PIA News Service - Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sen. Villar vows to grant scholarship to daughter of a fallen OFW from Caraga Region

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 25 (PIA) -- Sen. Manny Villar vowed to grant scholarship to the daughter of Jovie Montesoso, an OFW who was killed in Kuwait on August 5, by allegedly jumping from the eighth floor of the Tara Hotel where she was working as a receptionist.

In a recent phone-patch interview during the morning radio program of one of the local radio stations here, Sen. Villar extended his condolences to the bereaved family of the victim and said that he will support the educational needs of her daughter until she will finish a degree.

Villar also said aside from the scholarship grant, he is more than willing to extend assistance to her family considering that the victim is the breadwinner of the family.

When asked on his reaction on the Montesoso’s move signing a waiver that investigation will still be conducted, the senator stressed “if that is the decision of her family, I can’t blame them,” he said.

However, Villar said he will look into the extent of the case considering that result of the preliminary investigation revealed that there is no foul play happened. In spite of the investigation’s result, Villar is still determined to push for a thorough investigation on the case.

On Wednesday, the body of Montesoso was already brought to her hometown in Verdo, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur. According to her sister Rochelle, on Sunday, her body will be brought for interment at the Bayugan City Cemetery. (PIA-Caraga)

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CSC Caraga awards region’s outstanding public officials and employees

by Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 25 (PIA) -- The month-long celebration in Caraga region of the 111th Philippine Civil Service anniversary was highlighted with the awarding of the region’s outstanding public officials and employees by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on September 21.

Winners in the Outstanding Public Servants (TOPS) and the Ulirang Kawani (UK) awards were given recognition in a memorable ceremony held in one of the local convention centers here.

This year’s awardee for the TOPS is the Municipal Mayor of the local government unit of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, Hon. Leonida P. Manpatilan.

Manpatilan is the lone awardee out of ten nominees regionwide. She was also awarded the Philippine-Australia Alumni Association, Inc. (PA3i) Award, Caraga Chapter with the following PA3i Officers:

Regional Director Leticia Dela Cruz-Tan of the Department of Tourism and PA3i National Board of Trustee; Director II Noemi Rabe-Torres, CSC Surigao del Norte Field Director and PA3i President, Caraga Chapter; Mr. Jesusimo L. Ronquillo, Agusan del Sur Provincial Administrator and PA3i Vice President; and Atty. Anthony P. Vitor, LGOO V of the Department of the Interior and Local Government Caraga and PA3i Treasuer.

On the other hand, Mrs. Virginia B. Candelario, a Master Teacher II and District Alternative Learning System (ALS) Coordinator of Ampayon Elementary School, Department of Education Butuan District I. She is the only awardee from the six nominees of the region.

Chief Personnel Specialist (CPS) Ruth Beniga of the Public Assistance and Liaison Division of CSC regional office Caraga said the TOPS Award is conferred to an individual for performance of extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary behavior on the basis of the eight norms of behavior provided under RA No. 6713, otherwise known as the Code of Conduct & Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

The UK Award is conferred to an individual for the observance of attendance policy and the consistent demonstration of exemplary behavior on the basis of the eight norms of behavior provided under R.A. 6713, CPS Beniga added.

The search is an annual undertaking of the CSC in time with the celebration of the Philippine Civil Service anniversary every month of September.

This year’s theme is “Championing R.A.C.E. (Responsive, Accessible, Courteous, and Effective): Excellent Public Service at Full Speed.” (PIA-Caraga)

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Tagalog News: OWWA-Caraga nangakong tututukan ang kaso ng namatay’ng OFW sa Kuwait

ni Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Set. 25 (PIA) – Nangako ang pamunuan ng Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) na tututukan ang kaso ni Jovie Montesoso, ang OFW na diumano’y tumalon mula sa ika-walong palapag ng gusali na kaniyang pinagtatrabahuhan sa Kuwait na naging sanhi ng pagkamatay nito noong Agosto 5.

Sinabi ng pamunuan ng OWWA-Caraga na gagawin nila ang lahat upang malaman ang totoong dahilan ng pagkamatay ni Montesoso na tubong Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.

Samantala, dumating na noong Miyerkoles ng hapon ang bangkay ni Montesoso dito sakay ng Philippine Air Lines Flight PR 477.

Naging emosyonal naman ang pagsalubong ng pamilya nito sa Bancasi Airport kung saan matapos dalhin sa isa sa mga punenarya rito upang tingnan ang bangkay ay kaagad itong dinala sa kanilang tahanan sa Verdo, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.

Ayon kay Rochelle Montesoso, kapatid ng nasabing biktima, nakatakdang ilibing ang kaniyang kapatid sa darating na Linggo sa Bayugan City Cemetery.

Si Montesoso ay nagtatrabaho bilang isang receptionist sa Tala Tower Hotel sa Kuwait nang mangyari ang insidente. (PIA-Caraga)