PIA News Service - Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010

TESDA firms up PPP for strategic alliance

BUTUAN CITY – The name of the game in strategizing alliance and collaboration, as far as the Aquino Administration is concerned, is all about Public-Private Partnership (PPP). TESDA Agusan del Norte further ups the ante in subscribing to the said scheme by employing not only the Public-Private Partnership, but including also the Public-Public Partnership to go full throttle.

Romping on details, TESDA Agusan del Norte, under the leadership of Provincial Director Leo V. Velez, breezed through in signing several Memorandums of Agreement (MOA) with several development entities, both government and private players, to cement its stake of pushing socio-economic services to the hilt via development cooperation just recently in order to help the target clients further help themselves,.

First on its list was a tripartite MOA in tandem with World Vision-Butuan, and PANGKALAMBUAN, Inc. (PI) done on the 19th day of November 2010 and held at the PI’s Office located at the 2nd Floor of Ong Hoc Building, Montilla Boulevard here. The tripartite development partnership and collaboration was a pioneering arrangement for the three players considering that PI is a SEC-registered community-based organization, World Vision is an internationally funded institution, and TESDA is a government agency.

Focus of said development intervention as enshrined in the partnership agreement zeroed in on improving the “quality of life of the poorest of the poor,” specifically with emphasis on organized or to be organized group under the coverage of PI, which are spread in nine barangays here. Said barangays are Baan Riverside, Baan Kilometer #3, Bading, Basag, J. P. Rizal, Buhangin, Limaha, Obrero, and Tandang Sora.

PI or PANGKALAMBUAN, Inc., which is an acronym, stands for Panaghiusa sa Katawhan Lig-unon Aron Magmalambuon ang Butuan ug Agusan del Norte, Inc. It is roughly translated in English to mean People’s Solidarity Strengthened towards Progress of Butuan and Agusan del Norte, Inc.

Next on TESDA’s signing spree was another tripartite MOA between and among the Las Nieves Training Center, represented by Hon. Reinario P. Rosales, Mayor of Las Nieves, Agusan de Norte, and the Honda Motor World, Inc., represented by its Manager, Mr. Emmanuel I. Abuga.

The bottom line intent of the said partnership agreement is to provide small engine repair and maintenance skills training at least every quarter for the poor but deserving constituents of Las Nieves.

Third on TESDA’s signing splurge was an ambitious quadripartite MOA done on the 2nd day of December 2010 between and among the Department of Agrarian Reform Provincial Office of Agusan del Norte, represented by Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Andre B. Atega; the Federation of Agrarian Reform Communities Cooperative (FEDARCCO) of Agusan del Norte and Butuan City, represented by its Chairman Isidro R. Madaje; and the Mindanao Cooperative Institute of Technology (MCIT), represented by its President Rogelio O. Fabe.

PARO Atega pointed out that the quadripartite MOA was the first of its kind he was able to sign because from the private side, FEDARCCO itself is a conglomerate of ARCs that melded as one via the cooperative scheme, while the MCIT is the first ever school that offered to embrace the agrarian beneficiaries and their families not only as clients for future skills trainings but also as stakeholders or part-owners of the school.

At the pipeline is also a bilateral MOA taking shape between TESDA Agusan del Norte and the Government Unit of Butuan City through its City Cooperative and Enterprise Development Office with the proposal of joining hands in the service of offering community-based training programs for the constituents here. (Gervacio Dauz, Jr., TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)

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130 grads march under BCMTC banner

BUTUAN CITY – Equipping took center stage and became the rallying point in the aspiration of 130 trainees of Butuan City Manpower Training Center (BCMTC) here who desire to land a job either here or abroad as they marched the graduation aisle this 15th day of December 2010 at the City Hall Lobby this city.

Of the 130 trainees who entered the rigors of training, 38 graduated under the Household Services NC II; 16 from Massage Therapy NC II; and 76 came out from Caregiving NC II.

Ms. Maria Ruth N. Jugao, BCMTC Training Director, exhorted the jovial graduates that “graduation is simply a culmination of your training.” She desired that the graduates ought to empathize with their clients or customers inasmuch as they had demonstrated the same prior to their graduation.

On the other hand, Ms. Leah A. Mendoza, CPA, and currently the City Administrator of the City Government here, advocated to the graduates the need to exercise prudence in the world of work. “Above all,” she said, “we should be the best of what we are and what we do . . . to be the best of what we want to pursue.”

She argued that “the best ones really go up. We should do our best even when ho one is watching us. . . . We should try to excel . . . and we will rise up.”

One of the graduates in the person of Mr. Michell P. Binarao, of the Caregiving NC II class, shared that he was “thankful to the bright initiative of our Local Government Unit” because through it he and the rest of his co-graduates would have a chance “to provide quality services to our clients.” He added that “if given the chance, this will be our time to shine.”

In closing, Leo V. Velez, Provincial Director of TESDA Agusan del Norte, pointed out that “we are very happy that the partnership between TESDA and the Local Government Unit of this city has been sustained.”

He however cautioned the graduates: “Just to graduate is not enough; you need to be certified also.” Through said manner, he maintained, “we are professionalizing the middle level manpower sector.” (Gervacio Dauz, Jr., TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano news: TUCP misaulog sa ika-35th anibersaryo

Ni Michael Imbo

Butuan City - Gisaulog ang ika-35th Founding Anniversary sa Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) agi’g selebrasyon sa natampo nga programa ug kalamboan nga nahatag sa gobyerno ug mga partners niini, dili pa lang dugay, didto sa Quezon City.

Gisugdan sa usa ka Santos nga misa ang selebrasyon alang sa pagpasalamat sa kalampusan sa gihimong okasyon didto sa TUCP Solidarity Hall diin gitambongan kini sa kapin 100 ka mga delegado gikan sa tag-as nga mga opisyal sa TUCP liders, mga opisyales sa federations, ahensya sa gobyerno ug mga kaubanan.

Gi-awhag ni TUCP Director for Education Rafael Mapalo ang tanan nga mga dinapit nga guest nga mosalmot sa tree planting ceremony nga gilusad didto sa Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife (NAPWL) uban sa kooperasyon sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ug administrasyon sa NAPWL.

Si Mapalo nagkanayon nga 70 ka mga seedlings ang natanom didto, “2 trees each of the 35 years of TUCP”.

Dugang niini nga gikinahanglan ang regular nga pag-atiman sa mga gipangtanom nga kahoy, “These trees should be visited by respective federation representative(s) regularly to ensure that they live and grow”.

Ang kalihukan gipresenta nga simbolo sa kausa ug pakigbisog batok sa hagit sa climate change.

Gidasig usab ang mga empleyado sa TUCP ug affiliate nga magpakabana sa paghimo sa lakang nga ipadayon ang proteksyonan sa kina-iyahan. (PIA-Caraga)

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Police: Holiday truce with NPA

Camp Rafael C Rodriguez, Libertad, Butuan City - All pólice units in the región refrain from initiating offensive police operations against New People’s Army in the next 18 days in observance of the traditional Yuletide ceasefire with the local communist movement starting today. The order came through issued memorandum by the PNP Chief, Director General RAUL M BACALZO to all PNP Regional Directors and Directors of National Support UNITs thru the Directorate for Operations, declaring a nationwide Suspension of Police Operations (SOPO) effective 12:01 AM of December 16, 2010 until 12:00 MN of January 3, 2011 following the agreement between the Chairman of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) Peace Panel, Alexander Padilla with the NDF Chairman Luis Jalandoni for a Christmas Suspension of Police Operations (SOPO).

However, recognizing police units inherent right to self defense, Caraga Police Director PCSUPT REYNALDO SERRANO RAFAL, Ph.D, CEO VI said that all police units must remain on-guard and maintain a high state of readiness to respond to hostile actions by domestic threat groups. RD RAFAL clarified that the SOPO shall not cover normal law enforcement operations and shall be without prejudice to actions aimed at protecting the people and the communities, as well as the PNP troops and installations against insurgents/terrorist attacks that may take place during the SOPO period.

RD RAFAL said the holiday truce is a yearly practice that the government has been doing, to allow government troops and the people to celebrate Christmas because if there is peace during this time, all are able to celebrate Christmas in a peaceful manner. Police forces, however, were ordered to remain on alert despite the truce in light of the anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on Dec. 26, which may stimulate rebel forces to launch attacks.

The government, on the other hand, is currently creating a counter-insurgency plan that will focus on developmental initiatives designed to address the roots of rebellion like poverty. It has also vowed to resume the stalled peace talks with the insurgents. The PNP, meanwhile, said it will consider the inputs of various sectors like academe, civil society and religious groups in crafting the peace plan. (PCI Nelly Tabornal Villagarcia, PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

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POLICE REPORTS

By PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania

Chopping down of banana plants

More than one thousand (1,000) planted banana at Guinhalinan, Brgy Javier, Barobo, Surigao del Sur were discovered cut on December 14, 2010 at 6:00 in the morning. Initial investigation conducted by Barobo Police Station in coordination with the DOLE Management disclosed that at around 11:00 o clock in the evening of December 13, 2010, the duty private security guard and CAFGU personnel based at said place heard successive gun burst at the vicinity.

On the early morning of December 14, 2010, one Rolando Asiapro y Gupana, field coordinator of the plantation discovered that about 1,600 planted banana had been chopped/cut down. Further investigation disclosed that the group of CTs under Commander Tata were the one responsible of said incident. Estimated cost of damaged is still undetermined. Progress report to follows. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on stabbing incident

One Merlito Labao y Rosal, 38 yrs old, married, laborer and presently residing at Purok Bahi, Sta Cruz, Rosario, Agusan del Sur was stabbed to death by one Junrey Ople y Pitogo, legal age, married, miner and res of Purok San Roque, Sta Cruz, Rosario, Agusan del Sur. Suspect fled to unknown direction after the incident. Motive-misunderstanding due to influence of intoxicating liquor. Incident took place at Purok Bahi, Sta Cruz, Rosario, Agusan del Sur on December 13, 2010 at 10:00 pm. PNP personnel of Rosario MPS still conducting investigation for filing of appropriate charges against the suspect. Progress report to follow.

Also, one Jaymar Calihisan, 26 years old, married and resident of Carrascal, Surigao del Sur was stabbed by one Kid Moro Samson, 48 yrs old, married, farmer and res of Brgy Hinapoyan, Carmen, Surigao del Sur. Initial investigation disclosed that both were having a drinking spree when heated argument ensued resulting to the said incident. Victim sustained stabbed wound on his left lower breast and immediately brought to Madrid District Hospital for medical treatment while suspect was apprehended by responding Brgy Tanod of said Brgy and properly turned over to Carmen Police Station. Incident took place at Purok 4, Brgy Hinapoyan, Carmen, Surigao del Sur on December 13, 2010 at 6:30 pm. Case now prepared for filing in court. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on shooting incident

One Gilbert Amador Manatad, 39 years old, married and resident of P-5, Brgy Sanghan, Cabadbaran City was shot by unidentified suspect with the use of unknown caliber of firearm hitting three times on the different parts of his body resulting to his death.

Upon receipt f the report, PNP elements of Cabadbaran City Police Station led by PINSP LEGAYADA together with the SOCO personnel from Cabadbaran Satellite Office responded and proceeded to the crime scene. Investigation disclosed that the victim while riding his single motorcycle on December 14, 2010 at 7:45 pm, upon passing dark portion of P-5, Brgy Sanghan, Cabadbaran City, a successive gun burst was heard by the residents hitting the victim.

Said victim was rushed to Cabadbaran District Hospital but pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician. Motive still undetermined. Cabadbaran City Police Station took cognizance of the case. Progress report to follow. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)