PIA News Service - Saturday, July 14, 2012

Surigao principal named best elem school principal in Caraga

By Jun Parada

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, July 14 (PIA) -- A principal from Surigao has been named as the best elementary school principal in the Caraga Region.

Karen L. Galandia, Principal II of Socorro Central Elementary School and Special Education (SPED) Center of the municipality of Socorro, Bucas Grande Island, was adjudged as the Most Outstanding Elementary School Principal of Caraga Region for school year 2011 to 2012.

The award was given to Galandia during the awards night dubbed, “Legacy of Excellence” on the 17th Department of Education (DepEd)-Caraga’s founding anniversary held at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort in Butuan City on July 6.

Galanida of Siargao Division, emerged triumphant from among the other eight school principal-finalists representing other divisions of Caraga namely; Danilo M. Felias of Agusan del Norte; Ofracila E. Pearson of Agusan del Sur; Anna Marie L. Ceniza of Butuan City; Marcela T. Masangcay of Bislig City; Lydia B. Eludo of Dinagat Islands; Dr. Noemi D. Lim of Surigao City; Eva E. Josue of Surigao del Norte; and Rosanna C. Meniano of Surigao del Sur where all of them received certificates of commendation as finalists of the search for the laudable and worth-praising performances as school administrators of the schools in their respective divisions.

The DepEd Regional Office evaluated the finalists using criteria such as personal qualities and character; administrative and managerial competence and effectiveness; involvement in community work; and professional advancement and growth.

Galanida, is indeed very thankful to her Schools Division Superintendent, Teresita P. Tranquilan for her support and encouragement as well as to colleagues and constituents.

Upon her entry in Socorro Central Elementary School in 2008, Galanida, known for her “coolness” and dexterity, catapulted the school to earn numerous awards both in the division and region and launched significant programs of the school, to name a few and the most recent; is the Level 1 APPES Accreditation of School and its recognition as a SPED Center in 2011.

Galandia said in an interview, “As a pivotal leader of the school, my heart is filled with love, motivation and encouragement to embrace the children and to lay out the road map for them to become successful and capacitated individuals. My spirit is truly fortified and strengthened, to perform my role as a school leader with all its challenges and adversities, one of those is our geographical location being located in a very far and remote island-town of Socorro, Bucas Grande Island.”

“I do understand, that if schools fail to lay down the opportunity to answer to these challenges, our children would utterly lose their competitive position in the global village. This is a work of the heart, surpassing the difficulties and struggles along the way. If there’s a will, there will always be a better way, for the love of our fellowmen, and for God’s greater glory,” she added. (RER/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Training tackles laws on illegal recruitment, trafficking in person

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, July 14 (PIA) -- The Philippine Overseas Employment and Migration (POEA) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) presented on July 12, 2012 laws that would determine that illegal recruitment and trafficking in person are present during the hiring and recruitment of applicants abroad.

Lawyer Antonio Millanes III of POEA presented five problems of illegal recruitment. He said illegal recruitment exist alongside legal migration, maybe committed by bothe licensed and unlicensed agencies, illegal recruiters may take advantage of announced job opportunities as an opportunity to dupe unsuspecting applicants, victims indifference and imbalance manpower supply.

The training was held at the provincial training center at the D.O. Plaza Government Center in Agusan del Sur.

“But these problems can be controlled by two prolonged nationwide anti-illegal recruitment campaign if we join our hands in delivering information and this is in the preventive side plus systematic law enforcement and prosecution on the remedial side,” Atty. Millanes III said.

Lawyer Jone Fung of the OIM said illegal recruitment shall mean any act of canvassing, enlisting, transporting, contracting, hring, utilizing, procuring of workers, referrals, contact services, promising and advertising for employment abroad, and Atty. Fung has elaborated all those acts in actual experience they have while enforcing the laws on against illegal recruitment.

“Before we trust anybody when we apply for work abroad, we have to see to it that the representative or agent can show us that the person or entity that he is representing has a valid license or holder of authority. We must also make sure that the agent or the representative transacting with us has been duly appointed by the license or holder of the authority and that the agent’s appointment was previously authorized by the POEA,” Fung said.

Glad of the training being conducted, Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza asked the POEA, , the DOLE and other government agencies to encourage legal and stable recruitment agencies to conduct recruitment in Agusan del Sur because according to him, the provincial government has set aside funds to help the applicants in processing the necessary requirements in order that they can work abroad. Gov. Plaza added that the provincial government is doing this because they want the families of Agusanons to have a better life, and the money that they will send to their families will only revolve in the province, while foreseeing that business and stability will follow.

The whole day activity ended up with training of the PNP and the prosecutors on criminal investigation and entrapment procedures and the discussion on the law on anti-trafficking in person. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Police Regional Office 13 vies for a national award

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, July 13 (PIA) -- Police Regional Office 13 (Caraga) is one of the three police regional offices in the country, selected by the national headquarters to contend for this year’s top police prestigious award a chief police regional spokesman said, Thursday.

PSupt Martin M Gamba, chief public information officer of the Caraga PNP said in an interview that Police Regional Office 13 (Caraga) is one of the three regional police offices in the country selected to contend for the prestigious “Best Regional Police Office for 2012.” The other two police offices competing for the said award are Police Regional Office 2, based in Camp Adduru, Alimanao, Tuguegarao City (Cagayan Valley Region) and Police Regional Office 6, which is based in Camp Martin Delgado, Fort San Pedro, Iloilo City (Western Visayas Region).

The basis for the evaluation and validation to attain such award will be the performance, programs and accomplishments of the respective police offices as of last year, 2011 Gamba said.

In this connection a team of field evaluators from Camp Crame arrived in the region on Wednesday noon to conduct the evaluation and validation of the regional police headquarters here.

The team from Crame consisting of the representatives from the five directorial offices of the national police headquarters is headed by Police Director Elpedio Z.de Asis, Jr. chairman of the field evaluation and validation (FEV) team according to Supt. Gamba.

The award, according to Gamba will be given at Camp Crame in August 8, this year during the occasion of the 111th service anniversary of the Philippine National Police.

The PNP regional spokesman believed that Caraga PNP can present among its significant accomplishments, the successful anti-insurgency campaigns particularly the gallant defense of its two police municipal stations in Lianga, Surigao del Sur and Trento, Agusan del Sur respectively, from being overrun by rebel forces during separate predawn attacks last year.

Moreover, our regional headquarters down to the municipal police stations, has also improved significantly its facilities, augmentation of personnel, equipments, transportation, communications and trainings, according to Gamba.

Gamba also said that almost all of our key police offices have its specially trained units such as the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), the Deep Reconnaissance Unit (DEU), a K-9 Unit, our Explosive and Ordinance Device (EOD) Unit and the Disaster Response Teams.

The rapport, linkage, support and joint cooperative endeavors with the local government units as well as the community in the region is also significantly strong, Gamba said. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)