PIA News Service - Saturday, April 16, 2011

402nd IB, 4ID, PA to conduct Speakers’ Bureau Enhancement Seminar in AgSur

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, April 16 (PIA) – The 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, 4ID of Philippine Army will be conducting a “Speakers’ Bureau Enhancement Seminar” on April 18-20, 2011 at the Kalayaan Hall, Hqs 402nd Brigade, Ney Leyte, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

According to Brigade CMO Officer Edgar A Gabia, CPT (INF) of Philippine Army, the seminar is aimed to enhance the efficiency of personnel who served as members of the speakers’ bureau in the different line units.

CPT Gabia also bared that the seminar will refresh the participants on the new talking points, methodology and materials needed in engaging its target audience and to learn the basic tools in public speaking and target audience segmentation. (PIA-Caraga)

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10 public high schools join extended iSchools rollout

QUEZON CITY, April 16 -- iSchools, the Commission of Information and Communications Technology's flagship program on ICT curriculum integration, conducted a project briefing for principals and school representatives of its ten new partner public high schools earlier today, bringing the program's beneficiaries over its target of 1000 schools.

"Careful expenditure of our budget allocation has generated enough savings to extend the iSchools program for these schools," says project manager Antonette Torres.

The CICT has allotted approximately Php 1.1B on the iSchools project since its establishment in 2005.

iSchools' new recipients were selected from a waitlist of over 100 qualified schools, and have undergone site inspections and evaluations by iSchools' partner State Universities Colleges (SUC) to ensure their readiness to house a wireless computer laboratory and subsequently integrate ICT in their curriculum.

The new iSchools partner public high schools are: Siargao National College of Science and Technology Lab School, Sibugon Integrated School, Dapdap High School, Magara School of Philippine Craftsmen, Mambusao National High School, Tarlac National High School-Annex, San Isidro High School, Eastern Pangasinan Agricultural College, Estipona National High School, and Calatagan National High School. There are two more slots available for the additional iSchools rollout.

In addition to the hardware package of 19 computers, 1 laptop, printer, scanner, and projector, the partner schools will also undergo training in sustainability planning, computer and internet literacy, laboratory and library management, and website development --schools will shoulder training expenses as part of their counterpart responsibilities.

The project briefing introduced the CICT's ICT for Education (ICT4E) model, of which the iSchools project is one keItalicy approach.

By providing wireless computer laboratories and capacity building to public high schools, iSchools paves the way for integrating ICT in education by strengthening classroom teaching and learning, and equipping graduates with the competencies needed to thrive in a digital society.

The iSchools Project is one of the flagship projects of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) under the Office of the President. Recognized at the 2009 Philippine Government ICT Awards and the 3rd Government Technology Awards in Bali, Indonesia, the project aims to integrate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education, by providing training modules and increasing ICT access in public high schools. Now on its 4th year of implementation, the iSchools Project is continuing to provide these services to 1,000 public high schools nationwide. (Patricia Vega/PIA-Caraga)

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CSC hosts Asia-Pacific eLearning workshop

MANILA, April 16 -- Twenty delegates from the Philippines, India, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and St. Vincent and Grenadines came together for the 1st Face-to-Face Workshop on eLearning Development and Implementation (eLDI) that began on April 11-15, 2011 at the CSC Regional Office (CSCRO) 3 in San Fernando, Pampanga.

The five-day workshop is a prelude to a seven-month online course to raise awareness about the benefits of information and communications technology (ICT) and eLearning methodology in developing significant capacity building activities in the Asia-Pacific region. At the end of the course, participants are expected to have developed their own prototype eLearning course.

CSC hosts the capacity building activity conducted by the University of the Philippines-Open University (UPOU), Deutsche Gesellschaft fur international Zusammenarbeit (GiZ) and the Asial eLearning Network (AselNet). The workshop is run by eLDI umbrella tutors along with UPOU Prof. Juvy Lizette Gervacio and UST Prof. Evie Laurito, assisted by eLDI-trained facilitators from the CSC, UPOU and Technological University of the Philippines.

At the opening program, CSC Commissioner Mary Ann Z. Fernandez-Mendoza said that globalization has made the world flat, allowing almost everything to become accessible. Thus, she encouraged participants to deepen their learning journey and to take advantage of the limitless possibilities that eLearning can provide.

CSCRO 3 Director Karin Litz. P. Zerna, UPOU Vice-Chancellor Ma. Fe Mendoza and GiZ Program Manager Christian Gmelin were also at the opening program. According to Mendoza, UPOU recognizes that capacity building is borderless. On his part, Gmelin agreed that the eLearning course reinforces collaboration and networking, particularly for enriching and gaining an understanding of various cultures.

San Fernando Mayor Oscar S. Rodriguez, whose city has gained prominence for being a multi-awarded local government unit in public governance at the national and international levels, also graced the occasion. Rodriguez shared the city’s experiences in welcoming and instituting new ways of learning, specifically by introducing innovative approaches such as the use of the Performance Governance System-Balanced Scorecard as a performance measurement tool. (CSC-13/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: City Scholarship Program Gipanghingusgan ni Mayor Jun Amante

BUTUAN CITY, Abril 16 - Prayoridad og gipanghingusgan ni Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. ang edukasyon sa mga deserving nga mga estudyante kinsa desidido nga mutongha sa kolehiyo, hinungdan nga migahin siya ug dakong pagsuporta niini pinaagi sa usa ka scholarship program.

Tumong nga matabangan ang mga kabataan ug mahatagan sa katumanan sa pagkab-ot ang ilang mga pangandoy nga makahoman sa pagto-on, gipaningkamutan ni Mayor Jun Amante nga mapundohan kini nga programa sa scholarship.

Giawhag ni Mayor Amante ang mga kabataan nga interesado niini nga oportunidad nga gihanyag sa kagamhanan sa Dakbayan ug musumite sa mga musunod nga mga kinahanglanong rekisitos:

(Financial Assistance: P 4,500/ semester; Average Rating: 2.5/.full load per sem.)

REQUIRMENTS: (Deadline of Submission of Requirements: May 14, 2011)

() Scholastic records in high school with an average of at least 85% (has not been enrolled in college);

() Applicants bio-data to include 2x2 ID picture;

() Certified true copy of Birth Certificate (not more than 21yrs. Old);

() A copy of income Tax Return authenticated by the BIR that the family’s gross income does not exceed to Php 120,000.00 annually;

() Police Clearance;

() Updated Community Tax Certificate;

() Certificate of good moral character issued by the School Principal;

() Voters Affidavit (for those who were born before May 10, 1992); and

() Barangay certification that the applicant has been a resident of the barangay for at least one (1) year.

Tentative schedule of exam: 7:30am/May 17, 2011 Venue: Butuan Central Elementary School (BCES).

Alang sa dugang impormasyon makig-alayon lamang sa inyong Barangay Captain og kang Ms. Sweet Angeline R. Dequina sa Human Resource Management Office dinhi sa City Hall. (Jovelyn Cataluna Mejorada, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)