arthur R. Defensor, Jr., was joined by Governor Arthur D. Defensor, Sr., SP Member Licurgo Tirador, Mrs. Cosette R. Defensor, Former Mayor Rey P. Grabato & Mayor Lydia E. Grabato during the Cutting of Ribbons. Present also are the municipal officials and employees and barangays officials.
The Mina Municipal Sports and Cultural Center, renamed as per SB Res. No. 2010-080, is another landmark in the Municipality of Mina. This is dedicated to the Minanhons in their pursuit towards greater heights in sports and cultural development.
This center will serve as a training ground especially for the youths in enhancing their talents in the field of sports and artistic gifts and a venue where Minanhons can meet together for social, cultural, educational and religious activities.
The realization of this project, which started in 1992 was fully completed in 1998. To level up with the demands of time, further enhancement started in 2006 until today and will continue pending its full completion. This was made possible through the full support and assistance from the following government officials:
· For Rehabilitation/ Current Modernization by:
Congressman Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. -------------P 12,700,000.00
Congressman Arthur R. Defensor, Jr. -------------P 2,000,000.00
· Original Foundation Initiated by:
Congressman Licurgo P. Tirador-------------------------- P 1,700,000.00
· Contribution for Improvements:
Congressman Manuel P. Parcon- - - - - - - - - - - - P 500,000.00
Governor Arthur D. Defensor, Sr.(during his previous three terms in office and at present)---- P350,000.00
The strong determination, resourcefulness and perseverance of the municipal officials and employees under the leadership of Mayor Rey P. Grabato and Mayor Lydia E. Grabato, has made this project a lifetime legacy for the people of Mina.
Sec. Villanueva Launches TESDA – LGU Partnership Program in MSTC
By: Mrs. Josie C. Paparon, MSTC Registrar
TESDA Director General, Secretary Emmanuel Joel J Villanueva launches TESDA –LGU Partnership Program under the TESDA - REAL Deal Program in Mina Skills Training Center on November 3, 2011.
Mayor Lydia Grabato welcomed this opportunity to host this laudable program of TESDA in her LGU’s owned and managed Mina Skills Training Center as venue. With Sec. Villanueva are Congressman Arthur R Defensor, Jr., Governor Arthur Defensor, Mayor Pablo Perez of Pototan, Mayor Matt Palabrica of Bingawan, Mayor Suzette Mamon of Janiuay, Mayor Reynor Gonzales of Lambunao, Mayor Rene Rose Cobarrubias of Banate, Mayor Suzette Mamon of Badiangan and Vice Mayor Victor Tabaquirao of Tubungan, Iloilo. Notable are the the presence of Provincial Directors from the different TESDA Provincial Offices in Antique, Capiz and Aklan.
Mina’s Former Mayor Rey Grabato, the person behind the establishment of Mina Skills Training Center, gave the overview on how this 5th class municipality was able to establish a TESDA-accredited center managed by this LGU and he recognized the funding assistance thru PDAF of Governor Defensor during his stint as Congressman & Majority Floor Leader of the House of Representatives, which started the construction of Training Venue for Welding Class in last quarter of 2008. He also recognized the Municipal Development Fund Office of the Department of Finance for the loan extended to the LGU thru its Disaster Management Assistance Fund which made possible the rehabilitation and conversion of the vacated Mina National High School buildings which were damaged by Typhoon Frank into a skills training center.
Director Florencio F. Sunico, Jr ,OIC- Regional Director of TESDA-Regional Office VI, explained the rationale of the TESDA-LGU Partnership Program and he introduced Secretary Villanueva the keynote of the event.
The Signing of MOA on TESDA-Province of Iloilo Partnership were executed by Hon. Sec. Emmanuel Joel Villanueva with Hon. Arthur D. Defensor, Sr., Governor, Province of Iloilo while the Signing of MOA on TESDA-LGU of Iloilo Partnership: was between Director Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. and Hon. Lydia E. Grabato, Municipal Mayor, Mina, Iloilo
All TVET partners signed also Commitment on the REAL DEAL Program in the presence of Sec. Villanueva and Congressman Defensor.
The Officers of the Association of Community Training and Employment Coordinators (CTEC), Iloilo Province: was inducted into office by Sec. Villanueva headed by its President Custodio “Boboy” S. Sucaldito, Jr. of LGU, Sta. Barbara Iloilo..
Secretary Villanueva personally awarded the TWSP Scholarship Commitments to Tech-Voc Institutions was
Director Yolanda C. Porschwitz, CESO IV, TESDA Iloilo Provincial Office closed the program expressing her sincerest gratitude to the Local Government Unit of Mina, TESDA provincial and regional office personnel.
The graduation of PESFA scholars of Congressman Arthur Defensor, Jr. for Housekeeping, Bartending, Foods and Beverages Services, Household Services, Hilot Wellness Massage Theraphy and Computer Hardware Servicing was also one of the highlights of the program.
Paskwa Halad Sa Banwa, declared as Tourism Event of the Municipality of Mina
By: Ms. Gina Palisada, Mun. tourism Officer-Desigante
“Paskwa Halad Sa Banwa” a week-long christmas festival held annually ( between the period of December 15-23 of every year), with various day and night activities was officially declared as the annual Tourism Event of the Municipality of Mina through SB Resolution No. 2011-198-A.
Mayor Lydia E. Grabato, started this activity as early as Year 1994 and named it “Christmas Presentation” which features Christmas Tree and Lantern Making Contest (made of indigenous materials),dance and chorale contest participated by the different barangays, Dep.Ed. Elem and High School and several sectors. This event marks the beginning of more spectacular activities for the succeeding years to the present.
With the support of the Municipal Officials and c participation of barangay officials and different sectors, the event was spectacularly developed, improved and eventually known as “Paskwa Halad sa Banwa” held every year.
This event is held to promote tourism in the municipality through the annual celebration of “Paskwa Halad sa Banwa” and particularly for the following objectives:
· To promote the Municipality as Investment Destination of the Province through tourism opportunities;
· To develop a closer harmonious relationship among government and non-governmental organization in the locality.
· To showcase and discover new talents of Minanhons;
· To encourage farmers and the residents to showcase their farm produce; and
· To unite Minanhons in the celebration of Christmas seasons;
· To give honor to the balikbayans and entertain them of the Minanhons culture; and
· To develop awareness on the cultural heritage of the municipality through various activities during the celebration
The annual event continued during the term of Former Mayor Rey P. Grabato being spearheaded by the Local Government of Mina and participated in by different government and non-government agencies in the locality. This week-long celebration starts every 15th day of December and its highlight every 23rd of December. The event features glamorous lights around the plaza and several streets of the Poblacion, food fair, Christmas tree and lantern making contest, adopt a tree program and of course the showdown of local talents as the best part of the event.
The opening activities of “Paskwa Halad Sa Banwa” this year started with the Street Dancing, Opening of Christmas Lights, Lighting of Adopt-a-Tree for Christmas, Opening of Food Fair, Oldest Photo Contest, Garden Show, “Pinaka “Contest, First Judging of Christmas Lanterns and Christmas Tree Contest and Fireworks Display participated by different barangays and other government and non-government organizations and/or associations.
The highlight of the celebration is the “Paskwa Halad sa Banwa” Program held to showcase talents of Minanhons be it in contests or in presentation mode. Along with this is the Awarding of Prizes to the different contest held for the week-long celebration along with the presentation of Certificate of Recognition to Outstanding Municipal Employees, Best Performing Barangays, and Outstanding Real Property Taxpayers. The Awarding of Certificate of Appreciation to Benevolent Donors and Sponsors as recognition to their significant contribution of government officials to this municipality are also part of the program. The program culminates every year with the gift-giving, through a Raffle Draw for Door Prizes, is the most awaited part of the program wherein all spectators have the chance to win bags of groceries, sack of rice and home appliances.
The participants are municipal officials and employees, DepEd Elementary and High School teachers, students and pupils, all barangay officials, Sangguniang Kabataan, Barangay Tanods, BNS/BHW/BSPO, Mina Parish Council, Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic School, PNP, BFP and different organizations (NGOs and NGAs) such as Women’s Organizations (KALIPI), Senior Citizens and Retirees, 4-H Club, youth organization (PYAP), Persons with Disability, ERPAT, Solo Parents Org, Market Vendors Association, Mina Jeepney Operators and Owners Association, Tricycle and Trisikad Association and Iloilo Provincial Employees (Minanhons).
LGU personnel in attendance to the Basic Orientation on Disaster Risk Management & Climate Change Adaptation Seminar
By: Mrs. Desiree Grace P. Gabasa, Admin. Officer
The Basic Orientation on Disaster Risk Management & Climate Change Adaptation Seminar held at Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iloilo City on October 20-21 was attended by three LGU personnel; namely, Mr. Conrado S. Gatdula ( MDRRC Deputized Officer), Ms. Dory P. Emelo (Municipal Assessor) and Mrs. Desiree Grace P. Gabasa (Administrative Officer) with Mina’s MLGOO-DILG, Mr. Carlos Pueyo:
As the rationale connotes, it is a declared policy of the state to uphold people constitutional rights to life and property by addressing the root causes of vulnerabilities to disaster risk reduction and management by building the capacity of local communities including climate change impacts. It was also reinforced in the Local Government Code as mandate of each LGU which states that “it is the duty of the municipal government to adopt measures to protect the inhabitants of the municipality from the harmful effects of manmade or natural disasters and calamities and to provide relief services and assistance for victims during and in the aftermath of the said disasters and calamities.”
Among the objectives of the seminar are:
- Build capacities and strengthen LGU’s and communities to be aware, engage and take action in mainstreaming CCA and DRRM in Local Processes
- To equip with basic information on DRR and the salient provision of R.A. 10121 that can be useful in the development of barangay disaster risk reduction and to mainstream the DRR in the LGUs program
- Understand RA 9729 or the Climate Change Act of 2009
- Link DRRM and CCA
- Establish the roles and responsibilities of LGUs especially the officials
And with the following basic concepts:
- The world’s temperature nowadays is progressively rising due to global warming. When earth’s temperature goes high it will naturally do a so-called “healing process” such as creating a heavy rainfall causing some parts of the globe to be heavily flooded.
- The effects of climate change are gradual processes of bringing the people into dire circumstances like absence of potable water, threats to security (housing and livelihood), food supply crisis, alteration of diseases and deteriorating health conditions, worsening development and future uncertainties which would result in due course to massive fatality or loss of lives.
- Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years. It may be a change in average weather conditions or the distribution of events around that average.
- Disaster is a serious disruption of the functioning community or a society causing widespread human materials, economic (assets, goods and services) or environmental losses which exceed the ability of the affected community/society to cope using its own resources.
- The two types of Climate Change: Natural and Anthropogenic. The natural (ice age)processes of climate change evolved in million years while the anthropogenic (human-made)climate change only occurred thousands of years – the increase of emission of fluorocarbons is one of the causes of this type of climate change. What the world is now faced with is the combination of these two types of climate change.
- DRR is a systematic effort to analyze and manage the causes of disasters by reducing vulnerabilities and enhancing capacities in order to lessen the adverse impacts of hazards and the probability of disaster.
- CCA is an adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climate stimuli or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities (IPCC).The similarities are in objectives and purpose is the same which is to increase the adaptability of climate exacerbating impacts; end goal, to develop resiliency of the communities to combat the impacts of hazards and change the lifestyle; benefits to society would be safer lives; methods, just the same; seeking to address root causes and increasing influence. But it differs in origin and history, time scale, scope, perspective and others but in the question whether to take on DRR or CCA, the answer is, it does not MATTER – for as long as our actions are geared towards saving the lives of the people.
- RISK = Hazard Exposure x Vulnerability/Capacity
- Climate Change Climate Hazards (unpredictable, non-linear, variable, uncertain, extreme, unprecedented, perplexing, ever-changing, unexpected)
- DRR and CCA mean addressing the root causes of people’s vulnerability.
Treasury & Assessment Offices garner several awards
By: Mr. Romeo F. Tabarnilla, OIC-Municipal Treasurer
The Municipal Treasurer’s office under the leadership of Mrs .Ana Lourdes Espiritu garners several awards during the Awarding Ceremony of the Top Performing Municipl Treasury Offices given by the Iloilo Provincial Government on December 6, 2011 at the Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iloilo City.
Present during the awarding ceremony representing the Local Government Unit is Mina’s Mayor, Hon. Lydia e. Grabato with Mrs. Espiritu who received the top two highest recognitions, namely: Excellence in Records Management and Best Practice in Revenue Generation.
Likewise, the Office of the Municipal Assessor under the leadership of Ms. Dory Emelo was recognized in support to the Revenue Generation Program of the Local Government Unit which contributed to the increase in Real Property Taxes not only in the municipality but the province as well.
The Office of the Municipal Treasurer have received the following awards and recognition presented by Governor Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. and Provincial Treasurer, Dr. Melba B. Sullivan in the presence of SP Members, Hon. Demy Sonza and Hon. Emmanuel Gallar:
Ø In recognition of its exemplary performance enabling the Municipality of Mina to obtain the 9th Highest Realty Tax Collection efficiency Rating of 83.90% in the entire Province of Iloilo for Calendar Year 2010 awarded by the Iloilo Provincial Government & Iloilo Provincial Treasurer’s Office.
Ø As the 2nd Most Outstanding Municipal Treasury in the early submission of the Electronic Statement of Receipts & Expenditures (ESRE) for CY 2010 in the entire Province of Iloilo awarded by the Iloilo Provincial Government & Iloilo Provincial Treasurer’s Office.
Ø As the 3rd Most Outstanding Treasury Office in the Prompt remittance of the Iloilo Provincial Real Property Tax Shares for CY 2010 awarded by the Iloilo Provincial Government
Ø For having been chosen as the 2nd Most Outstanding Municipal Treasury Office in Region VI for CY 2010, having obtained the 2nd Highest Performance Evaluation rating of 90.47% among Municipal Treasury Offices in the region, in an evaluation conducted by the Bureau of Local Government Finance, Region Office No. VI in coordination with REGAT VI, Inc.
Ø Ms. Ana Lourdes B. Espiritu- in sincere commendation for her being the most efficient among municipal treasurers in region VI in the submission of the Quarterly Reports on ESRE, Real Property Tax Collection & other required reports for CY 2010.
Mina Town Hall Employees Donate to GMA’s Tabang Para Sa Mindanao
By: Ms. Gina Palisada, Administrative Staff
The municipal officials and employees of the Local Government Unit of Mina based on Mina Town Hall cut down portion of their Christmas party expenses to donate to the victims of Typhoon Sendong in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan through GMA’s Tabang Para Sa Mindanao.
Mayor Lydia E. Grabato in her interview opted to turn over the total cash donation of ONE TWENTY THOUSAND PESOS (P120,000.00) divided equally for victims from Iligan City (P60,000.00) and Cagayan de Oro City (P60,000.00) to GMA – Channel 7 Foundation because of the latter’s concern to the Minanhons by choosing the District of Mina as recipient of school supplies during the opening of classes this school year.
GMA personnel came to the Municipal Town Hall last December 27, 2011 to receive the cash donation of LGU Mina from Mayor Grabato in the presence of municipal officials and employees.
33 Unmarried Couples join free Mass Wedding
by: Miss Nelia P. Priscion, Municipal Civil Registrar
One of the pet programs of Mayor Lydia E. Grabato which changes the lives of thirty three (33) unmarried couples is the “Mass Wedding Ceremony” on December 28, 2011 which she offered for free.
Another set of thirty couples will be solemnized by the municipality’s Lady Mayor on the 18th day of the January this year. This is a free Mass Wedding Program extended to 4P’s beneficiaries and Philhealth Members of the municipality with the Office of the Municipal Mayor spearheading the activity in cooperation with the Office of the Municipal Civil Registrar, DSWD, PPO and the Rural Health Unit.
Would-be couples are required to undergo seminars and marriage counseling as well. Rings and thirteen (13) coins for arrhae are likewise required during the actual event making it more symbolic and meaningful.
The mass wedding ceremony for unmarried couples living together without legal basis can be of great help to them to strengthen their bond as husband and wife, raise a family that they can be proud of and that legitimation of the children can be processed without hindrances.
Life then is never fair. We don’t have choice which family we be born into with all its social and moral trimmings. To this effect, at least it’s a done deal in principle thru the enthusiasm of the Mayor Lydia E. Grabato and a sure way to help the Municipality less fortunate live-in couples who could not afford a grand, bashful and elegant church wedding.
Business establishments support Adopt-a –Tree for Christmas
by: Hon. Benje Pelobello
Seventeen (17) business establishments respond to the invitation of the Local Government Unit of Mina to participate in the “Adopt a Tree for Christmas Program “ in line with its annual tourism event, Paskwa Halad sa Banwa which opened last December 15, 2011.
The business establishments, individually or in group, adopted a tree around the municipal plaza and decorated it with Christmas lights which remained lighted every night until December 31, 2011.
The cooperation shown by these establishments as sponsors of this years Adopt a Tree for Chrisatmas Program was overwhelming which added to the success of this year’s Paskwa Halad sa Banwa celebration.
Hon. Benje Pelobello, Committee Chairman for this program is extending the enormous gratitude in behalf of the LGU to the following benevolent sponsors:
1. River Front Café & Kendras Corner
2. First Midland Bank Inc.
3. Green Global Power Panay Inc.
4. SB Members, Municipality of Mina
5. .Benz Marketing
6. Puga Funeral Home
7. Sanispring Refilling Station
8. T & G Merchandizing
9. Mina Public Market Vendors Association
10. Twin’s Mart
11. Cyntia’s Store
12. Josie’s Poultry and Palay Buying Station
13. Our Lady of the Pillar Parish
14. Pro-Bikers, Mina Chapter
15. J and D Enterprises with Mr. Donato Manaay- proprietor
16. Generick Recruitment Agency
17. Norkis Group and Companies
Provincial LSB funds for DepEd District of Mina
by: Mr. Romeo F. Tabarnilla, ICO-Municipal Treasurer
The Municipality of Mina represented by Mayor Lydia E. Grabato, District Supervisor, with Mr. Romeo Tabarnilla, OIC Municipal Treasurer; Mr. Edwin Labordo of DepEd-Elementary, District of Mina; Mr. Gil Lamanero, School Head of Nasirum Elementary School; and Mrs. Ramona Agligar, School Head-Armada Pelaez Primary School received the check from Local School Board Funds of the Iloilo Provincial Government on December 22, 2011. A short ceremony was held at the Conference Room of the Provincial Governor’s Office, Iloilo Provincial Capitol in the presence of Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr.; Provincial Administrator, Dr. Raul Banias; and LSB Coordinator, Mr. Gerry Bionat.
The ceremony was attended by the District Supervisors, Principals/School Heads and Mayors of the different municipalities who are beneficiaries of repair, renovation and construction of the different school buildings and purchase of additional school facilities. Mina was among the beneficiary for repair, construction and purchase of computers of the different barangay particularly for Mina Central School, Armada Pelaez Primary School and Nasirum Elementary School.
SM Foundation donates books to MNHS
By: Ms. Myla Patriarca, Staff-Mayor’s Office
Mayor Lydia E. Grabato and MNHS Principal, Mr. Agustin Andong received books from SM Foundation as donation to the school on November 28, 2011 at the Capitol Lobby of the Provincial Capitol.
Mina was one of the 25 municipalities identified by the SM Foundation through the Provincial Social Welfare Office as recipient of this project. Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. and Dr. Neneth Q. Pador, PSWDO personally turned over the books to the Municipal Mayors and secondary school principals.
Mayor Grabato gave her remarks and appreciation in behalf of the 25 municipalities to the SM foundation and Iloilo Provincial Government for this generous act which is very beneficial to the students and teachers in their learning and teaching process and as reference and research materials.
Inauguration of the new BSPO, PhilPost and PYAP offices in Mina
By: Mr. Johnny C. Patingo, Mayor’s Office-Staff
The Provincial Population Officer, Mr. Ramon Yee is the guest of honor during the Blessing and Inauguration of the New office for Barangay Service Point Officers (BSPO) on December 5, 2011. Father Henrietto Losaria officiated the blessing of the BSPO building including the Philpost and PYAP new offices while Mr. Ramon Yee and Mayor Lydia Grabato did the cutting of the ribbon in the presence of BSPO, Vice Mayor Dableo and members of the Sangguniang Bayan, sponsors, BHW, municipal employees and barangay officials.
The BSPO is under the supervision of Mrs. Eleanor Galan, PPO assigned in Mina. The new office is equipped with office tables and filing cabinets and lockers for every BSPO from the 22 barangays of this municipality.
A computer with complete accessories was provided by Mayor Lydia E. Grabato for BSPO to use in encoding their reports and data. Earlier, BSPO underwent training on Computer Literacy in the LGU-owned, Mina Community eCenter which empowered them to be computer-literate.
The BSPO office is located in the Mina Recreation Center with enough and conducive room for trainings, meetings and seminars.
Basketball teams of RMN Radio and Agahan highlight MSCC’s opening
By: Mr. Conrado S. Gatdula, municipal Sports Coordinator
The basketball teams of RMN Radio Station and IDH Agahan play the friendly game during the opening of Mina Sports and Cultural Center on December 17, 2011. RMN with team captain, Station Manager Novie Guazo losed the game over its opponent, IDH Agahan headed by Mr. Ireneo “Jong” E. Grabato II.
Earlier during their game, Iloilo Provincial Capitol team and LGU Mina Team played with each other. LGU Mina with playing coach and manager,Former Mayor Rey Grabato won over the Capitol team headed by Atty. Dennis Ventilacion.
Congressman Arthur R. Defensor, Jr. did the tossing of ceremonial ball.
Iloilo Provincial Government’s PROJECT BULIGAY, a Medical mission in Mina a success
By: Mrs. Desiree Grace P. Gabasa, Adm. Officer
More than 2,500 Minanhons availed of the various medical and dental services rendered by the Iloilo Provincial Government’s “Project Buligay: Probinsya, Banwa, kag iban pa” held in the Municipality of Mina last December 17, 2011.
The team composed of 130 members including physicians and medical staff was headed by Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado, Iloilo Provincial Health Officer and was joined by the Heads and staff of the different District Hospitals in the Province of Iloilo. The National Red Cross and the Phil Army also participated in the medical mission.
The Iloilo Provincial Hospital headed by Dr. Prim Parcon was joined by the Chief of Hospital and staff of Janiuay, Calinog, Maasin, ALEOSAN and Passi City. The Association of Municipal Health Officers in the Province of Iloilo also joined the mission to render free medical services to the people of Mina.
Minanhon doctors who supported the cause and rendered their services to their townmates are Dr. Glenn Mana-ay, Dr. Arsenio Salanio, Dr. Cuenca, and Dr. Shiela Jalandra, among others.
Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. and Mrs. Cosette Defensor dropped by to witness the eagerness of their kasimanwas as they availed of the various health services offered by this medical and dental mission. The day also marked the 44th Wedding Anniversary of the good governor and his wife, which made the event even more remarkable.
Dr. Raul Banias, Iloilo Provincial administrator monitored the conduct of the proceedings and was joined by Mr. Ramon Yee, Iloilo Provincial Population Officer.
Among the medical services offered were on general consultation for adults, pediatrics, dental, circumcision, and minor surgery. Free haircut and massage were also provided by the military personnel.
A bloodletting activity and supplemental feeding were also simultaneously conducted. Likewise, a lecture on post partum and breastfeeding was also given to educate mothers.
All in all, the medical and dental mission contributed immensely to the Local Government of Mina’s commitment to provide excellent health care and services to the people.
LGU MINA AS NATIONAL FINALIST TO THE SEARCH FOR 2011 MOST BUSINESS - FRIENDLY LGU AWARD
By: Dory P. Emelo
The Local Government Unit of Mina upon nomination of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Region VI qualifies as one of the national finalists for the Search for 2011 Most Business- Friendly LGU Award (Level 2 -4th to 6th class municipalities). The award is an initiative to recognize and promote models of governance of municipalities that have demonstrated efforts in instituting good governance reforms to promote trade and investment.
Among the areas of concern are local governance, quality customer service, public-private partnerships and investment promotion. Mayor Lydia E. Grabato led the final presentation of LGU’s entry on September 23 , 2011 at the PCCI Office in Taguig City, Metro Manila before the panelists headed by DILG- USEC Austere Panadero with members from the different sectors such as Business, Labor, Academe and NGOs. The question and answer portion was surpassed by Mayor Grabato leaving no inch to any inquiry of the jurors left unanswered.
The presence and support of Mr. David De Montaigne, the President and Chief Exe. Officer of Mina’s major investor for biomass power plant, Green Power Panay Philippines, Inc., notably has added points in favor of
Mina’s entry. Mr. De Montaigne on his part when one of the jurors from the University of the Philippines directed important question to him as to why of the many places in the Philippines he dared to put his billion peso investment in the Municipality of Mina, in which without much flowering word to state his reasons, he mentioned among others beside an Approved Comprehensive land Use Plan the municipality has, he specifically mentioned the excellent peace and order situation of the place, the support and cooperation of both the Local Chief Executive and the Sangguniang Bayan; and the local administration which he described to be comparable to the national administration in the aspect of governance. Present during this undertaking is Mrs. Maribeth de Montaigne, GPPPI Board of Director with Ms. Dory P. Emelo, Municipal Assessor of Mina, Iloilo and Miss Rebecca A. Encarnacion, for technical assistance and moral support. Being a national finalist is already a triumph for a 5th class municipality like Mina. Whatever the outcome, the experience is worth the award…
LGU-MINA joins the celebration of the Civil Service Commission 111TH ANNIVERSARY
By: Ruth Pari-an, HRMO
The Local Government Unit of Mina joins the celebration of the 111th anniversary of the Civil Service Commission anchored on the theme, “Championing R.A.C.E (Responsive, Accessible, Courteous & Effective Public Service): Public Service Excellence at Full Speed”. The celebration started with the holding of Fun Run last September 2, 2011 participated by the municipal officials and employees headed by Mayor Lydia E. Grabato, employees from national agencies, the Mina PNP personnel, barangay officials, and all sectors of the community. The Fun Run started at 5:00 o’clock in the morning from Lumbo Elementary School, Pototan, Iloilo and ended in front of Mina Town Hall or the distance of 3 kms., more or less. The early morning exercises or Hataw were done to perk up this year’s celebration.
PINSP Brillo and 4 Mina PNP personnel are Medalya ng KASANAYAN AWARDEES
By: PO1 Ronnie R. Pradas
The Mina PNP personnel headed by Chief of Police PINSP Ronnie P. Brillo with PO3 Jonathan O. Miranda, PO2 John C. Brillo, PO1 Mark C. Cortez and PO1 Ronnie R. Pradas are recipients of Medalya Ng Kasanayan . The medal was conferred by Chief Supt. Ernesto Tesoro, OIC-Regional Director of PNP (PRO6) during the Awarding Ceremony at Camp Francisco Sumagaysay. Sr. Iloilo Provincial Police Office, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo last August 22, 2011.
A Medalya ng Kasanayan (PNP Efficiency Medal) is given to police personnel who are performing their duties significantly or par excellence. Specifically, the recognition of Mina PNP personnel was a result of the arrest of the Iloilo Provincial Integrated Jail (IPIJ) escapee, Stanley Loreto, last August 1, 2011 and was arrested in Rizal St. Mina, Iloilo last August 2, 2011 through the joints efforts of the above-named Mina PNP personnel headed by PINSP Brillo. The Local Government Unit of Mina on its part also recognized the efforts and gallant act of these PNP personnel through a Res. of Commendation passed by the Sangguniang Bayan of Mina.
PHILCAPP holds Field trip in Mina Community eCenter
by: Mr. Xykster Pelaez, FITS Manager
The Philippine Climate Change Adaptation-PHILCCAP, the special project of the Department of Agriculture and the World Bank, holds their Field Trip in Mina, Iloilo particularly in Mina Community eCenter on August 12, 2011. The 73 PHILCAPP participants headed by the Project Management Office are from the National and Reg. Offices of DA (RFU VI, ATI-RTC VI, PCIC VI, NIA VI), DBM, DENR, COA and from SUCs, PVT Insurance Companies, Lending Institutions, Irrigator’s Association, Selected LGUs and NGOs.
The Field Trip is in line with the Inception Meeting on the DA Sub-Components of the Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Project on August 11-12, 2011 at Grand Hotel, Iloilo City. This is conducted to disseminate information about the project with their development partners from the Local Government Units particularly along the Jalaur River of which Mina is included.
The Mina Community eCenter was considered by PHILCAPP as one of the facilities complementary to accessing climate information, being one of the components of the program.
The Group visited also the FITS Center, the Mina Skills Training Center and the Biomass Power Plant site in this municipality. Among the notable persons during the visit are Dr. Allan V. Alimodian, Director ATI-RTC 6; Ms. Carmen N. Hutaba from PCIC-Head Office; Mr. Charlito O. Brilleta, OIC-RM, PCIC Reg. 6; Ms. Rodeline M. Pasuelo, College Administrator-WVSU; Ms. Leonida A. Curativo & Ms. Lorna B. Dumao of DA-Central Office; Ms. Edna Juanillo, DOST-Pagasa; Reynaldo Baloloy & Marissa Prescutan from NIA-Central Office and along with other members of PhilCCAP.
CeC Mina, Iloilo partners with National Computer Center in the conduct of ISSP Seminar-Workshop
by: Dory Emelo-Municipal Assessor
The National Computer Center Field Operations Office (NCC-FOO) conducts the Information System Strategic Planning (ISSP) Seminar- Workshop in partnership with the Community eCenter of the Local Government Unit of Mina, Iloilo on September 5-7, 2011.
The Information Systems Strategic Planning is designed for executives, supervisors, MIS team and other personnel with or without computer background who will be involved in the formulation and final recommendation The National Computer Center Field Operations Office (NCC-FOO) conducts the Information System of the LGU’s/agency’s Information System Plan.
The 19 participants who attended the 3-day seminar workshop from the different Local Government Units (LGU) and State Universities and Colleges (SUC) in the Province of Iloilo which was held at the 2nd floor of Mina Community eCenter were able to gain the ability to formulate their respective LGU or Agency Information System Plan (ISP).
The Head of the ICT Education and Training Unit of NCC-FOO based on Zamboanga City, Dr. Teresita N. Torremonia supervised the conduct of the training with the strong support of Mina’s Local Chief Executive, Hon. Lydia E. Grabato along with the focal person, Mrs. Dory P. Emelo with the CeC Staff . The Resource Speaker was Ms. Grace Martha T. Amberong, Head ASDG & PWDG of NCC.
The Municipal Treasurer’s Office conducts Dialogue with Delinquent Real Property Owners
by: Ana Lourdes B. Espiritu, Municipal Treasurer
It was last August 17, 2011, the Municipal Treasurer’s Office Personnel together with the Provincial Treasurer’s Office Personnel, headed by Mrs. Corazon Beloria, Asst. Provincial Treasurer and Mrs. Laila Patriarca of Mun. Assessors Office conducted dialogue with our delinquent real property owners. This activity was participated by Punong Barangay, Brgy. Treasurer and Brgy. Secretaries of twenty two (22) Barangays. The program started with a prayer given by Mrs. Janet Peremne followed by the singing of Pambansang Awit led by Mrs. Vilma Cordero.
Then a welcome message given by Hon. Benjie Pelobello and a short talk by the Asst. Provincial Treasurer, Mrs Corazon Beloria and the open forum. It was attended by two hundred (200) participants from the different barangay. In this discussion the Assistant Provincial Treasurer asked the participants the reasons for non-payment of their taxes. She also emphasized that the taxpayers who have received legal notice from the Provincial
legal office should pay their taxes at the Municipal Treasurer’s Office. They can pay in an installment basis or in full. During the final discussions, it was found out that many can’t pay their taxes due to multiple ownership and low crop production.
This activity contributed to the increased in collection of real property taxes. The information dissemination has created awareness to the property owners and tax payers, and has instilled in the minds of the community the importance of payment of real property taxes and efficient tax collection.
LCE Conducts Budget Hearing of the 2012 Annual Budget
by: Ma. Cecilia B. Caalim, Municipal Budget Officer
Hon. Lydia E. Grabato, Local Chief Executive of LGU Mina conducted Budgeting Hearing on 2012 Annual Budget of General Fund, Operations of Mina Health Center, Laboratory, Maternity Lying In-Clinic, Dental & Medical Clinic , Operation of Market & Slaughterhouse, Recreation Center, Building, Equipments & Facilities and Administrative Section of Economic Enterprise last September 8, 2011, at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon at MTH Conference Room.
The budget hearing was attended by all the Department Heads, Vice Mayor Evangeline Dableo, SB Member Pedro Mana-ay, Chairman Committee on Appropriation and other concerned employees.
During the Budget hearing it was emphasized that there will be a reduction of 3% on Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) to be received by the Municipality for the year 2012. For CY 2011 the IRA received by the Municipality is 37,907,364 and for 2012 it was reduced to 36,748,102. But despite of this, the Local Chief Executive is trying her best to look for alternative solutions in order not to disrupt the operations and implementations of programs and projects of the LGU for the coming year.
It was also discussed that because of the creation of the Office of the Economic Enterprise there were personnel who were promoted and some of the contractual employees who were hired to permanent status without exceeding the 55% personal services limitations despite, the reduction of IRA.
The Local Finance committee Budget Proposals were also presented. There are clarifications and suggestions on the respective budget proposals of different offices which were considered by the LCE.
THE LOCAL FINANCE COMMITTEE (LFC) MEETS TO DISCUSS 2012 LGU’S ESTIMATED INCOME AND EXPENDITURES
by: Ma. Cecilia B. Caalim, Municipal Budget Officer
The Local Finance Committee convened and discussed the 2012 Estimated Income and Estimated Expenditures of the LGU on August 12, 2011 at the Municipal Budget Office. During the meeting they deliberated the target income to be collected both the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) and the Local Revenue Sources. The Municipal Budget Officer, Ma. Cecilia B. Caalim informed the LFC members that there will be a reduction of IRA of supposedly more or less 5%; however, there are 16 Municipalities that became cities, the reduction will only be more or less 3% .
During the meeting the LFC, they have came up with a Budget Proposal to be presented to the LCE for approval if in case the Estimated Income for the Budget Year cannot accommodate the Budget Proposals of all the offices.
BHWs and BSPOs attend Computer Literacy Hands-on Training
by: Ruby Brillo, MCeC-Staff
The 15 Barangay Health Workers (BHW) and 10 Barangay Service Point Officers (BSPO) attend the first batch of Computer Literacy Hands-on Training conducted by the Mina Community eCenter. The three-day training for BHW on August 10-12, 2011 and a five-day training for BSPO on August 23-26, 2011 had proven to be successful in computer literacy .
The modules of the training include the Basic Computer Operation and Microsoft Word including internet browsing and knowledge on e-mail..
The BSPOs, on the hand, were able to learn more about Microsoft Excel which is needed in the consolidation of their report as a result of their data gathering tasks.
New Investment office for Mina’s investors and clients
by: Gina Palisada, Staff -Mayor’s Office
The new Mina Investment Office is now serving its clients located at the 2nd floor of Mina Skills Training Center. It has an invigorating receiving area with well-arranged native furniture’s and fixtures and an elegant Boardroom where small meetings and gatherings of 10-20 people can be accommodated with the display of Approved Land Use Maps of the Municipality of Mina which could heightened the interest of the investors.
Former Mayor Rey P. Grabato and now Executive Assistant V of this municipality heads the Municipal Investment Board and he occupies the newly furnished Municipal Investment Office. The Mina Investment Board is responsible for the regulation and promotion of investment in the locality. The office is one of the important venues in attracting investors.
Mina Community eCenter is continuing its Digital Literacy Training
by: Lloyd Tono, MCeC-Staff
Anchored on the mission of the Mina Community e Center to transform Mina into a borderless cyber - acclimatized community providing its constituency with knowledge right at its fingertips & enabling the people with competency and skills on basic computer and digital literacy, a continues training on Digital Literacy is held at the center. This gives access to the world through its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) user friendly services; establishing programs and trainings to partner with various groups and entities from government agencies & private organizations worldwide; aiming to create an optimum development for an eknowledge-based municipality
The CeC equipped with 40-units of Computer machines is utilized mainly for computer literacy training aside from the other internet services. The center has already trained more than 100 clients since it started its operation on June 15, 2011 composed of barangay officials, BSPO, BHWs, farmers, senior citizens, women group, farmers, youths and Persons with Disabilities. The training for various group in the Community eCenter is under the supervision of Ms. Ruby Brillo and Mr. Lloyd Tono with the assistance of Ms. Lida Magbanua while the training for the farmers in the FITS Center is under the supervision of Mr. Xykster Pelaez.
Father “Nene” Sinoy as spiritual speaker during the 2nd Spiritual Wellness Program
by: Ruth Paria-an, HRMO
The second Spiritual Wellness Program of the Local Government Unit has Father Servillano Laurente - Sinoy III or fondly called Father “Nene” as a Spiritual Speaker held on September 30, 2011 at the Municipal Agriculture Center attended by the municipal officials and employees, PNP & BFP personnel and national agencies personnel stationed in the municipality.
The program is primarily in compliance of Executive Order No. 048 issued by Mayor Lydia E. Grabato enjoining all municipal officials and employees to participate in the “Friday Sickness Part II” Activity for Spiritual Wellness and Personality Development; however it turned out to be the need and desire of everyone to be enlightened spiritually. This activity is also a repose from the stress, worries and fatigue brought about by the various tasks of the employees while rendering their duties and functions.
Mayor Lydia E. Grabato conveyed his appreciation to Father Sinoy, a Paulinian priest who is a native of New Lucena, Iloilo, who readily accepted the invitation to be the spiritual Speaker for the 2nd time of holding this Spiritual Wellness Activity in spite of his hectic schedule.
Father Sinoy on his part has perked the atmosphere during an hour of reflections and sharing before he officiated a holy mass which had given so much lessons and inspirations to the participants. Father Nene has been assigned to the different communities of the Society of St. Pauls and he is a much sought - after Retreat and Recollection Master and the favorites both of the young and old. He co-authored the book entitled: Lord, tickle my funny bone, please…, a compilation of short stories and anecdotes, which luckily all employees were able to grab a copy.
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Three LGU employees as participants to the 9th National Vegetable Congress in Dumaguete City
by: Lorne Palorma, AT-MAO
The 9th National Vegetable Congress held in Negros Oriental Convention Center in Dumaguete City was attended by three employees from the Local Government Unit of Mina last August 3-5, 2011. The theme for this year’s congress is “Quality and Safe Vegetables: Key to Sustainable Economic Growth”. Mr. Xykster Pelaez and Mrs. Lorne Palorma from the Municipal Agriculture Office with Mrs. Dory P. Emelo from this LGU joined the group of participants of this Congress of about 200 people from all over the country. The participants of the three day events are Municipal Agriculturist, Municipal HVCDP Coordinator, Farmer Leaders, local government officials and vegetable growers. The Congress serves as the convergence area of all vegetable stakeholders which discussed and addressed the pressing problems, issues and concerns affecting the interest of the vegetable industry due to the impact of climate change to agriculture. The other concern which the congress has taken into consideration is the effect of the full implementation of the General Agreement on Tariff and Trade (GATT/WTO) to the vegetable industry in the Philippines. The participants were able to go on Field visits in selected vegetable farms in the Municipality of Valencia, Negros Oriental.
Employees on Spiritual Wellness and Enhancement Program
by: Gina Palisada, Mayor’s Office Staff
Mayor Lydia Grabato through the issuance of Executive Order No. 048 last September 6, 2011 is enjoining all municipal officials and employees to participate in Spiritual Wellness and Personality Development Activities. This program initiated by the Local Government Unit is composed of series of prayers, meditations, affirmation of specific spiritual practices. Being a weekly activity, various resource speakers from the religious sectors will be invited to impart on the participants not only their social obligations but their spiritual responsibilities as well while rendering public service to their clients and the community.
The holding of the first spiritual wellness program was held last September 16, 201 lasted for two hours with Father Espiridion “Boy” Celis from Mandurriao Parish Church as the spiritual speaker. The first activity has proven to be very beneficial especially in the personality enhancement values formation of the municipal officials and employees.
MUNICIPAL AGRICULTURE ACTIVITIES
Compiled by: Mr. Fred Pinuela, MA and Mrs. Lorne Palorma, AT
A. BAW SELECTION TO 22 BARANGAYS
The 1,792 or more farmers are the backbone of the production system in the municipality, wherein Mina is predominantly an agricultural town, a large portion of which is utilized for rice production. The Local Government Unit of Mina hopes to hasten agricultural programs and projects from the local and national agencies. In order to hold on to this commitment, there is a need to create and designate a Barangay Agricultural Worker (BAW) in each zone or purok to serve as the extension arm of the Municipal Agriculture Office.
Thru an Executive Order No. 040-B of 2011, AN ORDER CREATING THE BARANGAY AGRICULTURAL WORKERS IN EVERY PUROK/ZONE IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF MINA; we were able to select the BAW’s together with the barangay council and farmers from the 22 barangays successfully.
BAW will assist the LGU agriculturist in the implementation of agricultural programs/project in their respective area; they will also serve as the Bantay Peste Volunteer Brigade and they are responsible to determine particular commodities suited for planting in their respective area.
B. Organic Farming urge to put into practice in the municipality. . .
Food security and self-sufficiency. Local Government Unit of Mina headed by the Honorable Lydia E. Grabato seek to meet the food needs of the people of the municipality and other neighboring area particularly staple food and make them accessible, affordable, safe and nutritious.. . ORGANIC AGRICULTURE. Organic Rice Production. . Organic Black Rice. . . .
Organic Vegetable Production. . is nearly in the coverage of the Mun. of Mina. The counterpart of the National Agriculture and Fishery council in the municipalities. It is composed of the members from the 22 barangays and in charge of supervising and monitoring development projects in the municipalities.
It became a regular member of the Local Special Bodies representing the agricultural sector and acting as mediator of the farmers in bringing their problems and needs to the attention of local officials and agencies concerned.
The strength of the Council is their 100% attendance in meetings which are conducted regularly, even drawing out their expenses from their own pockets in coming to the poblacion, a manifestation of their zeal and dedication to service. To them, the meeting is so important because it is their opportunity to report updates of the status of their barangays and raise issues and concerns regarding their problems and needs.
C. MUNICIPAL AGRICULTURAL AND FISHERY COUNCIL (MAFC).
Members of the Mina Municipal Agricultural and Fishery
Council (MAFC) attentively listening during the MAFC
meeting dated August 18, 2011 at the Agriculture Center,
MAFC Chairman, NEri M. Perez, SB Giovani
Grabato, and Mr. Fred J. Pinuela, MA.
Mr. Pete Dumaraoz, NAFC Area Coordinator, Region 6
with Mr. Felicito Tedon, PAFC Chairman, Iloilo Province
and Mr. Neri M. Perez, MAFC Chairman, Mun. of Mina.
D. ORIENTATION AND ORGANIZATION OF MINA HORTICULTURE
The Municipality of Mina thru the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist forwarded a letter request to the Office of the Honorable Gov. Arthur Defensor requesting the presence of Mrs. Leona N. Traigo; Ornamental Crop Program Coordinator, Iloilo Province to conduct orientation at the same time assist in the organization.
The activity was presented by the 24 active and enthusiast ornamental raisers. During the orientation, Mrs. Leona N. Traigo discussed the Ornamental Horti culture Industry (OHI). What is it all about? Where are we? Where is ornamental horti culture industry now?
Where are we going?
HORTICULTURE.... this includes CUTFLOWER, . . CUTFOLIAGE. . and FRUIT TREES. For the information, ornamental horti culture is within /belongs to the HIGH VALUE COMMERCIAL CROP DEVELOPMENT .
According to her, there were 17active municipal association and that includes the Mina Horti culture Association. ..prepare for the 2012 BOUGAINVILLEA FLORAL FLOAT FESTIVAL .
E. MINA HORTICULTURE ASSOCIATION
Date Organized: September 01,2011
Venue: Annex 5 2nd Floor, Agriculture Center, Mina, Iloilo
President: LEAH PALACIOS
Vice-President: ALMA CLAMANO
Secretary: JOSETTE VIOLETA
Treasurer: GINA FELOMINA PROVIDO
Auditor: MARLENE PELAEZ
Bus. Mgr.: GLORIA SUBANO
P.C.O.: NANETTE DAVILA
Advisers: 1. Mrs. Edna P. Sobrejuanite
2. Mrs. Nati vidad Grabato
3. Mrs. Perlita Defensor
Municipal Ornamental Horticulture Coordinator: Nena P. Gonzales
Ornamental Horticulture Officer: Lorne P. Palorma-AT-MAO
Mrs. Leona N. Traigo, Ornamental Crop Program
Coordinator, Iloilo Province conducted an orientation on
ornamental horti culture and assisted in the organization
of the Mina Horti culture Association last September 01,
2011 at the Annex 5, 2nd Floor, Agriculture Center.
The organization was presented by the 24 active and
enthusiast ornamental raisers. This includes the KALIPI
Presidents from the 22 barangays, active ornamental and
flower raisers and the advisers.
The Municipality headed by the very supportive
Honorable Mayor, Lydia E. Grabato is very much willing
to extend her support in the success of the organization’s
program and activities.
In fact, she provided the planting material (bougainvillea)
for the start and in preparation of the forthcoming
bougainvillea fl oral fl oat parade in the province of Iloilo.
We were given greenhouse area at the back of the KALIPI
Office, which will be utilized as our nursery.
Proposal to have a garden show was also approved and
we were given area/site at the oval located at the MHU
and MAO, which will be on October 2011 as part of the
F. FARMERS FIELD DAY
at Barangay Janipa-an East, Mina, Iloilo
August 26, 2011
Municipality of Mina Holds Field Day and Forum Almost 300 farmers from to municipality and neighboring towns recently gathered in Brgy. Janipa-an East, Mina for the farmers’ field day and forum. Janipa-an East is one of the sites of the Location-Specific Technology Development (LSTD) program in the Municipality. The program, which aims for farmers to develop farming technologies that are best suited to their specific farming conditions, is PhilRice’s support to the national Rice Self-Sufficiency Plan.
The field day included a field tour, viewing of exhibits of rice hull carbonizer and farmers’ forum. Moreover, it featured farm demonstrations showing the modified dapog technology, Palayamanan
system, nutrient management through the leaf color chart and minus-one element technique, rice seed production technique, carbonized rice hull, and the flatbed dryer. Exhibits on rice and rice-related technologies, highlighting the Palay Check, were also presented to the farmers.
During the program, farmers also consulted and aired rice-related problems to a panel composed of experts from Phil-Rice, the National Irrigation Association, the Provincial Agriculturist, and the local government units. The event was conducted as part of the a collaborative effort between PhilRice, the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 6, Provincial Government Unit and LGU. The project is bannered by the LSTD program.
Grabato’s administration continues the implementation of infrastructure projects
by: Licerio C. Patingo, OIC- Municipal Engineer
The desire of the Local Gov’t. Unit under the administration of Mayor Lydia E. Grabato to improve the infrastructure projects for the improvement of quality services to its constituencies hence it never ceases to implement of infrastructure projects through sourcing out of funds from local and national government agencies.
The Office of the Mun. Engineer under the hardworking head, Mr Licerio C. Patingo summarizes the highlights of the accomplishment of Infrastructure Development and Projects under his direct supervision :
1. Completed Repair & Improvement of RHU Building;
2. Conducted opening of bids for Supply & Materials Rehab/Conversion of Old D.A. Building into DSWD Building
(Crises Center – P II);
3. Completed Transfer & Development of water supply source of MTH Building;
4. Completed initial Phase of Rechanneling of Suague River;
5. 90% accomplished the Beautification Project/Road Widening & Drainage Canal and Sidewalk;
6. Completed Repair of MTH Roofing;
7. 50% Accomplished Phase I of Improvement of Municipal Covered Gym
8. Started Renovation /Conversion of Old D.A. Building into DSWD Building (Crises Center);
9. Coordinate with DPWH 2nd Iloilo Engineering District for preparation of Technical Documents of MOA Funded Projects of Congressman Arthur ‘Toto’ Defensor , Jr. ;
10. Prepared POW-Construction/Repair/ Improvement of various Brgy. Health Centers, Submitted for Funding to Center for Health Department, DOH
11. Prepared POW-FMR-Brgys. Badiangan, Amiroy, Janipa-an West, Abat, Cabalabaguan & Bangac , indorsed for funding to Department of Agriculture;
12. Prepared POW-Placenta Pit/Burial Pit; Improvement of Senior Citizen’s Building- Submitted for funding to Center for Health Department, DOH
13. Prepared POW Proposed Construction of Mina Cental School Administration Building;
14. Completed Construction of C.R.- Community e Center;
15. Truck Team - Do operation as requested; Hauling sand & gravel to the Old Children’s Park & Beautification Project of the Municipality, Regravelling: NIA Road Brgy. Mina East, Singay , Agmanaphao and Tolarucan Ext.
• Maintain garbage collection services.
• Attended Conference of Building Officials-August 19, 2011; Seminar on Master Plumber’s
Association Visayas & Mindanao –Aug. 19-20, 2011 ; Attended 3-Day Seminar/Workshop
on Information System Strategic Planning – Sept. 5-7, 2011; Attended Universal Design –
Conducted by DSWD RVI;
• Maintain various infrastructures and other utilities. Maintain Municipal Heavy
• Process applications for Zoning Clearance (3), Building Permit (1) and Electrical Permits
• Prepared bidding documents, and processed the same for various procurements of supplies & various infra projects.
• Continuous inventory of supplies & equipments and maintain archiving and disposal of the same.
• Provide technical assistance to various Brgys. Elementary Schools & P/S, and MNHS in implementing their development
• Participated for the “Hataw ‘ activities of the Municipality done every Friday.
• Facilitate procurement of construction materials for the Beautification Project/Drainage System.
• Attended the Orientation/Briefing regarding the Search for Outstanding LGU on Solid Waste Mngt. Program (Cleanest and
MAYOR GRABATO’S STATE OF THE MUNICIPAL
ADDRESS (SOMA) GOES TO THE BARANGAYS
by: Johnny Patingo, Staff -Mayor’s Office
To disseminate the accomplishments for one year in office of Mayor Lydia Grabato and in compliance with DILG provision, a State of the Municipal Address (SOMA) was held . As the municipality, Mayor Grabato preferred to conduct this undertaking in the 22 barangays of the municipality.
Every barangay follows the same order of the conduct of SOMA. A prepared schedule for barangay assembly or Pulong-Pulong are followed by the barangay concerned which started last July until first week of August 2011. The Punong barangays and Barangay officials are given time to disseminate their respective accomplishments to their constituents. The highlight of the assembly is the SOMA of the Local Chief Executive wherein programs, projects and activities accomplished by the Local Chief Executive for one year are disseminated to the barangay residents.
MINA MEMBER OF 3rdDISTRICT, PROVINCE OF ILOILO ALLIANCE
by: Ms. Dory P. Emelo, Municipal Assessor
Mayor Suzette Mamon-Badiangan, Iloilo Mayor Pablo Perez-Pototan, Iloilo
Mayor Lydia Grabato-Mina, Iloilo Mayor Manuel Thomas Franklin Locsin-Janiuay, Iloilo
Mayor Alex Centena-Calinog, Iloilo Mayor Mariano Malones Sr.-Maasin, Iloilo
Mayor Robert Maroma-Cabatuan, Iloilo Mayor Matt Palabrica-Bingawan, Iloilo
Mayor Reynor Gonzales-Lambunao, Iloilo
The nine municipalities of the 3rd District of the Prov. of Iloilo including the Municipality of Mina joined efforts in collaborating with each other to form into an alliance for economic development known as Integrated Central Iloilo Alliance for Economic Dev. (ICIA-ED). The Municipalities of Badiangan, Binagawan, Cabatuan, Calinog, Janiuay, Lambunao, Maasin, Mina and Pototan represented by their respective Local Chief Executives and per their authority granted by their Sangguniang Bayan resolutions had entered into an agreement to become member of the ICIA-ED.
The ICIA-ED, a non-stock, non-profit domestic corporation registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission last May 11, 2011 has Mayor of Badiangan, Hon. Suzett e Mamon as President with Mina’ Mayor, Hon. Lydia E. Grabato as Vice President. The other officers are Mayor Matt Palabrica of Bingawan as Secretary, Mayor Pablo Perez of Pototan as Treasurer, Mayor Mariano M. Malones, Sr. of Maasin as Business Manager and Board of Directors are-Mayor Robert Maroma of Cabatuan, Mayor Alex Centena of Calinog, Mayor Manuel Thomas Franklin Locsin of Janiuay and Mayor Reynor Gonzales of Lambunao.
The officers of ICIA-ED took their oath of office before Governor Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. last September 14, 2011 in the Office of the Governor, Provincial Capitol, Iloilo City. Mina being a member of ICIAED has added to the investment opportunities it possessed and has great potential of developing its economic zone particularly the 110 hectares of land identified in its newly revised and approved Comprehensive Land Use Plan as an investment destination not only in the 3rd district but in the whole Province of Iloilo as well.
Mayor Grabato attends 3rd National Summit on Inter-Local Cooperation
by: Desiree Grace P. Gabasa, Admin. Officer
Mayor Lydia E. Grabato with three other LGU personnel, Mrs. Desiree Grace P. Gabasa Ms. Dory P. Emelo and Miss Gina Palisada attend the 3rd National Summit on Inter-local Cooperation at L’ Fisher Hotel, Bacolod City, Negros Occ. On September 26-28, 2011. Mayor Grabato and personnel represents the Integrated Central Iloilo Alliance for Economic Development (ICIA-ED), an alliance of the 3rd district municipalities of the Province of Iloilo. ICIA-ED is among the 40 alliances invited by the sponsoring agencies, GIZ, Canadian International Development Agency (CID)., Europen Union (EU), DILD and the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental. The highlight of the three-day summit are the following:
DAY 1–September 26, 2011 (Pre-Summit Activity)
The pre-summit activity aims to address the critical stage of newly-formed alliances when it comes to the legal, institutional, and financial ingredients of an effective and sustainable inter-local cooperation. The workshop basically summarized what has transpired during the 1st and 2nd Summit on Inter-Local Cooperation. The “cookbook” which was a product of the previous summits contained the critical and essential ingredients of Inter-Local Cooperation, and was distributed to the participants. Experiences were also shared by various successful alliances when it comes to the use of the cookbook. A small self assessment activity was also conducted. Through the integrated diagnostic analysis, it was discovered that ICIA-ED is still in the consolidation stage thus, there is still a long way to go. Day 1 was ended with a dinner and welcome remarks by the Deputy Head of the European Union, one of the avid supporters of inter-local cooperation.
DAY 2 – September 27 ( Opening of National Summit)
The first presentation was given by Mr. Manuel Gotis, Director, Bureau of the Local Government Development, on the Consolidated Gains/State of Inter-Local Cooperation and Importance of ILC’s in Development. The importance of an ILC is bounded by a common purpose or goal usually for maximum utilization of resources, enhance capacity for effective development planning, and strengthen partnerships. Success stories by various heads of alliances were also shared. They imparted the important aspects of forming an alliance such as the triggering issues, objectives, strategies, benefits and program partners. An alliance champion is a very crucial aspect of a sustainable alliance. National Government Agencies also addressed various questions on issues regarding the formation of alliances/ILC’s. Dir. Evelyn Trompeta of the DILG duly presented issues on Inter-Local Financing and how to properly address them. She discussed the sources and disbursement of funds. A representative of the COA also discussed the COA Policies and Guidelines on Existing Financial Structures/ Arrangements of ILC/Inter-LGU Alliances. Commissioner Heide Mendoza also graced us with her presence via phone patch during the open forum. She expressed that the Commission on Audit is very supportive of this partnership and further stated that in 2 to 3 month’s time, COA will come up with policies and guidelines for ILC’s. There was further sharing of various alliance experiences during the breakout sessions in the afternoon.
DAY 3 – September 28 (Continuation of the National Summit & Closing Ceremony)
During the last day of the summit, reactors from various National Government Agencies (BFAR, DOH, NEDA) delivered their feedback on the results of the Breakout Workshop. Lastly, the Governor of Negros Occidental, Hon. Alfredo Marañon, presented the role of the provincial government in sustaining Inter-Local Cooperation.
Mina Health Office Personnel on BASIC LIFE SUPPORT TRAINING
by: Dr. Janeatte Sobrevega, MHO-I
The Basic Life Support Training program was held at the Annex 5, Conference Room DA Building, Mina, Iloilo last July 16, 2011. It was initiated by the Municipal Health Office headed by Dr. Janeatte A. Sobrevega MHO-I and supported by the dynamic and proactive Municipal Mayor, Hon. Lydia E. Grabato who is also present during that day. Other participants included Sangguniang Bayan Member Hon. Cleofe A. Grabato, Chairman Committee on Health, Punong Barangays, Barangay Health Workers, PNP Mina personnel and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
It was conducted by Dr. Glenn A. Mana-ay, FPCP,FPCC. A pride of Mina who is the current President of Philippines Heart Association Western Visayas, Panay Chapter, Chairman of ECG section and Head, Emergency Room of Iloilo Doctor’s College Hospital and member of Philippine Society of Echocardiography.
According to study, cardiovascular diseases is the second highest cause of death among Filipinos that’s why Dr. Mana-ay implies during his lecture the importance of basic and proper approach during emergency and life threatening condition of person suffering from cardiovascular arrest to improve the chance of survivability prior to the advance intervention applied by well trained medical professionals in the hospitals. After the lecture, it was followed by the demonstration of proper way of performing Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation or CPR. Before it was practiced as A-B-C or Airway- Breathing-Compression but since the survivability rate was very low, they change it to C-A-B.
Dr. Mana-ay added that hospital with complete life support equipments and well- trained medical staff are far from some Municipalities hence anyone whether they are medical field or not can help and perform CPR as long they are trained mostly of the Cardiovascular Arrest (CVA) incidence.
Being a health personnel it is important that we are equipped with proper and adequate skills on how to attend patients during emergency and life threatening condition. Hospitals are quite far especially if situations occur in distant barangays hence, skills earned in this training will make us feel confident and we are sure we’re doing the right thing.
The Objectives of the Training are: To prepare for any emergency cases in our locality that may occur; and to be able to develop self confidence among participants.
MSWDO in Action
Compiled by: Suzelle G. Pineda, SWA
NUTRITION MONTH CELEBRATION
The organized sector of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office such as Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines – Mina Chapter, KALIPI and Senior Citizens join in the municipal celebration of the Nutrition Month with a theme : “ Isulong ang Breast feeding: Tama, Sapat at Eksklusibo. The said organized sectors involve themselves in cooking contest and tiangge fair. The activity was celebrated July 28, 2011.
The Person’s with Disability Association of the Municipality of Mina celebrated NDPR (National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week with a theme “Making the Rights Real for Filipino’s with Disabilities” on July 26, 2011 in response to the national call to celebrate the said activity. Activities of the said celebration includes a mass in the morning followed by a Leadership Training facilitated by Judith C. Guadalupe – SWO IV - PSWDO and the distribution of wheelchairs to identified beneficiaries.
DAY CARE SERVICE PROGRAM
With regards to the Day Care Service Program, the Municipality is a beneficiary for Supplementary Feeding Program where preschool children registered in the Day Care Service Program in the barangays of the municipality will avail of 120 days Supplementary Feeding in the form of hot meals paired with iron-fortified rice. A total of 562 pre-school children in the whole of municipality from all barangays avail of such program
BASIC BUSINESS MANAGEMENT SKILLS AND DEVELOPMENT ORIENTATION
An Orientation on Basic Business Management Skills and Development was conducted where all organized sectors undergo an orientation. Representatives from KALIPI, Solo Parents, PYAP, Senior Citizens, ERPAT and Person’s with Disability attended the said activity where identified members who will be qualified for livelihood assistance will be given priority to avail of such from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office. Speakers of the said orientation are Ms. Tess Comoda – Project Evaluation Officer – PSWDO and Mrs. Emma Ledesma – SWO IV – PSWDO.
SENIOR CITIZENS SOCIAL PENSION
The Senior Citizen/s Office under MSWDO received additional applicants for social pension and identified a total of 17 Senior Citizens who qualify for the said program. Also on September 6, 2011 the cash assistance for social pensioners for the period of 2nd quarter was released. The release was done by personnel from the regional Office as well as from the PSWDO in the person of Hanna Salarda. Application for Senior Citizen Social Pension will be ongoing starting the moment.
The PYAP on the other hand is requested by the HRM Office to take part on the Fun Run of the Civil Service conducted last September 2, 2011. The Out of school youth was assigned to lead the Hataw immediately after the Fun Run.
Gatdula leads the Search and Rescue Operation of drowned victim
by: Conrado S. Gatdula, Municipal Deputi zed Civil Defense Coordinator
Mr. Conrado S. Gatdula, Municipal Deputized Civil Defense Coordinator leads the
Search and Rescue Operation of Mina Responders Team in the recovery of the body of the drowned victim, Mr. Florencio Duero of Brgy. Caranas, Janiuay, Iloilo. The incident happened on the late evening of June 21, 2011 while the said Mr. Duero was on his way home and while passing the Dam area, he accidentally slipped and fell on the strong current of water which eventually drowned him to death. After two -days of Search and Rescue Operations, his body was recovered in Brgy. Tumcon Ilaya, Pototan, Iloilo.
Distribution of Starter Kits in Mina, Iloilo
by: Engr. Jose G. Salanio, Jr. – MPDC
Dir. Filomino Sonza, Director II of the Dep’t. of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Mayor Lydia E. Grabato distribute the Starter Kit Project for Livelihood to the beneficiaries on Sept. 20, 2011 in front of Mina Municipal Hall which include 22 Carpentry, 24 Shielded Metal Arc Welding and 22 Masonry graduates of Mina Skills Training Center.
The amount of Four Hundred Twenty Four Thousand Eight Hundred Four Pesos (P424,804.00) was released by DOLE under its Capacity Building Services for Livelihood to this municipality for the purchase of various tools. This is in line with the efforts of DOLE to help the workers and the private enterprises adjust to the growing competitive environment and in accordance with the accounting and auditing guidelines on the grant, utilization and liquidation of fund transferred to implementing agencies as prescribed in COA rules and regulations. Engr. Jose G. Salanio, Jr., MPDC of LGU-Mina is responsible for the implementation of this project.
The Local Government Unit Mina, being capable and experienced in implementing the Livelihood Formation, was provided the fund assistance in form of grant intended for the various livelihood projects.
A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between DOLE represented by Regional Director MANUEL C. ROLDAN, CESO III and this LGU represented by Mayor Lydia E. Grabato for the proper and effective implementation of this project.
Crisis Center for Women and Children starts its construction utilizing fund of LGU’s PCF Counterpart
by: Licerio Patingo, OIC-Mun. Engineer
The Construction of Crisis Center for Women and Children is the project of the Local Government Unit for its Performance Challenge Fund has already started its construction funded by LGUs Counterpart for the Project.
The Local Government Unit of Mina as DILG’s Seal of Good Housekeeping awardee was entitled to a ONE MILLION Performance Challenge Fund with the same amount as LGU’s Counterpart or a total amount of TWO MILLION PESOS to fund Phase I of the project Crisis Center for Women and Children starts its construction utilizing fund of LGU’s PCF Counterpart The Construction of Crises Center for Women and Children has a total project cost of FIVE MILLION PESOS ONLY.
The Phase I of the project has started the first week of August, 2011 utilizing the LGUs Counterpart Fund of ONE MILLION PESOS. This infrastructure project like this building will provide venue for the different social services rendered by the LGU under the supervision of the MSWD Office. This will cater to the women and children in crises situation, solo parent.
BARANGAY CABALABAGUAN TANODS NANGIN 2nd PLACE SA NATAPOS NGA PROVINCIAL EVALUATION
Sa una ng kahigayunan ang Search for the best Brgy. Tanod Provincial Levelginhiwat sadtong Agosto 2, 2011 nga gin representaran sang Brgy. Cabalabaguan, Banwa sang Mina. Nangin kasumpong sang Brgy. Cabalabaguan sa sini nga kumpeti syon ang Igcocolo sa Banwa sang Guimbal kag Brgy. Luca sa Banwa sang Ajuy. Isa sa evaluator si Director Maza sang
Ginpakita sang Brgy. Cabalabaguan Tanods ang ila abilidad kung paano mag apply sang first aid sa tawo nga nahulog sa kahoy , sa bikti ma sang pagkabunggo sa diin nakibot ang evaluator sa scenario kay daw sa realidad gid ang natabo, sa patag naman sang fire rescue kag lakip man ang pag usisa sang ila uniform kag mga equiptments.
Na impress man ang mga evaluator sa gin kay o nga Tanod outpost sang Brgy. Cabalabaguan kag sang mga equiptments nga ara sa sulod sini. Ang kabilugan nga performance sang Brgy. Cabalabaguan nangin maayo kag naghatag sang kulba sa defending Champion ang Brgy. Igcocolo sang Guimbal. Nangin 2nd Place ang Brgy. Cabalabaguan Tanods sa kabilugan nga evaluation sa score
Mina CeC venue of ATI6 TCBDM
Conti buted by: Miss Jinah Obordo, ATI
The Agricultural Training Institute- Regional Training Center 6 based at Banga, Aklan successfully conducted two batches of the Training on Computer-
Based Data Management (TCBDM) at the Mina Community e-Center. The 3-day course enhanced the computer skills of participants in the efficient handling and effective presentation of data with the use of Microsoft applications as well as oriented the AEWs on the various aspects of e-extension.
TCBDM graduates of the first batch held last August 16 -18 consisted of 29 Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) from the various municipal agriculture offices in Iloilo. On the other hand, 16 AEWs composed of 8 each from Iloilo and Capiz attended and completed the requirements of the September 21 -23 training. Resource Persons Maribeth Daquilanea and Melinda Peralta of the PLGU-Iloilo Information Technology Office ably shared their expertise and guided the participants in accomplishing the required outputs. With instructions from ATI-RTC 6 e-Extension Coordinator and TCBDM Project Officer Jinah Obordo, the AEWs were also able to populate the AEWs database, visit the e-learning site and simulate the handling of the NMRice Mobile. Participants give credit as well to the smooth operation of the Mina CeC that facilitated their learning.
The TCBDM got valuable support from ATI-RTC 6 Center Director Allan Alimodian, Mina Municipal Mayor Lydia Grabato, the Mina CeC staff led by Mun. Assessor Dory Emelo, Iloilo Provincial Agriculturist Ildefonso Toledo together with Planning Officer Nancy Superal, and Capiz Provincial Agriculturist Sylvia dela Cruz.
MLGOO NAGBISITA SA MGA BARANGAY SANG MINA
by: PB Eden P. Pasuquin
Nagsugod sa nagligad nga bulan ang pagbisita sang aton MLGOO sa mga Barangay sang Mina sa pagtudlo sa ila kung paano ang pagconduct sang sakto nga session. Ini isa ka initiative sang aton pinalangga nga MLGOO Carlos A. Pueyo kay siya may pag ulikid sa tagsa sa aton.
Nangin kaupod niya sa pagkadto sa Barangay si Punong Brgy. Eden Pasuquin sang Brgy. Cabalabaguan kag nangin katuwang niya sa paghatag man sang iya ihibalo sa mga opisyales sang tagsa ka Barangay.
Ang pagbisita sang aton MLGOO sa tagsa naton ka Barangay isa ka bahin sang aton preparasyon sa nagahilapit nga pagbisita man sang aton Former MLGOO kag karon CLGOO na sang Passi si Mrs. Elene G. Justi niane agud sa pag evaluate sa aton sa patag sang Local Legislation.
Luyag sang aton MLGOO nga mangin handa kita kag preparado sa nasambit nga evaluation kag makakuha kita sang mataas nga rating. Ang mga Barangay nga amon nakadtuan amo ang mga masunod: Brgy. Naumuan, Brgy. Guibuangan, Brgy. Talibong Pequeno, Brgy. Badiangan, Brgy. Mina West, Brgy. Nasirum, Brgy. Capul-an, Brgy. Mina East, Brgy. Janipa-an east kag Brgy. Abat.
Nagalaum gid ang aton nga MLGOO Carlos A. Pueyo nga sa iya pagbisita sa aton kag pagtudlo sang dugang nga ihibalo sa patag sang Local Legislati on, iya kita mapabugal indi lamang diri sa aton kundi sa iban nga banwa nga kita mayo gid sa paghiwat sang aton tagsa tagsa ka session sa Barangay
Gov. Defensor joins Mayor Grabato in Dialogue with NIA officials
by: Engr. Jose G.Salanio, Jr. MPDC
A dialogue with NIA, LGU, Brgy. Officials and farmers was held on August 4, 2011 at the Mun. Agriculture Center in the presence of Gov. Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. Mayor Lydia Grabato presided the dialogue in the NIA personnel headed by Regional Mngr. Engr. Gerardo P. Corsiga and with Engr. Florencio Colorado- Division Manager A-Iloilo Guimaras Irrigati on Management Office, Mr. Antonio Lamzon- PEC, NIA and Engr. Ricardo Penaso- Principal Engr.-NIA Jalaur-Suague River Irrigation System; PB Charlie Gonzales of Brgy. Tolarucan, Mina, PB Francis Ramirez of Tolarucan, Janiuay and PB of Karanas, Janiuay together with their respective barangay officials and all other Punong Barangays of Mina attended. The Sangguniang Bayan Members-Hon. Giovani Grabato, Hon. Cleofe Grabato & Hon. Benjie Pelobello with LGU personnel-Former Mayor Rey P. Grabato (now Executi ve Asst.V) Engr. Jose Salanio, Jr.-MPDC; Mr. Fred Pinuela-Municipal Agriculturist; Mr. Licerio C. Pati ngo-OIC Municipal Engineer; and Mr. German Salanio are also present.
Engr. Corsiga informed the farmers of the projects and concerns of his office. Problems affecting the Jalaur Suague Irrigation System was tackled and immediate solution was presented by NIA personnel during the Open Forum including the proposed dredging of the upper portion of the NIA Dam site along the areas of Brgy. Tolarucan, Mina & Janiuay, Iloilo. The concerned of the farmers and Punong Barangays who are affected by the irrigation canal were given due attention by Governor Defensor.
Orientation on TESDA-PESFA Scholarship Program on MSTC
by: Josie C. Paparon – MSTC Registrar II and Romie Eñano-MSTC Staff
The Mina Skills Training Center hosted the Orientation Program of the TESDAPESFA scholars of Cong. Arthur R. Defensor, Jr. last August 12, 2011. The scholarship is composed of seven (7) courses which are Bartending NC-II, Food and Beverages Services NC-II, Commercial Cooking NCII, Computer Hardware Servicing NC-II, Massage Therapy NC-II and Household Services NC-II.
Among the seven courses, four of which are conducted in this training center. The Hilot Wellness Massage NC-II and Massage Therapy NC-II trained by Early Divine School Forever Alternative Medicine Rehabilitation and Training Center, Inc. while Bartending NC-II and Food and Beverages Services NC-II are trained by Professional Electronics Institute Inc.
Ms. Riza Magbanua, Scholarship Focal Person of the 3rd Congressional District gave the overview of the Program. Hon. Arthur R. Defensor, Jr. Cong. 3rd District of Iloilo inspired the scholars of his speech.
Mrs. Yolanda C. Porschwitz, Provincial Director of TESDA also graced the occasion together with her staff Mrs. Marissa Moscoso.
Mr. Rey P. Grabato, Executive Assistant V and the Training Center Administrator welcomed the participants of the program and also gave his message.
The On-Going Beautification Project of the Mina Mini-Boulevard
by: Lenie S. Provido, Mayor’s Office Staff
The Municipality of Mina is currently undertaking the beautification project of the municipal plaza and its vicinity particularly the mini boulevard along the street fronting the Mina Skills Training Center. The sprawling Indian Trees lined along the street was provided with a unformed concrete plant boxes on bamboo designs. Ornamental flowers and plants were planted in the center-aisle of the street enclosed with decorative fence. Likewise, the sorroundings of the Mina Covered Gymnasium was also planted with ornamental plants and flowers, the drainage were improved and the pavements were concreted.
A committee composed of MTH employees was created to perform the beautification of the different areas. The On-Going Beautification Project of the Mina Mini-Boulevard For the Beautification in front of MSTC, the committee is headed by Mrs. Lenie Provido with members to include- Johnny Pati ngo, Edward Penflorida, Henry Salgado, Danilo Manzano, Jerry Tabujara, Valentine Mancil, Jonathan Gilza, Ben Peremne, Ramie Patingo, Ariel Pastrana, Romy Enano, Benny Defensor, and Nanett e Patarata. For other areas, the committee in-charge are Ruth Pari-an, Conrado Gatdula, Elisa Pastolero, Elena de la Cruz, Rosemarie Fano, Nena Gonzales, Heide Sedon, Cyril Espino, Arnel Escalona, Manuel Armada and Valerio Cordero.
The local funds and the financial assistance from Cong. Arthur R. Defensor, Jr. are spent for this beautification project.
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