PIA News Service - Thursday, August 20, 2009

AgSur finds ways to address unemployment problem
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By: Dave M. Suyao, PIA-Agusan del Sur
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Hundreds of jobseekers today gathered at the provincial capitol ground to push their luck hoping to obtain stable and decent job here and abroad, as the two-day, 1st Mega Job Facilitation Fair opens and the launching the GMA Employment Kiosk.
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The activity also became an information caravan where different partner agencies of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the local Public Employment Service Office (PESO) took time informing the public of the services their respective agencies can offer.
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According to DOLE Regional Office representative Lilian Solis, it is in the GMA Employment Kiosk where jobseekers can research job openings here and abroad, including the names of employers who are in need of technical, clerical and managerial positions, including the salary rate of the different positions.
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“The GMA Employment Kios is a one-stop-shop directly connected via internet to DOLE, OWWA, TESDA and other government agencies who are at stake in helping our Filipino brothers and sisters have an easy way in processing their documents and to have access and correct information on the jobs that correspond to their qualification, knowledge and abilities”, Lilian Solis said.
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In an interview with Provincial PESO Manager Divina Lagumbay, she said every year, her office, in partnership with DOLE, conduct jobs fair here at the provincial capitol. 
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“But this one is unique, because we have invited our different government agency partners to present their participation in order that we can facilitate easy and accessible processing of documents to the jobseekers. As you can see, we have here our National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for the clearance, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for mobile passport processing, the National Statistics Office for personal document authentication, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) for our OFWs who need our assistance to find job in our country. We also invited three big international companies that are in-charge in hiring nurses who wants to work abroad”, Divina Lagimbay said.
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According to Lagumbay, Gov. Maria Valentina Plaza did not think twice in acquiring the GMA Employment Kiosk for the province because the lady governor saw the importance of the machine in helping the Agusanons acquire decent and stable jobs that will be their foundation in molding better life for their families and become good citizens of the country.
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The two day activity also became a birthday gift for former governor Eddiebong Plaza who celebrates his birthday on August 21.
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440 tech-voc scholars march on grad rites
Cong. Amante, TESDA shell P4.58M to shore up scholars 
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CABADBARAN, AGUSAN DEL NORTE (August 20) – Mr. Roger A. Melendes, a polio victim and resident of Brgy. Calibunan here, pedaled his way atop his three-cycled bike just to come early afternoon to attend his graduation rites at the NORMISIST Gym this 18th day of August 2009.
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He was feeling somewhat thrilled knowing that he will receive the proof and fruit of his labor, courtesy of his being an I-CARE scholar of Congressman Edelmiro A. Amante of the 2nd District of Agusan del Norte in tandem with the Pangulong Gloria Scholarship Program bankrolled by TESDA.  
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As a testimony, he was too happy to point out that graduating from his short-term technical-vocational course, which is Computer Hardware Servicing NC II, “is one of the highlights of my life. While I graduated from the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, majoring in Electronics, my real passion and longing is to learn about computers. So, when the opportunity craned its neck, I immediately grabbed it. And I thank God for the likes of Cong. Amante and the TESDA agency, for putting up such scholarship program for a poor guy like me.”
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Actually, he was one of those 440 scholars, supported by Cong. Amante in tandem with TESDA, who marched up on stage on said day. The statistics bespeaks an amount of PhP4,584,196.00 spent by the Congressional District of Amante and TESDA for the 440 scholars. The total amount was inclusive of Training Cost, Training Support Fund, and Assessment Fee per scholar, which stood at an average of PhP10,418.63 spent per trainee.
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The event itself was a joint graduation exercises marshaled by and between the technical vocational institutions here composed of Bishop Haden Institute (BHI); Candelaria Institute (CI); New Northern Mindanao Colleges, Inc. (NNMCI); Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology (NORMISIST) Cabadbaran Campus; and the TESDA Provincial Training Center (PTC). As for statistics of graduates per school, BHI had 25; CI contributed 75; NNMCI supplied 75; NORMISIST put in 121; and PTC added 164.  
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Numerous courses were offered under said scholarships such as Automotive Servicing COC; Building Wiring Installation NC II; Carpentry NC II; Commercial Cooking NC II; Computer Hardware Servicing NC II; Computer Programming NC IV; Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II; Dressmaking NC II; Driving NC II; Food and Beverage Services NC II; Masonry NC II; and Visual Graphics Design NC III.
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OIC-Provincial Director Leo V. Velez mentioned during his graduation message that the name of the game in the field for TESDA, the Office of Congressman Amante, and the concerned tech-voc schools is to up the ante by assisting the graduates in finding and landing a good job related to their respective fields of expertise. He indicated however that the graduates should be diligent enough in order to pass the TESDA assessment so that they will be awarded with the necessary National Certification for them to be job-fit and job-ready both here and abroad.
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Ms. Malou Pasadillo, a graduate of NORMISIST, gamely shared her feedback about the tech-voc scholarship itself: “I am one of those privileged scholars who was given this opportunity to acquire special skills in this time of difficult financial condition. I am very happy and thankful to the Administration of Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Cong. Amante . . . for conceiving this scholarship. It was hard for me to be in school due to financial constraints but thank God that through this scholarship I was able to have the NC II competency in Food and VBerage Services. Now I am ready to land a job because of the competency I am holding.” (Gervacio C. Dauz, Jr., TESDA-Agusan del Norte/ PIA-Caraga)
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TESDA-SdS launches its blue desk services
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A TESDA SDS Blue Desk service was launched on August 05, 2009. During the day there were twelve (12) job hunters whose applications were facilitated on line (4) and Eight (8) referrals for local employment. 
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Meanwhile, Career Guidance Counseling was also extended to some applicants who came to seek and enroll for skills training offered by the Access for Youth training and Employment Center.
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Another campaign on this program happened on August 12-13, 2009 at SSPSC-SSIT Conference Center at Cantilan, Surigao del Sur. It was doubly festive considering that the SSIT Alumni Association spearheaded the conduct of Service Caravan of various agencies of which TESDA played a vital role.
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The two-day Blue Desk intervention provided the TESDA Pangulong Gloria Scholarship Graduates the opportunity to apply and receive their license on their own qualifications. A total of 67 National Certificates II on Computer Hardware Servicing (CHS), 22 for Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and 42 for Personal Computer Operation were issued.
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Job referrals (5) to the Department of labor and Employment with Employers present, release of Special Orders for 16 TEKBOK Graduates, awarding of Scholarship Vouchers on Dressmaking NC II (35) and Computer Hardware Servicing NC II (24) for SSIT and Saint Michael College respectively was also done.
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The PGS Scholars were also enjoined to undergo Business Counseling in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry.
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Likewise, counseling on how to apply for the National Certificates, interview on their prior learning’s/experiences, career guidance, provision of information re: accreditation for a Training Center and Assessment Venue and Apprenticeship program were all facilitated to various groups, individuals who flocked for TESDA services.
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TESDA able to served fifty eight (58) citizens. 
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The activity culminated well with impressive remarks from the community and the organizers of the event. (Nancy C. De Guzman, TESDA-Surigao del Sur/ PIA-Caraga) 
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania

PNP arrests wanted persons

On August 18, 2009 at 6:00 am, PNP members of Cabadbaran Municipal Police Station led by PCINSP Zosimo L Duarte Jr apprehended one David Pablo, 40 years old, married, resident of Purok 7, Barangay La Union, Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte by virtue of warrant of arrest (WOA) dated August 11, 2009 issued by Hon Judge Edgar G Manilag of RTC Branch 33, Butuan City for the crime of kidnapping and serious illegal detention docketed under CC no. 13558 with no bailbond recommended.

Subject person now detained at Cabadbaran Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. 

Also, at 10:00 in the morning of the same date, a certain Arnel Guazon, 22 years old, single, jobless and resident of Barangay Dap-dap, Barobo, Surigao del Sur was arrested at his place by PNP members of Barobo Municipal Police Station led by SPO1 Roger Rivas by virtue of WOA dated March 16, 2009 issued by Hon Judge Ricardo L Mosquerra III of MCTC Barobo, Surigao del Sur for the crime of direct assault upon an agent of person in authority docketed under CC no. 09-CR-004-B and with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 5,000.00.

Subject person now temporarily detained at Barobo Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Report on carnapping incident 

On August 18, 2009 at 6:45 in the evening, a certain Junnefer Lagrimas, 25 years old, single, resident of Rosales St., Barangay San Ignacio, Butuan City reported to Butuan City Police Station 2 that his one unit Honda XRM 110 motorcycle, color red, bearing plate no. KB 8253, engine no. XRM-13E037728 and chassis no. 13037702 while parked at 2nd gate, Salvador Calo Premium Market, Langihan, Butuan City on 6:15 in the evening of same date was carnapped by unidentified suspect/s.

PNP members of BCPS2 are now conducting follow-up operation for the possible apprehension of the suspects and recovery of said vehicle. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Report on found dead body 

On August 18, 2009, Surigao City Police Station received telephone call from City Mayor Office informing that a male dead body was found at Purok-Malinao, Espina St., Barangay Taft, Surigao City.

Said male dead body was later identified as Fedirico Palzo, 54 years old, married, DepED employee and resident of said place. Initial investigation disclosed that the victim stayed in their old house alone while his family lived in Sta Cruz, Socorro, Surigao del Norte. 

The Victim used to go home in Barangay Sta Cruz, Socorro, Surigao del Norte on weekends. On August 10, 2009 (Monday), subject person failed to report at DepEd Office as revealed by his co-employee. The victim was reportedly suffering rheumatism and diabetes. The discovery of dead body took place when the neighboring houses noticed filthy odor coming from the house of the victim.

PNP Crime Laboratory personnel of Surigao del Norte conducted SOCO and post mortem exam to determine the cause of death. Remains now lies at Nilo Funeral parlor, Brgy Luna, Surigao City. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)