PIA News Service - Thursday, December 1, 2011

DOH Sec to keynote health workers convention in Surigao Norte

by FEAbkilan

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Dec. 1 (PIA)
-- Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona will keynote the Barangay Health Workers (BHW) Provincial Convention today in Surigao City.

Upon his arrival, he will be welcomed by Gov. Sol Matugas and other local officials of the province.

Gov. Matugas revealed that the summit is expected to bring together public health workers and health advocates in the entire province.

This year’s convention carries the theme, “Empowered BHWs: Facing the Challenges in Attaining Millennium Development Goals thru Health initiatives.”

Other officials who are expected to grace the event are 1st district Rep. Francisco Matugas and 2nd district Rep. Guillermo Romarate, Jr.

During the summit, Gov. Matugas will lead the oath-taking of the new Provincial BHW Federated Officers. There will also be a "commitment signing" the province's congressmen, provincial governor and members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, and municipal officials in support to the BHW’s cause. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Butuan City gov’t intensifies security this Yuletide Season

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 1 (PIA)
-- With the coming of the Yuletide Season, the city government here has intensified security to ensure public safety, which is also embodied in the Caraga Regional Development Plan .

In an interview with a local radio station here, City Councilor Ryan Anthony Culima, chairman of the committee on peace and security said the city government is organizing a Special Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit Active Auxiliary (SCAA) to augment the police force in an effort to achieve peace and security in the city.

Culima said the city government has coordinated with officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to jointly train the newly-recruited SCAAs.

The official added the city government will shoulder their wages while the AFP and PNP is in-charge of the training. “This is to ensure that our newly-recruited SCAAs are ready to face their responsibilities as peacekeeper multipliers of our city,” Culima said.


Councilor Culima further said the newly-recruited SCAAs will be deployed to strategic areas in the city where the people used to go especially this Yuletide Season.

The organization of SCAAs came on the heels of a series of crime incidents in the city these past days. “We should ensure the public especially local and foreign tourists alike of their safety while they are here in our city. In this way, our local entrepreneurs will have good income this Yuletide Season,” he said.

The Caraga Regional Development Plan stated that the region continues to be challenged with continuing concerns on increasing crime incidence, unstable peace and order and the lack of education or knowledge of the people in the communities, which made them more vulnerable to conflict situations. The resolutions of these concerns are essential to allow the affected groups to be able to participate more fully to or benefit from the programs of government. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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UP Open University to host 1st Int’l Confab on Open, Distance e-Learning

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 1 (PIA)
-- The 1st International Conference on Open and Distance e-Learning (ODeL) will be held on Ferbuary 22-24, 2012 at the Century Park Hotel, Manila Philippines.

The event will be hosted by the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), UPOU Foundation, Inc. (UPOUFI) and the Philippine Society of Distance Learning (PSDL) in support of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) of the Aquino administration.

The conference is anchored on the theme “Creating Spaces and Possibilities.” It aims to provide a forum for distance education and e-learning scholars, practitioners and policy makers to share and reflect on experiences, and collaboratively create and explore spaces and possibilities for open, distance and e-learning for development.

The activity also focuses on the convergence of philosophies, pedagogies and technologies in ODeL, as well as the issues and challenges arising from practice of ODeL in various contexts, including among others, public service and development.

Interested participants may contact the secretariat at +63 49 536-6001 to 06 local 420, 220 and 710 or email at icodelsecretariat@upou.edu.ph.

The country aims to attain its education targets under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to improve quality, access and efficiency of education. The country has been cited as a “particularly striking example of under-performance” in educational reforms in the 2010 Education For All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report. (RER/PIA-Caraga)