PIA News Service - Tuesday, March 6, 2012

PRC-AdS doubles targets on youth volunteers recruitment and services

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, March 6 (PIA)
-- The Philippine Red Cross Agusan del Sur Chapter (PRC-AdS) presented their 2011 accomplishment report on social services, volunteer services and recruitment of Red Cross Youth council organization and membership.

PRC-AdS administrator Christyll Basan showed from the report that her office targeted to recruit 100 members per quarter or a total of 400 for 2011. However, they recruited 789 members instead.

For the mobilization on service delivery, the same target of 400 was presented but 748 was recorded, indicating a 187 percent accomplishment.

Although regular meetings with the board of directors were not met having only three out of targeted eight meetings, committee meetings were done, making a record of 125 percent.

Basan said it is more effective to have frequent committee meetings because it is more focused and issues can be discussed thoroughly for better understanding and results.

On welfare assistance like regular guidance and counseling, the chapter failed to reach its goal and landed only 56 percent of its 60 target. But guidance counseling done during disaster registered 900 percent having a target of only three.

Organizing the Red Cross Youth (RCY) council and membership in the junior level registered 143 percent with 1,620 recruits against the target of 1,050, while 255 percent was also recorded in the senior RCY level having a target of 1,050 for 2011 but recruited 2,680.

“Because of calamities we encountered last year, our information and education campaign targets were not met having conducted only one class with 44 students for the NSTP classes. But we also exceeded in our promotion events like symposium, film showing, pep talks and others having conducted seven interpersonal communication against our target of only two with 172 attendees against the target of 150,” Basan said.

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Capitol employees in Surigao Sur urged to file SALN early

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, March 6 (PIA)
-- The employees of the provincial government of Surigao del Sur were urged to file their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) earlier as required from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Memorandum Circular No. 19, S. of 2011.

The requirement of filing the SALN is pursuant to Section 8 of Republic Act No. 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees) under Section 7 of RA 3019 (Anti Graft and Corrupt Practces Act).

The said laws require all public officers and employees to declare and submit annual true detailed and sworn statement of thheir assets, liabilities and networth, including disclosure of business interests, financial connections, relatives in the government service, and amount of income taxes paid for the preceding calendar year.

Tomasito Pareja, executive assistant to the Governor, reminded said civil servants on Monday’s flag ceremony program about the mandatory requirement.

Pareja indicated that it is better to file SALN before the set deadline of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on March 30. (Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)

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Feature: Pushing forward despite obstacles

By Gervacio Dauz, Jr.

Those who continue to strive amid the trials in life are usually destined to succeed in the long run.

Of those who got this winning attitude, Melojean A. Guilao is surely part of the club.

Guilao was originally enrolled as an Environmental Management student at the Caraga University. However, she found out later that she was not cut out for it – for lack of monetary resources to fuel her dreams and because it was not her passion.

She also got pregnant unexpectedly in 2002 with her first child.

But while things were not going her way, her neighbor Arnel took interest in her and they ended up married in 2004. The union resulted in to another child for Guilao.

With the turn of events, Guilao collected herself to start anew, starting with taking care of her husband and her children. And after nurturing her family full-time for six years, she decided to seek a career for herself to aid the needs of her growing family.

The opportunity came when she heard about a tech-voc scholarship under the I-CARE Program of Agusan del Norte 1st District Rep. Jose Aquino and TESDA.

Eventually, she was rewarded the grant, which allowed her to enroll on the course Food and Beverages Services at the Butuan City Colleges (BCC) here.

The program, though short, enabled her to clinch a Level II National Certification. From the opportunity, Guilao learned may of the fundamentals of the trade like skirting, flow in taking orders and attending to the guests in a function, among others.

Her passion and dedication also did not go unnoticed as BCC School Pres. Remedios Famador picked her as material protégé. She was then hired to act as an Assistant Trainer for FBS.

Guilao also juggled her time as head of the lineup during catering season for Freddie Cinco’s Blue Chef catering business.

But what she had achieved already did not stop her to seek for more practical training. As advised by Famador, she applied as an on-the-job trainee (OJT) at the nearby Prince Hotel – one of the newest, grandest, and by far the tallest here.

Afterwards, her dedication as an OJT impressed hotel manager Edgardo T. Magalong and he opined for her to submit her application papers. She then became a regular trainee and eventually, a regular employee.

But barely a year as a regular employee, she already started playing the role of a supervisor.

At a blooming age of 29, Guilao admitted that she felt that life’s been kind after all.

According to her, the hardships she experienced only spiced up her life and made her more patient and dedicated, but still dreaming with both feet on the ground.

At the bottom line, her gratitude went to her alma mater and the school president who pushed her with confidence.

“Thank you also TESDA for opening for me the door of opportunity,” she added in a sincere manner. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/TESDA-Agusan del Norte)

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Cebuano news: Aquino gipangulohan ang oathtaking ceremonies didto sa Malacañang alang sa bag-ong mga opisyales sa 10 ka mga ahensya sa gobyerno

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Mar. 6 (PIA)
-- Gipangulohan ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang seremonya sa pagpanumpa alang sa bag-ong mga opisyales sa 10 ka mga ahensya sa gobyerno didto sa Malacañang kagahapon Lunes.

Ang Pangulo, nga nagsul-ot og puti nga barong ug itom nga karsones, mipapanumpa sa bag-ong mga opisyales isip parte sa iyang trabaho isip Pangulo sa Pilipinas.

Ang bag-ong mga opisyales mao sila: Wigberto Tañada, isip chairman sa United Coconut Planters Bank-Coconut Industry Investment Fund (UCPB-CIIF); Benjamin Reyes, isip Deputy Executive Director for Operations of the Dangerous Drugs Board; Virginia Akiate, isip acting Director IV sa Commission of Higher Education; Rufino Bomasang, Luisa Maria Uranza, ug Francisco Ignalaga, Jr., isip mga miyembro sa Board of Directors sa Philippine National oil Corporation-Exploration Corporation; Afredo Non ug Gloria Yap-Taruc isip mga miyembro sa Energy Regulatory Board; Jaime Eloise Agbayani, isip acting president ug chief executive officer sa John Hay Management Corporation; Genaro Mendoza, isip miyembro sa Board of Directors sa Clark Development Corporation.

Samtang sila Angel Lopez Castaño, Jr., isip chairman sa Philippine Racing Commission; Mory Sison , Felipe Hidalgo, Jr., Joel Otarra, ug Ronaldo Tuazon isip mga miyembro sa Board of Directors sa Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost); ug si Ives Nisce, isip acting chairman sa Polo Point Management Corporation. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)