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WITH AN OVERWHELMING 134,799 votes, Santiago “Santi” B. Cane, Jr. was once again proclaimed Provincial Vice Governor in Agusan del Sur; with 60,699 votes over his closest opponent who had 74,100 votes.

Winning in Bayugan City and 12 municipalities, Santi Cane,Jr., a graduate ofBachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Accounting, and known for being the Father of the Paperless Session in the Philippines gave a good fight by citing his record of superb performance as a former Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member for three straight terms, and as provincial vice governor for two terms.

He had authored a number of landmark legislations in the fields of education, health, youth and development, economic and social services.  Per record he authored 82 Ordinances, 1,326   Resolutions and   co-authored 8 other Ordinances.

Despite grave character assassinations and name-calling and painful massive demolition tactics during the whole duration of campaign period by his opponents, Cane who believed in clean and truthful campaigning remained steadfast in presenting his platforms and in supporting the whole National Unity Party (NUP).

Asked how he felt about his winning, Cane said “From the very start, I never had an iota of doubt that the verdict of the people would be in my favor. I know I will win this election because I have full trust and confidence in our people of Agusan del Sur having seen and felt that I have worked hard as vice governor for the last six years and I have been a good partner of Gov. Adolph Edward ‘Eddiebong’ G. Plaza in all the programs, projects and activities that promote better lives for all Agusanons.”

“We are very happy that Sir Cane won again because our province deserves a good vice governor”, a retiree in Bayugan City tearfully said. Cane, who will serve as the presiding officer of the 14th Sangguniang Panlalawigan beginning at noon time on June 30, 2013 thanked all the people who supported him, mentioning specially the former Gov. Valentina G. Plaza, re-elected Gov. Adolph Edward G. Plaza, Congresswomen MariaValentina G. Plaza and Evelyn Plaza-Mellana of district 1 and district 2, respectively, the members of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan, all his workers and supporters, and he also asked those who did not support his candidacy to bear with him in the next three years and work in harmony with him “para sa katawhan” during the flag raising ceremony on May 20, 2013 at the Naliyagan Cultural Center.

He further said that the election fever is over and that it’s high time to buckle up for work again.





SPO meet Prof. Guiza to Enhance SM,BSC

ALL STAFF of the Office of the Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan met Prof. Edel Guiza to enhance the Balanced Scorecard of the office on May 24, 2012 at the Provincial Training Center.

Laughter filled the air as the morning activity was centered on the presentation of every individual’s job description which facilitated a very friendly atmosphere.

Concerns were tackled in the afternoon. Significance of having a healthy relationship towards co-employees was emphasized.

After a long day of fruitful discussion, it was realized that another day has to be set to complete the session. Mrs. Baudilla A. Retuerto, Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and all the staff agreed to meet again after the much awaited Naliyagan Festival.


Vice Gov Cane shares paperless with DAP

By: Rhoda S. Tusoy

“It was an honor to have shared one of the best practices of our province, our paperless session during a national gathering of legislators”, thus said Vice Governor Santiago B. Cane, Jr. after he delivered a lecture on the 9th Academic Course on Local Legislation under Diploma in Local Governance and Development for the League of the Vice Governors of the Philippines on March 13-15, 2012 at the Heritage Hotel Manila, Pasig City.

The Development Academy of the Philippines’ Center for Governance in partnership with the DAP’s Graduate School in Public and Development Management is running the major courses of the Diploma in Local Governance and Development for the League of Vice Governors of the Philippines (LVGP). 

One of the objectives of the course on Local Legislation is to gain insights on the provincial government’s best practice in process and systems in the field of Local Legislation. And Agusan del Sur as recognized on July 14, 2010 by the Department of the Interior and Local Government as the Home of the First Paperless Session in the Philippines has paved the way to a new era in local legislation in the country.


Let’s do it, together Compute the tax due your property

By: Veronica S. Generoso

Don’t you know that the taxes you paid return to you in thousand folds?  Comparing Agusan del Sur twenty (20) years ago and today, can you name the difference? Your answer and mine is similar. A very big difference.  These developments  are where your taxes go. Religious paying of taxes ensures development and progress and hassle-free living of the Agusanon.  BUT non-payment of it is tantamount to living in the jungle where one can’t see the blinking lights at night and the road going to civilization.

Marathon public hearings were done in all thirteen municipalities and one city from April 12, 2011 to May 11, 2011 with the Provincial Assessor and his Assistant Provincial Assessor doing the information campaign.

Everybody is talking about the saying that taxes are the lifeblood of our country but nobody talks on how it was arrived at except those limited people in the Municipal Assessor and Municipal Treasurer .

For the Agusanon to know the computation of their taxes, let us learn together and do it ourselves.  Computations are shown below, basing as an example the prepared assessment level on lands and its base market value, for the Municipality of Trento:

Assessment Level on Lands:
                                        RA 7160   2006GR   2011GR
•    Residential    20%        17%      5%
•    Agricultural    40%        35%      20%
•    Commercial   50%        45%      12%
•    Industrial      50%        45%      12%
•    Mineral         50%         45%     40%
•    Timberland    20%        15%      10%

Schedule of Base Market Value for Agricultural Lands:







Rice land













Riceland with irrigation




















 Sample Computation for Agricultural Lands

Sample Computation for agricultural (Rice w/ Irrig.-1st c lass):

Land Area = 1.0 hectares
Market Value (MV) = Land Area x  MV
                                 = 1.0 x P191,660/hectare
           MV     =  P 191,660

Assessed Value (AV) = MV x Assessment level
                                    = P191,660 x 20%
                   AV  = P 38,332 (P38,330)

Tax due       (TD)        = AV x 2%
                                     = P 38,330 x 2%
                               TD = P 766.60
(The same computation will follow in all real properties.)

Get involve, participate and be active.  See your money’s worth.


ACCIDENT NO MORE!!!!!! Province Foresee No Life Wasted In Road Mishap

By: Veronica S. Generoso

It is a known fact that several years ago, one of the major contributors of death in the province is road accident.  It comes in number in terms of casualties and victims.

While it is true that road accident cannot be prevented, officials of PGAS have come up with an idea of passing measure minimizing it.  Thinking that life is valuable than any other things, Hon. Emmanuel L. Dairo, Chairman of the Committee on Public Works, Infrastructure, Public Housing and Land Use authored Ord. No. 72, series of 2011 entitled:  “An Ordinance Enacting the Traffic Safety in All Roads and Highways in the Province of Agusan del Sur.”

The Ordinance aims to 1) avoid fatal road accident resulting to the loss of lives; 2) promote public safety, facilitate traffic flow and regulate speed on public roads and highways in the Province of Agusan del Sur; 3) remind concerned agencies to perform their roles and functions pertaining to the Ordinance; and, 4) encourage every stakeholder to observe and take active role to minimize road accident.

Ensuring a mass-based legislation, numerous hearings and meetings were done inside and outside the Province of Agusan del Sur; as well as public hearings to the thirteen municipalities and one city from April 12, 2011 to May 11, 2011 to come up with a more tenable and effective measure.  Line agencies such as the DPWH, LTO, PNP/HPG and DILG were consulted with and contributed much to its realization.  Violators of the Ordinance will be imposed with certain penalties.

To oversee its implementation, a Road Safety Committee was created and is composed of the following:

Chairman, SP Committee on Ways & Means

Provincial Engineer (PEO), Provincial Legal Officer (PLO) & Provincial Director of PNP

Chairman, SP Committee on Infrastructure

DOTC-LTO,  Provincial Director of the DILG, District Engineers of 2 DPWH Engineering Districts, Highway Patrol Group, Municipal Mayors, Liga ng mga Barangay Provincial Chapter and SP Chairman, Committee on Public Order and Safety.

Weighing scales in two (2) strategic locations along the maharlika highways will likewise be established to prevent its destruction.   Ensuring its effectiveness, a seminar and dry run on on-hand operation of weighing scale were done sometime last December 1-2, 2011 with all the line agencies participating.
By introducing this measure, PGAS had struck a balance between different views of the community, and had fully taken into account the traffic safety concern of the public.

You can help us preserve safety and insure your own safety by:
•    Staying alert and giving driving your full attention
•    Showing courtesy to other drivers, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians
•    Complying with traffic laws and heeding all traffic signs, signals and markings
•    Avoiding driving aggressively

Save life, it maybe your own.


Paperless session continuously attracts more visitors

The number of provincial and municipal local government units visiting the province of Agusan del Sur to hear how paperless session can be done is continuously increasing.

Agusan del Sur having been recognized “Home of the First Paperless Session” by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in 2010 has carved its name not only from the neighboring local government units but also as far as from Luzon and Visayas.

Among those who came to benchmark were the following: Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Naga, Camarines Sur, Misamis Oriental,Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, Dinagat Islands, Island Garden City of Samal, Zamboanga, Sibugay, Panabo City, Sto. Tomas, Tagum City, Mati, Davao Oriental, Nabunturan and Trento.

It has been noted that by going paperless, the province has saved PhP. 365,825.30 every year.

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