A day of reflection…

A day of reflection…

The recollection master Rev. Fr. Alberto S. Uy giving his reflections to the LGU employees during the 2-day recollection held at the Birhen sa Barangay Shrine, Ilihan Hill, Jagna last March 22-23. The employees were divided into two batches. (foto by Onil Berro)

Ring-fencing: An effective strategy in utility reform

 

The Municipality of Jagna has been known to be an LGU who openly embraces innovative strategies in governance. With its implementation of several pilot projects, LGU Jagna is showing a fearless stance in adopting reforms to be able to enhance the delivery of its services to its people.

On March 22, 2011, Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla with Engr. Gerry V. Araneta, MPDC and head of Jagna Waterworks System (JWS) attended the “Symposium on Best Practices on Water” one of the activities of the celebration of World Water Day 2011. It was spearheaded by the National Water Resources Board held at Microtel, Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Mayor Abrenilla was one of the presenters in this event on sharing and learning best practices on water.  His presentation was “Ring-fencing Water Utility Accounts: Paving the Way for Utility Reform”.

LGU Jagna’s waterworks system was introduced to ring-fencing its water utility account in May 2009 when it was chosen as pilot utility for capacity building interventions by the USAID – funded Philippine Water Revolving Fund Support Program (PWRFSP) and the DILG.

In Mayor Abrenilla’s presentation, ring-fencing is defined as “a tool which involves the separation of financial accounts of a specific business activity from the general accounts of the LGU”. It is seen to “generate reliable financial reports, provide transparent basis for tariff-setting and facilitates monitoring of financial performance.

PWRFSP introduced to LGU Jagna the “Capacity Building Glide Path” which became the basis for operation under ring-fencing.

Jagna’s experience in ring-fencing strategy required the adoption and institutionalization thru policy actions. It has created the Ring-fencing Team thru an Executive Order in 2009 and the then Sangguniang Bayan issued a Resolution adopting Ring-Fencing Financial Management Guidelines. It now issues disconnection notices to delinquent accounts and has opened a separate bank account exclusively for waterworks.

Only more than a year old, the ring-fencing strategy has already delivered beneficial results to the Jagna Waterworks System. Key performance indicators were monitored and the bottom lines are: specific areas have been identified to need reforms and improvement; a 34% increase in revenue generation; shortened collection period; improved working ratio; increased return on assets; decreased average cost per cubic meter and a 33.22% decrease in subsidy level.

Currently, the LGU-run JWS is still facing challenges in its operation. But with constant monitoring of its performance the LGU will be able to further institute required reforms towards an efficient delivery of water service to the people of Jagna.

JAMES honors retirees

JAMES honors retirees

The Jagna Association of Municipal Employees (JAMES) honored the retirees for this month of March 2011. Shown are: JAMES President Engr. Peter Jamero handing out a cash gift to retiree Anunciacion Pahuyo and Treaurer Grace Arban to Mrs. Lydia Mangyao. Looking on are JAMES officers: Herminia Gomez; Efrena Buenafe; MArilou Naldoza; Haidee Baldon; Neneth Ocmeja; Castro Virtudazo.

Jagna’s “golden priest”

Jagna’s “golden priest”

On March 17, 2011, Jagna witnessed the Golden Anniversary Celebration of the Sacerdotal Ordination of Msgr. Orencio  “Orie” D. Jubac, E.V. held at the Jagna Gym.

Attended by 95 priests led by Bishop Leonardo Y. Medroso, D.D. relatives, friends, the parishioners of Jagna and parishioners from the towns he was assigned.

The celebration started with a thanksgiving mass at the St. Michael the Archangel parish church officiated by the “Golden Priest” Msgr. Orie himself; the Gospel delivered by Rev. Fr. Alfredo Jubac, OSCA; Bishop Antonietto Cabahug, D.D. served as the homilist; Mrs. Virgie Jubac and Mrs. Benny Jubac Benedicto as 1st and 2nd reading readers; Mr. Darwin Felias, psalmist and Ms. Estrella Jubac giving the prayers of the faithful.

The reception held at the Jagna Gym started with a program where Rev. Fr. Alberto S. Uy, Parish Priest and organizer of the event welcomed all the guests. Vice Mayor Exuperio Lloren gave an inspirational speech. Different presentations to entertain the guests were provided by the different schools and a special offering for the “Golden Priest” was performed by the Paring Bol-anon Quartet.

The event was spearheaded by Rev. Fr. Alberto Uy supported by Rev. Fr. Basilio Auxtero and Rev. Fr. Ulyses Dispo with the Jagna Parish staff and the working committees.

All visitor priests take a pose with the Golden Priest Msgr. Orencio Jubac after the thanksgiving mass. (foto by Jagna Parish staff)

Dr. Mariano Salas partner in TB eradication

Dr. Mariano Salas partner in TB eradication

Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla hands over a certificate of appreciation to Dr. Mariano Salas for his active participation and all out support in the campaign for the eradication and treatment of TB patients thru his referrals as a private phycisian to the town’s PPMD unit. Also in picture are Dr. Arnold Cagulada, Municipal Health Officer and Ms. Ofelia Licayan.

Mayana under siege

Mayana under siege

On the afternoon of March 16, 2011, Mayana suffered a huge blow due to heavy rain. A landslide occurred at Sitio Sampong. Thigh-deep mudflow blocked the road and prevented motorists from passing. Stranded motorists waded in the mud just to get to the other side of the road. No casualties were reported.

The heavy downpour started at around 1:00 in the afternoon in the upper barangays of the town and stopped at around 3 PM. It immediately generated flooding in the barangay and caused damage to three houses at Purok 3 in Mayana.

According to FO2 Rico Tadena, surging water not accommodated by the culverts was redirected and totally wrecked the house of Antonio Gallano; washed out the garage and fish pond of Dick Lasdoce and damaged the kitchen of Nersa Timbal.

Water coming from uphill fell quickly downhill towards the low-laying road filling the drainage. Failure of the drainage to accommodate the rushing water caused flooding along the highway.

The Jagna Emergency Mobile Rescue Unit (JEMRU) promptly responded to the call of the residents.

On the other hand, water coming from the Alejawan river spilled over the river dikes flooding the nearby area and damaging the ricefields as reported by PO3 Dionilo Tapang.

Damaged house of Antonio Gallano. (Foto/FO2 Rico Tadena)