PIA News Service - Thursday, May 27, 2010

Lumad groups indorse fellow to a position in DENR 

BUTUAN CITY (27 May) – With issues and concerns brought to officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), one person belong to an ethnic group was indorsed by groups of ethnic tribes such as the Alyansa ng Katutubo at Indigenous Nasyonal, Inc. (AKIN); Tribal Coalition of Mindanao (TRICOM); Alyansa Lumad-Mindanao (ALLUMAD); and the Mindanao Peoples Peace Movement (MPPM), to work with the department under the Aquino administration, believing that he can be a good representation of the lumads in the department and feel the importance of the nature to mankind. 

As a datu, this man believes that he can enforce and takes care not only the natural resources but as well as the lumads’ ancestral domains. He is Alexander Dela Rosa Trinidad, born on May 8, 1957, baptized as a Roman Catholic, married to Cecilia Castillo-Trinidad and presently residing at No. 5, King Edward St., Kingspoint Subdivision, Quezon City. 

Trinidad is a member of the Noynoy Aquino for President Movement (NAPM) and the Yellow Force. He is also designated as Caraga Regional Chairman of the said organizations. 

When the campaign started, Sen. Aquino was number four in Caraga Region as per surveys conducted by private organizations but his (Trinidad) relentless efforts are among the common factors Aquino garnered a margin of 229,842 over his closest rival in Caraga – LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD’s bet Gilbert Teodoro. 

Same with the majority of the Filipinos, Trinidad recognized the integrity of the Aquino family. With this, he believed that Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, as member of the Aquino family, upholds this integrity. 

As to the other organizations where he represented, Trinidad is a member of the Rotary Club of Quezon City Central, Tent of Praise Fellowship, Bread of Life Ministries and Marriage Encounter Quezon City. His educational background include a degree in Bachelor of Science major in Accounting and an undergraduate of an engineering course at Far Eastern University – Manila. 

With these developments, the groups indorsing Trinidad are hoping that the new administration will consider and study his credentials. (PIA-Caraga)



May 28 Araw ng Pambansang Watawat 

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed AO # 284 directing the NHI as lead in the organization and implementation of the 112th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence on June 12,2010. This year’s theme is “KALAYAAN: Tagumpay ng Bayan”  
According to NHI Exec. Director Ludovico Badoy presiding the first Formal meeting of the TWG, the celebration of the Flag Day or Pambansang Araw ng Watawat May 28 shall commence this year’s Independence Day. Dep. Education Secretary Mona Valisno leads in this year Flag Day programs which coincides with the Battle of Alapan in Cavite along with the local government officials of Imus,the NHI, the member agencies of the June 12 NOC and the student population. 

Dep. Education Sec. Valisno issued Dep.Ed memo order # 210 directing all schools nationwide for the display of the Philippine Flag from May 28 to June 12, 2010 circular. 

Also, the province of Imus, Cavite has lined up fitting activities for this year’s Flag Day celebration which starts with the annual Flag raising and wreath laying ceremonies, Miguel Santo and Alapan Tableaux a, parade at 7 in the morning. 

Further, DILG Usec. Austere Panadero issued memo circular # 35 enjoining all Local Chief Executives to conduct simple but meaningful activities such as Flag raising ceremonies, wreath laying rites in honor of national and local heroes with a display of the National Flag in government buildings, major thoroughfares, as well as in public parks, hospitals, restaurants, hotels, departments stores, malls and banks starting May 28 to June 12,2010. (B.L. Peñera, PIA) 



DepEd Sec. Valisno leads the Nat’l Flag Day in Cavite 

Department of Education Secretary Mona Valisno will lead this year’s National Flag Day program at Imus, Cavite according to National Historical Institute Executive Director Ludovico Badoy during a first formal meeting of the Technical Working Organizing Committee of the Celebration. 

Secretary Valisno accepted this year’s invitation as guest of honor in the Flag Day and wreath laying ceremonies in Imus, Cavite to be joined by newly elected local executive officials of Cavite. 

According to Sec. Valisno, they had just completed this year’s first batch of the Seminar Workshop on the Flag and Heraldic Code, which was participated by private school administrators, teachers and students. This was done in cooperation with NHI, Dep Ed., Heritage Institute. 

Also, NHI Chairperson Ambeth Ocampo and Executive Director Badoy expressed enthusiasm in activities set for the big day. These are display of flags and tarpaulins along major through fares and in all government offices, schools and universities to be led by DPWH, Dep Ed, DILG, CSC. 

MUSIKALAYAAN, a free concert of the AFP Band in celebration of Flag Day shall held be on May 28 at 7 p.m. at Open Air Auditorium Rizal Park. The public is invited to this free concert. 

While SM Super malls will organize the largest human flag composed of 15, 000 people in Cavite together with a special program and parade in SM Molino, SM Rosario, SM Dasmarinas, and SM Bacoor. (B.L.Penera, PIA) 



DSWD Caraga welcomes new partner 

BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Region welcomed Ms. Caroline Sperling and Mr. Ulrich Krausse, representatives of German Development Service (DED) during the recently held partner induction at Goat2gedr Hotel and Restaurant. Assistant Regional Director Mita G. Lim warmly greeted the partners on behalf of Director Mercedita P. Jabagat. 

Mr. Jean Paul Parajes, Planning Officer III of DSWD Caraga presented a brief orientation to partners of DSWD’s programs and services. 

Caroline Sperling, DED’s Civil Peace Service (CPS) Program Coordinator oriented the officers and members of the field office’s staff on the basic information on DED partner cooperation and the Civil Peace Service. 

She said DED believes development intervention (DI), which can differ in size and can include one or more different projects and partners, is a joint project or program of the German Development Cooperation in cooperation with partner organizations, donors or third parties. Sperling emphasized that Civil Peace Service contributes to non-violent conflict resolution and sustainable and just peace. 

In his short message, Mr. Ulrich Krausse, Civil Peace Service expert assigned to DSWD expressed that “I am happy to work with DSWD.” Mr. Krausse will report to DSWD on June 1, 2010. 

The DED through its Civil Peace Service Program and DSWD Caraga forged their partnership to work along conflict transformation and peace building for a period of two (2) years. The DED is the newest partner of DSWD Caraga in social welfare and development work. (Leah T. Quintana, DSWD-13/ PIA-Caraga) 



Career service exams top passers bared 

Two examinees from the National Capital Region topped the Career Service written examinations conducted nationwide on November 15 last year, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) said. 

Rachael I. Seso, with a rating of 88.44, bested 50,590 examinees of the Career Service Professional test, while Vivian Rose V. Velasco, with a 92.15 rating, placed first among the 11,799 hopefuls for the Sub-professional test. 

A passing rate of 9.25% was recorded for the Professional test, and 14.01% for the Sub-professional test, comprising 4,681 and 1,653 passers respectively. The CSC has earlier reported that, out of the total 62,389 examinees, 6,334 or 10.15% hurdled the tests. 

Five more from NCR landed in the list of Top 10 passers of the Professional level. They are Kristine Grace D. Banaag with a rating of 87.67 (4th place); Maria Ofelia S. Leaño, 87.62 (6th place); Jim C. Monforte, 87.61 (7th place); Maria Janica V. Brigola, 87.6 (8th place); and Lisa E. Lamberte, 87.47 (10th place). 

The rest of the Top 10 passers of the Professional level include Gail B. Prodigalidad from Southern Tagalog, 88.43 (2nd place); Nathalie Marie R. Mariano from Northern Mindanao, 87.88 (3rd place); John Alexander S. Belderol also from Northern Mindanao, 87.67 (4th place); Fleureeza Marie A. Liwanag from Ilocos Region, 87.63 (5th place); and Violet Susan C. Joaquin from Davao Region, 87.52 (9th place). 

Completing the list of Top 10 passers of the Sub-professional level are Rona May U. Tadlas, 91.45 (NCR); Mary Joy Anne A. Diamante, 91.2 (Western Visayas); Bernardo C. Obispo Jr., 90.93 (Central Visayas); Ruth C. Domegse, 90.92 (Cordillera Administrative Region); Cherry O. Parabuac, 90.9 (Southern Tagalog); Margarita G. Ferreras, 90.8 (Bicol Region); Ma. Reinna S. Bermudez, 90.39 (NCR); Jose Dante V. Dela Merced, 90.3 (NCR); and Jessa M. Sumayang, 90.18 (Central Visayas). 

Statistics 

Based on the profile of the examinees, the 3,939 female passers from both examination levels outnumbered by 66.84% the male passers totaling 2,361. 

In terms of status of employment, 3,154 or 49.79% of the collective number of passers were unemployed – 2,241 passers or almost half (47.87%) in the Professional level, and 913 passers or more than half (55.23%) in the Sub-professional level. There were 1,702 passers who came from the private sector and 1,103 from the government. Those self-employed have a combined count of 200. 

Data further show that bulk of the passers at 4,730 or 74.68% indicated entrance to government as their main reason for taking the career service examination. Lines of work highly considered by majority of the passers include human resource; social science and welfare service; general administrative services; financial service; math, physical and biological science service; and tourism and industry service. 

The CSC said that Professional and Sub-professional eligibles may be appointed to appropriate positions in the government that are not covered by Bar, board and special laws, provided they also meet the education, experience and training requirements of the position desired. 

The CSC again administered the Career Service Professional and Sub-professional written examinations to 95,393 registered examinees on April 25, the first examination scheduled for the year. The second and last round of Career Service written examinations will be held October 17, 2010. Applications are now being accepted at CSC Regional and Field Offices nationwide. 

For application requirements and procedure, log on to the CSC website at www.csc.gov.ph. The complete list of successful examinees of the November 15, 2009 Career Service Professional and Sub-Professional examinations can also be accessed at the CSC website. (CSC-13/ PIA-Caraga)