July 30, 2018 | Davao del Sur Coliseum – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) led the weekly Convocation Ceremony in the Davao del Sur Coliseum.
After the ecumenical prayer and flag-raising ceremony, DILG Davao del Sur OIC-Provincial Director Ms. Remedios D. Baldovino presented their agency’s nationwide and local achievements of the year, goals, and introduction to Federalism.
Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (PDRRMO) Mr. Christopher Tan then presented the newly-appointed personnel of the newly-created Regional Incident Management Team/CADRE of his office on the stage to perform their oath-taking ceremony administered by Governor Douglas RA. Cagas. They are:
- ARNOLD B. ABSIN
- BERNADETE A BALDEVIA
- BERNARD T BRAVO
- LUKE C. CADOYAS
- REDENTOR D. CARDINAL
- NOVA ROSE L. CUMAHIS
- GIOVANNI IRVIN M. GASCO
- GREG EVAN C. MANINGO
- RENANTE E. MEJORADA
- ARGEL JOSEPH D. RUFO
- MICHELLE JEAN R. ARMILLA
- ARNYL G. BENTE
- CHARLES RYAN V. CABABAT
- JOHN TRACY F. CAGAS
- MARIO C. DUAVES
- GEORGE L. GARCIA
- JANICE T. JAVELONA
- JONNA A. MASONGSONG
- LITE. G. ROQUE
- ALEXANDER Q. TORREON
Sponsored by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regional Office XI, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) also turned over 15 fiberglass motorized boat and gill nets, as assistance to 15 fisherfolk associations.
Afterwards, Commission on Election (COMELEC) Election Officer Atty. Aimee F. Ampoloquio took the stage and discussed about the Barangay and SK Election from last May 14, 2018, noting that there were roughly 70% SK and 70% regular voters turnout. She also added that COMELEC is open to accommodate registrations or transfers of registation from July to September 29, 2018.
Going back to the state of affairs in the Capitol, PGO-Human Resource Management Office (PGO-HRMO) Supervising Administrative Officer (HRMO IV) Mr. Raul Raut discussed about the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)’ concern for the unsettled loans made by the employees. He reminded the employees that loaning with GSIS is a tri-party loan agreement among GSIS, the concerned employees and the whole provincial government of Davao del Sur. To resolve this issue on outstanding loans with GSIS, the Governor has not only issued a Memorandum Order to the concerned employees to go to GSIS Davao Branch to settle their accounts before September 30, 2018, but also approved the usage of three (3) shuttle buses for their safe travel.
Mr. Raut also informed the Job Order (JO) personnel, who are interested to register for membership with Social Security System (SSS) and PAG-IBIG Fund, they may visit the PGO-Human Resource Management Office as forms are made available and they will be assisted by an assigned HR Officer.
Mr. Raut then moved on to the third issue at hand: the complaints regarding the employees’ attendance for the Convocation Ceremony. He reiterated that attendance for Convocation will only be signed within the location only (Davao del Sur Coliseum). If an employee failed to sign the attendance form during the Convocation Ceremony and insists on signing the attendance form at the office, insisting he/she attended the Convocation, the PGO-HRMO will no longer cater any excuses. Employee will have to provide a certification issued by their Head of Office, certifying the said employee did in fact attended the Convocation Ceremony, to be allowed to sign the attendance form. The attendance is included in the basis of granting the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB), along with the wearing of the uniform on Mondays and Thursdays.
Governor Douglas “Dodo” Cagas conclued the program by expressing his gratitude to DILG and its OIC-Director Ms. Baldovino for their impressive presentation. The Governor expressed his hopes that programs formulated and implemented in the province be included in these reports/presentations. Sometimes, programs that are implemented unfortunately are not included and are not known to people, unless one endeavors to know. He stressed that there are a lot of programs being implemented here that are unique from other LGUs and thus hopes they are included in these reports. Governor Cagas also thanked Atty. Aimee F. Ampoloquio from the Commission of Elections.
He also praised the chidren with hearing impairment for their impressive dance presentation; stressing how they are better dancers considering they could not hear the music.
Governor also commented politics in Davao del Sur are now heating up. Whatever you hear or see in the television are NOT ALL true, even current events are just part of what happens for the moment. Whoever is the candidate for governor, mayor, or congressman in a party, Hugpong or PDP-Laban, nothing is for certain. Do not worry. For me, Governor Cagas said, whatever the party is, as long as I want to run, I will run.
He then asked the employees, what’s the meaning of politics? Politics means, he said, the art of good governance.