3.26.2012

PIA News Service - Monday, March 26, 2012

Butuan to host Student Gov’t Leadership Training program on May

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 26 (PIA)
–- This city will play host to this year’s Philippine Higher Education Student Government Leadership Training Program (PHESGLTP), slated on May 5-7 in one of the local convention centers here.

In a press statement, Asian Network of Youth Volunteers (ANYV) Philippine coordinator and United Nations Youth Association of the Philippines (UNYAP) National Vice President for External Affairs Rex Ybañez said the nationwide gathering of student leaders aims to enlighten student government officers on the various roles and responsibilities in handling student governments.

Ybañez also said the training will serve as a venue to attune the student leaders to the concepts of school development and diplomatic endeavors, train them on various leadership strategies, and to address conflicts in student governance.

The 2012 PHESGLTP will highlight the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Caraga - Iraq Youth Friendship Commitment, an initiative to establish friendship with the Iraqi government through the Iraq Embassy in the Philippines for youth developments.

PHESGLTP is also inviting foreign students through their respective embassies to observe the training for comments, evaluations, and appraisal of training instruments, Ybañez said.

He added that the training creates a country-wide directory of student government for speedy delivery of information on development programs, exchanges, projects and advocacies.

“Once your organization is accredited, it is automatically entered to the registry,” Ybañez added.

Meanwhile, Ybañez said the event builds a Student Government Accreditation System. This is a system of the Institute for Youth Development Affairs of the Philippines that accredits student government organizations in the higher education institutions (HEIs) of the country to establish relationship among them for the promotion of Filipino values, good citizenship, principled leadership, good governance and in the quest for excellent education.

To be accredited, Ybañez added, interested organization must submit two copies of the resolution from the organization duly noted by the advisers/consultants, student affairs director and school president expressing intent to be accredited by the Institute. They must also submit a complete list of officers with their corresponding numbers and addresses, as well as a copy of mission, vision statements and objectives; a copy of the duly ratified Constitution and By-laws or Charter or its equivalent instruments; a copy of this year's Project and Activity Plan; and a copy of the latest Accomplishment Report. “This must be submitted during the said training,” Ybañez said.

This year's theme is "Preparing Student Leaders to Excellence in Service and Commitment" which hopes to prepare student leaders to excellence in service and commitment through various useful instruments on leadership and volunteerism. (RER/PIA 13-Caraga)

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Butuan City gov’t, partners spearhead "Women with Disabilities Day"

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 26 (PIA)
-- The city is celebrating Women with Disabilities Day, pursuant to Proclamation No. 744 declaring the last Monday of March of every year to observe it.

“Participation of Women with Disabilities in Disaster Risk and Reduction Management and Climate Change Adaptation,” is the theme for this year’s Women with Disabilities Day.

In her message, Marieta Jandayan, president of Differently-abled Women Network (DAWN)-Butuan said this is the second time that the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) participated in the activities spearheaded by the city government with partners from the national government agencies and non-government organizations for this celebration.

CSWD Officer Aldeberan Mordeno also said the women’s month celebration does not exempt women with disabilities.

City Economic Enterprise and Development Office (CEEDO) Manager Ruth Jugao meanwhile, expressed her appreciation to the efforts of the PWDs in terms of their participation to the city government’s activities.

“The PWDs serve as an inspiration to all of us. They maybe differently-abled but they continuously show us their intention to help and support the society. They are also very talented and willing to be trained,” Jugao said.

Non-government organizations and self-help groups among women with disabilities, as well as other organizations, expressed their cooperation in the attainment of its goal and activities.

Meanwhile, the funds necessary to carry out the provisions of this proclamation shall be sourced from the five percent of each agency’s budget for gender and development (GAD) provided for in the yearly General Appropriations Act and from other funds to support the implementation of the national plan of action for women. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


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Disability affairs council conducts access audit of gov’t offices in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY, Mar. 26 (PIA)
-– The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), in coordination with other line agencies, conducted recently an Access Audit to city and provincial government establishments in Surigao del Norte.

The activity is pursuant to the implementation of Accessibility Law or Batas Pambansa Blg. 344 – An Act to Enhance the Mobility of Disabled Persons by Requiring Certain Buildings, Institutions, Establishments and Public Utilities to install Facilities and Other Devices for differently abled persons.

There were five features of a building that were checked such as ramps, entrance, washroom, parking space, and stairs.

According to DPWH - Caraga Architect Eduardo B. Beluan, ramps should be located at the main entrance, not steep, with handrails on both sides and spacious width for wheelchair passage.

Parking areas for PWDs should be located at the nearest entrance with signage, its width is enough to fit a car and a wheelchair beside it.


For washrooms and toilets it should be at least 1.70 X 1.70 meters in dimension, with 0.80 meter width of door, should be built with non-skid materials, and there should also be one movable grab bar and one fixed to the adjacent wall, with sufficient turning space and adequate dimension for wheelchair where in PWDs can easily enter especially when in a wheelchair.

NCDA Regional Program Coordinator Flerida Labanon said almost 50 percent of audited establishments had issues.

Lebanon said among the problems encountered during site audit were steep ramps, lack of handrails, no signage, and inadequate and obstructed entrance, ramps, washrooms and parking space.

Although this could still be corrected, Labanon stressed local government executives should “strictly implement B.P 344” so that every disabled persons can enjoy the same opportunities available to other persons and that they can fully participate in the social life and the development of their community.

"We want to achieve our thrusts and direction for 2012 and implement programs and services for the Persons with Disability, that’s the reason we are conducting access audit," she said.

The auditing teams led by NCDA-Regional Program Coordinator Flerida Labanon were representatives from the Department of Interior & Local Government (DILG), Department of Public Works & Highways (DPWH), Department of Social Welfare & Development (DSWD) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA). (Susil Ragas/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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CHED urges student leaders’ participation to student gov't leadership training

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 26 (PIA)
-– The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has urged student leaders in colleges and universities in the country to participate in the 2012 Philippine Higher Education Student Government Leadership Training Program (PHESGLTP) to be held in this city on May 5-7, 2012.

In a national memorandum issued to all CHED central and regional office directors, presidents and heads of public and private higher education institutions (HEIs), CHED Chairperson Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan endorsed the participation of all student leaders in the said activity.

The memorandum, dated January 13, 2012 states that in accordance with the pertinent provisions of Republic Act 7722 or the “Higher Education Act of 1994” the commission hereby endorses the event, organized by the Caraga Youth Leaders’ Network (CYLN) for the support and participation of student leaders from the different colleges and universities in the country.

However, Licuanan said the participation of officials, employees and students from private HEIs shall be voluntary while those from the state and local universities and colleges should have prior approval from the president or head of the concerned institutions and are hereby reminded to observe proper use of government funds provided under the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) National Budget Circular No. 486 and Administrative Order No. 103.

Meanwhile, a registration fee of P6,000 shall be charged from each participant inclusive of boarding, training kit, souvenir, and certificate of participation, it was learned.

For registration and further information or inquiries, interested participants may coordinate with the organizers through telephone numbers (085) 346-9842 and (085) 815-1361, mobile phone number 09184795262. They may also email the CYLN at cyln_caraga@yahoo.com.ph. (PIA-Caraga)

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GSIS to update records of 24,000 personnel of DepEd-ARMM

MANILA, Mar. 26 (PIA)
-- The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to update the service records of more than 24,000 DepEd employees in the region.

“As the computation of retirement benefit and loans is based on the length of service, it is important to update and reconcile the records of our DepEd-ARMM members to ensure they will receive the correct level of benefits upon their retirement or when they apply for a loan,” said Robert G. Vergara, GSIS President and General Manager.

Under the agreement, the GSIS and the DepEd-ARMM will jointly update the service records of active and separated teaching and non-teaching personnel of DepEd-ARMM in three months, which will basically entail the matching and validation of entries in the records of the DepEd-ARMM personnel.

The MOU takes off from the 2005 service records Updating agreement between the GSIS and the DepEd-National to re-encode the service profiles of active and separated DepEd employees using the latter’s personnel service records.

This included 16,170 teaching and non-teaching personnel of the DepEd-ARMM. The project, however was hampered by the low accomplishment in the submission of records.

“We appreciate the initiative of ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman to pursue this long-delayed project and finish it within the year,” Vergara said.

For his part, Hataman said, “we are committed to work closely with the GSIS on this project. As ARMM governor, it is my obligation to ensure that the DepEd-ARMM personnel receive their right entitlements as GSIS members.”

The signing rite was witnessed by Daniel Lacson Jr., chairman of the GSIS; Mario Aguja, GSIS trustee and chairman of the GSIS Task Force ARMM; and Atty. Jamar Kulayan, DepEd-ARMM regional secretary. (RER/GSIS/PIA 13-Caraga)

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Cebuano news: Malacañang miawhag sa mga Filipino nga tabangan ang DOT nga makab-ot ang target niini nga tourist arrivals

SURIGAO CITY, Mar. 26 (PIA)
– Giawhag sa Malacañang ang katawhang Filipino sa pag “pitch in and do their share” aron matabangan ang Department of Tourism nga makab-ot niini ang target nga 4.6- milyon nga mga turistang bisita sa tuig 2012.

Sa press briefing didto sa radio station dzRB, Radyo ng Bayan kagahapon Domingo, si Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte miingon nga tanang Filipino kinahanglan motabang sa gobyerno pagkab-ot niini nga mga tinguha kay ang mga makabenipisyo niini mao man tanang katawhan.

Siya mitumbok nga sa simpleng pagpaabot og bisan unsa nga tabang makahatag sa atong mga bisitang langyaw sa ilang pagbisita og dugang kalipay ug dugang halamdomon.

“…if you ask us, it is not only the government that can make the (tourists’) visit to the Philippines more enjoyable and more memorable but the contribution of every Filipino,” si Valte miingon.

“It could be something as simple as giving the tourists the right directions or just smiling at them or giving them some assistance, telling them where to go... we can all pitch in to help,” matud ni Valte.

Si Valte miingon ang DOT nagtaho nga sa bulan sa Enero 2012 lamang, adunay 411,064 ka mga turista nga representa og 17.5 porsyento nga pagtaas gikan sa parehong bulan niaging tuig, ang nakabisita na sa nasod.

Siya mipadayag og kumpiyansa nga uban ang tabang sa mga katawhan, ang gobyerno makapadayon sa maong record ug makab-ot ang pag-abot sa mga turista nga target alang sa tuig 2012.

“Remember its more fun in the Philippines and it is imperative that we are one for fun in the Philippines... and we will all benefit if we achieve the target of the DOT of 4.6-million visitors for this year,” si Valte mingon.

“Hopefully, we can all pitch in and do our share in making the visit of foreigners to our country more enjoyable and more memorable,” sa iyang pagtapos. (RER/Susil D. Ragas/PIA-Surigao del Norte)