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Vice-Gov., Board Members Commend Accountants Alice Magpantay, Myrna Roman

Vice-Gov., Board Members Commend Accountants Alice Magpantay, Myrna Roman Balanga City, Bataan - Proud for being selected as the country’s “Best Provincial and City Accounting Offices”, provincial officials passed on Monday an inspiring congratulatory resolution commending Alice Reyes Magpantay and Myrna B. Roman, Provincial Capitol and Balanga City accountants, respectively.

In a resolution sponsored by Board Member Jovy Banzon, unanimously approved by Vice- Governor Efren “Bondyong” Pascual and the board members, provincial officials said that Bataan should be proud for having the best accounting office together with Balanga City since of all the provinces and cities in the Philippines “only Bataan and Balanga City were chosen.”

“Ang pagkakapanalo ng Bataan at Balanga City best accounting office ay isang karangalan para sa mga taga-Bataan dahil sa dinami-dami ng mga lalawigan at lungsod ay tayo lang ang napili na pagkalooban ng ganitong karangalan,” pointed out Banzon in his privilege speech.

Vice-Governor and board members, followed by Gov. Abet S. Garcia, later proceeded to the Accounting office to personally extend their congratulations to Ms. Magpantay who was coincidentally celebrating her birthday.

Asked what they did to merit the most outstanding award, Magpatay expressed surprise at the award, saying it was the Commission on Audit that recommended the Bataan Provincial Accounting Office for the most coveted and rare award.

The award was given by the Association of Government Accountants of the Philippines (AGAP) in Baguio City last week.

Aside from Magpantay, also given recognition were Leonora O. Siasat, Accountant IV; Mary Jean R. Perez, Management & Audit Analyst I, and Neriza R. Legaspi Admin Officer.

As attested by COA, among other criteria, Bataan capitol and Balanga City bagged the award for its complete, timely and accurate submission of reports.

“Hindi naman sa mahigpit sila Alice kundi sinusunod lang nila ang mga patakaran na dapat lamang,” brushing aside perception that Magpantay is very strict in the accounting ofice.

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DA Still Grants Barangay Roads Fund

DA Still Grants Barangay Roads Fund Balanga City, Bataan- Mayor Gila S. Garcia, President of the League of Municipalities of the Phil. (LMP)- Bataan has revealed to her fellow mayors in a meeting at The Plaza Hotel, Balanga City, that Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala still grants funds for barangays for Farm-to-Markets (FMR) road projects.

She said that local government units that want to avail of funds for (FMR) road projects need only provide 10 percent equity to secure the fund from the DA. This means that if an FMR project needs P10 million for its complete implementation, an LGU will only share P1 million to avail of the said amount from DA.

FMR projects, usually newly-opened barangay roads in the remote areas, are needed to accelerate the economic development of towns and cities. Some funds are being used for road gravelling and widening in the barangays.

Before these projects were funded by congressmen, but following the discovery of anomalies in the Development Acceleration Program (DAP) fund involving billions of pesos, the government “removed” it.

Mayor Garcia said that securing funds for FMR projects can still be easily availed of from DA provided the LGU has the capacity to put up the required 10 percent equity.

Several remote sitios in Bataan badly need the fund for FRM to allow farmers residing in these areas to have access to market their farm products.

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City of Balanga and SPARC Philippines Inc. to Build Showcase eCommunityCenter

City of Balanga and SPARC Philippines Inc. to Build Showcase eCommunityCenter The City of Balanga, represented by its Mayor, Jose Enrique Garcia III, and SPARC Philippines Inc., represented by its Chairman & CEO, George Delmas, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to build the first SPARC eCommunityCenter (eCC) in the city, which will serve as model for all local government units (LGUs) in the Philippines.

SPARC’s eCC is a single point of presence within the community that offers access to all digital inclusion services under one roof including, but not limited to, e-government, e-health, e-education and e-commerce services. The idea of placing everything in one location is for the LGU to be proactive and have greater control over its social ICT infrastructure.

“Digital inclusion is part and parcel of the city’s vision - Balanga University Town 2020: The Emerging Hub for Knowledge-Based Businesses in the Philippines,” said Mayor Garcia. “Providing our citizens’ ICT needs today and having the infrastructure that is at par with international standards indeed meets Balanga’s 2020 vision; and so we’re pleased to work with SPARC who seem to have an innovative, modular & sustainable platform for various eServices”, added the Mayor.

Mr. Delmas, for his part, said, “We’re happy and excited that our synergies for this project have converged. We chose Balanga because because of its ideal location, high concentration of students & professionals and excellent working environment. SPARC has assembled a global team of industry veterans and leading ICT suppliers and integrators to make this showcase eCC in Balanga a success.”

SPARC, which stands for Sustainable Progressive Action for the Revitalization of Communities, is an initiative of SPARC Asia Holdings Ltd., a Vancouver, Canada-based company that was formed to address this digital inclusion challenge. SPARC Philippines Inc. was set up primarily for this purpose.

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DENR, City Gov’t Give Livelihood To Coastal Villagers

DENR, City Gov’t Give Livelihood To Coastal Villagers One hundred sixty residents coming from coastal villages of Bagumbayan, Tortugas, Pto. Rivas Ibaba and Pto. Rivas Itaas have just recently undergone formal training on “cocomat” weaving. The training was given by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the City Government as an alternative livelihoood source for the residents.

“This project is part of the government’s Manila Bay Rehabilitation Project to prepare informal settlers living along riverbanks to convert coconut husks into a viable source of income after they are relocated,” Mila Ramirez of DENR-Bataan office said. “Bahagi rin ito ng pangangalaga sa ating kalikasan at upang mabigyan ng silbi ang inaakala nating basura na magamit sa makabuluhang bagay na pwedeng pagkakitaan,” she added.

She also said that aside from raw materials, beneficiaries were also given fabricated weaving machines, twinning machines and strainer. Nerissa Mateo, chief of the City Agriculture Office, told newsmen here that aside from “cocomat”, the materials given to trainees were also used to create other products like dishwashing pads, lanterns and lamp shades.

“The products will be brought to Makati City for the LIKHA- Central Luzon on September 29 through the help of DTI-Bataan,” Mateo added.

Meanwhile, Raul Mamac, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO)- Bataan, urged all sectors to help his agency maintain the project for the beneficiaries to derive greater benefit and become self-sustaining residents of their communities.

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Balanga: Champion in National Literacy

Balanga: Champion in National Literacy BAGUIO CITY - For the second time, Balanga City won the 2014 National Literacy Awards (for component city category) during the selection held in this city over the weekend.

The award was witnessed by department heads led by City Administrator Rodolfo H. de Mesa and barangay officials of Balanga City who motored all the way to the City of Pines.

Elated by the win, Mayor Joet S. Garcia congratulated all the finalists who, he said, “believe in prioritizing education to bring about inclusive progress and development.”

In his acceptance speech, Mayor Garcia said, “this award means so much to our city because our vision is to be a city that is known for excellent education & strong learning atmosphere (both formal & informal)... by fostering the culture of learning.”

Mayor Garcia also took cognizance of the dedication of barangay officials in implementing the Learning Barangay Week where seniors citizens, women’s groups, out-of-school youth and fishermen/farmers continuously undergo various skills & livelihood trainings and assessment programs as well as get to know and participate in barangay affairs. “All our 300 officials completed the barangay executive management program- a short course designed by the Bataan Peninsula State University,” Garcia said.

He also lauded the more than 5,000 parents who took time to attend the city's ‘EduChild’ parenting program to become even more responsible, saying this has led to 100% promotion rate. 20% of their children are honor students in the elementary level.

He also cited the efforts of the more than 2,500 teachers from daycare, elementary, high school and college, for their dedication in sharing their knowledge with students, making Balanga City Schools Division to consistently top NAT rankings and ALS passing rates in Central Luzon.

“We've dedicated a wall at City Hall called “University Town Wall of Fame” to recognize our college graduates who have landed in the top 10 of board/licensure exams in engineering, architecture, accounting, education, nursing & other fields,” Garcia proudly reported.

Balanga City won its first award in 2012.


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