7.10.2011

PIA News Service - Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cong. Matba releases funds for 178 scholars; launches Congressional Tech-Voc Scholarship Program

by Gervacio Dauz, Jr.

CABADBARAN CITY, July 10 – When Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon’s surface at 10:56pm EDT on the 20th day of July 1969, he sent back a live, but garbled, message to earth, saying: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

That must be the likeness that mother and son tandem in the names of Mrs. Maria Arecia M. Grana and James Alexis Grana might have felt when the former learned that Hon. Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba, Congresswoman of the 2nd District of Agusan del Norte, would be awarding a technical-vocational scholarship grant for her son Alexis – both of whom hail from Brgy. San Pablo, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte. 

Indeed, it might just be a small step for Cong. Matba, but the solid impact it brings is like a giant leap of happiness, a lease for a better future ahead for the likes of Alexis, who seemed to be going nowhere as an out of school youth for two years prior to the scholarship grant.

Thus, when it was confirmed that Alexis is really one of those fortunate fellows, he wasted no time by tugging along his mother to the launching venue of the “Congresswoman Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba Tech-Voc Scholarship Program.” 

Early morning of the 8th day of July 2011, the mother and son tandem became early birds at the Candelaria Institute Covered Court here, brimming with pride and excitement because this will be the day of a new beginning for Alexis in order to receive the coveted scholarship slot and shake hands with the beauteous and inspiring Cong. Matba. 

At almost 11:00am this day, he, together with other hopeful scholars numbering to 177 as of press time, finally received their scholarship grants from Cong. Matba. 

In an impassioned revelation to the ABS-CBN coverage team, Alexis, together with her mother, could not help but be thankful for this rare opportunity of clinching a scholarship slot, because without it, he painfully revealed, he will not be able to study due to grinding poverty. In fact, he testified, there were times when he pitied himself for having no clear future ahead. His only solace or past time was to seek for small errands and trivial jobs that would earn for him dismal returns. As a turn-around of what scholarship grant can, even now he is already raring to go the TESDA Provincial Training here to learn about Shielded Arc Metal Welding. Mrs. Grana, his mother, revealed too that she could not fuel for the educational aspirations of her son because her income, including that of her husband, would just be enough to sustain for their daily bread. In fact, she conceded, two of her siblings also had long ago stop schooling after high school. This opportunity therefore, according to the duo, is heaven-sent.

Cong. Matba, who personally handed out the scholarship certificates, was kind of impressed also by the actuations and appearance of the recipients, noting full well that they came with shiny hair, tidy apparels, and what have you. But she instilled upon them to give their full-hearted commitment, diligence and time in their studies in order to realize their dreams of finishing a technical-vocational course, pass the assessment, and land a job. “This is free,” she quipped, “so grab it. But make the best out of it,” because opportunity at times do come but once. 

She pointed out that “a sure foundation for our nation to progress is for us to take care of our youth today” – echoing, but paraphrasing, the very lines of Jose Rizal, who said that “The youth is the hope of the Fatherland.”

Further walking the talk, she vowed: “Our commitment is to continue and sustain this tech-voc scholarship program. And it will be one of my major programs this year and in the next two years while I am still in the office.”

Statistics-wise, she revealed that the Philippine population is already 12th in terms of ranking in the world at 94 million plus. This means that, she argued, “If we will only focus our options domestically, we will be hard put in finding a descent, well-paying job. So, we need to train our eyes outside also. But we will only be eligible if we are armed with a good credential, which we can perhaps get through TESDA.” 

According to Liza B. Budtan, OIC-Provincial Director of TESDA Agusan del Norte, there are at least 10 qualifications included in the scholarship package where the scholars can choose from. And these are the following with each corresponding budgetary allocation: (1)Visual Graphic Design NC III at PhP10,500.00; (2) Computer Hardware Servicing NC II at PhP6,500.00; (3) Automotive Servicing NC II at PhP5,500.00; (4) Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC II at PhP4,000.00; (5) Driving NC II at PhP4,000.00; (6) Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II at PhP6,500.00; (7) Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II at PhP10,500.00; (8) Commercial Cooking NC II at PhP8,500.00; (9) Food and Beverage Services NC II at PhP4,000.00; and (10) Household Services NC II at PhP5,500.00. 

As of press time, the exact amount allocated for the scholarship grants could not be determined due to the request of some scholars to shift to other qualifications, while more are rushing to likewise be included. But according to Director Budtan, the amount could run as high as PhP1.4 MILLION good for the 178 scholars so far. The remaining PhP600,000.00 it was learned would be allocated as scholarship funds for Cong. Matba’s constituents residing in the municipalities of Buenavista, Nasipit, and Carmen, all of the Province of Agusan del Norte.

Director Budtan, in an interview with the ABS-CBN and the TV 5 crew, clarified further that the scholarship program was bankrolled through the congressional development fund of Cong. Matba. TESDA, she noted, is in the picture as facilitator and partner to ensure that the scholarship engagement would be optimized. (TESDA-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Caraga)
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Cebuano News: 4 million peso gihanyag ngadto sa lokal nga panggamhanan

ni Nelsa O. Auron

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 10
– Gihanyag sa Coca Cola Bottlers Incorporated ang 4million peso nga kantidad ngadto sa Lokal nga panggamhanan sa dakbayan sa Butuan alang sa renovation sa barbeque stalls nga nahimutang sa kanhe Hall of Justice, sa dalan A.D. Curato Street ning dakbayan.

Ang maong kasabutan nakalatid sumala sa SP Resolution No. 490-2011 nga ge-aprubahan niadtong Hunyo 27, 2011

“A Resolution authorizing the Honorable City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr., to enter into and sign for and in behalf of the City government of Butuan, A memorandum of Agreement with Coca Cola Bottlers Incorporated for the renovation of the barbeque stalls located at the former Hall of Justice site along A.D. Curato Street, Butuan City and for other purposes.”

Subay niini gipahigayon niadtong Hulyo 7, 2011, ang Ground Breaking Ceremony, alas 8 ang takna sa buntag. Ang maong seremonyas gitambongan sa halandong Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr., Vice-Mayor Atty. Law Fortun ug mga konsehal sa dakbayan. Uban usab ang mga barbeque stall owners, Mr. Antonio Barba, Coca Cola Area Sales Manager.

Gilauman nga ang maong proyekto makahatag ug dugang atraksyon sa lokal nga turista kay gipaniguro niini ang kaanindot, kahapsay ug kahinlo sa palibot lakip na ang preparasyon sa mga pagkaon.

Samtang pagasugdan ang maong konstraksyon, temporaryo nga ibalhin ang nasangpit nga mga Barbeque stall owners didto sa G. Flores Avenue arun usab magpadayon ang ilang kapanginabuhian. 

Malipayon ug mapasigarbuhon usab nga gipadayag sa mga stall owners ang gihimo nga lakang sa lokal nga panggamhanan sanglit nakatabang kini kanila arun mahimong hapsay ang ilang pagnegosyo, tungod kay ang maong proyekto naghatag ug dugang atraksyon sa katawhan. 

Dugang niini nagpasalamat sila sa lokal nga panggamhanan pinaage sa atong Mayor. Dr. Jun Amante alang sa pagtagad ug pag amoma nga ilang nasinati sa dakung kausaban sa Butuan. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)