PIA News Service - Monday, Dec. 20, 2010

TUCP Workers’ College offers free training program

Surigao City (December 20)
– The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) Workers’ College situated along Maharlika cor Masaya Streets in Quezon City is now accepting applicants for short courses.

Anna Lee Fos, TUCP Youth/Research/Human and Trade Union Rights Monitoring Officer, said they are now ready to accept applicants for Housekeeping NC II with 100 available slots, Wellness Massage/Hilot NC II with 100 available slots and Finishing Course for Call Center Agents NC II with 200 available slots.

Interested applicants must be at least 18 to 55 years old, completed at least High School, currently not working or no longer studying but willing to work. Also, he/she must undergo and pass the qualification assessment administered by TESDA. “For Finishing Course for Call Center Agents (FCCCA), he/she must be computer literate,” Fos added.
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Assessment will start on December 22, 2010 and classes will officially begin on December 27, 2010. For inquiries, call (02) 924.7551; (02) 433.2208; (02) 922.0917 or mobile: 0917.855.1225/0908.584.0541. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Sealing of muzzles conducted in Surigao Norte

Surigao City (December 20) - The sealing and marking of muzzles issued to all PNP personnel in Surigao del Norte was successfully conducted Monday morning, December 20 at the parade ground of the PNP Police Provincial Office here.

The ceremonial sealing was personally conducted by PNP Provincial Director P/Sr. Supt. Emmanuel Talento.

According to Talento, the sealing of all firearms of policemen is being done annually during the Yuletide season purposely to make sure that no policeman will fire his firearm as a way of celebrating the New Year which in no doubt has caused the lives of a number of people being hit by astray bullets due to indiscriminate firing. 

Talento also said that the sealing of firearms will be simultaneously done in all provincial, municipal and city police offices. 

“And any firearm that will be found with altered or tampered seal will be dealt with accordingly and whoever is the owner of the gun will face appropriate administrative charges,” Talento concluded. (PIA-Surigao del Norte) 


Reg’l Police aims for guns, pyrotechnics “0 casualties” during yuletide revelries

Police Regional Office 13 is aiming for a “0 casualties” against indiscriminate firing of guns and the use of pyrotechnics during the yuletide and New Year’s celebration.

This was pointed out by PRO 13 Deputy Regional Director for Administration CSupt. Nelson P. Nario, during the ceremonial sealing of the gun muzzles held at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, Brgy. Libertad, this city, Friday.

CSupt. Nario led the activity representing PNP Caraga chief CSupt. Reynaldo S. Rafal, who was in Manila for an important conference at the national headquarters. Rafal left the charge of the regional command to his deputy regional administrator.

The sealing of gun muzzles “is an insurance for the PNP personnel to be deterred from indiscriminately firing their guns during Christmas and New Year revelries” Nario said The tip of the gun muzzles were enclosed around with masking tapes and were duly initialed by a higher official. Nario also stressed that indiscriminate firing of guns is strictly prohibited to all PNP personnel during the yuletide revelries by the police national leadership. He pointed out that police personnel caught indiscriminately firing their guns will be subjected to administrative proceedings which may lead to their dismissal or criminal for illegal discharge of their firearms.

He also expressed optimism that this directive from their national headquarters will be religiously followed by the police personalities here in the region as they will be strictly monitoring its observance and the implementing of due sanction to the offenders. He is calling for the public at the same time to help them monitor and to report any erring PNP personnel in their respective areas. He assured that reports in this nature will be treated with confidentiality and be duly attended to. He is calling on the public at the same time to keep from using pyrotechnics during the revelries and to use alternative noise-producing instruments instead.

However, if one cannot really avoid using pyrotechnics, the official encouraged the concerned to dispose it at a duly designated area and to apply all the necessary safety and security measures.

Nario said that the PNP aims along with the other government agencies such as the Department of Health for “0 casualties” in terms of direct or astray bullet victims due to indiscriminate firing of guns or pyrotechnics victims during the yuletide and new year revelries. (Noel B. Najarro, The Butuan Star/PIA-Caraga)


PRO 13 to conduct Christmas outreaches

Police Regional Office 13 officials and personnel is showing to the public that if it can sternly use its right hand in implementing law and order, but it also can adeptly reach out with its left hand to extend compassionate love and concern especially to the less fortunate.

Today (December 20), the officials and the personnel of Police Regional Office 13 led by Regional Director CSupt. Reynaldo S. Rafal, will be conducting Christmas outreach programs to three different sites.

Early this morning, a team to be led by RD Rafal and other regional police headquarters top officials, will be going to the Por Cristo Home for the abandoned aged, at Brgy. Abilan, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte to conduct a short program with the elderly and distribute gifts.

After which, the team will proceed to Brgy. Pagatpatan Housing relocation site, to again distribute Christmas packages to the less fortunate in the said area. Then they will be inviting the children housed at the “Bahay Silonganan” of the DSWD based at Brgy. Bonbon, this city to the regional camp where they will be treated with an entertainment program and some Christmas goodies.

“The emphasis of this years Christmas celebration is for the police not as a recipients of gifts but to be givers,” a top regional police official said.

PRO 13 sources said that the funds used by the police to buy such gifts was sacrificially sliced off by the police officials and personnel themselves from their compensation this month as to accordingly give more meaning to the spirit of the season which is, love-giving. 

Earlier this month, the city and provincial police offices held their respective similar outreach programs. (Noel B. Najarro, The Butuan Star/PIA-Caraga)