7.09.2011

PIA News Service - Friday, July 8, 2011

DAR-Agusan-Norte products showcased at nat’l trade fair

by Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, July 8 -- Products of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Agusan del Norte provincial office were featured in this year’s Agrikultura Trade Fair (ATF) held recently at SM Mega Mall, Manila.

With the theme “Agraryo, Agrikultura at Kalikasan: a Convergence Towards Sustainable Rural Development,” the Agrikultura Trade Fair was one of the highlights of the 23rd Anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) aimed to display the productivity of Filipino farmers and the marketability of Agrarian Reform Communities products to high-end consumers.

This is the first time that DAR, Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources converged to showcase the farmers’ agricultural products.

In a press statement, Agrarian Reform Secretary Gil delos Reyes was quoted saying "the trade fair is something consumers shouldn't miss since products that are expected to be on display are hauled off from the so-called 'ridges to reefs,' the tri-agencies' battlecry.”

“So, one can expect agricultural products harvested and harnessed from the upland, the lowland and the sea,” he added.

The ATF expresses the central concept of what convergence aims to achieve in contributing to the three bottom lines of rural development – increased productivity, increased income, and job generation in rural areas.

Part of the event included the presentation of Institutional Booth. It showcased different tourist attractions in the region and the video presentation that depicted Caraga’s best products produced by the Agrarian Reform beneficiaries in the region. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Caraga)

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Butuan City gov't conducts capability building program for own staff

by Gervacio C. Dauz, Jr.

BUTUAN CITY, July 8 –- The local government unit (LGU) of Butuan City conducted capability training for its personnel.

The training program included bookkeeping, computer hardware servicing (CHS), vehicle preventive maintenance (VPM), and electrical installation and maintenance (EIM)training for city hall personnel.

This was conducted through the LGU's Human Resource Management & Development Office and the City Cooperative/TESDA Office

A total of 103 personnel finished the training program. Of this number, only 10 came from the private sector. The rest were regular, or contractual workers at the City Hall.

Joel Ginelza, one of the graduates of VPM, shared that the training was tough but he was thankful because through it he felt a new vigor welling from within – a sign that he has emerged as a better man, equipped and armed to tackle preventive maintenance.

Shiela Olayan, on the other hand, said she can now approach her official task self-assuredly. And she was thankful that the administration of Butuan Cty Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. had looked into their status as human resources that need to be further trained.

As of this writing, 30 out of the 38 graduates of the bookkeeping skills training were confident enough to undergo assessment under TESDA. Of those who took the assessment, a high mark of 90 percent passed the requirement and became eligible to be awarded with a National Certification (NC) Level II from TESDA.

In summation, there were 15 graduates from the EIM, 25 from the CHS, and 25 from the VPM. These graduates are still gearing and preparing to take their respective assessment to be able to acquire either a Certificate of Competency or a National Certification.

According to Luz S. Dumanon, HRMO IV of the City LGU, the intervention is part of her office’s functions of providing knowledge and skills to many of the city hall personnel and enhancing the capabilities of others. It will hopefully serve as a passport to sub-professional eligibility for those who will pass the assessment, she added. “But the immediate good news,” she divulged, “is that those who were successful in passing the skills assessment were assured of being given another breather, a new lease to continue their services through renewal of their respective contracts by Mayor Amante.”

Nida Fenrandez, who specially handled the training of personnel, revealed that the City LGU’s expenses to bankroll the skills training run as high as P125,000 good for the three qualifications, which would cover catering, honorarium, rent of venue and equipment, including supplies and materials.

Mayor Amante welcomed the undertaking in partnership with TESDA, believing that “teaching a man how to fish” is a far better leverage when it comes to succeeding or making it through in life.

Since 2005 , the Butuan City government had been conducting capability building programs for its constituents via its Manpower Training Center. (TESDA-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Caraga)

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Gov. Matugas bares plans for Surigao Norte , will not tolerate corruption

by FEAbkilan

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Jul. 8 (PIA) -- Governor Sol Matugas, in her first State of the Province Address (SOPA) Wednesday, Jul. 6 bared her plans and programs in the next years of her administration.

Speaking before local government officials and employees, officials and representatives of line agencies, non-government organizations and other sectoral leaders, Matugas said her agenda for progress is coined in a program called HEALS which stands for health; education and environment; agri-aquaculture; livelihood and tourism; and spiritual renewal, social services, and security.

In her more than an hour speech, the first lady governor vowed to strive for excellence in the next years of her administration. “This administration will not tolerate corruption, mediocrity and complacency. I will focus to put the house of government in order to create a better climate for teamwork and cooperation.”

The governor will also continue to improve revenue generation schemes to beef up the province’s financial resources to include requiring Tax Clearances prior to employment, promotion, and granting of terminal pays and other benefits, improved management of our economic enterprise and enhancing its policies and regulations, and implementation of the new Revised Tax Ordinance, among others.

On Health, she will expand the “Panambay Sa Barangay” (barangay medical mission), using the sectoral approach, with the women, senior citizens, persons with disabilities and the youth, as among their target clients.

On education, the governor will create more teacher items to respond to the huge demand and explore the possibility of increasing salaries of Local School Board teachers from P6, 000 to P8, 000. She will also declare the province as a reading province, continue the retooling of teachers on teaching strategies and other capability building trainings, intensify Project BEST, address classroom gaps such as repairs of dilapidated schools and construction of new schools and establish day care centers in all barangays.

“The Educational Roadmap will be in full swing as we attain to achieve our goals of 100% participation rate, 90% achievement rate and 0% dropout rate in our public schools.”

On environment management, the lady governor will champion Ecological Solid Waste Management in the municipalities with the help of the private sector through programs such as Siargao Green. “We will strictly implement the Solid Waste Management Act of 2000,” she said.

On Agri-aquaculture, the governor said agriculture satellite offices will be given focus as a center for agricultural trainings and seminars to farmers and fisherfolks and serve as the center in the production and dispersal of fruit trees, show window for technology transfer of greenhouse farming, organic fertilizer production, organic agriculture, production of high value crops and artificial breeding for swine.

As for livelihood and tourism, the governor said her major project is the establishment of the Provincial Training and Livelihood Center in Bad-as, Placer.

“This community college will offer employable vocational and technical courses to serve our developing mining and other industries. This is a model for public-private partnership since the mining companies have pledged to support this project in the amount of P40M.”

The fight against lawlessness and criminality will also continue, according to Gov. Matugas. “Our campaign against illegal mining, fishing and logging activities will be sustained. We will work hard to make this province environment and investment-friendly,” she added. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Tagalog News: Agusan del Norte gov pinuri ang SP ng Lalawigan

ni Jerylle Anne Rivera

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 8 (PIA) –- Pinuri ni Gobernador Erlpe John M. Amante ng Agusan del Norte kamakailan lang ang mga kasapi ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan para sa matagumpay na paggawa ng Welfare Code para sa Kabataan sa taong 2010.

Sa pagdiriwang ng anibersaryo ng lalawigan, sinabi ni Gov. Amante na ang kapakanan ng mga kabataan ay isa ninigyan ng kahalagahan sa kaniyang probinsiya. “Pinupuri ko ang ating mga kasapi sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan para sa kanilang kapuri-puring pagpapatupad ng batas na ito,” aniya.

Ang pagbabalangkas ng iba pang mga bahagi sa apat na mga regalo para sa mga bata ng lalawigan ay muling kinilala bilang isa sa mga pinakamatagumpay na tagapagtupad ng mga programa para sa kapakanan ng mga kabataan.

Sa pamamagitan din ng programang ito, nabanggit ng punong lalawigan na patuloy ang kanilang pamimigay ng mga workbooks sa mga kabataan sa daycare pre-school.

Dagdag pa ng opisyal, sa taong 2010, umabot sa 13,174 workbooks na sa 235 day care centers ang ipinamahagi ng lokal na pamahalaan sa nasabing lalawigan at may kabuuang 7,596 pre-school children na ang naitala sa enrollment sa day care centers sa taong 2010.

Dahil dito, sinabi ng gobernador na mas pagbubutihan pa ng kaniyang administrasyon sampu ng mga opisyales ng probinsiya ang kanilang tungkulin upang malampasan ang kanilang mga nagawa sa nagdaang taon. (PIA-Caraga)

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Tagalog news: Listahan ng mga pumasa sa National Competency Exam sa Bookeeping-TESDA inilabas na

ni Jerylle Anne Rivera

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 8 (PIA) -- Sa pamamagitan ng kanilang hepe na si G. Reynaldo A. Piencenaves, natanggap na kamakailan ng mga taga City Cooperative and Enterprise Development Office(CCEDO) ang resulta sa mga 27 ka pumasa sa naganap na Bookkeeping Examination.

Naganap ang nasabing pasulit sa Global Competency Based Training Center, Incorporated, Ochoa Avenue sa lungsod ng Butuan. Matapos ang mahabang pagrereview ng mga nasabing partisipante sa kursong Bookeeping noong Mayo 14 hanggang Hunyo 19, 2011. Sa pamamagitan ng TESDA personnel ng lungsod na nanguna sa pagtuturo sa mga partisipante sa mga araw ng Sabado at Linggo.

Ang mga pangalan ng mga pumasa ay naka post sa Official Website sa Butuan City Government ang www.butuan.gov.ph.

Ang mga pumasa naman sa nasabing pasulit o NC III ay meron nang Civil Service Eligibility sa ahensya ng lokal. Isa din itong prebilihiyo sa mga empleyadong naturuan sa mga barangay at sa City Hall ng lungsod.

Malaking pasasalamat naman ni Piencenaves na isa sa nagtuturo ng nasabing Community Training and Employment Coordinator ng TESDA, na nasa 70% ang pumasa sa libreng pasulit sa mga empleyado. (PIA-Caraga)

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Tagalog News: Human Development Cluster ng administrasyong Aquino, panauhin sa “Pilipinas Natin” forum ngayong umaga

ni Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 8 (PIA) –- Ipinaliwanag ng mga opiysal ng gobyerno na bumubuo ng "human development cluster" ang Philippine Development Plan, at ang layunin nitong makamit ang rapid, inclusive, and sustained economic growth ng bansa. Anila, ito ay ang pangatlong key result areas ng Social Contract ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III sa mga Pilipino.

Naging panauhin ang mga kalihim ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Education (DepEd), at Department of Health (DOH) bilang mga ahensiyang kasapi ng Human Development Cluster ng administrasyong Aquino sa ginawang ikalawa sa apat na serye ng “Pilipinas Natin” forum na isinahimpapawid live sa PTV-4/NBN, IBC-13, at Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS)-Radyo ng Bayan kaninang umaga.

Sinabi ni DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman na ang mandato ng kanilang cluster ay siguraduhing walang maiiwanang mamamayan sa paglago ng ekonomiya ng bansa. Dagdag ni Soliman na sinisiguro ng administrasyong Aquino na ang mga mamamayan ay mabigyan ng kaukulang serbisyo upang ang mga ito ay maiaangat sa kanilang kabuhayan at nang sag anon ay tatahakin nila ang wastong landas ng kanilang patutunguhan.

Nang tanungin kung mino-monitor ba ng pamahalaan ang mga beneficiaries ng Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program, sinabi ni DepEd Sec. Bro. Armin Luistro na sa bandang edukasyon, sinisiguro ng kanilang ahensiya na hindi malalagay sa wala ang nasabing programa ng pamahalaan. Dagdag pa niya, mino-monitor ng DepEd ang attendance ng mga mag-aaral sa bawat klase, at ayon sa ulat, naging matagumpay naman ang pagpapalaganap ng kanilang layuning maibsan ang dropout rate ng bansa.

Sinabi rin ng kalihim ng edukasyon na ang ginawang implementasyon ng multi-grade system kung saan ang dalawang antas sa elementary ay isinasama sa iisang silid-aralan ay walang dinudulot na masama.

Base sa survey, mas matataas pa daw ang achievement rate na nakukuha ng mga mag-aaral sa multi-grade system ay mas mataas kung ikukumpara sa sa mono-grade systems. Inamin din ni Luistro na ang multi-grade system ay ginagawa lamang doon sa mga malalayong lugar kung saan nagkukulang sa bilang ng mga guro.

Sinamantala rin ni Luistro ang pagpapaliwanang sa tungkol sa K+12. Aniya, sa ilalim ng K+12, ang kurikulum sa elementarya at sekundarya ay kailangang i-dedevelop at i-aalign ng pamahalaan at iaayon sa pandaigdigang standards.

Samantala, sinabi naman ni DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz na ang mga benepisyaryo ng CCT ay binigyan ng sustainable livelihood interventions upang masiguro ang kanilang pamumuhay kung matatapos na ang programa sa taong 2016.

Tahasan namang sinabi ni DOH Sec. Enrique Ona na nakahanda diumano ang Pilipinas at kaya ng pamahalaang i-manage ang palala na kaso ng mga Pilipinong nahawaan ng Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Dagdag pa niya, kinkailangang paigtingin ng pamahalaan ang information campaign at nang sa ganon ay magkakaroon ng kaukulang kaalaman ang mga Pilipino lalung-lalo na ang mga kabataan na mag-ingat sa kanilang mga gawain.

Ang “Pilipinas Natin” forum ay isang programang isinahimpapawid ng mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan na pinangungunahan ng Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) sa pmumuno ni Sec. Herminio “Sonny” Coloma. (PIA-Caraga)