PIA News Service - Friday, May 25, 2012


AusAID fetes Agusan del Sur environmental mngt planning team

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, May 25 (PIA) -- Eight members of the provincial environmental management planning team (PEMP) here recently received certificates of merit from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) for formulating and developing the environmental management plan for various projects to be implemented in the province.

Signed by Manuel Jamonir, road engineering coordinator and Graham Johnson Jones, Team Leader of the AusAID- Philippine Provincial Road Management Facility (PPRMF), AusAID recognized the eight members of the team for their exemplary dedication of time, commitment and support during the site visits, consultations and workshops leading to the formulation and development of environmental plan for the rehabilitation of the national road junction (NRJ) - Bayugan City to San Luis road, NRJ Sibagat – Esperanza road and NRJ Sibagat – Esperanza (San Vicente-Ilihan-Taglibas road).

According to AusAID representatives, the eight team members have gained deeper understanding and skills in implementing the PRMF’s environmental management system in compliance with the legal and policy obligations of the AusAID and the government of the Philippines.

The eight members of the team are: Forester Ronolfo Paler, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources officer of the provincial government; For. Zeneveve Longaquit, supervising Environmental Management Specialist (EMS); Marjories Tereso, EMS II; Albert Parba, EMS II; Dennis Manglicmot, CDA I; Ricardo Caldeo, Senior EMS; Shane, Macaylas, Provincial Engineering Office; and Alex Coreos, PENRO municipal government.

The awards were received by Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza in Makati, Manila and was given to concerned PEMP members on May 23, by Gov. Plaza himself inside his office, witnessed by some provincial officials. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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Butuan City to host higher education reg’l summit

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 25 (PIA) -- The city of Butuan will host the 1st Higher Education Regional Summit, slated on May 31 to June 1 at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort here.

The summit, anchored on the theme “A Call for Partnership among Higher Education Institutions to Strengthen Gender Equality, Development and Peace,” is in compliance with the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) commitment to strengthen gender equality in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

The activity is in collaboration with the Philippine Commission on Women, Civil Service Commission, Mirriam College Women and Gender Institute, St. Scholastica’s College for Women’s Studies, and the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s Studies.

Highlighting the two-day summit is the presentation of higher education gender and development accord with declaration of commitment of the heads of public and private higher education institutions.

In a memorandum, CHED-Caraga Regional Director Dr. Isabela Mahler emphasized that no registration fee shall be collected from the participants, since meals and snacks during the activity shall be charged to CHED-GAD budget.

However, transportation and hotel accommodation are chargeable to the concerned private HEIs. For public institutions and/or other government agencies, it is subject to the availability of funds and discretion of the head of institution/agency, in view of Administrative Order No. 103, dated August 31, 2004.

CHED also reminded the participants to get in touch with the Secretariat Committee chaired by Dr. Evangeline Daga-ang, GAD alternative focal person of CHED-Caraga should they have inquiries regarding the activity. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Add’l town in Caraga for assessment on solid waste mngt implementation

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 25 (PIA) -- A town in the province of Agusan del Norte in Caraga region was added to the list of municipalities that are subject for the assessment of the solid waste management implementation.

The municipality of Las Nieves, some 20.7 kilometers away from this city, is now added to the six municipalities that will be assessed or evaluated by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)-Caraga.

In a phone-patch interview with Forester Joy Maagad, EMB-Caraga technical staff, he said the seven municipalities were among the areas noted to have been implemented the solid waste management successfully.

Maagad added that aside from Las Nieves, the municipalities of Carrascal and Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur, municipalities of Esperanza, Veruela and Trento in Agusan del Sur, and the municipality of Socorro in Surigao del Norte will be evaluated on July 2012.

The municipalities will be assessed based on the extent of waste segregation implementation, how material recovery facilities were created, and the impact of crafting policies and ordinances on the implementation of solid waste management program in their respective areas.

The official also confirmed earlier report that the result of the assessment will be the basis for giving recognition to those municipalities who have shown exemplary performance in terms of managing ecological solid waste. He added the awarding will be slated in August 2012, in time with the staging of the Solid Waste Management Summit here in the region.

The ecological solid waste management act ensures the protection of the public health and environment. It also utilized environmentally-sound methods that maximize the utilization of valuable resources and encourage resource conservation and recovery.

The law also promotes national research and development programs for improved solid waste management and resource conservation techniques, more effective institutional arrangement and indigenous and improved methods of waste reduction, collection, separation and recovery, as well as to encourage greater private sector participation in solid waste management. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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DOLE-Caraga spearheads forum on market encounter program

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, May 25 (PIA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga regional office, together with the DOLE-Caraga Regional Coordinating Committee, and in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Butuan City, through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO), recently convened all active livelihood-assisted association in the region for a three-day trade fair & entrepreneurship forum dubbed "Market Encounter Program."

The forum is aimed to broaden the market reach and enhance the productivity of the livelihood beneficiaries in Caraga, as local products of entrepreneurs were exhibited at the lobby of city hall here.

It was learned that the activity was set into motion as DOLE-Caraga Regional Director Ofelia Domingo saw the need to empower these livelihood recipients by providing them the opportunity to expand the scope of their market, as well as to improve their business by providing them topics ranging from “Basic Bookkeeping” to “Marketing Strategies” and other helpful topics for entrepreneurs.

In her opening message, Dir. Domingo said that the government should encourage people to put up these livelihood projects. "A lot of us do not realize that there is such great opportunity to prosper in self-employment, aside from wage employment to which a lot of our graduates are more focused on,” Domingo added.

Meanwhile, Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr., through Ms. Ruth Jugao, City Economic Enterprise Manager commended the region's labor department for coming up with innovative approach in conducting the activity.

The activity is participated in by 19 groups who have exhibited their products and goods, composed of 15 DOLE-assisted projects and others assisted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Opportunities in Entrepreneurship, Business Plan, Simple Bookkeeping, 5S and Productivity, Marketing Strategies, Access to Micro-Credit and Networking are among the topics discussed during the forum.

Resources speakers of the seminar came from Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB), DOLE, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Create Foods and Butuan City Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCCI).

The following awards were conferred to the winners: 1) Best Booth - CLACOFARMCO, Claver; 2) Most Number of visitors/Clients - Cagwait Kabalikat Handicraft Association, with 540 clients; 3) Highest Volume of Sales - Cagwait Kabalikat Handicraft Association, with a total sales of P15,159.00; and 4) Best Marketing Collateral - CLACOFARMCO.

The market encounter generated a total sales of P143,125.00 with a total of 1,744 visitors/clients. The three-day activity also generated purchase orders amounting to some P1.8 million

In his closing statement, DOLE Assistant Regional Director Joel Gonzales reiterated the commitment of the regional office to support the livelihood beneficiaries and budding entrepreneurs in the audience, which is to encourage, empower, support and sustain the implementation of the livelihood projects in Caraga Region. (RER/NCLM/DOLE-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

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DOLE-Caraga brings Project Angel Tree to child log haulers

By Naomi Lyn C. Abellana

BUTUAN CITY, May 25 (PIA) -- Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga regional has scored against the worst forms of child labor when it brought a package of DOLE assistance to some 30 children working as log haulers, as well as to their parents who used to haul logs themselves, in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

Quoting a report of DOLE-Caraga Regional Director Ofelia Domingo, Secretary Baldoz said the DOLE regional office's fast action on a report of Philippine Star and Goldstar Daily reporter Ben Serrano about the prevalence of child laborers allegedly hauling off logs in Bagang, a remote barangay of Jabonga, demonstrates the DOLE's resolve to stamp out child labor in its worst forms in the region.

Dir. Domingo reported that she created a Quick Action Team for the child laborers of the barangay after reading Serrano's report. A Quick Action Team is one of the mechanics under the DOLE's Sagip Batang Manggagawa program, an inter-agency quick action mechanism which aims to respond to cases of child labor in extremely abject conditions. A Quick Action Team detects, monitors, and rescues child laborers in hazardous and exploitative working conditions.

"My instruction to the Quick Action Team was to bring the DOLE's Angel Tree program and a package of livelihood intervention for the child laborers' parents," Domingo explained in her report.

On 28 April, regional director Domingo, Assistant Regional Director Joel Gonzales, members of the Quick Reaction Team, visited the area to launch DOLE's package of assistance for the child laborers and their parents. Also with the DOLE team was Sangguniang Panlalawigan Lorito Maraganas who represented Agusan del Norte governor Erlpe Amante. For security reasons, the launch was held in nearby Brgy Baleguian, not in Brgy. Bagang where the beneficiaries reside.

Each of the 30 children received from the DOLE team shirts, slippers, and meals. Domingo and Gonzales delivered messages that the government is ready to help the children and their parents improve their lot.

On his part, SP member Maraganas pledged that the provincial government will extend livelihood assistance to the child laborers in coordination with the DOLE.

Secretary Baldoz has instructed Domingo to coordinate with the Department of Social Welfare and Development to return the children to school.

"It is in school where these children must belong, not in the back-breaking work of hauling off logs. If necessary, implement our DOLE programs to provide their parents livelihood so that we can help them wean their children away from child work," Baldoz ordered Domingo.

A profile of the children done by the Quick Reaction Team showed that 10 of the 30 children are in school while 20 are drop-outs, with a few reaching only third year high school.

"Almost half of them are between the age of 9 and 12; three are 6-10 years old; six are 13-15 years old; and eight are 16-18 years old," said Domingo.

"Most of the children started as log haulers at the age of seven. The work of a log hauler is a back-breaking one, for involves strapping a rope around a child laborer's body to pull or drag a log to a place where it can loaded onto a truck. This is a worst form of child labor," lamented Domingo.

On the other hand, the children's parents are all informal farm workers with no formal schooling. A few of them were log haulers themselves. Most of the mothers are stay-at-home housewives also with no means of income.

To prepare the parents for the DOLE's livelihood intervention, the Quick Action Team, composed of Naomi Lyn Abellana, chief labor and employment officer; Arnhaim Ravelo, sherrif; Gavino Santa, administrative officer, and three personnel of the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board, had already conducted a social preparation seminar on 27 April.

It has tapped the help of Pastor Emmanuel Ansihagan , a community worker in Jabonga, who talked about the topic, "Essence of Man as God’s Prime Creation." Another resource person, Manassas Benedict Serrano, discussed the topic, "Value and Dignity of Labor", while Director Domingo explained the dangers and risks of hazardous labor to a child's total development.

"We have already received the commitment of the parents that they will stop their children from hauling logs. They also committed to be advocates of our Anti-Child Labor Program," said Domingo. (RER/NCLM/DOLE-13/PIA-Caraga)

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596 hired on Caraga Labor Day Job Fest

By Francis Dominique Y. Nazario

BUTUAN CITY, May 25 (PIA) -- A total of 596 applicants were hired during the Labor Day Jobs Fest, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) recently said.

On the first day, 539 applicants were hired on the spot, out of the 1,651 jobseekers who registered that day. This is equivalent to 33% hired on the spot rate.

Though the applicants were not as many on the second day as expected, some 57 applicants were still hired out of the 417 registrants.

Data from DOLE-Caraga shows that of the 596 hired applicants, 475 were hired on the spot in local employments while 121 in overseas employments.

The Job Fest was a collaboration between DOLE, Technical Education and skills Development Authority (TESDA) and AMA Computer Learning Center (ACLC) for which the labor chief of the region, Director Ofelia Domingo expressed her thanks for the support extended making the activity very successful.

A short program was also conducted during the job fest which highlighted the launching of the DOLE-TESDA convergence program on the DOLE’s Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) and TESDA’s Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP).

Also, TESDA regional director Edwin Gatinao and TESDA Agusan del Norte provincial director Florencio Sunico, Jr. awarded certificates to newly accepted scholars for the TWSP.

Another highlight was the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement of the 86 barangay officials of Butuan City, appointing them as Barangay Employment Service Officers (BESOs).

With this development, Dir. Domingo congratulated all the staff of the regional office for a job well done. (RER/NCLM/DOLE-13/PIA-Caraga)

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Feature: Balangay Festival Silver Year celebrated

By Maria Luisa Dianah Z. Generalao

Residents, students, and employees from all over Butuan City, including spectators from neighboring cities and provinces, and tourists from all over the globe, gathered May 19 to take part in the Balangay Festival Silver Year Celebration.

The much-awaited celebration, which falls on the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, began with the Grand Balangay Theater Float Parade from North Montilla Blvd. to the Butuan City Sports Complex, where the program was conducted.

Sky divers from Butuan and Cebu Cities signaled the opening of the day’s official celebration when they jumped from the plane in their parachutes and got the crowd yelling. It was a first in Butuan City.

An annual competition, the Grand Balangay Theater Float Presentation followed with seven contingents from the national line agencies and local groups.

Composing the seven group contingents were the Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative (ANECO), the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Department of Agriculture (DA), and the Kultural Revival Production International (KRPI).

The contenders came out strong and it was surely not an easy task on Judges Ma. Victoria Beltran – Director for the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, visual artist and awarded a Gawad Urian for film writing; Frando Culata – a UP Fine Arts Graduate and photo enthusiast; and Chairman of the Board of Judges Tommy de Jesus – a former member of the Bayanihan Dance Group.

Defending winner Department of Agriculture (DA) - for the second consecutive year - again bagged this year’s grand prize and received P125,000. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) was just a several points behind took the 2nd prize and P75,000. Grabbing the 3rd prize and P75,000 was the Kultural Revival Productions International (KRPI). These placers all got trophies made out of papier-mâché.

Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) got the award for Most Unique Float, the Department of Agriculture (DA) also got the awards for Most Attractive and Most Colorful Float, and the Kultural Revival Productions International (KRPI) got the award for the Best Dramatic Presentation. Minor award winners each received P25,000. Non-winners received a consolation prize of P10,000 each.

Another highlight of the celebration, the Synchronized Tribal Dancing, was participated by an estimated 2,000 participants, including tribal people from Butuan City and neighboring municipalities and provinces. The tribal dances included “Limbay” – a dance of praise and thanksgiving; “Cogot” – a dance of praise; “Simbatang” – a dance of joy and thanksgiving; “Binaylan” – a dance to honor priests; and “Kasi” – a dance of unity, peace, reconciliation and hope.

All of these are known to be native dances of the tribes “Talaandig,” “Higaunon,” “Banwa-on,” and “Manobo.” These tribes were among the first inhabitants of the province and their participation was a way to show that they are one with the City of Butuan in celebrating this year’s celebration.

Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante,Jr., his wife, and the city officials also joined the dancing which made the presentation all the more significant. And it was another first for Butuan City.

Present during the the affair were Butuan City Vice-Mayor Lawrence Lemuel Fortun and members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod. Members of the City Tourism Council, with Chairperson Rema Erigbuagas-Burdeos, were also there. Former Congresswoman Charito Plaza also attended the affair. LGU employees were also present. Newly-crowned Mutya Hong Butuan 2012 Joanna Patricia Ong came with her court: Mutya Hong Butuan Festival Princess Jesslei Vemm Piquero, Mutya Hong Butuan Ms. Tourism Carla Exclamador, 1st Runner-up Maria Arvie Baguhin, 2nd Runner-up Loujane Gray Radaza, and the other Mutya Hong Butuan 2012 beauties.

Shortly after, Butuanons enjoyed ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Day at the provincial capitol grounds with ABS-CBN Regional Network Group’s Pamahaw Espesyal and Mag TV personalities. Special guest was ABS-CBN heartthrob Jason Abalos who serenaded crowd. - (NCLM/BC-CMO/PIA-Caraga)

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DOLE Caraga steps up Philjobnet advocacy

BUTUAN CITY, May 25 (PIA) -- Five hundred more public utility vehicles (PUVs) in the city were posted with Philjobnet stickers last April, and a memorandum of agreement (MOA) was forged on Labor Day between the Caraga regional heads of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Education (DepEd), to intensify the public’s awareness of DOLE’s online job matching facility, the Philjobnet system.

About a week before Labor Day, a follow-up operation was conducted near the city hall, to post philjobnet stickers to PUVs who have not been posted with the stickers during the launching of the project last year.

Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. issued an executive order a year ago requiring all PUVs plying the city’s main thoroughfare to post the said stickers, to make the public aware of the employment services offered by the Philjobnet system.

The operation was spearheaded by DOLE-Caraga Regional Director Ofelia Domingo and Butuan PESO Manager Ronnie Azura to oversee posting of the philjobnet stickers by the traffic enforcers in the tricycles and jeepneys.

In another development, RD Domingo signed a MOA with DepEd Caraga Regional Director Dr. Gloria D. Benigno, a memorandum requiring all secondary schools to register all their graduating high school students to the Philjobnet system. Last year, a similar MOA was also forged with the regional director of Comission on Higher Education – Caraga.

With the two MOAs in place, RD Domingo is anticipating that this strategy will help achieve the regional office’s goal of a 100-percent registration rate of all graduating students into the Philjobnet system. (DOLE-13/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Malacañang mibutyag sa pagtaas ug kadaghanon sa saging nga gi-export ngadto sa People’s Republic of China

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

MANILA, Mayo 25 (PIA) -- Ang kasamtangan Aquino administrasyon mibutyag nga ang gidaghanaon sa saging nga nga gipang-export gikan sa nasud nga gitugutan sa mga opisyal sa Chinese quarantine nga musulod sa People’s Republic of China (PROC) mitaas ngadto sa 170 ka containers, timailhan nga ang mga produkto sa Pilipinas dili kontaminado sa mga peste.

Mao kini ang gibutyag ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte atol sa regular nga press briefing sa Malacanang niadtong Huwebes sa gihimomng pagpaningkamot sa gobyerno sa Pilipinas nga maresolba ang isyu phytosanitary.

“As of Wednesday, a total of 170 containers of our banana exports have been allowed to pass through. The initial release was 30 to 40 containers. .... As of yesterday, a total of 170 including the 30 to 40 (containers) that were initially allowed to pass through," Matud ni Valte.

Gisulti ni Valte, nga ang grupo sa Department of Agriculture (DA) nagpabilin sa PROC aron sa pag susi sa gi-export nga mga saging gika sa nasud ug pagsuta sa katahap nga kontaminasyon. Ug susamang higayon, ang mga opisyales sa Chinese quarantine giimbitar sa panggamhanan sa Pilipinas nga mopahimutang ug pakisusi sa mga plantasyon ug duungan sa nasud.

Matud pa sa report, nga ang Beijing boot nga mohimo ug quarantine inspection ang Manila sa tanang containers sa dili pa ibiyahe ang mga produkto ngadto sa PROC.

Sumala pa ni Valte, nga gikauyonan na nga ang Departamento sa Agrikultura maoy mohimo sa makuting pakisusi sa tanang saging nga pang export usa kini ipadala ngadto sa China.

“Ang kasabutan nagpabilin, nga usa mobiya ang pang export sa nasud, mopahigayon usa ug dobleng pakisusi. Aron sa pag-abot ditto, dunay ipahigayon nga nilangkuban nga pakisusi nga pagahimoon sa duruha ka grupo, matud pa ni Valte.

Ang Pilipinas usa sa mga exporter ug saging nga naguna sa tibuok kalibutan nga abunda sa
prutas nga gikan sa Mindanao. Lakip na nga gi-marketan niini ang mga nasud sa Japan, South Korea, PROC ug New Zealand. Sa tuig 2012, mukabat sa $720 milyones ang kita sa total export para sa preskong Cavandish Bananas.

Ang PROC ikaduha sa pinakadako nga export market sa saging nga sisunod sa Japan. Sumala pa sa talaan sa Pebrero 2012, ang gi-export nga saging gikan sa Pilipinas ngadto sa RPOC mukabat ug 19 porsento sa ginatibukang export atol sa unang duha ka bulan ning tuiga.

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Cebuano News: Aquino miingon Nat'l Career Advocacy Congress usa ka paagi aron matubag ang problema sa job mismatch

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Mayo 25 (PIA) -- Ang problema sa dili mga haom nga trabaho (job mismatches) o ang panghitabo nga diin ang bag-ong mga migradwar dili makapanubay og mga trabaho nga haom sa ilang mga kurso ang posible na nga masolusyon uban ang pagpahigayon sa National Career Advocay Congress didto sa Manila, matud ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III kagahapon Huwebes.

Sa iyang pamahayag, gidayeg ni Pangulong Aquino ang mga partisipante, career guidance counselors, ug mga stakeholders alang sa paghatag og oras aron makahimo og mga plano ug mga programa nga magamit isip giya sa mga estudyante sa pagkuha sa sakto nga kurso nga makagurantiya kanila og segurado nga mga trabaho human sa gradwasyon.

“Saludo po tayo sa DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment), DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development), DepEd (Department of Education), CHED (Commission on Higher Education), TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Administration), PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) at DOST (Department of Science and Technology) sa pagsulong ng National Career Advocacy Congress,” matud pa sa Pangulo.

“Nagsisilbi itong lunsaran ng mga plano at programang magtataguyod sa kinabukasan ng kabataang Pilipino. Maraming salamat sa ating career guidance counselors sa paggabay sa ating kabataan tungo sa pag-asenso. Sa tulong niyo, maiiwasan ang ura-uradang pagpasok sa larangang wala namang trabahong maaasahan,” sa iyang pagdugang.

Ang Natonal Career Advocacy Congress usa ka flagship nga aktibedad ubos sa Career Guidance Advocacy Program, usa sa upat ka mga programa sa convergent ubos sa pagdumala sa Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cabinet Cluster sa tinguha nga matubag ang isyu sa job-skills mismatch sa labor market.

Ang CAGP usa usab ka hiniusang programa sa Labor and Employment Plan ug ang 22-point labor and employment agenda sa administrasyong Aquino aron pagresulba sa mga isyu kalabot na sa aspeto sa trabaho.

Uban sa tema nga, “Follow the guide. Tag a career. Like the future!” ang espisiko nga mga tumong sa NCAC mao ang : 1) Exchange relevant labor market information trends and updates in the conduct of career guidance activities; 2) Elicit new ideas on organizational management and scheme on network sustainability of career guidance counsellors; 3) Recognize the exceptional performance and good practices in career guidance; ug 4) Strengthen the partnership and cooperation between and among the members of the Networks of Guidance Counselors and other stakeholders through mutual assistance and exchange of information; ug ang ikalima mao ang 5) Promote career guidance as a relevant tool in youth development, contributing to the prosperity and welfare of the nation. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: 5 ka munisipyo sa Surigao Norte makabenipisyo gikan sa DOLE-TESDA convergence program

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Mayo 25 (PIA) – Lima ka mga munisipyo sa Surigao del Norte ang makabenipisyo gikan sa Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Convergence Program on poverty alleviation.

Si TESDA Provincial Director Rodrigo De Villa miingon nga ang programa sa poverty alleviation modungan pagdala sa Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) sa DOLE ug sa Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) sa TESDA nga nagtinguha aron paghatag og mga pagbansay-bansay ug mga oportunidad sa trabaho paktikular na kadtong nahisakop sa marginalized sektor, labi na gyud ang out-of-school youth (OSY).

Si De Villa usab miingon nga ang SPES-TWSP Convergence Program sa probinsya magsugod pag-una sa munisipyo sa Socorro, Claver, Gigaquit, Placer ug Malimono.

Ubos sa maong programa, ang mga benipisyaryong sa OSY sa nasangpit nga mga munisipyo mopatala sa maong training programs nga nakarehistro sa TESDA sulod sa dili minimum nga 20 ka adlaw (160 hours) ug maximum na 52 ka adlaw (416 hours). Ang training ipahigayon sulod sa training center sa TESDA o sa mga institusyon nga giila sa TESDA.

Ang mga interesadong OSYs pwede mosumiter sa iyang aplikasyon ug gikinahanglang mga dokumento sa pinakaduol nga opisina sa Public Employment Service Office (PESO) o TESDA Provincial Office.

Alang sa dugang mga pangutana ug mga kasayoran, pwede sila moadto sa pinakaduol nga mga opisina sa TESDA, DOLE, o PESO sa ilang lugar. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)