PIA News Service - Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011

DepEd secretary lauds Surigao Norte’s education roadmap

By: Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Feb. 16 (PIA) - Department of Education (DepED) Secretary Br. Armin Luistro, FSC has lauded the province’s Educational Roadmap as being well-developed and well-placed.

Speaking before hundreds of teachers, Luistro said that if there is any province that could be an education province, it must be Surigao. “After listening to the presentation of the Educational Roadmap, I realized I am only here as a footnote,” said Luistro.

“I say that with all the sincerity in my heart because in fact, the roadmap is well-developed and well-placed. It only requires political will, and commitment from stakeholders,” Luistro added.

As presented by Gov. Sol Matugas that by the year 2020, the province “shall have a good loving, responsible, productive, innovative, nationalistic and functional literate citizens.”

The roadmap intends to implement educational reforms to enable the local schools to produce competent, responsible, and globally competitive basic education learners.

To achieve that, the roadmap seeks to get the 100% participation rate, 90% achievement rate, and zero drop-out rate.

Luistro arrived Tuesday, Feb. 15 and was the keynote speaker of the Education Summit 2011 hosted by Gov. Matugas, a former DepED regional director, in close coordination with the DepED divisions of Siargao, Surigao City and Surigao del Norte held at the provincial convention center. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Luistro hopes successful implementation of K+12 program in Surigao Norte

By: Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Feb. 16 (PIA) - Department of Education (DepED) Secretary Armin Luistro is optimistic that the enhanced K+12 program will become successful here following the presentation of the province’s Education Roadmap.

Luistro was the keynote speaker during the recently held Education Summit in Surigao City.

He clarified that the country’s current education system is very congested, “ang ating 10 year education ngayon ay sik-sik na sik-sik. Kung di ninyo alam, tanungin nyo ang mga teachers (Our current 10 year education is too congested. In case you didn’t know, ask the teachers).”

The DepED secretary assured everyone that this program will surely help secondary students qualify for jobs without obtaining a college degree. The enhanced K+12 program involves one (1) year of kindergarten which will be implemented this coming June this year , six years of elementary education, four years of junior high school (Grades7 to 10) and two years of senior high school (Grades 11 to 12).

According to Luistro, the two years of senior high school will enable students to consolidate academic skills and competencies.

Luistro then suggested a specialized school in Surigao del Norte that will focus on these competencies relevant to the job market. “This school will focus on competencies in science and technology, music and arts, agriculture and fisheries, sports, business and entrepreneurship, etc.”

Luistro has high hopes that the program will be implemented effectively because “of the assured synergy of the local officials.”

The enhanced K-12 education program is one of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s proposed education reforms that covers seven years of grade school and five years of high school. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


City gov’t determined to push-through SP bldg construction in Butuan

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 16 (PIA) – City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. said the city government is determined to push through with the construction of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) building which construction started early last year during the administration of the late Mayor Democrito D. Plaza II.

In a press conference held here recently, the city’s chief executive said with the latest fire gutting the SP office and portion of the session hall, there is a need to continue with the construction of the building.

The official bared that of the total loan amount of the previous administration, 25% have been used already and the remaining 75% is still in the depository bank. “Thus, we can use the money for the intended projects,” the official said.

It can be recalled that during the previous administration, some of the projects that were identified to be funded by the loan include the Millennium Development Goal Park to be situated at the foot of Magsaysay Bridge, South Public Market at Brgy. Villa Kanangga, and the 172-million pesos SP Building.

Meanwhile, the construction of the South Public Market and SP building has already started. (PIA-Caraga)


Butuan City set to improve Sports Complex

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 16 (PIA) – Following his State of the City Address (SOCA) in November last year, City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. recently said the city is set to improve the sports complex “because at present, the dimension of our sports complex’s track oval is not standard”.

This is the reaction of the mayor when asked by a government media if the city is eyeing to host a Palarong Pambansa in the future.

Mayor Amante said, whether the city wants to host the national sports event of the country, the dimension of the track oval in the Libertad Sports Complex will not qualify in the national standard.

The mayor said it is sad to note that the city is among those who don’t have an improved sports complex with complete sporting facilities and amenities.

With these predicaments, the official said the city government will look into the budget and see to it that part of the budget will be allocated to uphold sports development that will eventually divert the attention of the youths, thus refraining them from using illegal drugs and other vices.

Also, Amante stressed he has already bring this matter to Cong. Jose Aquino II of the 1st Congressional District of Agusan del Norte which covers Butuan City and the municipality of Las Nieves and agreed that the sports complex will be developed.

The Libertad Sports Complex is the project of former Congresswoman Charito B. Plaza. (PIA-Caraga)


RNheals employed 157 nurses in Surigao del Surio del Sur-DOLE

By: Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, February 16 (PIA) – Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Provincial Office said 157 registered nurses are employed under the Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Service (RNheals) project.

DOLE Provincial Director Hermie Daytoc recently said RNheals project will deploy nurses in rural and unserved communities where DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or Conditional Cast Transfer (CCT) is being implemented as well as the Department of Health (DOH) Basic Emergency Maternal Obstetric and National Care (BEMNC) facilities are being upgraded for a period of one year.

DOLE confirmed that the department has facilitated 157 nurses that will be deployed soon to the following towns and city: Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen, Lanuza, Cortes, Tandag, San Miguel, Bayabas, Tago, Cagwait, San Agustin, Marihatag, Lianga, Barobo, Hinatuan, Lingig and Bislig City. Said areas are identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development except for the town of Tagbina.

RNheals intends to address the inexperienced nurses in promoting health of the people and bring the government closer to them. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)