6.16.2009

PIA News Service - Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Naliyagan Festival ended with multi-million livelihood assistance to farmers and self-employed distributed

AGUSAN DEL SUR (June 17) – Six municipalities in Agusan del Sur are lucky enough to possess 18 dump trucks from the Department of Agrarian Reform under the Mindanao Sustainable Settlement Area Development project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

According to DAR Caraga Regional Director Elmo Banares, the P15 million worth dump trucks is part of DAR’s commitment in providing services to the agrarian reform beneficiaries thru the local government units.

“Consistent to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s development program to provide better income to farmers and self employed, the dump trucks will be used to maintain government infrastructure projects like roads and bridges in the DAR’s settlement areas in Agusan del Sur in order for farmers to bring their products to the market the easiest way and reduce traveling costs”, MinSSAD National Project Manager Persival Dalugdug said.

The recipient municipalities who receive the dump trucks are San Francisco, Prosperidad Talacogon and San Luis who comprises the Agusan resettlement and Bunawan and Veruela of the Kaunlaran Settlement.

Aside from the P15 million worth of dump trucks, DAR also distributed some 86 Certificates of Land Ownership Agreement (CLOAs) to 86 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) of Grace Estate in Bayugan, Agusan del Sur with the total land area of 92 hectares.

At present, the ARBs are producing coconut, Falcata, Cacao and root crops in the resettlement area.

In her message, Gov. Tina Plaza said this is a concrete display that Agusan del Sur is gearing towards more progress and economic stability in spite of the global recession. Acknowledging the President’s love for the province, Gov. Tina Plaza said President Arroyo always see to it that Agusan del Sur is always included in all the national programs, be infrastructure, agricultural and social.

“We are open for business and development. In fact, we are in the high level in the information technology. But we also see to it that our environment is always protected and food production is not neglected. That is why, our Naliyagan slogan says “Lifting Productivity”, Gov. Tina Plaza said.

The distribution of the multi-million livelihood assistance took place right after the holy mass and is one of the highlights during the culmination program of the Naliyagan Festival that started June 12, in time of the celebration of the 111th Philippine Independence Day. (David M. Suyao, PIA-Agusan del Sur)
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7,000 job seekers expected to join TESDA’s Job Bridging and Internship activity

BUTUAN CITY (June 17) – An estimated 7,000 job seekers including 5,000 displaced workers, 2,000 technical-vocational education and training (TVET) graduates and job applicants all over Caraga is expected to join the Jobs Bridging and Internship Program on June 26 at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center.

The activity is TESDA’s response to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s resiliency program to address the present global economic crisis. The event will provide a venue for the displaced workers to find employment opportunities or a chance to undergo TESDA’s internship program under the Pangulong Gloria Scholarship Grants. It will also be a venue for new graduates to find employment without going through the rigors of applying for a job.

The event is a nationwide activity spearheaded by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and it is expected to be graced by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Secretary Boboy Syjuco, TESDA Director General.

Director Florencio Sunco of TESDA Caraga explains that the job bridging and internship activity is a one of its kind job fair and greatly varies from the other job fairs that have been done by other national line agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs).

“The Jobs Bridging and Internship Program is a unique activity because it will be a technology-based job-matching encounter. Job applicants will be engaging with employers both local and overseas through the web,” elaborates Director Sunico.

“JobsDB.com, a consultant hired by TESDA will provide a paperless application for all job seekers through a gold card that will store the data profile of the applicants,” added Director Sunico.

All job applicants to the job bridging and internship activity will go out with a gold card. The gold card will enable the applicant to have a worldwide access to employers. Through the gold card, the applicants profile will be made available through the web.

Leo Velez, Agusan del Norte Provincial Director of TESDA reveals that participants to the activity will not go out empty-handed. PD Velez explains that those who will not be hired or near hired during the job fair, will be match for internship or be given trainings depending on the result of their assessment.

“The job bridging and internship event will not just be a recruitment activity but will also include assessment of all the participants. Those who will not be hired or recruited, their needs will be identified. If they need further training to be hired, then they will be provided with trainings. If they need internship then they will be match to companies that needs the applicant’s skills,” says PD Leo Velez of TESDA, Caraga.

20 local employers, overseas-bound placement agencies, national line service providers and representatives from the different local government unit is expected to participate in the one-day event.

The one-day activity will compose of a job fair, skills demonstration, and awarding of livelihood checks for displaced workers by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

There will also be awarding of Pangulong Gloria Scholarship (PGS) vouchers by TESDA. There will also be TESDA fast services, program orientations and services bazaar by various national line agencies (NGAs). (Lovely Laudette D. Gamba, PIA-Caraga)


TESDA-Caraga to hold Jobs Bridging and Internship Fair in Butuan

BUTUAN CITY (June 17) – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Caraga Region will be holding a one-day Jobs Bridging and Internship Fair here, in Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center on June 26.

The activity is provided for under Executive Order 783 which provides for employment interventions to save and create jobs as part of the Economic Resiliency Plan (ERP) of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The activity aims to facilitate employment of displaced workers both local and overseas. It is meant to provide job pathways for graduates of technical-vocational education and training (TVET) and as well as link employers with TVET supply in the area.

The activity also aims to determine the match or fit between the program offered by TESDA and the industry or job requirements. The activity will also be a venue for one-stop transactions of government services such as passporting and other services.

The one-day Jobs Bridging and Internship Fair is designed to converge under one roof employers, suppliers, graduates, job seekers and brokers of government services using the mediation of computer technology.

Jobs DB.com will provide a paperless application for all job seekers through a gold card that will store the profile of applicants.

2,000 TVET graduates and job seekers, 5,000 displaced workers, 20 local employers, overseas-bound placement agencies, national line service providers and representatives from the different local government unit is expected to participate in the one-day event.

The one-day activity will compose of a job fair, skills demonstration, and awarding of livelihood checks for displaced workers by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

There will also be awarding of Pangulong Gloria Scholarship (PGS) vouchers by TESDA. There will also be TESDA fast services, program orientations and services bazaar by various national line agencies (NGAs). (Lovely Laudette D. Gamba, PIA-Caraga)


5,000 TESDA training vouchers slated for Caraga

BUTUAN CITY (June 17) – Some 5,000 training vouchers will be distributed in Caraga to trained workers in in-demand skills with priority given to displaced workers. Director Florencio Sunico of the Techincal Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Caraga reveals this during a press conference here, in Butuan City, recently.

“Section 2 of the EO 783 states that TESDA shall conduct training in in-demand skills for 5,000 workers in Caraga with priority given to displaced workers,” says Director Sunico.

Executive Order (EO) 783 provides for the establishment of employment interventions to save and create jobs as part of the Economic Resiliency plan (ERP) of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Along this line is the promulgation of the Pangulong Gloria Scholarships (PGS) and implementation of the 2009 TESDA internship program for displaced workers.

The 5,000 training voucher is expected to be released within this year. It is geared towards providing employment to displaced workers both local and overseas.

The identified target clients for the scholarship are the underemployed, unemployed, out-of-school youths and displaced workers.

Recipients of the scholarship must belong to the low socio-economic status. Nonetheless, retrenched and displaced local and overseas workers will be given priority.

To widen the reach of the Pangulong Gloria Scholarships (PGS) the age requirement has been waved, 15 year old young people may now avail of the scholarship. The education requirement for the scholarships is also waved, high school drop-outs may now avail of the scholarship.

The minimal return of investment of the training vouchers is the employment of 60 percent of the technical-vocational education and training (TVET) graduates of TESDA.

“One of our targets is that 60 percent of our graduates should be employed. This way the millions of pesos spent by the government on trainings will not go to waste,” says Director Sunico of TESDA.

In Caraga alone, the government has spend around Php 70M for the scholarship grants.

The press conference is in preparation for the upcoming Jobs Bridging and Internship Fair of TESDA-Caraga at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center on June 26.

The Jobs Bridging and Internship Fair is designed to facilitate employment of displaced workers both local and overseas and provide job pathways to TVET graduates.

The activity will also link employers to the TVET supply in the area and determine whether TESDA training fit with the industry or job requirements. It will be a venue for TVET graduates to find employment. (Lovely Laudette D. Gamba, PIA-Caraga)

‘2010 chaos’ worries nat’l security chief

FEARS of possible election chaos in 2010 should challenge the Commission on Elections to prepare for the dire possibilities, National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales yesterday said.

Gonzales stressed that installing a credible election system and ensuring a meaningful election in 2010 are among the most urgent needs of the nation today.

He noted, however, that worries about possible poll automation breakdown are serious.
The national security chief is glad that Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile has expressed this concern.

“The poll body should have back up plans,” Gonzales said. “I hope that it is considering and addressing every bad scenario that can happen in 2010,” he added.

Gonzales said his own fear of failure of full automation prompted him to vigorously push for the open election system proposed by former Comelec chair Christian Monsod and information technology experts.

He noted that some modern countries have shifted backward from fully automated to semi-automated elections.

Gonzales maintains that OES is not only the most practical election system and the one most fit to the level of readiness of Filipino electorates but also the most transparent. (Louie Ceniza, NSC/ PIA-Caraga)


Sunflower production to boost income for Surigao Coops

SURIGAO DEL NORTE – In line with the development of the Sunflower Bio-diesel project in the country, the Surigao del Norte Alliance of Cooperatives (SUDENACO) is encouraging local agri-cooperatives to engage into Sunflower production to provide them additional income.

SUDENACO Gen. Manager Leopoldo Lugo said they have successfully conducted a seminar on Sunflower production last June 12 in line with the celebration of the 111th Philippine Independence Day to farmers and cooperatives in the province.

The seminar was conducted by the Cooperative Union of the Philippines in coordination with the Provincial Cooperative Union and SUDENACO wherein some 40 participants were able to attend the said activity.

It was learned that this project falls under the Integrated Improvised Crop Farming System. Under such system, the coops will manage the farms in a professionally and systematic manner and own the processing farms at the same time, thus sparing the burden of farmers being exploited. The good news here, according to Lugo is that Land Bank of the Philippines agreed to fund the Sunflower Bio-diesel project.

He said coops can expect profit for about P78, 000.00 or more per hectare in just 105 days time. With this, coops can have it planted three (3) times a year.

Lugo also revealed that participants of the recently conducted seminar will be prioritized by Land Bank to avail of loan amounted to P33, 000.00 per hectare.

With this project, Lugo is optimistic that this is in time to provide additional employment for the agri-coop members especially in the middle of a global financial crisis.

Viewing sunflower as energy source, it can do wonders in helping reduce the country’s demand for fossil fuels with a highly progressive outlook.

It was also learned that the development of sunflower production equally translates into high employment potentials while creating that happy balance towards food sufficiency and energy independence. There are also potentials for creating agri-tourism, whereas visitors can get a hands-on feel on how sunflower is processed into various derivatives, right at the locales where these take place. (Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Mga Proyekto ni Gob. Ace Barbers sa inprastraktura mas gipalapdan pa alang sa kalamboan

SURIGAO DEL NORTE - Sa gihimo nga Provincial Development Council Meeting (PDC) dili pa lang dgay, mihimo ang maong konseho sa resolusyon sa pagpangulo ni Gov. Ace Barbers alang na sa mga proposed projects nga pagahimuon sa Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), diin dako ang kalipay sa mga Surigaonon hilabi na ang mga lumolupyo diha sa Siargao Bucas Grande Island sa ubay-ubay nga mga proyekto sa inprastraktura, particular na sa pagpalambo sa pipila nato ka mga port area dinhi sa probinsya alang na sa paghatag ug de kalidad nga serbisyo sa tanang katawhan.

Tungod sa dakong tinguha ni Gov. Ace Barbers nga makab-ot ang tinuod nga kalamboan ug pinaagi na usab sa pakigtambayayungay sa PPA, ang maong mga proposal molakip na sa mosunod:

1. Expansion of Lipata Port -30 M
2. Rehabilitation & Construction of Sta. Monica Port -40 M
3. Rehabilitation & Construction of Pilar Port -30 M
4. Construction of Exit Gate of Surigao City Port -3.1 M
5. Construction of New Port of Brgy. Jubang, Dapa -75 M
6. Dredging of Del Carmen Port - 50 M
7. Re-channeling of Brgy. Consolacion, Dapa -3 M
8. Re-channneling & Dredging of Dapa Port - 38 M


Nanghinaot si Gov. Ace Barbers nga mapatigayon gayud ug mamahimong malampuson ang maong mga proyekto pinaagi na sa hugot usab nga suporta nga ihatag sa Philippine Ports Authority. Gidugang pa sa Gobernador na sa makausa pa siya malaumon nga ang maong mga proposals sa nahisgutang mga lungsod makahatag usab ug dakong kalamboan sa ilang inadlaw nga panginabuhian.
(PGO- Surigao del Norte Media Bureau)