PIA News Service - Saturday, November 19, 2011

DTI & LGU-Butuan conduct E-Bamboo Training

by Cristina Dedel

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 19 (PIA)
-- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Norte, in coordination with the Rural Micro Enterprise Promotion Program (RUMEPP), Cottage Industry Technology Center (CITC) and the city government of Butuan, conducted training on engineered bamboo entitled “Bamboo Primary Processing & Lamination” from November 7-11 at the Slaughter House Compound and Ronwood Construction Co., this city.

According to DTI-Agusan del Norte Officer-in-Charge Gay Tidalgo, the five-day training aimed to introduce and transfer the technology of engineered bamboo to the Caraga region’s existing and potential furniture makers.

“It is also expected that this activity would encourage tree farmers and other landed individuals to opt for bamboo plantation,” Tidalgo added.

Meanwhile, Elvin T. Dimasuay of the CITC actted as the trainer/resource person of said skill’s training.

Beneficiaries of the training are the members of the United Furniture Makers Association (UFMA), Caraga Chamber of Wood Industries Association (CCWIA), tree farmers and other furniture stakeholders of the region. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

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Government ready to implement P8.5b roadmap and investment plan for ARMM

DAVAO CITY, Nov. 19 (PIA)
-- The government will implement its P8.5 billion roadmap and investment plan for the five provinces under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) pending appeal against a Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of a law resetting the polls in the region and allowing the President to appoint an officer-in-charge governor thereat, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo recently said.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) chief said the P8.5 billion disbursement acceleration fund is on top of the P11.8 billion regular ARMM budget for CY 2011 and which will be implemented by at least 10 national government agencies under an ARMM Transition Team to be headed by the DILG.

“The very main reason why we are here today is to let the public know of the Aquino government’s sincerity in its promise of allocating multi-billion-peso funds for ARMM for its social economic development, governance reforms and for improving peace and security in the region,” Robredo said.

He said the ARMM multi-agency transition team intends to fast track the Aquino government’s mission and vision for ARMM despite a motion for reconsideration by some groups to the October 18, 2011 Supreme Court decision which upheld the constitutionality of Republic Act 10153 postponing the ARMM elections and authorizing President Aquino to appoint OICs in the region.

“We have already prepared the roadmap and investment plan for the ARMM. This means naka-kasa na yung plano at pondo para sa mga bagong proyekto sa ARMM kahit di pa nade-desisyunan with finality ng Supreme Court yung constitutionality ng Republic Act 10153,” Robredo said.

In today’s event held at the Pinnacle Hotel in Davao City, the DILG has invited the five ARMM governors and congressmen, the various non-governmental organizations, civilian volunteer organizations, Christian and Muslim religious leaders, and all concerned stakeholders to discuss the ARMM transition plan, including their respective roles in the implementation of the proposed new social and economic development projects in the region.

Initially, the Department of Budget and Management has approved P5.8 billion - out of the P8.5 billion disbursement allocation fund – which is already on the pipeline, ready for use in the implementation by at least 10 national government agencies for various development projects in the ARMM.

Based on records, the DBM has approved and allocated P756 million for the Department of Health; P2,037,824,00 billion for the Department of Social Welfare and Development; P750 million for the DILG; P24,650,000 for the Department of Science and Technology; P28 million for the Department of Trade and Industry; P510 million for the Department of Agriculture; P49,586,000 for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; P1,397,005,000 billion for the Department of Public Works and Highways; P80 million for the Department of Transportation and Communications; and P200 million for the Department of Energy.

During the conference, Robredo spoke about the ARMM roadmap for governance; towards and enduring peace and inclusive development while Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, chief of the Mindanao Development Authority, spoke on the subject: Support to ARMM Reform Initiatives: An affirmative agenda for Mindanao peace and development.

Secretary Teresita “Ging” Deles of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process delivered a “solidarity message” for all ARMM stakeholders while DILG Assistant Secretary Nariman Ambolodto discussed the proposed investment plan in the ARMM.

The various NGOs, CVOs, Muslim and Christian religious leaders, on the other hand, held discussions on their strategy of engagement, including their role as “watchdogs” in the implementation of various projects in the ARMM. (DILG Public Affairs Office/PIA-Caraga)

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PNP chief approves additional quota for CY 2011 PO1 Recruitment Program

by PSUPT Martin M Gamba

CAMP RAFAEL C RODRIGUEZ, LIBERTAD, BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 19 (PIA)
-- An additional quota of 2,261 for Police Officer 1 has been approved by the PNP Chief for recruitment for the calendar year 2011.

With this, 400 is allocated for the Special Action Force, 931 for NCRPO, 465 for PRO 7 and PRO 10.

Prospective applicants from PRO 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 needs to apply personally at PRO 10 Headquarters, Camp Alagar, Cagayan de Oro City.

According to the PNP/NAPOLCOM, the general qualifications are: 1) A citizen of the Philippines; 2) A person of good moral character; 3) Baccalaureate Degree holder from a recognized learning institution; 4) Must possess any of the following eligibility: NAPOLCOM PNP Entrance Examination, R.A No. 6506 (License Criminologist), R.A No. 1080 (Bar and Board Examinations of Baccalaureate Degree), P.D No. 907 (granting Civil Service Eligibility to College Honor Graduates), Civil Service Professional Examination; 5) Must not have been dishonorably discharged from the military employment or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government; 6) Must not have been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude; 7) At least 1.62 meter in height for male and 1.57 meter for female; 8) Weight not more or less than five kilograms (5 kg) from the standard weight corresponding to his/her age, height and sex; and 9) Must not be less than 21 nor more than 30 years of age.

Meanwhile, all other photocopied documents must be authenticated by the issuing office. Initial requirement are the following: 1) Duly accomplished Personal Data Sheet (CSC Form 212); 2) Birth certificate authenticated by the National Statistics Office (NSO); 3) Report of rating of eligibility authenticated by issuing authority; and 4) Transcript of Scholastic Records and Diploma duly authenticated by the School Registrar and CAV from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

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DTI-RUMEPP facilitates product shelf-life enhancement training

by Cristina Dedel

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 19 (PIA)
-- Thirty-seven (37) micro entrepreneurs (MEs) from Butuan City and Agusan del Norte engaged in processed food production attended a training on Product Shelf-life Enhancement (Food Preservation) facillitated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Agusan del Norte Provincial Office thru its Rural Micro Enterprise Promotion Programme (RuMEPP).

The training was held recently at the Food Technology Center, Xavier University College of Agriculture, Manresa, Cagayan de Oro City.

The training was conducted by the Xavier Science Foundation, Inc., being the Business Development Service Provider awarded by DTI to implement this capability enhancement project.

Also, the two -day training aimed to enhance the capabilities of the participating MEs of improving the visual impact and shelf-life of their products in order to be competitive in the market and increase their sales as well.

The training module included the discussion of topics on food spoilage, food preservation, product development, product packaging, hands-on preparation and processing of food products, and the actual exposure/visit at Tropic Foods, a banana chips and cashew nuts products processor and Vjandep, a bake shop famous for its “pastel” products. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)