The awarding of 660,000.00 capital loan to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P’s) beneficiaries from Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Fund of the Department of Social Welfare and Development –CAR highlights the recently conducted Municipal Advisory Committee (MAC) meeting on March 25, 2014 at the Liga building, Bauko. Project Development Officer II for Sustainable Livelihood Program Mr. Jessie Chilem awarded the checks to the authorized treasurers of the three (3) organized groups namely Mt. Data, Sinto and Bansa Cluster of Monamon Norte. The giving of checks was witnessed by the MAC Chairman Mayor Abraham B. Akilit and other MAC members.
The amount will be used by each group to start their own business venture with the constant aide and monitoring of the DSWD – CAR workers. These groups undergone orientation, financial literacy session, social preparation and capability building and training to hone their skills in enterprise. The SLP pilots its implementation at Bauko this 2014 as another poverty reduction program which provide sustainable livelihood to 4P’s beneficiaries. The program will soon cover clusters in other barangays of the municipality.
Meanwhile, the meeting also paved its way on the presentation of the latest updates on Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program especially on its expansion. The National Action Committee recognized the need to extend support to the child beneficiaries to further pursue the rights of the children and enable the program to contribute to end the intergenerational cycle of poverty. Thus the following were approved for immediate implementation, to go beyond the 5 year limit cover up to high school education; extend age coverage to 18 years old student beneficiaries who are enrolled only in high school; provide higher educational grant from 300 to 500 pesos per child in high school; no health grant for household who were at the program for almost five (5) years and the maintaining 3 child beneficiaries per household.
Still on going 4P’s activity in the area is the validation of eighty eight (88) set 7 batch 3 potential Pantawid beneficiaries for registration. The total number of active Pantawid beneficiaries in the area is 1,191 plus 46 for sets 7 a&b and will continue to rise upon the approval of eligible households for registration of set 7.
The Municipal Advisory Committee (MAC) holds its regular quarterly ? or as the need arises. This is composed p of a chairman who is the local chief executive in the area. The members are the representative from MSWDO, MHO, MPDC, MLGOO, PHN, District Supervisors, DOH, NCIP, IP, MCR, SB for appropriation and Social services, Conduit Bank and CSO. The MAC was created by the virtue of EO # 04 S.2014 ammended EO# 15 S.2013 in pursuant to the memorandum of agreement signed between Bauko- LGU and DSWD- CAR. This binds both parties for their commitment to ensure the smooth implementation of 4P’s to its jurisdiction. HMB & SGB
Sixty core shelters were turned over to their rightful owners at sitio Kalimbatawa Otucan Sur on February 1, 2013. This is the third batch of shelter assistance in the same venue since November 2012. Regional Director Reynaldo “Bintawan” Reynoso came all the way from Baguio to award the certificates of ownership to the beneficiaries after each one of them finished the construction based on the provided program of works. It took this batch 8 months to comply with the standards of the program. Some Tadian folks who are also beneficiaries of the same program came to observe in the turn over ceremonies as they prepare for their own turn over. Despite of the drizzling weather, the activity was staged successfully.
After the awarding of shelters, the distribution of individual checks worth seventy thousand pesos each to the one hundred forty core shelter beneficiaries from Otucan Norte followed. This batch will simultaneously start their houses and are expected to complete the construction for the turn over by May 30 of this year. They will also relocate in Kalimbatawa; a portion of the barangay lot was set aside to accommodate the relocation of 140 families.
Prior to the division of Otucan into Otucan Sur and Norte in the 70’s, Otucan was a single barangay and the school was situated in sitio Tabaaw in Otucan Norte. When the sinking phenomenon was felt, the school was transferred to Pepeg and the Barangay was divided into two. Another school was established at OtucanNorte to cater to the primary level and then was turned into a complete elementary school in 2010. Now, because of the relocation, Otucan Norte and Sur is being merged again in Kalimbatawa. The people believe that it is nature’s way to bring them together as before. Shirly Socalo
For the first time ever in the history of Bauko, a women’s march was staged on March 24, 2014. International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide every 10th of March but for the Bauko LGU, the culmination was moved to March 24. About 371 women from all 22 barangays, the elected officials and employees of the municipality joined the parade from the Abatan Junction to the municipal grounds. After the flag raising ceremony, the activity advanced to the women’s congress with Atty. Maximo Jr. Dalog as guest speaker. Atty. Dalog, who was introduced by Ms. Carol Wandalen of the Municipal Agriculture office, said that the theme which goes, “Juana, ang tatag mo ay tatag natin sa pagbangon at pagsulong” is not a challenge rather is a tribute to the women populace because of their resilience and strength in facing all odds. He also reminded the responsibility of a “neighbour” to a woman who is being abused but lets it happen because she is either afraid to go to the authorities or she lacks knowledge on her right.
SPO3 Peter Apangcay of the PNP also shared the role of Men Opposed to Violence Everywhere (MOVE) in the prevention and eradication of violence to women through the efforts of men who are members of the MOVE. MOVE Bauko chapter is still being organized so interested male individuals are advised to set an appointment with Mr. Apangcay, he being the Mountain Province MOVE vice chairman.
After the speeches of the invited guests, the activity proceeded with the workshop per cluster on the present situation of women and their plans to address such. Each cluster was asked to present their workshop out put through a plenary. It was found out that there are many issues faced by women and efforts to address these issues are also observed.
While the activity was going on, selected judges roamed around the slogans prepared by the participants which, they flaunted during the march, and after which were displayed on the sides of the open gymnasium, to determine the winning piece. The slogan prepared by the Otucan Kalinga Women of Otucan Sur garnered the first prize. Aside from the first to third prizes, all the other slogans were awarded a consolation prize.
Each participating Women’s group prepared a presentation which everybody enjoyed watching. A community dance with the gongs beaten by women ended the whole day activity. Shirly Socalo
With a total of 74 passers, Bauko municipality recorded the highest number of Alternative Learning System passers under the Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) program entire the province. With the primary objective of Alternative Learning System program which is to empower out of school youths and drop outs to acquire quality education through a responsive non formal education programs, 49 clienteles of Bauko District I ALS successfully graduated last April 14, 2014 at Guinzadan National High School. During the graduation ceremony, District Supervisor Alfredo B. Dalang, who was also the guest of honor and speaker, emphasized the importance of education. He strongly encouraged the ALS graduates to continue their studies in college knowing that education is a nonstop progression.
Meanwhile, Bauko II ALS also had their graduation with 25 passers. Guest Speaker Councilor Ricky B. Samidan in his speech conveyed his thanks to the Department of Education for the ALS program believing that this is an avenue for drop outs to continue their education. He challenged the graduates to soar high until they will reach their dreams in life. Honorable Ricky Samidan also gave Ten Thousand Pesos ((Php10,000.000) as graduation assistance to the 25 ALS graduates of Bauko II. According to Mr. Ricardo Yaos, ALS Coordinator of District II and Bensy Garci, ALS Coordinator for District I, one factor that contributed to the increase of passers in Bauko is the full support of the Local Government Unit of Bauko and of course a more relaxed and convenient testing center which is Guinzadan National High School. The province’s ALS rating decreased but the municipality of Bauko recorded a notably improved performance.
Alternative Learning System program aims at empowering school drop-outs with desirable knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will enable him to think critically and creatively; act innovatively and humanely in improving the quality of his/ her life and that of his/ her family, community and country. Arniel C. Bagayao
One program under the Gameng ya Kataguan is livelihood generation which aims to provide other sources of income for the i-Bauko.
In support for this, the Technical Vocational Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), one of the livelihood partners of the LGU sponsored a crocodile jack for Sadsadan Advocates for Social Development Organization (SASDO) currently having forty-four members which was turned over to the beneficiaries last December 2013.
In addition, a sewing machine was also turned over to Bauko Weavers Association (BAWSA) which has 127 members last January 28,2014.
Mentioned Turn-over ceremonies were attended by representatives from TESDA, Barangay constituents of Sadsadan and Guinzadan, Hon. Abraham Akilit and staff and members of the organization.Gayle Kimmayong
Bauko is one of the lucky municipalities in the province to receive a mini-cab from its sister city, Makati last January 15. It was received personally by the Vice Mayor Simon Lacwasan, Councilors Labor Masidong, Tom Tibong, Mario Gaoken from the Office of the Sangguniang Bayan and Mr. Feleberto Bosongan of the Mayor’s Office at Makati City.
Upon arrival at the station, the mini-cab was presented during the flag raising ceremony last January 20. The documents were turned over to the Municipal Mayor Abraham Akilit by Hon. Tom Tibong in behalf of the Sangguniang Bayan Members.
In January 24, Fr. Gerry Decdeken was invited to bless the said facility after which was followed by a ritual performed by the old folks in January 25 at the Municipal Hall. With these activities, the LGU believes that the cab will serve every purpose it was meant for.
It can be recalled that the Municipality of Bauko and Makati City signed a twinning agreement in December 11,2012 to strengthen its partnership in various programs for the promotion of both party’s objectives. Charlyn June F. Lidua
Thirty-five clients availed of 50% discount on their registry documents during the celebration of Civil Registration Month on February 27, 2014.
The celebration is in pursuant of Proclamation Order No. 682 signed by then President Corazon C. Aquino on January 28, 1991.
Bauko Local Civil Registrar’s Office launched said Civil Registration Month by issuing Civil Registry Documents, Registration of Delayed Birth, Marriage and Death, Processing of NSO Security Papers and other endorsements. Fees for marriage application and solemnization were also discounted provided that the applicants have complete documents.
This year’s theme was, “Ikaw at Ako Tungo sa Wastong Pagrerehistro”. It reminds the public of their duty to properly register acts and events concerning status of person, appreciation of the Legal, Administrative, and Statistical Values of Civil Registry Documents. Francis Dilem