LGU Maribojoc Conducts Renewal & Assessment of PhilHealth Members

MARIBOJOC – Mayor Leoncio Evasco, Jr. proudly announced last October 29 during an assembly of PhilHealth beneficiaries’ in Barangay Poblacion that there would be close to 3,500 Maribojocanons who will become recipients of the free PhilHealth coverage for the coming year.

According to Evasco, qualified beneficiaries will only be those who have minimal income and are indigent. Evasco added that all PhilHealth Family Health Cards could be used in all PhilHealth accredited service providers. Recognized beneficiaries will also be entitled to all rights and privileges under PhilHealth’s sponsored program by virtue of Republic Act No. 7875 as amended by R.A. no. 9241 for the National Health Insurance Program.

The on-going PhilHealth renewal of old members and assessment of new members in all 22 barangays started last October 9 in mountain-barangays Candavid and Pagnitoan. The renewal and assessment is expected to be finished on November 10 with barangay Cabawan as the last stop.

Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) Officer Loreta Pusta heads the local government’s Renewal and Assessment Team in coordination with the Municipal Health Officer (MHO) Rey Perpetuo G. Belderol, M. D.

The personnel from the MHO and MSWD conduct comprehensive interviews with all applicants during the barangay assessments. The MHO team is composed of municipal nurse Maria Fe Tan, encoder Teah Riza Arcenas, and midwives Virginia P. Medequiso, Nova Maribel Ayco, Felixberta Bagalay, Alejandra Gulle, and Durelyn Moscosa. MSWD include Marianne Nolasco, Hermesa Arabejo, and LGU PhilHealth Coordinator Ella Nagal. Barangay captains and barangay health workers also coordinate with the team.

After these barangay assessments, the MSWD office is tasks to verify all qualified applicants for the free-coverage. Mayor Evasco will then endorse the final list of beneficiaries to PhilHealth Tagbilaran for validation.

From 2000 until 2008, PhilHealth Insurance Corporation allocated 297 family health cards for the municipality. In the early months of 2008, the local government added more indigent beneficiaries to the regular slots provided by PhilHealth. For 2009, there are 2,569 PhilHealth free-coverage recipients for the municipality. # amjvistal

PPDO Conducts CLUP Data Validation

MARIBOJOC – The Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, Atty. John Titus Vistal, headed a team of PPDO sectoral heads in the recent SWOT Analysis and Municipal Vision and Mission Revisiting activity in this municipality last October 16.

Municipal Councilor Fructuoso Redulla, Jr. represented Mayor Leoncio Evasco, Jr. who was then attending an activity of the Abatan River Management Development Council. Redulla expressed the importance of redefining land use in the municipality since Maribojoc’s development is close at hand.

Atty. Vistal gave an inspiring message to the participants who were tasked to accomplish a comprehensive land use plan. He said that each input has to be worked on and each sectoral data concise as Spatial Planning is very important in the current trend of development. He added that for a multi-sectoral plan to be self-fulfilling, it has to be pro-active, progressive and exciting.

Department heads and heads of offices of the local government convened to present the data initially gathered by members of the Technical Working Group (TWG) created specifically for the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of the municipality.

The first half of the activity focused on the assessment of the Comprehensive Development Plan, the Executive Legislative Agenda, the 2001-2010 CLUP, and mapping assessment. What followed after was a sectoral identification of data gaps. The rapid sectoral SWOT analysis, presentation of SWOT output, and revisiting the municipal vision and mission were tackled in the afternoon.

The PPDO sectoral heads who assisted the CLUP-TWG members were Crisologo Usaraga and Rogelio Alegado for Development Administration, Ma. Imelda Borromeo for Economic Development, Engr. Rodrigo Arocha for Infrastructure Development, Engr. Ronilita Bunado on Environment Development and Ma. Trinidad Caseñas on Social Development. Engr. Wilfredo Buena, unit head of the General Information System, was also present.

Planning Officer Alegado, head of the Project Development and Monitoring Unit, facilitated the one-day activity. MPDC Yanie Chiu, secretariat of the municipality’s CLUP-TWG, reported that they will undertake a planning workshop come Nov. 10 & 11. # amjvistal

LAMP-2 Distributes Land Titles to 56 Families

MARIBOJOC – Mayor Leoncio Evasco, Jr. and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Nestor Canda led the distribution of 56 land titles to families of two barangays here last October 15 at the Maribojoc Cultural and Sports Center.

Most of the recipients, some of them are senior citizens, came from barangays Punsod and Anislag.

Canda, also the project manager of the Provincial Project Implementation Office (PPIO) of the Land Administration Program phase 2 (LAMP2), headed the DENR-LAMP2 provincial team.

LAMP2 technical support service unit head Engr. Emiliano Hormachuelos, operations head Glicerita Racho, and LGU Loon SAT leader Reynaldo Caseñas, attended the activity.

Representing Gov. Erico Aumentado was his chief of staff, Antonieto Pernia, while Lorna Edquilang headed the team from the Register of Deeds. Also present were private surveyor Engr. Antonio Dominguez and his surveying team.

Engr. Romulo Manuta heads the municipal Survey Adjudication Team (SAT), the LAMP2 counterpart in Maribojoc. Municipal Assessor, Melonita Remperas, assists SAT.

Maribojoc is the first local government unit in the whole country that initiated an LGU-led titling program.

The town is a beneficiary of the Land Management Administration Program 2 (LAMP2) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

A simultaneous survey and adjudication of lots is currently conducted in eight barangays, namely Bayacabac, Bood, Candavid, Dipatlong, Jandig, Pagnitoan, Poblacion, and San Isidro.

A systematic adjudication will also be conducted in the remaining twelve (12) barangays, specifically: Agahay, Aliguay, Busao, Cabawan, Guiwanon, Lagtangon, Lincod, Punta Cruz, San Roque, San Vicente, Tinibgan, and Toril.

LAMP2 project in Maribojoc provides tenurial security and land management assistance to landowners.

It has been close to more than sixty years since a cadastral survey started in the municipality yet landowners have never received a single legal document of ownership.

Maribojocanons have long awaited legal ownership of their lots and the present administration’s political will facilitated it.

Gov. Aumentado played a crucial role in the approval of Bohol as a project beneficiary of the LAMP2, having personally endorsed this request to DENR Secretary Lito Atienza.

LAMP2 is an inter-agency project led by DENR in partnership with the Land Registration Authority (LRA) and the Department of Finance (DOF).  The funding support for the project comes from the World Bank.